Audio and Video

This is How a Camera Adds 10 Pounds

https://petapixel.com/2016/07/28/camera-adds-10-pounds/ It’s commonly said that a camera adds 10 pounds, making you look heavier than you actually are.  It’s “amazing how focal length affect shape of the face,” writes photographer Dan Vojtech, who shot this series of portraits at different focal lengths to show the effect.

Lucasfilm goes open source, DIY lab equipment | Opensource.com

https://opensource.com/article/17/7/news-july-22?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY The VFX studio behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones made a major open source release. ILM Visual Effects, Lucasfilm’s VFX and animation studio, open sourced its MaterialX computer graphics library July 11. MaterialX was used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Start Wars Story. The source code and examples are available on GitHub and through materialx.org. Group of

Chip Hall of Fame: Texas Instruments Digital Micromirror Device – IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/optoelectronics/chip-hall-of-fame-texas-instruments-digital-micromirror-device Today movie projectors based on this digital light-processing technology—or DLP, as TI branded it—are used in thousands of theaters. It’s also integral to rear-projection TVs, office projectors, and tiny projectors for cellphones.

AI Creates Fake Obama – IEEE Spectrum

http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/artificial-intelligence/ai-creates-fake-obama You can’t trust anymore what you see or hear in videos anymore.  Artificial intelligence software could generate highly realistic fake videos of former president Barack Obama using existing audio and video clips of him, a new study [PDF] finds. Essentially, the researchers synthesized videos where Obama lip-synched words he said up to decades beforehand. Such work could

1st American TV station begins broadcasting, July 2, 1928 | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4376579/1st-American-TV-station-begins-broadcasting–July-2–1928?utm_content=buffer0f991&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Resolution was set at just 48 lines on the mechanical television sets that accepted the broadcasts. Mechanical televisions, also called televisors, were broadcast television systems that used mechanical or electromechanical devices to capture and display video images. Images themselves were usually transmitted electronically and via radio waves. The business lasted only few years, but

Unity is the little game engine that could revolutionize animated movies – The Verge

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/30/15899446/unity-cinemachine-unite-europe-2017-animation Use game engine for animation? It looks feasible soon. The new Cinemachine component that’s coming to Unity’s 2017.1 release  promises to allow that: directorial and cinematography powers. Unity’s Asset Store is full of free 3D models and environments — including the hugely impressive Adam character. Unity is adding a timeline view: Your entire game or animation can sit on multiple layered

The fun and semi-useless toys of Linux

https://opensource.com/life/16/6/fun-and-semi-useless-toys-linux?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY There are several minor tools and applications out there that keep popping up in my toolkit. You might not call any of them “killer apps,” but darn it, they’re fun to play around with and they sometimes take you in interesting directions. This collection has computer art, image manipulation, fractals and music.

How open film project Cosmos Laundromat made Blender better

https://opensource.com/life/15/9/how-open-film-project-cosmos-laundromat-made-blender-better?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY At the beginning of August—the 10th, to be exact—the Blender Institute released Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle, its seventh open project (and sixth open movie). Cosmos Laundromat is a 10-minute short film animation for grown-ups. It’s also the Blender Institute’s most ambitious project to date, serving as a pilot for the first fully free and open animated feature film. The