Monday, December 04, 2006

Capturing a Fleeting Moment



Ravi Jain unveiled the Wiki Cake, a collaborative cake, at this month's Boston Media Makers meeting.

Nokia N93: Two Camera Shoot

Nokia N93 Two Camera Shoot

Here's a behind the scenes photo form a work-in-progress project I'm involved in.

In this photo you can see my N93 attached to a monopod, and N93 attached to a light stand.

I'm using gaffers tape to attach the N93's to each supporting device. An N93 tripod is on the way.

Nina Simonds
spicesoflife.com

SchardtMEDIA Strategies
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Nokia N93 Three Camera Shoot


Nokia N93 Three Camera Shoot by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

Here's a behind the scenes photo form a work-in-progress project I'm involved in.

In this photo you can see my Tota light, N93 attached to a monopod, GL/2 (backup camera), and N93 Sky Cam.

You can see the close-up camera in this photo.

Nina Simonds
spicesoflife.com

SchardtMEDIA Strategies
www.SchardtMEDIA.org

Watching a Video Podcast on the Nokia N93

The Rey Brothers on a cellphone
Watching the Rey Brothers. ;-)

Subscribed to their RSS 2.0 feed and downloaded a video over WiFi. It works.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Podcast Subscription via Cellphone is no accident


Nokia - Podcasting - Software - Nokia Nseries.
I am downloading the most recent Accident Hash podcast right now to my Nokia N93 cell phone over WiFi using the Nokia Podcasting application, after susbscribing via RSS.

Accident Hash on a Cellphone
Actually using a cell phone to subscribe to and download a podcast is exciting.

Video is next.

Standard Nokia Disclaimer applies.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Simon Singleton - Puregroove Records

I interviewed Simon Singleton of Puregroove records. Puregroove is a record store, has a record label, a publishing company, and a has a live music program. It's a mini music empire!

Video shot with Nokia N93 cell phone and edited with Final Cut Pro.

Nokia launches international community of music connoisseurs - the Music Recommenders



Images:
Puregroove Records: http://www.flickr.com/photos/takasmz/
In Store Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicoleblommers/

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Carol and Steve Show: Driving The 101

In this episode Carol and Steve are in Southern Californina driving back to Santa Barbara from Los Olivos after a day of wine tasting. I didn't drinkn any Merlot. In California all the freeways are called 'The' Something, like The 101 or The 405. Not in Boston. In Boston the highways are called routes. So we have Route 128 and Route 1. You'd never hear anyone says they are taking The 128 anywhere. So funny. in this episode we congratulate Ravi and Sonia on their one year anniversary of doing a talk show from their car. Check it out: DriveTime. Length 2:07


Shot on a Nokia N93
Edited with Final Cut Pro

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Deval Patrick: Just Words Speech 10/15/06


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Deval Patrick: Just Words Speech 10/15/06 Boston Common

I will not engage in the politics of fear. Because fear is poisonous. All through history it has been used to hold back progress and limit fairness. Only hope defeats fear. It always has. At a candidates forum last week, the moderator asked each of us to say something nice about the other candidates. Kerry Healey rather grudgingly said, Well, he can give a good speech. She would know this not because she has ever attended a speech of mine but because she has them filmed by this fine fellow here. But her dismissive point, and I hear it from her staff, is that all I have to offer is words.

Just words.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. Just words. We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Just words.

Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

Just words.

I have a dream.

Just words.

Let me say it before you do: I am no Dr. King, no President Kennedy, no FDR, no Thomas Jefferson. But I do know that the right words, spoken from the heart with conviction, with a vision of a better place and a faith in the unseen, are a call to action.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

N93 Video: Claude and Millie in Boston

Claude from Blogging in Paris came to visit Millie from My Mom's Blog. They met at South Station in Boston and had lunch at Les Zygomates. Carol and Steve met them afterwords. It's really great how blogging can bring people together.

N93 Video: Andrea Shea from WBUR [ Original Footage ]

Here's the video, from the Nokia N93, where I captured a moment from Andrea Shea of WBUR when she interviewed me. This is in MPEG4, the original format.

Please be patient while it loads...

