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The Adam and John Show (with John and Adam) • BMD at NAB 2024 • Episode 1

25 April 2024

Let's dig into the updates from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2024

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ATEM Micro Panel and 4K ATEMs - News from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2024

15 April 2024

This video gets you in the loop on all the ATEM updates at NAB 2024.

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What is Rundown Studio? Everything you need to know...

19 Nov 2023

We've been hard at work for months now building a super intuitive production run-of-show tool that I think you will love!

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Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2 • IBC2023

15 September 2023

I'm here at IBC 2023 and taking a quick look at the new Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2 from Blackmagic Design.

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Streaming sources on the ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO

20 Apr 2023

You can stream directly to the ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO either via the local network or from anywhere in the world.

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ATEM Television Studio HD8 and HD8 ISO - Overview, features and thoughts

06 Apr 2023

In this packed video, we dig through the features of the Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD8 and HD8 ISO.

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ATEM Television Studio HD8 and HD8 ISO // In the loop

02 Mar 2023

Let's get you up to speed on all the details of the new ATEM Television Studio HD8 and HD8 ISO from Blackmagic Design.

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Stream Deck + and Bitfocus Companion

09 Feb 2023

In this video, we'll take a look through using the Elgato Stream Deck + and the rotary dials with Companion. We specifically look at how well it all works with an ATEM Switcher.

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Introducing Dashmaster 2k - Show multiple tools on one screen

08 Dec 2022

Here's your introduction to what Dashmaster 2k is for, and how you might use it to show multiple live streams, clocks, and other tools all on one browser window.

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Touch screen multiview for Blackmagic ATEM switchers!

17 Nov 2022

Let's have a look at how to use the touch screen multi-view on an iPad with MixEffect

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PTZ cameras with an ATEM Switcher - BirdDog P120 overview

10 Nov 2022

Using PTZ cameras in the Blackmagic ATEM world is - mostly - easy enough. Let's go through the steps involved by using some BirdDog P120s.

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Control HDMI Blackmagic cameras from an ATEM SDI switcher

03 Nov 2022

Getting control of your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k or 6k from an SDI ATEM is super useful - but isn't quite plug-and-play.

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Working with editors from anywhere using Blackmagic Cloud Pod

29 Sep 2022

Let's look into the Blackmagic Cloud Pod and Cloud Store ecosystem with a walkthrough of how the syncing process allows editors to work together from anywhere in the world.

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Diagram and pack for your next gig with H2R Gear

22 Sep 2022

In this video, we go through an introduction to using H2R Gear for wire diagramming, packing and preparing for your video production jobs.

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5 things Blackmagic Design should make for us

15 Sep 2022

I've been slowly compiling a list of cool gear that I'd love to see Blackmagic Design make - Multi-converter boxes, Mini ATEM Panels and a PTZ.

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Control one ATEM from ANOTHER

01 Sep 2022

With the help of Companion we can use one Blackmagic ATEM to control another.

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ATEM SDI Pro ISO - Hands on first look!

28 Jul 2022

The Blackmagic ATEM SDI range is a selection of SDI-based video switchers using the familiar ATEM Mini design.

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ATEM SDI - New SDI Switchers from Blackmagic Design

20 Jul 2022

Get the details on the new SDI range of switchers by Blackmagic Design. Explore the ATEM SDI, ATEM SDI Pro ISO and ATEM SDI Extreme ISO!

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Counter overlay on the ATEM Constellation HD

23 Jun 2022

The counter overlay feature in Blackmagic Design's ATEM Constellation HD series of switchers is a nice way to run a countdown or countup timer on your output.

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How to run a panel show with vMix and vMix Call!

02 Jun 2022

Take a behind the scenes look at how we pulled off our recent NAB panel show. vMix, vMix call, H2R Layouts and H2R Graphics all played a part!

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Prompter mode - HyperDeck Shuttle HD

19 May 2022

Here's a look at how to use the Teleprompter feature in the HyperDeck Shuttle HD from Blackmagic Design.

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HyperDeck Shuttle HD - Desktop recording, playback and prompting

05 May 2022

The Blackmagic HyperDeck Shuttle HD is an interesting little playback and recording device that slots next to an ATEM Mini (Extreme).

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NEW ATEM Constellation HD switchers

25 Apr 2022

Let's dig into the three new switchers announced at NAB 2022 by Blackmagic Design - 1 M/E, 2 M/E and 4 M/E Constellation HD!

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Fresh new look for

21 Apr 2022

Here's your breakdown of what's new in V2

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Full Studio Tour (April 2022)

14 Apr 2022

After two months of being in my (somewhat) new space, I thought it was time to share an update on whats new, and what's to come.

