Green Screen yourself onto your content

Since writing the Covid-19 Tactics post, and the @Home Studio and the New Normal video, I get asked a lot about green screening. Setting one up is as easy as hanging it up on a curtain rod, but finding or using the actual software to record can feel overwhelming. In these two videos I take…

STC Online Workshops: Canvas Course

For the coming Fall 2020, the Student Technology Center (STC) is supporting all the same application workshops through their all new self-enroll Canvas course; STC Online Workshops. This course is a hub for any student, staff, or faculty member in the WWU community who is looking for video trainings around the applications used in most…

Must…Have…More…Space!

As midterms roll around, we all have been creating more content no than perhaps any other quarter in history. You and your computer’s hard drive now might be finding yourselves in a tight spot; literally. Making videos, screen shots, docs, etc. as an educator or as a student take up a massive amount of hard…

Affinity Publisher in Canvas Commons

Let’s say you are a faculty at WWU, and you’ve decided to incorporate InDesign or desktop publishing into your class. You might be asking yourself “how can my students use a desktop publishing tool like Adobe InDesign without all of them paying monthly” Luckily, you have your course in Canvas; so look no further than…

Affinity Publisher (Alt-AV InDesign)

Building off my posts from the initial Covid-19 Tactics posts, and the Technologist’s for Students Online this goes right at the heart of a topic near and dear to my creator heart; Adobe. As many students have expressed to me over the years, having to pay for Adobe each month while also paying for college…

Zulu Time Podcast

UK based podcasters, and a part of the #watchfam, Dan (@timely_moments) and Darren (@zulualphastraps) invited me up onto their show to talk “Watches, Podcasts and All Things PNW.” From talking about the stories behind the watches I’ve made, how I started in Seiko modding, to getting started into podcasting; we cover a lot of ground…

Hack your online reading; with FireFox Narrate

If your eyes have been feeling strained, reading all those webpages for research or course reading you are probably not alone. In a podcast and streaming content era that we are in, wouldn’t be nice to audio-book-afy your webpage reading. In Firefox there is a tool that might help you do just that. If a…

Ruling Time as a Knight

In any field, the skill to able to visually present data in a way that allows readers to engage with the data is a paramount skill. In the field of journalism especially, as timelines and the chronology of facts are just as much part of the story of record, as the reported story is. Northwestern…

Using a secondary mic? Here’s how to auto sync it to your video.

Four major video editor apps, four different names for the same function: Automatic audio sync for secondary audio to a video. If you caught my video on studio setup in ‘AV tactics for the at-home educator,’ you may have caught that I use two different mics depending on what I’m recording. When you use a…

STC Live Chat Support

If you are faculty or student at WWU and find yourself in a technology quandary, or are just missing being able to stop by the Student Technology Center to ask questions… Starting today you can now connect live with the STC staff during their business hours by signing into their Live Support Chat portal directly…

Podcasting with Zoom (Canvas Commons)

Let’s say you are a faculty at WWU, and you’ve decided to incorporate Podcasting into your class. You might be asking yourself “so, now how can I teach my students what they need to know about audio editing, Zoom and podcast production to do this great assignment?” Luckily, you have your course in Canvas; so…

Zoom as a Podcaster

Looping back to the original Covid-19 Tactics post, this series breaks down the several steps and tips to setting up Zoom as an audio recording source; and then how to bring those audio files into an audio editor to produce a podcast for your class. This technique is used in podcasting often, even before Covid-19,…

@Home Studios & Teaching and Learning in the New Normal

After writing the Covid-19 Tactics post, I’ve had quite a bit of feedback and questions. So around those questions, for faculty and students, I wanted to share a more personal view on working with AV at home. In it, I show how I have my ‘studio’ set up to do these videos; and more importantly…

A Technologist’s Guide for Students Online

Building on the initial Covid-19 Tactics posts, this time this is geared more towards students looking for creative tools for AV and collaboration. Software: Video HitFilm (FXHome) – Mac/PC “Basics” YouTube playlist by FXHome Blackmagic Davinci Resolve – Mac/PC/Linux iMovie – Mac Windows 10 Video Editor – PC Super lite on editing tools, but can…