360-degree panorama of Grossmont High School

A 360-degree panorama of Grossmont High School with the new front office completed. I stitched this together from 27 individual shots with my drone. Make sure you view it in fullscreen and use your mouse to pan around. Or better yet, don a pair of VR goggles to experience it in all its glory!

360-degree aerial panorama of Grossmont High School

2016-08-23 VLOG #0007 – Tuesday evening and the Samsung Gear VR

It’s Tuesday and I’m just sharing my thoughts on the Samsung Gear VR and virtual reality in general. As a first time user, I was pretty much blown away. The resolution is quite not there yet but that’s a lot of data to be pushing around. Still, for the infancy of virtual reality, it’s immersive and pretty damn awesome as it is.

2016-08-16 SJCAM SJ4000 Video Test

I was selling an extra SJCAM SJ4000 that I accidentally bought and decided to make a really quick demo of me driving around the neighborhood to show its video quality. Nothing fancy; just the camera mounted on simple tripod adapter attached to a GPS weighted pad placed directly on the dashboard. No editing, no nothing… just straight from the camera. I’m quite impressed with quality for the price! Yes, it’s only 1080p but that should be plenty!

Grossmont Terrace Neighborhood Flight


Here’s a long-ish flight I did around the Grossmont Terrace neighborhood.  Total flight time was about 12.5 minutes and the mission was programmed using Litchi in Groundstation mode.  Litchi is great for this sort of thing to free you up to actually monitor the flight and adjust the video gimbal.  It helps tremendously to keep an eye on the actual quadcopter as well since without it, you’re watching the screen to see where it’s going, then glancing up to locate the copter, back down to the screen and all the while losing sight of the thing.  With Litchi, that’s reduced tremendously.  In any case, enjoy this longer flight around a neighborhood.

Re-edit of my Phantom 3 Maiden Flight

I’ve been busy figuring out how to work Apple’s Final Cut Pro X after using Sony Vegas on Windows for so long.  I think I’ve finally got the hang of how things are done in FCPX.  At least I’ve figured it out enough to make a short intro that I’ll be using with all of my videos and how to color grade with it using FXFactory Pro.  So here’s the 2nd version of my Phantom 3 Professional maiden flight video.  The quality on my computer’s really good since all of my sources are 4K.  Somehow it looks a bit shitty on Youtube… scratch that… it looks shitty on Youtube.  But at least you get the gist of it.  I wish they wouldn’t mess with uploaded videos.  Perhaps that’s why people prefer Vimeo for high quality videos.  Anyways, let me know what you guys think.

Samsung Smart TV’s and Netflix Profiles

I currently have a 40″ Samsung Smart TV that I bought in the summer of 2013, so it’s not that old.  It’s one of Samsung’s Smart TV with the Smart Hub so I can do things like watch Youtube, Netflix, etc.  The best feature by far is the USB port where I can connect a USB drive directly and play my digital movies from there.  I’ll get to that in a moment.  My gripe though is with the Netflix app.  It doesn’t support the Profiles feature that Netflix has implemented.  My niece & nephew watches my account when they’re over and they have all kinds of kids’ programming.  When Profiles were introduced, it was a godsend.  I could keep their viewing history, list, preferences, etc. separate from mine.  This works fine on things like the iPhones and iPads, the WDTV Live, or the computer itself.  But on the Samsung TV, Profiles is not supported.  In my research, it appears that Netflix is responsible for updating the apps, not Samsung.  Samsung is only responsible for pushing out the updates.  I’ve seen plenty of Smart Hub updates on my TV, but so far no Profiles support which is a huge disappointment.

On the other hand, that USB direct connect feature is awesome.  I can get one of those Western Digital portable USB drives and connect it directly.  These drives come in up to 2 TB configuration these days and because they’re portable drives without a separate power cable, they’re super convenient to plug into the TV.  With 2 TB, I can put a ton of movies onto this thing.  As a portable drive, the performance is not up to par with other USB drives but you hardly notice it when copying movies; it might be a tad slower.  For viewing though, it’s not an issue.  The portability completely trumps the performance.  What awesome for me is how many different formats the Samsung TV supports.  I have most of my movies in the MKV format as I think it’s the most versatile.  It can hold subtitles, different audio streams, attached thumbnail images, etc.  I do wish the Samsung supported thumbnail view though; but that’s just a small quibble.  It has played most of the major formats I’ve thrown at it.  This is pretty awesome if you ask me.

I love it so much that my newest TV is a 55″ 4K TV from Samsung in the hopes that it has the same Smart features.  It should.  I take delivery next Friday and cannot wait to get it up on the wall.  It’ll be a nice addition to be able to watch my 4K Phantom 3 Videos.  🙂

Maiden flight of the Phantom!

I recently took delivery of a DJI Phantom 3 Professional.  This is a flying quadcopter drone with attached 4K camera.  This thing takes awesome 4K videos and high resolution photos.  I took my baby for its maiden flight this weekend and here’s the result.  Not too exciting on the first flight but stay tuned for more fun & mayhem!

How to play SNES games on your jailbroken iPad

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  If you’ve ever wanted to play the classic games from the Super Nintendo platform on your jailbroken iOS devices (iPad or iPhone), I’ve made a new video showing you how to do it.  You can find it on Youtube at: http://youtu.be/nEM39hZIk_o.  These games may be old but they’re very good and that’s why they’re classics!  Enjoy!