Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 – all-in-one video editor and screen recorder

Corel VideoStudio ProEveryone is taking video today. Nearly everyone that I know has a smartphone or has access to a smartphone. As such, they’ve got digital photos and, more importantly, video clips flying all over the place. This is one of the biggest reasons why I like applications like Corel Video Studio Pro. It’s a video editing application for Windows.

Corel VideoStudio Pro is a powerful video-editing application, and has screen recording, built in. Its an all-in-one, video editor that provides editing, advanced effects, interactive web video and total disc authoring into a single package. The app is fast and packed with intuitive tools, that let you create family movies and slideshows, fun, stop motion animations, and screen recordings of presentations, tutorials and more. You can tap into the full power of your multi-core processor and share your creations everywhere with native HTML5 video support, or enhanced DVD and Blu-ray authoring.

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Once you’ve got your creations completed, you can quickly share them online, or burn a professional quality DVD/ Blu-ray disk complete with menus, titles and transitions. Corel VideoStudio Pro has a huge template library. You can choose from a variety of Instant Projects, drop in your content and make a movie in minutes. You can drag your media and graphics onto the Timeline, add effects, transitions and more. You can reveal or hide tracks, zoom in and out, or customize the Timeline to your liking. VSP makes it very easy once you get a handle on the workflow.

Corel VideoStudio Pro is a really cool app. It makes creating video less complicated than other apps and is fun to use. Non-experienced users may have a little bit of trouble getting used to the workflow and some of the tools, but it’s not difficult once you get going. If you have a lot of video and want to pull it all together into a disc that can be passed or sent to relatives or simply want to keep a hard copy record that can be viewed from any set top player, this is a decent choice for the task.

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Record screen events with Total Screen Recorder

Evert now and again, I find I need to record events on my computer screen.  It’s usually related to some kind of training or troubleshooting operation.  When I need an app like that, I tend to lean heavily towards Total Screen Recorder Standard. It’s one of the best Windows screen recording apps available today.

Capturing video from your screen just got easier.  Total Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use video recording application with a clean interface that starts recording in just two steps. To start recording, click the red start button, and then define the screen area you wish to record. Recording starts immediately.

The app is light. It’s easy on CPU cycles and RAM usage when it’s recording. Skipped frames and choppy video are a thing of the past with Total Screen Recorder. Other applications also won’t suffer a performance hit when the app is running.

Total Screen Recorder supports five different recording types.  You can define a custom region, record vide from a specific program window, record full screen, or a fix size or fixed region. The app records audio from your PC as well as your PC’s microphone, so you can narrate what you’re recording.  This is especially helpful when recording demos, training videos or troubleshooting videos.

Aside from recording video of your PC desktop, you can also record video from your webcam.  All incoming AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger and Skype video can be captured.  You can record online video, from YouTube, for example, and save it for viewing later.  You can also record active video game play and share it with others.

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Create professional-looking movies and demos from your computer screen with Camtasia Studio

I create training materials all the time. Part of what I do for my day job occasionally requires me to train end users in some kind of computer based process or procedure. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does, I’m glad I have tools like Camtasia Studio. It’s a screencast tool for Windows.

Creating a great screencast happens in three simple steps: Record, Edit and Share.

Camtasia Studio’s flexible recording options allow you to capture a full screen or a window or region. You can add in music tracks, a spoken, vocal track, or your computer’s audio.  You can also include picture-in-picture video with your web camera. If you’re using PowerPoint to give a presentation that you want to record for use by invitees who couldn’t attend the initial presentation, Camtasia’s toolbar inside PowerPoint makes it easy to record your presentations, either live or from your desk.  TechSmith’s exclusive SmartFocus technology keeps track of where the action happens on your computer screen during your recording. It then produces a video that zooms in on the parts you need to show.

Once you have your content recorded, Camtasia Studio allows you to spruce it up.  You can easily create callouts by adding a graphic over your video to direct the attention of your viewers. You can also link to an external webpage or jump to a part of the video.  If you’re stuck for the right graphic to use, Camtasia Studio comes stocked with professionally-designed assets you can drag-and-drop into your video. You can also the store your callouts, title slides, and other assets for re-use and sharing later.

After you have your screencast created, the final step is sharing it with your audience.  You can share to YouTube and Screencast.com, TechSmith’s video hosting service.  You can also produce videos in a variety of formats including, MP4, FLV/SWF, M4V, AVI, WMV, MOV, RM, Animated GIF and MP3 (for audio only).

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Capture screens and text with one the best screen capturing utilities available

If you’re a techwriter creating help files, a training creating manuals or anyone who needs to capture portions of your screen or text you can’t necessarily copy and paste, then you need to take a serious look at HyperSnap. It’s a screen and text capturing utility for Windows.

HyperSnap is the fastest and easiest way to take screen and editable text captures from any part of your Windows screen. HyperSnap combines the power of a first-class screen capture application with an advanced image editing utility.

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A collection of five applications that provide extra features for a dual screen setup

Designers, architects, programmers and even network administrators need at least two monitors to performs their job. If you find yourself in one of these positions or you are a simple home user with the need of an enhanced desktop on more than one monitor, you can easily choose to use the open source package called Dual Monitor Tools.

Dual Monitor Tools is a collection of five different applications that provide extra features for a dual screen desktop setup. No installation required for any of the applications, and most of them run in the system tray so don’t worry about high resources usage. With DisMon you can enable or disable any of the monitors and change the primary screen. The whole application has a single window interface from which you can choose any of the four setups available.

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Test and Calibrate Your Monitor Online

Online tools to test and calibrate your monitor:
– Photo Friday – http://www.photofriday.com/calibrate.php
– Screencheck – http://photographerusa.com/screencheck/

– Online Monitor Test – http://tft.vanity.dk/monitorTest_scale.html
– The Lagom LCD Monitor Test Pages – http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/

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What To Do If You Drop Your Mobile Phone In Water

Here is what to do if you drop your mobile phone in water:

– remove the battery as soon as you can;
– use toilet paper to soak the outside water;
– remove the SIM and uncover the phone as much as you can;
– dry the phone with a hair dryer (first the battery panel, LCD screen, keypad area);
– put your phone in a bag of rice for 3-4 days (make sure it’s completely covered);
– attach the battery and try turning it on.

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