I'm searching for visual reference material, in the area of kinetic natural phenomena - think falling rocks, volcanic eruptions, flowing magma, good tornado sequences, anything menacing, optimally POV. Photorealistic preferable, CG perfectly suitable, any duration, web or DVD sourced, docs or movies. Thanks!
posted by dbiedny
on Jul 28, 2014 -
So how are all the cool people making home movies these days, if they're not recording off their phone? And how are they storing and sharing such movies? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Apr 19, 2014 -
Help me find non-boring media that wraps you in a warm (or fierce) blanket of compassion or simply leaves you with a sense of gentle warmth, safety, or contentment? [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on Feb 15, 2013 -
Please recommend movies that view coherently with the sound off. The example that I offer is 'Cast Away,' which, even during the book-ends of its series of scenes that have dialogue, every last minute point of film's exposition is conveyed through blocking, apparent emotions, and, obviously, action. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan
on Jan 30, 2013 -
Friend and I want to watch movies or video together at the same time. We are separated by several states, but connected by the Internet. How can we make this work? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck
on Jun 4, 2012 -
What are the options for making publicly available educational movie files, so they can be accessed by computer illiterate people, yet without making them publicly available/indexed by Google? I tried YouTube but hit its "video is too long" limitation (the movies are 35 minutes and I really don't want to chop them up into 10 min chunks). The movies are created by a charity and I have full permission of the copyright holder. The movies are not available online anywhere else. (Read on for more info.) [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon
on Mar 6, 2012 -
Buying advice for audio equipment that can be used for both home video and for field recording? [more inside]
posted by facetious
on Feb 17, 2012 -
I have edited my HD video in iMovie, and want to export it (as whatever file type) in 720p, but at a much smaller size than iMovie is putting out. Help me shrink this movie! [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on May 23, 2011 -
How should I make a stop motion video using a free program on Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by kylej
on May 22, 2010 -
What are some documentaries/movies/video clips that are about the Annexation of Texas? [more inside]
posted by kylej
on Oct 23, 2009 -
Trying to watch movies on my laptop in a steam shower. How can I see my laptop through a foggy shower door, and how can I hear the sound if the same door is sealed? [more inside]
posted by zinge
on Jun 9, 2009 -
I'm looking for film recommendations. Films (of any length) that use approach their subject matter in abstract or otherwise unusual ways. Some of my favorites in that vein are Koyaanisqatsi
, Outside In
, Powers of 10
, Gantz Graf
, Der Lauf Der Dinge
, C'etait un Rendezvous
, Fast, Cheap, and out of Control
, and The Fourth Dimension
. Things like this
that, in their own weird way, impart some understanding. Bonus points for no dialog.
posted by phrontist
on Feb 7, 2009 -
What are the best programs (paid/shareware/freeware/open source) that can convert almost ALL kinds of video files and vice-versa? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi
on Jan 21, 2009 -
I recorded it using the web cam on my HP Touchsmart PC and the playback makes a distorted, squelch sound every time there is a loud part in the video. What's the best way to keep the original soundtrack, but remove the feedback noise? Also, is there a way to adjust the recording levels to improve audio on future projects?
posted by dthm42
on Dec 28, 2008 -
My Neighbor Totoro...........I want to buy the DVD, but on Amazon a lot of people are saying certain versions are not good. There is a 2006 Walt Disney widescreen version; and then there is a 2002 full screen version that is not Disney.
What do you think the best version would be for me to get? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Dec 7, 2008 -
Does a movie studio releasing many, many different video formats (multiple SDVDs, HD DVD, UMD, VOD) of a particular movie indicate that this movie performs well at retail? Or is it more likely a desperate attempt to recoup from a disastrous theatrical run?
posted by TheManChild2000
on Nov 11, 2008 -
Can I get some kind of license to be a motion picture theatrical exhibitor, which would allow me to dust off my VHS copy of "E.T." and show it to kids downtown for 25c each? ((For free??)) [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Oct 18, 2008 -
I need to create a website for a fake invite-only torrent community to feature in a short movie centering around said community. What's the easiest way to set up a customizable tracker? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138
on Sep 29, 2008 -
Can you recommend an upconverting DVD player with component output that ignores region coding and allows me to perform any action at any time? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Sep 24, 2008 -
I'm jumping the gun and asking for a personal recommendation for a used camera purchase.
My budget is $200-250 and I want to buy used. My priorities in order are:
1. As much manual control as possible -- so I'm leaning towards Canon for the CHKD firmware.
2. FAST to start up and take shots and switch modes.
3. 30FPS VGA movie ability that looks comparable to a cheap dedicated camcorder (but it doesn't need to record for a long time -- I'm fine with MJPEG).
4. Good quality audio pickup for the movies.
5. Smaller than SLR-size.
...Everything else is low priority.
I hope these criteria and its answers will be useful to others.
posted by oneous
on Sep 18, 2008 -
How to make a time lapse movie of a 2 year construction project? There is a new building being built in my university campus it should be finished by 2009. I want to capture the whole process of erecting the building by shooting few frames every day and editing them into a time lapse movie that will last 20 minutes. [more inside]
posted by slimeline
on Nov 21, 2007 -
Indian Music Video: "It's like this woman and her daughter running across a beach wearing some flowing red thing [sari?] and then theres a part of it where she's chasing her daughter through like a really big empty desert-place." [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31
on Nov 16, 2007 -
I need to convert different video formats and adjust audio levels of videos I want to transfer to my Archos 604... Which software does this best? [more inside]
posted by matthelm
on Aug 10, 2007 -
Name the scary movie I can't remember. In one scene tarantulas crawl all over a bed and floor of a bedroom (I think it was a child's). I want to say that the plot may have involved a man who could bring about people's worst fears, but he may have been the devil. [more inside]
posted by banished
on Apr 25, 2007 -
can anyone recommend a simple piece of Mac (or unix) software that will take a bunch of image files named abc001, abc002, etc and string them together into a video file that i can view with a lowest-common-denominator video player? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich
on Mar 4, 2006 -
Can I use a 3D FPS game engine (i.e. Half-Life 2 or the like) to render and control virtual scenes in real-time? Game modders, is what I want to do possible? [more inside]
posted by chos
on Jan 16, 2006 -
Want to do start doing some video work, curious what are my best options for some quick "post-to-web" type videos, as well as being able to store them. [more inside]
posted by benjh
on Apr 6, 2005 -