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Izzy Video Ideas Episode 1 – Trying Something New Here

I decided to try something new here. Take a listen… :)

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And here’s a photo from the time period I discuss in the recording. Yep, I looked pretty goofy, haha…

Izzy as a teen with a big wave of hair

Do you have thoughts or comments (about the recording, not necessarily the hair, LOL)? Let me know in the comments section…

76 thoughts on “Izzy Video Ideas Episode 1 – Trying Something New Here

  1. haha, I enjoyed it a lot! thanks for sharing! you should have a radio program, if you already don’t have one :))

    1. Ah, thanks Anton! :)

  2. My husband and I are senior citizens :) and we enjoyed–related to– your hair story! Of course I remember my brother with a similar “cool” hair style. Video really does bring something special to memories… thanks.

  3. It is true that your message states to take more videos for the legacy of my family. I have to kick my ass and do it! Thanks!

    1. Nice to hear you find it motivating. :)

  4. Cool..I have a bunch of video tape from the early 80s on VHS (almost went beta,,,that was close) I better do something with them soon

    1. Yep, before long, it will be very hard to get your hands on a VCR. Glad I can help remind you… :)

  5. Impressive that you survived that era without a mullet!  ;)

  6. Love it Izzy. Good inspiration and I can only imagine what a treasure it can all be for future generations. Now if we could find someway to put the video directly into to the beautiful scrap books that are being created…

    1. I’m sure that technology is coming. :)

  7. So Brave of you!!   You’re so much more cool today!

    1. Brave, or foolish? ;) Thanks, though!

  8. Izzy, 

    This has happened before but I’m always extra appreciative of your work when I get real ideas about how to really DO GOOD VIDEO. As in how to relate to the entirety of a project. When I first came to your tutorials it was to get practical help with Final Cut Pro, and you do that technical communication very well. 

    But when you do idea combining, like this bit with video scrapbooking or working off old video from back in the day: that’s really helpful for someone like myself whose interested in improving my video and story telling skills but need some solid pointers on where to orient my attention along the way. 

    Keep the anecdotal stuff up…it conveys a ton of information on the thinking and feeling process for making quality projects.

    1. Great comment. Thanks for the feedback.

      Sometimes I feel like I spend so much time talking about the technical side, and I miss talking about the “heart” of video. I’m glad it helped…

  9. Oh Izzy, I’m a PRT listener and am very happy that you are taking the Motion Scrapbooking idea further :) Makes me very interested in what you have to offer on this topic!
    Hooray for Izzy making “waves” in digi world :)

    1. Well, thanks. Though I’m not sure I’ll stick with the “Motion Scrapbooking” terminology. I think it’s a good metaphor for the concept though.

      Anyway, thanks for listening and the comment. :)

  10. Telling a story with video is great advice, the hard part for us is getting family members comfortable with being filmed. 

    1. The good news is that the more you do it, (usually) the more comfortable they get with it. As you can imagine, everyone in my family is totally at ease with the camera now.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  11. I like this Izzy, and it gave me ideas, too, to do when I have time.  Right now I have three videos I need to finish.   One is about a 98 year old woman who organized a family luncheon reunion at a restaurant a few weeks ago  – That was amazing!  Last week I videotaped Edgar Mitchell’s speech, (the astronaut), at a local event to honor Korean War Veterans. One is a more ambitious video that’s taking a lot of my time. 

    But thank you so much for your educational videos.


    1. Glad to hear it gave you ideas. And good luck with your projects! :)

  12. I appreciate the reminder. I was also the one who constantly had a video or still camera in my hands a LOT. I would periodically get teased about it, but those same people are very thankful now that I did! I took many hours of video of my daughters when they were very young. Those videos are now like gold to them! They can sit and watch them for hours. I am looking forward to the day my grandchildren will be able to watch their parents when they were young, and am also storing a great deal of footage of them to be passed along as well. I do have quick questions for you. 

    As I said, my “camera days” go back to Super 8mm, and I have about 1600 feet of film I need to have converted to digital format. Any suggestions on how to pick a vendor who can do the best job? Price is a factor, but NOT the deciding factor.



