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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...

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...

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...

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....

Magix Vegas Pro 14: Comparing with Sony Vegas Pro 13

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn May 2016, Sony sold audio products ACID, SpectralLayers Pro, Audio Master Suite, and Sound Forge. They also sold video products DVD Architect, VEGAS Movie Studio, and VEGAS Pro software. In September, Magix released their updated version of VEGAS Pro 14. Since I use VEGAS on the majority of projects, I updated to the new version. Being a $250 upgrade ($599 purchase outright), I wanted to find out how Magix improved the software. Also Check Out: Vegas Pro 14 vs. Movie Studio Platinum 14 Three Versions of VEGAS Pro 14 64-bit There are three versions of the new software. Pro Edit, Pro, and Pro Suite. Each version supports 4K, 2D and 3D rendering, and capture from SD or HD-SDI devices, multi-track audio and video. VEGAS Pro adds image stabilization (through Mercalli V4), Titler Pro Express (NewBlueFX), and DVD and Blu-Ray disc...

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...

Create Fresh Amazing Titles with NewBlueFX Titler Pro 4

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you are creating video, having great lower 3rds and other graphics are key to keeping your audience captivated. It also adds to the feel of your show when you can keep formats the same throughout. That is why I use Titler Pro 4 from NewBlueFX – so I can create the best graphics for all my videos. Titler Pro is a plugin for not just video editing programs, but also live streaming systems like Wirecast, NewTek Tricaster and BlackMagic Davinci Resolve. Over 50 features are inside this program, including hundreds of presets, 3D rotation, animation presets, Keyframed lighting and much more. Using a timeline keyframe setup, you can create or adjust any template to your desire. In the accompanying video tutorial and demonstration, I create a simple lower third which I can use for my videos. I talk about how...

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iRig2 for iOS, Android – Time to Rock on Your Guitar – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been a big fan of IK Multimedia and the iRig. However, since I moved to Android devices, it got tougher to use these great musical additions. At CES 2015, they changed that with the new iRig 2 guitar interface which now supports Android devices. I talked with Derek of IK Multimedia about the new iRig 2 adapter for your guitar. Along with the Amplitude for Android you can now add pedal effects to your guitar for practice or performance. With the additional bluetooth pedal board, you can preset your sounds and have them ready at a touch of a button. Of course you can also use your iOS device the exact same way with the Amplitude for iOS. The iRig 2 includes a amplifier out, headphone out, gain control and FX-through switch so you can even connect to your existing...

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XBox One Controllers Now Work on The PC

If you have an XBox One, then there is some really good news for you. As of today, Microsoft has officially released their own drivers/software for the XBox One controller. You will be able to download and install the drivers, connecting your XBox One controller to the PC and just like that you will be able to play your favourite PC games with the XBox One controller. At this time, we’ve not been able to confirm if any other third party XBox One controllers (like the Mad Catz Killer Instinct FightStick TE2) will also work with these drivers. However, if anyone has been able to test a third party XBox One controller, please leave a comment below. Personally, this is a move that I predicted ever since I first heard that Microsoft were working on the XBox One. I predicted that the controller would be compatible with the...

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Wolfenstein: The New Order Available Now

Great News! Bethesda announced today that Wolfenstein: The New Order is now available. Wolfenstein is based in Europe 1960 after World War II raged and (in this universe) the Nazis prevailed. Captain BJ. Blazkowicz has to go on a mission against the regime and take out General Wilhelm Strasse (a.k.a. Deathshead). But these are no ordinary Nazis. They are robots and super soldiers ready to take your head off at a moments notice. The game is available on PC, PS3, PS4, XBox One and XBox 360. You can get Wolfenstein: The New Order through Amazon Here are the recommended system requirements: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD 4 GB System RAM 50 GB free hard drive space Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 6850

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Voycee: Your History Free Social Network – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe easiest way to say it – it’s Snapchat for social networking. Voycee is an incognito social network. You create your post and send it. People read the post then it disappears into the night. I talked with Ilfan Radoncic of Voycee – suited up like the Men in Black – who showed me the network. He states there are certain celebrities and sports stars that want to post something and not have it blow up on social networks. With Voycee, there is no timeline, no archived posts. Nothing to say that post existed. You can say something that people can read in the moment and then let it go in the wind. Voycee is available now for iOS with an Android app coming soon. Sign up, post away. Or DID you? For more information, head to Voycee.me or you can Download Voycee...

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Mobilizr – Get Paid for Your Selfie – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI found a great way to make money off my selfie. That is with Mobilizr – a company that helps you promote your favorite brands and get rewarded for it. Lets say you like Geekazine. Simply send a picture through the app to promote it. This is a beta service for use. There are some campaigns up on the site right now which you would download the iOS or Android app to participate with. Earnings on Mobilizr depend on what the campaign offers. You can even set up your own campaign for other people to like. For more information, check out Mobilizr.net  

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Digital Jukebox Button Broadcaster for Organizing Audio – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRadio programs use cart software to keep audio files organized. A software solution allows for more than just what a cart can hold and everything at a person’s fingertips. Even with podcasting some people use cart software to organize and keep clips at hand. Digital Jukebox is cart software that does a lot more. I got to talk with Joe over how Button Broadcaster works. Basically, the software allows you to put audio files in a 49 square area. You can organize those from intro music to quick quotes, sound effects, and more. On top is another series of buttons which bring up another set of buttons to use. On the left is the list. Items that you have queued up to play. They can be single items or category list items. Therefore you can play 3 songs and come in to...

