[Note: This was originally posted in 2010 and Bill Myers has since retired and shut down his site. I’m leaving the post as a bit of a tribute.]
A couple of years ago, I had a very lucrative contract with a company to create an online training site for their affiliates. I put in a lot of work on that site and was facing a looming deadline. The client wanted me to create a ‘talking head’ video as an introduction for each lesson. The site was scheduled to launch the following day. In an all-night session, I scripted, recorded and edited a dozen videos but when I went to put them online, the audio was missing.
Before succumbing to a panic attack, I went to Bill Myers, my go-to resource for video production issues. Bill is a long-time info product developer and a former news producer. Bill took a look at my situation and within an hour, posted a step-by-step guide to fixing the problem without having to re-record my videos. Following his advice, I fixed the problem and had all the videos up and ready to go before the deadline and the client was ecstatic.
Can you imagine the value of having someone like Bill on call?
What price tag would you put on that level of service? How about less than ten bucks a month? Because that’s how much I’ve paid for Bill’s expertise for many years now.
Are you using video in your marketing yet? If not, you should be. And if you are, unless you’re outsourcing video or have an in-house expert, you’ve probably got lots of questions.
Do I need a pro camcorder or will a consumer model do? Which one should I choose?
What’s the best software to use for editing online videos? What are the best settings to use?
I’m having problems uploading my video files to YouTube, what I am I doing wrong?
How do you make professional looking videos with a virtual background?
The place I go for answers to these questions as well as for hundreds of articles, video tutorials and more is Bill Myers Online. (Sorry, no longer active)
In addition to having a place to go to get all my questions answered, Bill’s site has literally hundreds of articles and video tutorials.
Bill makes himself available to answer questions in the forum on a daily basis. To me, it’s like having a video expert on retainer for less than ten bucks a month. In addition to Bill, I often get great tips and advice from other members of the site. Bill has helped me choose all the video gear I use, usually offering both budget and high-end options. He’s also a wiz at making screen capture videos with Camtasia and shows you the best settings to use to get a great-looking video. He doesn’t stop at video advice, either. There’s lots of info on product creation, choosing the right niche and more.