HITCASE is fired up to welcome British athlete adventurer and World Record Holder Ross Edgley to the family!! We’re all about supporting individuals who push the limits, and Ross is upping the game, combining extreme endurance World Records with raising awareness for notable causes.
Geoff Brown and his crew of snow gurus ventured out into the mountains in search of deep snow and good times. They headed to zones where cell phones lose service and instead are simply high-priced cameras. All POV footage was shot simply on an iPhone and a HITCASE PRO, our toughest most rugged iPhone case. Shockproof, mountable, waterproof protection for your iPhone.
The Whistler Train Wreck is a hype urban legend around these parts, causing a cluster f%@! of confusion for locals over the question: how did a train end up in the middle of the woods? The wreck, which fell off the rails in the 1950’s, rests far enough away from the track and perfectly scattered between old growth trees, that this rusty gnarled heap of metal must have been relocated somehow. But by whom?
Filmmakers Ryan and Kris Harris from Beacon Media Group have always wanted to utilize the legendary location for a shoot, and considering that no one (at least to any of our knowledge) has ever skied the wreck they wanted to be the first to record it. When they called us over at HITCASE about the concept, it was a no brainer. Filmed entirely with an iPhone and the HITCASE PRO with the Wide Angle TrueLux Lens, this video is far from your average ski edit.
“We hiked to the train wreck a couple summers ago and saw the bike ramps setup,” comments Ryan Harris. “It was hard to imagine but we thought how cool it would be to shoot a little ski video in there. Limited speed, sketchy ramps, loose nails and tight trees it was not an easy one to find a skier for. Dean Bercovitch was keen to give it a go with us, so the madness began… ”
Unknown mountain bikers built the ramps around the wreck, however there isn’t enough vertical for a skier or rider to session the boxcars. The Beacon Boys McGivered a winch out of an old snow-blower, strapped it to a platform, slapped skis on it and pushed it the 4km to the film location in -15C weather. Boom. That’s some Einstein stuff right there folks.
The wreck was a war-zone to ski, with Bercovitch having to dodge rusty-ass metal, nails and trees. “Dean wanted to go even bigger on everything but tiny run-ups didn’t allow for enough speed,” comments Ryan. “The craziest trick was definitely the 360 through the 2 trees. His skis only fit straight so if he spun to slow or fast he was going down hard.” To fit between the trees Dean spun a 270 before threading the needle, with each trick having to be intensely calculated so he didn’t eat it into the train.
So why is there a train in the middle of the woods anyway? Aside from many suspect of X-files ghostery happening in the backwoods, it wasn’t until Rick Valleau came forward in 2013. His father had actually moved the wreck back in 1956 when Pacific Great Eastern Railway contacted him asking for his help, since he was the only person in the area capable of cleaning up the mess. Jimmy rigging his logging equipment, Valleau relocated the boxcars, allowing the track to go through a rebuild.
With the history of the wreck finally debunked, there’s something to be said about the vision of the Beacon Brothers coming to light and having Dean shred the old train. At HITCASE we’re all about supporting those in the pursuit of everyday adventure, and this is most definitely one hell of tale. So cheers to winter 2017 and keep on charging-it out there.
HIT Technologies Recognized as Tech Innovator by Canadian Innovation Exchange
The Canadian Innovation Exchange has announced its selection of HIT Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE: HIT) as one of 2016’s top 20 most innovative public technology companies in Canada.
The CIX selection committee, made up of technology experts from across the country, evaluated hundreds of small and mid-cap technology companies and made its selection based on a number of key factors including overall innovation, product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.
“Being recognized by the Canadian Innovation Exchange is an honour,” said company founder and CEO Brooks Bergreen. “I’m extremely proud of the work our team has done, not only with our products but also with our marketing approach. I’m looking forward to meeting with Investors in Toronto to show off our next generation lineup.”
HIT’s CEO, Brooks Bergreen, will be presenting at CIX Public Investor Day on the afternoon of November 23 at MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON.
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