Physical Space Tweets: Pst! microCONTROL

Pst! is the surreptitious beckoning of attention and the acronym for Physical Space Tweets. It is a small Ardunio storyteller installed in public space giving an audience a glimpse into a geo-tagged community’s topic feed.

For the Leeds Pavillion at Mediamatic’s Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Pst! chronicled life in Leeds through it’s twitter feed.

Pst! microCONTROL from Megan Leigh Smith on Vimeo.

The piece locates a public social narrative by pulling an information feed from Twitter User profiles geographically aligned to Leeds with Twitter’s geocode API and then prints this information onto a mini LCD screen. By removing the peripheral of the computer a Pst! device can be placed in a non-space providing a window directly into a geo-located public space.

See http://megansmith.ca/blog/?tag=arduino for more info.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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The Flood: London Digital Effects


Climate change and its effects on cities is an increasingly hot topic, as such its not surprising that it is a topic being tapped into by movie makers. While climate change may not be a good thing we do like the movies about cities and the digital effects that come with them. The Flood, a movie directed by Tony Mitchell and based on the novel by Richard Doyle, develops a scenario whereby London is submerged under 20ft of flood-water.

The trailer below provides a glimpse of London that any digital effects creator would be proud of:

In order to reassure the public in light of the film The Environment Agency, perhaps surprisingly, issued a statement. The agency reassure that the possibility of London’s defence structures succumbing to a major flood is currently estimated at having a 1:2000 or 0.05 per cent chance of occurring.

The last major flood was a 1:300 event in 1953 and it was this event that led to the construction of the Barrier. Tony Mitchell however states that the film was ‘scientifically accurate’.

The movie was released in August and is now available on DVD, while the reviews were mixed its a good watch even if only for the city effects….

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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Climate change and its effects on cities is an increasingly hot topic, as such its not surprising that it is a topic being tapped into by movie makers. While climate change may not be a good thing we do like the movies about cities and the digital effects that come with them. The Flood, a movie directed by Tony Mitchell and based on the novel by Richard Doyle, develops a scenario whereby London is submerged under 20ft of flood-water.

The trailer below provides a glimpse of London that any digital effects creator would be proud of:

In order to reassure the public in light of the film The Environment Agency, perhaps surprisingly, issued a statement. The agency reassure that the possibility of London’s defence structures succumbing to a major flood is currently estimated at having a 1:2000 or 0.05 per cent chance of occurring.

The last major flood was a 1:300 event in 1953 and it was this event that led to the construction of the Barrier. Tony Mitchell however states that the film was ‘scientifically accurate’.

The movie was released in August and is now available on DVD, while the reviews were mixed its a good watch even if only for the city effects….

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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  1. Anonymous - April 15, 2008

    Works nicely, how was it done?

  2. teillu - April 15, 2008

    It works for me! (Safari 3.1)

  3. nelsong - April 15, 2008

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  4. nelsong - April 15, 2008

    very nice! (firefox)

    I’m no pro but if this is somewhere in the HTML it would be nice if you could point us to it. I’d love to be able to include pano’s in blogger.

  5. Andy - April 15, 2008

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  6. Andy - April 15, 2008

    Of course i will – thats what the blogs all about 🙂

    Flying out the door to a conference now so i can put more detailed info online next week if needs be… but for now:

    1) Search for Flash Panorama Player
    2) Get it running and embed via an iframe into the blog

    Its also worth a search for Pano2VR

    I can put more online if people are interested – the booklet has tutorials for ‘Panoramic Planets’ and taking panoramas with a mobile phone btw…

  7. Mal Burns - April 15, 2008

    Works a treat Andy. Now if you can hyperlink hotspots to other panoramas? Lol.

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This is an experimental post to see if its possible to embed a ‘click and drag’ panorama into a blog post using a flash based viewer.

Westminster Abbey is a work of outstanding architecture, constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries. The Abbey has been the location for numerous Royal Weddings as well as every Coronation since 1066. The building as it is today features the west towers which were completed to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor.

All being well you should be able to view the panorama below.

Click and Drag to look around:

We have over 100 panoramas on the blog so if this works for the majority of readers it could make a nice way to revisit some of the best…. (?)

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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  1. Alistair - January 6, 2007

    Neat! I didn’t know you could use Fraps to make movies using the free version of Google Earth.
    I didn’t have much success with ‘double right click’ (surely it produces lots of pauses?) so tried ‘touring’ between two ‘snapshot views’ (http://youtube.com/watch?v=JVPkM-0Q6qc), this also allows the viewing angle to be different at the start and end of the zoom. The ‘tour speed’ is controllable so in theory frame rates should be less of a problem – however my problem was fitting it into the 30 seconds limit of the free version of Fraps.

  2. DaveC - January 11, 2007

    I followed the tutorial and everything worked until the final step. “Open notepad and cut and paste the following:” – paste to what? I tried saving the notepad file with the AviSource instruction, but VirtualDub would not recognize. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Dave. ambergers@sympatico.ca

  3. Andy - January 11, 2007

    Davec,

    Thanks for the post… if you cut and paste:

    AviSource(“yourmoviename.avi”).Reverse()

    into Notepad and save as Reverse.avs all should be fine (obviously change the movie name to match yours). Also, make sure Reverse.avs is in the same folder as your movie.

