“I wanted to tell you I enjoy all the b-roll clips you include in your videos. It really makes them very entertaining as well as educational. I work in post production sound for film and television and I’m curious to know what your work flow is. What programs do you use to put your videos together? Your videos have a great personality to them.”
When I first started out I used a Panasonic GS9 camcorder I won as a prize at a convention I attended a few years back, Windows Movie Maker, and whatever obviously non-commercial images I found wandering around the web. As the videos became more popular I paid a little closer attention to possible copyright problems, so for a long time most of the “stock” images came from the Prelinger Collection at archive.org, along with free stuff from iStockphoto, Footagefirm, and Motionloops (I signed up for their email newsletters and they would periodically send out free samples). I get static images from Morguefile. About a year ago I moved from WMM to Sony Vegas (I tried a demo of After Effects but it brought my poor PC to its knees). I also recently bought some image and sound library materials from Digitial Juice when they were on a steep discount (I picked up some animations from Digital Juice as well). I just bought a Canon HV20 HD camcorder last month.