When you want to see something far away with a little more clarity or you're having a hard time reading small letters right in front of you, you can point your iPhone's camera at the subject and "pinch" to zoom for a better look. But there's actually something built into iOS f ...more
While some mobile sites have built-in text-resizing tools, many do not. A lot of those that don't won't even let you pinch-to-zoom. That makes it difficult for people with low vision to read small fonts on their iPhones. In some cases, like with photo captions, even those with ...more
Zooming in and out within Instagram Stories is a good way to take your videos to the next level. Whatever a next level is. Sometimes I just run out of words to describe how fun using Instagram is, so for today, I got "next level," which means whatever you want it to mean. But ...more
Apple took great strides to enhance Accessibility features on iOS 7 for low-vision users, adding button shapes, dark colors, bold keyboard text, and more. With iOS 8, Apple looks to continue their run at making life easier for the optically impaired. Zoom, the built-in magnif ...more
Zooming is a great function on the iPhone, if you like that sort of thing. If you don't like the ease of zoom, or maybe you're zooming when you really don't intend to, there's a way to stop it. You don't need the zoom. So how to you get rid of the zoom feature? With 3 little f ...more
When the first version of iOS 7 was released, there was a wealth of awesome new features, but there was also a lot to complain about. The biggest issue by far was, and still is, how custom home and lock screen wallpapers work on iPads and iPhones. Previously, when you set a c ...more
Working from home has its perks. You don't need to commute, you can work in your pajamas, and you don't even need to clean your house, especially if you're using Zoom for video meetings on your smartphone. Instead of clearing toys from the floor or moving that pile of clothes ...more
How To : Use This Zoom Hack to Make Everyone Think You're Still in the Video Meeting When You're Not
It's OK to want an extended break when you're working or learning from home. Maybe you want to play a video game, spend more time with your family, hang out with your dog, or FaceTime with friends. But how can you do that when you're supposed to be in a Zoom video conference o ...more
Due to its enormously awesome size, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 usually takes two hands to maneuver through photos and texts, write emails, and get directions on the map. Even simple tasks like zooming in and out require a couple hands; one to hold the device and one to do the ...more
Fix the automatic zooming feature in iMovie with the techniques presented in this tutorial. When pictures and photographs are imported into iMovie for Mac, there is an automatic zoom applied to all the images. This tutorial from TheHowToMac shows how to stop this feature, as w ...more
Hack N Mod offers an incredibly simple cell phone camera mod that delivers striking results. All you need is a lens from an old DVD player and you can magnify your zoom by five times. "You’ll find the lens directly under the disk tray. If you’ve just upgraded to Blu-Ray, now ...more
Love taking photos with your smartphone, but don't have a zoom? This tutorial by Unitips will show you how to DIY one with a few simple parts. All you'll need is 1/4" bolts, washers, and wingnuts (two each), some sheet metal, and a pair of binoculars. Video: . The only difficu ...more
Explore the inner workings deep inside your skin. Watch this video to understand this visually stunning wonderment!
If you're using or need to use Zoom, the popular video teleconferencing service, you've almost certainly heard about "Zoombombing" by now. While Zoom has been adding security measures to address the problem, there are other things you can do to prevent or stop Zoombombers in t ...more
The dolly zoom shot is also known as the Vertigo Effect in filming. It's that dizzying, slightly unstable camera effect you see in shows like "Glee" and sometimes "The Office." It creates audience confusion, thus forcing them to keep watching in interest. This type of shot is ...more
In this tutorial Bill Myers shows you how to use Pan & Crop to zoom into or add motion to photos in Sony Vegas Pro or Movie Studio.
This tutorial covers just the basics of using Pan & Zoom in Sony Vegas. One of the tricks covered is unchecking resampling to make zooms smoother.
How To : Bypass Zoom's Attention Tracking Feature So Your Boss or Professor Can't Tell You're Slacking Off
When you're stuck working or learning from home, video meetings can help you stay connected to employers, coworkers, schools, students, and more. And Zoom is the hottest video conferencing service at the moment. While Zoom is easy to use, it does have a fair share of sketchy f ...more
The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in an unprecedented time in modern history where terms like "social distancing" and "self-quarantine" have pushed their way into the zeitgeist. One of the most popular (and likely most effective) ways that employers have done their part in ...more
How To : Disable Your Mic & Camera Automatically When Joining Zoom Meetings to Slip into Chats Quietly
By default, as soon as you join a meeting on Zoom, both your microphone and camera turn on, sharing your audio and video to the other chat participants. While that isn't usually a problem, it can be an issue if the meeting hasn't started or you're entering in the middle of a c ...more
Take a journey deep into the details of a human eye, all the way down to the atomic level. Understand this visually stunning wonderment.
