Chances are that you’ve already been acquainted with the HITCASE SHIELD for iPhone 6/6s, with the official unveiling of the case in summer 2016. The HITCASE SHIELD is the world’s thinnest IP68 rated waterproof iPhone case; and yes you can fact check that. Sleek, durable, lightweight and beautifully crafted out of aluminum, everything you want in a phone case with protection you can trust in water and on land.
Now, the moment Apple released the specs of the new iPhone 7 our Product Development Team went into hyper-speed wizardry-mode designing the HITCASE SHEILD for iPhone 7. Factoring in that iPhone 7 has a built in water-resistance interior for accidental water exposure or splashes – this comes as fantastic news for iPhone users and even better news for HITCASE users. Double the protection means that you can have more confidence than ever before.
We’re beyond stoked to launch our PRE-ORDER for your iPhone 7. Don’t have the iPhone 7? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The SHIELD is now available for all iPhone 6 models, including the SE, as well as all iPhone 5 models. Pre-orders are on now. The HITCASE SHIELD is available in four colour options: black, silver, gold and rose gold.
We’re hyped to welcome fellow British Columbian, and pro mountain bike athlete Graham Agassiz to the Hitcase Team, just in time for 11th edition of the Red Bull Rampage hosted in Virgin Utah, October 14th, 2016. Sponsored by Monster Energy, Dakine and Kona Bikes, Graham is one of just 21 invited athletes who participated in the world-class event this past Friday. Make sure to check out the footage of Agassiz and his fellow competitors as they boosted off of the gnarliest and rugged landscape of all time. You won’t be disappointed.
“Graham is a super star athlete and adventurer as well as hugely creative, which is why we wanted to work with him,” said HIT Technologies CEO, Brooks Bergreen. “We are really excited to welcome him to the Hitcase Family, and looking forward to an amazing year for both him and Hitcase.”
Check out Agassiz’s qualifying run at Rampage 2015 below.
View the official press release via Stockhouse HERE.
Facebook Live, Periscope, Snapchat and Instagram Stories:
What do they have in common? HITCASE makes them better.
There are two types of people active on social media these days: Those who are live streaming and sharing stories, and those who are aware of these platforms but are too timid to test the water themselves. It doesn’t matter which category you find yourself in. The party is just getting started. No cares if you’re late, as long as you show up looking good. HITCASE is here to help you.
The HITCASE ecosystem of lenses, mounts, and waterproof case options is the best thing to put on your iPhone before you hit share, send, or broadcast. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you the tools they offer and techniques to make your feed pop.
Yes, yes, we know you millennials are seasoned chickens when it comes to the new-new of social media. We break down the platforms and the cases and lenses Hitcase offers to take it to the next level.
Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat:
Watch those fingers, boy. This beef is fire hot. We spent our days tiredly toggling between the same three apps. Then Instagram came and adopted most of the things we loved from Snapchat. Instagram Stories is user-friendly and already connected to your current Instagram and Facebook following. We wait for Snapchat’s next big trick. If you haven’t been brave enough to tackle Snap. Your time has come to produce some kick-ass Instagram Stories with your iPhone and Hitcase. If you were a Snapchat early adopter and sticking with the OG story maker, they’ve got you too.
Hitcase Snap equipped with the TrueLUX Wide lens is a must. Show your followers more with 104° field of view. Or get submerged with the fully waterproof HITCASE Pro and stop people dead in their feed. The underwater world is one you’ll want to share. Who has underwater stories? Nobody does. Wait! You do! Slap the HITCASE Pro on your iPhone. Share when you get to the surface and blow minds.
Random one-offs can be sweet (we’re not talking about one night stands), but thought out clips and images that engage and carry your audience is where it’s at. Script your followers through your day, event, or epic party. While Instagram Stories and Snapchat are a perfect place to be loose with your curated artistic side. Your followers will appreciate the extra effort you put into telling your tale.
Love your Snapchat filter and want to share it on an Instagram Story? Make your video or photo in Snap. Then, hold the download button (downward arrow on the bottom left hand side). This will save it to your camera roll. While in Instagram Stories swipe down from the top. This will give you access to all of the photos / video you’ve taken in the last 24 hours. Voila, dog-face grams.
