Quick Start Challenge 3 2015 – Week 2. The video!

Quick Start Challenge 3 2015 – Week 2. The video!

Well that has been fun. The Quick Start Challenge for week 2 was record and publish a video, preferably with yourself as the presenter.

Now, as you may be aware, I’ve done a few Powtoon videos in the past, mainly so that I don’t have to show my face or even blast my voice at the hapless victims who happen to trip over my offerings, but the point of doing a challenge, especially something like the Quick Start Challenge, is to break your own boundaries and do things you hadn’t done before, so, in the spirit of challenge, I’ve done that.

The video ended up a little longer than I thought it would (it’s only 2 and a half minutes – and for most of that, I’m quiet. Honest) and was fun to make. There were no cue cards or prompters, and at times it really sounds like it too. All of the editing was done with free tools like Windows Movie Maker and Avidemux – both very useful. In fact the only commercial video tool I have was more of a hindrance than a help as it didn’t feel instinctive for the basic editing I wanted to do.

Anyway. Without further ado, I present to you, my video for Quick Start Challenge 2015. Enjoy:

As it’s been mentioned in comments, I thought I’d show you the way I got my camera set up when I did the final part of my video. As I said in the video, there’s a roll of paper towels resting on top of a pile of magazines with a pen holding the lens up in position. The things we do for fame (grin).

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27 Comments

  • I think I really needed to know that.I mean how you managed to balance your camera since you asked.Why? because that makes you even real and it will also show others in the future that you did not start by doing everything like the pros do.Nice video.I wished for a minute there to be you having that much fun flying.

    • Hi Boris,

      It’s been my ‘day job’ for a large number of years although in real life I just fix them when they go wrong and the flying bit is just part of that. If you’re ever down Exeter way, let me know and I’m sure we can fit you in for a flight.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Hi Steven,

    a really nice video. Good work.

    • Hi Jochen,

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment.

      Every visitor means a lot to me as this has been a ‘barren land’ for a long time. I’m grateful for everyone who stops by, especially from the Quick Start Challenge community as we are all dashing from blog to blog giving each other the mutual support (and comments) to get us started.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Mike on

    Hi Steven,

    Loved the video. You had me there I thought you were actually flying! The description of the camera setup goes to show, that when you are truly committed you’ll make it happen no matter what.

    • Hi Mike,

      A number of people have mentioned the camera setup so I think I ought to add a picture of it. I was determined to make it happen, even if I had to slouch in the seat to get into the frame. (grin).

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Brice on

    Great Video! Steven Lucas is taking off with this video (while landing his airplane! 😉 )
    Brice recently posted…Motivation Quick Start Challenge Porsche Week 2My Profile

    • Hi Brice,

      Glad you could come by and leave a few words for me. Hope you enjoyed yourself at the Porshe museum. Perhaps we’ll go there one day to pick up our new cars (grin).

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Hi Steven Lucas,

    Wow… the video is amazing. You mentioned that Windows Movie Maker and Avidemux are free tools, but I can’t find it at my Windows 8.1 laptop. May I know how you access these 2 free tools? Thanks! And wish you all the best in QSC!

    • Hello and welcome Joe,

      Movie Maker is built in to Windows. I have Win 8.1 and it was already here. You’ll need to search for Avidemux online but it’s easy to use. I used it to clip bits out where they weren’t required and join the 3 videos together. I just used Movie Maker to add the captions and end credits.

      All the best to you too in the Quick Start Challenge. Thank you for taking the time to come and visit.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Desana on

    Steven,
    your video is one of those I was impatiently waiting for until you put it “on air” :)) Being a frequent flier myself and my little 5 year old literary a “maniac” into planes, trains, trams… I was sooo curious when you first mentioned you’d make your video from a plane 🙂 When I first looked at the cockpit, I believed!!! It was an actual aircraft, when you started the landing process I wondered why you didn’t fasten the seat belt 😀 then I looked at the sky…. And I knew… :))) And when I saw the stimulator – you triggered an ear to ear smile on my face. Love your video for being original and entertaining at the same time! Wishing you all the best not only in the QSC but in everything you put your hand in! Very kind regards,
    Desana
    Desana recently posted…What Does Baking Have In Common With Growing Your Business?My Profile

    • Hi Desana,

      My pleasure to make people smile. I had a lot of ‘fun’ trying to set the camera up without a tripod. I must dig mine out sometime!

