A GoPro Screw and My Dirty Revenge (the Wrap)

Screwed by GoPro’s refusal to share the size of their screws, John extracts his revenge with a little experimentation and knowledge from that powerful thing known as the Internet.

Episode 59

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The GoPro Macro – Fitting a GoPro with a Varifocal Lens

Last week we posted some video tutorials on how to replace your GoPro lens with a third party lens. I ordered a 2.4-12mm varifocal zoom lens from RageCam thinking I could get a little variety with a the zoom capabilities.

But to my surprise, the varifocal zoom would actually be the most powerful macro lens I’ve ever used.

Here’s a video of the lens replacement and some sample video from the GoPro with the Ragecam Lens.

This is about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) from the subject

This flower is the size of your thumbnail. The dirtiness of the bokeh was because the sensor was dirty.


A few questions popped up on YouTube regarding fitting into the housing. That was accomplished by taking a Dremel to the housing and opening up the front and side panels to allow access to the lens housing and the card slot on the side.

Further research has revealed that the GoPro uses an M12 lens size so you could conceivably use any M12 Lens on the market (these are common in security cameras)

How Christopher Nolan Rebuilt Batman

How Christopher Nolan and his team of top technicians took a defunct franchise and turned it into the epitome of comic-book cool. The golden rule: keep it real.

After Batman & Robin had put the character more or less back in ’60s TV-Batman Adam West territory, Batman Begins’ immediate agenda was to move Bruce Wayne firmly back into the shadows. “The concept was always to present him from the criminal’s point of view,” explains Christopher Nolan. “I always liken Batman to the first Alien, where you just glimpse it. So he’s frightening, threatening and elusive. You understand why they’re afraid of him.”

“We had to lay new foundations,” continues production designer Nathan Crowley, “but there was still a lot we had to respect. We decided that his money is his superpower, that was really our starting point. He has this great company, and Chris came up with the military tech and the Applied Science Division — our Q Branch.”

Christian Bale may not have seemed like obvious casting, since he’d just dropped his weight to an almost catastrophic thinness to play the disturbed lead in The Machinist. It was precisely that intensity, though, that made him the man to play Gotham’s crimebusting Fledermaus. “The reason Christian was ideal is he can live and breathe and think that extreme of a character,” says Nolan. “That’s his gift as an actor. He is an extremely dedicated and disciplined person and so I think he relates to those qualities in the character.”

Bale says he was most interested in playing facets of the character that had never previously been seen. “What makes Batman, Bruce Wayne, intriguing to me,” says Bale, “is this notion of the multiple personalities that he chooses to display, of the notion that Batman actually is not a performance; that’s genuine. Bruce Wayne publicly is the performance…”

Empire Magazine | Read the Full Article

The Very First Photo Uploaded on the Web

Particle-colliders and cross dressing – Here’s the story behind the world’s first photograph ever to be uploaded to the internet.

July 18th, the photograph at the center of that image — a homemade promotional shot for Les Horribles Cernettes, a comedy band based at the CERN laboratory near Geneva — will turn 20 years old. Despite the artifact’s world-historical significance, its full story has never been told. Few enthusiasts of art or photography or technology will be marking its 20th birthday, in no small part because it’s such an odd and un-artistic image.

The first Web photo was no exception. It wasn’t even taken for the purposes of science or technology. The photographer, Silvano de Gennaro, was an IT developer at CERN who worked near Tim Berners-Lee and the other scientists who had invented the Web and made it public in 1991. But “I didn’t know what the Web was,” he recalled.

On July 18th, 1992, de Gennaro was backstage at the Hardronic Music Festival, an annual event thrown by CERN’s administrators, waiting for the Cernettes — whom he managed, and whose songs he writes — to come on stage. He wanted a picture for their next CD cover, so he told the four members to lean in and smile.

His Canon EOS 650 clicked, and that was that. “When history happens, you don’t know that you’re in it,” de Gennaro said.

Motherboard | Read the Full Article

How Does the Film Industry Actually Make Money

Adam Davidson takes a look at the strange industry that is the Hollywood Studio and how their business model works.

I’ve been trying to come to terms with two seemingly irreconcilable facts. First, “Men in Black 3” has made more than $550 million worldwide. Second, while a representative from the parent company of Columbia Pictures told me that the movie is now “in the win column,” it seemed until recently as if Columbia might actually lose money on it. How could that be? It’s not so complicated. Its production costs were close to $250 million; worldwide marketing most likely added at least that much; and a big chunk of the ticket sales go to theaters and distributors.

There must be an easier way to make money. For the cost of “Men in Black 3,” for instance, the studio could have become one of the world’s largest venture-capital funds, thereby owning a piece of hundreds of promising start-ups. Instead, it purchased the rights to a piece of intellectual property, paid a fortune for a big star and has no definitive idea why its movie didn’t make a huge profit. Why is anyone in the film industry?

All business requires guessing, but future predilections of moviegoers are especially opaque. If a large company wants to introduce a new car, it can at least base its predictions, in part, on factors like where oil prices are headed. Movie executives, on the other hand, come up with a host of new theories each summer about what audiences want — 3-D tent poles, 2-D tent poles, vampires, comics, board games and so on — then, sometimes over the course of a weekend, ricochet toward a new theory. Will the tepid economics of “Men in Black 3” spell trouble for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” this holiday weekend’s big release? Who knows.

Unlike other decades-old industries, Hollywood not only has a hard time forecasting, but it also has difficulty analyzing past results. Why was “The Hunger Games” such a big hit? Because it had a built-in audience? Because it starred Jennifer Lawrence? Because it was released around spring break? The business is filled with analysts who claim to have predictive powers, but the fact that a vast majority of films fail to break even proves that nobody knows anything for sure.

The New York Times | Read the Full Article

Everything You Need to Know about Text Animation in After Effects

After Effects can do some amazing things for animated text – but keyframing individual text parameters is handled a bit differently than other parameters. Andrew Devis covers how to create Text Animators and how Text Range Selectors work.

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