Category: Video Tech

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...

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...

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...

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.    

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....

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...

Lenovo Mirage, Yi Horizon VR 180 Cameras at Google VR

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSChecking out Google VR area at NAB, and learning more on the Google Daydream VR system. Two new VR 180 cameras from Lenovo and Yi to make video and photo capture easier. I take a look at both. What is VR 180? Otherwise known as Stereoscopic Video, or even 3D, These half-spherical cameras are spaced such like your eyes to take in information. The video is then matched together so it can be seen on a 3D device, such as the Daydream VR glasses. Half-spherical gives you 180 degrees of view – allowing you to turn your head and see more of the event. Panels can be covered where you can choose what to look at and see it just like if you were there. Lenovo Mirage The Lenovo Mirage camera is expected by May. The camera is 4K VR180, with...

Live at Epiphan NAB Booth: Looking at Avio Capture Cards, Pearl Mini, Webcaster X2

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt NAB 2018, I got to go live with the folks at Epiphan to learn more about their line of streaming products. We use the Webcaster x2 at vBrownBag, and we also streamed live using the X2. Epiphan Avio Capture Cards HDMI, SDI, and DVI Avio USB capture devices are available for single stream capture – up to 4K 30fps or 1080p 60fps. Other resolutions in 4:3 TV, 16:9 Widescreen, 16:10 and 5:4 monitor. Pearl and Pearl Mini These are smaller switchers for 2 HD source video. You can connect any type of camera to stream, and even configure it for overlays, text, and more. Webcaster x2 A simple way to connect your HDMI source to YouTube, Facebook Live, and Vimeo (just announced). Program the box to your settings, link up your accounts, then simply hit a button to start streaming. You...

HP ZBook x360 and New Detachable Keyboard x360 with Dreamcolor

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe ZBook is more powerful than ever for anyone needing to run higher-end graphics programs. A whole line of new convertibles with Wacom Pen, and a new detachable keyboard tablet give you versatility in your creations. The new line of ZBook include convertible and detachable PCs. With 8th gen Intel 6 cores, AMD Radeon graphics, and Dreamcolor 4K display with 600 NITS RGB. A Wacom AES pen is available for artists and other creators. Higher end ZBook models come with a removable back side to upgrade memory, change the battery, and more. The ZBook x2 detachable comes with the same features, Quad core processor, along with the same features as the other ZBook notebooks, the detachable keyboard turns on the Bluetooth so you can continue to use the keyboard. Macro buttons on the side allow for quick switches when the keyboard...

Newtek Simplifies Tricaster in TC1, Expands NDI to Skype, Avid

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might think this is going to be a highly technical post, but if you end up doing any live streaming or video content creation, you’ll most likely be using the NDI protocol in the near future. I have been for the last year, and it’s been amazing – allowing me to leave some of my expensive hardware at home. A more comprehensive interview will be conducted later. For now, the following video talked about what happened at the live event.  

Darbee DVP 5000S Adds Depth and Clarity to HDMI Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEach TV has it’s own color palette which they work off to create the video you see on your screen. You have the ability to adjust, but might not get the desired results. Maybe with a game or movie, you want to see more detail. That is where DarbeeVision 5000S comes in. To enhance depth and clarity. DarbeeVision is an HDR Mode for Your TV By adjusting settings, DarbeeVision allows for detail to come out, similar to HDR photo mode. With the DVP-5000S, you can adjust how much depth you would like to see. The remote gives you three modes which you can choose from. The DVP-5000S works best in up to 1080p 60fps TVs, but I was getting detail on my Vizio Smartcast M50 4k TV using the Roku Ultra. DVP-5000S for Camera Recording I’ve also seen some live stream and...

Pilot Era 360 8K VR Camera from Pisofttech

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS4K  in 360-degree video it can still feel like it’s not so much. So Pisofttech is showing off one of the first 360 camera that can stitch 8K videos in the camera itself. The Pilot Era is a four-lens camera capable of shooting 8K 360 videos at 26 frames per second or 4K at 60 fps. About Pisofttech Since 2012, Pisofttech has been working in panoramic algorithms. They are the only Panoramic + AI algorithm team in China invested by ARM . About Pilot Era 8K Camera The Pilot Era’s four lenses and sensors work together to record and stitch 8K spherical video automatically. You can still choose to use third party software to do the stitching if you want, but why would you when this device does it all for you? The four f/2.2 fisheye lenses are on each side of...

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: Vegas Pro 15 by Magix

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMagix has rolled out an update to the popular video editor Vegas Pro, adding in new features including an interface type, which will allow for theme color changes. Along with new updated codecs for 8th generation Intel core technology, and nVidia graphics. This will be the second update since Magix has acquired the software from Sony. Render Faster with nVidia Graphics,  Intel Skylake, or Intel KabyLake Processor One of two major updates is to the main codec of Vegas Pro, utilizing Intel 8th generation Core processors with Intel® Quick Sync Video (QSV) technology. 8-bit HEVC/AVC decoding and encoding will be accelerated with Skylake processors, and 10-bit HEVC/AVC encoding and decoding for Kabylake processors (or better). Also, nVidia cards with the Fermi architecture will get a boost in processing. A NVENC template will appear if your system has the card. This helps...

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....

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...

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