A few days ago, we installed some new software to improve the audio quality of our podcasts and other recordings. This technology from Nvidia has proven to be excellent in how it increases our sound quality. Unfortunately, it appears that the software packages that we used to record the audio are still tossing out an unusual error.
The release of episode 2 will be delayed on YouTube and bit chute due to incompatibility issues with the audio format. The release will be as scheduled on the audio-only podcasting platforms, so please feel free to check it out regardless.
We will be attempting to record a new audio file today and if possible, will have all the editing complete and uploaded. If we are unable to complete this work today, it will be uploaded Friday evening. Please accept our apologies for the delay.
NVIDIABroadcast (formally RTX Voice) is now available on other GeForce & Quadro cards. We are installing the latest updates now and are very excited to bring our video and podcast productions to you, using the power of AI. The following is directly from the official NVIDIA site.
The NVIDIA Broadcast app transforms your gaming space into a home studio. Take your live streams, voice chats, and video conference calls to the next level with AI-enhanced voice and video.
Noise Removal – Rise above the noise: Loud keyboard typing. Annoying microphone static. Bothersome PC fans. Noise Removal uses AI to eliminate unwanted background noise at the touch of a button.
Go live or attend a meeting remotely without worrying about finding a quiet place. Or mute players in loud environments, making them easier to understand. NVIDIA Broadcast makes it fast and easy.
Virtual Background – Setting the stage: Experience instant creative control at your fingertips. Background Removal, Replacement and Blur (beta) allow you to customize your background without the need for expensive equipment or complex lighting setups. Personalize your webcam feed using powerful AI greenscreen effects perfect for work and play, wherever you are. The possibilities are endless.
Auto Frame – Time to Shine: Lights, camera, app-tion. Dynamically track your movements in real-time with Auto Frame (beta), automatically cropping and zooming so you remain the star of the show — even as you move around.
Stream like a boss: Steal the show with incredible graphics and smooth, stutter-free live streaming. Next-generation hardware encoding and decoding combine to show off all your best moments in exquisite detail. And the all-new NVIDIA Broadcast app takes your livestreams to the next level with powerful AI capabilities to improve audio and video quality with effects like virtual background, webcam auto frame and microphone noise removal. GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs deliver the performance and image quality necessary to give your audience your best—every time.
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We are starting to get some great feedback from the first podcast for Mr. Reality Check. We also had a minor issue with recorded audio from Adobe Audition and uploaded an updated version of the podcast.
Google has finally approved our account as a publisher for Google Play Books, and the script for episode one is now live! Follow the links below to support the podcast on the platform of your choice.
Part of our marketing plan is to cast our net wide and far to make sure we can reach the maximum amount of listeners, readers, and viewers. As of April 8th, you can find our Mr. Reality Check podcast on the following platforms.
We are looking into making a number of improvements over the next several days in preparation for the next upload of the Mr. Reality Check podcast. We are also looking at when we will be able to add a full video stream to the podcast as well.
Stay tuned for updates and make sure to join our new community. Some of the communities are still being updated so please be patient.
We have re-uploaded under the new channel all of our previous trailers for the programs we had in development. These trailers will start live at 1:15 pm and a new trailer will go live every 15 minutes until 2 pm The Mr. Reality Check trailer was revised, not once but twice. The original version is live now. (Click Below)
The 2nd revision of the trailer with new graphics, font and soundtrack will be released tomorrow at 1 pm. (Link below)
The final version, to premiere on Saturday at 1 pm, and we will make a separate post for that. Not only did we hit it out the park with new graphics, soundtrack and design, but this is by far our best trailer ever! Just click on the link listed to set a reminder for the premiere
We will be updating all the other trailers for our other upcoming productions as we have acquired new software licensing, new source files and digital assets. We look forward to all of the upcoming developments and hope you will join us on the EMG News Channel for the adventure of a lifetime!
The other day we had issues due to a large amount of rain but now it’s gotten even worse. We are without power, phone, internet and cell service at the studio so we won’t be able to get anything moving until we are able to turn things on.
According to Nova Scotia Power, we might be lucky to get out power services back this evening around 11 pm but it’s looking like we might not get anything until tomorrow at 11 pm.
Nova Scotia Power will not pick-up the phone so we can tell them about the issues with the lines.
