4k Resolution and how its getting better

4k Resolution: What You Need To Know

One of the tech trends making waves in 2015 is the arrival of 4k resolution into the tech world. Everybody is talking about it. It is a piece of technology that will bring new dimension to the image quality you are used to. Production of 4K resolution does not start in 2015 but it seems to get the widespread earlier this year.

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What is 4K Resolution?

4K is made to deliver four times details, image clarity, and texture as 1080p Full HD. It shows finer details in terms of image clarity and have overall greater texture and much more smoothness than 1080p Full HD. 4K is simply a picture technology that is designed to deliver four times the pixels found in a full HD picture.

4K isn’t just making impact in TV and cinema world, but also making waves in cameras image, PC monitors, even on smartphones and tablets, it is practically going to make an impact on anything that ever displays images or records video. Most major TV giants are already rolling out 4K TV sets, Sony has released an impossibly slim Android TV, and Samsung released series of SUHD TVs while LG have OLED. All of them designed to entirely change the way you use to see images before now.

4K Really Set The Pace

Why like every other new invention, they are bound to be some detractors who will come up with some criticism, 4K is actually the bomb, it adds that extra resolution  to images to deliver more details , more depth and even more color resolution leading to your image looking much life-like. It makes it seems like you are seeing the whole thing as they happened in a clear bright weather.

If you need to see the wonders of 4K, check it out in on a very large screen and you will see how effective they can get.  Nonetheless, 4K resolution without any doubt brings a greater improvement to picture quality on any screen size however, if you desire to see the greater effect of this 4K resolution, buy a 65 inches television or higher and you will be truly amazed.

How To Get Greater Benefit From 4K Resolution

To get the best enjoyment and immersive experience from your 4K, you will need to adjust your sitting position closer to your screen than with HD TVs. Coming closer to the TV will help you to see and appreciate that extra resolution that is added to your image quality by the 4K. However, this does not imply that you cannot see still enjoy the impact of 4K if you sit a little far, you can still notice more depth, you will see the colors more rendered more smoothly and even the objects shown in the pictures will still look more solid and 3-dimensional.

Are There Cameras With 4K Resolutions?

Nowadays, you can get some powerful domestic cameras that can be able to effectively produce 4K image quality without you spending fortunes. Some of these cameras come in great price. An instance of these cameras is the new Sony FDR AX100 4k camcorder and the Panasonic DMC-GH4.

4K TVs and 4K Streaming

4K TVs support streaming but the older ones made especially in 2013 and those made before then cannot be able to handle Netflix’s 4K streams, this is because they won’t be able to properly decode the HEVC video format adopted by Netflix. Coming to the 4K TVs released in 2014, Toshiba and Philips are still unable to handle Netflix 4K streams.

4K TVs Broadband Requirements

Netflix recommended in their site that you will require a connection with 25Mbps minimum to be able to enjoy the streaming, however in reality, a minimum of 15Mbps is the minimum requirement. The only thing is that you need to keep the speed consistent at this level, if it gets lower, the picture will simply go back to HD mode.

 

4K digital films have the ability to be produced, scanned and even stored in other resolutions depending on what storage aspect ratio is used. see more here at epfilms for the best in 4k cameras

DRONES: The Top 3 To Buy

Where did drones come from?

The drone has been the reserve of the military with its use previously focused on reconnaissance operations. Drones then became a reserve of the industrial world and were used in areas that were impossible for humans to freely move (such as in deep caves and in space). Recently, this technology was quickly made commercially available. The main use of these drones is to shoot videos and take photos from humanly impossible angles.

Which Drones are Commercially Available?

1.Carbon Flyer

Just as its name suggests, this drone is made of Carbon Fiber. This unique property has given this drone the ability to be extremely tough. Dropping a drone will more or less lead to scratched surfaces, dented edges or outright loss of common functionality. It would take many careless to give it even the slightest of dents! The carbon fiber also allows this drone to be very light as Carbon fiber parts weigh a fraction of what normal steel or aluminum parts would.

Its shape is similar to that of a paper plane (literally) with two high power rotary propellers installed ¾ ways from the tip of the drone in both wings. The long-range Bluetooth feature provides you with a 240 feet radius within which you can control the drone.

