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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    This week we star with the "Letter of the week" because my 'Gadget Warehouse' video provides the answer our letter writer seeks!

    First the letter: Dick & Chad, Chad has shown how his studio works with the cameras & switcher. So, I was hoping that dick might show us what his "gear" is when he visits these wonderful shows, like for instance, the model mic, how it hooks up to camera, the camera, and maybe the software Dick used to edit footage, add titles and so on? Do you use a camera gimbal? Any input from Chad would be appreciated also.

    And thanks for showing the 3D printer review. Capt. J


    Dick's Gadget Warehouse


    I answer the letter above with a Dick's Gadget Warehouse Video. I decided to do that when I realized almost everything I use to record the Giz Wiz Show is at least 6 years old and a couple of them are more than 10 years old! That's 'ancient' in gadget years! 


    Giz Wiz Video: 

    Links to the gadgets in the video

    My webcam is an older Logitech 525 (One of the very few webcams that swivels. Perfect for when I have to show a guest visiting Gizneyland.)


    My mic is the Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio microphone system:

    Recording videos at trade shows and on-the-road, I use the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone. It comes with a USB connector and a XLR connector.

    To connect this mic to a smartphone you'll need a Hosa XVM-110F XLR3F to Right-Angle 3.5 mm TRS Microphone Cable. It comes in various lengths. I think mine is the 10' version which is under $10.00 here:

    But wait, you need more! Newer smarphones take a four pole connector and the mic has a 3-pole connector, so you need a convertor dongle. I couldn't find the adapter I showed in the video online, but I'll also use this one: Movo MC3 3.5mm TRS (Female) Microphone Adapter Cable to TRRS (Male) for iPhone & Android Smartphones. Allows you to connect your standard TRS (3-pole) 3.5mm microphone connector to your TRRS (4-pole) smartphone. It's under $10. 

    See or hear this show:  (Goes live 11/11/17)



    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:


    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (IMPORTANT! After December 15, 2017, they'll be something else MAD sent with your Alfred E. Neuman photo. And unfortunately, after that date, we can only send MAD stuff to US addresses. MAD is moving to California, so our supplies and our shipping ability are also leaving town.)


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