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Smart Home/Studio Setups For Content Creators
13th June 2022 • HNM Live • James Hicks
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My guest today = Roy Richardson, known online as Tech Troublemaker.

Roy - has been in enterprise technology for a long time. everything from taking systems apart and putting them back together and writing code

He’s an educator, author and a self proclaimed Google and Apple fanboy

When it comes to creating content across his channels, you’ll easily find tutorial, how-to and informative sessions for folks also looking to level up their systems, production and overall reach.

Today we talk about some of that - from the context of smart homes and smart studio equipment

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Good day, everyone.

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Welcome to the digital collective.

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I'm your host James Hicks from Hicks, new median.

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You know, on this show, we focus on the people, the platforms and

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the tools that are making positive strides within the technology sector.

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My guest today, Mr.

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Roy Richardson known online adorably as the tech troublemaker.

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Love it.

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Love the, the nickname Roy's been enterprise technology

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for a long, long time.

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We were talking behind the scenes.

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We've run.

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I'm sure we've crossed paths somewhere in, in our journey.

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He's at everything from taking systems apart, putting them back together,

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writing code, uh, pulling cables and data centers do doing all the things, right.

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He's an educator.

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He's also an.

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And like me, look, he's a self-proclaimed geek for apple and for apple.

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I mean, for apple and Google, I had my Google shirt on today.

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I should have kept it off, but I decided to wear it, not the shirt,

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but we'll, we'll get into that later.

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Listen, when it comes to creating content across his various channels,

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you can easily find him doing tutorials, how tos and informational

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sessions for folks who are also looking to level up their systems,

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productions, and overall reach today.

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That's what we're gonna talk about.

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We're gonna talk about smart homes, smart home studios.

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We're gonna talk about some of the tools, techniques, best practices.

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I'm gonna pick his brain.

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I've got my notepad.

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If you got questions, this is the guy to ask after the break, it's gonna be.

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Roy,

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I'm looking for a V 20 on eBay right now.

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When during the break I was look

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I want to go back to glory days of when you and I are coding basic on a V 20.

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How are you, man?

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I it's.

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I am doing great.

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Yeah.

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I had to, I was literally taking the code from the back of the book that came

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in the owner's manual and was trying to figure out how could I do something

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different with it than I actually did a, a school project where I wrote a song.

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Yeah.

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Using the peaks and pokes, you know, you had to do that.

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And you had to go tell program to play the sound.

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So I turned that into my teacher, as my assignment got an a for

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that she's like, can I use this?

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I said, do you have a V 20?

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She's like, no.

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Well, so when I even hear my song, I got an a on the project.

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So I love it.

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I love it.

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That that's how far we go back.

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And again, we're, we're not old.

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We're, we're just seasoned.

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We we've been around the block twice, three or four times.

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It, it doesn't matter.

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But you know, that goes without saying that that's just having

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history, having insight, having knowledge is, is a good thing for.

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My community who may not know you.

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And some of them may also know you, listen, we're using some fantastic

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technology today where we're actually multi streaming on not

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just my channels, but your channels.

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So shout out to re stream and re stream pairs for that capability.

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If you don't mind giving a little bit of your origin story, right.

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I, I gave kind of that 10,000 foot elevator pitch and, and listen, I know

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that, so I, I there's so much, I know let's boil it down into the context

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more again, of content creation.

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So like when you started creating content, why you create content about

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the topics that you do, uh, if you don't mind just going kind of into that.

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Oh yeah.

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So I teach part-time so my day job, I'm a, full-time it professional?

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Um, I had some student loans, you know, I went to grad school and that

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type thing, and, uh, I always wanted to teach, so I teach part-time.

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Uh, at a local college and a local technical college.

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And so, you know, for a while, there, there was no place to post video students

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who asked me a question and I'd say, Hmm, you know, I could do a video

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about that and I'll post it on YouTube.

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And then you can look at that.

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I don't have to repeat myself and over and again, and then you can watch it.

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And then if you have questions, you know, I'll expand upon that in class.

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And so originally I got started YouTube content creation, not to

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start a channel per se, but I just need to store some video somewhere.

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Um, because at the time the schools I I'm teaching at did not have the

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technology in place to really host videos and that type of thing.

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So that's where it started.

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And then last year I did, uh, lead a challenge, which is,

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uh, live every day in April.

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Um, and got excited about live streaming.

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I had bought E cam, uh, I'm an OG for E cam.

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Okay.

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Listen that.

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Okay.

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Doing the pitch for E cam . Oh, I know.

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Well, E cam is my favorite software for live streaming, but there there's

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definitely OBS and so many others.

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And if you're on a PC probably vMix is the way to go, but yeah.

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And then restream rocks as well.

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Um, but I was an OG for E cam, so I, you know, pay one price and I owned it and

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then later they added some functionality say, yeah, we're just a little bit

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more we'll, you know, subscribe and we'll give you the functionality to

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do interviews and that type of thing.

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And so it just started there.

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My goal is to, you know, basically share my knowledge about a lot of things.

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And then there's some things where I've spent hours and

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hours and hours, or I've spent.

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Money taking training classes to learn different things.

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Mm.

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And I'm just very much about sharing my knowledge if I learn something, sometimes

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I think, um, I'm leading, I I'm the beggar that knows where the bread is

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to tell the next beggar how to find it.

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And, and so that's, my goal is to anything I learned to share it and, and to give it

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to anybody that wants it, this man said he is the beggar who knows where the bread

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that's, that's gonna be the clip right there that I for, for this whole thing.

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Come on now.

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Y'all, y'all didn't know it, that, uh, tech troublemaker, Roy was gonna

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come with that kind of knowledge.

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See everybody coming in the comments.

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Appreciate y'all being here.

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Listen, Richard, see you, Dr.

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Strong in the building, Anna and big red and, and Jim, we see it too.

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Um, let's go and get into it though, man, that, that that's uh, some good stuff.

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Let, let's talk about content creation.

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Let's talk about setting up our environments.

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Um, talk about.

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Smart home smart studio.

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Right?

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Lot of times when, when we have the conversation with, with folks, either

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our peers or our contemporaries or family, whatever, and they

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say, I wanna do a smart home.

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Okay.

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That's cool.

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Yeah.

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Right.

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I mean that again, see your reaction right.

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There is kind of the same reaction that, that I think a lot of us in

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technology get as well is cuz man, that that's such an open ended statement.

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Uh, it is so let you know what I'm I'm I'm gonna let you lead the discussion.

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I'm I'm just gonna put that out there.

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Okay.

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I'm gonna let that marinate and I'm, I'm gonna let you say, okay, Roy,

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I wanna start, I wanna smart home.

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Uh, I do content creation.

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I want my environment to be smart.

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Where do you start having the conversation with folks that are interested in that?

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Well, you know, it's funny enough.

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Uh, you know, it was a few years back, there was a video of bill

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gates house and how he had turned his home into a smart home.

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And he had all these gadgets and he literally had to pull this

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panel down and, and push a button.

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And then all these things happen.

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And this was before, uh, voice enabled devices really came into being.

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Yeah.

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But you know, to, to get started with a smart home, you need either an Alexa

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device or a Google nest mini that's, that's all you need to start there.

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So smart people, let me make sure.

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Okay.

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I did turn off all of my smart assistants in, in, in the officer,

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cuz you're gonna start dropping names and I, I don't want, or, or Alexa to

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just wake up the one that starts with G hasn't jumped in the conversation

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yet, but then, um, you know, you get a Belk in or a TP link, smart outlet.

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Um, a smart plug and you put in the wall and you put it right beside you

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in the living room and you plug your lamp right there beside the couch and

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you plug it in and then you go in you name that device, something in the

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software for, you know, TP link or Bekin or whatever brand you're using.

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And then you get into the Alexa app and you go in and tell it how to find it.

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Uh, you add it as a routine, uh, to be able to turn that device on.

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And then, then you say, you know, Alexa, turn on limp and that's

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how the addiction starts there.

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That's what I wanted to hear.

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And literally right there.

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Right.

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Because, so let me, let me backtrack.

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It, it sounds, you know, when you lay it out like that, and, you know,

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I made the joke before we went on, I'm pull out the whiteboard here

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and actually do a demonstration.

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There's a lot of intricate steps that are required to get it done.

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Right.

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And to the layman, to someone probably get not within technology that can, you

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know, Buying what Bekin TP, what buying that stuff, connecting that stuff, knowing

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the S S I D knowing that you don't want your S S I D broadcast doing all of the

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behind the scenes administrative piece.

