How to Create your own Hybrid Videos – part 1 of 2

You see them all the time, On YouTube, Vevo and your friends big screen. I’m talking about those cool photo/video/music shows. Be ready to impress the world with your newfound directorial skills.

This tutorial (chunked out over the next few newsletters) is all about creating…
…Hybrid shows, combining still images, video and music. More than setting you apart from the crowd, they are the norm. Hybrid shows are not only a great way to share your visual story with friends and family but are also vital marketing tools for business.

Here’s an example

Oregon Loop

Oregon Loop

I’ll take you through media selection (still, video and music) and preparation. I use Photodex ProShow Producer to create my shows (a free 15 day trial is available).

For this demonstration we’ll be using the free “Windows Movie Maker 12”.

Windows Movie Maker 12 is installed on Windows version 7 (my machine). For Win 8.1, it’s included in the Windows Essentials 2012 program suite. It’s not supported for Windows 10. You can, however, still download Movie Maker if you really want it. To find an app that’s designed for creating and editing video in Windows 10, visit the Windows Store. I don’t know what’s available for the MAC (I’m a PC guy).

We’ll select the coolest and fun images from your chosen event/adventure. To that, we’ll add your video clips, creative transitions then add music, for a show with true impact.
We’ll also touch on copyright issues, as they pertain to sharing on Youtube.

Finally, I’ll demonstrate “embedding” a finished hybrid show into Facebook and a blog post/web page.

To streamline this tutorial, I’m purposely sidestepping the basics of Windows (renaming, copying and moving files, creating folders, etc.) That also goes for getting images/video from your camera/phone to your PC and the display and editing (adjusting) of individual images and video clips. If you need, there’s a ton of free tutorials out there. Simply Google it and/or search Youtube.

Let’s begin with Media Selection and Preparation.

Although not as glamorous as diving right into Movie Maker, doing this saves a ton of time later.
If you were to take away one thought this month, it would be “Less is More”. Your final show has to be short enough to maintain your audience interest.

Create the main folder for this project and name it. I prefer the date and a word, representing the subject. Within your main folder create four sub-folders, name “photos”, “videos”, “music” and “edit”. Populate the first three, accordingly, with your media files.

Here’s the tough part. Just like the big-boys do for feature film, we must edit down the number of images and videos. As you view each one, keep the essentials only. A good rule is, if you have to think about whether to use an image/video or not, move it to your “edit” folder. The edit folder is for safe keeping instead of deleting. What you do with those, when we’re done, is up to you.

If a video clip contains a short portion you wish to use, keep the whole clip. We’ll deal with after we import it into “Movie Maker”.

Now…Adjust (Crop, adjust brightness, contrast, etc.) your photos in your favorite photo editor.
Your looking for maximum visual impact for each single image.
Don’t have an editor… worries. Here’s a list of some. Most are free.
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Zoner Photo Studio:
Adobe Lightroom 6: Pay Once:
Adobe Lightroom 6: $9.99/month from Adobe…

OK…. I’ve given you a good start.

In summary:
1) Migrate your images, video and music (for this one project) to the appropriate PC folders.
2) Cull (pare down) to, just the essentials.
3) Adjust your still images.
4) Be sure you have “Movie Maker” installed and ready to go.

See part 2 of this tutorial.

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