zondag 30 november 2008

Van Gogh style Counterstrike map

Interactive Video Object Manipulation

Een project van Adobe samen met de University of Washington. Interactieve object manipulatie in een videobestand, heel indrukwekkend, met een paar klikken met de muis effecten bereiken die vaak uren kosten in programma's als adobe after effects!

Interactive Video Object Manipulation from Dan Goldman on Vimeo.

maandag 3 november 2008


DoodleBuzz is a new way to read the news through an experimental interface that allows you to create typographic maps of current news stories.

DoodleBuzz - work in progress from Brendan Dawes on Vimeo.

EDIT: And another news reading interface: Spectra Visual Newsreader

donderdag 30 oktober 2008

Microsoft Popfly

Popfly is the fun and easy way to build and share mashups, gadgets, and Web pages. It’s made up of online visual tools for building Web pages and mashups and a social network where you can host, share, rate, comment and even remix creations from other Popfly users.

I thought Pipes was already pretty cool, Popfly seems to take it to another level as you are able to create all kinds of stuff including games. The mashup editor looks good btw, have not tried to build a 'game' yet though. It seems to be really suited towards the non-technical user, i.e. the possibilities are maybe somewhat limited. But who knows you might be able to create a really great game :)

Overview of things that are possible

woensdag 8 oktober 2008


What started out as an assignment for the course Multimedia Authoring is now evolving more and more into a real usable product: Our (Timen and mine) PowerRail application. Driven by papervision3d and xml, our application delivers a versatile "railed" 3d presenting tool.

The main goal of our project is to create a way to present content of different natures, such as a educational presentation, a portfolio presentation or a 3d art exposition for example. We are still experimenting with different features to include in the program such as images, text, 3d models and video's. We have created some demo's to showcase the possibilities of our program.

We would appreciate it very much if you guys could take a look at it and maybe share some of your idea's / comments about this project with us!




ps. Coming wednesday we are presenting powerrail at the Creative Interactive Computing Symposium in Twente, Hotel Drienerburght! Very exciting!

dinsdag 7 oktober 2008


When I stumbled upon this I couldn't resist posting it here:
SourceBinder is (as they describe it on their site) "a node-based visual framework for easy prototyping and real-time tuning of Flash based visual applications."

For an example see here and be amazed....

The project is currently in private alpha, but their previous project FlashFilterLab seems like a previous version of SourceBinder.

maandag 6 oktober 2008

Korsakow system

Today I was reading about The Moving Image Lab workshop from mediamatic and the tools they are planning to use. Apparently there is a free tool available to create interactive films:

The Korsakow System is an easy-to-use editing software which allows you to publish interactive films on- and offline.

Korsakow-Films are films with a twist

They are interactive - the viewer has influence on the film.

They are rule-based - the author decides on the rules scenes relate to each other, he does not create a fixed order.

They are generative - the order of the scenes is calculated while the viewer looks at a Korsakow-project.

Korsakow-projects can only be viewed on a computer. They are delivered via internet-streaming, DVD-Rom or CD-Rom.

woensdag 1 oktober 2008

Yahoo Pipes

Maybe this is old news, but I wanted to show it to you anyway. Yahoo pipes:

Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.

If you want to know more about how to create pipes check out this video:

vrijdag 26 september 2008

Wario Land Shake It Ad

Very original advertisement for the Wii game "Wario Land Shake It". Highly recommended to watch!


woensdag 24 september 2008

Interactive comedy: 'The Act'

Recently I stumbled upon a recent example of an interactive video. The Act was supposed to be an arcade game, but (sadly) is unreleased. The gameplay basically consists of turning a knob (!) to influence what happens in a scene. The game features hand-drawn art by former Disney animators.

Anyway, you can view an example below:

woensdag 17 september 2008


This is the video I was talking about earlier today:

The software I was trying to explain is Anime Studio Pro (how could I forget ;)
If you like you can also check out the other videos from Utrecht School of the Arts / Art, Media & Technology.

dinsdag 9 september 2008

Interactive Video of a(-) typical Design Process / Brain Dump

Hey all,

It might well be the case that I will be there tomorrow, at MMA, due to some rescheduling of the appointment I had.

I just got to thinking about the suggestion AE made again, about creating an interactive video as a "Making of...". If I will be able to pick up a camera somewhere, and find some spare time, I'd like to try and make a "making of" the Broad Dikes videoclip (and just for you leechers, this has nothing to do with interaction between females).

Let's see what Friday will bring, as PV will brief us on an illustration and possibly animation job, as to know if I will have some time to work on the above.

