by Cara - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - Permalink
I recently came across this facsinating article, The Mind's Eye, on British artist David Hockney and the amazing new project he has been working on for the past couple of years, which combines high-definition cameras, screens, software, and moving images to capture the experience of seeing. For those of you who aren't familiar with David Hockney, he is a British-born painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer considered to be one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. His work had huge impacts on the Pop art movement of the 1960's, and was actually very influential in the creation of our very own You Gotta See This! App. You Gotta See This! creates collages of images taken in 3D space, similar to that of "panography" or "Hockneyesque." To say the least, we are all huge fans of David's work here at Boinx!
David's current project explores the experience of seeing through a novel medium of his own creation - 18 screens showing high-definition images captured by nine cameras. Each camera was set at a different angle, and many were set at different exposures. In some cases, the images were filmed a few seconds apart, so the viewer is looking, simultaneously, at two different points in time. The result is a moving collage, a sight that has never quite been seen before. But what the cameras are pointing at is so ordinary that most of us would drive past it with scarcely a glance, writes Martin Gayford, Technology Review. Hockney's belief is that his multiscreen film collages are closer than conventional photography to the actual experience of human vision. He comments, "We're forcing you to look, because you have to scan, and in doing so you notice all the different textures in each screen. These films are making a critique of the one-camera view of the world. The point is that one camera can't show you that much."
Just like our You Gotta See This! App strives to capture what you see around you and share your experience of seeing with friends and family, so to does all of David's work. He believes that there is always more to see in the world around us, and is coming quite close to capturing that notion on camera in this new venture. Read the complete article here!
Stills from Woldgate 7 November 2010 11:30 AM (left) and Woldgate 26 November 2010 11 AM (right). Credit: ©David Hockney
by Cara - Friday, August 26, 2011 - Permalink
I recently chatted with our resident BoinxTV guru, Bastian Woelfle, about a new greenscreen project he has been working on with a German company called tele-data. "The CKL-300 is a perfect solution for beautiful video chromakeys without tedious attention to background lighting," says Bastian. "The dual color (both Green & Blue) LED ring and a unique 3 x retro-reflective back drop cloth, embedded with tiny glass beads, provides a flexible and practical solution for any greenscreen needs. It's easy to fold up and carry with you on the go, the retro-reflective cloth is about 20" in size, take outside for outdoor shoots... and it works extremely well, eliminating green spills and shadows."
The CKL-300 light ring can output either green or blue, which makes it ideal for tailoring your pojects' subject to enure there are no color clashes. Users simply mount the LED light ring on the lens of their camera using an adapter, which then projects the green or blue light onto the back drop cloth. The light is then reflected back to the camera, via the tiny glass beads, creating a perfect green or blue background. "We tested it out with BoinxTV's Prokeyer, and the results were great! It's super easy-to-use and convenient for shoots taking place both inside and outside the studio," says Bastian. "We want to thank Mr. Wildner at tele-date for his help in tailoring the CKL-300 to work with BoinxTV... it's really a great new added option for our users!"
If you are located in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, please visit http://www.tele-data.info/ for pricing inquiries. All others can visit http://www.datavideo.info/ for purchase options and more information. Happy greenscreening everyone!
by Cara - Thursday, August 25, 2011 - Permalink
Check out this cool iStopMotion animation, Lego Batman vs. The Scarecrow, created for a Lego Super Heroes contest. Batman, the Dark Knight of Gotham City, faces off against Scarecrow, one of the most feared villains ever. Who do you think will win?! Watch it here to find out...
by Cara - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - Permalink
Techradar.com recently took a look at 6 of the best cheap video editing apps for OS X - BoinxTV Home included! "Apple has always had a knack for turning a market on its head and video editing is a prime example," says Steve Paris of Techradar. "When the very first version of iMovie was released back in 1999, bundled with all iMac DV models, it introduced the idea that making home movies shouldn't be an intimidating or expensive process." Proving his claim, Steve goes on to test out 6 different video editing apps: BoinxTV Home, iMovie, MediaEdit, Moso, Premiere Elements, and YouTube Editor. Tests included everything from ease of importing clips, to editing your film, to applying effects, and finally, sharing your work. I am proud to report that BoinxTV Home fared very well, receiving three and four stars in each category, with an overall ranking of four out of five stars!
"BoinxTV Home is a different animal altogether as it attempts to emulate a live television studio: It can work with your webcam, a FireWire camera or any QuickTime-compatible video file you can throw at it, but everything is done in real-time - captured on the fly - which can be a great timesaver," says Steve. "Boinx's effects are very versatile and fun to use, and considering the fact that they all happen live, they're very impressive."
You can read the complete Techradar Review here!
by Cara - Friday, August 19, 2011 - Permalink
Haven't heard of World Photography Day before? Don't worry, not many people have. That's because it wasn't created by a big brand as a marketing tool, rather it was established by photographers around the world as a day to celebrate their art form, simply because they could. Slowly, over the last 20 years or so, groups around the world have started to get on board with the idea of World Photography Day. Now, you can even 'Like' World Photography Day on Facebook!
Why August 19th?
The Daguerreotype, the first commercially successful photographic process created by Louis Daguerre, was officially announced as a gift "free to the world" by the French Government on August 19, 1839 - hence, World Photography Day on August 19th. Another photographic process, the Calotype, was invented by William Fox in 1839, and together with the invention of the Daguerreotype mark 1839 as the official year that photography was invented. If you want to learn more about the History of Photography click here!
