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Making a Google+ collection trailer
Book trailers are a common promotion tool in the publishing industry, especially among indie writers.

To learn about video making I thought it’d be fun to create a trailer for my collection Space Apps for Android and experiment with YouTube, outreach outside of Google+, and maybe play with that internet of experiences buzz. Here’s the collection:

https://plus.google.com/collection/ANebI

This is the result, my very first edited video.

The story
Well, I’m no storyteller. But I tried to give some logic to the sequence of visuals and information.

The trailer opens with a series of space images that progressively reveal the user interface elements of Android apps. Then a screencast demonstrates searching for the collection on Google+ and browsing it, thus featuring the content itself.

The video ends with a call to action information panel listing the collection’s name and tagline, a capsule description of what content it features, and links.

Branding
As in the collection I added to the trailer a touch of branding and content cues by referencing a couple of Android elements, such as the collection’s Android green color and the Roboto font.

Call to action
The information panel has two links to the collection, a full link and one shortened with the bit.ly URL shortener, which also provides useful analytics.

Remembering and typing a URL is not always practical, so for redundancy the trailer includes a video clip demonstrating how to search the collection’s name through the Google+ search box. Assuming this is more intuitive or memorable, of course.

Production
I took the screenshots on my Android phones, recorded the screencast with www.Screencastify.com and edited the video with www.WeVideo.com Using cloud tools is a requirement for me -- and a choice -- as all my desktop devices run Chrome OS.

The video features static images animated through the Ken Burns effect, crossfades, a video clip, and a few text elements. Here are some notes on how I made the video:

Making a video with WeVideo: my experience
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/KUDjrDaqVXv

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I linked the trailer from a post pinned to the collection:

About Space Apps for Android
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/LBRTZUjmTe1

I don’t own any communities but I guess trailers may be useful there too.

Lessons learned
Planning and production were easier and faster than I thought, possibly because I kept the story simple for both production and fruition reasons.

The legibility of the screencast videoclip is terrible on mobile, so it’s not clear it’s initially supposed to demonstrate how to search for the collection’s name on Google+.

But it’s a start.
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Making a video with WeVideo: my experience
In another post I shared my first impressions with the www.WeVideo.com video editing cloud app:

WeVideo: first impressions
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/4WCzmP9kUr1

Here’s my experience with the first project, a trailer for my Space Apps for Android Google+ collection. Watch the completed video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMJGJxWnjMI

It typically takes the editor over half a dozen seconds to load on my fast fiber connection, but once loaded everything is fast and responsive. This is not a big deal as you need to load the editor only when starting a session on a project (I’m using the term project in a general sense but it has a specific meaning in WeVideo). The screenshot shows what the editor looks like with the trailer project open on my ASUS Chromebox.

Besides poring over the tutorial videos and documentation, to learn about WeVideo I created a scratch project to test features and experiment with ideas before applying them to the main project. The time I invested in learning the tool paid off.

In the video preview player of the editor some high resolution video clips and media look pixelated and blurry, and playback is janky. The final rendered video, however, is crisp and plays smoothly even at 1080p, so don’t worry. Publishing at 1080p is a premium feature, so I purchased the $49/year Personal paid plan.

Preparing the video for publication is something you can do only once, so be sure to review the video and the settings before proceeding. Select all the export options you need, such as exporting to video platforms like youTube and saving the video file locally, as you can no longer do it after publication.

Making the video with WeVideo was easier than I expected, both from a creative and a production point of view.

+WeVideo is a simple, powerful, and affordable tool that feels at home on Chrome OS and in the cloud. At over 1.7 million install on the Chrome Web Store alone, I can see why it’s so popular.
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Thank you Paolo, I did take a Quick look after posting My comment and came away thinking the same thing as you regarding 4k UHD. But I am pretty sure they Will implement it at some point Down the road.
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About Space Apps for Android
Mobile space and astronomy: discover Android apps to learn about space exploration and the universe.

Space Apps for Android features reviews, tips, and news on Android apps, websites, and other mobile-friendly resources related to space and astronomy.

As an amateur astronomer and space enthusiast I have been following these apps since Android’s early days in 2009. From just a couple back then, astronomy and space apps grew in number and evolved along with Android.

This collection shares my experience and tips for using these apps better. Here's a trailer.
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Explore topics in Google Play Newsstand
Are you new to Google Play Newsstand and want to quickly start following news on topics you’re interested in?

Open the Explore option of the app’s main menu to browse a selection of news sources and content by topic. Tap a topic to open it. Tap the + icon of a news source to add it to your selection. Adding a subtopic adds all its sources.

Once you complete picking the topics and sources, open the Read Now option of the main menu to read the stories recommended from your selection.

The screenshot shows the Explore screen of the Newsstand app on my nexus 6P phone.
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+Charlie Reese Google News & Weather pulls content directly from the websites of news sources, which may be ordinary websites.

