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Revelens: Making online viewing
more interactive

By Randi Altman

Industry vet Lucas Wilson loves metadata. So much so he has built a company around it. Revelens offers non-disruptive web-based contextual video bookmarking. What’s that you ask?

Imagine watching an episode of your favorite show online and seeing a watch you might consider buying… if only you knew where to find it. That is where Revelens technology comes in. Tap or click on the screen to register a bookmark – you can either immediately swipe up to open the link and get the information you want, or just continue watching the show. When you do choose to open that bookmark there’s a link to the watch, there’s the UPC code, there’s the price, and information on the product.

While this gives broadcasters and video publishers additional revenue streams, it also allows the user to acquire immediate information about what they are viewing. Here’s another example: you are watching a show with an actor whose name you can’t place. Just tap/click and swipe. Or maybe someone mentions a time in history you want to know more about. Tap or click on the screen, swipe up, and bookmark links take you to that information.

This technology is designed to make interaction with video easy and non-invasive, and the video publisher can dynamically decide what to offer the user. According to CEO/president Wilson, the Revelens back-end provides the data behind a video while the actual front-end customer experience lives in a standard player on top of any existing streaming website. When a video that is Revelens-enabled comes up, the back-end is listening for taps, clicks and swipes, and provides the information asked for on demand.

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Review: Krotos Limited’s Dehumaniser
By Robin Shore

Dehumaniser’s aim is to make the usually time-consuming and esoteric process of designing creature vocals into something as simple as twiddling a few knobs and flicking some switches. If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to create the voice of dinosaur, alien or troll then this software is for you.

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The ‘Circa 1948' project: using today’s technology to visit the past

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time to see how people lived, to walk the streets and listen in on conversations in the vernacular of the time? Well, now you can.

We recently reached out to Loc Dao, executive producer and creative technologist at the Vancouver-based National Film Board of Canada, to find out more about its Circa 1948 project, which takes people back to a photoreal Vancouver in 1948. In addition to Dao, who is co-producer on Circa 1948, art lead Jonny Ostrem also weighs in.

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Meet Formosa re-recording sound mixer Andy Koyama

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By Brady Betzel

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By Randi Altman

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