Stop motion animation has been around almost as long as cameras have. But Olympus took it to a whole new level when creating an Olympus PEN digital camera advertisement.
For the ad, Olympus took 355 photographs with a PEN camera and printed them out to billboard size. They then took those billboards and photographed them in an urban environment to tell a story. The result is a very cool, especially when you consider that no special effects were involved and that the whole ad was shot using a camera that costs around US$600.
The Olympus PEN, not incidentally, is a really excellent micro four thirds camera—it looks like a compact point-and-shoot digital camera but can accommodate interchangeable lenses. As much as Spot Cool Stuff loves the still photos the PEN produces (and we do!) were this gem-of-a-camera really excels is in taking HD quality video.
There have been many dozens of YouTube videos that have gone viral over the last few years. If you are new to YouTube or otherwise missed out on them, here’s a recap of the Best of YouTube in Four Minutes. And even if you are a long-time YouTube fanatic there’s something cool about seeing clips of some of your favorite videos in rapid fire fashion:
Here’s a fascinating snippet from a 1969 TV show that predicts the emergence of the internet. It is surprising how insightful this chip is about how the internet would be used for shopping and banking. Although it doesn’t mention anything about how the internet would be used for porn.
A video prank has a very high bar to clear before Spot Cool Stuff will find it funny. This clever rouse met that standard plus some. Watch as an actress and her identical twin on the other side of a sheet of glass convince people in a washroom that they can’t see themselves in a mirror.
In one of the coolest videos on YouTube of any sort traveler Matt Harding dances across our amazing planet. It is humorous, the dancing is, but there’s also something deeply profound about this video. The song, Praan, is incredibly cool too and is available for sale on Amazon (click on the widget, below).