Quick Start Challenge Intro Video

Facing my fears – Creating my first on-screen video.

Shooting & Posting My First On-Screen Intro Video

I was challenged to create my first on-screen video in week-2 of the Quick Start Challenge, so please see this below. After the video I will describe the experience and the technical challenges I endured to get this video online before the cut-off time.

Well, here is me in my ‘Hollywood Debut’… πŸ™‚

This challenge set by Dean Holland, Craig Crawford and Robert Phillips was by far the most intimidating experience, in long time. Why? it pushed me out of my comfort zone in a very big way, both emotionally and technically.

Getting the video shot

First the emmotions of creating a live on-screen video. I’m a relatively shy person and lack confidence when speaking in public or in this case on camera. To top this off, I regard myself as being borderline OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) although not medically so. Basically I’m a perfectionist and everything gets checked and tested 1000 percent and then I still feel it needs fixing or improvements.

So, when I watched the Week-2 replay, yesterday (Thursday 16th July @ 2pm) I challenged myself further and that was to get out of my comfort zone and to get this Video Intro done within an hour after the challenge was set. If I’d procrastinated; I know it would never have happened. If I’d sat in my home-office, I would have tried to script it and I’d still be busy re-scripting and re-scripting.

With my personal 1-hour limit set, I jumped in my car a drove the short distance to the beach-front and shot the video with my Mobile Phone. After about 15-takes, each one getting worse than the first (unfortunately I delete the 1st one immediately after shooting it otherwise I’d have used that one), I eventually settled on the one you, hopefully, viewed above. After this I was feeling a little drained from emmotions and the freezing cold wind that was blowing (chill factor was roughly 3-4 degrees Celcius outside).

Intro Video Technical Challenges

I seriously wasn’t expecting any technical difficulties. I mean how simple is it to upload a Video to YouTube.com. Well, first I’d decided to create a Welcome Screen using other software I’d purchased and never used. That was easy enough, but I had to now merge the two videos which meant downloading the initial video from my phone to my PC. I won’t go into detail, but in the end I found out my Firewall was blocking the file transfer. After I got that fixed…

My next issue, was that I realised my video was shot in the wrong view and was sideways when played back on the PC. I figured out how to rotate the video using an Android APP, but the resultant video is now very narrow and the background effect (Views of Table Bay & Table Mountain) I’d hoped for was lost. I merged the 2x videos and uploaded my new ‘intro video’ to YouTube.

There is a lot of background noise in the audio of my video, since it was shot outdoors on a windy beach. YouTube, took it upon itself to filter this noise and by doing so actually cut out all the audio. Again, I won’t go into detail as I cannot even recall what I did to fix it eventually. All I know, is it took 4+ hours of my time and I probably uploaded, deleted, renamed and re-uploaded the video approximately 10+ times.


Β excuse the squinting the sun was in my eyes
Oh, and the frowning is stress


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  1. Great start, Duane. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Duane, Really nice job on this post about making your first video. It took a lot of work but you persevered. Congrats. I also like that you will be sharing WordPress tips here on your site. That is something I can sure use, as well as a lot of other people. I will be favoriting your site and returning occasionally as you grow.

    I have been in Internet Marketing for a short while and I actually am lucky to say I make a small amount of passive income through my online efforts. I say this not to boast but hopefully to inspire and let people know it IS possible.

    The best thing I can share is to find ONE thing and STICK with it. Most people give up too soon. When I started taking my own advice that is when I started making money.

    I too am going down the Quick Start Challenge path. So let’s all stick with, don’t quit and make this happen!

    I wish you good luck with the QSC and I look forward to following your progress.
    mark myers recently posted…Wealthy Affiliate-Review-My Top Recommendation for NewbiesMy Profile

    1. Thanks Mark; I did some browsing and found a few nuggets of info on your site to. I’m all set to stick with this process and what the QSC throws at us next.

