Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top 3 Best Audio Recording software for Amateur Musicians on Mac

A lot of people in the world today have become fascinated with music. Whether you are a serious musician, a rapper or a person who just loves to record disparate sounds, you indeed need a good music audio recording software to enhance music entertainment. Today we’re going to be taking a look at 3 best smaller and more specialized pieces of audio recording applications for Mac OS. With the help of these feature-packed Audio Recording apps, you can easy recording streaming audio at home.
Music Recorder for Mac ( $19.9 )
Leawo music recorder for mac is an easy-to-use and beautiful audio recorder which empowers you the ability to record computer audio, microphone and other audio input device. It could act as a streaming audio recorder for Mac to record Mic or other built-in input audio stream, and also record computer audio stream or online music just like an online audio recorder for Mac.

Also, with this program, you can effectively manage recorded audio library, complete recorded music information from online database for free, automatically cut different songs during recording, support manual edition to complete recorded music info, play recorded audio files, etc.

Audio Hijack Pro for Mac ( $32 )
Audio Hijack Pro prides itself on being able to record audio from any input whatsoever. If you can hear it, you can record it. You can even record audio from multiple applications at once – good for recording interviews on Skype, for instance.

You can define all sorts of settings for any source in the app's right pane--including recording schedules, tags, and a wide range of audio effects--and this is where you'll find most of the muscle in Audio Hijack Pro's feature set, such as the ability to quickly define formats and run scripts (whether with Automator or AppleScript). At the same time, even more casual users will find a lot to like in Audio Hijack Pro, such as one-touch recording for Skype and iChat conversations.

WireTap Studio for Mac ( $69 )
WireTap Studio is an excellent, relatively inexpensive audio-capture tool that can help you record, edit, and export any audio on your Mac, whether from your overall system audio, a specific app (like Skype or iTunes), or even an external microphone. Once recorded, you can organize your audio tracks within the application and use the professional editing tools.

LivePreview lets you preview your quality settings in real-time, before you even start recording. Everything is lossless, and WireTap Studio also has full Audio Unit effects support, for adding professional quality effects to your audio.

Feel free to share your own recommendations in the comments – I’d love to hear which pieces of software you’d recommend!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Two Easy Ways to Import YouTube Videos to iTunes on Mac (Lion included)

We love youtube, and we can get wonderful videos, information, fun etc. from YouTube video files. I am a lover of youtube like most of you and usually visit it to find some awesome music videos of my favorite artists, such as Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble". The only disappointing point is that we can't enjoy these YouTube videos offline. Have you ever had an idea to download YouTube videos to iTunes so that we can put them on iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. and enjoy them on the go?

In fact, Downloading YouTube to iTunes is not as difficult as you might think. Here, I'll introduce 2 easy ways to help you download and convert YouTube videos to iTunes on your Mac (Mountain Lion and Lion included).

Method 1: Convert YouTube videos to iTunes on Mac
If you already have download YouTube videos to your Mac (Mountain Lion included). You might have noticed that the format of your YouTube files is FLV which is not recognized by iTunes, i.e. you have to convert YouTube video to iTunes compatible formats like MOV, MP4 or M4V, if you wanna manage these files in iTunes.

To convert YouTube to iTunes, this professional yet easy-to-use Video Converter for Mac gives you a hassle free experience. It offers you ultra-fast conversion speed, loss-less video quality, extremely easy conversion steps. You're also able to download video with Leawo Video Converter. Just go to Download tab and download any video in one click.

Step 1:  Just directly drag & drop your YouTube videos to the Mac program

Step 2:  Select an output format from the format tray. If you want to upload the output files to your iPod, iPhone or iPad, you can select the presets offered.

Step 3: Start to convert videos to start YouTube video to iTunes conversion, this FLV to iTunes Video Converter for Mac will get the rest done.

Step 4: Launch iTunes, drag the output files to iTunes library and you can now sync them to your iPod, iPad or iPhone.

Now you can put your favorite FLV movies on your iOS device and enjoy them on the go anywhere and anytime!

