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Must Haves To CREATE VIDEO BLOG by Claudia Caminero

Must haves to create video blog by Claudia Caminero.

Congratulations! You have made the decision to share all your knowledge and become a blogger, perhaps a video blogger.

Today, I will share with you various tips, tricks and products that you will need in order to become a successful video blogger:
  • Knowledge. When sharing any kind of information, knowledge is key. The important information you share with others will help you build a following in your niche. Bring the expertise necessary to help people solve their problems.
  • Value. While you may have a lot of knowledge in a particular subject, it is crucial to deliver high quality value. This allows you to retain your audience for a longer period of time.
  • Length. Alright, so you have a lot of knowledge which will provide valuable information to your viewers, but how much is too much? The attention spam has dropped by a lot in the past years. Studies done by the National Center of Biotechnology showed that the average time spent on watching a single internet video was 2 minutes and 42 seconds. If you are sharing a topic that requires more than 4 minutes of attention, I recommend that you split it into sections, unless it is a tutorial or a how-to video like a makeup tutorial.

Now let’s talk about the financial aspect of Vlogging:

EQUIPMENT
When starting a vlog, not much equipment is required, right? All you need is something that can record video and audio. Your smartphone and a video editing app will get the job done, but is that going to make you stand out? Even if you have great content, people are more into the looks of it all. Unless it visually calls their attention with beautiful imagery, they will more than likely, sadly, turn to something else.

Here are my top 3 products that will enhance the quality of your videos. They will help you stand out and keep you on a budget while still using your smartphones’ HD camera.

Lighting:

LED Video/Photography Light. The LED light is a wonderful replacement for an expensive filming equipment. This light is a must, make your content alive, bright, and professional. You can buy one on Amazon for $23.

LED Ring Light. This ring light is a must have for beauty vloggers. The powerful brightness gives a soft touch, eliminating shadows, and making it easier to demonstrate a product. It also helps blur out certain blemishes and wrinkles.

Tripod:

This product is a huge must when recording a video, because it allows you to be hands-free, making it easier to demonstrate a certain product. If you will be using your cellphone, make sure that the tripod brings a cellphone holder or adaptor with it.
All in one tripods – this style is more traditional and very reliable.
Suction cups tripod – are perfect for in-vehicle recording,
Flexible legs tripod – allows you to grab to a pole or bend in any shape or form.

Microphones:

Your audience wants to hear and understand clearly what you are saying. This does not mean that you have to buy a separate microphone. Just make sure your recording or audio device is able to create good quality. If not, you will have to get a microphone for under $25.

Editing:

You can use these free video editing applications:
  • Canvas for Apple and Designer for Android are mobile applications that can help you create great thumbnails.
  • Quik is owned by GoPro, and is great for cool video effects
  • IMovie for Apple and Movie Creator for Android are the most reliable apps for editing basic video.

Claudia Caminero is a blogger and vlogger, primarily focusing on Health, Fitness, and Beauty. Check out her website @ uptoclaudia.com