I'd be happy to share what I know about making videos. I don't use fancy equipment. A basic Canon video camera; I make sure to have two separate audio tracks to ensure that one works well; the editing is done on Final Cut Pro. The online encoding is done with high-end encoding software because we want the movies to be accessible in schools -- but I just uploaded here a .mov file. (On TeachingBooks, we make them .flv files and put them within a player that we made.)
I've attached a picture of all the technology I use when going to film authors in their homes or on remote locations. Nothing fancy or too expensive.
If I can ever guide someone on production of mini-documentaries (which is what I feel I make all the time for TeachingBooks), I'd be delighted. The book trailer I uploaded, though, was an oddity that I made for the book to put on YouTube. Just playing....
Cheers. Nick Glass
Have a look at CogDogRoo Story Tools
The author of the CogDogRoo site, Alan Levine used one story and tried to develop it 60 times using more than 60 separate tools. He has created a short review of each tool with links to his products. Often he included additional samples of how the tool was used by others, as well.
If you feel like listening to him talk about this initiative, you can get the video at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/881271.
He's in Iceland speaking to an educational technology class in Canada.
I am having students use animoto for their booktalks. Easy to use and nice video effects.
Great topic. I want to start learning about and trying different options. Right now, tho, I use VoiceThread, and find it very easy. You can see examples at my booktalk blog: http://linderobooks.blogspot.com. If you like this concept, I can share more about how I do them. Jane