Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Simple equipment for Facebook Live interviews

Facebook Live equipment

A business collegue emailed Friday asking what equipment I used for the Facebook Live interviews I’ve been doing at legal and tech conferences over the last year plus.

Video, and Facebook Live in particular, is perfect for a blogger. Publishers are using video more and more. Video is no longer the sole provence of television stations and video crews. Video is engaging and a perfect way to shine a light on influencers in your niche. Your influence grows.

Facebook Live is particularly good because of Facebook’s giving greater weight to video, particularly live. Like Google showcases the influencers in search via its algorithms, you build influence on Facebook via its algorithms which are influenced by live video.

So what do you need? First, it’s what you don’t need.

Don’t buy expensive and fancy equipment. To me, it’s a waste of money. It’s a headache to haul around. You’ll need another person or two to operate the trappings. Perhaps most important, you’ll loose some of the informality that makes Facebook Live video engaging for those being covered as well as viewers.

I did a fair amount of research before buying equipment. So though I am far from an expert I’d suggest going with the below. It’s what I reccomended to my friend on Friday.

In addition to Amazon, B & H Photo Video (everything listed) and MeFOTO (tripods) are good suppliers.

Thsi is just the equipment. I’m not covering style tips, suggested text copy on Facebook, getting the video off Facebook Live and onto YouTiube, getting a transcript and embedding the video on your blog. More to come.

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Watch a firefighter catch a child thrown from a burning building in Georgia

Georgia firefighter catching child from burning building

A helmet camera captured a firefighter catching a five-year-old child who was thrown from a burning building in Georgia in early January.

The video shows Capt. Scott Stroup catch the child, who was thrown by the father from a ladder three stories up, as people screamed and embers rained down to the ground.

A number of other children were dropped from the building and caught by firefighters as well. 

A four-year-old child was dropped from a balcony and caught by Capt. Jackie Peckrul, according to Inside Edition. Babies as young as one-month-old were also dropped and caught, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

"We were catching babies like a football — literally," DeKalb County fire Capt. Eric Jackson told the Journal-Constitution. "There were adults that were on the balcony that were dropping their babies right into our arms. We had a couple firefighters catching babies, so it was just really incredible."

The fire on January 3 in Decatur, Georgia injured 12 people, including 8 children, according to WSB-TV. 

Watch the video from the Washington Post below: 

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The son of 'El Chapo' Guzman's former right-hand man is reportedly talking to US authorities, and it could be trouble for the Sinaloa cartel

The son of 'El Chapo' Guzman's former right-hand man is reportedly talking to US authorities, and it could be trouble for the Sinaloa cartel

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Truck Accident Caused by Driver Being Ran Off the Road

Close to Philadelphia yesterday, a two-vehicle accident led to a flatbed truck crashing into the side of a home. A video surveillance of the accident showed the truck slamming through a front porch and hitting a portion of the outside wall. The owner of the home was quoted as saying, “I thought a bomb blew up outside. As a matter of fact, I called 911 and said there was an explosion.” Officials say that the two vehicles involved in the accident collided and caused the flatbed truck to cross a large field and crash straight into the home. Luckily, the couple inside were at the back of the home when the crash occurred.

However, a passenger in one of the vehicles and the driver of the flatbed truck were injured and taken to the hospital. What if you were involved in an accident due to your avoidance of a first accident? Accidents not only serve as distractions on the roads, but also block roadways and sometimes cause accidents when a driver has to stop suddenly to avoid the condition.

Proving Liability

One of the best ways to compensate after these accidents is to figure out who ran you off the road. There have been cases where the driver of the other vehicle doesn’t even know that they caused another accident. This is why it is important for you to keep record of every aspect, from the color and make of the vehicle, to any identifying features of the driver if possible.

Many of these accidents lead to serious injuries because, when you have been ran off the road, you could hit a guardrail or many other objects, just as the man driving the truck did in the mentioned scenario. Swerving poses many risks because you never know what you’re going to hit when you’re traveling at high speeds. In many of these accidents, it is difficult to collect the information you need, so witnesses who watched the accident occur are your best bet when it comes to holding a driver liable and compensating for your injuries.

If another driver caused you to get into an accident and sustain injuries, you may have a claim. Call us as soon as possible to get started on your case at Edelstein Martin & Nelson. We can help you every step of the way. Give us a call today at 888-208-1810.


