December 27, 2010

Kim Komando answers your video, computer questions

OSKALOOSA — Q. I’m looking for an inexpensive, basic video-editing program. What do you recommend?

A. How about free? For video editing on a Windows PC, I recommend Microsoft’s Movie Maker. You can import video and photos. Then easily arrange the content on a timeline. You can also add a soundtrack or narration. Basic transitions and effects are included. Movie Maker comes free on Windows XP and Vista. For Windows 7, you can download Live Movie Maker for free. Visit Komando.com/news for a link. On a Mac, stick with iMovie. It is part of the iLife software suite. You can use it to make excellent home videos. It can even make semi-professional video.

Q. I’m getting my daughter an iPod touch. Is there a way to filter content in the Web browser?

A. The iPod touch has decent parental controls. However, it doesn’t include content filtering. The best you can do is turn off the Safari browser entirely. Fortunately, you can replace Safari with a new browser app. These browser apps can have advanced features like filtering. Mobicip ($5) is one of the best. You can control the filtering via an online account. It also lets you monitor what sites your daughter is accessing. Don’t forget to turn off Safari. Otherwise, your daughter can just use that instead. Visit Komando.com/news for a link to Mobicip and for help disabling Safari.

Q. I’m considering buying a MacBook Air. Should I get the new model? Or would an older, used model be ok?

A. An older, used model would be somewhat less expensive. You could probably save $500. However, the new model is a much better computer. It has a slimmer, stronger frame and additional USB ports. The display is sharper and brighter. And the components are generally higher quality. It will be faster and more responsive. For the money, it is a definite improvement. And it will last longer than a used model. That means you’ll get more for your money over the long term.

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