Question for you…

Hi again!

I’m having a hard time deciding which of these subjects I should cover next, because I don’t know which one you want to see most.

So, I thought it would make sense to ask you. These are the topics I’m considering for the next Izzy Video tutorial:

  1. How to shoot video in small rooms.
  2. How to shoot video in low light situations.
  3. How to use the Zoom H4n audio recorder.
  4. How to dramatically improve family video without buying more gear.

As you know, my goal is to make stuff that’s helpful to you, so I really want your input.

Which one do you want me to cover next? Please let me know in the comments…

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  1. Andreu says

    #4 of course! although #2 is really interessant too (many of the low end camcorders have severe problems in low light situations, delivering footage that is too grainy to be usable)

  2. says

    Izzy: Number 2, low light, would be great. And it would be good if you could address HDSLR (Canon and Nikon) as well as camcorder tips. thanks, Bob

  3. says

    I’d go for the Zoom audio recorder. I’m trying to utilize this with my Canon 5D mkII to capture better audio for my videos with the VDSLR.

  4. Paul Edward says

    Can we vote for all four? :-) I just bought the Zoom H4n, so that would interest me.

    Thanks for all you do.

  5. Ross Geraghty says

    For me either 1 or 2 would work best as I actually often have to do both at the same time.

    Thanks Izzy. Love your work.

  6. Jacquie says

    how to shoot in small rooms and low light, but not for members only, for the poor struggling aspiring film makers like myself :)

    Keep up the good work!

  7. Glenn Forsythe says

    I would say number two would be my top choice. Poor lighting conditions are at the base of so many issues with home projects. No matter what kind of gear you have going, bad light can totally change the quality of the shot. I would also put number one as my second choice–seeing how small rooms and low light seem to come in pairs. :-)

  8. says

    All of them are great, probably my order of preference would be 4-1-2-3.
    Number 3 is last because after watching your vid I’ll probably have to go out and buy one…. :-)

  9. egrodziak says

    #2 – without having to purchase a ton of new lighting equipment! Some times it’s just not convenient to tote along a huge light kit.
    #1 would also be helpful. I often have to shoot faculty in their small offices. #4 – always can use help! Thanks for asking!

  10. Steve Mahaffey says

    #1 and #2 often go hand-in-hand for me, so those would be of most immediate benefit, but I have been considering the purchase of the H4, so that would be helpful as well. (Be sure to mention settings for getting it’s audio to sync with that of other recorders, please).
    It goes without saying, but I think ALL of your members likely get stuck behind the camera at during family outings, so that, also, would be greatly appreciated.

    I look forward to them all!
    (Starting with 1 & 2)

  11. says

    Hi Izzy, First thank you for it all. I may be the oldest working member (or not) but what I have learned has been so so good in my work. Just starting (2 years) to shoot video for clients and your work is my main man!I vote for #2. Thanks for keeping in touch with all of your loyal students.

  12. says

    Dear Izzy,

    Numbers 1 and 2 are my biggest challenges when I shoot my videos, since they represent my real conditions so far.

    Although you have made a tutorial about chroma-keying, It would be great to also know how to light “green screen” when having 2 separated lights environments are not possible due to room-size restrictions.

    Well, that’s my contribution today. Hope to see the new tutorials,

    Cheers from Miami,

    JL Galvis

  13. Hans Leeflang says

    I’am also in for the Zoom H4n recorder topic. I bought one myself a couple of months ago, but so far used in only for recording ambient sound and interviews (no video). it wouId be helpful to learn some tricks for recording audio in video projects.

  14. says


    I’m an architectural photographer making the conversion to video with my Canon 5d mark 2

    Small and large interior spaces is what I need help on.

    Using the zoom recorder as compared to a hard wired mic would also be helpful

    Thanks for asking.

  15. says

    I’m currently shooting all of our training video in a small room, with poor lighting. So, it is somewhat crowded with the light boxes and all…
    So, my choices would be either 1 or 2.

    You’re the best,


  16. Jeff Schafer says

    How to dramatically improve family video without buying more gear

    If you want all of then in order it would be 4,2,3,1

    Thanks — Jeff

  17. Rod says

    I’ll vote for #4 :) who wants to buy more stuff – unless of course… you just have a bunch ‘o money :)

  18. says

    All four topics are great. My vote in order below.

    1. How to shoot video in low light situations.
    2. How to use the Zoom H4n audio recorder.
    3. How to shoot video in small rooms.
    4. How to dramatically improve family video without buying more gear.


  19. tom jaconette says

    they’re all great topics, but my #1 is improving family video, followed by low light, then small rooms, and last Zoom H4n audio recorder. izzy, thanks for letting us have input! very cool.

  20. Kats says

    I would like to see all four eventually, but since I just purchased a Zoom, I’d like to see that next!

  21. Doug Blair says


    I suggest you cover 1,2 and 4. Without even knowing what it is I know I don’t own the Zoom recorder, so device-specific instructions don’t really help me out. More generic tips and tricks and techniques, rather than how to use a particular bit of hardware or software, are more useful to me.

    Thanks for all you do!

