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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...

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....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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.

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