August 30, 2008
A Post rep told Beet.TV, "We will be using cell phones equipped with a live streaming application from Comet Technologies," and built complete TV studios at the conventions for continuous coverage from reporters and blogging guests.
Poynter.org also covers How Online Video Improves Journalism, a talk with the Washington Post's Travis Fox, a leader in online video storytelling. Blogs have been covering this beat, including Andy Dickinson and News Videographer.
Poynter's most e-mailed post right now is Video SLR Camera Coming From Nikon, which has also been covered by Prolost and others recently!
Update: Camcorder.info adds advice in Camcorder Overkill for Print Reporters.
Update 2: From the YouTube Blog, "in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, YouTube presents Project: Report (www.youtube .com /projectreport), a journalism contest (made possible by Sony VAIO and Intel) for non-professional, aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not otherwise be covered by traditional media"
August 28, 2008
General Specialist adds: "...for true cross-platform goodness you'll still be better off with the free (and in size and quality similar or better) Avid DNxHD codec that also supports an alpha channel." With that and other codecs you can also write not just decode files on Windows.
August 27, 2008
There's also Quicktime movies by Sean Kennedy explaining how to use TrackerViz. The first part quickly goes over the After Effects tracker to explain the settings you might want to adjust. The second part shows how TrackerViz can tweak, modify, and correct tracking data. The third part shows how to use the tracks to create an instant roto.
Update: Last year Sean Kennedy also discussed Using tracks to help roto, mimicking Planar tracking and Demoing ALL the options for roto tools for newbies.
Update: Check out KeyTweak and Tracker2Mask: scripts with tutorials based on comments below.
August 26, 2008
Now the LA Times is reporting on investments in Qik, "a service which is championed by celebrity technology blogger Robert Scoble, has gained in popularity particularly as it adds new features such as integration with Twitter, YouTube, Mogulus, MySpace, Orkut and Justin.tv. Qik is used by a wide array of users, called Qikkers, including both professional and citizen journalists." The video below is from Qik (on "jailbroken" iPhone support); Beet.TV has an interview with a Qik rep.
Similar services include the Silverlight-oriented Livecast (was Pocketcaster) and Flixwagon, which is covering Nokia and like Qik "jailbroken" iPhones.
Update: Poynter Online reports that the Washington Post and Newsweek started posting live video reports via phone during the Democratic Convention. A Post rep told Beet.TV, "We will be using cell phones equipped with a live streaming application from Comet Technologies," and built complete TV studios at the conventions for continuous coverage from reporters and blogging guests.
This should change with more smart phones, like iPhone 3.0.
Update: NewTeeVee adds another player to the list, Aylus Networks, in One to Watch: Aylus Mobile Video.
It doesn't seem too different from what can can do starting with After Effects presets, but it does work in the other apps. Check the video for a quick look. You'd need to latest version of Final Cut Studio and OS X, and must have certain graphics cards. The Macbook, MacBook Air and Mac Mini are not supported.
Jay summarized the series like this:
- What’s going on inside your head when you hear things
- How psychoacoustic compression algorithms work
- How lossless compression shrinks an audio file without any changes… but only if you’ve got a powerful computer
- A few non-intuitive tricks that can streamline how you and your clients exhange audio over QuickTime.
August 24, 2008
There's more in books like Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision, and Holography, Color and Light in Nature, and Rainbows, Halos and Glories.
Dear Adobe is "a site devoted to rants & raves (but mostly rants) directed at the Big Red A. You can 'Submit Your Gripe' and vote others' contributions up or down. Although much of this stuff is hard to hear (in part because some of it echoes what's said privately at Adobe), the site is a valuable exercise. It has driven lots of conversation here: I count 30+ emails from yesterday alone, and that was just among Photoshop team members."
The problem and other solutions were discussed in QuicktimeGammaStripper utility for Windows and elsewhere.
You can find similar approaches to producing a lightwrap in the several AE books, in a few plug-ins (like one now by Red Giant), and around the web.
UPDATE: at some point custom effects stopped being supported. There's more on light wraps in How to Light Wrap: Blending composite edges with and without 3rd party filters, now at PVC.
How to Light Wrap
How to Light Wrap
August 23, 2008
August 22, 2008
It integrates multiple streams of video composited over 3D models along with map data and security sensors. Not as cool as if it were in After Effects or Flash -- this and more recent little brothers is more like Enemy of the State (video excerpt).
via Earth Blog, via Ogle Earth, via Diserto
Photosynth 1 from matthew hurst on Vimeo.
