Category: Podcast

First Look at Wirecast 7 from Telestream

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTelestream released version 7 of their popular video software switcher Wirecast today. Along with a new logo, they redesigned some of the basic features to streamline the product. They also improved the software so it will work better on a PC or Mac. I take you though a first look at the new version. What is Wirecast? Wirecast is a video software switcher and layer system. With this software, you can set up scenes to record or stream to your favorite platform (e.g. Facebook or YouTube, Livestream, UStream, etc). You can layer a video with graphics, photos, other videos or one-on-one conversations via Skype or Google Hangouts. There are two versions. Wirecast and Wirecast Pro. The software starts at $495 and you can get Wirecast Here. Changing of the Source Settings   The biggest change is how you set up scenes....

Canon Unreal Bowling Makes the Game New Again

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember biking to my local bowling alley for 10 frames of fun and frustration. I was even on a league where I couldn’t figure out how to break 200. Nowadays, bowling is a sport that is losing interest as alleys are closing down. But can something like Unreal Bowling bring the excitement back? While at Infocomm 2016, I got to check out the “Unreal Bowling” by Canon and Crunchy Logistics. Using sensors and their Canon REALiS Projectors, they were able to give the lanes an interactive upgrade. Flip through the menus to choose what you want to do on the lane. You can attack Pumpkins, run the ball across a piano, see Fireworks and much more. This can even turn one game into many to bring excitement to the weekend-bowler. This is not a cheap investment as a simple lane...

Remove the iPhone Headphone Jack Already!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week we focus on the iPhone Headphone Jack. Here is why this technology really doesn’t matter anymore. Using the Monoprice 600801 USB Microphone which I got in for review. Morning Geeks! Episode 9 Show Notes – Goodbye to Anton Yelchin and shame to Jeep. Get your car checked for recalls! – Rogue One Details on the cast – Justice League movie synopsis and villian – New Transformer: Squeek – Super Awesome Nerf Gun – MISSED: Wah Shoe – Mark Zuckerberg Tapes His Webcam – Burger King’s Mac and Cheetos – Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters – Westworld on HBO – Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children – Seinfeld Doom Level – Kung Fu Panda 3 on DVD Tuesday

What is HPE Labs “The Machine” at HPE Discover

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf someone was to ask you to draw a computer, you would probably draw an opaque box with a monitor, keyboard and mouse. In the last few years, the vision changed ever so slightly with some possibly drawing a laptop or tablet. But a computer is so much more and it’s starting to lose it’s physical body. Just like with the “Star Trek” theme we saw all that week at HPE Discover. I got to talk with Martina Trucco about what Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs (HPE) saw as “The Machine”. They created an interactive sculpture where you could go inside and see the interactions from the items we use everyday (and might not even know it). From the cell phone in our pockets, to the towers that replicate and push out those signals, and finally, the destination of your communications –...

Send Naked Selfies for Your Next Loan?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWould you send a naked selfie to get your next loan? It’s a thing in China and some people are getting caught up in it. Also talk about Orlando, my trip to Las Vegas, LG Urbane, and the hot coffee that came from the fridge. Morning Geeks! Episode 8 Show Notes: – E3 Gaming news from Microsoft, Playstation – WWDC and news of iOS 10 – Weird Al’s upcoming box set – Finding Dory – The CGI Carl’s Jr. Burger – Star Trek: Bridge Crew – Pete’s Dragon first look – Superman comes to Supergirl – Superman is the best equipped superhero

The State of Adult-Themed Superhero Movies

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week: Deadpool showed us we can have a successful adult themed hero movie. I explore how we can expand that idea. Morning Geeks! Ep. 7: – Real Life Half-Life City Scanner Drone – 4 Year Old Knocks over LEGO Sculpture – ASUS GX800 Water Cooled Laptop – Robert Kirkman calls out HBO and Game of Thrones – Can the Blind See Like Neo or Daredevil? – This Taiwanese has long Toes. No, Really! – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Simon Kinberg on the State of Fantastic Four – Transformers: Earth Wars – Zootopia DVD release – The Martian Blu Ray Release Also check out my trip to San Francisco and the Musee Mechanique!

