Posts tagged ‘settings’

Manual app brings DSLR-like control to your iPhone snapshots

September 24, 2014 12:08 pm


Thanks to the expanded third-party integration in iOS 8, app developers are able to take advantage of things like extensions for that Photos library. It also allows access to the iPhone’s camera settings, and a new piece of software offers another option for sorting just that. Manual, a $1.99 add-on for Apple’s handsets, allows you to tweak variables in a similar fashion to how you would with a DSLR. There are options for controlling shutter, ISO, white balance, focus and exposure bracketing. On top of all that, a rule of thirds grid keeps compositions in order, a live monitor eyes exposure and a fill flash mode tackles lighting woes. All of that may sound complicated, but the interface is quite simple, so you should be easily making your tweaks in no time — as long as you have the latest version of iOS, of course. Other apps, like Camera+, tackle manual controls too, so you’ll be able to take your pick when it comes to fine-tuning those photos.

Filed under: Software, Mobile


Via: Uncrate

Source: iTunes

Our Favorite iPhone 6 and iOS 8 Video Features

September 23, 2014 12:42 pm


Getting the new iPhone 6 felt a lot like getting a new lens for my DSLR. I started to see things with a different perspective. It forced me to think more critically about what I was shooting. And it jogged creativity.

At Wistia, we’re video nerds through and through, so we were really excited to start experimenting with the new camera on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Here are some of our favorite new features of the new iPhones and iOS 8, and a few ways businesses can take advantage of them.

Look! A handy key!

Exposure control

Have your iPhone videos ended up looking a little… ghostly? Good news: iOS 8 includes increased exposure control, which means you can get your lighting levels just right.

Traditionally, the iPhone auto-exposure worked well in many situations. However, it often got tripped up with shots that featured areas of extreme dark and extreme light (much like our typical Wistia studio shot). The new exposure control helps you hone in on the exact brightness your shot calls for.

Although this seems like a small feature upgrade, for us, the addition of exposure control is huge. We think it’s one of the most important (and powerful) changes to the iPhone camera since adding widescreen HD recording.

Advanced exposure control is good for:

– Shooting “talking head” footage in a studio with professional or DIY lighting.
– Outdoor or outside-the-studio shots with natural light.
– Shots that have areas of extreme shadows or highlights.

Image stabilization

The iPhone 6 received some basic image stabilization improvements, but the 6 Plus got a massive upgrade with the addition of an optical image stabilizer. When you’re shooting B-roll, going handheld lets you move around easily and grab quick shots.

The 6 Plus captures pretty amazing handheld footage, but we still recommend using a tripod for things like shooting interviews and product shots.

Our iPhone tripod adaptor of choice has been the Joby GripTight. The GripTight still fits the iPhone 6 without a problem. The iPhone 6 Plus, however, is just too big to fit into our standard GripTight. Robby will have to order the XL version for his iPhone 6 Plus.

We also wrote a post about shooting stable handheld video, if you’re interested in more tips!

Improved autofocus

Autofocus on the iPhone 6 is far superior to its predecessors. The new technology allows for much faster focusing, which means tighter, more precise B-roll. Essentially, the camera is able to keep successive subjects tack sharp as you move the iPhone and change your shots.

Despite the advancements in iPhone autofocus, we still recommend using focus lock whenever possible. It’s less distracting than having the camera constantly search for what part of the shot to focus on.

Autofocus is good for:

– Shooting B-roll footage and on-the-fly footage.
– Letting you focus on the shot instead of focusing on the focus of the shot. :)

Time-lapse mode

Time-lapse mode is a new feature included in iOS 8. Where you may have used a GoPro or DSLR before to capture something like an office party or a team lunch, you can now use your iPhone.

To get the best results, be sure to:

– Put your iPhone on a tripod.
– Lock the focus and exposure.
– Use airplane mode.

Super slow motion

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are able to shoot at double the frame rate of the iPhone 5s. This means that your slow motion footage can be twice as slow, making for even more dramatic shots of throwing a water balloon at your unsuspecting boss.

Things to watch out for when shooting slow motion footage:

– 240fps is slow. It’s *really* slow. At 120fps, a 5 second clip turns into 20 seconds. At 240fps, that 5 seconds turns into 40 seconds!
– Shooting in slow motion drops the resolution from 1080p to 720p. You can definitely notice the difference.
– Find the buried option in “camera settings” to enable shooting 60fps at full 1080p resolution!

