The Outline

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The Outline

 The first step in the video creation process is the outline.  When you build a house, you start with an idea, then a rough sketch, and then a detailed blueprint.  When a new automobile rolls off the assembly line, you did not see it, but the process included an idea, a sketch, perhaps a clay model, and then many other steps in preparation for the day that the first car would be produced.  Your video is an important piece of your marketing puzzle and if it is going to look right and perform right it has to be produced with proper planning and forethought going into each step along the way.  Your outline will make sure that you start right and stay on track throughout the entire process.

First, just list the steps involved in whatever process you are explaining.   In this case, my first outline for this course looked like this:

Intro

Outline

Article

Videos

Post

Repeat

Summary

Then, expand the main topics with sub topics (where appropriate).  My expanded outline:

Intro

Outline

Main Topics

Sub Topics

Articles

Write as though you were talking to a friend

Check spelling, grammar, etc.

Videos

1) Head shot

2) Slides

3) Screencast software

4) Video editing software

Post Articles

Your site

Other sites

Google+

Facebook

Repeat

More Videos on same topic

More topics

Summary

 

Next, expand the sub topics even more if needed:

Intro

Outline

Main Topics

Sub Topics

Articles

Write as though you were talking to a friend

Check spelling, grammar, etc.

Videos

1) Head Shot

Record Yourself

Outsource it

2) Slides

Make them yourself

50 Words per slide

10 Words per slide

Outsource

3) Screencast Software

Camtasia

Jing

CamStudio

4) Video Editing Software

Camtasia

Power director

Voice & slides separately

Outsource voice

Ad your face with web cam

Post Articles

Your site

Other sites

Google+

Facebook

Repeat

More Videos on same topic

More topics

Summary

 

When you have broken the topics down as much as you can or as much as you desire, then your outline is complete and you are ready to start writing about each bullet point.

Terry Gunn

Traffic Tsunami

 

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