Using My iPhone to Edit and Post a Video to YouTube

Last week I did a story on my Snapchat about my Vlogging camera, an Olympus T860. I liked how it came out so I wanted to put it on my YouTube Channel

The first thing I did was to save my Snapchat story on my iPhone before it expired and disappeared forever. Stories disappear after 24 hours.

Normally, I would copy the video from my iPhone to my computer. Then I would edit it in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and upload it to YouTube. But I wanted to see if I could edit everything on my iPhone and have the final result be close to what I was able to do on my computer.

If everything worked okay – and without a lot of hassle – I would know that I could do YouTube videos “on the fly”. I would like to increase my YouTube output in 2016, and being able to shoot, edit and upload videos when I was away from my computer would help with that.

Since I had been thinking about this for a while, I already had copies of my intro, outtro and additional credits placards .JPGs on my iPhone. These are title cards with my channel and social information on them.

Also, I had already downloaded music tracks from YouTube Audio Library to my computer. I used iTunes to load them on my iPhone. Tip: If you do this, add them to a separate Playlist (I called mine “YouTube”) so you can find and review them quickly.

I used the One Stop Photo Notes app to add titles and text to my intro, outtro and credits placards.

Now I was ready to edit. I used the Videoshop app for this. I imported the Snapchat story video into the app. The app has cut and trim functions, but I found the split video function to be more accurate. That could be just me, though.

Once I had the video split out into different scenes, it was easy to arrange them in the order I wanted by dragged and dropping them on the timeline. The YouTube video has some scenes in a different order than they were in the Snapchat story, but they flow much better. I also cut one scene that was also a total copy of another one.

I added the placards and the music next. It took me a few tries to figure out the volume control for the music. There is a little music note symbol on the timeline. Tapping it brought up the volume control, so I was able to lower the music so it did not overwhelm the voiceover.

I reviewed and adjusted the video many times, then saved it to my camera roll. At this point I used the YouTube app to upload the video to my channel.

The video came out well, but I did learn a few things:

First, the overall volume on the video was a bit low. I will increase it on the next video I do this way.

Second, I need to keep a copy of my show notes template on my iPhone. This is a document that has the info I always want in my video’s discription. This includes the general layout, all of my social media links, production notes (camera used, program edited on, etc.) and so on.

Third, I don’t think the YouTube app has as much functionality as the web version does. I need to dive into this more, but I have not found things like ad setup on it.

I plan to go onto the web version of YouTube and update the things I was unable to do or missed on the YouTube app.

Overall, I consider this expirement to be a total success. It was relatively easy to do everything from my iPhone. Now I know that if I want to do a quick video and post it right away I can, and it will have quality near to what I can do on my computer. I will still do the majority of my editing and uploads from my computer, but it is nice to have this option, especially when I am out and don’t have my computer with me.

Note about the blog post: In keeping with its theme, this blog post was written and posted from my iPhone. I used the Textastic app to write it and the MediaFire app to upload the pictures for it.

iPhone 4S Battery Replacement Using iFixIt.com Repair Kit

I have an iPhone 4S which I love. It is a little over two years old and the battery was starting to go. It would do fine for a while, but then suddenly drop to close to no charge or shut itself off.

I am planning to upgrade to an iPhone 6, but that is still a few months away. Since I use my iPhone 4S for just about everything, I decided to replace the battery myself.

First, I checked iFixIt.com. iFixIt has numerous guides on how to fix/replace things like iPhone and tablet batteries, cracked screens, and even the Xbox 360 “Red Circle of Death”.

iFixIt had a guide and a fix kit for replacing the 4S battery. The fix kit included the battery, two screwdrivers (super small Phillips and Pentalobe), a pry tool, and little Phillips head screws to replace the Pentalobe screws if you want to. Pentalobe screws have a head that is kind of like a star and can be a pain, though I had no issues.

Fix Kit

Pro Tip: iFixIt sells the battery by itself or as part of a fix kit with all the tools you would need to do the job. They are the same price. Get the battery with the fix kit. You may already have tools that can do the job, but getting the fix kit will ensure you definitely have the right tools to do the job.

Next, I went to YouTube and watched four or five videos on how to do the battery replacement.

Do this.

No, seriously, do this. Check YouTube for how to videos for any repair job you are going to do.

One of the videos I watched was by High Tech Dad. This saved me a HUGE potential problem. At the 7:25 mark a tiny clip that goes under the battery connector and held by one of its screws pops out. High Tech Dad didn’t notice for a while:

Little Black Clip
Other videos mentioned this tiny clip as well, but High Tech Dad’s experience really called it out to me. I knew I had to be ready for it when I replaced my battery.

When I received the fix kit I rewatched the videos again so everything was fresh. I then put down a white towel to work on, since some of the parts I would be dealing with were so small I wanted to see them easily.

Prepping

I took my time doing the replacement. Because I was ready for the tiny clip I had no issues with it at all. Removing the old battery took a little prying due to the adhesive used, but I just went slow and it really was not a problem.

Old Battery

It took me around 10 to 15 minutes to do the entire battery replacement. Again, watching the YouTube videos first was not only helpful, but necessary. My iPhone 4S is doing great now with the new battery.