Periscope & Facebook Live
Where are the Tweeters at? We all have our go-to platform for news and communication. If yours is Twitter, dive into Periscope. Interact with your audience while sharing the scene, vibe, and surroundings of your life. Talk to your people, walk with them, shred a mountain or a surf break with all your followers. They’ll be thankful you did.
Facebook is your thing? Your TV audience awaits. Just like you always dreamed of as a kid. The great thing about Facebook is whether you’re a business or socialite; Facebook is not currently limiting how many followers you reach with your streams. Your Facebook friends and their friend’s friends are waiting for you to step up and stream your life. And they will watch. The better it looks the longer they’ll be there. Again, we got you covered.
Tools: How pro do you want to go? Sky’s the limit with Hitcase. ShootR pole selfie stick is a must to keep your iPhone at a proper distance. It’s packaged with HITCASE Snap and HITCASE Pro Plus. Their wide lenses (both TrueLUX Wide and Superwide) are key for capturing the bigger picture. Hosting an interview? How to? Cooking show? Wedding, birth, or briss? Stabilize your iPhone hands free with the StickR or TiltR mounts.
We get it. Hitting the broadcast button for the first time can be nerve-racking. Don’t be afraid to watch a few Periscope’s and Facebook Live’s first and see what’s working and not for other people. Be yourself andinteract with the audience. Don’t be shy and don’t hesitate to jump in.
Have a plan. Write a script. You don’t need a speechwriter. A few sticky notes to make sure you hit all of your points may be all you need. And do not get lost in the commentary, stay on task; and don’t forget to smile!
Seems life is always sunshine and lollypops in the world of social media. Pair the live streaming and story making apps with Hitcase for iPhone and it’ll be sweeter than it is already.
…More HITCASE products on offer for Snapchat, Instagram Stories and Live Streaming
Lenses, lenses, lenses. Sending the good vibes from where you are isn’t going to translate unless people really see it as it should be seen.
TrueLUX Wide: It is your go-to, must-have, “where have you been all my life” lens. Instantly doubles your field of view without distorting quality. Your world at an arms length just got twice as big.
TrueLUX Superwide: Oh, yes! Fisheye perspective brings everyone into your world. It’s a no brainer for any action sports. Heck, anything awesome. Pair this one with the HITCASE Pro and get wild. Dive off docks, head into waterfalls, Snapchat your festival experience. It’s all going down.
TrueLUX Macro: Don’t sleep on the macro. Three times magnification for your story. Go to the garden, or get your beehive on! Stop the scroll-trolls dead in their track and blow their mind. “Honeycomb!? Are you kidding me?!”
Mounts: OK here’s where it gets real. Set up shop on a StickR mount or run the TiiltR on a tripod. Or rock the ShootR selfie stick and roam your walking and talking monologue while keeping your audience engaged in the action.
Follow HITCASE on social media for plenty of examples of lenses, mounts, and how to make the most of yours.
With Apples official launch of the iPhone 7, we are excited to announce that production has already begun on the HITCASE PRO and HITCASE SHIELD for the iPhone 7.
The HITCASE SHIELD is the world’s thinnest IP68 rated waterproof iPhone case. It will be available this fall for iPhone 7. Apple’s announced iPhone 7 has built in water-resistance for accidental water exposure or splashes, which is fantastic news for iPhone users and even better news for HITCASE users seeking adventure with their fully waterproof HITCASES. Sleek, durable, lightweight and beautifully crafted, everything you want in a phone case with protection you can trust in water and on land. The HITCASE SHIELD for iPhone 7 will launch this November.
The HITCASE PRO for iPhone 7 will be available for pre-order later this year. The PRO case takes HITCASE customers even further and adventuring farther with it’s versatile Railside mounting system for hands free live video streaming and video capture. It allows interchangeable TrueLUX (fisheye, wide, macro) lens options giving customers a suite of creative tools to capture and share their adventures directly from their iPhone, no cameras needed.
So this is awesome… We sent Dan Rodo some gear to test out for his review. Dan has his own channel on YouTube and he seems to keep people engaged and laughing throughout his twice-a-week blogs. It was no brainer to send him some gear in hopes HITCASE might get him stoked. It did. Here is his review in all it’s Danocracy glory.
