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Mushroom Networks Joins NewTek Developer Network

Posted by JenThorpe at 7:40 PM on April 19, 2014

Mushroom NetworksMushroom Networks,a company that is based in San Diego, California, has joined the NewTek Developer Network. This enables Mushroom Networks’ Streamer 3G/4G wireless bonding device to be fully integrated with NewTek’s line of TriCaster multi-media live video production cameras.

The Mushroom Network’s Streamer can bond up to eight cellular data cards to enable fast and reliable live streaming. The integration allows TriCaster to plug directly into the Streamer. This enables live video streaming from remote locations using 3G/4G cellular data cards – without any loss of TriCaster’s advanced production features.

Users can seamlessly operate the two products (the TriCaster and the Streamer) without the need for any involved configuration. Together, the combination provides an easy way for professionals and amateurs to create, produce, and stream live video content.

Streamer utilizes bonding technology that is optimized to stream video to web via aggregated 3G/4G wireless data cards. Webcasters can plug in the encoded video and audio feed from their encoder or video, add the USB modem cellular air cards to the Streamer, and start streaming high-resolution and high frame rate video to the web.

Sennheiser has Unveiled its New MK 8 Microphone

Posted by JenThorpe at 3:44 PM on April 19, 2014

Sennheiser MK8Sennheiser unveiled its new MK 8, large-diaphragm, condenser studio microphone at NAB 2014. The new microphone features five selectable polar patterns. They are: omni-directional, wide cardioid, cardioid, super-cardioid, and figure-of-eight. The MK 8 also has a low cut/roll-off filter and selectable pad.

The MK 8 was designed and manufactured in Germany. It echos the sleek design of the MK 4 studio microphone. The fixed cardioid MK 4 was designed for plug-and-play simplicity. The multi-pattern MK 8 offers additional control for the refined recording engineer.

The new microphone has a one-inch, dual-diaphragm capsule, precisely spattered with 24-carat gold and elastically mounted to reduce structure-borne noise. It also has a three-position filter that allows the user to either eliminate low-frequency noise below 60 Hz (-18 dB/octave, low-cut position) or introduce a softer roll-off effect from 100 Hz down to compensate for the proximity effect in close miking (-6 dB/octave, roll-off position).

The MK 8 is encased in a sturdy metal housing. This gives it relatively low sensitivity to humidity, as the impedance conversion is done within the capsule. It is packaged with a microphone clip and protective pouch. Optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield, a pop filter, and a hard case. The new MK 8 microphone will be available in late summer of 2014.

Telestream Captioning Products help you meet FCC Requirements

Posted by JenThorpe at 3:51 PM on April 18, 2014

Telestream logoTelestream is the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions. They have announced that their closed captioning software products meet the new regulatory requirements, including video captioning quality and accuracy rules set forth by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

On February 20, 2014, the FCC set new, improved, rules for TV closed captioning to ensure that viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing have full access to programming and to resolve concerns on captioning quality. These rules apply to all television programing with captions, and address quality standards for accuracy, synchronicity, program completeness, and placement of closed captions.

The products from Telestream are fully compliant with the new FCC rules. Those who use the products from Telestream can be assured they are following all the rules. This allows them to focus on producing content for TV, web, and mobile distribution.

Telestream’s closed captioning software products provide a full set of tools to help TV programmers and distributors address the new quality issues set forth by the FCC. Its strength is in fixing the difficult synchronous and caption placement issues.

Telestream also has developed new and improved versions of MacCaption (Mac) and CaptionMaker (Windows) products. The user interface has had a more contemporary facelift and there have also been functionality improvements. New integration allows Telestream’s Vantage customers to automate many types of captioning-related workflows including file-conversions.

Support for the latest caption formats and specs, including SMPTE 2052 and WebTT with full CEA-608 compatible formatting, plus CEA-708 digital caption authoring will be included in these new versions of MacCaption and CaptionMaker.

TP-Link ACes Wi-Fi at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 6:22 AM on April 18, 2014

Like many families now, it’s not unusual for everyone to be using the wi-fi network at home at the same time. Game consoles, tablets, media players and smart TVs all take their share of the data stream, and with the potential for multiple HD streams, the wireless takes a real hammering. In response to this demand, 11ac wireless uses dual frequencies and multiple antennae to get gigabit class data speeds, while still being backwards compatible with the older standards.

TP-Link Stand at GSL14

Under the Archer brand, TP-Link have a range of 11ac routers and modems, starting with twin antennae 750 Mb/s Archer C2 up to the three antennae 1750 Mb/s Archer C7. TP-Link has kindly sent one of the latter to GNC for review, so I’ll be taking a look at that later.

