Tagged: geekout

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...

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...

New Geekazine Merchandise

New Geekazine T-Shirts Now on Amazon Store

I have some great news as I partnered with Amazon to sell some of my T-Shirt designs. I have offered these shirt in the past through other vendors. All of these T-Shirts are updated versisons, along with some new ideas. Each shirt is cotton (100% for solid colors, blend for heather grey). They are machine wash cold, and lightweight. Double needle sleeve and bottom hem so they don’t wear out too fast. The shirts are also in Kids, Women, and Mens sizes up to 3XL. The T-Shirts on Geekazine Merch Store – Best Geek Porn The Best Geek Porn Shirt is for you content creators out there. It’s a fun twist to being a content creator. The OGD – Obsessive Geek Disorder If you have OCD for your Geek obsession, this shirt is for you. Wear it with pride, but make sure all your storm troopers are lined...

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....

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...

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...

New in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAl Mooney sat down with me at NAB 2017 to let me know all the cool new features that Premiere Pro contains. Lots of cool beta programs that you can start to use right away. Just like the Character Animator, which programs such as the Late Show with Stephen Colbert started using right away. This is part of an “Instant on” option: when something gets announced, you can start using it by updating the program. This is true for all Adobe Creative Cloud programs. As for Premiere Pro, it’s more than just editing. Color, audio, and motion graphics have been the main focus. For color, Adobe added a lumetri color panel. Audio also has a panel that gives you a essential sound panel – a visual screen to help clean up sound points. An auto-match loudness will normalize all sound clips. Easier...

Blackmagic ATEM TV Studio, Web Presenter, TV Studio Pro HD

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBlackmagic Design released some great new products at NAB for web producers. They also released an all-in-one switcher that allows you to set it down, attach cameras,and start recording or streaming. More important, Blackmagic re-designed their TV studio hardware to be more compact and keep the same functions. ATEM Television Studio HD The ATEM Television Studio HD is a 4 HDMI, 4 SDI input device that allows you to connect cameras, video from computers, and more. An added audio mixer allows this to be an all-in-one device. Output options to a monitor, or device to send to the web. This Live Production switcher also can be controlled right from the hardware device, rather than through software or separate console joystick. The camera switches light up green for production video, and red for standby video. Blackmagic Web Presenter Building on the Intensity series, the...

Luxli Viola is an RGBW LED Light with iOS App

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLuxli set up a backpack at NAB to show off Viola – a portable LED light that can change color and temperature. RGB + 3,400-10,000 white light. The Viola is Bluetooth connected, so you can put the light up into the rafters, then adjust at needed. Link lights together to go from a soft light to a Discotheque. The 5 inch Viola can be attached on a light and use a standard Panasonic battery. You can also add a diffuser for a softbox need. The Luxli can be used for remote video, in-studio lighting, or even if the electricity goes out in a storm.

Livestream Mevo adds 4K Capture, Android Support

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWith over 10 million viewers in 10 years, Livestream helps people produce content easier. They do it on two levels, hardware and software. With the Mevo as a simple start, and their multi-camera switchers for a more advanced system, including the HD550 – a laptop-sized device. I talked with Mahdi Motamedi about the Mevo, along with other hardware switchers Livestream creates. The Mevo – starting at $399 allows you to create scenes from a single 4K video. You can set up and control those scenes right from your iOS or (now) Android device. You can also get a Mevo Boost for more battery life and Verizon LTE connection. With 150 degree lens and stereo microphones, you can capture an event or video show you produce. You can send this up to Livestream, Facebook LIVE, or YouTube. You can also connect to a HDMI source...

AirScouter Wearable Display from Brother for Monitoring Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a videographer, sometimes you can’t poise a camera to view through the eyepiece or even the display. If you are moving with your camera, sometimes you have to trust it’s capturing the way you want it. External monitors help, but you can’t always keep your eyes on it while moving. Brother has a solution to this in the AirScouter. This is a head-worn device that displays a 720p image in one eye. As you move throughout the shot, you can simply glance up to the screen to see if you are in the frame you envisioned. This is a wired pack, connected through SDI (HDMI version may also become available). Brother does make a wireless AirScouter for drone use. If you need to shield the sun, simply wear a hat. If you need even more light removal, you can get...

Adobe Character Animator Uses Facial Recognition to Animate in Real Time

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you have been watching Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you might have seen cartoon Donald Trump get interviewed from time to time. What if I told you the software they use you can get for only $49.99 a month? Adobe has been beta testing the new Character Animator with anyone that has a Creative Cloud subscription. Character Animator allows you to bring a Photoshop or Illustrator image in to make the animation happen. Using facial recognition, you can control the character you make in real-time. I got to check out this program at NAB this week. You can talk through the character like Terry Fator talks through his puppets. This brings a new level of video production as audio podcasters can now create videos without having a camera on them – well, sort of. Other animation options allow you to move arms and...

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...

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...

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...

Geekazine.com