Edumarketer Tip #131: Tips for Recording Video on Your Phone

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2021

You’re ready to start filming. Follow these four basic tips to increase the production value of your mobile content.

1. Phone video settings

You’d be surprised how much a few switch-flips can make a difference when it comes to capturing beautiful mobile video. If your phone’s relatively new, we’re willing to bet it’s got the ability to capture video in 4k (fancy!), you just probably need to select it in settings.

Head to your mobile camera settings to check out the recording specs available to you to instantly bump up your video quality. (Heads up, iPhone users — make your videos even more gorgeous by changing these iPhone video settings.) Click HERE for instructions.

2. Lighting for mobile video recording

Always make sure there’s more light in front of your subject than behind them. It’s more important that your subject is lit nicely than your background and if possible, shoot in shady or overcast conditions. That’ll help keep...

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Edumarketer Tip #130: Tips for Making Video Content on Your Phone

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2021

We know you’re eager to know how to make a video with your phone, but if you want something really polished, you need to think about your content before you hit record. Here are three key things to keep in mind:

1. Start strong

One of the most important things is to grab the viewer’s attention near the beginning of the video. As humans rapidly devolve into goldfish, our attention spans aren’t quite what they used to be. Create a sense of engagement upfront to make people want to continue watching. Want to hold them for the duration of the video? Keep it short and sweet and get to the point.

2. Map it out

To help you get there, make sure you map out your beginning, middle, and end. Making a video is like getting lost in a corn maze, it’s not so bad if you have a plan, but if you don’t, you’ll be stuck in there munching on raw corn until it gets dark and security pulls you out. Okay, so mobile video production isn’t exactly like a corn maze.

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Edumarketer Tip #129: Videos Tell Stories

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2021

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I watch the events unfolding in Afghanistan. I’m sure many of you feel the same. While the situations are arguably very different, I can’t help but draw a few parallels between what the people are facing there and the experience of a good friend of mine, Ramy Romany while fleeing Egypt with his family during the 2011 Revolution.

As a Christian Egyptian married to a white woman, Ramy was automatically considered an infidel by the Muslim Brotherhood who were rising up to take control of Egypt. Ramy and his family were lucky enough to make it to the United States unharmed.

Years later, my friend, Nick Nanton, who directed the documentary I co-produced for Folds of Honor, sat down and interviewed Ramy. His story was riveting, and reminded me that we all must have hope.

Although, the stories you have to tell do not hopefully involve as much drama, you do have stories, as do your borrowers. Think about how you can share those...

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Edumarketer Tip #128: How to Do a Split Screen on Zoom to Record a Power Point Presentation and Your Video at the Same Time

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2021

Zoom offers the ability for you to easily record a video and share your screen at the same time.   There are a few tricks to getting your Zoom settings dialed in so that you can show your screen and your video at the same time.  We’ve made some simple step by step instructions and created a video to help you set up your Zoom App to allow you to do a Split Screen on Zoom.

Let’s begin by setting up your settings in the Zoom App.  

  1. Do Not Go To Zoom.us webpage
  2. Go to Your Zoom App and Update your Zoom App Settings
  3. Check on Record Video During Screen Sharing under Recording Section
  4. Do NOT Check Place Video Next to the Shared Screen in the Recording under Recording Section
  5. Under Screen Sharing Section, Check all Settings

Now that you have your Zoom settings in place, let’s hop on over to the Zoom meeting room and show how to show your screen.

Once you are in your meeting:

1. Click on the green Share Screen and share your screen.

2. Open your...

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Edumarketer Tip #127: Formatting Tips for Video Recording

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2021

1. Shoot Horizontally

Computers are formatted to view videos horizontally.  If you’re shooting on your phone, make sure to shoot horizontally. This produces an overall better quality video and also allows for more of the scene to be in the frame. 

2. Shoot in 4k

If possible, record your videos in 4k. This quality was made for videos and allows for an amazingly clear and beautiful video, especially if you’re zooming in on something. It also allows for a much deeper and truer color tone. This is great because you really get the true colors that are in the shot.

3. Start and End with a Smile

Always remember to look at the camera lens at the beginning of your video and smile.  It is the first thing someone will see when they watch your video and it will help to make a connection.  At the end of your video, do the same thing.  Pause, look at the camera, smile and thank them for watching.  

