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# 1 Video: Imoji For IPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji Video By Clip Syndicate With the rise of smartphones and messaging apps, emoji and stickers have also grown in popularity, and are now a part of our everyday conversations. But the standard set of emoji that come pre-installed on the iPhone can be limiting. Today, a new application called Imoji launches in hopes of changing that, by allowing you to turn any image into a custom sticker or emoji for use with iMessage. Imoji is one of many new applications that has opted to create what’s more of an add-on to Apple’s default messaging app, iMessage, instead of trying to build its own mobile messaging client, like WhatsApp, for example.

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# 2 Video: How Apple Is Forging Deeper Connections Between Desktop And Mobile Video By Clip Syndicate Continuity is one of the biggest new features that Apple announced at this year's WWDC, and it gives a look into their entire product vision. For Mac OS fans, it’s reassuring to see Apple focus on integrating the desktop with mobile, rather than merging both into a single platform. From Handoff that will allow you to easily share documents between devices, to SMS and calls right from a Mac — Continuity looks to bring ease to the multi-device lifestyle. ...Read More »
# 3 Video: iPad Game Teaches Kids Emotional Life Skills, New Dashboard Helps Moms and Dads Bring Lessons into the Real World Video By Clip Syndicate SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--If You Can Company, a learning game startup from Trip Hawkins that uses gameplay to teach children social and emotional learning skills, today released an innovative parent dashboard and chapter 2. ...Read More »
# 4 Video: iPad Game Teaches Kids Emotional Life Skills, New Dashboard Helps Moms and Dads Bring Lessons into the Real World Video By Clip Syndicate SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--If You Can Company, a learning game startup from Trip Hawkins that uses gameplay to teach children social and emotional learning skills, today released an innovative parent dashboard and chapter 2. ...Read More »
# 5 Video: New Google Maps For Android And IOS Takes A Jab At Foursquare Video By Clip Syndicate Google has announced a new version of Google Maps for Android and iOS devices, adding a new Explore function that lets you find interesting spots near your location. Located in the bottom right corner of the app, the Explore button gives you an overview of what's nearby. It's not only location-sensitive — the feature also pays attention to the context, meaning you'll get different results depending on the time of day and the weather. ...Read More »
# 6 Video: Apple Margin Concerns Fade, Focus Shifts To IPhone Launch Video By Clip Syndicate A rise in margins has raised hopes that Apple Inc may be able to hold the line on pricing ahead of the launch of new iPhones later this year. Apple's shares were set to open slightly higher at $95.33. At least six brokerages raised their price targets on the stock by as much as $12 to a high of $123. Apple's gross margin rose to 39.4 percent in the third quarter from 36.9 percent a year earlier, and the company forecast margins of 37-38 percent for the current quarter. ...Read More »
# 7 Video: Apple Margin Concerns Fade, Focus Shifts To IPhone Launch Video By Clip Syndicate A rise in margins has raised hopes that Apple Inc may be able to hold the line on pricing ahead of the launch of new iPhones later this year. Apple's shares were set to open slightly higher at $95.33. At least six brokerages raised their price targets on the stock by as much as $12 to a high of $123. Apple's gross margin rose to 39.4 percent in the third quarter from 36.9 percent a year earlier, and the company forecast margins of 37-38 percent for the current quarter. ...Read More »
# 8 Video: Live: Apple's 3Q Earnings And Conference Call Video By Clip Syndicate Apple's fiscal third quarter ending in June is usually a quiet one for the company. New gadget releases and the strong holiday period are months behind it, and the next round of devices are still months away. Unlike the previous quarter, Apple isn’t staring down a possible revenue decline for the first time in a decade and neither is it facing concerns about sales of the iPhone, that free-flowing spigot of profit. ...Read More »
# 9 Video: Tim Cook On Apple's IPad Declines: 'This Isn't Something That Worries Us' Video By Clip Syndicate Apple’s strong quarterly results contains one major blemish: sinking iPad sales. While the iPhone and Mac computer registered growth of more than 10%, iPad sales fell 9% in unit terms to 13.3 million units – coming up well short of analysts’ expectations of 14.4 million units. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the iPad figures were in line with what the company had expected.

