Yesterday, I led an introduction to video Google Hangout for a group of merchandisers from Chloe + Isabel. Even 4 years after resolving to 30-days of Pink to encourage my confidence on video, I still get excited about video. I also love leading workshops that are interactive, where we can share feedback, ideas and questions on-the-spot, so Google Hangout was a great resource.
Video resources and tools
For those getting started in video, the following are excellent resources and tools.
Editing software and tutorials
Apple’s iMovie is available as an app for your iPhone, iPad and computers. Apple offers their own basic iMovie tutorial that covers most of what you’ll need for your videos. iMovie users may also be interested in enrolling in iMovie Hero’s webinars and courses. (I haven’t taken his course, but it looks great.)
Because I haven’t used an Android-based phone for several years, I’m not able to recommend video editing software based on experience. Computer World’s reviews offer a lot of helpful information.
For the most basic edits, it’s easy to use YouTube’s editing software, which is linked to your YouTube account. There’s an abundance of video editing software for your PC. Tech Radar lists the best free options, while PC Mag takes a look at the best overall editing software options for the PC.
General video suggestions
If you’re looking for specific information, click the topic below:
- Lighting Your Video
- Where To Get Music For Video
- What to wear for video
- General tips for taking video
- Assistive Touch — Erin shared that using the Assistive Touch setting to take auto video without holding the phone is a lifesaver for standing away from the iPhone. I’m excited to learn more in the Apple resource center. For those with Android phones, Google Play offers their free version: Touch Me- Assistive Touch. (Beware, Assistive touch takes a lot of getting used to. We tried it tonight on my son’s iPad and struggled a lot. In the end, we turned it off and began researching delay-start video apps. I’ll update this post when we find one we like.)
During the Google Hangout, I mentioned a few tools for taking video.
- Tripod — holds phones on a horizontal
- Red Lipstick! (and remember to go to a make-up counter and ask for advice specific to making videos)
- Microphone — we didn’t discuss the use of a microphone because most phones and computer microphones will pick up a general video voices. However, if you plan to step away from your video device, there are many simple microphones available: Desktop Microphone, Pro Lavalier Lapel Microphone, Microphone for iPhone, iPad Tablet and Android.
- Lighting tools: while natural lighting should be fine for basic video, Photo Portrait Studio Lighting Kits are available at low prices, to get you started creating a studio.
The best way to be more comfortable on camera is to practice. And practice and practice and practice. I put the hangout attendees to a challenge: 30 days, 30 videos. As you do more and more videos, you’ll notice you’re tone changes and you begin to see who and what your video personality is. You’ll also find that you become more adept at considering your surroundings, distractions, and learn how to make yourself look and feel good on camera.
Along with creating 30 videos in 30 days, it’s helpful to have an accountability group. I encourage new-to-video stars to start facebook groups with 5-10 others who are learning to create videos. Privately, everyone can share their videos and offer feedback. After 30 days, you’ll not only learn from your own videos, but you’ll learn from each other.
30 videos in 30 days isn’t hard, especially if you have an easy topic like the ladies of Chloe + Isabel, who will share different pieces and aspects of jewelry each day. But if you don’t want to just talk about jewelry, there are great lists of video prompts on the web. Here are a few:
- 119 Journal Prompts
- 163 questions to write or talk about
- 60 debate topics
- TedPower discussion topics on a variety of topics
- Outfit of the day highlights
- introduce a different place each day
- movie or book reviews (one a day)
Finally, as you’re getting started in video, it’s most helpful to watch others. You’ll begin to learn what you like and don’t like about video, and adapt that into creating your video personality. There are a lot of great YouTubers out there in the video world. A few with very different styles include:
- 5 Fashion Vloggers to Watch
- 7 quirky, comical and downright weird YouTube personalities
- MSN’s YouTube’s biggest stars
- naturally, I invite you to check out my channel, too
Moving forward… YouTube!
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