Ezine article to Video - how do you do it?

by MilesT
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I'd like to take one of my ezine articles and turn its content into a youtube video, and I was wondering about the various ways people do this.

I was thinking of doing a voice over (reading the article) and a slideshow?

I don't know if that's a great idea or not :rolleyes:

What do you do, or what would you do??

Thanks for your help!

Miles
#article #ezine #video
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Wagoner
    Please don't read the article in a deadpan manner.

    A little energy in your presentation will make a huge difference in how well it is received.
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  • Profile picture of the author MilesT
    Dennis, yep good point. Typically I have to stand up to speak otherwise I get lulled by my big office chair.

    I'm also curious about tagging videos correctly for this. Is there a preferred method to tag youtube vids?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Wagoner
    Ok here's my bit on YouTube tags.

    Put your keywords in the title, description and tags.

    Try to keep in mind what people will use to search for the video to use as long tail keywords.

    Keep the keywords relevant to your material.

    If you need suggestions, use your favorite keyword tool.

    Make your description sound good, but keep it true to what you have to deliver.

    HTH
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  • Profile picture of the author Judge Groovyman
    This guy does a powerpoint thing and talks over it and has some good guidelines in his intro video - I got a lot from his sales video and haven't yet even bought the package

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  • Profile picture of the author seanicasia
    Hey, there are professionals over at fiverr that do this sort of thing.

    If you're looking at longer term, this might be a good way to outsource when more videos come along
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    If you're interested, I can do this for you. See my sig for details, or send me a PM. If you just have articles rather than an e-book, I can bundle them together to make up the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Z
    I have done them mainly in two ways. First, is to make a powerpoint slide of the main points of the article, in bulleted form, and do the voiceover reading the article. I usually add some pictures when I do it this way. Second, is to copy the article word for word into slides and again do the voiceover. Use some effects if you do it this way so it's no too boring for the view. I add my URL at the bottom of each slide, add a call to action in the last slide, and in the description put a call to action linking to an optin page normally. Sometimes I link to a blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author JPMaroney
    Originally Posted by MilesT View Post

    I'd like to take one of my ezine articles and turn its content into a youtube video, and I was wondering about the various ways people do this.

    I was thinking of doing a voice over (reading the article) and a slideshow?

    I don't know if that's a great idea or not :rolleyes:

    What do you do, or what would you do??

    Thanks for your help!

    Miles

    Hey Miles,

    I have a guy doing videos for me right now by combining:

    1) Audio I created (which could be you reading your article)

    2) Interview content (me interviewing someone for 1-2 min)

    3) PPT slides.

    Costs me $2.50 PER video.

    Yes -- 10 vids $25 bucks.

    Works like a champ.

    Found him on odesk.
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    • Profile picture of the author IndigoJack
      Originally Posted by JPMaroney View Post

      Hey Miles,

      I have a guy doing videos for me right now by combining:

      1) Audio I created (which could be you reading your article)

      2) Interview content (me interviewing someone for 1-2 min)

      3) PPT slides.

      Costs me $2.50 PER video.

      Yes -- 10 vids $25 bucks.

      Works like a champ.

      Found him on odesk.

      He must be eating dirt. How is that price possible? It's not. He obviously lives with his parents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Originally Posted by MilesT View Post

    I'd like to take one of my ezine articles and turn its content into a youtube video, and I was wondering about the various ways people do this.

    I was thinking of doing a voice over (reading the article) and a slideshow?
    Hi Miles,

    It depends on the content. If it is best supported with a slideshow I use OpenOffice and create a slideshow, record it with CamStudio, and add my voice over in Microsoft Movie Maker.

    If the content does not require supporting "slides", I read my article a couple times to myself to reinforce the message, turn on the camera, and tell the story. It is not a word for word repeat, but this allows me to just be natural, get my hands involved, and not be staring at the computer screen for the next word.

    What I have discovered is the title, tags, and description are almost always more important than my content. The content cannot stink, but no one finds it, or clicks play if you don't get have a great title and tags.

    Barry

    P.S. Make sure you sign up for TubeMogul....
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Originally Posted by MilesT View Post

    I'd like to take one of my ezine articles and turn its content into a youtube video, and I was wondering about the various ways people do this.

    I was thinking of doing a voice over (reading the article) and a slideshow?

    I don't know if that's a great idea or not :rolleyes:

    What do you do, or what would you do??

    Thanks for your help!

    Miles
    Slide Show .

    Caleb

    Edit: My answer wasn't long enough. What I would take is the main points and make them into a slideshow, then record it with Camtasia Studio, and upload it to youtube. It would be a good idea to print the article, so you have it, when your recording the show.. Since you may forget what goes on in each key point.

