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September 26 2012 4 26 /09 /September /2012 10:53

 

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Scriptwriting-Tools-Intro.jpg?6cc8a5Writing is hard. Most of us know the feeling of having to pull an all-nighter to wrap up a thesis paper due in the morning – and those papers rarely broke 40 pages. I can’t imagine the pain, blood, and sweat that gets poured into writing a screenplay of 150 pages. That just doesn’t happen without any help.

Have you ever had dreams of writing for the big screen? Do you think you have the next blockbuster idea – the next Inception? Even if you’re more interested in short films or theater, scriptwriting is what you’re looking for. And rightfully so, the scriptwriting business is extremely difficult to break into.

Fortunately, the Internet is full of kind and helpful souls who are willing to share their secrets, tricks, and lessons with aspiring and budding writers. Here are some of the best scriptwriting resources that free can buy.

 

Tools

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  • Celtx: Celtx is a self-proclaimed replacement for paper, pen, and binder. Everything that’s involved in scriptwriting preproduction, you can do it in Celtx and have it kept all in one place. If you’ve ever heard of Scrivener, then Celtx is the scriptwriting version–except entirely free! There are mobile and desktop versions and they all sync up well with cloud services. If you purchase the premium version, you get even more features.

 

  • Page 2 StagePage 2 Stage is a scriptwriting program that helps you keep all of your scripts formatted and organized. It provides a number of features that aren’t available in most modern word processors–like intelligent auto-formatting, built-in dictionary and thesaurus, index card overview, scene shuffling, and more. It once costed $79.95, but now it’s completely free!

 

  • RawScriptsRawScripts is a web app that’s designed to help you write your scripts with ease–no more having to fiddle around with formats and spacing. All of it is done online. If you want to collaborate with others, RawScripts allows multiple users to access a script. Files are synchronized on a cloud and everything can be exported in formats that are readable by other desktop scriptwriting software.

 

  • TrelbyLike Celtx, Trelby is free software that aims to help newbie and veteran scriptwriters alike by providing a cost-free scriptwriter. It’s open source and works natively with Windows and Linux. It does everything essential that you’d need for churning out a working script.

 

  • Word TemplateIf nothing in the world of scriptwriting software impresses you, then you’re probably better off sticking with tried-and-true Microsoft Word. Fortunately, Microsoft has released a template that’s specifically designed for scripts and screenplays. It looks professional, it’s free, and it’s available on all versions of Word starting with 2007.

 

Resources

free scriptwriting software

  • Screenwriting InfoThe absolute best resource on the Internet if you want to know all about script formatting, what to do, and what not to do. There are actually a lot of factors that go into making a readable piece of script, so this is mandatory reading for anyone new to the whole idea of writing for the screen. Also works as a good refresher for intermediate and advanced writers.

 

  • Screenwriting Tips… You Hack: “Because you suck at screenwriting, and I’m here to help.” That’s the tagline of this amazing Tumblr-based resource. Every day (yes, literally) the microblog is updated with a new piece of screenwriting advice that will help you improve your scripts and stories. With over 1,000 tips, you know that this resource is both serious and consistent.

 

  • Script FrenzyEver heard of NaNoWriMo? Script Frenzy is just like it–an international writing event that pits scriptwriters against the personal challenge of having to write 100 pages of scripted material over the course of 30 days. Every year in April, scriptwriters all over the world come together and see what their words are worth. It’s a great way to meet other writers and sharpen your skills.

 

  • Simply ScriptsIf you’re the kind of person who learns by example, then Simply Scripts will be invaluable to you. This website is a free archive of hundreds of scripts, screensplays, and transcripts of everything from movies to television shows to anime and even radio. There are tons of scripts here waiting to be read and analyzed.

 

  • TVTropesOften lauded as a black hole that sucks away all of your free time, TVTropes is a wiki-based website that catalogues all of the different techniques and tricks that are used in writing–whether it’s short stories, novels, video games, TV shows, or movies. It’s a great way to scope out what’s been done, how it was done, and what’s starting to creep on the edge of cliché.

