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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tutorial: Cricut DS - How to know which cart?

I received a question about one of my files. The recipient wanted to know, "I'm learning how to create in DS and I was wondering, how do I find out what cartridge and what shapes were used to make the file?"

I know this question has been answered lots of times on the cricut message board. And I've answered it multiple times via emails. Well, this time, I recently discovered a way to video screen tutorials. This could hopefully be the first of many tutorials that I create for those that want to know. Please let me know if this is helpful. It takes time to make these videos. If it's not helpful then I won't make them. (Remember, the more videos tutorials I create, the less time I have to create DS files. Speak up. If you'd rather have files instead of tutorials (or vice versa) let me know.

DS: Which Cartridge Was Used? from Jen C on Vimeo.



I think I got it. Let me know what you think!

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Thank you for the feedback. I have updated the video so that it is not as fast and also with sound. (There wasn't sound before but because the typed instruction is SO small it will be necessary.)

33 comments:

  1. Your video is way cool, but I can't hear anything. Yes, I have the volume turned up (that's the last thing I checked). Should there even be sound? I'm sure these take tons of time, so thanks for putting them together.

    -Donna-

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  2. Ok I will be the first, the video seemed very informative, was there supposed to be sound? I found it a little fast and too small to read the items in the little arrow boxes. If I don't tell you you won't know! LOL
    Other than that you are definitely on the right track.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Linda

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  3. Just stopping by to watch the video. I get an error that says "oops, no video". I was looking forward to seeing it.

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  4. Thanks for your patience. The video is available for viewing now :o)

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  5. Jen, I thought it was an excellent video... You explained everything very clearly, (you have such a cute accent) I would love for you to teach more on the DS... thank you so much. I am sure it takes a lot of time to do it..

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  6. Awesome video. Thank you for helping us understand DS. Hope to
    see more video tutorials in the future.

    SallyW

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  7. HI JEN,
    THANKS OFR THE TUTORIAL. I OFTEN WONDERED HOW TO FIND THIS INFORMATION. SOMEONE JUST SAID TO RIGHT CLICK OVER THE DESIGN, BUT THAT DIDN'T WORK. SO I JUST LET IT GO. NOW I KNOW HOW TO FIND THE INFO.
    I WOULD RATHER YOU DESIGN, UNLESS YOU GET MANY, MANY REQUEST FOR CERTAIN INFO ON THE DS.
    IT HELPED ME.
    THANKS AGAIN.
    bobbi

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  8. Great now Jen!! Thanks so much for not getting mad at me for "picking" your video. You have a nice clear voice for the video, so I am hoping that there will be more to come in the future!!
    Well done, Love it and very clear explanations.
    Linda

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  9. Loved the video. Its easier to hear the steps then to read it. Thanks for taking the time to make this video!

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  10. I tried your video again and I thought it was great. Thankd for fixing the sound. I agree with Linda that the boxes were too small to read, but I got the jist and will try it myself today. I don't think you went to fast, thought. Thanks soooo much for doing this, I'm sure it takes tons of work!

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  11. I have seen it and love it, I am a newbie to DS and did not know this info so I found it very informative. I have gotten a few of your designs from you and love them all you do such nice work.

    So I guess I would like to see a bit of both worlds.

    You do an awesome job, so glad I found your blog it is so very helpful.

    Congrats to you ;)

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  12. Great video and instructions Jen.
    Keep doing more.
    Fayrai

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  13. Thanks so much. I knew that there was a way to do it. But I wasn't quite sure how to do it. Also, for some reason it takes me like five clicks to get the arrows to show up. Is there a secret...or something obvious...that I could do to help with that?

    Thanks as always,
    Amy

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  14. Jen, THANK YOU, THAT WAS A GREAT TUTORIAL! I also was told how to do this by right clicking but never told you have to have the arrows on the shape highlighted I tried it and it worked!!!! THANK YOU!
    MJ

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  15. Thank you so much for taking the time to make and share this tutorial.

