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What's happening in robotics? Feature By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher of The Robot Report Industrial robots used to be dumb, somewhat inflexible, and mostly blind - but also fast, precise and very efficient. As the cost of components, sensors and vision systems has been dropping, vision-enabled robots are becoming more prevalent and capable, and the industry is dramatically changing. Those changes can be seen in recent trends in China, investments in and acquisitions of robotic companies, by an analysis of recent startup companies, new and widening application areas for robot use, and technological developments. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR Introduction Video-Based Tutorial By none With the release of SCRATCH 8.5, ASSIMILATE also introduced the SCRATCH VR Suite. This Suite bundles SCRATCH, SCRATCH Web and a series of tools and features for a streamlined workflow for Virtual Reality 360 media - projects. Although the basic viewing of 360 media is available even in the (free) SCRATCH Play version - all the advanced edit, grade and composite tools are only available in the SCRATCH VR Suite which requires a special license. ...Read More »
I need more storage... said everyone Events By Ko Maruyama It's not uncommon these days to hear about a shortage of space when saving the a selected drive or server. With files getting bigger, and more resources so readily available, storage becomes more and more important. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Pocket Camera Captures the Cinematic Moments of Heartland Project Profile By none Heading into its 10th season, Heartland is one of Canada's most popular television series and is known for its cinematic atmosphere and backdrops. Heartland director of photography Craig Wrobleski, csc explained the production framework for the stylistic series: "We do block shoots, shooting two episodes at a time. Each block is 15 days and we are generally out for 10 of the 15 days." Each episode is shot as a mini movie, with each block having a different set of requirements. Craig explained, "Because we shoot each block as a mini movie, we really have to approach each one individually, and the camera equipment is a big part of that equation as we like to keep the camera moving and just shoot the scenes in a more cinematic way." ...Read More »
Can I use my iPhone to shoot a print magazine? Video By IDG.TV The iPhone camera is certainly good enough for Instagram, but is it good enough for a magazine? Photographers at Bon Appétit found out the hard way. ...Read More »
Real-time video streaming is the new craze in the business world Feature By Paul Fitzgerald for America's Backbone Weekly Live streaming options and tips that will help grow your business. ...Read More »
KFC India Is Offering A Chicken Meal Box That Charges Your Phone Video By Clip Syndicate It comes with the food you might expect from the fried chicken establishment, as well as a power bank and phone charger. ...Read More »
Clip Studio Paint Events By Ko Maruyama Smith Micro Software announced a new release of Manga Studio®, which now includes frame-by-frame animation features and a rebrand to Clip Studio Paint®. ...Read More »
Beholder Gimbal Featured News By Ko Maruyama ikan has looked at the most common cameras that photographers use and given us the Beholder Gimbal. The gimbal stabilizes the movement of your arms against the weight of your DSLR or mirrorless camera when you're shooting video. Not all cameras bodies and lenses have the same weight, so ikan has created a grid for photographers to create their own custom rig. Depending on what you shoot with, some lenses may not offer a perfect balance. The rig is small enough to take with you everywhere you want to shoot video with your DSLR. ...Read More »
Why iMessage in iOS 10 is too much and yet not enough Video By IDG.TV Bigger emoji, stickers, and cute effects do not make for a super-useful messaging experience. ...Read More »
Live Streaming Exorcisms Project Profile By none Damien LeVeck knows that in Hollywood, there are two main ways to make a feature film. You can either have a great idea, sell it to a studio and risk it turning into a completely different film, or you can have a great idea, raise the money yourself, hire your own actors and crew and make your vision into a reality. When Damien decided to direct "The Cleansing Hour," a fresh spin on the exorcism genre, he knew he had to take the latter route. Six months later and more than $30,000 raised, Damien has now locked picture on the proof-of-concept short film. ...Read More »
Hit Television Show MythBusters Goes Out with a Bang with Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras Project Profile By Scott Sorensen After 15 seasons, more than 280 episodes and countless explosions, the hit television show MythBusters aired its grand finale episode on March 5, 2016. For many years, the show had been answering questions and debunking myths and urban legends by putting them to the test, helping viewers find out which myths are true and which are not. And as with any grand finale, the show wanted to go out with a bang. Worried about camera coverage, Scott doubled the compliment of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras to an even 20. "When it came to filming a mile-long path of destruction, adding additional Pocket cameras was an easy decision," he noted. "The Pocket cameras have become the backbone of our second camera arsenal over the last few years for this specific reason." ...Read More »
