Saturday, 22 November 2008

Iron Man Blu-Ray - Take2

YAY - the update over the net for the player worked - took ages though.
Well - at least it looks and sounds AWESOME :-)

I am looking forward to watching the full set of docos on the second disk as well...


Plus The Dark Knight is out here on Blu-Ray on Dec 10th - That is one to look out for!!

Iron Man Blu-Ray - Take1

Grabbed a copy of the 2 disk Blu-Ray edition of Iron Man (thanks Richard and family for the lucky money). But it didnt like playing on my Samsung Blu-Ray player - D'oh.
So I connected the player up to the net and it is busily downloading an update that I hope will help. It is probably to do with the BD-Live features ...

the suspense...

[grab of the Iron Man website front-end]

Sketchup 7

[image from the Google Setchup site]

Google have unveiled and released the new version of Sketchup for us all. The release gives us a few improvements, not an overhaul by any means, but some nice tweaks and some added features that are welcomed.
I am still wary of the window performance, it was still a little sluggish on my MBP and we have issues with it on even our coolest hardware at FBE. There are some nice additions and with more and more plugins that build on the Google base to try - there is alot to like.

The interface is what we know and love - here is my playing with a few pieces from the more integrated 3D warehouse with some basic models and one of the new parametric/dynamic builds.

There are plenty of vids on the Google site and on youtube which demonstrate more like these:

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


Last night was the first screening of the COFA graduation projects at the Chauvel Cinema. It was great to see and hear the projects in this setting - it really showed them off. There werent any Masters pieces in the show (unless they slipped past me somehow) - so it was dominated by the enthusiastic youth of the Bachelor of Digital Media gang. Actually many of the projects were short films with little or no digital content, which seemed odd to me, but I guess shows the bredth of the program.

Some really good work, shown off at a really good venue.

Fibre Optic Wallpaper

The combination of technology, design and the more historic 'wallpaper' by Camilla Diedrich is very cool indeed. I like the complex patterns that our home lamps create on the walls and I can see this idea provided related effects. Having light streaming through a room via artistic tracery is a really nice idea and looking at the images - simply beautiful.
I found her work via Daniel Flahif's article on Inhabitat - see the images from that article below.

[image of Camilla Deidrich's wallpaper from the Inhabitat article]

Monday, 17 November 2008

New REDs

One of the big players there for all to see at the DMF/AEAF last week was RED. The funny thing was that the timing meant that we saw nothing of their brand new kit that was released the day after, featuring their EPIC and SCARLET cameras.

[RED camera image from the Red site]

The Scarlet looks very cool at the lower end of things and the EPIC which scales waaaay up to uncharted 28K filming and then the 3D dual camera versions show these guys are pushing the boundaries.

[RED camera image from the Red site]

To get a feel for just how huge and inspired some of the images are that these cameras can do. The RED site has a few still samples o their 'shot on red' section. The images from Peter Jackson's Crossing the Line are the 4K versions which generate JPGs in the order of 6.5MB a frame. The one below is one of them straight off the site - ye be warned (oh but it is pretty amazing for a digital video camera to snap at this scale)

[HUGE image from he RED camera via the RED site - 6.4MB for the full thing]