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Play-by-Play Deep Dives - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 9/17/19
A first for Still Untitled: we're recording in the Tested podcast studio this week! Adam kicks things off by sharing a new YouTube obsession: high-level chess game commentaries. Adam also gives a recommendation for the show Couples Therapy. Then, we roll into a Spoilercast for Amazon's new superhero show The Boys!
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Tested: Assembling a VR 180 Camera Rig!

Tested producer Joey takes us behind the scenes in the assembly of our new VR 180 camera rig. Using a off the shelf Z Cam K1 Pro--which records stereo video at high resolution--Joey shows how he rigs up the camera with spatial audio microphone, recorder, and battery pack for on-location filming. This is how we made the videos in the just-launched Tested VR app! Check them out on Oculus Quest here!

Announcing Adam Savage's Tested VR!

We're excited to announce the launch of the Tested VR app, launched in partnership with Oculus. Consistent with Tested's mission of showcasing makers, sharing their passions, and telling their stories, we were thrilled to work with Oculus to experiment and explore storytelling workflows for creating VR video. We worked with eight creators to experiment with filming and editing in VR180 to gain a better understanding of VR media production.

From the moment we first put on early VR headsets back in 2013, we've been fascinated with the storytelling potential of this new medium. Whether it's through animated shorts like Oculus' Henry or 360-degree immersive video like Felix and Paul's Cirque du Soleil experiences, we're believers in virtual reality's potential to put users in new places and at the same time, share the stories of artists in a way that flat-screen video can't.

Over the past few years, we've been experimenting with consumer cameras that make it easy to capture video for VR. Our testing of cameras like the Samsung Gear 360, Lenovo Mirage Camera, and Insta 360 EVO let us play with the idea of putting viewers in interesting places, like in our podcast studio or on the dashboard of a car (Carpool Karaoke in stereoscopic 3D is surprisingly awesome!). One place we kept circling back to was Adam's Cave workshop. The cave felt like a perfect place to film VR video--we wanted to see if it would be possible to put a viewer in the cave and watch a One Day Build unfold, as if they were standing across Adam's workbench.

We filmed a pilot episode using a stereoscopic VR camera system with an ambisonic microphone for spatial audio recording; the system was compact and versatile enough to be set up around the shop to follow the pace of a build. We learned a lot of fascinating lessons about VR filmmaking along the way--which Joey will be sharing in an upcoming video--but the resulting footage was undeniably compelling. You really get a sense that you're in the workshop with Adam, hanging out while he's building a new prop.

Inside Adam Savage's Cave: New Apollo EVA Gloves!

Adam welcomes spacesuit replica maker Ryan Nagata back to the cave to share his latest iteration of Apollo 11 EVA gloves! Ryan's previous glove builds were already the best we've seen, but new measurements, materials, and fabrication techniques makes these even better. Adam and Ryan geek out over the details!

Inside BB-8 - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 9/10/19
We're joined this week by special guest Matt Denton, animatronics engineer and robot builder who has worked on the droids for the past few Star Wars films. Specifically, Matt was part of the team that built the various BB-8s for Episode VII! We chat with Matt about designing animatronics, the puppeteering of BB-8, and his personal robotics projects.
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Tested Visits The NASA Ames Maker Space!

During our week at NASA Ames Research Center, we felt most at home at Spaceshop, NASA's first in-house maker space. We learn about how the staff at Spaceshop use their high-tech tools to support the NASA Ames community, and then visit a few more of the awe-inspiring research labs on the campus!

Meet the Maker: Incite Focus

Wait, does Incite Focus sound familiar to you? If it does, it might be because Adam Savage stopped there in 2017 during his Maker Tour, and we walked away with TWO videos: one about the open-source, net-zero-energy micro cabin they were working on, and one about their open-source adjustable table. We were SO impressed with their work.

Read on for more about Incite Focus and to see the part they contributed to Project Egress.