Lesson 2 – How To Create Professional Videos Fast, Easy And At A Budget That Won’t Break The Bank!

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Ok, we’re getting to the fun stuff now… creating your own professional looking videos!

Inside today’s lesson I talk about the various bits of equipment and software you need for creating your own videos.

Don’t worry if you’ve never created your own videos before. It’s a lot easier than you think! Just watch the video above, and find out just how easy and fast it can be for you!

Talk soon!

Gideon Shalwick

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234 Responses to Lesson 2 – How To Create Professional Videos Fast, Easy And At A Budget That Won’t Break The Bank!

  1. Once again I got the email from you just after I have publish a new video.
    It’s not very professional looking (mine) I did it just for fun.
    I don’t have much equipments.Need to buy soon.
    I hope to improve my videos using your tips.
    Thank you very much for sharing very valuable tips for free.

    If you have some free time please give me some advice.
    my recent Guitar Video

    • Ian

      I didn’t watch the video in full but the background and the music is great, but how about a few words from you – an introduction, one where viewers can see your face. Also why make yourself appear suddenly on top of the background?!

      • Gideon Shalwick

        Hey Sinhala

        Yeah I agree with Ian – it would be good to see your face and to hear a few words from you – that will help you connect better with your audience.

        Gideon

        • Thanks for the tips both Ian and Gideon.I will buy a good voice mic and try that.I will let you know the results,Thank you very much

  2. Once again I got the email from you just after I have publish a new video.
    It’s not very professional looking (mine) I did it just for fun.
    I don’t have much equipments.Need to buy soon.
    I hope to improve my videos using your tips.
    Thank you very much for sharing very valuable tips for free.

    If you have some free time please give me some advice.
    my recent Guitar Video

  3. Nicolas

    Excellent, clear and useful information, Thanks. I will help you to spread the word.

  4. Nicolas

    Excellent, clear and useful information, Thanks. I will help you to spread the word.

  5. Such a CLEAN, professional look, I love it, Gideon. We got the Green Screen technology but I think this one works extremely well too. You are INSPIRING! I couldn’t stop watching. You really were made to do the video stuff :)! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Such a CLEAN, professional look, I love it, Gideon. We got the Green Screen technology but I think this one works extremely well too. You are INSPIRING! I couldn’t stop watching. You really were made to do the video stuff :)! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Darren

    Thanks Gideon! Great Information as always!

  8. Darren

    Thanks Gideon! Great Information as always!

  9. Hi Gideon,
    Thank you so much for sharing those tips.
    I really thought you were using the Green screen technology.
    I’m really surprised . Your video really look great, clean and professional.
    I will start sooner than I thought!!! just have to find more information about editing, to have the kind of effect you have with your text and pictures.
    If I want to begin this week, is there any free software (for PC) that could do the job before investing in Sony vegas studio?
    Thank you again,
    your french fan ;-)
    Lili N.

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Lili

      You can just use Windows Movie Maker for a start – it’s free on PC.

      However, it’s a bit frustrating to use as soon as you want to add more fancy things like extra audio or video tracks.

      But for just the basics, it can work well.

      Gideon

  10. Hi Gideon,
    Thank you so much for sharing those tips.
    I really thought you were using the Green screen technology.
    I’m really surprised . Your video really look great, clean and professional.
    I will start sooner than I thought!!! just have to find more information about editing, to have the kind of effect you have with your text and pictures.
    If I want to begin this week, is there any free software (for PC) that could do the job before investing in Sony vegas studio?
    Thank you again,
    your french fan ;-)
    Lili N.

  11. James

    I am a little confused. I know you can edit video created in ScreenFlow in ScreenFlow. Did I correctly understand you to say you can also edit video created in the other cameras (such as the Kodak Zi8) in ScreenFlow?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Correct!

  12. James

    I am a little confused. I know you can edit video created in ScreenFlow in ScreenFlow. Did I correctly understand you to say you can also edit video created in the other cameras (such as the Kodak Zi8) in ScreenFlow?

  13. Gideon, Great tutorials! I appreciate the time and effort you put into these. I’m soaking it up :)

  14. Brian

    Don’t really care for the stark white background, Gideon – especially against a white page. It would be okay for a very short video, but for prolonged viewing the contrast within the video is inherently somewhat harsh, and I do find myself wanting some separation of visual elements between the video and the page itself (visual separation being an important element in design) – i.e., a border or color differentiation. IMHO, a very pale pastel would be easier on the eyes, although a shadow or other form of frame would be a partial compromise..

  15. rik

    Hey Gideon–
    great tutorial, and glad to know you can do this with just a white screen (without a greenscreen)!
    how do you use screenflow to create the text and images that appear alongside you? Do you create them as a slideshow in keynote? Then how do you get the text and images to stand out by themselves, without looking like a “slide” inside a frame? It would be really helpful to learn how to do that!
    thanks a bunch,
    Rik

  16. Wow! I REALLY enjoyed these videos— THANK YOU! I really liked how you broke down your studio as well. That was so helpful =)

    I also was very curious what you used to or how you went about creating those great affects where products would ‘pop’ in and out while you’re speaking. Like when the Mac computer showed up, then the screenflow software showed up within the Mac screen, then the screenflow software pops out of the mac screen! That was soooo cool!! Is that hard to to?

    Again, thank so much for providing these!!

    Lance

  17. Hi,
    We’re also using the Kodak Zi8 camera for simpler shots, it’s a great camera to start out with.

    You can get a FREE one if you invest in Andy Jenkins Video Boss (and keep it).

    Fredrik

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Not so cool sharing your aff links here Fredrik. I’m frowning…

      • Gideon-

        This brings up a great point and I’m curious about your opinion. I know some bloggers who pull inappropriate comments immediately because of promoting another site, profanity, or abusing others in their community. There are other bloggers who keep both the positive and the negative while even others have all comments approved before posting. What is your position on blog comments and more importantly, why have you come to that conclusion?

        Best regards,
        -Ron

  18. Hi,
    We’re also using the Kodak Zi8 camera for simpler shots, it’s a great camera to start out with.

    You can get a FREE one if you invest in Andy Jenkins Video Boss (and keep it).

    Fredrik

  19. I LOVE THE Zi8! What a great camera!

    The other important piece of equipment … TRIPOD! My hands are just not that steady anymore!

    • Brian

      Pat, you might want to pick up a couple of Might D Lights also because the Zi8 isn’t great in low light (my only criticism). They’re about $40 each. LED, so will run off battery or AC (and no heat!). Can be affixed to metal surface (magnetic back), hung from hook or will stand on any flat surface. Not a powerful “pro” light setup of course, but just one or two can give you the extra boost you need sometimes.

      Otherwise, I agree that it’s a great camera and I love the external audio jack with wireless lavalier. (I do use a DSLR when I need really high-quality product stills or certain effects, though.)

    • Jon

      Is it possible to buy a tripod for this camera?

      Jon :-)

  20. I LOVE THE Zi8! What a great camera!

    The other important piece of equipment … TRIPOD! My hands are just not that steady anymore!

  21. Hi Gideon!

    This is a great and useful video!

    But I have a quick question regarding your course:

    While reading the Rapid Video Blogging PDF I found the URL for the course-registration but it said that it is temporarily closed. Is this because the course is already full? Or because the course isn’t online yet? Will there be a future opportunity to get on the course?

    Thank you very much and keep up the great work!

    Florian

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Florian

      Yes the course is currently closed to the general public – has been for quite a few months now.

      I’ll open up the course again soon some time – just keep your eyes on your email inbox…

      Gideon

  22. Hi Gideon!

    This is a great and useful video!

    But I have a quick question regarding your course:

    While reading the Rapid Video Blogging PDF I found the URL for the course-registration but it said that it is temporarily closed. Is this because the course is already full? Or because the course isn’t online yet? Will there be a future opportunity to get on the course?

    Thank you very much and keep up the great work!

