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Weekly Tip – How to Resize Video Surgeon

This Video Surgeon weekly tip is about resizing Video Surgeon.  There are two situations to be addressed.  The first is with small screens.  Some older machines have lower resolution monitors and some of the newer, smaller, inexpensive notebooks have smaller screens. In these situations you may need to resize the Video Surgeon interface to its minimum size. Video Surgeon can be resized to a minimum size of 1000 x 800 with all of the controls showing and if the top and bottom areas are collapsed then it can be resized to 1000 x 600.  

The way to resize is the same in both Windows and Mac.  Grab the lower, right hand side of the GUI with the 3 diagonal lines and push or pull to resize.  In Windows if you can’t get to this lower right hand corner, you may need to temporarily turn off your Quick Launch toolbar or use it in the auto-hide feature.  I have included a snapshot corner with the 3 lines on it to the right.

For larger screens, you may want to take advantage of the screen to see a bigger image.  You can do this in several ways.  The first is to use the full size icon in the upper right hand corner of the user interface to maximize.  This is next to the minimize and close buttons.  In addition, you have the option to COLLAPSE the top and/or bottom menu areas by using the collapse button found on the far right hand size of the GUI.  This button is a small black square with a gray arrow inside of it.

The only downside to maximizing the video size may be its quality.  If you are dealing with a smaller or older video, resizing it may result in lower quality, especially if you have a very large screen.  Video Surgeon preserves the quality of whatever file you open, so if the quality is lessened when you view it in Video Surgeon it will be do to the fact you are resizing to a larger frame size than the original video.

Video Surgeon Updates (Both Mac and Win)

We have made many changes over the past few months to correct bugs and modify other functions for user convenience.  If you don’t have the latest version which is you might consider downloading and installing it.   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

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

YouTube and other video sharing sites are some of the most popular sites on the World Wide Web. Unfortunately for music lovers and musicians, these sites don’t accept audio files. For audio or music files to be uploaded to YouTube (or Facebook) you must first make a video that incorporates the audio.

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.

But….. creating a video using SlideTrax is a dunk shot!  You can’t miss!

SlideTrax is an inexpensive software program that is very simple to use. It effortlessly allows you to create a video using an audio file. In fact, it is so easy to use that 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 perhaps include some optional text that you’d like to appear.

You’re done!
Your video has been created and is now ready for sharing!

If you’re not a musician that’s okay.  There are a ton of uses for SlideTrax outside of the music field.  Regardless of whether you have a library of songs you’d like to share or a: speech, presentation, audio transcript, conversation, sound effects, oral histories, the sounds of nature, wildlife recordings, etc. , you can create a SlideTrak for any and all these.

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

Until Next Week,

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James Todd
Song Surgeon

  p.s.  Here is an copy of an email we recently received from one of our customers.  It demonstrates the type of diversity of use we are looking to catalog in the “Unique Uses” program mentioned above.

I practice Tai Chi very seriously and, with your software, I have been able to improve my form. There are many intricate moves within each form that I was not able to detect with other software. For me your software has been a good investment.

You ask for suggestions for future software improvements.  I have one. I am using videos that are not HD and if you could incorporate math coprocessors to upgrade the video that is imported this could add even more to the detail that could be extracted from the video. I know this would be a big undertaking, and in the future HD video will in many instances become more common, but I know that many people would like to  view older videos in a higher resolution. Once again thanks for a great product.

B. Desjardins
Windsor, Ontario,



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