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TitleVideoblogging for Dummies (ISBN - 0471971774)
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LanguageEnglish
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Total Pages410
Table of Contents
                            Videoblogging For Dummies
	About the Author
	Dedication
	Author’s Acknowledgments
	Contents at a Glance
	Table of Contents
	Introduction
		About This Book
		Conventions Used in This Book
		What You Don’t Have to Read
		Foolish Assumptions
		How This Book Is Organized
		Icons Used in This Book
		Where to Go from Here
	Part I: Zen and the Art of Videoblogs
		Chapter 1: This Is Your Brain on Vlogs
			Checking Out the Vlogging World
			Finding Reasons to Vlog
			Knowing What You Need: The Basic Tools and Budget
			Planning the Content for Your Videoblog
			Preparing and Presenting a Vlog
		Chapter 2: I Vant to Vatch Your Vlog
			Video File Players
			Video-Enabled RSS Readers
			Web Browser Aggregator: MeFeedia
			Vlogging away from the Computer
		Chapter 3: Stocking Your Toolbox
			Picking Out Camera Equipment
			Finding the Right Microphone
			Getting Your Computer in Order
			Getting the Right Software
			Affording It All
		Chapter 4: Recipe for a Vlog
			Unscripted, Unedited You
			From Camera to Computer
			Cutting the Video
			Saving Your Movie for Videoblogging
			Post It!
	Part II: Step Away from the Camera
		Chapter 5: Finding Your Voice and Audience
			Identifying Your Audience
			Targeting Your Audience
			Soliciting Feedback
			Self-Discovery through Vlogs
		Chapter 6: Deciding on a Look and Feel
			Branding with Music and Graphics
			Getting Repeatable Results with Templates
			Creating Recognizable Intros and Outros
		Chapter 7: Putting Yourself in the Limelight
			Understanding Vid Fright
			Getting Comfortable On-Camera
			How to Get Out of the Lens
			Working with Other People in Your Vlog
		Chapter 8: Scripting the Show
			Establishing a Plot and Setting
			Writing the Script
			Creating a Setting
			Developing Characters and Dialog
			Focusing on Good Content
	Part III: Lights, Camera, Vlog!
		Chapter 9: Setting Up and Shooting Your Vlog
			Composing a Shot
			Moving Pictures: How to Move a Camera
			The All-Important Element of Light
		Chapter 10: Editing Your Content
			Editing with Your Camera
			Importing Video into iMovie
			Editing Your Video by Trimming the Excess
			Adding Photos and Stills to Your Movie
			Transitioning between Clips
			Applying Special Effects
		Chapter 11: Adding a Soundtrack
			Recording Superior Audio on Your Camera
			Adding a Soundtrack Later
			Editing the Soundtrack
		Chapter 12: Saving Videos for the Internet
			Understanding Video-File Formats
			Compressing Videos
	Part IV: Going Public
		Chapter 13: Making a Home for Your Vlog
			Hosting Your Video Files
			Syndicating Your Videoblog
			Posting to Your Blog
			Using Peer-to-Peer Services to Share Your Vlogs
		Chapter 14: Getting the Word Out
			Getting Exposure on the Web and in the Media
			Joining the Vlogging Community
		Chapter 15: Getting Help from Others
			Filming on Location
			Videoblogging Other People
			Collaborating with Others and Making Derivative Works
			Knowing When You Need Permission to Use Others’ Works
			Getting Permission to Film People
			Crediting Your Sources
		Chapter 16: Monitoring Traffic
			Gathering Traffic Data about Your Vlog
			Tracking RSS Subscriptions
	Part V: The Part of Tens
		Chapter 17: Ten Core Vlogs to Watch
			Ask A Ninja
			Chasing Windmills
			Crash Test Kitchen
			Freevlog
			It’s Jerry Time
			Izzy Video
			Pouringdown
			Rocketboom
			Steve Garfield
			The Videoblogging For Dummies Book Vlog
		Chapter 18: Ten Ideas for Personal Vlogs
			Family Share Time
			History and Documentary
			Humor
			Interests and Hobbies
			Love Vlogs
			Personal Diaries
			Rants
			Reviews of Cool Stuff
			Storytelling
			Travel Vlogs
		Chapter 19: Ten Ideas for Business Vlogs
			Activism
			Advertising
			Announcements
			Behind the Scenes
			Disclaimers and Disclosures
			Educational
			Games and Contests
			Media Delivery
			Other Promotions
			Sneak Preview
	Index
                        
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by Stephanie Cottrell Bryant

Videoblogging
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Using green-screen technology
Everyone is familiar with green-screen and blue-screen technology, even if they
don’t realize it. When a TV weather reporter stands in front of a digital map and
points out where the snow storms are, he or she is actually standing in front of
a large piece of paper or a painted wall, usually green or blue. During the pro-
duction of the video, a video editor keys to that shade of green from the video
and makes it transparent in the video. The video of the weather reporter is
then placed over the digital map to look like the reporter is standing in front of
a dynamic weather map.

The effect is called chroma-keying, and many full-featured video-editing pro-
grams (such as Final Cut Pro) can do it. Additionally, there are plug-ins for
simpler video editors such as iMovie; these provide inexpensive chroma-
keying. Plug-ins for iMovie typically cost about $30–50 for a package contain-
ing several plug-ins, and you can find a directory of iMovie plug-ins at
http://imovie.pluginsworld.com.

In digital video, green is used more than blue for this effect, though either is
acceptable. The software itself can usually key any color you choose. Reds, yel-
lows, oranges, and browns are never used because they appear in human skin
tones, which the reporter or speaker usually has (since extraterrestrials with
green or blue skin tones haven’t broken into the videoblogging scene yet).

One basic thing to remember is that, if you use a green screen, do not wear
green. Anything the same shade as the screen will appear transparent. The
effect of having part of your torso appear transparent can range from merely
humorous to downright embarrassing.

In the following example, the green-screen effect is achieved through an
inexpensive plug-in designed for iMovie. The instructions for Final Cut Pro
and Adobe Premier will vary, of course.

To install the plug-in, follow these steps:

1. Point your browser to the following URL:

www.stupendous-software.com

2. Click the Plugins tab at the top of the page, and scroll down until you
see the Masks & Composites demo.

3. Click the Demo link to download the plug-ins, or purchase the full ver-
sion of the filter set.

4. Unstuff the package and open the folder created (Masks &
Compositing Demo).

5. Open the OSX folder.

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6. Copy the SS Masks & Compositing file to your iMovie Plug-ins directory.

This folder is under your user home directory, in Library/iMovie/
Plug-ins. If the folder doesn’t exist, create it and then copy the SS
Masks & Compositing file into it.

To film a blue (or green) screen and apply the effect, follow these steps:

1. Get a blue or green screen to film in front of.

For this example, we’ll use a blue screen. In some programs, you
can pick the color to make transparent — but if you can’t, contact
a photography-supply store for the right shade of fabric or paint.
You can also buy a blue or green screen inexpensively online.

2. Film yourself standing about two feet in front of the screen, as in the
clip displayed in iMovie in Figure 8-2.

Any closer and you get a reflection from the screen onto your skin, turn-
ing your skin blue or green and, after you apply the effect, transparent.
Position your lights in front of you and pointing toward you to reduce
the amount of reflected green or blue as well.

Figure 8-2:
A clip of

myself in
front of a

blue screen.

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