Video Production – How to create your own online video course using free resources

Recently I have been tempted to take a course on MatadorU for Travel Video production. The main reason being is that I believe I can get better at this and the instruction at this website seems to be far above what many others seem to offer. However, it dawned on me that I probably didn’t even need to do this; I could in fact create my own video production course from freely available resources.

There is a plethora of excellent tutorials available on YouTube. Sure, you may have to wade through some of the bad channels to find some good examples from experienced people who know their craft. The channels I am going to point you to be what I consider to be some of the best around. Of course, I may have missed a few and if so please do let me know so I can add them to the list.

Now, of course you will not get the one on one feedback from a structured course but this should get you going to where you want to go. After you have practiced on your own you could then sign up for the MatadorU course to see how well you learned these concepts. The point that just about every channel and YouTuber seems to drive home is just use what you have available and not get bogged down by your lack of equipment or knowledge. Practice here is what seems to really make a good videographer above all else.

Below is a bunch of channels I have found useful in learning how to create better videos for just about any medium. You can translate this into your travel videos and also you could create a side business as a wedding photographer/videographer from what you may learn on these channels.

FilmRiot
The folks at FilmRiot are pretty hilarious. Using humor as a tool to help you learn is something that many youtubers don’t seem to realize is highly effective. Since these are film makers they don’t necessarily use the same techniques you would see if you were to become a full time travel photographer/videographer.
However, if you plan on making your travel videos with some flair and some extra bit of effort you will learn quite a lot from this channel. The equipment that they are reviewing now will probably be out of your price range if you are just starting out, however, these tools are certainly aspirational and would add quite a bit to your videos and cinematography.
Ultimately when you are creating travel videos you want to tell a story. These people will help you do just that; you may even want to script out some scenes while you are out and about and see how that goes. I am going through this channel and I learn quite a bit from them every day. Each day I just watch one or two videos and take notes to expand on what I have already learned. Eventually, I will be able to put these tools and techniques into practice to make some pretty interesting videos.
Definitely check these people out if you have the chance, it is time well worth spending.

https://www.youtube.com/user/filmriot

FilmSkills
This is yet another youtube channel that has some interesting tidbits to learn about making better videos. Many of their more recent videos seem to be teasers for their own courses on film making. That is all fine and well but you will be able to find a few good things to learn from these folks.

Going deeper into this channel is certainly a learning experience. The videos teach you how to do basic film skills and should get you started on your way to making some compelling travel films. Clearly if you have had no knowledge in the past about these sorts of things you will learn a couple items with each video. If however you already have a degree in filmmaking then you may not learn quite as much, although you may pick up a trick here and there.

The manner in which this channel teaches is pretty standard and there is nothing wrong with that, being too funny is distracting after a while. Overall the content in this youtube channel is certainly worth a giving it a go and you will be able to expand on your knowledge of how to create the perfect shot no matter where you may be filming.

https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmSchoolOnDVD

UglyMcGregor
This is an interesting title to a very interesting youtube channel that supplies quite valuable information to those wishing to up their video production skills. Clearly, you can see that the tips and tricks he provides are going to come in handy regardless of the genre you wish to record. Basically, you could learn more from this channel and some of the other channels combined than you could if you went to professional film school.

As a disclaimer I never did go to a film school so I have no idea if that is an accurate assessment but it just sounds good. However, with the amount of free information supplied by these various channels I am curious as to why anyone would go to a film school other than networking as many of these video tutorials seem all you need to learn.

If you are into using DSLR cameras than this channel will come in very handy as some of the tips and tricks mentioned and shown in this channel can be used to make your videos look outstanding. Later on I really hope to show the efforts of my work and to prove that my film skills have improved.

https://www.youtube.com/user/UglyMcGregor

Philip Bloom
The shots on this channel are beyond stunning. It is really fantastic work. That is why I listen to what the man has to say when he reviews products. Clearly, you can learn a lot from just watching his videos and seeing how they are edited together.

