I’ve included one last video of the 2017 solar eclipse (can you tell I can’t get enough of this?). This one is just the close up of the eclipse as it passes through totality. I’ve added some music for effect and have not included shots of the landscape and audience. Except for entry into and exit from totality, the video is time-compressed 10 to 1 to keep it one minute in length. A solar filter was removed just before totality began and reattached shortly after totality concluded. The music is “Mystic Spirit” by Digital Juice.
Jean MacDonald, Allison and I had the indescribable pleasure of viewing the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse in central Oregon near Madras. We arrived at 5 am at the one of the Round Butte Park overlooks in Cove Palisades State Park and met several people who joined us at our viewing location. Other than Jean, we didn’t know any of these people before the event but we made friends with all of them while sharing an awe inspiring experience.
You’ll hear us talk on the video about a couple solar flares we thought we saw: one on the right side and the other on the upper right quadrant of the sun’s corona. After the eclipse I checked high resolution NASA eclipse photos and confirmed there were indeed two solar flares just where we thought we saw them. Cool!
December 2017 Update: I was very pleased to see Google used a portion of my video in their “Google – Year in Search 2017” video which you can find here: Google – Year in Search 2017. It’s only a one-second clip that starts around 1 minute into their video. Look for where the guy in the lower right points upward toward the eclipse (they flipped my video horizontally). My 15 minutes of fame lasted only a second, but maybe I have another 14 minutes and 59 seconds coming?
Hi Allison, this is Steve back with a product review … well actually more of a product comparison. In my endless quest for the perfect sports headphones, I’ll compare the PowerBeats3 Wireless headphones that you recently got me for Father’s Day (thank you very much!) against the previous pair of headphones I used, the older model Jabra Sport Wireless+. As another comparison point, you can check out Allister Jenks’ excellent review of the BeatsX bluetooth headphones back in March.
Both the PowerBeats and Jabra Sport are Bluetooth headphones designed for use on the go or while involved with physical activity. Both headphones are wireless and connect to a Bluetooth enabled device, such as an iPhone. Both have external controls for volume, pause, skip ahead/back and call answering. You may have heard me talk about how almost all regular earbuds do not fit in my ears at all. For example, I haven’t been able to find a pair that will stay in my ears while running. So I depend on headphones that have hooks that attach the earbuds to my ears. Both the PowerBeats and Jabra Sport have these ear hooks to keep the earbuds in place while I’m active.
Bottom line is that I like the new PowerBeats3 headphones but there are still some situations where I prefer the Jabra Sport headphones, so I use both now, but each in different situations.
Now I’ve talked about these headphones’ similarities, so let me talk about where they differ.
Allison interviews Michael Rubin from Yi Technologies about their new 4K+ Action Camera. The Yi 4K+ records 4K video at 60 fps and can take photos in RAW format, both rare features on an action camera. The 4K+ will support live streaming with an “upcoming” firmware update and it has electronic image stabilization when shooting at 30 fps. The 4K+’s USB Type-C connector supports charging, connectivity to your computer, AV output, and an external mic and the camera comes equipped with a waterproof case. Learn more at https://yitechnology.com/yi-4k-plus-action-camera.
Allison interviews Kazunobu Saiki from Ricoh about their new generation Theta spherical camera which is a follow-on to the Theta S. This camera will provide 4K 30fps video with spatial audio to enhance the immersion experience. The new generation Theta will also support 4K live streaming and will come with an Android-based OS. It will support an open API so that developers can provide their own applications to run on the camera. The new gen Theta will be released “later this year.” Learn more at http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/theta_series/
Allison interviews Jake Barz from GoPro about their innovative Karma drone. The Karma is a quadcopter with collapsable propeller arms and landing gear for enhanced portability. It houses a GoPro camera (Hero3 and up) in a front-mounted, 3-axis gimbal with a built-in gimbal dampening system. What makes the Karma unique is how the user can easily dismount the gimbal from the drone and quickly mount it to the GoPro Grip handle for handheld steadicam video. The Karma kit also includes a padded backpack tailored to the Karma, a battery/charger, and a proprietary controller with high res screen for first person viewing during flight. The setting is the NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://shop.gopro.com/karma
Allison interviews Alan Lugo about several of the microphones that B&H offers for mobile applications. Alan covers 1) the Rode small condenser microphone that plugs into the audio jack your mobile phone, 2) the Audio-Technica low cost lavaliere microphone, 3) the Zoom iQ7 high quality stereo microphone that plugs into the Lightning port of your iPhone, and 4) the Sennheiser Action Mic designed to plug into a GoPro Hero4 camera for improved audio capture. The setting is the NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://bhphotovideo.com
Allison interviews Cinamaker Founder Benjamin Nowak about his tool and service for live production of multi-camera video. The Cinamaker app runs on an iOS or Android tablet and provides a low cost solution for multi-cam HD live streaming, recording and editing with easy setup and operation. It allows control of smartphone cameras and popular WiFi-enabled cameras including GoPro, Panasonic and Sony while supporting live switching between cameras and syncing of all recorded videos. Cinamaker will be launched in June 2017. The setting is the Showstoppers show floor. Learn more at http://cinamaker.net
Allison interviews Josh Hardt from Brother about their latest AiRScouter HD display. The AiRScouter WD-330C is a head-mounted viewfinder that helps operators preview the video they are shooting with comfort and ease. This headset’s 720p display projects what appears to be a 19″ monitor directly in front of the operator’s eye. The AiRScouter WD-330C has an HD-SDI input for connection to a wide range of professional cameras, gimbals, and stabilizer systems. The setting is the Showstoppers show floor. Learn more at https://www.brother-usa.com/AiRScouter/
Allison interviews Aasim Saied from Akyumen about their new Hawk Projector Smartphone. The Hawk sports a 64-bit octa-core CPU and a 5.5″ display with a 120 Hz update rate. In addition to being an Android smartphone, the Hawk has the capability to project videos, photos, presentations and mobile Apps onto a large screen. With 35 lumens, the projector can display images on screens up to 100 inches in size. Release date for the Hawk will depend on individual carriers but is expected some time after the fall of 2017. The setting is the Showstoppers show floor. Learn more at https://www.akyumen.com