Lazy Man Joe's Ramblings


March 2016

Use Microsoft Hyperlapse to compress those LONG GoPro/Action Cam videos into smaller easy-to-consume videos

Everybody captures some footage on GoPro/Mobile/Action cameras these days, but I’m sure a lot of you have experienced the “pain” of watching an endless video of a friend who wants to share his experience from the past weekend 🙂

Well, Microsoft comes to the rescue to help compress those memories into a smooth and stabilised time-lapse video!

Using Microsoft Hyperlapse, you can take your endlessly long video and make a shorter version of the video without loosing the important bits 🙂

This is a sample of footage we captured in Sabie in August 2015, where I took around 1.5 hours of video and compressed it into a 3 minute clip – still keeping the “feel” of the experience and as a matter of fact, probably adding to the overall mood of the speed we enjoyed on the Quad Bikes:


Microsoft Hyperlapse is available on mobile (Android and Windows Phone) as well as the Pro version on Windows and Mac.

It’s free to try (with a HyperLapse watermark in the footage) and on purchase the watermark will not appear anymore.

It works great and can take the mundane feeling out of extra long footage to make it easier to consume for your viewers 🙂

The software is easy to use and you basically drag&drop your footage, select the bits you want and then let the software do it’s magic !

More samples of people using Microsoft Hyperlapse available here – 

As always – Have Fun !





Convert your H.264 footage to ProRes 422 easily

My Canon 7D shoots video in .mov format, using the H.264 codec.

This is not the best format for editing and as part of my video workflow process, I convert the footage to the Apple ProRes 422 codec before starting with my editing process.

Fortunately this conversion can be automated to convert a batch of videos at once, using a FREE tool from Squared 5 called MPEG Streamclip.

Although the software is fairly old, it still runs well on my Mac using OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) without any issues.

The 1st step you have to follow is to ensure you have the Apple ProRes 422 codec on your machine (covered in one of my previous posts) and then  install MPEG Streamclip.

Once you have MPEG Streamclip installed, open it up and select the “List – Batch List” option (Cmd-B).


This will open up the Batch List Box – now just drag & drop your original footage in here


in the window that pops up, select “Export to QuickTime”


Select your destination folder for the output and then configure the information for export.


For my footage I select:

  • Apple ProRes 422 LT
  • Quality: 100%
  • Frame Size: 1920 x 1080 (unscaled)
  • leave the rest on default settings

Click on “To Batch” and this will add all to the queue to be processed.


Now click on the “Go” button to process this queue.

Conversion should be fairly quick & “Hey Presto!” you now have your footage in Apple ProRes 422 format which is easier to work with in an NLE editor (like Adobe Premiere, Hitfilm 3, Da Vinci Resolve, etc.)

Be aware that this does create a COPY of all your footage and that it may be a bit larger than the original H.264 .mov files – so make sure you have enough space 🙂

Have fun !

Time-lapse Photography using Adobe Lightroom

I’ve always been interested in time-lapse photography as the results can be quite stunning.

It does take a fair amount of planning though & sometimes the results may not be what you anticipated 😦

I’m going to try my hand at some time-lapse in the near future and hopefully the results will be worthwhile 🙂

In the meantime I found the following time-lapse sample and tutorial from a fellow South African ( :



iOS 9 Beta on iPhone 6

I’m a self-confessed tech geek, always looking for the latest & greatest in software and tools/toys.

Heidi & I have been running the iOS 9 beta on our iPhones for a while now and so far we haven’t had (too) many issues.

One issue I had was related to the Phone connection (cable) in my car not being able to read the media, but this was fixed shortly after iOS 9 beta 4 was released.

All’s well and works well.

So if you’re interested in running the beta, then sign up using your AppleID, backup your phone and get going !

Please note that you do risk the loss of your content,etc. on your phone & that you need to make sure your backup is up to date! [I also suggest you make a backup of your contacts in the cloud somewhere for easy retrieval]

More info about the Beta Program: About the iOS beta software

Sign up here – Apple Beta Software Program

Recovering a forgotten Raspberry Pi Password

So a while ago I played around with my Raspberry Pi 2B and made the unfortunate mistake of locking myself out of the Pi while setting some security parameters. I could not connect to my Pi via SSH anymore, etc. [part of the settings were related to network access 😦 ]

I wasn’t in the mood to re-flash the SD card and re-configuring the Pi the way I wanted.

I found this cool article which explains how to recover a lost/forgotten password.

How To Reset A Forgotten Raspberry Pi Password

It saved me lots of time and I made sure I didn’t make the mistake again 🙂


Free HD Stock Footage on Vimeo

Looking for some free HD stock footage ?

Have a look at these on Vimeo:


Windows 10 & Parental Control

So you want to ensure your kids are better protected on the Internet and you want to monitor their computer use ?

Well, with Windows 10 the Parental controls have been improved quite a bit !

Here are some instructions to help you set up Parental Controls on Windows 10:

Happy parenting !

Use your Apple TV to play your entire home media collection using PlexConnect

We use a lot of Apple devices in our house and although I’ve tried a couple of iterations of Windows Media Centre, Xbox 360, Raspberry Pi 2B running Kodi, etc. we eventually ended up buying an Apple TV (Generation 3) for our media streaming (Netflix, Hulu, Redbull TV, etc.)

My next issue was streaming the content we had in our house (a couple of years ago I ripped all our DVDs to files).

Anyways, in comes Plex Media Server a great piece of software to give you access to your local content.

BUT – Apple TV (Generation 3) does not have a Plex App and so I was stuck, or was I ? 🙂

PlexConnect is a great solution to my problem – it’s essentially a Python script intercepting the Apple TV “Trailers” app to stream content from your Plex server 🙂

Installation instructions courtesy of 

Works like a charm and you can install PlexConnect as a Windows Service, so it can start automatically when your Windows PC you run it on restarts.

Great solution!

Combine the best of Kodi and Plex with PleXBMC

We make use of Plex Media Server at home to stream our media to multiple devices – Apple TV (more info to follow on that), iPads, PCs, etc.

I’m in the process of setting up individual Raspberry Pi devices for the kids to eventually put in their rooms – then they’ll have their own “TVs” (there is a caveat to this 🙂 they have to have a major cleanup in their rooms 1st 🙂 )

Anyways, part of my mission was to set up Raspberry Pi devices that mimic the Plex interface, but make it easy for the kids (and myself) to navigate, etc.

I found this great tutorial – Combine the best of Kodi and Plex with PleXBMC on that guided me in the right direction.


  1. Install OpenELEC on your Raspberry Pi 2B (instructions)
  2. Configure Kodi on OpenELEC
  3. Install the PleXBMC Add-on
  4. Install the PleXBMC helper script
  5. Install the Amber skin
  6. BAM ! You’re up & running !

The Amber skin mimics the default Plex interface quite nicely and is very intuitive to use.

Easy !

(Now the kids just need to clean up their rooms for the next phase of the project 🙂 )

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