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Media Apps in Monterey

Date: 22nd October 2021

Duration: 42:22

Show ref: SCOM1093

macOS Monterey includes several applications to help you manage and enjoy various types of media. This week, Todd walks you through the main features of the Music, Podcasts, TV, and Books apps on the Mac. These apps have gone through some subtle but important changes over the last few years and this fresh look brings you up to speed.

Todd also covers the benefits of AirPlay 2 for sharing audio throughout your home.

Tip - More Useful Zoom Tricks

Date: 17th August 2021

Duration: 08:05

Show ref: SCOM1074

This week, Tim is back with three more Zoom tips that can take your experience further, especially when you are the host. You learn about the vanishing pen, how to use the live transcripts feature, then take a closer look at statistics and what they can tell you.

Tip - Useful Zoom Tricks

Date: 3rd August 2021

Duration: 07:28

Show ref: SCOM1070

Videoconferencing has seen a big surge in the last couple of years and has become an integral part of how many of us get work done and interact with the world around us.

Tim Stringer has been a Zoom power user for a long time, and in this week's tip show, he shares 3 ways you can get more out of your Zoom sessions.

Homebridge

Date: 9th April 2021

Duration: 27:54

Show ref: SCOM1037

The number of home automation devices being released with HomeKit support is increasing but there are still lots of them that don't work natively with Apple's automation protocol. Help is at hand with Homebridge, a free open-source application that allows you to add non-supported devices to HomeKit.

This week, Don takes you through the installation and configuration of Homebridge on a Mac. He also reviews his home setup and shows you how Siri can control non-HomeKit devices.

Screenium 3 Advanced

Date: 26th March 2021

Duration: 32:45

Show ref: SCOM1033

Allison introduced you to Synium Software's Screenium 3 as an excellent app for screencasting in a previous show (SCOM1029) and showed you some basic functionality.

In this advanced tutorial, you learn many useful techniques and tools to take your screencast to the next level. These include recording Apple TV's user interface, multi-language generated speech and subtitles, animating shapes, text, and other objects, as well as more advanced configurations for the keyboard, desktop, and mouse clicks.

Screenium 3 Basics

Date: 12th March 2021

Duration: 30:29

Show ref: SCOM1029

Screenium is inexpensive, and yet a remarkably capable video recording and editing application, perfect for making professional screencasts. It is so extensive in fact that we're going to give you this basic tutorial, followed by an advanced tutorial at a later date.

In this first part, Allison goes over the interface and explains in detail how to configure Screenium. You also learn how the timeline works, see how transitions and chapter markers are created, and more.

iMovie for iOS

Date: 27th November 2020

Duration: 30:52

Show ref: SCOM0999

This week, you learn how to create and edit a trailer in iMovie, as well as how to export your creations. Rosemary also shows you how to use the Movie feature to create you own project, including adding filters, titles, and sound effects.

Tip - Security Camera Support in iOS 14

Date: 17th November 2020

Duration: 12:37

Show ref: SCOM0996

In this tip, Rosemary shows you how to set up and use security cameras in iOS 14, with a focus on HomeKit Secure Video, as well as Activity Views and the new Facial Recognition feature. You also learn about the various types of notifications you can receive based on specific activity.

Microsoft Teams - Pt 1

Date: 6th November 2020

Duration: 50:05

Show ref: SCOM0993

With so many of us working remotely, we are now using tools and adopting practices that are oftentimes new to us. One service that has proved to be very popular in businesses and communities alike is Microsoft Teams. Teams allows you to communicate, collaborate on files and socialise with your friends, colleagues and loved ones even when you can't be with them.

In the first part of this series, Lee walks you through the different Teams pricing plans and shows the interface for the first time. You also learn how to set up and modify new Teams and Channels, as well as posting conversations and announcements.

Tip - DuetCam for iOS

Date: 25th August 2020

Duration: 06:24

Show ref: SCOM0972

DuetCam is a video recording app that makes it possible to record video with the front and back camera at the same time. You can show an overlay yourself in a corner of the screen while you narrate something, or show what's going on around you.

In this week's tip, Rose gives you a tour of DuetCam, complete with a short clip of her garden.

Apple Media Apps

Date: 17th July 2020

Duration: 49:07

Show ref: SCOM0961

When Apple transitioned away from iTunes to a series of application in macOS Catalina, the way you manage your media changed in several ways. We briefly covered these changes and new apps in the past, but we felt it was time to take a deeper dive.

In this screencast, Todd gives you a tour of each one, beginning with Music. He also goes over the Home app, which can help you manage your audio sources, such as HomePod and AirPlay 2 speakers.

