by Cara - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - Permalink
Last week, GeekWire.com, featured Kelly Franznick as its "Geek of the Week." Kelly is the CEO of Blink, a user experience research and design firm in Seattle, WA. He is described as the "kind of person who can spend his vacation working on a stop motion animation project, and his spare time handing out in a used computer store. In other words, he was the perfect choice for "Geek of the Week."
When asked the questions, "What was the geekiest thing you've accomplished, built or won?" Kelly replied, "I once spent far too many hours of my vacation doing stop motion animation with a friend and our kids. It was one of those projects that the kids were interested in for about 30 minutes, but my friend and I became obsessed. We rigged up a green screen and used the hotel lamps as makeshift studio lighting. The software for doing this - iStopMotion from Boinx Software - is really slick and easy."
We are proud to say that the "Geek of the Week" uses iStopMotion! When asked what it means to him to be a geek, Kelly responded, "I recently listened to Kevin Poulsen (Senior Editor at Wired News) say in an interview that 'There's nothing in technology you can't pick up on your own if you apply yourself to it.' I think that this really captures the spirit of geek."
by Cara - Thursday, May 26, 2011 - Permalink
An international best-seller, Filmmaking for Dummies, by Bryan Michael Stoller, takes aspiring filmmakers through the ins and outs of the latest and greatest filmmaking hardward, software, accessories, and trends. It breaks down the nuts and bolts of filmmaking, from developing your story, to editing, distribution, and more. It's a guide for anyone looking to break into the world of filmmaking, or for those who are simply looking to shoot quality home videos. And, best of all, it has a section dedicated to stop motion animation, featuring, your's truly, iStopMotion!
"I talk about the highly recommended iStopMotion on page 29 of the 2nd edition of my book... I also mention the Boinx Software website," says Bryan. "I write for film and video magazines and speak at many film and video expos throughout the year... I recommend iStopMotion to everyone!" Bryan is an international, award-winning filmmaker who has produced, written and directed over eighty productions including short comedy films, half hour television, music videos, commercials, and feature films. Bryan and his work have been featured on shows like Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Dateline NBC, as well as being screened at major film festivals like MIFED in Italy and The Cannes Film Festival in France.
Bryan is a huge iStopMotion fan. "This is the most innovative and creative software I've seen in a long, long time," he says. "If I had this when I was a kid, I would have never left my basement working on stop motion movies with iStopMotion!" You can find Bryan's book, Filmmaking for Dummies, at Amazon.com. Happy filmmaking!
by Cara - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - Permalink
Patrick Crawford spent slightly under two years piecing together this impressive independent film, using iStopMotion Express. The film, "Design Flaw," is based upon the themes experimented on by Aldous Huxley and George Orwell in their inspirational novels, 1984 and Brave New World. The theme of the film is flaws. "In a perfect world, a mistake is made," says Patrick. "How can a such an efficient society deal with such occurrences, and what are the costs of it's own perfection?" The seventeen minute iStopMotion Express film takes viewers into an underworld of lego figures, questioning what it means to be perfect.
You can follow all of Patrick's productions on his facebook page. Happy viewing!
by Cara - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - Permalink
Michael Burns from MacWorld UK recently took a look at BoinxTV Home, our latest version of our live-video production software specifically tailored to meet the needs of the at home YouTube user. He gave the software a wonderful 4 star review for its useful templates for a quick start, level-based UI, real-time transitions and graphics, support for multiple sources, and more.
Michael's MacWorld Buying Advice suggests that BoinxTV Home "ably provides non-professional users with a quick and affordable way of preparing videos for online distribution." With BoinxTV Home you can easily become the star of your own videos and become a video production pro in no time. "BoinxTV supplies the templates for common scenarios, so if you want to film a makeup lession for YouTube or host a teardown session for your tech site, you're laughing - all you need to do is connect the video and audio sources, choose the template and start filming," says Michael. It's really that simple! Read the complete MacWorld UK review here.
by Cara - Monday, May 23, 2011 - Permalink
Charlotte Biesse, a Toronto-based baby photographer, recently used FotoMagico to create an elegant, cross platform solution for a user-friendly, mobile version of her website - www.rainboweleven.com. "With virtually no effort I dragged in my high resolution portfolio jpgs, added my music and used the Instant Slideshow feature," says Charlotte. "Awesome... especially for someone who's more interested in being behind the camera, not in front of the screen. It was super easy, quick and painless."
