I’ve been blogging now for 6 years, but have been wanting so badly to learn how to make a simple YouTube video for my blog. Now that I finally did it, I wanted to share with you how to do it too! I hope these tips are helpful. There are a few key steps in the process from planning the shoot to final editing.

The first step was planning the shoot! I planned my video by choosing a few areas to film. I had my husband as my assistant! If you can’t find cheap help, a tripod as the next best thing.


What To Wear!

  1.  Avoid earth tones colors because they blend with the surroundings especially if your shooting outdoors. Maybe opt for a bright color outfit that shows off your best features. Spice it up with a scarf or bold jewelry.
  2. Make sure to have your hair, makeup, and favorite outfit done ahead of time.

Lights, Camera, Action!

  1.  Next step is the shoot! Be your own director to get things done creatively the way you want. After all, you know what’s best for your blog.
  2.  Set up the camera in the ideal space. After a few takes go look at the preview to see if it’s a wrap or if you’d reposition the camera. Remember, you can do this on a tripod yourself.
  3.  Prepare a script for the voice over. Write down all the shots you filmed and correlate the script in the order you want your audience to see.
  4.  Call to action shot: After you have all your footage, you will need to film yourself doing the call to action shot. This is the last thing you say to get readers to go to your blog. Try to make it easy enough so you can memorize your lines. This may take many takes until you feel you got it right!

Editing Your Video.

  1. Save your video clip from your SD card onto a folder on your desktop. This is where you will save voiceover tracks, music, still photos and the video project file.
  2. Open Windows Movie Maker. Choose to add video and photos.

3. Choose the video clip you want to import. It will appear in the storyboard area.

4. Save your video project file to the intro video folder you created.

5. Next, trim your video clip by clicking the video clip. A blue box will appear and drag the play-head guidelines to where you want to trim it off. Right-click to choose a set point. If at the end of the clip set start point. If it’s at the beginning of the clip set endpoint. Continue this process until all clips are trimmed and in order.

Voice Over & Music

  1. Now you can add voice over. Take your script and read as naturally as possible to fit into the clips that you’re editing. You may have to change things up so it fits into a 2 or 3-minute video.
  2.  After you have recorded your narration, drag you a play-head guideline to the beginning of the storyboard timeline.
  3.  Time to add music. Click the record narration button. Move the play-head guideline where you want to start recording your script. Take your external mic and plug it into the computer and read the script into the mic. The narration will show up on the storyboard area underneath the video clip as a brown bar.

4. After you have recorded your narration, drag the play-head guidelines to the beginning of the storyboard. Its time to record your music.

Adding Music

  1. Find the music file in your introductory video folder. I paid $20.00 for mine.
  2. The song will show up on the green bar in the story board area. Double-click to the audio toolbar to adjust the sound. Choose the start point and end point. You don’t want music to be too loud.

Save Final Video

Now you can save the final video. Go to “save movie button” in the toolbar/ribbon area and save as file as high-quality video 1080p HD. Once you save your video as a high-quality video you can go to YouTube and upload the video to your channel. There you can get the embedded code to put on your blog.

Well, there you have it! I hope these tips help you, and while I am no expert, they are simple enough so you can create your first video. With practice, you can do more videos complex videos! I would like to thank Cristin Goss whose 4-week video course helped tremendously.

 Cristin has a 3-day video email course which is a quick way to learn the basics as well. Each day you’ll get a short video and also 2 clickable gear checklists that link right to the affordable gear. Her help can rid you of the fear of video making for your business. Check out the 3 Basics of a Great Video! Grab the videos here: bit.ly/3basicstoagreatvideo


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  1. Maria, I so loved seeing your video last month and appreciate the behind the scene tips. It is so well done and really let’s your readers see the real you. Quick questions, Did you use your DSLR?

    1. Yes, I use that camera, Also I had to fix my pictures for the post for some reason they were not showing up, did they show up for you!


  2. I have always wondered how to do this. I am so glad you shared such a well written and easy to follow tutorial.


  3. Great tutorial! I have wanted to start doing videos for my blog and think I’ll start with your instructions. I pinned this to my “Be a Better Blogger” pin board. 🙂

  4. Such a great tutorial. I finally broke down and made one similar to this last spring and that’s where it ended. You are inspiring me to try again. Thanks Maria!

  5. Maria, What a great idea for a post! Perfect for us beginners.

  6. Maria – you did such a wonderful job really running with the vision we designed for your first video. It was simple and beautiul, just like your blog. I wish you all the luck in the world with your future video projects and I am always here to help!

    1. Yes, it was a hard post to create, but worth the effort! I will be wanting to do more with you in the future.

  7. Great tutorial and you make it sound pretty easy. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I would love to do this! Thanks for all the tips. I am off to pin and then gather my ideas! Great job!

    1. Yah! So happy that you enjoy the post! If you have any question you can contact me. Im still very new at it. Planning on doing a video this weekend!

  9. Maria it is hard to make videos. My daughter has her own You Tube channel and I watch her slave over the computer to get them just so. I commend you for doing this and it turned out fantastic. Great tips.

    1. It is hard to make video, but once you do it the first time, its get easier. I am going to Charleston, SC this sunday its only 1 1/2 hour away to do some video making. Bring my tripod and going to video myself at some historial places and fun jaunts.

  10. Great post Maria, thanks for sharing! Pinning for future reference.

  11. I need to do videos and just have been holding off. I’m assuming the program you are using to edit is for a PC?

    1. Yes, its for PC, I should have mentioned it, movie maker cannot be used on Apple.

  12. I’ve never seen this suggested or explained before. Thanks for the detailed yet easy to follow instructions.

    1. Hi Aletha, its pretty easy to follow directions to make videos, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

  13. Maria, my Haven buddy. I love your video and thank you so much for sharing the how~to. Creating a video is #1 on my 2017 to~do list. It’s that darn technology that has prevented me from taking the step. Thanks for a helpful push. Hope to see you in Atlanta in July.

    1. Hey Carol, Hope to be there but I may not because planning on traveling in July.
      Are you going.

  14. What a great idea I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party.

  15. Great tutorial on Movie Maker! It’s been a while since I’ve used it so it’s nice to have a refresher!

  16. This was fabulous! Now all I have to do is get enough courage to be in front of the camera. LOL Visiting from Friendship Friday! And bookmarking this post!

  17. I have thought about doing a video intro. This is a great tutorial. Yours came out great! Love your pup btw. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & Shared.

  18. Awesome post and tutorial. I really need to do this and this has given me some good pointers.

    1. So happy you like the post! It has really been a fun experience doing videos.


  19. Thanks for the tips! I know that video is something most bloggers are getting into for 2017. It’s on my list, so I’m pinning for future reference. I appreciate your how-to advice.

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