RED One does Super 8

DCinema, Research, Technology
Yeah baby, If you're gonna telecine your Super 8 summer trip reels, why not do it using the RED Digital Cinema Camera at glorious (or is it gruesome) 4K. All those scratches and nicks blown up to 4K....Yummm. Well I guess film restorers will be back in business. The rig is a prototype made by Movie Stuff Workprinter XP specifically for the RED camera. The Workprinter's "trigger out" interfaces directly to the Red's GPI input to trigger capture in stop motion mode up to 30 frames per second in the Red's 4K mode). I wonder if they're gonna do a 16mm version of this rig as well. Now that would be a cheap 16mm telecine :-).
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And now a bit of Engineering brought to you by the letter E

HD OTA, HDTV, Opensource, Research, Technology
As some of you might know I've been setting up my OTA (Over The Air) HDTV gear for the past couple of months and learning all about Antenna design, gain, amplification, directionality and such.....Lots of fun/confusing stuff. Well today I came across this article on digitalhome.ca that describes how a bunch of guys got together and using digital modeling improved the original Gray-Hoverman Antenna design. And if that wasn't enough, they've released their design completely under GPL......Bravo. They've truly built the Super Antenna and in true spirit of engineering have shared their results/designs. So go grab some coat hangers, set aside 30 minutes of your life and get off the bandwagon and save some money by grabing your HD over the air for FREE....Like it's supposed to be.
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Free Power…..

Art, Research
Okay so it's not totally free. Follow this link to Richard Boxes website where he documents how he powered up 1301 florescent lamps without plugging them in. You see he used the electromagnetic field generated by the powerlines overhead to get the lamps to glow.
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iCinema does 360 Degree cinema……

DCinema, Research, Technology
iCinema has teamed up with Projectiondesign to create the first AVIE (Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment). AVIE is the first horizontal panoramic streoscopic projection environment. The system uses a cylindrical screen measuring 35 feet in diameter and 13 feet in height. Seven PC's and twleve F1+ projectors complete the system. Infrared camera's allow the audience to interact with the projection environment. More info here.
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Canon’s new biometric photo watermarking is on it’s way

Photography, Research, Technology
Canon is using Iris watermarking to take photographer’s copyright protection to the next level. A new Canon patent application (Pub. No.: US 2008/0025574 A1) reveals the next step in digital watermarking - Iris Registration. The process is as follows:Turn the Mode dial to “REG”Choose between “REG 1″ through “REG 5″ (for up to 5 registered users)Put eye to viewfinderLook at display of center distance measurement pointPress the shutter buttonIris image capturedShootOriginal and more details via Photography Bay.
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Cool Hand Tracking Video….

Computer Vision, Research, Video
Speaking of hand tracking, here is a video of a guy playing around with an unknown system (looks a bit like linux). Very cool demo and almost perfect tracking. Not sure if it's IR or not, you can see him in the corner of the screen, but can't quite tell how it's done. Anyways, I'm posting it since it's one of the better ones I've seen. From the description:A C++ computer vision application to emulate the mouse and the keyboard in any application using hand gestures and a low-cost webcam.
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CineGrid GLIF Demo….

DCinema, Research
From CineGrid GLIF...Well many of you have probably been wondering why N.E.R.D. has been a bit slow for the past couple of months. Well, August was a bit of a nightmare month (although an enjoyable nightmare for the most part). I got a chance to go to Siggraph'07 in San Diego, followed by a European trip to end the other project I've been working on (Comedia II) at Ryerson. That trip passed through Amsterdam (WOOHOO) and ended in Stuttgart with a succesful demonstation of our high-resolution low bandwidth screen sharing app which was a part of Comedia II deliverables.The screen sharing basically uses a Blackmagic Design Intensity card to share/deliver/encode the DVI output of a CAD/CAM workstation to a remote site and with the addition of our home-brew pointer control…
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Image Slicing LIVE…..

Photography, Research, Siggraph07
Hot on the heels of our coverage of Image Slicing and Stretching paper titled Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing (Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir), here is a fully working prototype of the shrinking part of the paper by Patrick Swieskowski. So how long do you think it will take for Adobe to snag these guys up?......
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