If you have ever wondered what the best way to create a time lapse video is, then Instagram have done you a favour by releasing their new Hyperlapse app. It is on iTunes at the moment, but no doubt, they will change soon when they release an Android version. Basically, what you do is open the app and shoot your video, the app does everything else for you such as; stabilizing the video and giving it a nice smooth look, which is amazing when you are able to increase the speed up to twelve times the normal video speed. There are many reasons for using something like this. Imagine that you are travelling, visiting an event or just walking to work you will be able to video your journey and condense it down to a few seconds or minutes, depending on how long the original film is.
But, normally a time lapse video is going to be shaking all over the place due the speeding up process, but the Hyperlapse app is able to smooth this out making the finished video much easier to view and then share with your friends via social media. The Hyperlapse app for the phone and iPad is free to download from iTunes right now, Instagram have not mentioned if they are currently working on an Android of Windows Phone version of this app yet.
With a name like GIF YouTube it does not take much explaining, what it does, but being able to create a simple GIF is an impressive idea with great and it produces great results. It is easy to get started too, simply find a cool video on YouTube and place the link into the field on the GIF YouTube site. You get to choose where the GIF starts from and how long it is going to be. Alternatively, simply by adding “gif” in front of the term “youtube” (gifyoutube) this will also bring up the editing tool. The only problem now is where to start from?
Source: GIF YouTube
How often have you wanted to appear like your favourite animated character while using a webcam? Well, despite how hard it might sound Facerig have the answer their software will be able to create an image that mimics you own head movements and facial expressions. Getting started is going to be easy, which is just as we like it! Once set up the avatar will perform expression tracking in real time to provide the user with a great looking avatar to use while making a Skype call or using some other method of video calling.
Currently, there are five versions of the Facerig avatar creation tool being worked on, these are the FaceRig Classic, FaceRig Pro, FaceRig Studio, FaceRig Audio Lite and then there is the FageRig Mobile, which is initially designed for iOS devices and then for Android powered devices at a later date! There Facerig is going to be launched next year, which is not that far away! There will be a lot of options to choose from, but it has to be said the cost of creating a cool looking avatar with a small amount of outlay!
By now, people should know that cats are very cunning, smart and can hold their own in a fight. Nevertheless, does this also mean humans? Well one Detroit woman was so fed up with a cat bullying her dog that she decides to give the cat a taste of its own medicine! Sounds like a big mistake to us, what do you think is going to happen here? View the video to find out, who is better in Cat Versus Human!
When it gets to this time of the year, we often find that there are plenty of new reviews for the year. Well it seems that YouTube are hitting this early with the launch of the YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say? Collection of cool videos and clips with the help of some interesting YouTubers. So what was your highlight in 2013?
Source: YouTube Spotlight
There must be times when we all have the urge to quit our jobs, but for one reason or another, we seem to hang on and continue with the work that needs to be done. On the other hand, there are those folks like Marina V Shifrin, who decide that enough is enough, its time to quit! But how? Well if you are needing a little inspiration check out Marinas quitting video!
Source: Marina V Shifrin
This is a cool and free app called Sympler, it is for iPhone owners only and basically what it does is helps the user to create cool video with music. It even works with Vine and Instagram, so the potential here is virtually limitless when it comes to producing a really cool video to share with your friends.
This is how the Sympler app for iPhone owners works;
Fill up to six grid boxes with video or stills
Get this content by either shooting it or selecting from your phone’s libraries
You can even use other apps’ content like Vine or Instagram to make mixes
Adjust the start point of your content by sliding the seek bar back and forth
Select music from your iTunes and also choose the start point on your track
Start mixing! You have 20 seconds but you can hit ‘finish’ earlier if you want
Tip: The best videos have great timing
Once you’re happy with your mix hit the ‘check’ mark and then ‘share’
Hit ‘X’ if you want to remix it.
This is free app for owners of iOS powered devices and its available at iTunes.
They say that in space no one can hear you scream, well in Gravity it seems that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are about to find out. They play a couple of astronauts floating 372 above the earth after their shuttle is destroyed! What would you do in that situation?
Here is a little taster of what’s in store;
Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. However, on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
Drones are not just for the military, they are a fun thing too, just check out the Parrot AR Drone for proof. However, the downside of these cool drones comes with the first person view images that are fed to whatever device the pilot is using. Many users experience lagging and blurred images, this can cause all sorts of issues while flying. Sky Drone are aiming to correct this with their FPV system, it uses mobile phone signals so as long as the drone is in an area with a strong signal the feed keeps coming at thirty frames per second!
This is what the thinking is behind the Sky Drone FPV system;
As all FPV flyers know, there is usually a big gap between the high quality HD video of a recorded flight that you can see on YouTube and the blurred analog First Person View you actually see during the flight. We wanted to change this and figured that we can improve a lot of other aspects with our fully digital FPV solution as well
When Sky Drone hits the stores it is going to cost around $450 (£287) but at the moment, it can be pre-ordered from just $350 (£224), which is a decent saving on the retail price.
