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The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air

What are some subtle or lesser-known examples of current-day real-world USA being a dystopia? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 5, 2014 - 52 answers

Is there a decent, cheaper alternative to Camtasia?

I'm working on a load of small projects for the education arm of a small charity. In order to make the training more interesting, I have been tasked with finding out what can be done in the realm of screencasts. As we don't have any kind of budget, I thought we might be able use something like Camtasia, which our web developer has on his machine. Problem is, I'm pretty sure we only have one licence and I'm even surer that it's going to be a struggle to get anyone to agree to pay for any new software right now. Looking at the tutorials, I was thinking of starting (relatively) simple and maybe using a mix of Powerpoint and animations to enhance an audio lecture. I therefore have multiple parts to this question: 1) Is there a free or really cheap alternative to Camtasia that I should be looking at? or 2) Is Camtasia worth fighting for? If it is, I am willing to learn how to do awesome things with it. 3) Am I even looking at the right kind of software to do this? Thanks very much!
posted by joboe on Jan 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Why don't we have HD video of Earth rotating in space?

Why don't we have HD video of Earth rotating in space? You know, relatively close-up, as if the Enterprise had just dropped out of warp and the planet was being majestically introduced to the cinema audience. An extended, multiple pass/rotation exposure, so that it could be watched by appreciative viewers wanting to get a bit of perspective/peace. I imagine I would sit and gaze at this for extended periods. What are the technical limitations which have prevented this?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 1, 2014 - 23 answers

Dodging and burning effects in 1950s television?

Why do black-and-white shows from the 1960s, especially live ones, have what looks to be a burn (dark shadows) around bright objects (around Walt's signature and around people's heads) and dodging effects (white glowing) around dark objects (around the jet-black suit jackets of the announcer and dancers)? I originally thought it was some beleagured production assistant manually burning the What's My Line signatures so that they'd be more high-contrast and thus more readable, but now I'm seeing it everywhere!
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Does anyone know how those ultra-high pixel dense Google commercials are made?

Does anyone know how those ultra-high pixel dense Google commercials are made? [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Aug 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Framerates!

Why are old, black&white films (seemingly) always presented sped up to a modern framerate, making them jerky and fast? The explanation I have of that is that they were recorded with a slower frame rate, so if you want to play it on a modern TV, you have to speed it up. But can't we do better than that now? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Feb 14, 2012 - 19 answers

Remote setup for web video on TV?

Best setup for watching web video on TV? I currently have a PS3 which I occasionally use to watch Youtube etc via the TV. I'd like to do this more (especially longer videos) but using the PS3 is annoying for this, and I'd like some way to set up the videos on a laptop or tablet and send them wirelessly to the TV. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by crocomancer on Oct 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Can you access a video camera remotely with a hotspot card?

I'm looking for the simplest and cheapest way to set up a video camera at a temporary site that I can access on line. Is there a way to use one of those hotspot cards? Usually we use a dvr system that has a static ip, forward the port within the router and then dynamic dns or something like that but I want to eliminate the need for the computer, router, and permanent connection. Thanks!
posted by Raichle on Jul 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Computer ignoramus at the helm over here.

How do I make videos to put on Vimeo when I just have audio? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Apr 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me transfer some video, then muck with it.

Help me transfer some video, then muck with it. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Dec 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Video of high-def photo-overlay technology

Looking for a video of a technology demo, which uses high-def photos to add details to video by intelligently overlaying the photo on the video and deforming the photos as the video moves. I vaguely recall it as being TED-talk-like, with shots of a (young, possibly Asian?) guy at a podium and shots of the video in action. My google-fu is failing me.
posted by cthuljew on Aug 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Best desktop interactive video conferencing software?

What is the best desktop interactive video conferencing software that can accommodate a group of 20 participants all capable of interacting during the session? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Video and subtitles, all in one file?

I have a video file (.avi) and a subtitle file (.srt). What is the simplest way to merge these two files into one single video file with built-in subtitles? [more inside]
posted by afx237vi on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

film my route

Video camera for a runner? [more inside]
posted by archivist on Mar 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Not the most titillating way to take video of oneself, but...

Cheap digital video? Help me do time-motion studies on myself. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Mar 19, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I build a house in 20 minutes?

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 - 12 answers

I need an easier way of removing the audio track from MPEG2 files.

Is there an easy way to remove the audio track from MPEG2 files? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Jun 4, 2007 - 5 answers

External analog to digital converter suggestions!

External analog to digital video converter suggestions, please? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 on Dec 29, 2006 - 2 answers

Help me locate this Afro-Futurism video...

Years ago at school, I remember a video on Afro-Futurism. More than one instructor screened the video for my classes, so I've seen it a handful of times - but I can't remember the title, or where I can find it. I'm 90% sure it featured Kodwo Eshun extensively, as a "time traveler" who was researching the roots of Afro-Futurism and technology. It was focusing on music, mostly. [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Feb 10, 2006 - 7 answers

Can you figure out what video card this is?

I can't identify this video card. Help! Windows 2000 won't autodetect it, and I can't find any markings on it to help me figure out what it is so I can install the proper drivers. The only clue is the ATI logo. Two pictures: Front, Back. (big jpgs)
posted by atom128 on Jan 31, 2006 - 7 answers

BUY MORE POPCORN

Are subliminal messages illegal? I'm looking for citations, not vague impressions or urban legends (which so far is all I have to go on -- Google has not been helpful). I'm thinking of creating/commissioning a video project that will involve projection of subliminal images and/or words. The audience would be told that this was happening -- but not what the content of the messages was.
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Nov 17, 2005 - 11 answers

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