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Izzy Video 159 – Where to Get Music for Your Videos

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Several viewers have asked me where to get music for their videos. Music for video can be a complex issue, but it doesn’t have to be. This tutorial will give you several different possibilities.

This is a members-only edition of Izzy Video.

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If you’re new to Izzy Video, you should watch some of the free videos so you can see if it might make sense for you to become a member.

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Izzy Video 158 – How to Reduce Echo in Your Video’s Audio

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Audio can be a big problem in your video. It’s especially challenging when you’re shooting in a room with hard floors, walls, tables, and ceilings. The sound waves bounce around and reduce the quality of your audio with echo. If you’ve ever tried to capture good audio for your video in a room with hard floors, you’ll like this tutorial. In it, I show you how to dramatically reduce (or even eliminate) echo from your audio.

This is a members-only edition of Izzy Video.

Enjoy the video. You can download the trailer here.

If you’re new to Izzy Video, you should watch some of the free videos so you can see if it might make sense for you to become a member.

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Izzy Video 150 – Shooting Video with a Digital SLR: Part 3 – Dealing with the Bad Audio

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This is part three of my series on shooting video with a Digital SLR, and it’s all about dealing with the bad audio capabilities of these types of cameras. I’m going to go out on a limb and make a big statement here:

If you have a Canon 5D Mark II, this episode could save you money because it might prevent you from purchasing a tempting-but-unnecessary piece of gear.

If I would have seen this video or something like it before-hand, I wouldn’t have spent the $350 it took to purchase the piece of gear I show in this tutorial.

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Izzy Video 146 – Fix Bad Audio with Noise Reduction

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Sometimes when you’re shooting video, you’ll end up with bad audio. Many times this results from a persistent background noise of some sort. It could be a hum, wind noise, an air conditioner, traffic, an airplane flying overhead — you get the idea. You can’t always fix these problems in post production, but sometimes you can. In this episode of Izzy Video, I’ll show you how to use a tool called “Noise Reduction” inside of Soundtrack Pro (an application included in Final Cut Studio) to reduce or eliminate unwanted background noise from your video.

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Izzy Video 145 – How to Set Up a Wireless Lavalier System

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Wireless lavalier microphones are a fundamental tool when you shoot video, but for someone new to this kind of gear, they can be challenging to use. This members-only installment of Izzy Video will help you get set up correctly.

Also, in the video I make several announcements regarding events where I’ll be speaking live…

This Saturday on Sept. 19th, I’ll be speaking at the Chandler, AZ Apple Store from 4-6pm. It’s free, and there should be room for 30 people or so. For the first hour, I’ll talk about operating a video camera, lighting for video indoors, lighting for video outdoors, and audio for video. For the second hour, I’ll do “questions and answers.” If you have video questions, you might want to come join us. (And sorry, but the event won’t be captured on video, so I won’t be able to release something later if you miss it.) Here is the location info.

Did I mention the event is free? :-)

Also, on Oct. 16th, I’ll be speaking about audio for video at Blogworld Expo (not a free event). If you’re going to be at Blogworld Expo, come check out my session.

And then on Nov. 14th and 15th, we’ll be doing Podcamp AZ again, and I’ll speak there as well. I’m planning to do a lighting workshop of some kind. This event will be free as always, and we’ll have a lot of fun there.

Why am I doing these live events? Partially because people asked me to speak, but also because as much as I love training on video through these tutorials, there’s something fun and dynamic about the live environment. I’m really looking forward to these events, and I hope to see you there!

Oh, and here’s the Quicktime version of the trailer for the above video tutorial.

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Izzy Video 143 – Big Tips to Get Great Audio from Lavalier Microphones

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UPDATE: For a limited time, I’m making this tutorial available for free to anyone. You can watch it in the above player, or you can right-click here to save it to your computer.

In this members-only episode, I give several tips that I really wish I would’ve known when I was just getting started in video. Sometimes lavalier microphones are the best choice for a shoot, but they can also be frustrating to use.

In this week’s Izzy Video tutorial, I’ll show you things like:

  • How to hide a microphone under clothing
  • How to reduce cable noise by adding strain relief
  • The proper way to attach a lavalier microphone
  • How to best position it

If you use lavalier microphones at all, or if you’re considering using them, this episode should really help. Enjoy!

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Izzy Video 138 – How to Use Background Music

Izzy Video 138 - How to Use Background Music

In this tutorial I demonstrate how to use background music in your video correctly. In particular, I review a rule of thumb for setting levels, and then demonstrate the effects of using the rule by letting you listen to ‘before and after’ examples.

Additionally I briefly introduce you to the VU meter.

If you have been wanting to include background music in your videos, this tutorial will be very helpful.

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Izzy Video 137 – How to Use Wild Sound to Create Continuity

Izzy Video 137 - How to Use Wild Sound to Create Continuity

Sometimes when people shoot video, they forget about the audio. In this tutorial, my goal is to help you add a tool to your audio toolbox that can help ease the transition from one clip in your sequence to the next. It’s called wild sound.

Topics I cover in this tutorial:

  • What is wild sound?
  • What tools do you need to capture it?
  • A couple tips for capturing it
  • How you can use it in your sequence

The ‘before and after’ example in this video is pretty subtle. My recommendation is that you wear headphones and listen closely so you’ll be able to hear the difference.

Have more tips for the Izzy Video viewers? Please post them in the comments…

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