There's a little lie that most of us tell ourselves when we're shooting photos and video: This time, we're actually going to go through all that footage and make something awesome.
"One of the greatest joys in my life is being able to get outdoors with friends and capture moments. The other aspect is being able to share those moments. What I really like about the Gnarbox is that it's hands down the fastest way to get content off my camera," says Gnarbox chief brand ambassador, Rice, who admits he has almost a dozen hard drives filled with footage he’s never shared.
Truth is, by the time we get around to looking at all the footage we shot, just sorting through it is such a Herculean task that making a rad video or pulling the best photos is put off into the future — far into the future.
Thanks to a Gnarbox all that procrastination might become a thing of the past.
The product, currently undergoing beta testing by a slew of action sports industry pros including skiers Tom Wallisch and Chris Davenport, allows you to edit on the fly, without your laptop, and upload the radness to the digital platform of your choice.
Even if you're shooting in high res, like 4k video or raw photos, you can edit that footage on your smartphone.
Here's how it works: the user uploads footage (up to 128 GB) from any camera to the Gnarbox via USB3, microSD or SD card. Next, the user connects their smartphone to the Gnarbox via the device's hotspot. Using their smartphone, users can view, backup, organize and edit photos and video. Once finished the Gnarbox can upload the finished edit[s] to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Dropbox.
Editing features include slow motion, color correction, cropping as well as brightness and contrast adjustment.
"To be able to go through my whole photo process without having to touch my laptop is a pretty special thing," says beta tester and semi-pro surfer, Matt Hoffman.
A sentiment Peter Morning, Mammoth Mountain's staff photographer, who also helps out with social media, echoed. "Being at the top of the mountain on a powder day and not having to go inside and update Instagram or Facebook? Rad!" he said.
The process wasn't easy.
Founders describe the challenge as packing the power of a 15-inch laptop into a small portable, device. The company started prototyping more than 12 months ago, and in August 2014 they were testing their first prototype.
After several versions, they arrived at a unit that's smaller than a pack of American Spirits: 4 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.8 inch. The unit is also, waterproof as well as dust and sand-proof, and has a reported battery life of six to eight hours.
The guts? A quad core, 2.2 GHZ CPU, 8 core 3D GPU, 4 GB of ram and 128 GB of storage.
The Gnarbox is slated for a March 2016 delivery and a $249 MSRP.
The Kickstarter campaign launched on Tuesday, July 14, and less than 24 hours they were already at about 96 percent of their $100,000 goal with many of the premiums already depleted.
So if you want to get in on this potential procrastination killer, you should probably start by pledging ASAP.
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