Here is a great post that I found from Paul Nilsen at.
Clearly you don't need a video camera to create a flash video presentation/movie. Below are 3 excellent ideas as to methods that you can use to create successful videos online.
Anyone can cut and past embed code from a video sharing site, but what I'd like to show you is how you can add your own personal touch and style to creating videos online that showcase your interests and reinforce the message of your website or blog.
The first thing you need is a video sharing platfom. Don't be like the masses and run right to YouTube! There are plenty of robust platforms out there. I highly recommend Splashcast and will be using it to showcase a few of the video ideas below.
Video Idea #1 - Screenshot Slideshows Set To Music
Suppose you have a blog about gaming and you want to share screenshots from Halo 3 on the Xbox 360. By compiling pics into a collection and putting your favorite (legally obtained) music in the background you add entertainment value to the pics and show a little creativity in how you arrange everything. It's not rocket science by any means, but depending on your niche it can be a great value added widget that others will want to add to their site. That means more exposure for you! Splashcast will even allow you to display photos directly from Flickr in your show!
Here's a quick Halo 3 screenshot slideshow I threw together based on my recent exploits. Please forgive the cheesy (yet legal!) background beat.
Video Idea #2 - RSS AggregationLet's stay with our example of running a Halo 3 related website. So in addition to screenshots maybe my prospective audience is interested in certain game & tech related podcasts as well. To add value for my readers, I can combine several podcast feeds into my video player so that site visitors can enjoy video and audio podcasts related to gaming (or whatever you want) all through the same portal (your site!).In the example below, I've added RSS feeds for both a video and audio podcast. This means that as new shows are published, they will automatically become available in the Splashcast player. Think of this like building your own radio or television channel. You can basically put all your favorite shows on the same channel. Think about your niche and how you can add value by aggregating good content!
Video Idea #3 - ScreencastingScreencasting is basically a video capture of whatever is taking place on your screen at a given time. It can be used to inform, motivate, and entertain (amongst other things). You'll need special software for this although there are free alternatives out there. If you're really serious about this medium, Camtasia Studio from Techsmith is the only way to go in my opinion.Straying away from our gaming theme for a moment, I have included a screencast I produced earlier this year highlighting a very simple yet effective organizational tip for Microsoft Outlook. This video has gotten over 7,000 views and provides a good stream of traffic to my site. Think about what type of expertise you can offer and questions you can answer on your site. Even if you're not an expert, you likely know enough to teach a beginner to your niche a great deal!
So now you have 3 great ways to add good video content to your site without a video camera!Just think about your niche and the content that your readers are interested in. From there, determine what value you can add by organizing important content (articles, videos, podcasts) together.I didn't even touch on mixed media rss which can really be a useful tool in creating great videos. Imagine a single display that had powerpoint presentations, pictures, podcasts, and video, all in one spot! It's possible and the tools are right here waiting for you to get started!Paul, thanks for the great post. The original post can be found here.
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