31/03/2012 Click


31/03/2012

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. Includes tech news and web reviews.


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victory. Now it is time for Click.

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This week on Click, exciting times. We have decided to find out just

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how good the video cameras are on smartphones by using one to make a

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movie. And you can't get more analogue

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then a night at the theatre, but can you? Be at a show where it is

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not just the actors doing the projecting.

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The latest tech news and a great way to bring your desk top to life

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in Webscape. Welcome to Click. Welcome to

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Alexandra Palace in London. This was the birthplace of BBC One, the

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world's first regular high- definition TV service. Although

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this was higis was higon 1930s style. But these days, you can get

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higher definition on one of these than at this place ever pumped out.

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Some film-makers are using smartphones to make professional-

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looking films. We wondered just how good a movie can -- how good of a

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mini you can make on a smartphone. We decided to make one. -- a movie.

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I am at Alexandra Palace now. We had a Tweet saying there was

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something weird over here. I can't see anything at the moment, but...

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 72 seconds

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Target required. Attack. Attack. Attack.

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OK. Let's try a bit of droid on Her! Broke Android, thought there

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would be a nap for that. -- and app. The end. Have you enjoyed that. But

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if you would like to try making something like that, you will need

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some extra bit -- bits of kit and a The bar has already been set higher

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by this movie, Olive, entirely filmed on a Nokia N8 smartphone.

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Director Hooman Khalili used a host of professional great film lenses,

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a professional sound engineer to capture audio separately, and a

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professional at its weight. -- edit suite. For us, the challenge was to

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capture high-definition video and sound, colour great the resulting

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footage, and to generate those visual effects using only

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smartphones and their various attachments. So, which phone to

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use? Or those Samsung's Galaxy as to ute seemed to sue the best video,

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most of the hardware attachments and the best post-production apps

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are currently only made for the iPhone -- iPhone. Location booked,

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storyboard completed and batteries charged, we headed to Alexandra

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Palace for a day of fresh air and running about. One of the first

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problems you will encounter when shooting at smartphone video or is

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that the phone tries to be too helpful. It constantly changes the

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focus and exposure as you're filming. In comes FiLMiC Pro, one

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of the few apps that allows you to lock the camera settings for the

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duration of a shot. The next problem You will have is a lens,

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which will be lost if you -- which will need for a decent wide-angle

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shot. But there are a number of attachments which will give you a

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variety of looks. A Siddle wide- angle lens but to capture even more

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of the scene. This fisheye lens gives you that warped effect for

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the Android's point of view. And a telephoto lens can give any shot a

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more professional look. It can give you close-up shots and throws the

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background out of focus, which looks really cooler. -- cooler.

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This attachment let you screw your phone onto any attached -- tripod

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you like. And that tracking shot at the start of the movie will require

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something like this. And a steady hand. It needs to be would ever is

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more comfortable. If you need to capture the action at a run or a

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walk, a steadicam attachment will counteract a camera operator's

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natural bounce. We also used it to seem -- simulate the Android's

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steady glide. A counterweight is underneath to keep the phone a

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level as you twist and turn. It is fiddly to set up. You have to get

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the balance just right before you start, but the results are smooth.

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As well as getting good looking to forget the sound. In a phone and

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microphones are notoriously bad at capturing good quality audio. If we

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wanted to record a lot of dialogue, we would have needed this 350 pound

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tie line attachment to connect to our professional -- hour in a phone

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and microphone. The kung-fu moves are optional but they did allow

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them to maintain a steady shot. The sound is possible as long as it is

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an old close to the mouth during the shot. Even the voice of the

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Android was done in the phone in using a free voice changer. To

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those visual effects shot, both were created using Action Movie.

