Holidaying with the Sony RX10ii

I’m going to put together a review of the Sony RX10ii, but in the meantime here is a holiday video I made with it.

I may have gotten a little carried away with the SloMo. Also this video probably isn’t that much fun if you’re not one of my friends!

More generic footage coming soon! I haven’t upgraded my Vimeo account yet so i’d suggest going there to watch it in HD.


Sony RX10ii & Memory Cards – SDXC vs SDHC

Today I took delivery of my Sony RX10ii. If you haven’t heard about this camera it looks to be a great all rounder delivering 1080p slow motion up to 960fps in 2 second bursts. It also boasts continuous 100fps and shoots 4k 24p at 100M.


Unfortunately to use ALL of the above you need an SDXC memory card. When I purchased the camera I made the BIG mistake of buying it with a 32gb SDHC card which means you can only use it with the AVCHD codec at 50p.

So after a bit of googling (there was hardly anything on this) i’ve managed to get to the bottom of it. I think. It appears that SDHC cards up to 32gb only support the FAT32 file system which unfortunately only allows a max file size of 4gb. This is why AVCHD splits your files in to 4GB segments that you have to piece together in post.

The SDXC cards however support the more modern exFAT file system which allows much larger files to be stored. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you’re using a 90MB/S card or a Class I or II. It just has to be SDXC rather than SDHC. See a screen grab from the manual below to clarify.

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 15.12.57

I’ve ordered the card below from Amazon as a result of my woes, it ticks all the boxes from the manual.

Transcend 64GB Ultimate SDXC UHS Ultra High Speed Class 3 Memory Card

So if you’re buying an RX10ii make sure you get the right card.

Save Mac Screenshots as JPEG’s

For ages I’ve been taking screencaps and they automatically save as .tiff files. Some apps/uploads don’t like .tiff files so I usually end up bringing them in to Photoshop and saving them for web which is a pain and way more time consuming than it needs to be.

So after some googling this is how I fixed it.

Open a terminal window by pressing the apple key and spacebar and typing ‘terminal’. Then paste the line below.

defaults write type jpg

Once you have done this, paste this line to make the changes take effect.

killall SystemUIServer

Now press Apple + Shift + 4 to grab a portion of the screen and watch it save as a jpeg!

You’re welcome :)


Late New Years Resolutions

Listen to more music. Maybe make some music.




Take more photos.

Any recommendations welcome.

How to Block the Daily Mail website so you never have to look at it.

I hate it when I accidentally end up on The Daily Mail website. It offends my eyes and thoughts.

I’ve been meaning to block it for a while now. You can too with this guide…

This is how to block on OS X Yosemite.

We are going to edit the hosts file to do this. First you will need to open a terminal window.

Press command+space to do a spotlight search. Type Terminal and press enter.

Once at the terminal type:

sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

You will be asked to enter your password, type it and press enter.

You will then be prompted with the following screen which is your hosts file.

Use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate to a new line and type the following as above:

This will redirect any requests to back to your your localhost (

Next press

control + X



to save changes and Enter to write the files.

The changes might not take effect straight away as you may have to flush your DNS cache. To do this type the following at the terminal prompt.

sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches

The flush dns command varies in different versions of OS X so you may have to do a quick google for your version.

Then browse to and hopefully it won’t work!

Any problems, let me know in the comments.