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NASA Photo of the Scar Left Behind by Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Fire

NASA Photo of the Scar Left Behind by Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Fire | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
After scorching over 18,000 acres and burning down 346 homes, the Waldo Canyon fire near and around Colorado Springs, CO has left scars that are both literal and metaphorical in nature.
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Moon over the Crest

Moon over the Crest | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Canon EOS60D + 70-200 f/4 L - Serre Chevalier Valley, French Alps

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Proud of this one

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Unleash your camera’s inner Hulk with a free hack to the firmware

Unleash your camera’s inner Hulk with a free hack to the firmware | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

In 2012, two Canadian teenagers, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, successfully sent a Lego mini figure up into space using a weather balloon as the vehicle. To document the event from liftoff to crash-land, they rigged a basic Canon point-and-shoot camera to continuously snap photos. While it sounds like a complicated science project, it’s actually something many have successfully accomplished (Ho and Muhammad just made theirs unique by sending the little Lego guy with it and, oh, they’re teens). And hacking the camera might actually be the easy part, thanks to an open-source firmware update.

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Like CHDK, Magic Lantern is open-source software for Canon DSLRS, with an emphasis on enhancing video production (Magic Lantern’s creators don’t like to refer to it as a hack but a separate program that complements the camera’s software, but you get the idea). The supported DSLRs are the ones that can handle video capture, like the EOS 5D Mark II, 60D, Rebel T1i, etc., with future support for the 7D, 5D Mark III, and more. Essentially, it gives these DSLRs many of the similar advanced features that are found in more expensive video cameras.

 

But unlike CHDK, Magic Lantern is geared more toward advanced users, in particular those who use Canon DSLRs to create movies (although later updates have added features that benefit photographers too). Magic Lantern was originally created to add audio controls to the EOS 5D Mark II, which Canon didn’t provide. Over time, Magic Lantern evolved, adding a ton of extra features. If you own one of the supported cameras and you dabble a bit with video, however, it doesn’t hurt to try out Magic Lantern’s features, as it’s not difficult to install and it runs independently on the memory card.

 

Once set up, pushing the camera’s Delete button will bring up the extra menus. Magic Lantern’s benefits are many, but some of the notable ones include manual fine-tuning of audio; tools for exposure and focusing; HDR video; bracketing; zebra patterns; and an intervalometer for shooting time lapse and astrophotography. As we’ve mentioned, Magic Lantern is best for more advanced users who’ve gotten to know the ins and outs of their Canon DSLR.

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"Of course we can do it : it is just software..." - The story of these hacked firmwares is almost as interesting as what they can deliver.

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KALRAY to showcase low power, live Ultra HD (4K) HEVC encoder at CCBN 2014 in collaboration with DivX

KALRAY to showcase low power, live Ultra HD (4K) HEVC encoder at CCBN 2014 in collaboration with DivX | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Orsay, Paris, March 20, 2014 — KALRAY, the designer and exclusive provider of the low power, high performance MPPA MANYCOREprocessor, today announced the demonstration at CCBN 2014 of its unique low power live Ultra HD HEVC (4K) encoder running on the KALRAY MPPA MANYCORE processor.

The demonstration will be streaming DivX HEVC UltraHD (4K) video to a 4K TV set. The MPPA-256 , KALRAY’s first MPPA® MANYCORE processor coming with 256 cores on a single chip, will be used for a demonstration at CCBN 2014, being held in Beijing, China (Mar 20-22). The MPPA-256 processor demonstrates a complete Ultra HD HEVC live encoding based on DivX HEVC UltraHD video.

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Imagine combining such raw power with advanced HEVC encoding (thinking of NGCodec) and smart image preprocessing (thinking of Yves Faroudja's latest venture)...

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Grandmont.org is back !

Grandmont.org is back ! | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Old website designed in 1996 for my Grandfather is back online, in its 1996 web flavor, but it is definitely back. Enjoy the history, the pictures, and the QuickTimeVR panoramas.

In memoriam Michel HUET my grandfather (12 Sept 1910 - 18 Feb 2004) who inspired this site 18 years ago. 

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Will have to refresh the whole thing one day with uptodate high resolution pictures. Yet the QuickTimeVR panoramas still work 16 years after...

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Welcome to Faroudja Enterprises

Welcome to Faroudja Enterprises | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The Faroudja Enterprises founders have realized that their experience in video technology is applicable to video  compression.  The company designs pre-processors and post-processors, used before and after compression coding/decoding, to achieve a lower bit rate and better image quality with existing codecs.

