Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Google’s working on an Android app for events


 It looks like we may soon see a new Android app for managed events. Google released a build of what it’s calling Interactive Events to Google Play, but is keeping mum about its features.
From the screenshots, it looks like the app lets users check into conferences and symposiums, and receive information like the agenda, schedule and venue for events.
It’s not clear right now how organizers might add content for distribute event details — those tasks might require a browser-based tool.

The app is clearly a work-in-progress: instead of a splash screen, users are greeted by a message that reads:
CONFIDENTIAL DOGFOOD
Shhh! This is a CONFIDENTIAL internal dogfood version of the Interactive Events app. Do not show this to non-Googlers and do not discuss this externally.

There’s not a whole lot to do in the app right now, except attempt to sign in to an event with a text or QR code.
We’ve contacted Google to find out more and will update this post when we hear back.

Friday, February 27, 2015

How to create GIFs of live events in seconds


Creating high quality GIFs in seconds is a great way to make live video shareable on Twitter, but many people don’t know how to do it.
A perfect example of when this might be useful is for when events are unfolding live; be it a police chase, the State of the Union or a gadget unveiling. By being able to stream a video and quickly create GIFs from that video, it means there’s a shareable moment that others can join in with.
By creating GIFs as the llama chase unfolded, it let everyone participate in the live stream and re-share the best parts with their friends.
Creating these GIFs is actually shockingly easy for OS X users through a free a piece of software called GIFGrabber. This lightweight app provides a target zone for your captures and makes it as easy as resizing that zone and hitting ‘capture’ to grab a high-quality GIF.

When you’re watching a live stream or video, you just need to position it over the top of what you’re watching and keep your trigger finger ready for capturing. GIFGrabber offers up to thirty seconds of recording, but it’s important to remember that the more you record, the larger the file gets.
Unfortunately, Twitter has an arbitrary limit of 3MB for uploading GIFs right now, but GIFGrabber makes it fairly easy to fit inside that size. Once you’ve recorded a GIF, you can click the app’s icon in your menu bar and pick the GIF you just recorded to get some editing options.
From these options you can edit the length of the GIF and the actual size. The size of the file depends on two major factors; how long you captured for and how large the video was. It’s often best to trim any unneeded frames off the recording for a good GIF, which saves a decent chunk of size.
To make it fit on Twitter, generally a 10-second or less image is preferable and you’ll need to downsize it by 50 percent in many cases. Once you’re done here you can save the GIF to your computer and drag it onto Twitter for quick uploading.
The result looks something like the below llama GIF, now immortalized forever.

Once you get the hang of it, this is the absolute fastest way to create a high-quality GIF and share it online without any hassle.
Windows users reading this, don’t fret. There is a piece of software for you, it just isn’t quite as streamlined as GIFGrabber. Licecap, also available for free, can quickly create GIFs from screen regions on Windows devices.
Now that I’ve shared my special GIF sauce with everyone, I’m hoping to see thousands more online thanks to just how easy it is.