BETT TeachMeet Part 1

I have been sitting on this series of videos for some time - not because I was deliberately holding Read more

How to mix and broadcast a live radio programme from your phone

Here's an audio trailer I made for a weekly news podcast I'm resurrecting around May. The sound file below is Read more

L4L Vlog day 1

I'm starting to vlog again for a brief period where I have lots of post production but little actual Read more

Why I welcome easy ubiquitous live video streaming but...

Every so often a technology comes along that supercedes or leapfrogs over other previous technologies to make what was Read more

It's all about that base

Having perfected my ultra-portable interview solution for my old iPhone 4s - I'm now looking to streamline the kit Read more

Meerkat Diary Day 2

As promised yesterday I did a stream from Parliament Hill, however, today I used a Smartlav - correction I Read more

More comments on tests with #Meerkat

As I outline in the video above, I went out onto Hampstead Heath with the intention of doing a Read more

using #meerkat for quick and dirty streaming

It seems that the #meerkat app is all the rage - it's pretty limited. It doesn't have a white balance Read more

What do people "do" at TeachMeets?

This is Ian Addison at the #BETT2015 TeachMeet talking about the uses of Skitch. No-one saw how he was going Read more

Digital Leaders

I have been following the paths of several schools and their use of Digital Leaders. There is a Digital Leaders Read more

Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies

I don't do much filming at BETT these days and when I do it is with people who are Read more

Quick Interview at BETT 2015 with @alicekeeler

I was on the Google stall talking with Jonathan Rochelle (@jrochelle) about exceptional teachers and their use of Google Read more

WorkflowHQ

Here's a quick couple of examples of the use of Workflow for iPhone and iPad - I quite like Read more

#TMOXFORD - Vox Pops - 18-12-2014

@ASTsupportAAli asked me to do some Vox Pops using the Portable Green Screen TouchCast system I've been building in Read more

Testing New Wirecast streaming features

Just a quick test of the Livestream features in Wirecast 6.01 - the ability to lay titles over a Read more

Quick look behind the scenes - LANC TEST

Quite a few people have started asking me into schools to show how I do the videos. Here's a Read more

L4L_News 05-12-2014 College of Teaching Meeting Video/ Audio

I went to the Proposed College of Teaching Meeting back in November and filmed the whole evening. If you can't Read more

L4L_News 27-11-2014 Plymouth Uni Students - Michael Tidds link to NAHT Assessment Resources

The blogs of both Laura Mayo and Alice Shepherd are worth a look especially to see how they use Read more

Textbooks - are they the answer? #L4L_News 14-11-2014

If you can't see the video above on your device please go here: http://touchcast.com/l4l_news/textbooks_are_they_the_answer/ "The Twitter" links appear not to be Read more

Interview with Debra Kidd - Audio Version - 06-11-2014

Interview with Debra Kidd at RSA about her book Teaching: Notes from the Front Line - 06/11/201   If you can't Read more

BETT TeachMeet Part 1

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I have been sitting on this series of videos for some time – not because I was deliberately holding them back but because I have had a massive volume of work this year preventing me from getting the time to post produce this properly.

I’ve also been experimenting with colouring and sound with various test videos. In this one I didn’t have a direct clean sound feed into my camera and the colour cast was extremely purplish – I have tried to compensate for both with various post production techniques.

More to come later this week:

How to mix and broadcast a live radio programme from your phone

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Here’s an audio trailer I made for a weekly news podcast I’m resurrecting around May.

The sound file below is not altogether that serious but it shows the power of what you can do with a few apps and a good microphone.

In my quest for miniaturising and making simple broadcasting I used an old iPhone 4s + 3 apps, one specialist lead and a good podcast mic.

After several attempts I combined BossJock Studio, Audiob.us and Mixlr to make a live mix in real time whilst simultaneously broadcasting it out live on air over the internet.

I started up Mixlr (which is free) and primed it to broadcast then added the AudioBus app. AudioBus connects audio on different apps – here it is connecting BossJock Studio to MixLr.

I put MixLr as the output app – where the audio was going to, and BossJock as the input App.

I then set the Mixlr app to broadcast live and went into BossJock via the AudioBus menu

Last I was able to load the intro audio from the cart and mix live – it was automatically broadcast out to the internet. Result!

Here’s a quick video runthrough – best seen full screen:

I believe the process is called App Smashing – I just think it’s smashing. Best heard through headphones!

The podcast begins May in earnest.

L4L Vlog day 1

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I’m starting to vlog again for a brief period where I have lots of post production but little actual filming commitments for a few weeks.

The Streaming from a London Bus event can be seen here > http://www.l4l.co.uk/?p=14317

If you enjoyed this vlog click here to retweet.

Why I welcome easy ubiquitous live video streaming but…

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Every so often a technology comes along that supercedes or leapfrogs over other previous technologies to make what was once complex and difficult, facile and simple.

Live streaming from your phone has been around for a number of years but never before been married to the ubiquity of an entity like Twitter.

People are now able to stream immediately through the @periscopeco or @appmeerkat apps and show their POV, through video, to the waiting world.

As someone who earns a greater part of their living making quality live video streams you’d think I’d be rather worried about these new apps that democratise the process of being able to broadcast from anywhere anytime. I don’t, because over the years I’ve learned one thing: to keep ahead in any innovative technology that might or might not be a game changer – less is more.

I am sure over the next few months there will be a plethora of live video streams from every conceivable POV and it will be extremely useful in education and in educational events like TeachMeets and Research Ed. These are to be welcomed for it gives access to people who have neither the time nor the money to attend. It helps instantiate, further, a feeling of community; if only a very good digital simulacrum of that community.

Once again we are at the goldrush stage of everyone staking a claim on this media but remember the smart people in any goldrush make money out of the prospectors and not the gold before moving away, quickly, from the boom town as soon as the pickings become sparse.

But I also think mainstream broadcast news will change just as it did, when on the day of the London Tube Bombings, a poster on Moblog put up an image of survivors of the bombed train from his phone and it quickly went viral on mainstream broadcast news around the planet (it wasn’t credited at first either) . There will, inevitably, be the video equivalent and many more instances of tragic serendipity that will bring forth a gruesome inflorescence for our collective curiosity; an obscene voyeurism now democratised and available at the swipe of a finger.

It is a wonderful technology – let us hope we can use it wisely.

The more we get used to real time “mediated” events – the more they will become the norm – an expectation but also, I suspect, in the long run, a curse.

It’s all about that base

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Having perfected my ultra-portable interview solution for my old iPhone 4s – I’m now looking to streamline the kit even more.

I came across so many people who recommended this solution, where there’s restrictions on even the smallest tripods, I decided to share it with schools.

The Manfrotto Fluid Head Monopod is not cheap but when used with a shoulderepod makes an ultra-portable phone filming solution.

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