Formatting your video is not difficult, you just...

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Edumarketer Tip #126: Topic Tips for Video Recording

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2021

If you want to create an engaging video, there are many parts at play! You need to come up with a topic, check the video quality, lighting, composition, position, etc. 

The first thing is coming up with a topic.  Don’t let the idea of brainstorming topics scare you -- It’s not as hard as it seems! Here are a few tips for creating video topics.

1. Start with your Customers 

Have you been asked the same question multiple times by different clients? Start there. Go back and think about what your customers and prospects ask most often or which questions they have unanswered that could be the basis for a useful tutorial. 

2. Think about Your Partners

Is there a new process for something in your company? Create a video walking them through the new and/or updated process! Most people are visual learners and learning the new process through a video will help them retain the information better than they would if it were in text.

3. Look at Your Products

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Edumarketer Tip #125: Create a Monthly Video Menu

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2021

Creating videos every week requires discipline and planning but can provide great rewards in marketing your mortgage business.   To help generate ideas for your videos, I recommend dividing your weekly videos into segments or categories.  If you have one category for each week of the month, you will be able to come up with ideas for those categories rather than looking at the whole topic of “mortgages” to figure out what video to make for that week. 

Four Course Menu

Think of it as four courses in a menu:

  1. Appetizers
  2. Salads
  3. Main Dishes
  4. Desserts

Yes, there are certainly other options and specialties, but let’s keep this simple.  You can do the same in your monthly video production:

  1. Community/Lifestyle
  2. Focus on YOU
  3. Mortgage Updates/Program Highlights
  4. Stories

By knowing “what” topic you need to create a video about, you can focus more on completing a video within that topic.  Let’s look at the first item on our menu,...

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Edumarketer Tip #124: Topics, Ideas, and Formatting for Mobile Recording

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2021

If you want to create an engaging video, there are many parts at play! You need to come up with a topic, check the video quality, lighting, composition, position, etc. Don’t worry we have some tips that we’re sharing with you to help you get on your way to creating amazing videos!

The first thing is coming up with a topic. Don’t let the idea of brainstorming topics scare you -- It’s not as hard as it seems! Here are a few tips for creating video topics.

Tips for Choosing a Topic/Idea

Start with your Customers

Have you been asked the same question multiple times by different clients? Start there. Go back and think about what your customers and prospects ask most often or which questions they have unanswered that could be the basis for a useful tutorial.

Think about Your Partners

Is there a new process for something in your company? Create a video walking them through the new and/or updated process! Most people are visual learners and learning the new process...

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Edumarketer Tip #123: Advanced tips for mobile video recording

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2021

Over the past two weeks we have talked about tips, tricks, and attachments to help elevate your mobile video production output. So now you are ready to start filming. Follow these four basic tips to increase the production value of your mobile content.

  • Video Settings 

Don't be fooled by the simplicity of those few switch-flips. They can make a huge difference when it comes to capturing beautiful video on your mobile phone! IF you have a phone that’s relatively new, you might have the ability to record video in 4k. The best way to check in is your settings. 

If you're using an iPhone, for example, we recommend going into the camera app, selecting video and choosing "4k" in the top right hand corner of the screen if possible. Doing this could instantly bump up the quality of your footage with just one simple tap.

 

  • Lighting

 

Make sure the light is behind your subject, not in front of them. It's more important that they're lit nicely than anything else...

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Edumarketer Tip #122: Mobile Video Recording Apps and Attachments for Eazy, Breezy Production!

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2021

Have you ever tried to record a video on your phone only to find the angles awkward or that it's just not high quality enough for what you need? Well worry no more! We have compiled a list of great apps and attachments that we use for a smooth recording process so that filming will be as easy as possible. 

We’ll begin with phone attachments.  

Phone Attachments

Third party companies are making attachments for phones that enable you to add a variety of lenses, microphones, stabilizers and more. These attachments will bump your production value up to near-pro level! Here are some of our recommendations:

Rode Microphones - these are great for recording clearer audio to ensure that the background noise isn’t overpowering your voice and the important information you are sharing.

Stabilizers - If you are going to be out and about while shooting, getting a stabilizer is great for reducing hand held shake. Shakey videos are distractions from the content you are...

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