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How To Raise Audio Levels Past 12 db In Final Cut Pro

by on Oct.02, 2009, under MAC OSX, Video Editing

Now, one of the main problems when editing a video, is really quiet audio, now there are programmes out there to really fix up sound like Soundcut pro, or logic pro, but we want a quick fix, in the video editing software were using.

You can boost audio up 12 db in Final cut pro, but that’s your limit, sometimes that just isn’t enough, so how do we raise audio past 12 db?

  1. Double click on an audio track, and raise the audio level to 12 db, if this sounds fine, stay here, if you want to raise it past 12 go to step 2.
  2. This is a quick and dirty method but it works, Make your already boosted audio into a nested sequence, you can do this by clicking Option + C, or by going to Sequence > Nest Items
  3. Name your sequence, your clip will be replaced with a nested sequence.
  4. You can then boost your audio again, by holding down “Option” and double clicking the audio track, your now back at #1.
  5. repeat this process till you get your desired boost

Remember, that when your filming, to use a boom mic, or even better a stage mic to get the best audio recording.

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Secret Ninja mode on google reader

by on Oct.01, 2009, under Miscellaneous, News

Ok, so google reader rocks already, but how many of you know about this hidden Easter egg… google have secretly implemented the Konami code.

For those of you that don’t know what the Konami code is, here’s the wikipedia outline:

The Konami Code, known in Japan as the Konami Command (コナミコマンド Konami Komando?), is a cheat code that appears in many Konami video games, although the code also appears in some non-Konami games. The code was first used in the 1986 release of Gradius for the Nintendo Entertainment System but was made famous in North America in the NES version of Contra, for which it was also dubbed the “30 Lives Code”. While pausing the game or during the title screen, the player could press the following sequence of buttons on the game controller:

Konami Code for google reader

Konami Code for google reader

Now head on over to google reader and push those keys, you’ll get those 30 extra lives, next to your feeds, a ninja and the like button will change into a heart, which has a wicked animation when used.

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Project “kill IE6″, with IE6 no more!

by on Aug.05, 2009, under Website Design, Website Development

Internet Explorer 6, at one point the worlds most used browser, sadly its still in use today, with a global share of 15-25% of Internet users, if you don’t know why this is bad, then shame on you!

This disaster, which some call a browser; was released on august 27th 2001, eight years old and still stinking up the tubes, many web applications today rely on a browser that is safe and can handle extensive Javascript and CSS, which IE6 can-not…

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Microsoft Vista updates fail dramatically, again.

by on Jul.29, 2009, under Windows OS, Windows Vista

Microsoft updates, not really something that you can rely on, downloads updates, reboots to install, and then gets stuck in a continuous loop! I thought the first time this happened back in SP1, it was something conflicting with my system, but after fixing that and upgrading to SP2 months later the continual reboot has struck again!

The system message when updating gets to “Configuring Updates Stage 3 of 3 100% complete”.

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How to Enable .htaccess in Apache2 on a Ubuntu Server

by on Jul.14, 2009, under Linux, Linux Software, Website Design, Website Development

Iv jumped back to using my home media server as a web server for testing, and realized that apache2 wouldn’t recognize .htacess files, after some googling i found the answer, you need to open a terminal or putty session:
navigate to
cd /etc/apache2/sites-available
and open “default” up in your editor or choice
sudo nano default
Default for AllowOverride is none, it should be All, so your overall “default” file should look like this;

NameVirtualHost *


DocumentRoot /var/www/

Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
# This directive allows us to have apache2's default start page
# in /apache2-default/, but still have / go to the right place
# Commented out for Ubuntu
#RedirectMatch ^/$ /apache2-default/

Then all you need to do is restart apache2:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Thanks to this Ubuntu Forums post

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Installing Flash Player to firefox without admin permissions

by on Jul.14, 2009, under Windows 7, Windows OS, Windows Software, Windows Vista, Windows XP

So today i installed FireFox 3.5 onto a machine at work, later realizing that you have to have admin privileges to install flash! daym! but with a few quick steps, flash was working in 3 minutes.

  1. Download the XPI of the Flash Player plugin. An XPI is generally a plug-in for FireFox which is in fact a ZIP archive.
  2. (Rename to .zip if you want and) extract the files in the XPI.
  3. Go to Start » Run » enter “%APPDATA%” » OK
  4. Navigate to Mozilla\Plugins\, if this directory doesn’t exist, create it.
  5. Copy flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll from the extracted files to %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Plugins.
  6. Restart FireFox and flash will be installed!

Thanks to

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600+ Free Design, Twitter and Social Media Icons: A Collection Motherload!

by on Jun.12, 2009, under Resources, Website Design, Website Development

Whether it’s those little Twitter birds, social media or website icons, we all love and need them from time to time. Over the past several months many other blogs have compiled their list of website, social media, Twitter and other icons, so in case you missed them here is the motherload collection!

View list by going to the design cubicle. . .

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Load and Play Wii games from USB external HDD on system 4.0 menu

by on Jun.09, 2009, under Games, Wii, Windows OS

before i have even have a chance to test out “how to store/load wii games via USB HDD” the guy that wrote the article has already created a new, up to date version for the 4.0 menu upgrade that came out recently for the Wii, here’s the New updated guite with links to all you need.

There seems to be a lot of steps, and would probably need to be done on a rainy day, with plenty of coffee!

I assume, once this delicate tutorial has been completed, one could easily download game backups elsewhere, and run them straight from the external HDD without having to burn it to DVD..

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Idea: Team Fortress 2 Live Stats, intergration with real world

by on Jun.09, 2009, under Games, PC, Theory, Tom Lewis, Windows OS

With all this new technology appearing, especially in the gaming world, i keep getting random ideas for real world interaction with games, imagine using an electric shock/ruble body suit to interact with online FPS games, such as Team Fortress 2, or Counter-strike: source. These valve games already have pretty advanced stat systems, picking up head shots, arm shots, what angle they came from etc, when they happen and put this data into pretty graphs and 3d torso’s.

What would be cool is if this data was taken live and inputted into your electric shock suit!

Boom headshoot! would seem a lot more realistic!

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Happy 25th Birthday Tetris

by on Jun.06, 2009, under News

The game that made our life complete as kids, i remember sitting there playing this on my black and white brick sized game-boy, oh the good old days.

25 amazing years of Tetris, and the millions of variations was created by Alexey Pajitnov, a computer engineer who was working for the Computing Centre of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.

It has sold over 70 million copies, and was first available on the IBM computer, but didn’t become worldwide until it hit the game-boy in 1989 (shown left).

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