by Cara - Thursday, March 31, 2011 - Permalink
WeatherBell Analytics LLC is a meteorological consulting firm that assists weather sensitive businesses to better manage their weather risk. Led by Joe Bastardi and Joe D'Aleo, both well known for their skill in short, medium and long term weather forcasting, WeatherBell.com brings you weather-related news, information, facts, and more - broadcasting with, you guessed it, our very own BoinxTV!
Calling himself the "Atmospheric Avenger" Joe Bastardi, Chief Forcaster, posts informational and entertaining videos on WeatherBell.com, discussing various weather-related issues. In this video›, Joe discusses hurricane forcasts for 2011. BoinxTV allows Joe to show viewers various charts, graphs, and images on the screen, while a small video of him talking appears in the top right-hand corner.
Visit WeatherBell.com to watch all of the "Atmospheric Avenger's" weather reports brought to you via BoinxTV!
by Cara - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Permalink
Our resident "video guy" for BoinxTV, Leon von Tippelskirch, has been working hard on integrating Syphon - an open source Mac OS X technology that allows applications to share full frame rate video or stills with one another in realtime - with BoinxTV. Syphon is used quite frequently in VJ applications such as Modul 8. An avid VJing enthusiast, Leon was very interested in how BoinxTV could be used to enrich a VJ's content and help record actual sessions. For those of you who aren't familiar with VJing, it is basically a broad designation for realtime visual performance. It involves the creation or manipulation of imagery in realtime through technological mediation, for an audience, and in synchronization with music. The results are often live multimedia performances that can include music, actors and dancers.
In order to enable Syphon support in BoinxTV, users must download and install the Syphon Quartz Composer plugin and import both Syphon Input and Syphon Output to BoinxTV. Importing layers to BoinxTV can be done via File -> Import Layer Compositions. Once you've imported, you have two new layers in BoinxTV to work with! The Syphon Input layer allows external applications to provide video content, while the Syphon Output layer exports all your image layers from BoinxTV to other VJ applications using the same interface.
"BoinxTV can be used to enrich a VJ's content with lower thirds and special effects - and you can even record your own VJing session with BoinxTV," says Leon. Click here to view an example of the awesome VJ videos you can create with Syphon and BoinxTV.
by Bastian - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Permalink
In Mac OS X 10.6.4 Apple introduced support for remote controlling Canon DSLRs. The Mac OS X 10.6.5 update broke that support again. With iStopMotion 2.8, support for using Canon DSLRs for capturing stop motion movies or time lapse movies is coming back.
The first public beta is now available.
by Cara - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - Permalink
Created and written by Lawrence Vincent (age 17) of North West England, Lancashire, this impressive and humorous iStopMotion animation series - Green Roots - depicts the curious lives of a group of vegetables living together in a vegetable patch. In this episode, the vegetables encounter a hungry snail. They must get rid of the snail, but how? Will they get rid of him before they are eaten? Watch and find out!
by Cara - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - Permalink
ReviewMe recently took a look at BoinxTV - both Home and Pro versions - and was wowed with its full-fledged production capabilities. "This review is about a full-fledged pre-production in a box. (Is is a surprise or is there something in the water or the air in Germany, most of the software that we have reviewed is generally made in Germany of German speaking countries and they are all top class software in terms of quality)," the reviewer jokes.
The in-depth review walks readers through each aspect of creating a broadcast via BoinxTV - from choosing a template, to the user-friendly interface, adding layers, and more. "We recommend that there is no better software at this point in time that provides the functionality and features of BoinxTV, especially for the home user. If one is serious about professional quality production with multiple feeds, etc., then the Pro version is the way to go. In the broadcasting industry, where equipment is generally very expensive, BoinxTV is perhaps the most affordable component that ties everything together."
by Oliver - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - Permalink
The latest Boinx newsletter just went out and it contained some exciting updates from the team! Most importantly - we finally received our iPad 2s! What are these sleek new iPad 2s needed for, you might ask? Well, just a week ago, Apple approved our You Gotta See This! version 2 app with added support for the iPad 2. The engineering team was forced to ready the app without actually testing it on an iPad 2 - a testament to their genius, no doubt. Luckily, there were no big issues or bugs with the app, and we are now finally able to test it out on a real-live iPad 2.
We also needed to test out our LightLoupe app on the iPad 2, to see if it would work with the Apple AV Adaptor. LightLoupe lets you view and pan and zoom your images on an external display like a projector or big-screen TV. Before the iPad 2 came out, the app used the VGA connection from the iPad, limiting it to only VGA resolutions. Now, with the iPad 2, you can view your images in 1080p through an HDMI connection. You can see details down to the very pixels of your 12 megapixel images - it's a great improvement!