Discovery Channel and HITCASE are partnering up during Shark Week this year to do an underwater livestream on June 30, 2016 at 11am Eastern Time (GMT-4).
The underwater livestream off the coast of Florida in known shark habitat, will be hosted by HITCASE with shark ecologist and filmmaker Rob Stewart, director of the film Sharkwater. Stewart will be equipped only with his iPhone 6s protected by HITCASE PRO+.
HITCASE PRO+ is a waterproof iPhone case that lets go deeper underwater than any other iPhone case. With beautiful colour accuracy, super fast focusing, and the ability to film in 4K and with multiple frame rate options, iPhone lets filmmakers capture and create stunning, pro-level content
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HIT Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HIT) (“HIT” or the “Company”), designs, develops, manufactures and distributes the world’s most advanced adventure products for iPhone under the brand HITCASE, is taking the iPhone, encased in the high-performing waterproof HITCASE PRO, to new depths. The Vancouver-based team will facilitate a social livestream shark dive to be broadcast on the Shark Week and Hitcase Facebook pages during Shark Week. Shark Week kicks off Sunday, June 26th on Discovery.
The underwater livestream will be hosted by Team Hitcase with shark ecologist and filmmaker Rob Stewart, director of the film Sharkwater, who will wear a mounted Hitcase while free diving off the coast of Florida in known shark habitat. With beautiful colour accuracy, super fast focusing, and the ability to film in 4K and with multiple frame rate options, iPhone lets filmmakers capture and create stunning, pro-level content. Equipped only with his Hitcase protected iPhone 6s, Stewart will stream his free dive with the Sharks to multiple social media platforms, reaching Discovery Channel fans viewers using Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope on Thursday, June 30th.
To celebrate this first of a kind Livestream, HITCASE is offering a Limited Edition Shark Week branded Hitcase Pro+ for iPhone, available June 13. “We’re unbelievably excited to take millions of people on a dive with sharks realtime, something they can watch in their living room but still be there in person to discover and connect with these beautiful and intense creatures. It’s amazing to be a part of such a significant broadcast and to partner with Discovery to reach so many people,” said HITCASE Founder and CEO Brooks Bergreen. “Over the years Shark Week has become a culturally significant event with programming that both inspires and educates. Now, using HITCASE PRO, we can bring viewers along for the underwater thrill ride using the same camera phone that so many of them have in their own pockets.”
As proud supporters of the ocean advocacy group Oceana, HITCASE encourages all Shark Week viewers to get actively involved in the non-profit’s global shark conservation campaigns by going to oceana.org/join.
About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel, (NASDAQ:DISCA) the flagship network of Discovery Communications, is devoted to creating the highest quality entertainment in the world and remains one of the most dynamic networks on television. We provide an engaging and insightful line-up of high-quality non-fiction entertainment. Our shows span blue-chip nature, science and technology, ancient and contemporary history and adventure, as well as cultural and topical documentaries. First launched in 1985, Discovery Channel is the #1 international channel in Asia-Pacific, reaching over 230 million viewers every month, and the leading regional channel across Asia-Pacific among the Affluent.
HIT Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HIT) develops and markets a portfolio of products under the brand HITCASE® that transform Apple iPhones into mountable high-performing, weather- and shock-resistant video cameras. Both its, flagship product, HITCASE® PRO and HITCASE SNAP allow users to easily capture action photo and video content hands-free, using a variety of HIT Technologies’ patented Railslide® mounts that attach to virtually any surface. Swappable lenses and accessories provide a variety of perspectives otherwise unattainable. HIT Technologies is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information about HITCASE, visit www.HITCASE.com. Search #hitcase on Instagram to see some of the amazing images created by HITCASE customers.
Rob Stewart is a biologist, activist and filmmaker known for two of Canada’s biggest theatrical documentaries – Sharkwater and Revolution – winners of more than 50 international awards. Sharkwater is credited as igniting the movement to protect sharks from shark fin soup, was seen by more than 124 million people and resulted in government policy changing to ban the practice of finning. Stewart’s third film Sharkwater Extinction is in production and scheduled for release in September 2017. Stewart is also founder of United Conservationists – creators of the Fin Free and Shark Free movements. www.sharkwater.com and finfree.org
“The Hitcase is good because there’s no transferring. When you film a trick, you can upload it right away,” said team rider Ryan Decenzo.
