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Motion-activated video capture in low light?

What's the best, most reliable way to capture video in a low-light situation for a short period of time (say, up to 2 minutes) that's motion-activated? Cheaper is good. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Dec 12, 2014 - 4 answers

What's the easiest way to spy on my cats?

Is there a cheaper and easier set-up for spying on my cats than setting up something like Simplicam or Dropcam? [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz on Dec 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Big Bandwidth in the Big Apple

I need to upload several GB of data fast while on travel to New York. How do I pull this off? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Software for a funerary photo/video slideshow

What are the best Windows 7 applications for making a respectful slideshow for a funeral? I'm thinking there will be mostly pictures, but some video may be included as well. For now I'm thinking I won't be including music in the slideshow, but I'd still like to hear about software with music functionality as well.
posted by MustardTent on Dec 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me find the ideal livestreaming solution!

I need to livestream a small-scale sporting event at the end of February 2015. I would probably like to continue livestreaming events for both business and personal stuff after that, so I am wondering about the best technology to invest in and system to use. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Dec 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me find this video about how Mouse Trap (the game) sucks.

" A year or two ago there was a funny music video lamenting the ridiculousness of the board game Mouse Trap from the 80s. I really want to show it to my aunt, who bought a modern version of Mouse Trap that is no better than the original, but I try as I might, I can't find it anywhere!" [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Dec 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Producing a two-person video/audio conversation on my iPad mini

I want to record two people talking to each other on my iPad (with iPad video) but I want better sound than the iPad mic itself provides. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 28, 2014 - 1 answer

How Do I Get DSLR Video on Instagram?

I just made an Instagram, and want to post some of my previously non-smartphone-shot-video on Instagram. I tried many different things and followed a bunch of guides on how to do this, but nothing worked. How do I do this? [Technical Details Inside] [more inside]
posted by gregr on Nov 23, 2014 - 14 answers

I need to edit lot of videos quickly, how?

I have a lot of videos I need to preview, then trim based on the preview, possibly rotate, then save. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Nov 19, 2014 - 5 answers

How to make a time-lapse movie from lots of very boring video?

I'd like to make a time-lapse video from a bunch of very boring normal-speed video files produced by a cheap dash cam. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Nov 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Good video entertainment for preschoolers and adults?

I need some suggestions for videos a mix of adults and preschoolers would enjoy. The absolute gold standard is The Muppet Show, which is totally awesome and had something for everyone, but we've watched it all. What else is like it?
posted by Maximian on Nov 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Technologies for emulating video games inside web browsers

What are the current technologies for embedding interactive video games that accept mouse clicks and keystrokes as input for event-driven loops, inside a web browser page? I DON'T mean embedding Flash. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Nov 15, 2014 - 3 answers

iOS 8 Video Editing App That Lets You Hear The Audio While Trimming?

I'm interested in making perfectly-looping Vine videos of me playing guitar riffs. I'd like to shoot and edit these videos on my phone (iPhone 5, iOS 8.1), without using a desktop editor. Is there an app that allows you to hear audio while editing?.... [more inside]
posted by kaboomer on Nov 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Gaming without the grind?

I've got a long-running itch to play video games. They're insufficiently like work (relative to my other hobbies) that they're an appealing way to decompress, and I can do them when it's cold/wet/dark... but I am absolutely not motivated by the grind. Help me find something that will absolutely not require collecting all/some/the last/the only McGuffin(s). [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Nov 8, 2014 - 25 answers

Humorous mashup of aerobics show and electronica

Been trying to re-find this video all morning. It's a mashup of some morning aerobics show (possibly British) featuring one lady and two dudes. She's obviously the lead/instructor. [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Would Like to Recall Name of Specific Arcade Game Early '90s

It was an upright arcade game, but played like a board game. You and some (allegedly) hyper intelligent extraterrestrial take turns placing tokens (colonies, energy nodes, whatever) on a series of boards that change from round to round. Tokens next to the token you place get 'flipped' to your color. There was console art depicting spacey aliens with pseudopods. [more inside]
posted by newdaddy on Nov 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Workflow for iPad video editing

I work with high school students who all have iPads. Because the ipad is so handy, and because iMovie is so easy to use, I want the students to edit their video projects on the ipad. Currently they use adobe premiere on desktop computers. I am not having any success finding simple solutions to this. [more inside]
posted by yet.another.boston.question on Oct 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me decide how to put a DVD online.

So I have this DVD with accompanying copyright information, descriptive notes and disclaimers and I'd like to put it online so others can access it. The last time I did such a thing, I ripped it and converted to FLV and used JW Player. I could do that again but I wonder if that's what people at the end of 2014 would do. Are we in a post-flash world? Could I do something similar in a different format? (Even though I have some experience with this, please "explain like I'm 5.") [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Oct 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Give me the best short bursts of horror/VHS/halloween nostalgia you got.

