Marble Restoration Services Ltd. Ottawa Launches New Responsive Website

Marble Restoration Services Ltd. Ottawa Screenshot

If you have admired a beautiful marble, granite or slate floor in an Ottawa business or residence chances are it was installed or restored by Marble Restoration Services Ltd.  This company has been keeping stone floors looking new in Ontario and Quebec for decades.  Experienced craftsmen use state-of-the-art equipment to install or restore stone and tile floors.

Their old website needed a complete make-over.  45 Degrees Latitude created a new responsive design with several ‘bells and whistles’.  SEO was applied throughout the site. A customized contact form was developed to enable a unique ID# be affixed to each new inquiry.  Lots of helpful information was added such as maintenance tips and the truth about waxes and impregnators on stone floors.  Google Analytics was added to each page to monitor traffic.

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New Responsive Website Created for Fernleigh Lodge – Log Cabins & Fishing Lodge in Ontario

New responsive website created for Fernleigh Lodge, Ontario by 45 Degrees Latitude.

Fernleigh Lodge is located on Kashwakamak Lake in Eastern Ontario and is one of the best fishing lodges in Ontario. Started in the 1930s,  the large property consists of many original log cabin structures including 20 rental cottages, a main lodge and outbuildings. Everything has been modernized to make vacationing memorable.  Several photo galleries are incorporated into the site – one for each cottage.  A website update was completed by 45 Degrees Latitude that included developing a new WordPress website with many cool features.  Ninja Forms was used to create the many customer contact, reservation booking and dining room reservation forms.

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Harry’s Story Documentary Completed – Memories About WWII, Nazi Brutality and Hiding Jews

View Harry’s Story Trailer – 5 minutes


Harry’s Story is a documentary about the childhood memories of Harry Andringa. Harry was 9 years old when he lived in Holland with his family in 1940 when Hitler’s Nazis invaded. For 5 years the Dutch endured Nazi brutality in Hitler’s quest to conquer the world. Some families such as Harry’s  hid Jews risking the life of not only the Jew but also the Dutch family. Getting caught would mean getting sent to a concentration camp or death.

Harry is forever thankful to Canada’s veterans who liberated Holland and help end the war in Europe in 1945. To thank Canada Harry has devoted his life to volunteerism and sharing his stories to local schools and organizations particularly around Remembrance Day.

Now in his 80s, Harry is not able to speak at schools but his story lives on in this documentary. The YouTube video is non-monetized. It is entirely free for public viewing and downloading in resolutions up to 4K.

The documentary interview with Harry is augmented with vintage war footage courtesy of the National Film Board – Canadian Army Newsreels. Ken and Cathy Hook produced the video over a one year period.  The documentary was officially launched October 25th, 2017 at the Northbrook Lions Hall.

For more information and outtakes visit: http://www.harrysstory.ca 
Please view the documentary and share with others.

View Harry’s Story  Documentary- 37 minutes

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New Responsive Website Created for Ottawa’s Concrete Polishing & Sealing Ltd.

Concrete Polishing & Sealing Ltd. - concrete specialists in Ottawa We are pleased to work with Concrete Polishing & Sealing Ltd. in Ottawa to complete their new website.  This company is well renowned for being the concrete floor experts in the Ottawa region.  If you have admired the polished concrete floors in IKEA, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears or many of the Ottawa parking garages they are likely the work of this company.

The new website incorporates a host of new technologies.  It’s fully responsive meaning it adapts to the viewer’s device (smartphone, tablet or desktop) to optimize viewing experience.  The top banner of high res photos will display in any browser.  An interactive Google map is incorporated into the site along with a beautiful gallery of polished floors.  For their customers, technical information on the many epoxies and finishes are available on the site along with supplier videos.

A customized contact form at the end of the site completes the package along with tons of SEO enabling the site to rank well in Google, Bing and Yahoo!

