- Tuesday, August 21, 2012
- Do you own a Samsung Wave 3? If so, you NEED this app!
Huge day today for us - our application trakAx MovieExpress is now available to purchase from the Samung App Store. trakAx MovieExpress is a totally new way to edit your movies, photos and audio. It is designed specifically for editing on mobile devices while on the move - so rather than fiddly controls and timelines, you can edit visually on the fly using mixing channels, almost like a mixing desk.
Check out the app on the app store and our website. We’ve got a few FREE copies to give away, so drop us a line in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook telling us why you should get a copy for your bada phone and be in with the chance to be one of the first people to have this revolutionary new app!
- Friday, August 17, 2012
- Do you own a small Business? This is the site you’ve been looking for!
Working with our customers over the last year or so, we have become aware that there is huge and growing demand from SME owners who are aspiring to implement online videos to help promote and market their company, products, and services. To support the small business sector, we have announced the release of our new website trakAxBusiness.com. The launch of trakAxBusiness coincides with the release of trakAxPC 4, our professional multimedia editing software. The goal of the site is to help business owners with little or no knowledge of video production create professional looking videos.
With this in mind, we developed our Video School which provides users with a step-by-step guide to capturing, editing and producing a promotional video with a limited budget and affordable equipment. There is an inspiration section which highlights how real companies in different industries are using video to promote and sell their product and services. It is our aim to build the site into a major resource center, where users can find helpful, insightful articles and real life examples, as well as being able to download extra features such as title intros, graphics, transparent PNGs, etc. to help in the video creation process.
With online marketing videos becoming more prevalent and quality HD camcorders available at affordable prices, we hope that trakAxBusiness.com will become an essential resource for business owners looking to develop a sophisticated media presence within a small-business budget.
If you are a small business owner, let us know what topics you would like covered and what we can do to help you make better videos for your small business!
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012
- Soundcloud and M4A files
As many of our users have noticed, in trakAxPC Version 4 we no longer support exporting files to MP3 (although we do of course support importing MP3 files). After much debate internally, we decided to make the M4A file format, our preferred format (this is also the desired file format for iTunes, iPods and many sites on the web).
Now for the technical bit - M4A stands for MPEG 4 Audio which is a popular file extension used to represent audio files and is compressed using MPEG-4 technology which is an algorithm with lossy compression. It is primarily associated with “MPEG-4 Audio Layer” and files in this extension are the audio layer of MPEG-4 movies (non-video).
Most people are familiar with MP3 and how it shrinks down the file size of songs and other audio files. M4A and MP4 do the same thing as MP3, but even better. Quality is better and file sizes are usually smaller than MP3 files. But unlike MP3, no licenses or payments are required to be able to stream or distribute content in M4A format (unlikeMP3 which requires you to pay royalties on content you distribute in MP3 format). This fact alone, is more than enough reason (due to the extreme cost savings) to use M4A files instead of MP3 files. In addition, M4A files tend to sound much better than MP3 files encoded at the same bitrate.
Now although we mainly market trakAxPC as a video tool, we know lots of our customers actually use trakAxPC as a audio editor and audio creation tool - especially for DJ mixes. Soundcloud is the number one place to share your mixes, get feedback and discover new music.There is some confusion on whether Soundcloud accepts M4A files or not. We have had no problem uploading and playing M4A files on Soundcloud in the past and just did a test earlier today to confirm this. The file below is a M4A mix Colm uploaded to Soundcloud:
As M4A is not listed officially on their website, I decided to ask Soundcloud for some clarification - I’ll let you know when we hear back.
For those users who really need their files in MP3, you can always convert your audio files to MP3 in iTunes. Full details are available from the link below:
If you’d uploaded something to Soundcloud recently, let us know in the comments - would love to check out your work.
- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
- New Maintenance Update Available To Download
We have just released a maintenance update which includes some bug fixes and performance improvements.
The update can be downloaded directly from the application. When you open up trakAxPC, you should be prompted to download and install the new update. You can also go to “Help” in the main toolbar and select “Check for Updates..” from the drop down menu.
The trakAx Team.
- Thursday, August 02, 2012
- Illinois High School Chooses trakAxPC
We are delighted that the Lyons Township High School - a large high school in Illinois, USA (Home of the Lions!) - has chosen trakAxPC as their multimedia software application for their PC labs. We are really looking forward to seeing what the kids in LTHS will produce with trakAxPC and we hope it will be a great resource for both students and teachers.
Many thanks to Lyons Township High School and if your school is interested in using trakAxPC in the classroom, please see our education page for more information and to avail of our educational pricing.
- Thursday, July 12, 2012
- User Feedback - “Amazing Program, Big ups!”
We received an email yesterday on our trakAx Facebook page from one of our users, Anna Wavep. She wrote to say “Hey TrakAx Team! As you were asking for feedback - this is my vimeo channel with all the videos I made using trakax PC. Thank you for creating such an amazing program! Big ups!”. The videos she has made are really cool and interesting and created using different camera’s such as the GoPro camcorder.
Why not check out her video channel on Vimeo and watch some of her videos below. Also, if you have created any great media content or videos, please feel free to share them with us. We would love to see and share them.
- Thursday, July 05, 2012
- Finally the wait is over - trakAxPC 4 is Live!
Version 4 is now available!!! We’re still working on the site, so a few things may look slightly off for a little while. Will post a full update later! Exciting times! ....See http://www.trakax.com/
We will also be sending details to all our current users in the next few hours with all the download details. However, if you can’t wait - download Version 4, there is no need to uninstall Version 3 and your copy will remain licensed.
We hope you enjoy and look forward to hearing your feedback,
The trakAx Team