#Tutorial – Record a #Zoom conversation with #Camtasia and produce an Audio output for your podcast !

Hi !

Some time ago I wrote a post about how to use Camtasia and Skype to record an audio conversation and later create an audio file for your podcast. Today we live in Zoom days, so it’s time to update this post to perform the same task using Zoom and Camtasia.

Disclaimer: Zoom, in their free mode, provides the feature to host and record your meetings. With a limit of 40 minutes of meeting duration and the audio quality is decent, not so good, but decent. This post, is an option if you want to have more control over this.

The main premise to record this is

  • We will record the local microphone in one channel
  • We will record the input audio for the meeting in another channel

I use a Bose NC 700 connected via cable to my computer for the incoming audio, and a Jabra Puck for the microphone. (see references)

Disclaimer 2: I know, there are much better microphones. I even got a Yeti one, but, the Jabra have an amazing and quick mute button. That’s why I use it.

Zoom Settings

Let’s open Zoom and update some of the settings.

In Zoom settings, I have the following settings

  • Computer Audio goes out by monitor. And I have my headset connected there.
  • Incoming audio, aka microphone, is set to the Jabra Puck.
Zoom audio settings

And that’s it for Zoom, now it’s time to check Camtasia Settings.

Camtasia Recorder

Camtasia Recorder

Once we launch Camtasia Recorder, we need to change the following settings

  • Audio device: The same Microphone device you defined in Zoom. The Jabra Puck.
  • Check [Record system audio]. This will record the output of the audio in a different track, and this output will be the voice of the other participants in the Zoom Meeting
camtasia audio settings

You can also make this quick selection directly from the Camtasia Recorder interface. Remember CHECK THE [Record System Audio] OPTION

camtasia audio recording options quick

So now you can start the recording and have some fun!

Audio Output in Camtasia

Once you finish your recording, you’ll be prompted to save this recording. And also to edit the recording using Camtasia Studio. Once you drag the recorded file to the track section you will see both recordings.

  • One track for your voice
  • One track for the Zoom meeting

Camtasia studio audio options are good enough to make some good audio improvements. If you right click on one of the tracks you can select the [Edit audio] option and

  • Enable volume leveling
  • Enable noise removal
  • Mix to mono

You can also [Add audio point] in one track to manage the volume in the track. In example: You can add a background music in a new track, and volume down the music using audio points, once the track for the Zoom Meeting is added into the mix.

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Finally, once you are happy with your project, you can create an audio file. To do this, you must select the option [Share // Local File] and select the location for your M4A file.

And that’s it! Now you can record your Zoom conversations using Camtasia.

Happy coding!

Greetings

El Bruno

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#Humor – Vulnerability severity levels (via @PatchFriday)

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#Python – How to fix “ERROR: Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement tensorflow (from versions: none)” on #Windows10 #TensorFlow

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Ok, I’ll write this down. I face this issue from time to time, and then after some searching and reading, I found the solution (again!) and I realize I’ve been done this before.

So, I’m installing Tensorflow on Windows with the amazing single command

# Requires the latest pip
pip install --upgrade pip
# Current stable release for CPU and GPU
pip install tensorflow

And then I get this error

ERROR: Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement tensorflow (from versions: none) 
ERROR: No matching distribution found for tensorflow
error installing tensor flow on windows

So, I decided to see what’s happened and I realize that I only have installed Python 3.8. And there is no official TF version for Python 3.8. So, I need to downgrade Python to 3.7.

Time to install earlier Python version

python current version 3.7.6

and then, try to install TensorFlow again. Now, it’s installing

installing tensorflow with current python version

and after installation, test current TF version

tensorflow installed and tested on windows terminal

So, remember: Using the latest Python version, does not warranty to have all the desired packed up to date. Specially with TensorFlow.

Happy coding!

Greetings

El Bruno

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#Windows10 – How to Install Connect app (yes, somehow is not part of my Windows 10 installation)

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Hi!

I’ve been using the Connect App for several years. It’s super useful when you need to share your Android screen to your Windows device, or any other device sharing screen scenario.

However, today I realized that I don’t have my Connect app installed in my Windows 10

no connect app

I don’t know why, maybe one of the Insider Builds remove the App, or any other crazy ideas. Moving on, I put my focus to figure out how to install this app. I really need it!

There is not much information about how to install this, but I found that I had the [Projecting to this PC] feature in Windows 10. Which was disabled for me.

windows 10 settings projecting to this pc

So, browsing the additional features, I found [Wireless Display]. That should be the one:

windows 10 add wireless display feature to w10

Warning, after the install time, is also REBOOT time! Windows being Windows.

windows 10 installing wireless display

And, now I had the connect App up and running to rock some Hololens demos

windows 10 connect app as new app

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Windows10 – Fixing Mouse Without Border DPI screen settings (very easy!)