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Closed Captioning and Language Translations for YouTube Videos

YouTube videos readily accept closed captioning and translations.

YouTube is the world’s #2 search engine next to Google.   For many reasons YouTube is likely the best place to host your new company video.  45 Degrees Latitude can assist you with your new video (or produce a video if you need one) by adding closed captioning and language translations.

We recently completed the above video for the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health Unit. The ‘unlisted’ YouTube video described how to use the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Screening Tool – a form for public health nurses to assess risk for infants and young children.

Once the video was completed, closed captioning was added.  This helps comply with accessibility regulations (Accessibility Ontario – AODA). Google will provide closed captioning  automatically when the viewer selects the ‘cc’ icon on the bottom of the player however, there are often errors- especially with names or if there is background music.  Computer voice recognition is good but a long way from perfect.  We take the script and input it manually into YouTube to ensure the captioning perfectly matches the video.

Google will also provide language translations – for free.  Again, errors are rampant.  45 Degrees Latitude takes the final script and sends it to a professional language translation firm then uploads the correct translation and adjusts the video timing.  This can be done with any video.

The above does not replace another language version of a video but it’s the next best option – and for a whole lot less money too.

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How To Embed YouTube Video into Website and Make it Responsive

How to embed a YouTube video to a responsive website.

We all know how to embed a YouTube video in our websites but making it appear correct in a ‘responsive’ website is a bit trickier.  Here are some simple steps to keep everything ‘responsive’ including your video.  There are likely many ways to accomplish the same result but I like this easy method.

First, you need to insert some code into your style.css file.  We are going to contain the code into a video wrapper.  Here is the code to insert into  style.css:

.videoWrapper {
position: relative;
padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */
padding-top: 25px;
height: 0;
}
.videoWrapper iframe {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100%;
height: 100%;

Next, insert the  code below into the html editor of your webpage at the location of your video, replacing the pink code with your own YouTube identifier code.

<div class=”videoWrapper”>
<!– Copy & Pasted from YouTube –>
<iframe width=”560″ height=”349″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/O42F6KIPyjE?rel=0″frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
</div>

Upload the style.css file and html page with embedded video.

That should do it.  Good luck!

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How To Embed Google Map into Responsive Website

How to embed Google Map into Responsive Website

I recently purchased a responsive web template but wanted to include a Google Map of the website business being promoted.  I wanted the Google Map to be responsive just like the site.  Here’s how to do it in a few steps.

Go to Google Maps and search for the business and position the map the way you want it (see image above).  To the left you will find a blue ‘share’ icon.  Click on the icon to reveal the panel below. Notice I selected the ‘Embed map’ tab at the top.  Again, position the business location as you wish it to appear  on your site. It works best to center your business. You will need the iframe source code as it appears so keep your Google Map open.

How to embed Google Map into responsive website.

Inset the  code below into your html editor where you wish the Google Map to appear on your webpage.  Copy and paste your own iframe code  into the blue section below (everything in blue starting with <iframe src+ to  </iframe>.

<style>
.google-maps {
position: relative;
padding-bottom: 50%; // This is the aspect ratio
height: 0;
overflow: hidden;
}
.google-maps iframe {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100% !important;
height: 100% !important;
}
</style>

<div class=”google-maps”>
<iframe src=”https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d90515.6634804483!2d-77.28440024127889!3d44.84978387909846!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x4cd309858e7f1fcd%3A0x5e130c5536ebcfba!2s45+Degrees+Latitude+Digital+Filming+%26+Production+Co.!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sca!4v1482010625602″ width=”600″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ style=”border:0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
</div>

Source: Thanks to Amit Agarwal for the code. http://www.labnol.org/internet/embed-responsive-google-maps/28333/ 

One other adjustment is the upper blue line of code which I set at 50%. This is the aspect ratio.  You can change this figure to your liking for example, if you wish to decrease the vertical dimension of the map, decrease the 50% to say, 40%.  If you wish a wish to increase the map’s vertical dimension increase this to 75% or so.  Tweak to your liking.

