In todays blog post I'm going to let you know how I go about recording affiliate videos.
There are 2 ways of doing these kinds of videos.
- Recording them with me on camera, ie as a full motion video.
- Recording a powerpoint presentation, ie as a screencam video (usually at 1 frame per second).
From my experience, usually the 2nd method converts better to sales, but not always. I think it is due to the fact that the videos load faster and are usually better planned when they are powerpoint style.
The other reason is that if people have their sound turned off on their computer, they can read what is going on in my powerpoint presentation by reading the screen.
Full motion videos
When recording full motion affiliate videos I use a Kodak Zi8 camera. These cameras are pretty cheap and yet record at high definition (not that you need HD for the web, but it's great for recording videos of my newborn son too).
I prefer the Kodak Zi8 over other 'flip cams' because it has a microphone jack (for when I want the audio to be better quality). I'm sure other brands will come with a microphone jack soon, but they didn't when I bought my Zi8 a few months ago.
To see an example of one of my affiliate videos using the Kodak Zi8, see this video of me here promoting a product on how to pick up women using magic tricks:
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You don't have to go as far as I did in that video (ie interviewing the product owner) in an affiliate video, you can just talk about the product, but I thought it was a good one to show you as the guy I had in the video showed some cool tricks :)
Actually, I should also give credit to Brad too, the guy in the video above. He's the one who put me on to the Kodak Zi8 in the first place.
I edit my videos using Sony Vegas Movie Studio, it's under $100 and very powerful and only took me a few hours to learn how to use a few years ago.
When recording powerpoint videos, I simply write up my slides on powerpoint, then I use camtasia to record my screen. And that's it.
If you want a free alternative to using Powerpoint and Camtasia, you could always make your slides using free software like Paint.net and you could record the video using JingProject which has a good free version (pro version is only $14.95 per year anyway).
I hope you enjoyed this blog post.
Oh and the best comment below wins their choice of a Kodak Zi8 or Sony Vegas Movie Studio for themselves, so post something good :)
All the best,
Update: Selecting a winner of this little competition has been really HARD. There has been so much great advice given below, the comments were even better than my post lol. I've decided to go with Andy Dee as the winner as he has submitted several great comments (not just 1) that were very helpful. This was a hard choice as so many of you supplied such helpful answers, I gained a few little resources myself :)