Borrow a smartphone kit



Make better videos with your own smartphone

The smartphone kit

Nearly everyone owns a smartphone. Most smartphones have a great camera that allows you to make excellent photos and videos. However, for video not only the quality of your footage is important, but sound quality as well. At this point, smartphones are not at their best.

You can borrow a smartphone kit from the University Library to enhance your smartphone for better videos. This kit contains some easy, useful tools like a small tripod, a light and a semi-professional microphone.

What is in the smartphone kit?
  • mini-tripod/selfie stick
  • shoulder pod (see picture)
  • external microphone including a ‘dead cat’ (to reduce noise) and connection cable
  • a light
  • a dual usb charger

On the shoulder pod you can mount your phone, the light and the microphone.

How to borrow the smartphone kit?

Just go to the University Library front desk. Both at Randwyck and Inner City we have two kits available.


You can borrow a kit for 72 hours at a time by using your UM card.
Opening hours for picking up and returning are Monday to Friday from 08:30h until 17:00h.
It is possible to reserve a kit. To do so, use this link AYL.

What to use the smartphone kit for?

The smartphone kit serves many purposes, especially if you need to create videos on location (in the lab, in the street, etc.).

Some examples:

  • Students may want to use it for their video assignments.
  • Instructors may use it to create short clips.
  • Researchers could use it to create a promotional video that goes with a funding proposal.
How to use the smartphone kit?

Please see this video for a comprehensive instruction.

Unboxing the smartphone kit from UM Library on Vimeo.

For some useful tips on how to improve your footage, see this online DIY film course.

How to edit and upload my video?

You have several options for editing and uploading your video.