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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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Coming Soon: Our New Design Show –

I’m very excited to announce that we’re about to launch a new design show! We’ve shot several of the episodes, and we’re working on final touches before we launch.

If you have any interest in design and would like to learn (or review) the fundamentals of design, you can sign up at to get notified when we launch.

This show is an Izzy Video production, and it’s hosted by Brent Spore. Brent is a talented designer, and he’s got a fun, charismatic way of communicating the fundamentals of design. You’ll see what I mean soon…

Why are we launching this new show?

I realized the web needs this series when I went searching for videos to help me learn some design stuff, and I couldn’t find much. As more and more people are trying to design their own logos, websites, and whatever — there’s a growing need for design education online.

I found many websites on the topic, but I couldn’t find many videos. And I’m talking about the fundamentals — not necessarily how to use software like Illustrator and Photoshop.

When does it launch?

We don’t know yet, but we know it’s soon — probably in the next couple weeks.

What should you do in the meantime?

Head over to and get on the mailing list so you’ll get notified as soon as we launch. And if you really want to help us spread the word, you could also tweet and blog about it.

I’m very excited about this show. I think it fills a real need online, and I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks about it.

Stay tuned…!

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A quick update on the forums

I just logged into the members-only forums and saw that we’re up to 475 posts on 127 different topics. Most of the topics are questions where a member needs help, and then other members and I try our best to answer them.

And the questions cover a wide variety of topics, such as:

  • Gear
  • Lighting
  • Audio
  • Editing
  • Operating a Camera
  • Online Video

Why am I telling you this? I think this is another valuable resource for the members. If you’re not an Izzy Video member, and you have an interest in video, you should look into becoming one.

Obviously I’m biased, but I honestly think a membership is a good resource for people who like video.

And the forums are just another reason to do it. :-)

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This is the result.

As I write this, there are 113 comments on my previous blog post where I asked you to vote for which course I should produce next.

I just did a quick count, and it looks like the Advanced Final Cut Express course is barely beating the micro-documentary course. Motion is a pretty distant third.

Because the top two courses are so close in the number of votes, I’m thinking I’ll do both. But because I only have time to do one right now, I’ll start with Advanced Final Cut Express. Also, I have the outline completed for this one already, so I should be able to get started on it more quickly.

I’m really looking forward to doing these courses. I’ll begin the Advanced FCE course this week. The basic FCE course took under three weeks to complete, so I’m hoping this new one should be about the same.

And after that’s done, I’ll start on the micro-documentary course. I’ve got some BIG ideas for this one. (More on this later…)

Thanks for the votes, and for helping me determine the direction I should head!

And if you voted for Motion, don’t worry. I have ideas for that too. I just can’t get to it quite yet. :-)

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What course should I create next?

I’m about to create a brand new course. I only have time to work on one right now, but I have three different ideas. I’d like to get your vote for which one I should create.

Here are the three ideas:

  1. Advanced Final Cut Express — This course would cover a series of advanced techniques in Final Cut Express. I’ve made a long list of different segments I would include. I know many of you are Final Cut Express users, so I thought this might be a helpful course and a good supplement to the beginners one I’ve already created.
  2. Micro-documentaries — This course would cover the elements of documentaries and help you create miniature documentaries. I’ve been calling them micro-documentaries, or motion scrapbooking. These are personal in nature, ways to tell your own stories.
  3. Motion – I’m certainly not an expert with motion graphics, but I’m pretty good with Apple’s Motion, so I’ve been thinking about creating a course to help beginners get up and running with it.

Which do you prefer? Is there a different topic I didn’t post here that you’d rather see?

I only have time to make one right now, so I want to make sure I start with the right one. Please cast your vote in the comments.