Category Archives: Video Production

Storytelling For Video: Finding Consistent Content

Happy Friday the 13th… I know it doesn’t mean anything, nor do I find the combination of a random day of the week paired with an equally as random number scary.

What is however a tad scary, is that I entered into a 30-day video challenge.

My challengers and I are all producing a video a (business) day for the month of October and posting daily to our YouTube channels. So that’s 22 videos in 30 days.

I’ve survived videos one through 10 so far and have made some discoveries for myself. Notably:

  • Routine makes things easier (duh)
  • Organizing upfront pays off later (double duh)
  • Plans to re-invent the wheel (i.e. the video style) every week NOT going to happen if the task is 22 videos in 30 days and not winning a beauty contest.
  • Finding video content is the easiest part
  • If you’re sloppy with ANY step of shooting, organzing files, editing, rendering, and uploading to YouTube you’ll pay for it dearly during the following step(s)

Here a link to video #8: Storytelling, Finding Content. Find out how super easy it is to get to content consistently!

And, since you’re at it, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

I have another challenge going with my nephew as to who will have more subscribers by the end of the year. And although, currently ahead of the curve, I don’t trust those digital natives. One viral video and I’m toast!

Video Tech Specs:

All videos are shot on my iPhone 7 with a Sennheiser clip-on microphone, edited on Adobe Premiere. The graphics are produced in Adobe Photoshop and then imported into Premiere.

Opening a New World for High School Students in the Bronx [Case Study]

You know that awesome feeling when you teach something and it totally lands? Yeah, like your dog finally sits without getting a treat each time you tell him to, or a swimmer finally puts a stroke together that you’ve been showing her for a while, or a student has that awesome “aha” moment.

That’s how I felt when I watched this video:

I had taught a class at a Bronx high school for an EDsnaps summer program run by Susanne Cappendijk, and her daughter Lisanne, listened to my class and then went off and made this video; from scratch. I love every frame of it. Continue reading

The Three Must Have “C’s” Without Which no Video Marketing Campaign Will be Successful [updated with Curated Link Pack]

How convenient: All you need is “Three Cs”, you get videos that attract, engage, and convert like crazy, you make money, retire, sit at the beach sipping Pina Coladas (and you’ll be bored out of your mind after about a week).

Seriously, for video marketing to work – in my opinion – you need three things:

  • Commitment
  • Consistent Content, and
  • Continuous Content

Hold your thought: I will make a clear distinction between “consistent” and “continuous” content. They are two very different things.

It sounds scary, I know. Commitment is scary, period. And, when you pair continuation with commitment, and consistency it gets REALLY scary. But actually the opposite happens: It gets easier. Let’s have a closer look: Continue reading

Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make With Their First Video

Infusionsoft, a sales and marketing automation software expert exclusively for small businesses, asked me to write an expert blog about typical video marketing beginner mistakes. Below the first few paragraphs… click here to read the entire article with great video examples. 

Video Marketing touches on many areas of expertise, way beyond marketing and communications, ranging from creative disciplines (like writing, and visual design), to the technical, digital, and analytical aspects (like shooting, animation, and search engine optimization), to lastly logistical skills (like shoot planning, and distribution). And with that, the list of mistakes to be made is quite impressive.

However, when it comes to creating a video for your small business things can be kept simple without sacrificing impact.

As small business owners we always try to find a balance between quality, price, and reasonable turnaround. We’re told, that we can only have two out of three, but I think we can “beat the system” if we pay attention to detail and manage (mostly our own) expectations.

  • Video marketing for small business is about paying attention to the right details at the right time.

So, what are the most common mistakes small business owners make with their first video? Here a list of the 10 most common mistakes I come across time and again: Continue to the full article.

 

A Post-Production Glossary for Editing

Without going into crazy detail, it is important to get basic editing terminology right, to understand what some of the apps are offering and what some of the more advanced computer based softwares are talking about. Here a very basic glossary. The links connect to our on-line resource blog called Definition Day, where I post definitions of video marketing relevant words each week.

Edit software layout explained

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How to Approach DIY Video Editing [updated]

This blog post was updated on May 10, 2017 to reflect more recent developments.

Of all the careers to be explored and be had in the film business, editing is probably the one I have the most respect for.

Professional Editors

Adobe Premiere layout sampleWhatever producers, directors, camera people, and a myriad of other professionals screwed up en route to post-production, needs to be fixed and made look like it was the plan all along by the editor.

This is where everything from continuity mistakes, to awkward acting, to forgotten white-balance, and missing cutaways gets patched, jerry-rigged, and re-invented.

A good editor is as much a storyteller, visionary, and technician, and as she is a fixer, healer and diplomat.

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What to Wear – or Not to Wear – On Camera

Heidi Klum for Max TVOn a recent workshop I hosted, I learned to my amazement that participants weren’t as much interested in the finer points of video marketing, equipment choices, and video SEO, but they did want to know all about how to look good on camera.

At first I thought I was the makeup of the group (young, female entrepreneurs), but turns out that my most read blog post is 10 On-Camera Tips to Showing Off Your Best Self.

Excellent, my peeps are stepping out from behind the scenes and into the limelight! So, in addition to the showing-off your best self on camera, I wanted to share some wardrobe tips to give you a full picture. Continue reading

How to Light a “Talking-Head” Shoot

I’ve been playing around with different lighting scenarios at my home office, mostly with available light, but also with a “home depot” DIY light kit I put together. This a screen shot of what an order for 2 lights would look like. The bulbs are “daylight” to complement a window. If you had no window you would be looking for “warmer” light bulbs, so-call tungsten lighting.  Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 10.37.41 PM

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