[Guide] Creating Video for Nonprofits

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Aside from music, the quality of your audio is really key. It’s okay for the footage to be blurry or black and white, as long as the audio quality is great. Instead of scripting anything, you spend a day with the organization and you see what you get.

Guide 54

7 Tips to Make Sure That Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event Doesn't Flop

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

It’s also a great idea to send along a call script and encourage folks to get on the phone to make personal invitations. If no one is familiar with the individual, do a quick search online to see if you can find the donor's name in an audio or video clip.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Trending Sources

How to Set Up Wordpress for Your Non-Profit

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

However, I don’t like simply capitulating to script kiddies on the web so quickly. The Clicky and Quantcast plugins will disable the scripts if an administrator is logged in. Audio Player Wordpress plugin. I’ve started working with more and more Wordpress-based nonprofit Web sites such as those at asianamericansforobama.com and apaforprogress.org , stepping in after the site has been set up.

Two-Way Text Messaging: Interacting with Your Mobile Subscribers in One-on-One Conversations

Mobile Commons

Not everyone stays “on-script” in a text message campaign. Mobile Commons allows your organization to interact with individuals personally in one-to-one SMS conversations, eliminating the need for long recorded audio messages and bad publicity from social media posts.

From Mushmouth to Morgan Freeman in Eight Steps: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Voiceovers


One skill that has come in handy more often than I expected is audio production—specifically, recording and editing voice-overs. Practice the script before recording. Rewrite the script. Print out the script, and mark it up. Finally, you’ll need a way to record and edit the audio. Then, get an audio editing program. Personally, I use Audacity for most basic audio work. I wear many hats at Idealware, and wore many more before joining the team.

Your website should be seen and not heard…until I say so

Judi Sohn

I know there are plug-ins I can install that will disable flash and scripting, but I’ve found those to penalize my surfing experience on other sites that know how to respect their visitors. Is there anything that can selectively, on a site-by-site basis, only disable useless background audio? If you’ve known me online for a while you know this is a huge pet peeve of mine…websites that make noise as soon as you visit them. Drives me batty.

Script 100

Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 13 Now Available

Tech Soup Blog

Photoshop Elements does not include certain advanced Photoshop features such as the Channel Mixer, Color Balance, scripting, or CMYK coloring. TechSoup is proud to announce the newest version of Adobe's Elements bundle, containing both Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13.

Adobe 86

Using Web Conferencing Software To Create A Screencast

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But wait a minute, what if I could create a screencast out of a screensharing session or using a web conference system like Ready/Talk that offers video/audio recording? I'd love to know: How much scripting does he do prior to the interview? Click To Play.

5 Practical Reasons Why You Fail To Get Digital Marketing Results

Nonprofits Source

Use of multimedia (video/audio). Never use mass emails with a standard template or script for your pitch. According to industry research , 63% of marketers say generating traffic and leads to their website is their top marketing challenge.

Jonny Goldstein's Shooting Techniques

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Use a script: Write out your questions in advance and this keeps you on track. I have to stick it in people's faces to get acceptable (to me) audio quality. I would like to see how my camera audio and visuals (a cheap cannon) compare with the next level up. Click to play.

The Making of "Product Demo - Mobile Beacon" Video

Tech Soup Blog

While not every nonprofit needs to invest the resources to make scripted videos, we wanted to try the new format to better serve our audience, particularly the different learners coming to our site. As for the sound, I had an Audio-Technica AT899 lavalier microphone attached to record my voice. Since we had a script written, it was not time-consuming to add that on.

Cool tools alert: "video-micro-blogging awesomeness"


They also offer “one-click” publishing for uploading polls, videos, pictures and audio clips. You simply set-up the event via their user-friendly interface and cut and paste the script into your respective blog post and you are off to the races!" Viddler , the cool video site where you can have comments and tags at particular points in your videos, has stepped it up a notch on the scale of awesomeness. You can now send 15 second videos instantly to Twitter !

