Fast, Cheap, and Under Control

This is the infamous page that is a catch-all for digital video resources. It is a page that on first glance needs more structure, but it’s also chock full of useful information. As one person s...

YouTube Downloads – Endgame

  This post is an update (using much of the text from my previous posts) to an ongoing series that answers the proverbial question of how to download videos from YouTube’s website, to use i...

Video Capture

Summary: If you don’t have your video in a digital form yet, what are you waiting for? The process is relatively painless, and once it’s done you can throw out those shoe boxes of VHS tape...

Logitech H390 Headset Microphone

The Logitech H390 Headset Microphone can be used as a regular pair of headphones. However, when the “boom” microhpone is lowered into position, they can also be used as a microphone enabli...

Slik U9000 Tripod

The Slik U9000 tripod can be used to help give you steady shots in your video projects. It can be used to stabilize a video camera, as well as a still camera. A quick release plate is used to allow y...

Video Encoding

Encoding is just another term for data compression. Data (or file) compression is a cornerstone of our Internet-based world. Computer files take up hard drive space. Transferring computer files over t...

Video Editing

Summary: Video editing is storytelling. There are many programs and tools that will help you assemble your story in an effective and entertaining way. The whole reason to go digital with video is the ...

Shooting Video

Summary: Remembering just a few simple rules will give you the best chance of creating good video. Learning how to shoot video is, for the most part, on-the-job training. If you’ve taken at leas...

Getting Started with Final Cut Pro X

This document summarizes the different concepts that are necessary to get started using Final Cut Pro X. We’ll go into greater detail elsewhere and provide video tutorials to help you learn this pow...

Sennheiser MKE600 Shotgun Microphone

The Sennheiser MKE600 Shotgun microphone is a great microphone for video recording. It can either be used with a mixer that has phantom power (like the Mackie 402VLZ4) or using an internal AA battery ...