All posts by Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher is one of those guys that has always loved comics but never got into them until really late in life - like high school in the 80s. He just missed the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but has been around for every major crossover since. Stephen knows his way around video and film production having been a director, producer, editor, and motion graphics artist for projects ranging from small promotional pieces for Wachovia all the way up to regional videos for the Division of Emergency Management. As a prolific writer, Stephen began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen also freelances for the Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog. When not writing, Stephen shares his knowledge as a tenured faculty member at Fort Hays State University. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. Favorite Writers: Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Adam Beechen, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Favorite Artists: Dan Jurgens, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, Freddie Williams III

iPad Pro solves digital comic gap, but at what cost?

Way back in 2010, I was the biggest proponent of Apple’s iPad, but even with the ability to carry 10,000 digital comics in the palm of my hand, the biggest problem was that comic readers were never getting a 1:1 reading experience. Apple solved that today with the introduction of the iPad Pro.

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DJI announces major update for Inspire 1 and Phantom 3

I’ve been sitting on the fence deciding on the best time to purchase an Inspire 1 from DJI. The drone manufacturer  announced Intelligent Flight Modes for the Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 today, so the time to purchase might be right now.

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Adobe After Effects on Metal

If you saw the entire WWDC 2015 presentation, you probably heard that Adobe is committed to bringing Metal to all of its applications.  What does that mean for After Effects users? It means speed, dammit, SPEED!

Apple says that the new Metal API will offer up 8X the rendering speed, which is great. I just hope it doesn’t also mean I will need to get a Mac Pro to do it, as I’m kinda poor right now. Still, if this works seamlessly on my iMac, then a lot of the post work I’ve been doing on the Major Spoilers Video YouTube channel is going to be a breeze.

I’ll find out more, and see exactly how well it performs when everything is released.

Imagineer Systems releases mocha 4.1

Press Release

Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, announced today the availability of mocha Pro 4.1 and mocha Plus 4.1. A free update for existing mocha 4 users, version 4.1 adds a number of new features, including open spline mask export, spline warp export for NUKE, and support for OpenEXR 2.0.

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PIC A DAY: October 24, 2014

For the last several months I’ve been flying drones a lot. The most recent has been the DJI S900; a monster of a drone that caries a Lumix LX-7 camera that can capture HD video or 10MP still images.  This morning I took the drone up, and with FHSU student Ken Moreno, we took still images of possible university use.

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