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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The 100th copy of The Improvisation Toolkit Volume 1 has sold!

I wish I had my video camera with me, so I could show you the Happy Dance I did when I heard the news.

I can't think of a better way to end the year. Thank you all so much for your tremendous response to this project, and for your support and encouragement.

I'd especially like to thank Julie Ann Eason of The Belly Dance Business Academy, my coach. She gave me the kick in the pants I needed to get started, and when I was asking myself "who am I to make a video", she asked me who I am NOT to make it and withhold this information from the belly dance community. Check out the BDBA site; she has some great articles full of marketing tips.


Coming soon in the new year:
- a clearance sale on Taktaba podcast DVDs (they're moving to Amazon!)
- the Improv Toolkit in PAL format
- Improv Toolkit Volume 2: filming starts in January!

I've also got Volume 3 on the horizon, another podcast episode (I'll get it out this year, really I will!), and not one but TWO mystery projects...

Computer Geeks: Give Taktaba as a Gift - For Free!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Taktaba podcast is made available to you for free under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No-Derivative-Works license. i.e., you have my permission and encouragement to share it, as long as you distribute it in it's entirety, credit me as the creator and copyright holder, and make no profit of any kind.

What does that mean to you? Well, if you're handy with a computer, that means some valuable, but inexpensive, holiday gifts for your dancer friends.



If you burned all three episodes, you'd be giving the lucky recipient two hours and forty minutes of unique instructional content. That's a $30 value (which is a steal anyway), but all it will cost you is a dollar or so for the blank DVDs and some of your time. (Okay, and the cost of some nice wrapping materials.)

Not bad, huh?

If you'd rather have me make the DVDs for you (along with nice DVD packaging), I'm offering them (as well as the Improv Toolkit) with free standard shipping if you order by noon on December 18th. (That's the latest I can ship and be confident it would arrive by the 24th.) Visit my order page for more details and ordering information.

But please feel completely free to make your own, if you can!


Two important caveats:


1) I can't provide instructions or help with this process.

Unfortunately, there are many different software packages for making DVDs, and I'm only familiar with one of them. Plus, I'm busy with my own holiday preparations (not to mention my next video). So I only recommend this route for those of you who have burned video DVDs before, who have someone in your life who can help you (friends, kids, partners), or who are adventurous computer users.

If you want to try it on your own, a good place to start would be with these tutorials for iLife on Macs or Windows Movie Maker on Windows, or DVD Styler for Windows/Linux (check out this video tutorial by Chris Pirillo.

Alternatively, you can read the user guide for the program of your choice: iLife on the Mac, or Roxio Toast or Easy DVD Creator or Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker on the PC, or whichever package you like best. Usually, they have handy tutorials.


2) Please don't duplicate my non-shared work.
My blessing-to-burn only covers burning the Taktaba Podcast from scratch from the podcast's movie file. The CC license only covers the movie content of the Taktaba podcast. Please don't duplicate the commercial DVDs of the podcast that I made for sale or the Improvisation Toolkit DVD.



(Cute santa cat image courtesy of Sean D'Souza from Psychotactics)

 
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