New Media Interchange

New Media Interchange Sedona, Arizona – August 5, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

RSVP via Upcoming.org

Ravenheart Coffee
1370 West Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
Category: Social
Website: http://newmediainterchange.com

New Media Interchange was recently founded in Los Angeles to bring traditional media and new media creatives together. You can find out more by visiting the web site at http://newmediainterchange.com or email douglas@welchwrite.com.

I (Douglas Welch) am the founder of New Media Interchange and will be visiting Sedona and Phoenix from August 1-9. From previous visits to Sedona, I know there are many creative people there and many of you would like to know more about new media (YouTube, Podcasting, Streaming video, web sites and more).

Join me for this informal meetup to talk everything new media!

Additionally, all you Twitter (http://twitter.com) users out there. This is a great opportunity to hold a Tweetup in Sedona. If you are a Twitter user, come and meet other “Tweets” face to face. My Twitter ID is dewelch. Follow me for updates on this Tweetup.

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A Meeting in the Outdoors

New Media Interchange  MeetingWe had a very nice meeting today in the beautiful outdoor setting of Franklin Canyon. While some folks did get a bit lost, we all made it eventually and had some great discussions. There was plenty of shade and a cooling breeze, too.

Come join in the fun at our next meeting – August 20 @ Hollywood and Highland.

Filed under: Meeting, News

Map for Franklin Canyon Ranch – Sunday Meeting

Here is a custom map showing routes from the Valley and Sunset Blvd, as well as the actual meeting location at the south end of the Canyon, near the ranch house. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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Podcasting in Plain English from CommonCraft.com

I had forgotten how good this video was, but I watched it again in preparation for linking to it from our Podcasting and New Media for Writers course at UCLA Extension. It gives a great introduction to podcasting — what it is and what it does for you. Check it out and start listening and watching podcasts today!

Filed under: New Media, Video

Next Meeting: Franklin Canyon – July 27

Sunday, July 27, 2008
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

RSVP via Upcoming.org

Franklin Canyon Park
2600 Franklin Canyon Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210

Category: Social
Website: http://newmediainterchange.com

Join us for a picnic day in the park to have some fun and talk New Media and Traditional Media. Bring your family, your chairs, your food and great conversation. Some picnic tables may be available. We’ll be gathering on the lawn at the ranch house, at the south end of the canyon. See http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=14 for information and directions.

(Thanks to Jason Casper (http://jasoncosper.com/) for the great idea to have a meeting outside, during the beautiful summer months)

The focus of New Media Interchange is to bring together New Media Tech folks like Flash animators, podcasters, videobloggers,etc together with creatives like writers, actors and directors so that we can share information on producing New Media.


Also, coming soon to Arizona!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

RSVP via Upcoming.org

Ravenheart Coffee
1370 West Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
Category: Social
Website: http://newmediainterchange.com

New Media Interchange was recently founded in Los Angeles to bring traditional media and new media creatives together. You can find out more by visiting the web site at http://newmediainterchange.com or email douglas@welchwrite.com.

I (Douglas Welch) am the founder of New Media Interchange and will be visiting Sedona and Phoenix from August 1-9. From previous visits to Sedona, I know there are many creative people there and many of you would like to know more about new media (YouTube, Podcasting, Streaming video, web sites and more).

Join me for this informal meetup to talk everything new media!

Additionally, all you Twitter (http://twitter.com) users out there. This is a great opportunity to hold a Tweetup in Sedona. If you are a Twitter user, come and meet other “Tweets” face to face. My Twitter ID is dewelch. Follow me for updates on this Tweetup.

Filed under: Meeting, New Media, News

Tech: Audacity, LAME and MP3s

Audacity Audio Editor

For those new to podcasting and new media, I often recommend the free audio recording and editing program, Audacity. This open source program offers you all the basic functions you need to get started.

One quirk of open source programs, though, is that you sometimes have to download additional software to enable some functions. This is the case when using Audacity to output MP3 files. In order to do that, you need to download and install the LAME MP3 encoder. One of the first question I often have to answer is how to do just that.

Luckily, the Audacity

web pages have a quick guide that shows you exactly what you need to do. Appropriately enough, you can find this information at How do I download and install the LAME MP3 encoder?

Any further questions? Add them as comments using the link below and we will answer them here.

Zemanta Pixie

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Sampler: Love & Romance in Tinsel Town from Curmudgeon Gal

This a sample show from Alice Vernoux, a member of New Media Interchange

Love & Romance in Tinsel Town

Being in Hollywood makes me nostalgic for the place where I worked for so many years. I learned early what it takes to find love in Tinsel Town.

(Via curmudgeongal’s Podcast.)

Listen: Love & Romance in Tinsel Town

Filed under: Audio, Member, Sampler

Real World Example: What Would Lloyd Say?

