- vLog, Your Website Design and a Video Blog
- What is a vLog?
- Optimize your vLog for YouTube’s Algorithm
- Create a vLog
- Recommended Cameras for your vLog
- Cannon GX7
- Sony A5100
- Cannon Rebel
- Cannon 80D
- Which camera to use for vLogging?
- vLog Filming Tips
- vLogging Format
- Editing your Videos
- Jazz up your videos on your vLog
- Export to YouTube
- Embed your videos into your vLog
- vLog and WordPress
vLog, Your Website Design and a Video Blog
What is a vLog?
A video blog that is easily accessible online can generate massive amounts of traffic, which then can be monetized. Using the right tools, your business can create a video blog to enhance your main website. A vLog is a blog with video and supporting text.
Optimize your vLog for YouTube’s Algorithm
There is no secret formula for optimizing your videos for YouTube. But there are some really professional tips for ranking videos for YouTube’s algorithms .
Create a vLog
The first thing we need is a way to capture the video. If you have your very own camcorder, that’s great but we’re going even more low-tech here with a simple Logitech Web cam . Use the built in software to blog about anything. Movie files can be very big so make sure you have enough room on your local hard drive to store your video files.
Recommended Cameras for your vLog
The Cannon GX7 is our favorite recommendation for creating your first vLog. It has a flip screen which means you can film yourself while being able to see what you and the background look like. You can use the flip-screen to ensure that you are in focus and that the background looks like what you planned.
Another really good camera for vLogging is the Sony A5100 , which is less expensive and comparable to the Cannon GX7. This camera has a filter that softens your skin. The G7X doesn’t have that. However, the Sony Alpha A5100 is a little bumpy. So, if your video yourself walking, for example, this camera might not be for you. Consequently, we like the Cannon GX7 camera for action videos.
For the price, the Cannon EOS Rebel is a great vLogging camera. It looks good, it has a directional mic, and you can use it with a selfie-stick. It is, however, big and hard to carry around with you. So, always keep a small camera ready on your hip or on a neck-strap.
Our favorite for vLogging, the Cannon 80D camera is great because of its auto-focus ability. It can focus really fast and really well, which is great for video. The largest plus for this camera is the Dual Pixel AF. This allows for continuous focus during video capture, but during still capture (in live view mode) as well.
Which camera to use for vLogging?
Super spontaneous shots should be shot with the small camera. You can keep one on your hip or around your neck for easy access. Planned shots, on the other hand, should be shot with the your larger more sophisticated camera.
vLog Filming Tips
The best cameras for vlogging have a flip screen. While a flip screen is extremely beneficial for vlogging, there are a few amateur mistakes that you need to avoid.
- Look at the lens, and not the flip screen (while filming)
- Do not cover the mic with your hand (you might consider using an external mic, however they tend to be bulky)
- Neck straps are a good idea to keep your camera handy and easily accessible.
- Tripods are helpful for vLogging. There are new tripods that are less bulky to carry. There are bendy ones. Also, there are shorter tripods that are easier to carry and extend when you need a stable surface to set your camera.
For the most part, the format of your blogs should be extremely loose.
A satisfying vLog should include:
- a time lapse at the beginning
- an abrupt ending
- good or entertaining
Editing your Videos
Edit your videos using Final Cut Pro X. It is not the latest and greatest video editing software out there, but it is a tried-and-true solution. Many people still use it although it is not the newest. This is because some people do not want to bother to learn new software. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
Jazz up your videos on your vLog
To jazz up your videos, download the free MovieMaker software from Microsoft.
But if you have a MAC, an iSight Camera and iMovie will do the trick as well. You can also record right into the program to eliminate extra steps. Add transitions, titles, and anything you want. You can also bring in other clips from other sessions.
Export to YouTube
Save your work. Pick the settings that are best for broadband and export for use on YouTube. You can also export to Google Video or Blip TV. Nothing is really private. If the link to the video gets out, it can be shared and possibly go viral.
Embed your videos into your vLog
Now that it is uploaded, copy the embed line in YouTube and embed into your blog. You can also blog your videos to blog services like blogger, live journal and type head. WordPress can be a little tricky because you need to disable to “visual rich editor” in your profile.
vLog and WordPress
WordPress is an excellent tool for communicating online and the content management system is easy to use and offers hundreds of free plug-ins online if you want to add additional features to your video blog.
Publish and now you have all the steps necessary to create your very own vLog.