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.

Fixing Pixelated Printing Problems

Why is it that a picture that looks nice on your computer screen doesn’t look as nice when you print it? This degradation will happen if the resolution of the picture is lower than the size you want to print. Here are some tips to help prevent these kinds of printing disappointments.

Before you print a picture, check out its original size. To do this save your picture to the computer, right click on it, then click on “Properties” if using a PC or “Get Info” if on a Mac. See the pictures below:

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For PC users, click on the “Details” tab and scroll down to “Image”. For Mac users, click on the “More Info” arrow. See below:

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In both cases, the Width and Height of the image displays. In the examples above, the PC image (left) is 480 pixels for width and 359 for height — or 480 x 359. The Mac example shows 1243 x 902.

Two variables for printing are image Pixel size and the Dots Per Inch (DPI) of the printer which for most printers is 300. Using the formula:

Pixel Width / DPI
Pixel Height / DPI

yields the maximum width and height of your image (in inches). For example, if you want to print a poster-sized image with 18″ x 24″ dimensions, the formula says that your image needs to be 5400 pixels x 7200 pixels — a rather high resolution. It is acceptable to scale down an image but scaling up will result in a distorted, pixelated print. In short, always use higher resolution images when printing.

Popcorn Diaries Oscars 2015

In this episode, Adriana and Joe review the top three Academy Award-winning movies of all time. And they also preview this year’s Oscars by reflecting on past telecasts with all the fun, offbeat moments, and a look at the various hosts. Also, join Joe and Adriana as they host this year’s show – The Oscars After Hours – right here at the Fountaindale Library on February 22, 2015. The glitz and glamor begins at 5 p.m. Join us!

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A Man Who Ate Too Much with a Caterpillar

Animation is a filmmaking style that allows people of all ages to create whatever they can imagine. In the recent Stop Motion Animation program held at Studio 300, two patrons created their own fun videos using iStopmotion software, some paper, and their imaginations. Enjoy these two short animated films: “Exploding Man Eating Pizza” and “Caterpillar.”

 

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Listen in as Adriana and Joe discuss Glenn Close’s Hollywood career. They discuss her early hits and regrettable flops, current projects, and speculate on what the future may hold for this talented actress. Join the discussion by leaving your suggestions or comments.

And join the Popcorn Diaries LIVE for OSCAR NIGHT® After Hours

  • February 22, 2015 starting at 5:00 p.m.
  • There will be snacks, prizes, surprises, and fun for all. Why stay home when you can celebrate with us and watch the awards show on the big screen in Meeting Room A?
  • This is a drop-in program for our adult patrons; no registration required.

 

Digital Learning Day

Learn Blocks On Computer Screen Showing Online Kids EducationJoin us on Wednesday, February 4th for Digital Learning Day in Studio 300. Gain new skills or enhance those skills you already have. We are hosting several classes during that day. Click the links below for more information and to register. You can also call (630) 685-4260 to register. (Spaces are limited and classes do fill).

Also, all of these classes qualify for our on-going Passport to Success Program.

 

Have you seen Lynda lately?

lynda-com-logoThe on-line training resource, Lynda.com, has been helping our patrons learn digital media technology (and more) since we opened Studio 300. Now Lynda.com is even better. You can access all its content for free and from anywhere with just your Fountaindale Public Library card. You can, of course, continue to access the site from the library, too. Click this link to sign-in and get started.

Lynda.com uses video-based training to help you learn the latest software tools and skills. Create an account, track your progress, and print certificates of completion when you finish a course. Topics include PhotoShop, iMovie, Blogging, and much more, and the site complements the resources available to you in Studio 300. Check out Lynda.com today.