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Hey streamers, Razer wants you to look and sound better

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Razer's new Key Light Chroma offers adjustable colors and temperatures.
Razer's new Key Light Chroma offers adjustable colors and temperatures.
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If you want to kick your streaming or vlogging up a notch, Razer has a trio of new products designed to help you look and sound better to your online audience.

On Friday, the gaming peripherals company rolled out the Razer Key Light Chroma, the Razer Seiren BT lapel microphone and the Razer Audio Mixer.

Editing vlogs is a cinch with this AI-powered iPhone app

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This app automatically trims your vlog clips to remove silence, and comes with a massive library of audio and visual elements.
This app automatically trims your vlog clips to remove silence, and comes with a massive library of audio and visual elements.
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Vlogging is a lot of fun. At the end of the day, it comes down to sitting in front of a camera and expressing your thoughts. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that, from planning to setting up lighting and backgrounds. But maybe the most critical stage is editing, which can also be the biggest pain in the butt.

Luckily, technology has made it so that you don’t have to worry about editing your vlogs.

Add a professional touch to your Zoom calls, vlogs and other video content

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U-Stream: This kit includes a USB-powered ring light, an adjustable tripod and a nonslip phone holder.
This kit includes a USB-powered ring light, an adjustable tripod and a nonslip phone holder.
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Even before the pandemic, video had become one of the primary ways we communicate with one another. Plenty of people share their thoughts and talents through the camera. But even if you’re just taking conference calls all day, a little bit of production value goes a long way toward making your videos look professional.

Easily capture video with this hands-free selfie robot [Deals]

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Easily record your content or capture candid moments hands-free with this smart selfie gimbal.
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Videos are a great way to share our thoughts and talents, document experiences and precious memories, and just plain communicate. Too bad they can be so finicky to record.

This hands-free smart gimbal makes it easier to get the best possible video. It uses image-processing technology to make sure you capture the best shot each time.

Retro mic turns your iOS device into a portable studio

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Samson Satellite mic
The Samson Satellite USB/iOS Broadcast Microphone brings the studio into the field.
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CES 2019 bugFor musicians, podcasters and streamers, “the studio” is an iOS device in a living room, coffee shop or some crazy live event.

Samson Technologies rolled out a new microphone at CES this week that promises to gather studio-quality audio no matter the location.

Conquer YouTube (and win $10,000) with LG’s Dream Setup competition

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LG is offering $10,000 and a chance for budding vloggers to build the computer rig they've always wanted as part of its Dream Setup competition.
LG is offering $10,000 and a chance for budding vloggers to build the computer rig they've always wanted as part of its Dream Setup competition.
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This post is brought to you by LG Electronics.

Since the dawn of YouTube, anyone with a webcam and something to say has had a chance to become a bona fide superstar.

A huge portion of the vlogging celebrities on the Tube make their name and fame by reviewing technology or games — searching “let’s play,” the genre of YouTube videos in which vloggers entertain viewers by getting way into playing video games, yields some 7 million hits. “Unboxing” — literally videos of someone unboxing some new toy or gadget — pulls up more than 20 million.

Looxcie Challenges Ustream With Their Own, Free, Direct-to-Facebook Streaming App — A First on Android

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Looxcie today launched their own Facebook channel, along with an update to their free live-streaming app — called LooxcieLive that turns any Android or iOS device into a video broadcast camera that streams video straight to your Facebook feed.

Of course, Looxcie’s isn’t the first app to do this; Utsream did the same thing just a week or so ago with their own app, Broadcast for Friends (with the gag-me-cute acronym of BFF). The difference here is that Looxcie’s Facebook channel can also serve up live broadcasts from Looxcie’s own hardware — which may make first-person-perspective shooting easier than, say, duct-taping your smartphone to your forehead (snicker all you want, we’re sure it’s been done). And, of course, Looxcie is first out the gate — and the only  Ustream to the punch with an Android app.