Tom’s Favorites: App Edition – Photo Transfer App

Photo Transfer App
One of my favorite apps is the Photo Transfer App. It allows me to easily copy photos or videos between my iPhone and computer. It works with Android, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire and other devices. It also works with both Windows and Mac OS, either via a downloadable app or through a browser.

Please note: Make sure that your smartphone and the system/device you are sending to/receiving from are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Using the app is very easy. Install it on your device and launch it. Select if you want to receive or send photos or videos. In this example I will send a video to my computer:

Select

Then select what you want to send to. Currently, this includes Windows, Mac, other devices like a tablet or another smartphone, Dropbox, Google Drive and Flickr. In this example, I selected Windows:

OS

If you have the Photo Transfer App installed on your computer you can use that. However, you can select “Use Web Browser” instead.

Select Browser

Tap “Select”, which will bring you to your camera/video roll:

Select

Select the photos or videos that you would like to transfer. In this example, I am sending a video from my phone to my computer:

Camera Roll

Photo Transfer App will display a URL to enter in my browser:

URL

From my computer I enter the URL. It will show the photos or pictures that I had selected on my smartphone. I then click “download” which will transfer them to my computer.

Browser

Photos and videos can be transfered other ways, like using a cloud service (Dropbox, iCloude, etc.). This works very well and probably takes care of most situations. Even if you are working with someone else, you can usually send them a link and they can download it. However, I find that I usually use the Photo Transfer App due to its simplicity. Photo Transfer App is also good if you want to share something with someone quickly, as long as they are on the same Wi-Fi network as your device.

A photo or video can also be sent as an email attachment from a smartphone to a computer, but I would not recommend this for video files. Some smartphone email programs will compress the video file on send. Also, if the video file is too large, the email program may want you to split the video file. This is not ideal.

App Recommendation: Run Pee

RunPee

Run Pee is a great app for anyone who sees a lot of movies in the theater. It lists the best times to duck out of the theater and how long you have before it gets back to the good stuff.

It also gives a synopsis of what happens during the break so you don’t miss out on anything.

RunPee Example

My favorite feature of the Run Pee app is “Anything after the end credits?” Because of this, I knew to stick around to after the credits of Captain America: The Winter Soldier for a very important final scene.

Run Pee is available for iPhone, Android and Windows phones. Highly recommended.

Tech Tip – Managing Charger Cables with Cord Clips

One of the challenges of tech is keeping it charged. This applies to iPhones, Droids, cameras, tablets and just about anything that needs to be powered on.

The first challenge is to find a free plug. The second challenge is to keep the cables straight or from falling back behind a desk.

I bought a package of 3M’s Command Clear Medium Cord Clips
Clip Packaging

As the packing shows, the clips are usually used to manage cable runs along walls. I decided to place two on my desktop:
Cord Clips

The clips hold the charge cables in place for my iPhone and Kindle Fire. The clips are secure enough so the cables don’t slide behind the desk when not in use, but not so tight that extra slack can’t be pulled through when needed.

You can also write on the release tags of the Clips to show which cable is for what device:
Cord Clips Labeled

Though the difference in the two cables in the example above are obvious, I did use a Sharpie to show that you can mark them. I did “I” for iPhone and “K” for Kindle. Other devices may have very similar cables, though, that you may need to be careful with. For example, I have a camera that has the same connector as my Kindle. However, its charger may have a different voltage than the Kindle charger. By marking the clips you can keep them straight and avoid possible damage to one of your devices.

If you do setup clips to manage your cables be sure to leave enough play in the cable so you can plug in whatever you need to charge.
Kindle Charging

You can find the Cord Clips on Amazon, hardware stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.), and some grocery or drug stores.

iPhone iOS 7 Tips

I have an iPhone 4S which I love and use constantly. Late last year I upgraded to iOS 7 which added some some great new features to the iPhone. Here are some tips I found from sites that I follow that were extremely helpful.

The first is from Mashable on Battery Saving Tips. After the upgrade to iOS7 I did notice my battery draining faster. Following Mashable’s tips definitely helped.

The two that seemed to have the most impact were turning off Background App Refresh and limiting the number of apps that were using Location Services.

Next is from The Verge on Hidden Features.

The two hidden features I like the best are the bubble level function in the compass app and stopping Control Center from displaying when you are in an app (especially a game).


The LA Times had a good article on 11 Hidden Features.

Some are also covered in the Mashable and Verge articles, but I really like the tip the LA Times had about using the volume button to quick focus and holding down the volume button to do a quick burst of pictures.

The last tip is from Slate about the iPhone’s Secret Undo Function.

By shaking your iPhone you can undo typing, cutting, pasting or deleting. A very cool tip that I did not know about and really need.

I will post more helpful iPhone tips when I come across them.

Updated February 19, 2014

Stack Social posted some new tips.

I knew that I could skip to the next song by tapping twice on the middle of the volume button on the earbuds. Now I know I can go to the previous song by tapping three times.

I also love that I can tell Siri to set an alarm or timer. I have been using that tip alot.

Siri Countdown

General Tip – Taking a Screenshot

I do not recall where I came across this tip, but this is probably my favorite.

To take a screenshot hold the power button and home button down at the same time. Release and you should see the screen slightly flash and hear the camera sound go off. Check your camera roll and your screenshot should be there.

I have taken screenshots to capture things like when I hit 10,000 tweets on Twitter:

10K tweets

I also captured when it hit freezing here in southern California:

Cold