Product reviews on his channel are deep and show a depth of knowledge I really aspire to one day. It is apparent he puts a lot of effort into his craft and that is why you should subscribe and listen to what the man has to say on this subject.

https://www.youtube.com/user/philipbloom

Dave Dugdale – Learning DSLR
This channel is packed with tips on what else but learning the DSLR. It is most assured that you will be using a DSLR camera on your travels, or for whatever you wish to shoot later on in life. As opposed to just reading a blog post or reading the manual seeing someone go through the effort to help you learn the DSLR is quite good.

There are some other channels I could mention but honestly I think this blog post is getting a bit big and I have probably lost about half my readers already. Needless to say you can find out a lot by just using youtube. Should you bother creating your own video course? That really is up to you to be honest.

Learning from others is probably the only way to really learn anything. It is true that if you want to get better at anything you should practice it and with the amount of information supplied from the channels above it is clear you will have plenty to practice. Now, the next step is just to get out there and actually do it.

https://www.youtube.com/user/drumat5280

The argument for taking a structured class

These videos are all well and fine but they don’t give you immediate feedback. One of the benefits of taking an online course, or a in person classroom course is that you can get instant feedback. No youtube videos are going to be able to give you constructive criticism and unless you want to hear from know-it-all youtube commenters about how you should improve your videos you won’t get any immediate feedback.

That is one of the compelling reasons to take a course offered by MatadorU is that they can give you feedback on their assignments that they give out on a weekly basis. You can then go back and redo these assignments to see if you improved. This kind of feedback loop is what is going to help you become better at your craft, and as a result get more viewers and hence more revenue on your channel.

Now, creating some compelling images and a story would dramatically help you get more views. However, as many people don’t expect a huge budget on youtube you shouldn’t always try and impress your viewers with some flashy videos. It seems as though the best channels have a mixture of both low budget “real” films and some good travel videos with some great shots, good music, and good narration.

Ultimately what story do you want to tell? What is that you want your viewers to learn from you? That is going to get you to be more focused on what is in the content of your videos and by and large that will help you create better videos in the future.

There is something to be said of writing a script and telling a narrative over a bunch of B-Roll to give you the impression of something more “professional”, this is going to take time and honestly may not be something you want to do right off the bat. Do you really want to replicate what you see on the Travel Channel or even National Geographic? If so, then you may have to practice a lot at home before venturing out into the wild with your camera and your editing skills.

What I didn’t include was some classes or even books on screenwriting or even software to use when trying to come up with a story to tell. The reason for this was simply because I believe that this may be better suited for a blog post of its own. In the future I may very well review some books and pieces of software on this subject so be sure to keep a look out for that, it will be worth your time.

Quick Update…

Quick Update….

This is just a quick update. I haven’t maintained this website very well and I am truly sorry for that. Truthfully, I have been more concerned getting my clients work done then writing here. Even though I made a commitment to this blog early on I was worried that I wouldn’t keep up with it, and that ended up being what actually happened.

As far as my health is concerned I am doing well. I had a brief scare of skin cancer early in January but that turned out to be a weird mole growth on my leg. That is why I always wear sunscreen when out in the sun for long periods of time, at least from now on.

I do have some updates to this blog and I have been meaning to finish up those reviews of the books I started early on. That is what you can expect in the future. As well I will probably write a bit more about how to get fit as that is something I am always working on, everyday it is crucial to get some form of exercise.
This website has lost direction and I may change that in the future. I just need to decide what direction I want to take this website and then proceed forward. Hopefully, then I can be more focused on creating actionable and useful content that others will find valuable.

In the meantime I am busy working on various projects….

What to do afterwards?

In reviewing the book The Four Hour Workweek I started to re-read another chapter and this one really did not resonate with me until now. You see while I have been thinking about how to get more free time I did not really plan out what to do with that free time. Tim calls it “filling the void” and it is towards the end of the book.