 

  • Writing ExcusesWriting Excuses is a topical writing podcast that covers everything that could possibly be related to the process of writing. From idea inception to character creation to plothole solving, it talks about all of it. New episodes are released weekly and each episode is 15 minutes long, but with an archive of 7 seasons, it’ll be a long time before you run out of listening material here.

Blogs

scriptwriting software

  • Genre HacksA blog created and led by veteran screenwriter and filmmaker, Sean Hood. He’s best known for his work on horror films, but lately he’s been involved in action-thriller films. In this blog, he writes great posts about the industry and his own experiences as a writer.

 

  • Go Into The StoryThis blog is run by Scott Myers who has been involved in writing over 30 projects since 1987. Every day, he updates his blog with multiple posts–sometimes a motivational quote from a famous writer, other times he’ll discuss the various aspects that make a successful story. Definitely worth a look.

 

  • John AugustIt’d be hard to find a serious screenwriter out there who hasn’t heard of John August and his blog. It’s consistently ranked in the top 5 screenwriting blogs and for good reason–there is a ton of fantastic material here waiting to be consumed. He has hundreds of posts about the writing process, the industry, the pitching, the creation, and more. You’re doing yourself wrong if you don’t read this blog regularly.

 

  • ScriptShadowScriptShadow is a blog that reviews the latest scripts floating around Hollywood. He analyzes each script, delving into what makes them spectacular and what makes them fall flat, then gives each one a qualitative grade. This is an excellent resource if you like learning from the mistakes and successes of others laid bare.

 

  • StoryFixStoryFix is not exactly a scriptwriting blog, but it’s very relevant. The blog has a massive archive of posts that go through the process of story structure. What is it that makes a particular story intriguing? Why do some stories flop while others blow up? How can you replicate such success? Read this blog to find out.

 

Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/for-your-next-great-movie-or-play-16-free-scriptwriting-tools-and-resources/

 

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September 24 2012 2 24 /09 /September /2012 10:15

 

Apple released iOS 6 this week, bringing a handful of new features to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. While they defined many of the flagship features, several were left unsaid. These are our 10 favorite secret features in iOS 6.

10. Pull to Refresh

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 6Pull to refresh is one of the greatest gestures that Apple took next to forever to adopt. iOS 6 finally allows you to pull down to refresh your mail accounts and various other data sources. Ignore the reload button and start swiping down.

9. Tons of New Emoji

 

Some people love their emoji—the cute icons you can add to messages, emails, or really anywhere that accepts text in iOS. Apple just added a ton of new options. If you have your emoji keyboard enabled already, you don't have to do anything. If not, you can enable it in the Settings app by going to General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard. That will bring up a list. Choose Emoji and you're all set.

 

8. Limit Ad Tracking

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 6Everyone's trying to track you on the web, and your phone is no different. If you'd rather advertisers not track your activity and serve up targeted ads, iOS 6 lets you turn off tracking with a simple switch. Just head to Settings > General > About > Advertising and flip the switch to On. It may take a little while for you to stop seeing targeted ads, but soon enough your activity should be much more private.

7. Wake Up to a Song

 

Apple update the Clock app—which I still hold to be my favorite native app—to give the alarm functionality a boost. No longer do you have to wake up to one of your ringtones. Instead, you can pick any song in your library. You could even make a recording of yourself telling you to wake the hell up, sync it to your iDevice, and open your eyes to a sunny day and your own, obnoxious voice. Or you could just pick a song that you like. Regardless, you now have a choice. That's very much appreciated.

 

6. Late Night Listening

 

Although not available on all devices, newer iPhones and iPads have a new EQ setting: Late Night. This option lowers bass levels and attempts to make your music less-intrusive in the evening so you can listen and fall asleep easily without being distracted by anything too jarring. Why Apple didn't include this option on earlier devices is beyond us, but iOS 6 has shown how much they like to unnecessarily limit their software to keep you from getting off the upgrade treadmill.