    1. Hi Dan,

      Great comments, thanks! :)

      Film-to-video conversion isn’t something I have experience with. My guess would be to search local companies and then read reviews on the web to see what customers are saying.

      Unfortunately I can’t be a lot of help with this one. Good luck!

  13. I very much liked listening to your audio blog. Just like with my Audible books, I was able to tend to other “business” as I listened to you.

    Keep up the good work.


    1. Perfect, thanks! :)

  14. ik ben van Belgie en dat moeilijk te volgen een stem zonder bijhorende beelden, ik spreek namelijk nederlands (duch) 

  15. I too have lots of old videos. Some I have digitized, but I have a boat load of others that I haven’t. This week will mark the 10 year anniversary of the passing of my Mother. I have videos of her singing to my kids when they were babies, watching them carve pumpkins, and cooking some of her wonderful holiday meals. I know have them on CD (using iMovie and FC). I play them for my sons now and they can really remember what their loving grandmother was really like. I also interviewed both my Mom and Dad (he is also gone). The interviews aren’t as interesting to my young kids as her singing, but I hope that someday when they grow older they will appreciate it. One last think. At the turn of the century (New Years eave 2000) my wife and I recorded ourselves toasting in the new year and talking about our lives together (up to that point). So you are right on with your ideas! Thanks. Enjoyed your story. Well done!

    1. Right on. That’s the kind of stuff I’m talking about. :)

  16. I find the timing of this request for putting a bit of your life to video interesting, in that say around four or five years ago so much of Youtube was based around exactly this sort of video. However Google bought YouTube and quickly started commercialising it which killed off a great deal of this ‘social videoing’.

    (Not many people noticed that a couple of years ago Google changed the YouTube logo from ‘YouTube, Broadcast Yourself’ to just ‘YouTube”.)

    There are still a few people who continue to upload this sort of video however they are now totally drowned out by the new style commercial YouTube which Google is promoting.

    1. Interesting insight!

  17. Thank you Izzy! Wonderful thoughts and descriptions of how to present one’s own small story. I LOVED it.

    1. Glad you LOVED it. Thanks for listening! :)

  18. While I find it hard to focus that intimately at present, I believe that your suggestions are great for one who wishes to capture the now of family microcosm for those who may come after (as well as for our own memories later on).  Currently, I am working a couple of levels above that microcosm, making community-related videos that will, I hope, achieve similar results for our community’s memory.  Thus, I am working seriously with your Final Cut Pro X tutorial to nudge me beyond iMovie (which has served me well, but not as well as FCP X may serve).   I learned iMovie, in a still limited fashion, by trial and error, as a viewing of my YouTube videos from 2007 until now must clearly demonstrate.  However, I delight in the features and processes that I am learning with your tutorial, where I am being shown features up front, the likes of which it took me years to discover in iMovie.
    So, yes to your “Video Scrapbooking” idea. I have used ComicLife a bit for some events to achieve that with a given family moment, but your idea of the video addition is excellent. 

  19. Very good Izzy have been doing this for a number of years mainly
    for other people its lovly when they see past memors and young family.

  20. Some true words… My two daughters of 6 and 8 already enjoy watching videos I shot when they were much younger. Will shoot some tomorrow, to keep a continuous thread…

  21. I bought a sound cine camera when my daughter was born in 1976. I have had this film transferred to digital. On this I have my grandmother and my father who died in 1985. I can see and hear them which is great.As you say it is as if they are still alive in video. A photo can’t do this. Also my daughter can see and hear her grandfather and great grandmother. And her son his great grandfather and great great grandmother!!

    1. Wow, that’s amazing! And so valuable!

  22. You look better now! And you are absolutely right! I’m starting tomorrow (Right now it’s midnight here in Danmark)
    Michael M

    1. I’ll do this as a message to Michael, so sorry it is in danish (c:

      Michael – har du kendskab til nogle gode fora i Danmark, hvor der bliver diskuteret Final Cut Pro og generelle emner ved digital videoredigering? Jeg har ikke stødt på det helt store…

  23. This Guy look innocent, but I think he stole my Pencil  

  24. I would have liked to see those videos as you were talking.  I get where you’re coming from.  I have lot’s of HI-8 videos and I’m not sure where I would even get one of those now.  I wonder if a commercial transfer might not be the way to go.  Suggestions?  I love all your comments, videos, emails, and ideas and I even buy something (once in a while).  I get the hair thing too..on a personal level.

