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Xchicago
A blog about the cross-over between art and technology in the midwest. We mainly focus on new media and chicago.

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Interview with Mason Dixon about the Motion Graphics Festival
2008-06-03 20:17:00
How did the Motion Graphics Festival begin? How did it develop its specific focus? The festival began five years ago and at that time there was a real need in the film and video industry for a festival that celebrated creativity and graphical innovation without excluding work based on genre. For instance creative motion ...
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“Keep Chicago Wild”
2008-05-29 21:02:00
In response to: the recent city council battle over a “Promoter License” and the rare solidarity it created + the overly economic “Land of Opportunity” advertising by Bank of America + “wild cougar” shootings… ============================ “Keep Chicago Wild” __Why now? If Obama gets elected & we get the Olympic bid; there is going to be a flood of money ...
// Director Course Notes \
2008-05-24 19:42:00
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.: Motion Graphics Fest 2008 :: Jan 15-21 :: Downtown Chicago
2007-12-31 01:59:00
MGFest 08 features multiple theater screenings, studio tours, audio/visual art exhibits, a/v performances, two days of education and tech panels and six days of classes. The festival has become a destination for creative professionals from all over the Midwest and the nation by attracting the meshwork of companies and individuals that surround creative motion-picture design. ...
More About: Graphics , Chicago , Downtown , Motion
Free VJ apps
2007-12-01 02:16:00
All Free : AV DRUM: http://www.neuromixer.com/product-avdrum. php QUARTZ COMPOSER: http://developer.apple.com/graphicsimagin g/quartz/quartzcomposer.html NODE BOX: http://nodebox.net/ PROCESSING: http://processing.org/ PURE DATA: http://puredata.info/
New media awards!
2007-11-09 01:16:00
Email UPDATES www.e-flux.com www.mediaarthistory.org www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/dash.html www.isea-web.org www.leonardo.info.com www.nettime.org/nettime-ann TEACHING STYLE mIT = Keith Winstein http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engi neering-and-Computer-Science/6-912January –IAP–2006/VideoLectures/index .htm (also available as Quicktime in iTunesU) UC-Berkley = Psychology Psych 160 - Serena Chen - Fall 2006 (only available on iTunesU) ONLINE VIDEOS Tate TV VIDEO BLOGS human dog Minnesota stories lo-fi st. louis steve garfield rocketboom josh leo zefrank how to video blog: freevlog.com COMMUNITIES deviantart.org conceptart.org rhizome.org vjcentral.com BOOKS on screen > in time > INTERACTIVE websites http://www.yugop.com/ http://www.jodi.org > http://wwwwwwwww.jodi.org/ http://www.hi-res.net/archive > requiem for a dream > donnie darko > minority report http://www.wordperhect.net/ http://16color.com/ http://nobodyhere.com mULTImEDIA http://www.rmxxx.com/RMX2/ http://artists...
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art and affection
2007-10-16 01:33:00
art can operate as cultural instruments; affecting its users and their audience. seek programs which speak directly in terms of affection, whose operations spell clear thier cultural implication. in the age of capitalism, the only response to the constant pressure of interest rates and rental identity, is to deny the mythology that enables ...
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add a pdf file to a DVD
2007-09-09 22:36:00
QUESTION: Phillip Alderman wrote: I have figured out how to add a pdf file to the DVD so it is at least on the DVD after burning it (and accessible through the finder). however, does DVDSP allow you to access the pdf directly from the DVD if you are viewing it on a computer? basically, if I create a button to click ...
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iPhone Review
2007-08-30 18:11:00
i have returned the iPhone on day 14 of my return deadline… i feel a bit lighter today… so i have test driven the lamborghini of cell phones, and i have found a few key things that just didn’t work out for me… i am sure apple is getting reamed but i hope they succeed because ...
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The Electronic Sophistication Series, Wed, July 25th, 2007
2007-07-22 23:22:00
FULL EVENT DETAILS at www.MGChicago.com All events are free and open to the public. 12:30pm - 4:30pm Power Integration Tour Adobe and Maxon join forces to show motion graphics artists how to bring their vision to life with blockbuster visual effects by demonstrating the combining the power of Adobe’s Creative Suite 3 and Maxon’s Cinema 4D This is a four-hour ...
