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July 1, 2024

Today Show 2002 - 4th July Weekend

Matt Lauer interviews the Mayor of Boston

Today Show coverage of Matt Lauer interviewing Thomas Menino the mayor of Boston in 2002. The conversation is around the security during the first July 4th after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In the video, Lauer asks Menino about the security measures that will be in place for the upcoming July 4th celebration in Boston. Menino says that security will be tight, but that people should still come out and enjoy the holiday. He also talks about the importance of celebrating American independence.

The video is a fascinating look back at a time when the country was still reeling from the September 11th attacks. It is also a reminder of the resilience of the American people.

Watch the Video

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June 24, 2024

The Woods Apartment Complex

Cable Video from 1998

In the ever-evolving landscape of media consumption, it's fascinating to take a trip down memory lane and revisit how we engaged with technology in the past. One such journey takes us back to April 27, 1998, when I made a video recording of the "Woods Apartments Complex" cable channel in San Jose, California. Living in this complex until 2002, I witnessed firsthand how cable television was a cornerstone of entertainment and information for many households.

The "Woods Complex" Cable Channel

In 1998, the "Woods Complex" had a unique setup where all the apartments shared a single cable line. This setup was quite different from today's individual subscriptions and on-demand streaming services. Channel 3 was the basic information channel, serving as a hub for residents to access essential information, from channel lineups to pricing details.

Channel Lineup and Pricing

The video I recorded provides a glimpse into the channel lineup and pricing for cable services at the time. Basic cable in 1998 cost $26?a figure that might seem modest compared to today's prices, but it was a significant part of the monthly budget for many families back then. The channel lineup featured a mix of popular networks, local stations, and niche channels that catered to various interests.

A Snapshot of 1998

Reflecting on the video, it's clear how much has changed in the world of media and technology. In 1998, cable TV was the primary source of entertainment for most households. Streaming services, binge-watching, and on-demand content were concepts yet to revolutionize our viewing habits. Instead, we relied on scheduled programming and eagerly anticipated our favorite shows each week.

Watch the video

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June 17, 2024

Pixelmator Pro Color Adjustment for Videos

Unlock the Power of Color Adjustments

Pixelmator Pro is a robust image editing tool that offers a wealth of features to make your photos and videos stand out. One of its standout functionalities is its comprehensive suite of color adjustment tools. Whether you're a professional photographer, a budding videographer, or just someone who loves tinkering with images, Pixelmator Pro has everything you need to enhance your visual content. Let's dive into some of the essential color adjustment features that can take your work to the next level.

White Balance

White balance is crucial for ensuring that the colors in your photos look natural and consistent. Pixelmator Pro makes it easy to adjust the white balance, allowing you to correct any color casts that might have occurred during shooting. By tweaking the temperature and tint sliders, you can achieve the perfect balance, making your images look true to life.

Selective Clarity

Selective clarity is a fantastic tool for enhancing the midtone contrast of your photos. This adjustment can make your images pop by adding depth and detail without affecting the overall exposure. With Pixelmator Pro, you can apply selective clarity to specific areas, giving you precise control over where you want to add that extra sharpness and texture.

Hue & Saturation

The Hue & Saturation adjustment allows you to modify the intensity and colorfulness of your images. This tool is perfect for creating vibrant, eye-catching visuals or achieving a more subdued, muted look. Pixelmator Pro lets you adjust the hue and saturation of individual color channels, giving you the flexibility to fine-tune your images to perfection.

Pixelmator Color Adjustment

Selective Color

Selective color adjustment is a powerful feature that lets you modify the colors in your images selectively. You can adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of specific colors without affecting the rest of the image. This tool is incredibly useful for creating striking color contrasts and enhancing the overall visual impact of your photos.

Color Balance

Color balance adjustments help you fine-tune the colors in your images by adjusting the shadows, midtones, and highlights separately. This level of control allows you to create a harmonious color palette that enhances the mood and atmosphere of your photos. Pixelmator Pro's color balance tool is intuitive and easy to use, making it accessible for both beginners and experienced users.

Levels

The Levels adjustment tool is essential for correcting the tonal range and balance of your images. By adjusting the black, midtone, and white sliders, you can enhance the contrast and brightness of your photos. Pixelmator Pro's Levels tool provides a histogram display, giving you a visual representation of the tonal distribution in your image, making it easier to achieve precise adjustments.

LUTs (Look-Up Tables)

LUTs are an advanced color grading tool that can transform the look and feel of your images with a single click. Pixelmator Pro supports the use of LUTs, allowing you to apply professional-grade color grading to your photos and videos. Whether you're going for a cinematic look or a vintage aesthetic, LUTs can help you achieve your desired style quickly and easily.

