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Colin Powers reflects on PBS programming for the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, & Quebec, public broadcasting, and the future of media distribution.

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Entries Tagged as 'Digital Television'

Making Blu-Ray disks on a Mac

January 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Digital Television, Filmmaking, High Definition, Multi-media, Resources

After lots of research, we’ve installed a Pioneer Blu-ray burner and Adobe Encore CS5 in one of our edit bays to author Blu-Ray disks of our HD productions. This Creative Cow Thread got us started… Bruce Nazarian’s two articles at Kenstone.net were instrumental in understanding the role of Toast: Then this YouTube video showed me [...]

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Buckle up: Traditional TV is in for a heck of a ride

November 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Digital Television, Future of public media

Good overview on where media may be headed. “MSO” refers to multiple system operators, the big cable companies. The first wave of commercialization on the Internet had a tremendous impact on our lives and has disrupted most — if not all — industry value chains. The print industry was in the eye of the storm, [...]

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Sundance Award winning Documantary “If a Tree Falls” – watch now on PBS

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Digital Television, Documentary, Filmmaking, PBS, Public Affairs

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Watch the full episode. See more POV. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front explores two of America’s most pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism — by lifting the [...]

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Teaching with Comic Life

September 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Digital Television, Education, Educational Programming, Filmmaking, Fun Stuff, Illustration - Animation, Multi-media, Public Media, Resources

As I’ve learned from my 7-year old, graphic novels are tremendously appealing to young minds. Here’s a novel way to engage kids in the classroom by creating their own illustrated stories using digital tools. A few years ago I put together a really rudimentary teaching guide to using Comic Life in the classroom. It was [...]

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Coat Hanger HDTV Antenna!

March 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Digital Television, Fun Stuff, High Definition

via youtube.com I posted this a couple year’s ago, but here it is again… The DIY HDTV antenna that pulls in the cleanest HD signal you can get… over the air! Cable companies squash down the HD signal to cram as many “HD” channels as they can into your wire. Over-the-air is the least compressed [...]

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Intentional “postage stamping”

May 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Digital Television, Documentary, Filmmaking, High Definition

Throughout the ongoing transition from analog to digital broadcasting, we’ve struggled with the multiple formats that our servers, sat receivers and master control equipment have to contend with. One of the worst developments is to find 4:3  (original TV ratio) programs showing up “postage stamped” with black bars at the sides AND the top and [...]

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The Next Big Thing – Traditional Television

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Digital Television, Future of public media, Multi-media

In 4th quarter 2009, the time spent per week with online videos, social networks, blogs, and mobile videos combined was barely 3% as much time as was spent watching television on a home TV set. via baselineintel.com

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PBS Revolution Discussion Continued…

May 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Digital Television, Documentary, Educational Programming, Future of public media, Local stories, Mountain Lake Journal, Multi-media, News, PBS, Public Affairs, Uncategorized

Below is a thread that began several weeks ago (as reported here and here) on Revolution PBS, an anonymous blog. I’m picking up the thread mid-stream. If you haven’t seen the beginning, you can start with my post linked above and then the “Spoonful of Sugar” post picked up here. I’ve added my comments from [...]

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MediaPost Publications

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Digital Television, Future of public media, Multi-media, PBS, PBS Distribution

Why Online Video Fails To Meet Its Lofty Expectations With television advertising being a $70 billion market and total online advertising weighing in at $22.7 billion for 2009, you can’t help but wonder why online video advertising only represents a $1 billion market. In fact, according to the IAB, video advertising grew from $734 million [...]

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How I Lost the Big One, Bigtime | Save the Internet

April 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Digital Television, Future of public media, Multi-media

How I Lost the Big One, Bigtime By Marvin Ammori, April 7, 2010 On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit ruled on an important Internet law case I argued for Free Press on behalf of a range of “supporting intervenors” in the case. I wanted to post a few thoughts about the decision. I’ll begin with how [...]

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