Tag Archives: Video Editing

How To Mirror or Record your iPhone or iPad Display Screen to your Desktop Computer Display Screen!!

This Quick Video Tutorial will allow you to Mirror or Record your iPhone Display Screen to your Desktop Computer Screen.

This is a GREAT ADDITION for Video Editors to be able to add this feature to their videos. Great for: Training, Showing Close-Ups of your iPhone Screen, etc.

The Software is called AirServer and is available as a download for Both PC and MAC.

This software is FREE for 7 Days (as of this post). After that, it costs $14.99 for a lifetime license.

It took a little bit of adjusting, as far as making sure I had all of the supporting software on my computer, to get it to work.

But now, it works just great!!

Add this to your Screen Casting software and you’ll have a great tool for getting your ideas across to others.

It’s NOT about the Money or all the Stuff, Stupid!!

It’s NOT about the Money or all the Stuff, Stupid!!

Please don’t take offense to that sentence because it’s mainly aimed at myself.  You see, most of my life I’ve looked at things through a “dollars and cents” mentality:

“If I purchase that new cool thing, how much money do you think I can get for it if I try and sell it later?” Or: “I can always sell it if we can’t afford it.” Or: “I don’t think we should purchase that.  It’s too expensive.  How about if I get this cheaper item instead?” Or: “I’m really mad that I can’t buy that item because we really can’t afford it.” Or: “I really can’t start this project unless I have the BEST tool to work with.”

Notice how many times I used the word “I” in the last paragraph.  You’d think I was the King of ALL.   That was before I learned how to simplify.

Well, most real things (you know, things with REAL value) in life are NOT about the money.  Or about the Stuff.  Things like: Love, Friendships, Laughter, Looking at Nature, Good Health or Supporting Others by just being there for them.

Or, really learning one thing….and learning it really well before we move on to the next thing.

Face it, we are seeing, in our lifetime, a degradation of what is really valuable in life by the fastest slope downward ever seen.  We’ve forgotten our facts.  We’ve let slip through our hands the beauty of life: It’s NOT ABOUT US!! It’s Not about amassing a bunch of stuff so we can feel good about ourselves.  It’s about using what we already have.  Not what we “could do” if we had better stuff.

Think back to someone that you respected.  Not because they had amassed a bunch of stuff, but because they were able to do things without all the stuff. They had learned to simplify.  Some people are able to simplify because they know that they don’t have to have “all the best equipment” to make things happen.  Or, maybe they had to simplify and be creative because of a lack of funds. Either way, they did it without all the Stuff.

This simple idea has been poking at me for some time now.  I think that’s why I really like the idea of writing for this blog.  You know, about doing things simply….without spending a bunch of money on Video Equipment that we don’t really need.  It’s NOT about how much stuff we have.  It’s about using the stuff we already have and using it well.

I remember an interview with a decorated Marine Corps sniper.  He had just come back from one of his tours of duty.

The interviewer asked him: “How many weapons do you use when you’re in battle?”

To which he answered: “Only one.”

The interviewer asked: “Why only one weapon?”

He answered: “If you have too many weapons you won’t get to know one of them really well.  Oh sure, you might learn a little bit about each of them, but you’ll never REALLY get to know one of them in-and-out.  By knowing one weapon well, when you’re under pressure you won’t have to think about what to do.”

HOW COOL of an answer is that?

So, let’s get to the business of learning and using the Video Equipment we already have.  Learn all we can about our equipment and practice with it over and over, until we know it in-and-out.

Only then can we make a good decision on whether to move on to something bigger and better.

Learn How to EASILY Remove Hum, Hiss or Noise in Your Audio Recording Using FREE Audacity Editing Software!

Noise in Audio Recordings can be the difference between a Good Video or a Bad Video.

With this Quick Tutorial, you can learn a Secret to removing unwanted Noise in your Audio Recordings!

The Software used is called Audacity.

The Best Part:  IT’S A FREE DOWNLOAD!!

I use this software quite often when I have too much background noise in my Videos.

Watch this Video….It’s not very long and won’t take much time at all.

