HD Video, Web Streaming and Shopping for HD

  • Episode 220
  • December 6, 2011

Robbie and Eric show you the difference between four different grades of consumer video camera, and explain what each is capable of.

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Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • More than 220 hours of Category5 Technology TV have been broadcast.
  • Eric being late resulted in a lack of camera tests, so the saturation is off.
  • What "QR" stands for with regards to QR Codes.
  • Eric just can't figure out what he's supposed to wear when he's on the air.
  • Some of the Category5 crew went out to one of Eric Kidd's gigs and met up with a couple local viewers.
  • Robbie and Rachel almost won when playing billiards.
  • Robbie celebrated his 10,000th tweet this week.
  • Eric's failed attempt at popping Robbie's celebratory balloon.
  • Viewer Comment: I installed Ubuntu 11.10 and am disappointed they removed the Classic desktop. Thank you for your video showing how to get it back!
  • Viewer Question: I would like to use the screen on my laptop as a second monitor for my Ubuntu desktop. Is it possible?
  • Viewer Comment: The white balance is off tonight!
  • Robbie takes a big risk: modifying camera exposure settings on the fly. Thanks to Wirecast and the new server, there were no issues in making the change.
  • Viewer Comment: Bam!
  • Viewer Question: Are you using Telestream Wirecast?
  • Viewer Comment: Eric has a laugh like a radio DJ.
  • Eric name drops like a radio DJ.
  • Viewer Comment: I'd like to show you what Robbie's Blog looks like on Windows 8's RSS feed aggregator in its current form.
  • Metro seems to be designed specifically for touch screen, just like Ubuntu's Unity interface.
  • The whiteness of Windows 8's RSS aggregator gives Robbie brain cramps.
  • Viewer Question: I've got a problem with some applications on my Ubuntu system which I cannot move or resize since their titlebar are off the screen. How can I move these application windows?
  • Moving Linux windows easily.
  • Top stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • Eric Kidd wonders, "Who am I?"
  • Viewer Comment: Your answer to my question fixed the problem.
  • The chat room turns all Guinness-y.
  • Viewer Comment: Guinness is wonderful.
  • Feature: 720p vs 1080p for TVs, video cameras, and even webcams.
  • What is better? 720p vs 1080p.
  • Viewer Comment: Some say 1080p signal on a 720p TV will degrade quality.
  • Comparing an SD consumer video camera over Firewire, a 720p webcam, a 1080p consumer camera connected via HDMI through a Blackmagic Intensity Pro card and a 1080p webcam.
  • Viewer Question: Can you use the 1080p Microsoft LifeCam studio with Linux?
  • Robbie connects the Microsoft LifeCam Studio to Linux and loads Cheese to test it.
  • Eric's Question: Does Cheese come with some effects or other tinkering tools for your webcam?
  • Viewer Comment: I also use Cheese to test my webcams. I find it really easy to use and reliable.
  • Wirecast support for HD webcams.
  • View Robbie's blog about LifeCam support in Wirecast, and contact them to request support for the LifeCam Studio in full 1080p. Link Here: cat5.tv/lifecam


Links to Relevant Web Sites:

  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Eric Kidd

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