AskPat 479 Episode Transcript
Pat Flynn: What's up everybody? Pat Flynn here and welcome to Episode 479 of AskPat. So stoked that you're with me today. We have a great question from Reine, but before we get to Reine's question, I do want to thank today's sponsor.
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Now here's today's question from Reine.
Reine: Hi Pat, my name is Reine. I am the host of the PM Chats Podcast at PMChats.com. I am a huge fan of yours and I just listened to your podcast Episode 177 on Periscope with Chris Ducker. My question is how did you record that interview and stream it over Periscope at the same time? For example, did you have Chris calling in via Skype or you recorded the podcast and then point your mobile device at your computer screen to make it available over Periscope? How do you record that podcast, conduct the interview, and stream it over Periscope at the same time? Thanks for all of your hard work and inspiration. You've helped me in more ways than you would ever know. Thanks Pat.
Pat Flynn: Hey Reine, thank you so much for the question and I sincerely appreciate your comments. I mean, that's why I do what I do, to hear comments like that. So I appreciate it and I hope I can help you out with my answer to this question, too. So how did I conduct a live Periscope and stream that with Chris Ducker while simultaneously recording that podcast too? Well, you nailed it. I recorded it over Skype. I had the Skype open. I was having a conversation with Chris and recording it using Call Recorder for Mac. You could also use Pamela for Skype if you are on a PC too, either way. And I just had Periscope open live and I had not my headphones in because people needed to hear Chris.
So you could hear anything and everything recorded just fine. Skype and Call Recorder for Mac records that in the background, so that podcast is recording and I'm just having a live conversation with Chris right there. I had the iPhone far away, but I had a lens on it. It was my Ollo lens, O-L-L-O, and it was the wide angle view so that you could also see me and Chris at the same time while listening, too. Now I also had a tool that I use, a microphone actually by Rode called the SmartLav.
Actually if you wanted to get my equipment that I use for Periscope, all you have to do is go to SmartPassiveIncome.com/periscopegear and you'll see all these things I'm mentioning. The Ollo clip and the tripod I use, and also this mic. It's called a Rode SmartLav and it literally plugs into your headphone jack and it becomes a microphone. It's a small little lapel mic and I had that placed near my computer so that people over Periscope could hear me because my voice was kind of headed that direction toward that Rode SmartLav, but also the sound coming out of my computer was going in there, too. Of course, the podcast was recording like normal 'cause Chris was speaking on his end on Skype and I'm speaking on my end, too. Of course, we had the video open so people can see both of us at the same time.
Now he did the same thing on his end too, so we were actually both recording Periscope. We're both doing a livestream on Periscope. I was just recording the podcast. Now I'm not exactly sure if Chris recorded as a backup, too. If I know the person and I'm comfortable asking, whenever I conduct a podcast interview I ask the other person if they wouldn't mind to record on their end too. That's actually paid off a couple times because for whatever reason my quality's bad, or I selected the wrong input. Sometimes I've had it where …
Oh man, one time I recorded an entire interview where the input was not my good microphone like I'm speaking in right now. It was my Logitech camera. So my HD camera that's sitting on top of my camera, and that sound just obviously isn't gonna be good. So I had to rerecord just my questions and take out the bad ones and put in the good ones. It was difficult. It took a couple hours to redo it. I'm kind of going on a tangent here, but this is just a crazy story. It took a couple hours to do and the hard part about it was there were times during the interview where I had to react and laugh, or act surprised, and I had to do that in a rerecording to then insert those into the podcast later. It was terrible.
Anyway, getting off topic here like I said. Now there is another website out there that allows you to do live streams, that allows you to also record that MP3 at the same time. Also it allows you to record up to four people simultaneously, and this is called Blab. Some of you might have heard this. Blab.im I think is the URL. Let me check. Yep, Blab, watch live conversations. [Editor's Note: This site is no longer active.] So yeah, you can set up a conversation with four people. It actually gives you an MP3 file that you can then put to wherever you want it to go. I'm not exactly sure how the quality is, but it just makes it more convenient.
I'm not a big fan of Blab. For one, I just think the name is terrible. I hope they change their name, but also there's a lot going on. I mean, there's a lot of cool features, but it's a little overwhelming and that's why I love Periscope. It's very simple, easy to use, and when I'm not sick, I'm on Periscope. So that's that.
So Reine, I hope that answers your question. Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future. Again, thank you for your support. I'm gonna send you an AskPat t-shirt because your awesome and because your question was featured here on the show. And for anybody else out there who has a question that you'd like potentially featured here on the show, just head on over to AskPat.com and you can ask right there on that page. Just hit the record button. It doesn't matter how great your mic is, just hit record as long as I can hear you. It's my job to sound good, your job to ask questions. This show wouldn't exist without you, so again thank you so much.
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Thank you so much for listening in today. I appreciate you. Here's a quote to finish off today by Warren Bennet. He said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” The capacity to do that. Do it. You've all got the capacity. Cheers, take care, and I'll see you in the next episode of AskPat. Bye.
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