Sep 132016
 

I recently had to advise a college on proper display size for a large art studio.  The following two articles from ProjectorCentral.com came in handy.

What is aspect ratio, you ask? Aspect ratio is the ratio of the width of the screen to the height of the screen. Essentially, it describes the shape of the rectangle. Today the most popular aspect ratio for consumer video display is 16:9, which is the standard HDTV format. The numbers mean that the picture is 16 units wide for every 9 units in height.

Source: A Critical Home Theater Decision — 16:9 or 2.4?

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Aug 242016
 

By Patrick Allan at LifeHacker.com…

TV manufacturers always look for the next leap in picture quality that will make watching TV feel like you’re looking through a crystal-clear window. HDR is the latest trend in display technology and it’s here to stay. Here’s everything you need to know about how it works, and why you may want to consider it when you buy your next TV.

Source: All About HDR, and Why It’s the Future of Television

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Jul 222015
 

This will come in handy.  By Rod Trent at WinSuperSite.com…

…However, for those that want to do image and video capture on-the-cheap, Microsoft includes a screen recording utility in Windows 10’s new Xbox app. As you can imagine, this is generally meant for recording Xbox games streamed to a Windows 10 PC, but what’s especially interesting is that the recording utility also works for regular apps.

Source: How To: Use Windows 10’s Screen Recording Utility | Windows 10 content from SuperSite for Windows

 Posted by at 8:03 am
Jul 072015
 

Excellent article on use of lighting for better photos and videos.  By Patrick Allan at Lifehacker.com…

The big difference between good looking photos and video and bad ones comes down to how well things are lit. Whether you’re an amateur photographer building a home studio or a budding YouTube star, here are some simple tricks for casting the right light without spending a fortune on professional equipment.

Source: How to Improve Your Photos and Videos with Affordable Lighting

 Posted by at 9:38 am
Oct 112012
 

By Aaron Couch at MakeUseOf.com…

We’ve all been there, some more than others, but at one point or another we’ve all had to convert a file. But whether we knew how to or not, was the question. Sometimes with this sort of thing it’s simply the lack of knowledge of what to use. The other common issue is how to use it. Well now that you’re reading this article, those should no longer be problems that you’re familiar with.

via Format Factory: Quickly & Easily Convert Multimedia Files Without The Headache [Windows].

 Posted by at 1:49 am
Aug 222012
 

Hey!  Another COTW site…I like this one.

Welcome to Colors on the Web. This website is dedicated to color theory and the use of colors in design. Whether you are a blogger who needs ideas for a color scheme or a designer in search of some color inspiration, the tools presented here should give you a starting point. My hope is that this site will give web designers a better understanding of color theory and the importance of colors as it applies to web design.

via Color Theory, Color Wheel and Combining Colors, Colors on the Web.

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Dec 132011
 

My Digital Media students did great with our limited time using Blender and would enjoy this.

by Sam Dean at Ostatic.com…

In the graphics and animation software arena, you can find plenty of expensive, proprietary applications, but few are as powerful as Blender, which is a free, powerful open source 3D modeling, graphics and animation product.

via Free Resources for Becoming an Advanced Animator with Blender.

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