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Help Needed With Making Video Tutorials

Jenene Bope
(Lancaster Ohio)

At the suggestion of Natasha during my e-learning class I purchased a flip video camera which has a built in mic.

I'm a quilter and want to make tutorial videos either at the sewing machine or cutting board.

I developed an outline on demonstrating how to sew a quarter inch seam but still have trouble working with my hands and trying to talk too. Kind of like walking and chewing gum at the same time.

Is it possible to turn off the mic on the flip and using a tape recorder, record my story and then match the voice of the story to the video?

I'm new at this so be as elementary as possible.

I understand lighting as I need it to sew with...I'm not sure I understand editing, the difference between a movie and a video and why can't I just do sundry shots and hook them all together?

My video is 10.52 minutes long and all that I read that is not good but how to reduce?

Jenene

Comments for
Help Needed With Making Video Tutorials

Hi Jenene,

I don't who Natasha is, but the best low-budget HD camcorder to currently get is the Kodak Zi8, as it produces better video quality, and has a socket for an external microphone.

Video tutorials are better when you can 'show and tell' and this will come with practise and experience, but it is easy to mute the video sound track and add a voice-over during the video editing stage.

I recommend you purchase the Sony Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 video editing program (Click on the 'Editing Software' link on the left to see my recommended editing programs).

Sony Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 allows you to mute the video soundtrack and record a voice-over.

I won't lie to you. There will be a learning curve, but you'll get the basics within a weekend, and be able to produce a simple video tutorial.

Lighting is very important, and for best results, you will need to use 'daylight' bulbs in your lamps. Click on the 'video lighting' link on the left for more info about this subject.

"..why can't I just do sundry shots and hook them all together?.." You can Jenene! That's all video editing is ;-)

You really need to keep your video under 5 minutes as people attention spans online are not great, and the longer the video, the bigger the video file. The bigger the video file, the longer it will take to load on your web page and some viewers with slower Internet connections may experience 'pausing' or 'buffering'.

You may also find hosting videos is not allowed on some hosting accounts, as they are big files and eat up server resources. This is why most people host their videos on third-party servers to avoid their own websites loading slowly, or even crashing.

So to keep your visitors and your website hosting account happy, keep your videos short and sweet. It's best to keep your visitors wanting more and cut a longer video into separate parts than have one long video.

I strongly recommend you check out this great tutorial DVD at Producing How-To Videos that shows you the basics of producing your own video tutorials.

Also go to SBITUBE and take advantage of their free 30 day trial. SBITUBE is the easiest way to add video to your website. They convert your video to FLV, host it, and provide you with the HTML embed code.

All you have to do is upload your video, copy the embed code and paste it on your website. They even provide a free video player as well that can be fully customized to include your own logo etc.

It will save you a lot of time and hassle.

Hope that helps, and give me a shout if you need any more help?

Mr Video :-)



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