Tips & Instructions on Video Blogging - Vlogging Guide

Vlogging is the short form of video blogging; sometimes it is also termed videodcasting. Mostly all blog sites provide syndicated feeds through RSS, Atom etc. and some feeds provide enclosures too. Video is contained within the enclosures. Vlogging is the practice of attaching video to RSS and Atom enclosures. There are many parts of the process called vlogging. For your ready reference they are:

You can create a video channel within iTunes and many other sites to distribute your own videos. After you've created it, your friends, colleagues, and rabid fans can subscribe to it and automatically download your latest episodes.

Creating a Video:

To get started with your own Vlogging, you'll need a video file. You can create one using your favorite video editing tool. Many of the editing tools are readily available and free of cost. The popular ones being Window's Moviemaker (comes absolutely free with every Window's XP or ME),

Here we would like to like to use Window's Moviemaker to explain the things we are trying to describe here, since it is quite popular software and it gives you loads of options to create your video.

Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker is quite easy to use and has wide range of features that should satisfy the beginner. However it has many limitations but that is not a big issue. It doesn't support quicktime or real video files, it can only export as either windows media video (.wmv) or DV quality .avi file but these files can be converted to the desired format using appropriate converter available on the net like WinAVI Video Converter 8.0 final available from http://www.free-codecs.com/ WinAVI_Video_Converter.htm.

We are not going to discuss all the features of this software here. It has got ample of features, so you can fiddle around yourselves and learn about the remaining features. We shall discuss here how to create quick web clips. For this you would require a video capture device like camcorder, digital camera or web cam or some video clips.

With a video camera around things are comparatively easy to transfer your footage to your computer, you should have a suitable high speed DV out socket which will allow connection to a firewire (IEEE 1394) port on your computer. If your camera does not have the required socket then you will require a video capture device.

To begin with open Windows Movie Maker and go to the Movie task, now click 1.Capture video, you will be presented with many options, select the option capture from video device, you may be able automatically to capture your video file via Windows Movie Maker. Make sure you have installed the relevant drivers, software etc for your camera or capture device. It won't take quicktime movie files (.mov). If you have other things in mind like creating a video from some readymade clip then you are required simply to select import video option from the on screen video. Always it is worth backing up your video files in case of some accident.

For your long video files windows movie maker offers to cut the clip up for you automatically. If you are not interested in that option, you can right click over the video file in the collection window and select create clips. Now you can simply drag and drop, file clips down onto video line in the editing pane. You can cut the file by clicking split button in the clip window. You have option to right click and select delete over unwanted sections. Right clicking over your sections also allows you to mute the sound, fade in and out or add effects etc. You can also drag other clips down onto your timeline.

After you have imported the video clip into the Moviemaker, now you are ready for editing the file and giving it the required finishing touches before uploading it.

Editing the video

You can add several video effects, changes and titles/subtitles by either clicking relevant option in menu box under Edit Movie. You can follow on screen instructions or you have the facility to drag and drop the option onto your video timeline. You can drag and drop your clips around to re-sequence and you can also add stills and music files into your clip. When you are done with your masterpiece, you can create suitable file to be placed on line. Save your Movie file using finish movie option and select my computer. You'll be prompted to give your file a name & select a location to save it to. You'll then be given a range of options. Select Other Settings (A) and pull down to select a suitable file type. These are based on estimated download or network speeds, if the file is being streamed, it will reduce your file size down considerably. If you look at setting details carefully, you'll observe the file type resolution and frames per second-rate. Adjacent to this, you will observe movie file info. Always remember video files with compression can be huge sometimes. For better you may need to select a slower speed file option or reduce the length of video file. Generally people with a 56Kbps modem won't want to download video files bigger than a few 100 Kb unless they are really good.

Now your movie file is ready with .wmv or .avi extensions, if you want to convert it to quicktime or real video formats then you have to use a suitable converter.

Altdo Video to MOV Converter trial version is free for download and this converter is priced at $29.95 for the full version. This converter allows you to convert your .wmv or .avi file into .mov format without loosing the quality or resolution. The conversion job is very simple add the file to the source file list, select the required output file type, select the profile (quality) setting and after that click the convert button. Your file would take few minutes to get converting into desired format and you are ready to upload your file.

