Category Archives: video technology

Changing Faces

Today you can download software that uses machine learning to perform a convincing digital video face-swap. The video is called a deepfake. It can stitch the eyes of one person onto the face of another person doing lip-sync karaoke. It isn’t perfect yet, but it could fool some people. Photo fakery is certainly not new. […]... Keep reading >


Music for Video Created by AI

Create unique professional music for your video. Just choose a mood and style of the music you want, Amper can create it in a few seconds. That’s the claim made by Amper Music. This new royalty-free music program uses AI to produce music that fits the style of your video and synchs to it exactly. […]... Keep reading >


Repair Corrupted Video Files

The first step in trying to repair corrupted video files is to view the technical and tag data of that file. The best way to do that is with a free, open-source program called MediaInfo. This program provides a unified display of the most relevant technical and tag data for both video and audio files. […]... Keep reading >


Review of the RetroScan Universal Film Scanner

I’ve been using my new RetroScan Universal for over two months to scan lots of 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm films. I’ve been quite happy with the results. This machine works differently from all the others I have used or studied. It scans frame-by-frame high definition stills and can handle any sized film reel. What […]... Keep reading >


April 10, 2018 | audio, video technology | | Comments

Photoshop For Audio

Two years ago Adobe demonstrated a program that can edit speech just like you can edit text, but it can also add new speech. The program is called VoCo. It ingests speech, breaks it down to basic elements and then creates new words and sentences from scratch. So you can take a speech by an […]... Keep reading >


New Airline Regulations for Batteries

The airlines naturally worry about battery leakage, fire or explosion. Bad enough on land, but potentially disastrous on an airplane. Last year, the FAA said that lithium-ion batteries were sparking airplane fires once every 10 days on average. The International Air Transport Association is now instructing its 300 airline members to restrict lithium-powered smart bags. […]... Keep reading >


The VLC 3.0 Revolution

We’ve been recommending VLC for a while here. Whether it is for converting video files, recording a webcam, screen recording or other video tasks VLC is a much better media player than Windows Media Player and Apple Quick Time. VLC can play virtually any video format. It is available at the VLC site. This great […]... Keep reading >


Hologram, Peppers Ghost and a New Live Performance for Dead Artists

Maria Callas, the legendary opera star, was according to the NY Times the greatest singer of the 20th Century. She died in 1977, but she performs in a new concert with a live orchestra. A company called Base Hologram is using an old technique called Peppers Ghost with new technology. They are offering the result […]... Keep reading >


January 16, 2018 | video technology | | Comments

The Log vs the LUT

Last week in our review of the Nikon D850 I said I’d address the topic of Log vs LUT. What is a Log as opposed to a LUT (Look Up Table)? A simple explanation is that a log is a way to record video in a specific way. Then in post you can apply the […]... Keep reading >


8 x 10 Video Camera

I just completed designing and building an 8×10 video camera, the first in the world that I know of. Essentially its off-axis reimaging of a projected image. It’s a bit like IMAX, but waaaaay bigger. – Zev Hoover Before you get too excited, the camera is indeed an 8 x 10 Video Camera, but the […]... Keep reading >



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