To get started with this article, all you need is your smartphone. And in this article, we’re going to be breaking down how to shoot a video for YouTube with this. – Now, we’re using the iPhone 8, but if you have an Android or any other smartphone, you’re going to get massive value from this article. So let’s get into it.
Hey, what’s up? Fiver Fix here. – Salman Riaz here. And this is FiverFix, bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence with online articles, videos, and social media. And we’re so excited because we’re in a four-part series. This is part one of how to create YouTube videos with your smartphone.
Part one is going to be all about shooting the video. Then we’re going to do thumbnails in part two. How to edit in part three. And then finally, how to upload it and optimize the video in part four. – Now, you know, when I first started on YouTube, all we had was a smartphone. We were not into gear, all of that was really intimidating to us.
So, I just want to encourage you, that this article is really gonna walk you step-by-step, on how to start creating content with a phone that you already have. Tip number one is, before you lock down your shot and set up any gear, put your phone in selfie mode and get a feel for the room. – Yeah, I took the phone as Salman said, selfie mode, walked around ’cause I wanted to see what the background was gonna look like with me in the shot.
- Now, you might think that we do this really well at FiverFix, but it takes us a couple of times. So, you’ll see, I set up the shot first and it didn’t quite work out. So, I wanted the tripod to be about an arm’s length away, and I wanted the background to not be too busy. So I moved around the room and then finally, locked in the right shot.
- Tip number two is to get your gear ready. Now, here’s the cool thing. You can start with your smartphone, by just putting it on a pile of books, and using your on-camera microphone, but there are a few pieces of gear that we recommend to really level up your smartphone content. And that is a lighting kit.
The lighting kit we have for this shoot was under $100. And then also, a microphone. And if you’ve got your dongle, then the microphone just plugs right into your phone, makes it sound better, and Heather was able to clip that to her shirt. And then finally, just a tripod and a smartphone mount.
And you could get all of that gear for right around $150 here in the U.S. So if you wanna see links to any of those specific items, we’ll post those in the post description below, or contact us via our contact us page to get more info.
- Tip number three is to lock down your shot. Now, there’s always the dilemma, do you do the selfie mode? Or do you do the normal camera? We suggest that you do the normal camera.
And here’s the best thing. I know I thought when I sat down, “I can’t see myself”. But don’t worry, do a test shot first where you click the button, you sit down, you say something so you can test your audio, you can check the background, make sure everything’s in the frame, it looks nice, and then when you get started, everything’s good to go.
Yeah, and the reason you wanna do that is because the normal camera on most phones, like the majority, is so much superior to the selfie camera. But here’s the thing, you can still use the selfie camera if you want, but avoid this mistake. A lot of people, when they’re having selfie mode, they look at themselves and not the lens.
Therefore, people can see it on YouTube videos. So do your best to look at that little lens on your phone, and that way, you’ll be making eye contact with the viewer.
- Tip number four is to lock in your video settings before you start to shoot. Now, most cameras on your phone will do 1080p, which is great.
And we recommend choosing that setting but if you have the option for 4K, choose 4K. So in this video, we’re doing 4K at 30 frames per second. – Yeah, and later in the series, we’re going to be going through how to edit that. And what’s cool is, on an iPhone 8, which is the phone we’re using for this series, you’ll be able to edit 4K easily.
But here’s the other thing, you can always shoot in 4K, but then later down-process it to 1080p and it’ll still look better on YouTube, helping you get more views and build your brand faster. Hey, I hope you’re getting value out of this article. And if you are, can you smash the Share button? All right, let’s get right back into the tips.
- Tip number five is to deliver the content. Now, before I even sat down to record the video, there were two things that I did. The first thing, is I researched what I wanted my video to be about. So, I didn’t just set up all my gear, sit down, stare at the camera, and go “what am I gonna record?” No, I actually knew what the video was going to be about.
The second thing I did, was I took the content that I knew I wanted to have in the video and I broke it down into points. That just helps me record the video better and allows my audience to be able to follow along with the video all the way to the end. Then, what I did, was press record. Now, I walked through the entire video, and just like you, I stumbled.
I had to stop and restart, and that’s okay. You’re not going to get it right the first time, but just keep going. All right, and now that all the footage is on the phone, it’s ready for the edit. But there’s actually one more step before that, and that is creating a great thumbnail for YouTube.
So if you want to read the article or watch part two is this series, you can click or tap the YouTube card or comment below and we’ll post a link to it in the video description or below your comment as well. – And, if you wanna read the full article here or watch the full video that we did on our iPhone for this video, you can check it out over on our Era24UK channel, and we will post that on the YouTube card or in the description or in reply of your comment below.
Question of the day: what smartphone do you currently have? Tell us in the comment section below and we will see you in the next article. Take care and have a peaceful day.