Improve Your Streaming Videos (for Free)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Now that everyone is doing it, Dr. Mac has some tips for making your streaming videos look better and more professional.

H.266 Video Codec Uses Half the Data to Stream 4K

· Andrew Orr · Link

The H.266 video codec was recently revealed, and it was designed for 4K and 8K video streaming. It can steam at these resolutions using half the data as previous codecs.

Fraunhofer said that if a 90-minute, H.265/HEVC-encoded movie is about 10GB, it would only be 5GB for the same quality when encoded with the new codec. “Because H.266/VVC was developed with ultra-high-resolution video content in mind, the new standard is particularly beneficial when streaming 4K or 8K videos on a flat screen TV,” Fraunhofer said. At the same time, it will support all formats from 480p on up.

mimoLive: Broadcast Quality Live Video from your Mac

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

This week Dr. Mac shows you how to produce broadcast-quality streaming video with multiple input sources (cameras, videos, your desktop, etc.), beautiful transitions and fades, scrolling credits, titles, lower-thirds, onscreen crawls, and more.

Apple on a Roll, Apple TV+ and Streaming Video, with John Martellaro - ACM 527

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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John Martellaro joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss Apple’s recent roll when it comes to launching new products. They also talk about Apple TV+ and the other streaming video services, which are seeing a bit of a book thanks for shelter-in-place orders—including what it means for the future.

Sharing, Streaming, and Securing – Mac Geek Gab 811

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Image of man holding secure network, Mac Geek Gab 811

Need to share big files from home? Trying to manage your video streaming and conferencing? Want to secure your setup? Good news, Mac Geek Gab has some ideas for you. Plus, there are Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, and lots more answers to lots more questions contained within. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

iRig Video Creator Tool Bundle with Mounting Clip, Mic, Remote Shutter, More: $89.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The iRig Video Creator Tool Bundle

Check out the iRig Video Creator Tool Bundle. It includes the iKlip Grip Pro, a desktop tripod, handgrip, full-sized tripod, and monopod; a ¼” UNC mount on the top to make it easy to mount accessories; the iRig Mic Lav lapel microphone that plugs directly into your smartphone or tablet, and a 6” LED ring light with adjustable color and brightness so you always look your best. In short, it’s everything you need to record videos or live stream. This bundle is $89.99 through our deal. 

TMO UK Associate Editor Charlotte Henry (#5) - TMO BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Charlotte Henry on Background Mode

Charlotte Henry is a London-based technical journalist. A self-described media junkie, she writes about Apple — and now for the Mac Observer as well as our UK Associate Editor. She has also written for City A.M., Computer Business Review, the Independent on Sunday and CapX. Her new book is: Not Buying It.

In this episode, Charlotte and I discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the TV entertainment and streaming industry. We look at the diversion of theatrical releases to streaming, whether indoor theaters will ever return to normal, possible changes to production methods, throttling of streaming speeds, a possible return to more feel-good movies, the impact on binge watching, series vs. movie watching during lock-down, and Charlotte’s reaction to Disney+. Plus, John reveals a very personal secret!

Netflix Top 10 Lists Appear Today to Show Popular Content

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Starting today Netflix is rolling out a Top 10 lists feature that will update every day. It will feature the platform’s most popular content.

“Starting today you’ll notice something new when you go on Netflix: The Top 10 row,” the company said in a tweet. “The lists update daily to show what’s popular in your country and are broken into three categories: Netflix overall, shows & films.”

The most popular Netflix offerings in your country should show up in their own row once you log in to your Netflix account, the company said. “The list is rolling out globally now and should be on your homepage by the end of the day at the latest.”

Remember Neopets? It’s Being Turned Into a TV Show

· Andrew Orr · Link

Virtual pet website Neopets is being turned into a television show aimed at 8-12 year olds.

As part of the agreement, Singapore-based Beach House will develop new stories and characters, with Blue Ant’s Canadian studio providing animation services.

The show is still in the early stages of development and its format and style aren’t finalized, but Beach House plans to target the series at eight to 12s. The pair are seeking co-production and broadcast partners for the project.

I wish I still had my login information for Neopets.