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POV Magazine: Going Native - A Film Review of "Reel Injun" by Matthew Hays

Going Native - A Review by Matthew Hays

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But Diamond says that while he was mystified by the general cluelessness of many white people about Native life and culture, he knew exactly where it came from. So many had culled their sense of who and what Native people were from the range of distorted images that populated film and TV screens.
Cut to five years ago, and Diamond, now a documentary filmmaker, thought it might be intriguing to do a short film about white actors who had played Native onscreen. “I remembered actors like Burt Lancaster, who had portrayed Natives. I thought this might make for a funny half hour film.”

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Calling ham radio buffs in Yellowknife NWT and the North

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There are 20 society members scattered through the NWT, with the majority of them in Yellowknife.

Society president Chris Cameron said adding to their membership would help the society become more involved in the community.

"Like anything else, more membership means we can take part in more activities in the community, participate in events," Cameron said.

Many society members participate just for fun, but there are a couple of serious things they do.

"For the last 10 years we've been working with the Yellowknife Ski Club, we do the communications for the ski-loppett," said Cameron. "We keep track of all the skiers."

They also are available to assist the Canadian Forces in the case of an emergency such as a plane crash.

"If we want to get into emergency services further, more people the better," said Cameron.

The society also participates in the North American Field Day, a contest where regions face off to see who can get the most radio contacts from other ham radio stations. It was originally meant as a field exercise to make sure people are prepared for emergency situations to work with limited resources, such as power from a grid.

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Bob Johnson has always had an interest in electronics and radio, and is a relatively recent member of the society, which has been in operation since the early 1980s.

"A couple years ago I took a course, got my licence and I've been doing that since," said Johnson.

"It's interesting. I think it's a little out of the mainstream these days with cellphones and that kind of stuff, but I find it interesting and there are lots of people around who like it."

Those interested in learning more can find society members hanging out at Tim Hortons on most Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.

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Google Zeitgeist 2011

Google Zeitgeist 2011 | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
What mattered in 2011? Zeitgeist sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year's 10 fastest-rising global queries and the rest of the spirit of 2011.

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http://youtu.be/SAIEamakLoY

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Royal Collection - The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

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The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
21 October 2011 - 15 April 2012

This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by George Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole.

Ponting’s dramatic images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910–12, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole. Hurley’s extraordinary icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s Polar expedition on Endurance in 1914–17, which ended with the heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia. Both collections of photographs were presented to King George V and are today part of the Royal Photograph Collection.

Preview a selection of highlights online here

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V tape - international video arts distribution, exhibition and resource centre

Founded in 1980, V tape is an international distribution, exhibition and resource centre with an emphasis on the contemporary media arts. As a centre for over 900 artists artists, V tape carries over 5,000 titles. V tape's in-office facilities include several study carrels for viewing and an extensive library of print materials available to the general public as well as to students, curators and researchers.

In 1994, V tape began a working partnership with the Aboriginal Film & Video Art Alliance (Ontario) to encourage distribution of Aboriginally produced film and video publishing a second edition of the catalogue, imagineNative, in 1998. Outreach workshops are regularly conducted throughout Ontario to increase awareness of Aboriginally produced media.

Aboriginal media arts partnership projects: Since 1994, V tape has maintained active partnerships with important organizations serving Aboriginal media artists; first with AFVAA (Aboriginal Film and Video Art Alliance, Ontario) and most recently with CAM (Centre For Aboriginal Media). V tape's Aboriginal Outreach coordinator Cynthia Lickers has undertaken special promotional activities including: oimagineNATIVE: the television series. The second 13-week series drawn partially from V tape titles and produced by Cynthia Lickers, began broadcast December 2000, on APTN's national service. imagineNATIVE: Aboriginal Media Arts Festival. September 9-12, 2000. This important media arts festival was a rousing success. With participation from international and Canadian artists, directors, multimedia designers, writers, distributors, broadcasters and academics, the festival took advantage of its coincidence with the Toronto International Film Festival to organize two panels sponsored by TIFF as part of the Rogers Industry Centre events. The screenings, panels and informal meetings culminated with an awards ceremony attended by over 250 people.

