User Groups Will Save Your Tush

Question   Hey Chaim, I am on a Widows 8 system. I have a JVC HD SD Memory Camera and when i transfer the video it goes into iTunes. From iTunes I try to edit the m4v file with windows video maker. But windows video maker can’t recognize the file. How do I solve this issue. Thanks Brad. My quick answer is: Get a Mac! OK, so maybe I’m not the “Video Production Oracle” that I like to consider myself, but I think that’s a darn good answer anyway! Seriously though, what you are asking is a very specific technical question about what seems to be glitch with a specific combination of hardware and software, and this is when all video pros turn to internet user groups. (As an Avid non-linear editor, we tap into a 20-year experience base of hundreds of thousands of Avid editors right from our desktop whenever we get stumped with one of these tech anomalies that just suck.) So, have you tried tapping into the community of “Windows 8 OS, Windows Movie Video Maker, JVC HD Memory Card Camera” users by either Googling the keywords of your problem, or finding related user groups and doing a keyword search inside them? If not, then this is your best shot. If so, but you’ve found no relief, keep trying. And if all else fails, go back and take my original advice at the top of this post. You’ll be glad you did! Happy hunting! Oh, and for those of you unfamiliar with the lovely Yiddish word “Tush” (or “Tuccas”), I’m not referring to the ZZ Top...

Finding Stock Music & Images for Use In Your Videos

When creating videos, you may wish to include some music, photos, and/or video images without having to create them yourself. If so, you’ve probably been searching the web for them, and wondering how legal it is to use the works of others in your production.   Google and other search engines have added filters (Search Tools -> Usage Right) that will only allow you to see photos that expressly allow reuse in commercial or non-commercial settings.  (More on that below when I discuss “Creative Commons”.)   Unfortunately, this will filter out like 99.9% of the photos Google indexes; not so much because their owners would have an issue with you using their image, but because they did not go out of their way to tag their photo with that permission.   Officially, you are supposed to have some level of permission for any image you use. When it comes to blogging, that rule is mostly ignored, and could arguably fall under the “Fair Use”/Educational copyright laws. BUT…that doesn’t mean you are legally covered. If you are using the images commercially, then you would be in violation. And if your blog starts getting popular, then you could find yourself with a cease-and-desist letter, or a law suit. (Please note, I am not an expert in these matters, and am only sharing my limited knowledge and opinion. Please consult with a professional on this subject to make sure you are in compliance.)   So, where does that leave you in trying to find a great image, video, and/or music to complement your work?   First of all, don’t confuse “royalty free” with...