Technology & Computing

Ray Tracing has always produced the most spectacular results of all CGI techniques. We've all seen those images of chrome balls on chess-boards, with every reflection - even between multiple balls - faithfully rendered. And "rendered" is the important word here, because, until now, real-time ray tracing on anything other than a supercomputer has been impossible.
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Awareness of 4K video has reached motherboard manufacturers as Gigabyte announces their first motherboards that support a 4K output.
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Is the future of the camera industry in the hands of the tablet makers? The recent rash of low-cost, powerful tablets like the Google Nexus 7 brings unheard-of power that will transform the way we relate to our cameras
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LED lighting in still photography and video is problematic because even though you can approximate a white-looking light, there are gaps in the spectrum that can leave some colours under-illuminated
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At RedShark, we're technology junkies. And one area that's really providing us with some thrills at the moment is motion capture - not using expensive motion capture suites, but everyday devices like the Microsoft Kinect.
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Solid State drives have plummeted in price over the last year - more than 50% in some cases, and there's no telling whether this trend will stop. We test a high-performance but affordable system with an SSD media drive
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Part 2 of our investigation into whether we can ever get good colour from modern lighting
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LED lighting seems to have everything going for it: low power consumption, less heat, and a long lifespan. But there's a catch.
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Gary Hango, an expert in video effects and processing, is also an enthusiastic Lightworks user. In part 2 of this series, he introduces the language Lightworks uses to create video effects, and shows how you can write your own.
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Fifteen years ago, audio over the Internet was broadcast - and stored - as RealAudio. For those of us listening in over dial-up or downloading one-minute clips, it was an unexceptional entry into the world of new media. Kieron Seth  wonders what will happen to our soon-to-be outdated media files.
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Putting things back into focus is one of those things that always seemed destined to be just a dream. Wouldn't it be great if - after the shoot - you could just tweak something and your images would look sharp and crisp - just as if they'd been photographed properly in the first place?
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