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Mikme, GoPro of microphones, is also serious about sound

Being simple and mobile has its advantages. I bet at least once, you’ve recorded some audio sample on your phone. But simplicity often comes at the expense of audio quality – the phone being a perfect example. An upstart hardware project wants to change that, with a crowd funding campaign that’s winding up its final days now. The Mikme is a small rectangular box, with a single button for recording. It’s wireless, with the ability to connect to mobile apps for tweaking and sharing. Now, your first impression, then, might be that this is a consumer product – convenient, but …

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Motion Controlling a Water Drop: Entropy, An Arduino, A Laser Pointer, and a Gorgeous Watery Animation

In an elegant, balletic dive, taking an almost impossibly-long span of time, a single droplet of water falls and splashes, an animated logo peeking out from the inside. But it’s what isn’t there that may surprise you. There’s slow motion camera behind the scenes, meaning the usual way of doing this is absent. Instead, what you’re seeing is a stop motion time lapse – a record of the shifting patterns of entropy in nature, thousands of different droplets appearing as connected that in reality are not. It’s a trick of animation and high-speed lighting, not high-speed photography, stroboscopic illusion. And …

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My God, It's Full of Timelapse Stars! BT's Stargazing Music Video [Timelapse, DSLR]

Over 13 minutes. BT’s “13 Angels On My Broken Windowsill” playing. And nothing but timelapse footage of starscapes above fields and farms on Planet Earth. All of this could be corny, and yet… Nope. It’s a breathtaking virtual-stargazing love song to the Milky Way. Clever use of DSLR cameras makes the unseen realm of our starscape home beautifully clear, thanks to expert photographer Randy Halverson. Halverson not only cuts through light pollution to make the star-crowded cloud of our galaxy easier to see, but creates a theatrical sense of depth in layers of relief. BT, whose music here is spacious …

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My God, It’s Full of Timelapse Stars! BT’s Stargazing Music Video [Timelapse, DSLR]

Over 13 minutes. BT’s “13 Angels On My Broken Windowsill” playing. And nothing but timelapse footage of starscapes above fields and farms on Planet Earth. All of this could be corny, and yet… Nope. It’s a breathtaking virtual-stargazing love song to the Milky Way. Clever use of DSLR cameras makes the unseen realm of our starscape home beautifully clear, thanks to expert photographer Randy Halverson. Halverson not only cuts through light pollution to make the star-crowded cloud of our galaxy easier to see, but creates a theatrical sense of depth in layers of relief. BT, whose music here is spacious …

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High-Quality, Augmented Filmmaking as Kinect Meets DSLR; Musing on Raw Data

The Kinect camera is built first and foremost to be a three-dimensional sensor, not so much a “camera” in regards to fidelity of the visible image. But what if that data could meet the optics filmmakers want, in a single, calibrated image? The free and open source RGB+D Toolkit answers that need. It’s a combination of tools and knowledge – the mount to combine a Microsoft Kinect camera with your nice, DSLR camera, plus software for bringing everything together. But seeing it in action is the real joy. Check out the workshop results above, filmed at Barcelona’s HANGER, and overview …

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Vimeo Video School Now in Session; Lots of DSLR Tips

Out there on the wild frontier of Teh Internetz, you’ll find a seemingly-endless supply of tips and tutorials and videos. But the quality is, charitably, variable. The fine folks at Vimeo last month opened a “Vimeo Video School” to share techniques, and – appropriate to the higher level of quality control we see from the Vimeo user community – this is a set of tutorials for people who care. In addition to expected 101-level info on things like iMovie and uploading, you’ll find some fairly sophisticated stuff. Each tutorial comes with commentary and a selection of the most helpful footage …

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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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AV Inspiration + Interview: CSTNG-SHDWS & Nonagon Live Promo

A beautifully assembled live promo for visualists CSTNG-SHDWS collaborating with Nonagon. CSTNG-SHDWS x Nonagon Live Video/Audio from Colin Sebestyen on Vimeo. I found this totally spellbinding, so I asked Colin Sebestyen of CSTNG-SHDWS for some more detail about the project, and he replied with some great information on preparing visuals, performing live with sound-makers, cutting a promo with Digital SLR footage and much more: CDM: Hi Colin. Lovely looking stuff. Can you give me some more details on what’s going on there? Preproduction? Live performance tools? CSTNG-SHDWS: This performance was for LoveTechSF in San Francisco. It’s a collection of artists …

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Projection Mapping at The Edge Launch: Kyle McLean Augmenting Public Art

It’s been six weeks since The Edge launch. People are starting to discover the building and its lab of free-access, kitted out computers. We had an iteration of Plug N Play Brisbane , and a bunch of great events and workshops passed & future. The one thing The Edge doesn’t have so far is people editing footage to show what’s going on! I hope to remedy that in the coming weeks, but right now a little of this gap has been filled by Kyle McLean, who was commissioned to put together a projection mapping installation for the opening event. The …

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Short Lapse, Time Remap: Ecological Apple and Simple Ideas

Simple, original ideas are wonderful. The vast majority of videos that “go viral” are based around a single, simple idea. The idea may be “anesthetized kids are funny”, or it may be “time-remapping a rotting apple makes it look magical:” Ecological apple (experimental short) from Andreas Soderberg on Vimeo. It´s a regular timelapse that i have edited in after effects. Time remap and some camerashake. Andreas Soderberg. You know the spiel by now. You’re a visualist, you’re more qualified than just about anyone around you to turn a simple idea into a professional, artistic video. Go out and do it. …

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