Tablo Streaming Antenna Box

I want to talk about what I think might be the coolest knew thing since Netflix. I recently discovered the Tablo on Amazon. This is not just another set top box. The Tablo will connect to your antenna and stream the over the air Broadcast to many set-top boxes. It will also play live TV and recording content to any web browser! This is huge! Now if you want to cut the cord you no longer need to try to feed antenna signals all over your house. You can simply buy a Tablo, connected in a convenient location, download the app on all your set-top boxes around your house. For instance, this helps me out because I can have one Tablo box in my main AV rack then my TV in the bedroom connected with a fire stick. Two TVs in the basement connected with Roku minis, and stream the content to my tablet. This also allows me to have a football game coming in on the satellite to the media room. Have my Roku connected to the deck TV streaming a local game on ABC. You can watch on up to six devices at one time. The Tablo has two tuners and a USB out for recording to a hard drive. Yes, it’s a DVR as well. Tablo has a free 30-day trial of their TV guide data subscription. After the 30 days it’s $4.99 for a month, $49 a year, and $149 for a lifetime. With this subscription, you can also stream your recording’s and live TV to your mobile devices anywhere. So, if you’re in Japan and want to check out the local news you can! Of course, you can use it without the subscription. You just lose some of the cool artwork, 30-day TV Guide, and streaming to your mobile device outside of your network.

Door County Shot On iPhone 6s Plus In 4K

Jillian and I had a chance to see family in Wisconsin this summer. Her aunt and uncle took us to Door County. It’s a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Known for long shoreline and many parks. Peninsula State Park on Green Bay is home to sheltered Nicolet Beach, with its calm waters. On Lake Michigan, Newport State Park is a wilderness park crisscrossed with trails. Potawatomi State Park, in Sturgeon Bay, is fringed by limestone cliffs. This was shot on my iPhone 6s Plus in 4K.


New Years Eve Production with DCR

I had the great honor of being able to serve alongside DCR Media & Systems for this year’s Campus Out Reach 2016 New Year’s eve conference.  I look forward to this event every year it’s a great  Ministry  and a great group of people.  DCR Media & Systems provided all of the audio video and lighting as well as the rigging and Crew to pull this 6 day event off.

We used a dB Technologies  rig consisting of 24 T4 tops and 8 EV  dual 18 subwoofers.   Allen and Heath GLD 112 at front of house and GLD 80 at monitor world.  Wireless was all done using the new Shure QLXD with SM 58 capsules and galaxy audio  HM3 headsets.

  Everything is hung off of 16 motor points.  18 ETC ellipsoidal’s were used on the face light truss.  These were powered with Two ETC SmartRack Dimmers.   24 quad 6 battens as well as  16 QFX Blades from blizzard lighting. We added 10 Rogue R1 and a D50 hazer for the New Year’s eve party.   Lighting console was a hog 4 hedgehog.

 I was pulled into drive all of the video content which consisted of a three camera  and two MacBooks running  pro presenter 6.   All switching was done via a black magic production studio 4K and a Panasonic HMX 100.   Content was being displayed on two Christie HD 14 K projectors.  We brought in an 18 foot Camera Jib for the New Year’s eve party.  This allowed us to do sweeping crowd shots and overhead views of the DJs.
 This was truly an honor to be able to be apart and work with an amazing crew from DCR and  the amazing staff at Campus Out Reach.
 Front of house engineer- James Jaros II
 Lighting engineer- Nate York
 Monitor engineer  and stage manager – Matt Yancey
 Production director- Chris Russell
 Video director- Andy Terrell 

Best Power Strip Ever

Recently I purchased something to help out some of my clients and fellow crew members. It seems like every time we do a shoot either the talent client or other crew members are always needing power strips. Mostly to plug-in phones to charge them. So on Amazon the other day I ran across this little gem. It’s a 6 outlet plus 6 USB charging port surge protector. This is been a big hit with the make up artist and hairstylist I work with. They love this because they’re always playing music from their phones. Clients are always wanting too plug-in while in the chair and it gives them plenty of outlets for things like hairdryers and curling irons.


The only downside I wish they would flip the outlet plugs around so the ground was facing out. Some wall warts will cover the USB socket. And for that very reason I carry a few of these in my production box