Here's a link to the WBUR interview.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Video: Nokia N95 Product Rollout NYC

I attended the Nokia N95 product rollout in NYC and here are some moments i captured from the show floor. The main thing I learned is that Nokia is open. Open to developers and open to the future of mobile computing.

http://nokia.com
http://rga.com
http://howardforums.com

Disclosure: Nokia provided the N93 cell phone to me, that this video was shot on, and paid my travel expenses to NYC. Nokia did not require me to write about the N93. All the opinions expressed here are mine alone and those of the people that I interviewed.
Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Friday, September 29, 2006

Nokia N95 photos on Belarusian site

Nokia N95 Comparison
Some of my Nokia N95 photos ended up on Belarusian site, Onliner.by, which is one of the biggest internet sites of Belarus.

Nokia Open Studio: onliner.by

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Nokia Open Studio Webcast New York Sept 26, 2006


Here's a link to the archived webcast of the Nokia Open Studio presentation in New York on Septenber 26, 2006.

Nokia Panel

Live blogging notes:

Om Malik
Moderator

Steve Boom - Yahoo! Broadband and Mobile groups
Connected Life

people are connected at all times via broadband or mobile.

They want access to their data in the social media world.

Martin Varsavsky CEO of FON.
Desktop, Laptop, to pocket.

It's a movement to the pocket.

Ralph EricKunz Nokia
Bringing promise to life

Split hardware on OS.

Take user by the hand and see how we can get a compelling experience froma PC screen to some thing that fits in a pocket.

Developing Internet, connected home, mobile computing.

Connecting with companies to make it easy.

Why would I give up Apple and go to Nokia?

What do you want to carry with you at all costs. What additional experiences can you take in?

Music, GPS and Maps...

If you just want music and you started out with an iPod, Nokia has that AND a good cell phone experience.

These experiences need to be combined in a compelling way. Interconnected.

Take address out of contacts, say navigate and the apps work together..

Om: You need to do a Mac version of you computer programs if you want influencers...

The Nseries is an open platform the 3rd parties can develop on. That's what differentiates Nokia from Apple. You are going to need to allow other people's services on your device.

Nokia N95 Press Photos


Check out Jay16k's Flickr Photo set of the press photos from the Nolia N95.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Nokia N95 is out

What a day. Just got in from watching Gnarls Barley, introduced by David Bowie, at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square.

Lots of fun.

Nokia 27/12/2006

The day started with the Nokia Press Conference.

I posted about it over here and here.

The Nokia Forum now has all the technical specs for the N95 posted.
Use the Nokia N95 for connecting to mobile Broadband using WLAN or HSDPA (3.5G) with up to 10 times faster downloading than 3G. The Nokia N95 is a GSM/WCDMA dual mode portable multimedia computer supporting EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 and WCDMA 2100 HSDPA. With the Nokia N95 you can take photos with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera and enjoy videos, music and graphics with crystal clarity on the ultra high definition 2.6” VGA 16M color display. Listen to music with enhanced “3D stereo” using the built-in dual speakers or for a big screen experience, connect the Nokia N95 to a compatible TV using direct TV out connectivity or via Wireless LAN and UPnP technology. Additional Nokia N95 features include USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR with A2DP stereo audio, and Micro SD memory card support.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Blogger Preview of the Nokia N95

This is Steve Garfield reporting from the Soho Grand Hotel where Nokia has gathered bloggers from around the world to preview the new Nokia N95, prior to it's public unveiling tomorrow in NYC at the 7th Regiment Armory.

Soho Grand

I joined my fellow bloggers this morning in the lobby of the Soho Grand, where Nokia has put us up on their tab. Thanks Nokia. This hotel rocks. Literally! There's a Bose Music System in here and I'm listening to !!!, Tede Leo, TV on the Radio, The Occasion, French Kicks, Lansing-Dreiden and Ambulance LTD on the hotel's own compilation, GrandLife SohoNewYork on 5 Points Records [ Music plays ].

Feet on Armory Floor
We took cabs over the the 7th Regimant Armory, signed in and then went upstairs where we met product managers from Nokia.

Preparing for the presentation
There was lots of activity going on to get ready for tomorrow's presentation and show floor.

Blogger Preview of the Nokia N95
We gathered together at a long table and the presentation began.

Out came the Nokia N95.

Nokia N95

It's a lot slimmer than the N93 I've been testing and the camera is a 5 megapixel compared to the 3.2 of the N93. The phone supports GPS too. The user experience is much like that of Google earth. Sweet.

