Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Weekly Video Tip:  Fixing Upside Down Videos

We have recently had a lot of Help Desk tickets about videos that are turn on their side or upside down. 

If you use video shot on mobile devices in Video Surgeon you’ve may encounter an iPhone video that seems to be upside down when you play it in Video Surgeon, yet on other Apple devices it plays with the correct orientation. As one Help Desk user put it, “What’s with this? ” Simply put, it is because you can rotate your iPhone. Your camera sensor doesn’t know when you have done this, it  simply records the video or  image and saves it to a file, letting the software on your phone do the rest. To make sure that your photos are displayed correctly, your iPhone adds information about the correct rotation of the photo or video to the properties which are specified in EXIF tags.

Your iPhone doesn’t convert any videos to the correct orientation because that would keep it busy for a few seconds. Instead it simply saves all videos as they were recorded and adds information about their correct orientation to EXIF tags. This means that your iPhone is ready to shoot another video or photo within a fraction of a second, which is just awesome. The only problem is that some software developers, including Microsoft, ignore the information that’s stored in EXIF tags.

You can prevent any rotation issues in the future by taking your iPhone/iPad photos and videos with the volume buttons pointing down. However, it’s not as convenient as holding your iPhone with the volume buttons pointing up, especially if you use those buttons to take photos. You can also deal with this later — after the video has been shot.

Here is a link to read the entire article about why videos (and photos) from iOS devices may appear upside down.  http://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphone-photos-upside-down/

The following tow links show you how to fix this issue. 

If Win machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irKwJoX2_f0

If Mac Machine: http://thaddeushunt.com/tips-rotating-video-files-in-osx/



Video Surgeon Plus  Face Book Group

We have launched a Video Surgeon specific Facebook Group for users to share their comments, suggestions and experience.  If you own Version 2, we invite you to join our group.  It is limited to customer’s only.   Here is the sign up link for the group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/953564767999625/




Software For Musicians Face Book Group

I realize that not all Video Surgeon users are musicians, but I’d estimate that about 70% of you are.  Accordingly, I wanted to invite you to join a Face Book group we recently created called Software For Musicians.  It has two primary goals. One is to give musicians a forum to share their thoughts and ideas about the software they use. The second is to feature a piece of software, on the page each month and giveaway a copy of this software.   All are welcome to join.  Here is that link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/436486146536324/




Free Mobile App – Song Surgeon Trainer

As many of you know, We also have a sister product to Video Surgeon, called Song Surgeon.  Video Surgeon works on video. Song Surgeon works on audio.  We have recently released a FREE mobile app version of Song Surgeon.  It is available for both iOS and Android.  Use the link below to grab this free app.

http://songsurgeon.com/page/mobileapp.html

Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Video Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do, here is a copy of an email we recently received from a satisfied customer.

In one of Griff Hamlin’s e-mails to his many followers – he recently did a short demo of Video Surgeon and mentioned that there was a time limited special.  As a direct result of his demo I bought your software.

What a great learning aid!  The software is very intuitive and, after downloading it, and based on Griff’s short demo, I was up and running within a few short minutes.   I have been playing Walk Don’t Run by the Ventures for years and knew that I didn’t have one small piece of it just quite right.  I found a good YouTube video – imported it into Video Surgeon, slowed it down, zoomed in on the player’s fret hand and had it nailed within a couple of minutes.

I am now going through your tutorials so that I don’t miss out on any of its capabilities.  Your lessons are really well done.  Just the right length and with a level of detail that should enable anyone to get the most out of the software.

A FIVE STAR rating for your software and tutorials.  (And I received the Video Surgeon software program on CD along with the special offers in about four days which was a pleasant surprise since I live in Canada.  So Five Stars also for the fast shipping).  Best regards,

John B.
Canada

Tuesday, July 13, 2015
Weekly Highlights
The dog days of summer are upon us.  I know this by not only looking at the calendar, but also by the activity on our website and Help Desk.  This also means a slow down in sales.  As we have in previous years we are again running a “dog days” sale.  This year it’s a bit different though.  In addition to Video Surgeon we have a number of other products.  These products typically sell for $19 – $39, however for the next couple of weeks you can grab any of the 5 titles listed below for only $9 each. I have provided a brief description and a sale link for each.

