New Youth-Oriented Web Series Makes Computer Science Fun and Accessible

New Youth-Oriented Web Series Makes Computer Science Fun and Accessible

A new series of videos and tutorials creates an approachable and positive learning environment for students taking their initial steps in computer science. Using puppets and animations, The Hello World Program teaches programming, web development, and information technology. The Hello World Program is the creative collaboration of brothers Jared and JR Nielsen. Growing up in rural Utah proved to be …

Lightworks Video Editing: Advanced Trimming Techniques

Lightworks Video Editing: Advanced Trimming Techniques

If you followed the basic timeline editing tutorial, you should now have a very rough assemblage of clips on your Lightworks timeline. When creating an assembly edit, it’s best to cut for audio and not be too concerned about how the video looks. This also makes sense if you are following the general editing rule to only cut when new …

How to Compile a Stop Motion Animation Image Sequence with avconv

How to Compile a Stop Motion Animation Image Sequence with avconv

Now that you’ve captured all of your stop motion animation frames with Entangle, it’s time to compile your images into a video. You should have a folder located at ~Pictures/capture that is chock full of images labeled “capturexxxxxx.jpg”. This is perfectly formatted for feeding an image sequence into avconv, but remember we made mistakes and deleted files along the way, …

Create Stop Motion Animations on Linux with Entangle and avconv

Create Stop Motion Animations on Linux with Entangle and avconv

Having grown up on Wallace and Gromit, Things That Go Bump in the Night, Moonwalker, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, stop motion animation is near and dear to me. I loved it so much as a kid that I developed a technique to make my own animations with my parents’ MiniDV camera by rapidly stopping and starting the record function. …

How To Reply to Tweets with a Python Twitter Bot using Tweepy

How To Reply to Tweets with a Python Twitter Bot using Tweepy

Why do people use Twitter? Attention. Give them what they want with this simple Python Twitter Bot. We’ll be using Python and the excellent Tweepy library to search for tweets by key word and post a reply. If this is new to you, please see our introductory tutorial, How To Write A Twitter Bot with Python and tweepy. First, visit …

Lightworks Video Editing: Basic Timeline Edits

Lightworks Video Editing: Basic Timeline Edits

Now that you know how to set up a Lightworks project and have mastered importing video, JKL playback, and setting cue points, it’s time to get serious about editing. While there is a general process to editing, there are no hard and fast rules. My approach may be much different than your approach, but generally your edit will need to …

Lightworks Shared Project Spaces and Editing From an External Hard Drive

Lightworks Shared Project Spaces and Editing From an External Hard Drive

By default, Lightworks saves all of your projects in the “Lightworks/Projects” folder found in your home directory. With a Lightworks Pro license, you are given more control over your project spaces, allowing any location for your projects. This is useful if you want to consolidate all of your projects on a drive other than the one on which your operating …

Lightworks Video Editing: Import, Playback, and Cue Points

Lightworks Video Editing: Import, Playback, and Cue Points

Now that you know how to set up a project in Lightworks, I’m sure you are dying to edit something, so lets jump right into this. Throughout this tutorial, I’m going to be editing the “Path to Adventure” episode. Follow along by downloading the assets linked below (right click the link and choose save as). Path To Adventure Video Assets. …

How to Make a Landing Page for Sharing Your Kickstarter

How to Make a Landing Page for Sharing Your Kickstarter

A landing page can be a great tool for helping your fans share your Kickstarter project. We were inspired after reading Tim Ferris’s post about hacking Kickstarter to create a landing page of our own. You can see a live demonstration of the landing page we made for The Hello World Program Kickstarter here: bit.ly/hwshare. This template is simple enough …

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