Review: 30 days out with iPhone 5s with iMovie for iOS 7

Rating: Starting at $200 on contract with AT&T and other vendors, worth the investment for any novice video editor.

Summary: Having a new iPhone 5s, base model of 16 gb, I had wondered what might be my focal point 30 days out. Let’s start with features I had not expected from the phone. First, I had wanted the gold color but, let’s be real at 3 am in the morning, on day of ordering online, silver works just fine. The gold color, while alluring, had offered no enhancement in taking calls, pictures and video. Having spent a considerable time between phone upgrades, I had fancied the open functionality of Android sharing files, customization, and Google integration; however, I hadn’t expected any changes to Apple’s closed mindset. Also, a larger screen, while appealing, hadn’t provided as a deal breaker after coming from an iPhone 3GS. As far as fingerprint sensor, being the first iteration, I had lowered expectations but, amazingly the sensor remains functional for someone with an active lifestyle. For any Droid fanboys, it had offered a convenience, not a panacea in security. The sensor had served only as means to slow someone down. As always with security, physical possession, like in other security scenarios, had provided a means for unraveling any technical protective measures regardless of platform. So that brings me to other impressions for voice calls, audio, microphone, screen and speed, all had improved. The LTE performance on AT&T’s network had quietly impressed my ears while streaming Joe Satriani.

At the heart of the matter, the iPhone 5s had embedded a dual core 64-bit A7 processor though, that’s not the measure of the value for me. The measuring stick had come in the form of handling 1080p video. My iPhone 5s had exported in 30 seconds a 5 minute project versus, expected hours on a used MacBook. So what had squeezed that performance out? Well, Apple had written iOS 7 and iMovie for 64 bit optimization plus, other programming tweaks. The knife’s sharp blade was the supporting GPU, the PowerVR Series 6 chip. For example, within 30 minutes, I had dragged and dropped 90 various clips for the Florida Caverns to begin. Then, I had mixed down over 24 minutes of this video of the Florida Caverns in hours. Exporting the final cut, that had taken the aforementioned 30 seconds for a 5 minute project. During that process, I had acclimated myself to the newer, simpler interface for iMovie. If I had wanted to reimport or use different transitions, just quick double tap on some app icons. Moving different clips around, even with 9o imports, had remained a snap. Without those aggregate software and hardware elements, I had anticipated painful editing experience of recent raw video for weeks. Instead, days had become hours, hours into seconds.

So the above had brought me back to a question, “Does this phone make sense for you?” If you had desired a means to quickly mix down 1080p HD video, perhaps. Since purchasing this device, a few co-workers and friends had purchased this phone and complimentary hardware via the iPad Air. So far, none to my knowledge, had leveraged this video editing potential of this solution. From my perspective, that time savings and ease of use, had made all the difference to posting on WordPress. Without it, I had shuttered the thought for producing content like slow moving molasses.

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Florida State Caverns Park @ Marianna, Florida: Part 2 (GarzaFX)

Does Apple just suck? Or does Android suck less? (GarzaFX)


What is inside you? Labor Day 2013: Got to believe!

This past 2013 Labor Day holiday, I had traveled across the South East of United States for five days. In driving over 1,500 miles, I had pondered the potential around every Interstate exit, on each hiking trail, with each cold water spring, and every friendly conversation. I had been looking for something that already had been there, self.


Recalling my youth in Andros Island, Bahamas, I had asked my father, what lay beyond an exposed coral reef. For five seasons of diving trips, my father had answered,” We’ll stop there on the way back.” Those adventures had never ended gazing down a 500 foot dropoff into the Tongue of the Ocean. In retrospect, my father had been wise in avoiding the potential dangers of the dark waters of the Atlantic. What had remained, a curiosity of the unknown.


For quite a few years, journeying around had lost a certain appeal, perhaps all those years of relocation in a Navy family. In limiting my horizons, I had found ways to limit liability and experiences with responsibilities (i.e, work, friends, family, time); However, what had been life’s worth without facing some fear and some danger.


Early on in this trip, I had been confronted with the challenge of marching through a flooded hiking trail. What unforeseen danger had been waiting to attack around the next corner. In the end, the theme of man versus nature had affirmed a choice, a belief to press on. This precedent, built on curiosity, had characterized other decisions regarding this journey. One of those had been missing a tour of the Florida Caverns in West Florida. The other had been a failed fuel pump on my red 1996 Ford Explorer. Both of these events had fueled a greater determination to make it to the mountains surrounding Brasstown Bald. Without these setbacks, I had wondered if I bother traveling to the highest point in Georgia.


Periodically, life had shaken my faith in friendships, God and self-worth, but, the question had been about pressing on. Some state coincidence that all these events had occurred with convenience and rhythm. I had chosen to entertain a belief beyond self, a will beyond my own. This will had been forged long ago in a foreign land, to keep trying, to keep reaching. The question of this adventure had I done it all alone? Believe!


More information:

Tongue of the Ocean (Wikipedia)

Andros Island, Bahamas (Wikipedia)

Brasstown Bald (Wikipedia)

Florida Caverns (Florida State Parks)