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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.

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...

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...

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...

Adobe Audition CC 2018: Why Podcasters Should Switch

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt NAB 2018, I talked with Durin Gleaves about Audition and Premiere Pro – new features and a lot more. One topic that is close to me is podcasting. He offered a lot of great information on developing a podcast using Audition. What’s New in Adobe Audition CC 2018 If you’re using Multi-track, you can now hide all those tracks that you’re not focusing on. The best part is unless you lock the track, it will cut and snap on the timeline so you don’t lose any sync of tracks. This is perfect so you can focus on a specific track in taking out any umms and ahs, or hide any music or sfx tracks. Adobe has added a ducking feature to channels. You can duck music, or the secondary voices in a panel discussion. If you move the primary voice...

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.  

Installing a Tronical Tuner on My Epiphone Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Last month I installed a Tronical Tuner on my guitar. If you’ve seen them on Gibson guitars, it’s labeled “Min-E Tune”. It takes about an hour to do, and fairly straightforward. So let’s get into it. What is Tronical Tuner This is a device that will self-tune the guitar. Similar to those clip-on tuners, the device will take it one step further and tell each tuning peg whether to fix a flat or sharp string. To do this, it needs to replace the tuning pegs on the guitar. The new pegs have a small motor inside that will turn when you run the tuner. Simply press a button, then strum the guitar. The device will get you ready within seconds. Installing the Tronical Tuner You can get this done when it’s time to change your strings. You’ll need a wrench...

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