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Razvan Mircea

About Razvan Mircea

Author at www.meisio.com. Interested in computers, Internet, gaming, food, living and fun, and of course, I am writing about them. Currently living in Barcelona Area, Catalunya, Spain.

General (bad) thoughts about YouTube publishing

It has been almost 2 months since I have first started publishing videos on YouTube and get to understand the platform better.

My first impressions are:
- It is a jungle out there, even if you have the best content ever, chances are, your videos will be missed big time since there are millions of channels.
- I believe that over 90% of the channels are created by people with no real clue about what is going on. A lot of children (even under 10 years old) are publishing their content, even things which should not be shared publicly. It makes me wonder where are their parents…
- A lot of people are trying to exploit the YouTube platform, for money benefits of course, I am not trying to be xenophobic but a lot of them are coming from Russia. There are channels with thousands of subscribers but no videos posted – isn’t this a red flag for YouTube?
- Making money online starting from scratch, especially on YouTube, is a mirage, you are better off working on a conventional job. If you are trying to succeed out there, your mission should be to learn new skills like video editing, communication, lighting, filming, etc., not making money. Prepare for a very long run.
- Video editing can be costly, if you will use apps like Adobe Premiere Pro or Photoshop CC your return of investment will have to wait a long time. Of course there is cheaper software, but you will not have the same results like with the one mentioned;
- There are also a great deal of channels which are trying to encourage you or teach you how to succeed on YouTube, please read the community opinion on them, also, they before jumping to take their advice, have a look at the success on their channel and how they apply themselves the teachings. It is not a rule that a big channel is always right.
- Making your first REAL 100 / 200 / 500 subscribers is just hardcore…

Quick updates about my channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAmE2TXadPvh2Jtk9RWOgfw (Meisio, music & ambience from World of Warcraft)
Current number of subscribers: 191, a raise of 19 subscribers in 3 weeks from 172.
Current number of views: 1764. It means that in 3 weeks I have made 635 views (from which probably 30-40% are mine).
Number of new videos published in the 3 weeks period: 11.
There are many other metrics which I can compare, but I don’t think I can make a point by doing this at the moment.

Conclusions:
- I must have more patience, the results on YouTube are definitely on a long term. I am still waiting for a breakthrough, for a revelation.
- I have definitely improved but the progress seems to be really small. The real improvement is skill wise, my video editing skills are beginning to be decent.

Thank you and I will see you soon.

The beginning of my YouTube experience

It’s been a really long time since I have updated my web-site. It is because I wanted to post only quality information, 100% tested and flawless.
Because of all these standards and pressure, I forgot that I can have fun with my web-site. I am going to fix that…
I am going to share with you my YouTube experiences as a beginner. I will try to grow a channel with ZERO knowledge about YouTube publishing.
I have created a channel about two of my passions: gaming and ambience music. Since there is not a lot of time for gaming anymore (since I am a father of two), the only game I could think of was World of Warcraft – a game which I have played a lot during my twenties.

So the channel’s name is MEISIO of course and it is about music and ambience of a massive MMORPG, called World of Warcraft (in short WoW).

Follow me through my experience, as I will try to share everything, all my struggles, the good and the bad.

Channel’s name: MEISIO
Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAmE2TXadPvh2Jtk9RWOgfw
Genre: Ambience & Music, Games (World of Warcraft)

Thank you and wish me luck!
Meisio's on Channel YouTube

Image Processing Automation with Adobe Photoshop

Image processing automation with Adobe Photoshop

Adding content is one of the most challenging activities in an E-commerce web site. As a part of the content, images are playing a very important role. “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Yes, by using the best images to show your products, you can improve greatly the conversion. Add as many as you can, but keep in mind that it will affect your page loading speed.

I am going to show you bellow how can you make your life a bit easier in terms of image processing. Usually, your brand manufactures will provide you hi-resolution product images (landscape or portrait), which need to be modified / cut according to your web design requirements.

Premise: For my example I will assume the following:

- Images are delivered in 300 ppi (points per pixel) in CMYK colour mode, saved as TIFF file format;
- The size of the images is larger than what we need with an aspect ration close to 4:3 (most common SD size).

What result should we obtain

We need to use Adobe Photoshop to modify our images for a 800×600 pixel in 72 ppi resolution and save them in a JPG format.

To work

We will use Actions and Automate Batch techniques to make this process repetitive and very fast to process. You can see the Actions Panel by accessing the Menu > Window > Actions or by pressing the ALT + F9 short-cut (PC or Mac). The Automate Batch option is found on Menu > File > Automate > Batch.

