Tagged: video

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...

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....

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...

Ricoh Theta 4k 360 Degree Camera with 3D Spatial Audio

technology,cachefly,Sony Handycam,video,cameras,ricoh theta,gear 360,360 cameras,best 360 camera,virtual reality,360 camera,theta s,theta360,360 degree video,top 360 degree video,vr,360,360 video,4k,ricoh,theta,camera,ricoh theta s,nab,las vegasPodcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRicoh was at NAB showing off the new Theta sp360 4k30fps 360 degree camera. A long awaited upgrade to the Theta S camera. The updated camera will not only do 4k 30fps in 360 degrees, but it will also incorporate 3D Spatial Audio. What is 3D Spatial Audio When you are recording 360 video, capturing audio from where it originates can help in getting that full experience. The binaural audio will move with the video when you are watching on computer or through a VR headset. The 4k camera houses 4 microphones to capture the surround sound for this to happen. You will also be able to control from an Android OS device, and stream in 4k (if appropriate WiFi is available). There...

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...

Canon 80D Camera with headphone jack

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCanon EOS cameras are great for not only capturing quality photos, but also for creating video for your YouTube channel, or other video projects. At NAB, I got to see one of the latest versions – the Canon 80d Camera. With a wide-area, 45-point, all cross-type AF system, this camera will work in lower light with a luminance performance to EV-3. The camera has a 24.2 Megapixels CMOS sensor to create high-resolution images. The 80D camera will also work well as a video camera. Fast autofocus, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and 1080p 60fps MP4 video will allow for great video shots. The base unit comes with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Stabilized USM lens. An optional Røde microphone can be added for capturing video. But the 80D also includes something videographers have been asking for – a headphone jack to monitor audio capture. Canon...

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...

Reviver Brings Digital License Plates to Cars with RPlate

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we move to the next generation of automobile, you have to ask – what about the license plate? It hasn’t really changed over the years. When does it go digital? Well, now. Reviver is a company working to get the digital license plate to your car soon. Ready to distribute in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas, the RPlate attaches on where your license plate sits. Working with state government, the RPlate will automatically update your car’s license with the DMV. No more cards in the mail or standing in line to get new stickers. rplate can do much more than just display your car’s license. With telematics and vehicle tracking, along with a display that can send advertising or messaging in a parked state, you can turn your license into more than just a number on the road. It will even broadcast...

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....

Arlo Home Security and Arlo Q Cameras from Netgear

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHome security is growing in the IoT space. You want to keep tabs on your home when you are away, then have anything bad get recorded for police, insurance, and maybe that occasional viral video. The Arlo Security Camera system from Netgear can help. Let’s go over the Pros and Cons, then I’ll give a more in-depth review after. This is a review of the Arlo Security 2 portable camera system with Arlo Q Plus indoor camera. PROs – Arlo Camera System The 2 camera side of this system is portable and weatherproof. The cameras can be set anywhere you choose indoors and out. With an additional magnetic base or ability to place on a tripod mount, you can get video from anywhere and have it sent back to the base-station via WiFi. Once joined to the base station, these cameras...

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...

Bell’s Palsy and my First 48 hours: The Important Facts

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI had a life-defining moment this weekend. It affects my lifestyle, it affects my job, it affects everything. I developed a case of Bell’s Palsy. And although statistics are on my side for recovery, it doesn’t always mean I will fully heal or not have a re-lapse down the road. I’m just glad it wasn’t a stroke. Ok. Can you see what the issue is? MRI on the way! #hospital #geekout A photo posted by Jeffrey Powers (@geekazine) on Oct 1, 2016 at 12:48pm PDT The first 24 hours In hind-sight, I guess it all happened around 11 AM on Friday, September 30, 2016. I came home from a couple clubs where I play and work. I had a weird taste in my mouth – described best as when you burn your tongue. I thought it was the sugary soda I...

How to Facebook Live Through iOS Using Wirecast Go, Teradek Live Solo

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFacebook Live is a great way to run video, but you have no options for a lower 3rd, overlay graphics, watermark or anything else. There are two iOS apps out there that allow you to do that from Wirecast and Teradek. I show you what you have to do to set up the Live from your profile, and then each app. What You Need for iOS Setup The common RTMP url is: rtmp://rtmp-api.facebook.com:80/rtmp/ Set up the RTMP security key, if you streaming from a Facebook Page, go to Publishing Tools (top of page) -> Video Library (left of page) -> “+Live” Button (top of page). If you are trying to stream from your own profile, you will need help with the setup. iag.me set up a button. Get the LINK here. iOS Apps to accomplish extra options like lower 3rds Get Wirecast Go...

