Since we posted our first video blog last week, we have had several people ask us how we made it!
When I told them that it was shot in one take with my iPad, the response was, “Really? I didn’t know I could do that with my iPad/iPhone/Android!”
It’s so simple that it’s almost criminal! Here is a quick and easy way to shoot a video and share it online.
I’m going to use the iPad as an example, since that is what I use. But you can also use your iPhone and I’m sure that Android devices work in a very similar fashion. (I’m a Mac girl, so sorry for the lack of knowledge about other smart phones!!)
Step 1: Set up.
Set up your iPad so that you are in the frame. I basically just set it up on my counter on top of a small step stool to give it some height.
Step 2: Record.
Press the camera icon on your iPad. You will have the option to take pictures or a video. Just select video. When you are ready to record, hit the red record button and start. Don’t worry about the fact that the beginning and end of the video will images of you getting up and starting and stopping the recording. We will edit that out later! When you are finished recording, hit the red record button to stop recording.
Step 3: Edit your video.
The image that comes up will now have what looks like a film strip across the top of it. If you tap on either “anchor” on the right or left of the film strip, it will turn yellow and you will see the word “Trim” appear. You simply drag the left and right anchors in the top bar so that what you want to keep is within the frame.
Tap the Trim button in the upper right hand corner and you will be given the option to Trim Original or Save as New Clip. I usually Save as New Clip so that my original stays intact.
Step 4: Share it.
From there, you can share it on Facebook, YouTube, email it, etc. simply by selecting the icon at the bottom of the screen.
If you want to use it on your website, I suggest using a platform like YouTube or Vimeo to upload the video to and then embed in your site. In order to do that, you need to create an acount with either platform first. Creating a YouTube channel for business is free, which Vimeo charges a nominal fee for business use.
Step 5: Advanced editing.
If you want more advanced editing features, such as adding a title slide, transitions, fade to black, etc. you need to use a more robust editing software. The iMovie app does the trick for me. If you have a new iPad, the app is free. If not, it’s only $4.99 and well worth the money, in my opinion. It’s easy to use and gives you even greater control over your video editing.
So there you have it!