Noted: Improve Your Audio Recording Skills With This NPR Production Guide

An amazing guide including audio samples and great advice. A great introduction to recording or a reminder for those who have been doing it for a while. — Douglas

On YouTube: Most versatile camera rig?

On YouTube: Most versatile camera rig?

Watch YouTube: Most versatile camera rig?

I liked this video and think you might find it interesting, too!

On YouTube: Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5

Yet another easy-to-make and flexible to use homebuilt light stand. It might prove a bit lightweight for larger lights and tall lengths, but could prove useful to some. — Douglas

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Watch YouTube: Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5

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On YouTube: Which Audio Recorders for Filmmaking Do I Still Use?

Watch YouTube: Which Audio Recorders for Filmmaking Do I Still Use?

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Noted: $10 device lets your iPhone or Android take time-lapses and panoramas like you’ve never seen

At the $10 price point, I ordered one of these immediately. I had been looking to make my own from a mechanical kitchen timer, but there is no way I could make a finished and functional device for this price. I’ll post more when I get this in-hand. In order to receive the $10 price, look in the righthand sidebar of the Amazon page under Other Sellers on Amazon and select the first entry, sold by Amazon.com— Douglas

Noted: $10 device lets your iPhone or Android take time-lapses and panoramas like you’ve never seen

Read Noted: $10 device lets your iPhone or Android take time-lapses and panoramas like you’ve never seen on BGR.com

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Douglas E. Welch Talks Creativity and More on The Grantcast with Grant Baciocco [Audio] (33:50)

It was so much fun sitting down with Grant Baciocco to talk creativity this week. Grant is an old friend from the earliest days of podcasting (2004) and I am always watching his career and enjoying whatever work he us currently engaged in, including his own podcasts — like Grant’s Advent Calendar, which we watched religiously when Joseph was younger — and his in-theater and on-screen work with PuppetUp! and much more!

Check out everything he does on MrGrant.com and also over at Saturday Morning Media, where he is always creating great, kid-friendly content. —Douglas

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Douglas E. Welch Talks Creativity and More on The Grantcast with Grant Baciocco

 

15 Minutes With author and podcaster Douglas Welch – GrantCast EPISODE #101

Douglas Welch is an author, podcaster and new media and social media consultant.  

In this interview we discuss how he uses creativity in his work, plus discussion on his past int he world of theater, Walt Disney Imagineering and more.

Listen to 15 Minutes With author and podcaster Douglas Welch – GrantCast EPISODE #101

Sound Seeing: Church Bells in Catania, Sicily, Italy [Audio]

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On one of our last evenings in Sicily, we walked around Catania Centro, taking in the sights, people watching and, in the case of this audio, hearing the church bells chime. We were walking on our return journey, headed back towards Villa Bellini, when the call to mass erupted from the bell tower. With a quick grab for my recorder, I caught these peals to share with you.

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Event: Podcast 101 with Douglas E. Welch at Hackerspace LA – July 13, 2016 @ 7pm

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Podcast 101 with Douglas E. Welch

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

6262 Van Nuys Blvd.2nd Floor – Room 2A,
Van Nuys, CA [Map]

Click to RSVP on Meetup.com

On this free meetup/workshop  you will learn the basic steps of how to start your own podcast.  Douglas E. Welch will be explaining both the technical and content creation aspects of how to run a successful podcast.  

To learn more about Douglas visit his website: http://douglasewelch.com/ 

Hackerspace Los Angeles weekly meet up.  Come by and mingle with like-minded people and see what others are working on.  Find out what planned activities do we have and how you can participate.  

If you are interested in helping us establish a permanent location in the San Fernando Valley you need to be here to help us plan this and make it happen. 
We’ll still be holding classes/workshops of various interests once a month.

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Seeing Differently 14: A Walk Through Van Nuys Timelapse [Video] (1:20)

Seeing Differently 14: Raindrop Ripples in Slow Motion

A walk through my neighborhood and to the local electronics shop.

Testing out my new GoPro Clamp attachment clipped to my the strap of my bag.
Worked pretty well for this time-lapse.

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See all the videos in the Seeing Differently Series

Music: “Shiny Tech” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

 

Noted: Review: Neat’s $99 Widget is a crazy-looking no-frills microphone, but it sounds awesome

Review: Neat’s $99 Widget is a crazy-looking no-frills microphone, but it sounds awesome

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With every passing generation, computers get better displays, processors, speakers, and more.

Microphones though? Not so much.

That means that if you have any interest in documenting anything involving sound – podcasting, vlogging, singing – you’ll need a serious upgrade. And while podcast mics exist aplenty, few are as immediately eye-catching as Neat Microphone’s Widget series, a set of vibrant condenser microphones.

