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July 6, 2017

Google Blocks makes it easy for anybody to create VR objects in 3D

Google has focused on making it easier to create artwork and 3D objects for use in AR/VR environments and then sharing them with the world. Its newest offering is Blocks, which is aimed at creating 3D assets in VR headsets.

The post Google Blocks makes it easy for anybody to create VR objects in 3D appeared first on Digital Trends.

Source: Digital Trends VR

July 6, 2017

Music PanelPicker Trends and Tips for the 2018 SXSW Conference

PanelPicker, the two-step online process for entering proposals for Conference programming, is now open. The clock is ticking towards the Friday, July 21 deadline, and we’re eager to hear your ideas. Once your proposals have been collected, the SXSW community is then able to browse through proposals, leave comments, and vote to help guide the March event. You will find useful information about Music PanelPicker trends below. We have split up trends by Music priority tracks with a few examples from last year’s Conference, and additional tips for making the most out of your PanelPicker proposal.

Music Priority Tracks & 2017 Trends

MAKING & PROMOTING MUSIC

  • Album Release Strategies
  • Recording Technology & Innovation

MUSIC INDUSTRY

  • A&R and Talent Discovery
  • Fair Representation in the Industry

Example: Using Data to Discover the Next Big Thing – Voices from across the music industry discuss the variety of metrics and resources that are used to discover emerging talent.

MUSIC CULTURE & STORIES

  • Up-and-Coming Success Stories
  • Music & Activism

TOURING & LIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Rise of Niche Festivals
  • Independent Venue Issues

Example: Saving Small Venues & The Independent Music Scene – Small and independent venue owners discuss the challenges of operating venues in the current urban environment, while also reinforcing the cultural need for these venues to survive.

SYNC, STREAM & LICENSE

  • Streaming payouts
  • Sync placements

Example: The Music and the Message: Sync, Media & Ads – A great look at how music supervisors work with musicians and composers to place music in ads, television and more.

Additional Tips for Success

Supporting Materials are highly encouraged. Your session title and description can only cover so much information. It’s highly recommended that you include additional links to support the proposal and help the SXSW Staff, the Advisory Board, and the voting public dig deeper into your proposed speaking topic. Videos are a great resource, they can be as simple as a selfie-style phone video explaining what you are planning to bring to the table. Please avoid sending along generic marketing reels that don’t actually provide any support for your session proposal.

Pay attention to spelling and grammar. Be professional, triple-check the spelling and grammar within the text of your PanelPicker proposal. Nothing is more distracting than a quality idea that is weighed down by typos and poor grammar.

The Required Fields Are Required. We ask for speaker bio and qualification (amongst other required fields) for a reason. Please refrain from simply entering in “TBD” or placeholder text into your proposal.

Application Process

During the open application process from Monday, June 26 through Friday, July 21 at 11:59pm PT, we encourage the community to upload proposals related to interactive, film and, music industries in variety of session formats including panels, solo presentations, workshops, and more.

Go to PanelPicker

All ideas received will be posted online for the community for voting. It’s as easy as “enter, review, comment, and vote” to help shape SXSW programming.

Community Voting

Community votes comprise 30% of the final decision plus input of the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%) helps ensure that less well-known voices have as much of a chance as being selected to speak at SXSW as individuals with large online followings. Together these percentages help determine the final content lineup.

Community Voting Period: Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 25.

FAQ

Read the 2018 PanelPicker FAQ for important information about SXSW, the PanelPicker submission process, and valuable tips.

“Conversation with Cindy Wilson and Boyfriend” at the 2017 SXSW Conference – Photo by JEALEX Photo

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Source: SxSW Music

July 6, 2017

Engineered for fighter pilots, now Everysight’s Raptor AR goggles are built for bikers

Everysight’s Raptor, a new pair of augmented reality goggles that play music, show turn-by-turn directions, and capture crisp high-definition video clips, are a cyclist’s dream come true.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

July 6, 2017

Painted Over NES Games by Andrés Moncayo

Painted Over NES Games by Andrés Moncayo

New York based designer Andrés Moncayo has published a fantastic project of painted over NES games which consists of a repainting of screenshots from the mythic NES gaming console. He painted over some true classics such as Double Dragon II, Contra II and more!

