All posts by Rich Shumaker

Multimedia is what I really love. Combining pictures, sounds, videos, and turning them into one thing is amazing to me. I have had a love of multimedia since I was a kid and as an adult I found Contact Juggling, SpherePlay, Dynamic Object Manipulation, and Flow. I use all of my skills in the worlds of AV and Entertainment.

And the Winner Is….. NOT vMix

Last week I was at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach.

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I went for ONE reason

vMix: Live Video Streaming Software

vMix Booth
vMix Booth at Streaming Media West

They didn’t hire me, they didn’t ask me, honestly I am sure there were times they didn’t even want me there, heheh.

 

 

Why did I go then?

I went to support this amazing product as vMix has always been my Secret Weapon.  It is the Swiss Army Knife of Production that I use more and more everyday in so many ways.  Martin & Tim from vMix were amazing and awesome.  I had an issue and discussed it with Martin and in less than 5 minutes he showed me not only 1 but 2 different solutions.  This is the level of support I have always received from them by email, in the forums, and on the interweb.

I also went to help anyone with question on how a Content Creator might use this product in the real world.  I made sure to say ‘I don’t work for vMix’ so people knew that I was there just like they were as a participant.

As I pointed out to people when they stopped by the booth vMix is very responsive to it’s users.  I asked for a feature that I needed for my production and explained why I needed it.  In less than a week(I think it was actually a day later) not only did they respond to my request it was added to the product.  They also added several things that I didn’t even know I needed until I saw what they added.

Why do you like this product so much?

TIME!

That is the #1 reason I LOVE vMix.  It saves me TIME, makes my TIME a priority by working every time & it doesn’t waste my TIME. All the TIME I spend using vMix it pays me back 10 fold.  Honestly I never would have been able to do a LIVE PRODUCTION without it.  And Now I can do a lot more than LIVE with it.

Oh and as I said when I started this, vMix is not paying me.  I am a user of vMix.  They have created a tool that I am always surprised that more people are not using.   This tool allows me to do more with less and get more done faster than ever before.  THANKS vMix!!!

I was very hopeful that vMix would win at Streaming Media West.  Funny enough they were the only product in the 2 categories they were nominated for that was at the show demonstrating.  Also they were the only product on the show floor that had not only 1 user that showed up to support it but 2.  Big Shout Out to Dave Edwards for stopping by.  It was amazing to meet him in person after all the help he has been online.

BONUS – THANKS to Magewell for helping me with their M.2 Capture cards, 3 different heat sinks to fit any case you need it too. 4K, Dual HD, Quad HD all on the M.2 gumstick sized device

Magewell M.2 Quad Capture

 

I am excited for Monday and every day I get to use vMix.  I really like it that much.

Oh and before I go, here are some of the features that make vMix so much better than anything I have ever used.  Recording to your format of choice.  Stream to 3 places at once.  Send to an External Source or more than one External Source, like a Projector, or another program on your PC.  NDI(This is a HUGE DEAL), Free NDI Desktop Capture(Anyone can download and use this for FREE with their productions), Camera Inputs from your capture device(not locked into any one companies product), Multicorder(record more than one source, want a clean and an overlay version, you got it), vMix Call(I explain this as your own Private Skype System), A Simple to Use Single Heads Up Display for your production, Pick Your Controller(Midi, Dedicated USB Device, Keyboard, or even an XBox Controller), PC Only(many think this is a downside but I don’t, having one System to Support makes Support so much easier).  These are just highlights of the features you get with this amazing product called vMix.

If you have any specific questions about how vMix could help you be LIVE everyday in every way reach out and ask me.  If I don’t know the answer I will make sure to find someone that can help you.

REACH OUT WITH THE FORM BELOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

 

Live Listening Party for the Album Luscious Black Death Apparatus by Lovecraft’s Grave

Lovecraft’s Grave Members

Band Photo - Image Copyrighted 2/1996 Carey Fruman
Rick Duncan
Chris Bledsoe
Rich Shumaker
Lovecraft’s Grave
Rick Duncan
Chris Bledsoe
Rich Shumaker

 

Here is a link to the album and to the songs.

