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An Affordable Skycam

An Affordable Skycam

You've seen Skycam in operation in NFL games and in feature films for those remarkable shots that seem to follow the ball in the air. Skycam is a computer-controlled, stabilized, cable-suspended aerial camera system. It maneuvers the camera through three dimensions...

Clever Branding

Clever Branding

I was stopped behind an oil truck at a red light and could not help seeing the back of the truck. And then I noticed the phone number. Clever branding!

Great Cartoon Music from Tom & Jerry

Great Cartoon Music from Tom & Jerry

This fun, rollicking music is from the Tom & Jerry cartoons by MGM in the 1940s and 1950s. This is a mixture of the music from eight different cartoons: Smitten Kitten, Sufferin' Cats, The Framed Cat, Cat Fishin' Just Ducky, Jerry and Jumbo, The Cat Comes to Dinner...

Firefox Quantum

Firefox Quantum

Whether you use Safari, Microsoft Edge, Chrome or the old Netscape, there's a great new browser that I think beats them all - the new Firefox Quantum. It's surprising how good it is. You can easily send a web page to you phone. Just click "Send tab to device" and the...

Happy Halloween

This shower scene in Hitchcocks's Psycho is one of the best-known murder scenes in all of cinema. It was filmed over 6 days in December 1959 using 77 different camera angles. The finished scene is three minutes long and includes 50 straight edits. Most of the shots...

Fast Editing on Your Phone

Fast Editing on Your Phone

As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, Magisto has funded a study of digital video marketing. The company is known for its online Magisto app (iOS, Android). It is surprising what it can do with phone video - subtle dissolves, cuts, effects and many audio samples...