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A while ago, I wrote about the awesome [Mouse without Borders] application. This app is extremely useful, and it’s becoming very handy in scenarios like the Avanade Toronto Innovation Center.

In our Innovation Center, we have plenty of different machines, and it wasn’t a good moment when I realize that this is how the App Settings looks in a Windows 10 machine with some DPI customization.

mouse without borders crappy UI experience

I don’t have a lot of Windows Presentation Experience, however I know that we can solve this via some configuration / manifest changes for the App. I look up for the application folder [C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Garage\Mouse without Borders], and I opened the [MouseWithoutBorders.exe.manifest] file with Visual Studio Code.

mouse without borders change app manifest to enable DPI experience.jpg

Lucky for me, the section that I needed to add it was already there. It was commented, so I un-commented this, save the file and restart the application. Of course, you need elevated privileges to do this.

5 seconds later my Settings windows was finally amazing again!

mouse without borders improved UI experience

Happy coding!   

Greetings @ Burlington

El Bruno

References

Mouse without Borders, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/garage/profiles/mouse-without-borders/

Download Mouse without Borders, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35460

El Bruno, Mouse without borders, a Must Have App if you work with 2 or more computers https://elbruno.com/2019/10/30/windows10-mouse-without-borders-a-musthave-if-you-work-with-2-or-more-computers/

#Windows10 – Mouse without borders, a #MustHave if you work with 2 or more computers

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Somehow, I didn’t know this one, shame on me!

If you work with 2 computers, is a must have. In example, at home I have a power gaming computer for AI and Mixed Reality. I work with 2 monitors, my ergonomic Microsoft keyboard and my Logitech MX Master 2S mouse. I perform most of the work on my main computer, however from time to time, I need to switch to my laptop.

Thanks to the Microsoft Garage team, in 10 minutes I can easily share my mouse and keyboard from my main computer to my laptop just moving the mouse between desktops. As a bonus, I can also share clipboard, and tons of other amazing features.

mouse without borders in action

Official Description

Mouse without Borders is a product that makes you the captain of your computer fleet by allowing you to control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard. This means that with Mouse without Borders you can copy text or drag and drop files across computers.

See references for more official information and download

Greetings @ Burlington

El Bruno

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#Windows10 – Cleaning some disk space, Windows SDK and #dotnetcore installs

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I’m very careful with my disk space, however my C: drive in Windows 10 started to claim about low space. I got 3 disks on my machine, 2 SSDs and a regular one; and I always check to install all my software on my D: drive. So, that’s why running low space on C: was shocking.

So, I did a small check on the apps and contents using a lot of disk and I found 2 main sources

  • Windows 10 SDKs
  • DotNet Core SDKs and Runtimes

Every time a new version of Windows 10 is released, and I build a Windows 10 App, I get a new Windows SDK. Each one is around 2GBs, I got almost 20, so make your numbers.

Windows 10 Settings App and Features Apps sizes

Note: There is a cool feature to find usage space of installed apps by this, out of the box in Windows Settings.

The second one was related to .Net Core. I had a lot of versions installed, and every time I get a new update on Visual Studio 2019, it seems that I’m updating also my .Net Core SDKs. Right now, I only care about .Net Core 3, so it was time to uninstall all the others.

The official documentation ” How to remove the .NET Core Runtime and SDK” (see references) wasn’t very helpful. However, it was a good source to learn more about dotnet command, specially this one:

C:\> dotnet --list-sdks

This command list all the installed SDKs, and with a little of PowerShell scripting I manage to uninstall almost everything. Once I started this path, I also realize that the

$app.Uninstall()

command was not working, so a little search pointed me into an old article from Scott Hanselman, where he did a similar script to remove old .Net Core versions (see references).

The final script is

You can also get the ps1 file directly from GitHub here https://github.com/elbruno/Blog/tree/master/20191016%20Uninstall%20NetCore%20Versions

And a warning, the script will list all the installed dotnet sdks

And then, when the uninstall process start, we will require to confirm each uninstall action. Not very user friendly, but it get the work done!

Final advice is to repair the .Net Core 3 version, just in case something is missing.

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Burlington

El Bruno

References

#Microsoft – Insider Programs at Microsoft (thanks to @shanselman!)

Hi!

3 years ago, I wrote a post where I listed some of the Insider Programs at Microsoft.

