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How to Edit Audio and Video with Roxio Creator 2011 (and a Giveaway!)

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When the good people at Roxio asked if we wanted to take a look at Roxio Creator 2011, I jumped at the chance and tagged Dylan to do the honors for us. His work is solid, and I knew he’d give an honest review. From what I’ve seen in this video, Roxio Creator 2011 is a fantastic overall application that will fit most of your media needs. We’ll tell you later in this writeup how to win one of three copies for yourself!

Roxio Creator allows you to edit in 3D, and create standard-definition and high-definition Hollywood-style 3D movies on DVD from 2D and 3D input. Free 3D glasses are included with your purchase!!!

Easily edit your standard and HD videos. Add picture-in-picture effects, titles and scrolling credits. Rotate video with one click, auto-adjust color, brightness and contrast. Access and share the videos and movies on your PC from the Internet virtually anywhere, anytime.

Trim unwanted parts, combine multiple tracks together, normalize the volume across the mix and add fun effects. Create advanced playlist projects with crossfades, transitions and audio mashups. Dylan reports that this software is quite good at audio editing. He would know, as he’s a professional podcaster and works with audio files every day.

The photo-editing portion of the suite is not one that Dylan felt comfortable enough to do an in-depth review of. He admits to not being a photo editor. However, he found the software to be intuitive and simple to use… yet allowed him to make photos look very VERY good with just a few easy clicks.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one suite, Roxio Creator 2011 just may be the one for you! If you’d like to win one of three copies for yourself, make sure you’re following me on Twitter. Send me an @ Tweet and include the hashtag #RoxioCreator before noon eastern time on Friday, December 17th. Three people who do this will be chosen at random to win a copy for themselves. That’s all there is to it!

iMovie for the iPhone

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I realize that after having used iMovie on the iPhone a number of times it would be easier to demonstrate it to all of you instead of simply talking about it. It is insanely easy to edit and process your movies and videos using iMovie. Don’t let its ease of use fool you, though. This app is very full-featured and powerful. With iMovie for iPhone, you can start several projects and finish them whenever you want and wherever you are.

After I chose a theme, I selected the video from my phone. I clipped and scrubbed the video in a matter of seconds. I was able to clip the dead air off the beginning of the video by selecting my place and tapping to clip it out. I wish there was a way to clip audio, but I suppose we can’t have everything we wish for.

I pressed the config icon next and made a few selections to change the theme and the theme music. You can choose theme music from the default or your iPod library, which is pretty sweet.

I added my location and “title” (I run one of our website URLs through the entire video) by going into the settings and toggling those options.

As you can see, it really is a snap to use iMovie for your iPhone. It’s a beautiful experience, I promise!

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What Free Video Software Do You Use?

I came across two new pieces of software today that are both classified as “must-have”. They’re also both classified as being free. Both programs come from Miro, and are completely open-source. Developers are welcome to submit ideas for improvement to help enhance the video experience the Miro team is bringing to the table.

Miro Video Converter has presets that will convert video to the correct sizes and formats for popular phones, iPods, and other media players, including Android and Apple devices, as well as the PSP! It also can convert virtually any video file to MP4, Theora, or MP3!

The Miro Video Player is so much more than a simple video viewing tool. It can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free internet TV shows and video podcasts. It has a gorgeous and intuitive interface that is actually a joy to use. You can even use it to download torrents and podcasts, in addition to watching your media.

You have to love software that is easy to use, powerful, does what it says it will, is nice to look at and won’t cost you a penny!

Video Editing Job Gone Horribly Wrong

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A jump cut is a cut in film editing where two shots of the same subject are taken from different camera positions. This type of editing will cause the subject to appear to “jump” into new positions. For this reason, many classical editors loathe the use of jump cuts. However, Ze Frank made it an extremely popular type of editing amongst YouTubers… especially those looking for comedic value! I thought I’d try my hand at editing using jump cuts. Perhaps I got a little carried away.

Most people will tell you to never use a jump cut. The framing is not different enough to be a new shot, so the transition instead appears to be a mistake in editing. However, jump cuts can add impact and tension in the right place. Be sure you understand what it is you’re trying to accomplish before deciding whether or not to use this type of editing in your film.

