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Wirecast 7.6 Adds NDI Support, Allows Adobe Character Animator

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA long time user of Telestream Wirecast, I was really happy to spend some time in their booth at NAB to learn about 7.6. Since the release of Wirecast 7, they have stepped up the game with cool features that really compete in the live streaming space. And now with incorporating NewTek’s open architecture Netrwork Device Interface (NDI), Wirecast can go in a lot of cool directions. For starters, Wirecast can bring in Adobe Character Animator into a scene. The program allows you to make a 3D character, then use facial recognition to give the animation life. Just like with what Stephen Colbert does with Cartoon Donald Trump. Down the road you will be able to bring an NDI connected camera into a scene. You could have your team live in different parts of the world, and work the Titler Live from...

Canon 80D Camera with headphone jack

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCanon EOS cameras are great for not only capturing quality photos, but also for creating video for your YouTube channel, or other video projects. At NAB, I got to see one of the latest versions – the Canon 80d Camera. With a wide-area, 45-point, all cross-type AF system, this camera will work in lower light with a luminance performance to EV-3. The camera has a 24.2 Megapixels CMOS sensor to create high-resolution images. The 80D camera will also work well as a video camera. Fast autofocus, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and 1080p 60fps MP4 video will allow for great video shots. The base unit comes with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Stabilized USM lens. An optional Røde microphone can be added for capturing video. But the 80D also includes something videographers have been asking for – a headphone jack to monitor audio capture. Canon...

ChromaKey using ReflecMedia light, backdrop

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMost of us that use Chromakey have painted a wall green or blue. But what if you didn’t have to paint a wall? What if you could put down a grey backdrop, then, with a light, create the chromakey so you can wear that green shirt or blue pants? ReflecMedia has a great solution for your chromakey need. Using a specialized backdrop and a ring-style light around the camera, the backdrop turns the color of the light. A simple system starts at $1900.

Switcher Studio Uses Your Phone for Facebook Live Cameras

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is not a new idea, but it is a newer innovation. Systems have tried to incorporate mobile video in their production switchers, but there has normally been a fail, especially when audio is involved. Switcher Studio has worked out that problem and turned their program to all mobile devices. I first saw this program at SXSW when a one-on-one interview was being conducted. Two phones, one iPad (for switching the video content). The phones would connect to the iPad via WiFi, then the iPad would not only swap out the video, but also add lower 3rds, graphics, and pre-recorded scenes. I grilled Switcher Studio on the latency issues. The biggest issue being lag from a phone to the audio track being supplied. I was assured that as long as audio came into the iPad via Lightning or headset, it will...

Flydrive from Seagate and DJI to store your drone’s flight video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSeagate and DJI have joined forces to make the Flydrive – a portable 2 TB drive that allows you to transfer your captured video from micro SD card, quick and easy. The Fly Drive connects to your computer like any other portable hard drive. With this portable, you can move your drone footage off the copter to continue capture. With 2TB, you can do this 250 times. Fly Drive also comes with 2 months of Adobe Premiere Pro for you to edit your footage.

Movie Studio 14 vs. Vegas Pro 14 from Magix: A Comparison

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI use Vegas Pro for most of my video post-production. I love the fact it’s a one-time purchase, along with the idea which started in my home town. Last year, Magix purchased the software suite. They have since upgraded both Vegas and Movie Studio software. But which one should you get? Before you start, check out the review of Vegas 14 on Geekazine. Differences Between Vegas Pro and Movie Studio Overall, these are the main differences between the two versions. For some of you, most of these features might not make a difference. Therefore, I highlighted some of the important points when creating a simple YouTube – style video. VEGAS Pro Connect (mobile companion app for iPad) Sony Wireless Adapter proxy-first workflow Track Grouping Application scripting and extensions (enables users to automate virtually any operation in the application) Project export and advanced...

