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ByRick Deutsch

Filming your lecture on a Cruise ship | Pearl Harbor Kit

Most cruise lines will not give speakers copies of your talks. Your cruise ship speakers agency of choice will fill you in on those fine points.

High end lines, such as Crystal, often record them for playback in guest rooms. But most of the technical staff are just too busy to make copies for speakers. But it’s still critical to film yourself. In addition to an audio recorder, it’s a good idea to also pack a digital camera that can film HD. 1080 p is overkill. Very few devices can play it and it sucks up memory. When shopping, don’t get wooed by high megapixel ratings. Unless you are blowing up posters, a camera in the 3-5 MP range is all you need.  I have a best selling book and the pix are all at 3MP.

Don’t depend on your smart phone. They are like trying to jam everything into a small box. IPhone or Android devices don’t come close to real cameras. A good zoom is important as are ISO and Best Photo settings. Real cameras have strong flash units and accommodate for back-light etc.

I do not recommend large SLR cameras.They are like hauling a brick around your neck. A credit card, point and shoot is perfect for this application. I have used CASIO for over 15 years. Loved them and went thru about five over the years. But I don’t see them much anymore. I heard that they gave up because of the growing popularity of Smart Phones. Too bad.

My recommendation?? I really like the Nikon COOLPIX L620.

While it’s 16 MP (overkill), I love that is has a14x optical zoom and can take FULL HD video and in stereo. Very nice for less than $130. It uses 2 AA batteries which can easily be replaced on the fly instead of having to lug a charger around. Vibration reduction and 18 Scene Modes round it out.

Take a look at the L620 from Nikon.

 

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ByRick Deutsch

Professional Speakers need to record their talks – Get a digital recorder

How well do you speak? Do you say “uh, uh” a lot? Do you mangle words?  Do you pause enough? How would you know?  The best is to record your voice and listen to yourself over and over and over. You can correct those  little flaws once you hear them in the third person.

I suggest you get a free standing small digital recorder with a direct USB connection. But don’t you have a smart phone with a built in recorder? Right. With a ton of apps that you have to plow through to get to the recording function. With  dedicated recorder in your Pearl Harbor Kit, you can put the device right on the podium and capture your melodious voice.

Step 2 is to download it to your PC, so you can share it and get reviews. I have found that it’s a pain to carry a cord to download to my PC. Thus you need to get one with a built-in USB “plug.” We are not talking expensive here. Hey, it’s YOUR career. I have an Olympus WS-801 Voice Recorder.

Olympus has been making reliable units for decades. they are small with an intuitive user interface. Less than $60 on Amazon.  If you browse you will see many units in the $150++ range. They are not needed.  I really like that the WS801 also features a jack for an external mic. Hook one up and you can do interviews “on the floor” to add to your podcasts or blogs.

Other neat features of the WS-801: Noise cancelling,  MP3 and WMA recording, 2GB memory for 512 hours of record time. All this on one AAA battery. Come to our next MeetUp and see mine!

 

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ByRick Deutsch

Professional Speakers: Don’t violate copyright laws; it can cost you plenty

When preparing your presentation for use on a cruise ship or a keynote or training etc, be careful as to where your source material comes from. US Copyright law gets revised periodically, and ignorance is no excuse in a courtroom. In summary, the public domain consists of ideas, facts, mathematical theories, history, and works with expired copyrights.

A work does not enter the public domain simply because it is accessible to the public online. A “work” has a copyright the moment it becomes fixed in a tangible medium of expression. The author of the work does not need to take any formal steps, such as registration, to receive a copyright. It is NOT necessary to put the © mark, although it will deter amateurs. It can’t hurt. Copyright is automatic, and thus a work cannot enter the public domain until its copyright has expired. Anything before 1922 is fair game – there was no law then!

Violation of copyright law can land speaklers in court.

Violation of copyright law can land speaklers in court.

The Copyright Act gives the owner of a copyrighted work five exclusive rights: (1) the right to reproduce the work; (2) the right to prepare derivative works; (3) the right to distribute the work; (4) the right to publicly perform the work; and (5) the right to publicly display the work.

My suggestion – be careful. You never know who “owns” the photo or words. They can sue you for big bucks. Attribution may help but is not legally binding. Check with your lawyer for an in depth discussion. Read this article for more information.

 

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