Digital Punch vLog – Episode 12

January 25, 2007


Note: If you are having issues trying to watch this QuickTime video, try our flash-based playerDigital Punch – Episode_12 – Show Summary

Hello Boys and Girls, welcome to episode #12 of Digital Punch, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and a bunch of random fun along the way.

So you like playing ping pong (or as the true geek likes to point out, Table Tennis). Well, have we got the perfect thing for you. Enter Robo-Pong robot, an automated device that has ball capture and return capabilities. The best parallel of what a ping pong robot is and does can be found in the world of tennis. Perhaps you’ve seen a tennis ball machine that shoots balls at you from the other side of the net. A ping pong robot (or ping pong launcher, ping pong machine, etc) is similar, but actually does a lot more than a tennis ball machine. To learn more about this amazing robot or to watch some other product demo video visit the Robo-Pong website. So one of the fun parts of being part of the new media revolution where everyone is a content producer is that we can collaborate and share ideas, content and audiences with other cool shows out there on the WWW. Podcast Salad is just one of these great partners that we have – Thanks Katie (wink) and CleverMedia TV. This show is a video podcast about other video podcasts. It is definitely a great way to keep up-to-date of what new video podcasts are out there. It is really wonderful to have a show about other shows, as there is so much content out there, you really need a filter or guide to help you find the most interesting stuff out there.In other news, the Digital Punch team will be covering all things SuperBowl related in our next episode – #13 (stay tunned!). Since Benjamin is a die-hard Bears fan and Patrick is a born and breed Colts fan, we promise to do a fair and impartial job of covering the largest sporting event of the year. P.S. – Go Colts! Finally, we answer your comments & questions, as well as introduce you to our latest Digital Punch guest co-host, Mike Strama. Seriously, getting emails and comments from you all is the best part of the show – so keep them coming! Would you like to be our next guest co-host? Then send us an email with “Digital Punch Co-Host” in the subject line. We’ll take it from there.Thanks!-Digital Punch TV

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Digital Punch vLog – Episode 11

January 17, 2007


Note: If you are having issues trying to watch this QuickTime video, try our flash-based playerDigital Punch – Episode_11 – Show Summary:

Hello Boys and Girls, welcome to episode #11 of Digital Punch, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and a bunch of random fun along the way.

In this episode we dive into Apple’s announcement of the upcoming iPhone. This high powered phone does it all (including doubling as an expresso maker). Here are the specs: It features a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen display, 2 megapixel cam, 4GB or 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, and quad-band GSM radio with EDGE. It also runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes. Sweet huh? To see the iPhone in action be sure to check out these two short videos . The first video is by Christopher DeSantis with design by Gregory DeSantis. The second video has Phil Schiller of Apple showing John Blackstone of CBS what this new breakthrough device is all about.MySpace and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this week that amateur video makers may submit their work to a MySpace Emmy page, where it can be entered for a “Broadband Emmy”. Find the details in this latest episode.

We bring you a very important breaking news story this week, as well as introduce you to our latest Digital Punch guest co-host, Jason Lord. Would you like to be our next guest co-host? Then send us an email with “Digital Punch Co-Host” in the subject line. We’ll take it from there.

Thanks!-Digital Punch TV

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P.S. As promised during episode #11, here is the list of all the equipment that we use here at Digital Punch TV and a rough estimated cost. In most cases, we bought bottom-of-the-line stuff so as to keep the overall costs down. Since this project is all about video on the web, you really don’t need super HD quality, as your videos get compressed down to very small sizes (we use QuickTime H.264 for all of our compression)

  1. Green Screen & Stand – $100
  2. Five Cheap High Wattage Tripod Lights (needed to do real-time chroma keying) – $200
  3. Wide Angle Clip-On Lens – $20
  4. Cheap Aluminum Tripod – $30
  5. Seinnheiser Shotgun Microphone W/ Phantom Power Adapter – $400
  6. Canon Elura DV Camcorder With FireWire Output – $550
  7. Apple G5 Workstation W/ 19” LCD Monitor – $(We already had this stuff laying around)
  8. VideoCue Pro Teleprompter & Video Capture Software – $90
  9. iMovie Editing Software (part of iLife) – $79
  10. QuickTime Pro – $30
  11. Pair of red boxing gloves (that’s the most important part) – $Priceless

Digital Punch Featured On Podcast Salad

January 13, 2007

Podcast Salad - The Video Podcast About Video Podcasts

This week Digital Punch was featured on the rad video podcast “Podcast Salad” (thanks Katie!). Check it out: Salad episode 34

Podcast Salad is a video podcast about video podcasting. Subscribe to the show find out what’s new each week. Then check out the directory of more than 1,000 video feeds and 10,000 episodes. Search to find the content you want. While you are there, also be sure to check out the other shows that CleverMedia TV has in its current lineup


Help Nominate Digital Punch For A Bloggie Award

January 11, 2007

It’s that day of year to vote for your favorite web blog (seventh annual Weblog Awards) and we hope you’ll all agree that nominating Digital Punch would be a super rad thing to do.