    Any problems post again and we can find out whats going wrong.. Let me know if it works 🙂

  4. Vincent - April 30, 2007

    Cool.
    I followed the tutorial step by step. Really easy. Work really well.

    Thanks for Posting it…

  5. Ann - May 16, 2007

    Thank you for the nice post.

  6. Aditya Prateek Anand - August 8, 2007

    Thanks for this great blog. I just made a new building model and managed to put a movie for those who don’t know how to see Google Earth yet. The video is here. Another use that springs to mind is to use this in Second Life to create video shots for presentation purposes.

  7. Anonymous - October 12, 2007

    Thanks for the post, just what I need for a presentation I’ve got to give! I’ve got one problem tho. The file I end up with is 800mb and runs quite slowly/jumpy. Have I done something wrong?? I’d really appreciated any help.

    Thanks
    Dave

  8. gwilliam - October 16, 2007

    You save my day with your help to create a movie from google earth. I only used FRAPS, do not need to go to the other software.

  9. public - January 14, 2008

    Does anyone know why my Fraps video files will not open in Pinnacle? I can play the clips in other programmes but cannot play or edit the AVI files in Pinnacle.

  10. Anonymous - January 25, 2008

    Hi

    I just came across your page and will definitely use it. I actually have pinnacle as well, so would be curious to find out if it can be loaded inside P. Thanks very much for the tutorial, it’s clear and useful and it help(ed) me a lot !

    Patrick

  11. Anonymous - May 24, 2008

    this was really good. i just had a problem when i wanted to use it or even see the video on a computer. i have a windows vista and i dont know how to convert it into a form thats compatible with windows 2000 or something like that.

  12. Anonymous - July 30, 2008

    The link to VirtualDub (http://www186.pair.com/vdub/index.html) is no longer valid. The correct URL is http://www.virtualdub.org.

  13. dani - August 12, 2008

    Excelente! Con fraps se puede obtener un excelente video de google earth. Pero para que funcione mejor, es conveniente arrancar desde el menú en modo DirectX. Ahi toma a 30 fps!!! En OpenGl solo me tomaba a 4fps

  14. j - September 2, 2008

    how do you hide the cursor on the movie?

  15. Anonymous - September 8, 2008

    Here’s a great little program that will reverse .avi files in one quick step:

    http://www.papajohn.org/MM2-Editing-Reverse.html

  16. fredrick - July 8, 2010

    Was really useful. I could make avi files in a jiffy even without virtual dub. Just a matter of getting used to zooming in i guess. Thanx for the tip. Keep up the good work.

  17. Charles - August 13, 2010

    Great program! I have a minor glitch I was wondering if you had some insight into.. when I playback my video it is totally choppy and freezes intermittently. Any ideas how to improve that?

  18. Anonymous - October 9, 2011

    Great tutorial. Note you can zoom in and out of Google earth using the PgUp and PgDwn keys as well. This means you can move the mouse cursor out of the way first.
    I use Sony Vegas video editing, so reversing a clip is simple..

  19. Anonymous - October 17, 2011

    Followed step by step but VD does not recognize the Notepad file

  20. brigat - January 12, 2012

    hello,
    there was a mac os software like fraps??? And for Virtualdub?
    Thanks GREAT TUTORIAL !!!!

  21. Anonymous - February 15, 2012

    I was able to get a down ward view by just using the right mouse button. First I went all the way down to the building I wanted, my starting point. And then turned off all the layers on the bottom left of the screen. Then right click on the mouse holding it down, move the arrow down ward and the screen will start to climb, how fast it goes depends on how far you move the arrow from the circle. Once you are clear out in space, do not let go of the mouse button, just move the arrow above the circle and you will slowly go down all the way back to the point where you started. Again how fast depends on how far from the circle you hold the arrow. The circle and arrow are on the screen the whole time, but that may not be a problem for some. I thought it was really cool!

  22. paulus - October 5, 2012

    thank you for this post, it worked really well. I did find that the resulting movie file was quite big (about 1 GB for 12 seconds), which was probably the reason it played in a rather jerky way instead of the original smooth movement. I ended up compressing the file (using Windows Live Movie Maker), cutting down the file size to 10 or 20 MB without much loss in image quality, and now the file plays well.

  23. Hussien Amody - October 15, 2012

    Hello,
    First thank you very much for this great way to do this thing which saved a lot of my time ,but i have a problem with reversing the video which is that when i try to open the notepad file in Vdub it says in Vdub error :” i don’t know what ‘my movie’ means ” even that it’s the same name of my video and it’s in the same folder where is my video …!!
    So i wish you can help as possible and fast as you can ..
    THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THIS ..
    HUSSIEN ♥

  24. Fred Light - January 16, 2013

    One big thing everyone is overlooking….. it is a strict violation of Google Earth copyright to do this!

    If you want to skirt Google’s lawyers, spring for Google Earth PRO ($400/yr) which actually gives you the right to use Google Earth for commercial purposes.

    Otherwise, you’re in violation of copyright law!

  25. Vinh Prag (@MrPrag) - August 15, 2013

    Couldn’t get FRAPS working. Used CamStudio which worked fine.

  26. AYRIN - February 24, 2016

    i WANT TRY TO DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARES BUT WHEN I CLICK ON VIRTUAL DUB SEND ERROR.COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR DOWNLOAD OF THIS SOFTWARE?

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