by Cara - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - Permalink
Golego, makers of famous stop motion animation videos made with the toy-click-system invented by LEGO®, decided to film the assembly and testing of their new IKEA GALANT motorized desk with iStopMotion. They are using the new desk as a movable stop motion animation table for fancy camera movements for their brickfilm or puppet animations. Watch the video here!
All of Golego's stop motion LEGO® animations (or Brick animations) are made with iStopMotion. To watch all of their animations you can visit their YouTube Channel - happy animating!
by Cara - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - Permalink
BoinxTV recently teamed up with MarketClub - an investment company dedicated to helping its clients become better traders - to produce a live broadcast for its audience. This new stockmarket livestreaming show has already garnered much attention, capturing 130,00 viewer hours in its first show alone, drastically expanding MarketClub's outreach. "Our company is in the investment business and so we wanted to create a very professional looking show that we could broadcast live each Thursday at 7 PM Eastern Time," says Adam Hewison. co-founder of MarketClub. "Our first show lasted 50 minutes and was a huge success with our viewers. Since launching MarketClub TV and thanks to the visual nature of the Internet, our business has grown. With more and more users using fast connectivity, it really means that we are in the age of video and video marketing."
In MarketClub's search for the right tool to help them broadcast live on the Web, they came across BoinxTV and knew it would be perfect fit. "Not that we have BoinxTV set up with two cameras, actually three if you count the USB2VGA that functions as a screen grabber, we have what we consider to be the perfect set-up," says Adam. "As a long-time fan of Apple products, it was a major blessing finding Boinx TV as we did not want a PC solution for something so visual a medium as TV. What really impressed us about Boinx TV was the fact that they had just won the Apple Design Award (ADA) for 2009. Given the fact that Apple has time and time again set such high standards in the industry and the world, we recognized that this was no small feat. So with that ringing endorsement from Apple, we decided to go ahead and purchase the program and see what it was all about. Having been on the Internet since 1994, our company is well-versed in most Internet technologies. However, I have to say that when we fired up Boinx TV, I was amazed at how beautifully designed, powerful, and easy to use the software turned out to be."
To say the very least, MarketClub has been more than satisfied with BoinxTV's capabilities and workflow. "Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I could have, essentially CNN capabilities, on a Mac laptop for so little money. It was quite extraordinary. The amount of control you have with Boinx TV is more than you expect. I think that's one of the really powerful things we like about their software." The company takes full advantage of all of BoinxTV's functionalities, from green screening, to layers, to lower thirds, and more. "As an investor, I only wish I had stock in Boinx because they write great, seamless software and I see a bright future ahead of them. I know this sounds like a paid endorsement, but the reality is I couldn't say enough good things about Boinx TV and their staff - in particular Bastian Wolfle. Bastian went out of his way to help us and has been incredibly helpful in so many other ways."
"So if you're thinking about broadcasting and want a professional piece of Mac compatible software that is worth every penny, but won't cost you your last dime, this is the product you are looking for," says Adam. Check out MarketClub's live show, powered by BoinxTV, every Thursday at 7 PM here. Read about more awesome use cases of BoinxTV here!
by Cara - Monday, April 25, 2011 - Permalink
A highly anticipated bi-annual event held in Cologne, Germany, photokina is the world’s largest photography and imaging trade fair in the industry. A product of Koelnmesse, Cologne’s largest trade fair company, photokina attracts an immense gathering of professional and semi-professional photographers, and imaging aficionados alike. The fair brings together new products, trends and the world’s leading photo and imaging brands for an unparalleled, virtually eye-popping event line-up. In 2010, photokinaTV, the podcast of photokina, hit the airwaves with official TV partner, FotoTV, the world’s largest WebTV station for photography. Looking to make “podcast magic” with a smooth and fresh delivery method, German IPTV 2009 Award-winner, FotoTV, turned to Boinx Software and their revolutionary live production, “studio-in-a-box” software – BoinxTV. Serving as the technical power behind FotoTV, BoinxTV delivered daily photo news, trends, products, interviews, and highlights of the 6-day photo-bonanza - via photokinaTV - to imaging enthusiasts all over the world via a tailored and tantalizing online podcast.