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BirdDog Dyno - NDI performance monitoring

08 Apr 2022

Here's a free tool from BirdDog to anlaysis and get a grasp on how well NDI traffic is performing on your system.

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What's new in Companion v2.2

24 Mar 2022

Here's a look at what's new in Companion v2.2

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Lovely Key/Fill Graphics for your ATEM

17 Mar 2022

Let's explore a few different ways to generate Key/Fill graphics for your ATEM (or other production switcher).

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What's new in vMix 25

10 Mar 2022

Here's a look at what's new in vMix 25. Including LiveLan, Inputting your output, NDI 5 and more.

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Running stingers on your ATEM switcher - Full H2R Stingers tutorial

03 Mar 2022

In this tutorial, I walk you through using just your ATEM to run a custom stinger built in H2R Stingers!

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Blackmagic Studio Converter - 1 cable workflow!

24 Feb 2022

When paired with the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro.

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HyperDeck video playback troubleshooting steps

17 Feb 2022

Undoubtably you have had playback issues from time to time.

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Draw on your ATEM live stream with LiveApp Pro

10 Feb 2022

Here's a really nice way to use your iPad and Apple Pencil to intuitively draw on top of your live video.

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10 things you can do in H2R Graphics v2!

27 Jan 2022

Here's a run through 10 of the new features in H2R Graphics v2.

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Hardware or Software for live video production?

20 Jan 2022

Let's dig into the pros and cons of both Hardware and Software for live video streaming.

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Emergency Freelancer Kit for Live Video Production

13 Jan 2022

Let's crack open and explore the extra - just-in-case - kit that I bring to freelancing jobs.

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AeroCaster Live System from Roland

04 Jan 2022

We give you the latest info on the AeroCaster system.

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Mitti 2.0 - What is it and what's new?

15 Dec 2021

Let's get you in the loop on Mitti 2.0, the all new release!

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BMD Studio 4K cameras & ATEM Mini - Tally, SDI and Colour

09 Nov 2021

The Blackmagic Studio 4K cameras play very nicely when matched with an ATEM Mini. In this video we explore some ways of using them together.

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Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus & Pro - Tour, in-action and thoughts

03 Sep 2021

Join me as I dig into the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus and Pro.

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Add a custom streaming platform to Blackmagic Web Presenter HD and 4K

05 Aug 2021

Let's explore how to add your own streaming platform to the Blackmagic Web Presenter

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Web Presenter 4k and new BMD Studio Cameras!

30 Jul 2021

Let's walk through some of the really nice updates and products from the Blackmagic Design event this week.

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Blackmagic Web Presenter HD - A detailed look

22 Jul 2021

Let's take a dive into the features on the Web Presenter HD from Blackmagic Design

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All-in-one HDMI video switcher - AVMATRIX HVS0402U

10 Jun 2021

Here's an overview of the HVS0402U video switcher from AVMATRIX

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Run Companion on a Raspberry Pi

13 May 2021

Here's a quick walk through of getting Companion running on a Raspberry Pi

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What does the LOGO button do on the Select Bus - ATEM Mini Extreme

15 Apr 2021

Here's what the logo button does on the ATEM Mini Extreme's Select Bus

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Multiview options on ATEM Mini Extreme

25 Mar 2021

What can you do with the multiview on the ATEM Mini Extreme and ISO, let's take a look.

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Using SuperSource on the ATEM Mini Extreme

18 Mar 2021

What is SuperSource and how can you use it in your production? Let's find out!

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Working with two HDMI outputs on ATEM Mini Extreme

13 Mar 2021

Let's go through a few things you can do with the two HDMI outputs on the ATEM Mini Extreme

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Select Bus on ATEM Mini Extreme

09 Mar 2021

What is the Select Bus on the ATEM Mini Extreme and what can it be used for? Let's take a look!

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ATEM Mini Extreme - Hands on, tour, features and initial thoughts

04 Mar 2021

In this video we take a full look at the new features packed into the ATEM Mini Extreme

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Companion & Official Stream Deck app

04 Feb 2021

Can you use the Official Stream Deck application alongside Companion? You sure can!

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YoloBox - The Complete Guide

14 Jan 2021

Let's take a deep dive into the features of the YoloBox, from graphics to live streaming.

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International Remote Conference Setup - Bart at Work

07 Jan 2021

How can you stream a conference in a different timezone to an online audience, in this video we explore Bart's solution!

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Hollyland Mars 400S Pro - First look

17 Dec 2020

Lets take a look at latency, battery life and other features of the Hollyland Mars 400s Pro

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ATEM Streaming Bridge - What can it do?

