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Compression Issues Mar a Nifty, Cheap Live Streaming Tool

By Timothy R. Butler | May 26, 2021 at 11:56 AM

For most of last year, it was nearly impossible to get a name brand video capture card for a computer. These devices help to take video from a camera, video game console or other device and make it usable on your computer to record or stream. In a world that was dependent on streaming, well known cards like Elgato’s were selling for several times over their original price, giving room for a whole range of generic cards. Some of them are pretty good, so let’s consider one of them.

Pixel Voical Wireless Mic System

By Timothy R. Butler | May 10, 2021 at 12:53 PM

Can an affordable and seemingly misspelled wireless mic system help you with your live streams, Zoom meetings and other audio and video projects? We’ll find out as OFB Labs puts the Pixel’s Voical (sic) Wireless Mic system to the test.

A Look at the Weeylite Sprite 20 Light Kit

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 10, 2021 at 9:30 PM

If you are new to photography or videography, it is easy to overlook the importance of lighting in producing truly great results. Advances driven by machine learning photography from Apple and Google are seriously reducing the utter necessity of lighting in many situations, but if you are aiming for the best quality video, pushing your live stream into pro territory or leveraging light for artistic photography, lighting gear is your friend. And an affordable set from the maker of Viltrox lenses is a really good way to get started.

Tim's Live Streaming Guide

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 23, 2021 at 5:17 PM

Wanting to take the live streaming plunge personally, for your business or for your church? Here’s some great tools to help you get started. This guide is being developed at the moment, so please come back for additional suggestions in the next few weeks (Updated: May 27, 2021).

Tim's Charging Accessories Guide

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 23, 2021 at 12:02 PM

There’s a plethora of brands and types of charging accessories for your electronic gadgets — how do you choose? Here are our current favorites that have proven reliable, convenient and reasonably priced.


OFB's Timothy R. Butler has been being putting gadgets, serious tech and useful bits for around the home to the test for almost two decades. He's testy so you know it passed the test.


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More guides, including a keyboard buyer's guide, coming soon.