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Just a place the target we were the action, record a few seconds of

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video and decider at which point you want the effect to begin. --

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decider. It is a little hit and miss and you have to create the

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final effects shot in the phone before you can have another go, but

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for a free app, the brick -- results are pretty cool. It is

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impressive stuff but there are some serious technical drawbacks to

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shooting high-definition video. The most pressing is the fact that it

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will seriously train your phone's precious resources. FiLMiC Pro

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chewed through the eye for an's battery. High-quality video fills

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your phone's memory to bursting. Three minutes of video takes around

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one gigabyte of space. After 40 minutes of filming, our brand new

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16 Keig phone was out a space. -- Keig. -- gigabyte. We found

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ourselves regularly dumping of footage to a laptop and recharging

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it with this. Want to have recorded your raw

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footage, you may want to give it more of a cinematic feel. There are

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many felt that apps which will process your pictures. We used one

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for the overall colour grading and used thank you different apps on

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top of that to create the finished effect. Don't forget that despite

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what Steve Jobs may have told you, this is a phone, not a

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supercomputer. It takes about 20 minutes to apply affects up to one

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minute of video, so keep your phone charging and go get yourself a cup

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of tea. And go for a nice walk. Once everything is done, it is time

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to edit it all together. Even here, it is possible to do it on a mobile

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device, although on a small screen, this is very painful. If you prefer

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to use a PC, YouTube allows you to perform simple and it's and music

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mixes and both Mac and Windows come with video editing software also.

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So, it turns out it is possible to make a respectable-looking creation,

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shot, special effects, and all using a smartphone. The results

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seem to be good enough for the web and a standard definition TV. As

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soon as you try to do anything vaguely complicated, he will need a

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tonne of patients and the sheer stubbornness to refuse to spend a

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relatively small amount on a proper Some of you may have made your own

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smartphone movies. You can send us a link. Our e-mail address is

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[email protected] .co.uk. Next is Tech News. What many see as rip-off data

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charges for using your phone abroad is to end in Europe. European

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Parliament has voted to cap data charges for European users when

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travelling within the EU to 59p per megabyte. The changes come into

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effect in July and the maximum cost for making or receiving calls and

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texts will fall by about 20%. Next year, they will fall further and

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customers will be given the option of signing with a different

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operator while retaining their own number while travelling in the EU.

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Two American senators are asking for an investigation into whether

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employers asking for Facebook passwords with in job interviews

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are violating the law. Facebook says it has seen an alarming

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increase in reports of employers trying to gain access to Facebook

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profiles. Internet users should have an easy

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to use do not track me feature at their fingertips. The

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recommendation by the Federal Trade Commission in the US will prevent

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online companies from recording use of's behaviour without permission.

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They said companies needed to be more transparent but senators may

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be too busy to consider this before the election.

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We have looked at how some of the latest consumer tape can be used to

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make half decent movies. Now it is time to give another of the

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creative arts a mate Clover. LJ Rich has been behind the seats of

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hi-tech theatre. -- pain make over. Nobody pushes scenery on and off

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this stage. It is a south London theatre that has been kitted out

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and run by computers. Computers that create crops. That can hide

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the stage. -- props. Or create a character's worst enemy. Here, you

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can see the virtual set mac back on to the real said. If you look at

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the bright white light, these are a series of projects as that are

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hitting the walls. When using the project this in conjunction with

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the rest of the lighting rig, the idea is it brings together.

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seamless whole is actually five Quicktime video files playing in

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sync. Each screen overlaps. That is called Edge blending. It allows

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actors to interact with all be out staged by the scenery. One of the

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highlights is where the hero fights a Samurai. It is a virtual Samurai.