 

5. Only Receive Message Alerts from Your Contacts

 

Don't care if you get an iMessage from an unknown source? You don't have to. If you head into the Settings app, then Notifications, then Messages, you can set your alerts to only show up for your contacts. If you don't want to be bothered by people who aren't worth sticking in your contacts—like spam message bots, for example—iOS 6 lets you ignore them.

 

4. Sync Your Text Expansion Shortcuts Across Devices

 

Apple added text expansion to iOS 5, and it was awesome, letting you type in long usernames, addresses, and other text with just a few strokes on your keyboard. We showed you some essential shortcuts to set up, and now iOS 6 has made the feature even better, letting you sync it between your other iOS devices (like an iPod touch and an iPad)—along with your custom keyboard dictionary. To do so, you'll need an iCloud account. Then, just head to Settings > iCloud, and scroll down to Documents & Data. Tap it, flip the switch to On, and do the same on your other iOS 6 devices. Your custom dictionary and shortcuts should stay in sync between all your devices.

 

3. Launch Apps with Siri

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 6Apple told us Siri got smarter in iOS 6, but they neglected to mention that she'd launch apps for you. All you have to do is activate Siri and then say the word "launch" plus the name of the app you want to open. While this may seem a little lazy, it's really useful if you have a bunch of apps and don't necessarily remember where they all are. You no longer need to search—Siri can do the work for you.

2. Archive or Delete Messages in Mail

 

A common Mail complaint among Gmail users has long been the need to choose between archiving and deleting a message. iOS just never provided a way to choose on the fly. Now you can. To do this, open a message, tap and hold the Archive button, and make your choice. The unfortunate reality is that you have to actually open the message to do this. You can't tap and hold the Archive button in list view to get these options. That said, it's a welcome improvement. We still prefer Sparrow, though.

 

1. Walking Directions in Maps

 

People are not happy with the new Maps app in iOS 6. It's full of problems. One of the major complaints is that it only provides driving directions, leaving walkers, bikers, and public transit users behind. The good news is that Apple didn't leave out these features entirely. In fact, walking directions are still available. To find them, just tap the bent arrow "directions" button in Maps and you'll see your recent destinations. From there, you can toggle between driving, walking, and public transit. Walking directions will work without issue. Public transit, on the other hand, will try to route you to another app (and fail, for now). Hopefully we'll see Apple improve Maps quickly and bring back these important, lost features. In the meantime, if this secret feature isn't enough to satisfy you then check out Lumatic. It might do the trick.

 

 

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September 21 2012 6 21 /09 /September /2012 09:11

YouTube supports both direct webcam uploads using the Record from webcam feature as well as webcam videos created using software on your computer. If you recorded a webcam video using your own software and want to upload it to YouTube, view these tips on how to properly format your webcam file before uploading to YouTube:

 

Record from webcam (youtube.com/my_webcam)

You can record a webcam video on YouTube and upload it directly to the site. Click the Record from webcam box on the upload page, or simply go to http://www.youtube.com/my_webcam.


 


You must do the following to ensure that the YouTube Record from webcam feature works:

  • Log into your YouTube account
  • Ensure that you have a working webcam built into or connected to your computer
  • Select allow if asked to permit YouTube to access your camera and microphone

 

Once you have taken these preliminary steps, you can easily record and publish your webcam video.

  1. If you don't see a picture in the record section, you may need to choose a different video source from the video dropdown in the Record Videowindow.
  2. Once you see a picture coming from your camera, click the Ready to Record button to start recording your video.
  3. When you're finished recording, click the red stop button.
  4. You can preview your video before uploading by selecting the Preview button in the recording window.
  5. If you are satisfied with your preview, click Publish to upload your video, or select Re-record to start over.

 

When you click the Publish button, your video will automatically be uploaded to YouTube and begin processing. You can edit information about the video by going to your My Videos page.

