Learn to make professional video from the best of the best

March 10, 2009

Online video is becoming not just the wave of the future, but the wave of today. Of all the websites on the internet, Youtube is ranked at number 3 according to Alexa with Yahoo and Google in 1st and second place. Obviously, online video is a force to be reckoned with.

If you've been following my blog for a little while, you will probably know that I decided to dive into the field of online video. As usual, I had to go overboard and get some serious equipment (relatively speaking) and set up a Sweet little video studio in my basement (you can see a pic above). Now here's the thing about me. I have the tendency to dive into things head-first, even without a full understanding of how to do things. A few years back, I decided to start a website design business. I wasn't a professional, but people seemed to like my work, and they wanted to pay me. So I decided to give it a go.

Learn to Shoot Better Video at IzzyVideo.comThe experience was a good one. However, I would always get clients who wanted me to do things I've never done and never thought of doing. However, whenever they asked questions like: “Is it possible for you to do such and such?”, my response would ALWAYS be “Oh, most definitely” – even if it was something I'd NEVER heard of. Then the digging would begin – I would do google searches and try to find the solution to my problem and to date – I have ALWAYS delivered what the client asked. I took it as a challenge.

That being said, when I bought all this equipment, I didn't really have an idea of how to use it. I bought me a Canon GL2 camera with a nice little tripod, and decided to spend the $200 on Final Cut Express – a GREAT video editing program from Apple. The problem was that I had no idea of how to use the program.

When I first started out with this video stuff, I wrote a post on my blog to share a great site that I found. The site was IzzyVideo.com and the owner of the site, Israel Hyman, put together a series of over 100 videos about the different aspects of making professional video. They are awesome and I just wanted to share that with you. He explains complicated concepts in a very simple way that makes it understandable for just about anyone.

Since I got the program “Final Cut Express”, I've been looking for some kind of video tutorials on how to use it. I decided that yesterday was going to be the day that I had to find a solution, because of some plans that I have for next week (and no, I'm not telling – You'll just have to wait and see).

To my surprise, I received an email yesterday from Israel announcing the release of his new video Series – Learn Final Cut Pro 6 – The Izzy Video Guide for Beginners. I almost jumped for joy. It's a $59 product that members could purchase for $39 temporarily and let me tell you – It is AMAZING. I just started watching them today and I can finally say that I understand HOW final cut works. It was made in Final Cut Pro 6, but there are so many similarities with Final Cut Express that I haven't yet seen much of a difference. Since the videos were made for beginners, much of the info applies to Final Cut Express Adobe Premier, Sony Vegas, and all other editing applications.

As usual, I had to share that info with you, because it's the best I've seen anywhere online. So go ahead and check out IzzyVideo.com – Especially if you are interested in using online video for your blog, website or business.

 

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14 Comments

  • Onna says:

    Leslie-Thanks for sharing-This is something I am interested in doing down the road. I will have to check it out.

    I am getting to many ideas from you!! My To Do list is getting longer and longer LOL-Just Kidding! I love to hear about new things!! Keep it coming!!

    Onnas last blog post..Snow Man

  • Onna says:

    Leslie-Thanks for sharing-This is something I am interested in doing down the road. I will have to check it out.

    I am getting to many ideas from you!! My To Do list is getting longer and longer LOL-Just Kidding! I love to hear about new things!! Keep it coming!!

    Onnas last blog post..Snow Man

  • Gerald says:

    It seems like your business is growing everyday Leslie. And I believe time comes that you will hire a cameraman and a video editor, for you to save time working on other things.hehe

    Geralds last blog post..German Language Certificate B1

  • Gerald says:

    It seems like your business is growing everyday Leslie. And I believe time comes that you will hire a cameraman and a video editor, for you to save time working on other things.hehe

    Geralds last blog post..German Language Certificate B1

  • Stefanomen says:

    It is definitly worth looking…

    I’ve using other type of editing software but after seeing your videos, it looks like this product does the job.

    Thanks

    Stefanomens last blog post..La composition, l’architecture de l’image… (3e partie)

  • Stefanomen says:

    It is definitly worth looking…

    I’ve using other type of editing software but after seeing your videos, it looks like this product does the job.

    Thanks

    Stefanomens last blog post..La composition, l’architecture de l’image… (3e partie)

  • Randy says:

    Wow! One thing kind of leads to another online it seems! Soon you’ll be in a league with Spielberg!

  • Randy says:

    Wow! One thing kind of leads to another online it seems! Soon you’ll be in a league with Spielberg!

  • Shannon says:

    Thank you for the information. I don’t like putting myself in pictures at all let alone video but I know it is something that will be coming that will be a necessity. Right now I am trying camtasia studio to use the screen capturing technology to create some tutorial videos to train my newbies. (Even having my voice on video freaks me out, but I will have to live with it.) One day down the road when I am more comfortable with myself I may do live video and this info will be very helpful.

    • I know the feeling. I’m a pianist and at first, the thought of being in front of people really freaked me out, but the more I did it, the more I got used to it. So now, I can do it more comfortably without sweating like a pig, lol. It is still always strange to hear my voice being played back. It doesn’t sound the same as it does in my head 🙂

      Screen capture is always a good option, and actually it can be more effective than an actual person in the video, depending on the context. It’s also relatively simple. I’m really getting into that more!

  • Shannon says:

    Thank you for the information. I don’t like putting myself in pictures at all let alone video but I know it is something that will be coming that will be a necessity. Right now I am trying camtasia studio to use the screen capturing technology to create some tutorial videos to train my newbies. (Even having my voice on video freaks me out, but I will have to live with it.) One day down the road when I am more comfortable with myself I may do live video and this info will be very helpful.

    • Leslie says:

      I know the feeling. I’m a pianist and at first, the thought of being in front of people really freaked me out, but the more I did it, the more I got used to it. So now, I can do it more comfortably without sweating like a pig, lol. It is still always strange to hear my voice being played back. It doesn’t sound the same as it does in my head 🙂

      Screen capture is always a good option, and actually it can be more effective than an actual person in the video, depending on the context. It’s also relatively simple. I’m really getting into that more!

  • Gem Alfred says:

    Wow learning from the Best is the way it should be. In order to make a good professional video you must ask the Best. By the way your site becomes better everyday. I will not be surprised when you will become one of the most successful Leslie. More power..

  • Gem Alfred says:

    Wow learning from the Best is the way it should be. In order to make a good professional video you must ask the Best. By the way your site becomes better everyday. I will not be surprised when you will become one of the most successful Leslie. More power..

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