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Pictory: AI-powered video editing for engaging videos @ CES 2022



Pictory video editingIf you’re a content creator, you know how important video can be to your success. But, unless you are specifically focused on creating video, it can be a real challenge to turn your talents in that direction. Filming a short video can be easy enough, but what about the editing? That’s where Pictory comes in, bringing AI directly into the video editing process.

What is Pictory?

Pictory is the world’s first AI-powered video editing platform that makes it easy for content creators and marketers to produce engaging videos automatically. With the platform, you can create video highlights, add captions to videos, and more in minutes. The company is based in Seattle and was founded in 2019 by a team of experienced marketing and technology executives. Pictory is backed by world-class investors and is changing the way we create video content.

How Pictory works

Pictory uses AI to automatically edit videos based on engagement data, so you can be sure that your videos are optimized for maximum impact. The system also makes it easy to repurpose existing long-form content such as webinars, podcasts, and blogs into social snippets.

You upload your raw video into the Pictory system and the platform does the initial tedious work for you. It is able to look for spacer words, such as “um” and “ah” and automatically remove them. You can even customize which words are considered spacers so the AI can adapt to your personal speaking patterns.

Pictory’s AI then analyzes your video and provides you with a range of options for how to proceed. You can choose to have the AI automatically edit your video based on engagement data, or you can select from a variety of editing options to create the perfect video for your needs.

Videos from text

Pictory can also create videos from text, so you don’t even need to have a video to start with. Just upload your blog post, podcast episode, or other written content and the system will turn it into a beautiful video that you can share on social media or your website.

Videos can be pictures and video clips laid over music, or Pictory can convert a script into speech. This is done through digital voice synth technology. That means that a virtual voice will be used to speak the lines in your script. As AI technology has improved, so have synthetic voices, meaning your video will still sound natural.

Who is Pictory for?

Pictory is perfect for content creators who want to add video to their repertoire but don’t have the time or expertise to edit videos themselves. It is also great for marketers who need to create videos at scale. With the platform, you can easily turn existing written content into videos, or create short video highlights from longer videos.

Summary

Pictory is changing the way we create video content and making it easier than ever for content creators to get started with video. To learn more about the platform and how it can help you create engaging videos automatically, visit the company’s website.

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Pixelworks: 20-year leader in image processing innovation @ CES 2022



Pixelworks TrueCut Motion video perfectionFor content creators, one of the biggest issues can be ensuring that what the end consumer hears and sees is exactly what you intended. In theaters, this problem has been mostly remedied by creating industry standards that apply across theater chains and projector manufacturers. However, as more media has moved to home viewing, the experience changes significantly, depending on the hardware being used – particularly the television. This is exactly the problem that Pixelworks is looking to solve with TrueCut Motion.

Who is Pixelworks?

Pixelworks is a 20-year leader in image processing innovation, providing solutions and technology that enable highly authentic viewing experiences with superior visual quality. Their products are used by some of the biggest names in the consumer electronics, professional displays, and video streaming industries. The company is committed to delivering even more impressive image processing technologies in the years to come!

What is TrueCut Motion?

TrueCut Motion is Pixelworks’ new technology designed with the needs of content creators in mind. The goal is to ensure that motion picture quality and sound are delivered exactly as they were intended, regardless of which display or projector a viewer chooses to use. The company has created multiple levels of TrueCut Motion technology, allowing them to provide solutions for any budget or need.

As we move further into the era of streaming media, it’s more important than ever to have a technology provider that understands the challenges and intricacies of delivering high-quality content. Pixelworks is that company, and TrueCut Motion is their solution for ensuring an optimal viewing experience for everyone, regardless of their setup.

How does TrueCut Motion work?

TrueCut Motion technology has been developed over Pixelworks’ 20-year history and is an important part of their continued innovation. It works by manipulating pixels to adjust for perceived judder, which can make content feel choppy or unnatural when viewed on a television. The team has worked diligently to create algorithms that fully compensate for this, delivering a smooth and seamless picture.

The Pixelworks team has also worked on noise reduction, eliminating unwanted visual artifacts that could otherwise detract from the viewing experience. The company incorporates three different levels of noise reduction into TrueCut Motion technology – Ultra Precision, Precision, and High Efficiency – all depending on the budget or needs of their customer. They are the only company to offer this level of customization for noise reduction.

Pixelworks has big plans for TrueCut Motion and image processing in general. They want to continue developing technologies that will make it easier than ever for content creators to deliver an optimal viewing experience across all screens – from smartphones and tablets to large home theater displays. Pixelworks is also working on ensuring that their technology works with newer display formats like HDR, making it even more impressive and useful for content creators across all media!

