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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.  

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Geekazine Partners with Full Compass for NAB Coverage

This year I am really excited as I will be partnering with Full Compass to get some great NAB action. Full Compass is your one-stop place for music, camera production, lighting, and more. Full Compass has been around in the Madison, WI area for over 40 years. They offer over 700 top equipment brands for professional musicians, sound engineers, broadcast stations and more. Led by Johnathon and Susan Lipp, Full Compass has a powerful online ordering system and a personal staff for your ordering needs. Mine rep is Joel and I have worked with him in many occasions. Recently, I purchased a Yamaha DTX 502 Drum Module for my electronic kit. Six months ago he got me a great deal on a BlackMagic ATEM. I will be creating videos with Full Compass for Panasonic, Sennheiser, Canon and Sound Devices. You can follow along at http://fcsys.co/NABFeature

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

Sengled Pulse Solo Bluetooth Stereo Speaker Light Bulb

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTurn it on, turn it up. That is what the Sengled Pulse Solo LED bulb is all about. In this world of connected light bulbs, we expect our appliances to do more than they were originally meant for. The Pulse Solo is a perfect example – It’s an LED light and a Stereo Bluetooth speaker all in one. Using a standard Edison 26 or 27 screw socket (with a B22 socket version as well), the Pulse Solo can be used in almost any light around the house. THe light itself puts out 550 Lumens with a color temperature of 2700k in a 105 degree angle from the top of the bulb. It only takes 9.5W for the light, and 12.5 W using the speaker. The 3 Watt JBL stereo speaker can be connected with any Bluetooth device and controlled using iOS...

Workspace Lift35 Improves Your Desk Adding Adjustable Height

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember when I had to move from desk to desk not only at work, but also at home. While office desks might have ability to be height-adjusted, home desks are a fixed height because they are also your kitchen table or the old desk in the basement. That is why I love the ErgotronHome Workspace Lift35 Desk – It’s an addition to your desk that adds multiple tiers, along with the ability to raise the table and stand at your desk. I have been a fan of the Ergotron brand for years. Having the Workfit D Adjustable Desk and the dual monitor mount, I can move my desk around without major issue. ErgotronHome is the consumer version of the company which gives home offices the same abilities to work. Back at CES, I talked about the ErgotronHome Hub27 mounted desk which is great for...

Silicon Cowboys: Documentary on the Rise of Compaq Computers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW I was invited to see the documentary: Silicon Cowboys. This is the story of the rise of Compaq computers in a time where IBM ruled the land. It’s important to understand that if it wasn’t for Compaq and their battle against the giant in the 80’s, we might not have the technology advances of today. Tech Geeks will get a rise out of all the adverts within the documentary. Some will even relive the 80’s and 90’s when Compaq was at it’s prime. For me, I remember back to the day my uncle walked in with a Compaq portable computer, set it up on the table and turned it on. That is really the day I knew how hooked I was on computers. This David-vs-Goliath documentary shows how Compaq built their own personal computer without stealing any secrets...

Find a Lifetime Job You Love with Elevated Careers by eHarmony

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe all hate looking for a job, but sometimes we look because we hate the job we’re in. Going to job sites can be as frustrating as filling out your taxes. eHarmony works on getting you the perfect relationship, now they are taking their algorithm to help you find the perfect job with Elevated Careers. “For years people have been calling themselves the ‘eHarmony of jobs’, and they’re not,” states Dan Erickson, Director of Special Projects. “We figured we might as well be the eHarmony of jobs because we’re going to do it right.” Get your job right, you'll get your life right. @elevatedcareers #geekout A photo posted by Jeffrey Powers (@geekazine) on Mar 30, 2016 at 4:53pm PDT Dr. Neil Warren came out of retirement 3 years ago to reorganize eHarmony. He brought on Dan Erickson and Dr. Steve Carter...

Prototypes at Sony Future Lab

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW I got to check out the Sony FutureLab and several products that connect us more into the Internet of Things (IoT). From headsets with new earbud designs to interactive tables, and even new ways to game or interact with things. In this video, we look at two items. First is the touch interactive table where you can set down items to pull information right from the page. An overhead projector and sensor recognition with a poliphany of 8 points can move items around, pull text, or simply identify the item placed on the table. Story books can come alive, card games can become more interactive, and the imagination can bring limitless ideas. Best part is any table can become an augmented reality device. Another great IoT prototype was a simple alien shooting game they displayed. The projector is...

