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3 Easy Methods to Create Video Content Without a Video Camera

3 Easy Methods to Create Video Content Without a Video Camera

Did you know that you don’t need a video camera to create video content? As strange as that statement may sound, it’s actually true, and there are other methods that you can use to create video footage.

While this doesn’t mean you should throw your video camera in the trash can, knowing a bit more about the alternatives that are out there can be helpful and will allow you to create a more diverse range of videos.

In particular, there are three easy methods to create video content without using a camera that you should look into:

Screen Recording

Arguably one of the most popular ways to record videos without using a camera, screen recording will let you capture video footage digitally from your computer’s display. Odds are you may have even seen videos created using it, especially in the form of tutorials for apps or gameplay videos.

It is relatively easy to use screen recording, and at most it takes is a basic understanding of video parameters such as the resolution, frame rate, and bitrate. Although some platforms have built-in screen recorders, if you’re going to be creating video content you may want more specialized software that will provide you with greater control and access to useful features.

Slideshow Videos

Despite being often overlooked in favor of conventional videos, slideshows have the potential to be a powerful type of audiovisual content as well. By saving a slideshow in video form, it can quite easily act as video content.

Essentially, a slideshow video shares many similarities with conventional videos, but uses slides consisting of images as opposed to video footage. Several other audiovisual elements can be added as well, such as background music, a voiceover, text, animated transitions, and so on.

While there are many ways to create slideshow videos, the software that you use will determine the types of audiovisual elements that you can add. As such, it is important to use a slideshow maker with music along with other features you feel you’d like to incorporate.

Creative Commons and Fair Use

Another popular way to create video content without a camera is to use videos that others recorded instead. Typically this is done by using videos published with a Creative Commons license, or reusing videos under the fair use doctrine.

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by Brian Perry // Brian Perry is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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