Friday, April 20, 2018

New Release: MixPad Multitrack Recording Software for Windows

Download MixPad 5.05 now at www.nch.com.au/mixpad/index.html. Also available for Mac OS X, Android and iOS at the same page

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Release: Zulu DJ Software for Windows

Download Zulu 4.13 now at www.nch.com.au/dj/index.html. Also available for Mac OS X and Android at the same page

Friday, April 13, 2018

Just Released: VideoPad Video Editor for Mac OS X

Download VideoPad 6.03 now at www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html. Also available for Windows, Android and iOS at the same page

Thursday, April 12, 2018

New Release: VideoPad Video Editor for iOS

Download VideoPad 6.02 now at www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html. Also available for Windows, Mac OS X and Android at the same page

New Release: Prism Video File Converter for Windows

Download Prism 4.07 now at www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html. Also available for Mac OS X at the same page

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How to Edit Travel Videos with VideoPad

How to Edit Travel Videos with VideoPad


You have just returned home from one of the greatest adventures of your life. Your bags are unpacked, your passport is put away and your head is filled with unforgettable vacation memories. You are probably starting to think about all of those videos you took and are now wondering what you are going to do with them all. Making travel videos is a great way to preserve and share your travel memories. With an easy-to-use video editor like VideoPad you can create stunning travel video content that you will want to watch over and over again.



Trim Your Clips Down to the Good Stuff

The cold hard truth is that nobody is going to want to watch an hour long clip of your boat ride or surf lesson, and once you get home neither will you. One of the first things you should do with your travel footage is go through and trim your clips down to the good stuff. If you are combining clips to make a travel video, 2-3 minutes is best for Facebook and YouTube. Anything longer and you will lose people's attention. Individual clips can usually be cut down to 5-15 seconds of action. A video with many different clips is always more engaging to watch than a video with a few extremely long clips.

Trim Down Your Clips and Video


Crop Out Unwanted Objects

So there you were, filming the perfect shot of that vacant beach, when a loan swimmer pops up out of nowhere and ruins it! Well, don't sweat it! VideoPad allows you to crop your videos so that you can keep what you want in frame and cut out all of the distractions.

Crop Out Unwanted Objects


Add Titles and Captions

Adding titles and captions to your travel videos is a great way to make sure that you and your viewers get the extra info that may not be obvious just by looking at the scenery. It's a good idea to start a travel video with a title of the location and perhaps the date. Captions can also be used for displaying translations when someone is speaking a different language or when someone is speaking too quietly for your camera's microphone.
Add Titles and Captions to Your Travel Videos


Add Some Music

Music is an essential component to any travel video or travel movie. Music tells your viewers how to feel when they are watching your video. Nothing sets the mood for a travel video quite like a song that reminds you of your trip. Try to find a song that is actually from the place you visited or perhaps one that is sung in the language of that country. VideoPad allows you to import music from many different sources and then adjust and edit the track as you please.

Add Music to Your Travel Video


Use Transitions

Transitions are a great way to make your travel video feel more fluid and natural. Without transitions, the quick changes between clips will feel abrupt and jarring. VideoPad has many great transitions so that your clips flow together smoothly. Using transitions will help make your travel video look more professional and be overall more pleasant to watch.

Apply Transitions


Share Your Videos

Now that you are finished editing your travel video, it's time to share it with the world. One of the best features of VideoPad for a vacation movie editor is that you can upload videos directly from the software to YouTube. This means you can skip filling out descriptions on YouTube and instead quickly fill them out in VidePad and post! Share your memories with the world and inspire others with your stunning world travel videos. Start a travel blog and post more travel videos as you create them and find others who share your passion.
Share Your Travel Video



Monday, April 9, 2018

Just Released: PhotoPad Image Editor for Windows

Download PhotoPad 4.01 now at www.nchsoftware.com/photoeditor/index.html. Also available for Mac OS X and Android at the same page

Friday, April 6, 2018

Create a Video from Photos with Slideshow Software

Create a Video from Photos with PhotoStage Slideshow Maker

Create a Video from Photos

From baby's first steps to graduation tears of joy, family vacations, weddings and honeymoons, we take and save photos of our memories every day. At times it may seem impossible to organize and share such a wealth of memories with your friends and family. Social media is a great way to share everyday photos, however, you may want to create a more polished production for your most cherished memories. To easily organize and share your photos, you can create a video slideshow from photos.

