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New Version 19.12.31: Move Multiple

New Version 19.12.31: Move Multiple

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-191231/

Version 19.12.31 (aka 19.13) is now available for DOWNLOAD!

Unfortunately, version 19.12.16 introduced a major new bug when moving clips
on the Timeline with Ripple on
. This version not only fixes that but also
includes a highly requested feature that was a year end goal: moving
multiple clips on the Timeline
! In addition, two more video scopes were
added: RGB Parade and RGB Waveform.


Screenshot of RGB Parade and Waveform Scopes

Other Changes and Fixes

  • Allow reducing track height to very short in Timeline and Keyframes.
  • Fixed crackly audio playback for some Windows users.
  • Fixed loading project files made before v19.06 when not using a period for a
    decimal point.
  • Fixed Lift and Ripple Delete on Timeline not reliably removing all
    selected.
  • Fixed checking Properties > Image sequence may not update duration in
    Playlist.
  • Fixed the intra-VLC and non-linear-quantizer options in the XDCAM-422 and D10
    export presets.

New Version 19.08

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-190816/

Version 19.08 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version continues to rework and refine existing features in the areas of video stabilization, audio normalization, converting and reversing files, external monitoring, and most significantly: the playlist.

Playlist

  • Changed Playlist > Open As Clip to simply Open. This action now opens the playlist item directly in the Source player, and all changes made in Source (trim in/out), Properties, Filters, and Keyframes apply to the playlist item immediately without an explicit update.
  • Added Playlist > Copy that opens a copy of the playlist item in Source just like the old behavior. This is useful if you want to trim out another shot from the same source clip or create a different sub-clip with different filtering.
  • Changed double-click on a playlist item to Open the clip instead of Copy it.
  • Added keyboard shortcut Shift+C to Copy a playlist item.
  • Now, when you drag a clip from Playlist to Timeline the timeline shows an appropriately-size box on a track.

Filters

  • Fixed a performance regression (since v19.06) in the following filters: Chroma Hold, Flip, LUT 3D, Mirror, Noise: Fast, Reduce Noise: Smart Blur.
  • Fixed reloading the filter UI for Rutt-Etra-Izer, Text: 3D, and Text: HTML resets the filter trimming in Keyframes.
  • Added support for keyframes to the Lens Correction and Mosaic video filters.
  • Fixed Swirl when maximum = 0%
  • Changed the minimum values for Mosaic to 0%.
  • Removed the scrolling animation from the Blank Web Animations HTML template.
  • Fixed pasting filters changes the trim and keyframes of the existing filters.
  • Fixed Crop: Circle and Crop: Rectangle not clearing the canvas resulting in trails in some situations.
  • Fixed color incorrect when using the LUT 3D filter with some other filters following it.
  • Fixed reliability of the Stabilize video filter to write its results (.stab) file.
  • Fixed showing vidstab.trf as a missing file.
  • Fixed updating Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass results to clips copied between Source, Playlist, and Timeline.
  • Added the ability for the Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass filters’ analysis jobs to update pending export jobs.
  • Added the option to run pending Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass filters’ analysis jobs on export. This only works for Stabilize if you are using the project folder feature. Or, if not using the project folder feature, you must click Analyze to assign a results file name, but you can stop the analysis job.

The combination of the above fixes and changes means you can now easily batch convert files while applying image stabilization and audio normalization!

Properties

  • Added support for interlace output to Properties > Reverse and Convert to Edit-friendly including overrides for Scan mode and field order.
  • Improved detection of interlaced video in some files such as Ut Video in Matroska.
  • Added Comments to image properties along with a menu button with: Copy Full File Path, Show in Folder, and Set Creation Time…

External Monitor

  • Add resolution and refresh rates to the screens in Settings > External Monitor to make them easier to differentiate.
  • Fixed switching between different external screens on the same GPU.
  • Fixed external screen not showing on correct screen in some arrangements.

Export

  • Changed the default video quality to 55% for the Default and YouTube presets. This aligns with the x264 default crf of 23 and produces a smaller file that most people desire for upload without significant quality loss.
  • Added text after Export > Advanced > Codec > Quality to show the generated codec-specific quality level (e.g. crf for x264).
  • Fixed Stream broken by check for writable file.

Other

  • Fixed double-click in Recent Projects loading twice.
  • Fixed disabling meters in the Audio Loudness scope not shrinking space.
  • Added version metadata to the AppImage for Linux.
  • Added md5sums.txt and sha256sums.txt to the GitHub releases page.
  • Added saving Timeline track height to configuration, not only a project file.
  • Fixed trimming an unselected clip in Timeline does not correctly adjust its filters.
  • Changed Settings > Interpolation > Nearest Neighbor to no longer relax seek accuracy. Instead, seek accuracy is now relaxed only during trick playback (reverse, rewind, fast forward).
  • Added a Korean translation.

