Friday, February 26, 2016

WavePad Audio Editor Given an 8/10 by MicroMart Magazine UK

WavePad Review by MicroMart UK


MicroMart, one of the largest software/computing print magazines in the UK just reviewed NCH's audio editor, WavePad, for it's audio enthusiast's special this month and gave it a 8/10, "Definitely Recommended."

Some highlights:

"WavePad has an interface that makes all these tools easy to use. It's modern, and it places nearly all the functions you need on a ribbon toolbar."

"There are numerous VST plug-ins available for audio editors, and they add a wide range of extra features and functions. It gives WavePad almost unlimited capabilities."

"It's possible to remove the voice from a music track with a couple of mouse clicks, leaving just the music. You could make your own karaoke tracks or mix a different voice with the music."

"Feature-rich and great to use"

Read the full review here:

WavePad 6.38 Review by MicroMart UK

Click on the link to download or purchase:
WavePad by NCH Software

Just Released: VideoPad Video Editor for Android

Download VideoPad 4.34 now at www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html. Also available for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS at the same page

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Just Released: Express Burn Disc Burning Software for Mac OS X

Download Express Burn 5.00 now at www.nch.com.au/burn/index.html. Also available for Windows at the same page

New Release: Pocket WavePad for iOS

Download WavePad 6.42 now at www.nch.com.au/wavepad/index.html. Also available for Android, Windows and Mac OS X at the same page

New Release: Express Scribe Transcription Software for Windows

Download Express Scribe 5.84 now at www.nch.com.au/scribe/index.html. Also available for Mac OS X at the same page

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

1 Hour of Pink Noise - MP3 Free Download

Free Download 1 Hour of Pink Noise in MP3 as a Concentration, Memory, or Sleep Aid 


You’ve likely heard of “white noise,” which is produced when the sounds of different frequencies are combined. Pink noise, on the other hand, is a type of sound in which every octave carries the same power.

A slightly more technical definition from Wikipedia:
Pink noise or 1f noise is a signal or process with a frequency spectrum such that the power spectral density (energy or power per Hz) is inversely proportional to the frequency of the signal. In pink noise, each octave (halving/doubling in frequency) carries an equal amount of noise power.
According to studies, pink noise, which includes sounds at lower, more consistent frequencies than white noise, seems to help people sleep better. Additionally, it's associated with memory improvement, which may be beneficial especially for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other conditions that affect the brain.

Below is a free download of an hour of pink noise in mp3 format, made in Tone Generator by NCH Software.

Click on the link to download:
1 Hour Pink Noise (Google Drive, MP3)


Tone Generator allows you to generate sine, square, triangular, saw tooth, and impulse sound waves. It also comes with presets for white, pink, blue, brown, violet, and grey noise signals.

Click on the link to download or purchase:
Tone Generator by NCH Software


New Release: Spin 3D Mesh Converter for Windows

Download Spin 3D 1.03 now at www.nchsoftware.com/3dconverter/index.html

New Release: VideoPad Video Editor for Windows

Download VideoPad 4.33 now at www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html. Also available for Mac OS X, Android and iOS at the same page

New Release: Zulu DJ Software for Windows

Download Zulu 3.67 now at www.nch.com.au/dj/index.html. Also available for Mac OS X and Android at the same page

Just Released: Switch Sound File Converter for Mac OS X

Download Switch 4.97 now at www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html. Also available for Windows and Android at the same page

Friday, February 19, 2016

How to Batch Convert Video Files - Prism Video Converter

Converting Multiple Video Files Quickly and Easily Using Prism Video Converter


There are times when one needs to convert many video files at once - transferring them into your phone or handheld gaming device, or turning them into WMV format to include them in a PowerPoint presentation.

There are many video converters out there, but Prism Video Converter is designed for this purpose with:
  • Support for most major video formats
  • Ability to take in different formats in the same batch
  • Output video/audio quality options
  • Ability to resize video and add effects
  • Command line mode for batch conversion automation (advanced users only

  • Source: Wikipedia

How to Batch Convert Videos Using Prism

Note: This is a feature available in the premium version - the free regular version  allows for one conversion at a time.

