If a YouTube video is something you’ve never made so far, take heart. You can make an online video for your needs easily after you’ve gone through this article and watched the video below. And have it hosted on YouTube.
To be honest, it is no longer difficult creating an online video. If the word ‘video’ brings to your mind the motion pictures made with video camera, just cast it aside.
Today, that long-believed notion means little. And when you come out of that stereotyped thinking, you’ll find a whole world of opportunity opening up before you. It’s time you help yourself to ride the phenomenal power of your own YouTube videos.
There can be a PowerPoint video, a screencast video, a flash video, a video of animated static images, and videos that combine all of these and more. We run a course on making training videos that teaches all of these.
- Increasingly, the corporate world is waking up to the exciting possibility of what is sometimes called alternative videos as exemplified very appropriately by sites like Common Craft, Say It Visually!, etc.
- Watch closely, and you will find it is quite easy to make alternative videos for your needs. You may not be a professional video maker, but nonetheless you can make videos for your company in typical crunch situations like fund shortage or a fast-approaching deadline.
- In this video tutorial you will see a quick making of an online video using 18 images. To be true, the 18 images are derivatives of just 2 main images, and they are arranged one after another to give a sense of motion to create the online video. For good measure, some title illustrations are thrown in between some of the images to convey the purpose of the video.
- The subject of the video is SEO and the main steps involved in it. I’ve created one image using the free OpenOffice Draw in just 15 minutes though I’ve never used the software before. The other image is courtesy this URL. The images are assembled in the free Windows Movie Maker, and I’ve made use of the amazing title effects and transitions available therein for the video.
- Finally, all the images are converted into a WMV video which can be easily uploaded to YouTube. In fact, you can upload the video to a host of other video sharing sites for maximum exposure.
See the following video on easily making online video for YouTube. You may watch it on YouTube. After the video below the main steps are described in detail.
Steps For Creating Online Video From Simple Images
- In the first image (on the left), the figures are systematically removed to create a set of 8 images, a caption added to the last one. Similarly, the second set of 10 images are derivatives of one main image (on the right) created with OpenOffice Draw, where the different segments of an image can be made to occur in layers.
- After Opening Windows Movie Maker, first adjust the length of the image and transition as needed (Tools > Options > Advanced). For the first batch of images I have them as 1 second and 0.5 second respectively, while selecting 3 seconds and 1.25 seconds for the second batch of images.
- Import all the images on to the collection bin (Ctrl+I). Now from the bin select those images (press Ctrl and click) you want to work on and pull the lot down on to the timeline. The images will stack one after another on the timeline according to their file-names. If they are not in the order you want them to be, adjust them as needed.
- For transitions between the images, click on the View video transitions link on the Movie Tasks pane on the left under Edit Movie. You’ll now see a vast array of transitions in the same place where the collection bin was earlier. Select the transition you want and drag it on to the timeline between a pair of images. Repeat the same for all the image pairs.
- If you want title at any place in the series of images, you can easily do the same by clicking the Make titles or credits link under the Edit Movie on the left, and following the steps that are easy to understand. When completed, the title automatically appears on the timeline. If you want to reduce the length of the title, select it and drag the handle inward.
- After all the editing is done and you are satisfied after having checked the whole video by playing it in the view area, it is time to save the video. To do that, find the Save to my computer link on the left pane under Finish Movie section. Click on that; a popup opens. Simply select the options as you find them appropriate for your video, and click Next button at the bottom. The video is saved on your computer usually as a WMV file.
- You need to have a Google account to upload your video to go online in YouTube. The steps there are self-explanatory. The following image shows YouTube’s upload page. Select your video file for uploading. YouTube gives you the options of giving your video a Title, Description (as long as you want it in which you can include hyperlinks to your website pages), Tags, and finally a Category for it. After uploading is over, if selected, YouTube will ‘AutoShare‘ your video through your Twitter & Facebook accounts, if you have them.
Whatever others say that a web video must be one that is shot with a video camera, feel assured that the ambit of video online now includes a wide range of possibilities. This will further increase in the future, fired by the people’s creative abilities.
So if you’re still thinking whether to take the plunge, don’t. The opportunity is upon you to create your own online video very easily. Grab it!