I’ve plotted a ZeeMap with Mojo Practitioners, Trainers and courses around the globe. Check it out…#mojomap

I've plotted a ZeeMap with Mojo Practitioners, Trainers and courses. Check it out

I’ve wanted to do this for quite some time and I’ve been looking for a solution to do it. Originally I wanted to be able to create a twitter list and then get a coder to design a script to export the account info and geo-location info into a KML file for Google Maps. That seemed to be an issue as its an expensive way of producing it ( I have no patience for coding) so I stumbled upon ZeeMaps and it has most (not all) of the features I was looking for. Click the image above to go to the interactive version. If I’ve forgotten someone (apologies) or if you would like to be added drop me a DM on twitter @glenbmulcahy

***The Map is not optimized for mobile browsers so best viewed on a PC/MAC***

2013 in review on my Technology Blog via WordPress

Its been an incredibly busy year for me this year. Not only did I change jobs in RTE moving out of my position as Production Development Manager with the News Division into a new role as Innovation Lead in Technology but 2013 also saw a substantial growth in my training work. Within RTE I trained in excess on 100 staff to shoot and edit with their iPhone and there are more courses already planned from next week (early Jan). Externally I led 2 Mojo courses for Circom Regional the first in Santiago De Compostella in Spain in May and the second in November in Budapest. What an amazing bunch of people too – Im still quite amazed at the quality of the stories they produced, many with no former training or camera/editing experience.
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Circom also led to courses with NRK in Norway and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. I spoke about Mojo at conferences in London (News:Rewired), Holland (Roos:Dagen) , and at home (Digital Future Con). This year I also worked with the Thomson Foundation in London which also brought me to Doha and working with AlJazeera which was an incredible experience. I had never been to Qatar or Turkey and it was really a wonderful opportunity to see how an international news organisation work. I also had the chance to work with an NGO for the first time: I did a 1day mojo course with Concern.

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I have been very fortunate that RTE has permitted me to take unpaid leave from my job to pursue these external training courses, it is quite remarkable to see how different organisations are approaching their mobile news gathering strategies. I also have to confess that I blogged less this year than I would have liked. Being on the road means I tend to tweet interesting links more than write up blog posts, so to those of you following the blog (with email notifications) I promise I will make more of an effort next year to keep it up to date and to post regularly. 2014 will also be the year when I finally live stream a one day Mojo course for free. I’ve been trying to organise it for some time but it has proven more difficult to get both the time and resources than I originally expected.

I hope if you emailed, commented or tweeted me that I responded to your satisfaction and if I didn’t them feel free to drop kick me in the ass. (Or not as the case may be) A special word of thanks to Richard Waghorn, CTO, RTE, Kevin Bakhurst MD RTE News & Current Affairs and Muirne Laffan MD RTE Digital for continued support and encouragement. Also Thanks to Marc Settle from BBC CoJo, Nick Garnett, BBC Radio 5 Live, Neal Augenstein, WTOP Washington, Scott Rensberger, David Dunkley Gyiamh, Michael Rosenblum, Jan Mindegaard, Charles Hodgson, John Inge Johansen NRK, Karol Cioma, Circom, Darko Flajpan HRT, Neill Barham, Conrad Mess, Ray Purser, Conor Hayes, Fran McNulty, Cian McCormack and Philip Bromwell for contributing, inspiring, debating and generally furthering the cause. :) (PS If I forgot someone – apologies)

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and may 2014 be the year when MoJo expands its reach outside the comfort some of breaking news to great visual storytelling for all.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog….

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 78,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Conrad Mess, the master of iPhone filmmaking releases his latest movie: The Other Side. via @messfilmMakers

If you haven’t heard of Conrad Mess then you have missed one of the most impressive success stories of an aspiring filmmaker who has realised his dreams of making films but in Conrad’s case his approach is somewhat different to the traditional route.

I have worked in a college that teaches Filmmaking and Documentary and I met lots of young, enthusiastic and aspiring students who all dreamt of being a director or cameraperson and who had signed up for the course to learn from industry professionals. Many of them went on to work in the TV and Film Industry, but very few ended up realizing their dream of being a director. When you start in the movie industry, aside from having to be nominated by other union members just to get your union card to work on set, there is a very defined hierarchy and when you are starting out you most definitely start at the bottom.