Converting multiple files in Prism is a simple process:
  1. In Prism, click 'Add Files' to select the video files you want formatted. It is okay to have differing file types in the same batch.
    • To make the process faster, it is recommended to move/copy the files ahead of time to a single folder on your computer so you can easily add all the files at once by clicking 'Add Folder'.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, set your destination folder - if the folder specified does not exist, Prism will prompt you to create it.
  3. Specify the output format you would like. The dropdown menu will have all of the formats available as well as formats ready for specific devices (phones, iPads, XBox, etc)
  4. Set 'Encoder Settings', which determines video and audio quality. The Prism manual has more information on what each setting does.
  5. Set 'Video Options' to resize the videos or set them to a particular aspect ratio and to limit framerates if necessary.
  6. Add desired effects - color settings, filters, adding a caption or watermark, and rotate/flip.
  7. Hit 'Convert' and watch as the converted files are placed in your specified output folder!

Click on the link to download or purchase:
Prism Video Converter by NCH Software



New Release: VideoPad Video Editor for iOS

Download VideoPad 4.32 now at www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html. Also available for Windows, Mac OS X and Android at the same page

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Just Released: Express Dictate Digital Dictation Software for Windows

Download Express Dictate 5.93 now at www.nch.com.au/express/index.html. Also available for iOS, Android and Mac OS X at the same page

File Preparation for 3D Printing - 3D Modeling and Conversion

3D Printing Tips: Making Your First Model Print Easier

Make the Model With Printing in Mind

  • This is the main focus in terms of making your first print job go smoothly. If you model accommodating for the intricacies of 3D printing, you'll never have problems.
    • Make sure the model is a continuous mesh

      It is often easier to build complicated shapes in 3D modeling programs by making them composed of multiple, less complicates shapes; unfortunately, this does not work for 3D printing - for the printer to work, the object being printed must be a single continuous shape/mesh.

      To print out shapes you have built previously using multiple shapes, you must go through the often long and tedious process of merging vertices and edges until it is a solid object.
    • Eliminate non-manifold geometry

      From Shapeways:
      "Generally, there are two types of non-manifold errors:

      1. Open Objects: When there are holes in the object (think: the opposite of 'watertight').
      2. Unwanted Faces:When a model has unwanted extra faces or edges. Sometimes this extra geometry is hard to spot by only looking at the outside of the model. "

      Most vendors require all edges to be 2 manifold - as in, each edge has exactly two faces attached to it. These errors, often caused by open (unconnected) edges or overlapping vertices/faces, can be very difficult to find.

      Read this article from Shapeways for more in-depth information on how to fix manifold errors:
      http://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/fixing-non-manifold-models
    • Check surface normal vector directions

      The surface normal (sometimes called a face normal) is the directional vector perpendicular to the surface of a 3D model. Every face has its own surface normal, and it should be facing outward, away from the model's surface.

      These issues should be easy to find and fix using lighting display settings (Each software is different, but generally):
      • Find lighting settings, turn off 2-sided lighting
      • Reversed surface normals will look black
      • Reverse the normals on those surfaces
    • Check vendor's printing requirements

      This step is one you should take early on to do both comparison shopping and to figure out what your design needs are based on available materials and minimum thicknesses. If you are using your own printer, the manual should have this information.

    Convert the File to a 3D Printer Ready Format

    • You've made your model following the guidelines above, and you're just about ready to print! As an extension of the last point, check your vendor as to what 3D file formats are accepted. Usually application specific formats will not be accepted, and you will need to use universal file types. The two most common formats will be OBJ and STL.
    If you need to convert an existing 3D model into OBJ/STL, try Spin3D, our 3D file converter program. Spin 3D converts between STL, 3DS, 3DP, 3MF, OBJ and PLY mesh file formats. No matter which program you use to create your 3D models and 3D designs, you can convert to your desired output format.

