Showing posts with label video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label video. Show all posts

July 29, 2011

Mind-Blowing Display Created Using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units

the Japanese band androp created a "video"-wall for their video clip using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units. A computer controlled all the flashes in real-time while they played their song in front of the wall. Check the video, which is ubercool, but there is also a making-of video... Way cooler.

February 23, 2010

Driver-Free Webcams

Found a set of Driver-Free Webcams for Mac OSX, Windows 7 & Vista, and Linux. All you need the OS and to plug them in. Just order one, so we'll see :)

December 8, 2009

Beginner's guide to HD video

Digital Photography Review has a Beginner's guide to HD video. With more and more digicams capable of recording HD video, it's time we all learn the basics. I know I need to ;)

November 30, 2009

Concerts from Paradiso

I have been to a couple of concerts in Paradiso in November. I uploaded the pictures last weekend: Music- powered by SmugMug. Check them out if you like.
I also edited lots of videos had clogged up my disk, exported mp4 movies using iMovie on my MacMini and uploaded those, after which I deleted the 500 MB+ avi files. Check out the concerts of de Dijk and Kraak 'n Smaak. Both are from The Hague Jazz in May this year.

November 27, 2009

Aquarium - the Making of

I put together a little movie of making my Aquarium. I had more video but I accidentally deleted my videos before I exported the movie, so they are gone. :( Oh well. It's still ok.

November 17, 2009

YouTube enabling 1080p streaming videos

T3 reports that YouTube will enable 1080p streaming videos! O_o So everyone get HD camcorders ready and start spamming the shit out of everyone with crispy, detailed, high-res videos of useless acts! ROFL

September 14, 2009

Dov Davidoff

Dov Davidoff is a very funny stand-up comedian. Thanks, Appie, for the tip! (y)

August 31, 2009

T3: LG set to unveil 15-inch OLED HDTV

The fight for OLED TVs is on with LG announcing an 15-inch OLED HDTV, 4" wider than Sony's biggest to date.

OLED is different from current LCD TVs in that they are significantly more efficient, much brighter and last much longer. However, they are more difficult to manufacture (in larger sizes) so far. Usable 30" screen is expected by 2012 from LG, Sony, Kodak and others in this race. Oh and when you think this upgrade is not for you coz you just bought a new TV, believe me: when you see this you *will* want one! They are absolutely stunningly gorgeous. I'd trade my wife for one, oops, got no wife. Heck, would have made a good trade. ;)

July 29, 2009

Whoosah - Secret Cinema Invites

Last Sunday, I went with a friend to the beach in Scheveningen. Found a spot on the Noorderstrand at the Culpepper, next to Whoosah. Discovered there was a free beach party going on there from 3pm -1am. After dinner, we decided to go there because the music just got better and better.


Took a few pictures. It was packed, inside and outside. The music was great! Warren Fellow just rocked the house and sadly I had to go home at 11:30pm because there was work on Monday. So we missed Secret Cinema itself, and that was a shame I heard. Oh well.

June 16, 2009

Candid video of parents' anniversary

I was taking pictures during my parents' anniversary but also talking to everyone and presenting them with their present. After taking a few pictures, I thought I'd turned off the camera but actually switched it to video (I'm guessing here). I then proceeded to give a speech and present my parents with their present, not knowing I waa recording the whole thing.

What you get is a candid video of my parents getting their present and me trying to be witty, funny and showing off my language skills. :)

June 12, 2009

PS3 VidZone lands today

VidZone, a London based music video download service, will be arriving on the PlayStation Store sometime very soon and offering 10,000 videos to stream to your console right away. The best part? It’s totally free and features content from Sony BMG, EMI and numerous independent labels, including artists Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears, Fatboy Slim, Black Eyed Peas, Glasvegas, Dizzee Rascal, P!nk, Noisettes, Ne-Yo, Armand van Helden, Tori Amos and Akon.

