JSD Labs: Zhiyun Smooth II, iPhone 7 Plus, and Mavis in Yoyogi Park
2017 Feb 05 By answer 0 comment

A few weeks ago I got a deal on a new Zhiyun Smooth II, the updated version. I had read, though I forget where, that it has really strong motors that let you use clip-on lenses on big phones. While the DJI phone gimbal seems to have good features, I had also heard that people had issues adding extras on their phone. I jumped on this one while I had the chance. That said, the Smooth II does not lack in features at all. In fact, in this video I only used a small fraction of them, the main…

JSD LABS: IPHONE 7 PLUS NIGHT ANAMORPHIC VIDEO TEST
2016 Dec 26 By answer 0 comment

(vimeo) It’s been awhile since Mavis updated their app to take use of both of the iPhone 7 Plus’s cameras. I had a bit of time, so I went out to try filming some night shots with the iPhone anamorphic rig. Some key differences and changes now are better PID settings on the Beholder for this rig, the ability to shut off the OIS, and the ability to lock things like shutter speed and ISO. I wasn’t trying for perfection for this shoot, as I wanted to see what ISOs worked on the iPhone. It’s not really known for…

Post Chaos, the Media, America, and the World.
2016 Nov 17 By answer 0 comment

I never would shy away from my choices for President when asked. I may make a few remarks here and there, but I was never the “all in” type like some of my counterparts were. This was frustrating to some, but I did not have a candidate that I personally believed in. Does that mean that I voted 3rd party? No. I voted for the candidate that I thought would have the best chance on doing what is right in the long run. I have this thing called “common sense” and have the magical ability to do “research”. I’m also…

Going Dark
2016 Nov 08 By answer 0 comment

Starting at 18:00 JST (4:00 AM EST) I will remove myself from the internet for 24 hours. I can not stand this election anymore and have done all I can on my end. These next 24 hours are going to be some of the worst news reporting in history and I want no part of it. I just want the election to end. And if it is not over by 4:00 AM on the 9th of November, I may just delete all news apps and log out of all social media until it is. I am sick of it all….

JSD Labs: iPhone 7 Plus Anamorphic Video Test
2016 Sep 26 By answer 1 comment

(vimeo) After a week of waiting, I finally received my iPhone 7 Plus from docomo on Saturday. With little time for tests and setting up, I  ventured out to Hakkeijima in Kanagawa the next day to shoot some video with a rig that I wasn’t even sure was going to work. Because none of the manual camera control apps worked with the dual lens setup yet, I decided to do this first test with just the Camera app. Keep it basic, no color correction just to see what the rig can do. I had tested the setup with my…

JSD labs: Show and not tell.
2016 Feb 18 By answer 0 comment

One of my biggest frustrations on youtube is how people feel they need to talk 10 minutes about what their doing before they show us what we came there to see. On top of that, even if you explain everything in the video, people will still ask the same questions in the comments. I just want to see whatever you have in action, not your inane initial thoughts. So, I made a channel that will only be for product demonstrations, tests, behind the scenes, and so on. It is my goal to keep it visual and pair it with a…

How many times have you pushed a reset button in your life?
2016 Feb 10 By answer 0 comment

Man, some people do it too much. Some not enough. On the internet, how many lives do we get? Just one? Some people try to have many at the same time. Some people don’t have one at all. Some people wish they never started one. Some people try to make their internet life and real life the same. Man, why would you do that? I’ve been online for more than 20 years. I learned that putting everything you are online for the world to see is a horrible idea. If you don’t control it, you lose it. It isn’t your…