Apps for your camera! Coming soon!

All the camera world goes into the Application support hype! | Mirrorless Rumors.

Everyone announces support for “smart cameras” with installable apps.

Hey, at CES 2012 I spoke with every camera manufacturer present on the floor and persuasively told them why they needed to provide support for camera apps. I will, of course, take full credit for this revolution in cameras! (I am positive that no one else thought of this! Hah!)

YouTube View Fraud – how top producers once (and maybe still do) gamed the system

View fraud is used to rapidly increase the number of views of an online video, moving a video quickly on to the Most Viewed and Top Rated lists. That, in turn, exposes the video to real users who are implored to “Subscribe!”.

There are numerous online reports (and data to back them up) suggesting that many of today’s top online video producers use view fraud to game the system and achieve their early online video success.

Some say they still game the system: YouTube View Fraud – Encyclopedia Dramatica.

It was (and may be still is) quite easy to do. Another short example here.

This article gives additional tips on view fraud (embedding your videso to autoplay on every page of your web site)  and which video sites are better at weeding out fraud, than others.

This does not mean all producers engaged in view fraud but there are plenty of online stories and data to back them up that suggest a number of today’s top producers did indeed use view fraud to establish their online presence.


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Two 3D Still Photos – red/cyan stereoscopic anaglyph

Shot both of these with a used Kodak Playsport camera (Zx3). Stereoscopic image processed in Stereomaker. Red/cyan glasses needed for viewing. Original images are just 5 megapixels; if you click on the image you can view the full size photo.



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Do new Nokia phones eliminate CMOS “jello effect”?

The shakiness in this video ought to produce a lot of CMOS jello – but it doesn’tNokia’s unsafe cyclist promises ‘things are about to change’ in confusing new teaser (video) — Engadget.

Could this be a hint that Nokia’s new phones have a global shutter or use a CCD perhaps to eliminate the wobble? My current phone and my small sensor CMOS cameras all have terrible CMOS jello at the slightest camera movements.

The other possibility is that the “things about to change” are that with the PureView technology, they will include some great image stabilization built in – and the next version of this video will be smooth. That would be very cool!

Update: There’s rumor that Nokia will introduce something called PureMotion HD – which sounds a lot like using the 41 MP sensor to create image stabilized HD video, which would be really great.

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Amazon rumored to not include 3D in next tablet

Makes sense to me, at this point:

But if the past is any indication of the future, Amazon will not be including 3D in any new tablet — regardless of whether the price point would be increased as a result of the technology. 3D isn’t considered all that important or, to be more charitable, exciting. If this turns out to be correct, Amazon will have missed a real chance, no make that an opportunity, to propel a new tablet into the forefront of the minds of jaded consumers who know and like 3D, but don’t see where it applies to a mobile device due to a small screen.

That attitude could change over the course of the next few months, though, as the Nintendo 3DS XL makes it way onto the shelves. The 3DS XL has a glasses free, 3D screen that is many times bigger than that of the 3DS. And with a price point of under $250 — which includes the “guts” for a whole passel of technologies, including a complete portable video game console with WiFi, a touch-sensitive screen and all kinds of other goodies — it’s fair to say that the cost of the 3D tech itself screen and associated would not be off-putting.

via Does Amazon Hate 3D? | 3D TV.

My guess is Amazon will not include a 3D display in a 2013 era product but could appear in 2014. Except for 3D games, the content picture for 3D is not there yet. Some argue that content won’t arrive until the devices, and the devices won’t arrive until there is 3D content!

3D content may emerge online first, as Google’s Youtube supports 3D today. When you see the quality of work done by emerging 2D video artists on Youtube, it is easy to see that similar 3D quality may follow soon enough. While some look to the growth of 3D from Hollywood or cable/satellite TV delivery, the future of video seems to be moving rapidly to online distribution – and out of the control of a few big corporations and into the hands of individuals.

Various new cameras to feature WiFi, Android OS and links to smart phones

At CES last January, camera makers demo’d product concept cameras that linked via Wi-Fi to apps running on smart phones. Features included the ability to route real time video from the camera to the remote smart phone, as well as remote control of the camera from the phone. Others provided ways to upload photos from the camera to online social media web sites.

A couple of camera makers will apparently soon announce cameras that have Android running inside – and enable the installation of apps from the Android app market. That also means that software developers may be able to write applications that add new features to the cameras! Yay!

Finally, there’s this item that the rumored Panasonic Lumix GH-3 will include Wi-Fi and smart phone remote capabilities, plus a new 70 Mbps video encoding mode for high quality compression.  FT5 Panasonic GH3 has WiFi and remote control applications! | 43 Rumors.