My first video. Please review

by TommyG
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I am jumping into the video ocean and created my first video using my own voice. Since this is my first video with me talking it would be great to get some feedback as to how I can improve for future videos. It's a basic video with some powerpoint slides and me talking thru it.

Something that is hard for me to critique is my voice quality and in particular, my rate of speech, which is often fast.

So, I'm open to any feedback and constructive criticism you Warriors would like to share.

Many thanks in advance!!

#review #video
  • Profile picture of the author remega
    Good video. Informative. I consulted for a business who made Alkaline Water Concentrate. The Ph levels you get with a concentrated product are off the charts. The company I consulted for was one of only 2 companies in the world who had the technology to do this. Alkaline Ph levels are important no matter how you get your levels corrected. So you are doing the public a tremendous favor by promoting such a product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eleanor
    Your voice is great - very relaxed and not too slow or fast. Clear and easy to understand. Great job! (and interesting niche hehe )
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  • Profile picture of the author Mbullard
    Your voice sounds fine. You may want to get a 'pop' filter. They're cheap. Any reason why you aren't on the screen yourself?
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  • Profile picture of the author TommyG
    Thank you for the feedback.

    Marc: I use a Logitech headset to record it and then clean it up with Audacity. Are there pop filters for headsets? Or is there a way to clean up the pops using Audacity?

    I decided to do PowerPoints with my voice just to get good with my voice itself. This way I won't have to think about too much so I can practice on my voice quality. I'm sure I'll be doing videos with me on them in the future.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marty S
      Your voice is very good for videos, no problem there. The visuals are okay, if slightly mundane...(maybe it's the pure white bg)... but I have seen way worse. I think it's a good job overall.

      If you are going to be doing more video marketing for this niche, I would strongly consider branding your videos for long term effect, and a more professional presentation, that could help you become more of the go-to person in this niche.

      You may not need a webcam for these, but how about a slide-in mug shot, and short intro in the beginning such as, "Hey, this is TommyG for MyIonzerWebsite.com". I always like to start with a more impactful statement as well, such as "Did you know that the PH levels...", and then go into your script.

      Visual branding is probably your biggest challenge here, and not only because anyone can just rip this video and claim it as their own, but because you DO sound knowledgable. I think you need to back it up with proper branding, as described in this video >

      Branding your videos with Keynote and screenflow | Keynote

      All the best in your future video productions.
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      • Profile picture of the author TommyG
        Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

        Your voice is very good for videos, no problem there. The visuals are okay, if slightly mundane...(maybe it's the pure white bg)... but I have seen way worse. I think it's a good job overall.

        If you are going to be doing more video marketing for this niche, I would strongly consider branding your videos for long term effect, and a more professional presentation, that could help you become more of the go-to person in this niche.

        You may not need a webcam for these, but how about a slide-in mug shot, and short intro in the beginning such as, "Hey, this is TommyG for MyIonzerWebsite.com". I always like to start with a more impactful statement as well, such as "Did you know that the PH levels...", and then go into your script.

        Visual branding is probably your biggest challenge here, and not only because anyone can just rip this video and claim it as their own, but because you DO sound knowledgable. I think you need to back it up with proper branding, as described in this video >

        Branding your videos with Keynote and screenflow | Keynote

        All the best in your future video productions.
        Thanks for the feedback Marty. I do like your idea of bringing up questions as it causes curiosity in the mind of the viewer and it will get them to click thru to my site.
        Half way thru the video is where my site address starts. I thought I'd leave it out at the beginning to of this one to create curiosity and then bring it in when I talk about the buyer's guide.
        But I see how adding it in the beginning can go far to improve branding. I like your video. While watching it I got a few ideas about future videos. Thank you for sharing it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tenzho
    Professional voice! You can even start a voice over service!
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    • Profile picture of the author TommyG
      Originally Posted by Tenzho View Post

      Professional voice! You can even start a voice over service!
      Now that's something that I never thought of before. I've never thought about my voice as being professional but I appreciate the votes of confidence from everyone here.

      As the saying goes, "You never know what you have until you put it out there for others to see." Or in this case, hear!
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Very Good for your first video.
    well done mate...
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyBabb
    Very professional sounding voice. Easy to listen to and very clear. Very good information that you are providing as well. Great job...
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  • Profile picture of the author loi77
    Great voice, great content, I really can't fault it.

    Well done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert02011
    Great video very professional only whish i could make videos with the quality of this one.Ps # Well done
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  • Profile picture of the author weeharp
    Yes, very informative... I like it. Only thing I would do differently is make it faster paced.
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    • Profile picture of the author TommyG
      Originally Posted by Robert02011 View Post

      Great video very professional only whish i could make videos with the quality of this one.Ps # Well done
      The hardest part for me is working with my voice. I had to practice speaking clearly but got it after about 4 or 5 tries.

