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Something Went Wrong

The last time I posted on this blog, it appears something went wrong with the format I had. I had pages and sub-pages, but now I don’t. So in the coming days I will be working hard to get this blog to exactly the way I want it, and I will be adding new posts, and videos as well!

Thank you for your patience!

C. J. Grace


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FREE Screen Recorder, No Viruses

If you’ve experienced infecting your computer with viruses, malware, or spyware, after downloading one of those free screen recorders, then you’re not alone! Well I finally found a screen recorder that is virus free! In this video I share with you what that screen recorder is, and how to set it up!

Need Your Support

I have run into a few problems, and find that I need support. Although I do intend to add some of my artwork and photographs for sale, I have some personal issues I am going through right now, and am unable to make anymore video tutorials at this time. Why? I should have known better, but I didn’t! I downloaded a free version of Camtasia Studio 8, and ended up with a load of viruses, malware, spyware, you name it! I am currently in no situation to dole out nearly $300 for the paid version of Camtasia, and this is the BEST screen recording software out there.

Anyway, if you find value in my tutorials, would you please consider a little donation?

I also have my Amazon store set up on my blog, and am hoping my visitors check it out. I have all the software, and camera equipment I recommend on that site, and it would help a great deal if my viewers start buying through that store.

If you wish to donate any amount, it would be greatly appreciated, and you can be assured that your transaction is secure through PayPal.

Thank you,

C. J. Grace



CAD U1 Dynamic Mic Additions

I wanted to further enhance the audio quality of my CAD U1 Mic, and I’ve finally done it! The stand that the mic comes with is great, if you don’t have any cats and a desk that is stable, but I also needed the mic closer to me when I’m making tutorials. For some reason my desk has a little wiggle to it, so, I’ve decided to invest in a few items to see if will affect the audio performance, and sure enough, it has! I bought a suspension scissor arm which attaches to the desk, a pop filter, and a shock mount! I haven’t made a video yet to show you the before and after, but I can tell you this – the audio quality makes me sound like a radio DJ! It now sounds truly professional, nothing but crisp, clean audio! So if you’d like to check out the items I’m talking about, before I make he video, here they are:

Back on Top!

I’ve been gone way too long due to computer issues. My computer became infected with Malware and seems like a virus as well. It took me so long to take care of the issue because I needed to back-up all my documents, photos, and videos, and I had to go thru a ton!

The steps I did will be a couple more videos, and the first one will be sort of like a Review as well.

Which Version of Sony Movie Studio?

When beginner’s  are new to video editing and are deciding which video editing program to purchase, it can be difficult to choose which one.

So how can you decide?

One way to make a decision, which is how I’ve always done it, is to check out the reviews. Another way, but more time consuming, is to download trials that may be available. Sony Creative Software offers trials of all the latest versions of Sony Movie Studio.  Of course, one thing to consider is how old is your computer? If your computer is at least 2 years old!

I personally would go with the latest version, which is not expensive at all, of course, it will all depend on where you purchase it. Amazon is the best place for me!

Now if you haven’t noticed, Sony does not even use Vegas anymore. Now it’s just called Sony Movie Studio!  With Sony Movie Studio, you can choose from 3 options on Amazon:

Platinum, Suite, and Studio. The image you see above is just Sony Movie Studio 13.

Sony Movie Studio 13 – With this program you get:

  • Touch enabled for touch PC’s
  • Add professional style and energy with transitions, titles, and video effects
  • You can easily upload your finished movies on YouTube and Facebook without leaving the application
  • Help bubbles for easy guidance
  • Adjust your video to playback in slow or fast motion

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit or Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit (including Windows 8.1)
  • 2 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD or stereoscopic 3D)
  • 500 MB hard-disk space for program installation 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) IEEE-1394DV card (for DV capture and print-to-tape)
  • USB 2.0 connection (for importing from AVCHD, XDCAM EX, NXCAM, or DVD camcorders) 512 MB GPU memory
  • Windows-compatible sound card DVD-ROM drive (for installation from a DVD only) Supported CD-recordable drive (for CD burning only)
  • Supported DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW (for DVD burning only)
  • Supported BD-R/-RE drive (for Blu-ray Disc burning only)
  • Microsoft . NET Framework 4.0 SP1 (included on application disc)
  • Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 or later for reading and writing QuickTime files Internet Connection (for Gracenote MusicID Service) Supported Formats Import: AAC, AA3, AIFF, AVI, BMP, CDA, FLAC, GIF, JPEG, MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, OGG, PCA, PNG, QuickTime, SND, SFA, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV Export: AAC, AIFF, AVC, AVI, BMP, FLAC, JPEG, LPEC, MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, OGG, PCA, PNG, TIFF, QuickTime, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV


With Movie Studio 13 Suite

  • A complete suite for your digital life
  • Contains: Movie Studio 13 Platinum, ACID Music Studio 10, Sound Forge Audio Studio 10
  • Extras: Boris FX Continuum Units, FXHOME Hit Film plug-ins, iZotope Vocal Eraser, NewBlueFX 3D Titling and Video Effects, Studio Devil British Valve Custom Guitar Amp, 50 Sony Sound Series: Production Music Soundtracks
  • Create video in beautiful 4K (ultra HD) XAVCS or AVCHD, develop original music, and enhancemultichannel audio
  • Weave your ideas into videos that can be uploaded directly to Facebook or burned toa DVD or Blu-ray Disc

This version is affordable and has some really nice extra features!


  Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum

This version includes:

  • Easy and powerful video editing
  • Native 4K XAVC S file format support
  • Upload directly to Facebook
  • Touch-enabled for touch PCs
  • Help bubbles for easy guidance
  • Author DVD and Blu-ray Disk with DVD Architect, which is included!

Now I haven’t listed all the features with these programs, there’s just too much to list.

So basically depending on how old your computer is, I would go with an earlier version if your computer is more than 2 years old.

I hope this helps you in deciding which version to go with, or even which video editing program to go with. I’m sort of partial to the Sony video editing programs!

On an addition note, I have said in the past not to go with the download version, only because I’d rather have the actual program in my hands. If my computer crashes, I want the software to reinstall. The current version I have, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD11, I had the actual program in my hands, however, I was unable to install the program for whatever reason I have no clue, but I had to end up downloading it from the Sony Creative website. Once I downloaded the program, I was able to activate it with the keycode. I got a little more than I bargained for, because the version I purchased at a local store, was just Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11, the download version was HD11. Now the Sony website no longer has this version I’m using, but Amazon does at a very affordable price!


A Word About YouTube’s Three Second Video Intros

Yes or No for Three Second Video Intros?

YouTube is doing away with their 3 Second branded video intros, a feature they released around the end of April  or the first part of May 2013. However, due the the demand of requests from YouTubers, that feature will no longer be available, unless you opted for it at the beginning, and wish to continue.

I personally like the intro, and though you were given the choice to have your intro after a certain date, you really couldn’t add it only to the videos you wanted. For example, I don’t want the intro on my tutorial videos, only where I appear in front of the camera, (talking head videos), which is usually when I do a product review.

I was kind of bummed out when I first heard that YouTube was getting rid of the intro feature, because that was going to be in one of my Photoshop tutorials, which  is why I started my Sony Vegas Movie Studio tutorials. However, I can still proceed, because now you can choose which videos you want your intro on!

Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

C. J. Grace

ToGraphic4U March 6, 2015

CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone Update!

Here’s a little update on the CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone!

When I made the review and fix for this mic, I wasn’t certain the “fix it” would work on Windows 8, though I had heard that it did. Well one viewer, and new subscriber, recently told me that it does work on Windows 8! Now I know for certain, thanks to Spoon Fork!

I will be adding some new items to enhance the audio even more. I already tried it and was quite surprised at how the audio sounded! I will make an update video on this so be sure to subscribe on my YouTube channel, And Follow me here on my blog, to keep updated on new gadgets, reviews, and more!

New Tutorials On The Way

I had intended to release the first video tutorial in Sony Vegas Movie Studio on Friday the 13th! But as usual, life got in the way. Well, as the saying goes, “better late than never”.

So if you do not have any version of Vegas Movie Studio, or cannot find it in your budget at this time, you can always download a version of your choice for a FREE 30-day trial from the Sony Creative website.

If you are a total newb, I don’t advise you purchase, or download a free trial, a Pro version. If however you already have a pro version and you still don’t know where to begin, I recommend you head over to Movie Studio Zen, where you will find an expert in all of the Pro, Platinum, and Suite versions.

If you plan on purchasing the cheapest available version on Amazon, I do not recommend you opt for the download version, rather, order the actual program in your hands, and be sure it is an HD version.

Now as I have stated in a previous video, the reason I’m starting these tutorials, is for a couple of my upcoming Photoshop tutorials, which includes steps that cannot be done in Windows Movie Maker. After the Photoshop tutorials however, I will continue Vegas Movie Studio tutorials, which will include subjects like:

  • Green screen tutorial
  • Lower Thirds
  • How to Split Video
  • How to Overlay
  • Picture in Video
  • Video in Video
  • How to Fast Forward
  • How to Slo-Mo

And much more!