Investment Firm Gives Hitcase A Shoutout!

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Check out this investment video with John Fichthorn of Dialectic Capital Management where he explains his position on GoPro.

John explains where he thinks GoPro is going and one of the reasons being that there are other devices like the Hitcase which has the benefit of doing almost everything the GoPro does. He says, “you can buy a Hitcase today for $150 and it can give you a lot of the functionality (as a GoPro)”…”

And “…I actually think the fact that my cellphone is connected immediately when I take those videos makes it a more compelling device today than the GoPro which I have to plug back in…”

“(GoPro)…competes with your basic smartphone that’s already got 1080p that you can stick in a plastic case and get wide angle viewing and attach it to a stick and essentially it’s a GoPro. Gives it a lot of functionality…”

There may be some confusion in the video that the Hitcase is not helmet mountable now which it is but as John says “A lot of people use a lot of things other than just sticking them on your helmet.”

The Hitcase wide angle referred to in the video is the Hitcase PRO+ which comes with a monopod.

 

Visual Proof of Hitcase’s Protective Capabilities

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The Hitcase Pro Opened

The Hitcase Pro is called the HITcase for a good reason.

The featured image is the original Hitcase Pro that’s responsible for all the photos and video stills below and more. I’ve used this exact unit heavily every single day for nearly 2 years all around the world. It’s been dropped, thrown, submerged and even used as a hammering tool. Despite this, it still has no structural damage and still functions with 100% efficiency. Even the always exposed wide lens still takes wonderful photos like it was brand new.

Though I could have replaced my current Hitcase Pro (first production model) for no money out of my pocket, meaning a brand new case, I declined as there was simply no need to retire it. Then I learned about the new model coming out soon, the Hitcase PRO+. The best just got better-er. The only valid reason to get a new Hitcase.

Needless to say, my iPhone 5 never suffered any damage or even a hint of moisture penetration. It just rests peacefully cradled within the glove-like fit of the Hitcase, completely protected and without a care in the world.

A happy iPhone is a good iPhone.

Without further a due, here is the visual proof of the Hitcase Pro in real life action, not controlled lab tests. Actions that would have destroyed a naked iPhone or if encased in a lesser case.

River Rafting with the Hitcase Pro in IndonesiaThis photo was taken while I was river rafting somewhere in Bali, Indonesia. The Hitcase served me well that day as the water was indeed rough as you can see my partner falling off the raft. Moments later my iPhone flung out of my hands and hit a rock, luckily the Hitcase did it’s job perfectly.


Accidental Selfie with a Hitcase Pro on a Boat at the Gili IslandsThis was a rather happy accident. While island hopping the Gili Islands, I threw my iPhone (I’m on the bottom left in black trunks) across the boat to try to get it into my bag. I missed and it hit the engine, bounced high and when it finally landed it took this photo from the force.


Playing Catch with a Hitcase Pro on the Beach of Koh SametThis next photo I DO NOT recommend but am compelled to tell you what’s possible with a Hitcase. We were playing catch with a football on the beach of Koh Samet and someone got the idea to tape my iPhone to the ball and hit “record”. This photo is a still of the exact moment before I caught the ball.


Selfie with a Hitcase Pro during a Typhoon in TaipeiThis selfie was taken during a typhoon on the streets of Taipei. I wouldn’t have even considered taking out my iPhone if not protected with a Hitcase in such weather conditions, obviously.


Trying to Pick up my Hitcase Pro while it sinks into Quicksand in a Jungle in CambodiaFrom the look of my face you might think it’s anger, but it’s actually anguish. Not because I was worried my iPhone would be damaged by the quicksand swallowing it up but because I wasn’t sure if it was recording. This Cambodian quicksand had nothing on my Hitcase.


These may be extreme examples of the protective capabilities of the Hitcase but it was real world situations as an adventurer. So whether you have a Hitcase for action activities or just everyday use, you can count on the safety of the iPhone it was so well engineered to protect.

With a Hitcase, you can really “hit it” – literally and figuratively.

Hitcase Hits Over 10K Instagram Followers

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We just hit 10k!!!!! This is a big deal for us. Thank you so much for all your support. We are so stoked to watch the #Hitcase community grow. Starting a year and a half ago with three followers, we have watched the community expand across the globe sharing their adventures big and small. THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME!!!! Thank you for helping us spread “#hitcase”.

