How to Make a Master Video File

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Every video creator needs to realize this truth: It’s critical to export a master video file whenever you complete a project.

Even though it’s important, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re currently doing it.

I’ve talked to folks who make a video, upload it directly to YouTube, then delete their project files from their computer to free up space — retaining basically nothing except the YouTube version.

And they don’t even have that video. YouTube does.

When I hear folks tell me they do this, it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard — very disturbing.

I’m fairly confident that YouTube has a long (and profitable) future ahead of them. But what if something goes wrong? What if YouTube goes out of business? What if someone accidentally pushes a wrong button somewhere and a certain YouTube account gets deleted and all the videos disappear forever?

Like I said, it probably wouldn’t happen, but why risk it?

Everyone needs a master video file for every completed video project. Making a master is a fundamental thing to do.

That said, I still sometimes get questions about it. My goal here is to make it clear how (and why) you can export a master.

By |Dec 19, 2014|Media Management|14 Comments

Proxy Media in Final Cut Pro X

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If Final Cut Pro X proxy clips aren’t familiar to you, I hope this will help…

Because I like to keep things interesting, let’s start with a quote. William Shakespeare wrote,

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Maybe that’s correct about true love, but you know what else is known for not running smooth?

Video projects on old computers.

If you want your video project to play smoothly, proxy video clips just might be the solution you’re looking for.

By |Dec 15, 2014|Izzy Video News|17 Comments

Storytelling with Video – Izzy Video 281

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It doesn’t really matter if you’re making videos for business or for friends and family, storytelling can help.

If you focus on storytelling, your videos become better.

People send me links to videos all the time — and there’s one problem that I consistently see with the videos they send me: they don’t focus enough on storytelling.

People love stories. And video is a great way to tell stories.

I just added the video recording of Saturday’s webinar on the topic of “Storytelling with Video” to the member’s video library. It’s video #281, and it’s available for members to watch now. If you’re not already a member, you can click here to learn about a membership.

By |Dec 8, 2014|Izzy Video News|0 Comments

How to Overlay the Date and Time in Final Cut Pro X – Izzy Video 280

This short video answers a question I received from a member:

“How do you overlay the date and time on a video in Final Cut Pro X?”

The good news is that you can do it. The bad news is that you don’t have a lot of customization capability.

The full video is in the member library. If you’re not already a member, click here to learn about a membership.

By |Nov 22, 2014|Izzy Video News|Comments Off

Grunge Title Effect in Final Cut Pro X – Izzy Video 279

In this video I demonstrate how to create a grunge title effect in Final Cut Pro X.

Along the way, I demonstrate how to use tools and effects that you might not be super-familiar with.

The full video is in the member library. If you’re not already a member, click here to learn about a membership.

By |Nov 21, 2014|Izzy Video News|Comments Off