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Barritz.com – New Website Designed By TY THA ARTIST

May 6th, 2012 | By TY

Barritz Website

Check out the Homie Barritz’ new website designed by TY THA ARTIST. Also, look for Barritz starring as Joey Valeri in Concealed 360.

Backing Up Online – Crashplan

March 5th, 2012 | By TY

crashplan

I just signed up for Crashplan on the $5 per month Unlimited plan which allows me to back up unlimited data and keeps my data on their server (Crashplan Central) forever! I went through the 30-day trial and was able to back up around 80gb mostly from home. I plan on uploading more in the coming weeks at school with much faster internet while I work on Concealed.

So why did I choose Crashplan? I am a digital creator of photos, websites, videos and have spent hundreds of dollars on extra storage in the last few months. The rule is, if it’s not on two drives, then be ready to lose it (data). I purchased a 4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 with Raid 5 and love it for it’s balance of speed and storage, but 4TB is filled up fast when you are working with multiple video projects, especially Concealed!

Compared to other plans, which are around the same price (Backblaze, Mozy, Carbonite), Crashplan was the best for me because it was not only unlimited, but kept archives FOREVER! This will be great for holding on to old video sessions which can easily be 200gb each.

Upload speed is also very important. I currently have around 3TB to upload so this process will take months on the fastest connection from home. When I set the Data De-Duplication to Minimal and Compression to Automatic, uploads now seem uninhibited by any Crashplan thresholds.

Also, I can’t afford to have the backup process slow down my work from home so the 2-5% CPU usage on my 2010 Apple Macbook Pro i7 is marginal and not really an issue. You can also limit CPU usage to a certain percent, but keeping it under 5 as it is, is fine. Also, you can limit upload rate when away and present on the machine for different speeds.

WreckingSpot.com – New Website Designed By TY THA ARTIST

February 27th, 2012 | By TY

Wrecking Spot Music Group

New Website Designed By TY THA ARTIST: WreckingSpot.com

Check out the website I did for the Los Angeles homie, Syphon, and his label, Wrecking Spot Music Group. Also, look out for his labelmate, Baby J, and his acting career.

Photoshop Touch leaked for iPad 2

February 26th, 2012 | By TY

photoshop touch

So Apple slipped up and accidentally launched the new iPad 2 version of Adobe Photoshop. The official launch is set for Monday. Does this mean ditch the full version I use for my business in Snow Leopard? I think not. Maybe for some fancy instagram flicks or anything for a blog could be useful, but any high res stuff just won’t have the performance from a tablet. Video cards and lack of RAM on iPads will keep this app to small casual web graphics in terms of performance.

The new Adobe Photoshop Touch app lets you quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more all from the convenience of your tablet.

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Main Features:

Layers
Combine multiple images with layers. Adjust layer order, control individual layer opacity, and move and manipulate layers independently.

Versatile image browsing and acquisition
Choose images from multiple sources, including social sites like Facebook, online image searches such as Google Image Search, or a live feed from your tablet’s camera — all directly within Adobe Photoshop Touch.

Sharing through Facebook
Entertain friends and family by easily sharing your new images on Facebook. See their comments right in Adobe Photoshop Touch.

Interactive tutorials
Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you’d like to achieve, and then follow step-by-step tutorial guides to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.

Selection tools
Scribble on the part of an image you want to keep, and then on the area you want to discard — Adobe Photoshop Touch magically does the rest. Other standard selection tools for extracting image elements are included.

Photoshop effects and filters
Apply popular Photoshop effects and filters to your entire composition, a particular layer, or a specific selection.

Filter brushes
Paint dazzling special effects onto your images using just your fingertip.

Edge-aware painting
Discover how precise painting with your fingers can be, using this option for auto-detecting where paint should stop. Easily add color or visual appeal right up to any object’s edge.

Refine Edge
Using just your fingertip, capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease as you combine items from different photos.

Tone and color adjustment
Apply precise tone and color adjustments to your entire composition, a particular layer, or a specific selection.

Photoshop compatible file format
Start brainstorming and creating in Photoshop Touch, and then access your artwork through Adobe Creative Cloud for further refinement in Photoshop on your Mac or PC.² Requires a downloadable plug-in for Photoshop CS5.

Integration with Adobe Creative Cloud
Easily access your files, or share with others, thanks to the ability to sync files to Adobe Creative Cloud.³

Concealed featured in CSUEB’s The Pioneer Newspaper

February 18th, 2012 | By TY

CSUEB Pioneer

Graduate Students Look to Make Movie Watching Interactive
By Lamonte Dewindt
Campus Editor

http://thepioneeronline.com/features/campus/2012/02/graduate-students-look-to-make-movie-watching-interactive/

Three graduate students at CSU East Bay are using a new technique of filming to give viewers an all-around movie experience as a part of their thesis project.

Mustafa Ebrahimi, 29, Martin Wood, 26, and Scott Fowler, 25, are filming a short movie called Concealed 360, which, as they put it, is an interactive film using 360-degree audio-visual exploration to show how one’s personal perspective affects their interpretation of narrative.

The idea for the video was Wood’s, as he has a background in filming music videos.

“I was thinking about Google Earth and how you could see whatever you want,” said Wood. “I was thinking, let’s take Google Earth and all that content around and make a movie out of it.”

Ebrahimi, Wood and Fowler said there is two parts to the movie, mainly the film and the interactive experience.

“Traditional films are shot with one camera and only showing what the director wants you to see,” said Ebrahimi. “Our film is [an] interactive shot with six cameras showing all of the 360-degree space, allowing the viewer to be able to pan around and choose their own content that they would like to see.”

Fowler, in the meantime, has been working on the script for the movie, which is about amateur drug trafficker Dillon Wagner, who emerges from a coma and tries to figure out how he ended up in a hospital.

In addition to his memory loss, he finds out that his closest friend and drug connection Joey Valeri was murdered. Not knowing why or by whom, Wagner desperately tries to piece together the last few days leading up to the murder.

The film will enable users to pan 360 degrees in a hexagonal format while taking in the action of each scene as it unfolds in order to solve the murder mystery.

“Viewers will sit down in a booth with a trackball next to you with three monitors and pan around and watch what you want to watch,” said Ebrahimi.

“It’s not just a movie, it’s also the experience when you watch it,” added Wood. “You almost direct your own movie when you watch it; when you’re looking at it, you get to pan around for whatever content you want to consume.”

The film itself has cost the students around $10,000 to $12,000. According to Ebrahimi, they have been paying for all expenses out of their own pockets since the start of the project in June 2010.

While having cameras that cover all angles of a scene has its advantages, there are some problems that may arise.

According to Wood, the cameras catch everything because they are wide angle, so sometimes the only way to get out of the shot is to hide behind a wall or even under the camera.

“We’ve had a couple of times where people tried to peek in and see what was going on and ended up being in the scene, so we had to work around that,” said Wood.

Wood, Ebrahimi and Fowler completed their undergrad at CSU Sacramento, San Jose State and CSU Northridge respectively, and — besides Fowler — were all Bay Area residents prior to attending CSU East Bay.

These students were featured on KRON4 recently and even have a website set up for those interested in Concealed 360.

“If you’re not watching the right content you’re going to miss out on the story,” said Wood.

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