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= Before the Show =
= Before the Show =
Email producer -at- securityweekly.com:
Email ashley -at- securityweekly.com:
*Indicate Your Skype username
*Indicate Your Skype username
**Any URLs/links/info on projects you'd like promoted
**Any URLs/links/info on projects you'd like promoted

Revision as of 17:37, 3 September 2014


Below are some instructions and recommendations for coming on Security Weekly Just a few notes:

  • We are an Internet TV show and podcast, which means you will need to send us the best quality video (webcam or built-in camera) and audio (typically via a USB headset). We want to you to look and sound great!
  • We are streamed live, recorded, and posted to the Internet moments after your segment has completed. Having said that, if we need to go back and remove something from the recording, the chances are very unlikely we will be able to do so
  • We have a TV video switcher and broadcast live via Ustream and Google+. Currently Google+ is not being used for guests, though we are continuing to test it for this purpose.
  • We also record both audio and video and distribute it via iTunes, Blip.TV, Roku, and YouTube.
  • The Security Weekly folks in studio each have a dedicate HD camera
  • You will be able to see us on Skype while we are doing the production, if you can't, just ask and we'll re-enable the camera (sometimes it needs to be re-enabled)
  • We do very little (if any) post-show editing of the content in audio, so what you say will be on the Internet forever. Even if we need to edit something out, about 5,000 people download each episode as soon as it comes out, so editing something out is not effective.
  • While we are not governed by the FCC, we attempt to keep the show at an MPAA equivalent of a PG-13 rating. So not Disney and not hangin' with your buddies in the bar, but somewhere in between.
  • Please do not attempt to watch the show live while you are participating, the bandwidth Gods are angered greatly by this.

This means sending video is important to make the most out of your Security Weekly appearance!

Here are the steps we ask our guests to take:

Before the Show

Email ashley -at- securityweekly.com:

  • Indicate Your Skype username
    • Any URLs/links/info on projects you'd like promoted
    • Your Bio
    • A Picture of yourself typically included with your bio
    • Any information you want on our wiki for guests to reference
    • The way(s) you want our audience to reach you for more information
    • Your twitter handle so we can promote your appearance on twitter
  • Tell everyone you know that you will be on Paul's Security Weekly! Use Twitter, your web site/blog, other social networks & invite all your friends to participate LIVE. For each episode we stream the audio/video live, then release the recorded versions as podcasts and video downloads.
  • Pre-show we will setup a test call to make sure everything is in order. We try to be on Skype as much as possible and get the test call done, but please have patience as we have several guests in the queue at any given time.
  • Test call: Make sure you are in the same location during the test call as you will be for the show!
  • Each episode has an associated page in our wiki where we list information pertaining to the show, including announcements, interview bio, questions, topics, technical segments, and stories for discussion. For some previous examples please visit our Show Notes page. Be certain to review the show notes page for the episode you are appearing on before the show. Often times this page is not completely updated until 1 hour before the broadcast/recording.

Skyping & Dialing In To The Show

Skype Video is the preferred way to join the show. We have a Skype Premium account so all folks should be able to send video (and we have a phone number as a backup). In order to do this effectively you will need the following in place, preferable before your test call:

  1. A high bandwith/low latency Internet link. If you do not have this we try to give you enough lead time that you can travel somewhere that has a good Internet connection. BTW, Hotel networks are incredibly unreliable with respects to bandwidth, so if you are on the road, we may want to re-schedule.
  2. An Ethernet cable. Sure, while Wifi is like "wicked fast" now, nothing is better than a good ole' fashioned Ethernet cable.
  3. The latest version of Skype for Windows or Mac OS X. This is important as Skype updates all the time and it may not work if we are all not running the same version. Also, Linux support for Skype is all but dead so unfortunately this is not an option.
  4. A computer: Tablets and phones running Android/iOS do not support group video, therefore you must be using a laptop/computer running Windows or OS X (Linux does not support group video either)
  5. A quality USB or Wired headset (Headset includes headphones and a microphone). In case you need it, the headset we recommend for using Skype is a Plantronics 655 USB which works on Windows or Mac and is USB. If you are using a Mac, you *can* use the internal microphone (though a headset is preferred). If you are going to use the built-in microphone be certain to have a pair of headphones connected. Don't be shy about adjusting the volume levels in Skype's preferences, letting Skype auto-adjust is not advised, but rather controlling the headphone and mic volumes manually. Also, put a good distance between your mouth and the microphone to avoid distortion.
  6. A webcam. The camera built-in to your Mac is likely just fine, for Windows some built-in cams work okay, if not use an external webcam. A good, cheap webcam is the Logitech C310 (we're told it works with both Windows and OS X just fine). Be certain to position the camera directly at you and include as little of the background as possible (If you've ever watched a live interview on TV, that's what we are aiming for :).
  7. Lighting - You may want to experiment with different forms of lighting. General rule of thumb is the lighting should be facing you, not behind you. if there is a light behind you (or monitor or tv) your image will appear dark. The type of lighting does not matter, the more the better as a general rule. overhead lights are not typically bright enough, so you may have to rig up something or change your location to have the best lighting. If your test call was during the day, but it will be dark at 6PM EST your time, you can discuss lighting with our production staff.
  8. If you must use the internal mic, you will need a pair of headphones/ear buds (your computer/laptop speakers will cause an echo into the show's audio).
  9. A Quiet Place. Please try to keep background noise and interruptions to a minimum (avoid them completely if possible).
  10. NO iOS or Android/Linux please, it must be a Mac or PC.

Our Skype info is: pauldotcom (You can also use our "Skype Dial-In" number in case of failure and only for emergencies! +1 (401) 249-0081).

Our secondary Skype account is "pdcnovideo" and as the name states, should be used if you are unable to send video or your video fails the day of the show.

NOTE: We do support Google+, however we are still experimenting with the service, so please stay tuned.

The night of the show

Step 1 - Grab your favorite beverage of choice (For us, its usually Beer)

Step 2 - Connect to use via Skype. Don't be shy about adding us on Skype and/or calling us on the day of the show. We may also call you and add you to the conference.

Step 3 - During the show it helps to have a browser open to the show notes page for the episode you are appearing on.

Good luck!


In case you are having problems connecting or need to get a hold of us:

psw -at- securityweekly.com is the email that goes to everyone.


This is a good link to reference as our setup is somewhat similar: http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/How_to_Be_a_Guest_on_the_TWiT_network