To start an automation process we need to determine first what are the necessary steps to be followed when processing a single picture. These process will be applied to all our images. And we can do that by analyzing our image requirements. We need to:
- resize / crop the image at 800x600x72 ppi resolution
- convert the picture from CMYK to RGB colour space
- save the image into a JPG format

For this example you can find the source picture here (it is 4288 x 2848 pixels x 300 ppi TIFF image, saved in CMYK colour space).

By analyzing your starting image you will notice that your aspect ration is different than what it is required: 4288 divided by 2848 (pixels) is 1.5 different than 4 divided by 3 which is 1.333. So the source image is a 3:2 aspect ratio, not a 4:3 aspect ratio, it means that your final image will be cropped and some details (the left and / or right of the image) will not be shown.

  1. Lets open our test image in Adobe Photoshop CS6, open the “images to be processed\source” folder, select our first image.
  2. Access the Actions Panel (see above ALT + F9), create a New Actions Set Folder (click the small icon on the bottom of the Actions Panel which looks like a folder icon) and rename it as Automation.Actions Panel
  3. Start recording your actions from now on, by creating a New Action (click the small icon on the bottom of the Actions Panel, which looks like a file icon) and rename it as Image Processing, after that press Record button.
  4. Convert your image from CMYK to RGB colour space by using Menu > Image > Mode > RGB Colour.
  5. Access Image Size information panel by going into Menu > Image > Image Size… (by pressing the keyboard shortcut ALT + CTRL + I on PC or by pressing ALT + COMMAND + I on Mac).
  6. Modify the Resolution number (in Document Size Group, middle) from 300 Pixels / Inch in 72 Pixels / Inch.Image Size Panel
  7. Now the most important setting: in Pixel Dimensions Group (top), find the most closest to your value size and modify it with your required value. In our example, once I have modified the document size resolution in 72 pixels/inch, the width became 1029 pixels and height became 683 pixels. My required picture dimension is 800 x 600 pixels. So I will pick to modify the height which is closer to my 600 pixels value. And the image after resizing will be 903 x 600 pixels on 72 pixels / inch resolution.
  8. We need to crop the width from 903 pixels to 800 pixels, and we can do that by accessing the Canvas Size Panel (Menu > Image > Canvas Size… or by pressing the keyboard shortcut ALT + CTRL + C / ALT + COMMAND + C). The new Width is now 800 pixels and the only things left is to save the image into a JPG format in the “images to be processed/output” folder.Canvas Size Panel
  9. Save the file by using Menu > File > Save as… (SHIFT + CTRL + S or SHIFT + COMMAND + S shortcut) into a JPG file (you can pick your own quality here, depends on your hosting most of the time).
  10. And finally, you can stop recording your actions. Now you have a set of actions ready to be applied to all your images to be processed. Of course, you can add your own tweaks to your image-processing actions, what I have done here is just a demonstration.
  11. . To apply the Automate process is relatively easy. Access the Batch Automate by opening the Menu > File > Automate > Batch dialogue, select the Source Folder (my source folder is “images to be processed\source”) and after, select the Destination Folder (my destination folder is “images to be processed\output”) press OK and watch the magic happen.

With Actions Automation in Adobe Photoshop you can process hundreds of photos in just one minute, the hardest part is to structure your files and organize the Actions so they can be applied to your images. Of course, there are even more tricks that can be applied to make this automation easier, but I believe that is the best way to demonstrate for you to understand how it is done.

Popularity and Relevance: Two Metrics for a Better Search Engine Ranking

Popularity and relevance on Search Engines

What we understand by Popularity

- page / web site authority (PageRank for Google) calculated by the Search Engine
- social media impact
In short phrase: Popularity is what is measured outside your web site, how others see you. This is determined by comparing your metrics with other web sites from the same category as yours.

Couple of Relevance factors

- content (the quality of your page overall: information, page source etc.)
- language (declared page / web site language)
- domain / link name
In short: Relevance is what you can measure in your own page or web site. This is calculated by comparing your information with other information from relevant sources.

If for Relevance you can do something about it immediately (Conduct a keyword research and improve the quality of your content), then for Popularity is a bit different. Factors like authority and page rank are impossible to change in a short period of time, all you are left with is to work on Social Media impact. But don’t get me wrong: this can be very time consuming and costly too.

