Archive for ‘Video’ Category

National Film Board of Canada’s New Iphone/Ipod Touch App….

datePosted on 11:20, October 22nd, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

I usually don’t tend to write about apps, but this one got my attention. Download the FREE NFB app and you get access to over a thousand films, documentaries, animations and trailers on your IPhone or Ipod Touch. I think (hope) that this move will be the trickle before the storm that will finally open the flood gates of media archives being made available to people everywhere. It is a real shame that these works are usually housed/guarded in some concrete bunker, being only available to specialists. I will not bore you with my opinions on archives/copyrights/rights management of our collective cultural treasures by the “high priests”……Let’s just say I’m crawling out of my skin in joy that NFB has taken the (hopefully) first step :-).

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

Awesome music video in 2.5D….

datePosted on 20:21, May 19th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

I came across The Basics’ “With this ship” video this morning and  I figured I had to share it. Great music and a fantastic video created by Aussie director and animator Matt Arnold.

Touchless, Gestrual Interface, Powered by Electrostatics

datePosted on 11:16, May 6th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Great video showing a bizarre and novel way of creating a gesture based interface. You literally touch nothing….Air…..and the interface does the rest. Pretty interesting project. According to Justin Schunick of the team at Northeastern University, the interface uses an array of copper electrodes to sense a certain change in the electric field created by the device. The black material covering the electrodes shows how the interface can be hidden beneath surfaces to create a completely invisible interface. It is simple black felt you can buy at any fabric store. The total cost of this prototype was around $60.00 USD.

They created custom software to communicate with the microcontroller running the show with C++. This enables the use of the device as a new type of XYZ computer mouse. Think nintendo wii controller without the controller — or minority report without the gloves. This can potentially be revolutionary as far as HCI goes.

Augmented Reality Magic…..or simply MAGIC!!!

datePosted on 10:52, May 6th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Came across this video today and my first thought was…..magic??….Hmmm…..gotta be a video editing trickbut once I watched it for the fourth time it slowly started to click. This is by far the most innovative use of AR I’ve seen…..It’s fascinating…..It’s Magic :-). Watch Marco Tempest do his thing in this video….be warned though…you might have to watch it a couple of times…..it’s addictive. Lots of behind the scenes pictures here.

BTW. Marco writes:
    this is 100% real-time stuff – No post-processing. Programmed In C++ with OpenFrameworks, OpenCV, ARToolkitPlus, MacCam and other Open Source goodies…

A Visual Essay on Consumption….

datePosted on 10:36, May 6th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

It’s called Subprime and is an animated musing on our current financial crisis. The tag line is: “Watch the American housing market spiral out of control”. Really cool….

subprime from beeple on Vimeo.

You have to watch this….

datePosted on 10:39, March 21st, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Adam Savage talks about obsessions at TED….absolutely fascinating.

COGE: Opensource mac VJ software…..

datePosted on 14:00, November 11th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

If you like Quartz Composer and are into VJ/Visual software, CoGe might just be for you. It’s got clip triggering, effects, mixing and playback modules. Check out the CoGe forums for more info…..For now here is a “Intro to CoGe 0.85b” and “What’s New in 0.93b release” videos:

Have Fun!!!

DivXLand Media Subtitler will subtitle your movies in seconds…..

datePosted on 14:42, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

I’ve always had problems with this and now really appreciate the value of DMS (DivXLand Media Subtitler). You see I own a small HD media player that’s connected to my TV. The trouble with this little gadget is that it does not support subtitle files. That’s not a problem anymore since DMS allows me to embed the subtitles into the Divx/Xvid file before I watch it.

DivXLand Media Subtitler key features:

* Create subtitle files from plain text files
* Preview subtitled video immediately without saving file
* Save partially edited files to resume subtitling process later
* Automatic caption timing features
* Multiple subtitling modes available
* Support for basic text formatting
* Support for at least 30 subtitle formats (open and save)
* Keyboard shortcuts available to control subtitle process
* Spell check using the Ms Word component
* Embed subtitles on AVI video
* Extract audio streams from AVI and MPG videos into MP2, MP3 and WAV formats
* Check for product updates directly from Help menu
* Quick Start Guide in several languages included as PDF and online
* Support for all East Asian and Right-to-Left languages; more info

Subtitle formats currently supported:

Adobe Encore ● Advanced SubStation Alpha ● CSV (Excel) ● DKS ● DVD Subtitle System ● DVD Subtitle ● FAB Subtitler ● JACOSub 2.7 ● Karaoke LRC ● MacSUB ● Mac DVD Studio Pro ● MicroDVD ● MPlayer ● OVR Script ● Pinnacle Impression ● PowerDivx ● PowerPixel ● QuickTime Text ● RealTime ● SAMI ● SonicDVD ● Sonic Scenarist ● Spruce DVD Maestro ● Spruce Subtitle ● SubRip ● SubStation Alpha ● SubViewer 1.0 ● SubViewer 2.0 ● Tabbed values (generic) ● TMPlayer ● TurboTitler ● Ulead DVD Workshop ● ViPlay ● ZeroG

Fantastic windows only application and free to download.

Quick Media Converter brings Windows GUI sanity to ffmpeg…..

datePosted on 14:28, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

For those of you who’ve hated the opensource ffmpeg command line media conversion tool, here is Quick Media Converter. It’s a nice looking front-end for ffmpeg that hides the command line complexity of this swiss army like media converter. So What can you do with Quick Media Converter?

-Converting Video files from one format to another.
-Converting Audio files from one format to another.
-Extracting and converting Audio files from video or audio media.
-Extracting and converting Video without sound.
-Preview and/or listen to video and audio files with FFPLAY Multi format player (Fabrice Bellard).
– A myriad of formats is recognized by FFmpeg, those not recognized yet, are worked on by many people around the open source community and may most of the time, become available sooner or later.
-Many files to convert? No worry, batch files processing is also supported by QMC.
-You are lazy by nature and do not wish to start selecting files? That’s okay just drag and drop the files in the active worksheet.
-You have more specific needs and want to experiment with video and audio conversion, you can do so by using our Expert mode section.
-You want to capture a movie or picture directly from your webcam or DV Cam, just click on the webcam button and start capturing in raw flux or avi divx , after this is done the software will offer you to convert your file to other formats.
-You want to make a tutorial or capture your latest performance in your favorite video game? just click on Camstudio (open source) start recording and add comments on your avi divx movie output.

-Access our support forum directly from our application to get help, we usually respond to your questions within one day or two. We do not support expert mode in general as by essence if you use it you are considered an expert user.

It’s a Windows only utility and is free to download.

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