Make a video or outsource it?

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Hello everybody,

I need to make quite a few videos, between to 5 to 8 and of 3 to 5 minutes of length each of them.

I am just starting out with my business, no income yet (I want to be thoughtful of how much money I put in before it takes off). I am computer literate.

I do not know how to make a video right now. But I see that camtasia is very popular among the warriors.

Question: Would you outsource your videos? Or a couple of them to increase the quality of the site or would you do it the cheaper way to start?
What kind of prices are we looking at for a short 3 to 5 min video?

Do you outsource your video projects and to whom if you do?
#make #outsource #video
  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    You can create the videos yourself using Screencast-O-Matic - Free online screen recorder for instant screen capture video sharing. it's free and the paid version is $12 per year. Works very good.
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    • Profile picture of the author beewock
      I used Camtasia all the time, and it work great to create simple screen-capture video.

      Since this is your first time, I think you should make the videos on your own. However, if there are other things that needs your attention and you're on a budget, then you might want to outsource it.

      Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

      You can create the videos yourself using Screencast-O-Matic - Free online screen recorder for instant screen capture video sharing. it's free and the paid version is $12 per year. Works very good.
      Just heard about this. Thank for the info.
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  • Profile picture of the author PhilippaWrites
    Originally Posted by Mrandersen

    Hello everybody,

    I need to make quite a few videos, between to 5 to 8 and of 3 to 5 minutes of length each of them.

    I am just starting out with my business, no income yet (I want to be thoughtful of how much money I put in before it takes off). I am computer literate.

    I do not know how to make a video right now. But I see that camtasia is very popular among the warriors.

    Question: Would you outsource your videos? Or a couple of them to increase the quality of the site or would you do it the cheaper way to start?
    What kind of prices are we looking at for a short 3 to 5 min video?

    Do you outsource your video projects and to whom if you do?
    have a go. you might have a hidden video-making talent you know nothing about!

    If the end result is dreadful, you might want to look at outsourcing but give it q try yourself first.



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  • Profile picture of the author sarlat
    make them yourself. Camtasia is dead easy to use and once you do it then you will feel great. I think the major issue is actually getting them played online once you have created the video. But that's for another day.......
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    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      You can produce screen capture videos yourself very easily. The software ranges from about $49 to nearly $300 for the latest edition of Camtasia, which I recommend. I strongly suggest you stay away from free screen capture software as they are very limited in the ability to edit. Three years ago with Camtasia 6 I was able to produce my first video in under an hour. Now I can produce 1 - 3 minute videos in 10 to 15 minutes.

      You will be far ahead in both time and money savings and satisfaction with the finished product if you produce your own.

      Camtasia is about to release edition 8 so you might want to wait a little while for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrandersen
    Thank you for the responses. I appreciate it. As I am just getting started building my business there are SOOO many things to do. It is easy to get overwhelmed but I think you guys are right. It is something I need to learn and it could become a very integrated part of my upcoming business.
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    • Profile picture of the author davidkings
      Outsourcing a video can be pricey, so i would start of by making your own,

      then again, buying software and a camcorder can be as expensive.

      your own, you have more control over it, but you have to learn the skills
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfredo Carrion
    I used to outsource my videomarketing, but today I've started making my own videos again.

    I wanted to make them myself for a long time, but I was procrastinating 'cause I wanted them to be with my voice and didn't think it was good enough. It's a common concern with video-newbies, I think :-P

    Well, the thing is that after a long time thinking "I will do it tomorrow, I will do it tomorrow", I decided to create the video using powerpoint and camtasia, with some text + images and reading one of my articles.

    It was fast. I did everything in about 20 minutes and I think that probably after some practice I will be able to do it in less time and with better results. Practice makes perfect and it doesn't need to be perfect at the beginning.

    The desire of making perfect things is the first action killer. If you want and can make your own videos, do them yourself until you're able to outsource. Actually, it's cool and you can use free or cheaper alternatives to Camtasia.

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    • Profile picture of the author VHSEOMike
      It totally depends on the quality of the videos you are aiming for. If you only need to record the screen and very minor effects, then you should choose Camtasia.

      If you want to outsource, then go to oDesk. There are plenty of video editors. Pick someone with good feedback. In fact, they could provide you with great videos using state of the art software. Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author curtisrk34
    I would think about the type of business you are trying to create. Think about what are your strengths and weakness. What do you enjoy doing and what do you hate doing. With that being said, I would create a couple videos and see if this is something you like to do. If it is not, than outsource it. The beautiful thing about business is you only do the task you enjoy doing because there are a whole army of people waiting and able to do the tasks you dont want to do.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanceg
      You can outsource video creation to fiverr.com, so outsourcing can be done very cheaply. If it's just a PowerPoint screen capture video then that shouldn't be difficult to outsource cheaply. Finding someone to produce a video that meets your standards may be a challenge though, as the quality of providers can vary a great deal. Look for someone who has a lot of good reviews to put the odds in your favor.

      If producing short videos is something you'll need done on a fairly regular basis then it's probably worth it to download Camtasia and take a day or so to learn it. It took me a few hours to make my first video. After creating 3 videos, I can knock them out very quickly. Now it actually takes me longer to create a nice PowerPoint presentation with animated effects...once that's done turning it into a video is a piece of cake.

      FYI, you can try Camtasia for free for 30 days: Download Camtasia Free Trial for Mac and Windows

      Going with the free trial rather than purchasing it outright will allow you to determine if creating videos yourself is preferable to outsourcing it. If you decide you'd rather outsource it instead, then you haven't spent a dime on any software that you won't end up using.