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They are going to let me have a go. The principle is the same as

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traditional shadow theatre and helps the drought every team in

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advance. I did not. -- figure out a routine in advance. Behind the

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screens of the production company's studio, our mystery swordsman is a

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person in a motion -- motion capture suit. They build a stage

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model to get a feel of the space. This is made into a virtual model

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using CAD. Now, the creative design process starts in earnest. We are

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looking at my it - 3D animation software. We brought the virtual 3D

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model into my ear. We used virtual three-dimensional objects in a

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virtual space. -- my her. That is then used and projected back on to

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the scenery. Despite the hi-tech feel of projected scenery, it is

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still down to trial and error to get the virtual and real to match

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up. Even future projects like these need tweeting before it is suitable

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for the theatre. -- tweaking. This is smart Class that goes opaque

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when a current runs through it. The theory is to create quick scene

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changes while somebody is acting in front of it. But the actor in front

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is currently covered by the projection, assuming this can be

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ironed out by projection from behind, it will still cost upwards

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of �30,000 to fit this through -- to an average side stage. Team also

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showed me another project. Will time voter manipulation, made

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especially for an upcoming play about photography. -- photo. It is

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a novel idea to use a MIDI music controller to change how pixelated

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the images. And what prototype room would be complete without this? The

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ex pop -- a Xbox controller that follows a movement is following a

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virtual keyboard. But this demo is more about how to configure the get

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censored. Actors can effectively direct themselves. They can change

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of music used by walking through a specific area which may mean a

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longer wait in the wings for everybody else.

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Now, a change is as good as a breast, is what they say. I go on

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holiday, come back feeling refreshed. -- rest. But then I come

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back and I am staring at the same wallpaper. Fortunately, Kate

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Russell is not that slack. Here comes Webscape.

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For according to Tolstoy, true life is lived when tiny changes occur.

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Bring your desktop to life at cover .com. The free desktop at can be

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downloaded through PC or Mac and delivers an ever-changing landscape

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of desktop wallpapers, designed by some of the world's best artists

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and illustrators. Like most people, I rarely get around to changing my

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wallpaper. This app has brightened up my desktop. It is like somebody

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sneaking in in the middle of the night and hanging a piece of art on

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and browse the archive of stunning wallpapers online. Building a play

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list of favourites to streamed your desktop automatically. There is a

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Twitter at as well and a company -- companies say they are full steam

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ahead developing for the rest of the market. The video you can

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record on an iPhone is pretty decent quality these days,

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especially with the apps and extras you can get to enhance the picture,

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as we saw in today's show. But what are you supposed to do with the

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random snippets of BDO if you have no time? Make them beautiful, of

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course, with this excellent free app, Magisto. -- video. You can

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shoot a video or upload from your camera roll. The case soundtrack

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and sit and wait for the magic to happen. -- Pick a soundtrack. You

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do not have to sit there watching this green. It took me a few

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minutes to work that out the first time. -- this screen. Prices in

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takes a few minutes so have a cup of tea. This works like Flixtime

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and Animoto. A couple of browser based services that do this. Having

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it parcelled up as an up with building links -- built in links

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makes this thinner than other ways. One and loins is you cannot we mix

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a collection. It comes out the same every time. -- won an audience. But

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this is a welcome addition to video sharing.

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Time to keep out narrowness style with this app built by the makers

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of Plane Finder. ShipFinder.co. It tracks and displays shipping.

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Zooming can be jerky due to the sheer volume of load of data. There

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is detailed information about where each ship is going and what is its

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business. You could in effect track the delivery of a shiny new car you

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ordered from overseas or perhaps follow the progress of a cruise

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ship will grandparents are holidaying on. You can even sit

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there and what the ship move across the map frame-by-frame if you have

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a lot of patience. Not quite like being there in person though, is

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it? Luckily, the site lets you fast-forward through history so you

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can see the ships go sailing by. Or jump aboard yourself with the Sail

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Me button which opens the ship's route in Google Earth 4 U2 s --

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explore some more. Now, I want to turn things upside down. Yes, it

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hurts my brain as well. FirstPersonTetris .com is a new

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twist on an old classic but is pretty hard to get your head around.

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It is fun to try, though. Finally, finger painting paid off for the

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creators of chart-topping Draw Something. Again on android and

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iPhone that beat you against other players in a Pictionary like draw-

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off. This may not be a Salvador Dali but the price tag is in line

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with the great masters. It was revealed this week that the makers,

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Zinga, are prepared to pay $180 million for it.

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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.


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