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WavTap Makes Recording Audio Easy as Taking a Screenshot [Free, Mac]

Press a key or two, take a screenshot. It’s been dead-simple for ages. But not so if you just want to grab some sound – until now. WavTap, from coder and GitHub user Patrick Ellis of Berlin, finally makes grabbing audio on the Mac work the way you’ve imagined it should work. Hit a keyboard shortcut – ctrl-cmd-space, though that default can be customized – and start recording. Hit it again, and stop. WavTap is a fork of the wonderful Soundflower from Cycling ’74, the free menu tool for inter-app audio. That means WavTap shares Soundflower’s sophisticated routing solutions, so …

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LoopMaker Animated GIFs on iPhone; What's Your Favorite Mobile Video Loop Maker?

This is Loopcam from Loopcam on Vimeo. Having looked earlier this week at the historical saga and artistic development of the animated GIF, here’s one mobile app for iPhone that lets you easily create these on the go. (Some readers will translate that as a “grab a lot of footage for your next VJ set” tool for your pocket.) LOOPC.AM is a free iPhone app, a Berlin-based startup produced by Stockholm-born developer Tor Rauden Källigsten. It’s amusing watching the dot-com scene’s take on this sort of thing. To us, the need for animated GIF tools is self-evident. To those whose …

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LoopMaker Animated GIFs on iPhone; What’s Your Favorite Mobile Video Loop Maker?

This is Loopcam from Loopcam on Vimeo. Having looked earlier this week at the historical saga and artistic development of the animated GIF, here’s one mobile app for iPhone that lets you easily create these on the go. (Some readers will translate that as a “grab a lot of footage for your next VJ set” tool for your pocket.) LOOPC.AM is a free iPhone app, a Berlin-based startup produced by Stockholm-born developer Tor Rauden Källigsten. It’s amusing watching the dot-com scene’s take on this sort of thing. To us, the need for animated GIF tools is self-evident. To those whose …

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Stream Video and Sound Wirelessly from iOS, Android to Mac, for Performance, Recording, Screencasting

Enough of pointing cameras at iPads and iPhones and Android phones and things. Let’s use the power of these massive computers with wireless capabilities and do it wireless already. Result: screencasting your latest iOS creation (hi, developers) or getting live video from a Processing app on an Android tablet onto a VJ app running on your Mac – and many other possibilities – become possible. (Now, more creative applications may be tough, because of compression … okay, until someone works out a way to compress it more, thus giving us nice, glitchy results. Testing required.) Bonus: while we work on …

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3D Image Capture on Mobile? Scalado Multi-Angle Demo

Apologies for the marketing video, but the technology here looks compelling. Using multi-angle capture, phone camera tech vendor Scalado presents an impressively-seamless illusion of “3D image” on mobiles. There’s definitely potential here, and while I suspect Scalado won’t be the only entrant in this arena, their demos and SDK look like they could be serious contenders. Scalado’s tech, they say, is already in more than 900 million handsets. Their current SDK has tons of eye candy and power: Face Detection Face Tracking Auto Focus Smile Detection for better capturing Blink Detection for avoiding capturing of closed eyes Burst Capturing with …

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Cross-Processing as Digital? Video, Textural and Glitchy, Transformed in a Game

“Cross-processing” in the film domain involves using the chemicals intended for one kind of film on, essentially, the wrong kind of film. After discovering some effects by mistake, the technique largely makes use of negative image. But what if the idea, conceptually, were applied to digital video? This workshop in Portugal by No-Domain explores the idea: The Comunicar Design/ ESAD invited us to give a workshop that we called it “Video Cross Processing”, name inspired by the classic 90´s C-41 reverse chemicals process. During the workshop 25 students shared an exciting experience playing with a lo-fi-video-technique to generate analogue glitches, …

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NAB 2011 New Gear Preview: HDMI Mixing and Capture, Other Goodies Could Transform Live Visuals

Dawn of the HDMI VJ age? Photo (CC-BY-ND) Sam_catch. Ed.: Create Digital Motion contributor Anton Marini reports from NAB, the broadcast gear show this week. While “broadcast” had traditionally been the emphasis, this is 2011 – and a lot of what’s on offer could transform live visuals and design. From tablets manipulating Photoshop to new hardware, it’s getting interesting. And 2011 might finally be the year of live HD capture and mixing. HDMI mixer, anyone? NAB 2011 is just getting started, and already, it looks like 2011 could bring useful and affordable solutions for the live visualist on the go. …

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Barbie Video Cam Versus Canon 7D, Toys, and Relativity

Canon 7D vs. Barbie Video Girl from Brandon Bloch on Vimeo. Ah, the eternal debate over what constitutes a “toy.” We’re again seeing it as musicians snap up the cheap, smartly-designed keytar for Rock Band 3. (That should make a nice visual controller, too, though perhaps visuals are really the perfect application for the guitar.) Whether an iPhone is a toy camera could be in doubt, but Barbie leaves nothing to chance. The video above is nothing if not a brilliant parody of the massive relativism of today’s capture devices. It made the rounds when it came out a couple …

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Extraordinary Timelapse Skies, Now on an Affordable Canon SLR

Moving over the face of the Earth Timelapse from Laww Media on Vimeo. Greetings, planet Earth. Remember when exquisite timelapse photography was the exclusive domain of expensive cameras, bottled up and sold by the likes of the BBC Motion Graphics library? Now a Canon SLR camera well within the reach of mortals is more than enough. Filmmakers Laww Media of Wollongong Australia, makers of quite a bit of nice footage, took the footage above with a Canon 7D and a remote. What’s your preferred timelapse rig? And I’m especially curious, what sorts of software timelapse do you use? By the …

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Will the New iPhone Be Usable for Video Capture?

Anyone working in visuals is likely to develop a voracious appetite for video footage. So even though a phone will never be the optimal device for capture, having an always-present, lightweight, low-cost gadget is still a good thing. The problem is, with the exception of gadgets like Nokia’s premium N95, most phone’s camera features have been lacking, too primitive to be any fun to use. Since I brought up the new iPhone, here’s what we know so far about its video and capture functionality (not much, but enough to put this model on your radar screen):

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