I’m an Amazon Influencer

Hello all, just to let you know that I am now qualified as an Amazon Influencer.

What that means is that Amazon has qualified me to have my own vanity page where I can list products that I use or wish for. 

It is off course an affiliate page and what that means is that a small commision is given to me for any purchases made but at no additional cost to you.

I love it as I don’t have to post a bunch of links on a post but have one simple link where you can check out the stuff I recommend or wish for.

You can check out my Amazon Influencer page here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/recordlifemedia


Taking my Espresso Machine Everywhere

I’ve purchased the Litchi Portable Espresso Maker for a reason, a simple reason.

Sometimes you want coffee, other times instant coffee, or Keurig pod coffee and last of all…you got to get yourself an espresso.

While you’re camping, instant coffee is okay but a shot of espresso definitely calls you in the morning. A bit of luxury in the wilderness is a gift I’m willing to accept.

What I have here is the portable espresso maker by Litchi. It works as promised. The espresso comes out warm instead of hot so I would add a bit more hot water to it after pumping out the espresso. I think it’s the pumping air action that must cool the hot boiling water to a cooler temperature. It’s not so bad since I can drink the shot of espresso right away.

All in all, I give it 3 out of 5. It’s easy to use and easy to clean up., Very portable and easy to pack away. I just wish the cup of espresso could be a bit hotter at the end hence the 3 out of 5.

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Now, if I’m wrong or am using this product incorrectly, please let me know.

Capturing component video to hdmi

I know I’m holding on to the past and being a stubborn fool when it comes down to it but I can’t help it. I love this camera! I love the quality of the video the camera produces!

Tape-based recording to camcorders are pretty much extinct now and digital capture is the future – using a digital capture system like the Focus FS-H200 or Atomos systems like the Atomos Ninja is one way of extending the lifespan of cameras like this.

The Sony Fx1 is wonderful and the quality from the HD capture is outstanding, especially viewed through component out. However, I’ve been wanting something to capture component to HDMI and I think I’ve found it! The way I’m doing it is through firewire capture at this time, as shown in the video.

So with the older HDV format camcorders like the Sony FX-1, what’s one way to extend the life of a wonderful camera like this? This is my old-school fix for digital media capture and recording. It is not as efficient as the newer technology but it’s a wonder that it does the job from back then.

I’m looking to update to an Atomos or similar system which will be great for the Sony FX-1 and my Sony A6500, hopefully soon.

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The Letus35 Bokeh Maker – back to the classic

Back when I got the Sony Fx-1, I wanted to get that bokeh effect and get that cinematic feels. I went crazy looking at all sorts of bokeh kits but I wasn’t feeling the DIY aspect and the other systems that were available were pricey. Mind you, the Letus35 is also pricey but was at a fair price and I was able to get this model from the creator of the Letus35.

As I live in Seattle, Washington, I had the chance to communicate with the inventor/creator of the Letus35. He offered to meet with me at his place in Portland, Oregon. I kindly accepted the offer and made it a trip right after work. His family was very nice and it was great meeting them. I actually arrived early to their home and they offered to let me wait for him inside their home. I kindly declined until he came home from working at a major computer corporation. It was only about a 15-minute wait anyway.

The model you see in the video was a prototype model that he showed me and purchased it from him right there. I felt that he was using his engineering degree to improve upon similar lens adapter that was out. The fact that he was also somewhat local to my location also made me want to support his endeavors, not that he needs it as you can tell his company makes great products. (You can check the affiliate link below to see his new creations more suitable to today’s cameras.)

Letus35 has some other cool camera gears you can check out:

You have to remember that this is a lens adapter that goes over your lens like a periscope so there is a lot of loss in light going through the lens. With the Sony Fx-1 you can have a constant f-stop of 2.8 and get a lens to attach to the Letus35 would need to be something that can do 2.8 or more to get enough light for the camera to capture a usable image. The nifty 50 lens at 1.8 f-stops is a great option. This is also one reason that I never really used it as most of my shooting were more news gathering type of capture and not a creation of movies.