The Carbon Flyer comes with a pre-installed 720P High Definition camera. LED running lights have been installed on the bottom of the drone to make it visible if you fancy shooting HD video at night. It is easily controlled using an android or Apple smartphone.

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2. Cmi

Pronounced as ‘See-me’, Cmi is the brain-child of a company called Polyhelo which was created by a former Planetary Scientist formerly involved with NASA in exploring our solar system called Mark Richardson. Mark’s and his staff’s, former experience has been directly infused into Cmi.

Cmi has been categorized as the first ‘network-controlled’ drone. This is because you control everything from a single app. It comes installed with a 1080p HD camera that is housed in the body of the drone. When it takes off, the camera is lowered from the bottom of the drone. It retracts back into the drone’s body just before it lands.

It is small enough to fit in a normal camera bag. The legs that hold the propellers (there are 6 of them) are easily detached from the drone.

Cmi provides you with a number of flight modes which include:

  • Pano (Panoramic view) – This mode causes Cmi to hover in one spot while turning at the same time to capture some really nice panoramic photos.
  • Follow – This mode causes Cmi to fly in the direction that you are moving in. This is made possible by the use of a GPS tracking device that is wearable and comes bundled with the drone.
  • Orbit – It is capable of orbiting either clockwise or anti/counter-clockwise!
  • Manual control – If you don’t fancy automation, this mode is included just for you.

3. Plexidrone

Developed in-house by DreamQii Robotics, the Plexidrone is no less than a game changer. It is incredibly easily to use and is usually ready for lift off in less than 1 minute after receiving your package! This is because the drone comes with parts that are assembled by snapping them together. Anyone can do this.

It comes with a hard-shell bag that is used to house the drone. You carry this as a back pack and go anywhere and everywhere with your drone.

With the inclusion of clips known as Pay-load clippers, you can easily mount any other gadgets, apart from a camera to the Plexidrone in just a few seconds.

To push the innovation even further, the Plexidrone has landing gears that are, amazingly, retractable! This means that your shots will be completely unobstructed. It also comes with the follow me feature.

You can control several Plexidrones using the same app at the exact same time. This is a completely new technology that’s been dubbed ‘Swarm Technology.’

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Summary

In the words of Mark Richardson, with a drone you can, “Take photos of yourself, the environment, and just enjoy yourself while letting your imagination go wild.”

 

 

 

VIRTUAL REALITY

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What is Virtual Reality?

To put it simply, Virtual Reality, commonly referred to as ‘VR’, is the use of a device or devices to trick your mind into believing that you are in a completely new environment away from where you actually are. Virtual Reality devices take advantage of your sight to replace your current environment and fully ‘immerse’ you into another and completely different environment. This might be in the form of a game, movie, training simulation, or other imagined environments.

Where is Virtual Reality Used?

The concept of Virtual Reality has been one that has been around for quite a while. This concept has been used by the defense forces in the form of Flight Simulators to help train pilots on how to fly fighter jets, eject from the jets in case of an emergency, and how to shoot using the on-board weaponry without actually using a real fighter jet. This has been very efficient and has saved the Air Force hundreds of millions of dollars per jet that might have been lost in real life.

Where Does Virtual Reality Fit in Today?

Virtual Reality has made its debut into the modern consumers’ entertainment options in the form of Virtual Reality headsets. Various companies have taken up this concept from the Air Force and have developed their own versions of the VR experience.

To better simulate the imagined environments, most companies have employed the concept of the ‘headset’. This is the use of a wearable device that completely covers the eyes to ensure that all existing surroundings do not interfere with the process of simulating the new environment.

Which VR Headsets Are Currently Available?

Virtual Reality headsets are distinctly categorized into 2 main groups. These are:

  1. Accessory VR Headset.

With the increasing complexity and processing power of our smartphones, the introduction of this category of VR headsets has been relatively smooth. This VR headset works by connecting your smartphone into the headset and the phone’s screen works as the screen and the phone’s hardware is used as the Virtual Reality engine to simulate the environment that you’d want to experience.

