Getting started using video on your blog requires a few key components:
- A video camera
- a YouTube or Viddler account
2009 and 2010 saw the rise of the “Flip” videocamera. This easy to use, portable camera doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its expensive counterparts, but it does have a USB adapter built in. At the very simplest, you just shoot your video, upload it, and then embed the video in your blog.
A “step up” from the Flip is the Kodak Zi8, my choice for a Fliip alternative. It has the features of the Flip, but also adds a microphone input jack. This allows you to get really great sound.
By using these entry level-devices, YouTube (or Viddler.com) to host your videos, you can get started using video on your blog within a very short period of time. You can learn how to use these cameras in a few hours and have a video shot, edited, uploaded and embedded very quickly.
You may also ben interested in the Online Video Toolkit – a site that explains how to get the very best looking videos without buying expensive lights or backgrounds. Another great resource is Steve Garfield’s book, Get Seen. Steve is one of the foremost experts in web and blog video.
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