The second best part? This is a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe project, so for once we’ll be getting something first. Eat that, North America. Source: T3 magazine

May 4, 2009

Canon unveils EOS 500D

I've been drooling over the EOS 5D with full-HD (1080p) video recording for as long as it has been available. The €3000 price tag kinda killed the mood each time. So it must not come as a surprise that the news of the arrival of Canon's latest prosumer digicam has me excited: the EOS 500D.
canon eos 500D
It offers 1080p shooting at 20 fps. If you turn it down to 720p, it'll reach 30 fps, though. It has the new DIGIC4, higher ISOs (upto 12800) and bursts of up to 170 JPEGs in one go. :) Can do my own TimeWarp episodes with that. ;) Best of all, the digicam has a real HDMI connector for viewing pleasures without the need to remove the storage cards.

January 26, 2007

KiSS DP558 Digital HD Recorder

Just got a tip from a colleague of mine... He'd bought his dad a KiSS DP558 digital hard disk recorder, also known as PVRs or DVRs, and said his dad now watch shows, record them, read important mails while watching something and so on! The DP558 runs embedded Linux and you can upgrade the firmware to boast features and functions even more! :) The DP558 plays everything (mp2, mp3, mp4, wma, ogg, etc.) under the sun, you can upgrade the hard drive, watch and record at the same time, it has an EPG, you can remotely instruct your KiSS system to record a show while you're away and more. :) I was impressed, especially because his dad loved the thing... ;)

January 15, 2007

T3 - CES: the whole story

T3, the only real toys for boys site and magazine, has a CES: the whole story article with everything that really mattered on the CES 2007. :drool:

November 19, 2005

The Anatomy of LVM

Well... I seem to have my Tower of Power setup now... pffew!
It's very exciting. I'm a little hesitant still, dunno for sure it works as advertized as I - we - haven't used it extensively yet. But I now have my server setup as file server with NFS and SAMBA (for Windows file sharing).
I have 4 hard disks: one old Quantum 8 GB ATA33 disk used as boot and root drive (for Debian). Then I have 3 identical Hitachi 250GB ATA100 disks for storage. I divided my boot drive into:
-  512 MB swap /dev/hda1
- 2048 MB reiserfs /dev/hda2 as /home
- 6000 MB reiserfs /dev/hda3 as /

Should my hard disk crash and wipe data, it'll be the partition table and/or the swap file. Both of these, I can recover easily. I've formatted the 3 big drives as LVM2. In Linux you set them to type 0x8e, then it won't ask you anymore questions. :) I then installed Webmin, as I want to remotely admin the server and not *have* use ssh nor the command line. Once I had Webmin installed and configured (this took me a few hours and attempts), I went into the LVM menu. I created one big Volume Group (VG) which would span all my hard drives. It's like a container for as many drives as you have, of any type: IDE, SATA or SCSI. I have three IDE drives. Inside this Volume Group, called 'system', I created three Logical Volumes (LVs) next. These LVs are similar to what are normally your partitions. Each LV was then formatted using a suitable file system (ReiserFS and ext3 in my case). See the LVM HOWTO for an explaination of terms used and actual commands.
This way, I created an LV called "images" with a size of 250GB and striping across all three disks. This will give me performance (but no fault-tolerance). I also created a LV "data" 8GB big without striping. Last, I created a big LV "music" for our mp3 collection. Here is a screenshot. Once I get WiFi enabled and an HTPC near my TV, I can stream music over the WiFi network to the stereo. Or play DivX/MPEG2 movies from this server. Whatever... it's flexible.
So far it's nothing major. No biggy. I could have used the three hard disks exclusively for their purpose. But the big beauty of using LVM, the pay-back you get for taking so much time in the beginning, is when you run out of space on a Logical Volume aka "partition".
Suppose I start downloading movies all the time and the LV "music" fills up... I can simply add some extra space to it, extend the volume. Or I can add a whole new drive; add it to my 'system' Volume Group (the container) and add extra room to the "music partition" that has filled up. Best of all, I can do this live, online and on-the-fly! No rebooting, no moving data around, no hassle! That's the beauty of Linux at its best!
Just now, if you look closely at the screenshot above, you'll see I made a typo! :) I created a data "partition" of 8192 KB instead of MB. I should have used 8192000 KB. D'oh! Panic? Nope! Just unmount the "partition". Resize the LV. Remount. Et voilá!