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# 10 Video: How To Download Apple OS X Yosemite Right Now Video By Clip Syndicate As promised, Apple is throwing open the doors on the beta program for OS X Yosemite. That means anyone with a compatible Mac can download and install a preview of the software, as long as they register. To get the preview, you'll need to sign up through the OS X Beta Program site. Once you've done that, Apple will email you instructions for downloading and installing the beta on your Mac. ...Read More »
# 11 "The Dry Brush Master" Project Profile By none How do you capture the subtle brilliance of a dry brush artist in a documentary? For years, many people have tried to capture the beauty of painted artwork on video and film, and it is never easy. This is what filmmaker Ben Tobin was faced with when he decided to take on the task of telling Greg Ruth's story. Ruth is known as a Dry Brush Master, and his artwork and books have been celebrated around the world. ...Read More »
# 12 Grob Comedy Relies on Blackmagic Design for Video Production Case Study By none Josh Grob is dead serious about comedy. It's why he founded Grob Comedy, the definitive guide to comedy shows, comedians and comedy venues in New York City. While the website mainly helps fans keep track of their favorite comedians, as well as discover new ones, it also serves as a marketing platform for the comedians themselves. After much research, Josh found everything he was looking for in Blackmagic Design's ATEM Production Studio 4K live production switcher. At one RU in size, the rack mounted ATEM Production Studio 4K fits perfectly in Josh's portable kit, which also houses a Blackmagic Design SmartView HD monitor. ...Read More »
# 13 Larry Jordan's New Educational Program Events By Ko Maruyama I've known Larry Jordan for several years. I've met him in Hollywood, at trade shows, during special events, and listened to his podcast. At every occasion, he's been not only friendly, but genuinely interested in helping post professionals get the most out of their workflow - allowing editors to find simple methods, or understand complex procedures so they can achieve their creative process. Now Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc has launched a new program focusing on an audience of educators. ...Read More »
# 14 AJA Ki Pro Quad and Canon C500 Steer 4K Production for 'Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?' Project Profile By none For the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel - "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," Independent Producers John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and CoProducer Bernie Laramie, together with Director James Manera and Director of Photography Gale Tattersall, set out to facilitate an end-to-end 4K workflow from capture to finish and on through projection. With lofty production goals and a modest budget, Tattersall and Laramie employed the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD file-based recorder and Canon EOS C500 camera to capture and record more than 40 hours of 4K ProRes 444 footage shot across Downtown Los Angeles and Malibu over the course of 17 days. ...Read More »
# 15 Harvard Athletics Upgrades Video Production and Streaming Project Profile By none Harvard University, a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is well known throughout the world for its history, influence and prestige. And if Imry Halevi has anything to say about it, Harvard will also be known for its cutting edge athletic video production and streaming capabilities. He began by upgrading Harvard's outdated video infrastructure, and as part of the new system he installed several Blackmagic Design products, including a Compact Videohub router, six ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switchers, a Micro Videohub router, six UltraStudio Mini Recorders, an ATEM Television Studio and more than 25 Mini Converters. ...Read More »
# 16 Q&A With Larry O'Connor - Founder/CEO of Other World Computing Interview By none We discuss with Other World Computing Founder and CEO Larry O'Connor the issues with memory and storage as the need for larger and faster memory and storage devices explodes. The difference between 4k imagry and HD or NTSC is stunning. So too is the difference in storage needs. From desktop to broadcast, from consumer devices to game development, the need for speed and capacity is becoming insatiable. ...Read More »
# 17 Ripple Creative Group Turns to NVIDIA Quadro and PNY Project Profile By none Communicating what's in the mind's eye of an architect or interior designer can be daunting, especially for large, unusual, or groundbreaking projects. Ripple Creative Group has built its business around visualizing building and real estate projects in such exquisite and accurate detail that anyone can see what the built project will actually look like. Their latest project, using one massive file for design and edits, not only let Ripple achieve the 100% paperless design/build process criteria for the ABC Green House virtual tour, it completely revamped the way they work, establishing a more efficient graphics pipeline that has become their new standard. ...Read More »
# 18 Between College, Real World There's 4K Intramural Case Study By Miles Weston Independent filmmakers are finding it much more affordable today to produce a crowd pleasing film -- low-cost 4K, 5K camera, economic Mac/PC production systems, cloud creative tools, reasonably priced high capacity storage. Of course it also requires a whole lot of talent and that magic something. They all came togetther for the production of Intramural and they're racking up lots of recognition. ...Read More »
# 19 'Pagan Holidays' Transforms from a Small, Independent Project to a True Feature Film Project Profile By none Clifton Holmes knows you have to be ready for anything. Just because one opportunity doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you can't leverage what you already have and turn it into an even greater one. It's all about being flexible. It's how he came to direct "Pagan Holidays," the first official project from Basic Elements, a Chicago based entertainment production company aimed at creating