Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What Software to use During Editing? (For Mac)

This blog post is focused on Mac softwares, I will be posting another blog post for PC users soon.

As my previous blog post mention about how to make an action scene. Question comes to what software to use in Mac to edit that with ease for beginners?

There are tons of choices when it comes to finding a software to use for editing. But personally, as I used most of them myself, there are a few recommendation and advices for beginner editors.


iMovie is the first editing software I used when I started editing. I used iMovie for small projects and huge films, it is extremely easy to use, by learning a few basic controls, anyone could be able to use iMovie with ease.
But, it does not have enough tools for me to edit large project requiring special effects and sound effects.
Therefore, iMovie is a great editor for beginner, but the options and tools are a little limited when it comes to editing large projects and films.

Final Cut Pro:

After discussing about iMovie, a more advanced movie editor will come in handy if you are aiming for a editing software with more tools and options. Final Cut Pro is a software that has far more tools to edit a profession level film or project, with the tools, better visual effects can be performed, better sound editing can be performed as well, there is far more tools in Final Cut Pro than tools iMovie has.
But, it is important to note that iMovie is an difficult software to use, trainings are required to use Final Cut Pro efficiently. Therefore, I do not recommend this software for beginners or simple projects that does not require that much tools to edit.

Premiere Pro:

Premiere Pro (by Adobe) is a advanced editing software commonly found on PC, also commonly found on Mac, but still accessible by mac. Premiere Pro is similar to Final Cut Pro, it has almost all the things you need to edit a professional looking film. Editing sound, special effects, color grading are not a problem to be done in the software. While, just like Final Cut Pro, it is a hard software to use and very confusing for beginner users. Therefore, I do not recommend beginner film makers and editor to use Premiere Pro.

These softwares above are the basic and common editing software you can find. Hope it is helpful and please feel free to ask me any questions you have through comments or slack!

Monday, September 26, 2016

5 Helpful Mac KeyBoard Shortcuts

5 Helpful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts 

Hello my name is Soo-Jong! In this list, there will be 5 shortcuts that can help you to open tabs, force quit non-responding applications, or look for a certain word in a very long article. I hope you learn something from this list!

1. Command + T / Command + Shift + T 

Instead of clicking the new tab button to the right of your latest tab, you can press "Command + T" to open a new tab in the window, or press Command + Shift + T to open your latest tab in case you accidentally closed it.

Command + Shift + T

Command + T 

2. Command + alt(option) + esc 

When an application isn't responding even if you tried to close the application, you can force quit it by pressing Command + alt + esc and then selecting its name and then clicking "force quit"

Command + alt +esc will give you this window
Select the application, then click "Force Quit" or simply press "enter'

3. Command + F 

Using Command + F allows you to search for a specific word/symbol in a site by typing that word onto the search bar that appears on the top-right side of the window. This can be useful when you try to search for a word in a textbook to know where you left off, a vocabulary word you don't know to find it used in a sentence, or searching for a student's name in a long attendance list. Sometimes, the word/symbol you are looking for may appear more than 4, 5, or even 18 times in the website. In those cases, you can use the up and down button as the website will then locate and highlight each word/symbol to see if it's the correct one you are looking for.

- I am looking for the word, "Command"
- The Orange Highlighter indicates the word selected
- The Yellow Highlighter indicates other words that are located somewhere else
- I can use the arrow keys to locate where each word is in the page.

4. Command + 1 - * of tabs you have

Command + 1 - * of tabs you have allows you to shift tabs. Tab #1 will be your tab furthest to the left and your last tab number will depend on how many tabs you've opened.

For such, as you can see, I have three tabs open and I'm on my second tab.

By hitting Command + 1, I could move to my email.

And by pressing Command + 3 I am able to shift to the 3rd tab. Realise that I have no 4th or 5th tab so if I try pressing Command + 4 or 5 it is obviously not going to work. However, if you have more than 9 tabs, you can only shift between the 1st to the 9th tab unfortunately.

5. Command + W

Now this is a really simple command. By pressing Command + W you can close the tab you're in and you'll be automatically shifted to the next tab or exit the window if you only have that one tab.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Online Courses

If you've wanted to boost your learning or have something nice on your college application, you should look into taking an online course.

Online courses are courses provided by universities, sometimes for free, that you can take online and sometimes get an official certificate for completing. Of course, this means you have to dedicate time to it. If you're interested, here are some websites where you can find some online courses.


Coursera is one of the biggest online course websites out there. Simply sign up for an account, and you're already there. If you want to learn web design, just search for web design. If you want to learn English, just search English. As an example, I took the Grammar and Punctuation course from the University of Irvine, California. 
While most of the classes are free, free classes do not provide you with an official certificate, you have to pay to get those. However, you can still learn useful skills from high-ranking universities for free. Most of them are only a few weeks long, so you won't have to take much time out of your day to do them.


Springboard is a website that provides student advisors and mentors for you to advance your learning. While the course choices are much more limited (they only provide a few workshops at a time), they're very detailed and they help you set up your portfolio by giving you projects. Creating a portfolio for what you've done will look impressive to many universities. Springboard is a more detailed and hands-on website than Coursera, and will look impressive on a resumé.


