THE VIDEO TIME LOGS OF ALLAN & SUN
Welcome to Future Peak, our home.
Not just a concept,
Future Peak is our beautiful off-the-grid digital studio,
near the sky, high atop a mountainous precipice,
a few clouds above the coastal redwood forest
between the beaches of Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley.
We currently employ solar and biodiesel
technologies to power Future Peak, and we are
exploring many of the new green options for energy,
as they become available. As exciting as this is,
some of the new tech, <sigh>, doesn't work very well.
You'll be reading/seeing our pragmatic experiences in
energy independence at this blogsite. We have, for example,
a rich generator graveyard, with many a tale to tell..
But first, more on our first passion, what's next in making media.
It's time to delve
into our favorite adventures from the National Association of Broadcasters
convention in Las Vegas, where we explored what was interesting
and innovative to us as media makers. We've divided our coverage
into five short video clips, to make it easier to watch, enjoy,
NAB Arrival via Monorail
To Watch Vids
Staying at the towering Stratosphere, the most enjoyable way to the
show was via the Las Vegas monorail, a futuristic mass transit system,
with a classic LV twist..Who would ever have guessed how much fun
the announcement lady had, or the station's strange exits?
Virtual Dance Gear
We need more memory N:OW! And one
of the most exciting ways this is happening is via information encoding
using the 3rd dimension.
Think moving lasers,
holograms, and photopolymers, light sensitive plastic.
Aaah, the dream of
the dancer, to perform effortlessly with the perfect body, in perfect
form to an adoring audience. Or that of a future actor, adept at
playing any role in any body with grace and aplomb.
On the Holographic Frontier
Let's begin our NAB explorations
with memory. After all, what's the point of learning anything if
we can't remember what we've learned? Even the lowly amoeba has
to remember what to move towards or away from. For our species,
with the ever complexifying lives we lead and knowledge systems
we use, need for memory is increasing at an exponential rate.
And our machines are trying to keep
up. How many megapixels is your camera now? Did you pick up that
cheap 500 gig USB drive at Costco yet?
Essentially, you are
burning information throughout the entire volume, as well as the
length and breadth of the disc. (Yes, there is still a bright future
in plastics, thanks to lasers!..:-)
This clip is our interview with Liz Murphy of In Phase Technology,
developer of the first practical holographic storage system. She
will explain the tech for you in a fun and very comprehensible way,
how it will be initially used, costs, availability, and where it's
going in the near future. Could this really be commonly available
soon? Will it change everything? We think it's worth a look.
And while you are looking,
we think the 'culture vultures' amongst you will particularly enjoy
the classic icons of Las Vegas, at the very end of the clip, and
a cameo by our vlog collegue, Scott Jacobs!
The motion capture stage is the
'holodeck' of today, taking us from science fiction to faction,
a renaissance room that can generate techicolor dreams one minute,
portray jet engine protoypes in action, the next.
In this vid, we interview Dave
Blackburn at his Motion Analysis NAB07 booth, on what's hot now
with Motion Capture, and get a little history lesson on the blazingly
bright MoCap future.
We've known Dave since the early
90's, the days he was weaned in his MoCap suit pitching softballs.
It appears Dave's 30 consecutive
years as a real world fastpitch softball pitcher taught him a
thing or two about 'motion' and 'capture' and why these are becoming
important attributes of our unfolding cybernetic identities.
Escape from CYBERSPACE
You can take
the Avatar out of Cyberspace, but..
will it ever be anything more than a walking cartoon? No doubt,
once you see this rather amazing demonstration of 3D avatars escaping
the bounds of cyberspace, to exist and play among us! Or so it appears..
of when Walt Disney would talk to Tinkerbell in his office on his
TV show intros.My 5 year old mind excitedly told itself, "I
knew she was real!"
The Interactive Frontier
then Walt would have guessed that today's virtual characters could
now occupy a seat in a boardroom and interact with others. This
tech could be a lot of fun in a
Cisco Telepresence Room!
let's visit TOTAL IMMERSION at NAB 2007 and explore a few more possibilities.
FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS
Aaah, there's nothing
like looking at the next generation of tools we'll actually be using
very soon. For us, that meant a visit to Adobe, NewTek,
Red, and Apple, to sample the latest wares before
we shell out our hard earned 'Door #42' money.
These media tools
are awesome and they keep getting better and better! Plus, it was
a real bonus to see our favorite rock star trade show goddess Kikki
Stockhammer demo the fun fx possible with Tricaster, the
latest TV studio in box.
Media Making Magic at NAB2007
But in our book, Apple
took the people prize by bringing the amazing feature film editor
Walter Murch to their booth, so that we may all experience his mastery
of the craft first hand.
It was also a treat
to meet the people behind Full Sail, an amazing new media school
Of course, we love
how the clip ends, with a walking shot of Sun and AL, sharing the
excitement of it all.