Video editing programs – many choices

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things audio and video. Today I want to talk about video editing software. This is one of the most complex issues when you want to get into video editing, simply because there are so many choices when it comes to the software itself and how do you know which one to choose.

The first thing I think of when I think about video editing software is start with something simple have an idea of what you want to do with your video. Whether it’s I simply want to remove the unnecessary part at the beginning and end of the video or whatever it may be have an idea of what you want to do when it comes to editing your video project.

This will make it easier to evaluate the software choices that you may be looking at. now the next tip that I have is start with the free video editing software packages. There are several you can find them by doing a simple Google search as I did in preparation for this podcast and I found several free programs that may be useful for you and give you a starting point. The first one was from a company called NCH software. They make an editor called videopad. There’s another one called filmmora 9

The other option you’ve got is to look at some of the 15 and 30 day free trials of software. I know Adobe has several video editing programs like Adobe Premier Pro and you can get trials from the Adobe website. Another one that I use is called Camtasia, and again they have 15 or 30 day trial for that.

These will get you started and let you learn what features you like and give you a chance to play with several different pieces of software and see which is most comfortable for your workflow.

One thing to remember here is that no one program is going to be perfect for all your editing needs. I myself have two different editing packages because I like how one program does a specific task easier and simpler than another one, so no program is going to be perfect for everything. Make sure that whatever video editing program you’re using can both import and export your video in several popular formats. It will make your production a lot easier if you’re not having to convert the finished product from one format to another.

Another important factor to consider is how good is the documentation. How informative is it and how helpful is it for you when you’re in the middle of the project and need to know how to do something? so good documentation and tutorials are going to be important, particularly while your learning and evaluating each of these software packages as you go. Be sure to experiment and have fun. During this process and enjoy your video editing adventures.

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Audio software – which is best for me

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related to audio and video and today I’m going to talk about audio editing software, which can be a difficult topic for anyone who is looking to get into audio editing simply because of the number of choices available in software.

So I thought I would talk about some of the options available and the give some suggestions, some of the key things that you want to look for in your audio editing software is, it has to be easy to use, has multiple ways of using input and multiple output formats.

One of the other things that I look for is good, noise reduction capabilities within the software. Now, as I said, there are multiple options available here, some of the ones that I’ve used are wavepad as well as Audacity. Both of those are free programs and wavepad also has a paid version. I will include links in the description to those as well.

There are trials of several programs such as Adobe audition and reaper, and you can go to the Adobe website for addition and that reaper you can just Google.

One of the things that I encourage here is to download some of the free ones, and get a trial of some of the trials and experiment and use these to see which works best for you which one you’re most comfortable with and ultimately which one works best with your workflow.

No program is going to be perfect and so you may find that you end up using more than one audio editing software based on your needs. I know for me that I end up using a combination of wave pad and audacity.

Each has their own strong points and each has things that they do really well so I tend to work with both, but be willing to experiment and see what works best for you. There are lots of tutorials available for each of these programs and I’m certain you will find one or two that work best for you.

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What computer do I need to do podcasts & video?

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast, where we talk about all things related to audio and video. Today I’m going to continue my series on equipment and I’m going to talk about computers.

When it comes to audio and video you can use either PC or a mac, both have plenty of options for audio and video software and it makes no difference whether you use a standalone computer or a laptop, either one is suitable.

The two things that you need are lots of RAM, which is the internal memory storage where when you’re working with programs and so on that’s where your files are stored while you’re working on them.

The other item that you need is plenty of processing power, and most of the computers that are available today are at least what’s called dual core and above. Dual core simply means there’s two processors built together to look like one, but there’s actually two processors in the computer and for doing audio/video you need at least a dual core processor. The speed of the processor itself is not that important, any of the computers that have come out in the last few years will be quite sufficient for your needs.

One of the other items to consider that’s related to the computer is your memory cards that are in your devices that you’re actually using to do the recording. Because you want your computer to have what’s called the card reader, so that you can easily take cards from your cameras, your audio recorder’s and simply plug them directly into the computer using the card reader and transfer your files to the computer so you can edit them easily and efficiently.

