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Welcome 2012! New Year's Around the World - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

Welcome 2012! New Year's Around the World - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
As midnight marched across the world's time zones last night, people welcomed the start of a new year, ushering out the old and toasting the new.
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Zadok Ben David: Blackfield

Zadok Ben David: Blackfield | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
Israeli artist Zadok Ben David, who lives and works in London, created this interesting installation titled Blackfield. Made up of more than 12,000 small steel cut plant sculptures that spring out ...
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China launches 3D TV channel

China launches 3D TV channel | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
China has launched its first 3D television channel on a trial basis and aims for a full launch in the Chinese New Year.
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Juggling Between Freelance Designer and Business Owner | Tips

Juggling Between Freelance Designer and Business Owner | Tips | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

The world of digital design is full of both young and experienced talent. Freelancing has slowly become a more affordable career path for many web designers and developers. But it’s not enough to just create pretty websites in HTML/CSS. You also need to have some sense in marketing a business!


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Infographie : Optimiser une page web pour le référencement naturel

Infographie : Optimiser une page web pour le référencement naturel | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
Après deux checklist et une première infographie reprenant les points essentiels de la rédaction d'une page optimisée pour le référencement naturel, nous vous proposons une seconde infographie sur ce thème.

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12 Essential Tips for Revitalising Your Blog in 2012

12 Essential Tips for Revitalising Your Blog in 2012 | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

As 2011 comes to a close, now is a better time than ever to evaluate your blog, its performance, and most importantly, what you can do to improve your blog in 2012!


A point I always like to drive home is that you will never find blogging success by turning into an “eternal student”, one who always consumes information but never creates or takes action.

Image copyright mipan - Fotolia.com

 

As I am in the process of taking a step back from my own blog to reevaluate what things I could do better, I wanted to present Problogger readers a list of actionable tips that they could act on right now to improve their blog for the new year.

 

So check this list out, bookmark it for later (or tweet it out to your fellow bloggers), and make sure you go through and see what quick actions you can take to improve your blog!


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, January 3, 2012 3:24 AM
Hi Martin,
it is interesting article. I posted it yesterday.
Have a nice day!
Martin Gysler's comment, January 3, 2012 4:14 AM
Hi Giuseppe, Yes, a great post. Sometimes we have the same interests and sources as well... it is a proof that it is a quality article... :-) Cheers and a great day too!
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Coming Up Next: Convert SD Video To True HD 1080 with BetterView SD2HD

BetterView is a company who has developed a new sets of algorithms capable of  literally converting a "standard definition" video (480p) into a true HD video (1080p). 

"In image editing and post-production, a regular blow-up or conversion relies on simple interpolation, and therefore it does not provide any increase in the "true-optical-resolution".

 

BetterView's solution is different: It has been known for the past 20 years that, in principle, one could take several low-quality images and fuse them into a single, higher-resolution outcome. This has been demonstrated by scientists, adopting various techniques and algorithms.

 

The process is known as Super-Resolution (SR), which became a hot field in image processing, with thousands of academic papers published during the past two decades on the problem and ways to handle it.

 

The classical approach to fuse the low-quality images requires finding an exact correspondence between their pixels, a process known as "motion estimation", but the scientists and engineers behind BetterView have now find a way to bypass altogether this time consuming task while obtaining the same results."

 

BetterView is being offered in three possible ways: as an enterprise service via modular server racks, as an encoder on a chip, and as a could-based service.

 

The product/service has no public pricing yet and cannot be purchased if not by directly contacting the company.

 

FAQ: http://www.better-view.com/196153/FAQ#Q_SR 

 

Find out more: http://www.better-view.com/ 


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Learning Curation Tools: The Basic Scoop.it Video Guide - Key Functions and Features in 9 Video Clips

Learn all of the basics of Scoop.it and discover all of its key features and options.

 

This new set of nine video tutorials provides all of the information you need to familiarize yourself with Scoop.it content curation functionalities.

Here all of the video tutorials:

1) Edit a Topic

 

2) Manage Sources

 

3) Connect your Social Media accounts 

 

4) Analytics 

 

5) Look & Feel Customization Part 1

 

6) Look & Feel Customization Part 2 

 

7) Co-curate - Collaborative Curation

 

8) Widget creation - RSS feed 

 

9) Host Scoop.it on your website domain 

 

Or watch them all back-to-back (about 9 mins) from this playlist I have created for you: 

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLECAC8F2BEDB81424 


(Curated by Robin Good) 


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Antonio Ficai's comment, January 2, 2012 6:58 AM
il link al punto 3 è sbagliato
Robin Good's comment, January 2, 2012 7:27 AM
Grazie mille Antonio! - Fixed.
Beth Kanter's comment, January 2, 2012 11:47 AM
Thanks so much for finding this! Useful for workshops on curation and self-paced tutorials on the tools.
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Sync Up Your Separately Recorded Audio and Video Tracks with DualEyes

Sync Up Your Separately Recorded Audio and Video Tracks with DualEyes | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

DualEyes is a commercial software for both PCs and Macs which allows you to easily sync back video and audio tracks of an event or interview that have been recorded on separate units (e.g.: a camcorder and a portable digital audio recorder).

