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Chroma Subsampling Techniques

The folks behind the Red camera break down the techniques that cameras use to compress color data in this explanation of Chroma Subsampling. This became a central motivation behind early forms of analog and digital compression. Video signals would be separated into a lightness or “luma” component and two color or “chroma” components, similar to how images Read MoreRead More

Being Audience-Friendly is Not a Crime

Critic Marshall Fine explains why appealing to the masses should not in itself be a bad thing. I recall a while back that a fellow critic took offense when I referred to Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” as “not an audience-friendly film.” He felt that I was using the term pejoratively – as though I was saying there was Read MoreRead More

Chris Hadfield’s Snapshots from Space

Throughout his ISS mission, CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield has been taking some of the most incredible photos of Earth ever seen. In this video, the Station Commander takes us to the best seat in the house to gaze at the visual splendour of the Earth. He shares his techniques and his passion for capturing the Read MoreRead More

In Search of a Great ‘Gatsby’: Hollywood’s F. Scott Fitz and Starts

Peter Bart offers a slice of Gatsby history in the run up to Baz Luhrman’s latest retelling of the Fitzgerald tome. Luhrmann is a brilliant filmmaker and I’m eager to see his lavish 3D re-telling of the classic jazz age saga (it opens wide on May 10). I’m also curious to discover how Warner Bros’ Read MoreRead More

Critic Hulk on “Should You Go to Film School”

Critic Hulk of the Badass Digest has an interesting take on the whole Film School question. WHILE MOST PEOPLE CAN SENSE THAT FILM SCHOOL OBVIOUSLY HAS SOME FORM OF WORTH, THE ACTUAL, QUANTIFIABLE WORTH FOR YOU MAY SEEM SOMEWHAT NEBULOUS. AND WHILE HULK THINKS THE VALUE OF FILM SCHOOL ITSELF CAN ACTUALLY BE DEFINED IN A PRETTY TANGIBLE WAY, Read MoreRead More

Andy Baio on the Copyright Infringement Culture

The January 2013 Portland/Creative Mornings features Andy Baio, writer and coder who loves making things most famous for Kind of Bloop, an 8bit remix Miles Davis’ best known album. The global theme for this month was “Reuse,” and Andy spoke about remix culture: “Cut, copy, paste. The ability to reuse and remix is so deeply Read MoreRead More

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