Screencast o matic!

In this week’s assignment, we were required to use a really cool tool online called screencast o matic!  I have never really heard of screencasting and thought it was really cool to learn about how people recorded content on their computer.  Haha! I literally just thought they stuck a camcorder right in front of their computer screen!  Nevertheless, this was a pretty good experience for me and I found it to be fairly simple.  It was fun looking at someone’s ePortfolio and comment on that and showed my likes and dislikes about it firsthand.  This week I sampled the ePortfolio of the suggested site Weebly.  It featured an art portfolio of a great artist named Kekai Kotaki.  I really liked this guy’s art! I thought it was interesting to learning more about his art and achievements and really saw how useful using the online networks to getting yourself out there in a corporate world.

This is one of the awesome pictures from Kekai’s ePortfolio

I think that screencasting, overall, is a great tool to know how to use.  I enjoy watching tutorials of many things when I don’t know how to do things and I think that screencast is a great way to record the tutorials, especially if it is something related to the computer.  I can see many computer programmers or just basic computer geniuses finding this tool very helpful when wanting to show their friends or viewers how to do something on the computer.  Also, the computer gaming industry is getting immensely popular in this day in age and many times, gamers will want to record their gameplay.  I think this would be a great basic way to record the gameplay that they want the public to see, which in turn makes gaming even more fun for them.  All in all, screencast o matic was really awesome to familiarize myself with and I am glad for this week’s assignment.

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Editing Audio Files for the First Time

Share Music – Upload Audio – brandons assignment

This week was a busy week in Rutgers University.  Aside from the exams, this week my class was required to work on editing our very own audio files for our wordpress followers to enjoy.  I gotta say though, I feel like the assignments get harder and harder every single week.  First was just making a blog, next was photo-shopping pictures, and this week editing audio files!  HAHA! I know I kind of said this last week about the picture editing, but I was yet again pretty frustrated with the audio editing as well.. For some reason I had a lot of trouble with working in garageband on my friends macbook pro and I literally spent close to 15-20 minutes trying to figure out how to delete a part of the song after splicing it.  I watched the splicing tutorial video countless times and it seemed like every time he got to the part where he deleted the part he spliced, it just magically disappeared.  hahaha! I just could not figure it out!  It wasn’t until about 20 minutes later when I saw that you actually had to click off the row of the audio file you were splicing and then click and drag the one part you wanted to get rid of after that.  Yea… I felt pretty dumb after I figured that out…

Would I do this and play around with audio editing again if I wasn’t required to? I’m pretty doubtful.. I thought I did a pretty good job on my assignment this week.  However, this is just another one of those things that I feel like people can work hours and hours on it trying to perfect one audio file, but there still could be countless things that you could do to make it better.  On another note though, I have always saw myself as someone who was very musical and loved listening to music. (being asian and playing the piano and violin for almost 10 years didn’t hurt much either..) So I think that maybe if I knew a little bit more about the editing part of things and had a lot of help behind me in learning how to work some high end musical editing programs (such as logic pro) I would think that it might turn into a hobby for me.  But as of right now, I am just glad with the work that I have done and hope you guys enjoy it as well!

Image Editing

This week my wonderful teacher assigned to our class to each have a task of designing our very own header picture for our blog.  The assignment seemed easy.  The point was creativity.  We had to make sure our headers communicated something about us and who we are both as a person and a student.  At first, I had this crazy idea that it would be easy to mash two images together for a header.  However, to my surprise, this was not an assignment I particularly found joy and peace in.. It is safe to say that when it comes to making and editing my own image, I have a bit of trouble.  First, to describe a little bit of what I did for my picture I chose two pictures to mash together.  I chose the background as a hardwood basketball court with a basketball in it and another picture with a of a college school desk.  I picked these two pictures simply because I see myself finding a lot of enjoyment playing basketball with my friends for fun but I also know that the biggest thing about me right now is that I am a student trying to reach a higher level of education.  Thus, comes to the mashup of these two pictures. Easy right? NO! i thought it would be a sinch; just put a picture of the desk and make it look like it was on the hardwood next to the basketball. However, I found this particular assignment very tedious and almost endless.  I thought that there was just too much to do in order to edit a photo in such a way and I found it hard to get it perfectly the way I wanted it.  I think what many people may struggle with in this image editing assignment is not knowing how to do certain things and use tools to do them, but is the fact that when we see an image in our mind and want to completely and perfectly put that idea down on a paper, it can sometimes be frustrating when it isn’t 100% perfect!  But, I guess this could definitely go both ways.  After thinking about it some more, I realized that this very thing that I hated about my experience in image editing could in fact have a light at the end of the tunnel after all.  I think that the fact that being a bit of a perfectionist and getting frustrated taught me something really important about using pixlr and editing images.  I now understand that in this sort of business (editing images on pixlr), there is always something else to do! I slowly realized that no matter how much or how long you think you’ve spent on a picture, there is still countless things that is available for you to do to enhance it and make that picture look the way you want it to. Here’s the picture I created. Enjoy!

Image

To draw comparisons to the reading due for this week’s class, I think that this can connect to Colemean’s article about hackers and trolls because, often times, people use image editing skills to modify and change pictures to make it seem like someone or something is another thing that they are not.  This can be funny or amusing to some people but is ultimately hurtful to those who are victims of this.  This is a perfect example of what Coleman pointed out in his article about how online trolling and hackers are becoming a huge problem in the online world of the web.  One thing to always be mindful of is thinking about whether or not some people would be offended or hurt by the things that pixlr or photoshop can make and keep away from those dangerous situations.