Your Wallet will Thank You!!

Download this software for FREE from Cnet at:

Information about the Marshall MXL 007 USB Microphone that was used in this video:


Learn How To Quickly Capture Great Audio with Your Smartphone Microphone and Edit it with Free Audacity Audio Software!

This Video Tutorial will Allow You to QUICKLY Capture GREAT AUDIO using your Smartphone Built-In Microphone and then Edit it in a FREE Audio Software called Audacity.

Then, you can add it to your favorite Video Editing software and Sync it to your Videos for YouTube or Blogs.

This Tutorial shows you Hands-On what App I used to capture audio on my iPhone 4s. Then, how I edited it in a FREE Software called Audacity.

Also briefly shown is the Screencasting software I used called Camtasia 8.

This Video goes along with our quest for not needing to have the Best, Most Expensive equipment to capture Great Audio for our Video Editing.

The iTalk Recorder App is availble, at this posting, for FREE on the iTunes Store. I recommend the iTalk Recorder PREMIUM. It does cost $1.99 at this posting, but it’s worth it as I state in the video.

Hope you enjoy this Quick Video Review and tutorial.


What Equipment Do I Need for Making Good Video?

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What Equipment Do I need For Making Good Video?

Have you ever heard this:

“I’m going to go out and buy a 24 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera from Blah, Blah, Blah that also takes High Definition Video. Then, I’m going to get the Lighting and Software and Blah, Blah, Blah. Then, I’ll have everything I need to take good video and make lots of money!”

Again, have you ever heard that? Have you ever said that? I have. I’ve said it. And, because of that I’ve wasted lots of money over the years “thinking” I needed all this stuff right away.

So, you could go out and spend lots of money and purchase all you need to start a Video business right away. And, MAYBE you’d make money…or, maybe you’d lose a bunch of money.

If you take a look at the attached picture in this post you’ll see all sorts of fun stuff to make good Video and Photographs:

A Digital SLR Camera capable of also taking High Definition Video, Zoom Lens, Speedlite Flash with Flash Diffuser installed, Speedlite Flash Controller, 3CCD Mini-DV Camcorder with On-Camera Shotgun Style Microphone, a small Soft Box, a Fluorescent Ring Light, USB Microphone, Apple iPhone, Rode SmartLav Microphone, 2 Adjustable Light Stands and Photo/ Video editing software with Screencast Editing software.

Do you need all this stuff? Maybe, if you wanted to open up a Photo/Video business. Then, you’d need all this stuff and more!

But, if you are just trying to get some good video to be able to edit it and share with family and friends, NOPE….don’t need it.

I say we can test the waters first. See what’s right for us and our budgets. Then, make a move on something reasonable.

The above picture was taken with an iPhone 4S with 3 off camera lights. One of the lights is a “clamp-on” light with a fluorescent bulb from Home Depot (or Lowes) for a whopping total of about $15.00 US. The 2nd light is a 24 X 24 Soft Box with 5 Fluorescent bulbs (that was more expensive than $15.00). The 3rd light is the Stellar Ring Light that you see shining in the picture (even more expensive).

Up until this point in my life, I have JUST used the inexpensive “Clamp-On” lights from Home Depot or Lowes for all my photo and video needs. I have 6 or 7 of them. They’ve served me well for many years.

Oh, and speaking of the iPhone 4S….I’ve taken pretty good video with it and edited it right on my phone with an App called iMovie. I can add: Sound effects, transitions, do Voice Dubbing, trim the clips, plop in photos and even bring in audio from a Lavalier Microphone attached to an iPod touch, email the file to myself and save it to my iPhone. Then, add it to the mix. The result is a pretty good video! In fact, if you go to YouTube and put in “Video Made from iPhone” or “Movie made with iPhone” you’ll see there are a bunch of people doing just that…Making almost professional looking video from their phones! Crazy, huh?

Since this is a blog for Beginners, I say we start out with the inexpensive equipment that most of us already have and learn how to really use it.

Then, when we’ve mastered that, we can move on to “Bigger and Better”.