Equipment for Videos or Better Quality Photos/Selfies Using Your iPhone or iPad

ipad-training-ad-bluenoregister-highres-peggy-duncan02I’ve been recording and editing how-to videos for years. And I’ve recently started an Instagram page with selfies of outfits I find when bargain hunting and thrifting. I’ll use either my iPhone, iPad, or a Logitech Webcam.

Here is a suggested list of what you could use to get started. These links are either Amazon or to a post right here on my blog, and I use everything listed.

NOTE: I’m on Instagram posting photos I’m taking myself with my iPhone, tripod with mount, and Bluetooth clicker. Check me out here and see my various fashion choices. Follow me!

Microphones/Headsets

iRig microphone is made for iPhone/iPad and plugs into headphone jack. This microphone is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad. I’ve been very satisfied with the quality. (See below for tripod mount – microphone arm – I use.)

Movo Lavalier Microphone. Depending on your video setup, you might also need a lavalier mic that will clip to your clothing. I purchased this one, but have only used it a couple of times during a speech.

Order the windscreen that you’ll see with it. This helps to reduce wind interference when you say words beginning with “p”, for example.

Logo Mic Flag. In the photo above, you’ll notice the mic flag around my iRig. Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your brand while all eyes are on you. I created my own labels using Avery labels. I might at some point get this done professionally.

Bluetooth Headset. I use this headset so I can hear while the microphone is plugged into the headphone jack.

Tripods & Mounts – Desktop and Floor Model

Microphone arm for desk. You’ll need something to hold the mic, either a stand, tripod, or desktop arm. I’m currently using this space- saving mount so I no longer need a floor tripod.

Desktop Tripod for the iPhone or iPad. In addition to this unit, you’ll also need a tripod mount to hold the device (see below).

I also use a floor-model tripod by Velbon (get a good quality for stability).

Tripod Mount for iPad: Whether you use an iPad or iPhone or a desktop tripod or floor model, you’ll need a unit to slip the device into so it’ll attach to the tripod. I have the iPad 4 and use this tripod mount.

Tripod Mount for iPhone: I use the Puroma Universal Tripod Mount with my iPhone. It easily adjusts to portrait and landscape.

Remotes to Snap Camera App

Bluetooth wireless remote. This Bluetooth wireless remote will start and stop the Camera app without your having to tap your device. These less expensive units didn’t work consistently so I opted for something better (see below).

(Dollar Tree has the wired remotes that work consistently.)

Better Wireless Remote. If you have a multimedia remote for doing PowerPoint presentations, check to see if it has multimedia capability with Bluetooth. I have this Satechi remote, and can also use it to operate the camera/video function on my iPad and iPhone remotely. Very reliable for every shot. And sense this uses Bluetooth, it leaves your headset jack open in case you decide to use an external microphone (such as my iRig Mic described above).

OTHER

Mirrored Phone Case. I’m using the rear-facing camera on my iPhone 6s because the quality of the photos are much better (12 megapixels as opposed to 8 megapixels with the front-facing camera). I solved the problem of not seeing my image from the back of the iPhone with a mirrored case by Ringke. I place the phone backwards in the tripod, and the rear-facing camera will take whatever is in front of it. (There are apps that will use voice to let you know when the rear-facing camera sees you, but I prefer the ease of the mirrored case.

Note: To take a selfie with the rear-facing camera, put the camera in selfie mode as you normally would, turn the back of the camera towards you, and snap. It’ll look like you don’t know what you’re doing, but you’ll show them.

TelePhoto Lens. If you need a photo or video and want to capture more of the scene (e.g., a group family photo), the telephone lens that snaps to your phone will help. It fits perfectly over my mirrored case.

Targus CleanVu Cleaning Pads. Keep your device screen clean with this pad that fits on your hand.

Logitech Webcam. If you choose to use a Webcam instead of an iPhone, iPad, etc., you’re going to look better a high resolution Webcam as opposed to the one installed on your computer. I have this Webcam from Logitech.

