Monday, 5 June 2017

Elgato Game Capture HD 60 S

Hey everyone :)

A year or so ago I started two YouTube channels - yes two!! However I think I bought off more than I could chew - I had two channels, a full-time job and a blog and that left little to no social life. So I cut the gaming channel out (it was mainly Minecraft) and decided to focus on my main channel and my blog. Work has now calmed down that I can now devote more time to another activity and I really do miss gaming and chatting away - so (as you can probably guess by the title) I bought myself an Elgato.

I'm really excited because this amazing (tiny) piece of equipment will let me record footage like PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and I think PC too.

At the time of writing this post (Sat 27th May) - the device itself cost £169.95 from Amazon UK. The device itself is no bigger than my hand and looks pretty sleek too - so it doesn't look horrible sitting behind/on top of your console.

You also get a HDMI to HDMI cable in the box and a USB 3.0 Type-C to USB. The good thing about the HDMI cable is that its short and that's a good thing because who likes lots of cables and mess behind their screens/consoles.

The device boasts the following:

Instant Gameview - stream with superior low latency technology
1080p / 60fps - stunning quality
Build-in Editor - immediate access and sharing
Stream Command - add webcam, overlays and more
Flashback Recording - record retroactively
Live Commentary - add your voice

The software for the capture can be dowloaded directly from Elgato's website - it's not a big file (which I found surprising) and installs within minutes. I did install it on my iMAC and it keeps telling me - it's not compatible because I need one dedicated GPU - but I've had no issues recording so not sure what that is about. I think most people use PCs but iMACs do work if you were wondering.

The device is really easy to "install" - all you are doing is putting it in the middle of the monitor and the PS4. You remove your HDMI cable from the back of the PS4 and plug this into the OUT HDMI port. You then take the HDMI cable you got (the shorter one) and plug this into the IN HDMI port and the other side in the back of the PS4. You then take the USB 3.0 Type-C and plug this into the device and the USB side into the back of your PC/iMAC.

Download the software, or if you have done that already - launch it. The software should auto-detect the Elgato and the console screen will appear on the software. If you are using PS4 - you may need to go to settings and disable HDCP before it will work.

You can then start recording or streaming ... so far I have recorded two videos of a new game I am playing "Rime" and the quality is breathtaking - I am very impressed!!

Let me know if the comments if you have bought an Elgato and if you have a gaming channel or if you stream - I'd love to check you out.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Hey everyone :)

Can you guess where I went ... the title probably gives it away ...

YES! Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour!! I did go a couple of years ago but they have recently added the train station/train and the forest so I went to check it out with my friends ...

These are just a few of my pictures as I took over 200 (yes I'm crazy). Have you ever been to the studio? Let me know in the comments below ...


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Cupcake Jemma: Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Hi everyone :)

I came across this recipe of Cupcake Jemma's on YouTube last week and I'm a big fan of Carrot Cake - in the form of a cake or cupcakes or a loaf or whatever really! It's an amazing thing and I can't get enough of it!

Ingredients (cupcakes):
- 2 cup plain flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup of ground walnuts (or pecans)

 - 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup of caster sugar
- 300ml sunflower oil
- 3 cups of grated carrot

Ingredients (icing):
- 150g unsalted butter, softened
- 240g full-fat cream cheese
- 840g icing sugar, sifted

Method (cupcakes):
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2. Firstly add all dry ingredients to a large bowl (so flour, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and walnuts (or pecans)) and mix together with a whisk, leave to one side for now.
3. In a stand mixer add the caster sugar and 4 large eggs to a bowl. On a low speed to start with - mix until it looks light and mousse-like - this should take a minute or so.
4. On a low speed, gradually add the sunflower oil until it is all incorporated into the egg/sugar mixture.
5. Stop the mixer and add the grated carrot. Now mix briefly on a low speed until everything comes together - 30 seconds will do.
6. You can now add the dry ingredients all at once. Mix until incorporated - again takes about a minute or so.
7. Using an ice cream scoop (or batter scoop) or by adding the mixture to a measuring jug. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full. I managed to get 18 with my mixture but some of my cases were rather full so I think you could manage 24 (so 2 full trays).
8. Bake in the oven for 20-24 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Method (cream cheese icing):
1. Add 150g of unsalted, softened butter and 240g of full-fat cream cheese to the mixing bowl and beat for 2-3 minutes.
2. Stop the mixer and add half of the icing sugar (so 420g) and mix on a slow speed to start with for 2-3 minutes - you can gradually increase the speed once the icing sugar has started to mix in.
3. Repeat step 2 for the last 420g of icing sugar.
4. The icing should be white and fluffy when ready.
5 . Decorate the cupcakes how you wish.

Note: Cupcake Jemma used a spoonula to decorate ... I used a spoon and got the same result. She said you can use a pallet knife or a piping bag but I thought the icing was too soft to pipe so didn't bother with that.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you have any ideas of what I could make next that would be great! Always on the lookout for new things to try :)


Monday, 22 May 2017

Destiny 2: New Subclasses and Abilities!!!