Feeling the need to clear my head of all the different, but fun, stuff I am involved in, I might start posting on the blog more often. Lots of "if..."'s and "might..."'s!


maandag 1 september 2008

Wii mote as MIDI controller/music interface

Today I stumbled upon an article in Shook magazine that briefly mentioned the wii mote as a music software controller. Apparently the wii mote is an excellent way to control music software. I thought this might be interesting for the people experimenting with the wii mote at the VU. There are many sources available but here are some of the ones I found interesting:

Osculator + Kyma (background info here)
Osculator wii mote manual
Ableton Live + wii mote (there are many youtube videos actually about this subject)

woensdag 4 juni 2008

Interactive Video on YouTube?

Finally, a blog post! This video claims to be the first interactive video on YouTube:


It uses what has been dubbed "annotations" (which is a strange name from my point of view), as described on http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=92710.



P.S. Am I the only one getting the feeling the ICQ folks must have had when MSN came up with Messenger? :-)

donderdag 24 april 2008

Adobe TV

This may be a little off-topic, but since you are also doing video productions and whatnot this might be interesting. Steve Homes shows how to create a 3D scene from a (flat) photoshop file in after effects. Also in the same scene, instead of using the particle system he uses dots (from a font) to create the effect of fireflies flying around. I think this is very cool, especially the 3d scene and the light/shadows. There are also other videos on the site that show new creative techniques. Enjoy.

woensdag 9 april 2008

Balance of the Planet

For the last few days I've been reading some articles about serious games and I came across a game called "Balance of the Planet". It reminded me of the initial Clima Futura idea. Check out the guy who made the game back in the early 90's:

Also a remake of the game is being developed. I tried this remake and it's actually quite boring, but all the formulas being used might be interesting.

Magic Pen

More fun with physics by drawing:


dinsdag 8 april 2008

Physical Exercise?

Switching to English, I'll really try to stop posting this much, at least for now. Two nice examples of a fun, easy-to-use and possibly educational (rather simple) way of introducing physics and related solutions to problems:

Crayon Physics (Deluxe)

Website: http://kloonigames.com/crayon/
Example video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsTqspnvAaI

Phun - The 2D Physics Sandbox (thanks Steve!)

Website: http://phun.cs.umu.se/wiki
Example video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H5g9VS0ENM



Papervision Paperplane

Leuk gebruik van customization en Papervision op:




maandag 7 april 2008

dinsdag 18 maart 2008

I do (not?) believe in Global Warming

Hey allemaal,

Het volgende filmpje behoeft, lijkt mij, geen commentaar:


Groetjes, en voor sommigen van jullie, tot morgen,


donderdag 13 maart 2008

Interessant nieuws: Youtube stelt zijn database open

AMSTERDAM - Gebruikers van Youtube zijn niet langer gebonden aan de mediaspeler die de populaire videosite aanbiedt. Het bedrijf heeft zijn platform opengesteld voor websitebouwers, die rechtstreeks kunnen putten uit de database van Youtube. Zo kunnen ze hun eigen videosite bouwen.


--> Dit is erg interessant voor het maken van een (interactieve) video-website, omdat het nieuwe mogelijkheden biedt voor het opslaan van video's bij YouTube (zonder de player te hoeven embedden).

De API's bevinden zich hier: http://code.google.com/apis/youtube/overview.html

dinsdag 11 maart 2008

Braindump continued...


Nog twee voorbeelden, de eerste speciaal voor Winoe:

Japandering: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zb6fKHYCwA&feature=dir

Tormenting Telemarketeers (vooral wat betreft animatie): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAwnJDWF3Mc&feature=dir

En dan, de clip die ik voor Visual Design heb rondgestuurd vorige week, en graag bij IMM ook wil laten zien; mijn favoriete user-created muziek video:

Venetian Snares - Szamar Madar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rjyVF6a4xo

Groetjes, en tot snel,



...klinkt als respiratie, en transpiratie.

Hey allemaal,

Bij deze, op verzoek wat links naar materiaal dat (een aantal) van ons kan helpen bij de animatie-opdracht. Soms schik ik wakker en vraag me af hoe we dit gaan redden, danweer realiseer ik me dat dit voor een aantal van ons (weer!) iets is waar ons hart ligt, en wat we dus hoe dan ook tot een goed einde gaan brengen.

Dus bij deze, ter inspiratie (!), en om mijn interesses te delen:

Wojtek Wawszczyk, Drzazga (Splinter): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDXzpoJJgU0&feature=related

Wojtek Wawszczyk, Headless: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTrFsWgI-6g&feature=related

Jan Lenica, Dom (House): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9M8AkOYyTU

Jan Lenica, Labirynt (The Labyrinth), Deel 1/2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1cZiyO-No4

(En natuurlijk) Terry Gilliam, Storytime: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KUqHzk26kI

Thies Baert, Underground: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZwTs2U70zc

Brian Gubicza, Goobeetsa.com: http://goobeetsa.com/



donderdag 6 maart 2008

dinsdag 4 maart 2008

Prodigize this?


