KissKissBankBank: PeerTube, a free and federated video platform

From the crowdfunding site KissKissBankBank. Looks like it’s already funded and will launch in October: PeerTube, a free and federated video platform. “PeerTube is a practical answer to all video-tubes that centralize our data and attention. With it, videos can be hosted by the people, with the people, for the people. PeerTube is a software anyone can install on a server, to get a data-friendly video-hosting platform, called a PeerTube Instance.”

Washington Post: Instagram now has its own version of YouTube

Washington Post: Instagram now has its own version of YouTube. “Social media network Instagram made a more aggressive push into the “media” side of its business Wednesday, hosting a splashy launch for a new service for long-form video called IGTV. Several celebrities with prominent social media accounts joined Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom to kick off the new platform. The launch party, in true tech industry fashion, featured colored lights, loud music and photoworthy scenes set in the alcoves of a former Honda dealership — located steps away from a homeless encampment in the heart of San Francisco.”

Poynter: We tried to create a deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg and Alex Jones — and failed. Here’s what happened.

Poynter: We tried to create a deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg and Alex Jones — and failed. Here’s what happened.. “Making it look like someone did or said something that never happened is harder than it looks. That’s what Poynter learned over the past several weeks while trying to create a ‘deepfake’ video of Alex Jones, Infowars host and frequent conspiracy theorist, giving remarks that were actually made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Deepfakes, named after the Reddit user who came up with the method, are essentially created by extracting a large number of frames from one video and superimposing them on one another.”

Oh Wow: Deep Learning AI Program Can Turn Standard 30FPS Footage Into Seamless High Quality Slow-Motion (Geekologie)

Geekologie: Oh Wow: Deep Learning AI Program Can Turn Standard 30FPS Footage Into Seamless High Quality Slow-Motion. “This is a video demonstration of a deep learning artificial intelligence program developed by graphics processor giant Nvidia that can turn standard 30FPS footage into beautiful, seamless 240FPS slow motion footage, 60FPS to 480FPS, and already slow motion footage four times slower.”

TorrentFreak: YouTube’s Blocks MIT Courses, Blender Videos, and More (Updated)

TorrentFreak: YouTube’s Blocks MIT Courses, Blender Videos, and More (Updated). “Several popular YouTube accounts, including those belonging to ‘MIT OpenCourseWare’ and the ‘Blender Foundation,’ have had all their videos blocked. People who try to access the videos are informed that they are not available in their country, suggesting that YouTube’s piracy filters have been triggered. It’s unclear, however, who or what is to blame.”

TechCrunch: Adobe debuts Project Rush, its new all-in-one video editor

TechCrunch: Adobe debuts Project Rush, its new all-in-one video editor. “Adobe today announced the launch of Project Rush, a new video editor that takes the core features of its pro tools like Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition and combines them into a single, more accessible tool. Don’t get too excited yet, though, the new tool will only be available later this year (and my guess would be a launch at the company’s Max conference in October).”

Gizmodo: Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good

Gizmodo: Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good. “Fake news sucks, and as those eerily accurate videos of a lip-synced Barack Obama demonstrated last year, it’s soon going to get a hell of a lot worse. As a newly revealed video-manipulation system shows, super-realistic fake videos are improving faster than some of us thought possible. The SIGGRAPH 2018 computer graphics and design conference is scheduled for August 12 to 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, but we’re already getting a taste of the jaw-dropping technologies that are set to go on display.”