Let me throw a thought out there... I have very limited skills with video shooting, but I'm quite comfortable importing and editing.
What do you guys think of doing a short concise conglomerate welcome video? With 2 distinct purposes, seeing faces, and stating purpose. I'm thinking marketing here... Here's a dummy script, so propose any changes anyone thinks will help:
I'M FILLING IN RANDOM NAMES AS PLACEHOLDERS TO CREATE A SUGGESTION FOR A SCRIPT please please please speak out if you are a regular and want in on this...I'm not trying to exclude anyone intentionally:
20-40frames, Cue logo, cue background music...
Video shot of Paul in the studio - sitting infront of mixer
"Hello. I'm Paul Smith! Welcome to Indie Recording Depot"
Video shot me in the studio sitting front of mixer
"Hello. I'm Jonathan Kuehling. Welcome to Indie Recording Depot"
Shot of Danny infront of guitar rig or in mix room?
"Hello. I'm Danny Danzi and welcome to Indie Recording Depot"
The maybe 2 or 3 more of these. @Chordwainer, @SoundCandy, @ any other willing person who has a smiley face and/or a video worthy home studio rig? Doesn't need to be fancy, but probably need something organized, clean, and reasonably presentable.
Boz (tell the people what we are)
"Hello, I'm Boz from Bozlabs plugins ...IRD is a community of people who love music, recording, and all things audio. Whether you're taking your first steps to building your home studio, launching a music related business, or an experience pro dropping by for great conversation, we're a great place to learn new things, network, and share ideas."
(Next, tell the person what THEY get out of US 2 sentences)
Someone else: Maybe Andrew...Stan...Emma? Anyone not camera shy... lol
"But Indie recording depot is much more than gear talk. Its a one-stop shop for conversation about songwriting, teaching an instrument, marketing your music, do-it-yourself projects, growing your studio, and meeting other bands"
(tell people how they can be involved)
"Be sure to check out 'bash this recording' (cut to screenshot of the category link on the website) where you can submit an original song or mixed recording for friendly and helpful advice and feedback."
Video of Bryan in his storefront or studio (wrap up and summarize)
"hello, I'm Bryan with Rusty Frets Guitar Shop. I launched this site a year ago as a place for musicians from all walks of life to dialogue and grow. Visit often as we host competitions and giveaways. To join, simply sign up, introduce yourself, (show screenshot of both buttons). Thanks for checking us out, and we look forward to hearing about your journey in music and recording."
So it goes through:
Who we are...
What we're doing....
What we offer a participant...
Then wrap up.
Totally open source here. Feel free to bash.