I'm putting together a Halloween marathon party this weekend, with a few horror movies (about evenly split between good and cheesy selections), and lots of video interludes in between that speak to a sense of pre-2000 horror/VHS/halloween nostalgia. I need your help on the interludes. I'm finding it hard to pick the exact vibe I'm looking for, but for examples: [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Oct 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeking simple WMV to MP4 file transcoder

Please help me find a simple high quality WMV to MP4 file transcoder that will run on my Mac. [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Where to host geotagged images for easy Twitter integration?

I snap a lot of images when I'm out walking, and I'd like somewhere to host them that will allow me to post them to a Twitter feed quickly and easily. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Oct 19, 2014 - 4 answers

What could be causing these strange flickering pixels in some images?

Recently, I noticed some pixels flickering on one of my monitors. At first I assumed it was a problem with the monitor until I noticed the flickering pixels scrolled when the image scrolled (i.e., it's always the same pixel in the image regardless where the image is on the screen). So then I thought it was an animated image, but if I drag the window over to the other monitor, the flickering goes away. [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Oct 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Conversation-heavy movie/show/video in French or Japanese?

I would like to go back to speaking French and Japanese and found out that it really comes back to me better after listening to people having everyday conversations in a more "natural" setting (rather than podcasts, news, etc.). Where can I find some conversation-heavy videos to watch/listen to? [more inside]
posted by perkinite on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me make these videos play when and how I want them to.

I have three video files that I would like to play sequentially, stopping in between each. The trigger for playing the next video should be a button that when pressed, emulates a spacebar press (I have this button already). I'm trying to do this with VLC player on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Oct 6, 2014 - 1 answer

Definitive Holocaust Video to Supplement Maus?

Thanks to the wonderful responses I received in the question of "What would be in your best high school english class?" I've started the year by reading Art Spiegelman's Maus. What's wonderful is that my incredibly reluctant readers are actually reading and enjoying the book, what's not wonderful is they don't seem to understand that the Holocaust was a VERY BAD THING. I'm looking, ideally, for a 1 hour documentary that does just that. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Oct 4, 2014 - 27 answers

Removing banding noise from video still

I have a video recording of a computer screen, and so the resulting video includes some wavy banding artifacts (the kind you often see when you film a monitor or TV). Small sample image. What is this artifact/noise called, and is there any way to remove it? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Oct 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Two Monitors of Verona

I have two identical monitors, hooked up to a dual-HDMI graphics board. The board is a replacement for the previous, damaged board, and now one monitor clearly has display issues the other does not. In this link, the left image is the problem - note the white lines around the dark lines. Also, regular vertical lines vary in thickness on the left monitor, suggesting a resolution mismatch - but there's only one setting for that. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Sep 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Viewing files on a remote drive, on an Android device

How do I set up the sharing of a folder on a USB disk drive so that files within the drive, which is attached to a Win7 PC, can be played on an Android device? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Two-Cam Simultaneous Video Recording in iOS?

Enjoying the "Walk Around the Compound" series of videos by BigCatDerek on YouTube, and I haven't heard back from him on this question so I figured I'd ask here. Which iOS app is he using to record simultaneously on both iPhone cameras? (I know he has an iPhone because he mentioned buying it awhile back).
posted by ktoad on Sep 18, 2014 - 1 answer

Need a high-quality, but fast and easy, way to generate animated GIFs.

Are there any free high-quality GIF generator sites or programs that allow you to make animated GIFs from videos that don't add watermarks to your GIFs? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Engaging videos for introducing globalization with undergrads?

Do you know of an engaging 3-6 minute video that introduces or gets student thinking about issues of globalization (for undergrads)? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I light a dark kitchen for a Youtube cooking show?

After studying a lot of lighting tutorials, I've settled on some form of 3 point lighting to illuminate the subject (me!) as I cook. The problem is that my kitchen is connected to my very dark, cavernous living room, and so the space tends to swallow up any lights I use. Can you give me pointers on lighting this space, and help me to purchase more lights (if necessary) to adequately light my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for title of a video from the 90's.

I am a librarian and had a phone call this afternoon which centered around a VHS set of videos a lady had checked out in the early 90s. She wanted to know if I could remember the name of them. [more inside]
posted by haikuku on Sep 11, 2014 - 6 answers

What music is used in the reveal video for the new Apple Watch?

Here's the YouTube version of the video. I tried Google, Shazam, and Audentifi without any results. Does anyone know what the song or artist is? I understand it may be from an audio library or custom made for this video, but I thought I'd see if anyone can identify it.
posted by joshrholloway on Sep 10, 2014 - 6 answers

What video games should I play?