Bell Aliant has run out of battery power for its phone network and cell towers along with everyone else. They are trying to keep things going with generators. Their landlines are down in our area with no ETA for restoration. We’ve tried calling but they don’t want to be told about more service outages.
Cell service is spotty because all the battery backups are running out and gas generators are being used to get the network back up and running.
Right now, we hope to have everything running on Wednesday or perhaps Thursday.
It’s not really bad weather, its just rain so it makes uploading on our wireless system nearly impossible. In fact, it took an amazing 30 minutes and 6 refreshes to get out own website to load because of the weather. To download a 50KB file, it failed twice and on the third try downloaded in around 12 seconds. We had hoped to get more releases flowing today but is not going to happen. the new studio lighting has caused some nasty shadowing to which we are working on fixing.
We are on a waitlist from Eastlink to get the 4G connection to the studio which will be not only more stable but much faster.
Back to school has been a busier time than expected so we have decided to delay more releases until Monday the 9th. We should have everything back to normal tomorrow to get some episodes of produced and then Friday we are planning a scripting day.
The real severe weather is coming this weekend so we open to have things uploaded on Friday before the hurricane hits. When we are in production we don’t need access to the internet so as long as we have power, we should be good to go.
Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for the premiere release of NES Quest which will be live next week!
Although we have taken a few days off from production, that does not mean we aren’t working hard on improving things. Lighting is always an issue when doing anything in the studio and making sure the green screen is properly lit can also be a challenge.
We had been running CFL blubs for a number of years as part of an energy conservation plan but switched over to LED bulbs 2 years ago. The biggest advantage of switching over to the CFL bulbs was the massive savings in energy costs, since we run the studio in our home, saving energy is very important.
Our entire house has around 37 bulbs in it, this is up from the 27 bulbs the house was designed for (added double fixtures) back in 1986. Several years ago, we were running 100w incandescent bulbs in all 27 fixtures. 2700w was our maximum usage if all lights were turned on. That’s a massive amount of electricity, costing at current rates, costing around $2.43 per day in lighting costs (6 hours per day usage).
We switched all the bulbs out for 14w CFLs which dropped our maximum usage to only 378w (saved 2322w). This reduced our maximum daily cost to an amazing $0.34. In order to improve our lighting and make living better, we added a few new fixtures and doubled some of the lights adding 10 more bulbs. This only rose our daily costs to $0.46 but vastly improved our quality of living. Going up 12 cents was not to bad as we had already saved $2 per day over the older bulbs.
Something that is quite costly was upgrading to LED bulbs but they last longer and Efficiency Nova Scotia does offer some rebates to offset the costs. We replaced all of our bulbs in the entire house with an 8w daylight LED from Philips (https://amzn.to/2PQ5U9Y). This lowered our daily usage from 518w maximum to 296w, which in turn lowered our total maximum daily cost to only $0.27.
It should be noted that because of the material and design of the home & studio we are using Daylight colour bulbs but if you want to check our the warmer colour versions, please click here. https://amzn.to/2Lh9iXa
Yesterday we purchased the lights above wish the attached Amazon link. These lights do increase energy consumption (8w to 15w) but they are only being used in the studio. The light output has climbed from 800 lumens to 1500 lumens, which makes a huge difference in the studio and backdrop lighting for the green screen.
We are going to get to test the new lighting setup today and hopefully will be able to finish the production of Super Mario Bros 3 World 8 for publication tomorrow. If we make any decision or improvements, we might postpone release and production until Monday the 9th. We do have a few more things planned.
This past long weekend (including today) has been a very busy time for everyone and this week is even more intense because it’s “Back to School” season.
Saturday our expert in Toys & Play was in attendance at the Cirque du Soleil Crystal event in Halifax, with her Grandmother and younger brother. On Sunday, the dynamic duo of brother and sister spent the entire day at Oaklawn Farm Zoo.
Today here at EMG we are enjoying the last holiday before everyone goes back to school so we have suspended production and decided to delay our upcoming releases until Thursday, September 5th since everyone will officially be back to school/university/daycare by then.
We will be releasing Super Mario Bros 3 – World 8 on the 5th as a special weekend treat, Super Mario 2 (Japanese) – Worlds 1 through 4 on Friday the 6th. We hope to be rolling out NES Quest, next week as well and will be working on upcoming releases for our new project EMG News on a new channel that we are currently working on.