 

THE COMPANY DOES NOT PERFORM COMPRESSION CODING OR DECODING.  THE COMPANY DESIGNS

PRE-PROCESSORS TO BE USED BEFORE COMPRESSION CODING, AND POST-PROCESSORS TO BE USED

AFTER DECODING.

 

A better image quality at the same bit rate may be chosen, or if desirable, a 35% to 50% bit rate reduction for the same image quality as before may be obtained.  In any case, compression artifacts are reduced or eliminated.

 

Significant results have already been achieved:  2 patents have been granted, and 3 more are in the works.  The processes are suited to a wide range of video, from teleconferencing and videophones, to Standard Definition, High Definition and Ultra High Definition applications.

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Absolutely delighted to see that Yves Faroudja is back in the video game with a new venture. I have the deepest respect for him and know how he regrets having missed the opportunity to invest in imsense :-)

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Fascinating Photos of Paris in the Mid-19th Century

Fascinating Photos of Paris in the Mid-19th Century | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Beginning in the mid-1850s, Paris experienced a grand transformation. At the orders of Napoleon III, old, narrow streets made way for wide boulevards, thousands of gas lamps lit the streets at night, and a host of other public projects thoroughly modernized the city. Charles Marville, a photographer employed by the city, was charged with documenting those changes. “The random, organic city, the city built by successive generations on top of itself, was pushed back and de-emphasized. The standardized city we see today was replaced,” said Jeff Rosenheim, curator of “Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris,” now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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Archive photography as an art. Paris, city of light

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InAiR: The World's 1st Augmented Television

InAiR turns your TV into a Minority Report-like experience, with layers of Web content, inline with the programs you're watching.

 

InAiR brings you the world's first Augmented TV experience

With InAir plugged in, your TV becomes an Augmented Television. You can turn any ordinary television into a new and wonderful medium, filled with rich and dynamic information from the Web. InAiR uses your TV screen and layers in additional content from the Web and social media.


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Wondering how it would combine with Ayotle technology...

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Imagine watching the Super Bowl with this baby..!  We will be in a couple years, this company is going to blow up! 

 

Valery's curator insight, February 2, 11:55 PM

Seems great but the question is : will the content production follow ?

Nitin Narang's comment, February 6, 8:15 AM
Amazing... something really inspirational and way ahead of what's available in the market today..
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Google’s VP9 Video Codec Gets Backing from ARM, Nvidia, Sony And Others, Gives 4K Video Streaming A Fighting Chance

Google’s VP9 Video Codec Gets Backing from ARM, Nvidia, Sony And Others, Gives 4K Video Streaming A Fighting Chance | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Google's VP9 video codec is getting a major boost today. While Mozilla, Google's own Chrome browser and a few video players like FFmpeg started supporting VP9..
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Remember that its predecessor VP8 is a video compression format owned by Google and created by On2 Technologies.

In May 2010, after the purchase of On2 Technologies for approx. $125M, Google provided an irrevocable patent promise on its patents for implementing the VP8 format, and released a specification of the format under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. That same year, Google also released libvpx, the reference implementation of VP8, under a BSD license.

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Low-cost 'nano-camera' developed that can operate at the speed of light | NDTV Gadgets

Low-cost 'nano-camera' developed that can operate at the speed of light | NDTV Gadgets | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT Media Lab have developed a $500 "nano-camera" that can operate at the speed of light. According to the researchers, potential applications of the 3D camera include collision-avoidance, gesture-recognition, medical imaging, motion-tracking and interactive gaming.


The team which developed the inexpensive "nano-camera" comprises Ramesh Raskar, Achuta Kadambi, Refael Whyte, Ayush Bhandari, and Christopher Barsi at MIT, and Adrian Dorrington and Lee Streeter from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

 

The nano-camera uses the "Time of Flight" method to measure scenes, a method also used by Microsoft for its new Kinect sensor that ships with the Xbox One. With this Time of Flight, the location of objects is calculated by how long it takes for transmitted light to reflect off a surface and return to the sensor. However, unlike conventional Time of Flight cameras, the new camera will produce accurate measurements even in fog or rain, and can also correctly locate translucent objects.

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Meet the nano-camera, the $500 little sister of 2011 $500.000 femto-camera...

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Amazing Miniature Scenes Shot with Model Cars, Forced Perspective and a $250 P&S camera

Amazing Miniature Scenes Shot with Model Cars, Forced Perspective and a $250 P&S camera | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Model maker/collector and photographer Michael Paul Smith is a master at recreating incredibly accurate outdoor scenes using his extensive die-cast model car collection and forced perspective.

Mixing up miniature cars, detail items and buildings into a scene whose backdrop is the real world, he shoots the gorgeous miniature vistas of the town he has created and named “Elgin Park” — and he does it all with a cheap point-and-shoot.

Elgin Park is some 25 years in the making, as are Smith’s modeling and diorama photography skills. In an extensive interview with Fstoppers, he describes his tools, his process and the minute attention to detail that creating these scenes requires.

Ironically, Smith has diagnosed himself as “math challenged,” so when it comes to properly framing the forced perspective, he simply eyeballs it. Years of experience have led to an uncanny ability to do this right on the first shot, but if he doesn’t, he simply goes up and unceremoniously drags his table/models into the correct spot.

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"Keep everything in scale"...

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Google Acquires YC-Backed Flutter, A Gesture Recognition Technology Startup, For Around $40M

Google Acquires YC-Backed Flutter, A Gesture Recognition Technology Startup, For Around $40M | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Google's Glass, Android and other products may soon be picking up more Kinect-style gesture features: the company has bought Flutter, a Y Combinator-backed startup that focuses on gesture recognition technology.
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Wave your hand if you agree :-)

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iPhone 5S To Have Image Sensor With HDR Capture Capability: Dynamic Auto Focus Also Coming

iPhone 5S To Have Image Sensor With HDR Capture Capability: Dynamic Auto Focus Also Coming | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
iPhone 5S To Have Image Sensor With HDR Capture Capability: Dynamic Auto Focus Also Coming.
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Curious to "see" it as well as pieces of the eye-fidelity technology that Apple acquired through imsense 3 years ago
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These Incredible Facial Scans Capture Detail Down to the Skin Cell

These Incredible Facial Scans Capture Detail Down to the Skin Cell | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
A team of researchers led by led by Abhijeet Ghosh of Imperial College London and Paul Debevec of the University of Southern California have developed a process of scanning human faces at such a high level of detail that the reproductions are effectively perfect. No pore goes unnoticed.
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FFmpeg 2.2: Live HDS muxer, libx265 encoder & more

FFmpeg 2.2: Live HDS muxer, libx265 encoder & more | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

New major release:

- Live HDS muxer

- string validation in ffprobe

- support for decoding through VDPAU in ffmpeg (the -hwaccel option)

- stereoscopic 3d metadata handling

- WebP encoding via libwebp

- ATRAC3+ decoder

- OpenGL device

- Support DNx444

- libx265 encoder

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Would be curious to see how the libx265 encoder sports compared to NGcodec

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FFmpeg is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec - the leading audio/video codec library.

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Windows Azure Media Services Building Awesome: The server that streamed the Olympics

Windows Azure Media Services Building Awesome: The server that streamed the Olympics | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

For the last two years, I have been working to extend the capabilities to of the Origin Server for Window Azure Media Services. In January of 2013, Windows Azure Media Services (WAMS) became generally available as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) on Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Just over a year later, it would stream the largest live sporting event in history – millions of concurrent users and over 10,000 hours of unique content over the 16-day Sochi Winter Olympic Games. This article describes the capabilities of Microsoft’s origin server, as well as the evolution of the product in the last two years to meet today’s demanding streaming media space.


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90% of internet bandwith will be consumed by video said Cisco...

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The 'Netflix For Pirated Movies' Is Back, And Its Creators Say It Will Never Die

The 'Netflix For Pirated Movies' Is Back, And Its Creators Say It Will Never Die | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

A desktop app called Popcorn Time launched last week gaining  considerable attention for presenting pirated streaming movies in a  clean and easy to use format. It was essentially a Netflix for pirated  movies.

By Friday, it was taken down. The anonymous team of developers wrote a blog  post proclaiming their motivation was 'we need to move on with our lives'.

Now, Torrentfreak  reported that a team of developers called YTS resurrected the project and  officially relaunched it Sunday.

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Popcorn time is back ! Beyond the debate around the pirated content database it is leveraging, the real thing they achieved is a total streamlining of the user experience, with a focus on simplicity and an impressive result. It may not be (hopefully) the future of TV but it clearly paves the way while echoing a few slides from http://j.mp/beyondscreens

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Popcorn time is back ! Beyond the debate around the pirated content database it is leveraging, the real thing they achieved is a total streamlining of the user experience, with a focus on simplicity and an impressive result. It may not be (hopefully) the future of TV but it clearly paves the way while echoing a few slides from http://j.mp/beyondscreens

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Stunning rediscovered photos show life in Japan 100 years ago

Stunning rediscovered photos show life in Japan 100 years ago | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
A worker pulls a passenger cart over a wooden bridge, Mount Fuji's snowy peak rising in the background. Men wear long dark robes as they catch fish from traditional Japanese boats, and women dive for pearls in the river. Looking at these photos of rural Japan, it's hard to believe they were only taken 100 years ago ...
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Moving...