Between now and 9:00pm CST tonight (Thursday, Jan. 11), please go to http://2007.bloggies.com/, scroll down to the bottom to “Weblog of the Year” and write in “Digital Punch” in the left column and copy and paste http://digitalpunch.tv/ in the right column.

Now here’s the tricky part…to complete and send, you also have to nominate two other blogs. Thanks so much for helping us put the word out about Digital Punch.


Digital Punch vLog – Episode 10

January 9, 2007


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Hello Boys and Girls, ready for the wackiest episode of Digital Punch ever? Well, in episode #10 (yes, we are now in double digits!) of Digital Punch TV, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and random fun, we bring you the top 10 crazy USB devices. You won’t believe the things you can plug into your computer.

  1. USB Mini Desktop Aquarium
  2. USB Mug Warmer
  3. USB Butt (chair) Cooler
  4. USB Hamster Wheel
  5. USB Flower Pot Speaker
  6. USB Heated Slippers
  7. USB Heated Gloves
  8. USB Thumb Drive (literally)
  9. USB Fundue
  10. USB Duck-Shaped Vacuum Cleaner

We also visit Meebo.com, the online instant message service (Thanks Nikko @ ChefTalk.com for suggesting the story). With Meebo you can instant message using your buddy list from anywhere. No installs, no software needed, and it’s free!

Are you ready for 3 stupid jokes? I hope so. They are stupid, but I bet they’ll make you laugh. If not, leave us your stupid joke in the comments section below.

Last week we asked our viewers (you!) to send us their New Years resolutions, so in this episode we read the best of the best. Do you have a New Years resolution? Have your already broken one? Leave a comment and let us know.

And finally, we introduced our first Digital Punch guest co-host. Her name is Annalise Nelson-Balock and she is from Lyons, IL. Also to make good on a promise made during the episode, make sure you check out the band Beard (Annalise did a shout-out during the show). Would you like to be our next guest co-host? Then send us an email with “Digital Punch Co-Host” in the subject line. We’ll take it from there.

Thanks!-Digital Punch TV

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File Download Issues Resolved

January 9, 2007

Hi Everyone,

This is just a quick note to let you all know that the partial and incomplete downloading issues have been resolved, and should be a thing of the past. I can only imagine how frustrating this must have been to you, our loyal viewers. We are very confident that our file viewing and downloading issues are a thing of the past, due to the hard work of Mo (head DP tech geek – thanks again dude). We are now fully utilizing the Akamai EDGEPlatform content distribution network that has over 20,000+ servers worldwide caching our content. So you all should experience blazing fast download speeds. Let us know if you experience any more issues, as we really want help each and everyone of you out.

Thanks For Your Patience,

Patrick M. Flanagan
Executive Producer
Digital Punch TV


Digital Punch vLog – Episode 09

January 3, 2007

Digital Punch – Episode_09 – Show Summary:

In this 9th episode of Digital Punch TV, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and random fun, we introduce the Solio Hybrid Solar Charger. It’s the charger that needs no wall to plug into and can charge almost every type of electronics you own, including fish finders (I know you really were worried about that).

We also asked for you to send us your New Year’s resolutions. We will read the best of them on-air during the next show. Promise.

To celebrate “You” being named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, we had our first in-studio interview with… you. This is a must watch interview, trust us. (Also you might want to watch this interesting video with the founders of YouTube in the garage where it all started. Talk about humble beginnings to multi-billionaires!)Would you like to appear in an episode of Digital Punch? Well, you can! If you can make it downtown Chicago on a Friday afternoon, then you are eligible. Just send an email to digitalpunch@gmail.com with “Digital Punch Co-Host” in the subject line. As we usually do, we devoted time to your questions, comments and feedback. We value your feedback so please e-mail us, leave a comment/question or subscribe to our show!Thanks!-Digital Punch

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