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My Academy Award Television Commercial

Here is a fun little behind the scenes documentation from Casey Neistat and the Samsung Oscar commercial. The idea behind the commercial is as simple as nice. Casey Neistat introduces the YouTubers, the community, the creators of YouTube filmmakers to the Oscar audience. To give recognition to the community of individual filmmaker. People with great ideas but shot on no or small budget. People who use most often the camera on their cellphone to create their idea. In this case, a Samsung phone ūüôā

Here is the final 60sec. commercial, which was shown during the Oscar event.

Mavic vs. Karma

It’s a crazy week. Last week GoPro unveiled their newest gadget, the GoPro KARMA,¬†to the world and just a couple of days later, DJI comes across with their newest gadget –¬†¬†The DJI MAVIC¬†Pro!

What meant to be the benchmark of the semi-pro drone market, the¬†DJI¬†Phantom 4, seems to be replaced by the DJI Marvic. For a long time there was no doubt that Phantom 4 is the drone of the drone for semiprofessional users. After last week, when GoPro launched the Karma Pro, it seemed to be a good opponent to fight the Phantom 4 with it’s new drone architecture for better portability. In my latest drone post I tried to compare the GoPro Karma with the DJI Phantom 4, not knowing that there is already a stronger DJI weapon in the pipeline, waiting for it’s launch.

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So next I better hold the KARMA¬†against the MAVIC PRO. So the new segment of foldable drones, which was created and owned by GoPro as of last week, has now to be shared with the market leader DJI. So what are the main differences between both products, keeping in mind that GoPro’s KARMA is much more as a equipment box with the handle grip and removable GoPro camera.

 

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Comparing both drones:

Package Size: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Small size and backpack included but still bigger.

Smallest drone size on the market so far.

 

Drone Size: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Convenient backpack but still bigger.

Almost fits into the pocket of your trouser.

 

Weight: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Convenient backpack but still bigger.

743g

 

Camera: Karma/Mavic Pro

Attachable GoPro Cameras 4/5. More functions, better quality and fps.

Bolted. 4K Ultra HD Video at 30fps or 1080 / 96fps .

 

Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

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Available.

 

Follow me funtion: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Not available.

Available.

 

Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 4

Able to record and program

 

Flight time: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 20 min.

27 min. at 0 wind and 15.5 mph. Normal flight mode 21 min.

 

Speed: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 35 mph

up to 65 mph

 

Controler: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

Small and easy to use controller. Bright touchscreen works fine even in sunlight.

Small controller which works with cell phone as screen. All important functions will be displayed over the controller display while camera and is displayed on mobile screen. Res 1080.

 

Social Media live stream: Karma/Mavic Pro

 No information 

Stream to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube via the DJI companion app

 

Usage: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

The Karma is build on simplicity and easy to use handling. It depends on the consumer needs. Fly paths is a good function to let the drone do the flight job while the consumer can focus on the camera.

With build in beginner mode the drone seems to be very easy to use, also for unexperienced pilots. During your flight time a beginner mode will turn hard movements into soft and guaranty best picture quality.

 

Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Mavic Pro

Removable stabilizer and handle included.

 Not included. DJ Oslo needed as an extra tool for another approx. 300 $.

So, it seems that the DJI MARVIC is the better choice of both drones. But, that is hard to tell as it really depends on the consumer needs. The GoPro comes as an entire removable camera equipment set, holding a high performance outdoor camera (Hero5), a handle grip stabilizer and a drone. Where the DJI Marvic is only a drone. In package size smaller, but with the DJI handle grip OSMO close to what GoPro has.

In terms of functions, i.e. Follow me and Obstacle avoidance DJI will the better choice. I assume that GoPro will provide at least Follow me as an update soon where Obstacle avoidance is maybe harder to implement in the first model.

All insides are taken from various test and reviews which came out lately. Hopefully I will own one in the near future. Bookings for both are open by the end of October. That gives me some more time to think about it¬†ūüôā

 

 

Casey Neistat had his hands on both. the GoPro Karma & DJI Mavic, lately. Check out his thoughts about the new DJI gadget.

 

 

 

The Swedish Number

Such nice case. Sweden became the first country to have its own phone number, so tourists around the world could call any random Swede and ask for advice. A truly crowdsourced tourism campaign that caught global attention and just got crowned as the Cannes 2016 Direct Grand Prix.

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Here are some impressions of our latest video shooting for RTT Steinert at Zittau. RTT Steinert is one of the leading companies for optical sorting machines such as their newest invention, the UniSort BlackEye. The BlackEye is a worlds first in the recognition and sorting of black plastics.

Powered By PASSION¬†developed a distinctive and¬†unique look for the launch video of the UniSort BlackEye. The entire video was shot on Red Epic 4K footage with different light systems. Over a two day ‚Äď day & night ‚Äď shooting at two different sets we worked our way through the shooting booklet and captured the most powerful perspectives and angles¬†of the machine with a strong focus on the technical sorting part.

The intense pictures been shot by Fritz Butze from Hamburg and later edited by myself. The modern electro beat was composed on the edit by Andy Tex Jones, experienced and most talented Music Composer and DJ.