REEL TALK RETURNS TO HOLLYWOOD Events By Ko Maruyama Continuing to give back to the community of motion graphics and visual effects artists in the Hollywood area, Benjamin Budzak is hosting his annual review and critique of demo reels. With special guest Ryan Summers, they help artist get the most out of their past work so they can find new work. ...Read More »
Princess Kimbra: Bringing Disney Magic to Life with the Blackmagic URSA Project Profile By none Once upon a time, a visual effects artist and a Grammy-award winning singer got together to make music video magic and Snow White was reborn. The tale begins when Adam C. Sager, a Portland, Oregon-based VFX supervisor and director, met with Kimbra, a New Zealand-born recording artist, and decided to honor Disney for the inspiration it had given both artists throughout the years. Kimbra had just recorded "I'm Wishing," the song from the classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" movie, for a Disney tribute album, We Love Disney, Australia. Blending reality with Disney magic, Sager created a music video that inserted Kimbra directly into the classic animated film as the heroine Snow White and wicked Evil Queen. ...Read More »
Rascali Releases VR Episodic Trailers Feature By Ko Maruyama Are you as excited to see more VR content being created as I am? Rascali is delivering new projects with "Raven" and "Storybox." ...Read More »
NAB Hands On Product Preview By Ko Maruyama This month, AJA announced a new camera - the RovoCam. As major producers of video continue to get ready and move forward into higher resolution content, especially UHD, AJA delivers this new block camera for multiple markets and users. ...Read More »
Kensington's Blackbelt Quick Peek By Ko Maruyama The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a machine somewhere in between a laptop and a mobile tablet. It is able to keep up with all of the software that you'd run on your Windows 8 machine, but more portable than a laptop. One problem with the ability to drag the SurfacePro around is the potential to dropping it. Kensington's BlackBelt protects the SurfacePro while still allowing all of the port function to be accessible. ...Read More »
DAZ3D Prints Quick Peek By Ko Maruyama DAZ 3D software has been an affordable and easy way for people to begin exploring 3D models and creating beautiful scenes quickly. Now, DAZ is offering a way to get 3D characters from your screen to your hand. 3D prints of models built within the Genesis 2 system are supported. Printed people (and a dragon) for people who print. ...Read More »
StuffIt Deluxe 16 Product Review By Ko Maruyama While you might think that there isn't a whole lot that you can say about compressing your files, there are a bunch of us old macheads that remember our first, Stuffit. Smith Micro recently brought out StuffIt Deluxe 16, which is long overdue, but still a welcome addition to your Mac toolkit, and yes, it does '.zip' formats as well. ...Read More »
Digital Juice Pilot Pro Product Review By Ko Maruyama Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. The Pilot program is similar to a beta launch phase, but you're not on your own, Digital Juice Community embedded in the subscription will help everyone out. ...Read More »
VideoCopilot Element 3D Product Review By Ko Maruyama It's been about 2 years since VideoCopilot introduced the Element 3D plugin for After Effects. Now, Version 2 is out, delivering more control over the ability to integrate 3D models, textures, lights, and animation using many of the Adobe After Effects controls that you're already familiar with. ...Read More »
2014 RoundUp Product Review By Ko Maruyama As 2014 comes to an end, there are some products we've seen this year that continue to look good, moving forward into 2015. Although we'll see lots of new tech at CES 2015, there are some great products that you can get without waiting. Beacon Audio has a small bluetooth speaker that you can take with you wherever you want to enjoy audio. ...Read More »
MAXON'S NEWEST Product Review By Ko Maruyama Once you learn a piece of 3D software, it?s hard to switch into another piece of software. The language of good 3D design and animation doesn?t change, but the interface and toolset does change when you switch between software packages. However, switching between something your comfortable with and CINEMA4D is even easier now. So making the transition between what you?re using now and R16 doesn?t have to be an On/Off operation. ...Read More »
Pinnacle Studio 18 Product Review By Ko Maruyama Pinnacle has been around for a long time, and, as the version number implies, Pinnacle Studio has undergone several changes since it was first launched. Pinnacle Studio 18 is a robust consumer editoral system for anyone who is interested in getting into video editing. Moreover, it contains other tools to help create and publish your editorial content. ...Read More »
RED GIANT OFFLOAD Product Review By Ko Maruyama It's a media copy application for easily backup and - hey - OFFLOADING your footage from a removable camera media card to somewhere else. Simple enough for almost anyone on set to use. ...Read More »
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