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How to Edit Video

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Most video editors suck. I don’t mean the people who edit videos. I’m talking about the software itself. Many of them require you to take classes in order to even begin to grasp how to make use of the program. You just want to edit video! Maybe you have video sitting on some kind of media like VHS tapes that you want to digitize, edit and share. If you’re looking to edit video without installing any software (or getting an advanced degree!) – you’re in luck!

Pixorial lets you easily edit your home movies online. You can upload your content from your own computer, or send old tapes to them and they’ll upload them for you. You’ll have your own password-protected account that stores all of your movies, right in one place. Some estimate the average lifespan of a VHS tape to be as low as eight years. Do you really want to chance losing all of those memories?

Pixorial lets you view, label and organize your video content all in one place, on your own password-protected digital video library on the web. It currently supports Firefox and Internet Explorer. Sadly, other browsers – such as Safari – simply cannot handle the high volume that is needed to temporarily store these files.

Making your own high-quality productions is fun and easy with Pixorial. If you can click, drag, and drop, you can produce something extraordinary to enjoy! Add titles, credits, transitions, and remix old and new footage.

Safeguard your memories today. Take a look at Pixorial, and see how they can help you make your life last a … well … lifetime.

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How to Edit Audio and Video with a PowerMate

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I wasn’t using a mouse to scroll up and down on the page a moment ago. I was using a new device that plugs in via USB – and is cross-platform. I can configure the little spinner to do whatever it is I want it to do! It glows, as well. So you KNOW I’m going to love it! It’s the PowerMate by our friends at Griffin. The PowerMate is a volume knob – and so much more!

Use the PowerMate to edit your movies, or even scroll through long documents. Heck, create an audio masterpiece with it! PowerMate has an assignable controller that you can program to do anything you want – in any application – on both OS X and Windows! Customize to fit your needs, and your imagination!

The real power of PowerMate is its programmable driver. You can quickly and easily program it to execute any Key Command, in any application. PowerMate is the coolest volume knob your desk has ever seen. Edit your video masterpiece with your very own Jog/Shuttle wheel. PowerMate is the fastest way to scroll through long text documents, web pages and spreadsheets.

Did I mention that it glows? There’s an awesome blue light glows underneath the PowerMate. When you turn up the volume, the light gets brighter. Mute the sound, and the light turns off. H-E-L-L-O! Massive win right there!

As I mentioned earlier today in the Griffin Elevator Fan video, the folks at Griffin have a special deal just for all of you! Go to their website right now using my special link, and enter the coupon code: pirillogo during checkout. You’ll save a whopping 25% off of anything on the site! That’s one heck of a deal!

I’m also giving away a PowerMate to one of you! Here’s how you win: Log in to your Twitter account, and send out the following tweet:

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One of you is going to win this awesome little piece of Technology heaven!

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Mac Media Software (and Saving Money)

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This caller had several questions. He just converted to Mac from Windows… and is needing some video editing software for the Mac. He’s hoping to find something for a Mac that works even half as good as what Nero can do. The best thing I can think of for a Mac would be Toast, from Roxio. Roxio Toast 8 sets the standard for burning CDs, DVDs, and now Blu-ray discs on the Mac. Create superior sounding audio CDs with crossfades. Enjoy your TV shows anywhere with exclusive EyeTV burning and TiVoToGo transfers to DVD or iPod. Copy your audio CDs, movies and DVDs. It’s your digital life, Toast It!

Roxio also has a program called Crunch. Roxio Crunch is the essential video converter for your Apple TV, iPod, and iPhone. Take your video in to the living room or the palm of your hands fast and simple. Roxio Crunch is a one-stop shop for all of your video conversion needs. Batch export will make your life even simpler: converted video will be automatically added to iTunes for syncing. Don’t just convert it, Crunch it!

Lastly, Roxio is also the creator of Popcorn (coupon code: POP3SAVE10). Popcorn lets you enjoy your video anywhere you want, on the playback device of your choice. Easily make high quality copies of your DVDs and movies. Take television recordings from your Mac to the portable device of your choice for on-the-go viewing or fit 4 hours of video on a single layer-DVD.


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