Jerry’s Tech Tips and Tricks

I’ve started a new series of videos on YouTube where I document random tech tips and tricks that I’ve learned after being stumped by something. Share the knowledge, that’s my motto.

Hi, I’m Jerry J. Davis

YouTube encourages channel owners to make an “about me” video to be shown to first time visitors. This is the one I just created.

Perks of a Tech Vlog

One of the perks of having had a viral tech video with over a million views (which by today’s standard is not that spectacular, really) is that you make it onto lists of manufacturers to send you products to review. This means I occasionally get my hands on fun tech toys before they’re generally available. For example, this awesome little Alexa-powered clock:

Studio Quality Video on a Shoe String

A professional video can cost tens of thousands of dollars, or more. Much more. But it doesn’t have to…

This is my latest video for my day job. My equipment and software setup costs were less than half of what you would spend going to a dedicated video production company, and that’s a one time expense.

Being that digital marketing is now mostly about video, and your best strategy is to pump out constant (relevant) video content, producing them yourself is the only real choice for a lot of small and midsized companies.

The right computer, software, camera, microphone, an iPad-based teleprompter, a few lights, and a green screen is all I used to make what looks like a full studio production. None of them are what you’d consider “pro” equipment.

When in doubt, add a cat

I always want to add an entertaining element to my videos, but was a bit challenged when it came to making a video about this speaker. The serendipitous solution was my cat, Peeps.

Smart Elevators Talking in a Chat Room

My weekend video project. Bet you’ll never look at an elevator the same way again.

Am I Obsolete?

It’s me again, being a front man for my day job. Next time, though, it’s someone else’s turn in front of the lens.

What is this, and why does it break?

My latest video for my day job, I have had to redo this several times because of product name changes. Hopefully this one will stick. And continue breaking.

Watching the Winter Wind

Rain on top of thick river ice, and some blustery winter weather, made a living painting that I simply had to capture. Enjoy!

Making Elevator Buttons Fun

I take this as high praise: “Dude, who would have thought that a video on elevator buttons could be fun to watch.” ~ Dan Leadbetter

My Star Wars Video

I made this for my day job back when the last Star Wars movie came out. Being that Rogue One is being released today, I thought it might be a good time to showcase this here:

Keep Calm and Let The Digital Marketing Manager handle it

If you’re using Final Cut Pro, there’s no excuse not to start using a green screen. Muy sencillo!

Some of my Slick Corporate Work

I had a hand in creating this series. I helped write the script, did some of the editing, and it even features some of my footage.

The Alexa Family Just Got A Cousin

FABRIQ of Canada was nice enough to send me a couple of their new little rechargeable WiFi/Bluetooth speakers featuring Amazon’s Alexa built in, which puts them in direct completion with Amazon’s own products. But these have a standout feature which actually boosts them above and beyond, and that’s the fact that they will link up with each other.

One thing I’ve discovered since putting this video together is that, at least on Mac systems, the groups of synced FABRIQ speakers show up as an option for sound output, somewhat like Apple Airplay speakers.

I am liking them so far!

Google Home and Amazon Echo: Best Friends!

Lord knows I love my gadgets. Good to know they love each other as well.

Music in this video is by Zoe Keating and Lokumu. <3

The Chicago Cubs Finally Won

I am not a huge baseball fan, but a lot of the people I work with are, and I made this video with them (using simple still shots and some creative Final Cut Pro editing) to celebrate the historic occasion:

Halloween Videos 2014 and 2016

I made these for my day job, just for fun, and they weren’t hard because Apple’s iMovie did all the heavy lifting for me. All I had to do was plan and take the shots.

2016

2014

Eleven Days on Earth

The Goddess Synchronicity is very unhappy with Jon August…

The Truth about Amazon Echo

Yes, I’ve discovered the truth behind the Amazon Echo … and it may not be what you’d expected.