Izzy Video 039 – Exporting for the Web


I appreciate it when Izzy Video audience members leave comments here on the website, because it frequently gives me ideas for future installments. Thanks to everyone who asked about exporting video for the web.

I will very soon return to videography as a subject. I wanted to do that today, but the rain outside prevented me from covering the subject I had originally intended to do. We rarely get rain in Arizona!

Today’s Izzy Video picks up where last week’s leaves off. Once I have the video, how do I best export it for the web? I have experimented with many settings, and this is the one I like the best. There are many ways to do this. What you’ll see in this installment, is just one way.

This video is for members only.

Izzy Video 038 – How I Do My Podcast


I received many requests for this particular topic. I realize that there are plenty of “how to make a podcast” type of articles out there, so it probably doesn’t make sense to add another one.

I couldn’t resist. Making a podcast is easy, and this ten minute video will show you exactly how I do it. You can use the same process if you want, although there are many alternative ways to accomplish the same thing.

This is the type of tutorial I recommend you view a couple times. Maybe watch it once all the way through, and then a second time, pausing as you go, so you can actually do the different steps described inside.

It’s a little technical, so I hope you enjoy it.

You can get the video here.

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Izzy Video 037 – Machinima

This video tutorial is a quick introduction to machinima. If you don’t know what machinima is, don’t worry. You’re not alone. It’s pretty cutting-edge stuff right now. For film-makers it offers the chance to have a moving story-board. Or you can create your whole film there.

See what I’m talking about in the video.

I used my favorite Brother Love song again in this podcast, courtesy of music.podshow.com.

I know this video tutorial isn’t going to be for everyone, but I’m sure some of you might be interested in creating narratives in this virtual world. To those of you who hate this one, I apologize, but I have to stray from the mainstream every once in a while.

Izzy Video 034 – Outdoor Interviews

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This video tutorial brings together some of the concepts I have previously discussed.

Many people like to do their interview outside because they enjoy the look of sunlight more than tungsten lights. I prefer sunlight as well, but it can be difficult to work with such an uncooperative key light. Inside this video podcast are some ideas which can help you improve your outdoor interview imagery.

You can watch this video here.

Once you’re done watching this video, you can also watch other free sample episodes.

Izzy Video 033 – Transitions


Transitions are an important part of editing video. Apple’s iMovie, Final Cut Express, and Final Cut Pro (the three video editors I personally have some experience with) all come with a large number of transitions. With such a large number of choices, how do you know when to use what transition?

Well, it’s actually pretty easy. This video tutorial will answer that question.

This video tutorial is available to members only.

Izzy Video 032 – Voiceover

In this video, I start a series that will demonstrate techniques for making your own documentary. This first part discusses voiceover.

You can download the video here.

Also, sorry I missed last week. Noell and I vacationed in Rocky Point, Mexico with our friends, the Keims (host of www.rollingrs.com, our sister video podcast). As always, we had a great time!

Oh yeah, one more thing. The beautiful piano song in this Izzy Video is from Rob Costlow. It’s “Not Alone.” Check it out at music.podshow.com.

Izzy Video 031 – Color Correction, Quick and Dirty


I get questions all the time on how to do different things in Final Cut Pro, so I’ve decided to give it another try. This one is about Color Correction. I am not an expert in Color Correction. I’ve hardly even worked my way up to the level of Novice, but I’ve found certain things helpful, and the different scopes included in FCP are useful.

Also, as I mention in the podcast, I’m showing FCP because I’ve never done video editing in Windows before. I apologize for being so specific to those of you who use other editors, but perhaps there is value in the concepts, and you could translate the specific techniques into your own workflow and software.

Also, I realized after I was done that I repeatedly used the phrase “washed out” to describe the picture, when what I meant to say was “flat”. It was more washed out after I was done, but at least it wasn’t flat! Anyway, I didn’t want to record the audio all over again, so I took the easy way out and just posted it in its flawed state. Ha! Please forgive my laziness.

This video tutorial is available to members only.