TrueCut Motion and TCL

At CES this year, Pixelworks announced a new partnership with TCL – one of the world’s largest television manufacturers. This means that the TrueCut Motion technology will be integrated into select TCL televisions, delivering an even better viewing experience for consumers. With Pixelworks and TCL working together, we’re sure to see some impressive advancements in the near future!

Summary

If you want more information about Pixelworks, TrueCut Motion, or their partnership with TCL check out the Pixelworks website.

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Why you need AV Mapping AI engine for video content creation @ CES 2021



AV Mapping music matchingMaking a film, video, or any other such content is challenging. You need to do a lot, such as looking for music, getting music licensing, and much more. However, AV Mapping has changed the game of video content creation with their latest technology.

The AI engine of AV Mapping allows you to search music for your videos, video buyers, and much more. Here is everything you need to know about their latest technology.

The AI Engine Of AV Mapping

As of now, AV Mapping has introduced its first product. The tool allows for music analysis, text analysis, and video analysis. For example, video analysis provides details on color, rhythm, personnel, and much more.

In the same way, other content is also analyzed so that you can get what you need. The AI is smart and will recommend you everything you need to make your video better and optimized. It is a giant leap for content creation as the technology is unique and new.

Why You Need Video Soundtrack Analysis?

Instead of going through the tedious process of finding the right music for your video, you can simply use the product by AV Mapping. However, it does much more than that, which includes:

  • Frame by frame analysis
  • Sound noise reduction
  • Still image color card production
  • Sound project development
  • Sound design

If you are in the content creation industry, this is the perfect tool for you as it will save you time, effort, cost, and much more.

Final Words

That was your complete guide to the first AI engine by AV Mapping. It will allow you to smoothly produce any video you want within a small time frame. You can drastically reduce your time and create content much faster and conveniently.

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MicroVision – The Gadget Professor (TPN Picks Best of CES 2020 Award)



MicroVisionThe Gadget Professor awards his TPN Picks Best of CES 2020 Award to MicroVision.

Over the past few years, the cost of projection technology has come down significantly. That has been paired with the size of the technology getting smaller. On Black Friday 2019, we saw pico projectors being offered for less than $100. However, these devices don’t provide a lot of value for most consumers. That’s because the way we interact with our computing technology has changed, as well.

Most people expect the screens in their life to be touch. Nearly all laptops, definitely all phones and tablets, and even a lot of desktop (all-in-one) computers offer touch input. Projection screens, however, still require external input – that is until now. MicroVision has developed the Interactive Projection Engine – a very small hardware array that allows developers to produce devices with touch-enabled projection.

The demo device we got to see allowed for nearly any standard video input and computing output to connect to a device. We saw the projector connected to a phone with impressive touch recognition capabilities. But, the possibilities are endless, especially when connected to a computer. Even in our portable broadcast studio, this projector would make traveling easier, because it would eliminate the need for monitors.

Imagine being a business traveler, maybe you’re a salesperson. You don’t know what your client might have in a conference room. You don’t want to pack a full projector, but the pico projectors tend to be too dim. This technology, however, is laser-powered, making it possible to use it in standard lighting. We even saw it on our wall in the studio with our lighting and the light of the convention center.

The demo device is available for developers through an application. The company is working with manufacturers to produce commercial products based on the technology.

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Be proud to tell your stories in amazing video quality with Canon



Canon VixiaIt seems that video recording is more important now than ever. And Canon stays on the cutting edge to bring us the best assortment of video cameras. Whether you are recording all of those special moments with your growing family, capturing your favorite vacation memories or starting your own podcast or vlog, Canon has a camera that will fit your needs.

Drew McCallum, Senior Technical Specialist, indulged our love of Canon Video and showed us their newest additions to the line. New for this year are the VIXIA HF W10 and VIXIA HF W11 camcorders . There’s also a new waterproof VIXIA camcorder. They also have their HF G50 and their brand new 4K camcorder for a little bit higher end user. We were particularly mesmerized by the waterproof camcorder that was swimming behind us. It’s capable of depths up to sixteen and a half feet. It’s ready to go for all of your vacations and adventures. And it’s not just waterproof, it’s also freeze and drought proof. It offers a lot of versatility in a very small, compact design. The four-hour battery is internal and charges via USB

Another product that we at PLuGHiTz Live have a lot of interest in, is the 4K camcorders. As we look to upgrade to higher quality cameras for the crew, these really caught our attention. The VIXIA GX10 is Canon’s first 4K UHD consumer camcorder. The compact and portable design offers a truly outstanding combination of features and functionality. It delivers refined video quality and delivers stunning detail to video enthusiasts and aspiring filmmakers alike. It’s a twenty times optical zoom and a five-axis image stabilization system. You’ve also got a dual card slot so if you are doing long interviews like here at CES you are able to back them up.

