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NAB 2017: Yi 4K+ Action Camera

Allison interviews Michael Rubin from Yi Technologies about their new 4K+ Action Camera. The Yi 4K+ records 4K video at 60 fps and can take photos in RAW format, both rare features on an action camera. The 4K+ will support live streaming with an “upcoming” firmware update and it has electronic image stabilization when shooting at 30 fps. The 4K+’s USB Type-C connector supports charging, connectivity to your computer, AV output, and an external mic and the camera comes equipped with a waterproof case. Learn more at https://yitechnology.com/yi-4k-plus-action-camera.

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Rogue Amoeba – the Gold Standard

Lately I’ve run into a slew of tech problems, finding bugs in just about everything, hardware and software. This has given me the “opportunity” to compare reactions of companies when I tell them about the problems. I would normally write a huge diatribe about those that didn’t meet my expectations, but instead I’m going to tell you about the gold standard in support. That company is Rogue Amoeba, the makers of Audio Hijack.

I’ve talked about Audio Hijack quite a bit on the show, but to bring everyone up to speed, it’s the absolute center point to how I create the podcast. Audio Hijack, as the name implies, hijacks the audio on your Mac, allowing you to route it in interesting ways.

Audio hijack complex sessionI create the podcast recordings completely without a complicated hardware mixer. With Audio Hijack I can capture the audio of a Skype call and my voice on two separate tracks, add effects like an equalizer and a compressor. I can route the audio back to my headphones so I can monitor my own voice for any problems along with that of my partner on the show. I can also send the audio to a recorder to capture an uncompressed audio file. Audio Hijack is essential for the creation of the Podfeet Podcasts.

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NAB 2017: Ricoh’s New Generation Theta Camera

Allison interviews Kazunobu Saiki from Ricoh about their new generation Theta spherical camera which is a follow-on to the Theta S. This camera will provide 4K 30fps video with spatial audio to enhance the immersion experience. The new generation Theta will also support 4K live streaming and will come with an Android-based OS. It will support an open API so that developers can provide their own applications to run on the camera. The new gen Theta will be released “later this year.” Learn more at http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/theta_series/

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Dumb Question Corner – Can I Mark Up Emails with Apple Pencil on iPad Pro?

Rod Simmons of the SMR Podcast wrote to me a while back with a great dumb question. His boss wanted to get an iPad Pro specifically to be able to mark up emails using the Apple Pencil and return them to the sender. This was an interesting question and I think I have an answer for him.

In iOS, we have the Share icon in the upper right on most applications. The Share icon opens up a world of options, but for some reason the Share icon doesn’t exist in Mail on iOS. On the Mac you could print to PDF, but that’s not available on iOS. But actually, it is, in possibly the most arcane, hidden method I’ve ever seen on an Apple product.

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NAB 2017: GoPro Karma Drone and Grip

Allison interviews Jake Barz from GoPro about their innovative Karma drone. The Karma is a quadcopter with collapsable propeller arms and landing gear for enhanced portability. It houses a GoPro camera (Hero3 and up) in a front-mounted, 3-axis gimbal with a built-in gimbal dampening system. What makes the Karma unique is how the user can easily dismount the gimbal from the drone and quickly mount it to the GoPro Grip handle for handheld steadicam video. The Karma kit also includes a padded backpack tailored to the Karma, a battery/charger, and a proprietary controller with high res screen for first person viewing during flight. The setting is the NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://shop.gopro.com/karma

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NAB 2017: B&H Mobile Microphones

Allison interviews Alan Lugo about several of the microphones that B&H offers for mobile applications. Alan covers 1) the Rode small condenser microphone that plugs into the audio jack your mobile phone, 2) the Audio-Technica low cost lavaliere microphone, 3) the Zoom iQ7 high quality stereo microphone that plugs into the Lightning port of your iPhone, and 4) the Sennheiser Action Mic designed to plug into a GoPro Hero4 camera for improved audio capture. The setting is the NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://bhphotovideo.com

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Three Chit Chat Feeds are Better Than One

3 chit chat logos12 years ago, on May 13th, 2005, I decided to start the NosillaCast. Somewhere along the lines I met the wonderful Bart Busschots and he started to be a regular on the show, in a segment we affectionately called Chit Chat Across the Pond. Bart and I talked about photography and security and Macs and just about everything geeky that interested us.

Eventually we started doing Chit Chat Across the Pond together every other week and on the opposite weeks I’d have other tech guests on the show. Bart started his own shows, Let’s Talk Apple and Let’s Talk Photography.

In April of 2013, Bart decided to start a sub-series of Chit Chat Across the Pond called Taming the Terminal. This was the beginning of what we like to call our “propeller beanie” shows, where we get real geeky and learn how to conquer some of the harder tech topics.

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NAB 2017: Cinamaker Multi-Cam Live Production

Allison interviews Cinamaker Founder Benjamin Nowak about his tool and service for live production of multi-camera video. The Cinamaker app runs on an iOS or Android tablet and provides a low cost solution for multi-cam HD live streaming, recording and editing with easy setup and operation. It allows control of smartphone cameras and popular WiFi-enabled cameras including GoPro, Panasonic and Sony while supporting live switching between cameras and syncing of all recorded videos. Cinamaker will be launched in June 2017. The setting is the Showstoppers show floor. Learn more at http://cinamaker.net

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NAB 2017: Brother Head-Mounted HD Monitor

Allison interviews Josh Hardt from Brother about their latest AiRScouter HD display. The AiRScouter WD-330C is a head-mounted viewfinder that helps operators preview the video they are shooting with comfort and ease. This headset’s 720p display projects what appears to be a 19″ monitor directly in front of the operator’s eye. The AiRScouter WD-330C has an HD-SDI input for connection to a wide range of professional cameras, gimbals, and stabilizer systems. The setting is the Showstoppers show floor. Learn more at https://www.brother-usa.com/AiRScouter/

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Seriously, Call AppleCare

Accessory not supported messageI know I’ve done a rant about the following subject before but I have to do it again. And of course I will start by telling a story and then end with the moral of this story.

A few months ago, when I awoke my 12.9″ iPad Pro, it had a message saying, “This accessory is not supported by this device”. That seemed odd, and for some reason I assumed it was irritated by my Apple Pencil. I dismissed the message with no ill effects and I moved on.

Over time, this same unsupported accessory message has been coming up more and more frequently. Eventually I noticed that my iPad Pro wasn’t actually typing on the screen. I’d tear the iPad off of the keyboard and let the magnet grab it again and that would fix it. Curious, but not a big problem. Continue reading “Seriously, Call AppleCare”

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