How I Make My Videos

Nov 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Technology, Video
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If you haven’t noticed, I’m doing VloMo09 again this year. This is where you create one video everyday for the month of November. That’s 30 videos in 30 days. I did it last year, so I thought, what the heck, I’ll try it again. So here I am. I’m going to tell you how I’m creating all these videos in this post because I have so many different tools at my disposal. I’ll start explaining in order of the first 11 videos.

Video 1 was shot on my Panasonic HDC-SD5 HD camera. The camera shoots in AVCHD format to a SD card. The resolution is 1920×1080 which I think is full HD. It’s beautiful footage if shot in good light. This first video was shot under the lights of my recording studio (aka my bathroom). The lights are so bright in there it makes a great place to shoot video. I imported the video into my Mac Mini by plugging the SD card into a USB adapter and plugging it into a USB port on the Mac. iMovie pops open and asks which files I’d like to import in the program. I chose the movies files and hit import. Minutes later I was dragging and dropping my files into my movie. For this first movie I used a built in iMovie theme to help with style and transitions. This makes movie creation very easy. When I was finished, I just shared it to YouTube and iMovie did all the rest of work: processing the movie and uploading it to YouTube.

Video 2 was shot with my ContourHD Wearable Camcorder. I just strapped it to a headband and headed off on my hike. It has laser to help you adjust the viewing angles, which is pretty sweet. Once you get going, you hardly realize it’s there. This camera shoots in 720p (1280×720) in MOV file format on a MicroSD memory card. There is software available to work with the camera, but I prefer to use my own. So I just connect the camera to the Mac Mini via a USB cable and follow the same process above.

Video 3 and 4 were shot while I was traveling, so I used a Flip Mino camera. Although there is a Flip Mino HD version, I don’t have it, so these videos were shot in VGA quality. I shot the video and then flipped out the handy dandy USB connector and connected it to my Acer Aspire One netbook. The Flip software pops up and allows me to edit the clips and put a quick movie together and upload to YouTube.

Video 5 didn’t use any video footage, but utilized photos and music to create a video on Animoto. Animoto is very simple. You give it a bunch of pictures and choose a soundtrack, and it gives you a video presentation. So I took photos with my Casio Exilim. Transferred the photos from the camera to the Acer by sticking the SD card in the card reader on the computer. I uploaded the photos to Animoto, added some words, and chose an Animoto song and created the movie. I then exported the completed movie to YouTube.

Videos 6 and 7 were both shot with the Flip Mino again, but this time I used Pinnacle Studio 12 to edit video 6. I needed to change the speed on the video and you can’t do that in the Flip Share software. So I used Pinnacle to speed it up and added background music from the program. Created the movie and then uploaded it to YouTube. Video 7 was created solely in the FlipShare software program that comes with the Flip camera.

Video 8 is a screencapture movie created using Camtasia Studio 6. I recorded the screen as demoed how to create macros in MS Word and then I edited the footage in Camtasia and exported as a mp4 file. I set Camtasia to record in HD so the resulting movie was in HD. I upload that file to YouTube.

Video 9 and 10 is a repeat of Video 1, but I used Pinnacle Studio 12 to edit the movie to include the speed setting in 9. And today’s video, #11, was also shot on the Panasonic HD camera, but editing in iMovie. You can see all of these movies on the Video tab above or click here to go to YouTube.

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