Additional Tools and Features

Pixelmator Pro doesn't stop there. It offers a range of additional color adjustment tools such as Vibrance, Curves, and Color Fill, giving you even more options to refine your images. The software's non-destructive editing capabilities ensure that you can experiment freely without worrying about losing your original image quality.

Conclusion

Pixelmator Pro is a versatile and powerful tool that provides all the essentials for making your photos and videos look their best. With its comprehensive suite of color adjustment tools, you have everything you need to enhance your visual content and bring your creative vision to life. Whether you're adjusting white balance, fine-tuning selective colors, or applying LUTs, Pixelmator Pro makes it easy to achieve professional-quality results. So, dive in, explore these features, and take your color adjustments to new heights with Pixelmator Pro.

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June 10, 2024

Neighbor Tree Removal

Timelapse of Neighbor Trees

Inspired by the beautiful sky last week, I grabbed my GoPro Hero 9 to capture a time-lapse as our neighbors had some trees removed. The compressed video condensed the felling and shredding of two trees into a short, captivating sequence. The vibrant colors of the sky added a unique backdrop to the powerful act of transforming the trees into mulch.

GoPro Timelapse Stats

Resolution: 1080p
Lens: Linear
Format: Video
Interval: 0.5s
Schedule Capture: Off
Duration: No Limit
Timer: Off
Zoom: 1.0x
Bit Rate: Standard
EV Comp: 0
White Balance: Auto
ISO Min: 100
ISO Max: 1600
Sharpness: High
Color: GoPro

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June 3, 2024

Trending YouTube Shorts

What is Trending right now

Are you looking to create content that captures the pulse of what's trending? YouTube Shorts is a bustling hub for bite-sized videos that pack a punch, and staying on top of the trends can give your content that extra edge. Let's dive into what's making waves on YouTube Shorts and how you can leverage these trends for your channel.

Google Live #Short Trends

Trending Shorts
https://www.youtube.com/feed/trending

Google has a site where you can see the latest trends.

Understanding the Trending Sounds

Music is the heartbeat of many viral Shorts. Trending sounds often become the backbone of popular content, with creators crafting videos that ride the popularity of these audio snippets. A recent tutorial by Robert Benjamin highlights the importance of selecting trending sounds that have over 100,000 shorts made to them. This not only increases the chances of your content being discovered but also aligns your creation with what viewers are currently enjoying.

Top Viewed Content Categories

The variety of content on YouTube Shorts is as diverse as its creators. From comedy sketches and sports highlights to music covers and art showcases, there's a niche for every interest. Chuff Reacts' video commentary on the top 25 most viewed YouTube Shorts reveals a mix of genres, indicating that there's room for every type of creator to shine.

Trending Music Tracks

Music tracks are a surefire way to get your Shorts noticed. TOP MUSIC's compilation of the top 20 trending YouTube Shorts songs for 2023 provides a playlist of hits that are currently in vogue. Incorporating these tracks into your Shorts can help your content resonate with viewers who are already searching for these tunes.

Crafting Your Content

Now that you're armed with knowledge about trending sounds and topics, it's time to create your Shorts. Remember to: - Choose a catchy title that piques interest and includes relevant keywords. - Design a thumbnail that stands out and encourages clicks. - Aim for high watch time by keeping your content engaging with quick transitions, captions, and a clear storyline. - Stay consistent and patient. Virality often comes from a catalog of content rather than a single hit.

Conclusion

Trends come and go, but the key to success on YouTube Shorts lies in creating content that's true to your style while tapping into the zeitgeist. Keep experimenting with different sounds, topics, and formats to find what works best for you and your audience. Happy creating!

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May 27, 2024

Intro and Outro Magic with Apple Clips Posters

Quickly Create Professional Designs

YouTube Shorts are all the rage, offering a quick and engaging way to connect with viewers. But let's face it, a basic clip can feel a bit?well, basic. This is where Apple Clips, a free app pre-installed on iPhones and iPads, comes to the rescue.

Clips boasts a fantastic feature called "Posters" - pre-designed templates that combine text and graphics. These are perfect for creating eye-catching intros and outros that elevate your Shorts to the next level.

Apple Clips Posters
Some Poster designs in Apple Clips

Here's how to unleash your inner intro/outro wizard with Clips Posters:

1. Dive into Posters:

Open Clips and tap the big, round record button. You'll see several options - choose "Posters." Here, you'll find a treasure trove of templates across various styles, from bold and colorful to sleek and minimalist.

2. Find Your Perfect Fit:

Browse the Posters library and pick one that complements your Shorts' theme. Want a vibrant intro for your cooking channel? There's a "Delicious!" poster waiting. Crafting a tech review Short? The "Tech Talk" poster might be ideal.

3. Make it Yours:

Most posters allow you to customize the text. Tap the text field and type in your channel name, video title, or a catchy tagline. Play around with fonts and colors to match your Shorts' overall aesthetic.