Posting a Video

Generally people are familiar with YouTube, but other video sharing sites are also vying for the attention of media makers most recently. Among these Vimeo, Brightcove, Google Video, Revver, JumpCut, YouAreTV and vSocial are there. Each site stands out with a unique feature, idea, or community they serve. If your target is to reach the largest audience for your video, then the place to put your video is, without any doubt, YouTube. They have somewhere from 40-60 percent of the online video audience. Only other significant player in the arena MySpace Video trails behind with about 20 percent of the audience and rest of the other players are in the single percentage points.

However if your goal is to share your reel, then blip.tv offers a good option. Blip offers simple copy and paste embedding of their video player. Of course, the video will also show up in searches on blip.tv, but more exposure is usually a good thing. Ourmedia is dedicated to support grassroots videos and podcasts and shares it with a global audience. A visit to their site is highly recommended. Blip.tv grew out of addressing the needs of the videoblogging community and is dedicated to support media makers producing short-form videos, especially episodic videos, which they call "shows," however, any one with a collection of short videos can host their video on blip.tv for free. They offer the opportunity to cross-post video to your blog also.

Generally all the sites support most of the video formats. You are required to register at the site before uploading of your video files. After getting registered on the site, which is generally free of cost, you are allowed to upload your video files. After upload of the video file it gets published on particular site.

After finishing your video and uploading it to the site, you are ready for the syndication of the video. Read on about the process of syndication and how to do it.

Syndicating a Video

A new video distribution form is growing based on the syndication of content (whether audio/video or text) between producers and Web sites; be they blogs or special interest Web properties. To support the market for video, several platforms have grown to act as mediators in video content transactions. Brightcove was the first to come in the arena. Now it is the turn for Mochila. A few more launched overseas. Each of these players makes their money on a mix of licensing fees and revenue sharing agreements on ads inserted. These platforms work as video ad networks. Alternately, companies produce their own content and distribute it via the syndication platforms to whoever is interested. Before these syndication platforms can persuade media buyers to get involved, they must demonstrate that they can total a powerful distribution network. Most of the Internet users go to YouTube, iTunes, MSN Video or AtomFilms.

Now you've got your video files and you've managed to get it online. The main question posed before you is "how are you supposed to notify people that it's there”? It's really simple, by Syndication. There are thousands of blog sites present there, and just as many options are there. You can also host your own blog on your own server or pay someone to host it for you. Another option for you is to use any free or pay blog service. The solution you choose is completely up to you.

Now your video and blog both functioning, only thing you want is to integrate the two together. Simply create a new Post on your blog, describe your video, and link to your video file. After posting the video to your blog, go to your blog's public homepage and copy the RSS link that allows people to subscribe to your site. You will find the link under a heading like "Syndication" or "Syndicate this site." If you are using a blogging tool that doesn't automatically provide enclosures, then you can use FeedBurner to enable your feed for podcasting through their free SmartCast service. In such a case, you should copy the URL that FeedBurner provides to you, instead of the one your blogging tool provides you.

If you'd like your video feed to appear in some syndication platform then go to the platform and get registered there and create an account. Once you have an account, from within the site go to the appropriate link. Once you're in the required section, click on the Publish link. It should be located in the same area; you initially found the link before. Next, enter the URL to your blog's syndication feed, in full including the "http://"; this is the RSS/FeedBurner URL you obtained earlier. After you click the Continue button, the syndication platform you are in, attempts to parse your feed to make sure it's valid. After the validation, you are asked to enter additional information, including the Category for your feed. You can select whatever category most closely suits your taste and need. Alternatively, you can select the Audio Blogs feed, if you plan to distribute a diverse set of videos. Once you've entered the required information, click the Publish button and wait for your feed to be approved.

Subscribing to a Feed

Finally! Your Video in the syndicate platform. While running your syndicate platform site, select Advanced and Subscribe to required heading and enter your blog's feed URL in the resulting dialog box. Then, click OK. Once you've subscribed to your feed, the syndicate platform will start downloading an initial set of videos from the blog. To view one, select the Podcasts item from the Source pane, and then open the feed by clicking on the button next to the feed's title. From there, click on the video you'd like to view.

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