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As technology becomes much more advanced every year, it helps companies such as Go Pro to create better action cameras.
Introducing, the Go Pro Hero 5, with it’s release on early October 2016. The Go Pro Hero 5 is a much more improved upgrade comparing to it’s older model, the Go Pro Hero 4. With a similar model to the Hero 4, The Hero 5 has much more features to offer.
First, let’s compare the Hero 4 Black to the Hero 5 Black.
The Hero 5 has it’s own waterproof casing, meaning you don’t need to buy an extra case and it comes with a little more reinforcement. This means, with both cameras naked, the Hero 5 is quite bigger comparing to the Hero 4 without the waterproof case. The waterproof housing can allow the Hero 5 to be submerged unto 33 feet underwater, and can protect the camera against dust and sand. But comparing to the old waterproof case on the Hero 4 (which can go up to 131 feet) it’s relatively better. If you are planning on going below 33 feet with your Hero 5, then you can purchase a “Super Suit Housing” for your Hero 5. This also means that the Hero 5 will weigh a little bit more than the Hero 4 without the waterproof casing:
Hero 5: 4.2 oz (118 grams)
Hero 4 (without case): 3.1 oz (87 grams)
Hero 4 (with case): 5.3 oz (150 grams)
But what makes the Hero 5 a major improvement, is it’s new built in LCD touch screen display. But comparing it to the Hero 4 Silver (which also had an LCD display) the Hero 5 has a much more sharper, brighter and easier display. Also, as it is waterproof without a case, you don’t have that back door panel, which makes it more responsive. This makes it much better when trying to control and adjust your camera’s settings.
The way to control the two cameras are still roughly the same, with three customizable buttons and an LED display in-front (which was improved on the newer model), but now on the Hero 5, you also have a voice activation feature which can be very helpful depending on what you are doing. So if both your hands are occupied, with the voice activation feature of the Hero 5, you can say simple commands such as: “GoPro start recording” or “GoPro take a photo” to control you camera. There is also a waterproof remote that you can purchase to control your camera from a far distance.
The Hero 5 has also a much more improved video shooting features compared to the Hero 4 Black, even though both can record 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, the Hero 5 won’t eat up all that memory card space compared to the Hero 4. Also with it’s new video stabilization feature, which can reduce the shakiness of your video. It also comes with more linear FOV, which removes the fish-eyed view of the camera. Both shoot in NTSC or PAL formats and both produce H.264 MP4 videos.
The Hero5 also adds three new options that can be useful:
- manual exposure where you can set the shutter speed
- a raw audio track option which creates a higher-quality WAV file
- an auto mode option that lets you put it in a mode that reduces the effects of wind noise
Both models have an image size of 12MP (4000 x 3000 pixels) and can take similar images, but the Hero 5 can produce much more clearer images and can be seen when viewed at 100%. The Hero 5 comes with HDR, GoPro calls it WDR for Wide Dynamic Range and it aims to capture extra details in shadows and highlights. Another thing is; RAW image format. Shooting in RAW mode have pros and cons. The main reason why, is for the for better image quality. The downside of shooting in the GoPro’s RAW format is that the images need to process and convert to JPG before sharing.
Like the older models, the Hero 5 has the ability to take time lapse of images and video. The first is old way of shooting a sequence of images, downloading those images from the memory card, and bringing them together on your computer using a separate software. Like previous models, the available intervals are 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds. You can also have the camera compile the video to create a time-lapse video. The new model adds a new option, and it’s a lower resolution which is 1080p. The reason for this, is it has been added is to make it easier to share the time-lapse video without dealing with the massive files from 2.7K or 4K video. With the smaller 1080p video it’s much quicker to take the footage from your camera, to your phone then upload straight to social media.
The Hero 5 can also take external microphones, but unlike the old model you’ll need the new USB-C mic adapter.
