Vimeo Adds Creative Commons Licensing; Why It's a Good Thing for Visualists, Visual Culture

Vimeo has long been a favored site for visualists sharing their work, but while sites like rival video host Blip.tv and photo sharing site Flickr added an option for Creative Commons licensing, it’s been conspicuously absent on Vimeo — until now. Now, when you upload video files to Vimeo, you’ll see options for all the major CC license types. That means you can not only provide a CC license, but choose how you want your work to be used — whether people are allowed to remix it, use it for commercial uses, and so on. As the Vimeo blog puts …

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Extraordinary Timelapse Skies, Now on an Affordable Canon SLR

Moving over the face of the Earth Timelapse from Laww Media on Vimeo. Greetings, planet Earth. Remember when exquisite timelapse photography was the exclusive domain of expensive cameras, bottled up and sold by the likes of the BBC Motion Graphics library? Now a Canon SLR camera well within the reach of mortals is more than enough. Filmmakers Laww Media of Wollongong Australia, makers of quite a bit of nice footage, took the footage above with a Canon 7D and a remote. What’s your preferred timelapse rig? And I’m especially curious, what sorts of software timelapse do you use? By the …

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RED Digital Camera, Meet Sony Vegas 9: First Impressions

No, you’re not imagining things. That is in fact 4096-pixel-wide footage you’re editing, right in Sony Vegas. What happens when digital cinematography meets a favorite desktop video editing app for mortals? When our friend Nathanaël Lécaudé, also a talented multitouch developer, said he had encountered some work with RED, I was really curious to know first-hand what the experience was like. Sony Vegas is a curious creature – it’s the name you hear least when talking about desktop video editing, until you talk to users, at which point this Windows-only tool gets near-cult status. It’s especially big among visualists because …

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PBS Open Content: Remix That Documentary, Creative Commons-Style

Stock footage has long been a VJ cliché, and remixes in and of themselves aren’t always meaningful. But in the right hands – just as in audio sampling – sampled content can take on new life. It might even find an unrecognizable form. And with publicly-funded documentaries, why not give the actual content back to the people who supported its creation, whether they render it as entirely new art or political material. The US public broadcasting network, PBS, is doing just that with its Open Content series. For instance, I recently watched an episode of NOVA on the future of …

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Thanks to our Sponsor: VJ Footage Made by VJs, New Call for Works

A big thanks to Resolume for their support of coverage on Create Digital Motion this month. We have the final say on which sponsors we work with, and we’re pleased to be building relationships with people we believe in. One of the trends we see coming is the release of visuals on “labels”, curated and collected just as music records would be, and digested by VJs who appreciate the content. Part of why we’re pleased to work with Resolume is that they’ve long been interested in this, as well. Their material is made by VJs, with a range of experimental …

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Weekend Inspiration: Cheap Camera + Free Blender Software = Motion in Hours

For further proof that you can make footage in Blender, here’s an example whipped up by Troy James Sobotka. Troy’s approach is one familiar to a lot of us: grab the simplest camera possible, go shoot something, go make something. I think it’s part of what I find appealing about the world of live visualists – exploration is encouraged. The tools in this case: A Kodak Zi6 camera – cost: US$160. (I’m impressed; sure, it’s broad daylight which is ideal for cheap cameras – but it still looks better than what I’ve seen from the Flip.) Blender for editing, effects …

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Retro Thing on Rescuing Old Formats: 8mm, Polaroid

The very things that make many of us so passionate about the bleeding edge of visual technology make us equally attached to vintage media – not out of nostalgia, out of a love of what is expressive. Our friends over at Retro Thing have devoted their entire site to such matters. But as we mourn the loss of the Small Thing print magazine, they have some particularly useful posts this week related to some of those older formats. Signs of hope: Where To Find Regular 8mm Film — that’s the important one. It’s possible to still go pick up Super …

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More Consumer-Level Slow Motion: Casio EX-F1 Shoots Video up to 1200FPS

High speed video is rapidly getting more accessible. In late 2006 a camera which could do 500FPS would set you back US$8800 (or $350/day rental). Now, the newest addition to the high-speed-cameras-for-normal-people – the Casio EX-F1 is shooting at up to 1200FPS, for $1000. Of course, it’s a still camera as well, and it records 1080i and 720p footage, but I didn’t put “slow motion” up there in the title of this post to talk about boring old 30FPS. The EX-F1 encodes straight to H264, so none of the shoot-wait-shoot behavior of my Sony tape-based HVR-V1P, and it doesn’t seem …

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On CDMotion: Shill for Pioneer DJ, Slo-Mo Video, Wearable Wrist Controller, Trampoline Animation

Create Digital Motion is CDMusic’s sister site for visual performance, live and interactive visuals, VJing, and digital art. We’re still waiting for its main editor, Jaymis, to get back from a big rock-and-roll tour of Australia and environs, but even during the slowdown, various goodness for you: DVJing: Pioneer Wants You to VJ with Pictures of Their Gear DJ gear maker Pioneer is banking on the potential popularity of VJing in DJ sets. They’ve got quite a nice site up (good) and are giving away free clips of their gear rotating around (pass). Sony HVR-V1P HDV Camera: Smooth Slow Motion …

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Lots of Free Video Footage from Resolume

Speaking of free footage … Bart, from the terrific indie Windows VJ software Resolume, has posted bunches of new, free footage to their site: Resolume Footage Archive Lots of good stuff, from abstract to found. Of course, all of this raises some questions: will you be spotted using recognizable footage? (I’ve certainly been at parties where VJs picked up on this.) The rules here should be pretty simple: first, use footage effectively, rather than just looping it indefinitely. Second, share enough footage that VJs worldwide have a big pile upon which to draw. Third, shoot some of your own footage. …

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