Source: Sky Drone
MixBit is not your average video app, firstly because it is an idea from YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen! Unlike other apps that are designed to shoot short videos and post them on social networks, MixBit have been created to help short video makers edit their work into medium length piece of work. In fact, MixBit can produce a movie from up to 256 video clips, that is a lot of content to put together and it is where MixBit comes in!
This is what the MixBit app will be offering the Smartphone user with a love of video;
MixBit lets you record, edit and publish videos as short as one second or as long as an hour—right from your mobile phone. You can also create videos without needing to shoot original content.
Touch your screen anywhere and hold to record.
Videos are taken in multiple clips, or “bits,” as long as 16 seconds each. A video can include as many as 256 clips.
Clips are stored as independent elements but play as one seamless video.
Drag and drop to rearrange, cut or delete clips, as well as save or publish, right from your phone.
Check out MixBit.com to view, collect and mix videos contributed by the community.
A while we introduced you to the Revolve Camera Dolly Project on the crowd funding site Kickstarter, well after that success the team behind it have come up with the Revolve Automated Motion (RAM)! This new device will work with the camera dolly or slider depending on what you are using to provide a smooth time lapse or moving camera shot, giving the video that pro look and that has to be priceless!
This is how the RAM will work with your digital camera;
Revolve Automated Motion (or RAM for short) is a versatile motion control system for time-lapse and ultra smooth video. It can be used with any camera slider or with the Revolve Camera Dolly to create a wide variety of stunning footage! The kit adds precise and fully adjustable motorized control to your camera moves, and at an amazingly affordable price!
Its early days for this device as it is on Kickstarter, but it’s already gone well passed its pledge goal. However, if you are quick there is still a chance to make a pledge and bag a bargain all at the same time!
Source: Revolve Camera
When you first see the new Now TV set top box, you might think that you have seen it somewhere before! The chances are you have, as looks just like the Roku set top box and yet we should not be surprised at this because BSKYB have been investing in Roku and the Now TV device is actually a rebranded Roku 2 XS running the BSKYB software. It is only a few inches square and yet this £10 box of tricks is able to turn any TV into a Smart TV able to access online content for the first time.
According to the Now TV website, this is what the new set top box can offer!
The NOW TV Box makes your TV smart. It lets you stream Internet entertainment straight to your TV, and it is simple too. Create a NOW TV account, plug it in, connect to your Wi-Fi and login. You can then start streaming the latest Sky Movies and live Sky Sports in high quality straight to your TV.
This set top box will cost you just £10 including delivery!
Source: Now TV
The countdown is running up to the release of the latest instalment of Assassin’s Creed, it is the fourth outing and it is going under the title of Black Flag! It is a step back from revolutionary America to the West Indies when pirates and tall ships ruled the seas. It is the perfect setting for the game, and this gameplay trailer gives us a taste of what to expect, when the game is finally released.
According to the developer Ubisoft, here is a little bit about the video;
Game Director Ashraf Ismail takes us deeper into the world of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag with this new commented gameplay video. Embark on a journey with Edward and discover his daily life as a pirate and Assassin in this Open-World demo, in a quest for glory, fame and hidden treasures.
Google have tried to harness the power of television before and failed, so they are not just going to give up on it are they? Check out the new Chromecast device, it fits into the HDMI port of the TV and once connected to a Smartphone or laptop it turns an ordinary TV into a Smart TV, allowing the user to view online content on a bigger screen with better sound! There is even three months free use of Netflix thrown in to get you started.
If you are interested in the specs for this smart television device, then you are in luck! Check these out;
Output; HDMI. CEC compatible. Max. Output Video Resolution; 1080p. Dimensions; 72 (L) x 35 (W) x 12 (H) mm. Weight; 34 g. Wireless; 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Power; USB (Power adapter included). Supported Operating Systems; Android 2.3 and higher, iOS® 6 and higher, Windows® 7 and higher, Mac OS® 10.7 and higher and Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel, additional Chromebooks coming soon)
Currently the Chromecast device is only available in the US where it can be pre-ordered for just $35 (£23) with the expected delivery being next week!
Source: Google Chrome Devices
Naturally, this is not just any old flash drive, this is the latest idea from SanDisk and they are calling it a Connect Wireless Flash Drive, but that does not really do it justice at all. In fact, this is a device that means you are able to take all of your movies, games and music with you wherever you go. It will then allow the sharing and streaming of the content with other devices within the 150 feet range, so it is ideal for the home, office or for sharing while travelling.
According to the SanDisk website, this is what you will be able to do with the Connect Wireless Flash Drive;
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive includes all the benefits of a regular flash drive with the added convenience of wireless mobile access to your movies, photos, music, and documents from anywhere in the house or on-the-go. Avoid common hassles such as cables, attachment limits, and Internet availability and enjoy access to the content that matters most—anytime you need it.
This SanDisk Connect 16GB Wireless USB Flash Drive
is set to be released by the end of July when it will be priced at around $50 (£42).