New Version 19.09: Multiselect and More Filters

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-190914/

Version 19.09 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

New Features

  • Added multi-select to Playlist as welll as Select All (Ctrl+Shift+A)
    and Select None (Ctrl+Shift+D) to its menu.
  • Added multi-select to Timeline, which is currently limited to the
    remove/delete and lift operations.
  • Added Select All (Ctrl+A) and Select None (Ctrl+D) to the Timeline
    menu.
  • Added new video filters:
    • Dither
    • Halftone
    • Posterize
    • Threshold
    • Elastic Scale (non-linear horizontal scaling)
    • Blend Mode (overrides the track Properties > Blend mode for that clip)

     

  • Added the option Play After Open (default on) to the playlist menu.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for some existing Timeline menu actions:
    • Insert Track (Ctrl+Alt+I)
    • Remove Track (Ctrl+Alt+U)
    • Copy Timeline to Source (Ctrl+Alt+C)
  • Added a Galician translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash in some audio filters when using 1 or 6 channels.
  • Fixed showing language English (Great Britain) when
    English (United States) is chosen.
  • Fixed a crash bug in v19.06 when changing image sequence Repeat in
    Properties.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 where dropping a video into Playlist on a new
    project does not update the Automatic Video Mode.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 in the on-screen rectangle control (as used in Text:
    Simple
    and Size and Position filters among a few others).
  • Fixed changing speed of a clip with a colon in the file name.
  • Fixed reading MLT XML with a colon in the file name of a relative path.
  • Fixed the playlist menu button disabled after removing all clips.
  • Fixed reloading Fade In Video or Fade Out Video using opacity may
    alter the colors.
  • Fixed Convert to Edit-friendly failing on GoPro videos.
  • Fixed filters during a transition are truncated after a Split on the
    timeline.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 where Keyframes becomes broken after trimming on the
    timeline.

Changes and Improvements

  • Reduced the size of the installation by 255 MiB!
  • Upgraded FFmpeg to v4.2.
  • Increased export process priority on Windows from Low (idle) to Below Normal.
  • Changed default HEVC quality to 45% so the x265 crf matches its default of 28.
  • Added the clip’s name to the end of a clip in Timeline if its block is
    wide enough.
  • No longer seek after dropping a clip from the player to the Timeline.

New Version 19.10: New Time-based Filters

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-191020/

Version 19.10 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

New Features

  • Added new video Filters:
    • Choppy
    • Nervous (a random selection of previous and current frame)
    • No Sync
    • Trails
    • Vertigo

       

  • Added Keyframes toolbar buttons and keyboard shortcuts for filter-trimming
    and simple keyframes:

    • [ = set the filter start
    • ] = set the filter end
    • = set the first simple keyframe
    • = set the second simple keyframe
    • Alt+[ = seek previous simple keyframe
    • Alt+] = seek next simple keyframe
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for Filters:
    • F = open the Filters panel and filter chooser. (At this point search has
      focus and the first filter is selected…)
    • Up/Down – select the previous or next filter in the list
    • Enter = add the selected filter to the list
    • Shift+F = remove the selected filter from the list
  • Added Thai translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed Open Other > Audio/Video Device capture (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed a crash in Timeline when you Lift the first clip in a track
    (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed automatic configuration of VA-API for Export > Use hardware encoder
    (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed Blend Mode filter affects other clips on the track (if the track
    Properties > Blend mode was not changed).
  • Fixed adding keyframes to some video filters into area after extending the clip:
    • Text: Simple
    • Rotate and Scale
    • Size and Position
  • Fixed color picker not automatically changing alpha from 0 to 255.
  • Fixed a restarted job reports stopped when completed successfully.
  • Fixed HTML file names with extended UTF-8 chars on Linux.
  • Fixed Timeline audio waveform after changing Properties > Audio > Track.
  • Fixed a crash opening a project that includes itself by making a self-repair
    on open.
  • Fixed saving the length property in MLT XML as a time value independent of
    frame rate.
  • Fixed changing Video Mode of an opened project breaks timing of edits.
  • Fixed Timeline ruler not synchronized with the tracks’ scroll after
    resizing panel or window.
  • Fixed Timeline > Undo after splitting the second clip of a transition
    corrupts the timeline.

Changes

  • Use the main video stream by default when there is an embedded
    album/poster/thumbnail.
  • Minor improvements to the ProRes Export preset.
  • Improved performance of some video filters when using parallel processing:
    • Blur: Exponential, Gaussian, Low Pass
    • Glow
    • Mask: Simple Shape
    • Reduce Noise: HQDN3D
    • Sharpen
  • Improved performance of track blending in areas with transparency.
  • Reduced the free disk space check to 25 GB.
  • Opening Matroska files containing HuffYUV or Ut Video is much faster.
  • Timeline waveforms are dimmed instead of hidden when track is muted.
  • Changed RGB video clip Properties > Color range to Full and disabled.
  • Changed Properties > Reverse and Convert to Edit-friendly best option
    (MKV) to use PCM for audio.
  • Changed the Export > lossless > Ut Video preset to the matroska format.
  • The signed macOS app is now notarized.