That about sums up the latest newsletter from our team - we are all thrilled to have the iPad 2s and excited to see what our apps can do on them. Of course, we are always looking for feedback, suggestions and praise for our work - it's what motivates us to keep rolling out great apps for our creative users. Leave us comments on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter or send us an email! We love hearing from you!
by Cara - Monday, March 28, 2011 - Permalink
L. Davenport of the Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, and Review Editor of the Silicon Summit recently reviewed Mouseposé, saying, "Have you ever suffered through a training seminar where it was difficult to follow what the presenter was trying to show on the overhead screen, e.g. "Click here, do this and slide that...?" Only the cursor was so small you couldn't see where he was pointing? Do you have a presentation coming up and don't want to lose your audience too? Then you might want to look into getting Mouseposé. What was lost, is now found."
Our resident tech-expert, Bastian Woelfle, also made this issue of the Silicon Summit, as he recently gave the User Group a live demo of FotoMagico via iChat. "FotoMagico is a multimedia presentation and slideshow applications. Bastian told us that FotoMagico will accept media from your hard disk, iPhoto & Aperture libraries, as well as from your Flickr account. He also demonstrated how to Pan & Zoom your slides... we appreciate his staying up until 3:00 am to give us this demo from Germany!"
by Cara - Friday, March 25, 2011 - Permalink
Our latest search for new camera equipement to recommend to our iStopMotion users brought us to the Hue HD Webcam from www.huehd.com. Not only is the Hue HD Webcam great for video chats and recording your own YouTube videos, but also for creating dynamic iStopMotion animations. Its small size and flexible neck is great for capturing intricate animations at virtually any angle you want, while its manual focus ring is ideal for keeping the right objects in focus. The webcam comes complete with auto white balancing and supports a fairly high video resolution. The Hue HD Webcam's small size, flexible and adjustable frame, high-res image quality, and affordability make this camera an ideal choice for shooting great iStopMotion animations. We give it a thumbs up!
by Cara - Thursday, March 24, 2011 - Permalink
One of the world's leading mountain photographers, Bernd Ritschel, has completed more than 80 journeys and expeditions to nearly all mountain regions of the globe, from Himalayan summits to the Arctic, capturing his adventures on film every step of the way. The results are stunning photographs and footage of the world's highest peaks, most untraversed landscapes, and breathtaking views.
Bernd uses FotoMagico to put his photographs and video footage together into presenations, which he shares with fellow adventurers around the world. Our team members, Bastian, Peter and Stefan, were recently able to attend one of Bernd's presentations and catch a glimpse of his slideshows created with FotoMagico. "He was telling stories of his adventures, while photos and videos of amazing landscapes played on the screen behind him. It was so interesting and never got boring - he mixed photos and video of hikers traversing through mountains with great music in FotoMagico to really hold people's attention. It was awesome, the room was packed with almost two hundred people - and Peter was super psyched to meet Bernd!" says Bastian.
These photos were all taken by Bernd Ritschel on his many climbing and hiking adventures. Visit his website http://lightwalk.de/ to read more about Bernd's travels and view his stunning mountain photography.
by Cara - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - Permalink
We recently teamed up with Dr. Michael Kirch of Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich to help his elementary education students assess their teaching skills in the classroom. Studying to be elementary school teachers, the LMU students are now in their student-teaching phase in which they bring the skills and knowledge they have acquired at the university to the classroom, for real-world experience.
In order to capture the LMU student's classroom mannerisms and teaching capabilities, we helped equip two classrooms in Munich elementary schools with cameras, while a separate "control room" was set-up with switch boards, and a Mac Pro with BoinxTV installed. It was a very simple set-up and extremely user-friendly. A magnetic keyboard (Ergodex DX-1) with designated keys to switch between cameras, line up side-by-side pictures of teacher and pupils, and joy sticks to control the cameras remotely were all set-up in the control room to observe and record the student-teaching sessions without disturbing the students. We hooked up the Mac Pro with BoinxTV to a smart-board - an interactive whiteboard controlled via computer - making it possible for the LMU students and Dr. Kirch to watch the live-video signal of the classroom on the big screen, and analyze their teaching lessons and their pupils' responses to their various teaching styles.
I worked with Dr. Kirch and LMU to set-up these classrooms specifically for this teaching-analyzation project. It's a fantastic way to be able to analyze your own teaching skills and style, and what works best for your pupils. Eventually, we would love to be able to stream these live teaching videos to other schools in the area with BoinxTV and get more and more education programs involved,says Bastian, our BoinxTV expert.
The LMU project is an excellent example of the many interesting and beneficial ways schools and universities can use BoinxTV to advance educational possibilities. Not only are the LMU student teachers able to see themselves in action and assess their teaching skills, but also use this footage to better their teaching performance and, in turn highten the educational experience for their future students.