      The video was actually easy to do. First I created the article to use as a script. Then I recorded my voice using Audacity (it's free).
      Then I created the slides based on the script and saved each one as a jpg in Open Office. I don't have a new version of PowerPoint that allows me to record the slide show so I had to do it this way.
      Finally I opened Windows Movie Maker, added the audio and then each jpg. Save it and upload it.

      I haven't worked with Camtasia or Cam Studio as they may be easier but if you don't have either one then you can still create videos using free software.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
        I agree with the others - it's a very good job, especially for your first attempt.

        I'd suggest adding a little more text in the beginning slides, maybe just a few more bullet points to underscore what you're saying. I personally found it hard to follow your meaning until around a minute into the video. You need to grab the viewer's attention quickly so they'll keep watching.

        Also consider using a larger, sans-serif font for the text (e.g Arial or Calibri) to make it easier to read.

        Your voice quality and tempo is fine, and I like that you went to the trouble of editing out mistakes and stumbles. That makes a big difference in the final product.

        Keep up the good work!
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        • Profile picture of the author TommyG
          Originally Posted by Gail_Curran View Post

          I agree with the others - it's a very good job, especially for your first attempt.

          I'd suggest adding a little more text in the beginning slides, maybe just a few more bullet points to underscore what you're saying. I personally found it hard to follow your meaning until around a minute into the video. You need to grab the viewer's attention quickly so they'll keep watching.

          Also consider using a larger, sans-serif font for the text (e.g Arial or Calibri) to make it easier to read.

          Your voice quality and tempo is fine, and I like that you went to the trouble of editing out mistakes and stumbles. That makes a big difference in the final product.

          Keep up the good work!
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          Thanks Gail. One area that I've always had trouble with is finding a good font so thank you for the tips. I will be sure to try them.

          I agree about adding more text to the slides. My next video is going to have more indepth info as well as added text to fill it up. I think it will help to keep the viewer there longer.
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  • Profile picture of the author NoviIM
    Hey Tommy, this video is absolutely well done for your first try, it is very informative with great content.
    Way to Go!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Wessman
    The voiceover sounds great. Very clear and easy to understand.

    The script is good too... sweet job bro
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  • Profile picture of the author Serenity090
    Good Work...I would suggest check all the free videos on compelling.tv it's an excellent resource by a fellow warrior to develop quality videos.

    I like your pace and voice...keep up the good work...
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
    I loved this video. Your voice quality and tempo were perfect.

    Also, I thought the content in your video was great. You started off telling viewers why they should listen to your reviews, not everyone else's. You had a great unique selling point. That is essential for any niche site.

    However, on your actual website, I do not like the theme very much. It looked a little messy. Maybe look for someone to create a good banner for your site.

    Just my thoughts, and good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author TommyG
      Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

      I loved this video. Your voice quality and tempo were perfect.

      Also, I thought the content in your video was great. You started off telling viewers why they should listen to your reviews, not everyone else's. You had a great unique selling point. That is essential for any niche site.

      However, on your actual website, I do not like the theme very much. It looked a little messy. Maybe look for someone to create a good banner for your site.

      Just my thoughts, and good luck!
      Thanks for the feedback. I agree with you about my site's theme and I'm in the process now of adding and modifying a new theme for the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author rayalleninc
    Great Video Man! Informative. Way to go! The PH seems a little high though? I know my water here is about a 7. Is that safe to drink higher ph'd water?
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    I like it.. The volume is just nice, nice accent.. Clear and easy to understand! It's also very informative as well.. If creating a video like the one above is easy as abc to you then I would strongly suggest you keep creating videos on a consistent basis

    You should start your own review-blog and post them on your blog I'm sure you able to make some decent money with it (passive income).

    All the way,
    Jeremiah
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cole
    Hi Tommy, I quite like the video and your video voice. It was the clear voice that impressed me when the video begun.

    As someone else mentioned, you could look into doing voice overs as you seem the have the correct tone, speed and pitch for a video. If you were considering doing this, then I would suggest using a more professional mic as they really do make a difference.

    Overall, very good for a first video ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe T
    Great video and great voice. Very clear and wouldn't have a problem listening to it for a couple of hours as you in a training course. Keep up the good work!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tonylee93
    I do gaming podcasts, and I think one of the most important things when doing something with audio, is to have a voice that people can recognize! I think you have that type of voice! and you were able to speak so smoothly! Great job!
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  • Profile picture of the author TommyG
    Thanks to everyone for the kind words!

    Ray: Yes it is safe. In fact, drinking alkaline water is extremely healthy. Some of the healthiest water in the world is alkaline naturally.

