Hey, it’s Denise here from LuckyBitch.com and a few people ask me how to make a video blog and how I actually do my videos.
So I wanted to take you on a bit of a behind-the-scenes tour of my office and the very unglamorous behind the scenes of how I do my videos.
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Lucky Bitch Video Transcript – How I Make My Blog Videos (Behind the Scenes)
Set the stage.
I recently had a live event in London and I got one of those big exhibition banners made and you can see it just behind me. So that’s what I’m doing as a backdrop for now for all of my videos, but I use to just do it in my office where I had a picture behind me, and some shelves and some nice kind of flowers and things like that.
It really doesn’t matter what your backdrop is, but I think it’s really good when you make it consistent and people can see that.
What I use.
How I actually do my videos is I do it on my computer. I actually use Photobooth which is just one of the in-built applications on an iMac. And I just talk straight into my camera up here and you can see some of the examples that I’ve done recently. So I’ll just hit record and I’ll try and do it in one take.
Now, here’s the thing: I don’t always do it in one take.
Sometimes it takes me heaps and heaps of goes, but I always start again because I want my videographer to get it in one file and that takes practice. And you can hear my voice is a little bit croaky, it’s because I did ten videos over the last two days, this is the eleventh, and I really like to batch them because I get in the mood and I can just hit record and do the next video.
Teleprompter or notes?
People ask me if I use a teleprompter, which I don’t, but I’ll have just a Word file open on my computer screen, and I’ll just put in maybe the top four points that I’ll talk about so I can kind of glance at it every now and again. People don’t really notice, but it really just keeps you on track to have those three or four points handy.
Change it up.
Then the other thing that I do in-between videos sometimes I just change my necklace or I change my top, and I love to say that I’ve got a beautiful wardrobe set up with all those things, but the truth is they often live on the floor. This is such a pro video, I love it. And I have all my necklaces sitting on my desk, ready and waiting for me to change.
I’ve got something else as well, I’ve got some fake hair! So sometimes I want to change up how my video looks so I quickly put on some fake hair and then change my earrings, change my top, and suddenly I’ve got a new video!
So I used to just talk straight into my computer, now I use two, three different microphones actually depending on which one I can find at any one time. So I often use my Yeti microphone, which, it’s pretty good, but then I have this lapel mic (here’s the link to buy it) – it’s pretty inexpensive and it gets plugged straight into the back of my computer. It definitely makes the sound better.
But the other option which I learned from my friend Jodie Jelas who has some really great video tips—way more pro than this crappy video—is just to use your Apple headset. So it’s got a microphone built-in, and you can either just put them in your ears and have the microphone dangling or you can just clip that bit of microphone to your clothes and that works as a really good microphone as well, pretty inexpensive and really easy to find.
That’s pretty much it and if you’re wondering what to do next, I’ve already done a blog post about what happens to the videos after I do them, they go into a folder, they get transcribed, and they go to the blog, my assistant organizes all of that, but I just wanted to take you behind the scenes because it’s really random.
I mean it’s just me and my office, my office is very, very messy, I’ve got a great backdrop but really it’s about sitting down and doing those videos even when things aren’t perfect.
People really just want to hear from you, they want to hear your message and actually sometimes people love seeing the kind of crappy, ugly, stuff behind the scenes because it makes you really relate-able. And it shows that they can do it as well.
You can totally do this.
So if you want probably more professional tips about how to make your business make a lot more money, and have a lot more fun, come over to luckybitch.com and I’ll hook you up.