We’ve loved shooting video on an iPhone for a while now, and the new camera improvements from Apple have us tickled pink. The iPhone (among other modern smartphones) enables anyone, from any business, to produce quality video content.

In fact, we shot all of the photos and videos for this post with our new iPhones!

**Which new iPhone camera features are you excited about? How are you using your phone to shoot video?**

Stack’s smart light bulb responds to the world around you

September 23, 2014 8:32 am

Stack's Alba smart light bulb

Many smart light bulbs… well, aren’t. You can control them, but they’re often blissfully unaware of what’s going on in your home. Stack aims to change that with its recently unveiled Alba bulb. This sensor-packed illuminator changes brightness and color based on the time of day, location and who’s present in the room. It’ll start with cooler, more natural white hues when you’re just waking up, but will switch to relaxing warm colors when it’s late. It will also dim or shut off the lights when there’s a lot of ambient light, or if you’ve left for work; alternately, it will come to life when there’s a big commotion. There’s a mobile app if you need to tweak settings, but the goal is to avoid using it as much as possible. Much like a Nest thermostat, Alba will learn appropriate behavior and (hopefully) let you keep your phone in your pocket.

Filed under: Household


Via: Wired

Source: Stack

Designing a More Delightful Wistia Account Dashboard

September 10, 2014 2:20 pm


If you’ve been updating your Wistia settings in the Account Dashboard lately, you might have noticed it got a little facelift. Well, it’s been a while in the making.

When I joined the Wistia design team in February, one of our customers’ nagging frustrations was making simple account updates. It was such a bummer to hear! So, the account dashboard was one of the very first things I took on.

Aaron Walter describes a Maslow-inspired hierarchy of user needs in which a design should be functional, then reliable, then usable, and then finally pleasurable, or, as we Wistians like to say, delightful.

Looking at our old dashboard, I felt that it was functional, reliable, and *mostly* usable. I mean, the settings displayed and updated as they should, but couldn’t we make this experience more usable? Delightful, even?

First, I had to familiarize myself with our customers’ needs and the current design. This was tough in itself. I was redesigning an interface that was very new to me, for customers I was still getting to know. We spent about two months iterating, discussing, and scribbling. Finally, we reached a final design for the entire account dashboard. It was a complete overhaul: totally new from the styles to the structure to the interactions.

And then… nothing happened. My designs began to collect dust in Adobe Illustrator. We started talking about this overhaul, or “Cleansweep” as we were calling it, in the hushed tones normally reserved for more taboo topics like “people who don’t recycle.”

Looking back, it makes sense. We had created a project that seemed technically insurmountable. When I’d glance over the chasm between the current and ideal designs, the leap seemed enormous. Where would we even begin? Finally, Jeff, who had apparently had enough of our shoegazing, got us back on track. He suggested we snap out of our paralysis by simply taking a step.

### Enter Operation Cleansweep, Phase One

Over several cups of coffee and lots of whiteboard marker, Jeff and I came up with a plan to build and implement Cleansweep in phases. It wasn’t too hard to identify and bucket changes that belonged in the same “phase”—style changes should happen all at once, but a re-organization could wait for later. Totally new functionality? That should be separately scoped and built on its own timeline, instead of holding up the show.

### Building in delight

One thing we refused to sacrifice in this phased approach was creating a delightful experience. Delight goes beyond adding Easter eggs to make people smile (although we do love that, too!). Creating a delightful experience means starting from the users’ perspective, and giving them exactly what they need intentionally and efficiently. It’s an intricate balance between creating expected interactions and surpassing expectations with pleasant surprises.

How do you make an account settings page more delightful? By speeding it up and reducing the amount of time it takes to complete a task.

Phase One introduces a new style paradigm that makes it easier to scan and find the settings you are looking for (because we hope you won’t have to change these settings often).

We added sidebar navigation to speed up clicking between the settings sections. An overview landing page allows you to easily see your most important account information at a glance. A greeting by name commends you for your video wins with some just-for-fun stats—as well as an exploration of how many adjectives we can apply to the word “videos” (hint: refresh your overview page!). And that is just the beginning.

### Moving forward

As a relatively new web designer, this whole phase-planning idea was a bit foreign to me. Bringing a pixel-perfect vision to life was what I was trained to do! But as my first-phase design began to fall into place, I realized why this phased approach was what building for the web was like. Having a web prototype to interact with exposed situations I hadn’t planned for, and it made it much easier to share my vision for things like interactions.

