I Vant to Be a Vlogger, ah, ah, ah

When I started this blog, one of my greatest desires was to teach others some of the skills that are lacking in our generation.  Most of the things I have learned, I read about on the internet, or in books.  There were several times that I wished I had an older woman to take me under her wing and teach me the skills she has learned over the years.  It is not always easy to learn from still pictures.

Last week I posted my first vlog, a Lip Balm Tutorial.  I plan on making many more video tutorials that will help others learn new skills.  To be honest, I thought the process would be a simple one.  It turned out to be much more work than I anticipated.  However, we learned so much making this first video. 

These are the steps we took in making our video:

~First, write out a script.  I just wrote a simple outline of the steps we would cover.  I also wrote down important information I didn’t want to forget.  I taped the script to the wall, thinking it would be out of camera shot.  If you look carefully at the video, you can see that I was wrong. 

~Another thing that you might want to do at this stage is to write out a story board.  This is just a simple cartoon type strip showing the progression of the video.  For instance, I started my video talking about making the lip balm, then the screen cuts to a list of the ingredients.  A story board would show this shot so that I don’t forget to put it in.  We didn’t do a story board this time because it was a short and fairly simple video.

~This may be a no brainer, but make sure you have everything your need for your video before you start.  Whether you need props, or tool, or ingredients, set them all out close by so that you don’t have to run around searching in between takes.

~Do a few practice run throughs.  I didn’t realize how hard it would be to keep a steady flow of conversation going.  Even after practicing, we still did over 20 takes for our short video!  I am sure we (I) will get better with practice, but it is still a good idea to run through your script before you start filming.

~We don’t have special lighting or anything at this point, but we did practice with different lights turned on or off.  We also took a few shots at different angles to see which we liked the best.  You might have to be a bit creative here, especially without a lot of equipment.  We had to place the tripod on top of three chairs pushed together. 

~Like I said before, we did over 20 takes making our video.  Most of these were mistakes, but it is also good to get a few takes of the same shot so that when you edit, you can use the best of each take.  There were some takes that I had to clip short at the end due to a mistake, then I just edited on another take.

~For editing our video, we used Adobe Premiere Elements.  Tristan got this for Christmas last year, but we hadn’t really used it until now.  There were several things that we wanted to do with the video and couldn’t figure out how to do it.  I found a website that offers classes for all kinds of software at Lynda.com.  I have found that Tristan learns so much when he is able to apply what he has learned in a tangible way.  This is one of those times that his learning increase rapidly because he had a reason to learn!

A few things I didn’t anticipate…

~Being nervous.  It was just me and the kids doing the video, but for some reason I had butterflies.  I wanted to make sure that I did everything just right.  And really, I felt a little silly talking into the camera.  After a few takes, I got over my nervousness.

~Being natural.  I had to work really hard on just being myself.  I felt like I was talking like Rachel Ray.  I wonder if she ever feels like she is talking like someone else.  Anyway, I had to keep reminding myself to relax and talk to the camera like I would to a friend that was there in the kitchen with me.

Overall, this was such a great learning experience and a teachable moment, both for myself and the kids.  I pray that these videos would have a purpose and would be a blessing to those of you wanting to learn these skills.

If there are any videos you would like for us to make, let me know and I will see what we can do!

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