View more examples of stunning FotoMagico slideshows here! And for all you FotoMagico users out there, don't forget to send us your examples!
by Cara - Friday, May 20, 2011 - Permalink
Tiltshift photography is an increasingly popular style of photography that makes real-life scenes appear miniature in size. It specifically refers to the use of camera movements on small and medium format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term can be used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital postprocessing; the name may derive from the tilt shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.
When the selective focus effect of lens tilt is applied to timelapse footage, the resulting scene appears to be acted out in miniature. For instance, in 'Silly Spring,' a stop motion, timelapse/tiltshift animation of downtown Silver Spring, MD, the downtown area, including cars, people, etc. all apears to look miniature in size. This animation was shot with an iPhone 4, and assembled with iStopMotion. It's a terrific example of the unique look and feel that tiltshift, combined with timelapse, can give to a stop motion animation project.
by Cara - Thursday, May 19, 2011 - Permalink
WarmFocus is a San Diego based photography company run by John Leonffu. Specializing in wedding and real estate photography, John takes special pride in his ability to capture precise moments that will last a lifetime. His photojournalistic style of shooting and accurate eye helps to create stunning wedding and real estate photographs - and he uses FotoMagico to put these photos together into a memorable, storytelling slideshow.
"Creating slideshows of my photos before I had FotoMagico was always a very long process... it used to take me over an hour for just one video," comments John. "FotoMagico not only saved me time, but also made the exporting to multiple formats, such as HD Video, DVD, iPhone, iPad, and YouTube, process much easier."
Watch more of WarmFocus's wedding and real estate photography slideshows made with FotoMagico here!
by Cara - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - Permalink
In our most recent newsletter to our customers, we announced a limited-time Home Improvement Promotion. We thought, with Spring on our doorstep and Spring cleaning in the air, why not offer our creative Mac users an incentive to enjoy more of their home this Spring with our Boinx Software "Home" line of products. So, until Monday, May 23rd, all of our "Home" products - iStopMotion Home, FotoMagico Home, and BoinxTV Home - are available at the Mac App Store for just US $9.99!
Animate an award-winning (or at least heart-winning) movie with the entire family with iStopMotion Home, turn heads at a family birthday party or reunion with a stunning slideshow from FotoMagico Home, or turn your living room into a YouTube video production studtio with BoinxTV Home. And, if your home page needs a little sprucing up, our friends over at Karelia Software - with whom we are collaborating on iMedia Browser - are up to something great with Sandvox 2, the easy, affordable Mac web design software.
We also mentioned two of our products that are currently in beta right now in our newsletter. FotoMagico 3.8 has several brand new transitions and a number of under-the-hood improvements and tune-ups, while iStopMotion 2.8 fixes the support for DSLR cameras and improves color handling. Stay tuned for the release of these two exciting product updates!
by Cara - Monday, May 16, 2011 - Permalink
A 12 year old video game fanatic from the Netherlands, Tender Blom, recently put together an impressive game-testing website, Game Testers United (GTU). The site features reviews, commentaries, podcasts, and news about the top video games on the market today, all expertly put together using BoinxTV. Here is an example of his video reviews using BoinxTV - this one talks about the video game, Crysis 2.
by Cara - Thursday, May 12, 2011 - Permalink
We were recently sent a great video that showcases a unique new way to make use of our iStopMotion software. Fan of Boinx Software and iStopMotion, Arthur Conner, put the software to use to document one of the most important days of his life... his wedding! "I just wanted to say that iStopMotion made my wedding," says Arthur. "You know that it is a great product when you use it on your special day. I have convinced a couple other people to use it for their weddings as well. I hope it becomes the next big thing."
From the set up of the wedding reception, to the toasts, and the first dance as husband and wife, Arthur took full advantage of the timelapse feature in iStopMotion to document his big day in a very special way. Watch his video "The Reception." And, of course, Arthur had to document the engagement with FotoMagico as well - watch the engagement video here!