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Vocalbooth – Portable Soundproof Rooms – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThere are many times I wish I had one of these. Not just for podcasting but for playing my drums or rocking out on my guitar. I stopped by Vocalbooth to learn more about sound booth technology. Its more than just putting up some eggshell foam into a room. I talked with Guy from Vocalbooth to learn more about these rooms you can put inside a room. The booth is made by the company where they put attention to detail. For instance: the door is probably the heaviest piece in the system but it also is the place where sound can escape or come in. During the interview I step out and in to show the difference. If the door was shut – you would definitely notice the sound difference. Vocalbooth makes rooms for everyone – including correctional facilities. They become...

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Telestream Wirecast 5 – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the Telestream booth to find out what is going on with one of my favorite streaming software programs – Wirecast 5. I learned about the plethora of software and updates Telestream has to offer for any broadcaster – from podcast streaming to TV production. One product Telestream was promoting is Switch. this program will give you media playback in multiple media formats, then switch the video to the same format as other video. Switch supprts MOV, MP4, MXF, GXF, MPEG Transport Streams, and even Ultra HD 4k.  We also talked about the updated Wirecast 5 streaming software. With this software you can attach multiple cameras for a switching source, add chromakey events, lower 3rds, audio breaks, and more. Wirecast can send the video to another program, record to a video file, or even stream out to platforms such as...

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Freefly Tero RC Car, Movi M5, Drone, Motorcycle Mounts – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a geek I am intrigued on robotic camera options that can get a stable shot from anywhere. When I stopped by the Freefly booth, I saw the Tero remote controlled camera operator. I also geeked out on the Movi M5 – a camera stabilization unit. I got to talk with Sam Baird from Freefly about not only the Tero and Movi M5 but also their other drones they use to get the impossible shots. Sam talks about Freefly’s work with Game of Thrones, Oliver Stone, and many other directors to get new and completely stable video shot. These are higher priced items for movie making. for instance: the Movi M5 starts at $5,000 (fully equipped packages run up to $16,000). You can check out the prices at Freeflysystems.com Still a geek can dream…

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WeVideo Cloud Based Video Editor – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWeVideo is a great way for someone like me to really get video out to my Blip and YouTube services. The Cloud based video editor allows me to not have to carry a computer while I am on the floor interviewing people. All I have to do is upload the video to the service then do the editing on a tablet, phone or even a press machine. I tell it where to post and then send it off while I go do another interview. I talk with Krishna of WeVideo about the service. The big question is about uploading the video and using the service on hotel Wifi. Krishna eludes to the fact you might not want to upload RAW content – first set it to a reasonable MP4 bitrate. Once the files are up on the service the system brings...

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Rotolight RL48 – 140 Degrees of Light with Filters – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSince I create “Gun and Run” interviews, I have no time to figure out if the lighting is perfect. Sometimes it comes back to bite me – all for the 3 minute video at trade shows. I stopped by Rotolight to find out about not only their portable solutions but also their production studio lighting. I walked away with a new found knowledge and what the RL48 Rotolight can do for me. I found out that most lights with a dimmer have to include an anti-flicker option. If the circuitry is bad then you could get a bad result in video. The extra circuitry can also take up more battery life to dim your light. Rotolight is a simple light that takes only 3 batteries and has one switch – on and off. Inside the Rotolight is a series of filters...

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Pelican Case Backpacks for Videographer, Photographer – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you ever had to take gear onto a plane, you know how protective you need to make your equipment. Most camera gear comes with you on the plane. If it doesn’t fit in the overhead, it goes by your feet where it could get kicked and banged. Then again, gear in the overhead could get moved around as well. Pelican case makes a line of backpacks for those photographers and videographers who need extra padding for their stuff. Compartments for cameras, wires, iPad, and even the computer can make for a safer journey to point B. While at NAB 2014, I take a look at three backpacks that can protect your gear and get you to your destination. The S115, S130, and U160 cases. Each one has their own individual advantages for gear. For instance, ProGear S130 has a gear...