I would recommend having several memory cards for your devices, in case one fails or you want to have an individual memory card for each of the projects you’re doing to keep the files separate make sure that you backup your files on a regular basis just for safety.

The last thing that I want to mention when it comes to your computers and doing audio and video make sure that you’ve got enough space on your hard drive for you to store your work efficiently, and be willing to experiment with settings in your computer and see what works best for you.

I know when I first started, I was using a myriad of software and trying different settings in my camera and so on. And then when I transferred the files to my computer and looked at it. It was not what I wanted and I had to find some of the proper settings in the computer as well so they would read my video files properly, so be prepared to do some experimentation with your settings and the have fun.

If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at info@computerswithease.com Thank you for listening

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Podcast setup – which is right for you?

Welcome to the computers with ease podcast, today I’m going to start a series on equipment for those of you interested in working with both audio and video. So today I’m going to start with the audio equipment and give you some ideas of how to get started and the different options that you got for equipment.

The first one I’m going to start with is the easiest and the quickest to get you into creating podcasts and them give you the opportunity to get started and one of the easiest ways to get started is with your mobile phone, you can get apps to record your audio on your phone, and most phones are reasonably good for capturing audio for your podcast. Another option is your Webcam connected to your computer because the Webcam automatically has a microphone so you could record your audio using your Webcam directly into your computer and then edit it using any number of audio editing programs, which is another series that I’ll be talking about during this series as well.

Another simple option is to use your computer and plug-in a microphone to the mic jack or line in in on your computer if it has one, again this will record the audio straight to your computer and you can then go and edit as usual.

An intermediate option for creating your podcasts is to have an audio recorder such as I’m using here, I’m using a zoom h4n Pro with a microphone connect to the recorder and I’ve got my notes sitting here next to me on the desk. Now one of the things about this particular option that I like is using a separate audio recorder, you get better sound than you do using your computer.

But it is more expensive in terms of having to buy the audio recorder and then if you buy a mid-level microphone, the whole setup can be somewhat more expensive. I also recommend if you going to do it this way with the recorder, I also recommend buying the mic stand so that you’re not holding the microphone while you’re recording the podcast.

If you tend to move around the audio can sound different from moment to moment and using the mic stand will make sure that the mic stay steady and it’ll be easier for you and create a more consistent sound.

The last and most expensive and most complicated option for recording your podcast is to go with a mixer and a recorder which will allow you to make significant enhancements to the audio before it is actually recorded. This option definitely gives you more control over the finished product, but it is more expensive and you may also want to consider a home studio set up.

Which again will take some time and some effort, but the finished product will definitely be worth it in one of the keys here is to start with wherever you are and whatever you can afford.

It’s more important that you actually start creating your podcasts and getting your content out there with reasonably good quality. You don’t have to automatically go to the most advanced and most expensive option first, I certainly didn’t and my current set up is the intermediate set up that was mentioned earlier,

One of the other things that I would suggest in this process is make sure that you’ve got a way to save your audio files so that they are easy to find, easy to edit and are safe should you want to repurpose them later?

I hope these tips have been helpful if you have any questions or comments, please email me at info@computerswithease.com Thank you very much for listening.

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Be you on camera

Hello, welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about everything related to audio and video, and today I wanted to talk about something that happens to all of us. The on camera jitters.

I know when I first started doing video I was extremely nervous and didn’t like the way I looked on camera or sounded, and I thought today I would give you five tips that would help when you are shooting your video and your feeling uncomfortable on camera.

The first tip I have is make sure that you breathe. It does calm you down and makes your finished product on camera look much better.

Have notes in some form, if that’s what works for you. I know some people are better if they just wing it, so whatever works for you do it that way. Just make sure if you are going to have notes that their off-camera and that you not holding onto them because that may cause some shaking sounds with the paper. I myself have my notes for this podcast in front of me on the desk.