Tip - Managing Video Clips with QuickTime

Date: 2nd June 2020

Duration: 08:23

Show ref: SCOM0948

When working with videos, we don't always have time to fire iMovie or Final Cut Pro to edit and export our home movies. Whilst Photos gives you a few bits of functionality, QuickTime Player offers quite a bit more.

In this tip, Don shows you how to string together several movies using the QuickTime app on your Mac. You also learn useful single-key shortcuts (the same ones pro video editors use!) to play and trim your movies, or watch a ScreenCastsOnline tutorial.

WhatsApp for iPhone

Date: 1st May 2020

Duration: 33:34

Show ref: SCOM0939

Whilst we have a fantastic messaging app with Apple Messages, it's not always easy to chat or transfer files to non-Apple devices.

Step forward WhatsApp Messenger.

This free app and service is owned by Facebook and boasts over 2 billion users worldwide. It's never been easier to share chats, photos, videos, documents even location data with individuals or even better, with groups of people. You can even video conference with multiple people from your phone without worrying what device they have. WhatsApp Messenger is available for both iOS and Android although we only cover the iOS version in this show. In addition, you can also install WhatsApp Desktop on the Mac or PC, and access all of your WhatsApp chats and media from your computer.

In this video tutorial, Don takes you through setting up and using WhatsApp along with its many features.

Tip - Peek-a-View

Date: 31st March 2020

Duration: 07:58

Show ref: SCOM0930

This week, Rosemary tells you all about Peek-a-View, an app designed to let you show your photos to others, but without the risk of them deleting or sharing your images. When combined with Guided Access mode on iOS, Peek-a-View becomes a view-only photo collection that's perfect for toddlers.

Capto

Date: 21st February 2020

Duration: 47:50

Show ref: SCOM0919

In this week's episode you learn about Capto, a versatile and feature-rich utility for capturing screenshots and recording screencasts.

Using Capto, you can capture an entire web page and catalog those screenshots right inside its built-in library. Taking screenshots of application menus, as well as floating panels is also very easy. Allison shows you the many screencasting features also available inside the application, including the ability to record your webcam along with your computer's desktop. After going through the many annotation tools available to enhance your captures, she wraps up with a look at exporting them.

Tip - JustWatch for iOS

Date: 11th February 2020

Duration: 10:28

Show ref: SCOM0916

When you want to watch a movie or TV Programme, but cannot remember the streaming service you need to go to in order to view, it can be a source of frustration. JustWatch is an iOS application and web service that allows you to search for media titles and present a list of options for streaming or purchasing.

Lee shows you in this week's tip how to create a JustWatch account, browse for new and popular content, Search for individual titles. You also learn how to configure filters and set up a watchlist that syncs to your other devices.

Tip - Adding Captions to Video

Date: 4th February 2020

Duration: 10:59

Show ref: SCOM0914

It's 2020 and all videos should have subtitles or captions. These can assist both non-native language viewers and the hearing impaired, and also help optimise your video engagement.

Rather than laboriously typing out your voiceovers and other sounds into captions, Don shows you how easy and cost-effective it is to use an online service called Rev. Once you have your captions back, he demonstrates using HandBrake to generate video files with either embedded or burned in captions.

Tip - CheapCharts for iOS

Date: 21st January 2020

Duration: 08:29

Show ref: SCOM0910

This tip video is all about CheapCharts, a handy iOS application that helps you track prices of iTunes media, including movies and TV programmes, as well as books, audiobooks and apps. Focusing on movies in this tip, Lee shows you how to browse content currently on sale, create targeted filters, and set up price alerts. You also learn how to keep track of specific actors and directors, whilst keeping on top of notifications so you can take advantage of the best deals on movies you love.

Tip - Capture Taps in iOS

Date: 14th January 2020

Duration: 08:14

Show ref: SCOM0908

A huge missing part of iOS has been the support for capturing taps and gestures system-wide. This has resulted in the need for manual annotation and animation, greatly increasing the effort and time needed to produce iOS screencasts.

With the newly introduced support for Bluetooth pointing devices in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, we are now able to capture taps and gestures during recording. In this tip video, Don gives you some pointers (excuse the pun) on how you can optimise this new mechanism for use in your own screen recordings.

Tip - Pulltube

Date: 7th January 2020

Duration: 09:25

Show ref: SCOM0906

In this tip video, Lee shows you how to use Pulltube, a macOS application that can retrieve video files from a variety of online sources and download them to your Mac for offline viewing. Lee explains how to download videos, convert them to different file formats, use browser extensions, and more. You also learn about various useful settings inside of Pulltube.

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