How to Make Videos with an iPhone - Starting a YouTube Channel! | Ben Rowlands | Skillshare

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How to Make Videos with an iPhone - Starting a YouTube Channel!

teacher avatar Ben Rowlands, Content Creator with 800,000 Followers

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      iPhone Camera Settings Mistakes


    • 3.

      Working with Lenses


    • 4.

      Improving Audio Quality


    • 5.

      Footage Transfer for Editing


    • 6.

      Thanks for Watching!!


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Learn how to make a YouTube video with your phone! Smart Phone Camera technology continues to improve year on year, and is now a viable option for creating effective and high quality YouTube Videos. Videos that can reach new audiences and engage your viewers. 

This class will cover important things to know when filming YouTube Videos on your iPhone. With clear explanations of the various camera settings and how to use them correctly. Helping you have a frictionless workflow, when creating your next video! This YouTube Tutorial for beginners will help you learn how to create videos and YouTube Content with your phone. 

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Ben Rowlands

Content Creator with 800,000 Followers


Ben Rowlands is a 24-year-old Content Creator who has made a significant impact in the digital world, amassing an impressive 800,000 Followers and a staggering 500,000,000 Views across social media. Renowned for his deep passion for Tech, Gaming, and Music, Ben has skillfully leveraged his interests to build a diverse and highly successful online presence. Within just one year, he grew his YouTube channel to over 100,000 subscribers, and on TikTok, it took only a few months for him to reach the same milestone.

Ben's channels span multiple niches, making him a versatile presenter. With the ability to adapt across content styles, providing greater knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a full-time creator. In addition to his life as a content creator, Ben is a... See full profile

