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in 2012. One in five felt that the eurozone would not continue in its


current form. Now on BBC News, time for Click.


Gone, 51 programmes done. 51 tapes finished with. Are you ready for


This week on the Click, we are giving you a year for, with the


best tech of the last 12 months. We will have the world's most


realistic flight simulator, getting straight to the heart of the action


at the extreme end of the massive gamey. We are copying and printing


ourselves at a rapid prototyping lab in London. We have an essential


guide to shooting and editing video for the web. A handy guide to


buying the right television. And the very best of the best of the


web. We start this week on a high. Back


in August, we decided to take a lot of flight simulators to a new level,


by finding out just how a massive and experience we could get. Never


mind pretty graphics or rumbling sound tracks. What we got was the


right of our lives. This street looks pretty normal. In fact, it


looks like thousands up and down Great Britain. Cars parked outside


people's homes, rubbish bins waiting for collection. But inside


this particular house, we found something quite unusual. Coventry's


very own, suburban, 747. This is John Davies. He has been doing some


extreme redecorating. It is a hobby that got totally out of hand. But


there are about five computers running it with approximately 30


programmes over the computers running it, interfacing with each


other. The main software that runs the fight model and the flight


displays that you can see just simulates the Boeing seven for 7.


Then I am using Microsoft Flight Simulator for the visuals only.


Flight simulators have long been the preserve of desktop pilots


using a PC and joystick. But the provision of large projected


feature was, as well as aircraft sounds, quickly makes me forget


that I'm in a bedroom in Coventry. Convincing as it is, it does not


improve my flying. But I wonder how Richard Taylor is getting on? He is


at the other end of the country, trying on a slightly different sort


of similar to set up. This is the British Airways flight


training simulator here at Heathrow Airport. It would be impossible to


fit this in a bedroom. This beast is capable of replicating movement,


as well as the sights and sounds of pilot experience. Having the motion


just reinforces all that training that we used to maximum effect. It


is very important indeed. You get the visuals, you look like you are


turning, but if your ears do not tell you why turning, you can get


that confusion. So, my mission is to land this virtual version of a


jumbo jet. This is going to hurt. Brace yourself. We are just about


to touch down. Back at Heathrow, after what I think you'll agree was


a relatively smooth journey. But if you really want to experience the


highs and lows, the thrills and spills of flying, you leave terra


firma completely. Which is why we have made this arduous trek to this


airfield in southern California. I am feeling the need, the need for


speed. I have got that loving feeling! Air combat pits would be


fighter pilots against one another in real aircraft. Thankfully, the


combat is simulated. Everything else, however, is real. Two X made


the Top Gun pilates, call-sign snails and spartan, will accompany


us on a sortie. They will take off and land the aircraft. In order to


have passed channel that enough fighter Jock, we got to look the


part. Having logged zero hours piloting real aircraft, a pre-


flight briefing is in order. We're going to do five dogfights. We are


trying to attack somebody from behind the wing line. When you get


them in your gun sight, and you shoot them, you'll see smoke come


out the back end. Briefing over, we received our parachutes, helmets


and pilot call signs. In the air, I will be known as Chisel. And I'll


be called Stitch. Looking forward to this! I can see him. Anticipate


where he's going. Hard-right! Shoot! Pull the trigger! I've got


you, Chisel! Spin, you went into a spin. Shoot him! That is what they


call a kilt. -- kill. He tapped me a few more times than I managed to


catch him. So Chisel takes it. have to remember, as every good


fighter Jock knows, the first kill is the only one that counts.


looks like you have lost that loving feeling.


They will now forever be known in the Click of this as Chisel and


Stage. One of our essential guides from this year, this one that was


about how to create urine video masterpiece. Whatever you are


shooting with, your raw footage can also -- always used some trimming.


You want to create a masterpiece. First rule, before you hit the


editing, get your source footage looking tip-top. That means a


variety of shot sizes film from different angles, kept steady, and


whatever you do not constantly zoom in and out. Footage in hand, you


can start editing. The good news is that most of you will already have


one of these on hand for absolutely nothing. For basic adepts, Windows


users can use movie-maker. The equivalent Mac programme is fine


movie. Once you have imported your files, it is time to start work in


earnest. The basic principle is to tell the story through pictures.


