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Streaming from someone's house!
10th September, 2020

Streaming from someone's house!

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

Dual picture-in-picture with two ATEM Minis
3rd September, 2020

Dual picture-in-picture with two ATEM Minis

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

UltraStudio Recorder 3G and Monitor 3G - Hands on!
27th August, 2020

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

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

ATEM Mini Pro ISO - What's new, workflow and walkthrough
20th August, 2020

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

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

Play-outs and graphics with vMix
20th August, 2020

Play-outs and graphics with vMix

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

12 ways to control your ATEM switcher
13th August, 2020

12 ways to control your ATEM switcher

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

Add graphics to ATEM Mini Pro with H2R Graphics
1st May, 2020

Add graphics to ATEM Mini Pro with H2R Graphics

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

Control ATEM Mini with a Stream Deck and Companion
1st May, 2020

Control ATEM Mini with a Stream Deck and Companion

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

Adding a custom streaming destination to the ATEM Mini Pro
24th April, 2020

Adding a custom streaming destination to the ATEM Mini Pro

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.

ATEM Mini Pro - First look at what's new
15th April, 2020

ATEM Mini Pro - First look at what's new

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

ATEM Mini: First look and thoughts
21st October, 2019

ATEM Mini: First look and thoughts

In this video, we take a first look at the ATEM Mini. Blackmagic Design sent us over a pre-production unit, so we couldn’t help make this video all about it.

On Location: Amsterdam + Utrecht
13th September, 2019

On Location: Amsterdam + Utrecht

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

Cuebi Wireless Tally - Pros and Cons
26th July, 2019

Cuebi Wireless Tally - Pros and Cons

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

Webcaster X2 - One Year Later
3rd May, 2019

Webcaster X2 - One Year Later

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.

On Location: Two Source Webinar in Copenhagen
12th April, 2019

On Location: Two Source Webinar in Copenhagen

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

Blackmagic Design ATEM TVS HD vs. Roland V-1HD
4th April, 2019

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

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

ATEM Control with Elgato Stream Deck and Companion
28th February, 2019

ATEM Control with Elgato Stream Deck and Companion

Here’s how we use our Stream Deck (in fact, multiple Stream Decks) to control our Blackmagic Design ATEM and HyperDeck Studio Mini.

On Location: Live Streaming Studio Build
21st February, 2019

On Location: Live Streaming Studio Build

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

On Location: Two day conference in Amsterdam
7th February, 2019

On Location: Two day conference in Amsterdam

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

Picture-in-picture with Decimator DMON-Quad
23rd January, 2019

Picture-in-picture with Decimator DMON-Quad

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.

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2
14th December, 2018

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2

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

Roland V-1HD and V-1SDI
30th May, 2018

Roland V-1HD and V-1SDI

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

Town Hall, Kristianstad Sweden
10th May, 2018

Town Hall, Kristianstad Sweden

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.

Skaarhoj Mini-Fly - Small and powerful ATEM/Video controller
3rd May, 2018

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

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

ANDYCINE A6 - Monitor features and thoughts
26th April, 2018

ANDYCINE A6 - Monitor features and thoughts

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.

Control ATEM audio mixer with MIDI controller
22nd February, 2018

Control ATEM audio mixer with MIDI controller

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

Strata Pro and Strata Macros - Overview and thoughts
15th February, 2018

Strata Pro and Strata Macros - Overview and thoughts

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.

Live Stream Break Screen V2
31st January, 2018

Live Stream Break Screen V2

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.

Preparing videos/graphics for HyperDeck Studio Mini
25th January, 2018

Preparing videos/graphics for HyperDeck Studio Mini

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.

Pre-event tips
19th January, 2018

Pre-event tips

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!

TV Studio in a flight case - 2018 edition
11th January, 2018

TV Studio in a flight case - 2018 edition

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.

Webcaster X2 - Walkthrough and review
4th January, 2018

Webcaster X2 - Walkthrough and review

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.

Helpful YouTube channels
26th December, 2017

Helpful YouTube channels

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

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Mini
19th December, 2017

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Mini

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!

ATEM Television Studio HD - Tour and thoughts
13th December, 2017

ATEM Television Studio HD - Tour and thoughts

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.

MultiCamZilla part 2 - ATEM control
6th December, 2017

MultiCamZilla part 2 - ATEM control

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

Skaarhoj MC Series - Modular ATEM hardware panels
29th November, 2017

Skaarhoj MC Series - Modular ATEM hardware panels

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.

MultiCamZilla overview
22nd November, 2017

MultiCamZilla overview

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.