Pre-Show – 00:07:20
Song List – 00:08:13
Luscious Black Death Apparatus by Lovecraft’s Grave
1. The Beginning 00:08:56
2. Alone 00:10:13
3. Burned Up 00:16:11
4. Scream 00:20:56
5. Candles in the Rain 00:29:04
6. Children of the Risk 00:34:31
7. Safety Dance 00:42:41
Written and Originally Recorded by, “Men Without Hats”
8. Buried Alive 00:47:20
9. God’s An Astronaut 00:56:19
10. Liar 01:01:54
11. Fucked Up Dream 01:11:40
12. The End 01:18:05
Post Show 01:29:00
You get to hear how bad I am at reading, he said Top Hat not Good Night, WTF heheh.
Buzz Hum Click Pop Story 01:32:48
Also my name is speellleed wrongly on the cassette back probably why we never used it – Richard is not Ricahrd, heheh Thanks again to everyone that showed up and listened live & everyone that came later to hear it.
Also Big Shout Out To MY BAND RICK DUNCAN, CHRIS BLEDSOE, & ME RICH SHUMAKER. It was an Amazing & Awesome experience creating this music over 20 years ago with you guys. Rick if you ever read this reach out I would love to catch up. Chris I know you love that this is on the internet, I just know you do. THANKS AGAIN!!!
Band Photo - Image Copyrighted 2/1996 Carey Fruman

#DDC & #1>0 = Instagram & YouTube

 

With my FB Live Flow of the Round Season #2 just around the corner I have been throwing Insta Punches & YouTube Round Houses.

Document Don’t Create(#DDC) & 1 > 0(#1>0 or #OneisGreaterthanZero) have been the Mantra.  Showing more of what I do each day and doing it more, more, more each day. I need to say thanks to GaryVee for everything he does every day & all the help he has given me.  I created my own EQ Learning system to help me learn more about me and it is because of Gary Vaynerchuk.  THANKS AGAIN GARY VEE YOU ROCK!!!

Check out some of the documenting I have done and please follow me on Instagram & Subscribe to me on YouTube to keep up to date.

#Rainy #Day #Flower #DDC #247365 #moremoremore

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My Mom's #back is #toast on this #sidewalk #heheh #DDC #247365

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#sunday #flower day #DDC #247365 #moremoremore #happiness #gratitude

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11 11 11 11 11

As you can tell I have not spent much time creating these blog posts recently.  As I said before I don’t like to write.  I am a good typer a bad typist and more horribler Engliz person, heheh.

What have I been up too instead of creating blog posts here? Actually a lot.  I have just done a bad job of DOCUMENTING it.  So here we go.  I have created a new weekly flowshop for my new Facebook group, Flow of the Round.   This is my Contact Juggling, Sphereplay, Dynamic Object Manipulation style and philosophy in a flowshop(A flowshop is a workshop that is based on flow).  This is a weekly Facebook Live production using vMix.  The first 13 weeks I used vMix HD Basic and it was AWESOME.  I took the format and did my best to blow it up and out,  I had 4 crayons and I colored inside the lines and outside the lines till I had no wrappers left on the crayons.

The most recent FB Live show called ‘The New New’ has my new set up.  I have not fully exploited it yet.

I was lucky enough to go to Streaming Media West and I won a more advanced version of vMix and that is what has allowed me to jump up my production game.  I still want all the new techno gadgets like a new graphics card(NVidia 1080 would be amazing and even the 1050ti would work great), a new capture card(I only have 1 capture input right now), more lights, and of course BIGGER SCREENS. With that said, I don’t need them I just want them.  I will take what I have and push it to 11 and see what I can create.  When this box of 64 crayons are all worn down I will be ready for the next level.

BIG THANKS TO MARTIN SINCLAIR AT vMix for making my box of crayons HUGE.

If Out of Focus was the Goal I WIN. Martin you ROCK!!! vMix is AMAZING SOFTWARE.

Since I have this new set up I will be starting a HUGE new project soon.  I don’t want to tell you yet as it is not quite ready for prime time.  Hopefully when it comes out you will be just as excited as I am.

In addition to my FB Live flowshop I created a ‘professional’ page on FB.  I found out you can only have 5000 friends on Facebook, I am not there yet just planning for the future.  Instead of adding people I don’t really know in the real world I decided to create a FAN page for myself, Rich Shumaker Flow Artist.  This way I can keep growing and expanding without limiting myself in the future.  If you are my friend on FB please sign up to my FAN page so you can get updates on what I am doing.

I have started sharing my writing  on Medium.  I find this a great way to post things to the world.  My most recent article is entitled ‘You Quit‘ which discusses my last 9 to 5 employer and how it all ended.  It was really difficult for me to discuss this publicly and I was glad to have Medium to share it with the world.  As KJ my partner for life always says, ‘It all happens for a reason’ and I like to add ‘even if you don’t know why’.  This has been some of the truest words I have ever heard.