Drag them on to the timeline in the rough order you want and then trim


them to size. The variety of available transitions, sound and


visual effects will vary from one editing suite to another. But when


it comes to transitions, less is definitely more. Loads of head


spinning effect and transitions are a sure fire way off instantly


giving away your amateur credentials. Editing can be a


process heavy job, so if your computer is creaking under the


weight, you could try a web-based video editor or mine. J cut is


worth exploring, showing lots of features with the free desktop


editing tools, and it is not that easy to use. All cloud base to


video editors require you to upload or your footage onto the net first,


so what you do not need a powerful computer, you will need a fast


connection. Even those of us with a blistering download speeds will


find that upload speed is pitifully slow. With this in mind, it is no


surprise that the maximum limit for each clip his 250 megabytes, so if


you are trying to edit footage coming from a high-quality video


camera, this is not the place for you. Those of a social persuasion


may like to collaboratively added a beer with their friends and


publisher directly on to social the -- social networks. Most of us have


already publish stuff to YouTube without a care or edit in the world.


Fortunately, YouTube now has a basic video editor, allowing you to


make some slips and add some music, and recently it has added the


ability to stabilise your apparently drunken camera work.


Finally, some interesting developments are on the horizon.


Some programmes claim to be able to automatically choose the best bits


of your footage for you. It seems to do a reasonable job in choosing


good shots, but still lacks that human touch when it comes to


cutting and the right place. If you only want to pack up your mobile


phone footage then you can do away with the computer altogether.


Splice is a free video editing up for the iPhone. You can add


transitions, titles and music. It


even on the iPhone back four is a bit of a struggle.


There has been an awful lot of talk about 3D in the past year, but not


all that has been about 3D TV. Take this next report, from July, which


left me feeling rather small. I am having my head scan so that it


can be duplicated. Not so the BBC has a spare in case of any


accidents, but because my head is going to be reproduced by that


machine over there. A 3D Printer. Preedy printing is essentially


exactly what it sounds like. -- 3D printing. Producing a 3D object by


printing to layer by layer. It is now catching on with those trying


to create 3D models quickly and cheaply. Designers to need to test


the look and feel of that prototypes and CommSec devices in


the real world. Artists wanting to bring out to reduce desires to life.


An architect to be to create precision scale models of their


building plan. There is even talk that in the future, buildings


themselves will be printed. Section by section. Recently the technology


has become cheap enough to go mainstream. You can design guru and


models online, and then get them printed, packaged and posted


straight to you. It is even possible to print in colour. The


machines are not so different to traditional printers, except that


instead of flat layers of ink, these nozzles dispense thin layers


of plastic, resin or even food. One on top of the other, until you work


of art is complete. The process starts with the scan and the


scanner. What you have a two lenses at atwhich are taking tens


of photos every second. At the bottom you have a projector which


is projecting agreed on to the subject. Abul show you what it


looks like on the screen. -- I will show you. The Grid collects


geometric data about the subject, which has been scanned. All that


data is then fed into this piece of software which essentially stitches


all those photos together. It uses the geometric data to form a 3D


model of my head. Which you can see on the screen here. It does need to


be a human touch, this operator is going to tidy up all the extra bits


of noise, dots that have crept into the stand, and also fill in a hole


in my face. Once he has done that, he has the texture and the colour


back onto the head, presses go, and it sends all that information to


At this point you have three different types of three-


er will process the data it receives


in a different way. The sprinter for example only needs the model to


be broken up into cros into cros but a reason printer needs extra


information such as where to put in the right shape before reason


sets. One more thing to do, and that is to introduce you to my head.


That is the result of the powder three-dimensional Printer. Not bad,


is it? If your old television set has


given up the ghost and you have ve


an awful lot to consider. Earlier in the year, our reporter created


this guide to buying and the television.


What is left to know about how to buy a television? Not much, if you


enjoy sifting through technical magazines. But if you would rather


watch television and then trawl through jargon, keep watching.


