Teen Tech Tip of the Week #20: Green Screen Fun 
Welcome back to the blog after a bit of a break. Today we will discuss how to use a green screen and make some movie magic.


(Patrick Fitzgerald, Beargrass Media Director, giving a discussion on green screen magic at this past weekends' community-led workshop as part of the Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival)

Using Chroma Key


Using a green screen is a fairly simple process that can be done with a green cloth or brightly painted wall.

First, record a person or subject in front of the green screen and add it your video editing software. Next, you will need to utilize a tool called chroma key to remove the green leaving just the subject. (Tip: don't wear clothing that is the same color as the green screen, or else the background will bleed through.)

Next, add another background image or video clip in the same time frame on the storyboard of your video editing software to place the actor in a new background. (If you zoom in on your actor, be sure to zoom in on the background to match.) Adjust your sound levels and export your clip.

Free Video Editing Software


Here are some freely-downloadable software programs that have a chroma keyer:

Lightworks
Wax 2.O

For more information, be sure to check out some of the many video tutorials available on YouTube.

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Teen Tech Tip of the Week #19: Film Tech 
Welcome back to the blog! With the 85th Academy Awards just around the corner (and the Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival!) we thought that it would be nice to look at some free web apps to help you get the most out of your Oscar experience for 2013.



Oscars App


Learn more about this year's nominees, cast your guesses with your friends on Facebook, and follow along with the winners. Available on: Android, Kindle Fire, and iOS

IMDB


Look up information on any movie, actor, or director. Watch trailers and find release dates for new movies. Available on: Web, Android, Kindle Fire, and iOS

Flixster


Find out show times for movies, what is playing at a theater near you, read reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and look up release dates on DVD. Available on: Web, Android, Kindle Fire, and iOS


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Teen Tech Tip of the Week # 18: Weather Tech 
We were planning on saving this one until the spring, but due to last week's interesting weather developments (tornadoes and snow in the same week!), we thought that it would be a good idea to share it now. Let's take a look at some tech to keep you safe during inclement weather.



Weather Forecast on the Web


Get up-to-date weather information and what to expect for your area on the web:

Weather Underground
Weather Channel
NOAA

Weather Apps


Take weather information with you and get updates on the go with these mobile apps:

Weather Channel

Weather Underground

AccuWeather


Weather Blogs


For a more in depth look at weather forecasts (including map data), check out these weather blogs from local news teams:

Fox41 Weather Blog
Wave3 Weather Blog
WHAS11 Storm Team Blog


Social Media


Meteorology is field that relies heavily upon data recorded from Doppler radar stations (pictured above) to forecast weather. Eyewitness accounts are also very important, because they allow meteorologists to verify what data suggests may be happening in an area.

Social media is taking over that process in a very interesting way. Check for your favorite local meteorologist or the National Weather Service on Facebook or Twitter. You can receive updates in your news feed and see photos/video of weather events happening in your area. This may provide for quicker and more direct safety preparedness. You can also contribute as an eyewitness, but make sure that you exercise safety above all else.

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Teen Tech Tip of the Week #17: Is this Local?! 
Welcome back to the Blog. Let's take a moment and be thankful that we all live in a city so committed to local health and economy. Below are some resources to help you get more from your city!



Louisville Metro Site


Healthy Hometown - Find a farmer's market, go on the hike/bike, and read the State of Food report
Bike Louisville - Map a bike route, brush up on bike laws, and see the city's bike plan
City of Parks/ Louisville Loop - Find activities to do all around Louisville, literally
MetroFest Calendar - See what events are going on around town

Louisville Apps


Get on the spot information, report a problem, and take Louisville Metro on the go with these apps:

Louisville Mobile App
Louisville 311 and MSD

LFPL App - Check on your library account, search for eBooks, find the branch nearest to you and generate a map

KY State Parks App


Louisville is truly a city of parks, 122 in fact. Use the State Parks app to explore more of the parks that the Commonwealth has to offer.

Android
Apple

(See if you can find the name of the state park located within Louisville, and post your answer below!)

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Tech Tech Tip of the Week #16: Infographics 
Tired of the same old PowerPoint presentation? Looking for an alternative or something to impress your audience? This week we will talk about new ways of creating fun visual presentations.



Easel.ly
(that's no typo!) This theme-based web app allows you to create a stylish, customized graphic to present any data.

Glogster

This social networking site allows you create an interactive poster complete with various forms of multimedia, like embedding a song or a video clip from YouTube.

Prezi

This web app is the hip new thing. Prezi allows you to present you thoughts in motion enabling you to tell a more compelling story with you presentation. Unlike PowerPoint (which only allows you to move from point A to point B), Prezi's zooming user interface allows you to display and navigate through your presentation media. It's like giving somebody a map to your ideas, not just directions.

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