VIDEO GENIUS: Film yourself saying stuff using iPad video
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VIDEO GENIUS: Film yourself saying stuff using iPad video

Become a video genius! Learn how to save time and money by filming and editing with an iPad.
4.7 (54 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.
5,770 students enrolled
Created by Rob Glass
Last updated 2/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will be able to...
  • Clip your iPad into a tripod
  • Attach a decent external microphone
  • Use the recommended light
  • Stand in front of the camera and confidently say stuff
  • Edit out the bad bits using the recommended iPad app
  • Upload your finished monologues to YouTube
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  • iPad or iPad mini with Pinnacle Studio app
  • Other equipment will be recommended but is not essential

So you have important stuff to say and you want to say it using video. Great idea. Very now. But wait! Some or all of these things are stopping you:

you don’t have a video camera

you don’t know how to use a video camera

you don’t have any video editing software

you don’t know how to use video editing software

you don’t know how to upload a video

you don’t know what to say

you can’t afford to use a video production company

you don’t want to use a video production company every time you want to say something

So let’s just forget about the whole video thing. NOOOOO! You were so close. Quick! Do you have an iPad? No? Can you borrow one then? Come on! Yes? Then you’re back in business! In fact you’re ahead of the game!

An iPad (or iPad mini):

is economical

is easy to film with

has great quality video when used correctly

(that’s right. Don’t worry about the video quality – concentrate on the content instead).

is easy to edit video with

is easy to upload video from

(Hold on! It’s a portable TV studio!)

is capable of making both kinds of video


Logical and emotional. There’s more in my biography. We’re looking at logical here. But there’s a brave new emotional world of video beyond this, and it doesn't require quite as much additional equipment


I think so.

Where were we? Oh yes… An iPad is…

the future.

So you want to say stuff on video with an iPad. That makes you a VIDEO GENIUS in my book and this course is just for you.

To do it right we’ll need to discuss:

– how to master the iPad video camera

how to mount the iPad on a tripod

which tripods do the job economically

which external microphones improve the iPad’s own audio

which lights make your picture zing

how to stand there and say stuff confidently

how to edit out the surplus bits of your performance using the Pinnacle Studio video editing App

how to upload your monologue to YouTube still using your iPad (Genius!)

VIDEO GENIUS is for anyone interested in iPad video and video editing. This includes absolute beginners. The course will take around an hour and is being added to all the time as I search tirelessly for the best way for your to say your stuff using iPad video.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who have something to say and who want to say it using video.
  • It's for people who would really much rather produce video for themselves as often as they like as opposed to calling in an expensive video production company every time they want to communicate using video.
  • It's for people who recognise that what they are saying is more important than the specification of the video equipment they are using.
  • It's for people who want to concentrate on what they are saying to whom, and why rather than worrying about the complexities of filming and editing.
  • It's for people who sense that using an iPad to produce, edit and upload their video isn't some kind of inferior solution, but is in fact embracing the future.
  • This course assumes no prior knowledge.
  • This course does makes some suggestions for additional equipment BUT DOES NOT INSIST ON ANY OF IT. In fact what we're doing here is paving the way to a more engaging way to communicate using video, and this subsequent way doesn't really need any of this suggested equipment. So it might be an idea to hold fire...
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
2 Lectures 03:31

This is a brief introduction to the course explaining why filming using an iPad is a perfect reasonable approach.

Preview 01:43

I think there are TWO types of video. We're making the first. But if you fancy making the second with me one day, you may not need to have quite so much additional equipment.

The nature of video
EQUIPMENT: The iPad camera
2 Lectures 04:12

The iPad has two cameras and we need to familiarise ourselves with the best one.

Preview 01:18

Here we look at how to see what we're filming and how to override the camera's desire to focus and expose automatically.

Preview 02:54
EQUIPMENT - Cases and tripods
6 Lectures 08:47

If we're standing in front of the iPad we're going to need to get a grip!

Why we need cases and tripods

Here we look at the least expensive case.

The Grifiti Nootle case

Here we examine the two other parts of the Nootle kit.

The Grifiti Nootle joint and stand

Here we take a look a pricier but sturdier case with added benefits.

The iOgrapher case

A quick nod towards the world of tripods.


EQUIPMENT - Microphones
4 Lectures 09:34

The Achilles Heel of filming with an iPad is the sound quality. Here we examine three of the best pics that connect superbly .

Preview 01:18

I think this is the best option for chatting to people. Superb audio quality for little outlay.

Preview 03:17

This is pricier than the smartLav+ as it needs a connecting cable and possibly a stand .. But the sound quality is superb and it caters for headphones. This is the one I use to record the majority of my lectures in this course.

Preview 02:53

This is the most expensive of the three. It will only sit with the iOgrapher case, but it offers great natural audio out in the field (in the next course).

The RODE Video Mic Go
EQUIPMENT - Lighting
4 Lectures 05:59

We're not hunting for Hollywood lighting Oscars here, but we just want to make sure nobody complains that we haven't made the effort.

How lighting helps

This one is the Daddy and I wouldn't be without it!

The NanGuang CN-R640 LED Ring Light

This one may come in handy in the next course, but to be honest it's not at the top of my wish list.

The Manfrotto ML240 LED light

What's hot and what's not.

Preview 01:23
FILMING - How to film yourself
2 Lectures 03:49

How to record the right shot.

Preview 01:05

It's a trick used on national television and really ought to have a patent.

I did it my way...
PRESENTATION - How to say stuff
1 Lecture 02:51

I was a presenter for several years on both BBC regional and national television. As such I have a few tips on how to say stuff in front of camera such as being yourself and making mistakes.

Several tips on saying stuff
EDITING - How to tidy up what you said
4 Lectures 09:32

I'm not a fan of iMovie. Not while Pinnacle Studio is around.

Preview 01:16

This is the traditional way to chisel and import your clip.

Editing method 1

This is perhaps the easiest way to top and tail your clip.

Editing method 2

Finally for now you can cut off the bits you don't want and chuck them in the bin.

Editing method 3
UPLOADING - How to broadcast to the world
4 Lectures 10:23

The shortest lecture in the course!

Preview 00:11

Here's how I edited and uploaded the previous lecture up to YouTube.

Real time edit and upload to Youtube

Another contender for shortest lecture...

Preview 00:10

Here's how I edited and uploaded the previous lecture up here to Udemy.

Real time edit and upload to Udemy
1 Lecture 01:34

So, we've reached base camp...

Au revoir!
About the Instructor
Rob Glass
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Professional video journalist

Rob Glass has been working in broadcasting for twenty years. During his time as a BBC television presenter he was acknowledged as one of the UK's most creative practitioners. He found his niche as a video journalist, single-handedly filming and editing features for BBC News. He also spent time as a trainer, showing other BBC journalists how to work independently too. In 2004 Rob set up Coracle Films so that he could help organisations beyond the BBC communicate using video. Rob has produced over 1,500 features for broadcast and by doing so he has seen how video seems to work on two different levels, one logical, the other emotional, in much the same way that a pencil can write a shopping list or a tear-jerking poem. For the past seven years Rob has been perfecting a way to pass on the rudiments of video storytelling, and now does so thanks to the ludicrous simplicity of the iPad.