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Oh yeah.

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But then when you start plugging stuff in and you start, uh, seeing the capabilities

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and the functionality, that's when literally, and figurative figuratively,

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the light switch goes off for people.

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And they're like, oh man, I can, I can go to best buy and get these hue

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lights, and I can have them green and red and yellow and doing this.

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I can have these light bulbs turned on and off.

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Or these switches that, like you say that that's when you kind of open up the

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floodgate, how do you tell folks kind of maybe put the brakes on and try to be.

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More conscious about their activities when it comes to designing a smart,

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cause again, you can go broke, listen, these lights are cheap.

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Right.

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So I, and you know, for example, you know, I was talking to you, you know, I have TP

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link, light switches all over the house.

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So I literally can tell Alexa or that thing that starts with a G um, the

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nest device to power on all the lights in the house with just one command.

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I can like turn the whole house on.

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I can.

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Um, cuz I've, every room has a smart device in it.

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And the crazy thing, I started off with a Google mini and then I went and um,

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well actually Google sent me a free one.

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I, I have a very long relationship with, with Google.

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They have sent me free stuff.

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Let's talk about that.

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Hold on.

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Who, who do I need to get in contact with at hat originally?

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They, well, I bought a, a Google mini search appliance.

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That's probably was the start and they gave me a t-shirt with that.

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Okay.

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Um, and, and then, um, one day a friend of mine called me, says, Hey,

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you're getting one of the CR 40 eights.

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And of course you don't know that was the first gen Chrome, uh, Chromebook.

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And so, uh, they gave away 60,000 to like, you know, influencers and the press.

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And I'm like, well, wait, well, he saw me on Twitter, says, yeah, they're

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announcing who got him on Twitter.

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And he is like, I saw your name.

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And you're the only one that has that name, that I know . And then 10 minutes

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later, the doorbell rings and ups is here with the, with the Chromebook.

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I'm like, okay, is getting creepy.

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That is cool.

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Um, you know, so I've been a Google fan for a long time and they have

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sent me, so they sent me a Google mini and that kinda started that.

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And I bought an Alexa device that came with something else I bought.

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But the thing I'm finding is that the Google mini is great for, you know,

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very direct commands, but Google doesn't have a lot of personality.

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Unfortunately, the Alexa device has a lot more personality and is more

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forgiving when you say the wrong command is, oh, did you mean so, and so, you

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know, I, I find that's, uh, you know, much easier, but if you're just starting

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out, I would say, get an Alexa device.

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Now the downside here for any of this is you have to worry about your privacy.

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Yes.

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Talk about that.

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You're like, Hmm.

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You know, so for example, don't put smart device in your bathroom or your

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bedroom just gonna tell you that.

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I just don't think it should be there, but , and, and why, and I, I know why,

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but again, I, I never like to assume, especially when, when we're talking

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about technology topics, because regardless of what the documentation

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says, the device is always listen.

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There it is.

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and yeah, but it's listing supposedly for the trigger words.

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Mm-hmm . So Alexa's listing for you to say Alexa now in my house, because my

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daughter's name is very similar to Alexa.

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I had to rename and use one of the other trigger words.

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So, um, Ziggy is the one I'm using right now cuz Jeff Bezos went up in space.

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So he made that one of the, the, the possible you can do echo, you can do

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Alexa, you can do Ziggy or you can do computer, uh, my, my four year.

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Thanks for telling me there you, there it is jumping in.

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Um, my daughter at four years old, couldn't say computer either.

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So I couldn't use computers.

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So I thought that's cool star Trek, but that didn't work.

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So I finally, I I've named this one beside me Ziggy.

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And so you start with that one device and then you get some smart device in control.

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And then with your mobile phone, you load the Alexa app and you program.

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The Alexa device.

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And then after you add that first device, whatever it may be, uh, Belkin has.

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So the crazy thing gets a little complicated is that if you buy

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devices from multiple companies, you unfortunately have to download

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their app true, true program.

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So I have to go get the Casa app for all the TP link devices.

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I have to go get the Belkin app for all the Belkin devices.

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I have to get the, the APC app for all the APC devices.

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Mm-hmm mm-hmm . And then if you buy the cheapest devices on Amazon, you're

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gonna get a lot of crazy name devices because they're made by, um, different,

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you know, Taiwan or China or Korea.

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And so their company names are gonna be interesting.

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And so like, What's juvie.

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I it's a juvie app I've got on there.

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So yeah.

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May say that it goes by the protocol.

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So let hold, I, I wanna go somewhere because you're, you're going down

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a path and I wanna make sure that we're not well, steer me back.

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Yeah.

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I'm bring you back in just a little bit.

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And, and I see Victor and, and the comments right there, and

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he knows about this as well.

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So shout out to Victor, shout out to, to Sammy, uh, everyone joining

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and Donna, we see you as well.

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Um, Siri, Alexa, Google assistant three name brands.

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Everybody knows.

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I'm going to say.

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And I always say you get what you pay for.

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Right.

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So know that you're going know the brand that you're using and know

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the, the brand of the infrastructure that's running your household.

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Right?

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Fill from a smart home perspective.

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There's a lot, there, there are other brand manufacturers out there, a ton of

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OEMs out there, uh, ton of other companies that are starting up, but tried and true.

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The ones that have already been in the game who ki kind

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of already have that, that.

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Uh, not customer retention, but that, that respect of, of

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the everyday consumer right.

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Start there.

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Right.

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As, as opposed to going out and trying to get one of the newer brands yet

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at the bells and whistles, maybe with some of the newer companies, but

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you have a Google or a apple phone.

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So you know about the Google and you know about the iOS environment.

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I do Amazon doesn't have a phone, but again, you shop on, I'm talking

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to everybody out here, you shop on Amazon prime every single day.

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I do.

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Yes.

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Um, so you, you know that company, you know that infrastructure.

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Oh yeah.

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One, one other thing before I move on that security piece, I don't

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want to gloss over that as well.

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These devices, even though they say they're not listening, even though there

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are flags that you can set to tell it, not to actively listen and not to actively

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send that information to the cloud.

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75% of the time.

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I don't know what percentage is, but a high percentage it's still listening.

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And there is still somewhere in the, in the EULA, the end user

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license agreement, somewhere in the environment where you decide, I use

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the word that see only, only Roy would know right there, technology folks.

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Yes.

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Somewhere in the acknowledgement of you buying and using these particular

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devices, there are settings to, whereas you are by default opting in to allow

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Google, Amazon, and apple, to hear you and know what you're doing to

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try to train those infrastructure, try to train those products to

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be better, kind of makes sense.

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Right.

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But it does, again, you don't want these things in your room.

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You don't want these things in the bathroom.

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There are certain places that you don't want 'em and you want to opt out of

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a lot of, a lot of that automation.

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Needs to be turned off, as opposed to these systems trying

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to do every single thing for you.

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You still wanna have some control over this.

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I wanted to hit that before we got over that, because that was something

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that, you know, was really critical and really important for folks

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again, not in the technology field.

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Yeah.

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Who don't know about that kind of thing.

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So I'm sorry, go ahead.

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Yeah.

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And I was gonna say, if you have one of those devices in your house, they're going

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to pick up occasionally on something you said that sounded like their trigger word.

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But the crazy thing is like, I have no idea how that, you know, I said whatever

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word I just said sounded like Alexa, I have no idea how's that even possible.

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So it'll pop up and it will randomly answer a question you didn't ask.

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Oh, you wanna know about Soandso.

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I didn't ask you anything.

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Yeah.

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So yes.

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If you wanna know if your privacy's being invaded.

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Yes, it is.

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Um, there have been documented cases where police warrants have been,

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you know, true put against Amazon to basically give the information out.

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Amazon says when the trigger word happens, um, it kind of picks up

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a few seconds before and a few seconds after, before it shuts down

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after it does that communication.

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Um, you know, for example, if you've been on a, if you ever have an iPhone

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and you take a picture to have that live live photo option, how it takes just

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a few seconds before and a few seconds after, before you take a picture, think

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of that happening with audio, with those smart devices, they are always listening.

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And then they're gonna record when you do say the trigger word, they're gonna

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take the last few seconds before you said the trigger word and a few seconds

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after it com completes the operation.

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To keep up with that.

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And so police have gotten warrants in order to get that information

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for, you know, whether it be a murder or theft or something like that.

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So it is something you have to set your boundaries.

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Yeah.

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You have to decide what level of privacy you're willing to give up for to convince.