Which brings me to this site RSdC.  I am redesigning it to make it easier to find out about me, what I do, where I do it.  Ways to hire me, buy my stuff, and learn about all things in my world.  This blog will become more of a spot for updates.  The day to day will be handled with the tools that exist in the world.  I will tweet, instagram, musical.ly(if I can get music that is usable), post on my FB Pages, Medium, and of course do more YouTube.  Speaking of YouTube I am transitioning my editing software(wow I didn’t even know I made an editing pun till after I wrote it) to a new one, this will be editing software #6.  I had several hard crashes in the middle of projects which stopped production completely.  My options are to bang my head in the wall more with my old software or get new software.  I am choosing new software.  Unfortunately this comes with learning curves and also new headaches.  Wish me luck on this one.

Oh and if you haven’t noticed the title yet, heheh, it is 11 11 11 11 11.  In case you didn’t figure it out on your own here is the secret.  Today is November 11th or 11 11.  Twice today the clock will read 11:11 and if you watch the second hand it will read 11:11:11.  Put those together and you get 11 11 11 11 11.  Oh and I usually try to celebrate 11 11 twice a day if I can.  I have an odd fascination with the maximum number of the same number you can get on a clock.  I know if I liked military time it would be 22 22 22.  Unfortunately there is no 22 22 month so 11 11 still wins that race, heheh.

Finally the thing I have been working the hardest on recently is Temet Nosce or Know Thyself.  The more I learn about me and how I tick the better I can turn that into AwesomeSauce for the world.  I hope to be able to document this journey to help myself and others that might want to Temet Nosce.

Drop me an email, text, leave a message here, or on any social media, I would love to hear from you.

Have an amazing 11 11 everyone.  Be Awesome, Make Awesome, Watch Awesome, You Are Awesome!!!

Rich Shumaker

Blog Style 2.0

I dislike words.

I dun got(did that on purpose) a 23% for an entire marking period in High School English.  A marking period was 1/5 of my total grade.  I really don’t like reading or writing and so I didn’t do it and boom, 23%.

So why is this important to this blog?

I was forcing myself to do something that I didn’t like and it didn’t come natural to me.  I consider it a win for learning and a loss for not continuing to do it(Quitters Never Win).   So I am back to try it again with this new style.  This leads to an important life lesson.  If you don’t like to do something either find a way to like it or DON’T DO IT.  So you are probably thinking ‘Hey Rich I don’t like work so should I stop doing that?’.  My answer is YES.  Get another job or learn to like the one you have.(Side note –  If you quit your job and can’t support yourself and your family because of what I just said you are a ridiculously silly person.  Find another job or do a second job you like while you keep a roof over your head.  Or like I said LEARN TO LIKE IT.)  This leads to me changing what I didn’t like into something I do like with this blog.

Moving forward my blog posts will be more of a Life Journal Style blog post.  What has Rich been up to and where is he going and why?  Putting context to the content that I create everywhere.   I am creating content across all the platforms I use, and there are many.  This blog will be a run down of what I have been up too and you will start to see the themes that are important to my life and hopefully yours.  My themes will hopefully resonate with you and bring you back over and over and over again.

Favorite ‘New’ Site, Musical.ly – Direct Link to video below.

 

RatAtatTaT by @richshumaker Fingers a flying Thanks @garyvee for the video about musical.ly

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The goal of any interweb activity is to interact with people in a meaningful way.  Interweb is what I call the internet activity I do as my life weaves together on a network like a spider creates a web across the digital universe.  The interweb is not a vacuum that you throw stuff into and never see again.  I do it to create discussions between myself, you, and the world.

Which leads me to what I have been up to this week.

I wrote a Medium Story, did a Facebook Live video for my Weekly FlotR Workshop, Twitter Posts #500, and an Instagram post or two. People really love their coffee!!! I say that as that has been my most liked Instagram post in a while.

Awesome #latte #coffee today at #commissary – I don't usually post food shots except this was #AwesomeSauce Thank U!!!

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Hey wait you wrote a Medium Story but you don’t like to write?  I wrote a Medium Story to try the format out.  I wrote a Medium Story because I am passionate about what I wrote about, Gary Vaynerchuk.  I will write things and use Medium to do it.  I may write one a week for a month, then skip a month, or do 3 in a week, we will see.

I was called a BOT this week in YouTube land.  I need to work on that.  Either start making R2D2 sounds or start sounding more human.

Cinematography Database

LOL Ok so you area real person. Just so you know, that first comment looked like a bot. 100% looked like a bot.

Last but certainly not least, I am not doing shoes on this blog for a bit.  Why?  I figured out that I love the look of shoes when I am out and about.  I didn’t enjoy researching shoes and figuring out all the ins and outs of them.  In the future I will bring shoes back to this blog in a new and exciting way, as I really do love them, a lot.

Be Awesome, Create Awesome, Live an Amazing Life in Every Way.

Rich Shumaker

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