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Oh baby, lordy lord. The UpTake's live show covering the Michigan show was pretty disasterous. We had a lot of stuff, so naturally lots of stuff went wrong. I think the highlight was the legendary missing-in-action videoblogger Chris Weagel of Human Dog.  He couldn't hear me, but he just riffed and it was brilliant. Something about Ron Paul and Kucinich - my mind is mush.

Our New Hampshire live coverage was awesome. I was worried about all the tech for this Michigan show but thought it would go better. Of course tonight I chose to email a lot of peeps (including my old bosses and colleagues at Twin Cities Public Television, where they actually know how to pull off live fucking television.) Don't worry, I won't be asking for my TV job back any time soon. I'll be over here reinventing the wheel. Eventually it'll be shinier and faster.

So yes - clusterfuck to the whitehouse! We learned a lot. Come back Saturday night for live coverage of the Nevada caucus. Guaranteed to be occasionally informative and entertaining, with master CJ Corrine
on the ground in VEGAS, baby. I should have dirty gin martinis at the ready instead of our usual Bushmill's.

January 16, 2008 at 01:43 AM in The Uptake | Permalink

Comments

So you were actually switching bewtween remote locations using Mogulus? How does that work.

Also, when people can't hear you, do what Jonny Goldstein does, call on the phone....

Posted by: Steve Garfield at Jan 16, 2008 7:39:38 AM

really, as this experiment continues, having this night to test bigger plans was smart, we didn't advertise it as much, and so the success was we learned a lot.

The kinks have to be worked out, and last night was a valiant and successful effort to begin that.

I'm glad we had bumps in the system last night instead of Saturday or on Super Tuesday (Feb 5th) which will be a much bigger deal.

We are totally crazy, right? yeah, thought so :)

Posted by: Jason Barnett at Jan 16, 2008 10:14:34 AM

Yes, yes, the technology is very very complicated. Miles of cords, a forest of tripods and squirrel-powered laptops. But clearly the missing element last night was our lack of martinis. Onward to Saturday.

Posted by: Chuck T at Jan 16, 2008 12:45:44 PM

yes, after seeing the new improved studio setup
and knowing more time has been put into testing it out,
i'm more confident we'll have a good show saturday.

Steve - yes, we have multiple people logged into our Mogulus project with video feeds and the "director" can switch between those feeds, as well as other prerecorded clips. it REALLY needs the ability to upload a library of fullscreen graphics though.

Posted by: chuck at Jan 16, 2008 7:02:37 PM

awww...it was endearing when Noah kept slipping out of frame.

Someday you will look back on that and laugh.


Posted by: chris dykstra at Jan 17, 2008 4:01:01 PM