Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Phantom 4 + Facebook Live

Today the DJI Go app was finally updated to allow me to stream to Facebook Live. The biggest difference between streaming to FB Live and Periscope, or at least from what I can tell, Facebook Live uses the Go app to stream, while Periscope uses the actual Periscope app. I think the output to Facebook Live was much cleaner overall, I am not sure what sort of compression Periscope uses but it was awful in comparison.

I was on WiFi while streaming today, I plan on testing the streaming to Facebook Live on cellular tomorrow, it was really windy and it was about to rain so I am going to wait and hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow. Stay tuned!

I still have not used the YouTube Live Streaming option, that is what I will test next! In a couple of weeks in Vermont we have a hot air ballon festival, I hope to fly my Phantom 4 close enough or high enough above them to get some good video footage. I do plan on live streaming to whichever service works the best, but I will most likely opt to stream to Facebook since I have the potential to get many more eyes on the video. If you want to follow me on Facebook or send me friend request;

Friday, May 20, 2016

Phantom 4 and Periscope

Today I tried to Periscope from my Phantom 4 for the first time and my experience was meh. This is a neat idea but it is not ideal, the quality is very poor, even when I was on WiFi the video quality looked very poor.

Here is a live stream on cellular data, which I admit I only had about 2 - 3 bars of service;

Here is a live stream from my house, 15 feet or less from my WiFI router, full bars, still meh;

As you can see, it didn’t make much of a difference in terms of quality — both streams looked like crap.

I like the idea of being able to do this but I had a ton of issues; from my screen going black, to the audio not working, to people joining but the app still telling me I had zero viewers even though I seen the ’so and so just joined’ message.

The biggest issue I see with trying this is obviously the connection. You have 2 areas that are ideal; rural areas with beautiful landmarks like waterfalls or covered bridges or city/urban areas where a poor connection or interference to the cellular connection is just as likely. I guess with an urban area you could connect to WiFi, but as you can see in my video above it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Hopefully Periscope/Twitter continues to work on this and one day we will have beautifully streamed aerial footage from drones to Periscope (which I am a huge fan of) or even Facebook Live. I really like the idea and I do plan on trying to stream again in the near future!

If you’d like to catch one of my Phantom 4 Periscopes you can follow me on Twitter @crizzonet or on Periscope @crizzonet.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Logic Keyboard skin for FCP X

No matter if you are a seasoned veteran of Final Cut Pro X or if you are just starting out, these keyboard skins are super useful when editing. There are so many keyboard shortcuts in FCP X that most of the time I forget that they are even there. Having a visual reminder is super useful as keyboard shortcuts make editing much quicker in my opinion. Between the different applications I use such as FCP X, Motion 5, Photoshop, Lightroom, Logic Pro X, etc., they all utilize keyboard shortcuts and it is hard keeping up with what is what, this skin helps with that.

Also, another aspect of the keyboard skin is it feels great to type on. Not sure how to describe it other than it softens the keys and feels better when typing. One thing I would keep in mind as well, I am not sure if the paint will wear off over time, so I most likely will remove it when I am not editing. But, the good thing is that these are cheap enough that even if it keys do wear-out they are affordable and can be easily replaced.

You can grab the Logic Keyboard skin for Final Cut Pro X on Amazon;

The skins will fit on both the smaller wireless Apple keyboard, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro keyboards. I am not sure about the new MacBook as I don't own one to test it on.

There are also keyboard skins for:
Logic Pro X

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Manfrotto Lumie Art (Lumimuse)

Grabbed a couple of these yesterday, I’m going to try and figure out a way to mount this to the Phantom 4. These are extremely lightweight (4 oz.) but are extremely illuminating, almost blinding. It shouldn’t affect the balance of the drone too much, but I’ll find out soon enough.

These are new products; they get about an hour of usage time; but, it takes about 3 hours to charge from 0% to 100%. It uses a standard micro USB to USB cable. It will work with an iPhone style charging brick, or just use your computer.
The LED light also comes with a filter, a defuser, and a ball / hot shoe mount to attach to a tripod.

There are 3 different light models; 4-LED, 6-LED, and 8-LED. The filters from the 6 and 8 model are swappable. The battery life on the 4-LED isn’t quite as good but it takes less time to charge.

This particular model I purchased is a 6-light LED portable lighting kit. It features three stops of lighting, 1-hour of lighting time, and a 420 @ LUX.

Lumimuse on Amazon: