Using Canva for Video

Our last post highlighted Snagit as an image and video editing tool, so we thought we’d highlight another popular graphic editing tool – Canva. You may have used Canva as an image editing tool, but did you know it can also edit videos?

If you aren’t familiar with Canva, you may want to start with this introductory webinar and article to get an overview.

The Canva: Getting Started webinar goes into more detail about Canva basics and starting a design from scratch.

The next video/article in the series, Canva: Graphic Design, focuses on more advanced concepts to make eye-catching designs and collaborate with teams.

When you are comfortable creating and editing still images, you can dive into the new video-creation features Canva has to offer intermediate users. Tech-Talk created two webinars about creating video in Canva:

Have you tried making videos in Canva? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Snagit: Image Editor, Video Editor, and more!

Snagit is an inexpensive graphic tool that offers lots of features for capturing and editing images and videos. While there is no completely free version of the software, there is a free trial on offer. If you decide to purchase the software, it is a one-time fee to install it on up to two computers.

Because there are so many features in Snagit, the folks at Tech-Talk covered it in three separate webinars.

Snagit: Capture Screens and Edit Images provides an introduction to this tool for beginners.

Part I covers:

  • Move and remove parts of the image with autofill
  • Add Callouts: arrows, shapes and speech bubbles
  • Use the Step tool to document workflows or a series of steps
  • Blur or pixelate sensitive parts of an image

Part II covers:

  • Swap specific colors with the replacement tool
  • Rearrange items in your screenshot with Smart Move
  • Use Perspective to view your image at a different angle
  • Customize the Ribbon and create Quick Styles to get to your favorites faster

Have you tried Snagit? Let is know what you think of it or share your favorite image and video editors in the comments.

Email Scams Part 2 – 4 Ways to Protect Your Computer and Files

In an earlier post, we highlighted a Tech-Talk article with tips for identifying scam emails. Beyond being careful about clicking a link in a questionable email, there are some things you can do right now to protect your computer from becoming compromised in the event a scam evades detection.

One thing you can do is to make sure your device’s operating system and its apps/software are up-to-date. This means actions like performing Windows Updates when prompted or checking the app store to make sure your apps are all updated to the latest version.

For more tips on securing your computer and files from scams, check out this Tech-Talk article and video. If you have questions about how to use any of these tips, please let us know in the comments or contact the Reference Desk at the library, 518-477-7476, option 5.

Dump the Literal Approach to Images

Images do a great job of helping written ideas to be understood. Often, writers search for an image that literally depicts they subject they are discussing. However, an image that directly shows your subject may not be as engaging as one that simply reinforces the idea of what you are writing about.

To learn more, check out this Tech-Talk article about thinking outside the box when choosing images to pair with written content. If you are prompted for a username and password, both are eglibrary.

Read New York Times Articles Online for Free!

Thanks to NOVELNY, all New York State residents now have access to full-text New York Times articles online. Residents can even get today’s articles! Unfortunately, images and the original newspaper layout are not included in the article view.

How do I find today’s articles?

You can get to the New York Times search page directly, or you can find the link with our other digital resources at

Click on the “advanced search” link just below the box. The next page is full of possible search filters, but we are going skip down to the “search limiters” section to the date area.

By default, the date is set to all dates. Click the “on” button to enter a specific date. Note that the first field is for the day and the second is for the month.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “search.”

On the results page, you can scroll down to browse articles or apply the filters shown on the right to refine your results:

Click on the title of an article to read it.

Try it today and let us know what you think in the comments!