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Equestria Inquirer 70 by JoeStevensInc Equestria Inquirer 70 by JoeStevensInc
EQI HOSTING UNICON LIVESTREAM ON EFN!

Be sure to watch live coverage of Los Pegasus Unicon from the Equestria Inquirer.Tune in to Everfree Network during February twenty second through the twenty fourth. We’ll have interviews, floor coverage, and shenanigans the likes of which you’ve never seen. It’s gonna be pegawesome!

My new book is out! Click here for "Krys and Cinder:" [link]

The YouTube version of this episode: [link]
Issue #69: [link]

Watch our live premiere on Everfree Network! [link]

Thanks for reading!
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:iconmastergraveheart:
Wait, did something happen to Issue 71?
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:icontwylite-sparkle:
"and they were never heard from again..."
Will there be more, or was Unicon's shennagans that bad?
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:iconkarach0s:
"[...] Rainbow DAsh Toss, ehere the goal it to THROUGH Dashy as far as they can [...]"
Through? Seriously? :D
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HackalotSpark Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My article is in there! :D
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That confused me. The weather? Very liberal interpretation of "weather" there. Oh well.

If I may, I'd like to offer some advice for your segment in the video episode. Be more enthusiastic, use a decent quality video camera and microphone, and find a better environment. This might mean spending actual money, but it will bring the quality up significantly. For environments, you have a variety of options. A room, like Joe, LttMoose and TechRat's segments, could work; you could stand in front of a green screen and edit yourself into just about anywhere (I'm sure you can rig something up at minimal cost), or you could do a live outdoor thing (be wary of ambient noise, particularly wind when outdoors, affecting audio quality).

Make sure the lighting works before you begin. You are the star of the segment, don't hide in the shadows. Once you have a good environment, camera and microphone (today's piece sounded a bit like it was recorded underwater) the final thing is to show some enthusiasm. Don't be shy, go all out. As long as you get the words right and the article is actually funny, the more embarrassing the delivery seems to you on rewatching it, the better!
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HackalotSpark Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well here's the thing...I'm broke. all I had was a laptop camera and mic. I had help in the editing department. Also, when I record, I'm never alone I have to tone it down due to my parents/grandparents not knowing my secret. Another thing is that I can never find the right environment, another part of why my segments aren't recorded in a good place due to my parents/grandparents not knowing. Thanks for the advice...but at the moment it's hard to do what in some eyes call a "good" segment.
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Hm... problematic. I'm not going to lie, that's a pretty terrible situation for someone doing a regular segment on a popular parody show. Without at least a decent camera, mic and environment, and lots of enthusiasm, there's just no way to deliver it well. Still, I will see what I can come up with.

Of the things mentioned above, the camera is the only thing in which you might just about be able to get away with not investing. Which is fortunate, because that's the part that would set you back the most money. A decent camera still comes highly recommended, but without it it's still somewhat possible to deliver it effectively. Is the laptop really the only option?

Regarding your status as a closet brony, can you perhaps record it while your folks are out? Scope out a good place, figure out how you're going to get the lighting right - if you're in front of a window, make sure that you're not facing the shadows and that the sun isn't coming in - then execute when the opportunity presents itself. That way you can get the enthusiasm and environment factors.

As for mic... yeah, you can't get away with not buying/finding a better microphone in order to make it work: noise removal in software such as Audacity can help with audio quality but only to a certain extent, the master needs to be decent at least, and if your laptop mic is producing waterlogged audio then that isn't a good sign.

Finally, good luck and I really admire your gumption going into something like this. I'm pretty open about my strange fascination with brightly coloured cartoon ponies, and I could afford the necessary equipment, but I'm also far too introverted to attempt something like this. That you are doing so, on no income, without support from nearby people... yeah, that takes a certain bull-headed determination. Good on you, and the rest of the EQI crew too; know that I'm only critical about things I care about.
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