Fri, December 15, 2017

Creating Your FIRST Video

We have been doing a series about creating videos for business.  I thought it would be fun to walk through some tips and tricks to make your first video a success.  We are also going to look at a Josh’s story.  He created his first TBC video. (If you have not seen the series on videos use these links: Types of videosEquipment set up, Getting your video noticed)

Videos take a bit of getting used to.  Your first few videos will take a lot to get used to.  As you progress, they will become easier, faster, and more natural.  In the video below, Josh spent over two hours working on it and it ended up being one minute twenty seven seconds!  So, what happened in all that time and what can you expect for your first video? . . .a lot!

  • Being in front of a video camera is hard to get used to.  One of Josh’s short segments took him ten tries (ten takes for you video speaking people).  When you have never been on camera, you may present your info stiff and unnaturally.  You want to be natural and trying to be natural is not natural . . you know?  Pretend the video cameara is a good friend of yours.  I even knew one person who taped a picture of her friend on the top of her camera so that when she looked at the camera she saw her friend.
  • Make sure you know what you are going to say.  Josh knew what he wanted to say, but words can get jumbled up.  You can use a “prompter” with your words written out behind your camera, but it may look like you are reading.  The key is to inject your personality and say things the way you would to a friend or whatever will fit your audience.  Break down what you want to say into key points, and go through the points adding as much or as little flair is needed.
  • Have all your equipment ready.  Check your lighting to look for weird shadows.  Look to see that there is nothing distracting behind the videos.  Make sure your batteries are charged and you have plenty of recording space.  Make sure there is no noise that is a distraction and make sure to talk clearly and loudly.
  • Make your video interesting.  Make your video interesting, not hokey or silly, unless that is what you are going for.  Make sure your audience does not get bored.  Give them some valuable information and they will come back and watch more of your videos as times goes.  To make it interesting, try different angles like Josh did. Or go to a different location like a park, museum or whatever location fits your video.

We will be doing some more video tips, but for now, here is Josh’s first video, ENJOY!

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