7 Crucial Video Blogging Tips for Beginners
Here is a new post on video blogging tips for beginners as promised. No matter how skilled you are at conventional blogging (typing posts), video blogging is a totally new challenge for almost everyone. This post focuses on the top 7 doubts that beginners have with regard to video blogging and provides tips for each of them.
Video Blogging Tips for Beginners # 1 – Where to Start?
All of us know about the famous proverb that says ‘A thing well begun is half done’. So let us start with the beginning and discuss how to get started with video blogging. First of all you will need to sign up for an account with YouTube and get access to the world’s most popular video hosting site. You can sign up for an account with YouTube with your Gmail account username and password.
YouTube is naturally the best choice to begin video blogging because of 3 reasons:
- Ease and simplicity of use
- World’s most popular video channel
- Easy embedding of YouTube videos anywhere you want (on your site, Facebook, Twitter etc)
Video Blogging Tips for Beginners# 2 – How to Set Up YouTube Channel?
YouTube has provided a facility for its users to set up a personal profile called as channel. Take care to keep this channel updated with all the appropriate info. Take some time to fill in the section called ‘about me’. Utilize this section to convey info about your blog and the niche that you are dealing with on your blog. You could also add some details about your expertise or your mission here.
Having your own YouTube channel helps you to display all your videos and also allows interested users to subscribe to your channel.
YouTube channel also provides you with the option of posting a bulletin to your subscribers. You can make use of this to post a message with a link to the related video.
Video Blogging Tips for Beginners# 3 – What to Include in the Video?
Finding and deciding what to include in the video can be frustrating for beginners. My best suggestion is to consider the video as your written blog post. You write down what you would normally write on your blog and then tweak the post to make it entirely appear in direct speech. This is obviously because you are going to speak to your audience via the video blog, aren’t you?
Video Blogging Tips for Beginners# 4 – How to Start Recording?
With YouTube, you have two different options. You can either choose to start recording directly with a webcam or upload a prerecorded video.
Video Blogging Tips for Beginners# 5 – How to Format the Video?
YouTube only accepts the following formats, so make sure that you use either one of these:
- Mpeg 4
For more detailed information on files that are not supported and what to do if you face difficulties with uploading your videos, visit the support centre.
Video Blogging Tips for Beginners# 6–Lighting for the Video
Whenever you record a video, take care to ensure that you are facing the light source. This helps your audience to see your face clearly without weird shadowing.
Video Blogging Tips for Beginners# 7 – How to Speak?
Many of us get nervous and anxious when facing the camera. This inadvertently causes us to speak either too fast or hem and hawk in between. Listening to such unintelligible talk can not only be boring but can actually put off your audience from watching it to completion. All the efforts that you took to create the video will be wasted if your audience does not listen to what you want to convey to them.
So the best way to overcome this problem is to practice and practice and keep practicing until you are perfect. Most of the initial videos will come out imperfectly with annoying sound fluctuations, awkward gaps in between when your mind suddenly hits a blank while speaking and so on. Don’t worry, even experts have faced this problem, and they overcame it through continued and persistent practice.
I am Camera Conscious Too!
I have an acute problem of camera consciousness and tend to forget what I am talking about in front of the camera. I have made so many videos and deleted all of them in the initial stages of my attempts at video blogging. But then I came up with an ingenious idea and started to read from a script. But that too used to make me nervous and I often used to freeze in front of the camera. So I started using power point slides instead of speaking directly. But I did not give up and you can check out my videos on YouTube to see how I came over this problem.
Video blogging is not rocket science, though you may find it tough at the beginning. But use these 7 video blogging tips and with a little patience and lot of practice, you should be fine.