Taking professional video on an iPhone has its many advantages, especially when filming documentary-style or in the moment skate videos. Because it’s readily available, you are always in place for the action and to top it off you can easily edit the videos on the go or at the shoot.
Once you’re ready and want to use your Hitcase TrueLUX™ Wide Angle Lens to film like a professional, try following these three simple tips.
1. Steady your shot.
Let the skater enter on one side of the frame and exit on the other. This keeps the camera from moving too much and allows the viewer to focus more on the trick. It also creates visual cues indicating the beginning and end of the shot. It takes some practice, but this simple skill will add a dynamic element to each clip.
2. Get closer to the action.
The best part of having a Hitcase with a TrueLUX™ Wide Angle Lens is that it combines protection for your phone with a professional quality wide angle lens. To take full advantage of these benefits, get close to the action. The closer you get to the trick, the more the viewer feels like they are right there. There’s no danger of harming your phone, thanks to the solid case.
3. Film from a low vantage point.
When you film a trick from above, it feels further from the camera than it really is. It might look like a mini board doing tricks on the end of a very long-legged skater. Instead, shoot from a low vantage point and get close up to get the best angle.
A final reminder that can be applied to all of these tips is to keep the skater and board in the frame. If you really want to get technical, enable the grid and use the rule of thirds as a guideline to where you position the main element of the scene.
“It’s the best wide angle lens to use with snapchat for skate clips,” Said team rider Ryan Decenzo.
Being a good skateboard filmmaker takes a lot of practice, but with time you can master the art, become a pro and who knows maybe even be an award winning filmmaker like Ty Evans.
We take our phones everywhere with us. They pop in our pocket, purse, or backpack, and if you had to count how many times you pull it out during the day, you’d probably hit the high hundreds. That’s if you ever put it away in the first place.
Although smartphones are a high-use item, they are also extremely fragile. If you let it hit the ground, the screen could shatter. Accidentally drop them in water? You’ll be running for a rescue pouch or a bag of rice then cooling your heels while you wait and see if it will recover. I’ve even seen people sit on their phones and actually alter the shape, all because they forgot to take it out of their back pocket.
That’s why we use cases on our smartphones, but not all cases are created equal. There are cases that are purely cosmetic, letting you add a bit of your own personality to your phone, and cases that are built to stand up to anything.
I fall into the cosmetic case category, although I know better. I’ve already lost an iPhone 6 to a smashed screen and another to a drop in the pond in the back of my house. I’ve tried waterproof and shockproof cases before, but I didn’t use them long term because I found them too cumbersome for my pocket.
That’s where Hitcase comes in. Hitcase has an iPhone case that’s shock-proof and waterproof, but it also comes with something extra. Hitcases have interchangeable TrueLux Lenses, and if you’ve ever wished your iPhone had the capability to be a bit more creative in the photography department, this is something you’ll love as much as I do.
I was interested in seeing whether or not Hitcase would do two things: protect my phone and give me more flexibility when taking pictures, and it hit the mark on both counts.
Absorbs impact when you’re phone is dropped and Shockseal keeps water and dust out
TrueTouch screen protector protects your screen while still allowing you to tap
Shockwave audio seal gives you protection while still allowing for decent sound recording
Has a TrueLUX wide lens to give you 170 degree field of view
Case has a railside mount system that’s compatible with GoPro mounts
Includes a selfie stick aka pocket-sized ShootR extension pole and monopod for shooting action
Includes StickR surface mount so you can mount it to any flat surface
Testing out the Hitcase Pro+
Putting on the Hitcase PRO+ waterproof photo case is really easy. After you undo all of the corners you need to use a coin to unlatch it. Once unlatched, just open up the case, snap it back on over your phone, and make sure the edges are securely closed. Before you take it into water, be absolutely positive the seals on all corners and the charging port are sealed shut.
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve lost a few phones in my time due to screen factures and water damage, so I wasn’t feel so adventurous that I wanted to test by throwing my phone against a tree or anything like that. I did drop it right on pavement a few times, completely not on purpose, and it came through fine. I’m not anywhere near an ocean or body of water to try it out right now, but I did toss it in the sink and hope for the best. Thankfully it was bone dry when I pulled it out of the case.
