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Experience with videos?

Postby soapin'Angela on Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:28 pm

I'm wondering if any of you make videos to upload to places like YouTube, Google Video , etc...

I just made a video that I meant to do a little while ago with my testimonial for Mom Mastermind and I uploaded it to YouTube. It was just done with the little webcam I've got here and I'm sure the quality could be a lot better.

Are there any cheap video cameras you know of to buy to make videos? (I'm not going to invest in one yet but if I can figure out how to get attention with videos I just might).

The video thing is so cool, I spend too much time when I get onto YouTube or Google Video just browsing around at all the people on there.
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Postby tishialee on Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:22 am

I don't have any experience with videos. Maybe Kelly will come along and put her two cents in because I think she has made a couple videos and I know she uses something other than a webcam.
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Postby Mila on Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:39 pm

Do you have a link to yours Angela? I've seen a lot of video lately on sites. We were thinking of doing one for MTN. It's definitely interesting.
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Postby Mara B on Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:03 am

My mom bought me a webcam quite a while ago, because we live in different states from each other. At the time, I didn't have the right software. I'll have to see if I can get it to work now that I have "the right stuff."
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Postby soapin'Angela on Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:06 pm

Here it is on my website:
http://angelawills.com/mom-mastermind-v ... stimonial/

I also did one for the Next Internet Millionaire a while back but didn't make it past the first 50 round (which I didn't expect because the video was un-planned and terrible).

I think I'm going to do more just for fun! But I do like the idea of giving my testimonials this way - and letting others know about the products/services I recommend.
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Postby soapin'Angela on Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:08 pm

What webcam do you have Mara? Mine didn't need any special software, it just came with the webcam.

I'd love to have an actual camcorder, that would be so much better quality.
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Video for Web

Postby ZedBiz on Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:33 am

I have done some work with video - not an expert by no means - still learning.

I used CamStudioIM for a bit to make screen shot videos. But couldn't really do any editing.

so took the plunge and bought Camtasia - I really love it.

Then a couple weeks ago I decided to try something more than just screen shot instructional videos.

So hooked up my camera and went to work.

Actually played around for about 2 days and did get a couple half decent videos made - nothing great though.

So have put it on the back burner for now.

There are a couple great new products out about video. One is a monthly membership site that I think is beyond what I need.

the other is just a short report that I picked up today. I was very impressed - actually wrote a bit about it on my Wahm Blog (see my sig).

I really think that video is something that you either have to like and do quite a bit of, or not do at all. To just dabble you won't have the quality, and your videos will look amateurish.

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Postby soapin'Angela on Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:35 pm

Yea mine look real amature but they are just for fun really...lol

I'd love to have Camtasia and that's a whole different type of video then the one I've been trying it. I've been really getting into doing copywriting lately and I think having Camtasia to do video critiques of already written salespages and opt-in pages would be awesome.
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Postby dreambig on Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:49 pm

Hi Angela,

I have worked a little with video too.. Actually, we have found that on our doorway page, adding video will increase your opt-in rates 10-15%. We also use video for tutorials much like the one you made.... Which I have to tell you, it adds that extra bit of warmth and personalization to the web when it can often be a sterile and cold environment. Your YouTube testimonial was great!

Camtasia is good to position yourself to your team or followers as a leader and really demonstrates your skills. We have a Logitech and have found it useful in our testimonials as well as uploading it to YouTube. I know that some people on our team actually use video to send in emails (utilizing the HTML), but we haven't crossed that bridge yet!

Anyway, great job on your testimonial :)

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Postby Mara B on Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:49 pm

Welcome to the forum, Mia! And thanks for the information about using video on your main page. That sounds like a good return for visitors.
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Postby soapin'Angela on Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:22 pm

wow increased by 10 - 15% , that's huge!

Do you think that the quality should be there in order to see that increase? I mean will my little webcam work if I do this on my website or should I wait until I can afford a decent video camera?

Thanks for that info and the compliment Mia ! :)
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Postby Lynette on Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:43 pm

For talking head videos - like the one you made Angela, you can certainly start with a web cam. The problem with web cams, they are hit-miss at least in my experience. Yet, the Creative web cams and Logitech ones seem to get good reviews.

I don't use a web cam but a regular camcorder.
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Postby soapin'Angela on Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:02 pm

Yea I wish I could afford to get a camcorder... maybe in a little while! :)
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John Reese Video Tips

Postby ZedBiz on Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:29 pm

If you are thinking about Video - then check out this blog post by John Reese

http://www.income.com/blog/2007/07/19/a ... -web-site/

It has more great info that half the ebooks and reports I have downloaded.

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Postby IndieRetailer.com on Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:06 pm

If you're just going to use a webcam, anything that logitech puts out is typically very good quality video and audio. Although if you're using a webcam and can afford to do so, you might consider using a lavalier mic, something that you can clip to your collar or something for better quality.

Camcorders are fairly inexpensive these days (yes, I realize the term "inexpensive" is relative, sorry.) and a fairly decent one can be purchased at CostCo. I prefer Panasonic and have had very good luck with them.

Camtasia is an excellent suggestion and is very user friendly even if you have NO editing experience. Also, what some people don't realize is that it's not just for screen captures (although it does those better than anything else available), but you can also import your live camera feed and edit them as well. There are several video tutorials on the Techsmith (the makers of Camtasia) that demonstrate how to use the software and get you up and running in no time.
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