The Inspiration that is Del Close: The Story of the Del Close Marathon

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have to admit: I didn’t know who Del Close was. On the same token, you don’t know who many of my inspirations or teachers were. But they shaped my growth in life. That is what Del Close did. He shaped people such as Harrold Ramis, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Bob Odenkirk, John Candy and many more. While he died in 1999, many have still worked to preserve his name and ideals, which is why the documentary “Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon” was created. While at SXSW, I got to sit down with director Todd Bieber and Executive Producers Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade) and Matt Walsh (UCB, Veep) on the making of this documentary. In it, we find out how Del started in various improv troupes, but made more of a name as a teacher...

A Batman vs. Superman Review that May Make Ben Affleck Proud

This review is from Guest reviewer Thomas. After viewing the movie BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice, I have decided that enough hate has befallen this movie. I will, therefore, give as positive a review as possible. (and as spoiler-free as possible.) First off, I want to say; Henry from Eureka created Cyborg! Whoah! Now that I have gotten that off my chest, Director Zack Snyder apparently deduced that DC  fans really wanted a movie based on Superman/Doomsday, The Dark Knight Returns, and World’s Finest. Therefore, he did them all in one shot. The movie opens right about where I expected it – A year or so since General Zod dropped in to give Kal-El a big hug. As the battle left buildings destroyed and people lying dead, the public started to wonder if having a powerful alien floating about is such a good idea. At the top of...

Lume Cube is complete with 1,500 Lumens for Well Lit Photos, Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am starting to use my mobile devices to get more exclusive video. Along with some simple hardware, I can shoot expo floor interviews at 60 fps without having a big camera at my side. But one problem has always been lighting. That is going to change as well with the Lume Cube app controlled light. Lume Cube is a waterproof light that can be mounted to a camera, or set to the side for the right type of lighting of your photo or video. You can add it to a DSLR Camera or GoPro and get better video in low light environments. The cube is only 1 1/2 inches in size so you can throw it into any bag. The device puts out 1,500 Lumens – at least 15x stronger than the flash from an iPhone. It can also strobe...

Tip Your Favorite Band any Time with TipCow

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a band member, I know how hard it is to not only get what you are worth, but also promote with a tip jar. Even as a patron, I never get to the front of stage to throw a couple dollars in to support the music. Now, with TipCow, I can do it all from my phone and don’t even need to be at the show. Sitting down with Chris Bush (CEO of TipCow) at SXSW I found how they are different than any crowdfunding project out there. They vet and curate the artists on TipCow. That way someone else doesn’t claim to be your band and take money from your pocket. You must also be able to prove who you are or else they will not add you to the service. Tips can be outright, or parts of specials....

Tech Set Comcast Social Media Lounge for SXSW 2016

Best Resource of SXSW Interactive: Comcast Tech Set Social Media Lounge

I have been going to SXSW Interactive for the last 5 years. It continues to be a great resource for people like me who don’t live in San Francisco or Austin for tech. Every year I have felt welcomed by one area in the convention center. The TechSet Social Media Lounge. This year, it was nothing but awesome! Nestled on 4th floor, the TechSet Social Media Lounge has everything I need to keep sane during the week. This year, Comcast sponsored the lounge to a large group of weary social media people and artists that don’t have access to press lounges like I do. In fact, I choose this lounge over the press one because of what TechSet and Comcast have to offer. Run by Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis, this media lounge had everything you would need to refresh, recharge, and go. Heck, there were times you...

Epson Expression Premium XP-630 with Cloud Print Service

Being a stylish and compact multi-functional printer, Epson Expression Premium XP-630 has all of the functions that you need. This is functional in a sense that it helps you in your document, photos and more. You are also able to print on stunningly-designed and border-less photos for up to A 4. This can also be used in enhancing photos using the built-in feature of red-eye removal or automatic photo correction. One of the best things that you would love about this product is that it serves its best purpose in customizing only the most creative projects. Archive those special moments with the use of DVD’s or CDs tray for wireless printing or direct printing. The Epson Expression Premium XP-630 simply features the best in wireless printing. Thus, it will be a lot easier for you to manage the task of printing from iPhone, Smartphone, iPad, tablet and more....

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