Your iPhone Video Studio for less than $100

While speaking at conferences around the country this past year, there has been one element of my talks that has connected with every audience, everywhere: my iPhone Video Studio. I'm not a video guy, but I've seen the significant need that ministry leaders have to efficiently create high quality videos for social media. Thanks to Amazon, here is an iPhone Video Studio that will help you create great videos for social media and utilize for Facebook Live:

  1. Tripod ($19.97): AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
  2. iPhone tripod clip (3.95): Adjustable Cell Phone Tripod Adapter, BLISS
  3. Lavalier Microphone ($8.95): Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone High Sensitivity Mini Professional Deluxe Lavalier Mic Lapel Clip-on for Apple Iphone
  4. LED Lights ($59.99): Julius Studio 160LED Camera Light Kit
  5. Camera Lens ($6.99): VicTsing Clip 3-in-1 180 Degree Fish-Eye Lens Plus 0.67X Wide Angle Lens Plus Macro Lens Camera Lens Kits for iPhone

All of the above added together totals $99.85. I have purchased and used all 5 of these tools and have recommended them to thousands of others (I am not an Amazon affiliate or make any kind of commission on these products). As 2017 approaches video will become more and more important on social media and I hope you will maximize this incredible ministry opportunity.

P.S. if you're looking for a good iPhone video editor, I can't recommend the Splice App enough! 

Free Course: iPhone Video Guide

Those who know me well, know that I'm quite the introvert and public speaking is not something I have pursued heavily.  Over time, I've come to really appreciate and value these opportunities though and love to share my learnings with leaders from all over the country and world. 

Speaking at conferences around the country has also provided me a great opportunity to learn through life experience what aspects of my presentations church leaders are most interested in.  One of the biggest things that I've found from these experiences is that video is becoming important to every church, no matter the size.  Every ministry leader wants to do more video, but it feels to complicated and expensive.

The exciting news that I get to share and thing that most ministry leaders are most shocked about is finding out that everything they need to create, edit and distribute great videos is already in their pocket.  This is why I created the iPhone Video Guide to simply communicate and demonstrate how truly easy it can be to create and share great videos using only your iPhone.

Now, I know many ministry leaders also use Android and 95% of this course is also applicable to Android users.  I however, have been a long time iPhone user and I wanted to share the content of this course out of personal experience and hands on engagement.  So, Android users please don't get upset and jump into the course.  Feel free to leave comments that share Android specific tips and tricks as well. I hope to get great engagement from everyone in this course!

One of the other decisions I made with this course was to make it FREE!  Honestly, there are no strings attached and I will likely charge for it in the future, but I would love to get this information out there to as many leaders as possible and get feedback.  I believe this simple course could exponentially increase the impact of any local church creating global media engagement.  

Click the link  below to access the course:


P.S. It would make my day if you would consider sharing this free course with a friend.  Here's a pre-created tweet that you could copy and paste if you would like:

@NilsSmith just released a FREE course called iPhone Video Guide that I think you should out! http://iPhoneVideo.Guide #iPhoneVideoGuide

My New Android Tablet

A couple weeks ago I bought my first Tablet, an Acer A500.  I honestly have been drooling over the iPad for 2 years but couldn't justify buying one.  The cost was too high and one of my primary uses is CBC Online which cannot function effectively on an iPad because it does not play flash.   I've been curious about Android devices for about a year, but I've been very committed to Apple as my past 3 computers have been Macs and my wife and I both have been iPhone users for several years.

A friend at CBC, Craig, sent me a coupon though to Staples for $100 off a tablet making this Acer only $300 (half the price of the iPad).  I began comparing it to the iPad and it had more functionality and better features.  The Acer can play Flash, has expandable memory, a USB drive, and the list could go on.  My wife gave me the green light and I leaped into the Android world and bought my first tablet.

So far I have no regrets.  I was able to buy a stylus and keyboard/case (that connects via USB) for less than $20 on Amazon and have been loving the flexibility that it provides me.  It's not a perfect device and I still have a lot of learning to do, but I will say that my first 2 weeks as an Android user have been a lot of fun!  I would love any advice on some great apps to download or any suggestions in maximizing the Android functionality (and flexibility!).

By the way, those HTC phones sure do look fun to use!

The New TV

I'm always fascinated to see what new Apps come out on the iPhone.  It seems more and more are video/tv/movie related.  Hulu has a great new app where you can watch pretty much any tv show that you want to watch.  Netflix is coming out with their App where you will be able to stream any of their movies that they have available online.  One of my favorites is my MLB app where I can watch almost any baseball game live and can get highlight videos almost immediately.  YouTube really got it started on the iPhone, but so much more has come and is coming!  One of the most exciting things is not the videos that you will download or stream, but that you can create!  I'm currently working on a little video of Emery's first year that I'm creating completely on my new iPhone4.  I still love my 42" flatscreen at home, but my 3" flatscreen in my pocket isn't bad either!

iPad... still waiting

I've wanted the iPad since I first saw it announced.  I go out of my way to find an excuse to drop into Best Buy or the Apple Store just to fiddle around on it for a little bit when I get a chance.  The problem is that I'm cheap and need a good reason to buy one other than thinking that it's really cool.  Trust me, I've worked on good reasons, but haven't found one to justify the cost yet.  It's an incredible machine and I think I will really like the iBook feature, but that's not enough at this point.  The truth is, I'm planning to be that guy that waits in line to be one of the first to buy the new iPhone.  The advances with multitasking, an HD-Video camera, a camera on the front for video-chat, and the many other advances make this purchase a no-brainer and well worth the investment.  I'd love for you to give me a good reason to buy the iPad, but for now my Macbook Pro and  the new iPhone seem to meet all of my needs and so much more!