In 1997, V tape published the New Media Guide, a catalogue of artists' CD-ROM's, WWWeb sites, audio installations and other artworks using new technologies. Since relocating to a larger and more publicly accessible office in May 1995, V tape has begun to emphasize the exhibition of video and media art. In addition to regular on-site exhibitions of artists' works (premieres, visiting artist presentations, etc.), we are working on two major exhibitions: "Ecstatic Memory" (January 1999-March 2000) will feature programmes by five curators at the Art Gallery of Ontario; a second, "Possible Maps" (February - March 1999), features programmes by three curators.

V tape also provides exhibition support to galleries, curators and individual artists including dubbing and restoration services and affordable exhibition equipment.

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Checklist for being a “real” journalist | Stuff @JournalistsLike Blog

Checklist for being a “real” journalist | Stuff @JournalistsLike Blog | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

Think that j-school degree and a desk in a newsroom is all you need to call yourself a journalist? Think again. Journalists are made on deadlines. Here’s my checklist to see if you are truly a journalist.

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Pulitzer Prizes change breaking news category to emphasize ‘real-time’ reporting | Poynter.

The Pulitzer Prizes are doing away with paper for next year’s awards. All entries must be submitted digitally. The Pulitzer Board is also changing the local breaking news award to emphasize real-time reporting. For example, “it would be disappointing if an event occurred at 8 a.m. and the first item in an entry was drawn from the next day’s newspaper.”

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The revised definition for Breaking News focuses on reporting that, “as quickly as possible, captures events accurately as they occur, and, as time passes, illuminates, provides context, and expands upon the initial coverage.”

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The Board also suggested that entrants provide a timeline, in its cover letter or in supplemental material, detailing the chronology of events in a breaking story and how it relates to the timing of items that comprise the entry.

In all Pulitzer categories, entries must be based on material coming from a United States newspaper or news site that publishes at least weekly and adheres to the highest journalistic principles. Magazines and broadcast media, and their respective websites, are not eligible.

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Lascaux Caves, France

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The Lascaux Caves (or Lascaux Grottoes) in southwest France contain some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world. The cave paintings, which mainly depict animals, are some 17,000 years old and seem to have a ritual purpose. For preservation reasons, the public may only visit a well-executed replica called Lascaux II.

History

Radiocarbon dating of charcoal and other artifacts found in the cave complex has led most scholars to date the Lascaux paintings to c.15,000 BC, making them some of the oldest paintings in the world. The majority view is that the paintings were completed over a period of a few centuries at most, while others believe the work was carried out over a much longer period.

Given the lack of written records, the purpose of the cave paintings cannot be known for certain. However, the high quality of the work and the amount of effort involved (scaffolding must have been used to reach the highest part of the walls, for instance) suggests it was a sacred place that may have been used for rituals.

The cave complex was closed up shortly after its decoration and it remained blocked up until September 1940, when four local boys stumbled on it while looking for a dog. The site was first studied by the French archaeologist Henri Breuil (1877-1961), a renowned expert in prehistoric art.

Having been hidden for 17,000 years, the Lascaux Caves were in perfect condition when they were discovered. Unfortunately, however, the caves were opened to an enthusiastic public in 1948 without any thought to preservation.

The combined effects of artificial lighting and 100,000 visitors per year soon caused great damage to the site. Much valuable archaeological information was lost, the bright colors of the paintings faded, and destructive layers of algae, bacteria and opaque calcite crystals formed on the walls.

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Dan Archer: Comics Journalism in the digital age

Stanford Knight Fellow and comics journalist Dan Archer explains how the form can be adapted to digital media platforms.
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Knight Fellowships Talk - Dan Archer on the potential of digital, interactive comics to effectively tell complex stories

2011 Knight Fellow and comics journalist Dan Archer makes the case for his craft and demonstrates the potential of digital, interactive comics to effectively tell complex stories. More Knight Talks and information at: http://knightgarage.stanford.edu/re-engineering-journalism/ 

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The Young Ancestors - Revised Trailer 11-11

The Young Ancestors follows a group of Native American teens, who under the guidance of a mentor, are learning their native language. In a broader context this is a story of the burgeoning movement led by Native Americans to revitalize their language and culture. This is a film about courage and hope; the triumph of honor and respect. This is a story that needs to be shared and supported to ensure that the era of globalization does not become synonymous with the tyranny of English language and American culture, of endless strip malls and BP spills.
Without a multiplicity of languages and cultures, we risk living in a country and in a world in which everything has become homogenized, and white washed, a place in which uniqueness and diversity have ceased to exist. Join us in championing the outstanding efforts of these young ancestors who are creating their future by sustaining their past, one word at a time

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Girls charged with beating woman in video held in custody - Toronto - CBC News

Girls charged with beating woman in video held in custody - Toronto - CBC News | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Two teen girls have been remanded in custody on charges related to the beating of a woman in downtown Toronto that was recorded and uploaded to the internet.

