Vyclone is a new iOS app that let’s multiple phones shoot video then the the app automatically combines the different shots. I can’t help but think how great this would be for shooting live music performances. It’s Free.
“Vyclone is fun as heck to use. And the technology is super exciting to think of its uses in other, larger networks.” – All Things Digital
One can argue that if your a musician you need music videos. The Canon 5D MKIII was just announced last night. One of the reasons it’s special is it’s one of the “new” breed of DSLRs that also shoot video. This means you can use the many lenses that work with Canon cameras. You can certainly shoot a video on an iPhone but if you want to go all out for it in a yes I just bought a Minimoog Voyager XL kinda of way this Camera should be on your short list. Of course your going to want some great glass, a light kit and a bunch of other bank busting goodies. The body alone is $3500. I’d like a nice Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar Lens with it ($700). Take a look at some footage from the MKIIIs predecessor above. Can you hear your own music playing to such prettyness? Yes it also takes still pictures.
“Don’t be fooled, however, as there are obviously major changes here worthy of the new moniker. Key specs include a larger 1,040,000-dot 3.2-inch rear LCD, Digic 5+ processor, 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 61-Point High Density Reticular autofocus with 41 cross-types (all of which are borrowed from the 1D X), dual memory card slots (SD and CompactFlash) an extended ISO range of 50 to 102,400 (100 to 25,600, natively), OVF with 100 percent coverage (versus 98 previously), and a maximum 6 FPS burst speed. Naturally, the 5D Mark III is no slouch in the video department: it can capture h.264 footage at HD resolutions up to 1080 at 24/25/30p or 720 at 50/60p, with an effective ISO range of 100-128,000 — and of course there’s a stereo mic input for the microphone of your choice. Better yet, not only does it allow for real-time control of your audio levels during filming, but also monitoring, being the first EOS-series DSLR to come equipped with a headphone jack (!) — something that’s been sorely missing in the world of ILC cameras.” – Engadget
Here’s a pretty cheesy indie video from Mira Cook about at Mattel Synsonic drum machine. The one in the image above is on eBay right now for $39: click here. I wouldn’t mind having one in my collection. Did I ever tell you I love drum machines?
“It was a cheap and cheesy toy and it sounded fairly horrible… but what else would you expect from a toy manufacturer’s attempt to cash in on the emerging drum machine market of the early ’80s?” – hollowsun.com/vintage/mattel
Back in May I had a post titled Make music videos with iMovie in 5 minutes. It lead to a Macworld article on Beat Markers in iMovie 10. Gary at MacMost has posted the above video tutorial of the same concept albeit with iMovie 11. Can you see how very it easy it is to make a competent music video? I really love this.
“Beat Markers allow you to set points in an audio track and then drop in video with cuts that match the beats. After timing out the beats in a soundtrack, all you need to do is drag and drop video or photos into iMovie and the video will be cut to match the markers. You can even add transitions that fit along with the beats.” – macmost.com
Grinding your teeth on a Wednesday morning trying to keep your todo list under 1000 items? Hit play on this nifty music video by The Japanese Popstars featuring Green Velvet. By the way this crew is from Ireland not Japan.
There’s really no excuse for not having a bunch of music videos for your own music. Most cell phones have video cameras good enough to record content. Every Mac comes with iMovie and you may be surprised how fast you can make a killer music video with it. Macworld has laid it out in an article called, “We’ve got the beat (markers)“. I highly recommend loading up iMovie and follow this article step by step. It’s actually just three quick steps but once you do it you will smile. Collect some short video clips, stills and spread yourself on YouTube and why not play the video behind you when you perform live?
“iMovie ’09 is ideally suited for creating short movies, but Apple included a feature that appeals specifically to people who want to make music videos: beat markers” – macworld.com
Here’s a great find via Bjorn Vayner. If you think this video took a bit of work to create you would be correct. If you “head” to the Neurosonics Audiomedical website you can see a long list of credits and photos detailing the behind the scenes work.