Tablet / Phone Users: Double tap the centre column to make it full screen.
Today everybody is doing or wants to do video production. Many people choose to upload their videos to online places such as YouTube, and Facebook, so as close to professional production as possible is worthwhile.
As mentioned on this site in several places, no elaborate scientific setups here. No special laboratory equipment. Just honest in use every day setups and products that my friends or I use, or have used in our every day video activities.
Cyberlink PowerDirector - Was our program of choice for doing videos and slide shows for many years. We paid for several versions over those years. It pretty well does everything a home or advanced user would want to do. This includes adjusting every little aspect during production from sound, to video picture adjustments, to special effects and transitions, and a whole lot more.
Unfortunately Cyberlink moved to what they call 365. A system where you must pay a subscription fee regularly instead of buying the program outright.
For many average advanced amateur videographers this would be an unnecessary expense as it would be impossible to get that much value out of it for such random use.
DirectorZone which originally gave you lots of tips, suggestions and add-ons for titles, transitions, etc. also took a 365 route where unless you are a member you don't get the goods.
For this reason I have had to discontinue recommending PowerDirector, and am in search of a decently priced replacement. One that can be purchased outright, or even a free program such as Davinci Resolve.
Teleprompter Software - If you do narration for online videos such as YouTube or any other tasks where it would be nice to read from a teleprompter instead of notes, check out MirrorScript. Its free, and handles any teleprompter job with ease. Put it on a netbook and its better than cue cards when you have to do a presentation. Read our review of this program here.
Mini Tripod - Excellent accessory for video or still camera pictures.
Media Players - If you don't like Windows Media Player, VLC is a great option that's been around for a long time.
Here are some of my favourite sites for getting the latest scoop on movies new and old.
Movie Information Links
There are numerous sites giving instructions on how to set up your home theatre. Special instructions suggest ways of getting that little bit extra out of your system. The following are some suggestions I truly found to make a big difference in viewing and listening pleasure.
Home Theatre Rear Centre Channel
When I renewed my sound system a few years ago, one of the extra things it had that the old one didn't was a centre channel for the rear. For a month or so I ran it without a rear centre, thinking how much difference could that make. Yet everytime I ran the configuration setting, "no center speaker" would pop up on the display. This of course would deactivate a few other adjustments.
Finally I broke down and bought a centre speaker, installed it and waited for the results. Once again the difference was outstanding. In fact I would say the difference is as great as when we went from mono to stereo.
You won't hear the difference on every source that you listen to. But on movies that have DTS or even 5.1 encoding, the sound goes on all around you with much more depth than just having two rear outputs. It is really noticable and realistic if you are in the middle of a crowd, or on a street with lots of traffic all around. Sometimes it is just little sounds that we take for granted in every day life, like echos and leaves popping around as they blow along the ground.
It is not something you need, but if your system has a centre channel out, then get the speaker to go with it. The difference adds realism to the experience.
|Information is not official, and is only an opinion gathered from personal experience.|
If I make negative comments about any software or hardware products, it does not mean that the item or its company is bad in any way. It just means that my personal experience with it was not favourable. On the other hand if I make positive comments in a similar fashion, it only means my personal experience was satisfactory.