TowTruck: a service for websites to collaborate in real-time

TowTruck is a service for your website that makes it surprisingly easy to collaborate in real-time.

TowTruck is incredibly easy to set up on your site.  All you need to do is include a couple lines of JavaScript and your site has TowTruck tools enabled.

When a user comes to your site, they’ll be able to activate the TowTruck tool and send a link to a friend to start collaborating on the web site.

TowTruck has collaboration features like cursor-mirroring (allowing you to see your friend’s cursor on the screen in real time), collaboratively editing forms and text, browsing through the site, and both text and real-time voice chat.

More info at: https://towtruck.mozillalabs.com/

The Quiet City: Winter in Paris

Info from vimeo:

Claire and I recently took a trip to France, and I filmed this during our time in Paris. Until this trip, I had only ever experienced Paris in the summer and I was struck by just how different the city is when most of us tourist are gone. We were equipped with our metro and museum passes and were able to easily access most places of interest without even waiting in line. It was incredible! We were even given a private tour of the École du Louvre. Thanks Elisabeth!

The weather wasn’t always perfect, but our experience was totally different and unique. Now I’m truly curious to visit the city in other seasons. Maybe a trip during the Fall someday?

I continue to be amazed by the little camera that could, aka the the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. I have yet to shoot ProRes or DNxHD, though I’ve seen amazing footage that was shot in the compressed modes. For me it’s all about the uncompressed raw. It’s not the easiest or fastest format to work with in post, but it allows me to color grade the images to get exactly the look I’m after.

I had the latest firmware for this shoot and put the timelapse feature to use. It’s not going to replace a DSLR for serious timelapse work, but it is an amazing companion in my opinion. It can shoot consistently at higher frame rates than a DSLR can sustain, so shots where you only want a subtle timelapse effect are achievable. You can also shoot with longer intervals, but the slowest shutter speed is still only 1/24th of a second so shots become less smooth the longer your interval is. Ideally, you’d want to be closer to a 180 degree shutter.

Music: Spiegel im Spiegel composed by Arvo Pärt

Camera and Lenses: -Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF -Sigma 8-16mm -Canon 24-70mm -Canon 50mm 1.4 -Canon 70-200 IS II

PointStreamer

PointStreamer is a Kinect application that lets you capture, edit, and share 3D videos, or PointStreams. These are not just fixed point-of-view 3D videos like you would see in a movie theater today — they contain real 3D information that lets you get a new perspective on that moment in time. You can capture a PointStream with Kinect and then fly a virtual camera through the scene as it plays back.

3D PointStreams are more real than regular 2D video. They let you step into a moment and relive it. You can see a point in time and space from a new point of view. You don’t have to worry about camera angles anymore. As long as you get the subject in frame, you can figure out the best way to present the subject later, during the editing process.

More info at http://www.pointstreamer.com/