How Do I Start Creating Short Videos Affordably?
This has got to be one of the most frequently asked questions that we get from first time video producers wanting to start their own eCourses.
If you wanted a video like this:
It’s a case of creating a sting (intro and outro) which is the music and animated logo at the beginning and the end and then using software for the main elements with video editing software so make sure it all flows. You can learn how to use all the software you need but it takes time so most people will use a professional and invest anywhere from £400- £2500 (2017 costs) for a video of around half the time of the one above.
So how does this help with bootstrapping? Bear with us, its all about finding the stuff you need to make things look clear and good without breaking the bank, you can always gear up as sales are made. So, how about this next one prepared for a University?
This one was created using just a professionally created sting (intro and outro) which can be used for all videos from this business and the rest was recorded in a home office using the following equipment:
Microphone from Amazon like this one
Filter from Amazon like this one
Should I Pay For the Whole Year and Get a Discount?
With the Screencast software we suggest you use their free software option until you are happy with the end production, getting clear sound on any recording when you are using all new stuff and testing things out, may need several recording attempts so you probably need a week or so of fairly consistent video practice each day to get to grips with it. For the testing stage use their free version, your early end products won’t be going anywhere yet.
Once you know you get on with it and are happy with the end results and how it works then, if funds are short, pay for it monthly, that way if something crops up unexpectedly you can cancel. We like their pro hosting plan too so you can record longer versions of video and at $10 a month its ideal, keep it all monthly so you control spend, if you use it regularly then after a couple of months if funds allow you can then stump up for the annual payment and secure a discount.
For the naked truth about how easy this sort of video can be have a look at this one below done in under 10 minutes for a client as a simple explainer. The quality is no where near perfect but it enabled the client in the time it took to watch, to do what they needed to, so job done. Created and unedited so naked truth about how easy it is to capture screen, or as can be seen above to use PPT and voice over. Quick, simple and affordable, the bootstrappers’ dream.