by Megan - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Permalink
Wired Educator, the go-to source for tips on the latest and greatest software in the educational realm, is getting back into the swing of things now that school is back in session. They are giving educators the inside scoop on the best school-friendly software to use for the 2013-24 school year, and luckily for us, Boinx is on the list! Click on over to their full “Back to School with Boinx” post, or read on for a quick synopsis of the post.
Wired Educator uses Mouseposé (more info) for classroom and auditorium presentations. Mouseposé allows the user to focus on a specific part of a photo, dimming the rest of the screen and putting a spotlight on the main feature. “If I am doing any type of demo, I am using Mouseposé,” Wired Educator says. “It is better than any other similar program. Want your presentation to look great and be effective? This is it!”
They also use iStopMotion (more info) to create memorable video introductions and highlights. “iStopMotion is an amazing stop motion animation application that is easy to use,” says Wired Educator. “To get my students’ and audience’s attention, I will create a short iStopMotion animation introduction or segment to spice up what I am talking about. You can actually see the wonder on people’s faces as it plays.” Wired Educator’s students use iStopMotion with their digital storytelling productions, and they come out fantastic!
“Boinx’s FotoMagico 4 (more info) makes all the pictures I take during the school year look like the most professional slideshow you have ever seen,” Wired Educator says on the popular media-showcasing app. Until they demoed the program, they didn’t think they needed a new tool for slideshows at school. But after seeing FotoMagico’s high tech transitions, sound, and amazing customizations, Wired Educator had one word: “Wow!” I guess there really is nothing better to keep a student’s attention than technology!
Wired Educator’s highest praise goes to BoinxTV (more info), the complete studio video broadcaster. They say that it’s a must-have software for schools, and that “it brings together all of the skills students are learning in English, math, and school in general to make something powerful – a professional production for your school.” Wired Educator suggests using BoinxTV for creating a school television program, educational webcasts, professional video of live events, and more. “BoinxTV makes your videos look AWESOME and the user interface makes it easy to use … have your school purchase this software and put it to use. It pays for itself with the first production.”
Looking for some ideas to add Boinx to your back to school lineup? Try these fun projects in the classroom to give your students a fresh take on new subjects.
• Use iStopMotion to create an educational stop motion film. Have your students animate processes in the subjects they’re learning, such as photosynthesis, a scenario that explains a math problem, a scene from a history book, or character development in an English novel.
• Have your students prepare a presentation of their summer adventures with FotoMagico. Learning a new language? Students can include titles in the language they’re learning and give the FotoMagico presentation in that language as well. Additional Boinx apps such as Mouseposé might even help the other students see the focus of the presentation better.
• Use BoinxTV to put on a student production. Students can put together a news report outlining a notable scene from a book as if it were happening present day or they can act out that scene themselves and broadcast it to their peers! BoinxTV is a great way for students to learn how to communicate effectively, work together, storyboard, and much more. The possibilities are virtually endless!
Do you have another idea that’s not on the list, or that you’ve tried out in the classroom with success? Let us know, and share your projects! Plus, check out the video above from the Chilmark School in Martha’s Vineyard to find out how they are using iStopMotion for iPad to not only teach children about film literacy, but the serious issue of bullying and how to stop it.
by Megan - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - Permalink
This past June, the organizers of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph and countless others came together in Charlottesville, Virginia for the 2013 festival. For three days, the city was teeming with festival-goers. LOOK3 began as a backyard barbeque between friends, who were also photographers, who simply wanted to share their work with and be inspired by one another. Now in its sixth year, thousands of enthusiasts came from all over the world to celebrate the art of photography, honoring eight photographers in particular: Carrie Mae Weems, Gregory Crewdson, Josef Koudelka, Martha Rosler, Michael Nichols, Richard Misrach, Susan Meiselas and Tim Laman.
For the festival, organizers transform the downtown area into a photographer’s dream – beautiful images are strewn from the trees and lampposts, and projected onto walls of the surrounding areas. But what comes together as one, cohesive experience that leaves nothing to be desired requires serious amounts of effort from the festival team. Part of their task is to create engaging slideshows for the artist talks in the historic Paramount Theater and the nightly SHOTS & WORKS projections in the Charlottesville Pavilion, which focus on contemporary and emerging work. To do this, LOOK3 employs FotoMagico.
