I made an iphone video and so can you.

“Making videos are so hard. I want to save memories of my kids and family on video, but I can’t do it”.

“I don’t have the money to invest in expensive camera and editing equipment to make videos. “

“I wish I was more technical and more creative to make good videos”.

“There’s only one of me. It’s too hard for me.”

These are just a few of the comments in the many conversations I’ve had with attendees after our video presentations at conferences. To each and every person who has felt and thought this way, I answer: No. Please, don’t doubt something that you haven’t yet started and know that I will try my best to support you on your video making journey.

If I can make a video, completely on my iphone 4, then so can you. If I can shoot a video using only my two hands, without a tripod, then you can you. If I can edit my video completely on my iphone, then you can certainly do it too.

Let’s for a moment forget all the fancy Canon 5D MII and Nikon D800 cameras out there that offer video. There will be no tripod, audio, lenses or complicated editing software discussion. Yes, Todd and I use these tools for our professional work, but when the time comes to write about higher scale video production, I’ll share that.

But for now, I just want to talk iphone, one of the most simple and inexpensive tools out there to make a video that you can be proud of.

I’ve always been an advocate of iphone photography and video since getting my first one in February 2011. My creative life changed completely and I felt such a heavy burden lifted off my shoulders when I wanted to make a personal video to document my everyday life of people I care about. When I wanted to spontaneously record our dogs playing in the garden or if I wanted to record special moments I witnessed throughout the day, I didn’t have to struggle and lug out my complicated dslr and lenses.

Now with my iphone 4, I’ve whittled down my video producing life to the most basic of elements: one simple tool, what I see and what moves me at that very moment.

What I witness in life can be captured and shared that is independent of expensive tools and gear. Fancy tools don’t define me as a photographer or filmmaker. You shouldn’t ever let expensive, complicated gear get in your way of making videos either.

I’m in the process of writing out a longer post about making a iphone video the best that you can, including how to get great audio on a limited budget. Please be patient with me while I get my words together for this series.

In the meantime, how I taught myself to make iphone videos was by watching tutorials online. Part of this video journey is taking it upon yourself to learn and teach yourself as much as you can. Included in this process will be plenty of frustration, mistakes, some failures and time investment. But if you really want to make the video that is meaningful to you, then you’ll push through and keep trying till you make the video you want.

For this video, Todd, Sierra and I took our walk on the beach and the sunset was just spectacular. I couldn’t help but to be in such awe at all the layers of light and love the sky and ocean had to offer that day. So I grabbed my iphone and started to video scenes on the beach.

  • I filmed this video on my iphone 4 and edited it completely on imovie app for iphone. For the text on the video, I used the “simple” template in the project setting of imovie.
  • I watched this video tutorial to learn how to edit on imovie.
  • For the vintage video filter, I used ’70’s filter on  CinemaFX for Video app for iphone.
  • I ended the video with my iphone photographs, edited on Filterstorm and Snapseed apps for iphone.
  • The song I used is Hem Me In that I licensed at With Etiquette.
  • It took me about 3 hours to completely edit this video with the results that I wanted.

Most importantly, the most valuable tools I used were my eyes to see, my heart to feel and a desire to tell my story. My hope is that you all have these tools as well.

This video is far from perfect, but it’s special to me. It’s perfectly imperfect, meaningful and reminds me of that beautiful evening I shared with those I love. That’s all that matters.

So for this weekend, I leave you with this video and hope that you’ll start capturing and making your special videos as well. Let’s all learn together.

Your eyes are your lens, your heart is your shutter.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Victoria


    Everything about this is so beautiful.

    With my humble thanks.

  2. Joan

    Lovely. Thank you for sharing this – and convincing me that it is, indeed, doable.

  3. Jolynn

    I love this!! I am definitely going to make more iPhone videos in the future. How fun! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amanda

    While I agree I could do it too… I will just never have the natural artistic instinct you have! (Which is ok, we all have different gifts) Great job!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Amanda- I would kill to have a fraction of your amazing, gifted cake making talents.

  5. Sam

    Oh my….never knew I could do this and have so much fun not being a pro.
    Thank you, thank you for doing this for us.

  6. Suzanne Perazzini

    I hadn’t thought about the fact that you have to pay to use a song in your video. I looked up that site. Did you pay $49 for a one time use of the song? Is that how it works?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Suzanne- I loved this song and in order to use it, yes, i had to purchase the licensing for it. The musicians get paid for their great work.

  7. Shut Up & Cook

    You are such a constant source of inspiration…I love it!

    I recently did my first video the other day, and couldn’t believe how easy it was.

    It definitely wasn’t as good as this, but it was a first step in the right direction.

