What You Need to Get Started Making On-Line Videos, Cheap
Jan. 30, 2010
Here is what you need to get started making on-line videos.
You will need a new computer. It must have these features: at least 3 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM and at least 500 gigabytes of hard disk space. More is better.
If it has a built-in Webcam, that's sufficient. What if it doesn't? Buy Microsoft's new wide-screen, high definition Webcam. The thing costs under $60. This is amazing.
There may be something better out there. If not, there will be in a few weeks. But who cares? This product is so good that anything new will be marginally better. To see an ad for this product, click here. Then click Watch Video.
The video is a good example of a really cheap video ad. It's a staged interview between a 20-something girl and a technician working for Microsoft. He is a good salesman, but his accent trips him us when he promotes the auto-focus feature. It sounds like "out-of-focus."
This Webcam has a built-in microphone. Maybe it's OK, but notice that the two people in the video are wearing lapel mics. I suggest that you do the same. You can buy one at Radio Shack for under $30.
Every congregation needs its own YouTube channel. Set on up as soon as you can. (I think every pastor needs his own channel, with the same videos. Pastors move to new churches. They should retain control over their videos.)
High definition videos that are longer than ten minutes (YouTube's limit) and ad-free (unlike YouTube) can be posted on www.Blip.tv. You can set up a channel there, too.
A video need not be great. It just needs to be good enough so that the image does not detract from the message.
What about video editing software? It comes free with new computers. If you buy a PC, download Microsoft's free Movie Maker 2, latest edition. Click here.
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