What was perfect yesterday will be in need of work by tomorrow. This dance of staggered refinement keeps us always moving forward, never stagnant. One step is more attainable than a giant leap, allowing for quick iteration and improvements between steps. Besides, rolling out smaller changes incrementally provides an easier transition for users, mitigating the risk of disorienting them. That’s a win-win in my book!

I’m pleased to present this first phase to all our customers. You’ll see that the settings you know and love are where they’ve always been, just in a slightly more intuitive layout and a more delightful look. We’ve made some fun changes under the hood, but I’ll let you discover them (or even better, be blissfully unaware of their positive impact!).

### What’s next?

Phase Two of Cleansweep aims to make the account section even more usable and delightful. We’re working on more intuitive organization, smoother interactions, better billing notifications, expanded API controls, celebrating your Wisti-anniversaries, and applying all of these new styles to the rest of the account section.

We’ve got a few more planks to lay down on this bridge, but we’re a whole step closer to a more usable and delightful dashboard for all.

**How do you approach projects that feel insurmountable at first? What changes would you like to see in your Wistia account dashboard?**

Does A Hosted Virtualized Environment Require New Tools?

September 10, 2014 8:00 am


Many enterprises have invested millions of dollars over the years in IT management, monitoring and automation solutions for their data centers. So a natural question that arises when considering migration of workloads to hosted environments is around management tools. What new capabilities will be required? What new skills will our organization need? Is our existing toolset extensible at all?

The reality is that with the right environment and service provider, workloads and virtual machines in hosted environments can be managed with the same tools being used in the on-premise customer data center. This is particularly true for enterprises that are running virtualized workloads in a VMware environment. In fact, with the right service provider, no new applications or automation tools are required to manage hosted workloads.

Enterprises running VMware workloads that want to leverage their existing toolsets need to look for a service provider that offers the following capabilities:

  1. Hosted VMware environments – first, the service provider must offer customers the ability to run VMware virtualized workloads in their hosted environments.
  2. VMware vCenter Services – next, the service provider must offer the ability to manage hosted virtualized workloads using the VMware vCenter Server Management Console.
  3. Access to VMware vSphere APIs – finally the service provider must also expose the native VMware vSphere APIs to the customer to allow the connection of any compatible VMware or third party tools.

By leveraging the VMware vCenter Server management console across on-premise and hosted VMware environments, enterprises are able to enjoy benefits in the following areas:

Resource Management and Performance Monitoring – by leveraging hosted vCenter services enterprises can manage and schedule resources as if the hosted environment were an extension of the customer data center. Host profiles and configurations and settings can be used across on-premise and hosted environments. In addition, resource allocation rules for CPU, memory, disk and network can be applied across both environments, and common alerts and notifications can be configured.

Process and Workflow Automation – by leveraging hosted VMware vSphere APIs, organizations that currently use VMware vCenter Orchestrator can extend their existing workflows and scripts to workloads running in a hosted VMware environment. This applies not just to out-of-the-box VMware workflows, but also custom scripts and workflows developed by IT administrators.

Extensibility of Existing Applications – with access to hosted vCenter APIs, existing third party and custom applications and scripts can be used with workloads in the hosted VMware environment. Many enterprises rely on third party applications in the VMware partner ecosystem that integrate with vCenter for capacity management, business continuity, performance monitoring and other capabilities. By exposing the same APIs used to manage on-premise virtualized workloads, these same applications can be used for hosted workloads as well. For example, businesses are able to connect third party tools like VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps) to increase visibility into the environment through analytics, as well as assist in capacity and configurations management.

Because no new tools or capabilities are required to manage the hosted VMware environment, enterprises will also find that they can continue to leverage existing IT operations and management skills. By using the right service provider and hosted vCenter services, enterprises can seamlessly manage their on-premise and hosted VMware environments through their existing tools, solutions, processes and people.

This is the third in a series of posts exploring the IT governance and management implications of migration to hosted VMware environments. Stay tuned for our next post featuring a case study on one enterprise that decided to migrate to a hosted virtualized environment.

The Local Show: Sandra McCracken, Don Chaffer, Randall Goodgame, and Eric Peters

September 3, 2014 11:26 am


Being that Nashville is a town built on the monetization of music, it’s remarkably refreshing to watch talented songwriters who are more concerned with community than commerce. A roomful of lucky listeners got to experience that very thing last night at the inaugural kick-off of The Local Show – a recurring songwriter showcase series put on by Andrew Peterson and his creative collective known as the Rabbit Room. From the opening reading of a Wendell Berry passage that spoke of broadening the membership of your life, to the partnership with local non-profit Show Hope, to the borrowed capos and guitars on stage, the theme of community ran deep throughout the night.

