Linda Boulanger's Arms of An Angel is off to a great start! After the banner, I went to work on her video book trailer. Have a look and let us know if you're intrigued enough to order your own copy!
Congratulations to my good friend and writing partner, Linda Boulanger on her latest release, Arms Of An Angel., a 137 page novella available from TreasureLine Books. This is just one of her many romantic short stories that will keep you reading till the end.
Sometimes it's hard to tell where one set of wings ends and the other begins...
Arms Of An Angel is the story of a wealthy young woman approaching the end of her life...or is she? Is it possible to be the hope to someone else you're searching for yourself? Good questions... Read it and find out!
If you like to read romantic short stories online, via kindle or smashwords, or in print, visit Linda Boulanger's website and see what else she's cooking up!
DurangoVideo.com and the Arizona Video Company are working with Linda to market her works with banner ads, book trailers and promotions. If you're an author with uplifting stories for a hungry audience, let us know how we can help you market yours as well!
I just finished watching a great webinar hosted by Zeke Camusio about marketing with YouTube. During the Q & A session, many people were asking about video equipment. Zeke said that his expertise was in marketing and not hardware. As a video producer, I'd like to offer a few short recommendations.
1. Try Before You Buy! If you can, put your hands on the equipment, test out free trials and find out if you and the equipment or software can work and play well together. For example, some people are Mac people and others are PC people. I've worked on both and prefer PCs. That automatically expands or limits my choices on things. It's the same with camcorders. Does it fit in your hands well? Are the controls laid out right for you? Do you have or need a tripod? Hang on to your receipts and know what the return procedures are so you aren't stuck with a lemon.
2. Camcorders. There are so many out there it's crazy! For YouTube videos, you don't need to spend a lot of money. There are good little cameras that will work well for $100-$200 or close to it. But make sure your computer has all the inputs and horsepower to process the video footage. No one likes to get home only to find out you don't have some little "thingy" - or worse the right kind of computer processor. Ouch!
Invest with the future in mind. If you plan to do more than talking head videos down the road, then get something that you can grow into. For example, sound is really important. The camcorder's built-in mic might work for now, but will you need to have more professional audio later? Does the camera have external mic jacks?
I've used Canon and Panasonic Mini DV camcorders for years and have had great luck. But now you can find great tapeless HD camcorders under $1000 now and worth a look. I often read or watch product reviews from Cnet.com
Sony Vegas on Amazon.com
3. Software. Everyone's got their favorites. Some won't consider anything but Final Cut Pro. Others it's Premier or nothing. My take is whatever you feel comfortable with. That's important. Does the program seem intuitive to you? Or will it be a chore to edit? Does it have the features you need? How are the reviews?
I tried different programs and came to love Sony Vegas. I was using Vegas when it was a Sonic Foundry product back in 2002 and haven't changed. I use the top of the line Pro Series, but Sony has several versions that are very feature rich and worth a look. I think they all come with free trial versions.
What's more important that video quality is video content. You could have the most amazing looking video, but if it lacks quality content (funny, original or helpful) then your video may not get many views. But it never hurts to make your video look as good as you can. Easy to use equipment and software will make it an enjoyable process too!
Profit From Your Passion!
I've worked from home for several years now and I love it! I didn't love it right away, but grew into loving it. Like many people, I used to think if you worked from home, you weren't really working. It wasn't a real job or career. After gaining some real world experience, I've come to view working from home as perhaps the most cost effective way to conduct business.
Are you someone who'd like to work from home but don't know what to do or how to get started? If so, then click on the banner and look over some information you might find interesting. This is NOT some get rich quick scheme, but a way to where you might be able to develop an online business from doing what you enjoy doing already.
I wonder how many people will look out the windows of their offices today wishing they were doing something else. I don't mean laying on a white sandy beach soaking up the warm sunshine. I mean engaged in life, making a living doing something they really enjoy doing. Is that you? Are you the one of many who slog their way from Monday to Friday so you can enjoy weekend? In between chores around the house, that is.
Life turned out very different than what we imagined back in high school didn't it? Why is that? Did we have unrealistically high expectations? Or did we give up too soon on our own dreams and settle for other people's ideas of how we should live our lives? The older I get, the more I believe the latter.
I think most of us have been handed a pre-made template for life that goes something like: "Grow up, go to college, get a degree, land a good job, climb the ladder, save and invest for the future, then RV your way into the sunset." Of course, fall in love, get married, have 2.4 kids gets mixed in somewhere too. Sound familiar? It might read well on paper, but most of us who've followed this plan live with a quiet and lingering dissatisfaction with life. And if you're a believer, someone who's serving God as best you can, you probably have an added layer of guilt to go with that dissatisfaction. "I'm a Christian," you say to yourself. "I'm supposed to be happier than this!"
Most of us have been taught from birth to get a good job, be a good worker, and be a good employee. Color within the lines, play it safe and don't break the rules. That has it's place for sure, but it shouldn't be our end goal. Being our best at what we love doing, living life to the fullest while pleasing God and inheriting eternal life sounds like a much better plan to me!
On the next post, I'll go into more details of my own experiences about carving out one's own niche. After several years of video production, I can say with a smile that I love working from home for myself. It has its ups and downs like everything else, but there are far more ups than downs in my opinion. And all the more reason why I decided to continue on and branch out into countdowns, backgrounds, and ads!
Hello Folks! Hope you like the new layout. I've added some different elements, different video examples, testimonials and even some information and pictures of downtown Durango. If you like what you see and are looking for a great, FREE website design program, check out Weebly. I've made several sites with this easy to use, drag and drop website creator!
I also changed the email address to my yahoo account. There are some advantages to doing this. First, I hope to eliminate some spam - so annoying! And with yahoo, I can send clients much larger files.
Please let me hear from you!
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