August 18th, 2017

We made it everybody!

Friday! Huzzaaaah!

And now: some videos.

Helium Beer Test | Short Version with English Subtitles

Yes. There is a beer that’s carbonated using Helium. (“heliumated?”)

And this video, hoooo boy, is funny!

How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer

“We provide you with the winning formula that turns any trailer into the blockbuster smash hit of the season it was meant to be.”

Presented by Auralnauts, who have been featured here before.

Making the rounds (ish.)

Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync from Audio

There have been a few stories and videos making the rounds lately about the technology used to fabricate video or audio of fake statements.

This is the most impressive one in my opinion. It can generate video based solely on audio source alone. I’d say it’s something like 90% accurate looking. In a few years this could be a really interesting tool, specifically in film post production.

Milky Shot

This was described to me by a few people as “a commercial” but it’s not. I guess it is…? It promotes “Strauss”, makers of the “Milky” line of dairy confections.

A weird, weird little film.

Bonus Video!

Cute Caique Parrot Bird Silly Walk

Cute Caique Parrot Bird Silly Walk

[self explanatory]

I wish there were a translator for what this bird is thinking in this video. Hilarious.

And there you go! Your Friday, alllll video’d up!

See you all in seven days.

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August 11th, 2017

It is Friday once again!

Did this week go fast for you? No? Just me? Anybody? No?

To the videos!!

Ants in my Eyes Johnson w/drums

Another great drum interpretation of a non-musical work, which also seems to lend it musical qualities! Really cleverly executed. This guy has pretty amazing chops as well.

Also: I love Rick and Morty. (Which this clip is from.)

Before You See DUNKIRK: How To Play A Giant 70mm IMAX Film

“Learn how the 70mm IMAX film projection system works. Think all they do is put in a DVD and press play? Think again.”

Seriously! I was unaware of how long the threading process is for this ginormous projector system.

Anime Baseball

Provided with zero context. Created by Corridor Digital.

I like!

What if Michael Bay made Waffles?

“#FoodFilms reimagines recipe videos in the style of famous directors.”

Pretty great. 🙂

Bonus Video!

Frogs watching TV

[self explanatory]

Starting to make the rounds.

My cat doesn’t understand there are moving images on the screen. No idea why. Frogs > my cat.

And there you go! Happy Friday!

See you next week Friday peeps.

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August 4th, 2017

Auuuuuugust!

Already. And it’s Friday of course!

Who’s ready for some videos? Yes you are!

The Real Life Wiseguy Behind Goodfellas

An interview with Henry Hill, the real wiseguy from the book that inspired the movie Goodfellas. Some great interviews with the actors and others about the casting process.

Major Lazer: Know No Better

Major Lazer: Know No Better

An interactive video for Major Lazer’s new single. You simply click the screen to see the dream version or reality version.

A fun video!

Ancestor of Castella, Kasdos

a.k.a.: Castella Sponge Cake.

More info here. They look great!

h/t: The Kid Should See This.

3D printing a home for under $10,000

“This is the first residential house 3D-printed onsite with a mobile printer. It only took 24 hours and costs $10,134.”

Much more info here.

Bonus Video!

Operator Toll Dialing Instructions – 1949 Educational Documentary

“Bell System instructional film for telephone operators, showing how to perform dialing operations.”

All of this is performed by computers and network systems today.

Enjoy the rest of your fabulous Friday everybody!

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July 28th, 2017

Welcome back, Friday!

And farewell to July 2017. (snif!)

Videos! We got ’em.

Bec Hill translates “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien” (Edith Piaf)

“Need a beeeer… for my faaaaace…” Hilarious. Cleverly illustrated as well.

Bec Hill is an Australian YouTuber, and quite funny.

10 Songs You’ve Heard and Don’t Know the Name Of

[self explanatory]

Entertainingly presented by Brasilian YouTuber Vinheteiro. His other videos are also worth a peek. Very talented.

See an Apocalyptic World Envisioned in Miniature

“Nix + Gerber, the duo of Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, are miniature diorama artists who have collaborated for 14 years. They specialize in creating post-mankind settings, where buildings are crumbling and ‘nature takes back some of the spaces.’ In this wonderful and fun artist profile short documentary by filmmaking duo The Drawing Room, we meet these two compelling artists with a keen eye for the details that makes their art come to life.”

The incredible attention to detail in this work is breathtaking. Beautifully done. And they seem like pretty cool people too!

You Know it’s a Christopher Nolan Film IF…

Sort of self explanatory. Created by ScreenPrism in the wake of Dunkirk 1st week promotion (it’s good! You should see it!)

A very in-depth overview of many, many aspects of what Christopher Nolan does when creating his stories, characters and shots. Really well made.