There was an application called podcasting and I asked about it. It's a media aggregator that will be able to subscribe to audio and video podcasts which you'll then be able to watch on the device. It's really a lot more than just a phone. It's a multimedia computer.

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Here's a comparison shot with other Nokia phones.

Teo Bartulovic and the Nokia N95 with keyboard

That's Teo trying out the phone with the optional Bluetooth keyboard.

Darla Mack and the Nokia N95

Here's Darla Mack and the Nokia N95. Darla took a bunch of photos too. Check her blog for her reports.

Rafe Blandford and the Nokia N95

Rafe Blandford and the Nokia N95. Rafe took a lot of notes, check his blog for detailed product info.

Previewing the Nokia Show Floor

We also got a look at the show floor as it was being assembled.

The phone is scheduled to come out in Europe first, and then possibly in the US depending, it seems, on market demand.

Nokia is smart. They sent us all N93's prior to this launch and then flew us into the city for this presentation. None of us were required to write or post about anything, but based on reading our blogs, they saw that we're all people who like to learn about new technology and share what we learn.

I'm impressed ny the Nokia poeple and their marketing represenatives. Everyone really knows the product and they are enthusiastic about it.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

SanDisk Ultra II™ Mobile miniSD 2GB


The SanDisk Ultra II™ Mobile miniSD 2GB, SDSDMU-2048, will give you a LOT more space for video on the N93.

Transfer Speeds:
* Write 9MB/sec
* Read 10MB/sec

BUY at Amazon:
SanDisk SDSDM-2048-A10M 2 GB Mini SD Card

Thursday, September 21, 2006

N93 Video Duration

Here are the durations of video, in minutes and seconds, that can be recorded with a Nokia N93, using the standard phone memory:

TV MODE:
30 fps 1:59
15 fps 3:56

HANDSET MODE:
30 fps 7:20
15 fps 13:46

This explains why my phone always stopped recording after about 2 minutes. You need to upgrade the miniSD card to 2 GB to get the advertised 90 minutes total record time, with 60 minutes at one shot.

I'd like to try one of those.

Next up, I'll try recording at some of these other settings. I've been using TV MODE 30 fps exclusively. That gives you 640 x 480 video.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

N93 Video: From Radio Reporter to Vlogger


Andrea Shea was here today from WBUR interviewing me about videoblogging. I was showing her the Nokia N93 phone I've been testing and handed it over to her and had her shoot video of me. She liked it. A new videoblogger is born!


This video was recorded on my MacBook Pro with the internal iSight camera.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Orange Line

Orange Line
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The Orange Line T stop at Community College was closed during PodCamp Boston. That was supposed to be one of the great features of the venue. Turns out that this happens a lot. I made this movie to show what it is like.

Recorded on a Nokia N93 cell phone and edited with Final Cut Pro.

Electronic Symphonica
Electronic SymphonicaDavid KempersFour Winds Entertainment, Inc.
Download "Aquarium from Saint-Saens: Carnival Of The Animals (Aquarium)" (MP3, 192kbps)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Jeff Pulver Keynote at VON (Excerpt)


I recorded a brief segment of Jeff Pulver's keynnote at VON on a Nokia N93 cell phone. This is what Jay Dedman calls a moment showing. It's a moment captured and shared. In this clip there's no ediitng. It's just an example of how you could use a cellphone and share a moment with the world. I grabbed the file via Bluetooth and uploaded it to Blip.tv.

Watch the FLASH version at blip.tv.

Originally posted on Steve Garfield's Video Blog.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Carol and Steve Show: Carol's Birthday Balloon Ride

I took Carol for a Balloon Ride over Boston Common on a Aeroballoon. The last day for rides this year is September 12th.




They gave us a free ride because last year Chris Prior from Aeroballon say my video online. I had the Nokia N93 camera I'm testing out on me, so I shot some more video. Nice shots from up high in a balloon.

James Lumb's Sonic Diary Singles

James Lumb's Sonic Diary Singles

Electric Skychurch

Cyberset, LLC


Download "Heaven" (MP3, 192kbps)


Watch the Blip.tv version of the video

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Nseries support at flickr

Nikia has set up a support group for the Nseries at flickr.

The place for all things Nseries and Flickr.