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know, when it comes tot comes ton and if you get three-dimensional


television, you may miss out on quality. For example, televisions


in stores may be set up differently then how youen how youe it at home.


But get your new television home and what you are watching through


your set will complete the picture. The way a television manipulate


standard definition pictures tell see a lot about the processor


inside so gets you -- get yourself a taste of what you want by


watching something in standard definition.


fantastic vibrant colours in stores, whereas a football match shows


fast-moving action so you should watch someone like that to see if


you can -- if you will get a judder across the screen.


You need to stay away from a few others. It is still worth


inspecting your television from different angles to see how this


green deals with reflective light. One thing is easily forgotten is


sound. If you are not planning to play again a home theatre surround-


sound set, test the speakers on your television set. Check the


volume at low and high levels. Make sure you do not get distortion at


higher levels of volume. Smaller things that should help now


read your choice is how many inputs do you have at the back. And can


you use the remote control easily? Design is often not at the


forefront of a television so people are often confused by complicated


controls and cannot get a grip with any new systems. One thinks -- one


thing that manufacturers can improve is how usable some


televisions are and to make TV's accessible.


It is a game on as manufacturers engage viewers with newer, three-


dimensional capable sets emerging onto the market. You will pay a


significant premium while they are still in their infancy. Other


notable features include built-in Internet connections, wired or


wireless. But you do not need to get a new television set to update


your viewing experience. Some devices work with your existing


television set to give you a limited internet access on the


television. Some can string a media files on your home network or from


YouTube. Some gaining boxes also allow access to the internet.


Televisions are like pets. Think about what you want because once


you have decided, you will have it for a long time.


We could not say goodbye to 2011 without a look back at some of our


favourite websites. When I asked people on Twitter to


suggest their favourite websites, there was one surprisingly popular


choice. He knew so many of you were a karaoke fans? Because that is why


you chose puresolo.com. Hands up if you ever secretly


wished you had the guts to go on X Factor. This website is your chance


to show off your singing voice, a kind of online karaoke with a


social place where you record songs and other people compete with you.


If you are at a budding Jimi Hendrix, you can also showcase your


talent at playing guitar. If you are feeling very brave, you


can also add video. Looking at the quality of contributions of other


uses, it is not something I am prepared to do, especially not on a


global television. I know for a fact that some of you have managed


to do it justice. There is the chance to share your


tracks and you get your own page like Facebook where fans can gather


to shower you with compliments or in my case, tell me to please shut


up as I am making the dog howl. There is at a new craze hitting the


internet. This website does not have a catchy name but it does not


make it any less of a demon when it comes to getting things done.


It is all explained clearly on the home page. What it boiled down to


it is creating basic tasks. This could be if I am tired -- tags and


a photograph on Facebook, of the action this website suggests is t e


mail me and let me know. It is all made Super easy by


channels that they have created, giving you access that most of the


average internet Tyler will use and pre-set links to most of the things


people will want to use them for. Choose your trigger and a resulting


action and your task is up and running. The seed using computers


was complicated? -- who said.


Computer monitors are set up to look good in daytime, when the


screen is competing with sunlight but you may not realise the strain


you are putting on your eyes at night. So says the creator of Flux,


a friendly device that makes your screen been to make things more


internet -- internet in the evening. I do not know if there is any


official evidence to support the theory, but after installing this


application, I hardly noticed the screen at night, not until I turned


around to my second screen to check something and I was almost blinded


by the glare. Once installed, you set your


location and specify how warm you want your screen to be in the


evening and then just leave your software to gently transition from


day to night. When creativity strikes, you need


the right tools to take advantage of it and at aviary.com you will


find a whole flock of tools to help you with your pictures.


This is a great sweep of tools for anybody in a creative business he


wants to share and collaborate online. The applications are look


good and are very easy to use with a great range of features to make


something pretty beautiful. The only slight downside is the time it


takes to save large files but that is what happens when you work


online. Talking of the internet, do not


forget that we live online. On Twitter we also have a feed.


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