  22. Bryan Rawiri says

    Hi Izzy,

    I would like:

    Number 3:the ZOOM H4n
    Number 4: Improve family video
    Number 2: Low Light
    Number 1: Small rooms

    Cheers and keep up the great work. I look forward every week to something new.

  23. says

    Izzy, how about how to shoot family videos in a small room with dim lighting.

    Actually, the only one pertinent to me is #2, low light without the dreaded gain!


  24. jimkells says

    Izzy .. I have not seen any bad tuts you have made so all will be great .. that sid amy pref order would be 4,2,1,3

  25. says

    I’d like 2. I’m guessing you’re talking about combatting low light situations, which would be great, but I wouldn’t mind tips on deliberately creating low light scenes, too. Thanks!

  26. says

    Small rooms are always a problem for me because I use an HV30 and a Flip Ultra HD and their widest angles are never wide enough.

  27. Paige says

    #2 please. I have the DVX and the HVX; great cameras but they don’t do well in low light and I hate adding gain!

  28. Chris says

    I vote for #2, always a challenge. Would love your take on number 4, your family work is always fabulous.

  29. Gabe Rutledge says

    Definitely number 3. I have one sitting on my shelf, but haven’t had time to dive into it. I would love to see what you have to say about it!

  30. says

    Number Two followed by Number Three
    How to shoot in low light situations without cranking up the grain and having the video look like someone poured sand all over it would be awesome.

    I have a Zoom H4n but would love to know how to use it optimally.

  31. Rob says

    Hi Izzy

    I would have to vote #1, #2, #4 then #3. For anyone with the Zoom H4n there is a good instructional DVD from that I got myself a few months back. It does cost a few dollars but it’s very thorough.

    Looking forward to your decission

  32. Drew says

    #2 – I had some issues last weekend at a wedding reception that had extremely poor lighting. I was using a Canon 7d. So it would be helpful to have some options for the DSLR’s especially.

  33. Michael M says

    First I wish no. 2. The rest in this order: 4; 3; 1. But all of them are very interesting and useable.
    Thank ylu for a very interesting site.
    Michael M

  34. Alan says


    Low Light situations, also just a suggestion as i,m struggling a bit with audio cut off between clips (over the shoulder conversations) i,m using imovie 08 at the moment, tried fading down slightly and back up between clips.
    Thanks for the tutorials, really helpful.

  35. says

    Primary: How to dramatically improve family video without buying more gear.
    Secondary: How to shoot video in low light situations.

    Keep it up Izzy!

    Oh, and thanks for the continuing iTunes MS feed – with a busy life it’s nice to NOT have to remember to go and download the latest goodness. Now if only I can convince my iPhone to load them… (heh)


  36. says

    Todos los temas me parecen importantes, pero el orden de prioridad para mi seria el mismo como fue propuesto.
    Gracias por tus aportes siempre útiles y muy didácticos.

  37. Mike says

    To solve this bickering how about a lesson on shooting a family video in a small room with only one small window using the Zoom to record all the audio?

    All those in favour raise your right hand …..

  38. Briandg says

    Number 2, please. Most kit seems to be able to cope with good light, these days, but it is a different matter with low light and shooting with no opportunity to do much pre-planning to make the most of what is available – how do the pros do it?

  39. says

    Please, please,please, I need help with shooting in low light situations. I am editing a wedding video right now and my video looks like I used a bronze filter. I have to do a lot of correction in post. I can’t get a handle on shooting in low light. I would greatly appreciate a video about this, thanks Paul

  40. Rob Tilley says

    #2, followed by #4. I have problems shooting in horse arenas – stark outside light against dim interior. Horse moves across the splashes of sunlight then moves into shaded side of arena.

  41. Bob K. says

    My choices two,four and one.

    Keep up the good work. I don’t use Final Cut Pro, since I use a windows machine. I appreciate your tips that apply to general video editors.
    I use mainly pinnacle studio but, also have a older version of AVID Express pro (ver4.0). Its more affordable upgrading Pinnacle.

  42. says

    They are all great topics. I am most interested in the following in order:
    Low Light Shooting
    Zoom (especially as a live shoot backup audio device)
    Small Rooms

    As for low light shooting, I have demoed the Neat Video plugin and its amazing for correcting gain noise from my V1U – a camera that I love, except for its low light performance.

  43. Alan says

    Amazing, I am looking forward to all of the tutorials in whatever order they are presented.
    You have some great insight in to my needs.

  44. Heather says

    Please eventually do all of them! But for immediate release, I’d love to see #1. I often have interviews with individuals and feel that I am “in their face” and would love to hear your approach to these kinds of situations. Keep up the great work, Izzy! I learn so much from you and appreciate your service.

  45. says

    #4 because I think it could include multiple tips on bettering footage for even work situations. Then #2 because I find myself in darker than ideal situations when recording video and interviews.

  46. Jeremy says

    Definitely #4 but I would like to know if you could add a little more to it. Like what would you suggest for us people that have bare bones and want to go to the next step without spending a fortune. Like what’s the next gear for someone who already has a $400-$800 mini dv camcorder from a few years back. What’s the next step up from that?


