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By: Video

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:29:26 +0000

very very thanx admin...

By: Dave Starr --- ROI Guy

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 04:52:04 +0000

Thanks, I'm honored that my comment promoted its own whole post. I don't know you very well so I can't say for sure, but you seem to be a little upset at some of the things I mentioned. I certainly didn't mean it to be controversial, but hey, controversy is fine too ... it all makes the world go 'round. To be a little more clear, perhaps my TV news example was poorly chosen, since it sent your thoughts in a different direction than I intended. For the record it is _not_ my suggestion that video bloggers try to make themselves in news anchors ... unless they have legs like Katie Couric ... in which case the video would make more sense. It is my suggestion that video blogger recognize the fact that the media and approach to a video presentation needs to be differently thought out than does a typical written blog post. And since most bloggers have 12 or more years of schooling in their native language in written form and frequently no formal study at all of "video writing" it is presumptuous and waste of the blogger's and the reader's time to just sit in front of the camera to produce mind-numbing video for the sake of it being video. Because the video production resulting comes out like a written production produced by a first-grader who knows little or nothing about wriuting. I would submit that is someone is getting "More hits that the History Channel" with video work that ignores the basic rules of video production, then I would submite they would get a lot more hits if they used video to show something other than the fact that their lips move when they speak. There may be some exceptions, but most us us (certainly to include me) need to _learn_ new things before we can use them effectively... like riding a bike, video requires some attention to the fact that a two-wheeler isn't the same as a tricycle. Words are to _say_ things, video is to _show_ things and if you put the two together rather than trying to make one substitute for the other you then have a sum much greater than its parts. On your last sentence I think we are in violent agreement: "If you want to benefit from video blogging, then, you’ll have to be talented and interesting." ... wish I had written that ;-)

By: Frank C

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 18:41:32 +0000

Good article. The only thing I would add is that some people have a face made for blogging just like 50 years ago some people had a face made for radio. :smile: I know I do terrible on TV. I've been interviewed on local news a few times for various things (a traffic snarl, 9/11 reaction, etc.) and I couldn't stand to see myself on the screen.

By: Gerry

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:08:56 +0000

1. Showmanship is important, but not to the point of overacting. Develop your own "trademark," like an accessory, props, or even a themed background. 2. Get a good video editing software that's also cheap. I use Magix MovieEditPro. 3. Use music, text rollovers and other effects.

By: CT Moore

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:50:01 +0000

That's a fine observation, Michael. Ever notice that people have to develop some self-discipline to be capable readers? Well, with video, it's the next best thing to being able to sit down with the person and talk with them.

By: Michael Martine

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 08:17:59 +0000

Dead on post, man. Another consideration is that there's always room for variety and meeting people's different learning modalities. I zone out with audio. My attention wanders faster than a loopy cat. But video with audio, for whatever reason, even if it's just a talking head, hold my attention. A talking head is still a human face, and we all respond to that on a much more visceral level than a bunch of words.