Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Is There an HDMI Webcam Adapter for Streaming?

atem mini

Episode 1695

Bernie from Lakewood, Colorado

Bernie ordered a Blackmagic ATEM Mini to learn how to do video streaming and switching. But he hasn't gotten it yet. Leo says that it works great as an affordable streaming device. But he has a problem with connecting his webcams because it requires HDMI in. Leo says that he uses DSLRs because they offer clean live HDMI out. Is there an affordable USB to HDMI adapter?

Why do my JPEGs look so bad?

JPEG

Episode 1694

Sarafine from California

Sarafine has images that she puts on a thumb drive, and sometimes they become very pixelated. Leo says that s likely because the image is low resolution, and the metadata doesn't show that it isn't as sharp as it looks. Also, converting an image to JPEG is a mistake because it doesn't scale. So if you're using vector graphics, converting it to JPEG makes it pixelated as you change the size of it. What you want to do is change the size to what you want FIRST, and then convert it to JPEG.

What camera should I use for streaming church services?

Canon M200

Episode 1692

Aaron from Bismark, ND

Aaron's church is using OBS studio and Facebook Live to stream services to the faithful. They are looking at returning to regular services in three weeks, and it will require moving the camera setup to the back of the sanctuary. So what kind of cameras should he get that would be affordable, but effective? Leo says you need a camera with "live, clean HDMI out." Canon makes a small point and shoot that Leo has been using called the Canon M200. Canon designed it for this very purpose. They're about $400-500. Not cheap, but it will do just what you need.

What's the best Android Tablet for the money?

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Episode 1692

Jim from Laguna Beach, CA

Jim has a Ricoh Theta One 360 camera. He installed a third party fisheye plugin to it to improve the dynamic range with HDR. It uses Android to access remotely. So which Android tablet should he get to access the footage? Leo says all the Android tablets are basically terrible now. The best is Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and it's not cheap. Another option is the Asus line. They are more affordable. So that may work for you. If you could get the plugins to work with the Amazon Fire Tablet, they're under $100.

Is the Facebook Portal good for keeping in touch with family?

Facebook Portal

Episode 1692

Jason from Henrico County, VA

Jason wants to know if the Facebook Portal is safe to use for Grandma keeping in touch with family. Leo says that the Portal is very easy to use and comes in three models. It's also really easy to make calls. You just say "call [name]," and it calls. It will also zoom in on the speaker and follow them as they move around. Great for talking to grandkids. And if everyone is on Facebook anyway, it's a great way to keep in touch. 

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1690

Chris was unavailable live today, but here is part II of Chris' prerecorded segment that was to run during his Ethiopia trip. You can view the segment back in episode 1688.

This week's ABC mini assignment is:

A - ANTI. Find opposites ... things on the opposite side of the spectrum. Black and white. Round and square. Smooth and rough. Look for contrasts. Once you program your mind to look for them, you'll find them everywhere.

Chris Marquardt ... Another Mini Assignment

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1688

Chris is under the weather today. Fortunately, they had prerecorded a segment for his trip to Ethiopia.

Don't forget this month's photo challenge! Our next photo assignment is - MYHOME. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "MYHOME" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGMYHOME" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!