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Here's a link to my YouTube channel, where I take full advantage of the opportunity to add links back to FAA and to my other sites. I always add links to my video descriptions, too; anything to make it easier for viewers to find and purchase my work! :-)
Congrats on diving in, Lloyd -- good job on your high-energy presentation!
How to embed a YouTube video into this (or any) thread:
Go to any YouTube video page.
Look for and click the 'Share' link. (Found beneath the video.)
Look for and click the 'Embed' link. (Found just below 'Share.)
Highlight and copy the code that pops up in the Embed box.
Paste that code into an FAA thread, your blog, almost anywhere online!
Just beneath the code, you'll see some options for size and other incidentals. I usually choose the default size, then make sure none of the other option boxes are checked.
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Suggestion -- You might add a clickable link back to your FAA site, website, blog, etc., on the first line of your video description. Make it as easy as possible for potential buyers to get to your work, to catch the impulse buyers! :-)
The 'Urban Typography' video shows my collection of 9 pieces illustrating various fonts, styles and imagery that I associate with Urban Typography. In this collection I used wooden panels as a base to build layers of wood, paper, card and plaster onto, and also to scrape, dig, chip and paint into the surfaces. By doing this I created these unique pieces which actually look like old, weathered, decaying pieces of the urban environment, but in fact were created by me in a couple of hours.
hello all, I've just recently started trying out youtube for promotion, any help is welcomed!, I have only uploaded one video so far that is focused on portraying some paintings done throughout the years, next intended video is possibly some quick sketch or tutorial, haven't fully decided yet, thanks for checking it out :) any sharing of it and the channel is welcomed as well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcueFttw32s This is my first every art video! I'm super excited about it. I had no idea what I was doing but I'm fairly pleased with it. Not crazy about the music but it's my first video I hope I'll get better at it. Now I've just got to get people to watch and like it!
I stumbled on this thread and as silly as it sounds, it never occured to me to do a youtube video of photos. This is so informative! Wendy, your input is particularly helpful and your videos are fabulous. Other great examples here to find inspiration from, both from those still figuring it out and those who seem to have mastered it quickly and beautifully. I am so glad to have found all of you!
Boy... Andrea hit the top of the nail... "the reality of finding the time to do this has put a halt to my enthusiasm." That's the rub. Truth to tell... I was thinking about my first video for weeks before I actually did it. Then it occurred to me... The next time I did a painting... I just set my camera up and taped the process... handled 2 birds with one stone...so to speak. That way... doing the video wasn't a special effort.
I use a Kodak 8.2 mega pixel, labled HD... any camera with Video should work just fine.
The first video is always the most difficult... because you (I) don't know what you're doing.
But after the first one... it's like a walk in the park.
To make life simple... say I plan to paint a landscape... well... I'll just record myself painting that landscape. I was going to paint the landscape anyway...so...
Here's what I do:
1- I story board the video... in other words... I make small cartoons of what I want to video.
Title page, artist credits, tools- paints, brushes and paper type...used in the video, then the video subject.
2- As I paint... I talk about what I am doing... the Kodak on video mode will also pick up the audio... (don't need a special mike).
3- I record about 1-2 minutes at a time... that way it is easier to edit...at the end. And it won't suck your computers memory.
4- I use Camtasia to edit... but Windows Movie Maker or Quick Time (purchased version)...will do just fine.
5- For music I use MusicBakery.com... as you can purchase music clips with a license to reuse.
I 'loop' the music ...continuous play...to run for as long as my video section is running.
6- Then... it is rinse and repeat.
Hope this helps you.
PS... there is a trick to generating traffic to your video... I'll talk about that in my next post.
I've found that my slideshow-type videos are more effective in the 'real world' than online. They're a great tool for drawing people into a show/exhibit/booth, and never fail to be conversation-starters. Which can lead to sales and other opportunities.
I've also sold slideshows to homes and businesses looking to fill the blank screens of those ubiquitous giant, flat-screen tv's.
The reaction I get online is more muted, but still has led to sales and produced some great networking opportunities.
For non-speaking, non-instructional-type vids, I think soundtrack choice is critical. As is music-to-image sync, use of transitional effects, and layout of the actual images. (Which image shows before or after which? How long does the image appear onscreen?)
Those, for me, are the elements that make a vid intriguing -- that keep my interest from flagging.
Looking back at my first few vids, it's easy to see that I hadn't quite conquered my video learning curve. One or two of my early efforts could cure insomnia! :-)
Now, I'm more than pleased with the videos I create. What I really must work on, in order to increase my numbers, is volume. Flatly put, I need to produce more videos and post them more frequently, in more places.
That's the very next thing on my online 'Endless List of Things To Do'!
What might help with getting your videos out there is watching other videos that are similar to yours and posting a comment. This will help out as it gets your name out there. I have been doing this a little bit and it will take a lot of work before getting anything out of it. I have watched videos that have very bad lighting and have over 400k views with many people liking them regardless of the quality.
Posting and comments to similar Youtubes... is a good suggestion. I will keep an eye on your Youtube just to see if you get some traction. I have an idea of what will happen... but I don't want to say anything just yet.
Ok... I finally decided to do another video. It's been a while! I used different processed versions of the same images and fade transitions to let the viewer see something similar to a "before and after". (Please click on the "Full Screen" video icon)
From my real-world shows, I know that people are really intrigued in the before-and-after transitions in photographic art. Seeing that transition is always fascinating to me. I've used a similar theme in a few of my vids, and always get good responses when posting before-and-afters on my blog.
Now, please run straight over to the main discussion forum, and post your video in my "Your Art Videos Created During February, 2014!" thread --
My 2014 goal is to produce and publish 1 video per week. I think more frequent posting will automatically increase views. Time will tell if I'm right. :-) I've also started posting my vids to Vimeo. We'll see how it goes . . .