New media center on on its way

Elisa Screenshot

Spanish company Fluendo is currently working on an open source cross platform media center called Elisa.

It looks very promising and if the project gets big enough this could turn into a very interesting platform.

It is a bit early in it’s development for me to try it yet, but I will follow it closely. Have a look at the screenshots and the screencast demo. You also find a Google Video Version of the screencast here.

New media center on on its way

Automatic transfer of files from Media Center to iPod and PSP

I haven’t tried this one out yet, but another product from Pegasys is already my favourite video encoding tool. I use TMPGENc Xpress 4.0 for most of my high quality video encoding already.

VideoSync from the same guys seems like a promising product. It supports DVR-MS files from Windows Media Center Edition (in addition to a bunch of other formats).

The most interesting feature is the possibility to set up a watch folder. Meaning that you can tell the software to constantly watch a folder on your computer and immediately start transcoding and publishing to your favourite mobile device if a new file arrives in this folder.

You find a very detailed list of alternative methods of transfering video to your iPod here. And a related post on here

Automatic transfer of files from Media Center to iPod and PSP

Quick EBU Connect update

EBU Connect
Currently I have a bit of people coming over from a newsletter from the EBU Connect conference in Croatia. To make it as easy as possible for you to find the content you are looking for I have decided to give a little collection of links:

My image gallery from EBU Connect 2006
The Video of the seasons in Norway

Articles related to my presentation
Predicting the future
The convergence that makes things difficult
Commercials gone wild
The future of TV distribution

Other interesting articles
Patrick Damsted: Making a truly personal presentation
How to make illustrations even if you can’t draw
My idea of how to avoid making boring presentations
In general: popular content on

Have fun and don’t hesitate to leave comments or contact me.

Quick EBU Connect update

Have fun with a reporter

Washington Post
The Washington post has released an interview done by their reporter Dana Milbank. The video lacks one little detail: the answers. You’re supposed to make them yourself.

So, download the clip from the Washington Post, sit down in front of your camera and answer the questions. Or let your hamster answer the questions. Or your neighbour. Whatever. Then fire up your favourite video editing software. Make the final video with Dana Milbank’s questions and your answers. Then submit it to the Washington Post and wait for feedback and glory.

Via Micro Persuasion.

And, yes I know – Rocketboom have done something similar.

Have fun with a reporter

YouTube or Google Video?

First, an apology to my RSS subscribers. Unfortunately, articles from this blog get published again if I change them. Recently I have done some experiments where I change the hosting of some of my videos to Google Video from YouTube. All the articles that have been modified will then show up as new in many RSS-readers. Sorry for the inconvenience.

So for my little experiment. I have posted a couple of videos lately, and have been using YouTube to host them. I have also been playing around with Google Video, and here is a quick round-up:

– Low quality on videos
– Big community and lots of possible viewers even without links from a blog or web page
– Very nice with trackbacks so you can see who is linking to your videos
– Counter that shows how many times the video has been played
– Web based uploader with good feedback on progress

– Better quality than YouTube
– In general less traffic and smaller chances for people discovering your video unless you link to it from your blog
– Possibilities for selling videos
– Possible to let people download your video as well
– Web based uploader with limited feedback on progress
– Desktop based uploader available

If you have any comments on what you prefer please contact me or comment directly here.

Here is an example of the same video, hosted on GoogleVideo and on YouTube:

Human Drums, on GoogleVideo

Human Drums, on YouTube

And here is the same video on Revver:

YouTube or Google Video?

Virtual Drums
Link to video

All the way trough Siggraph this year I have tried to keep a close eye on the companies and brains behind the stuff that I have seen. To be able to provide my readers, the people listening to my presentations and myself with links and relevant sources of more information.

Virtual Drums
But some images and video clips managed to get into my camera without any other info. This is one of them. I wanted to share it because this is the solution for the parents that refuse to give their son a set of drums because of all the noise.

These virtual drums, a pair of high quality headphones and you’re all set…

Virtual Drums

True 3D “image”

Link to video

This might not look very impressive, but it is. By using lasers and all kinds of projection technologies we have seen different kinds of 3D images before, but all of them rely on something that reflect the light so that you can see the image.

Some of the most real looking and impressive versions of the holographic effects that you can see in movies like StarWars have been done using lasers and smoke in the room to reflect the image.

3D Display
Image copyright

But what if you want a 3D image to appear in thin air? With nothing to reflect the light? Nobody has done that before using laser plasma this way.

That’s why the simple dots of light that you can see in this video are impressive. This is the Nipkow Disk of the 21st century. We’re on to something here. Before you know it Princess Leia will be right in your room praying Obi-Wan to help her.

Credits go to:
Burton-jp, Uchi Yama – Keio University, AIST

True 3D “image”