Monday, April 30, 2018

New Release: Express Dictate Digital Dictation Software for Mac OS X

Download Express Dictate 7.00 now at www.nch.com.au/express/index.html. Also available for iOS, Windows and Android at the same page

Friday, April 27, 2018

How to Edit Audio Files with WavePad

How to Edit Audio Files with WavePad

musician recording with WavePad

You don’t have to be a professional music producer to record and edit your own music. With an easy-to-use music editing software like WavePad, you can take your audio recordings to the next level. Recording and editing your songs yourself is great way to share and preserve your musical masterpieces and anyone can do it. Whether you are recording your voice for a podcast or you are editing tracks of your band playing live music, it has never been easier to create professional quality recordings from home.


Record Audio

If you don’t already have an audio recording to work with, don’t worry. WavePad allows you to record audio directly into the program using an accessory microphone or the internal microphone on your computer or device. To begin recording a new track, simply click the red record button, a new blank track will be created and your recording will begin automatically. You can stop your recording by clicking the square stop button, pushing the Esc key or by clicking anywhere on the track.

screenshot of recording in WavePad audio editing software
Recording Audio in WavePad

Import Audio

If you already have a pre-recorded track you would like to work with, you can easily import the track into WavePad to edit. Simply press Ctrl + O on Windows or Command + O on Mac to open it. You can also go to the main drop down menu and select File and then Open. Import a file from your computer or external device, or you can choose to open a file directly off of a CD or data disc. You can even import files straight from the Cloud. Make sure to explore the NCH Sound Library for additional audio samples and sounds to add to your music or audio project.

screenshot of WavePad audio recording software file import
Import Audio Files

Trim Tracks

Trimming down your audio recordings or music tracks is one of the first tasks you will want to complete when you begin editing audio files. WavePad allows you to easily remove the silences from the beginning and end of your recordings. Simply select your entire track, go to the Edit tab, click Trim, and then choose the Auto-trim silence from the Start and End of the File option from the drop down menu.
screenshot of trimming silences in WavePad audio editing software
Trim Out Silences in Your Tracks 

Split Tracks

You can split your recordings and files at any point you would like to in WavePad. Simply place your cursor wherever you would like to split your track, select the Split option from under the Edit tab and then choose "Split at cursor" from the drop down menu. This will split your audio at the position of the cursor, generating two separate tracks.

screenshot demonstrating how to split audio tracks in WavePad
Split Tracks

Reduce Noise

Removing background noise from your audio tracks is essential if you want to make your recording sound professional. Background sounds such as chair squeaks, footsteps and even your own breathing, are all noises that are easily picked up by your microphone. Luckily, they are just as easily removed from your tracks. Choose the track you want to remove noise from and then select the Cleanup option in the Effects menu. From there you can choose from a variety of noise cleanup options, such as auto click/pop removal or noise reduction.

Screenshot demonstrating how to remove background noise from an audio file or recording
Reduce Background Noise

Mix Audio

The Paste-Mix feature in WavePad allows you to overlay tracks to create mash-ups, voice-overs or layer recorded instruments for that full band sound. To combine the audio from two tracks into one, start by selecting one of the tracks and copying it to the clipboard. Next, select your second track and click on the Paste Mix icon in the menu under the Edit tab. When you play it back you will hear that the two pieces of audio have now been combined.

screenshot demonstrating how to mix audio tracks in WavePad
Mixing Audio Tracks 

Volume Control

Now that your song or voice recording is cut down to the good stuff, you can decide what you want to do with your volume levels. Not all microphones are created equally and so your song may end up being a lot louder or a lot quieter than you expected. Select the Levels tab to view some of the different volume control options available in WavePad. Select Normalize Audio from the effects tab to amplify audio gain across the entire track. This is a great last step to finalize your project before exporting.

screenshot demonstrating different audio adjustments and controls for music editing
WavePad Volume Control Features

Save and Export

When you are finished editing your audio project, you will need to save it. WavePad has several easy options for saving and exporting your audio files. Under the Home tab you can click on the Save icon and choose to burn your song to an audio or data CD, send the file in an email, upload it to the cloud, or save it as a number of audio file formats. If you plan on making additional edits to your project later, you can save all of your work as a WavePad project file to preserve quality.

screenshot demonstrating the different ways to save and export a music project
Saving Audio Files



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Photo Browser in PhotoPad Photo Editor

PhotoPad Photo Editing Software - Import Photo Browser


















NEW - Photo Browser in PhotoPad Photo Editing Software


We are very excited to announce a new Photo Browser option in PhotoPad Photo Editing Software. This highly requested Photo Browser includes larger thumbnail icons which make locating and opening photos a breeze.



How to use PhotoPad Photo Browser


The Photo Browser option in PhotoPad will allow you to browse the images on your computer in a gallery view. This can be very useful when locating a particular photo among a batch of photos on your computer, or when importing multiple photos at one time. To open a photo using the thumbnail gallery view, click on the "Photo Browser" button in the Home tab.








Navigate and Select Photos Easily

On the left hand side of the Photo Browser, you can select a folder from your computer to view. The Photo Browser allows you to open photos from multiple folders. The images from the selected folder will appear as thumbnails on the right hand side of the Photo Browser window.


















Drag and Drop to Select Photos to Edit

To select a photo to open, drag and drop the photo from the gallery to where it says "Drag photos here to edit with PhotoPad".


















Confirm Selected Photos

Photos that have been selected will have a checkmark overlay visible in the photo browser. The checkmark icon appears in the upper right hand corner of photos which will be opened to edit in PhotoPad. This can be useful when opening many photos at once.


You can click on the checkbox in the upper right hand corner of a photo in the Photo Browser to select or deselect the photo to be opened. If the checkbox has a checkmark, the image has been selected to be opened. To remove a photo from the bottom row of selected photos which will be opened, deselect this checkbox.


Photos can also be removed from the row of selected photos at the bottom of the Photo Browser by clicking on the "X" in the upper right hand corner of the photo.


















Open Selected Photos to Edit

To open the selected photos from the photo browser, click on the "Open" button at the bottom of the screen. All of your selected photos will be opened in PhotoPad where they can be edited and adjusted as needed.


















After opening your photos, you can use PhotoPad to apply filters, adjust lighting, crop, re-touch and resize photos. We have a series of PhotoPad Photo Editing Tutorial Videos to help you get started editing.



After you have mastered the basics of photo editing with PhotoPad, you may enjoy:

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.

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