August 29, 2004
Konscious Convention Broadcast
Konscious.TV Konscious Convention
A bit of blatant self promotion. Monday and Tuesday night we will be broadcasting on MNN (Time Warner channel 34 in Manhattan) and streaming online from within Madison Square Garden during the Republican National Convention as well as from a couple of spots around the city. All of the camera people will be using the Interactive Tele-Journalism system for a truely engaging interactive television experience. Check it out!!!
Bikes Against Bush creator arrested during interview
NYC IMC: feature/106015
Josh arrested while demonstrating his polictically motivated bicycle to Ron Reagan. Talk about ridiculous arrests, his bike sprays chalk messages on the street/sidewalk. A little water and the message is erased. Are they going to start arresting kids who draw hopscotch squares on the sidewalk?
Aug. 28th Critical Mass Coverage from Indymedia
NYC IMC: feature/104892
It turned ugly as the police used excessive force and trapped many of us at various spots. It was a good ride and I am proud to have participated.
The video from IMC is particularly disturbing.
Video "noticing" application
Diver looks to be an interesting tool for navigating around the frame in video and allows the user to create a "path" through the video. Very interesting. Uses QuickTime and also available via the web. Created by the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning.
From the site:
DIVER is a tool for authoring and sharing DIVES. A DIVE is an annotated perspective on any video record. Content can be captured by equipment ranging from basic consumer video cameras to specially built, high-resolution 360-degree panoramic cameras with a multi-microphone array.
August 28, 2004
QuickTime on Sprint phones
Sprint Picks Apple for Content
Basically a press release but interesting developments regarding QuickTime streaming to Sprint mobile phones.
August 25, 2004
Spam, Fraud and Generally malicious bs
E-Evidence Information Center - Organizations, etc
So, of course, with the power of organized communication networks (like the internet) comes the potential for misuse. Lately I have grown fed up with the recent rise in spoofing of financial sites that is occurring through email and on the web. A couple of days ago a I received a very official notice from what claimed to be PayPal. This email included a link to fill out a form located on their website dealing specifically with security concerns. So, immediately, since this was an HTML email, I looked at the source and determined that the link wouldn't take me to PayPal's site but one with a domain of mycitisecure.com .. Visiting that site (without the rest of the URL) reveals a spoof of the Citibank site complete with the proper url in the location bar. Going to the actual URL that they sent reveals a replica of a PayPal site in the same manner. Now THAT is BAD NEWS.
In any case, I want to do something about this and am looking for a place to start. Perhaps the link above will yield something worthwhile.
August 23, 2004
The CoDeck is featured on Rhizome!
Rhizome.org: Net Art News: Here's Lookin' at you, George!
Great news.. Good Job Ahmi and Ophra!
For readers that don't know, the CoDeck is a collaborative project between myself, Ahmi Wolf, Dan Melinger and Mark Argo that allows a community of users to upload and share videos that they have created. It has a web interface for information about the works and for commenting on them. The most interesting part of it (IMHO) is that it takes the form of a vintage Betamax with a single board computer running linux and all the fixins. We utilized the controls on the deck to implement skipping to the next video (Fast Forward), watching the previous one (Rewind) and so on. You can also create a video response to any video that is currently playing by changing the channel and using the built in camera and microphone to create a response video right then and there.
August 19, 2004
Somebody buy my Toughbook!!!
August 17, 2004
BBC R&D releases new open source codec
In the very early stages but looks interesting..
The souce is available on SourceForge.
Will YOU vote for ANYBODY other than Bush?
(Vote for) Anybody but George W. Bush?
From the site:
Americans disgusted with President Bush have promised to vote for "anybody but Bush." To which we respond, "ANYBODY?" To test critics' mettle, we've decided to put the matter to a vote. Thanks to our state-of-the-art survey software, people typically forbidden from voting -- teenagers, felons, Canadians, and African-Americans who live in Florida -- may join the rest of us in helping select the next U.S. President
Gotta get those cookies
August 16, 2004
Compress and Decompress with Java (using zip)
August 13, 2004
Nice information regarding QuickTime and Streaming
s o u n d s c r e e n
A good supplement to the QuickTime and Darwin Streaming Server docs.
TV Studio in a box (or should I say laptop)
Live Channel Features
Interesting product with some very nice features. Live Streaming, TV type output, picture in picture, effect, transistions and so on..
A competitor would be Wirecast which seems to match it feature wise.
A nice little media player for PalmOS
August 12, 2004
Real's Helix Server Comparison Chart
I see why people are going with Darwin on the open source server front. The Helix version is crippled.
Music downloads on mobiles
SmartPhoneToday: News: Listen Up, Music On Way to Mobile Phones
Nothing there yet but Motorola has hooked up with Apple (iTunes) and Nokia with Loudeye to provide this..
Live mobile video
Inetcam - iMViewer Mobile Client
Interesting, video streaming for BREW enabled phones. I will have to see this one to believe it.
D-Link Pan Tilt Zoom Wireless Camera
802.11G Wireless Internet Security Camera
Very nice...! I just hope that the MPEG-4 encoding is real, not an MPEG-4 codec wrapped in an AVI file. If they would implement standard MPEG-4 it would open up a HUGE range possibilities.
On2 releases a Video Java Applet
Here is what they say:
The TrueMotion Streaming Java Applet 1.0 is a TrueMotion video player written in pure Java. The Applet offers a truly cross-platform solution--it plays on Windows, MacOS, Linux, and other environments. As on other platforms, the TrueMotion codec outperforms all other competing video compression technologies.
Here are my questions:
They say "Streaming" which to me means that it should support live video, does it? Also this is an applet which means that it is available through the browser but I would like it available as a set of classes that I can use in other apps (Java apps), is this possible? Tell me On2, is this possible? Oh yeah, how do I encode video for it?
Helix DRM implements "Broadcast Flag"
Real's Helix Move
Ok, so, Helix DRM is open source... Broadcast Flag is the broadcast industry's attempt at making it impossible to make perfect copies of digitally delivered media (DTV).
So my question is, since Helix implements it, meaning that it pays attention and can include the flag in subsequent uses of the media and Helix is open source, why can't some enterprising coders just modify the Helix DRM to act like it cares but strip the flag out in the final product? I don't get it... I just don't get it.
Using the system clipboard with Java
Java Technology Fundamentals Newsletter
Gotta have cut and paste, drag and drop, man...
Open Source Video Interoperability
BEK : piksel : piksel04
An interesting set of pages describing a conference, some open source software and documentation regarding efforts to provide interoperability between open source video based applications. Of note is Livido a plugin framework, VideoPiping (sending raw video via named pipes from one app to another), Vloopback and so on.
Here is what they say on the site:
Piksel is a framework of tools and libraries which aims to provide interoperability between various free software applications dealing with video manipulation techniques.
The current focuses of the project are: implement a library for plugin dinamicly loaded video processors and colorspace transformations; develop of a standard set of control commands for interoperability between media applications, providing a library implementation which makes it easy to be embedded into softwares.
This project has its origins at the Piksel meeting held at the Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, in which authors from various free software applications met to settle common specifications: EffecTV, FreeJ, LiVES, MoB, PD/PDP, VeeJay.
August 05, 2004
Where can you join Michael Moore, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and Howard Stern to DEFEAT BUSH
August 04, 2004
Elsewares.com is UP
Of note are Serimony's selection of cards.. Check it out.