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Video that won’t suck – a primer

Okay, if you post videos online, and if you’re anything like me, you want to put up videos that people actually watch. That can be a trick if your videos….well, there’s no easy way to put it…Well, if they suck.

Of course, making watchable videos won’t guarantee you more hits. Heck, some of the best content creators I know only have a handful of subscribers. On the flip side however, I can’t think of one super-popular YouTuber that produces sub-par videos. So if you hope to be web-famous someday, then today is the day to stop sucking at your videos.

Below are a few quick tips for you to contemplate while making your next videos. These aren’t canonized gospel by any means, but they might keep you from looking completely insane:

1 – Kill Windows Movie Maker! Let me just say this one thing: Windows movie maker sucks! Don’t get me wrong, if it’s all you’ve got, it’s better than nothing, but I would argue only marginally so.

Most of WMM is tolerable, but by far, the biggest giveaway that you’re using moviemaker and that your videos suck are the horrid effects on that ridiculous blue background. Really, I think Microsoft got the idea for their text fields from their operating software’s most popular feature.

If you have to use Movie Maker, at least have the common decency to replace the blue with black so it’s not so obvious what you’re doing, but again, if you can escape Movie Maker, do it, especially considering that there are better free editing programs out there.

2 – What’s your point? I see a lot of videos on YouTube that are, well, pointless. And don’t think I can’t point the finger without taking some blame. I’ve done it myself.

Even so, every video should have a point, and extra credit if your viewers can figure out what that point is. Is your point that you have a super cool way to get rid of old eggs, that’s cool. Maybe your point is to showcase your warped family. But have a point. If you want to get really detailed, a plot, complete with beginning, middle, and end, is the ultimate deal. Your video is a conversation, and nobody likes the guy who walks up and starts talking to you about a subject you know nothing about, leaving you completely lost.

3 – Be yourself. If you’re trying to make online videos and get popular, you ned to be who you are. I’m not saying make your videos non-fiction. Some of us are character actors, and making up characters is who we are. But don’t try to be something you’re not. It’s just too obvious.

I’ll be posting more later on about video that won’t suck, but hopefully these three points will help you stop sucking just a little, and the world will be a better place.


August 13, 2008 - Posted by | Making Better Videos | , , , , ,

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