Rode VideoMic Pro for DSLR Video Production – Demo

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*Best viewed and heard in HD. Select 720p in the player options. This demo also works best if headphones are worn.
 

Here’s a quick demo and test of my newest piece of Studio gear, the Rode VideoMic Pro (currently being sold with a free accessory mount AND PluralEyes3!)

Upon receiving this mic I plugged it into my Canon 60D to make sure it worked the way I’ve seen in previous tests online. In this demo I used the +20db gain switch to limit the use of the 60D’s pre-amp and compared that to the audio produced by the in-camera microphone on the 60D. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 050 – Back to Podcasting Basics (Part 1 of 2)

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Learn the basics of podcasting from how to decide on a topic to choosing gear, software and hosting for your website and media.

You’ve decided you want to start your own podcast and now you need to know how to proceed. In this episode we go back to the beginning and walk you through the basic elements needed to create a podcast.Shure SM58 microphone

Your first step is to decide on a topic. Pick something you know well and love to talk about to no end. This will help to keep you motivated over the period of many episodes.

Are you going to produce an audio only show or a video podcast? In both cases you’ll need gear that allows you to capture, edit and compress your digital media into a podcast friendly format. The basic gear for an audio podcast is a microphone (I recommend a dynamic mic), a mixer and some headphones. I’ve made the basic assumption that you already have a computer.

For video, at a minimum, you’ll need a video camera and some editing software. However I highly recommend including an external microphone that plugs into your camera. Good audio, even in video podcasting, is as or more important than the image you are capturing.

Finally you’ll want to purchase some basic hosting for a website and your media files.

Make sure to listen to part two of the basics of podcasting (episode 52) where you’ll learn about creating a graphic identity that represent your show, creating a future proofed RSS feed for submitting across the web, and how to get your podcast listed in podcast directories such as iTunes.

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TPS Ep. 025 – Learn How to Podcast Like a Pro – A Presentation Given at Podcamp Philly 3

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A presentation I gave at Podcamp Philly 2009 about how to get the skills of a professional podcaster.

I talk about everything from audio to video. How to learn the skills needed to produce high quality podcasts on the level of a professional such as better audio, proper compression rates, better video, lighting and many other tools that some of the today’s best podcasters are using to produce successful shows, including the kind that make money.

Since many of the people who come to podcasting don’t have a background in audio and video production (including myself) there has to be a place to learn all of the skills without spending too much money or attending years of schooling.

This episode is an overview of all the elements needed to produce top quality podcasts without having a “studio” budget. Learn where and how I learned to podcast and why producing quality content is just as important as engaging content.

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Accompanying Powerpoint from the presentation

TPS Ep. 023 – Video Podcasting

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Learn how to get started in video podcasting and some fun YouTube hacks.

I talk about what cameras you need as well as other gear needed to start a video podcast. Also discussed are hosting options for you video, audio for video, and editing software options for both the Mac and PC.

Once you have created a video then what do you do with it? Distributing video is as important as creating it since you want the largest amount of exposure possible. Learn the best places to put your video on the web including iTunes and YouTube and the tools for doing so.

Also I talk about compression options, flash and embeddable players as well as various video formats.

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Links for this episode:
10 Useful YouTube Hacks via Makeuseof.com
Free Flash Player for your Website via LongTailVideo.com
TubeMogul (for mass video distribution)

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