PapaJohn's Newsletters and Articles...
193 weekly newsletters were published from May 2004 to March 2008, and other articles written for Bright Hub from 2007 to 2011. This page is a table of contents with links to all of them.
In mid-December 2011 Bright Hub closed their 'shared success' program and my Hubfolio items moved here.
With the end of Microsoft's support for the newest version 2012 I'll start a new series of newsletters.
PapaJohn's Products and Services
As newsletters and articles were published, links were added to the hundreds of pages of this website, but without a table of contents or index.
For ease of finding one, or reading all of them about a particular item, I'll sort them by topic. Hopefully, it'll save you having to use the Google search feature.
Knowledge and Skills
Digital video editing can be fun, easy, challenging, frustrating, or impossible... with the only thing different being your knowledge, skills and motivation.
Hardware and software changes. Get your basic knowledge and skills down and you can easily keep up with the changes.
... an article at Bright Hub that includes a short self-assessment quiz
You... and Your Computer Skills ... Dec 05 newsletter that goes into more depth about skills
Basic Computer Skills ... Jan 06 newsletter about 'digital PapaJohn' and 'analog Chuck'
2 Journeys from Analog to Digital
start with file extensions such as .avi, .wmv, and mov... a July 04 newsletter
File Formats ... the visual building blocks
Pixels ... this mid-May 2004 newsletter was the first one issued. Much about the topic has happened since.
High Definition happens when you use half-frames instead of full ones, and mix them together to get the whole picture.
Interlacing ... video streaming into TV sets is interlaced... while big screen movies are progressive. The little p in 720p means'progressive' while the little i in 1080i means interlaced.
Interlaced versus Progressive
... is all about you, and what you want to do with your digital videos.
The Bright Side of Digital Video - it's all around you... images, video clips, sounds... build a library or get it as needed.
Gather Content ... what to do with over 9,000 still pictures and 20 hours of video footage from a vacation.
a Mass of Vacation Videos and Pictures . Digital scanners have been developed to support this once-in-a-lifetime conversion process from your boxes and trays of slides.
Scanning 35mm Slides ... suggestions by Yves Alaire.
Organizing Still Pictures Before Importing ... no matter how good a still picture is, it can usually be enhanced by other software before importing to a story or movie project.
Prepping Still Pix for Import ... evolved from Norton Commander in the days of DOS to Vista, it's still my favorite file management tool
Managing Files with Total Commander ... this newsletter happens to be about baseball
Taking Video - Summer Sports ... a 'traditional' wedding
Editing Wedding Videos ... when videoing sports
Taking Video - Focus on the Subject ... where such videos are more appreciated by the target audience than they are are on broad-based hosts such as YouTube. Viewing stats bear it out.
Travel Videos and Trip Advisor ... making a website to display pictures and videos of our 3rd trip to Europe.
Europe 301 ... Civil War re-enactment... close enough to a documentary for my digital camcorder.
... laws are often difficult to understand and adhere to
Copyrights and Permissions ... as your movie project gets more complex, your computer's needs for memory goes up
Adding Complexity to a Project, and Tweaking Virtual Memory
... constant challenges... this Jan 05 newsletter walks you through the process I use to clean house
Adware and Spyware . An often heard issue, for many possible reasons
Can't Save a Movie... or Story
Reviews, tutorials and other articles about Movie Maker, Photo Story and other apps in your software toolbox. You can't have too many.
... I still use all versions of Movie Maker
MM1 and MM2 ... stories work better for still pix than movies, but Movie Maker is my usual tool for producing videos... users of Macs can't view story files but can see movies.
Photo Story 3 and Movie Maker 2 Working Together ... discard most of what you have and enhance what's left
Editing Basics . The 'compatibility tab' is introduced and using a DV camcorder to 'pass-thru' analog sources returns.
Windows SP2 and MM2.1 ... the more you learn about them, the easier editing is.
the Basics' - Source Files, Collections, Projects, Saved Movies ... all Movie Maker collection info is in a single database file... and copies of your source material are not included.
