Category Archives: Apple

How to use manual video controls on the iPhone 11 incl sample photos & video using Moment lenses

Happy New Year everyone.

In this article I am going to explain how to use manual video controls on the iPhone 11 Pro along with what accessories you will need to accomplish this task.

First, why bother. Well the difference before and after is night and day. Video footage is smooth with the correct motion effect that isn’t jagged, instead it’s smooth.

First things first, I headed over to the Moment store and bought myself their Moment Photo case for my iPhone 11 Pro. If you have some spare time, and you are into video & photography the Moment store is one helluva a great place to browse with tons of great useful gear for your phone, not just iPhones either.

Moment have 3 styles of cases for the new iPhone 11 range, and I have all 3 which I’ll be covering off the pros and cons of each shortly, however, my strong advice is just to buy their strongest and toughest case only, the Photo case. Once you have this case, you can now attach their lens, filters and more. It’s a small price to pay for the extra benefits.

In terms of filming the video, there are 2 apps I would recommend on iOS. Filmic Pro or the Moment app. If you have Moment lenses then their app is ideal. You will be advised to grab a gimbal for even smoother video footage. The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is what I use. I’ll leave links to everything at the end of this article. In terms of filters I got a set of ND & CPL filters from Gobe on Amazon.

So now you have all the accessories and apps for your iPhone, what next. Well you need to setup the manual video controls. Here’s the rule of thumb. If shooting at 30fps , your shutter speed needs to be double at 1/60. Same rule applies for other FPS. So another example, shooting at 60fps needs a shutter speed of 1/120. The great thing about shooting at 60fps is that you can slow this down in post production for even smoother footage. For editing video on the iPhone, the best app is Luma Fusion.

Sounds simple, and it is , except now that you have a slow shutter speed, too much light will be entering the lens, so you need to attach a ND filter over the lens to counteract the extra light. In the video below, I used a ND8. I then used my DJI Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal.

Above is a photo using the Moment Anamorphic lens. It creates a cinematic look and in video is stunning. Especially when it counters light sources as you get those blue lines across the screen.

The above shot was taken using the new fisheye lens from Moment.

Now back to the video created. It’s just over 2 mins long so enjoy.

Useful Links

Moment Store

Moment Lens, Cases & more on Amazon

Gobe Filter set on Amazon

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal on Amazon

My Top 5 Phones of 2019 – And there’s a surprise winner + apps/games on my phone

Welcome to my top 5 smartphones of 2019. This is my personal lineup of which phones are my top 5.

Factors that were taking into consideration include –

– Overall experience
– Camera Experience
– Camera quality split into video and photo and other features
– Phone UI
– Links to a wider eco system
– Software and security updates

The second half of the video, is a close up look of what’s now on my phone in 2019 and why. This includes apps and games.

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If you have a different top 5, what are they and why?

Useful Links

Google Pixel on Amazon
Huawei on Amazon
Oppo on Amazon
Honor on Amazon
Apple on Amazon

AirPower in 2020 – Mophie 3 in 1 Wireless Charger Unboxing & First Impressions

Welcome to my first impressions and unboxing of the Mophie 3 in 1 wireless charger that charges your AirPods, Apple Watch & iPhone all wirelessly. Fast wireless charging is available for the iPhone as well.

This is what AirPower should have been. It’s a seriously cool product and currently exclusive to Apple, retailing for £130.

One of the positive aspects of the wireless charger is the two white lights on the front edge initially and gently glow for two or three seconds before turning off. The left white light is to acknowledge AirPods are charging and the right side is for your iPhone. So at night , you won’t get an annoying charging led light that so many other chargers seem to have!

Video Review

Conclusion

It’s expensive, it’s sold exclusively at Apple. But it’s relatively compact and looks fabulous on your bedside table.

Useful Links

Mophie chargers on Amazon UK

Beats Solo Pro Review by an Audiophile

Welcome to my review of the Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling headphones.

Key Features

– Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) blocks external noise
– Beats’ Pure ANC adjusts to external noise and fit while preserving sound quality
– Transparency helps you stay aware of your surroundings while listening
– Up to 22 hours of listening time (up to 40 hours with ANC and Transparency turned off)
– With Fast Fuel, a 10-minute charge gives 3 hours of playback when the battery is low
– Intuitively designed to power on and off when you unfold and fold them
– Ergonomically designed for optimal comfort and extended wear

Review

Conclusion

8.0/10 scoring. The Beats Solo Pro improve upon the previous versions in almost every way to end up with a solid offering available in many colours. You are paying for the brand within the pricing but then you do get tight integration into the iOS and Apple ecosystem.