New Version 19.12: Move Freely

New Version 19.12: Move Freely

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-191216/

Version 19.12 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version makes the Timeline much more flexible. Previously, you could
only move a clip to a blank spot on the timeline, or the move operation would be
rejected and the clip would snap back to its original location. This is no
longer restricted, and you can move anywhere as if you were inserting or
overwriting with a new clip. Of course, you need to be more careful now! Also,
when using drag-n-drop to make a transition, previously you could not have a gap
in the timeline between the two clips. Now, you can drag over a gap and overlap
the clips to make the transition (but still only for neighboring clips on the
same track, by design.) These two improvements were needed to support the
ability to move multiple clips at once. We expect to include that in the first
version of 2020. Meanwhile, there were some important fixes to get out and
changes for people to adjust to.

New

  • Added 3 new filters:
    • Gradient video filter


    Screenshot of Gradient filter

    • Scan Lines video filter
    • Noise Gate audio filter
  • Added a new color gradient control to the following filters:
    • Audio Light Visualization
    • Audio Spectrum Visualization
    • Audio Waveform Visualization
  • Added View > Scopes > Video Zoom.
  • Added Reverse checkbox to the Mask: From File filter.
  • Added Remove Finished to the Jobs menu.
  • Added Playlist > Update Thumbnails.
  • Added Update Thumbnails to the timeline video clip menu.
  • Added keyboard shortcut Shift+Escape to give the player
    focus (take focus away from certain widgets).
  • Added a Two Column Scroll template to the Text: HTML filter (convenient
    for film-style credits).

Fixes

  • Fixed Scale animation not linear in the Rotate & Scale filter.
  • Fixed audio crackles in first couple of seconds of export.
  • Fixed Ctrl+A selects all in Playlist as well as Timeline.
  • Fixed the size and position of the Text: HTML editor with Settings >
    External Monitor
    enabled.
  • Fixed drag-n-drop from Playlist to Timeline sometimes reorders the Playlist.
  • Fixed Color Grading and Contrast creates a weird color after deleting
    a keyframe.
  • Fixed updating x265-params in Export > Other after making changes in Codec.
  • Fixed opening another project in the same session breaks master track filters.
  • Fixed saving a preset with a slash in the name.
  • Fixed export fails if the system temporary directory is not writable.
  • Fixed removing some temporary files on exit.
  • Fixed the timeline Ripple All Tracks option was not saved with history
    (before the current setting used during undo and redo).
  • Fixed an image sequence in Export > From > Playlist may show “INVALID” on export.
  • Fixed changing Properties (for example, image duration) not updating the Playlist.
  • Fixed snapping to horizontal grid lines.
  • Fixed Timeline clip context menu > Properties broken in v19.09.
  • Fixed bad transitions created by trimming beyond media beginning or end.
  • Fixed audio does not follow default device changes on Windows.
  • Fixed changing the speed of the clip on the right side of a transition creates
    INVALID transition.
  • Fixed track filters were not restored when undoing a Remove Track.

Changes

  • Changed the minimum of the Gain/Volume filter to -70 dB.
  • Removed Settings > Deinterlacer > YADIF. (This was causing crashes, and
    this option only affects preview, not export.)
  • Changed the Timeline and Keyframes toolbars to respond to View >
    Small
    Icons.
  • Added a limit to undo History configurable to new configuration key
    undoLimit that defaults to 1000.
  • Upgraded Mesa software OpenGL in Windows build to version 19.2.7.
  • Upgraded SDL audio output library in Windows build to version 2.0.10.

BlackVue DR750S: High-End Dual Cam With Cloud

BlackVue DR750S: High-End Dual Cam With Cloud

https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/blackvue-dr750s-2ch/

BlackVue DR750S front and rear car camera

Technical Specifications

— Dual channel dash cam
— Max. resolution: front 1080p@60fps, rear 1080p@30fps
— Compare prices: Amazon US / CA / UK / DE / FReBay US / UK / AUAliExpressmore vendors
— GPS
— Enhanced Night Vision
— Wi-Fi
— 23 sec bootup time
— Video format: MP4
— Supports up to 128 GB microSD cards (over 12h of video)
— 64GB card holds >6h of video
— Operating temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
— Storage temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
— High-temperature cutoff
— Time and date stamp on video
— Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
— Buffered and time lapse parking modes, event notifications to phone
— Lock file button
— Player software for Windows / Mac
— Apps for Android / iOS
— Internal capacitor instead of battery
— Internal microphone and speaker
— Suction mount
— Voice menu
— Live-stream video over BlackVue’s cloud

