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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Tips & Tricks when editing using Camtasia Studio

Welcome to the computers with ease podcast, today I want to give you some tips and suggestions when editing your video using Camtasia Studio. The first and quite possibly most important tip that I have when editing your video is make a backup copy of your original video file somewhere on your computer before you even begin editing.

So that if something does happen during the editing process, you do have the option of going back and starting using the original footage.

Have a plan of what edits you want to do, I like to look at the entire raw video before I start editing and make notes on what edits I want to do the specific time code locations for each of the edits and just any other thoughts that I have before I actually start the editing process.

Once you start editing, I recommend saving you work regularly as you go. Whether that means you save every five minutes, whether it’s ten minutes. Whatever you feel most comfortable with.

I don’t recommend working for long periods of time without saving just in case something happens, you don’t want to have done a large number of edits and then have something happen and have to start over again.

Another suggestion is edit the video portion and the audio portion separately. Now, of course, when you’re doing a cut or removing a portion of the video you’re going to want. Of course, to remove the audio that goes along with it at the same time.

But when I think of editing the audio and video separately for me that means something like deciding which pieces the video, I want cut and then deciding if I need to increase the volume of the audio or make any changes to the audio itself in some form that don’t affect the video track.

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Audio tool within Camtasia Studio

Welcome to the computers with ease podcast, today I am going to talk about some of the audio tools that are available within Camtasia studio. As we all know audio is a very important part of doing video, and is equally as important as the video itself.

What tools are available within Camtasia? There’s actually quite a few tools and enhancements available when it comes to the audio itself. You have things like fade in, fade out which can be very useful when adding music to the beginning and ending of your video.

You can add silence, so if you need a pause somewhere in the video, you can add silence. I have used this particular feature if I’ve got an unwanted noise in my video that rather than just cutting out that particular audio portion and shorten the video.

I’ve actually used the silence to remove the noise, but keep the length of the audio the same, which makes the syncing up between the audio and video are much easier because there still the same length.

We can change things like volume of any particular part of the video, and you can add or remove audio points to allow you to basically manipulate any portion of the audio independently without affecting the entire audio track.

Finally I like to talk about why would you use these tools? It’s quite simple because as always, we want to create the best video that we can and audio has become very important when using video and it can be the simple things in the audio track that are distracting.

Such as pop’s, clicks unwanted noise from outside or if you’re in a noisier environment such as an office and there’s background noise anything like this can be distracting and so I’m glad that Camtasia does have some audio editing tools for us to be able to use. It just gives your finished video a much more professional look and feel.

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Easily import your files into Camtasia Studio

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast. I have been a user of Camtasia studio for several years now and recently I’ve started noticing on various Facebook groups that there seems to be an issue with importing and saving your files in Camtasia.

This has been a problem for quite a while, I myself have experienced it and have a workaround that I use that seems to be very effective. Even though the new version of camtasia studio will allow you to import many different types of files from many different devices including your cell phone, or tablet and many other devices.

This in itself is potentially part of the problem because each of these devices uses a different format and they may not all be 100% compatible with camtasia studio. Camtasia studio itself understands and works very well with the AVI video format as well as its own proprietary screen recording format called a camrec file.

What I have gotten in the habit of doing, no matter how I record my video using whichever device whether it’s my camcorder, my phone, or any the any of the other devices that can be used the first thing that I do is download the original file from the device onto my computer and I save it on my computer in the original format.

Then what I do is I use a video converter program to convert the file into the AVI format, now there is a free converter from in NCH software so if you Google NCH software you will readily find the converter program in their list of available products and it works very well.

You can then convert your file into the AVI format, and once you’ve done that then you can go ahead and import it directly into camtasia studio and it won’t have a problem reading the file. You’ll be able to go ahead and then edit your files as normal and save them as a camtasia studio project, or what I’ve done is once I’m done editing for the day I’ll go ahead and save the file itself I will produce it as an AVI file and save it somewhere on my computer so that I know where it is etc.

Then when I go back the following day to continue with the editing process I will again import the latest AVI file and continue working. I have found this process to work very well, I have not had any issues with not being able to import the video and letting camtasia produce it into an AVI file when I’m done with the day’s work. This  means not only that I can import it back in the camtasia to continue, but it allows me to preview the work in camtasia or any other video viewing software that I like.

I will say however that the files when saved in the AVI format are somewhat larger then saying MP4, but the extra size is not a problem and it certainly makes my workflow easier and less cumbersome.

I certainly hope this tip has been helpful please let me know what your thoughts are on camtasia studio and certainly if you have any questions feel free to email me at darrell@computerswithease.com Thank you very much.

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