Sunday, May 25, 2014

Trying to take video for Bertolf cover, but not working out. I will have to start all over another day.

I attempted to shoot some video footage to make a video to go along with my Bertolf cover of "Simply Amazing". I set up in the garage and started recording using my GoPro.

Well, I checked a test shot. I had to go back inside and view the file on the computer, as the GoPro does not have a display. The video looked OK, but the angle got too much lawn equipment in it. I had the setting on a narrow view, but GoPro still has a pretty wide shot on it's narrowest setting.

I decided to get the GP app working on my tablet, so I could use that as a monitor. This took a while to get it working, but when I did it worked great.

The next problem was that I was playing the audio to play along with, and it did not have a count off, so I had to render a new version of the song with a count off at the beginning. 

After I got that done I went back to the garage and tried to bring up the new file on my phone (which is how I was playing the audio), but the new version wasn't there. I went back inside to the computer and I still had the file open in VLC player, so it wouldn't copy to Dropbox. Doah! I closed Dropbox and dragged the file over again. This time I waited to make sure it was actually saving.

I went back to the garage and set it all up again. Now, the WiFi on the GoPro was not working, and went it started working, my tablet would connect for a second or two and then drop off. Damn it!. I fiddled with that for a good 10 minutes before giving up. It was freakin' hot in the garage and I wanted to go on with actually shooting video, so I just shot the footage with what I believed to be a good angle. I did a few takes from a couple of different angles. But wait, I realized I had not turned on the light. Without the light, but footage would certainly be too dark. The garage just has a couple of little bulbs. I had cranked up a very bright shop light earlier, which worked fine, but I forgot to turn it back on. Crap!.

I turned on the light and did the shots all over again. During these shots, it started to pour outside, which wasn't a huge problem, but I could feel my Taylor getting sticky and really don't want to ruin that guitar.

I shut it all down and brought everything inside, but then realized that I didn't plug a cable into the microphone. the mic is really just a prop as I'm not really amplifying my voice, but it just looks kind of stupid. I definitely pulled a Flea.

Oh well, so I went inside and looked at the footage. Every angle has viewable lawn equipment and garage junk. Damn it!

Since the rain came down, I have no option of going outside somewhere. Plan B will have to be another day.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HTML Devs - the Android Gmail app is a nightmare

I WAS convinced that most people on Android devices used the native email app. I thought that most people (myself included) used the native app even if they had a Gmail account. That's opposed to using the Gmail app. Well, whether that WAS true or not, it is definitely not the case now.

The Gmail app's big downfall WAS (just like the desktop web version) that it ignored styles in the head, and that meant it ignore medial queries. But media queries on the Android Gmail app wasn't a big deal, as not many people used the app (I thought). Most people use the native email app.

This used to not be a huge buzz kill, as the Gmail app just showed email in tact, but you had to pinch and scroll to see all the content. Not a good thing, but the layout was intact. Well, the Gmail Android app does more than just ignore media queries. It also attempts to fit the email into the viewport. but unlike the iPhone, the Android Gmail app does some damage along the way. I am still working through what exactly it's doing, but it's ignoring some cell widths and other things.