  3. Hi Duane!!!
    LOL, you have described the same exact process I’ve got when I have to do something I think it’s easy. No way… EACH time the same process… So basically, I try not to think “It’s easy” before doing something… hahaahah… just to be superstitious… πŸ™‚
    By the way, seriously… there is a way faster to do videos: hangouts or youtube with your webcam…
    So this is the first video and so far so good: version one is better than version NONE!

    PS: now you know how NOT to make a video πŸ™‚
    PPS: if you need assistance, video is my expertise, so don’t hesitate to ask πŸ™‚
    Riccardo recently posted…La Quick Start Challenge continua…My Profile

    1. One never knows what techie challenges you’ll endure when doing something new. I really didn’t expect it to take 4-hours just to get the audio to work on YouTube (for example). But I’ve definitely learned a thing or two during this process. I’ll reach out for Video Help – Thanks for the offer πŸ™‚

  4. Exactly! We are going out of our comfort zone! πŸ™‚
    You just give me an idea for my video. Let see! πŸ˜‰
    Brice recently posted…S.M.A.R.TMy Profile

  5. From the blogroll it looks like there were over 350 of us that actually made it this far. I am looking forward to seeing how we progress over the next 3 weeks, especially the part that wants us to write a good post every day. And as for doing a video? still it looks like you are off to a good start here and a really great video too.
    Simon Narracott recently posted…Quick Start Challenge – Week 2My Profile

    1. Hi Simon; yeah I think this challenge definitely thinned the crowd. I feel for those that didn’t make it!

  6. Hello Duane

    It’s all theory until we go out and give it a shot.

    Having done this first video which apart from the wind noise is a good cell phone video, the subsequent ones you now know what to look out for and how to avoid the problems you faced previously.

    igor Griffiths recently posted…You Dirty Old DogMy Profile

    • Barbara O'Toole
    • 18/07/2015

    Duane – well, despite the background noise, your video has beautiful color and accomplished the task. I relate to setting yourself a deadline! I’ve started working that way more and more.

    Nicely done

    ~ Barbara

    1. Thanks Barbara; it was the first time I set myself a personal deadline to do something within such a short time-frame. I think this may just be the way forward…

  7. Hello Duane….
    You did it. You got in front of the camera, and it will only get easier from here. When I started, I was shy at first as well, now I just do it and don’t think twice about it. Although there are some retakes I have to make and edit here and there though, but that’s what you have to do.

    I am glad and happy that you are taking action!

    Carlos Cortez recently posted…Is Your Website Mobile Ready – Not sure if it is?My Profile

    1. Yeah, done and dusted – Thx Carlos
      I’ve been wanting to get into doing video for quite some time. I’m embarrassed to admit, but I have probably purchased every Video Tool that was launched in JVZOO in the last year or two and have never used them. I think I have enough tools now, I just need the confidence to create the videos now and this was a good start (or was it?)

  8. Hi Duane, and congratulations on getting your first video up. I remember visiting Cape Town in 2000. I couldn’t believe how cold the ocean was compared to the summer heat.
    Jeremy recently posted…A Video Blog Post for the Quick Start ChallengeMy Profile

    1. I couldn’t ask to stay in a more beautiful city, but yeah that ocean is damn cold especially this time of year. I didn’t venture near the water on this day, but assume it was at approx. 3-4 degrees celsius

  9. You’re so funny, you really make me smile. Reading this post I can really feel like I’m with you making the video. Well done in finally deciding which version should go online πŸ™‚ Please don’t change it again, it’s just great the way it is.

    I love the Welcome Screen, you’re just so advanced.

    Wish you all the success, you’ve got what it takes πŸ˜‰
    Christine Fong recently posted…The Mindset For SuccessMy Profile

    1. Hi Christine, thanks for the encouragement and great feedback. I don’t see myself as humorous, but glad it made you smile. ‘Funny enough’ creating and adding the welcome screen slide was the easiest part of making this video.

  10. Hey Duane, Man that was really brave and thank you for doing it even though it is very nerve racking….Yeah looks pretty cold there but very nice beach. Not what I expected.

