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

Creating a Podcast

The first step to creating your own podcast has to do with identifying your subject, your passion and figuring out how you want to present it.  It’s important to think about what journalists sometimes refer to as ‘tone’. How do I want to come across to my potential listeners and how will that affect the way my message is received? Some podcasts are scripted and meticulously edited, while other podcasters simply press ‘record’ and let the monologue or discussion flow freely.  Once you’ve made decisions on content and form, you are ready to start recording your first podcast.


Podcasts can be recorded in many different ways. Any digitized sound recording can be made into a podcast, whether it’s been recorded using a cell phone or in a professional radio studio.
Most new laptop computers come with a built in microphone, most of which will certainly be sufficient for many aspiring podcasters. There is also the option of plugging in an external microphone into your computer and capturing sound that way.

Other options include recording sound on mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets or hand held sound recorders. The latter option might in fact be the best option if you are concerned with high fidelity at a relatively low cost, especially if you are planning on doing any recording “in the field”. You can buy a good portable recorder for under $100.

If you are recording your podcast on your computer, you will need audio editing software. There are many options to choose from and as if you see a need for finely tuned editing and overall increased professionalism you might want to invest in something like Adobe Audition. A free, entry level audio editor for both Apple and PC users is Audacity.  Audacity certainly has its limitations, but it is a start.  Use the audio editor to mix sounds, to tighten up your content and to add things such as opening theme music. Apple users will also likely be equipped with GarageBand, which is included in most Mac installations.

File types

Most audio software will as a default setting have you save your files as wav- or aiff-file. These file types are generally uncompressed, which means that they are quite large in size and not suitable for online sharing. Therefore, once you’re happy with your content, you should convert it to a compressed file format such as MP3. This can be done in most audio editors, but there are also online converters such as Media.io.



Recordings made on external or portable devices will usually have to be transferred to your computer in order to be edited and/or uploaded to the Internet, but a device such as the iPad gives you the option of uploading your audio straight from the device.
Again, there are many options to choose from when deciding where to upload your podcast. LibraryYOU has decided to go with SoundCloud.Their basic plan is free, but they have several premium plans to choose from, should you decide that you need more space.
Alternatives to Soundcloud include Libsyn and PodOmatic.

Creating a feed

By creating a feed you are making it possible for others to subscribe to your podcast. When they subscribe, every episode of your podcast will be automatically downloaded to the subscriber’s computer/device.  SoundCoud doesn’t provide you with a RSS feed, but Cloudflipper lets you do that and and your podcast is “then available to be subscribed to directly into your RSS feed reader of choice for podcast delivery”.

You can also apply for a SoundCloud Podcast account and add your podcast to iTunes (or another ‘”podcatcher” via Feedburner.



iTunes is the biggest and most well-known ‘podcatcher’ on the market. A podcatcher is a tool that listeners can use to manage their podcast subscriptions.  Other podcatchers: Juice, Zune and Miro.

iTunes has created two lists of Frequently Asked Questions that are very helpful: one is geared towards podcast listeners and the second is aimed towards creators.

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!

How to put your LibraryYOU video on your website

A simple step-by-step guide:

1. Click on the button labeled 'embed' that appears on your video when your cursor is hovering over the video screen.


2. A screen will pop up with an embed code.

3. Copy this code.

4. Open the HTML editor that you use to update your website or the HTML editor that is included in your blogging software. Paste the code into the HTML editing field. Do not forget to save your changes.

You have successfully embedded your video!


More detailed information on embedding Vimeo videos and how to customize their appearance can be found on the Vimeo website.

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 vsjoberg@escondido.org!

LibraryYOU topic ideas

Need an idea for what would make great contribution to the LibraryYOU project?
Here are some suggestions:

  • Repairing a bicycle tire.
  • How to choose a good wine.
  • Making holiday decorations.
  • Storage solutions.
  • Understanding the stock market.
  • Setting up security on your wireless Internet connection.
  • How to draw anime characters.
  • Skateboarding tricks.
  • How to self-publish your book.
  • How to buy a foreclosed home.
  • Basic knitting techniques.
  • Makeup tutorials.
  • Marketing your business.
  • Writing a great cover letter.
  • Breathing techniques for relaxation.

The possibilities are endless! Just think of something that could be done in around 10 minutes for videos or under 30 minutes for a podcast.

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, blip.tv, or Screencast.com. If you host the video online you may also embed it into your website or provide a link to it on your Facebook page.