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I. VIDEO COMPRESSION
This section of the DVD covers the aspects of Video and Audio compression. In it, you’ll learn tips and tricks to help you improve the quality of your compressed video.
1. Cooking Light for Video Compression
In this introduction to video compression, you’ll learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes made when compressing video for the web.
2A. Weapons of Mass Compression (pt. 1)
In this video, you’ll learn about video formats and codecs, as well as how your target audience effects which ones you choose in the compression process.
2B. Weapons of Mass Compression (pt. 2)
In this video, you’ll learn about many of the video properties and options common to virtually all compression programs.
3. Advanced Compression Tools
In this video, you’ll learn about the tools common to advanced compression software, and how they can be used to create high-quality video for the web.
4. Audio for Compressed Video
In this video, you’ll learn about creating audio for compressed video, plus a few tips in getting the most bang for your buck. Also covered is how playing air guitar seems like a good idea until you watch yourself on video. Then it becomes terribly embarrassing.
5. Streaming Vs. Progressive Download
In this video, you’ll learn the about the differences between a streaming video and progressive download video, and the pros and cons of using each method of distribution.
6. Compression Settings and Presets
In this video, Aharon takes a look at compression presets to determine the best options for different download scenarios. Both Advanced compression tools (such as Sorenson Squeeze) and the formats' native applications (such as QuickTime Pro) are covered.
II. Working With Flash Video
This section of the DVD covers creating Flash video in different applications, and integrating that video with your website. In addition, Aharon walks you through some of the pitfalls often faced in this process.
1. Intro to Flash Video
In this video, you’ll learn the differences between the two flash movie formats, Flash SWF and Flash FLV, the pros and cons of each, and when to use each of them.
2A. Creating Flash video with Flash (Pt.1)
In this video, you’ll learn how to create Flash SWF banners for your website in Adobe Flash.
2B. Creating Flash video with Flash (Pt.2)
In this video, you’ll learn how to create FLV movies and SWF players in Adobe Flash, as well as how to batch convert video to the FLV format using the Flash Video Encoder.
3. Adding Player Controls to already existing Flash Video
In this video, you’ll learn how to create a Flash player component for already existing FLV’s. This is useful for anyone creating FLV’s in the Flash Video Encoder or any compression software that does not generate a video player.
4. Creating Flash Video with Sorenson Squeeze
In this video, you’ll learn how to create flash video using Sorenson Squeeze. Also covered is an introduction to On2 Flix Pro, a very popular Flash compression tool.
5. Creating Flash Video with Camtasia Studio
In this video, you’ll learn how to create flash video through the program Techsmith Camtasia Studio, a very popular screen capture tool available for Windows. This tutorial is only meant for people creating tutorials using Camtasia. Others can skip it.
6. Adding Flash Video to a Website
In this Video, Aharon walks you through the different ways to add Flash video to your website. He also covers adding other video formats to websites, as well. In addition, he’ll walk you through some of the biggest challenges faced in this process.
III. Video Podcasting
This section of the DVD covers the aspects of podcasting from start to finish: How to create and format them, how to create and update an RSS feed, how to distribute your podcast, and some advice on video resolution.
1. Introduction to Podcasting
In this video, you’ll be introduced to the concepts of Podcasting, and how it allows you to reach a global audience. If you’re name is Steve, you’ll especially enjoy this one. If not, it’s still pretty useful.
2. Specifications for iPod Video
In this video, you’ll learn about the specifications for iPod video. You’ll hear about how the iPod video format was developed, and learn about the differences between video that can play on an iPod and Video that is meant for distribution as a podcast.
3. Encoding the Video
In this video, Aharon walks you through the process of encoding iPod video in several different software applications.
4. Creating the RSS Feed
In this video, you’ll learn how to create an iTunes compatible RSS feed using Feed For All, an RSS feed generation program. You’ll also learn about the different files needed for podcasting through iTunes.
5. Working with the RSS Feed
| In this video, you’ll learn how to manually edit the RSS feed. Also covered is how you can use any existing iTunes compatible RSS feed on the web to build your own RSS feed.
6. Distributing your Podcast
In this video, Aharon shows you how to get your podcast distributed through iTunes, as well as other podcast listing services. Also covered is podcast subscription, publicity, and how some of the best advice can be found in cartoons.
7. Some Advice on Podcast Resolution
In this video, Aharon shares his thoughts about the best resolution for podcast tutorials. He also discusses the Apple iPhone’s “wide screen” resolution, how it differs from standard wide screen, and how it will affect the way you format your content.
IV. Creating Video Tutorials
In this section of the DVD, Aharon addresses the most common question he gets asked: “How do you make you’re tutorials?” He’ll walk you through every aspect of his process, from start to finish. Be warned: This may kill the magic.
1. Tutorial Pre-Production
In this video, Aharon shares his philosophy of good tutorial making, as well as the steps he takes before getting started. Also covered is choosing a topic, project organization, and how to sound like you actually know what you’re talking about. Really.
2. Working with Audio
In this tutorial, Aharon shows you how he records his tutorial audio, and then enhances sound quality. Even if you use a different software application, this will introduce you to some very important audio tools common to most audio-editing software.
In this video, Aharon shares tips and tricks in screen-capturing video. You’ll learn about how planning ahead can really make a difference in the entire process, and how you can take a break from recording without anyone ever noticing.
4. Editing the Video
In this video, Aharon shows you how he edits his video and then formats it for the iPod. If you’ve wondered how Aharon creates natural feeling Zooms and Pans in his tutorials, then you won’t want to miss this.
5. Compression and Final Delivery
In the final video of this DVD, Aharon shows you how he compresses his rendered video for both the large format Flash version and video podcasts.
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