Credits:
Treatment/Idea: Christopher Schmidt // Powered by PASSION
Camera/Light: Fritz Butze

Equipment: Red Epic Dragon

Edit: Christopher Schmidt // Powered by PASSION
Post: Christopher Schmidt // Powered by PASSION
Animation: Christopher Schmidt // Powered by PASSION

Music: Andy Tex Jones

Lean back and enjoy the video!

Nice Slider Tool

Edelkrone stands for high quality photo and video gadgets and holds some cool and handy gadgets in their product portfolio. The Slider Plus is just one of them. For people who try to travel light weight and with small practical equipment this is almost a must have.

Edelkrone PocketRig

The Edelkrone PocketRig is the World’s lightest most portable DSLR rig that addresses all the needs of a professional videographer. With the minimal effort you will shot stable material from all perspectives. With the price of 249 Euro it is still affordable and for the CNC machined highest grade materials a fair deal.

Nixie

 

Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly. A camera that comes with you everywhere and captures your moment. Nixie is for those moments in life when you really want a picture or video of something you’re doing, but using a standard camera or phone either isn’t feasible or would interrupt the moment. Imagine being able to capture a picture of yourself climbing a mountain or going over an epic jump on your bike. For now, Nixie comes with one¬†mode, but¬†will get further developed to multiple modes in the near future. Within the¬†boomerang¬†mode, Nixie takes your photo or video and flies back to you. It’s all shot in HIGH DEF, 1080p video and crisp images of your greatest moments. As the GRAND PRIZE WINNER at Intel’s Make it wearable award, expectations are high that this gadget will be available soon.

For more information visit ‚Ästhttp://flynixie.com/

Wrist Flex

Another very cool idea is the WristFlex.

Always-available wrist-worn gesture recognition. Using an array of force sensitive resistors (FSRs) worn around the wrist, the interface can distinguish subtle finger pinch gestures with high accuracy (>80%) and speed. The system is trained to classify gestures from subtle tendon movements on the wrist

Sensor Tape

How nice is that! Sensor tape seems turning into a product in the near future. SensorTape is modular, it can be cut and joined in an arbitrary order. Ii can get used in a wide playground, such as pose problems (usage in clothes) or for many interactive solutions.

Smile TV

Facial Recognition works improved it’s level of high standard over the previous years. The technology is further developed and works well in complex and light situations. Above is a funny and also interesting project of how interaction can get used. This could get easily used for Comedy Shows, i.e. as long it’s funny the user will¬†see the show/comedian, is he stops laughing the TV takes action and switches programs.

It’s in the detail

 

Pretty complex project by Squint/Opera for the¬†biomedical research centre in New York. The display wall is build from¬†2800 mini screens set in a grid pattern behind a panel of thousands of circular acrylic discs ‚Äď a reference to the lenses used in medical research.¬†

The dual layer construction makes it possible to read the wall from a distance as a single image, and then, up close, each screen has information about medical discoveries and other news from WCMC’s website. The images and stories will be changing constantly.

IRIS by HYBE

Created by Korean collective HYBE, IRIS is a media canvas with matrix of conventional information display technology, that is a monochrome LCD.Through the phased opening and closing of circular black liquid crystal, IRIS can create various patterns and control the amount (size) of passing lights.

IRIS is an interactive medium for visual simplicity which uses the passage of ambient light, not emission of light itself. The installation below consists of 400 LCDs (20√ó20), 20 Custom-designed Arduino compatible controllers and Processing and Kinect used for both autoactive & interactive content play.

 

Watch bad doors!

 

Bad doors are everywhere. Often it¬†can become challenging how to open or use the door in it’s correct way. We all know these doors and start question ourself before we question the door. But, the good news is, it’s not you creating the problem, it’s in most facts the doors fault.

And not only doors can create those usability issues. See how Don Norman, a former Professor of psychology, Professor of cognitive science, Professor of computer science and Vice President of advanced technology at Apple describes the problem. He talks about the principals of Human-Centered-Design, the discoverability and feedback of many daily used things.

Facial Performance Capture

Amazing real time face tracker. That opens some space for funny ideas! The core idea is¬†to enhance a global real-time face tracker, which provides a low-resolution face mesh, with local regressors that add in medium-scale details, such as expression wrinkles. With the software that far developed it is only a matter of time before it’s used in advertisement i.e. ambient or guerilla marketing ideas.

(RAIN)WATER MOSAIC

To raise awareness among the general public about the global clean water crisis, the artist Belo created an image composed of 66,000 cups of colored rainwater simulating levels of impurities found in water all over the planet. This major work of 3,600 square feet, representing a fetus in the maternal womb, emphasizes the necessity of water, even before birth, for each living person.

Thread Screen

With seven million followers, Forever 21 has one of the most popular Instagram accounts. When it approached production company Breakfast for a collaboration, the design team knew it had to incorporate the brand’s Instagram engagement. The result was a 2,000 pound “thread screen” that can turn Instagrams into instant mosaics using 6,400 multicolored wooden spools. Watch how spools of thread and photos come together on one giant screen.