      Good luck with your business!
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  • Profile picture of the author emarion1114
    If you know how to make a video, just make your own. Maybe you can make a much better video than others. Just believe in yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author BennyP
    Hey mate.

    You can get very professional looking videos made for you at fiverr.com
    $5 for a video is very cheap. I buy them all the time, saves me time and i get a better end product than i would if i did it myself. Hope that helps =)
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    • Profile picture of the author matt78
      Outsource is for those who want to save time than have to do the work themself. If you're just starting out, then it's a good idea to learn how make the video yourself. Camtasia is a good tool to make them. For free tool, you can try Camstudio.

      If you tried and just couldn't make it, then only you outsource.
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      • Profile picture of the author harrydog
        Have a go yourself its quite easy to do and if you have no money there are lots of free tools.
        Use Open office for your slides
        Screenr or Jing for recording and you can even use screencast to host your videos for free. There are limitations with Jing but the pro version is only $14.99 a year.
        If you are going to hire on fiver as other people have suggested you may go through a few people to get the quality you want. And think about it if those guys can do it for $5 it cant be that hard can it.

        Also by doing it yourself you are in control, you have a new skill and then if you do outsource you will have a lot more knowledge when hiring people.
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  • Profile picture of the author raleigh
    IT would be a good experience if you can try creating a video on your own first. . . At least if things do not work out then you can contemplate on outsourcing as the fall back. At least now with the recommendations of our fellow warriors, you have access to the tools online.
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  • Profile picture of the author coljwood
    I'm working on getting a video done currently for some Youtube marketing and I wondered this. I've done video editing previously so I have a basic grasp of what to do, but it all comes down to just how good it needs to look.

    Anyway, after doing some research yesterday evening I noticed that there are hundreds of poorly made videos doing well for themselves on Youtube, literally just words and images flying across the screen with a soundtrack. Reflecting upon that it's more cost affective for me to give making my own a stab.

    I suppose it comes down to what it's needed for however. Since i'm only experimenting with marketing on Youtube i'm not too bothered about visual quality, but if I was making a sales video I would probably want it to look pretty special.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
      Originally Posted by coljwood View Post

      I suppose it comes down to what it's needed for however. Since i'm only experimenting with marketing on Youtube i'm not too bothered about visual quality, but if I was making a sales video I would probably want it to look pretty special.
      This is really what it boils down to: what are you trying to accomplish in your videos?

      If you want to show off a product with lots of pretty pictures, then Animoto will serve the purpose and you can easily do it yourself.

      If you want to do a walkthrough of a membership site, then a screen recording software like Camtasia is a good choice. Again, you can probably do this yourself without too much problem.

      If you want to video yourself talking about a product or solution, then Camtasia is also good for editing that raw footage.

      If you want to convey a lot of information through text, then Powerpoint slides, converted to video, will do the job. Yup, you can still make this type of video yourself.

      And if you want a video salesletter that will convince people to buy, buy, buy! then you are better off outsourcing the job to a professional company.

      I don't ever recommend Fiverr for video creation, for a number of reasons. But to each their own, right?

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  • Profile picture of the author peewhy
    I'm on the fence!

    Personlly I would look at Fiverr for a low cost one and also make my first with Camtasia - then decide whether it was time well spent DIY or $5 did the job!

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author ElaineHenderson
    Since you are a newbie, I suggest you to use some freeware until you understand the basics, no need to spend money now that your skill is not that good. Better read or watch some tutorials and then, when you will be ready you can buy a more professional software.

    If you want you can buy your videos as other suggested, but in my opinion, if you wish to publish a lot of videos, it will save you money if you learn how to do them yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    I like doing my own videos, but there's different tools for different types of videos. I break the types of videos down into these catogories:

    Shot using a video camera - Of course, you need a digital video camera. There's pretty good ones for under $100. To edit, use Windows Live Movie Maker (free and probably already on your PC). Upgrade to Sony Vegas Studio for about $50. Camtasia can also do a pretty good job editing these types of videos.

    Screen shots - Show what you are doing on your computer. Camtasia, Screenr, www.screencast-o-matic.com, Jing, etc.

    Slide Shows - A collection of still photos, graphics or PowerPoint or Open Office Impress. There's a number of decent options:

    Here's some free online options:
    Animoto - Video Slideshow Maker with Music
    Presentations and presentation samples
    Jing, screenshot and screencast software from TechSmith
    www.prezi.com/

    Here's a couple of free Windows programs. (I prefer these programs because the online tools have funky licenses)

    Easy: (From Microsoft)
    Windows Live Essentials: Photo Gallery

    My Favorite: (More powerful, more features)
    DVD Slide Show: DVDslideshowGUI

    Animations and Special Effects - Adobe After Effects - Expensive ($1000) but you can rent it for $20 or $30 a month from Adobe's subscription program.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    I am a big fan of camtasia when it comes to videos. But if you want outsourced videos then it will cost 15-25$ for a 5 min video. Mind it I am talking about good videos and not the fiverr trashes.
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  • Profile picture of the author romanos8
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    Camtasia is the best there is records the screen you and any thing you want i use it and it works super and incredibly well i love it i use it to make my first video and i still do i know you will get the best out of it hope it helps
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  • Profile picture of the author prismkuet
    For promotional campaign, if possible, it's better not to think for money but for quality. In video promotion it's more important to emphasize on quality because, if ones your target customer feel the campaign is of low quality, he will never try himself or promote to near ones that promotion anymore.
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