    Florian

  23. Thanks
    Your videos are great!

  24. Thanks
    Your videos are great!

  25. Thank you Gideon. I am really enjoying your teaching. You are answering most of my questions in a very understandable and relaxing way. I appreciate your laid back (not pushing us to buy tons of stuff- everything is a backdoor sales pitch feeling) style.

  26. Thank you Gideon. I am really enjoying your teaching. You are answering most of my questions in a very understandable and relaxing way. I appreciate your laid back (not pushing us to buy tons of stuff- everything is a backdoor sales pitch feeling) style.

  27. Rob

    Great video Gideon, would you recommend an editor, and if so, what price would you typically pay him/her for the quality of editing in your video?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Rob

      It depends on the kind of quality you want, and where you are getting your editor from.

      Here are some options:

      – Students from a video/film school – anything more than they can earn at the local pizza shop, which is not much :)

      – Professional local editor – can cost an arm and a leg…

      – Outsourced professional editor – anywhere from $10/hr to say $30/hr, depending on where you go…

      Gideon

  28. Rob

    Great video Gideon, would you recommend an editor, and if so, what price would you typically pay him/her for the quality of editing in your video?

  29. Hi Gideon
    Thank you for your valued information I always enjoy your trainnings.

    I have downloaded Sony vegas two times now and tried the trail version I really can not understand how it works I have spent hours trying to learn but still confuses me. I have used mircrosoft Studio but it keeps telling me I have not got enough disc space so I can not use it any more. I have Camtasia is that the same as Sony vegas studio. i have to learn everything myself but not a high tech person
    Can you help me

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Celia

      Sounds like you may need my video training course which goes into much more detail about the “how to’s”.

      I’m planning on releasing it again soon some time, so just keep watching this space.

      In the mean time, is there anyone else who can help you out?

      Gideon

    • Camtasia is a screen capturing program. I want to include screen shots of QuickBooks so viewers can see what QB looks like as I do things, so I need Camtasia for that.

      Sony Vegas Pro is for editing video. So you’d use that to integrate video of you speaking with your screen captures from Camtasia.

      I have no idea how to learn Sony Vegas Pro. I’m going to have to learn it from scratch too. It’s taken me months to learn enough to answer your questions. It’s very complicated; I know.

  30. Hi Gideon
    Thank you for your valued information I always enjoy your trainnings.

    I have downloaded Sony vegas two times now and tried the trail version I really can not understand how it works I have spent hours trying to learn but still confuses me. I have used mircrosoft Studio but it keeps telling me I have not got enough disc space so I can not use it any more. I have Camtasia is that the same as Sony vegas studio. i have to learn everything myself but not a high tech person
    Can you help me

  31. Great videos as always Gideon, appreciate the time you have taken to do this.

    I totally agree with what you say about just getting started – I put it off for so long and wish I hadn’t.

    One thing – I found a tripod the other day for £11.71 on Amazon – I was amazed as had put off getting one as thought it was expensive. Is the hama Star 61 – lightweight and does an excellent job.

    Look forward to the next video..

    Jennie

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Great work Jennie!

      I agree – it really is easy once you start taking action!

      Just watched some of your vids – you’re great on camera!

      Gideon

  32. Jennifer

    Thank you so very much Gideon I really appreciate your efforts, information and resources supplied.

  33. Hi Gideon,

    Thanks for sharing this valuable info with us. Its really cool. Will try to buy my suitable devices from your affiliate link and will share my experience soon about my own Video experience. Again thanks for everything. Cheers.

  34. Great compilation of information … and in several formats!

  35. Lynn Lekander

    I think this is more a matter of personal preference. I find the total whiteness to be refreshing and it doesn’t allow distraction. It has a clean, crisp appearance – but that’s just my opinion. Thx!

  36. Thank you, Gideon!
    I agree with the getting started part. I did not do anything for a long time as I did not know how to be perfect. Now I know it’s a growing and ever evolving process.

  37. Thank you, Gideon!
    I agree with the getting started part. I did not do anything for a long time as I did not know how to be perfect. Now I know it’s a growing and ever evolving process.

  38. shan

    Hi Gideon
    that was a great info thank you for sharing.
    i have 2 questions.

    1.where we can get the quality background music for our videos.?

    2.and as you can see in your videos while you were talking there were animated slides on your right hand side moving ..my question is how do you do that.?
    i will appreciate your response
    thanks
    shan

  39. shan

    Hi Gideon
    that was a great info thank you for sharing.
    i have 2 questions.

    1.where we can get the quality background music for our videos.?

    2.and as you can see in your videos while you were talking there were animated slides on your right hand side moving ..my question is how do you do that.?
    i will appreciate your response
    thanks
    shan

  40. Hi Gideon,

    I have a quick question for you.

    I’ve been trying to set up a florescent lighting area for the white background but have gotten a terrible “wavy wobble” effect with gray lines moving up and down the screen. Obviously, this doesn’t work. I have a Kodak zi8 and am using daylight florescent bulbs set up on a vertical plane. When I set them on a horizontal plane I don’t get as many of the gray lines. Do you know any solutions to this problem? Apparently it has something to do with how the zi8 captures the video with its CMOS function. It seems that there should be a solution and you were the person I thought of to ask about it.

    Thanks,
    Joy

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Joy

      Any chance you could show me an example of a video with the problem?

      It could be due to a number of things, but I want to see the video first before I can give a good answer…

      Gideon

  41. Hi Gideon,

    I have a quick question for you.

    I’ve been trying to set up a florescent lighting area for the white background but have gotten a terrible “wavy wobble” effect with gray lines moving up and down the screen. Obviously, this doesn’t work. I have a Kodak zi8 and am using daylight florescent bulbs set up on a vertical plane. When I set them on a horizontal plane I don’t get as many of the gray lines. Do you know any solutions to this problem? Apparently it has something to do with how the zi8 captures the video with its CMOS function. It seems that there should be a solution and you were the person I thought of to ask about it.

    Thanks,
    Joy

  42. Hey Gideon,

    Found you on You Tube account shutdowns. Loved your content. Signed up for your video blogging and what a gift you are! Crazy good information and way over delivering on your content~ Thank you for conducting your own hedgehog experiment and sharing your gift with us who need enlightenment!!! : ) I’m out get my white background!

    • Gideon Shalwick

      No problem Christine!

      Glad to be of service!

      Gideon

  43. Hey Gideon,

    Found you on You Tube account shutdowns. Loved your content. Signed up for your video blogging and what a gift you are! Crazy good information and way over delivering on your content~ Thank you for conducting your own hedgehog experiment and sharing your gift with us who need enlightenment!!! : ) I’m out get my white background!

  44. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Brian

    Great point – I’ve actually been experimenting with exactly what you are describing.

    And for me, I am siding with you – it does look better with somewhat of a pale’ish background!

    Gideon

  45. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Rik

    The effects inside my mini course video are all done by my video editor using Adobe After Effects. Those kind of effects can get quite specialized.

    However, you can still do some pretty fancy things inside ScreenFlow. For example, the video below was all done using ScreenFlow:

    http://gideonshalwick.com/how-to-be-confident-on-camera/

    For the effects, I either used just normal text effects inside the editor, or imported some pictures that I drew using my screen and drawing pad.

    Gideon

  46. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Lance

    See my reply to Rik – it will answer some questions for you…

    Gideon

  47. shan

    Hi Gideon

    you are using screen flow which is for mac right.?
    but for pc which video editor you will recommend which will do all the fancy stuff like your videos.?
    i will appreciate your response
    thank you
    shan

  48. shan

    Hi Gideon

    you are using screen flow which is for mac right.?
    but for pc which video editor you will recommend which will do all the fancy stuff like your videos.?
    i will appreciate your response
    thank you
    shan

  49. Jay

    Great video Gideon. Gobs of great advice. Thank you.

  50. Jay

    Great video Gideon. Gobs of great advice. Thank you.

