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Hello and welcome back for week two, as we approach the launch of my new online course, Mobile Video Made Easy.

This week is a quick techie piece, as I brush over the kinds of equipment you can expect to use to make your smartphone videos super. I deal very often with Big Bear Sound for my equipment, and if you participate in the course, you will receive a discount on their excellent products, found here: https://www.bigbearsound.com/products/

That being said, the primary object you will be needing is, of course, your smartphone. Apple or Android is fine – but please not a Windows phone, we’ve had plenty of difficulties with those in the past!

In the Six Tips blog I talked about keeping your videos steady and to do that, you must use some form of tripod or monopod – or really any stabilizing device. Shoulder rigs are a good option, but really, a decent, usable tripod is the most cost-effective and useful piece of equipment. Remember, keep things simple, and better yet – affordable!

I have an established background in radio, so sound is a huge pet peeve of mine and achieving good sound on a smartphone recording can be sensitive – but certainly possible. I most commonly use lavalier microphones, which can be attached to a person while speaking, and you’ll likely need an extension cable to make them more user-friendly. Any form of detachable microphone is also an option if you simply plug it in to your smartphone, but lavalier mics are small and easy to transport, and incredibly effective.

Everyone who uses their smartphone frequently knows the number one concern when doing any serious work on one: battery life, and lack thereof. I greatly encourage buying yourself a battery pack of some sort for your phone, to save yourself a whole lot of headache in the long run.

Now if you really want to go above and beyond in your smartphone videos, lighting is another great thing to be aware of and many small, simple lights can purchased, which will help increase the quality of your video. But to keep things as direct as possible right now, I won’t elaborate much further.

To edit your brilliant smartphone video on your smartphone, you will be using an editing app that you can download either for free or for a small charge, depending on the quality you want – naturally! I use Filmora Pro, and have used iMovie, AndroVid, or Vlogit as well. These programmes will be covered in the course, and by the end of the lessons, you’ll be able to direct, film, and edit your own entire projects with just a phone in your hand.

Keep an eye out over the next couple weeks as I touch base again before the special launch of my new course, Mobile Video Made Easy. If you want to see some of the equipment I use, check out my YouTube video.

Bye for now, Aileen