James Todd 

Weekly Video Tip:  Time Line Zooming

This weeks video tip was spurred by a recent question at the Help Desk.  It is about zooming in and out in the timeline area.  This allows you to more precisely set markers, loop points and even selection areas for editing. The video below demonstrates how to do this.


Video Surgeon –  New Product Offerings

As mentioned previously, we are making some changes and expanding the focus of Video Surgeon to include non-music markets. Don’t worry, almost all of our products are focused on audio and music.  We are not abandoning the music segment, only expanding to others. Existing Version 2 customers won’t see any changes.  If you are a version 1 customer or are considering buying the product you will see a gradual increase in price up to $147.

The other thing that we will be rolling out are two new product offerings: Video Surgeon Plus and Video Surgeon Agency.

Video Surgeon Plus is an exclusive customer support plan, that will provide:

  • Access to 30 minutes of customized training videos made exclusively for Plus members
  • Private VIP Access via email where you can contact me directly and get  personal, 1 on 1 answers to your questions for a 1 year period. Access to our Members Only Facebook community where you can ask questions, interact with other Video Surgeon Plus Members, and see the latest news, technical information, and education/training videos.
  • Access to the Video Surgeon Plus Skype Group where you can chat with video surgeon members and experts.
  • Lifetime Support for your purchase of Video Surgeon (beyond just 1 year)
  • Preferential Assistance at our Help Desk, which includes priority ticket responses and responses on weekends.
  • Early Bird Access to all future Video Surgeon versions including beta releases of new major versions

Video Surgeon Agency is a product geared toward websites and business that want to offer Video Surgeon to their customers/employees.  This product will contain licenses for 100 users of Video Surgeon.

Both of these new products should be available by early fall.



$9 Summer Sale Offerings


The dog days of summer are upon us.  I know this by not only looking at the calendar, but also by the activity on our website and Help Desk.  This also means a slow down in sales. 

As we have in previous years we are again running a “dog days” sale.  This year it’s a bit different though.  In addition to Video Surgeon we have a number of other products.  These products typically sell for $29 – $49, however for the next couple of weeks you can grab any of the 5 titles listed below for only $9 each. I have provided a brief description and a sale link for each.

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Song Surgeon Trainer – Regular Price $29.95

Song Surgeon Trainer, the newest addition to the Song Surgeon family of products,
is our entry level audio slow downer. And today, you can grab it for just $9 bucks, a 70% discount off the normal price.

Song Surgeon Trainer changes key and tempo, allows for the creation of one looping area for repetitive playing, and has a 9 band EQ. All of these features can be applied real time.

Trainer is an inexpensive program that allows musician access to the power of slowing down and looping audio as a learning tool. A survey of our customers have shown that slowing down the audio can increase your ability to learn a song, riff, or segment by an average of 614%. The biggest difference between Trainer and the other two models is that Trainer doesn’t have the ability to save changes to a file.

http://songsurgeon.com/ssweb/Entry3.php


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SlideTrax
Audio Files to YouTube Video in less than 2 minutes –  Regular Price $29.95

Unfortunately for music lovers and musicians, YouTube and other video sharing sites don’t accept audio files. Before audio or music files can be uploaded to YouTube, you must first make a video that incorporates the audio file. There are many software programs available for creating videos, some are quite sophisticated, expensive, and difficult to learn. Others are less expensive and simpler, but still require a modest learning curve.

SlideTrax is an inexpensive software program that effortlessly allows you to create a video from your audio files. It almost completely circumvents any learning curve. All you need to be able to do is Drag and Drop an audio file, image (picture) file, and add optional text – and then click the Create button. SlideTrax will make a video file (we call this a SlideTrak) that can be uploaded to YouTube and many other video sharing websites. This is a Win only product.

http://slidetrax.net/shopping/order/index.php?code=Dog_Days

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Download Surgeon – YouTube A/V Downloader – Regular Price $34.95

Download Surgeon and it can download ANY file on YouTube – and not only can it download the video – it can also strip the audio from the video and save it as an mp3 file.  So whether you use audio or video, Download Surgeon can turn YouTube into your own personal library of audio and video files.

Download Surgeon also has the ability to download from 1000’s of other sites.  Now let me be very clear, it cannot download from every site – some sites are built or coded in such a way as to prevent Download Surgeon from working – and this includes some of the major sites that stream audio and video – but Download Surgeon can and does download from thousands of sites.

http://downloadsurgeon.com/vs/

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Audio Switch – Batch A/V File Converter – Regular Price $29.95

Audio Switch is a brand new product that is a batch audio file converter. If you have large numbers of audio OR video files
that you’d like to convert to a single standard audio format (like mp3, wma, m4a, etc.) this handy little utility can easily do this for you. In addition, it also performs volume normalization, allowing you to adjust all of your files to the same relative loudness or volume.  Whether you have 5, 50 or 5000 files, they are no problem for Audio Switch. Like all of their products it comes with a 90 day, 100% money back guarantee so you can buy with confidence.  This is a Win only product.

http://shopping.audio-switch.net/discount/index.html?code=Dog_Days

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Guitar Leads Master Volume – Library of 425 riffs – Regular Price $49.95

The Guitar Leads Master Volume is a massive guitar riff’s library with more than 425 riff/lead segments. This is no ordinary riffs package.  Each riff contains interactive audio at both full and half speed.  Once started the audio will play repeatedly until you stop it.  And of course the 1/2 speed audio makes it easier for you to follow along and hear exactly what’s being played.  But there’s more:   Each riff comes with accurate tabs. 

Lastly, this massive library of riffs features more than 80, mostly classic rock songs from the 50-80’s, plus a smattering of country and contemporary thrown in.  Were talking about songs and leads by Santana, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Clapton, Jeff Beck and more…

This library installs like software on either a Mac(Osx) or a Windows machine and you access the individual riffs through an table of contents or index page that is displayed in your browser.

http://shopping.guitar-leads.com/index.php?code=2-pennies


Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Video Surgeon

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Weekly Highlights
February has been a bit of a slow month for Video Surgeon.  There has not been a lot going on.  There have been no major problems or bug fixes to report.   We are running a couple of surveys for which I hope you can spare a minute.  One is on features for Version, and the other is about a potential new product for Karaoke users. 

Weekly Video Surgeon Tip – Video Playing Upside Down in VS

If you’re a Windows user, you’ve may encounter an iPhone video that seems to be upside down when you save it to your computer or play them in Video Surgeon. Why does this happen? Simply put, it is because you can rotate your iPhone. Your camera sensor doesn’t know when you have done this, it  simply records the video or  image and save it to a file, letting the software on your phone do the rest.To make sure that your photos are displayed correctly, your iPhone adds information about the correct rotation of the photo or video to the properties which are specified in EXIF tags.

Your iPhone doesn’t convert any videos to the correct orientation because that would keep it busy for a few seconds. Instead it simply saves all videos as they were recorded and adds information about their correct orientation to EXIF tags. This means that your iPhone is ready to shoot another video or photo within a fraction of a second, which is just awesome. The only problem is that some software developers, including Microsoft, ignore the information that’s stored in EXIF tags.

Here is a link that shows you how to fix this problem, if it occurs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irKwJoX2_f0



Your Help Needed! Suggestions for new version of Video Surgeon

We are more than a year away from a new version, however, it is time to begin thinking about possible new features.   We rely heavily upon the input of our customers when we develop new versions, so please take a couple of minutes and complete this survey.   Thank you in advance for you input.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=69d8def4-82ed-44c0-bc73-ddfa2226331c



Download Surgeon – Tri-module A/V Downloader is NOW Available

I have mentioned Download Surgeon over the past several months in this newsletter.  It is NOW available.  DS is an tri-module A/V Downloader.This product is similar to the download module found in Video Surgeon 2, though with some changes and improvements.  If you own Version 2, you will need determine whether the modest enhancements found in this product are worth the extra dollars. That is a decision for you to make, not us.

However, if you have a the older version of Video Surgeon or have been a demo user – and you are looking for a way to download audio and/or video from YouTube, Face Book, Tumblr, Sound Cloud, Reverbnation, and thousands of other sites, then I encourage you to give this a look.  

During this launch period, we are offering a 50% discount off the normal price of $39.95. That means you can grab Download Surgeon right now for $19.95.  Here is the link to the ordering page:

http://downloadsurgeon.com/shopping/

One other difference is that a purchase entitles you to install on only one machine, not three as we do with Song Surgeon. Download Surgeon runs on both Windows and Mac (OSx) machines.

