One of the things that John Thornhill has emphasised time and time again is to offer incredible value. Now I don’t really know how his students on the 16 week course managed to keep up because I am about 8 weeks behind already. Ok, let’s add some value….. Record an audio, so I ordered two headsets with microphones and an adapter to use them both at the same time, did some test recordings using sound recorder, worked like a dream. So the morning of the big recording I asked my friend who is a fledgling eBayer to draw up some questions and we would record the interview, straight forward.
Did it work? Did it hell, took me a full 30 mins to work out the problem, I had downloaded the 30 day version of Camtasia video recording and editing software the previous night to try it out. The consequences of that, well Camtasia becomes the default recorder for audio, quite what happens when the 30 day trial expires I do not know. Anyway recorded the interview which sounds a bit contrived to start with but becomes a two way conversation as it progresses and not my usual monolog. Audio sorted! Let’s do some video, after quite a few test recordings I started to do my Amazon series first, 3 or 4 minutes at a time showing how to setup a selling account in market place and how to list books and other items.
So here we go, the last and longest, everything going great, phone goes while recording, its FedEx, “listen mush stump up the VAT now or you don’t get your order”, “but I’m just about to list The Geology of Scotland”. “Just hand the wonga over”. Start again, 6 mins in take coughing fit. Take 3, going great guns… Beep,beep,beep car alarm goes off, scrap it again. Hoping to get it done later, maybe I can book myself into a padded cell away from all distractions.
See you soon… Maybe… “No Egor put him down!” “But master he’s told us nothing!”
p.s. Q. Hey Rob, why do so many e-mails use such silly names for money in there titles or content or use F.wee or variations of the word free? A. Its all to do with spam content, all spam filters try to weed out spam by looking for e-mail with a high spamming text, these contain amongst them, money words or “free” as these are used so often by spammers The content of this e-letter is checked by AWeber my e-mail company for its spam content before I can send it.
You have a winner on your hands, with your first launch and i hear you on the distractions, to be perfectly honest sometimes my mind drifts without the distractions!
Now Camtasia this is one of the software products i am after buying and have used before without the audio as i have a broad lancashire accent was the only reason why i never used it on my product, i kept stumbling and stuttering messing up the recording!
However i do have Snag-it by Techsmith still screenshot software!
Take care TTFN….Ed.
Mandy Allen says
Blimey, Rob, has Doris been visiting you?
Anyway, hope your recordings get sorted out and I’m sure they’ll be brilliant – the product is so these will, no doubt, follow suit.
Enjoy the journey.
Barry Wells says
Hi Rob, I feel for you my friend. Fairplay to you for sticking with it.
If you’re sending emails via aweber i wouldn’t change the FREE to F*R*E*E or any other variation as it can make you look like a spammer, stick to FREE. If you get reported for spam don’t worry as aweber know it’s a double optin and will just remove that person from your list, I asked them about it myself mate.
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I used camtasia for my new product and have just finished 29 videos but I know what you mean when you first start out with audio and video. I think I must have recorded my first 3 videos about 50 times before I got them right and got my speech right without sputtering.
I guess it’s one of those things that you get used to the more you do it. I do however think it adds fantastic value to products.
My camtasia trial runs out soon not looking forward to coughing up the 295 notes for it! Oh well needs must!
Well done for making a start with the audio/video!
Hi Rob, I feel for you, as I am in your position. I am weeks behind, and I have been adding audio and video to my product. Stick with it and get it right in your own time, just complete the course.
Best wishes and good luck!
Harriet Penhey says
I know what it’s like getting behind. I’m trying to get three weeks work done this weekend. Life sometimes gets in the way of best intentions, but if we keep slogging away at it I’m sure we’ll make it. Well to be honest I’m not sure, but I’m working on that assumption as I am sure that if I stop then it won’t work!
In the meantime, congratulations for sticking with it. We have made camtasia work well in the past, but don’t have it on the current computers – we lost it along with a whole lot of other stuff when our machine fell over for the last time and as we weren’t using it at the time, it wasn’t a priority to get… hmmm…
Robert Corrigan says
Thanks guys am working on the sales page and hope to have it finished in the next few days.