The battery life on the Hero 5 has improved and is using a higher capacity battery at (1220mAh vs. 1160mAh). With the new USB-C port, the Hero 5 allows fast charging. There is a slight problem though, the new USB-C port isn’t USB 3.0 it still uses a USB 2.0 for data transferring. Which means, you can’t have that fast transferring speed. If you’re using an external microphone, you’ll need a new mic adapter. It also has a micro HDMI (Type D) socket to connect to a TV or display device.
There are a bunch of things that have also been tweaked and improved, which are:
It automatically detects which way is up.
You can turn off the LEDs selectively.
The longest auto-off setting is now 15 minutes rather than 5 minutes.
In the end, the GoPro Hero 5 can do what the previous models can do, but with a lot more features and higher quality camera. As for now, the Hero 5 is still very limited to new accessories, unlike the Hero 4. Overtime though, that will change because of how advanced technology can become.
If you’re looking to buy a GoPro Hero 5, you can find them at various different websites and stores such as Amazon, Sport Chek, Best Buy etc. with a price of: $530.00 CAD
– Carlos Jochico, Big City Lights
Creating a good event can be tricky when your unsure of whats out there. The confusing language and abundance of options can be overwhelming for anyone not in the industry. On top of it all trying to get the right feel or atmosphere to your venue is the most difficult but the most important part to any good event. These 5 basic must haves can open your mind to the options and will take your party, corporate gathering, or wedding, to the next level.
1 – DELUXE LED PARS
There many different lighting options for any event but LED PAR‘s made my list because of its versatility. LED PARs are a narrow, powerful light that have a wide rang of different colours. These lights are great for creating a dramatic back drop of a stage, wall, or pillar but can also be a cheep substitute for any small stage lighting. In edition to just a solid colour you can have it on auto control mode that slowly changes colours and can even have it go to the beat of the music. This means MORE options, LESS equipment and MORE money in your pocket.
2 – Wall Washers
Similar to the LED PAR lights the wall washer has the same versatility in colour and function. Unlike the LED PARs wall washers have a longer and softer beam, mainly used for atmospheric lighting. When trying to create a glow of colour up the wall or bar table its a great way to turn a plain dull hall or event room to the party atmosphere you want. We rent these lights, but they are also ON SALE for a limited time for purchase.
3 – G3 Wireless Lav
Lighting isn’t everything that an event needs, even if its small speeches at a wedding or a presentation, you will need a way to speak to your guests. The G3 Wireless Lav is a great and simple way to do just that. This is a small clip on wireless mic that allows you to move freely in your space and no working about cables (FREEDOM) but every event is different and have different needs. This is a good mic for any one that will be speaking for longer periods of time not so much for quick and easy exchanges from one seeker to another. However this mic has a great sound quality and will work well for any presentation or MP at a wedding.
4 – Laser Lights
There are a few different kind of lasers but the most versatile would be the High Power Animation Laser. This high powered laser has hundreds of different preset animations making it very easy to turn on and have a lighting show –perfect for the inexperienced.Also with just a little more effort it has so many ways for you to refine the animations to get exactly what your looking for. Your typical laser will usually only come in red and green the Animation Laser has and additional white and blue light just giving the most options as possible, making it a great entertaining peace to add to your next event.
5 – Fog Machines
Fog machines and lasers go to gather like cookies and milk, you can’t have one with out the other, so fog Machines made the list. An easy way to elevate your lasers from a simple/kinda cool basic light show to an amazing moody atmosphere and we all know that is all about the atmosphere.
If you are planning on renting one for your next event it may trigger more sensitive smoke alarms, so be sure to talk to your venue about it before hand.
If your looking for any of any of these products to rent, you can see our rental list HERE.
Camera company Panono released its new design today for their unique panoramic camera which will be available in spring 2015. The company and idea started in 2011 with the help of fundraising website indiego, where they raised over 1.25 million dollars from backers and companies. The camera works by tossing it into the air as high as you want, and with high tech sensors, it is able to sense when the ball is at the maximum height, and snaps the 360×360 photo.
