Can your production process be ‘pure mojo’ or do you need to transfer your work to a computer to prepare it for publication?

The answer to this question depends on the apps you are using, and where the content will be published.

Stories for web and social platforms

For video that is being published on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, you can usually upload directly from your video editing app. However it is best practice to save the video to your Camera Roll first, so that you have a high quality version to re-edit for other social platforms and your website.

If your video is going on your website, talk to your online editor about the resolution and aspect ratio they need for your video to display properly, and make sure the app you’re using exports videos at those settings. Other than that, you should be able to do all your production on the phone.

Stories for television

If you are editing a video for television and need to add branded captions and titles, your entire workflow can remain in the phone if you are using LumaFusion or KineMaster, as both of these apps allow you to work with imported fonts and graphics.

However you may prefer to edit your video on the phone, and transfer it to a desktop system like Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro to add branded captions, titles and graphics, particularly if these elements are stored on a central newsroom server.

If you work in television journalism, talk to your broadcast operators before you start your video project, and test any apps you plan to use to make sure that the files exported from them are compatible with your station’s required file formats and settings.

Transferring your video from the phone

Many apps can be linked to cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Send Anywhere and Dropbox. iOS phones can also send files direct to a Macintosh desktop via AirDrop, and transfer files directly from one app to another.