Brian May’s collection of 3D stereoscopic photography to go on display at Tate Modern

The Victorian craze for 3D stereoscopic photography is to be the subject of a major gallery exhibition for the first time – thanks to former Queen guitarist Brian May.

via Brian May’s collection of 3D stereoscopic photography to go on display at Tate Modern – News – Art – The Independent.

Perhaps lesser known, Dr. May is also an astrophysicist. He’s been collecting historical 3D stereoscopic photos for decades.

Olympus E-M1 firmware update will add “keystoning” feature

“Keystoning” refers to the distortion that occurs when the camera sensor is not in the same plane alignment with the subject and is very noticeable when, say, pointing your camera upwards at a building or big ship.

According to this rumor, a firmware update to the Olympus E-M1 will provide a software feature in camera to correct for this distortion: (FT4) E-M1 firmware update will add “keystoning” feature. | 43 Rumors.

Keystoning also occurs when shooting 3D and using toe in on the left and right cameras to position the primary subject at the viewing plane. Some 3D photographers choose to shoot 3D using cameras that are strictly parallel in their forward view, while others toe in the camera slightly (I believe director James Cameron does this in his films). The non-parallel view is helpful for alignment but can create keystone effects in the image. These keystone effects can be corrected during editing (e.g. Sony Vegas and Movie Studio include features for this) by warping the original (but keystone distorted) image back to normal.

Which leads to a question: would this firmware upgrade enable toe-in of a paired E-M1 cameras with in-camera keystone conversion for 3D application?

Who knows!

Hollywood buys up Youtube content

YouTube: Hollywood’s Hit Factory for Teen Entertainment – Businessweek.

As mentioned on my blogs, Youtube is an advertisers dream for reaching young audiences. Big business – namely traditional Hollywood production companies – are buying up Youtube content, talent and “multi-channel networks”.

As Youtube becomes a traditional commercial programming adventure – the “big stars” have turned into mini production companies with producers, directors, stunt coordinators, writers, composes – will Youtube still appeal to the youth demographic?

As Youtube turns into something different than what it is today, will other content producers – the individuals and small groups that were producing video content for fun – leave for other online video platforms?

My own viewership has dropped off dramatically. There may be many reasons for that unrelated to Youtube changes. But Youtube viewership is changing – and content is increasingly created by production teams rather than the stereotyped kid in his bedroom. Even if it still is a teen in a bedroom, chances are increasing that there’s a business manager, producer and other staff involved now days.

2015 Mobile phones to feature 4K video support and massive megapixel imaging

Suspect many phones will be shooting 4K video as well as the new Qualcomm smart phone chipset features 4K video encoding and decoding:

2015 will see handsets with 4K displays and 55MP cameras. It’s going to be EPIC.

via Snapdragon 810 & 810: 4K Displays, 55MP Cameras & 64-Bit Android | Know Your Mobile.

Android L is a future release of the Android OS and it will move Android from a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS. This means too that future phones will feature much more memory and higher performance processors.