Sorry for the crazy post name, but I've got a lot of subjects to cover. To save you time (because I love you all like that) I'll do a quick overview.
1) I'm hosting a new internet TV / Radio show
2) I'm looking for musicians and even artists who'd like their content to appear on the show
3) I really need some help with a flash animation that I can't seem to rescue
4) I'm going to shamelessly ask Tom to give my show a shout out on the front page
The new show
My new job (at the moment) is as co-host on a internet streaming video / radio show called newCAST. Our focus is comedy driven current events, and music. We have three live shows a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:15 PM CST), and on Thursdays we spend the whole show featuring a local band, or musician.
Why do you care? Because A) the show rocks, and B) I love Newgrounds and want to rep some of the people and things from it, on the show. For starters, we've already found the Audio Portal to be a great resource. We make skits, and when we need a (royalty free) song for said skit, we simply find one on the Audio Portal, and then ask that artist for permission to use it. In exchange, we don't just credit them, but we add them to our credit page so that people can find them years down the road. Our page only gets about a thousand hits a day, but hay, its free publicity!
If you make music, and you'd like us to use it on the show, send me a PM letting me know what music I can use. If I find something I like (and I'm not some hardcore music weirdo), I'll use it, and credit you! Hell, I might just feature you, and by that I mean, play a song, talk about it, and direct users to your webpage / newgrounds page.
If you are a flash animator who makes movies, I'm also interested in showing your stuff. Every Tuesday and Wednesday we like to play a skit. I'd also like to play a flash animation on those two days, and then direct anyone who's interested back to that animation's page. This turns our viewers into Newgrounds fans, and I'm hoping Newgrounds can do the same for us.
My Flash Problem
As many of you know, Flash CS5 is a bit spaztastic. I've got a HUGE animation just SCENES away from being finished and submitted, but I can't seem to rescue it! If I work on it, saving causes a crash every few times, and I also have to do the Save As trick to make it CS4, and keep it from corrupting. I'd LOVE to just make it into a bloody VIDEO, but I can't seem to find any export settings that don't A) Crash, B) Produce a blank video or C) Make a corrupt / distorted video. I don't want to resort to using Snag It to just record it as it plays, but I'm at a loss for options here.
I've been trying to give back to Newgrounds since I got a free Wacom, and I haven't had much luck. I was either in Iraq, or out training to go back, and I never finished anything. Now that Newgrounds is going in a new (and quite justified) direction in regards to copyrighted content, I can't keep doing what I've been doing. I've said it before, and it still stands: Robotech Episode 3 Remake will be my last 'unoriginal' submission to Newgrounds, and that's only because I've almost finished it.
Until I can actually produce a new show, I'm planning on doing a little bit here and there plugging Newgrounds on my show. I'd like to feature Newgrounds animations from time to time, and use music from the Audio Portal, not just because they are amazing resources, but also to show people that there is AMAZING content out there that is under Creative Commons. There are a lot of talented musicians on Newgrounds waiting to be heard, and I feel like newCAST can help reach outside of the Newgrounds bubble.
My co-host and I would very much appreciate it if we could get a front page plug to help this cause, even if it just links to this post. At the moment, I'm living off this show, and unless our numbers improve, we won't be able to keep it up. Sponsors pay based on how many people watch the show. If anything, you could tell yourself you're helping a vet :P
Well on that slightly uncomfortable note, I shall bring this post to an end, but I will throw in a video of one of our skits, just for good measure.