Nicole Maguire Run With Me – Official Video

Nicole Maguire Run With Me - Official Video

Nicole Maguire Run With Me

Nicole Maguire Run With Me - Official VideoOfficial video by Nicole Maguire Run With Me, first track release from her new album “What You Really Mean” released October 29th 2012 in Ireland.

The Video Shoot & Process…

I shot this video for Nicole Maguire back in March 2012 using a Canon 7D DSLR camera and a guide demo track of Run With Me. The lighting was a simple setup of two continuous softbox lights. We took about a dozen different takes till enough was captured.

The Canon 7D shot at a frame size of 1920 x 1080 which was way to large for my laptop to handle, a 1.8 Ghz machine with 4Gb RAM running Windows 7, when in Adobe Premiere Pro the screen would just freeze. I needed a way to edit the HD footage so having scoured the web for a solution I learned a technique known as proxy editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Proxy editing follows the process of converting all of your HD footage to a lower resolution while still maintaining the exact same file names, in my case I choose 640 x 480 pixels. I then store the lower resolution files in a new folder and import that folder into Premiere Pro. You begin to edit the video with the lower resolution file and my laptop could handle the workflow very easily. When your video edit is ready and that includes all your cuts, transition etc. you save and exit Premiere Pro.

The next stage is to move or change the name of the lower resolution files folder. Now start up your Premiere Pro project once again and the program will prompt you for the location of the moved or renamed folder files, at this stage select at least one of your original HD videos (assuming you had them already imported) and Premiere Pro will start to rebuild the project with the HD files this only takes seconds. In essence you have tricked Premiere Pro and now on your timeline is your edited video in high resolution. The final stage is to render it out to a format of your choosing.

Enough of my technical ranting and on with some info about Nicole Maguire.

About Nicole Maguire…

Nicole Maguire has been writing music since she was 12 years old. Having her first original gig at 14, is wasn’t long before Nicole know that her lifelong journey would be in music.

Having  finished school, Nicole went on to study Music Management and Sound engineering at Cork’s Colaiste Stiofain Naofa.  All aspects of the industry were covered here and the course created a deep foundation for Nicole’s career.

By the time Nicole was 21, she had released  independently her debut single ‘Lipstick Girl’. This song received rave reviews within Ireland as well as ‘best single’ in independent magazine ‘Backstage Traffic’. The Star newspaper stated that “Maguire will make the rest of the country sit up and take notice”.

In August 2008, Nicole released her next single ‘I’m Gonna Be’ and the following March her debut album ‘Fight The Score’ hit the shelves. Nicole also toured with Nanci Griffith in Febuary and this led her across the water to Nashville for the first time.

To date, Nicole has toured in Europe and America, worked with renowned producers Karl Odlum (The Frames, Gemma Hayes), Ciaran O Shea (Cyclefly) and more recently Nicole has begun working on her new album with Thomm Jutz, Nanci Griffith’s producer and guitarist. She has also written with award winning songwriters from Ireland, the UK and The USA.

Preview or buy What You Really Mean – Nicole Maguire

Visit: www.nicolemaguire.ie

Nicole Maguire Run With Me – Official Video.

How To Create A Facebook Page For Your Business

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This tutorial will show you how to create a Facebook page for your business. This is a new account from scratch and not attached to a Facebook personal page. In my example I will be creating a business page for a local bar.

The same steps will apply to any type of business you wish to create.

How To Create A Facebook Page For Your Business – Step 1

How To Create A Facebook Page For Your Business

 

Choose Which Type Of Page You Will Create ?

  • Local business or place
  • Company, organisation or institution
  • Brand or product
  • Artist, band or public figure
  • Entertainment
  • Cause or community

 

Fill in your business details (all fields must be completed before your can create a page) and “Agree” to Facebook Pages terms. With all details filled in click on the “Get Started” button.
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The next window below (pop-up) will ask you to fill in the anti-spam text box.
(copy the text letters in the image to the text box provided)

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How To Create A Facebook Page For Your Business – Step 2

Creating a Facebook Account

  • I am using the I do not have a Facebook account option.
  • Enter your email address (you will be sent an email to this address to verify your account)

 

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Create a Strong Password
As you create your password, remember the following:

  • It should not contain your name.
  • It should not contain a common dictionary word.
  • It should contain one or more numbers.
  • It should have both upper and lower case characters.
  • It should be over 8 characters long.
  • It must be different from your old passwords.