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How an iPhone Case Improved my Life as an Adventurer and Traveler

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Hitcase Pro and ChestR EDC

Yes, I know, It’s quite a claim to say that an aftermarket housing for a mobile device can change my life. But it has and it’s called the Hitcase Pro. Obviously it’s not major life altering changes but it has made certain elements of my unique lifestyle a little bit better.

I travel around the world for a living. Looking for beautiful sights, seeking adventure and sharing it with good people I meet along the way with an always-ready-live-memory-recording-device in hand. The basic concept of the most tangible way of capturing moments haven’t really changed in a hundred years, photography. But the methods have evolved greatly. To a constant traveler living out of a backpack like myself, a clunky but high-end DSLR camera isn’t the pinnacle of photography but something that fits a different equation; compact + rugged + reliable + waterproof + multifunctional + great photos.

I’m no mathematician but the simplified equation could be; iPhone + Hitcase.

I’ve been using using the Hitcase Pro for almost as long as the company has existed. In fact, I still use the very same case I first purchased about a couple of years ago. Considering how much (loving) abuse I put through it, that’s pretty damn impressive. It’s got dents, scratches and abrasions all over it. However, it’s quite beautiful with character as it’s more like patina or battle scars on a tank that’s been through wars but still has much life left. This is one of the reasons how the Hitcase Pro has changed my life… It has given me a solid peace of mind of the safety of the precious iPhone it so diligently protects. I can not only be carefree about not breaking my iPhone but take it with on my person in any possible environment. As a lifestyle traveler and adventurer, this is a game changer.

GoPro’s have become the ubiquitous adventure camera but when you add “travel” to the mix, there is a better alternative. I should know as I’ve equipped the Hero 2 for the first few months of traveling the world. It served me well (albeit clunky) with great action shots and was relatively tough, until it failed completely one day. Luckily I still had my iPhone but missed the wide shots as the panoramic apps just didn’t cut it. But the Hitcase Pro just came out and purchased it immediately.

It was like having a GoPro crammed into an iPhone.

There was a moment where I was happy that my Hero 2 broke down as I wouldn’t have found Hitcase otherwise. So with this new setup, my photos became a lot more interesting because of the fact that it was always with me ready to be activated with a moment’s notice – because you know, it’s a mobile phone and you always have that on you. So documenting my travels and adventures became a seamless and effortless action, like having a bionic third eye.

Like any tool or gadget, it’s only as useful as the person using it, but it’s the potential of those things that really make a difference. In the many months from around the world of hard use I’ve gotten with the Hitcase Pro, it has improved my life as an adventurer and traveler.

Hitcase Introduces The Hitcase Pro+: Interchangeable Lenses, ShockWave Sound

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New TrueLUX Interchangeable Lenses

We’re stoked to launch our new Hitcase Pro+ model that now has our most requested feature, removable lenses! Our 3X SuperWide zoom lens has been totally redesigned from the ground up and improved. Our TrueLUX technology makes the lens sharper and now completely removes vignetting in both photo and video modes, a first for any iPhone lens!

The Hitcase Pro+ has a new front panel with an easy to use “twist on” lens mount that lets you quickly swap lenses on the fly even with gloves on.

The Hitcase Pro+ comes with both the 3X SuperWide zoom lens that’s perfect for action sports and a Flat Lens for a slimmer lens profile and a standard field of view. Both lenses have anti reflective and hard coatings for excellent color and scratch protection.

ShockWave Sound

We improved the sound quality in the Hitcase Pro+ to be 2X better while retaining the same durability and waterproof protection down to 33 feet. Our new ShockWave audio seal gives you iproved clarity and better audio quality for both making calls and recording adventure videos. Capture more detail in your recordings compared to other rugged and waterproof products on the market.

Pro+ Upgrade Kit Available!

Already have a Hitcase Pro 5 but want the improved TrueLUX swappable lenses and ShockWave sound? We have you covered with our Hitcase Pro+ Upgrade kit. The kit comes with a new cover designed for the new lenses, both the TrueLUX 3X SuperWide lens and the flat lens (does not include ShootR monopod). See more details here.