Useful Links

Latest info & pricing on the Beats Solo Pro on Amazon

AirPods Pro Review vs Sony WF-1000XM3

Welcome to my review of Apple’s AirPods Pro.

Key Features & Specifications

– Active Noise cancellation for immersive sound
– Transparency mode for hearing and connecting with the world around you
– Three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips for a customisable fit
– Sweat and water resistant
– Adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear
– Easy setup for all your Apple devices
– Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
– The wireless charging case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life

Review & Comparison

Conclusion

9/10 for the AirPods Pro. Apple have delivered noise cancelling true wireless earphones in a really tiny package which when coupled with the software integration into the iOS eco system make these a great product. Highly recommended.

Useful Links

Latest info & pricing on AirPods Pro on Amazon

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max – My top 12 shots from the camera!

Over the last 24 hours I have taken several photos with the iPhone 11 Pro Max cameras.

The cameras have been wonderful to use. Above one of my dogs Tiggy. This is portrait mode.

And now just a standard shot of my dog George.

Above wide and ultra wide photos. If any editing occurred it was only done with Apple Photos app.

Same again, wide and ultra wide. When you take a wide shot, the iPhone automatically takes the ultra wide shot as well. The iPhone can then auto correct the shot if say for example you chopped a person out of the frame, or you can do this yourself.

The ultra wide provides some great angles.

Above is wide.

Below is ultra wide.

And finally 2 x optical zoom.

I am really happy with the results so far and am looking forward to seeing future improvements.

Apple just slashed its prices on SSD upgrades for MACS – full details

Something really strange happened at Apple yesterday.

First up it released a new Macbook Air at a new lower price, saving $100 off the older model. Then it removed the Macbook from sale and offered more value for the updated line of Macbook Pro’s.

And then Apple did the unthinkable. It slashed the prices on the upgrades for larger SSDs for its MACS. This change applies across the entire MAC range.

For example a 2TB SSD for the Mac mini will now cost you $1,000, down from $1,400. a 2TB SSD for the 256GB 15-inch MacBook Pro is now just $800, down from $1,200.

A 1TB SSD for the 15-inch MacBook Pro now costs $400. down from $600.

Now all Apple needs to do is offer the same discounts on its RAM upgrade.

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Jony Ive to leave Apple – full details

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built.

After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played key leadership roles on Apple’s design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception and will spend more of his time working with the design team in their studio.
“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,” said Ive. “The team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators.

I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Apple’s design team, recognized with countless design awards, brings together creatives from around the world representing multiple disciplines, including user interface, industrial design, graphic and font design, haptics and sound design.

Wow.

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LumaFusion 2.0 is released – The Best Video Editing App on iOS just got turbocharged – Full Details

LumaFusion on iOS is my favourite video app. I have used it for years to produce my YouTube videos. The app is universal and works on iPhone and iPad.

The update on Sunday, consisted of an array of both engine and interface improvements. The app now supports double the number of tracks, from 6 now up to 12 — split between 6 video/audio and 6 audio-only tracks. Editors can additionally connect GNARBOX 2.0 backup SSDs, and the Photos Library supports nested folders in Album, Moments, and Media Types groups.

You can now push video to an external display, when in action, this makes room for denser editing and library views. Just imagine using your iPhone or iPad in this way. Plus if you have a keyboard, there are tons of keyboard shortcuts.

The UI has a whole has been revamped with things like a new timeline overview, and track headers that make it quicker to lock, hide, or mute. Colour coded markers can be used to flag and comment on important timestamps, and pressing and holding on the app’s new shuttle control will scrub at different speeds.

Smaller enhancements include help pop-ups, the inclusion of fonts in saved styles, and changes to trimming. It’s easier to trim clips on overwrite tracks with attached transitions, and trimming the head of a linked clip no longer re-links to a different clip.

How powerful is Luma Fusion. Well I tested Luma Fusion with 4K Pro Video Editing on an iPad Pro, iPad Air and Macbook Pro Core i7 to see which was fastest and more. Click HERE to read more and see the video.

LumaFusion put together a video of what’s new, but I can assure you its full list of what it can do is huge. It is currently being sold at its old price on the App Store but is going up soon by quite a margin.

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