Digital Cameras

Lytro's revolutionary Cinema camera provides radical new post-production capabilities

Lytro's light field cameras haven't proven themselves to be huge sellers in the consumer market, but the technology might be set to revolutionize professional cinematography. Lytro's new Cinema camera captures every frame as a set of light field data; each pixel contains not only luminance and color information, but details on speed, location and direction. Editors can thus set focus, aperture and shutter speed any way they want afterwards during post production. They can also map the scene instantly in 3D for effects compositing, cut out certain depth layers as if everything else is a virtual green screen, and even move the camera a little if the shot's not quite right.
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Inventors & Remarkable People Feature

Eddie Paul: How to build a mechanical shark

By now, the scope and breadth of Eddie Paul's achievements as an inventor, automaker, stuntman and hollywood prop builder are just about legendary. He's packed more into one lifetime than most people could into 10. Among hundreds of other credits, he's one of the key guys that Discovery Channel goes to when it needs a mechanical stunt shark built for one of its numerous shark shows. But Paul's first mechanical shark was built more than 20 years ago, as part of a documentary by famed oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau. On an impossible timeline, with the vaguest of instructions, Paul built Alison, a 10-foot mechanical shark powered by compressed air. He then watched as she interacted successfully with a school of live great whites, who eventually attacked her and tore her to pieces. Here, in Paul's own words, is an insight into the process of conceiving, creating, testing and destroying one of his unique creations.Read More

Superhero fan creates DIY batarang

Fans of Batman will be familiar with the batarang, a bat-shaped throwing weapon that Mr. Wayne uses to subdue his foes. In the trailer for the new film Batman v Superman, he uses a variant that can be folded up when not in use. German cool-weapons-maker Patrick Priebe saw it, and decided to make one of his own.Read More

Immersit puts your couch in the movies

A French startup has developed a device, much like D-Box cinema seats, that brings movement to your couch when watching movies or games. Initially launched at CES last month, Immersit is now live on Kickstarter to fund production costs.Read More

i-Blades smart cases will deliver on-the-go entertainment

i-Blades and IdeaNova Technologies have announced a video distribution and playback system designed to give media companies and movie studios an "on-the-go" entertainment delivery mechanism for mobile device users. The mobile content platform will allow anyone using the i-Blades smartcase's "content blades" to store up to 100 HD-quality, DRM-protected, feature-length movies, then view them on a smartphone using the IdeaNova INPLAY technology.Read More


Movie memorabilia royalty goes to auction today

If you have spare time this afternoon, it will be worth watching the annual Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies New York sale. (13:00 EST). Over the last decade, movie, sports and music memorabilia has grown into a massive industry as the baby boomer generation (the current holders of the majority of the world's wealth) has recognized that there are greater returns to be had in Tier 1 memorabilia than in many traditional asset classes such as shares and real estate. Several iconic items of movie memorabilia going to auction on Monday will provide a bellwether for the entertainment memorabilia marketplace: two Marilyn Monroe dresses, Dorothy's dress from The Wizard of Oz, the 'Rosebud' sled from Citizen Kane, and Steve McQueen's race suit from Le Mans. Why? Because similar items have been auctioned before.Read More

Limited edition Ural pays tribute to Star Wars

Ural is the most recent motorcycle manufacturer to join the blacked-out dark side, with its limited-edition Star Wars-themed Dark Force model ... complete with a 3-foot extendable lightsaber. The company is making only 25 of the gloss-black sidecar rigs, with pricing set at US$15,000.Read More


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