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Epiphan Webcaster x2 Unbox and Configure – How I’m Going to Use it

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStreaming to Facebook and YouTube is getting easier. I feel even more proud when I can make it look better with production behind it. But I know that sometimes you just need to hook the camera up and stream or record. With the Epiphan Webcaster x2, I can stream to either YouTube, Facebook, or the Cloud through AVStudio. All within a few minutes. How Webcaster x2 Works This is a stand-alone unit that – with a push of a button – will stream to either YouTube, Facebook, or AVStudio in resolutions up to 1080p. The device can be wired, or run wireless with 2.4 Ghz wireless. Connect a video camera (Web camera connection is available, but in BETA at this time), and configure your settings to stream out. Connect Webcaster x2 for a Better Wirecast, OBS, or vMix Solution If you...

ViCoustic Designer FlatPanel VMT for Acoustic Sound Control

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhat if your sound panels held a design? What if your video background didn’t look like wood, or brick anymore. Designer sound panels and sound rooms are what ViCoustic does. ViCoustic Flat Panel VMT This is a 2×2′ panel that can be customized to any pattern you would like. The Flat Panel VMT is made from VicPET, which is recycled plastic. These panels are thin, and can reduce the sound of a room. The best part is you can customize them with your own patterns. Create a Vector image with your brand or logo, then put them up into your studio for 2 solutions in one. If you’re looking to spruce up your living room, bedroom, or other, you can choose from multiple patterns, and turn your room into whatever design you desire. Other ViCoustic Panels ViCoustic makes other types of...

Epiphan Video Pearl Mini

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOur friends at Epiphan joined us at Geekazine LIVE Infocomm 2018 to talk about all the cool products They released. This includes the new Pearl Mini recorder. About Epiphan Pearl Mini This is an all-in-one system for your livestream needs. We saw the mini at NAB during Geekazine LIVE. This week, the device is shipping to pre-orders. The Mini gives you 2 HDMI inputs, 1 SDI input, 2 USB ports, audio inputs, Ethernet, and an HDMI out port. This can allow you to switch between multiple video sources, or do a side-by-side layer for when you need it. The Mini starts at $3495. Check out more capture products from Epipan.

Learning Glass Light Board Keeps Your Eyes Forward

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn a class room, when the teacher turns to the chalk board (or white board), they cannot see if a student is getting confused with what they are writing. In a video, who wants to continually see the presenter’s back? Learning Glass creates a great solution with the Learning Glass Light Board – where they can teach in a forward manner. What is Learning Glass? This uses the same technology Lighted erase marker boards use. Instead of a coated back glass, the presenter can see right through it. They simply write like they normally do. The camera flips the image to look like they have the ability to write backwards. The students would watch the presentation on a screen with the image flipped. The presenter can control the light, so they can see more of the text, or presenter when needed....

PTZOptics Producer Kit

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you want to start your own video show, or your job asks you to put a video rig together for recording or live streaming content, then PTZOptics has a system for you. Paul came back on Geekazine LIVE at Infocomm to talk about their Producer Kit – This is a solution that gives you everything you need to start a live stream, or recording session. What is in the Producer Kit PTZOptics camera, PTZOptics joystick, capture device, cables, and Skull Canyon NUC computer. You will need a computer monitor, keyboard/mouse (or laptop with Remote control options), and your favorite streaming software (like OBS, Wirecast, or vMix) to finish up the kit. With a PTZOptics camera, you can set scenes so if your presenter moves, you can move with them. The joystick helps in getting a more precise move. You can...

Catch Box Throwable Microphone Creates Engagement

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGetting an audience engaged sometimes is not easy to do. Putting a microphone in the middle of the room for people to walk up to sometimes gets annoying, mostly because others will chime in who don’t want to walk all the way to the mic. Enter in Catch Box Catch Box is a throwable wireless microphone. The idea is simple – throw the foam box to the next person, they comment or ask a question, then throw it again. The microphone itself is an ice breaker, as well as adds a level of fun to the event. People can hold onto the box, or set it on the table and talk hands free. Inside Catch Box Your wireless microphone pack fits easily into the styrofoam mic area. That is then placed into the foam box, held down by a magnet. The...

