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  • http://twitter.com/ProjSocial Karen Naide

    Jeff, this blog post is very timely for me!  Are there any headsets with mikes built into them which you recommend?  I was just looking at some online today, and I’m a bit confused!

    • Mitch

      You could try the Zoom Q3HD, very handy and quite inexpensive

      • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

        Thanks for that suggestion Mitch.

  • http://keithbloemendaal.me Keith Bloemendaal

    Wow, first post and my budget is blown out of the water! LOL Looking forward to the rest of these… BTW I use the Zi8 and absolutely love it!

  • Karen Paxton

    We run a professional development training company for training subjects that public affairs officers (media, marketing, PR people etc) need.

    On 23 February 2012, we’ll be running our Social Media 106 – Video Production for Social Media course with our Presenter who’s been preparing and placing videos on how Parliament works (a fairly dry topic). We’ll also have on hand a winegrower who started doing their own YouTube videos to come and explain how she did it and show and tell uploading a new video. And we’ll also have on hand a professional cameraman to show a professional setup. All with give tips and hints on how to do it well.

    The course will be held in Canberra, but we have interest from Sydney as well.

    Courses@publicaffairs.com.au for further information.

    Very good information as usual, Jeff. Thanks for the great overview.

  • http://www.garthobrien.com/ Garth O’Brien

    Seems daunting and requires so much gear/space. The Auto-Cue System looks great, but do not have an iPad. I may find to video blog on a ghetto budget. :)

  • Gieo

    Great blog piece.  It breaks down the process into easy bits.  I have done my own productions as well as hired professional crews.  For most online delivery a more simple approach is much better then the professional crews.  The professionals tend to get caught up in a production standard that is out of proportion to what is needed for online delivery.

  • jitendra

    is any simple way for posting the video blog

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for that comment. Easiest way is to upload to YouTube and then embed in your blog. That is quite easy.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for the question. The Flipcam is another similar alternative.

    • http://twitter.com/SoundIdeaDMA SoundIdeaDMA

      Hallo Jane
      There is no good alternative to the Kodak Zi8 at the moment.
      If you have an iPhone you can use that instead by connecting you external microphone to an 1/8 inch microphone adapter sold by http://www.kvconnection.com.

      • jane

        THanks, I actually have an Tascam iM2 MIC/INST.INTERFACE f/iPAD/POD/PHN – TAIM2 on order for my iphone, looks awesome but just thought I needed more professional videoing equipment than the iphone.  Might just have to wait awhile.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for the comment Kenny. Sorry about that. The next blog post will be “How to create budget videos for clowns” :)

  • http://twitter.com/SoundIdeaDMA SoundIdeaDMA

    Hi Jane

  • Heather

    Great post Jeff – thank you.  I am planning on a series of videos to help vacation rental owners become more professional in the way they operate their businesses, and want to demonstrate similar professionalism in my videos so this is very timely.  I recently bought a $300 tripod to replace the cheaper wobbly model I had, and the difference is huge.  It was worth the extra $$$s

  • Jim

    Jane Kodak have a new flip cam with external mic port ..not sure of model (I have Z18)but check out amazon and you will find.. Jim

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  • Matthew

    This is not exactly as budget conscious as I expected given the title.

  • http://www.verticalmeasures.com/services/video-marketing/ Arnie Kuenn

    Hey Jeff,
    Good post. Simple and clear. We are on a huge video push here and I have shared this with others internally.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGoToMom Kimberley C. Blaine

    Hi Jeff,
    Another great line of cameras are the Sony Handycams, Bloggie Dous and Pocket Cyber-shots. The Handycams are amazing HD quality and are less than the SLR- they have projected audio so you don’t event need a mic beyond 3 feet. Also their Cyber-shot mini digital cameras shoot unbelievable HD video, no one even will know it was shot with a pocket camera.

    Thanks Jeff!

    Kimberley Blaine
    Founder, TheGoToMom.TV

    • MetroFax

      Thanks for sharing Kimberley! We are trying to get more into video, and your comments were very insightful. 

      - MetroFax

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  • http://twitter.com/HaloBizNZ Halo Biz

    Great post Jeff.  Another alternative for camera is the Nokia N8 (phone) – its 12MP camera produces superb HD video, plus has external port for mic input. Purchasing a regular smartphone “sliding mounting” contraption allows it to be put onto a tripod really easily – available off Trade Me and Ebay for less than NZ$20.00.

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  • http://www.gossipism.com.au Dexter Eugenio

    zi8′s are super hard to come by these days and youre doing very well if you can pick one up cheap, if at all.

    i just purchased a creative vado hd (3rd gen) and its the only pocket cammy that has an external mic jack.

    it is almost lineball with the zi8 but i scored it for less than $100AUD (from the supplier) and so trumps the zi8 for me as a new one from the US is well over $250USD shipped.

    details here  http://www.creative.com/myvado/

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  • http://www.bloggingshiksha.com/2011/09/effective-blogging-tips-for-effective-identity-in-blogging-world/ blogging tips

    It is sure that people would like to watch the video instead of reading the whole post..

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  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for that comment Sebastian. I will link to the other 2 for you right now!

  • Andy Teoh

    I was wondering if something like a portable USB (desktop) camera like the following: http://www.averusa.com/presentation/usb_document_camera_U10.asp would be a good companion for a typical blogger to have around?  It plugs into your laptop, brings up a free screen recording software and you can then create video blogs or objects, paper, Apps running on iPhones/iPads, etc..

  • Andre simoneau

    Thanks jeff for taking the time yoh summed up what took me 6 months to learn on my own. Great info

  • http://www.terryculkin.com/ Terry

    Great article. However you can cut some corners when you are first starting out.  First off you can get a green screen and put it on a shower curtain for your background.  For lighting you can use $13 work lights fro home depot and a tall lamp with out a shade.  Of course cutting corners on budget increase the amount of time to setup.  

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  • Kitty Newell

    $290 isn’t really on a budget, just sayin’ ;)

  • swangirl

    This article has some great advice, but I think all the gear might be overwhelming for a beginner. As far as lighting goes though, there is an interesting crowd sourcing project to help solve the problems that accompany basic laptop camera vlogging. It’s called The Swan Light. It evenly lights your face from a more flattering angle, and it’s portable too! Check it out at http://theswanlight.com/ and like it on facebook!

  • Cory Missildine

    Using these tips, I was able to somewhat pull off a type of vlog. I hope.


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  • Angie Moyler

    I’ve just discovered Vimmy. Reading this is great – but feel slightly daunted. Isn’t this where Vimmy etc will take over?

  • Mikito Ohara

    I guess you are good at video editing. That is one of the quality of video blogger.

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  • http://www.alunablue.com/ Raymond Pettitt

    Very great post with excellent and insightful information. Thanks for sharing.

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