  51. Just starting out and am so glad I found your information, it’s truly comprehensive and “followable” (I think I’ve just invented a new word.
    Would appreciate your advice to a couple of very quick questions.
    Q1. Black backdrop v White backdrop. Any observations?
    Q2. Camera choice. If producing head and shoulder only videos and the subject is well illuminated, would using the inbuilt web cam on my newish imac computer produce acceptable results?
    Thanks for reading and I look forward, in anticipation to your advice.
    Thanks again for your professionalism and superb content.
    Sincerely,
    Tony.
    PS. Where can I get a TV image graphic, similar to the one you use on your video intro?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Tony

      Thanks for your great feedback – much appreciated!

      Here are some quick answers…

      Q1. I think it really comes down to personal preference. Mine is white, but I have used black backgrounds in the past as well. I guess it depends a little on the kind of feel you want for your videos and your site.

      Q2. Yes it would – for starters, that may be all you need. But as you progress further, you may want to invest into something more “mobile”. But whatever is easiest for you while still giving you great results. You can either use ScreenFlow or iMovie for recording via your Mac webcam.

      Gideon

      PS: For my TV image graphic (intro splash screen) I just got my designer to do it for me. But I think you should be able to find someone on http://www.elance.com to do it for you – or even http://www.odesk.com as well!

  52. Love your course. After watching, I realized I didn’t need to spend a fortune on equipment I’d have difficulty figuring out how to use. So I got the Zi8 and the AudioTechnica mic, but am having real difficulty getting good sound. At first the sound was too soft, so I just increased the gain in the camera. Now it sounds buzzy. I’m using iMovie 08 to edit, which helps but is still softer and harsher than I expected.

    Any suggestions on how to get better sound from this mic? Do you do post audio fixes? Of course I’m watching your videos again and realizing you are not especially loud either, so maybe I’m trying for something that doesn’t matter? Advice appreciated. Trying to get my first vid up quick! :)

  53. Gideon Shalwick

    Hmmm… It sounds like you may have a faulty microphone there Jen!

    Can you post your video somewhere so I can see/hear the result?

    I have not had anyone else mention any troubles with that microphone, that’s why I think it may be faulty…

    Also try recording with just the battery power, and without the mains power for the camera. Often that can create interference, depending on the frequency of your power source and the country that you are in.

    Gideon

    • I think you’re right, because the problem suddenly fixed itself. I kept fiddling around, doing tests, and then blam! The sound was loud. If it stays, then I’ll keep it, otherwise I’ll see if AudioTechnica will exchange. Haven’t been too impressed with their customer service tho.

      Now, for file sizes. Yowza! A 9 min video at 720p was over 100MB. I eventually want to shoot a 30 min training video. How do I even move these puppies around? Uploads take forever!

  54. Alphonsus I.

    Thanks Gideon,
    I’m preparing to start my blog after reading Yaro’s Profit Blog Blueprint…and the report both of you compiled…Road Map to Blogging. This time, am trying to at least get it right to some extent and with time get better. The reason is that I have tried to blog before but I wasn’t well equipped enough with how to doing it then. So, I want to say Thank You!
    Alphonsus

  55. Alphonsus I.

    Thanks Gideon,
    I’m preparing to start my blog after reading Yaro’s Profit Blog Blueprint…and the report both of you compiled…Road Map to Blogging. This time, am trying to at least get it right to some extent and with time get better. The reason is that I have tried to blog before but I wasn’t well equipped enough with how to doing it then. So, I want to say Thank You!
    Alphonsus

  56. Thank you for this super useful information

  57. Thank you for this super useful information

  58. Hello Gideon,
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with the rest of us. I am making instructional videos about flamenco dancing. That means that I need to light and video tape the whole body, not just head and shoulder shots. Here is my latest video http://youtu.be/4s48JNNirAw

    I am using Canon Vixia with a wide angle lens (because my dance studio is too small)
    plus three lights (one Fresnel and two ordinary lights)
    I will worry about mic and sound later, for now I am using just the mic in my camera

    Do you have any advice on how to light my videos better, given the fact that I need to show the whole body.

    Many thanks

    • hi There

      it is not for me but i will give my opinion. ; )
      i would but a background and get close to you… i think it would avoid any distraction on the background…

  59. Hello Gideon,
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with the rest of us. I am making instructional videos about flamenco dancing. That means that I need to light and video tape the whole body, not just head and shoulder shots. Here is my latest video http://youtu.be/4s48JNNirAw

    I am using Canon Vixia with a wide angle lens (because my dance studio is too small)
    plus three lights (one Fresnel and two ordinary lights)
    I will worry about mic and sound later, for now I am using just the mic in my camera

    Do you have any advice on how to light my videos better, given the fact that I need to show the whole body.

    Many thanks

  60. Brian

    Where’s video #3?

  61. Brian

    Where’s video #3?

  62. I like this video is a excellent information!

  63. I like this video is a excellent information!

  64. Hi Gideon, Great video!

    I’ve been shooting and editing live and screen capture video for about a year now. I’ve built up my equipment and the quality of my videos. I’m using Final Cut Express to edit my live video and Camtasia: Mac for the screen captures. My camera is a consumer grade Canon Vixia HD video camera. It captures compressed video that needs converting before editing. FCE does that on logging.

    My question: In your lesson here you mentioned using Screen Flow to edit live video. I wasn’t aware this was possible. If so, I’d be tempted to switch over from Camtasia. It’s probably much simpler to use than FCE also. But not sure if it would work with the video camera’s native files.

    It’s hard to tell from the Screen Flow website if this is actually possible.

    Thanks!

  65. Hi Gideon, Great video!

    I’ve been shooting and editing live and screen capture video for about a year now. I’ve built up my equipment and the quality of my videos. I’m using Final Cut Express to edit my live video and Camtasia: Mac for the screen captures. My camera is a consumer grade Canon Vixia HD video camera. It captures compressed video that needs converting before editing. FCE does that on logging.

    My question: In your lesson here you mentioned using Screen Flow to edit live video. I wasn’t aware this was possible. If so, I’d be tempted to switch over from Camtasia. It’s probably much simpler to use than FCE also. But not sure if it would work with the video camera’s native files.

    It’s hard to tell from the Screen Flow website if this is actually possible.

    Thanks!

  66. George

    Thank you for these great videos.

    One question: Does Screen Flow allow you to edit live video?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Not sure what you mean by “edit live video”?

      ScreenFlow is designed to record your screen, and then you can edit that recording, but I also use it for normal “moving picture” videos that I record with my video camera.

      Hope that answers your question.

      Gideon

  67. Brian

    Was I mistaken, or weren’t there supposed to be some more videos in this series?

  68. Hi Gideon, i am wondering how did you made those effects in your video? Like words, screens etc… just would like to know the software you used for? and what about your logo at the beginning? thanks a lot.

  69. Brian

    Gideon doesn’t appear to be responding to questions on this site anymore.

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Brian

      I do still respond, but it’s just been a little busy lately with the re-opening of Rapid Video Blogging.

      Talk soon!

      Gideon

  70. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Brian

    Yeah you were definitely mistaken :)

    There are 7 lessons in total.

    If you’re subscribed at http://www.RapidVideoBlogging.com, you should receive all of them eventually.

    I think they are spaced out to be delivered over a period of 2-3 weeks.

    Gideon

  71. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Danillo

    My video editor uses After Effects for the cool graphic effects. I won’t be able to tell you how to do those. Whenever I do my own videos, I just use ScreenFlow which also has some funky text animations and transitions – not as cool as After Effects though…

    Gideon

    • hey man could you please subscribe to my channel im called TheHLMBoss thanx and could you also get others to subscribe thanx please just check them out (my Vids)

  72. Gideon,

    I’ve always enjoyed your videos. I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you.

    Best regards,

    Joseph

    Joseph Farley
    Capital Premium Audit
    Director Of Business Development
    5151 Belt Line Rd. Ste 1125
    Dallas, Texas 75254
    214-377-1121 Direct
    214-251-8500 Main
    jfarley@capitalpremiumaudit.com

    Author- Inside The Minds Of Rockstar CEOs

  73. Gideon,

    I’ve always enjoyed your videos. I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you.

