Category Archives: Techno Content

Smartphones Are Now Welcome In My World

We finally got smart phones last year.  With our plan to take off drawing closer we realized for us the ability to connect on the internet via a phone is a convenience we would like to have.  Yes, we’ve traveled thousands of miles with maps and notes for decades of years and gotten there and have seen it just fine.  There isn’t really any need for explaining the why a smartphone is almost a necessity for travel these days as any reader here would know.  GPS, directions, Gas Buddy apps, travel info, and even entertainment and of course, a safety item when it has reception.

Thank You To YouTube!

The learning curve is not easy for most electronics these days because manuals are incomplete or almost non existent.  Thank goodness for YouTube!  And thank you to all the creators who are good at explaining and strive to be accurate and informative.

 I am surviving my senior years because of you.

I was able to watch hours of videos before  the arrival of my latest gadget, a GoPro Hero 6. Yesterday I watched the setup videos.  I am proud to say I only concluded once that it had to go back.  I stuck with it and although it took me most of a day I managed to get it connected and updated.


Walk The River With Us

Cache La Poudre Riverbank.
Cache La Poudre River taken on a previous trip several years ago.

As you know, we recently spent Labor Day vacation on the Cache La Poudre River.  The first thing we did before we left on the trip was to charge everything that could be charged.  We used  a variety of cameras and I tried out my custom cell phone tripod.  That will be featured in an upcoming post.  The video was shot using a Samsung Galaxy 8+ cell phone.

Here is the 5 minute video along the beautiful Cache La Poudre River at Dutch George Campground off Hwy 14 in the Poudre Wilderness area in Colorado:.

Note that I have not yet mastered filmora and do not yet know how to cut and splice.  Therefore, this version will serve later for learning those features.  I did, however, want to get one of the scenic videos up for viewing.

Techno Note:  I took six short videos and imported each to the timeline in a predetermined order.  I then added an opening text credit and another video previously created in filmora. using techniques discribed in yesterday’s blog.   A black background with yellow text board was added at the very end  (created in Gimp2) which provides some idea of what our website is about.




filmora 2 – Downloading Filmora & Tutorial Links

Welcome to Page 2 in our filmora tutorial series.  This is the page you’ll want to refer to while learning filmora as well as it provides the download link for the program.  I put together information I searched for and learned prior to and immediately after downloading the program.  I kept my notes and am providing some helpful info here for the taking.  I left out a lot of links that seemed to waste my time.  Experienced users will gain more from the video tutorials out on the net than will true beginners because often the teachers assume we know basics and they speed teach.  Thus I created this series.

Link for downloading filmora:

Download the trial or full version  of filmora and learn with me.  

Free filmora version vs. paid filmora 8.3.5 version

The difference between the free trial version and the full version is primarily a watermark appears across your video which can be removed after you purchase the program.  

The difference between the old and new products is explained via the link below:

The  difference between the old Video Editor and the current filmora 

ACTIVATION link for effects download.  After you download the full feature version you can add free offerings to your program.  The effects download was available when I purchased the program early September 2017.  This link took me to a FAQ page.  One of the questions asked and asnwered was, “How do I download all built-in special effects?”

Another question showed how to get free software by sharing to your friends on Facebook.  Note that you can also buy software in the store section of

Filmora Tutorial Links

RoadtripsAndCampfires Tutorial Series

The Basics Of Getting Started With filmora Video Editing Software

I decided to create a step-by-step written and pictorial series as I learn to use filmora video editing software.  This page is page 2 of the series (Downloading Filmora and Tutorial Links).  Pages 1 and 3 explore the function keys and program menus.  Page 4 will provide access to two short sample videos I made while exploring the product.  Page 5 will start a project that you can substitute with your own selections as we create and use the program to complete the project.  But go ahead and download the free trial now and play at will.  Come back to the series when you are ready to continue with Page 3.

The link to the complete series will appear under the Techno Content Link under the banner of our page.  Many of the links given on this page 2 of our series are for video tutorials created by others and are identified by subject manner.  Click the green text to activate the link.

THIS PAGE WILL UPDATE PERIODICALLY AS LINKS ARE ADDED.  This page can be found through the Techno Category Link located above the blog space area and below the top page banner.

Video filmora Tutorials By Various Artists (Links)


An overview of features is presented in video by KinTutsPro.  While he does zip through things  a bit fast for teaching, knowing what is possible with the program is an important knowledge base.

EDIT and SPLIT VIDEO and AUDIO FILES in filmora is a good tutorial showing the steps to achieve creating one video from several.

A helpful link from Roadtrips And Campfires is the file format extension list to understand different file types.

Jump Cuts and Frame-By-Frame Scrolling

This Jump Cut Video explains cutting out large sections of silence or out-takes, unwanted video, so that your final product runs smooth from start to finish.

Filmora Learning Center  is a hodge podge of info that I often found confusing and decided to return to at a later date.


9/5/2017  @ 6:47 PM Update Link:  Wondershare Guide.  So far this is helping but I am still having difficulties moving the items within the timeline.  Also, I do not understand how adjusting the frame along the timeline effects the file.  Still a lot to learn but trudging on …..


9/6/17 @ 7:36 PM Update Link:  How to add and manipulate text.  Great tutorial from Heidi at filmora.