Viola!  That should do it. Check the map on a smartphone, tablet or desktop.  It should work perfectly.  Good luck!

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Algonquin Park Photography Tip – Fall Colours – Centennial Ridges Trail

Algonquin Park - Photography Tips for Centennial Ridges Trail

The Centennial Ridges Trail in Algonquin Park is one of the best trails for sheer number of pristine lookouts. Photographers flock here for amazing vistas overlooking lakes and rolling highlands.  One of the most popular times is during the fall colour season.  Timing of peak colours is best handled by frequently checking the Algonquin Park Fall Colour Report.  Usually it’s the first week of October (give or take) depending upon weather and drought conditions.

The Centennial Ridges Trail is a tough trail especially if you are carrying photographic equipment and you are hiking the trail during hours to catch the morning sun or sunset. The entire trail is 10 km and I think it might be the toughest 10 km I’ve ever hiked.  The guidebook says allow 6+ hours although my wife and I hiked it 4 hours with frequent photography stops.  The guideposts are numbered 1 to 12.  Two of the best (and most accessible) lookouts are near the start and near the end of the trail at guideposts 2 and 11.  The hike is approximately 1 km to guidepost 2 and 1.5 km to guidepost 11.  If time is short and you wish a quality vista shot check these two spots first.  If time allows hike the entire trail.  Wear good footwear since often times the rocks are slippery.

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Her Excellency Sharon Johnston Visits Local School for Mental Health Initiatives

Sharon Johnston visits St. Michael Catholic High School

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston made a special visit to St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville, Ontario on April 25th, 2016 to learn about student mental health initiatives.  45 Degrees Latitude was asked by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario to capture this special occasion in the form of a short highlight video.

The video was captured in 4K and optimized for YouTube and posted on the CDSBDEO Facebook Page.  Her Excellency gave a inspiring speech in the school gymnasium and completed the St. Michael CHS walk for Defeat Depression during her visit.

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How To Apply or Edit Closed Captioning To YouTube Video

One of the greatest benefits of hosting videos on YouTube is the ease closed captioning (cc) can be applied.  Once applied, the viewer can choose any one of 100+ languages, choose a font and background colour to their liking directly on the YouTube player and watch the video. In most cases the default settings are adequate.

Here are the steps to adjust the closed captioning.

If Editing YouTube’s Automatic CC or
Uploading a Transcript (see below)

A. Editing YouTube’s Automatic CC

  1. Go to your Video Manager in YouTube > Click on Edit of the video you wish to apply cc.

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2. At the top of the screen, click on ‘Subtitles and CC’ (above).

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3. The screen above will appear.  You can click on the ‘English (Automatic)’  and this will show the cc Google’s voice recognition has created.  There are bound to be errors especially in punctuation, name of persons or if the audio recording is not clear.

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5. By selecting the blue ‘Edit‘ box you can edit the punctuation and cc directly in this sidebar. Click ‘Publish‘ when completed.  If you play the video and select cc in the player your closed captioning sequence will appear.

 

B. Uploading a Transcript (rtf file)

1. If you would rather upload a transcript, prepare a rtf as you would like the cc to appear.

2. Go back to Step 2, click on ‘Add New Subtitles or CC’ and the screen below will appear. Click on ‘Transcribe and auto-sync‘.

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3. Copy and paste your rtf document into the empty text box so it appears like below:
Check your text, then click the blue ‘Set Timings‘.

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4. You will now have to wait while Google automatically matches your transcription with the automatic voice recognition.  This may take several minutes.

5. You may have to refresh your browser, click on your ‘My Drafts’ to see your new cc. The screen below will appear:

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6. You can edit your new cc or if you like what you see click the blue ‘Publish’ button.

7. Review your cc video and that’s it!  Well done!

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