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DJI Phantom 2 vision plus Drone for Aerial Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the drone market, DJI is making their mark with items such as the Phantom 2 vision+. A lightweight quadcopter that can connect wirelessly and run up to 2,000 feet from the controller. This makes for some great video shots overhead with smaller sized cameras. The Phantom 2 also has a 3-axis attachment for full camera stabilization. So if the device hits a pocket of air that destabilizes the drone, the camera will not get affected. Phantom 2 also has a integrated GPS auto-pilot system so you can not worry about the drone when you are focused on getting the video shot. With the GPS, if the drone gets out of range, it can trigger a return home option to bring it back safely. The remote control can attach a mobile device so you can see the shot you are creating. You...

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Using 360Heros for Oculus Rift 3D Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the first video, we got to see what the 360Heros system is all about. Now its time to put the video into production. That is where this station comes in with Oculus Rift glasses. Mike shows us how the 360Heros system will stitch together video for a 3D view of an event. It could be anything from a concert to a family gathering. Think of how this video can cheer a family member up if they were not able to attend an event. The Oculus Rift goggles are connected to the computer where video is played. I was able to spin around and see Mike’s living room as they were decorating a tree. Best part is with the live stream stitch software they are working on, by this time next year we may be able to experience a specific area...

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Soloshot 2: Your New Robotic Cameraman – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a one-man crew, I am always looking for cool new ways to make my rig work for me. When I talked to the folks at Soloshot, I was intrigued on how they are using GPS and sensors to help the camera move to where you are. Perfect for if you have an unmanned camera. The Soloshot 2 is the newest in line of robotic devices which will move your camera. We were inside the building, which GPS has a hard time reading – therefore we couldn’t set up a camera to follow me around. However, Soloshot is coming out with an indoor sensor option which is perfect for people like me. Place a tracking device on the person and configure the camera. When they move, the camera moves. With multiple transmitters, you can have up to ten cameras following one...

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Paladin S3 Portable Streaming Solution, iPad app – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I create some videos, I use streaming software to do it – mainly Wirecast. This is a great way for me to put on layers (such as lower 3rds) and get the content out to you. Paladin has seen what I do and improved on it with the Paladin S3 streaming box. Best part – they also have made portable versions of it. Paladin’s S3 Chasis is a low form factor PC. Inside you can place either an SDI array, or HDMI input solution. You can patch out to monitor, audio, digital audio, USB device, Firewire, eSATA, Ethernet, or wireless solution. The PC box can load any software – Wirecast or Vid Pro – Livestream, uStream, or YouTube – even post production software like Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Hit Film, and more. Paladin Portable Solutions Paladin also has solutions...

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Add a Teleprompter to Video Production: Mirror Image – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been thinking about adding a teleprompter to my video podcasts. Something that if I script a section, I can read it and still look like I am looking at a camera. The current situation I have a monitor underneath the camera which turns to be very noticeable when I am reading. Plus, I will lose my place because I re-focus back to the camera lens from time to time. I stopped by the Mirror Image booth to talk with JT about teleprompters. They have a full range of them at their website – Teleprompters.com. Strong, sturdy camera mounts that fold up to the size of a small briefcase. Attach a computer monitor or even an iPad (depending on the model) with speed remote and you are able to read script from whatever the situation. I took a look at the...

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Source Connect by Source Elements: Eliminate Latency Connection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are a musician that has tried to collaborate over the Internet, you know latency of a signal can kill the session. There are a few companies working on reducing latency – Source Elements is one of those companies. While you cannot do a live jam session without issue, you can do some pretty cool stuff with this software – record a track and have another record their track to merge together with quality of 320 kbps. If you are running an interview you can reduce the dead air that some connections get because of the lag time. With Source Connect Pro, you can reduce latency to as much as 100 milliseconds – the same speed of a cell phone connection. All you need is access to a Chrome browser (other browsers coming soon). You can run the software on...

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360Heros Creating 3D Video for Oculus Rift

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS*This is video 1 of a 2 part video While at NAB last year, I saw Mike running around the show with this device that turned multiple Go Pro Hero cameras into a 360 degree video of the show floor. This year Intel has invited 360Hero to come in and show people what they are doing to advance 360 video. I learned that 360Heros has been making multiple versions of the device. Just slip in the Go Pro Hero cameras and you can get a great view around your surroundings. This includes a view of the ground and sky. Their newer version of the 360Heros is called the 360 3D Video. What looks like a egyptian icon of a god, the 3D view places 12 Go Pro Heros into a configuration to not only take 360 degree video, but also 3D...

