Share and backup large videos between Mac and PC using MyBook or any external hard drive

My Book and most external hard drives are set up out-of-the-box to work with Mac and PC thanks to a special format that both systems understand. As a result, you can use your external drive as a backup which you can access on both Mac and PC. This is very convenient if you are a … Read moreShare and backup large videos between Mac and PC using MyBook or any external hard drive

How to connect an external microphone to my computer

You have that wonderful and rather expensive external mic with XLR connection and discovered it doesn’t work on your computer?  Yet, you bought an adapter for the XLR connection to fit into the sound board of your computer and it still doesn’t work? Chances are that your mic needs a lot of phantom power.  Professional … Read moreHow to connect an external microphone to my computer

The PowerMate from Griffin Technology – review

The PowerMate from Griffin Technology is a very useful multimedia device that can be used to scrub video to and fro(fast forward-backward).  It’s a cheap solution that doesn’t really compare with professional video editing hardware, but it comes close to being a very affordable surrogate shuttle wheel.  It is actually what I have been looking … Read moreThe PowerMate from Griffin Technology – review

How to make your video bigger without resizing

Let’s say you have a 320pixels x 240pixels movie and you want to upload it to a video channel? Then you need to adapt your video so that it will not stretch and look blurry. There is a rather simple trick for that: importing your video into a new one which is 480×360 pixels. That … Read moreHow to make your video bigger without resizing

How to reduce environmental sound in audios?

Environmental sounds are often confused with static because, just as static, it produces a disturbing drone in the background. Tthe funny thing is, that we hear those sounds in reality all the time, but we filter them from our minds automatically. If we wouldn’t block out all that irrelevant background noise, we would go totally … Read moreHow to reduce environmental sound in audios?

How to reduce static in my audio?

Some sound editors, like Audacity from SoundForge can reduce static noise, but the disadvantage is that it deforms the audio. Therefore, it is best to quelch static before it hits the sound card, so to speak. The most common problem is the microphone (or headset) related to its surroundings. If you are recording sound next … Read moreHow to reduce static in my audio?

Which type of camcorder/webcam to chose when using a teleprompter?

Last week, I’ve got a question about which camcorder or webcam is best for use with a teleprompter. There are camcorders you can attach on the monitor while others need a mini-tripod. As you obviously do not want to buy 2 camcorders in the beginning, what do you need? The answer depends largely on your … Read moreWhich type of camcorder/webcam to chose when using a teleprompter?

Do you need high definition video for iTunes or YouTube?

The immediate answer is No, you don’t need High Definition Video for podcasting on iTunes or YouTube. With a regular standard video format you can do everything on the web you want and more. However, in the not-so-distant future, I’m sure there is place for the HD format on the web, Brightcove.tv is already experimenting … Read moreDo you need high definition video for iTunes or YouTube?

Uploading big movies? Reset your Power Saving options.

Today I uploaded a video to YouTube of 459MB. It was a video of only 1 minute, but it contained only graphics and then you really want no compression before you upload or the result will be awful. It took about 5 hours and the end result was very peculiar because it was upside down … Read moreUploading big movies? Reset your Power Saving options.

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