Since my friend Angela Breidenbach and I released a video of us signing a contract for a book we’re writing together, many people have asked how to create something like this for themselves.
This post is specifically for Mac users. I’m sure there are similar programs available for use on a PC, but I’m not familiar with them. If you know of something, feel free to leave a comment with the information!
You will need:
Both parties need to have Skype installed on a computer or laptop with a decent webcam. Skype is easy to use and the free version is ample. You’ll need to have each other added as contacts.
The person who will create the video and edit it will need Call Recorder, which costs thirty bucks. As far as I know, this is a Mac only program. I’ve used it to record audio-only files for podcasts as well as several videos. The beauty of this program is that it allows for both the interviewer and the interviewee to share/split the screen for the video.
If you don’t have high-speed Internet, the quality of the recording will be poor. Mine is iffy. To boost the quality a wee bit more, I rebooted my laptop just before recording and kept only the minimum windows open (ie: Skype and my script!).
At the agreed-upon time, commence a video call in Skype. Chat a moment or two to make sure you’re both ready, then press record in Call Recorder. The settings I use in CR are:
The “split screen” setting is what gives both parties half the screen in the final video.
Remember to look into the webcam while recording. I so wanted to look at Angela’s face, and sometimes I needed to look at my script. But, as much as possible, look at the webcam so people will feel as though you’re speaking directly to them. When you’re done, turn the recording off. It will save to whatever spot you designated in your preferences.
Because Angie and I both wanted to see how the video turned out before I uploaded it to YouTube, we then shut down Skype and opened a Google hangout, where I could play back the video using the screen share. We then discussed what we needed to improve on and headed back to Skype for a retake. This is the 7th (and final) version:
I created the closing slides using Powerpoint, then saved those as individual .jpgs and imported them to iPhoto.
Then I opened iMovie and fumbled around. I’m definitely not an expert here, but I managed to get the saved Skype video loaded. I edited out some dead space and a few frames at the very end. Then I added the Powerpoint slides to the end and fiddled with the “Ken Burns” effect (I wish the default setting was OFF for that) to keep the slides from zooming in and out—makes me nauseous!
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At this point I optimized the video (under File) and then exported it (under Share). This gave me the option of saving it to the spot in my laptop where I wanted it.
Then I opened YouTube to my channel, hit Upload, and selected the video. Once it is uploaded (speed depends on your connection) you can write the meta-data and tags, add your website, choose which frame to use as the “still” (they only give you 3 options), and set the video to public.
From there, you can share to Facebook, Twitter, etc, and pop the link onto your website.