Top Video Editing Software

Windows Live Movie Maker

This is the latest update of the simple humble video editor by Windows. Its simplicity is a pro but also a hindrance. If you want to do some really in depth editing this is not the software for that. If you want to do some quick easy cropping, converting and adding a few effects, this will do the job. This is also great for youth because of it’s easy to understand interface and fun functions. The interface is really simple but it achieves what you want to it do while you create layers and playlists, a lot of other programs could learn something from it. If you want to do some casual editing this is the editor for you but if you want to get more serious there are many other programs for that. The best thing about it other than it being simple is that it is completely free.

Sony Vegas Studio

This is one for the big boys, if you want to get serious with editing and formatting your videos, this is it for you.  The program requires a good CPU to use with ease, its functions use a lot of the live ram, so one thing you do need unlike Windows Movie Maker is a good PC. Also if you are willing to get this serious you should know there are some monetary fees ahead. Depending on the version and license you get the price may vary but generally speaking this is a program made with professionals in mind so the price is nearly always high for someone just looking to test it, although there is a 30 day trial for it. If you want the best possible rendering and formatting for your video this is the software for you but be prepared to spend some time learning the ropes.

 

Best Video Capture Software

Capturing what’s going on your screen can be important; some people make helpful videos for others or just to have fun. Either way what you want is software that is capable of capturing your work while not interfering within it or slowing it down.

Camtasia Studio

One of the best video capture software out there, its performance and reliability are unbelievable. The software at first glance looks complex but it is very easy to get into, it also comes in with an in depth tutorial for beginners and even with some tricks for more advanced users. Camtasia has one of the best audio recording systems and most recordings without any tweaking will run at a solid 30fps. One another thing it does is rendering, not only video capture have  this feature, many users will have to use another program such as Sony Vegas to deal with the rendering to reduce the massive size of these videos but Camtasia has this feature built in. A few of the negatives are that you cannot add effects within the software; you need another application for that. That might not be such a big deal but the price for Camtasia might be too much for some who just want capture footage casually.

Fraps

This is another software that is very well known but for very different reasons than Camtasia. Fraps’s interface and design has no complexity but that doesn’t mean it lacks the features to make it a great program. One could even argue the simple design of the interface is better than the more complex and professional one of Camtasia. Fraps will deliver the same quality that Camtasia does, it has a wide range resolutions it can capture all up to 30 fps. Another advantage for Fraps is it’s relatively cheap price compared to the $300 of Camtasia. The most recent version of Fraps will cost you only about $37. Fraps doesn’t have many other capabilities other than capturing the video unlike Camtasia. A negative for Fraps is the many browser plugins it tries to install during the installation process, you got to be careful if you don’t want intrusive search bars in your browser.

There are a few other applications for capturing video but these two are the very best in my eyes and with the experiences I’ve had with them. Hopefully this helps you choose a video capture software.

 

Fun Facts about Horses

A horse is magnificent creature, which has been used by humans throughout time and even now for entertainment. They are one of nature’s most amazing creatures with godly speed and strength. People don’t know much about them other than usage and speed. Here a few little known facts about them.

  • Most people think a pony is a baby horse but they are a stage after the baby and more mature.
  • The family of the horse is called equus which is the Greek word for quickness.
  • Many mammals will lick water to drink but horses and few others will suck it.
  • Horses can live up to 30 years but most tend to live less than that. There have been a few cases of them living much longer than 30 and even double that.
  • Horse uses their tails to swat flies and also like many other mammals to indicate their emotion.
  • Most horse babies (foals) are born at night. When born they cannot eat grass standing up since their too small to reach the ground. A specific term for a foal which is a girl is a filly and for boy it’s a colt.
  • The unit of measure for a horse’s size is a hand which equals 4 inch each.
  • The strength of a horse has been used to gauge the strength of a machine, hence the term horsepower.
  • A stallion is a male adult horse that has not been castrated; some things unique to them are their size and strength, also a wilder temperament. Stallions are mainly used in competitions thus rendering their breeding and bringing up extremely difficult for a breeder/owner.
  • One of their primarily use was in warfare but competitions have been a long part of the horse life, dating back to ancient Greece.

