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Web Video 101: Easily Make Web Videos With Your Smartphone!

Stop being scared of video. Learn The Message, The Media & The Marketing to start leveraging video for your website.
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WHAT'S INSIDE
  • Lifetime access to 57 lectures
  • 4+ hours of high quality content
  • A community of 400+ students learning together!
TAUGHT BY
  • Alexa Fischer Creator of Alexafischer.com

    Alexa Fischer uses the skills she learned at The Yale School of Drama and on countless primetime television shows to help people speak with confidence and calm in any situation. Versatile and useful, her methods can be applied to boardroom pitches, public speaking, promotional videos, even cocktail small talk. Alexa is honored to have worked with Fortune 500 companies like Trader Joe’s and SONY and smaller, philanthropic organizations like the Step up Women’s Network and Dress for Success. She works with clients in group workshops, through online classes, and one-on-one, helping each person polish their speaking and presentation skills while tapping into their own greatness.

    Stay connected and get free weekly video tips and inspiration at her website!

  • Jay Mutzafi Creator of www.ParadoxDesign.co

    Jay Mutzafi is the Creator of www.ParadoxDesign.co  - A Web Design & Development Company, focusing on website for small businesses and professionals as well as mobile application development.

    Jay has been a Web Developer for over 6 years and has consulted for companies like www.PacificIslands.com & www.SchoolMenu.com

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Web Video 101: Easily Make Web Videos With Your Smartphone!

Stop being scared of video. Learn The Message, The Media & The Marketing to start leveraging video for your website.
14 reviews

It’s hard to know where to start when doing videos, and it feels like your only option is hiring an expensive video guy which will cost you thousands of dollars.

But why is video so important in the first place?

Say you own an online coaching business. By using video, you can:

  • Share powerful customer testimonials to give you credibility
  • Look professional so you can charge the big bucks

Or say you are a freelance designer with a website. With video, you can:

  • Show your passion and make you work feel real and authentic
  • Easily summarize what you do in a short/fun video rather than a long block of text

Basically, without video, you're missing out on a huge opportunity to engage with your audience. It allows you to tell your story in a beautiful and easy way. And it'll make you more money.

Web Video 101 is a 3-pronged course which teaches you how to:

  1. Effectively communicate your message
  2. Use just your iPhone to make professional-quality videos
  3. Market your videos effectively

Now you can learn how to use LOW-TECH solutions to create BIG IMPACT results.  Believe it or not, your iPhone can be a one stop production studio.  In this training series we walk you through performance techniques, so you can present your material in an engaging and authentic way.  Then we provide media expertise to give you the best tools to make your phone or iPad turn into a full production studio.  Finally, we guide you through the foundations of how to share your videos all over the web. If you want to explode your business by creating a loyal tribe of fans, then sign up now.  Making videos is not just for the pros! 

Check out our free videos below...  Thanks!


Course Completion BONUS: Reap rewards for your efforts!  When you complete the course, submit your very own web video to me and I will offer my advice and direction.  Grab your private tutorial today.

    • Students will need to have access to an iPhone, iPad, iTouch or other Smart phone that has video capabilities
    • Over 57 lectures and 4 hours of content!
    • To teach you the art of performing on camera so you can capture your audience's attention, command respect and build a tribe of fans.
    • To provide technical advice on all aspects of video production, including lighting, location, sound and camera settings. You really can be your own production studio!
    • To walk you through the world of apps. You will see for yourself the power of inexpensive applications to enhance the look of your footage so it can appear like you spent thousands of dollars on your shoot!
    • To show you how easy it is to manage your video footage so you can simply transfer them from your phone to your computer or even directly to your website, Facebook page or YouTube channel.
    • To show you how to take your YouTube page to the next level. With advanced settings your videos can function as your personal broadcasting system.
    • To help you learn SEO essentials for sharing your videos all over the web.
    • Content creators who are ready to explode their message all over the web!
    • Instructors who wish to harness the power of video to share their expertise through online learning platforms. Yes, you too can be a Udemy Premium instructor!
    • Bloggers desiring to use video in their posts to personalize their content and build a more engaging relationship with their audience.
    • Online business owners who have longed to create an amazing homepage video, but have lacked the expertise and budget to do so effectively. Now is your chance!
    • Anyone interested in getting comfortable on camera. You never know when your moment will come to be in the spotlight. Be prepared!

