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Join us for the latest 300 Seconds in Studio 300 podcast where we discuss what’s new in the Fountaindale Public Library media creation space. Jeffrey sits down with three Studio 300 staff members – Adriana, Anna, and Ryan – to talk about upcoming April 2015 programs including the Foto Forum photography club. Got five minutes? Give this podcast a listen!

Websites for Learning Coding

code-MyOVmpU_If you are looking to learn HTML, Java, CSS, and other coding languages, there are a few websites available that can help. Codecademy is a free site where you earn badges as you progress through the lessons. Lynda.com is a pay site that offers extensive video-based training, but is free for Fountaindale library cardholders (access it with your FPLD card through this portal). After you’ve mastered the basics, check out CodeWars and improve your skills by performing different tasks.

 

Popcorn Diaries Episode 018

POSTERThe topic is movie remakes in this 18th episode. Hollywood loves to remake movies. Sometimes the results are great. Sometimes it’s a disaster. Join Adriana and Joe as they talk about their favorite remake and also nominate their choices for the worst. As always if you have suggestions or wish to continue the discussion, use the comments below.

What’s coming soon to Popcorn Diaries? Click the poster above for a preview. It’s gonna get real.

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:

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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.”