A FREE Open Source (Powerful) Video Editor That Is Easy To Use

June 15, 2017

Here is a video editor called OpenShot, that will give you the ability to edit those videos you take using your smartphone.  OpenShot is a Linux, Mac, and Windows based software application that offers many transitional effects and recognizes nearly all media formats out there (including video, audio and image files). Through experimentation of my own, I found OpenShot quite user-friendly and recommend for the computer user’s at home.

Features

  • Cross-platform (Supports Linux, OS X, and Windows)
  • Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)
  • Powerful curve-based Key frame animations
  • Desktop integration (drag and drop support)
  • Unlimited tracks / layers
  • Clip resizing, scaling, trimming, snapping, rotation, and cutting
  • Video transitions with real-time previews
  • Compositing, image overlays, watermarks
  • Title templates, title creation, sub-titles
  • 2D animation support (image sequences)
  • 3D animated titles (and effects)
  • SVG friendly, to create and include vector titles and credits
  • Scrolling motion picture credits
  • Advanced Timeline (including Drag & drop, scrolling, panning, zooming, and snapping)
  • Frame accuracy (step through each frame of video)
  • Time-mapping and speed changes on clips (slow/fast, forward/backward, etc…)
  • Audio mixing and editing
  • Digital video effects, including brightness, gamma, hue, greyscale, chroma key (bluescreen / greenscreen) , and many more!

SOURCE: OpenShot Video Editor 


Have Some Fun… Check Out These Awesome Online Games

June 14, 2017

Check out these FREE awesome online games at FRVR.com


PCWorld: Aukey’s 104-key mechanical keyboard is $35 on Amazon today

June 13, 2017

Noticed this Amazon deal at PCWorld for the Aukey 104-key mechanical keyboard that you may be interested in…

There’s nothing like a good keyboard deal as the week moves into full swing. Amazon and Aukey are offering some deals on the latter’s products today. Of the bunch, our top pick is Aukey’s KM-G6 for $35 (use code RSKGHPRI at checkout). This is a 104-key mechanical keyboard with Outemu Blue switches and six-color backlighting (see source link below to read more)…

SOURCE: PCWorld – Aukey’s 104-key mechanical keyboard is $35 on Amazon today


Over 6K Positive Reviews On These Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drives (USB 3.0)

June 12, 2017

If you go to Amazon and check out the Seagate Expansion drives (1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB) you will find that these drives are carrying a 4.3 star (Best Sellers) review rating, based on over 6,000 reviews. If you are in need of external backup storage, this drive is a good choice. You can also check and compare other external drive choices HERE

The Seagate Expansion portable drive provides extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. Instantly add space for more files, consolidate all of your files to a single location, or free up space on your computer’s internal drive to help improve performance. Setup is straightforward; simply plug in the included USB cable, and you are ready to go. The drive is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install or configure. Saving files is easy too–just drag-and-drop. Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 interface by connecting to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility. System Requirements: Windows 7 or higher, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds, compatibility may vary depending on the user’s hardware configuration and operating system). Box Contents: Seagate Expansion Drive, 18-inch USB 3.0 Cable, and Quick Start Guide.

SOURCE: Amazon – Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drives


A Tool Created By A Technician For Technicians

June 12, 2017

Didn’t really get a chance to mess around with this open source program (called WinBolt); however, thought I would post it for the other techs out there. From what I am gathering WinBolt is a 45MB tech tool (portable app) where you can automate maintenance routines, such as Windows Updates, Malware Scans, CCleaner, etc… If you give this a try, let us know via the comments, your experience with this.

Features:

  • Automate Windows Updates
  • Automate Application Installs
  • Automate General Maintenance
  • Automate User Backups
  • Worry Free IT!
  • Scheduled Monthly Maintenance

SOURCE: SourceForge – WinBolt


An Impressive and Simple Video Calling App

June 12, 2017

My daughter wanted me to try Facebook Messenger so that we could video chat with the Grand kids… I told her I do not like Facebook and I would have to find an alternative. Within minutes (actually), I found Google Duo in the Google Play Store (see source link below) and we were up and running in no time. (Note: Google Duo is also available at the Apple Store)…

If you want a low overhead video calling app, Google Duo is it. I was majorly impressed… After installing the app and giving the app permission to access my contacts, I simply called my daughter’s cell phone number. She had already installed it and as a result the connection was seamless. You can actually preview who is calling before answering. If you do call someone that does not have the app installed simply tap on “invite” or prearrange that they install the app. Google Duo is as simple as it gets and the video quality is great…

 Google Duo- screenshot

Features of Google Duo are:

Simple interface
Pick a loved one and jump right in, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.

Knock Knock
See the caller before you pick up with Duo’s live preview feature.

High quality video
Experience faster and more reliable video calls whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on-the-go.

Cross-platform
Video call all your friends across Android and iOS with just one simple app.

Audio Calls
Make audio-only calls to your friends when you can’t have a video call.

SOURCE: Google Duo


Stop! Don’t throw that USB away

June 10, 2017

TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog

You may be able to save your USB drive if it stops functioning.   Recently I had a USB drive I use to push firmware on DVRs that did not show its full capacity.   The USB drive could not be formatted and the Disk Management Utility was of no use.

Warning – IF YOU SELECT THE WRONG PARTITION OR DRIVE LETTER, YOU MAY DELETE DATA.  REMEMBER, YOU WILL ERASE WHAT IS ON THE USB DRIVE, BUT  IT SHOULD BECOME FUNCTIONAL.

Open a command prompt as an Administrator and type what is in the bold, CHANGING the partition information and drive letter as necessary.

Follow the steps below to fully ERASE and reset the drive –

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.15063]

(c) 2017 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:WINDOWSsystem32>diskpart
Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.15063.0
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: SERVER

DISKPART> list disk

Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt

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