Comes With Our New ShootR Pocketable Monopod

Each Hitcase Pro+ comes with our new ShootR monopod. We designed the ShootR monopod in house because the ones we were using were either too big, too heavy or not waterproof enough for our needs. Lightweight, waterproof, and designed for Hitcase, the ShootR is collapsible down to a 6 inch pistol grip form factor and compact enough to fit into a pocket yet extends to almost 19 inches to capture wide angle selfie shots or get high above the crowd for “bird’s eye view” perspective.

Easy Mounting RailSlide System

Of course the Hitcase Pro+ retains all the best features of earlier versions including complete compatibility to our wide family of easy to use RailSlide mounts. With RailSlide the Hitcases  slide on and off in seconds. A locking mechanism holds the case firmly and steadily. We have mounts for motorcycles, cars, boats, roll cages, surf boards and anything else you can imagine. You can even use our RailSlide® mounts with your GoPro cameras as all mounts are GoPro compatible.

Still Waterproof To 33 Feet

The new lenses and improved audio does not take away from the durability that is a key component of all Hitcases. The Hitcase ShockSeal and ShockPad dual seal system works in tandem to provide maximum water sealing and shock protection. This unique combination allows the Hitcase PRO+ to be waterproof up to 33 feet and lets your iPhone take drops from up to 10 feet.

Compatible With iPhone 5/5s/5c

Hitcase Pro+ works with all versions of iPhone 5.

Hitcase Pro+ is a complete protection and adventure recording system for your iPhone. It’s an enabling device that lets you capture your outdoor adventures for sharing in realtime.

Shoot, send and share amazing footage, whenever, and wherever you are.

Amber Torrealba #howihitcase, How Do You Hitcase?

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One of our most prolific Big Hitters, Amber Torrealba just put out an awesome video compilation of her doing what she does best. The editing is top notch and the vid showcases the kinds of shots you can make with the Hitcase. Amber exemplifies what we mean by Big Hitter.

Follow Amber on Instagram.
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Why Your iPhone Belongs On The Track

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Got a bike? MX, Trials, Enduro, Super Bike, Drag, Cruiser?  Want to share your ride with your friends, family or the world?  Hitcase with Vidometer makes this possible in ways that might just blow your mind.

The Hitcase Pro is tough enough to handle any mud, water or shocks you can throw at it. With it’s wide angle lens you can encapsulate a much broader scene than the standard iPhone.

The wide range of affordable mounts available for the Hitcase Pro makes it a complete system whereby you can put your iPhone on anything from your handlebar to the the rear of your bike.

The Hitcase Pro combined with Vidometer can record your run, show your speed, the G force you experienced and even the exact track you are on! Vidometer can display up to 5 map zoom levels, from satellite on down.

After you have logged a couple laps, you can export immediately and directly from Vidometer to Youtube or Instagram. How fast, how high and how many G’s are clearly displayed in your POV video. Or with it up and display the exact course YOU took on the track. Shoot it, share it , HitIt.

Save Time and Effort, No Waiting

Instead of shooting during the day, recording your races on the track, heading home, downloading all your footage to your hard drive then editing your video so your mom and you can watch it on Youtube, why not cut together a one minute video mid day and make all your buddies jealous while they watch you shred as they sit at their office. The best action camera is the iPhone you already have, enclosed in the Hitcase of course.

No longer have all your videos sitting on your hard drive waiting to be edited while you feel guilty. Shoot, edit, share right from your iPhone!

Let’s not forget about the power of FaceTime. Facetime, now you can stream your adventure in real time, share your ride and show what your friends what it’s like to ride with you even when they can’t be with you. Want to show your grandpa what it’s like to sit on the back of your bike while you hit a tabletop? FaceTime him.

Hitcase Pro with it’s 3x wide angle lens, rugged waterproof enclosure and a wide system of mounts partnered with Vidometer make it a complete action camera system you can take anywhere.

Reed Hansen Lands The First Casper With A Hitcase In Hand!

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Summer is just getting started and Reed Hansen is on fire! After winning the first contest of the year called the Wake Games. Presented by Nautiques.  Reed then lands the the cover of  Wake Journal  and Wakeboarding Magazine.  While messing around at Battle Falls he casually knocks out the first ever Casper on a wake skate, his axe being his Ronix wake  board. BOOM!!

