Viewer Question Extravaganza

  • Episode 214
  • October 25, 2011

Robbie and Christa (Spock and Paper Bag Princess) answer a slew of viewer questions in this special Viewer Question Extravaganza.

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This episode is sponsored in part by: Liquid Image, Music Pro Barrie, Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Viewer Question: What is the stardate?
  • Viewer Postcards. Thanks to Dennis / Mathman47 for sending in his postcard.
  • Viewer Question: When I visit the mobile web site on my tablet, it erroneously directs me to the main web site.
  • Viewer Photos: kgoosie sends a photo of his kids watching Category5 TV.
  • Viewer Question: I'd like to create tutorial videos of operating systems and software. Should I invest in a video capture card, or a good microphone?
  • Robbie shows the Blue Yeti Pro, and recommends it as the ideal mic for podcasters, screencasters and overall best bang-for-the-buck.
  • Robbie and Christa unbox the Blue Yeti Pro live on the air.
  • Christa's Comment: The Blue Yeti Pro seems very heavy duty.
  • The Blue Yeti Pro is a huge microphone, nearly twice the size of a standard studio mic.
  • Viewer Question: I have Ubuntu installed on a 16 GB MicroSD card, and would like to do virtualization on this card. Therefore, I would like to keep the host OS as small as possible. What do I need to get the minimal install of Ubuntu up and going?
  • Robbie warns of the possible unreliability of MicroSD cards (and any flash media for that matter).
  • Installing LXDE on Ubuntu Minimal using apt-get.
  • Viewer Comment: Teasing Eric about his yellow shirt was harsh. He's not the only famous guy who looks like a Canary. See this photo of Kevin Kline.
  • Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • Christa's ears.
  • The Vulcan Salute: is the thumb out, or in? Proof, from Wikipedia.
  • Viewer Question: How can I stream 3 cameras with camera switching and audio coming through a separate audio mixer? I'd like to also record to disk in HD while broadcasting the conference.
  • Using Wirecast to switch between multiple cameras.
  • The fact about true HD recording, on the fly.
  • Viewer Question: Is the streaming and recording done all from one computer?
  • Desktop Presenter lets you capture your computer screen to Wirecast directly through your network.
  • How Category5 uses Wirecast, a 1080p camera and digital zoom to allow closeup shots with little quality loss.
  • Christa hesitantly admits that Robbie has the moves like a vulcan.
  • Music Video: "Moves Like a Vulcan", a spoof of Maroon5's Moves Like Jagger.
  • Christa thinks Robbie's lucky Zech is too young to be embarassed by his dad.
  • Viewer Tip: To install Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.10, search for the gnome-shell package.
  • Viewer Comment: I was looking for a BIOS update for my own motherboard and noticed that your new server's board has an update that allows up to 3TB hard drives and improved timing features.
  • The Thermaltake Level 10 GT is on sale for $80 off until November 30th!
  • Why you may or may not upgrade your device's firmware.
  • Viewer Question: I love the unRAID Calculator! Is there any way to make it into a standalone script?
  • Obtaining and launching Prism on Linux.
  • Adding a web site to Prism to make it run like a desktop application.

Links to Relevant Web Sites:

  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells


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