Category Archives: Video

macOS New App Release – AirBeamTV

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Product announcement – AirBeamTV of Naarden, Netherlands, a Mac software development company, has released the Mirror for Chromecast application on the Mac App Store and on their website. Screen Mirroring (sometimes called Screen Casting) allows you to see the screen of your Mac, or any external display connected to your Mac, on your TV. This makes it an ideal solution for watching videos on TV, or giving Powerpoint or Keynote presentations on a TV with a Chromecast connected to it.

The Mirror for Chromecast app works on Chromecast 1 and 2 and the new Chromecast Ultra. Because the connection between the Mac and the TV is based on Google Cast technology, the Mirror for Chromecast app also works on Smart TVs based on the Android TV operating system, such as the latest models from Sony and Philips.

Mirror for Chromecast is the latest in a family of popular screen mirroring apps from AirBeamTV. The first product, Mirror for Samsung TV, quickly raised to the top paid video apps on the Mac App Store in USA and other countries, and consistently stays within top 10 up to now. A free trial version of the software can be downloaded from the website.

Trailer for “The Osiris Child”

Trailer – This is an Australian Science Fiction film, so I am not sure when or if it will make it into theaters in the US. It looks interesting as far as this 1:54 trailer goes. The official synopsis of the movie is:

Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonisation, Sy (Kellan Lutz), a mysterious drifter, meets Kane (Daniel MacPherson), a lieutenant working for an off-world military contractor, EXOR. The unlikely pair must work together to rescue Kane’s young daughter (Teagan Croft) and reach safety amid an impending global crisis which was brought on by EXOR itself. Teaming up with a pair of renegades (Luke Ford and Isabel Lucas), Kane and Sy clash with EXOR in an attempt to escape while battling the savage creatures that roam the barren planet.

If it is truly any good it will eventually turn up somewhere we can watch it.

Trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Trailers – I’m not much of a comics person, but I have enjoyed the worlds that Marvel has taken us to in their movies. This film, “Thor:Ragnarok”, takes us back to the Avengers Universe and to Thor.

While not much is shown in this trailer, Thor seems to have a hard time ahead. We catch a glimpse of Loki, but it is hard to tell how much of a part he plays. Also seen are Hela and even, strangely, The Incredible Hulk.

This looks to be a good addition to Marvel’s Universe. I’m looking forward to the film when it premiers November 3.

Trailer for “Atomic Blonde”

Trailers – Interesting British spy thriller set during the cold war, full of action with Charlize Theron playing the lead role. The story line is “An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.”

The movie certainly seems to have a lot of action scenes. It might be something to watch for when it premiers July 28.

Trailer for “Dunkirk”

TrailersWWII – Between May 26 and June 4, 1940, during the early days of World War II, the British Expeditionary Force was surrounded in France. They had come to the mainland to stope Hitler, instead, they and their French and Belgian allies were overrun. They retreated towards the port of Dunkirk near the border with Belgium.

Germany had sought to surround them and force them to surrender. They fought on and over the eight days of the Dunkirk evacuation more than 338,000 men were able to make their escape to the UK. The rescue flotilla was made up of over 800 boats – both military and civilian – that risked the wrath of the German Army and Luftwaffe to bring the men home.

This movie. which opens July 21. tells the story of the evacuation. From what little this trailer shows, this looks like it might be a pretty good movie about World War II.

Trailer for “The Machine”

Trailers – The SyFy Channel has ordered a pilot for a new series “The Machine”. This will be a TV series based on the 2013 movie of the same name, the trailer for which is shown above.

The concept will be that the world is being transformed by the emergence of Artificial Intelligence. While we are not there yet, our society is in the process of being massively changed by the growing introduction of robots, AI and Automation. The series will show the struggle between the emergent AI and humanity.

This might be a good series if it makes it through to production.

Trailer for “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

Trailers – This looks to be a different, and darker view of the King Arthur legend. It reminds me a lot (from this short 2:40 clip) of the “The Return of the King”. It looks to weave magic and medieval combat into the battle scenes. This might be an interesting new view on King Arthur and Excalibur. We will get to find out soon as this fantasy movie opens May 12.

macOS New App Release – VDOMint 1.1

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Product Announcement – Macubes of Clayton, New Jersey has released VDOMint 1.1 for Mac OS, an update to the company’s second application. VDOMint provides Mac users with a Menu Bar for YouTube, making searching for new and trending video content a super-fast, effortless process. It is the instant access tool to what’s hot in video format from around the globe.

Working just like a YouTube Spotlight, VDOMint includes a host of features that make it a must-have app for any Mac user with a YouTube channel or interest in viewing videos from YouTube. Its features include a shortcut key setting for go-to, quick access, a transparency setting for the video player, as well as these cool features that make viewing YouTube video content a breeze:

  • Snapping to edges
  • Option to launch at log in
  • Option to loop video on player
  • Adding transparency in player
  • YouTube URL drag and drop over player/menu-bar
  • Full screen setting for player

Following its successful launch of Gridustra, the application that helps Mac users boost their productivity by arranging their windows easily and save time, this is Macubes second application. Offering new UI refinements, version 1.1 now includes Drag & Drop support in Status Bar and Player Window from YouTube URLs, as well as minor and major bug fixes.

Device Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 13.6 MB

VDOMint 1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category.

A Brief Look at Some of the FX in”Rogue One”

In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” one of the great scenes is the space battle between the Rebel Alliance over Scarif. Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) out did themselves in creating this sequence.

This is a short (0:58) video, but it does give an idea to what went into the sequence. I’ve seen the movie 4 times now and I think that this is one of the outstanding parts of the film. Certainly it centers on the destruction of Star Destroyers and the Shield Gate in a creative way.