Those were a few interesting facts about horses.

Fun Facts about Zebras

 

One simple fact about Zebras not many people know is they are directly related to the horse genus and not the donkey one. They are elegant creatures, peaceful and interesting creatures. Here are a few unknown facts about them.

  • The etymology of the word Zebra is strangely unknown; it was first recorded in Italy in the 1500s and also appeared in some Portuguese texts. Some believe the word to be from a Congolese dialect.  Its meaning is supposedly wild horse or untamed.
  • Many people would question the reason of the Zebras stripes, like most animals that is for camouflage, although this may not seem the case for Zebras but it is. The black and white strips meshes well in deadwood or wooded areas. There also many other theories behind the stripes, their main predators, lions and tigers are color blind, so their color from a far blends into a gray. Also in a herd their stripes blend even more. This might also seem strange but each zebra have different stripes pattern and they can recognize each other that way. Stripes size and length may also indicate a powerful male and weaker male.
  • Even if their stripes can sometimes be a hindrance, zebras have excellent senses all around, they have amazing eyesight and great field of vision. They also have good hearing and night vision too.
  • Their movement is good just because they are from the horse family but they cannot match the speed of a fully grown horse although have better stamina due to their size.
  • Their fur is mostly used to endure massive amounts of heat since they stay mostly out in the open to feed and in herds.
  • When mating Zebras will normally stay forever with that partner until death then move on to another mate if still young. Even different families of Zebras will look out for each other; the communal bond of the zebra is really a big part of their lives.

Those were some interesting facts about the zebra.

Fun Facts about Baboons

Baboons are a fascinating animal that can be dangerous and kind. This split character is an interesting evolution effect. There is much more to them then their erratic behavior, they have amazing tools of survival and intelligence. Here are a few facts about them.

  • Baboons are one of the largest primates of the entire African continent after the mandrills. Gorillas are not in the same categories of primates so this takes them out of the list. One of the baboons physical traits are their butts going outwards. Another is their face which has the shape of a dog and the teeth in it are razor sharp. They can weigh up to 100pounds depending on the sex and age.
  •  They have very few natural predators; the leopard and cheetah are the most common. Leopards especially with their climbing ability. Another predator is humans, which will make most of them run and hid but others more aggressive.
  • As said earlier, the baboons have a protruding butt, this specially is the case for females who signal a male for mating, and their rump will be huge and red.
  • Mating is very simple for baboons, it all depends on the hierarchy of the male, the higher you have the wider selection you get. Ranking is mostly based on a male baboon’s hunting performance and protection of the family (group of baboons) from predators. Some families will be more anarchic and allow younger unproven males to mate a healthy female. The male will often groom the female in these families, by taking care of them and their young’s.
  • Baboons will carry their young on their backs, especially to avoid poisonous snakes.
  • Baboons can eat pretty much anything but tend to eat very specific things during specific moments of the year. During scorching hot days will eat something large to avoid hunting or anything requiring too much energy.
  • Like most primates, Baboons have a larger intelligence potential than any other mammals, they have the ability to read very basic signs and marks.

 

Those were a few fun facts about the African baboons.

Fun Facts About Frogs

Frogs are special little animals; they keep ecosystems alive around the world and are peaceful creatures for the most part. They are sadly going extinct around the world but there still hope for them as they are very adept to changing lifestyles and environments.