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Tech Day: Building out a Hybrid IT strategy, from Hyper Converged to Composable to Cloud

Geekazine is LIVE with another HPE Tech Day: Building out a Hybrid IT strategy, from Hyper Converged to Composable to Cloud This is the event edited (breaks removed) Schedule 8:30 am Welcome, introductions, and opening remarks Chris Purcell, Becca Taylor, Calvin Zito 9:00 am The state of Software-Defined & Cloud Group (SDCG) Paul Miller, VP Marketing, SDCG 9:30 am Hybrid IT and where it’s heading Jason Newton, VP Pan-HPE Marketing 10:30 am Break 10:45 am HPE investments, strategy, and roadmap Mark Linesch, VP Infrastructure Planning 11:45 am Lunch 12:45 pm Advancements in Composable Infrastructure Gary Thome, Chief Engineer, SDCG 2:15 pm Break 2:30 pm What’s the play with Azure Stack? Aaron Spurlock, Product Manager, Ken Won, Director, Product Marketing SDCG 3:30 pm Building out a hyperconverged roadmap Bharath Vasudevan, Director of Product Management, SDCG, McLeod Glass, VP of Product Management, SDCG 5:00 pm Social Nation Becca Taylor 5:30 pm...

Monster Elements Hybrid Over the Ear Headphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI’ve had many pair of headphones since the 80’s. I’ve had dollar store phones to high-end audio driving sound. So when it came to reviewing these Monster Elements over the ear headphones, I was sure I’d get a great sound. I wasn’t disappointed. About the Monster Elements Over the Ear Headphones Monster has created a set of headphones for your need. Wired when you’re working on music or battery is low, wireless Bluetooth for those times a cord gets in the way, and even USB audio so you can connect that headset up to the computer. Elements headphones are not noise cancelling, but they do have plush ear cushions that knock out a lot of sound. There are also dual sound modes and echo suppression technology inside to deliver great sound, from music on the bus, to a movie on the...

Hyper Converged Build Day with HC380 LIVE!

vBrownBag Build Day LIVE – April 6th @ 12 PM EST (9 AM PST) On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdjw-91VDC8 On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vBrownBag/videos/1872085743012467/ Don’t forget to Follow, Like and Share! Welcome to #HC380BuildDay! We will be spending the day at Hewlett Packard Enterprise incorporating the HPE Hyperconverged 380 into our vBrownBag dummy corporation. This will give you a real-world guide for when you have to install for your company. HC380 product page Hyper Converged Systems Home Page A little bit about the DL380 The HPE Hyper Converged 380 is based on the highly configurable HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server combined with VMware vSphere®, for increased storage, network, compute and graphics options, significantly improving flexibility in deployment. Make adjustments to storage, compute and network capacity to meet your business needs. As you grow, simply order identically configured nodes and know your expansion will occur automatically at power up. Optimized for I/O, memory, storage or...

HiMirror Smart Mirror Helps Keep Skin Happy and Healthy

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you go to an event like SXSW, you can be sleep deprived, along with tons of movement in a possibly dry environment, all can attribute to your skin becoming dry and unhealthy. HiMirror launched this last year to help you understand the problem areas and how you can fix it. What is HiMirror HiMirror is a camera and mirror system that collects facial information and comes back with help on problem areas, and make-up tips. A virtual beauty and fitness consultant for you. The mirror is fog-free, so if you step out of the shower, you can go straight to the mirror and get assessments and tips. HiMirror also works with your whole body – the additional Smart Body Scale allows for understanding your body indexes – Body mass, body water, bone mass, and basal metabolic rate. Finally, the HiSkin...

Sony FutureLab Program N Prototype Unboxing

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I stopped by Sony’s Wow Experience, where I got to see the Program N headset at it’s next phase. Sony was looking for testers of this prototype (along with future items), and I was all too eager to join. For that, I got the product right on site. What is FutureLab Program Sony FutureLab is an R&D division to gain real-use feedback. Instead of having the programmers and employees use the prototypes, they put them out in the wild to see what the population thinks. Currently, there are two prototypes out there. N – the headset I have, and T – an interactive table. What is Program N I am guessing N stands for Nigel – the assistant that comes through this wearable device. The case completely protects conceals the wearable really well. This device comes with two...

Next Generation Technology Concepts at Panasonic House

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOne thing SXSW Interactive brings out is some great concepts and prototypes. I seem to get to try more here than any other conference. Panasonic was there to show off some great concepts for food, clothes, and even a way to become a better presenter. There were several products in the house. I focused on four of them. In the Video We look at Bento, A.M.P, MonStyle and a Social Coaching Device. All but the coaching device is ready for the public. Bento @ YourOffice Imagine you forgot your lunch or it got crushed in the great subway accident of 2017. No worries! Simply pull out your smartphone and order via Bento. At lunch time, you simply scan your QR code on the phone to a refrigerator that contains your purchase. No waiting for delivery drivers that are overwhelmed with other...

