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How to make a Viral Video - Suggestions
How to make a Viral Video - Suggestions

 8:53 pm on Feb 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Dear Respected Readers and Webmasters,

I'm here to ask you following questions with the hope to receive some helping advices:

- Which software is the best solution of making internet based videos.
- What medium I can use in its creation.
- In which format I create, please suggest one that widely used.
- How Long it would be.
- What Size I may select for.
- If I can use flash, then what other accessories I may be required to make it vibal for all browsers.
- and in the last What about screencasting :)





 5:02 pm on Feb 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well lets start with first question.

- Which software is the best solution of making internet based videos.

There is no "best". Depends on your needs and other factors.

What's your source (mini-DV, mini-DVD, still camera video,?) Do you have a budget? What do you want to do with it (add simple titles, add a lot of effects,?)

For starters unless you want to export your video source directly to the web (e.g. no editing) you need to seperate the web aspect from your editing software, some editors can export as web ready video but this is more of an add-on feature and is not necessary to get it to the web.

You need to consider the things I've listed and pick an appropriate video editing application. Conversion to web video is secondary.

Having said that for all around general use Ulead Video Studio is quite good and doesn't cost a fortune. Very easy for beginners to learn. Video like most things is not a sit down and churn out "The Godfather" overnight type of proposition. You can achieve a lot with simple programs like the one I mentioned but the "best" professional programs have a steep learning curve and price tag to match. Additionally people that do this a lot or professionally have an arsenal of tools they use, it's not just limited to one program.


AS far as making it go viral wish I knew the answer to that, and if I did I certainly wouldn't tell you. :P


 4:22 am on Feb 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

In which format I create, please suggest one

If you want to get seriously viral there is the iPhone/iPod compatible .m4v format.

You might also deploy .3gp and .mp4 for other devices, possibly an .rm or even a .wmv (some people like them), then an .mpg or a DivX .avi for the P2P crowd and an .ogg for the Linux community. If you want those influential Mac users to help spread the word then an H264 .mov could be useful too.

And of course you will want .flv - few people have a player that can handle it directly but apparently Google Inc offers a free conversion service with a massive built-in audience that you might want to exploit.

Other than that, content is king when it comes to virals.

Robert Charlton

 7:19 am on Feb 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

AS far as making it go viral wish I knew the answer to that, and if I did I certainly wouldn't tell you. :P

It's no secret. Just make something that's so extraordinarily good or interesting or uniquely hooked into something already prominent and topical that lots of people want to see it. Or, make it primal and pushing the limits, or controversial within a particular social group on the web.

It can be something that requires no craft... just the luck of being there, like that amazing African wildlife video that's on YouTube... or else something that requires a lot of craft, like the three-minute 'history of art' video of paintings of women's faces morphing into each other... also on YouTube. It might also be something completely gross-out, like a video of someone eating 500 hotdogs in two minutes. Each type of video has a different audience.

Not sure where we are on posting links in this forum to illustrate examples like this.


 4:10 pm on Feb 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the healthy suggestions. I never forget this moment. :P




 5:34 pm on Feb 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks to all :) you suggestions was just great.. I have no words to say thankyou to all of you. God Bless You.. and please help people like you did :)



 5:52 pm on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

What's viral?

Check out the kinds of things people send to you... Usually FUNNY I would imagine.


 9:21 am on Apr 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

don't worry about your format. make it an avi and then upload to youtube.
They will convert it to flash so most computers will be able to view it.
Let them do the work.


 8:37 am on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

You don't want to simply create a AVI, there are few things to consider.

First AVI is not format, its a container file or simply a generic extension for video. It can contain many types of video.

If you used uncompressed it comes out to about 60 - 70 GB per hour which isn't very practical. I'm not all familiar with youtube policies but don't they have size restrictions? If they do that certainly isn't going to small enough.

What you want to do is upload the highest quality codec that you can. The better material they have to work with the better the end result will be.

If you really want to get down in the "trenches" you can encode the video to within specs that youtube won't reencode, this gives you full control of the final product that the public will see.


 2:30 pm on Apr 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

I really like the idea of THECOALMAN. yes probably I would go for.. actually I'm just like a person who actually doesn't know so I can't guess who is right or wrong. But appreciations and suggestions are mostly required in. I'm greatly thanks to you people for helping me in.



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