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The struggle!

The struggle!

Yup the struggle is real.

Here’s the problem right, if you’re constantly consuming anything it’s hard to create. You can’t be eating and cooking at the same time, I mean you technically can but that’s not exactly the same as enjoying a meal.

My metaphor on that one fell flat on the face ?

I missed a lot of days not writing when I promised that I’d continue to write. Do I have excuses? Was I creating content? Yes!

I’ve been writing my book chapter on mobile video production. It’s been a learning experience not just writing but also making sure the information is accurate.

Then yesterday I recorded a few videos to connect the chapter and the information. So I can help my friends make better videos just by using their iPhones.

So far so good.

What’re your plans for March?

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Power of connections

Are you connecting with new people every day? Connecting with people on a daily basis, learning their story, learning their journey, it’s all part of being human beings.

The power of connection exponentially increases as you connect with more people daily.

Today I had the pleasure to speak with my team mate from Team Velocipede, Saad Reza and we talked about cycling, health, and keto as well as podcasting.

I also had the opportunity to meet up with my good friend and podcaster Erol Ertumen and host of LinkedIn MasterEEE group on Facebook.

As well as an upcoming podcaster and photographer Vadym Guliuk.

We got to talk about podcasting, marketing and understanding what our audience needs.

I also got to chat with Rod Ferrier and we talked about some really cool things that we can do to help others with education around video production.

So go out there and connect with people sharing your ideas and your goals and you never know who will be available to send you in the path to achieve your goals what do you think leave a comment below.

Leveraging your Smartphone for Video Production

In this article I’m going to talk about how you can use your smartphone to create videos that ultimately increase engagement.

Number One: Stabilization.

Nobody likes to watch shaky video. Sure it was fine for feature films like ‘The Blair Witch Project (1999)’, ‘Cloverfield (2008)’, ‘Paranormal Activity (2007)’ mainly because they’re deliberately creating that look to send a message and set the scene for you. When shooting video where the focus is your message with your face in it, you want to pull the audience in with stabilized shots. There are a few ways you can stabilize your camera:

  1. A tripod
  2. Use both hands and your body to stabilize the shot
  3. 3-Axis gimbal such as the DJI Osmo Mobile, Smoove

It all depends on the type of video you’re looking to shoot.

Number Two: Orientation

Now there’s two orientations that you can shoot your video in.

  1. First and foremost is the horizontal view, as the name suggests this is the default view that all content is created for. It’s the most common as it enables you to see the horizon or landscape and be able to take in the breadth of the environment and grand vistas. 100% of the movies, tv shows and online content is shot in this format.
  2. Number two, we have the vertical orientation, this was unintentionally introduced since the introduction of the first smartphone that enabled video capabilities. There even was a PSA (public service announcement) recommending not to record vertical video. When posting vertical video on the internet back in the day it would look quite weird.

So which orientation shall we pick?

It all comes down to the application where is this very good video going to go primarily Are you recording this video to go on Snapchat Are you recording this video to go on an Instagram story is this video going to show up on a Facebook story so began figure out your orientation orientation and figure out you civilization nobody likes to watch shaky video so figure that out and follow through.

you want to compress your videos for a faster upload and play. Now most of the times when you recording video on your phone, you’re primarily in 10 ADP most of the times they keep it on 10 ATP, you do have the option of

you do have the option to reduce the resolution down to 720 P.

Again you want to record video a tight resolution possible but then you can shrink it down using video editing applications such as I movie such as the YouTube app on there’s other apps available. There’s different apps available for different devices focusing on the iPhone for now movie video leap.

And there’s some other applications that lets you choose how the videos exported

again. So you compress your video faster upload and playback.

