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Belfast Giants Cardiff Devils LIVE FREE WEBCAST

Hi All

This Saturday evening Live from the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, HiDavid Ltd and giantslive.com are proud to present to you the Belfast Giants in action for the first time this season as they face the Cardiff Devils.

The Elite League kicks off it’s new season this weekend and you can check out all the action from Belfast this year live on the web. It is our intention to broadcast all of the games from home ice this season live and for free, so tune in on Saturday about 6.45 to giantslive.com (the website will be live Friday morning).

Also available this year we will be selling DVDs of each match-up, ready and available to buy at the next home game and who knows maybe there’ll be a ‘season ticket’ DVD offer for those who wish to buy all games.

Watch here -> http://www.giantslive.com

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Giants Vipers Webcast 2008-03-29

Heading down to Dundalk this afternoon for the Giants’ final ‘home’ game of the year (not season, that was last week) as they take on the Newcastle Vipers in the first qualifying round of the Elite League Playoffs 2008.

I’m running the show tonight as Ronan’s away so toss a coin and if it’s heads then the stream’ll be up and running showing highlights and gtv clips from recent games around 7pm. I don’t think we’ll be able to do pre-game interviews this week due to a few logistical things, but I might run the ivs from a few weeks back :)

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Off to Belfast to find American Steve and then to Dundalk. Go on… watch the web cast… it’s the last time I (might) get paid until July! :D

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Sony HVR-V1E First Look / Beaver Cross 2008 / MacBook Air

So obviously it’s not the first look; but it is mine. Ordered a Sony HVR-V1E last night from Jigsaw24.com and it arrived this morning before 10… Impressive (CityLink in County Down works depite what Ally says about the Belfast bunch!).

Barney delivered it up to Belfast this morning (thanks boss…) and we gave it a wee test – it worked, which is a pleasant surprise! Very nice feel, good improvements on the PD-170 especially (disregarding the hi-def) the XLRs with independent volume controls on each channel; new 20x Zeiss lens which rivals the XL-H1 and lots of new buttons; chunkier and smoother iris/exposure wheel (it’s default setting is to automatically move from iris opening to positive gain increments when the iris is fully open; which is good unless you hate gain; but it appears that even +18dB gain is pretty clean, we’ll see how that looks in a low-light show setting on Friday night when we’re doing a gig for CEA. Something to do with Music Performance, so if you’re playing your Ukelele at the Waterfront Studio on Friday… See you there.

This is the toy that I’ll be bringing to America with me this summer; got a really pro looking (and feeling) PortaBrace bag to go with and then remembered it comes with a free Sony case; which really would have been up to the job but is a little bit bigger (unnecessarily for such a compact hdv) hopefully I’ll be able to get rid of on eBay unless someone sticks their paw up (unlikely?). In the States I’ll be back at Beaver Cross camp this year working on Media and leading Worship again (most likely, and sadly, without my Gibson), teaching kids some stuff about making movies (I imagine it’ll be a bit of basic theory – I’ll speak to you soon, Pete! – but mostly making stupid videos – pt1 pt2) as well as documenting the summer for PR/media purposes and being in charge of the photo collection and collation. Quite excited about all this, I suppose I should confirm to Chris and Tina that I’m coming! I’m not looking forward to my Thursday nights… A seven hour marathon was required to produce that video mentioned earlier but in my defence I guess it was my first real edit – Pete once again thank you for telling me about the Blade Tool/cmd+s or b or whatever it is thing.

No tripod as of yet, plenty around to beg, steal or borrow but if you’re in Upstate New York and fancy selling me a Vinten or Manfrotto for cheap let me know.

MacBook Air: Meh, looks good, but packing a bit too little as of yet. I imagine a writing journo or author loving it but without the optical or firewire or multiple usb ports it’s too restricted for the various things that I might want to do with it. First move into SSD laptops which is very cool, and maybe a model or two down the line the MacBook Pro will benefit and by then mine’ll have stopped whining and scraping and perhaps will die altogether (I fear… but hopefully it’ll do me through the summer with a couple of hours of video captured and edited every week).

Heading to the Giants tomorrow night to do a bit of capture, we’re not webcasting (so it should be nice and relaxed) because the big boys from TeleVideo on behalf of Sky Sports are in the house for the broadcast on Friday night, on Sky Sports 3 or Mix, I believe.

Adios.

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Belfast Giants v Nottingham Panthers Live Webcast

Broadcasting live tonight from the Odyssey; Giants v Panthers face-off around 7PM.

First two periods audio commentary from Nigel Ringland and Wayne Hardman; third period full video and audio coverage.

You can find out how to get the feed here and at Octoshape and test your connection via the Octoshape test streams. Cost is £3.30 to try to cover production costs!

Video production by HiDavid Ltd and Me.

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In with the old and in with the new.

I’ve moved my site over to WordPress, which I have used to build both the Dromore Cathedral and the QUB Tennis Club web sites.

In the coming days I’ll be restyling with something individual, as I build up the brand under which I’ll be doing web sites from now on; and whatever work I end up doing on when I finish up with University this summer.That was the launch notice of QUB Tennis by the way; thanks to Chris for all his input and so on!

A night at the Giants tonight, yet another loss in the Cup – about six straight in all competitions now, though the performance lifted greatly tonight and after the first period break (and whatever shouting can be imagined to happen in the right hand locker room) both DeRou and his defence played somewhat better hockey. A few good shots went in and after a couple of fist fights the crowd were rocking behind the home team; though the boos were short, but sour, at the end of the night. Shawn Sutter has been signed, and the Giants need to drop one of their ‘imports’ to make room for him in the team before he arrives… Who goes? Todd and Ed decide!

Some more web sites to get started this week, and an audio visual gig to plan for October.