Software

How can I animate images to make them talk?

Episode 1009

Steve from San Diego, CA

Steve wants to add voiceovers to his dog when he takes pictures of him to make him look like he's really talking. How can he do that? There's a software called Syncro-Vox, which is used to sync static images to moving images. Now it's called Crazy Talk. They used to do similar stuff on the animated TV show Klutch Cargo, but they used moving lips.

The Chatroom found an iPhone app called Jabbermouth.

What are the best alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud?

Episode 1004

Kevin from Memphis, TN

Kevin is looking for an alternative to Adobe's Creative Cloud since he thinks that $40 a month to use Photoshop is too much. Leo says that Adobe has been wanting to do this for a long time. Adobe is afraid of piracy and have figured out they can make more money by renting out the software instead of selling it.

Here are some other solutions:

How can I get a time and date stamp on my recorded video?

Episode 983

Sean from Clovis, CA

Sean is looking to get a video camera for private investigations work. He needs a camera that will "burn" the time/date stamp on the video itself as opposed to only being able to see that time/date stamp in the viewfinder.

Leo says that used to be a popular feature, but people have complained because they don't remember to turn it off. So it's fallen away as a feature in most video cameras. In that case, Sean may need a program that will read the meta data from the video and burn it into the image while importing to the PC. Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere both support this.

What do you think of Adobe's decision to sell subscriptions instead of software?

Episode 978

Mark from Scottsdale, CA

Mark wants to know what Leo thinks about Adobe moving to subscriptions instead of selling software. Leo says it's been obvious for awhile that Adobe would rather sell subscriptions rather than software. It's really the trend everywhere now. Leo says if enough people just bought the last version and then stopped, they'd get the message that people don't want a subscription.

What software should I use with my camera?

Episode 956

Taryn from Los Alamitos, CA

Taryn has a Canon camera and it's software requires OS 10.6, and she has OS 10.4. Leo says that there's no need to use the Canon software. It's terrible and unnecessary. In fact, since Taryn is on the Mac, iPhoto will work just fine. Should she upgrade OS X? Leo says that the nice thing about OS X is that it's cheap to upgrade. The downside is that older hardware may not support the latest (Mountain Lion). Taryn's MacBook can go up to OS 10.6, though, but there's no real need to rush to upgrade since she'll get the latest OS when she upgrades to a new Mac.