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Video Making on a Tablet

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When you talk about video making, the basic steps are the same no matter what tools you use. The point is not to sigh when you don’t have high-tech video making gears to make you videos. The point here is to make the best out of whatever you have in your disposal.

Start with what you have. A humble beginning goes a long way.

I didn’t start off with the expensive camera that I have now. When I started making videos on Youtube, I didn’t own much of what I used; I simply borrowed them. I borrow the camera and the tripod from friends.

For editing, I used the cheapest software that I could find. It is so cheap that it is free. I used Windows Live Movie Maker to start off with. It is simple, basic, and it fulfills what I needed. In fact, that software is complete enough if you want just basic video editing with no sophisticated effects or anything like that.

For vlogging purposes, basic video editing is enough. That is all that you need. Anything else is luxury. If you can afford luxury, th…

My Video Making Process

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Many have asked about how I make my Youtube videos, most of them are vlogs. I don't have a special technique for video making, so I would like to share my point of view on making videos. My method is fairly basic and it composes of 3 simple steps.

For this post, I would like to share with you how to make a vlog using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Not only that, I’m even writing this blog on the tab itself, because it’s just that convenient because of its size.

Step 1: Write

I don't record my vlogs spontaneously. I wish I could, but I guess that I don't have that ability, yet. But for now, I write a script for every video. At the very least, I would have bullet points of all the things I want to say in that video.

I would write the script while imagining in my head how I would "act it out" during the recording. I mentioned "act it out", but none of it is fake. My personality is in the script as much as it is in the video (or perhaps more in the video than in …

Pen and Paper

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People asked me about my ideas and where do they come from. I simply told them that my ideas come from anywhere, anyone, and at any time.

I find inspiration in anything that I can wrap my mind around. Our life experiences are full of inspirations and these inspirations are a goldmine of ideas. I believe we all have them. The difference between those who can harness these ideas into meaningful things and those who cannot is that those who can, usually write them down.

Therefore, it is always recommended to have a pen and paper wherever you go, because you don’t know when the next idea is going to pop up. But if you have a pen and paper handy, you will be ready to capture that idea when it catches you by surprise.

I am a bit traditional in that I prefer to use pen and paper over anything else. I like the sensation of writing things down. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the newer technology that I have in my hand.

I would sometimes use my phone as my “pen and paper…

Self-worth: My Beauty is a "Curse"

Assalamualaikum Mr. Aiman Azlan.

I've recently followed your blog since my friend forwarded a post you made that related to my experience. If possible, I'd like to inquire your help with my current situation, and first and foremost, I am grateful for it.

I am a 22-year old female. People say I have a fairly nice-looking physical appearance, but for me it is a curse. You see, because of this face, it attracts so many unwanted attentions and because of my previously failed relationships, I figured that people liked to see what this face have rather than what lies beyond just a face. And because of this face, I developed a fear of commitment and a fear of falling in love. I became insecure and prejudiced every time a man confesses his love for me.

I know this is a negative mindset but I really don't know what to do anymore.

Thank you for your help.

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Waalaikumussalam warahmatullah.

Thank you for your honest confession.

I think you have identified your problem when you s…

Education: Finding Passion Is Difficult

Assalamualaikum Brother Aiman,

I don’t know if you will read this, but I’ll have a go at it anyway.

After secondary school, I got into the engineering program. I had no idea why I picked that program because I had no interest in it. Maybe I was influenced by my peers in school, or maybe I was mesmerized by its “wow” factor. I mean, it’s engineering…come on.

In the beginning, I didn’t want to go into the program but my teacher asked me to give it a go. My teacher said that interest can be cultivated. But I ended up hating the program – I didn’t understand it, I couldn’t study, every night I called my mom wanting to go home, and my pointers were just enough for me to get by.

I didn’t want to waste my time there so I quit. Thankfully, my parents understood me.

But I had no idea what to do then. I had no idea what program to take. So I applied into anything that I found was easy. Sadly, none of my applications got through. 

I wonder why God did this to me. All my friends managed to get a place …

I Want To Repent, But...

Assalamualaikum.

My name is ##### and I am 17 years old.

My parents perform Solat (prayer). They told me to pray but I don't. I don't know why I don't pray. They sent me to Islamic school and I learned a lot about Islam, but I don’t practice it.

Could you please give me steps that I can follow to practice what I have learned and how can I open my heart to change my life to become a better Muslim? Could you suggest books that I can read?

I want to do Tawbah (repentance), but sometimes I feel maybe I shouldn’t do it yet. I am afraid that when I repent, I would still commit the same sins.

I hope that you can help me as much as you can. Thank you, Abang Aiman. I just need a listener that can listen without any judgment.

Thank you. Assalamualaikum.

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Waalaikumussalam.

Thank you for emailing me.

It doesn't matter what you did in the past. Let the past be in the past. Islam teaches us to repent and move on.

Focus on what you can do today in preparation for a better tom…