The video of the attack was uploaded to a U.S. hip hop and video blogging website. Toronto police were alerted to it after the video was flagged by online viewers from the United States.

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The art of the mug shot

The art of the mug shot | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

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The eyes stare hauntingly across time.

Outfitted in bowlers, ties and jackets, newly minted criminals gaze unflinchingly at photographers hired by Ontario police to record freshly arrested crooks in the Niagara area in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The 100 striking photographs in “Arresting Images” have been selected from 474 mug shots found at the OPP’s Niagara regional headquarters during some housecleaning in the 1960s.

Culled from hundreds of well-preserved studio cards, the photographs are on display at the Helen McClung Gallery at the Archives of Ontario building at York University until Dec. 9.

They aren’t mug shots as we’ve come to know them today. These aren’t the dishevelled Lindsay Lohans, Paris Hiltons or Nick Noltes of their day, dragged into sterile police rooms to face cops clicking a camera.

They’re mostly petty criminals, arrested for pickpocketing or fraud, hauled off to private photo studios, which at the turn of the last century were still a curiosity.

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http://photogallery.thestar.com/1093789

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Swedish citizens have taken over the @sweden Twitter account

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Swedish citizens have taken over the @sweden Twitter account, with the blessing of the Swedish government, according to Mashable.

One Swedish citizen will take control of @sweden each week, complete with a customized profile picture and bio. The initiative, called Curators of Sweden, is run by VisitSweden, the country's official tourism and travel information group.

The first curator to interact with @sweden's 10,000-and-climbing followers is Jack Werner, a Stockholm-based writer and marketer.

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Unique Maori-focused research publication will 'create a stir'

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[image]A special Maori-focused edition of the University of Otago's annual publication of research highlights will be sent to ethnic peoples around the world, as a leading example of academic partnerships with indigenous populations.

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The university releases an annual glossy research publication titled He Kitenga as a snapshot of its most outstanding research projects being undertaken by academic staff and students.

Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne this week formally released the first edition of He Kitenga Maori - a companion piece to He Kitenga - at a meeting of the university council. .

Prof Hayne told council members she believed the special edition highlighting the university's best Maori-oriented research programmes was "unique in the world" and would "create a stir" for its focus on indigenous partnerships.

"We developed this booklet as a companion piece to He Kitenga, because we found the depth and breadth of our Maori research warranted its own publication."

The document focuses exclusively on research programmes that are partnered alongside indigenous concerns and matters connected with Maori.

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The truth about journalists: Here’s a list of some of the things you should expect

Everyone has neurosis, but here at News: From the Field, we feel it’s safe to say that journalists have more than other people in other careers. Here’s a list of some of the things you should expect before you date, befriend or communicate with a journalist.

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5. We take our work home. We have to. Even if it is not in paperwork form, we are constantly thinking about it.

6. Asking too many questions is in our blood. Get ready to answer them.

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9. We know stuff. It’s just the way it is. That doesn’t make us snooty know-it-alls, it just means we know more than you probably do about certain things.

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International Review of Information Ethics, No 15: Ethics of Sharing (2011) at Monoskop/log

International Review of Information Ethics, No 15: Ethics of Sharing (2011)

12 December 2011, dusan

Filed under journal | Tags: · ethics, filesharing, p2p, remix, web 2.0

“In information ethics though ‘sharing’ has been discussed so far only implicitly in terms of privacy, intellectual property, secrecy, security and freedom of speech. But not only that libraries have been at least challenged by search engines but also recent developments of a second order like the encyclopedia project Wikipedia, the emergence of social networks like facebook or disclosure platforms like WikiLeaks have shown that there is a need to go beyond the scientific habits and legal standards of sharing knowledge and distributing information to understand and govern the communicative space and exchange of information made possible by the internet and its respective platforms.

