How To Upload Full-Size Videos On Instagram Stories

When you record a full-size video as an Instagram story by holding and pressing on Normal, the video would only record up to 14-15 seconds. I use an iPhone 6 Plus and I would notice even at the maximum of 15 seconds the full-size video would freeze and disappear and I could not add any text or emoji to it.

Sometimes I find it makes sense to record a single longer video using the iPhone’s camera options rather than recording it via Instagram’s Add Story options. However, even if you record a shorter video on the iPhone camera and subsequently add it as an Instagram story, you would find that Instagram story feature does not support full-size videos and you end up with cropped ones instead. Here is my solution to uploading full-size videos as Instagram stories.

In the following video, I would be splitting a 50-second video into 4 parts so it would still meet the time limit for the IG story. In order to do this, I would need to duplicate a 1 50-second video into three more. I do this by selecting the full-size video and choosing Duplicate.

 

 

 

Now that I have all four videos, the next step would be to go to CropVS to re-orient the video to make it fit for Instagram story sharing. I recommend going to CropVS first rather than trimming the video on iMovie because iMovie automatically crops the video once you trim it and it doesn’t look good. CropVS, on the other hand, has “fit width” and “fit height” options and it results in a full-size video once shared as Instagram story. In the video below, I selected the first 50-second video from Camera Roll and CropVS compresses it. After CropVS compresses the video, all I do is tap on Share and wait for the app to render the video and the full-size reoriented video is instantly saved to my Camera Roll.

 

 

 

Now that I have the full-size reoriented video from CropVS, I would click on Edit and choose iMovie. From there I would trim the video to the first 11-15 seconds.

 

 

 

Having gone through the full-size reorientation in CropVS and trimmed process in iMovie, it’s time to share it on Instagram as a story.

 

 

 

I repeated the process for the other 3 duplicate videos. Here is how it showed up on my Instagram story:

 

 

 

You can actually select CropVS from the Edit part on your Camera Roll. However, I would not suggest doing that because it crops the full-size video to a miniature version. Here’s an example:

 

 

 

I recommend opening the CropVS mobile app first and selecting the video from there.

Video of my mother and my niece is taken by my youngest sister whose voice is also heard on the video.

CropVS has in-app purchases so you may get watermark on your videos if not upgraded. iMovie is a free mobile app pre-installed with your iPhone, of course. Instagram is a free mobile app.

 

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Hello, Yellow Cab & Max’s Group. Will You Ever Reimburse Me?

In two months’ time I will have commemorated my 1 year anniversary of not having been reimbursed by Yellow Cab. Someone once told me no matter how insignificant the amount owed may be, you still have to get back what’s yours.

On August 6, 2016, I ordered via Yellow Cab’s mobile app. An error appeared when I clicked through the payment gateway – it rejected the transaction on the grounds that my card did not have sufficient balance. Well, I checked before I ordered so I was sure I had enough on my reloadable prepaid card (it was the RCBC Mercury Drug MyWallet Visa Card). However, when I checked my balance and transaction history in my RCBC AccessOne mobile app, I saw the amount due for the Yellow Cab order had been deducted.

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I contacted Yellow Cab’s customer support and they sent me a screenshot of their system indicating the transaction I made using the MyWallet Visa card was rejected.

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By September 18, 2016 I had to contact RCBC’s Customer Support because I was still not refunded the amount. October came and RCBC had not replied. If you don’t proactively follow up with them, they’d forget it about it. Out of sight, out of mind.

By October 29, 2016, RCBC’s Customer Support told me that according to their ATM center, they could no longer do a reversal because the amount had already been remitted to the merchant. After that date, all subsequent e-mail exchange had been between Yellow Cab or a representative of the Max’s Group as they are collectively called and I.

On November 1, 2016 I had to send a follow-up e-mail to Max’s Group because my October 29th e-mail was ignored. Jharry from Customer Care replied that they will be coordinating with their merchant bank and that “Rest assured that we are with you in monitoring this concern.”

Silence. On November 17, 2016, I decided to send a follow-up e-mail. No reply. On November 21, 2016, I reiterated my request for an update. NOTHING. On December 2, 2016, I sent an e-mail again. I did get a reply on December 3, 2016 that they have not received a reply from their merchant bank yet. Sure. My December 28, 2016 and January 25, 2017 e-mails were ignored.