Unboxing ATEM Television Studio HD and HyperDeck Studio Mini
16th November, 2017

Unboxing ATEM Television Studio HD and HyperDeck Studio Mini

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

Packing for a conference
9th November, 2017

Packing for a conference

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!

Strata View, Strata Lite and TouchOSC for ATEM control on iPad
2nd November, 2017

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

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

AVMatrix HDMI to SDI Mini Converter (SC1221)
26th October, 2017

AVMatrix HDMI to SDI Mini Converter (SC1221)

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Benro Aero 2 and Aero 4 - Our new tripods
19th October, 2017

Benro Aero 2 and Aero 4 - Our new tripods

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

Connect a GoPro to an ATEM switcher via HDMI and SDI
12th October, 2017

Connect a GoPro to an ATEM switcher via HDMI and SDI

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

One-Person team - Top tips
5th October, 2017

One-Person team - Top tips

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.

Recording a presenters laptop at a conference
28th September, 2017

Recording a presenters laptop at a conference

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.

VLC and Latte Panda for video playback
21st September, 2017

VLC and Latte Panda for video playback

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.

Lilliput A7S 7" monitor review
14th September, 2017

Lilliput A7S 7" monitor review

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.

Catchbox throwable microphone
1st September, 2017

Catchbox throwable microphone

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

Fast conference graphics with Apple Motion
24th August, 2017

Fast conference graphics with Apple Motion

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.

Archiving large video projects
10th August, 2017

Archiving large video projects

Once we have completed a large video production, like a conference or an event, we have lots of footage lying around (often on several different harddrives).

Workflow for editing conference videos
3rd August, 2017

Workflow for editing conference videos

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

Multiple copies of everything
27th July, 2017

Multiple copies of everything

"If all else fails" is something we live by when it comes to storing media for a project. "If all else fails... I'll still be able to use that other copy".

How much to charge for conference recording
20th July, 2017

How much to charge for conference recording

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

Top tips for recording a conference
13th July, 2017

Top tips for recording a conference

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

Q&A from Multi-camera live setup
6th July, 2017

Q&A from Multi-camera live setup

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

Budget single camera live streaming setup
29th June, 2017

Budget single camera live streaming setup

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

Recording conference audio
22nd June, 2017

Recording conference audio

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

Budget tripods for live video production
15th June, 2017

Budget tripods for live video production

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

HDMI network extender
8th June, 2017

HDMI network extender

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.

ATEM Macros - Getting started, XML editing and more
1st June, 2017

ATEM Macros - Getting started, XML editing and more

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.

What's in our bag - Small conference and meetup
25th May, 2017

What's in our bag - Small conference and meetup

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.

Top tips for live streaming a conference or event
18th May, 2017

Top tips for live streaming a conference or event

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.

Cameras we use for conference coverage
11th May, 2017

Cameras we use for conference coverage

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

Full conference recording setup - Live streaming and live editing gear
4th May, 2017

Full conference recording setup - Live streaming and live editing gear

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.

Using atemOSC and TouchOSC to control your ATEM switcher
27th April, 2017

Using atemOSC and TouchOSC to control your ATEM switcher

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.

Control an ATEM switcher with a MIDI keyboard
18th April, 2017

Control an ATEM switcher with a MIDI keyboard

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.

Using a MIDI keyboard to control Wirecast
11th April, 2017

Using a MIDI keyboard to control Wirecast

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

Blackmagic Video Assiet - 5" model
6th April, 2017

Blackmagic Video Assiet - 5" model

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

Live Stream Break with HTML and ATEM Macros
30th March, 2017

Live Stream Break with HTML and ATEM Macros

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.

RØDELink Filmmaker Kit
20th March, 2017

RØDELink Filmmaker Kit

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

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable
16th March, 2017

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable

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

Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle
9th March, 2017

Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle

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.

Multi-Camera meetup recording setup - The gear you'll need
3rd March, 2017

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

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

Blackmagic Design SmartView Duo
24th February, 2017

Blackmagic Design SmartView Duo

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

Multi-Camera live streaming setup for Wirecast
22nd February, 2017

Multi-Camera live streaming setup for Wirecast

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

BMD Micro Converters - SDI to HDMI & HDMI to SDI
9th February, 2017

BMD Micro Converters - SDI to HDMI & HDMI to SDI

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

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder
5th January, 2017

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder

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

Decimator MD-HX overview
18th December, 2016

Decimator MD-HX overview

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

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2
17th December, 2016

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2

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

Recording/live streaming rig in a flight case
24th November, 2016

Recording/live streaming rig in a flight case

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

Adding managers to your YouTube account
10th November, 2016

Adding managers to your YouTube account

How to add a manager to a YouTube account

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