Smartphone Media Production – First Chapter Free
Hello and welcome to the blog of the Book – Smartphone Media Production. In this blog, I have decided to release the first 12 pages or so ie Section 1 to you for free. yes the First Chapter Free. The purpose of this is to give you the reader a flavour of what is included in the book and hopefully inspire you to purchase a copy. For more info and to buy your very own copy click here
Smartphone Media Production – Book – Section 1
Introduction to media production, its history and technology as well as a look at what is now possible. This section will put everything in context and inspire you to dream big.
Who is it for? It’s for anyone ready to embrace the future! Businesses, entrepreneurs, activists, organisers, authors, YouTubers, Facebookers, Twitter lovers. If you are looking to make an impact online then this is the guide that takes what you already have and shows you how to use it. Master live video, video production, photography, audio recording, social media and more.
The future of media production is mobile. Over the last few years, there has been a sharp, almost meteoric rise in the way consumers use their mobiles to access online content. The next meteoric rise will be in content creation from our mobiles. Will you be ahead of the next curve?
The trend for mobile consumption of online content will only increase due to a combination of; increasingly powerful devices, a heavily driven consumer marketplace, content creators targeting mobile-specific content and finally and probably most significantly, today’s youth are practically being born with a mobile device in their hand, children as young as 18 months are accessing online content via family tablets and phones.
The trend for your customers accessing your products, services, videos, websites, social media platforms etc via their mobile devices will only increase as we march into the future. However, the main focus of this book is to move from a consumer of mobile content to a creator and distributor of mobile content. This book will give you the information and the tools needed to embrace the future now and begin to utilise
the fantastic technology hidden in your pocket. You will learn how to plan, capture, edit, distribute and track professional looking content, like video promos, branded photos and live streams. The ability to create marketing material from anywhere with just your phone, material that your customers will be able to access from everywhere and share with their networks and again with only their phone.
Within the content of this book, you will learn how to utilise, maximise and take advantage of the powerhouse you hide in your pocket. From planning your creations to capturing them, be it video, audio and/or photographs, to editing, distributing it and finally tracking it.
I will break down the basics of content creation to show you how to create engaging video, audio, and photographs. I will point you in the direction of some of the most effective APPS available for each process, making your life a little easier by speeding up the creation process. I will also look at the accessories that will boost your productions standards. I will show you how to share and distribute your creations for maximum engagement, and finally, I will show you how you can track the data to see what is working and what is not. All
with just your smartphone.
Broadcast technology has, for most of its life only been available to large studios with deep pockets, be it radio, TV or cinema. This is due to the high cost of equipment, the high level of technical expertise required to understand, operate and maintain the equipment, as well as the large costs associated with the distribution of the produced material.
Thirty years ago the technology that we all now carry around so casually in our pockets would have been classed as a professional broadcast studio and would only have been found at the headquarters of major companies like the BBC. Just fifteen years ago, big time Hollywood producers would have cut their right arm off to get a piece of technology so comprehensive, so accessible, so portable and powerful as the
device you carry in your pocket.
As digital technology progresses, the power in our pockets gets more refined and powerful. Today’s mobile devices(camera and audio recorders) have the additional technology that allows
them to connect with the world. Mobile phone technology like Bluetooth, wifi, GPRS, and 4G allows us to access the world, to distribute our content any time and any place. No longer do
you have to be a technician or a wealthy subscriber to exclusive distribution channels to broadcast your content. Anyone can simply upload to sites like Facebook and YouTube with just a click.
You already have the technology, now you just need the skills. Anyone can create a video, generally with no awareness or
regard for the hundred plus years of knowledge and theory behind what makes a good engaging moving picture. Simply point or in some cases just shake and click upload. I will show you how the pros do it, I will give you solid basics in media production and all with only your trusted smartphone.
Ten years ago, when I started editing video, I built my own home PC to deal with the intensive processes and demands of video. I built a desktop computer with 4GB of ram, a quad-core processor and an independent graphics processor. That same rig, professionally built to process video, audio and photography is now matched by my high-end smartphone.(2016)
Almost everyone has a media production powerhouse in their pocket. Now we must learn how to use it to drive our online life, be it sales, products, services, brand awareness etc for your business, your projects or just to highlight your passions more effectively online.
Today’s world is so different from any other time in human history, technology that can enable us to become powerful content creators is progressing at such a rate, that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with its development. Just have a look at the date that some of these key online services were founded! These are
services that we use every day in the connected world.
Google founded 1998
Facebook founded 2004
Youtube founded 2005
Twitter founded 2006
Whats App founded 2009
Instagram founded 2010
Snapchat founded 2011
It truly is incredible to think that services like Google, YouTube etc are so young. Google for example
went from birth to the largest company in the world (now called Alphabet) in 18 years!! Technology is changing everything!! These technologies have been an integral part of life for the generation that is growing up now, and as they mature the powerhouse in their pocket will grow to take over more and more aspects of their lives. As they spend their entire lives swimming in the soup of unlimited information, the ‘my phone is my world’ mentality will become increasingly true, as new ways of using the smartphone develop, ways in which we could never yet imagine. Make no mistake, all future technologies will be developed with the phone at their core, it will be the hub at the centre of every great service to come.
