Brief collection of logos and icons for software I have covered in this blog post. Working clockwise from the top: Open Office, OBS, MEGA upload cloud service, Lucid Chart, F.lux

Essential Software for College Students.

Modern students are expected to accomplish rubrics that form curriculum’s. It’s an integral part of education. Other expectations that are essential to college students is getting acquainted with new software, saving on finances and organization, among other drawbacks. I’m Brian Denton, writing this blog in hopes to elaborate how to boil down your college needs with software efficiency.

First wave of software I’m running down will be centric towards word processing. Microsoft’s One Note is available enough for college students as Microsoft offers deals to colleges, but open source softwares such as OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and AbiWord; all user friendly replacements for Microsoft Word if you don’t have access to One Note. If writing isn’t your forte, or find yourself easily diverted, you might be looking for software such as DarkRoom which is a distraction free word processor. LaTex, which is used for writing down extensive research papers, is recommended for STEM students.

Some students find starting assignments as their biggest obstacle. If this sounds like somebody you know, they may have the option to video record and study off that or build presentations through this action. Open Broadcast Software and Icecream Apps are free softwares used to capture and record audio/video from your desired computer or device, with OBS being used to also livestream your recordings elsewhere.

My final coverage for this blog will be about Organization and Health. Cloud Servers such as Google Drive and MEGA.nz are a good start to storage. LucidChart is a collaborative group editor for flowcharts. 7-Zip is used to compress large files into a single folder, making file sharing that much less painful. TreeSheets is a note management service that structures your notes out in lieu of a tree. Lastly, students should take breaks to relieve any strain on their eyes, with f.lux software, your screen-burned eyes will be tended to after installing this app. F.lux works by taking your systems time and location and applying an algorithm that changes the overall screen colour – or “Temperature” over time or through a schedule. This helps on our eyes as they see light at different depths. Warmer colours are easier on the eyes than colder colours. Having a system that transitions from cold to warm throughout the day may relieve any optical discrepancies you may face as a student glued to several school monitors.

The most popular massive multiplayer online types

With the changes in the internet some people who like to play video games may want to play with lots of other people who share similar interest as them. For some people when they think of massive multiplayer online(MMO) games their mind think of the massive World of Warcraft, and there is no surprise to that because of the millions of people who still to this day are playing. Read More

Working With Audio: Remixing

When working on a project, one of the most important parts of your production is making sure that all of the pieces that you are using work together properly.  This will usually require you to sacrifice some element of your project, whether it be in the visual, audio, or presentation sections. One such method of making your elements fit together just right is the remix tool in Audition.

 

The remix tool is used to alter audio, usually a song, so that the length is longer or shorter than the original composition.  In order to start this process, you need to put the audio into Audition. Once there, you can do the general cleanup (noise reduction, plosives, breaths) directly onto the waveform.  However, you will need to put the piece of audio into a multi-track mixdown in order to remix the track.

 

Once the music track that you want is in the mixdown, you can then go ahead and remix by simply going to the remix tab to the left and pressing “enable remix”.  Once said track is analyzed, you will be free to extend or shorten to your heart’s content.

 

However, there’s one last thing that you should remember about remixes: they will not be the exact length that you specify. Due to how the remixing works, chunks of the song are mixed into and taken out through the song, and since the remix cannot cut into these chunks, the song cannot be the exact time that you want.

 

While this might not be a problem for most projects, if the remix is paired with a visual portion as well, you may need to either cut down or expand the video in order to better fit the music.  Most of the time you’ll be able to cut down parts of shots in order to fit the time, so it won’t be a major issue.

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Why Building From Scratch is Better Than Not!

“Calling All Gamers, I Repeat, Calling All Gamers”! I’m here to inform you guys and gals why you should look into building your own gaming pc instead of buying store bought products. Some reasons that I will let you guys in on will be Price, Performance, and Components to have a stellar, yet powerful pc for any types of games or videos that you are about to delve into.

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Interactive films: Is it a new genre ?

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Science and Arts move parallel to each other. Artist has used the advancement in science and technology for their own creative ideas. Same goes for films. Technological advancements in camera got us technicolor cinema. The art of storytelling has also evolved in a certain way, from traditional musical, comedy movie genres to the genre of psychological thriller, non-linear storytelling. Technological advances made in the smartphone industry and on the internet has brought us the streaming services like Netflix, which brings content directly to the hands of users. With this, a new way of storytelling is evolving, interactive films.

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Imogen Heap’s “MI.MU” Gloves Are Improving The Way Artists Play Music.

Development in music is an ongoing thing and I personally love to see the different ways the people can improve something or simply make something cool. I have a personal attachment to weird and unconventional music and music methodology, so when I came across Imogen Heap’s MI.MU gloves (pronounced: ME-moo) I was captivated by what it could do. Read More

Human Computer Interaction : An Informative Field of Study

While launching the first-ever iPhone in 2007 Steve Jobs told us that, “Who wants a stylus? We are going to use the best pointing device in the world. We are born with it and we have 10 of them. We are going to use our fingers.” This is the best example one can give for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). An ever-evolving field of study, HCI is changing the way we interact with modern day computers at an escalating rate.
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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. What’s the Difference? Part 1 of 3

Hello friends and welcome to this months topic! In this 3 part series we will be looking at; the differences between Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), what each can do, why it matters, and personal speculation on the future of each technology. So please, move your seats into the upright position, fasten your seat belts, and enjoy this perception breaking ride of information!

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