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Tascam DR-60D Improves Camera Audio – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been looking for an audio device that will take two inputs and push to the video camera. The Tascam DR-60D is one of those devices that can flip the bill. I was able to check one out while at NAB 2014. The Tascam DR-60D features High Quality Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) in the mic preamp inputs. You can record up to 4 tracks (96kHz WAV) into the device to the SD card or mix it down for input into the camera. That way if one persons audio is too low you can make adjustments after. The DR-60D contains an adapter shoe to place in-between camera and tripod. 4-AA batteries power the unit and can record for up to 4 1/2 hours. The unit weighs under 1 lb for portable rigs. A remote control can be added (sold separately) to...

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Livestream Unveils Google Glass App: My Livestream of NAB 2014

This week, Livestream announced their Glass app to stream directly to their services. I talked with Livestream and found that anyone with Glass and a connection to their servers can create video. I had to test it out of course. As I was heading into NAB, I turned on the stream. It was not without issue, though. The process to Livestream from Glass is as follows: Download the software to your Mac or PC Put your Google Glass into Debug mode Plug into the computer and run the Livestream software When complete, unplug Glass and turn debug mode off Go back to the computer and call up to Pair an event It will create a QR code to use Put on Glass and say these commands: OK Glass Livestream Tap to start a new stream Tap to agree Tap one more time Point Glass at the QR code...

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Day 4: Microphones, Sliders, Recorders – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinal day at NAB. This is my chance to get around and catch the interviews I missed before. Especially for those audio podcasters out there. I’m intrigued how radio broadcasting is further from audio podcasting. Sure, you can get a radio mixer for a podcast but it would be a little overkill. Still, there are some who like sliders over dials – and are willing to spring for the good stuff if it makes their podcasts better. Omnirax Broadcast Furniture I spent some time talking with Phillip of Omnirax – a company that creates furniture for the broadcaster. We talked about how a podcaster, videocaster, or even voice-over artists could use a well organized desk setup for their recordings. The desk I was at felt good to sit at and record. I was able to get up to the microphone and...

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Day 3 – 360 Heros, Live Streaming, Sony A7s – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday I took the long walk to upper south hall of NAB. I found the Intel innovation lounge with an interview theater made up of recliner seats. You could kick back and watch as new guests were interviewed by the crew. Wish I would have been able to kick back, but I had to get to work. I spent the morning learning about streaming media options. The first one was with a company called Streambox. They have an alternate streaming service for all broadcasters. You download the software (free) and send to their cloud. The plan works with the concurrent connections and bandwidth used for the stream. For $99, you can stream an hour of media for around 200-300 viewers. LiveU LiveU was at the show. I learned about their newest devices in the LU500, LU400 and streaming stick. The stick...

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Day 2 – Streaming, Vocalbooths, Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI spent day 2 of NAB expo in the lower south hall of LVCC. Before I headed there, I stopped by the NMX lounge to watch Don Baine stream his event live. Andy McCaskey was there, which was a great surprise. I got to talk with him, Rick Calvert and Patti Hoskins from NMX. Lots of big booths and great products to be seen in south hall. I started at Vocal booth where I found out how I can put a soundproof booth into any room and not disturb the neighbors. Guy Coleman mentioned these booths are even used in prisons as one-on-one video conferencing between inmates and lawyers, family, or other visitors. I stopped by the OWC booth as we talked about their new media solution in Jupiter – a SSD array that could fit on a desk or in...

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Day 1 of NAB 2014 – Cases, Lights and Streaming Boxes

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDay 1 of the NAB show expo was informative and eye-opening. As a video podcaster, I checked out a lot of great items and new ways to create content. My first travels went to the North hall which saw a lot of broadcast specific items. These were hardware and software solutions which would cost broadcasters $10,ooo or more. While these are not things a normal podcaster would invest in, I still got to understand how things like closed captioning, satellite feeds, multi-studio broadcasting, and more worked. Central hall brought products I could sink my teeth into. I started with a company that produces camera teleprompters. This is something I see more home creators get into. You can set up an iPad with software, then place it in this device to read during your show. Control the speed with an app or...

