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Andy and Steve

Andy and Steve

Andy McCaskey of SDR News and Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine had a rare honor as we got to interview Steve Wozniak - now Chief Scientist over at Fusion IO – a company that works with NAND  memory for high speed / High Capacity storage.

There are two parts to the interview. The first one, Jeffrey talks about Fusion IO, Steve’s role and a how the Segway Polo is going. After switching seats with Andy, something amazing happened. The two just started talking. I couldn’t get the video queued fast enough and they didn’t see the queue in. So, I just hit the button and they continued on.

But what we did get was an amazing conversation about education, the future of technology and Steve Wozniak’s new role.

Part I

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Part II

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How the Video Presentation has Changed

Posted by J Powers at 9:53 AM on May 10, 2009

Last night I went to a local awards ceremony. We sat there and watched as each winner was called off, came up and received their award. But what was cooler was how the presentation as a whole has changed from even 2 years ago.

You walk into the theatre and you saw the curtain with a screen attached to it. As the presentation started, the curtain rose and the band was playing. Behind them was the video of that band playing.

Band ends, curtain goes down and the Master of Ceremonies comes out. The first award is getting ready to present and they flash all the nominees on the screen in a Multimedia spectacular. The winner is announced and another presentation is displayed.

All of this is getting taped for television. Not for Major network release, but for local access channels. Best part is it won’t look like a recording coming from a VHS tape that was used and erased about 50 times – it will have the feel and look of a major awards ceremony.

I remember a few years back when we were going to re-do some videos at work. These were training videos that were first recorded in 1977 or something like that. Plaid jackets and video that was falling apart. We replaced that antiquated video production unit with a nice Sony DV camera.

Even some of the YouTube videos shot with a webcam have better production quality than a few years ago. We recorded SDRNews video of the CMSExpo last week with a Quickcam Pro 9000. What was even more interesting, that Saturday I stopped at Bucketworks – a community club for geeks in Milwaukee, WI – all their video was being shot and uploaded to uStream using the exact same cameras.

It’s what made the CES videos work so well. We were lugging around a big bulky camera, but the smaller cameras were giving just as much production. We also produced 3-4 times more content than just from one camera. You even got to see what it was like in the hustle-bustle of CES in Las Vegas.

All you need is 1-2 cameras, a Mac with CamTwist and you can produce a great show. Heck, you can even use a PC with SuperWebCam.

By the Way – I shot a Backchannel style channel using my AIPTEK HD camera, so you can get a feel of what it was like at the event. Gotta love the new age of Media.

BTW – The even was the Madison Area Music Awards. I did recieve an award last night for Unique Song of the Year with local artist Art Paul Schlosser.