How to Edit a Podcast

How to Edit a Podcast

With podcasting continuing to grow, more and more people are looking to get into it. While there is a multitude of apps to edit audio with many can be overwhelming unless you have some experience with audio post-production. This post will look at how to edit a podcast, quick and easy. Audacity is a free application, available on Mac or PC and gives you the ability to create simple audio edits which can lead to a better sounding podcast. To export a MP3 you will also need to install a LAME MP3 encoder. While it seems daunting, it's pretty straight forward. Once installed, Audacity is pretty simple. The video walkthrough shows you how to import, make simple edits, and export your spanking new podcast. If it still seems to be a bit too much, shoot us a message and we can help you get your podcast up and running. How to Edit a Podcast https://youtu.be/9TPYnQehQwI...
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Hub City Stompers with Echo Creek

Hub City Stompers with Echo Creek

Recently at a networking mixer held by Wilkes-Barre POWER, I ran into an old friend from when I first moved to PA, Rob Alapick. Rob does a lot of show promotion for Ska, Punk, and other bands and we got to talking about collaborating for a show this fall. Turns out, he had an upcoming show locally as one of his bands, the Hub City Stompers, had a venue back out last minute. Rather than make the drive from Ohio to New Jersey in one shot, they wanted a place to play and crash to break to the trip. As I've said before, I got my start in photography and have always loved shooting bands. One thing I'll give the Wilkes-Barre music scene is that it's a vibrant one. Most weekends, you'll find 5-6 shows playing at various venues. The one downfall is that many of these venues are small converted spaces. Bars, pubs, and corner spots that having live music was...
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Instagram Announces IGTV

Instagram Announces IGTV

Instagram is making waves again, this time with Instagram TV or IGTV. Instagram announced a new way for visual content creators and storytellers to share content. Up to an hours worth of it.  Who Cares About IGTV? Video content creators. Those who've built their audience and platform on Instagram now have a way to keep them on Instagram. If you are a video creator, you can always tease a minute of your longer, polished content or break it up in stories/the grid for your followers, but what lacked was the ability to place the entire video natively in Instagram. This meant updating the bio with a new link to YouTube or wherever the longer video lived, every time you made a video. Or, if you had enough followers, using the swipe option in stories to lead them to an external link. Still leaving the app. Now your audience can natively watch your content, in the app. The need to leave your content, click...
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Gnarbox Giveaway at NEPA BlogCon 2017!

Gnarbox Giveaway at NEPA BlogCon 2017!

NEPA BlogCon is just around the corner and this year we have a surprise. We've partnered with Gnarbox to give away a free 128GB Gnarbox to one of the attendees! If you haven't read our review of the Gnarbox and why you should want one make, check out our latest post and walkthrough. If you're attending NEPA BlogCon this year, make sure you enter to win. We'll have a rafflecopter giveaway set-up at the event. PLEASE NOTE, YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. We will have the prize on site and will hand it out there!...
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Gnarbox Review – Go Get One Now!

Gnarbox Review – Go Get One Now!

I get a bit nostalgic when I talk about my laptop. It's a 17in MacBook behemoth that I've had almost a decade. It's slow to start, takes forever to render and is having trouble with new frame sizes and bit rates. But I love that thing. I've taken it to Ireland, Jamaica, and Peru. It's crisscrossed the United States with me and the only issue I've had is the hard drive died once. Well, that and it's a 17in MacBook behemoth! Trekking all over with it requires a large bags (which I'm ok with) and a strong back. Enter the [amazon_textlink asin='B01NB0Q9QP' text='Gnarbox.' template='Gnarbox' store='parkwebsite-20' marketplace='US' link_id='3056a65d-aa50-11e7-bf3d-93014ceef68e']. When I first learned of the Gnarbox I was a bit skeptical. A device the size of a hard drive enclosure that was going to replace my laptop and allow me to edit and share media on the go. Sure, if you say so. I was curious though, so I bit the bullet and let me tell...
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YouTube VidCon News

YouTube VidCon News

YouTube has been the old standby for video sharing and hosting since it's inception. Similar companies, specifically Vimeo, have made a small dent, but YouTube reigns supreme. They are the video platform for everyone, Vimeo is really tailored towards filmmakers and other professional creatives. Some of the major problems YouTube has for distribution is that it's cluttered and not really mobile friendly. It looks like Google has heard these complaints and a new YouTube experience is coming. Our recent post discussed vertical/square video vs horizontal and that in the end, it depended on where the video will be displayed. Looks like YouTube has entered the mobile era and will now adjust it's player so that vertical and square videos can be played back and displayed as they were shot. It looks like they've also decided to clean the desktop space. The new layout is less 'boxy' and flows easier. They've made the account drop-down actually useful and even offer a dark theme option for viewing...
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360 Camera Review – Ricoh Theta S vs Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

360 Camera Review – Ricoh Theta S vs Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

https://youtu.be/L2nKzjI1DGw Recently, I got a chance to play with the Samsung Gear 360 thanks to a Streetview loan from Google. I've had the Ricoh Theta S for a while and love it. The only drawback is that it only shoots 1920x1080 video, which doesn't look good with 360 videos. The Samsung Gear 360 shoots 4k, so I thought it would be a better camera. It was not. In any way, shape or form. Ok, it shoots 4k, that's the only way, shape or form. Form factor is horrible because it's a ball and hard to hold and use. Luckily, this has been fixed for the 2017 version. The Gear 360 app is horrible. Terrible. Atrocious. It takes forever to stitch photos and video. If you attempt to do it all from the phone, it actually won't give you a 4k video, meaning you need a desktop solution. If you're a Mac user, just go cry yourself a river, because most of the desktop (and mobile...
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Vertical vs Horizontal and Square Video

Vertical vs Horizontal and Square Video

https://youtu.be/CeIicfy-ooQ When it comes to shooting mobile or online video, the easiest way to piss of a videographer is to shoot something vertical. I often grab friends phones and "fix" the way they are shooting. For a long while, it was a big pet peeve. But, as with all things today, times have changed. By that, I mean WHERE we consume media has changed. If you own a smartphone (more than 80% of you do) then you've probably watched a video on it. This is where the problem occurs. YouTube, Vimeo, and other video hosting sites still favor widescreen formats and users tend to rotate their phones when on those sites.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most other social networking sites, though, tend to favor the profile or vertical positioning. Studies show that we spend upwards of 90% of our time with our phones in the vertical orientation. Because we use these sites vertically, consumers have gotten used viewing information in the manner. Yes, you can...
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Roller Radicals

Roller Radicals

Last month we had the pleasure of working on a short video for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Roller Radicals. They were looking for something to run on Facebook to announce their upcoming tryouts for the 2017 season. They didn't have anything particular in mind and said they'd be happy with whatever we came up with. We, at Park, have a few clients we take on that are non-profits and help out from time to time, and this was one of those projects.  Because they were up for anything, we wanted to have a little fun with the video and came up with the idea of "Beth". "Beth was someone looking to become more confident, have some fun and make some new friends. These are all things the Roller Radicals can do for those looking for something different. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlapYZfVCiU&spfreload=10 The girls are a fun bunch and we had a blast spending our Sunday morning hanging out. To add some more motion and action to...
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