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The Importance of Inclusive Diversity

Published on March 7, 2017, by in Featured, Tech.

This appeared in the Spring issue of PBS TechNews. Now you can read it too. Not too long ago I attended an event for broadcast engineers. After more than one welcome to “engineers and wives,” a speaker talked about how important it is for us to bring new people into broadcast engineering. I, and many others, nodded

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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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AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3: Review, Walkthrough & Quality Comparisons

AVerMedia sent me one of their new ExtremeCap U3 capture units, which promises 1080p60 H.264 and uncompressed capture options for under $200. I’ve spent the past month putting it through its paces. Check out the video coverage:    

 
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Netflix Didn’t Win CES

Last week The Verge ran an article about How Netflix won CES – they also named Netflix “Biggest Story” in their Best of CES 2014 awards.   By the end of the show, every major TV company had announced support for Netflix in 4K. That’s a big deal: as 4K sets hit the mainstream, Netflix will

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The Latest YouTube Copyright Troll is…Games Media?

Really weird story unfolding in this brand new year. It started normal enough, with an indie dev – Wolfire Games – getting an all-too-common ContentID strike on their YouTube channel:   Nice New Year’s present from @YouTube : they are flagging our own Overgrowth videos as violating copyright. Thanks guys! You shouldn’t have. — David

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OS X Mavericks Production Software & Driver Compatibility

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, OS X Mavericks (10.9) released yesterday, and it’s free. But should you upgrade? If you’re in production, check this list first to see if your software is compatible. Obviously this list is only current as of 10/23/2013 – I doubt I’ll be proactive enough to come back

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“Mistaken” DMCA Notice Kills Benefit for Children’s Miracle Network

Well here we go again: another live stream killed by overzealous, negligent, and ultimately abusive application of the DMCA. Tonight’s UMG Gaming COD tournament was unexpectedly cut short, with viewers now seeing the following page:   What’s so much worse about this specific case is that all proceeds were supposed to go to the Children’s

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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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