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  16. Hi Jen:

    Since I am not at all computer saavy, your video did help me. I would love to see more tutorials. Maybe you could alternate between spending time on tutorials and actual designs. I don't want you to give up designing--you are too talented, and I would miss seeing them!! When it comes to actually designing, I don't even know where to begin. I don't have any talent at all for drawing, so I guess that's why I stink at it. I want to thank you for all the time & effort you put into this. Your blog is wonderfully organized, and I love it!

    Linda (aka RavensFan)

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  17. OMG Jen - your tutorial was fabulous!! I learned something today I didn't even know!! woooo hoooo Thank you so much!! PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING!!! Hugs, t

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  18. Hi Jen Just wanted to say a Big Thank You for the video it was very clear to me and now I know how to find this information I do hope you will do more videos as you are good at it and I would love to learn more about using DS. I love your blog!!!

    Thanks Wendy

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  19. Hello! I too am new to DS and found the video very informative (this was new to me). It was clear and easy to follow.

    As far as which I prefer...tutorials vs. cut files - tough one? Not sure about that one.

    Amy V.

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  20. Loved the video and the information it gave me. Sound was fine and the clip was a little small but I could still tell what you were doing.
    Thanks for doing it.

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  21. Hey Jenn! Just came across your blog! Love it!! I have DS and have no clue in how to use it so the videos would be great. I can learn more from videos than someone trying to explain with pictures! Thanks so much for taking the time to do them and look forward to seeing more! Maybe one day I'll learn how to create something!!!

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  22. Thanks Jen. That was great. I knew how to find out what cartridge, but didn't know you could find the actual shape used! Will certainly come in handy. Thnanks for sharing.
    Denise

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  23. Jen:

    Thanks for doing the video. I viewed on full screen and was able to see it. I already knew how to do this, but looking forward to other great videos in the future.

    Karen M.

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  24. great tutorial! I love the added video!

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  25. Thanks Jen. I never knew how to find out this info. It was very helpful

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  26. Great! I have been enjoying your blog for a few weeks now. The designs you create are amazing. The tutorials are wonderful and I am very greatful for all you share. I got the DS for Christmas. I have played with it some but....I haven't cut anything yet. I had no problem seeing, understanding or hearing the video.

    Thank you!!!!!!

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  27. Jen...MORE!!! Thanks so much for taking the time!!!

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  28. Amazing! thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

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  29. Amazing! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

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  30. Thank You for the tutorial! I found it to be very helpful and easy to follow. Thanks..

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  31. Jen, I admit that I've been remiss for the last month or so checking out what new stuff you've been up to, but it's been a wild time at Glenda's house all that time w/DH overseas in the MidEast, etc, but things are slowly getting back to "normal" now. Am just now seeing that you're doing videos & I can't tell you how wonderful I think that is. I was a corporate instructor for years for what was the largest corp in the world at the time & I learned a LOT about teaching adults, & the basics of how to make the braing retain new info (especially complicated, technical info). And studies & results prove out again & again if you manage to combine at least the 2 main senses of hearing & most important, seeing (especially in REAL TIME, NOT just reading,but showing the info "animated" such as in video because it makes the brain follow the video w/the eyes, other parts of the brain then activate, etc...)

    So for you, who has sooooo patiently told folks the same basic info over & over & over, I think the fact that you're now going to put that info into video form is going to be a home run--not just for your students/readers/followers, but also for you. All they have to do now is to go to the "tags" on your blog & find the info they're seeking. Then they can bookmark them & view them over & over, when they need them (because we also know that the brain doesn't always retain EVERYTHING the very first time. Hopefully, newer folks will find your blog from the MB, which will also cut down on redundant questions over there!

    So Jen, another GREAT thing you've done, love that you're doing videos, so for all, I say THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!

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  32. ScrapinMOM from the Cricut MB here and I just love your tutorials!!! I REALLY hope that you continue to do more :-)

    Thanks for taking the time.

    Denise

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  33. I thought the video was very effective. You explained everything very well. Some of the print is small but those of us familiar with the screen (if they want to design then they need to get familiar)could tell what you were doing. Your voice was very clear and loud enough. I think this is a very good teaching tool for you

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