The first night of The Local Show featured some of Nashville’s best kept singer-songwriter secrets: Sandra McCracken, Don Chaffer (Waterdeep), Randall Goodgame, and Eric Peters. What was immediately noticeable about this foursome – and what makes The Local Show such an immediate standout from the typical songwriter rounds that take place all over the city – was the spirit of creative camaraderie between all of the artists. Not only are they all professionally intertwined through a variety of album recordings and concert appearances, but they are all friends and fans of each other’s work as well. This was none more evident than on the constant chorale of “ghost harmonies” that wandered in and out of every song – even the new, unreleased ones. The friendly interactions that took place before, after, and during the songs showed evidence of a group of people that were fluent in each other’s lives. During normal songwriter rounds, you can usually spot the feigned interest of the performers as they wait for their spot to come back around. Whether they are thinking about their next song or the errands that they need to run the next day, the vacant gaze and forced banter always give them away. However, this was not the case at The Local Show, where each artist was fully engaged during each other’s songs – possibly even more so than during their own offerings.

From a musical perspective, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining and enriching collection of songs packed into a single setting. There were lyrics crafted from the perspective of an abandoned, rusty Schwinn and a pre-suicidal cancer patient, as well as hymns of timeless modernity sung alongside humorously instructional odes on how not to get eaten by bears. The songs were all beautiful, haunting, resonant, accessible, and undeniably life-affirming in equal measure. These were not three-and-a-half minute pop ditties ephemerally meant to lighten a moment, but instead were carefully crafted refrains meant to help soundtrack a lifetime’s journey. With meditations like “Will we choose the noise of our desire or the hope that makes no sound” and simple reminders that “the sky must be enjoyed,” The Local Show reminded that there are good musical companions to walk with you along the way.

Being a fan of all four artists, it was really nice to hear familiar songs in such a relaxed, intimate setting. The Well Coffeehouse provided an incredible atmosphere for the songwriters to sing their songs and tell their stories, while the lightening storm flashing through the wall of windows provided an arresting backdrop. At a point where technical glitches threatened to sidetrack the mood, Don Chaffer simply unplugged his guitar, rested a foot on the front row of chairs, and sang a gorgeous break-up ballad to a pin-drop quiet crowd. One of the bonus benefits to relaxed settings like this is that new songs usually see their first light of day. On this night, Randall Goodgame debuted a new song called “Cellphone Jones,” Eric Peters introduced “Nobody,” and Sandra McCracken played “God’s Highway,” “We Will Feast,” and “Gracious Light” from her recently-recorded-but-not-yet-released next album. Don Chaffer even read a stunningly wistful prose poem of his called “On the Iron Bar and the Price You Pay, James Dean” that had everyone simultaneously laughing and introspecting at the same time. All four artists set the precedent that you never know what might be in store for you at The Local Show but you can rest assured it’s going to be good.

The Local Show will be looking to recapture the communal spark every other Tuesday in September, with plans to move to every week in October. The next show will be September 16 and will feature Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Andrew Osenga, and Jeremy Casella – another foursome whose professional/personal DNA mix together in a way that should provide the same uniquely communal atmosphere as the first show.

You can find out more about The Local Show and purchase advanced tickets for the next show here:

September 16 @ 8pm
Andy Gullahorn, Jill Phillips, Jeremy Casella, and Andrew Osenga

The Well Coffeehouse
690 Old Hickory Blvd,
Brentwood, TN 37027

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Now Shipping: CDN Raw Logs to S3 export

August 5, 2014 12:02 am


Although our real time analytics API make it extremely easy to process and get the data you need, sometimes you need to parse the data yourself.

Meet our newest feature of MaxCDN Insights that allows you to save all access logs in the format you want to your own S3 bucket.

Every single response from our servers for your pull zone is now accessible to you to do as you please. You can parse the raw data and build your statistics and analytics dashboards or parse it every day and extract very specific information for your own custom needs.

To use it you will need an existing AWS profile and an S3 bucket.

Once you have that you can enable raw logs to s3 export in your settings in our Control Panel


You also have the option to select the frequency of log exports into your bucket.

1 hour, 12 hours, 1 day and 3 days are available.

Before enabling it you need to also set a format string. Its a very powerful feature that can help you a lot by saving you space on your AWS account and simplify the parsing of your logs.

We recommend to store only the information you need avoiding using all available variables.


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