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Our Storytelling Approach to Professional Video Production

Our Storytelling Approach to Professional Video Production

How Pre Production, Production, and Post Production work at Advent Media, Inc.

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in General, Video Production

This article is to help you to understand the steps we take to assure your video production project will meet your expectations and connect with your audience. From first meeting to project roll out, here is the process that assures the highest Viewer Experience for your audience.

The Video Codec Moment

The Video Codec Moment

An overview of the various digital video formats and codecs.

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in Video Production, Web/Graphic Design, Presentations/Events

What's a video codec? Quick answer: it's a mashup of the words "COmpressor" and "DECompressor." But like everything else, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Read more to start to understand video formats for Websites, presentations and even broadcast television.

Video in PowerPoint:  What Works and What Won't

Video in PowerPoint: What Works and What Won't

The fine art of inserting video into PowerPoint. It's easy unless...

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in General, Video Production, Presentations/Events

Embedding video in PowerPoint is easy!  Just click "Insert," choose "Video | on My PC," point to the file, and voila! Your video is ready inside a slide. In PowerPoint 2016 you can just drag & drop the video into a slide and voila!

Now, that works very elegantly in the newest versions of PowerPoint for Mac or PC, but if you go to play it on an older version, your going to run into issues.

But we're PowerPoint experts and know the ways around this. So, here's a brief overview of what works and what doesn't between the various versions and platforms.

What Is "The Cloud?"

What Is "The Cloud?"

A realistic look at Cloud Computing. Hint: it's not in the sky.

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in Web/Graphic Design, Technical Support

Unless you're totally oblivious to technology, you've no doubt heard of "cloud" this or that when talking about computers or Websites. And the cloud is depicted by a nice fluffy thing that looks soft and cuddly. What are we talking about? This article can help make sense of the cloudy Internet forcasat.

Slide Conversions Make Slide Shows Live Again

Slide Conversions Make Slide Shows Live Again

With 4K scans of slides, Multi-Image shows be restored to their original splendor!

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in Video Production, Presentations/Events

As you may have read, Advent Media, Inc. started out in the slide show business. Today we think of slides as something you make in PowerPoint, but in the late 60s thru early 90s, slides were big stuff, in a medium known as Multi-Image. It was the original multimedia production medium with lots of screens, projectors and media types. Now that 4K video has arrived, we can scan the slides to restore old Multi-Image shows to their full 4K glory, and sequence them so they run again.  Learn more about the legacy of slides and how we can convert your slide show to digital video.

How to Spot Phishing Emails that Get Thru Spam Filters.

How to Spot Phishing Emails that Get Thru Spam Filters.

Bogus scam emails can be easy to spot if you know what to look for.

Written by David Puffenberger
Posted in General, Technical Support

It seems the onslaught of bogus emails that are trying to scam you never stops.  And they're getting more sophisticated so they look like the real thing.  This post details how to spot and stop them in their tracks.

Copyright and Wrong

Copyright and Wrong

A resource reguarding the use of copyrighted material.

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in General, Video Production, Web/Graphic Design, Presentations/Events

If you think you can use commercially-recorded music in a presentation, video or Website just because it's freely available from YouTube or your favorite sharing service, or you have an old LP from 50 years ago, think again. Copyright violations can lead to serious trouble. Read this article from the Public Domain Information Project. Another good resource is www.bzrights.com, which can negotiate clearance rights for you.

Avoiding Ransomware

Avoiding Ransomware

...and other Internet maladies

Written by David Puffenberger
Posted in Technical Support

A friend asked if there's a way to protect against malware like Ransomware - where the attackers encrypt your disk and charge you a king's ransom to unlock it. If you get it and you're not prepared, you just have to pay the ransom, or lose everything, reformat your your computer and start over.

While there is no 100% sure defense that we can guarantee you won't get infected, there are several safeguard precautions a computer owner can take to protect against ransomware and other threats.

UPDATE: With the proliferation of WannaCry, we've updated the article...

The Drawbacks of Instant "Website Builders."

The Drawbacks of Instant "Website Builders."

Many reasons why DIY "Website Builders" don't work for businesses.

Written by David Puffenberger
Posted in Web/Graphic Design

There are many companies advertising"New Website in 24 Hours", “Create Your Own Website in Minutes” or "Free Website Builder - Create a Free Website." Click through and you go, "Wow, I wish my Website looked like that." So if they can do that in a day, why does it take several weeks or months for us to build a professional Website? Find out why instant "Website Builders" are not an "all-in-one" solution like they advertise...

Computers are Not Toasters

Computers are Not Toasters

Why upgrades are a necessity, not a luxury.

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in General, Technical Support

Computers are not toasters. Toasters are so simple.   Just plug it in, drop in bread, slide the handle down, wait a few minutes, and you have toast!  In fact, we still have the toaster I remember using 50 years ago, when I was growing up… and it works!  Of course, toasters have one thing going for them: the shape of bread has been virtually unchanged since the invention of … the toaster.

The same can't be said of computers. Find out why...

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