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My new fly fishing site … domflyfish.com

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s taken a fair amount of work lately, I finally made the time and energy investment to create my own fly fishing website.

One of the motivations for creating it was to capture my experiences as I went out and to share them with others (I’m mostly doing this so my kids have a record of something their father loved).  This fly fishing website will be a little different, it will use different types of media like google maps with video & audio.

All future fly fishing posts will go there now.

Check it out at domflyfish.com and let me know what you think.

– Dom

Honor Flight AZ to Washington DC

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I traveled to Gaithersburg, MD on Southwest Airlines today for work this week and was pleasantly surprised to run into a great group of people on a special trip.

There were about 80 people in the group and almost all of them had served in World War II.  The organization called Honor Flight Northern Arizona & Honor Flight Network is a non-profit that have been taking WWII veterans to Washington DC to see their own memorials.  Southwest Airlines also supports this organization.

Here is a bit of video I shot on the plane showing the fun time they had in supporting those that help provide for our freedom.

Too bad my grandfather (who came back from what went on in Bataan) is not around to enjoy something like this.

Thank you veterans for all that you sacrificed for our freedom!

– Dom

Direct youtube link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcppV2aojFU

The River Why

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

For all the folks who liked the fly fishing movie “A River Runs Through It” (I did) there is a new movie coming with a similar fly-fishing theme “A River Why”.  No clue when the release date is, but I’m sure it’s soon.  Thanks to Jason Borger for posting on his blog, seems he had the inside scoop since he makes a cameo appearance 39 seconds into the trailer.

Great trailer. Enjoy!

– Dom

Direct youtube link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV5o7L4_DYU

Hat Mics on the road

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently went on a San Juan River fly fishing trip with my dad and brothers, my brothers traveled separately, so it was just my dad and I for the 3 hour drive from Rio Rancho to Navajo Dam, NM.

My dad was visiting from Florida for more than a week, so it was a great opportunity to interview him and ask random questions to help me and my kids understand his family history as he knew it.  All total I have about 6 hours of recording just talking with dad, I learned many new things that I did not know before.

Since both my dad and I wear baseball caps, it was a excellent chance to use the Hat Mic technique and my Olympus LS-10 as detailed in a previous post here.

There was a fair amount of road noise in the recording from the Toyota Tundra truck.  I also noticed that the road noise level changed as the truck went over bridges and rougher patches of road.

Here is a sample of the recording so you can hear what this particular setup sounds like.

Enjoy!

– Dom

Direct link to the MP3 audio:  http://tribalgrowth.com/files/2010-09-04_HatMicsOnTheRoad.mp3

How to add a Ghost replacement bag to a Brodin Pro Cutthroat Net

September 3, 2010 4 comments

I recently ordered a medium Ghost net bag replacement (39 inch circumference at $29 total, the $5 shipping/handling is not disclosed on their website at all) to change out the net on my Brodin Pro Cutthroat net.  If you read my previous post on this net you’ll understand why.

I tried to figure out how I was going to capture the process to share on this blog.  Video would have been rather long and just typing the process … well … not too exciting, so what I decided to do is post the pictures of my process and add a voice recording to guide you through the pictures.

My voice recording is included below, all you need to do is play the MP3 file and follow along with the pictures which are part of this post.  The audio is 8 minutes and 35 seconds long*.

Enjoy and I think it’s time to go fish again!

– Dom

Here is a direct link to the MP3 file or you can use the player below:  http://tribalgrowth.com/files/2010-09-03_GhostNetReplaceProcess.mp3

My Brodin Pro Cutthroat Net

My Brodin Pro Cutthroat net with net removed (used plastic pen cap to do it to avoid scratching the wood too much)

Refinished surface.

Ghost replacement net shipped to me, not quite what I expected.

My 1st attempt at attaching the Ghost net.

My second attempt at attaching the Ghost net.

Finished attaching the Ghost net.

Finished Side View.

View toward the handle.

Attachment detail.

* The audio was recorded using an Olympus LS-10 and a Plantronics .Audio 470/400 Headset, then produced using the Levelator & Audacity.

How to use VNC & Camtasia to record presentations/demos from other laptops

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Sometimes there is a need to record the content of another presenter or a group of presenters, and installing Camtasia on each and every laptop is not practical.

I’ve also seen this solved by using a “presentation” laptop, and often there are issues with the presentation & certain versions of presentation software or fonts or formatting.  I’ve done this once and at the end of the recording one presenter was confused with what was seen on the screen, did something and subsequently deleted the recording before I could get to the laptop to save it.

Another solution to this (and one of the more ideal) is through various pieces of hardware like VGA splitters and Frame Grabbers to go along with laptop and projector.  I’ll do a separate post on this later.

One of the more inexpensive solutions to recording content on a remote laptop is to use remote desktop software, in most cases I use VNC since I can connect to Windows, Mac, and Linux based laptops (it’s also free from realvnc.com, though this version does not have encryption).  My other choice when using Windows only is to use remote desktop.

All of this screen capturing is done over a wired or wireless TCP/IP network, and requires a fair amount of bandwidth on the local subnet.  If you were to do this across the internet or intranet, the latency of screen refreshes goes up which could impact the live recording and slow down the presenter.

Below is a little video I put together to summarize what I’ve done with VNC and Camtasia (PC & Mac setup/demos).  In addition I’ve included pictures of my wireless audio setup to capture the audio at the same time as the video.

The hardware pictured is of a Shure PGX wireless microphone system connected via a XLR cable to a Centrance MicPort Pro pre-amplifier which then connects USB to the laptop and appears to the system (and Camtasia) as a external microphone.

Enjoy the video!

– Dom

Direct link to video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK2bjqgm1Cs

Record in 3’s

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

One of the challenges of recording any kind of content (video or audio) to be distributed on the internet or a intranet is getting a good natural sounding “take”.

I came across this nice Camtasia audio article by Lon Naylor on capturing multiple attempts of the same audio to get a really natural “take” to be mixed or added to a longer audio sequence later.  The included youtube video is a great example of this (I’ve also included this video below).  The video also shows great microphone and pop filter placement.

This makes a lot of sense, once a person reads a script and gets comfortable with the content or phrase, repeating it will sound more natural the next time (also any nuances or word emphasis would be worked out by hearing yourself).  By the 3rd attempt it should sound good.

Thanks for the article and pointer to the youtube video Lon.

Enjoy!

– Dom

Direct link to video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t926G1FFzL4

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