The most prominent brands in this category include:

  • Google Cardboard and
  • Samsung’s Gear VR.
  1. Standalone VR Headset

This VR Headset category is the real deal! These headsets are built with the main goal of providing you with the most realistic virtual environment simulations possible.

To ensure that you get to experience a world that’s extremely different from your own, these headsets come with built in, top-of-the-shelf, bells and whistles. These include:

  • A built in screen (instead of using a smartphone screen as the screen)
  • A gyroscope and accelerometer. These ensure that your physical motion is tracked and depicted as accurately as possible in the projected environment.
  • Stereoscopic Lenses. These help your eyes focus on the images displayed on the built in screen (stereoscopic images). This is because our eyes aren’t that good at focusing on images displayed too close to them.

Examples of Standalone VR Headsets are:

  • HTC Vive, and
  • Sony Morpheus.

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The Reality

Apart from the Google Cardboard, VR Headsets do not fall in the category of ‘cheap’. If you can appreciate or down-right want to experience a new ‘reality’, then try out any of the currently available VR Headsets and get ready to be transported to a completely unfamiliar world.

Advantages of HD

Key Advantages Of HD Over 4K Resolution

There are so many variations in the world with regards to resolution and it can be confusing most of the times. Two options that are heavily being sold in the market would come in the form of HD and 4K technology. These are the two prominent options at this point in time, yet there are debates all over the place with regards to which one is the best. Let’s answer this question once and for all. Which one is the best out of these two for those who are trying to figure out what path to go in? Let’s take a glance at the ins and outs of each.

Pros Of HD

Let’s begin with the pros of HD and why it tends to win over 4K for now.

It begins with the content that is available with regards to what is being offered in HD. This is important for those who are not going to be creating their own content all the time and will be watching other works.

If that is the case, HD is the way to go as it has a far more established content base that is always growing as time goes on.

HD is also cost-efficient with regards to the prices that are being offered and this matters to those who are on a budget.

Pros Of 4K

Let’s not leave 4K behind in this discussion and see what positives it has to offer in this regard for those who are unaware.

The main positive will be the crisp image and all the value that it has to add in this regard. There is no doubting the quality of the image. It is crisp, clearer, and downright purer with regards to the value it provides.

4K is also the way of the future and is going to become the HD of today in 3-4 years.

Cons Of HD

Are there cons associated with HD? Yes, it is going to fade out soon enough as most technologies do. If they didn’t, the world would still be watching black and white content. It has to happen.

HD is also not the ‘cool’ thing at this point in time and that is going to matter to some who are particular about what the are putting in their house and/or studio.

You want something that is modernistic and that is certainly not going to be HD, which is lagging behind now with its coolness.

4K is definitely winning over in this regard.

Cons Of 4K

4K has its own cons and those have to be pointed out right away as well.

This is expensive and it is as simple as that. Those who have the money to spend can go down this path, but those who don’t are not going to feel the value is worth it at that price point.

It is also not going to be noticeable at a certain distance. They all look the same from specific distances, but 4K becomes clearer the closer you get. This is something that has to be noted.

If you are sitting 10-12 feet back, it is the same for both and that has to be understood. It is important to understand what you are going to be doing with the technology and then moving forward or you could end up wasting money in general.

It is also important to note 4K technology is still laying its foundation down with regards to interconnectivity with other devices and that is always tough to deal with. You don’t want to go around buying adapter all the time and that is going to get annoying in a hurry. It is essential to understand this reality as well before making the purchase of a video camera

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Concluding Thoughts

At the end of the day, the positives showcase that HD is the way to go at this point in time. Sure, in the near future there is going to be a time where 4K will take over and that is fine. Indeed, the quality is ahead of what is being offered by HD, but that is something that is not going to be happening in the near future.

Therefore, HD is the way to go.

Enhanced Viewing Experience with the Samsung SUHD TV

No CES event would be complete without the new TVs introduced to the whole world. In the CES 2015 held in Las Vegas, several major companies revealed their new take on consumer TVs, including LG, Sony, Sharp, Philips, Panasonic, Haier, Roku and Samsung. All of them are offering 4K Ultra HD TV. But Samsung wouldn’t settle for anything less than wowing consumers with their SUHD TV, with the S making a mark of superiority. Call it Super, Slim or what have you, but Samsung’s SUHD TV is the best of their TV products yet.

