How to use an iPhone for video production
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How to use an iPhone for video production

Learn how to shoot and edit iPhone video like a pro. 2.5 hours of video lessons!
3.4 (6 ratings)
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Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 10/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 14 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
View Curriculum
  • 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.

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

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!
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Curriculum For This Course
37 Lectures
INTRODUCTION: Getting started
3 Lectures 07:20

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

Preview 01:45

This is an introductory course. no previous experience is required

Preview 05:07
Gear, apps and camera settings
6 Lectures 13:26

How to organize your video production apps

Preview 01:17

Checking in

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

Budget video gear

Setting up the video recording app to get pro results

Preview 02:13

Camera fundamentals and the things you need to get right

How to film video
Shot sizes and filming patterns
3 Lectures 10:58

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

Understand the visual grammar for telling a video story.

Shot sizes and sneaker zoom

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

A six-shot pattern for making great video

Apps, gear and shots

Check for understanding
1 question

EXERCISE - Film a shot pattern
Interview techniques
4 Lectures 09:01

How to get stable footage


Aligning the subject in your shot

Preview 02:02

Don’t forget to do this first

Pre -interview prep

A list of sample questions that will get great sound bites

Interview questions
Video editing
7 Lectures 37:42

How a 30 minute process can be shown in 30 seconds

Compressing time with a sequence

A simple and powerful method for writing great scripts

Writing to pictures

Handout - Script writing for voice over narration

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

Video editing in iMovie

Recording a voice over

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

Uploading video and tracking analytics

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

How to upload HD video to Facebook
Social media video content
5 Lectures 37:59

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
Getting started with Periscope and live streaming.

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

How one media outlet encourages reporters to report via social media

What's actually inside those Egyptian pyramids?
Preview 01:34

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.

Preview 14:12

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

Quickly add and edit closed captions to videos
1 Lecture 01:41

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.

Preview 01:41
6 Lectures 15:21
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 journalists are using Persicope to report from the refugee crisis in Europe

How AJ+ reported from Baltimore riots using only iPhones

Reporting breaking news with mobile journalism
Finishing up
2 Lectures 01:03

Discount coupon codes for students

Preview 00:49
About the Instructor
Robb Montgomery
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10,131 Students
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Best-selling Instructor, journalism professor & Entreprenuer

Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor with international expertise.
       His clients include:

BroadcastersCNN, Reuters, Channel News Asia, VRT, MTV3, MediaCorp, and 24SATA. 
Organizations: British Cycling, Irish Broadcasting Authority, IREX, WAN-IFRA, and the Institute of Physics.
Educators: University of London (SOAS), Stockholm University, Danish School of Journalism, FH Wien (Vienna), EFJ (Paris), Michigan State University, and the University of Notre Dame. 

Montgomery is a Best-eller author and worked as an editor in the newsrooms of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for 15 years before founding his media advisory business in 2005.

In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with certificate course packs for mobile journalism and smartphone filmmaking.

Montgomery produces workshops worldwide on design thinking and mobile journalism. Mid-career professionals seeking professional development certification in these new skills frequently study with him in Berlin.

Since 2005, Montgomery has trained more than 10,000 storytellers in mobile journalism and design thinking.

He is the author of Smartphone Filmmaking (Routledge Press – 1Q 2018) and  "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism.”  (ISBN 978-0-9903502-0-0. 2015, Visual Editors.)


In 2012, Montgomery developed the smartphone reporting training, technology and workflows used by hundreds of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty broadcast reporters and correspondents.

• For IREX and USAID, Montgomery developed the world’s first mobile journalism lab for Radio Liberty and several journalism schools in Georgia.

• As a journalism educator, he authors and produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at FH Institute for Journalism & Media Management (Vienna) and the EFJ School of New Journalism (Paris).

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

• Montgomery has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times, Leadership 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.

Current activities 

  • Authoring a textbook on smartphone filmmaking for the academic publisher, Taylor & Francis
  • Developing mobile journalism workshops and masters degree program
  • Leading prototyping workshops for new product development