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How can I keep my videos from crashing my computer?

Episode 1111

Neil from Hermosa Beach, CA
Video

Dennis has a computer that crashes whenever he watches videos. Leo says to check for the latest video drivers. Leo also recommends using Google Chrome because it gets updated to the latest Flash drivers automatically. Dennis could also try closing tabs to reduce the memory footprint. He should also make sure that hardware acceleration is turned off. That can often fix the problem.

What's slowing down my computer while rendering?

Episode 1110

Tim from Cape Cod, CA
CPU

Tim uses Adobe Premiere CS6 for editing video and wants to decrease his rendering times. Leo says Tim needs to figure out what the weak link is in the chain that's causing the bottle neck, and it could either be the processor, the graphics processor, the RAM, or the hard drive. Boosting his video card will help. Since he's boosted his RAM and installed an SSD, Leo has a hunch it's the graphics processor. If it's slowing down while encoding, that could point to the CPU.

How can I record better audio for YouTube videos?

Episode 1106

Mark from Moorsville, NC
Beachtek adapter

Mark's son is doing YouTube recordings of his drumming. Leo says that kids using YouTube is all the rage now and a point and shoot camera does spectacular video. But the audio is another story. Leo says that a BeachTek adapter with a minJack out/XLR in will allow him to use a Sure SM57 mic. He'll want to sync the audio as well by making a loud clap at the beginning so he can align the audio and video tracks properly. He'll also want to think about lighting as well.

How can I get the best quality interviews on Skype?

Episode 1104

Don from Mission Viejo, CA
Skype

Don wants to create a video montage of testimonials that are high quality, but not intrusive. Leo says having them use the best camera they have or sending them a camera guarantees that the quality will be the best and consistent. Oprah, for instance, has a “Skype kit” which they send ahead of time to those they interview on Skype. Leo suggests the Canon Vixia, the Lowell Ego lights, and a tripod. Written instructions, and all into a Pelican case. The whole kit wouldn't be more than $1500. He can also hire a local videographer to produce it for him for a nominal freelance fee.

How can I rip my DVDs to a hard drive?

Episode 1099

Joe from Van Nuys, CA
DVD

Joe wants to rip his DVD collection and put it on an external hard drive. How big of a hard drive will he need? Leo says that regular DVDs have 4.7 GB of space, if he wants to keep all of the data from the DVD. But if he just wants the movie itself, then it won't take up as much space.

Joe should get Handbrake and VLC Media Client. Then if he encodes the movie and strips out everything else, he'll have a movie at about 1 GB. He could store a lot more movies that way.

How can I digitize old MiniDV video tapes?

Libby from Claremont, CA

Episode 1096

Libby has some miniDV tapes that she wants to make digital copies of. She wants to know the best method for doing this, and what format she should use. Leo says that miniDVs are already digital. So that saves a step. Since the service Libby took them to made DVDs, she can rip them and get MPEG2 files. Leo uses HandBrake and VLC Media Client, which work together to rip DVDs. Leo says to just rip it. Don't reencode it.