Course Review: Camtasia 8 – UDEMY – Alexandra Krieger

UDEMY COURSE REVIEW

Camtasia 8 – Harness the Power of Video to Grow Your Sales

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Camtasia from TechSmith, is a very popular software for anyone (probably everyone?) wanting to produce professional quality videos. TechSmith is also the developer of SnagIt, another industry standard for screen capture software.

While it is possible to learn Camtasia by following their downloadable tutorials, this course teaches you the whole film-making process including video shooting. You will obviously need the right equipment (audio & video) and a proper lighting setup if you are to harness the Power of Video. Alexandra shows you the equipment that she uses and how to light and shoot a talking head video with a green screen. This means that you can replace the green screen with a background (with anything you wish) later in Camtasia, just like making a movie. Just don’t be carried away, LOL!

There are some good tips for getting good Audio recording. It can be as simple as recording it together with the video or having it recorded separately if you must absolutely have the best quality audio. Best quality will however require more work setting up your equipment and in Post Processing as there will be an additional file to work with. It has to be synced with your video of course. You will also learn how to clean up your audio using Audacity, a handy freeware tool, prior to Post Processing work in Camtasia.

The real action and magic begins in Camtasia where you put your video clips & audio tracks together to produce your polished & final cut video. But have no fear, Alexandra is here! She guides you step-by-step, module-by-module with clear examples, instructions & demos. You won’t be overwhelmed by the technical jargons.

You will pick up these essential Camtasia skills:

  • Video & Audio clip (multi-track) editing on the Timeline
  • Transitions / Zoom & Pan
  • Callouts / Animation effects
  • Replacing your static background with a video

This course gets a DO*DID*DONE recommendation. A comprehensive course which is well designed & structured, the training is delivered in digestible packages and tackles the topics immediately. It provides a good learning experience and at the end of the course you will have new skills to create your own videos which should wow & impress your audience.

I have done video editing for quite many years but have only been using other software like Windows Movie Maker, MuVee, ProShow Gold and Adobe Premiere.

Camtasia is another option I will be adding to my Toolkit.

Here’s some quick info about the course. For full details, click on the Course link at the beginning.

 

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Kai’s Plato – A Unique Seafood experience

We wanted to have a special birthday celebration for my sister-in-law KT and Kai’s Plato was suggested by niece-in-law Immy. Since we live to eat and are ever ready for a food adventure, Kai’s Plato seemed to be an interesting & attractive choice and was confirmed as the venue.

It was planned as a surprise birthday celebration but KT found out about it. So we ‘cancelled’ the event & went ahead with it so that it would be a surprise no-surprise celebration. She was pleasantly surprised so it worked. LOL, real fun, it was!!

I did mention Unique so what’s unique about Kai’s Plato? Since it is in KD, it obviously won’t be by the beach.

Alright, here’s what everybody is talking about in Kai’s Plato’s own words …. “the 1st in Malaysia to have the most tiers with more than 10 types of scrumptious seafood in a tower platter.” Fresh seafood comes served in a tower platter to be finished tier by tier from top to bottom. Cool! The tasty yummy soup in the bottom platter is a splendid way to finish a great delicious sumptuous feast. It goes well with the Angel hair.

Take a look at the Side Orders menu if you want some side dishes. We had soft shell crabs, deep fried squid & otak otak. I love the crabs which were really crunchy and appetizing.

Wait, there’s another surprise. The other unique point about Kai’s Plato is its concept of “Hands and Table”simply enjoy and eat with our hands as they are the best utensils we have for eating seafood. I think we all can pretty much agree with this statement. It was a simple affair of helping yourself to food from the platter (Caution: It’s steaming hot!) and attacking it on waxed paper laid over the table. But you will need a bowl for the soup.  😉

To fully enjoy this new experience, photography unfortunately had to take a backseat. You do not want to mess with the camera with dirty messy hands for sure! The pictures were quick snaps with my Zenfone 2. Food Photography, however, will be the priority on my next visit.

While waiting for your tower platter, create some memories on clam shells with the  coloring pens provided. They get to go to the wall in the restaurant. How’s that for creating some lasting memory?

The birthday boy / girl gets a complimentary bottle of Makkoli rice wine to celebrate the moment. High Five!

So, if you are a seafood lover and are looking for a unique dining experience, you are in for a treat. We had a blast enjoying the fresh seafood & each other’s company. Thanks for a great recommendation.Immy!!

Is Kai’s Plato recommended? It gets a DO-DID-DONE recommendation for satisfying our search for a new & good experience. Service was good & attentive. The environment is relaxing with a fun ambience.

Kai’s Plato is located at Garden Office @Encorp Strand, Kota Damansara in the building block beside GIANT. They are on Facebook, so check them out for further details.

We were a bit disoriented when we were in the car park. But the food adventurers were not deterred, of course.

QUICK INFO

Address
No. 12, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara

Petaling Jaya

Phone:  017-283 2883
Reservations can be made via SMS, WhatsApp & Facebook PM.

 

Let the story unfold ……

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11 Free System Information Tools by Tim Fisher

If you are to manage your computer properly, System Information tools are really handy to provide you with comprehensive hardware & software details for component upgrade considerations or troubleshooting a problem. The information is gathered & presented in a report properly organised by information type / category. You can easily export this information for documentation or sharing.

Tim Fisher’s list is a software review with links to the developer’s site where you can download the software for free. My personal favourite is SIW which has a very nice interface & plenty of features which will take some exploring to appreciate its power. Time to check your system guys & gals.

About Tech review of the best free system information utilities

Summary list for the busy person

  • Speccy
  • PC Wizard 2014
  • System Information for Windows (SIW)
  • ASTRA32
  • HWINFO
  • Belarc Advisor
  • Free PC Audit
  • MiTeC System Information X
  • EVEREST Home Edition
  • System Information Viewer (SIV)
  • ESET SysInspector