Video reviews!!

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Video reviews!!

Miss Nessa Miss Nessa
Okay, so I love making video reviews. I like it more then writting reviews. I'm not that good of a writer. I'm working on it with school and my amazing mentor. My question is how can I make my video reviews shorter. I notice my videos go over the 3min limit. Sometimes its about 4mins, how can I make them shorter?
06/16/2011
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Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Nessa
Okay, so I love making video reviews. I like it more then writting reviews. I'm not that good of a writer. I'm working on it with school and my amazing mentor. My question is how can I make my video reviews shorter. I notice my videos go over ...
I hope you don't take this offensively, but your written reviews are better than your videos.

Videos are there to show a product. We still need the written review. Adding pictures to a written review helps make the written more detailed and allows you to make your video a little shorter as well. As for making them shorter. For myself (with my Seed review aside as that was a pre-approved video length), I was able to go from 5-7 minutes to 2-4 by scripting myself and making sure that I'm doing more "showing" of the toy than "telling" about the toy. If you have a toy that has a lot to show, your review is going to be longer. If you're comparing two toys, your review is going to be longer. But, for instance, I reviewed and tried on a harness on camera in under 4 minutes. I had a plan for the video and I executed it. It's okay to ad-lib a little, but you want to pretty much plan your jokes as well. It's like any comedian/enne; delivery is everything. Sometimes my delivery of jokes sucks, sometimes it's great... it just depends (usually on my own cleverness at the joke).
06/16/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Scripting is absolutely a fantastic idea. And keeping in mind that the videos are there to show us things about the product that we can't tell from your written review. You can show us the packaging, but don't spend any longer on it than you absolutely have to. Give us a quick rundown about the toy, but you don't need to include what it's made of and how to clean it in the video. Make sure to show off any different speeds or settings or whatever. Things like that are fine to be a little bit longer, but if you take my latest video you'll see that the review covers all the important stuff like the ingredients (it's a bodywash) and then the video shows how well it pours and lathers - stuff I can explain in a written review but not really show you very well.
06/16/2011
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
I think your video reviews are good considering you're just starting.

One thing I tell the students I mentor, which may or may not help you, is to take a post-it note, and make a couple bullet points of what you'd like to mention about the toy. You don't have to fully script it, per se, but just make some bullet points to keep you on topic and keep things shorter and to the point. Then, you can stick this post-it note off camera, but still within your view, so you'll be able to see it while you do your review.

Also, don't be afraid to take a couple takes of the video if you need to!

Once you have some more practise, you'll get better with time! Good luck.
06/16/2011
ShadowKitten ShadowKitten
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Originally posted by Red Vinyl Kitty
I think your video reviews are good considering you're just starting.

One thing I tell the students I mentor, which may or may not help you, is to take a post-it note, and make a couple bullet points of what you'd like to mention about ...
I agree with RedVinylKitty...but then again I'm kinda bias from being her student the bullet point idea has worked wonders for me every time. Sure I um and uh and 'but yeah' alot but I still get the important points across and all that, I'm never going to be overly confident in front of a camera but that doesn't mean I can't do my best :3

I actually go a bit more than bits and pieces, I type out essentially a script (and points telling me to show this and that at this time) for each review taking SOME of the stuff from my written review into it, and it works out fairly satisfactorily each time, it isn't perfect but its ok. If you can overcome being on camera (which you seem to have done already) and add that kind of system into the equation it should work out for you ^^
06/16/2011
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