“It is very important to us to screen flawless projections, which we were able to achieve by using FotoMagico as our presentation-building platform, and also by having a great team in place to run the shows,” says Chloe Delaney, Production Coordinator at LOOK3. “When we installed the newest FotoMagico update, we were excited to see so many additions, like the ability to view the projections in a timeline view and more complex audio editing capabilities.”
Of course, as is true with just about any large-scale event, technical difficulties are inevitable. Luckily, Chloe and co. had the FotoMagico experts on their side. “We began to have problems with missing media files. Very quickly after encountering this problem, the team at Boinx Software made sure to get us the help we needed. Peter and Bastian sat through several screen-sharing sessions with me to troubleshoot and eventually solve the problem.”
For photographers, or any artist for that matter, finding the right tool often takes time and can be a strenuous undertaking. Many times, a trial and error period can be quite frustrating, causing delays in production time and sometimes even worse problems. Fortunately, it seems that LOOK3 has found the slideshow builder that will get their job done without the headache. “We do plan to use FotoMagico in the future. It is the most powerful yet straightforward and flexible tool for building projections that we have used, and the new updates in FotoMagico 4 make the program even more valuable to us,” Chloe comments. “We are able to easily share the software with artists who would like to build their own presentations. FotoMagico is so intuitive to use that we rarely need to have an in-depth training session with anyone, and are able to easily share drafts of presentations with the new direct export to Vimeo option.”
2014 is sure to be another exciting year for LOOK3, but the event itself will be quite different from the 2013 festival. The organizers hold three years of the typical festival (hence, LOOK3!), and on the fourth year hold an event called LOOKbetween, which celebrates emerging photographers rather than the masters of photography. We’re happy to again be a part of the celebration, with the LOOK3 team planning to use FotoMagico to create slideshows for the projection nights during the alternative festival. According to Chloe, “Next year will be full of surprises!”
by Oliver - Thursday, August 15, 2013 - Permalink
Aaron created his 2013 portfolio with FotoMagico to present his pictures in the best possible way. Very impressive.
by Megan - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - Permalink
Get ‘em while they’re hot! Join us in celebrating the end of the summer with our very own Sommerfest – major discounts on our Mac and iOS products that are sure to make the coming months anything but cold. From now until August 25th, we will be offering 30% off of FotoMagico 4, iStopMotion 3 and BoinxTV on our FastSpring Store. Ready to take the plunge with all three? If you purchase any of the three Mac apps, you can purchase the other two at 50% off! All you have to do is choose your first product on the FastSpring Store and proceed to check out – we’ll take it from there.
What about iStopMotion for iPad, you ask? Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about it! From now until August 18th, iStopMotion for iPad will be available on the App Store for just 99 cents. No, your eyes are not, in fact, deceiving you. That’s a cool 90% discount off of our stop motion animation app for the iPad - regularly $9.99. Now get clicking to the App Store – you can thank us later!
Enjoy These Sommerfest Deals From Boinx:
FotoMagico 4 just $69.99 (30% off)
Turn your summer photos and videos into a memorable slideshow with FotoMagico, sure to bring you right back to those special moments even in the coldest of winters. Easy to learn and master, it offers endless creative possibilities. Wally Cherwinski recently reviewed FotoMagico 4 for ScreenCastsOnline, saying: "If you want pro-style slideshows with real impact, you won't regret the investment."
iStopMotion 3 for Mac just $34.99 (30% off)
Stop motion animation is the easiest, quickest and most affordable way to make a movie, and it's fun for the whole family! Users who want to get serious about animating can check out work from the fantastic Animation Chefs.
BoinxTV just $349.99 (30% off)
This "broadcast truck without a truck" is a video production powerhouse. Users get all the features of a multi-million-dollar TV studio for a fraction of the cost. Find out how people like Chris Yates are using it to broadcast live with major networks like the BBC - and how you, too, can create your own professional-grade broadcasts!
iStopMotion for iPad just $0.99 (90% off)
Together with iStopMotion, the iPad is a great all-in-one time lapse camera: There are no cables, the battery lasts for a couple of hours and the large screen is a really great viewfinder. Bonus: The videos can be further edited in FotoMagico, where creatives can add subtle pan and zoom, music and titles, combining stop motion animation videos along with other various types of media.
by Megan - Monday, August 12, 2013 - Permalink
When Claes Janson, one of Sweden’s most famous singers, had Pelle, a professional photographer from Stockholm, photograph the band’s rehearsal, Pelle knew the subject matter would be perfect as a FotoMagico slideshow. Janson immediately agreed to the idea. What resulted was a fantastic slideshow set to the band’s covers of a variety of Stevie Wonder songs. Pelle gives the viewer a look into the recording studio, featuring wonderful shots of the bandmembers as well as photos of their musical instruments. With the mix of media, the slideshow comes together perfectly.
