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The Leknes Camera Accessory Kit is available from Amazon HERE:
https://amzn.to/2UYgb5f

I unbox and check out the most interesting accessories in this Action Cam kit for GoPro and other cams.

The Amazon description says:
The larger Shockproof Carry case is very useful for keeping your GoPro and accessories together when you are on the road trip, flying, fishing or backpacking. Head Strap + Long Screw. The adjustable head strap is compatible with all sizes GoPro cameras. It allows you to use the Gopro camera on head or helmet to record those before you. NOT RECOMMENDED for high-impact sports.
Chest Harness Strap + Jhook Buckle + Long Screw. The Chest Harness Strap Belt and Vertical Surface J-Hook Buckle helps your Gopro camera to have a shooting and recording steadily on the chest.

The Bike Handlebar Mount can help the Gopro have a recording of the rode and those before you when riding while keeping your hands free. The windshield suction cup mount hold the GoPro Camera steady,easy to attach and remove.

Floating handle Grip is designed to keep your camera with a waterproof shell (not included) easy to float on the water. Bright yellow in the water and can easily be found. Handheld Telescopic Monopod with adjustable ball head and thumb screw locks, provides 180 degree angle to shooting.

360 Rotation Wrist Holder Mount+Long Screw. It can help sports fans to fix the GoPro on the wrist. 360 degree rotation Clip Mount :the direction and the camera stand angle can be adjusted to your needs, quick clip and remove to the waist belt, bag, safety harness, cap and other place in an easy and firm way . For GoPro Hero Session/5 Hero 1 2 3 3+ 4 5 SJ4000 5000 6000 Camera

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4 days, 8 hours ago

In this video, I try using the Campark V30 and the SJ9000 actions cams as webcams. The Campark V30 is available from Amazon HERE:
https://amzn.to/2RDIpQh

I hooked up a FIFINE USB Microphone to make these two cameras work. It is available on Amazon HERE:
https://amzn.to/2xxUyiy

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6 days ago

The Campark V30 Action Camera is available on Amazon:
https://amzn.to/370UEeC

In this video, I unbox the Campark V30, go through the menus on the camera, and do an initial test of the image stabilization.

The Amazon page says the following about this camera:

TOP 4K VIDEO QUALITY: Featuring native 4K(3840x2160)/30fps, 2.7k/30fps, 2k/60fps, 1080P/90fps resolution and 20MP image, Campark V30 action camera delivers the most excellent video footage.

SUPER ANTI-SHAKE FUNCTION: Built-in advanced Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) with 6-axis gyroscope detects position and motion changes, producing steady and smooth videos even when shooting fast-moving objectives.

INTUITIVE TOUCH SCREEN AND WIFI: Equipped with 2.0 inch high-sensitive IPS touch screen, it shows everything clearly and brightly, easy to change settings, switch shooting modes, preview and playback footage. Built-in WIFI enables you to share wonderful moment on social media instantly.

100FT WATERPROOF CAMERA WITH OPTIONAL VIEW ANGLE: This underwater camera can dive up to 30 meters with the included waterproof case, a great choice for underwater recording. The lens angle is adjustable among 170°, 140°, 110°, 70°.

LONG BATTERY LIFE: 2 Rechargeable 1350mAh batteries are included for long time recording. Other accessories like waterproof case, mounting kit meet all your need for daily recording. (Most accessories are compatible with GoPro)

The footage for the intro, unboxing, and everything else that was not shot with the Campark V30 was shot with a Panasonic HC-X1000:
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1 week, 6 days ago

In this video I test out ten previously untested thrift store electronics from Goodwill, The Salvation Army Family Store, and more to see if they work. The items include:

1. Sony CCD-F70 Video8 Handycam Video Camera Recorder (Camcorder)
2. Durabrand Model CT-995 AM/FM Radio Cassette Recorder
3. Panasonic Model No. RQ-212DKS Portable Stereo Cassette Recorder, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
4. Disney MU-421 Stereo Cassette Player
5. Audio-Technica DR-VX1 Digital Reference Dynamic Vocal Microphone
6. Numark Model DH-17V Dynamic Stereophone With Volume Control Headphones
7. S-Series SS204 4 in 1 Chromatic Tuner, Guitar Tuner, Metronome, Pitch Generator
8. WeatherX WR282B Portable NOAA Weather & AM/FM Radio
9. Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS DVD Video Capture Device
10. Motorized Coin Sorter: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters

I briefly introduce each item, then ask for YOU to guess in the comments how many of these items will work. Please no spoilers on the exact results in the comments so others can have fun with this guessing game too!

If you would like to see a more detailed video about any of the items tested in this video, please say so in the comments (no spoilers, please) and I will see what I can do.

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2 weeks, 1 day ago

It helps to organize! I had a messy container full of unsorted adapters used for audio and video. I go through the adapters, explain how they are used, and soft them using a Store House brand 20 Bin Portable Parts Storage Case from Harbor Freight.