Using GPU processing, Photoshop CS4 does things like never before. Colin Smith shows you the new viewing options available in Photoshop CS4. Smoothly zoom, pan and move around your image with complete freedom. Discover how to use the Flick-Pan and pixel grid tools in Photoshop ...more
This is a helpvids video that demonstrates how to use the pan and zoom features in the Pinnacle Studio. By clicking on the video camera icon above the time line, you will see the special effects options. First select the scene you would like to add the effect to. Then chose th ...more
With a 5-inch screen, it's possible that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be a bit large for our hands. While my grubby hands let me navigate the phone pretty easily, the same can't be said for everyone. A lot of us use two hands to type on the phone, play games, and perform tap or s ...more
The iPhone's pinch-to-zoom feature lets you easily enlarge photos to focus in on one particular area a little better, but after you've zoomed in to a certain degree, the image quickly snaps back and prevents you from zooming in any further. This is mostly meant to keep you fro ...more
Need a primer on how to use zoom lenses with your Canon DSLR camera (a 7D, 5D, or Rebel T2i, for example)? This brief video tutorial from the folks at Butterscotch will teach you everything you need to know. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, ...more
OnePlus has always pushed the boundaries with specs. They give their phones the premium treatment, which, yes, includes the camera nowadays as well. But even though they have become pretty solid in the photography department, it could always be better. One of the tricky aspec ...more
Incredible. There's a type of sand (found only on the small Okinawan island of Iriomote) in which each grain resembles a tiny star. And I never would have known, if it hadn't been for blogger Jason Kottke's pal Mouser. Mouser collects sand from all around the world, and then d ...more
While you could zoom in and out in Apple Maps before using finger gestures, iOS 11 just made it easier to do so using only one hand. It may not be the biggest feature in the world, but sometimes it's the littlest of things that can really make the iPhone experience better. Be ...more
As a meeting host on Zoom, you can't control what a participant does during your live video call, but you do have the power to turn off their camera so that other people aren't subjected to distractions. So if you catch someone in your call purposely making obscene gestures or ...more
Pinch-to-zoom has been a well-known feature in Google Maps, but one-finger zoom has always been a more practical way of navigating, especially for those of us using our phones with one hand. It was simple. Double-tap anywhere, then swipe up to zoom in, and down to zoom out. U ...more
How To : Disable Photo, Screen & URL Sharing for Participants on Zoom to Prevent Unwanted Images During Video Calls
As long as you have the meeting ID, you can join and interrupt virtually any video call on Zoom. And that's how we get terms such as "Zoom-bombing," where someone jumps into a chat to say or visually show vulgar and inappropriate things to the other participants. However, host ...more
Aperture's zoom tool makes it easy to view and edit your images up close and in great detail.
As more and more people use the video conferencing service Zoom, the chances of trolling behavior and attacks only increase. But it's not just "Zoombombers" you need to worry about. A heated discussion between family, friends, or colleagues could turn sideways real quick, and ...more
Learn how to use Boris Continuum Complete's Pan and Zoom filter in Final Cut Pro for easy, documentary-style animation! BCC Pan and Zoom filter will allow you to create Ken Burns style effects on still images in Final Cut Pro. The BCC plug-in is available for other motion grap ...more
Learn how to take advantage of Adobe Photoshop CS5's much undervalued Scrubby Zoom tool with this video tutorial. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular image editing software or a seasoned graphic design professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with the unique fea ...more
This square dance video teaches the following square dance calls on the mainstream list: Circulates (Ends, Centers, Couples, All 8), Ferris Wheel, Zoom.
