1. WORDPRESS & VIDEO
The most basic question about video blogging might be: how do I get my video content into my blog? We recommend:
Video —> YouTube —> WordPress
Upload your video to YouTube, grab the embed code and paste it into your blog. Make sure you paste it in “HTML” view in your WP blog.
Why not upload your video directly to WP?The answer is Search.
Search engines, and Google in particular, love video content. It is often returned above websites in a search result. Additionally, posting to YouTube gives a chance for a wider audience, better syndication and distribution.
Finally, don’t forget to use consistent tags when you upload your video to YouTube and WP.
2. EDITING IS GOOD
Editing is crucial to successful video production. Let’s start with available programs that are either free or under $150.
- PC - Pinnacle/Avid, MovieMaker
- Mac - iMovie, Final Cut
The key things you need to be able to do with video editing are:
- Edit sound and picture separately
- Decide the order of shots
- Decide the duration of shots
Those three are the biggies, but video editing has other key benefits as well:
- Ability to add music
- Add titles
- Add transitions (btw “Cuts” are 95% of all transitions)
Production (shooting) can be great fun. Here are a few tips and tricks to get a good result.
This is how you frame a shot in camera. Consider these four guideslines:
i. No need to move the camera
ii. Web video is a close-up medium
iii. Rule of Upper Thirds - place the subject’s eyes about a third down from the top of the frame.
iv. Keep it Square - pay attention to the horizon line.
Make sure you get everything you need when you shoot.
i. B-roll and cutaways help illustrate the story
ii. Use different angles to provide variety
iii. Use the “short” end of the lens as much as possible (that is, stay wide and get close)
iv. Avoid zooms
C. Interview Technique
i. The person on camera should look at the interviewer, NEVER the camera.
ii. The interviewer needs to “hold the eyes” of the subject. Be nice, act interested, smile and nod. Don’t look down at your notes.
iii. Don’t talk over the talent. It generally ruins the take.
iv. Get the subject to restate your question in their answer (”statementize”)
D. Cheap Gear
- Low cost lighting - Home Depot aluminum reflector and high output CFLs
It’s also good to have a power strip, extension cord. some duct tape and a big plastic bin to keep your kit together.
E. Some Sage Advice
i. Plan your shoot in advance / develop a shot list
ii. Check your gear before you go
iii. You’re the Boss. Own it.
5. COMPARISON OF VIDEO CAMERAS
We also covered The Best Camera for Videoblogging, a reprise of an earlier post on this topic.
Here's a video we produced using the techniques outlined above. I took about an hour to shoot.
To get a PDF of the slideshow, please contact me.