HELLO EVERYONE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Tonight I am going to be daring a Halloween Special with a tutorial on how to edit in Final Cut Pro using your mouth. For those of you who don’t know, I was paralysed from the neck down 18 years ago, which is why I get my breath from a ventilator which breathes for me, and I do my work with a chopstick and stylus because my arms, hands, and legs don’t work.

Final Cut Pro is a video editing app for Mac, which can be used with both professional film editing and YouTube videos.

You can get FCP on the App Store, and after you buy it, you’ll be able to find it by searching for it on Spotlight, or in Launchpad or in your Application folder in Finder.

Step 1: Create new Library, Event or Project

Each video you make is called a project, and these will be stored in events in your Library. To create a new project, you just have to go to file, new _ and there you will find options for Library, Event or Project. If you click the Project option, the next page you will be taken to is a page where you can choose a project name, where you can also change your Resolution and Format, and anything else that make your video the best.

Step 2: Import Media

To get started creating your video, you will have to import media, which you can do by going to file, Import; or Import or using Command I. Media can be imported from nearly everywhere other than your photos, but once you get it, you just have to click Import Selected.

Step 3: Start Editing

Now that you’ve got all your media imported, you can start editing. There are many different ways to edit _ from selecting a clip or audio and dragging to trim it down, using the blade tool if you want to use one part but not all of it, or adding in text (FCP has lots of title formats to choose from) or adding sound effects or music.

The editing you’ll use depends largely on what type of film you’re making, and you won’t use all of them on one video.

To use Blade, you’ll use the Blade option you’ll find in the drop down menu, or by using B or Command B.

You can also record voiceovers by clicking Window, Record Voiceover then clicking on the red circle labelled Input Gain, or by using Command Option 8.

When you are finished, you can Share by going to File Share, and there you will have the option of sharing as a Master File, or to Apple Devices, or to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo etc. The one I use most often is MasterFile.


Hey guys! First of all, sorry for not updating in forever. There’s still a few problems with the set up of the iRig Mic, and while I think I’ve got some stuff sorted, there’s still a few things I’m still not quite sure about. So this is only a review of what I think about the iRig mic from experience I have with it, and I will post Part 2 as soon as everything gets sorted.

On another note, on 31st October, I’m thinking of posting about how I edit, so if you like the accessible vibe of this blog, please comment if you would like that on Technology Reviews on Facebook, contacting @Phoebslyle on Twitter, or commenting below.

The Review

The iRig Mic Lav is a clip on microphone by IK Multimedia, and which can be used on iOS and Android. What makes it different to other versions is that it lets you plug in to iRigs to a single device, which you can also attach your headphones to. To switch between headphones and recording, you can switch the control between a labelled headphone unit, and a microphone setting.

You will need to order extra parts if you’re using it on iPhone X, and the same with the iPad Pro 11 inch. If you’re getting the iRig new, you will also have to register it.

What is my Experience with iRig Mic Lav / What are the Problems I’m Having?

I tried using the iRig Mic during a one-day Podcasting workshop I went to, and through that experience, I found it both accessible, and very good at capturing sound. However, setting it up at home has proven very difficult, mostly because I haven’t found any in-depth guides on how to make it work on iPhone X or the 11-inch iPad Pro. This is something I think IK Multimedia should fix in future with their setup guides.

Although it would be unfair to give the iRig Mic Lav my full judgement now, at the minute _ thinking of my experience with it and how hard it’s proving to set up _ I will give it ***.


Message from Phoebs

I am sorry to say that unfortunately I will not likely get to posting the review of the iRig Mic today, because of a problem with getting an email to help set it up. I promise I will post it as soon as everything is sorted, but again, I’m sorry about this message.

Apple Magic Keyboard Review

The Apple Magic Keyboard is one of the newest Bluetooth Keyboards from Apple, and available in silver. It is more thinner and lighter compared with earlier models, and has bigger keys with a stable scissor mechanism below each key, along with an optimised key travel and a low profile between each key. Now coming with a built-in rechargeable battery, there is no reason for buying and replacing batteries, as everything can be done by plugging it into your computer. At the back, you get your order number, but with a service that can make it sit wherever is possible. So what else is there to say about it?

The box that the Magic Keyboard comes in has the product title on top, with an included image of the actual keyboard below. Like every other Apple Product, their logo is at the side, but non-like some Apple products, there’s no information at the back. The only bit of advice I’d give to Apple to improve their boxes in future is to include a handle at the side, so that physically disabled reviewers can feel like they’re taking part in the full unboxing experience.

The first thing you see when you open the box is the Magic Keyboard itself, but when you pull it out, you see it comes with Lightening USB cable, with a quick start up guide . There is a bit of plastic for sliding the keyboard out, but like what I said about the box, I would love if Apple could introduce a bigger one of these in future, as it would also help with making physically disabled reviewers feel more involved.

To pair the keyboard up, you press the small Bluetooth connection button at the top, before going to System Preferences on your mac, going into Bluetooth, and from there, clicking on your keyboard. But if you would prefer an easier way, you can plug your USB connector into the keyboard and into your mac, and it will pair automatically within seconds.

Depending on how often you use it, you could go about a month without needing to charge, though this could be less if you work on it daily, and it takes about 2 hours to charge, but you can still use it while it is charging.

It can be bought through Apple for £99.

I’ve had a few months to get used to the keyboard, so what are my thoughts on it overall? The scissor mechanism makes typing a whole lot easier, and the bigger keys make everything a whole lot easier to see. I had problems before pairing it of needing to press two buttons at the one time, but my normal One-Button-Click system worked as soon as I got it paired, and while some don’t like the bigger arrow keys, I’m personally happy with them. The only bit of criticism I have is on how you have to slide out the cover and the keyboard, but the main set up is fine.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️