CURRICULUM

  • SECTION 1:
    The Message: Getting Started
  • 1
    The Message: Meet Alexa Fischer
    02:03
    It's the perfect time to begin sharing yourself, your business and your message with the world... on video!  I have been a professional actress for the last 15 years and I have turned my passion for people into a mission to teach people how to be magnetic, confident and happy in life and in business.  You can learn more about me and my work at my website: alexafischer.com

    You were born with a 1000 Watt Presence.  Let me show you how to SHINE.

    For weekly tips and insights, but sure to sign up for my newsletter.  Inspiration...straight into your inbox!  Go to alexafischer.com now.  Thanks!


  • 2
    The Message: My Journey with Video
    07:37
    I would like to take a moment to tell you about my personal journey with video production as it relates to how I built my business.  The reason why I am so passionate about teaching people how to produce compelling videos is NOW you can reach a global audience INSTANTLY.  Video simply works and you don't need a huge budget to get started.  Here is my story...  What's yours?


  • 3
    The Message: Video Works!
    10:32
    Now that you have heard my story, I wanted to share with you the stories of other entrepreneurs I admire.  It's amazing to watch their growth over time.  Here is a recap of how I have used the power of video to grow my own business.  Your journey is about to begin...
  • SECTION 2:
    The Message: Understanding The Power of Video
  • 4
    The Message: Why video is so important
    02:42

    There is no better time than RIGHT NOW to start creating your own video content.  Billions of people are coming online in the next few years, so start practicing and producing videos so you can build your online presence.  Here are some of the BEST reasons to get started today.  Enjoy!

  • 5
    RECAP: Why video is so important
    02:52
    In case you were not sure about the necessity of creating videos to promote yourself, your business or your brand, then we would like you to consider all the reasons why it's a GREAT time to start producing videos NOW.  Take a moment and write down your motivation to make your own videos.  Are you wanting to broaden your reach?  Refine your message?  Land a spot on TV as a guest expert?  Share your goals in the comments below.
  • 6
    The Message: What stops people from getting started?
    03:36

    If you have longed to create videos, but never managed to make them happen, fear not, you are not alone.  Getting started can be overwhelming.  Here are some of the reasons why people STOP before they START.  By declaring your obstacles, you release the power they hold over you.  So, what has stopped YOU in the past?  If you care to confess, please share in the comments below. Then you can kick that hesitation to the ground forever.  Yes you can!

  • 7
    RECAP: What stops people from getting started?
    02:30
    Now is the time for you to voice all the reasons that have stopped you from creating great videos. By taking a moment to get all your fears, hesitation and overwhelm out on the table, you are actually releasing hidden tension you may have around the subject.  Write down your list and then proudly walk it over to the nearest shredder.  Good-bye fear and hesitation... hello FUN!
  • SECTION 3:
    The Message: Crafting Your Content
  • 8
    The Message: What type of video should you produce?
    04:52
  • 9
    RECAP: What type of video should you produce?
    03:31
    Let's review...  Here are some of the examples of types of videos.  These examples are from some of my favorite personalities and business leaders online.  I invite you to check out their work and find people who work and videos you admire.  Let us know your favorites in the comments below!
  • 10
    The Message: Identify your ideal viewer
    02:29
    Now it's time to get specific.  The more you understand your ideal customer and can describe them in detail, the better you will understand who they are.  When you are speaking on camera, the trick is to pretend to be speaking to ONE PERSON.  That person is your ideal customer!  Connect with them on a personal level, and you will convey all you need to and more.  Who is your ideal customer?  Let us know in the comments! 
  • 11
    RECAP: Identify your ideal viewer
    03:43
    Let's review...  Here are the basic guidelines to follow to identify your ideal viewer.  Remember, when you are connected to the single most person you are speaking to, your attention is on THEM, not YOU.  Your message will be clear, connected and compelling.  See for yourself!
  • SECTION 4:
    The Message: Ready, Set, Action
  • 12
    The Message: The Performance
    04:27
    Now it's time to push the record button and start speaking.  Inevitably, this is the point that most people dread.  Not to worry, with practice, this becomes as easy as breathing.  With proper preparation, delivering your content is FUN.  Here are some of my best tips to be comfortable in front of the camera.  Let us know what tips YOU use! 
  • 13
    RECAP: The Performance
    06:55
    Again, once you are prepared, you can have fun in the moment.  Review the following reminders as you prepare to shoot your videos.  With time, all of these tips will be second nature...  Try them and see for yourself! 
  • SECTION 5:
    THE MEDIA: GETTING STARTED
  • 14
    The Media: Meet Robert LaPorta, Designer and Media Maven
    01:42
    It is my pleasure to introduce you to Robert LaPorta.  He is the man responsible for helping me with my video production work to date.  You can read more about him and see his professional video work at:  rowfourproductions.com


