Panasonic G85 First Impressions | Best Camera for YouTube (4k / P Mode / Autofocus Tests)

We just got the Panasonic G85 (G80 in Europe) to up our YouTube video making tools. In this video we take it from a spin around the flat, testing it at 4K 30 fps on P Mode with continuous autofocus turned on.

Companion Videos
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Panasonic G85 First Impressions: https://youtu.be/qxFrTZTEoeU
Panasonic G85 Field Test: [COMING SOON]
Panasonic G85 Best Settings for Autofocus: [COMING SOON]

Videos made with the Panasonic G85
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Sooo Sweet: https://youtu.be/FF55cWBkPhw
MacBook Experience: https://youtu.be/s84bGraJ_MU
MacBook Performance: https://youtu.be/dhSxoNL5Bys

Videos made with the Samsung S7
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From London to Positano: https://youtu.be/D_EGqf1MNSM
Medcentres: https://youtu.be/DaOEcwvSU2E
Panasonic G85 Unboxing: https://youtu.be/8nomswfLnzk

Quick reasons why we got the G85
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4k video support at 30 fps - not 60 fps like the GH5, but 3 times cheaper than the GH5 and 200g lighter.
Unlimited recording - doesn’t overheat like Sony cameras.
Articulating screen - very useful for framing the shot.
Microphone jack - to be able to use external microphones to get good quality recordings.
Battery life - 4k non-stop recordings go for 1.5 hours on a single charge, unlike Sony cameras who tend to max out at 30 mins.
Image stabilization - not as good as a gimble, but very very good for hand held shots.
Weather sealed - can film in the rain unlike the G7.

Notes
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G7 is half the price and can do 4k video recording. It just lacks image stabilization, weather sealing and has a slightly narrower kit lens.
Sony a6500 has amazing out of the box autofocus, but note has poor battery lift, overheats and is twice as expensive.
GH5 is a beast that can do 4k 60fps, but note it’s 3 times more expensive and you’ll need a more expensive SD card to record on.
G80 (The European version) limits recording time to 30 minutes per session. G81 and G85 (International versions) don’t limit recording at all.

HOW MUCH FASTER IS 15" MacBook Pro (2017) vs 13" MacBook Pro (2016)

We’ve been pushing our 13" MacBook Pro (2016) to its limits lately, so we bit the $6,000 bullet to find out how much faster the new 15" MacBook Pro (2017) and the results were shocking.

Comparison Specs
13" MacBook Pro (2016)
Intel i7 3.3GHz Dual Core
Intel Iris 550
16GB Ram
1TB SSD

15" MacBook Pro (2017)
Intel i7 2.9GHz Quad Core
Radeon 560 Pro
16GB Ram
2TB SSD

To even the tests to be as close as possible, I setup the 2017 15" with a clone of my 2016 13". Migration Assistant only works via Wifi and not super-fast USB so it I left it overnight, however most interestingly I learnt that the 15" MacBook Pro can actually charge a 13" MacBook Pro.

For the test configuration I wanted to simulate real world usage I had 3 browsers open and Google Drive syncing… eek!

The 2016 MacBook Pro was hitting SSD Read speeds of 2600 MB/s
While the 2017 MacBook granted with a larger 2TB hard drive would only reach 2200 MB/s

This surprised me because I had heard that the SSD speeds had been improved for this generation.

Launching Final Cut took around the same time on both. The first launch took 1 minute on the 2016, and 58 seconds on the 2017. The second launch took 18 seconds on both.

Editing 4k Locally stored Proxy videos ran fast on both laptops.

However, on my 2016 laptop as I have lots of footage I tend to store my media on a Network Access Server. I sometimes store proxy footage on there from old projects and editing those are a complete pain. I wondered if the multiple cores would help out here, however… it didn’t.

Editing a Locally Stored 4k Project was much more doable on the 15" 2017, however the jitters were still there, making proxy files a necessity.

Transcoding on the 15" 2017 was 1 second faster.

Exporting a 40 second 4k project was 6 seconds faster on the 15" 2017.

In 9 seconds I managed to launch more tabs on the 2016, but more tabs loaded on the 2017.

Compiling code was twice as fast on the 15" thanks to its quad core. However, the iOS simulator was still unusable for OpenGL on both machines.

The most interesting thing was that on the 13" the CPU was idling between 5-15% (with Google Drive taking up 60+%), whereas the 15" was idling at 65% with GDrive only reaching 8%. So maybe with better multithreaded programming design patterns in software, we could get much better performance out of it. However, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

I set both machines up with Windows via Bootcamp, and while I didn’t time it, I didn’t notice any difference in performance during the installation. Where I did notice the difference, and it was a big difference, was in gaming. I could never get the frame rate up in Assassn’s Creed Unity on my 2016 13" MacBook, however out of the box it ran flawlessly on my 2017 15", thanks to it’s dedicated GPU. Note: I have Apple’s eGPU box on order and as soon as it comes I’ll let you know how it shifts the balance in this department.

All things considered we decided to keep our 13" and sent the 15" packing.

THE 2017 15" MACBOOK PRO EXPERIENCE | Buyer’s Remorse?

Even though it feels like it was only yesterday that we got our 2016 Mac, we just got our new 2017 15" MacBook Pro! Come join us as we rush to pick up it up, unbox it, and start the performance testing against our current 2016 generation edition.

Full Comparison Video: CHECK BACK TOMORROW

Specs
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Intel i7 2.9GHz Quad Core
AMD Radeon 560 Pro
2TB SSD
16 GB RAM
Costing over $6000 #FML

Arabic TV with Kodi Troubleshooting | Fix Ultimate IPTV, Disconnections and Best Practice

This video is an educational walk through on setting up and troubleshooting common issues with IPTV on Kodi 17. Including how to fix Ultimate IPTV, how to handle random disconnections on PVR IPTV Simple Client and more

PLEASE NOTE
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This guide is for Kodi v17, please download this version as newer versions tend to change interface and compatibility settings.

Also, please remember that use of this service is at your own risk and we do not accept any responsibility for your usage.

Xbox Controllers for Mac & Windows | Setup & Review

In this video we’ll be giving you a review and setup guide for connecting the wireless bluetooth Xbox One S controllers to a Mac or Windows setup. We personally tested connecting two controllers on to a 2016 edition MacBook Pro with Touchbar in MacOS Sierra and Windows 10 (through bootcamp).

MacOS drivers available here: http://bit.ly/2kgiJpQ
MacOS drivers do not support wireless, a mini USB cable must be connected for use. However, wireless bluetooth works fine using bootcamp on Macs.

Windows 10 Anniverary update is required for bluetooth wireless, a wired connection is required for updating the firmware.

In testing on a 2016 13" MacBook Pro with TouchBar, the range of the bluetooth using two controllers was around 2 meters. Anything over that led to laggy controls and random disconnections.

Where to Buy | Affiliate Links
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US: http://bit.ly/2kBPgHS