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A weekly in-depth discussion of video and software development topics from divergent media, llc. Use the link at the left to subscribe, or browse past episodes below.

How to Make It Rich Selling Software

Episode #64

After our getting-married-and-stuff hiatus, we're back. On this episode, we discuss the economics of app sales and the options for growing a company in the current environment.

Dec 10, 2014

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Many Xciting Features

Episode #63

This week, we talk about the upcoming release of MXF support within EditReady, as well as our thoughts on backup and the iWatch.

Sep 05, 2014

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Slacking off

Episode #62

This week, we discuss some more cool stuff from siggraph, plus the ways that Slack is changing our "office" for the better.

Aug 25, 2014

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An episode about episodes

Episode #60

No, not really. It's an episode about metadata. And other miscellany.

Jul 26, 2014

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As we were saying

Episode #59

Oh right, podcast!

In this episode, we review the last six months of divergent media. In particular, we describe the technical underpinnings of our new app, EditReady. In addition, we discuss Swift and the possibility of other types of specialized hardware.


Jul 14, 2014

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Parlez Vous App Store?

Episode #58

This week, we discuss the pros and cons of translation for apps, and the boring and lazy nature of new media.

Nov 26, 2013

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Freemium Assassinations

Episode #57

Have we missed the BitCoin bus? Do we care? And just how awesome is H.265?

Nov 19, 2013

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A Syncing Feeling

Episode #56

This week, Mike and Colin discuss the significance of an open source h264 implementation from Cisco, BitTorrent Sync, and the financial system.

  • BitTorrent Sync
  • [Planet Money ACH podcast] (http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/10/04/229224964/episode-489-the-invisible-plumbing-of-our-economy)
  • [Cisco opens H.264] (http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/30/cisco-plans-to-open-source-h-264-code-for-webrtc/)
  • [Cisco blog post on H.264] (http://blogs.cisco.com/collaboration/open-source-h-264-removes-barriers-webrtc/)
  • [xiph daala] (http://www.xiph.org/daala/)
  • [Google helpout - dr house call edition] (https://helpouts.google.com/108135037100946836685/ls/b3c7b9c307250e27)
  • [SpotShooter] (http://www.theverge.com/us-world/2013/11/4/5066300/shotspotter-analyzes-sound-waves-detects-crime)

Nov 06, 2013

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Free as in Beer

Episode #55

New Everything from Apple. Except 4K cinema displays. Lamentation.

Oct 29, 2013

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Really hope you can hear me now

Episode #54

This week, Colin makes the jump to T-Mobile, we give our predictions for the upcoming Apple event, and talk about a variety of innovative new hardware devices.

Oct 22, 2013

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Roamin' Holiday

Episode #53

This week, we round up some innovations in input devices, and talk about the world of international roaming for mobile phone customers.

Oct 17, 2013

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Sig Sig Siggraph Redux

Episode #50

This week, we dive in on the things Mike saw at Siggraph, and talk about the Kickstarter economy for hardware startups.

Aug 01, 2013

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Episode #48

This week on the show, we discuss the good and bad aspects of developing and debugging applications in a modern environment. We also pontificate about OpenCL and the complexity of starting an app from scratch.

Jun 26, 2013

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Weird and Wacky Dorks Convention

Episode #47

This week, a roundup of the things we care about from WWDC, and a discussion of Adobe Creative Cloud (we love it). Plus, a few other random bits of information from around the internet.

Jun 21, 2013

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We Will Dress like Cosby

Episode #46

In the triumphant return of Divergent Opinions, we discuss the upcoming WWDC conference, and the newly released ScopeBox 3.3, which includes ScopeLink. Check it out for yourself at www.divergentmedia.com/scopebox

Jun 05, 2013

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Not Another Buffet

Episode #45

Another NAB has come and gone. In this episode, we review the things that we found most interesting, exciting, or telling.

Apr 11, 2013

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NAB 2013: Doomination

Episode #44

What's in store for Avid, and will Apple's new push on Final Cut Pro X make an impact? We round up the news and talk about NAB 2013.