Konami Replaces a Gamer’s Arm

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week: A gamer looses his arm to a rail accident. Konami comes back with the best response – by making you a new arm. Episode 6 show notes: – Atari working on Centipede, Missle Command movies – When you die at the job you love – Own Count Dracula Castle – Kevin the Cat who is Always Surprised – Angry Birds – Red Nose Day – Fall Preview Trailers from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and CW – Transformers Teaser – Google I/O announcements – Big Ben gets LEGO – Ford’s Co2-based seat padding

Netgear Nighthawk X4S Wireless Router Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS200 GB for Netflix. That is the data usage estimate for those who watch 13 hours of TV per week in HD. If you have Ultra HD (4k), that number will more than double. Add to that Internet security cameras, IoT devices like lights and thermostats and you have to not only worry about how much bandwidth you have, but if your home router can handle that information. The Netgear Nighthawk X4S is a wireless router that can keep up with the ever growing mobile devices in your house. Gaming and Video are the two big reasons to get this device. Pair two together and you can have full coverage of almost any home. Let’s start with the specs, then go over all the pros and cons. The Nighthawk X4S Router is a Dual Band Quad Stream Gigabit router. Using MU-MIMO...

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSamsung makes solid phones – period. That definitely goes for the Galaxy S7. Whether the S7 or the S7 Edge, you can’t go wrong with a Samsung Android – especially if you are going to use it for your VR experience. The folks at Verizon have given me this device to play with. I took it to Vegas with me for a major conference, so let’s start with the specs, then get into the pros and cons. Keep in mind the S7 and the S7 edge are almost exactly the same phone. The big difference is the bevelled edge that can also give you a display ticker on the side. I am personally not a fan of the Edge phone, so the S7 is perfect for my needs. The phone is a 5.1 inch display screen at at resolution of 2560×1440...

Case Logic Kontrast DSLR Camera Case Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I travel with my camera gear, I look for a backpack that can hold everything I need for the plane, then have easy access when it comes to shooting. In my production, I don’t use DSLRs – I have prosumer cameras. Therefore, I need a slightly different organization over what a camera person would. The Kontrast Pro by Case Logic is a simple backpack that can hold all camera gear, a laptop and tablet easily. The nylon case with plastic base allows the case to never fold in on itself. Inside is a velcro compartment area that you can change to your needs. Perfect for a camera and around 9 different lenses. Overall, the size is 12.2 inches wide by 9.4 inches deep by 18.5 inches high. It will easily pass as a carry-on and even fit easily in some...

Instagram, TV Cancellations, Assassin’s Creed

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSpecial Note: Not sure what happened, but the Facebook LIVE audio lost sync with the video at the beginning. I have posted the problem with Facebook. Not sure it will get resolved. This week: Lots of TV Cancellations, we go over the Geek ones. Morning Geeks! Ep 5 Show Notes – Instagram’s new Look – A $20K bong? – Goodbye William Schallert – Oxygen on Mars – Voltron to Netflix – Andre the Giant Movie Coming – Black Widow Movie Coming – Assasin’s Creed Trailer – MegaBots are Coming! – Hyperloop test – Make Money Watching Porn

HP Pavilion x2 is a Laptop, Tablet, Kiosk and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHP calls it their most versatile detachable PC. It’s a laptop that easily converts to a tablet and even a table tent for kiosk options. The folks at HP gave me one to play with and although I am getting compensated for this review, the review itself is my own opinion. So let’s get started with the specs, then see if this machine is worth the sub-$500 price tag. Pavilion x2 12 inch comes in 2 models – with an Intel ATOM x5 series processor and Intel Core M – thier 6th generation processor. The machine I have is the Intel core m3 at 1.51 GHz, 100 MHz Bus, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage supplied by Samsung. Windows 10 64-bit home is on the machine and it can be configured for PC or tablet mode depending on what...

360fly Review Right From the 360 Video Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI’ve been having an awesome time with figuring out 360 video. That is why I decided to create this review in 360 video view. Now if you are watching this from my podcast channels, you might be seeing this crunched down. To view it in the intended version, you either will have to download 360 viewing software or go to Youtube.com/geekazine and watch it there. The hardware I am using is 360fly. This is a 360 half-spherical camera. What does that mean? Well even though you get a 360 degree view in the middle, either the top or the bottom does not get recorded because there is no optics on one side. The top or bottom recording is all dependant on how you set up the camera. I have the 360 fly set up to point down. This makes it a...