'Even the average layperson is using Photoshop..., and sales for Adobe Photoshop Elements rose 20 percent over the last year, the New York Times reported in a story Friday. ...Videos are still safe from mainstream tampering for the time being, however. "Doctored video is about where doctored photographs were ten years ago," Farid says. He is currently working on solutions to identify fake videos.'
For more see our Digital Tampering & Forensics, a profile on Farid on NOVA scienceNOW, and John Nack on Digital imaging goes to court.
* Larry Jordan on Livetype & Final Cut Pro
* Andy Beach of Real World Video Compression
* Richard Galvan, author of Classroom in a Book for Flash and technical product manager for Flash, on Flash video.
Update: the next meeting in September looks intriguing, "Join SF Cutters with support from SF Mograph and Digital Cinema Society for our Sept 25 Extravaganza Meeting of the Year."
August 21, 2008
Also interesting is Read/Write Web's take on YouTube's new video uploading platform as noted in 10 Promising Web Platforms:
"By allowing website owners to combine an on-site video publishing option for their users with the huge number of people looking to discover new content on YouTube, the platform will create a mutually beneficial feedback loop that will breathe new life into both YouTube and the web at large. It's also got potential to show up all the other big platform plays we've seen to date."
Update: From the guy that did Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us' (6.3 million views), here's 'An anthropological introduction to YouTube,' presented at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008.
CNET's Elinor Mills notes new research in Psychological profiling on the Web:
'Inspired by the site WeFeelFine.org... The dashboard looks at the stream for expressions of emotion in real time and uses colors to indicate different emotions. ...But our own comments about our mental state can also be very revealing, to friends and enemies alike, said Dhanjani. He foreshadowed his research on his blog last month and elaborated on it in several subsequent interviews with CNET News. ..."It's almost like it gives other people the power to play God and glean what's happening inside your head," Dhanjani said. "I can see implications for economics, business, and psychology."
And I thought behaviorally targeted ads were scary!'
Cracking the H.264 Codec looks at a few H.264 codecs available, each with different configurable parameters, but mostly encoding tools with different sets of compression options.So Many H.264 Codecs, So Little Time compares H.264 files produced using codecs from Apple, Dicas, and MainConcept (the last is licensed by Adobe). Ozer didn't use Visual Hub (Mac, $23), which Andy Beach found to be faster and yield a bit better results at default settings than the other apps he tested in a recent comparison (later expanded and updated) at Real World Video Compression.
As mentioned earlier in Flash H.264 fast start, fees, MSU also compared H.264 codec quality (MainConcept beat other participants). You have to dig to find practicals, so if you're interested in quality Fabio Sonnati has pushed Flash to the limit with low data rates,
"I use a mix of Ffmpeg, x264, Mencoder and Nero AAC. Here some parameters used: 5 reference frames, 5 B-frames, authomatic B-Frames, B-pyramid enabled, adaptive macroblock type, advanced Trellis on, Subq=7, advanced exagon search, deblocking filter with custom alpha e beta parameter, three pass encoding..."
Also, Adobe engineer Tinic Uro's post and comments on H.264 has many interesting details on Flash and MP4.
On a side note, in Optimal frame dimensions for Flash video, Adobe is now saying that h.264 (encoding or playback) is optimized for 16x16 samples, rather than 4 or 8. Adobe also posted a Flash video bitrate calculator by Robert Reinhardt. Looking through papers on the web (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC from Wikipedia or IEEE Overview of the H.264/AVC is a start) it’s hard to tell if 16x16 is really best -- it seems to be rather how the encoder is implemented (in chroma sampling for example). Anyway if 16x16 is optimal, presets for the various Adobe applications should reflect this -- though they don't so far.
Update: in a new article (8/25/08) Ken Stone talks about how to get decent QuickTime H.264 movies from FCP for the Web and similar companion article (9/8/08) Compressor H.264 movies from FCP for the Web.
Jan Ozer also has a video tutorial that shows the new features in Rhozet's Carbon Coder 3.0, including the Carbon Administrator, which now contains the Queue Manager and the enhanced watch folder functions.
Note that Firefox doesn't work on Photosynth.com -- or update it was a server crash.
Update: Shutterspeed has some rah, rah video:
PhotoSynth- Learn how to do it
ShutterSpeed EP04 - The Photosynth Team
Update 2: Ars Technica posted Hands on: Microsoft Photosynth makes panoramas pop, with several experiments by David Chartier.
August 19, 2008
August 18, 2008
Update: Oliver Peters and others give up the goods in a nice thread on FCP-L.