    1. I think you could probably get a HI-8 video camera on ebay. Might be worth taking a peek there…
      Thanks for the kind words. They really mean a lot, and I appreciate them. :)

    2. I use a Sony Digital8 DCR-TRV120 camcorder which is capable of playing old analog 8mm & Hi8.  Output through the camcorder’s Firewire connector directly to your computer.    I notice lots of these Digital8 camcorders for sale on eBay.

  25. Interesting ideas, particularly as relating to “video scrapbooks.”  You might be interested in something similar I did recently.
    I’ve always liked the idea of “moving stills” in a video – often called the Ken Burns effect. Lots of ways to achieve that, and as a fan of  Adobe Premiere Pro I’m comfortable with setting key frames in Premiere so I can easily control the movements and timing – and then adding some appropriate audio track. After my parents died, I became the keeper of the family photo stash and have been playing with various combinations of photos and even some old 8mm film my family shot in the 60s and 70s – which my father had  converted to VHS video a long time ago.

    Another cool  film-to-video  thing I’ve got is of my parents’ wedding. Dad was in the Army and got married in 1944 and had one of his army buddies shoot lots of 16mm film of the wedding, most of it in color. It all looks terrific – the friend had shot film for the army so had access to equipment and supplies and knew what he was doing. Some time in the late 80s, Dad had all of it converted to VHS tape, about 30 minutes worth. I’ve had his VHS master tape for years and have worried about it deteriorating, so I recently took it to a video service bureau for a simple conversion to a playable DVD.

    But I’ve also been playing with doing my own conversions to editable video files. I’ve got what’s called a Sony Video Walkman that was designed to play the old Sony digital 8 video tapes. It’s cool in that it has Firewire based digital out – the DV codec that any editing program can handle. And it also allows for input from a connected analog VHS deck – so I’m playing the VHS source thru the Sony deck and into my computer – all very cool and fun. And then taking those files into Premiere or Final Cut or iMovie has been a great way to combine old photos AND “home movies” into a modern video format.

    But here is a little glitch in the process that I wonder what you or other people think about. For last Mother’s Day, I wanted to make a little tribute video for Mom and put it on my Facebook page so family and friends could see it (she was quite photogenic and we’ve got lots of photos of her from her younger years), – to include a few seconds of her wedding film, and a lovely, evocative piece of music in the background. So I made a sweet little 60 second piece that included a beautiful piano melody by Bruce Hornsby. I then uploaded it to Facebook and started writing a few emails to family. But a couple minutes later, I got an automated reply from Facebook saying their system had detected a copyrighted audio track (that I had to prove ownership of) and I had to delete the video file. Disappointed, I took it down.

    But then it occurred to me to explore Vimeo, where I have an account. I knew I could post something there and restrict its viewing. So I uploaded the video and password protected it and then sent the link and password to family and friends. Seems awkward but workable. Heaven forbid the copyright police would take note of my little family video and cause trouble. I made a similar video for Dad – different music but also “not mine.”

    I get the concerns about flagrant copyright violations, but this strikes me as some sort of “fair use” – or at least “home use,” obviously not for commercial purposes. I’m in the process of making a longer family video like those – old photos and converted movies, and some commercial music. I’m tempted to just post it to Vimeo without a password.

    Wondering what your thoughts are on commercial music used in home video projects. (I completely get that any professional project *must* use original music or be able to prove ownership of any music used.)

  26. Bonjour Izzy, Thanks for the video ideas. I have been doing this kind of VHS  transferring for many years. It is good to keep those old cassettes updated on DVD’s since they loose their colour over time and with Final Cut Pro 7 I am able to make them even better… colour correct…sharp and clear. So all of you out there, I highly recommend you learn from Izzy’s tutorial library and join his membership. I learned a lot from them and wish I had his voice to dub over. Thanks again for the suggestions and ideas Izzy.  Best wishes alway, Leo

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

  27. Thank you Izzy for the audible. I have done a few videos similar to your idea for my family and some clients. I call it “Videofolio” extension of a portfolio. Videofolio is just a name I call it for my company. I take my old video footage with original sound and edit it like stop motion. Mix in a little narration and scrapbook style bubble text then Lastly, (for comedy) I throw a little cartoon filter over the final. It makes for a good laugh. Thank you for sharing. Keep your ideas coming.