Recently I had the (on-going) opportunity to work with Lloyd Garver. Lloyd has been writing for decades for traditional media shows like Home Improvement and has also been writing a column for the CBSNews.com web site. Lloyd had been recording audio versions of his columns and placing them on his web site, but after talking with a mutual friend, he wanted to step up to full podcasting of his pieces.

Listen: What Would Lloyd Say?: Don’t Read This While You Drive

Each time I start a project like this, I am reminded of everything I had to learn over the course of my own podcasting career. In Lloyd’s case, he was already about 90% of the way towards podcasting. He had a web site, a blog and audio content already in the blog. Our focus was on setting up RSS feeds, registering the show in iTunes and statistics.

First, I turned to my old favorite, Feedburner, to set up his podcast-ready feed. I started using Feedburner the minute it was announced as previously I was handwriting my RSS feed each time I released a show. Feedburner allows you to easily add all the specific tags for iTunes as well as tweak your feed and provide additional features.

Once the feed was set up, we registered his show with the iTunes Podcast Directory. This should be the first stop in your podcast marketing, too. iTunes makes it easy to find and subscribe to podcasts, so this is always my first recommendation to anyone who wants to listen to podcasts or produce them. What Would Lloyd Say? was available in the iTunes Podcast Directory in about 48 hours. I find this fairly typical, although some people still report long lag times or never getting their show listed. Typically, this has to do with some issue in their RSS feed or the graphic used for the show artwork. Apple seems to want a 300x300x72dpi image for the artwork and tends to hiccup if it doesn’t meet those dimensions.

Once a podcast is running, of course, you want to get some statistics to see how many listeners you have. Feedburner provides a “subscribers” number each day and a combination of Google Analytics and web hosting company stats give us page views, but getting a simple count of the number of downloads can be tricky.

The only true way to know how many downloads you have is to use the raw log files from your web hosting company or stats provided from a podcasting service like Libsyn.com. In many cases these days though, raw log files are either not available or costs extra each month. Hosting with GoDaddy.com as I am, Lloyd had to subscribe to the extra TrafficFacts service in order to get his raw log files. I am not happy about this, but it is one of the limitations of GoDaddy.com hosting.

Once TrafficFacts was enabled, we were able to download the daily log files. Of course, you still need to process those logs in some way to pull out and count the MP3 downloads. On my Mac, I have a small shell script which does this for me, but Lloyd is using Windows. As he is new to this type of reporting, I fell back on a command-line based tool called podstats. This program was created by Kevin Devin, the founder of Friends in Tech of which I am a member. At the time, we needed a robust tool to report our downloads so that we could participate in a podcast advertising network.

Unfortunately, the command line nature of the tool is not really the drag-and-drop simplicity we expect from Windows or Mac. That said, I was able to create a small batch file that allows Lloyd to drop a log file onto the program and get a nicely formatted report. This information can then be entered into an Excel spreadsheet to tracking, manipulation (averages, max, min, etc) and charting.

So, that is my “real world example” of setting up a podcast. If you have questions about podcasting, whether recording, web sites, blogs or RSS feeds, leave a comment below and I (and other NMI members) are sure to chime in.

Filed under: Audio, New Media, Real World Example

Strike.TV Launches with Teaser Trailer

The Writers Guild caused a lot of folks to investigate this whole “new media” thing and while the strike is over, Strike.TV lives on.

“One of their promises is “to demonstrate that it was possible for Hollywood professionals to coexist and flourish with the studio system that has supported them for so long while bringing their talents to an emerging medium and doing so in a way that helps everyone,” explains their press release. “Strike.TV chose to be on the forefront as the industry goes through the necessary changes that inevitably arise with any new technology. Every industry and economy is impacted by change. And change is sometimes painful or difficult.”

Link: Strike.TV

www.strike.tv Teaser from StrikeTV on Vimeo.

Filed under: News, Video

News: Internet radio on the rise?

More goods news for New Media folks?

From Google News Alert for: podcasting…

Internet radio on the rise?
TelecomTV – London,UK
The “Podcasting and Radio Listening Via Internet Survey” revealed that in any given week, 9.4 million people listen to Internet radio, either live or …

Filed under: New Media, News

Audio: Prelude to Revolution Part 3 – Happy 4th of July!

Prelude to Revolution CastSome NMI members took part in this LIVE radio production last week. — Douglas

“I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore” — John Adams

Prelude to Revolution – May 1775, to July 4th, 1776

A live audio production of Eclipse-1 Media.

“Live your liberty, don’t lose it in a history book.”

Listen: Prelude to Revolution Part 3
Listen: Prelude to Revolution Parts 1 & 2

View these photos on Flickr.com

Filed under: Audio, Live, New Media

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