Video Series [#9] - Ideas about Intros

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This is not really going to be a teaching post. I just wanted to check in and give a little glimpse into something I have on "the drawing board." I've been thinking lately about videos that our VBloggers group is creating. You know we are learning lots from each other there! Some in the group are frequent video bloggers, take Nyssa or Steve as just two examples. What I find interesting foremost is of course their content, it is interesting and relevant to the consumer and their market. Each of these vloggers has used an intro clip before the main video. This is NOT required of course, but I REALLY LIKE it... I think it is very cool.

Nyssa uses iMovie and Steve uses Cyberlink PowerDirector - certain apps have different features which lets you do semi-professional looking things to create a higher quality presentation. It got me thinking, if I was to create an intro with what tools are available to me... what would I do?

What came to mind is a free web app called Prezi which does animated presentations, it is quite cool and is quickly becoming popular in convention presentations. Ok, I can do that. Next I need to record the presentation to video format, ok I can do that. Next, let's add a soundtrack, ok I can do that! Seems like I have all the pieces to go!

I spent about an hour learning Prezi today. It is very nice. I think I have a good grasp of the tools that you need in that app now. Prezi by the way offers free edition hoping to get you hooked and you need to buy the paid edition.

There are several free ways to record your screen. I happen to like a free app called Debut Video Capture. So I fired that up and recorded my test Prezi presentation with it. Now I should mention, videos that we create should generally be three to five minutes TOTAL target length. So you don't want your intro to eat too much into this. The body of your video is the main reason they are there. 15-20 seconds max should be allotted for an intro.

I added a soundtrack from which is royalty free, free to use music with attribution (which I just did for you). This is one site example of persons who give music away because it helps to get their name known.

Well here's my test intro - and remember it's not the real thing. It was just for me to complete my "test" that I could actually do it. I see a few things I will change when I do the real cut later.


Below, let me embed videos from others in VBloggers that have created some cool looking intros to their video series productions, first Steve Bachman


next Nyssa Smith


next Margie Kopp did this video for the recent Kodak Video challenge. She used a google app called SketchUp to create a very cool animated intro... the intro starts at the 35 second marker (Margie is fairly new to ActiveRain, head on over if you get a second and say hello!)


So VBloggers remember you do NOT need to do one of these fancy intros like you see here... however, if I have got your creative juices flowing (you know who you are), then here are some ideas for you to PONDER.

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Tara Cummins
Stratagy4SuccessNow - Mesa, AZ
Marketing Concierge, Strategy4SuccessNow

PS.  Just noticed your Ambassador status!  Super happy for you.  It's certainly well deserved.

May 02, 2011 12:12 PM #57
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Craig - As always Thanks.

May 02, 2011 08:18 PM #58
Ray Waisler
Finance of America - Atlanta, GA
NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA

Craig, I really don't like you right about now, LOL. I was shying away from video blogging(afraid my ugly face would scare people), but after seeing the possibilitiesin this blog, my brain is about ready to explode with all the ideas running through it. 

May 03, 2011 05:06 AM #59
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Great videos Craig.  I'm getting ready to jump in the video blogging world.  Your tips will be very helpful!

May 03, 2011 05:43 AM #60
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

wow!! AR email notifications just started working again, my inbox is flooded and didn't realize all of you had visited... I'll have to come back later to reply more specifically

Leslie (at #56) - I have a great post to share with you to embed your video into AR post - ironically the person before and after you in the comment stream is the creator of the tutorial :)

May 03, 2011 07:23 AM #61
Kris Mon
RtownLiving - Raleigh, NC

great post, Craig!  Thanks for sharing the knowledge with us.  Now I know what to use to create an intro for my videos.  Thanks for sharing a royalty free music website as well.

May 03, 2011 08:06 AM #62
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I'm going to check out the Sketchup, that was great.  Thanks for the info here.

May 03, 2011 10:41 AM #63
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have been considering a video blog and you have answered a number of my questions about how to do things.  Thanks

May 03, 2011 11:19 AM #64
Leslie DeLuca
DeLuca Real Estate - Monterey, CA
No One Knows The Monterey Peninsula Like DeLuca

Thanks so much....I will read it and try it out.  I have so many videos on youtube that I want to use.