These are just marvelous… any 70’s and 80’s kids will really enjoy these artworks by Andrés. For more of paintings and GIF comparisons, please visit Andrés’ portfolio at Behance! He’ll definitely enjoy it! Cheers. 😉

Painted Over NES Games by Andrés Moncayo
Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Painted Over NES Games by Andrés Moncayo
Duck Hunt

Painted Over NES Games by Andrés Moncayo
Ninja Gaiden

Painted Over NES Games by Andrés Moncayo
Contra II

Painted Over NES Games by Andrés Moncayo
Zelda II – The Adventure of Link

Painted Over NES Games by Andrés Moncayo
Contra II Comparison

PauloGabriel
Jul 06, 2017

Source: Abduzeedo Illustration

July 5, 2017

VRcade Arena promises 8-person, ‘warehouse-scale’ multiplayer

Ever wish you could experience virtual reality with your friends? The VRcade Arena platform gives businesses like amusement parks, movie theaters, and casinos the means to offer that experience.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

July 3, 2017

Transform your room into a real-life Holodeck with this 360 VR projector

Fancy a Star Trek-style Holodeck in your own home? A VR startup based in Barcelona, Spain, wants to make such a thing a (non-virtual) reality, courtesy of its awesome 360-degree projector.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

July 3, 2017

Queen's 'VR the Champions' delivers a live show to your virtual reality headset

VR the Champions gives Queen fans the chance to completely immerse themselves in a live performance recorded in Barcelona last year, thanks to 4K 360-degree video and ambisonic audio.

The post Queen's 'VR the Champions' delivers a live show to your virtual reality headset appeared first on Digital Trends.

Source: Digital Trends VR

July 3, 2017

4th of July Illustration by Brian Miller

4th of July Illustration by Brian Miller

BBQs, sunset gazing, fireworks are the little things experienced on this 4th of July long weekend celebration. Others have something else in mind, let’s look at this 4th of July illustration by Brian Miller where you have a sunset, a lake and kayaks. Love how this illustration is separated in three parts from the far mountain down till the lake. We love also how Brian Miller shares his illustration process as well, make sure to check it out on his Behance.

Brian Miller is an illustrator based in Erie, Colorado, USA. Being the artist behind Orlin Culture Shop, we have featured his work before on ABDZ, make sure to follow his work on Behance.

Next up in the OCS’s series for REI is the 4th of July Clearance Sale illustration. This piece was a favorite to work on because I couldn’t help imagining what it would be like to paddle a kayak on those serene sunset waters…

4th of July Illustration by Brian Miller4th of July Illustration by Brian Miller4th of July Illustration by Brian Miller4th of July Illustration by Brian Miller4th of July Illustration by Brian Miller

 

As always, I want to thank REI and the fine folks who gave me the opportunity to create. These kinds of pieces are so special to me and I am honored to work with them. I also want to thank my agent, Deborah Wolfe, and her tireless efforts to keep the business machine running.

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AoiroStudio
Jul 03, 2017

Source: Abduzeedo Illustration

July 2, 2017

Here's an Easy (and Free) Way to Stop Zoom Lens Creep


Sometimes the most helpful solutions are the easiest.


For anyone who has ever shot with an old, low-quality, or extra long zoom lens, you might be familiar with lens creep. This happens when the lens barrel extends, or creeps, due to its own weight when it’s pointed up or down. It’s incredibly annoying and can actually cost you big time when you need to get a particular shot for a project. There are several inexpensive items out there that help stop lens creep, including the Lensband which is specifically made for it, but if you want to keep your zoom lens in place and not spend a penny doing it, this video by Dr. Jake Newman offers a free solution.





Ah, good ol’ rubber bands—always saving filmmakers when they’re in a pinch. As Newman points out, this idea seems almost too simple to share, but to be honest, I’ve never thought to do this before. In my early days, I had a few temperamental kit zooms that gave me the business every now and again, and like a true noob I had no idea what to do other than keep my hand firmly against the lens barrel to keep it in place.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 2, 2017

The best 360 cameras you can buy

While 360 cameras are still a new technology, that doesn’t mean there’s not a few that are worth a look. Whether you want to shoot from the middle or just need a simple, affordable option, here are the best 360 cameras on the market.

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Source: Digital Trends VR