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2 weeks, 2 days ago

The internal microphones on cameras and camcorders can get the job done, but if you want better audio, you might try mounting an external microphone. No EQ, compression, or noise reduction was applied to the audio tracks. What you hear is what you get.

In this video I compare the internal microphone on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 to the Takstar SGC-598 hooked up through the microphone jack on the camera.

Panasonic Lumix FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera
https://amzn.to/2BV6A7H
Panasonic Lumix FZ300 kit with SD card, spare battery, more
https://amzn.to/2XQomBt

TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone
https://amzn.to/3hmWvRl

0:00 Intro / Open
0:59 Built-in Microphone on Lumix DMC-FZ300, Indoors
1:49 Takstar SGC-598, Indoors
2:35 Built-in Microphone on Lumix DMC-FZ300, Outdoors
3:09 Takstar SGC-598, Outdoors
4:03 Closing Remarks

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2 weeks, 5 days ago

Highlights of my cassette deck collection. A higher resolution version of this video, along with the full, extensive archive of ThriftyAV is available on LBRY.
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In this video, I analyze features on three cassette recorders., an Optimus CTR-111 Cassette Recorder, a JVC TD-W215, and a Nakamichi BX-100. I explore the input and output jacks, types of Dolby Noise Reduction, usage with microphones such as the Shure SM-58 and Gemini AS-540, and I use an audio test track to compare results of these decks when recording music.

Nakamichi Idler Tire Replacement Instructions:
http://www.eslabs.com/idler_2.htm

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Music Track "Funky Element" courtesy
Bensound.com https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

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1 month ago

Polariod PBT4001 Portable Turntable review. A higher resolution version of this video, along with the full, extensive archive of ThriftyAV is available on LBRY.
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I found this turntable half price at Big Lots. Normally $40, I purchased this record player for $20 on clearance. This is a belt-drive turntable powered by a rechargeable battery. It has a built in amplifier and speakers as well as a Bluetooth Receiver. It offers 33, 45, and 78 RPM options. In this video, I test the speed, check the tracking force, check for skate issues, and try out a record. I compare the output to another turntable, and check out the bluetooth feature.

Equipment Used:
Polaroid PBT4001 Portable Turntable (for Vinyl and Bluetooth Devices)
ARTcessories USB PhonoPlus
HP ProBook 6470b
GLi Pro SL-2500 Turntable
Shure M97xE Phono Cartridge

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1 month, 1 week ago

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The most important accessory for your record player is a Brush to keep your records free of lint and dust. An Anti-Static gun loosens dust particles by ionizing the air above the record. A Spin-Clean Record washer is a basin style wet cleaner that removes both dirt and grease. A stylus brush or wet clean kit keeps your needle clean. A 45 spacer allows singles to be played on a record player with a small spindle. There are three varieties of mats that are popular: Felt, Rubber, and Cork. A bubble level insures that your record player is not tilted. A tracking force scale is more accurate than the the gauge built onto the counterweight on a tonearm. A laserdisc can be used to fine tune the anti-skate setting on a turntable. An overhang gauge can be used to ensure that the stylus tip is in the right position along the tonearm. A protractor can be used to verify that the stylus is tangent to the record grooves during playback. Spare headshells allow easy swap of phono cartridges. A good preamp offers versatility when it comes to outputting a signal from your turntable.

Gear featured in this video include:
GLi Pro SL-2500 Turntable
ARTcessories USB Phono Plus Audiophile Computer Interface V.2
https://amzn.to/2pVsJgc
Sleeve City Carbon Fiber Record Brush
Audio Technica AT6012 Cleaning Kit
https://amzn.to/36aPJZi
Milty Zerostat 3 Anti-Static gun
https://amzn.to/36cO9WM (newer model than mine)
Spin-Clean Record Washer, 40th Anniversary Edition
https://amzn.to/2BOuFKc (yellow model, 50th anniversary model no longer available)
Diskeeper SC-5 Stylus Cleaner Kit
https://amzn.to/2NocdgS
Rubber Mat from Pioneer PL-518
Technics Needle Gauge Adjustment
https://amzn.to/36dyGp9
Mirrored Stylus Alignment Protractor Tool
https://amzn.to/2MPWub6
Black Plastic Dome Adapter
https://amzn.to/363LuhU
Generic Bubble Level
Headshell from Pioneer PL-518
Audio Technica Headshell
https://amzn.to/2Jso7VI
Technics Headshell
https://amzn.to/31TvFaa
Samyo Stylus Force Gauge
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Shure M97xE phono catridge kit
https://amzn.to/2Pqg5Am (no longer manufactured)
Audio Technica ATN110E phono cartridge
Stanton 600 phono cartridge
Pickering 480E-2 phono cartridge
Ortofon Concorde phono cartridge
https://amzn.to/2MS0nMY

I mentioned a video about the Spin Clean Record Washer during this video. My full demonstration of this product can be found HERE:
https://youtu.be/Z3u4_TO9P0M

I got the idea of using a Video Laserdisc as a smooth surface for the anti-skate adjustment from YouTuber VWestlife. His channel is HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/user/vwestlife/featured

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1 month, 1 week ago

Transferring Digital8 footage. A higher resolution version of this video, along with the full, extensive archive of ThriftyAV is available on LBRY.
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In this video, I explore options on how to transfer old Digital8 footage over to a file format using a new Windows 10 machine. The IEEE 1394 interface can be hooked up to most DVD recorders, but I try out the LinksTek PCIE FireWire Card.

The footage was shot on a Sony DCR-TRV103 Digital 8 camcorder (that no longer functions). Playback was on a different DCR-TRV103 that was purchased used at a later date. The footage I demonstrate was shot in the stands at the Chevy 500 Indy Car Race at Texas Motor Speedway on September 15, 2002.

The entire race as broadcast on ABC has been uploaded by another channel. It is available HERE:
https://youtu.be/tAv7ZyzrJog

Correction: At 5:24, I say that I am using PowerDirector 18. The machine used in this demonstration actually has an installation of PowerDirector 15.

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1 month, 1 week ago

Sorting and explaining audio cables. A higher resolution version of this video, along with the full, extensive archive of ThriftyAV is available on LBRY.
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RCA patch cables are commonly associated with interconnects for audio devices, but they have been used for much more over the years. RCA plugs (also called phono plugs) have been around since the 1940s, and are still commonly used today for many applications including line level analog audio, loudspeaker connectors, power connectors, RF connectors, and S/PDIF digital audio connectors. While untangling my cords and cables, I discusses uses for this plug, and discuss various types of patch cables and adapter cables that use this type of connection.

In addition to standard RCA patch cables, I also look at adapters that have RCA jacks including the piggyback variety, 3.5mm Mini Plug adapters in the TS, TRS, and TRRS variety, and even a couple of other adapters including some with 1/4" plugs and 2.5mm plugs.

I include a brief history of the RCA connector and discuss the usage of EMI suppressors that are useful when experiencing electromagnetic interference.

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Music during time lapse scene:
Late Night Drive by Nat Keefe & BeatMower
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1 month, 2 weeks ago

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All optical discs including CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and games can get scratched up over time. When these scratches start affecting playback, they can usually be repaired using an optical disc resurfacer. In this video, I demonstrate what type of damage can be repaired, and give a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the JFJ Easy Pro.

Product Link:
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1 month, 2 weeks ago

Primer on Internet CD Trading. A higher resolution version of this video, along with the full, extensive archive of ThriftyAV is available on LBRY.
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Do you have old music CDs that aren't on your playlist sitting in your CD collection? Trade them for Compact Discs that you want! In this video I explore options for swapping compact discs and explore the history of online CD trading, with details on both active and defunct websites offering this service.

Websites that are currently active that offer CD trades are:

MusicBoomerang
http://www.musicboomerang.com/
Discussion:
https://forum.dvdtalk.com/music-talk/547955-great-new-cd-trading-site-music-boomerang.html
http://www.organissimo.org/forum/index.php?/topic/71993-musicboomerangcom-if-you-have-not-found-it-yet-its-great/
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/371041/news-music-lovers-musicboomerangcom
http://musicgourmets.org/index.php?threads/music-boomerang-news-and-recent-trades.34/

SwapaCD
http://www.swapacd.com/
Article:
http://www.chicagonow.com/cut-out-kid/2014/09/swapacd-club-trade-one-you-dont-like-for-one-you-like/
Discussion:
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/any-feedback-on-swapacd-com.183052/

Title Trader
http://www.titletrader.com/
Discussion:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/84864

Defunct website that formerly offered CD trading include:

Swaprat/SwitchHouse
Article:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/former-swaprat-shuts-doors/
Archives:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/switchhouse.com
Note: There is very little information about SwapRat out there. I could not even find the original graphic used on their website. Considering the groundbreaking nature of this website, I think it warrants a Wikipedia Article, or at least a Stub.

