User installable apps might be coming to cameras

I have promoted the idea that modern cameras should provide software development kits and make what some hackers have done (CHDK for Canon or VK’s PTool hack for the Lumix cameras) a supportable feature. At the 2012 CES, I spoke with each of the camera manufacturers (except Olympus) about this idea. Only one was real receptive to the idea and one was emphatic “Will never happen”. But now comes this item:

3) Olympus: apps on cameras are coming. In that case Mr. Thackara said: “It’s something that has been discussed, but because the emphasis is on image quality, they’re [Olympus] a little wary of opening up the OS. I think it’ll happen eventually, but things are not as easy as we think. The appeal of people being able to add to their cameras is big though. It’s on the list.”

via 43 Rumors | Blog | Olympus talks about current m43 cameras, future of compact cameras and future Application support Techradar.

Why Youtube frequently issues copyright violations on licensed use of music

I predicted this was going to happen the moment Youtube announced it was automatically scanning videos for copyrighted music:

The problem is that Content ID improperly flags licensed music as a copyright infringement – leading to embarrassment for producers and editors that have legitimately licensed their music from a reputable company.

via Larrys Blog – Keep Yourself Copyright Legal | Larrys Blog.

How can they tell the difference between a recording you have paid licensing fees for versus a random copy? They cannot. I have gone out of my way to use licensed music on my own online videos but …

I have a video on Youtube of a U.S. Civil War Battle re-enactment. The battled ended with a performance of Taps, which was written jointly by a private and a General in 1862 during the U.S. Civil War. Instead of using the recording I made at the battle field, which was interrupted by a public address system, I used a performance by the United States Army, obtained from a U.S. Army web site that says the recording is in the public domain and available for any use.

First, Youtube flagged my video saying that Sony Music had a copyright objection to my video. I contested their copyright claim and thankfully, Sony Music promptly agreed with me and let me continue to use the video.

But then another company that specializes in rights management issues made a claim, without saying even what it was claiming. I tracked down their company, their web site, and their formal process for contesting their copyright claim. I filled out all the forms, noting the only music is that of the US Army’s performance of Taps, a song written in 1862 for which this publisher did not have a copyright – but this company never even bothered to reply. To this day, that video remains banned in Germany even though it does not have any copyrighted material in it.

This is troubling since various law and treaty proposals (not yet passed) would give ultimate take down authority to rights holders to accuse anyone of copyright violation and with out any due process, your work could be taken down, and there is no recourse nor penalties for false accusations.  And this is pretty much what exists on Youtube today.


Spokane Bloomsday Run Race Video in 3D

Runners head down Fort George Wright Drive dur...
Runners head down Fort George Wright Drive during Spokane's 2008 Bloomsday race. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photographed with two Lumix GH-2 cameras on a monopod. Edited in Magix Movie Edit Pro for 3D depth control. This would be the only 3D video of the Bloomsday running race in Spokane, WA. Once the largest timed road race, I understand it is now the 2nd largest timed road race. Over 47,000 participants finished.

Some of the better 3D imagery starts after about 1 min 30 seconds as the crowds build up.  Unlike normal 2D photography, 3D works best when there is a lot of “visual clutter” to enhance the feeling of depth. There’s a long scene as thousands of runners go by followed by a lot more shorter scenes both near the start and near the finish of the race. Hope you enjoy this!

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