Google Hangout and Wirecast

Community Assembly for Podcasting

Last week on AwesomeCast, we broke it down geek style towards the end and got SUPER geeky about the state of the podcast studio.  If you want, you can watch that segment here:

We talk on there about the vision and challenges to try to make the show even better.  But the biggest message was the community that helps bring this thing together.

Google Hangout and WirecastSo much of what I’m sitting on down in the studio is contributed.  I have old PCs that are given because they outlasted their user, or they needed an upgrade, but serve a purpose when I throw Ubuntu or Windows XP on the old thing and only want to run one function like Skype or Google Hangout to help broadcast my talking heads for the shows.

Under my desk in my shot are a few CRT monitors.  Through the basement studio, there are a few tube TVs.  They don’t sound like much, but if I need a new head for a computer, or want another monitor so everyone sees what I’m switching, they come in handy.  And why stock up?  They keep coming, and they’re old.  So I’m always ready for a replacement.

In that clip above, you see the phenomenon.  An outpouring of “hey, do you want this thing just laying around here?”  My philosophy with friends and family is I’ll take anything.  If it’s not useful, I’ll at least make sure it’s recycled with a trip to Construction Junction.

This demonstrates the amazing community we’ve had on our Tuesday Podcast Day experiment that just keeps growing.  People contribute tech, and in some cases, their time just to be a part of it.  Which has been instrumental in it’s growth over the last year in scope and quality.

It’s come a long way from my and some friends huddled around a cheap PC microphone eight years ago.