Moodelizer helps add epic soundtracks to your video efforts via TechCrunch

Another way of upping your New Media game. Add a soundtrack to anything — nearly. Click through to see demo videos and more information. —Douglas
 
When it comes to video, the audio is pretty damn important. Hell, they even give out some sort of award for getting it right on occasion. Moodelizer wants to put the power of suitable soundtracks in the hands of amateur filmmakers, by letting you add a delightfully over-the-top soundtrack to the most mundane of tasks at the touch of a button.

Moodelizer has created a ton of different music tracks, with a twist: They come unmixed, and with an elegant set of mixing tools to help even non-musicians create great-sounding soundtracks for video.

On YouTube: PromptSmart – Intelligent Teleprompter for your iPhone and iPad

An interesting bit of software for those of us who produce our own videos without the benefits of a a large crew and a lot of money. Adding the voice recognition piece to the standard teleprompter could be a winning combination for this software. — Douglas

On YouTube: PromptSmart - Intelligent Teleprompter for your iPhone and iPad

Watch YouTube: PromptSmart – Intelligent Teleprompter for your iPhone and iPad

Teleprompters help you stay on script and produce great, value-packed content. Try PrompSmart, the smart prompt app you can use from your phone or tablet. It works on any mobile device and integrates with Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and Box. Make better, value-packed video with a little help from PromptSmart.

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Noted: WordPress 4.7.1 Security Release Available, Immediate Update Recommended via Search Engine Journal

WordPress 4.7.1 Security Release Available, Immediate Update Recommended

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A security release for all previous versions WordPress is now available, which the company strongly recommends all users upgrade to immediately.

The previous version of WordPress, version 4.7, has been downloaded over 10 million times since being released last month. However, it didn’t come without its flaws.

Specifically, the release addresses eight security issues affecting WordPress versions 4.7 and earlier:

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WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” Released – Upgrade Today

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The lastest verison of the WordPress Blogging Engine, called “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Colman Hawkins, is now available for download and installation from the WordPress site. You can also easily existing installations in a few clicks, following the links in your dashboard.

This new version brings a host of updates and improvements including in-line link editing, formatting shortcuts, smart image sizing and more.

Watch this short introduction to “Coleman”


You can find a detailed listing of all the updates in the blog post, WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”, on WordPress.org.

 

 

Noted: YouTube launches tool that allows creators to blur any moving object in their videos (Amanda Conway/YouTube Creator Blog)

Noted: Apple launches Music Memos app for the iPhone and iPad

Noted: WordPress launches its Mac app with all of the crucial publishing tools in place

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YouTube Gaming is Now Live!

YouTube launched its gaming site and app today as a competitor to industry-leader TwitchTV.

YouTube Gaming supports both live and recorded gaming video and includes a specialized web site and companion iOS and Android apps.

The web site is a bit slow today, as might be expected as everyone wants to try it out both watching and live streaming.

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One small limitation I noticed with the web version is that it doesn’t appear to support streaming of videos to my Chromecast. I assumed it would have this functionality out of the box. You can select the Chromecast icon in your browser and it appears to try to send the live video, but then exits to the generic YouTube screen on the Chromecast. The YouTube Gaming App DOES support Chromecast streaming, though, so at least there is some option. I am guessing a small bug with the web version on launch day which will hopefully be quickly remedied.

I thought YouTube Gaming would automatically follow all my gaming-related YouTube Channels, but in order to follow them on YouTube Gaming I had to “Import” my subscriptions and then click though a list to add each channel. If I had hundreds of channels I was subscribed to it might get a little tedious doing this. though.

Streaming quality looks excellent for the streams I have sampled today and, even on this busy first day, buffering of video seems to be at a minimum.

Check it out!

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Tech: Chhirp app sends/embeds 12 second audio clips via Twitter

I came across Chhirp today via this post on The Next Web, Chhirp for iOS lets you post 12-second voice clips directly to Twitter.

 

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As with most new apps, you can never be sure exactly where it will fit into the ecosystem until people actually start to use it. This leads me to try out a lot of new apps, just to see what they can do.

My first Chhirp

Noted: TuneIn brings over 100,000 radio stations to your Chromecast via Engadget

TuneIn brings over 100,000 radio stations to your Chromecast via Engadget

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Today is a great day to be a Chromecast owner. Joining Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street Go and others, TuneIn is now also making its mobile apps compatible with Google’s budget-friendly streaming dongle. Now that TuneIn has added support for Chromecast, you can start casting more than 100,000 radio stations, including local and international, as well as a ton of different news, music and sports podcasts. Oddly enough, the TuneIn Radio Pro applications don’t appear to have been updated, but nothing’s keeping those users from going to the non-paid version to get their Chromecast fix.

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Noted: People Are Already Finding Amazing Uses For Hyperlapse, Instagram’s New Time-Lapse Video App via Business Insider

Noted: People Are Already Finding Amazing Uses For Hyperlapse, Instagram’s New Time-Lapse Video App via Business Insider

People Are Already Finding Amazing Uses For Hyperlapse, Instagram's New Time-Lapse Video App via Business Insider

Last week, Instagram announced its latest app, called Hyperlapse.
Hyperlapse allows you to take time-lapse videos, without the need for fancy, expensive equipment. It’s really easy to use, and has a beautiful interface. You push one button to record the video, and then speed it up to various degrees using a separate button.

