Izzy Video 001 – The Rule of Thirds


In this video, I demonstrate “The Rule of Thirds” to help you improve the look of your home videos. The Rule of Thirds is a principle of cinematography that can make all your imagery look better, whether you’re working with videos, still photos, or whatever.

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20 thoughts on “Izzy Video 001 – The Rule of Thirds

  1. Dear sir,
    You have a natural talent for instruction. May I suguest that you should produce a DVD for Shooting Video and editing it in FinalCut and Sound Stage Pro.
    But, this is what you should do. But the video and audio sceens that have problems for post production.
    Showing on how to use specifict plugins and explaining on what the problem is, and then walking the person though the process on how to solve the problem.
    You have a special talent. If you are interested, let me know. And maybe I can put you in touch with some people that could make this happen?

  2. Hello,
    I have subscribed to you podcast and enjoy your tutorials. I have been dabbling with videography for several years and agree with all of your techniques.
    May I make a suggestion? Even though your tutorials are mainly geared towards end users, I still feel that some more technical information would help people better understand their footage verses professional footage. (Example: Depth of field is not only the distance from your subject but shutter speed and aperture are key contributors to this effect. Faster shutter and open iris equals shallow depth of field. Likewise slower shutter and more closed iris or higher F-value results in longer depth of field).
    I’m not criticizing you but, I thing most end users would appreciate the technical association.

    Best regard, keep up the good work and great tutorials.

    Thank you DK.

  3. I loved the out takes from your Three Point Lighting episode. It’s good to know that people who do video well need more than one take.

    Thanks for the great work.

  4. Shalom Alechim Izzy!

    I thought you would be interested in knowing that the Apple Distinguished Educators Listserv is buzzing about your podcasts:

    Yes, we are all Jazzed about Izzy!

    I shared his podcasts with my other educational email lists last year, but I don’t think I sent out anything on ADE list because I thought that was where I heard about it.

    I used his podcasts as a ~5 minute focus on video technique at the beginning of my computer applications classes each day last semester. The students learned a lot because he is to the point and uses such simple clear examples of good composition, technique and skills. I think the fact that he shoots most of his material “in his neighborhood” with “his kids as his subjects” really makes it more relevant and less threatening to beginning videographers.

    In fact, I haven’t found a more useful podcast series to share with students… are there others out there?

    If you like Izzy, you should give him a vote on Podcast Alley – he would appreciate that:

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    On May 30, 2006, at 9:02 PM, Carol McGuire wrote:

    Hi Jeanne!
    I LOVE this podcast! He gives great advice! My students have even subscribed to his site and are now giving each other tips on video techniques!
    Highly recommended! Izzy gives very small (and simply done) bites of information that you can try immediately.
    God Bless,
    Carol Anne

    On Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at 02:36PM, Biddle, Jeanne wrote:

    Have y’all seen this???


  5. Hi Izzy, thanks for the podcasts.
    Two questions where did you get the music for episode 1 and what is the name of the transition you used when filming your kids?



  6. Ken,

    Thank you for the kind words. The song I used in episode 1 is one I created in Apple’s Garageband using a combination of several of the available loops.

    The transition I used is part of a collection from http://www.nattress.com. I think the specific transition is called G Film Flash.

    I hope that helps.

    Thanks for watching Izzy Video!

  7. Hi. First I like to say I really like how many good video recording resources I see here. I have a audio & video recording ministry started at the church I go to. Lately I started having a bit enough more trouble with video I record to my computer burning out of sync, even when it turns out recorded in sync to my computer. My computer has at least a 1.5 or 1.6 gigahert processor, and at least 512 mb of ram, and a 250 gigabyte hard drive. I have programs like Pinnacle Studio 10, Magix Movie Edit pro 10, and Arksoft Showbiz, and have a Pinnacle 500 USB capture box that works with both Pinnacle Studio 10 and Magix Movie. Arksoft showbiz I just only use to burn a mpeg video of a recording. I was just wondering what anyone could tell me to help these out of sync DVD burning problems.

  8. Hi Izzy

    I’m a novice at editing video and FCP.
    Your videocasts are really amazing.
    I’ve got so many inspirations.
    Thank you!

    (I’m Korean. In Korea, It’s so hard to get useful tips about FCP. Because MAC users are Less then 2% of whole computer users. I’m hungery such tips like your videocast)

  9. Hi, I’m a big fan of izzy video. I had been subscribing since episode one, but I had some computer problems and I lost all my old episodes. Is there any way I can get all of your episodes. Have you thought about putting out a dvd for sale? Let me know what I can do to get all izzy video podcast videos.

    Thanks a lot, keep up the great work!

  10. Great style of explanation, clear, concise, easy to understand immidiately, fun to watch/listen to. You have a gift.

    RE moving subjects and the rule of thirds. It’s very similar to what we call “nose room” in theatrical lighting with a follow-spot. For a relatively still actor, you always want them centered..no rule of thirds here… but when they are crossing, always have them walking into the center. Imagine the circle of your spotlight to have a line down the middle. Keep the moving actor’s nose on that line so that they are always walking to the center. If they turn back suddenly, switch sides with them. If they are switching back and forth rapidly you may have to compensate by making a larger circle so you have more margin to compensate, or in video, zoom back a little. Your rule of thirds for a moving subject does essentialy the same thing with a different reference point. Interesting.

  11. I just completed your 16-unit tutorial on Final Cut Express. This is one of the finest instructional videos I have ever seen. I’m speaking as a technical writer who has written many manuals and a few videos, so I am confident that yours is one of the best.

    The only think I could see that would be better, is to make them down loadable. I copied them anyway because they’re free, but downloading would have been easier.

    I liked the “homey” touch I felt when you did not feel obligated to correct every little verbal stumble or error. That made it feel very user-friendly.

    Thanks again for such a great service.

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