Essentially, you really have to think of the reasons WHY you are striving to have a hand free business. What are you planning on doing with your time? It is really unnatural for someone to have nothing to do with their time, do you want more time for meaningless pursuits or would you rather fill your time up adding meaning to others.

So in that regards before you begin to design your muse and your exit strategy should that muse collapse you should also think about what to do with your time after you are successful. Planning for a successful outcome would probably result in a far more enticing reason for your “why” and thereby would motivate you to move forward with your plans.

Perhaps you wanted to travel the world extensively? Or maybe you want to bring water to villages in the Sudan? Or perhaps you want to help children in America so that they have a hope for a brighter future? Anything is worthwhile and you really don’t have to feel obligated to give your time to charity if you don’t wish to do so. If you aren’t motivated by the charities that are out there then you would be wasting your time and end up as a burden to these groups.

There are those out there that are choosing these plans for themselves each and every day, if you don’t get to work deciding on what to do with your life someone else will plan it out for you. And those plans may not be to your liking.

Truly I have to review Tim Ferriss’s Blog a bit more. I am sure there are more resources that I have missed and I could be missing out some details that are not covered in the book. Unfortunately there are only so many details that can be covered in any printed book, if you wish to have the most up to date information you should always check with the website associated with any guide or book.

Where have I been?

To be honest I have not kept up to date with this blog as much as I have wanted. Personally this is just my own fault and my goal for my personal blog is still active and I hope to keep you all up to date with various aspects of my life and the various experiments or case studies I am working on.

In that regards I have decided to spin off my health related posts to a new blog, I have not decided on the domain name just yet but I can assure you it will not be an exact match domain that is a common term but rather a brandable domain name, this is on purpose as I don’t want to relate my personal health stories and possible struggles with any particular search term that would rather help others out.

As well I also decided to possibly create a financial blog, one that would be focused solely on the personal economy of an individual, essentially a guide on how to create a better financial future.

So in the next several posts I will update you on the creation of these blogs and there location. This separation will help better delineate between my various interests and possibly give me more focus and also more targeted traffic.

Finally, I have begun to work on my personal development project, which will be a series of Kindle books that should be able to help everyone who is struggling day to day. This should be a series for those who want to start a new business; later on I will include separate editions that will cover health and possibly also some schoolwork motivation.

So that is what I have been doing and this is where I think I should go in the future. You can see that this blog has started to evolve already; it may further change as I get guidance from those who have more experience than I do.

Foods that help shred fat – Myth or Reality?

Can what you eat help you lose fat? There are some that claim to be true. Honestly though, I believe that concept to be false. Fat burning is a metabolic mechanism caused by a certain set of hormones released at a certain time due to what stress you put on the body. Sugars are metabolized, fat is moved from its location and used as fuel, and this is all used to produce energy the body needs to survive.

What diet is best for shredding fat?

There are some who follow a strict ketogenic diet. The health effects of this diet are unknown. While some may claim this is very harmful to your metabolism the simple fact of the matter is there is just not enough information on the subject. For those that don’t know what a ketogenic diet consists of then essentially you would give your body just protein and fats in order to force your body to use its fat stores to get the fuel it needs.

Many people have claimed to lose a lot of fat on a ketogenic diet. There is no doubt about that, but I seriously am concerned as to what happens after the diet is over, what occurs in the metabolism long term?

Is there such a thing as a negative calorie?

Can foods produce a negative calorie? For instance are some foods so difficult for your body to process that it takes more energy to metabolize than the energy stored? In this case I believe that there is significant evidence to support that there are foods that have a negative calorie effect. These foods can include fibrous foods such as celery, apples, and other foods that are high in fiber. By eating foods that are high in fiber and actually cause your body to burn more calories than you are taking in then you are bound to lose weight.