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1. Introduction: In this Skillshare class, I'm going to show you how you can film. That's a YouTube videos with just your iPhone. We will cover a range of camera settings and common mistakes that people make when filming iPhone footage. We will also explore working with different lenses, improving your audio quality with external microphones, and how to import icon for each into a timeline and against you edited if you're thinking about starting a YouTube channel and you don't want to buy an expensive camera. Join me here for this Skillshare class, where I show you how to use your smart phone. 2. iPhone Camera Settings Mistakes: So the very first thing we need to do is actually change the camera settings of your iPhone by default, if you have one in the much newer iPhones, like I think basically anything from an iPhone 10 up to present day, by default, your cameras will record HDR. Now this looks fantastic. On the iPhone itself, you get the most dynamic range out of the camera, especially on the latest iPhones at the 12th and 13th have HDR displays. It looks incredible. But when you import that footage onto your video editing laptops, you just got a standard MacBook and that isn't an HDR display. You cannot actually visually watched that for each back correctly, it will look completely washed out. All of the colors will be incorrect, and it's a complete nightmare to have to convert that HDL footage, SDR 38, which is standard dynamic range. This was an issue that I faced with a recent video where I am boxed every single brand new iPhone, but I filled the entire video on the brand new iPhone. So while I'm boxing the phones, I was also showing off the cameras. So to avoid having additional steps in your video editing software and absolute headache while you are editing your videos, you want to make sure that you set up the camera correctly first. And you're not capturing any HDR for if you don't intentionally want to do that. So the iPhone that I have here is the iPhone 13 Pro Max. We've got the three lens camera system and we'll talk about that in just a second. But you want to head into your system settings regardless of what phone you have, this will work pretty much the same and you want to scroll down to camera. So within this many, you have a variety of different camera settings from recording file formats like the resolution, the frame rates, and a plethora of other things. Now inside of the formats, you have a few different options here to basically change the file type. So if you ever filmed on a normal camera like I'm filming on right now that as an SD card very frequently if it's like something like a Sony A6 6400, that will capture a H.264 file. And then you throw that into video editing software and it's pretty easy to handle with. And this is exactly what this camera format setting is allowing you to do it. Let you decide whether you're capturing an H.264 format or whether you are capturing and H vec format. Now high efficiency will capture it in a H FAQ format and most compatible capture over in H.264. So if you are maybe editing on a Windows computer and you are experiencing issues with importing the iPhone footage into your video editor. You may want to switch this over to most compatible to switch it into H.264. So it's a much more versatile, universal video editing codec. I know from past experience when I used to edit videos on Windows, using iPhone footage often caused a lot of headaches. But as it says in the small text and make sure you read this because obviously it will probably change across coming months and years when they update their iPhones. But at this current time, high-efficiency actually gives you the most versatility in terms of the fancy features on the iPhone. So if you want to capture it for k 60 frames per second, slow motion at 240 frames per second, the brand new cinematic mode on the iPhone 13s, all of this is required to be captured with the high efficiency codec. So we are going to choose that anyways, the next most important setting is found inside record video. This is where you can choose your resolution and also your frame rate. So pretty much any iPhone from the past couple of years can capture for K video footage and it looks very impressive. And additionally on top of the volcano resolution, it can also capture up to 60 frames per second, which means you could capture an epics or a sequence in 60 frames per second and slow that down imposed when editing your video for a bit of B-roll and different things like that. The reason why this is so impressive is because a lot of the Sony and Canon cameras can even capture 4k 60 frames per second. And if they can, it either has crazy high file formats. All the camera is like 5000 pounds. And this is great because you can use your iPhone to capture high resolution in slow motion footage to slot into your YouTube videos. I definitely with the newer models there is image sensitive stabilization, which means you get gimbal like smooth footage and you've just show handheld on your iPhone. The results remarkable. I would always recommend that you always capture for K resolution as a minimum, even if you're going to be uploading your YouTube videos in 1080 P, I think it's best to capture for k to get the most out of your smartphones tiny sensor. And then you can just always see downscale that video editing software. Because to be honest, the file sizes for video on smartphones aren't too crazy anyways, something else that I have learned from filming a lot of iPhone footage recently is for k 24 frames per second doesn't look as good as four K 24 frames per second on a regular camera. So the footage you're seeing right now is film that fork a 24 frames per second and it's got like very natural-looking motion blur, the shutter speed and everything set correctly on this camera. But when you try to film the same sort of FPS on a smart phone like an iPhone in particular, the footage just looks very jittery, almost like the shutter rate is set in correctly and have always ended up finding the four K 20 FPS results