 

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September 18 2012 3 18 /09 /September /2012 09:00

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The white earphones that come with your iPhone or other Apple mobile device may not be the best sound quality devices on the market, but if you have a pair with remote control buttons on them, you may not know how much you can actually do with them–from answering phone calls, starting and pausing music, to activating Siri and giving it commands.

 

 

Talking On The Phone

Whenever you know you’ll be talking on your iPhone a lot, definitely plug in your earphones to talk and control incoming calls and conversations. If you have the remote control earphones that come with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, it contains three buttons: a + and – control, and a center pause and play button. You may not have ever noticed, but on the other side of those controls is a tiny mic as well, in which you can speak into without necessarily having to raise the mic up to your mouth. Just make sure you’re not covering the mic with your finger while trying to talk into it.

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Here’s how you can use those controls for phone calls:

  • Squeeze the center button to receive a call and press it again to end it.
  • If you receive a call while talking to someone else, press the center button once to switch over the next call. And press again to end it and return to the original call.
  • You can ignore an incoming call by long pressing the center button, until you hear two beats. The call will be sent to phone voicemail.

 

Controlling Audio & Music

When you want to listen to music, a podcast, or video on your supported device, you can do the following with the remote control earphones:

  • Control the volume with the + and – buttons.
  • Play and pause the music, video, and podcast program.
  • Press the center button to return the previous song.
  • Double-press the center button and hold, to fast-forward a song or audio.
  • Triple-press quickly and hold, to rewind a song.

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    Control Your Camera

    If you are learning to take photos with your iOS camera supported device, you may not know that your earphones can be used to help you steady shots and thus make sharper photos. It’s also useful if you put your iPhone on a tripod and use the remote earphones to activate the shutter.

    • With the earphones plugged in, compose a shot and press the + button to snap photos. This is similar to pressing the + button on the side of the phone itself to snap photos.

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      Activate Siri & Voice Commands

      If you’re using the iPhone 4S, you are probably using Siri. You can also use your earphones to activate and talk to Siri.

      • Press and hold the center button to activate Siri. Press and release the center button again to quickly end an activation.

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        If you don’t have Siri on your iPhone, read my article on voice controlling your iPhone to make similar commands. The voice commands also apply to the use of the earphones.

         

         

        Use With Your Apple Laptop

        Your earphones are not limited to just the iPhone or iPad they came with. You can use the controls and remote microphone with your MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to control the volume, play and pause of iTunes and QuickTime Player, and to do voice-to-text-dictation. See my article, How to Dictate Writing On Your Mac for additional instructions.

        No doubt Apple will be adding more voice commands in the future releases of iOS devices, and though the feel and orientation of its popularly used earphones may change, the remote functions should get enhanced. But let us know of your experiences with the earphones and what features you would like to see added.

         

        source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/did-you-know-your-iphone-headphones-did-all-of-this/

         


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        apple.pngToday is the day we have all been waiting for. Apple finally jumped on the stage and announced everything. Months of rumors and speculations have finally been revealed. Apple finally announced the iPhone 5. As it turns out, most of those leaked iPhone 5 images were right on the money.

         

        So what did Apple say about the iPhone 5? Well the first thing they talked about was how thin and light it is. In fact, it is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S and 20% lighter. Along with that, the iPhone 5 will have a 16:9 aspect ratio and a full four-inch screen. It will have a Retina display featuring a resolution of 1136 x 640.

         

        To compensate for this larger screen, Apple has updated the software. There is an extra row of apps on the home screen, and all of their native apps will be updated to use this extra screen space. For non-native apps, if the developer does not update them, they will be centered on the screen with black bars around the edges.

        Apple also improved the sensitivity of the touch screen by integrating it directly into the display. This removes the extra layer and makes the screen much more accurate to your input. According to Apple, “this is the most accurate display in the industry.”

        Apple also announced that their new iPhone would support LTE, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. In the US, the iPhone will support AT&T, Sprint and Verizon as their 4G providers. This means that they are finally catching up to other carriers in terms of data speed. They also greatly improved WiFi on the iPhone, making using data on the device an all around better experience.