Now keep in mind that you are burning more calories then you are taking in, that does not mean you are burning specifically fat but rather you are running a calorie deficit from your intake of food. That is what makes a crucial difference in burning fat as opposed to just losing weight.

Don’t just focus on weight loss!

Many people just seem to be focused on the weight loss of their goal. In reality it is fat loss that they are desiring the most. In order to do this however you need to simultaneously build muscle while losing weight. That is what causes people to burn fat as opposed to just losing weight. The scale is just a measure of how much you weigh and not what your total body composition consists of. A healthy fit person would have a lot of muscle mass with very little fat.

So based upon this then the intake of protein and other foods that stimulate muscle growth would help to burn your fat off. Just having a negative calorie deficit in your diet would help in losing weight but gaining muscle at the same time would help you shred fat.

Then if you are serious about changing your body composition then it is it would be better to eat dense protein foods such as:

  • ·         Steak
  • ·         Lobster
  • ·         Chicken Breasts
  • ·         Salmon
  • ·         Egg whites
  • ·         Tuna Fish

To name just a few of the best foods to help build muscle by supplying your body with the needed protein that it needs after an intense weight lifting session. As well some of the best ways to digest protein is when it is already broken down for you such as drinking a BCAA or branched chain amino acid post workout drink.

Eating at specific intervals throughout the day will keep your metabolism running efficiently, as well it would help to metabolize the 30 grams of protein in each meal. There have been many studies that essentially prove that the body cannot in most cases metabolize more than 30 grams of protein in one setting. Consuming more than this is just a waste of a good meal and of course it could be a waste of your hard earned money.

Knowing exactly what you are eating and tracking it will give you the best results. If you can measure and track something in regards to your health then that is what should be done if you want to be the best athlete you can be.

Monitoring how you feel is also very important. While some can get away with a fat shredder diet of 50 percent protein, 30 percent carbohydrate, and 20 percent fat there are many who for various reasons just cannot seem to cope with this diet. It is perfectly acceptable to use a 40/40/20 combination of the above macronutrients to help alleviate some of the problems you may encounter with a low carbohydrate diet.

Clearly this may involve some experimentation on your part to see what would work best for your body and how you operate on a daily basis. Don’t just guess at what might work, always test out new things and figure out what works for you!

Emergency – By Neil Strauss

The reason I bought this book was because it was recommended reading in the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. Actually, I think it may have been Tim’s website that recommended it. Regardless of where I found out about this particular piece I have to say I found this book to be extremely enthralling and also highly informative.

The combination of being both entertaining and informative is something that is difficult to accomplish. Clearly Neil Strauss is a well practiced writer that can make what would be a depressing and oppressive subject. The premise of the book is to prepare you for the worst case scenario in your life, if you are more prepared as a human being you will be more likely to survive.

Initially this book starts out with the journey Neil goes through to become more prepared. Eventually, though this book meanders into Neil becomes prepared to help others in a time of crisis. The fact that this actually occurs show’s how much heart he has for others. In case you didn’t already know Neil is also responsible for the book “The Game” or a book all about the underground of Pick Up Artists.

Clearly, those that judge this man negatively don’t know him very well. I can tell by his writing that he has a deep care of all people, so irregardless of how you feel about the whole Pick Up culture judging him for being a part of that is just wrong.

But what of the merits of the information contained in the book? I mean after all this is a book review and not an author review. The chapters are broken down into manageable chunks that make it easy to read. As well the chapter titles are such that you will want to read them, I would say each chapter would make for an excellent blog post but that is not the point.

Being prepared for what Neil calls “when the shit hits the fan” is something that a lot of others have taken to heart. Preppers have become an obsession for some, one option that is helping to fuel many companies throughout the United States. I have no problem with being prepared for what could come and as such that is why I bought the book, because I wanted a guide on how to do it.

Now the book is not a complete exhaustive “how to” manual of how to survive an upcoming zombie apocalypse or anything, rather it has helped me by pointing me to the right resources I need and basically pointed out the weaknesses in my own preparation for a catastrophe.

