May 31, 2007
Mark Christiansen posted a great video and background info on high-res photogrammetry applied to enhance video resolution and exposure (as shown above), as well as object touch-ups and removal. It would be great to see these sort of advances in further versions of Photoshop's Vanishing Point tool, along with camera mapping and other 3D features.
You can view additional examples of photogrammetry used today at Studio Daily on Zodiac, Paul Devebec's site (PDF), RealViz, and DV Garage's Brain Dump Series: Photogrammetry.
As John Dowdell notes (see also his links): "MS servers are one thing, but it's likely more important MS eventually ends up as the advertising channel, and gains personalization data for that app's audience -- a server they can sell today; a service they can sell tomorrow."
Of course there's no assurance that Google is different! They weren't able to get the neocon Dan Senor from the Carlyle Group for communications, but they did get someone from the Council on Foreign Relations/The Gap. Success will probably only be achieved by promoting actual market economies and democratic politics rather than in the approaches on which the American elites rely (listen to Chalmers Johnson). Anyway it looks like Google Gears (Scoble video) might help get Adobe aligned, as the counter-assault on MS Office readies.
May 30, 2007
Update: Last month Microsoft researcher Eric Horvitz demonstrated technologies (CNET video) that use hand gestures to manipulate data and a box that beams to turn any surface into a display.
It's The Heliocentric Pantheon: An Interview with Walter Murch, on the Building Blog of all places. This interview discusses Murch's observations on the similarities between the Pantheon, the ratio of planetary orbits, and musical scales. Obscure but cool.
There's much more of Murch out there at Murch film at SFIF, Fog City Mavericks, Transom.org, FilmSound.org, Freshdv, SF Cutters, and Walter Murch Fan Site.
May 29, 2007
The SF Cutters Final Cut Pro User Group is meeting Wednesday May 30th, 2007 @ DV Garage 785 Market 2nd Floor, San Francisco. Doors open at 6:30 pm $5 at the door; please RSVP.
Presentations by Matt Silverman, Creative Director at Phoenix Editorial; Phil Smith, FileMaker; Ed McDermid Pilotware; Kenjo Kato and Rafael Rivera "Border Town."
ReelPop clears up the story. Other sites that clarify the online video scene include Beet.TV and Lost Remote, as well as the more familiar CinemaTech and NewTeeVee.
Future Shock seems almost quaint now:
May 28, 2007
Last week Apple added another approach, posting a new article for FCS2, "Final Cut Pro: FxPlug - Working with high RGB values in High-Precision YUV" (Article ID: 305548). Here's Apple's recommendation:
"Many FxPlug filters in Final Cut Pro and Motion are able to generate very high RGB values, even extending beyond the gamut of traditional video. When these values are converted from their native RBG color space to the YUV color space in a High-Precision YUV sequence, the results will be mathematically accurate, but due to differences in the available values between these color spaces, it's possible for the result to appear differently than intended.
The RGB Limit filter can be used accommodate this color space difference. In this context, the following steps demonstrate how to apply the RGB Limit filter to a clip to achieve the desired result:
- Double-click the clip in the Timeline so that it appears in the Viewer.
- Choose Effects > Video Filters > Color Correction > RGB Limit.
- In the Viewer's Filter tab, make the following settings in the RGB Limit filter:
- Select the Minimum RGB Limiting check box.
- Set the Clamp Levels Below parameter to 0%.
- Select the Maximum RGB Limiting check box.
- Set the Clamp Levels Above parameter to 100%.
- Deselect the Max RGB Reduction check box."
May 25, 2007
May 24, 2007
These Lifehacker tags are handy: DVD, DVDs, Video, Digital Video.
Update: for improving sound see Chris Meyer's Simple Soundproofing.
May 21, 2007
I don't have an Apple TV box, but it doesn't seem all that easy so far. I can't tell how the ATVFiles browser plugin (plays video files without transcoding and syncing/streaming them) is different from the "A Series of Tubes" plug-in. To explore what is going on under the hood of the Apple TV, check out Apple TV Hacker and AwkwardTV Wiki.
Update: HD For Indies has further "Thoughts on HDTV DVD playback - AppleTV, uprezzing DVD player, or HD DVD player."
Update 2: On May 30 Steve Jobs demoed Flash on Apple TV which should be available as a free update in June; see Apple TV and YouTube, together at last and Macworld on All Things Digital.
May 18, 2007
IndyMogul could use The DV Rebel's Guide and has a blog too; this from NewTeeVee:
"Can’t afford a team of digital animators to create special effects for your online video project? Don’t have the necessary permits to fire weapons on set? Is your movie good, but could it possibly be better with, say, a scene where the hero escapes from his nemesis on the wings of a bitchin’ jet pack? Then you need to check out Backyard FX from Indy Mogul.
May 17, 2007
Update: I guess I think that Photoshop Extended should really be After Effects. Making Photoshop a paint module window inside AE seems better than rebuilding PS so that it does what AE does.
The good news is there's another AE blog from Adobe, Steve Whatley's After Effects Cookbook, "From beginner to Advanced, I focus on After Effects' 3D side, 3D application integration, 3rd party plug-ins, and Workflow!" Steve's 1st post is Paint/Clone on Movies in Photoshop Tip.
Sure Adobe Remix is cool, but others like Jumpcut got to that idea before. What's needed more is integration of metadata tags, a nontrivial issue which is increasingly attracting investment according to alarm:clock and Mashable.
Ok, it's dying out but with Google video you can tag an URL to go to a specific time (or even add subtitles), for example to access starting at 1 min 26 sec, add #1m26s to the URL. The embed tag would work like this according to Simple Thoughts: [like this sorta] embed FlashVars="initialTime=2171".