Mar 28, 2013

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Podcast in our Pajamas

Episode #43

Some fancy new sensors portend exciting cameras in the future. And, is working from home instant death for a corporation? Mike and Colin share their own experiences, vis-a-vis the lastest work-from-home controversy at Yahoo!

Mar 12, 2013

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Going on strike

Episode #42

This week, we cover the strife in the VFX industry, the unionization movement, and where that space is going.

Feb 26, 2013

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Bad Uses for Brain Stimulation

Episode #41

A basic roundup of the week's news, after a busy week shipping Phosphor.

Feb 07, 2013

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Episode #40

In this episode, we discuss our brand new application, Phosphor! We're incredibly excited to have this application on the market, and we're eager to know what you think. Let us know! In this episode, we cover the motivation behind Phosphor, and describe the development process.

Jan 29, 2013

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Ions on a Plane

Episode #39

Post CES, Pre NAB, not a lot of big news in the industry, so we discuss the Boeing 787, the renewed interest in Chromebooks, and Facebook Graph Search.

Jan 17, 2013

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WeMo: Because You're Worth It

Episode #38

Just how many Ks are enough? We round up the news out of CES, and talk about the Internet Of Things.

Jan 10, 2013

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I'm not slacking off, I'm rendering

Episode #37

Mike and Colin talk about thunderbolt for Mac Pros, 3d printing, and the year ahead.

Dec 14, 2012

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Kickstart my Cold Fusion Project

Episode #36

How hard is it to make a camera? Or to make anything? Mike and Colin discuss.

Nov 28, 2012

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Mo Ks, Mo Problems

Episode #35

4K is the new 2k - what does it mean for production? Mike and Colin run through the future of RAW workflows and 4K signaling, plus discuss the shakeup at Apple.

Nov 07, 2012

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LUTs and volts

Episode #34

This week, we released a major update to ScopeBox - ScopeBox 3.1. In this episode, we run through all the new features, plus round up some news from the week.

Oct 18, 2012

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Benevolent Overlord

Episode #33

New iPhones! And loads of IBC/Photokina news - Summer is definitely over.

Sep 19, 2012

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All cameras are better than most shooters

Episode #32

We're back! A bit of an argument about Apple/Samsung, plus all the latest tech news and plenty of awkward pauses.

Sep 06, 2012

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Exposed Flesh

Episode #29

Mike and Colin dive in depth on the recent flesh line controversy and give a history of what the flesh line is all about. Also, a round up of the week’s news.

Aug 02, 2012

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Hacking Doors, Hacking Brains

Episode #28

This week, Mike and Colin cover the launch of Mountain Lion and the Olympics, plus some cool new cameras.

Jul 28, 2012

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Kids these days

Episode #27

This week, Mike and Colin cover the impending launch of Mac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion," Avid's recent selloffs, our new job posting, and some cool new cameras.

Jul 20, 2012

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Oh. Right. Podcast.

Episode #26

And we're back. After a bit of a haitus, Divergent Opinions returns, triumphantly, to round up the news from WWDC, and anything else we found interesting from the last few weeks.

Jun 30, 2012

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Fear and Loathing (and DayQuil) in Las Vegas

Episode #25

This week, Mike and Colin round up all the news and excitement from NAB 2012. What a party it was! New hardware, new software, and not nearly enough sleep.

Apr 26, 2012

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Codec Creativity

Episode #24

This week, Mike and Colin dive deep on the current state of codecs, and where they're going in the future. We also round up the latest pre-NAB launches, and discuss the coming show.

Apr 05, 2012

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So many pixels

Episode #23

Mike and Colin discuss the launch of ScopeBox 3, and dive deep on the new iPad and h.264 support in FireFox.

Mar 23, 2012

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ScopeBox 3

Episode #22

This week, Mike and Colin talk about the impending release of ScopeBox 3!

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Feb 29, 2012

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Crossing the Telestreams

Episode #20

Mike and Colin discussion various bits of post-holiday news, and argue about the significance of the impending NAB show.

