by Oliver - Monday, February 24, 2014 - Permalink
This is the last post to the Chronicles.
After almost 10 years, the old Boinx blogging platform is ripe for retirement. Over the last couple of months, we built a new platform and today, we are restarting the Boinx Blog under a new URL and with new gusto!
Posts from 2004 to today will remain available on this site for reference and permalinks will continue to work.
by Megan - Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Permalink
Today, we’re seeing slideshows everywhere, be it in business presentations, promotional videos or simply just as a fun way to share memories. Daniel East of the Apple Daily Report recently tried out FotoMagico and found that it was the perfect solution for his many slideshow needs.
“The latest version of FotoMagico from Boinx Software is an easy and fun way for users of any experience level to create great slide shows with professional results,” Daniel says.
Daniel enjoyed working with FotoMagico so much that he gave it an Apple Daily Report rating of 10 out of 10! He went through a couple of his favorite features as well as giving great overview of the rest of the program.
“There’s a lot to enjoy about FotoMagico 4.1 and you may find yourself experimenting in the beginning,” he says. “There are so many improvements and updates from previous versions that make this product a great value and a lot of fun to use. For any level of user, the output quality is HD and the familiar, intuitive interface will save you time in the process.”
by Megan - Monday, December 23, 2013 - Permalink
Every year, UK department store chain John Lewis collaborates with adam&eveDDB, a communications company, for a holiday commercial. This year they really went the extra mile with their ad “The Bear & the Hare” by producing an incredible, hand-drawn stop motion animation. It went viral almost immediately.
The commercial is centered on best friends Bear and Hare in the midst of a Christmas-decorating extravaganza in the forest. Bear watches sadly, knowing he will soon have to hibernate and miss the holiday with his friends. However, this year Hare has an idea that will change everything.
“The Bear & the Hare” took a long time to create – just the animating portion took over six weeks to accomplish – but it was well worth it! Most of the figures that appear in the ad are traditional 2D hand-drawn animations, but all of the sets were created in 3D. And rather than doing standard 2D animation, the team decided to go the full mile and film it all in stop motion. What resulted is an absolutely fascinating scene that truly captures the holiday spirit in a unique way.
Read more about “The Bear & the Hare” and watch the short film above to find out what happens in this heartwarming Christmas story. To see a behind-the-scenes look at how this beautiful animation was created, take a look at “The Bear & the Hare – the Making Of.” It’s a great place to pick up some pointers!
Are you planning on creating something for your own holiday celebrations, but in need of a “jolt” like Bear? Have no fear … we’ve got some ideas to get awaken your creative mind!
• Try your own holiday iStopMotion animation. You could use the stop motion feature to make some of your favorite holiday food come to life (like candy canes, holiday cookies, eggnog … anything can work!), to animate Claymation reindeer on a makeshift roof or to create a snowy wonderland animation on a chalkboard.
• How about time-lapse movies? Use iStopMotion to create a time-lapse video of a snowstorm, opening presents, decorating a Christmas tree, lighting a Menorah, or baking holiday cookies! iStopMotion’s time-lapse feature is great when it comes to documenting a process that changes from start to finish.
• Use FotoMagico to create a picture slideshow of your family around the holidays. Mix it up and throw some pictures of a family dinner (as you can see, we’re big holiday food fans here), present opening, playing in the snow, or playing board games and drinking hot chocolate by the fire. You’ll be able to look back on it for years to come.
We’d love to see your take on some of these ideas and new ideas of your own! Send in some of your best holiday creations for a chance to be featured here on Boinx’s blog! Happy Holidays!Please note: The above animation "The Bear & the Hare" was not created using iStopMotion.
by Megan - Friday, December 13, 2013 - Permalink
Yesterday we announced the latest update to FotoMagico, and v4.4 is by far the most significant update to version 4 yet! We’re so excited for you to get your hands on this sweet upgrade, and just in time for the holidays. What better way to showcase the many memories from the most wonderful time of the year than with a slideshow that can be shared with loved ones near and far?
According to our very own Oliver Breidenbach, “This update to FotoMagico is not about fancy new features; it’s about improving the platform and preparing for the future. This is the most significant update to version 4 yet. While you might not realize the changes at first glance, they won’t go unnoticed once you dive into creating your slideshow.”
FotoMagico 4.4 Updates Include:
• Export has been completely overhauled to provide up to six-times faster export, better color accuracy and better quality for H.264 and Apple ProRes formats
• FotoMagico 4.4 is compatible with OS X Mavericks
• Modern 64-bit Architecture makes working with large slideshows with many slides and videos a breeze
• Transition from QuickTime to AV Foundation improves video playback and enables smoother transitions between slides
• Now supports legacy video formats via automatic conversion to modern formats
• Use the “c” key during video playback to separate a video clip into multiple consecutive clips for easier video editing of long videos
Luckily for us, our old friend Pelle, a professional photographer from Sweden, just released two new slideshows he made using FotoMagico … and as usual, they wowed us! Pelle says that with the new upgrade, FotoMagico has reached another level, and sharing the final slideshow is so much better and quicker than before. He also noted the improved split-screen capability of the updated version, which can be seen in action in his first slideshow.
The slideshow above was created to give a short presentation of a new cookbook Pelle recently produced with chef KC Wallberg. The book is called “My Culinary Kingdom,” and as you can see, Wallberg’s food definitely looks like it was made for royalty. Pelle’s pictures are so colorful, vibrant and delicious that the slideshow has left us salivating. We’re pleased that Pelle used FotoMagico to produce his vision, even though we’re now all starving!
Pelle’s second slideshow was made with material from a photo session with the Swedish Junior Culinary Team, who he works with often. The slideshow gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the kitchen, including, you guessed it … images of more tasty dishes! We especially love the transition effects Pelle used in this one. It gives us an idea of just how upbeat and fun it is in the back of the house. Check out Pelle’s slideshow here.
Curious to learn more about FotoMagico 4.4? Watch our webinar here, which features FotoMagico creator Peter Baumgartner and our video expert Bastian Wölfle explaining the new upgrade and answering questions from webinar participants.
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!