Teen TV Bootcamp

Check out what our Teen patrons created after learning TV Production in a 3-hour Studio 300 Bootcamp. They created stories, recorded them using our sophisticated Tricaster TV production system, and they all took turns playing crew roles – Director, Technical Director, Audio, Camera, Floor Director, and Talent. They learned proper television control room lingo and studio hand cues, too. Here are the results.

Top 5 Best Video Android Apps

VideoAppsTo continue with Studio 300 in Your Pocket app recommendations, here are the top five Video Apps for Android devices. Click the image to the left for details. These are the best video creating, editing, and playing apps for those times when you can’t get to Studio 300. Search for them on your favorite Android app platform.

Get a list of best overall apps here.

Sharing part of YouTube videos

StarWarsHere’s how to share only part of a longer YouTube video. This trick is perfect for when you want others to start viewing at a certain point. First, go to the YouTube video you wish to share and pause it at the desired start time. It’s best to do this on the actual YouTube site. Next, click Share on the bottom left of the video information.  Then, check the “Start at” box in the bottom left corner of the video player. YouTube will update the link (the highlighted one above the “Start at” check box). Copy and paste that link anywhere (e-mail, social media, etc.) and when someone clicks the link, their video will start at that point.

You might want to try this with the Jump to Lightspeed videos from our Star Wars Celebration.



 

Best Android Media Apps for Studio 300

s300appThere are so many apps out there that it can be difficult to distinguish the good from the bad. Studio 300 staff did the dirty work for you and found some good, okay and awesome Android apps to help with your digital media projects. These apps complement Studio 300.

This first part in our multi-part series is all about the social media apps that can be very helpful to you when you wish to share your digital media projects, such as WordPress, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.

Also, the Fountaindale Public Library has some great apps that are worth mentioning. Our favorite are the main FPLD app, Overdrive, Zinio and CardStar. Find all of these free options at your favorite Android store.

Stay tuned for others parts in the series and discover the best Studio 300 related video, music, and photography apps.

Selfie Stick at Studio 300

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Studio 300 now has a Revo Adjustable Selfie-Stick available for 3-day check-out. The device extends up to 37″ making it easier to take those hard-to-get photos. It’s ideal for small cameras, smartphones, and even has a mount for our GoPros cameras.

Use it on your next outing when you need extra reach for your photos and videos. Here’s a photo that shows it in action:

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Sarah (left) and Jeffrey (right) using the new “Selfie Stick” available from Studio 300 for 3-day checkout.

New iMovie 10 in Studio 300

iMovie 10 is even better than its predecessor and Studio 300 will have it soon. One improvement is the import process.  Selecting the clips you want is easier and you can import audio, pictures, and video at the same time without waiting for all the files to import before you can start working.

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The horizontal timeline makes it easier to drag clips on top of another clip for layering or green screen work.

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There’s an Adjust Bar located above the Viewer for quickly making changes to your clips.  These icons light up so you can tell if it was adjusted or not.

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Also, there’s an iMovie Theater for saving your finished movies to your personal iCloud account and can watch them on your Mac or iOS device.

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This iMovie update arrives soon in Studio 300. Stay tuned.

New Flexible 3D Prints

output_JGy8AkWe are excited to announce the addition of new, flexible plastic for our 3D printer. Instead of the hard plastic models, you now have the option to print  rubber-like models as the image shows. Right now we only have the color red, but we plan to add more colors in the future. The flexible plastic costs slightly higher at $0.20 per gram.

Stop by Studio 300 to see (and squeeze) the new choice and consider using it on your next 3D print project.

GoPro in Space

Check out this cool video of a GoPro. In a water bubble.  In space.

NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst used a GoPro camera while on the International Space Station. What makes this exception is that they submerged the camera in a ball of water. The video shows the results below:

Don’t forget you can check out the GoPro from Studio 300! And it’s O.K if you take it into space, but the checkout period is only 3-days so it’ll have to be a short flight.

10 Minute Film School

Is it still possible to make a movie on a low budget?  Check out the short The Robert Rodriguez 10 Minute Film School  on YouTube. Rodriguez directed From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City and more. Watching this could provide just the motivation you need to make something from nothing.

Use the many resources available to you at Studio 300 and even get advice on movie production and post-production. Here are a couple of books that can further your film studies:

index2130 Projects to Get you into Filmmaking by Elliot Grove

The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down and Dirty DV Production by Anthony Q. Artis