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How To: Use the Mirror Lock Up on the Canon 40D

In this video we learn how to use the Mirror Lock Up on the Canon 40D. First, press the shutter and lock up the mirror. Second, press down on the exposure. Do this with a remote if you have one or use the timer mode. To do this, turn it out of focus then turn it on two or ten second focus. Then your single press will open it up and then take the exposure so you don't have to press it twice. This should make your exposure turn out correctly, use this whenever you would like and enjoy taking pi...

How To: Restart a frozen iPod Nano (5th Gen) with the Menu & Center buttons

One problem that happens quite frequently with most Apple iPod products is freezing. Nobody likes a frozen screen, because you can't do anything! Well, if you have an iPod Nano (5th Generation), then this video will show you how to reset and restart it by pressing and holding the Menu and Center buttons. If you this doesn't work, you can try restoring the software via iTunes. If that doesn't fix the frozen iPod, then you'll need to contact Apple or a repair technician.

How To: Shoot night landscapes on a Panasonic G1 or GH1 camera

Learn how to optimize a G1 or GH1 digital camera for night shooting. Whether you're the proud owner of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 or DMC-GH1 micro four thirds digital camera or perhaps just considering picking one up, you're sure to like this free video tutorial, which presents a complete overview of how to shoot terrific nighttime landscapes with a G1 or GH1 camera. For more information, including detailed instructions, watch this digital camera user's guide.

How To: Fix an iPod with corrupted files on a Windows PC

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to fix an iPod with corrupted files on a Windows PC. To fix the corrupted files on an iPod, users will be resetting their iPod. Begin by holding the center and Menu button for about 10 seconds until the screen on the iPod turns black. Then immediately hold the center and Play/Pause button until a check mark appears on the screen. To prevent an iPod from getting corrupted files, do not disconnect an iPod when it is connected to the computer. This video...

How To: Easily reset your iPod Nano

Need to reset your Apple iPod Nano but don't know how? Lucky for you the process could not be any simpler. It's so easy, in fact, that this video tutorial presents a complete and thorough overview of the reset process in under a minute's time. Unstick a stuck Nano with this how-to.

How To: Clean your game disc, DVD or CD with household items

In this instructional video, the young host demonstrates an excellent method for cleaning your DVD's, CD's, and Game discs using simple, easily found items that you always have laying around your house. The toothpaste he uses acts as a super mild abrasive (almost exactly the same that is used in professional kits, except they don't get the benefit of a minty fresh smell) that removes minute dirt and debris that gets stuck on the disc. When cleaning your discs, be sure to rub the toothpaste in...

How To: Skip previews and ads on your DVD players

Remember the last time this happened to you? You got home, put on a DVD to watch, and got stuck watching about 12 trailers and ads before you even got to the movie. Pressing the menu button didn't help, and you felt powerless against the MPAA. Well, check out this tip from CNET. All you have to do the next time you pop in your DVD is the following: 1. Play DVD. 2. When the trailer starts, click Stop twice. 3. Then click Play. Voila! The DVD will now play your movie.

How To: Fix a frozen iPod in 55 seconds

You can fix a frozen iPod fairly quick. All you have to do is hold the menu and action buttons until your screen goes black. The top button on the click wheel is the menu button and it says menu. The button in the center of the click wheel is the action button. When you hold both of those buttons the screen goes black after a few seconds. What it is actually doing is restarting the iPod. It will take about 55 seconds for the iPod to reboot and when it does it will work fine again.

How To: Deep clean your vinyl LP records with steam

This video shows a method of cleaning LP records using steam. He uses a Perfection steamer and a record cleaning machine with vacuums, along with a set of brushes, Disc Doctor cleaner, and laboratory grade water. He uses distilled water in the steamer. He turns the turntable on, applies the cleaner, spreads it with a brush, and applies the steam while the record turns. After the steaming is done, he continues rubbing it with the brush, and turns on a vacuum. Next he runs the steamer of the re...