  • SECTION 6:
    The Media: Setting Up
  • 15
    The Media: Equipment - What You Need to Get Started
    08:12
    No need to hire a fancy production company to shoot your videos!  In this lecture you will learn exactly what you will need to become your own one-stop production company.  These suggestions will get you started, but you should always feel free to improvise.  What device are you using?  Any tips to share on how you typically create video?  Any areas of particular concern?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.


  • SECTION 7:
    The Media: Video Settings
  • 16
    The Media: An Introduction to the Video Settings
    01:33
    It's time to learn the video settings on your device.  In this lecture we are focusing on shooting video with an iPhone or an iPad, but it's a very similar process if you are using any Smartphone.  In this lecture, we will review the front and rear facing lenses, the microphones, the necessary settings to avoid unwanted interruptions, and the place you will find your video footage.  It's your personal road map to being your own director, producer, editor and publisher.
     
  • 17
    The Media: Basic Video Settings
    10:13

    For those of you who are not as familiar with your video settings on your iPhone, this lecture will walk you through all the essential information that you need to know.  Have any additional questions?  Feel free to ask in the comments below!

  • 18
    The Media: Advanced Video Settings
    12:01
    If you are ready to take your video to the next level, then feel free to explore the world of apps.  In this lecture, you will learn how to use Filmic Pro.  With this app, you can adjust your frame rate and control white balance and exposure.  These modifications can enhance your ability to shoot just about anywhere.  Do you have an app that you love?  Let us know in the comments below!
  • SECTION 8:
    The Media: The Location
  • 19
    The Media: The Location
    01:35
    Every detail in your video sends a message to your audience, so be sure to give careful consideration to the background of your video. In this lecture you will see how your environment tells a story.  When you align your message with your setting, the viewer just 'gets" you.  Watch and see how the location can either help or hurt a video's effectiveness.

  • 20
    The Media: Location Samples
    06:42
    While it may be tempting to find an incredibly cool location for your video shoot, remember how important it is for you to access this location EASILY.  Ideally, you will find a spot that supports your business (in that it makes sense) and is not distracting to the viewer.  Clean, simple, comfortable and easily accessible.  Have a spot in mind?  Let us know in the comments below!
  • 21
    The Media: The Location-Final Thoughts
    02:08
    Some final words to inspire you...
  • SECTION 9:
    The Media: The Sound
  • 22
    The Media: The Sound
    05:35
    The quality of a video is often determined by the quality of the sound.  We are more likely to forgive amateur footage if the audio is crisp and clear.  Here are some techniques to improve sound quality without needing expensive professional equipment.  We will be examining your environment, your settings and your accessories to capture the best sound quality possible.  Any suggestions we haven't thought of?  Please share your insights in the comments below.  Thanks!
  • SECTION 10:
    The Media: The Lighting
  • 23
    The Media: The Lighting
    02:53
    Every actor knows the importance of "finding your light".  It's that perfect spot where your face is wonderfully illuminated .  While you may not have a professional lighting kit hanging around, you do have the ability to find the best natural light in any given location.  In this lecture you will learn how to position your device, so you can shine like a movie star.
  • 24
    The Media: Finding Your Ideal Light
    05:28

    In this video you will see a demonstration of how to find your ideal light in an office environment.  By using the front facing camera, you will be able to see for yourself, which camera position gives you the best lighting.  Check it out!

