Thursday, July 28, 2011

VIDPK: Promoting Pakistani Infotainment Industry Over The Globe.. is a metaphor for the democratizing power of the Internet and information; it is a tremendous platform where people can watch the available video clips that belong to Pakistani entertainment media. Categorization of available video clips as Dramas, Cooking Shows, Music, Religion, Politics etc. makes Vidpk so user friendly that the site visitor can easily browse to the clips of his choice. Another excellent feature that is available on the site is to filter the video clips on the basis of Artist’s, for which a brief list of Artists is available that can be used to filter out the video clip belonging to a specific artist. A discussion section is also maintained on the site where registered users can share their experiences with the others regarding the relevant discussion topic.

Vidpk also offers a video sharing service that let users upload video clips to its servers to make them available online. It also allows users to comment and tag videos posted by others or by themselves, also the comments can be posted in a threaded discussion format as well as search for content by keyword or category feature is also available on the site.

The distinction that this site has in comparison to other video sharing sites is that it is promoting Pakistani infotainment industry as all the available content belongs to Pakistani Producers / Artists only.

It is a brilliant step taken for Pakistan as a whole.

Thumbs up.


Friday, July 15, 2011

4D Movie Theaters Opening: Smell-O-Vision Being Developed..

Though there’s evidence that the audience’s appetite for 3D films could be diminishing, some companies are taking entertainment one-step further: the fourth dimension. A 4D film is simple. It’s a 3D movie with physical effects in the theater for that extra dimension. A good example is Muppet Vision 3D at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida where you watch a 3D movie, but things brush up against your legs. Internationally, a South Korean company called CJ 4D Plex is currently converting regular theaters to 4D and, reportedly, will test the technology in Los Angeles later this summer. After the jump, check out photos from a 4D Plex theater, read more about it and find out how Samsung might have finally perfected Smell-O-Vision.According to an article in The Nation, CJ 4D Plex first tested this technology in Korea with James Cameron’s Avatar, incorporating shaking seats, the smells of explosions, flashing lights, water mists etc. These screenings, reportedly, attracted about 50% more people than regular ones. Currently, CJ 4D Plex has over a dozen 4D theaters in South Korea, they’re about to open the first of its kind in Thailand, timed to Transformers: Dark of the Moon and their aim is to be in 12 major markets in the next three years. Here’s what a CJ 4D Plex theater looks like:
Of course, no filmmakers are actually on-board with this yet, so the company sort of programs the effects themselves. The ideal situation would, obviously, be having the filmmakers themselves meticulously coordinating a fourth dimensional experience. But wouldn’t that sort of turn filmmaker into theme park designer? Movies are an experience, but I feel like emotional immersion is more important than physical. If a movie is really good and not distracting me with water and a shaking chair, I tend to become absorbed into it anyway. We’ll have to see how this tech evolves and if people continue to patronize it.Another fourth dimension, physical addition to an entertainment experience – something that was experimented with decades ago – is Smell-O-Vision. New Scientist reports that Samsung and the University of California San Diego have been working on perfected the flawed technology and have developed a sort of silly puddy that, presumably, goes over your nose and gets a cellular signal to release different smells via small cells and crossing wires. Again, this goes back to 4D. If your movie or show needs to physically engage its audience for them to enjoy it, you probably haven’t made a very compelling piece of entertainment.
What do you think about these technological advances?
Do you think there’s any potential for 4D or Smell-O-Vision?
Which filmmaker would be the first to embrace it?