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    Hi guys,

    I have a friend who runs a gym (crossfit) and is wanting to make videos of people working out, testimonials, nutritional advice. Issue is that he is on a relatively tight budget and has little computer knowledge (using or buying).

    With a budget of $600 and little computer knowledge I have suggested that he makes the videos on his phone (shoot and edit) and invest in a phone stabiliser and decent microphone.

    Videos will be uploaded to instagram and facebook

    Therefore I need advice on:
    - phone stabiliser sub $300
    - decent microphone that works with android phone
    - in phone android editing software (relatively user friendly)

    Any help would be massively appreciated.
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    VideoPad for editing, there is also an adobe product, but I haven't used it.


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    So you advice someone to promote his business using video to do it all by himself while he does not know diddly-squat about it?

    I would suggest getting someone to do it who knows what he is doing to budget out a plan for $600.


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    Thanks Greg.

    Cheers for your assistance Cary. Not.
    As part of the new gym age there is a need for constant content uploads. He will be doing a couple of videos a week. It is impossible for anyone to conduct this work for $600 total, hence the reason I've asked for some advice here. I've done a number of videos for him in return for personal training but cannot keep up with the amount that he is after.
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    Why not an iPad? The larger screen size would be much nicer for doing edits on the fly.
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    Microsoft moviemaker. Still available. Works easy. And for free.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Regnis View Post
    It is impossible for anyone to conduct this work for $600 total, hence the reason I've asked for some advice here. I've done a number of videos for him in return for personal training but cannot keep up with the amount that he is after.
    I suppose we have to agree to disagree about the advice to promote a professional business by making do-it-yourself knowing diddly-squat cell phone video productions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Regnis View Post
    Hi guys,

    I have a friend who runs a gym (crossfit) and is wanting to make videos of people working out, testimonials, nutritional advice. Issue is that he is on a relatively tight budget and has little computer knowledge (using or buying).

    With a budget of $600 and little computer knowledge I have suggested that he makes the videos on his phone (shoot and edit) and invest in a phone stabiliser and decent microphone.

    Videos will be uploaded to instagram and facebook

    Therefore I need advice on:
    - phone stabiliser sub $300
    - decent microphone that works with android phone
    - in phone android editing software (relatively user friendly)

    Any help would be massively appreciated.
    - Here is a link to most phone gimbals made on the planet for less than $300 (the link is already configured for you):

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...30+3738443539&

    In this case with such a lightweight device, you can easily find an amazing one for less than $100 like the Feiyu G4 Pro (used to be more expensive), which I have personally used:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._handheld.html

    There are better ones on that list though.

    - Popular mic for phones:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ional_mic.html

    Also consider a lav for better audio (tutorials): https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...v_mic_for.html

    Both can be used with an app.

    - Really can't recommend editing on a phone or iPad so I don't have any thoughts on this one...but a used, cheap Mac with iMovie would be my choice, which can be found for a few hundred these days. The investment will be worth it. If Windows is a must, I'd probably go with Movie Maker as mentioned above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary Knoop View Post
    I suppose we have to agree to disagree about the advice to promote a professional business by making do-it-yourself knowing diddly-squat cell phone video productions.
    It's a different world...many body builders and fitness personalities on YouTube film their content (v-logs, exercises, skits, etc) on phones and have millions of subscribers.

    The target audience doesn't care about the quality; they just want information and/or entertainment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NorBro View Post
    It's a different world...many body builders and fitness personalities on YouTube film their content (v-logs, exercises, skits, etc) on phones and have millions of subscribers.

    The target audience doesn't care about the quality; they just want information and/or entertainment.
    This is our new reality. How does a video shot vertically in crappy light with no sound support get a million hits while one that is professionally-produced get a couple hundred? Relevance.

    There are still plenty of reasons to have something done by a professional, but vlog-style content is not one of them. Coaching a business to improve their vlog content is actually a great thing to do... makes the content a little more watchable for the audience. They’re going to do it on their own anyway, so why not help them do it better?
    Nobody notices audio... until it's not there.

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    ha, yea...famous YouTube personalities are already offering programs/courses on how to become a YouTube star (aka how to make professional vlogs/YT videos):

    Ironically, I'm pretty sure his intro video was shot with a RED (they use that company a lot for other productions):

    https://www2.edfluence.com/vip/roadmap/


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