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Telestream Wirecast 5 – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the Telestream booth to find out what is going on with one of my favorite streaming software programs – Wirecast 5. I learned about the plethora of software and updates Telestream has to offer for any broadcaster – from podcast streaming to TV production. One product Telestream was promoting is Switch. this program will give you media playback in multiple media formats, then switch the video to the same format as other video. Switch supprts MOV, MP4, MXF, GXF, MPEG Transport Streams, and even Ultra HD 4k.  We also talked about the updated Wirecast 5 streaming software. With this software you can attach multiple cameras for a switching source, add chromakey events, lower 3rds, audio breaks, and more. Wirecast can send the video to another program, record to a video file, or even stream out to platforms such as...

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Paladin S3 Portable Streaming Solution, iPad app – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I create some videos, I use streaming software to do it – mainly Wirecast. This is a great way for me to put on layers (such as lower 3rds) and get the content out to you. Paladin has seen what I do and improved on it with the Paladin S3 streaming box. Best part – they also have made portable versions of it. Paladin’s S3 Chasis is a low form factor PC. Inside you can place either an SDI array, or HDMI input solution. You can patch out to monitor, audio, digital audio, USB device, Firewire, eSATA, Ethernet, or wireless solution. The PC box can load any software – Wirecast or Vid Pro – Livestream, uStream, or YouTube – even post production software like Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Hit Film, and more. Paladin Portable Solutions Paladin also has solutions...

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Source Connect by Source Elements: Eliminate Latency Connection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are a musician that has tried to collaborate over the Internet, you know latency of a signal can kill the session. There are a few companies working on reducing latency – Source Elements is one of those companies. While you cannot do a live jam session without issue, you can do some pretty cool stuff with this software – record a track and have another record their track to merge together with quality of 320 kbps. If you are running an interview you can reduce the dead air that some connections get because of the lag time. With Source Connect Pro, you can reduce latency to as much as 100 milliseconds – the same speed of a cell phone connection. All you need is access to a Chrome browser (other browsers coming soon). You can run the software on...

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Day 2 – Streaming, Vocalbooths, Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI spent day 2 of NAB expo in the lower south hall of LVCC. Before I headed there, I stopped by the NMX lounge to watch Don Baine stream his event live. Andy McCaskey was there, which was a great surprise. I got to talk with him, Rick Calvert and Patti Hoskins from NMX. Lots of big booths and great products to be seen in south hall. I started at Vocal booth where I found out how I can put a soundproof booth into any room and not disturb the neighbors. Guy Coleman mentioned these booths are even used in prisons as one-on-one video conferencing between inmates and lawyers, family, or other visitors. I stopped by the OWC booth as we talked about their new media solution in Jupiter – a SSD array that could fit on a desk or in...

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Amazon Fire TV: What This Streaming Device Needs to Win

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Did you get fooled today? Lots of April Fools jokes out there, so make sure you read through the whole article before you buy into it. Finished all the SXSW videos this last week except for one (and there is a reason why – more later). Now it’s time to get ready for NAB! I’ll be heading out on Friday. Last night was a laid back one for TWIGG. Luke and I talked about Android Wearables and how that affects Google Glass. We also debuted Chroma-key shirt, and debuted the Glass app – Beetlejuice. Download the code here Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – Stitcher – YouTube You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed...

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Mi World Portable Computing System Will Soon Run Linux Steam OS – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI sat down with Jim Luke of Myth Innovations to talk about their brand new crowdfund in the Mi World Portable Computing System (PCS). They launched the item on Indiegogo to raise funds to develop and market this item. What is the Mi World PCS? This is a secure and portable supercomputer which can do anything from media server, hot spot, personal cloud, to media streaming solution or even portable computer. You will be able to carry, connect, and share your content from the system you connect to – or even the internet. Mi World is a 2.4 GHz quad-core computer. It will have 2 GB of DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, Multiple SD card input and 802.11ac wireless. The first version will be running Android, but within a few months they will be transitioning to a full Linux OS (most likely Steam OS)....

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iStopMotion by Boinx – Create Stop Motion Videos

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStop motion is an art that some excel in. Claymation and LEGO motion are both types of Stop motion video. Movies like Wallace and Grommet and Chicken Run use this technique. Now you can, too! A couple weeks ago, Boinx software sent me the iStopMotion software to play with on my Mac and iPad. I am not a stop motion expert by any means, but this software made is easy to create my own videos and animated GIFs. Advantages of iStopMotion The ghost images show you where your items were so adjustments can be made. You can load an audio track so the stop motion can sync with it. You can even load in a video to create a stop motion version. Imagine re-creating Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer with this software! You can also put up a chromakey background to put your...

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How to Set Up Your YouTube Live Events

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe just found out last week that if you have a YouTube account in good standing and 1,000 or more subscribers, you can get YouTube Live Events. Basically a way to stream to your Youtube account. In this video, I show you what you need to get approved for streaming, the process of setting up an event and of course streaming it. I use Wirecast for the software host (Get Wirecast Here). You can use other software, especially if you are setting up more than one camera. Also check out all the other tutorials on How to Record Podcasts including this video.

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Nero: Kwik Media Manager – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMartin Stein, Senior VP at Nero came on TPN CES Live to talk about nero’s newest product, Kwikmedia. This is a program that syncs all your media to a home device. You will be able to move files, play Blu-Ray movies and HD video, copy audio to CD’s or media devices (like smart phones). You will also be able to organize your photos so you can show them off on your tablet. There are two versions of Kwik Media. A free version, and Kwik Media Unlimited, which will cost $9.99 [cessponsor]

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