Best Cameras for Online Video

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Best Cameras for Online Video

All of these are available at B & H Photo and Video. They have the best selection and prices unless otherwise denoted.

Lower end camera – your iPhone or Android phones from your provider will work fine. Be sure to use good lightening and an external mic. Ray sells a really good smartphone mic at PocketVideoPro.com

Consumer based video cameras go for $100 at Best Buy, Make sure it has a mic input.

GoPro. It has lot of adaptors for mics. You can connect it to your iPhone or iPad to use as a monitor. Comes with super wide angle and different speeds. They start at $110.00 at B&H.

DSLRs. 50/50 love/hate. Average cost is $600.00. Great pictures and lenses but it’s primarily for still pictures. Video is not a priority.

Higher End camcorder – $1500 to $4000. HD, XLR mic inputs. For best images, make sure it has CMOSS or 3 clip sensor.

Very high end like RED. Very high registration and frame rate. $10,000 to $20,000. Probably not something our audience needs, but Ray wanted to mention it.

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Lighting Tips for Video

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Lighting Tips for Video

All of these are available at B & H Photo and Video. They have the best selection and prices unless otherwise denoted.

When you’re using smaller digital cameras (like an iPhone), you need more lighting. So be sure to use external lights.

Here are some options for around $200:

  • · LED lighting. Very even light and you can dim without an issue

Ninja tactics (not expensive):

  • The long thin bulbs you see over garage work benches. Same as the professional lights but for a faction of the cost at Home Depot or Lowes. Be sure to diffuse by point at the white ceiling. Or use Tough Spun sheets. B&H has them
  • The large curlicue 500 watt screw in fluorescent lights. They don’t get hot and are daylight balanced. Very inexpensive at Home Depot or Lowes. By the stands at B&H

Setting up 3 or 4 point lighting:

  • Key – just about straight on but at 1 o’clock from the users face
  • Fill – off to the side
  • Overhead Back – to define head and shoulders
  • Background – point at the background. Needed for green screening

Ninja tip. Buy a fake plant like a bush. Point light at background and put tree in front of it. Cool effect but not for green screening

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Microphones for Video

All of these are available at B & H Photo and Video. They have the best selection and prices unless otherwise denoted.

Field Mics. Use a lapel mic. A mic that plugs into your camera is best. Know your camera connection so you get the right stuff. Audio Technica has a good lapel mic for $40. KV Technologies has adaptors for smartphones. Ray sells a really good smartphone mic at PocketVideoPro.com

If you go wireless, you need to spend about $300 so you don’t get interference from other devises. This is especially important in the field.

Hand held mics work too – wireless and wired

Shotgun mic – Ray likes Azden.

Podcasting, screen captures and voice over work. Blue makes very good USB mics that plug into your computer. (Blue Yeti, Snowball, etc.). Their mics average $100 – ready to go

If you want a professional broadcast mic, be prepared to spend $750.00 to $2000.00 for the mic and processing gear. Brands include Heil, EV and Shure. Go to Broadcast Supply for these mics.

Live videos on Periscope, Snapchat, etc. are smartphones. You can use the earpiece as a mic.

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5 Tools for Making Better Videos

All of these tools are Mac and PC:

1. Adobe CS…20 graphic tools in one. Photoshop, video editor, etc.

2. HitFilm. Free video editor and animation compositor. Paid upgrades available.

3. Shotcut. Very functional video editor with green screening and filter. Very good import and export tools

4. EasyAnimatorPro. Very easy to create animated sequences like logos. (You’ll need an editor.)

5. Video creation tools (not editors)

a. VideoMakerFX and Explandio. Both VideoMakerFX and Explandio do white board animations and explainer videos. Explandio is a bit more functional

b. VideoScribe – Whiteboard animation maker…Works on iPhone and iPad –

c. Vidgeo – Cloud based animation maker. You can import videos into it and add animation and interactive elements

Honorable mention – Mac only – Final Cut Pro. The king of video editors with all sorts of plug-ins you can buy as needed. Find plug ins at PixelFilmStudios.com

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Creating Tutorial Videos for Mobile Apps

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Creating Tutorial Videos for Mobile Apps

You can show how to use a mobile app or review it right from your smartphone or tablet. “Reflector App” takes your mobile screen and puts it on your desktop screen. Easy to set up and use for Mac or PC. You’ll need a screen capture program on your desktop like Camtasia. Cam Studio is a free screen capture program. Shotcut has screen capture built in and it’s free.

MAC only – Screenflow will transfer the image from your iPhone or Ipad to you MAC desktop and record the desktop screen.

Be sure to edit your video. Shotcut is a good free editor. It’ll look better than most Tutorial Videos for Mobile Apps on YouTube. Google Trends will have the latest buzz on new apps. Watch Ray and Mike Stewarts webinar on this.

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Local Video Strategies

Be sure to understand customer goals as you want to help them achieve these. Also remember, video marketing is a process and not a one shot tactic.

There are traffic videos to and conversion videos on websites. Do your keyword research, even with FAQ/SAQ videos. Start the video by stating you understand the problem and then provide a solution. List an example, then give the cost and if you can, provide a guarantee with a sense of urgency. . Create lots of answer videos for the backend of the website.

Misc. Stuff: Use YouTube Cards with timely offers and swap them out as needed. Use YouTube Ads. Create coupon related ad videos for Facebook. Do retargeting videos and email videos.

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Making Money with Review Videos

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Making Money with Review Videos.

Ray gave all kinds of great tips:
– Be sure to find the right niche and audience. (For instance, Ray does review of video products
– Take action – do it
– Open box videos are a good idea
– Training videos as well
– A new segment is reviewing smartphone apps.

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David Walsh on Vlogging for Profits

Today on Video Marketing Madness – David Walsh on Vlogging. David defined vlogging (video blogging) and gave great case samples of making vlogging work for you.

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Dan Dennedy Shotcut Open Source Video Editing Software

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Dan Dennedy Shotcut Open Source Video Editing Software.

Dan explained open source, Shotcut’s platform and it’s use of HTML5. List of Shotcut features at Wikipeida. Get Shotcut at Shotcut.org

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The Best Video Ranking Tools for 2016

Today on Video Marketing Madness – The Best Video Ranking Tools for 2016

  • Video Poking – Buddy VIP will let you know if a video will rank. This is call video poking.
  • You’ll rank quicker if you use YouTube Live. Live Stream Genius is a good tool for that.
  • Views – promoted videos from Google
  • Ongoing maintenance – Micro workers to search on you keyword, find, click and watch. ShortTask.com is good for that.

AskRay was about audio for video. A good lapel mic that plugs into a video camera is at PocketVideoPro.com. Wireless mic? Be sure to get one that uses UHF.

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