Will wants to know what Microphone Leo uses on the show. Leo says he uses the Heil Sound PR-40 dynamic table mics with BSW RE27POP Filter. And at only $350, it's a pretty good deal. He can learn more about what equipment Leo uses at the Brickhouse Studios at wiki.twit.tv.
Andrew needs a new laptop for editing video and images, and is wondering if a discrete video card would work better for that. Leo says that discrete video would be more beneficial for gaming, not editing. He'll want an i7 with a large L2 cache. Will a touch screen help? Leo says not with video editing, at least not right now.
Leo says there's not much difference between the two. He uses a Mac Pro at home and likes it, but it's not very upgradeable, and any upgrades he could do would have to be external. On a PC, if he gets a tower case, upgrades are easy. Leo just got all of the video editors at TWiT Dell PCs and they will be moving to Adobe Premiere. The Mac Pro is expensive for what you get, and for pro video editors it's probably not the best solution.
Joe says that interleaving the letters for generating a code would be random and easy to recreate or remember because you would know what the pattern is. But Leo says that most people say it's either too hard or a hassle. And that's what the hackers are counting on.
Josh doesn't care for Windows Movie Maker. Leo says that Windows Movie Maker has gotten a lot better over time, but in general, he'll get what he pays for.
Leo recommends a paid solution like Adobe Premiere Elements. There's also Sony Vegas. It's well worth the $80. But if all he needs to do is cut up video, he may want to try VideoLAN Movie Creator. There are other open source solutions, but they're finicky and difficult to learn. One open source option is Lightworks.
Brad is moving to a Panasonic GH4 camera, which he will shoot in 4K and then downgrade to 1080p. He's planning on getting a Mac Pro. Leo says that's what the Mac Pro is designed for 4K. Leo says it's an amazing machine. But Brad is worried because Leo's Mac Pro wasn't all that great and he wasn't happy with it.
Jordan has a 6 TB RAID array that stores all his video footage for his company. He's having a difficult time keeping track of all the video that has to be distributed online, though. PadreSJ in the chatroom says that there's a program called Digital Fountain that does real time data transport. That's an enterprise solution. There's also BrightCove Video Cloud.
Ron needs to produce a video for his Shriner group. What program on the Mac can help him do that? Leo says that iMovie comes with the Mac and it's a great video editor which can include stills, titles, and more. Then he can burn it to DVD. It's a great all-in-one solution for basic video editing.
Chris has a Canon 40D, and a Powershot pocket camera. He wants to move from Powerpoint slide shows to video movies that he can post of Facebook or Flickr. What programs could he use to make a video out of his still images?