Zunafish
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zunafish
Article:
https://mashable.com/2006/04/15/zunafish-the-return-of-online-swaps/
Archives:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/zunafish.com

Swaptree
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swap.com
Note: A Wikipedia search of Swaptree redirects to the current article about Swap.com, with NO historical information about the company before the the acquisition from Netcycler. Swaptree was an active website with a unique algorithm that deserves it's own Wikipedia entry.
Articles and Reviews:
https://techcrunch.com/2006/06/02/i-like-swaptree-but/
https://www.cnet.com/news/swaptree-a-new-way-to-get-value-from-old-books-and-cds-6537194/
https://www.mymoneyblog.com/swaptree-review-barter-your-books-cds-dvds-and-video-games.html

Lala
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lala_(website)
Articles and Reviews:
https://techcrunch.com/2009/12/04/apple-acquires-lala/
http://www.andrewdavidson.com/articles/lala-com-used-cd-trading-site-review/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/29/AR2006062901844.html
https://www.wired.com/2010/04/apple-kills-lala-music-service/
https://www.cultofmac.com/211126/the-inside-story-of-how-apple-bought-music-startup-lala-and-then-bought-it-again/
Archives:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/lala.com

Related Links

Google Groups
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview

Yahoo Groups
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo

Craigslist
https://craigslist.org

Music Gourmets
http://musicgourmets.org/index.php

Paperback Swap
http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php

SwapaDVD
http://www.swapadvd.com/index.php

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1 month, 2 weeks ago

I had some leftover parts from previous computer builds, so I decided to use those parts to build another computer!
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Parts came from various sources, but most these items are available from Amazon.
ASRock B450M Pro 4 Micro-ATX Motherboard
AMD Ryzen 3 2200 Processor with Quad Core processor with Radeon Vega 8 graphics
Avexir Budget Series DDR4-2133 4G DRAM
Crucial DDR4-2133 DRAM
Corsair Force Series MP510 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2 SSD
EVGA 600BQ 600w Bronze Power Supply
DIYPC MA08-BK Black SECC Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case with two fans
Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard with RGB Lighting
Arctic Silver 3.5g High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Cooling Compound

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1 month, 3 weeks ago

In this video I unbox the unit, go through the setup process, check out some of the new Roku features. A higher resolution version of this video, along with the full, extensive archive of ThriftyAV is available on LBRY.
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I check out the new feaure including Fast Channel Launch, make sure it streams with both a wired and wifi network, check to see if it works with my local DLNA server, and check it out on both a 1080p and 4K TV set. I also try out voice search, TV controls, the custom personal shortcut buttons, lost remote finder, and the headphone jack with the included Permium JBL headphones (earbuds).

UPC 829610003504

The box says:
Roku Ultra, Our ultimate streaming player. Powerful quad-core processor & our best wireless performance. Lost remote finder & private listening. New! Fast channel launch & personal shortcut buttons. Stream free TV, live news, sports, movies, and more. Great for HD and 4K TVs. All you need to get streaming is broadband internet, a wireless or wired router, and an HD TV with an HDMI port. For 4K/HDR you will need 4K/HDR content and a compatible 4K/HDR TV with an HDCP 2.2 HDMI port.

What's included:
Roku Ultra streaming player
Enhanced voice remote with TV controls and personal shortcuts.
Premium JBL headphones
Two AA batteries (Duracell)
Power adapter

What you should know:
Some channels require payment. Channels can change and vary by country. TV power, volume, and mute buttons work with most TVs.
Easy setup. Plug it in. Connect to internet. Start Streaming. Works with Alexa. Works with Google Assistant. Third party voice assistant support may change.

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1 month, 3 weeks ago

Webcam comparison. A higher resolution version of this video, along with the full, extensive archive of ThriftyAV is available on LBRY.
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I picked up the Logitech C920 Pro back on Prime Day for $40. I also picked up a PC Camera WC1 from "Dirt Cheap", a clearance store chain, for $7, later marked down to $5. Comparing a 1080p camera to something super cheap at a clearance store probably isn't fair, but I thought it might be interesting to see how much of a difference price matters when it comes to webcam performance!

Details on the Logitech C920 Pro:
Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) with the latest version of Skype for Windows; Webcam with 5 foot cable
720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients; Full HD video recording (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels).Max Resolution: 1080p/30fps 720p/30fps
Video compression, Built in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction; Automatic low light correction, Tripod ready universal clip fits laptops, LCD or monitors
Compatible with: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or later; Works in USB Video Device Class (UVC) mode: Mac OS 10.10 or later (HD 720p on FaceTime for Mac or other supported video calling clients; Full HD 1080p video recording with QuickTime Player) Chrome OS,Android v 5.0 or above (with supported video calling clients),USB port,Internet connection

Details on the PC Camera WC1
Max. Video Resolution: 640 x 480 (15fps)
Max Frame Rate: 30 fps (320x240)
UPC: 2011040301581

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1 month, 3 weeks ago

For about half the price of the newer DR-40X, I found the slightly older Tascam DR-40 Version 2. A higher resolution version of this video, along with the full, extensive archive of ThriftyAV is available on LBRY.
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This item was sold as "used" but looked almost new when I received it.

In this video, I check out the main features of this recorder and do a test recording.

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1 month, 3 weeks ago

AV stands for Audio and Video, and everyone knows what Thrifty means! Here's a montage of what you will get from ThriftyAV!

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