  28. Killer advice Izzy.  I’m frequently paralyzed by the idea that all of my home video projects have to be centered around some epic vacation or event for the family.  I’m always thinking too big.  Your observation is quite profound and timely.  I just finished digitizing all of my vhs-c tapes from years ago and, when watching them, the kids seemed more intrigued by the mundane observations of real life on video and not so much the great settings (i.e.. Hawaii, Disneyland, etc.)  As you point out so well, those moments are so much better portrayed in recording the story of how we live.   Thanks for helping me connect those dots!   – Jared in AZ

    By the way, I had the same hare style in High School.  My family refers to it as  “Flock of Seagulls” hair.  You’re an 80’s guy.  I’m sure you know the band  :)

  29. Hey Izzy,
    Thanks for the audio msg. I just purchased FCPX, and edited my first video using it. It is very much a miniature documentary like you describe.  I digitized some VHS tape that dated from 1982 that I’ve been carrying with me for 30 years!  It was the best way to learn to FCP, requiring color correction and many other things brand new to me, not to mention the basic editing.  I was confused by Auditiion and uses of Compounding, so grateful for your tutorial.  How To Make A Cat Cake. How To Make A Cat Cake

  30. Great Stuff Izzy. Can you tell me what microphone you used to record your voice? I’m wanting to buy one, and yours sounds pretty good, so it would save me some time just to go with a recommendation. 

    1. Thanks, John.

      The mic I used is a Heil PR40.

      Good luck!

  31. Great idea

  32. Thanks for sharing.  I get so much out of your e-mails and – now – this Izzy Video.  We’re all waiting for more.

    1. Wow, Anne. Thanks for that. So glad to hear… :)

  33. I’m 63 and my sons are grown and gone.  I have YEARS of video, but the most valuable to me are the walk-throughs I used to do of the house.  Every room, every pet, every toy, every mess.  It’s great to see how our family lived back then.

    1. Yep, a house walkthrough is a great idea for video. Years later, it’s awesome to see the details of your house “back then”. Great suggestion!

  34. Hi Izzy,  This is exactly what I have started to do.  Friends and family give me there photos, I put them into a story form add their favorite music, add captions, just like scrap booking only it is on a dvd instead of a book.  And I am a hairstylist and have been for 30 + years and I love this earlier picture of you.  I cut many hair cut just like this.  No one wears their hair like this anymore but who knows it might come back in style some day.  Hairdressing is my first love, and it is my day job, but video and editing is my second love.   i’m working on my sister’s trip to Israel dvd.  Her pictures, great music from Israel, captions and her voice narrating the trip. So thanks for sharing this. Lynda Quartemont

  35. I got my first video camera while station in Germany, I think in 82.  Back then you had to carry a portable along with the camera.  I wish I had taken more video but it was to much of a hassle.  Now I have very little video of a time that was so important to me.  I never thought video would be as advanced as it is now.  Bottom line is that you should never think that what video you take now will be very important down the road.  I have converted tape to digital from 28 year ago and it was fun to edit it .

  36. I need to get all my VHC tapes converted before they go bad.

  37. Tidal wave hair….LOL. Thanks. I really appreciate what you do!  

  38. Thanks for sharing. We often get so involved in the HOW and forget the WHY of making great video. Thanks for the reminder. Love your site. I hope you get back into podcasting. I actually found your website through Tim’s podcast.

    Hope you do it.


  39. I like this and although I can’t go back to my teenage years, camcorders were not invented and I couldn’t afford a movie camera, I do have video of more recent years. I wonder if some of your members who do not have a converter to take the VHS to digital may not realize that many digital camcorders have phono inputs and will allow it to be used as a converter. I have enjoyed your Tutorials, both for FCPX and Motion and they have helped me to progress with my video movies.

    Malcolm Smith, Daventry, England.    

  40.  Izzy, I’d love to see you expand on this subject by offering tutorials on how to capture super 8 (such as frame rate strategies) as well as color correction and how to make them look movie like.