Download Surgeon comes with one full year of support – and like all of our products is backed by our no-hassles guarantee policy.   If for any reason during the first 90 days you are not satisfied, contact us and we’ll refund 100% of your purchase, no questions asked. 


 



Karaoke Enthusiasts

I know we have many Karaoke users among Video Surgeon.  If you are one, I’d like to ask a favor. We are exploring the possibility of creating a product solely for Karaoke singers.  Please take a minute and respond to our survey on this potential product to help us better understand your needs and what features you would want in such a product.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=f93b05f5-03a6-448b-806e-050d5603b79e

Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Video Surgeon

p.s.  As we customarily do in this postscript section of the letter, here is a recent email we received from a VS user.

Thank you Jim. It really means a lot that your “service level” is so superb. One of the best in the World.

Best Regards
Lars
Stockholm Sweden

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Weekly Highlights
We are running a couple of surveys that I hope you can spare a minute for.  One is on features for Version 3.. and the other is about a potential new product for Karaoke users. 

Also, work continues on the new Download Surgeon product which we have mentioned in this newsletter before. 

Weekly Video Tip – Consolidating Video Segments found on a DVD

Working with DVD’s can be difficult for two reasons. One, each DVD consists of multiple .vob files, and it is difficult to find or determine which of these files contains the video segment of interest.  The second issue is file size.  DVD .vob files can be as loarge as 1 GB. Files of this size will take a considerable amount of time to open in Video Surgeon.

This weekly tip shows you how you can open .vob files found in a DVD and consolidate this into one single file using Video Surgeon.



http://youtu.be/CaDRe-DmQ9E



Video Surgeon – Suggestions for new version

We are more than a year away from a new version, however, it is time to begin thinking about possible new features.   We rely heavily upon the input of our customers when we develop new versions, so please take a couple of minutes and complete this survey.   Thank you in advance for you input.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=69d8def4-82ed-44c0-bc73-ddfa2226331c


Download Surgeon Coming Soon

Beta testing for this new product will be underway this week.  Download Surgeon is a spin-off of the sniffer technology found in Video Surgeon with some changes and improvements. 

This new product utilizes 3 separate download options.  Two of these are the same as the two found in Video Surgeon.  The third is a new module that initially will download from 9 or 10 specific sites – such as Soundcloud, Reverbnation and Ustream and Face Book to name a few. Overtime we will add new sites to this downloader.  When Version 3 of VS is released at some point in the future, this new technology will be incorporated into Video Surgeon.

If you are interested in this new product, which should be available in the first quarter of next year, please click the link below and signup for the launch list:  DownloadSurgeon.com

 


Karaoke Enthusiasts

I know we have many Karaoke users among Video Surgeon.  If you are one, I’d like to ask a favor. We are exploring the possibility of creating a product solely for Karaoke singers.  Please take a minute and respond to our survey on this potential product to help us better understand your needs and what features you would want in such a product.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=f93b05f5-03a6-448b-806e-050d5603b79e

Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Video Surgeon

p.s.  As we customarily do in this postscript section of the letter, here is a recent email we received from a VS user.

I,m a 71 year old guy who still want to learn. I find both the VS 1 and VS 2 are very good programs, but I must say that VS 2 is the best one. I use it to learn new songs to play and it´s good to slow down the song in difficult parts of the song.I must say that I like VS very much and therefore I use it often. Thank´s for such a program and good luck to develope the program.  G. Johnson

Wednesday, January 13, 2015
Weekly Highlights
We are running a couple of surveys that I hope you can spare a minute for.  One is on features for Version 3.. and the other is about a potenial new product for Karaoke users. 

Also, work continues on the new Download Surgeon product which we have mentioned in this newsletter before.  There is an update on the status below as well as a call for beta testers.

Weekly Video Tip – Ripping or using videos on a DVD

We have had several help desk tickets dealing with the issue of ripping a DVD. I thought it would be helpful to have your review our Training Video on DVD ripping to help users get up to speed.  Here is the link below.

In addition to ripping a DVD, you also have the option of browser to the DVD and grabbing a .vob file and dragging it to the main VS interface.  This will open the file.