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Fugitive cop who attacked buildings in Venezuela's capital from a helicopter last year reportedly killed in police raid

Oscar Perez Venezuela CICPC police

Oscar Perez, a rogue police officer and pilot who stole a helicopter and attacked buildings in Caracas with grenades last year, was reportedly killed on Monday in a police operation against the group he led, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on Tuesday.

Reverol said six other members of a "terrorist cell" were also killed.

Venezuelan special forces also captured five members of the group Perez was leading. In the hours after the operation, it wasn't clear if Oscar Perez himself had been killed or captured. Photos emerged on social media purporting to show Perez's body at the site of the confrontation.

Two officers were killed and five seriously injured during a shootout with Perez and his comrades, the Ministry of Interior Relations said in another statement.

FILE PHOTO: Oscar Perez attends a vigil in homage to victims of violence at past protests against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Lanza

"The members of this terrorist cell who conducted armed resistance were taken down and five criminals captured and detained," the statement said.

Earlier Monday, Perez, 36, posted video clips showing blood dripping across his face as the sound of gunfire rang in the background. Perez said officers were firing at the group and wanted to kill him instead of permitting his surrender.

"We're going to turn ourselves in!" Perez shouted.

Perez leaped into the spotlight in June when he staged a dramatic helicopter attack in Caracas, lobbing grenades at the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry buildings in broad daylight.

No one was injured in the incidents and Perez managed to flee before authorities swarmed in.

The attack came after a three-month period of anti-government protests during which dozens were killed. Perez's actions fueled theories among opposition supporters that he may been part of a government setup to draw attention away from the country's political turmoil. The Venezuelan government accused Perez of having links to the CIA.

A few weeks after the attack, Perez appeared at an opposition vigil marking the deaths of people killed in the protests.

A view shows police vehicles in a street during a shootout between security forces and rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez, in Caracas, Venezuela January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello

In numerous videos posted on Instagram, Perez claimed that he was fighting for Venezuela's freedom from a tyrannical government that is starving its people. He gained tens of thousands of followers online and piqued the curiosity of Venezuelans who either hailed him as hero, condemned him as a criminal, or questioned if he might be a ruse to support President Nicolas Maduro's assertion that the nation is under attack by opposition conspirators.

Adding to the intrigue is Perez's unusual past, which combined work as a highly trained officer, an action-movie actor, pilot and dog trainer.

In December, Perez posted videos showing him and a small armed band taking over a military outpost and smashing a portrait of Maduro with his foot. Perez and the assailants berated several detained guardsmen for doing nothing to help their fellow citizens suffering from hunger.

Maduro responded in the following days, vowing to meet Perez with bullets.

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7 actors who have publicly disavowed Woody Allen or donated their salaries to charity after working on his movies

woody allen

As the #MeToo movement gained momentum in Hollywood following the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, Dylan Farrow asked pointedly in a Los Angeles Times op-ed in December, "Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?"

In 1993, Allen faced accusations that he had sexually abused Farrow, his then-seven-year-old adoptive daughter. Allen, who has continually denied the accusations, was investigated but never prosecuted. 

But Farrow has long maintained that Allen sexually assaulted her, after she first discussed the issue publicly in a New York Times op-ed in 2014. 

In her 2017 op-ed, Farrow asked why A-list actors like Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Greta Gerwig have continued to work with and praise Allen.

Farrow's words appear to have shifted to the tide, however, as a number of actors who played in Allen's movies (including Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet) have now either disavowed him or donated their salaries from his films to abuse victims charities in recent months.

Here are all the actors who have disavowed Woody Allen after working in his movies:

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Griffin Newman

In October, before the LA Times published Farrow's op-ed, actor Griffin Newman said on Twitter that he regretted his "one-scene role" in Woody Allen's upcoming film, "A Rainy Day in New York," and would donate his salary from the film to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).

"I need to get this off my chest: I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie. I believe he is guilty. I donated my entire salary to RAINN," Newman tweeted. 

Newman said he "spent a month debating whether or not to quit" the movie, but decided to speak out following the "compounded" list of sexual misconduct allegations in the wake of Harvey Weinstein.

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall, who starred in Allen's 2008 film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," said in an Instagram post on Saturday that she regretted her brief role in Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York," and would donate her salary from the part to Time's Up, a movement in solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct.

"After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones — I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed," Hall wrote in the post.

"I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup," she continued. 

Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet, the breakout star of "Call Me by Your Name," said in an Instagram post on Monday that he would donate his salary from "A Rainy Day In New York" to Time's Up, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer. I am not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations," Chalamet wrote. "But what I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME'S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN."

"I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve," he continued.


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