“I am a professional photographer working and living in Stockholm, Sweden,” Pelle tells us. “A good friend and colleague introduced me to FotoMagico some years ago, and I have loved it ever since. I use it for personal work, like when I photograph my son playing ice hockey with his team, or training Thai boxing. For professional use, I try to interest my clients for the program when I think that the images could make a nice program. Slideshows are a media I really like.”
He continues: “In my studio in Stockholm I do a lot of food photography, but not only that – though one of my clients is the Swedish Culinary Team. Whenever I have a chance I exhibit, and recently I have exhibited my jazz images from the 70s and close ups from red tulips.
“A new feature in FotoMagico that I really like is the split screen; also, to be able to mix stills with moving images. At an open house evening in my studio not long ago, I used the program to present my work to my friends and clients. So as you can understand, I am really happy that my friend introduced me to the program. I use it frequently and I have really good use for it in my life as a photographer. I know that I will use it often in future work.”
by Megan - Monday, June 03, 2013 - Permalink
If you had a seriously fantastic secret ingredient, would you share it with the world? Luckily for us, Chuck Jones is sharing his – and it’s FotoMagico 4! While sitting by the pool one day, he recalls, a little girl began riding her bike around the pool. The scene was just too adorably perfect to pass up. He snapped a few photos and videos of the little girl (with a cameo from her mom) in all her childish glory. Which is where FotoMagico 4 steps in. Chuck knew it was the perfect way to bring his material together in a beautiful and cohesive slideshow saying, “This is exactly the type of creative challenge that I love using FotoMagico to solve.”
“FotoMagico allows you to create customized slideshows, mixing photos with movies and audio, for a storytelling effect like none other. FotoMagico brings your photos to life and keeps your audience at the edge of their seats.”
“While iPhoto has languished in R and D, FotoMagico has continued developing the product and enhancing the feature set, though somewhat flying below the radar of photographers who could best utilize it. Unlike the very limited slideshow capability built inside Lightroom, the UI and feature toolset of FotoMagico is very robust. As a creative artist, everything I seem to want is right there, waiting for my use. This is a product that has evolved gracefully, thoughtfully through the years, with developers who clearly understand both photographic presentation to an audience and what an artist goes through creating them.
"There are plenty of photo editing applications, Photoshop being the market leader and most widely known, but applications such as Aperture from Apple, and Adobe’s Lightroom also command a large audience and installed user base. Adobe Premier, AVID, and Final Cut Pro are the leading video editing suites among many others specifically designed for working with video. But while most of these applications can work with mixed media, most are quite limited in features to use in execution, or are incredibly complex in operation with a steep, non-intuitive learning curve to use them effectively.
"This need is where FotoMagico magically slips into the cracks. It is a tool designed from the ground up specifically for artists to create slideshows. Simple slideshows quickly, or quite complex audio and video productions using FotoMagico 4′s extensive tool set. If you want simple, neat, and easy, FotoMagico serves the need. Want to get more complex with transitions and some cool trick moves? Again, the power of FotoMagico’s extensive tool set has been almost exactly what I’ve needed to do most anything. I have to be honest and say that I’ve only still scratched the surface of the full creative power FotoMagico has to offer. I suggest you check out their demo that ships installed with the software download. Very impressive. And you can copy/paste the same frames and transitions from the demo into your own creations as a starting point. A fantastic time saver, and very cool.”
Well, there you have it – FotoMagico is the secret ingredient to Chuck’s beautiful slideshow work, and it can be yours, too. Cat’s out of the bag!
by Megan - Monday, May 20, 2013 - Permalink
...The Photography Corner, that is! Tim Walker of the leading photography resource website recently took a (long) look at FotoMagico 4. Here is his review:
A while back I was asked to review slideshow software “FotoMagico 4” by Boinx Software. I’ve played around with it a couple of times, and it’s probably one of the most comprehensive pieces of slideshow software I’ve played with to date (one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to review - version 4 has been out over half a year!), functioning more like a full-fledged video editor as opposed to simply a slideshow creator. It will take users a while to figure out how to use the many features, but after learning the various techniques and tricks required, FotoMagico 4 can produce a fantastic montage of photographs.
