Leave Color Effect

Last year I had a project on a course called Theory and Practice of Cinema. The lecturer wanted us to write a script and create a short film 5 to 10 minutes. At the beginning I had difficulties finding a topic, but with the help of the lecturer I decided to make a short film about me having trouble finding ideas for the project. Obviously it was a comedy, at least I tried. The way I thought that the flow of the story was going to be, was me talking to the camera saying what were the difficulties I faced and what were the Ideas I was changing all the time because of these difficulties. I have done the script and the production and the last step was the editing. I was trying to find effects that will help me keep the interest of the viewers so they won’t get bored. Looking around YouTube I found out an effect called ‘Leave Color Effect’ (Adobe Premiere Effect). This effect allows you to choose which colour you want on your video or picture and then makes all the others black and white. Most people refer to this effect as ‘The Sin City Effect’ because of the constant use of it at the actual Hollywood movie. This effect makes you focus on one colour of your screen showing you what is important on this image/video and what not. The way I wanted this effect to work in my case was similar to the sin city movie, keeping the interest of the viewers with a cool, unusual and amazing effect that everyone will wonder how this effect was added to the film. Well, to help some of you who want to use this effect I created a tutorial with Camtasia Studio 8. Hope you like it.

Andreas Papatheodoulou – TV / Audio  MZ Lab Assistant

How to Achieve a Good Panoramic Photo!

Have you ever asked yourself how the photographers manage to catch beautiful landscapes with  great detail?

But every time you try it, there is something missing. It happens many times to me. Either my photos were overexposed, lacking of details, or in most of the cases  I just couldn’t find the reason for my failure. One day I just sat in front of my computer and started a small research on this topic. What I found was that there are a certain techniques or even “secrets” for a successful panoramic image. I would like to share them with you and save you some extra time surfing the internet. Continue reading

Apple new line up

After Steve Job’s passing, Apple went all the rage these days with new and more colourful products in its line that ‘revolutionizes’ the conservative image Apple used to have over the years. Maybe it has something to do with Jonathan Ives stepping up in  as the lead designer of Apple. As far as I can recall the last person being head of design in Apple products was Steve Jobs. I believe that this will change Apple’s image as we know it forever. Also I believe that we are going to see some more ‘aggressiveness’ in the time cycle of new products that come out. This will get them into the more competitive aspect of the market than just being independent as a company and being isolated by themselves and have them expand into more sectors and hopefully drag more people into the Apple ecosystem.

Fotis Erotokritou – Mediazone Tv & Avid Lab – Lab Assistant

My Tv wants to be smart! Help your Tv grow up and be smart!

Part 1 of 2

Quite recently the term Smart TV has been coined to mean a variety of things. Although Samsung may be using the phrase, it has moved beyond its products and first & foremost, it definitely means connectivity. It means that you can you can surf the internet using a prebuilt application or even speak to your TV and it will perform certain command functions. You can watch TV through the internet through Netflix or Hulu and sometimes do much more. Many operating systems are used in this endeavor to expand the entertainment experience. Custom OS software like the Sony Bravia line or the Samsung lines are used, but also Linux based OS systems as well as Android. Continue reading