May 03, 2011 03:46 PM #65
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Craig, you are my new favorite blogger because every post you write is power packed with very helpful and practical information for us! We do videos but I like the idea of an intro :)


May 04, 2011 04:24 AM #66
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

ok - short hiatus - checking back in now for followups... 

Michael (at #48) - I agree, I like intros when as good add-in to do

Marshall - tech savvy assistants are valuable ;) (perhaps you know somebody in high school or college looking for a little part time work?)

Catherine - glad to provide some food for thought

Beverly - thanks for the bookmark - perhaps an idea will come out of this post

Debbie - thanks for subscribe! I always love to hear those words :)

May 04, 2011 06:10 AM #67
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Patricia - we have many ARs who are tacking the topic - you can learn lots from them

Greg - yes we do have some great examples, thanks for visiting

Tara - hope you get a chance to explore some new ideas

Leslie - see my reply to you above

Robert - you are very welcome

Ray - go with it, give video blogging a try to see how it goes!

Donna - I look forward to what you produce!

May 04, 2011 06:13 AM #68
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Kriselie - these are some ideas anyway, if you are creative you can come up with other ideas for intros too

Lyn - I love sketchup, I'm into Architecture, so you'd probably figure that!

Gene - that's cool - glad to hear!

Leslie - thanks for coming back - glad you are expanding your blog posts with video too

Sharon - woohoo! love that comment - I might have to add that to my updated testimonials ;)

May 04, 2011 06:16 AM #69
Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

Craig!  Another shoutout!  Thank you, thank you!!  I SO appreciate your sharing my videos with others!  (not to mention you posted up my video with the blooper in it!  Ha!)  I cringe everytime I watch that one!  It's a good one, it was just my jacket was buttoned up and then it wasn't!  I never realized it until after production and I didn't want to waste time going back to reshoot it.  So I let it go.  But everytime I see that one I laugh!  Well... it's good to be able to laugh at yourself!  That's a good testiment to why people just need to 'Just Do It'!  We all make mistakes but post it up anyway.  Even blockbuster movies have bloopers found in them!  It's all good!  :)

May 07, 2011 02:36 AM #70
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Nyssa - ok now that just proves a point that we are probably way overcritical of our OWN work - stuff we see most won't even see or won't care in the slightest! that button made zero difference in the excellent content of the video and the fact that you posted it anyway shows that you know what is important is to get the info out there! (and not hold off for the perfect shoot). Sometimes we can't go back and re-shoot if we are on location somewhere and that was our one shot at it. Have you ever seen a video where in the live shot an inaccurate thing was said? You don't have to throw it away, youtube lets you overlay text bubbles onto video. I've seen where people correct themselves in post-production text bubble "oops I mean to say ...." and post the video anyway. I appreciate that. :)

May 07, 2011 02:50 AM #71
Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

So true Craig!  I love that thought!  The annotations in YouTube.  Yes, I forget those sometimes.  I said the wrong number of lots in one of my neighborhood videos.  I corrected it in the blog post.  But I could add the annotation in the YouTube video.  Thanks for the reminder about that!  :)  But I don't think I'll use that to point out my blooper with my jacket in this video!  LOL!  ;)

May 09, 2011 05:19 AM #72
Ellen Wright Adams
Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender - Eugene, OR
LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon

Craig:  another one of your posts I bookmarked!  Thanks for the info - I needed it!

May 09, 2011 05:36 PM #73
Andre R. Aragon
Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Photographer

Hey Craig - I have been playing with some video using Cyberlink Power Director and PhotoShow Producer. Digital video has come a long way - looking forward to doing more.

Thanks another great post to get us all thinking,

May 10, 2011 05:34 PM #74
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Craig,

Thanks for the tips.

Enjoyed the sample videos as well


May 13, 2011 12:50 AM #75
Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Wende Schoof - Menlo Park, CA - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula

Craig, these look like great resources.  Thanks for pointing us in the right direction on this stuff!

May 13, 2011 04:52 AM #76
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