I really like video games in which I can collect and build things. Occasional combat is preferred, but I'd like to find games where that isn't the focus. Don't Starve was pretty much perfect. I'm pretty new to the whole genre and haven't played many games aside from RPGs before. What else might I like?
posted by a hat out of hell on Sep 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Your favourite instructional video

Which short instructional videos do it really well? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Sep 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for Chevy Volt ad with male-female couple and Siri integration

There's an ad for the Chevy Volt in which a male-female couple is driving. The man connects his iPhone to the car, and asks Siri to read his voicemails. He then listens to one and is embarrassed by it. I've looked around, contacted Chevy and even their ad agency, but can't find video of this ad. The ad aired during The Daily Show online around Spring 2014. Sources anyone?
posted by 4midori on Sep 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Behind the scenes with pop songwriters, beatmakers, etc.

I am fascinated by the world of pop songwriting, and have read some articles about stars like Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Jeff Bhasker and anyone else in today's pop world... Now, where can I see video of them at work? Even if it's just a scene or two from a larger tv show or documentary.
posted by xo on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

How to present my tablet app to potential investors online?

I designed an app for tablets that I'd like to present to potential investors. Problem is, I can't make an in-person presentation and I'll have to settle for an online one. How do the professionals usually go about this (videos, images, ...)? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Aug 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Cinematography: What changed on Doctor Who between Davies and Moffat?

This week I watched a Doctor Who episode from the Russell T. Davies era with David Tennant as Doctor 10. I cut my teeth on the Matt Smith episodes, so I always find the older episodes so different in terms of production quality. But what am I seeing, exactly? What were the technical changes in production between the two series? [more inside]
posted by fremen on Aug 22, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I Memento-ize videos, or play their scenes back-to-front?

Is there a video player that can either play a file's chapters in reverse order, or better yet, scan through a video to detect scenes (editors do this, right?), and then play them in reverse sequence?
posted by unmake on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Rebroadcasting video from a subnet

I run a science support network with frequent visitors and high turnover. A current project has two devices incorporating Axis webcams on a dedicated subnet. I have one laptop which is wired to the subnet and wireless on my “host” network. We don’t want to enable full routing to the subnet, so I want to use the laptop to re-broadcast the video from the two webcams onto the host network. The laptop (Windows 8) can see both the subnet and the host network, and machines on the host network can see the laptop. [more inside]
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting on Aug 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Example of Japanese-speaker singing Disney song phonetically in English?

I've been digging for about a week and I can't find audio examples of a japanese-speaker singing Disney songs phonetically in English. I know it's a thing, because I think I remember being shown this sort of thing vis-a-vis The Circle of Life a few years back by someone who was bilingual, and I got the impression from the number of videos then that this was a common practice among Japanese (and maybe other Asian countries?) kids to do. Can someone find me a link? Or give me better search terms? [more inside]
posted by ABlanca on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Display issues on my laptop

My new laptop works perfectly except for the screen. At boot, the contrast is almost grey. On certain colors/wavelengths(?), there seem to be tiny pixels gyrating, almost like snow on old-fashioned TVs, but much smaller. It's nonetheless distracting. What settings do I change? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 10, 2014 - 1 answer

Video app for iPad

I need a video app for my ipad that goes beyond what the built-in Video app offers. I need robust video tagging/metadata, smooth import/export from the computer, and slow-mo playback. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Aug 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Campaigning for closed captions online

I'm hard of hearing and I'm very upset that so much online video is not captioned and is therefore inaccessible to me. I want to contact online video providers - especially news organizations, documentary filmmakers and businesses - to strongly encourage them to provide closed captions, and I'm looking for your advice on an effective approach. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 4, 2014 - 19 answers

Down Low Too Slow

Does anyone know who the creator of this short video is? I desperately want to let them know how much they've made me laugh.
posted by DWRoelands on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

B-Roll: File formats and file size

I've got a lot of B-Roll and the file sizes are too much for us to maintain them in a usable way. 300 gb for a 30 min .avi? What are decent formats/compressions that are acceptable but that also give manageable file sizes? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Jul 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking for video sources/movie references for natural phenomena

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 - 5 answers

Why will videos not play on my home network?

For some reason my laptop will not play videos on my home network. The sole exception is when I view youtube videos on the youtube site itself. The video players will load, but then wait to buffer the video without ever loading anything. I have no issues on other networks than my home network, and I have no issues with other devices or laptops, other than my personal laptop, even on my home network. And what is so special about the youtube site that makes it immune to the problem? I have tried using other browsers, and the behaviour persists. [more inside]
posted by jamincan on Jul 25, 2014 - 4 answers

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