We celebrate 13 years of podcasting (on the 13th), I tell the story of how my doorbell informed us that our UPS had died. We hear the interview with Boinx from NAB, and I’ll explain how Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack solved two problems on an airplane. I get my Excel geek on when I solve a dumb question for John, and in a more practical tip, I’ll teach you about Snapthread for making videos out of Live Photos.
One of the more interesting advancements in iPhone photography in the last few years has been Live Photos. If you haven’t played around with them before, the sensor actually captures a few seconds of video on either side of the photo. Up until recently, the fun party trick was to hold your finger down on the photo and you could see the tiny video. While enjoyable, you couldn’t do anything else with Live Photos.
Back then the photo was a single hi-resolution JPG with a video sidecar file. But with the new High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF/HEIC) things are getting a lot more interesting.
This week’s guest is David Sparks from macsparky.com. David is the co-host of Mac Power Users with Katie Floyd and The Free Agents with Jason Snell. According to David, he’s also a bad musician (he traded his saxophones for children) and a non-full-time lawyer. But he’s also an author of the MacSparky Field Guides, which are published as iBooks. His latest book, the iPhone Field Guide was just released with over 50 screencasts, 450 pages, 44 chapters and over 65000 words.
I had him on the show to talk about how he creates his books, especially focusing on iBooks Author. Spoiler though, he explains how and why he’s switching to Pages for the creation of his next book. We had a blast talking all of this, including his concept of Cooking Ideas.
Next week the SMR Podcast guys are in charge of the show (good luck with that) so there won’t be a live show till May 6th. This week we’ve got a review of the Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer done on location in Belgium with Peter Boodts, we’ve got two interviews from NAB: Vice Imaging about their Manfrotto grip for the mobile videographer and Hindenburg Journalist, the software I use for recording the NosillaCast. Then I’ll tell you about a crazy tool called mimoLive from Boinx Software that Steve and I are using to produce the live NosillaCast.
This week Bart and I celebrate 50 episodes of Programming By Stealth. As Bart points out, we’ve been at this for two years now. I’m so happy he’s stuck with me on this and he says he’s got literally years of material yet to go. To commemorate this occasion, Bart got the crazy idea to build a web app live on video. We used a YouTube Live Hangout on Air while he shared his screen. He started with a blank canvas and when he was done we had a working web app. The video is probably a better experience but the audio is supplied for those who prefer it. We did try to narrate what was going on to help with the audio.
You can find the download of Bart’s final file at bartbusschots.ie/…
Sometimes I think that the Podfeet Podcasts are just an elaborate ruse to allow me to try out new gadgets and software. It is most evident in how I can’t seem to stop refining how I produce both the recorded and the live show. If you’ve never taken a look at the live show diagram, it’s worth a peek to see the madness. It needs to be updated a bit as a few things have changed, but the fundamental structure of it is still the same.
What never changes though is my desire to swap out one tool for another. In fact, that’s why it’s out of date!
Usually I’m trying to solve a problem, but sometimes I experiment with a tool just to learn about it to find out if it solves any problems. In the last couple of weeks I’ve started playing around with a tool called Discord. Discord is a free, dedicated app for the Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android, as well as a web-app from discordapp.com. If my early testing is right, it could replace a lot of apps for me, reduce the complexity, and make it easier to connect with people for Chit Chat, all while actually giving you an enhanced experience during the live show.
I’d like to walk through just a few pieces of my workflow (and how they impact the audience) before I come back to Discord. Continue reading “All the Cool Kids are Moving to Discord”
We’ll start with part 2 of my year in review of the apps and hardware I’ve talked about in 2017 and I’ll let you know whether I’m still using them. After that, we’ll be joined by Caleb Fong with a couple of Tiny Tip segments on tools for programming. Then Denise Crown will give us a shootout on US streaming service she’s been testing to see if she can cut the cord. Then I’ll wind up the show with a story of missing menus for my father-in-law and how the NosillaCastaways, the Mac Geek Gab listeners and of course Bart helped me solve the problem.
You might have heard that a total eclipse of the sun traveled across the United States on Monday the 21st of August. Steve and I were lucky enough to witness it as our second total solar eclipse.
I want to tell you about it, so I have to come up with a tech angle to do that or it’s against some rule of mine. The question I’d like to answer is, “How do you capture a total solar eclipse?”
My first answer is, don’t try. Seriously. Continue reading “How Do You Capture a Total Eclipse … and Still Experience It?”
Chris Ashley from the SMR Podcast was our guest on Chit Chat Across the Pond talking about the new Microsoft hardware and OS announcements this week, I did a deep dive into Finder modifications on ScreenCasts Online, and Bart Busschots had his debut on the Daily Tech News Show. We’ve got two NAB interviews. We talk with Lacie about their 2big Thunderbolt 3 doc with capacity up to 20TB. Then we learn about the Brother head-mounted HD monitor that allows videographers to be comfortable while their camera is in weird positions. I go on a bit of a rant about how Google has seemingly lost interest in supporting Android phones that they’re still selling. Then I’ll tell you about how I found out that the keyboard for my iPad Pro has a secret recall and how I found out.
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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