Thank you so much, Max’s Group, for ignoring me.

 

 

 

 

Alex Wallet Purchased From Instagram Seller

We all know not only is Instagram a great place for sharing photos but it has also been a burgeoning marketplace mainly because of its straightforward marketing capabilities, rivaling Facebook at that. I have purchased from Instagram resellers for a few years already and with some of the sellers I’ve done repeat purchases. The purchases I made from Instagram sellers were mainly beauty/hair products, smartphone accessories, food products and wallets. It is for the wallet department that I want to raise awareness about so other Instagram users can be made aware.

Sometime in April this year I made a purchase of the popular Alex wallet. It supposedly holds more cards than the regular wallet I had. I had seen the Alex wallet before from Instagram sellers I have followed and after a year it was still being advertised. Determined to purchase the Alex wallet at the time, I painstakingly looked through my backup OneDrive gallery to look for the screenshot I took of a few Philippine resellers who were advertising it. Browsing through hashtags for Alex wallet PH was easier though because the results gave me the updated resellers.

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Transaction was swift and soon I received the Alex wallet I purchased at PhP400. However, I did not even use it for more than a month when I opened the portions with zippers and found that from the inside the thin brown cloth lining it had been torn.

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I finally decided to purchase the card wallet at Daiso Japan two days ago and it holds the same number of cards as the Alex wallet one. For PhP88 it does seem to hold the promise of being more reliable than the Alex wallet which I purchased for almost 4x its price.

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Cooking Dash Daily Goals Cheat Sheet

When you’ve completed most of the shows in Cooking Dash and just want to earn additional free gold in Daily Goals, it can be cumbersome to do trial and error to finish the required task. Not too long ago I’ve come up with a small cheat sheet for Cooking Dash Daily Goals. These are the most common tasks in Daily Goals that I have repeatedly accomplished. I saved myself the trouble of trial and error by listing some of them. Not a complete list but this will definitely help save you time and supplies. An IMPORTANT NOTE to remember, though, is a required number in a daily goal can sometimes only be achieved by using that particular show’s own VIP/Auto Chef as opposed to using either Cray Teaque or Richard Loco Moco. I would use either of the two especially if I have not purchased the show’s VIP/Auto Chef yet, which sometimes require I play the episode again in order to reach the daily goal.

