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

Kumba cam

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:

Noted: DIY Sound Effects via Make

DIY Sound Effects via Make

DIY Sound Effects via Make

Sound effects are the unsung heroes of movies, radio, and haunted houses. Hearing all the detailed sounds makes it feel like the action is happening right next to you. By carefully selecting which sound effects are highlighted, you can create the perfect environment for your audience to experience. In this project, I am going to give you a basic overview of the art of sound effects, and show you how to make them, how to record them, and even how to automate them.

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“Noted” items are particularly good finds from my daily reading which I share via all my social media accounts.

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My favorite shared new media items for May 2012

Here are my favorite shared new media items for May 2012.

Please let me know in the comments if you find any of the particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas

  1. New Media / Insert Coin: Genie turns any camera into a world-class time lapse rig — Engadget
  2. New Media / Dashboard Live Shell – Live streaming without a PC
  3. New Media / After Years Of Trying To Kill YouTube, Movie Studios Are Embracing & Profiting From It | Techdirt
  4. New Media / CineSkates go mini, still harnessing the power of smooth — Engadget
  5. New Media / Budget Camera Accessories on Kickstarter Stabilize Moving Shots [VIDEO]
  6. New Media / Ken Burns talks about stories
  7. New Media / Video: Timeless – London Timelapse | Londonist
  8. New Media / PinAlerts: Discover When One of Your Images Gets Pinned on Pinterest
  9. New Media / Video: Introducing the SmartTripod
  10. New Media / iPhone Editing Tools
  11. New Media / IK Multimedia’s iRig MIC Cast is now shipping for iOS devices, we go hands-on — Engadget

Video: Douglas guests on New Media Tea Time

I had a great time recording 3 episodes of New Media Tea Time on Friday with Tracy Pattin and Danielle Gruen. The first episode has just been released. You can watch it below or subscribe to the New Media Tea Time podcast in your RSS Reader.

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Back up your WordPress Database or lose it

wp-db-backup(Note: This post is intended for those who host their own WordPress installations, not those who use

I have a regular monthly meetup with a couple other new media minded friends and today an interesting topic arose. All of use use WordPress to host one or more of our blogs. During the conversation we fell upon the topic of WordPress Database backups. If you use WordPress, it is imperative that back up this database regularly as it contains all your blog content.

Unlike a typical web site made from static HTML pages, WordPress stores all of its content in an SQL database. If you are new to WordPress, or your blog was set up by your web designer, you might not even realize this. This is where a lot of people run into trouble. Typically, it isn’t very easy to back up this database, even though it is critical. Most explanations talk about logging into the database using phpMyAdmin and performing a manual series of steps. This is clearly beyond the abilities of many bloggers, who just want to write their blog, not become a sysadmin, as well.

That said, there is an easy way to backup your WordPress Database and store it away for safekeeping — automatically. WordPress Database Backup is a great plugin that works automatically and will even email you your database so it can be backed up with your normal PC files. In my case, I setup a seperate Gmail address that collects and stores these backups in case I ever need them.

While the WordPress database is extremely important, you will also want to back up all the WordPress files in your blog directory using standard FTP tools. These contains all the source code, theme files, plugins and more that allow your blog to operate in conjunction with the database.

Backup your WordPress database today and regularly. If you don’t know how to do it, contact your web designer or web host and have them assist you. You don’t want to lose your blog to a preventable error.

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New: Zoom Q3: Flip Video-type camera with better audio

This new product from Samson seems an odd duck. It looks like a Flip video grafted onto a Zoom H2 recorder. While that is certain to up the audio quality, the standard 640 x 480 video falls short of the Flip HD. I will be more interested to see the next revision of this device.

zoomq3Zoom Q3: Finally A Flip-Type Pocket Cam With Decent Audio [Camcorders]

from Gizmodo by Dan Nosowitz
Our Battlemodo showed that while cheap pocket camcorder video quality has come a long way, audio quality is usually abysmal. The Zoom Q3 aims to change that with TWO directional microphones that can be focused much like a lens zooms.

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Douglas E Welch – “Spreading the Word”- OC Podcasters February Meetup

For our February 11th OC Podcasters meeting we have a speaker lined up, Douglas E. Welch. We’re asking that you PLEASE RSVP so we can get a headcount for how many will be attending.

Douglas E WelchHow to use social media, in all its forms, to support your podcast, without going mad in the process.