        Of course, it would not be an upgrade without introducing a new processor, and Apple did just that. The brand new A6 processor is twice as fast as the previous model, and should allow iPhone users get more done faster.

        Apple is also making some improvements to audio with the iPhone 5. It has three microphones designed to enhance clarity while making calls. It is a still phone, after all.

        In spite of these performance enhancements, they managed to make slight improvements to the battery life of the iPhone 5. That is no small feat when you consider that the device is smaller, lighter and more powerful.

        The iPhone 5 also brings some improvements to the iSight. It will perform much better in low light situations and is capable of snapping photos 40% faster than the earlier model. The new camera also brings panorama mode, which, you guessed it, allows you to take beautiful panoramic photographs. The front-facing FaceTime camera is now capable of 720p resolution.

        As rumored, Apple is doing away with their old connector and introducing Lightning. It is substantially smaller than the previous cables and it is generally easier to use. Still have plenty of old cables around? Don’t worry, Apple will have an adapter for that.

        With a new contract the iPhone 5 will cost exactly the same as the iPhone 4S. $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and$399 for 64GB. Pre-orders start September 14th and the device ships on the 21st in North America. It ships out in other regions starting on the 28th.

        Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/newly-announced-iphone-5-updates/

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        hulu.jpegHulu is the website where you can watch TV shows and movies online. Unlike Netflix, Hulu has a much better selection of TV shows and more recent episodes; Unlike YouTube, to get Hulu videos need more than the URL. Hulu have gone to great lengths to protect their videos from downloader, primarily because Hulu is home to a lot of television episodes and clips, rather than user-uploaded content.

         

        Then how to get TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips from Hulu? Here are the two methods.


        Method 1: Video Recorders

        The advantages of video recorders are quite obvious, they could capture videos in good quality, and no matter DRM or encrypt RTMP and RTMPE protocols for video streaming, as long as videos are playable, they will fully record.

         

        How to Record Hulu Videos

        Step 1: Download and install the free screen capture software Any Video Recorder by clicking here.

        Step 2: Before recording, users could define the file directories and video name; customize output video quality by change Framerate and Bitrate.

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        Step 3: Open the Hulu video that you want to record, and click the Record Now button. The program would detect the video area automatically. If needed, you could also adjust the red frame.

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        Step 4: Click the red REC button or Ctrl+F7 to start recording.

        Step 5: Press hot key Ctrl+F7 or click on red STOP button on the upper left of the screen to stop recording.

         

         

        Method 2: StreamTransport

        StreamTransport is a free download tool, it could help you out and download videos that you like from Hulu, MySpace, Veoh, Yahoo!Video, etc. With it, the undownloadable Hulu website is downloadable.

         

        How to Download Hulu Videos

        Step 1: Download and install the Hulu download tool StreamTransport

        Step 2: Launch the software; you can paste the Hulu link you want to download or click the “Visit Hulu” button to the homepage and navigate to the video you would like to capture and play it.

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        Step 3: Once the video starts playing, the program would detect the video URL automatically, and the URLs would appear download the window. Click an item that meets its time and click Download button to start downloading.

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        Metacafe is one of the world’s largest video-sharing websites, which has specialized in short-form video entertainment in the categories of movies, games, music, etc. Here are 4 different methods to get the media files from Metacafe, of course, for free.

         

        1 Way 1: With Free Video Recorders

         With the free screen activity capture software Any Video Recorder; Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Metacafe, the encrypted videos could be easily ripped and the normal videos could be easily recorded in 4 steps.

         

        Step 1: Download the program from its website, and launch the application.

         

        Step 2: Set the file name, directories, framerate and bitrate. Generally, the high the framerate is, the smoother the video playback will be; the higher the video bitrate, the clearer the video image would be.

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        Step 3: Play the Metacafe video that you want to get, and click the “Record Now” button. The video would be automatically detected, or you can drag the red frame to set it.