Luis Mieses, a.k.a. Conrad Mess,  born February 23, 1974 in Zaragoza, Spain. In the last three years he has created no less than nine short films, all of which have been shot on various generations of iPhone. Image

If you would like to learn more about Conrad and his amazing projects check out this interview with The Smalls

He today launched his latest project: The Other Side which he crowd funded over the last number of months. I contributed to the funding as I have been quite amazed at the quality of some of Conrads work and often show a piece of his work during my Mojo training as an example of what can be achieved if you have the vision and determination.

This movie is exceptional in that it was all shot on CSO / Chromakey/ Green Screen and composited in post production. Its so well done it is hard to tell the rendered images from the actual rushes! Decide for yourself:

Mess filmmakers are on Twitter: @messfilmmakers and also on Facebook: Me.S.S.FilmMakers

I hope to interview Conrad in the coming weeks.

iOS7 supports SD HC and SD XC Cards – CONFIRMED

iOS7 supports SD HC and SD XC Cards - CONFIRMED

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about an issue I discovered with the iPad Camera Connection kit and Secure Digital (SD) XC cards when trying to import videos I had shot on my GoPro camera. When I connected the MicroSDXC card using this combination

MicroSD-conxthe iPad failed to read the card, instead I got this message: contents not available,

Last month a comment was posted Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 19.30.21that suggested that with the release of iOS7 the SDXC issue had been resolved and that the card would now work with the camera connection kit into the iPad.

I have just tested it (Sorry for delay) and I can confirm that the Lightning Camera Connection cable for SD cards with a MicroSD card adapter did indeed work as did the 30pin Camera Connection kit into the 30pin to Lightning adapter. I’ve also checked the Apple support forums and SDXC is now confirmed as a supported format according to this article : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4101 This is great news as you can now use 64Gb SD/Micro SD cards in your DSLR (if compatible) your GoPro Hero3,3+ and other cameras -giving you lots more storage.

MicW launch to iGoMic specially designed for GoPro Cameras

MicW launch to iGoMic specially designed for GoPro Cameras

Heres the press release for iGoMic

Google Glass , its concept, design and possible room to improve- a discussion document.

UPDATE ******

I just picked up this article in Engadget about Meta Pro.  Now this looks VERY interesting indeed.

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One of the first things that struck me about the build of their immersive glasses is that they have built in surface tracking (think Microsoft Kinect) and gesture tracking (think Leap motion) and also an IMU (inertial measurement unit – think the core sensor of many Quadcopters) as well as HD displays etc etc. Check out their video… I WANT ONE OF THESE!!!

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Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely believe Google Glass (or a similar wearable & connected device) will revolutionise multiple industries, eg. technical support, medicine, broadcast, navigation, marketing etc etc but in the absence of the opportunity to actually try them out I can only express an opinion abut the design and configuration as I understand it through the eyes of Glass Explorers…

So to begin lets look at What “Glass” is and What it can do…

If you are interested in a superb, forensic level teardown of the device then visit: http://www.catwig.com/google-glass-teardown/

The Fundamentals are:

Optical Display | Main Logic Board | TouchPad | Microphone | Speaker | HD Camera | Battery

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Image from http://www.catwig.com/google-glass-teardown/ This work is licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA 3.0.

So my first observation is the DESIGN…for a first generation device I think Google did a pretty good job. The Titanium (bendable) frame is very slick and without the tinted glass lenses the device does look “quite” discreet- certainly compared to the earlier prototypes anyway!

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See members of the Glass dev team talk about the prototypes here

But heres the thing, when you wear it you do look like a bit of a nerd, Im OK with that to be honest, I’ve carried a Leatherman on my belt for the last 15 years and have gotten quite used to the smartass “boy scout” remarks. But one thing does irk me, and that is the position of the prism/display. BBC’s Rory Cellan Jones referred to  the display as “what looks like a 20″ plasma hanging in the distance” but what I have yet to witness in reality is watching someone “look up to the right” to check the display. I genuinely wonder if one eye attempting to focus a few centimeters away and the other attempting to mimic the focal point but without any reference will be both a strain on my aging eye muscles and a long term RSI risk. Try it yourself…hold a finger in front of one eye (about an inch away from your face) and try to focus on it for more than a minute!