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Yeah.

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Well, look, you think about it.

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I've got ring devices as well.

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Right?

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So I, I got a ring, uh, doorbell and part of the whole ring ecosystem again, to

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try to be more, uh, understanding and try to be more functional for the owner is

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allowing what we used to call war driving.

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Essentially, allowing people around you to have access to your internet connect.

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wait a minute.

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What?

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Yes.

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And it's turned on by default it's so that again, if the police need something,

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if, uh, the Amazon driver coming up has access to go into your garage,

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that they have a, a decent wifi signal.

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So these ring devices talk to themselves within your block by default.

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So you gotta opt out that this is, this is, it's not scary stuff,

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but it's stuff to be cognizant of.

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Right?

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So again, it's trying to make us.

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Sufficient trying to, trying to make us have a, a nice, uh, autonomy with, with

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these automated devices and all, but you just have to know what you're opting into.

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I, I, I keep looking at this comment.

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I, I keep laughing at it.

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What Donna was saying.

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Look, you could drop in on your on your devices when you're not home.

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If your child doesn't answer their phone, you could drop in on them.

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Listen, honestly, probably got you, probably got cameras

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focused on the front door, inside and outside and at the kitchen.

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That's where I would have it.

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I would have it at the, at the refrigerator.

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Cause I got I've got teenagers as well.

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It would be embarrassing for me.

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I go to the refrigerator too often.

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I do have a point at the back door though.

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Um, but yeah, we have a lot of cameras in our house.

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We use both, uh, nest.

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We have a nest doorbell.

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Um, we have, uh, blink cameras all over the house.

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So blink or from Amazon bought blink.

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So blinks part of the Amazon ecosystem.

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Um, you were talking about that low level frequency that uses part of

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your internet bandwidth on the ring.

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Uh, the Amazon echo devices had that as well.

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Uh, they call it sidewalk.

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That's what it is.

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Sidewalk, correct?

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Yeah.

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Yeah.

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It's called sidewalk.

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Um, it uses a small portion of your internet bandwidth in the work

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to allow devices to communicate with others in your neighborhood.

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The original hyped, uh, thing is Amazon and tile.

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So everybody's gotten all the air tags from, oh, you said tile.

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I don't, that's a have to be, are you flashing back tile?

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The tile sensors.

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Yeah.

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And so Amazon and tile hooked up to try to figure out a way to make it

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where tile was still a viable device.

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So supposedly use that frequency to help you find lost devices.

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So your echo devices talked to the echo devices over that frequency.

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And as soon as I heard about it, I'm like, oh, off, you know, turned out

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off that's off right now, get in the Alexa app and turn that sidewalk off.

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So turn that off.

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Listen, I, I, I think we may have a, um, side consulting offering for you, right?

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So, so right now you, you just, you know, talked about five or six services that

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you could provide folks just, and, and.

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Smart home knowledge and a smart home tutorial.

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So next time you do a vlog every day in either April or August, whatever.

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Yeah.

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That whole month just, just do a whole session on smart home design

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and telling folks, I don't need to know that for August what they

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should and what they should not do.

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But, um, but the cool thing that I like about the convenient things

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is like, I can do a broadcast in my house and say, supper's ready.

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And then the kids run downstairs and we eat supper, um, you know,

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convenient, things like that.

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Or, uh, you will come down and take the trash out right now or

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take the recycle out right now.

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So I can yell that up on the broadcast or, um, and it's funny, I'll say, you

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know, Alexa, dinner's, um, broadcast, supper's ready and it'll ring a little

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dinner, bell sound and then broadcast.

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Supper's ready using your voice.

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Um, you know, those are convenient things.

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I can use it to unlock my front door.

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Yeah.

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My front door's also smart.

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Um, You know it a little crazy.

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I have a, you know, I have a, the nest, the mini hub, um, so we can constantly

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view our nest doorbell through that.

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So we'll say Google show, front door.

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And so constantly we're able to monitor front door.

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I don't know why we're literally sitting on the couch in the front doors behind

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us, but we're constantly able to look and see if, see, well, if it's the door dash

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person or, you know, if it's the pizza that's being delivered, that that's true.

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That's when everyone gets up, but you, you're not getting up.

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If it, if it's someone just, you know, passing out flyers for landscaping

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services, that's just what I did today.

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I'm sorry.

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So hopefully I didn't offend any, I, I didn't get up in the landscaping guy.

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All right.

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There we see squirrel.

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Let me, I digress.

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Oh, I know.

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And I was gonna say, I'll say facial recognition.

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So if you go in and tag who the people are, it will tell you, Hey, you know,

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So, and so is at the front door.

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Yeah.

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And then, yeah.

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So anyway, but yes, squirrel back to you, sir.

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Well, this, this is all relevant information though, because again, and

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we can hone it back to and bring it back into the content creation ecosystem.

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I want to ha answer this one question before we go into that.

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Cuz uh, Mr.

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Worthy was asking which one do we like the best right of the Google side?

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The, the apple side, the Amazon side.

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I, I keep looking over here because I'm looking at each one of them literally.

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Right, right, right, right over here.

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I don't have a favorite child you're over there.

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Yeah.

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The lights.

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But uh, I mean, so I I'll I'll start.

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Um, it all, I think depends on the majority of the infrastructure

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in, in your working world.

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So primarily your mobile device.

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Right.

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If you're an Android person, you're probably gonna lean more

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towards Amazon, towards Google.

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Obviously, if you're an iOS person and you are the, in the, in the,

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uh, apple ecosystem series, getting better, she's not as smart as Amazon.

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Amazon is probably the most skilled and customizable.

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Google is probably in, in my opinion, the most advanced though, right?

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Cause listen, Google, it runs to planet.

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It does.

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Amazon is definitely more focused on the consumer cause I can order my off of my

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Amazon live, uh, subscribe and buy stuff.

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And I could just tell the device, Hey, we, we ran outta whatever laundry detergent

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and it'll be here in a day and a.

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That kind of thing.

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I still really only use my Siri devices for, for music.

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And did she just wake up?

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Oh, no.

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Yes she did.

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I just use her for music and for looking at my calendar and, and

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setting off the, uh, the apple TV.

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So kind of in, in that order, I think it depends for me on my

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mobile devices and my ecosystem.

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Amazon is king.

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Uh, and then I'll say Siri, but when it comes to overall, if I can't find it

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there Google really again, you're not gonna go, go wrong with having yeah.

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Steve buy all three.

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Just you, you've got all kind of money, Steve worthy by all three.

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Yeah.

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I'll send you some affiliate links in, in about an hour by those.

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What, what, what about you, Roy?

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So, yeah, it's, that's, that's the order for me too.

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I, I was really hoping originally I was gonna be exclusively Google.

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Um, until a couple years ago, I I've been an Android person since

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whenever the, the Verizon Dr.

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Came out whenever the first Motorola droid came out.

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I've been an Android person since then.

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Okay.

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Um, well, and so I've been a Google fanboy forever.

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Of course.

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I've been a Mac fanboy for a long, I mean, apple fanboy for a long time too.

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So it's kind of a, a weird kind of dichotomy.

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Um, I joke I, in a day, a given day, I, I might touch four different operating

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systems, you know, four or five different operating systems where it's a chromo S

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some flavor of Lenox or Unix, windows, Mac OS, um, I guess iOS technically, but

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yeah, I tried with Google, but Google.

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Just wasn't user friendly.

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Mm-hmm and I needed something.

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Everybody in the family could easily use.

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Um, my wife's in technology so she could handle it, but, you know, Hey,

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I don't wanna torture to the kids.

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Um, so I went, I got an Amazon device for free with something, and then

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we found out it was just so much easier to use the Amazon device.

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So Amazon is king in our house.

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Google's here and Google Google's the best for kitchen timers.

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When Thanksgiving comes that is the best device to manage the five or

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six timers you need at Thanksgiving.

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So that's my, my bonus tip.

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There.

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There it is right there.

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Folks.

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You're only gonna get that right here on the digital collective tech troublemaker

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is telling you if, when, when the, when the Turkey needs to be, right?

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Yes.

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Don't mess around.

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Don't mess around.

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I, I see.

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Richard's got to connect for yet.

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You know, he's controlling all of his other stuff, his TVs

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and his speakers with that.

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But look, when the Turkey has to be right.

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Yes.

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You, you gotta go get to Google.

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Um, Apple messed up and missed an opportunity.

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Yeah, Siri, yeah.

