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5 Creative Video Tools You NEED [Video]

5 Creative Video Tools You NEED [Video]

Whether it be a Facebook timeline or Instagram feed, video is the way to get eyeballs. Eyeballs lead to subscribers, subscribers lead to super fans, and super fans lead to getting your own television show where you pull pranks on celebrities in Japan. It turns out that you don’t need James Cameron money to make your video look great. 90% of the video tools are right in front of you.

Smooth Footage With Your Phone

Some television studios use $50K cameras and $10K rigs to get their video to look good. It’s a bit overkill. With cell phone cameras getting better and better each year, you don’t really need anything else to get impressive footage.. You’d be surprised how many times I was a production assistant on a big shoot,  and we ended up using our iphone cameras for the final shot.You have a phone, right? Great. You’re set.

The biggest problem with phones is how light they are. Newton’s second law states that lightweight phones produce jittery footage.

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    This is where Stayblcam comes in. It makes your footage look silky smooth and eliminates all shaking. The actual camera quality is already up to par, so eliminating the jitters is all you need to attain professional polish. It has a telescoping pole, which means these smooth shots can be flyovers or low-to-ground shots that even the big cameras can’t pull off. What would THAT do for your vine?

    Collaborate With Your Team

    Video creation is a group activity. There’s the people who write it, light it, act it, shoot it, edit it, and the people managing all the other people. Have you seen how long movie credits are? Even if you’re on your own, at the very least you’ve got a group of friends to give you feedback. It’s a lot to keep track of.

    Communicating with this big web of people is a job in itself. You got files being shot left and right, email chains from different people and different chains of feedback. You’re using YouTube and Dropbox and Skype. It’s a mess.

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      That’s why Framez was invented. These guys are the google docs of video. They offer a central location to show footage, share assets, and send feedback. You can upload something and post a link to Facebook to get the immediate feedback of your friends. You can password protect it and share it with collaborators.

      Inject Amazing Graphics

      There’s just something about a well-polished video that gets more views than a video that looks like it was done by a 9-year old. Well… depending on the 9 year old. In the days of old, you used to have the talent to give your videos slick graphics, and now you only need a credit card and an adobe suite.

      Videohive

        Videohive has thousands of slick video templates, and animations that will make your videos visually compelling. Instead of your “top 10 Pokemon” YouTube video being some boring slideshow, you can get some animations to spice it up. This resource has animated openers and closers, and even some cool character driven stuff. If you can think of it, chances are it’s here.

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        Include Professional Aerials

        Did you know that Netflix is airing Video Game High school, a project originally intended for YouTube? If Netflix picked up the videos you’re making with your buddies, you’d finally be able to quit your job as a garbage collector! So how do you get Netflix interested in your videos? Kick it up a notch, starting with the one thing every professional production has: epic establishing shots. Next time you watch TV, pay attention to how every scene in a new location starts with an aerial shot filmed from a helicopter or drone.

        FocusFootage

          I’m guessing you don’t have a spare helicopter in your garage, so you’ll want to check out FocusFootage, which has epic stock-footage at ridiculously cheap flat-rate pricing. You’ll want to sign up to their mailing list for their royalty-free clips-of-the-week to get you started.

          Personality With Music

          Videos without music are boring. You probably wouldn’t have made it through the featured video on this page if not for the amazing music. Well every single piece of music you heard was obtained for free, legally, from the same place.

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          FreemusicArchive

            Check out FreeMusicArchive for royalty free music you can use in any project, so long as you appropriately credit the creators. There are some REALLY amazing musicians on this website, I’ve used them for television commercials and radio stations alike. Best of all, YouTube won’t be on your back for copyright infringement.

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            Last Updated on October 16, 2019

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

            Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

            Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

            In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

            1. ScheduleOnce

              ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

              ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

              ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

              Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

              Available on Web

              2. Calendly

                Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                3. Assistant.to

                  For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                  From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                  While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                  Available on Web

                  4. Acuityscheduling

                    Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                    It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    5. Pick

                      Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                      At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                      Available on Web

                      6. X.ai

                        For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                        This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                        Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                        Available on Web

                        7. YouCanBook.me

                          is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                          They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                          Available on Web

                          8. Doodle

                            Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                            It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                            You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                            While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            9. WhenAvailable

                              WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                              Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                              Available on Web

                              10. Rally

                                Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                Available on Web

                                11. NeedtoMeet

                                  Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                  NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                  While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                  Available on Web

                                  Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                  In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                  To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                  Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                  A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                  Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                  If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                  Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                  With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                  Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                  Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                  Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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