The official site for World Photography Day is accepting photo uploads from August 19th - 26th. If you have a great shot that you'd like to display for the world to see visit the 2011 World Photography Day Gallery. If you're looking for a cool way to take pictures on your iPhone and haven't downloaded our You Gotta See This! app yet, get it here and take amazing 360 degree photo collages to share with your friends and family! In honor of World Photography Day, grab your cameras, head outside, and start shooting!
by Cara - Thursday, August 18, 2011 - Permalink
Stop motion animation expert Craig Lauridsen has been diligently working on creating a Stop Motion Handbook to guide users through this fun and fascinating art form - and it's finally here! The Stop Motion Handbook - featuring none other than our very own iStopMotion - is now available for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on computers with iTunes. The handbook leads readers through simple and robust processes that will help both beginner and amateur animators make good decisions when creating stop motion animation movies. A great guide for teachers, parents or kids who want to produce their own stop motion movies, the handbook covers a broad range of key concepts and tools necessary for creating a fantastic animation! From developing your story, to recording audio, making props and backgrounds, creating characters, editing your movie, and more, the Stop Motion Handbook is your complete guide to producing your very own stop motion animations with Mac software like GarageBand, iMovie, and of course, iStopMotion.
Grab the Stop Motion Handbook today on iBooks (http://bit.ly/qX4LDN) and you'll be animating in no time!
by Cara - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - Permalink
When world famous photographer Mikkel Aaland wanted to meet me in Munich to discuss "an interesting project," I was very excited. Mikkel was on his way from San Francisco to Graz in Austria and stopped in Munich to visit some friends when he took the opportunity to meet with me and Peter (our resident graphic artist) for breakfast.
"I am trying to help photographers through the next major shift in their business," he told us. "And I am going to use FotoMagico to do it." He went on to discuss his embracing of digital photography after meeting Ansel Adams in the early 80's and learning about space photography - the first application of digital photography.
Mikkel went on to say, "The next major thing for photographers is video. And they are more wary of it than they were of digital still photography. So, it's best to introduce them to it through something familiar. Making slideshows is a good way to learn about the basics of video. Photographers are able to take something they know and add a new dimension to it, thereby dipping their toes into the unkown waters."
After thoroughly picking our brains Mikkel went on his way to Graz to record his brand new video course, "Creating Dynamic Slideshows with FotoMagico & Photoshop," now available through video2brain.com. This in-depth workshop takes you through all the ins and outs of FotoMagico and Photoshop - from choosing effective transitions, to using pan and zoom techniques to bring your stills to life, selectively adding video and motion directly inside a still image, and much more.
DEAL ALERT: As always, we have a special deal for our devoted readers and followers out there! Just enter the coupon code FOTOMAGICO at checkout and receive 20% off of Mikkel's workshop through Sunday, August 28th. Hurry and grab it now here!
Watch a sneak peak of the training here. Enjoy!
by Cara - Monday, August 15, 2011 - Permalink
Our good friends over at Noise Industries have been working hard to get our collaborative app, FxTiles, up and running with the new FCP X - and it's finally ready! FxTiles is our amazing collection of 3D filters and transitions based on Noise's FxFactory platform. Now compatible with FCP X, Boinx FxTiles offers some "extra spice" for video and post-production professionals to impress their audience. FCP X users can now flip, spread, and shatter their way into stunning 3D effects and transitions for any project with FxTiles. Watch the demo video here!
"The transitions and filters that Boinx put together is a nice package," says Andy Coon, FCProducer. "These transitions are great for videos with movement and action like dancing, sports, music videos and demo reels."
Visit Noise Industries to download a free demo version or to get the update for FCP X now!
by Cara - Friday, August 12, 2011 - Permalink
Mac360's Rob McElfresh recently took a look at BoinxTV as a solution for creating a Mac360 video series. Here's just a sampling of what he had to say...
"Boinx does a good job of describing the video effects tools with a series of video examples on the company website. You'll need them. Video production may be digital point and click, but dozens of elements, preferences, and settings are floating onscreen at the same time, so start slowly, build a simple video, then progress to more comples productions."
"Also useful are BoinxTV's export options. Most of the QuickTime movie settings are available, as is a single-click option to upload your production to YouTube. And, it covers a wide spectrum of usage, from a simple single video source, to multiple video sources. Add a live Skype video stream to the production."
"BoinxTV is more than a fun app or toy. It's capable of serious quality production, but requires plenty of time to master..."
Read the complete review here!
by Cara - Monday, August 08, 2011 - Permalink
Mac 360 recently ran an article entitled, "How the Cheap Pros Make Photo Slideshows," featuring our very own PhotoPresenter as an "inexpensive Mac App that does photo slide shows like a pro, but without the pro price tag." Ron McElfresh of Mac 360 says, "It's one thing to put photos in a sequence and call it a slideshow. It's something else to add animation, themes, and drop in both audio and video into a presentation - that's what PhotoPresenter does. All point and click, drag and drop." He rounds out his review of the software by saying, "It's hard to beat the quick and dirty slideshow results in PhotoPresenter."
Read the complete article on PhotoPresenter here!