Next up, you want to improve the audio quality

because as you speak into your camera,

the microphone that’s built into the smartphone is good enough to pick up sound that’s loud

enough. But if you’re if it’s spoken word there’s lifetime there’s quite voices are quite words

that are picked up properly on

your film. So you want to use an external microphone, there’s several all different kinds that you can purchase an external microphone can plug into your headphone jack. On the newer phones, there are no more headphone jacks so they can read adapters and those adapters enable you to connect the microphone to your smartphone. And then you have direct audio coming from the horse’s mouth and those levelers Mike lowly or mix can go directly on your shirt or on your blouse on a T shirt. That way the sound is being caught

as soon as it exits your mouth. And you have clean audio for people to listen to

our next

enhance performance with mobile apps. So this is where I was mentioning using mobile apps to record your video. one specific app that I recommend is Filmic Pro. Now I’m not sure if this app is available on the Android but I do know that it is available for the iPad as well as the iPhone.

What’s amazing about Filmic Pro is this film this app is used by professionals shooting long feature length movies, as well as TV series Web TV series using smartphones like an iPhone or an iPad.

And Filmic Pro also has a remote application. This remote application lets you connect to other Filmic Pro devices that are in your arsenal. So let’s say you have your iPad mounted on a tripod somewhere, and it’s hard to reach, you can connect to that I iPad camera through the filmic remote app. So you have film a

film camera running on your iPad, it’s mounted up

onto the way and your phone is near you so you can trigger it from your phone and start speaking to the iPad.

What’s also cool about the Filmic Pro app is that you can select which audio source to record from. So if you have a bluetooth headset, you can use a bluetooth headset connected to the iPad that’s on your body. And that way the audio is going directly to the device and getting recorded in highest quality

from the source. Of course,

other cool thing about an iPad is iPads still have the headphone jack. So you can connect your long 20 foot

cord for the month microphone directly to the iPad, getting clean audio attached to your video. So enhance performance video mobile apps using these specific applications. And using ethical you’re stacking up all of these tips to get the best possible

video from your mobile device.

Next tip, avoid the annoying digital zoom. Yes,

I know people are obsessed by digital zooms it was it’s been around for a while. And you’ll notice

on Snapchat, you can zoom in to 20 times and few look at the quality of that zoom. It’s not that great. But it’s it works. And

it works in ways where it will do the job. Because you’re just posting a quick video

is just posing a quick video to get it out there. So it works.

So if you do want to zoom

on a smartphone, you would have to either move closer to the camera

or bring the camera close to the action.

Some other things you can do is get dedicated lenses that give you twice the zoom. So on most smartphones, there’s double there’s two lenses. One is a wide angle lens. And the other one is a telephoto lens, which essentially gives you two times system. So that works, you have an optical zoom, you’re not using digital zoom. So most of the times it works perfectly fine. The image quality is not reduced at all, because you’re optically coming closer to the subject.

Alright, next tip, increase video views on LinkedIn. So how are we going to do how we’re going to increase these video links reviews on LinkedIn? Well, if you stack all of these tips together and create a compelling video, you’ve got the digital you’ve got stabilized video you’re compressing this video. So uploads fast to the platform of your choice. You’re enhancing performance by using mobile apps that give you the best quality possible of the subject you’re recording.

you’re avoiding these two zooms. What this does, gives you some really good views on LinkedIn. Having an horizontal orientation, which is landscape orientation video is the best way to go on LinkedIn. If you do want to post a vertical video on LinkedIn, go right ahead. But make sure that

either the video is edited using video leap which enables you to edit vertical videos and keep them in vertical because if you bring in a vertical video into a movie, you will get the top and bottom of the video chopped off and you’ll have white or black bars on either side of your video.

So don’t do that use video leap or other applications that enable you to edit a

vertical video

if you have access to a desktop you’re able to do that. Do you think the I movie or other movie editing software you can edit those vertical video those make them look clean. post them up on LinkedIn get tons of likes. Those vertical videos come up really nice on smartphones because

they detect the orientation and they can display it in full screen I have tested his but I think it works these video views of your content then brings you more new clients. How effective is that strategy all comes down to how consistent you are in creating content for your platform, about your business, by your services and what you’re doing for your fellow human beings.

Thanks for listening tonight. Signing off from hacks

and hobby.

Avengers: Infinity War – the beginning of an end.