Another tip that I have is practice. You may have to shoot the video two or three times and look at them to see which is the best, it can often take more than one attempt to get the video just right.

Another tip is find a location for shooting your video that has a nice non-distracting background and somewhere that your comfortable being because the more comfortable you are, the better you going to come across on the video itself.

The last tip that I have for you is relax and be yourself on video you want to come across as the person you are and that will be much better for your business and your clients that you are trying to work with.

Back in October I had done a poll on Facebook about were people comfortable on camera, and to my surprise quite a few people said that they weren’t comfortable. So along with these tips I wanted to provide a resource link for you that may be helpful, It’s from a person who I worked with in the past. Her name is Michele Moreno I will include a link in the description to Michelle’s website. https://www.michelemoreno.co/ 3-minute On Camera Confidence lesson

She has resources for individuals who want to become more comfortable on camera and she far more of an expert on this topic then I am, and I found her material very useful.

One of the things that I would suggest doing is shooting several practice videos before you start shooting the actual one that you want for your business and

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at info@computerswithease and I would be happy to help you in the do a 20 minute free consultation call to discuss your specific needs. Thank you very much for listening and have a wonderful day.

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It’s important to start

Hello this is Darrell Hyatt of computers with ease. I wanted to welcome everyone to 2019 and talk about something that may be on a lot of people’s mind. A lot of people are wanting to get into video this year, because video is one of those things that over the next several years, the majority of content that will be consumed will be in the form of video.

But I know that a lot of you, myself included, are not comfortable with video for a lot of reasons, one being I’m not comfortable on camera. Number two it’s too technical and overwhelming.

One the things that I wanted to say to all of you that are feeling either of those things and haven’t started your video, the most important thing you can do is start. It doesn’t matter what you use to actually shoot the video. Whether it’s your phone, Whether it is your still camera.

Both of those options will shoot very good video and it’s more important that you actually start then necessarily how good your first video is. When I look back at some of the early videos that I shot, I went oh my God, how could I have not only shot that but put it out for people to see.

But the important thing is I started. I’ve gotten better over time, and certainly more comfortable on video now than then I was so I would like to encourage all of you there even thinking of shooting video to at least get started.

And if you have any questions please feel free to email me at darrell@computerswithease.com I would be happy to assist you with any of your questions that you may have. Thank you very much and once again have a wonderful 2019

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2019 is here

Hello this is Darrell Hyatt of computers with ease, 2019 is here a whole new year for each and every one of us to not only reflect on the year that has been, but more importantly what are your goals and objectives for 2019.

What are those big things that you want to achieve during the year? How will 2019 be different or better than the year that has just passed, I know I have goals and objectives for this year,

One of which is to have the opportunity to work with more of you on your audio and video production needs and help you reach your goals with audio and video.

I also want to spend more time in 2019 doing some of the hobbies that I like one of which is photography and I want to take the opportunity to expand what I do with my photos,

I hope 2019 brings each and every one of you will, the joy and the pleasure as well as the financial goals or whatever they may be to you, and I hope that I get the opportunity to work with you and help you reach your goals and objectives. Have a wonderful 2019 and thank you very much for listening.

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Happy Holidays to all

Hello this is Darrell Hyatt of computers with ease. It’s that time of year the holiday season is here once again and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holidays.

I hope that you take this opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family and that also take the time to relax and reflect on 2018, as well as what’s going to happen for you. In 2019.

But most of all I would like to wish you all happy holidays and all the joy of the season and may you have a chance to recharge and get ready for the upcoming year. Thank you all very much.

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Zoom h4n pro my first thoughts

Hello this is Darrell Hyatt of computers with ease, recently at the Black Friday sales. I purchased a Zoom h4n Pro recorder. As many of you know I had been using a zoom h4n recorder to do both this podcast as well as a separate audio recorder for doing my videos and it worked exceptionally well.

I had very little difficulty with it, It worked flawlessly until recently when I started having problems with the built-in microphones. One of the channels would peak at 100% and thereby ruin the recordings. So when Black Friday sales came up, I was able to find a very good deal on the h4n Pro so I upgraded.

