Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Camera
The Yi Action Camera is very impressive. It boasts 4K UHD and 2.5K Video at 30 fps, 1080p up to 120 fps / 720p up to 240 fps, and 12MP Photos with 30 fps Burst Mode. Other features include an ultra wide angle lens (with in-camera lens distortion correction), electronic image stabilization, dual-band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity and video / photo time-lapse modes. The video and stills captured by the Yi are spectacular!
One of the best features of the Yi is the 2.19″ LCD touchscreen on the back of the camera. Unlike other action cameras, you can view, review, and change settings via the touchscreen.
Yi Action Camera Touchscreen
This item will soon be available in Studio 300.
On October 4th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., photographer Mike Smith comes to Fountaindale Public Library to share his knowledge and experience. Since 1985 Mike Smith has been creating stunning imagery through his photographic skills. Your pre-safari workshop will consist of instruction on how to achieve stunning wildlife images. You will learn tips and tricks—such as how to work with fences and glass that come between you and the animals—to improve your composition for shots taken in both the wild and zoo environments.
You don’t have to be a pro to learn, anyone with an interest in photography will benefit from this informative workshop. Registration is open for this event. Sign-up today!
GoPro Hero4 Black Edition
If you’re looking for a small action camera that can capture video at 4K/UHD (3,840 pixels wide by 2,160 pixels high), it doesn’t get much better than the GoPro Hero4 Black. The captured video is nothing less than stunning.
The Hero4 is capable of 4K30, 2.7K60 and 1080p120 video, 720p240 video for super slow-motion, and 12MP photos at up to 30 frames per second. Other features include ProTune recording, time lapse photo, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s also waterproof to 130 feet (with case).
Stop by Studio 300 and check out the Hero4 for up to three days. You will be amazed at what this camera can do.
Studio 300 offers several different microphone models for patrons to use. In this podcast, we compare three popular mics well-suited for recording spoken-word voice for podcasts, voice-overs, and other projects. Listen in and make a more informed decision.
Are you a writer? Fountaindale Public Library has several upcoming classes, workshops, and events just for you. Download the PDF newsletter for details. Here is what’s in store for the Fall 2016:
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Get an overview of the NaNoWriMo process, meet other writers, start planning for the big fall event, and then write, write, WRITE!
- Get Ready: Thursday, September 22 , 7:00 p.m.
- Pre-Launch: Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.
- Come Write-in: Sunday, November 6, 2:00 p.m.
- Mid-month Check-in: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
- Come Write-in: Saturday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
- Wrap-up: Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
Indie Author Day
An in-person and digital gathering with writers, agents, and other industry leaders featuring presentations for our Fountaindale writing community about all the tools available to use at the library. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for authors to connect.
- Saturday, October 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Moving from Concept to Completed Manuscript
Mystery writer and former writing instructor Patricia Skalka discusses the three key elements of the novel and shows how to weave them together into a step-by-step road map of the story that takes you from start to finish.
- Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.
Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages
Join author Carmela Martino to learn the “implicit promise” concept and four key elements to both improve your writing and please your readers.Don’t miss it!
- Thursday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
In a world full of big dreams sometimes it’s the smallest details that may change your perspective. Or, at least, that’s what a macro lens can reveal. Recently, Studio 300 acquired the Tamron 60mm f2 macro lens, and, of course, we created a class for its debut. All of the patrons who participated in this hands-on class really enjoyed the extreme close encounters they had using the macro lens and a DSLR camera. Take a look at some of the great photos they took in the video below or by visiting our Flickr site.
I regret to inform you, dear reader, that this is the final Practical Tech with Tony podcast. Why? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out!
So, for this final Practical Tech with Tony podcast, I thought Jeffrey and I would touch on a number of topics that we have covered in previous podcasts. Here are links to items discussed in this podcast:
Internet of Things Defined
Ring Video Doorbell – the one my wife and I got is the $199 one. We also subscribe to the cloud video storage for $3/month or $30/year. The reason we got this particular unit is that it runs on an internal, rechargeable battery. Other units from other companies we looked at required being hardwired into the home’s existing doorbell system, which we could not do as the previous owners of our home had cut the wiring off for the doorbell that had been part of the home when it was built. Ring is also compatible, or is working on becoming compatible, with a host of other home automation systems.
Tech Support Scam Companies Taken Down
Two guys walk off a cliff playing Pokemon Go
Chromebooks – link takes you to the page of the particular model the library is using.
Enjoy the results from the Fountaindale Public Library recent Tween and Teen Summer Camp focused on Video Production. Our Tween and Teen patrons conceived, storyboarded, videotaped, and edited these trailers for fictional films.
July 11th dawned bright and sunny, so the tweens set out on their photo adventure! During this Photo Bootcamp our young patrons learned about photo composition and using the rule of thirds to take better pictures. Their objective was to complete a photo scavenger hunt. Laughing and jumping, dancing and making silly faces, they spent the morning having fun while learning to be better photographers.
The afternoon was sweltering so as the heat index rose, the teens explored the library with its comfortable A/C. The teens learned how to compose pictures and to apply the rule of thirds. With their scavenger hunt they explored the four floors of Fountaindale Public Library.
Both groups did a phenomenal job and had fun while learning photography techniques. Take a look at some of the great photographs they took that day by visiting our Flickr site.
Studio 300 recently completed upgrades to four of our rooms to better assist our patrons. Our three Group Collaboration Rooms are used by businesses, students and community groups for meetings and classes. The media:scape tables make it easy for groups of up to six to share content and collaborate. The update converted our tables to a new all-digital switch that greatly simplifies the system while increasing the resolution of the screens. This new switch will better detect connected devices and scale readily resulting in a better and more streamlined experience for our patrons. Additionally, we replaced the original monitors with crisper, brighter, and larger dual 48″ screens.
The control room for the two Tricaster television production systems also saw an update. We rearranged the room to better help patrons with the production workflow. We augmented the talkback system for better communication between the control room and the studio itself. Also, we added a duplicate program monitor that can be seen from inside the studio. This monitor greatly assists on-camera talent especially when working with green screen and virtual set technology.
Stop by or contact Studio 300 for details about these updates and how you might use them for your own personal and professional projects.