Posts in Category: video

A fun way to make an informational video

There are many ways to create a How To video. This Youtube video shows a fun way to tell a story or do an informational / educational video. Made by a teacher for students, it covers tips for making a Common Craft-style video (Common Craft uses cut-outs and whiteboard to explain and educate). 

LibraryYOU Book Lists

At our recent LibraryYOU classes on Online Video and Podcasting we've been passing out book lists to help the attendees find more information on these topics in the library catalog. Now we are sharing these book lists with the rest of you.

Books about Online Video at the Escondido Public Library


Digital video for beginners : a step-by-step guide to making great home movies / Colin Barrett
Call #: 778.59 B

The ultimate field guide to digital video / Richard Olsenius
Call #: 778.59 O

How to shoot video that doesn’t suck / Steve Stockman
Call #:777.6 S

The really, really, really easy step-by-step guide to creating & editing digital videos using your computer for absolute beginners of all ages / Christian Darkin
Call #: 778.59 D

Digital video secrets: what the pros know and the manuals don’t tell you / Tony Levelle
Call #: 778.59 L

The filmmaker's handbook : a comprehensive guide for the digital age / Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus
Call #: 778.53 A

Motion picture and video lighting / Blain Brown
Call #: 778.5 B


Cut by cut: editing your film or video / Gael Chandler
Call #: 778.5 C

Visual Quickstart Guide: Final Cut Pro X / Lisa Brenneis and Michael Wohl
Call #: 778.5 B

Getting Started with Windows Live Movie Maker / James Floyd Kelly
Call #: 778.59 K

iMovie ’11 & iDVD: the missing manual /  Aaron Miller and David Pogue
Call #: 778.59 P


Content Rules: how to create killer blogs, podcasts, videos, ebooks, and webinars that engage customers and ignite your business / Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman
Call #: 658.872 H

Beyond viral: how to attract customers, promote your brand, and make money with online video / Kevin H. Nalty
Call #: 658.872 N

Youtube and Video Marketing: an hour a day / Greg Jarboe
Call #: 658.872 J


Books about Podcasting at the Escondido Public Library

Recording & Editing

GarageBand '11 power! : the comprehensive recording and podcasting guide / Todd Howard
Call #:   006.7876 H

Podcasting and blogging with GarageBand and iWeb / Robin Williams and John Tollett.          
Call #:   006.7876 W

How to do everything with podcasting / Shel Holtz ; with Neville Hobson.
Call #:   006.7876 H

Podcasting for dummies / Tee Morris and Evo Terra
Call #:   070.57973 M

Podcast solutions : the complete guide to podcasting / Michael W. Geoghegan, Dan Klass.
Call #:   006.7876 G


How to get your message out fast & free using podcasts : everything you need to know about podcasting explained simply / by Kevin Walker.
Call #:   659.2 W

Career building through podcasting / Sarah Sawyer.   
Call #:   J 070.5 S

What no one ever tells you about-- blogging and podcasting : real-life advice from 101 people who successfully leverage the power of the blogosphere / Ted Demopoulos.      
Call #:   006.7 D

The new rules of marketing and PR : how to use news releases, blogs, podcasts, viral marketing and online media to reach your buyers directly / by David Meerman Scott.
Call #:   658.872 S

Find a job through social networking : use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and more to advance your career
/ Diane Crompton And Ellen Sautter.     
Call #:   650.14 C

Attend our upcoming classes!

Introduction to Online Video
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 2 PM and Tuesday April 17, 2012 - 6:30 PM
Discover how to use online video sites for learning and sharing. For beginners. Registration required.

Introduction to Podcasting
Tuesday April 10, 2012 - 2 PM and Tuesday April 24, 2012 - 6:30 PM
Learn how to listen to podcasts and how to make your own. For beginners. Registration required.

Find out more and sign up here!

Using music in your video or podcast

A great way to spice up your video or podcast is by using music. However, to avoid copyright infringement, it is important that you choose your music well.
With most music, you are actually dealing with two forms of copyright; one that pertains to the musical composition and a second one that has to do with the recorded version of that composition. To use the copyrighted music, you will need to obtain third party licences. More than likely, this is something that you are looking to avoid.

This does not mean that you have to abandon the idea of using music in your video or podcast. There is still a lot of music for you to choose from! For instance, a great number of works belong to the public domain. (Read more about copyright and public domain.)  This includes:

  • Works which the owner has explicitly moved into the public domain,
  • Works in which copyright has expired (this includes all works published before 1923),

Another option is to use music which has been appropriately licenced though Creative Commons. What is a Creative Commons license?

All Creative Commons licenses have many important features in common. Every license helps creators — we call them licensors if they use our tools — retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work — at least non-commercially. Every Creative Commons license also ensures licensors get the credit for their work they deserve. Every Creative Commons license works around the world and lasts as long as applicable copyright lasts (because they are built on copyright). These common features serve as the baseline, on top of which licensors can choose to grant additional permissions when deciding how they want their work to be used.

Creative Commons has made it very easy for you to find music that you are able to use in your video or podcast. Through this customized guide you’ll find a seemingly endless supply of music:  

Legal Music For Videos


Good luck finding music that suits your needs! If you have any questions on this subject or need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me at!

Creating a computer tutorial video

Want to show someone how to do something on your website, use software, or learn how to use a site like Twitter? Then you want to use a screencasting tool to capture a video of your computer screen as you go through the steps. Jing and Camtasia are the most well-known  but Wikipedia has compiled a comparison list of screencasting products that you may use to see what might work best for you.

After you have created a video, you can burn it onto a disc or upload it to a video or screencast hosting site like Youtube,, or If you host the video online you may also embed it into your website or provide a link to it on your Facebook page.