10 Dec 2020

Let's take a first look at the features of the ATEM Streaming Bridge and how to connect it with another studio

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Amsterdam - One Year Later

03 Dec 2020

A lot can change in a year, especially when lots of new gear is released

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Matrox Monarch LCS - Quick Overview, features, and thoughts

25 Nov 2020

In this post, we are taking a look through the features of the Matrox Monarch LCS encoder

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Which ATEM Mini should YOU buy?

19 Nov 2020

In the market for an ATEM Mini but not sure which one will suit your needs, this video will help!

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ATEM 1M/E Advanced Panel - Features, in-action, and more

24 Sep 2020

Join us while we explore the features of the Blackmagic Design ATEM 1M/E Advanced Panel

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Streaming from someone's house!

10 Sep 2020

In this video, we explore a few pros and cons of streaming from someones house.

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Dual picture-in-picture with two ATEM Minis

03 Sep 2020

Here's a way to get a neat double picture-in-picture effect by using two ATEM Minis together.

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UltraStudio Recorder 3G and Monitor 3G - Hands on!

27 Aug 2020

We take a walk through some simple setups for the new UltraStudio Recorder and Monitor from Blackmagic Design.

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ATEM Mini Pro ISO - What's new, workflow and walkthrough

20 Aug 2020

In this video, we'll take a look at the ISO recording feature in the ATEM Mini Pro ISO.

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Play-outs and graphics with vMix

20 Aug 2020

In this video we explore the use of vMix for play-outs and lower thirds during productions.

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12 ways to control your ATEM switcher

13 Aug 2020

Let's explore 12 ways to control an ATEM switcher - from budget-friendly to official panels!

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Add graphics to ATEM Mini Pro with H2R Graphics

01 May 2020

Adding graphics to your ATEM Mini Pro live stream is super simple with H2R Graphics - Here's how.

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Control ATEM Mini with a Stream Deck and Companion

01 May 2020

Here's how to control your ATEM Mini or ATEM Mini Pro with a Stream Deck

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Adding a custom streaming destination to the ATEM Mini Pro

24 Apr 2020

You can stream to many destinations with the ATEM Mini Pro, here's how to add your own custom destination like Wowza, Brightcove, Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube and more.

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ATEM Mini Pro - First look at what's new

15 Apr 2020

Let's take a first look at the ATEM Mini Pro and its new features

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ATEM Mini - First look and thoughts

21 October 2019

Playing around with the pre-production ATEM Mini.

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On Location - Amsterdam + Utrecht

13 Sep 2019

Come with us on back to back gigs in Amsterdam and Utrecht.

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Cuebi Wireless Tally - Pros and Cons

26 July 2019

The kind folks at Cuebi sent over this tally system for us to take a look it.

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Webcaster X2 - One Year Later

03 May 2019

It’s about time that we took another look at the Epiphan Webcaster X2, now that we’ve been streaming with it for over a year.

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On Location - Two Source Webinar in Copenhagen

12 Apr 2019

This video will walk you through our setup for a two source (1 camera and one laptop) webinar in Copenhagen.

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Blackmagic Design ATEM TVS HD vs. Roland V-1HD

04 Apr 2019

In this video, we compare two of our favourite video switchers - The Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD and the Roland V-1HD.

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ATEM Control with Elgato Stream Deck and Companion

28 Feb 2019

Here’s how we use our Stream Deck to control our Blackmagic Design ATEM and HyperDeck Studio Mini.

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On Location - Live Streaming Studio Build

21 Feb 2019

We spent two days in the RDS, Dublin, where we built out a live streaming studio for a session of interviews.

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On Location - Two day conference in Amsterdam

07 Feb 2019

Go behind the scenes with us at a Two Day Conference in Amsterdam.

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Picture-in-picture with Decimator DMON-Quad

23 Jan 2019

In this video, we’ll take you through setting up a custom picture-in-picture source using a Decimator DMON-Quad. Then we’ll take you through the pros and cons of this setup.

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AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2

14 Dec 2018

In this episode, we take a look at our backup recording option for live video productions.

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Roland V-1HD and V-1SDI

30 May 2018

For this video, Roland was kind enough to let us borrow the V-1HD and V-1SDI switchers to take a look at!

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Town Hall, Kristianstad Sweden

10 May 2018

In this first episode of How They Operate, we took a look behind the scenes at all the gear used in the Town Hall building, Kristianstad, Sweden.

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Skaarhoj Mini-Fly - Small and powerful ATEM/Video controller

03 May 2018

Come with us on a deep look at one of the new 2018 Skaarhoj controllers - The Mini-Fly.

