Video Blogging Tips and Tricks | 10 Video Blogging Tips

Video Blogging Tips and Tricks | 10 Video Blogging Tips

– I feel like I recognize
this bear from somewhere. Shin Ramyun. THiNK Media TV. Good times. THiNK Media TV helping you
move further faster in media. My name is Sean. This is the video blogging episode, and we are gonna be talking
about why video blog, we’re gonna be talking about
the two kinds of video blogs, we’re gonna be talking about
ten tips for video blogging, and then we’re going to talk
about a setup to just get you up and running with everything you need so you can start creating video blogs. I am filming this video on an
HD Flip on my way to Best Buy to pick up a Sunpak lens to
perform a wide angle lens hack on this camera that I’m holding. So not only will you see the
transformation take place to this footage within this actual video, but along the way I just wanted
to talk about video blogging to get you up and running
in your organization, doing video blogs yourself. So here’s the question: why video blog? Well, I’ve got five reasons. Number one, it’s gonna expand your reach to new people and new places. Number two, it’s very inexpensive,
and once you’re set up, it’s pretty much free. Number three, it’s a great way
to communicate outside of the time and moment in which your
original content was shared. In other words, if you
were to talk to somebody on the phone and tell
them how to do something, train a team member how to
do something, or explain some information about an upcoming
event directly to a person, if it’s created in a video blog, it can be accessed anywhere
in the world at any time, outside of your participation. So it ultimately becomes more efficient. Number four, it lets the
world know that you’re alive. I can’t tell you how many
church websites I go to that feel like they haven’t
been updated recently. And that there’s no life,
there’s no activity on them. And number five, it’s a personal approach. Rather than just writing
something in text, they’re actually getting
interaction with you. They’re seeing you, they’re
getting to know you, so it develops intimacy. It’s personal, and it’s also next-level. There’s just always a
stigma around video that, man, this isn’t text, this is video, it must be way harder to do. Even though that’s not necessarily true. And so, it kind of gives a
next-level feel when you do it. All right, so two kinds of video blogs. I’m sorry if the audio gets
bad because of freeway noise. Number one, there’s the
non-edited video blog. That’s gonna be where you
literally press record, you get your content
done, you turn it off, and then you upload it to the internet. That’s a great way to do, and there are some tips for doing that. Number two, there is
the edited video blog. And that’s what we’re really
gonna be talking about today. This stuff still applies as
to the non-edited video blog, but there’s a few extra things
for the edited video blog. Now here’s the thing. If you’re a pastor, you’re a leader who has no
experience of video blogging, it will be a learning
curve to get started. After you invest some time,
and you apply some patience, it will become easy and second nature, and it will not take very long at all for you to produce the
stuff, get it uploaded, and really step into the new world. I would say bite the bullet now, and overcome that learning curve. ‘Cause you don’t want to become obsolete when it comes to new
world media technologies. Another tip is we tend to
think that video blogging has to be alone, but there’s
plenty of vloggers out there who get help. So you could have an intern,
somebody that actually knows how to do the editing side of things, take care of the editing, and you could just produce the content. You could go on a vacation,
or to a conference, shoot all your footage, and
then hand the camera over to somebody else and
have them edit it out. So it doesn’t have to be
something that is done alone. Okay, 10 tips for video blogging. This is gonna make your
video blogs better overall, so here we go. Number one: short and efficient. There’s times when somebody really wants to hear your content, maybe they’ll listen to 10
minutes, 10 hours, but as a rule, people kinda want it short and efficient. Number two: fast edits. You’ll notice a lot of the
style out there is fast edits, cutting out even pauses and
“umms” and breaths and stuff, and that is because it
holds people’s attention. Another part is having action. If you’re doing a video blog
and all the sudden it cuts to a scene where a bicyclist
crashes into a picnic table and flies over, that actions
keeps their attention as well. (bicycle crashing) Hand movements, action, things happening. Keep the video more interesting. And here’s a huge tip when it comes to just video in general, or video blogging, is double your energy. Maybe even triple your energy. The bottom line is, once you get on video, you might think you’re being
animated, excited, passionate, projecting, but you probably aren’t. And so you almost have
to go above and beyond, just for it to kind of
be normal and captivating on the video itself. So double your energy. You might feel weird at first, but it’s gonna help your videos. Now, out of the next three points, you have to have at least
one, or you’re in big trouble. And so number three is your
vlog should be interesting. Number four is it should be funny. Or number five, it should be educational. And if it’s none of the
above, we’re in big trouble. If it’s all of the
above, we’re doing great. But if you have at least
one of those things, then it’s gonna be awesome. You’ll see a lot of tutorial
vlogs or videos online that have tons of hits because
they share information, they’re educational. If your vlog is about an event, and it’s sharing information, it too is being educational, so it doesn’t have to
be those other things. But if it’s not interesting content, if it’s not educational,
if it’s not funny, then… I don’t even know what to say. Number six is knowing the difference between pro ghetto and just ghetto. Now, as a rule, video
blogs are somewhat ghetto. They’re just kinda done off the cuff, they’re not, you know, super overproduced. But at the same time, there’s
such a thing as pro ghetto, and then there’s a such
thing as just ghetto. Where it’s just so shaky,
the audio is so nasty. You’re at a concert and you’re
right in front of a speaker and the thing’s all blown out
and the footage is all wobbly, and it’s absolutely horrible. Or there is content being
shared, and you can’t hear it. So for your video blogs, make
sure they’re pro, pro ghetto. Which would just mean
including some pro techniques, like turn on the lights. Or bring more lights. You don’t have to buy custom lights, but get as much light as possible,
’cause video needs light. The other thing is go to
a room where it’s quiet. Don’t record vlogs on the
freeway like I just did. Find a quiet place, find a room where the acoustics are good. And if you don’t have an
external microphone or something helping you out, then
that is gonna improve the quality of your video. It still might be ghetto,
but it’ll be pro ghetto. Number seven: do an intro and an outro. Now, when you’re editing,
of course it’s awesome if you have a pre-made intro and outro. And you might be able to
use that intro and outro for an entire year. That’s gonna add brand recognition, it’s gonna add familiarity,
it’s gonna add some excitement as some music comes in,
as your logo comes in. They have that, oh yeah, I like this. They have that feeling, so there’s that. But here’s the thing, if
you don’t have a produced intro and outro, you can
still have an intro and outro. You’ll notice in a lot of THiNK
Media TV stuff, I start out, “Hey thanks for checking
out THiNK Media TV, “helping you move further
