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How to Make Your Own Videos for FREE Part 1a

Aug 8th 2010 at 11:26 PM

Someone asked me the other day how I put together my videos. I never even thought that I might know something that some marketers might be interested in knowing. I am going to try and cover the steps needed to put together a free and professional looking video that you can share on Youtube or wherever you may want to use it.

The first thing you will need to do is get Googles Picasa - it is a free photo program that works well with any type of picture not just photos.
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You can easily load photographs from your camera to Picasa or import saved files to view. My favorite part of acquiring photos from my camera is Picasa gives you the option to erase from your camera all the photos you are putting on you computer. This saves me time having to delete photos from my camera. There is an area where you can make collages which is one of the things I do for parts of my photo videos. You can make a mosaic, a picture pile, a framed mosaic, a grid or a contact sheet, so your options are pretty good.

Below is a photo that shows all of the options I just mentioned.

Picassa Collage Menu

The first option is mosaic which can be a lot of fun for you to work with and give you different ways to put your photos together. If you have a bunch of photos or images you would like to show on one frame of your video this is a great way to set them up. You will get the option of putting a grid between the photos and you can pick the color and the size you want the grid to be. When you have your pics in the grid they are easy to remove and replace and you have a shuffle button. This allows you to choose where you want the photos to display. I just figured this out about the shuffle - the program picks a layout and each time you hit shuffle it move the photos to a different space. Once all your photos have been shown in different areas the computer gives you a new grid.

mosaic 1

The image below is with the same photos as the first one. The grid is black and wider and the photos have been shuffled.

mosaic 2

I will discuss the other parts of the collage maker next in our adventure on how to make or set up free videos.


Youtube videos done with Picasa and windows movie maker



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Sep 30th 2010 at 8:44 PM by ThePeoplesMarketer
Thank u just what i needed to know
Aug 27th 2010 at 12:25 AM by yhbecpublisher
Thank you Marisa. Finally got around to having a look at your "How-To" make a video. Thanks for the help with the YouTube question. If I hadn't been following you already I most certainly would now. Hugs 8-D Soroya
Aug 25th 2010 at 9:59 AM by igytomas
I use Picasa but I didn't think of using it as video making tool. I learn every day :) Thank you.
Aug 21st 2010 at 3:27 AM by Hanne
Thanks a lot Marisa for taking time to explain some of Picasa's secrets in such a simple way. I often use and need Picasa for my work (present holiday apartments), but often get stuck with something. And when I ask somebody, they just answer that Picasa is so easy that it does everything automatically... I look forward to looking at part 2 and then I must listen to the song and watch the video once again!
Aug 14th 2010 at 8:17 PM by weedermann
This is QUITE informative, Risa. Compliments!!
Aug 13th 2010 at 5:26 PM by RickNauman
Thank you so much Marisa for sharing your knowledge
Aug 12th 2010 at 12:19 PM by ChuckBartok
Very informative..Thank you I will use your suggestions for a film in progress
Aug 12th 2010 at 2:41 AM by d4k9z
Thank You very much,someone to explain things in a simple way that even an Old dog like me can understand,that is the first time I have seen anyone that has actually explained things in a way that even Old/Newbies can follow. Thanks for the help and your time Regards D.G.
Aug 9th 2010 at 5:14 AM by sarojini
Its Simple and Super article..any one can easily follow and start their own photos uploading. Thanks to Marisa Horn.

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