  • 25
    The Media: Adjusting the Background Lighting
    03:54
    Once you have located your ideal lighting, take a moment to check the frame for any distracting lighting elements behind you.  In this video we demonstrate how to make adjustments to the room so as not to distract your audience.  Never under estimate attention to detail!
  • 26
    TIME FOR A PEP TALK!
    02:08

    OK.  You're ready to start shooting.  Feel free to go back and review the performance reminders, but we felt it was time you deserved a little pep talk.  Enjoy.

  • SECTION 11:
    The Media: Post-Production
  • 27
    The Media: Advanced Filtering with Apps
    15:14
    In this lecture we explore how you can capture different looks through an app called Magic Bullet Movie Looks.  With this app, you can choose one of many filters to enhance and create an entirely different look with your footage.  Explore and have fun!
  • 28
    RECAP: Filtering Examples
    00:58
    Here is a brief recap to show you the various filters in action.  As you can see, there are quite a few to choose from!  What's your favorite? 
  • 29
    The Media: An Introduction to File Management
    01:52
    Once you have shot your videos, you will need to know what to do with them!  File management is critical to avoid footage overwhelm.  In this lecture we will show you how to manage the video clips from deleting takes you will not use, locating them on your device, uploading them to your computer and basic filtering and editing options.  It's amazing what your device is capable of once you learn how to do it!
  • 30
    The Media: Manage Your Footage on your Phone
    04:19
    Now that you have shot so many brilliant videos, you will need to know what to do with them.  In this video, you will learn where to find your footage, both filtered and unfiltered.  There are also tips on avoiding footage overload and best practices to keeping your video takes under control.  No need for footage overwhelm! 
  • 31
    The Media: Manage Your Footage on the Computer
    14:30

    While it may be tempting to download your video files into your iTunes or iPhoto account, here is where you will learn the power of Image Capture.  It is critical that you learn how to manage these files easily and independently from your personal pictures and videos.  See for yourself how easy it is to manage this new system!

  • 32
    Signing Off! Resources and More
    01:17
    Good job!  What we have reviewed in this series of lectures is more than enough information to get you started, but please feel free to improvise along the way!  We welcome your feedback, your tips and suggestions as you start producing your own videos.  As an added bonus, we are including some additional resources for you to continue learning on your own.  Have fun and get shooting!
  • SECTION 12:
    THE MARKETING: GETTING STARTED
  • 33
    The Marketing: Meet Jay Mutzafi, Web Designer and Programmer
    01:19
    Jay Mutzafi is a Web Designer and Programmer and Creator of Paradox Design, focusing on WordPress Websites & Web Video.
    You can check out his website and portfolio at http://www.ParadoxDesign.co
    You can also follow him on twitter at @JayMutzafi
  • 34
    The Marketing: The Power of Video on the Web
    01:30
    Video yields great results on the web for many reasons and for many purposes, but above all videos on the web are one of the best tools to increase engagement by producing higher conversion rates.

    Whatever the action you want your visitors to take, there is a much higher chance that they'll do so after watching a video.  See for yourself!
  • SECTION 13:
    The Marketing: What You Need to Know About YouTube
  • 35
    The Marketing: YouTube: It's Not Just for Amateurs
    02:54
    YouTube is much more than a video sharing platform.  It's true power lies in it's ability to be a powerful Social Network and a Search Engine.   Through this website, we now have the ability to reach a broader audience and engage with them quickly and easily.  We will show you how!
  • 36
    The Marketing: YouTube - Next Steps
    00:58
    Here is some questions to ponder:

    What is your target audience searching for?
    How can you build community through YouTube?
    Who is your audience already following?

    Once you determine the answers, you are well on your way to finding your audience.
  • 37
    The Marketing: YouTube Basics- Creating Your Account
    02:57

    In this video you will learn how to set up your personal YouTube page.  All the basics, with step-by-step instructions.   

    If you don't have a YouTube account, follow these simple steps to create your account:

    If you already have a gmail account, just log in to gmail, and click on the Create An Account button of the YouTube homepage to instantaneously create your account.  It's that simple.