Price: $149

Download a fully functional 30-day trial:
PC version
Mac version

 

See a video tutorial: http://www.singularsoftware.com/dualeyes.html 

Find out more: http://www.singularsoftware.com/dualeyes.html 


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The New Sony NEX-VG20: What I like | Notes On Video

The New Sony NEX-VG20: What I like | Notes On Video | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

The NEX-VG20 is an upgrade to the NEX-VG10, and one way to describe this camera is as a DSLR in a personal-camcorder body.

 

Like a DSLR, it has a large sensor (I've read that it's the same sensor as the one in the Sony NEX-5N), and supports interchangeable lenses using the Sony E-mount.

 

Like a camcorder, it has a flip-out viewfinder, a very different form factor, and a much better microphone.

 

At $2,199 - with the $600 kit lens - this camera is not cheap, though you can buy it without the lens. Here's a list of things I like about this camera:

 

http://notesonvideo.blogspot.com/2011/12/sony-nex-vg20-what-i-like.html 


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Cyndi Seidler's comment, January 12, 2012 3:26 AM
I have the NEX-VG10 and like it quite well, but still working on smoother zooming. Mine was a refurbished model, so I got a decent price on it - $1500 (a steal, I think). Nice review on the VG20, but no upgrade for me for awhile!
Robin Good's comment, January 12, 2012 3:48 AM
Thank you Cyndi for sharing this info and lucky you for having that wonderful camcorder! :-)
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Record Everything You See Without Being Seen: The Eyez 720p Recording Glasses

Robin Good: If you have not heard yet about the ZionEyez, here is a set of new video clips that gives you an even better idea of how cool and revolutionary this camcorder-in-a-pair-of-glasses really is.

 

"Eyez™ embeds a 720p HD video camera within a pair of eyeglasses designed to record live video data and take pictures.

 

The recorded data can be stored on the 8GB of flash memory within the Eyez™ glasses, transferred via Wifi/Bluetooth or Micro USB to a computer, or wirelessly transferred to most iPhone or Android devices.

 

After a one-time download of the “Eyez™” smartphone and tablet app, users can wirelessly broadcast the video in real time to their preferred social networking website."

 

I have long invested through Kickstarter in Eyez, just enough so that when their first production models will be out, I will be one of the happy owners to try it out.

 

Here is a clip shot with the Eyez inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco while riding a bike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUijxhOhvnU 

 

Here is another one where you can see clearly the type of recording you can get when wearing Eyez and talking to other people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhBGPHKi0S8&feature=endscreen&NR=1 

 

Find out more about Eyez: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zioneyez/eyeztm-by-zioneyez-hd-video-recording-glasses-for 


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HDR Video (and a lot more) for Canon DSLRs Is Here: Magic Lantern

This is a video demonstration of the new and free High Dynamic Range VIDEO feature for control over ultra contrast shooting situations.

 

HDR Video stands for High Dynamic Range. In essence you can record video with two exposure values one under and over, and then to combine these two streams together to generate video that offers great shadow and highlight details.

 

Magic Lantern is a custom firmware add-on for Canon DSLR cameras capable of providing HDR capabilities and many other fine controls not normally available in the camera. These include turning off AGC for audio, enabling the AV port for audio monitoring via headphones, a waveform to check background illumination, individual controls for exposure and shutter speed during video recording, and more.

 

It is not a hack, or a modified firmware, but it runs alongside Canon's own firmware, booting from the card every time you turn the camera on.

The only modification to the original firmware is the ability to boot software from the card.

 

Magic Lanter is open source and licensed under GPL.

 

Learn everything about the Magic Lantern open-source firmware here:

http://vimeo.com/7838475

 

Find out more:

http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Unified 

 

See also this other video demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PFDnRT92ffY 

 

Here is a video showing you how to install the firmware: http://vimeo.com/30803116 

 

Please see here for Magic Lantern updates and how to get your Magic Lantern bonus
http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Release_2011

 

Other Magic Lantern information can be read here
http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Unified#Downloads 

 

If you support Magic Lantern development with a donation, you will get a few nice extras:

- A ready-to-run version of our HDR workflow, working on Windows (native), and also Mac and Linux (under Wine), with everything included in the zip file.
- A preview of the upcoming 5D Mark II unified version.

http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Release_2011Dec22 


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Top 6 Apps to Improve Your Overall Health

Top 6 Apps to Improve Your Overall Health | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
These days, you can use technology to do more than just check your Facebook page or play Angry Birds.
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Butterflies Bursting Out of Book - My Modern Metropolis

Butterflies Bursting Out of Book - My Modern Metropolis | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
Artist David Kracov was commissioned to create an award to be given in honor of, and named for, the late director of Chabad's Children of Chernobyl.
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Five Visualizations to Grasp the Scale of the Universe

Five Visualizations to Grasp the Scale of the Universe | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
What coffee beans, dinosaurs and lakeside picnics have to do with Isaac Asimov and formalized figments.

