Acoustic panels – What are they & why use them

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast my name is Darrell Hyatt, I’m going to continue my series on audio this week by talking about acoustic foam panels. As many of you know this is something that I was given for Christmas, you may be wondering what acoustic foam panels are? they are simply sheets of foam of different sizes and shapes that look very similar to the inside of an egg carton.

In my case I got panels that are approximately 10 inches square you may be asking why would you use these acoustic foam panels, there used when you want to change the sound in a room or in a particular space for example in my office.

I have an echo because I don’t have a lot of furnishings in my office I don’t have things like rugs or other items that would absorb the sound and stop it from bouncing around the walls and the other things in the room. So what you do is you use the acoustic foam panels to create a quiet zone around you when you’re recording because the egg carton type shape of the panels as sound hits these panels it absorbs the sound and therefore stops it from bouncing around the room.

In my case it removes the echo substantially and makes the recording much cleaner much easier to edit later on because I’m not trying to remove as much unwanted noise and echo from the recording because is not there in the first place anymore.

You can get these acoustic foam panels in many different sizes and shapes as well as from many different locations including Amazon etc. One of the things that I will tell you is that the standard form that you could buy that’s flat does not work very well for this purpose and I therefore don’t recommend that you use it.

It doesn’t work simply because it’s flat, it doesn’t have the sound absorbing capability of the foam panels because of the egg carton shape. These acoustic foam panels are very worthwhile you can get them in small quantities so that if you’re not sure if they can work for you, you can buy a small number of them and experiment before buying a larger quantity.

This will make you recording sound much cleaner and will significantly cut down on your editing time later on I highly recommend them and look forward to continuing to use them.

If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at darrell@computerswiththese.com Thank you very much for listening.

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My audio editing workflow

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcasts. My name is Darrell Hyatt in this episode I would like to continue with my series on working with audio. Today I’m going to talk about the editing steps that I do with each of the podcasts that I work on including this one.

Each of the steps I’m going to describe and each of these steps is done in that particular order that I described them to you, once I create the audio file itself the first step that I do is create a backup of the original audio file so that if something happens during the editing process I can go back to the original recording and start again.

The next step but I do is remove any background noise in the file itself, the next step in my workflow is to then increase the volume of the overall audio if necessary sometimes this is required than other times it’s not just depends on the individual audio file itself.

The next step is to remove any clicks pops or extraneous unwanted noise throughout the entire file itself and this can take some time and depending on how serious you want to be with your noise removal. It can be a very tedious process but after a while you will get used to doing it and you’ll get used to your own individual speech patterns.

For me one of the things that I have to do is remove the excess silence between my words and things like that, but you will get to learn your own speech patterns and overall this process will become second nature to you the more that you do it.

I hope this has been helpful I look forward to hearing your comments please feel free to email me any questions you may have at darrell@computerswithease.com Thank you very much for listening.

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Audio recording tips you too can do

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast. My name is Darrell Hyatt today I’m going to continue with my series on working with audio and today’s topic is going to be some audio recording tips and techniques.

The first tip that I have is to use notes before doing your audio, It doesn’t matter what form those notes take for you whether there short keyword items or something a little more extensive. The important point is make sure that the notes remind you of the key points that you want to present, in my case I’ve actually got my notes here on my iPad that I’m looking at as I record this particular podcast.

The next tip is be in a quiet place whether that’s a corner of your office again it doesn’t matter where it is as long as it’s a quiet place. What I recommend is do a sample recording in that room to see what the sound levels are before you start recording your podcast or whatever it’s going to be.

I also recommend leaving some empty quiet space at both the beginning and end of your recording this will help later on with the editing process allowing you some quiet space to get your background noise and do removal of the background noise much easier.

Don’t stop over small blips in your recording, if for example you say the same word twice don’t stop the recording and start over again you can edit those things out in your editing software. Stopping and starting tends to distract you and the ruin the flow of the audio that you’re working on.

Probably the most important tip I have for you when recording audio is relax be yourself as much as possible and let your personality come through in the recordings.

Thank you very much for listening, if you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at darrell@computerswiththease.com Thank you very much.

