What’s All This VIDEO Nonsense About (And How Can I Do Some?)

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On occasion I get letters from readers (or I just make one up) asking for writing advice, needing suggestions about their work, requests for money…

I’m happy to answer these fans, and since what they want to know is usually something others might need to know, I share the letters here. (Names withheld to protect the innocent.)

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Dear Dan,

What kinds of software do you use for your video blogs (a.k.a Writers Off Task With Friends)?

Signed, 

Budding Vlogger

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Dear Vlog,

Great question!

Check out Google Hangouts On Air. It’s simple and free, and up to ten people can be on at one time (although three is kind of the safe limit for audio quality, it seems.)

You start the video call, then you can record it, then when it’s ended it automatically posts to YouTube. Doesn’t get much easier than that. Then you can edit it from there, right on the YouTube site.
All for free.
I highly recommend it mainly because it’s free. If you have a good camera on your computer (high def is better), sit in a place with ample light, and have decent internet speed, you’ll get a great image and a great recording.
Editing is like anything else, it takes some getting used to, but it’s hard to beat free…
When we started the show Writers Off Task With Friends we didn’t really know what we wanted to do as far as videos, but we did know we wanted authors to have a place to come and share ideas and laugh. We did that, although I suppose the comparisons to Fun With Flags was inevitable. For me, the show is a way to help authors get word out about their work, not so much from our site (although we do have our fan) but using the video as a way to post themselves on Facebook and Twitter and their blog, etc., to get a different aspect of themselves out there and showcase their unique personalities in ways written interviews can’t.
It’s been a ton of fun and I highly recommend it to anyone. After a few shows, you’ll feel very at home. Probably.
Thanks,
Dan

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

3 thoughts on “What’s All This VIDEO Nonsense About (And How Can I Do Some?)

  1. Thanks Dan for this helpful info. I’m thinking of getting into video later this year and wasn’t aware how Google Hangouts worked. So if you create a video that you choose to edit after for Youtube, are we live while doing the Google Hangout?

    1. It doesn’t have to be. You have the ability to mark it private when you start the call and it will be available on YouTube but as unlisted. So no one will know it’s there. You can immediately grab it and mark it private there, and then no one will see it but you. Once you’re done making whatever edits, you can make it public!

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