Cheesy Pick-up Line Friday #8

Chris Brooker
July 31, 2009

Hey all! I know that a number of you have actually been anticipating my Cheesy Pick-up line this week and I was excited to do it. So far things have not gone to plan.

I will try my best to get it filmed, edited and uploaded tonight. But I fear that it probably won’t be until late this even as I no longer have a laptop (it died completely yesterday). Stay tuned!!

If you’re going to be in the Distillery District area tonight toss me a message (@cbrooker on twitter, cbrooker at g mail dot com), we can have a beer! Maybe film one with you in it! This is your chance to be in a professional production with 10’s of YouTube views. Could be your big break. 😉

oh oh, I even surprised myself. It’s done!! Enjoy

Beaches Internation Jazz Festival – Day 2 (Friday July 24, 2009)

Chris Brooker
July 31, 2009

KC Roberts Edition

After having such a great time Thursday, I decided to hit the Jazz Festival in the beaches again. Yay! Got there later this time about 7:30pm-8pm and wow! It was so so much busier. Took a while to find a parking spot and walked the rest of the way. People everywhere. Neither of us had eaten to we stopped at the Mrs. Mars Cafe and shared a pitcher of beer and eat some food (Giant Burger that I couldn’t finish).

Then wandered around and watched a number of wonderful bands performing.

Spent a long while with my favourite band at the festival KC Roberts and Live Revolution. I filmed practically their entire last set.

Give it a watch, these guys are awesome!
KC Roberts

2 weeks late but I didn’t forget – Tech Karaoke

Chris Brooker
July 31, 2009

Hey everyone! I was looking through all the video I had shot, mostly because my card had run out of space and I needed to delete somethings, and I ran into these wonderful videos I forgot about from the last #TechKaraokeTO at Tequila Sunrise.

It was the second one that we’ve officially had in Toronto and it’s still some of the best people and fun to be had. Plus 710ml bottle of beer.

Enjoy the dark, yet exceptionally performed, version of Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-lot.

If you just can’t get enough, here is the video from the first Tech Karaoke

Beaches Internation Jazz Festival – Day 1 (Thursday July 23, 2009)

Chris Brooker
July 24, 2009

I hit the Beaches Jazz Festival last night. oh that a great night with great music. The rain managed to hold off the entire time. w00t!

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6:30pm: Things are just getting setup.

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Note to self: Carry the good camera with you, you never know when you’ll need it. The iPhone 3GS is not really a camera, as you can see.

Human Eye Camera

Chris Brooker
July 21, 2009

Another step towards our inevitable merging with machines, at least in my eyes :).

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George Milde has designed what he is calling the human eye camera. It’ been spcifecally build and tuned to show us exactly what the raw images captures by our eyes look like before our brain processes then into the view we are accustomed. It’s really amazing to see it like this.

Imagine if this camera could output a signal exactly the same as out current eyes which we could then connect to the optic nerve of someone who’s lost their eye (hardware) but not the wiring. To the brain it would be exactly the same as the original eye. I think we need to start looking at the signalling system used in the nervous system.

I have a few more ideas about this here.

Check it out: Four Fifths Design

Experience with video on the iPhone 3GS

Chris Brooker
July 13, 2009
Hey all! This week I tried a grand old experiment which ultimately failed totally and completely.
As I was not going to be home Friday night, I wasn’t going to have a chance to edit and upload the cheesy pick-up line Friday segment. So I decided to film it on the my new iPhone 3GS.
Filming it was no problem, I recorded an intro, 2 pick-up lines and an outro as 4 seperate clips. In case you were wondering I did it in my car as it was the best place for the mic on the iPhone to pick up only the sound of my voice.
I trimmer the intro clip and the firtst pick-up line then tried to join them together. Nope, you can’t do that on the 3GS. All you can do it trim the beginning and end of a video clip. I thought I saw a video somewhere, maybe it was a beta, of someone joining clips on the phone. But on mine it couldn’t be done.
I then thought I could upload all the clips and join them on YouTube. I picked the intro and selected upload to YouTube, it “compressed the video” and sent me to the video meta data screen on YouTube. I typed in all the test needed on the portait only keyboard and hit upload. The app immediately crashed and returned me to the springboard. ARGH! So I start again, pick the video, wait for the “Compressing video” fill out all the information, press upload. It starts uploading and says “Upload failed”. Double ARGH!
I give up on the intro and just upload the short 6 secs clips of just the pick-up lines. these actually went up. What a frustrating experience.
Sunday I took the clips into Premiere Pro CS4 and quickly pulled out an edited version which is what you see now. I also upscalled the videos to 720p.
Apple, can we join clips soon?

Hey all! This week I tried a grand old experiment which ultimately failed totally and completely.

As I was not going to be home Friday night, I wasn’t going to have a chance to edit and upload the cheesy pick-up line Friday segment. So I decided to film it on the my new iPhone 3GS.

Filming it was no problem, I recorded an intro, 2 pick-up lines and an outro as 4 seperate clips. In case you were wondering I did it in my car as it was the best place for the mic on the iPhone to pick up only the sound of my voice.

I trimmer the intro clip and the firtst pick-up line then tried to join them together. Nope, you can’t do that on the 3GS. All you can do it trim the beginning and end of a video clip. I thought I saw a video somewhere, maybe it was a beta, of someone joining clips on the phone. But on mine it couldn’t be done.

I then thought I could upload all the clips and join them on YouTube. I picked the intro and selected upload to YouTube, it “compressed the video” and sent me to the video meta data screen on YouTube. I typed in all the test needed on the portait only keyboard and hit upload. The app immediately crashed and returned me to the springboard. ARGH! So I start again, pick the video, wait for the “Compressing video” fill out all the information, press upload. It starts uploading and says “Upload failed”. Double ARGH!

I give up on the intro and just upload the short 6 secs clips of just the pick-up lines. these actually went up. What a frustrating experience.

Sunday I took the clips into Premiere Pro CS4 and quickly pulled out an edited version which is what you see now. I also upscalled the videos to 720p.

Apple, can we join clips soon?

Cheesy Pick-up line Friday #6 and #7

Chris Brooker
July 13, 2009

Hey all! This week I tried a grand old experiment of recording, editing and uploading this segment on the iPhone 3GS which ultimately failed totally and completely.

Here is an edited version;

Forth of July Weekend in Ellicottville, NY

Chris Brooker
July 8, 2009

After no fireworks in Toronto, we decided at the last minute to jump in the car and head to Ellicottville, NY for a weekend getaway! Yay, awesome American fireworks and good times with my family.

Ubisoft to open a full game studio in Toronto!

Chris Brooker
July 7, 2009

This morning I got a press release in my inbox, as I often do, but this one has me excited. Ubisoft, which has a huge office in Montreal, is opening a full game studio here in Toronto.

It’s reported that it will be creating 800 jobs in Ontario. This is great news for all you 3D modellers, riggers, animators, etc out there, as there hasn’t really been any large projects or companies going this kind of work in Toronto for years.

Here’s the details;

UBISOFT® EXTENDS GLOBAL REACH, OPENING NEW STUDIO IN TORONTO

Province supports Ubisoft in development

of first Ontario-based studio

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, July 6 – Ubisoft announced plans today to open a full development studio in Toronto, Ontario – a first for the company in the province. This significant announcement is expected to result in the creation of 800 net new jobs within the province over the next decade. The government of Ontario is investing CA$263 million over ten years in the company and Ubisoft’s net investment will be over half a billion CAD in the new studio, which will begin operations in late 2009.

“Today’s announcement marks a strategic move for Ubisoft as we continue to expand our internal development force,” said Yves Guillemot, president and chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “We are in an excellent position to grow and after extensive analysis we are thrilled to have reached an agreement with the government of Ontario to found our new studio in Toronto. The city is one of North America’s  economic and cultural epicenters and our expectations are high.  We’re excited to be able to count on the exceptional local talent, who will contribute to our accelerated growth and will have a profound impact on the video game industry with the excellence of their creativity.”

Ubisoft Toronto will be overseen by Yannis Mallat, chief executive officer at Ubisoft Montréal, whose proven leadership and vision will be a major asset to the growth and success of the new studio.  Ubisoft Toronto will work on Triple-A games and will emulate the proven business model and creative excellence for which Ubisoft is known. In addition, Ubisoft Toronto will bring its own flavour to the global Ubisoft brand, which will benefit from the deep pool of dynamic and quality talent trained in video game design and production in the province of Ontario.

The Toronto studio will also build on the city’s existing experience with the film production industry. Collaborating with local film industry veterans to enhance video game production and extend Ubisoft’s convergence strategy, Ubisoft Toronto will contribute to Ubisoft’s global plan of extending its brands to complementary platforms and mediums, including books, comics, short films and other products.

“We are incredibly excited to finally tap into the remarkable talent Ontario has been developing over the years,” said Yannis Mallat. “Toronto’s unique pool of experience video game industry and film industry talent will allow us to develop a team with exceptional ability to help us realize our goals for creating brands with universal appeal that extend beyond the world of video games.”

The studio in Toronto will be the fourth for Ubisoft in Canada, with other studios located in Montréal, Quebec City and Vancouver and employing more than 2,300 creative staff across the country.

Today’s announcement is made possible with the support of the Ontario provincial government and its dedication to invest in organizations that create jobs and provide long-term value for the provincial economy. Premier Dalton McGuinty was on hand today at the Ubisoft press conference in Toronto to help announce plans for the new studio and elaborate on the provincial government’s support for the endeavour, stating “Our world is one where you can borrow capital, you can copy technology and you can buy natural resources. But to build a high wage and a high standard of living you need talent. By investing in Ubisoft, we’re building Ontario’s economy now and for the future.”

Among its more than 17 multi-million selling franchises, Ubisoft is  known for developing and producing such legendary game brands as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®, Assassin’s Creed®, Prince of Persia®, Red Steel®, Rayman®, Rayman Raving Rabbids®, and Far Cry®.

Industry professionals interested in joining Ubisoft Toronto, please contact work.in.TO@ubisoft.com

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft is present in 28 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2008-09 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1.058 billion. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

Delinquent – Past Due 14 days

Chris Brooker
July 7, 2009

Hey all! I know it’s been a long time and I know I’ve been missed. Some things had come up and my attention had drifted for a bit to other pressing and important issues. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve given up here, infact I have hours of video I’ve started to go through and will be posting them quickly and often.

On a side note, the video quality that comes from the new iPhone 3GS is terrible! Like worse than a webcam terrible. Yes, while I was gone a got a new iPhone 3GS, the 32gb White. For the most part it’s a great upgrade, much faster, vibrate is stronger, still photography is much improved and I can actually now fit a larger portion of my music library on it. I sold my 8GB iPhone  3G for $300, which paid for my $299 upgrade to the 32GB 3GS. Makes me happy that the upgrade didn’t cost me anything.

On a sad note, I found out this morning that Martin Streek, the 20 year veteran of 102.1 the Edge and the voice of my childhood took his own life last night. Such a sad and tragic turn of events. I clearly remember listening to him on the radio all the time and rocking out with him at the Kingdom Friday nights in Burlington and Saturday nights at the Phoenix. RIP, you will be missed.

RIP – Martin Streek

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