Grilled Steak in Barnyard BBQ – S1E4

Corn on The Cob in Barnyard BBQ – S2E2

Blueberry Flapjacks in Country Fried Cabin – S2E4

Corned Beef Hash in Country Fried Cabin – S4E2

Country Biscuits in Country Fried Cabin – S1E12

French Fries in Table Steaks – S3E12

Steak in Table Steaks – S1E6

Tuna Roll in Enso Sushi – S1E4

Yellowtail Roll in Enso Sushi – S1E6

Onion Blossom in Medieval Dines – S1E8; S2E12

Dragon Soup in Medieval Dines – S1E4

Vegan Tostada in Taco Train – S1E14

Steak Taco in Taco Train – S2E10

Banana Crepe in Cat Lady Crepes – S1E5 and S1E6

Grilled Salmon Filet in Cat Lady Crepes – S1E2 and S1E3

Chocolate-Dipped Beetle in Adventurous Eats – S1E14; S3E1

Kelp ‘n’ Tentacles Smoothie in Adventurous Eats – S1E3

Boiled Terror Bird Egg in Caveman Paleo – S4E4

Steamed Crab Legs in Pieces of Ate – S1E4

Grilled Bread in Metal Chef Italian – S3E14

Grilled Okra in Chew Orleans – S4E8; S1E15

Baked Catfish in Chew Orleans – S1E15

Oyster Rockefeller in Chew Orleans – S2E12

Chargrilled Oysters in Chew Orleans – S2E12

Garlic Fries in Out ‘n’ Inning – S1E9

Cheeseburger in Out ‘n’ Inning – S2E8

Samosa in Feastival of Lights – S1E4 and S1E5

Naan in Feastival of Lights – S1E4 and S1E5

Trick Bag in Chateau Creep – S1E12

Treat Bag in Chateau Creep – S1E13

Pork Burrito in Taco Train – S1E10

Kraken Curry in Pieces of Ate – S1E15

Grilled Meatballs Marinara in Metal Chef Italian – S1E13

Caffe Mocha in Hip Stir Cafe – S4E4

Latte in Hip Stir Cafe – S4E15

Macchiato in Hip Stir Cafe – S4E7

Fried Plantains in Jamaican Me Hungry – S1E15; S4E6

Ackee Patty in Jamaican Me Hungry – S1E6

Goat Curry in Jamaican Me Hungry – S1E4

Boiled Green Banana in Jamaican Me Hungry – S2E1; S4E12

Braised Callaloo in Jamaican Me Hungry – S1E14

Escovitch Fish in Jamaican Me Hungry – S4E10

Mussels Paella in Tapas del Mar – S3E14; S2E11; S2E12

Prawns a la Plancha in Tapas del Mar – S3E1

Tortilla Española in Tapas del Mar – S2E5

Gildas in in Tapas del Mar – S2E9; S4E14

Prawn Paella in Tapas del Mar – S3E7

Prawns a la Plancha in Tapas del Mar – S3E1; S3E7

Octopus a la Plancha in Tapas del Mar – SS2E12; S2E13; S2E14; S2E15; S4E12

Ensaladilla Rusa in Tapas del Mar – S3E10

Chipirones in Tapas del Mar – S3E11; S4E13

Shellfish Paella in Tapas del Mar – S3E13

Mussels Vinaigrette in Tapas del Mar – S2E4

Cod Ceviche in Tapas del Mar – S2E13; S2E14

Octopus Ceviche in Tapas del Mar – S3E6; S4E11

Grilled Prawn on Toast in Tapas del Mar – S4E1

Basque Cod Stew in Tapas del Mar – S4E4; S4E14; S4E15

Paella del Mar in Tapas del Mar – S4E9; S4E10

Beef Bulgogi in K-Pop Kitchen – S3E15; S4E15

Kimchi Fried Rice in K-Pop Kitchen – S2E13

Vanilla Dipped Waffle Cone in Sundae Fundae – S2E14; S2E10

Chocolate Waffle Cone in Sundae Fundae – S1E12

Matzo Ball Soup in Big Belly Deli – S1E6; S1E8; S1E12; S2E4

Smoked Turkey in Big Belly Deli – S1E6

Corned Beef in Big Belly Deli – S1E9

Turkey Sandwich in Big Belly Deli – S3E8

Bagel with Cream Cheese in Big Belly Deli – S1E15

Beef Kishka in Big Belly Deli – S1E13; S1E15

Bagel with Lox in Big Belly Deli – S3E10

Corned Beef Sandwich in Big Belly Deli – S2E12; S2E13

Turkey Knish in Big Belly Deli – S2E9

Pastrami in Big Belly Deli – S2E12

Chopped Liver and Onions in Big Belly Deli – S3E9; S3E13

Turkey Kishka in Big Belly Deli – S3E4

Chicken Liver Kishka in Big Belly Deli – S3E7

Beef Knish in Big Belly Deli – S3E10; S3E15

Deluxe Bagel in Big Belly Deli – S4E5

Chopped Liver Sandwich in Big Belly Deli – S4E1

New York Cheesecake in Big Belly Deli – S4E4

Pastrami Sandwich in Big Belly Deli – S4E6

Chopped Liver Bagel in Big Belly Deli – S4E11

 

 

Booking.com and Agoda

Lately I have been frequenting Booking.com and Agoda mobile apps because of my upcoming trips. Both mobile apps as well as their web versions are awesome to use. I first started using Booking.com last year but have only thought of considering Agoda lately at the suggestion of a friend. Here’s what I think about Booking.com and Agoda mobile apps:

1 – I like hotel stay prices to be displayed as the final amount I would be paying. In this regard, Booking.com would take the most points. With Agoda, I would only see the partial price and the breakdown of the price would be seen a few pages later.