    - Caleb
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  • Profile picture of the author waken
    I am using a software / service to do it. It's pretty easy.. I just put my article url on eza and create video like this..


    I previously used Powerpoint but it's taking a lot of time and there are more than just an interesting video to get the traffic benefits from Youtube. Of course having an interesting video is good, but things like how you play around with the subject, tags, comments and of course no. of videos you have there matters too.
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  • Profile picture of the author goldliger
    The sound on the above video is pretty hard to hear...

    Have you checked out VideoGoRound.com?
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  • Profile picture of the author updapunx
    hire a cheap model to wear something skimpy and read your article in front of the camera.
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    • Profile picture of the author IndigoJack
      Originally Posted by updapunx View Post

      hire a cheap model to wear something skimpy and read your article in front of the camera.
      How to offend half your audience.
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      • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
        Originally Posted by updapunx View Post

        hire a cheap model to wear something skimpy and read your article in front of the camera.
        Endless Stupidity. Why you would even post that...

        Originally Posted by IndigoJack View Post

        How to offend half your audience.
        Ignore the trolls.

        Caleb
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      • Profile picture of the author Marty S
        I don't like using the automated services really. A computerized voice is just horrible and adds ZERO credibility to your CTA. In fact, it raises more doubts than anything.

        The only benefit they have is the speed of production, but even if you can spew out 5 or 10 of these a day, they will never catch on (views) and they are providing very little benefit to the viewer - if anything at all.

        So to manually produce such article to video productions does take a more time, but you will have a noticeably more professional video that has a fighting chance of being appreciated and responsive to your CTA.

        On a PC it is Camtasia and Power-point. With a Mac it is Screenflow and Keynote. Also, stock background footage can be used as well, but don't forget to brand your productions. Creating a video from an article using these programs can take 1 to 3 hours, however if you are planning multiple videos, you can cut your time down significantly by creating templates to work from.

        A template will allow for a consistent look-and-feel about your video while effectively branding it as well. You should have a template created in PowerPoint AND Camtasia to really speed things up. Then for every article you write, it is simply a matter of adding new content, new title, and new graphics, but you end up with a professional production that viewers can appreciate.

        If you think this is difficult, the example below was from a high-school student who had never used screenflow or keynote before ever. I showed her the basics and this is what she produced in 3 hours:


        She created a template in keynote, copied content from wikipedia, and grabbed a movie clip and music from Youtube, then put it all together in screenflow.

        Sure this is NOT perfect, but it was for training purposes only. In spite of that, this unfinished work looks waaaaaaay better than the spew those automated article videos produce.
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  • Profile picture of the author JonAlfredsson
    Extract bullet or main points from the article then make a video slideshow for emphasis. The voice over should be done if you want to share your insights from the bullet points. Emphasis on the slideshow will work together with the voice over will let the viewers remember your point better. Don't forget to add music when needed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Drizlek
      Personally, I would not "read" the article word for word, But a good summary would do.

      Now I also realize for some people out there the use of synthetic voice overs may be the solution you are looking for, but personally I don't trust them. Even the best ones have a tendency to miss-pronounce words or to speed up suddenly in words that the program is not really clear on. The above video is good, but every time the word "blog" was said, it almost sounded like it was saying "blag or blegh". I couldn't really make it out.

      Maybe I am being just too picky. Besides, as far as I know there are no synthetic text to voice synthesizers out there that can covey the excitement and positive attitude the human voice can... as long as it's not read in a monotone voice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Million
    Originally Posted by MilesT View Post

    I'd like to take one of my ezine articles and turn its content into a youtube video, and I was wondering about the various ways people do this.

    I was thinking of doing a voice over (reading the article) and a slideshow?

    I don't know if that's a great idea or not :rolleyes:

    What do you do, or what would you do??

    Thanks for your help!

    Miles
    Reading an article w/ a slideshow works great with the right energy behind the speaker.
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  • Profile picture of the author alsmith1
    I saw something that looked interesting on this the other day. It was called article video robot. I haven't tried it yet, but I did watch the intro video and it looks interesting and they have a 14 day free trial. Basically, it allows you to copy and paste your article into the robot and add pictures,slides, music and background, even has different voices built it that reads your article in the video for you or you can do your own voice over. The robot then distributes your video to 17 different video sites. I'll have to admit it looked simpler to make a video using this than the normal methods. You can also summarize the article and change things if you don't want the video to read exactly like the article. I was thinking of giving this a try, wondered if anyone else has used it.


    Allen
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