For a more detailed analysis of the potential risks with the offset display read this article on/by Steve Mann.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/steve-mann-my-augmediated-life

(Maybe there are some very clever prism di-opters in there to trick your right eye into believeing its focussing 3 meters away?)

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VOICE RECOGNITION. I do think the voice recognition is a good idea, being able to be hands free all the time is very useful and the other benefit is that encouraging people to perform an action for you is VERY SIMPLE. If you consider CNNs plans to release a Google Glass App (GlassWare) especially for the iReport UGC project then it is possible to see how quickly Glass could be leveraged for getting content- potentially in realtime!

“OK Glass, Stream to YouTube” or “OK Glass, Stream to iReportLIVE” that’s a hell of a lot simpler than trying to encourage a member of the public to…Take out their mobile device, hold it horizontally, record some video, contact the newsroom to let them know you have some great UGC content, use your own mobile data allowance to upload it to the newsroom servers and wait for it to finish sending before getting confirmation its there, then wait for editorial review and note it may not be used – but while we have you on the phone can we ask you ten questions to establish who you are and whether you are a trustworthy source. PS-thanks for the effort!

With a device like Glass it will be possible to quickly establish where you are (GPS/GeoLocation data) Who you are via social media accounts, iReport user account etc and whether you are a power (repeat) user/contributor. Members of the public will start to feel like professional stringers!

In relation to VoiceRecog, hopefully the command list will expand so you can teach Glass to learn your voice patterns and then in time recognise complete sentences – the way Apples Siri does (is supposed to). The risk being something like this….(haha)

HD CAMERA – the Camera is HD, well 720p HD with a 5 megapixel photo resolution. There is room for improvement here, in February 2013, at the World Mobile Congress Aptina and Omnivision both announced they would be shipping a 13megapixel mobile imaging sensor that would be capable of record video at 4K resolution 25/30 fps. At the same conference Qualcomm announced they too, would have a new Chip, the Snapdragon 800 which is at the core of Samsung’s Galaxy Note III. One of the first smartphones (Android) capable of shooting at 4K resolution. For an interesting review of the Galaxy Note III 4K ability see renowned cameraman/director/DP Philip Blooms blog.

The other limitation is the storage within Glass – 12Gb of “useable” flash memory. Thats pretty meager when it comes to HD video and is probably part of the reason the camera is just 5mpx/720p. When shooting video the camera has a default record time of two minutes.

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can I introduce you to PivotHead - think GoPro in a pair of Sports Sunglasses. This is the Pivothead Durango Smoke, heres a snippit of some of its features…..
- Control: Connect your Pivotheads to your iOS or Android device with the Pivothead Mobile Apps to configure video recording and image capture settings, download files, and more.
- Video: One-button video capture | 1080p, 30fps | 720p, 60fps | 720p, 30fps
- Photos: Capture 8, 5, or 3 megapixel photos
- Timelapse: 6 setting modes for capturing full-resolution (8 megapixel)  time-lapse sequences
- Burst mode: Capture bursts of 3, 5, 10, or 16 images at full resolution

BATTERY The “One Day of Typical Use” line in the spec document above is a little of an overstatement. Maybe if you sleep for 22hours a day its true – but most reviews I’ve seen suggest about 2 hours operational time – particularly if shooting video.

I think its worth pointing out the latest developments in batteries designed using carbon nano-tubes and graphene. A recent article on computerworld.com highlighted a research project in New Jersey Institute of technology where the researchers managed to build a flexible carbon-nanotube battery. An article earlier in the year on extremetech.com outlined the potential of Graphene as a superconductor and how it could revolutionise the battery industry and electric car industry. However other new battery technology is on the doorstep too, Lithium Sulphur batteries claim 5 x the energy density of Lithium-Ion batteries and several companies are researching Lithium Air as an even more efficient solution. Bottom line: battery technology is finally developing at an ever increasing speed –its nowhere near Moore’s Law but its going in the right direction.