360Fly camera, Captain America in IMax? Ghostbusters Trailer and More!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week: Non-Spoiler review of Captain America: Civil War. Should you see it in IMax? I look at the 360fly 360 degree camera. Ghostbusters is the worst trailer ever? Did Han shoot first? Star Trek show details revealed! Morning Geeks! Episode 4 – Seth MacFarlane Sci-Fi TV series coming – Mercury crosses by – Bookshelf Snake game – Power Rangers Reboot – Food in LEGO form – Chelsea coming to Netflix – Youtube TV subscription coming? – Build a tabletop arcade with a Raspberry Pi and an IKEA table

Duplicator 4K Makes 25 SD Card Copies at Once

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSImagine being at a conference or wedding with camera crews capturing the event. As you get ready to leave the event, you are given an SD card with the festivities inside for you to consume again and again. That is what the Blackmagic Design Duplicator 4K does. While at NAB I talked with Kendall with Blackmagic Designs on the Duplicator 4K. You can copy up to 25 cards per rack mount at a time. You can also daisy-chain the units together to record more for larger events. Each unit can take a SD card and fill it with the event you recorded in multiple formats up to Ultra HD at 2160p 60fps. Each video is encoded in H.265 for smaller file sizes but also 4K resolution. Weddings, sporting events, live concerts, conferences and more can benefit from the Duplicator 4K. It can...

Sennheiser MK4 and USB Handheld Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSennheiser has been teaming up with Apogee to deliver microphones for your mobile and desktop devices. USB microphones for the podcaster or on the go reporter. In this video we take a look at two of the new microphones in the Sennheiser line. Handheld USB to iOS Dynamic Microphone With a versatile USB turning iPhones and iPads into full video recording devices, Sennheiser has created a dynamic handheld microphone that allows you to become the mobile reporter. This microphone will connect via Lightning cable or USB for PC and Mac computers and allow you to get the interview without too much background noise. We tested out the microphone, which you can hear in the video. This handheld device will be available Summer 2016. No price is set. Sennheiser MK 4 Digital Sennheiser MK 4 Digital is based on the standard MK 4. This...

Sony URXP03D Easily Connects Wired and Wireless Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you wanted to mic up a guest to an interview such as this one, you would need two wireless receivers to do it. Sony is now helping fix that with the UWP-D series wireless mics. The URXP03D is a receiver that not only can connect two wireless sources but also allows for two more inputs for many different operations. While at NAB 2016, I talked with Andy and learned about all the types of wireless they offer. The UWP-D series includes in-camera adapters and external adapters such as the URXP03D. This receiver is a 4-input, 2 output device. This means you can connect 2 wireless microphones – lavaliere or handheld – and either one or two microphones through the Mic Input (stereo connection). This will give you ability to mic the room and the speakers, then adjust for maximum performance. The...

Is Snapchat Liable for this Car Accident?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Morning Geeks! Episode 3: – New Lara Croft for Upcoming Tomb Raider – Nintendo NX First Look – Is our Future Blue? – Playstation Lamp – Support the Spaceballs LEGO campaign – New Dr. Who Companion Announced – Nathan Fillion Heading to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – New Shows on Netflix – Coming out this week: Keanu, Ratchet & Clank, IMAX A Beautiful Planet and the 20th Anniversary edition of Independence Day – Is a Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man 4 Possible? – This Weevel Beetle is called “Chewbacca”. Find out why! – A Star Trek Coffee Table Pinball Machine. The best Geek gift you could get me!   Finally, we look at how a Snapchat filter caused a wreck at 100 MPH. Should Snapchat be held responsible?

NewTek Open Source NDI Standard for Video Production

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn a video production environment, spreading out tasks between computers can help in many different ways. From producing the video for public consumption to creating archive and even monitoring systems. Network Device Interface (NDI) is a standard that can bridge devices together – and you don’t even have to own a Tricaster. While at NAB, I talked with Phillip Nelson of NewTek about this open standard. NDI was announced back in 2015 to communicate with devices over Gigabit Ethernet. A standard that almost all corporate and video production buildings (even home studios) have. The idea is to have one computer send video or other items over to the production machine without having to convert or render. The end result is a reduction in production workflow. Many different programs have already adopted NDI into their systems. You don’t even need NewTek products...

