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What Frame Rate Should You Shoot Video With?

What Frame Rate Should You Shoot Video With?

With the launch of cameras like the GoPro HERO10 Black, it’s now easier than ever to shoot footage at high frame rates. While there’s a time and a place for the tech – like slow-mo or sports – filmmaker Mark Bone explains why our eyes gravitate to the more cinematic look of lower frame rates like 23.98 or 29.97 fps.

Floppy Drive Video Demo

Floppy Drive Video Demo

Back in the 1980s, the demoscene was all about creating cool motion visuals and music using the computers of the day. Engineer Matthias Kramm figured out a way to create an old-school demo without a computer by hacking the output of an old Commodore 1541 floppy drive into a video signal. More details on his blog.

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Making Analog Fractals

Making Analog Fractals

Fractal images are generally made with math algorithms on a computer. But it turns out that there was a way to create fractal images in the 1930s using multiple cameras and projectors. CodeParade explains how these analog patterns would have worked, and how to simulate them with a webcam and a monitor.

Ping Pong LED Video Wall 3.0

Ping Pong LED Video Wall 3.0

Bitluni’s Lab continues to upgrade his DIY video wall project by supersizing it to 1920 ping pong ball pixels, each illuminated by an RGBW LED. With its latest circuit, it can stream live video at up to 74fps. Unlike the prior versions, he didn’t have to drill tons of holes, and it’s made up of multiple small panels instead of one big one.

Giant Wave in a Box

Giant Wave in a Box

South Korea-based creative studio d’strict created this cool public art display that uses a series of wrap-around screens to make it look like ocean waves contained in a giant box. Of course it helped that they had a massive set of ultra high-def LED displays built by Samsung at Seoul’s equivalent of Times Square.

Why Dark Video Sucks

Why Dark Video Sucks

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the most expensive display you can buy, gradients of color in dark scenes often look like a blocky mess. Tom Scott offers a great explanation of the technological limitations that cause these issues, and the visual mechanisms that make them less noticeable in brighter scenes.

Underground Circuit

Underground Circuit

This fascinating clip by video artist Yuge Zhou and sound designer Stephen Farrell was created from hundreds of video clips shot in NYC’s subway stations, then assembled together into concentric squares. It was designed for a top-down projection mapping installation, but it’s just as intriguing flattened.

Cat Conjurer

Cat Conjurer

Taiwanese rap artist and honorary magician Loya manages to pull a cat out of thin air to help promote animal adoption. It’s a good cause, and the Internet needs more cats.

VHS to DVD Converter

VHS to DVD Converter
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Preserve your home videos and old movies to DVD with this handy converter. It also has a DV input for transferring footage from a camcorder directly to a DVD. It also works as a VHS and DVD player.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Cinema Camera
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The Blackmagic Cinema has a huge 2.5K sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, capable of shooting feature film quality moving images in RAW format. Accepts EF and ZE mount lenses.

TS3Cine Camera

TS3Cine Camera

Capable of shooting high-speed video at 1280×1024 resolution at 500 frames-per-second – or up to 20,000fps at lower resolutions, the TS3Cine captures amazing slow-motion footage.

Urban Side

Urban Side

Looking out the window and seeing grey skies and wintery temps? Even if you aren’t, you can still appreciate this short film of two guys paragliding in a variety of sunny places. (Thanks Michael!)

Vintage Appliance Symphony

Vintage Appliance Symphony

Blödes Orchester (Stupid Orchestra) was composed for this 200 piece vintage home appliance orchestra by Michael Petermann; he gathered the motley ensemble through eBay purchases.

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Phantom of the Floppera

Phantom of the Floppera

YouTube user FunToTheHead connected a few floppy drives to a PIC18f14k50 microcontroller to create an engaging musical piece. Bonus: special appearance by the talent at 2:30. (Thanks Alex!)

Thom Yorke x Beyonce

Thom Yorke x Beyonce

Thom Yorke’s mime-magician-revival dancing style in Radiohead’s latest video is also an amusing companion to Beyonce’s Single Ladies. Watch it quick, before Sony finds this and puts a ring on it.

Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic

Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic

Sometimes it’s fun to go to a more soothing place than extreme sports videos. Take, for example, the charming, carcinogen-filled style of Tom Noddy, the skillful trick bubblemaker. (Thanks Dave!)

200 Years in 4 Minutes

200 Years in 4 Minutes

Every once in a while, we need to take a break from videos of cats in cardboard boxes to watch something educational. This fascinating video which shows how far we’ve come over the last 200 years.

I Have PSD (Video)

I Have PSD (Video)

Photoshop dexterity (PSD) is a skillset acquired by proficient users of Photoshop. Qualities of PSD include supernatural powers of imagination and a strong desire to make the world more beautiful.

Canon 4K Concept

Canon 4K Concept

If you think your 1080p HD camcorder is nice, wait til you get a look at the future of camera technology from Canon, which will someday shoot film-like 4k resolution video at up to 60fps.

MovieReshape

MovieReshape

If you thought Photoshopping of ordinary people into their perfect selves was overkill, just wait until Hollywood gets their hands on this, a technology which will allow reshaping of bodies in movies.

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Panasonic AG-AF100 Camcorder

Panasonic AG-AF100 Camcorder

This micro four-thirds camcorder is for serious video pros, with interchangeable lenses and a mirrorless design. It shoots full HD at 1080/60i or 1080/30p, and stores up to 12 hours of video.

Boxee Box Upgraded

Boxee Box Upgraded
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Despite the fact that the Boxee Box hasn’t even been released yet, D-Link and Intel announced an upgrade to the 1.2GHz Atom CE4100 CPU, helping it handle H.264 video at up to 1080p/60fps.

The Neo Lebowski

The Neo Lebowski

(NSFW) Mashing up two of our favorite flicks, Morpheus explains everything there is to know about The Matrix to The Dude from The Big Lebowski. Take the red pill, Dude, take the red pill.

Painting With Cheetos

Painting With Cheetos

Who says portraits need to be done with paints or drawn with charcoal? Assuming that orange is your color, Cheetos or Cheez Doodles should do the trick. At least that’s how the Eclectic Asylum rolls.

Wife-Stealing Reindeer

Wife-Stealing Reindeer

We guess reindeer didn’t get the memo about not coveting thy neighbor’s wife. As soon as the man on the left turns his back, the animal makes his move and takes off with the woman in tow.

Dog Mows Lawn

Dog Mows Lawn

We can’t help but wonder how they managed to stop this poor dog once he crossed out of the frame. Do not under any circumstances try this at home. Or if you do, at least try it with your cat.

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