Imagine Digital Shoes: Lovely Short Uses Sound Design Alongside Visual Effects

FLIGHT. from a TWiN thing. on Vimeo. What makes this motion effect work is what you experience when you close your eyes. In a clever short film, the directing team TWiN (Jonathan & Josh Baker) imagine shoes that take on a life of their own, as though channeling forces from Tron. Directing that virtual, digital world into ours, they propel the actor – and perhaps suggest a solution to LA’s transit problems. (Eat your heart out, Segway.) But how do you make such an imaginary vision work? The post-production effects are pretty, but it really takes the sound to deliver …

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Box: Robotically-Manipulated Rectangles Become Projection-Mapped 3D Illusions

Big robots, subtle effects. That’s the result in “Box,” a mesmerizing set of etudes on three-dimensional projection-mapped illusions. Spun and levitated on two robots – the type you’d normally see in auto manufacturing and the like – rectangular projection surfaces transform into three-dimensional spaces for a wide range of effects. Each basic element of technique here is familiar, but as we reach an apex of neo-baroque digital experimentation, those techniques fuse into magical illusions, each more dazzling than the last. It’s filmmaking, but everything is captured in-camera. (It should still be reasonably impressive in person, though the parallax effects require …

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Your Soul is Glitching: Impulse, a Chilling Visual Poem on Self and Tech

Impulse from gold extra on Vimeo. Don’t wait for the cyborg future. It’s here – embedded more deeply in ourselves than any googles or prosthetic. The words are from 1949 – Max Bense, a Cassandra on technology, talking about “technical existence.” The visuals are part stop motion, part digital effect and glitching edit. And the human actor is glitching, too – their face twitching with electrodes, a la Daito Manabe. (Don’t miss the beautiful, perfect sound score by Juan A. Romero, too.) But the sum of all these components is something chillingly poetic, a visual etude that imagines something hopeful …

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Steve Jobs' Dream of the Visual Workstation, Surfacing Again in New Mac Pro

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/ It seems like the perfect Steve Jobs vision of a computer. The design even scares some with its forward look. It’s Darth Vader chic: slick, entirely black, with almost nothing visible to mar its perfectly-abstracted geometric shape. The new workstation is aimed at high-end markets in video, sound and music, and science. It bets on the latest up-and-coming technologies in storage and connectivity, even before they’re widely available in the market, with new multi-core processing for computation and video, and a breakthrough in high-resolution displays, with horsepower integrated on custom-designed boards. As a result, it promises cutting-edge creativity. But …

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Steve Jobs’ Dream of the Visual Workstation, Surfacing Again in New Mac Pro

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/ It seems like the perfect Steve Jobs vision of a computer. The design even scares some with its forward look. It’s Darth Vader chic: slick, entirely black, with almost nothing visible to mar its perfectly-abstracted geometric shape. The new workstation is aimed at high-end markets in video, sound and music, and science. It bets on the latest up-and-coming technologies in storage and connectivity, even before they’re widely available in the market, with new multi-core processing for computation and video, and a breakthrough in high-resolution displays, with horsepower integrated on custom-designed boards. As a result, it promises cutting-edge creativity. But …

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Motion Controlling a Water Drop: Entropy, An Arduino, A Laser Pointer, and a Gorgeous Watery Animation

In an elegant, balletic dive, taking an almost impossibly-long span of time, a single droplet of water falls and splashes, an animated logo peeking out from the inside. But it’s what isn’t there that may surprise you. There’s slow motion camera behind the scenes, meaning the usual way of doing this is absent. Instead, what you’re seeing is a stop motion time lapse – a record of the shifting patterns of entropy in nature, thousands of different droplets appearing as connected that in reality are not. It’s a trick of animation and high-speed lighting, not high-speed photography, stroboscopic illusion. And …

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3D Light Painting How-To: iPad + Open Tools + LEGOs with Mickael Le Goff

Monark teaser (How to do 3D light-painting) from Mickael Le Goff on Vimeo. When photography meets generative visuals, where real-for-real techniques come together with digital imagery, some special things can happen. Take the surprisingly-effective technique of 3D light painting. If you don’t closely follow our sister music site, you may have missed NI’s Monark synth. But the teaser for it is worth revisiting for its technique. Combining the iPad as a convenient portable screen with generative visuals and an open source 3D and Arduino control rig, it produces a rich, subtle effect that could be worth adding to your arsenal. …

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Peoplemeter: Experimental Film, Score Imagine a World Populated by the Things We Left Behind

As umbrellas scurry about like spiders, inanimate metal objects scuttling through emptied streets, and electronics send clicks and crackles between robots, Peoplemeter produces a post-apocalyptic world without humans. Microscopes and endoscopes shoot these objects in revelatory ways, as the musical score amplifies their sounds. These objects are animated through various effects, ranging from stop motion to more abstract portraits as textures. Director Incredible Bob makes these intimate moments a kind of cinematic object theater. The sound, too, literally comes from inanimate ephemera, transformed into experimental instruments by musician WoO of the BelgradeNoise collective. The trailer is already compelling. More details …

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Stop Motion Animation, Without the Effort: Magical New Algorithm Lets You Just Use Your Hands

Stop-motion animation, made stunningly simple … through science! Our video-based interface enables easy creation of stop motion animations with direct manipulation by hands, which are semiautomatically removed through a novel two-phase keyframe-based capturing and processing workflow. Our tool is complementary to, and can be used together with traditional stop motion production (e.g., for the rotation of individual faces here). Translation: you can hold stuff with your hands, move it around normally, and then make it look as if you spent countless hours doing actual stop motion animation. Insane. The team in Hong Kong who worked this magic: Xiaoguang Han and …

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How-To: 3D Camera Tracking Tutorials, No Pricey Software Needed [Voodoo + vvvv, Blender]

Matching a 3D scene to video footage with a moving camera — it used to be that performing tasks like this required expensive commercial tools. Now, you can use vvvv – free for non-commercial use – and a free research project called Voodoo Camera Tracker. Or, on the open-source side of the coin (including commercial use), you can use Blender. vvvv we’ll talk about more this week, as the visual programming language just celebrated its 10th anniversary with an arty party in Berlin. Voodoo Camera Tracker is worth mentioning, too – the work of the Laboratorium für Informationstechnologie, University of …

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