Donate to Wikipedia today!

I have long been a fan and user of Wikipedia. And as many of you know, it comes with no advertisements and that means it solely relies on donations. I highly recommend anyone who uses Wikipedia to go and donate $3, $5, $10, or even more to the site today. You can even claim this donation on your taxes, check out this page.

Donate today!

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We all start at zero

Had to pass this great video and cause on to everyone. I love Khan Academy and I think its cause is the future of learning. Join the cause today!

You Can Learn Anything!

You can learn anything

Mind Map: 22 Best Open Source Apps for Music and Video Editing!

How cool is this? The folks over at Sound Stage Studios put this interactive mind map together to highlight the 22 Best Open Source Applications for editing video and music. Click on the image below to see the live code:

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Just how good is the Blue Yeti Microphone? You can compare it here.

yeti-toonThese have been the options that I have used to create the videos on my YouTube channel to date. Now, a real comparison would be to get another “good” microphone and compare it to that, however, I think this post clearly shows being cheap about the microphone is not a good option at all.

I first started with the built-in microphone of my laptop:

 

Then I pretty much used my Apple earbuds with the microphone exposed on my chest:

 

I then used the Rode lavalier but didn’t really like it at all:

 

Enter: Blue Yeti. I have yet to do a video with this but the sound is clearly superior:

Goodbye bad sound, meet my new toy!

The Blue Yeti has arrived. I just did my first podcast with this baby and it is as amazing as everyone says it is. The recorded sound is perfect!

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Tip of The Day: Mobile Simulation With Chrome

chrome-os-2odl-800Quick Tip of the Day – don’t have a mobile device? Then use Chrome to test your responsive design on many kinds of devices! I have used this technique specifically to test what the site will actually look like on a mobile device. Even though responsive designs “work” when  you resize the browser, sometime it’s not perfect.

 

Playing with Final Cut Pro X and my new green screen

I had the 30 day trial version of several different video authoring programs and I finally decided on Final Cut Pro X. It seemed to me by far the most comprehensive and feature rich tool and while the price was somewhere in the middle, it wasn’t cheap – especially for a hobby. You may have noticed my last two videos on YouTube had some titles, an ending, and even a little bit of green screen in them.

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As an advocate of “free education” I loved the fact I could search YouTube and get all kinds of great tips to learn how to use it. Tips from setting up a very cheap green screen (and lighting it) to actual feature tips for Final Cut Pro X are all on YouTube – so for that I thank you!  Here are some of the ones I watched:

I have already done a cool video with my son for a school project he had where he gave the weather on Saturn – he loved it!

The first video I created with the software was the new CKEditor in WebSphere Commerce video: