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Get Out of the Toilet Vortex

I’m generally a positive person, but sometimes we need to take a trip to “the dark side” and honestly deal with what’s holding us back from walking in the Almighty’s specific plan for our lives. Yes, it can be ugly, scary, disappointing, demotivating, and leave us very vulnerable….but the alternative is to keep operating in the lie, either consciously, or unconsciously….and that is not just a dead-end road, it’s a killer-vortex of a downward spiral right down the toilet to nowhere you want to be!! So, let’s take hold of the fact that the past does not have to equal the present and future, and it won’t…if we purpose that it won’t, and allow the Holy Spirit to have His way. So, let’s get transparent, confess these sins that keep us from being obedient to our Master, and let them die in the His amazing Light! I’ll start…. I hold on to a fear of failure, which causes me to procrastinate when I’m supposed to be getting the most important things on my list done. To assist this life-wasting attitude, I’ve gotten myself addicted to checking emails and social media (yes, addicted to the dopamine rush) to see if something “important” is coming my way, so I can justify not getting to what will move me forward to the place God wants me to go. I renounce this horrible time-sucking habit in the name of Y’shua (Jesus), and commit to be a better steward of this amazing day He gave me — the moment I stop writing this blog post…. Hey, wait a minute!!  What am I even doing...

Loss of a Great Kingdom Leader

Yesterday, we just lost a great Kingdom leader who encouraged us to be Kingdom leaders. If Dr. Myles Munroe had the chance to explain to us his own death at the young age of 60, I believe he would say that he must have “completed his purpose”, and now we must carry on without him: CLICK HERE for article Thank you Dr. Munroe for your faithfulness!...

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...

Hey Chaim, How Should I Make My Videos?

OK, very naturally, as many of you have almost no knowledge about producing a video, I am getting very generic questions all the way from “what camera should I buy” to “how do I upload content”. That is very cool, but… Ever heard of NAB? It’s the yearly National Assoc. of Broadcasters Convention held in Vegas every April. (www.nabshow.com) For people in the TV and videobusiness, it’s like visiting Disneyland, especially if you are going with a sizable immediate purchasing budget. I mean, talk about a toystore.   It is literally so big, close to 1 million square feet of exhibit space,  I don’t think it is possible to even visit every booth if you walked it morning to night for the 4 days of the expo. More than 100k people attend, 25% are international visitors, and $50 billion of revenue is generated to exhibitors as a direct result of the show. Why do I mention this? To make the point that the video/audio/multimedia production business is so vast, with so many products, that it’s impossible for any one person to know every piece of equipment, how it works, how it compares with its competition, how to troubleshoot it, and on and on. Yes, impossible even for me, your trusty video expert. So, while I will not shirk away from making suggestions about specific hardware, software, and procedures, I will be more focused on helping you to learn the basics of production….the principles that stay as technologies come and go. That said, if you are already attempting to produce video, and have specific (not general) questions to ask, then...

Web 2.0: Defined

“Web 2.0” is the common term used for the current stage of internet development that has unfolded over the past 10 years. While there is no standard definition for this term, one of the best ways to understand Web 2.0 is to recognize how it differs from “Web 1.0”: Web 1.0, or the first internet age, came to be defined by websites as a one-way source of information. Web 2.0 is best characterized by its now-technologically-possible participatory/interactive aspects. In the Web 2.0 world, websites and the overall web experience are no longer controlled from the top-down, but from the bottom-up. What this means is that users now interact with the information, and each other, and determine their own dynamic web experience. Also, across the world the user has become the content provider, and what is now termed “user-generated-content” or “UGC”, including text, audio and video, has become a dominant force of free expression, collective wisdom, and social interaction on internet, especially when distributed within the framework of virtual social networks and communities. Blogs (web-logs), vlogs (video-blogs), podcasts (audio and video programming produced for portable media devices like iPods), content syndication (RSS feeds), widgets (embedded coded links), web-based software applications, social networking (Facebook, Twitter), and mass UGC video sites (YouTube) allow anyone with an idea to publish it electronically and distribute it for no-cost or low-cost to the current 3 billion global web users.   Yes, that’s 40% of the people on the planet, folks!  And it’s growing fast!! Truly, we are in the most genuine era of free speech that the world has ever known. We have truly entered the...