Alison Turner: My Favorite Travel Apps.
Recommends from someone who travels a great deal and actually uses these.
EOSHD: Magic Lantern run Linux OS on Canon DSLRs.
“Magic Lantern just turned your 5D Mark III into a desktop computer.” HAH. Will some wag will try to install Open Office next ... ?
Embedly Blog: Twitter’s got a New Harassment Problem — Periscope.
“Periscope and other public live streaming apps have a battle to fight and a social responsibility. The ability to type hate and see an immediate physical, emotional response is the ultimate tool for a tormentor.” I’ve been seeing Periscope recommended by various niche talking heads for the last week. I was about to download, when I ran across this. Seems you need to be careful with your settings - they’re defaulting to ‘too open.’
AE Scripts/Plugins: Tickler.
Could be very handy when you don’t have time/budget to do a full-on animation.
I think I felt the Earth shake a little.
Youtube: Showing IKEA print to art experts.
Like putting oenophiles on the spot.
Youtube: Guardians of the Galaxy ‘Rocket Reel’.
The motion-tracking and a bit of the creation of Rocket.
Youtube: The new Air France safety demo video.
A smidge cloying, wouldn’t you say? Though I’m sure it serves to distract from long taxi journeys to the runway.
500px ISO: Watch Eight Photoshop Masters Try to Use Photoshop 1.0.
What they miss ... besides skilled work with channels ... is that PS 1.0’s “Save as ...” allowed us to move art from better creative programs to other creative programs, on other platforms. The market wasn’t a one-stop-shop as it is today. PixelPaint 8, for instance. Rio (on Targa/Vista/NuVista systems). Macromedia Director. My beloved TVL. And more. We’d use the early macro programs [Quickeys or earlier software] on top of the early PSs to do the channel work to create nice drop shadows quickly.
Motherboard: The FAA Says You Can’t Post Drone Videos on YouTube.
Must’ve been one of those Washington folk who’ve only sent two emails in their lives ...
Youtube: Guardians of the Galaxy ‘Knowhere Reel’.
“We built Knowhere, our most complicated environment to date, for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and then staged a dog-fight that explored every inch of it. Here we’ve linked up all our shots in the 4-mile wide and 1.2 billion polygon world.” Holy crap. I used to be impressed at a hundred thousand polygons, in Strata days.
Rent drones. NYC-only, it seems.
VideoMaker: Video Production Nightmares - How One Mistake (almost) Ruined My Shoot.
Use a checklist, and always run a test. Rather than run everything on my primary, I’ll always shoot a spare sequence on my backup. You want to leave with multiples - not just the one, supposedly-good take.
Youtube: Spitfire 944.
“In 2005, an 83 year-old World War II pilot is surprised to see 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash for the first time.” Someone else linked it (old link), but I couldn’t resist. “Get that cigarette out of your mouth.”
Video and photo shoot took me out of the office all day.
Nice when a client says, “You’re so much fun to work with!” I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the feeling.
EOSHD: Olympus E-M5 Mark II - love and hate at first sight.
“This is ultra silly. Sillier than a weasel riding a woodpecker.” C’mon, tell us what you really feel.
Air & Space Magazine: Hamilton H-47 - Panoramas of cockpits.
They will be adding some great planes to this list.
BBC: Paris night drone mystery deepens.
“The security threat from these drones is minimal. Bird’s-eye images of Paris landmarks are available online in far higher quality than anything these devices could produce. And small, shop-bought drones are not strong enough to deliver a significant payload of explosives.” Probably just some numbskulls creating footage.
Motionographer: Robert Rugan releases “Danny and The Wild Bunch”
Vimeo: Power/Rangers [NSFW].
Katee Sackhoff and a few others make a dark Power Rangers fan flick. I expect this is the new method for encouraging movie moguls to invest - high production has come way down in price.
ThinkContra: The Funniest Oscar Moments in Gifs.
I’m right there with ya, Mr Cumberbatch. If you have to live through the event, might as well bring something to help the schmaltz go down easier.
Youtube: Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 Highlights.
c|net: Fantastic Adobe video spotlights 25 years of Photoshop artistry.
Photoshop was my saviour, as I’ve expressed many times. Not many of us can still claim that we learned to do drop shadows in channels, because layers didn’t exist.
Tangent, slight: There were many graphics software packages before PS. I see a bundle of news articles today missing this fact. I used to use Rio on Vista and NU-Vista graphics boards in PCs. Rio was *very* powerful, more powerful than the first Photoshops. PS didn’t do true 32 bit graphics for many years. But it was a tres handy Swiss Army knife for converting TGAs to other formats. I could quickly get Mac and PC formats into TGAs for my video system in less than fourteen steps ... and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.
Vimeo: Time-lapse macro marine life.
“...meanwhile…” Beautiful. Beats another night sky or city time lapse again ... and again ... and again ...
Science: Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places.
“When ecologists look at the Amazon, they see ‘virgin wilderness’ untouched by humans, Iriarte says. But thanks to the discovery of large-scale earthworks called geogylphs and terra preta — ‘black earth’ that was purposely enriched by humans in the past — archaeologists have concluded that at least parts of the rainforest must have been home to large, agricultural settlements.”