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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

Looking for portable video player recommendations

Can you recommend a portable video that... [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Jun 2, 2013 - 1 answer

Uplifting, Happy, or Cheerful documentaries on Vimeo?

I love watching short documentaries on Vimeo. Especially this one and this one. But Last Minutes With ODEN really, really hurts to watch. Can you recommend some short films/documentaries that would cheer or be uplifting as a follow-up viewing?
posted by fake on Jun 1, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I benefit most from watching course webcasts beforehand?

I like to watch video webcasts of courses I'm going to be taking in the future. What are your best suggestions to get the most out of this experience so that I can boost my performance when I'm actually in the course? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on May 26, 2013 - 4 answers

What's the best simple lavalier microphone setup to use with DSLRs?

I've been tasked with filming a series of seated "talking head" interviews using my DSLRs. What's the best way to create a minimal audio setup that will have acceptable quality, be reasonably easy to set up on location and to edit the final results, and also be reasonably cost-effective? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv on May 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Would someone give me a Mac Pro, please? Thanks.

Would the addition of a decent graphics card turn my workaday PC into a competent NLE workstation? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Apr 24, 2013 - 1 answer

Thin screen or tablet for poster presentations

My graduate research has recently headed in a video-heavy direction, which makes the ol' poster presentation format somewhat challenging. I'd like to have a thin screen or tablet to hold — or better yet, mount — where I can easily play a number of videos. What's my best option? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Apr 23, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I stream live television to 50-100 computers?

What is an inexpensive hardware and software configuration that would allow someone to stream a handful of channels of live TV to 50-100 computers, accessing these on demand? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Apr 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Video Editing and Film Making Seminar Recommendations

Does anyone have an recommendations for good video editing or film making seminars? I've got a pretty good background in filming and editing, but, looking to expand my knowledge and have a budget. Can be anywhere in the lower 48 states.
posted by trbrts on Apr 18, 2013 - 3 answers

What software can be used to crowdsource a transcription?

I am looking for an online service in which a group of volunteers could use to transcribe an audio or video file into text. Is there anything that will allow 10-15 volunteers to simultaneously log in and do this? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Apr 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Low-cost automated / automatic camera movement / slider?

I've decided to start posting my music on youtube... performed live. I'm looking to improve the cinematography with an automated slider / jib that could produce a movement like this on its own: Does anyone know how I can do this on a budget? [more inside]
posted by audio on Apr 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for specific website to create quick animated videos.

A month or two ago I saw a video someone had made of an exchange they had with a customer at work. The video had two cutesy CGI dog-like animals talking with very basic gestures and motions. It googled the watermark in the corner of the video and it took me to the site the guy had used to create the video. The name was four letters long but it wasn't a real word. There were multiple themes or scenes you could select, enter dialog, etc. Most of the themes were very cutesy- animals, flowers, etc. The speech seemed to be rendered by some typical voice-to-text software as it was very flat with no inflection. Overall it was a pretty easy to use website. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Apr 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Happy little (binary) trees. Is there a Bob Ross of coding?

Is there a Bob Ross of coding? I'm looking for a particular style of educational video which shows developers working through problems. It should include a voice over describing what they are trying to accomplish. It should also show the types of decisions they are making as they work through the problem. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Apr 14, 2013 - 8 answers

How should one choose from different video interfaces?

Starting from scratch (as it were), if I'm going to go out and buy a new cable to connect my laptop to my monitor, what cable should I ideally go looking for? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

hardware/software to convert legacy video to h.264?

If you had, say, $2K to spend on a system optimized to convert a variety of legacy video formats to h.264-encoded mp4's, what would you get? [more inside]
posted by Zed on Apr 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me transcode video for my PS3

I've got home video in a number of formats that I'm trying to convert to play on my PS3. I have a Very Large NAS with integrated UPnP server (a version of Twonky), so I'm not looking for a new way to stream the data. I've got Handbrake 0.9.8 for OS X, which doesn't (appear to) have a preset for the PS3. I've dug around a little bit, but every set of settings I've found either results in data the PS3 won't read, or video that's more artifacted than I expected (common symptom - horizontal striping when things move). Anyone have a good set of parameters to transcode to something the PS3 can use?
posted by hanov3r on Apr 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Fastest VNC setup? Concurrent RDP sessions in Windows 8 Pro?

I just purchased an underpowered computer to experiment further with remote desktops. Ideally I'd like to be able to use a remote desktop technology to stream HD video from the remote server, play a game on the client that's rendered on the more powerful server, and to have a local user work on the remote serving computer while another account on the server is being accessed remotely by the thin client. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Motion tracking video, data analysis edition

Is there a program that will do what I'm imagining? Import a video. Automatically pick tracking points in the video and track their 2D movement. Output tracking data in a text format that I'll be able to import into other programs. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Apr 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Cheap conference room audio for non-profits

I need a better audio setup for a projector in a conference room for a non-profit with no budget. Seriously: we're poor. [more inside]
posted by Fnarf on Mar 28, 2013 - 28 answers

Every 5 years, it happens. Help me buy a laptop.

