Making YouTube videos is something you want to have in your real estate photographer bag of tricks. Putting a slide show on YouTube for your client is getting more popular. For example Herb from Tourfactory.com says that when agents purchase a Tourfactory.com tour they also get a Youtube video along with the tour because is something that can be viewed on any device. It's Tour factory's approach at supporting non-Flash devices.
You can create a YouTube video from just a bunch of still photos. Also, you can mix stills and video. This is an example video I did of my neighbors solar panel installation to get some attention on our neighborhood web site. This is not done to sell a home but the concepts are the same. In this video I mixed text frames, still photos shot with my 5D MKII, time-lapse video shot with my Canon G9 and HD video clips shot with my 5D MKII and then put in a audio track. There is no reason you have to have any video included to do this but you can if you want.
Since the my HOA has been wining about how "terrible" solar panels look, my objective with this video was to show the home before the solar panels were installed, show a short sequence of installing the panels and then show the home at the end of the installation. You can hardly tell the difference visually. I wanted to document this with a short, light video.
So how do you create a YouTube video? There are now a bunch of ways to do this:
The point of doing a video version of a still photo slide show is mostly to have a few minutes of video that you can upload to YouTube. Although it's not all that high a quality (you can upload HD video to YouTube) compared to Flash slide shows, but it can be seen on any device and it's away to get more attention. Some agents want to have a YouTube video of their listing. It's pretty quick and easy and if done well will really impress you clients.