New Snap Spectacles put 3D capture onto your face (!)

Wow:

Per The Verge:

The glasses’ marquee feature is a second camera, which enables Spectacles to capture depth for the first time. Snap has built a suite of new 3D effects that take advantage of the device’s new depth perception ability. They will be exclusive to Spectacles, and the company plans to let third-party developers design depth effects starting later this year.

This time around, Snap is offering a new way to view snaps taken through Spectacles: an included 3D viewer resembling Google Cardboard. (The Spectacles 3D viewer is made of cardboard as well.)

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Camera Raw now seamlessly adjusts 360º panos

(May as well keep this Adobe-week content train rolling, amirite?)

If you’d asked me the odds of getting a tweak this deeply nerdy into Camera Raw, I’d probably have put it around 1 in 100—but dang, here we are! This is a godsend for those of us who like to apply area-based adjustments like Clarity & Dehaze to panoramas. Russell Brown shows the benefit below.

A note of caution, though: to my partial disappointment, this doesn’t (yet) work when applying Camera Raw as a filter, so if you want to use it on JPEGs, you’ll need to open them into ACR via Bridge (Cmd-R). And yes, my little Obi-Wan brain just said, “Now that’s a workflow I haven’t heard of in a long time…” Or, if you’re coming from Lightroom Classic, you’ll need to open the image as a Smart Object in Photoshop—clunky (though temporary, I’m told), but it beats the heck out of trying to fix seams manually.

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Get a job! Lots of good listings in Adobe Video

At risk of making this an all-Adobe week of posts (no subtext there, honest!), you should think about coming to work with my wife & her crew in the rockin’ Digital Video & Audio group:

Premiere Rush adds speed ramping

Ah—just in time for me to play with speed in the dronie I took last week: Premiere Rush has added the ability to selectively speed up & slow down chunks of footage via its iOS, Android, and desktop versions.

Our #1 requested feature is available today in version 1.2 — Speed!

Slow down or speed up footage, add adjustable ramps, and maintain audio pitch — speed in Rush is intuitive for the first-time video creator, yet powerful enough to satisfy video pros who are editing on the go.

Check out the quick sample below & dig into details here.

 
 
 
 
 
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🎬 Rush (the video editing app I work on) just got a HUGE update: speed controls! You can now slow down and speed up footage + add adjustable ramps on both video & audio clips. I’ve been playing with it for the past few months in beta and it’s been a blast. 📱 The craziest part is that this is all possible on your computer, iPad and iOS/Android phone. Rush stores video projects in the cloud so you can work across all your devices, nuts. 💭 We’ve all seen our friends and family become photographers thanks to our smartphones. Right now, the same thing is happening with video. The era of serious mobile creativity is here, I’m pretty excited to be a part of it 💪📱 🎵Thanks @ianbennettdesigns for the awesome music track! #madewithtush #premiererush #adobe #gopro #adoberush

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AR walking nav comes to iPhone & more Android devices in Google Maps

I’ve been collaborating with these folks for a few months & am incredibly excited about this feature:

With a beta feature called Live View, you can use augmented reality (AR) to better see which way to walk. Arrows and directions are placed in the real world to guide your way. We’ve tested Live View with the Local Guides and Pixel community over the past few months, and are now expanding the beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit starting this week.

Like the Dos Equis guy, “I don’t always use augmented reality—but when I do, I navigate in Google Maps.” We’ll look back at these first little steps (no pun intended) as foundational to a pretty amazing new world.

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Gone fishing… and feeling grateful

Hey gang—I know I greatly flatter myself in thinking that my voice here will be much missed if I go quiet for a bit, especially without notice, but for what it’s worth I’m enjoying some very welcome digital downtime with family in friends in Minnesota.

Being minutes away from wrapping up the celebration of my 44th (!) solar orbit, I wanted to say thanks for being one of those still crazy enough to traipse over here periodically & browse my random finds. Fourteen (!!) years after I started this racket, it still remains largely fun & rewarding. I hope you agree, and I’m grateful for your readership.

Now please excuse me for just a few more days while I get back to swamping my hard drive with a crushing backlog of drone, GoPro, Insta360, iPhone, and Osmo shots. 🙃

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Oh, and for some dumb reason Google Maps insists on starting this pano (showing where we’re staying) pointed straight down into the pitch-black lake. You can drag it upwards and/or zoom out while I go file a bug/feature requests. The work is never done—another possible source of gratitude.