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How can I record web activity online?

The Web

Episode 1637

Jeff from Los Angeles, CA

Jeff hates airpods. Leo agrees. They're awful. Very uncomfortable and way too easy to lose. Jeff also gets frustrated that his iPhone always seems to slip into silent mode. Leo says that's why he has a plastic case that has a lip on it, so the switch won't accidentally slip into it. Jeff is also perplexed that he can download a 30-minute chunk of air traffic control animation from WebTrack, but when he downloads another, he loses the first one. How is that happening?

Why Can't I Output Video From iMovie?

iMovie

Episode 1634

Howard from Sherman Oaks, CA

Howard is having trouble with iMovie. He can't share video from it. It's constantly a compressor error. Leo says that iMovie has to render a video file using Apple Compressor. There may be a damaged file. There was an update this week, so check to see if that fixes it. If it doesn't, try uninstalling and reinstalling. Make sure to delete the compressor file and then reinstall it.

Is my camera media card defective?

SD Card

Episode 1627

Hector from Napoleon, OH

Hector has a Sandisk 64GB SD card from Best Buy, and now he's getting error messages due to "insufficient write speed."  Is there something wrong with his camera? Leo says that most SD cards today can keep up with the cameras they are used in. You need a class 4 card for the Vixia Camcorder, and Hector's is a class 10. So it's plenty fast. But it could be that the card is wearing out after steady use and it's starting to fail. When you start getting errors like that, you're living on borrowed time. So it's time to get a new card.

How can I start a YouTube Channel?

YouTube

Episode 1613

Alex from Rancho Cucamonga, California

Alex wants to start a YouTube channel. Leo says that if he has a smartphone he can hit the ground running. As for video editing, Leo recommends Adobe Premiere Elements. It's under $100. But your phone may also be able to edit the video you shoot. Don't go overboard with gear: start small, and then upgrade your gear as you need to. Lights are important though.

What camera should I get for video?

Episode 1565

Vidak from Sacramento, CA

Vidak wants to get back into video and is thinking of doing it with a smartphone. Leo says that a smartphone video has gotten really good, but there's still some shortcomings. If you want to be ultra portable, Leo recommends the new DJI Pocket OSMO. It can do 4K video and literally fits in your pocket. But if you want to do stills as well, then still camera shoots excellent video.

How do I make a video file smaller?

Handbrake

Episode 1564

David from Los Angeles, CA

David wants to upload videos to Facebook, but the files are too big. How can he make them smaller? Leo says that all video is compressed, and it's just a matter of increasing the compression to make the file smaller to play back on the internet. He can use a codec to do that. He'll want to upload the best quality that Facebook will take. Here are Facebook's requirements.

Then, Leo recommends using Handbrake to do the compression.

How can I record video secretly?

1080P Spy Hidden Camera Pen

Episode 1506

Carrie from Lake Arrowhead, CA

Carrie wants to know if there's a camera that can secretly record a meeting. Leo says there is, and the trade name is "lipstick camera", but they're even smaller than that now. She can buy a camera smaller than a pinky finger! They can even record HD, and with a very wide angle. There are dozens of them on Amazon and they're around $10. She should search for "mini cam" or "micro cam". There's even one that fits in a pen. There's also one that looks like a USB plug.

How can I do Chroma Key?

ManyCam

Episode 1442

Trent from Australia

Trent is a video teacher and he wants to do live Chroma Key with green screen with his kids. How can he do that more affordably? Leo says that lighting is everything. He'll want to be sure the lighting is smooth and even, and doesn't cast a shadow on his green screen. Then he can use software like ManyCam. It works great, according to the chatroom. Wirecast is another option, and it is 30% off for Black Friday.

Why did YouTube take down my channel?

YouTube

Episode 1442

Chuck from LA

Chuck would like to do what Leo does and create an online video show. Leo says it's not cheap, but it's a lot easier and more affordable to do it now than when Leo started out ten years ago. He started a YouTube channel and his channel got flagged as violating community standards even though he's got no content yet! What can he do? Leo suspects that it was flagged by a competitor looking to shut him down before he gets going. Leo says he should just appeal it, and tell them there's no content yet. YouTube will overturn it.