Walmart Goes VR with Capital Factory

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIs Virtual Reality more than just gaming? Yes. It’s about experiences. I found that out at Capital Factory in Austin during SXSW. Madeline Feldman talks about what we’re seeing while in Austin and what Walmart is showing off on the 16th floor. About Capital Factory A place to work, a place to learn. That is what Madeline told me. Located on the 16th floor of downtown Austin, Capital Factory houses many different companies that just need a space to work. The incubator is open to the public at times to also see and learn. Simply check out their website at CapitalFactory.com. Walmart and VR Picture yourself shopping a local store without leaving the home. That is what Walmart showed off in the VIP lounge. In all reality, VR shopping could happen today, with items shipping to your door within minutes. But...

Vint Cerf Talks People Centered Internet

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou may or may not like your Internet speed right now, but in some areas, Internet is non-existant. We’re not talking 3rd World countries, either. There are many areas in the U.S. that also go with little to no signal for children trying to learn and grow. That is why Vint Cerf helped create the People Centered Internet. I got to sit and talk with Vint at the IEEE Tech for Humanity Series at SXSW in Austin, TX about where we are in this initiative. Who is Vint Cerf? Recognized as a founding father of the Internet, Vinton Gray Cerf was best known as co-inventor of the TCP/IP with his team at DARPA. Cerf then moved to MCI to help launch the first commercial email system – called MCI Mail. Vinton continued on, helping develop ICANN. He currently sits on multiple technology...

Dragoon with New Expansion Packs on Kickstarter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDragoon by Lay Waste Games was at SXSW Gaming with their board game, as well as letting people know about the expansion packs now available on Kickstarter. Dragoon is an action strategy board game in which you are a dragon living peacefully until humans decide to show up. You don’t like the humans, but do like the gold they bring. Within the game, you much claim villages and cities. You can choose to let them pay you tribute for gold, or simply take and destroy. Challenge others to dragon-to-dragon combat or just sneak in their caves and steal their gold. This 2-4 player board game is for all gaming levels. Check out the Dragoon Kickstarter with Rogue and Barbarian expansion packs.  

Walking Down 6th Street in Austin for SXSW

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSo this small walk is not a full representation of what Austin is for SXSW, but it’s a small piece of it. 6th street is blocked off every year as bands play the many bars on this stretch of road. I take you on a 4 block journey to the historic Driskill hotel and give you a small taste of the festival during the early afternoon.

Amazon Resistance Radio Headquarters

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAmazon Prime Video is a great service for cord cutters because they offer not only movies and TV shows to watch, they also create their own award-winning content. Shows like “The Man in the High Castle” or “American Playboy”. Amazon Prime Video is also creating documentaries like “Long Strange Trip” as well as bringing back favorite shows such as “Twin Peaks”. The Resistance Radio took over the Market & Tap room in Downtown Austin, TX during SXSW Interactive. With it’s own secrets, the Market & Tap room is the perfect place to hold challenges to get into the secret room. 5 different levels for different tasks. When you registered and got your wristband, you could enter and start the challenges – starting with a phone booth task. But don’t worry. The tasks were not difficult to do (e.g. who was the...

Hasselblad Moto Mod Doesn’t Live Up to Expectation

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI was a big fan of the Lenovo Moto Z with projector Moto Mod. I felt it added something to a phone any business person would want. However, with the Hasselblad camera attachment, it doesn’t go where I would want a camera phone to go. I took this phone to 3 major events for one job – to take photos and video. All three events I switched to my DSLR and iPhone because of how the overall performance was. HasselBlad Moto Mod on Lenovo Moto Z The first issue I had with the phone was simply the power that was behind it. The Moto Z was not as responsive as I wanted it to be. If you had to reboot the device, it simply goes through two videos introductions before the phone finally powered on. The phone had a hard time...

Reviver Brings Digital License Plates to Cars with RPlate

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we move to the next generation of automobile, you have to ask – what about the license plate? It hasn’t really changed over the years. When does it go digital? Well, now. Reviver is a company working to get the digital license plate to your car soon. Ready to distribute in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas, the RPlate attaches on where your license plate sits. Working with state government, the RPlate will automatically update your car’s license with the DMV. No more cards in the mail or standing in line to get new stickers. rplate can do much more than just display your car’s license. With telematics and vehicle tracking, along with a display that can send advertising or messaging in a parked state, you can turn your license into more than just a number on the road. It will even broadcast...