Bonus Video!

Full circle Rainbow

“A huge full circle rainbow was shot in the cabin of a crane in St Petersburg, Russia while construction crews work on the Lakhta Center skyscraper (462 m).”

This is a first for me. I’ve seen double rainbows. Never this. Pretty cool!

Have a great Friday, and an awesome final July weekend!

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July 21st, 2017

Friiiiii [inhale] Dayyyyy!

Yes.

And videos! Together at last!

Un albero un anno – One tree one year

“A “special” beech tree kept under observation for a whole year by a concealed eye, which never closes.

“Four seasons unfolding around a crossroad of smells, signals and messages left behind by the extraordinary wildlife of the Apennines.

“What you see here is just a small part of this incredible experience.”

Making the rounds, and beautiful.

Détour — A film by Michel Gondry

“Discover Détour, a film by Michel Gondry shot on iPhone. Follow the adventures of a small tricycle as it sets off along the French roads in search of its young owner.”

I still love Gondry’s visual style. Shot on an iPhone! (Though I suppose that isn’t such a big deal, the iPhone has a great camera in it.)

“Raiders of the lost Darth”. Movie Mashup.

A great mix of Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters, etc. Nicely done. Hurry before the lawyers cease and desist this one.

Rovos Rail, the most luxurious train in the world (Official)

This route runs through several destinations in South Africa. It looks really decadent and wonderful. (And, yes, slow, but still!)

Bonus Video!

Keaton Music Typewriter Demo

This was a device from 1936 (this video shows one from 1953,) which would allow the user to print out sheet music, one note, rest, clef at a time.

More info here.

You made it! We made it! Friday!

Enjoy your weekend everybody.

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July 14th, 2017

Who’s ready for some Friday Videos???

Yes you are! Yes you are!

Here we go

hi, i’m steve

An odd little animated short created by Bill Wurtz

UW researchers create realistic video from audio files alone

“In this example, the team created realistic videos of Obama speaking in the White House, using the audio file from a television talk show and during an interview decades ago.”

This is mind-blowing.

More info here. White paper on this research here.

MNSTWNSS (Two.H & Hiss) | Untitled

“Enjoy the Vice Grand Beatbox Battle Champ with his fresh new beats after his two year military break where he could bring his entire style to a whole new level.”

Beatbox battles. Now a thing. 🙂

Pretty great though!

Animal watching – Video installation on trees by Maizz Visual

“Video Installation presented at Marvin Festival 2017 which transformed the trees of Parque España, Mexico City, into huge 3D animal motion faces.”

Haunting and beautiful.

Bonus Video!

Lego Zoetrope Mechanical Animation Device

Brilliant! How has nobody thought to do this before?

And there you go!

Have a great, hot, enjoyable July weekend.

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July 7th, 2017

Happy belated Canada Day and Independence Day!

And welcome to the Friday Videos!

Here we go…

The Master Microfixer Teaching the World to Fix iPhones

“Using her background in molecular genetics, Jessa has pioneered a new form of board-level iPhone repair.

“She’s teaching the world to fix devices that no one, not even Apple, thought it was possible to fix.”

I find this fascinating. Now that iPhones and smartphones are the de-facto most common computing device in the world today, it makes sense that this is the new frontier in DIY electronics investigation. I have done this a couple times and I find the small scale daunting. But this is great stuff.

Dust & Grooves visits Third Man Records

“The shop that this year alone has brought us the world’s only operational recording booth, a direct-to-acetate live LP series, the Paramount Records Cabinet of Wonder and a titillating heat-sensitive 7?, Third Man Records and Novelties (to give it its full name) is without doubt the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory of record stores.

“Taking our Golden Ticket to the dream workshop for a look behind the scenes, we learn of Third Man’s 6 most precious new releases and discover a whole Lounge of mechanical amusements not seen anywhere since way before you were born.”

Dust and Grooves is a long-running blog (and published book) all about vinyl collecting.

Third Man Records is Jack White’s (of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, etc.) incredible record store and shrine to all things vinyl-disc-recorded.

Just great.

Questlove’s Food Salon Featuring Greg Baxtrom, Enrique Olvera, Michael Anthony, Mikiko Yui

“The Food Salon is held at Questlove’s home in the NY by Gehry building with panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Long Island Sound. The salon is a gathering of thought leaders in art, music, film, TV, and food. Questlove’s chef friends Greg Baxtrom , Enrique Olvera, Michael Anthony and Mikiko Yui discuss their ideas and philosophies about food and prepare one dish that represents a first course, second course, a third course, and a dessert.”

Questlove: expert drummer, musicologist, foodie.

There is, in fact, an entire channel on Vimeo for this stuff.

Just great.

