Since its early days, video has been one of the most powerful and efficient tools of visual communication. It is able to deliver a direct and clear message to a broad audience as well as focus viewers on something particular. A visually appealing video is an excellent way to present a product, service or brand and take user experience to a much more interactive level. For this reason, elegant, creative and professional videos are becoming increasingly popular in Web design today.
Some designers go even further, creating Bluray-like experience in the browser, with interactive navigation menus, soft transitions and exceptional visual effects — all supported with background videos. This can be done with Flash or HTML5, however, most websites incorporate background videos using only Flash. To enable the rich cross-device experience, it is worth considering adding fallback-videos for those users who have a browser that does not support Flash. Nevertheless, we didn’t want to go into technical details just yet and wanted to see what actual approaches designers take within their websites.
The performance of a website including a background video depends significantly on the speed of the user’s internet connection. Video backgrounds certainly do not fit in every setting; they wouldn’t be meaningful in online magazines or blogs. However, they can work really well in entertainment and certain corporate settings which are supposed to communicate artistic qualities, exclusivity, branding or even high quality standards. As you will see, they work very well in portfolio websites, fashion websites and promotional campaigns. Below you’ll find a showcase of good and not so good websites that implement this dynamic eye candy at full screen.
This is a great article posted by Aygul Zagidullina on the Smashing Magazine website which goes on to provide lots of examples.
Demonstration of the Aristocrat Snooker Table being constructed on-site.
Manufactured from the finest Mahoganies and Hardwoods
Galvanised steels for optimum response along the entire length of the cushion
Strachan cloth, as specified for all professional tournaments
Italian 5 piece slate, precision honed by laser creating the optimum playing surface
Vertical drop slate as per Tournament specification
Slate support brackets ensure slates are balanced to the frame
Pocket leathers using the best quality hides. Pocket openings comply with WSA official template specifications
Delivery & Installation by Riley Qualified Fitters.
The UKBiz.TV production team were really pleased to have filmed the making of this fantastic snooker table.
Recently, BCE/ Riley has launched the patented WAC technology — weight adjustable cue — which allows the player to match the weight of their snooker cue or pool cue to their own playing requirements.
It also brings the centre of gravity of the snooker cue or pool cue more towards the centre of the cue, which is where a professional snooker player or pool player would balance their custom made cue.
Customise your cue using WAC technology. WAC allows you to adjust the weight of your cue to suit your individual playing needs.
All WAC cues have 3 weight rings integrated into the butt section of the cue. Each weight ring weighs 1/2oz (14 grams) and can be removed or added to create the desired weight for the individual player.
With weight and balance being the variable factors, WAC technology has been carefully engineered to bring the centre of gravity forward to its optimum position. The balance and centre of gravity are key features in the manufacture of professional quality cues.
The UKBiz.TV team were please to create this infomercial video with Mark Selby promoting the WAC technology.
Phat Line technology is based on using a wider shaft than we use in standard snooker shafts. Most snooker shafts will be 9.5mm — 10 mm at the tip. Phat Line gives you a massive 11.75 mm at the tip.
How does Phat Line improve your break building?
The sweet spot for a cue ball is dead centre. If a player could strike the cue ball dead centre every time this would increase the player’s pot percentage significantly. When the cue ball is struck off centre the deviation is greater because a degree of side spin impacts on the cue ball. This means the greater the distance between cue ball and object ball the greater the chance of deviation and missing the pot thus driving your percentage pot ratio down.
A good example being, if as a training exercise you were to place the cue ball in the jaw of a corner pocket on a snooker table and strike the cue ball with the view to potting the cue ball in the opposite corner pocket, the player would endeavour to strike the cue ball dead centre to avoid any unnecessary deviation. A reasonable player would hope to pot the cue ball 9 out of 10 times (a 90% success rate).
If the same training exercise was again carried out but this time striking the cue ball slightly off centre (unintentionally applying side) the pot percentage would drop to around 3 out of 10 (A 30% success rate).
The main reason the pot percentage drops is because when unwanted side is added to the cue ball the degree of difficulty increases and therefore the pot percentage overall decreases.
UKBiz.TV production team filmed Mark Selby talking about PHAT
The Sculpture School’s online training courses are designed by Master Sculptor Andrew Sinclair ARBS, to teach you his tricks of the trade, learned in over 20 years of professional sculpting. This course will allow you to learn, in a practical fashion and using a variety of teaching materials, the basics of creating an armature, which is the essential first step in creating figurative sculpture. Within 24 hours of your registration, we will email you the course materials containing The Sculpture School’s armature patterns. You will need the documents provided to enable you to follow the practical instruction video, delivered by Andrew, in the online learning portal.The documentation and learning portal together, will allow you to learn how to make armatures, guided at every stage by the master of his art, Andrew Sinclair.We will be expanding the content in The Sculpture School’s online learning portal over the next few months. If there is a particular aspect of sculpture that you would like us to include, or any comments, please get in touch, we’d love to hear your feedback.
From when I was a child I marvelled at all cartoon programmes and was fascinated with how they were made. What patience and skills the old Disney animators had and what a vision in pulling these drawings together to create a movie – simply fantastic.
Of course, these days their seems to be software that does everything and it is simply a minefield out there – trying to work out what is good and will it create what you have in your mind.
We were clear in what we we wanted to achieve as our first foray into animation. We wanted to take a still picture and animate the head complete with lip-sync to audio.
We believe there is a market in bringing to life a dedicated character specifically designed to support the brand of a company.
If we could then add a suitable voice, lip-sync and animate we could then add this character to specific pages of a website to highlight and event or a service.
We will be bringing you more thoughts and examples of this but until then here is our first dabble with the great Winston Churchill.
UKBiz.TV cameraman supporting businesses throughout Bucks, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes and London
We are a bunch of creatives believing that the time for professional video has finally arrived, we will be letting you know what we have been up to and bringing you interesting and hopefully useful information that will help you maximise your use of video.
We look forward to chatting and sharing information with you.