pretty unusable when I've tried to use this iPhone footage, I think for the best results, you should fill up for k 30 frames per second. So if you're doing any standard video clips like talking to the camera, just like this, flogging with your iPhone. Or if you are filming any handheld clips of walking around with a product in your hand, 30 FPS gives you the smoothest footage. And even I who edits videos in 25 frames per second because I'm based in the UK with pal formats, I still film the iPhone is 30 frames per second because it's still looks better than the correct frame rate in my video editing software. I don't exactly know what it is. Maybe it's just my personal preference because this just seems to defy old law of basically video editing too much frame rates across all your cameras. Now, for case 60 FPS, I would only recommend using that. Like I said, if you probably don't know, slowed down the footage or you may be doing some high action type stuff. You Mountain your iPhone to something. You don't really need the 60 frames per second for vlogging in those types of things. Additionally, the next format down here is the PEL formats. So just as I mentioned previously, if you're based in the UK, you may want to turn this on. So you are capturing for k 25 frames per second, for example, instead of four K 24 frames per second. Because if you're based in America and you use NTSC, the default setup is fine, but if your base within Europe, we use the PAL format and we just like to have that extra frame per second setting I discussed at the beginning of this video is HDR video. And I told you how important it was to turn this off. Now by default, this will be turned on, which means the iPhone will record it up to 60 frames per second in 10-bit high dynamic range, including Dolby Vision? Yes, filling in HDR, we'll get you the best quality footage out of your iPhone. But unless you're going to deliver that footage in HDR, and you also have a computer with a display that's capable of editing HDF at age, then it's kinda going to be a complete frustration and make things way more difficult. So if you're going to be delivering your videos in SDR with a standard Rec 709 color space. You just want to turn it off for simplicity so you don't have to convert it every single time you import a new clip. 3. Working with Lenses: So now we have correctly adjusted our camera settings. We are no longer capturing HDR. We have the correct resolution and frame rate. We can now move on to exploring the lens options. If you have one of the newer iPhones, you will have multiple Lens option choices. And this dates back all the way to the iPhone 10. And if we compare this iPhone 13 Pro Max to irregular iPhone 13 mini, you can even see on this mini phone we have two lens options. Now the pro phones are always going to give you the most versatile lens options. And the lenses are also higher quality. So if you're filming in low light environments, you will be able to get a little bit more light onto the sensor so you get clean of footage. So if we head into the camera app and go to our video record mode, you'll see this little shelf with these little numbers on. And this is letting you choose between each focal length. So you've got 1 times, you've got three times, which is the telephoto lens. So it's super zoomed in. Back to one side. You can see how zoomed out that is. And then on this phone you've got the 0.5, which is the ultra-wide. So you have a super ultra-wide angle which is perfect for first-person shots within tech reviews, I use this all the time on my tech channel. In addition to just choosing fixed focal length, like 0.51 times three times, you can actually click and hold and just drag to zoom in the lens further. So if you need a specific focal length light, maybe it's like 1.2 or 1.3. You can just click and drag and hold on the screen to get a little bit more range out of each lens. And I want to show you an example of this lens switching in action. So you can see how the iPhone is actually switching from lens want to lend to, then tollens three. So if I just use the ultra-wide here and I just gradually zoom in, see how that aggressively shifted there from ultra-wide to sort of wide. And that is the lens on the back of the phone switching over to the one times lens. Now if you do have an older phone like an iPhone 10, that doesn't have quite as many lens options in order to increase your creativity and capture certain shots that you can't. By default, you can buy additional lens modes. And these are just little smartphone lenses that you can attach onto your iPhone to sort of manipulate the default focal length, the not exactly perfect. And they can activate a distortion to the phone and you have to click them onto your screen and all those other things. But it can enhance creativity in certain situations. 4. Improving Audio Quality: Definitely one of the more important aspects of creating YouTube videos is definitely having fantastic audio. Now the iPhone can obviously output pretty good video and the internal microphone's on. Some of the newer models are starting to sound pretty usable. However, there are certain instances where the built-in microphone simply isn't good enough and purchasing an external microphone will help you level up your videos. Me personally, if I was creating YouTube videos solely with an iPhone, our probably most likely create voice over style content. I would film all of my product shots of me using the products with the iPhone because that's very convenient. And then I would use a microphone connected to my computer to record voice-over is I just think that would create a very simple and easy workflow types of footage you get with an iPhone. However, if you do want to vlog with your iPhone audio, talking head shots just like this, which is completely capable with this device. He definitely going to want to invest in something like this. So I'm filming with the internal microphone. This is the type of quality you could come to expect from your YouTube video. This is sort of a talking head shot. Obviously, I'm holding this in a