Video 50

Podcasting 101 Live Blogging from Boston Podcamp

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gather your ideas Create a script - don't go free form or you might end up with a lot of ums and ahs. Record Two families of mics Dynamic mic - $80 SHURE SM57 or 58is top of the line- any $20 USB mic Castblaster - can que up your audio files and sound effects - DJ tool.

Podcasting as Digital Storytelling: Behind the Scenes Look


Of course, in its most rudimentary form, a podcast is simply a digital audio recording delivered to listeners who can hear it at their convenience. He did this by: Scripting a short introduction that kicks off each episode. Our goal was to create an audio episode that provides a useful, amusing, and brief answer to a pressing technology question. By Deborah Elizabeth Finn , on behalf of Community TechKnowledge.

NTEN and SalesForce Screencast: Learnings About the Interview/Documentary Approach

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you're making a screencast, and you end up having a vertical monopoly on the process (you write the script, do the filming, operate the mouse, do the editing, and produce it), you need to become a super learner. So that left me with a few hours of video and audio to edit and that's too much to do in Camtasia. Because the screencast is conversational, the screen doesn't have to exactly synch the audio. I also had to edit down the screencapture to match the audio length.

Nonprofit Radio: How to Make Podcasts That Promote Your Brand and Engage Supporters


Podcasting is formally defined as the act of distributing syndicated audio content online via RSS to listeners who use software or a hardware device to receive updates. No reason to be afraid: the important part of this definition is that the audio content is syndicated. If you want more control over the content before it's published, you'll need to record and edit the audio file before it's uploaded. The bit rate determines the quality of the audio.

Audio 38

Technorati Tag Bookmarklet: The Screencast

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here's the script. will scan later) Also, I haven't fully mastered the editing features yet as I was just trying to get it from script to filming. Marshall has a great post about a technorati tag bookmarklet that can save you a lot of grunt work. Technorati tags can help you attract more readers for your blog and also facilitate contributing to the collective community wisdom surrounding a particular tag.

Leesa Barnes: How To Plan A Killer Podcast

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note: She'd like a developer to create script where you could submit to all these directories in one click version going to each one seperately because it is very time consuming.). Leesa Barnes, Cubicledivas.com Podonomics.

Guest Post by Kira Marchenese: What Happened When We Introduced 350 Staff to Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They threw themselves into writing scripts and filming, gathering costume pieces, and otherwise doing much more in 24 hours than I would have thought possible. Find more photos like this on So You Think You Can Do Social Media.

Remix 101

How To Make A Back Channel Light Up Like Clark Griswald's House

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Be prepared to improvise more and drop the script if it isn't working with the audience. Can you add audio with slideshare? ( On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to do a Webinar called " Social Media for Trainers: A Bag of Tricks " over at the Engage 365 Online Community site.

Flickr As Presentation Tool: Screencast #2

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I originaly produced this at 800x600 as a SWF with highest quality audio/video and the resulting file was a whooping 72,000 KB. I rendered ten different versions (6 in SWF with different audio sampling and video frame rates and sizes) and 2 in Quicktime and 2 in WMF.) In the end, I decided to produce as a SWF at 640x480 size with second to highest audio/video quality. I found that I don't like reading a script word for word, so what works for me is bullet points.

Cloggers Awards Ceremony

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Our project is making some interesting topic (traditional, culture and Khmer script) in Cambodia with concept mapping. Tuosaman Audio Recorder Mam SaryClick To Play Note: I am now home with fast Internet access and extreme jet lag.

Award 65

NpTech Tag: Roundups from and about Facebook and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

" If your organization is using social media, perhaps you've been wondering how to measure or whether if you can even measure "embeds" (that cut and paste script for videos, badges, widgets, and the like).

Tag 65

Guest Post by Alan Levine: Social Media Recap from NMC 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The streams worked great– except for Alan’s goof of forgetting until about 2/3 the way in, to swap the script we use to push the URL to the 10 sims we had set up, so our SL audience was likely turned off.