Meeting Report: June 18th – “Coffee with Carvin”

Ben Sheldon sent in this report:

Sweet Finnish hosted an intimate group today of just three Boston Media Makers.

David Tames showed off a Panasonic DVC ProHD camera that shoots to P2 cards, solid state memory that can write a blistering 100mbit/s for HD video. He also had a great project idea for 24 hours of Independence: creating awareness of and independence from the draconian policies of YouTube.

Andy Carvin showed us some darling pictures of his newborn daughter (congratulations Andy!) and traced his video lineage from filming ancient granaries in Tunisia to adding comic book style ‘hiccup’ titles to his baby videos; for the latter, he used FD’s Flickr tools on a black background which he then keyed out. Andy’s new book should be coming out anytime now.

Ben Sheldon gave a synopsis of last week’s Vloggercon and put out a call for videobloggers to help cover the Lowell Film Festival on July 28-30. Interested parties should contact Jason Daniells (jason [at] ltc [dot] org) of LTC, Lowell’s cable access TV station.


Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bensheldon/169952186/

Also, on my walk home I shot some video and cut together a short montage [http://island94.org/node/54]. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate for New England Stories (I only had 5 blocks to work with and no narrative), but enjoy.

FYI, Sweet Finnish will be closed Sat., July 1st at 2 PM, and be closed through July 4th.

I think our next BIG meeting should me a media making meeting. We are now thinking of July 4th media making!

If you have an idea, join us over on the Media Makers Wiki.

Meeting Report: June 4th

Boston Media Makers Meeting

Best meeting ever. We had a great crowd of both new and regular meeting attendees. It was a lot of fun.

Ashley and Ryanne Hodson

Ryanne came in from San Francisco and brought her sister Ashley. Ryanne updated us on what’s happening on the west coast and talked a little about Vloggercon which is happening in SF next weekend.

Adam Weiss

Adam Weiss from the Boston Behind the Scenes Podcast and the Museum of Science Podcast showed off some really interesting microphones. He was able to keep bringing out new gadgets out of his bag to share with us. Fun stuff.

In-Ear Binaural Microphones

These are In-Ear Binaural Microphones which allow the listener to get inside your ears. When you listen to a podcast that was recorded with these microphones, you feel like you are inside the head of the person who was wearing the microphones. Funny huh?

Carl sees me while Jeff looks away

Carl and Jeff traveled the farthest. Jeff’s dog ate his camera and a bunch of other stuff at his house. Check out his site.

Boston Media Makers

Ben Sheldon talked about hte roll out of Digital Bicycle.

David Tames explained the difference between teh Web and the Internet, and the difference between the Sony A1U and the HCS HC1. The A1U has XLR inputs, and some other stuff none of us would ever use.

He also did a survey to see where we turn first to get technical questions answered, and the overwhelming majority of answers was Google.com

We watched a couple of fun videos. One was of Carl’s photo shoot for the Worcester newspaper which should be published next week. Work it.

The other was Casey’s Galacticast Vloggercon promo.

For those of you heading out to Vloggercon this weekend, see you there, for those of you not making the trip I’ll see you on the streaming webcast and in the chatroom.

Overall I really enjoyed the realxed atmosphere of the meeting and how everyone shared things. It was the perfect mix of the mingling, favored by Ravi, show and tell, and discussions.

Stay tuned for plans for our next event. It probably won’t be July 2nd since it’s a long weekend, but I’ve been wrong before.

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