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Homebrew Digital 3D Movies

datePosted on 10:03, January 8th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

Great article over at Make Magazine online, all about homebrew digital 3D movies. It’s a reprint of an older  article (from Make Vol. 14) by Eric Kurland, where he explains in quite a bit of detail how he accomplished this setup.

Well It was only a matter of time as they say…..first Sony, then JVC and now Epson.

Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”, TSE:6724) today announced that it has developed the world’s first* 4K-compatible high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors. Measuring 1.64 inches diagonally, the new panel supports displays with resolutions up to 4096 × 2160 pixels.

With a resolution of nearly 8.85 megapixels, 4K panels offer four times the resolution of full HD (1920 × 1080), making them ideal for the high resolutions required by special applications such as industrial design, architectural design and simulations, as well as for presentations and projecting four full HD images at the same time.

Panel features:

  • High-resolution 4K-compatible
    • 1.64″: 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) – the world’s first 4K HTPS panel*
  • Includes Epson’s original LCD driver optimized for 4K resolution
  • Benefits of using C2 Fine:
    1. High contrast
    2. Smooth images
    3. Jet-black color reproduction

* C2Fine: An original Epson technology for achieving high-quality, vivid images with high contrast by combining an inorganic liquid crystal alignment layer with vertical alignment technology

Panel specification:

  • LCD type:  C2 Fine (VA inorganic alignment layer)
  • Process technology:  D7
  • Effective pixels:  4096 x 2160
  • Panel size (diagonal):  1.64 inch (4.2 cm)
  • Pixel pitch:  9 µm

Chroma-key Genitals…..Next stop, DigiPorn©

datePosted on 12:32, October 6th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Everyone who’s lived on this earth for the past 10 years or so should have heard of Peter Jackson. You know, the Director of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Well, Mr. Jackson’s Effects house, Weta Workshop is at it again. This time pushing the envelope of what you can do with Digital Genitals. YEP, you heard right, green-screen naughty bits for indie-film maker Joe Swanberg. Gotta love technology.

For all your USB needs……

datePosted on 10:27, August 3rd, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Cambrionix’s 49-port USB 2.0 behemoth can take care of all your nerdly USB needs, be it a 49 stick Tera Raid Drive or a insane 49 bulb USB lamp :-). Unless you find the cost — £399 / $657 (plus tax) — or the fact that it requires an ATX-2 power supply to push 500mA across all 49-ports (24500 mA) a significant deterrents.

Absolutely Insane Home Automation system…….

datePosted on 16:43, July 23rd, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

I don’t think I’ve seen anything geekier than this…..I absolutely love it. A Star Trek fan who’s — obviously — very good with wiring, electronics and programming has created this LCARS type controller to control just about everything in his house. Have a peek at the video below to get a better idea at what this guy has accomplished. Absolutely wonderful :-).

His webpage is in German, but has a very good collage of pics about the project. Well worth the trip.

Samson strikes again…..This time with Q3….

datePosted on 21:53, July 20th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

I love the Samson guys, they introduce a product, listen to the customers, improve the product and release it at a more affordable price. Q3 is their latest creation and it goes straight after all you pod/vod casters out there. Need to do a interview, gotta have good video….and need to have the best sound, well if you’ve got $250 bucks then Q3 is your friend. The Q3 Handy Video Recorder brings Samsons renowned audio technology to the camcorder, making it the best sounding video camcorder you’ve ever heard. So throw away your Creative Vado/Flip HD gadget and step up to video with “Real” sound. After all “Apocalypse Now” still looks good on VHS ’cause it had kick ass audio.

The Q3 uses the same microphone capsules as our industry-leading H4n Handy Recorder and is perfect for recording anything where great audio and video are a must. From live musical performances and rehearsals, interviews, conferences to video podcasts, journalism, education, recitals, weddings or sports, the Q3’s pristine audio quality takes your videos to another level.

The Q3 puts a little bit of video and a whole lot of audio together in one quick and easy to use camcorder that lets you produce great movies on the go.

