In Your Pocket: Tips for Making Momentous iPhone Videos

 

There once was a time when to make a good quality video you had to have the very latest camcorder. However, nowadays you need nothing more than an iPhone to produce impressive footage, whether you are filming your child’s birthday party or a video testimonial for your business.

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The problem is that the quality of iPhone videos vary greatly, even though they are shot on the same device. So how can you make sure that your videos look professional? Here are some top tips to keep in mind.

Keep It Steady

The first thing to remember is to hold your iPhone steady when you are filming. You could do this by resting your hands on a hard surface, or even filling a sock with dried beans and using it as a support. Shaky footage is never good to watch, so keep your hands as steady as possible.

Hold It Horizontally

As well as holding your iPhone firmly, you should hold it horizontally. You may be tempted to hold it vertically because this is how you most often use your phone, but the resulting footage won’t look as good.

Make Sure You Have Good Sound and Light Conditions

You don’t need professional lighting and microphones to make a good video. However, good lighting will make a huge difference. For that reason, try to film your videos outside, or at least with a lot of lighting inside. Low lighting will look grainy and will be unpleasant to watch.

As for sound, try to avoid noisy areas near to roads or in public places like restaurants where the noise levels can distract from the main subject. iPhone microphones are very sensitive and will pick up all of the background noise, so try to shoot in quiet areas.

Focus First

Tap the screen before you start shooting video on your iPhone. This will allow you to properly focus on the main person in the shot. If you want to change the focus during the filming, simply tap the screen again.

Edit Your Footage

Do yourself a favour and buy some editing software that you can use to edit your iPhone videos on your computer. Alternatively, edit your footage right on your iPhone. Either way, make sure you do edit it because the resulting videos will look a lot better with a bit of care and attention.

Once the video is finished, upload it to YouTube to show your family and friends, or even the world. They can then download your video using software like that found at sites like http://www.youtubedownloadersite.com. If your footage is more professional and therefore more enjoyable to watch, more people are likely to download it.

Film Better Videos on Your iPhone

Follow these simple tips to make your iPhone videos much better. They are simple to follow, but they are all very effective and the overall result will be much more satisfying. iPhone videos are ideal because you may have your iPhone on you all the time, so you can capture those spontaneous moments. But follow the tips above and take a bit more time and care over your videos, and you can create iPhone videos that people will actually want to watch.

Make sure you remember to respect IP when downloading.

Steven Young is an iPhone enthusiast who makes many videos. He also enjoys teaching others how to make their own videos with their iPhones.

8 Ways to Retain and Attract Your Mobile Audience

 

Now that your video library is ready to launch, do you think your audience is ready to watch and interact with your content? Use the following tips to attract and hold your staff or customer’s attention and gain a positive ROI on your mobile video program.

1. Define learning personas. Before you create the content, it is important to determine what your audience needs to learn to be successful. By setting up criteria to meet the goals of the program, you will create content that is not only relevant but targeted too.

2. Create simple mobile video interactions. With mobile phone viewership, video presentation software should be simple and easy to use. Keep the video content short – no more than five minutes – and don’t use fancy or complicated navigation buttons.

3. Make sure your content loads fast. According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Akamai Technologies’ study, people don’t like viewing an online video if it does not load fast – as in two seconds or less. By the ten-second mark, if your video has not loaded, about 40 percent of Internet users will abandon the video, reports CNN.com.

4. Identify key staff to function as mentors and product champions. Choose enthusiastic and energetic early adopters who believe in the importance of the informal learning program. Encourage monthly meetings with the staff to facilitate the use of the mobile video library for new product pushes and offsite training opportunities.

5. Consider mobile bandwidth limitations. When viewing the content on a small screen, the end user may experience slow Internet connections or video downloading restrictions. A video library dependent on a high-speed Internet connection, or is graphic heavy, can affect the mobile video learning experience negatively.

It is also important to take advantage of the times mobile viewers have access to an Internet connection to synchronize with your video server and download large graphic elements and video files.

6. Think about context. It is important to know how, when and where the user will view the mobile content. For example, most users view tablet content and television content simultaneously. While people typically use their smartphones throughout the day to check social media sites, view text or email messages and watch videos. If you don’t know when and where your content is viewed, install an analytics program to measure user behavior and monitor video watching times.

7. Customize the experience for the small screen. Instead of reducing the size of your desktop video content for viewership on mobile screen, create new and relevant small-screen videos. In fact, when designing a mobile video program, you should strive to create a familiar and unique experience for the tablet and smartphone screen.

8. Be creative and make the experience fun. Make sure you choose video presentation software that allows for commenting and social media sharing. If you have a company-wide intranet, encourage users to create user-generated content to complement the video training experience. Encourage the staff to take pictures of each other watching the videos on their devices to show examples of engagement and people having fun learning.

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Entertaining Conversation Complete with #Hashtags [Video]

 

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake take #Hashtag to a whole different level with this bit. We’re probably closer to having conversations like this than we think. They might be happening in High Schools across the globe as we speak.

via Late Night with Jimmy Fallon