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Izzy Video 169 – How to Create Effects Using Color Correction Tools

Izzy Video 169

Last week I asked what topic you wanted to see next, and because the answers were so varied, I decided to start tackling each of them.

This tutorial shows you how to create effects in your videos using basic color correction tools. In fact, I intentionally demonstrate this using the Final Cut Express color correction tool, which is super basic. Naturally, if you have more advanced tools, you can do a lot more.

This video is available to members only.

You can click here to watch the trailer.

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Izzy Video 168 – How to Organize and Catalog Video Clips

Izzy Video 168

How can you keep track of all the video clips when they’re archived on multiple drives?

In this tutorial video, I’ll show you how I organize and catalog my video clips. You’ll see:

  • The software I use
  • The order (workflow)
  • Several tips that have made things easier for me

This video is available to members only.

You can click here to watch the trailer.

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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.

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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.

Tutorials

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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Izzy Video 164 – How to Go from Final Cut Pro to a High Quality DVD

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Several people have asked me how to create a high quality DVD from a sequence created in Final Cut Pro. This episode will show you a couple different high quality workflows. If you’re a Final Cut Pro user, you should find this helpful.

You can click here to watch the trailer.

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Izzy Video 162 – How to Compress Video for the iPad

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The iPad is an excellent device for watching videos. The question is: What is the best way to optimize video for the iPad’s display?

There are many ways to do it. This video will give you a couple different options, and the techniques will work on both PC’s and Macs.

You can click here to watch the video.

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

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Izzy Video 157 – How to Convert Old Analog Video to Digital Video

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A couple weeks ago I mentioned in my newsletter that I was turning old VHS and 8mm video into digital video to store on hard drives. Since then, I’ve received many emails from viewers asking me to show how to convert analog video to digital video.

This members-only edition of Izzy Video will show you the exact steps to take.

As an additional note, I want to emphasize that I feel this is a high priority for people in the world today. We don’t know how much longer we’ll be able to get ahold of VCR’s and 8mm video cameras. If you have old video, please don’t procrastinate. Convert that old footage to digital. This will give you a digital master you can use for a number of different things in the future.

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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Why Can’t I Add a Transition in Final Cut Express? (Or Final Cut Pro?) – Izzy Video 156

Sometimes when you try to add a transition in Final Cut Express, it doesn’t work. You might see an error. Or you might not show you an error, but it still doesn’t work. Or you might be able to add a transition, but you can’t increase the duration of it.

Final Cut Express can be tricky with transitions sometimes. If you’re having trouble adding transitions to your sequence in Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro, this video should help.

I have received this same question from many different viewers, and rather than answer them all individually, I thought it would make sense to make a video that shows you:

  • Why does a transition problem happen in Final Cut Express?
  • How do you fix the problem?
  • How to work around it if it’s not something you CAN fix

This video applies to both Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro.

I hope you find it helpful.

Make sure you check out my Final Cut Express page to see other tutorials all about Final Cut Express.

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Izzy Video 153 – How to Export Single Images from Video Clips

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If you think about it, a video camera is similar to a regular still camera shooting 30 frames per second. There ARE some huge differences, but it’s definitely possible to export a single frame from your video in 1080p and then print it as a 4×6 photo. I’ve done it, and it looks pretty darn good.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you a simple way to export a single frame of video for printing or for posting to the web…or really whatever you want to do with it. Also, I’ll show you how to export a sequence of images.

This tutorial is for members only, but you can watch the trailer here.

UPDATE: I’ve had a few viewers tell me that their version of Quicktime doesn’t allow exporting like I show in this video. I guess I have Quicktime Pro and didn’t even realize it (It must have been installed with Final Cut Studio or something.) Sorry about the confusion… I suppose it’s not quite a free method for doing things. :-(

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Izzy Video 152 – How to Edit Footage from Multiple Cameras

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If you’re shooting video of a live event, it’s best to have several cameras capturing at the same time. Generally, the more angles you have on the action, the better.

This installment of Izzy Video is how to edit the footage from all of those cameras. The application I use in the tutorial is Final Cut Pro, but you can likely do similar things in other editing applications.

If you want to know how to switch between different camera angles inside Final Cut Pro, you’ll love this video.

Please note: The project files will only work in Final Cut Pro 7.

This one is for members only, but you can watch the Quicktime trailer here.

If you want access to this tutorial as well as the large library of archived videos, you need to become an Izzy Video Member.