ReplayXD 1080 Review - Part 1

For some upcoming projects, we have been supplied with 4 RePlayXD 1080 "Action Cams" to run through their paces.  I remember seeing the announcements for these sexy little chunks of aluminum a few months ago I was very excited by what the specs had to offer.  Now that I have the units in hand, I can say they don't disappoint.

We have been working with the GoPros for a little over a year now, and while they do exactly what they are meant to, namely go to the depths of electronics hell and return with the pictures to prove the trip, the pictures they bring back aren't all that impressive once you get past the element of"ooohhh I've never seen a camera mounted there before".  Lets face it, the picture quality from a GoPro is marginal at best.

The design and build quality of the RePlay is pretty obvious from the moment you open the box.  It's a solid aluminum shell that could easily be confused with a tactical flashlight.  It feels like it can take a beating.  The controls are extremely well thought out and simple.  This masks a secret, the XH1080 is a very competent camera with much more sophistication than it's simple interface would suggest.

Aside from the now standard HD specs, 1080 30P (sorry, no 24P), 720 30P and 60P, there are a few other options:  what RePlay calls "Tall HD" which is a 4:3 960 varient that I don't see being all that useful and a very surprising time lapse still mode that clocks in at 5mp.

 

The time lapse function is surprisingly well thought out with options to dial in an interval of 1 frame per 3, 5, 15, and 30 seconds.  All of this functionality is accessed through the very clever use of 4 buttons and a few multicolor LEDs.  It's very easy to set up in full daylight, something that the LCD toting action cams struggle with.  The instructions for navigating the modes are thoughtfully printed on the inside of the rear cap.

Here is a short sample of footage from the first flight of the RePlayXD for American Trucker:

  • In Part 2 I will be testing the RePlayXD against the GoPro, Drift, and ContourHD. Detailing the battery life and data consumption and testing the usefulness of external power sources. 
  • In Part 3 I will chronicle the RePlayXD's performance on a race pilot where we will put 40 of them through their paces.

New Meguiar's Spots Hit the Airwaves!

It's hard to believe we shot these spots only a little over a month ago.  Here's the first batch to drop...

A 30 second national spot for Meguiar's Ultimate Wax. Shot on the Red One with Cooke S4 Lenses.

Director: Andy Robinson
DP: David C. Smith
Producer: Bud Brutsman
Wardrobe: Ashley Yoder
Make-Up: Pam Carius

A 30 second national spot for Meguiar's Endurance Tire Spray. Shot on the Red One with Cooke S4 lenses.

Director: Andy Robinson
DP: David C. Smith
Producer: Bud Brutsman
Wardrobe: Ashley Yoder
Make-Up: Pam Carius

A look back: Soulja Boy for Yahoo

Lets just get a bunch of kids as they get off the school bus at Rucker Park to come out and watch a live performance from the #2 Billboard artist at the time, what could possibly go wrong?  Turns out absolutely nothing, everyone had a great time and we got some classic footage!  It had a quarter million views the first week out.

*Sorry for the ad, I guess Yahoo! has to pay the bills somehow.  You can see it ad free from the Yahoo Music page.

Some high praise for Foundling...

It looks like Carly has found another fan, Carl Manes from ILikeHorrorMovies.com had some very nice things to say about our little film...

Director Carly Lyn defies classification in her breakthrough feature, A FOUNDLING. By combining elements of the Western with Science Fiction and Horror, Lyn creates a touching character drama with an otherworldly twist. Two sisters set off across the desert on horseback to reach their home in San Bernadino, but along the way they uncover an alien child amongst the wreckage of a derelict spacecraft and bring him along for the journey. Their travels lead them to despair as they face hunger, sickness, and worse out in the perilous wilderness. Cindy Chiu and Nora Jesse are exceptional as Virginia and Mattie. They each represent empowered female characters that are able to convey heartfelt compassion and warmth even throughout their most difficult trials. A FOUNDLING's winning score, desolate locations, and breathtaking cinematography also contribute to the overall beauty of the film. Lyn's willingness to bend genre conventions in order to tell a highly personal and emotional tale leads to a truly unique piece of Independent cinema that is very wide reaching

 

Thanks Carl!