At The Gadget Show, I caught up with Simon from TP-Link who told me a little about their design philosophy and what they’re aiming for with the new 11ac routers.

GNC #942 GoDaddy Saves the Day

Posted by geeknews at 1:01 AM on April 18, 2014

We had a server issue today, I talk about the customer support process at GoDaddy and the positive outcome in a short period of time. We got lucky it was a Lan card versus a hard-drive which would have made for a very long day. All backups where in place, but it does give me pause to make sure all processes are in place. The secure GoDaddy FTP backup addon had the site a 100% backed up

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AGF Announced CharacterWorks for NewTek TriCaster

Posted by JenThorpe at 7:47 PM on April 17, 2014

CharacterWorksAGF Multimedia has announced the release of CharacterWorks. It is an advanced character generator and motion graphics application for NewTek TriCaster multi-camera live video production systems.

CharacterWorks will run on any laptop or desktop PC with a GPU. It renders full-HD, true 3D dynamic text and graphics in real-time. The CharacterWorks smooth broadcast graphics are streamed into the TriCaster over the network. This frees up the TriCaster inputs for other things.

CharacterWorks offers a virtually unlimited number of graphics and text objects on screen. This includes full-HD image sequences, animated backgrounds, rolls and crawls. It is possible to embed things within the text, such as animations or content from external sources like Twitter, XML (RSS) or ODBC. It has built-in OBDC support that lets users bring in data from MySQL or Excel without having to use scripts of external applications.

One especially interesting about CharacterWorks is its high degree of integration with TriCaster. CharacterWorks graphics can be edited and triggered remotely from TriCaster. This enables a single operator to control both the TriCaster and CharacterWorks. Or, one could go the other way around because many TriCaster functions can be invoked from CharacterWorks. Together, the combination of TriCaster and CharacterWorks makes complex setups possible.

Mogees Makes Music at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 1:05 AM on April 17, 2014

The Gadget Show has all kinds of tech on display, from mainstream suppliers with latest tablets to niche fun products that bring a smile to your face and Mogees is definitely in the latter camp. Many of us will have seen those vibration speakers that turn any surface into a speaker….Mogees does the reverse, converting any surface or object into a musical instrument. Here’s a Mogees on a bicycle.

Mogees Microphone

Mogees on a Bicycle

Developed on the back of Kickstarter funding, the Mogees microphone connects into an iPhone running a Mogees app that converts the vibrations into musical tones and with a bit of skill, a tune. The app does a great deal of audio processing to help produce the music in a tuneful way so learning to play your chosen object is fairly easy, however bizarre the instrument is.

The Mogees will be available towards the end of the year and I interview Bruno about the development of Mogees: there’s a demonstration of the instrument in the audio too.

Voltz Electric Bikes at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 12:32 AM on April 17, 2014

Personal electric vehicles were very much in evidence at The Gadget Show with bicycles, scooters and skateboards all on show from different vendors. Voltz Bikes covered two of these categories; bicycles and scooters.

First up is the Voltz eTrail, an electric mountain bike which was recently road-tested on The Gadget Show itself. With a range of up to 50 miles, the 1.9 kW motor can give some serious “oompf”, technically speaking. Looking over the bike, the attention to detail and component quality is impressive, which is not entirely unsurprising given that it costs around GBP £8,500, which is not cheap.

Voltz eTrail

Next is the brand new eScoot is a electric scooter with a range of 30 miles and a top speed of 20 mph. A range of accessories will be available including the neat trailer shown in the photo below. Also not cheap at £2000 but I could see myself buying one of these or similar – my job requires me to travel between sites that are usually no more than a few miles apart and a vehicle like this would be ideal for those journeys. No worries about parking either! Both the eTrail and eScoot are made in Britain which is great to see in these economic times.

Voltz Bikes Scooter

Dan, who helps make “awesome fun products”, reviews Voltz range with me at The Gadget Show.

Robot Underpants: 04.16.14 (149)

Posted by Langley at 11:59 PM on April 16, 2014

Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines talk tech including Google acquisitions, Amazon’s new phone, and San Francisco’s protest problem. Movies getting the reboot and sequels include Mrs. Doubtfire, Friday the 13th and Alice in Wonderland. We’ll tell you how to watch “The Knobbit” (Hobbit porn parody) for free, plus Game of Thrones, Frozen and more!

* Hogwarts Classes Online
* Mountainview Happiest Place in CA
* Star Wars Photos
* The Knobbit
*Alice in Wonderland 2
* Friday the 13th Reboot
* Mrs. Doubtfire 2