Monday, January 31, 2011


Premakes!: re-blog from Polkadot

E se UP! fosse stato girato nel lontano 1965.. come sarebbe stato? Con la tecnica del found footage, il finto trailer ci ripropone Up come se fosse stato girato in live action dalla Walt Disney Pictures negli anni ’60. “Un’epoca in cui i film erano dominati da automobili e tate volanti”, che sembra adattarsi alla perfezione alle atmosfere di Up.

Il trailer ci propone Spencer Tracy e Kirk Douglas come protagonisti, dando vita a un prodotto molto fedele al cartoon originale, e soprattutto verosimile.

Altri esempi…

Il canale Youtube

Il sito di Ivan Guerrero, autore dei Premakes.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Thomas Beale Cipher

The Thomas Beale Cipher:re-blog from Polkadot

When i saw this animation i remembered that i have tried this technique in the past – called Rotoscoping. They have a very interesting style, textures and glass reflections make it incredible.

Andrew Allen directed this film.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Steadicam Insanity

Steadicam Insanity:

Steadicam Insanity

This brief clip features the fastest Steadicam maneuvers we’ve ever seen, with the speediest shot aided by an equally stable Segway. Cheesy subject matter, but awesome camera work.

Premakes: Up!

Premakes: Up!:

Premakes: Up!

What if Walt Disney produced Up in the ’60s? In an alternate reality, this era saw the production of the high-flying adventure-comedy, starring Spencer Tracy and Kirk Douglas instead of Ed Asner.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


ONE DAY ON EARTH: 10/10/10 UPDATE:re-blog from Motionographer

Last year we posted news on the One Day on Earth project, an ambitious initiative that planned to document life in every country in the world in a single 24-hour period on 10/10/10. With the help of their online community of over 15,000 members, Vimeo, the UN and 60+ non-profits, they reached their goal of having every country represented – not to mention Antarctica and outer space, courtesy of NASA. They recently launched what they are calling a “Global Video Map” from their October shoot day. It is searchable by location, topic and keyword and, as EP Brandon Litman puts it, the Motionographer community “came through big”.
One Day on Earth’s focus on partnerships, its online community and the shared nature of the archive makes this project a good example of how the global collaborations can be done. If you missed shooting on 10/10/10, not to worry, they plan to do it again this year on November 11th (11/11/11).

Below are some submissions including a couple from participants referred by the Motionographer posting. And, while the thousands of hours of footage will be cut into a feature film by the One Day on Earth team (due to be release in Sept 2011), the archive is shared by all those that participated (non-commercial use, with credit) for their own use or two make a film of their own.

Timelapse of Brooklyn, NY – Daniel DeGloria

Bondi Sea Pool, Australia – Jason Wingrove

Streets of Old Sana’a, Yemen – Husam Al-Sayed

Masquerades in Lagos, Nigeria – Olakunle Idowu

A Psyop Pop-Up

A Psyop Pop-Up: "Here's a pop-up book animation from Psyop for JP Morgan Chase via mcgarrybowen.


Tron 3D Projection Mapping

Tron 3D Projection Mapping:re-blog from Computerlove


Skateboard ramp installation created for the Premiere of Tron Legacy in Melbourne, Australia. Each rider is equipped with an ipod and our custom-built app to measure
their air time and trigger graphics whilst in the air and on landing.
created by ENESS

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thailand in ICU world cheerleading 2009

Thailand in ICU world cheerleading 2009:

The results of COED PREMIER are;
Gold: USA
Silver: Thailand
Bronze: Colombia

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Robot Taekwon V 3D Mapping

Robot Taekwon V 3D Mapping:re-blog from the Awesomer

Robot Taekwon V 3D Mapping

This cool projection mapping artwork from Lumpens of Robot Taekwon V emerging from the Dome of Legend, aka Seoul’s National Assembly Building, jams to a entertaining soundtrack too.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cool Gear @ NAMM 2011: Kitara

Cool Gear @ NAMM 2011: Kitara:re-blog from DJtechtools

The Kitara looks very familiar to anyone who has watched the original YouTube video of inventor Michael Zarimis rocking out on very early prototype of the device that is now being mass-produced. MISA Digital Instruments is boldly asserting that the Kitara is the the next major paradigm shift in guitars, and from what we saw at NAMM, we’re prepared to believe them. What’s interesting to DJs is why the Kitara might be a instrument that fits nicely into a DJ set for those looking to put more of a performance in their shows.

