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Creating Videos of your Art or Craft Work

Updated on September 24, 2014

YouTube can be a great way to get your artwork out to a different audience.

I've been creating videos to display my artwork for several years. Not only does it give me a new source of traffic to my website Noadi's Art but also is a lot of fun. Use YouTube to show off your new creations, create a video tutorial, shoot a funny commercial, or just talk about why you create your artwork.

The Basics

To get started you of course need to sign up on YouTube and create an account. If you don't have much experience with the site, take some time to browse around and see how it works, watch some videos.

To create your videos you of course need a camera, there are any number of good digital video camera and digital still cameras with basic video recording. You will also need some video editing software (see each section for different software options).

Once you've created your video it's time to upload it. Make sure you put it in the appropriate category, give it an interesting title, description, and tags so people can find your video. Then link it on your blog, website, myspace profile, etc. to help get the word out.

Simple Video

This is the bare basic video. Take out your camera, set up your artwork in a well lighted area (I prefer natural sunlight), and take your video. If your work is 3 dimensional like mine you may want to walk around it with the camera or rotate it on a lazy susan. Below you can see an example that's a walkthrough of my photo studio.

Simple Video Example

Slide Show

If you want to create a video from a series of photos or scans of your artwork you can create a slide show. Thankfully slide show software has many more fun options to make your presentations interesting than an old fashioned slide show projector, you can add different transitions between photos, zoom in on areas of the photos, add music and titles. Below you can see an example I made using work in progress photos of one of my sculptures to show it's progression from concept to completion.

Slide Show Example

Slide Show Software

You don't need dedicated slideshow software for creating one though these tools can often give you prettier results. Even basic video editing software has the ability to create slideshows though you might have to fiddle with the settings more. Youtube has also added some video editing tools directly to the site including the ability to make slideshows.


Demonstration

Some of the most popular art videos on YouTube are of artists demonstrating how they create they're work. You can video yourself painting, sculpting, etc. or compile a slide show of photos of your work in various stages and even include either recorded commentary or titles explaining the process.

When I create a demo video it's a pretty simple affair. I position a web cam so my work space is visible then start recording. Since I'm a sculptor and that isn't a fast process these raw videos are usually pretty long so I use my video editing software to speed it up.

Image Morphs

If you have created a work of art based on a real person, animal, or object, or created a series of similar work a morph can be a fun way to display your efforts. A morph is created by software which blends one image into another (or a whole series). You can see an example I created below using a photo of my face and a self-portrait sculpture.

Image Morph Example

Editing your Video

Once you've shot your video (or compiled a slide show or morph) you may want to do a little editing to make it look more professional. At the least you should add an opening title with your name and the title of the work, and at the end closing credits that mention your website if you have one.

Other things you can do are add extra audio, either music or recorded commentary with a microphone. Titles explaining further information about the sculpture, fun scene transitions (try not to go overboard with them, only use one or two types of transition per video). Combine several videos together, just keep in mind that 10 minutes is the maximum length of videos you can put on YouTube and under 5 minutes is probably best. Overall remember to have fun with the videos even a little goofy, people go to YouTube for entertainment so try to give it to them instead of being overly serious.

Video Editing Software

Most new computers now come with their own basic video editors such as iMovie and Windows Movie Maker but if you have an older computer or just don't like what you have here are some other options that are free or inexpensive.

Honestly the only software I use other than Windows Movie Maker or Adobe Premiere (I have an older version that still works well for what I need it for) is VirtualDub which is a pretty basic open source video processor but it works much better for capturing my webcam video than the software that came with it.

Video Editing Software from Amazon

Be Creative

Have fun with your videos. Play with different styles and music. Make a funny commercial or tell a story about your work.

The Amazing Perma-Pets

I recently had a lot of fun putting together this video of my Perma-Pet sculptures in the style of an old silent film.

Music and Sound Effects

You can of course create your own sound for videos by recording a voice over using your camera, editing software or recording software (the first link in this list is to Audacity, an excellent free audio recorder and editor) but maybe you also want sound effects or music. The following is a list of places to get free music or sound effects. Most of the music is creative commons so please pay attention to what the license says and respect the artist's wishes.

Tips for Getting Viewers

Now that you have your video and it's uploaded to the web how do you get people to see it? Here are a few tips:

  • Share your video on your social network accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • If you have a Facebook page for your art share it there as well.
  • Write a good title, description, and tag your video with relevant keywords so people can find it in searches.
  • Encourage viewers to subscribe to your channel so they will see when new videos are posted.
  • Post videos regularly.
  • If you have a blog embed the video in a post.

Reader Feedback - Do you have any questions, comments or criticism? Let me know!

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      Lindrus 6 years ago

      Great lens, very interesting! I create some slideshow videos myself, so your lens was quite interesting for me.

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      ananimoss2 6 years ago

      Really interesting lens and learned a lot! Thank you.

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      nagiracbe 6 years ago

      really You tube is the best way to promote videos and websites. Sharing artwork in Youtube can be senn by many and useful to them. It is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Windows hosting

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      helpful info. thx

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      oniArts 6 years ago

      Great lens! Love it!

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      tombrennan 7 years ago

      Thank u thank u great links to some really useful software

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      John Parr 9 years ago from Montreal

      You're invited to join the All About YouTube group.

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      Delia 9 years ago

      very interesting lens 5*s

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      MissJill 10 years ago

      Beautiful Page,Well done.