Open2Study is an online learning site that provides short lessons in specialised areas, like nutrition and leadership. Just like Coursera, you can take any amount of free courses you want, but to get accredited, you have to pay. However, many of the courses are self paced, unlike Coursera, so you can learn without any deadlines.


edX is an online course website, just like the previous three, but its more focused on information technology courses, just like Springboard. You can learn things like design, programming, and project management from highly established universities like Harvard, MIT, and Berkeley. While you do have to pay, having a certificate from an Ivy League school will certainly make your resume look better.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Google Extensions that helps you check Grammar

            I've noticed a lot of people are worried about grammar mistakes while sending emails or typing an essay for any subjects. If you're that kind of student, you will want to continue reading down below cuz I guarantee you that this will help you a lot.

1) Grammarly for Chrome


Developer: Grammarly, Inc

Since: July 1, 2009

What it offers:

  • Instant Grammar checker
  • Vocabulary Enhancement
  • Grammarly's Proofreading
  • Plagiarism-detection

  • Grammarly Document 
  • Grammarly Progress
  • Grammarly Upload

Contains 250 grammar rules

Rating: 4.5/5*     (6,596,049 users)

2) Ginger Grammar Checker

Developer: Ginger software

Since: 2007

What it offers:

  • Grammar Checker
  • Sentence Rephraser
  • Translation
  • Dictionary
  • Text Reader
  • Personal Trainer
Rating: 4/5*      (278,791 users)

3) GrammarBase - Web Grammar Checker

Developer: Grammar Base inc

Since: 2012

What it offers:

Free Online:

  • Grammar Checker
  • Grammar Corrector
  • Spelling Checker
  • Dyslexia mistake Corrector
Rating: 4/5*       (6,054 users)

How to Improve Your e-Portfolio

If your e-portfolio is looking a little empty, here's some tips to make your e-portfolio look more presentable.

About Me

One of the essential parts of a portfolio is an introduction of yourself. You should state your name, age, what grade you're in, your education background and your hobbies and interests, and why you joined the class. Make sure to include a picture of yourself. This is a good way for people to know you better before they look at what work you have done.

e.g. Hello, I'm John Smith. I'm 15 years old, am attending Grade 9, and have been at AIS since Grade 7. Before AIS, I went to Australian International School for 6 years. I enjoy biking, mountain biking, and taking long walks on the beach.


You should list around 3 or 4 goals for the class you're in that you will complete by the end of the school year. These goals should be SMART goals.

SMART goals are 
  • specific (guidelines set for goal)
  • measurable (it's clear when you've finished it)
  • attainable (realistic goal)
  • relevant (a useful goal)
  • time-bound (deadline set for goal)
Try to follow the SMART guideline when creating your goals.

e.g. My goal is to understand all the Photoshop tools to improve my graphic design. This should be done by the end of the year.


For your inspirations, list the things that have influenced your work in some way. For example, if you created infographics, list some design styles that you have taken some inspiration from. If you write essays, list some authors or books that you enjoy. Your template should go along the lines of:
  • Your source of inspiration
  • How it has inspired you
  • What is has inspired
  • Why it has inspired you
e.g. My sources of inspiration are Pixar movies. The movies have inspired me to take up drawing because I enjoyed their animation style.


This section is one of the easiest to do. List all the achievements that you've done so far in the class. If you take computer science, list some infographics, animations, or code that you've done. If you take English, list some essays or videos that you've created. Make sure to include the 'who what when why where' with your creation. 

e.g. I created this video with Tony Kovari and Souvik Saha. It covers the CTI class and its members. We filmed this from September 18th to September 21st on the school campus. We did this to create a video that lets the students know who their tech support people are.


This section is also very simple. This is where you should put your CTI daily summaries. List what you did during the class, how you did it, and why you did it.

e.g. Today, Tony and I set up the Bose sound system for the 125 hall. We did it by powering the Bose speaker. Then, since we needed to set up Bluetooth compatibility for the speaker, we plugged the jack cable into a Bluetooth transmitter. Then, you could connect to the speaker on your phone wirelessly and play what you wanted. We did it because Mr. Chiu needed us to set up the audio for an Open Mondays session.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Animation Introduction: Traditional Animation

When you look at the commercials and youtube videos, you see many different kind of animations and they all look so intriguing! If that stirs up your interest on learning animation, then this is the place for you! Over these few months I'll list the 5 different types of animation and how we can learn them.

Important concepts:

  • Frame - a single complete picture in a series forming a cinema, television, or video film.
  • Frame Rate - the frequency at which frames in a television picture, film, or video sequence are displayed.

1. Traditional Animation (Cell Animation)

The traditional animation consist of sequential drawings that would screen one after another to make the work more alive. In old traditional days, these type of animations are usually done on big light drawing pads as shown above. But nowadays, it's usually drawn in tablets known as the wacom cintiq.

If you want to learn more about traditional animation, view this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-uWyCtDRE0

Are Apple AirPods a Good Idea?

