Wireless Power Comes Closer To Reality

Eric Giler, chief executive of US firm Witricity, showed mobile phones and televisions charging wirelessly at the TED Global conference in Oxford this week. He said the system could replace the miles of expensive power cables and billions of disposable batteries. Here’s an interview on how wireless power actually works.

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Apple Releases Final Cut Studio 3

Just got word that Apple has released Final Cut Studio 3.  It contains new versions of Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5, and DVD Studio Pro 4. Best of all it contains Blu-ray support…. Press release below;

Apple Updates Final Cut Studio with More Than 100 New Features

New Versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and Compressor

CUPERTINO, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple today announced a significant update to Final Cut Studio with more than 100 new features and new versions of Final Cut Pro , Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and Compressor. Final Cut Studio features Final Cut Pro 7 which expands Apple’s ProRes codec family to support virtually any workflow and includes Easy Export for one step output to a variety of formats and iChat Theater support for real-time collaboration. Motion 4 includes enhanced tools such as 3D shadows, reflections and depth of field for stunning motion graphics and visual effects, and Soundtrack Pro 3 features new multitrack audio tools to streamline audio post production. Color 1.5 includes better Final Cut Pro integration and support for full color resolution, and Compressor 3.5 adds new features that make it easy to set up and customize your export options. At $999, the new Final Cut Studio is $300 less than the previous release and is also available as an upgrade for just $299.

“With 1.4 million users and 50 percent of the market,* Final Cut Pro is the number one professional video editing application,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The new Final Cut Studio includes more than 100 new features and dramatically expands Apple’s ProRes family of codecs so editors can work in the studio with the highest quality video or on location at low bandwidths.”

Final Cut Pro 7, the latest version of Apple’s Emmy Award-winning editing software, includes new versions of Apple’s ProRes codecs to support virtually any workflow with the addition of ProRes Proxy, for offline and mobile editing at low bandwidth; ProRes LT, for general purpose editing; and ProRes 4444 for editing and visual effects at the highest quality possible. Easy Export allows users to continue working on projects while encoding is done in the background and the sequence is exported to YouTube, MobileMe(TM), iPhone(TM), iPod , Apple TV , DVD or Blu-ray. iChat Theater support allows real time collaboration by sharing Final Cut timelines or individual source clips with iChat users anywhere in the world, even if they don’t have a copy of Final Cut Pro. Other new features include new speed tools to change clip speed with ease, alpha transitions to create dramatic effects using moving mattes, and native AVC-Intra support for the latest high quality Panasonic cameras.

Motion 4 extends award-winning, easy to use animation tools so video editors can quickly create everything from basic titles to animated credit rolls to stunning motion graphics. Enhancing 3D compositions is faster than ever with new customizable features that add point and spot lights to cast realistic shadows or turn any shape, video plane or paint stroke into a reflective surface. Motion 4 gives editors the flexibility to adjust the depth of field within a 3D canvas by selectively highlighting a single object or using multiple objects to create a racking focus effect.

Soundtrack Pro 3 adds powerful new audio editing tools including Voice Level Match which extracts volume information from the vocal content of one clip and applies it to another without altering any other audio content so editors can easily correct mismatched voice levels. An enhanced File Editor includes new tools to make sophisticated edits and fine tune volume adjustments by targeting specific frequencies such as the rustle of a paper or the bump of a desk without affecting dialogue. The new Advanced Time Stretch feature stretches and compresses audio with incredible precision using three Apple-designed algorithms or other algorithms available as third party plug-ins.

Color 1.5, Apple’s easy to use professional grading application, now works with a greater range of sequences and effects from Final Cut Pro and an integrated workflow allows editors to complete projects entirely within Final Cut Studio. New 4K support works natively with files from cameras such as the RED ONE and outputs directly to ProRes for HD or DPX for film. Expanded support for new high quality formats includes AVC-Intra, XDCAM 422 and ProRes 4444, for grading with the maximum amount of color information.

Compressor 3.5 makes encoding and delivering in multiple formats easier than ever with the ability to automatically detect QuickTime settings and create an Easy Export template or a mini “droplet” on the desktop that automates specific Compressor actions. New, customizable sharing options make it easy to publish to YouTube and MobileMe, or export for iPhone, iPod, Apple TV and mobile phones. For the highest quality HD material, menu templates and encoding presets make it fast and easy to create Blu-ray discs. Final Cut Studio also includes DVD Studio Pro , a powerful DVD authoring environment with drag and drop tools, on screen editing and real time previews.

Soundtrack Pro and Compressor are also available as part of the new Logic Studio , allowing Final Cut and Logic users to collaborate and share files.

Apple today also introduced Final Cut Server 1.5, the asset management and automation tool for Final Cut Studio. Final Cut Server 1.5 includes powerful new features like lightweight, offline editing with ProRes Proxy, production hierarchies to organize media, and support for still sequences to easily view and manage image sequences for graphics and effects workflows. Final Cut Server now includes unlimited client licenses and is available for $999 or as a $299 upgrade for existing users.

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Oldest TV Set In The UK

The 12-inch CRT in the video below is believed to be the oldest working TV in the UK. To keep it operational it has been modified so it could be connected to Freeview. It is actually a projection (or reflection) TV with the main mirror mounted on fold down lid. Enjoy the video.

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The $14 “Poor Man’s Steadicam”

Want to make your own “Poor Man’s Steadicam”. It can be done if you check out Johnny Chung Lee’s website, who provides step-by-step instructions on building your own. He even sells pre-built units for $39.95.  Check out the video of how good it works….

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Far North Living Lab Launched With World-First 2K BitTorrent Stream

Nerdlogger alerted me earlier today of a significant event in Digital Cinema. It occurred around the launch of Norway’s Far North Living Lab. The Far North Living Lab is a research lab started by the Northern Research Institute (Norut) and a selection of partners. The lab launch was held at the Aurora Kino, which plays a significant role in the digitizing of Norwegian cinema. The focus of the lab launch was the live streaming of the movie “Carved” by Jonas Rejman. The film features extreme showboarding and was shot on a RED ONE in full 2k.

The film was streamed using highly experimental technology created within the EU financed P2P-Next project, that allows for a modified BitTorrent client to stream a torrent file from ordinary BitTorrent clients. While this Video-On-Demand technology is experimental, the so-called “demo effect” is at its most extreme on a big screen. The film was streamed as a full 2k, 19mbit/s h264. The Video of the launch below;

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Image Manipulation: Things Are Pretty Neat At Princeton

I’ve avoided honing my Photoshop skills to perfection hoping that easy technology will come along where software will automate much of what I’d like to do. In the video below you can see what the smart folks at Princeton are working on some neat technology to automate Photoshop.


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