Friday, 18 May 2018

How did you make that Video - The Royal Visit


This is a new series on video making education. We take a recent video and talk about how it's made. We look for clues that made it effective and watchable. We then take these lessons and use them to make better videos ourselves.

Friday, 4 May 2018

YouTube and Me - One in a Billion



The YouTube and Me - One in a Billion Talk video

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Crowdsourcing Bike Locks in Google Drive - The Decathlon Demo

a bike lock display in a decathlon store
visit the image in google drive

Decathlon UK published a short video on 2 March 2018 called Advice: How to choose your bike lock (the full video and transcript is blow).

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Android Split Screen Combinations Part One and Two

where two screen become one on android 7.0 onwards

If you’ve a curious mind, then you often cannot stop thinking about things - in this case how an Android Screen can be Split into two halves to display two apps at the same time, side by side.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Android Accessibility Help Videos

Android Magnification Zoom

There are some quite brilliant Android Accessibility features hidden in plain sight - by that I mean found in Settings, System, Accessibility.

Mixing Voice and Music for Video

mixing voice and music with audacity

If you watch or make videos where someone is talking and there is music playing in the background, then read on.

Friday, 12 January 2018

G Suite New Ideas New Ways to use Apps on Mobile and Desktop

g suite playlist from youtube.com/mikedownes

G Suite New Ideas New Ways to use Apps on Mobile and Desktop

This is a collection of ideas I have found using Gogle Docs, Slides, Drawings.

Finding a Drone Font for Police

On reading a tweet from Devon and Cornwall Police, there was a line, 'insert drone emoji here' which got me searching. I've drawn a blank on emoji (so far).

However, I have found a brilliant drone font and it's free. Thought it maybe useful for the odd bullet point or illustration on a poster or collage.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Saving Mobile Data with Datally

Datally Screenshots from Help Video 9 Jan 18

Datally is a new data saving mobile app that was introduced by google on 30 November 2017.

I've made five help videos to support those people who wish to learn.

Audacity 2.2.0 and beyond from Nov 2017

Audacity 2.2.1 on Win10
It’s easy, real easy to record decent audio - I use my Moto G4 phone, a few JVC HA EBR25 / EBR80 Sports headset plugged into the phone or my Win10 laptop. I also have a Zoom H1 pro Mic.

Exploring the BeFunky Photo Editor Mobile App on Android

 a hare in a field as pop art from Spet 2014

I’ve used BeFunky on and off since 2009 I think, always on desktop, from memory maybe it was a downloaded application.

Yet here I am in 2018 talking BeFunky again, which seems to have found it’s way to me partly from memory as that’s what I search for after looking at the Storyboard comic strip images.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

U Scanner by Cyberlink is so Useful to Photo Scan Deskew Save pretty much anything

uk police tweet image using mobile first phone

I heard about and downloaded U Scanner by Cyberlink on Android on 14 Dec 17 (iOS is also available).

After a five minute test, I upgraded to Premium and paid £1.23 UK (no watermarks and no ads). For that price it would hardly break the bank.

The Storyboard Android App by Google Research Is it Still a Thing?

Storyboard App the Six Visual Styles (click image to enlarge)

Happy New Year People! It's 6 Jan 2018 already and last month on 11 Dec 17, Research at Google published a new android app to Transform your videos into Instant Comics.

I've made a few tests and demos and published a video playlist below. I will add more videos soon, especially as I have a backlog of ideas queued up as the seasonal vacation interrupted the flow.

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