The Kitara is controllerism for guitars – everything that the Guitar Hero controllers should have been. While guitars have always had strings, the Kitara doesn’t – instead covering the fretboard with buttons and trading the area reserved for a sound hole or pickups for a multifunction touchscreen that allows the musician to effect the sound of the instrument in a number of ways in a similar feeling of operation as a Korg Kaoss Pad.

Here’s the official tech specifications list:

  • 8-inch multi-touch display
  • MIDI out
  • Audio out (1.25”)
  • Headphone out (3.5mm)
  • Onboard multi-voice audio synthesizer with assignable effects blocks
  • 100+ digital sounds
  • 6 pre-loaded effects
  • 24 frets; 144 notes
  • Linux operating system (yes, it’s really open-source)

If you’ve ever tried to work a electric guitar into a DJ set, you might have found that good results are hard to come by. If the DJ is able to overcome feedback and other technical problems then it becomes challenging to have a guitar tone sit into the mix of modern dance tracks, which tend to be are highly produced and very compressed. We think the Kitara might be a great tool to bring into the clubs for an truly epic performance that sounds nearly as good as it looks. For more information, check the Misa website!


Lunchmeat 2010 - Nosaj Thing & Aalto

Lunchmeat 2010 - Nosaj Thing & Aalto:re-blog from Computerlo

Amazing mini documentary on last year's Lunchmeat festival, featuring Aalto & Nosaj Thing, one of those projects you wish you were a part of. Looks and sounds incredible!

If you are in Czech Republic, the next event will be held on on 18th and 19th march in prague. in Bio Oko, MeetFactory and NoD.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Glasses-Free 3D (HOLY SHIT!)

Glasses-Free 3D:

Glasses-Free 3D

Finally, a way of viewing 3D video without wearing glasses! Let’s watch it in act– OHMYGOD stop the clip stop the clip stop the clip WTF was that?! So uh, yeah, glasses. Glasses are the future.

Extra-Hard Mode (SO GOOD!)

Extra-Hard Mode:

Extra-Hard Mode

Many classic video games were relatively easy once you figured out the patterns. This German clip shows us what those games might have been like if they had a slightly higher difficulty mode.

Fresh DJ Gear at NAMM 2011: A Master List

Fresh DJ Gear at NAMM 2011: A Master List:re-blog from DJTechtools

Since January is upon us, that can only mean one thing: Winter NAMM and a fresh batch of DJ technology guaranteed to produce buyer’s remorse and gear envy. We’ve got a crack team of writers and photographers embedded deep in the belly of NAMM working hard to bring you details on all the gear, including what’s good, and what’s not.

In this first post, we’ve compiled a master list of new DJ products at NAMM that might pique your interest. Then, in our follow up on Monday, we’ll compile a shorter “Best of NAMM” list, with in-depth videos and details on our favorites.


Manufacturer: Vestax

Product Name: Pad One

Price: $249

Release Date: Early Spring

Key Feature: Heavy-duty milled aluminum chasis

Downside: Heavy and expensive for this controller class

  • 2 color backlit pads
  • Nice feel and bounce to the triggers
  • Poor detection of low velocity hits
  • Shows each pad’s MIDI value on the LED readout


Manufacturer: American Audio

Product Name : VMS-4 (Traktor Edition)

Price: $599

Release Date: Late March

Key Feature: Ships with a 4-deck version of Traktor LE

Downside: Ships with a 4-deck version of Traktor LE

  • Same hardware as the original VMS-4
  • New black skin looks nicer
  • Modified controller labels that match Traktor

TORQ 2 Late?

Manufacturer: M-Audio

Product Name : Torq 2.0

Price: $49 (Existing 1.0 and 1.5 owners) $249 (everyone else)

Release Date: February

Key Feature: Track Morph creates very unique crossfades that do complicated blends for you.

