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Collecting Video Content Ideas - I got a question from a member named Mark: How do you collect and organize your ideas for video content? Good question? As video creators, finding good content for our viewers can be challenging. It s not so much that finding ideas for good content is difficult I probably stumble across at least several a day. The bigger issue (at least for my ADHD brain) is: Unless I actually make a video based on the idea at that moment? Ya I lose it as soon as 15 seconds passes and the next shiny object lands on my screen. I use several tools to collect and store my ideas including lists, bookmarks, and all the standard stuff but the ones I keep going back to are tools that not only make it really easy for me to just click-n-save but also build sweet looking webpages FOR me, let me share & post automatically, are social in nature, and help me build a community at the same time. Here are two of my current favorites: Scoop.It (free and paid versions) and Google+ Collections Scoop.it used to be free f

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New Video Layouts Using PowerPoint SmartArt - One of the best things about creating video is how much fun you can have with design. If you are an artist wannabe, like me, you get the chance to be really creative without making a mess or spending any money on supplies. And I m always looking for shortcuts make slides faster without losing creativity. In this week s tutorial you ll see how easy is is to use the Smart Art  in PowerPoint to create a totally unique layout for a picture with just one click as well as add a little more style to your text by adding outlines and drop shadows. Both of these make it so simple for you to get a custom look without any graphic design experience. Take a look and then download my slides . Download the PowerPoint from this video to copy my layouts.

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Using 3rd Party Video “Stuff” - When it comes to adding things to your Camtasia and/or PowerPoint video projects, it s very useful to have a couple of go-to resources. Tastefully adding embellishments like animations, video backgrounds, lower thirds, call outs , etc. can bring visual interest and clarity to your work. First and foremost: I ve got freebies for you!! >Just click this link (no opt-in) and get 5 really sweet video elements instantly for FREE Motion Graphic Stock. In this post and review videos, I ll talk about what to look for when acquiring extra resources, some of the gotchas to be aware of, and show some of them in action. Review Video 1 (3 minutes): What kind of video format to use & why, changing colors(?), and some sample uses of the elements. Highlights: In general, we probably want to use the .MOV format with PNG Alpha Channel so that the elements have transparency just like a PNG image file. Many of the elements (like some very nice transitions) come in a color or two and you can only rely on

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YouTube End Card “Watch Next Video” Clip Trick - YouTube End Cards are excellent pieces of content to add to your videos that you will be uploading to YouTube. They increase retention, engagement, sharing LOTS of benefits! One of the more common and effective tactics is to include a small preview of another video on your channel and encourage your viewers to Watch Next Video and use an Annotation to allow them to simply click on this preview and be taken to watch it.

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The Best Reasons to Record your Training Course Using GotoWebinar Rather than Camtasia Studio - Many of the courses on the Learn Camtasia site (and the tutorials we put on YouTube) were created via GotoWebinar recordings which were then edited and produced with Camtasia Studio. Over the past couple of weeks I ve been getting more inquiries about when it makes sense to deliver and record a training course live online with GoToWebinar versus recording it privately off-line with Camtasia Studio. Lon and I have a very detailed Camtasia Studio course which shows you how to create training courses and other types of video using that tool. But, last week I spoke to Gena who has been searching for a Virtual Assistant for Webinars who could train her on how to use GotoWebinar to record her training course then just use Camtsia to edit it. As I have lots of experience doing courses this way we were able to discuss the pros and cons.  After a while she decided that she was most comfortable with the following process: She would present her training to me privately in three separa

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Membership Sites for Selling Videos - OVERVIEW Our basic business model is this: Create video training and coaching programs and sell them to customers. Easy right? Well how do you tell who is a paying customer and deliver the products & services they paid for yet keep that those products secure from un-paying eyes? A Membership Site is an excellent way to go. Here at LearnCamtasia, we have created a system over several years that consists of: Hosting our sites on a LiquidWeb Virtual Private Server (VPS) for about $100/month Running WordPress and the OptimizePress Premium Theme to create the websites ($197 for 10 sites). Hosting our videos on Amazon S3 Servers (super fast & super cheap!) Using the Digital Access Pass Membership plugin to create & deliver products securely ($297/year for support & upgrades) LeadPages for specialty funnel pages ($480/year) Various other WordPress plugins like security, video players, etc. ($1,200 invested ). This kind of configuration is pretty common and you ll see many hundreds of sites

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An Easier Way to Fix Your “Talking Head” Video Mistakes - Being a Screencast Specialist has its advantages.  You don t have to ever worry about how you look in a video or take the time to memorize a script.  When you only show what is on your computer screen it eliminates a whole lot of other concerns such as lighting, choosing a camera and setting up a shot. I do feel, however, that some videos are really better suited for the “talking head” format. So, for a recent salespage for my personal coaching service, I decided to add some video of myself (mixed in with some PowerPoints). My decision to get into a little full motion video and the resulting constructive feedback was worth getting out of my yoga pants and putting on a bit of mascara for a couple of hours. The thing is since I do these types of videos so rarely I m always running into the same few problems: 1. Where to place the camera so I get enough natural light because I hate trying to set up lighting. 2. Whether to use a telepromter, memorize my script or just wing it (w

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Fixing your Talking Head Video Mistakes in Camtasia - Being a Screencast Specialist has its advantages.  You don t have to ever worry about how you look in a video or take the time to memorize a script.  When you only show what is on your computer screen it eliminates a whole lot of other concerns such as lighting, choosing a camera and setting up a shot. In spite of my fears of messing it up, I feel that some videos are really better suited for the talking head format. For my recent personal coaching video, adding some video of myself (mixed in with some PowerPoints) was worth getting out of my yoga pants and putting on a bit of mascara. Since I do these types of videos so rarely I m always running into the same problems 1. Where to place the camera so I get enough natural light because I hate trying to set up lighting. 2. Whether to use a telepromter, memorize my script or just wing it (with some bullet points in front of me). 3. What to do about cutting out mistakes so the video looks professional and smooth. In the video below I

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How To Use Quick Video Tips - Video is great for establishing credibility, trust, and rapport with your audience. Sharing what you know, your expertise, insight, and perspective is the basis for all kinds of useful content including blog posts (like this one!), social media interaction, YouTube channel food the list goes on and on. But many folks struggle with creating this useful content in ways that encourage viewers to consume it. In this little mini case study, I ll point out a few things to make it easier and more effective. Check out this example: Here are a few points: 1. It s SHORT Attention spans are notoriously short. Since that s the reality of today s online viewer, it s useful to create some content that takes advantage of that. I generally shoot for 2 minutes or less (a 1 minute tip is actually awesome if you can pull it off!). ADVANTAGES: They are easier to create! Your viewers will appreciate getting quality content in a flash. They are more likely to share it. The more you create, the better you o

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Camtasia Studio Tip: Create the “LiveStream” Side by Side Video Effect - Have you ever wondered how video creators get that side by side tilted video effect that you may see on YouTube or on TV? For example, on one side of the screen you will see a talking head and on the other side you might see an animated PowerPoint or video of a software application in use. If you have an account at the video broadcasting company LiveStream it can be done using their software during a live streaming event. This is the case in the sample YouTube video referred to by a member of our Screencast Coaching group. But I also show him how this same technique can also be achieved by using Camtasia Studio. The easiest way to do this is to Step One: Fire up your Camtasia Recorder and be sure to click on the Show Webcam box Step Two: Present your content while recording both your screen and your webcam.This gives you two separate videos to work with. Step Three: Arrange the two videos on your canvas as I describe in the video below. This technique provides a unique look for those
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