How to Make a Video from Photos

Creating videos from your photos of specific events can be a beautiful and meaningful way to organize your photos. Create annual DVD's to chronicle family ski trips, reunions and summer beach getaways. Make a slideshow to organize all of the fabulous photos from your European vacation in one place. Create the perfect gift to send to grandma and grandpa, or a cherished memento DVD for your children to look back on as they grow up. For newlyweds, a wedding slideshow is a popular way to showcase your favorite photos from your big day. Creating a video from photos is a quick and easy process when using a slideshow software, such as PhotoStage SlideShow Maker.



You can create a slideshow video from photos in three easy steps:

  1. Select your favorite photos
  2. Arrange photos in slideshow
  3. Add Music, Effects, Animations or Text

Step 1: Select your Favorite Photos

To select the photos that you would like to add to your slideshow, begin by importing the media that you would like to use in PhotoStage. To do this, click on the "Add Media" button in the top menu bar and select the photos that you would like to use from your computer. Alternatively, you can use the "Add Photos", "Add Video" and "Add Audio" buttons to upload media to your slideshow. Photos, videos and music will be added to the "Media" tab.


If you are using lots of photos in your video, you may want to check to make sure that all of the images which were imported into the Media tab have been included in your video. When a photo has been added to the slideshow, a green checkmark will appear over the photo in the Media tab.


Step 2: Arrange Photos in Video

To add photos to your slideshow, drag and drop photos from the Media bin onto the Slideshow at the bottom of the program window where it says "Drag your image and video clips here". You can also drag and drop photos to re-arrange them in your slideshow video.

Adjust Photo Duration

To adjust the duration of a photo in the slideshow, click on the time icon at the bottom of a slide, or double click on the slide. In the slide adjustment window, you can set the photo duration in seconds. You can also change the duration of all of the slides in your slideshow by checking the box to "Apply to all".


Select a Photo Transition

You can easily change the transition animations that appear between the photos in your video slideshow. Transitions can fade from one photo to the next in a variety of exciting ways.
Transitions can help make your video of photos more interesting. To change a transition, click on the icon that appears between your photos in the slideshow, and select your desired transition from the 'Transitions' tab.











Step 3: Add Music, Effects, Animation or Text to Perfect Your Video

Edit Your Photos

PhotoStage slideshow software includes a number of photo editing effects which can quickly crop, adjust, brighten, and rotate the photos that you add to your video slideshow. To edit a photo, click to select the photo in the slideshow, and then click on the "Edit" tab. 

Bring your Photos to Life with Effects and Animations

PhotoStage slideshow creator also includes a variety of effects which can be applied to photos.

Add a touch of nostalgia with a sepia filter, add a border, or transform your photos into oil paintings with these easy to apply effects. 


For more advanced effects, you can add animations to your photos. Animations can be added to photos in your slideshow to create movement, such as a zoom effect. Animations can be applied to photos individually, or you can add multiple animations to a single photo to combine effects. 



Add a Title Slide

You can also add a blank slide to your video slideshow in order to create a title slide. To add a blank slide, click on the "Add Blank" button in the top menu bar. 

Select the color slide that you would like to add, and then drag and drop the blank slide to your desired location in the slideshow.

 Add Text to Photos

To add text to a photo in your slideshow video, select the photo that you would like to edit and click on the "Text" tab. There are several text options to choose from. 

Click to select the text option that you would like to add to your photo, and then adjust the font, alignment, size and text color in the Applied Effects area of the Text tab.














Add Music to Your Slideshow

Music is a quick and easy way to add emotion and ambiance to any video. To create a slideshow with music, you can upload music from your computer, or you can use the music in the NCH Audio Library. To add your own music, click on the "Add Music" button in the Media tab, or click on the "Add Media" button in the top menu bar. 
Audio tracks will be added to the Media tab. To add music to your slideshow, drag and drop the audio file that you would like to use from the Media tab to the slideshow where it says "Drag your sound clips here"

To add music from the NCH Sound Library, open the "Slideshow" menu, and open the NCH Sound Effect Library.
The sound effect library includes many sound effects and music tracks which you can use in your slideshow. 