So, has sharing of information a special virtue in the information society? How are choices of sharing or withholding of information justified? Is sharing subversive of the new global information regime, or an integral aspect of it?

This issue brings together contributions towards an ethics of sharing that embed the new technological potentialities linking them to their actual social impact. In our understanding, information ethics “deals with ethical questions in the field of digital production and reproduction of phenomena and processes such as the exchange, combination and use of information.” So, the task of developing an ethics of sharing is both descriptive – helping us to understand the contemporary complexities of the ethics of exchanging information as it emerges from using digital technologies across a global range of social and cultural contexts – as well as normative – helping us to address blind-spots and clarifying possible ethical frameworks to address unresolved issues regarding these practices.” (from Editorial)

Contributions by Andreas Wittel, Mayo Fuster Morell, Marie-Luisa Frick and Andreas Oberprantacher, Vito Campanelli, Clemens Apprich, Michel Bauwens, Alessandro Delfanti

Edited by Felix Stalder and Wolfgang Sützl
Published by International Center for Information Ethics, September 2011
ISSN: 1614-1687

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http://www.i-r-i-e.net/current_issue.htm

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http://www.i-r-i-e.net/inhalt/015/015_full.pdf Download (PDF articles)

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Vtape: Video Art in Canada:

Vtape: Video Art in Canada: | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

Discover the rich history of video art in Canada, through the artists awarded the prestigious Bell Canada Award in Video Art.

Experience the video works of these internationally acclaimed artists through a thematic online exhibition and encounter a diversity of Canadian experience and expression.

Video is an electronic recording of image and sound, flowing seamlessly without divisions. It may exist live, with a recording camera and simultaneous monitor playback, or be fixed as a record on videotape, cassette, or disc. With video, shooting and recording happen together; unlike film, no lab need intervene for development of image or sound. Video is a self-directed format because it's relatively easy and inexpensive to produce. Video has overturned the scale and physicality of the film studio—the empire of celluloid recording and its hold over theatrical distribution. Video, so to speak, has freed ideas and image making from a small group holding power and returned them to the individual.

The dissemination of access to equipment and production control has led to a new potential for egalitarianism. The issues addressed in video art practices give evidence of this shift - as explored in the themes of the Video Art in Canada online exhibition. From monolithic film studios and television broadcasters - as late as the 1970s even the largest cities had no more than five TV channels, all controlled by companies (or governments) with massive investments of money and human resource-video has focused on increasing miniaturization. No longer dependant on studio recording, individuals with hand-held cameras can bring their tools anywhere and hide them easily, at any political demonstration, film, or music festival, any home or office. A fully professional music studio, or a complete editing system for sound and images, can easily be on your own laptop. Cell-phone cameras further miniaturize, offering every chance for witness and evidence. The Internet completes the picture, offering material almost anywhere and at no charge. Piracy is easy; sharing is constant. File-sharing communities have nearly completed their decentralization, with no central server as target to be located and shut down.

George Orwell's image of surveillance and control, portrayed with unnerving reality in his novel Nineteen Eighty-four, was only partly right. Yes, cameras are everywhere. Nothing is hidden. But control has turned out to lie not only at the top through a malevolent "Big Brother". The many individuals now have tools: the question remains, what to do with them?

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Occupy the Airspace: Surveillance Drones for the 99 Percent - New York News - Runnin' Scared

Occupy the Airspace: Surveillance Drones for the 99 Percent - New York News - Runnin' Scared | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

The occupiers just got their own surveillance drone. Tim Pool, whose indefatigable live-streaming of the movement has already made him one of the best sources of information about Occupy Wall Street, announced this week on Twitter that he was about to start testing a drone.

The drone comes courtesy of Mike Brown, an artist-in-residence at Better Farm in upstate New York. Brown told us he recently came into some money from his uncle.

"My mom's side of the family are all journalists and editors and things like that, so I wanted to do something that would honor that," Brown said.

After closely following the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the media blackout surrounding its eviction, Brown decided that the citizen-journalists covering the movement needed more resources. Just what shape his contribution would take became clear after he saw this remarkable footage of a Polish protest taken from a civilian drone.