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Chicago Art Department MAG+ZINE & Language of Travel Show
2007-07-11 18:12:00
We are proud to present the first issue of what we hope to be many of Chicago Art Department MAG+ZINE. This in-gallery publication will accompany each exhibition. The theme of each issue will be based on the current exhibition and is created through submissions by people who participate through our website. We hope its ...
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Quicktime Web Video Compression Recommendations
2007-06-19 00:18:00
Video Codec: Sorenson 3 or H.264 or MPEG4 • Audio Codec: IMA 4:1 or MP3 • spatial quality? not sure, maybe 85-90% • Frame Rate? debatable, 24 for high quality, as low as 12 for low quality • Pixel depth? 24-bit, millions of colors • Field Order? off • Do you have Video Hinter Track Settings? not sure, but it sounds good. • Which audio codec do you use? ...
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Problems with Mediatemple Gridserver technology
2007-05-30 20:11:00
“Looks good on paper. A new-fangled web hosting technology is merely a waste of time. Although, they did refund my $20 as per their 30 day money-back guarantee….” “However I noticed the Gridserver’s implementation of a cluster to be buggy at best. For Example, 1 out of 10 page loads results in a 403 Forbidden error. ...
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VJ Guidelines or VJ FAQ
2007-05-21 21:20:00
This doc began as a thread on VJForums.com. Bruxism posted that dance music has some basic guidelines, that are not always followed, but provide a basic ruleset for DJs to use and audiences to expect. The suggestions below were collected from the discussion that followed on the forum and on a Chicago VJ ...
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Adobe CS3 Highlights
2007-03-27 17:59:00
The CS3 Production Suite includes: After Effects, Premier, Photoshop, Illustrator, Encore, Flash & Soundbooth, and two new apps OnLocation (video capture) and Ultra (keying). The Suite is for Mac OSX and Windows (including Vista). After Effects CS3 More flexible vector drawing and animation with new Shape Layers. The Puppet tool for a new and intuitive approach ...
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Social Hacktivism
2007-03-17 21:47:00
Social Activism as a hacker tactic. During the Adbloc discussion during HackMeeting03, we we able to side-step several typical problems that emerge with Haxor projects because Adbloc benefits social activist causes. This tactic seemed interesting. Hackers are constantly having problems establishing valid online resources to support mobile scripts and codez. These resources have are often setup ...
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How to participate in a Second Life event
2007-01-30 22:37:00
We recommend going to Second Life to create an account before the event. This will give you time to learn more about the environment before the event, and spend more time at the event having fun. Step 1 - go to https://secure-web6.secondlife.com/join/i ndex.php and create and account. You will need to select a user name. You do not ...
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Chicago Motion Graphics Festival 2007, Jan 25-28
2007-01-07 18:17:00
The Premier Midwestern Event catering to 3D and Compositing Effects January 25-28th 2007, various locations downtown Chicago This four-day festival pairs daily educational opportunities with nightly industry events. [Thr] Screen Magazine’s Star Awards (see the nominees) [Fri] Motion Graph ics Interactive Mixer @ Bridges Media Group [Sat] Two Hi-Def Screenings @ the Chicago Cultural Center [Sun] Forward thinking online event in the ...
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Working with Cameras in After Effects
2006-12-14 19:46:00
Question: I’m working in this AfterFX project and the camera looks really jerky. Some people do that for effect, but in this case I want to smooth out the splines. The problem is when I do this in AE the cameras position and rotation changes, giving me a whole new set of values. ...
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Alpha Channels
2006-12-05 19:46:00
i wanted to export the clip of the girl on the paper walking towards the camera to final cut so i can make it glitchy. how do i export the file so it keeps the alpha channel, so i can re-import the glitchy video into after effects and still have a transparent background? ...
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2007 Changes in New Media
2006-11-09 18:36:00
A) the real integration (not simply support) of motion-pictures into web delivery technologies. wikis and blogs were big shifts in web content; the next big shift in web content will be the integration of motion-pictures. i think that is clear if you look at the roadmap of nearly every major deign/authoring software vendor. In addition to ...
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