One final note, since it is back to school season, please remember to drive carefully and please slow down in school zones. As a reminder, if the local speed limit is 50kph, the school zone is reduced to 30kph. If the local speed limit is 80kph, the school zone is reduced to 50kph. Always remember that its illegal to pass a school bus when its flashing red lights are on.
In light of the changes that we’ve had to make with regards to our main channel, we have decided to shift some content over to a new channel that will only focus on content that is more “controversial” in nature.
Mixing many different types of content on one channel is not a bad idea, as a good amount of diversity is always good to have. What is a bad idea is putting topics that might not be suitable for all viewers together with normal content like gaming or Anime.
This division will take a lot of effort to grow the video base but we think that will allow us to cover a wider array of subjects. When we are ready to share the new channel publicly will we share its link and will start uploading more videos.
We are also looking at what to do with our educational courses that are under development. We are considering separating Eaton University into another division like EMG News as we want to bring on more professionals to generate as much amazing content as possible.
Originally we were going to bundle everything in 1 place making it easy for everyone to access but realized that someone who wants to watch gaming content might not like educational lessons or political commentary.
Over the next week, while prepping our NES Quest series we will also be looking into more options to get EMG News and Eaton University ready for the planned 2020 launch.
I’ve spent the past few days doing a lot of work, trying to get production values up and learn new software and streamline our production processes. I’ve also taken the time to understand what’s happening around the internet with regards to policies enacted by social media companies, the Canadian government and YouTube.
I want to go over each of these topics to explain what’s going on and what we are going to do about it.
Social Media policy updates – As many of you already know from my previous post on legal issues and getting permission from Facebook to publish content. There have been many more updates and we are “clear” to continue sharing most of our content on Facebook but Twitter has other plans. Twitter has stepped up its suppression of speech leading up to the Canadian election. Just about anything trending on Twitter is being suppressed if it involves political content of any kind.
I was personally suspended twice (24hours each) from Twitter for “Election interference”. I made 2 tweets about the election, telling people that if they want to change they need to go vote and another tweet telling Americans that here in Nova Scotia we need to show ID to vote, so voter ID laws are not that bad. Facebook as yet to let me know about its policies but God only knows what they will do.
Over on YouTube, a lot of other creators have been demonetized completely for news or political content. They have also been de-ranked and their videos are no longer getting shared. Tim Pool has been talking about this frequently and we find it very disturbing. It makes a lot of our planned videos a “financial black hole”.
Investing in production value – Since I’m technically the only person who really does any work, I’m under a lot of pressure to do things right and keep improving everything. I’ve invested a lot of money into this and have poured countless hours into learning how to use all the new software and tools. I’ve also had issues with things just not working due to some of the professional-grade hardware I picked up but have found solutions.
Now that the stress of the first release is gone, its time to take a look back and make some serious refinements to just about everything and you can see how much work was done with regards to the previous Mr. Reality Check into video as compared to the one that was released Tuesday.
I’ve got some new hardware coming and some software utilities to get installed, so keep watching for improvements. On a side note, I’m working on designing an entirely new work area here in the house and a proper production studio in the 1 half of our basement.
Suspension of 3 new series – It’s with great sadness that I have to inform you that I’ve decided to suspend the development of 3 of our political series. Due to some policy changes at YouTube and Twitter, we are going to suspend the Parliamentary Report, State of the Union and People’s Congress until 2020.
Parliamentary Report will not be published even though I’ve already written 17 episodes. It won’t be published due to issues with the already mentioned policies but also because the Canadian Government has issued new social media rules that could see our accounts “banned” or “restricted” even though we already have the approval to publish on their platforms.
The State of the Union may not be affected because it was due for launch in 2020 anyway.
People’s Congress is a major issue do to Hong Kong and threats from the Chinese government. I’ve made the decision to hold off until things calm down so there will be less risk to my family.
Profitability – It’s one thing to make videos that I enjoy, it’s another to make videos that will never make a dime. Due to the demonetization policies of YouTube I’ve decided that we need to focus on content that will allow us to make a profit so we can establish the channel and build a fan base.
We are going to focus on family-friendly content for now and have something in mind to save our News & Political commentary programs.
I guess what I’m saying is that I can’t produce something that I know is not going to make us any money and will not help grow the channel. Once we are fully able to monetize the channel, things should change.
Thanks for reading, Joshua Eaton President ~ Eaton Media Group
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