January 18, 2012, 10:55 am
We just left a Western Digital preview event where the company provided an early glimpse at its yet-to-be-officially-announced My Book Thunderbolt Duo pair of external hard drives. Two models will be available initially, offering either 4 or 6 terabytes of storage capacity. As the Duo in the product name implies, each device carries two 3.5-inch disks, meaning that the 4TB model contains 2 x 2TB drives; the larger 6TB version holds 2 x 3TB HDDs.
Researchers at Adobe have collaborated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology to develop a new system, based on deep convolutional neural networks, which can extract foreground content from its background intelligently and accurately – and with no need for the blue/green-screen techniques which have dominated cinema for nearly a century.
Iconic monster with a heart of gold Kong is back on the big screens in “Kong: Skull Island”—and this time he’s bigger than ever. For this podcast, Chris managed to tempt Jeff White, the movie’s visual effects supervisor, away from wrangling enormous creatures and into talking about how exactly his team brought Kong to life.
Lots of people didn't know you could use Photoshop's eyedropper tool to do this...
In 1996, director Danny Boyle tapped into the fashionable ‘Cool Britannia’ movement with Trainspotting, adapted from the novel by Irvine Welsh. With its colorful characters, frank depiction of heroin use, and Ewan McGregor’s unforgettable dive into a public washroom toilet, the black comedy enjoyed both critical acclaim and box office success, and captured the zeitgeist of an era.
Skull Island is a re-imagined version of the classic King Kong story. Kong's uncharted Skull Island is inhabited by physically real looking creatures that have evolved into much larger versions of those found elsewhere on earth. There is also an indigenous human population that has, thanks to Kong, survived for generations.
This week on A Sound Effect we have ambiences aplenty, as well as gunshots, footsteps, UI sounds, metal and wood impacts, and a monster vocalization processor you will fall in love with. You can go to South Africa and hear their immersive crickets and beautifully bewitching birds, or to Germany or rural Philippines to experience their domestic atmospheres. There are also collections of massive metal and wood impacts, futuristic UI sounds, enormous footsteps, and a vocal processing program that will inspire your monstrous performances. With so much exciting content available, the best thing to do is dive right in!
This week, the Dolby Voice® team is hitting the road. From March 27 to 29, we’ll be in Orlando at Enterprise Connect, the leading enterprise communications event. We’ve been hard at work collaborating with our partners, and we’re so excited to show you what we’ve built together.
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