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Geek Smack! – A weekly Podcast that is the flagship for Geekazine. It stars your host – Jeffrey Powers. This is a weekly podcast and Video Podcast that discusses technology news, geek news, reviews items and much more. Formerly the Geekazine Weekly Podcast, Geek Smack  is recorded live on uStream every Tuesday at 3 PM EST. Audio is posted soon after the show and the video is posted on blip.tv once it is processed. Show notes for Geekazine Podcasts are found right at www.geekazine.com. Geek Smack is a proud member of the Techpodcast Network – if it’s tech, it’s here.

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FreeNAS and TrueNAS from IXSystems

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI talked with the folks over at iXSystems about FreeNAS, and TrueNAS, along with their line of hardware at VMWorld. For a SMB, the ability to re-purpose old hardware for something as important as network storage, is a great way to keep costs low. To also have a community of help is an important part. What is FreeNAS With Enterprise-grade features, and an Open source license to create a RAID storage array for backups, replication, and file sharing. You will be able to set it up for internal, or external use. FreeNAS is meant for small home business, or anyone that would like to back up their devices onto one machine. From work documents, to movies, music, and more. You can even share with family and friends. What is TrueNAS TrueNAS is for businesses where accessing information is more critical. TrueNAS...

nVidia Grid, Tesla P40, M10 GPU over CPU Performance

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at VMWorld, I learned more about nVidia’s offerings for server GPUs. Especially in companies where running and working with graphics is important. Instead of installing an expensive desktop at a person’s workstation, the Tesla series of GPU accelerators can give you the horsepower you need. nVidia Tesla P40 GPU With 24 GB of GDDR5, and a memory bandwidth of 346 GB, the P40 will give performance to high-performance need. Each GPU has 47 Tera-Operations per Second, a server with 8 P40’s will deliver the same performance of 140 cpu servers. nVidia Tesla M10 This board allows for up to 64 users at a time, or 128 with 2 boards per server. Utilizing 2560 CUDA cores (640 per GPU), programs such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, Autodesk MAYA, ArcGIS, and more will deliver without buying another desktop machine. nVidia at VMWorld 2017 (the...

First Look at Loop Personal Photo Display

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLoop was a successful crowdfund digital photo frame. While it can show your photos from Instagram, and Facebook, it has other great functionalities that can keep you connected with your family. Let’s go through all the good and bad, then look at the overall picture. The Loop Personal Photo Display is a tablet-sized screen in the design of an old 1960’s television. You know, where the dials changed the channels? Loop presents photos and videos in that same channel format. You can bring photos from Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and soon Google, and Flickr. You can also import items via SD card. Loop also has a camera on-board for you to contact other Loop customers. Therefore, you can have one Loop at home, another at your parent’s house. You will be able to communicate back and forth. Pros: Loop Photo Frame Easily...

NewTek NDI Connect Spark First Look, Setup in Wirecast

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIP video can be easy, and difficult at the same time. Especially if you are trying to record or stream 1080p 60fps. In the last year, NewTek has come out with the NDI protocol, which allows you to send video across an IP network with less pixelation and latency. The Connect Spark was released so you can send any camera video signal – from a Go Pro, DSLR, or even a commercial grade camera – over a network to the recording computer, or even a series of monitors. The NDI Connect Spark This device comes with HDMI or 3G-SDI connections, for whatever video system you use. The box itself can be connected to Ethernet, or a WiFi signal (5G Wifi recommended). Two USB ports and a micro-SD card slot are available for recording from the device. The Spark also allows for...

Wirecast 8 First Look, New Features Explained

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTelestream released Wirecast 8 Studio and Wirecast 8 Pro to the public today. Many new cool features, and some enhancements to the software switcher. We’ll look at all that Telestream has fixed, updated, and changed. Get Wirecast Here. Check out the Slideshow Wirecast is a software video switching program that allows you to create broadcast quality shows using your computer. You can create scenes, overlay graphics, and switch to other scenes with the press of a button. You can also record, or stream to Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Livestream, uStream, and many more services using the RTMP protocol. So what is new? Wirecast Updates the Render Engine Creating new scenes has been improved with new tools that will help you resize, rotate, and even embellish your scenes. A new Z-Rotation has been added so you can flip video around. If you have...

