Getting a New Desk

I'M FINALLY GETTING A NEW DESK! If you read my last blog post, I talked about having a tight and messy setup, and that an actual desk instead of a fold up table would be really nice. The desk I got is L shaped, which would work fine for me since I can put my 2 monitors in the corner. It's not as wide as the table I'm using right now, but that doesn't matter. 

I got it for $120 off of Amazon, MUCH cheaper than I expected them to cost, AND I got 1 day free shipping. After taxes it was $128.69. I'm excited to use it when it comes tomorrow, and I'm crossing my fingers that it won't come in broken or that it won't be cheap quality. My friend recommended it to me since he has the same one, so since I've seen it in person I'm trusting it. 

I Need a New Setup...

My current computer setup is very messy. Cords are every where but at the same time everything feels pretty tight. I have everything on a heavy duty fold up table, but its pretty old and some parts of the paint/plastic is warped, so I cant put my keyboard on it without the weird bump in the way. I recently got a shelf thing that's meant for making another "shelf" where you would put a monitor on, and usually it's used for when you want to stand and use your computer. I use it since I don't to keep looking down at my monitors as it hurts my neck. Unfortunately the stand can mostly fit only 1 monitor or laptop, but I have 2 lap tops on it and then speakers beside it to help hold up the lap tops. I'm hoping to find a new desk, but those could cost a lot.

Using Keyframes in Audition

Keyframes are very useful in the Multitrack for editing a podcast with a ton of clips consisting of music, intros, outros, ads, etc.
With keyframes, you can manage the volume of a selected track. I personally use it a lot for music, as sometimes I want it to be loud when someone isn't talking or quiet when someone is talking, and to fade up or down between clips.

Here's an example of how I'm using it for a podcast episode:

This is the end of the episode, and at the end the host gives an outro, and I play music in the background as she wraps up the episode. You'll see a little yellowish-whitish line follow the music track (the purple track) as the host talks. When she's done speaking, you'll see the arrow pointing to 2 little dots, moving the line up. This means the volume will increase at that point, then I let it stay louder until the music ends.

You can add keyframes by left clicking the line on the file in the track. 

My Setup For Videos

Here's my setup for when I record videos or livestream with my camera:

I have 2 neewer lights, which I use to brighten up my face. Usually I only use one at a time, so I can choose between which side of my face I want brightened up. I also have colored filters I can cover the lights with, so then my face can brighten with any color I want. Sometimes I will use both lights if I use 2 different colors for a cool effect.

I have the 2 monitors, the left one for my main display, and the right one I use to see chat, my stream stats, and streamlabs obs.

I have an audio technica at2020 microphone on a stand that I can stretch or swing in front of me.

you can see my canon T2i camera on the right, which is on a stand I'm borrowing from my brother. I need to keep it upsidedown so it doesn't detect my face and put a weird white box overlay.

Of course I have my keyboard and mouse on the bottom. The mouse is a red dragon gaming mouse, and the keyboard is made by Phantom but with custom keycaps and brown switches.

Setting up my Canon Rebel T2i Camera

After I got the capture card to work, I then had the issue of a ton of camera settings being overlaid, like the focus, aperture, and lighting stuff in general. I googled and watched a ton of videos on how to use the settings of the camera. 

After about 15 minutes, I managed to remove all of the overlays except for one: Whenever the camera detects a face or a moving object it should focus on, it displays a white box over the the face or object. I didn't wanna have to sit completely still when taking videos or streaming with the camera, so I went back to google search and tried to find a way to fix it. 

It seemed there was no way for me to remove it in the camera settings. Some people said you could install a sort of plugin onto the SD card for the camera, but my computer doesn't have an SD card port, so that's impossible for me unless I buy a converter. I looked even further, and someone said what they did to remove it was flip the camera upside down, since it can't detect faces that way, but this only works for some cameras. I tried it myself, and it worked! Luckily, I had a good stand for the camera that can get a good camera angle upside down, and still stand up.