2 – When it comes to newsletter subscription headings, I noticed I would tend to ignore and delete Booking.com e-mails on hotel deals because they don’t usually come off  as a “call to action” kind of heading. They generally are about the hotel deals of a specific city you were last recorded browsing using your account. Agoda, on the other hand, has headings about a specific discount. I often find myself clicking through the Agoda e-mails because of the tempting deals. The headings draw me in to check out how I can get the 10% discount as promised within a limited time period.

3 – I recently booked via Agoda at one hotel three times within a week and two times out of those I had to do cancellations. Luckily it was the same room and it was still available for the same dates. When I click on Bookings, there isn’t really much you can change from there even though, for example, the special requests drop down menu and the submit button are still active. This seems to me as somewhat rigid. When I initially booked the room, I set it to pay later and had only 1 card saved. When I wanted to change the card under the saved payment method within the booking itself, the system won’t let me do it. Overall, there is not much change you can do within the booking itself. I had to e-mail customer support regarding the availability of changing the payment method once I’ve made my decision to pay for the booking. After almost two days, I got the reply that changing the payment method was not possible and that I had to re-book. How cumbersome. When I cancelled, I received an e-mail confirmation and it had an invitation to take a survey and leave a feedback regarding the said booking. I certainly hope they take my suggestion seriously to be flexible with making changes to a booking within the particular reservation itself.

4 – What really attracted me to Booking.com in the first place was the fact that they enable the “pay at the hotel” feature in most reservations. Although free cancellations can also be found in Agoda reservations, there’s a catch called prepayment. Because things sometimes get shitty between GCash (the main card I use) and PayPal instant withdrawal transfers, I cannot always guarantee I can do an automatic prepayment using my GCash MasterCard when PayPal and GCash delay my funds for all the sluggish reasons just because they can.

5 – Both Booking.com and Agoda mobile apps load pretty quickly.

6 – I use AirAsia and Tiger Air as alternatives to Cebu Pacific. AirAsia and Tiger Air sometimes have special hotel deals when you book with them and I have been able to apply these discounted rates because of their affiliated promos with Booking.com. Agoda offers Point Max where you can choose to earn miles for a particular booking. It’s not retroactive as you would have to determine your rewards program first. Only when you come to the select rooms section will you be able to view deals like how many miles you can earn with your already chosen rewards program if you book a particular room.

 

 

Withdrawing Upwork Funds to GCash via PayPal

As I promised in a previous article, here is the video I made for withdrawing Upwork funds to GCash via PayPal. I  have started using PayPal because Skrill will no longer be supported by Upwork as a withdrawal method by April 24, 2017. Withdrawing funds in Upwork to GCash via PayPal is instant. Do not forget to link your PayPal account first with your GCash account. Only one GCash account can be linked to your PayPal account.

Cambiar El Tamaño de Una Imagen a 1 MB desde Camera Roll en iPhone

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He encontrado una solución para reajustar imágenes dentro del iPhone para ajustarse al límite de tamaño de archivo en BWS. Ayer traté de enviar un artículo en BWS con un archivo adjunto. Sin embargo, el tamaño del archivo excede de 2 MB. El tamaño máximo permitido es de sólo 1 MB por lo que mi artículo se publicó sin una imagen. No tenía acceso a una computadora portátil. Intenté acceder al sitio PicResize.com en mi iPhone, pero me quedé atrapado en la página de la carga de imágenes. Fue frustrante que no podía usar PicResize ni ningún otro editor de fotos en línea.

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Afortunadamente, se me ocurrió una solución más rápida. Lo que resolvió el problema para mí fue los siguientes pasos:

1. Seleccioné la imagen que quería cambiar el tamaño y hice clic en el icono Compartir en la esquina inferior izquierda.

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2. Elegí Correo y la envié a mi propio correo electrónico.

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3. 1MB equivale a 1.024KB. Elegí Medio y la envié a mi correo electrónico.

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Descargé la foto redimensionada al Camera Roll. Volví a BWS para corregir mi artículo y encontré, por fin, la foto recién ajustada a 1MB correctamente.

Este tutorial corto y sencillo funciona si:

– actualmente no tiene acceso a una computadora portátil y sólo tiene un iPhone a mano.

– tu iPhone está en iOS 6.

– la conexión a Internet está muy lenta para acceder a cualquier editor de fotos en línea desde Safari.