blog format and you would attach your iPhone to a tripod if you were filming like this. But this is how the audio with sound in this type of setup. So what would we do if we wanted to attach an external microphone? How would we go about that process? Well, it's actually very specific and you can't just purchase any type of microphone. Now this is a vlog, might go from row to very cheap microphone off, and it costs about 40 pounds here in the UK, fantastic microphone works great with standard blog setups. However, the type of cable it has only has two rings on it. You see at the end of this AUX cable it only has two rings at the end. So this is a TRS connection. Whereas on this deity microphone, it's a much more sophisticated mike technology. And on the actual cable, you can see this three rings. So this is a T S cable. So what exactly is the importance of this third ring? Well, the extra ring on this particular AUX cable enables the microphone to be aware of what type of device it's connected to. So by connecting this deity microphone, your iPhone, with that extra ring, it will be able to communicate with the device and go, Oh, this microphone is connected to a smart phone or it would go, Oh, this microphone's connected to a camera, and this makes it incredibly simple to setup with your iPhone, it becomes a plug and play. Whereas with these cheaper microphones that only support standard Orcs called cables, it isn't that simple. And if you do want to use something like this, you have to go through a few workarounds. So in order to connect an external microphone to your iPhone, you're going to need the headphone to lightening port connection. And especially if you have one of the new iPhones that no longer has a headphone jack. If you have an older iPhone than you are in luck, you can just simply connected straight away. Using this adapt, they will obviously allow you to convert the ox cord into a compatible connection with your phone. Then from this point it is as simple as connecting this cable into your iPhone and then connecting the other end of this cable to the microphone. And you can now see that the DAD microphone has lit up green to show that it is being powered by the iPhone and it is ready to record. So this is an example of me talking into an external microphone connected directly to my iPhone. And the overall audio quality will be far superior to the internal mikes. And obviously, if you were to set this up professionally, you would have a special mount that you could attach to your iPhone with all the variety of adapters that you can get on the internet and you would have the microphone mounted way better. But this is an example of how easy it is to increase your audio quality. A very important thing to be aware of when you are considering using an external microphone like this are lots of them are Phantom powered, so there will be powered by an internal battery that you do need to keep charge and you do need to turn it on and off, so it does not run on Apache. And additionally, they often have a gain control knob, so you can control how hot the microphone is. Now in the audio example that you just heard, I filmed that on for that was the overall gain that was chosen with this little dial here. And it sounded perfectly fine. But if I were to have set it higher, it would have been way over distorted, just like this clip. This is an example of how your audio with sound. If it was clipping and you set the gain weights, you hi, this is set to eight, as I just demonstrated, and you can tell the audio sounds worse than using the internal microphone. 5. Footage Transfer for Editing: Let's discuss how you transfer the footage off of your iPhone onto the computer that you're editing on. Now, depending on which operating system you use for editing, you will have different options available to you. If you edit on a Windows computer, the best way of transferring the energy is going to be simply by attaching the lightning cable into the back of your iPhone and then plugging the USB into your computer. And you can go ahead and transfer your files if you aren't satisfied with transferring the 30-inch via the cable onto your Windows computer. It's either too slow or you are struggling to find the actual files when you have an iPhone, this can often happen when you have quite a lot of status saved onto the phone. It takes ages to scroll through all of the image files. The next best way is to take the clip that you have recorded and uploaded it to something like Google Drive. And if you have incredibly quick internet, it will upload very fast, and then you can download it almost instantly onto your editing machine. This is a much better workflow for quickly selecting which clips you need and just getting them transferred as fast as possible. If you edit your videos on Mac OS, you can go ahead and transfer your footage via the lightning port if you wish, or you could just simply utilize AirDrop. Edge off is my preferred way of transferring my footage from my iPhone to my iMac for editing, it's incredibly quick. You just select the clip you want, trigger AirDrop, and they're within seconds on your computer. If you have another edge up a video clip before It's incredibly easy, you go ahead and click Select. Then you choose the clips that you want to transfer to your computer. Click the Share button and then you can choose it from these list of devices here. Or you can click Add Drop to search for other devices on your network. And then you just go ahead and select your desired device and the files will appear on the desktop. 6. Thanks for Watching!!: I do hope that this Skillshare class has helped you understand how to film better videos with your iPhone. If you want to learn more about how you can continue to improve your YouTube channel and grow your audience. I had to recommend checking out some of my other Skillshare classes where I cover a range of topics from script writing, editing videos, and also starting a YouTube video from the very beginning. But as always, I'd be BEM Rollins. Thank you so much for watching and I'll see you in the next one.