Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Tutorial: YouTube Video:
It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were just learning the mechanisms of a mouse and keyboard while still trying to figure out what do I do next! Then along came the internet, which opened up a whole new world to those of us who had just mastered the art of turning on our computers. Now we have absolutely everything imaginable at our fingertips. A whole new world of learning, research, chatting, shopping and marketing has opened up.
Then came "YouTube", where one can put any sort of video online for their friends to see. When I first saw some of the crazy videos people posted, I admit I was in awe of the whole idea, never thinking that one day I would be the one posting video’s on YouTube. The latest undertaking for some of us here at Etsy is YouTube! Is a great marketing tool for all of us here on Etsy; whether we are doing a video of our Treasury’s or showcasing our shops. I am posting the link to my YouTube Video to give you an idea of the prospects that this may lead to you. I choose which pieces I wanted to feature the added some music (U2), and you have a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uM69mwGjq8
Ok, I will admit it cannot be summed up in two sentences. There is a little more involvement to the whole process. If you are interested, make sure you have Windows XP or Vista. Go to your Programs and click on Accessories. You will have either Movie Maker or PhotoStory3 already listed. Some may prefer another program called Photo Gallery, which can be found in your Programs/Windows Live/Photo Gallery. Personally, I find PhotoStory3 the easiest for myself. If you don’t have any of these, just Google which program you would like and then upload it to your computer. Once you have mastered that you are on your way. The rest is simple – just follow the instructions – upload photos- each Program will let you edit your picture once it is uploaded. Next, you can add titles onto each photo (if you wish); thirdly, you can add any song you may have already uploaded onto your Computer. A good program for this is Limelight. If any of you have teenagers, you can bet there are plenty of songs already on your computer. Oh yes, I almost forgot the most important thing, signing up with YouTube (doesn’t cost anything!) – www.YouTube.com. Now you are almost ready to start showcasing your work. When your photos are ready to be uploaded to YouTube, made sure you save them in a movie format. When you are finished it will ask how you wish to save it. My program says (save to computer for video), then add .wmv at the end.
Ex: PhotoStory2.Angel of Harlem.wmv
I should mention that if you plan to do a video of one of your Treasury’s, when copying the item you wish to show in your Treasury, also save it in one of your picture folders (I have one just for Etsy). Then when you are ready to start working on your video, you will have all the pictures from your Treasury ready to upload. I will be more than happy to help any of you. If you wish, I can “walk” you through the whole process.
Now that I have given you a sample a new marketing technique, along with a little tutorial, the rest is up to you. See you on “YouTube”!