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ANDYCINE A6 - Monitor features and thoughts

26 Apr 2018

In this video, Feelworld were kind enough to send us over a neat little on-camera monitor to take a look at. It's packed full of features and has a nice price-tag too.

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Control ATEM audio mixer with MIDI controller

22 Feb 2018

In this video, we’ll show you how to control the audio mixer in your ATEM with a MIDI controller.

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Strata Pro and Strata Macros - Overview and thoughts

15 Feb 2018

In this episode of Show and Tell, we take a look at Strata Pro and Strata Macros - two iPad apps that you can use to control your ATEM switcher.

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Live Stream Break Screen V2

31 Jan 2018

We covered in a previous video how we show schedule information to our audience during a live stream break, and in this video, we take things a step further by pulling information from a Google spreadsheet.

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Preparing videos/graphics for HyperDeck Studio Mini

25 Jan 2018

You may have read on a forum or site that you have to record videos through the HyperDeck Studio Mini in order to play them back - and this is simply not true.

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Pre-event tips

19 Jan 2018

Here are a handful of tips to follow before you set off for your next event. They are sure to save you time and frustration when out on a job!

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TV Studio in a flight case - 2018 edition

11 Jan 2018

We wanted to share an updated version of our old TV Studio in a Flight Case build as it is a huge improvement over the previous one.

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Webcaster X2 - Walkthrough and review

04 Jan 2018

Here's our look at the Webcaster X2 from Epiphan Video - It's a hardware encoding allowing you to go live to Facebook or YouTube.

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Helpful YouTube channels

26 Dec 2017

We thought it was time to mention some of our favourite YouTube channels for all things video production and tech.

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Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Mini

19 Dec 2017

We just picked up a HyperDeck Studio Mini, an excellent rack-mountable SD card recorder, for our live production rig. This video will (hopefully) give you all the details!

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ATEM Television Studio HD - Tour and thoughts

13 Dec 2017

Here's our guided tour of the ATEM Television Studio HD - We show your around the device, how to control it via the front panel, and our thoughts on it.

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MultiCamZilla part 2 - ATEM control

06 Dec 2017

In this follow-up video, we decided to explore how to use MultiCamZilla to control your cameras and your ATEM at the same time.

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Skaarhoj MC Series - Modular ATEM hardware panels

29 Nov 2017

We got our hands on a few of the modules from the Skaarhoj MC Series - a modular control surface for ATEM switchers and other broadcast devices.

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MultiCamZilla overview

22 Nov 2017

MultiCamZilla was kind enough to send us over a few review units, and some other bits and pieces that allow you to become a one-person production crew.

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Unboxing ATEM Television Studio HD and HyperDeck Studio Mini

16 Nov 2017

Take a peek inside the boxes of the ATEM Television Studio HD and the HyperDeck Studio Mini.

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Packing for a conference

09 Nov 2017

In this video, we take you through all the gear that we bring to a conference. We pack (kind of) light, but bring all the important gear we'll need!

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Strata View, Strata Lite and TouchOSC for ATEM control on iPad

02 Nov 2017

Here's our look at a few ways to view or control your ATEM on the iPad.

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AVMatrix HDMI to SDI Mini Converter (SC1221)

26 Oct 2017

Let's take a look at this SDI mini converter

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Benro Aero 2 and Aero 4 - Our new tripods

19 Oct 2017

Here's a peek at the new tripods we are using for video production.

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Connect a GoPro to an ATEM switcher via HDMI and SDI

12 Oct 2017

If you've been having trouble connecting a GoPro to your ATEM switcher then the Dr. HDMI should solve your problem!

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One-Person team - Top tips

05 Oct 2017

As someone who is almost always working alone for conference and events, I have learned a whole bunch of things to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

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Recording a presenters laptop at a conference

28 Sep 2017

There are a whole lot of ways to capture a feed from a presenters laptop. Here are three options that'll give you a recording clean feed during your live production.

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VLC and Latte Panda for video playback

21 Sep 2017

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to playback video during your live productions, then a low-power PC like the Latte Panda could be for you.

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Lilliput A7S 7" monitor review

14 Sep 2017

Here's our look at the 7" A7S Monitor from Lilliput. It's a neat little external viewer for your production output or your camera.

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Catchbox throwable microphone

01 Sep 2017

Throwing around a microphone when it comes to Q&A time at a conference can make for a fun and engaging time.

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Fast conference graphics with Apple Motion

24 Aug 2017

He's how we make a template in Apple Motion that can be easily brought into Final Cut Pro X and placed at the start/end of all your conference videos.

