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The BEST of CES 2017 - Cars, Drones & More!



The holidays have come and gone. However, we all know the real holiday comes for us techies after the actual holidays are over. By that I mean the Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES.  This conference is where thousands of people from all over the world flock to Las Vegas to discover the latest in tech from the worlds largest brands.  This is my second year attending and I could not be more excited!



If you attend in the future, here's a pro tip...wear comfortable walking shoes! But in the mean time until CES 2018 kicks off, enjoy some videos I created above or check out the album of photos on my Flickr page! Stay tuned for a lot more on the way!

Until next time,

Ray
@raystrazdas

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Lenny & Larry's Christmas Adventure!



It has become somewhat of a yearly tradition. The Christmas video. Every year I tend to produce a short film that revolves around celebrating Christmas and being festive. This year is no different. Get ready for Lenny and Larry's Christmas Adventure! This film, produced at YouTube Space New York, follows the story of the grandchildren of Ebenezer Scrooge who need a miracle to save their theatre from bankruptcy. After many failed attempts, they are visited by the same three beings their grandfather was enlightened by. The two brothers attempt to find the perfect person to complete their play and create the musical play of a lifetime. Can they do it in time for Christmas?

YouTube Space New York Universal SING Shoot Raymond Strazdas
Well, I am happy to announce you can find out right now! Despite some technical difficulties during post production, the film is now complete! You can watch it now on my YouTube channel or embedded above. This film was shot in collaboration with Universal for their awesome new movie SING! What a fun shoot this was! I hope everyone has a phenomenal holiday season and a VERY Merry Christmas! We are ending 2016 on a high note and I have a feeling 2017 is going to be full of epic new adventures!

Until next time!
Ray

Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary amiibo are HERE!



A few months after the announcement of a Legend of Zelda line of amiibo in honor of the series 30th anniversary, the new figures are finally here! The line features Link in a variety of different art styles seen throughout the Zelda timeline. An N64 Ocarina of Time Link, a dual pack of Toon Link & Zelda from the Wind Waker on GameCube and an awesome 8-Bit Link amiibo from the NES days are all a part of this series.

Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary amiibo Set

These figures come perfectly boxed in gold box art to commemorate the 30th anniversary occasion. Like other amiibo, these figures are not meant to just be collectibles. They are also useful and compatible with a variety of Wii U/3DS titles including the upcoming Breath of the Wild game in 2017. If you are interested in seeing these incredible new amiibo in all of their glory, check out my brand new video above filmed in gorgeous 4K! Thank you to Nintendo for providing these awesome figures and making this all possible!

Until next time!
Ray

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Hands On Review (2016)



It's about time! Back in October, Apple revealed its long awaited new MacBook Pro's and less then a month later they are finally here! The 2016 model comes as the first significant update to the lineup in quite a while. New design, improved performance, better battery life and an "innovative" Touch Bar that replaces the function keys on the top of the keyboard.  This OLED strip offers unique functionality that changes and adapts to whatever program you are using.  For example, Final Cut Pro X gives you shortcut keys and the ability to make quick cuts, which is pretty useful.  However, there aren't to many programs that fully take advantage of the Touch Bar's capabilities yet so only time will tell if it will truly take off.

15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray (2016 model)

Although the new MacBook Pro may seem like an incredible machine on paper, it doesn't come without its drawbacks. Lots of criticism has risen from the professional community on Apple's decision to drop traditional USB ports and the SD card slot for USB-C ports. I feel this decision came a little to soon as well giving users no transition period to adapt to the new standard. However, when you look at the big picture, USB-C is no doubt superior to traditional USB ports in every way. Each port has the ability to provide power, video output, lightning quick file transfers and much more. As long as you don't mind using adapters in your workflow for the time being, the new MacBook Pro is an incredible laptop that is capable of taking on desktop quality tasks. You can watch my full review on this computer above or see it in action editing 4K video below!

Until next time!
Ray
@raystrazdas