When Americans Were Thrilled to Fly

“Back in the early 1980s I was doing a series of TV spots for United Technologies and I talked them into a documentary “real people” style. At the time, American airports were the greatest in the world and people saw Dulles Airport in Washington DC as the future. Everyone was thrilled to fly and felt that it was amazing to travel the world with such class and ease.”

Does anyone remember this? How vastly things have changed.

Bonus Video!

NY Times: How To Build An Igloo

NY Times: How To Build An Igloo

Shot in 360!

I know: It’s July. But still. I think it’s very cool.

And there they are. Alllll of your Friday Videos for July 7th, 2017.

Have a lovely (not-long :'( ) weekend.

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June 30th, 2017

Welcome back everybody!

Are you ready for a (hopefully long) weekend?

And… videos?

Here goes…

The Weeknd, Phil & Michael – They don’t care about the Starboy in the air

Created by YouTuber Zveki with absolutely no other information. Nicely done, sir.

Vox: Decoding the ancient astronomy of Stonehenge

Presented by Joss Fong while assembling a pretty badass scale model of the site.

time for sushi

A new and decidedly very weird video directed by David Lewandowski.

What is this I don’t even…

Who’s Who In The Movie Credits

“Have you ever sat through the end credits waiting for the post-credit teaser and wondered what exactly do all those people do? We’ll break down the positions in that sea of credits and explain who’s who on a major film production.”

This is informative, and entertaining.

Sent along by Kate S.Bonus Video!

Japan’s Yakuza: Inside the syndicate

“In 2011 a Belgian photographer was allowed entry into one of Japan’s Yakuza families. Over two years, he captured the lives of those living in the underworld.”

At a mere six minutes in length, this video is entirely too short.

Really interesting.

These have been your Friday Videos!

Have a happy July!

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June 23rd, 2017

Wellllcome! [thunder]

To the Friday Videos… AH HA HA HA HAAAA!

In June. Not Hallowe’en (got it!)

Here we go!

Mixed Reality – THEORIZ – RnD test 002

“Second test of our currently in research and development technology for audiovisual production, using in house tracking system (Augmenta) and Vive VR tracking technologies with real time video and projection mapping in space.”

“There is no post-production on this video.”

Created by a group called “THÉORIZ” who describe themselves as “a creative studio designing beautiful and unconventional experiences with cutting-edge technologies.”

Holy cow! This is some impressive tech. It would be amazing to see in person. Really well done.

WoodSwimmer

A new song by a band called “bedtimes“.

Although this looks like some kind of MRI scan of a log of wood, it’s actually a painstakingly animated film created via stop-motion.

Lots more information on it here.

Beautiful. Very creative. It’s also making the rounds.

h/t: Kottke

Oats Studios – Volume 1 – Rakka

“Rakka is the first short film from Oats Studios.”

They are being pretty cryptic about who they are but the rumor is that this studio is run by Neill Blomkamp (District 9.)

Making the rounds. Very well made.

Incredible team skipping challenge – Guinness World Records

“Fourteen young pupils from Fuji Municipal Harada Elementary School in Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan have turned a fun playground game into an official Guinness World Records title after achieving the Most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team.”

This is a crazy, mesmerizing thing to watch. 🙂 Crazy fast!

Bonus Video!

Life without Stuff

“In a world where seemingly mundane objects mysteriously vanish without warning, Life Without Stuff highlights (with astonishing scientific accuracy) what life would be like without stuff.”

Animated by Garth Lee. Funny! Simple.

Thanks for joining me on this week’s Friday Videos.

See you again in seven days!

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June 16th, 2017

It’s Friday everybody!

But hurry! Next week is officially Summer!!

And now: some videos.

La La Land Reimagined – The Fools Who Dream: Mixfilm

A pretty amazing remix / reimagining of La La Land featuring a very eclectic mix of “guest” characters. Well done.

Finger Kaleidoscope

Hands choreographed to the sounds of The Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down”

Really beautifully conceived.

Twelve Grades of “First Day” Interviews

“I interviewed my daughter on her first day of school since the 1st grade. Today [June 10, 2017 – ed.] she graduated from high school.”

It’s making the rounds but it’s sweet, so here it is in case you missed it.

Sent along by Alecia S.

Eclectic Method: The Fifth Element Remix

I’ve featured Eclectic Method here a few times. This one does not disappoint. At all.

Bonus Video!

Coming Soon: Tanja Hollander’s “Are you really my friend?”

“Tanja Hollander has spent the past three years traveling to and photographing each of her Facebook friends in their homes across the world.”

Note: she has 626 friends on Facebook. 🙂

This is quite the project! More info here. I find this interesting!

These are your Friday Videos.

Our transaction is complete.

Good bye! 😉

(until next week)

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