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Noted: YouTube launches tool that allows creators to blur any moving object in their videos (Amanda Conway/YouTube Creator Blog)

New Podcast: How I Wrote That from the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting Program

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I consulted on the technical side of this podcast and it is great to see it up and launched with 3 shows all ready for your listening enjoyment

“How I Wrote That is a podcast presented by The Stephens College M.F.A. in TV and Screenwriting, and hosted by Khanisha Foster. In each episode, we sit down with the top women in writing. They invite us into their homes and studios so we may ask how they got there. We discuss how they write, what they write, and the advice they would give to those listening. Stephens is dedicated to increasing the number of women working in television and film. How I Wrote That cultivates the relationship between those who have already made it and those who are dreaming up. “

Take a listen to learn about all sorts of screenwriters and “how I wrote that!”

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Listen to the first podcast

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In the first podcast with Carol Barbee, Showrunner for Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, gives us an inside look at what it means to lead a writers’ room. “It’s not my job to have all the answers, but it is my job to recognize the answers.”

 

Word now! Stories Podcast – “Cold” – Listen Now and then come to a show! [Audio] (1:30)

Last Sunday we attended the latest performance of of Word Now! at the Fremont Centre Theater in South Pasadena.

The show is co-produced by a close friend and his wife was also presenting a story that evening, so we HAD to go, of course.

It was a great night out and the stories were absolutely amazing. We certainly plan on attending again!


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Word now cold readers

Each show works around a general theme and this month’s theme was “COLD.”

The stories approached it in a variety of ways. Cold weather. Cold People. Cold World and more!

You can listen to the entire show here and I also greatly encourage you to see the live presentation in South Pasadena.

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Word Now! performs every 2 months, so watch the web site for their March dates!


New Media Gear 25: Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone

Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone

 I discovered this microphone through, of all things, an advertisement on Instagram?!? What?!?! A useful social media advertisement. If all ads could be as targeted to me as this one, I might not complain about them so much. That said, the ad immediately made me want to check our the Shure MV88. I am always on the lookout for useful New Media Gear and this looks to be another device you might want to add to your arsenal. As I don’t have one in-hand, I have included some links below to give you an overview of how people are responding to this mic and some real world usage examples.

One dislike that crops up for me is the inability to use it with a cover. I know, making a device that works with any of the thousands of covered out there would be nearly impossible, but I hate having to pull my phone out of its cover to use it and I miss the protection it provides when working. I also worry about external devices plugged into the Lightning port, as I am always afraid I am going to break the port accidentally. 

Beyond those fairly small quibbles though, the audio samples from the mic sound good and it can help to keep your recording kit a bit smaller. You’ll want an iPhone with a larger storage capacity in order to insure you aren’t constantly filling it up with audio. My 16 GB iPhone 6 already complains about being full much too often and I am sure I would run into even larger issues if I were recording audio to it regularly.

Check out the Shure MV88 and tell me what you think!

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Previously on New Media Gear:

Noted: Apple launches Music Memos app for the iPhone and iPad

New Media isn’t Just for the Big Guys from New Media Interchange 20

New Media isn’t Just for the Big Guys from New Media Interchange 20

by Douglas E. Welch

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It is too easy these days to focus on the big entertainment news coming out of New Media and ignore all the things that New Media can do for everyone else from individuals to freelancers to small companies and beyond. Sure, it’s great to see new shows with big name starts being picked up by Netflix and exciting to hear about one company buying another, but for me, this isn’t the heart of what New Media is about.

Eleven years ago, when I started podcasting, I saw it is an opportunity for letting the world hear the underheard and see the underseen. It was about giving distribution and exposure to millions of people who never would have made it through the gatekeepers of mainstream media. Mainstream media, by the very nature of its technology had extremely limited time available for shows, so the competition was fierce. This often drove content to the lowest common denominator, designed to please the widest range of viewers possible — and deliver the largest number of eyes and ears to advertisers — rather than produce great content.

New Media had no such constraints. You could do a show about woodworking, or knitting, or gaming, or butterflies and easily make it available to those who wanted to see or hear it. You didn’t have to garner 3 million viewers to stay on the air. You only had to create a show that served an interested and devote niche base of fans. We have lost of a bit of this idealism, though, as money and the influence it buys started to make its way into New Media. It took a long time — and much outright denial — for mainstream media folks — actors, directors, producers — to understand New Media, but now they are taking over.