In Newsstand publishers have to create and publish "editions", i.e. mobile-optimized publications that aggregate and categorize news feeds, social feeds, and media. In addition, Newsstand lets you read magazines (sort of PDF replicas of print magazines).
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Samantha and the Chief Designer
+Samantha Cristoforetti in 2011 next to a statue of Sergei Korolev at Star City, near Moscow.

Also known as the Chief Designer, Korolev was the rocket scientist behind the early Soviet space successes. He also designed the Soyuz spacecraft that brought Samantha to the International Space Station and back to Earth.

Photo credit: ESA. Original image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/astrosamantha/6493440679/in/album-72157627378609497/
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Anyone interested in Korolev will enjoy reading Boris Chertok's ROCKETS AND PEOPLE VOLUME 3: HOT DAYS OF THE COLD WAR (my review: https://dennis-mcdonald-58qa.squarespace.com/books/boris-chertoks-rockets-and-people-volume-3-hot-days-of-the-c.html?rq=chertok). 
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How to cast a Chrome tab to a Hangout video call
As of version 51 Stable Chrome OS started slowly rolling out built-in Google Cast support, including the ability to cast a Chrome tab to a Hangout video call.

Assuming you have a Hangout call open right-click the tab to cast, click Cast..., and select the call to cast to. The video demonstrates this (via +Luc Brons).

There are a couple of issues. On some Chrome OS devices, such as my ASUS Chromebox with 52 Stable, casting to a Hangout doesn’t work. The cast dialog doesn’t list any calls in the device list. This is apparently a Chrome bug:

https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/chromebook-central/jB7SuQ7zARU/ra5MLe90BQAJ

The bug has already been fixed in 53 Beta:

https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/chromebook-central/jB7SuQ7zARU/EVo7I2x7BQAJ

Another issue is the built-in Cast support now disables the Chromecast Chrome extension, which you can reactivate as +Brent Sullivan explained here:

https://plus.google.com/+BrentSullivan/posts/3L5gwRASgLv
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Aha, that may explain why I couldn't get casting to Hangouts to work on my Chromebook.
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The ongoing Google+ unbundling and consolidation
Google is still working on unbundling from Google+ its previous components such as Hangouts, as well as consolidating Google+ as a separate product with a new focus.

Besides the removal from Google Play of more Google+ social features, as reported in the linked article, it’s no longer going to be possible to start Hangouts on Air from Google+. Going forward these live streaming sessions will need to be started from YouTube:

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7083786?hl=en&ref_topic=6136989

Google also announced an update to some administration tools that helps consolidate Google+ on Google Apps:

New metrics on Hangouts and changes to Google+ activity metrics
http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.it/2016/08/new-metrics-on-hangouts-and-changes-to.html

Meanwhile the work on the core Google+ is actively going on:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AceM_

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New Android Nougat features: a tutorial
This in-depth article by +Ron Amadeo is actually a review, but it also teaches how to use the new features of Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Big smartphones are everywhere, and Nougat's new features make them more useful.
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Any new high-end Chromeboxes?
Are there any new high-end Chromebox released within the past couple of months?

By high-end I mean a device with support for Android apps, an Intel i7 processor, at least 8 GB of RAM, a 32 GB SSD or more, or comes with less RAM and SSD but has the ability to expand both RAM and SSD.

I love my i3 ASUS Chromebox with 4 GB of RAM but it won’t get support for Android apps. The CN62 ASUS Chromebox does support Android apps and probably has expandable RAM and SSD, but I guess it’s nearing half its product life or possibly past it.

Since the announcement of Android apps on Chrome OS at least 3 new Chromebases have been released, but apparently no new Chromeboxes. Which is puzzling as Chromebases may be less popular than Chromeboxes.
ASUS Chromebox CN62 features the latest 5th generation Intel processors. It boots up instantly and provides users with the performance required to run apps smoothly or watch videos in 4K/UHD. There’s impressive networking performance too, thanks to 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
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+Maison Pulaski are Chrome OS vendors so subtle? :) My guess is vendors are just unprepared to the success of Chrome OS, especially in the consumer/home segment.
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WeVideo: first impressions
One of the first content creation apps new Chrome OS users are recommended is the www.WeVideo.com cloud video editor. I didn’t pay much attention to it other than checking a few web pages to get a sense of what it can do. Until now.

I’m trying +WeVideo for a project and I’d say its good reputation is well deserved.

The user interface is clean, effective, fast, and provides several advanced features. WeVideo integrates well with the Google ecosystem as it lets you import media from Google Drive and Google Photos and export videos to YouTube and Google Drive. In addition the product has a dedicated, passionate team as the quality and quantity of the documentation and tutorials hint.

Interestingly, the opinions on WeVideo echo the ones often heard about Chrome OS and the cloud.

Many dismiss WeVideo as not powerful enough. They mention edge or unusual cases and point out it can’t do this or that. Yes, you need specialized software and a lot of hardware for editing a 4K, 60fps, effects-packed, CGI movie for a production studio. I get it. But they may be overkill for personal, school, or small business projects.