The ball shaped camera has 36 fixed focus cameras that are triggered at the maximum height of your throw and instantly catches a 360 degree picture. Resolution on the camera is quite impressive, with 108 megapixels being the final resolution, it knocks the iPhone 6 plus out of the park by being 13.5 times more powerful. The camera weighs only 440 grams, and has a diemeter of 11cm’s, making it convenient for on the go photography and how high you can than throw it! It connects to any Android or Apple device, Android 4 and iOS7+, using their free app which makes it easy to view and upload your pictures. You can store up to 400 pictures on the device, and you can also take still photos when you need a more precise shot.
The camera looks like a great new invention for the world of photography, and I will definitely be eager to try it out when it comes out next year for $549 USD.
Kodak recently released their most advanced and versatile action camera yet: the SP360 Action Camera. Kodak announced the camera on Oct. 28th 2014 in L.A, and was later released on Nov.3rd 2014 starting at $349. Whats incredibly cool about this camera is the fact that it has a 360 degree viewing range, meaning that the camera can literally see everything around it. The camera comes with 6 different camera angles to shoot from: front, ring, dome, front 180 rear 180, 360 panorama and globe. The camera can either shoot these modes in still photo or 1080 video. It also comes with burst shot for still photos and time lapse video.
The camera features a wide load of impressive features, including a 16 Mega pixel MO sensor, which is double the power of the GoPro Hero 4, making the quality of the photos and videos outstanding. It comes with full HD 1080p video, and 10 fps still photo, making it that much easier to capture the perfect shot. The camera is Wi-Fi accessible, and can be controlled wirelessly with iOS or Android devices on the mobile app. The camera only weighs a mere 103 grams, while the GoPro 4 weighs 73 grams, so there is barely any difference in weight (30 grams).
This camera looks like the best action camera released this year, with complex and revolutionary features, there are endless possibilities on the creativity the Kodak could make on what you are shooting. I would definitely spend $349 for this camera, because it looks like a huge game changer to the first person action camera industry, and I would like to own a piece of history!
Technological company Parrot has been setting new standards in the world of personal drones, and they just hit one out of the park with their new Bebop Drone. Parrot announced recently that the new drone will be planned to be released next month for $500 US. The drone comes with a 14 mega pixel “fish eye” camera, a sky controller to control the drone from the safety of your tablet, and a first person view of the action with Oculus Rift glasses or Ziess Cinemizer glasses.
- 14 megapixel camera
- Fish eye 180 degree lens
- WiFi/iOS/Android compatible
- 4 brush less outer motors
- Glass Fiber reinforced
- emergency mode (emergency landing)
- Sky Controller ( tablet holder w/ 2 analog stick control)
- 3800×3188 photo resolution
- 2 km distance from Sky Controller
- 1080p HD video
The Bebop comes with a very unique and extremely cool Sky Controller to maneuver and control the drone. As you can see it comes with a tablet holder, 2 analog sticks, record and picture buttons etc. The Controller helps boost the WiFi range for the drone, making the camera go further then just using your tablet.
The drone can also be flown indoors, as the drone has protective glass fiber frames around the 4 motors. Overall, the drone and accessories look like an incredible piece of technology, and considering the price of an Oculus Rift Glasses ($350) and the Sky Controller, the price of the drone will be not much more expensive then the base price ($500). I will definitely check out this drone when it is released in December 2014!
Escape Rooms are a relatively new game that started popping up in North America in 2014.
Originally started in Japan, Escape room is a physical game where players have to find clues,
solve puzzles and interacted with there surroundings to try and “escape” the room. Rooms
usually have themes like
diamond heist or prison break and for the more thrill
seekers theres rooms like “Pandemic” where the players have to prevent the virus from
Now if you found all that to be thrilling and exciting, Michael Counts in
New York took it one step further. Paradiso: Chapter 1 is his take on the escape room,
incorporating the elements of live theatre. To create Michael Counts vision a reality
he hired a full professional crew, some of witch are, lighting designer Ryan O’Gara from
Hamilton video, special effects wizard Caleb Sharp from “The Walking Dead Experience”
and set designer Katie Fleming of “Sleep No More.” These talented creators made an
adventure at a theatrical level with doors showing shadows of strange figures, screens
flashing messages, holographic helicopters and corpses split in half. Real actors are
even involved to make this experience truly epic. This new game made a big impression
and docent seem to be slowing down.
