Why I’m Buying the New 3DS Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer Bundle

I’ve never owned a PlayStation or Xbox. They don’t offer anything unique that I can’t play on my PC — and I personally feel that a mouse + keyboard are better controls than dual joysticks on a controller for most games. That said, Nintendo has always been innovative and gives a compelling reason to play their games on their consoles. So for me, it’s either PC games or Nintendo games (and occasionally a few iOS games).

My DS Lite is getting a bit old and I’ve been wanting a 3DS for a while now. The 3DS XL has a nice big screen, but Nintendo decided not to increase the resolution (makes it easier on developers, I’m sure). Nintendo released the new 3DS and decided the US will only get the XL version. Unfortunate. Until now!

For the first time, Nintendo is releasing a New 3DS in the smaller size. But the only way to get it (at the moment) is to buy it as a bundle with the Animal Crossing game:

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I was a bit disappointed that I if I wanted the New 3DS in the smaller size, I would have to pay extra for a game I didn’t want and it would have to have a puppy on it. Fortunately, I learned that the smaller New 3DS has interchangeable face plates that you can buy! I’d still have to pay a little extra (even more than a New 3DS XL), but I’d get the console I want and be able to customize it.

Higher pixel density display in a smaller package. I’m excited!

iPhone 6s 4K Video Bitrate

Warning: very nerdy, technical post. Read at your own risk.

So the Apple Keynote was a few days ago. Among other things, they announced the iPhone 6s. I asked Apple if they would send me a new iPhone to compare the video against my Panasonic GH4, but I never heard back. So I guess I’ll be pre-ordering one this Saturday. I’ll definitely be doing a more complete review (where I shoot my own video) as soon as I get my hands on it.

In the meantime, I was curious what the bitrate of the 4K video is. 4K video is 4 times as large as 1920×1080. But you can’t just increase the resolution, you also need to allow it to record more data so the image quality looks good. I did some research and found this video, straight from the iPhone 6s:

iPhone6s 4K Sample [127 MB]

This video seems to be 3840×2160 (full 4K) H.264 in an .mov file. Premiere is showing it as having 2 dropped frames, but I think it’s reading the keyframes incorrectly. 30 fps, 48000 Hz 16 bit Mono audio. It’s 20.2 seconds long and is 127.38 MB. So at 30 fps, that works out to about 50,800 kbps.

That’s not too bad. The Panasonic GH4 records at 100,000 kbps, so the iPhone 6s is recording at about half of that.

Of course you’re stuck with a tiny lens that you can’t change and a tiny sensor. But for being on a tiny device that does so many other things, it’s really incredible and will definitely be very useful when I shoot vlogs or other personal videos. Maybe even professional ones. We’ll have to wait and see.

How to Jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 8.1 and install Cydia

PanGu

First, backup your device and upgrade to iOS 8.1 if you haven’t already. Next, download the latest version of PanGu (I used version 1.0.1).

PanGu is Chinese, so don’t expect to be able to read anything unless you have a Chinese character set installed on your system (and know how to read it). Fortunately, it’s a pretty straightforward process for the most part.

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