Front Camera:
— Max. resolution: 1920x1080p @ 60fps
— Bit rate: 12 Mbps
— Size: 119mm x 36mm (diameter)
— Weight: 90g
— 2.1MP Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor
— Angle of view: 139° diagonal, 116° horizontal, 61° vertical
— LEDs: Recording, GPS, Wi-Fi, Security

Rear camera:
— Max. resolution: 1920x1080p @ 30fps
— Bit rate: 10 Mbps
— Size: 67mm x 25mm (diameter)
— Weight: 25g
— 2.1MP Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor
— Angle of view: 139° diagonal, 116° horizontal, 61° vertical
— Security LED

UPDATE: BlackVue have recently released their DR900S-2CH model, which records at 4K resolution forward, and at 1080p to the rear. The BlackVue DR900S has similar features as the DR750S. It records great video during the day. At night however, the DR750S footage is better.

BlackVue DR750S-2CH Review

In October of 2017, BlackVue released the newest model of their popular dual lens dash cam series. The DR750S-2CH features some impressive improvements over the previous model DR650S-2CH, which has been one of the best-selling high-end dashboard cameras of all time.

Like the DR650S, the DR750S series allows you to live-stream its video feed over the internet, using BlackVue’s cloud service (you’ll need a Wi-Fi hotspot in your car though).

(Don’t confuse the DR750S-2CH with the DR750LW-2CH, which is an entirely different model. The DR750LW is from 2014 and comes with an LCD touch screen, while the DR750S has just been released and doesn’t have a screen at all.)

If you don’t need a rear camera, there’s also a single lens version of this camera available, called DR750S-1CH.

Video quality of the DR750S is very good for the forward facing camera during the day, and good at night time. For the rear camera, video quality is good at day and fair at night.

What’s New

The most important upgrade compared to the DR650S is that the DR750S-2CH records 1080p both ways. The front camera can even record at 60 frames per second, while the rear camera records at 30fps max. Both the front and the rear camera are now fitted with a 2.1MP Sony Starvis sensor. Video quality is improved, especially for the rear camera. The upgrade from 720p to 1080p makes a major difference.

Note though that while rear video footage has markedly improved, the DR750S’ front video footage seems to be slightly softer, or blurrier, than the DR650S’.

Unlike its predecessor, the DR750S comes with a a proximity sensor that can function either as a mute button for the built-in microphone, or as a lock file button, making this the first BlackVue dash cam to support this feature. You can configure in the camera’s settings which function you want the proximity sensor to perform.

There’s also a physical button on the side. Depending on how long you press this button, it serves to either toggle Wi-Fi, reset the Wi-Fi credentials to factory default, or to format the microSD card. Speaking of Wi-Fi credentials, the default Wi-Fi password is now no longer the same for all the cameras of this model, greatly improving security as many users never bother to change their camera’s password.

With regards to the DR650S-2CH, this model’s video bit rates have been increased from 10 to 12 Mbps for the front camera, and from 5 to 10 Mbps for the rear camera.

The DR750S takes about 23 seconds to boot up, which is 10 seconds faster than the DR650S.

Heat tolerance has also improved, from 60°C (140°F)  to 70°C (148°F).

Similarities With Previous Models

The DR750S is equipped with GPS and Wi-Fi. If you have an internet connection in your car, you can watch your car cam’s video footage from anywhere in the world via BlackVue’s cloud service.

This camera will support MicroSD cards up to 128GB in size. For best durability, we recommend getting at least a 64GB card with any dual channel camera. Smaller cards will work, but will result in more writing cycles and thus the card will degrade faster.

A 64GB card will allow for over 6 hours of recording front and rear video, while a 128GB card will let you record for 12 hours before overwriting the oldest footage.

It’s relatively fast to download a 1 minute video clip via Wi-Fi (about 100MB), taking less than 30 seconds typically. Apps for viewing footage and adjusting the camera’s settings are available for Android and iOS smart phones. The apps are well designed and simple to use.

Of course, you can also take out the SD card and watch the footage on your computer. Viewing software is included for Mac and PC.

Like its predecessors, the DR750S supports buffered parking mode to protect your car while you are away. There’s also a time-lapse parking mode, or you can combine the two modes so the camera will record continuously at a low frame rate while parked, and switch to normal recording when an event is detected.

When combined with BlackVue’s Cloud feature, the DR750S can also send a notification to your phone whenever an event is detected while you are away from your car. Without cloud, the camera will speak a voice notification upon your return to the car so you know if, and how many, incidents have been recorded.

For parking mode to work, the dash cam needs to be hard-wired or connected to an external battery pack for power in order to avoid draining your car’s battery.