and faster in media. “My name is Sean, and this is my channel.” And then in the outro I say, “THiNK Media TV, helping you
move further faster in media.” And we always end the same way. If you listen to a lot of
the great vloggers out there, they do the same thing. They kind of have a memorized
intro and outro, to put a brand casing the content
that they always produce. Number eight: clean. Avoid clutter in your shots. There’s something about the
guy doing the vlog with like the really dark office
with just stuff everywhere and piles everywhere that
just stresses you out. Like that show Hoarders. And, you know, you can still make the shots interesting in a vlog. You know, move around, pick a cool place. Stand in front of the cool Best Buy wall, like the guy with the
coffee cup over there. Just figure out a place
to do it that’s clean. Just choose your shots. Be intentional about choosing your shots. And here’s the thing, too. Do stuff clean. If you need to move the
people, move the people. If you need to move them
so that the cool stage and the lights are behind them,
and that it’s not like the nasty back of the building the other way. Set things up. Take a little time to set up
your vlog so it looks better. Number nine: be as steady as possible. There’s a few things. You can put your elbows against your body and really hold the camera so
it’s steady, so it’s braced. Get a solid stance. There is, you know, be aware
of when you’re running around, and whipping the camera all around, that it’s usually way more
shaky than you realize. And also, if you play it
back on your movie screen, you think, hey that looks pretty good. It doesn’t compare to what it looks like when it gets better. It looks pretty good
the smaller the screen, but as it gets bigger, you’re like, this is Blair Witch Project,
I think I’m gonna throw up. And so, be just intentional
to be as steady as possible. We’re gonna pick up a tripod like this. Look at how steady this shot is. Anything will work, whatever you have. And also get a monopod. It’s gonna work in two ways. You’re gonna be able to
put both hands on it, spread out your grip on your camera, or you’re also gonna be able
to extend it all the way to the ground and use it
to keep your shot steady. This is really nice for longer
interviews or something, where you’re filming someone standing. You don’t want your arm to get tired, or just constantly be
holding your arm out there. And then 10, last thing. Video vlogs should be buzzy,
tagged, and described well. Here’s the thing, if you’re
like, “Hey, I just got an NES,” you know, that’s not necessarily buzzy. It’s a little behind the times. So consider what is going on right now. Whether culturally, whether in the church, whether in whatever your content is, and attach your vlogging to buzz. And also make sure you tag
it up and describe it well. I’ve seen people’s video blogs
that only are getting, like, six hits, like five hits,
and they have zero tags, and they’re not described,
and they’re not titled well. A huge tip is go to
search Google keywords. Google that and it comes up with keywords, adword, keyword, Google search. And you can search around
your niche and really see how many people are
searching different keywords and apply those keywords to your search. And also title it well. Right in the beginning of the title, make sure you explain what it is. Put all your websites in
the description and stuff. Take the time to describe
and tag your video well, or your whole vlog’s gonna be a waste, ’cause no one’s gonna be able to find it. And hey, whatever you
do, when you’re tagging, don’t put false tags in there
to try to generate traffic. It’s only gonna hurt YouTube,
and it’s gonna tick off the viewers that are watching. When you tag it and you say,
you know, Eminem and Lady Gaga, and then your video has
nothing to do with that, they’re just gonna feel deceived,
and they’ll be mad at you. And it didn’t help anybody. So just, you know, be
as honest as possible. Hence, make your content buzzy, so that you can tag it honestly
and generate more traffic to your vlog to extend your
reach to more people and places. We’re here at Best Buy, so
we’re gonna go pick up the kit for video blogging, so that
you can get started right away. So get a monopod. 32 bucks. And then pick up a tripod. Cheapest one you can
find’s gonna probably work. Thirty-nine, hey, that’s a sweet deal. Look at that. These are another great product that you’re definitely
gonna wanna pick up. Like a Goby. They’ll attach your camera to
poles and things so that you can stabilize it on stuff
like your car and whatnot, so. Pick up one of those. A Flexi Gripper. So we got it, and we got to see the 60D. It’s out. Dude, I want this 60D. Target’s right across the street, so I’m gonna get some super glue, then we’re gonna go hack this camera. Just the lake. Parking in a lake. That guy is crazy. Oh, gotta make sure I check
in at Target on Foursquare. All right, so on the way
back to do the lens hack, question that we have to answer for you is how are you going to edit your video blog? And to be honest, in one sense it doesn’t matter a whole lot. If you’re on a PC, something
like Movie Studio HD. You could pick up Premiere
Elements for like $50 on Ebay. Just for a new copy,
without even having to bid. You could always use Windows Movie Maker, but it’s not that good, and the new version of it’s even worse. And then if you’re on a
Mac, ScreenFlow is a nice, fast thing to get your
blogs just cranked out simple and easy. There’s also a program
called Final Cut Express. So it’s not the full on Final Cut Pro, you don’t need all that other stuff, you just wanna crank out some video blogs. If you don’t wanna go to Best
Buy and pick everything up, check out our Amazon
affiliate link down below. You can pick up everything from there, have it shipped to your house, and that will help support THiNK Media TV so that we can keep putting
out content for you. Also, if you like the music
that was in this video, our friends over at Elicit
Records did that stuff. That also is below in the
Amazon affiliate store. All right so here we are. Here’s our flip camera,
and here is our lens that we picked up from Best Buy. It comes with these extra adapter rings. Not gonna use those. The one we are gonna use is the 35 by 37. 30.5 up to the 37. This is a 37 millimeter lens, so in essence what it does
is, we glue that on there, and then you can screw that up on top. If you don’t want to use the wide-angle, you can just unscrew it, or
if you just wanna put it away in a case or something. But as a rule, you probably would want to. You can also then put a telephoto lens on this same thread once we do it. And so that’s nice to have. You might say, why is this worth doing? It’s gonna make your video
stand out from other people’s. It just adds kind of a stylistic effect. And it gets more people in the shot. Whether it’s interviews
or even for vlogging, you’re gonna see the difference. When I’m holding the
camera back at myself, there is a ton more
that can be in the shot. There is a risk. This will definitely
probably void your warranty, so do it at your own risk. But I’d say it’s super
worth it, so here we go. Get your super glue and… Glue’s set, and there it is on the thing. I’m holding the monopod setup right now. Just see that it’s an incredibly,
it’s a much wider shot, and so you could do
your slow pan like this, film your interview, get your thing done. And so, boom, there it is. THiNK Media TV, helping you
move further faster in video. Thanks for checking out this
video blogging tutorial. You can video blog. You can kill it. Do awesome. Just get started, start
producing some stuff. Later. Look at this, it’s like a
cool, like, worship background. Radiant. And it’s just a plastic bag.

