Once again I shall be streaming live from RSPB Rainham Marshes on Tuesday, 17th April, as we (at last!) begin to experience some truly Spring weather. At the moment both a Great White Egret and a Black Necked Grebe are present on the reserve and I hope we may be able to view them in the broadcast. As usual I shall be joined by birding guru Howard Vaughan who will have the latest news from Rainham.

The link will be: https://www.youtube.com/user/psamuels31/live

Live Streaming Testing

Preparations for live-streaming are now almost complete and I hope to be doing a test session (possibly from Rainham Marshes) on Wednesday 10th Jan. I’m using the software encoder OBS in conjunction with an Elgato Cam-Link HDMI capture device and two cameras. At the moment my small laptop can’t cope with the usb bandwidth for two Cam-Links so one camera will be a normal usb webcam. The other is my A7s2. The more difficult aspect is balancing the audio using the A7s2 microphone for both camera views but I think I’ve got that worked out now using OBS. We shall see! I’m using a 4G up-link. (The force is strong, I think).

The link should be:


iphone Experiments

I have never been a fan of films made on mobile phones but it is said that the best camera is the one you have with you. When I found myself in that situation I decided to reconsider. There are obvious limitations but it does re-emphasise the fact that content is the most important feature of any film rather than the technology. Having both together is undoubtedly best. I decided to give it a try when looking for fungi and deer in Epping Forest in Autumn and was struck by the wonderful spectrum of colours as well as spotting a small group of fallow deer.

I also tried at a fireworks display which seemed to work slightly better.

Filmed on an iphone5 and edited in DaVinci Resolve 14.