How to make Travel Videos with your Smartphone

Capture & share your experiences like never before

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Create engaging video content on the go...

If I had to summaries the essence of this course in 4 words they would be:

Live in the moment!

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to create awesome videos of an experience. We focus on using a mobile device, but any camera can be used.

This simple and easy-to-follow course will take you through the process of quickly planning, filming and editing a video. Although we may focus on using Smartphones you can apply this course to any camera. The modules are filmed in epic locations in Cape Town with hands-on demonstrations to give you practical examples of what types of shots to get and when to use them in your videos.

Here's what you can expect

Dean, your instructor, will answer 3 FAQs.

Course Duration: only 90min

We have made the course compact with only the lessons you really need! No Extra unnecessary fluff. You can have gone through this course in the same time it takes to watch a movie! Revisit any parts whenever with our accesses for life!

One of a kind teaching style

FILM Schools would have us shot. We completely redefined the way video is taught. If you want fancy filming & editing talk go study for 3 years. But, if you want to make cool Instagram videos by later today then try our quick teaching style using everyday language to solve video problems. With years of filming & editing experience on our side, we have come up with some secret recipes you can use like the 124 ratio.

Ideal for increasing your video presence on Instagram

Filmed on Location in Cape Town

Cape Town was the location where we were at when we filmed this course. As a popular Tourist destination it gave us the ability to immerse ourselves in a place where our surroundings would be distracting. And this is the point! We want you to capture your experiences and not be interrupted by your filming process. Live in the moment. We teach you on site in some of Cape Towns best tourist attractions because the "do as we do" is always better than "do as we say" approach.

"Do as we do"

Continued added value

We are striving to continue to add value to this course. We will update you as new lessons are added to the current course. Stay tuned for loads more!

"I signed up for the Travelvids Course on impulse without really knowing what to expect.
It was one of those experiences that completely under-promises and over-delivers. I was particularly impressed at how tight you kept the presentation, rarely wandering off the thread and always on point. Everything you covered was useful and relevant. The use of videos to illustrate each step was genius and helped to drive each point home. I left feeling that I had learned a lot of really useful skills that I could use immediately.!"

- Jaqui Goodwin, MD Active Africa

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We tested the Samsung S8 on Lion's Head in Cape Town

"Im on a gap year in Cape Town and bought a basic DSLR Camera & a Gopro, I quickly realised i wanted to make short movies to send to my mum and friends about my trip rather than just take pictures, after doing the course i could shot edit & create videos, brilliant course, thx guys."

- Stephanie Branick, Student

Have you tried our Free Editing Tutorials?

People think that editing is the hard part when it comes to making videos. We want to show you that editing is really easy if you know what you are doing. This is why we offer FREE Mobile Phone Editing Tutorials for LG, iOS and Samsung Devices

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What will we cover?

  • Live In The Moment
    Our lessons make sure you don't spend precious time behind the lens. Instead capture while you experience
  • The Secret Shot Ratio: 1, 2, 4
    This is one of our golden Travelvids Secret Tricks. It is extremely important, simple and easy to do.
  • Camera Gear
    You will learn to create great vacation videos using any camera or mobile phone, Android or iPhone
  • Short Clips
    Rhythm Cutting & Finding the Moment
  • Shots
    Basic Shots - Micro Stories - Angles - Creative Shots.
  • Composition & Stabilisation
    Rule of Thirds - Breathing Room - Pan & Tilt - Camera Yoga
  • Lighting on a Budget
    Using Natural Light & LEDs
  • Sound
    Microphones, techniques, wind noise and background sounds.
  • Shoot Prep and Storytelling
    Story to shot-list to edit.
  • Editing Apps
    We cover Splice, iMovie & PowerDirector for both Android & iOS devices.

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Course Curriculum

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  Section 6: Stability
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  Quick Editing Tutorials
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  Section 12: End Note
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"I did the Travelvids Video intro course and really enjoyed the experience.
Not having an iPhone worried me a bit and being of an older generation also concerned me but the two presenters did not presume any prior knowledge so started from scratch and gave us some really great tips - how to set up shot lists, how to shoot to limit editing and some good "go-to" sites to assist with editing and music.
I can highly recommend this course for a great intro to creating fun and informative travel videos with your phone."

- Coleen van Staaden, Cape Town Tourism

"I highly recommend travelvids.tv. What Dean and Darren are offering new videography-hopefuls is amazing and gives our industry the much-needed nudge that it needs! Through their assistance, I've gained useful skills that I've applied to creating short videos that are used to promote my beautiful hometown, Wellington as a small town with loads of tourism potential. Excellent work!"

- Jeremeo Le Cordier, Vulture Productions

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At the end of the course you will be able to make engaging videos your friends, family & even strangers will enjoy watching.Capture your memories professionally, quickly & easily, leaving time for you to live in the moment.

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"This course is AWESOME. If you're looking for a content-rich video making course suitable for someone with zero experience - look no further. Honestly, this course is a masterclass in clear, concise, and engaging teaching. So well done! Thank you for this perfect introduction to making travel videos."

- Kirstein Combrink , Hambela

Your Instructor


Travelvids.tv was started by Dean Paarman & Darren Barker. As YouTube content creators the duo realised that "video creation" appears to scare people off as a big, scary & unachievable thing. Their mission is to make video accessible to would-be creators all over the globe. To do this they have thought of new ways to make video easy.

Travelvids.tv offers courses & workshops in video creation and video production.
It all started on YouTube, creating things-to-do videos for the Cape Town Travel & Tourism industry. As with all businesses things keep evolving. Our primary focus is still video creation for a multitude of business.

We offer video creation courses in a simple step by step video guide, giving you real live examples videos of how we get the shots, we offer this service to businesses and individuals as a workshop or course you choose.
What to chat? Email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Does the course have any prerequisites?
Yes, you should have a smartphone. You will also need to download an editing App. We cover Splice & Power Director. Both are free and available in Appstore and Google Play Store respectively.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who want to learn how to make short engaging video content of an experience. This can apply to a traveller in a foreign country, a local wanting to try a new restaurant in their home town or even a business that offers an activity, tour, bed, food or drink. You have a story, we will help you identify what it is and capture it.