Infinity War is upon us, with less than a week left before it opens in theaters everywhere in the World. One of the longest conclusion to a set of movies for the past 10 years, starting with Iron Man in 2008.


Marvel started as an independent studio back in 2008 and produced their first movie Iron Man with Jon Favreau as the Director and Actor.

You’ve probably read a few stories and articles about the upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War. It is a culmination of 18 movies in the past 10 years, a decade of movies all pointing to one direction. All good must come to an end for the biggest evil to take over the entire universe.

If you don’t already know the movies that leads to Infinity War, they’re right here in chronological order.

MCU Phase 1:

  1. 2008 – Iron Man – Jon Favreau
  2. 2008 – The Incredible Hulk – Louis Leterrier
  3. 2010 – Iron Man 2 – Jon Favreau
  4. 2011 – Thor – Kenneth Branagh
  5. 2011 – Captain America: The First Avenger – Joe Johnston
  6. 2012 – The Avengers – Joss Whedon

MCU Phase 2:

  1. 2013 – Iron Man 3 – Shane Black
  2. 2013 – Thor: The Dark World – Alan Taylor
  3. 2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  4. 2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
  5. 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron – Joss Whedon

MCU Phase 3:

  1. 2015 – Ant-Man – Peyton Reed
  2. 2016 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  3. 2016 – Doctor Strange – Scott Derrickson
  4. 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – James Gunn
  5. 2017 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – Jon Watts
  6. 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok – Taika Waititi
  7. 2018 – Black Panther – Ryan Coogler
  8. 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

At this point in time we’ve got a total of 18 movies before Infinity War, making it a total of 19 movies to close out the MCU or is it just the beginning of something new?. So many main stories and side stories it is impossible to talk about everything.

FUTURE- Continuing Phase 3:

  1. 2018 – Ant-Man and The Wasp – Peyton Reed
  2. 2019 – Captain Marvel – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  3. 2019 – Avengers 4 (Untitled Movie) – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.

I’m sure there are movies scheduled out to 2020 that I haven’t listed. But I’ll see if I can touch on some of these movies as we go forward.

Hello, Sketch 49!

Hello, Sketch 49!


Sketch 49 brings us a killer update, reducing the need for a few 3rd party plugins but also giving a head start for new users. Speeding up the user experience and interaction design for the 1000s of UX designers out there.

When you launch Sketch 49 and start with their Tutorial File, you’ll notice the flag icon (this is the start point)

You can enable the “Flag” icon to show up next to your artboard by enabling it on the “Preview” window.

Recalling the history

When Adobe introduced Adobe XD we were all so amazed by the inherent prototyping ability.

Of course, Adobe built the app purely based on the number of prototyping apps emerging for the UX community.

With apps like Flinto, Marvel, Atomic, Kite, Origami, Principle, Framer and many more. Each offering the user to let them create a prototype that can show off to the end user or developer how the application they’re designing work.

Adobe XD took about a year to mature as I remember wanting to get my hands on it when I read and experienced the keynote in 2015, the first beta was here around spring 2016 lacking a lot of features and affordances we were used to in Sketch, Photoshop, and Illustrator. I had a go at the beta build and subsequent updates bringing more and more features. Finally around fall of 2017 Adobe XD could stand on its own with quick abilities to copy your layers from Photoshop and Illustrator leaving Sketch in the dust.

Adobe XD enabled prototyping and ability to share via the web, a feature that was available in Sketch only with the use of third-party plugins by InVision as Craft Labs.

With Sketch 47 we started to see Sketch Cloud and it matured with Sketch 48, with the ability to share entire Sketch files in read-only mode.

Where there’s a demand there’s development. The folks over at Sketch are geniuses, they finally integrated some of the awesome features surfaced by plugins and 3rd party developers, prototyping, collaborations, cloud sharing, shared libraries to name a few.

This is an initial response to an article by SketchAppSources on Medium.

Other cool apps that have updated and build on this power is Zeplin, they recount how they’re taking this information and enabling preview mode on their own web-app.