Ed Talks: How to get outstanding video on your phone

April 12, 2016 01:30

As mobile phones have become more sophisticated with faster processors and better camera lenses, it has become possible to shoot HD video than can be used to tell stories on television. Some stations are using phones to live stream breaking news on social media or capture behind-the-scenes video. Others use short video clips taken with phones within larger pieces. And some, like WFAA-TV's Mike Castellucci, are taking it to a whole new level, sometimes shooting every frame of video for his feature stories and even half-hour specials, using only a phone. He won an Edward R. Murrow Award for his special, "Phoning It In," and has won 20 Emmy Awards for his work.

How can you shoot broadcast-quality video with your phone, and use it to tell great stories? In this edition of Ed Talks, Mike shows us some of his techniques to make the video look and sound professional. He talks about the gear he uses and demonstrates how creativity can yield excellent results.

Each edition of Ed Talks offers quick and easy training resources that give you practical advice you can fit into your busy schedule. Each video is brief and tightly focused on a single, actionable skill or technique that you can put to immediate use. The first installment of Ed Talks, featured KARE-TV reporter Boyd Huppert's excellent tip for using the "handshake shot" to draw viewers into a video story. The next piece came from SFGate's Brandon Mercer, who explained a couple of quick and easy ways to fix or improve a Facebook post without having to delete the original post and start over. And we heard from ABC Radio's Alex Stone, who gave some great tips on how to create studio-quality audio tracks on the road.

Below is a short tease to let you see what's in store for our fourth installment. Members can view new episodes by using a password (a specific password is needed for each episode) found in the training and resources tab in the member portal. With that password, you can view the full video in the portal itself or on our Ed Talks page. The first three introductory episodes of the series are available without a password, so you can see examples of the great training our presenters offer.