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Was first, it could have done so many things, but it took so long before

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home kit devices were out there.

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Mm-hmm it was so cheap to get into the Amazon or the Google world with any smart

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device that everybody went that direction.

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And then for a while there, you had to have the, the Zig the Zigby hubs, or

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you had to have the Phillips, um, the Phillips hubs and that type of thing.

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And that was just a hard pattern for entry.

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It just cost too much to join into that.

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Yeah.

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And now finally, there are home kit devices, and I think from a privacy

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standpoint, if you can afford a home speaker, you could do, you could do Siri

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in your house and it work very well.

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And you could do home kit devices.

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There's enough out there now.

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Um, eco has a smart th thermostat that the echo B yes, smart

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thermostat does work with home kit.

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Um, it was the first one that I'm aware of.

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I think, uh, there were some others, but you could do home

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kit and apple does respect your privacy better than the others.

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Not perfect.

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They're still listening to you all the time.

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Mm-hmm but I feel like apple does a better job of respecting our privacy.

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So if I started over again, now I might try to go the home kit route and be

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exclusively Siri, but it, the cost to get into it, you gotta go Google or Amazon.

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That is the cheapest way to go.

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There's so many devices out there to support it.

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So that's where I'm at.

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That's true.

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And I think one, one thing that is probably a deter, not, I don't wanna

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say a deterrent, but the fact that we are can be early adopters and we

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can be kind of on the bleeding edge.

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We see.

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And we saw a lot of those issues with these platforms, right.

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We, we saw when apple maps was, was trash, right.

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we, and we see it now getting better.

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We, we saw when home kit was.

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Nobody had any apple didn't even have home kit devices.

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um, but now even in a relatively short period of time, we're starting to see kind

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of a blurring of those protocols and a blurring of the, the integration and the

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ability, like you said, you know, I've got two eco B thermostats in the house right

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now, and they're connected to my iPhone.

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They're connected to my Alexis they're so a lot of that stuff is

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happening to where they work together.

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Right.

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Bringing it back a little bit to, so we talked kind of about, about the

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whole home for, for the most part.

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And we talked about smart locks.

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We talked about smart doorbells and, and, and food timers and stuff.

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Like that's a good one.

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I'm remember that for November.

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Um, yeah.

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In your room right now, right?

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In, in your studio, in your broadcast area, what kinda lighting are you using?

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Uh, in terms of protocols?

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What type of switching are you using?

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I know I'm sure you can talk to something and tell the lights to do something.

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Uh, so I'd love to talk about that and what you would recommend for someone.

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just starting and wanting to have some of that automation again.

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So you know that everyone has their runner show from a content creation

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perspective, but that checklist of what we do ahead of time, how do we

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make sure these lights all come on?

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How do we make sure that the AC comes on that type of stuff?

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What do you have in your particular studio, Roy?

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Um, so in my studio I have a Google device and two Alexa

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devices, uh, in the same room.

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And, um, so very, very, very accessible to me at all times.

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In fact, they join in conversations all day long for me, but, uh,

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for example, I have two, uh, two lights right in front of me.

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I have those on an APC smart ups that I can control either Google or Alexa.

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And so I will say, Hey, Zi.

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Turn on Roy's desk and it will turn on my lights.

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Um, I have more LEDs behind me.

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I can turn those off and on.

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Um, also I have the Google device so I can set the air.

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I can tell the nest thermostat to turn on the air to a certain temperature for me.

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Um, and luckily for content CRAs though, there's a lot of

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things that are now Bluetooth.

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So the, these lights are also accessible via Bluetooth.

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So is, um, like the L E D device back here is a Bluetooth device.

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So.

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You know, the entry to automation to be able to from your desk

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and not have to run back behind.

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Cuz when I first started the lights, I had to go climb behind the lights and

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hit the big toggle switch to turn 'em on.

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Yeah.

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And then I'm having to also tweak the knobs to get it

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down the temperature lights.

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And it was like, oh that's 5,600 Kelvin.

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That's a little too hot here.

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I need to, I need to trim that back there.

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Um, so you know, from a content creation standpoint, you know, it's so much easier

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to get things to automate your setup so that you can literally walk in and say.

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Start my studio and have the lights come on and just get ready to go Showtime.

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Yeah.

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And so it definitely makes it easier.

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I do.

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I, I . Yeah.

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And then I have some older devices to take an old fashioned remote,

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but you know, you know, that's fine.

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I can live with that, but I can change the colors of my lights

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very simply with in old remote.

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But I like having the automation.

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I literally, um, funny enough, I use these same lights for my day job, uh,

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because I spend all day on teens and zoom.

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I actually like the company gave me one camera, but I'm like,

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ah, that ain't good enough.

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Okay.

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I gotta get my own.

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I gotta get a webcam that can do 4k have to, um, have to, I think you can see my,

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yeah, there there's mine right there.

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So that there's an El Gotto face cam right there.

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I mean, I, I can't use the one that's built into my lap.

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I, I got least, oh, it's terrible.

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It's terrible.

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But you know, if you're a content creator and you're just starting out, you get the

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cell phone, that is your point of entry.

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You start with that cell phone camera.

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It is a great camera.

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You know, the megapixels and stuff on these cameras now.

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And phones.

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That is the, that is the starting point and then build up a

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following and then slowly invest.

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But you don't have to have that stuff day one.

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And that's one of the things I like to make a big deal about.

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Just hit record.

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Yeah.

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Just record.

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Get started.

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That journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

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It's the same with content creation.

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That first video will not get made until you hit that record button and just

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go, and you will tweak your lights.

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I have replaced these lights multiple times, but the other part that I find

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along the way is that you can buy cheap a lot of times, keep talking.

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I know where you guys talk about this right now.

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Yeah.

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Say that again.

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You can buy nice once.

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And so I, I have, I try to be much more strategic in my investments now because

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I have bought a lot of junk yeah.

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Trying to get by.

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And it was just too much.

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Hey, Dr.

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ELO, how you doing out there tonight, sir?

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Yeah.

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So, so let's, let's talk about that because again, lot of times, and

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some of this I'll be repurposing on Amazon live and look, you can go on

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there and just search for lights, RGB lights, and you'll get something.

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costs $5.

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You'll scroll down and you'll see something that costs $400.

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Right.

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And if you don't know brands, right.

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If you don't know Nite versus versus go docs versus knee work.

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Right.

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Right.

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So all of these brands, and then you see one, that's only that five or 10

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bucks and, well, this is all I need.

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Right.

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But you don't, you don't know about, uh, color temperature.

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You don't know about photo versus video lights.

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You don't know about, uh, all of those things.

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Right.

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In terms of, if you're trying to, again, build out a smart home

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studio for content creation, be it either video or be it photo mess

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around and you buy the wrong thing, you're gonna have flickering issues.

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You're gonna have incorrect coloring issues.

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We, we're not even gonna talk about properly white balance in your, your, your

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cameras right now, yet folks I'm, I'm not gonna, I'm not gonna do you like that yet.

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We we'll talk about that for another issue.

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We're we're just talking about practicals and, and three point

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lighting and, and, and, and air conditioning control and stuff like.

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But yet by going on Amazon or shopping these places going to best buy or, um,

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BH and San, I just want some lights to make my room pretty and buying the

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wrong thing for the, for the wrong job.

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It's gonna look terrible.

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It's gonna look terrible.

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It is.

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So, um, what, what are you rocking in there?

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Let me, let me, I normally don't ask people product stuff.

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Yeah.

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But I don't.

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What are you rocking in?

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That's what I, yeah, so I have two newer, six, 60 L E D RGB lights.

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Uh, and, but I wanted having to get shadow boxes cuz I just couldn't my office,

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my studios kind of small and I just couldn't get, they were just too hot.

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And so, um, I wound up having to put, um, brain's not working, we'll say shadow

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boxes, but that's not what the term is.

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Soft.

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Soft boxes.

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Yeah.

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Soft boxes.

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There we go.

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Thank you.

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I got you soft boxes on 'em because they were too bright.

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I couldn't tune 'em down.

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Yeah.

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Um, But, you know, you got that whole three, that three light idea that people

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have by having the key light and the back light and that type of thing.

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Um, another great light that I, a lot of content creators have are

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the Odo key light mm-hmm , um, that's a, that's a fantastic light.

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And if I had to it again, I, I thought about it several times, but

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I wanna buying these their own sale.

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Um, and they've been great.

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I, I use these things every day of the week for work and for this

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insane, really, really expensive hobby of content creation that I do.