    As far as tech goes…a lot of us find this challenging, even with tech background. You can cross the t’s and dot the I’s as much as you want and planning for video never turns out the way you expect.

    Again….well done and look forward to the next exciting installment.
    Col Cooper recently posted…Your Final Moments – Your Thoughts on Internet Marketing?My Profile

  11. Duane! I am very impressed by your video. Your first video? You could have fooled me. Bravo and two thumbs up! I am sure you’ll do very well in the QSC so let’s help each other, after all that’s what the QSC is all about, right? I have been in Internet marketing for some time now so let me know if you need anything.
    Clarence recently posted…Have You Heard These Lines Before?My Profile

    1. Hi Clarence; thanks for stopping by and the offer to help. I’m loving the fact that ‘we’ are all in this helping one another.

  12. Hello Duane, I love your video presentation. May I know how you create the sketch (before the video)? Don’t you mind to share the software name? Wish you all the best!

    PS: I have just uploaded my first ever video to youtube

    1. Thanks Joe; positive feedback is appreciated. I used two pieces of software to do this.
      Easy Sketch Pro was used to create the sketch scene. I have Version-1 of this software, but you can get version-2 here: https://duanereeve.com/EasySketchPro2

      I then used VideoMotionPro to merge the Sketch Scene with the Video I shot. As far as I’m aware, VideoMotionPro isn’t available at the moment as it is being revamped for relaunch sometime in the future. I hadn’t used either software before, but Easy Sketch Pro was really easy to use

  13. Hey there Duane,

    Great job with the video… You just need to do more now! seriously, you don’t need to be nervous… you sound like you will be a natural once you get used to it… (I need to follow my own advice too of course).

    Also love your site, it looks great. I am adding it to my ‘watch’ list so I can check back regularly and keep up with what you are doing. πŸ™‚
    Lynne recently posted…Thank You to My QSC VisitorsMy Profile

  14. Congratulations on creating your first intro video πŸ™‚ I enjoy reading your information and will be back to learn more from you, thanks for everything!

    1. Hey Lori – Good seeing you here. I hope your blog comments as starting to roll in πŸ™‚

  15. Hey Duane,
    You said you were nervous but you didn`t actually come across as nervous! Well done on the video, the views are superb in the background. I think the QSC will be a great assistance to both our successes online.
    Best wishes Des
    Des Ingham recently posted…Video On The Quick Start Challenge & Our GoalsMy Profile

  16. Duane – I feel your pain my friend. Looks like you used one of the whiteboard programs for your intro. I opened Explaindio for the first time and wanted to use exclusively for my video but ran into all sorts of obstacles and ended up spending 2 days on my video alone. There is no where for us to go than up from here.

    All the best! Cheers ~ Gary

  17. Hi, its Steven here from QSC,

    Great website! On your video, you don’t look and sound nervous at all. Nice background there. Getting out of your comfort zone can sometimes be scary but once you’re out there, you’d realize that all it takes is willpower.

    1. Hi Steven; Thanks – One thing I have noted and learned from this experience which I think I’ll share in the FB Group too. The fact that people don’t know us, they don’t realise how nervous ‘we’ are. I’ve shown the videos to strangers via my blog and comments a good (whoohoo). I then showed it to my wife (later) and immediately she mentions how nervous I sounded…

  18. Hello Duane,
    You have done a great job. Quick Start Challenge is really pushing everyone to come out of their comfort zone and helping to really succeed. I have made my very first video too.
    Purna Atmakuri recently posted…The Quick Start Challenge, Purna Atmakuri First Time On VideoMy Profile

  19. Hi Duane … I like it … I mean, your website. Well done so far.
    Richard recently posted…QSC3 Week 2 – The Old Stubborn DonkeyMy Profile

  20. Hi Duane,

    Well done for doing a video – things will get easier over time.

    I have never been to South Africa -it was nice to see a little bit of your part of the world in the background of your video too.

    All the best with your website πŸ™‚

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