Jan 05, 2012

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Happy FPGAmas

Episode #19

Acquisitions, nerd fights, licensing and FPGAs - this week, Mike and Colin round up the news of the week and then dive into the proposed royalty free MPEG standards.


Dec 21, 2011

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Progressively Segmented Happiness

Episode #18

This week, an in-depth discussion on PsF and dying SD cards, plus some notes on other interesting news.

Dec 02, 2011

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Dirt For Sale

Episode #17

Mike and Colin dive into announcements from BlackMagic and The Foundry, plus Final Cut Pro X 10.0.2 and the mythical Apple TV.

Nov 16, 2011

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Abandon Everything!

Episode #16

Automatic Duck goes free, Canon and Red announce some cool new cameras, and Apple abandons everything ever.

Nov 04, 2011

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Testing. Testing. Is this thing on?

Episode #15

Colin and Mike talk about a bunch of news stories, and then discuss the software testing methodologies in use at divergent media, inc.

Oct 25, 2011

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Siri: Remind me to record a podcast

Episode #14

Mike and Colin round up the news. The iPhone 4S and the death of Steve Jobs come first. Then a discussion of some more cool projects from Adobe, 3d rendering technology, and the death of film.

Oct 15, 2011

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FCPXXML Xtravaganza

Episode #13

Mike and Colin discuss FCPX 10.0.1 (or is that ... nevermind) as well as other bits of news from the week. Links:

Sep 23, 2011

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ProRes and DNxHD fight to the death

Episode #12

This week, a round up of the news from IBC, as well as indepth on the addition of a ProRes decoder to libavcodec. Link:

Sep 16, 2011

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Rolling Stone Gathers no CMOS

Episode #11

Colin and Mike catch up on the news, and discuss the evolution of CCD and cmos sensors. For more information, check out:

Sep 08, 2011

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Real Hipsters Shoot 1.92k

Episode #10

Colin and Mike discuss the shipment of the Ultrastudio 3d, new announcements from RED, the Chinese 2k camera, computer upgrades, FCS3 back on sale, and 3d monitors. Also be sure to check out http://www.jenshesse.com/.

Sep 02, 2011

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Dream of a new DAM

Episode #9

Goodbye Steve. Discussion of moire effects and a variety of other things.

Aug 27, 2011

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PhDs for Hire

Episode #8

Mike and Colin discuss the trend of turning University research into features, content restrictions, and Javascript File API. Articles:

Aug 17, 2011

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Siggraph and Ubiquitous 3d

Episode #7

Mike and Colin talk about the interesting papers out of the siggraph conference, and the rapid innovations taking place in 3d imaging.

Aug 09, 2011

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Virtual Hosting and Interlacing

Episode #6

Mike and Colin discuss migrating a server to a virtualized hosting platform, and then dig into why you're all screwing up handling interlaced footage.

Aug 02, 2011

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Ultrathin MacbookPros, Hulu, Death of Optical, Interframe compression

Episode #5

Mike and Colin catch up on the news of the week, discuss the impending demise of optical distribution, and dive deep on the history and future of interframe video compression

Jul 26, 2011

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Lion, new Macs, and hacking FPGAs

Episode #4

Mike and Colin discuss what excites them about Lion, as well as the new Macs and two new papers on hacking FPGAs.

Jul 22, 2011

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Avid and Thunderbolt

Episode #3

This week, coverage of the recent Avid event, a discussion on the suitability of Avid for different editing situations, a new definition of "Pro" and discussion of the arrival of Thunderbolt products on the market.

Jul 15, 2011

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Video Rendering

Episode #2

This week, Mike and Colin discuss the evolution of computer technology as it relates to rendering video data. We cover CPU-based rendering, the evolution of OpenGL, and the introduction of OpenCL.

Let us know what you think, or where you'd like to see us go with all this podcasty stuff.

Jul 07, 2011

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Final Cut Pro X

Episode #1

Mike and Colin discuss Final Cut Pro X, including some history on how we got to this point, and why the existing app had to die.

Jun 30, 2011

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