Google launched the Pixel 2 XL with a unique pinch-to-zoom feature in the YouTube app. The feature is pretty basic, allowing users to expand the video to full-screen on devices with 18:9 aspect ratios with a simple pinch gesture. Considering its simplicity, it was strange that ...more
How To : Can't Spare Two Fingers? Use This Secret Trick for Smooth Zooming in Google Maps with One Finger
Every single year technology companies have a little bit of fun on April Fool's Day by releasing absurd, yet almost believable stories of some new product or feature. Yesterday, Google publicized the release of Google Nose—a new project in beta—that supposedly allowed users to ...more
Using nodes, this Blender tutorial will show you how to pan (more the camera side to side) and zoom in/out on a portion of an image. In fact, you can make a web video out of a static HD image, as if you had a video camera while you were there! Whether you're new to the Blender ...more
Convert a Zoom h2 into a 4 track field recorder which cane record from 4 channels on a computer audio interface. You will need four 10 Kohm resistors, four 100 ohm resistors, two double pole switches, four RCA chassis parts, some wire, small screwdrivers, a wire cutter, a sold ...more
Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" have some tips regarding a few in-camera trick shots, specifically... the dolly zoom. Learn how to do the dolly zoom in-camera effect shot. This is something every director, cinematographer, or filmmaker should know if they're interested i ...more
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic means that social distancing has become the new normal. It also means that more Americans are using video conferencing to connect with colleagues working from home or friends and family in quarantine because of the new coronavirus. In gen ...more
In this clip, you'll learn how to use the zoom tools within an Audacity session. Whether you're new to the Audacity DAW (digital audio workstation) or are simply looking to pick up a few new and useful tips and tricks, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For ...more
Wax 2.0 is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. In this Wax 2.0 tutorial you will learn how to use the Quick 3D portion of the program, including how to zoom, crop and move.
Lens Launcher was one of the winners of 2106's Android Experiments I/O Challenge a few months ago, and with good reason—it gives us a new way to browse for apps on our Android phones. It's slightly reminiscent of how the Apple Watch does it, but even better. Don't Miss: Use C ...more
How many times, when running Mac OS X, have you had a lengthy Word Document or Excel spreadsheet that you needed to zoom in and out of quickly and efficiently? In this video tutorial, you'll learn a handy shortcut doing just that in Microsoft Office. For more, watch this video ...more
This is an Electronics video tutorial where you will learn how to manually adjust the zoom position on the Nikon SB-900 with the diffuse dome attached. This is called the dome trick. It is not documented in the SB-900 user’s manual. The manual states when the diffuse dome is a ...more
There are many reasons to use Filmic Pro if you're a mobile videographer. Chief among them is its automated controls, called "pull-to-point" sliders. These pull-to-point controls not only allow you to manually adjust focus, zoom, exposure, ISO, and shutter speed before and dur ...more
Zoom burst photography is an effect that makes it look like you're moving towards the subject. Traditionally, it's done with a zoom lens and an open shutter, but like most other effects, it can also be done in Photoshop. To create this effect, you will need to use a few layer ...more
This atomic zoom takes you deep into the eye of a fruit fly. Understand this visually stunning wonderment.
Bored of using complicated keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and zoom out of web pages? This simple, yet useful Firefox extension (QuickPageZoom 1.6.2) adds two icons to the status bar and two context menu items that enable quick access to the Full Page Zoom feature (Page Zoom In ...more
The Camera Mapper plugin for Adobe After Effects shows you how to create a realistic zoom, where objects in the foreground move faster than objects in the background. Set up a realistic parallax and sell your shot by using Camera Mapper.
Check out this quick tip video from Screencast Profits... see how to remove the Camtasia pan and zoom "green square". That pesky green rectangle will show up when you use the pan and scan option, so be prepared to get rid of it with this Camtasia tutorial.
There are a bunch of different things that you can do with Apple's newest must have gadget, the iPad. Aside from being able to read books and play some pretty awesome games, there are a bunch of different things that can be done with an iPad that you can do with. In this video ...more
Mike from thesubstream's "Film Lab" have some tips regarding a few in-camera trick shots, specifically... the dolly zoom. Learn how to do the dolly zoom in-camera effect shot. This is something every director, cinematographer, or filmmaker should know if they're interest ...more
In this quick Blender 2.5 video tip, you'll see how, by changing a couple settings in the User Preferences menu, you can dramatically increase the accuracy and ease of manipulating your object in the viewport. Whether you're new to the Blender Foundation's popular 3D modeling ...more
For anyone who has ever used a microphone, trying to record something during a windy day can be a bit of a pain. Of course we can eliminate most of the interference with a simple wind screen that can be purchased at the store, but many times they can be a bit pricey. Well, in ...more
Explore the veins and structures that create the cellulose of wood. Understand this visually stunning wonderment.
Zooming in on your BlackBerry phone could be kind of tricky, especially if you're new to your BlackBerry device. Best Buy has answers. The Best Buy Mobile team explains how to zoom in and out on a Blackberry device when browsing the web. Daniel: "Good afternoon. My name is Da ...more