This is the FIRST Sunday Evening Edition of my New Variety Show!
A variety show. Something awesome you can leave on in the background in place of CNN or Fox News. (Well, there’s really nothing as surreal as Fox News… but I’ll try!)
Featuring Music! Readings! Special Guests! Philosophy! Tech-Talk! Q&A!
This week will include some beautiful poetry (Including Rose Fyleman’s “Mice”), some live Flute and Keyboard performances, visits with brave friends, some raves on video software used in the show, more Abundance talks and other features.
This is show number One – so watch it for the LIVE TV style flubs, but also to see what is possible live as I take the Open Broadcast Software I am using (http://obsproject.com) through its paces!
This was inspired by a friend’s need to convert several color photographs to
black and white for printing in their non-profit organization’s plain-paper newsletter, and also by the excellent book Mastering Black and White Digital Photography by Michael Freeman.
Below I’ve included the download link for the fr’ee “Color-To-B&W Pick Six” action
that converts a color image to black and white using several Photoshop techniques.
It is quite useful for quickly applying the six basic methods for
creating a Black and White image for use in printing applications.
(80% of printed images are still Black and White images, but
cameras are mostly color, so this becomes a very handy little tool!)
Additionally, adjustment layers are created for every version produced so
you can tweak the best outputted versions even more to your liking or loving!
This is still being improved upon, so I want to make sure you are “in the loop” to know when I make improvements, both by my own discoveries and as a result of comments and suggestions by people using it.
Watch the video below to understand what it does, how to install it and how to use it.
(You might have to refresh the page again to get the video to show up.)
Best viewed in 720 HD quality at full screen!
This Photoshop Action works on all versions of Photoshop since CS.
This is a video taken directly from an excellent PDF found at http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/tutorials-pdf.htm where a couple of techniques using a saturation mask are discussed: pulling back saturation in an image where only one channel was over-exposed (thus clipped or “blown out”) and a second technique to add saturation through the saturation mask to an image already possessing strongly saturated regions that would be over-done if the hue-saturation adjustment layer were applied overall.
This technique obtains its saturation mask from an HSB channel using a filter found on the first of the “Extras” disks that comes with the Adobe CS installation disks (and a similarly working plugin can be found online as well, that works on flattened duplicates only).
HSB stands for Hue (mapped by this filter to the Red channel), Saturation (mapped to the green channel) and Brightness (mapped to the Blue channel, being somewhat like the L channel of the LAB mode). The Saturation/Green channel is extracted from a duplicate of the image to which this filter is applied into the original and is then control (command on a Mac)-clicked to turn it into a selection before adding a Hue-Saturation adjustment layer (which takes on the selection as a mask).
Now, you can pull down the saturation ONLY of the overly saturated regions and restore the detail, shift the reddish clipping back towards green and lighten up the yellows alone.
Additionally, you can use the same saturation mask with a Selective Color adjustment layer to pump the yellows back up a bit to overcome some of the graying effects of the lightness slider in the Hue-Saturation adjustment. When using this kind of saturation mask to control where you ADD saturation to keep from saturating already saturated regions, you apply it INVERTED (by checking the checkbox at the bottom of the dialog when you right-clicked the saturation/green channel to apply it to the original).
Now, having control/command clicked the resulting mask to turn it into a selection, you create a Hue-Saturation adjustment layer (which takes on the selection as a mask) and pump up the saturation to taste, leaving the already saturated regions as they were, but giving much more “pop” and color to the less saturated areas.
The tutorial and many other great PDF tutorials can be found at the above-mentioned website. Enjoy!
so that the audio and video stay in synchronization throughout the length of the video.
(Or download the Most Stable Camstudio 2.0 release)
Getting CamStudio to synchronize the video to the audio requires that
the “Playback Rate” in Video Options divides evenly into 1000 milliseconds,
with the result being placed in the entry that goes in the box above it, “Capture Frames Every”. This must be a whole number (no fractions).
This basically means that you have five options for playback rate/frames per second
(as CamStudio does not allow fractional entries in the “Capture Frames Every” box).
You must use, therefore, 40 milliseconds with 25 frames/sec, or
50 milliseconds with 20 frames/sec, or 100 milliseconds with 10 frames per second,
or, if you are a mad scientist, 20 milliseconds with 50 frames/sec or 25 milliseconds with 40 frames/sec.
The first two settings mentioned are plenty adequate for 90% of applications, though.
Any other settings will cause a lag to develop in the audio that will get worse and worse as time passes.
Though I’ve seen it often stated that you can use 15 fps with a
“Capture Frames Every” setting of 66, that still sums to 990 (15 X 66), as does 30 fps and 33 (30 X 33).
Those settings will slowly cause lagging to occur.
I haven’t tested whether it will matter sufficiently in a 10-minute-MAX
YouTube video yet, but it probably will be a problem even at that length.
The settings that multiply to equal 1000 are the best optimized ones,
as 1000 milliseconds is equal to 1 second, but 990 milliseconds is clearly not!
I hope people find that helpful, and try to create their own screencasts.
[Edit: 03/23/10] Although these settings keep the sound and video in sync, they are not the only important ones. It is important to also set your video display settings in Windows so that “Hardware Acceleration” is turned completely off to avoid mouse jitter issues and other problems. Open the Display Settings control panel (right-click on the desktop background and select “Properties”), then select the “Settings” tab. From there, select the “Advanced” button. Once in there, select the “Troubleshoot” tab, where you will find the “Hardware Acceleration” slider. Slide that all the way to the left and hit the “Apply” button. Don’t forget to set this back again when you are done screen recording. For recording Games and such, you may have to try setting the slider at higher settings for game functionality to be adequate.
Later, from a request in a comment at YouTube, I recorded this how-to describing how to get sound from the “Stereo Mix”, so you can record what you hear on your speakers (as well as the microphone if you have one!) I had the settings a little hot for this microphone, so pardon the occasional distortion…
For people using Realtek HD Audio Input and a few other audio cards, you will need to allow the stereo mix to appear (enable it) and then make it the active input:
1. Enter the Sounds and Audio Devices control panel.
2. Click on the “Audio” Tab at the top.
Click the Sound Recording “Volume” button.
You can also get to the this panel from the CamStudio
Options/Audio Options/Audio Options for Microphone “Volume” button:
3. In the Recording Controls panel, drop down the “Options” menu and select “Properties”
4. Make sure “Stereo Mix” is checked and click ok.
5. Then, in the “Record” Section look for “Stereo Mix” and select it as your input:
Keep the volume level on Stereo Mix pretty low so it doesn’t clip.(distort)
6. You now can use the regular Master Volume sliders to control the mix.
Remember, the Mic input here in the “Master Volume” control is usually muted by default, so if you are using the mic input, be certain to un-mute it! BTW – the sound from your media players, browsers, etc. is coming through the “Wave” input slider.
If you have trouble with this, there are excellent videos on the subject at YouTube.