Green Screen and Studio Lights. Are you considering taking things up a notch with Chroma Key (changing the video background with high resolution images or video), you’ll need more equipment: a green (or other color) screen and the right lighting. If the lighting is not right, the Chroma Key won’t work. There are tons of YouTube videos on how to Chroma Key, and I won’t get into that here, but here are links to my purchases. Full lighting kit with screens. Lots of choices so shop around. Portable green/blue screen for smaller space that I’m in now. It’s green on one side, blue on the other. I also have a clip stand for this to hold it up.

App – Grab Photo Frames from Video. You can grab that perfect frame from a video and get a high resolution photo from it with the app, Video2Photo. Check the App Store.

As with everything you do, having the right equipment will make the job easier. Look your best and you’ll do your best.

PEACE.

 

I Have Finally Stopped Robocalls to My iPhone (with Nomorobo)

Image result for nomorobo logoRobocalls were getting ridiculous. They’d started calling me early in the morning. I’d block the number, but their technology just used another one. I’d looked at AT&T’s “Call Protect,” but they wanted to put all of my contacts on their servers. I didn’t want that.
 
Fortunately, I discovered Nomorobo. I subscribed ($19.99/year or $1.99/month), and I have not received a call since! Not one.
 
Nomorobo sends callers directly to voicemail (technology won’t let them just block or delete). Good news is robocall technology won’t usually leave a voicemail. (My outgoing message lets real people know I don’t check voicemail and to email me.)

From their Website, here’s how it works.

“Nomorobo uses a feature known as “Simultaneous Ring”.  When simultaneous ring is enabled, your phone will ring on more than one number at the same time. The first device to pick it up gets the call and the other phones stop ringing.So, when the Nomorobo number is enabled as a simultaneous ring number it is the first number to screen the call. If it’s a legitimate call, the call goes through to your number. If the call is an illegal robocaller, Nomorobo intercepts the call and hangs up for you. Your phone will ring once letting you know that the robocall has been answered and stopped.”
Nomorobo rocks!
PEACE.

A Quick and Easy Way to Add Multiple Hashtags to Instagram Post – iPhone iOS (with video)

I’m new to Instagram, and understood the importance of adding multiple hashtags to each post so they show up in searches. Hashtags are a pain to tap, and I didn’t want to have to remember them or type them every time.

This quick video shows you how I used the Text Replacement feature on my iPhone to create a set of hashtags once and use them as many times as I want. No going back and forth with cut and paste.

Tip: Initial cap each new word in the hashtag to make it easier to read.

Follow me on Instagram I post photos of outfits I find at Ross Dress for Less (as a senior citizen who refuses to dress like an old lady).

Leave a comment to let me know when you’ve tried this.

PEACE.

Streaming Sound from a TV to Your Gadget with the Tunity App

Have you been at the airport too far away from the TV to hear it? Or have you wanted to watch somethinTunity app streams audio to your device from digital TV networksg on TV while others are sleeping or studying? The Tunity app offers a solution by streaming audio to your device, and at this writing, it’s free.

To get started, you simply hold your device in front of the TV and tap to run a scan (of a live show). Within seconds, the audio from the TV streams to your device. If the sound isn’t synced, the app offers a way to adjust it. The scanning doesn’t work with all cable networks, and antenna TV apparently doesn’t work.

Here is a how-to video on YouTube that’ll show you how it works.

Let me know what you think.

PEACE.

 

Now I Can Charge My iPhone in the Car Without Its Cable – Retractable Cable Built Into Charger

I was out recently and had to use GPS unexpectedly. You know how that drains the power in the iPhone. I had my car charger, but I didn’t have the iPhone cable.

I went shopping. I didn’t know if what I needed existed, but, of course, someone had solved the problem with this tangle-free lighting retractable cable with USB car charger.

iPhone car charger with built-in cable This little gadget is the answer I was looking for. The cable is built-in, and it retracts with the push of a button. It also has a USB port so I can charge two devices at once.