  • 38
    The Marketing: YouTube Basics - Setting Up Your Channel
    04:35
    The first thing to do when setting up your channel is to select a channel name. If available, choose a name that matches your company name, brand or subject matter. If you are your brand, use your name!

    Then, select your settings and customize your channel to match your brand or website for better recognition.

  • 39
    The Marketing: YouTube Basics- Uploading Videos
    04:33
    Uploading a video is as simple as dragging and dropping the video file from your file folder to the Upload a Video page on YouTube. It's that simple!
  • 40
    The Marketing: YouTube Maximized - How to Customize Each Video
    01:16
  • 41
    A Guest Instructor - Deltina Hay
    00:46
    The next couple of videos in the YouTube segment of the course are by Deltina Hay. These are videos from her comprehensive course Leveraging YouTube to Drive Sales and Traffic which we highly recommend if you want to take YouTube to the next level. She was generous to offer Web Video 101 students 50% off with discount code: LeverageYouTube

    Deltina Hay is the author of The Social Media Survival GuideThe Bootstrapper's Guide to the Mobile Web, and The Bootstrapper's Guide to the New Search Optimization. She is a veteran Web developer, publisher, and a pioneer of social media and Web 2.0, especially as it applies to small business and the publishing industry.
  • 42
    YouTube Video Features
    07:28
    This session covers features like adding notes and annotations to your videos to help engage your audience.

    This video is from Deltina Hay's comprehensive course Leveraging YouTube to Drive Sales and Traffic.
    Web Video 101 students can get 50% off with discount code: LeverageYouTube

    Check out her other courses:

    The Social Media Survival Guide 

    The Bootstrapper's Guide to the Mobile Web 

    Twitter Essentials in Under an Hour

    Marketing Mobile Apps for Top Visibility and Lasting Success 
  • 43
    Introducing The New YouTube Layout
    07:53
    YouTube is rolling out its new channel layout called "One Channel." This new layout is designed to look good on any device: desktop, laptop, smartphone, TV, appliances, etc.

    This lecture introduces you to the new "One Channel" layout and how you should prepare now to optimize for this layout when it becomes available

    This video is from Deltina Hay's comprehensive course Leveraging YouTube to Drive Sales and Traffic.
    Web Video 101 students can get 50% off with discount code: LeverageYouTube

    Check out her other courses:

    The Social Media Survival Guide

    The Bootstrapper's Guide to the Mobile Web

    Twitter Essentials in Under an Hour

    Marketing Mobile Apps for Top Visibility and Lasting Success
  • SECTION 14:
    The Marketing: Beyond YouTube - Your Videos All Over the Web
  • 44
    The Marketing: Embedding Your Video on Your Website
    03:17
    To embed a YouTube video on your site click on the Share button under the video and then click Embed. Choose the size of the video and copy the embed code.

    If you have a WordPress website, embedding is as easy as pasting the embed code into any content page or post (using the html tab). WordPress is covered more extensively in a later chapter.

    If you do not have a WordPress website, ask your web designer or manager to add the code in the right place.
  • 45
    The Marketing: YouTube Alternative
    03:37
    Vimeo can be a good alternative (or addition) to your YouTube channel. In this video I cover the pros and cons of Vimeo.
  • 46
    The Marketing: RESOURCES - helpful links and tutorials
    Text

    If you are ready to take your YouTube channel to the next level, follow these links to learn how to customize your YouTube channel and videos further.  You'll be a pro in no time!

  • SECTION 15:
    The Marketing: WordPress
  • 47
    The Marketing: The Ease of Content Management Systems
    03:28
    Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress makes our lives much easier by giving us a website with a user interface that allows us to add and edit content in a visual and easy way. This is another powerful tool that empowers you to create online... all by yourself.
  • 48
    The Marketing: The Power of Plugins
    01:40
    Plugins give our websites custom functionality that makes it easier to deliver and share our content online. 
  • SECTION 16:
    The Marketing: Sharing and Social Media
  • 49
    The Marketing: Social Platforms
    04:17
    Social Networks & Sites are the platforms on which we spread the word and expand our reach with videos and content. It is also where we find our audience and new followers.  Knowing these social networks and how they work allows us to focus on the ones that can benefit us most and help us produce better results with less effort.
  • 50
    The Marketing: Share Buttons and Call to Action
    05:14
    We can't assume our site visitors will make an effort to copy our page's web address (url) and paste it into their Facebook status to share our content and videos.  We need to make it as easy and effortless as possible for them to share with a click of a button. That is where Share Buttons & Widgets come in.