First Look: Vegas Pro 15 by Magix

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMagix has rolled out an update to the popular video editor Vegas Pro, adding in new features including an interface type, which will allow for theme color changes. Along with new updated codecs for 8th generation Intel core technology, and nVidia graphics. This will be the second update since Magix has acquired the software from Sony. Render Faster with nVidia Graphics,  Intel Skylake, or Intel KabyLake Processor One of two major updates is to the main codec of Vegas Pro, utilizing Intel 8th generation Core processors with Intel® Quick Sync Video (QSV) technology. 8-bit HEVC/AVC decoding and encoding will be accelerated with Skylake processors, and 10-bit HEVC/AVC encoding and decoding for Kabylake processors (or better). Also, nVidia cards with the Fermi architecture will get a boost in processing. A NVENC template will appear if your system has the card. This helps...

First Look: Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAny podcaster or musician out there knows – the better the audio, the better chance people will give you. Adding in something that you might not expect can bring some great results. Next thing you know, people are asking you how you made it sound so good. That is where a program like Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac comes in. With a version for Mac and one for PC, you can bring in tracks, or even whole songs, and get all the bumps and bruises out. You can re-organize thoughts, and even extract samples for other projects. Even if you have a multi-track editor or movie creator, a program like Sound Forge Pro allows you to take time away from the whole project and focus on one bit. Most video and audio editors will have a function in the settings...

Is Hulu Live TV Worth the $40 a Month? I Install on Different Platforms to Test

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTVoIP (Television over IP) is really gaining momentum. So much that your cable company might be your Internet provider only and you’ll have many options to choose from. Hulu wants to be one of those to deliver live tv, and they put together a great plan so you can start watching right away. It does come with some limitations, though. What is Hulu Live TV? Hulu.com has added 55 channels which you can stream at any time from your devices at home. Starting at $39.99, you will get favorite cable channels from AMC to USA. In some locations, you will also get local stations. The channel lineup is dependent on where you live, so check with the channel lineup in your zip code. Advantages of Hulu Live TV You can watch on many different devices. It’s in Beta, so more options...

TNP USB-C Hub Adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe TNP USB-C Hub is a dongle you can add to your Mac or PC. It adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging or using another USB-C device. I’ve been using with my HP Elite X2 laptop for when I need a Ethernet connection, 2nd monitor, or extra USB device. Ethernet is a 1 Gigabit and transfers data very well within my network. Sometimes I need the wired connection for video and screen-sharing. Ethernet connections have a lower latency, and less chance of getting bumped off the network if too many wireless devices are connected. In connecting to my Vizio M50 4K TV, I had no problem getting the 2160p signal the monitor can produce. I can then use my x2 to present, or watch a video online or one I created. The Elite X2 also has one USB-C...

Blackmagic Web Presenter for Live Streaming First Look

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBlackmagic Design sent me a web presenter and ATEM Television Studio HD to test out and assess. I’ve been excited for this unit ever since NAB when I interviewed Blackmagic. Within an hour, I was hooked on the web presenter and all it can do. What is the Blackmagic Web Presenter This is a box that will let you use your DSLR, GoPro, or prosumer camera to send video to YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, and many other online sources. The box also has the ability to switch between two video sources – even if the resolutions are not the same! That means if your GoPro is at 720p and your other camera is at 1080p, the web producer will switch without issue. I connected my iPad, then switched it to my iPhone, the device brought back up the signal and continued on....

TBD Broadcasts Internet Based Video Content to Over the Air TV Channels

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf there was a channel on air that brings YouTube and other Internet creators forward, would you watch it? TBD believes you will. I sit down with Kyle Hill to talk about TBD, which markets it’s available in, and how you can watch it online. TBD is at VidCon! Come to our booth in the industry lounge and hang out. We have stuff to give you! #TBD #WhatsNext #VidCon2017 pic.twitter.com/3IMpZrJOLT — TBD (@TBD) June 23, 2017 Check out TBD.Com to watch the channel live, or check out the many great shows, such as TableTop, FailArmy, Emma Approved, and more.

Stikbot Stop Motion Animation Figurines and Sets for Video Creators

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThere are a couple different ways to create stop-motion animation: The 24 frame – move characters ever so slightly style, and the 1-2 second record style (where you are not looking for fluidity). Whatever your style, Stikbot has a way to get you into this genre. It was so easy, I made my own animation within seconds at Vidcon! What is Stikbot Stikbot is a series of characters that can be posed in many ways. Using plastic bodies with an elastic cord running through legs, arms, and head – along with suction cup hands and feet – you can pose your characters in different ways. Make small or bigger moves to simulate the animation. What Do You Get with Stikbot There are many different types of products, from the main studio – with 2 characters and a chroma-key background – to...

