Look mom I’m live streaming! Meerkat and Periscope open doors.

What an amazing time we are in. In the early dark ages of the world wide web, to have your own live video stream was one of fantasy. Remember hearing the wonderful sound when your computer would connect to the internet? In case you forgot I have it here for you:

I have been live streaming for the last few years. The school I taught at loved me to stream the football games, the play etc. I used the iOgrapher with apps like The Cube. It was great and simple.

To get people to watch we had to create an event and send out an email a few days before to all the alumni and parents.

Now lets flash forward to 2015.

At SXSW I came across Meerkat, an app that allowed me to pull my iPad or iPhone out of my pocket and start a live stream right on the spot. The kicker is it would alert my Twitter followers, to which I have humbly amassed over 28,000, that we were live. They would need to download the app and could interact with me. Ask questions and send comments. And I could answer. Live.

As I was ready to put my hat in the ring with Meerkat, Twitter decided to buy a competitor app called Periscope. Periscope is very similar to Meerkat but also allows you to conduct private streams where Meerkat is open to everyone. Also I do like the fact that I can save my stream when using Periscope to my camera roll. That way I can share it later on YouTube etc.

The jury is still out on which app is the one, but for now this user will be live streaming with both. Look for live training, tutorials, customer service, and q and a streams.

I pulled out the iPhone 6+ at an event I recently attended. Started Periscope. Within seconds I had 35 watchers.

I am so fired up.

This is live. And as the great Katy Perry said “This is the future embrace it”.

Tutorial – Using the RODE Smart Lav to capture better audio

Years ago I has corporate clients I would edit videos for. They wanted me to use Final Cut Pro and I did. This was version 7 and to be honest I enjoyed it. At the time I used both FCP and Adobe Premiere Pro, which wasn’t quite ready for the big time yet.

Flash forward. Adobe Premiere Pro is my go to editor. I am an Adobe Education Leader. I love this program. But… since creating the iOgrapher and really diving into workflows for video files that are created in the iPad or iPhone, I find myself testing out the new Final Cut X.

So at a recent dinner I had with an Apple Education engineer, who always teases me if I had gotten into FCX yet, I was shown a really cool tip. Capturing audio on the iPad with the iOgrapher and a shot gun mic, then using a lav mic to capture even better audio and then syncing it all together.

At first I thought that was a bit of work, why not just use a Sennheiser wireless kit. I was reminded that many schools cant afford an $800 mic kit. This made me think lets try the RODE Smart Lav+ and my iPhone 6 to capture the audio. I would set up the iOgrapher mini about 20 feet away and see if this all works! So I did.

And yes the audio is great. And yes the FCX workflow was super easy. My FCX friends are certainly enticing me to do more with the program Ill tell you that. I created a video tutorial to show you what I did. I hope you enjoy it and in inspires you to create some awesome content!

Life. Camera. Action.

P.S. We are exhibiting at SXSWEdu this week! Stop by and say hello!

With the iOgrapher the world is your studio!

Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan

This was a great moment, the perfect day to begin my blog.

This morning I received a message on Facebook from Feroz Khan, a famous Bollywood choreographer. I had read about him on Apple’s website and just had to get the iOgrapher into his hands. Feroz is an iPad Air user and if I could just convince him that the iOgrapher would give him stability while filming I would feel like I had accomplished a goal.

Being a day one user of iPads I always found them incredibly hard to keep stable. That is the number one reason I created the iOgrapher Mobile Media Case!

So I took the liberty of reaching out to Feroz via Facebook. He didn’t know me from Adam. When I showed him how our cases worked and how I really wanted to send him one he was totally open to it. I was thrilled and sent it off to India!

I hadn’t heard from him. It was 30 days at least. Did he hate it? Did it get to him? Oh the stress!

This morning Feroz graciously got back to me via Facebook this morning. He sent incredible photos of shots he did on vacation.

Feroz on vacation

Feroz on vacation

And then this wonderful video.

iOgrapher – Choreographer Feroz Khan takes the iOgrapher for Air out for a spin! from David Basulto on Vimeo.

I am so incredibly humbled and can’t wait to see what else he creates.

The world is truly your studio.

Life. Camera. Action.