Insights from Montreal Student Protest Friday LIVE broadcast using Google+ Hangout On Air – Sarah Hill interview

Saturday, 28 April, 2012

Montreal Student Protest Apr 27 LIVE Google+ Hangout On Air - pix 02

Montreal Student Protest Apr 27 LIVE Google+ Hangout On Air - pix 01

This afternoon I interviewed +Sarah Hill to talk about her amazing coverage of Montreal student demonstration captured and broadcasted LIVE last night (Friday Apr 27) with video from +Jean Francois Desmarais‘s camera on the ground, and Sarah broadcasting LIVE from her kitchen in Columbia, MO in the US using Google Plus On Air Hangout technology!

The following is a partial list of questions I asked Sarah Hill in the interview talking about the LIVE broadcast last night from her perspective.

How did the LIVE broadcast come about? How did Sarah know Jean Francois (i.e. the vetting)? What other uses of the G+ Hangout On Air technology can already be used for today? Was there any Hangout On Air technical problems during the broadcast?

I was also able to talk to Jean Francois via G+ message and he was kind to share the setup he used last night and some technical issues he had. Here is my summary of his main setup.

– An old dual core portable computer with 4GB of RAM and a 1394 Firewire port (Firewire 400)

– a Sony HVR camera that was hooked up to the computer with a 1394 wire

– 4G key USB stick for video/data transmission

– Note: Here is a picture of Jean Francois’ gear for Sat night (Apr 28).

According to Jean Francois, the above setup worked well until he had to run after the demonstration. He ended up walking 3-5 km in total and ran into some technical issues. I’ve listed the issues here in Jean Francois’ words. My hope is by sharing the issues, others can have a better LIVE reporting experiences.

“1- [As there wasn’t time to organize and tape everything together] The wires kept unhooking themselves
2- The portable kept shutting down as soon as I closed the lid – even if we went in the control panel and set the parameters so it doesn’t turn off.
3- When there is a large crowd sometimes getting the connection is very difficult. I lost a good 45 min trying to [regain connection].
4- The battery of the portable was a major issue. We could have had a power pack but we needed to convert the current, so we needed a “transfo”- It was already too heavy so that option was out of the question.
5- If I had more time I would have loved to be able to have somebody with a hand-held mic but we had an issue bringing the sound from the cam and into the mic headset. I need to do more R&D on this.
6- Also, as I learned from past experience, good streaming means a lot of light. So the more light you have the better the quality of the image will be. [Kempton: I suggest a battery powered LED light panel]
7- And there is a need for a feature to know if you are still on air. I kept asking Sarah if I was still on air because I was not able to see the computer.”

By the way, Sarah plans to do a LIVE hangout tonight (Sat Apr 28) at 10pm EST to talk about the issues re the student demonstrations. If you live in Montreal or in Quebec, watch out for Sarah’s Hangout or invite.

Again, special thanks to Sarah and JeanJean Francois for the amazing and ground breaking coverage last night!

Note: Apologies for the audio echo in my questions. Fortunately, the echo doesn’t affect Sarah’s answers.

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Montreal Student Protest Apr 27 LIVE Google+ Hangout On Air - pix 04

Here is the video captured and broadcasted LIVE last night (Friday Apr 27)

Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:12 MST UpdateMontreal Demonstrations on the night of Apr 28, 2012


Dejero Demonstrates Live HD Wireless Broadcasting Using Panasonic Toughbook at NAB Show 2011

Wednesday, 13 April, 2011

I wish I were at NAB Show 2011 to meet the great people at Dejero Labs again and to check out their latest offerings. Take a look of this press release for more info, “Dejero Demonstrating Live HD Wireless Broadcasting Using Panasonic Toughbook Laptop at Panasonic NAB Booth“.

P.S. Wow, if I read the press release correctly, looks like Dejero has further shrunk their Dejero LIVE transmitter down in size and pack everything into a Panasonic Toughbook CF-31! Congrats to Bogdan and team for a great job!

P.P.S. I will not be a bit surprised if Dejero wins another award this year.

Dejero LIVE Electronic News Gathering – Australian review

Wednesday, 6 April, 2011

It is nice to see Canadian home-grown product Dejero being reviewed positively in Australia. It was nice meeting the Dejero team during the wonderful 2010 NAB in Las Vegas.

