Videos with text overlays that can be read quickly and silently by mobile and social media consumers are called Kinograms. Which translates to “cinema writing.”

Modern kinograms are time-consuming and require expensive video editing software to produce.

I show a foolproof method for how to achieve professional results making kinograms, using just an iPhone in this online video course.

Kinograms are silent video reports with text overlays and title cards. And, they are nothing new.

They have been with us since 1927.

Back then the technology did not exist to synchronize sound and pictures, so filmmakers had to alternate visual sequences with title cards in order to make film reports.

We see kinograms now because of autoplay video on social streams like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Kinograms are one of the 10 ways I teach media makers how to produce and share social video.