Category Archives: Technology Tips

Advice on using the club video camera, computer, projector, microphone, sound system and other equipment.

Leave Feedback for a Member in Base Camp

As we tread into new territory of participating in online meetings, we don’t have to stop giving our speakers feedback.  You can leave feedback for any member, any time in Base Camp.  Following is a short video to walk you … Continue reading

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Zoom Video Conference

The Zoom.us basic account is free, but is limited to 40 minutes when you have a crowd. Apparently, what some groups do is have a 40 minute meeting and then after that meeting is done, they have a second meeting. I installed … Continue reading

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Microphone Tips

Also please checkout my list of tips – https://southcountytoastmasters.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/how-to-use-a-microphone/

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Audio for Your Video

If you want good audio in your video, the rule is the closer the better. If you double the distance between the speaker and the recorder, then the audio will only be 1/4 the volume. What brought this to mind … Continue reading

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New Club Projector

Benq MW526ae is the model number of the new club projector. Here are a few key tips. Pages refer to the User Manual This projector will take either VGA or HDMI inputs. The club has both cables. If you have … Continue reading

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Always Bring Adapters

Be Prepared – Always Bring Adapters  A recent speaker could not get his Power Point video to play on the provided speaker’s laptop. He was using a recent version of Power Point and the laptop had an older version. Note … Continue reading

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Using a Power Point File on the Club’s Projector

If you use your own computer to create a Power Point file, just move your Power Point file onto a thumb drive and we’ll copy it over to the clubs computer. It’s usually easier to run the file directly from … Continue reading

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Lynda.com Free for St. Louis County Library Users

I’ve been a big proponent of Lynda.com for many years and now I just noticed that it is Free for St. Louis County Library Users. Lynda.com is a video resource and training company for a LARGE list of programs and … Continue reading

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Audio-Video Etc. Checklist

When talking in front of your own local Toastmaster group, you probably won’t have any questions about A/V setup, but when you go to an outside group it will pay to get your questions answered before you step up to speak. … Continue reading

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How to Use a Microphone

The 21 Commandments of Mr. Mike Row Phone I’d like to introduce a friend of mine to you, Mr. Mike Row Phone. Mr. Mike can be your best friend or he can be your worst nightmare. To illustrate that point, I … Continue reading

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Graphic Sizes in Power Point

Here are a few tips on re-sizing graphics for Power Point. Many new cameras can take pictures that are 8 mb or more. That’s equal to 8192 kb. It’s not a good idea to directly import those gigantic files into … Continue reading

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Sound System

Listed are the User Guides for our new sound system. Behringer Speaker Amplifier, Brochure Behringer Speaker Amplifier, Quick Start Guide Shure Microphone VP64

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Graphics in Power Point – Make them BIG!

I was literally the last chair in the back of the room at our last Toastmaster meeting and one of the things I noticed was that presenters didn’t use the whole screen for their Power Point pictures. In some cases … Continue reading

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Camera Basics

Here are the basic steps when you are assigned as camera operator. I would ask the speakers ahead of time if they want to be recorded and also find out which order they are speaking in. Make sure their SD … Continue reading

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SD Cards for Video

One of the questions asked me last night was, “Can I use my SD card again to record a speech if it already has a speech one it?” The answer is this. You can continue using the SD card at … Continue reading

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Top Ten Basic Photo Tips for Blogs and Power Point

  These days, even inexpensive cameras can take great pictures, but I frequently see pictures on a blog or power point which could really use some help. Here are my top ten tips to taking the best picture possible and … Continue reading

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Microsoft Office – Free Online Version

I recently learned that Microsoft is offering their basic Office suite available online for free. You first have to setup a free SkyDrive Account if you haven’t already done that. They give you 7 gb for free. Once you setup … Continue reading

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When the Electricity Goes Out – Be Prepared.

I was at a presentation this week where the presenters were about thirty minutes into their program when the electricity went out. The room did have some backup lights, but their carefully crafted Power Point program complete with video was … Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Laptop from Going to Sleep

I was at a recent presentation where just after the speaker was introduced, his laptop went into “sleep” mode. It took the presenter a couple of minutes to get the laptop going again and it certainly interrupted the beginning of … Continue reading

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How to Adjust the Audio Level

If you are the camcorder operator, it’s good to check the audio volume just in case someone has been playing with the buttons and changed the settings. Here is how to do that. The first thing to do after you … Continue reading

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Video Tips for Toastmasters

Thanks to Steve W. for the great job taking this video. If your club has a video camera to record speeches here are some tips to make your video as good as possible. Arrive early. Setup the camera and practice … Continue reading

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Putting Power Point on a USB Thumb Drive

Recently a club member brought her Power Point show to a meeting and while the show played fine, the audio which was part of the show did not play. I also had a show that needed video as part of … Continue reading

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New Video Camera – Canon VIXIA HF R30

Here is the new video camera the club purchased. You will need an SD card with a speed class of 4, 6, or 10. The red arrow points to where you will see the speed class. A 4gb card will … Continue reading

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Seeing Your Notes While Running Power Point

If you’ve ever wondered why many speakers still rely on all those bullet points in a presentation, it’s mainly because they don’t know their material. Now there’s a way to show great graphic visuals and still have notes to reference … Continue reading

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Remote Mouse for Power Point

If you’re looking for a wireless remote, consider the Logitech Wireless Presenter R400. Bill C uses this and it’s simplicity and small size appealed to me and at $40 it’s inexpensive. There is a R800 model which sells for twice … Continue reading

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Kissing the Microphone and Testing Beforehand

At a recent charity auction I noticed two distinct ways to hold a microphone and two distinct and different results. One speaker held the microphone close to his lips – almost as if he was kissing the microphone. He was … Continue reading

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Screen Resolution with a Projector

I was practicing a speech and noticed that the projector screen picture looked fuzzy and I couldn’t get a clear picture. What I discovered was that I needed to set the laptop resolution to the resolution of the projector. The … Continue reading

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Death By Power Point

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New Computer and Projector

Under Adam’s leadership, the club has purchased a netbook computer and projector for use at club meetings. The computer has Power Point installed. All you need to do is bring your own personal presentation to the club on a thumb … Continue reading

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No PowerPoint – No Problem

I’ve come to realize that not everyone has Power Point on their computer. Here’s an easy solution – Google Docs. Just setup an account and you can create Power Point programs and save download them to your computer. Here is … Continue reading

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Photos with the Video Camera

A feature which our club video camera has is the ability to take photos. Ideally, the VP of Membership and/or PR would bring a camera to take pictures of our new members and awards, but if they forget, anyone can … Continue reading

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Video Tips from Tom

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Power Point – Guy Kawasaki

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Dilbert’s PowerPoint Tips

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Free Power Point Countdown Timer

If you ever need to get your audience back in the room, this timer might help. I can be personalized for 15 minutes of less. Countdown Timer

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Video Tips for Speeches

When your using the camera in the Toastmaster setting, here are a few basic tips to produce a better video. Turn on all the lights. You want as much light as possible. There is a control in the back of … Continue reading

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Power Point – How it Should Be Done

Lynda. com has a great Power Point course called “Graphic Secrets for Business Professionals.” In actuality, it should be used by everyone planning on giving a Power Point presentation.  For the cost of one book, $25.00 per month, Lynda.com has … Continue reading

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Move Your DVD to YouTube

If any members want to move their DVD to YouTube – here are the basics.

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