Making And Using Video In Blogging

Blogging is not just about writing content anymore, audiences wants to see different forms of media and ways to engage with you, your company and its products.

One of the most visual ways in which this can be achieved is through video. In fact the biggest area of content growth is in video production and sharing, especially on social media.

So this article explores some of the options available for creating your own video content for use in blogs.

The Development of Blogging

Blogging was originally created as a way of sharing short journal type posts of about 300 words. These worked well because they were quick to read and easy to produce.

signpost blogs and videos

(Image – “Blogs Videos Forums Signpost” by Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net)

Now blog posts can be 1,200 words up to 5,000 words and they are no longer quick and easy to read.

For this reason bloggers use different forms of media to help to communicate their messages; such as using images, diagrams and graphs.

Alongside this approach to blogging the technology has continued to evolve, and perhaps the biggest development in content marketing has been the introduction of video content.

 

Making Your Own Video Content

As video content has started to grow in popularity so too has the software and companies that support the creation of video material.

Although some of the software programs are expensive there are plenty of others that are less so, and more and more many companies now offer free trial versions.

So there has never been a better time to start creating your own video content.

 

Creating Video Material

The first stage is to plan your video. Sometimes an event can be recorded first and this becomes the inspiration for a more professional looking video.

planning video content

(Image – “Opened Note Book With Pen” by jannoon028, freedigitalphotos.net)

Other questions to ask in your planning phase might be;

  • What other content are you going to use? – this can be a combination of video or still pictures.
  • What additional material do you need? – sometimes screenshot recordings are needed or background shots need to be taken.
  •  Do you want to record a voice over, or any interviews to go along with the video shots?

When you have everything gathered the next stage is to start editing and developing the overall video.

 

Breakdown of video production

Video production may look complicated but once you become familiar with the technique most video software works in a similar way.

There are three main parts to the video production process;

  1. creating scenes – consisting of video track and/or still pictures
  2. adding soundtrack to play in the background
  3. making transitions to join scenes and create a more professional product.

video templates on iMovie

One of the easiest ways to make your first few videos is to find a software that provides simple templates.

This gives you ready formatted linking transitions and provides things such as an introductory scene and an end scene – a bit like using a template in a Microsoft Word document to make your reports look more professional.

I have access to iMovie but other programs offer similar facilities. As you become more proficient you can make your own designs.

 

Managing Video Timelines

Once you have selected a theme you can then add your own video content onto a timeline.

Most video production software I have ever seen looks very similar to the screenshot shown below.

You can see that there are two tracks. There is a track and timeline for video and picture content, and then below that there is a timeline for the soundtrack.

This is true for podcasts as well, the screen looks the same but with just the soundtrack.

video production screen

Video production consists of sound and pictures as two different tracks

This means that you can work on the two tracks separately and when you have the completed video you can then match a soundtrack that fits the length of the video.

 

Editing Video Content

More time is probably spent editing video content than it is on creating it. It’s amazing how long it can take to produce a 3-5 minute video.

It is the same as writing content, the more time you can give to this stage of editing and proofing your content, the more professional the video will appear.

It can be very fiddly though so make sure to save each time you change anything and if you are not in a very patient mood leave the task until you are.

 

Animation in video

Not all training or educational videos need to be live recorded or use other people. The growth in animation software means that even the most novice of designer can easily put together a video.

For example the following short animated video was made on biteable.com. As you can see it uses professionally designed animated scenes. It is easy to put together and offers in built music soundtracks.

The advantage of this type of software is that the design sections have been developed for you and all you have to do is be creative with the text and wording. The soundtracks are built in so everything is accessible and will link together easily.

 

Other Video Programs

I have mentioned already that I tend to use iMovie but some other programs, that I have tried or have been recommended by others, include these two that seem to dominate the market.

  • Screenflow – is available for Mac only but is a very powerful video editing suite
  • Camtasia – is available for both PC and Mac and is also a good video editing suite, possibly slightly easier to use according to some sources but I didn’t see much difference.

I actually use Screenflow but many other bloggers that I know use Camtasia and both seem to appear equal in the reviews.

 

SEO For Video Content

Google in particular likes video content and will rank relevant keywords quite quickly especially if you use their YouTube platform.

This also means that video needs to fulfil some basic SEO rules such as;

  • Choose a keyword for your title that can rank well, using the same approach as written content
  • How to … and explanation videos often rank well, so use these terms if they fit with your content.

 

Conclusion

Digital marketing is all about using a variety of digital formats in order to get your message out to a wider audience.

Many people have limited attention spans and do not want to be reading pages and pages of material to see the main message. Sometimes an image or a video can provide more information in a shorter space of time – and with less effort for the reader.

This means that blogging content needs to meet these various needs by offering a variety of different sources of content.

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4 thoughts on “Making And Using Video In Blogging

  1. Owain

    As I have started creating and building a website I have wondered what my next step would be. I would like to take this step and it would help make my site go viral.

    Can I easily host and play these videos on my site? Or would I need to put them on YouTube? Also how easy is it to share them on social media?

    Reply
    1. Marie

      Hi Owain I use YouTube to host the videos for 3 main reasons,

      a) you can still easily embed them to play on your own site without going to YouTube, b) YouTube videos rank in Google and Bing searches in their own right and c) because of the easy share on YouTube people can share and distribute your work very easily.

      Like everything it takes time to learn but once you have it sorted a video can be developed and showing in a few hours. Hope that helps and thanks for contributing to the discussion it is much appreciated, Marie

  2. Nicole

    Hello, thanks for your very informative website. I love to write and enjoyed reading about making and using video in blogging, in fact I am going to bookmark this page so I can keep coming back to it because I found it very useful. I love the way you write as well, you keep your article interesting.

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