As Chrome OS and the cloud, WeVideo is the right tool for a surprisingly large user base.
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I think this is where the future of photo and video editing is. More and more cloud-based services are starting. Internet is getting faster and faster. Instead of the waiting for the application to import the movie, you now have to wait until it is uploaded to the service. Not a lot of difference. Granted, for huge productions, this is still not an option, but that is just a matter of time.
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Get basic Mars weather data with Hello Mars for Android
The Hello Mars app for Android displays a few basic data on the current weather and environment on Mars:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lockheedmartin.hm

Developed by the Lockheed Martin aerospace corporation, which manufactured NASA’s Curiosity rover, the app has a lot of eyecandy but little substance.

Features
Hello Mars helps you locate Mars in the sky and displays the temperature, pressure, and other environmental parameters on the planet recorded by Curiosity.

Usage
The initial screen shows directions for locating Mars in the sky by moving your Android device around. Once located the app shows the distance from the Earth and travels to the planet, finally opening the main data screen.

The main screen shows a spinning Mars globe with a marker at Curiosity’s landing site. Tap the icons at the bottom of the screen to display the sunset time (SUNSET), the temperature (TEMP), pressure (PRESSURE), and UV radiation intensity (UV) at the landing site. BACK TO MAGNETIC COMPASS brings you back to the initial Mars tracking screen.

Tap the settings icon at the screen’s upper left to change some preferences such as toggling the metric/US units and calibrating your device’s compass.

SHARE lets you share only to Facebook or Twitter, it doesn’t open the Android system sharing dialog (very lame).

Tips
To skip the introductory Mars tracking screen tap SKIP >>.

Turn off the background music in the settings screen under SOUND.

The app works in full screen and the Android navigation bar can’t be seen, but it’s there and it works. To make the bar visible swipe down from the longest side of the screen.

Sharing essentially promotes the app, just don’t bother. It’s equally easier and more useful to share a screenshot.

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The temperature at Curiosity’s landing site on Mars as shown by the Hello Mars app on my Nexus 6P phone.
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Compute planetary positions with Sun, moon and planets for Android
Sun, moon and planets is a planetary ephemeris app for Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.harnisch.android.planets

It provides useful planetary data and handy orbital views of the positions of the planets and many other planetary objects such as moons, asteroids, and trans-Neptunian objects.

Features
The app lets you compute the positions, observing conditions (e.g. rise and set times), and events (e.g. eclipses and transits) of the Sun, the Moon, the planets, and other Solar System bodies. It also displays various views of their positions and configurations.

Usage
The main screen has options for each of the supported planetary objects. Tap an object to open a screen with ephemeris or graphical views. Where available tap the object’s screen for visualizing relevant data.

In a graphical view pinch to zoom and drag to move. The toolbar at the bottom has buttons for advancing or going back in time (left and right arrows), setting the date and time (calendar icon), or switching to the current time.

In the main menu there’s an option for opening the app’s settings. The settings screen has several tabs, swipe horizontally to access them.

There are options for changing units, app preferences, observing location, and more.

Tips
The Settings screens has many tabs, be sure to swipe to the left several times to go through all of them.

Sun, moon and planets is a free ad-supported app but you can optionally remove the ads by purchasing an annual subscription. This in-app purchase option is buried at the end of the Settings screen under the Ads tab.

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The orbits of the inner planets in the Sun, Moon and planets app on my Nexus 6P phone.
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BTW, I'm using Wolfram API right now, checking once a day. I just figured this had to be more accurate and could allow more frequent updates.
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I work in astronomy/space outreach and education

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Astronomy, space, Android, Google, digital and self publishing

Why you should circle me
I curate the hidden content gems, not the usual mainstream and viral stuff

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Used Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli's Merz refracting telescope. Viewed STS-120 Shuttle launch at KSC VIP site. SpaceTweetup alumnus.
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Science education and outreach activities for Civico Planetario "Ulrico Hoepli"
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L'aeroporto non è generalmente affollato e i controlli di sicurezza sono veloci. Nei bar si possono consumare e acquistare prodotti tipici pugliesi come pasta, vino e dolci. Da non perdere il jet militare delle Frecce Tricolori, la Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale, esposto all'eperto.
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Parrucchiere per uomo molto bravo. Ma lavora da solo e c'è sempre molta attesa, specialmente il martedì. Il mercoledì o giovedì mattina si può trovare un po' meno gente.
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Libreria antiquaria specializzata in libri, pubblicazioni e manoscritti rari e antichi. Nonostante i prezzi generalmente elevati di questi oggetti di antiquariato si possono trovare delle occasioni, per esempio fra le stampe e illustrazioni.
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Aperto fino a tarda sera. Vende anche i tagliandi gratta e sosta per la sosta a pagamento in zona.
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