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Andrew Warner: Using video instead of relying on text to convey your message

September 12, 2009

Andrew Warner – “How To Add Video To Your Blog”

In his 20s, he used credit cards and ingenuity to create a $30+ mil / year (in sales) internet business with his younger brother. He created Mixergy to help ambitious people who love business as much as he does learn from a mix of experienced mentors. He does that by inviting speakers to live events and online interviews.

OK I’m going to admit that I’m starting to lose some steam here. Live blogging and tweeting on some coffee and a few muffins is not a great recipe for late afternoon alertness.

Fortunately Andrew Warner is super high energy and using video to supplement his talk.

He argues that anyone can do it. Buy a simple, super cheap camera like a Flip and do what you can quickly. People will put up with poor video quality but not poor audio, so invest in a Blue Snowball which costs about $100, and which has a condenser mic. Or check out a Zoom field recorder for audio which is ideal if you’re on the go, as recommended by someone in the audience.

One benefit of the Flip camera is it has the editing software right in it. You don’t need any fancy editing software–just use what comes with your computer or check out Camtasia for PC or Mac, or try out Screenflow which is $100 for a Mac or try it for free. Camtwist is a free software which lets it seem like you’re doing a 2 camera shoot using skype.

OK my mind is blown here. And he says he’s only showing us 1% of what’s possible.

I’m inspired. Let’s go make some movies!!

Reach out to him: mail (AT) awarner (DOT) com

To videotape yourself and get some distance farther than your arm, buy an X shot, a telescoping device to which you can attach your camera.

$19 Griffin technologies offers a mic or use a separate audio recorder.

Whew! The next session is on how to write a plug-in, so I’m over and out! Thanks for hanging with me at WordCamp LA!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2009 4:38 am

    This is was one of my favorite presentations at word camp. He made it look so easy! Now i’m on the lookout for a similar tool to the one he used for the PC.

  2. September 15, 2009 9:46 pm

    Thanks for writing this up. I’m sending this to people who couldn’t make it to the conference.

  3. September 26, 2009 3:19 am

    Thanks Andrew for forwarding this link on! It really was a valuable & inspiring presentation–you were great for the end of the day to keep us awake and enthused!

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