The week 2 challenge for the QSC was to make a video. Not a screencast, but a proper talking head video.
Seemed like a easy straight-forward task but the more I got into it the more I realised that it was going to take more time than I thought. To look as natural as I can on-screen I needed some confidence (and not the bottled kind). I needed to know exactly what I was going to say, rather than spin something on-the-fly.
I thought about what I wanted to talk about and proceeded to write an article. Now, I have read enough theory about things of this nature but never had the chance to put it into action, now was the time. We tend to write differently than how we speak, so I went over the text changing things to be more readable. Note: if you want a really great resource on this, Len Smith’s Promo Video – Make Talking Videos With Ease on Udemy is excellent. Add this to your wish list and wait for Udemy to have another one of it’s promos -they have them often. You’ll pick it up for much cheaper.
Once the editing was finished, I pasted it into the teleprompter software and made the final adjustments. I ran through the script a few times to get familiar with everything and I was ready to start recording. Quite a few takes later I was satisfied with what I did and uploaded to Youtube.
The take-aways I got from all this is that it looks easier than it is and obviously would become easier with practice, so it is probably a good idea to start doing more of these to get that practice so I can enjoy it more. Secondly creating videos can be a lot of fun, I can see why people post so many on Youtube.
I would like to mention the screen casting software I used because I was blown away by the amount of features and functionality it has. The software is Screencast-O-Matic. There is free web-based version you can use, and I have used it a few times before, but the pro version (for only $15 per year) is fantastic. It has all the editing features of software costing many times more and the support (heaps of how-to videos) is well done. There are 3 types of videos you can make: screen only, screen and webcam and webcam only. It also handles all of your uploading to Youtube or any of the other major platforms as well. I simply can’t praise this software enough, especially for the price.
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