Frequently Asked Questions
for Mobile Video Made Easy
WHAT IS MOBILE VIDEO MADE EASY?
It’s an online course in six modules, which takes you from a beginner or intermediate video maker using your smartphone, to a proficient confident video maker.
WHAT AREAS DOES IT COVER?
The course is broken down into six modules:
Lesson 1: Preparing Your Phone – I will walk you through what the course entails, and how to set up the apps for your phone to gather your videos and photos and be ready to edit.
Lesson 2: Planning Your Story – Learn how to storyboard and pre-plan your video in order to be a more effective story-teller.
Lesson 3: Tools and Techniques for Shooting Video – You’ll shoot a video! With my guidance, naturally. Your phone and your storyboard will come together with my 4-shot formula to create your own footage.
Lesson 4: Editing Your Video – Just like it sounds, I’ll show you how to use your phone to do all the ‘difficult’ work – but made easy.
Lesson 5: Sharing Your Video – Learn how to export your own video to social media platforms.
Lesson 6: Equipment Guide – I’ll walk you through all the equipment and apps we’ve used so you understand what they are and where to find them.
WHO’S IT FOR?
Anyone who needs video for their work or life, and doesn’t know where to start. The course is especially useful for journalists who need video to make short video stories for social media, PR professionals who need video for events, promos and press releases, website designers for their clients’ content, digital marketers for their video content, and small businesses running their own content strategies.
In other words, anyone who needs to be able to make a quality video on their smartphones.
DO I NEED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT VIDEO ALREADY?
Not necessarily. While it’s designed for beginners, some people who have taught themselves the basics of video making will learn a lot as well – interview techniques, structuring a story, how to talk to camera, and how to set up your own pop-up studio.
ANDROID OR IPHONE?
Both are perfect, the newer the model, the better. However, Microsoft Windows phones are not encouraged, to be honest. iPads and Tablets are okay but we rarely use them as we find them too cumbersome for recording. We love the Apple iTouch – all the functions of the iPhone without the cost, and free on wifi. Also cheaper!
WHO IS AILEEN O’MEARA?
Whaddya mean you don’t know? Only joking…
Aileen is a professional journalist, formerly of RTE, the Irish national broadcaster, where she honed her multimedia skills in as a radio producer and then a TV News correspondent, winning a few awards along the way. In 2004, she left to find a better work/life balance with a young family and set up her media training and production business – see www.aileenomeara.ie for more.
She began developing her media training services in smartphone video content soon after the smartphone video camera and apps became a reality in our lives back in 2010. Aileen combines her enthusiasm for storytelling with her award-winning journalistic skills to create a unique course built on the success of her workshops, sharing real knowledge of short-form storytelling for mobile devices.
DO I NEED SPECIAL APPS OR EQUIPMENT?
No, this course teaches you everything just using your smartphone. However, we do recommend if you can to get the very budget-friendly selfie stick in your local friendly discount store (Penneys/Tiger/Dealz for example), it really helps making videos. We also give our recommendations for our own essential equipment – a handheld tripod with a mount for smartphones, and a broadcast quality clip-on microphone. AND we tell you where to find them.
HOW LONG DOES THE COURSE TAKE?
That’s up to you. It is possible to do the whole course in one day, but we have structured it in step-by-step style, with practical exercises in each module. So depending on how long it takes you to do the exercises, and if you wish to go back over our lessons more than once, it can take you from a day to a few days.
What our testers have said is that it’s best to give at least one hour at a time to learn each lesson as it comes up and then practice what you have learnt before moving onto the next module.
HOW LONG IS THE COURSE AVAILABLE ONLINE/CAN YOU DOWNLOAD IT?
It’s available online via our membership site for 3 months from the date of purchase.
HOW DO I PAY?
Payment is available via credit card or Paypal options.
IS THERE A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE?
Yes, for one month, you can get your money back if it is not the course you thought it was, or if you cannot complete the course, given a valid reason.
WHAT ABOUT FOLLOW UPS?
You will be invited to join our closed Facebook Group where we will post additional resources, follow up materials and updates on our knowledge. We will encourage you to post your completed video to this group for feedback (if you wish!), and we will give you feedback there if you ask us to.
ARE ANY OTHER COURSES AVAILABLE?
We’re currently working on an intermediate/advanced course! As well as some add-ons for those who’ve completed the first course.
We’re also working on a dedicated Mobile Journalist Video Made Easy course.
And – yes I know it’s not video, but – we’re working on a new Podcasting Made Easy course.
WHAT ABOUT THAT MUG?
The one you see in our videos? Lovely, isn’t it? Well, if you post a really good testimonial, you never know….
AND A CERTIFICATE?
We have a signed and personalised certificate for everyone who completes our courses.
WHAT IF I WANT TO BOOK A BESPOKE COURSE or TO BOOK AILEEN?
Give us a shout at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you.