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How To Animate Your Photos

How To Animate Your Photos

The idea of creating a deepfake where you change a photograph of a person's face into a realistic video has been done with several techniques. Now there are a couple apps that use AI to animate any photo in a couple minutes. This YouTube video demonstrates how to do...

Computer Reset Brings Peace and Happiness

Computer Reset Brings Peace and Happiness

Video producers make heavy use of computers. More than most, you probably install and uninstall all kinds of helper programs. You may also fill hard drives, then after a time erase them and fill them again. This is all true in my business. It doesn't take long for the...

Wildlife Cameras Record Surprising Visitors

Wildlife Cameras also known as Trail Cameras can open a fascinating world of rarely seen wildlife. Is someone raiding the lettuce in your garden? Catch them with a wildlife camera. Even if you don't live in the country, suburban areas attract surprising amounts of...

VHS Resurgence

The VHS format is obsolete. Nevertheless, there are vast libraries of films and TV shows on VHS that are unavailable elsewhere. There is a big nostalgia factor even though the last VCR was manufactured in 2006. There is also a surprising market for prerecorded VHS...

Feel Good TV Stories

"Alex Trebek's wardrobe donated to help Americans in need" "Louisiana sanitation workers help police find missing girl" "Amanda Gorman recites powerful original poem at Super Bowl LV" These are just a few of the "Uplift Stories" from CBS news. The TV networks use...

5 Second Super Bowl Ad

5 Second Super Bowl Ad

Reddit, the message board, says they couldn't afford a super bowl ad so they bought five seconds. Other companies spent millions on ambitious TV commercials made for advertising’s biggest day of the year. Reddit’s tiny ad was made in less than a week and connected...

Canon XA-11 Review

Canon XA-11 Review

This $1300 camcorder is a good choice for documentary filmmaking and event coverage. It includes the Canon DIGIC DV 4 image processor, advanced HD CMOS pro image sensor, and a 20x HD optical (not digital) zoom lens with a focal length range of 26.8–576mm to produce...

Flight Simulators

Flight Simulators

It's winter and Covid is keeping us inside and away from people. I briefly owned the great Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Laptop. It was intended for use in my transfer business. After I was convinced it would handle the video editing and other transfer software, I thought I...

Closing Costco Photo Centers

Closing Costco Photo Centers

Good News For Transfer Businesses The company is closing Costco Photo Centers effective February 14, 2021. Costco had already closed some of them a couple years ago. But now they say " the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of...