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Gretchen Siegchrist

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StoryMaker Simplifies Video Journalism

Saturday May 31, 2014

StoryMaker is a handy app for Android that breaks down all aspects of mobile citizen journalism into bite-sized scenes and lessons. It covers everything from security and ethics to framing shots and recording audio. The app also includes basic editing and publishing tools, making it simple to take your stories from idea to the internet.

Watch & Learn at the YouTube Creator Academy

Friday May 30, 2014

YouTube is very interested in getting its users to produce high-quality content. And to help out, they've put together the YouTube Creator Academy, where you can find videos training you on everything from video production basics to building your brand on YouTube.

Streaming Video Games on Twitch

Thursday May 29, 2014

If you like to play video games - or watch other people play them - then Twitch is the site for you. More than 45 million people visit Twitch every month to stream their video game activity, watch gaming tournaments, interact with other gamers, and get inside gaming tips. This popularity has lead to rumors that YouTube may be buying the site for as much as $1 billion.

Are You Ready to Rumble?

Wednesday May 28, 2014

If you have a video with viral potential, consider putting it on Rumble. The site works with many major web publishers to help you get the most money per view. This allows you to concentrate on video-making, and lets the experts handle distribution.

Want to Be a Wedding Videographer?

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Working as a wedding videographer can be lucrative and fun. If you're interested in making wedding videos for a living, check out this article about how to become a wedding videographer.

Start Your Own Video Production Company

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Are you ready to make the leap to self-employment and start your own video production company? It's fun and rewarding work, but it can also be challenging and expensive to get started. These tips will help you start and run a successful video business.

Share Your Content With inCrowd

Wednesday April 30, 2014

One problem with the ubiquity of social networks and sharing is that there's so much content out there, a lot of it gets lost in the crowd. The new app inCrowd aims to fix that by creating a space where all of the photos, videos and comments from an event are collected in one place for everyone who attended to view and save them.

C-100 DSLR Video Camera Hybrid

Friday April 25, 2014

Why do I love my new Canon C-100? For many reasons, but primarily because it offers the beauty of a DSLR with the functionality of a traditional video camera. This review of the Canon C-100 will tell you more about that and some of the other great (and not-so-great) features of this camera.

Archival Footage Guide

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Some video producers have built a career out of using archival footage. As Ken Burns has shown time and again, old photographs and grainy newsreels can tell a story that's just as compelling as any Hollywood blockbuster. If you're thinking about following in Burns' footsteps, check out this archival footage guide for tips on finding and using old photos and footage for your videos.

Making a Book Trailer

Monday April 21, 2014

Recently, I've had a lot of requests from authors who want trailer videos produced to promote their new books. I love working with authors because they are smart, they are passionate, and generally, their videos are pretty simple to produce!

Check out these tips for making a book trailer video.



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