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Um, and so it's been great, you know, and I've gone through, you know,

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different mics, different stages in mics.

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And so I've got a, you know, a sure, MV seven now.

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Okay.

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Um, Yeah, I have a, I have a zoom board I could easily, um, I've got a zoom

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board and so I could easily do that.

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You know, it's not a road caster pro mind you, but it, it, it's

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their version of a road caster.

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Yeah.

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And, but I go with simple, I go with just a USB mic and take advantage of the

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software that they, they put with it.

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Um, and so, you know, it works great.

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Look, I like it.

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This is a very simple, you get in where you fit in brother.

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Right?

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Listen, you get in where and you sound amazing.

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You look amazing, um, back to what you're using in terms of the, the key lights.

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Right.

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So are, are you using the El goggles now?

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Or are, are you using newers?

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No, I'm using newers right now.

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Okay.

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I like them if I had to do it again, I'd probably go with the Al Gatos because,

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um, These have an issue where Bluetooth doesn't consistently work when you

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wanna turn the temperature down yeah.

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Or change the color.

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So sometimes Bluetooth will just say, you know, I don't feel like talking today.

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and I'll have to, uh, but luckily I got 'em on my smart outlet.

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So I can say Ziggy, turn off Marsha day night.

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Now you marsh wondering, did you have to try more than once to get my attention?

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No, but thank you.

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she's so she's so friendly and she Ziggy turn on Marsha.

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Um, so yeah, this is George and this is Marsha and then

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collectively the Roy's desk.

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And then I have other lights that are connected as well.

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Um, but I disconnected them cause I'm rearranging the office

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and I haven't put 'em back yet.

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So they're, they're not smart.

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They're dumb right now.

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I love that.

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I, I mean, so you've named them Marsha and George that's cool.

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I love cause my smart vacuums.

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Right?

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So, uh, we have two story.

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And downstairs is name.

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I named my rumors after my kids downstairs is Isaiah and upstairs is

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Jordan and, and I'm, and I'm yelling at 'em each time they go off, you

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know, the kids aren't here half the time, but I'm yelling at the vacuum.

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So I, I like your naming convention.

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Um, let, let me bounce back to those El Gatos.

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I had the El Gatos and again, this is probably a, uh, my fault being

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so early of an adopter with them.

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I had an issues initially with the connectivity to the wifi.

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So folks who may not know the El Gado keys and the key errors actually also

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connect to your wifi network and you can connect and control those through

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an application or through a stream deck.

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We'll talk about stream deck here in a minute.

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I was having issues with either, either my five gigahertz or my 2.4 gigahertz.

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Cause I, I separate all of my studio gear off of my home network.

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I actually have everything in here on the 2.4.

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I have everything outside on the five get hurt.

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So the outside cameras, the out, all, all of the recording stuff

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outside, but in here, just the lights just is, that's all it is.

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Yeah.

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In here, it's just delighting.

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So I don't need that necessarily on that faster wifi network.

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And there was something going wrong and I'm not very a patient for a

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person, so I couldn't wait for a firmer update or whatever the case may be.

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So I sold them, but I'm now all go docs in, in, in here.

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Really?

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I've got, yeah, I've got two ES 45, kind of the large PLA panels, uh,

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with the, uh, diffusion, uh, diffusion going cool for, for the two fronts.

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And behind me, I've got four of their TL, 60 light tubes.

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They're not two and a half feet, so I've got those near RGB.

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But again, these are all video lights folks as opposed to photo lights, or

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as opposed to just, um, $10 lights that you get on Amazon, you actually get, you

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get the equipment for the right purpose.

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So these are all video lights.

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It costs a little bit more, but I will put links to all of the

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equipment that Roy and I are talking about kind of in a description.

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So look, we're only gonna talk about stuff that we use that we recommend.

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Yeah.

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And that we would suggest.

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You take a look at as well.

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We're not gonna just recommend something that's out there because

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it's the most expensive or because it's on sale or anything of that nature.

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So it's only the stuff that's literally in this room that I'm going to make sure

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that we recommend, well, I was gonna say, I've saved you guys the trouble.

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I bought all the stuff that was on sale and it was garbage and don't

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buy that so, well, well, you and Victor right here, he goes, right.

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He, he bought 10 sets of lights before he finally settled on whatever he's using.

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So, and, and I know he knows what he's doing as well.

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He's probably got a killer setup going and, and he's got 12 cameras.

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So him and I tomorrow guy know my show about gear and you know, so anyway,

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he's keeping the economy going, right.

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We're we're just live.

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We're just in his world.

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We're, we're just watching him do what he does.

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Um, Let's.

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So we talked about lights.

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We talked about, um, smart plugs, Casa talked about TP

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link, things of that nature.

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Those are critical, smart, um, extension cords and all, uh, Steve

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worthy was in the, in the comments.

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I was talking with him earlier this week about some smart extension

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cords, uh, that are home kit enabled.

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I mentioned about the Elga stream deck.

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Right?

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So again, automation within your content creation environment,

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do you have a stream deck?

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I absolutely do talk about it.

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Talk about it.

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I'm gonna put you full screen so you can talk about it cuz this thing is no joke.

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Folks, if you don't have one thinking about getting, this is

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like the, the greatest thing I, this, this, yeah, the stream deck.

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Of course.

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I'm gonna tell you, you cannot buy stream deck.

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That's big enough.

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It's not possible.

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So whatever size you think you wanna buy, you want the next size?

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Trust me on that.

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I, 32 T's in vio, right?

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No, , they've got one with like four buttons and like, who'd want that.

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So I'll go with 15.

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And then after I got the 15.

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Why didn't I get the 32, you know?

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Yeah.

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Why didn't I get the little more buttons?

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Uh, luckily they added that paging feature.

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Yes.

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And so I take advantage of that, but on my Amazon wishlist, I have the all Gotto,

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the extra large one on the wishlist.

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It goes on sale one day or, or honey finds a deal on it.

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It's gonna be mine and I'll just sell this one.

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But it, it added, it adds so much to the process, whatever software you run.

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I run E cam.

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Yeah.

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Uh, you can automate the scenes.

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You can automate switching between cameras.

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You can literally have a mute button.

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You can do go live.

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You can end the stream.

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It works with O OBS.

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It works with final cut pro it's.

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It has shortcuts for so many different applications that you use.

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And you can use that as part of your workflow.

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The speed of the process.

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I do video editing with final cut pro and I use my stream deck to like hit,

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you know, hit the B there to, to do the splice of the film, uh, the video.

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And so it just helps out there.

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I use it to choose the outer and the, you know, the enter and the

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outer settings on a, on a frame that I wanna keep for the video editing,

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but it also works with DaVinci.

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So if your windows or Mac and use DaVinci resolve, it has shortcuts for it as well.

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It has shortcuts.

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Yeah.

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I, I use DaVinci, so yeah, I, I I've got final cut pros.

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Well, but I have gravitated toward DaVinci within the last few months.

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Uh, I dunno, just feels different, but tr trying to

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change myself something different.

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I, I, I know final cut, but I'm just trying to learn something as

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well, but, um, So, I mean, that's, it just makes my whole process.

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So, you know, in the, on the, when you're content CRA, when you're

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live or doing a video, there's this concept of pattern disruption.

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And there's some people that say, you know, the eight second rule,

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I think eight, eight seconds is a little too frequent, but there's

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some people say eight second rule.

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Something needs to change on the screen every eight seconds.

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To keep the viewers attention.

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Mm-hmm because they're watching the video and if you're a boring talking head like

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me, then I need something to mix it up.

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So they will keep watching my boring talking head.

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There you go.

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How like that, that, that's

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it take anywhere brother, right?

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Yeah.

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It's lower.

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You know, it's the lower thirds or your logo popped up in the corner or you change

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you, you hit a button on the stream deck that does a zoom in on you and zooms back

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out, you know, something to do a pattern, disruption to keep people watching.

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And so the, the stream deck.

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Helped so much in that process for me.

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And so this is probably the second device I bought outta all the devices.

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When I started, cuz I started off with a lowly C nine, 20 Logitech

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camera as my, nothing wrong with that.

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Nothing wrong.

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Get in with, like I said, get in where you get in and start where you start.

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I, as, as you see, I'm a huge proponent of that as well.

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Right?

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Changing and pattern disruption, uh, from an exercise and training perspective,

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I always call it muscle confusion.

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So you see I've moved you and I from left and right.

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And, and have things flying in.

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And I you're right.

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That matters.

