Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

How Can I Record My Granddaughter Playing Videogames for Youtube?

iPad

Episode 1605

Ivan from West Covina, CA

Ivan's granddaughter would like to capture the screen of an iPad and add visual commentary. Leo says she wants to be a youtube star! Leo says the iPad can't do both. It does have a built-in screen recorder. Then you can record her with a camera and then edit the two together on a computer with a picture in picture option. Another option is an open source program called OBS Studio that can do it in real time on a computer. It's mostly used in making screencasts.  

The Giz Wiz ... gets scanned

Episode 1604

Kodak (actually C+A, a Kodak official licensee) showed three film scanners at the show. Models range from about $45 for the Kodak Mobile Scanner, good if you just have a limited amount of old film formats you want to digitize, up to about $179 for the Kodak Scanza. Here's info mostly from the company: All three of these devices let you convert film to jpegs. The 14 to 22MP KODAK Film Scanza Scanner converts old 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 & 8mm Negatives & Slides to JPEG Digital Files.

What is a Good Online Community for Photography?

Flickr

Episode 1603

Steve from San Antonio, California

Steve is amazed at how GPS mapping apps can know what the best and fastest route is. Leo says that WAZE is crowd sourced, so it gets real time traffic data from Waze users themselves, and it can work to route you around it.

Steve is also a photographer and wants to know what are good online sources to share and get feedback. Leo says that while it has changed recently, Flickr is a good place to post for community input. 

Should I Buy the Mac Mini for Raw Photo Files?

Mac Mini

Episode 1602

Shane from Roy, Washington

Shane has a 2014 Trashcan Mac Pro and he's having trouble uploading his raw photo files. Would the new Mac Mini handle them, or should he bite the bullet and get the new cheesegrater this fall? Leo says that the new Mac Mini is a great computer and he can max it out for a great price. Leo also says that he will likely slow down the computer when he uses extra cores during rendering. So it's difficult to gauge the specs.

Do I need more than one backup?

The DAM Book 3.0

Episode 1601

Phil from Arvada, Colorado

Phil has noticed that Carbonite's backup fees keep going up, and they seem to be more focused on business plans lately. Leo says that business is where the real money is, but Carbonite is still doing consumer backup plans. But if Phil has several cloud-based hard drives, does he really need it? Leo says that's only something Phil can answer. But if Phil is a photographer, he really needs to back up his data using a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Three backups, on two different forms of media, one off-site.

What's With Vertical Video on TV?

Vertical

Episode 1600

Alan from North Hollywood, CA

Alan doesn't know the term for the way they show vertical video on TV. Leo says it's because the video was shot on a mobile phone, and TV programs will use effects to blow up the original video and blur it out, placing it behind the video image. This is to just fill out the screen so it doesn't look like there's a problem with your TV Set. It's called PillarBox, and Leo says it's an easy effect that can be done with Adobe Premiere.