Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Ross has ripped all his CDs so he can enjoy the mp3s in his car with an external hard drive. Leo says that is cool, but hard drives have the same problem as a record player; they will skip when jostled. So if you hit a bump, the hard drive could skip, and that could damage your hard drive. Leo recommends a solid-state solution like a thumb drive or SSD drive in an external enclosure. Or you can put the music up in the cloud and just stream it from your mobile phone through the car's Bluetooth connection.
Steven recently launched a new podcast called Lord of the Nerds. He's been using Zoom to do interviews, but he's limited to 40 minutes and 720p when he has more than one guest. Is there a 1080p alternative with no limits? He tried AnchorFM, and it was OK. Leo says that unless he can have a compelling reason to do video, don't. It adds way too much difficulty for the benefit he can get. Audio is where he wants to be since most listen to audio podcasts.
David (the Laptop Elf) is trying to get some data off a 2011 Macbook, which has a dying hard drive. He pulled the hard drive and now has to connect it to her new Windows computer and transfer the data. But the MacBook uses iPhoto, and it has a single file with all the images balled up together. Sort of. R/C the iPhoto data file, and you'll be able to open it as a folder. You'll then see all the original images and transfer them over with a simple drag and drop.
Rob does a podcast on airshows, and he wants to improve his audio mastering. Leo says to look in your compression settings. Keep it in a narrow band; that's the secret. Avoid an audio maximizer.
Jim uses an iPad Pro to create artwork using ProCreate. He wants to show off his work online, but he's concerned that it'll be stolen. Leo says that's pretty inevitable. You can watermark it. But that's about it. How about printing them? Leo says that you can get an archival, art quality print with special inkjet printers, but they aren't cheap. You can get a service do it. Leo recommends GiClee.
Troy is going to be doing live streaming of his church service using the OBM project. But he is having trouble understanding how to manage multiple streams at the same time and be able to manage the ads that are put in the stream. Dubbed Content Delivery Network (CDN). Leo says that Vimeo is a good option. If only audio matters, check out IceCast and ShoutCast. But he'll have to host it himself if he goes with Icecast. Troy will also need a converter in the streaming software to put it into the IceCast format. Leo recently moved to a new hosting service to handle all that.
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, enable users to buy things online like digital video assets in games, video clips, and other virtual products. Sales using NFTs have been in the billions for video games alone. It's like digital currency akin to bitcoin, and Leo thinks it could be the new investment frontier.
Paul has 35 VHS tapes and he doesn't want to pay $650 to digitize them. How can he do it himself? Should he just buy a VCR and use it to digitize? Leo says he can do that. But while at it, look for a VHS model that also has a DVD burner built-in. It's called a Combo player. But Paul wants to get it done sooner rather than later. But with a VHS player, he'll need a video capture card to hook it up with that can take the red, white, and yellow composite video cables. S-Video would be even better. But the capture card is what's important.
Jessica runs a gym and uses Pandora to play music. Does she have to pay ASCAP fees? Leo says that Pandora has a commercial service, which is probably what she uses. The reason is that playing Pandora for free can be considered piracy and can incur fines for the unauthorized playing of music in the public eye. Pandora's commercial service also covers all license fees from ASCAP. But they aren't the only ones. There's also Mood Media, Spotify for Business, Cloud Cover, and others.
Peter has a bunch of Leo's podcasts that he's downloaded over the years. But now the shows are all out of order. Leo says that advertiser based technology has forced a change in how they name their podcast files. The files are run through a service called Megaphone, which then triggers an ad at an appropriate spot based on what your interests are. As such, the file is named differently for each downloader. But there is a solution. You can get an mp3 renamer that can change the file name based on the file metadata.