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A DIY guide to planning, shooting, and sharing great video from USA Today Talking Tech host
All kinds of people are creating video for the web: bloggers, small business owners, web show hosts, and corporate marketing departments, to name just a few. How do the best videos get made and go viral? What secrets lie behind them? In Video Nation you’ll learn everything you need to make great-looking video for YouTube, Facebook or your blog—from one of the top experts around!
Jefferson Graham, host of USA Today’s Talking Tech and Talking Your Tech, takes you skillfully through the art of video creation and distribution. And you’ll have a lot of fun along the way. You’ll learn what equipment you need to get started--from bare bones to wish list state-of-the-art great. You’ll get the skinny on sound and lighting. You’ll learn how to properly set up for and shoot an interview. You’ll even get to take your video to the next level by using multiple cameras as they do on TV.
You’ll also find 30 downloadable video lessons so you see the concepts from the book in action, including how to make a great video on an iPhone, lighting techniques, simple editing techniques, and much more. To access the videos go to www.peachpit.com/videonation and click "register your product."
Here are just a few things you’ll find in Video Nation:
- tips on developing fresh new ways to promote your business or yourself
- a guide to the tools available for a “one-man band” production, including advice on shooting with DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras, and iPhones
- best techniques for setting up, preparing questions for, and interviewing a subject from a video producer who has interviewed everyone from comedian Jeff Dunham and the late Steve Jobs to Kermit the Frog
- detailed descriptions of working with sound and lighting for a variety of indoor and outdoor scenarios
- step-by-step coverage of using editing programs such as Apple iMovie, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Final Cut Pro X
- a guide to uploading your video to YouTube, create a channel, market your video with Twitter and Facebook, and earn thousands of dollars a year from your efforts via the YouTube Partner program
- and much more!
This is the complete guide for anyone who wants to produce web video, from Jefferson Graham, host of USA Today’s Talking Tech
To create great web video you don’t need a crew of lighting experts, cameramen, and actors. You also don’t need an expensive camera rig and equipment. You’ve got more tools available at your disposal that you think and when you’re doing it on your own you’ve got to know how to think quickly, be nimble, and harness the simple tools and technology available to you.
In Video Nation, you’ll learn everything you need to get your show on the web from one of the top experts around! Jefferson Graham, host of USA Today’s Talking Tech, takes you skillfully through the art of video creation and distribution. And you’ll have a lot of fun along the way. You’ll learn what equipment you need to get started--from bare bones optimal to wish list state-of-the-art great. You’ll get the skinny on sound and lighting. You’ll learn how to properly set up and shoot and interview. You’ll even get to take your video to the next level by using multiple cameras as they do on TV.
You’ll also find over 30 video lessons on the disc so you see the concepts from the book in action, including attaching your camera lens to an iPhone, adding basic transitions to your clips using simple editing techniques, and much, much more.
About the Author
Jefferson Graham is a long-time technology reporter for USA TODAY, and host, producer and editor of the USATODAY Talking Tech video show, which features interviews with tech newsmakers and reviews of the latest gadgets and gizmos. The videos are seen at usatoday.com and many other sites on the web, including Gannett owned properties like the Detroit Free-Press, Arizona Republic, Indianapolis Star and Cincinnati Enquirer, as well as YouTube, CBS’s Clicker.com, Vimeo and iTunes. Guests on Talking Tech have included Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone, Pandora founder Tim Westergren, YouTube stars iJustine and Shane Dawson and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Red-hot new Apple products like the iPad, iPhone and Final Cut Pro X were first seen on Talking Tech, one of a small handful of outlets to get early peeks at the new Apple releases. All the shows are produced professionally on the same D.I.Y. budgets described in this book.
Graham is the author of nine books, including Vegas: Live and In Person, an illustrated guide to Las Vegas for Abbeville Press and Salesman of the Century, which he co-wrote for Delacorte with infomercial legend Ron Popeil. He is also an accomplished Manhattan Beach based portrait photographer, videographer and editor.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Overview
Chapter Two: Ideas
Chapter Three: Video Tools: camera, lights and audio action
Chapter Four: Pre-production planning
Chapter Five: Production Day
Chapter Six: Editing
Chapter Seven: Advanced Techniques
Chapter Eight: It's Showtime!