 

Here’s what Reed has to say about it.

Q – Did you just make up that name Casper?

“No well it was done on a skateboard first so I just called it what they call it.

That was the first time I have ever landed it. I have been trying them a bunch but just the other day I started trying them with my case in my hand cause I didn’t have anyone there to film me. So it worked out quite well:) I am pumped.

There were a few people in the comments that were pretty well loosing it because I did it but also cause I was holding the case as well.”

The best part, we think of course is that he did captured it all with his iPhone + Hitcase. He just had his phone and grabbed the moment, which is what we get stoked about. Its a perfect example of how if you’ve got your Hitcase in reach you can just focus on doing what you do best, and not on the camera or the gear. We’re stoked to have helped in a tiny way, to capture Reed’s achievement.

Enter Our Instagram Giveaway

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Get a chance to win a Hitcase Pro and a pair of WoodRoze sunglasses.

We have teamed up with @woodroze sunglasses. Woodroze makes beautifully designed handcrafted polarized wooden sunglasses. They feel great and float!

Winner(s) will receive 1 Hitcase Pro for iPhone 5/5s & 1 pair of WoodRoze shades of their choosing.

Entering is easy:
1: Follow @woodroze and @hitcase on Instagram
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2: Re-post this photo or any photo of ours or Instagram.

3: Tag @woodroze & @hitcase & hashtag #woodroze & #hitcase

ONE winner will be selected on Monday – June 16th, 2014 unless @woodroze reaches 19K followers, then an additional TWO winners will be chosen for the same prize pack. Thank you for your support and good luck!

How to make fun and beautiful Timelapses with your iPhone

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How to make fun and beautiful Timelapses with your iPhone

Time Lapse is a photography approach that gives an extended view of changing events. Events like epic sunrises/sunsets, a long scenic drive, fast paced city life, or playing sports with your pals! Your videos will take on a new life of their own! iLapse with Hitcase and Hitcase Pro will take your videos from ordinary to extraordinary.
We are going to look at four time lapse apps for iPhone and give you our experience with them.
Our adventure started with trying out Lapse it, which we quickly realized wasn’t the App for us. We found that the App would crash, sometimes without saving what we last recorded. We wanted something dependable, as we sometimes only get one chance to get the shot.

Next on our “must try” list was TimeLapse. While the App is well built, there are just too many settings/presets too choose from. After playing around, we found though the Auto White Balance was locked; there was a definite direct sun sensitivity.

Frameographer is another App we were dying to try. Talk about dying, this App drains your battery life faster then the other App’s we tried. Battery life is huge for us, especially when the Hitcase or Hitcase Pro is mounted for long periods of time.

The first thing we noticed with iLapse, was how simple and easy it is to use. No need to find a manual or worry that you aren’t doing it right. Just open iLapse, pop your Hitcase into your mountable accessory, and go have fun! Battery life is amazing when running the iLapse App as it’s taking photos and compiling them in a video. The App works hard for you without compromising your batteries life. We can’t believe the App is only $1.99 – definitely the best bang for your buck.

For a fast paced video, it’s best to have your settings at 25 FPS (frames per second), while taking 2 pictures per second. We suggest to to have something permanently fixed in the foreground, to show how quickly everything else is moving. In this scenario, Hitcase CEO Brooks’ sweet ride.

 

Hitcase Pro/5 + iLapse

Reviewing your footage is easy. After recording, simply open up your library to see what you shot. Don’t like it? No worries, thrash it and move on the next video.
 

Most HD Time Lapse Applications for iPhone will either make you pay an additional fee or have their branding on the exported video. Not iLapse though, export your footage straight to your iPhone’s library with the ease of a click of of a button.

Why we like it:

Locked Exposure and tone (photo/video has the same exposure/white balance when locked)
-24, 25, and 30 Frames Per Second options
-HD recording capability
-Shutter Speeds of 0.5 – 20 seconds, you choose what’s best for you
-Export right to Camera Roll, no fuss
-Option for alarm one video is completed

Now, sit back and enjoy this video made possible by Hitcase Pro/5 with StickR mount using iLapse!


Know of a great timelapse app?  tell us in the comments below!