    Best regards,

    Joseph

    Joseph Farley
    Capital Premium Audit
    Director Of Business Development
    5151 Belt Line Rd. Ste 1125
    Dallas, Texas 75254
    214-377-1121 Direct
    214-251-8500 Main
    jfarley@capitalpremiumaudit.com

    Author- Inside The Minds Of Rockstar CEOs

  74. Brian

    Pat, you might want to pick up a couple of Might D Lights also because the Zi8 isn’t great in low light (my only criticism). They’re about $40 each. LED, so will run off battery or AC (and no heat!). Can be affixed to metal surface (magnetic back), hung from hook or will stand on any flat surface. Not a powerful “pro” light setup of course, but just one or two can give you the extra boost you need sometimes.

    Otherwise, I agree that it’s a great camera and I love the external audio jack with wireless lavalier. (I do use a DSLR when I need really high-quality product stills or certain effects, though.)

  75. Brian

    So, just passing this along FWIW. ProShow Gold by Photodex. $70. Truly awesome slideshow creations, including all those cool text motion effects we’re starting to see everywhere. The thing that might not be obvious though is that you can use it to create cool intros, outros, etc. and pull them into Sony Vegas, After Effects, etc.with your video. What you do to do this is:
    1. Create a little slide show in ProShow for your intro. (You can take stills from your video.), adding your text and effects (“captions” in ProShow lingo).
    2. Render under the YouTube option same as your video (e.g., HD 720p) BUT do NOT upload to Youtube.
    3. At bottom of screen, select Save to My Computer. As you’ll see, this will be an .avi file.
    4. Pull it into your favorite video editor and Bob’s your uncle.

    ProShow is so versatile with so many effects, fades, etc. that you will probably find a lot of situations where you will want to shoot stills and create a slideshow video out of them rather than shooting a video from scratch.

    NOTE: I have absolutely NO connection to this company or any financial interest in this product.

  76. Brian

    P.S. Forgot to mention that ProShow handles your background audio or narration too, of course.

  77. Sam

    Hi guys i just wanna share with you this link to download the sony vegas pro 10 full free to save some money for other important tool like a camera
    the link is http://crackedsoftwars.blogspot.com/2011/08/vegas-pro-10-full-with-keygen_7361.html

  78. Wonderful! I took your advice and started off with what I have. I did not had a tripod, and the stores were closed for the holiday season, but I wanted to make videos. I built my own camera stand to hold the camera up.

  79. Wonderful! I took your advice and started off with what I have. I did not had a tripod, and the stores were closed for the holiday season, but I wanted to make videos. I built my own camera stand to hold the camera up.

  80. The videos are of high quality than what other cameras believed to produce quality comes out with. I am following up your courses and I must say they are helpful.

  81. The videos are of high quality than what other cameras believed to produce quality comes out with. I am following up your courses and I must say they are helpful.

  82. I am implementing these strategies, thanks.

  83. I am implementing these strategies, thanks.

  84. Another great video. I really like how detailed this video is. Not really trying to critique the video, but from start to end, it is well done. There’s substance in the content of the video; from camera selection, to audio, to software, and how to set up your studio. Very informative. Thanks

  85. Another great video. I really like how detailed this video is. Not really trying to critique the video, but from start to end, it is well done. There’s substance in the content of the video; from camera selection, to audio, to software, and how to set up your studio. Very informative. Thanks

  86. Tim

    Thanks Gideon,

    This video is great. I really admire how you have pulled all of this information together and you present each viewer with a great way to make professional video without the cost. I just got started making videos for MINDS-i, it this new extreme cool robot platform. A year ago I tried to get some videos on youtube but with little success. Now I’m starting over, using some of your techniques for optimizing my channel, and already just a few days later and my channel already is more successful.
    I’d like you to take a look at my channel and see what you think.

    here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/mymindsiinc

    note: I haven’t tried to improve my videos yet like you have said in these videos. I know I will want to try the white background. Also I need to get the audio better. those are two things I’m going to improve in my next videos. What do you think?

    Tim

  87. Tim

    Thanks Gideon,

    This video is great. I really admire how you have pulled all of this information together and you present each viewer with a great way to make professional video without the cost. I just got started making videos for MINDS-i, it this new extreme cool robot platform. A year ago I tried to get some videos on youtube but with little success. Now I’m starting over, using some of your techniques for optimizing my channel, and already just a few days later and my channel already is more successful.
    I’d like you to take a look at my channel and see what you think.

    here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/mymindsiinc

    note: I haven’t tried to improve my videos yet like you have said in these videos. I know I will want to try the white background. Also I need to get the audio better. those are two things I’m going to improve in my next videos. What do you think?

    Tim

  88. Thanks for a very informative video. I appreciate the practical recommendations re. camera, mic, lights, etc. and also software. Very helpful!
    Thanks,
    Gerry

  89. Thanks for a very informative video. I appreciate the practical recommendations re. camera, mic, lights, etc. and also software. Very helpful!
    Thanks,
    Gerry

  90. Lighting makes a BIG difference. I’ve tried using a couple of different lighting resources around the house including a construction light type thing. So far natural light from an open window seems to work best. Based upon the room layout, I now plan to do my video blogging in the time range between 1 pm – 3 pm.

  91. Lighting makes a BIG difference. I’ve tried using a couple of different lighting resources around the house including a construction light type thing. So far natural light from an open window seems to work best. Based upon the room layout, I now plan to do my video blogging in the time range between 1 pm – 3 pm.

  92. Fotis

    Very helpfull Gideon .Thanks!!

  93. Scott Hoskins

    Bugger….the Kodak camera is now discontinued!

  94. Julie Lewin

    Hey Gideon,

    I wanted to share my latest efforts … thanks to your Rapid Video Blogging course. I’m a slow implementer, as I suffer from “perfection syndrome”!!! grrr … however, I printed out the transcription of your course and followed step by step – and since seeing you do the white screen videos which I love the professionalism of them – you inspired me to give it a go, too. This is a list of what I used:

    * a Canon Legria FS200 – discontinued now – but a few hundred dollars – and has a mike jack
    * the $30 microphone with the 4 metre lead you talked about – I bought mine at Dick Smith
    * the work halogen lights from Bunnings – I think they cost $35 – and yes, they do give an amber effect
    * a good tripod – I paid about $100 for this
    * a small room with a white wall – actually it is probably a toilet that didn’t get finished
    * I wrote out my script and stuck it on the wall opposite me – only about a metre away – so I could read it! :) … this really helped as it kept me on target – and less waffle and stuff ups
    * I use Vegas Movie Studio HD 9.0 – it has taken me a little bit of getting used to – but practise has made that easier … and with this video – for the first time ever, I have combined:
    – video
    – music – the music came with the Vegas studio software
    – pictures
    – text
    Your instructions were excellent. Once I got the hang of it – it was really easy.

    Another tip I discovered – I had two places where I cut some video out (stuff ups!) – and I didn’t like how I could see the cut – so I put a picture there to emphasise a point – and no one would know that I cut something out of the original video.

    I would love your feedback – and also wanted to share with others – that it is quite easy to get this effect yourself without having to outsource if you want to give it a go.

    http://youtu.be/Z6Gmztl8Nfo

    In fact … I believe the amber effect of the halogen lights, were a positive in this video, rather than a negative … and I was really interested to read the comment from Brian and your response above.

    The effects I used on the words in this video I did in the Movie Studio software under “Effects”. It was great to play around with these.

    Gideon … there is no way I could have achieved this result without your help … a huge THANK YOU!!!! Julie

    • Randy … thank you so much for your tips. That is really helpful. I haven’t discovered the transitions yet – but will definitely look at the cross dissolves. Cheers Julie

      • Julie,

        You’re welcome. Here’s an example of cross dissolves in use, and also keeping the eyes in the upper third line area for the main subject:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eadx3LdNFDU
        I purposely shot this in old-style 4:3 ratio to look like classic television, and created a TV “frame” to add to the illusion.

        Best, Randy

  95. Hello

    This was an extremely helpful video, I have started shooting videos and I didn’t know how to improve the quality of the video and how to get the lighting quite right. I think this is awesome! Keep putting up good content, I am going to buy one of your courses so I can learn more!

