Updates from the 2012 CES

I will make every effort to post updates from the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, next week, including posting photos and video. Depending on Internet accessibility and my time, I may do much of my video posts in the early morning. I have quite a bit of experience in doing “fast turnaround” nearly live event video – but it all depends on the Internet access and my time.

Be sure to check both this blog and my tech/business blog at coldstreams.com.

I expect to post video clips to my Youtube channel at youtube.com/coldstreams.

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Controversy: “DSLRs are a dying breed”

Well this will stir things up: DSLRs are a dying breed – 3rd Gen Cameras are the Future.

Based partly on comments to the above, might future cameras:

  • Shoot dozens of RAW images per second (the RED EPIC does that now, roughly, for the motion picture industry)
  • Shoot with infinite focus points (like the Lytro)
  • Be small – may be not all bundled into a cellphone – there is still physics to deal with and bigger lenses can be sharper and let in more light
  • Be 3D capable
  • And for video, feature enhanced audio recording features

I get what the article and comments are discussing and why but me thinks it is too much arguing about the technology and not enough about the gray matter on the backside of the lens that figures out what to photograph, when to photograph and how to frame it and use the equipment – and make a beautiful photograph or video image.

 

Build your own 3D dual camera mounting rails

Ritwika Mitra shows how to build your own dual camera mount featuring an adjustable interaxial distance for 3d stereoscopic photography or video. Ritwika is a high school senior, by the way. Cool young woman! She and her sister are also the founders of the non-profit Rennow.org.

The details begin at about 2:30 into the video. I built this but I also use a fixed mounting bracket that is simpler and smaller. At some point, I will post photos of my set up for 3D.

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Amazing – Create 3D video from old 2D videos

California/Arizona Time Lapse on Vimeo by Dan ...
Image by cloudchaser32000 via Flickr

This is an amazingly nice 3D video created by Dan Eckert as a conversion from 2D video.

How the heck does that work? As long as the camera is moving slowly left or right during the video shoot, you can create a fake 3D stereoscopic view by offsetting the 2D video by a few frames. Use the original video stream for one eye and the offset stream for the other eye – your brain sees this as three dimensional. The effect is amazing.

Youtube now provides a 2D to 3D conversion feature as well.

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