reasonably budgeted feature length productions, both narrative and documentary, which Clifton founded in 2012. ...Read More »
# 20 Time Travel, Ham Sandwiches and the Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Project Profile By none Ham sandwiches are pretty much the same no matter where you are. But the same is not true when thinking about when you are. In the 1970s, it was Wonder Bread and two slices of ham. Maybe a slice of that weird orange cheese. But today? Well, which of the 10 types of organically grown bread would you like with your smoked, pepper or free range ham? If you are one of the two time travelers in Kanen Flowers's new series "18:20," the search for the normalcy of a simple ham sandwich, one of the running plot points in the series, is just one of the many reminders that everything changes when time traveling. ...Read More »
# 21 Motion Composer Product Review By Ko Maruyama MotionComposer is a new way to create and deliver HTML5 or Flash animation. Designed by French company Aquafadas, the software is available in both Mac and PC versions to allow anyone the ability to start animating right away. Although Adobe Flash animations have recently been the subject of scrutiny, there are many advantages to using HTML5. With MotionComposer, you can easily make your content much more engaging. Adobe's Flash content is a very rich experience. There is a wide range of interactive animations that you can create using animation tools that develop for Flash player. However, Flash does require Adobe's Flash player in order to let your audience experience that content. ENTER: HTML5. ...Read More »
# 22 Design A Cloud Quick Peek By Ko Maruyama SoftSkies is a music visualizer created by SoundSpectrum. If you're an iTunes user, you may be familiar with the visualizer that comes packed in with your Mac software. These are those same guys, and they've just come up with a new way to watch your music. These cloudscapes can fit your chill music library. Clouds are always relaxing. Pair the visual with some of your favorite chill out music, and your afternoon downtime just got a lot more relaxing. ...Read More »
# 23 iStopMotion for iPad Product Review By Ko Maruyama Last year, I wrote about the fun application called iStopMotion by Boinx.com. In returning to iStopMotion on iPad, I'm glad to see that the app has gone through many changes and upgrades. Most recently, Boinx has announced the ability to export up to 200 frames in an animated GIF! It's not only a fun application to have as an animator, but it's a teaching opportunity too. When I teach older animation students, they usually understand the importance of timing and number of frames per second. At home with my kids, iStopMotion for iPad is a fun way to craft stories and express creativity. For both older students and young kids, iStopMotion is an accessible way to start making stop motion animations right away. ...Read More »
# 24 Monsters run Rampant Product Review By Ko Maruyama Rampant Design Tools have created a series of images for post production FX in the past. Their newest offering is just in time for the Halloween holiday. MonsterFX Undead provides a series of images that you can use in post for video or still photography. ...Read More »
# 25 Sorenson Squeeze 9 Quick Peek By David Hague For as long as I have been shooting and editing video, there has been a version of Sorenson Squeeze available. Quite simply, Squeeze has always been the premiere transcoding utility used by professionals. It is simple to use, effective, fast and covers almost every known codec and format type available. Squeeze 9 is the latest version of this venerable product, and while certainly not an inexpensive package, with pricing ranging from USD$799 to an eye watering $1999 for the server version, if you are a professional in the video game, it is an almost indispensable item to have in your toolbox. ...Read More »
# 26 Sony Spectral Layers Pro 2 Product Review By Dr. David Smith Digital audio editing software has made amazing signal processing and manipulation possible with the click of a mouse, but until now it has been virtually impossible to take a fully mixed track and un-mix it. Sony's new Spectral Layers Pro allows you to do just that. ...Read More »
# 27 Astute Graphics Mirrors Your Moves Product Review By Ko Maruyama Astute Graphics makes plugins for Adobe's Illustrator. Great plugins that make your design process not only faster and easier, but plugins that allow you to discover designs that you might not have considered before launching into Illustrator. With the holiday season coming around, it's time to start thinking about winter. Astute Graphics' MIRRORME plugin can help. ...Read More »
# 28 Using Prodrenalin To Save Your Video! Product Review By David Hague If you are the proud owner of a GoPro (or similar such as the Sony Action Cam or the Kaiser Baas Sports Cam) you'll be all too familiar with a few problems. Not the least of these is the sheer amount of camera shake followed by distorted footage due to the 'rolling shutter' effect of these cameras. Also in the equation is fish eye distortion, and who hasn't missed that the camera wasn't exactly level when shooting? Or you need to flip video 180 degrees as the camera could only be mounted upside down. This is where ProDad Prodrenalin comes in. ...Read More »
# 29 The RØDE Podcaster Microphone Product Review By David Hague An often overlooked aspect of video is the voice over dialogue. Of course this needs a good mic... While there are many, many 'broadcast' mics available to perform this, for many hobbyists and professionals not creating actual broadcast video, these are overkill and let's face it, probably too expensive. This is where the RØDE Podcaster Mic comes into its own. ...Read More »
# 30 Canon's XA20 Professional Camcorder Product Review By David Hague Some time back we awarded the Canon XA10 Auscam's Camcorder of the Year. It was a truly ground breaking beast with its professional features such as twin XLRs, superb low light capability, brilliant lens and all crammed into a wonderfully ergonomic but small and light compact form factor. So what has changed in the XA20, and is it better? ...Read More »
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