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Secrets of Videoblogging 1st Edition
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About the Author
Shirley Craig is a co-founder of Weynand Training International, a film and television training firm. The British native is an industry veteran who worked as production coordinator for "The Other Half of the Sky," an Academy Award-winning documentary, and produced “The Naked Truth," another award-winning independent film.
Ryanne Hodson is co-founder of Node101, a network of videoblog classrooms being created internationally and Freevlog.org the online equivalent to the Node classrooms.
Michael Verdi is a videoblogging pioner, co-founder of Node101, and co-creator of FreeVlog.org. His seminal "Vlog Anarchy" post is cited in the Wikipedia entry on Vlogs and is often used as a call to action for the creation of personal media.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an excellent text book (but an easy read, not your typical text book) for everything videoblogging related - how to find videoblogs to watch; how to get started videoblogging your story; what you need to film, edit and produce your videos; to the little details of getting permissions; adding free music to your video; all about compression and finally attracting an audience.
They know their stuff. They know how to teach their stuff. And they live their stuff everyday.
Their stuff IS videoblogging!!!! This one is a must have.
OK, now onto the book itself. I'm going to buy 4 copies of Secrets of Videoblogging for the technology education afterschool program I help run in NYC. The book is a great reference, with clear step by step instructions for how to produce the videoblog that meets your needs.
Ryanne and Michael have been educating people about how to set up their own videoblogs at the website freevlog.org for some time now. They bring their expertise to bear in this book going wider and deeper. They go into all the technical aspects of videoblogging as well as the genre, legal, promotional, and social aspects of the form. There's more to videoblogging than just the technology and this book gets at that. Figuring out how all the different puzzle pieces fit together can be a challenge, and this book will help the newcomer synthesize the various parts involved in videoblogging.
One thing that is really handy are all the case studies of current videobloggers to illustrate how people are using the medium today.
I have been videoblogging for around a year and a half. I speak about it at museums, universities, and conferences. I write about videoblogging. I produce my own videoblog. I run a program where we teach dozens of teens to videoblog. And I still learned so much reading this book. If you want to videoblog, you are a videoblogger who wants to keep growing as a storyteller and media maker, or you just are interested in learning about this new medium, get this book. I would particularly recommend it to educators. I showed it to some high school students I worked with and they couldn't stop looking at it.
Not only was I not dissapointed, but I learned a whole lot more than I expected. From coming up with a style for your vlog, to planning your vlog posts, including a host of tips on how to best shoot, edit, compress, publish and promote your videos, the book covers all the bases you will need to know about in order to get your video blog off the ground. The only part where I felt it could have gone into a little more detail, including publishing options such as Google Video and YouTube, is where it talked about video hosting options.
"Secrets of Videoblogging" doesn't take much time to read, yet if offers tons of rewards for those curious about video blogs and how to get one going. I don't know about you, but I am going to get my camera ready to shoot some video. See you in AskManny.com!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a smart and easy to follow text. i used it for developing lesson plans to teach non-professional media makers at our local public access center how to shoot, compress and upload... Read morePublished on October 16, 2007 by Carlos E. Pareja
This book reads nice, makes you wiser, gives you a very good inside-look in the world of vlogging. I liked the writing style of Verdi and you'll notice he is the right person to... Read morePublished on September 4, 2007 by Zebra Dasilva