If Movies Didn't Play Forward: Toni Dove, R. Luke Dubois Make Gestural Live Cinema

What if film, rather than being projected from start to finish and proceeding in a straight line, could be reconstructed and performed? Every live visual performance involving video has more or less asked that question. But not every performance tries to convey a narrative in the process. Toni Dove’s Spectropia, coming this weekend to the storied Mixology Festival at New York City’s Roulette, does just that, interweaving a sci-fi storyline across imagined future and past through gesture-controlled, computer-vision activated remix. Just one friendly piece of advice: if you start thinking and feeling the way these main characters do, maybe it …

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If Movies Didn’t Play Forward: Toni Dove, R. Luke Dubois Make Gestural Live Cinema

What if film, rather than being projected from start to finish and proceeding in a straight line, could be reconstructed and performed? Every live visual performance involving video has more or less asked that question. But not every performance tries to convey a narrative in the process. Toni Dove’s Spectropia, coming this weekend to the storied Mixology Festival at New York City’s Roulette, does just that, interweaving a sci-fi storyline across imagined future and past through gesture-controlled, computer-vision activated remix. Just one friendly piece of advice: if you start thinking and feeling the way these main characters do, maybe it …

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Meet the People Who Invented the Digital Camera

The transformation of expression in digital form is not the magical outgrowth of some unseen force, nor the studied assemblage of minds to tackle a high-priority, high-profile problem (as was nuclear fission). It is the result of a handful of tinkerers, working on “what-if” research scenarios with little money or priority from their employers. They had no clear commercial application, indeed with no view of the radical transformation of culture they were about to unleash. The revolution, in other words, was a clever, challenging hack pulled off by people who were tenacious and smart about making stuff. And because so …

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Digital SLR Music Video: Westernsynthetics – The Machine

The age of the Digital SLR is well upon us. With a wide variety of backs and formats, and plenty of video-capable units available under the mythical $1000 price point, the line between High-End Photography and the Rest Of Us is becoming terminally (lens-)blurry. That’s not to say that any muggle can go out with their shiny new DSLR kit lens and take world-class, cinema-quality video – good camera control, lighting, composition and content is as important as ever – but the technical barriers to doing so are all but gone. DSLR video still has its limitations, rolling shutter and …

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One-minute Short Films on Canon 5D, Like Love Poems to Photography

REUNION. an extreme short film from Nils Clauss on Vimeo. Nils Clauss has shared his cinematography and editing in collaboration with Korean director Jee Hyunsuk, and they’re simply gorgeous. Each a one-minute visual verse, shot entirely on a Canon 5D MK II SLR, the pieces are to me witty and moving. They’re a reminder that the current device best able to make short videos remains … well, the camera, perhaps supplanting even the dedicated video camera. Digital videography on cameras is spoiling us with its levels of expression, leaving the artistry to the operator. The ability of cinema to be …

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*Spark D-Fuser Official Announcement Video: The DVI Mixer Approacheth

If you’re a visualist, working with digital video, then shit is in the process of becoming real. Toby*Spark initially announced the “*Spark D-Fuser” Sub-$1000 DVI mixer project 8 months ago, and followed up with some more specifics. If you Follow Toby on Twitter then you will have seen some sporadic details and titillating photos appear over the intervening months. Now, of course, VisualBerlin Festival is happening, and it’s an auspicious time for an announcement: *spark d-fuser: dvi mixer project presentation [2010] from toby*spark on Vimeo. Toby’s presentation is a beautiful enunciation of why this kind of hardware is important and …

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Did Jobs Claim “All New HD Camcorders” Use USB? I Beg to Differ

HDV cameras like the widely-beloved Canon HV20: no longer compatibility with the MacBook. And, ironically, for the difference in price with a Pro that gets you FireWire, you could buy an entire PC laptop. But I guess this camera was, um, totally 2007? Photo (CC) Brad Wood. Apple’s decision this week to remove FireWire from all non-Pro MacBooks and switch to a single FW800 port on MacBook Pros has partly overshadowed what should have been a pretty popular product launch. Readers on Create Digital Music — Mac users, most of them, not PC users — have been downright irate. Now, …

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Did Jobs Claim "All New HD Camcorders" Use USB? I Beg to Differ

HDV cameras like the widely-beloved Canon HV20: no longer compatibility with the MacBook. And, ironically, for the difference in price with a Pro that gets you FireWire, you could buy an entire PC laptop. But I guess this camera was, um, totally 2007? Photo (CC) Brad Wood. Apple’s decision this week to remove FireWire from all non-Pro MacBooks and switch to a single FW800 port on MacBook Pros has partly overshadowed what should have been a pretty popular product launch. Readers on Create Digital Music — Mac users, most of them, not PC users — have been downright irate. Now, …

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Did Jobs Claim "All New HD Camcorders" Use USB? I Beg to Differ

HDV cameras like the widely-beloved Canon HV20: no longer compatibility with the MacBook. And, ironically, for the difference in price with a Pro that gets you FireWire, you could buy an entire PC laptop. But I guess this camera was, um, totally 2007? Photo (CC) Brad Wood. Apple’s decision this week to remove FireWire from all non-Pro MacBooks and switch to a single FW800 port on MacBook Pros has partly overshadowed what should have been a pretty popular product launch. Readers on Create Digital Music — Mac users, most of them, not PC users — have been downright irate. Now, …

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Adobe CS4 Upgrades Here; Quick Look at Features – Does it Matter to You?

An invitation to a new CS. I can at least guarantee “It’s going to come in a really big box.” Photo by Ian Usher, via Flickr. Adobe is back with another Creative Suite update, and touting (accurately) “bigness”: Adobe‚Äôs biggest software release to date includes Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design editions, Creative Suite 4 Web editions, Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Creative Suite 4 Master Collection, as well as 13 point products, 14 integrated technologies and seven services. So, what’s in there? The big pluses for me, certainly for the kinds of people who read this site, are real motion …

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