    Regards
    Phumelele

  96. Switch

    Do you do the transcripting yourself?

  97. Switch

    Do you do the transcripting yourself?

  98. These videos are so helpful Gideon, thanks very much. The Kodak Zi8 isn’t available in the UK anymore – it seems to have been replaced by the Kodak PlayTouch. I’ve been looking at reviews for the Flip, PlayTouch and Sony Bloggie – would you recommend one over the other? The PlayTouch is the only one with a microphone jack.

  99. These videos are so helpful Gideon, thanks very much. The Kodak Zi8 isn’t available in the UK anymore – it seems to have been replaced by the Kodak PlayTouch. I’ve been looking at reviews for the Flip, PlayTouch and Sony Bloggie – would you recommend one over the other? The PlayTouch is the only one with a microphone jack.

  100. Hi, Gideon!

    I can’t believe I didn’t pay for this video tutorial series. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thank you so much for all this information.

    1) In the Rapid Video Blogging .pdf ebook, you mentioned using a digital voice recorder, but you don’t talk about it in your videos. Do you still recommend using one? Is it easy to sync the digital voice recorder with the video?

    2) Who created your video intro & outro? I need someone to create an intro/outro for me!

    Thanks again & all the best,
    Melanie

  101. Hi, Gideon!

    I can’t believe I didn’t pay for this video tutorial series. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thank you so much for all this information.

    1) In the Rapid Video Blogging .pdf ebook, you mentioned using a digital voice recorder, but you don’t talk about it in your videos. Do you still recommend using one? Is it easy to sync the digital voice recorder with the video?

    2) Who created your video intro & outro? I need someone to create an intro/outro for me!

    Thanks again & all the best,
    Melanie

  102. Karla

    Hi Gideon;

    Thanks for alll the valuable info you are providing. It has been quite educational and useful to me. I received a Go Pro Hero naked camera as a gift. Can I use this to make videos?

  103. Karla

    Hi Gideon;

    Thanks for alll the valuable info you are providing. It has been quite educational and useful to me. I received a Go Pro Hero naked camera as a gift. Can I use this to make videos?

  104. Hi Gideon

    I really love your work and ideas. Can you please tell me what program you use to send our your reports like the report called “road map to become a blogger” i also write material but i want to write in a format similar to yours where people can down load the report simply and easily.

    • Hi Gideon

      I really love your work and ideas. Can you please tell me what program you use to send our your reports like the report called “road map to become a blogger” i also write material but i want to write in a format similar to yours where people can down load the report simply and easily.

  105. Hi Gideon

    I really love your work and ideas. Can you please tell me what program you use to send our your reports like the report called “road map to become a blogger” i also write material but i want to write in a format similar to yours where people can down load the report simply and easily.

  106. Grant

    Great information, thank you!

    Do you have any information on how to set up and use a green screen?

    Grant

  107. Grant

    Great information, thank you!

    Do you have any information on how to set up and use a green screen?

    Grant

  108. ian

    great content again, have large halogen light which looked great when reording and then in playback went all yellow, where would you best position one light? Had it shinning at me which guess aint the best, Regards the mic and camera have you heard anyone using the i-phone? could a mic be used with that? … Thanks for info great value

  109. ian

    great content again, have large halogen light which looked great when reording and then in playback went all yellow, where would you best position one light? Had it shinning at me which guess aint the best, Regards the mic and camera have you heard anyone using the i-phone? could a mic be used with that? … Thanks for info great value

  110. James Scott

    Gideon – thanks for the great content – really enjoyable watching.

    I’m looking for my white background and there seem to be 3 choices of material:

    1) Paper
    2) Muslin
    3) PVC

    Are you able to comment on the pros and cons of each?

    Many thanks.

    James.

  111. Very informative. The layout and light information was especially helpful.

  112. Gideon,

    Excellent stuff (and I’ve been doing audio and video recording and editing since 1977 and 1985 respectively)! I sent you a private e-mail to support with some questions so I won’t go into that here, but how do I get my avatar to show up in this discussion? I’ve already created an account at gravatar (I noticed that’s what was in the code) but nothing showing just yet.

    Thanks for sharing your keen knowledge with the world…

    Best,
    Randy

    • Well, like magic my avatar photo is now up (about 2 hours later) so all handled!

  113. Gideon,

    Excellent stuff (and I’ve been doing audio and video recording and editing since 1977 and 1985 respectively)! I sent you a private e-mail to support with some questions so I won’t go into that here, but how do I get my avatar to show up in this discussion? I’ve already created an account at gravatar (I noticed that’s what was in the code) but nothing showing just yet.

    Thanks for sharing your keen knowledge with the world…

    Best,
    Randy

  114. I like what you do better than “my Business sucks” on blip! What do you think of the software Cyberlink power director ? I know you recommend Sony which is cheaper but this software is very fast to use, I am using the trial right now just to see what it does and I an very impressed. Another product I use is Animoto.com, the free one works ok

    Keep up the good work.
    Gary Owen

  115. I like what you do better than “my Business sucks” on blip! What do you think of the software Cyberlink power director ? I know you recommend Sony which is cheaper but this software is very fast to use, I am using the trial right now just to see what it does and I an very impressed. Another product I use is Animoto.com, the free one works ok

    Keep up the good work.
    Gary Owen

  116. Hi Gideon,

    Fantastic content! Thank you so much!

    Wondering if you would mind giving me a few tips on how you actually created the landing pages for these lessons? I have a wordpress blog, is it just a matter of creating an extra page? How do then make them not come up as pages to click on in your top bar?

    I’m a Vocal Coach and have only recently set up an online platform and would like to do a similar thing in giving away material for opt-ins. At the moment I am using vimeo, but I think your way is so much more effective.

    If you have any spare time at all, please check out my website and give me feedback on the video quality. At the moment I am only using my iphone to record videos but am quiet happy with the result for now. Here’s an example if you have time: http://www.thesongbirdtree.com/2012/02/15/top-3-tips-on-how-to-sing-like-lady-gaga-and-have-the-edge-of-glory/

    Thanks again!
    Kerri

  117. Hi Gideon,

    Fantastic content! Thank you so much!

    Wondering if you would mind giving me a few tips on how you actually created the landing pages for these lessons? I have a wordpress blog, is it just a matter of creating an extra page? How do then make them not come up as pages to click on in your top bar?

    I’m a Vocal Coach and have only recently set up an online platform and would like to do a similar thing in giving away material for opt-ins. At the moment I am using vimeo, but I think your way is so much more effective.

    If you have any spare time at all, please check out my website and give me feedback on the video quality. At the moment I am only using my iphone to record videos but am quiet happy with the result for now. Here’s an example if you have time: http://www.thesongbirdtree.com/2012/02/15/top-3-tips-on-how-to-sing-like-lady-gaga-and-have-the-edge-of-glory/

    Thanks again!
    Kerri

  118. Sara

    AS best I can tell, the Kodak Zi8 is no longer available.

  119. Sara

    AS best I can tell, the Kodak Zi8 is no longer available.

  120. Hi Gideon,

    You’ve created some wonderful videos. I’ve recently delved into doing video SEO after doing organic SEO for some 12 years. And I am having success great success with video optimization. Including helping some friends of mine.

    I started to create my video sales letter and did it with a Canon powershot camera 720p, a small lamp and background is a wall. I use a Macbook Pro with Screenflow. I just purchased a softbox lighting kit and 10 X 20 whitebackground after shooting the video and I will redo the video.

    Here’s the video I did http://maturestudentcafe.com I’ll be redoing the video. I actually have a YouTube video optimization course I’ll be offering there. Those that have taken it have great results.

    I also teach SEO at Joomlashack.com the biggest Joomla site on the net with some 1,500 students. All pre-recorded video screen capture videos. The SEO course at Joomlashack is going to launch in just a few days. So I’ve been busy creating over 50 videos (screencapture) between the two courses that I’ve created.

