Charles

Wandering around Maker Faire

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A super computer made from outdated PCs running a hybrid version of Linux that's geared for parallelism that runs on vegetable oil? 
 
How could Channel 9 not cover Maker Faire? Of course we were there! You kidding me?!

Here's the first-hand experience of Charles wandering around with a camera (there's no interviews for the first 6 minutes. You get to see what it was like, wandering around the fair in the first person.)

We run into our old pal and C9 team member Beth Goza! She now works for the company that created Second Life. Great stuff!

Channel 9 Podcast guru Mike Lehman takes us on a tour (with a real mic to boot) of some of the super cool projects on display at the faire. Wait until you see some of the amazing things people are doing with all sorts of technologies.

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    The Discussion

    • Manip
      Two quick suggestions --

      1. Use a tripod to steady the camera
      2. Use a sound filter in post-production

      All in all a pretty good video that picks up after the first few minutes.
    • Charles
      Manip wrote:
      Two quick suggestions --

      1. Use a tripod to steady the camera
      2. Use a sound filter in post-production


      Thanks. Now, watch the whole video. We're not professionals, but, yeah, this is a very unedited experience compared to our usual. Think of it as a home movie.

      C
    • Duncanma
      Post production? I think you are on the wrong site Smiley

      Seriously though, we don't do much with the videos after they are shot, although in a crowded situation like this running them through Audacity or something similar would probably be a great idea.

      Is there a specific process/filter you would use for this type of content?
    • Manip

      Any filter will do the job ... Just drop everything before 250 Hz and after 2 KHz ... Or scale it down as it leaves the natural voice range, which sounds a bit cleaner... But as nobody was speaking you can just drop it off completely.

      If you want to use VirtualDub which is free ... Turn on full processing and advanced filters then add a highpass and a lowpass ... Set the lowpass to 3000 and the highpass to 200.

      edit: For clarity

    • Charles
      What I was trying to accomplish with the first 6 minutes or so was to provide a realistic "experience" of me walking around the fair and just observing what's going on around me. This necessarily includes ambient sounds. Perhaps I should not quit my day job, eh?
      C
    • Charles
      I use a heavy tripod (no need to talk to Scoble Smiley). But, I don't travel with it.

      Thanks for the feedback.
      C
    • Manip

      lol ...

      That pre-bit was cool... But it could have been better if you had used a heavy tripod (talk to scoble) and as I said if you had cleared off the ambient sound. Things sound a thousand times louder on a microphone than in real life...

      Look at it this way... by processing the sound you make it sound MORE realistic not less.

      PS - Vegetable oil powered cars are illegal here in the UK

    • Manip
      Charles wrote:
      I use a heavy tripod (no need to talk to Scoble ). But, I don't travel with it.

      Thanks for the feedback.
      C


      The video overall is one of the best you guys have done. Very interesting variety of interviews and certainly a change from those shot within Microsoft. The hand mic does help a lot compared to some of these outside interviews you guys have done before.
    • LaBomba
      Let's get some Scoble feedback on this video...

      Hey Scoble, anything you would have done differently with this video?
    • SlackmasterK
      Charles wrote:
      
      Manip wrote: Two quick suggestions --

      1. Use a tripod to steady the camera
      2. Use a sound filter in post-production


      Thanks. Now, watch the whole video. We're not professionals, but, yeah, this is a very unedited experience compared to our usual. Think of it as a home movie.

      C

      So, your usual experience is edited? Tsk, tsk...
    • Charles
      SlackmasterK wrote:
      
      Charles wrote: 
      Manip wrote: Two quick suggestions --

      1. Use a tripod to steady the camera
      2. Use a sound filter in post-production


      Thanks. Now, watch the whole video. We're not professionals, but, yeah, this is a very unedited experience compared to our usual. Think of it as a home movie.

      C

      So, your usual experience is edited? Tsk, tsk...


      Smiley Well, I had to remove a segment that contained an interview with a company that does not want to be aired on C9....yet.
    • Xaero_​Vincent

      Very interesting video and seems like you had alot of fun. You have a sweet job Charles!

      Ofcourse there were some problems with the actual video:

      1) The camcorder was unsteady and often facing the floor.

      2) The sound was muted at random times and I found that rather annoying.


      Regards,
      Vincent

    • Charles
      Xaero_Vincent wrote:
      

      Very interesting video and seems like you had alot of fun. You have a sweet job Charles!

      Ofcourse there were some problems with the actual video:

      1) The camcorder was unsteady and often facing the floor.

      2) The sound was muted at random times and I found that rather annoying.


      Regards,
      Vincent



      Yeah, I have a good job...

      1) I didn't want to capture random folks on camera without their explicit permission

      2) Sorry about the muting. It seems the mic was turned off (not sure why). Michael?
    • liridon shala
        Anyway good ! not as bad as it could be ?

                     Somtimes no matte what's the quality is the mean idea of realising this video the oppertunity to show this at channel9 is convinc for us,so we should be able to accept sometimes non lelve video quality!




      by Shala Liridon
    • scobleizer
      LaBomba wrote:
      Let's get some Scoble feedback on this video...

      Hey Scoble, anything you would have done differently with this video?


      I was at Maker Faire with my son. We attended the paper airplane class.

      I guess that answers that question. Smiley

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