New Media Interchange

Elsewhere Online: Create Crazy Sound Effects with Household Objects [DIY]

A fun and useful article for new media types –Douglas

Create Crazy Sound Effects with Household Objects [DIY]

If you’ve ever wanted to play at being a Foley artist for your own audio recordings, here’s a list of common household objects that can create tricky but believable sound effects

Sound designer David Filskov posts an interesting list of tricks he’s collected from other designers for turning common objects into audio trickery. It seems like a stretch, until you realize that movie soundtracks are rarely recorded from the source—often because doing so would be dangerous, impractical, or wouldn’t sound believable.

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Social Media Triage LIVE on – Alpha launch

From Fun Anymore author (and New Media Interchange Member), Evo Terra…

Social Media Triage LIVE on – Alpha launch

Saturday February 28, 2009 from 9:00am – 10:00am

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For months now I’ve been talking about Social Media Triage. It’s all about quick and actionable tactics — course corrections, if you will — for your current social and new media efforts. Hey, sometimes an outside eye helps. And lords know I’ve made enough mistakes in this field over time.

I’ve decided to try and use the power of live internet video to help me get this out to the greater world. Yes, a full 1.5 hour session of SMT does cost money, but the live video I do weekly (?) will be free. I might as well eat my own dog poo, since I preach that giving away free content can and does lead to sales. So here I go!

Right now, this is VERY much an alpha project. I did something similar last weekend specifically to authors and producers. It’ll be for an hour, so come on over and ask questions.

Please note that this is specifically designed for newbies, for folks who need help. I do not want to see my social and new media buddies show up and turn this into yet another social event. You’re welcome to hang out in the wings and offer up your $0.02, but please understand the intent. I won’t take offense if I don’t see a pile of friends in there.

There are several ways you can RSVP and get more info:

So come on over and pick my brain for an hour this coming Saturday. After that… we’ll see!

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New Media Interchange Meeting – Tuesday, Feb 24 – 7 pm

New Media Interchange February Meeting

Tuesday February 24, 2009 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

1001 N. Alameda
Los Angeles, California 90012 Get Directions

Bringing the power of New Media to everyone by sharing our experience and talent with others.

Join us for an informal meetup this month where we will discuss new media and start to plan MediaCamp LA, a new media unconference for the Southern California.

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Video: Izzy Video 110 – The Rule of Thirds Revisited

Just watched this Izzy Video tonight and wanted to recommend it to all of you. It is a great explanation of the Rule of Thirds with excellent practical examples of how to use it.

Izzy Video 110 – The Rule of Thirds Revisited

This installment of Izzy Video is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Some of you may know that the first episode of Izzy Video I did three years ago was on the subject of The Rule of Thirds. Over the past three years, as I’ve rewatched episode one, I’ve wanted to redo it. It’s a fundamental rule of cinematography, so I believe it deserves a little more elaboration than I originally gave it. In this remake, some of the content is the same, and some of it is different. But I definitely believe it’s better.

Watch it now!

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Elsewhere Online: DVeStore’s Shotgun Shootout

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I came across this blog post via Twitter user @guycochran . This is something I have been wanting to create for a while, so it is great to be able to pass it along to you.

DVeStore’s Shotgun Shootout

This is the most amazing mic comparison on the internet! Listen to a variety of shotguns and compare the sound quality right on this page!

A good quality shotgun mic will pickup great sound a few feet directly in front of the mic while at the same time rejecting sound from the sides. This is great for picking out just the sounds you want and is the most desirable and common microphone for DV filmmakers.

A question most new camcorder owners have is, “Which shotgun mic should I buy?” This usually happens after they shot some awesome footage, but later found that they can’t quite make out the intriguing dialogue from what was a light breeze but somehow now whips, rumbles and howls like a tornado.

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News: Web Site Goes Live

I have been testing over the last month or so and I think it is great. I consider a YouTube for Spoken Word new media projects. I think it will really help audio podcasters, especially, get some more recognition. If your shows are not already registered here, my recommendation is to get them there.

Here is the press release with all the information.

Douglas Web Site Goes Live

Marin County, California – February 12, 2009 – There are perhaps millions of audio and video spoken-word recordings on the Internet. Think of all those lectures, interviews, speeches, conferences, meetings, radio and TV programs and podcasts. No matter how obscure the topic, it’s been recorded and published on line.

But how do you find it? is a new free on-line service that helps you find, manage and share audio and video spoken-word recordings, regardless of who produced them or where they’re published.