    Jeremiah: I plan on doing many more videos. Instead of creating articles to submit to article directories I'll just use them in videos. After Panda I'm sure using them in videos will take my business higher than sending them to ezine.

    Chris: Any good recommendations on mic's? I'm using a Logitech headset now but a pro mic with a pop filter will surely make my videos sound better.
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  • Profile picture of the author jrpventures
    I think you did great especially for a first time
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  • Profile picture of the author SpiderZq
    great voice and specially very clear and easy to understand for low English people like me :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Entrecon
    It looked really good and it the sound quality wasn't bad. When I turned my speakers up all the way, I could hear a little crackle though.

    I would suggest listening to the "Audacity to Podcast" podcast. While the main focus is on doing podcasts, the guy covers a lot of need stuff on how to use audacity.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandhi
    professional voice and nice video tom,

    well done..
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    • Profile picture of the author capitalalchemy
      A pop filter is about $15 on average I believe. You can also make one out of panty-hose, but buying was is better. You place it between you and the mic you are using (if you are using one). It removes the heavy breath "Ps" from the recording.

      I use one with a Shure SM57 mic ($99). It's a professional mic, but well worth it. Great job with your video, but really impressed with your relax presentation of the overall message.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sharon Trainor
    Very well done, I wouldn't have known it was your first video if
    you hadn't had mentioned it.

    Since you said that you tend to talk fast, I listened for that -
    you did a great job of keeping your voice well modulated and at
    an even speed. Not too fast, just right.

    I saw that someone else mentioned that you could do voice overs
    for others, that same thought entered my mind also... could be
    you've discovered a marketable talent in your voice, if that's something
    you're interested in pursuing
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    • Profile picture of the author TommyG
      Originally Posted by Usmile View Post

      Pretty impressive, very informative what's your next plan for it?
      My plan is to create more videos. I am working on a couple of new videos and want to get them uploaded soon while adding more backlinks to the original one. I want to get to the point where I can create and upload 1 video per day. I want to make sure the quality is there first but I know with practice I will be there in no time at all.

      Originally Posted by Entrecon View Post

      It looked really good and it the sound quality wasn't bad. When I turned my speakers up all the way, I could hear a little crackle though.

      I would suggest listening to the "Audacity to Podcast" podcast. While the main focus is on doing podcasts, the guy covers a lot of need stuff on how to use audacity.
      Thank you for this. I don't know much about Audacity but this will really help a lot!

      Originally Posted by Sharon Trainor View Post

      Very well done, I wouldn't have known it was your first video if
      you hadn't had mentioned it.

      Since you said that you tend to talk fast, I listened for that -
      you did a great job of keeping your voice well modulated and at
      an even speed. Not too fast, just right.

      I saw that someone else mentioned that you could do voice overs
      for others, that same thought entered my mind also... could be
      you've discovered a marketable talent in your voice, if that's something
      you're interested in pursuing
      Thank you for the feedback. It's funny you mentioned a new talent because I've already been thinking the same thing.
      I am here to make money so if this is a new door that is opening to new opportunities then I'm all for it!!
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  • Profile picture of the author macbeven
    Nice video.You will get a good backlinks by doing video submission.
    Video submission technique is in a great demand..
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    good work for your first video, clear voice and explanation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Enirose Gabales
    Your voice was very nice to hear very clear SAFE AND SOUND limfao...


    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author jeverett
    I think that you sound very professional and you spoke clearly. very nice video should do well.
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    Nice work on the video!!
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    Awesome job for your first vid! Keep up the good work.
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    This past Friday Tiger Direct had the Blue Yeti on sale for $79. I picked it up along with a pop filter all for just over $100.
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  • Profile picture of the author James King
    I have to give you credit. Your voice is pretty awesome. You sound powerful, authoritative, and convincing.

    I had a hell-uva-time with my first video. I didn't like how my voice sounded. After my 8th video though, I started to sound like a natural.

    Cool video.
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  • Profile picture of the author sarlat
    Excellent video and you sound great. Only comment would be to position yourself as the guy who knows about Ionizers - so maybe brand it a bit better but that will come.
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  • Profile picture of the author ElaineHenderson
    I also believe that your voice is very good, clear without any difficult pronunciation, I cannot believe is your first video!

    I also like the images, they are relaxing to the eye and the white background. If I were you I might have been added a few more text, but is very nice and simple as it is now.
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  • Profile picture of the author madchef1962
    Excellent work and very informative.
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    • Profile picture of the author honestim
      Fantastic work there! You have got a good voice and did a very good job of explaining what you were trying to. The video is simple but I reckon this would be very effective. You may want to try out a few slicker options as far as your power point slides are concerned but honestly I don't see how that will hold you back from conveying your message effectively.

      Cheers
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    Great video, great voice sounded really professional nice keep it up
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    Trully good voice, have some wise tone, looks very profesional
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