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In this Samsung SUHD TV review, you will know what makes this entertainment gadget a cut above the rest.

The premium TV line from Samsung features three series with screen sizes that range from 48 inches up to 88 inches. It may not be as huge as other brands’ 105-inch display, but the features will make all the difference.

Design 

Several TVs presented in CES 2015 isn’t just your typical wide and flat-screen display, but with a slightly curved form. In the Samsung series, all JS9000 models are curved and have a shirring design on the back. This gives the gadgets that soft, textured feel. The JS9500 models boasts of a full-array LED backlights with local dimming. It also features Samsung’s Chamfer bezel design.

New Technologies

  • Quantum Dot 

All of Samsung’s newly released TVs use quantum dot technology, which would make SUHD TV reviews quite fun and mind-blowing to read, especially now that most manufacturers will be using Quantum dots. What the technology does is expand the color options available by nearly 20% more than what is found in most existing TVs. Put it this way, if you are an artist, you will have thrice as much color to play with that will surely make your day.

  • Tizen 

Tizen is an open-source OS designed for devices of all areas, mobile, wearable, etc. While it didn’t catch on in smartwatches and smartphones, it certainly found a home on TVs, and Samsung has replaced its smart TV interface for the Tizen OS platform. As you will find out on this SUHD TV review, the operating system is quite impressive. It provides a user-friendly platform and allows for an almost instantaneous switch from one app to another. It is also responsible for the instant second-screen and content sharing function when combined with Bluetooth Low Energy.

Tizen will power all of Samsung’s TV in 2015, which means changing the way some older models looked and the software used.

  • High Dynamic Range 

High Dynamic Range or HDR is the key to providing bright and vibrant images. It also creates a greater contrast between dark and light. During the CES 2015, Samsung’s SUHD TV played short clips of Exodus and Life of Pi that were specifically mastered in 4K UHD and in HDR. If watching movies in 4K is already amazing, imagine what the presence of HDR can do to your viewing experience.

Bottom line

Taking into consideration all of its features, the SUHD TV from Samsung, definitely deserved to be dubbed as super. It is safe to say that up and coming SUHD TV reviews are likely to have nothing but praise for this new entertainment gadget. With this gadget, less is definitely more. Despite only a size of up to 88 inches, Samsung’s SUHD TV definitely packs a punch.

 

 

 

Dell release the new XPS 13

What the Dell XPS 13 Has to Offer

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Back in 2013, the future of Dell seemed uncertain and the company appeared as though it is losing its hold on the PC market. But in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 held in Las Vegas, Dell showed the world that they still got it, what with the awards they received for the many PC and tablets they presented. One of these is the Dell XPS13, which is actually a small powerhouse full of surprises. In this Dell XPS13 review; you will be acquainted with what could be the next in demand product in the market.

Pros

  • Compact and small
  • Better battery life
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not as light

Bottom line

Anyone who is looking for a laptop that is small as a tablet but allows the same level of productivity as a regular laptop would be very happy about this new product from Dell. As what one of these Dell XPS13 reviews will show, it has the body of an 11-inch laptop but with a 13-inch display. Unbelievable? You better believe it.

Design

Compact and light is what the Dell XPS13 is all about. It might not have the distinction of being the lightest, but it is very handy and mobile just the same. After all, it has the body of an 11-inch laptop. It could be the smallest 13-inch notebook, however. How did Dell managed to squeeze in all 13 inches inside 11 inches? It owes its ingenious concept to a nearly bezel-less display, which is unlike other laptops with thick bezels that surround the display. In fact, the buffers space of the XPS 13 is just 5 mm wide.

The rest of its design is pretty much the same as its predecessor as shown through its carbon fiber weave and aluminum skeleton. If you already own an Ultrabook, it would be hard to tell them apart.

