Tony Hawk Pro Skater is BACK | AMD Amps up Ampere [ no life podcast ]

Nostalgia At Its Worst

In this episode of No Life Digital podcast, we've had enough with the remakes with the announcement of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2 remakes. And in tech, we take a look at how AMD is pushing Nvidia to its breaking point. All this and much more on this episode. Check it out....




My Blackmagic ATEM Mini Studio Setup

My ATEM Mini Setup

As someone who has been creating YouTube videos for over 5 years now, I'm no stranger to odd workflows. Thankfully,  Blackmagic and Elgato have released a suite of products that have made pro-sumer content creators' lives a lot easier. Because of this, I've been able to craft myself a home studio that not only outputs a great image at a low price, but increase my workflow and productivity while doing it. In the video above, I go through my entire setup, from what products I use, to how I connect them together, to how I personally use them to create the content I want to create.

The "Studio" Corner

In the video, you'll see I have broken up my workstations into two. On one side is the "Studio". This is where my two main cameras reside, the Canon EOS R for my main camera A, and the Sony a6000 (b-cam) for top down shots. I also have an old 2016 5K iMac that I use strictly for bringing up videos and websites for commentary. All these devices are piped into the ATEM Mini, which is a great HDMI switcher for a low price. This ATEM Mini allows me to, on the fly, switch to any input or camera I have attached. What this does is allow me to Multi-cam edit on the fly, drastically reducing my editing time. It does all this, without worry of inputs, resolution, and codecs. It just works! The microphone I use, the Shure SM7B is sent separately to my Zedi8 mixing board, which resides on my PC Station

The "PC" Corner

This area is where both my PC's, my mixing board, my capture cards, and separate camera, all reside. Think of it like the "brain" of the studio. So first off, the ATEM Mini is connected to the Gaming PC by one USB cable. The Zedi8 is also connected to the Gaming PC by USB. All my microphones are connected to the Zedi8 by XLR, and my Streaming PC is connected to the Zedi8 by 1/4 line. This allows me to not only capture audio from my mics into OBS, but both of my PC's for gaming capture. Speaking of game capture, my Gaming PC (i7 9700k/GTX1080ti) holds an HD60 Pro for capturing my gaming consoles like my Nintendo Switch and PS4, all by HDMI. The Streaming PC (i7 6700k/GTX1080), captures my Gaming PC via 4K60Pro through HDMI. So when PC gaming, I utilize my Streaming PC, and when capturing the "Studio Corner" & console gaming, I utilize my Gaming PC. Lastly, for game capture, I use my Sony a7RIII as a "webcam" captured via Camlink 4k. So all in all, no matter what I do, I'm able to capture my content in very high quality.


Finally, this set up might seem a bit convoluted. But compared to what we had to deal with before products like the Camlink and ATEM Mini existed, it's a Godsend. I love the versatility and speed this setup has. I can turn my cameras on, turn my lights on, sit at my desk, and I have a full multi-cam studio, that I can fully control, all at my fingertips. While it may seem expensive, it's still a fraction of the cost equipment with these features used to cost! So hopefully you'll able to come away from this video/article with a new appreciation or understanding on what goes into making a solo-one-man-studio. If I can figure it out, you can too!



Doom OST Issues / Macbook Pro 13 Disappoints [ No 🚫 Life Podcast ]

No Life Podcast Episode 117

In this latest episode of the No Life Podcast, Wayne discusses how happy he is with Xbox Game Pass, and reviews Gear Tactics as well as Yakuza Kiwami (both on Game Pass). The crew then dive into the Doom OST issues between Id and Mick Gordon, how Hollow Knight is one of the best Metroidvanias, how Nintendo got hacked and leaked again, how the Last of Us 2 leaker wasn't an employee, and in tech, how disappointing the Macbook Pro 13" 2020 was. All this and much more on No Life Podcast.

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Surface Book 3 Released (and I like it!)

Surface Book 3 Ain't Too Shabby

Microsoft has finally updated their most powerful Surface device, the Surface Book! The Surface Book 3 gets a considerable spec jump that makes the recent Macbook Pro 13" upgrade look like childs play. Taking a look at the specs we can see that the Surface Book 3 includes...

  • GPU Options for both 13" & 15" (GTX 1650 in 13" or 1660 ti in 15")
  • RTX 3000 Quadro GPU option for 15"
  • Intel 10th gen Core i7-1065G7 for 15"  Intel Core i5-1035G7 for 13" (only 15w unfortunately)
  • Full size USH-II SDXD card reader
  • Wifi 6 + Bluetooth 5 connectivity
  • More powerful Surface Charger  & new upgraded Surface Dock (separate)
  • 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports with 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 with Power Delivery and Displayport 1.4 support
  • Dolby Atmos compatible speakers
  • Beam forming microphone for better vocal audio
  • Microsoft claiming 17+ hours battery life on "typical usage
  • Price starting at $1600

As you can see, this is a spec machine, with a lot of great features. I think what sets this flagship apart from others, is that it packs a great dedicated GPU option for both the 13" and 15" model, which opens up the lines versatility. I'm also very happy to see the extra little features like Beam forming mics, Dolby Atmos compatibility, Wifi 6 inclusion, and optional RTX 3000 Quadro support. It's not the mobile gaming powerhouse you're getting from other manufacturers, and it's not the best laptop value you can get. But if you want a great build quality, matched with great specs, the Surface Book 3 does deliver a damn compelling option.