Alternative Rear Cameras

BlackVue DR750S-2CH IR: Infrared Rear Camera For Use As Taxi/Uber Dash Cam

Optional rear cam with infrared LEDs: Can record the passenger cabin day and night

If you’d like to record the interior of the passenger cabin instead of the road behind you, you’ll need an infrared (IR) camera so you can keep recording at night even when the passenger cabin is dark. This is a great option for Uber or rideshare drivers, vehicle fleet owners, or anyone who wishes to keep memories of fun moments on the road.

A light sensor above the camera lens determines whether ambient lighting is sufficient to record, or whether the camera should go to infrared mode. Two infrared LEDs are situated to the right and left-hand sides of the lens.

BlackVue’s infrared rear camera is called RC100F-IR and fits the DR750S and DR900S models. It is available separately, or in a package together with the front cam.

To compare prices and order the DR750S-2CH IR online, see: Amazon US / CA / FReBay US / UK / AU

BlackVue DR750S-2CH Truck: Waterproof Rear Camera To Mount On The Vehicle’s Exterior

BlackVue also have a camera for truckers in their portfolio, or for any vehicle that doesn’t have a rear window. We’ll be presenting the waterproof rear camera here shortly. If you’re curious, you can check out our review of the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Truck for the time being, which is an older model with a similar system.

Upgrading from DR650S to DR750S

If you already have a DR650S installed and wish to upgrade to the DR750S, you don’t need to go through the hassle of re-doing all the wiring. All the cables are interchangeable between the two models, and the rear camera mount is identical as well. Only the front camera mount would need to be replaced.

BlackVue DR750S-1CH

You can also order a single channel version of the DR750S. It’s called DR750S-1CH, and the only difference to the -2CH is that it comes without the rear camera and coax cable.

Summary

Many features have been added or improved with regards to the predecessor, the most notable being the better rear video quality. BlackVue have also finally included a lock file button option, no doubt a welcome feature for many users.

Overall, the DR750S-2CH is an excellent high-end camera with great features, and one of our favorite dash cams of the year 2018.

BlackVue DR750S-2CH Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Front Video Sample

YouTube Video

Day time forward video quality is very good. License plates of nearby cars are easily readable.

Day Time Rear Video Sample

YouTube Video

Rear video at day time is good. It is hard to read license plates of overtaking cars though.

Night Time Front Video Sample

YouTube Video

Forward video at night is good considering this is a rather dark road. However the license plates of nearby cars are unreadable.

Night Time Rear Video Sample

YouTube Video

Night time rear video quality is fair. This clip looks attractive on a brightly lit road, however there is some glare from other cars headlights, and license plate readability is hit-and-miss depending on the angle you catch them.

Compare Prices & Buy Online Today

The BlackVue DR750S-2CH is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / CA / UK / DE / FR / ES / IT

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

AliExpress (global)

Walmart

This camera is one of our selection of the best dash cams of 2019/2020.

Cloud Capable Car Cameras Compared: BlackVue Vs. Thinkware

Cloud Capable Car Cameras Compared: BlackVue Vs. Thinkware

https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/cloud-capable-car-cameras-compared/

Dash cam connected to the BlackVue cloud, connected to your smart phone app
Cloud connectivity is a feature that only a few high-end dashboard cameras support. Cameras can connect to the manufacturer’s servers (the “cloud”) via an internet hot spot in your car. From there, you can receive notifications about security incidents on your phone, and even watch video footage from your car live over the web, on the other side of the world if need be.

At the time of this writing, only two dash cam manufacturers allow for cloud connectivity: Thinkware, and BlackVue. However, while BlackVue’s cloud has been around for a couple of years and supports a variety of options, Thinkware’s cloud has only very recently been introduced and is still in its infancy. Below, we’ll give you a quick overview what you can expect from each of these manufacturers.

As capabilities increase and more dash cam brands join the club, we’ll keep expanding this article. Feel free to check back here from time to time for a quick reference on what features are currently being offered.

Requirements

To allow for your dash cam to be permanently connected to the internet, you’ll need a portable Wi-Fi hotspot in your car, along with a SIM card from your preferred wireless operator.

BlackVue Cloud: Remote Viewing From Anywhere

BlackVue have been offering their Over-The-Cloud service for a couple of years now. Their service is the only one that will actually let you stream your dash cam’s video footage over the internet.

Here’s an overview of the features they offer:

  • Remote live viewing
  • Receive a notification when an impact is detected (while driving or in parking mode)
  • Receive a notification when cloud connectivity is lost
  • Store and play back video in the cloud
  • GPS tracking (also available for fleets)
  • Voice communication with driver

An account is needed to use BlackVue’s cloud service. While they do offer a free account, it is limited in what it allows you to do. Here’s a list:

  • 10 minutes of live streaming per day
  • Connection to one BlackVue cam
  • 5 GB of cloud storage
  • 100 video downloads per month.

