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Everything is Digital

This article originally appeared in the March edition of PBS TechNews, hence the fairly PBS-specific language Stop saying “digital.” I know, it’s hard. A lot of work has been put into convincing ourselves that these silos exist. We ask questions like “how many digital staff do you have?” We use “just for web” as an excuse to

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The Cheap Podcast Studio – 2018 Edition

It’s 2018 and people are still podcasting! I originally just did this as a Twitter thread but here it is as a regular page. The assumptions: you already have a fairly modern computer and headphones, and are recording a max of 4 people. Microphones The MXL 990 is about the cheapest mic I’ve found that doesn’t

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Why Should I Caption Online-Only Content?

Recently I got a question about online content captioning. “Do we really have to caption online-only content? I want to caption everything, but how do I justify it to my organization when technically we may not have to?” This is a great but surprisingly complicated question. So let’s take a look at the current rules,

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How to Connect a Tascam 70D to an iPhone for Facebook Live (or Other Reasons)

Published on May 2, 2017, by in Production.

Say you want to do Facebook Live but have good audio, and happen to have a Tascam 70D audio recorder. It’s super easy to connect it to your iPhone. This should also work with other Tascam recorders that have 1/8″ Line Out/Camera Out jacks, though the setting might be named differently. 1. Buy one of

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HDR Explained for Regular People

What is HDR? HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. When an HDR source like a game or video is displayed on an HDR TV, there’s a much bigger difference between dark stuff and light stuff than there is on a regular TV. This dramatically increased contrast makes the whole image appear closer to how we actually

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The $500 (ish) Podcast Studio – 2015 Edition

I’ve updated the $500 Podcast Studio store to better reflect the options available currently. You’ll notice that it’s a bit over $500 – at the time of this writing, this is the lowest I can spec without getting into gear that’ll cause you more problems than it’s worth. Microphones Amazon has the AT2020 microphone, plus

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The Twitch Hunts: How to Fix Automated Copyright Enforcement

  Well, here we are again. I’ve written before about the dangers of automated enforcement before, and very little has changed. This time it’s Twitch, which has implemented a system that will scan for, flag, and mute copyrighted music in VOD’s. It’s going about how you’d expect, even muting crowd noise from an official DOTA 2

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The Best Stuff to Travel With

I’ve been traveling for a significant portion of my career. Tokyo, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Illinois, even Timbuktu – I’ve lived in many a hotel room. In that much time, you tend to fall into a pattern of travel, which includes figuring out what you can bring along to make being away from home less terrible. In

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Mid-June Madness: E3, WWDC, and More!

June is going to be pretty nuts for those of us in the tech/content space. E3 and WWDC plus some big product launches from Adobe and Avid mean it’s going to pretty hard to keep track of everything. But not to fear! I made myself a handy list of all the events – and more

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Monoprice DSLR Shotgun Microphone Review vs Rode VideoMic

Published on June 1, 2013, by in Production, Tech.

Wondering if Monoprice’s $40 DSLR mic is any good? Wonder no more: we tried it & put it up against the Rode VideoMic.  

 
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