This is small and compact enough so I keep it in my backpack/purse. The quality feels good, so I hope it’ll last.

I love gadgets that simplify my life. Now I won’t have to worry about being caught without my cable because it’ll be right where I need it.

Check it out on Amazon.

PEACE.

 

Bluetooth Speaker for the Bathroom, Pool, and other Wet Activities

When Mom does her morning routine in the bathroom, she wants to listen to the radio. She was turning the radio in the living room up loud, and the sound wasn’t good (old radio = terrible sound).

 

Bluetooth speaker for the bathroomMy brother bought this waterproof Bluetooth shower speaker, Aqua Sound, to use with an old iPhone. It’s in her bathroom. Great sound. It has a suction cup to affix to the tub or sink. $5.00 at some kind of 5 and Under store.

 

Here it is on Amazon.

 

  • Compatible with any Bluetooth capable player, phone or tablet.
  • Skip songs and forward/back/pause/play right from the water resistant speakers.
  • Answer calls right on it and hold a conversation through the built in microphone.
  • Features a suction cup for easy attachment to wall or any flat surface.
  • Great for showers, baths, swimming pools, boats, marine. IPX4 Waterproof.

He just bought me one. I’ll use it in my car because my speaker system is pitiful (old car = old system). When I’m listening to music, I can push to next or previous song. I can also answer my phone if I want to. $5!

 

PEACE.

VIDEO: How to Find and Install Fonts to Your PC – Windows 10/8/7

I wanted to add a lot more creative fonts to my computer. DaFont.com has it all. In this video, I’ll show you how to search, download, relocate to a folder outside of your default Downloads folders, extract all files, and finally, install.

If Used, Embed

If you use these installed fonts in a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, etc., be sure to embed them when you save. This is especially important if you’re sharing a document or you’re presenting on a different computer and those fonts aren’t installed. When you save your file, be sure to tick the box to Embed fonts (this video shows you how).

NOTE: If you create a template to base future documents on, click to embed fonts in it so you don’t have to remember to do this every time.

WordMark.it

Here is a cool Website I found that allows you to type a word or phrase in a text box to see what it’ll look like in all the fonts on your computer. WordMark.it

Wikipedia Font List

In addition to seeing how fonts on your computer look inside your Office document, you can see them on this Wikipedia list.

PEACE.

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Video: How to Sign a PDF Without Printing It: Create a Custom Stamp with Your Signature in Adobe Acrobat and Foxit Phantom PDF

You don’t have to print a document just to sign it. When I receive a contract from a client, it’s usually a PDF. I created a Custom Stamp in Adobe Acrobat that’s an image of my actual signature. With a couple of clicks, I pop it onto the document and email it right back.

I’ve explained the entire process in the video below. Take a few minutes to set this up, and start saving time, paper, and ink.

  1. Write your signature on white paper.
  2. Scan (or photograph in good lighting) the signature, and save in the .PNG format (for best quality). Crop as needed.
  3. BONUS: Insert the image into PowerPoint (or Word), crop more if needed, make the background transparent, and save the new transparent image.
  4. Create the Custom Stamp in Adobe Acrobat.
  5. BONUS: Use an Adobe Acrobat competitor, Foxit Phantom PDF, to do this (the app I currently use).

Hope this helps. Feel free to comment and share. #SuiteTuesday

PEACE.

 

Video: Shortcut for Switching Your Sound Source (Audio Output) from the Windows 10 Taskbar

For sound, I have the option of using a headset, earphone, desktop speakers, and a dual monitor with sound. I switch back and forth depending on what I’m doing. In older versions of Windows, I’d right-click the sound icon on the taskbar, go to sound options, and make the desired device the default.

I stumbled on this shortcut recently, and use it every day.

 

Here’s a real quick video to show you how to quickly change your audio output in Windows 10.

Hope this helps. Feel free to comment and share. #SuiteTuesday

PEACE.