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Video editing tools

A week ago I told you about my temporary difficulties in organizing my projects: it was not procrastination, but only a kind of conjectural “mismanagement”.

Well, sometimes in life you have to count on your friends or spouse to help – we are all human beings and sometimes we feel bad – so it is not by any way a sign of weakness to ASK FOR HELP.

I asked and got help!

So now I am back in business and I would like to share with you a useful trick in order to optimize your videos after you export them from this great Ligthworks free version.

The point for me was: how to drastically reduce the “bitrate” (and thus their relatively huge size) of my videos without altering the quality.

The answer is: HANDBRAKE, an open source software that you can download here . I also found this great tutorial here on how to find the best settings for uploading on YouTube but made my own customization as I wanted the bitrate to go below the limit of 1,7Mbps.

So I made several attempts and tweaked a little bit and reached my goal with very good quality: you can find a screen capture of the settings below:

Handbrake1.7Mbps

So reduce greatly the size of your videos and enjoy!

All the best.

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Burning out like an idiot, initiating too many projects…

The man you see every morning in the mirror can be your best friend… or your fiercest enemy. It seems that the last is trying to suck the best out of me during the last couple of weeks.

I am not giving up the project of becoming a “YouTubeur”, but it has to wait, as I am obviously prisoner of my own “creative loop”, biting my own tail like a crazy dog. Continue reading

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We self-published an e-guide on Martinique!

I am excited to announce that, after months of visiting and photographing awesome locations, going on trails, writing and editing, Cristina and I finally self-published an innovative, extensive and responsive tourist e-guide about Martinique.

So, if you do not know where to spend the next holidays, why not pay a visit for a few days to this beautiful Caribbean island? All its treasures are waiting for you! Continue reading

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some humans in New York…

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to go to NYC for a few days. Well, everything has already been written about the “big apple” and frankly we were impressed as all tourists coming by are when they see all the skyscrapers, museums and the “melting pot” of all colors and cultures present in the streets and avenues. Continue reading

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I love my wife!

LOVE ANNIVERSARY – When I turned on my computer today, I was wondering what to write about on this blog… I knew it is a special day for my wife and I but, as usual, I wanted to keep it “quiet” and discreet on our 21st wedding day anniversary: go together to a restaurant, eat something good, mostly just looking in each other’s eyes and contemplating “solid” and true love… Continue reading

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Thich Nhat Hanh… my zen master…

SPIRITUALITY – I like to think I tend to be a “Man” described by Rudyard Kipling in his famous poem “If…”. So to be brief I try to be flexible, to adapt, and make my own opinion about things and people.

But some of them really influenced my thinking and well-being as a human. First I discovered Buddhism reading the drama of a French actress called Véronique Jannot. Her autobiography, called “Trouver le chemin” in French (“Find the path” in english) was striking and turned me upside down as I learned all the difficulties and ordeals she had in her life, finding in the end the power to be happy and truthful thanks to Tibetan Buddhism. Continue reading

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Building our home in Bucharest #2

As I was telling you in a first post, we left our new-bought-house in Bucharest almost untouched for one year: from time to time we went there in order to make some measurements and figure out what we wanted to do with our new property.

We wanted to move in because of the constant tensions with my parents-in-law, but regarding the state of the windows and insulation and the structure itself (it was built during the fifties) the house needed some major improvements. But what exactly did we want? How would the works cost? What was the local legislation? What were the steps to make? Continue reading

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Cristina publishes her first e-novel!

I am delighted to announce the digital publishing of the first ebook written by my wife Cristina. I am so proud of her and would like to use this opportunity in order to proclaim “ubi et orbi” all the admiration I feel for her since the day she came into my life and turned it upside down, for the best…

In the future, you may find all our writings on this blog’s “ebooks” page.

Cathy Merlin: 1. Le monde des elfes” (French edition for the time being), a novel full of adventures, is the result of a collective work – like all our projects – as far as writing, digital editing and cover making are concerned.

I wish “good luck” to the book and hope that – maybe – the interest it will raise among potential readers will determine Cristina to write its sequel which already exists in her mind and imagination. If it does not happen, do not worry as we already have tons of projects… to write down!

I wish you all the best and thank you for reading,
Olivier

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Building our home in Bucharest #1

Building your home – a house – is a big achievement in life: you have to struggle in order to push your organizational and financial boundaries. You find yourself entangled in legal problems you never thought about… It is a long story!

Anyway, as almost every story we started in our existence, the first move was an emotional one, a strong “emotion” that put everything “in motion”… Continue reading

41 years old : happy birthday to myself !

Well, today is a special day for me : I am at last 41 years old ! I say “at last” because my 40th birthday was rather sad, since we knew that our life would change, but we did not know how.

Today I have the answer, and I am happy, so happy ! Today I got some messages from close friends, sincere words and wishes for which I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.

We are all here for a purpose and I would like to thank my wife Cristina for inspiring and helping and loving me every single day. Thank you my love !

And for those who happen to be born on the same day, I send you all my love and say : this f… life is so amazing to live !!

I wish you all the best !

me (not to be taken very serioulsy today ;-) )

biodegradableUrnPS: I would like to end up and transform into a tree. Awesome !

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why to “Google Sketchup” ideas…

While working at “Aventura Parc”, we had to hire students and train them in order to become teammates. Before that, we had to carefully read their resumes and interview them.

This interview was the first and most important test, as the candidates had to first find the adventure park :-) The very fact that they were present was the proof that they took the time to find us on internet and the roadmap there. After that, it was also the proof that they were interested in the job. Continue reading

When You Are Your Own Publisher

olivier rebiere:

I love this post about freedom and the responsibility that comes with it !

Originally posted on J W Manus:

quinnbook I get a lot of emails from people who are just starting out with self-publishing. For the most part I enjoy the conversations. Self-publishing isn’t all that difficult to do, but there is so much information available, so many options, it can be confusing as hell. I like to think I’ve set a few folks on a path that lessens the confusion and takes some of the mystery out of the process.

What I don’t enjoy are the emails that sound fueled by panic. I fear for the panicky folks–fear sets them up to be taken advantage of by overpriced “services” and vanity presses. These folks are easily led to believe that ebook conversion is too hard for less-than-technical geniuses and that distributing ebooks is worth an upfront fee and annual charges on top of retailer commissions. They are desperate for someone to take care of them–and taken they do…

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Ireland… such a beautiful living fairy tale

As for the time being we traveled around Asia, we thought about making a little European trip, where there are plenty of spots to visit.
Even if the required budget is higher in order to visit a European country than an Asiatic one, there are a few tips and tricks in order to save money :-) and keep up with your savings. Continue reading

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