February 23, 2013

Tips on a Google+ Live Hangout

Do you know what a Google+ Live hangout is??  I didn't either, but I'm learning....basically, through your G+ account, you can have a Live Hangout - it's like a videochat broadcast live - isn't that cool??  I've done two now, and I learned a lot from one to the other.  You can see my first one HERE and my second one HERE.  Compare the difference - you can see that it improved!  And I have some tips for you (and I am wondering if YOU want to Hangout with ME...) - here we go:

--Make a space on your desk - - my webcam is on my desktop, so it's not a laptap that I can move to a table.  So I'm stuck at my desk - which is super narrow.  In the first video I dropped supplies more than once because I knocked them off - classy.  The second time I had space cleared for all my supplies

--Background - - in the first one, it's just my room as the background.  Which is fine, but to step it up for the second one I set up a backdrop - I think it really took things up a notch.   I used my PVC stand and my Bubblebum Backdrop - it's an easy setup.  Then I just took some heart garland from another area in my house and taped it up - - easy peasy.

You can kind of see the whole layout of my kitchen here - - computer, background right behind me, mess going on everywhere else but the viewer doesn't see that part....(click to read more and see the layout mess)

--Lighting - - behind my backdrop is a bay of windows and our sliding door - it lets a lot of light in.
Which would be great EXCEPT that all the light is behind me - which makes me backlit in the video.  So I pulled the curtains to block some of the light and the backdrop helped block some as well.  But then it's dark which mean poorer video quality.  To solve that problem I put a lamp on my computer desk - I tried a clamp light up in the corner, but it was way too bright.  Then I tried the lamp with the shade on and it wasn't enough light - the lamp without the shade was perfect.

It added tons to the quality - see, this image was taken with my webcam - I'm not sitting in the dark!

--Length - I think people don't have time to dedicate to watch long videos, so keep them short and fun - I aim for about 20 minutes max.

Fun, right?!  I've only done a couple of Google+ Hangouts On Air, but I'm thinking I should do more - maybe once a month or something?  Do you like them, or would you rather read things than watch a video?

I also had the idea to Hangout On Air with a couple of you readers - we could chat, ask each other questions, show projects, whatever - would anyone be interested in that?  email me if you have ideas or are interested (mandybeez at gmail)


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

4 Fabulous Comments:

Really neat! Might have to try it. Thanks Mandy!

I think personalities show up better when there's a conversation with people, not just the camera, so multiple people would be good! Is it like Livestream where you can type comments along the side, too? Because that's fun. I watched an out of town wedding that way!

I also like the idea of multiple people. Sounds cool to me!

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