Recently I got asked by my friend Beau at ClickBank, to create a set of videos on how to create simple and easy sales videos for your products on ClickBank.
Of course, I jumped in right away, and started creating the videos. And today’s video is the first of three parts.
Inside today’s video, you’ll learn about:
- Which camera you should use for creating high quality online videos…
- The best, and most affordable software programs to use to create videos really fast…
- And any extra bits of equipment you may need for creating crystal clear online videos…
If you’ve got any further questions about the equipment I use for creating my videos, please leave your comment below
Transcript Of Today’s Video
Hi there, my name is Gideon Shalwick and inside this video I want to talk about something that I get asked a lot, “What kind of equipment do you need for creating your own online videos?”
I’m going to talk about the solutions that I’ve discovered over the last four years. They are what I think are the best possible solutions to help you create online videos fast, but still at very, very high quality. I’m going to make sure they are affordable solutions for you as well, because that’s always an issue, too.
I’ll talk about:
- What kind of camera you’ll need
- What kind of computer
- What kind of software
- and any sort of extra equipment that you’ll need
to be able to create your very own professional-looking online video.
Let’s Talk About The Camera
There are a number of options that you can use for creating your own online videos when it comes to cameras. Unfortunately, there are so many to choose from that it often becomes a difficult choice. Luckily, today there are a few cameras that stand out that I believe are the best possible solutions for online video, so let’s look at a few of them.
At the top of the list is the Flip Ultra HD camera – that’s the top of my list at least. What’s great about this camera is that it’s very affordable. It allows you to record really nice high-quality videos, and the file formats are such that you can easily use them on your computer.
The second little camera that I want to recommend is the one from Kodak Zi8. That’s another great little camera. The only thing I don’t like about this camera is that it has a rechargeable battery, which is kind of cool, but you can’t replace it, whereas with the Flip camera you can actually replace the battery for that if you’re in the field.
The next camera I want to recommend is the Creative Vado. It’s kind of similar to the Flip or the Kodak Zi8, but is has a few other nice little features. The recording quality is not as good, but it’s still a great little camera.
The next camera is if you’re a little bit more concerned about the quality of the video and you want to make it look really, really professional. Of course, this camera is a little bit more expensive too. It’s the exact same camera that I’m using for recording this very video that you’re watching right now. It’s the Canon T2i Rebel or the Canon T2i 550D in non-US countries. As you can see, the quality of this video is just outstanding, but it comes at a bit of a price tag compared to the other three cameras.
So those are the four different cameras that you can use. They’re very, very cool little cameras and they all do a fantastic job at recording your videos for the internet.
What About The Computer?
Do you need a fancy kind of computer to be able to do the editing of your videos or to be able to process the videos? Well, if you’ve got a computer that’s about two to three years old, that should do the job.
Obviously, the faster and newer your computer is, the better. These solutions work for both PC and Mac. It doesn’t matter if you’re on PC or Mac. These cameras will work beautifully on both as well.
Let’s Talk About The Software You’ll Need For Editing Your Videos
First I’ll mention the software on a PC and then the software you’ll need for a Mac.
If you’re on Windows, it should come with some free software called Movie Maker. That’s pretty cool software that you can use just like that, and it should work with these cameras, but it’s free so it’s quite limited in its features.
The next bit of software that I recommend is Sony Vegas, the HD version. That’s really beautiful software for editing your videos and exporting it to the right format. It’s just excellent, and it’s affordable too.
If you’re on a Mac, of course it comes with the free software, iMovie, which is great software. You can just use that and it does a wonderful job. If you want to take it a notch up and spend about $100, get yourself a copy of ScreenFlow. That’s wonderful software for recording both your screen and also to be able to import videos from your camera into ScreenFlow and to do the editing inside there. It’s a great piece of software.
So for PC it’s Movie Maker or Sony Vegas, and for Mac it’s either iMovie or ScreenFlow.
What About Some Extras?
There are a couple of other things that you can use, but you don’t have to. It’s up to you.
If you want to increase the sound quality of your videos, I recommend you use an external microphone. Unfortunately with the cheaper cameras, they don’t always have an external microphone jack.
The Kodak Zi8 comes with an external microphone jack that you can plug a microphone into, which is pretty cool. Of course, the Canon camera that I mentioned has an external microphone jack as well which you can use for that purpose.
When you use an external microphone, the sound is a lot better. I’m actually using an external microphone for this particular recording. As you can hear, the sound is pretty good.
The other thing to think about is your lighting. Basically the better your light is, the less high-quality camera you need for getting high-quality video. If you have a really good camera like the one I’m using for example now, the lighting requirements become less.
But for the smaller and cheaper cameras like I mentioned before, you may need some extra lighting, especially if you’re recording indoors, to just light up your object a bit more and help you get a better quality image.
For that you can use any household sort of lamps or lights that you have. Just make sure they don’t shine straight onto your face so it over-exposes your skin. But if you want to take it to the next level you can buy something like cheapo construction lights, which are about $60 from your depot store.
If you want to take it to the next level, I recommend something like fluorescent lights. They’re a bit more expensive, but they can provide you with some really good non-flicker light that doesn’t get hot. The lights from the depot can get pretty hot and be quite sweaty, especially if you’re inside.
But of course if you don’t want to use lights, recording outside is the best. You can get some really good lighting positions outside on a nice sunny day, or even an overcast day as well.
That wraps it up for all the equipment you’ll need for creating high-quality videos at pretty high speeds as well, and at a budget that you can afford.
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Just go to www.RapidVideoBlogging.com and you’ll be able to download your free report from there. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you inside the next video.