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Presentations

How to do a livestream

Fantastic article on how to do a livestream here:

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audio

How to get good sound (from video or music) over Zoom

Zoom is optimised for speaking.  If there is any other noise (e.g. a guitar) Zoom will think it is background noise and try to remove it!  To share a movie or song via screenshare you need to change some settings.

Go to Zoom/Preferences/Audio Advanced and select the following options…

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It’s best to turn off background noise suppression when playing music like a guitar. “Enable Original Sound” will put the audio from your mic or movie directly to Zoom without noise and echo cancelling.

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Thsi is what it looks like when ‘Original Sound’ is turned on.

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When sharing a video click these options as you share it to include the sound and optimise the quality.

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audio

How to get good sound on a movie, livestream or webinar.

With COVID our church has moved to putting the talks online.  The most important thing when recording talks is good audio quality.  Your eyes can put up with poor video,  but poor audio gets irritating very quickly.  Thankfully it’s very easy to get clear sound.

The key is to use an external microphone so that the mic can be close to the person who’s talking. Don’t use the mic that’s built into your laptop or phone.  This is especially important if you are in an online meeting where you are listening as well as speaking.

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hardware

How to connect a firewire camera to a new Mac

I recently purchased a new Mac mini and it does not have a FireWire or Thunderbolt port. You will also have the same problem if you have purchased a very recent model MacBook Pro or iMac. The problem is I have quite a nice 3CCD Panasonic video camera that has a FireWire port on it. I need a Firewire to USB-C adapter but Apple don’t make one. They are changing ports faster than they can make new adapters.

Thankfully, as I found out today, you can plug your FireWire cable into a ‘FireWire to thunderbolt’ adapter and then you can plug this adapter into a ‘Thunderbolt to USB- C’ adapter. IT looks a mess but it works.

On the left you can see a USB-C to Thunderbolt adapter, in the middle is my Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter, and on the right is the FireWire lead going to my digital video camera.

It may not be pretty, but the signal gets through. My computer was able to control the video camera and the video was able to import into QuickTime.

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gadgets

The ultimate drone camera (with iPhone app).

When you play the above video be sure to click on “Settings” and select the 1080p HD version – it’s awesome!

This film was taken by a friend of mine Geoff Mallinson on a Phantom 2 Vision +. Geoff never does anything in halves.

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software

How to download flash video in OSX from any website

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Two websites that do this for you:

http://www.clipconverter.cc (do not use this site – it works but it has some ads that are a scam)

http://keepvid.com

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DVD ipod itunes movies sync

How to put a DVD movie onto your ipod

It’s a two step process..

Firstly you rip the file from the DVD player and convert it to a small MP4 movie.

Then you copy the movie into itunes. Here’s how to do it step by step.

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movies

How to save a youtube video

I’ve removed this entry as it’s against the youtube terms and conditions to download any video from youtube even if the author of the video says you can.

 

So if you want to share a video put it on Vimeo, not youtube.

To download from other sites check out this site:

http://www.clipconverter.cc

or try this app:

http://clipgrab.org