Remember, that when working with .vob files from DVD’s, they are often very large — up to a GB.  Because of their size they can take a long time to process and open!



http://youtu.be/Mqg8oe2Rspk



Video Surgeon – Suggestions for new version

We are more than a year away from a new version, however, it is time to begin thinking about possible new features.   We rely heavily upon the input of our customers when we develop new versions, so please take a couple of minutes and complete this survey.   Thank you in advance for you input.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=69d8def4-82ed-44c0-bc73-ddfa2226331c


Download Surgeon Coming Soon – Beta Testers Needed

By the time you are reading this I hope to have a beta version of this product on my desk.  Download Surgeon is a spin-off of the sniffer technology found in Video Surgeon with some changes and improvements. 

This new product utilizes 3 separate download options.  Two of these are the same as the two found in Video Surgeon.  The third is a new module that initially will download from 9 or 10 specific sites – such as Soundcloud, Reverbnation and Ustream and Face Book to name a few. Overtime we will add new sites to this downloader.  When Version 3 of VS is released at some point in the future, this new technology will be incorporated into Video Surgeon.

If you are interested in this new product, which should be available in the first quarter of next year, please click the link below and signup for the launch list:  DownloadSurgeon.com

 We are looking for 10 windows and 10 Mac users to be Beta Testers. Beta testers are required to spend 4 hours testing the new product and reporting any issues or bugs.  In exchange for testing the product, beta testers will receive a free copy of the product. If you are interested in being a beta tester, please contact us at info@Videosurgeon.net.



Karaoke Enthusiasts

I know we have many Karaoke users among Video Surgeon.  If you are one, I’d like to ask a favor. We are exploring the possibility of creating a product solely for Karaoke singers.  Please take a minute and respond to our survey on this potential product to help us better understand your needs and what features you would want in such a product.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=f93b05f5-03a6-448b-806e-050d5603b79e

Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Video Surgeon

p.s.  As we customarily do in this postscript section of the letter, here is a recent email we received from a VS user.

I am a solo jazz guitarist and I use Video Surgeon for learning complex jazz guitar songs that otherwise would be out of my reach without sheet music.

For example, the day after I purchased Video Surgeon, I ran across a video of a song that I just HAD to have in order to perform it in Christmas concert that I had been invited to perform in. I wrote the artist in the video and he wasn’t able to provide me with the sheet music due to copyright issues. So I used Video Surgeon to rip it from YouTube, slow it down, zoom in and learn it note by note, chord by chord. And, only with the help of Video Surgeon I was able to learn this HUGE song for myself and perform it live in the concert last weekend.

This is the video I wanted to learn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd009xnTHQ0

And here I am performing it after learning it with Video Surgeon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at5idnUOJZU&feature=youtu.be
 

This is only one example of music I’ve been able to master using this software.

Thank you.
Joseph Berkley Manuel
http://berkleyproductions.webs.com/

Dear Friend,

Wow! In just a little more than a week it will be Christmas. I can’t believe it; 2014 has flown my so quickly!

In order to get everything to you — Wednesday the 17th will be our last shipping day before Christmas.  That means that all orders for Christmas MUST be placed by MIDNIGHT on Tuesday the 16th.

And that means that all Christmas promotions will end at midnight as well.

Here are the details of the promotions that are about to end……


Video Surgeon (Mac)   $119 –>   $78   ($41 Savings)
Video Surgeon (Win)   $119 –>   $78   ($41 Savings)
Physical CD                  $9.95 –>  $1    ($9 Savings)

That’s a $50 savings if you order the CD version – a discount of 40%.

PLUS —- We offer $4 flat rate shipping anywhere in the world.

The CD is shipped in a 4-color CD/DVD case that looks great and is suitable as a Christmas gift. Use the link below to grab this special Black Friday / cyber Monday offer.

http://shopping.videosurgeon.net/v2/discount/black_friday/

Here is wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, merry, and blessed Christmas.

