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Turn Your PowerPoint 2010 Slides Into Videos, Upload to YouTube, and Make Interactive with Annotations (with video example)

You can create videos from your PowerPoint slides. Below is a very basic example of a slide I’m going to start adding to the end of my how-to YouTube videos. I’m hoping it’ll remind more viewers to subscribe to my channel and click to share my tips with their social media network (that’s a hint).

I formatted the PowerPoint slide for widescreen. Then I added graphic elements and animated some of them. From there, I rendered the slide as a video (Windows Media Video). All this was done in PowerPoint.
Once I uploaded the video to YouTube, I created an annotation to link directly to the subscription page of my YouTube channel.

Sample PowerPoint slide rendered as a Windows Media Video.

LEARN HOW TO DO THIS

If you’d like to learn how to do all this and more, stay tuned for my upcoming video training event (August 10, 2012, Atlanta GA USA) where I’ll combine getting started with video (equipment, software, recording, and editing), creating PowerPoint graphics, building a YouTube channel, and learning DIY SEO (search engine optimization).

To be notified of conference details, Join my private email list.

Have you created a video using PowerPoint? Give us some ideas and leave a comment.

PEACE.

How to Show Your Google Plus Profile and Other Links on Your YouTube Channel (video)

The Google Plus and YouTube integration has taken a giant step. You’ll no longer have to upload videos from your YouTube channel to Google Plus. If you show your Google Plus profile on your YouTube channel, your channel will appear on Google Plus. Yes!

Here’s a quick video I recorded to demo how to do it (on a non-partner channel).

If search engine optimization is part of your business marketing strategy, Google Plus and YouTube are definitely the place to be.

If you see the benefit of more in-depth training on building a YouTube channel or SEO, check out my ebooks on my Website. I walk you through everything step by step and in plain English. 

 PEACE.

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Create Your Own Video Website for Free with Vidcaster and YouTube. Perfect for Vodcasts.

I’m becoming obsessed with creating how-to videos about productivity and technology tips and gadgets. I’d decided earlier in the year that my project during this holiday season (as business slows down) would be to learn even more video editing software and to get more serious about vodcasting (Internet TV with my own videos). My brain cells are in overdrive, and that keeps me motivated (I’ll talk more about the software and gadgets I’m using in another post).

I have a YouTube channel and have been posting how-to videos for several years, but I also wanted to have a separate Website for my videos and my vodcast, Suite Minute with Peggy Duncan. I didn’t want to host the videos on a site that I’d have to create and then maintain.

Vidcaster.com – Create Your Own Video Website

Vidcaster.com has a lot of features I wanted. However, I’m using the free version and have some limitations such as not being able to add social tools to each video. For this reason, I’ll promote my YouTube channel most of the time.

  • Easy to use. I clicked around the site because I wanted to know everything I’d be able to do. I’ve created new pages, added my own background, chosen a template, etc. Everything was straightforward.
  • Connects with YouTube. This is key because I didn’t want to have to upload all of my videos to the site.
  • Has customizable background. I wanted this site to resemble the design of my YouTube channel. I created a background in PowerPoint, and uploaded it. After tweaking the design, I was able to make everything fit the template I chose on Vidcaster.
  • Offers a free version. I’m going to stick with the free version for now. When I get advertisers interested in my channel, I’ll upgrade to the paid version so I can include commercials in my shows.
  • Can customize the domain name. For $20 a year, I’m using my own domain for more professional branding (I didn’t want .vidcaster in the name). This was tricky because this called for creating an A Record where I registered the domain (I’d never done this before and still don’t know what the heck it is). You’ll see info on this on Vidcaster’s site when you attempt to add the custom domain, but you’ll have to figure out how to create the A Record on your own.

    I found the instructions for doing it on Godaddy.com (that’s where I registered the SuiteMinuteTV.com domain), inserted the IP address I got from Vidcaster, and waited a few hours for all this to propagate throughout the Internet. After that, I clicked to verify it on Vidcaster.com, and it worked! (See below for instructions I used on GoDaddy).

So, here it is. Introducing SuiteMinuteTV.com.

 

How to Create an A Record, GoDaddy.com

Here are the instructions I found for creating an A Record on GoDaddy.com. You’ll have to do a similar search for instructions with your registrar (or call them).

GoDaddy: To Access the Zone File Editor

Log in to your Account Manager.

In the My Products section, click Domain Manager.

Do one of the following:

From the Tools menu, select DNS Manager, and then click Edit Zone for the domain name you want to update.

Click the domain name you want to update, and, in the DNS Manager section, click Launch.

 

GoDaddy: To Add an A Record

Go to the Zone File Editor for the domain name you want to update.

Click Add New Record. The Add DNS Record window displays.

From the Record type list, select A (Host).

Complete the following fields:

Host Name: Enter the host name the A record links to. Type @ to point the record directly to your domain name, including the www.

Points to IP Address: Enter the IP address your domain name uses for this host record (I got this from Vidcaster).

TTL: Select how long the server should cache the information (I changed to a week…don’t ask me why).

Click OK.

Click Save Zone File, and then click OK. The new A record displays in the A (Host) section.


Back on Vidcaster

Go to your Vidcaster page and change the domain to Custom (on the Dashboard, click Site, Domain).

Only thing left to do on the Vidcaster site is to set up analytics…I’ll update the post when I get it done.

Hope this helps. Let me know what you think about all this.

PEACE.