August 17, 2008
In Digital Designers Rediscover Their Hands, the New York Times says the DIY spirit of Make magazine and Ready Made magazine has spread to corporate seminars like the one at Adobe pictured here.
August 16, 2008
Already at version 2.0 in September 2007, Fulldome (Win/Mac) is a compositing plug-in for immersive environments. This tool converts the standard rectangular workspace to a spherical workspace, allowing the user to produce content for spherical screens, such as planetarium domes, which can occupy all 180ºx360º of the spectator field of view, or even the entire 360ºx360º. Various input and output master projections are available.
There seems to be a version for Cinema 4D too.
The site has just launched so there are birth pangs like missing source credits, though there is a function to reward source authors. More advanced search would be welcome, in addition to the current listings and Tag Cloud.
The AE Scripts Galore roundup summarizes other resources for scripting and expressions in After Effects.
Update: Not sure if I missed it earlier, but Advanced Search is there!
Read more at Keyframes...
"Just to let people know version 1.1 is out now [with new video and images]. Still no roto but you can smooth paint, use cursor for precise placement of paint, full spectrum color selection, overlay layers (provided overlay images, may open this up in the future for user layers), text layers, color stamp brushes, eraser, cloning, realtime adjustments, distortions, etc... I may consider a more pro-photo app in the future."
Also, ReadWriteWeb posts about 4 Great iPhone App Review Sites and TechCrunch notes Great Review Site[s] For iPhone Apps.
Update: As noted earlier, The Edit Blog has some ideas for iPhone apps, and both Self Reliant Film and John Nack have lists of ones that might be useful now.
August 15, 2008
Also on New Scientist
Update: Courtesy of Boing-Boing and Engadget, you might see another round of posts on Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene (video below). Mark Christiansen posted on this about a year ago with interesting details on the Adobe connection. The movies were mentioned on the web numerous times after that (after SIGGRAPH) last year, including here in Enhanced photogrammetry and 2007 image processing projects.
As noted here earlier in Multidimensional photos, Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrated Microsoft's Seadragon and Photosynth at the TED in 2007.
Update 2: Adobe research was discussed here recently in Adobe Advanced Technology: more than limited color picker.
Update 3: Indie Mogul adds value with a few more movies explaining recent papers on graphics research:
Interactive Video Cutout from pro on Vimeo.
GradientShop: A novel approach to image and video processing from pro on Vimeo.
August 14, 2008
Earlier Beet.TV mentioned "announced collaboration between Google, Yahoo! and Adobe to search and index Flash files" (swf), and Adobe strategist Mark Randall said, Video Indexing is the Key to the Future of the Web.
August 13, 2008
'With the 8.0.2 update After Effects introduced 2 very important but not very well publicized or easy to modify preferences that are crucial to proper throttling of AE, so I updated Throttle to include these prefs to make them easy to access and modify. ...[the first is] important on multi-core machines that don’t have at least 2gb of ram per core.
... The second pref is the ability to let After Effects continue rendering the Comp frame while you switch away to another application. They call this “Allow Idle Rendering”. Both of these prefs are only accessible by manually opening the AE prefs file in a text editor and knowing how to look and change the pref. Throttle makes this easily accessible from within AE.'
Read more and download at AE Scripts.
This technology was reported earlier here; I got great results in Soundbooth with good recordings in American English with clear diction, and no speakers talking over each other. Beet.TV has been tracking this technology more broadly and reports that YouTube is doing transcription now too, along with Blinkx and others.
August 12, 2008
Of course Lloyd also offers his background render scripts for a few versions of AE; his BG Renderer CS 3, now an embedable panel, was released last year.
The residual biomass in bioplastics might also provide a source of ethanol.
August 6, 2008
There's also what seems to be a larger collection of titles at Forget the film, watch the titles. Another site with a big collection of movie main titles is Movie Titles TV.
August 5, 2008
"Join Steve Martin, Mark Spencer, Brian Gary, Alex Lindsay and friends as they reveal the ins and outs of video production on the Mac. From 3D to audio, video, and compression, learn from the experts how to add advanced techniques to your production workflow and a professional touch to your video content."
Macbreak: Dev is coming next week...
Development was reported earlier via Trish & Chris Meyer, now this from FCPWorld:
"Noise Industries has retooled FXFactory to tap into Adobe After Effects CS3. This is great news that we can get the outstanding plug-ins from Noise Industries (and to others like CoreMelt) into this advanced compositing tool."
Requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.