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Being a Guest on our Shows

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Thank you so much for deciding to be a guest on digitalCINEMAcafe or FCPX Grill.

To ensure the best possible experience both for you and our listeners, some basic “Skype” setup will be required.

If you are not an experienced “podcaster” with a proper mic and headphones fear not. There are alternatives.

Its very important that you are using some sort of headphones or headset, and ideally, you have an external mic.

There are three possible setups you can choose from.

BLOG_iphone_stereo_mic_headset3. That’ll do…

You may already have all you need to broadcast. We’ve done this with guests several times. Since the vast majority of our guests, coming from the creative world, tend to have Macs and many have iPhones as well you already own everything you’ll need.  Use your wired headset that came with your iPhone and plug it into the headphone jack of your MacBook Pro. Magically, it is also a mic jack.

BLOG_USB_headset2. Not Bad…

If you want a simpler setup, a good quality USB headset mic can do the trick, only one thing to plug in, very simple. Plantronics makes a wide variety of headsets and many work very well with your computer. The current “favorite” is the Plantronics Audio 650. Once plugged into your computer it will show up as both an audio SOURCE and an audio DESTINATION in both your System Preferences as well as the Preferences in Skype.  You’ll want to select the Audio 650 as both your Microphone as well as your “Speaker” in the Audio/Video tab of the Skype Preferences.

Plantronics Audio 655

BLOG_Rockstar1. Rock Star Setup…

For several years I have used this exact set up. It is a quality mic that won’t break the bank (you may have one from when you were in a band in high school). The headphones are totally pro reference headphones, although you can use others, and the real key in the USB audio adapter. It needs no drivers to work.

Shure mic and USB adapter combo package

Totally rockin pro headphones – (you can use others)

A cheap easy stand for your desk

Setting Up Skype –

Regardless of what set up you use you’ll have to download Skype and set up an account if you haven’t already. Once loaded you’ll need to choose your audio input and output to work in the Skype Preferences pane. We’ll send you more details about what account to look for as we get closer.

One Last Suggestion

BLOG_ZoomH4nA lot of us own a Zoom H4n as a field audio recorder. A little known fact about that gizmo, is that you can use it as an audio interface between your cool pro mics that we own as filmmakers, and our computers. Using it, you can get your XLR mic plugged into your laptop and then select the H4n as a source, and destination for that matter, in the Skype Audio/Video Preferences. Here is a link to a video that describes much of the process, we’ll make our own that is more complete someday in all our spare time.

7 in 7 – DONE.

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It’s been a long seven days and we’ve worked really hard to bring you a full week of interesting, knowledgable people and although we know its probably not possible to expect every listener to have the time (this week) to listen to every interview, we are convinced that the story arc of the whole week is worth your time.

Although we’ve learned a lot these past few weeks bringing you this first seven days of programming, we FULLY understand we have a lot to learn. We’ve been researching better mics and plug ins but we are also examining the best way to bring you quality material in a timely fashion.

Basically, we want digitalCINEMAcafe to be an enjoyable experience for a large audience but never at the risk of watering down the content. Our “upcoming guest list” on the google docs is full of wonderful insightful people that we are sure you’ll enjoy hearing from because WE want to talk to them too.

So, from Alex and Chris, we sincerely want to thank everyone for each and every download and we promise to continue to bring you the best show we can muster.

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I’M OUT!!!!

And they’re off…

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Well, we got the first episode up and with in 2 minutes of it being live I decided to pull it down and make ONE little audio tweak. Its been quite a hard couple of weeks with a lot of stuff to learn about RSS feeds and WordPress and Media hosting, but hopefully we got all the kinks worked out.

That being said, we’ll continue to make changes to stuff as we go. This is VERY much a work in progress. digitalCINEMAcafe will always be changing, always be evolving and always getting better. Please feel free to comment here if you feel we are completely missing the mark, but essentially we just want to bring you great conversations with interesting and inspiring people.

The “interesting and inspiring people will come in the rest of the week. Today, on Episode 001, we wanted to make sure we took some time to introduce who Alex and Chris were. So if we bore you, don’t worry, we have real guests the rest of the week.

Enjoy… and welcome to digitalCINEMAcafe.

What is “7 in 7”?

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We’ve been working really hard prepping for our first week of shows, that’s right first WEEK of shows. We are going to start things off with a BANG and release seven shows in seven days. Heck, by the end of the week we will have released more shows than MOST podcasters ever produce.

We’ve been pre-recording a bunch of great guests and we’ve seen an interesting theme running thru all the interviews. I’m sure by the end of the week we’ll have something to say about that. We also have a backlog of guests lined up already that will probably take us at least through the summer.

Make sure you are on the look out in iTunes and be patient with us as we figure out this whole “libsyn-wordpress-itunes” thing. If we’ve learned anything this week its this – “internetting is hard”.

We look forward to beginning the conversation… June 1, 2013, see you then!