Video podcast show production using MacBreak as an example

I am at the New Media Expo, listening to Alex Lindsay from PixelCorps. Alex is a great person to hear for video knowledge.

Here are some of his thoughts:

  • Great comment: How much thought is done on what is already out there when thinking about a new podcast: None. They think about their topic and go with that. They leverage partners to make the show delivery successful.
  • Equipment is cheap and people are expensive. Put in place process steps and tools that will save people time.
  • MacBreak Weekly is what it is because of the guests.
  • Keys to show quality:
    • Personality. Find someone that will be that fit for your show.
  • Sound is critical on video. People will watch bad video with good sound. Bad sound will put people off.
  • Equipment/software
    • Get a camera with an HDMI port.
    • HV 20/30 is a great sub compact camera to utilize.
    • Zaxwerks Pro Animator is a kung fu secret weapon for 3D creation ... simple and no need to know "3D" stuff.
    • Camtasia is the best by far for capture.
  • Plan. Plan. Plan. This will save you in post production.
  • Put in place a naming convention and file structure. This will save you time when you need to find things.
  • Backup, backup, backup.
  • We don't mind making mistakes. We just don't want to make the same mistake twice.
  • Three things to keep in mind
    • Big soft lighting.
    • Great sound.
    • Capture and drive.