3 Ways to Make Videos Without a Video Camera

You don’t need an expensive set up to produce great videos. I have created many successful campaigns for Local Internet Marketing Clients and for our Consulting Agency with simple local cost Web Videos!

There are many options available that will allow you to create videos without a camera. Let’s take a look at three popular options.video marketing tips

Make A Slide Show : Animoto

It’s very easy to make a video slideshow with Animoto.  Animoto does all the hard work, adding the video effects and music to your slideshow to give it the wow factor.

Slideshows that you create on Animoto that are less than 30 seconds are completely free.  To make unlimited full length videos that can be download and easily distributed costs $5 per month. or you can get a Business Account that lets you create unlimited Videos at DVD quality!

Creating a video is a quick process. Simple sign up and click  Create Video.  Choose your video type (some options are available only to paid members). Grab you images, add text, rotate or spotlight images. Select your music (you can use your own too!) and save.  You may also customize video length, image speed and your video cover images.  Click to create your video and you are done.  You now have a great looking video that you can use to showcase you, your product or your company and services.

Animoto, will then give you the option to remix your video, e-mail it, post it online, download it or send it directly to YouTube.

Make A Screen Cast : Jing Project

Don’ t worry if you’re camera shy! You can still make a video (with voice) without you having to be on screen. Let’s say you want to make a video giving a tour of your new website or product. The easiest way to do that is to make a Screencast that will capture the activity on your computer screen.  A Screencast is very simple to do.  It lets you record everything that  happens on your screen, while also video capture softwarecapturing audio.

Jing is a free online browser based Screencast tool.  Let’s take a look at how you can use the Jing web application to create professional videos.

The only one drawback that I find with Jing is you are limited to 5 Minutes maximum per video for recording, however this can be overcome by recording 2 or 3 5 minute videos and combining them in a video editor like iMovie or Windows Movie maker.

The really cool thing about Jing is that it is browser based.  You don’t even need to download the application to get going.  While there is a professional version that offers more functionality, the free version of the tool is perfect to start with.

*Andy’s TIP! I use Jing for most of my Outsourcing videos where I show my outsourcer what I want done and the handy thing is since I can only do 5 Minutes at a time it makes me be much more specific and straight to the point making me more efficient.

Making a video with Jing is as simple as starting up the tool, and pressing the record button.  Jing will begin to capture all of your on-screen activity, including audio, for up to five minutes in the free version.

When you are done recording your Screencast, you have the option to save it, or to upload it for free to Screencast.com. Hosting on Screencast.com is also free for 2GB of storage space, and 2GB of monthly bandwidth. You can upgrade Screencast.com hosting to a Pro version.

Is the Pro version worth buying? Yes, especially if you’d like to option of being able to upload your Screencast directly to YouTube.  Also, the Pro version of Jing supports MPEG-4/H.264. The free version records your video as an SWF file which can be played by Adobe Flash player. The Pro version also offers customization options, allowing you to control what appears to viewers.

Make A Presentation : PowerPoint

Let’s take a look at how to create a movie from PPT files that can then be uploaded to YouTube.

When creating a movie from PowerPoint you have two options.  You can either run the PowerPoint as a full-screen slideshow and capture the slides using screen recording software such as Jing.  This is the Powerpoint presentationleast preferred method.  You can also make a movie from PowerPoint slide images. We’ll use the latter approach though you won’t see the animations or transitions in the PowerPoint movie.

PowerPoint is a very quick and easy way to create slideshow style videos.   It can be used for training, presentations, products overviews, tutorials and lots more. There are a whole bunch of options for creating text effects and slide transitions that will give your video a very professional look and feel.  PowerPoint allows you to import your audio voice recording or you can record directly within PowerPoint too.

To create a video simply add and format your content, choose save File, Save and Send.  Then choose the option “Create A Video” and your done.  It’s that simple.

These tools are the foundation of what I use for creating our “Video Review Formula” videos that are killer for landing top quality clients without having to Cold Call or go out and knock on doors!

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