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How to Make YouTube Videos on Your Phone (Beginners Tutorial)

How to Make YouTube Videos on Your Phone (Beginners Tutorial)

– To get started with video, all you need is your smartphone. And in this video, we’re
gonna 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 gonna get massive
value from this video. So let’s get into it. (upbeat music) – Hey, what’s up? Sean Cannell here. – Heather Torres here. – And this is Think Media, bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence with online video 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 gonna be all
about shooting the video. Then we’re gonna 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 I had was a smartphone. I was not into gear, all of that was really intimidating to me. So, I just wanna encourage you, that this video is really
gonna walk you step-by-step, how to start creating content with a phone that you already have. (bright music) – 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
like Sean 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 Think Media, but it
takes us a couple 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 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, using your on-camera microphone, but there’s 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 description below. – 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 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 the YouTube video. 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 gonna 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 easy. 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 video. And if you are, can you
smash the Like button? All right, let’s get
right back into the tips. (dog barking) Rosie! (beep) – Tip number five is
to deliver the content. Now, before I even sat
down to record the video, there was 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 gonna 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 gonna get it
right the first time, but just keep going. (relaxing bright music) – 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 wanna watch
part two is this series, you can click or tap the YouTube card and we’ll post a link to it in the description below as well. – And, if you wanna watch the full video that I did on my iPhone for this video, you can check it out over
on my homeschool channel, and we’ll post that on the YouTube card or in the description 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 video. Peace. (relaxing bright music)

100 thoughts on “How to Make YouTube Videos on Your Phone (Beginners Tutorial)”

  1. QOTD ⚡️ What smartphone do you currently use? Let us know! 👇 ****** Looking for the best camera & equipment for YouTube? Download the new "Think Media Video Gear Buyer's Guide" for FREE here ➡️

  2. Thank you Sean!, with your courageous words you get us moving forward even when it feels like just throwing hands in the air, saying maybe I'm too late or too early for this passion…thank you again!


  3. *notification on*I came across the video influencer channel yesterday and listened to 5 videos while working here at my 9-5 job. In one of the videos I felt soo motivated to start filming content but I also have the blockage of not being able to afford the canon camera I want or the laptop I need to film and edit this. Realistically in my world I probably wont be able to buy the camera until February 2020… Anyways this beginners series is AMAZING. I always thought about filming with my phone but never took it seriously until this video! I have the subscribers, I'm a YouTube partner but I don't have enough watch time! I'm so close!!! and thank you for this!!!!!                      btw I have a different channel, in case you guys were wondering where the subscribers were.

  4. Ok so I currently use my Canon SL2…but I shoot my b roll and alternate angles with my Samsung Note 9

  5. Hey Guys, awesome video! I'm eager for the rest of series! I have peaked into the gear list at kit and didn't find what's the brand/model of the phone clip you guys are using at the tip of the tripod at 1:08 (the thing that hold the phone). It's seems really good quality, can you share with us which one is it?

  6. I'm just starting out on YouTube all I have is my phone and a tripod. I'm a guitarist so I record the audio though logic pro x and the video though my phone then sync it though IMovie. I've been watching think media a lot and they really help keep it up!

  7. Hey guys! Can you create a video on how to use Final Cut Pro X? Specifically, how to create an intro like yours.

  8. ‪Question: for the microphone that goes into your adapter for an iPhone, is there a way to have multiple microphones connected? Or can only 1 person have one connected while filming?‬

  9. Galaxy s10+ .. looking at tripod and gimbals now.. like smove 4 mobile so far.. curious to see if you pick a video recording/picture taking stock camera over ride watching my videos evolve

  10. I only used my Huawei nova 3i for the last 10months for all my YouTube videos.
    From camera to editing device, only my Huawei nova 3i.

  11. Majority of my videos using phones. I own a ordinary camera that almost same functions as my phone, so i using phone still my best option..hehe

  12. Me: What If You Can't Afford The Tripod, The Lights, The Microphone, & You Only Have A Flip Phone?

    Think Media: You're Screwed

  13. This was filmed on 3 cameras including my smartphone and edited ENTIRELY on my smartphone…

    Smartphone editing has worked for my first 600 subscribers!

    Recording some and editing all with my phone has gotten my channel to the 600 subscriber mark in about 3 months. It’s rough though, there are some things you can’t do or are really hard to do which limits your creativity. I’ve moved on to other cameras and import the video to my phone over WiFi, but it is almost time to change over to a computer, I’m running out of space on my phone. 🤣

  14. im using HUAWEI P8…..thank you somuch for helping us …..really appreciate it…..any new YouTuber? lets support each other…….comment……lets goooo

  15. Could you Check out my “ why no results” video & give me some feedback please. Doing thumbnails gets overwhelming so i skipped on it .

  16. Interesting beginners tutorial series. Please, I would like to see a video on how I can incorporate the Accsoon CineEye Wireless Video Transmitter into my YouTube video on phone workflow. I hope am not asking for too much.

  17. Thank you for this series! I know my pixel xl has loads of pic and video settings, but I never use them. It's time to start!

  18. I have a LG 4 Style and I am using these to make my YouTube makeup Channel you can just type my name on the on and you can see my channel I upload my video One video but it's not great as you might think because I don't have any knowledge of how to upload I did what I could do and the reason I am watching your video is Joel and how to upload please tell me how to upload I really need your help🙌🙌

  19. Because of you I bought my first Blue Yeti, and am starting an ASMR! I want to take your class. Thank you for all your wisdom & great spirit.

  20. Am I missing something? I'm trying to watch the 'next video in the four part series' and it keeps taking me back to the first one.

  21. THIS IS SOOO TRUE: I'm a professional film maker (40 years on cameras and 25 years in 3D animation for film & TV too), I have numbers of cameras, every type of lens from characterful vintage to super wide aspherical Zeiss lenses, Oh I'm a musician too so I have every bit of recording gear and processing you cuold want and I build my own gear too as I do electronics.
    I haven't started my YouTube channel for the last 18 months as I'm 'not ready' (Huh?!?!?!) Thanks for this video!
    I'll consume it and try to remember "Thought is the enemy of flow."

  22. Im Confused… I followed the link for the smartphone accessories and nothing comes up. I have a Samsung S9. Vlogging tips would be a huge help as well!! Thanks!

  23. Awesome tips from you both! I have an issue where I record my video with this smart phone holder stand/mount and it makes my phone shake a little while I cook/bake/mix stuff. But I will do more digging on how to fix that. Great video!

  24. What ??? I have till the next exciting episode??? ….ok…..iPhone X if “The Old Guy” can do it so can everyone else!!!

  25. Great video, I believe it will help all who watch it, and apply the lessons to improve their videos. Lightning, audio, and having a script are all so important which I believe can not be said enough. Looking forward to the follow up videos.

  26. love this video, i m a new YouTuber and i make videos with my Samsung 9x phone and its difficult to fine a microphone that suit. Can you pls help. Thanks.

  27. Awesome info. I use the LG Q 7+ for all my videos. Hopefully one day i get a real camera for my videos. Thank you!

  28. I’m using iPhone 7+ & it’s giving me amazing quality as a phone. All I need to do is updating the camera settings which was not before. Thanks for sharing it & if you get time please visit my channel for seeing my work to observe work with iPhone 7+ 🌸😊

  29. Why you yelling at the dog thoe😅lol..I like how you remind us to give it a like In the middle of the video.
    Great video! Thank you💕🙂

  30. Last year I used Samsung S7, now moved to Cannon 650D, with phone was too wide angle lense 😉

  31. I would like to hear from you what app to use that I could edit videos on phone shooted by dslr 650D on 1080p, as many apps I tried and very few allows to edit dslr videos, and many times I travel only with phone, without laptop, so trying to edit while travelling

  32. I have an iPhone 6s I had no idea about the selfy mode. I’m recording for a course and was doing all my videos in selfy mode but will try it he other way. Thanks for the info

  33. We just upgraded our phones, I went from a note 9 to a Pixel 3 only to pre-order the Note10+ specifically with ramping up my YT channel since I don't have enough cash to go out a purchase something better at the moment.

  34. I’m using my iPhone 8S. I had no idea I could change the resolution of my videos! Thank you for all your awesome tips!

  35. Hi guys! Love your videos. Sadly, I just lost my phone down the vent.. ): But it's ok, I will be saving for a new one. Right now, I have a little janky one. The old one was a Samsung J3 and worked fine, but took forever to upload to You Tube, as in hours… (I have an unlimited plan)My question for the filming is what color background works best to capture the light and give a good view? My page theme is teal centered and for consistency, I was going to use that, but which is best? Also what is the You Tube "card" you guys are referring to?

  36. I started my channel with my iPhone five and it finally broke so now I have the iPhone XS and not even sure all the things it’s capable of yet so I would love to edit and shoot videos on this phone

  37. Thanks! I really appreciate these videos!!

    I have a OnePlus 7 Pro, trying to work out recording. It shuts off after a few minutes. Have to keep restarting. 😕

  38. Great tips! Thanks guys 🙂 Always learning from you guys! I am currently using my iphone 7+ and getting pretty good footages. I recently discovered Moment app and doing filming and taking pictures in that app, quality is much better than the normal iphone camera.

  39. I have an iPhone 7 (not the Plus version). I don’t know why but it’s still difficult for me to muster out the courage to make a video.😔

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