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 - Is our program of choice for doing videos and slide shows. 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. You have to pay for this one of course, but by doing so you get to be a memeber of Director Zone, which give you access to almost an unlimited source of additional material and items you can use in your shows. There is an easy learning curve, you won't use everything at once, but will constantly learn new ways of making your videos and other shows unique.
In addition, their site has a ton of 'how to' videos that shows how to do everything from standard editing to fancy special effects. They also run webinars from time to time.
Having used several versions over the years, I have been very satisfied with this company and its products. I use a few of them on a regular basis. (2018)
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.
Getting Movies From Laptop to TV - Got movies on your Laptop/Notebook computer that you would like to watch on the bigger screen? This may help.
Video to DVD - Transfering VHS tape to DVD, Shooting tips to make it easier, Programs to help with the transfer... here.
Video Editing - Programs to make the task easier.
K-Lite Codec Pack - if you prefer to use Windows Media Player for most of your viewing, then install K-Lite Codec Pack. That will make Windows Media Player handle almost any video you click on. Do a custom install, the player included inside K-Lite Codec Pack is not really needed.
Media Players - If you don't like Windows Media Player, VLC is the one option, Light Alloy is another.. Both are free and do an excellent job.
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 Room Lighting Daylight 6500 deg K
Several setup sites suggest that the best lighting for watching large screen TV is to have a light behind the set or screen and be able to vary the brightness according to what you like best. The colour of the lighting is most important and the suggestions say you should use 6500 deg K bulbs or daylight as they are often labeled.
I used to think, how much difference could that make. Colours are adjustable. Well I made the conversion to these types of bulbs, and they are a little more expensive, but are worth every penny. If you follow the Cnet instructions or similiar ones, the difference in viewing is very noticable.Your movies and programs will be much more realistic without that over bright look so common on in store TVs.
At first I thought it was my imagination like when you get or try anything new. After some extended viewing, this was almost like getting another system, the impovement was that great. A very cheap upgrade improvement that really shines (?).
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.