• Learn how to make web videos. Free!

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    At let's dabble, we use free video tutorials to teach you how to inspire others with simple web videos; share your story and help change the world.

    By teaching the skills necessary to produce web videos, our goal is to empower volunteers, staff, and members of the community to make videos for their favorite organization.

    We hope that by engaging people to share amazing stories we can inspire new stories to be created and maybe, just maybe, make the world a better place... one story at a time. Show less
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  • Chapter 1: Getting started & choosing your equipment Play all

    Yes, video is possible! You can do it. As we begin the journey into teaching web video, we start you with why it is possible... what has changed. Once we know the possibilites, we discuss how this is a game-changer for nonprofits. Finally, the realm of camcorders, equipment, and product reviews is head-spinning. If only someone would sift through it all and just put logical, well-thought-out recommendations into a pdf that you can peruse at your leisure. Oh wait! we did. Enjoy.
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  • Chapter 2: Ready, Set, Install Play all

    It's boring! I said it, but without installing all your software you'll just have to do it later, so get er done and move on with your life. Here we discuss the software needed for video dabbling. How to install the software that comes with your camcorder, how to get Windows Movie Maker on your version of Windows: XP, Vista, or Seven, and a few other key programs to make your life a little easier: Any Video Converter and RealPlayer.
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  • Chapter 3: Understanding your equipment Play all

    It's not about what the buttons do. We discuss your camcorder, it's limitations and how to work around them. We specifically delve into transferring footage off the camera, zooming, extrem close-ups, variations in lighting, and the camera's microphone. So let's get to know your camcorder so that we can record the best possible footage.
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  • Chapter 4: Improving your filming Play all

    As you begin to practice with your camcorder a few problems quickly show their ugly faces. The first is shaky footage, no one enjoys watching a video that ends by being swung quickly to the ground then shaken while the cameraman tries to hit the stop button. After discussing ways to reduce shakiness, we continue on through panning and stationary filming techniques, variations in camcorder angles, how to achieve the best footage in a variety of lighting conditions, what noises are lurking in the background that want to ruin your footage, and, finally, when to film and when to resist the urge to push that little red record button.
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  • Chapter 5: Understanding comfort levels Play all

    Do the people you film look like deer in headlights? Then this section is for you, we discuss the often over-looked hurdle of "comfort levels." Being camera shy is a very common occurrence when you start pointing your camcorder at the faces of your friends, family, and co-workers. It is very important to understand their point-of-view so that you can gather the best possible footage from friends, volunteers, donors, and staff.
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  • Chapter 6: Scripting a web video Play all

    "What do you mean, start over!?!," final words of the frustrated videographer as he finds out the video he made is not what his boss actually wanted. Avoid this frustration by learning about scripting as we discuss the importance of writing a script. Nothing will derail your video project faster than a lack of focus, know what you want to film before you start filming. Film only what you need and your ability to crank out awesome web videos will increase dramatically. Also, we discuss how a script translates into video, the use of voiceovers, and, finally, we walk you through a template for a video newsletter then bring it to life with a real world example.
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  • Chapter 7: Sorting and organizing video files Play all

    Sort your files! I can not say it enough, the worst habit you can have is messy files, it WILL come back to haunt you, I promise. So start with the first video and learn as we discuss the importance of a well-organized file structure and how to create one. We begin with the ideal folder structure for organizing video files, then move on to best practices for naming files, next is how to import those files into Windows Movie Maker, after this is trouble-shooting with Any Video Converter when file types need to be changed, and, finally, we discuss the important video settings in Windows Movie Maker.
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  • Chapter 8: Video Editing with Windows Movie Maker Play all

    It's go time, video editing... it's you or me, and I'm not going down without a fight. Ok, it's not that dramatic, but here we discuss video editing using Windows Movie Maker while editing a real world example. We discuss reviewing raw footage for bad shots, how to arrange the files on the storyboard, finalizing the storyboard with the best footage, how to add a voiceover, how to transition into a voiceover, trimming in Windows Movie Maker, how to adjust sound levels, and finally how to export your project into a video suitable for viewing on the web.
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  • Chapter 9: Publishing to YouTube Play all

    And now to discuss how publishing web video works, how to set up a YouTube account, the things to know about your YouTube channel, and finally how to upload a video.
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  • Training Videos made for Saint Luke's Hospital Play all

    Changing the interior and exterior signage at Saint Luke's Hospital was quite an undertaking. However, explaining the changes to staff and visitors was made easy thanks to video.
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