James Todd
Video Surgeon

p.s.  Don’t miss the special promotions and savings on our other products which are also set to end at the same time (midnight Tuesday)

Song Surgeon – This is the companion product to Video Surgeon.  It is an audio slow downer and you can grab it right now and save up to 50% discount on the price of the Standard model, plus the CD version is available for only a buck, in case you want a physical product to put under the tree.
http://v4.songsurgeon.com/order/discount/cyber_monday/

SlideTrax – This is one of our newer products that enables a user to make a quick and simple video from any audio file. The resulting videos are compatible with and can be uploaded to YouTube and Face Book.  It’s a very handy tool for musicians who have an audio file of music they’d like to share.  We are offering a 50% discount.
http://slidetrax.net/shopping/order/index.php?code=Xmas

Audio Switch – AS is a very handy tool to have around for musicians.  It allows for the mass conversion of audio files from one format to another.  It even allows you to select video files for conversion and strips the audio from the video file. Whether you have 100 or 10,000 files, you can load them up, start the program and walk away.  It’ll do all the work for you.Grab it today at a 50% discount.
http://shopping.audio-switch.net/discount/index.html?code=half_off

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Weekly Highlights
On the Help Desk we have encountered an issue with a new type of monitor called an ultra high resolution monitor.  Video Surgeon does not display correctly on machines that use these types  of monitors.  We have discussed this with our development team and we are working on a new build that will resolve this issue.  Other than this issue it has been a quiet week. 

WEEKLY VIDEO TIP – File Clean up and File Management

This video tip is offered in response to a customers question about file management in Video Surgeon.

When Video Surgeon open’s a video file it must first convert this file to a uniform internal format. It next strips the audio, and process it separately. This must be done to change the key or tempo of the audio. Also if you download files using the sniffer you are saving additional files to the Video Surgeon 2 folder on your machine.

Over time, if you use Video Surgeon regularly, you can accumulate a large number of files.  One way to manage these files is to select the check box in the options button that says “Clear Unused Files on Closing”.  The video below explains what this does.



http://www.videosurgeon.net/video_tutorial/2/win.php#jSZqY5YG6X0


In addition to the above suggestion, you may also want to clear the files in the Video Surgeon temp and cache folders.  Clearing these files will not result in the loss of any data… but it will force Video Surgeon to re-import and reconvert a file that you have previously opened.  (if you do not delete these files VS will open the audio and video from the cache and temp folders).




VIDEO SURGEON SUGGESTIONS

Toward the end of this year, we’ll be conducting a survey asking for your opinion about new features for a new version.  Before we assemble this survey, we’d like to hear from you.  Do you have suggestions for changes to Video Surgeon or new features you’d like us to add?  Such customer input is very important to us – as our new released are always customer-driven.  Please take a minute and send us and email with any suggestions you may have.  You can send these to info@videosurgeon.net



VIDEO SURGEON PRODUCT USES PAGE

We have begun assembling a page which illustrates how Video Surgeon can be used for a wide variety of activities or endeavors.  We are adding examples slowly over time – a few a week. 

http://videosurgeon.net/video_page.php

When done we should have more than 50 potentials fields or areas of endeavor illustrated on these pages.   If you have a particular field you’d like us to include, please contact and let us know: info@videosurgeon.net

Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Video Surgeon

p.s.  As we customarily do in this postscript section of the letter, here is a
recent email we received from a VS user.

I find Video Surgeon to be a great tool for figuring out how instructors and musicians create the sounds they do.  It is also a great practice tool for me to work on timing and rhythm.  Video Surgeon is the next best thing to having an live instructor in the room with you to practice a phrase or riff or song with you over and over.

Sam M..

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Weekly Highlights
On the Help Desk we have encountered an issue with a new type of monitor called an ultra high resolution monitor.  Video Surgeon does not display correctly on machines that use these types  of monitors.  We have discussed this with our development team and we are working on a new build that will resolve this issue.  Other than this issue it has been a quiet week. 

WEEKLY VIDEO TIP – File Clean up and File Management

This video tip is offered in response to a customers question about file management in Video Surgeon.

When Video Surgeon open’s a video file it must first convert this file to a uniform internal format. It next strips the audio, and process it separately. This must be done to change the key or tempo of the audio. Also if you download files using the sniffer you are saving additional files to the Video Surgeon 2 folder on your machine.

