Thursday, February 26, 2009
Check it Out!

OK, so we released this new product recently, VirtualEyez, that, upon first glance, looks like it might only be useful to weathermen and Rachel Maddow. I know, right? But, as it turns out, it can be quite useful for making art with DotMatrix. Many of the DotMatrix art templates rely implicitly on the presence of noise in the frame around the subject.

But after experimenting with VirtualEyez for afew days here in the lab, it has become clear that cleaning up the incoming camera image with a greenscreen matte (or even a Luma-key) and then blending the image with a solid color background (or even a background photo) can result in some majorly cool new looks for DotMatrix art templates that you have already grown to love. The best part about it is that it all runs in real time! And baby, you have to believe me when I say we have only just begun!

Check it out. If you're a registered user of DotMatrix and you need a license for VirtualEyez, toss us an email and we'll comp you one. DotMatrix is like, the child that only a mother could love. So we dote on her. 'Nuff said.

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Monday, February 9, 2009
Direct to Youtube through DotMatrix Effects

Using the standard edition of DotMatrix, it is possible to record the output from DotMatrix directly into a new Youtube video upload. We just tested it.

This functionality should work with all our camera-driver apps: GrabberRaster, DotMatrix, CamCamX and Q@mera.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Bonus DotMatrix feature discovered in iMovie '08 (News at 11:00)

I wrote about it in the Q@mera blog.

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Friday, November 28, 2008
DotMatrix -> Q@mera

We issued an update to Q@mera this past weekend which makes it very easy to take the output of DotMatrix and run it through any effect in Q@mera, effectively chaining the results of the two programs. And naturally, you can then take the output from Q@mera and run it into a CamCamX mix.

The update is free for registered users of Q@mera.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

As much as possible we try to avoid time duplicating functionality which comes freely installed with every Mac. Such is the case with printing.

Out of the box, your Mac comes with at least two good programs for printing and preparing images for printing. They are iPhoto and Preview. You can find both of these in your Applications folder.

For printing an image made with DotMatrix, we suggest opening the image in Preview.app. Since Tiger, Preview includes many useful tools for preparing to print, including rotating, cropping and so forth.

The raster images that DotMatrix creates are PNG graphics created in the "Device-Color Space" of your display. So if you want to color correct before printing and you're using an application which supports color management, you should first convert from device color space into sRGB or some other device independent color space and then print.

For PDF images created with DotMatrix Studio, you can finish & print them in Preview or with another little utility hidden in your Application/Utilities folder called ColorSync Utility. And obviously, Illustrator is a fine way to place finishing touches on a design or add other elements. One great thing about finishing with Illustrator is that when DotMatrix creates a PDF, objects may be created outside of the viewing rectangle (PDF 'crop box') and in Illustrator you can access the entire design, rotate it, munge it, tweak it.


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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Calling All DotMatrix Fans!

It was a long wait, to be sure. We had a fairly long list of the features we wanted to include in DotMatrix Studio. We got almost all of them into the first release:

· Processing of high-resolution photographic images (works best with 4:3 images, so crop 3:2 in Photoshop or Aperture before processing).

· True resolution-independent output for certain classes of designs with quick PDF Snapshots that you can open in Preview.app and print.

· High-definition camera support (including new iSight 1280x960). You can use your BlackMagic Intensity or similar HDMI capture card to make 1920x1080p ART in real-time (requires fast Mac or low-frame rate).

· DotMatrix Studio also includes the ability to rebroadcast the camera input -- at 1280x960! It's a high-definition, INSTANT iSight art mo-sheen!

· instantly prototype your design with DotMatrix Studio and then FINISH it in Photoshop or Illustrator! It's the best of both worlds. Rapid design brainstorming plus the ability to tweak and color correct the final image.

Generally, our designs are resolution-independent provided the aspect ratio of the source image is 4:3. Need help with a large-format project? Be sure to contact our technical support.

We have a backlog of orders to fill on the Studio version, and until we update the pricing information on our web-page, the pre-order pricing is still valid.

Here is a MAO PDF Sample made from the 640x480 low-res clipart of the esteemed chairman. Download it and print it at any resolution you can scare up. Legal. Tabloid. Kinkos giant plotter. The image is rendered as PostScript(tm) curves, so it is truly resolution-independent.

You're gettin' closer to Chuck everyday and you don't even know it!

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Friday, October 24, 2008
How Do I Use Stickam with DotMatrix?

1. Start DotMatrix before Safari.
2. Change the DotMatrix Frame Size to 640x480.
3. Enable rebroadcasting in DotMatrix (TV-like button on lower right).
4. Start Safari and open Stickam.
5. In the Stickam video window, open the camera input select.
6. Choose the DotMatrix camera input from the list.

These instructions will also work with other web/Flash based video chat.

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