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PODCASTING 101

Gear Media Tech. Podcasting Plus By Ko Maruyama
In my short series about my adventures with my PC, I started to listen to various podcasts (ironically on my Apple iPod) about how to do stuff.  It was about a year and a half ago when I started subscribing to podcasts.  Since then, podcasting has taken off.  Gear Media Tech, a podcast featuring Leo Laporte and Alex Lindsay is also now a seminar, helping everyone learn about production.

In part two of my Diary of My PC, I had to note that almost all of my security knowledge about my BOXX laptop was learned daily from Steve Gibson's Security Now! show - I'm still listening and learning. (thank you Steve and Leo).

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Now Leo Laporte, and Alex Lindsay (Pixel Corps, MacBreak) are starting Gear Media Tech, which includes some  detailed explanations of high end gear.  In addition to the podcast, a three-day seminar is being held in March 28-30, 2007 in San Francisco.  During the seminar, industry veterans will talk about producing audio and video media for web and mobile.




Podcasting is already a popular broadcast format, and if you don't think it is now, wait until the next generation of mobile devices makes it even easier for people to listen to their favorite feeds.

Although Gear Media Tech is a new podcast, Leo Laporte and Alex Lindsay have been podcast pioneers, with hundreds of podcast episodes already in existence.  You can see a list of podcasts that the Pixel Corps is associated with by going to http://www.pixelcorps.com.   You can see the "too many to list here" podcasts that Leo has by visiting his website at http://leoville.com.  He's everywhere.  :)



Gear Media Tech's three-day seminar is for everyone who is interested in creating, or working around media which may be delivered to web or mobile devices.  Alex Lindsay says, "It's really a boot camp for those interested in producing media for the Web, phones or other mobile devices."   Modestly, he adds, "We've learned a few tricks about producing content over the years."

But, if you've been listening to the various podcasts, you know Alex, Leo and the Pixel Corps recording team have done a ton of testing with all kinds of... gear.. media and tech.   From the first videos, clickable embedded links, lav mics, surround sound mics (listen to MacBreak Weekly 24: MacWorld After Dark -audio- for excellent surround sound impersonations of Alex: use headphones).   There are some great episodes from a small cafe in San Francisco when the shows started using condenser mics.

Leo Laporte modestly adds, "We're all still learning and the industry is still finding itself."   If I were audible now, you'd hear me booming in a loud voice, "Leo has forgotten, discarded and disproved  more than most podcasters know combined!"

As if Alex and Leo weren't enough to fill your head to the brink of explosion, Scott Bourne, founder of NetRadio and current director of Podango Productions will be helping to cram attendees minds with all kinds of pro tips, tricks and tried-and-true rules.

The three-day seminar goes through the entire process, from "which hardware to use" to an actual recording of a podcast.  Unlike other seminars, where you have to forfeit one session for another, the Gear Media Tech show will allow all attendees to experience the entire syllabus.



To find out more about Gear Media Tech, the seminar, as well as registration for the San Francisco event, click over to: http://pixelcorps.com/gmt_conference_2007.html.   Space is limited, so register soon!

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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