    And, if we want them to take an action on a specific page, Call to Actions are the way to do it. Remember, higher conversion rates are the goal.
  • 51
    The Marketing: RESOURCES - Links to Plugins
    Text
    Here you'll find links to some basic and useful Plugins for WordPress to make sure your site has the essential components to display and share your videos. 
  • SECTION 17:
    YOU DID IT! A Message from Alexa and a GIFT for you.
  • 52
    CONGRATULATIONS... Watch this video for a special BONUS
    01:27
    Have you watched the course from beginning to end? Followed instructions and did all your homework? Great!
    Click Here to Submit Your Video 
  • SECTION 18:
    Student Videos & Critique
  • 53
    Our First Brave Student Video
    03:16
    Our first submitted student video is by Heidi Neilson who has completed the the course and done her homework. Well done Heidi!  
    This is an instruction video she created for the clients in her business Freedom In Motion.

    Watch her video and watch the following lecture to see Alexa's critique and commentary about it. 
  • 54
    Reviewing Heidi's Video
    03:18
    Reviewing Heidi's video from the various aspects learned in the course.
  • 55
    Even Teachers Can Learn - Ben's Video
    05:37
    Ben is a fellow instructor on Udemy who took our course to improve his videos.
    In this video he describes our course to his viewers (very kindly so) and shows his improvement with a before and after view as well as asking additional questions for improvement.

    Ben is the creator of 02Geek.com  and you can find his courses here.

    Watch the following video for Alexa's response and her answers to Ben's questions.
  • 56
    Review and Response to Ben's Video
    06:13
    Great work, Ben! Here is your personal critique of your first video. You are well on your way and I hope these suggestions set you on the road to success. For more advice on how to share your brilliance with the world, sign up for my weekly video posts at http://www.alexafischer.com Cheers!

    Links mentioned in video: 
    Background Paper: http://bit.ly/AdoramaPaper
    Vimeo Lighting: https://vimeo.com/videoschool/archive/lighting
  • 57
    Additional Student Videos and Reviews
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REVIEWS

  • Dr. Adnan Branbo
    A Must Take Course

    I really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot from it. Video is no longer an option for your professional life or your business, whether small or big. This course makes it so easy at the reach of everyone.

  • Pablo Muñoz Sánchez
    Excellent!

    I really enjoyed this course. Alexa and her team are just great. I am sure Alexa will inspire you. :)

  • Jodi Herman
    Refreshing!

    This is my first Udemy course and I loved the use of video to teach. I work in the field of technology so much of the training I take part in is screen capture and to be quite honest, I often find it sooo hard to stay awake! I gave this course a 4 due to so much PowerPoint presentation in the Marketing section. Because I was so engaged with the Message and Media sections and found myself dozing off during the Marketing section, I strongly believe it's because there was no one to watch or to keep me engaged. I think this section could still use a presentation but would greatly benefit by adding Jay's video along side. Other than that, terrific information!!! Thank you!

  • Ben Fhala
    Fantastic Course 5 Thumbs up

    As the owner of 02GEEK and a fellow instructor here in the Udemy platform I stumbled on this course and I got to say it was an eye opener. I've already improved my production dramatically and even got my videos personally reviewed by the lead Instructor Alexa Fisher. No question in my mind this is worth every penny invested into this course. I loved it so much that i went out of my way and made a video review of it that you can find on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF71QwBzheE

  • Cheryl Hunter
    Extraordinary Value! WOW!

    I am so blown away by this series. Not only does Alexa know her stuff, but she so freely gives away her own roadmap to success. Many people teach you how to, but they just give you the basics without letting you in on their own secrets. Not so with Alexa. By being transparent and open about her own journey--coupled with doling out top-notch information--Alexa makes you feel like you, too, can accomplish what you want in this arena.

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