Saturday, September 21, 2013

Interesting Ideas to Create and Upload Video Content

The amount of things that we can do nowadays with a working internet connection is so far off from what you could do five or ten years ago, that most people is not even aware of it yet. With simple tools at your hand like a micro, a webcam, or some video editing software, you can create your own masterpieces.

Making songs, movies, video games or radio shows is easier than ever, even if your friends are miles away. Streaming and video collaboration tools and software are available to you, and creating interesting media is just up to your imagination. Below are a few ideas on what you can do with your webcam and talents.

Record a Music Video
Your inner musician has been nagging at your for years to pick up an instrument, and you finally did. Now that you are a master of the guitar/bass/drums/ukulele, or perhaps singing is more your thing, you can’t wait to write up a song and make a video. Only problem is, this sort of goal seems impossible if you don't have any other members in your band or access to a recording studio. While you may not have those kinds of resources, you don’t need them either.

There are already massive projects where hundreds of musicians had used video collaboration to record their individual instruments and then edited them into one single video, managing to create full orchestras without having to move from their own living rooms.

Make Your Own Animated Films and Games
If music is not your forte, perhaps your artistic side is more focused on other media, like cartoons. But making cartoons needs teamwork. Not only do you need to draw and animate it, but also set up the music and record the voice acting! You can take the animation in your own hands and download public musical content, but you can’t possibly do the voice acting all by yourself. Here is where video collaboration comes in again. Go into some forums, find a few talented voices willing to participate in your project, and all you have to do is mix their audio recordings into your movie and upload them.

You can do the same thing for a video game, if you can find yourself a good programmer; you can try your hand on it, too. Make a good demo video and see about getting some crowd sourcing for your project, and see where your brain can take you.

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The author is associated with Blue Jeans which is a cutting-edge provider of video collaboration and rich media sharing solution across multiple platforms.

Top 7 Best Features in IOS 7 You Must Know

You’ve always been able to trigger web searches with Siri, but in iOS 7 the results are presented a lot smarter. Ask Siri to look up an image and it’ll display top results from Bing within the Siri interface. You can also search for tweets by name or topic, using natural language like “what is The Verge saying,” it’s a great way to stay up on the latest news. Of course can still pull up restaurant and cinema information, as well as live and historic sports scores and results.
One of the most infuriating things about Messages in iOS is its lack of regular timestamps. Rather than giving you a time for every message, it’s always periodically defined the beginning of a conversation with a timestamp. In iOS 7, you can check on the exact time every message was sent and received by swiping message bubbles to the left.
Why Apple has chosen to hide this new feature inside Safari’s Bookmarks menu, we’ll never know. If you click on the @ symbol inside Bookmarks, you’ll see a list of tweets from your Twitter feed that contain links. It’s a neat way to catch up on everything your friends and colleagues have been sharing without searching through vast swathes of tweets.
If you’ve got an unusual name, or have friends with rare surnames, you’ve probably laughed at Siri’s innate inability to pronounce words that aren’t in the dictionary. Now you can call out when words are mispronounced and train Siri to say them correctly. Just say “that’s not how you pronounce that,” run through a short exercise, and Siri should get things right from then on.
With iOS 7, apps can now periodically download data in the background, ensuring they’re up-to-date when you need them. It’s a very useful feature, but it’s not particularly data-friendly. Luckily, Apple has included a granular Background App Refresh menu that lets you switch off background data on an app-by-app basis.
Last year, Apple quietly introduced ad tracking with iOS 6. What’s that? Essentially, your iPhone has a unique identifier that's used to keep track of your browsing activity in order to target you (technically, your device) with ads. Although it's anonymous, some people don't like the data being sent at all. The option to disable this used to be hidden deep inside the About menu. Now, more logically, it can be found under Privacy.
Giving your iPhone a little bit of information about you has a lot of benefits. Tell it your address, and you can quickly ask Siri to remind you to do something when you get home. You’ll also get more relevant traffic updates through the Notification Center’s Today screen. Tell it your birthday, and your iPhone will wish you a totally genuine “Happy birthday” when the big day is finally here.
The days of opening the App Store and manually updating your apps are over â€" if you want them to be. Within the App Store settings menu, you’ll find the option to set iOS to automatically update every app, and a separate toggle to switch off automatic updates when you’re using cellular data.
Previously housed on the far-left of the home screen, Spotlight search is now available from any page by using a downwards swipe. As long as you're a reasonably quick typer, you'll find that launching apps, finding contacts, and searching email is far faster from Spotlight than anywhere else.
One thing you can't do from Spotlight is search the web and Wikipedia â€" Apple removed that feature in iOS 7, so you'll have to use Siri or head to Safari for your kicks.

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