Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Best Time Travel Video Ever

This animated time-travel videos mathematically recreates the weird world of Gödel's universe.
Great video from New Scientist TV. I swear I saw the Army of the 12 Monkey in there.

Calibrate your NEW HD TV pre Superbowl with THX app

Have an iPhone 4S or newer and an Appletv2 or newer. Then you can calibrate your HDTV to THX standards. Well at least the Brightness contrast color tint and aspect ratio. Brightness alone can be a huge help.
The free app from THX labs. Provides instructions images and even filters. I was really impressed that now you can calibrate you Apple TV input. I will provide a detailed instructions for Samsung LED LCD TV later this week. Until then get a good start using this app. Here is a link to a walkthrough from THX.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Oh the pain.. From laughing. Enjoy.

HEVC/H.265 is here nice shoot out with H.264 Bring on UHDTV and 4K

Getting closer to 4k and UHDTV becoming the standard with approval of the new H.265 Codec.
Here is a great link to a shoot out between H.264 and H.265. Bye bye ancient MPEG2.
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New AppleTV4 3D enabled with new A5X chip

Looks like the new AppleTV4 will be able to handle the streamed 3D from at-least Netflix. I am sure iTunes 3D functionality is not far behind. Heck it might even be able to handle 4K UHDTV with the new H.265 Codec. 
Here are some links about more. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Netflix 3D and Super HD tested on AppleTV3 Sony Playstation 3 and Samsung Smart LED

I tested Netflix new SuperHD and 3D content on the following devices- AppleTV3, Sony Playstation 3 and a Samsung Smart LED LCD without 3D. The AppleTV3 and Sony Playstation 3 were both tested on a 1080p 3D panasonic Projector.
The first thing you need to do is check to make sure your ISP will allow Netflix to stream SuperHD and 3D content. You can do that by going to the following URL.
Lucky for me I don't use those greedy aholes at TimeWarner or ComCast and my ISP supported SuperHD and 3D streaming from Netflix. I still cant wait for Google Fiber to get to my area.
I have an 10MB plan but I really get around 8 for download speed. Middle of the road package for my ISP.
Fist I tested Netflix with Samsung LED LCD that was 1080P and NOT 3D ready. The result was NO superHD badge showing on movie info. I did see the HD badge. Upon play the content looked ok but not near BlueRay. I tried the following titles - The Lorax and The immortal's. I would say for my Samsung Smart TV it was a FAIL for SuperHD or 3D to be even offered.

Second test was with an AppleTV3 hooked up to a Panasonic 1080P HD 3D projector. The AppleTV has a fast Netflix interface but did not offer a SuperHD or 3D badge next to any content and it does not offer a way to search for just 3D or SuperHD by category. For SuperHD and 3D the AppleTV was a FAIL.

Third test was with the Sony Playstation 3 hooked up to the Panasonic 1080p HD 3D projector. I had to update the firmware on the playstation 3 for Netflix and for the playstation that took about 10 min.
After that Netflix loaded and I could see in the Movie info if the content was in SuperHD and or 3D.
I first tested by playing the immortals in 3D after selecting the the movie I was prompted with a choice of 3D playback or not. The movie loaded quickly and the quality was great! 3D looked as good as theater with little compression artifacts. I have the same title on 3D blue ray and Netflix was very close. Most people would not be able to tell the difference. When using using the Sony Playstation 3 with Netflix you can search for Just 3D titles although I found many titles that were in 3D not listed in the 3D category for instance the Immortals.  I then tested a few other titles like Meer cats in the Kalahari it looked great also tried some other lizard cartoon the kids like it and some military documentary. I did try the red bull pikes peak race and due to crappy editing it looked like well caffeinated crap.
We also tried The Lorax in SupperHD and looked real close to blueray quality.

Summary- Time-warner sucks, Blue-ray is about dead, Time to buy more stock in Netflix, Playstation 3 has the best Netflix interface, Samsung SmartTV Netflix is to slow and does not work with SuperHD and the AppleTV3 Netflix interface although the fastest just does NOT WORK WITH superHD or 3D yet.
More info on Netflix Super HD can be found on the Netflix site.
Hope it helps.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Netflix now offering SUPER HD and 3D content.

Netflix is now showing some titles in 3D and SuperHD if your internet provider supports it. Netflix has a support page that tells you if you can get the new HD content. 

New iRigHD Coming Does 24-bit A/D

IK Multimedia is putting out a new iRigHD that does 24bit Analog to Digital. Aside from the better A/D conversion the new design looks more functional and not so awkward in that the original AD unit only had a 3 inch cable built in.  I have the original iRig and love it. Only issues I have are with some a hiss or signal noise that gets really loud when amped and having to convert songs from apple format to .wav to play along with. I have found its a great tool for recording. The audio effect plugins are top notch and the Amp sim is amazing.
Cant wait to get my hands on the new one. I will of course do an open box review when I get it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Yet another New Star Wars Movie Coming

Based on 7 Samurai and Directed by Zack Snyder. Need I say more. Aside from being in black and white The seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa is nothing but fantastic. The first Animated Star Wars series clone wars did a little take on this twice I think. Once with the "The Bounty Hunters," and the other with mace windu and Sylo Paxi.