The Green Screen Effect – TechSmith Tips

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TechSmith Tips is a weekly series that will focus on tips in screencasting, video editing, and more. The green screen effect is a post-production technique for compositing (layering) two images or video streams together based on color hues ( chroma range). The technique has been used heavily in many fields to remove a background from the subject of a photo or video – particularly the newscasting, motion picture, and video game industries.

Introducing the TechSmith Social Media Team

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I am the Online Community Specialist at TechSmith. I serve as a TechSmith champion to maintain, grow, and work with a variety of communities who are engaged with TechSmith products and services online. Q) If you could trade jobs with anyone at TechSmith, who would it be? I’m currently heading up the social media strategy for TechSmith. I like to think of email as a stream that you dip into on occasion to fish out the important stuff. Why, hello.

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Dev Corner - HTML 5 Video Player with multiple video streams

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This week's Dev Corner post comes from Mike Luongo and details using HTML5 to create a video player that lets you play multiple video streams at once. Well just with a little bit of javascript (yawn) I was able to create a PIP (picture in picture) player with opacity for the web. Michael Luongo is a software engineer who joined TechSmith in 1999 when the company was about 10 employees. Since joining he has worked on almost every product at TechSmith.

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All About Pixels

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It takes a lot of computer power to run high resolution screens, which is why it takes a while for new resolution standards to be adopted into the main stream. 4K (easy term for a resolution of 3,840x 2,160) is four times as pixel dense as 1080p, thus a much sharper picture. 4K video cameras are starting to become affordable, Netflix streams 4k content to subscribers with compatible devices, and video game consoles are starting to adopt the standard as well.

Tune in Live to ScreencastCamp this Weekend

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They're all part of the first ever ScreencastCamp this weekend at TechSmith HQ. And, yes, that is a picture of my tent! I'm camping on the lawn at TechSmith!) We'll stream some sessions live from the main conference room. They're all part of the first ever ScreencastCamp this weekend at TechSmith HQ. And, yes, that is a picture of my tent! Tents, s'mores, beer, BBQ, brushbots and screencasters. What do they have in common?

7 Ways Screencasting Makes Work Easier

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I work on the TechSmith website. Answering these questions via email is a bit like trying to describe a specific element of a picture to someone standing on the other side of a curtain. The post 7 Ways Screencasting Makes Work Easier appeared first on Welcome to the TechSmith Blog.

The Forge with special guest Dan Roam

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Dan Roam ( @dan_roam is the author of the international bestseller The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures , the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. In honor of Dan’s appearing on the show, we want to help spread and increase visual thinking, so we’re going to give away 3 copies of Dan’s book The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures.

How to Edit Videos: The Not So Complex World of Video Encoding

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Without video encoding standards, the streaming video that revolutionized the Internet would not have been possible. This is because encoding is only half the picture. Codecs are the technology and programs used to encode or decode a digital data stream or signal (i.e. Ultimately, the goal of H.265 is to provide a standard that offers greater compression (smaller file size) with better picture quality than is offered by current encoding standards.

How To Edit Video: Reducing File Size

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Codecs encode or compress streams of data for storage, playback and video editing on a variety of platforms. The short answer is that frame rate indicates how many frames (think: pictures) are shown per second to the viewer. The post How To Edit Video: Reducing File Size appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Video file size can be tricky and the concept of reducing video file size has many technical variables associated with it.

How to Edit Videos: The Not So Complex World of Video Encoding

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Without video encoding standards, the streaming video that revolutionized the Internet would not have been possible. This is because encoding is only half the picture. Codecs are the technology and programs used to encode or decode a digital data stream or signal (i.e. Ultimately, the goal of H.265 is to provide a standard that offers greater compression (smaller file size) with better picture quality than is offered by current encoding standards.

How to Edit Videos: The Not So Complex World of Video Encoding

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Without video encoding standards, the streaming video that revolutionized the Internet would not have been possible. This is because encoding is only half the picture. Codecs are the technology and programs used to encode or decode a digital data stream or signal (i.e. Ultimately, the goal of H.265 is to provide a standard that offers greater compression (smaller file size) with better picture quality than is offered by current encoding standards.

Webcam Video: Now Available in Snagit

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The webcam helped people working in other parts of the building avoid pointless trips to the coffee pot by providing a live 128×128 grayscale picture of the state of the coffee pot on their computers. Another common use for webcams is for live streaming—like those the National Park Service uses to broadcast famous landmarks at Yellowstone National Park. The post Webcam Video: Now Available in Snagit appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

Learning Theory - Enterprise 2.0 - Social Software - eLearning Learning Weekly Hot List

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Streams, not blogs? The power of pictures - E-learning in the Corporate Sector , June 20, 2009. Welcome TechSmith’s New Education Community Site , June 25, 2009. eLearning Learning Hot List. June 19, 2009 to June 26, 2009. We will be publishing this kind of hot list each week and doing monthly and other summaries here using the social filtering mechanisms of Browse My Stuff. To receive these hot list posts, you will need to subscribe to the Best Of feed. Top Posts.

50 Tips for Better Video

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Viewers can only process so many streams of information at one time. When showing a PowerPoint presentation with a person speaking, don’t frame them in a floating box (picture-in-picture). The post 50 Tips for Better Video appeared first on TechSmith Blog. Straight from the studio, we’ve put together this infographic of fifty practical tips that will drastically improve the quality of your videos.

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5 Popular Ways to Increase Conversion Rates with Video

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Throughout this post I’ll share some examples of how TechSmith has successfully used videos in several ways to increase conversion rates. Just so we’re clear, at TechSmith, we use Eugene Schwartz’s five levels of awareness. And in our personal lives it gets even worse with the 24-hour news cycle, social media, smart phones, infotainment systems in cars … well, you get the picture.

Tech Tuesday Toolbox | Issue #06

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TechSmith Capture (Jing) | TechSmith . Fotor is a free online picture editor and graphic designer, allowing you to use online photo editing tools, such as add filters, frames, text, stickers and effects…and apply design tools to make creative photo designs and graphics.

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Flipping Over Teaching and Learning with Technology

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There are several streaming video services that can help you answer this question with varying degrees of accuracy. Medina discussed how pictures and text follow different paths into the brain, which would indicate that presentations heavy on text might not be the best choice for supporting learning. This content was written for our quarterly education newsletter, TechSmith Learning Lounge , written by educators, for educators. Guest post by Steve Salik, Ph.D.

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How To Use Visual Communication and Why It Matters

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You know what I’m talking about: That seemingly eternal stream of emails, meetings, phone calls and desk drop-bys we go through trying to get a particular project or document approved. At TechSmith, we often interview customers to learn how they use visuals in their jobs, and will record the calls rather than just relying on handwritten notes. Brand guidelines pulled from the TechSmith style guide. Reclaim Your Day: Saving Time with Visual Communication.