All of the recordings in the database are discovered on the Internet and submitted to our database by members like you. doesn’t store media files, but rather the metadata such as titles, descriptions, categories and locations, which is why can accept submissions from anyone and anywhere. is particularly useful for those with an iPod, iTunes or other media player.’s collections are a terrific way to manage all of your spoken-word programs and subscriptions, which can then be downloaded to your media player as a single feed. is a project of The Conversations Network, a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit best known for its own podcast channels such as IT Conversations (the longest continuously running podcast on the planet) and The Levelator software for podcast, radio and TV audio post-production.


Doug Kaye
The Conversations Network

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New Media Service: Embedr: Embed Videos from Multiple Services in a Single Player

ReadWriteWeb has an excellent look at this new service, Embedr. While not all of us need to embed multiple videos from different sites, this would certainly come in handy in those special cases.

It is great to see the continued development of new media tools and services that mix up media in a million different ways. Your media wants to be shared and Embedr makes it a little easier for people to share the word about your content.

Written by Rick Turoczy

Embedr is all about speed. To test the service, we created the following player in about 30 seconds – and we were able to do so without even registering.

With online videos, you can never watch – or share – just one. But creating a playlist that allows you to share those videos – especially if they live on a number of different services – can be more difficult than it should be. Usually, you’re stuck with a series of links or a page full of embedded videos. Next time you have multiple videos to embed, try Embedr, a service that takes all of your video content and makes it accessible from a single embedded player.

Embedr is incredibly easy to use. Simply create a playlist and start adding the URLs of the videos you’d like to include. Don’t worry about the order. Once you’ve added all of the videos, you can reorganize them. During playback, videos automatically transition from one to the next. Or viewers can thumb through the screens below the main window to jump directly to the video of their choice.

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Audio: State of the Music Industry Panel Discussion – Feb 9, 2009

On February 7, 2009, TK Promotions in association with the Coalition of SoCal Music Organizations (COSMO) and New Pants Publishing, Inc., presented the 2nd in a Series of Pitch-A-Song™ Industry Panels at the Guitar Merchant.

A “State of the Industry” panel proceeded the “Pitch-A-Song™”, moderated by Steve Scott, Pres. of COSMO (Coalition of Socal Music Organizations) with industry guests including writer/podcaster/new media consultant (and founder of New Media Interchange) Douglas E. Welch, producer Mandi Martin and film/tv professional WinJow speaking on hot topics covering the music industry.

Listen: State of the Music Industry Panel Discussion

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New Gear: RODE VideoMic

I saw mention of this new consumer level shotgun mic in my RS feeds today — Douglas

RODE VideoMic – Walk the walk and talk the talk

Let’s face it, the microphones built into camcorders are pretty rubbish. The cameras might be able to push out HD […]

Filed under: Audio, Hardware, New Media, Technology

News: Where your favorite actress could end up next: YouTube

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Hollywood talent agency William Morris is in talks for a deal that would funnel the talent agency’s clients into videos created for the Internet giant.
By Dawn C. Chmielewski
January 30, 2009

Hollywood talent agencies pride themselves on placing their star clients into the biggest movies and TV shows.

Now, add YouTube to the list.

William Morris Agency, one of the largest talent firms, is in talks for a deal that would funnel its clients — both actors and consumer brands — into videos created for the Internet giant. It’s the latest example of how old-line agencies are actively cultivating new homes for talent, as traditional film and television jobs for their clients grow more scarce and less lucrative.

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Event: Super Happy Vlog House next weekend Saturday, Feb 7, 2009

If you aren’t coming out to see me on the State of the Music Industry Panel this Saturday, consider attending this event. I soooooo, wan to go as I have missed it both times. Maybe if you attend you can give all the other NMI members a report? — Douglas

Super Happy Vlog House next weekend Saturday, Feb 7, 2009

What’s a vlog house? It’s a place where people geek out over audio & video, software, poetry, music, story-telling, television, web sites, new media and technology in general. We get together to share and learn, to have fun, to take a walk, get things done and break bread.

Our third Super Happy Vlog House is set for the weekend of February 7, 2009. Official time is from 2pm – 11pm Saturday, but folks are welcome to camp over Friday or Saturday. We have some extra rooms, beds, couches, floor space, RV parking and tent space. Rooms and camping space is limited, so please RSVP in the comments or send an email to markus dot sandy at gmail dot com.

Complete Info available on the Digital Dojo blog

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