If you live in Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota, or even California then you know each one of us can face different threats. Being prepared for what could happen in your neck of the woods is what is important, the fact that Neil ends this book with becoming prepared to help others should also be a guide for us all. After all in times of crisis if we all just helped each other the world would be a better place.

Hands down I would recommend everyone read this book as use it as a starting point. Most importantly I would encourage meeting with your neighbors and figuring out a plan in case an emergency should happen in your area. Do you know of people in your neighborhood with medical training? If so having them at your disposal would be a extremely valuable resource.

Or alternatively you could learn the basics of emergency medicine by taking an EMT course at your local vocational school or community college. Again the point of this book is to teach you how to be prepared for disasters for helping yourself but also more importantly by helping others. When you have television series such as Revolution coming out as well as other movies such as World War Z then you may begin to see the potential problems we all could face in the near future.

Being prepared for what life may deal you in the future is as important to me as being physically fit, in fact I would say those two are directly related. If you are physically and mentally fit then you will be able to survive future disasters.

All in all I would highly recommend this book for just about everyone. Now there are some may say that they trust solely in God to save them, and they have a valid reason to believe that. However, I believe God would like us to be as prepared as possible and this book just illustrates a path along those lines. Regardless of your religious beliefs it is important to realize where you may be potentially weak or lacking, so that you can strengthen those areas in your life and help others.

Remembering 9-11-2001

Okay since everyone seems to be bringing back memories of where they were during 9/11/2001 I think I will do the same. First off I was in college taking a class on religion, ironically, and since it was a 2 hour class we were given a 15 minute break in between.

After the break I noticed practically no one showed up for the second half of the class, just about everyone was picking up their bags and leaving. Normally, I would get up and walk outside of the classroom to stretch my legs but that day I didn’t. Outside of the classroom was the building atrium and a crowd was noticeably gathering, it was quite noisy outside of the class and people started to ask what was going on. The professor just kept teaching the class because he had no idea of the events of the day that were transpiring.

Immediately after class was finished I noticed there was a television in the lobby of the building and people were watching the twin towers burning. Clearly, I thought this was some mistake or something. So I asked some of the other students what was going on, basically they yelled at me and said “WE’RE UNDER ATTACK.”

I just couldn’t believe it. It was like watching a bad action movie or something but this was real and it was happening live on television. Many of the professors that were still in the building were telling the students to go back to their dorms or back to their homes because the campus was going to be shut down in a couple hours for security reasons.

So as I headed home on I-75 to Bradenton from Tampa I noticed an awful lot of State Troopers, Police cars, and other military vehicles heading towards Tampa, they were obviously headed towards MacDill Air Force Base where I was sure the President would stop on his first trip back to Washington, DC. You see, at the time, President Bush was in Sarasota reading to some kids in Booker Elementary, I am sure you have seen that footage before.

One item that really shook me was a caravan of about 15 to 20 State Troopers along with the secret service vans and what seemed to me like it could be the press corps that traveled with the President. Never before did I see so much activity at that time. F16’s and other fighter jets were clearly above in the air.

As I listened to NPR on my drive back I couldn’t but think that this may be the start of WW3 and was completely baffled by who could have attacked us and why we were not prepared for it.

From the time I got home, to late in the evening, I couldn’t help but watch the news stations and the coverage of that attack. The repeated images of seeing those buildings on fire, the people dropping from the rooftops, the people scrambling for cover as the towers fell and the debris that covered New York City at the time will forever be burned into my memory.

I mourn the passing of those lives that were lost on 9/11/2001 because that not only that forever changed the course of all of those families that were affected but it changed the course of many other American lives. That day is a day I cannot forget, I am not sure if I want to forget it. Remember 9/11 not for just the lives lost but what happened to all of us afterwards. Truly that day changed the world for so many of us.