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And I think that again keeps the engagement that, that keeps the attention

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that thats both sides of the brain, uh, using the stream deck just makes

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everything so seamless in terms of being able to automate your environment.

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I like the fact that you mentioned it and I was gonna get into that,

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the fact that it's not just.

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lights.

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It's not just triggers, like having lower thirds pop up.

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It's actually also application shortcuts.

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So the final cut pro and things of that nature.

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So it's, it is actually a plethora of things that you can do with

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a device, like a stream deck.

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Now I've got the 32 key, so I've got the big fella and I've got the foot pedal.

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Let me tell you something.

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Let tell you, hold on.

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See now me tell you the foot pedal.

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Yeah, the foot pedal is the truth.

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Listen, I didn't think it was gonna be, but I, I, I got I'm down here and

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I'm, I'm using my, my feet right now.

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And you don't know what's going on.

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It's the coolest thing since slice bread, rather just go,

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go ahead, spend a little $89.

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Get you the foot pedal.

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If you haven't got it.

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I stand at my desk a lot too.

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So, so that that's probably me, so, and, and makes it very, very easy

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for doing that, but yeah, so I got the foot pedal going and that's,

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that's pulling up the comments and, and pulling up like that lower.

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Third that you just saw.

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So that right there was incredible.

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I want the foot pedal, but I can't dance.

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And I think you have to have some ability to dance, to use the foot pedal properly.

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I'm gonna, I'm not even, I'm gonna lead that alone, but there we go.

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Folks, you never know, again, you don't know what you're gonna

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get on these kinds of streams.

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When, when I come live, we giving you all kind of information here.

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If you had any questions for Roy, please put a queue in

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front of it because I'm old.

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And I can't see things unless they pop by with some type of, I

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need someone like, like, uh, you know, Paul, Paul Duncan in here.

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I need, I need to, I need to give some more rich.

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I need, I got a couple folks that got the wrench.

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I need to get some more folks to wrench.

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Uh, Sammy.

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I see you, man.

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We gonna talk, um, yeah, what this Victor says, I have the

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32 and 15 plus the iPhone app.

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So you are excessive and I want to use, I want to use the iPhone app myself.

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, but I am not a fan of subscriptions.

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Yeah.

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And with the mobile app, you have to cont what is it?

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3 99 every month.

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Something like that or the functionality?

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It's it's something like that.

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Yeah.

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I don't like subscriptions either.

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Like, give me, gimme something I can kick.

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Yeah.

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Let, let me pay for it one time.

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And then if it gets better, maybe I'll pay for an upgrade, but don't keep asking

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me to pay for it each and every month.

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I, I think El Gado is missing an opportunity by yeah.

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Charging folks because they, they come out with enough product and infrastructure.

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Right.

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All of the mounts, all of the, the arms, all of the lighting, things of that.

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So they they've got a good business model, but charging me

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for the mobile app every month.

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I don't like that.

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Um, okay.

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Stream decks, lighting air.

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We, we, we talked around air, but I think, um, yeah, you gotta talk about

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air too, cuz keeping your environ.

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At the right temperature so that all this equipment I look, that's why I'm

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down at the small window right now.

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I'm sweating here right now, even though I've got the AC rutted and I

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got the, the whole environment set at focus mode of where, you know, the ACS

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at 73 degrees, but I've got automatic.

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I've got fans pumping and onto my cameras right now just to make sure

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they don't overheat because this eight by 10 office right now gets it's.

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It's 82 degrees in here right now.

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I got, I've got this big.

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Wow.

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Is Alec here?

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I've got the, I've got Alex camera.

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Hold on.

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Yeah, I'll pull it up.

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I was gonna say that that's that information that determines what

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mic you have, because you have to have the mic that won't pick

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up your AC and your fans running.

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It has to be a mic that only picks up when you talk directly into it.

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And so luckily this mic does as does the, uh, the one that you have, um, the sure.

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SM seven B um, Yeah.

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Yeah.

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But anyway, that's a great mic too, but you know, so that way I can run the AC

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cause I have the AC running right now.

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Right.

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As I'm on.

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Um, and so far, unless you've heard it, I've never heard on any of my recordings.

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No, because this mic does such a good job.

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Yeah, no, the all, all assure products, all the road products,

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all of the Hiles Sammy's here, he knows I'm talking about warm audio.

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He knows, I'm talking about ment like, look again, it's one of those things.

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You get what you pay for when you can actually configure and

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control external circumstances and noise gates and things like that.

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I was trying to get my mobile phone to show the camera, but since I'm

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running Iowa 16 developers, beta, I it's it's act and flaky right now.

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So do, as I say it, not as I do, don't install developer's

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code on your primary devices.

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Folks, even though you are testing because it may break

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midstream, um, What else we got.

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There we go.

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Mattel.

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A good to see you, man.

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Appreciate you for joining and listen that man right there

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by cohost for team, no sleep.

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He just did an amazing show the other night, uh, talking about

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college sports and college, uh, recruiting and things like that.

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So he's creating content, building out his studio as well.

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I went to San Diego for social media marketing world, took this guy,

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Monte Allen, a suitcase full of gear.

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I took him, I took him light stands.

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I took him, uh, microphones.

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I took, uh, all kind of stuff.

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So he's building out that infrastructure as well.

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So I'm glad you, you're joining to hear this conversation about again, building

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out your studio, making it a smart studio, smart environment, things like that.

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What else do you use Roy?

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Because I mean, there there's so much, but I, I want to at least have

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three things that we talked about.

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Right?

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So again, we talked about lights.

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We talked about kind of hardware and infrastructure from a screen deck

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perspective, uh, smart assistance.

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But what else, what else are you using to control your workflow?

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Um, those are the biggest things.

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I mean, uh, I have, uh, I have a Sony ZV 10, uh, so I managed to get one of

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those before there was a rush on 'em.

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Um, and this is a, one of the greatest cameras I've ever used.

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Um, considering I, I started off with my cell phone and, uh, you know, a,

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uh, Logitech C nine 20, um, it's the greatest camera I've ever owned, but

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I've had other cameras too, that, but just weren't worthy for content

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creation due complications, you know, it's you gotta, I've got a cam link.

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Of course, you know, it's pretty much, I've bought so many of the

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garbage, a capture cards, you know, for 25 bucks, you go on Alibaba

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and you get the $25 capture card.

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Yeah, yeah.

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Don't bother.

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Go ahead and spend the hundred something bucks and get the cam link 4k.

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Or if you're really doing game capture, you may wanna buy the

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latest capture device that came out with, but it's, you know, Just makes

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my whole process so much easier.

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I, you know, I like this, this camera, you know, E cam has

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some automation capability.

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It, you know, I can do a scene.

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So I'll use my scenes inside E cam as automation, because I'll have a scene

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where the camera is zoomed in and then another scene where the camera

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is zoomed out and, you know, again, trying to do that pattern disruption.

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And so those, you know, I used to have a lot more things automated

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with my Alexa devices around my desk.

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Like I said, I, I dismantled everything, so I've gotta put it all back together.

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Um, but probably the, you know, the stream deck, this microphone, that camera

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are the three pieces that make this amazing for me, you know, and lights,

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you know, we'll talk about lights.

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You can make a bad camera.

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Fantastic with great lighting.

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If you have the lighting that you need, you can make the, the

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low list of cameras look amazing.

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And so.

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I, I do like being on wall and, and that's the other thing, a lot of content

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creators, every time they go in the room, they have to go set everything back up.

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So it's key to have that place where you can set everything up.

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And I like the fact, I just walk into my office and say, turn on Roy's desk

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and it's Showtime, I'm ready to go.

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Everything turns on and I'm ready to go.

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And so that just makes life so much easier as a content creator

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to have everything set up.

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And it's just a matter of turning on the camera and start.

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Yeah, let me ask you about this.

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And then, uh, this just, just popped in my head when, when you

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stated that, um, How was everything kind of attached to your desk?

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Are you, are you using tripods?

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Are you, are you using kind of an auto pole or are you using kind of the desk

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clamps, things like that I'm using, I'm using desk clamps originally.

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Every, everything I bought came with a, a tripod.

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Yeah.

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Um, but the pretty flimsy, so I built a custom desk.

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I, I went and got some steel pipes and kind of built it and I got a

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piece of remaindered wood and sanded it down and put it like a, it's

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some Birch, uh, five eights Birch.

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That's real nice.

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And then, um, I bought desk clamps, and then I have a, a mounting kit

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where I have three monitors on my desk.