  47. Duane says

    Thanks for your GREAT tutorials. Much better
    than (easier to understand)
    choice: 4,1,2,3 inthat order.

  48. tino estrada says

    I have an idea, this is something nobody talks about and that will be how to behave in this business . lots of people don’t show respect for their clients and this give us a bad reputation. And also I noticed this type of people talk more than the client they are not good listeners . what do you think?

  49. Ron Hoffer says

    Hi Izzy,
    My preferences (in order of) would be: 4,1,2
    Thank you for the chance to provide input!

  50. says

    #2 for me as I’ve just (reluctantly) invested in a “Pro 183-LED light” for my Canon XHA1 to avoid grainy footage in future. Keep up the good work!

  51. Nina says

    I’d love to hear your perspective on #2 and how to get help with FCP : )

    Thank you for asking your members about this, Izzy!

  52. octium says

    Wow so many replies!!

    My preference: 2 is most important, then 1, then 4 then 3.


    THank you :)

  53. Marc Slover says

    I vote for number one. Small spaces are real tough to work with and I’m sure your insight would be helpful. Thanks as always for great work.

  54. rocksand says

    I vote for 4, then 2, then 1. I don’t know what 3 is so maybe I should vote for it so I can learn about it! :)

  55. haziq says

    id say all would be great,
    i myself in need of some tips on recording a video with proper lighting( ie recording a product review)

  56. says

    Hey! thanks for what you do, I think yor cool to watch and have lots of great 3ays 0f t3aching us 3hat you do.
    ho3 3ould you shooot ij a high humidity & high temp local?
    also~ you should come up to Oregon some time and make a cool series here in the beautiful nW!
    you would love it

  57. says

    I am more interested in your post production (FCE 4) tips & tutorials – which have been so helpful but #2 would be interesting. Thanks for asking & keep up the excellent work x

  58. John Sincock says

    I would like to see no4 but think they would all be good as most family films suffer because of small rooms,poor light and sound.

  59. Erling Asker says

    Why not a video about how time consuming video hobby and pro is.
    This for showing family, friends, all people whom believing this is made on a coffiebrake.
    Showing from planing ,taking footage , editing etc.etc..
    I think all who are in this need a relief in order to be appreciated a little bit.

    Thanks for all your excellent lessons

    Brgds Erling Asker

  60. Karine says

    Definitely 2. Always a problem when shooting inside and can’t be well corrected in post I find. (Probably due to my lack of knowledge though).

  61. Risto Laakkonen says

    #1 and #2, I am going to make a document and I shoot it mostly in these kind of situations.

  62. says

    Hi Izzy,

    your insight into using the h4n would be my choice for you next tutorial. I’ve been using it professionally now for a couple of months together with Pluraleyes and whilst it really chews up batteries and is extremely awkward to use it certainly enables hq sound recording with the Canon 7D / 5D.


  63. says

    #1 Small Room. There is no other subject that has more inherent problems requiring multiple solutions. Lighting in a small room, sound pick up of close proximity recording, video composition in a small room while shooting HD. So very many issues so many Izzy solutions ready!!!

  64. Tom Alston says

    I would like #2 How to shoot video in low light situations. My video seems grainy unless I use flood lights!

  65. Darren says

    Hi Izzy

    Tricky question. For me the first two subjects would be of most use to me personally, and if I were to choose between them I’d say Nr 2 – how to shoot in low light. Having said that the first one is a very close second.

    Hope that helps!



  66. Edward Barth says

    My vote is for number two, shooting video in low light. All the subjects listed are immaterial if you cannot acquire a good picture. I deal with most of my low light level shooting with a camera-mounted light. Most of the time it is inconvenient or impossible to use a key light, fill light, or etcetera. I would be most appreciative if you could cover this subject at length. Thank you for addressing theses video subjects.

  67. Liz says

    Hi Izzy,

    My order of preference is 2, 1, 4, 3. Hope that helps. As always, thanks for your wonderful videos.

  68. Pat says

    Every year my students want video of their formal but they are not willing to have the room well lit, so I definitely would like some hints on #2.

  69. Bill Oliver says

    Izzy, after reading some of the many comments and suggestions I thought of something perhaps you can cover in a future training lesson. 30 second commercials would be interesting and to learn the many steps needed to put one of those together would be fantastic!However, it might be too much for one lesson.

  70. Harold Corbin says

    #2 low light is always a challenge. I’d love to hear what you have to say about shooting in dark places.

  71. Jorgen Risum says

    I think the use of a off-camera sound recording device would be very helopfull. I am using the little brother H2
    Best regards

  72. says

    Actually 1, 2 & 3 would be great. All apply. With low light also talk about how different cameras will react differently.
    The Zoom recorder would be nice for a quick set-up and use of built in and external mics with and without. The small rooms would be interesting with one camera vs additional cameras plus lighting. These are all great ideas.

  73. says

    Izzy, I have another topic I would like to see. A universal way for clients to view your work. Youtube does not work and most people don’t have quicktime or flash. Is there a universal method?

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