How This Family Used a VidMob Editor to Revive Their Old Footage

Whether you’ve got video sitting on old camcorders, lying forgotten in hard drives, or simply taking up useless space on your iPhone, we’ve got one VidMob power user who is sure to inspire you to do something amazing with it.

Meet the Walker Family

They’re an epic foursome who has been traveling the world and taking some killer video in the process (watch below to see what we mean):

(this video was edited by VidMob editor, Nathanael S. Hire Nathanael for your next project!)

They’re proof that, no matter when or how you recorded your videos, there’s still a way to create some incredible mini-movies you, your family, and even your friends will enjoy watching for years to come.

Dig Up the Past and Bring it to Life

VidMob isn’t just for the videos you capture on your iPhone (though we’ve seen some pretty impressive ones done that way…like this one here).

It’s for any video. It’s for the videos taking up real estate on your external hard drive. Or the video you’ve shot on your high-end DSLR camera. It’s even for the VHS tapes that you finally decided to have digitized. With VidMob, you can now transform all of those clips into powerful, live movie-memories—just like the Walkers did.

Watch their full video:
(This video was edited by VidMob editor, CJ Bezuidenhout. Hire CJ for your next video!)

How to Rescue Your Old Videos

Getting videos stored on external drives and into a VidMob project is extremely simple—it just takes a moment of forethought before creating your project.

Here’s a quick, step-by-step guide to accessing that footage with our app:

1.    Upload your footage to any cloud service, like DropBox or Google Drive.
2.   Create a VidMob project as you normally would.
3.   Locate your DropBox or Google Drive media folder during the Media Selection step of the Project Creation process in-app.
4.   Review media stored in your cloud accounts and add selected clips and photos to your project (it’s that simple!).
(For more on how to access your pre-iPhone media files, visit our FAQ.)

Most of the earlier Walker videos use footage from well before the days of iPhones and other smartphones (thanks to our app’s cloud account integration). Yet they’re still as incredible as the ones they’ve made with today’s tech.

Which we think speaks volumes to real power of the VidMob platform: with a little creative effort from a talented editor, you can turn any raw video clips (even if they’re not vacation-focused—they just have to be important to you!) into a Walker-worthy video.

What stories are you waiting to tell? Download the VidMob app today to revive your home videos. And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channels or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

You Can Make a Video like Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard

If you haven’t seen this video yet, do yourself a favor and check out Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s recap of their safari vacation. It’s both hilarious and breathtaking, entertaining and envy-inducing. In fact, it’s so good you can’t help but wonder if it’s real. But it is. And it’s awesome.

The best part? You can make an equally awesome video with just a teeny bit of forethought and the creative finesse of a VidMob editor. Here’s how:

 1. Pick a Theme: For Kristen and Dax, their unifying theme was the song “Down in Africa” by Toto which, obviously, related well to the location of their trip. So whether it’s a song, a movie, a play, or a book, choose something to hold your story together.

 2. Plot the Story: Figure out how you want your video to play out. Like Kristen and Dax, have certain dance moves, scenes, lines, and/or interactions you know you want to capture that correspond with your theme.  

 3. Get Your Cell Phone or GoPro Shooting: Now go forth and shoot video freely—knowing that you’ve got a professional editor at VidMob waiting eagerly to attack those raw clips and create a masterpiece for you. Repeat your chosen plot points in different locations to showcase the scenery of your trip and add some variety to your video.

Not much of the planning type? Then go ahead and wing it. You can still get an incredible vacation video, like the Walker family’s one below, edited by VidMob editor C.J. Bezuidenhout, without having to think it through—just capture what inspires you.

For more tips on making great vacation video, check out this blog post here and be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. And to connect with editors like C.J. Bezuidenhout, don’t forget to download the VidMob app today.

3 Types of Clips You’ll Want for Your Next Travel Video

As the winter chill begins to spread and grow across much of the northern hemisphere, so too will the number grow of those traveling to indulge in or escape it. Because, whether travelers are hitting the slopes or chasing the sun, winter is always a popular time to getaway—which means it’s also a popular time to take some great video to remember your trip by!

If you’ve got an upcoming trip in the books, we’ve got a few noteworthy trends in Travel video that you can capture and recreate to make your vacation as memorable as the pro’s:

  • Bird’s Eye Views: Soaring shots of the landscape help provide a framework and context for your trip—it places viewers in the grander space of the environment. And it’s got an amazing “wow” affect.

How to Get It: Invest in a drone. They were all the craze at this year’s CES and there’s good reason for it; the resulting footage these cameras can capture is simply breathtaking. Think overhead shots of snowboarding down a mountain, hiking in a rainforest, or boating in the bay.

  • Action Shots: This footage really helps bring a user into the thick of your adventures so they feel that they’re living the events of the trip just as you did—snorkeling, on the slopes, or chasing waterfalls.

How to Get It: While some tech exists for waterproofing cameras and mobile devices, we think the best way to capture these shots is with a GoPro. These cameras are rugged and built to endure the elements. Plus, they easily attach to the tip of your surfboard, ski helmet, or fishing pole.

  • Personal Points of View: Similar to the footage you could capture with a GoPro, having that personal perspective helps bring a viewer directly into the world of your vacation—so whether it’s a close up of your friend enjoying hot chocolate in the lodge, your feet in the sand, or the breeze blowing in the treetops, capturing the smaller, more sensory moments help bring your trip to life.

How to Get It: Capture these moments with whatever you’ve got on hand, which is likely your mobile phone. Considering iPhones now have 4k camera, shooting high-quality footage is easier than ever. And if you’re an active user on mobile-first video platforms like Snapchat or Periscope, save what you share so you can use it later on in your video.

And who knows, with all this amazing travel footage you’ll capture and create with VidMob, you might just be the inspiration for someone else’s next big trip! To get your travel video started, download the app here and then check out here or here for tips and inspiration on making your next video.

Don’t forget to follow us, @VidMob, on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for the latest tips, tricks, and trends in video.

MobFeed Spotlight: Travel

With the holidays behind us and winter in full swing, it’s no wonder our MobFeed is beginning to fill up with some amazing travel videos of people hitting the slopes or adventuring beachside. Which is why this week’s MobFeed Spotlight is all about amazing travel video.

So whether you’ve already taken a trip, are planning one for the near future, or even if you’ve got great footage from years ago, we challenge you to make a video to rival this week’s MobFeed Spotlight:

The Land of Plenty: Australia 2014” edited by VidMob editor C. J. Bezuidenhout.

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Why we love this video:

 1.  Drones: The shots captured from the bird’s eye view of a drone are downright breathtaking. If you’re lucky enough to own one of these bad boys, travel with it and use it! You won’t regret the video that results (see minutes 1:21-1:38, 2:28, 2:58, and 3:10 for a few reasons why drones rock).

 2.  Music: We love how C. J. blended a popular Australian-themed tune with a touch of tradition in the modern didgeridoo music, aligning with the environment and theme of the Walker family’s vacation.

 3.  Title Cards & Transitions: These are not your basic title cards! They have a personality and movement that match the content of the video perfectly, while still remaining practical and functional to help tell the story of the Walker family’s vacation.

What videos are you loving from our MobFeed? Or, better yet, have you made any travel videos of your own? Share them with us in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.