Make Your Own Movie

If you want to make your own movie, you need not look further than the internet. The internet has come a long way from being used merely for research.

The internet now caters to the entertainment demands of billions of users all around the world. YouTube, a video search engine, reflects the internet’s new objective of entertaining. YouTube allows you to upload and share videos on the World Wide Web.

Venturing to make your own movie is easier than it sounds. The videos posted on YouTube mainly consist of TV or Theatre promos, lectures and at times even spoofs.

If you think you have it in you to make your own movie put on your thinking cap and start shooting!

The inspiration behind the video is much more important than the technicalities involved. YouTube deals with the technicalities leaving you to deal with the content!

The first step is to shoot your own video with your standard video recording device. The video obviously can be fashioned according to your tastes and preferences in accordance with the terms and conditions. It however has to be remembered that your video is to enjoy large viewership and therefore discretion needs to be observed with regards to content. A warning statutory or parental guidance remark needs to be added to prepare viewers for any kind of improprieties (foul language, graphic material, or any other possibly objectionable material). This warning can be placed in the video’s title.

YouTube imposes many limitations on your video with respect to file size and length. Your uploaded video can be no more than 10 minutes in length and less than a hundred megabytes in file size. Beyond this there are very few other restrictions imposed. There is no restriction on the number of videos posted. In other words, a longer sequence can be broken up into two or three clips.

Your video has to be stored into a file using specific movie making software such as MovieMaker and Imovie. These software can be easily downloaded or are preset in the case of newer operating software. Using these software you may edit and personalize your video/movie as desired.

YouTube allows only members to post in their videos and comments. It is necessary to sign up for the free membership. It requires membership for security purposes, especially to track videos in case of any violation of the terms of service. Once signed in, you can upload your movie/video. YouTube is very user friendly, so just follow the directions there and you would be the proud owner of your very own movie.

People of all ages have learnt how to operate on YouTube. The fact that it’s is one of the most used video search engine today bears testimony to this fact. So now that you know how to make your own movie, don’t just sit there, start rolling!

Internet Video Rentals – Expanding Your Digital Movie Collection

Many of us have spent some time on sites like YouTube watching that short funny film that your friend emailed the link too. Maybe you have even taken the time to watch some full length independent films which can be found on sites like Jaman or CinquestOnline. If it’s just a little entertainment that your looking for there are literally hundreds of free sites that house video for us to watch. What about when you want to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster that you missed while it was in theater?

This article briefly looks at some of the top video rental/purchase site that are online today. It is no longer necessary to run down to your local movie store to rent or buy your movies. With new online digital rental/purchase services available you can rent and watch movies right on your PC. Although the picture quality varies between the sites, as does the availability of the latest movies, renting movies online ads gives you the convenience of watching what you want now without a trip to your local video store. Best of all there are never any late fees!

There are many sites that allow you to purchase or rent movies for digital download. For brevity, I am just going to talk about the three that I found the best and the reasons why.

My favorite online movie site is CinemaNow. The site — although it doesn’t always have the most current selection like your local video store — has a huge selection of movies, ranging from some of the latest blockbusters to free independent films. With most newer films you have the option to either purchase or rent the movie. The thing that I liked best about CinemaNow was that, when you purchase a movie, they give you the option of burning to a DVD that you can watch on your television. Of the sites I looked at CinemaNow seems to be the only one that will let you do this. The picture quality is good for paid content (some of the free or subscription content is lower quality), and the site overall seemed to be the best that I could find.

The next site that I found which topped the pack is Amazon’s new service Unbox. Of the rental sites I talk about today Unbox is the both, the easiest to use, and has the closest to DVD quality video. Movies become available as they are released to DVD, so the selection at the Amazon owned site is great. The best thing I found with Ubox was how easy the site was to use. Movies are properly categorized and easy to find. Being the largest online book retailer in the world has given Amazon experience in organizing an online storefront, and it shows with their new Unbox service. Great quality and ease of use make Unbox a viable contender for the best movie house online.

The last site that I would place in the top three is Apple’s Itunes. With itunes it isn’t picture quaility or ease of use that bring it to the top. In fact I find the itunes player clunky and the interface hard to use. What the Apple owned service does have going for it however, are the gadgets that you can buy to replay your purchased movies (no rental option on itunes). Movies downloaded from itunes can be played on your PC, through your video ipod, or through your television set with the new Apple TV unit. Combine the hardware with the up to date selection of movies and itunes stays in the top three on my list.

