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Old 02-06-2013, 01:14 PM   #16
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Absolutely LOVED it!

It was really first rate. The video quality on my ancient Windows XP laptop was crystal clear. Loved seeing the Bob Varley studio. I really enjoyed being able to SEE what was being discussed; it really helped with the comparatives of the 7 resorts (brilliant segment idea, by the way). Photos and videos taken at the resorts were also terrific.

I was watching later on You Tube while I was doing my daily workout. I didn't want to stop the computer, so I did more time and my workout just flew by. (I was laughing so hard at the clip on the pedal bike!!) And, Pete, I haven't "seen" you since your Med cruise videos--you're looking really good; congrats on the weight loss.

Anyway, keep up the great work, team. I'm really looking forward to the next one.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:19 PM   #17
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I have to say, I sat down at the computer with the intention of watching the show,but soon found myself wrapped up in having to do some paperwork. So I basically listened the way I do every week and I didn't find that it was geared too much to the viewing audience. I really liked it. I do wonder if John will save the most controversial news stories for the edited shows though!
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:24 PM   #18
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I can't tell you how wonderful it was to see everyone! It's like seeing your friends whom you haven't seen in FOREVER! It so AWESOME!!! I loved being the proverbial "fly on the wall". It's been so long since I've been able to see everyone and it really was fantastic to see everyone in the same room. Plus to see the studio - Wow! While I will miss having the team on my drive to/from work each Wednesday, I know I won't be able to wait till the audio comes out. All the guys on the controls did such a great job and the team looked so relaxed...like they've been doing the video podcasting forever. I've been so excited for this ever since the announcement made on the cruise and am just delighted to see it come to fruition. As I was watching yesterday, I couldn't help but to think just how very much Bob would've LOVED the video show. Thanks to each and every one of the team for all the hard work you put into this show and for bringing a bit of Disney to all of us - it truly makes my days brighter You are very much appreciated!

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Old 02-06-2013, 02:54 PM   #19
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I got home late last night, and couldn't get the video on my iPhone (I'm sure I'll figure it out), so I only listened to the audio. Since I didn't have the option at the time to compare the two, I had no problem with the audio show at all. It sounded like a normal show to me.

Hopefully tonight I will have time to figure out how to watch this on my iPhone so I can actually see it this time.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:52 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by WebmasterPete View Post
Give us a chance to get our feet wet before you start writing the obit.Pete
I'm not writing the obit. In fact, I think you did a fine job of trying to rein in the discussion where it became too visual. But I think the point to be made here is that the video feed is (and should be) superior to an audio-only feed. Pulling back on the reins too much in order to make the video content equal the audio content may end up hurting the progression of the mediuim. Otherwise, what is the point of video? I would urge you to continue to go in the direction that you are going and I would urge those who might resist the video feed to embrace it. Then, and only then, can there be a leap forward. And that is meant as positive, constructive praise, and not criticism, constructive or otherwise.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:09 PM   #21
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I'm not writing the obit. In fact, I think you did a fine job of trying to rein in the discussion where it became too visual. But I think the point to be made here is that the video feed is (and should be) superior to an audio-only feed. Pulling back on the reins too much in order to make the video content equal the audio content may end up hurting the progression of the mediuim. Otherwise, what is the point of video? I would urge you to continue to go in the direction that you are going and I would urge those who might resist the video feed to embrace it. Then, and only then, can there be a leap forward. And that is meant as positive, constructive praise, and not criticism, constructive or otherwise.
I loved, loved the video podcast. I watched yesterday and today I just listened to it. I really enjoyed both. That being said though, I understand people's nervousness about losing the audio only shows. It's not that I am resisting the video shows, it's just they are time consuming. Like most people I listen to the show in my car or while working or walking or cleaning at home. To find the time every week (if that is what it went to eventually) to sit and watch the show would be hard. I definitely want the video shows to continue, but I still want/need to be able to just listen and still enjoy the audio. Thankfully, I think Pete totally understands this.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:13 PM   #22
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I think they did a great job! It was really fun to watch the team interact with each other. As much as I laugh while listening to the audio version of the podcast, it was somehow funnier watching it live. I loved it when some of the team got offended because they were being 'auto tuned'... hilarious!

I'm sad to say that my schedule won't allow for me to tune in consistently, but overall I think it's an excellent addition to an already great show. And THANK YOU again for getting rid of the obnoxious movie sound effects! That little recorded moment from Teresa is exactly the kind of thing that makes the podcast better, not takes away from it. Keep up the good work!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:41 PM   #23
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I loved it. I also watched the girls only podcast today-loved that too. I think Pete was an excellent host as was Julie. The team has worked so well together for so long that they just continued their great chemistry. The studio is amazing. So many artifacts to look at. My favorite is the haunted mansion sign.
i think the idea of the park bench is genius. My idea for that would be maybe one of the boat rides. For instance the ferry ride from wilderness lodge to the magic kingdom. Or maybe the monorail(my favorite ride in the parks).

