Showing posts from June, 2016

Do parabolic signal boosters work?

This is my first test with the Skyreat parabolic signal boosters. Did it help boost my signal any?

I plan on doing 3 or 4 more test with these signal boosters before giving a final verdict on them. Stay tuned. I am not knocking them or disclaiming they don't work, I am just showing my results. Maybe I did something wrong? I understand the trees work as obstacles, that is the purpose of me trying to find something to boost the signal! If you have any opinions of what I could do or try for better results please leave a comment below.

You can purchase these on Amazon for only $19.99:

Check my initial opinion or "un-boxing" of them here;

SKYREAT Copper Parabolic Antenna Range Booster for Phantom 4

I purchased these parabolic range boosters for my Phantom 4 with the hopes of increasing the connectivity of the Phantom 4 to the remote controller. I live on a mountain in a highly wooded area, so a lot of times when I am flying my Phantom 4 will lose connection to the remote controller for a few seconds. It doesn’t happen every single time, but it happens enough to where I wanted to try something with the hope of addressing this issue. I enjoy live streaming Vermont sunsets to Periscope several times a week, I am also hoping this might improve the signal quality for that as well.

A few tidbits about these — they easily fit on the antennas, you just slide them over the top and they stay pretty snug on them. They do seem to weigh the antennas down a tad, I noticed one of my antenna flopping left and right a tad; but I might just need to tighten them a bit to avoid this. These are ideal when using a smart-phone, when I put my iPad on the controller it seemed to rub against the antenna …

FM-15 Fleximic and Quick Release 360 Mic Mount for the DJI Osmo

Both are must have items if you are thinking about buying an Osmo. The Fleximic is $10, the 360 mic mount is $9.

I have not yet compared the Fleximic vs other microphones I have for the Osmo, I am still waiting for one more to arrive tomorrow, but I will have that up by this weekend. I will say, if you buy an Osmo, an external microphone is a must if you want to record sound, if you own one you already know the built-in microphone is a turd!

Purchase the Fleximic from; FM-15 Flexmic $10
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Purchase the mic mount from; Quick Release 360 Mount $9
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The top 5 Google questions about Drones and the FAA ruling

Image pulled in a list of the top Google questions about the new FAA ruling regarding drone usage and the Part 107. I personally think it is bullshit to have to pay $5 to register a hobbyist drones, but I understand why they are doing so. There are many people who use their Phantom or Parrot drones recklessly, having some sort of regulation to help those understand the dangers that could occur is a good thing I suppose?

I think for this to really reach the masses, the FAA will need to require retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Apple store, etc. require literature be given out with every purchase, then have the manufacturers also include info; both, notices written on the box, as well as informational pamphlets with the laws and regulations on the inside of the box. Most weekend hobbyist are not going to know about these legal requirements, not unless they keep up with the drone hobby itself. How many parents bought their kids drones without a thought in the world of…

Editors Keys Backlit Keyboard for Final Cut Pro X (video)

The Editors Keys backlit keyboard retails for only $129.99, if you want a great keyboard that also has terrific visual reminders for shortcuts in your most used applications, the Editors Keys keyboard is for you.

The keyboard is not only fantastic with helping editors remember which shortcuts perform which shortcut, but the fact it is also backlit makes buying the Editors Keys backlit keyboard a no-brainer.

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Sample 360º

Currently uploading all this footage to YouTube, etc. for download. #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

You need to use the Chrome browser to view 360º, if you don't have Chrome, you can download it for free here;

How to edit 360º VR video in Final Cut Pro X

I just recently purchased a Theta S (the same camera they are using in part 1), and these videos have been tremendously helpful. 360º video is the future so it is a must to learn everything I can about how to edit this format now so I am not behind when it takes off and goes mainstream, or all videos are in 360º.

I also included some 360º footage below, I uploaded the file to my Google Drive account, feel free to download it and open it up in Final Cut Pro X to play around with it.

The MacBreak Studio in 360º

Download sample footage;

Editors Keys backlit keyboard for Final Cut Pro X

Keyboard shortcuts are a tremendous timesaver when working within particular applications, since I work in Final Cut Pro X daily, keyboard shortcuts are a major part of my editing workflow. I also use quite a few other applications that also use keyboard shortcuts, sometimes remembering all those keyboard shortcuts is difficult because there are so many shortcut keys to remember. Having a visual reminder of which key performs whichever action is super helpful — insert the Editors Keys backlit keyboard for Final Cut Pro X. In this review I am going to tell you about some of the design features of this keyboard and the user-experience of the keyboard itself.
DesignThe Editor Keys backlit keyboard for Final Cut Pro X is a black, chiclet style keyboard. This particular keyboard includes the numeric keypad on the right side for a total of 109 keys, this keyboard also include F1 - F19 keys across the top of the keyboard. The keyboard is about the same exact height as my Apple wireless keybo…

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt

The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt external hard drive is a rugged, portable hard drive for when you are on the go. It is bus powered so you do not need to plug it into an additional power supply, it supports both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. This particular version of the LaCie Rugged is the hard drive version, there is also an SSD version as well. For those wondering, this is Thunderbolt 1.

The hard drive in this is only 5400 RPM. But transfer speeds are very fast still and for 1 TB it isn't very expensive if you want a portable drive. Add on top the fact that this is more durable than most portable drives, it has shock protection for up to a 5-foot drop, and it is also water and dust proof. I own several of these drives and have never had an issue with them. Highly recommended.

The drive comes with an integrated Thunderbolt cable and an IP54 dust and water-resistant cover for the USB 3.0 slot.

You can buy the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive on Amazon for only $169.99;…

ShuttlePRO v2

I have been using the ShuttlePRO v2 for about 2 weeks now and I am super happy with using it in my Final Cut Pro X workflow. I am also working on a full review of the ShuttlePRO v2 as well as a few of the workflows I incorporate with it, stay tuned.

If you are editing in Final Cut Pro X, especially on a MacBook Pro, then you should consider adding this to your workflow. It fits easily in most laptop bags and is very portable.

Also, you can use this with almost any app on your Mac, not just Final Cut Pro X. It works great with Adobe apps as well, among others. I use it in Lightroom and Logic Pro X myself.

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Phantom Zoom (mTransition Zoom demo)

This is a short demo of some of the mTransition Zoom transition. For more information about mTransition Zoom, check my review;

mTranstion Zoom - First look / review

This is a quick look at mTransition Zoom from motionVFX. This is an excellent Final Cut Pro X transition plugin. mTransition Zoom is only $59. A great plugin. Highly recommended!

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As mentioned, check out this short that uses mTransition Zoom.
One minute in Vietnam;

Pinnacle Studio for iPad (updated)

Pinnacle Studio for iPad is a powerful video editing application. Pinnacle Studio allows you to edit, crop, add text, audio, still images to video files on your iPad. In my opinion this is the very best video editing application available for the iPad.

Pinnacle Studio is $9.99 in the App Store: Pinnacle Studio Pro - professional video editing - Corel Inc. (iPad)

Pinnacle Studio is also available for the iPhone: Pinnacle Studio Pro - professional video editing - Corel Inc. (iPhone)

This is an updated preview of the app, I previously did a preview back in 2012: