Boost Your Productivity with TextExpander

We spend a lot of our day typing the same stuff over and over again, sometimes getting it wrong in the process. Although it might only be 10 minutes of repetitive keystrokes, this really adds up. That’s an hour a week or more than 50 hours each year. You could do a lot more exciting stuff with those 50 hours. In this video, I’ll give you a quick demo of TextExpander,1 a great app for saving time and improving accuracy.

Quick and Easy Video Captions with Sonix

If you’re making videos, you need to start creating captions, too. They’re vital for accessibility and also some of your audience will watch videos with the sound off. In this short tutorial, I’ll show you how you can create captions quickly and easily using a tool called Sonix.1 If you sign up through this link, we both get 100 minutes for free. That’s what I call a win-win!. ↩︎

Easy Noise Reduction with Audacity

Once you get into audio and video recording, background noise will drive you absolutely mad. Although there are lots of solutions out there, most of them are very complicated and often expensive, too. My name is Catherine. In this short video, I’ll show you a simple method for removing background noise in a free tool called Audacity.

How to Edit Audio with Descript

With Descript, editing audio is as easy as editing a Word document. You import your file, allow the app to transcribe it, then you can start tweaking the transcript. If you delete a sentence in your transcript, it’s also deleted from the audio file itself. In this video, I show you how you can record and clean up an audio file.

How to Turn Your Phone into a Webcam

One of the many challenges we’ve faced during lockdown is the difficulty of obtaining technical gubbins. At a time when many of us are reliant on video conferencing, it’s almost impossible to buy a webcam. Well, apart from the really shoddy models that are suddenly three times the price. I looked at buying a digital camera but discovered you then need a fancy dongle to turn it into a webcam. At around £500 for the camera and £200 for the dongle (yes, really), this was becoming a major investment and much more than I wanted to spend.