How To: Replace a 1st generation iPod nano battery

This video shows you how to disassemble a first generation iPod nano so you can replace the battery. You will need a soldering iron and need to do some electronic soldering so make sure you're comfortable with soldering or have practiced a bit beforehand. Be careful or you'll be buying a new Nano! Replace a 1st generation iPod nano battery.

How To: Download audiobooks on your iPod

This video shows you how to download an audio book from the iTunes store and import it into your iPod, focusing on Macs. It demonstrates how to find the audio book you want, buy it, sync it with your iPod, and how to listen to the audio book once it is on the iPod. Download audiobooks on your iPod.

How To: Put an Apple iPod Classic into diagnostic mode

Need some help figuring out how to put your Apple iPod Classic into diagnostic mode? It's easy! And this iPod user's guide will show you how it's done. It's so easy, in fact, that this video guide can present a complete, step-by-step overview of the process in under four minutes. For details, and to get started testing and troubleshooting your own iPod, take a look.

How To: Fix an iPod that shifts from logo to battery warning

This video shows how to fix an iPod which is stuck in a loop between battery warning to the apple logo. You will learn how to fix your iPod by watching this video. The procedure used in this video is to sync the iPod to the computer. Lock the iPod in disconnect mode so you can let it charge. You then wait for it to charge. You then tell I-tunes to restore the iPod to factory settings. If these steps don't work you need to replace the battery.

How To: Set up a mini hidden camera easily

This video shows you how to set up and hide mini wireless spy camera. Where you put it is up to you. Who you spy on is up to you. If you're wanting to keep an extra set of eyes on someone, watch and learn. Whether it's your bathroom or kitchen, put your eyes on the prize.

How To: Connect your personal computer to your digital TV

Have you ever wanted to watch content from your PC on your digital TV? This step-by-step guide makes it simple to understand and do. The video tells you exactly what you need in order to make this happen. You will need either a VGA connector cable or an HDMI cable, (if your PC supports it) or possibly a MINI to RCA audio cable. The video shows you the rest of the way and how to configure your TV and PC.

How To: Hack a VHS Camcorder into a Night-Vision Headset

Watch as Kipkay hacks a bulky VHS camcorder and turns it into a night vision headset. This video tutorial will show you that old technology can still be useful in today's world. Just think, you might not have ever been able to see in the dark corners of the night without this hacked VHS camcorder. Night vision isn't just for the military, it's for you, and me, and your dog...

How To: Transmit files wirelessly on the Canon EOS 7D

You can easily share and transport your photo and videos on the Canon EOS 7D by using the wireless file transmission option. See exactly how sharing and downloading your files to computers and other devices works in this video. When the digital SLR camera is combined with the WFT-E5A Wireless File Transmitter, transmitting is easy.

How To: Digitize VHS tapes to burn to a DVD

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to convert VHS tapes to DVD. Users will need a computer with an analog input or an external converter. If the computer has an analog converter, simply connect the RCA cord from the VCR to the computer. If the computer does not have an analog input, connect it to the converter with the USB/fire wire cable. Then connect the RCA cable to the VCR and external converter. Now open a video editing software and capture the video from the VCR by pressing play....

How To: Unlock a locked iPod

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to unlock a locked iPod. Begin by connecting the iPod to your computer. It should fix itself automatically. If it doesn't press the Start button and select Control Panel. Click on Appearance and Personalization. Under Folder Options, select Show hidden files and folders. Check the box that says "Show hidden files and folders". Click Apply and then OK. Go to My Computer and open the iPod device. Select the Controls folder and click on Device. Delete th...

How To: Solder speaker lead wires

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to solder speaker lead wires. Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal into the joint. Viewers are shown how to solder speaker lead wires to the terminals. This video also shows how to solder two wires together and how to solder a wire to a slip on terminal. This video will benefit those viewers who want to learn how to solder and be able to repair other electronic devices.

How To: Hook up a digital-to-analog converter box

Are you still watching television with an analog signal? If so, your TV may no longer work after February 17th, 2009. There is one easy fix to this problem though. There are many different kinds of convertor boxes out there, and the government is offering forty dollar coupons that you could use to get these digital-to-analog (DTV) converter boxes.