New Final Cut Pro X announced tonight (available in June for $299) at NAB 2011

Wednesday, 6 April, 2011

April 14, 2011: MacRumors (with extensive 50+ minutes video clip), “Video of Final Cut Pro X Introduction Now Available” [HT @joshjanssen]

THR, “Avid CEO Weighs in on Rival Apple’s New Editing Software

“Reacting to Final Cut’s newest incarnation — which was greeted with wildly enthusiastic applause when it was unveiled Tuesday night — Avid chairman and CEO Gary Greenfield told The Hollywood Reporter: “I think what was reiterated last night is what we have been telling our customers for a long time, that Avid is the company that wakes in the morning focused on professional workflows — professional workflows for professionals who making a living doing what they are doing. That is what Avid is about. That is the type of capabilities that Avid is going to continue to add to its products.

“Whenever Apple does something, they do it well,” he added. “No one really knows until the product is out. There were a lot of unanswered questions. But I think it just reminds people that Avid is going to wake up and serve your professional needs.””

Apr 13 Update: “Final Cut Pro Got A Huge Makeover: Here Are The 10 Best New Features

Apple outs 64-bit Final Cut Pro X, more pro video updates to come

MacRumors, “NAB 2011 Final Cut Pro Supermeet Coverage [Final Cut Pro X Announced]

According to MacRumors, “- Shipping in June on App Store. $299. – No mention of Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Express.” Hmm, what about the other applications? Will they get a new coat of paint or does that mean Apple Final Cut Studio is no more?

Hollywood Reporter, “The new version of its nonlinear editing software — a 64-bit system with a new interface that supports picture resolution up to 4K — will list for just $299.

Note: Got to watch a bit of some LIVE USTREAM of the demo, it was neat while it last.


From THR “Apple May Reveal New Version of Final Cut Pro Next Week” (emphasis added),

“On Tuesday, organizers of SuperMeet — which has attracted more than 1,000 guests in past years — contacted its sponsors to say that Apple had upped its participation and was exclusively taking over the presentation stage, one scheduled sponsor told The Hollywood Reporter.

Sponsors slated to participate during the Tuesday event at Bally’s are Avid, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design and Canon. THR has learned that Avid’s involvement — along with its planned guest speaker, director Kevin Smith — had been canceled.

Wish I could be at NAB to take in James Cameron’s keynote and the reveal of the new FCP.

NHK Live Ustream on earthquake

Friday, 11 March, 2011

You can watch NHK Live Ustream on earthquake (in Japanese). [HT Soda]

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Wishing our southern neighbours a great day at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

Here are some links and news,

– “Stewart asks Americans to work together“, CBC News

Watch LIVE video stream of the rally provided by Washington Post. Here is an excerpt with emphasis added,

“3:12 p.m. update: Stewart: “You want to know why I am here — what I want from you? You have already given it to me. Your presence was what I wanted. Sanity will always be…in the eyes of the beholder. To see you here today and the kind of people you are, has restored mine. Thank you.”

– “Show rundown/schedule“, Washington Post

– “Stewart and Colbert fans in D.C.: Serve us up sanity, not Tea (with post-rally press conference video)“, CNN

– “Stewart, Colbert rally draws thousands to D.C.“, CBC News

– “Jon Stewart rally – live updates“, UK Guardian

– “Rally To Restore Sanity’s Roots: ‘Our Show Has Changed’“, Huffington Post

– “Visitors pour in to D.C. ahead of Stewart-Colbert rally“, Washington Post

– “Amid bitter US campaign, comics plead for sanity“, AFP

– “Jon Stewart Rallies for Sanity — and Against Cable News“, CBS News

– Stewart: These Are “hard Times, Not End Times’, Associated Press

– Lightening up US midterm elections, AlJazeeraEnglish

Last update (Nov 1st):

Stewart-Colbert rally pegged at 215,000“, CBC News

Live from “24” (Jack Bauer, season 8)

Thursday, 10 December, 2009

Click to read article and view “live” video recorded earlier.

Live from "24" (Jack Bauer, season 8)

Here is a CNet review of the app, “Ustream app streams live video from your iPhone“. Wow, I just realized this app was just launched yesterday by Ustream.

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