Read the entire article on New Media Interchange


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In Conclusion from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch [Audio]

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

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Transcript:

I hope this has been useful to you. I hope you enjoyed the answers to these questions. I talk about podcasting, new media, YouTube a lot. I’ll be happy to answer any further questions you might have. You can leave them as comments on this YouTube video, over on my various blogs at DouglasEWelch.com. I always love answering questions. It always gives me something new to write about on the blogs about new media and everything else that I do. Going back to the niche talk before, I do a lot of podcasts and a lot of blogs. I write about gardening, new media, and technology and general happenings here in LA. So, that should give you an idea of the breadth that podcasting and new media can should give you. So, thanks for watching. If you’re interested in a career in voiceover, please do check out Janet Wilcox’s class. You can visit UCLAExtension.edu. You can search on her name and you’ll see all the classes she teaches there and, because she’s teaching online now, you don’t have to be here in LA. You can be anywhere in the world and learn more about voiceover. For more information on everything that I do, visit DouglasEWelch.com and, until next time, keep on building your career.

Links mentioned in this video: 

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

 iTunes Podcast Directory

 Free Blogging Sites 

http://Wordpress.com 

http://Blogger.com 

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program 

Audible.com 

Far Lands of Bust 

KurtJMac Patreon Page

 Rob Paulson and Talking Toons 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

In Conclusion from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch [Video]

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

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Transcript:

I hope this has been useful to you. I hope you enjoyed the answers to these questions. I talk about podcasting, new media, YouTube a lot. I’ll be happy to answer any further questions you might have. You can leave them as comments on this YouTube video, over on my various blogs at DouglasEWelch.com. I always love answering questions. It always gives me something new to write about on the blogs about new media and everything else that I do. Going back to the niche talk before, I do a lot of podcasts and a lot of blogs. I write about gardening, new media, and technology and general happenings here in LA. So, that should give you an idea of the breadth that podcasting and new media can should give you. So, thanks for watching. If you’re interested in a career in voiceover, please do check out Janet Wilcox’s class. You can visit UCLAExtension.edu. You can search on her name and you’ll see all the classes she teaches there and, because she’s teaching online now, you don’t have to be here in LA. You can be anywhere in the world and learn more about voiceover. For more information on everything that I do, visit DouglasEWelch.com and, until next time, keep on building your career.

Links mentioned in this video: 

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

 iTunes Podcast Directory

 Free Blogging Sites 

http://Wordpress.com 

http://Blogger.com 

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program 

Audible.com 

Far Lands of Bust 

KurtJMac Patreon Page

 Rob Paulson and Talking Toons 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Audio: Podcasting and Voiceover from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

Podcasting and Voiceover from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

Listen to Podcasting and Voiceover from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

 

 

Transcript:

Do you know of any voice actors who have had successful podcasts? Well, I have one good example here, but I want to switch the question around a little bit. It is relatively easy for anyone who is already famous to have a successful podcast. As you might imagine, they already have an audience. They already have a group of people who are clamoring to hear more from them. So, a relatively famous person who has a podcast — they’re doing it for a different reason that I am giving to you. I want to reiterate with you that you need to start podcasting up front when you’re unknown, because that’s the way you can become more known. It’s the reverse of what they’re doing. They know they have an audience that they’re feeding, because they’re already somewhat famous. You are developing your audience from the ground up. So, it’s important that you get the word out there and – to harken back to the very beginning of this video — you need to tell people what you do and how well you do it and this is one way of doing it.

Links mentioned in this video: 

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

 iTunes Podcast Directory

 Free Blogging Sites 

http://Wordpress.com 

http://Blogger.com 

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program 

Audible.com 

Far Lands of Bust 

KurtJMac Patreon Page

 Rob Paulson and Talking Toons 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Video: Podcasting and Voiceover from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

Podcasting and Voiceover from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

 

 

Transcript:

Do you know of any voice actors who have had successful podcasts? Well, I have one good example here, but I want to switch the question around a little bit. It is relatively easy for anyone who is already famous to have a successful podcast. As you might imagine, they already have an audience. They already have a group of people who are clamoring to hear more from them. So, a relatively famous person who has a podcast — they’re doing it for a different reason that I am giving to you. I want to reiterate with you that you need to start podcasting up front when you’re unknown, because that’s the way you can become more known. It’s the reverse of what they’re doing. They know they have an audience that they’re feeding, because they’re already somewhat famous. You are developing your audience from the ground up. So, it’s important that you get the word out there and – to harken back to the very beginning of this video — you need to tell people what you do and how well you do it and this is one way of doing it.

Links mentioned in this video: 

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

 iTunes Podcast Directory

 Free Blogging Sites 

http://Wordpress.com 

http://Blogger.com 

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program 

Audible.com 

Far Lands of Bust 

KurtJMac Patreon Page

 Rob Paulson and Talking Toons 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media: