It is possible for you, as a website owner, to add lots of value to your website through the use of video or audio clips. We will show you some three specific ways in which you can do that: that is, three ways in which online clips can add value to your website.
Firstly, we have the situation where the online clips can make your website attractive to more people – thereby increasing the traffic to the website. This is important, because one of the parameters through which the success of websites is gauged is that of traffic: that is, the number of people who visit the website. And websites with online clips posted or embedded tend to be more attractive (and therefore to have more traffic) than websites made up of bare text.
Secondly, we have the situation where the online clips can make the people who visit your website to stay for longer – thereby increasing the probability of successful conversions, if you are selling something.
Thirdly, we have the situation where the online clips can aid you in explaining various concepts on your website, thereby making the website a much more valuable resource. This would in turn increase the odds of the people who visit the website revisiting it again in the future — after having found out that the website is indeed a useful resource. Now this is important, because one parameter that is used to gauge the usefulness of websites is that of the number of people who make repeat visits to the website.
One of the ways in which the modern teacher can enrich his or her students’ learning experience is through the use of multimedia materials, such as online clips. This is to say, in other words, that online clips can be used for educational purposes within the classroom setup.
One method through which online clips can be used for educational purposes within the classroom setup is the one where the clips are downloaded by the teacher, loaded onto a projector, and then played in class.
Another method through which online clips can be used for educational purposes within the classroom setup is the one where the students are given an assignment to watch the clips on their own (at home). Then, on the next day, a discussion is held around the clips’ contents. This approach is quite good, as it prepares the students for future learning models, which will probably take place online, through things such as massive online open courses – such as those on Coursera.
Yet another method through which online clips can be used for educational purposes within the classroom setup is the one where the teacher simply watches the clips by himself or herself, and then uses what he or she learns from the clips to prepare better lessons for the students. Under this model the students don’t actually have any personal interactions with the online clips — only the teacher does.
Online video clips vary considerably, in terms of quality. There are some which are of very high quality and some which seem to be of deplorably poor quality. To test the truthfulness of this statement, you only need to login to your YouTube account, and go through a wide variety of the video clips on that site, to see the huge variations that exist in quality. It turns out that there are several factors that influence the quality of online video clips.
The first factor that influences the quality of online video clips is the quality of equipment used in preparing the video clips. Here, we are looking at the cameras used, as well as the editing equipment that is used. All said and done, the resultant difference in quality is akin to the difference we see between a top website like Hilton.com/tmtp and any one of the beginner blogs that are available on the Internet.
The second factor that influences the quality of online video clips is the level of expertise in the people who prepare the clips. You need to appreciate that some of the online video clips are made by novices, whilst others are made experts: folks who have schooled at the likes of the New York Film Academy and other similar schools.
How long should an online clip be? This is a question that comes up in forums where producers of online clips exchange ideas. The truth is that there is no one (single and universal) correct answer to the question as to how long an online clip should be. The ideal length for online clips varies: there are certain types of online clips that should, ideally, be long – and certain other types of online clips that should, ideally, be of modest length.
The ideal length for an online clip depends on the purpose that the clip is meant to serve. Thus, for instance, the ideal length for an online clip that is meant to educate will probably be different from the ideal length for an online clip that is meant to entertain.
The ideal length for an online clip also depends on the manner in which the clips is meant to be deployed. Thus, for instance, the ideal length for an online clip that is meant to be streamed online will be different from the ideal length for an online clip that is meant to be downloaded. That is, a clip to be downloaded (as opposed to being streamed) from a site such as WhatsApp. While a video that is meant to be streamed can be quite long (as long as the targeted users’ Internet speeds are good), one that is meant to be downloaded should be reasonably short (so that it doesn’t take too long to download).
We will start with the assumption that you are a person who is interested in the production of funny online clips. Against that background, one challenge you will probably have to tackle is that of figuring out how to generate idea for the funny online clips. And as it turns out, there are several ways in which you can generate the ideas for the funny online clips.
You can just observe the things in your immediate surroundings, especially the funnier things in your immediate surroundings (these are always there), and thereby generate ideas for funny online clips.
You can also watch other funny clips that are already available on the Internet, and from those, get a chance to generate some ideas for funny online clips of your own. Another similar approach that you can use is that of watching comedy TV channels, such as comedy central from where you can get the ideas to create funny clips of your own.
You can go further, and read funny books (like, say, the old comics books), and from those, get a chance to generate some ideas for funny online clips.
Simply put, potential sources of ideas for funny online clips are to be found all around you. You just need to be on the lookout for them, and to develop the sixth sense for picking up what is potentially funny.
There are several strategies that you can use to minimize costs when preparing online clips.
One strategy that you can use to minimize the costs when preparing online clips is that of hiring, rather than buying, the video recording equipment. But you need to take note of the fact that this strategy only works in the short-term: in the long run, having your own video recording equipment turns out to be more cost effective (and convenient) than always hiring the equipment.
Another strategy that you can use to minimize costs when preparing online clips is that of editing the clips by yourself, as opposed to paying someone to do the editing for you. But then, there is the possibility that the product (clip) you end up with will be of lower quality than if you had paid a professional to do the editing for you.
Yet another strategy you can use to minimize costs when preparing online clips is that of getting volunteers to act various roles in the clips, as opposed to using paid actors. Again, the catch here is in the fact that you will probably end up with clips of lower quality than would have been the case if you had opted for professional actors.
At least three strategies can be used, to make money out of online video clips.
The first strategy that can be used to make money out of online video clips is the one where the video clips are posted on websites, and the websites are then enrolled for advertising. Actually, instead of setting up a website for this purpose from scratch, one can opt to use a system that is already established: like, say, YouTube. With a good number of YouTube videos that attract a good viewership, you can actually end up making quite a tidy amount of money through YouTube. So it is not something to be looked down upon.
The second strategy that can be used to make money out of online video clips is the one where the video clips are posted onto websites, and the people interested in viewing them are required to pay subscription fees. If the video clips are truly worthwhile, you’d soon be having people paying to watch them, and a good revenue stream would start coming in.
The third strategy that can be used to make money out of online video clips is the one where the video clips are posted onto websites, to create awareness about various issues — and the viewers are then asked to ‘donate’ money to fund the production of more such video clips. Again, if the video clips are truly good, and the ‘cause’ being highlighted is a truly worthwhile one, you may have well disposed people being inclined to donate.