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Visual Studio Tips and Tricks: Debugging

Visual Studio Tips and Tricks was a topic in our local user group a while back. I decided why not do a series of videos instead of trying to publish all of the tips in a PowerPoint or some write up. Everything shown here can be done in at least Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012.

The debugging video below is part 2 of this video series:

Windows Movie Maker 2012

I’ve been using Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 from the Windows Live Essentials 2011 pack for all of the video editing that I’ve been doing. Unfortunately, I’ve always felt it was lacking. The only output format in 2011 is WMV which doesn’t work that well on my Android phone and tablet. It also doesn’t have the greatest audio options. For example, there is no way to add in voice-overs or control the volumes of background music versus in video audio.

I was beginning to look into other video editing software until PCMag.com released an article called Windows 8 Brings Video Stabilization to Movie Maker. This article is horribly titled and only includes one paragraph about Windows 8 but it does detail the changes to Movie Maker 2012. I’ve now stopped searching for a new video editing tool and have started playing with Movie Maker 2012 to learn all of the new features. For those wondering, Movie Maker 2012 is available for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The following are 2 quotes from the aforementioned article that detail the audio and format changes to Windows Movie Maker 2012.

Audio changes:

It now lets you record voice-over narrations, and Microsoft has partnered with AudioMicro, Free Music Archive, and the Vimeo Music Store to offer licensed background music for your video projects. The editor also now shows audio waveforms beneath clips so you can see the patterns of the music and narration. Narration can either be recorded as a new track on your PC, or taken from a previously recorded video or audio file. Mixing tools let you emphasize either the video’s original sound, the narration, or the background music.

Format changes:

Output and sharing options have been changed and augmented in the new version of Movie Maker, too. Now, the default output file is an MP4 using the H.264 codec. This is a far more popular format than the WMV files that Movie Maker used to output.

2012 Baton Rouge SQL Saturday & Tech Day

The information for this year’s Baton Rouge SQL Saturday & Tech Day came online this past week. It’s scheduled for August 4, 2012.

Free SQL Server, SharePoint and .NET training!  Chance to win great prizes!  What more could an IT Professional ask for?  If this sounds good to you, then don’t miss your opportunity to attend SQL Saturday #150 and TECH Day, the largest FREE training event in Louisiana dedicated exclusively to SQL Server, .NET, Development, SharePoint and Business Intelligence.   This is a COMMUNITY driven event!

For more information visit the official website at: http://sqlsaturday.com/150/eventhome.aspx

Project Changes

If you’ve looked at my Projects page recently, you may have noticed that there were a few changes.


The bad news first. I have removed docXtract. I found that Sandcastle and it’s supporting tools (most notably Sandcastle Help File Builder) have grown to a point that there is no need for another product.

Visual Studio Code Snippets

Now the good news. I’ve been working on a Logitech G11 keyboard which has 18 macro keys. I’ve been assigning code snippet macros to the keys and it has been increasing my productivity tremendously. I’ve also started writing my own code snippets. This new project is an online home for those snippets.