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Zoom on Zoom Session

Last week I hosted a session on Zoom. The topic? Zoom. I covered the features of Zoom that will help you look, sound and interact better on this ubiquitous videoconferencing platform. Here’s the recording: But wait, there’s more! This week I also discovered a cool tool called Videoticle that lets you convert a YouTube video into an article that you …

Text Editing

Very Cool Video Editors

The longer the pandemic lasts, the more video I produce — and the more cool video tools I find to share. This week I discovered Descript and Type Studio, two tools that let you edit video and audio by editing the text transcription. So instead of trying to clip out your “umms” and “uhhhs” in a standard video editor, you …

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WeVideo, the Free Video Editing Software

[GUEST POST FROM INTERN JAMISON BARCELONA] My favorite free video editing software is called WeVideo; as a humble high school student, unwilling to shill out for software, this has quickly become my favorite tool. Pros: It’s a free and powerful software, it’s easy to use, it looks professional, and it comes with free stock images, videos, and soundtracks to use. …

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PhotoRoom App Review

I just love apps that do things instantly… and the new PhotoRoom app does just that. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent trying to remove backgrounds from photos. Yes, I love remove.bg (photos) and unscreen.com (videos), for removing backgrounds online. But they require me to be in a browser, and sometimes I just want an app. PhotoRoom instantly …

Facebook Rooms

LIVE NOW: Try this out until 2pm Central Friday, 5/29! I gathered my Nerdy BFFs Crystal Washington and Yoram Solomon to review Facebook Messenger Rooms, Facebook’s newest foray into videoconferencing. Pros: Easy to set up Can be internal to a group or public to everyone Anyone can set up inside a group (not just admins) Great for discussions and networking …

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Apps for Your Holiday Greetings

As always, we want to thank our nerdy community for a great year and wish you a happy holiday season… so why not do it with a video? Or several? Here are some great ways to make holiday videos in a snap for social media or marketing. I have paid versions of all of these tools because they’re worth it. …

8 Things I Learned from 8 Weeks on TikTok

As I write this, TikTok is #1 on the Apple App Store and #6 on Google Play. The wildly popular social media platform features very short video clips with lipsyncing, original music, musings, comedy, dancing and much more. You can watch for hours or jump in and make your own videos. Watch my quick overview of TikTok here. I don’t …

Up your video game with these fun tools

As you guys know, I’m creating a new half-day course and guide to teach people how to make cool videos. Here are three of the new resources I’m writing about in the guide this week. Create Fake Texting Stories Since texting is so much a part of our lives, making an eye-catching video of a texting conversation is a great …

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive calls itself “a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more.” It’s the home of the Wayback Machine, a search engine that lets you hop back in time to see any website as it appeared years ago, such as the humble beginnings of this site: But the site goes way, way beyond …

Envato Elements: My new favorite stock image site

I’ve updated my list of free stock photo resources here, but if you regularly need graphic content for your small business, you have to check Envato Elements out. For about $200 a year (~$17 a month), I have access to hundreds of thousands of all kinds of content that a small business might need: Images Video footage Illustrations Presentation templates …