The BBC (The British Broadcasting Corporation) is now actively training their broadcast teams and journalists how to use their smartphones in the journalism field. If the technology is good enough for one of the largest and most recognised broadcasters on earth, it is good enough for your business, project or group. Now, just like the staff at the BBC, you need to learn how to use it.
The basic hardware requirements for road testing and implementing the ideas presented in this book is any modern smart phone, any mid range (and above) device that is running either Google’s Android or Apple’s IOS platforms.
In the first sections, we will look at media creation techniques and how to implement them using the technologies offered in both Android and Apple devices. Sorry, windows devices will not be covered, the windows hardware is on par with both Android and Apple’s hardware, but the apps or software available for maximising and utilising that hardware is limited by comparison. For this reason, I will stick to Apple and Android. The core concepts presented don’t change when applied to the Windows platform, they will even transfer to a desktop or laptop environment, however, you will have to find your own apps to support the ideas presented. Please don’t let that put you off because the information being presented is the key, the hardware just gives you the ability to implement it with your phone.
The below specs can be found in almost all low to mid tier smartphones available today (2016.) As media creation is based on the processing power of the computer, (ie your smartphone) , the higher the spec of the smartphone, the better it will handle the workload of media creation. I recommend the below specifications as the minimum for processing video, however less powerful phones will still record audio and support photo editing and social media posting etc. At the time of writing ( mid 2016 ), the top tier mobiles were shipping with 10 core processors, 6GBs of Ram, 128GBs of Storage and 4K cameras.
Dual core processor and above
1 Gb of ram and Above
8 Gb of storage and above
720P Movie camera and above.
Your smartphone gives you the tools and technologies to plan, capture, edit, distribute and track your creations. This is your business, the world is your customers, and you know your vision better than any creative expert or freelancer ever will.
The solutions to your needs;
- For a small business with limited budgets, this book will give you the means to start producing content to electrify your social media and web presence.
- For larger companies with dedicated creative staff, it will teach you how to lay down the basics of an idea – any time and place and then present that idea to your staff for them to fulfil.
- For a larger business, this book can also be used as an invaluable training tool, in order to create an army of online content producers for your brand. Just be sure to pay them for their extra work!!
This process is not about replacing your creative staff. An expert like myself will never be replaced, well not just yet. A boss that learns a little about the creative process and better understands the technologies that are now changing the game, is a boss that will survive and a boss that will be able to communicate their creative/entrepreneurial visions clearer to their professional creative staff or freelancers. Knowing how to create content for your brand is never a bad thing. Alternatively, if you are a small company, self-employed
and you are keeping your cost to a minimum as you push for growth, then get ready to create, with the help of this book.
The possibilities are truly endless!! Fully fledged TV commercials and even feature-length
films have now been filmed on the humble smartphone! Yes, TV commercials and feature-length films (1*). Today’s businesses connect with their customers 24/7 via the various social media channels of the Internet. Major brands are continuously creating new content (live video, video, photography, audio, text) in an attempt to win new customers in this new digital battlefield. The Future is more about video than any other medium.
Google, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are all getting ready to battle in the video and live streaming arena.
Below are some quotes from two of the leading researchers in the digital trends online space, both are clearly stating that video for business is the future.
Cisco Research (2*)
“Over half of all IP traffic will originate with non-PC devices by 2019”.
“Globally, consumer Internet video traffic will be 80 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2019, up from 64
Percent in 2014”.
“64 percent of respondents indicated video content will dominate their strategies moving forward”.
“Generation Z and Millennials, the digital natives, are voracious consumers of media, and mobile phones are at the centre of their lives,” said Megan Clarken, executive vice president, Nielsen Global Watch Product Leadership. “For younger consumers, the mobile phone is no longer just for use on the go, but everywhere — even their living rooms. Content providers and advertisers need to be flexible with their approaches in order to reach consumers where they are, on the device they are using and during the activities in which they participate.”(3*)
Most of us consume content via the TV, radio and the internet whilst simultaneously consuming even more content on our phone.
For example, I find my self following twitter during any major political debates to see instantly how people are reacting to each and every statement, I no longer wait for the next days papers to see how major political figures have interpreted the debate.
A large proportion of the content (text, audio, images and video) that we interact with on-line via social media was created with a smartphone, be it local news update or a professionally produced comedy sketch or a shaky shot of someone’s cute dog. Our social media is full of interviews, live streams, holiday footage etc etc
and a lot of it is captured and distributed via a smartphone. But media captured on the phone is also making it to main stream TV, mainly through ‘citizen journalism’. From terrorism to extreme weather, celebrity appearances to local demonstrations, it all gets captured first hand on someone’s smartphone. This is just one of the ways the smartphone is changing the way we consume content.
(1*)Tangerine – Feature Length – Shot on an
The purpose of this is to give you the reader a flavour of what is included in the book and hopefully inspire you to purchase a copy. For more info and to buy your very own copy click here