I wanted to talk about my initial thoughts of the new recorder in terms of what I like and my other thoughts. As with the h4n the Pro is very solid has a good solid feel to it. Good weight and it doesn’t feel flimsy or too much like plastic.

So is very comfortable and easy to use and I’m not afraid of something breaking. One of the things that they changed from earlier versions was the screen colour, It’s now a very light blue and I find this much easier to use not only in sunlight but I find it much more comfortable overall, then the previous orange or amber colour that was on the earlier versions.

One of the other things that I like is the locking mic sockets at the bottom of the recorder. I like the fact that they’ve added the locking feature so that when you connect a mic it actually clicks in and you don’t have to worry about the microphone coming loose from the socket which may be a concern if you were doing interviews.

With the older version and your people were walking around or moving around on your recordings that depending on the length of your microphone cable it was possible to disconnect the microphone from one of the XLR sockets so that an improvement.

Another feature that I like is the fact that the power adapter from the h4n also works on the h4n Pro, which means that I don’t have to go out and spend another $40 on a new adapter because I don’t like using batteries just because of the expense and then you have to dispose of batteries. I much prefer having direct power to the recorder for most of the things that I do. It works much better.

Another thing that I really notice in using this recorder is that the preempts in the new one, are significantly more improved then in the old one and where this comes in handy is that as I sit here in my office recording this podcast, I’ve got a computer running very close to me and with the older recorder there was a significant amount of background noise from the computer and other things that I’ve got running that I had to edit out after doing the recording and sometimes it was a little difficult.

With the new recorder the background noise is significantly less, which makes my editing time a lot shorter and a lot easier for me. Which means I will be able to get more content created because of the time I’m saving in editing my material.

One of the things that I would suggest doing if you buy a new recorder like this is update the firmware. So what I did when I got the recorder was go to the zoom website and check in the download section for a firmware update, and indeed there was one. When I first powered recorder on it had firmware 1.01. When I checked the website the latest firmware was 1.10. So I followed the instructions and downloaded and installed the firmware just to make sure that I had the latest firmware which had some bug fixes and it specifically to do with Windows 10 and gave me the full functionality of the recorder.

So that’s one thing I would suggest when you buy a new recorder. The other thing that I did out of habit. was I formatted the SD card that I was going to use in this recorder in the recorder itself as per the instructions before I actually started using it to make sure that the card was compatible with the recorder and there was no issues with my recordings and being able to transfer them to the computer and get the best audio quality that I could recorder. I hope you found this review helpful.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know at darrell@computerswith ease.com I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have Thank you very much for listening.

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Your process – Your way

Hello my name is Darrell Hyatt and today I wanted to do a video to talk about something that has become important to me and hopefully will be useful for you as well. Right now there are so many different people who have programs and courses on how to create audio and video.

You read so many different things about how important video is and so on, their certain procedures that you need to follow when editing audio and video, and so on. One of the things that I’ve come to realize in and doing my own audio and video work such as this, is you have to develop process and methods that work specifically for you that are comfortable for you as a creator.

As an example of this, I shoot. most of my videos just like this one in my office with a camera and a separate audio recorder, but one of the things that I’ve learned in doing all of this is that I have to be comfortable with not only the tools that I’m using, but the material that I’m putting out in the audio and video content.

I wanted to take this opportunity to let everybody know that that as important as what you use for equipment, what procedures you use.

It’s fine to have all of the procedures and follow them based on all of these people, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if the procedures don’t work for you or are more difficult for you and therefore you don’t use them.

They’re not doing you any good and that causes stress, frustration, and even more importantly, it stops you from creating the content that you’re an expert in that only you can deliver in that way to reach your audience.

So I think personally that’s the important thing create the content that’s important for your audience in the best way that works for you that your audience relates to.

If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at darrel@computerswithease.com I look forward to hearing from you and will do my best to assist you in creating great content. Thank you very much.

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