Title: The Exciting World Of Video Blogging Word Count: 1035 Summary: When the idea of weblogs was first introduce online, it was an instant phenomenon. Suddenly just about ev eryone feels the need to create the ir own space online by writing thei r thoughts. Then podcasting was int roduced -- blogging in audio form. Just like its predecessor, it was a n immediate hit. Today, the latest craze is video blogging. Just what is a video blog you ask? A video blog or what is commonly re ferred to as vblog or vlog, can be defined as the posting of a seri... Keywords: Internet, Online Business, Internet Business, Blogs Article Body: When the idea of weblogs was first introduce online, it was an instant phenomenon. Suddenly just about ev eryone feels the need to create the ir own space online by writing thei r thoughts. Then podcasting was int roduced -- blogging in audio form. Just like its predecessor, it was a n immediate hit. Today, the latest craze is video blogging. Just what is a video blog you ask? A video blog or what is commonly re ferred to as vblog or vlog, can be defined as the posting of a series of videos in a certain website wher e comments from the audience are en couraged. Although this latest form of web communication is still in i ts early stages, videobloggers are enthusiastically taken with the ide a of posting their video series onl ine. So why do people use vblogs? Well, most vbloggers take advantage of vi deo blogging in order to make their own mini-programs. With the use of an RSS feed, they can send their n ew episodes to a wide audience auto matically. Meanwhile, others simply enjoy experimenting with the new t echnology. You might wonder, why bother with v ideo blogs when you can already exp ress your thoughts with just a regu lar blog. Well here’s another way t o look at it. When you’re writing a blog, especially when it's about a topic you feel so strongly about, haven’t you ever wished that your r eaders could see your expressions s o that they could fully comprehend your feelings? Well, that’s what vb log offers that regular blogs canno t. It gives you the chance to fully communicate with your audience, si nce they can see your facial expres sions and hear the tone of your voice. Moreover, since video blogs are mor e advanced than any other types of blogs it makes a great tool to deli ver exciting content like sports, e vents, television and the list goes on. With vblogs you can easily sha re your enthusiasm for your content. Vblogs also offers its users, parti cularly those who live away from ho me, the rare chance of keeping in t ouch with their friends and family. Think of it as a great new way to share the baby's first steps with h is or her grandparents. As for thos e who dreams about being the next b ig thing on TV, well this is your c hance to shine! So, how do you start your own video blog? Well, be warned that video b logs are not as simple and easy as regular blogging wherein all you do is type. Since, vblogging is more advance, the process is more compli cated. Here you will need a compute r that is powerful enough to work w ith movie programs and of course, a camera that is capable of taking v ideos and snap shots. Step one is the easiest, make your digital video on your camera or cam corder. There are various ways you can put your vblog together and sin ce you are not working on a studio you can throw the rules out the win dow. You are absolutely in control! After you complete your video the next thing you do is to download it to your computer and prepare it fo r formatting and compressing. In vblogging, you will be working w ith different movie programs. The m ost commonly used programs include iMovie for Mac users and Movie Make r for PC users. Other vbloggers als o uses Final Cut Pro and Avid Free DV. Choose one that you are comfort able with. After you have downloade d your movie you can use these prog rams to make any changes on your vi deo clips such as inserting a new f ilm, creating titles or subtitles, and add background music. After editing your video, the next step is to compress it. This is the tricky part. You want the movie co mpressed as much as possible so tha t the audience can download it quic kly. However, if you compress your movie too much then its quality wil l be less sharp. The key here is ba lance. Make your video small enough for quick download but make sure i t has enough resolution left. You w ouldn’t want your audience squintin g just to figure out what those gra iny square-pixilated images are. Once you are done compressing your video, then you are ready to upload it online. If it is a compressed Q uicktime movie, then you can simply place it on your website with a li nk directly to it (this is very sim ilar as to when you are working on a regular web page). It might also be a good idea to participate in a video blogging community. Just keep in mind that each community have i ts own set of rules regarding video uploads, so make sure you read thi s carefully before uploading. Remember also to read the users agr eement carefully. There might be so me video blogging sites that have c ertain restrictions regarding the k ind of content you can put up. It i s important to know what your chose n video blogging community apprecia tes and what they frown upon. Another good tip is once you are do ne posting your video blog, downloa d it and watch it. Doing so will al low you to see for yourself whether the downloading process is quick e nough or still too slow. You can al so judge the quality of your own vi deo as well as have the chance to s ee if there is anything that you mi ght want to change. Now if you are happy with what you saw then its time to promote it! Se t up a link in your email signature line, or post links to it on forum s that you usually visited. Creatin g a video blog is only half of the work; the other one is getting some one to watch it! There are other things that might h elp your video blogs gain popularit y. For instance to ensure that your vblog will not be lost in the shuf fle, it might be a good idea to cre ate some text around it. Moreover, search engines only search text and not video. So if your vblog do not have text then search engines will ignore it. Another great tip is to take advantage of RSS feed. This w ill allow people to subscribe to yo ur video blog and have it download to their electronic device automati cally. That’s about it! You are now on the limelight!
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