Will Video for Food adds: "I actually work hard to ensure that my center frame is representative of the video since I know how important that thumbnail is to views. It’s a shame YouTube doesn’t allow creators to select their frame like Revver and Metacafe facilitate."
May 16, 2007
May 15, 2007
Update: AMP's ability to overlay and insert interactive ads seems favored now that marketers are seeing that the paid video download market is a dead end.
...and earlier from John Dowdell on comparisons to Joost:
'Anil Gupte has a short post [and more now fixating on Joost -ry] showing some of the differences from other video projects: reliance on live peer-to-peer connection, and fixed schedules of particular centralized content, like cable TV, are some of the key points he mentions. The upcoming Adobe Media Player (FAQ, video) differs in a number of significant ways, including more control for viewers, more control for creators, more choice for advertisers. Both are currently described by the phrase "desktop video player", but I think that as we get closer in we'll see how these basic decisions affect the different ways each initiative can evolve.'
May 13, 2007
from Miltos Pilalitos' blog Eye Candy:
"Discussing about 4:2:0 colour sampling recently, I realized that there is still the misconception that Magic Bullet's deartifacting tool is a fancy name for chroma blur. Well, it definitely isn't. It might be difficult to see the difference just by looking at a frame but there is a way to demonstrate very clearly what each tool does." ...see the full article at Eye Candy.
May 12, 2007
from The Mother's Day for Peace...
In 1914 the US declared our first national Mother's Day, as a day to show the flag in honor of mothers whose sons had died in war.
'Did you know that originally, way back in 1870, Mother's Day was envisioned as a time for women to come together and unite for peace? When we discovered this, it became clear that the time was perfect to put together a piece highlighting Julia Ward Howe's original and inspirational Mother's Day proclamation, which declared, "We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
Julia Ward Howe was a poet, writer and activist who fought vigilantly for peace, the abolition of slavery, and women's rights. In 1860, she penned the Battle Hymn of The Republic ["where the grapes of wrath are stored"] to inspire Union soldiers fighting in the war, but the horrors of the war later moved her to campaign tirelessly for peace. She served as president of the American branch of the Women's International Peace Association, and in 1870 she wrote her Mother's Day Proclamation.'
May 11, 2007
Not incidentally Read/WriteWeb also has a good post on Mozilla and the future of the browser, which looks at recent presos from Mozilla designers, as well as commentators concerned with an open web and stuff in the works from Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, Sun, etc. This really is a concern because of neocon Rupert Murdoch's News Corpse statements about further consolidation by the oligarchs: Peter Chernin and the Time Warner CEO weren't talking about Dow Jones/WSJ but Google, Yahoo, eBay, and Amazon.
So far there is a Technical Track (Understanding Fields & Interlacing, Working With 3:2 Pulldown) and a Motion Graphics Project Studio track (Learning the Glow Plug-in, Creating that "Instant Sex" Look with composite modes, Lighting Tricks, Hot Looks Using Floating Point). The 2 movies on the Glow filter are free.
And Repent, for The Shopocalypse is near!
May 9, 2007
They also seem to have a filter set in the works called Video Basics.
May 8, 2007
It's not just that melamine was added to wheat and rice gluten and then to pet food -- but melamine was added to wheat flour, and it's safe according to the spin at the FDA. It's a question of how safe is safe enough when you let children enjoy Faith-Based Dining (that's an overview article at Salon). While the experts may denigrate the layman perception of risk, the public knows that facts are sometimes judgments in drag disguise.
Update: oh yeah...the additives originated in China, who holds a bunch of the bank notes holding up our economy.
May 7, 2007
'Veodia’s recently released streaming-video software is easy to use. Really easy. We’re talking plug-and-play easy. Plug your DV camera into your computer and put it in record mode. Log into Veodia.com and hit “new broadcast.” And you’re live. Instantly. And when you’re done, you hit stop and the video you’ve just streamed is available on demand through your favorite RSS feeder. Instantly. And it works.'
...read the rest at NewTeeVee.
Harry Franks shows you another way with Radial Wipe in Expression Based Pie Charts (thumbnail above). Dan Ebberts and Mylenium (line charts) have posted similar ideas with expressions or XML (as in Flash and AE8). And there's a 3D Chart function in Boris RED, and yet another filter for Windows called MovingChart. Finally, Dean Velez has a free chart lesson on growing pillars.
Floating in the discussion, Steve Hullfish announced an e-mail list for Color called ColorList.
May 2, 2007
There's a Digg Swarm video of user activity as seen live from Digg Labs according to lorien1973: "In the first part of the video, the big dots are stories being submitted. The yellow dots that attach to them are people "digging" the stories. You can see the diggers disappear along with the stories as Digg deletes them."
Update: the latest on this item is available on Wired's Epicenter.
Also from The Poynter Institute, this time the design/graphics aggregator, EyeTrack07: The Myth of Short Attention Spans and addenda.
ONEWORD - 2006 through information aesthetics.
Also interesting is Interfaces That Flow: Transitions as Design Elements., which wants to "create more engaging product user experiences by learning from" the makers of music, film, television, and video games.
My hypothesis is this. That all value depends on a structure in which each center, the life of each center, approaches this simple, forgotten, remembered, unremembered "I." That in the living work, each living center really is a connection to this "I."I wouldn't agree that this "I" exists in ephemeral matter, but his thought is challenging, and perhaps useful to more than just architects and programmers. Not many academics would dare attempt trying to find the face of God and build to infuse experiences of unity.
Among Alexander's admirable works are A City is not a Tree parts I & II (a classic on city planning and real networks), New Concepts In Complexity Theory: A Scientific Introduction to the Concepts in the Nature of Order, and A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art (on Anatolian carpets; his collection was shown at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco in 1990).