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Archiving large video projects

10 Aug 2017

Once we have completed a large video production, like a conference or an event, we have lots of footage lying around.

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Workflow for editing conference videos

03 Aug 2017

Here's a little peek at our workflow for editing conference videos.

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Multiple copies of everything

27 Jul 2017

Storing media for a project.

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How much to charge for conference recording

20 Jul 2017

Here are our thoughts on what to charge for conference recording and coverage.

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Top tips for recording a conference

13 Jul 2017

We've learned loads about recording a conference, and it's time to share those tips with you!

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Q&A from Multi-camera live setup

06 Jul 2017

Here's a follow-up Q&A of our Multi-Camera Live Streaming Setup for Wirecast video.

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Budget single camera live streaming setup

29 Jun 2017

This video will take you through an inexpensive way to get rolling with a single camera setup!

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Recording conference audio

22 Jun 2017

It's important to get a clean audio recording at any conference or event. Here are our favourite ways to make that happen!

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Budget tripods for live video production

15 Jun 2017

Lets take a look through the tripods we use for budget video coverage

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HDMI network extender

08 Jun 2017

When you want to extend the reach of your HDMI-based camera, you have a few options, here we take a look at HDMI network extenders.

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ATEM Macros - Getting started, XML editing and more

01 Jun 2017

Using Macros on your ATEM switcher can make for a really powerful switching experience. We've used them in the past for activating a break during a live stream and they've worked out great.

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What's in our bag - Small conference and meetup

25 May 2017

In this video, we wanted to take you through all the things we bring to a small conference or meetup in order to travel light, but still capture all areas.

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Top tips for live streaming a conference or event

18 May 2017

We’ve learned a whole lot from live streaming and we really wanted to share that information with others so they don’t make the same mistakes as we did.

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Cameras we use for conference coverage

11 May 2017

It's time to show the camera gear we use, and why we use them!

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Full conference recording setup - Live streaming and live editing gear

04 May 2017

We love sharing our setup, and at a recent conference, we took the opportunity to shoot some B-Roll of all the gear we use to capture and live stream an event.

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Using atemOSC and TouchOSC to control your ATEM switcher

27 Apr 2017

Here's a video we've been wanting to make for a while as it's a workflow that we've been using from day one.

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Control an ATEM switcher with a MIDI keyboard

18 Apr 2017

As we save up our pennies for an ATEM hardware panel, we've got our eyes on easy ways to control the ATEM by other means.

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Using a MIDI keyboard to control Wirecast

11 Apr 2017

If you are interested in a robust way to control Wirecast with a hardware panel, you are definitely in the right place.

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Blackmagic Video Assist - 5" model

06 Apr 2017

Here's our take on the 5" Blackmagic Video Assist, a small but powerful monitor/recording solution.

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Live Stream Break with HTML and ATEM Macros

30 Mar 2017

In this episode, we walk you through our solution for taking a break and how we use ATEM Macros, a windows 10 PC and a simple HTML site to make it all work.

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RØDELink Filmmaker Kit

20 Mar 2017

We really like these Filmmaker Kits from RØDE, so much so that this is our second pack!

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AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable

16 Mar 2017

The AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable is an excellent way to capture a presenters laptop feed during a live demo or presentation.

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Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle

09 Mar 2017

If you're looking for a capture device to bring in a camera/laptop source into your computer, the Intensity Shuttle might just be for you.

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Multi-Camera meetup recording setup - The gear you'll need

03 Mar 2017

Here's a detailed look at what we use to capture meetups and small conferences.

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Blackmagic Design SmartView Duo

24 Feb 2017

If you're looking for a rack-mountable dual screen solution, then this is probably your best bet.

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Multi-Camera live streaming setup for Wirecast

22 Feb 2017

Put together a multi-camera live streaming setup, powered by Wirecast

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BMD Micro Converters - SDI to HDMI & HDMI to SDI

09 Feb 2017

In this episode of Show and Tell, we've included two similar products from Blackmagic Design.

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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder

05 Jan 2017

We really love these UltraStudio Mini Recorders - an easy way to get an SDI or HDMI signal into your computer via Thunderbolt.

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Decimator MD-HX overview

18 Dec 2016

In Episode 2 of Show and Tell, we take a deep look at the MD-HX from Decimator Designs

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Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2

17 Dec 2016

In this first episode of Show and Tell, we take a look at the HyperDeck Shuttle 2 from Blackmagic Design.

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Recording/live streaming rig in a flight case

24 Nov 2016

Build a TV studio in a flight case - Here's all the gear you'll need.

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