Digital Photography Review: LensKit is a new iOS app that helps you pick the right camera, lens for your next video shoot

Digital Photography Review: LensKit is a new iOS app that helps you pick the right camera, lens for your next video shoot. “Zak Ray, a cinematographer, colorist and developer who creates apps for filmmakers, has released LensKit, a new tool that makes it easy to plan a video shoot. LensKit consists of a comprehensive database of adapters, cameras and lenses that work together to show you what lenses can be used on what cameras, what their equivalent focal length will be based on the camera’s format and more.”

Engadget: Netflix is developing livestreaming features

Engadget: Netflix is developing livestreaming features. “Deadline suggests the streaming giant could use the technology to hold live voting for competitive shows like the upcoming Dance 100 and air sets from its annual Netflix Is A Joke festival, among other use cases. The feature doesn’t have a rollout date yet, with only a small team within the company reportedly in the ‘preliminary’ stages of developing the tech.”

Engadget: Snapchat is getting a suite of new editing tools called ‘director mode’

Engadget: Snapchat is getting a suite of new editing tools called ‘director mode’. “In a blog post, Snap said that director mode is meant to help people create more “polished” content than what is currently possible with Snapchat’s in-app camera. The new tools include a TikTok-like green screen feature that relies on Snapchat’s vast library of augmented reality lenses.”

Hack A Day: Drone Filming Chile’s Urban Bike Race Takes Some Fancy Radio Gear

Hack A Day: Drone Filming Chile’s Urban Bike Race Takes Some Fancy Radio Gear. “Drones have revolutionized the world of videography in perhaps the biggest way since the advent of digital hardware. They’re used to get shots that are impractical or entirely impossible to get by any other means. The [Dutch Drone Gods] specialize in such work. When it came to filming an urban mountain bike race in a dense Chilean city, they had to bust out some serious tricks.” An amazing 11-minute video with captions available; if you have any interest in drones or photography do yourself a favor and watch it. The last three minutes, where the drone follows a bike down the steep course, is unbelievable.

The Verge: Snapchat’s Flying Camera

The Verge: Snapchat’s Flying Camera. “Yes, Snap made a drone. Called Pixy, the small yellow puck takes off from your hand, follows you around, and captures video that can be sent back to Snapchat. It’s Snap’s attempt at making a drone that’s friendlier and more approachable than other products on the market — and it may hint at the more advanced, AR-powered future Snap is building toward.”

Monash University: Research helping to amplify Ukrainian refugee voices

Monash University: Research helping to amplify Ukrainian refugee voices. “The stories of Ukrainian refugees fleeing impacted areas are being highlighted with the help of video production toolkits developed by Monash University researchers in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The Indaba project, created by researchers from the Faculty of Information Technology’s (IT) Action Lab in collaboration with the IFRC, provides simple guided tools to shoot, edit and publish videos so that remote communities can collaboratively tell their stories, create historical archives of specific issues and report progress on ongoing aid programs with minimal professional support.”

The Advocate: He livestreamed a killing. Facebook alerted police, deleted the video, but duplicates spread.

The Advocate: He livestreamed a killing. Facebook alerted police, deleted the video, but duplicates spread.. “One of the videos was viewed 16,000 times and shared 191 more. Another logged 56,000 views and 2,300 shares. There were at least 10, all showing Janice David being stabbed to death…. despite Meta’s efforts to stop the footage from circulating, clips of the video reposted by other users remained on Facebook for at least 24 hours after [Earl Lee] Johnson’s arrest. They ranged in length from 23 seconds to nearly two minutes.”

Tubefilter: The video app Josh is making deep inroads in India. Its parent company just raised $805 million.

Tubefilter: The video app Josh is making deep inroads in India. Its parent company just raised $805 million.. “The Indian government’s decision to ban TikTok has turned the country’s short-form video landscape into a gold rush. American tech companies like Instagram and YouTube have made inroads in the world’s second-most populous nation, but the biggest winners of the post-TikTok era have been local platforms.”

The Kashmir Monitor: How social media is influencing Ramzan transmissions in Kashmir

The Kashmir Monitor: How social media is influencing Ramzan transmissions in Kashmir. “Gone are the days when people used to glue to the radio sets to listen to Ramzan transmission. Now YouTubers and Vloggers are giving it a new twist. From Ramadan cuisines to busy nightlife and from Iftaar gatherings to street foods, social media influencers are showcasing Kashmir in a new avatar.”

Mashable: YouTube’s new Search Insights tells creators exactly what their viewers are looking for

Mashable: YouTube’s new Search Insights tells creators exactly what their viewers are looking for. “This week, YouTube rolled out a brand new feature for content creators that tells you just that. It’s called Search Insights. If you blinked, you might have missed it as YouTube rolled out this new tool for creators fairly quietly, with an announcement that appears to have only been posted on its Creator Insiders video channel.”

Brass Oak Genealogy: 1950 US Census: I’m Here To Help!

Brass Oak Genealogy: 1950 US Census: I’m Here To Help!. “You’ve probably spent some time over the last two weeks trying to find people in the 1950 US census (I know I have!). But it’s not an easy task, especially without a solid index and the search tools that we’re used to on genealogy websites. That said, I’ve created a variety of videos that address some of the issues and offer solutions and workarounds.”