On September 7th, Apple released the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Many new changes were made to the iPhone, but the one that everyone has been talking about is the decision to eliminate the headphone jack and introduce wireless earphones.

So here they are, Apple's wireless earphones, AirPods:
Image result for apple air pods
They are quite similar in terms of shape and size to Apple's existing earphones, except the obvious lack of wire. This should allow the users of such earphones to feel more free as there will be no wire getting in the way of their movement and not have to experience the hassle of tangled earphone wire.

However a couple of questions have been raised and there is already a quite heated debate online over whether these AirPods are a good idea.

A couple of problems that might arise include:
1. Connectivity issues. Apple claims to have a revolutionary way for the AirPods to connect to the iPhone 7. In reality, it is just an example of naked commercialism because AirPods do use bluetooth and do not require an iPhone 7. So the question still remains, will these earphones work well in all situations? How reliable is this connection?

2. Battery life. Because these airpods need a battery to function, there is concern over how long they can actually work for. People also don't like the fact that they will have to charge their earphones on top of all their other devices. Besides, the AirPods are charged through the Lightning port, so a user cannot charge his/her earphones when he/she is charging their phone.

3. Losing them. The AirPods' design makes it easy to fall out from the user's ears, especially when some physical activity is involved. Given that they are wireless and therefore smaller, it would also be easier to misplace them.

What do you think? Would you buy these AirPods?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

ORGANIZE your work! MANAGE your time

It's hard to manage your time properly as the school starts. School works, projects, clubs, ACT, SAT, all these work suddenly blow up your schedule and you do not know how to manage your time properly. If you're facing these problems, this post is perfect for you! In this post, I will teach you how to set up your Mac Calendar App, Mac Stickies, and setup your calendar so that you will know when you have to finish your work!



Apple Calendar App:

  1. Add Accounts in your Apple Calendar

You should add your AIS Google Account, so that you can integrate your AIS Course Timeline in the calendar.

Details of how to integrate course schedule in Google Calendar is shown in this following post:

Top Three Free Apps for School on Windows

Top Three Free Applications for Windows for school

Windows Movie Maker
A very basic Movie Maker. This application can:

  • add subtitles
  • Record voice over video
  • Slideshow with music
  • Change audio settings
    • Sometimes music too loud, audio too soft
  • Publish videos straight it to YouTube.
Overall, this is a free and simple program designed to be easy, and it is easy to use.

  • You can Add photos, and apply animations to them.
  • Also add voice over and subtitles

  •  Here are more animations and in this tab you can change the delay between photos

  •  Change audio settings.

  •  Change view settings and audio waveforms

  • This is the most useful tab:
    • Split videos so you can make videos shorter and cut them perfectly.
    • Edit length of pictures/change speed
    • Stabilize shaky videos


Image result for winrar
A free file extractor. Can be used to zip and unzip files. For me, this is the most reliable, other ones don't work as often as this one does.


This is a perfect application for students taking a course that requires lots of notes. All data is synced in the cloud so if you write something on your labtop it's also on your other computer and your phone. In math class, you can use your phone to write down an equation and have it be inputted into text. When studying for a test you can use your computer like a note pad. I found this app works really well

AIS Timeline in Google Calendar????

New school year! New class schedule! Do you always forget what class you have next? Always get lost in the school? Here's a great way for you to manage your time schedule using Google Calendar!

Here is a Google Script made by Mr.Chiu that will help you set up your Google Calendar:

Step 1: Go to Page

Step 2: Select existing Calendar or Create a new one

Step 3: Select whether you are HS student or MS student

Step 4: Add in details based on your schedule

Step 5: See the end result!


Label Your AIS Genius Blog Posts

Hey everyone in CTI4C! Mr. Chiu has expressed that it is best for us to label our blog posts so that it is easier to search up all of the blog posts we've done! For those of you who are unsure as to how to do this, here are some steps that show how to go about putting labels your past and future blog posts!

1. Go to this page which shows everyone's blog posts and find yours.

2. Click on one of your past blog posts and you will see the "Labels" option on the top right side of the page.

3. Click on the "Labels" option and add your name and then click "Done".

4.  Update the blog post, and then you're all set!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

iOS 10 Review (5 Annoying Changes)

The iOS 10 update on iPhones has been a very heated topic of discussion as of late, with very few positives discussed. Personally, I think that this new update is very upsetting, and you might too if the following things bother you about this new update.

1. The gun emoji, one of the most frequently used weapon emojis for generally humorous reasons, is now a water gun, but there are still knives and other weapons that have not been changed into toys. WHY?

2. Did you enjoy the simplicity of being able to shuffle your music from the card showing the music you're listening to? That's too bad, because now you have to swipe up to click whether you want your music to be shuffled or not. If you see the picture below, it is not longer at the bottom of the song card as it originally was.

iOS 10:


3. You now have to press the home button to unlock your phone instead of swiping left, which is horrible considering the fact that most of us always swipe left to unlock our phone. 

4. It's buggy, and there are reports all over the internet about how downloading it messed up people's phones. 

5. It will mess with your battery life.