Specifications

The gadget is equipped with a 13-inch UltraSharp Quad HD+ (3200×1800) touch display with an option for a 400-nit, 3,200 x 1,800 display, 5th Generation Core processors, SSD drives and power optimization features that gives the laptop up to 15 hours run time, without the need for the Dell Power Companion and at a single charge. Although there are improvements, most of the features are similar to the company’s flagship Ultrabook. But, as this Dell XPS 13 review would show, it all goes down to the display size.

As for the 15-hour battery life, it is achievable if you lower the screen’s resolution option to 1080p. Combined with an optional battery that you plug into the power port, you can use the laptop for 7 hours more.

All things considered the Dell XPS 13 is quite an impressive piece of equipment. When more people starts using it, there are sure more Dell XPS 13 reviews to follow that will help consumers make an informed decision on whether or not they should buy it. This machine has a starting price of $800.

Not to worry, Dell has made some updates on their mid-range Inspiron line, giving you more options to choose from. The Inspiron 23 all-in-one and mid-level Inspiron 15 5000 series, for example, each got a motion-sensing 3D Intel RealSense camera, a feature that seems to be found on a lot of PCs introduced at the CES 2015. The XPS 15 did not actually get a major upgrade, just a new 4K screen option that you can enjoy for a starting price of over $2,000.

 

 

 

Great Films On Low Budget

Making a great movie actually requires you to spend lot of money, if you are planning to make your step into Hollywood as a producer then you must save up a lot because film production is a serious stuff, however, since you are reading this article; chances that are you want to make a good movie on low budget and that’s what this article is going to teach you; how you can get the resources and the planning you need to make your first movie.

Making movie on a shoestring budget will not get you anything like the “Terminator” or “The Expendables”—- you know what I mean, you can’t make a Hollywood blockbuster on a shoestring budget, but with right guidance and good planning, you can be on your way to make a movie you can be proud of; A movie that can showcase you as a talented producer.

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Here are some things you need to know on how to make a great film on low budget

Planning

Making a movie can be quite a difficult task and as such it needs meticulous planning in order to produce a good work. Given that you don’t have enough fund therefore there should be no room for an error due to lack of planning, as a director of your own movie, planning helps you out to make an effective decision. To make a good plan, write down your ideas of your film, organize it, write how you plan to achieve them and the money to spend on each project— An effective planning will ease your film making process.

Find A Good Writer

Your scripts is what makes the difference between a good movie and a bad one, find a good writer who charges low fee to write your scripts. This can be a very challenging task given that most good writers charges really high, but trying out good writers in  early years of their career can help you cut cost.

Camera/Camcorder

Well you can’t make a film without a good camera, however good cameras are hard to find especially when you are on a low budget. You can hire the camera you need from a good studio; most studios will allow you to hire their camera for a small token. Another option for a good camera/camcorder is to look for a cheap one; Panasonic HX-WA10 can be a good camera with low fee you can begin with. Even if you are going for a good camera, remember not to waste all your money on camera, there are still things you need to take care of. You probably don’t require an ultra high definition camera unless you are a serious professional filmmaker.

Cast

Now getting people to feature in your film will be another uphill task as most established professionals will likely request huge pay to compensate for their time and talent, to cut cost in choosing your cast; find new talents that are eager to showcase what they got, they will probably not demand for money as they will be doing it for the experience and for reference purposes. Another way to overcome paying too much for cast is tapping talents from the list of your friends; they will probably be much happy to it for free.

Locations

This is one of the facts you bear in mind in your planning stage, considering that you are on budget, you will need to look out for scripts with realistic settings like parks, and other places nearby; places that you can actually afford.

Editing `

Editing of the movie to make it perfect usually requires some type of skills, but of course you can do it on your own, there are software’s that you can buy over internet which you can use to give your movie a professional edge. You can train yourself to use this software with training videos you can easily download from YouTube for free. If you don’t need the hassles of learning the skill, you can hire a freshly university graduate with the skills for your editing or look for editors at freelancing sites.

Some great movies have been shot on a great budget, if the planning and concept is good, you won’t even know it is done on shoestring budget. To make a great film just requires adequate planning with good camcorder and talented cast.