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Episode 6.5 Out Now!

May 21, 2015 in Company, News, Product by Lucas Bischofberger

EpisodeEpisode 6.5

We are excited to announce the launch of Episode 6.5! Packed with new features, Episode 6.5 adds quite a bit to our already solid Episode transcoding software.

Take a look at the brand new Episode 6.5!

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Wirecast Beginner Tutorials

May 15, 2015 in Product, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

WirecastLive Streaming with Wirecast

A very quick post this week.  We have recently put together a series of short tutorials to get you started on streaming with Wirecast.  Hopping straight into the world of live streaming can be daunting, and learning a brand new software is never easy, so take some time to review these tutorials.  You will learn everything from plugging in your first camera to sending your live stream to a content delivery network (and what a CDN is, of course!).

You can find the videos on our Wirecast YouTube page, or in the resources section of the Wirecast Product Page on our website.  Take a look and let others know that there is an easy way to get started with Wirecast! Read the rest of this entry →

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NAB 2015 Recap

May 11, 2015 in Company, Employee Spotlight, Industry, Interviews, News, Product, ScreenFlow, Switch, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

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We want to thank everyone who was able to stop by our booth and say hello!  We introduced multiple new products and updates, won awards, gave talks and gave away some amazing prizes.  It is always a pleasure to be able to share our passions with everyone.  If you weren’t able to make it this year, we are already planning for next time around, so see you all next year in Las Vegas at NAB 2016!

Enjoy a video roundup of the highlights of our time at NAB 2015.

John Pallett sits in on “Future of Broadcasting” panel presented by Teradek:

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MacBook Recording with ScreenFlow

May 1, 2015 in Product, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

MacBookThe Perils of 16:10

If you record with ScreenFlow on a MacBook, chances are you will be recording in 16:10 resolution.  I get to use a late 2013, 15 inch retina display MacBook Pro when I make videos with ScreenFlow.  If you haven’t used this machine in particular, it is tons of fun. It is powerful, beautiful and its high pixels per inch make the retina display shine!  The only issue I run into is the native 16:10 resolution.

When creating an HD video, then uploading it to YouTube, you will want it to be 1920:1080, standard HD, which works out to an aspect ratio of 16:9.  While you can change your canvas size in ScreenFlow to be 1920:1080, the recording from your MacBook screen will actually be a bit taller than your canvas.  This unfortunate incompatibility, 16:10 vs. 16:9, means you either have to stretch your recording to fit, or crop off either the top or bottom.  So frustrating! Read the rest of this entry →

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Podcasting with ScreenFlow

April 8, 2015 in Product, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Kendra

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So you want to learn how to go about creating your very own podcast, but have no idea where to start.  Don’t worry, we have a couple suggestions to get you started on the right track.

Podcast Equipment

The first step is to make sure you have the right equipment.  You don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars for all the gear. You’ll need:

  • Recording Software – We are biased, but try out the new ScreenFlow 5.  Record and edit your podcast in one simple application.
  • USB microphone – The microphone built into your computer is not going to give you the quality you want.  Around here we use the Blue Yeti USB mic, but there are many options out there.
  • Pop filter – A good pop filter helps to even out noise levels and reduce sounds that occur in normal speech.  Recordings can turn a normal exhalation of breath into something far more explosive!
  • Mixer – Although not as vital as the items above, a mixer can really dial in the audio in your podcast.  Do some research to see if dropping the cash is something you need to do.

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Getting Ready for NAB and NMX 2015!

April 2, 2015 in Company, Industry, News, Product, ScreenFlow, Switch, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

NABIt’s Convention Season!

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the New Media Expo (NMX) start in just under two weeks at the Las Vegas Convention Center!  We will be at both shows giving presentations, hosting giveaways, and demoing current and future products from April 13th through the 16th.  You can find us in Booth SL3305 at NAB and N8010 at NMX!  Stop by, say hello and enter to win one of our many giveaways! Read the rest of this entry →

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Demystifying MXF

March 6, 2015 in Employee Spotlight, Industry, Interviews, News, Product, Production, Switch, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

MXF

Another great contribution from our very own Paul Turner!

What is MXF?

It’s hard to work in media without coming across the acronym “MXF” when discussing file formats. Once described (by some) as the solution to all file compatibility issues, it initially seemed to cause more problems than it solved. In some cases, these issues were caused by a lack of definitive language in the spec itself, but the main culprit is a lack of understanding of what MXF is and what problem it’s trying to solve. In this discussion, I’ll attempt to strip away the complexity (MXF is described in over 20 SMPTE documents!!!), and give you a basic understanding of the technology. Read the rest of this entry →

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Switch for Windows is Here!

February 25, 2015 in Company, Industry, News, Product, Switch by Lucas Bischofberger

SwitchSwitch Just Keeps Getting Better!

Switch for Windows is here! We have been continually developing and adding new features to make Switch the only professional media player you will need.  Update for free today and get a host of new features to help you work faster and more efficiently. Haven’t heard of Switch? Sign up for our webinar on March 17th to learn more!

What’s new in Switch?

Windows Support – All the features of Switch prized by media and broadcast professional are now available for Windows as well as MAC. Read the rest of this entry →

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Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI)- A New Revenue Opportunity

February 19, 2015 in Company, Employee Spotlight, Industry, Interviews, News by Lucas Bischofberger

DAIDynamic Ad Insertion

Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) is a concept that has been discussed in the cable TV industry for years.   The reason is simple–DAI has the potential to create the largest single new revenue opportunity for content owners and cable TV multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) in many years.  Although approaches have been proposed, they have either required significant changes to the hardware infrastructure or required too much manual processing and could not scale. That is all about to change.

On our booth (SL3305) at NAB 2015, we will host our first DAI technology showcase, featuring the newly released Vantage DAI software solution.  This showcase will demonstrate an end-to-end file-based workflow encompassing video, audio and metadata transformation that delivers on the promise of increased ad revenue within a fully automated and scalable software system. Read the rest of this entry →

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Meet the ScreenFlow-er: Brent Stockwell of Columbia University

February 13, 2015 in Interviews, Meet the ScreenFlow-er by Lucas Bischofberger

Columbia UniversityMeet Professor Brent Stockwell of Columbia University.  Professor Stockwell uses ScreenFlow to flip his Biochemistry classroom.  The results have been impressive.  His recipe, having the students prepare for class by watching a ScreenFlow he creates expounding on the new material, followed immediately by a short quiz to assess comprehension, seems particularly effective.  We also really like the polling done in class (Professor Stockwell uses Socrative) that helps ensure students are following along. Read the rest of this entry →

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