Please enter your own date of birth

Why is this required?
We require your date of birth because we need to ensure that you are old enough to legally maintain this account. This is for security reasons only. Your date of birth will not be displayed anywhere on this account.

  • Check the box for the “I have read and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.”
  • Click on the “Sign up now!” button.

 

How To Create A Facebook Page For Your Business – Step 3

  • The following info is displayed. Please login to your email account to access the confirmation link to verify your account

 

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  • Sample confirmation email you will receive. Click on the link to confirm your registration.

 

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How To Create A Facebook Page For Your Business – Step 4

The Final Result – How To Create A Facebook Page For Your Business

 

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Things To Do:

  • Upload an image such as a logo or any image that represents your business
  • Post a Status Update (message) this will inform your visitors of your latest news etc. it will appear on your Wall (default page for visitors)
  • Add a “Like” box to your website (optional)
  • Set up your mobile phone (optional)

Here’s a quick video no How To Create A Facebook Page For Your Business:

This is just a simple example of how to create a Facebook page for your business.

 

Google Pay Tribute To Les Paul

Google Pay Tribute To Les Paul

Today Google pay tribute to Les Paul the inventor of the solid body electric guitar. Below is a screen-shot of the Google homepage where you can actually strum the guitar strings and make a sound. It would have been a nice touch if the picture was of a Gibson Les Paul with strings. Up until his passing aged 94 Les Paul performed two shows every Monday night at NYC’s Iridium Jazz Club on Broadway and 51st St. Today would have marked his 96th birthday.

Google Pay Tribute To Les Paul

Google Pay Tribute To Les Paul
Google Pay Tribute To Les Paul

Google Pay Tribute To Les Paul

Les Paul was also known as the inventor of multitrack recording. His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records. Slash from Guns N’ Roses would be a good example of the sound of the Gibson Les Paul guitar.

Apparently if you use the Google Doodle in the U.S.A you can record and play-back your efforts. Google has used the power of HTML5 to create the guitar so you can play with your keyboard (using the letter keys) or just use your mouse. I have tried using it on my iPad but cannot get sound from it.

Twitter Mentions Of Google Pay Tribute To Les Paul:

@dannybloomfield‎  wow that is so cool RT Whoa, this Les Paul tribute is one of the coolest Google Doodle things ever. Very interactive!

@adamhand‎ playable google logo with recorder in memory of les paul. awesome… a great honour the way Google Pay Tribute To Les Paul.

Test 16:9 converted to 2:35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen – Fuji Finepix AV 120

Another video test recorded with budget camera the Fuji Finepix AV 120 – edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 – Filters: Mojo Looks, Magic Bullets Lens Blur.

Camera specs: http://fujifilm.co.uk/consumer/digital/digital-cameras/fun-and-easy/finepix-av120

Live @ The Marine Bar – Youghal

Filmed Saturday 12th February  2011 at The Marine Bar – Youghal. Playing live are The Steve Whelan Band & The Red House Blues Band featuring Bobby Lee. Experimenting with some camera settings on the Canon HV30.

O Emperor Live Taloned Air @ Debarras Clonakilty

O Emperor - Taloned Air - Hither Thither - Live @ Debarras Clonakilty - 2010

This is my latest video project O Emperor Taloned Air filmed live at Debarras, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland – Friday 8th October 2010.

“So few young Irish bands arrive with such an authoritative voice.” (Evening Herald) O Emperor’s “Hither Thither” is big, bold and ambitious, spanning musical territory from 70ies soft-rock, across Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd to contemporary folk pop in its journey.

Mick Flannery – Goodbye – Live at St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal

Recently I had the pleasure of filming Mick Flannery live at St. Mary’s Collegiate Church in Youghal, Co. Cork. This was part of the www.sacred-root.com youth project. I adjusted the levels from the original footage and also tweaked the colour using Adobe Premiere Pro’s 3 way colour corrector. I was pleased with the final result and look forward to filming the rest of the upcoming gigs. Here is the final output on YouTube.