November 16, 2005

All My Movies & AnyDVD

For people who download a lot of movies of the Net, it's getting more and more difficult to keep track of all of them. Luckily someone had the same problem and made All My Movies to solve the problem.
All My Movies scans your storage for all the movies it can find (avi, mpeg, mov, divx, vcd, dvd, etc.), it checks for information about the movie like unique codes or comments, runs over to imdb.com to fetch movie information and so on, and packs the whole thing into its database. So it's basically like CDDB and ID3 tags for mp3 files but for movies... B)
And for those of you who watch lots of DVDs with different region codes and protection schemes and so on... you may want to check out AnyDVD. It sits in the background while you play a DVD, but it decrypts any protection the DVD may have as well as present it as a region free DVD. So you don't have to worry about any settings whatsoever. neat huh?!

October 24, 2005

DivXToDVD

divx2dvdYou have broadband right? You download music? Some. OK. Movies? A few? Oh lots! Niiice! Watched them recently...? Oh on the PC. Hmmm, too bad. Yeah I know, the conversion to DVD is a lot of work, getting it right, adding the AC3 sound file, subtitles (well it's the Netherlands here) and so on... hmm, yeah, I know what you mean...
Well isn't it good to know then that some French genius out there has written DivX2DVD for you! w00t! "It's a one click solution to convert and burn DivX movies to DVD. It supports pratically every format: divx,xvid, mov (quicktime), mp4, avi, wmv and even dv (digital video cameras!). You can select and force an aspect ratio, choose between PAL or NTSC. But it also deals with AC3 and DTS (5.1 digital audio), PCM (raw high res audio), mp3 and ogg! :drool: I mean, the guy is a genius! Right?!
The only sad thing is that this is shareware... Not freeware. You can download and test the shareware version but be careful, you'll get a watermark added to the video. The shareware version is also throttled when encoding, so the full version is faster. Still... if you handle DivX movies frequently, watch a lot of movies or add your own language's subtitles to movies so the whole family can watch it.

October 11, 2005

Goo Systems

goo systems reflective wall paint for beamersIf you own a beamer, DLP or LCD or an old fashioned one with a big old hot bulb... read on!
"Screen Goo, by Goo Systems, is a specially formatted, highly reflective acrylic paint, designed specifically for the video projection industry. Screen Goo acrylic paint allows one to transform any smooth paintable surface into a high performance projection screen."
There are dealers all over the globe with one near you. They have seven products and nine combinations for use with home theater projectors, beamers, conference rooms and so on. There is even a review on Gizmodo! Easy as pie. Piece of cake. No brainer... 'nuf said. ;)

July 21, 2005

DivxToDVD

Looking for a way to record a few of those movies from internet to DVD. so the rest of your clan, family or friends can see those "must see" movies too? Look no further. DivxToDVD converts AVI, DivX or XVID files directly to DVD. You can see the audio streams and subtitles. Dunno if you can also edit/change/modify these to your liking but I expect as much. Sadly, the old version is freeware, the newest version is now shareware. But I guess you can live with that. Great software does not need to be free, after all. :)

July 14, 2005

Wilma from "Buck Rogers"

It came up in normal conversation, don't ask why, but I started wondering what ever happened to that gorgeous tall woman who walked around Buck Rogers in tight spandex catsuits... Google helped me find The Official Erin Gray Fan Club. She's a busy beaver (no pun intended!) and still acts, appears and works in the movie/TV industry. Cool! Now I wonder where I can download those sexy early 80s episodes as DivX files...? ;)