GoPro Hero 5 on the waterfront.

I took the GoPro5 on the river with me recently. Did a great job for the little camera that it is. Here’s an example of some footage in real world conditions at dawn (video runs at 2x normal speed):

Pretty good clarity and range to handle the types of light, subject matter. I’ll be doing a more thorough review of the GoPro 5 after I put it through some more paces. Hopefully, I’ll have some interesting subjects to work with. Stay tuned.

RODE Videomic, video review

Creating videos for this blog is tons of fun. However, it does require some specialized equipment. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, just designed for the job at hand. The RODE Videomic is the perfect example. It is a directional microphone, which means that it records sound from a specific area. Here’s my video review of the RODE Videomic, which contains an on-location shot from Aruba, providing a good demonstration of the piece in action.

Given the wind and water noise at the shoreline, I was impressed with the RODE Videomic’s capability. My voice was clearly heard and the people behind the camera could not be heard at all, which is what this microphone is designed to do, record the sound from straight ahead. For the price point, RODE has done a great job. Thanks!

Star Walk, app review

After lingering in the 19th and 20th centuries for far too long, I’ve finally entered the 21st by purchasing an iPhone. This is an amazing device, as the rest of the civilized world already knows. For me, it’s more than a new toy. It is a productivity tool which has already earned its keep in any number of ways. At the same time, there are some things on here that are just plain fascinating and one of them is the Star Walk application. It’s like having an astronomer in your shirt pocket. You fire up the application, hold the iPhone up to the sky (usually at night) and it gives a rendering of the firmament above, complete with stars, planets, satellites, and the moon. Then you tap on a particular star and up pops all the info about it. There’s also overlays of the constellations. And you get a photo of the day, something usually incredible. For the few dollars this app cost, you get an entire astronomy course delivered to your handset. I wish I had this unit during my college years; I would have aced that astronomy class.

What’s your favorite app?

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