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So what should my video be about?

Martin Johnson - Saturday, June 20, 2015

If you're a blogger, spending your time writing text and uploading images, you might be wondering what you would put in a video?

Here are some ideas.

1. Look at your recent blog posts and summarise them in one line. Often this will be your headline. This will become the main theme of your video

2. When you're writing your blog, you probably take this theme or topic and expand on it with three or four main points and some sub-points. For video, forget the sub points

3. Take your main points and think about how you can visualise them. It might just be you talking directly to camera and ad-libbing your written content.

4. You might want to use video to show more detail of the subject of your blog. 

5. Watching Reality TV shows can give you heaps of ideas on how to present your subject and although you may not be a professional presenter, your blog readers will appreciate seeing you in person demonstrating your subject.

6. Keep it short (under two minutes) and try and make it fun and interesting with changing camera angles and locations. 

7. If you blog is about something outside, then start inside and walk outside with your camera, talking as you go - as if you were showing a visitor around. 

8. Treat the camera as a person making sure you focus your eye line on the lens. That's the way you'll connect with and engage your audience. 

What do I need?

The most important thing is imagination on how to present the subject you normally write about, visually!  You can easily use your smartphone with its forward facing camera and with iMovie on an iPhone you can edit, add titles and music to complete your video.

Uploading to You Tube

It's always going to be quicker to transfer the finished video file to your PC/Mac from your phone and then upload it from there. Uploading from your phone will take an age and chew up your data.

Have questions? Let me know in the comments below.


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