Raymond strazdas

Ray Meets Moto in New Z2 Force Edition Commercial

Ray Hosts official Hello Moto World Event Commercial

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns and sometimes it takes you to places you would never expect to be. That is exactly what happened to me this past week. Motorola unexpectedly invited me to their press event in New York City to film an official commercial for their brand new Moto Z2 Force Edition flagship smartphone! This ad was all about highlighting key features of the new phone and Moto Mods at the Hello Moto World press event.  The shatterproof screen of the Z2 Force, new Gamepad and 360 Camera mod were all prominently showcased in uniquely designed event spaces which we walked through during the spot.  You can check out the video we created above or you may just end up catch it running on your favorite social media channel!

If you want to see more of what I've been up to, make sure to check out my brand new portfolio website and as always, look out for more epic videos to hit the YouTube channel every week! You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram to see all of these incredible moments as they happen in real time! Fun things are happening my friends and we are just getting started!

YouTube NextUp Class of 2017 is OFFICIAL!

Ray joins the YouTube NextUp Class of 2017

I've kept this surprise for way longer then anything else! Today, I am incredibly excited to finally announce that I will be a part of the YouTube NextUp Class of 2017! If you don't know what NextUp is basically this is where very few select creators (who YouTube believes are NextUp) get hand picked to be a part of a prestigious week-long program!  I am one of only 20 who were selected for this so I am beyond excited, humbled and hyped!  You guys made all of this possible and now it's time to take things to the next level!

If you want to see more of what I've been up to, make sure to check out my brand new portfolio website and as always, look out for more epic videos to hit the YouTube channel every week! You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram to see all of these incredible moments as they happen in real time! Fun things are happening my friends and we are just getting started!

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Hands On Review (2016)

It's about time! Back in October, Apple revealed its long awaited new MacBook Pro's and less then a month later they are finally here! The 2016 model comes as the first significant update to the lineup in quite a while. New design, improved performance, better battery life and an "innovative" Touch Bar that replaces the function keys on the top of the keyboard.  This OLED strip offers unique functionality that changes and adapts to whatever program you are using.  For example, Final Cut Pro X gives you shortcut keys and the ability to make quick cuts, which is pretty useful.  However, there aren't to many programs that fully take advantage of the Touch Bar's capabilities yet so only time will tell if it will truly take off.

15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray (2016 model)

15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray (2016 model)

Although the new MacBook Pro may seem like an incredible machine on paper, it doesn't come without its drawbacks. Lots of criticism has risen from the professional community on Apple's decision to drop traditional USB ports and the SD card slot for USB-C ports. I feel this decision came a little to soon as well giving users no transition period to adapt to the new standard. However, when you look at the big picture, USB-C is no doubt superior to traditional USB ports in every way. Each port has the ability to provide power, video output, lightning quick file transfers and much more. As long as you don't mind using adapters in your workflow for the time being, the new MacBook Pro is an incredible laptop that is capable of taking on desktop quality tasks. You can watch my full review on this computer above or see it in action editing 4K video below!

Until next time!

Ray

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