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 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.
I have worked with our team members to come up with a list of gear we recommend to get started in either Audio or Video Podcasting. Each piece of gear in this list has been utilized by a Team member here or over at TPN.tv. There is Pro and Starter equipment within these lists and we hope that you find some of our recommendations worthy of consideration.
Posted by KL Tech Muse at 2:36 PM on January 10, 2013
If you like to film outdoor events and your iPhone 5 has become your favorite go to video camera then you may be interested in the Optrix XD5. Optrix introduces the XD5 the world’s most rugged iPhone 5 case with a wide angle lens at CES 2013. The XD5 case is thinner, lighter and stronger than the XD Sport case, with an even higher waterproof rating. It has an interchangeable lens system, which can be removed from the mounting system. The XD5 comes with:
a drop rating of 15ft compared to 2Ft for an average case.
a door that lets you easily access the charging port and plug-in headphones
all glass, three element wide-angle lens
is waterproof up to 15ft (with the door close)
A rail mount system that the XD5 can easily slide in and then mount to almost anything you can think of.
remove from the mount and you have a rugged case you can carry with you anywhere
The XD5 is currently available for pre-order on the Optrix site for $129.95 and will ships February 5. If you are CES 2013 you can view the XD5 and other Optrix products at their booth in the North Hall 3337.
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 8:54 AM on January 4, 2013
Amazon today announced a new partnership to bring even more content to its Prime video service. Prime is, of course, more than just video — it is also free second-day shipping on all orders (which often arrive next day) and a lending library for Kindle customers, allowing for one free book per month.
Now, in the face of growing competition from rivals, the retail giant has snagged a deal with TV network A&E, which will bring “popular series from A&E, bio, HISTORY and Lifetime to the Prime Instant Video service.”
Amazon announces these deals fairly regularly, but there are a couple of reasons why this particular one is a bit more important. First of all, it is a slap in the face of rival Netflix, who previously had, and lost, this deal. Second, there is a looming problem on the horizon and it is, potentially, a big one.
Redbox, the company who brought us those irresistible kiosks, has teamed with Verizon and plans to launch a competitor in early 2013. I have been among the early beta testers for the service and, I must admit, it is compelling.
So, is this enough to keep Amazon ahead of the market? Certainly Netflix still seems to be the dominant player, but Amazon is moving steadily up and now Redbox is coming. Competition, of course, is good for all of us.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 12:03 PM on December 20, 2012
Author’s Note: I am half afraid to write about any web video after yesterday’s embarrassment! However, given that this one comes from NASA I will trust it is real. With that said, if the world does end I guess at least nobody will be around to laugh about me looking stupid!
With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s move on to the big subject of today — the supposed end of the world tomorrow. Yes, an era of the Mayan calendar does in fact come to an end on December 21, 2012. Although, much as our calendar ends every December 31st, it is only a turning of the page. Honestly, if the Mayans were such great prognosticators then why did they not see those Spanish ships coming? If you can’t predict your own doom then how can you predict that of the world?
NASA has had to spend way too much time and energy dealing with this myth and debunking the crackpots that seem to abound on the internet. Conspiracy theories surrounding tomorrow have taken all sorts of shapes, none of which I will waste the time and effort to even make fun of.
Below is NASA’s latest, and hopefully final, crack at this. This one was brought to my attention by the folks over at Universe Today who specialize in truth and science and who I highly recommend you follow in your RSS reader of choice.
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!
Posted by JenThorpe at 3:49 PM on November 2, 2012
One must watch the safety video first! Those of you who have traveled by plane have had the experience of watching a flight attendant give a safety demonstration. He or she pointed out the exits, gave instructions on how to use a seatbelt, and talked about the oxygen masks. People tend to tune this out, especially if they are a seasoned traveler who has watched this demonstration many times.
Air New Zealand has created an airline safety video that everyone will happily pay attention to. The video shows a flight attendant who looks like a elf from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. She begins explaining the safety information to a group of passengers who include Hobbits, Elves, Wizards, a Ranger, and even Gollum himself. Filling out the remaining seats are passengers whose journey did not originate in Middle-earth.
Several characters in the video explain different parts of the safety information. Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey makes a cameo appearance in the safety video. He finds a ring on the floor in front of his seat. “My Precious”, he says, before putting on the ring and disappearing.
According to Air New Zealand marketing manager Mike Tod, the video was part of a major global promotion for the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He said:
“We will invest several million dollars in Australia, Asia, the United States and Europe on uniquely Air New Zealand marketing efforts related to ‘The Hobbit’ movies to attract more tourists to New Zealand.”