We love our Canon video recorders. We use them in our studio and at all of our special events. And we look forward to expanding our own stock. We’d really like to hear what you think about them, too. After you watch the interview, drop us a line in the comments section. For more information, visit their website here.

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Intel helps Resolve a big problem for animal preserves: poaching



Intel TrailGuard AIOne of the things that Intel is known for is custom designing unique solutions for clients with unusual needs. One such organization that Intel has worked with is Resolve, a group partnering with the National Geographic Society and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to prevent animal poaching. This nonprofit group installs cameras throughout habitats, in particular, elephant habitats, to track potential poachers and alert on potential dangers.

Before Intel’s participation, Resolve had been installing standard cameras which would send alerts based on activity. These cameras used a fairly standard amount of power for a camera, but it did require that the batteries be charged or replaced on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this solution could only help to catch poachers after an incident had occurred. With Intel’s help, Resolve has been able to begin implementing a new version of their TrailGuard cameras that solves both of these problems. The battery issue is solved by making the cameras passive, meaning that a charge can last up to a year and a half.

The biggest upgrade, however, comes in the inclusion of Intel’s artificial intelligence technology. With the addition of the AI, combined with Movidius Vision Processing Units, Intel was able to predict a poaching event before it happens. This means that the technology can send alerts before an animal dies, giving Resolve the ability to intervene and save the life of the animal, not just identify and prosecute the poachers afterward.

All of this technology is made available in a device that is far smaller than the hardware used previously. In fact, the entire array, with the camera and AI onboard, is only about the size of a pencil. The size helps to make it easier to make the device covert, so it is harder for a poacher to detect and disable the device.

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OBSBOT Tail is a small and powerful AI director in your camera bag



OBSBOT TailWhen filming activity, one of the most difficult things to do is keep the people involved people in the frame. As people move around, keeping the camera trained on them is difficult enough, but moving it in a smooth manner is even more difficult. Luckily, OBSBOT is here to help with their Tail smart camera. The Tail is a surprisingly small camera, that has the ability to track people and keep them in the frame, while still packing full 4K video at 60 frames per second. This means that you can mount the camera in an appropriate position and, as the subjects move, so will the camera. Think of Tail as your own personal cinematographer.

This is accomplished with a motorized 3-axis gimbal, meaning that the camera isn’t trying to crop a wider angle based on the position of the subject, which lessens the quality of the video and often creates a jittery pan. Instead, the physical movement of the lens means that you can keep the video quality and still maintain the subjects you’re wanting to feature. That doesn’t mean that there is no zoom capability. In fact, you can tell the Tail to follow a particular aspect of the frame, such as the subject’s feet during a dance demonstration, and the Tail will only focus on the feet.

Interacting with the camera is also really easy. Rather than having to touch the camera itself, possibly shaking the video, you can take full control of it from a distance using your phone. From there you can decide your subjects and your framing, as well as taking over from the AI, holding a steady shot, rather than having the camera in motion.

The OBSBOT Tail is available now on Kickstarter through March 15, 2019, starting at about $489 USD.

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Step right in to this unique new take on virtual conferencing



GlowblThe video conferencing software that many consumers use on a daily basis does not actually fit most of their needs. Virtual communication is so very different from physical communication and those differences are difficult to accommodate. If you feel this way, you are in luck. Glowbl has a whole new take on how we should be communicating online by making those virtual interactions closer to real life.

Glowbl is a web/mobile based solution to bring more interactivity to virtual classrooms and conferences. In the education space, a typical classroom has a teacher that lectures to a room full of students. The teacher can walk through a slide show presentation, describe projects, and assign homework by displaying the information on a board visible by all students. Most virtual classrooms mimic this by using a screen share that has many disadvantages such as showing your personal desktop and files that may be visible during the share. Glowbl uses an upload system that takes less bandwidth, shows less of what is on your screen, and still has the advantage to share the content in real time for everyone to see.

Glowbl is as easy to use as walking into a classroom but in a virtual sense. All you need to do is launch the application and physically click and move through the “room” using your bubble. Before class starts, you can carry out conversations with your friends by moving your bubble next to theirs and only the bubbles in close proximity can hear your conversation. This technology is great for virtual teachers that assign group projects. Students can break out into groups by moving their bubble near their peers and the teacher can navigate through the room and talk to each team. You also have the ability to public and private message.

