The Exciting World Of Video Blogging by NiceTime

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The Exciting World Of Video Blogging


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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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