NewBlueFX Chroma Key to Easily Remove Green Screen in Video

This article explains how to remove a green background in a video using Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2018 and the NewBlueFX Chroma Key. When applying a chroma key to a video in VideoStudio, you have two options: using Corel VideoStudio’s native chroma key feature using the NewBlueFX Chroma Key filter Native Corel VideoStudio Chroma Key Feature […]

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Make Smooth Curves Using Google Drawings

Choose the “Curve” type of link Click on the canvas to mark the starting point of the curve. Then click everywhere you want an inflection point. When you’re done, double-click to finalize the curve. Click on the curve to show a bounding box with handles. Drag each handle to resize the curve. Double-click on the […]

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How to Lock Tension When Tying a Rope

Here’s one way to secure an item using a rope that locks tension in the rope. It’s a variation of the Trucker’s Hitch. It involves creating a loop (slip knot) and then looping the free end of the rope twice through the loop. For the first, fixed end, I use a ring hitch knot which […]

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Using Google Drawings to Easily Annotate Images

When reviewing websites, you often want to point at certain elements and add comments about them. This can easily and freely be done using Google Drawings. Take a screenshot of part of your screen onto your clipboard Open Google Drawings and paste the screenshot 3. Click one of the Callout buttons 4. Click and draw […]

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Easily Tighten a Rope Without a Knot

When you need to tighten a rope to hold something in place, e.g. a tent, cargo in a pickup truck, a leaning tree, bed sheets, etc, you might think you’ll need to tie a knot. Not only is it difficult to tie a knot without losing tension in the rope, it’s a hassle and often […]

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How to Finish Wood With a Protective Coat

I recently worked on a project to replace my stair’s handrails. I bought the unfinished handrails at Home Depot and then stained them easily as follows. Applying Wood Stain Using a brush, applied one coat of Minwax Pre-stain Conditioner Using a brush, applied one coat Minwax Stain (Gunstock color). While the stain was wet, I […]

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How to Enlarge a Hole in a Wall

The other day I was drilling a hole in a wall to run a 3-prong extension cord through. I thought a 1 inch spade bit would do to create 1 inch diameter hole. Unfortunately, the plug end of the cord was still too big to fit through the hole. I couldn’t enlarge the hole using […]

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Car Tire Specifications

When you buy new car tires, you’ll either go online and enter your car’s year, make, model, and trim or give that information to someone at a store. Unfortunately, the tire specifications you get in response will not necessarily be correct. For the past 13 years, I’ve been buying car tires for my 2003 Honda […]

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When to Change Your Car’s Tires

Tread Depth In the US, car tire tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch. New tires typically come with 10/32” or 11/32” tread depths, and some truck, SUV and winter tires may have deeper tread depths than other models. A tire is legally worn-out if the tread depth is 2/32nds.  Therefore, a typical tire that starts […]

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