Monday, December 11, 2017

Where Can You Find Free Photographs You Can Use In Your Videos?

Photo Credit: Jessica Gale, MorgueFile

Photo Credit: Jessica Gale, MorgueFile

Do you need some photos for your videos, blog posts, or marketing materials and have a small budget? Here are 2 sites we use that offer large libraries of free royalty-free photos you can use in your projects. [Note that I say “royalty-free”. While there are a lot of photos you can download off the internet, unless you have permission to use them, you shouldn’t. You don’t want to get a copyright claim on a video you have for sale or even one you are using for marketing. Plus it isn’t fair and it’s against the law.] These sites are great to use as they do not restrict your use of the photos besides using them in your own collection for resale, and may require attribution which is easy to do by putting their name either on the photo or in your video credits.

1) MorgueFile

While most of these photos are not shot by professionals, many do look pretty good. Also the library is so large that I almost always find something I can use. Make sure to read the MorgueFile‘s terms of use.

2) Wikimedia Commons

This collection has millions of usable photos and video files, searchable by keyword and category. Most of the images are submitted by individuals and some require attribution. Each photo will have its own terms of use so make sure you read that before downloading and using.

Here are a few more sites that I have heard of but have not personally used:

We also have found many free photos that we can use on one of our favorite stock photo agencies, Dreamstime.com. Even if you don’t find a free one there that you can use, you’ll find that the fees are very reasonable and the library is huge.

What free photo sites have you found? Please comment and share below!

Find Domains For Your Online Business: 3 Steps To Get You Started

If you’ve been around the internet for a while, you’ve undoubtedly heard or seen the word “domain name.” It is another word for Universal Resource Locater (URL) – otherwise known as your web address.

If you don’t have a domain name yet for the site where you’ll be selling your videos you need to get one, and the sooner the better. The good news is that you can usually pick them up at a great price. They can be found starting at $7.99/year. (If they don’t list it at that price, go to a coupon site like FatWallet.com and you’ll probably find a coupon code to use.)

It’s a low price to pay for one of the best pieces of real estate out there.

Your domain name can do many things for you from branding you and your products to helping your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Your effort should be put into deciding on a good one. You need to find domains that will work best for you. You not only want one that is recognized by the search engines, you’ll also want it to be easy to remember and spell and you want it to represent your video well. That’s no small task.

There are different types of domain names to consider using. You can use your name, your business name, or your product name. You can choose something that is short and catchy or long and keyword-filled. Which type of domain name you use depends on what type of website you’re building, i.e., to promote yourself, a business or a specific product and also how you plan to attract visitors to your site.

Here is a step-by-step procedure to help you get started:

Step One:  Do Your Research.

Research keywords that describe your product, service or website, along with your competition. Spend some time finding out what people search for when they’re looking for your information, or similar videos, products or services. This is worth the time it will take.

Tip: A URL with an .com extension is still the best choice in the U.S. It not only is the easiest for visitors and prospects to remember and offers you more credibility, if your prospects are looking for you based on your URL, they’ll most likely type in .com over any other extension.

If you find domains available with your keywords and that have the .com extension, you need to grab yours soon because many of them have already been taken. There are firms and individuals that think of and purchase URLs with the intention to re-sell them at high profits. The competition is fierce so get started now.

Step Two:  Brainstorm.

Get creative. Think outside of the box. Look a little further into all your research to learn what other keywords may also suit your business. These words may have less competition yet still send you loads of traffic and may be a better fit for you than the more obvious keywords with higher competition.


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Step Three:  Register your domain name.

As soon as you’ve narrowed your list down to your top five to ten favorite domain names, it’s time to go to a domain registration website and purchase your domain. You’ll need your credit card. Start with your first choice and see if it’s available.

TIP – You can often buy the related .info domain name for as little as an additional 49¢ when purchasing the .com URL. Do it. You don’t want a competitor buying up the .info or even the .net or .org variation of your URL and the additional cost is insignificant.

So where do you purchase (register) your domain name? You can almost always purchase it through your website host or through a basic domain registration site, called a registrar.

Although it’s easy to find a registrar online since there are thousands of them, make sure you’re going with a reputable company. One of the top companies, and the one we use, is GoDaddy.com. We have registered about 100 URLs with them, spending on average $8-10/year on each. Don’t over spend a ton to register your domain name. You can pay $20-$25 at some places or as little as $5.99 at others, so shop around.

TIP – Some registrars will give you free basic web hosting and email when you purchase a URL through them. If you are on a very tight budget this may work well for you although there are reasons not to do this, which is the topic of another article.

Although it will take some time to find domains that will not only be search engine friendly but user friendly as well, it is well worth the effort in the long run.

Get Phonetic And Accelerate Your Final Cut Pro Editing Workflow

June 21, 2011 by  
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Search your footage using Get Phonetic

On the last day of the NAB Show 2011, we stumbled upon some small booths tucked away in one of the big halls and found a little gold mine of really cool editing software that works with your audio tracks, like PluralEyes. Right next to that booth was AV3 and the rep was showing off the Get Phonetic software to a couple of rapt individuals. I started watching and I saw something magical…one of my editing requests had been answered!

You see, a few years ago when I got into doing some serious editing for a movie where we had several takes for the same scene, I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could just search through all of my footage, not just by scrubbing and watching it, but by just entering a word, like I do in Google. What if I could enter in a word that was spoken and find my clip or clips instantly? How much time would that save!

Well there is now a software tool that will do that for Final Cut Pro! It’s Get Phonetic by AV3 Software. Although it’s been out for almost a year, this was the first time it crossed my radar and I’m really glad it did. Even though it’s too late now for that movie edit, it isn’t for our future projects.

It literally transforms the way you locate, edit and organize video footage, taking you beyond manually logged metadata. You still want to take time to log your footage though to make it work best for you. I like to think of this as “editing SEO”, adding solid keywords since it works like a search tool. What’s also cool about it is now you have a way to combine a series of clips around a theme you hadn’t planned on doing when you initially logged your footage, like how news organizations do when they get a new breaking story. If the way you tagged them in your logging process, maybe by date, or the action on the footage doesn’t make it that easy to find, you can run Get Phonetic and search for a relevant word or phrase and “get” right to the footage.

For an example, say that you conduct an interview with a scientist and you want to find the exact spots where he said “global climate change”. You simply type “global climate change” into the search box and Get will find all instances where “global climate change” was said. How fantastic is that?

So you can see how this alone will save you tons of time and that means less editing time spent doing semi-random scrubbing through footage. When editing, saving time is also a huge money saver.

You don’t even have to worry about being a good speller! You can input search terms as they sound, bypassing spelling errors and mismatches with logged metadata. You can find content that already exists within a project, whether it resides in bins, clips, sub-clips, or sequences. You’re also able to “dial in” the accuracy of your search by raising or lowering its threshold for false negative results and save your frequent searches for instant recall.

What’s also a nice feature is that you can try it for 10 days, buy a full license or rent it for 30, 60 or 90 days so there are pricing options on any budget. The full license cost of $249 is not that much when you consider the editing time you will save. I see how easily I can make my investment pay in just one project! Now if you edit on Final Cut Pro, go and get Get Phonetic!

Here’s a YouTube video explaining how the search feature works.

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