Help me find the perfect laptop. Video/Windows 7/Video+photo editing/Reasonably speedy/SSD+Hard Drive/Bulletproof [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Mar 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there a service that can stream a video file at a certain time?

A con I help run has video art programming which we'd like to stream to people who cannot attend the convention. However, the infrastructure for livestreaming at this venue is prohibitively restrictive. Hence I'm looking for a service that would allow me to upload, say, an mp4 and schedule when it would begin streaming. [more inside]
posted by AbsoluteDestiny on Mar 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Alternatives to Google Hangout for large groups

Is there something like Google Hangout that allows for larger numbers of participants? Particularly in a one-to-many classroom-type setup rather than an all-way conversation. [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Mar 26, 2013 - 5 answers

A good or decent video game with beautiful and immersive sci-fi worlds

Anyone have suggestions for video games that do a great job of immersing you in sci-fi (ideally alien) worlds? [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee on Mar 24, 2013 - 28 answers

What video camera will meet my requirements?

I want to have a very lightweight camera that has no wires, but sends a video feed to an android device. I want to mount it on a telescoping pole for close-up inspection of stained glass windows. I do restoration and repair of stained glass for my living. So it would be great to be able to use a camera on a pole to do assessments onsite without ladders or scaffolding. [more inside]
posted by yesster on Mar 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Silent Science Videos To Entertain Teens?

Looking for videos to create a youtube playlist to entertain a group of science-minded teenagers for about 30 min that are largely visual. Sound is fine but the bulk shouldn't be someone talking to the class like an instructor - visualizations are best - ideally they should look really, really cool. Class is engineering focused, but chemistry, robotics, wobbly bridges, comp-sci, biology, are all welcome. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me identify this music video

I'm thinking of a music video by a Japanese rock band that starts with a long tracking shot of a huge guitar effects pedal chain. I know it is an amazing song but I can't for the life of me recall the name.
posted by mhjb on Mar 24, 2013 - 4 answers

90s games filter: what game was this?

What was the name of a 90s game where you try to find a rabbit in a theme park world? [more inside]
posted by Submiqent on Mar 20, 2013 - 5 answers

JW Player video download advice?

I need to download video from a jwplayer site. Looks like all the suggestions online require you to be a novice coder. I'm not. I just want this one video downloaded and all the normal Chrome or Firefox extensions don't work. Not even RealPlayer. Anyone care to advise. Here's the site. http://bit.ly/11blqJI Windows here if it makes a difference. Though I can access a Mac if need be.
posted by caveatz on Mar 19, 2013 - 3 answers

How can i play HD video without it horribly stuttering?

Any HD video files i try to play stutter horribly on my new computer, and just generally play inconsistently and in a not-smooth fashion. I've tried almost everything... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Mar 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Recommend some free video podcasts to an audio podcast fan.

There is an awesome machine at my gym that lets you hook up your iPod and watch videos on a little screen while you're doing cardio. I'd like to find a couple of good video podcasts to start watching as motivation to go more often and to keep me there. Audio podcast tastes and other interests inside. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Mar 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Tell me more about this Japanese TV show, Kamiwaza

I saw this cool demonstration of grace and balance on YouTube and now I want more. From the context, it looks like the 2013 champion of a Japanese TV Asahi show called Kamiwaza. If this is the champion, you'd think there'd be a dozen or two other performers who weren't quite as awesome as this, but were awesome enough to be worth watching. Google and YouTube don't seem to know much, though. (Although I did learn that Kamizawa is also a PS2 game and apparently a Polish cosmetic brand.) Can anyone tell me more about the show? How long has it been running on Japanese TV? Where can I see more?
posted by Jasper Fnorde on Mar 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Marketing Filter:Why are video product pitches so 2011?What should I do?

Groupon and Dropbox used to have great 2 minute animated videos on their sites explaining how their products worked, the problem they solved, and why you should get it. (On Groupon I am talking about the Groupon Works site where they try to get businesses to sign up.) I went to go look at these today-- I am trying to write a script for a short video explaining a product I am building-- Uggg, these cool videos have been replaced by a sales page with no video. What does it all mean?? [more inside]
posted by limitedpie on Mar 4, 2013 - 17 answers

Songs/videos that feature the Big Muff

I'm looking for music videos that include an image of a Big Muff guitar pedal or songs that definitely include the use of a Big Muff on the track.
posted by drezdn on Mar 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Do you recognize any of these places