Hey everyone :)

On Thursday the reveal for Destiny 2 was on and we got to find out lots of juicy things! There are new subclasses and they tweaked the existing ones. One of the new subclasses is the 'Dawnblade' - the 'Striker' and the 'Gunslinger' we know from Destiny 1.

I've listed below the subclasses and the new/tweaked abilities. I only managed to get what they showed on streams and YouTube channels ... some of the new classes they didn't show like the arcstrider.

"Dawn comes on swift wings"

Solar Grenade - a grenade that creates a flare of Solar Light which continuously damages enemies trapped inside.
Firebolt Grenade - a grenade that unleashes bolts of Solar Light at nearby enemies.
Fusion Grenade - an explosive grenade that causes bonus damage when attached to its target.

Daybreak - press L1 + R1 to weave Solar Light into blades and smite your foes from the skies.

Healing Rift - press and hold O to conjure a well of Light that continuously heals those inside it.
Empowering Rift - press and hold O to conjure a well of Light that increases the attack power of those inside it.

Controlled Glide - glide jump ability provides better directional control while in the air.
Balance Glide - glide jump ability provides bonuses to both speed and control.
Focused Burst - glide jump ability provides an initial boost of speed.

Phoenix Dive - Hold O while in-air to quickly descend and regenerate health.
Skyfire - while Daybreak is active, descend causes explosive damage where you land.
Risen Angel - while in air, aim your weapon to hover in place for a short time. Dealing precision damage extends this effect's duration.
Igniting Touch - a powerful melee ability that ignites enemies and causes them to explode.

Firestarter - a powerful melee ability that damages enemies while also increasing your movement and reload speed.
Wild Fire - engage your enemies mid-flight. Fire weapons and throw grenades while gliding.
Everlasting Flames - killing an enemy with Daybreak extends its duration.
Blazing Dash - press O, O while midair to dodge.


"At close quarters a fist is better than any gun"

Lightning Grenade - a grenade that sticks to any surface and emits bolts of lightning.
Pulse Grenade - a grenade that periodically damages enemies inside its explosion radius.
Flashbang Grenade - an explosive grenade that disorients the enemies it damages.

Towering Barricade - a large barrier (Hold O) that can be used for cover or to seal off dangerous areas for a short time.
Rally Barricade - a small barrier (Hold O) that allows you to peek over it while aiming down sights and instantly reloads your equipped weapon when you take cover.

Increased Height - upgrades lift to travel to greater heights.
Increased Control - upgrades lift for better directional control while in the air.
Catapult - upgrades lift to provide a strong initial burst of momentum.

Fist of Havoc - press L1 + R1 to supercharge your fists. While First of Havoc is active, press R2 to slam the ground with the force of a maelstrom, and press R1 to smash shoulder-first into your enemies.

Magnitude - increases the duration of Pulse Grenades, Lightning Grenades, and Aftermath.
Aftermath - Fist of Havoc disorients enemies and leaves a damage-dealing field in its wake.
Aerial Strike - Fist of Havoc deals more damage the longer its in the air.
Shoulder Charge - after sprinting for a short time, press R1 to slam shoulder-first into your target.

Frontal Assault - a powerful melee punch that grants you increased weapon stability.
Reversal - melee kills immediately trigger health regeneration.
Knockout - breaking enemy shields increases your melee range.
Trample - Fist of Havoc lasts longer while sprinting. Killing enemies with Fist of Havoc extends its duration.


"A lone wolf who lives for the perfect shot"

Swarm Grenade - a grenade that detonates on impact, releasing multiple drones that seek nearby enemies.
Incendiary Grenade - an explosive grenade that catches enemies on fire, causing additional damage over time.
Tripmine Grenade - an explosive grenade that sticks to surfaces and detonates when enemies pass through its laser trigger.

Golden Gun - press L1 + R1 to summon a flaming pistol that disintegrates enemies with Solar Light.

Marksman's Dodge - automatically reload your equipped weapon when dodging (O, O).
Gambler's Dodge - dodging (O, O) near enemies generates melee energy.

High Jump - upgrades double jump with even greater height.
Strafe Jump - upgrades double jump with better directional control while in the air.
Triple Jump - upgrades double jump with a third jump.

Chains of Woe - precision kills increase weapon reload speed for you and nearby allies.
Bombs for Bullseyes - precision hits generate grenade energy.
Six-Shooter - Golden Gun can be fired quickly up to 6 times but had a shorter duration.
Explosive Knife - throw a knife at enemies that explodes shortly after impact when melee energy is full.

Knife-Juggler - throw a knife at enemies when melee energy is full. A precision kill with this ability immediately recharges it.
Gunslinger's Trance - enter a trance with each precision kill, reducing the cooldown of your Golden Gun.
Crowd-Pleaser - precision hits with Golden Gun generate Orbs of Light for your allies.
Line 'Em Up - precision hits with Golden Gun increase its damage and extend its duration.

Let me know in the comments what your most excited about ... ?

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