Project Collections Some Project files can be opened by other versions of Movie Maker than the one used to make it... ... article being moved from Bright Hub
Movie Maker Project Files ... tutorial
Making a Standard Opening Clip ... get lots of milage out of a single high quality picture.
from Picture to Story and Movie ... a short introductory article for Windows users
Make a Movie... or a Story in Windows XP or Vista ... the usual have aspect ratios of 4:3 or 16:9, but they can other sizes
Stories and Movies - Shapes and Sizes ... use them to easily sync audio/video in a Movie Maker project
Audio Wave Patterns ... this one from a trip to Chicago
Make a Video Postcard ... ads today go fast...
the Pace of TV Ads and Content an opening clip showing a nostalgic drive-In movie
a Fun Summer Project.... ... an exercise in getting a video to flow from one scene to the next without sharp cuts... morphing tools come in handy
Visually Seamless I'm intrigued by the fact that you can't see a digital video without a digital player... if there's an issue, is it the video or the player? Don't jump to conclusions.
What Frames Do You See?
... first of a series of 4 newsletters showing the steps used to make a documentary-type video
Civil War Project Part I
Civil War Project Part II
Civil War Project Part III - Focus on Gettysburg
Civil War - Part IV - Completion
... January 2006
First Look at Photo Story and Movie Maker for Vista ... March 2006
Vista - Features - 2nd look ... June 2006
Vista's First Public Beta ... 'B' on an August 2007 assessment
Vista's Report Card ... XP tends to 'fill the screen' when using various sized video clips
Vista Handles Aspect Ratios Better than XP
Movie Maker 6 in Vista's Home Basic Version ... a reworked v2.1 version that works in Vista for those having problems with MM6
Movie Maker v2.6 for Vista
Movie Maker 6 - Source Files
A Source File - Cradle to Grave
Video Effects and Transitions
Special Effects and Transitions
the 307 Video Effects on my Laptop
the 551 Video Transitions on my Laptop ... add ons for Movie Maker
Winter Fun Pack 2003
Pixelan Transitions and Effects v3
Pixelan's PanZoom Maker
Pixelan's SpiceFX 4.0 for Movie Maker
Pixelan's Wizards 4.0 for Movie Maker... Pan/Zoom PRO
Rehan's ShaderTFX for Vista's Movie Maker 6
Special Video Effects
Custom Effects, Transitions and Title Overlays in Movie Maker 2
Custom Text Effects
Secret Text Messages
Moving Overlay Images
Movie Maker - Bluescreening
'Blue-Screen' Your Own Outer Space Clips ... a vintage June 2004 newsletter about a timelessly appealing topic
Picture-in-Picture... with non-standard shapes
Happy Holidays... fine-tuning an overlay to use fades or other transitions
Go, Stop, Reverse, Photo Story, Go Forward
Movie Maker Profiles and Custom Profiles
Dividing a Complex Project into Sub-Projects - Tutorial
Subdividing an Overly Complex Project
Re-Capturing a DV-AVI Source File
Re-Capturing a 'Lost' DV-AVI File
Rotating and Cropping Videos
Adjusting Dark Movies
Quality Settings in Custom Profiles
Movie Maker Rendering MPEG-4
Study Rendering to DV-AVI - Followup Testing
Anatomy of a PhotoStory 2 Project File
PhotoStory 2 - blackness and custom profiles
Special Edition - Photo Story 3
Basics of Photo Story 3
Photo Story 3 - the First Month
Photo Story 3.1 and the Digital Image 2006 Suite
Use Movie Maker to Start a Photo Story Project
Video-Like Snippet to Begin a Photo Story
Pictures for Stories
the Bitrate of Stories
Make HiRez Story from Pictures
Make Story from Video
Tips and Tricks for Photo Story 3
TweakPS.... Under the Hood.... Photo Story 3
A Photo Story with 300 Pictures
Saving Stories and Projects
Photo Story 3 Countdown Clock Templates
Chasing a Photo Story 'Spoiler'
Las Vegas - Photo Story
Profile Choices for Photo Story 3
Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8
GEAR Video 8
Presto VideoWorks 6 Platinum
ULead's DVD Movie Factory
Windows Live Movie Maker... a series of articles about the direction of Movie Maker beyond Vista.
Windows 7 doesn't include Movie Maker... here are things you can do
Audio editing... can't do without it
Codecs, Encoders, Converters and Assessment Tools
Newsletters and articles about hardware or how it connects
There are lots of ways to distribute or save your finished stories and movies.
Discs... the classic path... DVDs and CDs
Online... the growing newer path... YouTube and others