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Audio/video tools I use to create my content

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast. My name is Darrell Hyatt, as we all know audio quality is an important part of any project and I thought I would start a four-part series on audio here in this podcast and I wanted to start with the audio software that I use for both the podcast you’re listening to and my video projects.

The first piece of software that I use is one called Audacity, it’s an audio editor that’s available for both the PC Mac and Linux and it’s available for free. It has a lot of the features that you would expect in an audio editor, has a great range of files that it will work with without conversion.

You can do a lot of the basics such as noise removal, increase the volume etc. one of the other things that I like in audacity is the fact that you can save in a lot of known formats including wav and mp3.

Another program that I use is one called Mixpad and as the name implies it’s a mixing program to allow you to take two different audio files and combine them together into one, so for example in the case of a podcast you could have music at the beginning and end of your podcast.

Then the podcast file itself and you could put three of them together and using something like mix pad you could then create the one file that that you would put up as your podcast.

When it comes to working with video I not only use the same two pieces of software  I have a zoom recorder and a Rode lavaliere mic that I wear when I do video so that I can be across the room and create good sounding audio for the video.

This does of course mean that I have to sync up the audio on the video later, but once I have the audio that I’m going to use for the video project I again use both Audacity and Mixpad to create the final best sounding audio that I can for the particular video project.

All of these tools, not only the software but the hardware itself does take some time to get used to and learn how to use it effectively. But it’s well worth the effort and the time.

I hope this has been helpful starting point when you’re working with audio if you have any questions please feel free to email me at darrell@computerswiththese.com I look forward to your comments and suggestions thank you very much

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I want to talk to you about your audio/video projects

Hello welcome to the computers with ease podcast. I have been doing podcasts and some videos for several years now and I remember when I first started that it seemed like there was so much information out there in various places on the Internet etc and it felt somewhat overwhelming.

When I was starting, trying to make sense of all this information and do all the things that one needs to do to create content etc, as I sat and thought about it one of the things that I wish I had easy access to was someone to sit down with me and help walk me through the entire process and show me the shortcuts and tips and tricks to allow me to get to the point where I was creating content and felt comfortable doing it and most importantly confident in the content that I was creating.

So one of my projects for this year is to help individuals who are creating audio and video content, help them create their content easily and effectively with less stress etc. to this end   I want to have somewhat of a conversation with individuals who are starting this process and provide them a way to ask their questions and get specific answers in a non-technical sense and in a more comfortable conversational way.

What I would like to do is give you an opportunity to talk to me and ask your questions and I will provide specific answers and help you in any way that I can, to start what I would like to do if you have a question please leave it below in the comments for this podcast.

I will answer any and all questions that come through as comments and you can also feel free to email me at darrell@computerswithease.com with your questions. I look forward to helping you with your questions as well as assist you in getting your audio and video projects completed Thank you very much.

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What tools will you use to create your audio/video content?

Welcome to the computers with ease podcast. Are you one of the individuals or companies that has decided that 2017 is the year you’re going to start creating audio’s or video’s for your company?

If so I know you have a lot of questions at this point and possibly not a lot of answers, I have a question for you is there a program or a skill that you would like to learn? Do you know what tools or programs you want to use to create your audio and video content?

And finally have you tried the program or tool that you want to learn about in the process of creating a content and by that I simply mean does the program you wish to use have a trial version and if so have you downloaded it and started working with it?

As you begin to explore the area of creating your content questions will come up no matter what program you actually use to create your content, there’s going to be times where you don’t know what to do, how to do it, or how to get the results that you’re looking for.

And at that point when you’re frustrated confused and don’t know which way to turn or how to solve your particular question I recommend taking a deep breath walking away for five or ten minutes doing something else, clearing your thoughts and then going back to it and at that point use some of the resources available to you that help within the program itself.

One of my favourite resources happens to be Google because you can ask almost any question in almost any language and there will be some sort of an answer, you may have to search through before you find the exact answer you’re looking for but it will be there.