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Run Public Service Announcements in Podcasts: NABSpotcenter.org

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDo you put ads in your shows? As a podcast coach, I suggest you have something to not only show how serious you are with a podcast, but also to give a break for you or your audience to catch up. I have documented before on getting sponsors, however, if you are not into monitizing your show, then how about a PSA (Public Service Announcement)? NAB has a series of radio and video spots for your show which allow you promote a specific concern. From getting your GED, bullying, suicide prevention, to freedom of speech, Susan G. Komen foundation, March of Dimes, and more. These are 30 or 60 second spots in audio or video format with bumpers in and out to place the ad. To register and start using these spots, go to NABSpotcenter.org

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WallE5 V.2 – Camera Rig for NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I go to most shows, I fly solo. CES and NAB are bigger, which means its a lot better when 2 people are there. But this year I decided to fly solo to the event. It will make things a bit tougher, especially if there is an inattentive patron that could possibly walk right into the camera rig. So I have to make a rig where people notice it as much as the cool new items around. Introducing #WallE5 v.2 Thanks to the modern tools to make cool clamps and other items, I can take a tripod and affix multiple cameras, audio, lights, and more to it. With the addition of the cross-bar and placing 2 cameras on the shoe, people stated it looked like Wall-e or Johnny 5. Therefore, Walle5 was born! I debuted Walle5 at SXSW with a...

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Atlas Wearables Fitness Tracker Watch – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile I was heading to another interview, I ran into Peter from Atlas Wearables – a device that will track and identify your activities at the gym. More than steps and more than sleep. The Atlas wearables system will identify if you are doing a pushup, a pullup, a butterfly or other item, and keep reps going for you. It will even help you keep track of strokes in the pool. By keeping track of your reps, they can calculate true calories burned. It also can track your activity on multiple levels so you can see, analyze, and improve your progress in the gym. The wearable will also be waterproof 50-100 meters (30 minutes), which is one of the first devices with a waterproof micro-USB connection. To learn more, or to pre-order ($179), check out AtlasWearables.com

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Sleep Pods to Promote FX new TV Show “The Strain” – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWalking the streets of Austin for SXSW does two things – it destroys your shoes and it tires you out. That is why I stopped into this building, which promoted rejuvination and relaxation through sleep. I ended up getting to know more about this area and the new FX TV show called “The Strain” (coming in July). In this video, I talk with Raimy of FX Networks, talking about “the Strain Transformation Station”. About the Sleep Pods Within the quiet area were pods which you could crawl into for 30 minute power naps. Within the pod, you could watch part of the new TV show “The Strain”, you could have listened to a couple chapters in the book “The Strain” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. or you could just sleep. When done, you are treated to their branded energy...

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Contour Roller Mouse Red for Ergonomic Environment – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe mouse has been a part of our computers for years. Even though its been replaced by touchscreens and pads, there are still many professions that really need a mouse over a touch device. Creating video or music – for example – or even just doing some blogging and more. Contour has been around since 1995 making a mouse that helps elevate the issues.  From the standard mouse design to this Roller Mouse Red, Contour has continually strives to make the most comfortable mouse out there. Roller Mouse Red is a sliding scroll bar rather than a conventional mouse. Your hands stay static as your fingers move the bar left and right while rolling up and down. James notes this mouse is used in a lot of different medical professions, along with Oil rig companies. Check out the Contour Mouse Red...

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Sony Cybershot DSC QX10 Smartphone Add-On Camera – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got to try the Sony Cybershot DSC QX10 camera. This is the camera that wirelessly connects to the smartphone and takes over the camera. The 18 megapixel camera can bring higher quality photos into your camera. The add-on lens is one of 2 in the Sony line (QX100 being the higher-end version). The advantages of this camera are you can use your smartphone to capture, then upload photos using the 3G/4G service. You can also disconnect the lens to hold up high while you watch the viewfinder to take the pictures. Finally, the optical zoom of 10x lets you get close-up shots of about 20 feet away. The disadvantages are this lens needs to be charged to use, although you can switch out battery packs for continued photos. The other downfall is how the lens weighs down...

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