Vlogging has been gaining in popularity lately and for good reason. It’s a great way to add video to your blog posts and get your face out there. It helps you build a better relationship with your audience because they get to see you as a person rather than just words on a page.
When I first learned the power of vlogging, it wasn’t by doing them myself. I was watching other bloggers vlog and it just made me feel more connected to them and the blog. It made it easier to see them as another person making their way through online marketing like me. When I started vlogging myself I started to value vlogs even more because it makes it easier for me to communicate my feelings with you guys.
I’ve been getting a few comments from people wondering how to record a vlog so I’m going to show you a super simple way to record vlogs using free software you probably already have installed on your computer. I was going to do a video originally but my CamStudios keeps glitching for now I hope screenshots will be enough to show you the way.
First you’ll need a webcam and microphone. You can use the ones build into your laptop if you have them, otherwise you’ll need to buy some.
For webcam I’m using my build in one but if you’re looking for a suggestion, here are the ones I’d recommend that aren’t too expensive but still good quality. You don’t really need anything fancy, it’s what’s in the vlog that matters.
If all you have is your build in mic or a headset, go ahead and use that. You can always get something else down the road. At some point you’ll want a standalone mic, preferably a USB mic because they give better audio quality. Once again, you don’t have to get something fancy. Something simple will work just fine.
I use the Blue Yeti microphone. It’s actually a podcasting microphone I picked up because I also plan to do podcasting down the road. It’s a very high quality microphone used by professional podcasters and Youtubers. It’s nice, but definitely not necessary.
If you want the quality of the Blue Yeti but without all of the extra settings, the Blue Snowball is a great microphone at a more reasonable price.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive microphone to start with, I picked up this Plantronics microphone a while back and it wasn’t bad at all for the price.
Recording the Vlog
Make sure you’ve got your microphone and webcam already plugged in and installed before you get ready to record.
I won’t be showing you how to edit your videos or anything like that, just record is so you can get basic vlogs recorded and uploaded.
The software we’re going to use is Windows Movie Maker. You can find it by going to Start Menu > All Programs > Windows Live Movie Maker in Windows 7. In other OSs it might be under “Accessories”. You can also search for it in the search bar.
Here is what it looks like when I open it up. It may look a little different if you’re on a different version but it’ll still work the same. The buttons will just be in different places.
Recording couldn’t be simpler. There is a little webcam button that will turn on your camera and get things ready.
It’ll change to look like this:
Put on a smile and get ready to start recording! Press the “Record” button and it’ll start filming. It’s worth doing a 2-3 second test video to make sure your microphone is working properly.
When you’re done, press the stop button.
A box will pop up for you to save your video. Name it whatever you want. At this point you can be done. You can upload that file directly to YouTube or you can mess around in Windows Movie Maker and do some edits. I don’t really do any editing but I know a lot of people like to do an opening side with the video title and an ending slide with information about their social media sites. I’d say keep it simple to start and feel free to get more fancy as time goes on. Just get your first few vlogs out there and THEN think about learning how to edit your videos, otherwise it’s to easy to put off posting videos!
Have you ever vlogged? If not, why?