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A Better World Canada video – Eric’s Kenya trip

Here is our latest video for A Better World Canada . . .

 

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November 27, 2009 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

TV studio in your basement – update

We had posted about setting up a TV studio in your basement ala Leo Laporte a few months back and it has received a few hits from folks out there. This past weekend we brought our setup online and broadcast/webcast our first live show for Radio Free Red Deer – independent music from the heart of Alberta.

Here’s the show . . .

Here’s the setup . . .

Cameras: Canon DV camcorder connected via firewire, Samsung 8mm camera connected via USB VidBox convertor;

Lighting: three CFL daylight bulbs in aluminum clamp-on reflectors;

Audio: Shure SM-58 mic, Behringer mixer – connected via USB interface;

Software: Vidblaster video mixer – trial version;

Feed: Ustream.tv

Here’s what we learned . . .

Vidblaster needs a more powerful computer than what we ran it on. It’s a great piece of software but it does get finicky. A quad-core PC or better running in a clean environment (no background processes) would improve the performance. We had a problem with video/audio sync which is directly related to the hardware according to Vidblaster’s support forums. For our next show we will connect directly to Ustream.tv and that should align the audio and video.

Be prepared for anything…equipment failure, mis-cues, etc. After all it’s live and anything can happen.

It’s more fun if you have others to share the workload – and the fun! Multi-tasking can get hectic.

TV (and any video for that matter)  is more than audio with pictures. It needs to be visually appealing so lots of graphics and even full motion visuals add to the viewer experience. Watching some guy talk into a mic can get boring. Since this show is all about music I think we can get away with an emphasis on the audio with less visual content.

What’s next . . .

We would like to go on locations and broadcast live bands performing at some of the venues in the area. Once we work out some of the syncing problems this will be our next step.

Broadcasting live events other than music is something else we would like to do. The key requirement is availability of internet bandwidth. Without some form of reliable and consistent high-speed connection live video fails.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress. If you’re out there doing this type of live video via the web, let us know and we’ll feature your show and share your work.

Dean

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November 25, 2009 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Campus radio

This article on the demise of a university campus broadcast radio station in Waterloo, Ontario got me thinking about the state of campus radio in general and in Alberta in particular.

University or college stations have a certain freedom that commercial radio stations don’ t have and may never have. The station mentioned in the article is closing after students voted against continuing to pay a fee to subsidize the station. Critics say they lost relevance with their audience. Some of their critics have suggested that they should move to the web and iTunes. There was speculation that after the closure of the station a new entity will open up and deliver content via the web. That method may be more relevent in delivery but content still needs to be of value to the audience to make the station a success.

Here in Alberta there are only three campus radio stations according to Wikipedia

Alberta
CJSW-FM     0090.9 FM     Calgary     University of Calgary
CJSR-FM     0088.5 FM     Edmonton     University of Alberta
CKXU-FM     0088.3 FM     Lethbridge     University of Lethbridge

SAIT also has a station not listed in this entry. NAIT  – CHNR 92.3fm and Augustana College – CLCR 101.5fm also have closed circuit stations

With all of the colleges in Alberta, why don’t we have more campus radio station? The current technology of the web supports easy access to producers and listeners. Some diehard volunteers, legal advice re: copyright etc., some funding for Socan fees (maybe), some gear and away you go.

“Q: We’re a religious, educational, charitable or fraternal organization or institution. Do we need a SOCAN licence for the music we perform in public?
A: Under the Copyright Act, there are certain exemptions, but specific conditions must be met in order to qualify for the exemption. The exemptions are:
* Religious – Music as part of worship or service
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Educational – Forms part of the curriculum
* Charitable -
o The organization is a charitable organization
o The performance at the event is done by the charitable organization itself (as opposed to independent contractor performers)
o The performance of music directly furthers a charitable object. – from SOCAN’s site

While visiting one of our local colleges last week I saw that the students association still publish their news via paper. To their credit they also publish the “paper” online. Maybe they would sponsor a campus radio station?

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November 24, 2009 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

Employee recruitment and social media

Job numbers are still weak but for those employers who are looking for staff, social media, social networking and tools like Twitter are providing alternatives to traditional job boards, newspaper ads and headhunters. This article from the Globe and Mail talks about this new trend – Employers sidestep recruiters to tap social media.

Why? This may have something to do with it:

“…employers are favouring an option they say is faster, more efficient and a whole lot cheaper: social media sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn…”

BRASSmedia were first to bring a social media recruitment platform to Alberta when the economy was hot and employers were scrambling for staff. When the economy went soft, the demand decreased but now that things are turning around, using podcasts – audio and video – makes a lot of sense.

albertaJOBcast publishes your company profile and job ads on a variety of social media and social networking sites at a lower cost than traditional recruitment methods such as job boards and recruiters.

As the economy comes back to life, now is the time to start hiring your team of top performers. They are available and looking on the web for their next great opportunity.

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November 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

New video for A Better World Canada

Here is our latest video for A Better World Canada . . .

 

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November 12, 2009 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Twitter clients – we use Tweetdeck

Twitter.com is okay but there are times when managing all those comin’s and goin’s can be overwhelming.

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We use Tweetdeck on the PC and it works well in letting us follow others, update our tweets and keep up with search tags.

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Social media links . . . Facebook and Myspace updates are viewable in separate columns. Status updates from Tweetdeck eventually find their way to Facebook which is efficient.

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Short urls . . . when we tweet a link, Tweetdeck lets us choose our favorite link shortner. And it will shorten them automatically. Another great feature lets you preview short links before your browser goes there. This is a great tool that lets you avoid phishing links – if you’re not comfortable with the link, don’t go there.

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Multiple accounts . . . we can send tweets from multiple accounts which works for us since we manage twitter traffic for our clients.

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Different computers . . . Tweetdeck is available for many different computer platforms including PC and MAC.

The downside . . . needs Adobe Air installed on your local computer to work. This doesn’t limit you to just one computer but it does move Tweetdeck out of the ‘cloud’. Nothing available for Blackberry phones – just iPhone.

What’s your favourite Twitter client?. . . let us know what and how via our comments below.

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November 11, 2009 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

Podcasting in action – Groundswell Awards and Lion Brand Yarn

Here is an example of a podcast which contributed to increased sales. Forrester’s Groundswell award winner for B2C Talking was Lion Brand Yarn Blog and Podcast / Converseon. According to Forrester:

…Lion Brand Yarn created a biweekly podcast that generated 15,000 to 20,00 downloads…

…Those who visited the company’s social media were 41% more likely to buy at the Web site…

…Hosted by a pair of LBY employees, the podcast was produced bi-weekly and focused on knitting and crocheting topics. The podcast was posted to a dedicated blog, distributed via iTunes and also given away as a CD in store for less tech-savvy consumers. The podcast was designed to be a conversation with customers and knitting community figures more so than “internet radio” in the broadcast model…

Key success strategies used are:

  • the distribution of the podcast via the web and CD – multiple touch points and re-purposing existing content is a low cost method to spread the word;
  • targeted audience – small numbers but high influence and conversion;
  • real people hosting the show;
  • patience – this was an 18 month campaign – it takes time to build an audience;
  • they showed customers how to use their product -  this can lead to “Aha!” moments for the listener which contributes to brand loyalty;

Here’s a link to the Lion Brand Yarn blog and podcast . . . enjoy and learn!

Podcasting works for Lion Brand Yarn and it can work for you!

Dean

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November 10, 2009 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

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