XKeys Programmable Keys

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSXKeys joined Geekazine LIVE at Infocomm 2018 to show off their offerings for programmable keypads. The XKeys system allows you to create shortcuts and macros onto one button so you can make your workflow easier. The XKeys system is modular – use and arrange the included plunger buttons to a configuration that works for you. Add-ons such as joysticks, spin wheels, faders, and more give you other functionality to what you need. XKeys can work with PC, Mac, Linux, Android, and Microsoft Surface. Input devices range from the keypads Miranda talked about, to foot pedals, switch interfaces, and more. Perfect for making a multi-button tablet Kiosk, or a switching device for your live stream machine. Miranda showed off the XK-24 USB Keypad, the new Wirecast Control Surface, and an even newer rack-mountable two-row 40 key switch (coming soon). The XK-24 is...

PTZOptics 30x SDI Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPaul Richards came on Geekazine Live to talk about PTZOptics newest camera, the 30x. Meant for churches, or larger halls, this camera can optically zoom in closer to capture the action. The SDI 30x is the same technology as the 20x gen2, just the optics have changed. Therefore, you can get the same resolutions, color, and brightness as the 20x, without much color correction. You can also attach SDI, HDMI, or Ethernet – with option to install an NDI license. PoE is also available in this camera. The 30x is priced at $1,799, and can be found here. Also, check out the website.

Sunbrite TV Takes the TV Outside at Infocomm 18

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTaking a television outside is easy, but mounting, and keeping that TV in working conditions 365 days a year becomes the challenge. The store bought TV is not intended to be used like that. Enter in Sunbrite TV – a division of Snap AV. A company that installs A/V solutions outside. How Sunbrite TV Works Whether residential, or commercial, Sunbrite TV comes in to create a solution for your outdoor entertainment needs. Monitors that can counter the elements – no matter where you live. The custom monitors include casing that keeps it dry, and environmental controls to allow it to continue working when the temperature exceeds specifications. Even housing for your cable boxes, OTT units, and more. The Veranda 4K series comes in a variety of sizes, and starts at $1,500. Worth the price to watch the game in 120 degree...

Magewell Ultra Stream HDMI, Line of Capture Cards at Infocomm 2018 Live

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAmy Zhou joined me on Geekazine Live to talk about the current line of Magewell capture cards. From USB capture devices, to pro 2k and 4k capture cards. Magewell Ultra Stream HDMI The highlight of the show was Magewell’s new Ultra Stream HDMI – a standalone recording and streaming encoder. Bring HDMI video in, and attach a USB drive for recording. Attach a network cable to stream to your favorite RTMP service. You can make changes through the iOS or Android app on your mobile device. This box will be available by end of year, and no price point has been set. You can check out the line of cards here.    

Band in a Box 2018 Review for Musicians, Podcasters, and more

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a musician, I can appreciate a good music backing track system. As a podcaster, I am always looking for new ways to enhance my audio and video podcasts. Band in a Box has been around for 28 years, making MIDI arranged music. With today’s technology, Band in a Box has become a great tool for musicians to get their ideas out. Making My First Song in Band in a Box 2018 Coming to the interface, the song making process was not that difficult. I was able to make some 12 bar songs with a wide array of musical styles. Since Biab started in MIDI, there was a great selection of styles to choose from. But the software also has live backing tracks – real musicians playing standard patterns that I could use to make the song sound better. The base...

Juiced 2.0 Wireless Group Charging Station

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI always take a battery when I’m on the road. When I’m at home, I usually don’t plan for that, since I have cables nearby. Then I go to the store, and forget my battery is at 10%. Juiced has a solution for families that need to charge their devices on the go. What is Juiced 2.0 Wireless Group Charging Station The name is a little misleading. The station is not wireless, the batteries (when charged) provide the wireless ability. You can plug up to 3 batteries in to charge for your device. When you need one, simply remove it from the dock, add an adapter (if needed), and be on the go. When you need the juice, it’s no different than any other battery pack. Just plug it in, and charge. A small blue indicator on the side will tell...

Riva Wand Multi Room Speaker with Battery Attachment

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSummer is approaching fast, and with it, you’re gonna want to be outside more than in. You also want to have your music with you, inside and out. There are many options to choose from, but one speaker is standing out for it’s versatility. The Riva Wand – Part of the Riva Audio system – can add that functionality for you. But does it sound good, is it priced right, and will I love it? The Riva Wand This is not a smart-speaker, so you cannot ask it to turn off the lights or change the thermostat. You can connect it to your phone for an IP based (or other) connection for music, and more. This 3 lb speaker is able to connect to your iOS or Android device. With the Wand software, you can connect to Google Home, or your...

Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in Las Vegas

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRarely do I get time to go see an attraction in Las Vegas. This trip, I stayed at Treasure Island Hotel, and since it was right down the hall (really, it was less than 1,000 steps), I checked out Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. About Treasure Island Hotel This hotel/casino is placed toward the north end of the strip. Check out the Treasure Island Room Walkthrough. The casino is plentiful, and with Gilley’s, Seafood Shack, and Senor Frog’s you have a lot of great dining opportunities. A CVS is also adjoined so you can get snacks and needs for your stay. Most people know that a walk between two hotel/casinos can mean 30 minute miles. This is not the case with Treasure Island. Easily accessible to Mirage, Venetian, Wynn, and Harrah’s, most under 10 minutes (and a skybridge) Prices on a non-conference day can...

InteropITX Show Floor

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week I’m in Vegas for InteropITX. This Enterprise tech conference is focused for those looking to deep dive in multiple areas. Sessions that deal in IoT, Future of Wireless (802.11ax), Server technologies, and more. The show floor contained multiple vendors with IT hardware and software to help you build and maintain your Data center. I talked to people at Oracle Dyn, Logicube, VMWare, Monoprice, DisplayLink, and more.

NewTek TC1, NDI for Live Video Streaming

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stop by the NewTek Booth and talk with Will Waters about not only NDI, but also the new TC1 Tricaster, and NewTek’s initiative to telling stories. NewTek Wants to Tell Stories Their newest initiative is to give creators the proper tools to tell their stories, whether they have a Tricaster, or not. For those who do have Tricasters, they changed the price models so people can get the tools to tell their stories. They also plan to update all units as best as possible so you can get behind any machine and have the same experience. Tricaster TC1 The newest box is a rack-mount style box that will give you complete production, and streams up to UHD 4k60fps. 16 external inputs, 16 external audio inputs, 30 clip pool, 10 animations, 2 graphic channels, and 2 video servers to send the...

Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1, 7530 Mobile Workstation First Look

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year at NAB Dell has unveiled a precision line of workstations and laptops. If you’re a video creator who needs a high-end workstation, Dell has some new desktops and laptops that will let you create video like never before. These are real workhorses and they will get the job done. Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 Laptop The 5530 2 in 1 is a mobile workstation is a convertible with Wacom technology built-in. Its portable, but has the power that you need for big jobs. Some features include quad-core processors, AMD Radiant Pro graphics, Vega graphics card with HDR memory, up to 32 GB of memory, a few TB of storage, built-in IR camera, fingerprint reader and more. It will cost you $1400-$1599 when it becomes available. Dell 7530 Mobile Workstation The 7530 model has even more power. This one will replace...

TItler Live Broadcast Updates from NewBlueFX with CSV, USB support

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTitler Live is a great program for live streaming or for post-producing video. You can add lower 3rds, graphics, bugs, and more. The new Titler Live Broadcast will be coming out shortly, with more functionality to make your switching easier. Titles through a .CSV file If you have to control multiple lower 3rds, the csv function makes it a lot easier. Simply import the sheet, then select the line you want to display the information on screen. You can also gradually bring in lines – if you don’t want to reveal the whole thing at once. After Effect Support Titler Live allows you to bring in graphics from After Effects right away for use. You can even do some post editing to bring in some favorite Titler Live effects. XKeys and Elgato Support External USB MIDI support for XKeys or Elgato...

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMeet the next generation of handheld 4K digital film cameras. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K is making waves at NAB 2018. That’s not an exaggeration. It has all of the features you want and it’s portable, affordable and professional. In fact, it’s packed with features. Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4k This 4k camera has a 4/3 size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and dual native ISO up to 25,600. You can expect stunning HDR images and amazing low light performance. The external controls give you quick access to essential functions, while the large 5 inch touchscreen makes it easy to frame shots, focus accurately and change the camera settings. It records images onto standard SD/UHS-II or CFast 2.0 cards in RAW and ProRes at up to 120 frames per second! The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K also has an MFT...