Over time, if you use Video Surgeon regularly, you can accumulate a large number of files.  One way to manage these files is to select the check box in the options button that says “Clear Unused Files on Closing”.  The video below explains what this does.



http://www.videosurgeon.net/video_tutorial/2/win.php#jSZqY5YG6X0


In addition to the above suggestion, you may also want to clear the files in the Video Surgeon temp and cache folders.  Clearing these files will not result in the loss of any data… but it will force Video Surgeon to re-import and reconvert a file that you have previously opened.  (if you do not delete these files VS will open the audio and video from the cache and temp folders).




VIDEO SURGEON SUGGESTIONS

Toward the end of this year, we’ll be conducting a survey asking for your opinion about new features for a new version.  Before we assemble this survey, we’d like to hear from you.  Do you have suggestions for changes to Video Surgeon or new features you’d like us to add?  Such customer input is very important to us – as our new released are always customer-driven.  Please take a minute and send us and email with any suggestions you may have.  You can send these to info@videosurgeon.net



VIDEO SURGEON PRODUCT USES PAGE

We have begun assembling a page which illustrates how Video Surgeon can be used for a wide variety of activities or endeavors.  We are adding examples slowly over time – a few a week. 

http://videosurgeon.net/video_page.php

When done we should have more than 50 potentials fields or areas of endeavor illustrated on these pages.   If you have a particular field you’d like us to include, please contact and let us know: info@videosurgeon.net

Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Video Surgeon

p.s.  As we customarily do in this postscript section of the letter, here is a
recent email we received from a VS user.

I find Video Surgeon to be a great tool for figuring out how instructors and musicians create the sounds they do.  It is also a great practice tool for me to work on timing and rhythm.  Video Surgeon is the next best thing to having an live instructor in the room with you to practice a phrase or riff or song with you over and over.

Sam M..

 

 

 
 

Dear Friend,

 

Weekly Tip – Maximizing Screen Size for Work and Printing

In today’s weekly video tip we will discuss and demonstrate how to get the maximize video size in Video Surgeon and how to get the maximum frame size for printing, whether to paper or to a file (as an image).  Click below to watch.


http://youtu.be/99i0X-CziuU

Video Surgeon Updates (Both Mac and Win)

We will soon release, hopefully by early next week, a new version of Video Surgeon. The version will allow user with small computer screens the ability to resize Video Surgeon to fit their screens.  Once we have released this version, you will be able to find it at the help desk You can always find the most recent builds in the Downloads section of the Help Desk. 

Video Surgeon Unique Uses Program

We are always looking to understand how our customers are using Video Surgeon and in what fields.  Our most common user would be a musician who uses Video Surgeon to slow down and zoom in to better see a video of a lesson or a musician playing on a song.   However, we know there are many other uses and we would like to catalog a list of these uses.  You can win a free upgrade to Version 3 when it is released by submitting to us an explanation of how you are using Video Surgeon.  If this use is new and something we haven’t encountered before, we’ll give you a free upgrade.  This determination will be at our sole discretion.  To qualify you need to send us a written description of what you are doing, along with your name and an example video where on which you have used Video Surgeon. If you are interested please send your information to info@videosurgeon.net

SlideTrax: Quick, Simple, Easy way to make YouTube Vids

SlideTrax is geared toward musicians that want to be able to quickly create a basic
video of their songs, practice segments, commentary or other audio – for uploading to
YouTube, FaceBook or other social media websites.

If you already have a video creation program that you like and are comfortable using, SlideTrax probably isn’t for you.  But if you don’t own one, or find the one you own is too complicated or time consuming to make a Video then SLIDETRAX may be just your ticket.

SlideTrax was created for its simplicity and ease of use. It has almost NO learning curve. Simply drag and drop your song or audio file onto the interface, drag and drop a picture you’d like to use  and, if you’d like – add optional text. Then click the create button and PRESTO… in a couple of minutes you’ll have a video.

It really is that simple.

Grab our special introductory offer of $19.95, a 33% discount off our regular price and get started today using the link below:

http://slidetrax.net/shopping/

Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Song Surgeon

  p.s.  Version 3 – Your Input Needed

We have begun to look at potential changes, modifications and new features for Video Surgeon Version 3.  Though this version is at least 12-18 months into the future, we need to begin the planning process now.  

As always we want and need your input.  Many of the features added to new versions come from input provided by our customers.  Such input is vital to the success of the product.

Please send me an email with any suggestions you may have for Version 3.  Send to: info@videosurgeon.net.  Thank you in advance.

 
 
 

 
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