Another Reminder:  THIS PAGE WILL UPDATE PERIODICALLY AS LINKS ARE ADDED.  This page can be found through the Techno Category Link located above the blog space area and below the top page banner.

filmora products: (current 9/2017)



Filmora Scrn

Effects Store

What’s New




filmora 1 – Work Area and Menus

Today’s blog begins instructions for using filmora video editing program, which I am currently learning.  The trial program is free and can be downloaded here to use while you learn the program with me.  The difference between the trial version and the full version is primarily a watermark appears across your video which can be removed after you purchase the program.  So bookmark this page, download the trial and learn with me.  NOTE:  The next blog will provide instructions and tips on downloading the program.


As is  normal habit when learning a program, I like to make notes and explore menus before digging in too deep.  Thus I decided to put my notes here for others who might benefit from them.

(Note when programs other then filmora are used on these pages they will be referenced.)

After opening filmora, select either 4:3 or 16:9 ratio (16:9 is common) and mode (easy or full featured).  The following working screen will then appear if full featured is selected.  I’ve added red overlays showing the 3 work areas:

Screen shot of filmora work screen.
A “prt sc” key was activated to the image on the pc which copies it. Gimp 2, an image editing software, was then opened and the image was copied into the page and the red text showing the working areas was added.  It was then exported as a JPEG then added to this post.

filmora Main Navigation Area

Across the left top section are drop down menus:  File, Edit, Export, Help and Register.  Selections within these menus are as follows:

filmora main screen FILE menu.







(Note from Christine:  As you can see from the above File menu and the below Edit menu, I did not pay enough attention to the text style and size when creating the JPEGs of these two menus in Gimp2. )




This chart was made in Open Office spreadsheet and copied into GIMP2. The resolution is terrible but I’m showing various ways to create and how that might come out.

The Output Column under the Export-Create-Video Button contains small thumbnails for document, cell phone, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and DVD (left off the graphic above).  I prefer to save the video in my directory using the proper file format (MPEG-4 for YouTube).  See the file format list or Google the question what is the file format for ____?  I then upload the video when I am in YouTube directly from my pc.  I will be working with the mobile apps for this program once I am familar with the pc software.

Things are not running smoothly in Windows 10 (CORRECTION:  I checked my display for the size of the text on screen and it was at 150%.  When I changed that to 125% the app fit into the screen correctly.  I’ll update the status of how smooth it runs after this change somewhere on page 3.)  My workscreen area for filmora was extending beyond the pc visual screen and I could not access everything.  It also ws hard to get back to a page. so hopefully that will improve.

The formats listed are:

WMV, MP4, AVI, MOV, F4V, MKV, TS, 3GP, MPEG-2, WEBM, GIF and MP3.  (See link for definitions of these file format extensions).

The right side has information  or input boxes as follows:

Output descriptions

Name:  (what you input here names your video)

Save To:  (the current save to path will appear here which you may change).

Resolution:  720 x 480

[SETTINGS] Settings button

Size 4MB

Duration 00:00:20

[EXPORT] Export button

Additional screen functions and features will be discussed in the next blog on this topic and will follow soon.  The links to all the posts will be listed under the Techno Category page always found below the magazine banner.

Video File Format List

While learning to edit videos I thought it is helpful to have a handy file extension list and definitions of same.  Rather than tuck the page under others and difficult to find I included it as its own clickable topic.  Eventually I’ll likely tuck it away  as a sub-page but for now below is the (9/5/17) link which also appears as a separate category on the magazine’s pages.

Video File Extension and Definition Link

Techno Coming To Content

One of the assets I’ve enjoyed over my career was the ability to learn a new-to-me subject which is  complicated to learn and then be able to teach it to another in a much less complicated manner.  I learned early that most instruction writeups are written by the experts who often go too fast and skip over basics because they assume terms and methods are in the common knowledge base.

New is new.  That means before learning to write and understand one learns the actual letters or A, B, C’s before trying to put a sentence together on paper let alone a whole page.

I always write when I am learning.  I find I have to jump all over the manual or links of pages to understand the page I am trying to learn because terms are used which I am unfamilar with having never dealt with a particular program even by a different company.  New is new.

I have been learning many things the past several months and have a long way to go on many of them before I feel I’ve mastered what I can do.  But as I learn and progress I have my notes and in some case drawings.  I will be adding these so that others who have a need to learn in a similar manner to what works for me can use these same notes.

Page 1 how to ftp.
From the 1990’s a shot of my instructions for learning to FTP files from PC to webhost.

An example of the above:  In the early days of desktop PCs and all of us learning to use the internet and make web pages, etc., I called for support to a Pasadena based company named Earthlink which was my internet connection and web page hoster at the time.  When the tech learned my name and webpage address he perked up and told me that several of the tech’s around there sent people to my webpages so they could better understand how to ftp files.  I had diagrams and simple instructions I had created when I was learning.  Wow, I was floored.  I am including gifs of what they looked like but I have long ago lost the tiff and jpg files so the crummy resolution is here what it is.

Page 2 FTP instructions.
FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol”.


The first of two projects here will take one through the process of creating a web page and blog using the programs I am using.  The second project will be using a video editing program.  The timing might be right on this second choice because the free editor for YouTube is going away September 20th according to a statement I read on their site last night.  I’m currently pulling my hair out with learning a paid-for program but I have never before used a video editor so it is all new to me.  Thus I define everything and I’ll start with the several pages of file extension definitions so that if you want to know the difference between an .avi file and a ts file you can quickly look it up.  That project took me a good portion of one day and it’ll be yours for the free clicking.

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