by Cara - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - Permalink
Tech guru and avid YouTuber, Devir Kahan, takes a look at BoinxTV in his latest online video software review. "BoinxTV is live video software that anyone can use to make their videos look professional," says Devir. "You can add cool lower thirds, layers... the list goes on and on. It's awesome, easy to use, and extremely, exteremely powerful." Devir is also giving away a free BoinxTV Home license to one lucky winner... stay tuned to his YouTube Channel to win!
by Cara - Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - Permalink
BoinxTV helped create extra special memories of a recent Prom Night in Wetzlar, Germany. Held at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar, the prom was host to 1,260 guests in one of the most modern, multi-purpose halls in the area. We spoke with Michel Honold, one of the organizers of the event, who told us a little bit about how BoinxTV was used. "We had live video from BoinxTV playing on television screens in the foyer, displaying information for guests and visitors. We also used BoinxTV to create the content for the projection shown on stage via a 10m wide screen," says Michel. "With BoinxTV it was easy for us to compile live video, text, images, animations, and pre-recorded content, and combine it with all the action on stage. We even added in our event sponsor's logos, live tweets, program notes, and more to the content displayed in the foyer. Thanks to BoinxTV, the entire event looked like a great television show!"
The BoinxTV set up for the prom was extremely easy and helped us to create more than 16 hours of live composed content - from the start of the event in the foyer to the end of the after-show party. An iMac 27" was used for the video wall above the stage, and two MacBook Pro's were used for the screens in the foyer. "We chose BoinxTV because it's much easier to use and set up than other mediaserver products," says Michel. "We were able to produce and playout all of the media content for the event ourselves, without having to hire an outside video technician. The stability and intuitive nature of BoinxTV is outstanding - from layers, to tickers, and the long list of available features - it's all great!"
by Cara - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - Permalink
ApertureExpert.com recently named our very own FotoMagico as a top alternative to the new Final Cut Pro X for making snazzy slideshows! The article says, "FotoMagico is made by Boinx Software and is a very sophisticated application that works hand in hand with Aperture and iTunes to make amazing slideshows. FotoMagico has dozens of slide transitions, layouts, effects and so-on and offers the power user a range of advanced features that allow you to time slide transitions, move text, manipulate images, insert video clips, and more."
The article, posted by Marcus Adams, goes on to say, "I can highly recommend it as a much less expensive option than Final Cut Pro X, that will probably by completely adequate for 90% of users, who can spend the money they save on shooting more images!" A big thanks to ApertureExpert for the shout out! Read the complete posting here!
Click here to read more about FotoMagico's great features and advanced capabilities.
by Cara - Thursday, June 23, 2011 - Permalink
This unique iStopMotion movie was created by Frank Doheyn, as a tribute to the maker's of 'Dag op Dag' (or 'Day to Day'), a national TV program in Belgium dedicated to the history of the world on one specific date. Frank chose to portray the history and events of May 22 over the years through stop motion animation. To create this elaborate animation, Frank used non permanent whiteboard marker, tissues, Q-tips, and hours and hours of patience. The audio effects were also created by Frank, using GarageBand and iMovie. He used a HUE webcam to make the 1,992 images that were needed for the project. The background music is from a 1968 Arthur Brown song.
Watch here as Frank takes viewers through history on May 22 - from the fall of Constantinople, to the 1960 earthquake in Chile, to top model Naomi Campbell's birth in 1970. To view more iStopMotion examples click here!
by Cara - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - Permalink
iStopMotion version 2.8 is here! Headlining the list of new features and improvements is iStopMotion's new ability to apply filters to imported images. This means that if you have existing time-lapse sequences you'd like to work with in iStopMotion, now you can! In version 2.8, all filters, such as the popular Tilt Shift effects, can now be applied to previously-recorded time-lapse footage shot with stand-alone DSLR cameras directly upon import. Just drag and drop the images from your camera onto an iStopMotion document and the Tilt Shift effect will be applied to all images, while a time-lapse movie is created at the same time.
Our engineers also went under-the-hood in version 2.8 to restore Canon DSLR camera functionality that was lost with the Mac OS X 10.6.5 system update, as well as make major improvements to color management. Rounding out the upgrades in version 2.8 is the software's localization of the Russian language.
Sometimes, a customer reports what seems to be a minor bug and it looks like a totally trivial thing. Then we dive in and discover a much better way to do things, which leads to dramatic improvements," comments Oliver Breidenbach. "With iStopMotion 2.8, this happened when a small color matching problem was reported. Now, the color is handled much better throughout all areas of the program, leading to better animation results."
Learn about all the new features and updates to iStopMotion 2.8 here!
by Cara - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - Permalink
Painter and experimental filmmaker, and avid user of iStopMotion, Jeff Scher created this unique and personal animation for Father's Day, featuring his son Buster from ages 6 to 10. 'You Might Remember This' portrays Buster's childhood through drawings, animated with iStopMotion. In describing the animation, Scher is sure to explain that although it portrays childhood, the perspective of the short film is parental.
"The silce of childhood depicted here makes it feel like we're creeping up on the middle of our journey together. The bubble of babyhood has burst and there have been great leaps in physical prowess, but the shell of adulthood has not yet hardened and the children remain vulnerable," he writes. "As parents, we remain indispensable, but the intoxicating and scary scent of future independence is in the air. School is at the center of most days, and the balance between social and academic development and the need to just be a kid swings back and forth constantly. Being a parent has similar conflicts: while I'm insisting he do his homework, I'm wishing we were fishing, too. But we've both signed on to be (or become) functional citizens, and the homework gets done."
"Buster might actually remember some of the moments depicted in this film; some he might remember because of this film," says Scher. "I will remember them all, having now engraved them in memory with crayon, paint and pencil." Watch the full animation here. Visit Scher's New York Times Blog to watch more of his short animations made with iStopMotion!
by Cara - Monday, June 20, 2011 - Permalink
FotoMagico version 3.8 is all about the transition; your FotoMagico slideshows will flow smoother than ever before with the new transitions Blinds, Flash, Pixelate, and Broken TV, and enhanced options for the existing favorites Fade and Flip. Our crafty engineers also went under-the-hood in version 3.8 to tune-up the software's performance and audio playback for a more streamlined and efficient workflow. In accord with the iPhone and iPad's support for HD movies, we added an HD 720p format option to FotoMagico's iPhone sharing plug-in, allowing users to display their HD movies on a HDTV with the appropriate connector cables. In addition, the FotoMagico export process is now visble in the Dock icon so that users can send the app to the background and work in a different app in the foreground while not losing sight of the export progress.
"By very popular request, the focus of FotoMagico 3.8 was definitely to provide our users with more transitions," says Oliver Breidenbach. "Transitions are a great way to enhance and play up the mood, look and feeling you want your slideshows to achieve if they are executed well. We also did not forget to work on performance and stability which are essential to every creative process."
Download FotoMagico 3.8 now and start making slideshow magic!
by Cara - Monday, June 20, 2011 - Permalink
YouTuber "Jackamaddox" recently sent over a unique stop motion animation video that he and his peers put together for a college project. The assignment required that Jack and his peers create an ident - or television identification symbol - for the well-known British channel BBC One. The ident needed to be a short video tailored to BBC One's target audience, which the students defined as largely family orientated, that would remind the audience what channel they were watching. In this short ident project, Jack and his partners took the concept of snowmen for the holiday season and ran with it. "Previous idents for BBC One involved objects coming together to form a circle of the 'One' in BBC One - this is how we developed our idea of snowmen coming together to form the 'One,'" says Jack.
Jack used a Canon XM2 Camcorder and a Mac computer to create the iStopMotion animation. It took hundreds of snowman, thousands of frames, and a couple weeks of clicking to create the BBC One ident. Here's the finished product!
by Cara - Friday, June 17, 2011 - Permalink
Laurrell Davenport of the Silicon Summit recently took a look at BoinxTV Home, and was pleasantly surprised at its advanced capabilities. "For the price, I expected a drastically gutted version of BoinxTV. I was wrong. Except for a few limitations, BoinxTV Home is exactly the same as its big brother," says Laurrell. "I am very pleased with BoinxTV Home. Once you have a basic understanding of the program, it is very easy to use. Basically, anyone who needs to output a video production would find this useful."
Read the complete review here!
by Cara - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - Permalink
A highly anticipated bi-annual event held in Cologne, Germany, photokina is the world's largest photography and imaging trade fair in the industry. A product of Koelnmesse, Cologne's largest trade fair company, photokina attracts an immense gathering of professional and semi-professional photographers, and imaging aficionados alike. The fair brings together new products, trends and the world's leading photo and imaging brands for an unparalleled, virtually eye-popping event line-up.
This past year, photokinaTV, the official podcast of photokina, hit the airwaves with official TV partner, FotoTV, the world's largest WebTV station for photography available online at fototv.com and fototv.de. Looking to make "podcast magic" with a smooth and fresh delivery method, German IPTV 2009 Award-Winner, FotoTV, turned to our revolutionary live production, "studio-in-a-box," software - BoinxTV. Serving as the technical power behind FotoTV, BoinxTV delivered daily photo news, trends, products, interviews, and highlights of the 6-day photo bonanza - via photokinaTV - to imaging enthusiasts all over the world ia a tailored and tantalizing online podcast.
Presented with the opportunity to deliver groundbreaking photo news and trends to millions of viewers around the world, FotoTV sought a modest alternative to the complexities and nuances of most higher priced production machines. Utilizing our unique "studio-in-a-box" production platform in the past to create various online photography news broadcasts and podcasts such as FotoTV.News and FotoTV.Tech, the WebTV station was familiar with the BoinxTV workflow and unparalleled technical support. Thus, it was a natural choice for them to leverage our all-in-one production capabilities for this special project.
Click here to read more about BoinxTV's trip to photokina and the debut workflow that broadcasted the photography event from the never-before-seen "FotoTV Glass-Box Studio."
UPDATE: Read the full article...