...It really is an impressive piece of software. If you want to turn your photographs into a beautifully-crafted video - complete with movement, sound and graphics, FotoMagico 4 by Boinx Software is a great choice. While it has a fairly steep learning curve, once you make it over the hump, the projects you create will more than impress.
by Oliver - Friday, May 03, 2013 - Permalink
Last week of April, at Nordic Light Festival Of Photography, this time lapse of Kristiansund beautiful harbor was captured with iStopMotion for iPad and edited in FotoMagico, adding the slow pan & zoom effect and the titles within minutes.
by Oliver - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - Permalink
On April 15th, 2013, the Boinx Team prepared to launch a commercial rocket with supplies for the International Space Station. Watch the events unfold... The video was shot using iPhone 5, a Nikon D5100 and a Canon 40D. Editing was done completely in FotoMagico 4.
by Megan - Monday, February 18, 2013 - Permalink
What started as a backyard barbecue for shutterbug enthusiasts to share their most recent work with colleagues and friends has exploded into a three-day photography extravaganza. The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is a celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for images frozen in time. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, LOOK3 aims to not only share the beauty of photographs with the world, but to also educate at the same time. With a jam-packed schedule comprised of exhibitions, interviews, presentations, and workshops, there is something for everyone.
Designed to bring together the international photography community, LOOK3 attracts thousands of attendees during its June festivities. Since the Festival’s inaugural beginning in 2007, it has grown to become one of the largest photography festivals in the United States. Hanging photographs from trees, projecting images in outdoor pavilions, and building galleries around town, Charlottesville is transformed into a photographer’s paradise. But while onlookers are only aware of the fun and excitement that occurs for three days, months of long nights and early mornings go into making the Festival a success. Jenna Pirog, Producer of the LOOK3 Festival, cites one thing that makes her life a little easier come festival time: FotoMagico.
“At the first LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in 2007, we used a different software to run the presentations in the historic Paramount Theater. At some point and for reasons unknown, the audio components to the show started playing out of sync from the visual components,” Pirog recalls. “We had to find software that would ensure all the components would lock together and play flawlessly at show time.”
Billed as “3 days of peace, love, and photography,” the Festival is designed to create opportunities for attendees and artists to inspire and be inspired, to share images and ideas. The Festival features exhibits and on-stage appearances of featured artists, as well as exhibitions, outdoor projections, workshops, and interviews. Galleries feature work from around the world while many artists have the opportunity to stand in front of a packed outdoor conservatory that’s seats over 3,000! With over 20 hours of video presentations displayed, there is no shortage of digital media. The LOOK3 team needed easy-to-use software that would keep media in sync across all systems and whose performance was worthy of the artwork it displayed.
“We needed a quick way to build shows for presentations that didn’t take too much time or cause too much stress,” Pirog said. “FotoMagico creates dynamic presentations with its ability to have multiple audio tracks and video layers. Having a flawless presentation from the perspective of the audience was really important to us, and with the Present Full Screen mode, the audience never needs to see the computer desktop start screens."
“FotoMagico has been a blessing for us,” said Jon Golden, photographer and founder of LOOK3. “I can’t imagine doing the Festival with any other product that does what we do with the ease that we need.”
Not only does the LOOK3 team use FotoMagico for all of their presentations, the featured artists use it as well to construct their photography presentations. The end result is a seamless, streamlined slideshow presentation that never fails to impress not just the audiences but also the LOOK3 team – due to both the stunning visual quality and high technical achievement.
“FotoMagico has been a lifesaver,” said Golden.
But one of the most important goals of the Festival is to bridge the gap between emerging and established artists, allowing the two groups to learn from one another. By creating a platform that not only encourages the sharing of photography but also provides a stage for expressing ideas, experiences, and stories, LOOK3 established itself as an international success in the photography industry.
The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph will take place June 13-15, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. To see a list of the featured photographers or buy tickets for the even, visit the LOOK3 website at www.look3.org. Free exhibits will also be available all of June.