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Tasks to complete to move forward on blog project:

  • Make a new YouTube video, post it. Polenta and salad is the leading candidate right now.  
  • Clean up my channel so it’s only the food stuff, and move my uke and helicopter videos to another channel.
  • Research blog hosting options that will easily allow me to integrate my video stuff.
  • Give some thought to what I want the focus of the blog to be about. Cooking/Food? Total life wellness? My own personal story? All of these?
  • Create a schedule for working on the blog, making videos, and writing. I’m thinking Wednesdays, since that seems to be the least utilized of all the weekdays for burner-related social time.
  • Look into reasonably priced, reasonably good video editing software.

Okay I think that’s enough for now. :)

Date: 2013-02-06 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firinel.livejournal.com
Have you ever heard of Ben at Do Life? I think something like that, from your own perspective, and sharing just more information generally (ie: how -you're- doing it) would be really wonderful.

Date: 2013-02-07 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyjendifi.livejournal.com
No but I'm going to look it up now. :) Feedback is much appreciated!

Date: 2013-02-07 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] messyah.livejournal.com
i think you should keep the uke stuff inline with whatever this blog becomes, provided that you get a better microphone. it adds character and is easily skippable. and your voice is awesome. (recordings are nails on chalkboard, though, seriously, talk to me about fixing that, is easy) i guarantee the ukelele stuff will be a huge draw for some, and a minor thing for others. if you just want to do food, maybe the uke stuff should come out, but in any other scenario it is a major attraction. also, i'm taking a video editing class using final cut pro, it is pretty good. i-movie was a complete disaster for anything i wanted to do.

Date: 2013-02-07 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyjendifi.livejournal.com
Okay, how easy is this mic fix?

And....how much did Final Cut Pro run you?

And...I really need to learn how to market myself. These videos are informative but they are definitely lacking.... panache. Fabulousness. Comedy. Glitter. Kittens. *Something*.
Edited Date: 2013-02-07 06:54 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-02-07 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firinel.livejournal.com
I think that once you figure out what you want the focus to be on, figuring out how to market yourself will be easier.

Do you have a non-personal FB for promotion of the blog, etc? All of the research that I've been doing (relevant to self-promotion, but clearly not in the same area as food/wellness) suggests that it's very difficult to for small companies/personal businesses to achieve something without utilizing all the social media possible like FB, Twitter, Youtube (that one's obvious for you, but was less obvious in my niche), and that it's important to tailor the content for each platform.

WRT to panache though, one of the people's whose videos I really enjoy watching just generally, even though they have far less actual content then most videos I bother to watch, is Charlie McDonnell, and I think there's some things that he does that I think, though he vlogs about very different stuff, could potentially suit you as well.
- for lack of a better word, a "splash screen" - his is at the end, rather than the beginning, but it helps unify all of his videos
- he uses more cuts, for affect, as well as obviously for cutting bloopers or time, etc. it makes the whole thing a little more dynamic, I think.

You could try looking through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_YouTube_personalities and seeing what they do.

Date: 2013-02-07 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] messyah.livejournal.com
i got final cut pro through a deal when i signed up for the editing class, so i'm not sure. you could maybe find an older copy used or something? also, i'm on a mac, if you aren't a mac person you might want something else - but i'd suggest staying away from anything that tries to dumb the process down too much - it will give you a serious glass ceiling later. as for fixing the recording part - you absolutely have to have a real microphone - preferably a condenser mic, but those run 300+. you might be able to find a used one though, if you shop around craigslist and burner friends, or even get someone to loan you one for a while. ideally, you have a couple of mics recording you - one for the uke and one for the voice - they will both get bleed through from the other instrument, but they will still allow you to mix them better. once again, i don't know what the best solution off-mac would be, but for what you are doing, garageband would be perfect on a mac to record the audio and mix/master it before using it as the audio track when you go to edit the video.

as for panache, i would say think of your video in terms of a narrative, take a few takes, consider what you are wearing a costume, definitely include intro/outro screens with extra information (not too dense), and think of music that can go with the videos. i'm thinking like a star-wars style rolling credit intro with a recipe and the soaring jedi music that fades into your presentation, stuff like that. you might want to consider scripting a little before you start tape - sit down with some paper and noodle some ideas for snappy patter... vihart's math videos i think would be a nice place to start for inspiration - i know she inspired me!

Date: 2013-02-07 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyjendifi.livejournal.com
: / Any equipment purchases will need to wait, as I am broke as a joke. Borrowing from burners may be an option, or maybe Jeremy.

And, yeah. I am not a Mac person.

Trying to figure out how to invest in production-quality upgrades is going to take A LOT of skill building...and a little money. So probably skills first.

Date: 2013-02-07 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firinel.livejournal.com
You may want to talk to Alex ([livejournal.com profile] plexq on here) about sound stuff; he'll definitely be happy to offer you input at the least, but he may also have some equipment to lend.
Edited Date: 2013-02-07 08:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-02-07 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] messyah.livejournal.com
how about this for an option? http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-iCE-Microphone/dp/B006DIA77E/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&qid=1360265249&sr=8-28&keywords=usb+microphone

this is much cheaper than I expected, and I know it comes recommended by a couple friends back when I was starting out. I forgot that there are some fairly high quality condensor mics to be had for cheaper, until i went to look. you can also get a dynamic mic for like $20 that would probably be an improvement over the laptop...

Date: 2013-02-07 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] messyah.livejournal.com
I think you could punch it up a lot by moving the camera. are you using the webcam on your laptop, or do you have a camera/cameraphone that you can move around? if so, I'd like to see some flythroughs of the dishes, maybe a peek in the oven, stuff like that.

Date: 2013-02-07 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyjendifi.livejournal.com
I have an old stand-alone webcam somewhere, but currently I'm just the using the laptop camera...and my cat is a poor cameraperson. Heh.

And two cameras would mean learning to cut two pieces of footage. Like I said, these are all skills I have yet to develop. They are definitely worth learning though.

Thanks for the links! I'll check them out when I get home.

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