  121. Hi Gideon,

    You’ve created some wonderful videos. I’ve recently delved into doing video SEO after doing organic SEO for some 12 years. And I am having success great success with video optimization. Including helping some friends of mine.

    I started to create my video sales letter and did it with a Canon powershot camera 720p, a small lamp and background is a wall. I use a Macbook Pro with Screenflow. I just purchased a softbox lighting kit and 10 X 20 whitebackground after shooting the video and I will redo the video.

    Here’s the video I did http://maturestudentcafe.com I’ll be redoing the video. I actually have a YouTube video optimization course I’ll be offering there. Those that have taken it have great results.

    I also teach SEO at Joomlashack.com the biggest Joomla site on the net with some 1,500 students. All pre-recorded video screen capture videos. The SEO course at Joomlashack is going to launch in just a few days. So I’ve been busy creating over 50 videos (screencapture) between the two courses that I’ve created.

  122. Hello Gideon,
    Talking about equipment I would like to know, if possible, to let me know which remote and prompter software (or prompter package) are you using. I Have a photography podcast and it has been difficult to me to figure out the best solution for the prompter.
    Thanks a lot for your time.
    Regards,
    Luciano

  123. Well explained, I like it , but I am still waiting for the video that explains how I will Make money on you tube.

  124. Jon Goodman

    I ordered your product but can’t seem to activate
    It. It says my email dosent exist. I can’t seem to
    Get anyone to help me.

  125. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Jon

    Can you please send an email to support@rapidvideoblogging.com?

    We’ll make sure it all gets fixed for you from there…

    Gideon

  126. Blair

    Hi Gideon,

    Ive always loved your tutorials they are so exhaustive with information. Love it! The camera I am using is a flip camera HD and a Samson usb microphone and cowboy flo table top lights which are great. they only cost 50 bucks. I like the test videos that Ive done so far.

  127. Blair

    Hi Gideon,

    Ive always loved your tutorials they are so exhaustive with information. Love it! The camera I am using is a flip camera HD and a Samson usb microphone and cowboy flo table top lights which are great. they only cost 50 bucks. I like the test videos that Ive done so far.

  128. David

    Gideon, You make it look so easy. Thank you. I enjoy watching and learning and I like your slow approach of repeating most things you have to say. The explanations and the break down step by step. It is almost overwhelming, and I wonder if I am able to keep-up with you. I am also taking a course on building a web site. I bought my domain name three days ago and I wrote my first page Wednesday evening and hopefully I can use the information you are teaching me on my web page. I look forward to further lessons. Thank you again for a clear picture you are painting. David

  129. David

    Gideon, You make it look so easy. Thank you. I enjoy watching and learning and I like your slow approach of repeating most things you have to say. The explanations and the break down step by step. It is almost overwhelming, and I wonder if I am able to keep-up with you. I am also taking a course on building a web site. I bought my domain name three days ago and I wrote my first page Wednesday evening and hopefully I can use the information you are teaching me on my web page. I look forward to further lessons. Thank you again for a clear picture you are painting. David

  130. Good stuff here… I wonder if the iPads HD recording platform is good enough to use as a camera?

  131. Good stuff here… I wonder if the iPads HD recording platform is good enough to use as a camera?

  132. Christopher wilson

    Gideon, thanks for all the great videos. The content is wonderful!!

  133. Christopher wilson

    Gideon, thanks for all the great videos. The content is wonderful!!

  134. hey gideon i know this sounds annoying and it probably is but im really struggling with my utube channel and would find it most helpful if you could watch them im called TheHLMBoss and subscribe thanx. Please reply and tell me how i can improve in your spare time. Peace :).

  135. hey gideon i know this sounds annoying and it probably is but im really struggling with my utube channel and would find it most helpful if you could watch them im called TheHLMBoss and subscribe thanx. Please reply and tell me how i can improve in your spare time. Peace :).

  136. Lena

    Gideon, you make it so easy to read your material and find related lessons. I love the clear layout and links. Easy, easy, easy. And this also applies to your email series – crisp and clear..

  137. Lena

    Gideon, you make it so easy to read your material and find related lessons. I love the clear layout and links. Easy, easy, easy. And this also applies to your email series – crisp and clear..

  138. Thank you again Gideon! Great information as always.

  139. Thank you again Gideon! Great information as always.

  140. Hi Gideon,

    Good explanation and what choices to make. At the moment I have “Sony Cybershot”
    camera, which records pretty good video. However the sound isn’t really good, but
    I guess acceptable. There’s no mic in connection. When I’m ready I’ll just try it and see how it comes out. From there I’ll try to upgrade to better equipment.
    Looking forward to watch your 3rd video, Hans

  141. Chris

    The one thing you haven’t yet mentioned is the script and whether you use a monitor to read from or that has an outline from which you speak, or whether you have memorized what you are going to say.

  142. Russell Stewart

    ‘First Class’ information Gideon, presented in a very professional and relaxed way!

  143. Clear, simple, fast. Great job, Gideon, thank you.

  144. Jon

    Is it possible to buy a tripod for this camera?

    Jon :-)

  145. Nice video Gideon!!! Thank you very match for your tips!
    CHECK ALSO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Djkiller1807 (there you can learn everything about tecnology,how-to,e.t.c.) http://www.youtube.com/user/djkiller1807?feature=guide

  146. Nice video Gideon!!! Thank you very match for your tips!
    CHECK ALSO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Djkiller1807 (there you can learn everything about tecnology,how-to,e.t.c.) http://www.youtube.com/user/djkiller1807?feature=guide

  147. Jon

    Thanks for the great info Gideon! You’re a natural educator!

  148. Jon

    Thanks for the great info Gideon! You’re a natural educator!

  149. I want to do videos of a) me speaking, b) drawing explanations, and c) screen shots of software.

    For b), I bought a watcom tablet, since that’s what Khan Academy uses. But I realized that it would be better for my business to have an iPad, so I returned the tablet. And guess what? I won an iPad 3 !!!

    But what drawing pad software do you use, that you can upload your drawings into video?

    I’m struggling with even the right words to find You Tube videos on this, so I can learn how to do this myself.

    Thanks a million.

  150. I want to do videos of a) me speaking, b) drawing explanations, and c) screen shots of software.

    For b), I bought a watcom tablet, since that’s what Khan Academy uses. But I realized that it would be better for my business to have an iPad, so I returned the tablet. And guess what? I won an iPad 3 !!!

    But what drawing pad software do you use, that you can upload your drawings into video?

    I’m struggling with even the right words to find You Tube videos on this, so I can learn how to do this myself.

    Thanks a million.

  151. Hi Gideon.

    Thanks for these videos. I have really been impressed and it has so far helped me to make my videos look more like I want them.

    Well done

  152. Hi Gideon.

    Thanks for these videos. I have really been impressed and it has so far helped me to make my videos look more like I want them.

    Well done

  153. Rod

    Hi Gideon,
    Great information re your setup and good to see a floor plan as well. One other thing that would be helpful is the dimensions of your setup to get an idea of the size of the space required, eg: distance between lights used on the background; distance between background and subject – and then the distance between subject and camera. Thanks and regards.

  154. Rod

    Hi Gideon,
    Great information re your setup and good to see a floor plan as well. One other thing that would be helpful is the dimensions of your setup to get an idea of the size of the space required, eg: distance between lights used on the background; distance between background and subject – and then the distance between subject and camera. Thanks and regards.

  155. My previous business made (and still does, I sold my share) online product video’s for some of the worlds biggest consumer electronics companies and national retailers and the thing we found was that all our clients wanted clean white backgrounds because there is less distraction and they wanted them to blend into the background with custom boarder-less video players, so it looked like it was part of the page, just like many of the still images you will see on Amazon for example.
    It does make the end results look more professional ( just beware of filming white products on a white background, it can be a pain to get right) though after seeing 1000’s of these I used to yearn for some more colour too :-) .

