Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Express Project was designed to be an easy project management application to aid project managers with planning, monitoring and tracking all the component of project management from resource allocation, team member schedules and deadlines and more. Complete with a Gantt chart display to easily visualize a project's status and make sure that everything is tracking to meet project goals and deadlines. The larger the project the more helpful software like this can be in tracking all of the resources and tasks in a project, but whether your project is large or small, we hope you will give Express Project a try to help keep everything organized. Download Express Project today, and let us know what you think.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Lance Carr presents The Rules of Video Composition posted at The DIY Video Editor, saying, "Most of the rules of video composition are the same as those for photography. if you follow composition rules you will usually create a good effect, but often breaking the rules can also create a desirable effect."
Chuck Peters presents 8 Tips on Using a Tripod posted at Videomaker, saying, "In order to shoot great looking video, you need to control your camera, and one of the best ways to wrangle your recorder is with a tripod."
Isabella Harriss presents 5 Ways Movie Reviews Are Helpful to Parents posted at Nanny News Network, saying, "Summer may be the season for big-budget blockbusters, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t attractive and exciting features being released throughout the season that are sure to capture kids’ attention."
Han-Gwon Lung presents Video Format Fun: Frames, Containers, Codecs And Compression, Oh My! posted at ReelSEO.com, saying, "A primer on the stagehands of online video running around behind the curtain as you stream video."
Jason Brubaker presents Sell A Movie To NetFlix posted at Filmmaking Stuff, saying, "In the world of indie filmmaking, it sure seems like NetFlix has become the holy grail. But, while it may be cool to have titles available in NetFlix, the deals they offer might not be worth it."
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
What this means is that you can record from MIDI instruments and devices, then edit those tracks, adding or deleting notes, adjust the pitch and duration of notes. Even quantize and humanize your MIDI creations adding small amounts of variability to the track so it sounds less like a robot and more like a musician. All of this with support for VSTi instruments and the standard MixPad features giving you the ability record and mix multiple audio tracks, add audio effects and more, expanding the power of this comprehensive sound studio software.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
EVP RecordingYou don't need to be a ghost hunter to try recording an EVP, although being open, polite and respectful are believed to be factors in success. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Equipment. You need an audio recorder, a headset for when you analyze your recordings, and a touch of patience couldn't hurt.
- Start somewhere quiet. You don't need to be in a "haunted" location to make your recording, and while some believe background/white noise may encourage paranormal voices, when you are just getting started the more traditional quiet location will make analysis easier.
- Recording. Take note of the noises around you as you record so you can rule them out when you analyze the audio later. Also be sure that you do not have voice-activated recording turned on.
- Ask Questions. One of the most common techniques is to introduce yourself and then ask a series of questions as if you expect a response, with pauses between questions for replies.
- On to the Analysis. When you are done recording its time to listen for EVP messages.
EVP File ClassificationThere are three classifications of EVP recordings based on their clarity, and the type of recoding you have will also affect the amount of editing you will need to do. The Classes are:
Class A: A voice that can be understood without needing headphones and there is generally agreement on the content.
Class B: A voice that requires headphones to hear and not everyone can agree on its content.
Class C: A voice that requires much filtering and even by wearing headphones nobody can agree on its content.
Analyzing EVP RecordingsThe first step is to listen to the original recording start to finish, making note of when you hear something. Before you start isolating and editing, be sure to save a copy of the original file so you can always go back, or allow people to compare the files.
Chances are you will need to do some audio editing—enter WavePad—to better hear the EVPs on your recording. If you are planning to share your findings remember that the more editing you do the more possible criticism you can get from skeptics. First you will want to trim the audio file to the sections you took note of. Then common editing done includes amplifying those hard to hear sections, possibly removing background noise, and slowing down the EVP since they are often spoken very quickly.
Of course, this is a very cursory look at Electronic Voice Phenomenon, but if you are intrigued by the topic here is a brief list you can explore to learn more and find additional advice on recording and analyzing EVPs from some ghost hunting pros:
- A Brief History of EVPs
- EVP Basics
- Electronic Voice Phenomena Recording Advice
- Tips On Recording EVPs
- How To Increase EVP Captures
- Video Tutorial: Analyzing your EVP with WavePad
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Why Express Scribe is an Essential Component in a Virtual Assistant's Toolkit
Guest post by Suzanne Higham of Admin-Minded
A Virtual Assistant, as the name suggests, provides assistance to businesses remotely on a freelance and, therefore, flexible and affordable basis.
And if you hire the right Virtual Assistant, they will not only provide an extra pair of hands to ease the administrative burden, they will also be pro-active and look for ways in which they can improve your efficiency, productivity and, subsequently, your profitability.
One way this can be done is by realizing the huge potential in the use of transcription - which has been enhanced further with the introduction of digital dictation software.
Previously, the image conjured by the word 'transcription' would be old, overused cassettes of poor quality, and even couriers travelling across cities to get the aforementioned tapes to typists with looming deadlines. However, the introduction of digital recorders and audio players, such as Express Dictate and Express Scribe, has rendered these images obsolete.
Now it really is as easy as 'talking to' your computer, clicking 'send', and your encrypted audio file will be transmitted immediately to your assistant, wherever in the world they may be. And if that wasn't easy enough, with Pocket Dictate, you can even convert your smartphone into a dictation-recorder, so you can dictate whilst on the move.
How This Technology Can Help Your BusinessWith just a little bit of imagination you will find that transcription is not just for solicitors and doctors. It can be used successfully by sectors as diverse as trades and accountancy, IT, universities and market research agencies.
For instance, you can dramatically cut the time spent creating documents of a similar nature. Your assistant can prepare a template, and whenever you need to create a customized version, simply dictate the necessary edits, send the dictation file to your assistant, and the customized document can be produced without delay.
And to all tradespeople, estate agents, surveyors – in fact, anyone else who frequently finds themselves working away from their office or base – throw away your notepad! Whilst on site, dictate your findings, and send to your assistant to transcribe, ready for your arrival back in the office.
If you are attending a key meeting, consider recording the proceedings. You can be confident that all the information will be captured, and you avoid having to bring someone into the meeting purely to take minutes – freeing them up to make more valuable use of their time.
We also provide transcription services to businesses which already have their own in-house admin departments, as a helping hand during busy times and to cover staff absences. With digital transcription software, no exchange of cassettes is required, and handover is effortless.
And the benefits continue. These are just a few examples of how the use of digital transcription software can be incorporated into the daily operations of a small business to enhance efficiency and subsequently improve customer service. So why not give it a try?
Tips For Getting Started
- When dictating, try to keep background noise to a minimum. Be aware of traffic, fans, and interference from mobile phones.
- The first time you attempt dictation, do a test run with your transcriptionist so any problems can be highlighted.
- Finally, take time to source the right transcriptionist. A transcriptionist is not 'just' a typist. They need to have a sound understanding of language, grammar and punctuation. A transcriptionist needs to be able to 'think whilst they type'.
Suzanne Higham founded Admin-Minded with one goal - to provide high-quality administrative and PA services to businesses and solopreneurs to enable them to achieve their full potential. It has grown into a team of fabulous assistants with a diverse client base, including award-winning businesses and celebrities. To learn more or ask questions about ways in which transcription could help your business you can contact Suzanne at www.admin-minded.co.uk or the Admin-Minded Facebook page