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Adobe Voice: a simple, free iPad app for making explainer videos

Friday, May 9th, 2014


With no fanfare at all, Adobe has released a curious little iPad app called Voice – a very simple presentational tool for putting together “explainer videos”. You might not be familiar with that term (I wasn’t), but the style is instantly recognisable: we’re talking about those jaunty little shorts in which a disembodied voice, dripping with warmth and earnestness, talks the listener through the basics of a project or proposition, normally over a bed of plinky-plonky ukulele music.

The software itself works similarly to PowerPoint; your video comprises a series of pages, onto each of which you place a graphic, or some text, or a combination of the two. Then, you hold down the record button to lay down a voiceover for each page using the iPad’s built-in microphone – and you’re done. As workflows go, it doesn’t get much simpler than this.


Samsung ATIV Q review: first look

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Samsung Ativ Q

Some companies are into their second generation of Windows 8 hybrid laptops, but the Samsung Ativ Q is the first we’ve seen from the Korean consumer electronics giant. It’s quite the debut, however, introducing the first better-than-Retina 3,200 x 1,800 resolution display we’ve seen on any mobile device, and dual-Windows 8/Android compatibility.

Physically, the Ativ Q cuts a familiar dash: its touchscreen display measures 13.3in across, so it’s quite a large device, and it has a mid-mounted screen hinge that allows the Ativ to be used in a number of different configurations.


Video podcast: Hands on with the Google Nexus 7

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Everyone’s talking about Google’s new tablet and the new Android 4.1 “Jellybean” OS – and today I had the chance to try it out for myself. Here’s a mini-podcast, with video clips and photos, in which I describe the hands-on experience.

Update: If you don’t have eight minutes to spare, you can browse the photos below the cut.

The PC Pro team is…. The A-Team

Friday, October 1st, 2010

At this week’s PC Pro Awards ceremony, we decided to give our guests a treat… by making blithering fools of ourselves.

Click on the video below to see the crime against light entertainment that we definitely did commit. (With all due apologies to George Peppard & co).

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Adding video to your website with HTML5

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

In the first of his blogs for PC Pro, web developer Ian Devlin reveals how to embed video into your website with HTML5


Probably the biggest and most talked about feature of HTML5 is embedded video. Currently, the only method of adding video content to your website is with a third-party plugin such as Flash, QuickTime or RealPlayer. With the dawn of HTML5 and the video element this will all change, with video support being handled by the web browser, doing away with the need for any third party support.

Several web browsers already offer support for HTML5. Here we’re going to reveal how you can embed plugin-free video into your site and the issues you’ll face.


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Nvidia Ion netbooks: first look

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Nvidia Ion netbooks

The first Ion-based netbooks are beginning to trickle in, so yesterday Nvidia took the opportunity to introduce the technology to us formally. And if there was any doubt as to the focus of the demo, it was quickly made clear by the presence of a gigantic 1080p Sharp Aquos TV with a tiny netbook attached.

The netbook in question was HP’s Mini 311, announced today, and it offers a very similar core spec to others we’ve already seen from the likes of Samsung. The usual 1.6GHz Atom N270 and 2GB of RAM are joined by an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 LED screen and that shiny new Nvidia Ion GPU, which also allows manufacturers to include an HDMI port for hooking up to an HD TV. The Mini 311 is pencilled in for a £349 launch price, which is actually a rather competitive price for its size and spec. (more…)

PC Pro’s favourite videogame theme tunes

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Super Mario Bros A heated office discussion a couple of days ago has led to the PC Pro team coming up with our favourite video game theme tunes – but, as with any good list, it’s entirely subjective and open to debate. The resulting list is full of both obvious classics and hidden gems, and we’ve also grouped a few games from the same system or publisher together just to cram a few more tunes into our countdown.

So, take a look at our suggestions, tell us what you think, and post your own – and bear in mind that these are in no particular order.


Converted by media hard disks

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

PlextorExternal media hard disks aren’t new, they’ve been around for some time and we’ve reviewed a few here and there, but I’ve always been in the “what’s the point” camp when it comes to these expensive little devices. Let me get it straight: it’s an external hard disk for video files and you want me to pay a premium because it has an archaic composite output on the back?

It’s taken a little while, but I’ve come to realise I’m approaching the topic with my PC Pro hat too firmly wedged onto my balding scalp. (more…)

How to get the most from your video camera

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Flip Video UltraSo you’ve just unwrapped that sexy new HD camcorder the other half bought you for Christmas. You’ve annoyed everyone by recording them getting drunk and embarrassing themselves over the festive dinner. So what next?

You could go out and spend loads of money on a decent editing suite, but you don’t have to – there are plenty of ways of editing, playing back and sharing your video that you don’t have to spend any money on at all.


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Windows 7: networking

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Networking has been beefed up in a number of subtle ways in Windows 7. The first is a new feature called HomeGroup. This essentially turns all the Windows 7 PCs on the home network into a combined pool of data and files, much like a Windows Home Server or a NAS appliance.

Using a new feature called Libraries in Windows Explorer, you select and open files on the HomeGroup network as if they were stored locally on your PC. It’s also possible to search for files (using tags and filenames, or more advanced searches, such as the month a photo was taken) across the entire HomeGroup.

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