Starting a Vlog Made Easy
Has the latest trend of video blogging caught up to you yet? Although having just emerged onto the scene, video blogging seems to be making tracks in the blogging industry. This is for the simple reason that a most people find themselves unable to deny the lure of videos. Hence, video blogging is being seen as the new, fun way of reaching out to your audience.
If you are looking to be a part of this vlog phenomena but don’t know how or where to start, here are four basic steps to familiarize yourself with, to get the hang of video blogging.
Knowing the Basics of Video Blogging
Before you begin anything, you need to learn how it works. While the only thing that differentiates a blog from a vlog is the presence of a video, it isn’t as easy as you think. A vlog has a defined theme and what’s more, you have to release your video blogs consistently. In this aspect, it is similar to ordinary blogs. To be successful at the task of video blogging, you’ll have to make sure that you talk about something that people are interested in watching and more than that, you need to make sure you can produce videos on a regular basis and post them onto your video hosting platform.
After all, the only thing that keeps people interested in a blog is the frequency and regularity of its posts. This holds true for vlogs as well.
Finding the Right Equipment
Since the success of this method depends solely on having video and audio quality that is flawless, you need to make sure you have the right equipment before setting out on this venture. Here are some of the items you will need to start with.
- Video Gear – A video camera is a must. You may decide to use your smartphone camera or an actual prosumer-level video camera that provides full HD videos in 1080p. The best part about consumer and prosumer cameras is that they come with a host of video and audio recording features. A DSLR is considered the best camera for video recording however the quality of its in-built microphone isn’t great.
- Audio Gear – While video quality has to be at its best, the audio is just as important. Investing in a mic that has 3.5mm jacks will work for you as these can be used with DSLRs as well as ordinary cameras. However, if you want to step your audio quality up a notch, the USB-powered microphone is another affordable option when it comes to recording audio. But to get the best audio quality out there, you should get hold of an XLR microphone. These are effective as they can be plugged into your video camera or into an external digital audio recorder.
- Editing Software – For the video to be effective, it may sometimes need to have titles, subheadings and more. To facilitate this, you should get your hands on the right editing software like Premier Pro, Final Cut X, Avid Media Composer or any of the others that are entering the market. Although any computer is capable of handling basic editing software, a computer having a multi-core processor, an SSD and RAM that exceeds 8 GB will allow fast and easy editing.
- Lights – The use of lights in your video will differentiate your work from that of an amateur. The use of proper lighting, and not ambient light, can give your video a whole new feel.
- Accessories –Now that the two basics elements of vlogging, that is, audio and video gear are dealt with, there are other accessories that one will need to successfully begin vlogging. The basic accessories that you should have ready before you start the video would include extra batteries, memory cards, cables and perhaps a tripod so you can make sure you get steady footage. However, accessories are usually determined by the type of video you are looking to shoot. For example, moving shots will require advanced gear that will need time to get the hang of but one can easily manage a basic video with just a camera, microphone and tripod.
Recording and Editing
Once you’ve made sure that all necessary equipment is at hand, then comes the actual recording. To get a good shot, check the exposure levels before beginning and ensure that there is nothing unwanted in the background. The moment you finish recording, check the files to see if you got the shot as you wanted. This way, if things aren’t as you desired, you can record it once again, right there. Beginners may take time to get the hang of the equipment and get the shot they want.
After shooting comes the more complex task of editing. Simple editing may not take much time but for complex editing, you will need to check up tutorials online and learn the intricacies involved in the process.
Releasing Your Videos
For the desired response, you need to choose the right platform to release your vlog on. With Primcast, you can upload unlimited videos, and deploy through our white-labeled player, directly on your website. You can also monetize your videos with pre-roll ads or VAST ads from any platforms, including Google DFP, AOL One, Tremor Video and more.
So these are the four basics that once mastered, will certainly get you through the journey of becoming a successful video blogger.