The VR180 Video Owl: Recording Stereo 180 Degree VR

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at Vidcon, I ran into Mark W. Gray, and his daughter, Fiona, along with a very interesting owl. It is not really as much a prop as what it can do – create stereoscopic VR180 Video. YouTube Announcement at Vidcon – VR180 Last week I reported on YouTube announcements. One announcement dealt with VR180 (video link queued up for you). This is a form of video where you only see the front side of 360 video. Just like if you were there. Looking behind you won’t matter, as you see nothing past the first 180 degrees. For creators, this allows a focus on the important content – an interview being conducted, a race being run, band playing, etc. Stereoscopic VR180 If you own a VR unit such as Google Cardboard, Oculus, or another headset, you will be able to set...

Prynt Pocket Helps Print Out iPhone Photos with Augmented Reality

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDigital photos are easy to store and care for, but not as easy to display. A printed photo can be put into a scrapbook, on a wall, or just given to friends. That is where Prynt comes in. With a thermal-based printer you can attach to your phone, you are able to take photos right away, with an added Augmented Reality bonus. The Prynt Pocket This is an adjustable iOS device that allows your iPhone 5 and better to connect and print out any photo on your phone. You can also import photos from other devices to have printed onto the Pocket. The Prynt Pocket adjusts to the phone so you can dock in. A small cartridge filled with the ink-free paper will create photos in Black and White and Color. Within 30 seconds, a print will be ready for you!...

LumaFusion is a Pro Video Editor for iPad, iPhone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCreating content on the go can be tough, simply due to the amount of gear you have to bring. In years past, I would need a powerful computer to mix down an Interview, put in music, and titles. Now, Luma Touch has given me a solution to create a more professional looking video using only the iPad. This includes custom titles and transitions. LumaFusion Offers More Options than iMovie LumaFusion gives you 3 video tracks to mix on. For basic interviews (such as this one), I can put the main interview on the base track, then use track 2 and 3 for graphics. One audio track for music. This program can also customize titles and graphics. You can start from scratch, or use a template to edit for your needs. All titles created in this video are based off the template options....

Famebit: Adam Hendle Talks Sponsorship, Google (Youtube) Acquisition, and Site Changes

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFamebit is a great way for YouTube creators, Twitter, Instagram channels, and more to make extra sponsorship dollars. Simply browse the listings and send proposals to those companies looking to promote their products. I sat down with Adam Hendle, General Manager at Famebit, at Vidcon. We talked about the Google (YouTube) acquisition, and if that affected how Famebit conducts business. The service is going through some changes, including a new website, iOS, Android, and a more pro-active sponsor search service. Adam also talks about the extensive community this service has around it. Creators collaborate, help out, and embrace the group. I can tell you first-hand that is true, for I have used Famebit to get sponsors myself. For more information, check out Famebit.com

SmallHD Focus External Monitor with Visibility in Daylight

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a sole camera operator in my travels, I find it difficult at times to see the camera screen. The new Canon M5 screen doesn’t articulate right, so sometimes I have to frame a videos, then trust it’s position. If I had to do a close-focus shot from a lens, that could definitely go south. SmallHD makes video monitors for your camera. Not only ones that allow you to position for yourself, but also ones that add extra features so your camera shot is the best it can be. With a full touchscreen, the 5 inch Focus is for the Vlogger or Video podcaster like myself. About the SmallHD Focus The Focus will show you a 720p resolution video, 294 PPI, and 800 nits. This allows for viewing the screen even if the sun is beating down on you. The camera...

GripGear Motorized Slider with 360 Attachment for Small Cameras

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSliders are great ways to get more motion out of your camera without having someone physically sit there moving the camera. Most sliders are pretty expensive – especially ones that are remote controlled. But GripGear is working to make a slider affordable for everyone. Best part – the device can do more than just slide across a rail. GripGear as a Slider The GripGear Motorized slider is a single aluminium rail with teeth. The until will work it’s way down the track until it hits the end, then starts it’s way back. You can adjust the speed and direction through a pad on the unit, or through a simple remote. GripGear as 360 Video Unit Remove the gear box from the slider and add the top attachment. Now your device will do 360 shots. A GoPro and universal phone mount is included....

Cam Caddie Lightweight Handle Helps Stabilize Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCameras are getting smaller and harder to grip at times. If you are trying to get video at cool angles, it’s harder to hold the camera and keep it stabilized. That is where Cam Caddie can help. Their lightweight handles allow you to not only hold the camera in positions that keep you upright, but also add lights, microphones, monitors, and even a second camera to get a backup shot. I checked out the Scorpion EX at Vidcon. This device can hold my Canon M5 camera without issue. The Rode camera mic could actually get positioned closer to the interview subject. An amazing system and the price was too good to not purchase one ($59.99). You can get a Scorpion EX here.

