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Video assignment for your blog

10 Oct 2008

In the effort to promote your blog, you need to let people know about it — and make it seem interesting. I’m going to require you to make a video to promote your own blog. The video must be less than 1 min. 30 sec. You must appear in the video, talking to the camera. I would like you to use a Webcam so that you can practice the skill of interacting with a little beady eye sitting above your computer screen.

You should write out a script for yourself, but you should NOT read the script while making the video. It’s going to sound like reading if you do, and that would be bad. Very bad.

You should also adjust the lights in the room to make yourself look good. A lot of people shine a bright light on their face when they are using a Webcam, but this makes their face look flat and unnatural. Experiment with two lights, such as a desk lamp and a standing floor lamp. Position them to the side. If you position a floor lamp to shine on your hair, the result can look quite nice.

Make sure your voice is clear and easy to understand.

You might need to re-do the video five or six times before you get something decent. Please put in as much time as you need to produce a good end result.

If you have a MacBook, you can use iMovie to record with the built-in Webcam (info here; also, a video about how to do it in iMovie 08). In versions before iMovie 08, just open iMovie and do what you see in the image at left.

If you have a Windows laptop, you may have a built-in Webcam, and you may already have software for recording. If you have Windows, a Webcam, and no software, have a look at this free software. If you don’t have a Webcam, find a friend who does.

You will upload the video to both YouTube and Facebook. You will send me a direct link to the YouTube video, and you will send me a link on Facebook too. If your Facebook profile is private, you’ll have to show it to me in class.

You don’t need to post the video on your blog, although you can if you’d like to.

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