My Video Camera is Broken

It’s frustrating. Over the weekend I spent several hours shooting footage for the next Izzy Video, only to have the tape eaten by my aging camera.

It has been a good camera, the Canon GL2. It’s hard to watch it die, but I’ve had it for over two years. I’m surprised it has lasted this long, considering how much I use it. Now I have to find a Canon service center to see if I can get it repaired. It’s the first time I’m sending it in for repair.

If it’s expensive, I might just get a new camera.

Anyway, I’ll likely be doing screencasts over the next few weeks while I wait for my camera to return repaired. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Please be patient. Izzy Video will return as soon as possible!

My Favorite is Self Pity

A fresh batch of the Apple “Get a Mac” commercials just came out, and my favorite is the one called “Self Pity.”

I know that many of you are Windows users, which is naturally just fine with me. Although I’m a fan of Apple computers, I’m not militant about it.

In fact, I’m running both Windows and Mac OS X on my new 17″ MacBook Pro. Finally, I don’t have to carry two notebooks around!

Vloggies? New to me, but I’d still like to win!

I was at my friend Eric Rice’s blog, and read his post saying that the Vloggies are still accepting submissions. It looks like Izzy Video was nominated for “Best Vlog” and “Best Educational Vlog”.

From the The Vloggies website:

The nominations process will close on Oct. 18 and the voting will begin on Oct. 20 and end on Oct. 27. So keep those nominations coming, and thank you for participating and recognizing this wonderful community!

I guess I’m a little too shy to nominate myself for anything, but I’m not too shy to beg for votes once voting starts.

Izzy Video 045 – Energy and Movement


Cinematography is more than framing an image. To me, it’s also the energy and momentum of an image. Or the lack of energy.

In this video tutorial, I briefly overview some options for adding energy to your imagery. It should be helpful whether you’re creating a video podcast, a short film, or just making family videos.

This video is available to members only.

1 Million Downloads!!!


To me, this is incredible, but the aggregate downloads between Izzy Video, Rolling R’s, and Woven Shadows, has now surpassed the 1 million mark. As most of you are probably aware, I host Izzy Video, and I edit and produce the other two shows.

Although 1 million downloads is a large number and a pretty good milestone, we’re just getting started.

I have to thank the viewers of these three shows! Thank you for all your feedback. Thank you for all the kind words, the criticisms, the encouragement. Thank you for telling others to watch our shows and for showing them how to subscribe. I have to thank Apple for featuring Izzy Video and Rolling R’s on multiple occasions in their iTunes Music Store.

Podcasting is such an interesting phenomenon! We’re shooting video at the park in our neighborhood, in our living rooms, where ever we can. We’re posting them on the internet, and they’re getting downloaded a million times. It’s mind-blowing if you think about it.

We have other shows in the development stage. They’re good ones, too. I’m really excited about them. Once we have enough time and money to launch them, we will.

Please stay subscribed. There is more great content to come.

Izzy Video 042 – My Sound Equipment


Like many installments before this one, I created this week’s Izzy Video based on questions I received from viewers. In this case, since so many people have asked me about my sound equipment, I thought I’d get into audio this week.

Although I’m not an expert in sound, I was thinking you’d like to see the equipment I use…and then I throw in a couple pointers along the way.

As always, thanks for watching!

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