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Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement

Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

In the past few years, Getty Images found that its content was “incredibly used” in this manner online, says Peters. “And it’s not used with a watermark; instead it’s typically found on one of our valid licensing customers’ websites or through an image search. What we’re finding is that the vast majority of infringement in this space happen with self publishers who typically don’t know anything about copyright and licensing, and who simply don’t have any budget to support their content needs.”

To solve this problem, Getty Images has chosen an unconventional strategy. “We’re launching the ability to embed our images freely for non-commercial use online,” Peters explains. In essence, anyone will be able to visit Getty Images’ library of content, select an image and copy an embed HTML code to use that image on their own websites. Getty Images will serve the image in a embedded player – very much like YouTube currently does with its videos – which will include the full copyright information and a link back to the image’s dedicated licensing page on the Getty Images website.

More than 35 million images from Getty Images’ news, sports, entertainment and stock collections, as well as its archives, will be available for embedding from 06 March.

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Bold move, time will tell how/if they can monetize this unique content.

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NGCodec announcing availability of the World’s First Silicon Proven 10-bit HEVC Decoder for 4Kp60

NGCodec announcing availability of the World’s First Silicon Proven 10-bit HEVC Decoder for 4Kp60 | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Panasonic Ultra HD 4K Television 58AX800U will ship with such decoder IP.

"We are extremely pleased to see that ViXS had the vision to predict this impending market growth and has invested their technical expertise to deliver chipset technology that can support the Ultra HD 4K market this year." said Yuki Kusumi, Director of TV Business Division at Panasonic. 

The decoder IP called 'Sabre' is optimized for SoC implementations. Stress and syntax test streams from the ISO, IEC, and Allegro, as well as real-world streams (supplied by customers), have helped ensure standard compliance. The design is now in production with multiple OEM's. 

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Amazing to see companies such as NGCodec pushing the limits...

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Voeux HD 2014 Famille Dewost

Voeux HD 2014 Famille Dewost | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

L'opus 2014 de nos voeux familiaux est enfin prêt !

Season's greetings are there in HD video...

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et la rétrospective toujours disponible sur http://dewost.com/voeux

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What this picture describes is as intriguing as how it was designed

What this picture describes is as intriguing as how it was designed | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Hint 1: this is not an ad for Orange

Hint 2: the above picture is computer generated and part of a larger series

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Who recognizes this picture without cheating and following the link ?

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@Everpix is shutting down

@Everpix is shutting down | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

It is with a heavy heart we announce that Everpix will be shutting down in the coming weeks.

We started this company two years ago with the goals of solving the photo mess and designing better ways for people to enjoy their memories. We are very proud of the work we've done—from the cutting-edge semantic analysis and syncing technology, right down to every pixel on our website and mobile apps.

We are grateful to our investors for giving us the opportunity to grow this project. But more importantly, we are so very thankful to the folks who supported us with subscriptions and feedback. You guys are the best.

 
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DxO Optics Pro 8.3.2 adds Canon EOS 70D and Sony DSC-RX1R support

DxO Optics Pro 8.3.2 adds Canon EOS 70D and Sony DSC-RX1R support | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
DxO Labs has released version 8.3.2 of its Optics Pro RAW conversion and image correction software, adding support for the Canon EOS 70D and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R.
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This takes me closer to a 70D. Well, maybe...
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Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope With a Single $15 Lens

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope With a Single $15 Lens | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
A Kickstarter project for a Micro Phone Lens makes a camera phone into a portable handheld microscope.
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The Micro Phone Lens is a soft lens that sticks directly onto the camera lens on the back of your phone. Users can then zoom into 15X magnification in high focus. The minimum camera requirement is 5 megapixels.


Backers who contribute $15 or more will receive a Micro PHone Lens and plastic carrying case.

After fulfilling the Kickstarter orders, Larson would eventually like to make the lenses available on Amazon. The University of Washington graduate has been working on the business plan for the Micro Phone Lens for over a year.

 

In the future, Larson also plans to release a 150X lens, which will have even more precise microscope capabilities.

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Sony to launch lenses with built-in image sensors, screenless cameras that can be attached to smartphones

Sony to launch lenses with built-in image sensors, screenless cameras that can be attached to smartphones | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Not content with reinventing and dominating the mirrorless digital camera market, Sony is preparing to launch a lens with a built-in sensor, power source, and WiFi connectivity -- or, to put it another way, a digital camera without a body or screen.
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Should this be called a "Lensor" ? Between screenless camera and sensor enabled lens, this wifi enable Sony product is definitely intriguing and might redefine or expand the digital imaging category...

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