The other thing that I found extremely useful is practice, practice with the program practice creating and refining your content. If it’s video for example shoot two or three different examples trials of what you want and then look back and see which one you like best, which one works the best for you brings out your personality with whatever it is that’s important to you and carry on the more that you do it no matter what it is the better you will get.

If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at darrell@computerswithease.com if you would like to stay up to date with all my podcasts please feel free to sign up at www.computerswithease.com Thank you very much.

 

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What are your projects for 2017

Welcome to the computers with ease podcast. Now that were at the beginning of 2017 this is the time where a lot of people plan what they want to do during the year, and I’m wondering what your major or key projects are going to be for this year?

I have several projects that are very high on my list of wanting to get done, one of those is to be able to put out high quality podcasts on a more regular basis. I’m going to try to do that as often as I can.

One of my other projects is to develop and market a Audio/Video training course for individuals and small business, who are wanting to get started with either a podcast or doing video and have no idea where to start along with many of the other questions involved in either of those projects.

what are some of your projects you would like to get done this year let me know in the comments, if you have any questions please feel free to email me at darrell@computerswiththese.com.

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Welcome 2017

Welcome to the computers with ease podcast. 2017 is here a whole new year and I look forward to it, how was your 2016? Mine was all right little bit hectic little bit crazy and glad it’s over.

I look forward to 2017 I hope to get a lot done, meet a lot of new people, help a lot of people with their audio and video production needs. And am generally wanting to be productive and want to enjoy 2017 as a whole.

What are your plans for 2017? Let me know what you want to do, and what you hope to achieve this year. I hope everyone has a wonderful year may it be prosperous, healthy, and happy for all of you.

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Happy Holidays 2016

Welcome to the computers with the podcast. It’s that time of year again, the holiday season I can’t believe the year is almost over.

When I look back at what I wanted to do in 2016 I’m not sure that I achieved everything that I wanted. I know that I did get some very important things done and I’ve got several things that I know already I want to do in 2017 how about you?

I also know that this time of the year is not just a time for looking forward and figuring out what you going to do in the coming year it’s also a time to reflect, and most importantly spend time with friends and family as we all gather at this wonderful time of the year.

I’m going to be taking several days off to relax and not think about my business or what’s going to happen next year. I want to take this opportunity to enjoy some quiet special time with those that are important to me, I hope you have the opportunity to spend time doing the things that you enjoy with the people that are important to you during this holiday season.

To all of my friends and colleagues and most importantly to my family I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the best of the holiday season, may it bring you all the joy that you want as well as peace and contentment in that you’re able to achieve all that you want for the new year.

I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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Camtasia Studio screen recording tips for all

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast, today I’m going to continue with my series of podcasts on Camtasia Studio. Today I’m going to talk about screen recording and some basic tips when using Camtasia and screen recording.

One of the first things that I like to do is decide on the final screen size of my recording whether I want that to be 1280 by 1024, 800×600, whatever that size is because I make sure that whichever screen I’m going to be recording I set that actual screen size to the same size as the final recording.

This means that in the editing process and so on I won’t end up with the black bars at the top and bottom or sides of the recording that I then have to try and remove during the editing process.

One of the other things that can be distracting to viewers is any other icons that are on your screen, particularly when you start your screen recording If you’re demonstrating software and so on. So some people recommend removing any unwanted icons from your screen prior to starting the recording and this I found is a personal choice, I’ve tried it both ways and don’t mind either one.

I always recommend starting all the programs that you need before you start your recording and have them running down on your taskbar particularly if you’re demonstrating software unless you need to actually show how to start the program. Having the programs running ahead of time makes it a much smoother video process and much less distracting for your audience because the can fallow you and you’re not flipping in and out of software.

The next step for you is set all the Camtasia recording options ahead of time for example, do you want the cursor to be followed by the yellow highlighting dot, do you want the click sound when you click the mouse or any of the other numerous Camtasia options. I suggest setting those prior to recording.

A final tip is once you think you’re all set up with your options your recording size and anything else you need, do a short trial recording and then play it back and see what you think and then make any necessary changes that you want. Utilizing these tips will make your screen recording much simpler, much easier for you as well as more enjoyable for your audience to watch.

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