  41. I have a 16mm film from college in a box under my bed. I also have it on VHS, but your audio recording planted the seed that I should really have it transferred to digital – so I can actually watch it as I do not own a projector or a tape player! Thanks!

  42. I have to say — I’m loving these comments. Great feedback and ideas. Keep them coming. :)

  43. Your idea of a video scrapbook is awesome. Wish I could import selected clips in Aperture, and store them just between my pictures (years/events). The next generation Mac Pro should be able to handle this easily. Good idea for Apple?
    Your conversation was easy to follow (for me) despite the talking speed.

  44. Great one, Izzy, and quite inspiring!  I’m now considering beginning the kind of video scrapbooking you’re talking about even if it’s just a way of honing my Final Cut Pro X skills.  And I’ll get some video scrapbooks as an added bonus.  

    Quick question––Do you have a favourite conversion hardware kit you recommend for getting VHS tapes onto your Mac?  I’ve got old family videos, too and that seems to be my biggest stumbling block!  I’ve tried those cheapo USB converters and none of them seem to work.


    1. I’m glad it helped!

      Basically it’s a combination of a high quality VCR (several heads) and a converter. The one I use is called a ADVC110.

      If you want to see how it all works, I have a video in the membership library you can check out.

      I hope that helps…

  45. There is nothing like listening to the little voices of years ago.  My favorite old video is of my 2 yr old son taking the lunch out of a cooler and reciting what each item is and who it’s for.  Very simple, but it brings back memories that I wouldn’t be able to recall on my own.  
    However, if I wasn’t able to convert those videos and then edit them in Final Cut, we wouldn’t watch them because those videos are hours long with so much uninteresting information!
    I loved the audio because it was great to use while I was on a car ride.
    By the way, my son is now a Lt in the Army!

  46. Izzy:
           Great stuff, I enjoy your material very much,  We must be in the same zone or
           train of thought.

  47. Thx for sharing. It could be interesting to discuss how we manage all our digital assets. I have just re-captured more than 30 hours of video with my kids dating back from 2001 from DV-tapes. I have captured all the footage as camera archives in FCP, but they take up incredible amounts of space. 
    So anyone with a thought on how to manage and longtime store all those digital assets?

    Our – unedited – digital archive a currently taking up approx 2.5 Tb + and I really want to keep the ‘negatives’ and not just the edited and compressed versions.

    1. Great topic.

      It’s something I’ve been revising over time. I have a new system I’m using now. Once I work out the workflow kinks, I’ll share it. Stay tuned… :)

  48. I have used some of my old video (VHS, DV mini, HI8) material and slides . Right now I am working on “How the West Was Won” which is about the astronomy and geology involved in the Rocky mountains and canyons etc. Some of my material is old (1958) off of tapes. The quality is limited at that time and particularly from VHS. I have tried to make it look better with little success. I at first expanded the video to make it fill the screen. I think that turns out to be worse and went back to the smaller size we were used to in 1940’s and 50’s. Actually people (I’m in a retirement area) have liked the memory of older movies, so I am fitting it into some of my more modern material. 
    I like to slip in slides with the movie because they have more vibrant detail and color. My biggest problem is so much material getting it stored on the drives (Up to 8 terabytes now). Transitions are important when switching between these formats since I don’t like sudden sharp breaks. 
    Music in background and voice over add much to the movie. 45 o 50 minutes is as long as I go as 70 to 100 yr. old seniors won’t tolerate more than that. (By the way there was no music background in the first Frankenstein movie as they were afraid people would be confused where the music was coming from.) I have found one common comment for my movies is they like the music as it seems appropriate and I do take a lot of care what music to use. It itself requires considerable time to edit it into the movie with loud or soft, tapering, blending with background natural noises etc. I like your ideas and have learned immensely from your tutorials. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Roger

  49. I understand where you are coming from. I have done this for along time. Way back in the 8 mm and super 8 mm film days. I captured my 2 boys growing up. When they reached 30 years old I put this film to video and did allot of editing. This was given to them when they turned 30 years old. Wow! They really loved it. I convered the VHS tapes to DVD now and its even better. 

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