4. Action Time!

Once you're happy with your creation, hold down the record button. This overlays your customized poster onto your video. Let go of the button when you're finished with the intro (or outro).

5. Edit and Export:

Clips offers basic editing tools. You can trim the intro/outro clip, add music, and even layer in additional effects. Once you're done, export your masterpiece! Clips allows you to save the video directly to your camera roll for easy upload to YouTube.

Bonus Tip:

For a seamless transition, film a short clip (solid color background works well) after recording the intro with the poster. This blank clip can be used as the outro by simply reversing it in your editing software.

With a little creativity and Clips' Posters, you can craft intros and outros that grab attention, establish your brand identity, and leave viewers wanting more. So get clipping and transform your Shorts into polished gems!

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May 20, 2024

Scene Detection

A Time-Saver for Video Editing

Scene detection is a feature in video editing software that automatically creates cuts at scene changes. This is incredibly useful for:

  • Making scene-specific adjustments: Easily isolate scenes for color correction, adding effects, or trimming without manually scrubbing through footage.

While some programs lack built-in scene detection, many offer workarounds. Here's a breakdown of my experience:

Final Cut Pro: Surprisingly, Final Cut Pro lacks a native scene detection tool. Third-party options like FCPX Cut Finder exist, but they incur additional cost and steps.

Wondershare Filmora: This software shines with its user-friendly scene detection. A simple right-click on a video clip in the timeline automatically creates cuts at scene changes, saving significant editing time.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cost-effective: Filmora's scene detection is included with the base application purchase, unlike some paid add-ons.
  • Rescaling potential: Scene detection allows easy rescaling of individual scenes to fit various aspect ratios, like horizontal to vertical, for social media optimization.
  • Panning limitations: While Filmora excels in scene detection, it lacks a smooth panning functionality. For precise panning control, Final Cut Pro might be a better choice.
  • CapCut alternative: CapCut offers a similar feature called "Split Scene" but requires a premium subscription. Panning functionality is also absent in CapCut.

By incorporating scene detection into your workflow, you can significantly streamline your video editing process.

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May 13, 2024

Northern Lights

Go Pro Hero 9

On Friday, May 10th, I setup the GoPro and took a timelapse video of the Northern Lights in Ashland, Massachusetts.

Here's the video of that night:

Things to Know

I used my GoPro Hero 9 to create the timelapse.

I setup up my GoPro on the GoPro tripod.

I used a "Custom" night time settings:

Resolution: 1080p
Lens: Wide
Format: Video
Interval: Auto
Shutter: Auto
Scheduled Capture: Off
Duration: No Limit
Timer: 3s
Zoom: 1.0x
Bit Rate: Standard
EV Comp: 0
White Balance: Auto
ISO Min: 100
ISO Max: 800
Sharpness: High
Color: GoPro

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May 6, 2024

The Pierogi Epiphany: A Tale of Faith and Fortune

Boston Fox 25 News Coverage Short

In the quaint neighborhood of Point Place, Florida, an extraordinary event unfolded that captured the hearts and imaginations of people around the world. Donna Lee, a local resident, was preparing a batch of pierogis for Easter--a tradition steeped in her Polish heritage. As she cooked, something miraculous appeared before her eyes: the last pierogi on the pan bore the image of Jesus Christ.

This was no ordinary pierogi. It was a symbol of faith, a sign from above, or perhaps just a whimsical trick of the dough. Regardless, it was special. Donna, filled with awe, shared this revelation with her husband, who echoed her sentiments, proclaiming, "There's a face on our pierogi, and we choose to believe on Easter it's Jesus."

The news of the Jesus Pierogi spread like wildfire, and soon, the online auction site eBay became the stage for this divine dumpling's fate. The bidding war was fervent, and the pierogi's price soared. In the end, it was the Golden Palace Casino that placed the winning bid, securing the holy pierogi for a heavenly sum of $1,775.

The casino, known for its collection of oddities, including a grilled cheese sandwich with the image of the Virgin Mary, saw the pierogi as a perfect addition to its traveling museum. For Donna Lee, the pierogi was more than just a quirky kitchen occurrence; it was a message, a blessing, and a source of joy that transcended the ordinary.

As we reflect on the story of the Jesus Pierogi, it's a reminder that sometimes, the most mundane moments can hold a deeper meaning. Whether you see it as a testament to faith or a curious case of pareidolia, there's no denying that the Jesus Pierogi has left an indelible mark on the tapestry of modern folklore.

Watch Fox 25 News First Report the Story in 2005

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April 8, 2024

Eclipse in Ashland

Time-Lapse of the Eclipse

This captures the sun's changing brightness during the eclipse, even though it won't show complete darkness. Witness how a 93% moon coverage affects daylight.

This was captured using the iPhone Xs Time-Lapse feature.

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