Ter ontspanning na de gedachtenwisselingen van vandaag, en in lijn met de "-ize this"-gedachte:


In het slechtste geval luister je goede muziek (statement detected, spam me maar).

Dank voor de heldere uiteenzettingen vandaag, en tot snel,


maandag 3 maart 2008

Serious Games Taxonomy

Ben Sawyer en Peter Smith hebben op de Serious Games Summit GDC een presentatie gehouden over een Serious Games Taxonomy.

In this presentation, Sawyer and Smith will present a complete overview of their Serious Games Taxonomy 1.0, providing not only a stronger definition of the serious games field, but also presenting a platform upon which to drive further activity and understanding of serious games, including market opportunities, research requirements, advocacy, criticism, and more. Feedback from the audience will be used to drive refinements to the work prior to publishing it formally.

De .pdf van de presentatie is hier te vinden: http://www.dmill.com/presentations/serious-games-taxonomy-2008.pdf

Story and Simulations for Serious Games

Vandaag kwam ik dit boek tegen:

Story and Simulations for Serious Games: Tales from the Trenches

Misschien is het bruikbaar bij het maken van een goed verhaal voor Clima Futura (als daar nog behoefte aan is). Hieronder staat de beschrijving.

How to create a simulation where participants have a sense of freedom and personal control while still maintaining the structure necessary for an effective story is a difficult task indeed. This book examines how to create an engaging, effective story (necessary to teach participants), while relating practical considerations of building a simulation. It also looks at stories as classic ways of teaching and gathering knowledge and considers other theories of interactive narrative design such as synthetic story creation and management and participant-generated story experiences. It also discusses enabling technologies in artificial intelligence, synthetic characters design and development, speech recognition technology, 3D modelling, and the future of story-driven games. Story Driven Simulations reviews the existing efforts in this field as well as focusing on the recent efforts of Paramount Pictures and The Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, where this expert author team created successful simulations for the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, as well as other educational simulations.

*Learn to create a new kind of gaming experience that will broaden the audience for entertainment games and simulations by engaging game users at an emotional rather than a purely visceral level.

*Learn to engage players in more memorable, effective experiences that can deal with far more complex and demanding skills such as management, leadership and crisis decision-making.

*Features a unique mix of theory and application providing practical advice using real-world examples from recent military research and development projects

vrijdag 29 februari 2008

vrijdag 15 februari 2008

Rechtenvrije video / audio

Ik post even wat andersoortige links, namelijk websites waar (meestal) rechtenvrij materiaal te vinden is. Handig voor video & audio, als je geen rechtenproblemen wilt riskeren (alhoewel voor commercieel gebruik soms toestemming nodig is of de maker genoemd moet worden).

Video material
-http://www.archive.org (different licenses)

-http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/ (Creative Commons; attribution / if uncredited ~$20 per track)
-http://www.simuze.nl (Creative Commons, verschillende licenties)
-http://www.musopen.com/view.php (Public domain / attribution for commercial use)
-http://www.loganlproductions.com/pmp.html/ (Creative Commons; attribution)
-http://www.ghostnotes.blogspot.com/ (Permission needed)
-http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/free.html (non-profit use, attribution)

Sound Effects
-http://www.grsites.com/sounds/ (Irritante popups, veel SoundFX)
-http://xiwav.free.fr/Samples/ (Samples)
-http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/ (Samples) - thanks Marek

-http://www.sxc.hu/ (registratie nodig) - thanks Wouter


Deze was ik nog vergeten,


Heel veel links

Goeie dag heren,Hierbij mijn eerste bericht. Ik heb hieronder een aantal links vermeldt die zeker de moeite waard zijn om te checken. Veel plezier met ze, en tot snel partners.
  • www.gotoandlearn.com - bevat allerlei interessante videotutorials
  • fleksray.org - flex componenten, skins, etc
  • flexbox.mrinalwadhwa.com - nog meer flexcomponenten
  • dougmccune.com/blog/2007/11/03/coverflow-flex-component/ - coverflow source
  • www.noob.us/entertainment/amazing-digital-surround-sound-virtual-barbershop/ - echte 3d sound, je moet het wel met oordopjes beluisteren
  • www.jamesward.org - adobe data service goeroe
  • labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Thermo - adobe Thermo
  • bugs.adobe.com/jira/secure/Dashboard.jspa - adobe bug system
  • flex.org - adobe blog, voor posten van projecten
  • blogs.adobe.com/collabmethods/2007/10/wow_what_a_great_turn_out.html - video presentation van adobe hosted services
  • blogs.adobe.com/collabmethods/ - collaborative methods blog

Hopelijk hebben jullie er iets aan, en mocht ik nog andere interessante dingen tegen komen zet ik ze op het blog. Succes.


maandag 28 januari 2008

Gaming/learning symposium

Om de radiostilte hier maar weer eens te verbreken:


Misschien een interessant symposium over gaming & learning... (in Delft)