Konami Replaces a Gamer’s Arm

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week: A gamer looses his arm to a rail accident. Konami comes back with the best response – by making you a new arm. Episode 6 show notes: – Atari working on Centipede, Missle Command movies – When you die at the job you love – Own Count Dracula Castle – Kevin the Cat who is Always Surprised – Angry Birds – Red Nose Day – Fall Preview Trailers from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and CW – Transformers Teaser – Google I/O announcements – Big Ben gets LEGO – Ford’s Co2-based seat padding

Instagram, TV Cancellations, Assassin’s Creed

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSpecial Note: Not sure what happened, but the Facebook LIVE audio lost sync with the video at the beginning. I have posted the problem with Facebook. Not sure it will get resolved. This week: Lots of TV Cancellations, we go over the Geek ones. Morning Geeks! Ep 5 Show Notes – Instagram’s new Look – A $20K bong? – Goodbye William Schallert – Oxygen on Mars – Voltron to Netflix – Andre the Giant Movie Coming – Black Widow Movie Coming – Assasin’s Creed Trailer – MegaBots are Coming! – Hyperloop test – Make Money Watching Porn

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sony Updates the 4K Handycam in FDR-AX53

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am an avid user of the Sony Handcam cameras. Last year Sony came out with their first 4K Handycam and they improved on it this year with the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam. I got to talk with Christine while I was at CES 2016 about the features to this new model. The AX53 Handycam added some new features from last year, including the newest in Carl Zeiss technology and a new Exmor R CMOS sensor. The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens has a 26.8 mm wide angle with a focal length of 24-70 mm and an aperture range of f/2.8 – f/22. One of my favorite features is the Intelligent Active mode. A 5-axis stabilizer that reduces camera shake even while running. They had several cameras set up on shaking platforms and a stable shot on screen. The internal wireless feature allows...

Powerful LG-V10 Smartphone Video Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFirst I have to say I am not a fan of the larger smartphone. However, the LG V10 is a phone I saw myself using. It does have some downfalls that make it tougher to recommend. Verizon Wireless gave me the phone to test out while I was in Vegas for CES 2016. LG V-10 Specs This is a removable battery and memory expandable smartphone. The LG V10 contains a Quad-core Snapdragon 808 chip for a nice crisp screen in day or night. This phone is also called a two-screen phone; the 5.7 inch IPS Quantum display with Quad HD resolution and a separate strip at the top of the phone to access time, basic apps (like flashlight and camera), weather and more. You can even customize the message on top. The main camera is 16 MP, and the front facing...

Checking out Tascam DR-701D with Timecode Sync for Great Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I have to record one-on-one videos on the road, I go to my Tascam Video camera recorder. The newest version in the DR-701D adds video time-code so I can sync up audio better. I sit down with Jeff Laity at CES 2016 to learn more about this audio product. Whether using a DSLR, Prosumer camera, smartphone or other recording device, audio can become the single most important part. If you are recording multiple sources, separate tracks can be the difference if you have to fix any audio anomalies. When I first saw the DR-701D from Tascam, I was excited to see they added HDMI pass-through and time-code options. Add to it up to 6 audio sources in a multi-track recorder (4 tracks plus stereo mix). In talking with Jeff Laity, I learned Tascam improved not only the functionality of this device,...

Kodak CFH-V10 Home Video Monitor Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile I was slightly under 4,000 miles away, I could still keep great tabs on my home using this Kodak CFH-V10 Video Monitor from Kodak. This is a small IP camera that not only allows me to monitor what’s going on at home, it can also record events for my review. The CFH-V10 is an HD camera you can watch or listen to at any time via smartphone or computer. Simply install the iSecurity app or go to isecurityplus.com and login with your credentials. Setup is fairly easy – turn the camera into setup mode, then add your info including home Wifi connection for remote viewing. Get the Kodak CFH-V10 The fish-eye lens captures a great deal of a room. If you need more, such as pan/tilt, you can get a CFH-V15. The camera can detect noise or a person moving...

D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Gigabit Adapter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI own and have used the D-Link powerline DHP series in the past. My DHP 302 has been a life saver when I needed to run an Ethernet cable but couldn’t punch through a wall to do it. The newest D-Link Powerline adapter is the AV2 2000. This can send around 2 GB of data through your electrical wiring to places where Ethernet and WiFi can’t. It’s perfect for when you want to hard wire your Fire TV, XBox or PS4, or even plug it into a switch so you can connect all your devices. Some new additions to the AV2 2000 include MIMO – Multiple Input, Multiple Output. Think of it like the data splitting up and the smaller pieces take the path of least resistance to get to the destination point without any bottlenecking happening. Get the Powerline AV2...

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