Data Recovery for all Optical Discs Such as DVDs CDs and Game Discs

Regardless of what is causing the problem, provided it is not something covered elsewhere on this site, what we first need to do is to get the data off the disc.
We cannot manipulate or change the data while it is still on the disc regardless of type so to begin with we are going to use a software program called Isobuster and the good news is that if you are lucky the free…
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The Friday Roundup – Story, Viral Videos and Color Grading

How To Vlog and Be a Better Storyteller
The concept of videos having a story is often quite a difficult one to wrap your head around.
I remember once a reader checked out my post on Finding the Story in the Shooting Better Home Videos section of the site and was quite confused.
His videos were about gardening so the “story” for his videos was not exactly presenting…
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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Lenses from Fogging up

If you have worked with film, particularly if you are a photographer, then you probably know that your lenses fogging up can be quite bothersome.
It can also be bothersome to have condensation resting on your lenses as well.
You can try to acclimate your gear to the weather before you start your shoot.
You can do this by leaving your gear out in the elements to help them…
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How to Clean or Repair Scratched DVDs CDs and Game Discs

The procedures described here can be used to repair scratched DVDs, Cds and game discs or used for cleaning up dirty, scuffed or marked discs.
If you arrived at this page seeking advice on recovering data from a disc that seems to have no physical damage then go to THIS PAGE to get started.
If the idea of a “Do It Yourself” solution to repairing your discs seems a little…
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The Friday Roundup – Cinematic Movement, White Balance and more!

8 Steps to Cinematic Movement
When you are shooting video especially as an amateur point and shooter there are certain dynamics at play.
You may not be aware of them but they are always present.
One of these dynamics is the effect camera movement has on the viewing audience.
Certain camera movements will cause specific reactions on the part of those watching the final…
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DivX and H.264 Video File Formats Explained

DivX is the name of a specific video compression codec (compression-decompression) developed by DivX, Inc.
The format was developed to enable users to create very high quality video with very small files sizes.
The DivX codec is currently the most popular MPEG-4 based codec because of its quality, speed and efficiency. As is usually the case the popular becomes more…
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The Friday Roundup – Cinematic Lighting, Human Videos and Free Audio

8 Steps to Cinematic Lighting
OK. So apart from the shameless self promotion of their video course for the first two minutes followed by the shameless 50 second promotion of Aperture lights, this is still worth taking a look at!
These are some great tips for lifting your footage out of the shadows and getting much better result through lighting.

Why You Need…
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Making Engaging Video – TechSmith

Video content is an important piece of digital marketing strategy.
The main challenge is to create a video that is engaging and memorable.
Unfortunately for video creators, there’s no single recipe that will ensure every video you make is a success.
As you make a video, focus on getting people’s attention and full commitment.
Remember that you are fighting against many forms …
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The Friday Roundup – Looking Good on Camera and Travel Lighting

How to Look Better for Videos, Meetings, Zoom, Skype, and Live Streams
There is a very small but very important detail I see missed in “talking head” videos on YouTube over and over again.
When a person clicks on a video where there is someone presenting well… whatever there must be a sense of connection achieved.
As a viewer I will automatically feel as though the…
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The Friday Roundup – Aspect Ratios, Basic Editing Cuts and more

Aspect Ratios – Film Editing Pro
I thought I might kick off this week with a little educational pice on the subject of aspect ratios.
These days we tend to deal mainly in 16:9 aspect ratios for home use with the occasional foray into 9:16 or even 1:1 for social media.
The subject of aspect ratios in movies has a long and very interesting history covered in the video…
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