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3 Ways to Use YouTube to Drive Traffic to Your Website

3 Ways to Use YouTube to Drive Traffic to Your Website | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
Are you wondering how to get people from YouTube to your website?

 

Are you looking for ideas to move people from watchers to clickers? Keep reading to learn how.

 

Why YouTube for Traffic?

 

With an impressive three billion daily views, this video-sharing platform stakes its claim as the world’s second-largest search engine (behind Google) and is considered the third most-visited website in the world. Think YouTube is only for Justin Bieber fans? Think again...

 

As a marketer, there’s an absolutely incredible potential with YouTube if you deploy the right strategy. Imagine each of your videos as “mini websites.”

 

First, your content can get found from within YouTube itself.


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Or of Blogging period? - End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over

Or of Blogging period? - End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Jeremiah Owyang makes a number of great observations in this post that he interprets as the end of the golden era of tech blogging. I strongly recommend reading it as it's indeed hard not to see a pattern after the sale of TechCrunch, of ReadWriteWeb or the departure of Ben Parr or Marshall Kirckpatrick.

 

Is this related to Tech only or is it a larger trend? Is blogging itself - and not just tech blogging - coming to an end?I think it's fair to say that a number of these observations are valid for the whole blogosphere: lack of attention span of readers, news and content remixing, fatigue of some personal brands, emergence of new business models, etc...

 

Blogging will not disappear but new forms of expression are definitely stealing the show from blogging platforms. Curation among them.


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Laura Brown's comment, January 17, 2012 10:12 PM
I don't see how blogging, or some form of self publishing, can disappear in favour of content curation. Curating content is not creating content. Someone still has to write and publish the content, in whatever format they use.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 17, 2012 11:37 PM
You're right, Laura. And I don't think anyone is saying blogging will disappear: just that its golden era might be over. Jeremiah made that point for Tech Blogging and I was thinking it could also be true for blogging in general.

I always felt curation and creation were complementing each other and you're right: without content, there's no point in curation. But while Blogging (and creation) used to be the only and thus the dominant form of self expression, it's no longer the case: users also express themselves by remixing content, curating stories or creating virtual pinboards.
Laura Brown's comment, January 17, 2012 11:51 PM
I posted that blogging needed a big change two years ago. It has become over commercial/ marketed. It has lost most of the charm it once had. I think the new blogging will be a lot more interactive. I read about gamifying a site/ blog. It makes a lot of sense but it needs work. If every WordPress blog runs the same gamification plugin they will all be equally bland and it won't work.
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What will the world be like in 2012? | SlideShare Blog

12 presentations with predictions What will change in 2012? What will stay the same?
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Excerpt Any Part of a YouTube Video and Republish It: TubeChop

Excerpt Any Part of a YouTube Video and Republish It: TubeChop | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

TubeChop is a free web service which allows you to select a specific portion of any YouTube video, and publish it as such.

 

How does it work? You simply input the URL of the video you want to "cut" or a keyword to search for any video matching your query. 

Once you have loaded your chosen video you can manually select exactly the part of the video that you want to "chop out" and once you click the button "Update", you are immediately provided with a link and an embed code to share your excerpted video selection with anyone.

 

Very useful. 8/10.

 

Try it out now: http://www.tubechop.com/ 

 

(Reviewed by Robin Good)


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IDR Frames: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Them But Were Afraid to Ask

IDR Frames: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Them But Were Afraid to Ask | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Depending upon your encoding tool, you may have access to a checkbox or number box that controls something called IDR frames.

 

What are these creatures and what is their significance?

 

More imporantantly, what's the optimal setting?

 

Well, let's just say that if you're seeing anything like the random blockiness in the picture below when you drag the playhead back and forth in the video window, you're probably using the wrong value.


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Create a Video Souvenir of Your 2012 Memories to Share with Your Friends: Skrip.it

Create a Video Souvenir of Your 2012 Memories to Share with Your Friends: Skrip.it | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Skrip.it is a very simple and effective free tool to automatically creates a 1-minute video clip that flies through some of your key visual memories for 2011.

 

Skrip.it, a service of Stupeflix, taps into your Facebook collection of photos from the past year and it mixes and matches it to your preferred music track (needs to be uploaded) or to one of the ready-made ones the service offers you to use.

 

In less than a couple of minutes your video mashup is ready to be viewed and shared online with your friends and social media contacts with nothing to pay or register.

 

Nice. 7/10

 

Try it out now: http://skrip.it/  


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Portable LED Lights: The Ikan iLED-One

The Ikan iLED-ONE is a portable led-based light that can be used in a variety of situations to light up your video subjects effectively.

 

This single-bulb, on-camera iLED-ONE has interchangeable bulbs (Daylight or Tungsten LED bulbs) and is great for event shoots and remote locations.

 

Find out more here: http://ruschervisuals.com/?p=609 

 

Here is the iLED-one: http://ikancorp.com/productInfo.php?id=298 

List price: $99

 

Check another video about the iLED-ONE: http://vimeo.com/19403475 

 

Check out the many other cool led-lights available at http://ikancorp.com/productListing.php?FamilyID=68  


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