    Spin3D also allows for batch formatting, perfect if you have several 3D files you need to format for printing!

    Click on the link to download or purchase:


    Just Released: FlexiStation Employee Client for Mac OS X

    Download FlexiStation 1.92 now at www.nchsoftware.com/flexi/index.html. Also available for Windows at the same page

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    Monday, February 15, 2016

    New Release: Express Burn Disc Burning Software for Windows

    Download Express Burn 4.98 now at www.nch.com.au/burn. Also available for Mac OS X at the same page

    New Release: PhotoPad Image Editor for Windows

    Download PhotoPad 2.78 now at www.nchsoftware.com/photoeditor. Also available for Mac OS X and Android at the same page

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    Just Released: Zulu DJ Software for Windows

    Download Zulu 3.66 now at www.nch.com.au/dj. Also available for Mac OS X and Android at the same page

    Just Released: Express Invoice Invoicing Software for iOS

    Download Express Invoice 4.50 now at www.nchsoftware.com/invoice. Also available for Mac OS X, Android and Windows at the same page

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    VideoPadで使えるエフェクト一覧

    初心者でもプロ級のビデオ作品ができると評判のVideoPadですが、実際にどんなエフェクトが使えるのでしょうか?VideoPadユーザーに人気のエフェクトをご紹介します。

    動き系

    拡大縮小
    クリップの縦横比を自由自在に変えることができます。画面上に表示される点線をマウスで伸び縮みさせる形で変更したり、拡大縮小率を指定して変更したり、お好きな変更方法が選べます。プルダウンメニューから選べるプリセットを使った変更もできます。

    ズーム
    こちらも画面を拡大することができる機能ですが、ズーム機能はプレビュー画面の枠線を使って画面の一部を指定し、この部分をクロップ(切り取り)する機能です。

    その他にも、ミラーエフェクトや、回転エフェクト、被写体ぶれなど様々な動き系エフェクトがあります。

    カラー系

    寒暖
    画面に寒暖色のフィルターをかけます。色相の相対位置はバーをスライドさせる形で簡単に指定できます。また、プルダウンメニューからプリセットのテンプレートを選ぶこともできます。

    セピア
    クリップにセピア色のフィルタをかけます。

    ネガ
    クリップの色を反転させ、写真のネガの様に表示します。

    その他にも、彩度や色相、露出などの調整や、白黒、ぼかし、色相サイクルなど様々なカラー系エフェクトがあります。

    特殊効果

    エッジ検出
    画像のエッジを表示します。

    油性画・コミック
    ビデオや写真を油絵やコミック調に表示します。


    古いフィルム

    昔の白黒フィルムのように粗く、動きや明るさを不安定にします。最近撮ったばかりのビデオがまるで昭和初期に撮影された古い映画のようになります。

    レイヤー
    動画や画像を重ねて表示できます。動画トラック1に挿入されているクリップの上の動画トラック2に重ねるクリップを挿入し、それぞれのクリップの透明度を設定と2つのクリップが重なって表示されます。

    クロマキー(グリーンスクリーン)

    人物の背景だけを消して別の画像と入れ替えたりといった特撮映像も簡単に作れます。

    クリップ内の特定の色をマウスクリックで指定して透明化し、下に重ねる画像を下のトラックに入れると、透明化した部分に下のトラックの画像が挿入されます。

    例)人物の背景を透明化した動画を動画トラック2に挿入し、トラック1に別の背景を挿入することで、人物がトラック1の背景の前にいるような合成映像が出来上がります。

    その他にも、モザイクや枠線、波形、波紋、縁ぼかし、魚眼レンズなど様々な特殊効果があります。

    切替効果

    豊富な切替えパターン

    ズームや、フェードなどの基本的な切替えはもちろん、シェイプ系、出現系、回転系、3D系など様々な切替えパターが搭載されています。

    フェードイン
    最初のクリップにフェードインする場合は、フェードインするクリップのすぐ前に空クリップを挿入し、この空クリップから次のクリップへの切替えにフェード系の切替効果を挿入します。
    空クリップの色や、フェードインの長さの調整もできます。