TOUCHPAD I guess the touchpad is there as a backup in case you run out of voice commands or develop laryngitis :) but seriously though, Ive seen several videos on you tube with users fumbling to navigate what is a fairly shallow control hierarchy. Its here that I think a smart watch or the like my actually have a use. If a smart watch (or mobile phone) was paired with the headset then you could probaly navigate the menus far quicker and more efficiently than swiping at the arm of the headset – and heres another possible use for the smart watch – what if it had a detachable microphone as part of the body which would act as a bluetooth or wifi microphone for the headset allowing you to actually record interviews with people witout sitting on their lap. If you are wondering what the hell Im talking about then take a look at the demo videos  from Robert Schoble.

Now heres where I start to wander off into my own little dream world where lots of different technologies collide/converge into a hodge-podge of ideas.

What if there was a wearable computer (like Glass) but that had…

1. A full HD or 4K camera in the centre of the frame, with a shutter to open/close it (for those paranoid folks)
2. Had a Transparent/Bendable OLED technology display that covers the entire visible surface of the glass to create a completely customiseable, immersive HUD (Heads up display)
3. Used Smart Glass technology to allow you to turn the glasses OPAQUE/Semi Transparent/TRANSPARENT with a flick of a switch.
Lets call that Privacy mode for the shits and giggles – so you can watch movie or immerse yourself in some serious Augmented Reality/ virtual reality games – with out the distraction of the real world beyond. Or maybe you just want to get some kip without taking the headset off?

Damn, I’m trying to decide is that more Terminator or Ironman???
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This Glass uses a special film which when an electrical current is applied to it makes it “transparent” but when the current is switched off it becomes opaque:

Check out http://www.intelligentglass.net/smart-film-self-adhesive.html

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Or how about an iPhone/Android Wifi controlled version?: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/843725167/sonte-iphone-ipad-android-diy-wifi-digital-shades

I noticed a tweet last night from Todd Smith (@Cisco_Mobile)

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where he had picked up on an Apple patent for a wearable headset…see full patent info here

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By the looks of things it is anything but discreet (gross understatement) but it does in fact very closely resemble the Occulus Rift Virtual Reality headset which has created a huge stir in the VR / Immersive gaming community.

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So lets recap. When Glass goes public I for one really hope it will have a better camera, better battery life, more storage, pairable/wearbale controller (maybe a smart watch) wireless/bluetooth mic support and a more dynamic HUD- or maybe Apple will just come up with a real competitor for it?

Highlights of my presentation at the Digital Age Conference 21st Nov. 2013.

Several people approached me immediately after my presentation at the Greasan na Meain / Udaras na Gaeltachta Digital Age Conference held at the Connemara Coast hotel 21st Nov. 2013. With a little editing Im reasonably confident that this captures most of the topics I spoke about. Please note the copyright of the works referred to or referenced remains with the producer of the work.

If you cannot see the Speakerdeck embedded window then click HERE

1.33x Anamorphic Adapter Lens for iPhone 5/5S via @moondoglabs

1.33x Anamorphic Adapter Lens for iPhone 5/5S via @moondoglabs

This is a very interesting Kickstarter project- HT Marc Settle from BBC Cojo for the tip.

MoonDogLabs have a concept to produce an 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter Lens for iPhone 5/5S.

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Whats an anamorphic Adapter you say?- well thats one of the terms that used to wreck my head when teaching journalists about our transition from 4:3 to 16:9. Anamorphic – to put it simply is a “vertically squeezed” image. See this Wikipedia article for a more in-depth description.

In doing so the lens can in fact record a wider field of view than standard 16:9 widescreen and the bit I like a lot about this project is that the guys in moondaglabs have already reached out to Cinigenix, developers of filmicpro to incorporate a De-anamorphic option for in App processing which is slated for release with the expected ship date of the lens….”For the best workflow, we are working with FiLMiC Pro to incorporate a 1.33x anamorphic de-squeeze in their first quarter 2014 release for full in-app compatibility with the Anamorphic Adapter.  To help you through the de-squeezing process, we will post simple instructions on our website and link to them here on our Kickstarter project page.”