Get Started With Video Work From Recording Till The Online Final Product Use

How to record and upload movies on video broadcasting and
video streaming websites

If you are not familiar with video working or have not a certain expertise in this field let’s see together what and how you can do to record movie clips and videos from any source.
Sources of external video movies: These move are those which you play on your video camera, VCR recorder, satellite receiver, or TV channels. Our objective is here to learn how to get those movie clips digitised and upload on your computer ready to upload later on video broadcasting websites and share them with your friends and family.

First of all you need to have a video signal digitiser which takes the signal of your video device where the movies are running. For this most of the programs have a capture option to capture the signal from the USB or the 1394 firewire input of your computer. If you are using a digital video camera all of them provide a DV exit which you send to the USB input of your PC. You can also use the VCR output and connect it to the 1394 firewire input of your PC. This is a necessary condition if you are going to use your digital camera as a transfer media when you need to digitise analog camera’s signal using the conversion capabilities of a digital camera (PC — Digital camera — Analog camera; digitise the analog signal via the digital camera and send it to the computer). After capture of the movie clip you can work it out with the video software and save it on your hard disk in various video formats (AVI, MPG, WMV depends on the video manipulation program you are using).

Now, if you are going to copy movie clips from the TV or VCR recorder or a satellite receiver this is another story. In this case you need an intermediate device to digitise the signal and send it to the computer. There are various such devices to purchase in the market such as DAZZLE 170 from Pinnacle. In any case the USB input to your PC is used.

To capture the signal you need a software program such as Pinacle 8, or Video 9 from ULEAD or any other from 100s in the market. But you can use also AVS Capture Wizard which in his basic functionality is freeware and you can download it here.

Getting the movie clip into your hard disk

I am, actually, using DAZZLE 170 (is not an expensive digitiser) and the AVS capture wizard (downloading AVS you get more free modules such as AVS Video Converter and AVS Video ReMaker) and i am very happy of the quality of the videos I obtained. Selecting Dazzlee 170 as video and audio source (you may also select your microphone if you need to speak in a text during capturing or the sound blaster playing a music lead but i do not advice to do so. Better to use later a more sophisticated method as we will see) you will have the playing movie on the preview monitor of the AVS capture wizard. You can then start/stop recording what you see coming from the source (VCR recorde, TV channel or satellite). The video file at the end will be automatically stored in a predefined by you folder on your hard disk in MPG format. You may also convert if you wish to another format as explained at the next paragraph.

Now we are ready to work out these captured movies. If you have used as capturing program the software you are using for video manipulation then you are ready. Your movie is automatically placed in the movies library and you can start working with it.

If not you have to start your favorite program you are using for video manipulation and import the movies you captured previously with the ditiser (in my case AVS capture wizard).

Once you have all your clips together, have made the relative video montage, have put background music then you can save as movie in a format such as MPG or AVI or WMV(Microsoft movie maker) at your hard disk.

Convert your movies

In a lot of cases you may need to convert your video files to other formats depending on the use (burn on CD/DVD, make a smaller file to upload, play it on your website which uses a player script for a certain format, etc..). There are 100s of video converters but some of them are free to download such as : RIVA FLV Encoder or Media coder 0.5.1. Riva Flv Encoder will convert your file to FLV Macromedia file format which becomes then small in size and easy to upload at any broadcasting service. You can play it also on your computer using the SLV player or FLV Player or Total Video Player (you can free download from internet) which plays lot of video file formats. Media Coder will convert your video to any, by you defined, format such as AVI, MPG, etc.. If you have a very big file (example over 300 MB) Media Coder can convert it to a file of about 30 MB in FLV or AVI formats and still very good quality.
That’s it.

Conclusion, you can record any movie clip from TV or video camera or satellite program and upload it on your website (to let watch by your visitors) or you can upload to a broadcasting service as in http://www.gooclip.net after having converting it to smaller sizes because from one hand, broadcasting services can upload maximum up to 100 MB movies and on the other hand it will occupy less space on your computer.

How to play the captured and worked out movies on your website

Depending on the format you have obtained as final video product, you have to use the appropriate player script in oder to play a video file format on your website. For AVI, MPG, WMV, FLV, SWF, ASX etc.. there are the different scripts to do the job. To learn how read my article at http://www.gooclip.net/gooclip/html/tools.html

I hope this article has helped some of you to start a very entertaining hobby. If you want to test the results post your movie on my website http://www.gooclip.net or http://www.youtubemovies.net a users share movies broadcasting service.

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