Saramonic Camera Audio Mixers and Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA couple months ago I purchased the Saramonic Smart Mixer for my phone and have been happy with the results for covering live shows. While at NAB I stopped by the Saramonic booth to find out what other great products they have for my video and audio production on the go. Turns out Saramonic has a lot of great audio solutions – wired and wireless. I started with the SmartMixer 2 channel Audio Mixer Kit for iOS or Android. As I was recording via the device, you can hear how this cuts out background noise to get the interview. I looked at a very interesting microphone for GoPro cameras for $35. They also have lavaliere microphones if you do vlogging or simple on-camera spots. I then went over the large array of DSLR Camera Microphone Pre-Amps, such as the SR-AX101. You can...

Warcraft, Jason Bourne, RIP Prince and Stephen Hawking

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Back from NAB, Live show took three takes, but it’s in the books. Morning Geeks Episode 2 – RIP Prince, Chyna and Doris Roberts – Magnificent Seven gets a reboot, USA Today has photos – Apple Macbooks get an upgrade and the color Pink – Warcraft trailer drops – Three’s Company to be rebooted into a movie – Jason Bourne trailer drops – Netflix prices increase for those grandfathered in – Was Snapchat’s 4/20 filter a good idea? – Google Doodle Celebrates Earth Day – Stephen Hawking packed Harvard to talk about Black Holes – Robot Buddhist Xian’er

Nokia Ozo Camera Broadcasts Live 360 Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCapturing 360 video got a whole lot powerful with the Nokia Ozo 360 spherical video and 360×360 surround sound. Everything from creating movies to live broadcasts can now be captured and streamed for all to see instantly. I got a chance to talk with Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture at Nokia to learn more about this powerful camera. While it looks like some alien pod getting ready to decend on the earth, the Ozo is a 360 camera that can be attached to a stand, drone, or other device to stream and record events. During NAB, Ozo was live streaming in 3 different spots around the convention center. Not only will the Ozo capture 360 video, the system contains “spatial audio mixing”. Tags are placed on the musicians so as they move, you can hear it in binaural audio. This...

DJI Osmo with Z-Axis Gimbal at NAB

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDJI added to their new Osmo 4k stabilization gimbal with the Z-axis attachment. For an additional $129, you can get this for your Osmo. It adds the ability to reduce vertical shaking for a more stable video. I took the Osmo with Z-Axis for a run and the iPhone video was very solid. Using the joystick to move the camera around, the new Z-axis can keep you moving. It also allows for re-positioning so you can run the camera across the ground or way up high. Get the Osmo here. Z-Axis is $129.  

Does the Blackberry PRIV Give You the Blackberry Experience?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBlackberry phones were popular because they were meant for business. Their security features were better than any other phone at the time. Some CEO’s would lose their minds if they didn’t have it. Even President Obama had to have a Blackberry over an iPhone 10 years ago. Fast forward to today. Blackberry broke down and created the Android version called PRIV, hoping it would bring those CEOs back. I got this phone from my friends at Verizon Wireless to find out if they accomplished the job. Let’s look at the specs. This is an Android phone running the Qualcomm 8992 Snapdragon 808 Heza-Core processor at 64-bit. An Adreno 418 GPU at 600 mHz and 32 GB Flash memory, upgradable to 2 TB. The phone runs a display of 2560×1440 – or 1440p. The screen size is 5.4″ and has a 24-bit...

Star Wars Rogue One, Captain America Civil War, and Loch Ness on Morning Geeks

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI’m implementing a new live show called “Morning Geeks” – the weekly show of geek culture. It will be live every Friday Morning around 8:30 AM EST – 5:30 AM PST. The show will be news based, but will have extra segments as the weeks progress. Morning Geeks Episode 1 – AMC Theaters allowing cell phone usage – Passengers Sci-Fi thriller – Has the Loch Ness monster been found? – Rogue One Trailer hits – Why C3P0 has a red arm – First images of Baron Zemo for Captain America: Civil War – More on the Government’s hack to the San Bernadino iPhone – Tesla gets a new Easter Egg – The Vape FaceSwap

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