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2023-12-18 MUGOO Zoom iMeeting - Annual Christmas Show-n-Tell

Started by AdminMan, November 28, 2023, 03:54:05 PM

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We still cannot have in-person meetings at the library. So we will use Zoom.

Date: Monday December 18, 2023 (1 week early!!)
Time: 7:30 PM ET  You can join the Zoom meeting starting at 7:20.

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Meeting ID:      851 9454 4309
Passcode:          736405

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If you need instructions, go here: https://mugoo.com/index.php/Main/UsingZOOM


0 - Group chin-wag during log on                                                                      7:20 - 7:30
1 - News and Views - members' new tech
    arrivals to chat about                                                                                      7:30 - 7:40

2 - show-n-tell                                                                                                     7:40 - 9:00

  - The Stittsvile Camp - Drone Video and Precious Memories                 - by Keith Hobbs
  - Here Comes the Sun - Video Project                                                    - by Ferriss High
  - Scotland Slowly - Slideshow with Video                                               - by David Rhynas                 

3 - Presidential Sign Off                                                    with Wally Kuzmicz      25 seconds                                                                                           

Unfortunately, no after meeting wings or desserts at the Royal Oak, but feel free to prepare your own snacks and share them with us on screen!

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1 - News and Views
Stephen asked if anyone had experience with the new Continuity Camera feature.  This is where your iPhone 15 can be used as a webcam with a mac or Apple TV.  The iPhone has to be locked and in landscape mode.  He had used it Sunday for the weekly family Zoom meeting with great success but today could get it to work. 

Jamie has tried Continuity Camera with an Apple TV and Facetime, and found it to be finicky.  It's like the old days where you had to "do the incantation in the right order and face north at the same time."  It sometimes takes two or three attempts.  Hopefully this useful capability will stabilize over time.

Keith mentioned that his ability to make a payment with his Apple Watch is also finicky.  Others have found it to work well and Jamie doesn't have to "face north when using the watch" ... although some contortion may be required to twist your wrist the right way to face the reader.  There is a default credit card and you can scroll through the others on your watch, including gift cards.

Ross was trying to purchase an upgrade to his SoundSoap app (used for removing background noise from audio files) and encountered a payment problem with the intermediary FastSpring.  From the description, Neil believed that the intermediary had accidently been left in test mode and that Ross should contact SoundSoap directly.  Jamie mentioned that Final Cut Pro also has a super sound processing capability for cleaning up audio files.

2 - Show-n-Tell

Drone Video and Stittsville Campgrounds Memories - with Keith Hobbs
Keith started by screen sharing a 30 second video of aerial drone footage "crop duster diagonals" of his farm property.  He prepared the clip using Final Cut Pro, integrating the music and a Ken Burns image of a local heron at the back creek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmdqMSpAWBs  http://www.hobbsfarm1860.ca

Ross mentioned that the 321 Rule is a simple and effective technique used by video editors to ensure that their videos are well-paced and engaging. The rule states that for every scene or shot in a video, there should be three different types of shots – wide, medium, and close-up – each shot lasting for two seconds, four seconds, and six seconds respectively.

Keith then screen shared the intro to another video he edited this year, that of the former Stittsville Campgrounds which operated from 1898 to 1974, in recognition of his mother's contribution.  There was a compelling audio track of different testimonials from people who had fond memories of the camp.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSYvXSXV0Yg

Here Comes the Sun Video Project - with Ferriss High
In his introduction, Ferriss mentioned that they moved to a condo on Golden Avenue close the Clock Tower Brew Pub.  Their tenth floor unit faces south and he would have his camera ready to capture sunrise photos since he takes medication at that time anyway.

Ferriss prepared a video collage of these sunrise photos and added the Beatles song Here Comes The Sun.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7ni77hV4-8  Due the technical difficulties with Zoom, the audio did not come across.  This will be resolved for screen sharing at a future iMeeting.

Evolving Storage Capacity - with Charles Archard
Charles opened by stating that we have all become used to gigabytes and terabytes of storage and tend to forget how far technology has progressed.  He can recall the days when a mainframe computer would occupy an entire muti-story building with a CPU floor, an I/O floor and a storage floor!

He held in front of the camera a sizeable hard disk and asked people to guess the storage capacity.  In fact it was 10 megabytes.  Later in the meeting, Wally shared a photo of a 5 MB IBM hard disk weighing 1,000 KG (!) being loaded onto a Pan Am jet.

Scotland Slowly Slideshow - with David Rhynas
David shared photos from his Adventure Canada expedition cruise to the northern Isles of Scotland in June.  https://www.adventurecanada.com/europe-expedition-cruises/scotland-slowly

The photos were taken with an iPhone 14 and a Fujifilm X-T5.  Any editing was done with macOS Photos as well as presentation of the slide show.  While there are subtle differences in quality between the two cameras, the iPhone is remarkably good and only requires a tenth of the storage requirement.  He has recently upgraded to an iPhone 15 Pro primarily due to the telephoto lens capability and improved features.