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Here’s another video from the floor of the PDN PhotoPlus Expo in NYC in 2012. This one is a demonstration of the modular camera flash system, the SpinLight 360. As with the previous demonstration video from this show that I had recently posted, it had been delayed for release due to the ongoing recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy here. The video was shot entirely with an iPhone 4 using the AR-4i (which I’ve concluded it doesn’t get along well with iOS 7 from my experience here now shooting the intro for the demo).
Just days before Superstorm Sandy hit us and caused so much devastation here, there was the PDN PhotoPlus Expo in NYC. I was there covering the expo and shot some video with the iPhone 4 in conjunction with the Fostex AR-4i which I reviewed a year or so ago (I will be reposting that review here soon). Because of Sandy and the long recovery process that followed it, I was only able to post a music video style highlights video I made of the show shortly before the storm hit. There were a couple products which I shot demonstrations of at the show which were never edited and posted. This is one of them now.
After over two years using the iPhone 4, I was ready to move up to the 5 when it was released. As I did with the original iPhone, the 3GS, and 4, I was there on the release date waiting in line for it. The line was different this time around. Two years ago it was a little more than 3 hours from start to finish, this time it was only 90 minutes. I suppose my local Apple store has gotten better at handling the lines.
Identify the Birds You Photograph with 'Peterson Birds of North America' iOS App Now on Sale [VIDEO]
This Labor Day Weekend, the Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America by Appweavers Inc. (App Store affiliate link) universal iOS app is on sale again for only 99¢ (normally $14.99 USD, at one time it was $29.99). Whether you are a photographer who shoots birds or a bird watcher or just someone that appreciates nature and our feathered friends, you will want to check out this in-depth app that helps you identify, learn about, and track the birds you see around you.
A couple of months ago I reviewed the iOS video camera and video editing app called '
Video Camera by i4Software Vizzywig - Video Editor Movie Maker and Multi Camera Film Edit Effects Slideshow Music Editing Credits App - i4software' (App Store affiliate link) on the Photo Focus channel on Mobli. The app is normally $7.99 (USD) in the Apple App Store. For this Labor Day weekend the developer is having a 3-day sale for it.
Can the original Star Trek series continue on its five year mission where it left off in 1969? The creators of Star Trek Continues think so.
The original Star Trek series has been recast and is attempting to pick up immediately where the original series left off before it was cancelled. Can they bring back the magic of the original series in this new web-based series? Perhaps if they stay true to the spirit of the original series and the vision of Gene Roddenberry and those that shaped the original production (at least for the first two seasons) they can.
It feels like it was just the other day I was writing about the 32nd anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back because it was just the other day (it was Monday, May 21st). Though there wouldn't had been a Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, if there wasn't for Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope, or as we knew the film back in 1977, simply "Star Wars."
Has it really been 35 years? Indeed it has though it is difficult to swallow at times. I am an original Star Wars fan. I was 11 when the film opened and it changed my life. I had always been a science fiction fan, but I knew from the very first frames of this movie that this was going to be a game-changer. Seeing that Imperial Stardestroyer fly overhead, lasers shooting over the screen, explosions that rattled the seats next to me in the theaters, I hadn't seen or experienced anything like this before that time.
Why is May 25th the real "Star Wars Day"? The date actually has significance. It was the day the film opened in 1977. It didn't have the same fanfare as the opening of the subsequent movies in the saga, and far fewer screens which it could had been seen on back then. Though it was a different time then. Sure, a couple years before we had Jaws which may had brought in the tradition of "summer blockbusters" in the movie business, but it was Star Wars that really cemented it in.
I haven't posted many blog entries or reviews here lately because I had been embedded in the mobile space. What does that mean? While not replacing desktop computing any time soon, the mobile platform (and for me that means iOS) has matured to the point now where I can be productive on it and create and process content on it and post it directly to the net. For example, shooting photography and video right on the iPhone, editing the media on it, and posting it on the net all without ever touching my desktop workstation computer.
First I want to say thanks to Mobli for featuring me among other fantastic people in their popular section both in the app and the website. It was an unexpected surprise.
With all the celebrating going on of the 47th anniversary of Doctor Who on November 23rd last month, many science fiction fans may have missed the DVD release of the 1994-1995 sci-fi series, Space Precinct. This review of Gerry Anderson's Space Precinct complete series DVD box set release is to complement our review in the latest episode (episode 9) of Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi.
The series was created and produced by Gerry Anderson. A familiar name to sci-fi fans as his previous works include (in reverse order) Space: 1999, UFO, Captain Scarlet and the Mysersons, Thunderbirds, Stingray, Fireball XL5, and Supercar, to name a few. Space Precinct has a different flavor than his previous work. It is a police drama set in the future, 2040 to be exact. Though unlike another British television sci-fi police series, Star Cops, this series embraces many sci-fi iconic elements in it. In other words, you will see aliens in this series. They are two very different series, not to be confused with each other even though they are both science fiction police dramas produced in the UK.
Three weeks ago Apple unveiled the new Apple TV. It is now housed in a mysterious black box, as opposed to the silver of the previous Apple TV. It's much smaller and without a hard disk spinning inside plus a more efficient processor, it runs much cooler.
A black mysterious box is most fitting for this product because there's still so much about it that we don't know yet.
We had the pleasure of meeting Karen Gillan (Amy Pond in Doctor Who) this past April (2010) covering the event for Doctor Who: Podshock. Although we were there chiefly to record audio and shot still photos, we did manage to capture some short video of the red carpet interviews (thanks to the iPhone 3GS). This is one.
This is Karen Gillan at the US premiere of Doctor Who (the 1st Matt Smith series) at the Paley Center for Media in NYC speaking of going from her first role in Doctor Who (The Fires of Pompeii) to a full time companion.
If you read my previous post, Photo Walking 2010… Officially you will know that I took part once again in this year's Worldwide Photo Walk (WWPW). It took place on Saturday, the 24th of July 2010, the same day that YouTube was soliciting videos shot on that very day for their Life in a Day project. With the material sourced from these video submissions, director Kevin Macdonald will edit select footage to create a documentary movie executive produced by famed director Ridley Scott to be shown at the Sundance film festival in January.
The following is a quick test to see how the iPhone 4 using the iMovie app could shoot, edit, and upload video to share on the net all from the device on location. It worked out fairly well. I'm impressed. The video isn't uploaded in HD though, even with wi-fi. That would be the only real negative now.