Could you imagine in the future, your able to pay for an experience, instead of watching
the movie, you pay to be in the movie. Can you imagine playing Rick in “The Walking Dead” or Ethan Hunt from “Mission Impossible.” What experience would you pay to be in?
I know one thing for sure I’m excited for the future.
Here is a list of the top ten Adobe After Effects plug-ins. (which occur in no particular order)
1. Plexus 2: $199.99
You can purchase Plexus2 here: http://aescripts.com/plexus/
Plexus 2 is a 3D shape and object generator that can be used for both prints and videos. This program can create physical simulations and also has several key components that make the program appear on the top ten list. Some of these features include the ability to, create 3D beams in between objects, to create splines to amp up the look of your piece, to apply facets (triangles) to your media with easy adjustments and finally the program includes a renderer that allows you to render the effects this program provides fast. If you are looking for a program that creates interesting visualizations and structures by creating interactions between shapes, Plexus 2 is the one for you.
2. Nodes 2: $349.01
you can purchase Nodes 2 here: http://www.yanobox.com/Nodes/
Nodes 2 is a 3D motion graphics generator that allows you to make 3D objects and particles that are complex and unique. The software allows you to make custom and outstanding 3D objects and particles using 3D effects like ossilating, noise cooridinate production and morphing to create a truly unique shape or universe of particles. It also comes with 100’s of shapes and particle templates that can be edited and morphed to make your video 10x cooler. The software also allows you to create custom point clouds of your images and videos, and can create complex diagrams and screen graphics to make your video truly unique. Used in a variety of big budget movies, Nodes 2 is perfect for the advanced editor who wants more out of their editing.
3. Ray Dynamic Color: $29.99
You can buy Ray Dynamic Color here: http://aescripts.com/ray-dynamic-color/
Ray Dynamic Color is made to help your life much easier by allowing colour change in each layer to o be much easier than it is now. This powerful colour management tool is made for the colours used in After Effects. This tool allows you to link the same colours used in the program together, allowing you to change that colour to a new colour. Wherever that original colour showed up previously, Ray Dynamic Color will automatically change it for you. This plugin will come in handy when a clients or yourself changes their/your mind and what to change up to colouring in the video or photo. Once you have this luxury you will never want to go back to manually changing it again.
4. Variable Diffusion: $69.00
You can purchase Variable Diffusion here: http://lesterbanks.com/2014/12/variable-diffusion-plugin-emulate-glass-filters/
The Variable Diffusion plugin for After Effects allows you to add millions of colour effects resembling what glass filters would look like. This plugin cuts down the cost of having glass filters, and allows you to decide after shooting what colour effect you would like best in the shot. With the ease of pressing a button, the possibilities of the final shot are endless. Additionally, the plugin also edits and perfects the appearance of skin tones and allows you to manually adjust imperfections. All in all, this program will end up saving you time and money, making your life that much easier and better.
5. Denoiser II: $99.00
You can buy Denoiser II here: http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/denoiser-II/
Now-a-days, the ability to shoot nearly perfect lighted shots in the dark, with only using a camera has skyrocketed. Changing the ISO allows you to shoot in the dark, although it also compensates with the quality of the photo or video. This is where the plugin Denoiser II comes into play. This program is used to “denoise” the shot to make it a crisp and clear resolution shot. Say goodbye to grainy, fuzzy shots and hello to a great looking result. This plugin is ideal for saving low-light shots, making your time and money more valuable.
