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victory. Now it is time for Click.
This week on Click, exciting times. We have decided to find out just
how good the video cameras are on smartphones by using one to make a
movie. And you can't get more analogue
then a night at the theatre, but can you? Be at a show where it is
not just the actors doing the projecting.
The latest tech news and a great way to bring your desk top to life
in Webscape. Welcome to Click. Welcome to
Alexandra Palace in London. This was the birthplace of BBC One, the
world's first regular high- definition TV service. Although
this was higis was higon 1930s style. But these days, you can get
higher definition on one of these than at this place ever pumped out.
Some film-makers are using smartphones to make professional-
looking films. We wondered just how good a movie can -- how good of a
mini you can make on a smartphone. We decided to make one. -- a movie.
I am at Alexandra Palace now. We had a Tweet saying there was
something weird over here. I can't see anything at the moment, but...
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 72 seconds
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OK. Let's try a bit of droid on Her! Broke Android, thought there
would be a nap for that. -- and app. The end. Have you enjoyed that. But
if you would like to try making something like that, you will need
some extra bit -- bits of kit and a The bar has already been set higher
by this movie, Olive, entirely filmed on a Nokia N8 smartphone.
Director Hooman Khalili used a host of professional great film lenses,
a professional sound engineer to capture audio separately, and a
professional at its weight. -- edit suite. For us, the challenge was to
capture high-definition video and sound, colour great the resulting
footage, and to generate those visual effects using only
smartphones and their various attachments. So, which phone to
use? Or those Samsung's Galaxy as to ute seemed to sue the best video,
most of the hardware attachments and the best post-production apps
are currently only made for the iPhone -- iPhone. Location booked,
storyboard completed and batteries charged, we headed to Alexandra
Palace for a day of fresh air and running about. One of the first
problems you will encounter when shooting at smartphone video or is
that the phone tries to be too helpful. It constantly changes the
focus and exposure as you're filming. In comes FiLMiC Pro, one
of the few apps that allows you to lock the camera settings for the
duration of a shot. The next problem You will have is a lens,
which will be lost if you -- which will need for a decent wide-angle
shot. But there are a number of attachments which will give you a
variety of looks. A Siddle wide- angle lens but to capture even more
of the scene. This fisheye lens gives you that warped effect for
the Android's point of view. And a telephoto lens can give any shot a
more professional look. It can give you close-up shots and throws the
background out of focus, which looks really cooler. -- cooler.
This attachment let you screw your phone onto any attached -- tripod
you like. And that tracking shot at the start of the movie will require
something like this. And a steady hand. It needs to be would ever is
more comfortable. If you need to capture the action at a run or a
walk, a steadicam attachment will counteract a camera operator's
natural bounce. We also used it to seem -- simulate the Android's
steady glide. A counterweight is underneath to keep the phone a
level as you twist and turn. It is fiddly to set up. You have to get
the balance just right before you start, but the results are smooth.
As well as getting good looking to forget the sound. In a phone and
microphones are notoriously bad at capturing good quality audio. If we
wanted to record a lot of dialogue, we would have needed this 350 pound
tie line attachment to connect to our professional -- hour in a phone
and microphone. The kung-fu moves are optional but they did allow
them to maintain a steady shot. The sound is possible as long as it is
an old close to the mouth during the shot. Even the voice of the
Android was done in the phone in using a free voice changer. To
those visual effects shot, both were created using Action Movie.
Just a place the target we were the action, record a few seconds of
video and decider at which point you want the effect to begin. --
decider. It is a little hit and miss and you have to create the
final effects shot in the phone before you can have another go, but
for a free app, the brick -- results are pretty cool. It is
impressive stuff but there are some serious technical drawbacks to
shooting high-definition video. The most pressing is the fact that it
will seriously train your phone's precious resources. FiLMiC Pro
chewed through the eye for an's battery. High-quality video fills
your phone's memory to bursting. Three minutes of video takes around
one gigabyte of space. After 40 minutes of filming, our brand new
16 Keig phone was out a space. -- Keig. -- gigabyte. We found
ourselves regularly dumping of footage to a laptop and recharging
it with this. Want to have recorded your raw
footage, you may want to give it more of a cinematic feel. There are
many felt that apps which will process your pictures. We used one
for the overall colour grading and used thank you different apps on
top of that to create the finished effect. Don't forget that despite
what Steve Jobs may have told you, this is a phone, not a
supercomputer. It takes about 20 minutes to apply affects up to one
minute of video, so keep your phone charging and go get yourself a cup
of tea. And go for a nice walk. Once everything is done, it is time
to edit it all together. Even here, it is possible to do it on a mobile
device, although on a small screen, this is very painful. If you prefer
to use a PC, YouTube allows you to perform simple and it's and music
mixes and both Mac and Windows come with video editing software also.
So, it turns out it is possible to make a respectable-looking creation,
shot, special effects, and all using a smartphone. The results
seem to be good enough for the web and a standard definition TV. As
soon as you try to do anything vaguely complicated, he will need a
tonne of patients and the sheer stubbornness to refuse to spend a
relatively small amount on a proper Some of you may have made your own
smartphone movies. You can send us a link. Our e-mail address is
[email protected] .co.uk. Next is Tech News. What many see as rip-off data
charges for using your phone abroad is to end in Europe. European
Parliament has voted to cap data charges for European users when
travelling within the EU to 59p per megabyte. The changes come into
effect in July and the maximum cost for making or receiving calls and
texts will fall by about 20%. Next year, they will fall further and
customers will be given the option of signing with a different
operator while retaining their own number while travelling in the EU.
Two American senators are asking for an investigation into whether
employers asking for Facebook passwords with in job interviews
are violating the law. Facebook says it has seen an alarming
increase in reports of employers trying to gain access to Facebook
profiles. Internet users should have an easy
to use do not track me feature at their fingertips. The
recommendation by the Federal Trade Commission in the US will prevent
online companies from recording use of's behaviour without permission.
They said companies needed to be more transparent but senators may
be too busy to consider this before the election.
We have looked at how some of the latest consumer tape can be used to
make half decent movies. Now it is time to give another of the
creative arts a mate Clover. LJ Rich has been behind the seats of
hi-tech theatre. -- pain make over. Nobody pushes scenery on and off
this stage. It is a south London theatre that has been kitted out
and run by computers. Computers that create crops. That can hide
the stage. -- props. Or create a character's worst enemy. Here, you
can see the virtual set mac back on to the real said. If you look at
the bright white light, these are a series of projects as that are
hitting the walls. When using the project this in conjunction with
the rest of the lighting rig, the idea is it brings together.
seamless whole is actually five Quicktime video files playing in
sync. Each screen overlaps. That is called Edge blending. It allows
actors to interact with all be out staged by the scenery. One of the
highlights is where the hero fights a Samurai. It is a virtual Samurai.
They are going to let me have a go. The principle is the same as
traditional shadow theatre and helps the drought every team in
advance. I did not. -- figure out a routine in advance. Behind the
screens of the production company's studio, our mystery swordsman is a
person in a motion -- motion capture suit. They build a stage
model to get a feel of the space. This is made into a virtual model
using CAD. Now, the creative design process starts in earnest. We are
looking at my it - 3D animation software. We brought the virtual 3D
model into my ear. We used virtual three-dimensional objects in a
virtual space. -- my her. That is then used and projected back on to
the scenery. Despite the hi-tech feel of projected scenery, it is
still down to trial and error to get the virtual and real to match
up. Even future projects like these need tweeting before it is suitable
for the theatre. -- tweaking. This is smart Class that goes opaque
when a current runs through it. The theory is to create quick scene
changes while somebody is acting in front of it. But the actor in front
is currently covered by the projection, assuming this can be
ironed out by projection from behind, it will still cost upwards
of �30,000 to fit this through -- to an average side stage. Team also
showed me another project. Will time voter manipulation, made
especially for an upcoming play about photography. -- photo. It is
a novel idea to use a MIDI music controller to change how pixelated
the images. And what prototype room would be complete without this? The
ex pop -- a Xbox controller that follows a movement is following a
virtual keyboard. But this demo is more about how to configure the get
censored. Actors can effectively direct themselves. They can change
of music used by walking through a specific area which may mean a
longer wait in the wings for everybody else.
Now, a change is as good as a breast, is what they say. I go on
holiday, come back feeling refreshed. -- rest. But then I come
back and I am staring at the same wallpaper. Fortunately, Kate
Russell is not that slack. Here comes Webscape.
For according to Tolstoy, true life is lived when tiny changes occur.
Bring your desktop to life at cover .com. The free desktop at can be
downloaded through PC or Mac and delivers an ever-changing landscape
of desktop wallpapers, designed by some of the world's best artists
and illustrators. Like most people, I rarely get around to changing my
wallpaper. This app has brightened up my desktop. It is like somebody
sneaking in in the middle of the night and hanging a piece of art on
the wall. Lovely! If you do not like surprises, you can register
and browse the archive of stunning wallpapers online. Building a play
list of favourites to streamed your desktop automatically. There is a
Twitter at as well and a company -- companies say they are full steam
ahead developing for the rest of the market. The video you can
record on an iPhone is pretty decent quality these days,
especially with the apps and extras you can get to enhance the picture,
as we saw in today's show. But what are you supposed to do with the
random snippets of BDO if you have no time? Make them beautiful, of
course, with this excellent free app, Magisto. -- video. You can
shoot a video or upload from your camera roll. The case soundtrack
and sit and wait for the magic to happen. -- Pick a soundtrack. You
do not have to sit there watching this green. It took me a few
minutes to work that out the first time. -- this screen. Prices in
takes a few minutes so have a cup of tea. This works like Flixtime
and Animoto. A couple of browser based services that do this. Having
it parcelled up as an up with building links -- built in links
makes this thinner than other ways. One and loins is you cannot we mix
a collection. It comes out the same every time. -- won an audience. But
this is a welcome addition to video sharing.
Time to keep out narrowness style with this app built by the makers
of Plane Finder. ShipFinder.co. It tracks and displays shipping.
Zooming can be jerky due to the sheer volume of load of data. There
is detailed information about where each ship is going and what is its
business. You could in effect track the delivery of a shiny new car you
ordered from overseas or perhaps follow the progress of a cruise
ship will grandparents are holidaying on. You can even sit
there and what the ship move across the map frame-by-frame if you have
a lot of patience. Not quite like being there in person though, is
it? Luckily, the site lets you fast-forward through history so you
can see the ships go sailing by. Or jump aboard yourself with the Sail
Me button which opens the ship's route in Google Earth 4 U2 s --
explore some more. Now, I want to turn things upside down. Yes, it
hurts my brain as well. FirstPersonTetris .com is a new
twist on an old classic but is pretty hard to get your head around.
It is fun to try, though. Finally, finger painting paid off for the
creators of chart-topping Draw Something. Again on android and
iPhone that beat you against other players in a Pictionary like draw-
off. This may not be a Salvador Dali but the price tag is in line
with the great masters. It was revealed this week that the makers,
Zinga, are prepared to pay $180 million for it.
Just how good is the video camera on your smartphone? To find out, Click has made its own special effects action movie - using just a phone. Plus we go behind the scenes of high tech theatre. Includes tech news and web reviews.