So my plan for today was to complete the bonus video of the list building product I am making and then I would have everything ready to upload and start selling. I make it all sound so easy don’t I ? Well such is life and I have hit a bit of a road block with completing this today.I am now waiting to have a telephone call with my mentor on Tuesday to get things ironed out. My journey to financial freedom is well represented in this graphic!→→
On the plus side it gives me a chance to write a blog which I know I have been a little slack with of late. Because I am so near to completing this project I thought I would share with you some of the resources I used to create it.
The beauty of these resources is that they are all free, so I have (very nearly!) created a complete video module series which I can go on to sell for more or less 100% profit. I say more or less because once it’s ready to be sold, it will need to marketed which will cost a bit, but the plan is to get the ads paying for themselves. I used 3 pieces of software to create everything I needed for the video series.
The First thing I used was Audacity. This is available for free download on both PC and Mac. Audacity is an audio editor and recorder. You can use it purely for recording your own voice or for recording and mixing music, so it’s popular with lots of artists and musicians. It pretty simple to use once you get the hang of it. I basically taught myself everything I needed to know by using the huge array of YouTube tutorials out there. A lot of them are more focused on the musical aspect of editing and recording, but even if you’re not doing this they still contain a lot of relevant and useful information. Always test and tweak what you learn though because it may not always suit your needs. For example I watched a tutorial about ‘normalizing’ the recordings I had made in order to make them sound clearer, however once I had done this it actually caused them to have an annoying background hiss, so had record them again! After a bit of trial and error I used Audacity to record and edit all the audio for the modules.
After I had the audio ready, I then used Powerpoint. This comes free with most laptops and PCs. I have somehow managed to get to this stage in my life without ever having had to do a powerpoint presentation, so it was all new to me. Fortunately, like Audacity it’s pretty straightforward once you know what you’re doing, and the wonder of YouTube (and my siblings) enabled me to become a bit of a powerpoint wizard in no time at all; headings bouncing onto the page and paragraphs appearing in sequence!
The next step was to combine the audio and the powerpoint and to do this I used a screen capture software called Microsoft Expression Encoder. Again this was free to download. It took a bit more time to get my head around how this worked. There are some YouTube video tutorials, some of them are a bit strange but eventually I gathered enough information to be able to use if for what I wanted. I used the software to record the powerpoint presentation whilst the audio was playing to make sure they were in sync with each other. Once I had the powerpoint made into a video file I used the Microsoft Encoder to attach the audio file and then merge them together to make one completed file.
Again it all sounds so easy doesn’t it?! Again look at the graphic! Nearly 4 months later i’m nearing the end of this particular journey and I have learnt a lot! It’s cost me a lot of time, but very little money. The only out thing I purchased to make this happen was some USB headphones to make the quality of the audio better. You don’t have to, but I personally think you will need them if you want to make a quality product.
I hope you’ve found this interesting and maybe even inspired you to go and make video product too!
Bye for now 🙂