Edelkrone Sliderone Pro App Controlled Camera Slider

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSKnown for its innovative, streamlined, and user-friendly camera motion accessories, Edelkrone has unveiled the SliderONE Pro. This is a more advanced and versatile version of the SliderONE. In many ways, the Pro version is similar to the original, but there are some very worthwhile improvements. You can expect even smoother video effects with the Pro version. SliderOne Pro This version has a built-in motion module. There’s also improved motor speed and integration with the slider. You’ll also get 5cm of extra travel, a more powerful motor with improved position control capability, increased incline capacity, a thinner and lighter body, and improved vertical layout and more app features. The app has a handful of updates that expand and add to the different shooting modes. The update includes a time warper mode, which keeps the motion of the camera steady but changes the...

New Features in Adobe Premiere Pro

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAB, I got to hang with Durin Gleaves, Product Manager at Adobe. We talked about Adobe Audition, and it’s features, then moved on to Permiere Pro to find out updates on this platform. I moved to Premiere last year due to the cross-platform work I do in editing videos. Being able to use the same program on Mac and PC is a definitely advantage. Updates on Premiere Pro Adobe has introduced many new features in color, sound, and monitoring your edits. For color, many creators are using different brand cameras, which have their own color pallette, and can look mis-matched when putting together. The new side-by-side view allows you to look at two different scenes for correction. Color match feature lets you take color and light values from the reference scene to try and match up color. The panel will...

Wirecast 9: What’s in Store for Telestream Wirecast

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYes, I use Wirecast for live-streaming and for recording video. I have used, and coached others on the software since 2010. It amazes me how we can create broadcast-style shows without paying thousands of dollars to do it. Yet, it keeps getting better, as Wirecast 9 will release shortly. With a new pricing model, new VP of Product Development, and support of new products, I can’t wait to use 9 in my workflow. New Wirecast Pricing Model, Update Schedule Some of you may think that Telestream is updating the software for another gauge in your pocket. Reality is, they have changed the model. Now, after you’ve purchased the Standard or Pro version, you only have to pay a $100/year upgrade fee. This will keep you current on the software without breaking the bank. It also makes the jump to Pro easier....

Sound Devices Partners with Sennheiser AMBEO VR for Binaural Audio Recording

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThese days it’s all about VR, but VR is not just about creating a virtual environment for your eyes, it’s also about sound. Sound Devices has partnered with Sennheiser to offer direct recording and monitoring of 360° spatial audio for VR with its MixPre-6 and MixPre-10T portable recorders. These are the first portable recorders to deliver onboard Sennheiser AMBEO VR to binarual decoding. Check out Sound Devices at SXSW – Jeff Records a song! Sound Devices says that “this allows VR creators to assess and make creative decisions about spatial audio content at time of capture, without needing a post-production workstation.” In other words, it is going to save VR creators a lot of time and headaches during production of their content. Sound Devices is positioning themselves strongly in the emerging VR market. This partnership is a powerful one. You can expect...

PTZOptics on NDI, PT30x-NDI Cameras

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to sit with Paul from PTZOptics at NAB to learn what’s going on for 2018 with the company. PTZOptics is a HD Video conferencing camera line where content creators like myself use for recording and streaming. PTZOptics on NDI With a firmware update from a month ago, PTZOptics can now support NDI in certain camera models. The most popular being the 20x – a PTZ camera with HDMI, SDI, and Ethernet (PoE enabled) options. And Now a 30x-NDI model The PT30X-NDI-GY and PT30X-NDI-WH models are perfect for churches and larger halls. This camera has a 30x optical zoom, and 16x digital zoom. The camera supports resolutions to 1080p 60fps, and supports NTSC and PAL formats. Producer Kits PTZOptics has also put together a simple system for those starting out. With a Intel NUC Skull Canyon PC, 12x or 20x...

Litra Torch, LitraPro Full Spectrum Bi-Color Action Light for Video, Photos

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to talk to Litra at NAB about the CES award winning itra Torch, which they gave me one to use during NAB. We also talked about the new LitraPro, a Bi-colur light coming real soon. Litra Torch Also called the “Action Light”, the Torch weighs 6 oz, and can put up to 800 lumens with the press of a button. The Torch is small, so you can put it almost anywhere for a cool light shot. It has 2 mount screws for cameras, and is even magnetic – using the stickable mounting discs. Since it’s single 5700K color, you can use filters to diffuse or change temperature. The caps simply snap on the front of the light. The Torch is also waterproof to 30 feet, which makes this a great light to have for your drone, when your fishing...

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