6. Colorista 2: 199 full, $99 Academic
You can buy Colorista here:http://www.redgiant.com
Colorista 2 is a colour editing software that features precision editing to pin point exactly where you want to change your colour on an object,background or person. It features 3 stages of correction: Primary, Secondary and Master, that let the user edit any object or person to change the exposure, colour balance and image contrast. Like photoshop but for Adobe After Effects, the software is easy to use and lets you pinpoint and edit an object or person with two custom shape power masks that automatically shape around your object/persons/background. Overall it is an easy to use software that comes in at a decent price from a trustworthy company, and is sure to benefit your editing experience.
7. Lipsyncr: $49.99
You can buy Lipsyncr here: http://aescripts.com/lipsyncr/
Lipsyncr is a unique animation software that creates high quality Viseme-based mouth animations that sync to your audio files. The software comes with 3 different viseme maps, 4 illustrations (low quality), 7 illustrations (medium quality) and 10 illustrations (high quality), which means that the the animation comes with 4,7 or 10 mouth movements. The program is available in english, spanish and German, and it allows you to customize the look and style of the ‘talking head’. This plug in is good for intermediate to advanced editors who are looking for something unique and surprising to spice up their video.
8. Lenscare: $199
You can purchase Lenscare here: http://www.frischluft.com/lenscare/index.php
Lenscare is a software that moves the depth of field of the camera to wherever you want the camera to focus on in post production. The software makes it possible to choose anything or anyone in your shot to be blurred out just enough so you can still see the object/person in the backdrop, but be able to see the object, person the camera is focusing on. Lenscare is like an upgrade to the aperture on your camera, with the software getting rid of long 3d rendering times, and making the image look crisp and unique. The software is able to focus on 3d animations, motion graphics etc., perfect for executing any shot.
9. Motion Monkey: $129.99
You can purchase Motion Monkey here: http://aescripts.com/motionmonkey/
Motion Monkey is an animation/graphics software that boosts your layered animation to a whole new level. All you have to do is put your layered animation (made in illustrator or after effects) into the plug in, then you can select a wide variety of effects that makes the animation come alive. Motion Monkey works with most layers including text, video etc., and Kuler palettes are compatible and easy to import and use in your animation. Motion Monkey is a great way to make your animation/logo stand out from the rest.
you can purchase Trapcode Sound Keys here: http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/trapcode-sound-keys/
10. Trapcode Sound Keys 1.2: $149.00
Are you wanting to see the beat? this plugin for After Effects allows you to sync any audio and watch the sound keys flow. Although this effect is not for everyone, it is ideal for music videos. This effect highlights the beat and sounds which will go along with a music video that is telling the story of the song. Trapcode Sound Keys adds a unique feature to videos and can be frankly used anywhere you desire.
L16 Camera from Light
Tired of lugging a bag full of camera gear around every time you want to take great pictures? Not satisfied with the images or video you get from your smartphone? Well Rajiv Laroia, co-founder and CTO of Light, may have a solution to this problem.
He stated that “I developed the underlying technology for the Light L16 Camera because I was
And I’m still not satisfied with the “good enough” pictures I get from my mobile phone.”
This camera is the first multi-aperture computational camera. With 16 individual camera modules, Light’s technology fuses 10 images into one super high-quality, 52-megapixel image. These images have fantastic depth of field control and incredibly low noise. And the camera offers true optical zoom from 35-150mm while being slim enough to fit in a pocket.
Close up of the multiple lenses of the L16
Looks like this camera is still in pre-production, and is expected to be released in summer of 2016, but they already are taking pre-orders. Introductory price is $1299 USD until Nov 6th, 2015, then will go up to $1699 USD after that date.
The 2000’s have been all about saving; saving energy to save our planet. This is what inspired me to create a list of the coolest high tech ways to save. My list is relatively basic but will make everyone who comes over envies. Now if saving the planet to you isn’t super important, then how about having the coolest home set up wale still keeping money in your pocket.