The Studio-in-a-Box Broadcasts from the FotoTV Glass-Box Studio
Presented with the opportunity to deliver groundbreaking photo news and trends to millions of viewers around the world, FotoTV sought a modest alternative to the complexities and nuances of most higher priced production machines. Utilizing Boinx’s unique “studio-in-a-box” production platform in the past to create various online photography news broadcasts and podcasts such as FotoTV.News and FotoTV.Tech, the WebTV station was familiar with the BoinxTV workflow and unparalleled technical support. It was a natural choice for FotoTV to leverage BoinxTV’s all-in-one production capabilities for this special project, offering the official photokina 2010 TV partner an economical and efficient way to achieve superb, professional podcast results with the added bonus of zero post-production efforts and trustworthy support.
FotoTV and BoinxTV worked together to produce “podcast magic” in a spectacular glass-box studio located in the center of the photokina 2010 trade show floor. Open to attendees and viewers on one side, and surrounded by glass walls on three; BoinxTV and its powerful workflow served as the focal point of the entire show – gathering together each and every interview, highlight, new product, and trend to form the photokinaTV podcast.
The Debut Workflow
Although BoinxTV made their “big” debut at photokina, there was nothing “big” at all about the BoinxTV setup and workflow. In fact, the Apple Design Award-winning product requires the utmost minimal setup, yet will magically transform any Mac into a full television production studio for creating live to disk, live to stage – and in this case - live to internet video.
FotoTV operated BoinxTV on a Mac Pro with a Quadcore processor, running Snow Leopard, with an ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphic card and additional FireWire PCI cards. An extensive set of more than 50 layers in BoinxTV lets users switch cameras with only the keyboard, and add media files, lower thirds, logos, and much more, all in real time while recording with absolutely no post-production necessary. Although you don’t need specially trained people to manipulate these layers, our own Bastian Wölfle was stationed in the glass-box studio to help apply them to the video feed. With just a few buttons, Bastian was able to adjust the settings to control various layers, including FotoTV favorites - the Lower Third, and Station Logo. As the feed came pouring in, the video that BoinxTV created in real time was output on the Internet within just minutes. FotoTV then uploaded the BoinxTV-created podcasts to a video platform in order to reach its total potential audience.
BoinxTV provided FotoTV with a streamlined workflow and stunning finished results at photokina 2010. From input, to production, to output, BoinxTV’s minimal setup, easy to use interface, and zero post-production requirements delivered a creative and informative podcast to millions of photo and image enthusiasts and professionals all over the world. Visit photokina.com to learn about what's hot for photokian 2011!
by Cara - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - Permalink
MyMac reviewer Elisa Pacelli recently took a look at our favorite presentation tool, Mouseposé. "This is an excellent tool for anyone looking to capture their audience's attention during a presentation... I wish I had gotten it months ago," says Elisa. She gave Mouseposé a fantastic 9 out of 10 rating. Watch her in-depth video review here!
Read more outstanding reviews of Mouseposé here!
by Cara - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - Permalink
LifeRadio is one of the top music stations in Austria. A strong precense in their community, LifeRadio plays host to numerous charity events, forums, concerts, competitions, and more each year. For the past three years, the station has been working with and streaming web videos to build more of a visual precense within their community of listeners. Each week, LifeRadio produces their own video content, consisting of their radio hosts, special events, and news, which is then posted in a video gallery on their website, LifeRadio.at.
"For our 13th Anniversary, we had an Open House, during which our listeners had the opportunity to get a sneak peak behind-the-scenes and experience what was happening live at the radio station," says Peter Leitner of LifeRadio. "Inside our studio, we used BoinxTV to record short 'memory videos' for our listeners... and thanks to the YouTube integration in BoinxTV, we were able to upload the videos to our LifeRadio YouTube Channel instantly!"
