Video Production: Six Tips To Creating High-Quality Mobile Videos

Your mobile-produced video may not have all the enhancements that you typically do in a video, but the content and overall quality of the images and videos in the clip should be high. This is a reflection of your church.

Video Production: Six Tips To Creating High-Quality Mobile Videos
Among the many options in working on a video clip with a mobile device is in using the iMovie app to create a video clip.

Photos & Slideshow

Video Production: Six Tips To Creating High-Quality Mobile Videos

Visual Arts News

The Easter Stage: A Cross Pollination of Design Ideas
Getting Started on Streaming: Begin By Building A Strategy
Online Church: Overcoming the Fear of Technology
Used Lighting: Account for Mix of Pros, Cons When Deciding To Buy New, Used

Visual Arts Resource

Lighting Consoles Guide: Shedding Light On Choices
Learn about a half-dozen options that are particularly scalable, beginning with personal computer operability, all the way up to multiuniverse, full-size lighting consoles.
Heft WFX 2017

Todd was a speaker at WFX this year in Dallas. For 2018, the conference is slated for Orlando in November. We hope to see you there.

Taking your show on the road.

In a world where so many events are streamed live on Facebook Live, Periscope, Instagram or Snapchat, producing a video from your church event may end up seeming like a waste of time. Many people know what happened, why it happened and who was there.

Let the world know what the church is up to.

It may be time to re-examine your video production workflow for some of your events. Perhaps it’s time to look turning your phone or tablet into your production studio.

It is important when producing a mobile-edited clip, though, to keep some things in mind. First, you’re not going to have the full power of the tools that are in programs such as Adobe After Effects or Apple Final Cut Pro. Those programs were made for machines with more computing power than a mobile device. Second, your goal with mobile production is to produce a high-quality clip very quickly. The footage and images you’re using need to be of high quality, and you probably want your video complete within minutes of the end of your event, not hours or days.

One thing to keep in mind is that mobile video production probably isn’t the right tool to be used for things like video announcements, event promotions or sermon clips. The power is in the tools to do any one of those, but oftentimes you have a little more time to allow for some additional creativity and effects that aren’t there yet in the mobile tools.

Here are six tips to help maximize your time and help you create high-quality and high-impact videos.

1. Pick your tool(s).

It’s crucial that you have the right apps on your phone and are familiar with using them before you start your project. iMovie on Apple devices and PowerDirector on Android devices are good free choices for editing your videos or making a photo slideshow. Adobe Premiere Clip, Quik, Vizmato, Animato, and Magisto are all good options. I encourage you to get each of the free apps and try them out and see which one best fits your style. Another thing to keep in mind is that you may want multiple apps, depending on what type of project you’re going to be doing.

2. Pre-stage content.

Don’t waste content that you have already created. Have a great intro with your church’s logo? Export an HD .mp4 or .mov to your phone and stick it at the beginning of the video.

More About Todd Heft
Todd Heft is the director of media arts at Hillside Community Church in Bristol, Connecticut. He also serves as the Social Media Coordinator for Racing with Jesus Ministries. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master's degree in Computer Information Management from Central Connecticut State University. Todd also has a full-time position at ESPN as a Senior Systems Administrator, and enjoys spending time camping with his wife and their four children.
Get in Touch:    More by Todd Heft

Latest Resource

Worship Facilities Magazine, January-February 2018
The January-February 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about the many steps a church had to take in the aftermath of a fire, and another involving a church making the jump to 4K.

Article Topics

Visual Arts · Video Production · Team Management · Leadership · Team Development · Volunteers · Adobe · Adobe After Effects · Apple · Facebook Live · Final Cut Pro · High-Quality · All Topics

Support and Enhance the Worship Message

The latest strategies for sound, lighting and facilities can help you better attract and engage with your congregation. With Worship Facilities’ insights on leadership, communication and administrative tools, each issue shows you how to design and maintain your facility and how to adapt it to meet the changing needs of today’s members.
Explore the success stories of others, and find ways to enhance your weekly services. Get a free subscription to Worship Facilities magazine.


Editor's Picks
©2018 WFX Network · A division of Informa · 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10036 · All Rights Reserved.