Useful stuff for making videos and a bit more (some free)

Videos

As videos are clearly flavour of the month at the moment I thought I would list out some of the useful tools etc. that I have gathered up recently.  It’s not everything, not by any stretch of the imagination but useful nonetheless I hope.  All links were good at the time of writing.  The list is not tooooo long but it took a while to put together so I hope you like it.  Some of them are free.  Here we go …

Note: It’s July 2012, the information below was/is up to date at the time of writing. READ MORE

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How I make my videos

Videos

A few people commented on the quality of my first video so I thought I would tell you what I used to make videos which is really simple.

I don’t have a web cam at the moment because my old web cams don’t work with Windows 7 which I use now. I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40 digital camera which we bought a few years ago for £99.  It takes 12mpx photos and HD videos.  It’s nothing fancy.  It sits on a small tripod and I use the angle poise lamp that sits on my desk for lighting.  It produces .MOV files which are too big to upload to Youtube really so I convert them to .WMV videos which are smaller using Windows Movie Maker which is free. You could use FormatFactory or whatever you like.  I use default settings, I don’t do anything clever! READ MORE

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