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Future Lighting?

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 30, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


High efficiency OLEDs (organic light emitign diodes) suggest the possiblility for real-time color correction (as the comments suggest).



story © Michael Betancourt | published April 23, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


I was recently introduced to AviSynth, a script-based video processing system. What most interests me about this in an immediate way is its ability to handle video as separate fields, instead of as "frames." Very exciting.

I will start a collection of scripts here once I have some time to get stuff together and see what it will do.


Fractalized Video Feedback

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 26, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


I know--video feedback already has most of the characteristics of a fractal. But Video Feedback Fractal Genesis explains how to make your feedback look like a fractal in really obvious ways. Interesting set-up that looks to be worth experimenting with in any case. I imagine it would work even better with a reversible mirror so the reflection in the glass would be bright enough to be readily visible.

The Sample images from this system look good.


Recycle those Old Video Clips

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 22, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Make them into flip books with Flipbook Printer. This program lets you make your own printed "Flipbooks" from avi movie files using business cards.


Stop Motion Animation Figures

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 6, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


The Do It Yourself! Foam Latex Puppetmaking 101 covers all the technical details needed to make animation puppets for use in movies.


Open Source Video Compression

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 12, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Most video codecs are proprietary, but Theora is an open-source project for compressing video for web. While it's still only in alpha release (no executable version yet (you must compile your own) it does have a lot of promise for the future of web video.


Broadcast Machine

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 22, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


The Broadcast Machine software runs in PHP, allowing the easy preparation and distribution of video on websites. I wonder if this could be a solution for video-on-demand from the current web? is using this software to distribute it's new Vlog movies on-demand service.


The Spin Browser

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 4, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


TechnoFrolics' Spin Browser "adds a new dimension to video-based art and entertainment by allowing uniquely fluid and interactive control over the progression of time within video sequences." This looks like something that we'll be seeing in museums showing video--the trouble is, it encourages the viewer to rearrange the movie, so unless the work's been designed for this kind of thing, it sounds like a bad idea...


SVHS to DVHS tape conversion

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 6, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Instructions to make your SVHS tapes work properly with your DVHS recorder.


Raise Money for Making Movies

story © Michael Betancourt | published February 27, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Sam Longoria's book, "Secrets Of Raising Money For Your Movie" is available in preferred presale, from 1 March - 31 May, for 28% off. It will ship in a new edition on 1 June 2005, for full price.

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