Create Your Own ‘Selfie’ Video Course

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Discover how Face-to-Face Video fits into your Church or Ministry

High quality videos are an essential part of Church/Ministry content marketing today. What we call “on camera” (or “talking head”) videos are simple videos that show a speaker talking to the camera, without fancy effects, animation, and action. The video shows a person talking to the viewer and presenting useful information or explaining how to do things.

These types of videos are a critical part of your marketing, because they give you the opportunity to connect in a more personal way with your audience. When they hear your voice AND see your face, they know you’re a real person. And that’s what starts to build the trust that forms lasting relationships with followers and audience.

On-camera videos are also far easier to make than you might first imagine. All you have to do is set up your space, hit record, and talk. Get a good take and maybe edit a little, and you have a video that’s ready for YouTube, Facebook, Website, your blog, or anywhere else that you need to form a connection with your audience.

The only problem is that for many people, getting in front of a camera is a terrifying prospect. If you’ve not spent a great deal of time in front of a camera, creating even the simplest video like this may be a huge challenge. You may feel self-conscious, hate the sound of your own voice, or feel that you don’t look “professional.” There are also the technical challenges to overcome.

In this course, you’ll learn how to create a basic studio set up and create on-camera videos with ease. At first, it’ll be a bit awkward, but you’ll learn tips to help you create more professional videos, and quickly overcome the unfamiliarity of speaking in front of a camera. You don’t need to be an actor or have any experience whatsoever. You just need some strategies under your belt and a bit of practice.

 

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What Will You Learn?

  • In this course, you'll learn how to create a basic studio set up and create on-camera videos with ease. At first, it'll be a bit awkward, but you'll learn tips to help you create more professional videos, and quickly overcome the unfamiliarity of speaking in front of a camera. You don't need to be an actor or have any experience whatsoever. You just need some strategies under your belt and a bit of practice.

Course Content

Introduction – How Face-to-Face Video Fits into Your Church or Ministry
High quality videos are an essential part of Church/Ministry content marketing today. What we call "on camera" (or “talking head”) videos are simple videos that show a speaker talking to the camera, without fancy effects, animation, and action. The video shows a person talking to the viewer and presenting useful information or explaining how to do things. These types of videos are a critical part of your marketing, because they give you the opportunity to connect in a more personal way with your audience. When they hear your voice AND see your face, they know you’re a real person. And that’s what starts to build the trust that forms lasting relationships with followers and audience. On-camera videos are also far easier to make than you might first imagine. All you have to do is set up your space, hit record, and talk. Get a good take and maybe edit a little, and you have a video that's ready for YouTube, Facebook, Website, your blog, or anywhere else that you need to form a connection with your audience. The only problem is that for many people, getting in front of a camera is a terrifying prospect. If you've not spent a great deal of time in front of a camera, creating even the simplest video like this may be a huge challenge. You may feel self-conscious, hate the sound of your own voice, or feel that you don't look "professional." There are also the technical challenges to overcome. In this course, you'll learn how to create a basic studio set up and create on-camera videos with ease. At first, it'll be a bit awkward, but you'll learn tips to help you create more professional videos, and quickly overcome the unfamiliarity of speaking in front of a camera. You don't need to be an actor or have any experience whatsoever. You just need some strategies under your belt and a bit of practice.

  • Why Your Church or Ministry Needs On-Camera Videos
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  • Action Steps

Take One: Set the Stage
The first step is to make sure you have the right tools to produce your videos, and we're going to start with the simplest and cheapest options. In fact, we'll start with what you already have. This is often sufficient for producing basic on-camera videos. Your videos don't need to be slick or complex at all; this will give you a baseline, and then you can upgrade as needed. In this module, we'll discuss cameras, microphones, lighting, and other gear. Editing software will be discussed in a later module.

Take Two: Choose Your Topic and Draft Your Script Notes
Now, you have all of your gear lined up and you're ready to get rolling. The next step is to decide on a topic. What are you going to talk about in your video? This is the most important consideration since it provides the content that'll make the video so valuable to your audience.

Take Three: Hit Record – Tips for Talking, Looking, and Acting
Now you're ready to hit the "record" button and start rolling. Your lights are set-up, you have your environment ready, your script or outline is in-hand, and it's show time. If you don't have much experience in front of the camera, you're going to face many challenges at this point, just going through your outline and talking in front of the camera. It takes practice to become comfortable in front of a camera, but in this module, you'll learn some valuable tips on how to speak, body language, and how to relax.

Take Four: Render and Publish Your Video
Now that your first video is done, it’s time to render and edit it so that you can see how video production works. Once you’ve completed this step, it’s ready to publish on the web.

That’s a Wrap! Conclusion and Next Steps
Now, you have your first video under your belt and you’re ready to start producing more. Remember that learning is always a process. But hopefully your first video has given you enough of a taste of success, and to learn that you’re ready to face the challenge.