Creative Resume for Your Inspiration – Facebook CV Created with Microsoft Word (Free Download)

Creative Resume Facebook CV Built in Microsoft Word

Applying to jobs is a stressful and rather unpleasant period. But who says you cannot have a little fun? If you are a person who applies to creative jobs, there are ways to differentiate yourself from the crowd. To help you out, I want to share this free Facebook resume template with with you, hopefully you will get other ideas or you can use my template to create your own.

Any recruiter will require your Curriculum Vitae to be printable on an A4 paper in a Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx).
To create a resume which looks and feels like a Facebook profile can be challenging because:
- you need to work with pixels and centimeters, some of you might know, any web page is measured in pixels and your document needs to be printed on an A4 paper format (width: 21 cm x height: 29.7 cm);
- you need to adapt your professional experience to the Timeline (written with a more direct and relaxed language).

Okay, lets get to work

If we are analyzing a Facebook profile page, we notice it is split in 4 columns:

Facebook Profile Explained
  • 1. left side: general information like “About”, “Photos”, “Friends” etc;
  • 2. central side: the Timeline (here are presented in chronological order the lifetime events);
  • 3. right side: advertising area (part where Facebook is displaying ads);
  • 4. the very right side of the web site (Facebook Chat and last minute updates), which is only available on wide screens with large resolution.

Resizing the whole Facebook web site to fit into an A4 paper format will not work: images and especially the fonts will not be easy to look at or to be read. Eventually, the recruiters will get tired to read it and that can be a bad sign for you. So having a pretty resume is not the everything, you need to follow some basic readability rules like: fonts not smaller than 9 points (approximate 12 pixels, depends on browser, font and Operating System) and use only the printable area in the A4 page.

What I have done is just used the left and central side of the Facebook page since the right side is only advertising anyway.

Technical details (what you need to replace on the template)

How to use Format Painter in Microsoft Word

I tried to keep the image dimensions as close as possible to the reality, but some elements had to be resized. What you need to replace in the template is:

  • Cover image: 696 x 317 pixels
  • Profile picture: 163 x 163 pixels;
  • Header picture: 21 x 21 pixels;
  • Main post picture: 40 x 40 pixels;
  • Comment picture: 32 x 32 pixels;
  • Interests / Likes picture: 110 x 165 pixels;
  • Timeline portfolio picture: 420 x 315 pixels (can be any size in height, keep the 420 pixels size width;
  • And of course, the text with your information! Use Format Painter Tool to modify the text with your own.

Note: Dimensions are presented as width x height in points at a resolution of 72 Points Per Inch.
Dimensions of pictures in Facebook CV

Pros

  • A way to differentiate you from the crowd. Your CV is guaranteed to be read;
  • Fun to build it and you will learn a lot about Facebook page elements;
  • 100% compatible with the standards (You are able to include every section of a classic resume: Bio, Work Experience, Education, Interest and On-Field Activities).

Cons

  • If you decide to include a lot of pictures in your Curriculum Vitae (in the Timeline section), the file size can increase quite a lot (most of the recruiting web sites will require a Resume of maximum 1 Megabyte);
  • To customize this CV requires advanced Microsoft Word knowledge and some Adobe Photoshop skills (in the archive which you can download bellow I have included PSD files too, hopefully they can help you further more). Adding more companies in the CV will require some table manipulation, which has to be pixel perfect and that is not so easy to do.

Some things you need to consider

  • Having your resume so different can sometimes become “viral”. This is a bad idea when you are the type of person who likes the privacy or if you are currently employed and looking for another opportunity;
  • You might want to build a classic version of your CV as well, in case the recruiters will request it.

More tips

  • When writing the experience, remember that you have to do it like you are doing it in Facebook’s Timeline, letting your friends know about your lifetime professional events;
  • Be all the time creative but do not fall into ridiculous with the pictures used and information about yourself;
  • Use the left side column of your document to include more information about yourself: interests or skill set (but please keep it relevant: e.g.: you can say you like watching TV shows but do not list every TV show you are watching unless you consider it relevant for the job you apply);
  • Image optimization knowledge is useful: to know when to use PNG, GIF or JPEG format images can keep your Resume at a decent size and quality (as mentioned before, try to keep it under 1 Megabyte);
  • If necessary, change your name font color to black if your cover image is lighter.

Thank you for reading, you can download the CV template by clicking the DOWNLOAD BUTTON and if you liked my article please share it or leave a comment bellow.

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