Video20Q Podcast 19 Kurt Sasso – Web Comic Guy

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Kurt has been podcasting since 2008 and his topic of interest and expertise is Web Comics
He has interviewed people like David Reddick who created the Legend of Bill and Star Trek comics
Phil Foglio and many other comic artists.

This version of the podcast is the short version concentrating on the video end of things. There is another podcast that is quite a bit longer in which Kurt talks more about the worlrd of comics.

The reason that Kurt is being featured on the Video20Q podcast is because he told me some of hos plans to extend his podcast with video and is going to do the lone gun video interviews at a comic convention taking place in Chicago. Well not quite lone gun as he will have a friend helping him out with the video. He has an inexpensive JVC camera and will be interviewing artists at the show.

Kurt likes the manga and anime influence on comics is a manga fan, comics such as Dragon Ball but grew up with the Marvel style also

We also talk a bit about comic influenced movies such as, Sin City – Frank Miller
Watchmen – which I have not seen yet but Kurt reckons is too long, dry and painful to watch.
Kick ass Movie – story based on comics

Moving from tape to a hard drive camera bought a JVC for 600 dollar with a 80 gb HD
He is working with a friend called mike to record the interviews at the comic conventions
Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame will be at the event also.
Kurt is an Audacity user for the editing of audio, he tells me that he loves the Mac and may think of getting one for when he needs to do the video editing. Kurt has been known to make really long podcasts – up to 3 or 4 hours, he was using Talkshoe for the podcsasting but the quality was bad – still uses it for the hosting of the audio podcasts.

He was or is a World of Warcraft player and that got him into podcasting since 2008 has done 97 episodes, starting with WebComicPlanet.com

Here are a few links for those amongst you interested in the world of comics.

– created by Antoine Gagnon, this is the comic that I’m helping co-write based on my character submission Stubby the guardian angel skunk.

run by Byron Wilkins it’s a combination collective site run by fellow webcomic creators and links through a database over 2200 webcomic sites. This site also has a batch of tutorials and processes for up and coming webcomic authors and artists from veterans in their fields.

– is Byron Wilkins actual webcomic site. About 1977 in Chicago loosely based on his life.

, wonderful person and very active in the community

These two are pretty much the godfathers of Webcomics. They didn’t start the community but they have been the most consistent and successful at it.

created this and I’ll let you decide what you think about Astray 3.

– Jeannie Breeden consistently updates every single day without fail for many many years.

created by Scott Story This comic could easily rival DC and Marvel

Mac20Q Podcast 71 Paul McGovern – Educator Extraordinaire

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Great guy from Enniskillin in Northern Ireland. He is Lecturer In Media Applications & Computer Science, Specialising in Video Game Development. I used to go there to Enniskillin, quite often either for shopping or to go to the Theatre. I did even once go kayaking on the river, with a bunch of kids. A good day out.

In the ramble I mention my new Magic Mouse which I am really pleased with, Google Wave and The Film Ink which got featured on , the film got put on torrent this week and was downloaded thousands of times. I would like to see them getting paid for it though. Excellent looking movie. I have a DVD on its way to me now.

– lecturer in Northern Ireland and in impressing his students with being a total tech head. He tells me about apps like Blender, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere. He also does things on the audio side with Audacity and other apps you can find out about in the interview. He is fond also of an Application which Allison of the Nosillacast often bangs on about.

is designed to replace your traditional paper planbook with a robust digital scheduler. Planbook is designed and written by a full-time teacher and includes all the features you need to save time, stay organized, keep others informed and help you finish your teaching day a little bit earlier.

is a versatile, powerful, yet very simple to use tool for recording lectures including PowerPoint and/or Keynote slides for creating enhanced podcasts. ProfCast provides a low cost solution for recording and distributing lectures, special events, and presentations as podcasts. ProfCast offers an integrated workflow that makes creating, recording, and publishing podcasts easy. It’s as simple as Launch, Load, and Lecture!

Paul tells me of a thing called , which is  a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. I must check it out my wife is a teacher, maybe she could find it useful.

Amadeus Pro Basics

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So have you yet. if not why not??

Seriously I use it every day because I find editing the interviews with the best solution. In garageband when I cut out a sound I have to koin the sound back up again. Also I don’t ge the fine control in GB as I do with AmadeusPro.

Here is a Screencast I have done to show you some of the basics with AmadeusPro.

Download it or click to view in a separate window to see the larger size. Better yet you should so that you don’t miss any episodes of Mac 20 Questions.

Mac20Q AmadeusPro Special

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I get talking with Martin Hairer who is the developer of .

I use this application daily so I was delighted when Martin told me he would love to be featured on the show. Not only that but he has given me a licence to give away to a Mac20Q listener.

Software won and given to winner

Easy to get this information by downloading a copy of to try and clicking the menu. there are other ways to find out the information, like listening carefully to the podcast for example.

I prefer to use for editing the wave form because I don’t have drag the sound to rejoin it after I have made a cut and deleted an portion of sound as you have to in Garageband.

I tell people that Amadeus is like Audacity but prettier and works better. I did try Audacity but it is no where near as good as AmadeusPro.

Look out for a small Screencast I will be doing over the next couple of days that will explain some of the features of AmadeusPro. Apart from editing wave forms of audio you can also use the batch facilities. I used it to convert a pile of crappy WMA files to mp3 the other day and once I had it set up it was a simple drag and drop.

Amadeus Pro is a powerful multitrack audio editor supporting a variety of formats including MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, Apple Lossless, AIFF, Wave and many others.

Multitrack editor

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Batch processing

There’s that whole collection of files that you wanted to convert to Mp3, but you first wanted to normalize them and make them fade in and out nicely. Several hours of work in perspective? Let Amadeus Pro do the work for you! The powerful batch processor allows you not only to convert large numbers of files between any of the supported formats, but you can also instruct Amadeus Pro to apply any sequence of sound effects.

Repair centre

The handy repair centre allows you to find and to repair cracks with a simple click of the mouse. Furthermore, Amadeus Pro’s powerful denoising functions allow you to easily get rid of that annoying hiss on your old tape recordings or of that 50Hz hum picked up by a badly insulated microphone.

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