    音声エフェクト


    VideoPadは映像や画像だけでなく、音声にもエフェクトをかけることができます。また、フェードインやフェードアウトもボタン1つで簡単にできます。

    エコー
    音声にエコーがかかります。大きなスタジアムや山などで大きな声を出すと聞こえる、いわゆる「こだま」のことです。

    パン
    音を右から左へ移動する場合などに使うエフェクトです。動画に臨場感を与えることができます。

    コーラス
    1つの音声の音程と速度を微妙に変化させて3つの異なる音声として聞こえるようにします。

    その他にも、ハイパスやフランジャー、圧縮、増幅など様々な音声エフェクトがあります。

    このように、VideoPadには便利で楽しいエフェクトがたくさん搭載されています。

    使い方はどれもとても簡単なので、初心者でもすぐにプロ級の動画編集を始めることができます。
    是非今すぐVideoPadを無料ダウンロードして、その使いやすさと楽しさを実感して下さい。

    VideoPadは以下のページから無料でダウンロードいただけます:
    VideoPad by NCH Software




    Just Released: Pocket WavePad for iOS

    Download WavePad 6.39 now at www.nch.com.au/wavepad. Also available for Android, Windows and Mac OS X at the same page

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    New Release: Express Accounts Accounting Software for Windows

    Download Express Accounts 5.09 now at www.nchsoftware.com/accounting. Also available for Mac OS X at the same page

    Write the Perfect Valentine's Day Love Song

    Best Words for Your Love Song Lyrics

    acoustic guitar

    Writing your Valentine a love song? Have writer's block?

    Don't worry, here is some inspiration for you!

    From an analysis of the Billboard Top 50 Love Songs of All Time, here are the 60 most commonly used words in alphabetical order:
    1. ago 
    2. around 
    3. baby 
    4. belong 
    5. best 
    6. better 
    7. boom 
    8. breaking 
    9. care 
    10. cause 
    11. deny 
    12. diamonds 
    13. every 
    14. eyes 
    15. feel 
    16. found 
    17. girl 
    18. give 
    19. go 
    20. gonna 
    21. got 
    22. happy 
    23. heart 
    24. hold 
    25. hopeless 
    26. hours 
    27. know 
    28. let 
    29. like 
    30. living 
    31. long 
    32. love 
    33. loved 
    34. made 
    35. make 
    36. mind 
    37. need 
    38. oh 
    39. one 
    40. place 
    41. protection 
    42. really 
    43. see 
    44. selection 
    45. show 
    46. side 
    47. silly 
    48. stop 
    49. suposed 
    50. tell 
    51. til 
    52. time 
    53. useless 
    54. want 
    55. way 
    56. whoa 
    57. wish 
    58. world 
    59. yeah 
    60. yesterday

    Now Combine the Lyrics with the Music

    When you're done writing your new masterpiece, give it that professionally produced sound by using mixing software - give MixPad a try.

    MixPad allows users to:

  1. Mix an unlimited number of music, vocal and audio tracks
  2. Record single or multiple tracks simultaneously
  3. Load any audio file to mix with your new project
  4. Use audio effects to give your Valentine Song that professional flair 
  5. Add sound effects and music to your love mix with the built-in royalty-free music library
  6. Add additional studio effects and instruments with VST plugin support

  7. Recent user review:

    "Dear NCH SOFTWARE/ Mix Pad Team, I would like to say thank you for all of the team members to create Mix Pad, You made a great job. It was a great tool to made my first promotional video sound editing, easy and fast. No doubts, this is my tool for next time as well"
    -Gabor Szilagyi, www.relaxbeer.com

    Click on the link to download or purchase:


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