Narrative Clip Wearable Camera (White)
I was so excited about the Narrative Clip. Just think of the possibilities. I wore to Disneyland, the beach, a mini golf course. I had plans for Comic Con and the next Star Wars Celebration. Alas, there is disappointment.
It’s easy, maybe too easy. Take it out of the box, charge it, wear it, connect to the computer, and upload. Instructions are sparse. We have to go online to parse out the nuances. There are a lot of nuances.
Turn it on by taking it out, exposing to light and tapping it. The mere act of handling it and exposing it to light appears to be enough to turn it on, as I have accidentally done that and gotten photos of my ceiling that went on for hours. There is no off button. You have to turn it over or put it in your pocket, somewhere dark. Why do they think this is easier? I have to be so careful not to turn it on when taking it out, especially when it might take photos I don’t want it to take.
We have a choice of uploading to our computer or the cloud or both. Be forewarned, uploading to the cloud is painfully slow. The more that is uploaded, the slower it gets. You have the choice of limiting the upload rate. There is no need to limit. Even at no limit, it is slowwww.
I had 65 MB to upload. Doing that on YouTube takes minutes. Doing that on the Narrative cloud takes days. In fact, I’m not done uploading that yet. I don’t know if it might take weeks. I got to the point where there was only 6 MB left. I left it on overnight to be sure I was not throttled. By morning, it was not yet done. You gotta love when I had 6 MB left and I come back to see the upload is at a negative rate and I now have 8MB left to upload. On YouTube or Amazon, 6 MB would take seconds to upload.
The narrative won’t be created until everything is uploaded to the cloud. I can’t just stop it and tell it to make my narrative now. It wants to upload all, so I wait . . . .
I spent an entire day at Disneyland, 12 hours. From what I see uploaded to the computer, my entire day was not recorded. To be fair, sometimes, the clip would invert and rest covered by my shirt. I resolved to test it again to make sure that was not the problem.
I went to the beach for four hours. This time, there was no way the Clip would invert. It did not, but my entire stay was not recorded. There were some moments that certainly lasted more than a minute that I don’t see anywhere on my computer files.
The only way to view a narrative is to upload to the cloud. On the computer, we just see the pics. On the cloud, through our app, we can view our entire day as a series of pics.
There is an option to trim. On my HTC One M8, I just go to the moments and slide my finger upwards to choose the trim function or turn it off. I must say, it’s pretty good at trimming all the unnecessary fluff off. We can download photos to our gallery or delete single pics or entire moments.
What we can’t do is trim the moment to show only scenes we want. The trimming is done automatically or not at all. To show only part of the moment, delete each pic one by one. Easy? Not.
I like the narrative feature. I wish we could do it off the photos on our computer with software on our computer rather than depend on this cloud – which by the way, has a hefty subscription fee.
I like the concept. I hate the lousy upload speed. The makers made it “easy” at the expense of functionality. An on/off switch would have been easy.
This product was provided for review by the Max Borges Agency.