Live Streaming Workflows

I wasn't surprised when I saw that the newly released top end 9.7" iPad Pro is the same price as the top end iPhone 6s+. I'm just noodling here as I put more into live-streaming and create a device workflow around live-streaming to mitigate connectivity or image quality issues I might have. By considering either one of these screens as a secondary iOS device I want to:

  • shoot 4K footage and take decent pictures (alongside the live-streaming)
  • replace my home WiFi (old Chinese apartments are limited to 2mbps)
  • have a back up Internet device (a mobile hotspot device)

As mobile devices (can someone come up with a better name yet*) technology advances, my retro digital camera is proving itself to be a bit of a stuck in the mud. (Of course it is, it's retro!) Any new purchase would also need to replace my digital camera. 

The general utility of an iOS device isn't interested in being anchored down by cables and with work flows crossing over to a desktop computer before final upload. I'm adapting my work flow to not concern itself over Raw handling and image quality. I think the tradeoffs are there where I can say it's good enough now on a mobile device. 

Just for the record, the price of a replacement camera for my Fuji x100s is also roughly the same price as either of the two iOS devices. Amazing hey? Now which iOS device to buy?

The basic internal specs of both devices are the same with a few features leapfrogging the iPhone for the moment. A data plan is basically the same with both devices so we can ignore that. So it comes down to these basic things:

  • Battery life 
  • Portability 
  • Screen size (workflow dependent)

Battery Life

Hands down, the iPad wins and as a base station outside the house it's much better than the puny battery in the iPhone 6s+ to provide internet connectivity to say a laptop. I still hope Apple bring out a battery pack for this larger model. Periscoping hammers the battery and I've never benefitted from going from an iPhone5 to the iPhone6s+ when it comes to battery life. WINNER - iPad. 

Portability

Both devices are already super thin and this is truly a first world problem for the minimalist such as myself. But still, which one? I can easily hold two iPhones together, one streaming, one shooting 4K (some velcro will solve that). I wouldn't be drawing attention to myself too much with that set up. Now live stream with an iPad and iPhone combo, it's a bit more awkward. WINNER - iPhone. 

Screen Size

Do I want to edit my work on a 9" screen or a 5" screen? Do I want to multitask with the iPad or solo task on the iPhone? Don't forget this is a secondary device, so each device can operate independently of each other. But what is the benefit of the larger screen? WINNER - Unknown

But the iPhone 7 (Conclusion)

This basically means can I and should I wait with what I have already? What will the next generation phone bring, especially when it comes to image quality? The potential downside to waiting for an iPhone7 means I'm only six months away from another, better iPad! This throws up the issue of whether to buy now or buy for tomorrow. I would like to buy for tomorrow (with portability in mind), while the iPad does have the better battery, I do have power packs at my disposal, ready to fast charge both iPhones if I opt for that and in all honesty am I going to use both devices constantly? The screen size doesn't need to be an issue if I can multitask on two phones and of course, two iPhones are smaller than an iPad!   

* I like the German name for a mobile phone, 'handy', which they most certainly are.

UPDATE: I forgot Apple released this as well. It basically means I can plug in a USB microphone and charge both the iOS device and said microphone, not an issue for a fully charged iPad, but the iPhone itself has become a lot more flexible because of a $300HKD add-on for either my periscopes or podcasts.

UPDATE 2: No optical stabiliser on the iPad, you'd think with that bump that justified the newest protrusion to the iOS family, alas no. It's more likely I'll purchase a second iPhone.

James Bond is James Bond Again

That's not entirely a good thing.

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I had been asked for my reaction to the latest Bond movie on Periscope  ('Spectre' for those reading five + years from this being written) and the first thought I had was how Periscope isn't really that helpful. My second thought was how much I was being reminded that I'm watching a Bond movie in this Bond movie, silly I know; this isn't a good thing and I want to nitpick this to hell, but I have set myself 500 words to write this review.

Where to begin?

They certainly do have the formula worked out now, but I felt the formula was adhered too closely to the usual Bond outings. This film seems to me to have undone the work of the previous Daniel Craig movies.

Yes I understand it's a return to what made Bond a cultural icon before it started going off the rails, but the spy genre itself has moved on. I found myself anticipating how things would unfold in the plot rather than just enjoying the ride like I did with say Casino Royale. The acts in Spectre were predictable (though oddly the trailers were so wonderfully done). We were denied so many aspects of the Bond character in Casino Royale, that's what made it refreshing.

It's not so refreshing with this fourth instalment of 'new Bond', Blofeld wasn't that interesting either, no sense of real danger.

In Spectre there was some self awareness of trying to add a little twist to thing and call out to it, like the beautiful DB7 having no ammo in a pivotal chase scene, Bond never getting his signature drink or the logical understanding of how the henchmen could actually find Bond as he went around the world, but they're just tiny additions to the revived Bond franchise.

I knew Bond was in no real danger, I knew he was going to save the day and get the woman, (with the very last woman probably not dying) and of course the last Bond lady sets up the ridiculous, climatic scenario.

Without ruining it too much, what would Blofeld have done if the love interest made the opposite choice? It's an obvious flaw and emphases the predictable structure of a Bond movie. Please don't suggest it's some kind of fan service. I'm certainly not nostalgic for it. Push the boundaries a bit more please.

Casino Royale and QoS were interesting because of the differences with the plot and in the direction and would have liked some more of what they offered.

The predictability towards the middle and later half a of the film inherently diminishes the effort of the fine practical efforts like location settings and stunt work, both of which are beautiful and brutal respectively. Of course Daniel Craig is impeccable, I just wished the story tried as much as he did and I hope it's not his last.