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Facial Animation Test

Are we out of the uncanny valley yet? Well, we're getting closer. Character artist Mathieu Aerni sculpted (in Pixologic ZBrush), textured and shaded this CG head for an impressive animation test at Blur Studio.

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Forever 21’s Thread Screen

Is this 2,000-pound machine the most eccentric large-screen display device ever built? It's custom-designed to display Instagram photos using only different-colored spools of thread (well, that and a ton of computing power behind the scenes).

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The History, Present, and Possible Future of Increased Resolution for Motion Imaging

Go back to school with Mark Schubin and his 15-minute presentation covering the first fax machine, invented in 1843; the first push for "high-definition television," in 1935; the implications of a new camera that runs at up to 4.4 trillion fps … more »

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The Mechanics of the Film Projector

Bone up on the basics of old-school image-making — the three-blade shutter, the "flicker fusion threshhold," and how audio is encoded in light — with EngineerGuy's detailed look at the technology inside the once-ubiquitous 16mm film projector.

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Nikon Coolpix P900 83x Optical Zoom: Video Test on Moon

Forget about megapixels—the new arms race for consumer cameras is in megazooms. Watch the new $600 Nikon Coolpix P900 bring the moon down to earth with an 83x optical zoom. Sure, image quality is limited, especially with no raw shooting … more »

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The Two Color Process – Technicolor 100

Go way back in time and learn about amazing early film technology in this short look at the original two-strip Technicolor process, which dated to the silent-film era.

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10328×7760: A 10K Timelapse Demo

6K from the Red Dragon or ARRI Alexa 65 not enough for you? Here's some 10K time-lapse footage of Rio De Janeiro shot by Joe Capra using the PhaseOne IQ180 camera. "You can get eight to 10 solid 1920×1080 shots … more »

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Inside a Camera at 10,000fps

Ever have trouble explaining the rolling shutter effect to someone? Here's a great visual depiction of exactly what goes on inside a DSLR camera—including a look at the shutter opening at 10,000fps—and how the line-by-line exposure process affects the final images.

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Why Do We Need Color Correction?

Ever have trouble getting a client to understand the need for color-correction on even the simplest footage? AlphaDogs Founder and President Terence Curren explains the basics in a clip that color-corrects itself as you watch.

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High-Quality Capture of Eyes

From a Zurich-based Disney Research team comes this presentation on creating more convincing digital humans by concentrating on the way their eyes are modeled. If you want all the technical details, download the accompanying PDF.