  156. I’m just in the process of setting up my home studio and I’m using a lot of the same gear. I used to have a professional on-line product video company and when choosing the new home setup, we got the Canon 600D for stills and video, the only problem is that it is not a true autofocus and the depth of field can be shallow if you are using it for close ups during three quarter shot like holding things close up to the lens.
    We also use a Panasonic HDC-SD900 Full HD video camera, its the same price as the Canon and has better colour rendering due to the triple sensor. If it wasn’t for the stills we have to take, the Panasonic would be a better video choice producing a better image than our semi-pro HD Sony’s of about 5 years ago for a third of the price, great for zoom edits with little loss of detail.

    Thanks for great info you have, even for someone who has worked in the business, this a fast moving area and you need to keep up to keep on top :-)

  157. Another great video Gideon. I’m learning hepas here.

    As a start out ‘flip style’ video camera, what do recommend since Kodak Zi8 and Flip are out of business.

    Can you get a remote to operate the camera if you are shooting on your own.

    I’m looking forward to more videos

  158. Bill Burkholder

    In the video about video, you mention bumping the ISO to improve color. That will improve brightness. If you want absolutely perfect color balance, with no green skin tones, use the Canon’s Custom White Balance feature, along with a target made for such purposes.

    My favorite is the One Shot Digital Calibration Target from http://www.photovision.com (many similar devices are available elsewhere). The One Shot Target has three absolutely neutral stripes on it. These represent deep shadow detail (deep charcoal), midtones (gray card gray), and upper (diffuse) highlight detail (near-white). A DVD that comes with the target explains how to use the target to set perfect exposure and then perfect white balance. Net result when used properly is that you have no color casts in the image (still or video), and everything looks great, with little or no post-production adjustment.

    I’ve recommended that target to hundreds of photographers who have used it successfully to speed up their workflows. I’ve used it myself when producing training videos using fluorescent lights. It is truly a great tool.

  159. This is great information Gideon!

    I have only just started making video and so your information is very helpful. I started with a Flip – had problems with the voice recording and have now got a Zi8 which I am very pleased with.

    The next thing I need to look to is the lighting. So far I am using regular daylight but that will be more difficult as we get into winter!

    Thanks for all the help!
    I’m loving it

  160. This is great information Gideon!

    I have only just started making video and so your information is very helpful. I started with a Flip – had problems with the voice recording and have now got a Zi8 which I am very pleased with.

    The next thing I need to look to is the lighting. So far I am using regular daylight but that will be more difficult as we get into winter!

    Thanks for all the help!
    I’m loving it

  161. I recommend -for those who can afford it- the ZOOM H4N. Really good high quality sound, small and compact and takes good sound of surrounding.

    Pros:
    Higher quality than most cameras, since cameras compress the sound.

    Not all cameras allow you to plugin headphones to hear if the sound is good and the speaker of most cameras(if any) are bad so you can’t distinguish if the sound is good or not until you’re with the material in the computer. The ZOOM can.

    You can plug in a microphone if you want to have a “shootgun” microphone, which is a very directional microphone that only takes most of its sound from where its pointing, or the “mosquitos” that Gideon uses in the video above. This gives you a broader selection of microphones since the cameras(depending on which) has another output for its sound.

    It has better range of the sound in Hertz.

    Cons:
    You have to sync the sound afterwards in the computer since it’s being recorded on another device.

    You have to have batteries and extra batteries to it and of course, it’s another device you have to use and bring with you.

    Without a microphone plugged in to it, the built in microphones are set to 120 or 90 degrees so your recording will include a lot of sounds from the surroundings. This is not a problem inside, unless the place bounces the sound a lot so it sounds almost like ecos, but if you’re outside, you can get a lot of background noise from people, wind, cars and so on.

    • Marcus

      But a really good one for those who wants extra quality.. totally different level from my Canon 7D and 5D Mark II, even if I plug in a microphone into those that are made for DSLR cameras. Completely different world of sound!

      And the sync afterwards is pretty damn easy once you get a hang of it! :)

  162. José Augustho

    Good afternoon Gideon, very good explanation of this effect is fantastic white background really lends an air of purity in video, professionalism, very interesting …..

  163. Gideon, thank you for these videos! You didn’t mention what software you are using to mix the music into the middle of your video. Is that also Sony Studio or is it a separate software?

    Thank you for a great job!
    Cha~zay

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Whenever I do editing myself, I use ScreenFlow. My video editors use Adobe After Effects.

  164. Good stuff Gideon. Question: In looking at the ScreenFlow site, it says that one of the cons is that there is “No way to subtitle or add text to screencasts.” What does this mean?

  165. So, how do you get that clean white background? A green screen? And how do you get those graphics to pop in and out to the left in the video?

  166. is the sony software comparable or better than camtasia?

  167. Deb

    Dear Gideon,

    I am going through your lessons to learn how to do video blogging for my new website.

    I also signed up for iphone video hero

    I have an iphone5 and I am hoping I can make videos with that OK

    you recommend the audio technics ATR – 3350 condenser micro phone.

    Can you also use that for podcasting or do you also need another microphone for just
    recording podcasts.

    i am trying to get my head around all the equipment I need without spending enormous amounts of money on things I don’t need.

    Chris Ducker recommends the audio technica 2020usb microphone for blogcasting.

    I bought the glib which i did not find useful so I am still working out what to buy to set up the iPhone in one spot for videoing.

    Thanks your videos are great. I hope I can learn to do this!!!

    Deb

  168. Hi Gideon:

    I am enjoying following your video lessons – thank you!

    My question is: did you recommend anywhere a remote for the iPhone 5? I bought a monopod (after your video), and now I need a mic and a remote.

    Can’t wait till I have them so that I can make some similar videos. I practised walking around the house with the monopod and my iPhone 5 when it arrived – and missed a perfect occasion to use it the other night when I was in the middle of a crowd with the speakers at the front. I am short, and it seemed as if the prerequisite to be there was a minimum height of about 6 feet! If this is going to be the case, I will need to take my monopod wherever I go.

    I’ll check back.

    Ann

  169. The information is great! I don’t know which I like better the information or your accent and your so cute too!

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Why thank you Nancy!

  170. In the RapidVideo Blogging book you highlight a digital voice recorder, yet above I see

    Sony ECM AW3 Microphone
    Sony UWP-V1 Microphone
    Audio Technica Microphone

    Did you use add the digital voice recorder to the video via the editing software originally?

    Should I just buy a wireless mike instead?

    DP

  171. Hello Gideon,

    I read somewhere that Screen flow does not allow you to add text. Is that true? What do you use to add text?

  172. kevin

    great info.

    I did have a question: Under the Video Transcript title, you have a link called ‘click here to read the transcript.’ When I click on the link, the full transcript opens on the same page. That a really cool function. Can you tell me what it’s called. I would like to use it in my wordpress site.

  173. Ian

    I didn’t watch the video in full but the background and the music is great, but how about a few words from you – an introduction, one where viewers can see your face. Also why make yourself appear suddenly on top of the background?!

  174. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Sinhala

    Yeah I agree with Ian – it would be good to see your face and to hear a few words from you – that will help you connect better with your audience.

    Gideon

  175. Lynn Lekander

    I think this is more a matter of personal preference. I find the total whiteness to be refreshing and it doesn’t allow distraction. It has a clean, crisp appearance – but that’s just my opinion. Thx!

  176. My previous business made (and still does, I sold my share) online product video’s for some of the worlds biggest consumer electronics companies and national retailers and the thing we found was that all our clients wanted clean white backgrounds because there is less distraction and they wanted them to blend into the background with custom boarder-less video players, so it looked like it was part of the page, just like many of the still images you will see on Amazon for example.
    It does make the end results look more professional ( just beware of filming white products on a white background, it can be a pain to get right) though after seeing 1000’s of these I used to yearn for some more colour too :-) .

  177. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Lili

    You can just use Windows Movie Maker for a start – it’s free on PC.

    However, it’s a bit frustrating to use as soon as you want to add more fancy things like extra audio or video tracks.

    But for just the basics, it can work well.

    Gideon

  178. Gideon Shalwick

    Correct!