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:08 PM   #24
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I really enjoyed it. However, Pete has stated numerous times that for those who cannot watch it (either live or replayed), the audio broadcasts will still be available and you won't miss anything. It's a nice sentiment, and I'm sure that they will try hard to make it so, but now that the podcast crew knows that they are on video, there is a definite sense of "playing to the cameras". Not in a hammy, mugging sort of way. But in an unavoidable way of wanting to show viewers what is going on. Pete had to remind the cast on several occasions to speak their words for the benefit of the folks who will only be listening instead of showing visuals to the video audience. I suspect that there will be more of this, and in the end, the audio experience will not replicate the visual experience in its entirety. Just think of how many photos of resort rooms and plates of food that we saw yesterday. And Kevin showing us things on his tablet. And Pete playing with the Vinylmation Mickey. All great stuff. But to think that this experience can be replicated by listening only to the audio feed and then clicking on photo and youtube links is a bit of a stretch.

Bottom line....this was great. But for those of you who are "audio only" right now, you need to figure out a way to view the video feed either live or replayed, because this train is leaving the station and no matter how much they try to make the audio experience equal the video experience, it is an impossible task. Sort of like the way TV overtook radio dramas. It's inevitable.
Have to disagree completely. The whole thing was great. Didn't notice any difference at all. This was a first try and an excellent one at that.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:24 PM   #25
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Only listened to the audio version so far and 10 minutes of the video podcast but it's all positive from me so far.

- Appreciate that you cut out the bits that weren't relevant to the audio only version. Helped it flow much better.
- The video quality (on the youtube version at least) is really really good. That equipment must have cost you a small fortune Pete!

I've been listening since 2007 and this does seem to be a natural progression for the podcast. I was slightly nervous about the transition though as I tend to listen to the podcasts in work and it's always going to be my primary method of experiencing the show. My fears have been quashed though completely already. Great job to the production guys too, as a tech nerd it's much harder to do than everyone thinks.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:26 PM   #26
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For the love of all things holy, can you at least give us a chance to get used to this before you proclaim the death of the audio show? Really? It was our FIRST broadcast. We haven't been recording the audio show in seclusion either - Bob used to bring props to show. We've had 'visual' queues on the show for 6 years now - we're sitting next to each other holding things up all the time having to describe what we're seeing for the audience.

Look, I'm all for constructive feedback, but some of these statements about the death of the audio show are bordering on unfair. There are at least half a dozen segments on the calendar for the next month and half that are 'audio only'. Dustin and Shaun know to edit anything out of the audio show that is 'overly visual'. If three months from now we've completely forgotten about our 'listeners', then you have a gripe - but really - it was OUR FIRST BROADCAST. Give us a chance to get our feet wet before you start writing the obit.

Show was great. I have been an audio listener for a while and it was nice to finaly put faces with the voices(the 4 minutes of audio on the podcast before you started the show was great). And now we can hear, see, and read the rants. it is going to be amazing.
I dont get to watch live but i do get to go back and watch the video if there are segments I heard on audio and want to "see"
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #27
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As a long time "listener" I agree the new "webcast" is great. It started a little rough but got better as they became more relaxed with the cameras present. I enjoyed the group view camera better when several people were talking rather then jumping from person to person. But when one was talking at length, the single camera was fine. I like the bottom third information because I didn't know some of the things it showed. I thought once they got into the 7 resorts in 7 days review it really starting moving smoothly and looking very professional, in a casual sort of way.

I watched the replay since I work the midnight shift and was asleep for the live webcast. I tried to watch it as I unusually listen, at work on my smartphone, but the feed buffered too much and it got frustrating. I listen to and watch A LOT of podcasts/webcasts but I do it with an RSS feed downloader. This makes for a smooth playback and I can pause it without losing my place in the cast. Pete made the comment in another thread that making an RSS download available would be too cost prohibitive so I guess I will have to try and find the time to watch when I have access to a WiFi connection. This is not a criticism just a comment on how I keep up with the DIS Unplugged.

I am a big fan of the DIS Unplugged, my family and I even traveled down to the Welcome Center to be a part of the one and only podcast from that center. I met all the crew there and hope one day to see them again in person.

Podcast crew, keep up the good work. You are my favorite Disney information source.

BTW, Pete is always amazed at when and where people listen to the podcasts. As I said, I listen on my smartphone, while at work, operating a Caterpillar 950H front end wheeled loader.
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I love both formats I missed watching the live stream of the first show's but caught the one with the ladies today. I did however watch the other shows on youtube after listening to the news show and well listening to the 7 in 7 show. Both were great.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:36 PM   #29
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I liked seeing the faces to the voices. That was very interesting. I'm hoping I can find someway of getting the live video to my iPod. I was in school today for the Ladies Only live stream (I love those!), but so glad there are recordings.

I say keep them going! BTW - I love the decorations in the background of the videos. There's Disney and Mickey everywhere. Giving me ideas of how I should decorate my room.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:48 PM   #30
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I was so excited about the live shows that I watched them both on my iPad while at work. I ended up getting busy so I listened to the audio version in the afternoon. Then when I got home I brought YouTube up on the 60" for DH to watch with me.

I enjoyed watching the group interact. The 7 in 7 was so well done and it was so nice not having to go to the show notes to see the photos. The ladies show was smoother but that's because the techs (Dustin & Shawn) had the initial show all wrapped up.

I felt that all versions were excellent! I couldn't have asked for more. Thank you for spending the obscene amount of money and endless hours of hard work preparing this. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves. I for one cannot wait till the next one.

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