Moonrise. By Mark Gee
This is a 3 minute video clip of the full moon rising over Wellington. It was shot on a calm summer evening, as people gathered on the Mt. Victoria Lookout point to watch the moon rise.
This stunning video is one single real-time shot, with no manipulation whatsoever. The camera was placed on a hillside over 2 kilometers from the Lookout point, and was shot with the equivalent of a 1300mm lens.
The amount of planning, trial and error, and luck that went into this are mind blowing. The photographer had been trying to capture this for over a year with many failed attempts. But on this special night, it seemed everything was on his side, and it all came together in a way better than even he couldn’t have hoped.
A Taste of 4K Video
(watch in full-screen and set quality to “original”)
If you have a fast Internet connection, a fast computer, high performance graphics and a high resolution monitor you can get a feel of how clear and sharp 4K video is going to be (jump ahead 3½ minutes to the sky diving part).
BY: RAE ANN FERA
Every once in a while a wunderkind director comes along who, with heaps of talent and bootstrapping, creates something with visual effects that seem to be straight out of Hollywood. The Purchase Brothers did it when they created their alien invasion short Half-Life: Escape from City 17 on a measly $500. Then came Fede Alvarez’s Panic Attack, a similarly destructive (and low budget) short in which giant robots eviscerate Montevideo. Now, 22-year-old German film student Kaleb Lechowski has attracted big-league attention with his riveting short R’ha.
“INTERVALS” is a bunch of badass girls getting after it. From the looks of it, these girls had the winter of their lives, as they definitely have the footage to prove it. Sit back, relax, and watch some progressive female riding on every end of the snowboarding spectrum. Enjoy. Featuring: Hana Beaman, Robin Van Gyn, Leanne Pelosi, Erin Comstock, Annie Boulanger, Megan Ginter, & more.
This robot is fly.
MIT’s Robust Robotics program is showing off its nifty new robotic plane that navigates itself. Using only on-board sensors, the plane requires neither pilot, remote control nor GPS. A basic Intel Atom processor powers the little self-guided plane that could.
MIT team leaders are hoping to eventually trick out the plane with independent mapping, according to Dvice.com. Then it could truly be an autonomous ‘bot that could fly into duty for military or rescue ops, the site explained.
While the technology has been used with slower craft such as helicopters, what separates this flying machine is its ability to maneuver with speed in tight spaces, according to the video (above).
“The reason that we switched from the helicopter to the fixed-wing vehicle is that the fixed-wing vehicle is a more complicated and interesting problem, but also that it has a much longer flight time,” Nick Roy, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics and head of the Robust Robotics Group, told MIT News. “The helicopter is working very hard just to keep itself in the air, and we wanted to be able to fly longer distances for longer periods of time.”
WATCH the plane buzz through an indoor parking lot with all the assuredness of a winged Mini. You can get all the technical deets as you go along for the ride.
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