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Shooting instructions for the pandemic
We would really prefer to send you a camera team, but these times demand different solutions. So, here an introduction and some instructions for the lockdown-shoot.
For an ideal film, we need something called 'cutaways'. These are little video snippets that we can cut in, which are not direct interview scenes. So, if there is any way that you could use the GoPro camera we sent you, to film a few scenes of yourself working on the computer, walking through your flat, typing on your phone or being in a phone conversation, that helps us a lot. If not possible, don't worry.
The more cameras the better. When interviewing you, we'd preferably film that from different angles. We are sure you have a camera on your computer and we sent you a GoPro. The GoPro comes with a stand and can be placed on your desk or wherever you want to be interviewed. It has a little screen on the back so you can control the picture. At the same time, it would be great if you could use your computer as a second camera. In Windows 10, just type 'Camera' in your search bar and open the app. On a Mac, follow these instructions: https://techviral.net/record-mac-webcam-video/. Please record audio there, too. If you have a podcast microphone or so, please use it with the computer recording.
The package we sent you contains a GoPro with a stand and a light.
You can switch the GoPro on with the power button on the side. Then just arrange it, check that you are happy with the picture and push the button on top to start the recording.
The light can help if the lighting in your room is not great. Basically, we want to avoid shadows on your face and the wall behind you. It is difficult to tell you exactly what to do with it without being there, but if you think it might be too dark at your shooting location, use the light. Ideally, place the light above the camera.
We will connect to you via Whatsapp video chat. Place your phone on the desk, best in a way that you will not directly look into any of the other cameras. We will ask you to clap in your hands from time to time, please do that, it will help us align sounds and footage from both cameras. Besides that it is only a conversation, so don't worry.
When done, please send the GoPro back as it is. We will take the data from the card.
For the computer recording,please use this to transfer to us:
Thank you so much for your understanding and your support!
The Tomorrow Unlocked Team!
Ultra-fast gaming and the sports of tomorrow, with Break the Record's Fredrik Lidholt
Completing a game more quickly than opponents is the goal of the esport of speedrunning. It could be Super Mario, Doom or any other game. This week we'll see which elite players can break the speed record playing Minecraft.
Speed is the name of the game
The Break the Record Live Series is a live-streamed event where elite gamers compete to be the fastest ever player. Next week, they'll try to break the Minecraft speed-playing record. The brains behind Break the Record, Fredrik Lidholt (aka Edenal) chats about the future of esports with Marco Preuss and Rainer Bock in the latest episode of Unlocked.
Find out more about next week's Minecraft event here!
Intro to cryptoart and non-fungible tokens (NFTS)
A non-fungible token (NFT) of digital kitten art sold for 170,000 US dollars. These tokens could change how we buy, sell and own digital media. What are they, and could they build a new creative economy? To start, check out the video above from CNBC!
Is this the art of true ownership in the digital age?
Most of us can make a GIF, take a picture or record a clip, but what if you could sell those and other digital media for hundreds of thousands of dollars? With the rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), pictures, short clips of comedians, GIFs and every other form of digital art is now being tokenized and sold just like a physical painting.
What is an NFT?
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a digital certificate of ownership of a piece of digital information that can be bought and sold. It works the same way as cryptocurrency: Secure transactions made between two parties recorded permanently through blockchain. The difference is, with bitcoin – a popular cryptocurrency using blockchain – you can trade one coin for the other and it has the same value, but NFTs are one-of-a-kind. Each NFT is unique and can have a different value.
You can make NFTs of almost anything digital, but the big news is they're starting to be used to buy and sell digital art, known as cryptoart.
Why NFTs can benefit digital artists and art buyers
Uniqueness has always been central to the art market. Digital art is hard to sell, and for buyers, hard to 'own' because of the potential for an infinite number of copies. NFTs could solve that problem.
For creators, NFTs are super trendy and therefore add to your enigmatic status, and they have a handy sell-on feature. If you sell a GIF using NFTs, you get a percentage every time the NFT is sold to a new buyer. Imagine Van Gogh selling a painting, then getting a slice of every resale, forever.
And if you're a buyer, you have a concrete claim of owning a piece of digital art. And speaking of buying, you might want to see this.
A world gone mad for NFTs
The best way to understand the NFT market explosion is to see some pieces that have fetched crazy sums. Brace yourself.
This Nyan Cat GIF sold for almost $600,000 US dollars.
Grimes - The NFT goldrush continues
This 50-second video by Grimes sold for almost $390,000.
Watch the video here.
Beeple - Authenticated by blockchain
This video by Beeple sold for $6.6 million.
Watch the video here.
Crypto financial and environmental impacts
Many financial experts have warned that this could be an investment bubble that, if it bursts, could mean big losses.And while NFTs are making the digital art world fairer, they come with a warning. The sale of a crypto art piece can use the same amount of energy in one transaction as an art studio uses in two years.
How artists can benefit
If you're an aspiring or established artist or content creator, no promises, but this could be big for you. First, prepare your work ready, whether it's a GIF, picture or video. Then, when you're happy with it, start on NIfty Gateway. On Nifty Gateway, you can apply to create a project for them to sell.