Bringing Christmas joy to final exams

I’ll be honest.  I’m as tired of exams  as the students are.  Our library is a wreck, students are grumpy, and it’s either too hot or too cold in the building.  It’s been a hard, hard week, but it ends tomorrow.  If you’re in the same boat, let this awesome video cheer you up.  It made me smile in a huge way.


How to edit videos shot on your Android phone on your iPad

I have a foot in both camps. I have an Android phone, but I also have an iPad. I occasionally shoot video on my HTC Evo 3d, but video editing options on Android are pretty sparse (hence one of my reasons for choosing an iPad for a tablet). The problem is getting your video off of your Android and onto your iPad can be a bit of a bear, although it’s not impossible. It can take quite a few steps to get the two ecosystems to work together, but this post shows you how to move your videos from you Android phone in order to edit them on your iPad.

1. First, you need to shoot some videos with your Android phone. So go out and shoot, but make sure your videos don’t suck.


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How to shoot video that doesn’t suck

A great book on shooting video

A great book on shooting video

Steve Stockman has a great book that tells you How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck.  It’s highly recommended reading, and will make your video shooting and editing a lot better.  I hope to work on a more in-depth review in the future.  If you’re a bit impatient like me, and just want some quick tips, his short video below offers some great advice for making your videos better. Steve doesn’t focus much on equipment, so it doesn’t matter if you are using a dSLR or an iPhone to shoot your video. His tips are valuable for novice and intermediate videographers, regardless of the equipment or types of videos they make.

How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck: 5 Tips from Steve Stockman on Vimeo.

How to fix Closed Captioning on your YouTube videos

YouTube has a very cool featured whereby the big fancy YouTube computer will try to automagically perform closed captioning for your videos.  In my experiences in watching my own videos, and from viewing other videos, the closed captioning results from YouTube can be hit or miss.  In a pinch, most results are serviceable, allowing non-native speakers the ability to pick up on *some* of the works used in the audio.

I normally introduce myself in my videos as “Hey there, I’m Chad Boeninger, Business Librarian for Ohio University Libraries.”  In one of my recent videos, YouTube apparently didn’t pick up on my Southern accent or the spelling of my name.  The image below shows the result:

“hair I’m sad bond” ???!?


Fortunately, you can fix these results, and the process, while tedious, is not entirely painful.  All you have to do is go into the Edit menu in YouTube, and click on the Captions link.  This will take you to a page where you can change the wording of the captions, as shown in the image below:

Much better! (click for larger)


After you have edited your captions, it is a good idea to disable the YouTube automatic captions for that video to avoid confusing viewers with multiple closed captioned options.

Remember to disable duplicate captions

The end result, is much better:

Much better, with less “hair” 😉

Now that I’ve got the first 7 seconds fixed, now all I need to do is find time to work on the remaining 15:03.  Perhaps an easier option is to download the captions.sbv file from the video and edit in a text editor, as shown below.   You could then upload the modified sbv file to YouTube, remembering to disable other caption options.

Editing captions in a text editor may save time

I’ll edit the captions for an entire video soon, and report back on what I’ve learned.