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Live Streaming Video Box

Looking to streamline the video editing process and put together an affordable and mobile way to capture large amounts of video at conference situations and for every day use, I put together this live streaming box.  Mounted inside a 3U Rack bag is everything you need to live switch and stream a multi-camera shoot.  Employing Wirecast and Youtube Live we are able to stream high quality fully embed-able content to just about everywhere with an internet connection.  Content will auto archive and be available immediately after the event for participants to share as they like.

Best of all, the whole setup is mobile and can be easily carried on to your airline of choice.  This setup is ideal for folks looking for a cheap, efficient and effective way to develop video capabilities and generate a large amount of content very quickly.

1. Apple Airport Extreme –

2. Black Magic Smart View –

3. Black Magic ATEM –

4. Black Magic Inensity Extreme –

5. Raxxess NAF15BA 1 Unit Fan Panel –

6. Gator GR-RACKBAG-3UW (3 Rack Spaces, Lightweight) –

We recently added a break-out panel that will allow easy access to the back pannel on the ATEM switcher.

Canon XA10 cameras connected to break out panel on the Live Streaming Rig.  Wirecast running on a Mac Book Pro.

Front side of the Live Streaming Rig with 2 cameras plugged in.

Garden and Friends June 2010



Garden adventures with Rebel T2i

NC State Graduation

Little Zachary is all grown up:


Tyler goes to Prom

Tyler made it to the 2010 CHHS prom this year



May Flowers

The rains this week have really sent the garden into uber grow mode.

Not much to do but refill water containers and pinch off crotch growth.


The caged guys seem to be doing the best.


Little pepper coming along.


Tendrils off the cantaloupe.  Going to rig up a scaffold to hold up the fruit.


Carrots seem to be struggling a little bit.


By the end of the summer this is going to be a jungle.  The plants are growing incredibly fast.


Flowers on the mater


Parsnips came up.


Leafy leafy egg plant


Salsa mmm..



Squash flowers


Cantaloupe up close


Cantaloupe explosion


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The Container Garden

Background: With limited space, limited water accessibility and limited time, apartment gardening can be a real challenge. Combine that with limited experience and a propensity to over water makes gardening a leisure time activity that many find hard to justify. This was the case when I attempted my garden last year. Since that time many lessons have been learned and a pressing desire to learn a relevant skill-set has over-whelmed the malaise of apartment living and given birth to the container garden that now lives on my porch.

Some of the highlights:

The bedroom hose: The most recent and most exciting addition to the garden has been the new hose. Previously watering cans were needed to lug water outside from the bathroom and then poured. Now, all I have to do is stick this baby out the window and instant water is mine. We’ve discussed putting a rain barrel outside to try to catch the small amount of rain that falls, but this has not yet taken shape. The hose also allows for easy clean ups and to spray away pesky birds that try to eat the fruits and veggies.

The self watering container: Based on the innovative EarthTainer self-watering design designed by Ray Newstead, I have constructed 10 self-watering containers to hold all the plants. Water is poured in through the white pipe and is held below the soil. Water is moved up into the soil as the plants drink and grow. In this way it is virtually impossible to over water your plants and always insure that a large supply of water is available.

The carrots – Marcus’ contribution, along with the excellent chairs to sit and enjoy the lovely flora.

First tomato flower of the season. We are growing 6 different types all in self watering containers. I’m experimenting with twine instead of cages on some of the plants to see if I can support them without the added bulk and expense.

Herbs: Going to be growing Stevia and cinnamon basil this year. Both have pretty flowers.

Pesto sauce is growing. Cinnamon pesto sauce, mmmm.

Marigolds are not only pretty, but keep away the dreaded aphids. This is the first little guy to pop up.

Not to sure what sort of produce the tomateo produces but I am excited to eat whatever it grows.

The other side: This is the other side of my hose. As you can see I’ve hooked it up to a 2 way water valve, so as to be able to brush my teeth and use the hose simultaneously. The hose is also good for spraying down the walls and cleaning up in the bathroom. Everyone should have a hose in their bedroom.

Overall, I think this is a very decent 2nd attempt at some container/apartment gardening.  If you have tips or tricks that you would like to share, please post.

Home Page Redesign

Due to recent demand and down time, now has a new look. This blog has been created to co-exist with the site and will take on the role of primary blog in my digital life.

Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

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