This anamorphic technology (squeezed image) is similarly being used in the latest GoPro Hero3+ under the name “SuperView” What would be really clever is if MoonDogLabs also included/ optioned a filter pack similar to the ones http://www.polarprofilters.com make for Gopro cams

To find out more or to make a funding pledge visit the Kickstarter page, visit their website moondoglabs.com and/or follow them on twitter: @moondoglabs

Quick Video hands on with the Nokia Lumia 1020 | 41Megapixel Smartphone

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I’ve had a little time today to try shooting some video with the Nokia Lumia 1020 – you know, the Smartphone with the 41Megapixel Sensor!…..That sensor and the Zeiss lens together with Nokias PureView technology do produce some pretty damn fine results. I didn’t take many photos with the phone so I haven’t yet had to time to really asses the image quality but I have to say the video looks impressive. I deliberately tried to shoot textures, colours, depth of field shots and direct sunlight shots to test contrast ratio. All in All Im impressed. In order to edit the footage I had to install the Microsoft Windows Phone App on my Mac

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/windows-phone/id415571499?mt=12

but then importing was as simple as drag and drop. The files are 1080p Mp4 vids and I cut the sequence in FCPx.

Using a Radio Mic with your iPhone/ iPad Mojo kit…

*******NOTE: I have not personally tested ALL of these combinations so if you have discovered any issues with any of these set-ups please comment below and I will modify the post*******

If you need to use a Radio Mic with your iPhone / iPad Mojo kit there are several options available to you. The first thing to consider is what Radio Mic are you connecting.

I’ve used the Sony UWP kit which is the standard Radio Mic set we use in our Video Journalism kits. It comes in three versions:

A lapel transmitter / receiver pair UWP-V1 (Indicative Price €599)
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A Reporter Mic transmitter / receiver pair UWP-V2  (Indicative Price €599)

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An XLR adapter , lapel transmitter / receiver pair UWP-V6 (Indicative Price€990)

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There is also a comparible set available from Sennheiser EW100-eng (Indicative Price €725-€999) and other manufacturers 

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Its important to know the different properties of the microphones in questions- the lapel mic is ideal for indoor interviews, to use it in an outdoor environment you will need to add a Rycote windjammer to reduce wind noise. Its important to remember that in most of the solutions below the iPhone will ONLY record the sound from the radio mic so if you are conducting an interview where you want to hear both your questions and the interviewees answers than its not the best solution.

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The reporter (handheld) mic is ideal for run-and -gun interviews like Vox Pops and where you need to hear both sides of the conversation. The XLR adapter means you can turn just about any professional microphone with an XLR connector into a radio mic and use it in a cable free environment. I’ve never tried it but it could potentially mean that you could connect it to a rifle mic like this Sennhesiser ME66 and use it wirelessly away from the iPhone and radio receiver.

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Now to get to the options to connect the Radio Mic to the iPhone. The first thing to note is that most of the Radio Receivers come with two connector cables and a cold-shoe mount.
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In theory you can use either cable to connect to the iPhone but with different adapters. Lets deal with the mini-jack to mini-jack first.

Image This cable will need to adapted from a Tip Ring Sleeve (TRS) to a Tip Ring Ring Sleeve (TRRS) to be used directly with the iPhone. Cables for this purpose are available from http://www.kvconnection.com/category-s/8682.htm

Alternatively you could use one of these audio adapters: NOTE ALL these adapters offer a STEREO / DUAL CHANNEL input as they connect via the 30pin / Lightning DOCK connector on the iPhone.

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Fostex AR101 http://www.fostexinternational.com/docs/products/AR101.shtml

Fostex AR4i   http://www.fostexinternational.com/docs/products/AR-4i.shtml

Tascam iXJ2   http://tascam.com/product/ixj2/

Alternatively you could use the XLR cable from the radio receiver

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to connect via these adapters

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Top left: IKMultimedia iRig PRO http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigpro/

Top right: Tascam iXz http://tascam.com/product/ixz/

Bottom left: Griffin MicConnect http://store.griffintechnology.com/micconnect-mic-interface-ipad

Bottom right: iKMultimedia iRig Pre http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigpre/

Note the iRig PRO is the only interface of these which connects via the 30pin/Lightning dock and as such it is a fully digital interface. All the other three are analogue interface which connect via the mic/headphone socket.

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