To create an authentic "live on air" atmosphere for the videos, LifeRadio inserted a photo of their actual studio into BoinxTV via a Datavideo CKL-200 chroma keying background. The setup for recording the videos was simple, consisting of a Sony HVR-V1E camera, microphones that were fed into a mixer and then to the camera to have audio and video in one firewire stream, two Dedolights for lighting, and just 7 different layers within BoinxTV which were triggered by the record and stop buttons. "All we had to do was adjust the lower thirds throughout the videos and upload to YouTube once we were done," says Peter. "BoinxTV mastered the 'Long-Distance-Heavy-Using' during our Open House for over 9 straight hours, without a single crash or hickup. We want to say thanks to Boinx and congratulations on such a great piece of software!"
by Cara - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - Permalink
We recently came across a very exciting number at Boinx headquarters - our license key generator just created one millionth license key! This is quite an unbelievable number, as it means we have averaged 340 licenses a day for the last eight years! Our lucky one millionth license went to Mary Kay Baird of Gold Leaf Productions. "I recently started offering Enchanted Forrest Fairy Portraits in my photography business, and needed a software to create slide shows of the final images to show my clients," says Mary. "I researched what was available for the Mac, and FotoMagico seemed to fit the bill. I downloaded the free trial, saw that it did exactly what i needed it to do, and immediately purchased the program."
For being our one millionth license key holder, Mary received a free upgrade to FotoMagico 3 Pro. "FotoMagico is easy to learn to use, which has been a big time saver for me. Adding music is very simple, and one of the features I like the best is how I can manipulate the slide transitions to show exactly how I want them to. The finished slide shows are gorgeous and help get the reactions I want from my clients. I am a very satisfied customer!" We are thrilled to have been able to provide Mary with our one millionth license key and look forward to one million more!
by Cara - Monday, April 18, 2011 - Permalink
Digmo!, the tech-ed blog covering mini discoveries, tips, apps, and website finds from the creative education realm, recently posted an article on Easy Claymation Animation Techniques, highlighting our very own iStopMotion as "one of the best and easiest animation applications" on the market. The post provides a brief overview of iStopMotion, giving readers the skills and confidence they need to embark on their own Wallace and Grommet style creations.
"I have been using iStopmotion for five years and to be honest I use it in the same way each time it loads. I tend to keep the workflow simple, a digital camcorder connected to my Mac via Firewire and then simply hitting the red button to capture each single frame. It works but the quality isn’t great in low light. The good news is iStopmotion also supports direct capture from a number of different digital cameras and DSLR cameras offering the ability to create High Def animations," says Digmo.
The post walks readers through the various steps of using iStopMotion, acting as a type of written tutorial for the application. It breaks the stop motion animation software down into eight easy steps, from source to composition, providing examples and tips along the way. "iStopmotion is one of the best (and easiest) animation applications I think have used. The interface is simple and the quality of the output is brilliant coping with video sources from iSight to High Definition digital SLR cameras."
by Cara - Friday, April 15, 2011 - Permalink
German Magazine, IPHONE & CO, recently reviewed You Gotta See This! in its Photography Apps section, giving it a perfect 5 star rating. "Gone are the times when you had to take both mobile phone and camera to capture the best moments of an event or the holiday," writes Sönke Jahn. "You Gotta See This! is an app for people who like to experiment. [...] With a little bit of practice, suitable scenes can be turned into superb, artsy collages." You Gotta See This! was featured along side other popular photography apps such as, PhotoSync, Doodle Booth, Hipstamatic, Night Camera, Lo-mob, and more.
Check out all the rave reviews of You Gotta See This! here.
by Bastian - Friday, April 15, 2011 - Permalink
The highlight of FotoMagico 3.8 are several completely new transitions (Blinds, Flash, Pixelate, Broken TV) and new options for some existing transitions (Fade, Flip). In addition, a number of under-the-hood improvements should result in better stability, performance and audio playback. Check out FotoMagico 3.8b2.
by Bastian - Friday, April 08, 2011 - Permalink
iStopMotion 2.8 brings back capturing support for Canon DSLRs. A second public beta is now available. Please try it and give us feedback!
It also introduces a new Russian locallization. Thanks to Борис Матвеев for his great work!