This application is currently being utilized in major universities in France but is looking to expand internationally. To find out more information about Glowbl you can visit their website here.

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You Want the Best in 360 Video and Insta360 Delivers



Insta360 360 CameraThere are many things that we see at CES that, as a group, we love, but we definitely have an affinity for unique cameras. Insta360 totally fits that description, as they are different than the other 360° cameras out there because from their point of view, it’s the software that comes first. That makes all of the difference in the world, because it also allows a lot more expertise and fun on the back-end due to their emphasis on programming. When you purchase one of their cameras, that’s not where the transaction ends. You can count on firmware updates going out on a regular basis. They even design their line with full knowledge that improvements are coming, and these updates include some really cool features. All throughout the process, they stay true to their mission to create a product that’s friendly, easy to use, powerful and price efficient all at the same time.

The best part of their “software first” approach is that with everything they produce, they develop and then redevelop and then listen to customer feedback and continue to improve based upon actual user experiences and wishlists. The company is 60% Research & Development engineers who are used to turning thing around quickly.

We took a look at the Insta360 ONE: the world’s most powerful action sports 360 camera. It is compatible with a variety of accessories including a stick that pops out for a longer range. Within the software, you are able to do some cool things like magic erases and it enhances their overall content. It’s like having a drone follow you everywhere you go and is perfect for skaters, bikers, runners, joggers and more. Since it’s a 360 degree camera, you can also change the perspective after the video is shot. There’s a normal mode and a planet mode, which is a spherical look. The camera is capable of taking 24 megapixel stills and 4K UDH video. You can also livestream directly to your social media platforms or you can edit within the app and then share those edits directly to social media as well as save to your albums. It is capable of Bluetooth control or it can be connected directly to a cell phone. They are available on Amazon and you can get yours by clicking here.

Next up is the Insta360 Nano S, the little marvel that has been winning every 350 camera award at CES. This camera has redefined what software means for a 360 camera. It plugs into your phone and the social interactivity is what makes it extra special. The Multiview feature is like having an entire camera crew in your pocket. You are also able to use a split screen or a bubble inside of a larger screen to get multiple camera angle views all at the same time, using different pieces of footage. You can even livestream in Multiview. It really lets you experience full immersion without having to lug a ton of heavy and expensive equipment everywhere you go. You can pick yours up on Amazon by clicking here.

Insta360 has also recently ventured out into the world of professional videography equipment. The new 6 camera configuration shoots in 12K for stills and 8K for videos, and it will livestream in that same quality without the need for additional accessories. It’s a one stop shop for filming your favorite music festival or sporting event.

And let’s not forget the big daddy: the Titan Series, that will be available later in the next year. It features their first pro world camera. It’s larger with more cameras and a long range wireless transmission device and has a resolution of 12K for stills and upgrades the video transmission to 10K for video. And yes, it will livestream in that same quality without the need for additional accessories.

For more information, you can visit their website at Insta360.com.

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The Wall is the Most Fabulous Television and Gaming Experience You Can Have



Samsung The Wall Modular ScreenThe Samsung Electronics booth at CES is always quite impressive. It’s a large booth with impressive visual displays. This year they outdid themselves as they introduced The Wall. The Wall is the world’s first consumer, modular, self-emitting MicroLED 146-inch TV. This is brand new technology with pixels that are self illuminating, based upon existing Large Format Outdoor Digital Display technology. This has allowed an unbelievable 4k television for the home. The features are amazing. It can go to infinite black, has High Dynamic Range and brightness levels and contract that are unmatched. All of this with no image retention and no off angle viewing.

The name, The Wall, is no stretch. At 146 inches, it was probably the most impressive visual in Central Hall this year, with the largest crowds in the building. But don’t let the size intimidate you. After all, it is modular. It’s comprised of a series of smaller screens, or tiles, that mesh together with no seam. Not only does this open up the possibility of multiple configurations in the future to fit any home/lifestyle, but it also makes delivery and setup much easier. If you live in a building with a small elevator or staircase, or would have trouble getting such a large box into the right room in your home through hall and doorways, there’s no concern with that here. Each piece is brought in separately and assembled in place, thus opening up this wonderful technology to more consumers.

This large and impressive screen array has an incredible picture and would be a gamer’s dream. Although it would most likely take some getting used to, we’re sure that all the gamers we know would love to take a crack at it. This is concept that is not lost on Samsung, who is already partnering with Xbox.

The Wall is expected to ship later in 2018 with exact pricing still to be determined.

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