Add a Narration

To personalize your slideshow video, you may wish to add a voice over narration. To record a narration for your slideshow, click on the "Narration" button in the top menu bar. 

Save and Share Your Video

Video slideshows can be saved in a variety of common video file formats for easy sharing with friends and family. Export your photo slideshow video as a .gif, .mov, .mp4, .flv, or .mkv file. Videos can be shared on social media, sent to family members by email, or burned to a DVD or Blu-Ray disc.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Building the Perfect Doomsday Bunker With DreamPlan

Build the Perfect Doomsday Bunker With DreamPlan


Nobody knows when it will happen or why. It could be the result of an alien invasion, a zombie apocalypse, or an all-out nuclear war. Regardless of the reason, you can never be too prepared for the inevitable collapse of our civilization. One thing you can be certain of is that if the end is near, you need to be ready. Using a 3D modeling software such as DreamPlan, you can design the perfect doomsday bunker to survive.




Location

Location is everything when planning your doomsday bunker. Scope out a well-hidden spot, preferably close to a water source and far away from any major highways. You don’t need much land, maybe a half acre or so. Check for electric and gas lines before you break ground and most importantly, make sure you weren’t followed. 

Map Out the Location of Your Bunker




Fence It In

Start with a fence. You are going to want to make your fence at least 12’ tall. There’s no telling what’s going to be trying to get over that fence when doomsday strikes and you don’t want to be outside fortifying a fence that’s too short once the oxygen has turned into sulfur.

Fence In Your Bunker



Time To Dig

Dig your bunker nice and deep. Use strong materials for your floors and walls. Wood is good, but metal is better. DreamPlan comes with many durable materials for fortifying your bunker such as cement, bricks, and concrete. Once you have dug out your bunker, you can begin to design the floor plan and start filling it with supplies.

Dig Your Bunker


The Element of Disguise

Keeping your bunker hidden from outsiders is one of the most important steps to designing your doomsday shelter. You don't want any uninvited guests finding you and your fellow survivors before you want to be found. Use some of the many plant objects in DreamPlan to surround your bunker with natural plants and foliage. Change the color of any part of your bunker that is above ground so that it blends in well with your surroundings. This will keep any U.F.O.'s or government drones from seeing you from above.

Camouflage Your Bunker


Bunking In Your Bunker

Sleeping arrangements will be tight in your doomsday bunker. Especially if there are a lot of survivors after the initial blast. You will need to make sure you have adequate accommodations for sleeping in your bunker.

Bunking in the Bunker


Food

Keeping food on the table for you and your fellow survivors will be one of the hardest parts about bunker life. Make sure your kitchen is well equipped for long term storage of food and for preparing daily meals. Plant a garden outside of your bunker to grow nutritious nuclear herbs and vegetables in the new apocalyptic environment. Who knows, maybe they will give you super-powers?

Feed Your Fellow Survivors 


Water

Fresh water is going to be hard to come by in the apocalyptic wasteland you will be living in. With the city water contiminated and no electricty to pump water to your bunker, your bunker plumbing will depend entirely on your ability to collect water. Place barrels around your bunker so that you can collect rainwater. You can replenish them with water from the closest source when the inevitable drought kicks in.

Water Supply


Fight Back

Equip your doomsday bunker with a room full of tools. Tools are great for upkeep of your bunker, but even better for defending yourself against zombies or rogue road warriors. You can install lockers and pegboards for holding and storing all of your bunker defense tools and supplies.

Weapons Room


Keep Your Sanity

One of the most important factors to consider for surviving the apocalypse is maintaining your own personal sanity. Allocate some space in your bunker for activities to keep you and your fellow survivors entertained while you count the days. Dreamplan is equipped with many great bunker activities such as dartboards, pool tables, board games and more.

Don't Lose Your Mind



Emergency Evacuation Plan

It is a very real possibility that you will have to leave your bunker in a fight or flight scenario. In the event of a "bugout" it is important to have an escape plan. Use DreamPlan to map out your evacuation route. Place your getaway vehicles in an inconspicuous location nearby, so that when the time comes, you can get out fast.

Escape





Happy April 1st from NCH Software!



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