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So, um, I've got two monitors.

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Well, I've got three monitors total.

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And during my day job, these two monitors on this side, join the party.

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and then the middle one becomes the content creation monitor, you know, in,

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in the evenings when the work is over.

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So I love it.

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That's.

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You know, and I can move these around and then, so it's yeah, it's a good setup.

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I, I do wish the middle monitor move more.

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It's more stable.

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So, um, so I had to sneak the camera through, I have a mounting bracket

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that brings the camera through.

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Okay.

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So everything's Mount to the desk.

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I have a camera boom arm.

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so I have a second camera over my desk.

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Whenever I do desk shots, I use the old C nine 20 for that.

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Um, I'm probably getting ready to replace that with a face cam, uh,

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El Gado face cam replaced with that.

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Uh, though my dream is to get probably like an, you know, a

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ZV a ZV one and put there, yeah.

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To uses my desk camera, cuz I think that's a great overhead camera and you

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don't have to buy any lenses for it.

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And for fixed camera, it would be perfect for that.

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It's got a good zoom on it.

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Um, and so.

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I concur because that's, what's, uh, over my head right now.

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yeah, that's, that is a great setup.

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And that's what, you know, um, I used to do a lot of unboxing videos.

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I haven't been doing any lately.

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I've been doing most of the tutorials.

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And so, yeah, I have, uh, the El Gado, um, Thunderbolt port say element four.

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Yes.

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Um, I use it as my hub because I've got a Mac mini, um, with 16

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gig and a terabyte of storage and that M one Mac mini is the bomb.

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When I do gotta have it, gotta have it, everything I do, it handles it.

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It never screams, it never complains.

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It just does it.

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It's solid.

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Um, so yeah, let me, okay.

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Let me, let me ask you.

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I'm just gonna just throw my whole questions out from a runner show

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perspective because you you're bringing in some interesting points

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that again, I think that shouldn't be overlooked now, the Macin that

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you have is that solely dedicated to streaming content creation, or do you

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have multiple devices for, um, uh, each that each has its own purpose, right?

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I'm like I'm saying, so that in one Mac mini, that same one that

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you do all your, your, your final cut pro uh, analysis on as well.

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Okay.

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I, I do.

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You're not gonna be doing that streaming though.

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Yeah.

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See, I had a, I had a 2015, 13 inch MacBook pro, um, and I'd

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finally gotten final cut and.

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You know, when it takes two hours to render a 10 minute movie it's

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like, yeah, this isn't gonna work.

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So, you know, I finally, uh, talked to the, my financial consultant

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and she said, yes, go ahead, get the Mac and get them one Mac mini.

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And, uh, so yeah, and then my life was better for it.

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Right.

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You you're a financial, I, your, your financial consultant

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is probably similar to mine.

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You know?

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I, I always say I, I, I wear the pants, but, uh, she holds the belt.

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So yeah, there you, there you go.

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I'll just leave that right there, right.

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no, it's good.

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It's good stuff.

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Uh, let's see her just let's see Victor, I couldn't do this without her.

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She supports me.

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She's awesome.

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Gotta have that right.

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You gotta have that.

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Gotten her to be on my channel, you know, so, um, she's been on some of the videos

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on the channel, so it's a lot of fun.

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She was here earlier, uh, you know, telling you about using the, the

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echos to announce through the house.

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Hey, dinner's ready.

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So.

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Oh, is that, oh, hold on.

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Is that right?

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Hold on.

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Yeah, let me see.

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That was Donna.

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That's my wife.

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So well tell her to come back.

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Oh my God.

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No, we, we want the real story.

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We, we wanna know exactly what's coming in the, in the Amazon, uh, shopping cart.

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I do have an Amazon addiction.

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I've been working on.

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I I'm doing the 12 step program.

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I think you have to buy things a month.

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It's okay.

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Is a safe space.

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Um, so yeah, you, you could talk, uh, I, I can't, uh, look, I got one finger

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pointing at you and three pointing back at me because, you know, before we went

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live, I, I had things in my card as well.

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I'm trying not to get the gas gear acquisition syndrome

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that, uh, folks like Mr.

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Worthy, uh, is imparting on, on a lot of us.

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Yeah.

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I'm talking about, about you.

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Hopefully you're still in the comments, but let me, let me, let me,

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I guess, Bring it back home with, with that statement right there, right?

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Yeah.

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We as creators, uh, have, so we we've talked about different pieces of our

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studio and especially in terms of automating our studio, uh, making

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our workflows more seamless, more to, whereas that's not what we focus on.

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We focus on the content, we focus on the community and we make sure that

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that's top notch, all of this stuff around us, that that's ancillary.

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And we wanna make that as seamless and as, as automated and as carefree to

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where we don't have to worry about that.

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Yes.

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During the time that we're live, however, started with the C nine 20.

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Now you've got the ZV one.

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Now you've got nearer light now, you know, right.

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You started with you don't stay stagnant.

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Right.

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We, as again, early adopters, we as technologists, we as content creators,

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we within the industry who are seeing ourselves as subject matter experts and

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evangelists or advocates, it just makes sense for us to continue to evolve,

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continue to level up right next month.

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Yeah, I got these ES 45 from go docs right now.

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I may see something different that I want to get level up.

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Get these are pretty cool.

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I, I don't know.

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I, um, let, let me use another analogy.

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Uh, something else to right.

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To, to continue to maintain and stay in front of the curve, because if we're going

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to be looked at, again as that technology evangelist or that subject matter expert

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to tell other folks who are trying to do the exact or similar things, we need

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to know that no, don't do that because those break, when you have an Android

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phone connected to a five gigahertz network, and if you're using, uh, net gear

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instead of T you know, all of that stuff.

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Yeah.

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You, you, you can't really read.

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In a, an instruction manual and there's not gonna be other YouTube videos.

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You actually have to talk to someone you trust and someone who's actually

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gone through the headache and the pain and, and gotten all the gray hair from,

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from going through the experience.

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So that's my rationalization for, um, staying, staying active on Amazon.

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So well, it's, it's that fine line.

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I, I like to look at when I, when I buy stuff, now I

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consider a strategic investment.

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What's what's gonna move me forward.

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I mean, for example, I used to be an avid hiker.

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I wanna get back into that and to buy the ultra light gear was really expensive.

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So every year I would buy one new piece of ultralight gear

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and add it to my hiking setup.

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And so every year my hiking was more productive because I bought

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something that made it better lighter.

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And I was, I was capable of hiking, a further distance because of that.

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So in my content creation journey, it's the same thing.

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You start with what you have.

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And then, you know, I realized alone, Hey, if I buy lights and I, I started

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with silver, I had a giant ring light, one of the newer ring lights.

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That was what I started with.

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Yeah.

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Great light, but horrible.

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No, no automation whatsoever.

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You can't remote control anything on it.

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Great, great light, but horrible.

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yeah.

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So if you need to fix something, you gotta crawl behind the desk and, and turn the

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knobs on it and, and bring it down or it, you know, it's too much, uh, glare.

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So I gotta put the, the, the orange screens on it to kind of tone it down.

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Um, and then, you know, I found the newers and I bought those,

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but then they were too hot.

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So I had put the.

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The boxes on 'em to try to cool 'em down.

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Um, and then, you know, I bought the Mac mini because I was editing

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video because mm-hmm live video does good, but my recorded videos

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do so much better on my channel.

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Yeah.

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People are looking for something, they're doing a search, how to this.

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Yeah.

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And so I wanted to make sure that when I did the videos, I had the production

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quality and I could do the videos quickly because I couldn't afford

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a 10 minute video take two hours.

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Yeah.

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I just couldn't.

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If I was gonna do this and I was committed and I get very involved, anytime I pick

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something up, I'm going to go to the N degree and learn every facet about it.

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I possibly can because that's just the way I'm, I I'm all consuming.

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Um, my wife would say, I'm kind of the extremist.

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You know, the world is either white or black.

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There's no gray.

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I'm gonna go to one extreme or I'm gonna go the other.

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And so that's just where I'm at here.

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And so I am slowly building the studio that I want.

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Um, and I have a great setup now.

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I'm very pleased with it.

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Um, I, I did an episode back in January that talked about how much

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money I spent in spent last year, getting started on this crazy journey.

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So it's got the, the Mac mini cost and all the things I subscribe to, like, you

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know, Canva pro and, and, uh, you know, all these different things, just having

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to go through so much to get to here.