If you need additional options like more bandwidth, more daily viewing time, or the ability to connect several dash cams to one account, you can opt for a paid upgrade. For example, for $10/month you get unlimited live streaming, and for $20/month you can connect to up to 3 BlackVue cameras.

That being said, the free account should probably be sufficient for most private users.

Blackvue Cloud-Compatible Cameras

The following BlackVue dash cams can connect to the cloud:

DR900S series
DR750S series
DR650S series
DR650GW series (only models manufactured after April 2015)

Thinkware Cloud: The Newcomer

Thinkware only implemented their cloud service a short while ago, with the release of the Thinkware F800 Pro in late 2017. They do not offer video streaming at this time. Here’s a list of features that the Thinkware cloud currently supports:

  • Receive a notification when an impact is detected while driving or parked
  • Locate vehicle (also available for fleets): Receive the exact GPS location of your vehicle(s) on a map, along with driving direction and speed
  • Geo-fencing: Receive an alert when your car leaves a predetermined area

UPDATE (Oct 2019): The brand new Thinkware U1000 ist the first Thinkware dash cam to support remote live view over the cloud, in addition to the features listed above.

Thinkware Cloud-Compatible Cameras

Thinkware dash cams that offer cloud connectivity:

Thinkware U1000 — has live view
Thinkware Q800 Pro — live view coming soon
Thinkware F800 Pro — no remote live view, but supports the other cloud features

 

 

Z-Edge S3

Z-Edge S3

https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/z-edge-s3/

The forward facing camera of the Z-Edge S3 is rather bulky. The rear camera is tiny though.

Technical Specifications

— Dual channel dash cam
— Max. resolution: 1080p @ 30fps (front and rear)
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— WDR Super Night Vision
— 2.4″ Screen
— Novatek 96663 processor
— Video format: MP4
— Photo resolution: 12M
— Supports up to 128 GB MicroSD cards (over 11h video)
— 64GB card holds >5h of video
— Time and date stamp on video
— Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
— Parking mode: Impact triggered, unbuffered, records 30 seconds after event
— Operating temperature: from -12°C to 60°C (10°F to 140°F)
— Storage temperature: from -20°C to 71°C (-5°F to 160°F)
— Interface: USB 2.0
— Lock file button
— Player software for Windows / Mac
— Internal battery: 450mAh (lasts about 30 minutes)
— Internal microphone and speaker
— Adhesive mount
— Languages: English, Simplified Chinese

Front Camera:
— Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps (2560×1440 in front-only mode)
— Bit rate: 12 Mbps
— OV4689 sensor
— Size: 91mm x 70.5mm x 35mm
— Angle of view: 150° diagonal

Rear camera:
— Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
— Bit rate: 12 Mbps
— Size: 54.4mm x 40mm x 32mm
— Angle of view: 150° diagonal

Z-Edge S3 Review

The Z-Edge S3 is a Chinese dual-lens dash cam that was released in early 2017. While it’s advertised to support 1440p resolution, this is only true when you run it in forward-only mode. When recording front and rear, it records 1080p each way, which is still a decent resolution though.

Video quality is good overall, except for the rear night video feed which is only average quality. The rear camera turns out not to be light sensitive enough to record decent video when it’s dark.

While the Z-Edge S3 doesn’t support gimmicks such as GPS and Wi-Fi, it does have a basic, impact-triggered parking mode. The camera will start recording whenever a vibration is detected by its G-sensor. It record for 30 seconds, drawing power from its battery.

With parking mode powered by an internal battery, no hard-wiring or external battery pack is required. According to the manufacturer, the internal battery will last for 30 minutes. This should be enough for recording any incidents unless you leave your car parked for a very long time.

Of course, having an internal battery makes the Z-Edge S3 more susceptible to heat failure. If you are looking for a dash cam to use in a hot climate, we recommend getting a device with a capacitor instead.

The S3 supports memory cards up to 128GB in size. A 16GB card is included. While this is OK to get you started, a 16GB card will hold less than 1.5 hours of video in a 1080p front-and-rear setup.

For dual-lens cameras, we recommend using at least a 64GB class 10 card. Keep in mind that continuous video surveillance is quite taxing for the memory chip. The larger the card you use, the longer it will last. Larger cards have longer recording cycles and therefore the data on the card gets overwritten less frequently, improving the card’s lifespan.

This camera has a 2.4″ screen that can be configured to turn itself off after a couple of seconds, so as not to distract you from driving. You can watch your video footage on the built-in screen, or connect a computer via USB. Viewing software is included for PC and Mac, or you can just use any video player to watch the MP4 encoded video.

Some people use the Z-Edge S3 as a taxi cam, however the rear camera doesn’t have infrared lights so it’s not ideal to record the passenger cabin at night. Here’s an overview of dash cams better suited for monitoring your passenger cabin.

This camera is on the lower end of the price spectrum for front-and-rear dash cams. While it comes without any extras except for a simple parking mode, the S3 has turned out to be quite reliable and is clearly recommended if you’re looking for a low-cost front and rear dash cam.

