Archive for July, 2015

The end of Flash

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Have you noticed lately that some things on the internet don’t seem to be working.  If you’re using Firefox it’s because they have given up on Flash (which is used for video and animations) and disabled all plug ins.

Flash is a useful product,  unfortunately it is also a bit like that dodgy window you can never quite lock.   If the wrong people tug on it in just the right way you are looking at loosing your laptop.

HTML5 appears to be the solution, but not everyone is on board yet.  In the mean time have a read of this article and see how to protect yourself.

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/adobe-flash-player-die/

A couple of remote teleprompter apps

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Here are 2 apps to look at, one from each church.  There are quite a few out there but these 2 appear to be better than most

Android

Prompter for Android. 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.georgesdick.prompter&hl=en

Tablets have remarkable capabilities for video production, and one of the best uses teams a tablet up with mobile apps for use as a teleprompter. Now anyone can have clean, clear dialog using professional video tools.This free app from MonacoDevDroid has mirror mode, full screen mode, and can read plain text. You can add copy on the fly, directly in the prompter or copy and paste with ease. The app runs remotely using Bluetooth and has a built-in timer so you know how long your segment runs.

IOS

Teleprompt+ 3
https://itunes.apple.com/app/teleprompt+-3/id859980419?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Teleprompt+ 3 adds rich text support for inline formatting, a quick edit mode to make last-minute changes to displayed text without leaving the current session, and a new design for a Universal app that runs on both the iPad and iPhone. Because it’s an app Teleprompt+ takes advantage of iOS to enable features like remote control for multiple devices (have a technician adjust text and speed on a master device while text is displayed on a second iPhone or iPad), Dropbox import for text, and audio and video recording through the built-in microphone and cameras.

WiDi – Wireless access to your monitor

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Following on from Fridays post relating to teleprompters.

If you are using Ultramon, think about getting a WiDi enabled monitor for the teleprompter, that way you won’t need to trail a cable.

I’d also look into WiDi if you are putting large screens in your training or meeting rooms.

https://software.intel.com/en-us/intel-widi

Get a reverse image on you computer screen – Ultramon

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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One reason would be to use a standard PC screen and standard Office software with a teleprompter.  (I find the whole business of telePrompters a bit arcane, it seems to be either, professional and massively overpriced, or cheap and cobbled together).

The other reason is to display your screen in a mirror, I can’t think of why you would want to do this but I’m sure there are some marketing and artsy types who might need it.

Anyway here is some software to do it – Ultramon.  It’s $40USD  https://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/