How To Make Easy Video Posts – Combining Short Video Clips

Being able to make quick video posts is very important to any video blogger. It’s important to me.

I was struggling with my video posts. Always trying to get things shot in one or two takes. And talking on, and on, and on. It wasn’t much fun.

A little while ago when I wasn’t feeling well, I was on YouTube checking out some of the most popular videos. I was shocked. Not just at the amount of views some of these top YouTubers were getting. But, at how the videos were shot and edited. It was brilliant!

They used a very simple and very effective technique. They would shoot a bunch of short clips and then edit them together. The videos turn out more dynamic and entertaining. I don’t know the psychology behind it, but the fast cuts and short dialogue kept my attention.

I decided to give it a try on my other site ImageGuy.com. It worked! The video was much easier to shoot. Took very little time and turned out being pretty darn good. If I do say so myself. I still need practice to make the videos better. But they are much better than the previous videos I shot.

Take a look at the video below and let me know what your thoughts are.

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEd5FagsdK8

Josh Rimer Interview

I’ve known Josh for almost a year and he’s always eager to share information with others. So, when I asked if he would be interested in doing an interview, he said he’d love to. In the interview Josh discusses topics like getting started , what equipment he uses and what you should do to get your videos seen.

Josh Rimer has been on YouTube since 2007. His videos have been seen almost 3,000,000 times. That’s right! 3 million. Hopefully, one day I’ll have those kind of numbers. His blog has been a great source of information and knowledge to me and many others. Josh knows his stuff.

So, here is the video interview with Josh:

Josh and his brother Spandy Andy have just launched Social Media Star Formula to help people learn how to become social media stars. And the best part, they’re offering free videos. Check them out. I signed up for the free videos and so should you.

We all know we need to be on social media.  We hear it all the time.  But how do you make sure you’re not wasting your time?  Are there short-cuts?  How do “ordinary” people sometimes get such big, loyal followings?  Will it actually bring in results for you?

Well these two guys have totally made it work for them – and are sharing their strategies for why YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more – in a free online video series!

And they’re showing us how they did it for FREE!

Just click on the link below to be taken to their website to be the first to learn what they did, how they did it, and why it’s completely transformed their careers.

These videos are completely free and I’m sure you’ll agree that these two have had some pretty amazing success with social media and great tips to pass on to the rest of us so we can do it too!

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SXmmHQ7z_g

5 Myths About Video Blogging

There are a lot of myths out there about using video as a communication tool on your blog. Most are based on old beliefs that are no longer issues today. Whatever the basis is for the myths, they are just that… Myths. Take a look below and you’ll quickly realize that video blogging is easy and not expensive at all. You might even have fun and increase your audience.

The 5 Myths:

  1. It hard – No it isn’t. Video blogging can be as simple as firing up your webcam and talking about whatever you want. Some of the top video bloggers started out using their webcam.Video blogging is only as hard as you decide to make it.
  2. Video editing software is expensive - Wrong! If you have a computer, chances are you already have free video editing software installed. If you don’t. Good video editing software costs less than $100.
  3. Posting videos takes too long – What if I told you I can shoot, edit and post a video to my blog in less than 2 hours. And, depending on the type of video it can take even less time. Most bloggers find that videos are a quick way to post their thoughts and ideas on their blogs.
  4. You need an expensive video camera – Incorrect!  If you have a digital point and shoot camera, chances are it shoots great video. Almost all of todays modern cameras shoot HD Video and they aren’t that expensive. You can even buy blogging specific cameras now for a couple hundred bucks. Even the camcorder you already have will do the trick.
  5. Search engines don’t like video blog posts – If you write a good description on your blog above or below your video you will still get indexed by search engines. But, if you just post a video to your blog without any text, the search engines won’t know what the page is about.The added bonus is when you post your video on YouTube and write a good description and key words. Your video might rank very high on Google (Google owns YouTube).  Did you know YouTube is number 2 in online searches behind Google? Visitors to your site from YouTube view more pages and stay on your site much longer than visitors from search engines.

How to Shoot Video with a Canon 7D Tethered to a Computer

I know a lot of you are shooting your videos with Canon HDSLR’s. I bet you’re being slowed down while shooting your videos and you don’t even know it. Always having to get up to change your settings. Starting and stopping your videos. Framing yourself. This may not seem like a big deal, but what if you didn’t have get up from where you’re shooting to make adjustments? Wouldn’t that save you a lot of time and frustration? You bet! You could buy a small LCD camera monitor and face it towards yourself, but that only addresses one of your issues. What about focusing, or starting and stopping recording? Did you know there is a free solution? And, you might already have it.

When you bought your Canon HDSLR it came with free software. Most people ignore the software that comes with their cameras because there are usually better 3rd party options. Not in this case. Canon’s EOS Utility allows you to control your camera from your computer. Plug the two together with a USB cable and you have full control over your camera. Even when shooting video. Let me repeat that! Even When Shooting Video!

Here are some of the things you can control from your computer:

  • Focus
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • Start/Stop Recording
  • And Much more (see your manual)

I bet, once you start shooting with your Canon HDSLR tethered to your computer, you’ll wonder how you managed shooting your videos without it. So go and install EOS Utilities (if you haven’t already) on your computer and try shooting you next video this way.

Check out the video below and you’ll see just how easy it is to use.

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqU0Pc4vcPc

Do you shoot with a Canon HDSLR? If so. What’s your technique?

What’s in My Camera Bag

Making sure you have everything with you when you’re shooting your video blog post is extremely important.

In this video I show you what I have in my camera to shoot my video posts.

Here’s what’s in my video blogging camera bag:

  • Canon HF M300 camcorder
  • Canon SD1400is camera
  • Zoom H2 audio recorder
  • Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lavalier mic
  • various small tripods and stands
  • freshly charged batteries
  • memory cards
  • memory card reader
  • battery chargers
  • all connection and power cables

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cisppYlakw

What do you carry in your camera bag? Is there anything I’m missing?