Z-Edge S3 Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Front Video Sample

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Front video is a bit grainy, and nearby license plates are a bit washed out by sunlight. Overall video quality is good though.

Day Time Rear Video Sample

YouTube Video

Rear video quality at day is also good. You can read number plates of nearby cars by pausing the video.

Night Time Front Video Sample

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Forward video quality at night is good as well. It’s easy to read the license plates of cars driving by. Note that this particular sample video shows a PIP configuration (with the rear video feed showing in the upper right corner).

Night Time Rear Video Sample

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Rear video quality at night is only average. The image is fuzzy and you can just barely see what’s going on. Other car’s license plates are only readable when very close, e.g. when pulling to a stop behind you at a red light.

Where To Buy

The Z-Edge S3 is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / CA / UK / DE

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

Walmart

Alternatives

For the latest in tech, check out our up-to-date list of the best dash cams of 2019/2020.

How To Schedule YouTube Videos Using YouTube Video Scheduling

How To Schedule YouTube Videos Using YouTube Video Scheduling

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Scheduling YouTube videos to publish when it’s most strategic for you and your organization or company is something you can now do using YouTube scheduling features. If you use other social media, you are probably used to scheduling tweets, Facebook posts, and WordPress posts, among others, on those platforms or on a more comprehensive social media distribution platform like Hootsuite.

YouTube is now catching up, but it may not be easy to find the settings and take the steps you need to do so. Here’s what you need to know.

There are currently four possible status settings you can give your YouTube video when you upload it. They are:

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YouTube Video Scheduling Is Newer

Previously, uploading and publishing were synonymous. You had to make sure to get things right, because your video was immediately out in the world. You could delete your video, but it may have already been viewed with links established to it via other social media that referenced it.

The opportunity to mark a video Private, and then change the setting to Public manually if and when you were ready to publish helped to mitigate against this problem, allowing YouTubers to prepare more carefully for publishing.

But, as many YouTubers gained followings and were earning money from their monetized videos, demand increased for the kind of scheduling features available on other social media. After all, YouTube stars have to travel and produce videos constantly, and publish on a consistent schedule to build their audience (as recommended in YouTube’s own PlayBook, and covered in this MiniMatters blog post). This needed to happen even if YouTubers were on vacation or in places where it just was inconvenient to click “publish.”

Now YouTube Video Scheduling is available to most everyone who puts in a little effort, even if you don’t have a large number of channel subscribers or views and even if you are not actively monetizing your videos. AND, if you want to be as strategic about your video communications as you are about your other social media communications, you should use this feature!

YouTube’s Features and Benefits Chart

In this chart, YouTube shares what benefits and features are available to different levels of “creators”–from the beginner to the middle-level to the top-level creator-partners with over 75,000 cumulative watch hours in the last 90 days.

We don’t know if you can make it to that top level, but follow these instructions, and you can get to the middle level, which will enable you to schedule YouTube uploads and messages about your videos.

1. Check to see if you already at the level that allows YouTube video scheduling and don’t need to do anything more. Click upload, and click the downward facing triangle to the right of the word “public.” Does the option “Scheduled” appear? If so, you are ready to go, and skip to the bottom of this post.

2. If you do not have the “Scheduled” option, you need to obtain the appropriate Creator status. You’ll need to “verify” your channel to do this. To check on this, login to your Channel, click Creator Studio, then Channel, then Status and Features. If your channel is verified and YouTube considers you a “partner,” your Account Status will say “Partner Verified.” If not, go through the verification process noted here.

3. Although the YouTube video scheduling feature is not specifically noted on the YouTube Features and Benefits Chart and we were not able to pin down the exact, current requirements for securing this feature with Google, the YouTube video scheduling feature should become available once you verify your channel and achieve this mid-level status.  If not, another option to beef up your stature is to add an associated website to your channel. Information on that step is here. Others have suggested that enabling monetization (in Channel Settings), even if you don’t monetize a single video, may be of help if this feature is not appearing.

Use the YouTube Video Scheduling Feature

SO, you’ve unlocked this great feature, and now the trick is to use it. When you upload your video, choose Scheduled for your video status. (You’ll have to make sure your upload default settings are not on Public, Unlisted or Private at Creator Studio>Channel>Upload Defaults.) Then go ahead and choose your date and time.

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You’ll also receive a confirmation by email that your scheduling has succeeded.

Try modeling your video distribution on that of prominent YouTube Creators. Create a set of videos at once and line them up to publish on a consistent day and time. Prepare your other social media posts on a complementary schedule that will reference these videos soon after they are published in order to generate the maximum initial impact, which gives your videos greater potential to be spread, recommended and watched.

Good luck with your scheduling!