FAQ's, support, tips, tricks answered by the folks at Nokia.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Music Video Shot with Nokia N93

This music video for The Nice Boys was shot entirely with a Nokia N93 and edited in Final Cut Pro.

The Carol and Steve Show Wasted Days
Video: The Carol and Steve Show: Wasted Days.

I like this song by them, Johnny Guitar.

Download "Johnny Guitar" (MP3, 192kbps)

It turns out that the lead singer, Terry Six, used to be in an old favorite band of mine, The Exploding Hearts.

On July 20th, 2003 the band, The Exploding Hearts, was in an automotive accident which claimed the lives of three other band members. It was really really sad.

The Nice Boys
While browsing through IODA PROMONET for a song to use on a new Carol and Steve show I came across The Nice Boys.

The Nice Boys are on Birdman Records.


Buy at iTunes Music Store


Here is an H.264 version hosted on blip.tv:
Watch the Video on blip.tv [ Quicktime H.264 ]

Nokia N93 Makes Studio Cameras Obsolete


Nokia N93 Video with Studio Lighting


Friday, September 01, 2006

Stata Normal

Stata Normal
Taken with Nokia N93 in Normal mode.

Check out these others:

Stata Negative
Negative

Stata Black and White
Black and White

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Nokia N93 Size Comparison

Nokia N93 Size Comparison
Here's a comparison of size between the Nokia N93, Canon S400 and Motorola Razr. I would have no problem carrying the N93 in my pocket.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Door Sky

Door Sky

I went over to Allandale farm and took some photos with the Nokia N93. Here's one that shows a lot of color. Click the image to see a larger version.

My friend Andreas says this about the camera function of the N93, "the autofocus "hunts" a lot and the screen doesn't update as fast as a regular camera."

Yes. That is the way it works.

Garlic

Garlic

I went over to Allandale farm and took some photos with the Nokia N93. Here's a close up. Click the image to see a larger version.

Nokia N93 Photo Sent via Lifeblog WiFi

Michael Meiser in a comment on the last post wanted to see how I posted that video via Hipcast. Basically I just went onto the Hipcast web site via the Nokia N93 web browser and uploaded the video by browsing my local storage and selecting the video that I wanted to upload.

His question got me to thinking though, was there a way to make uploading media even more easy?

Then I remembered that Nokia has an embedded blog posting application called Lifeblog on the N93. It's preferred blog hosting site is Typepad so I entered in my Typepad username/password and uploaded a photo.

It's very straighforward and seamless.

Here's a video:




If you are interested in the many options I had for hosting this video here, check out my video blog post, posting video.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Nokia N93 Video Sent via WiFi

I have experienced the future of Citizen Journalism first hand. It's all about hand held multimedia devices, connected via WiFi from the street, and posting as it happens.

I sent this video from Centre Street in Jamaica Plain from the Nokia N93 I am testing.

I recorded the video and saved it to the phone, then connected to the free WiFi at Sweet Finnish from the sidewalk.

Then I went over to Hipcast.com and using the browser in the phone, logged on to Hipcast and uploaded the video.

I was with Carol and she wanted to go home so I closed the phone.

When I got home I went back onto Hipcast and posted the video. I just as well could have posted from the sidewalk.

Cool.

Note: This phone has NO Cellular SERVICE, so there's no need to pay a monthly broadband access fee if you have a WiFi enabled phone, and there are free WiFi points that are available to you in the city.


Download File

Convert Nokia .amr Audio to .mp4



I made a short recording with the Nokia N93. I chose the bluetooth option to save it directly over to my MacBook. Once there, I opened it in QuickTime Pro and then exported it as a .mp4.

Nokia N93 WiFi River of News


Nokia N93 WiFi River of News on Vimeo

I'm testing the Nokia N93 cellphone with WiFi, connected to my home network, browsing the New York Times with Dave Winer's River of News feature that you can find at http://nytimesriver.com/

Sunflower Photo from Nokia N93

Sunflower and Sky

This is the photo of the sunflower I took with the N93 that I displayed earlier on my TV.

Once you get a handle on the focus, you'll get some nice shots. It takes getting used to since the flipout viewscreen is to the left of the lens.

I'll have to play around some more with the photo features. It takes a second to focus as you press halfway down on the capture key.

The camera also has an inbuilt LED flash. It's pretty bright and the manual has a warning about it, "Do not use the flash on people or animals at close range."

Oops. Too late.
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