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Sony HandyCam HXR-NX30u Production Camera – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI use the pro-sumer version of the Sony Handycam HXRNX30u in getting interviews for Geekazine. When I heard there was a broadcast level version, I was intrigued. Adding sound options and more made this the next camera on my list. The Sony Handcam HXR series came out in 2011. Their current version – the HXR-NX30u – brings high definition in a small footprint. Add the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology and you can be holding this in your hand and still get a pretty stable shot. This is because the camera eye moves to keep the shake from happening. Get the Sony HXR-NX30u at B&H For example, I have done some time-lapses in Las Vegas with an older camera. Whether you are in a building or on a bridge you know that after watching the footage there is some shaking or swaying that happens....

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Adi’s Weekly Gaming Pick – System Requirements Lab

  After a long time away from the tech world I am back. I took a break so I could clear my head. So for my first article that I wanted to write, I wanted introduce a new thing that I am doing here and that is my weekly gaming pick. This is something in gaming that’s really cool that I recommend checking out. For the first edition, my gaming pick is the System Requirements Lab’s Can You Run It.  This is essentially a website where you can find out if your Windows PC will be able to run the game that you want to buy.  You might need to download some software to make this tool work. However, once you have downloaded said software you just click a button, then it scans to see what hardware you have in your system.They have a whole list of games...

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Omnirax AV and Broadcast Office Furniture – NAB 2014

Podcast (quickcast): EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFor some podcasters, working from the living room table works for them. Others want to have an actual room and desk to sit at to run their shows. When I saw Omnirax office furniture I knew this would be perfect for that person who wants more. Omnirax is based out of California but reaches all over the US. They have placed together solutions for radio, studio, conference halls, classrooms, and more. Best part is their solutions can start as little as $500. Get Omnirax furniture Small or large they have a solution for your studio. They even custom build for whatever office you need. The Presto 4 is a top selling model. It houses areas for editors and creators and is designed to be ergonomic. The desk I sat at would fit an office nicely. It contained an area to record,...

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Digital Jukebox Button Broadcaster for Organizing Audio – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 talk....

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Zoom H6 Handy High Resolution Audio Recording Device – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI got to see some great recording devices for getting that interview or keynote recorded. One in particular – the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder – is a multi-function recorder that I could use to mic a 6 person interview, a room for an event, a 2-3 person band, and more. The H6 is designed for everyone – musicians to journalists – videographers to sound professionals that don’t want to carry the whole studio with them. The H6 has multiple attachments along with the 4 XLR/TRS inputs. The Zoom H6 can track 6 channels for many different options. At the top is an attachment for a XY microphone, boom mic (with dead cat) or a mid/size capsule for up-close interviews. The unit is fairly small for what it can do. Weighing in at less than 10 ounces you will be able to attach...

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Sony a7s Mirrorless DSLR with 35mm sensor for Low Light 4K – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSony showed off their new Alpha 7s (A7s) DSLR camera at NAB. This camera contains a 35mm sensor in it allowing for a lower resolution and pixels that can capture better even in low light situations. The camera is mirrorless. The a7scan adapt to become a full cinematic movie camera. What else do you need? The s stands for sensitivity. It supports an ISO range of 50 to 409,600. A down-scaled 4k (2,840×2,160) is achieved through this 12.2 megapixel sensor. You won’t be able to record 4K video directly on the camera but you will be able to make some great video in full 1080p with a XAVC S-format class 10 video card. And it’s still a camera, too. The camera can shoot at 5 fps. with shutter speeds up to 1/8000. The 35mm CMOS sensor can give you some great shots...

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LiveU Streaming Packs LU400, LU500, Smart Grip Stick – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSVideo streaming is a great way to get a show out to the public right now. LiveU has been giving us ways to stream video to a streaming service or back to the station for live coverage. Using packs that have multiple wireless endpoints working in tandem, if one carrier cannot send the signal another one can help out. I talked with Avi Cohen, COO of LiveU about the newest versions of streaming devices. Avi showed us the LU500, a smaller backpack solution that has 6-8 4G cards inside to get the action. The LU500 is only 2.2 lbs and with the backpack allows for a cameraperson to be on the go. The LU500 battery will run for around 3 hours – depending on how you use the pack. You can connect a camera, computer, or used the quick editing feature inside LiveU...

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HP Z27x DreamColor Monitor for 4K Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMovies such as Frozen, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and upcoming Shrek – the Final Chapter all have either used or will be using this technology to make the color pop and the movies shine. All because of a computer monitor. I met up with Dan Bennet this year at NAB 2014. Dan knows his stuff when it comes with high-quality HP computers – like the Z1 G2 – and also HP’s monitors in the HP DreamColor Z27x and Z24x. We focused mainly on the Z27x because of everything it had to offer. The HP DreamColor Z27x features a 4k input support screen, 10 bit color, and an integrated calibration engine to color correct the screen when needed. Dan showed me two calibration devices that could be used and could be calibrated to multiple color formats. This...

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Vocalbooth – Portable Soundproof Rooms – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThere are many times I wish I had one of these. Not just for podcasting but for playing my drums or rocking out on my guitar. I stopped by Vocalbooth to learn more about sound booth technology. Its more than just putting up some eggshell foam into a room. I talked with Guy from Vocalbooth to learn more about these rooms you can put inside a room. The booth is made by the company where they put attention to detail. For instance: the door is probably the heaviest piece in the system but it also is the place where sound can escape or come in. During the interview I step out and in to show the difference. If the door was shut – you would definitely notice the sound difference. Vocalbooth makes rooms for everyone – including correctional facilities. They become a...

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Telestream Wirecast 5 – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 uStream,...

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