If you want to take your Ebay auctions to the next level, why not add video? This ebook will show you step by step how to do it.
This ebook shows you the 5 stages of adding video to your auctions. Includes links to FREE video editing software. Comes with Ebook cover graphic.
There are 5 simple steps to this technique. They are:
Don't worry if they sound complicated, I'll go through each step
fully, explaining everything as I go along.
So what are we waiting for? Let's get started!
Step 1 – Capture
This is straightforward enough. First of all you must actually film
or “capture” the item on video. You don't need an expensive video
camera. I've seen very good results with a mobile phone.
If you want the best results then a digital camcorder is your best
bet. These not only have a better quality resolution but it's easier to
transfer the captured video to your computer. Old analogue
camcorders will also give good results. You can, depending on it's
quality, use a webcam although the results may be poor.
When filming your item, there are a few things you must prepare.
First of all, make sure the room is well lit. A dark and shadowy video
isn't going to impress anyone. If you are filming outside, try to choose
a bright and hopefully sunny day. If the sky is overcast then try to
adjust the settings on your camcorder to brighten it up. When filming
indoors, try to keep the background plain. A plain sheet over the bed
or a plain tablecloth will make the item easier to see.
If you are going to narrate when you are filming, make sure you
know in advance what you are going to say.
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You could even write yourself a script if you wish or a piece of
paper with a few “prompt” words written down. When narrating, try to
describe as honestly as you can what you are showing. This is a great
opportunity to point out any scratches, cracks, faults etc.
When filming, don't go on for too long. Try to keep it to a
maximum of around 2 minutes. Anything longer will just bore
Once you are happy with your video then you are ready for the
Step 2 – Transfer
The next step is to transfer the “raw” unedited video to your
computer. The easiest way to do this is if you have a digital
camcorder. This will connect to your computer via the USB port or
firewire. You should have the instructions on how to do this.
If you have an analogue camcorder, then you will need a video
capture card for your PC. If you're using a laptop or you don't fancy
opening your computer then you can get an external USB capture
device such as this
Then it's just a matter of connecting the wires and using the
software to transfer the video.
If you have filmed your item on your mobile phone, there are a few
ways you could transfer the video. Firstly, some phones come with a
data transfer cable with which you can easily connect to your
computer. Another way is via bluetooth. This is a way for various
devices to transfer files between each other. You may have to
purchase a bluetooth “dongle” for your PC such as this. If your PC has
infra red this is another possibility. You can also send the video file
from your phone to your computer via email.
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Once the video has been transferred to your PC, then you are ready
for step 3.
Step 3 – Edit
The video which has been transferred to your computer will no
doubt be a bit rough. You may have “snow” before and after the actual
bit you want. You may have filmed the video in 2 or more parts and
this has resulted in sudden jumps from one scene to another. You will
need to edit it to trim the ends and maybe insert transitions in between
scenes. You may also want to add titles. If you have an eBay shop you
could add the URL at the end of the video or even just a “Check out
my other items” instead. You should have software to do this bundled
in with your capture device. You can also use Windows Movie Maker
to edit your video if you have XP or iMovie if you are using a MAC.
If you would like to try some free video editing software, you can
download them from the following sites.
http://www.jahshaka.org/ - click on the download link on the right
hand side of the screen.
http://www.debugmode.com/wax – and click on the download link
near the top of the page.
http://www.virtualdub.org/ - the download link is on the left hand
side of the screen.
Once you have polished up your video and you are happy with the
result, the you are ready for the next step.