Microsoft – List of almost all #Insider Programs (the ones I know …)

This was on 2016 November, and I added in the list Windows Insider, Office Insider, Visual Studio Insider, the almost dead Skype Insider and more.

Now thanks to Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) I found an official resource with all the Insider Programs at Microsoft.

Insider Programs at Microsoft

Up to today, we can find Bing, Edge, Office, Skype (still!), Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Windows and Xbox. Super cool!

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Burlington

El Bruno

#Python – How to create a Virtual Environment in #Windows10 (Easy one, and brain backup!)

Hi!

Quick post today, and mostly a reminder on how to create a Virtual Environment in Python in Windows 10. I’ve been doing this mostly in my Mac and my Raspberry Pi, and I always forget how to do this on Windows, so … I’ll write this post to have this

Install Python3.

Download the installers from the official Python source (see references). I usually install it on the root of my C: hard drive and name it with the version. In example: c:\Python37_64 folder.

Remember to also add this folder and the Scripts folder to the Environment Variables.

Note: Once you start to install tools which uses Python, your OS becomes a nightmare. You will have your own installed python, the version installed with Visual Studio, the one with Visual Studio Code, another one for Anaconda.

I’m not sure if this is a best practice or not, but I usually remove all the other versions and keep mines in the root of the C: drive.

Ok, let’s go on.

Install VirtualEnv

Let’s install virtualenv and the wrapper

pip install virtualenv virtualenvwrapper

Create new Virtual Environment

For a new virtual environment named “testEnv”, open a command prompt and navigate to the python folder. Then run the command

python -m virtualenv testEnv

After a couple of seconds, the virtual Environment will be installed, and you can use it by run the [activate.bat] script. In this example

  • The virtual environment will be created at [c:\Python37_64\testEnv]
  • The virtual environment activate script will be at [c:\Python37_64\testEnv\Scripts\activate.bat]

So the full command sequence is similar to this one

Now you have your virtual environment up and running and you may want to start to add your own packages or tools. Like in example: Numpy or to list the installed packages

Finally, you may leave the virtual environment with the command

deactivate

Happy Coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

Resources

#Personal – Amazing surprises managing the internet traffic at home #RaspberryPi #PiHole #Windows10

Hi !

A couple of days ago, my friend Luca (@lucavgobbi) told me about PiHole: A Network-wide Ad Blocking. Even better, let me copy the official description from their GitHub repo:

The Pi-hole® is a DNS sinkhole that protects your devices from unwanted content, without installing any client-side software.

Easy-to-install: our versatile installer walks you through the process, and takes less than ten minutes

Resolute: content is blocked in non-browser locations, such as ad-laden mobile apps and smart TVs

Responsive: seamlessly speeds up the feel of everyday browsing by caching DNS queries

Lightweight: runs smoothly with minimal hardware and software requirements

Robust: a command line interface that is quality assured for interoperability

Insightful: a beautiful responsive Web Interface dashboard to view and control your Pi-hole

Versatile: can optionally function as a DHCP server, ensuring all your devices are protected automatically

Scalable: capable of handling hundreds of millions of queries when installed on server-grade hardware

Modern: blocks ads over both IPv4 and IPv6

Free: open source software which helps ensure you are the sole person in control of your privacy

I setup this in an extra Raspberry Pi 3 that I have at home, and keep it running for the last couple of days. I was in shock when I realized that aprox 30% of my internet traffic is … not so good.

PiHole dashboard

One of the cool features of PiHole, os that you can work with their logs. So I decided to apply some very powerful Machine Learning algorithms to detects anomalies and strange behaviors.

In the meantime, I decided to read the logs, and make some filters just using Excel. And I found a lot of very strange urls. Today I’ll share some of the Microsoft ones.

So, in example, do you know what does this set of urls have in common?

  • location-inference-westus.cloudapp.net
  • licensing.mp.microsoft.com
  • watson.telemetry.microsoft.com

They are all Microsoft endpoints ! It seems that Windows 10 is sending a lot of diagnostic and other type of data. Lucky for us, most of this endpoints are well explained for each one of the Windows 10 versions. So, in example, I don’t use a lot of UWP apps, and it seems to me that the localization service does not need to send a lot of information, from a FIXED PC.

I decided to add some of this domains to the blacklist of domains and so far, so good. Windows is still working amazing, I enabled some of the urls so I can use also Visual Studio and Azure DevOps, and my user experience is still the same (with 30% less of traffic!)

So, I may want to also write about some domains I found other chatty devices uses like my Amazon Alexa, my Roku, and more … maybe in the next post! And kudos to the PiHole team!

Happy Coding!

Greetings @ Burlington

El Bruno

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