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Video Content Production: 4 Easy Tips for a Professional Look

Here are a few great tips on video content production that will give you a more professional look and make editing easier.

All the details are in the video below, here are the basics:

No stripes or patterns in cloths, use basic solid colors. Make sure you have a tripod so your film looks steady.

Shoot the video twice – once with a wide shot and once with close ups. This way you have plenty of editing options.

Give a few seconds from hitting record and starting the scene. This is called pre roll which also helps with editing.

How to Cut Videos in Movie Maker

Movie maker lets you create your own movies without much effort on your part. Now you can make your own movies without the use of complicated software and the headaches that come with it.

Making Videos

Once you import the movie into the program it will segment it for you into clips which make them easy for you to edit into your finished movie. Use the play button to preview each clip you want to work on. Drag them onto your storyboard and then start to work on them in the order you prefer. This is easy to do with a simple drag and drop of the clips into the new location. Click play and you can view how they all look.

How to Cut Videos in Movie Maker

If you need to trim a clip just click the Show Timeline button and scroll to the area of the clip that you need to edit. Right click on the clip and Use the clip menu and select set start trim point. Go to your clip and scroll to where you want to stop and then click set end trim point. Do this for any parts you want to edit in your clips. So that is all you need to do to cut videos in Movie Maker!


Go to capture video on the left and import your music or audio file. Click your audio and move it to your timeline. Drag the audio to make it match the length of your video if it’s longer.


Some advanced features of editing include transitions from one clip to another. You’ll find many transitions available in the program. Click on the task pane and view video transitions to see the ones available to you.

Titles and Credits

Add titles and credits like professional movies. Click “make titles or credits” in the task pane to do this. Just fill out the boxes provided for you with the information you have for the movies. You can also change the animation of your titles for some cool effects too.


In the task pane you have thе option to add effects to the movie as well. Some include blur, aging, film grain, greyscale, and so on. These are easy to add to your clips in your movie.

Saving and Sending Movies

Use the task pain and click “save to my computer” to save your movie to your PC. It will be saved to your My Videos folder. It will also select the compression of the movie for you. You can view the finished movie in Windows Media Player to see how it looks. It’s easy to send the movie as an email to your friends if you want. You may also send your videos to the web from the task pane. It’s also possible to save the movies to a CD so you can show your friends and family. Once you are done you might want to upload your video to YouTube as well.

Movie maker is an easy way to start making movies ion your computer. The program gives you all the tools that you need!

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How to Make Your Own YouTube Video

There are 4 ways to make your own YouTube video which include doing it yourself, hiring professionals, hiring film students, and outsourcing the process overseas. There are a number of reasons individuals don’t opt for web video production and those are:

• It seems too difficult
• It’s probably expensive
• It’s too time intensive

These methods are solutions to all of these obstacles:

Do-it-yourself Web Video Production

First off, a person can get started with this form of production by simply having an HD camera that can record videos in an MP4 or MOV format. In addition, they’ll need to have video imaging software that will allow them to manipulate their videos and perform edits. If you have a PC, you may be interested in choosing Movie Studio HD by Sony Vega. If you own a Mac OS, you may think about utilizing software called Screen Flow. Each of these pieces of software will help you with do-it-yourself videos in terms of editing, capturing video, and providing that professional look.

Professional Web Video Production

If you simply don’t have the time to learn how to make your own YouTube video and you have a larger budget to work with, you can always hire out a professional that specializes in web video production. The truth is – many small business owners and companies understand the power of this form of video marketing. Because of this, they will hire out this type of work to local professionals within their area. If this is something that interests you, you can look in your local yellow pages to find a professional Web video production service that can handle all of your needs.

Hiring Film Students

If you’re still concerned with your budget and you would like to keep your costs to a minimum, you may think about hiring film students. Although these individuals are not professionals, a lot of times you can get some excellent work completed by them. If this is something that interests you, you can go to film schools or advertise in your local Craigslist for students interested in making web videos. Quite frankly, if you choose this option, you can end up with some good quality videos at some very affordable rates.

Outsourcing Overseas

Lastly, if you are truly looking for another inexpensive option, you can always outsource this work to different countries such as India, Ukraine, or Thailand. It’s important to understand that you are not limited to these particular areas but there are some things you’ll need to consider. Video files tend to be extremely large. Because of this, it can be quite difficult uploading 6 or 7 GB files to the Internet. Some videos can be much larger. But you can send the videos in the mail on DVD or upload them to a server.