Having a social media presence is an important part of every podcasters marketing strategy, but how do you do it without spending more time marketing than producing your shows. Douglas E. Welch shows you how to hook all the parts together so that an action on one social media service can easily propagate to many others — spreading the word, without wearing you out.

You can find more info and where to RSVP at Podcasters is planning to stream via uStream during the event.


LA Organizers Consortium – An Organization for Organizers

During the discussion of at the November Geek Dinner, it came to mind that a new group would be beneficial to the various groups (tech and otherwise) that exist in LA. I saw a deep need for an “organization of organizers” — a group where organizers could turn to help one another build their groups and work together on projects of common interest.

In this vein, I am proposing the LA Organizers Consortium.

“A consortium is an association of two or more individuals, companies, organizations or governments (or any combination of these entities) with the objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their resources for achieving a common goal.” 1

Based on this description, we certainly could use an association of groups to forward any number of common goals.

I see several ways in which the LAOC could benefit groups in Los Angeles…

  • Share information and experience between group organizers. (Frankly, I know I could really use this)
  • Cross-promote events and activities that apply to more than one group
  • Coordinate cooperative events bringing together several groups for a common goal
  • Create a comprehensive schedule listing all LAOC member events on our own site and develop groups on the various event sharing and promotion sites, such as Upcoming,org, and others.

I am sure there are other benefits that others can offer, as well.

It is my feeling that we have done very well in starting and developing a large number of groups in LA and no we are ready to take it to the next level of organization. Through the Consortium we can start to bring our power to bear to create even more and better effects in LA.

If you are an LA Organizer and would like to become part of the Consortium, you can join the new mailing list/group I have started.

Join here:

Please forward this note to other organizers you may know, of the organizers of groups of which you might be a member.


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Douglas’ Noted Items

As I read through my RSS feeds each day, I always find a number of interesting items. Google Reader allows me to easily “share” these items, both within Google Reader itself and at this web page and RSS feed.

To the right you will find a widget containing my latest “Noted” items and a link to see even more. I found them interesting and I bet you will, too! Subscribe to the RSS feed to track what I find interesting every day.

Douglas Welch and the JoshMeister at PodCamp AZ 2008

Another photo from PodCampAZ I just discovered while searching through Flickr.

Adobe Learning Summit – San Jose

Adobe Learning Summit

Originally uploaded by dewelch

I am here in San Jose for the DevLearn conference and was able to check out today’s Adobe Learning Summit as well. Big crowd here to learn about all sorts of Adobe tools to assist them in their eLearning careers.

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PodCamp AZ 2008 Promo Video

Courtesy of: Izzy Video

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Get on over to the registration page so we know you’re coming.

Evo Terra at Gangplank, Phoenix, Arizona

Gangplank, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally uploaded by dewelch

I captured this photo Evo Terra, Podcasting for Dummies and Expert Podcasting Strategies for Dummies author, as we were recording podcasts during the Gangplank Hackmania night on Wednesday night.

We had a great time, as always, and I always enjoy my limited time with the podcasting and tech folks here in Phoenix.

I’ll be back in November to speak at PodCampAZ..

New Media Interchange Meeting – Sedona, Arizona

New Media Interchange SedonaWe had a GREAT time tonight talking New Media at the Ravenheart Coffee Bar in Sedona, Arizona. Lots of great conversation and people!

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iTunes Podcast Directory Splits Audio and Video Podcasts

Tim Street, creator of French Maid TV, points out in his blog that the iTunes Podcast Directory now has a split between audio and video podcasts. While this might help some folks, I am worried that that it might make it harder to find shows.

The way it currently works is a bit confusing, as you have to choose Video or Audio first, then a cartegory to see specific shows in a particular category. I am not sure how they could have arranged it otherwise, but it might leave some novice users missing one type of show or the other. Interesting change, we will just have to see how it works out.

New Media Interchange Meeting

New Media Interchange Meeting

Originally uploaded by dewelch

Wow! Tonight’s New Media Interchange meeting was better than I could have ever expected. We had a great group of people and so much conversation that the staff at Panera Bread was shooing us out the door long after official “closing” time.

I only had time to take a couple of pictures, but you can see them all on my Flickr page. Just click the photo to see more.

Podcasting Now from BarCampLA-5

Podcasting presentation from BarCampLA-5, held March 1-2, 2008

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A Year of Visibility

A session from BarCampLA-5, held March 1-2, 2008.You can be the best coder, artist, writer, janitor, whatever, but it no one knows what you do, and how well you do it, does it really matter?

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