Features:

  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones with X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging
  • Get up to 1 hour of video with bundled 2GB SD card
  • Accepts up to a 32GB SDHC card for 16 hours of recording time
  • Large 2.4″ LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 240
  • Video resolution of 640 x 480 at 30 frames/sec
  • Video Format: MPEG-4 SP
  • NTSC / PAL TV output
  • Optics Lens Type: Fixed Focus (0.8m to infinity)
  • Audio formats with video include 44.1/48kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV or MP3 up to 320kbps
  • Audio only formats include 96kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV
  • Auto Record Level automatically adjusts audio levels during recordings
  • Uses two standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • USB 2.0 with built-in cable
  • Windows and Mac OS compatible
  • Built-in speaker and tripod mount
  • Includes on-board editing software, YouTube uploader software, Apple Quicktime, TV cable, softcase, windscreen, 2GB SD card, two AA Batteries

Streaming Live 2K DCinema content using Bittorrent….

datePosted on 15:13, July 13th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Recently the Far North Living Lab started by the Nothern Research Institute in Norway did a successful transmission test of 2K Digital Cinema material to a Theater using BitTorrent technology. They used the (EU Funded) Tribler BitTorrent client to stream a full blown film at full 2K resolution.

The lab’s launch was held at a local movie theater where the film “Carved” by Jonas Rejman was projected, with consent from the copyright holder of course. This is a digital streaming world premiere for BitTorrent, and one that shows how the technology can actually help digital cinema and independent filmmakers.

At the moment most digital movies are distributed on hard disks costing up to $2000 for each copy. BitTorrent has the power to change this outdated distribution method and get smaller budget films onto the big screen.

The Far North Living Lab’s experiment shows that it’s even possible to stream movies if the connection is good enough, but Dr. Njål Borch, a senior researcher involved in the project added that downloading the film beforehand is probably a better option.

The lab’s next stunt will be to stream a live concert to the city of Beijing as well as a few selected rural areas.

We want to participate in the world even though we are physically placed way beyond what most people find inhabitable, Dr. Borch said. We’re not afraid of the future, the Internet will not kill creativity. Quite on the contrary – we are very excited!

Quick tool to check URL and/or username availability…..

datePosted on 16:35, June 11th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Namechk allows you to check to see if your desired username or vanity url is still available at dozens of popular Social Networking and Social Bookmarking websites.

Red Rocket plays back 4K Red codec files in realtime….

datePosted on 15:33, June 10th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

RED has just announced a realtime 4k/5k debayer PCI-E card for your Mac or PC (OSX/Linux/Windows). You get 30fps at 4k and 25fps at 5k.

  • RED Rocket board with Quad DVI and Dual Link HD-SDI- $4750
  • Decode and debayer 4K R3D files realtime. Hyper-accelerated transcode to any system codec. Specs to be posted upon completion of testing.
  • Plays full quality realtime 4K to 4K monitor or projector from DVI output. Plays full quality 2K/1080P scaled from 4K footage out the Dual Link HD-SDI from RED Rocket card.
  • Plays full quality 2K scaled from 4K footage realtime through system graphics card and monitor.
  • Optional Breakout box with Quad HDMI and Quad Dual Link HD-SDI- $1200
  • Plays full quality realtime 4K to 4K monitor or projector from QUAD HDMI/HD-SDI RED Rocket breakout box output.
  • Delivery schedule in now 1st week of July 2009.

Nvidia delivers 2 Teraflops in 1U GPU-powered server

datePosted on 15:42, June 2nd, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Yep, just leave it to Nvidia to do all the cool stuff…..I wonder how long it will be before a GPU centric OS (Ninux/Nubuntu anyone?) comes out that will squeeze that GPU for all it´s worth. Intel should be worried :-).

NVIDIA Corporation and Supermicro today announced the immediate availability of a new class of server that combines massively parallel NVIDIA® Tesla™ GPUs with multi-core CPUs in a single 1U rack-mount server. This unique configuration delivers 12 times the performance of a traditional quad-core CPU-based 1U server.

Supermicro is first to market and is demonstrating the NVIDIA Tesla-based SuperServer 6016T-GF-TM2 at Computex 2009 in Taiwan this week

The new Tesla GPU-based SuperServer, delivers a much higher performance-per-watt and per-rack than any other 1U solution in the market today, 2 Teraflops in 1U to be more exact…..WOW….nice.

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