[youtube width=”600″ height=”320″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvkAsjMr75U[/youtube]

Mick Flannery – Goodbye
Lyrics

I lay in your arms
In the room where you had borne the scars.
It was late at night,
And the city lay asleep outside.
And the moon was in your hair,
And it all was so unfair, or was it, dear?
I said I’m leaving soon.
I must go and do what I must do.
You said you’d understand.
But I really don’t see how you can.
When I said Id make the time
And tomorrow Id call by, that was a lie.

I’m no ladies man,
And I never will be one of them.
I didn’t steal from you.
And what happened here was nothing new.
Not to make it all sound vain,
You lay the man, you lay his name, but lay no claim.

I cant explain no more.
Ah girl, come on, you knew before,
Before you took me home.
I can only work if I’m alone.
And when I said goodnight tonight,
When I said goodnight tonight, that meant goodbye.

Capella Hotel Castlemartyr 100 Million Closure – A short video documentary

A luxury resort hotel opens and closes in just 14 months. What happened and why was this 100 million euro closure not reported more widespread.

The Hotel opened by then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2007 and closed its doors December 2008. This is a short documentary about that time, it was created by Supplevideo On YouTube…

[youtube width=”500″ height=”307″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wqZBo4y8E[/youtube]

Drumming Bear – Video Promo for Claycastle Recording Studio, Youghal

Below is a short video promo I completed recently for Claycastle Recording Studio in Youghal. It was all a bit of fun and a play on the popular YouTube video the Cadbury’s Gorilla Ad. My new YouTube widescreen settings are working well on this video as mentioned in my last post.

[youtube width=”500″ height=”307″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8BUSla150w[/youtube]

New YouTube Widescreen Settings + Embed Code – How To

You Tube have finally gone wide screen that’s 16:9 format or 1280px by 720px. I personally think its a great improvement since it now cuts down the time it takes for me to prepare video for You Tube. My video cameras shoot in wide screen and I would always have to re-render my 16:9 footage into a 4:3 box which produced letterbox black bars at top and bottom of those clips and also reducing the resolution of the video.

The Test

Today I tried encoding for the new wide screen format and uploaded a few test short clips to figure out what would be the best settings and came up with the following as the one that worked for me.

Using Premiere Pro CS3 I exported my final footage as follows:

Export to Adobe Media Encoder
NTSC
23.976 fps
HDTV 1280px X 720px
H.264 format

I used these bitrate settings as follows:

VBR, 2 Pass
Target Bitrate [Mbps]: 6
Maximum Bitrate [Mbps]: 10

[youtube width=”500″ height=”307″]http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=vUxhg2Q7Ojs[/youtube]

Viewing the video above as an embed you will not see the full effect so heres the link to the clip http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=vUxhg2Q7Ojs

You Tube Wide Screen Embed Code Example

<object width=”500″ height=”307″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/vUxhg2Q7Ojs&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/vUxhg2Q7Ojs&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”500″ height=”307″></embed></object>

The Drawbacks

There are a couple of drawbacks so far, for one the file size in terms of MB are pretty big. My successful wide screen clip weighed in at 24.4MB for a 33.06sec video clip also the widescreen format is only viewable on the YouTube website itself.

Tips/Tricks

I have also discovered that uploading clips to You Tube in the H.264 format (.mp4) will grant you the watch in high quality option. In theory clicking that link will load your video clip at higher quality (&fmt=18) and you will notice better video and audio than standard view, there is now a trick to get even higher quality again by appending &fmt=22 to the end of a You Tube video url this has the effect of loading your video in HD (high definition) and you will really see and hear the benefit of this in full screen mode.

Try these links to test same video but different quality:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUxhg2Q7Ojs (Standard View)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUxhg2Q7Ojs&fmt=18 (High Quality View)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUxhg2Q7Ojs&fmt=22 (HD Super Quality View)

Note*

You need to upload a video file in 1280px X 720px format in order to view in HD using the &fmt=22 trick above.