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Top 5 Tools for Impressive (and Easy) Vlogging

Top 5 Tools for Impressive (and Easy) Vlogging


    Video blogging (also known as “vlogging”) can be an overwhelming idea for those who’ve never tried it before. The excuses are endless.

    I hate being on camera.”

    “I don’t know how to edit.”

    “I don’t own any equipment.”

    “I don’t have anything interesting to say.”

    Regardless of what your excuse is, video is one of the most attention-grabbing mediums of online content creation. If you want to better the chances of catching the eye of your audience, you’re going to need to get visual. Plus, it’s really not that hard (said the girl who makes 4-8 videos per week).

    Here are my top 5 tools that help me create impressive vlogs without a whole lot of work.

    1. Screencast-O-Matic

    The beauty of this product is that you can make your first vlog without even owning a camera. Screencast-O-Matic is a program that records the activity of your computer screen with just a couple clicks and no software to download. This is a perfect alternative for a “how-to” post because instead of reading instructions, your audience can just watch and learn. I also really love to use this tool for recording Skype interviews which are also a super easy way to create content while still giving your audience a great experience.

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    2. YouTube MP3 Podcaster

    Ever wonder how someone got a copy of a YouTube video and then edited it into their own? If you are interested being the next Ray William Johnson and vlogging of your favorite online videos, you’re going to love this add-on for Firefox. YouTube MP3 Podcaster downloads directly to Firefox which will add buttons underneath every YouTube video you ever watch on the browser. These buttons will give you different options of downloading that content, whether you want the Full HD version or just an MP3 of the audio. Download this free plugin and start saving videos to your computer right away.

    3. iRig Mic and iMovie Editing for iPhone

    Sometimes all you need is your iPhone. You might already know that your phone can take great quality video and upload directly to YouTube. But maybe you want to make your vlogs a little more impressive than just the average home video. The iRig microphone is a must if you want good audio (and any video is only as good as its audio). This will not only give you a professional image of a microphone, but the iRig has a range of settings for whatever situation you find yourself filming in. Just check out the demo video from Amazon to see how versatile it is with different atmospheres. After you film some footage with your awesome audio, throw it into the iMovie iPhone app ($4.99 in the App Store) and add some titles, background music, or transitions for multiple clips. Dang. You just made a sweet video with just your phone.

    4. Google Plus Live Hangouts

    The Google Plus social network has made it very easy to create panel or interview-type video without lifting very many fingers. All you need to do is have an account with Google Plus, start a “Hangout” video conferencing session, and enable “Hangouts On Air”. Once you start the broadcast, it will be public for people to watch and a recording will go straight to your corresponding YouTube account. Bam! Content.

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    5. Corel Video Studio

    If you want to to take it to the next level with your video editing without being completely overwhelmed, you’ll definitely want to try Corel Video Studio ($79.95 for the software download). This is totally affordable editing software that has just enough capability to make you feel like a pro, without making you pull your hair out trying to navigate. It comes with a lot of great royalty-free music and sounds, giving you even less work to do for an impressive video. To make it even simpler, you can upload straight to Facebook and YouTube from the program!

    What are some great tools you’ve use to help make quality video content? Share them in the comments below.

    (Photo credit: Young Man Holding a Videocamera via Shutterstock)

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    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

    The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

    In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

    Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

    1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

    What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

    Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

    2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

    Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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    How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

    Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

    Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

    3. Get comfortable with discomfort

    One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

    Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

    4. See failure as a teacher

    Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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    Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

    Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

    10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

    5. Take baby steps

    Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

    Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

    Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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    The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

    6. Hang out with risk takers

    There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

    Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

    7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

    Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

    Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

    8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

    What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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    9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

    Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

    If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

    10. Focus on the fun

    Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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