Downside: The default UI skin on display was a visual maze at first glance but we have been told it can be customized into a more simple layout.

  • No controller dongle required
  • Will work with all controllers
  • Track Morph effect is very creative and innovative
  • 4 decks with independent levels, EQs, headphone cues
  • Multi-Effect stacking features
  • More info on the Torq 2 product page, and a demo is also available
  • 2.0 is now finally out after a long delay- is it too late?


Manufacturer: Hercules

Product Name: DJ4Set

Price: $249.99

Release Date: April 2011

Key Feature: Touch-sensitive jogwheels (a first for Hercules)

Downside: Wobbly and poor platter action

  • 2 stereo ins and 2 stereo outs over built in USB audio interface
  • Ships with Virtual DJ LE
  • Green or red backlit jogwheels
  • Switchable into 4 decks (2 deck mixer)


Manufacturer: Rane

Product Name: MP25

Price: $1449

Release Date: March 2011

Key Feature: 12 stereo ins and 10 stereo outputs via USB

Downside: Not Serato Scratch certified mixer

  • ASIO/Core Audio drivers
  • Multi-client drivers mean that you can stream audio from multiple applications on one computer simultaneously
  • USB loop to VST on a host and back
  • 1 USB port to connect to the soundcard
  • 5 stereo multi-channel tracking to DAW


Manufacturer: Rane

Product Name: SL4

Price: $899

Release Date: April 2011

Key Feature: 2 USB ports supports a dual laptop setup

Downside: ASIO/Core Audio drivers but no Traktor Scratch support

  • Switchable channels from phono to line
  • 5 stereo in and out via USB
  • 96khz or 48khz
  • Aux input and output
  • Through indicators per channel


Manufacturer: Izotope

Product Name: Stutter Edit

Price: $249 ($149 preview until February 14th)

Release Date: Available Now

Key Feature: Instant beat mayhem available across a MIDI keyboard.

Downside: Requires a VST host like Ableton

  • Endless presets and one press stutters that sound great right out of the box, including patches created by BT and Richard Devine
  • Very playable combos and effects triggered and modulated by MIDI gestures
  • More awesome information and a trial can be found oniZotope’s site
  • We’ll be posting an awesome video of Stutter Edit in action soon!


Manufacturer: DJ Tech

Product Name: X10

Price: $349 (MAP)

Release Date: Available Now

Key Feature: 2 stereo ins and outs over USB and 2 port USB hub

Downside: Small, unknown quality on the faders

  • Ships with Image Line Deckadance
  • Booth output and master output
  • Curve adjustement for cross-fader and input fader
  • Reversible faders
  • Mix input


Manufacturer: Numark

Product Name: NS6

Price: $999

Release Date: June 2011

Key Feature: 4 channel analogue mixer + software control

Downside: Only 1 stereo output via USB; lighter than the NS7 - but still very heavy (approx 15 pounds)

  • Strip search with LED location indicator
  • Large 6″ jog wheels are substantial, but not heavy
  • Good looking and well spaced layout
  • Too large for any standard bag, this controller is more portable but far larger than the S4
  • Check out the complete stats at the Numark product page


Manufacturer: Numark

Product Name: Red Wave

Price: $99

Release Date: February

Key Feature: Flexible top makes it easy to form to your head

Downside: We’re wondering what the audio quality is actually like in the club

  • Special “breathable protein-leather” (anti-sweat) leather keeps your head dry and cool
  • Detatchable cord
  • Closed-cup, noise isolating design


Manufacturer: iDJ Live

Product Name: Numark

Price: $99

Release Date: March

Key Feature: Can control a DJ application on an iPad, iPod, or iPhone

Downside: Ships with no software; single stereo output or dual mono for cueing

  • includes iPad stand

  • will work with iOS Core midi aware applications


    Manufacturer: Mixvibes

    Product Name: U-Mix Control Pro

    Price: $369 MAP

    Release Date: January 30th, 2011

    Key Feature: Robust build quality

    • USB-powered MIDI controller
    • 4-channel audio interface (2 RCA in/2 RCA out), microphone jack input, 2 headphone jack outputs
    • touch-sensitive jog wheels
    • includes CROSS DJ software


