Monday, March 26, 2007

How camera lenses are made


Considering YouTube is less than 1.5 years old, it already contains an amazing amount of interesting stuff. See for instance this short docu-thingy: How camera lenses are made.
I can see a future where a lot of the less essential information we need and want is available on the web, not just as text but also in video form. Text will not be replaced, but I have to admit that watching something in video form is more entertaining and holds my interest better.
I concede though that if you need to learn something for deep and serious application in your life, probably text is better.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, March 26, 2007   11 comments links to this post

11 Comments:

At 27 Mar 2007, 07:12:00, Anonymous ttl said...

Amazing, isn't it? And what's more, several high profile competitors are about to enter the market. This can only mean that TV as we know it is history.

I just watched Honest John. One of the funniest clips I've seen in YouChoob.

 
At 27 Mar 2007, 07:21:00, Anonymous Michael Burton said...

Text will not be replaced, but I have to admit that watching something in video form is more entertaining and holds my interest better.
I concede though that if you need to learn something for deep and serious application in your life, probably text is better.


Actually, I think there are some kinds of information that are best transmitted in text, and some that are best done with illustrations or video.

Sometime a picture really is worth a thousand words. At other times, a word is worth a thousand pictures. One of the challenges of our future is to understand which is appropriate at any given time.

 
At 27 Mar 2007, 11:59:00, Blogger eolake said...

"And what's more, several high profile competitors are about to enter the market."

You mean digital cinema rather than lenses, yes?

 
At 28 Mar 2007, 00:53:00, Anonymous Pascal said...

Nicely said, Michael Burton. I couldn't agree more.

It seems that thousands and thousands of pictures, still or moving, in this age of image, haven't succeeded yet in conveying the simple idea of these three little words : "War is bad". For example.

«A war is just when it is necessary.» -- Machiavel

 
At 28 Mar 2007, 00:58:00, Blogger eolake said...

"It seems that thousands and thousands of pictures, still or moving, in this age of image, haven't succeeded yet in conveying the simple idea of these three little words : "War is bad"."

I'm not so sure (in this particular instance). I think the photo of the napalm'ed vietnamese girl running has done more to raise awareness of the horror of war than any number of repetions of "war is bad" could have done.

 
At 28 Mar 2007, 11:59:00, Anonymous ttl said...

"You mean digital cinema rather than lenses, yes?"

Actually I was referring to this sentence of your original post: "Considering YouTube is less than 1.5 years old, it already contains an amazing amount of interesting stuff."

By high profile competitors I was referring to, for example, the NBC & News Corp joint YouTube-like venture announced a few days ago.

I am just ashtonished that the transition from broadcast TV to the Internet is now happening so fast.

 
At 28 Mar 2007, 12:05:00, Anonymous ttl said...

"It seems that thousands and thousands of pictures, still or moving, in this age of image, haven't succeeded yet in conveying the simple idea of these three little words : "War is bad"."

I also think they have. At least to the overwhelming majority of people on this planet.

If the presidential elections in U.S. were fair the country would not be attacking other countries right now.

 
At 28 Mar 2007, 17:35:00, Blogger eolake said...

"I am just ashtonished that the transition from broadcast TV to the Internet is now happening so fast."

Indeed. On the other hand, it has been coming for a while!

(I just got my Apple TV today, by the way.)

 
At 29 Mar 2007, 05:53:00, Anonymous ttl said...

"On the other hand, it has been coming for a while!"

It has been spoken for and predicted for years. But nothing of significance has really happened towards it. Until now. Boom! All of a sudden, it seems, it's here.

Europe will be switching to digital TV broadcast within the next 6-36 months. This has been in preparation for years. And now that it finally starts rolling out, I can already hear people saying: What's the big deal? Who wants to watch the broadcasts anyway? We have the Internet. Doh!

"I just got my Apple TV today, by the way."

Do tell us if it's any good. I am sitting out at least this first version. I need to save money for upgrading my Final Cut and Logic Pro licenses (new versions of both out soon).

 
At 29 Mar 2007, 06:16:00, Blogger eolake said...

Digital TV is not being sent yet?! Geez.

So far I'm enjoying the Apple TV. And the TV shows from iTunes are actually of a high enough resolution that I don't really notice the difference from DVD. I had expected a bigger compromise.

 
At 29 Mar 2007, 07:02:00, Anonymous ttl said...

"Digital TV is not being sent yet?!"

It has been possible to receive digital signal from certain satellites and certain local stations, but the big switch is only starting to happen now. Wikipedia sez:

In 2003 Berlin, Germany was the first area to completely stop broadcasting analog TV signals. Many European countries aim to be fully covered with digital television by 2010 and switch off PAL/SECAM services by then.

 

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