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Street Guardian SGGCX2

Street Guardian SGGCX2

https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/street-guardian-sggcx2/

Product photo of the Street Guardian SGCCX2 car camera

Technical Specifications

— Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
— Price: see SGGCX2PRO (replaces the SGGCX2)
— Bit rate: 15 Mbps
— Aperture: F/2.0
— 1.5″ screen
— Startup time: 12 seconds
— External GPS (receiver included)
— WDR Super Night Vision
— Size: 72mm x 45mm x 35mm
— Weight: 76g
— Novatek 96655 processor
— Sony EXMOR IMX323 CMOS image sensor
— Angle of view: 120° diagonal
— Operating temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
— Storage temperature: from -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
— Seamless recording
— Video formats: MOV, MP4
— Supports up to 256 GB class 10 MicroSD cards (over 37h video)
— 64GB card holds over 9h of video
— Time and date stamp on video
— Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
— Interface: miniUSB
— Lock file button
— CPL filter included
— Internal capacitor instead of battery
— Internal microphone and speaker
— Adhesive mount (suction cup mount available separately)
— Languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, French, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

NOTE: The Street Guardian SGGCX2 has been discontinued, and is replaced by the SGGCX2PRO which supports adding an optional rear camera.

Street Guardian SGGCX2 Review

The SGGCX2, released in 2018, is an improved version of Street Guardian’s already excellent SG9665GC dash cam. It uses a similar casing, made of high quality materials, and with a discreet wedge-shape. One of the major improvements is that it allows the lens to swivel around up to 90 degrees, so the camera can be mounted on vertical windows.

Informally this camera is also known as Street Guardian SG9665GC v4. However the manufacturer says that there have been enough changes to warrant a new model number. (See below for a complete list of all the changes.)

Street Guardian are an Australian company that are well known for their attention to detail and outstanding customer support. They consistently get very good ratings from their clients. Should you need any help installing or using your camera, call them or contact them by email, you’ll usually get a fast and helpful reply.

Video quality is excellent at day, and very good at night time — seriously rivaling Vicovation’s Opia2, which has thus far been our favorite camera in terms of video quality.

When you order the SGGCX2, you can choose between various sizes of memory cards, ranging from 32GB up to 256GB in capacity. Recording at a bit rate of 15Mbps (fixed), a 64GB SD card will give you over 9 hours of recording, and a 256GB card will allow you to hold a whopping 37.9 hours of video.

Of course, this being a high-end camera, it comes with all the must-haves such as loop recording, auto on/off, date and time stamp, speed stamp (can be turned off), GPS location display, and so on.

A G-sensor will notice any impacts and mark the relevant video files for safekeeping. A lock file button is also present that allows you to flag any footage that you would like to keep.

Parking mode is not supported though.

The SGGCX2 comes with a CPL filter that reduces reflections on the wind screen when driving in bright sunlight. For most dashboard cameras, this is an optional accessory that you have to buy separately.

The lens angle is 120°, which isn’t a whole lot, however bear in mind that a larger lens angle also leads to a fish-eye distortion (though some cameras compensate for that electronically).

This camera’s operating temperature range is quite large. It works between -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F), however the ideal operating temperature is from -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F). Only the Lukas LK-7900 camera functions at even higher temperatures.

Differences To The Previous Model (SG9665GC v3)

Here’s a list of what has been updated with regards to the preceding model:

  • Better night video
  • Better quality lens (same as in SG9663DC front and rear camera)
  • Lens swings 90 degrees for mounting on vertical windows
  • Increased heat and cold tolerance
  • Sony Exmor 323 sensor (as opposed to 322 in previous model)
  • Warranty can be extended from 12 to 24 months by registering online
  • Cables no longer hit the window when plugging them into the top ports

Summary

This is definitely one of our favorite single-channel dash cams for 2018. Its records great video quality, comparable to the more expensive (and bulkier) Vico-Opia2. Customer support is excellent, and Street Guardian have been consistently getting the best customer feedback of all the dash cam manufacturers out there.

Plus, depending on what size memory card you order, you can get it for below $200 at the time of writing. If you don’t need parking mode and are looking for a high quality, single-lens dash cam, the SGGCX2 is one of the best you can get at this time.

Too Expensive?

If you prefer to save about 25% of the price and don’t mind getting the older version, the SG9665GC v3 (also a great camera!) is currently on clearance sale, both on Amazon and eBay.

Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Video Sample

YouTube Video

Day time video quality is excellent, very sharp, with vivid colors and a great level of detail. License plates are easily visible even when driving by.

Night Time Video Sample

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Night video quality is very good. Most license plates of overtaking or overtaken cars can easily be read, even without pausing the video.

Where To Buy The Street Guardian SGGCX2

This camera has been replaced by the SGGCX2PRO. A couple of units are still available at

Amazon DE

Alternatives

For the latest in tech, check out our up-to-date list of the best dash cams of 2019/2020.