      Keep up your good work on the challenge. We’re all making terrific strides forward.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Hello Steven

    You certainly win the prize for the most unique video.

    As others have mentioned it’s useful to see behind the scenes as many will find it inspiring that a video does not need all the best gear or the best locations. With a little imagination, we can all make videos and we can and should all do it in our own style.

    igor
    igor Griffiths recently posted…Facing Your FearsMy Profile

    • Hello Igor,

      Thank you for your accolade. it was actually a pleasure to put that video together and most of the tale (as Tolkien put it), grew in the telling.

      I hope you’re enjoying the Quick Start Challenge as much as I and many others are. I’m sure we’re all going to go a long way with this.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Hi Steven, Your video was very imaginative. I like the fact that it keep my attention and I actually thought you were landing a real plane at first. Keep’em coming!
    Christopher Thompson recently posted…Stay On Track In Your BusinessMy Profile

  • Brilliant! Love it 🙂
    I was just hoping that the captain on my next flight won’t be recording a video!

    Great improv. with the camera setup 🙂

    Best of luck for week3
    ~Kevin
    Kevin Barham recently posted…My First Green Screen | Quick Start ChallengeMy Profile

    • Hi Kevin,

      I don’t know if you’ve already done it or you’re thinking of it, but a beginners guide to green screen (as done by an early user and not a know all expert who’s forgotten what he didn’t know as a beginner) might do very well as an article or even a product. Something for you to consider, perhaps?

      Week 3 of Quick Start Challenge ahoy. Let’s go get to it!

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Steven –

    I can see from your website that you have been doing Internet marketing for a while. I found your posts interesting and like your personable style. Your video was different than most and I believed that you were very comfortable in front of the camera.

    Continue taking action in the Quick Start Challenge, and good luck with your endeavors.

    • Hi Craig,

      I really wish I had felt as comfortable as I seemed in front of the camera. I need to slow down a bit and leave ‘editing space’ between finishing speaking and starting to move. Some of the edit cuts were a bit abrupt! All part of the learning curve of course.

      The Quick Start Challenge is doing a lot of people a lot of good. Let’s keep the momentum going.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Luis on

    Hi Steven,

    I am also taking The Quick Start challenge. I feel like I’m going to learn allot from you in the near future.
    Luis recently posted…I did it!!!My Profile

    • Hello and welcome Luis,

      Please feel free to come back and browse around. I do enjoy instructing by the written word and after the video challenge, I have a feeling I’ll be doing more visually as well.

      Quick Start Challenge week 3 awaits! What next?

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Hi Steven.
    I really enjoyed your video, it was fun to be cheated by you!
    So congrats for your video… se you on the QSC!
    Riccardo recently posted…La Quick Start Challenge continua…My Profile

    • Hello Riccardo,

      I wouldn’t cheat on anything else, but given my rather unusual job, I thought it would be shame not to make use of the facilities.

      I do hope the next phase of Quick Start Challenge is as interactive as this one. I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the comments.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Heather on

    What a riot! You are definitely an original and should do really great at this with that sense of humour.
    Heather recently posted…Week 2 – Awkward videoMy Profile

    • Hello Heather,

      And thank you for enjoying the commotion (bit less than a riot).

      Let’s see what the rest of Quick Start Challenge has in store for us. Whatever it is, it will be beneficial and fun (for a given definition of ‘fun’).

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Nicolas on

    Hi Steven,
    Great content over here!! I really tought at the beginning of your video that you were actually flying. Anyway, that was funny.
    I can relate to your financial goals here. I think that 100$ a day can be reach within a few months, but without pushing forward.

    I wish you all the best with the QSC and see you on week 3!!

    Regards 🙂

    • Hi Nicolas,

      Glad you’re enjoying the scenery. I must get back to adding to it more often. QSC is just the impetus that I needed after starting to feel a bit jaded.

      Looking forward to seeing what week 3 brings to us.

      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

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