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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Starting or Restarting Your Web Site or Blog — New Media Tips #44

Over the last several weeks I have been consulting with clients who — perhaps as part of the typical New Year’s Resolution — called me in to help them start their website or blog. In most cases, they’ve had a website or blog for a long time, bit they’ve never really gotten the hang of using it to its best advantage. I would love to say this uncommon, but many of my clients are in just such a situation.

If you want to be part of the online world, and use it to your advantage, it does take time and energy. It doesn’t just do itself. Sure, you could hire someone to do it for you, but I have found that the best blogs and websites are curated by their owners. In some ways, they resemble your favorite little boutique — filled with little knick knacks that perfectly reflect the owners.  Sure, you could hire someone to do it for you, but I have found that the best blogs and websites are curated by their owners. In some ways, they resemble your favorite little boutique — filled with little knick knacks that perfectly reflect the owner’s interests and personalities.

Sure, you could hire someone to do it for you, but I have found that the best blogs and websites are curated by their owners. In some ways, they resemble your favorite little boutique — filled with little knick knacks that perfectly reflect the owner’s interests and personalities. Even more, I think the act of curating your own blog helps to develop a sense of why you should blog more often and how to develop more content for your blog.

Where to start?

Using my clients as an example, here are a few places to start when you want to get blogging again.

First, locate and notate all your login IDs and passwords. Time clouds our memories, so it may be necessary to reset passwords using the usual “Forgot Your Password” links on the various sites. If you can’t remember your password within a few attempts, simply reset it and choose a new password.

Once you have a new password, consider using a password service like Lastpass.com to store your passwords. You don’t want to have to go searching for login information — or change your password again in the future.

In most cases, here are some basic passwords you will need to get re-started:

  • Web Site Hosting (could be Dreamhost.com, GoDaddy.com, Bluehost.com or others)

This login information allows you to access the settings for your web hosting service, domain name and, in some cases, email addresses.

  • Blogging Software (could be WordPress.com, a locally installed version of WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr.com or others

This allows you to log into your blog, edit past posts, add new posts, upload photos, etc.

  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

FTP is a service which allows you to upload or download files from your website — operating much like copying files on your own computer. This allows you to upload photos, audio, video or PDF files. This is especially important if you want to share media files for podcasts, as they have to located on a web server before they an be shared as part of a blog post.

Usually, these three couplets of information are enough to allow you to get back to work. If you need further assistance, you may need to contact your service providers. It really isn’t that difficult to reset your password and such and get everything you need to get you blogging again.

Next Time: Figuring out what you want to share on your blog


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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

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Noted: WordPress 4.7.1 Security Release Available, Immediate Update Recommended via Search Engine Journal

WordPress 4.7.1 Security Release Available, Immediate Update Recommended

Read WordPress 4.7.1 Security Release Available, Immediate Update Recommended

A security release for all previous versions WordPress is now available, which the company strongly recommends all users upgrade to immediately.

The previous version of WordPress, version 4.7, has been downloaded over 10 million times since being released last month. However, it didn’t come without its flaws.

Specifically, the release addresses eight security issues affecting WordPress versions 4.7 and earlier:

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Noted: Best Indie Film Audio Setup with Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic via Tom Antos [Video]

This great video showed up in my YouTube subscriptions and I wanted to pass it along for any New Media producers who might be looking for ways to improve their on-location audio. Tom Antos gives a great demo and run down the Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic and accessories.

Check out his channel for more, great, production advice.

Noted: Best Indie Film Audio Setup with Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic

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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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Seeing Differently 14: A Walk Through Van Nuys Timelapse

 

See all the videos in the Seeing Differently Series

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

 

WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” Released – Upgrade Today

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The lastest verison of the WordPress Blogging Engine, called “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Colman Hawkins, is now available for download and installation from the WordPress site. You can also easily existing installations in a few clicks, following the links in your dashboard.

This new version brings a host of updates and improvements including in-line link editing, formatting shortcuts, smart image sizing and more.

Watch this short introduction to “Coleman”


You can find a detailed listing of all the updates in the blog post, WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”, on WordPress.org.

 

 

Noted: You can now record 60-second videos in Instagram

Read You can now record 60-second videos in Instagram via The Verge


An interesting link found among my daily reading

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)

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

Noted: WordPress launches its Mac app with all of the crucial publishing tools in place

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YouTube Gaming is Now Live!

YouTube launched its gaming site and app today as a competitor to industry-leader TwitchTV.

YouTube Gaming supports both live and recorded gaming video and includes a specialized web site and companion iOS and Android apps.

The web site is a bit slow today, as might be expected as everyone wants to try it out both watching and live streaming.

Youtube gaming web

One small limitation I noticed with the web version is that it doesn’t appear to support streaming of videos to my Chromecast. I assumed it would have this functionality out of the box. You can select the Chromecast icon in your browser and it appears to try to send the live video, but then exits to the generic YouTube screen on the Chromecast. The YouTube Gaming App DOES support Chromecast streaming, though, so at least there is some option. I am guessing a small bug with the web version on launch day which will hopefully be quickly remedied.

I thought YouTube Gaming would automatically follow all my gaming-related YouTube Channels, but in order to follow them on YouTube Gaming I had to “Import” my subscriptions and then click though a list to add each channel. If I had hundreds of channels I was subscribed to it might get a little tedious doing this. though.

Streaming quality looks excellent for the streams I have sampled today and, even on this busy first day, buffering of video seems to be at a minimum.

Check it out!

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iOS | Android

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New Media Gear 24: KumbaCam 3 Axis SmartPhone Stabilizer mentioned in New Media Interchange Episode 14

New Media Gear 23: KumbaCam 3 Axis SmartPhone Stabilizer

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Mentioned in New Media Interchange Episode 14: Emmys, Apple Television Streaming and VR

  • 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer for SmartPhones. (Works with iPhone 6+ and GoPro cameras)
  • 3 modes which can be changed as simply as tapping the mode button
  • Heading Follow Mode (Default) – Phone Pitch and Roll Angles remain constant, heading follows the handheld position.
  • Heading Mode (Tap Mode Once) – Keeps the phone pointed in the same direction
  • Locking Mode (Tap mode Twice) – Keeps the phone pointed in the forward direction from the Handle
 

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Previously on New Media Gear:

New Media Interchange 10: My take on E3 and Part 2 of my Interview with Eric Rochow of GardenForkTV

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New Media Interchange 10: My take on E3 and Part 2 of my Interview with Eric Rochow of GardenForkTV

This is New Media Interchange where we talk about the media world beyond mainstream television and radio, including podcasting, YouTube, live streaming, gaming and more. I’m your host, Douglas E. Welch, pioneer podcaster, blogger and writer.

In today’ show…

  • My take on the news from E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo
  • The first part of my interview with Eric Rochow of GardenforkTV, We talk about his long running show, his adorable labrador costars and the past and future of new media
  • See the complete show notes at 3rdPass.media

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New Media Interchange 9: Google Announces YouTube Gaming, LucasFilm Launches the ILMxLAB and Part 1 of my Interview with Eric Rochow of GardenForkTV

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New Media Interchange is a podcast spotlighting various developments in New Media & focusing on the media world beyond mainstream television and radio, including podcasting, YouTube, live streaming, gaming and more. Hosted by Douglas E. Welch , pioneer podcaster, blogger and new media consultant.


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New Media Interchange 9: Google Announces YouTube Gaming, LucasFilm Launches the ILMxLAB and Part 1 of my Interview with Eric Rochow of GardenForkTV

This is New Media Interchange where we talk about the media world beyond mainstream television and radio, including podcasting, YouTube, live streaming, gaming and more. I’m your host, Douglas E. Welch, pioneer podcaster, blogger and writer.

In today’ show…

  • Google Announces YouTube Gaming to better serve the second most popular category on YouTube
  • ILMxLAB opens and adds further validation to the VR market
  • The first part of my interview with Eric Rochow of GardenforkTV, We talk about his long running show, his adorable labrador costars and the past and future of new media
  • See the complete show notes at 3rdPass.media

More after this…

Today’s show is brought to you by Audible.com. I love New Media like podcasting and YouTube, but I also love all types of books. If you love audio books you can support New Media Interchange and 3rdPass Media by starting your free 30-day trial with Audible today. Choose from over 100,000 books, Including one of my favorite books, The Shining by Stephen King  One of the few horror novels I love.

Visit AudibleTrial.com/3rdpass or use the link in the show notes today.

See the complete show notes at 3rdPass.media