October 20th, 2017

Happy Friday everybody!

It is video time! 🙂

Ready? Ready!

The Escherian Stairwell

I won’t spoil it for you, but this is a great illusion.

More information here.

Audioslave “Be Yourself” a drum cover by Emily

“Hi, my name is Emily. I am 9 years old and this is my seventeenth video.”

Emily is no joke. This is a spectactular performance.

Roller Coaster India

Created by Yuribert Capetillo Hardy

“During my trip to Kolkata, India I could only think of one word: Roller Coaster.

“This film Rollercoaster is the visualization of my feelings, fears and emotions. And therefor probably not the same feelings other people will have while visiting this country.”

Very creatively edited.

The Making of Perceptual Shift

“1,252 black wood balls are used to create an illusion of an eye”

This is excellent.

Much more info here.

Bonus Video!

Iron Maiden-The Number Of The Beast (Bossa nova Version)

It kind of reminds me of this video from a few years back.

I hope you have a lovely, lovely weekend.

Happy Friday!

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October 13th, 2017

It is the thirteenth day of October, 2017…

and it is Friday, of course, and time for some VIDEOS!

So here we go…

The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words

From the Dutch TV show “Zondag met Lubach” (Sunday with Lubach) hosted and written by Arjen Lubach.

Funny!

You might also enjoy their YouTube Channel.

DJ Cummerbund – Houston & Sons

Whitney Houston + Mumford and Sons + Ke$ha + Hulk Hogan + + + + ?!?!

I’ve featured DJ Cummerbund here before. He’s still great.

Winners – Microscope Photos – 2017 Nikon Small World Contest

Mind-blowing as usual.

Lenny Calvin Creations: 3D Pumpkin Carving

This is not a new video but I had never seen it before.

Look at the work here! Crazy good.

These have been your Friday Videos!

Have a lovely weekend everybody…

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October 6th, 2017

Happy Friday!

Let’s get to the videos. All killer / no filler…

The Academic – Bear Claws (Live Looper Version)

“We created a first-of-its-kind Facebook Live performance of our latest single, ‘Bear Claws,’ using the audio/video time lag to create a mesmerizing visual loop sampler.”

This is, frankly, brilliant. And sort of mesmerizing.

h/t: kottke

TEENY WEENY CHALLENGE – How Small Can I Draw?!

Illustrator Kasey Golden draws the same image on smaller and smaller pieces of paper.

And I do mean smaller! Crazy.

CineFix: Top 10 Cinematographers of All Time

A really great collection, although I think their wish to cover the breadth of cinema history means we don’t see Vittorio Storaro, Michael Ballhaus, or Vilmos Zsigmund on this list. (Or Tak Fujimoto!)

Note my 70s-80s bias. 🙂

But still! Wonderful collection.

Wara Art 2017 Time-lapse

These are large-size sculptures made out of rice straw. The Wara Art Festival takes place every November in the Niigata Prefecture in Japan.

Much more information here.

And specifically more info on the Wara Art Festival here.

Bonus Video!

Blue Thinks the Moon is a Ball

Blue is a dog.

This video is everything this week.

I hope your Friday is fantastic, unlike much of the previous portion of this week.

Happy Friday, and have a great (long?) weekend.

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September 29th, 2017

Happy Friday!

It is time… for some videos! This week, dance appears to have been a theme.

Here goes…

ballet rotoscope

“This is an experimental video created by developing an animation technique called rotoscope. Rotoscope is usually a method of tracing the outline of a person to produce animation, but in this work it is a curve tracing exactly the movement of the ballerina shot and drawing a trajectory of dance from it using a computer.”

Just beautiful.

Created by “Euphrates”, who have a few other pretty great videos.

Who Invented Time?

“The origins of how we measure time can be traced back as far as 4000 years ago to the Sumerians who devised an accurate celestial calendar using the number 60.”

Drone Racer VS Roller Coaster / Nigloland

Caution: some sweeping motion going on here, so if you’re watching this on a large screen you… might want to be cautious.

Great shooting though. Really dynamic.

Winston

A poignant, haunting short animated film from Aram Sarkisian.

Check out his overall artworks. So good!

Bonus Video!

A Stroll In Paris

Only it’s not really a “stroll.” 🙂 Featuring talented dancers Kimberly Braylock and Anthony Spaulding from the San Francisco Ballet.

I love this. Spontaneous, graceful, but most importantly fun.

And there we go! Friday! Videos! Yes!

Have a lovely Friday everybody. See you next month.

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September 22nd, 2017

And so we bid farewell to Summer 2017

Welcome to a 90% music-related Friday Videos! Let’s get going…

AUTOMATICA 4k – Robots Vs. Music – Nigel Stanford

Mr. Stanford gets industrial robots to perform his latest track.

That would be an expensive tour. 🙂 Imagine the maintenance! “Bass player is down!” Pretty great little video though.

How Flea Plays Bass

Speaking of “bass player down”…

Perhaps especially if you are not a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this is one you should check out. The man is a monster.

Making the rounds.

Reminds me of this video I was sent last year promoting Fender basses. He’s fun to watch.

A masterpiece in the making – your Leica M10.

“The Leica M10 is built with our legendary passion for quality, precision, and perfection. It is exclusively manufactured by the highly-qualified specialists at our factory in Wetzlar, Germany.”

Yes, it’s basically an advertisement. But so well done.

Lego GTA

GTA as in: Grand Theft Auto

This has remarkably high production value!

From YouTuber (and, evidently, video post production guru) Nukazooka, whose other videos are certainly worth a look as well.

Bonus Video!

Making a Guitar | Handcrafted Woodworking

“Making Acoustic Steel-string Guitars”

Make some popcorn. 🙂 An hour long documentary on how an acoustic guitar is made, from scratch, by hand. Really incredible work here.

This has been your Friday Videos for the beginning of Autumn, 2017.

Have a great Friday!

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September 15th, 2017

September is just cruising right along…

And now: some videos!

BINKBEATS – Little Nerves feat. Niels Broos

This videos was suggested to me by… YouTube!

These guys are great. I really enjoyed this track. It starts off pretty basically but it definitely progresses in interesting ways. Really great musical chemistry here.

There are several more such collaborations on the BINKBEATS channel but this one is still the stand-out for me.

iPhone X (parody)

“A $1000 Emoji Machine!”

Making the rounds. Sent in by Carla Y.

See also: “Notch Mode” 🙂 Hastily created after the demo.

30 Day Time-Lapse At Sea

Aboard a container ship.

Oddly soothing.

Wet Book Rescue

[self explanatory]

I knew it must be possible but it never crossed my mind exactly how.

Bonus Video!

Cassies Take a Tour of Agility Robotics

“No CG: 100% actual robots.”

More info on the Cassies bipedal autonomous robot here.

Have a lovely Friday, and a spectactular weekend.

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September 8th, 2017

Welcome Friday. Great to see you again. Of course.

And it’s video time!

Drinking Coke From 1956

[self explanatory]

From the somewhat delightful Vimeo series “Don’t Put That In Your Mouth“.

Self-Playing Orchestra with 17 Instruments – Philipps Paganini

Also known as an “Orchestrion.”

This appears to be from ~1921 or so.

Beautiful. But also (sort of): what a racket! 🙂

Once Upon A Time In Pulp Fiction

A great, great mashup of Tarantino and Sergio Leone strictly via editing and score.

This Is a Generic Millennial Ad

“This Is a Generic Millennial Ad, created with And/Or studio, shows how easy it is to appeal to anyone born between 1980 and 2000. The good news? Thanks to social media, it’s easy to connect with this influential audience. The bad news? They hate spending money on things. (Except for maybe avocados.)”

Bonus Video!

ANVIL Vs. FRIDGE! Crazy 45m Drop Test!!!

(THREE exclamation points!)

Yup. These guys drop an anvil. On a fridge.

And other stuff. Basically dropping heavy things, on things, from a crane.

Gravity. It works!

And there we have it! Friday! Videoooooos! [echo]

Have a wonderful long weekend everybody.

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September 1st, 2017

Happy Friday!

And welcome to the Friday Videos!

Radiohead – No Surprises (Piano Cover)

Performed by Josh Cohen. Really beautifully played.

Getting dressed in the 18th century

Getting dressed in the 18th century

“A lady gets dressed in the fashion of 18th century. She puts on her clothes, with help in a particular order, including, a shift, stays, petticoats, pockets, roll, stockings and garters, gown and stomacher, apron and shoes.”

The Story of Jon Burgerman

“Jon asked me to make photo’s for his new book It’s Great To Create. A few cool pic’s didn’t make it to the final print. So I thought I’d make a film with the leftovers.”

Whimsical. I like it!

Time Lapse of Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #797” | Blanton Museum of Art

“In February of 2014, the Blanton team was hard at work preparing to open “Converging Lines,” our exhibition celebrating the friendship between Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt.”

49 people, over 11 days, completed this.

Bonus Video!

“Dance For Your Life, Puny Human”

“An unfortunate oaf finds himself pitted against a sassy, dancing robot in a deadly dance off competition. Can this puny human out dance his robotic challenger to save his own life?”

Adorable.

And so happy Friday, and happy September everybody.

See you next week.

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August 25th, 2017

Well here it is Friday already?

Let me make some lemonade now you just sit right here…

Videos!

2017 Solar Eclipse

“Experiencing totality for the 2017 solar eclipse from the shores of Palisades Reservoir, Idaho, Monday Aug. 21, 2017.”

Of all the hundreds (thousands?) of videos of this week’s solar eclipse, this is the one I found to be most dramatic. It’s quite short (and a timelapse) but so beautiful, and dramatic, and still. (Well: except for the noisy kids. 🙂 )

An impressive Japanese Rube Goldberg machine

It runs for four minutes!

This is the most complicated, elegant solution I have ever seen. I wish I had this kind of time…

Sent in by Alison L.

Repairing Willie Nelson’s Trigger

“Willie Nelson’s guitar, “Trigger,” is in for repairs at Erlewine Guitars in Austin, Texas. Mark Erlewine shares a closeup look at the famous hole in the top. Mark’s been Trigger’s caretaker for ages, and he gives us the inside scoop on Trigger’s history.”

That is one well-traveled guitar! (Related: wiki link. Worth a deep dive.)

33,600 piece jigsaw puzzle time lapse

[self explanatory]

Elapsed time: 9 months.

I wish I had that kind of time!

Bonus Video!

Y40 jump: Guillaume Néry explores the deepest pool in the world

“On a single breath of air, Guillaume Néry explores the deepest pool in the world in Italy: Y40. The action is filmed on breath hold by his wife Julie Gautier.”

So: try to watch this video and *not* hold your breath. 🙂

All done! Thanks for watching along at home. (Or work, I guess.)

Happy Friday! See you next week.

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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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