         

        Step 4: Click the red REC button to start recording. And click the red STOP button to stop recording.

         

         

         

        2 Way 2: With Firefox

         Add-ons are needed. Click Firefox -> Add-ons, there are thousands of plugins, and you can search for 2 of them to download Metacafe videos. One is DownloadHelper, and the other is NetVideoHunter. Then click the Install button, and restart Firefox, they would appear on the left top of the browser.

         

        The plugins are not restricted for Metacafe, it works for almost all website. Every time you play a video or song, the icon of DownloadHelper spins, while the icon of NetVideoHunter flickers. And compare with DownloadHelper, NetVideoHunter is much more smarter on the medias’ names.

         

         

         

        3 Way 3: With Chrome

         A plugin needed too. Go to its Chrome Web Store, search for FVD Video Downloader, and “ADD TO CHROME”. If there’s a downloadable video available on the page that you are viewing, the arrow button in Chrome changes its color to blue.

         

        It almost downloads videos from all websites, but Due to the Chrome Webstore policy, users are not allowed to download YouTube videos. And it does not work at the sites that offer videos protected by copyright, such as Vevo, Warner Bros, Sony Music, etc.

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        4Way 4: With Free Orbit Downloaders

        Orbit Downloader is free Metacafe download software, and it could also work for other video sites. After the software being installed, hover your mouse on the Metacafe Video that you are watching, you will see a small button with an arrow and “GetIt” appeared near your mouse, click the button to get video downloaded through Orbit Downloaders.

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        featured-screenrecordingHave you ever wanted to show off that iPad game on the big screen, record a demo for your video blog, or record a tutorial of how to use an app more effectively? Outputting – and recording – the screen activity of an iPad or iPhone is not an easy task. I’ve outlined 3 methods below – but I should tell you now that none of these options are free – even the ones for jailbroken devices.

         

         

        Read Me First – Compatibility

        The hardware and AirPlay methods outlined here require either an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or an iPad 3 in order to mirror content; older devices can be used to display photos and video from supported apps (such as Keynote), but true screen mirroring will not be available.

        If you have an older device and wish to record exactly what’s onscreen, jailbreaking is your only option. Also, protected movie content cannot be recorded – you can still mirror them to an Apple TV if you have an Internet connection, though.

        Video-Out Cables + Video Capture Hardware

        Using either Apple’s official AV adapters or third party accessories, you can mirror your screen to any video device. These adapters are fairly expensive on their own; the official Apple HDMI adapter is $39.99. You’ll also need a suitable cable as well.

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        Since we want to record, the second stage in this process requires some kind of video capture device, which is where things really get expensive. You can get some relatively cheap low resolution capture devices, but to record HDMI input, the BlackMagic Intensityrange are generally considered the best affordable devices – upwards of $199.

         

         

        Reflection App As An Airplay Target ($14.99)

        Airplay is Apple’s way of simplifying the task of sending video and audio from your iOS device around the house. If you have an Apple TV, one-click will have your iPad or iPhone device streaming to the TV instantly, over Wifi – there’s no other setup required.

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        We can also harness the power of AirPlay on a Windows or Mac PC, though not officially.

        Reflection is an incredibly simple app to use, even if it is a little pricey; just fire it up, and you’ll have a new AirPlay target. Enable mirror mode from your iPhone 4S or recent iPad, and you’ll see both video and audio being transitted to your computer. Mirroring is currently limited by Apple to 720p on the new iPad though; this is about half the native resolution.

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        Recording is too easy to be true with this app; just select Start Recording from the device menu (or hit CMD-R). When you’re finished, you’ll be prompted for a save location; saving can take a long time as it encodes the video. Here’s a demo recording of the Ticket To Ridegame – I had some problems recording audio though, presumably because I’m running the beta of iOS6; you should be able to record audio normally though. The video is also a little choppy in places, possibly down to my poor wifi.

