Gnarbox Review – Go Get One Now!

Gnarbox Review – Go Get One Now!

I get a bit nostalgic when I talk about my laptop. It's a 17in MacBook behemoth that I've had almost a decade. It's slow to start, takes forever to render and is having trouble with new frame sizes and bit rates. But I love that thing. I've taken it to Ireland, Jamaica, and Peru. It's crisscrossed the United States with me and the only issue I've had is the hard drive died once. Well, that and it's a 17in MacBook behemoth! Trekking all over with it requires a large bags (which I'm ok with) and a strong back. Enter the . When I first learned of the Gnarbox I was a bit skeptical. A device the size of a hard drive enclosure that was going to replace my laptop and allow me to edit and share media on the go. Sure, if you say so. I was curious though, so I bit the bullet and let me tell you, it was worth it. The Gnarbox...
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YouTube VidCon News

YouTube VidCon News

YouTube has been the old standby for video sharing and hosting since it's inception. Similar companies, specifically Vimeo, have made a small dent, but YouTube reigns supreme. They are the video platform for everyone, Vimeo is really tailored towards filmmakers and other professional creatives. Some of the major problems YouTube has for distribution is that it's cluttered and not really mobile friendly. It looks like Google has heard these complaints and a new YouTube experience is coming. Our recent post discussed vertical/square video vs horizontal and that in the end, it depended on where the video will be displayed. Looks like YouTube has entered the mobile era and will now adjust it's player so that vertical and square videos can be played back and displayed as they were shot. It looks like they've also decided to clean the desktop space. The new layout is less 'boxy' and flows easier. They've made the account drop-down actually useful and even offer a dark theme option for viewing...
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360 Camera Review – Ricoh Theta S vs Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

360 Camera Review – Ricoh Theta S vs Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

https://youtu.be/L2nKzjI1DGw Recently, I got a chance to play with the Samsung Gear 360 thanks to a Streetview loan from Google. I've had the Ricoh Theta S for a while and love it. The only drawback is that it only shoots 1920x1080 video, which doesn't look good with 360 videos. The Samsung Gear 360 shoots 4k, so I thought it would be a better camera. It was not. In any way, shape or form. Ok, it shoots 4k, that's the only way, shape or form. Form factor is horrible because it's a ball and hard to hold and use. Luckily, this has been fixed for the 2017 version. The Gear 360 app is horrible. Terrible. Atrocious. It takes forever to stitch photos and video. If you attempt to do it all from the phone, it actually won't give you a 4k video, meaning you need a desktop solution. If you're a Mac user, just go cry yourself a river, because most of the desktop (and mobile...
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Vertical vs Horizontal and Square Video

Vertical vs Horizontal and Square Video

https://youtu.be/CeIicfy-ooQ When it comes to shooting mobile or online video, the easiest way to piss of a videographer is to shoot something vertical. I often grab friends phones and "fix" the way they are shooting. For a long while, it was a big pet peeve. But, as with all things today, times have changed. By that, I mean WHERE we consume media has changed. If you own a smartphone (more than 80% of you do) then you've probably watched a video on it. This is where the problem occurs. YouTube, Vimeo, and other video hosting sites still favor widescreen formats and users tend to rotate their phones when on those sites.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most other social networking sites, though, tend to favor the profile or vertical positioning. Studies show that we spend upwards of 90% of our time with our phones in the vertical orientation. Because we use these sites vertically, consumers have gotten used viewing information in the manner. Yes, you can...
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Best Video Converter

Best Video Converter

https://youtu.be/iihR4jd53Ds Here's the notes from our first episode, best video converter. When converting video for online use, remember that MP4 is the current standard. Product Download - Squared 5 When you launch the application, you'll get the blank dice looking image. You can drag your video to be converted into the frame.  If you have more than one video and you want to do a batch of them, it's List>Batch List and you can drop your videos there. Once your video(s) are loaded, select 'export to MP4' In the dialog box that appears, you want to make a few adjustments. Set the quality to 100 Check the limit data rate box and set to 10000-15000 if you need to adjust the size of the video, select a new frame size. (You typically want to leave it the size it was shot, the unscaled setting) Hit 'Make MP4' The next screen will ask you where you want to save your file and then you're done! I've used MPEG Streamclip...
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