Software

What video editing software would be best for me?

Episode 1180

Fakhar from Islamabad

Fahkar recently bought a laptop at Best Buy for video editing. He's trying to enhance MP4 files and he doesn't like the Cyberlink Director. Leo says that it's very consumer focused and as such, a bit dumbed down for that kind of stuff. Higher end programs like Adobe Premiere that also offer additional plugins for what Fahkar is trying to do. Premiere Elements may also be able to do it.

How can I batch convert old Apple Works files?

Episode 1126

Danielle from Malibu, CA

Danielle upgraded her Mac to OS X Mavericks and now she can't open any Apple Works documents. Leo says that AppleWorks isn't supported anymore in Mavericks. What can she do?

Leo recommends before getting rid of the old computer, to open the documents and save them out as RTF. Then she can import them to Pages, which Mavericks will handle. Here's an article from Cult of Mac on how to do that.

Why doesn't the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 run in 64 bit?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Episode 1124

Alan from Los Angeles, CA

Alan is thinking about getting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but hears that it won't run 64 bit software. Leo says that really doesn't matter. All 64 bit can do is address more memory and handle larger chunks of data. But he doesn't really need 64 bit. Samsung is only doing this because Apple did it last year. There's no real benefit for a mobile phone right now. This is more likely the difference between the Xenos Opticore Processor (in Europe) and the Qualcomm Snapdragon (in the US).

What hardware and software can I use for screencasting on videos?

Rode DeadCat Wind Muff

Episode 1122

Danny from New Jersey

Danny wants to make videos for his kids at school who have problems learning. He got a podcaster kit and he's looking for a screen to go in front of the microphone. Leo says it's called a "Dead Cat." There's also a circular screen called a "pop screen" and Leo uses the BSW REPOP Pop Filter. But that's for a directional microphone. For omnidirectional microphones, it's called a Dead Cat.

How can I catalog my DVD collection on my network?

DVD

Episode 1115

Sean from Thousand Oaks, CA

Sean would like to catalog his DVDs on his network, so he can find out information about the movie and the location of it. Is there an app for that on the Mac?

Leo says that Delicious Library 3 is ideal for his. He'll be able to scan the DVD's barcode, and then it will populate the database using the metadata along with reviews and more. Then he can add location options as well. He can try it free first to see if it will work for him.

Should I get a degree in Computer Science?

Academic cap

Episode 1113

Joe from Missouri

Joe is looking to get a Computer Science degree. Leo says that most of those in Silicon Valley don't have a college degree. It's not really what they judge people on there. It's about what they know and what their skill set is. 56% of programmers in San Francisco have dropped out of school. But the benefit of a certification is that if he has no experience, he at least can point to the cert.

If I downgrade to Windows 7, can I still keep the Windows 8 recovery partition?

Windows 8

Episode 1091

Brandon from Palm Springs, CA

Andrew bought a new computer with Windows 8, but wants to switch to Windows 7. He wants to know if he can erase Windows 8, but still keep the Windows 8 recovery partition. Leo says that Windows 8 initially was confusing and it didn't really know what it wanted to be. But he's gotten used to it, and Leo says it's the future of Windows, so we might as well get used to it. Andrew just has to learn its quirks like just typing to launch programs.

What's good free video editing software?

Episode 1086

Josh from New York, NY

Josh doesn't care for Windows Movie Maker. Leo says that Windows Movie Maker has gotten a lot better over time, but in general, he'll get what he pays for.

Leo recommends a paid solution like Adobe Premiere Elements. There's also Sony Vegas. It's well worth the $80. But if all he needs to do is cut up video, he may want to try VideoLAN Movie Creator. There are other open source solutions, but they're finicky and difficult to learn. One open source option is Lightworks.