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# 1 Could This Hot Dog Be The IPhone 6? Video By Clip Syndicate With the rumor mill running at full steam about the iPhone 6, the Internet is saturated with purported leaks, reveals and exclusive first-looks — all trying to win the scoop on the next big piece of tech. Thank the comedy gods that humor exists to parody the frenzy. Thanks to the Second City Network, the public may finally get an answer to the important and timely question: Is this hot dog the new iPhone 6?

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# 2 Apple Planning 12.9-inch IPad For 2015: Bloomberg Video By Clip Syndicate Apple Incorporated is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year. The report comes as Apple struggles with declining sales of its 10-inch and 7.9-inch tablets, which are faltering as people replace iPads less frequently than expected and larger smartphones made by Samsung Electronics. ...Read More »
# 3 A 12.9″ IPad Could Make 2015 The Year IOS Breaks The Mobile Mold Video By Clip Syndicate A new Apple iPad is in development, according to Bloomberg, with a 12.9-inch display that adds around 3-inches to the size of the iPad Air in terms of diagonal screen dimensions. Such a device would be a lot larger than Apple’s current top tablet overall, and is apparently already gearing up for a production run starting in the first quarter of 2015. ...Read More »
# 4 BlackBerry Deals Another Blow To Seacrest’s Copycat Keyboard Empire Video By Clip Syndicate Score another win for BlackBerry’s legal team. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick last week upheld the preliminary injunction that he granted earlier this year that effectively barred Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo from selling its iPhone keyboard attachments in the United States because they allegedly infringed upon BlackBerry’s design patents. In its argument before the U.S. ...Read More »
# 5 Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Makes Mobile Timelapse And Steady Video Capture Easy Video By Clip Syndicate Instagram is building new apps that aim to do more with mobile photography, and Wired reports today that they’re launching Hyperlapse. The app allows you to make timelapse videos, using standard video captured with your smartphone camera on the fly. The app is due to be released at 10 AM Pacific Time today. It offers iPhone users a way to make professional looking timelapses--without expensive photography equipment like pro cameras, steady-mounts or tripods. ...Read More »
# 6 Pin Drop App Launches On US App Store With Smart New Features Video By Clip Syndicate Pin Drop – an iPhone app and website which lets you save, organize, and share locations – has now launched on the US app store with new collaborative mapping features and the ability to have multiple profiles. It’s also had a privacy overhaul allowing the ability to toggle between making pins and tags public or private, allowing users to send a list to select recipients or share in public. ...Read More »
# 7 BlackBerry Deals Another Blow To Seacrest’s Copycat Keyboard Empire Video By Clip Syndicate Score another win for BlackBerry’s legal team. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick last week upheld the preliminary injunction that he granted earlier this year that effectively barred Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo from selling its iPhone keyboard attachments in the United States because they allegedly infringed upon BlackBerry’s design patents. In its argument before the U.S. ...Read More »
# 8 BlackBerry Deals Another Blow To Seacrest’s Copycat Keyboard Empire Video By Clip Syndicate Score another win for BlackBerry’s legal team. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick last week upheld the preliminary injunction that he granted earlier this year that effectively barred Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo from selling its iPhone keyboard attachments in the United States because they allegedly infringed upon BlackBerry’s design patents. In its argument before the U.S. ...Read More »
# 9 BlackBerry Deals Another Blow To Seacrest’s Copycat Keyboard Empire Video By Clip Syndicate Score another win for BlackBerry’s legal team. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick last week upheld the preliminary injunction that he granted earlier this year that effectively barred Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo from selling its iPhone keyboard attachments in the United States because they allegedly infringed upon BlackBerry’s design patents. In its argument before the U.S. ...Read More »
# 10 Jumping Genres on "Trent & Isabella" Project Profile By none Close your eyes and picture the first time you watched "The Maltese Falcon." Now do the same with "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Can you picture the soft shadows and tenseness of film noire? How about the heightened details of spaghetti westerns where you can see every hair on a face and every bead of sweat? Both genres of film have very distinct feelings, color schemes and emotional responses. Now shake your head, mix them together and imagine what it would look like if you combined the two. You would get "Trent & Isabella." ...Read More »
# 11 ArtRage 4.5 Released for Mac Feature By Ko Maruyama ArtRage from Ambient Design gets a significant speed and feature boost in the latest version upgrade. The Mac software is free for all registered users of ArtRage 4. In addition to a hefty speed increase in its 64-bit engine build, the new version also has support for stylus tilt and more. ...Read More »
# 12 MAXON CINEMA4D R16 Business Issues By Ko Maruyama My interest in MAXON is no mystery. As a motion graphics animator in Hollywood, working in several major promo design and VFX houses, I?ve seen CINEMA4D become a staple in designers' pipelines. Each time a new version of CINEMA4D is released, 3D motion graphics designers and VFX artists get excited to see what MAXON has in store for us. This year, R16 offers us a lot to be excited for. ...Read More »
# 13 After Effects World in Seattle Events By Ko Maruyama Future Media Concepts is hosting their second After Effects World conference for the application's users in Seattle, Washington. On September 25-28, animators and compositors from around the world will participate in discussions focused on the potential of the software. ...Read More »
# 14 Back to School with Boinx Business Issues By Ko Maruyama Boinx software has been a helpful aid to instructors at many levels. Most notably, their simple Mousepose cursor highlighting and keystroke callouts has been the widely used and recognized. There are a few other applications by the company you may want to check out while their school sale period is in session. Many apps are 10% off and come with a Mousepose license. ...Read More »
# 15 SIGGRAPH 2014 Education from NextLimit Feature By Ko Maruyama Although there has recently been a huge evolution in user interface, making RealFlow 2014 more user friendly than ever, NexLimit?s RealFlow is a very powerful liquid and gas simulation engine, as well as a dynamic rigid and soft body engine. With the announcement that Next Limit is offering licenses to schools, students will have a chance to start adopting it into their pipeline while in school. ...Read More »
# 16 Punk, Pop and Sci Fi All Sealed With a Kiss in "Pink Zone" Project Profile By none For Ben Walter, it all started 20 years ago when he saw Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The pure princess and how she changes from a single prick of the finger and true love's kiss. That idea sat in his mind for years, and came to the surface in 2013 when he was working on his UCLA thesis film. Once through with college, the idea turned into a full length feature. But the idea wasn't a remake of Sleeping Beauty. What if boys could kill girls with a kiss. Certainly not the happy ending from the cartoon. But a gloomy, frightening look at the other side of the coin. And that was the birth of the Benjamin Walter's "Pink Zone," with its dreamy and graphic images captured by Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
# 17 "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 »
# 18 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 »
# 19 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 »
# 20 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 »
# 21 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 »
# 22 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 »
# 23 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 »
# 24 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 »
# 25 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 »
# 26 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 »
# 27 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 »
# 28 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 »
# 29 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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