35 thoughts on “Video Blogging Tips and Tricks | 10 Video Blogging Tips

  1. Thanks for the great info, Sean. It's well worth watching again … so I subscribed. Your unabashed Christian orientation encouraged me. I'd like to find out more about creating informational vlogs as a supplement to my WordPress blog (

  2. Great video. Thanks for sharing your insights and secrets on video blog guys. Liked the video!

  3. Great video… Love the information that is being told here. I know that this will help my wife and I with her starting up.

  4. So what can you do to grow subscribers and views? I made vlogs for a trip to Germany that I thought were pretty good but they have slim to no views

  5. Your video is excellent:)
    Check out my channel let me know what you think of it?
    Have a gfantasticreat day!
    Subscribe if you like it thanks

  6. He y Bro, Can you lok at my Christian video blogger-I've been making websites since the 90'But I need more modern tips! s God Bless!

  7. Great info, but not a good idea to drive and hold the camera. Get a cheap window sucker and mount your camera to your windscreen. Other wise dude you'll be meeting the big G sooner than what you think and so might the family you crash into……… But other than that, great video…..

  8. The irony of you telling me how to do a video blog and what I should absolutely not do, while I cannot concentrate on yours because you have the radio on. And loud. Really?

  9. Helpful video! Tons of great tips. Thank you for taking the time to help us newbie vloggers. Do you have a video about how to promote your YouTube page?

  10. right on dude. thanks much for the tips, some good ones here. I wish you the best of luck and prosperity and I have to agree with these other people about the distracted driving.
    in fact that's the topic of the blog that I want to create. That's why I'm here gathering tips,
    so please please please stop looking so much at the camera.
    always drive faster than traffic to your right and slower than traffic to your left.
    Pay attention to any traffic that may be caught behind or next to you please sir.

  11. Thanks for the tip. Definitely need to work on my energy level because now even I myself can fall asleep watching myself. XD

  12. Very interesting to see this ‘old’ video – still providing great advice. I’m really trying to take in every tip you have!

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