How to make really easy ‘videos’ for YouTube

Posted on: August 9th, 2010

I read an excellent report last week on video blogging from Gideon Shalwick. He explained how easy it is to make videos for YouTube and for your blog, even if you don’t have a camera. His suggestion was to use screen capture software called Camtasia (for PC users) or Screenflow (for Mac users), so you can easily record from your computer screen and then do a voice over.

Since I don’t have Camtasia and haven’t yet dabbled around with editing audio files, I thought I’d go down an even simpler route. Here are three 30-second slide shows I did over the weekend and uploaded to my YouTube channel.

Create your own videos in three easy steps

Step 1: Create a PowerPoint presentation and save it in jpg format. This will save each slide as a separate jpg image.
Step 2: Create a 30 sec slide show for free at http://animoto.com. You do this by signing in, choosing which style of slide show you want, uploading your jpgs and selecting your music track.
Step 3: Upload it to YouTube and share it with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

In the above slide shows, I opted for Animoto’s ‘Simplicity’ style so the text on the slides can be easily read. But here’s another style¬† I like. This following slide show was one I did recently when the elephants were in London:

There are LOADS of people searching for information on YouTube – it’s second only to Google as a search engine – so make sure you have a presence there.

2 Responses to “How to make really easy ‘videos’ for YouTube”

  1. Pawel @ Self Employed Cafe
    August 10th, 2010

    These are good tips Carole. And I second that having videos on Youtube gives you a google juice. I uploaded my first video last week and saw the results almost instantly.

  2. Carole
    August 10th, 2010

    Glad you liked the tips, Pawel. And I agree about the ‘Google juice’. I was amazed how many people had found my videos on YouTube – even before I’d told anyone about them!

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