Constructed from more than 17,000 images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, this 7-minute video covers two weeks in October:
Creator James Tyrwhitt-Drake writes,
The surface of the sun from October 14th to 30th, 2014, showing sunspot AR 2192, the largest sunspot of the last two solar cycles (22 years). During this time sunspot AR 2191 produced six X-class and four M-class solar flares. The animation shows the sun in the ultraviolet 304 ångström wavelength, and plays at a rate of 52.5 minutes per second. It is composed of more than 17,000 images, 72 GB of data produced by the solar dynamics observatory + HelioViewer. This animation has be rendered in 4K, and resized to the Youtube maximum resolution of 3840×2160. The animation has been rotated 180 degrees so that south is “up”. The audio is the ‘heartbeat’ of the sun, processed from SOHO HMI data by Alexander G. Kosovichev.
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Whether the civil war in Central Africa or the problem districts of Caracas—countless stories are being told with the Leica M system. The LFI loan pool also contributes towards this: Leica cameras are being lent continuously to photographers around the world, so that they can produce very special stories. Discover the world of Leica M photography with exciting reportages and haunting picture series, news, films and the complete M Magazine.
Using custom software, they captured a live action actor with a Kinect 2, and convert him into a series of swirling cube particles and light rays, all in real time (see below). The team doesn’t explain how it works, but it looks like they modeled the actor beforehand and then mapped his particle-effect avatar onto the live action video.
Frédéric Bonpapa has rendered a beautiful, albeit baffling, world:
Light Motif is conceived as a synaesthetic experience based on a visual transposition of Music for 18 Musicians – Section II, by the American composer Steve Reich. The ambition of the film is to cinematically capture the extraordinary life force that animates this essential work of contemporary music by offering a truly hypnotic experience where music can be “seen”.
DSLR doubters, my colleague Brian Matiash is ready to show you a new path:
I’m really excited to announce the release of my very first self-published eBook called Moving to Mirrorless. A little over a year ago, I began my transition of moving away from my dSLR camera equipment and onto the Sony mirrorless ecosystem. When I shared my progress, I got TONS of questions from people who were curious about the process. After spending a great amount of time using this camera system all around the world and in all sorts of environments, I knew it was a great time to share my story. So, I thought it’d be a perfect opportunity to write an eBook about it and give it away for free! 🙂
If you were in my shoes, how would you leverage this tech within Google Photos? Knowing that the system can automatically backup your lifetime’s worth of moments, then automatically synthesize things like movies & stories, what would you have it create on your behalf?
The system is far more intelligent than a simple tagging system. It not only picks up on the details, like a color or object, but also understands the scene in context. In other words: it can not only understanding that a photo has ‘snow’ and ‘trees’ in it, the program could tell you that, “the snow is falling in front of the line of trees.”
The program automatically captioned this: “Two pizzas sitting on top of a stove top oven”
“Eh, it’s 12 minutes long—but maybe I’ll just watch it for a sec…” No, you won’t: you’ll watch the whole damn thing & love it. Therefore I won’t blow any of the fun surprises (including the use of one of my favorite songs ever).
I know it’ll sound like I’m shilling for The Man, but I’ve been using the new Google Calendar app for a while & think you’ll dig it. The Android version is available now & an iPhone version in the works.
The camera, whose footage is designed to work seamlessly with Samsung’s own Gear VR headset, packs quite a punch inside its considerably small form factor. Along the outside of the device, there is an array of 16 Full-HD cameras, each of which have an ultra-wide-angle lens attached.
This is not another do-it-yourself website builder. The Grid harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to take everything you throw at it – videos, images, text, urls and more – and automatically shape them into a custom website unique to you. As your needs grow, it evolves with you, effortlessly adapting to your needs.
There are over 600 typefaces in the Google web fonts directory. Many of them are awful. But there are also high-quality typefaces that deserve a closer look. Below are examples of these typefaces in action. Click the examples to get the typeface from the Google web fonts directory.
I want to share with you the San Francisco I experience on a daily basis — the one not too often shown in movies or television. I want to show you the spirit of this amazing city. I shot everything at 60 fps on my Canon 7D and slowed it down in post using FCP X. I color graded it with VSCO using Aperture.
It’s a shame that after 7+ years, 3D in Photoshop remains, to the best of my knowledge, a very sparsely used area, and it has yet to yield the wide range of advances we envisioned at the start. Maybe, though, quick & practical tips like these from Paul Trani will help nudge the needle:
That’s how much effort it took to import a single 20-layer Photoshop file into Flash Professional when I was a designer & get the layers ready to animate.
Then Adobe shipped LiveMotion, and 168 steps fell to two (import, convert to layers). Years later we added the same support to Flash itself & other tools, and it always made a huge positive difference.
Now you can do the same with Adobe’s coding tool, Brackets:
Brackets is now 1.0 and even has the ability to open PSD files in it to extract images, CSS, text and other content.
Photojojo is offering a clever doohickus for creating smoother handheld video:
Secure your phone in the Fly-X3 cradle and the stabilizing motor will automatically tilt the phone to find a level shot. As you move, the gyroscope automatically turns your camera to keep the phone level, giving you the smoothest video possible.
Capture action shots easily while you run, jump or bike without any shaky video. The Fly-X3 acts as an extra stable arm extension when you need to wriggle around tight spaces like a concert, the passenger seat of a car, or a tiny kitchen.
Somewhat ironically, it doesn’t support the iPhone 6 Plus (which offers built-in optical stabilization & thus would presumably be the choice of people who’d care enough to drop $300 on an accessory like this):
Newly minted Googler & interface expert Luke Wroblewski here provides an interesting 5-minute tour of what works & what doesn’t in mobile interface design. In emphasizing the need to get people to the good stuff fast, he includes a great quote from Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger: mobile apps fill potholes of boredom, and “People don’t like to wait while they wait.” The whole thing is worth a watch: