September 10, 2011

Fanhattan: Search for shows across Netflix, Hulu, etc.

A friend of mine is just about to start working at Fanhattan.  I’d never heard of the service, but having just signed up for Hulu Plus, I was wishing for a way to find out what shows are available there vs. on Netflix, iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, etc. Well, here we are:

The iPad app is pretty dope: Not only does it show you where program X is available, it can launch the needed app and start the show.  In my experience it’s not perfect (I can’t get Netflix to launch, and backing out of viewing a show’s details dumps me back at the top level of the app), but the search alone is invaluable–and free.

How these guys plan to make money, I have no idea (premium placements, referral fees?); happily I’ll leave that to my friend to sweat.

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CineSkates: “Roller skates for Your DSLR”

Clever Kickstarter project CineSkates offers “a set of three wheels that quickly attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video in an ultra-portable package.”

Uses:

  • Arcing shots that rotate around objects
  • Sliding shots that push or pull the subject into focus
  • Rolling shots that glide over the subject
  • Time-lapse shots that move the camera slowly and smoothly
  • Panning shots that scan a wide area
  • “Worm’s eye view” shots that slide just above the floor

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