  • Amphibians are what the family of frogs are called; the term means a cold blooded vertebrate animal.  Unlike other reptiles they have no scales on their skin and spend most of their time near water. Another technical term for frogs is herpes, which in old Greek means “small things that crawl on their bellies”.
  • One of the most obvious traits of frogs is their big bulging eyes, webbed rear feet and slimy skin.
  • Frogs and toads are different despite some people believing them to be the same; they are of the same species but different families.
  • An easy difference to remark between toads and frogs is, their size, toads tend to be bigger and have less clean skin, with spores and mishaps on their back.
  • Like said earlier frogs are going extinct around the world, mainly thanks to a fungus disease, which causes their skin to burn outwards.
  • Frogs have a really unique way of catching their prey, flies, their tongues have sticky saliva and long reach. With a quick snap of their tongue and the fly is dead. But the fly isn’t the only prey the frog hunts but also small animals such birds and mice.
  • Frogs have a special hearing system in place from avoiding getting hurt from the noise they themselves make.
  • Frogs don’t drink water they absorb it through their skin. They also regularly shed their skin to keep it nice and stretchy for jumps.
  • The lifespans of different families of frogs vary; the oldest they go up to is 40 years old and the shortest lifespan is 4 years old.

Those are a few fun facts about frogs, hope you learned some about them.

 

Fun Facts about Archery

Fun Facts about Archery

One of the most interesting weaponry in human history is the bow and arrow. A weapon that is not only effectively removing the solider from harm but also light on resources unlike swords which use important resources like steel and iron. Here are some interesting facts about this weapon.

  • After fists, rocks and spears, the bow & arrow is the oldest weapon made by humans, this was somewhere in the Mesozoic era which is now 10 000 years ago. This also highlights how effective archery was; it was one of the main weapons used until the rise of firearms.
  • The oldest bow & arrow to be found were somewhere in modern Germany and further north into Sweden.
  • The physics behind the bow & arrow are very simple but amazingly smart and effective. The theory is very similar to someone throwing a rock. The impact of the rock is determined by the energy exerted by the muscles and the throw movement. One of the key part here is the arm and how back it can go during the throw movement. This all applies to the bow but the elastic plays the part of the muscle. Pulling back determines the potential energy thrown into the shot but also how quickly the bowstring will shoot the arrow once you let go, no human arm could match that speed thus why the impact is much larger than manual throw.
  • The use of bow & arrow was considered barbaric by some factions, mainly because the nomad factions had much better ability with it. Nomads for one had better practice because their hunting lifestyle, hunting for animal with a sword was much harder than killing it from a distance with a bow.
  • Although bows are less devastating than firearm, they generally require a lot more skill to use. There are up to 6 different ways of aiming and a few others depending on the material of the bow & arrow. There are hundreds of variation of these weapons depending of the time and place. A bow for hunting was different, an arrow for armoured soldier was different, and one for long range shooting is different. All these had different ways they would work but they kept the same science of the kinetic energy stored in the bowstring and then releasing it in a quick burst.
  • There is not only technique for aiming but for body positioning when shooting, they are many different schools of thought but for shooting at something at medium range on the same elevation as yourself, it is considered good practice to keep both hands level with the eye.

There are many more facts about archery and we will get to more of them again.

 

 

Fun Facts about Leopards

The perfect predators that are the big cats have one among that is possibly the most perfect. The leopard. Despite being the smallest of the big cats, the Leopard has tons of abilities and talents it’s cousins do not possess. They are one of the most fascinating hunters in Africa and here are a few facts about them.

  • Like said earlier, the leopard is the smallest of the big felines known as the Panthera genus. The biggest species of Leopards, the Sri Lankan leopards weigh up to 200lbs but the African Species of Swahili only go up to 140lbs.
  • The leopards look is very distinct; it has a larger head than the tiger and shorter legs than the other felines. It has the well known spots pattern on its fur. Some leopards have different genetic evolution which has lead them with the complete black pigmentation. They are often called the Black Panther instead of a leopard.
  • The leopard makes full use of its terrain when hunting; it can swim better and longer than any other land predatory and thanks to its relatively lighter weight it’s climbing is also much better than any predator. But their most well known talent is their ability to stealth upon unwary prey. Thanks to the camouflage of its skin and very low crouch, it will sneak up on a prey until it can touch it before pouncing upon it.
  • Unlike other the big cats it will not spend much time on open fields but rather hiding in caves and up in trees. This goes well with their solitary life style, since they don’t live in groups, staying in a tree alone away from danger is better than resting upon an open field and there is also the problem of excessive heat in open fields.
  • Leopards will even interact with gazelles when not hunting them, they will pull their tail up meaning they are not hunting and will simply walk into a gazelle herd.
  • Leopard’s have amazingly strong jaws, which is why they only need one bite to take down a prey but also how they managed to hold prey while they climb up a tree. This is a really good habit from preventing scavenging and other predators stealing their kill.
  • Leopards have many talents but their adaptability to their environment, leopards can live in rain forests, deserts, forests, rocky areas and frozen planes.

