iPhone video production

Discover how to shoot and edit iPhone video like a pro. 2.5 hours of video lessons!
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  • Lectures 37
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Are you ready to start making video reports with your mobile phone?

This foundation course in mobile journalism will quickly get you up to speed. It teaches the fundamentals of using a mobile phone to create video stories.

“Once I started the course (Video Journalism), I could not quit until I had completed it. Each segment was interesting, informative, creatively presented and edited with precision. I loved the course and learned a lot from it. Thank you, Rob!!"

— Randy Hendricks

The Mobile Newsroom
Professional newsrooms are converting their new operations to mobile-based reporting.

The lessons in this course were developed from the experiences of training thousands of broadcast journalists how to tell stories with their mobile phones.

You will learn how to use visually-led approaches that improve your reporting and your stories.

“High-quality and easy to follow course, not overwhelming for a beginner. Gear and app recommendations are very helpful. Also it expands one's perspective greatly about what can be done with a Smartphone. Thank you!"

— Arzu

What will I learn?

  • The most practical apps and essential video gear
  • Fundamentals of camera usage
  • How to make video interviews
  • 10 types of mobile video
  • How to stabilize shaky video
  • Creating multimedia content and stories
  • A six shot pattern that makes great videos
  • Script writing for voice over narration
  • Storyboarding
  • Video editing in iMovie
  • Sharing to YouTube and tracking analytics

“I was very pleased to learn about the shooting methods and especially the apps that can allow me to control the camera and edit footage. Robb is very clear and straightforward in his teaching, and I appreciate the way his lectures are backed up with slide or text reviews. Production quality was professional. Overall, this is a course you need to take if you want to use your phone or tablet for more than a still camera. Highly recommended"

— Stephen Box

The mobile reporting wave is spreading.

A TV station in Ireland regularly airs video reports that are made by reporters with smartphones, the BBC has a permanent training course to train staff in mobile journalism and AJ Plus has an army of mobile-only journalists who cover breaking news around the world.

Enroll today and earn a certificate when you finish the course.

“I really enjoy this step by step course. it's a 360° vision with advices for the gear (helpful) and apps, and also theory and practice about to tell a story in video (journalism techniques, that's very interesting). Ok Robb, I'm waiting for the next episodes!"

— Marie M

What are the requirements?

  • No previous video experience is required. No technical knowledge is needed. This course will walk you through every step.
  • You will need to download a few apps to take this course. Many are free, but some have a small fee attached.
  • This course shows you the gear, apps and techniques to quickly make great video and short films using a smartphone.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Increase your video expertise many times over
  • Plan and produce short form video
  • Perform simple, but powerful video editing in iMovie
  • Create video that engages social and mobile audiences
  • Learn the “magic filming pattern” that you must follow for amazing video.
  • Shoot amazing videos with your iPad or iPhone

Who is the target audience?

  • Media organizations use this course to train Journalists, correspondents, and reporters in video production techniques.
  • Journalism professors are assigning this course to students who are taking multimedia and video courses.
  • Broadcast producers are using this course to train staff on video production essentials.
  • This course is the perfect primer for learning video and filmmaking techniques using the camera you already have with you.
  • Smart Film School certificate courses are now being used by media professors in journalism schools to train the next generation in smartphone video reporting. Students earn a certificate when they complete all assignments for their class. This is a great course for teachers!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: INTRODUCTION: Getting started
How to take this course

Robb Montgomery has been a visual journalist for 30 years and a filmmaker and instructor since 2005.


This is an introductory course. no previous experience is required

Section 2: Gear, apps and camera settings

How to organize your video production apps

Video apps for iOS and Android
Checking in

The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone


Setting up the video recording app to get pro results


Camera fundamentals and the things you need to get right

Section 3: Shot sizes and filming patterns

How to film the shots you need to tell a video story

Understand the visual grammar for telling a video story.


This filming pattern will get you the shots you need for a video sequence that matches a soundbite.

1 question

Apps, gear and shots

EXERCISE - Film a shot pattern
Section 4: Interview techniques

How to get stable footage


Aligning the subject in your shot


Don’t forget to do this first


A list of sample questions that will get great sound bites

Section 5: Video editing

How a 30 minute process can be shown in 30 seconds


A simple and powerful method for writing great scripts

Handout - Script writing for voice over narration

How to edit sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build a video story in iMovie

Recording a voice over

A simple workflow for uploading your videos, adding metadata and tracking analytics


The video you upload to Facebook from an iPhone or iPad is low quality by default. Let’s fix that!

Section 6: Social media video content

Getting started with the Periscope app and live streaming.

  1. How to watch and broadcast a Periscope
  2. A sample broadcast
  3. Data and sharing
  4. How to save the video

How The Washington Post works with its foreign correspondents to report via social media

What's actually inside those Egyptian pyramids?

A kinogram is a silent video that can be read by users on social media. This lesson shows the app and workflows making these types of videos.


This free tool allows you to generate editable subtitles from your videos

Section 7: Results

Here is a student video made in one of my my MOJO workshops in Berlin.

It was filmed using the Filmic Pro app, Shoulderpod S1 mount and the Røde SmartLav mic.

The student edited the clips and built her video using iMove on an iPhone 5.

Section 8: Reading
10 years of mobile journalism
7 Tips for Building a Mobile-First, Multi-Platform Newsroom
The Mobile-First Manifesto
Vertical presentation of news and vertical video

Broadcasting on Snapchat and Periscope has allowed journalists to give the public access to raw, unedited and instant footage of this international story.


How AJ+ reported from Baltimore riots using only iPhones

Section 9: Finishing up

Discount coupon codes for students

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Instructor Biography

Robb Montgomery, Video journalism professor

Robb Montgomery has taught more than 10,000 people, just like yourself, how to make great-looking video stories with small cameras and smartphones.

His workshops and courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, RTÉ Ireland TV, and many public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore. 

His Smart Film School video courses are required for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France. FH Journalism School, Notre Dame and the Danish School of Journalism also the education discount to issue his video courses to all students. Styria Media in Europe has an Enterprise-wide license that allows every employee full access to all of Montgomery's video training courses.

Why? Montgomery is a global expert in video storytelling and innovation strategy and is based in Berlin, Germany. He is the author of "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism,”  and a new book on video storytelling to be published by Taylor & Francis (London and New York).

As a WAN-IFRA expert, he works with journalists worldwide to develop mobile video projects and as a design-thinking expert, he leads internal teams at media companies to rapidly develop actionable prototypes and new products.

For Media Development projects in Egypt and Georgia, Montgomery developed the world's first mobile journalism school and has trained thousands of journalists in video storytelling, social media, and design thinking processes.

He produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at universities in Europe.

Montgomery was elected as a "Storyteller in Residence" for the Ashoka Foundation in 2015. 

In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with course packs of video tutorials that teach social video, mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking. 

Montgomery previously served as an editorial art director for the Chicago Tribune, Page One editor for the Chicago-Sun-Times, and has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times and the San Francisco Examiner.

His work with the investigative journalism team at the Sun-Times won him recognition at the Peter Lisagor awards and he has been awarded top honors in Society of News Design competitions since 1992.

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