I’m becoming a real fan of Nils Frahm and have been watching some of his concerts on YouTube. This performance of him and AWVFTS really captured me and brought awe and wonder.
Yesterday I was asked twice for my recommendation for what easy to use wireless mic option for recording to an iPhone. Here’s what I’ve been testing and recommending. Here it is…
Rode Wireless Go $299
Rode Lapel Mic Attachment $79
You’ll need this cord for your iPhone (TRS to TRRS) $15
Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter $9
It’s not a cheap setup by far. But It seems to work great and you can find a number of external mics to plug into it.
One cool thing I just did today with it was to use this little wireless unit as a wireless in-ear-monitor. I plugged the transmitter into my computer and then I plugged headphones into the receiver. I was on a 2 hour and 30-minute Zoom call and didn’t miss a thing when I got up to get some coffee.
Here’s my recommendation for a light that costs less than $35 that will help you look great in your zoom meetings.
Teachers, educators, CEOs… well almost everyone is planning on doing more video conferencing and teaching online this coming year. And they are all looking to improve whatever dark corner of their house they wedged their desk in to. Probably between the downstairs bathroom and the bin with the stinky shoes in it.
They all have the same problem. Their video looks like crap. Mostly because they have not added any extra light. Here’s a solution. Get one of those paper lanterns, and a bright bulb and hang it above and behind your camera, laptop, iPad, or whatever.
Here’s what I would suggest.
I set up a quick example in my home office stuck in the side of our bedroom.
Here’s what I look like with the light off.
And this is the light on.
And here’s what it looks like with my iPad.
It would look a lot better if I didn’t have a black bookcase behind my head.
Everyone has them. Here’s mine.
No Eating or Drinking during the meeting. Unless it’s a meeting about eating and drinking. No one wants to hear you masticating on chips and dip. Or gulping your soda. Ok, well maybe drinking is somewhat acceptable. But please mute your mic.
Half-and-half meetings drive me bonkers. Where half the people are in a room together and have one zoom call open. And then the other half are on individual zoom calls. It needs to be either all in person or all in zoom. If you can’t avoid having a room of people as part of the meeting at least have everyone on their own zoom call, with headphones and mics, and mute their mics unless they are talking.
That’s it for now. I’m sure as things continue I will come up with more.
The Smithsonian just put it’s huge image collection online for free to download, share, remix, and reuse. Check it out https://www.si.edu/openaccess
Kevin Klauber has cut some of my favorite docs. He’s cut Oscar winning docs. And I just listened to a podcast interview with him that blew me away. I want to be president of his fan club. You should listen to it too. It’s from the “Rough Cut” Podcast. I recommend subscribing.
“My favorite thing about editing documentaries is that there are no rules. You’re building the grammar of the movie as you cut it. I guess the advice I’d have is to be really open to weird ideas.”Kevin Klauber
Oh, and check out his reel on Vimeo
One of the ways I stay creatively inspired is looking at book covers. When I stroll through the library or a bookstore I’m always on the lookout for an interesting book cover. And when I do I snap a photo of it. Usually, I store those photos in my Evernote (If you don’t know what Evernote is you should try it) And then when I need something to spark an idea for a video I need to create I just pop open my Evernote notebook and scroll through all the things I’ve snapped photos of. The thing about staying creatively inspired is that you have to be prepared and always collecting and cataloging.
My laptop died.
It was a faithful workhorse for 7 years. And now I’m elbow deep in setting up a new laptop. Which is hard when you’ve been using the same laptop for that long you get everything just the way you like it. Sure, it was a mess, and had lots of digital bloat and an ungodly amount of unused applications, but it was my mess.
So I thought in this edition of THE GOOD STUFF I would list the essential first things, for me, that I put on to my new laptop that help me keep productive and working faster.
This is were work is done for my job. Lost of personal stuff there too. But most importantly I have a lot of applications that sync their settings and info using dropbox so it’s essential to get that installed first and downloaded.
Put your creative energy to work
I’d be lost with out this APP. Not only does it keep track of my passwords but also a lot of secure data I need from time to time. So now that I have my passwords at my fingertips I can start installing and liscencing all the other Apps I need.
Password Manager for Families, Businesses, Teams | 1Password
This is where I live. Evernote is where I organized all my projects, todo lists, notes, inspiration, and information.
Evernote | Feel organized without the effort
Life sucks with out this app. I have so many text snippets I use everyday that when I don’t have TextExpander working I grind to a halt.
TextExpander | Communicate Smarter
I’ve been using Alfred 3 for a long time, but before that I was using Quicksilver. I started using an app launcher way before Apple had Spotlight. So It’s become second nature for me to have it. Can’t live with out it. Plus with Alfred I have a few workflows I use to make life easier.
Alfred – Productivity App for macOS
This little app is great for keeping me organized. I set up rules for different folders to either move files, delete files, or do other things to keep my computer from looking like a mess.
Noodlesoft – Noodlesoft – Simply Useful Software
I really hate seeing a bunch of icons crowding all the space in my menu bar. Bartender is a great little app that keeps those app helpers up in the menu bar but lets me control which ones I see or don’t see.
Bartender 3 – How to hide menu bar icons on Mac
When I want me computer or some application to automatically do something it wasn’t really designed to do the Keyboard Maestro comes to the rescue.
Keyboard Maestro 8.2.4: Work Faster with Macros for macOS
ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD
And now that I have all the little things out of the way the real stuff gets installed. Adobe CC apps is where creation happens for me and most of my time is spent making digital things.
Adobe Creative Cloud | Software and services for creative professionals