    Excited to try some of these tips and see how the next one turns out.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Adrian J.S. Hale

    Thank you for the instruction, but most importantly for the inspiration. Your generous heart always comes through in all your work. All the best to you, Todd & Sierra.

  9. Sarah M. Lasry via Facebook

    Just Brilliant! – Thank you!

  10. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking

    What a beautiful video! Thanks for sharing with us! I’ll be pinning this.

  11. Ami's Vegetarian Delicacies via Facebook

    This is amazing, just love the video, song and words. Beautiful

  12. Miyuki

    Your video gave me chills. Loved it! Thanks for showing us an easy way to make great videos. Who would’ve known that you can create a great video all with the iPhone 4? I’m totally gonna take your advice and look into all the links you provided.

  13. @Blog_The_World

    Food And Travel Top story: My iphone video, completely filmed & edited on iphone.

  14. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Thanks so much for an amazing wealth of information. I love that flexibility and functions of my iphone. Want to take it further than photos, so thanks for the encouragement!

  15. Barb

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I was wondering how to do video with my 4S!

  16. @MyFoodgasmJrnl

    Beautiful and inspiring

  17. Cate

    Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. I told myself back in June or so that I wanted to learn to make a movie this summer. Didn’t happen. But maybe I’ll finally give a shot with my iPad this weekend.

  18. Nicole

    Thank you for this beautiful video and inspiration. I’m actually procrastinating packing for my trip to Italy, I leave tomorrow morning. I decided a while back that I wanted to make this trip as simple and technology free as possible. So many of my recent trips I feel loaded down with laptops, cameras, phones, etc…
    I have decided that I would bring my I-Phone because it is such a useful tool that takes up such little space.
    This video couldn’t have been posted at a better time, I think I will try some of the things you suggested and see what I come up with. It is amazing how these things show up at just the right moment. :)

  19. Minako Yano Morin via Facebook

    I’m always amazed at your generous willingness to share your skills and knowledge with the readers. Beautifully done. Makes me miss the So.CA beaches.

  20. Kent Cameron via Facebook

    Awesome job, Diane and Todd! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with all of us. BTW, I now have and iPhone. (Diane, I know you said that I was “still cool” without one, but now I am complete!)

  21. Colette @ JFF!

    D, that is gorgeous! You creative bug, you!

  22. @MusaIndulge

    Muy bueno

  23. @MusaIndulge

    Muy bueno… “@WhiteOnRice: If I can make an iPhone video, then so can you. http://t.co/7HqrDOKa New Post on how I did it”

  24. Dana

    Your work completely inspires me! I have been working on video – my heartfelt thanks =) Hugs!

  25. Helene

    Love it! I am planning a trip to China, in November, and will bring my iPhone, iPad and a camera. I want to use the iPhone as much as I can because it’s lightweight. Will practice until I leave with all of your good tips. Thanks!

  26. Heidi Frank via Facebook

    Love it!

  27. Donna: The Culinary Artist

    What a fabulous result with just the Iphone. I’m inspired! Perhaps I really can tackle something like this. Your subject matter sure is beautiful, too. Family, peace, and nature! Love it. I would like to begin making cooking tutorials but didn’t think I could do it without the fancy equipment. Perhaps I’ll try it out on my Iphone. Thanks!

  28. Andi

    Wow I’m so impressed with this video! My goal is to start shooting and learning how to edit video more. Thanks for the tips!

  29. Marie (Food Nouveau)

    Simple post, but so helpful! It’s always great to know which apps pro photographers like to use, I didn’t know any of the ones you shared so I look forward to try them all, especially since I’ve just received my shiny new iPhone 5 right this morning…!! I’ve experimented with iMovie before but now I want to do more. And thanks for allowing me to discover With Etiquette, that site is going to be very useful!

    The video’s great, you’re right, that sunset was incredible and it deserved to be filmed! Life’s made of those perfect little moments, right?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Marie- Yes, life is full of great moments to savor. And it’s even more wonderful to be able re-live them through video.

  30. Donalyn

    This definitely got me thinking as well – I have wanted to branch out into making some videos for awhile now. I have a Droid, but there are many similar apps available. Love your video – very special!

  31. @BiscuitsofToday

    I’m going to try it!

  32. @BiscuitsofToday

    I’m going to try it! RT @WhiteOnRice If I can make an iPhone video, then so can you. http://t.co/oEyvrR0j New Post on how I did it

  33. Magda

    Diane, this is a beautiful video. I would have never thought it was shot with an iphone.
    Thank you. You got me thinking!

  34. Kathryn

    Thank you Diane! This is such an inspiration; the video on my iphone is sadly neglected but this has really opened my eyes to the possibilities. You’re the best!

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