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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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Izzy Video 165 – High Definition Clips in Standard Definition Sequences

Izzy Video 165

This video includes a preview from the Advanced Final Cut Express course I’m working on right now.

What happens when you’ve shot high definition footage, but the final version of your video will be standard definition? Well, there are several different ways to handle this, but one of the things you can do is get creative with all those extra pixels. This video will show you how to fake a zoom in post. It’s similar to the Ken Burns effect, except you apply it to a video clip.

You’ll see me working in Final Cut Express in this video, but you could do a similar technique in most editors that let you put SD and HD footage in the same sequence.

This video is available to members only.

You can click here to watch the trailer.

If you like this tutorial and want access to more than 150 other video tutorials like it, you should learn about an Izzy Video Membership.

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How I Host My Videos

Video Hosting Diagram

Now that video has exploded on the web, there are zillions of options for hosting your videos. I’m not going to try to tell you what the *best* way to do it is. I’m just going to share with you how I host mine.

Here are the details…

There Are Three Parts

The first thing to know is that I have three different parts to my system:

  1. Video hosting
  2. Website hosting
  3. Video embedding

Some services — such as YouTube — do all three of these for you. You can host a video with them, have your own channel (website), and they give you embed code. While I post videos to YouTube every once in a while, it’s not my preferred method. It just doesn’t give me the control I want. That said, for many people, this is a great option. It’s just not how I do it…

Video Hosting

I host my videos on Libsyn. I’ve been using them for years. The service has been reliable, and it’s affordable.

My favorite part? They provide unlimited bandwidth for media downloads. This is HUGE. Although bandwidth is becoming cheaper and cheaper over time, it can still be a big cost if you’re pushing out a lot of video downloads.

So how much am I spending with Libsyn? I have three different accounts, one for each of my shows (Paperclipping, Rolling R’s, and of course Izzy Video) that each cost about $60 per month. So I’m spending a total of $180 per month.

Wow, that’s a lot (you might be thinking)! Well, yes and no. I looked at many other alternatives, and for the number of downloads I’m getting, it’s very reasonable.

To give you an idea, I also looked at Amazon’s S3 service. They’re very well-known for providing inexpensive hosting and bandwidth. When I did the math, I figured I’d be spending more than $800 per month with Amazon S3. So… Libsyn was a great option for me. :-)

Website Hosting

This website and all my other sites are hosted on Dreamhost. I’ve used them for years. I started with them when I didn’t know anything about building and hosting websites, but as I’ve learned more about this stuff, I’m happy to say they’ve provided great options even as I’ve become a little more advanced.

Are they the best? I don’t know. I left them once and the new host was a nightmare, so I promptly went back. I’ve been with them ever since. I highly recommend Dreamhost for website hosting.

Embedding Video

Now you need a way to embed the videos from Libsyn onto your website. For this I use The Longtail Player. This allows me to embed the actual MP4 video file right into the website, so it’s playable in the browser without having to leave the page.

And more good news — they’re about to launch a new version of the player that will be compatible with iPads, iPhones, and other devices that don’t play Flash.


I’ve done some tutorials on exactly how I do my process. If you’re a member, you should check out Izzy Video episodes 123 and 132 in particular.

And that’s it. Like I said, I’ve looked at several different options, and this is how I’ve chosen to do it. What do you do? I’d love to hear your solutions in the comments…

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