Look! It’s Me on TV!

Remember a while back I mentioned I was going to be on television as a caller on The Lab with Leo Laporte? Well, episode 157 aired on Thursday, and I snagged myself a copy of it today. It only airs in Australia and Canada, but they offer torrents of the show after it airs, so I don’t feel bad about downloading it. Also, I posted the snippet with me on YouTube. Here ya go:

12 Comments

  1. Nathan says:

    Yay Shawn. On TV with furiners!

    Hey, you should look at used equipment on B&H Photo’s website. They usually have great stuff for great prices. (I’ve bought used cameras from them 3 times and always been happy.)

  2. Kate Baker says:

    How neat is that!!! You can go toe to toe with that guy and sound more genuine. :P

  3. Geek to geek talk! And with Leo Laporte, who was impressed with your work. How cool is that?

    I am not worthy.

  4. Kari says:

    That is so awesome Shawn!!! You were on tv and I actually got to watch this! It’s really cool that he was very impressed with your videos. Keep up the good work Shawn! :)

  5. Kate Baker says:

    Okay — because I was bored and have a horrible headache, I did some research for you.

    If you don’t want to go with a 1300.00 panasonic system that he suggested on there, canon makes some more economical and better (IMHO) HD quality stuff.

    Check out:

    camera

    and

    mic that will work with this model

    It looks to be 100.00 less on the mic, and almost 500.00 less than the panasonic. Just wanted to give you some cheaper (and better) alternatives if you are still in the market. I’m not sure if they have to go with specific camera brands because of product placement or agreement, just throwing out options. :)

    It looks like that will save you even more.

  6. Carlie says:

    Shawn, you’re The Man.

    THE Man.

  7. Shawn Powers says:

    Kate — It’s funny you spec those 2 things, because they’re exactly the same models I decided on after the show aired! That’s the camera the guy offscreen has (the one that Leo has him show everyone), and it took me a while to figure out what shotgun mic was mounted on it, but it is the DM-50 (like you quoted!).

    I also want the wide angle lense, and maybe a larger battery.

    Really, as much as I’d like to use a hard drive based camcorder, they don’t shoot with DV, and don’t have Firewire anymore. That makes things very difficult to edit, so I’ll stick to DV tape for now.

    Thanks for the links, those are better prices than I found anywhere!

  8. Mike Roberts says:

    Sorry I’m late to the party. Excellent call ! You probably don’t know this but you’re my Leo replacement since we can’t get his show in the states anymore.

    I’ve been a recording engineer wannabe for about 3 decades. Leo’s advice sounded familiar and correct to me. Using a directional/shotgun mic is a good idea. I’m not sure how well it will work if it is strapped to the camera when the camera is pointing at something other than your smiling face. If your off face shots aren’t too far from you it should be better than the omnidirectional approach. It will depend on how directional the mic is.

    Part of the fun of recording audio is that you can solve one problem and create another in the process. That’s why I like it so much. I’m kinda sick that way.

    Enjoy!

  9. Shawn Powers says:

    Thanks, Mike. :) I’m going to start podcasting soon, most likely audio only (I might mix it up, who knows) about whatever is on my brain here pretty quick. Sadly, I need to get a mic stand. That’s what’s holding me up!

  10. Wayne says:

    I’ve got a Sony HDR-SR5, and I’m curious about your comment on HD based camcorders being difficult to edit with… I would think it’s easier and faster than going to tape, right?

  11. Shawn Powers says:

    Wayne,

    My apologies, somehow I missed your comment back in March. O.o

    The real problem with hard drive based cameras is that the format they record to isn’t usually anything easily editable. The JVC camera I have, for instance, records to some odd MPEG2 format and stores it with a .mod file extension on the hard drive. I always have to convert it to .dv before editing, and then it’s a generation loss on quality.

    Again, sorry for the late late LATE reply. I doubt you’ll see this, but I feel like an arse for not replying. :)

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