         

         

        AirServer offers a similar app at the same pricepoint for Mac, but offers no direct recording; they also have a Windows version for $7.99 (7 day trial is available too), but no audio is transmitted. Both versions are ultimately inferior to Reflection.

        Bakari also recently wrote about a quick and dirty recording app in the official app store for $1.99, but you end up with a giant red bar on top of the screen, as well as being unable to record apps that use the audio: check it out if your requirements are extremely basic, but I really can’t recommend it.

        Jailbreaking

        If your device is jailbroken – which I personally don’t suggest – then there is an app calledDisplay Recorder, not to be confused with the one available in the official app store. Available for $4.99, and only through Cydia – the app will record your screen output and optionally the microphone, with the ability to upload directly to YouTube. However, it’s important to note that system audio – that’s sound coming from apps running on your device – will not be recorded. For this reason, I really can’t recommend this method – the others described here don’t require jailbreaking, and do record or output system audio too.

        If you have another recording method lined up, DisplayOut is a $3.99 app by the same developer which outputs over a suitable cable or Airplay. Again, there are better options outlined here, unless you’re on an older device. Be sure to check the description Cydia for your exact model and iOS version, as support varies.

        Summary

        It’s sad there’s no free way to do this; but for good quality recordings and incredibly simple operation without any physical cables required, I can’t recommend Reflection highly enough – $14.99 is definitely worth it, and sure beats $300+ needed for a full hardware based setup.

        Do you have any other methods we’ve overlooked? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

         

        Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-ways-record-iphone-ipad-screen-activity/

         

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        smartcam-logoThese days most new laptops feature an integrated webcam, often with an impressive number of megapixels. Users with older, and desktop computers still have to rely on an external one.

        But if you’re not in a long distance relationship, or regularly make conference calls for work, chances are you’ve never even bought one.

        If you need to make a few Skype calls or want to start a Hangout on Google Plus, but don’t have the necessary equipment at hand, don’t run off to the hardware store just yet! If you have an Android smartphone with camera, you can simply use your phone instead. Given, the framerate will not be on par with a decent store-bought webcam, but it’s more than good enough for a sporadic video chat.

         

        1. Prerequisites

        The tool we’re going to use is called SmartCam. The application is twofold; to use it you’ll need to install both the Android client and the desktop client. This desktop client is available for Windows and Linux computers. In this article we’re going to focus on Windows, but the process is similar if you’re using Linux.

        Make sure you’ve installed both applications before continuing to the next step.

        2. Configuration

        There are two ways to connect SmartCam to your computer; Wi-Fi and BlueTooth. We’ll show you how to connect over Wi-Fi.

        First open SmartCam on your Android phone, press the menu button on your phone to show the available options, and select  Settings. Here, select TCP/IP (WiFi) as your Connection type, and enter the local IP address of your computer under Remote server.

         

        You can find the local IP address of a Windows computer using Command Prompt. Open command prompt by searching for it in your Applications, or by running “cmd” in the Start menu.

        In Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig /all” and press enter. There’ll be a lot of information here; a block of data for every (virtual) network adapter. If your computer also accesses the internet through Wi-Fi, look for the IPv4 address of your Wireless LAN adapter. If your computer uses a cable to connect to the internet, look for an ethernet adapter.

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        Open SmartCam on your computer as well, and make sure the connection type in the preferences pane is also set to use TCP/IP (WiFi).

        3. Connecting

        Turn on the Wi-Fi connectivity on your Android, and connect your phone to the same network that your computer is on. With SmartCam already open on your computer, launch the application on your Android phone and select Menu -> Connect WiFi.

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        In less than a minute, the image of your Android phone camera should appear in the SmartCam application on your desktop, with the video resolution and framerate visible below the video stream. If you’re so inclined, you can also record this input to a video file on your desktop. To use your makeshift webcam in another application, simply select SmartCam as your webcam when prompted.

        How well does your smartphone webcam hold up? Test it out, and let us know in the comments below this article!

