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Pelican Case Backpacks for Videographer, Photographer – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you ever had to take gear onto a plane, you know how protective you need to make your equipment. Most camera gear comes with you on the plane. If it doesn’t fit in the overhead, it goes by your feet where it could get kicked and banged. Then again, gear in the overhead could get moved around as well. Pelican case makes a line of backpacks for those photographers and videographers who need extra padding for their stuff. Compartments for cameras, wires, iPad, and even the computer can make for a safer journey to point B. While at NAB 2014, I take a look at three backpacks that can protect your gear and get you to your destination. The S115, S130, and U160 cases. Each one has their own individual advantages for gear. For instance, ProGear S130 has a gear case...

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DJI Phantom 2 vision plus Drone for Aerial Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn the drone market, DJI is making their mark with items such as the Phantom 2 vision+. A lightweight quadcopter that can connect wirelessly and run up to 2,000 feet from the controller. This makes for some great video shots overhead with smaller sized cameras. The Phantom 2 also has a 3-axis attachment for full camera stabilization. So if the device hits a pocket of air that destabilizes the drone, the camera will not get affected. Phantom 2 also has a integrated GPS auto-pilot system so you can not worry about the drone when you are focused on getting the video shot. With the GPS, if the drone gets out of range, it can trigger a return home option to bring it back safely. The remote control can attach a mobile device so you can see the shot you are creating. You can...

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Using 360Heros for Oculus Rift 3D Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn the first video, we got to see what the 360Heros system is all about. Now its time to put the video into production. That is where this station comes in with Oculus Rift glasses. Mike shows us how the 360Heros system will stitch together video for a 3D view of an event. It could be anything from a concert to a family gathering. Think of how this video can cheer a family member up if they were not able to attend an event. The Oculus Rift goggles are connected to the computer where video is played. I was able to spin around and see Mike’s living room as they were decorating a tree. Best part is with the live stream stitch software they are working on, by this time next year we may be able to experience a specific area of...

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Soloshot 2: Your New Robotic Cameraman – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAs a one-man crew, I am always looking for cool new ways to make my rig work for me. When I talked to the folks at Soloshot, I was intrigued on how they are using GPS and sensors to help the camera move to where you are. Perfect for if you have an unmanned camera. The Soloshot 2 is the newest in line of robotic devices which will move your camera. We were inside the building, which GPS has a hard time reading – therefore we couldn’t set up a camera to follow me around. However, Soloshot is coming out with an indoor sensor option which is perfect for people like me. Place a tracking device on the person and configure the camera. When they move, the camera moves. With multiple transmitters, you can have up to ten cameras following one subject....

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Paladin S3 Portable Streaming Solution, iPad app – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhen I create some videos, I use streaming software to do it – mainly Wirecast. This is a great way for me to put on layers (such as lower 3rds) and get the content out to you. Paladin has seen what I do and improved on it with the Paladin S3 streaming box. Best part – they also have made portable versions of it. Paladin’s S3 Chasis is a low form factor PC. Inside you can place either an SDI array, or HDMI input solution. You can patch out to monitor, audio, digital audio, USB device, Firewire, eSATA, Ethernet, or wireless solution. The PC box can load any software – Wirecast or Vid Pro – Livestream, uStream, or YouTube – even post production software like Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Hit Film, and more. Paladin Portable Solutions Paladin also has solutions that...

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Add a Teleprompter to Video Production: Mirror Image – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI have been thinking about adding a teleprompter to my video podcasts. Something that if I script a section, I can read it and still look like I am looking at a camera. The current situation I have a monitor underneath the camera which turns to be very noticeable when I am reading. Plus, I will lose my place because I re-focus back to the camera lens from time to time. I stopped by the Mirror Image booth to talk with JT about teleprompters. They have a full range of them at their website – Teleprompters.com. Strong, sturdy camera mounts that fold up to the size of a small briefcase. Attach a computer monitor or even an iPad (depending on the model) with speed remote and you are able to read script from whatever the situation. I took a look at the IP10...

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Source Connect by Source Elements: Eliminate Latency Connection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you are a musician that has tried to collaborate over the Internet, you know latency of a signal can kill the session. There are a few companies working on reducing latency – Source Elements is one of those companies. While you cannot do a live jam session without issue, you can do some pretty cool stuff with this software – record a track and have another record their track to merge together with quality of 320 kbps. If you are running an interview you can reduce the dead air that some connections get because of the lag time. With Source Connect Pro, you can reduce latency to as much as 100 milliseconds – the same speed of a cell phone connection. All you need is access to a Chrome browser (other browsers coming soon). You can run the software on Mac,...

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Learning from the Heartbleed Bug – What Happened and How to Fix

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Happy Tax Day! Happy Blood Moon! Happy Google Glass Day! Last week was a productive one as I was in Vegas for NAB. I learned a lot about broadcasting practices along with hardware and software that can improve even my systems. I got some great videos regarding items for podcasters. I even went out and bought a new item – the Tascam DR-60D – for my camera rig. This week is all about video creation and posting. A few videos have been put up on Geekazine, including the Livestream app for Glass. Lots of products to review in the bin. Dyson, Verizon, and more. We have a winner for the AMD R7 250 video card – Mike Rodriguez. Congrats and thanks to all who participated! Another contest is in the works. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version...

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360Heros Creating 3D Video for Oculus Rift

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS*This is video 1 of a 2 part video While at NAB last year, I saw Mike running around the show with this device that turned multiple Go Pro Hero cameras into a 360 degree video of the show floor. This year Intel has invited 360Hero to come in and show people what they are doing to advance 360 video. I learned that 360Heros has been making multiple versions of the device. Just slip in the Go Pro Hero cameras and you can get a great view around your surroundings. This includes a view of the ground and sky. Their newer version of the 360Heros is called the 360 3D Video. What looks like a egyptian icon of a god, the 3D view places 12 Go Pro Heros into a configuration to not only take 360 degree video, but also 3D video....

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Tascam DR-60D Improves Camera Audio – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI have been looking for an audio device that will take two inputs and push to the video camera. The Tascam DR-60D is one of those devices that can flip the bill. I was able to check one out while at NAB 2014. The Tascam DR-60D features High Quality Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) in the mic preamp inputs. You can record up to 4 tracks (96kHz WAV) into the device to the SD card or mix it down for input into the camera. That way if one persons audio is too low you can make adjustments after. The DR-60D contains an adapter shoe to place in-between camera and tripod. 4-AA batteries power the unit and can record for up to 4 1/2 hours. The unit weighs under 1 lb for portable rigs. A remote control can be added (sold separately) to start...

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