With the YouTube phenomenon at an all-time high, there are a lot of gadgets out there that can help make your life as a ‘vlogger’ easier. Alvin Thomas checks them out.
Don’t let its look fool you. This is not your average virtual reality headset. The iWear by Vuzix is one of the very best high-end video headphones out there today. It gives the viewer a field of view equivalent to a 320cm home theatre screen viewed from three metres away. It also supports HDMI inputs for a 3D Blu-Ray player, tablet, console system, PC, and even mobile phones for plug-and-play. However, the iWear’s party piece has to be its HD 3D video gameplay compatibility. At vuzix.com from RO253.6.
If you’re a game vlogger and your name doesn’t start with Pewdie and end with Pie, or KSI, then chances are you’re not going to invest in a RO2,000 gaming rig. However, if you are a budget-minded and sensible gamer, the GeForce GTX 1080 should serve as a good upgrade: for starters, it’s the second-most powerful graphic processor on the market today. It also comes with 8GB of memory, 4K gaming and virtual reality support. All for RO269.6 from amazon.com.
The Anker Power Port 5 is a game-changer among the usual rubble of unreliable charging hubs. The power Port 5 lets you charge up to five devices at a given time – at 40 Watts per port – meaning you could charge five iPads simultaneously. Meanwhile, you could also use this to charge a 30cm MacBook. The charger offers Fast-Charging technology for selected devices. This way, you can make sure your gear is always ready to go shooting anywhere, anytime. At amazon.com from RO9.2.
The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Dragon Edition is every professional Vlogger’s dream. As its name suggests, it’s quite the pro dragon in terms of performance, and should handle rendering heavy HD and UHD 4K videos with no sweat. Taking care of a chunk of the work is a 2.7 GHz Intel i7 CPU, supplemented by 32 Giga Bytes of RAM and an 8GB strong Nvidia GeForce GTX 980. The laptop is also powerful enough to execute ultra-heavy games at high resolution. The catch? It weighs 3.8 kilos and costs RO1,155. At www.ibuypower.com.
The Go Pro Hero4 Black is an essential item if you’re a travel vlogger. Simply mount the camera on your car, motorbike or bike to capture some stunning 12 megapixel 4K and 2.7K videos and images to help narrate your journey to the world. The Hero4 now comes with a faster processor and is waterproof up to 40 metres. The camera also offers timelapse shooting, looping and burst-mode. Available at www.shop.gopro.com, from RO224 onwards.
The DJI Osmo eliminates every Vlogger’s nightmare: shaky footage. The Osmo comes standard with a Zenmuse X3 camera, which can shoot 4K as well as slow-motion videos with incredible stability. To maintain its balance, the Osmo features a three-axis gimbal combination. Users can connect their smartphones to the device to monitor the action and also swap out the standard cam for better ones if needed. Anything better, and you’re looking at a Hollywood-style steadycam. At store.dji.com from RO219.
App of the Week:
Forget iMovie and YouTube Capture. This is the only app you will ever need for editing on-the-go. Pinnacle Studio is not aimed for casual use, rather, for professional editors, with a host of editing features such as playback speed control, transition effects, pan-and-zoom, audio editing, title support and its party piece: picture-in-picture. Editing is easy and fast, and can be done by anyone with basic smartphone skills. Available at www.itunes.apple.com for RO5.
Game Vloggers, rejoice! Microsoft has announced the arrival of the new Xbox One S, a refined console to the love-or-hate XBox One. The new One S will be 40 per cent smaller than the outgoing One and will also boast higher processing capacities for higher frame-rates and HDR gaming, which will translate to higher contrast ratios between the lighter and darker areas of the screen. Apart from that, the console will give users online 4K video playback and a 4K Blu-Ray reader out-of-the-box. The One S is slated for release this August and should retail at RO115.