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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How much equipment is enough?

Welcome to the computers with ease podcast. One of the questions that I struggle with is, how do I know when I’ve got enough equipment particularly technology related equipment? This is one of those questions that the answer is different for each one of us of course.

It seems when we start doing either podcast or video there always seems to be a certain amount of equipment that is necessary just to get started, and then there’s always the proverbial I would like a better microphone, a better video camera, a better whatever to make my results the best that they can be.

This is always something to strive for being better but at some point at least for me I go have I reach that point of I’ve got enough and what I’ve got is good enough for me to achieve the desired result that I want.

Let me give you an example a while ago when I was doing some videos I realize that the audio from my video camera wasn’t that good because of distance that I was away from the camera, which I had to be to get the video that I wanted but that was causing a problem with the audio and I was spending way more time in the editing process to try and get the best audio that I could.

It just became too much of a struggle and therefore I didn’t want to do video as much, and so I started looking for another way to do the audio portion of my videos and upon doing some research it was suggested that I do the audio separately and then merge the audio and the video segments together into one finished video and this made the most sense to me.

So I began to look at getting a separate audio recorder and a separate microphone and this is what I ended up doing it works extremely well for doing the videos. I have a lavaliere mic plugged into the recorder and it just works great.

Once I had this extra equipment I began to experiment with using the same equipment to create my podcasts, so now what I do is I use the same lavaliere microphone plugged into the recorder and I actually create the podcast that way and I get a much cleaner audio for the podcast.

It saves me a lot of time later on in the editing process, and equally important is now I get a consistent sound for both my podcasts and my videos because I’m using the same equipment for both and I find that as an unexpected bonus that I was not expecting to get. Having this extra equipment has also changed my workflow when creating my audios and my videos.

So overall when I look at answering the question do I have the equipment that I need at the moment? I would have to answer that question with a yes. There are always things that we would like, but are not necessary those are what I call nice to have items.

But for me they’re not necessary at this moment so ultimately when you’re looking at do I need another piece of equipment my recommendation is look at it from the perspective of will it make my work better, will it make my work easier in some way.

Will it enhance my workflow allowing me to generate more content, more sales whatever it is for you as long as you can answer those three questions in a positive way. Then the equipment that you’re looking at purchasing may be a valuable addition, but if not maybe it’s time to use what we have to its maximum potential and go from there.

Let me know your thoughts on this topic, I look forward to reading your comments and as always if you have thoughts on what you’d like to see on this podcast please send me an email at darrell@computerswiththese.com  Thank you very much.

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Embrace your passion

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast. All of us at one time or another have thought about doing something and have gotten that total fear of no I cannot do this for whatever reason, and as much as I would like to do whatever the particular thing is whether it is work related or otherwise you just give up for any number of reasons and never get back to doing it even though deep down inside it’s what you really want to do and quite potentially are meant to do.

As many of you know I have recently changed my business focus to teaching and training individuals and small business on how to do video work as well as podcasts and audio. This area has long been an area of interest for me and I have loved doing it, but never really thought of doing it as part of my work.

And yet every time when I would create a podcast or work on a video that I put up on my website or done something else with, the work itself has just felt right and given me that intense feeling of pleasure and the thought of this is what I was meant to do but for the longest time I resisted doing that for many reasons including I was afraid to step into that arena because of the other work that I was doing and I just didn’t think that I was good enough.

Well it comes down to, if this is what you love and it just makes you feel alive as this does for me then not only should you follow that passion and joy but you will be doing yourself a disservice as well as the people that you meant to serve.

If you don’t go ahead and follow that now as I say this, I don’t say it to make you think that there won’t be difficulties and there won’t be struggles because there will, but like anything worthwhile that’s part of the game and the more you work through it the more you will learn and most importantly the happier you will be.

Is that not the goal for all of us? So my point for doing this podcast is simply to say follow your passion find that thing that you love so much that you can’t imagine not doing it. When you find that particular passion follow it and give it 110% and see where it takes you, I know you will be surprised as I was.

Let me know what you’re passionate about and where you are in your life’s journey I look forward to reading your comments you can find out more at www.computerswiththese.com Thank you very much.

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Why podcast ?

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast, we all run our businesses for a wide variety of reasons and I have a question for my listeners today. Why do you use audio and or video as part of your business?

For me there are many reasons why I use both audio and video as part of my business, the first and probably most important to me is the fact that I like doing both audio and video and one of the things that I’m finding is that a great number of my clients and prospective clients enjoy seeing me on video.

In the sense that it allows them to develop a connection with me as an individual and as a business. It also allows me to show different parts of my personality when I do the video as well as the audio. It’s well-known that video has become one of the hottest topics for marketing and yet it can be intimidating for many people and in fact was significantly intimidating for me in the beginning.

I have found with practice it does get easier I don’t know that it gets any more comfortable per se to do, but it does get easier and I enjoyed the fact that people get an opportunity to get to know me and thereby feel more comfortable asking me questions online or in some of the workshops and so on that I do.

I’m going to be moving into utilizing Facebook live very shortly and hopefully this will add another level of comfort for not only myself but clients as well. let me know what you’re using audio and/or video for as part of your business.

As always if you have comments or questions please feel free to email me at darrell@computerswithease.com Thank you very much.

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Does doing video scare for you? helpful tips

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast, I’d like to start this episode with a question does of the thought of doing video make you feel uncomfortable? I can tell you for me initially the answer to that question was a definite yes.

The thought of me in front of the camera terrified me to say the least, and I also had a lot of questions from the technical side about how do I shoot the video, what background do I use, what sort of things would I even do a video about etc. etc. and so all of those things made me somewhat gun shy initially.

So I thought today I would talk about some of the tips that I have for doing video now that I’ve been doing it for a while and I’m somewhat more comfortable, but still not completely where I would like to be.

The first thing I will tell you is use whatever you have to shoot your video whether that’s your phone, your iPad, your digital camera for photography. All three of those will give you very good video and it will allow you to shoot your video almost anywhere in any situation. So you’re never without the ability to shoot a video if you wish.

I try to keep my videos to between three and five minutes unless their training type video and they can be somewhat longer. I always like to create some sort of a list of key points that I want to present in my videos, some of the questions that I asked myself when considering shooting video is are they’re going to be other people in the video or is it just going to be myself?

I try to look for a nice background, something without a lot of distractions something without things like light switches etc. If you going to be shooting the video indoors. one of the other things that comes up quite frequently is the sound for your video. Try and find a location that is quiet without a lot of background noise, say traffic noise or people walking by which can be distracting from both an audio as well as a video perspective.

But pretty much with the tools that we have available today not only can we shoot very good video with good audio as well. But we can do an excellent job of editing after the fact if you need to remove an unwanted sound or an unwanted portion of the video itself.

So all this being said the most important thing is to shoot video and edit later on, you may have to do more than one take you may have to record the video several times to get it as good as you can.

This is not something to be worried about or discouraged about, the more you practice the better you will get. This leads me to the challenge that I wanted to leave you with I would like to challenge you to shoot a 30 second video each day for the next week.

So that in the end, at the end of the week you have seven different videos you can shoot them on any topic that you wish. Please feel free to leave me a comment about questions you have regarding shooting video as well as a link to any of the videos that shot over the week.

Feel free to visit my website which is  www.computerswithease.com Thank you very much and enjoy shooting video.

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