This video was released as part of an ARG. We're trying to identify the locations in the video (some of it is stock footage but some was probably custom made). [more inside]
posted by GDWJRG on Feb 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Name this fashion video: model, meadow, carefully aimed wind machine

I'm trying to track down a viral fashion video that featured a model in a meadow of flowers at golden hour, with a wind machine following her gestures, flattening the grass and flowers. I can't remember what it was advertising — maybe perfume?
posted by sixswitch on Feb 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me identify a video game

I remember an RPG... I think it was for DOS or Windows. It was a kind of puzzle/mystery genre game, and it was like all video? Like your character walking around was sort of a mortal kombat video captured sprite walking around realistic (also kind of grainy video-y) backgrounds. The main character was a woman, I think she was asian, pretty sure she had long black hair. Can you identify the game?
posted by signsofrain on Feb 26, 2013 - 7 answers

jon secada falling in a hole

Been looking for this video for a while My wife several years ago saw an episode of Oprah where Jon Secada was on. They were reviewing a video of where Jon was singing and ended up falling in a hole. I would love to find the video because it cracks her up to watch. Can anyone find a link?
posted by jseven on Feb 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Is there a service like ReadItLater/Instapaper for videos?

On the heels of my request for lectures, are there any services out there that would let me queue up videos and then download them to my phone, Instapaper style, for watching on the train?
posted by aeighty on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Cripple Facetime and Skype 'Cuz Vid-Chatting Makes Me Anxious

I have an extreme aversion to video chatting. I'm not looking to AskMeFi to fix that. I'm just looking for help in: 1. setting my iPhone 4 so I'm not invitable to FaceTime (it's too easy to accidentally hit the "accept/answer" button), optimally while maintaining the ability to invite others (in case of some sort of emergency need), and 2. figuring out how to make audio-only Skype calls (incoming and outgoing) using my iPhone's SKype or Skype-WI-FI app. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 25, 2013 - 6 answers

I'm making videos from screen captures and I'm lost!

I've been tasked with creating YouTube-quality videos using clips generated by the screen capture software applications (Camtasia and Snapz Pro X. I have to bring these clips into Adobe Premiere for editing and to add titles and audio. I can't get my head around the various resolutions at play here and how best to match them up, so rather than more rambling narrative let me ask a few direct questions; [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Feb 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there a Mac application available to convert .mp4 files to AVCHD?

Is there a Mac application available to convert .mp4 files to AVCHD format? I'm trying to load videos on a USB stick to play on my blu-ray player. It is a Panasonic DMP-BD65. I seem to be running into the problem discussed in this thread, but the conversion software listed does not appear to have a Mac version and I can't seem to Google up a mac converter to do the same thing. Is there any way for me to make this happen?
posted by Drinky Die on Feb 21, 2013 - 10 answers

How do you go about finding copyright information for old computer game?

Trying to find out copyright information on 20 year old game. (more below) [more inside]
posted by gb77 on Feb 20, 2013 - 19 answers

Old dos gold mining game

I'm trying to remember an old gold mining video game (probably mid to late 80s). I think it was dos. It was similar to Miner VGA, but after playing that a few times it was definitely not that game. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Feb 17, 2013 - 7 answers

help with name of 1990s single-player game of spaceship combat

Hello, I was hoping that someone could name the turn-based space strategy game I played as a demo on my PC back around 1995. I offer these sketchy details: --it was a turn-based game where you piloted and battled using one or more spaceships --the game offered the intriguing feature of allowing you to design new spaceships --I remember learning the word "chassis" from the game, since you could choose what type of chassis you wanted in ship design, among other choices --the GUI was predominantly a gray-colored menu with text and options that you could interact with using the mouse, along with some more-or-less static images of planets and spaceships --I don't recall much in the way of storyline or even characters --I think you didn't see faces of characters much at all, or much of them otherwise. Thank you for trying to help me penetrate the obscurity.
posted by Perifferol on Feb 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Homebrew 3D video projection

Can I use polarizing filters with two aligned video projectors to make a 3D image that then can be viewed with Real3d / IMAX polarized eye-glasses? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Feb 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Compassionate but not boring fiction?

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 - 57 answers

Is it possible to record Skype calls?

I would like to know which program is a really good one to record Skype calls. I have tried some but not sure which one to purchase. Maybe you could recommend a free one.
posted by VincentLee on Feb 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for a free video conversion software program

Looking for a recommendation for any free video conversion software programs... [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Viral, Art, or otherwise "Cool" Video Project

My creative brain is itching to try my hand at recording and making a short video of sorts ... and I'm looking for ideas! [more inside]
posted by mistermc on Feb 7, 2013 - 2 answers

THAT OCTOPUS LOOKS LIKE A PLANT!

Help me make my step son's brain explode with some amazing/cool/unbelievable videos on the internet! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Feb 7, 2013 - 15 answers

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