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Quick start your smartphone videos! The videos, apps and editing techniques for low-cost, mobile video production
4.0 (44 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,140 students enrolled
Created by Robb Montgomery
Last updated 4/2017
Current price: $10 Original price: $30 Discount: 67% off
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  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Substantially increase the quality of your videos
  • Know which apps to use for filming and editing
  • Learn the “magic filming pattern” that you must follow for amazing video.
  • Learn how to edit video in iMovie
  • Know how to use their smartphone to record great-looking videos
  • Know which microphones and lights work best
  • Know how to make smooth motion shots
  • Know how to make the camera settings that matter most
  • Choose the right gear for great video
  • Learn how to film shots so that they can be easily edited
  • Increase your video expertise many times over
  • Set up your camera phone or tablet for best results
  • Make videos about your company
View Curriculum
  • This is a course for beginners. There is something for everyone in this course.

Do want to learn how to quickly film and edit video on your mobile phone?

This short course introduces you to the fundamentals of video production for iPhone and iPad (With tips for Android users too!)

These 21 Video lectures will teach you how to produce a high-quality video story on your phone. 

Taught by a word expert on mobile video! He makes courses for amateurs and profssionals. Choose the one that best matches your needs.

Dr. Nicola Kluge recently added this 5 star review:

“Love this course!
Wow! I really loved this course! It was exactly what I needed. I have some experience with filming and editing, but this little course gave me the extra info in regards to low cost equipment, and awesome pointers on shooting techniques.”

This quick course features a step-by-step method that will guide you through the fundamentals for making and sharing high quality videos.

  1. Gear to improve your videos
  2. Camera settings
  3. Android Apps for filming and editing
  4. Best video apps for iPhone and iPad
  5. Six-shot pattern to make sequences
  6. Getting smooth motion shots
  7. Filming interviews
  8. Practical video editing steps
  9. YouTube sharing and analytics
  10. Make a multimedia video story

This is an introductory-level course - no special expertise is required.

“Insightful and straight to the point! I enjoyed this class the instructor was insightful and clear. Lots of great information and techniques.”
— Asherlee Levy Velikic

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.

You can take this course with your smartphone and you will earn a certificate when you finish the course.

Brilliant Intro to Smartphone Video Making: "I loved this course because I was able to quickly discover what I've been missing with my smartphone. It made me want to explore film making and that was not going on before I found this course. Excellent video, audio, and content quality... Well done Robb!"
— Fred Ferguson

You will get clear guidance for the apps, mics, lights and other gear that will instantly improve all of the video you make with a mobile device.

This course features the iPhone 6+ and iPad mini - as they are the latest and greatest smartphones for making video.

Expert Guidance on Making iPhone Videos

"This course is great in explaining how to make professional quality iPhone videos. The structure of the course has been well planned - each lesson is presented with great clarity in a concise, right to the point manner. This compact course is about as comprehensive as it should be without overwhelming me with too much information. Robb (the instructor) covers each topic engagingly with amazing attention to detail. Also, supplementary resources are generously provided whenever applicable. What impresses me most are the insights he shares based on his own experience - the practical tips that would save me a lot of time from having to figure it out myself. In a nutshell, if you're looking to learn how to make professional looking iPhone videos, this course will help you get the job done with minimal fuss."

— Michael Choke

Leah Dodrill writes: Excellent content, very well presented

“The presenter is very well spoken and the course videos are high quality. Learning how to organize and create from a shot list was information rich! This course offers amazing value and is easy to follow."

For students, small business owners, freelancers, video podcasters, PR pros, media teachers, and content marketers.

Jane Lee writes:

"This course by Robb Montgomery is packed with rich content and information on how to create videos. Each lecture provided instructional materials and tools to help you make video production easy. Love the checklist and quick video demonstration. This is a course not to be missed."

Jay Em writes:

Robb's style is professional, to-the-point, and easy to understand. I am completely new to the world of video production, so Robb's style of demonstrating what he teaches was extremely helpful to me. In this course, Robb takes you through getting started with your iPhone, accessories, and apps, showing you numerous ways to get those awesome, cut-above-the-rest-videos. I was not even halfway through the course when I was ready to go get my own items together and start recording with the techniques and apps he demonstrates. This class would be a good family activity course for weekend adventures - a family could watch the different videos and go record in the demonstrated styles. Since you can watch Udemy classes on the go - and since Robb has kept these videos in short clips arranged by topic, you could easily re-watch certain lectures if you were to get stuck while out scouting for clips. Audio and video quality were smooth and professional. Lecture types included demonstrations of lesson materials. I look forward to taking more of Robb's courses!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course will challenge you to develop and discover creative solutions to filmmaking.
  • Travel pros
  • Doctors
  • Lawyers
  • Marketing professionals
  • PR professionals
  • Communications teams
  • Moms
  • Dads
  • Students
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Curriculum For This Course
How to take this course
4 Lectures 03:43

Robb Montgomery has worked as a professional journalist for 30 years and a filmmaker and visual journalism professor since 2005.

He is @VideoJournalist on Twitter and and you can reach him through the contact form at

In this course, you will be learning how to produce simple, but effective video content with your smartphone.

  • You will learn how to use your mobile camera to answer story questions.
  • How to conduct interviews that get great sound bites.
  • Film shots that can be quickly edited together into a finished video story.
  • If you tell stories for a living or teach students those skills, this course is for you.

Welcome the Smart film School.

Happy Filming!

Preview 01:52

How to take this course

The lessons in this course were developed from the experiences of training thousands of broadcast journalists how to tell stories with their mobile phones and using visually-led approaches to reporting and producing stories.

Robb Montgomery combines this approach with advanced social media, data visualization and writing techniques that help stories connect with Web & Mobile audiences.

Preview 00:56

You can install the Smart Film school courses on your phone in less than five minutes!

1) Download the Udemy app on your smartphone



2) Log in to your Udemy account

3) Tap on “My courses”

4) Start viewing the lessons and enter class discussions.

5) Complete the course to get your certificate.

6) Show it to your training manager.

7) Leave a 5-star rating and comment!

Happy Filming!

Robb Montgomery

Preview 00:27
The Gear
2 Lectures 05:02
The most important piece of MOJO gear that you must have.

A detailed look at the mics, lights and other gear you need to have in your video kit.

Preview 04:29
Camera settings
2 Lectures 02:43
Checking in

Setting up the video recording app to get pro results. (include Filmic Pro walkthrough video)

Turn your phone into a pro camera with these controls
Best video apps for iPhone and iPad
2 Lectures 05:02

How to find and organize your video production apps for iOS.

iOs apps for video

Updated list: May 2016

UPDATE: These are the apps I use
Best video apps for Android
2 Lectures 03:26

How to organize your video production apps for Android

Android apps for video

A note about editing video on Android
Shot sizes and patterns
1 Lecture 02:39

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

Preview 02:39
Camera motion techniques
1 Lecture 02:12

How to hack the Hyperlapse app to make smooth motion video.

Make smooth video shots using this free app
Interview techniques
1 Lecture 04:51

The do's and don’ts of filming video interviews.

Filming interviews
Video editing
1 Lecture 06:33

A walkthrough for how to edit your sound bites, add cutaway sequences and build your video story in iMovie

Edit sound bites and cutaway sequences into a polished video
YouTube sharing and analytics
1 Lecture 08:34

How to share smartphone video and edit clips using the free Capture app.

Editing and sharing video with YouTube apps
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About the Instructor
Robb Montgomery
4.2 Average rating
467 Reviews
10,124 Students
14 Courses
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