Those are a few facts about the magnificent creature that is the leopard, hope you learned something’s about them.

Fun Facts about Grizzly Bears

North America doesn’t have many dangerous animals, animals that can straight out terrify you. The first one to come in mind is the Grizzly Bear. These are massive mammals with amazing strength, speed and intelligence. Here are a few interesting facts about them.

  • The grizzly is a solitary animal like most the Northern American mammals, it will do most things on its own but will be with other Grizzly’s when ready for mating.
  • The grizzly bear is named as such because of it’s grizzled fur. Most Grizzly’s will have black to brown fur but it is not uncommon to see some with blonde fur.
  • Grizzly’s originally crossed the frozen sea between Alaska and Russia to get to North America.
  • The grizzly is on the California state flag although it has been extinct there for a long time.
  • In British Columbia, the government kills 40 bears a year because of reported bear attacks.
  • When traveling in areas of large grizzly populations such as Western Canada, if you are hiking or outdoors it is suggested to travel in groups of at least 6 people.
  • Grizzly’s are omnivores, meaning they will eat anything, although bears eating humans are rare, it happens when there is a shortage of food that season.
  • A Grizzly mother is far more dangerous than a male Grizzly which is much larger, the mother will often be alert and aggressive near her cubs.
  • Bear hunting imbalances the bear gender population, the old male grizzly is the most hunted bear because of it’s size. When the old grizzly is killed, another  male grizzly will wake into it’s territory and claim it. This can lead to some negative effects such as the Grizzly being aggressive towards the cubs of the former Grizzly.
  • When attacked by a grizzly it is suggested to stand your ground and not run(a grizzly will easily outrun a fast person). If it comes closer after that, it is recommended to lay on your belly on the ground, sort of playing dead and showing that you are of no threat.
  • As said earlier grizzlies are solitary but sometimes they will gather in a hunting spot, specially salmon spots.

Those are a few cool facts about Grizzlies.

Fun Facts about Wolverines

Among the smaller mammals are some of the most interesting and unique animals on the planet. One of them is the wolverine and yes the comic book character is based on this small bear-like animal. People don’t know much about them because they live in the isolated parts of nature. Hopefully you learn something’s about them today.

  • Like stated before the wolverine looks like a bear and is even in some places called a skunk bear, but it’s a species of weasel rather than bear.
  • Wolverines also like to live in a large area of land mostly for hunting thus they are rarely seen near human habitations.
  • Wolverines will hunt for small animals, rodents and even weakened/old caribous. They will also sometimes eat vegetables if prey is hard to find.
  • Wolverine are extremely territorial and solitary, if they see another predatory they will fight it or chase it out no matter what. There is even footage of one fighting a big black bear.
  • Other people believe it’s more related to a wolf rather than a bear but that’s also false.
  • They have big sharp teeth and also very dangerous claws. They use them for hunting/climbing and much more.
  • A male wolverine is said to have many wives, when mating is done the male won’t help the female raise the child.
  • The wolverine will always be alone and constantly moving, their dens are also hard to find. They never even stay with their own kind.
  • The wolverine was once hunted because of it’s fur but that practice has long since stopped.
  • The wolverine lives primarily in the northern parts of Canada, the boreal forest and Alaskan wild areas.
  • The wolverine will mark its lands with urine to war predators and other wolverines.

Those were some facts about the wolverine, hopefully you learned something about this great animal.