You can then upload the video you made to Instagram and Facebook at the touch of yet one other button.

Sound simple? That’s because it is. And people are using it to make some awesome-looking, creative videos.

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Noted: Magisto launches Surprise Me to automatically generate videos from your camera roll via GigaOm

Magisto launches Surprise Me to automatically generate videos from your camera roll via GigaOm

Magisto launches Surprise Me to automatically generate videos from your camera roll via GigaOm

Israel-based video app Magisto is set to officially unveil its Surprise Me feature Friday as part of an update to its iOS and Android apps, which automatically compiles short, shareable video clips based on the videos and photos people have on their smart phones. Surprise Me, which has been beta tested by the company for the last couple of months, uses machine learning to identify the most relevant photos and scenes for each user, and combines them with music and themes to turn them into little stories.

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Software: WordPress 4.0 Now Available for Upgrade on all your sites

I saw notice today that the latest version of WordPress is now available for install on all my WordPress sites (and most likely, yours too). I have been working my way through all 6 blogs, upgrading plugins, themes, etc as necessary and haven’t seen any issues.

Here is a video outlining all the changes and new features.

`Software: WordPress 4.0 Now Available for Upgrade on all your sites

Visit the WordPress Codex for complete and detailed information

Video: Instagram Hyperlapse Demo – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 27/30

Audio: Trolls - End of the Day with Douglas E. Welch - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 16/30

An example video of Instagram Hyperlapse, a new app released by Instagram today for iOS that produces high-quality, motion stabilized time-lapse videos.

Video: Instagram Hyperlapse Demo - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 27/30

 

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Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

Noted: Instagram’s Hyperlapse App Turns Your Videos Into Time-Lapses in Two Taps via Mashable

Instagram’s Hyperlapse App Turns Your Videos Into Time-Lapses in Two Taps via Mashable

Instagram's Hyperlapse App Turns Your Videos Into Time-Lapses in Two Taps via Mashable

Instagram launched an app called Hyperlapse on Tuesday that speeds up shaky videos and turns them into time-lapses.

Hyperlapse, which is now available for a free download in the Apple App Store, turns footage stored on your smartphone into time-lapse videos, without requiring pricey tracking rigs that can typically cost up to $15,000.

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Noted: Making GIFs From YouTube Videos Has Never Been Easier via Gimodo

Making GIFs From YouTube Videos Has Never Been Easier via Gimodo

There’s a wealth of YouTube-to-GIF services out there, but the newest kid on the block makes the barrier to entry a mere three keystrokes and a click or two. With GIF YouTube, you’ll be throwing around bespoke reaction GIFs in no time.

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BUG: Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

Update: PSA: The Chromecast Extension Is Making All YouTube Videos AutoPlay In Chrome via Android Poilce


What an ugly, ugly bug to deploy to thousands of Chrome users. I noticed this today when my Google Analytics page started playing help videos every time I reloaded the page. Android Poilce blog indicates this was a bad push of new YouTube software that manifested itself in the Chromecast app.

Disable the Google Cast extension in Chrome to alleviate the problem until Google provides a fix.  — Douglas

Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

BUG: Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

A strange bug has been affecting a subset of Chrome users since Monday: Embedded videos have started to automatically play as soon as a user opens the page that contains the video. However, this only happens if users also have the Google Cast extension installed, which is being used to send content directly from a Chrome browser to Google’s Chromecast streaming stick.

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Video: First Impression: Ocenaudio Recorder and Editor – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 10/30

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Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

Noted: Google’s HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations via TechCrunch

Google’s HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations via TechCrunch

Google’s HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations via TechCrunch

Last September, Google launched Web Designer, a free tool for Mac, Windows and Linux that makes it easy for anybody to build interactive HTML5 sites and ads. Since its launch, Web Designer got a couple of minor updates, but today’s release is the first major update in a long time and brings quite a few new features to the software.

The company says that ads built with Web Designer have now been seen over 2.5 billion times. The majority of users (72%) are outside of the U.S. and 20% are returning users.

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Noted: Fly is a simple video-editing app that lets you shoot from four iPhones at once via The Verge

Fly is a simple video-editing app that lets you shoot from four iPhones at once via The Verge

Fly is a simple video-editing app that lets you shoot from four iPhones at once via The Verge

There are simple video-editing apps, and then there’s Fly, a new iPhone app that lets you edit a short movie inside literally one screen. Fly works by importing four of your videos into the app’s editor, and then letting you tap on each one to make live cuts and switch between clips instantly. You can add a voice over or background music from your device, and then export your video to post on Instagram or elsewhere. If you’re looking to make something a little more adventurous, Fly also includes “Multi-Cam,” a feature that lets you sync up to four iPhones to all shoot and capture video simultaneously.

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