Using an iPad, Tonebridge, Tabs, and iRig Stomp when Playing Your Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you’ve played guitar, you’ve seen other’s guitar pedal rigs. A big box filled with pedals and power cords so they can get the right sound for a song. But what if you could jam that all into one pedal? What if I said you can with an iPad, two apps, and a single pedal? You can then play your guitar and make it sound as close to the actual artist as possible. My guitar setup Simply put, I have an iPad Pro 10.5 (2017 model). Inside are two apps: Tonebridge, and Tabs. Both of these apps are made by Ultimate Guitar. Tonebridge App A simple app that turns the tone of a song into a simple pedal. Want to play “Stairway to Heaven”? Maybe some “Back in Black”, or “Purple Rain”? Just choose the pedal from the list. Each pedal...

Geekazine is Attending Vidcon 2017: with Tips for you First Timers!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI will be at Vidcon 2017 to not only learn, but pass on my knowledge of creating online content. As a podcaster and video creator with 10 years of social experience, I am excited to grow my presence and build the skills I still lack. Geekazine Offers Some Tips for Vidcon Here are my tips before heading out: Know the Lay of the Land – Did you know there is a Target only 4 blocks away? Great place to get supplies if you need them. Especially rain ponchos. Shuttles are the Best Transportation – Cabs and Uber can become expensive from the Airport. You can get on a Shuttle to your hotel for a lot cheaper. Keep in mind to book 24 hours in advance. Charging – I bring a lot of batteries. The one I rely on most is my...

Netgear Nighthawk x10 Smart WiFi Router Pros and Cons

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Netgear Nighthawk router is an 802.11ad router with a lot of power. In the short while I’ve had it, I have been impressed with the connectivity, along with the fact it actually can pull more bandwidth off my Internet modem. Let’s geek out over all the pros and cons. PRO of the Nighthawk x10 The Nighthawk x10 has a WiFi speed of 7.2 Gbps at the 802.11ac and ad levels. You can connect up to 20 devices, along with 6 Ethernet ports connecting up to Gigabit Ethernet, and 1 10 Gbps LAN port. 2 USB 3.0 ports allow for external drives or other device to enhance the router’s storage and power. 4 High-Performance Active Antennas allow for a large splay so you can access the Internet from a good distance. Performance to your Internet connection might see a small boost....

Dell and Intel Realize Transformation Booth at Dell EMC World 2017

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCustomers are being empowered with data and technology that Dell and Intel are working on. From the farm, to the car, security, and more. The Realize Transformation area at Dell EMC World 2017 showed off some of the cool innovations customers can use to understand their passions and improve upon them. Transforming the Farm With IoT and analytics, you can map data in real time. They show a connected farm, watching over livestock and measuring temperature and water levels of crops. Millions of points of data coming in so you can know if a cow has wandered off, or your livestock prefers a certain area of land during hot/cold weather. The IoT BMW i8 In the next 5 years, we could be sending 4 TB of data to the cloud per day just by driving our cars. The BMW i8 at the...

HPE CodeWars 2017 in Houston, TX Recap

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at HPE in Houston, TX, I got to experience Codewars in action. What is CodeWars CodeWars is a yearly competition where High School students in teams of 3 solve programming issues. This is run in 9 different cities around the world on the same day (with the exception of Bangalore due to their school schedule). Each team is given around 24 problems to solve. From the simplest issues to the more complex coding problems, the students will try to solve as many as possible within a 3 hour time period. No Internet, One Computer The only resources you can bring are one computer and books – and the books are unlimited. No other peripheral or Internet use is allowed. This includes cell phones. And the computer cannot have virtual machines on it. The team’s computer is connected to an intranet,...

NewBlueFX Updated Titler Live Broadcast Adds XML/CSV Support

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to talk with Adam at NewBlueFX at NAB to learn about the upcoming Titler Live Broadcast updates. This update will be coming in June 2017 and will add a lot to the program. Titler Live Broadcast is a program that adds overlays (lower 3rds, title cards, etc) to video. It can be done from the computer, or through another machine using SDI out, HDMI out, or NDI support. One new feature included After Effects import support. By directly importing, you are saving a few steps to get your creations to production. Another great new feature is XML/CSV import for 3rds and titles. With sports scoring and social feeds, you will be able to set up a list and bring that content in as you go. You can use the Titler Live Broadcast on many different hardware and software video...

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