1 – Belkin: Conserve Socket
The conserve Socket by Belkin is first on my list because of its simplicity but effectiveness. This device goes into your outlet and will automatically shut off. There are three different time settings; 30 minutes, 3 hours; 6 hours. Once the device shuts off no power is used preventing from fantom power (when a dives is off but still uses a small amount of energy). As you can tell this would be great for; your daughter how seem to always leave on her straightener, or the dad that can’t fall asleep with out the T.V. on, or how about charing your electronics. We know that leaving them plug in when fully charged isn’t good for the battery. Just set your timer and the plug will do to rest. I can think of so many different uses for this relatively cheep product, coming to just 10 dollars
2 – Nest Smart Thermostat
This sleek looking and incredibly smart thermostat will be the prefaced addition to anyones home. Being one of the smartest thermostats on the market, its great for the forgetful or busy individual. The nest will start to learn your habits, yes LEARN. For example lets say that every night at 6 you turn up the tempetcher a few degrees, your nest will learn this habit and start doing it aromatically. Now if you get to hot and your already in bed, no problem because you can also control your Nest with your smart phone. This awesome addition to your home will also know when you leave for work and will shut off so that no extra energy is used when your not at home.
3 – E-Shower
This new shower head will let you save with out even knowing it. This Kickstarter product saves 70% of your water but still has the same power and feel of your old one. The shower head combines air into the water stream creating “nano bubbles”allowing you to use less but still have a full feeling shower. Not only did they improve on the water savaging showers, they also solved one of their biggest flaws calcium builds up. The E-Shower will never clog with calcium, and keeps your shower clean from buildup. This small but mighty piece of tech will save you on your power and water bill and will cost $144-$195, depending on if you need a shower arm or not.
Philips Hue white and color ambiance starter kit A19
4 – Smart Lighting
This Philips hue starter kit is the coolest when it comes to smart home lighting. Yes these fancy lights connected to your smart device and can be controlled. This not only means you can change brightness, and colour from your smart phone, you can sync then to your smart T.V. as well. This set of lights comes with a movie sync feature that changes the lighting in your room according to what your watching, bring your viewing experience to the next level. Now all of this doesn’t sound very ECO friendly but some other fetchers this supper cool gadget comes with are Away from home control and scheduled lighting. This is really helpful if your just as forgetful as me and come home from work to find you left half your lights on all day. Sadly its not so cheep, coming to Just under $200. There are cheeper versions but come with less fetchers.
Whirlpool® Smart Front Load Washer with 6th Sense Live™ Technology
5 -Smart Washing Machine
This Whirlpool Smart Washing machine allows you to control and monitor your machine from your smart phone. This gives you freedom to do the things you need to do through out your day but can still start your laundry during the lower energy cost times. It also comes with many Energy saving features like Smart assistant, that helps you monitor your energy levels. This is sure to be a great saver if your in the market for one.
– Stephanie Bradshaw
Google and Levi’s have collaborated on a fascinating idea to turn jeans into a touch-based controller. Google has developed a thread made of conductive thread that contains no metals, isn’t rigid and seamlessly fits so that it is not noticed when worn. Google and Levi’s are teaming up to create jeans to make life easier by installing control systems into the fabrics in our jeans that we can access immediately that correspond with our personal electronics.
The question asked about this product is how it will make its way to fit our every day lives. It would be easy to vaguely imagine where we would find purpose for this – scrolling through lists on a pant leg, adjusting volumes and answering calls from inside our pocket but how is this really going to make an impact on a larger scale? Ivan Poupyrev, a technical program leader in Google research group has tested the product numerous times on a small scale – but still effective. The intent of the touch panels is to provide a quick and subtle way to interact with our technology we own Poupyrev used the scrolling gesture to adjust the hour on a clock – using the same motion, he lifted his hand higher and was able to adjust the minutes. Levi and Google are working together to further improve and advance the idea but no details were given about when the clothes will be available to buy.