Sunday, 12 August 2018

The Zoom H2n Mini Series


Having purchased a new Zoom H2n on the 11 July 2018, it's now been 30 days of learning and testing. Here's a small mini series with plenty of examples - four videos with total play time of 25 minutes.

The Zoom H2n as a model was launched in 2011, so not a new item at all - yet I would say an ESSENTIAL device if you are passionate about audio recording.

Of course if you follow this blog and my youtube channel, you will have seen I bought a Zoom H1 in 2013. And a lot of audio for me has been recording with my Moto G4 inbuilt microphone.

There are a few more paragraphs and links at the bottom of each video.

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 15 Mini Series - The Freedom and Autonomy to Create


In this post we are going to explore Desktop Video Editing.

Videos 1 to 6 on the playlist are the Mini Series to help you learn while the remainder give some background on how to use Vegas Movie Studio.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

YouTube Hashtags at Video Search


Hashtags at YouTube have been around for a long while - yet what's new, how to add a hashtag into a title or description text and have those hashtags appear above the title.

Used in moderation quite useful, so what's the best way? I am leaning towards a three step approach
  1. channel name #themikedownespage
  2. subject, topic like #GoogleEarth
  3. subtitle like #Measure
Any more hashtags a too many in my opinion. What's alarming how google youtube have a limit of 50 hashtags - I say alarming as in my view, that limit should be MUCH lower - like 5 I would say.

Edit Fri 27 July 18 - Rules..

1, if hashtag(s) in title, then TITLE ONLY
2, if title and text description then TITLE ONLY
3, if no title, hashtag(s) in text description then ABOVE TITLE ONLY

therefore hashtags cannot be in both TITLE and ABOVE TITLE (?)

Links: Official Help Page Use Hashtags for Video Search



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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

About The Mike Downes Page



I'm working on a new site called the mike downes page, postes this in the About area, it reads..

From the very beginning my YouTube channel has been called The Mike Downes Page. That was on 8 Oct 2010.

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.

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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