         

        Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-use-an-android-device-as-a-pc-webcam/

         

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        Whether you need a soundtrack for your film, you're a DJ and need to polish up your sets before sharing them, or you're a musician looking to produce the next big club hit, you need a good audio editor to eliminate noise, convert your files, edit tracks, and output the whole thing. This week, we're going to look at five of the best audio editing applications, based on your nominations.

        It's worth noting the list will be a bit of a mix of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) as well as audio editors—they're definitely different classes of tools. If you're not sure of the difference, audio editors let you manage and splice existing audio files, while DAWs are more for creating new music from scratch. Now, on to the top five:

         

        Five Best Audio Editing Applications

        Audacity (Win/Mac/Linux)

        Free and open source, Audacity makes audio editing simple and easy. It's no DAW, but if you're a DJ looking to polish a set before sharing it with the web, or if you just want to remove the noise from your music collection or normalize the volume, Audacity is a simple tool to master and gets the job done quickly. It supports a number of different file types, including mp3, OGG, WAV, AIFF, and more, and can even record live audio for editing and export later. Plus, Audacity's flexible features make it perfect for home projects like basement mixes and digitizing old cassettes or vinyl. You can read more about Audacity's features here.


        Five Best Audio Editing Applications

        Adobe Audition (Win/Mac)

        Formerly Cool Edit Pro, Adobe Audition is a powerful suite that makes audio editing, splicing, remixing, and restoration easy. It's pricey on its own ($349 USD), but can be purchased as part of Creative Suite. Adobe retained Cool Edit Pro's user-friendly interface in many ways—Audition is easy to pick up and difficult to master completely, but that's just because of its depth of features. Audition makes it easy to mix, splice, and edit files you already have, and can support just about anything you throw at it. You can use the tool's built-in effects to add flair to your recordings, set up your frequent changes in an action and batch process dozens of audio files with the same settings, mix multiple tracks, and more. You can read more about Audition's features here.


        Five Best Audio Editing Applications

        Avid Pro Tools (Win/Mac)

        Avid Pro Tools is more of a DAW, although it can edit existing audio like a champ. Professional musicians use Pro Tools for studio recordings and album mixes, DJs use it to correct mistakes in their mixes after the fact, and music producers can assemble entire albums in a fraction of the time required with other tools. That power will cost you—$699 for the base version—but for the money you get an industry-standard, studio-grade tool that supports anything you send its way, has a wealth of plug-ins to extend its functionality, works seamlessly with studio equipment, and has its own music composition tools and instruments built-in. You can read more of Pro Tools' features here.


        Five Best Audio Editing Applications

        Reaper (Win/Mac)

        Reaper is another DAW that many of you praised for its flexible and deep feature set, customization options, and the fact that it's a lightweight application—especially when compared with other DAWs with similar feature sets. It sports a number of plugins that can extend its functionality, and even non-professional users can pick it up and work with it fairly quickly. Reaper works just as well if you want to record music from professional gear or an amateur setup, or if you want to make music entirely with your computer. Reaper features hundreds of built-in effects and features to make your music really shine, and has a huge and vibrant community of users, to boot. Oh, and the price tag is nice—it'll only set you back $60 for individual, non-profit, or small business use. Even the full commercial license is only $225. That's a lot of power for little cash. You can read more of Reaper's features here.


        Five Best Audio Editing Applications

        Ableton Live (Win/Mac)

        Ableton Live draws a bright line between making music and editing audio files. It's a very powerful DAW, and popular too—many of you noted it for its professional-grade features, specifically geared towards live recordings, but it's no slouch if you're looking to write music as well. It sports an almost ridiculous number of features for the advanced user, and caters to both live musicians and DJs alike. If you want to edit existing files you may have a hard time getting around Ableton's features, but it does support virtually any type of audio you try to import, features pre-loaded effects and processing tools, a host of built-in instruments, and more. You can read all of Ableton Live's features here.


        source from: http://lifehacker.com/5939740/five-best-audio-editing-applications

         

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