There are a number of different locations online that offer this work in the form of video production crowdsourcing. These sites will allow you to present ideas for your video and work with others to get the job completed.

Although there is a lot more to learning how to make your own YouTube video than meets the eye, these are some affordable and time-saving solutions that will help you get started.

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How to Get More Video Views: My New Free eBook

Hi, I have created a new free eBook about how to get more views for your videos using search engine marketing and promotion.

I’ve been running websites and doing videos online for 15 years. This includes a bunch of tips I have learned along the way.

You are free to download and share this in anyway you want. Just leave the credit intact and the content as is. Here is the direct link to the pdf file:


I was really happy to hear from a search engine “guru” about this eBook!

“Very good Dano!!  You’ve managed to streamline search engine traffic secrets down to easy, actionable steps that everyone can follow for themselves without hiring a consultant — thanks for that, I think.  ;)” – Kreg Ertman, webguruforhire.com

This is a handy viewer you can use to check out the eBook as well:

Viral Video Marketing: How to Get More Video Views with Search Promotion

Lorraine Grula’s Video Production Tips Site

Hi, I was recently introduced to the site videoproductiontips.com which is a massive library of tips for helping people create videos.

The site includes information on editing, audio, lighting, video conversion and storytelling. Plus you can find reviews of the latest camcorders and other equipment. There is even a section about marketing your business with video.

I found out about the site because the Webmaster Lorraine Grula created a really professional “how to” video about DanoSongs for her visitors (see here). I signed up for her tips and found them very useful so far, since I am producing a new video myself : )

The Best Stock Music Websites for YouTube Channels and Partners

Here is a great video that explains in plain terms the reasons you need to use royalty free music if you want to become a YouTube partner or have a channel. Its from DearNaptural85’s YouTube channel who says she previously had big issues with using copyrighted music.

You need to own all you content in your YouTube videos if you want become a partner. She explains that buying music from iTunes and Amazon does not give you the right to distribute and display the music – just to listen to it.

But using my music or music from a site like RoyaltyFreeMusic.com allows you to not only buy the music, but to also include it in your videos, websites and other projects that you can improve if you get the right seo company to optimize your sites. She likes some tracks on Beat Suite even though the downloads are not cheap. Pond 5 is her favorite saying the music is incredible and cheap.

DearNaptural85 also gives tips on how to handle the YouTube web forms regarding the use of music in your videos, in order to ensure your video does not get deactivated.

Tips on the Best Stock Music Websites for YouTube Channels

Guide to Finding Legal Royalty Free MP3 Music for YouTube Video Backgrounds

If you have checked out all of my music, and can’t find what you need, here are a few ways to find tracks from indie musicians that may be able to be used under a creative commons license. Or you may be able to get permission from the artist to use the track for free if you can offer them exposure in your video.

Finding free music that you can use on YouTube can be challenging, but it can be done. Free music can be downloaded online from a multitude of areas that you can use in your YouTube video without running the risk of having it removed due to copyright. Always check the terms of the site or send an email directly to the artist to make sure it is legal (you have permission) to use the music:

1. Search MP3 Blogs. MP3 blogs upload music for their readers to download and use. Some popular MP3 blogs are Stereogum, Gorilla vs. Bear, You Ain’t No Picasso, So Much Silence, The Rap Up, Digital Eargasm, and Aquarium Drunkard. It’s free and you can use an aggregator to find which MP3 blogs you want and have the music you want to use.

One such aggregator, The Hype Machine, allows you to search based on artist name or song title. A list of results will appear and you can choose which blog posts best fit your search.

Another aggregator you can use is Elbo.ws. You type in the name of the song or artist in the “Keyword” search box. Find the one that best fits your search and at the top of the list, click on “Tracks.” This link will bring up a lost of the tracks that match your search. You can then click on one to view the blog post and download the song you want.

2. Use Del.icio.us. This social networking site allows you to create a custom search. You can do this if you type in http://del.icio.us/tag/system:filetype:mp3, and this will bring up a list of all the MP3s on the site. You can search for more specific songs by adding “+Artist Name” to the end of the URL link. Click a link to play the track and then right click on it to select “Save Link As” so you can download the file. Many of these are legal promotional MP3s that are links directly to the artists site.

