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One of the guys I follow is David Frey. He’s always got good advice and this week I thought I’d slightly re-write and bullet point a recent article he did about creating great online video.
Here are the tools he suggested along with my (and his) thoughts.
o Kodak Zi8 camera
The Kodak Zi8 is one of those tiny video cameras with the added benefit of an external mic jack that creates great audio. I recently won a couple of these and I can say they are fantastic. My kids are taking great video and posting it to youtube (my 10 year old has it DOWN).
o Sony Vegas Software
According to David this software is the standard for video editing. I’ve not used it, but plan to pick up a copy based on his suggestion. I’ve not done a lot of video editing. Typically I just shoot until I get it right, but there’s a lot to be said for getting a 2 or 3 camera set up and cutting from one angle to the other. Your videos will look far more professional. Find a teenager to do the editing for you…they know this stuff.
o Youtube, Viddler, Amazon & Easy Video Player
The sites YouTube, Viddler, and Vimeo are all options for hosting and playing your videos.
For larger videos many marketers (including me) are starting to use Amazon’s S3 service. Use their “Easy Video Player” to put nice borders and play buttons on your videos and host them on any of your sites. This is the service I used for my ListBuildingClass.com content.
o Camtasia / OppenOffice / Gmail
Most of the screen capture video that I make and upload is done with camtasia. The MAC version of Camtasia is aweful, but on a PC I love it. The ONLY reason I keep a PC in my office is to make my Camtasia screen capture videos. My YouTube.com account is full of them. (check out ‘silentjimdotcom’ on youtube to see them).
If you want to make a slide show to do videos the way many of the big marketers are doing David suggests Powerpoint, but I love to zero cost options instead. Check out OppenOffice.org (the presentation software) or Google documents (free with a Gmail account). Both do a great job for me.
David calls this his “$25 little secret” and I can see why.
Check out xshot.com – it’s self explanatory.
With xshot you can look like you have a professional camera man doing that “slowly shifting camera” thing, WITHOUT anyone else in the room. Great for camera self portrait shots too.
o Want to get your confidence up about online video? How about creating a super cool slide show of digital images in about 5 minutes flat. If you can use email you can handle animoto.com.
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