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The Nisoor Square Shootings (Interactive Comic) by Dan Archer @archcomix

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The Nisoor Square Shootings (Interactive Comic)

Dan Archer

Interactive timeline comic about the Blackwater shootings in Nisoor Square, Baghdad in 2007, where 17 Iraqi civilians were killed. The comic takes our slogan 'there is more than one truth' to the next level, by showing several different perspectives on the incident pieced together from news reports and eyewitness testimony.

Dan Archer creates non-fictional, journalistic comics to offer a new perspective on US foreign and domestic policy and give voice to stories that wouldn’t otherwise be heard. Visit his website at http://www.archcomics.com and follow him on Twitter @archcomix.

20 Jun 2011

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The Ridenhour Prizes - Fostering the spirit of courage and truth

Joe Sacco
2010 Recipient of The Ridenhour Book Prize

Joe Sacco is one of the world's foremost cartoonists and the creator of war-reportage comics. He is the author of a number of illustrated books including Palestine, which received the American Book Award, Fixer and Safe Area Gorazde.

In 2001, while on a reporting trip to Gaza he learned of a large-scale killing of Palestinians during the Suez crisis in the town of Khan Younis, near the Egyptian border, in November 1956.

Determined to uncover the truth behind this forgotten killing, and one that took place in the neighboring town of Rafah a few days later, he returned twice more to Gaza to record the stories of Palestinian eyewitnesses to the tragedies. Immersing himself in the daily life of Gaza, he gradually came to understand how those incidents — footnotes to a long history of killing in the area — could contain the seeds of grief and anger that shape present-day events.

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An introduction to comics journalism, in the form of comics journalism | Poynter.

An introduction to comics journalism, in the form of comics journalism | Poynter. | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
To some, the only connection between comics and newspapers is in the funny pages, or a single panel editorial cartoon. However, a new breed of journalist is emerging: one that is as comfortable conducting interviews and following leads as he or she is sitting behind a drawing board with brush pens.

This first in a two-part series explains the difference between the various approaches used by news organizations of incorporating visuals into their stories: from satirical, opinionated political cartoons to long-form reportage.

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Transom » Gear Guides > Audio Recorders > Tascam DR-40

Transom » Gear Guides > Audio Recorders > Tascam DR-40 | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

Transom is always searching for the ideal field recording devices at the lowest cost. Our TOOLS Editor Jeff Towne just reviewed the new Tascam DR-40 and says, “At last! The recorder we’ve been waiting for! Well, almost…”

Here is the full review—including audio samples with various microphones, comparisons to similar units, a full dissection of the menus and features, and all of Jeff’s typically thorough testing.

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Nunavut Teacher Education Program students explore arts education through animation

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Recently, a group of third-year Nunavut Teacher Education Program students produced six animations as part of their Introduction to Arts Education course. The faculty member responsible for delivery of the Fine Arts material was Gyu Oh.

Neil Christopher is the NTEP faculty member responsible for Educational Media. We thank Neil for working cooperatively with Gyu to place the work on YouTube. His efforts have provided us with another venue to "promote the positives" of the Nunavut Teacher Education Program and Nunavut Arctic College.

See the videos on YouTube here

http://youtu.be/ZO0OEjlgz0U

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Turn you Mac into a TV studio with CamTwist (free download)

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Using your favorite streaming provider such as Ustream.tv, Justin.tv, BlogTV, LiveStream and many others you can stream your CamTwist produced shows live on the Internet. Want higher quality? CamTwist fully supports Flash Media Live Encoder as well as Telestream's Wirecast allowing you to stream HD quality content live online.

CamTwist is a capable of 720p output. If you have an input card that supports 1080i or 720p CamTwist can even scale up to 1080p output as well!

CamTwist includes over 50 special effects from social elements like IRC overlays to fin effects like broken glass and bubbles. You can apply one effect at a time or stack the effects to get a truly unique image.Want to add some graphics to your screen like you see on broadcast television? Add the ‘Image Overlay’ effect and drop in a Photoshop file. How about a countdown effect which will count down either to a specific time or from a specific number to show your viewers when the next live show will be.

In addition to effects that you can add on top of your videos, the Studio function of CamTwist also offers transitions between sources. Cut, Dissolve, Page Peel or even Ripple between your cameras, videos and graphics in real time!

Need more power? CamTwist allows you to create your own special effects using Apple’s Quartz Composer.

 

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