Method 2: How to Download and get YouTube videos to iTunes
To download YouTube video files and manage them on iTunes, a free youtube downloader would be a great helper. It can easily and quickly download YouTube videos on Mac (Lion included) and then convert them to iTunes supported formats, such as MOV, MP4 and M4V. Audio extraction is available, too. To make the YouTube to iTunes Mac conversion easier, presets for Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad are provided, so that you can directly set your output format according to your needs.

Step 1:  Locate YouTube videos
Launch Safari and go to YouTube.com. Click "Add" to import YouTube videos either by copying and pasting video URL or dragging and dropping video thumbnail. It is totally up to you to import single video or multiple videos at a time.
Step 2: Set output destination
Click "Save to" to set the save path on your computer of the downloaded YouTube Videos, feel free to select the proper output destination in line with your preference.
Step 3: Click Downloaded now button, on the left side of "Task" tab, you can see all info of the videos under processing. Clicking "Save as" and selecting one target format from the drop-down menu. Choose MP4 from output format list. MOV and M4V work, too. After downloading videos, you only need to drag the output videos files to iTunes for file listening, managing and transferring to iOS devices for further enjoyments.
Bingo! You did it! Now Take any interesting YouTube FLV videos with you and enjoy it on the go!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Top 5 Simple Ways to Upload & Share Videos from Your iPhone

Apple makes sharing photos very easy with Shared Photo Streams, but Apple does not make uploading and sharing videos from iPhone as simple as it does for photos. Thanks to some of third-party applications, there are simple ways to upload and share your videos without having to make a wired connection to your computer, such as by using cloud services like Dropbox, YouTube, and apps like Photo Sync, etc. It is really easy to use, and below is the summary information I collected special for all of you, just check it out.

1.  Default iPhone Methods
Share Videos iPhone
Open the Camera roll / album, and find the video you will upload, and then tap the share button on the bottom-left of the video, you can share that video via Mail, Messages, and YouTube. You must have a YouTube account in order to share your videos to youtube.

2.  YouTube Capture
YouTube Capture
YouTube Capture (free) is a dedicated YouTube capture app that allows iPhone user to shoot video directly and then upload your captures to your selected YouTube account after touch up videos with color correction, stabilization, trimming, and music tracks. And it also allows you post videos publicly or privately, in which only people with the link or specified users can view it.

3.  PhotoSync
PhotoSync ($1.99) is the app that can help you wireless transfer your photos/videos from iPhone to your computer and other iOS devices. To use this app, you need to download the app to your iPhone, and the PhotoSync companion application for your OS X or Windows.
To set up video (and photo) transfers, you simply pair the two mobile and desktop apps, open PhotoSync, select the videos you want to transfer, and then tap the red sync button for the transfer to begin. With PhotoSync, you can also configure the app to transfer videos to your Dropbox account, to other iOS devices with PhotoSync app installed, and to numerous online video and photo sharing sites like Google+ and Google Drive, Flickr, Facebook and a few others.

4.  Dropbox for iPhone
Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
Dropbox for iPhone
To start with, tap the Preferences settings in the app and select Camera Upload. From there, you simply enable the feature. Dropbox will automatically start copying all the photos and videos on your device to a Dropbox folder in your account entitled Camera Upload. It will do this again with new non-uploaded photos and videos each time you open the Dropbox app. The process can actually be done in the background, so you can switch to other apps without interfering with the transfer.

5.  Google+ Instant Upload
If you’re a Google+ user, the Google+ iPhone app includes an Instant Upload feature for automatically syncing photos and videos to a private album in your Google+ account.
Google+ Instant Upload
You can select to have videos uploaded only over WiFi or 3G or over WiFi only. This feature is also for when you select photos from your private album and post them to your Google+ Circles. However, remember that you’re Google+/Google Drive account only allows for 5GB of free space. If you have a lot of media content on your iPhone, this could eat up your storage space fairly quickly.

