As much as most people understandably leap to the assumption that they need to film video content, the fact of the matter is that there is a lot of great video content online that is not filmed.
In particular, one of the easiest ways to come up with really effective video content for your blog is by creating a slideshow.
In theory creating a simple slideshow video is really very straightforward. All you’ll need is a Slideshow creator software, some images you may want to use, and a bit of creativity.
If you’ve ever come up with a slideshow in the past then you may already have a good idea how to go about it, but the trick to making a good slideshow video for a blog is to start with a plan.
Planning the Slideshow
Assuming you already know the topic that you intend to use for your video, planning it will basically involve asking yourself two key questions:
• “What Do You Want to Show?”
The best way to start answering this is to break your topic down, and begin to structure it as individual slides. Overall you will want your slideshow to consist of 8 to 9 slides at most as assuming you’ll be spending 5 seconds on each that should put you in the range of a 40 to 45 second video.
That duration is great for blog content – but you can adjust it accordingly if you want it to be shorter or longer.
As you start to break down your topic into slides, you may want to tweak it slightly but by the time you’re done you should have the overall structure of your slideshow mapped out. That is when you can ask the next question, which is…
• “How Do You Want to Show It?”
Considering you already know what each slide contains, this question is really more about how you intend to show that information. One of the key advantages of video is that it is visual, and you’ll want to take advantage of that wherever possible to show instead of simply telling.
Another key aspect of this question is whether or not your slideshow will have a voiceover narrating it. If it does then you’ll want to decide what information is going to be shown visually in the video, and what will be imparted orally by the voiceover.
One of the best ways to work through this step is to come up with a script or storyboard for your slideshow. It should include as much detail as possible about what will be shown in each slide, as well as what the voiceover that accompanies it will be saying.
Once you’ve answered both those questions, you should have a pretty solid plan that will act as a foundation for your video. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t regard your plan as being set in stone, and if it turns out there is some way to tweak it and make it better later on – you should be open to that.
Creating the Slideshow
To be entirely honest, planning a slideshow video is arguably the hardest part – and creating it is actually relatively easy. That being said when you start to add slides to the software that you’re using and compile the slideshow, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind:
• Keep the layout and backgrounds simple
Visually complicated slideshows often detract from the information that they’re putting across. Considering each slide will only be shown for a handful of seconds, you’ll want to make sure the viewer focuses on the important elements.
• Prepare the media in advance
If you plan to use any images or intersperse recorded video clips – you should prepare them in advance. In particular you may want to make sure the resolution of the photos or videos you’re using are a match as if they’re lower the quality will look poor.
• Record the voiceover using a good microphone
Audio quality is critical if you’re using a voiceover, and using a good microphone can help tremendously. Another nice (but not entirely necessary) feature is if the software you’re using allows you some basic editing features so you can cut and join audio tracks so that they fit better.
• Choose suitable background music
Most slideshow videos have background music of some form or other – but just make sure it is suitable. Ideally it should fit the pace of the slideshow itself, and should never drown out any part of the voiceover narration.
As you may have surmised a large part of how you go about creating your slideshow will depend on the software that you’re using. Different slideshow creators have different capabilities, so you should try to choose one that gives you the ability to easily add slides, include background music and voiceovers, and possibly edit it in small ways.