YouTube Embed Tweaks

Standard YouTube Embed code is …boring!

The standard embed code that YouTube gives you is…okay. It isn’t amazing, it’s just functional. For example if you you want the viewer to start somewhere in the middle of the video, maybe because you are quoting that part of the video or maybe because you want to fast-forward the viewer to a funny part.

Well, the brains over at Google compiled a list of parameters for you to add to your embed code to customize it. I only will talk about some of the code, the useful bits. If you want to more, check out their page.

Basic code structure

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iPhone Video Training Tip: Adding Voiceover

iPhone Video Training SeriesThere are many times when you’ve finished shooting your iPhone video but realize you need to add voiceover narration to your project. This might be done to explain what the viewer is watching or perhaps to walk the audience through a step-by-step task. In this video we show you how to easily add voiceover to your iPhone video.

We use an iPhone 4S running on iOS 7, but any smart device running on most

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iPhone Video Training Tip: Adding Music

iPhone Video Training Series: Adding MusicYou have your video, it’s edited together perfectly, but it still seems like you are missing something. I’ll tell you what it is: MUSIC!

Whether an audience is aware of the music track or not, it greatly affects the viewing experience. Some music fills out the emotions of a video, or gives it energy and spirit. Other videos purposely Read more

iPhone Video Training Tip: Correcting Upside-Down Videos

iPhone Video Training Tip: Correcting Upside-Down VideosThe iPhone is a very smart gadget, but sometimes it’s sensors override reality. A prime example of this is when taking pictures or video at an odd angle: the iPhone’s gyroscope thinks that the picture or video was taken at a different orientation resulting in it displaying it at 90 or 180 degrees from the way you wanted to record it. Another scenario is if you hit the record button then change the iPhone’s orientation.

Problems get compounded when you try to edit this video. But there is a solution! In this video Read more

iPhone Video Training Series: Accessories

iPhone Video Training Series: AccessoriesIn this final training video we cover a few useful accessories that will help you as you shoot your iPhone videos. We will talk about monopods, lapel mics, and lenses made exclusively for iPhones (crazy, I know!).

These accessories are reasonably priced and are worth their weight since they will vastly improve the quality of your iPhone videos.

(If you haven’t watched the first two training videos — Introduction and Production Tips — we recommend you review those first.)

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iPhone Video Training Series: Production Tips

iPhone Video Training Series: Production TipsNow that you’ve watched the introductory video in our iPhone Video Training Series, it’s time to cover more advanced issues: lighting, framing, and advanced editing of your videos. These tips help you improve your filming and editing techniques so your final product has a more professional look.

We use an iPhone 4S running on iOS 7, but any smart device running on most current operating systems should be fine. The Read more

iPhone Video Training Series: Introduction

iPhone Video Training Series: IntroductionVideo content is a must for businesses and brands. But some organizations don’t have the resources to hire a video production company to create content for them.

Never fear!

In this training series we give you tips to film content with a camera that nearly everyone has: the camera in your iPhone or other smart device. Whether you are using the new iPhone 5S, the Samsung Galaxy 4, or some older Read more

Immigrant

ImmigrantFear of the “other” is not new to America. However we are a nation of immigrants, whose very society was built and made stronger by the hands of those who traveled here before us.

With the often negative and dehumanizing rhetoric in the current immigration debate, maybe it is time to step back and reflect on what it is that makes us strong, and what values this country was built on.

We recently produced this PSA to remind people that fears of the “other” are just as unfounded today as they were when this nation began.

Continue reading to watch the 1 minute PSA, read the transcript, and to get links to the original quotes in their full context. Read more

Enric Sifa (Music Video): I Wanna See You Tonight

Enric SifaEnric Sifa is a talented Singer/Songwritter and musician who experienced the Rwandan Genocide first-hand, losing both parents to the conflict at the age of 9. Not one to let the trials of life over come him, he has used music to better his own life and provide hope and inspiration to those around him. Enric continues to use his talents to give back and advocate for marginalized children around the world.

It is this passion and drive to pursue a career in human rights and conflict resolution that drew us to Enric. He embodies the type of people and organizations we are most excited about – those who create positive change in the world around them.

While we were in pre-production on his music video, Letus contacted us to test a new camera accessory: the Helix. This new camera device opens up creative camera movements that were previously only available to very expensive productions. Enric’s music video was the perfect opportunity to try out the Helix since it would allow us to add some great styling to the shots.

Continue below to watch the video, view the behind the scenes photos, and read the lyrics. Read more