That’s how long it’s been since Mass Effect: Andromeda launched, and that’s how long it took BioWare Montreal to admit that nothing more can be done with the ailing game’s story mode. Technically, it wasn’t even a full five months, as Andromeda launched on March 21.
BioWare confirmed the decision in an update on the Mass Effect website. The Andromeda corner of the game’s universe won’t be tossed, but continuing stories will be relegated to special multiplayer missions and other forms of media.
“Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda,” the note reads. “There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content.” Read more…
Pulling off long exposure photos is relatively easy, but doing so with video is another story.
One of the first still camera “tricks” you learn as a photographer is how to create light trails using long exposures. All you do is crank up your shutter speed to five or six seconds (or whatever works), adjust your aperture accordingly, and boom, you’ve got some nice light trails streaking all along some random freeway. But can you achieve the same effect with video? Totally, but you’ll need to head into post to do it.
Photographer/cinematographer Dan Marker-Moore, known for his iconic time-slices, created a video for Toyota that employs this interesting long exposure video effect, and in the tutorial below, he shows you how he did it using nothing more than standard Adobe After Effects tools—no plug-ins required.
And here is the completed ad for Toyota so you can see the effect in real-time:
Bokeh is beautiful, especially when it’s exploding.
If you’re a fan of interesting looking bokeh, then you’ll want to check out the latest video from Mathieu Stern, the Master of Weird Lenses. In it, he creates a reverse globular lens out of cheap Russian glass to create some stunning bokeh effects that are pretty amazing in the day, but like most things in life, get way better at night.
This video might be more helpful if you’re trying to get step-by-step instructions on how to do this to your own lens:
Stern uses a Mir 1B 37mm f2.8, an inexpensive Russian lens. To achieve the effect, all you really have to do is remove the front of the lens and turn it around before reattaching it. This creates an interesting look; the center will be the only thing in focus, much like a tilt shift lens, except the bokeh will look as though they’re “exploding.”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins Cam Gigandet and Michael Biehn in sci-fi thriller The Shadow Effect
One of the greatest actors of his generation, British thesp Jonathan Rhys Meyers made waves in such films as Velvet Goldmine, Bend it Like Bekham, the Elvis TV miniseries and the short-lived – and awesome! – NBC series Dracula. But, outside of a starring role in TVs Vikings, you don’t really hear much about the actor appearing in new feature films anymore.
Which is why we’re interested in directors Obin and Amariah Olson’ s new psychological, sci-fi thriller The Shadow Effect in which Rhys Meyers returns in a central role, joining fellow once-buzzed actors Cam Gigandet (The O.C., The Magnificent Seven) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens). Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’s Brit Shaw also stars.
Synopsis:Obsessed with gene regeneration, and fascinated by the phenomenon of the waking dream, Dr. Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) explores the psyche of Gabriel Howarth (Cam Gigandet), a young man whose life is turned upside down when his violent dreams begin to blend with reality. When Gabriel’s dreams mirror political assassinations, he must race against the clock to not only save himself and his wife Brinn (Britt Shaw), but stop an experimental government program. With time running out, and Gabriel’s life on the line, only Dr. Reese holds the key to unlocking the truth.
The Shadow Effect hits On Demand and Digital HD on May 2nd from Momentum Pictures with a DVD/Blu-ray release to follow at a later date. We have some exclusive photos from the film to share beneath the trailer below. Check them out and tell us your thoughts in the comments section!
Premiere’s infamous Warp Stabilizer, built to correct unwanted camera shake in post, can lead to mixed results. Many editors stay away from warp stabilizers, but we’ve been noticing them more and more even on big budget feature films. Post-stabilization usually means resolution loss, frame interpolation artifacts, and wavy footage, but it can be a lifesaver when applied subtly. This basic intro to warp stabilizer from Justin Odisho will help you understand where to start and how to maximize the usefulness of the commonly used effect.
When I use Warp Stabilizer, I tend to bring my smoothness to below 20% and try to keep cropping to a minimum with the “Crop Less <–> Smooth More” function. One of the things people forget about Warp Stabilizer is that you can make handheld shots with minimal movement into a tripod shot with the “no motion” parameter. For somewhat more in-depth video on getting the most out of your Warp Stabilizer, see Story & Heart’s tutorial (2/4):
Following the announcement earlier today that the game will arrive in North America on March 21 and in Europe on March 23, BioWare debuted new Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay footage during the NVIDIA keynote at CES. You can now watch the Andromeda gameplay in the player below!
“Mass Effect: Andromeda is our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date,” Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of BioWare wrote on the game’s site today. “We’re telling completely new stories, creating new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems. And for the first time, we’re bringing Mass Effect to the Frostbite game engine, an incredible engine that’s delivering a tremendous graphical jump from the trilogy to Mass Effect: Andromeda. To deliver on this, we’re taking all the time we can to make sure you’re getting the best possible experience.
“Over this holiday break, developers at BioWare took home a version of the game in what we call the “holiday build.” This is a longstanding studio tradition that goes back to the early days of the original Mass Effect. Many load up a PC or console and go home to play as much as possible at their leisure. Coming back from holiday, the feedback has been great. Getting the endorsement from members of our studio, many of whom played key roles on the original trilogy, was definitely a key factor in helping us lock in on the date.
“Even more exciting for us over the last couple of months has been seeing the excitement build in the community as we’ve started to share more about the game. The passion you have for the franchise continues to drive us. And now, we’re just a couple of months away from delivering a brand new Mass Effect experience to you for the first time in five years – richer, deeper and ready for exploration. We’re excited about how far we are going with the franchise, and we hope you find it’s been worth the wait.”
In the game, players will choose between playing as one of two characters: Scott or Sarah Ryder, twin characters whose father was an N7 just like Commander Shepard in the previous games. Picking one character doesn’t mean the other goes away though, as they will still maintain a presence in the story.
Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way. There, players will lead our fight for a new home in hostile territory as the Pathfinder – a leader of military-trained explorers. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival.
In this new chapter of Mass Effect, meet and recruit all-new, interesting characters caught up in an epic space saga filled with mystery and galactic conflict. Unravel the mysteries of the Andromeda galaxy as you discover rich, alien worlds in the search for humanity’s new home. New additions like destructible environments, boosted jumps for added verticality, and all-new weapons and Biotics make combat more thrilling than ever and with a much more flexible skill and weapon progression tree, you can replicate your play style to make you unstoppable against new, powerful alien enemies.
Mass Effect: Andromeda debuts on March 21 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.