3. Use Bit-Torrent. Bit-Torrent allows users to share files, which will allow you to download free music. Choose a Bit-Torrent client to download and install. Find .torrent files to download the music you want. Once the download is finished, visit The Pirate Bay and click on “Browse Torrents,” then “Audio.” The list will show all the files you can download. To download a song, click on the file and your Bit-Torrent program will download the song. Lots of artists upload legal creative commons music to bit-torrent, I myself distribute through Mininova.

4. Use Peer-to-Peer Networks. Some examples of peer-to-peer networks are LimeWire, Morpheus, SoulSeek. Others include Gnutella and ED2K. Find a peer-to-peer network you want to install and download it. Once it’s installed, you can create a shared files folder to download and share music on the program. You can find many independent unsigned artists who may let you use their music for the exposure.

5. Use royalty free music sites. Certain sites like Jamendo, Opsound, and Dig.ccMixter allow you to download songs from artists for free. There are no royalties and only some companies make you pay for certain tracks. Some of these sites allow artists and musicians to upload music for others to download and listen to. Jamendo is free to join and lets you download songs in MP3 or OGG files. Jamendo also lets you buy a commercial license for the track. Opsound doesn’t even require you to join to download songs.

6. Use MagnaTune. Although this royalty free music archive requires you to register and pay $15 a month for access, you can use this site to upload songs to your videos as long as you give attribution to the original author and to MagnaTune. Although it’s not completely free, you can still upload your videos onto YouTube with no fear of having them taken down or removed because of copyright issues. This will probably be one of the easiest and less risky options for your video uploading needs.

To find more places, just search online “royalty free music for videos” and a list of sites that let you download free music and sites that show you where to find these sites will appear.

You want to make sure that the music you are trying to upload isn’t coming from a commercialized program like iTunes, Rhapsody, etc., because at times YouTube recognizes these and will not post, or will disable the video because of copyright issues.

Although it’s not easy to find royalty free music online that you can use in YouTube videos without running the risk of having them removed for copyright, you can do it (thousands of other people do). By using these methods to download music, you should never run out of options for your videos.

All the best, have fun with your videos and peace always.


Make Youtube Videos with Windows Movie Maker: Clip Editing Tutorial

I found this really nice professional tutorial on using Windows Movie Maker to edit your clips and make Youtube videos. If you want to import audio into your movie check out my royalty free music on my home page for download-able mp3 music files.

You can download Moviemaker from Microsoft here for free and I think it works on any computer with Windows – XP, Vista, 7, etc. The program has some built in effects and transitions you can use in your movies. Even though this is free software it still works well, even for professionals in some cases.

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Tutorial Video: How to Add Music to Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Using MP3 Audio Files

I found a very well done, simple tutorial video that shows how to add music to your video for YouTube using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker and MP3 audio files.

You can try this out by downloading one of my free songs if you want. Feel free to edit the MP3 files in order to create clips with a sound that fits in your movies – just like the tutorial shows.

If you are totally new to using the program, here is an article about locating, downloading, installing and “How to Use MovieMaker on Windows 7“. Also, if you are not on Windows you can read about “Online Video Editing Alternatives” as well.

My Tip: Instead of inserting such a long track into moviemaker (as shown in the video) and then having to shorten it, try using the free software called Audacity to edit the clip first.

How to Insert Music into You Movie or Film: Tutorial Video

Magix Music Maker | Create Royalty Free Songs for Video and Movies

Magix Music Maker is a simple music studio software program you can use to create your own music for your videos. It comes with royalty free loops, a beatmaker, a variety of native instrument samples, mixer and editor.

The below video shows you how to get started making your own beats. It also demonstrates the creation of a basic composition by “painting on” and arranging loops.

You might also want to try using Sony ACID and Soundation, but Magix Music Maker has an “easy mode” that is really good for total beginners new to making their own music.

Magix Music Maker: Royalty Free So You Can Use the Songs for Your Movies

Click here to see the latest Magix Music Maker programs

Here are some other articles about Magix and other music creators that you might be interested in:

The Best Audio Editing Software Programs

MAGIX Announces MAGIX Video Easy HD

3D editing comes to Magix Movie Edit Pro

Mix Superstar – review

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