It’s nice to know the phone is protected, but for me the real appeal of the Hitcase is the additional wide-angle lens. The TrueLUX lens screws right onto the front of the case with two simple turns, and if you’ve never tried adding a lens to your iPhone, you’re in for a treat.
The first photo was taken without the TrueLUX lens, the second photo taken with. As you can see, it really does let you take in more of your surroundings.
Regular iPhone 6 camera
With the TrueLUX lens on the Hitcase Pro+
The wide-angle lens is great for video too. You can use it anywhere you’d normally take video with your iPhone. I took some video with it that I included in my video below.
The Hitcase PRO+ Waterproof photo case also has the Railslide mounting system built right into the case. That means you can connect it to your helmet car, bike, or anywhere on your body. Hitcase does sell mounts, but the Railslide mounting system is compatible with Gopro mounts too.
Although you can use the mounting system easily, I’d only recommend it if you’re doing some sort of activity where you don’t need to worry about image stabilization. My husband mounted the Hitcase Pro+ to his handlebars with his GoPro mount and took it for a spin down the trail. While he loved the wide-angle view he got from the TrueLUX lens, with no image stabilization you can definitely see what a bumpy ride it was.
The Hitcase PRO+ Waterproof Photo Case is one I’d trust my phone with when I take it with me on an adventure, and for water protection and shock protection, it does an amazing job. I wouldn’t use it every day because the TrueTouch screen isn’t as responsive as the iPhone screen and I like to use touch to login for everything.
You can charge your phone while it’s in the Hitcase Pro+, but at first I really didn’t think you could. The first couple of times I tried to plug in it wouldn’t connect, but I quickly realized two things: it only works with Apple certified cords, so you won’t be able to charge with an after market cord. You also have to really work to connect the phone with the charger. I had to push it with two fingers before it made a connection, but that’s understandable in a case designed to be water resistant.
For daily use, I turned to the Hitcase Snap.
Features on the Hitcase Snap
The Hitcase Snap is one of my favourite iPhone cases, and I have tried a lot. Here are a few of the features:
Hard, durable plastic shell
Lightweight, easy to put on, and has no touchscreen cover so you can use your iPhone’s screen as is
Includes wide-angle TrueLUX lens which snaps on with two turns
Includes ShootR extension pole and TiltR tripod mount
Trying it out
The Hitcase Snap is easy to put on your phone. Just snap it on and you’re good to go.
Because there is no cover for the screen you can use your iPhone to its full capability (touch, tap) while still protecting the sides and back. The case does a better job of fully covering the profile of the phone than other cases I’ve tried, so if you drop it on an angle, it should protect it.
The TrueLUX lens is the same wide-angle lens as on the Hitcase Pro+, and it takes the same great photos. The Hitcase Snap also has the Railslide mount system that you can use if you’re hiking, biking, or doing any activity, but you’ll get the same type of image stabilization as you’d get on the Hitcase Pro+ so I’d recommend using it for smooth types of activities.
The Hitcase Snap is one that easily fits into a back pocket or bag, and this is a case I use on a daily basis, especially considering you have the opportunity to switch out the lens whenever you want to.
Here’s a quick video I shot showing how to set up the Hitcase Pro+ and the Hitcase Snap, plus a few quick clips we shot with the TrueLUX lens on.
Extra lenses for Hitcase
The Hitcase Pro+ will protect your phone in any situation, and the Hitcase Snap is a great every day case. But the real star of these cases is the fact you can switch out the lens.
An iPhone camera can only go so far as far as photography is concerned, but so many of us pull our iPhones out to take a picture because we don’t carry a real camera. With Hitcase, you get the convenience of taking photos with your iPhone, but access to the bells and whistles of a great lens. Although each Hitcase only comes with a single wide-angle lens, you can add the TrueLUX iPhone lens kit and get access to two other lenses.
The TrueLUX Superwide will capture a 160-degree view while the TrueLUX macro will magnify whatever you’re snapping up to 3X. They come in an easy-to-carry pouch that you can take along with you wherever you go, and each lens comes on and off with a few twists.
There are benefits to both Hitcases, one to protect while you’re out and one to use daily. Both cases do their job and do it well, and I love having the ability to switch up the lens.