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Dealing with Vertical Video in Final Cut Pro X

Dealing with Vertical Video in Final Cut Pro X

A friend was asking how to handle vertical video in Final Cut Pro X.  We end up with so much of it because of Snapchat, Instagram Stories and other applications, but these videos can be repurposed.  There are plenty of apps on iPhone that will handle this, but sometimes you want to do it along with other footage in a bigger project.


April 12, 20170 commentsRead More
Basic Sorganomics: New Studio. New State of Mind.

Basic Sorganomics: New Studio. New State of Mind.

Discussing the change to the Podcast Studio for Sorgatron Media, using Facebook Live for THIS project and more!

 


January 13, 20170 commentsRead More
Taking 360 video to scary levels.  

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!)

October 27, 20160 commentsRead More
Ride the Facebook Wave 

Ride the Facebook Wave 

From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for October 14, 2016.  You can Subscribe to it here or read the archive.

Last week, we talked about how one company was using Facebook Live around an event to create some engagement and serve their customers.  This week, I wanted to talk a little about considering the platform over YouTube Live.

When YouTube Live became available to the masses, it was a chance for all of us to tap into YouTube’s crazy massive audience directly.

But then Facebook did video.

When video came to the blue brand, it was clear using it to post your videos gave you a little bit of a boost, since Facebook wanted everyone to see more videos.  We’ve seen an exponential growth in Wrestling Mayhem Show’s likes and views since starting the strategy.  Facebook Live is seeing the same trend.

Right now, if you use systems like OBS or Wirecast, you can tap into Facebook for live content just as easily (ok, you may want to learn what a stream key if you haven’t yet).  In recent weeks, we’ve moved our Wrestling Mayhem Show and AwesomeCast live streams over.  The untreated, lower resolution streams of our raw interviews with pro wrestler Britt Baker or WMS episode with announcer Burt LeGrande are now trending higher than their fully edited and cleaned counterparts.

This won’t last.  Something else will be not he crest of Facebook’s new feature wave you’ll have to take advantage of, but maybe it’s time to give the Facebook Live a spin and see how far it goes.

October 14, 20160 commentsRead More
How Facebook Live Saved The Day

How Facebook Live Saved The Day

From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for October 6, 2016.  You can Subscribe to it here or read the archive.
These days, we have so many tools for communication and broadcasting.  Utilizing them is a challenge.

This week, we endeavored to use Facebook Live for a client to cover the in office going ons during their biggest day: Registration.  In this instance, for events that span March through June in 2017, most sell out within the first hour, if not minutes, from going online.  This is day where their servers get taxed to the point of shut down because the flux like a late night Apple iPhone pre-order.

The first day: We had a good number of live viewers for the Aero competition.  Students were interacting, sharing what was and wasn’t working on the registration page, and and even touch base to confirm their registration since they couldn’t see the list with the slammed servers.

Day two was a little different.  We started having web site problems a whole hour before registration even opened. An odd event that early.  In the end, there was a major server issue and the registration didn’t happen.  With over 500 streamers watching, we were able to have a dialog with the waiting signups to explain the situation, and let them in on the ride as decisions were being made as to what would happen next. The responses were overwhelmingly positive.  Even more so than the day before when things were working (if slowly).  After, we considered what the response could have been if we weren’t talking directly with all of those people out there left with a 404 page.

Day three was smooth.  And quick. The first of two events usually sells out quickly.  We were able to capture that happen with a smashing record of just over 2 minutes for 120 teams to be signed up.  An exciting way to end the week’s signups.

In the end, the staff was able to have unprecedented communication during the most tense time of their entire season.

You can find the results and interaction yourself by following the pages here, here, and here.

October 6, 20160 commentsRead More
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