Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Memory Stick Pro Duo Video Recorder

The Memory Stick Pro recorder is an analog to digital video converter that records movies and TV shows straight to your Memory Stick Pro Duo, for playback on PSP

Found Via BoingBoing

Sunday, August 28, 2005


Bohus writes:
There is actually a long history of video stored on vinyl. Not too long ago the earliest recordings of some of Britain's earliest broadcasting experiments (done by Baird)on acetate. These were digitized and restored on the internet someplace.

[The video turntable in last post -w] isn't the same (and is wickedly cool I should mention) but I thought that you guys might be interested. Also you might want to check out a current take on similar technology. Hit www.vinylvideo.com to learn more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Video Turntable

From We Make Money Not Art:
Video Turntable, by miyakodub, is a machine that appears to be very similar to a regular turntable. You put a disc on it, the disc rotates, and then the system picks up sound that's encoded on the disc. But Video Turntable uses a webcam instead of a phonograph needle, transparent discs with color patterns instead of traditional black discs with grooves, and a digital computer vision system instead of analog circuits to decode and produce sound.Multiple transparent discs can be stacked, creating different combinations of colors and thereby sound. The system can recognize five colors: black, red, yellow, blue, and green. Depending on which area colors appear in a webcam's view, the system controls pitch, pan, volume, delay, etc. You can also draw color patterns on a disk by yourself and use it to play unique sound patterns.


Sunday, August 21, 2005

Build Your Own Telecine

Or, maybe not. This site details how to possibly make a telecine from a deconstructed scanner. The writing is incredibly dense and ultimately seems to conclude that its not really worth the effort but you have to appreciate the idea and the time taken to experiment in the name of DIY filmmaking.


Friday, August 19, 2005


Giles Perkins writes:

It's a video thing in the widest sense of the word -

Super 8 film is alive and kicking and we've set up www.onsuper8.org to provide the latest news, views and information for those using the little film but editing digitally. Why not combine those luscious celluloid images with the ease of DV editing? Sounds like the best of both worlds to me!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

processing LIVE : using processing and powermates as a vj tool

This guy uses custom software built in Processing, controlled by a series of Griffin Powermates to VJ, in this case for the band Bitshifter.

Found Via Pixelsumo

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Roger's 3D Adventures

Roger's 3D Adventures is a blog about 3D video.

Media Mirror

The Media Mirror is an interactive video installation, in which 200+ channels of live cable television are continuously arranged in real-time to form a mosaic representation of the person that stands in front of it.

Thanks Skye!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

RAREVISION - Slo motion on 60i camcorders

Via the Slo-Mo video festival's how to page: A cool article about how to get good slow motion with camcorders that shoot 60i, by Thomas Worth.

Camera Phone video festival

organgrindermedia.com is hosting a phonecam video competition in October. Videos must be 3 minutes long and originate on a phone. External sound sources can be used, and multiple phones can be employed. No word on whether or not you can do any finishing effects on the footage in an editor, but if you can't it's a pretty gray area since they require you to upconvert the footage to SD- you have to submit your completed short as a DVD. Nokia has a similar competition going (originally it was just normal shorts shot with phones in mind as the final output, now it includes shorts actually shot on phones), but I may enter this one instead, since it seems less intimidating to me for some reason. I've been playing with an idea for a longer piece that would use both phone footage and SD footage cut together, and this may be a good starting point for the phonecam portion of it.

Again, this makes me think about the possibility of a video thing festival... maybe something that is just a compilation of our stuff on a DVD, rather than a laborious actual festival. Talk amongst yourselves.

HD for indies: The HD Analog Shutout - no HD on your HDTV

I don't know if Mike will get a chance to recap his latest HD for Indies post here, so I'm going to go ahead and link to it for him, it's worth reading in full if you've got the time. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Movies don't want to be trapped in freaky, proprietary, locked up formats.

It looks like the Hollywood studios are requiring use of an HDMI connector with HDCP (hardware device copy protection) for high definition video content on next generation formats, HD DVD and Blu Ray. [...]
So what does this mean? Imagine you spent $2000-$5000 on an HDTV a couple of years ago. You're into all this new tech, you love it. So HD DVD and Blu Ray discs actually ship, and you plunk down $500-$1000 for one of the first players (assuming you're OK buying into one of two competing standards) and you take it home and pop it in your player. Woops, your set lacks HDMI with HDCP, you only have HD component analog connections. Even though they work with all of your other high definition gear, the player will quietly downsample your HD signal to standard definition. You watch the movie, and frankly, it doesn't look any better than your regular DVDs that play on your kids' $50 player. Box it up and return it, you don't think it's worth it. You could be watching a regular DVD on a $50 player on a $300-$800 TV and it would look pretty much just as good...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sony's "New" Video format for PSP

So Sony has released an update to the PSP in Japan that Allows for Playback of h.264/AVC encoded video from Memory Stick Duo Pro cards. The PSP can already play AVC from UMD Movie Discs but, now (in Japan) you can encode your own high quality Video using QuickTime 7 or Sony's own Image Converter 2 Plus software.

Kids in the States, don't worry, this update is due August 12 for you.

BTW- It also adds Themes, Wallpaper and a nifty Web Browser.


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Korg Kaptivator

The Kaptivator is a drum-machine style control surface for vj's that will work off a live dv feed or clips. It does audio level and bpm detection so that you can automate some of the mixing to music.
Thanks, Skye