Friday, March 27, 2009

Just Because...

Mostly testing the new flavors of fail and not so fail...

Another one:

What does 48fps look like and does it address or prevent frame drop in YouTube?

If I were sensible I wouldn't torture this blog so.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill

This vimeo channel is amazing. I think I may need to give up.

The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill from Panman Productions on Vimeo.

British artist Banksy transformed a Greenwich Village store into an animal art display. The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill was open for a limited time in October of 2008.

There are many more art-related videos of equal quality on the Panman Productions page. Great work.

I'm not sure there's anything I can really add to that, is there?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Naked shorts

Very Interesting, but it is long. And I'm not entirely sure it's balanced, as a lot of the situations described seem overblown, or limited to penny stock exchanges rather than indicative of a the wider threat that seems to be painted here.

The most extreme case study given, after all, involves someone "cornering" the market (with in excess of 100% of total shares) in a company that, based on its share price was almost certainly defunct at the time of the trade in question.

Another part of the problem.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

After Last Night's Show

I decided to take my "doctored" summary of the Stewart v. Cramer bloodbath and turn it into a video commentary. This was the result.

The Game (Commentary) from Toomb Paine on Vimeo.

I've replaced the YouTube version here with a more updated vimeo version, containing substantial if possibly subtle-to-some changes. Since I can update my vimeo channel's videos this seemed like the best choice here, so that updates can reflect any feedback that might cause me to revise this piece.

I feel like I'm looking for a dialogue that may never happen, given the preoccupations and sheer velocity of life in 2009. This also has me thinking about the UBIK project that I've been mulling over, mostly quietly, ever since discussions at Velvet Fridays led to some conversations about filmmaking based on Phillip K. Dick novels and stories. It has to do with conformity, in art as well as life, and how (don't hold me to this) UBIK in particular seems to be, at least in part, about the absurdities of conformist behavior -- all the while that its visual sensibility (as I imagine it) would seem to be about aesthetic chaos and disorder.

I posted this to Daily Kos and my Facebook account... It might as well be here too.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Perils of HQ (Continued)

Explanation to follow... basically, this is a playlist of test videos meant to explore the issues surrounding HQ rendering on YouTube, especially when the video trying to get HQ rendering happens to be in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

I'll try to explain more if I learn more.

Not much more is known just yet... I might pull out some individual videos here to discuss why they were rendered and what they were meant to explore.

Suffice it to say for now that YouTube seems to have come up with a decision algorithm for NQ vs. HQ that is essentially looking for artifacts (or at least characteristics in video that it assumes to be artifacts). It's now been confirmed that at least the intent of recent, unpopular changes in transcoding practices will tend to favor those videos shot in the most traditional -- read, locked-off, or very stable panning and other shooting styles that tend to result in very low amounts of artifacting under h.264 encoding. At least that's what I understand so far. Hopefully there will be a little more dialogue to get a better understanding of how this works and, more importantly, what it means for those who prefer HQ rendering over NQ or HD, and wish to tailor their rendering practices to get it reliably. At this point I'd say the main things to take away are that you shoot very conservative, use only minimal amounts of blur in post processing, and (possibly) render in the best resolution you can manage that is less than 720px high.

That might mean 1024 x 576 or 768 x 432. But don't hold me to that until I revise this a bit more. Note: if the previous sentence about "But don't hold me to that" is still here, I haven't revised this past the first public draft.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Feeling Blue, Needed a Laugh

So instead of going outside and giggling at my fellow humans, thus taking my life into my hands, I opted instead to add this playlist to the blog. Videos of comic Amy Sedaris are in the first viewers, and a playlist of Bill Bailey videos appears lower down.

There may be another one below the fold.

For testing purposes: