Posted by Alan Buckingham at 7:42 AM on April 8, 2013
The National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) is now in full swing and the product announcements are beginning to roll out at a fast pace. Today camBLOCK made its big announcement, with a product that has been given the intriguing name of “Adventure”.
Adventure is a fully featured, ultra-portable motion control camera system. It is designed to enable filmakers to create repeatable and precise camera moves for real time effects, motion time-lapse and animation. It is a much smaller and lighter version of the original camBLOCK.
The camBLOCK Adventure kit will begin shipping this summer and will be priced at $8990. A special limited-time pre-order pricing is available through Kickstarter until May 8th.
Posted by KL Tech Muse at 7:01 AM on April 8, 2013
NewTek has lowered the price for the TriCaster 455 by $6000, it is now $9995. The TriCaster 455 is described as “the affordable, integrated solution to produce your 4-camera, 14-channel, HD live show with maximum creative firepower—but with minimal proportions.”-(NewTek) Within the podcasting community the TriCaster was made famous when it was first used by Leo Laporte and TWIT. For the longest time if you were a podcaster and wanted to do your shows live, the TriCaster was the way to go. Now though there is a new player in the field, LiveStream which offers the LiveStream Broadcaster, and the Studio Family of Products. The Livestream Studio™ HD50 is $6,999 and the Livestream Studio™ HD500 is $8,500. Both which offer similar options that the TriCaster offers for a much lower prices.
If NewTek the maker of the TriCaster is feeling the pressure than this is good for the live video podcasting community. True competition is always good, it leads to lower prices and better products. If this means a new TriCaster is on the way, well that is even better, either way it is good news. The TriCaster 455 is an excellent product and this offer is only good until June 27, 2013. If you are thinking of buying a TriCaster this is the time.
Sad news for people who are currently using VYou. It is being shut down. The website, which launched in October of 2010, was designed to be a place to create and respond to short videos, in a question-and-answer format. The site failed to become successful, and the company has decided to shut it down.
To be honest, the first time I heard of VYou was when my husband told me it was shutting down. He had an account there (which he said he never got around to using). He was among the users who were sent an email today that announced the impending shut down. The email started with Dearest VYou Community, giving it the tone of a break up letter – which, I suppose, is somewhat appropriate. Part of that email reads:
Now, sadly, this email comes with unfortunate news. VYou is shutting down. Keeping the website running is no longer possible.
Next Wednesday, April 3, the website will no longer allow you to record videos. On Friday, the website will come down entirely. You will be able to receive all of your videos at that time.
The email notes that the VYou team is “still together and working on awesome stuff”, so you may want to keep an eye on them to find out what they come up with. Those of you who were using VYou, and who want to download your videos from it before it is too late should visit their Support Center Easy to follow instructions are given that will walk you through the process of obtaining your videos. You can submit a request for your content any time on or after April 5, 2013.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 3:37 PM on February 18, 2013
Vivitek is likely a tech name you are familiar with. James Hsu stopped by the TPN table to show off some of the company’s latest technology to Todd and Don.
If you are thinking of upgrading your home theater to a front projector setup then this is something you will want to pay close attention to. Of course, these will also work just fine in a business environment, as they have more than enough power to handle bright environments and larger screens, though it is more geared towards a home.
The projectors come with two HDMI in outlets, USB, Composite and audio. MSRP will be $999 and should become available this summer. Head over to Vivitek to learn more.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 12:59 PM on February 7, 2013
By now you are almost certainly familiar with Red. If not, it is a professional-grade camera manufacturer that produces what is widely considered THE camera to us when shooting movies these days. The Red cameras (60 of them) were used to shoot Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit in 4k — now known as Ultra HD.
The company, started by the founder of Oakley, is now looking to take on the other side of all of this — getting those high-res videos into people’s home and theaters. To that end, the company unveiled the Red-Ray player, which is a 4k playback device. Don’t get confused with Blu-Ray because this does not play discs — the data for something like The Hobbit simply could not fit on one. The device retails for $1450.00.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 9:24 AM on January 27, 2013
V-Studio, short for “virtual studio”, is a new setup from Darim that is designed for those looking to record professional style video for a podcast or YouTube show.
