Neal Augenstein

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Another Voddio workaround….

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm

VeriCorder’s Voddio – my audio and video multi-track editing application of choice – has been severely affected by iOS 7 Touch User Interface.

Recently, I and several Voddio users,  including BBC’s Nick Garnett and WTOP’s Ari Ashe experienced  problems in the Editing screen of the application, trying to move selections along and around the timeline.

After sending a video of my frustrating user experience to VeriCorder’s Kirk Symons, he was able to explain what the problem was, and how to deal with it.

Essentially, I was working too fast for Voddio, and confusing it.

“When you are tapping and sliding all at once, the UI is not being able to determine which Touch action you are trying to do,” Symons wrote in an email.

The solution: when touching the clip you want to move, hold it until a blue flash appears.

The blue flash “is the feedback to show that the UI has indicated that it recognized your intention to Move the clip,” says Symons.

Symons acknowledges the user interface determination was faster in the older iOS 6, but VeriCorder and other companies are dealing with the dramatic changes Apple imposed with iOS 7.

I’m pleased that VeriCorder’s top guns were willing to exchange emails and get on the phone to explain the workaround, but that shouldn’t have been necessary. I’m not sure why the company hasn’t tweeted the fix or included it on their website.

I do know customers who have purchased Voddio for #iphonereporting trust that it will work dependably. I hope VeriCorder will live up to that trust.

#iphonereporting for public relations and public information pros

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Harnessing the power of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and even some of the new Droid phones isn’t just for reporters.

Marc Silverstein of On The Marc Media is one of the public relations pros who ‘gets’ #iphonereporting.  He understands the benefit to his clients when their message comes across loud and clear.

Here are some tips and strategies for PR and PIO professionals:

Let me know if you have any questions.

Adding Google Glass to #iphonereporting

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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Today was my first attempt at combining Google Glass with #iphonereporting.

WTOP purchased Glass a month ago, and I’ve been experimenting with it in the newsroom.

To be honest, I’ve been disappointed with the quality of the audio that’s recorded in videos shot with Glass.

While the video images are nice, my narrations have been distorted, and audio of anyone I’m holding a conversation with is almost inaudible.

To conduct an interview, it was clear I would have to record the audio on another device and sync it with the video.

This first video contains audio recorded on Glass. It’s tinny, distorted, and wind-affected.

This second video contains audio recorded on iPhone in VoiceMemo, and synced in post-production. In my opinion, it’s superior to audio recorded on Glass.

First impression: This is an awful lot of work to complete a basic reporter task. Even if something is technologically possible, if you end up doing MORE work than before, it’s hardly worth it.

I’m hoping Glass developers have improvements in audio hardware, software, and user experience on their radar.

#iphonereporting goes to Africa, via Voice of America

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Laurel Bowman of Voice of America TV was kind enough to do a nice feature on my #iphonereporting. It includes a bunch of tips and strategies. We did the interview in the Glass Enclosed Nerve Center at WTOP. Take a peek!

Let me know if you have any questions!