  179. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Florian

    Yes the course is currently closed to the general public – has been for quite a few months now.

    I’ll open up the course again soon some time – just keep your eyes on your email inbox…

    Gideon

  180. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Rob

    It depends on the kind of quality you want, and where you are getting your editor from.

    Here are some options:

    – Students from a video/film school – anything more than they can earn at the local pizza shop, which is not much :)

    – Professional local editor – can cost an arm and a leg…

    – Outsourced professional editor – anywhere from $10/hr to say $30/hr, depending on where you go…

    Gideon

  181. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Celia

    Sounds like you may need my video training course which goes into much more detail about the “how to’s”.

    I’m planning on releasing it again soon some time, so just keep watching this space.

    In the mean time, is there anyone else who can help you out?

    Gideon

  182. Camtasia is a screen capturing program. I want to include screen shots of QuickBooks so viewers can see what QB looks like as I do things, so I need Camtasia for that.

    Sony Vegas Pro is for editing video. So you’d use that to integrate video of you speaking with your screen captures from Camtasia.

    I have no idea how to learn Sony Vegas Pro. I’m going to have to learn it from scratch too. It’s taken me months to learn enough to answer your questions. It’s very complicated; I know.

  183. Gideon Shalwick

    Great work Jennie!

    I agree – it really is easy once you start taking action!

    Just watched some of your vids – you’re great on camera!

    Gideon

  184. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Joy

    Any chance you could show me an example of a video with the problem?

    It could be due to a number of things, but I want to see the video first before I can give a good answer…

    Gideon

  185. Gideon Shalwick

    No problem Christine!

    Glad to be of service!

    Gideon

  186. I think you’re right, because the problem suddenly fixed itself. I kept fiddling around, doing tests, and then blam! The sound was loud. If it stays, then I’ll keep it, otherwise I’ll see if AudioTechnica will exchange. Haven’t been too impressed with their customer service tho.

    Now, for file sizes. Yowza! A 9 min video at 720p was over 100MB. I eventually want to shoot a 30 min training video. How do I even move these puppies around? Uploads take forever!

  187. Gideon-

    This brings up a great point and I’m curious about your opinion. I know some bloggers who pull inappropriate comments immediately because of promoting another site, profanity, or abusing others in their community. There are other bloggers who keep both the positive and the negative while even others have all comments approved before posting. What is your position on blog comments and more importantly, why have you come to that conclusion?

    Best regards,
    -Ron

  188. Brian

    One thing that often causes bloated file sizes is recording audio at a bit rate that’s higher than necessary to get the quality you need.

    I use Digital Media Converter Pro to convert files post-production. Here’s a page from their website that discusses some of the considerations that impact media file sizes:

    http://www.deskshare.com/resources/articles/dmcpro_ReduceFileSize.aspx

  189. hi There

    it is not for me but i will give my opinion. ; )
    i would but a background and get close to you… i think it would avoid any distraction on the background…

  190. Brian

    Gideon doesn’t appear to be responding to questions on this site anymore.

  191. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Danillo

    My video editor uses After Effects for the cool graphic effects. I won’t be able to tell you how to do those. Whenever I do my own videos, I just use ScreenFlow which also has some funky text animations and transitions – not as cool as After Effects though…

    Gideon

  192. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Brian

    Yeah you were definitely mistaken :)

    There are 7 lessons in total.

    If you’re subscribed at http://www.RapidVideoBlogging.com, you should receive all of them eventually.

    I think they are spaced out to be delivered over a period of 2-3 weeks.

    Gideon

  193. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey Brian

    I do still respond, but it’s just been a little busy lately with the re-opening of Rapid Video Blogging.

    Talk soon!

    Gideon

  194. Gideon Shalwick

    Not sure what you mean by “edit live video”?

    ScreenFlow is designed to record your screen, and then you can edit that recording, but I also use it for normal “moving picture” videos that I record with my video camera.

    Hope that answers your question.

    Gideon

  195. Brian

    You can do these yourself with the right tool. See my post below regarding ProShow Gold from Photodex. Pull in some stills (or you can take them right from your video!), create a small slide show with cool text effects, transitions, etc. Render it as an avi that you save to your computer, and bring that into your video editor. Drop the intro avi from ProShow in front of your video with a transition and you’re all set.

    Whether you include audio with your intro avi in ProShow or use no audio and then pull in the audio track during video editing is up to you. If you include audio with the ProShow avi, you’ll probably want to fade it out at the end of the little intro avi you’re creating, which is easy to do. Then you can fade in the audio for the main clip at the transition between the clips. Experiment a bit both ways to see what you like best.

  196. Thanks for the tips both Ian and Gideon.I will buy a good voice mic and try that.I will let you know the results,Thank you very much

  197. Hi Gideon

    I really love your work and ideas. Can you please tell me what program you use to send our your reports like the report called “road map to become a blogger” i also write material but i want to write in a format similar to yours where people can down load the report simply and easily.

  198. Hi Gideon
    Great videos. I have a fear of being in front of a camera. I have only just started to to use screen capture using text and photos and audio. I like your drawings which I relate more to. Do you draw on a drawing pad or whiteboard and take photo of and import to a power point slide? The reason I also use screen capture is the writing is on the screen for me to remember what to say. When standing in front of a camera my mind goes blank. Do you have notes stuck on your camera to prompt you to what to talk about?

  199. Julie,

    Well done on your promotion for the Bali experience. As a professional audio and video editor, I offer a couple of tips:
    1. When shooting video, try to shoot the eyes at the upper third line. If you divide the frame into 3 horizontal strips using 2 lines placed a third apart, the upper line is where the eyes should be.
    2. The aspect ratio of your footage did not convert correctly to your final output. That’s why the frame looks skinny instead of filling the whole screen. There should be a setting in the editing program you used where you tell the program what that ratio should be. It should know this automatically but even pro editing software can be fooled.
    3. Instead of chop cuts from you to the photos, use cross dissolves. This is especially important with the subject matter you are discussing.

    Hope that helps…
    Randy

  200. Randy … thank you so much for your tips. That is really helpful. I haven’t discovered the transitions yet – but will definitely look at the cross dissolves. Cheers Julie

  201. Julie,

    You’re welcome. Here’s an example of cross dissolves in use, and also keeping the eyes in the upper third line area for the main subject:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eadx3LdNFDU
    I purposely shot this in old-style 4:3 ratio to look like classic television, and created a TV “frame” to add to the illusion.

    Best, Randy

  202. Well, like magic my avatar photo is now up (about 2 hours later) so all handled!

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  204. Sara

    Had the same issue with no Kodak cameras any longer. Turns out the iPhone makes a great video camera. You can purchase inexpensive adapters so it will attach to a tripod and so that you can connect an external microphone.

  205. Bill Burkholder

    One more tip about the One Shot Digital Calibration Target… If you’re working with any digital camera or video camera that supports Custom White Balance, balancing with the target will get rid of the “amber” effect from tungsten halogen “work” lights. But if your tungsten halogen bulbs are rated 3200 K color temperature, you can also set the camera to a “pre-set white balance” for tungsten light, OR, dial in 3200 K using the Kelvin setting. Any of these methods will eliminate the warm glow. Lower wattage home incandescent lamps are around 2700 K, so try that setting if you’re using low wattage incandescent lamps.

    The “color cycling” phenomenon some folks get with fluorescents is sometimes related to the type of AC power source in use for the fluorescent lights. Part of the solution is to be sure you are using true single phase power, and not a “split-phase” source. Ask your building electrician. Another part of the solution is to be sure the lamps you use are designed for photography/videography, and certified “flicker-free” by the manufacturer. For best results, the lamps should also have a CRI (color rendering index) of 91 or higher. Certain lamps from Eizo, Alzo, Larson, and Westcott meet these standards (there are surely others). Still another part of the solution is to be sure the shutter speed or frame rate is under 1/60 second, so record at 30P (for countries with 60Hz AC power), or 25P (for countries with 50Hz AC power), for best results. Higher frame rates (video) or shutter speeds (stills) will exaggerate the color cycling.