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Recording live events like a pro (part 2: video)

In the first blog in this series, we looked at how to capture audio effectively for a range of different events. While recording audio appears less complicated than video, it remains fundamental to a good recording. For some types of event, like a speech or a debate, you can have quite a bad video with poor lighting and other defects but people will still be able to watch it if the audio is good. Therefore, if you haven't already looked at the previous blog, please do so now.

UK wakes up to airport tax and data grab

The UK has just woken up to the fact that retailers at airports have been playing the VAT system.

The focus of the media coverage has been on the VAT money, failing to give much emphasis to the fact this is also a sophisticated and coordinated attack on personal privacy.

Going 4K

I recently started using a 4K monitor. I've generally had a positive experience and thought I would share some comments about it.

Free Real-time Communications (RTC) at DebConf15, Heidelberg

The DebConf team have just published the first list of events scheduled for DebConf15 in Heidelberg, Germany, from 15 - 22 August 2015.

There are two specific events related to free real-time communications and a wide range of other events related to more general topics of encryption and privacy.

Unpaid work training Google's spam filters

This week, there has been increased discussion about the pain of spam filtering by large companies, especially Google.

Recording live events like a pro (part 1: audio)

Whether it is a technical talk at a conference, a political rally or a budget-conscious wedding, many people now have most of the technology they need to record it and post-process the recording themselves.

For most events, audio is an essential part of the recording. There are exceptions: if you take many short clips from a wedding and mix them together you could leave out the audio and just dub the couple's favourite song over it all. For a video of a conference presentation, though, the the speaker's voice is essential.

Debian Jessie release, 100 year ANZAC anniversary

The date scheduled for the jessie release, 25 April 2015, is also ANZAC day and the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. ANZAC day is a public holiday in Australia, New Zealand and a few other places, with ceremonies remembering the sacrifices made by the armed services in all the wars.

Dandenongs

The final part of our latest Australia trip took us to the Dandenong Ranges. To borrow a term from the Germans and Swiss, Mount Dandenong could be considered Melbourne's Hausberg or local mountain.

Australian wildlife

Here are some of the animals we have seen so far during our trip to Australia.

Kookaburra

Some kookaburras flying into the trees around a friend's beach house at Kennett River on the Great Ocean Road.

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