Do I regret purchasing this if I’ve never used it? No, it’s a piece of my life experience and a moment of true creativity in the video making creatives that were inspired by such great tools of filmmaking.

The Best HD Camera Still – the Sony HDR-Fx1

,The Sony Fx1 was the best purchase I ever made over a decade ago and it still holds up very well for capturing video. I love this Sony Fx-1 so much that I still try to find ways to utilize it in some way.

I want to say this was one of Sony’s first prosumer camcorder released that was hugely successful. The Sony HVR-Z1U was their pro version with xlr input and option to record in digital vs the HDV tapes utilized at the time. You could use the Sony HVR-MRC1.

The lens on this pro-consumer camera is outstanding and with the iris control, you can set it for low light at f/2.8. The CCD camera captures low light so well I’m impressed with it still at this time.

I have used this in low light concerts and I have shot this in very bright outdoor situations with this FX1 performing like a champ!

Check out my YouTube channel for some of the videos shot with the wonderful Sony Fx-1 – like Crying Nut, Maryhill Festival of Speed, Grand Opening of Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Bam Artsfair – Indian Dance, The Flight, The Flight 2, Aircraft Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, World Cyber Games – Seattle, Skagit Valley Tulips, Dumbfounded Kero One Dok2 in Seattle, YB Yoon Do Hyun Band Seattle, Harlem Globetrotters in Washington, Seahawks 2015 Superbowl Tribute, The Zoo Animals, Shooting at the Local Airport, Largest Water Balloon Fight, Klamath California, Novice Motorcycle Race, Teddy Bear Museum, Freedom Fair, Cheonggyecheon River in South Korea, Air France, Dead Baby 16, Drift Seattle, Ban Ki Moon UW Speech, Fanterview – Grammatrain Interview Sounders MV – The Last Sound, SeaFair 2009.

This video shot in 4k with the Sony A6500.

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Korean Walnut Pastry – American Made

Got this fantastic Walnut Pastry from friends in California. I’ve never heard of Cocohodo till now but they make some awesome tasty morsels of sweet Korean dessert delicacy.

The cookie is soft and moist. It’s like a mini cake but with red bean paste filling and a piece of walnut on the inside. It dries out pretty fast, within two days about, so it’s good to eat it right away. The taste of the red bean paste is just right, not too sweet and a semi-creamy like texture due to the red bean paste. The walnut brings a bit of crunchiness when you bite into it, giving it a different texture to the taste.

After having eaten the tasty treat, this led me to wonder about this creation… Doing a research about this dessert, I found that this confectionary was created in the Cheonan region of Korea by a married couple Jo, Gwigeum and Sim, Boksun. They created this unique delicacy by combining Korean and Japanese influences. This was in 1934 during the Japanese occupation of Korea.

Korean Walnut Pastry – Not Cocohodo
Shot with the Sony A6500
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If you want to check out Cocohodo, check out their website: http://cocohodo.us/


Coconut Soda? What!

I got a chance to try a Coconut soda. This is the Cocorico taste test…What do I think about it?

I’m not a fan of Coconut and I don’t think much about Coconut water as well. I would have totally disregarded this drink if I haven’t seen it for the first time in my life.

No soda taste great unless its chilled and I was right! There’s nothing like a cold can or bottle of soda pop in your hands on a hot day, any day, actually.

My initial thoughts from the first sip were, “I don’t think I’m tasting any flavor.” Later, it was, I think I taste a bit of saltiness then back to nope, nothing. I drank nearly the whole can but left a couple sips worth in the can to warm up to room temperature. At room temperature, I could immediately taste the coconut flavor and the saltiness. Not my cup of tea at this point. I would drink this when it’s cold but not at room temperature. 3 out of 5 stars.

Later, looking through Amazon on coconut sodas, I saw several varieties. Who knew you had other brands like Goya and Tropi-Coco with their own coconut sodas.

What do you think about Coconut flavored sodas?

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