There are a lot of great cameras on the retail market for sale that have great features. However, when it comes to real estate and uploading video’s to YouTube, you will want to ensure your camera of choice has three features:
- Converts or records directly to Mp4 format – some cameras have their own Proprietary software and require it to be on the device you are downloading to. Also, to convert to a video format that is able to be used on YouTube might create a problem. If the camera already saves it’s video files in mp4 – you are
good to go across the board to upload to YouTube.
- External Mic Jack – How do you like your sound? We are realtors, we will be walking through vacant homes and filming, there is an echo with the “installed” device microphone. With an external microphone, you won’t have that issue. Plus your audience will find what you are saying to be more attractive, “Kind of like me…” 🙂
- Option for a Remote Control – Not for playing video’s while sitting on your sofa, but to start the recording after you are in front of the camera. This helps by keeping the “time consuming” editing at a minimum. With a remote you can start the recording and stop the recording at any time, re-position or bring someone else into the view.
It would also be nice to have a camera with which you can view yourself when filming. However, most of the cameras that are available with this feature, violate number 1 from my list of what I’d look for in a Video Camera for Realtors.
The camera that we use to do most of our “remote” real estate filming, and some filming in our offices, when I want the video to be produced in High Definition, is the Kodak Zi8. Here is a link to the Amazon Page with the camera’s for Sale.
When it comes to producing YouTube video’s for real estate, just let your personality shine through. Don’t talk about how great you are, talk about how great your clients are.
When you are approaching shooting video’s think of it this way. When you are competing with everyone else in your business, you have no friends. When you compete only against yourself, your friends overflow…
****YouTube might be the second largest search engine, but there are also extreme benefits to having your own personal video player for your website, blogs and for linking to.
I always upload to my platform at Easy Web Video first, then to the other video platforms. I then take the video I produced and uploaded to easy web video and embed that into my sites and blogs. A few reasons “why” are because It’s branded with my Paris911 stuff, it doesn’t reroute my visitors to other YouTube videos by others in my industry and I never have to worry about the easy web video system being down.
Be Safe – Talk soon…