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Midwest Progressive Communicators Gather in Chicago

This past weekend, a group of progressive communicators from around the Midwest gathered in Chicago to kick-off PCN Midwest. The event was organized with the help of the national PCN organization and Chicago-based Community Media Workshop.

I was thrilled to represent See3 at the event and get a chance to spend two days with the diverse and talented activists and organizers that gathered there. Below are some tips I shared with the participants about producing web video on a budget.

3 Things You Should Know About Web Video:

1. Good audio is critical – viewers don’t mind if the picture is fuzzy as long as they can hear what’s going on

2. What kind of camera should I get? Here are some suggestions:

Price Range: $130- $300
Flip is good for minimal shooting but has no external mic input so you need to stay close to your subjects to pick up good sound.

Price Range: $600 – $1,000
Canon VIXIA HV30 is the best value for a consumer camera of its kind and is easy to use. It also comes with an external mic input so you can improve your sound quality with better microphones.

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3. Where should I upload my video? YouTube vs. Vimeo

YouTube – quantity
YouTube has a lot of traffic and its videos can be embedded easily on most blogs & websites

Vimeo – quality
Vimeo looks great, both the player itself and quality of video (check out the See3 Guide to Online Video for an example)

Here are two examples of humorous and effective nonprofit videos that I shared with the group:

“Is it ok to torture?” – Amnesty International



“Insurance Company Rules” – Health Care For America Now

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