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June, 2004 Issue 
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Featured in this Issue
  • New Version Updates
  • Q&A: Tips from our Support Forum
  • Featured Article: How to make good Screen Recordings
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    New Version Updates - What's new since the last version
    We regularly release new updates to our existing programs. The updates include the most requested feature enhancements for our customers.

    In this issue we are highlighting 2 new versions for you to download and try.
    1. My Screen Recorder
      Create Website and Software Demos by Capturing Your PC Desktop Activity.
      What's new in version 2.2
  • Saving temporary files: Now specify the directory for saving temporary files. This allows you better use your disk space and make longer screen recordings.
  • Recording a desktop section: In addition to recording an entire desktop you can now record only a section of the desktop using Fixed Pan and Rectangle regions. This is especially useful when the recording activity is limited only to a specific region. Using these options also reduces the file size.
  • Personal Folders: My Screen Recorder also helps you organize your recordings into Personal Folders for easy management. Now you don’t need to waste time switching between Windows Explorer and My Screen Recorder to organize your screen recordings.
  • Preview Options: Now supports 2 modes for preview. The Actual Size mode allows you to view the preview without any distortion. The Fit to window mode fits the preview in the space available.
  • Preview Zoom: The preview can be zoomed in and zoomed out in Actual Size mode. Scrollable previews lets you view the entire video even when completely zoomed in.
      Download FREE trial version of My Screen Recorder v2.2!
    2. Video Edit Magic
      Video Editing Software that Gives you High End Features with Simple Elegance.
      What's new in version 3.3
  • Text Effect: The new “Add Text” feature enables you to treat text as effects. Now you can decorate your videos with multiple text effects and on both the video tracks. You can change the text even after adding the text effect. Also, use the Shadow and Outline text formats to enhance your text.
  • Narrate into the Timeline: This feature enables you to narrate straight into the timeline using the built-in narration recorder.
  • Gamma in Color Balance Effect: The Color Balance effect, in addition to Brightness and Contrast, now also lets you change the Gamma of your videos.
  • Custom Colors in Color Channel Effect: Use custom color with the Color Channel Effect for that perfect touch. The Color Channel Effect is not restricted to absolute Red, Green or Blue colors anymore.
  • Next and Previous Frames: Accurately edit your videos with frame level precision. These additional player control options let you advance the timeline slider frame by frame.
  • Customizable QuickTime Movie Making: Make Movie in QuickTime is now completely customizable. Change these properties to suit your perfect requirement.
  • AVI Codec Determination: Video Edit Magic now correctly determines the codec in use by your AVI files. If Video Edit Magic does not open a file because of a missing codec than it displays the exact codec name.
      Download FREE trial version of Video Edit Magic v3.3!
    Upgrade Policy for Registered Users: All program updates are free within the same version number. Simply download the trial version, install, and enter your original registration code to activate to the full version. If you are a registered user of version 2.x and would like to upgrade, see our
    Special Pricing page
    Q&A: Tips from our Support Forum
    1. Video Edit Magic: Moving multiple files while keeping their relative positions
      Q. Is there a way to move several video files on a timeline together & keep their relative positions to each other intact? Or is there a way to add or remove files from a timeline with several files on it & keep the relative positions of the video, audio,& transitions of the remaining file the same without moving each file separately? This can be as much trouble as starting over from scratch.
    Also is there a way to move the remaining files to the beginning of the time line after deleting the files from the beginning of the timeline? Or shifting the timeline itself.
      A. Select all files on the timeline that you want to move by holding down the Ctrl key. Use the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard to move them together.
        Additionally, you can also use the selection sliders to select a range of sources on the timeline. Now you can cut or copy the range. Move the slider to where you want the sources and Paste them there.
        After the beginning of the timeline is deleted, you can move the remaining sources by selecting them all (Edit > Select All) and then using the arrow keys.
    Want to learn more? View our Support Forums
    Featured Article : How to make good Screen Recordings
    When you record a movie using My Screen Recorder, you are actually saving a sequence of bitmaps (known as frames), that, when displayed in rapid succession, exhibit motion. An AVI file usually has a very large file size, especially for those lengthy and detailed videos. This is due to the fact that a video file has to pack hundreds and thousands of images into a single file. To reduce the size of the AVI file, you can do the following:
  • Recording on lower resolutions:
      Recording at lower resolutions is beneficial. If, for example, you create a video that is 1024x768, people who have a lower screen resolution such as 640x480 will not be able to view your videos very well. They could scale the video down in Media Player, but scaling videos results in image distortion quality that makes characters unreadable and makes your video look like a blurry mess. It is generally best to determine the lowest screen resolution that your movie will be played back on, and then record your movie at slightly less than that lowest screen resolution.
  • Limiting the speed at which video frames are captured:
      In the process of recording, My Screen Recorder allows you to specify two video rates: the input rate and output rate. The input rate tells your computer how many frames to record per second. The output rate tells your computer how fast to play them back. Usually, these two rates are equal, so that the time of playback is equal to the time used in the recording. However, these two rates can also be different. Normally, you do this only if you want to create a time-lapse movie. For example, you can capture a frame once every minute and play the frames back at 20 frames per second. If more frames are recorded per second, the resultant animation will also be smoother.
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