Taking 360 video to scary levels.
From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for October 27, 2016. You can Subscribe to it here or read the archive.
Recently The Scarehouse released a 360 video we were experimenting with. This was one of a long line of uses for the new technology, in this case, we had on hand the Samsung Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta.
The first issue that we had was lighting. The room was rather dark. Hey, it’s a haunted house. Working with the staff, we determined a pretty nice lighting that came up from below the camera in the middle of the Room of Doors, lighting the subjects with a chilling effect.
After determining the sequence, we ran through with each camera a couple of times. The Ricoh Theta won out with lighting, and ability to edit. (Samsung gets funny when you don’t have the software installed, and there are no Mac options as of the time). We added logos to cover up the tripod and to fade in to finish it off.
While I have some issues with some of the video quality with the hardware we used, one has to remember these videos are typically being seen in the stream on Facebook or on smartphones rather than an Oculus Rift or full screen, making the low end perfect for these scenarios.
What do you think of our scary 360? Check out the Facebook or the Youtube version! (You can use Google Cardboard with your Youtube app!)
Get the Podcast Out There. Live. In Person
From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for September 29, 2016. You can Subscribe to it here or read the archive.
This week, AwesomeCast is hitting the road to join some fellow casters with the Millvale Podcrawl. This is an event put together by our friends at The River’s Edge in celebration of International Podcast Day.
A live Podcast? Why would you want to attend that? It seems almost counter intuitive at first. We create these Podcasts that we intend to talk to the entire world, but then have these Podcast events in our back yards. But with many of the shows showcased, Ya Jagoff, Drinking Partners, and our host’s run of shows, are fairly localized.
If you have that luck that you have a local fan base, these shows can be a nice chance to build your audience stronger. Remember, if you even have a small handful of people listening to their show, that’s some dedication. Maybe they’re already friends. Maybe they stumbled on you. It means something to be able to connect. Or you can look at it as a way to find a new audience. Even our friend Buzzy Torek from Epicast Network recently talked about holding events with their personalities and comedians that would trick people into attending Podcast recordings live. YaJagoff (pictured with Mayor Bill Peduto) does a great job of getting out there on Light Up Night with a big banner at Fifth Avenue Place and special events with fans and sponsors for their Summer Porch Tour. It’s a little more than just booking a venue and hoping your listeners show up sometimes.
But you also have to be careful. Sometimes a live podcast can be disruptive to your audience. If you are trying to do an episode of your show, it may come off with an entirely different vibe, or may not be the same audio quality. Some shows lean into it and completely change the format. So judge your audience and take your shots lightly. And make sure that audio holds up above all else!
How will we fair? What cone of beer related tech will AwesomeCast discuss as Doug Derda of Should I Drink That joins our panel? Drop in and find out!
Double Ender Podcasting That Isn’t Scary.
From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for September 22, 2016. You can Subscribe to it here or read the archive
A few months ago, we were looking for a light weight solution for remote recording some team members for a certain collegiate competition Podcast. One of the members brought up a program called Zencastr.
For those newer, let’s look at what a “double ender” Podcast is. A lot of Podcasters have a need to use Skype or Google Hangout to connect with cohosts or guests across the country (world?). This is a great solution, but those that have heard some of these shows, or used the voice over internet services know there are some quality issues sometimes. In the double ender, you actual record on both sides of the call locally. You end up with separate tracks with each of the hosts recorded. You then sync that track and have a much cleaner show than if you just recorded on one side. (Disclaimer: I absolutely don’t do this in many of my main shows for configuration reasons)
What Zencastr does is make this simpler. Instead of a higher learning curve and making sure people on both sides of the internet know what they’re doing, and some of the audio drift issues you see from using different kinds of computers, recording software, etc, it is an online site that handles it. As you record, you are able to chat with a simple interface and when finished, each person’s track is uploaded to the service for you to grab and edit later.
This has served not only my clients, but helped save Does This Hold Up as their hosts were suddenly split several state away from each other.
The service IS in beta, and you can get a few hiccups here and there (files don’t show up right away, disappear if you drop calls, etc) but everything has it’s faults and this seems to be a nice place to start your Podcast with as good of quality as each of its hosts can muster.