Getting ready to launch a Twitter broadcast season

BUILDING A STUDIO Over the last few months and years I've been testing and building a small TV studio to Read more

Update on Professional Video Streaming through Twitter

This morning I finally cracked it. Good Video and superb audio with camera switching. I have been working on Read more

Video livestreaming through Wirecast to Persicope and out to Twitter

After a 7 month break, I've been working on being able to make quick video posts out through Twitter Read more

360 test

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We launch Mikeybot on Kickstarter

Together with a few colleagues I have launched a Kickstarter campaign > theMikeybot. This is a simple, cheap, wireless drawing Read more

Online resource for students

I don't get much mail through this site but recently a reader wanted to point out a resource for Read more

Pre-filming test 1

I'm pretty close to the look I want for a documentary I'm going to make on the state of Read more

Cheap way to do camera crane shots and "flying" for video - Old boom pole + Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal

I've been testing a cheap way to get "crane" shots using a Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal and a modified Read more

All that glisters - from the archive...

Three years ago I made 3 online TV programmes about the innovative use of technology in schools. This was a Read more

Last Test before launching the new Video Ed Channel

People who follow this blog regularly will know I frequently post tests from the audio/ video kit I own Read more

Online resource for students

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I don’t get much mail through this site but recently a reader wanted to point out a resource for younger students and I wholeheartedly endorse it : http://www.certstaff.com/computers-for-kids.html  

Pre-filming test 1

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Excerpt: I’m pretty close to the look I want for a documentary I’m going to make on the state of Education, Pedagogy and Curriculum in the second decade of the 21st Century. I’m also now much closer to completion in terms of what kit I’m going to use (for now!) – getting to grips with the technical aspects has been a running battle between time, resources, money and workarounds. Several life-events have also delayed me putting into practice my plans for such a film. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be putting up further filmed tests to compare cameras and…

Cheap way to do camera crane shots and “flying” for video – Old boom pole + Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal

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I’ve been testing a cheap way to get “crane” shots using a Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal and a modified old boom pole – here’s the result. This is probably the cheapest way I know to get shots like this on the fly. Carefully thought out and shot with adequate lighting and white balance it could help any student film look that bit more professional. I was also using the MikMe wireless mic for the audio for the first time. It stood up quite well but I do need to get a modified pop filter to get rid of those plosive sounds. For Gimbal

All that glisters – from the archive…

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Excerpt: Three years ago I made 3 online TV programmes about the innovative use of technology in schools. This was a small subsection of programme no 3. At the time this was a fairly groundbreaking project. Since that time a lot of teachers of more traditional tastes have disparaged projects like this as a waste of time and resources with no “evidence” of their efficacy. I disagree – I think projects, if carefully structured can widen the curriculum and bring a rich texture of cultural references into the 21st century. Yes, you could just tell the children the story but they would miss out…

Last Test before launching the new Video Ed Channel

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Excerpt: People who follow this blog regularly will know I frequently post tests from the audio/ video kit I own and keep promising to launch a new Video Ed News channel. Inbetween commercial filming jobs I constantly learn about new filming and post production techniques and tweak them until I’m satisfied with one particular area of production and then I can feel I can move forward. Recently I’ve been experimenting with fairly low level point and shoot cameras. I have much better quality cams but the Sony A500, in particular, has got the kind of filmic “look” I like and it’s small…