Canon Webcam Utility is Awesome (But Flawed...)

Canon's Webcam Utility is great...

as it allows you to quickly plug in your Canon DSLR via USB, right into your PC, to use as a native webcam. In the video above, I show you what the EOS R looks like, connected via USB-C 3.1 using OBS. Unfortunately, the video resolution out of camera is only 1024x576 which does produce quite a soft image. But utilizing a great lens (on my camera I'm using the RF 15-35mm at 2.8) will still produce an image far more pleasing than any webcam can give you. And in fact, those looking to use this software for streaming gaming will most likely scale down the image anyway, which will only negate the resolution difference.

It's far from perfect though; remember, it's still in beta. But the biggest issue I found was choppy playback and frame drops. In the video above you'll notice this a bit (using 24p framerate). But previously, I was using this software on my streaming rig connected only by USB-C to USB-A 3.0 extender (not the USB-C 3.1 connection I'm using in the video) and I was noticing so much frame drop it was quite unusable. I've also seen many videos on YouTube showcasing this software from other Canon models, and the image looking terrible. Check out this video from everyone's friend, Gordon Laing.

As you can see, the image quality is atrocious, and you'd be much better off with a webcam. Lastly, there is no Mac OS support, so those looking to utilize your new ultra-fast Thunderbolt 3 ports are out of luck. So the software isn't perfect and still has a bit of a ways to go before becoming something easily recommendable. All that said, it's so great to see Canon focusing more on giving creators what they want out of their tools. Imagine being able to plug in your Canon R5 via Thunderbolt 3, and passing through a native 4K 10bit full-frame image for your PC to capture your ultra-fast NVME SSD's for capture,  or sending native signal to OBS for streaming, all while also powering the device .... through one cable. These are the types of software features we're all dying to get from these camera companies. Hopefully after the buzz around this software, it entices Sony, Fuji, and Nikon to implement the same kind of software for their devices.




Apple Updates Macbook Pro 13" and it's....meh.

Apple...DO BETTER!

The long awaited update to the Macbook Pro 13" has finally come...and it's boring. Those looking to see what Apple did to the 15", happen to the 13", will be disappointed. What we got instead was a very minor incremental update to Apple's most popular Pro lineup. The main changes being the CPU, now utilizing Intel's 10th gen quad-core processors and new Iris Plus graphics (which seem to provide a good jump in internal graphics power, but not nearly enough to match that of a discrete GPU). And also implementing the new / old keyboard design found on the newest 16" model. That's pretty much it. The display is exactly the same. While already a great display, it would be nice to see more attention on implementing HDR compliant screens, something laptop manufactures seem to ignore for sheer resolution. You can however now connect this laptop to the Apple Pro XDR display, for the 3 people who own that monitor.

I would've also liked to see a discrete GPU option. Allowing a GPU would certainly open up the entire Macbook Pro line up to so much more versatility. I love my 16", but I would happily sacrifice some performance for the form factor of the 13". Unfortunately, I will not sacrifice graphics power - so having a GPU option in the 13" would be perfect for me (and I'm sure many others). Overall, there's stiff competition from Windows at the 13" price range. Dell's latest XPS 13 is cheaper & Razer's newest Stealth comes in at $1800, but equips a 10th gen i7 (over the 13" 10th gen i5), as well as an Nvidia GTX 1650 ti. Apple needs to step up its game in its most popular model, in order to keep people from exploring other, more valuable options.



Final Fantasy VII Remake | no life review | *SPOILERS*

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Review

In the video above, you'll see Wayne & Doobies full fledged review of the latest from Square Enix, Final Fantasy VII Remake. In this (spoiler filled) review, the two talk about how they believe this is the best game in the franchises entire history, how it's one of the best games on the PS4, and how it sets the bar for many JRPGS to come...but still isn't a perfect game with some slight flaws that pull it away from perfection. Make sure to leave a like on the video, subscribe if you want to see more long form, unbiased reviews, and leave a comment if you have any remarks, questions or critiques about the review or your thoughts on the game.

Final Scores:

DOOBIE: 9.25 / 10

WAYNE: 9.25 / 10



Toxic RIOT! [ No 🚫 Life Podcast ]


In this episode of No Life Podcast, we discuss Toxicity around Valorant, Last of Us 2 getting leaked, and in tech we look at how cool Nvidia is being, and the new Mavic Air 2.




Finally FF7 / Jerry Loves Bannerlord / Canon R5 Looks INSANE [ No Life Podcast ]

A Long One

In this episode, Wayne and Doobie finally give us their thoughts on the long awaited Final Fantasy 7 Remake for PS4. Jerry then dives into his love for the new Mount & Blade Bannerlord. The crew discuss what they think about the rumored pricing of the PS5, and then in tech, Wayne and Jerry take a look at the newly released specs of the Canon R5. All this and more! Tune in to the latest episode here.




Final Fantasy Fever [ No 🚫 Life Podcast ]

I Got a Fever...

And the only prescription, is more Cloud. In this episode, the crew discuss the rave reviews on Final Fantasy 7 Remake - a conversation Jerry thoroughly enjoys. Wayne then talks about his disappointment with Resident Evil 3 Remake. And then later, the crew establishes Doobie has a problem with buying special edition game bundles. Catch up with the latest No Life Podcast here - and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Twitch, & YouTube.