Holy crap folks, if you make a video...

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STOP driving the dang mouse all over the screen while you're jabbering!

I just got back from the Emergency Room where they had to straighten out my crossed eyes from watching a video where the fairly well-respected marketer flipped the mouse at lightning speed EVERYWHERE while talking.

It had NOTHING to do with what they were saying - it was like a nervous habit.

Folks, please, take your hands OFF the mouse if you aren't pointing to something that applies to what you're saying. It's really distracting, and makes it extremely hard to focus on the message.

Clicking on everything in the world over and over and over because you have nothing else to do with your hands does not add to your message, k?

This is NOT to be a negative thread - I'm not complaining, I'm trying to keep others from making the same mistake.

We all have SO much input in our lives that pointless eye strain isn't something we need.

Here's an idea: Watch your own videos with the sound OFF. What are you doing on screen? Does it compliment your message or distract viewers, potentially causing them to close it down and be off to the next shiny thing?

Have a great day!

Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Rodill
    Soulja boy tell em.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    LOL - geez now I have to go watch all my videos and make sure I don't do that! (I hate watching my own videos....)

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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      LOL - geez now I have to go watch all my videos and make sure I don't do that! (I hate watching my own videos....)

      Lee

      LOL me too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Davis
    Very good point. I have been to that emergency room as well. It is annoying but it's also one of those things we don't realize we are doing until someone points it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneyblogger1
    Hahaha I totally do that..
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary King
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      LOL - geez now I have to go watch all my videos and make sure I don't do that! (I hate watching my own videos....)

      Lee
      Yes, but you can ask your buyers!!! (great opp to reach out and survey them, oh and to sell them again!)


      Originally Posted by Kim Davis View Post

      Very good point. I have been to that emergency room as well. It is annoying but it's also one of those things we don't realize we are doing until someone points it out.
      Sorry Kim, hope your co-pay was low. lol

      Originally Posted by moneyblogger1 View Post

      Hahaha I totally do that..
      Cut it out!

      Honestly, I've found myself doing it too... just something I noticed in this one because it was really over the top.
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  • Profile picture of the author David
    You forgot to mention that Google is recording where you hover your mouse

    ... they know how many pieces of toilet paper you use to wipe your a**
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      My videos have very little movement in them. It's mostly me speaking.

      Of course that can be annoying enough.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
        Watching videos can be dangerous.

        I also recently had a trip to the Emergency Room after watching a video on my new 75" wide screen TV. It was a bad case of whiplash. My neck suffered severe strain from too many rapid left to right and right to left movements.

        That's positively the last time I going to try to follow the action on a porno movie on that TV screen...

        ~Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Wagoner
    A porno on a 75" HDTV??

    WOW!

    You must either be a really confident man... or a prevert..
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by Dennis Wagoner View Post

      A porno on a 75" HDTV??

      WOW!

      You must either be a really confident man... or a prevert..
      Or a confident pervert.

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        • Profile picture of the author Lance K
          I use the extra large cursor setting so that people can actually see it when I point something out. I also turn my cursor speed setting pretty slow so they don't get whiplash when trying to follow it. You can go into your control panel (on a PC) and change your mouse settings.

          And when I'm not using it, I drag my cursor out of the recording window and don't touch the mouse until I need to.

          Another thing that I find distracting is when people enable the keyboard sounds when recording in Camtasia. I don't need to listen to what sounds like an old school typewriter while you enter your login details, etc.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gary King
        Originally Posted by King Shiloh View Post

        Gary you are spot on! After all, a dancer on stage may not always know when he's missing his dance steps but the spectators will always know.

        Thanks for the good advice though I'm not the well-respected marketer.
        No sir, it wasn't you.



        Originally Posted by Tofran View Post

        This thread seems to have taken interesting turn.........

        Somehow I managed to draw in the confident perverts. lol

        (although, they do seem to have nice video equipment)


        It seems like JohnMcCabe's fish might actually fit on Bill's screen!
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  • Profile picture of the author Deepak Media
    Sometimes I do that. It is like a visualization of my voice LOL!
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Another tip...

      Many times you are capturing the video at a lower frame rate to conserve file size. Consciously move your mouse slower than normal, and the movement will appear smoother.

      Bill, a 75" screen? Damn, that would make a horse feel inadequate...
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  • Profile picture of the author Irishman
    I like to use my mouse during the video to send out subliminal messages of "buy" "trust" "like" in cursive mouse movements. Are you saying this advanced tactic doesn't work?

    I was just about to release a WSO to share my best mouse movement conversion tips, and you're not getting a review copy now.

    Yeah - it is annoying. Nothing a bit of duct tape can't fix.

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    • Profile picture of the author Gary King
      Originally Posted by Irishman View Post

      I like to use my mouse during the video to send out subliminal messages of "buy" "trust" "like" in cursive mouse movements. Are you saying this advanced tactic doesn't work?

      I was just about to release a WSO to share my best mouse movement conversion tips, and you're not getting a review copy now.

      Yeah - it is annoying. Nothing a bit of duct tape can't fix.

      Will

      Excellent - LOVE the subliminal thing. (Just don't do it at Mach2, ok?

      Bummer about the review copy though. The world listens to me when I speak. You couldda made millions. (yes, kidding!)
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  • Profile picture of the author GenerousBoy
    Funny - and so true. Some people just can't help themselve, I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    Gary you are spot on! After all, a dancer on stage may not always know when he's missing his dance steps but the spectators will always know.

    Thanks for the good advice though I'm not the well-respected marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Hi Gary,

    Hopefully my videos passed muster.



    In general, I try to only move the mouse as needed. However, I will sometimes move it in a very tight circle to highlight a certain part of screen, such as a link.

    All the best,
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary King
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Hi Gary,

      Hopefully my videos passed muster.

      All the best,
      Michael

      Yes Michael, absolutely.



      Originally Posted by Lance K View Post

      I also turn my cursor speed setting pretty slow so they don't get whiplash when trying to follow it. You can go into your control panel (on a PC) and change your mouse settings.

      And when I'm not using it, I drag my cursor out of the recording window and don't touch the mouse until I need to.
      As Lance K suggests, it's the whiplash effect that was the core issue.

      Moving your cursor off-screen is a fantastic idea Lance.
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    I don't see a problem with it other than it's annoying as heck...lol

    Have a Great Day!
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    • Profile picture of the author abs007
      Lol ;;I

      actually re-done my video today in one of msigsgs -

      Still i see myself pointing around with the mouse when its not needed -

      Hopefully the zooms that i have added getalotot of it sorted as you cant see the pointer - however on some areas its still bad -

      So guys - just a question- pleas dont answer if shouldntnt be asking here ..

      I myself freestyle my videos - just open up camtasiaia and start recording -

      do you guys do the same or do you have bullet pointinfrontnt of you helping you remember what areas you need to cover -

      well i think i will be doing this now as i always end up forgetting things then making do with what i have produced -

      thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Gary King
        Originally Posted by abs007 View Post


        I myself freestyle my videos - just open up camtasiaia and start recording -

        do you guys do the same or do you have bullet pointinfrontnt of you helping you remember what areas you need to cover -

        thanks

        I can usually do freestyle too. But I've trained and spoken publically for years.

        It DOES help to have at least a summary of points so you don't get to the end and realize you've missed a critical step mid-way and have to re-do the whole thing or do a bunch of editing.

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    • Profile picture of the author Gary King
      Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

      I don't see a problem with it other than it's annoying as heck...lol

      Have a Great Day!
      Michael

      Michael, you GOTTA go F-A-S-T-E-R for full effect!

      However, I do applaud your efforts.

      Have an awesome day too!

      Gary
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by Gary King View Post

        Michael, you GOTTA go F-A-S-T-E-R for full effect!

        However, I do applaud your efforts.

        Have an awesome day too!

        Gary
        Is this more like it?

        I left Mr. Mayo's original cursor moves in, for the sake of comparison.


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    NOW we're getting there!
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    Some nice tips in this thread. Can I add something that really annoys me?

    Why do some people set the camera so close and so low? I really don't want to look up your nose while you pitch your expertness. As a bonus pet peeve: Take off that ratty old t-shirt and put on a nice shirt or blouse and comb your hair!
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary King
      Originally Posted by Janice Sperry View Post

      Some nice tips in this thread. Can I add something that really annoys me?

      Why do some people set the camera so close and so low? I really don't want to look up your nose while you pitch your expertness. As a bonus pet peeve: Take off that ratty old t-shirt and put on a nice shirt or blouse and comb your hair!

      Also excellent tips Janice!

      I was looking at it from a screen cast perspective, but since you've turned the camera around, I'll add a bit more.

      If shooting a subject (not recording the screen) as Janice says, be mindful of the camera angle and the overall presentation.

      If you're shooting it from your web cam on your monitor and there's a pile of trash behind you, well, it may not give the best impression about your multi-million dollar lifestyle you're pumping on the video.

      Be aware of what's behind you... (what with Halloween only a month or so away)
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      • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
        Originally Posted by Gary King View Post

        If you're shooting it from your web cam on your monitor and there's a pile of trash behind you, well, it may not give the best impression about your multi-million dollar lifestyle you're pumping on the video.
        Gary,

        This reminds me of an IM video I saw last week. The guy had a pile of beer cans on the floor in back of him that I'm guessing he thought was out of camera range. Same with all the trash in the distant room.

        Maybe he was an avid recycler but just couldn't afford plastic bags. But in a pile on the floor in back of his couch?

        ~Bill
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          Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

          Gary,

          This reminds me of an IM video I saw last week. The guy had a pile of beer cans on the floor in back of him that I'm guessing he thought was out of camera range. Same with all the trash in the distant room.

          Maybe he was an avid recycler but just couldn't afford plastic bags. But in a pile on the floor in back of his couch?

          ~Bill

          Well maybe the key is what brand of beer... milwaukee's best or corona? I think that should really factor in to his measure of authority... muwahaha.

          I would have died laughing if i'd have seen that... feel free to PM me the video link!
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorkay
    You are right - our eyes seem to follow more
    than our ears, especially when watching videos,

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    I will be making some videos soon... for this first time. So this is good advice!
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesJeffery
    Try watching a video where the dude stutters on a constant basis!!! Give me the mouse issue any day.
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