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And, uh, but you know, now along the way I've learned, oh, I don't need to

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subscribe this, or I don't need that.

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So it's time to purge and get just what makes sense.

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I love it.

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I love it.

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Let let's talk about where folks can find you and find all of that information.

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So I got your, your channel up, but is, is this really kind of the.

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The go-to place for all things.

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The go, this is to place.

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Yeah.

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Um, yeah, you go, well, you can go to tech, troublemaker.live, and it will

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automatically take you to my YouTube page.

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Or you can go search on YouTube for tech troublemaker, and it will take you.

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This is, this is my primary focus right now is YouTube.

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Um, I, you know, it's, I can't, you can't do everything well.

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Um, I am on other social platforms, but this is where my focus is.

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And so those other platforms, I try to drive everything

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toward the center, so to speak.

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And YouTube is the center of the, of my creation universe right now.

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I love that.

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I love and, you know, until I, it doesn't make sense to go with

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Facebook and other platforms as a primary until I master this one.

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Because otherwise I'm just giving you half effort for the other platforms.

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That's the way I feel about it.

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All right.

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You just opened a can of worms there and I'm gonna take I'm.

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So you're coming back because that right there is something that I think we're

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we're many of us are, I'm not gonna say struggling with, but are, are pondering.

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Right?

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Right.

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We hear that.

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Yeah.

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Cut it up.

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Put it out there.

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Micro content.

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You gotta be on TikTok.

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Why?

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Yeah.

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Uh, you gotta be on Snapchat.

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You gotta be on all these different platforms.

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Uh, you gotta do, if you do video where you gotta do audio too, right?

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You gotta chop it up, make it a podcast.

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Okay.

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Yeah, I, that makes sense.

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But, uh, it's gotta be on Instagram.

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It's gotta be on, it's gotta be at all these different places,

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but repurposing micro content doesn't mean copying content.

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So this exact live stream, I'm not gonna push it to my

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podcast exactly the way it is.

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There's gonna be a little bit of editing done to it.

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You know, before I push it to an Instagram reel, there's gonna be some,

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some splices and things like that.

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I wanna bring you back and have that conversation.

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If, if you don't mind, I just roped you in.

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Yeah.

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You're you're coming.

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It doesn't matter.

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I'm just gonna talk to your wife now.

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Now I got her.

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I'm honored.

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You got me.

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You asked me to be here to start with, so if you brought me

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back twice, I'm doubly honored.

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So I tell you what, let let's let's do this.

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Let me ask you to answer one question before we go.

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And Mr.

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Montel Allen is asking if on a limited budget, where would you suggest

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people start on building their studio?

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What should be the first purchase?

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The first purchase is audio.

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You can get by with your cell phone cameras, a camera.

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You can take four or five lamps in your house and get the lighting

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to happen for your videos.

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But the audio, your viewers will forgive you for bad video.

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They will forgive you for bad lighting.

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They will not forgive you for bad audio.

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If it's scratchy or anything at all, they will watch 10 seconds

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and then they will bolt and you've gotta stop them from scrolling away.

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You've gotta keep 'em there.

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And so invest first in a microphone, that is absolutely

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the best investment you can make.

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Roy speaks to truth.

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Folks, tech troublemaker is, is, is dropping gyms and

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knowledge on you right there.

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Like I say, hopefully you got spin and pad, uh, or just come back for the replay

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and, and watch that section again right there, cuz that is the truth right there.

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Tina, thank you for joining us.

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You were, you were on the road, you're at the cafe now.

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Get it.

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Get.

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You know, medium latte for me, almond milk is my, my choice, but,

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uh, and, and a piece of lemon.

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And see, there I go again, squirrel, like I'm going all over the place.

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Uh Hey, Tina, how you doing?

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Thanks for coming by.

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See, see, I'm crazy.

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She'll she'll probably never come back when I'm here.

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Cause she'll like, who is this crazy guy, right?

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Oh, no, it is a great channel.

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Everybody needs to come here.

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so I've, I've watched a lot of your videos and then when you asked me to be

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on, I watched even more to make sure.

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Okay.

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I hope, uh, hope I do a good job here, so I need to, you know, pass the audition.

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So thank you brother.

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I appreciate you.

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I appreciate you.

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Listen, this, this has been amazing.

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Just, just wanted to again, uh, put it out there, right?

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I never like to assume, and I wanna give people their flowers as we

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have these conversations, the stuff that you're doing, Roy just matters.

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The stuff that you're talking about matters.

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And we've spoke a lot of truths that hopefully folks take into

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consideration and take to heart because we've talked about privacy.

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We've talked about security.

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We've talked about platforms.

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We talked about what you should buy, what you shouldn't buy, right?

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Yeah.

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You can go out.

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I, I can put the amazon.com site up right now and point you to some cheap

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old lights and a $15 microphone.

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I can point you to a $15 microphone.

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This microphone right here that I'm using.

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So your microphone was two forty nine, I believe.

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Yep.

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I had, cause I had to be right.

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Is she listening?

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Oh my goodness.

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Yeah, mine was $400 and that's still not expensive when you really

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think about what we're doing.

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Heck I'm, I'm looking at the, the Norman, Norman, uh, whatever

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that is it it's, it's $1,600.

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The one that I'm probably, once I reached this next particular.

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Membership and, and, and, uh, subscriber milestone that I've set for myself.

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I'm going with annoyance.

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So again, there we go again, talking about leveling up, always trying to

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improve and always trying to have the right products, but again, um, get in

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where you fit in, get the stuff that, that resonates start with that audio

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kind of like Roy was saying, man, because again, folks will, will move

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off of you if you don't sound right.

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Heck when I go to the gym, I don't even, I hardly listen to music.

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I'm listening to podcasts and I'm listening to my counterpart streams.

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I'm listening to your stream.

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I'm listening to Steve stream.

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I'm listening to, you know, an Ash Bo and Walter Strong, things like that.

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So I'm listening to my counterparts.

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So if you don't sound right.

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Sorry.

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Yeah, I'm, I'm moving on.

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Uh, what's coming up next, brother.

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Uh, I know you pointed us and talked to us about your channel,

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but what's coming up next.

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You got any series in, in terms of, uh, what, what you're

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building YouTube analytics.

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I see you did that before you did a runoff show.

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Anything particular that you've got coming up on the channel,

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uh, this week's gonna be gear.

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So I go live every Tuesday night at 9:00 PM, Eastern 6:00 PM Pacific.

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Um, this week's episode's about gear for your YouTube channel.

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I'm gonna have Victor on, uh, from basic NAS.

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And we're gonna talk about, well, we'll probably talk about the 12

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cameras in his house, but, uh, but we're gonna focus on basically what

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you need to get going with live streaming and just kind of more on that.

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My, my goal of late.

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Is to help people get started.

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Um, then, uh, week after next, it'll be an episode with tall boy to talk

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about, uh, producing a live stream, producing a YouTube channel producing

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shows for your YouTube channel.

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And then the week after there, it is gonna be, uh, a big week where all

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blowout about kava and how to make all your lower thirds, how to make your

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background scenes and, and everything using kava, how to make your channel art.

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Um, just gonna really cover on that.

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There's some things that kava doesn't make easy and I've got some

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hack arounds to make it possible for you to make that channel art.

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For example, that's probably the hardest thing in Canva to make is that

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they're they give you the dimensions, but they don't give you the location

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to put things, to make it perfect.

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So subscribe to this man's channel folks.

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All right, this man is bringing value and listen, I'm gonna be watching.

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I know, I know all the folks that you mentioned right there.

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You got tall boy coming.

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Okay.

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I'm gonna come there and just, I'm a heckle from the.

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I'll I'll, I'll be there.

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I'll, I'll, I'll be heckling from the back of the room, but

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that, that that's good, man.

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So folks just listen, I'm gonna put all of those links for Roy's content,

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his, uh, YouTube, his Instagram, and yes, your Amazon author page as well.

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Yeah, I'm gonna put that on there too.

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That book's a little old, I don't live that's uh, that book from, uh,

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back in the three point X days of WordPress that's so it's alright.

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You've got an author page.

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I'm putting a link to it's true.

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I have some other books I need to get published Richard around waiting.

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So it's all good brother.

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I appreciate you meant listen.

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Uh, thank you for everything you do.

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Again, I look forward to having you back on folks.

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If you found any value in this convers.

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Uh, share it with someone.

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If, uh, you didn't find value in this, let me know.

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Right.

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So I can continue to evolve and continue to get better.

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And we will be back next week for another episode, but until then take

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