Bob Heil Celebrates 50 Years, Talks the New PR-781 Dynamic Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I caught up with Bob Heil of Heil Sound to talk about new microphones. They were showing off the newest version of the Heil PR-781. They are also celebrating 50 years at Heil Sound and they are excited with the next 50 years. Of course, many great artists have been using some of Heil Sound Microphones over the last couple years. the PR-40 is the microphone of the podcaster, while their fin microphone being used by ZZ Top, and can be seen in the Hunger Games and Last Man Standing. About the PR-781 This microphone comes in black or gold mesh on a black body. The XLR based Dynamic micrphone can be used on it’s own, or attached to a shock mount. Frequency response is 50Hz to 16 kHz and has a Cardiod Polar pattern. At 14 oz, it...

How to Create a Powerful Video Title with NewBlueFX Titler Pro 5

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSince I use Wirecast and Vegas 14, I needed a good program to create titles and lower 3rds for my videos. Two years ago I was introduced to NewBlueFX and Titler Pro software. This has completely changed how I have created content online. I’ve been using their newest version – Titler Pro 5 – for a while now. The first couple revisions had some bugs to them, but once they got straightened out, I was able to use without issue. I loaded up on my main desktop, along with my travel laptop to create videos for CES, NAIAS, and NAMM. What is Titler Pro 5? This is stand alone software that can create and edit titles, lower 3rds, and other graphics for your videos. You can make a title from scratch, or simply use one of the templates to build upon....

IOGEAR GTD733 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Docking Station

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMaking a more versitile computer can mean creating a workstation so you have monitors to view projects, places to put mice and keyboards, and more. Docking your laptop to a device like the IOGear GTD733 also gives you more functionality through the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. The IOGEAR Docking station gives you 2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C plugs, DisplayPort, audio, and USB-A plug. The power delivery system allows you to charge devices. A 85W power delivery will be out later this year. IOGEAR also debuted a full range of docking stations, including USB-C for Macbook Pro.

Cubase Pro 9 DAW Brings Customer Enhancements

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCubase music software has been around since 1989 by German musical software company Steinberg. The idea was to help with recording and arranging music. I remember using early versions of Cubase when I was even studying music in the early 90’s. Thee ability to create scores and record thoughts took me to a whole new level with my music. If it wasn’t for Steinberg Cubase, we wouldn’t have many features for recording, including the Virtual Studio Technology (VST). Fast forward to 2017 and Cubase is continuing strong with Cubase Pro 9 series. More gearing toward the laptop with touchscreen capabilities, this ninth symphony of software geared toward incorporating enhancements the customers needed to make the software work for them. Greg Ondo shows me the features at winter NAMM 2017. New Features in Cubase Pro 9 Zoning – The first new feature...

McPherson Carbon Series Guitars Bring Strength, Quality Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHigh end Acoustic guitars have been made of wood to get the body and brilliance. While carbon fiber isn’t the best sounding material in it’s rough state, the folks at McPherson knew they could eventually mold it into something that does not only have the sound quality, but also the strength for any touring musician. About the McPherson Carbon Series Guitar Created in Sparta, Wisconsin. McPherson Guitars builds the Carbon Fiber alongside their other custom wood guitars. The carbon fiber shell is pressed using a special mold and a special proprietary blend is used on the back of the guitar to control sound and give it the mellow tones, resonance, and sustain. The carbon fiber body makes this guitar more resistant to heat, humidity, and the accidental drop. The neck is made with a 57 million modulus truss rod in the neck...

Earin M-2 Wireless Earbud Headphones for iPhone, Android

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we move away from wired headsets, we look for devices that will not only deliver great sound, but also stay in our ears. Last year, Earin came on the scene with a wireless earbud and power capsule to go with your new iPhone 7 or Lenovo Moto Z (both devices without headphone jack). The folks at Earin came on the scene last year with their M-1 earbuds. Bluetooth earbuds with a charging case for up to 9 hours of listening pleasure. This year at CES 2017 Bluetooth Conference, Earin shows off the new M-2 earbuds. These headphones now include a microphone technology so you can take calls, talk to Siri or Android Assistant, or record audio for podcasts or voice messages. The microphone drivers include a proprietary noise removal algorithm technology so you can have a phone conversation in a...

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