Let us know if you have other ways to upload and share videos from iPhone.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Top 5 wonderful educational iPad apps for kids

Whether you support the use of iPad in schools or not, you can’t ignore the fact they are amazing educational tools after school. With so many educational apps on the App Store, there’s no limit to the learning possibilities at your fingertips. Equipped with the right apps, the iPad can become a treasure trove of learning experiences, disguised as fun games kids are dying to play. So which apps do that best? Read on to take a look at the top 5 educational iPad apps for kids.

1.  TinyHands Sorting
The app comes with four different boards, and you can unlock the remaining 9 boards for a $2.99 in-app purchase. This may seem a bit steep for only 12 boards, but your kids will enjoy each board over and over again. Note that younger kids may need to be told what to do on each board at first, especially on the more complicated ones, but they’ll catch on quickly and start playing by themselves.
Aimed at toddlers ages 2.5 and up, you can safely assume that your 2, 3, and even 4 year olds will enjoy its magic. TinyHands Sorting requires no English skills whatsoever – it’s all about pictures – and is therefore perfect for children who don’t speak English. The goal of the game is to sort all the objects into their correct places. Each screen has a different theme, and requires slightly different skills. The sorting is based of shape, color, size, and other subjects such as seasons, on land/under water, etc.

2.  LetterSchool
An amazing, intuitive game to learn all about letters and numbers: writing, counting, phonics and more.
After choosing a letter or number and seeing how it’s used, kids first get to watch how the letter should be written. In the second step they trace the letter over the existing example, and in the third step they get to write it all by themselves. When all three steps are completed, the child gets a star for that letter. The process includes different amusing effects for each letter, which makes the whole process fun and interesting.

The app comes with three different profiles, so up to three kids can play and keep track of their own achievements. You can also choose between several different fonts.

This free app contains all the features of the full version for a subset of letters and numbers. You’ll find the complete alphabet, the numbers 1-10 and a few more games in the full version.

3.  Native Numbers
Math is an important skill, but it can easily become a hated subject due to misunderstanding of basic concepts. Native Numbers takes children through the simple elements of math, starting with rods and moving on to pictures and numerals. Slowly but surely, kids can understand what these numbers are all about, and that there’s more to numbers than just symbols – they actually stand for something.
Native Numbers takes kids through the basic concepts, followed by how numbers relate to each other, how numbers are ordered, and counting. As with LetterSchool, multiple children can play the game on the same iPad with the ability to track progress and achievements for each child separately.

The free version of Native Numbers comes with the first 5 activities. To get access to all of them, $4.99 will get you the full version. Yes, it’s a bit much, but you’ll end up paying much more for a private tutor if your child has a hard time with math, so it could be worth it.

4.  The Opposites
For $0.99, The Opposites can provide hours of educational fun for children who know how to read bigger words. The goal of the game is to find pairs of opposites and match them, reaching the level’s goal number of pairs. If the screen fills with word balloons, then game over.
The game comes with 10 levels of increasing difficulty, and can be used by children and adults of any age to expand their English vocabulary. It includes a dictionary for every word that appears in the game, so if you don’t know a word, you’re not left with a mystery – you can define it so you know what to do with it next time.

The only downside is that the game sort of revolves around sibling rivalry. The girl and boy each say a word in turn, and it’s clear they’re always angry at each other. This was sort of a downer for me, bu other than that it’s a fun little game, and a great way to learn new words and their opposites.

5.  Doodle Buddy
Doodle Buddy Gold is the most fun you can have with your finger! Finger paint with your favorite colors and drop in playful stamps. Connect with a friend to draw together over the Internet.

  • Funny sounds paired with stamps are a blast!
  • Doodle and stamp all over your own pictures
  • Scribble inside fun stencils to draw perfect shapes. Get more stencils with Doodle Bucks!
  • Text Tool with resizable text and four fonts
  • Post your doodles on your Facebook page
  • Draw with other users on the same WiFi network
  • Text chat back and forth with your drawing buddy
  • Send your drawings to friends via email
  • Option to buy out ads
Do you have any other best kid’s educational app for iPad recommended? Your share is greatly appreciated below!


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