An NMX Session Presented by Video Blogger Tom Martin
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With the ability to capture, edit and product video, photo and text content, today’s smartphone is the most powerful content creation tool in your arsenal. By adding a few apps, learning a few tricks and thinking ahead, you can leverage your mobile production studio to easily create awesome blog content that your readers will love to share.
- What are the must have apps for creating content from an iPhone.
- How to use lighting and audio to create better iPhone videos.
- How to use your iPhone and Slideshare.net to easily turn your presenations into valuable blog posts.
Quick Video Tips & Tricks:
- Short clips.
- Save your title slide(s) in a separate album.
- First pass: Edit for effects/styles/transitions (export to HD).
- Second edit: Second edit to add titles.
- When exporting, turn “Auto-Lock” to NEVER.
- Exporting in LARGE format is fine – this produces significantly smaller files size.
Shooting Video with the iPhone camera app:
- Always double-tap to get black bars at the top and the bottom. This will help you frame your shot.
- The focus square is for both focus and white balance. Tap around to test.
- Create a zoom effect by first focusing on another object 4-6 feet away, then gently tapping on the person’s head.
Video Shooting Apps:
- iMovie app: $4.99 (Tom’s favorite).
- Vimeo iPhone app: Free (a bit more powerful than iMovie, but buggy).
- Flare $1.99 (great for masking bad lighting).
- Record yourself giving presentations (use SlideShare with an audio recording).
- Record your webinars.
- Use the Dragon Dictation tool to “speak” posts into your phone.
Creating Unique Videos and Incredible Pics:
- iTimeLapse – very easy to create time lapse videos.
- Photogene – great for retouching pictures.
- Camera+ – especially good for stabilization, also has a timer and quasi-burst shooting.
- TiltShiftGen – creates unique tilt shift pictures.
- Autostitch – automatically stitches pictures together for panoramic shots.
- Big Lens – allows you to decide what’s in focus (f-stop adjustment).
- Voice Memo – the app the comes with your iPhone is easy and quick to use.
- Ipadio – live podcasting or recording, plus helps you set up your podcast in iTunes.
- Dragon Dictation – great for recording dictation.
- Brando Mini-Directional Mic – helps you get better audio if you’re using you’re your phone to record simple audio.
- iRig – a handheld mic with audio jack.
- Wireless Lav Mic – allows you to get rid of ambient noise, and you can move around.
- KV Connector for iPhone – needed for most professional mics (3.5 mm audio devices).
- External Lenses – there are multiple options (macro, fisheye, etc.).
- Cheap case – cut it in half so you can easily take lenses on and off.
- GLIF Tripod Mount – will attach your phone to any standard tripods.
- Smooth Steadicam – allows you to move while filming.
- 3-Point Lighting Kit – needed for nice professional videos because the iPhone doesn’t do great in lighting.
- GoPano – creates 360 degree videos.
About Tom Martin:
Tom is frequent speaker, an active blogger at HelpMyBrand.com and the creator of TalkingWithTom – the world’s first video blog produced entirely on an iPhone. Tom is a regular contributor to Ad Age’s Small Agency Diary and the founder of Converse Digital, a social media marketing and content creation firm based in New Orleans, LA.
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