Camera angles and zooming can be easily controlled and a whiteboard can be inserted onto the screen as it is being recorded. The V-Studio comes in both consumer and professional versions. The Pro version packs in even more features, enabling the user to create a studio on a par with stations like CNN.
Instant create and manipulate a unique virtual in real time!
Virtual studio production means a lot more than just mixing and switching videos.
Gain full control over production.
The world first Hybrid Camera Tracking System.
You can find out more at iStudio 3D. A word of warning though — this technology comes at a price.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 5:02 AM on January 16, 2013
You probably already know that Netflix is available on both Nintendo consoles — the Wii and the Wii U. However Netflix pointed out the Wii U version marked the first time the company has ever built an app for a brand new game console.
Now, the DVD giant has produced a behind-the-scenes video that shows a bit of what went into all of this. It is especially interesting given that Netflix claims that “it was also the first time we worked on a second screen experience, for the Wii U GamePad”. If you want even more geeky information then UI Engineer Joubert Nel has written about building Netflix on Wii U over at the Netflix Tech Blog.
In the meantime, you can check out the video posted below to get a feel for how this works.
Posted by KL Tech Muse at 8:16 PM on January 9, 2013
If you are watching the live video stream coming off of Geek News Central or the Tech Podcast Network website, then you are watching a LiveStream video. LiveStream produces both the hardware and software that lets you stream video live over the internet without a PC. They are introducing a new product at CES 2013 the LiveStream Broadcaster LTE which will allow you to broadcast without a wi-fi or wired connection. It will use the Verizon 4G LTE network.
This is an upgrade to the LiveStream Broadcaster introduced in April 2012. In addition to running off the Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the device now runs off a built-in battery instead of AA batteries. If you are at CES you can see a live demonstration at the Verizon Booth SU (31400). It will be available in spring 2013. The price is still to be announced.
This article written @ GeekNewsCentral.com and if seen anyplace else has been illegally re-posted.
When you think about a mounted camera, you probably imagine a person walking around while wearing a helmet that has a camera attached to it. Hitcase will change the way you think about mounted cameras!
The ChestR is unique. It is a chest harness that has a mount for your iPhone. This allows you to comfortably go hands-free with your photography and videography. It seamlessly pairs with the Hitcase and the Hitcase Pro. It is also compatible with the StickR Mount (coming soon) and the other tripod mounts that Hitcase makes.
The ChestR harness has adjustable straps, a neoprene body, and a polycarbonate chest plate. Like the Hitcase, it is designed to withstand the elements (such as high elevation and violent impacts). Your iPhone will sit in the mount that is attached to the front of ChestR. You can rotate that mount 360 degrees and pivot it 90 degrees, which gives you the ability to capture footage at any angle.
The ChestR is compatible with the GoPro Mount. It also includes a bonus stash pocket and headphone cable loops. ChestR is currently available for $49.99.
The Hitcase ChestR mount will officially make its debut at the ShowStoppers media event at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 8, 2013. You can also find Hitcase at the Dr. Bott booth, North Hall #5825, where you can see a showcase of the full Hitcase product line.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 9:30 AM on December 19, 2012
Update Fake Sorry we got Pwned
Eagles are big birds. They have no problem snatching up large fish, rabbits, squirrels, cats and even small dogs. However, one overly zealous bird recently tried to grab a toddler. The moment was captured on video and is in the process of going viral after being posted to YouTube yesterday The video has already been viewed more than one million times.
The incident took place in a park in Montreal, Canada. A passerby was filming the eagle as it soared overhead. However the raptor suddenly turned and swooped in on the child, who was sitting on the ground with his back to the incoming danger.
The video was posted by MrNuclearCat and, in addition to the huge amount of views, also has more than 8,000 comments. The child appeared to be unhurt, likely due to a thick winter coat that prevented the eagle getting its 750 pounds per square inch of talon power into flesh. It’s also unlikely the bird could have successfully carried the child off since they generally can carry no more that roughly 15 pounds into the air. The bird certainly gave it his best shot though, dragging the child several feet as it attempted to get airborne.
UPDATE: It looks the the web got hoaxed on this one. Wow! That never happens!