    Manufacturer: KB Covers

    Product Name: Traktor Key Overlay

    Price: $29.99

    Release Date: Available Now

    Key Feature: Matches the default Traktor Pro keyboard shortcuts


    Manufacturer: Novation

    Product Name: Golden Dicer / Launchpad / Rane 68

    Price: Not for sale – see below

    Release Date: Golden Tickets come with every Serato interface purchase

    Key Feature: Chance to win gold versions of a Dicer, Launchpad, or Rane 68

    Downside: There are only 25, 5 and 1 of each gold controller, respectively

    • More info on a special Dicer contest on here on DJ TechTools in a few weeks!


    Manufacturer: Focusrite

    Product Name: VRM Box


    Release Date: Available soon

    Key Feature: 108 DB range (MacBook output is about 20 db less); simulated multi-speaker sound

    Downside: Only one output (headphone)

    • allows you to listen to your mix in the headphones as if you are sitting in a studio
    • VRM technology emulates all major studio speakers so you can “hear” your mix on various systems without bothering the neighbors or investing in a huge studio!


    Manufacturer: Allen and Heath

    Product Name: DB4

    Price: $2899

    Release Date: Available now in the US

    Key Feature: Customizable onboard FX system

    Downside: Only 1 USB port

    • Fully digital mixer
    • Matte black aluminum looks amazing
    • Same technology, sound quality and converters as I-live system
    • Features Quad FX Core DSP engine, meaning each channel has it’s own effects unit
    • EQ zone is flexible (can select as a filter or as one of two types of EQ)

    The Top of the Rock Bottom

    Manufacturer: Behringer

    Product Name: DJX-900

    Price: $299 Retail

    Release Date: Q2 2011

    Key Feature: spectacularly affordable

    Downside: USB in/out is limited to one stereo channel

    • magnetic cross-fader (adjustable crossfader)
    • 4-channel mixer, 1 mic input
    • over USB interface, 1 stereo-in / 1 stereo-out


    Manufacturer: Pioneer

    Product Name: DDJ-S1

    Price: $1599

    Release Date: March

    Key Feature: Sleek laptop integration (assuming you’re not interested in using your keyboard..), jogwheels feel smooth and solid

    Downside: No joy for Serato Scratch Live users; designed for 2-channel use

    • Designed for and includes Serato Itch
    • Linear alphabetical strip search designed to make not having a keyboard accessible easier
    • Look and feel is very much Pioneer styled, making it a natural transition from their CDJs.
    • Built in sound card with mic and mic 2 / aux input
    • “Slip mode” allows for looping, reverses, and track scratching without changing the track BPM
    • Faders have an “anti-slip” knob technology to keep them from acting up
    • more info available in our full post


    Product Name: DDJ-T1

    Price: $1299

    Release Date: February 2011

    Key Feature: Effects design mirrors Traktor setup, 4-channel support

    Downside: Missing features from S1 – LED strip search, VU meters. Overall plastic appearance and feel.

    • Designed for Traktor with 4-deck control
    • User interface mirrors Traktor – FX controls especially feel like natural extensions of their built-in versions
    • Built in sound card with mic and aux input
    • Track strip search (albeit with no LED feedback)
    • Features the same “anti-slip” fader technology as the S1
    • more info available in our full post


    Product Name: SRH550DJ

    Price: $99 MAP

    Release Date: March 1

    Key Feature: On-ear seal seems to have just as solid isolation as over-ear phones, but remained comfortable; solid sound response for this price point

    Downside: No detachable cable, display set seemed to be stretched from use and did not compact well when folded up (see photo below)

    • 50 mm drivers to fill out the low end
    • very lightweight, designed to be comfortable for a long gig
    • headband adjusts and collapses, each headphone swivels 90 degrees
    • Comes with 2-year warranty, carrying bag and 1/4-inch adapter

    Keep on eye on this page, were we’ll be posting more NAMM details, including in-depth “Best of NAMM” articles on our favorite new DJ gear. Keep track of when we post new articles by following us on our Twitter or liking DJTT on Facebook.