My First iPhone Video

Everyone loves watching short informative videos. It gives us all a much better visual experience than simply reading or looking at a photo. So, last week, I jumped in and created a 3 minute video about my studio and upcoming Open House. Want to know how I did it?

Shirley Williams video diary introduces her art studio and upcoming OpenStudio

As some of you may know, before I became a full-time professional artist in 1994, I was a video/documentary producer in Toronto. Although a Producer juggles the talent, clients, scripts and finances of a project, they don't actually do any of the directing or editing. But I was around it enough to understand the process.

Throughout the 80's and early 90's, creating a short 3 minute video would have taken a few months, a whole crew of people and thousands of dollars. The video cameras were huge and bulky, and we had to rent an expensive editing suite to splice it all together and add a few visual effects or text graphics. Making changes after if was finished was a nightmare.

Of course there was no internet or mobile phones and certainly no simple software such as the video and iMovie editing Apps abundantly available today. I never could have dreamt how easy it would all become.

For a long time now, I've been procrastinating about trying my hand at creating a Vlog series as a Studio Diary. However, with memories of how complicated it used to be, I was intimidated to actually do it. It didn't help that over a year ago, I bought an expensive Canon Video Camera thinking this was what I needed. I tried it once and the experience was so cumbersome, that I never tried again.

Then after watching how to create and edit iPhone videos on YouTube, I finally tried again. To my surprise it was surprisingly fast, easy and fun!!

All I used was my iPhone on a tripod. with a remote Sony mic attached. I have a lighting set-up to photograph my art, but this time I used natural daylight. This may explain why the lighting is a tad uneven. So next time, I'll set up my umbrella lights.

I did several takes to get comfortable and took some studio photos to insert into the video.

Editing in iMovie, again on my iPhone  took me a little time to figure out, but after that, it was a breeze. Once I had the video done,  it was simply a matter of saving and posting online. 

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