Monday, 5 December 2016

The Android Power Director Resource Page

edit screen from Moto E this morning
PowerDirector, yes spelt as one word, is a mobile app from Cyberlink. I believe it was released for tablets and then for phones (maybe late 2015).

Get the App from the Google Play Store.

On my test using a Moto E 2nd Gen, I used 22 short clips and expected very little. I say that as I've never found an app so far that has match 'me with it'.

What I have seen has been so badly designed, gimmicky or expensive that it was like putting on an ill fitting jacket upside down. You just wanted it off your back and never to be seen again.

That said, I was astounded at the features, the speed and the ease that I created a short video. Almost identical to the way I work using Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13 on win10.

The Moto E 2nd Gen has a 4.5 screen so editing should feel pretty claustrophobic but it did not.

The beautiful thing - adding the voice over. I chose a poem, plugged in my JVC HA-EBR80s (which have a headset mic) and recorded in one take.

It was quite surreal and comfortable. If I record a voice over on win10 with Vegas (with my Zoom H1 mic), I have this anxiety that I am in some 'race' with the timeline.

And how impossible it is to match what I say with the clips and slides. I usually take the cowards way out and just avoid doing it. Which often means there is no video.

Instead, I use OBS and record my screen and voice together - that's usually what you see these days on my uploads, where I have used OBS in one take.

The effort comes with getting organised and having a mental teaching point running order, triggered by the chrome tabs I have arranged in a set order.

For some reason, this did not happen on mobile. In fact, I felt quite comfortable.

Which leads to to think this post is NOT about video editing at all, but rather the biggest technology of 'our mind' and how we use it to achieve a messaging, or  a story being told.

Even on telling a few people I know about PowerDirector, was not about creativity and freedom, it was segmented by an unnecessary watershed, 'Android versus iOS'.

That has to stop, in that the viewer, or a group audience will not give two monkeys if the video was shot on Nikon or Canon, or mics were Zoom or Tascam.

They will care and stay watching because of the story, the interest and the feeling.

Funny thing, I have the weirdest desire to get out in the cold winter air again tomorrow and record some short ten second clips. And then when I have that quiet moment, record a little spoken story over the top.

One technique I think I may use, taking my Zoom H1 with me. Record some decent ambient sound, knowing PowerDirector will allow multi audio tracks on the timeline.

Yes of course each HD video clip from Moto E will have audio, but not brilliant quality. As an aside have a ply around with Smart recorded for Android, and set the Mic as manual - then you will see the gain skip up and down quite hard. That's why a better Mic is better, if you have one.

There are two playlists below, one I have created based on a few videos I've found and the other from official Cyberlink.

Will report back.

Link to Cyberlink Customer Support 

Playlist with my test demo Frosty Morning video and four other help videos.


Playlist from Cyberlink ..




A few tweets about the topic earlier today ..


Thursday, 10 November 2016

West Yorkshire Police Carr Gate Goes Facebook Live

On Thursday 10 Nov 2016, West Yorkshire Police hosted a Live Video Event on Facebook called Carr Gate Goes facebook Live (news release).

There were six videos presented by PC Amjad Ditta, force Positive Action Co-ordinator.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Essex Police Mobile First Resource Page

just brilliant photo from PC Josh Haase sums it up
Introduction .. On this page, you will find all I have found out about what Essex Police Mobile first is all about, mixed in with my own thoughts, observations and of course resources.

It will also help me educate the Public, the Police and myself on what one simple mobile phone or tablet is capable of. Visible policing to me, is not an officer walking or driving down a street, it's having a realtime conversation with officer's in your area, pooling information and keeping up to date with changes and alerts in your area. Wifi access and quad core mobiles mean it's easier than ever before.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The Twitter #PoliceMoments Resource Page

twitter moment collage of a typical embed
This post is a short one looking at testing out how Twitter Moments will embed and display in a website.

Earlier today, I made something called The PC Daryl and James Show based on a few tweets. It's embedded below.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The State of UK Policing on Twitter - a research study

Of all the information in this old school station photo,
I value the wooden bench as the most important - a public
social meeting place, just like twitter
For the last six years, I’ve been following what the Police have been saying on Twitter. This blog has now passed 100 police labels.

What started out as pure curiosity has definitely not gone away, in fact I’m more obsessed than ever.

In that vein, I want to set out a new UK Social Policing Research Stall. I’ve called it The State of UK Police on Twitter as I really have no idea what’s going on.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

How to make a mobile screen recorded video with music ideal for twitter

After reading this post, you will be able to make your own screen recorded video, add music and share wherever you like.

In this example, I spotted something (like Essex Police on twitter reaching 200 accounts) and thought - how can I easily and quickly make something worthwhile and timely to tell this story. Something to look back in a while (in this example, Essex Police on twitter had about 104 accounts at the start of 2015, so 200 on 29 Oct 16 is a landmark).

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Police Tweet Awards 2016 Quiz Page

Following on from The Police Tweet Awards 2016 Resource Page (9 Oct 16), here's one of the next ideas mentioned, namely - A Quiz.

I've used Google forms to make a ten question Quiz. This one is a test to see how well it's received. There is a mixture of fun and serious questions. What Google have done, is make it very easy to create and take the self marking multiple choice quiz.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Police Tweet Awards 2016 Resource Page

John Motson with his copy of the #poltawards data sheet

Introduction .. Ten days ago I sent a few ideas to the Police Tweet Awards Team. In the email, I suggested how, with the 2016 Finalists now published, there maybe a ton of story telling opportunities.

On 7 Oct 16, I was delighted this tweet was made, 'Thank you @mikedownesz - Mike is helping @policeawards promote the awards finalists- looking forward to showcasing your work #poltawards'.

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