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8D Audio – Worth a Listen!

8D audio! I have been stumbling upon this term over youtube & have laughed out ever since. I believed, it was one of the clickbait techniques to make people click on the videos & then dish them out a slightly enhanced version of the song. Come to think of it, all these videos recommend that one listens to the audio with headphones. Our headphones, the most regular ones have two sound channels – the right and the left. Then just wonder how would these 8D audio sounds would be effective? Nor there is equipment (as far as I know) which can record sound in 8D. This sounded more like a marketing gimmick to me at first. Wait, there is even 10D and 20D but I am not even going into them. 8D is the rage. It has been for quite a while. If you have been a youtuber, you would have definitely came across these 8D sound tracks. Last night, out of curiosity (& perhaps little bit of irritation at seeing these on my timeline) I decided to play an 8D audio on youtube. The experience left me with quite a lot to ponder!

Before we head into details, 8D audio is nothing but normal stereo soundtrack put through a software which creates an illusion of it being coming from all around you. It is similar to those bathroom/room sound effect preset which you find in your sound card’s panel.  I plugged in my ant earphones & loaded one 8D sound track. It felt like the sound was circling around in my head. Some tracks even recommend closing your eyes. I did just that and the effect was even more immersive. It felt as if the singer was right in front of me hovering around as I stood. I was left stunned & surprised at the sheer ingenious behind this audio technique . A little echo and panning of sound via left-right channels could have such a beautiful experience. Ofcourse, not all sound tracks sounded good in 8D. Some I felt are best in their original stereo format.

After a while, I got the drift. The sound just panned from left to right(or vice-versa) at pre-determined intervals. The novelty began to wear off. I began to wonder, couldn’t those who are creating these 8D soundtracks not be so monotonous and shift the sound as per the audio’s demand? Common, how difficult it would be. Perhaps further manual work than the computer’s auto-pilot. And if you ask me, manual work which is done with utmost consideration is any day better than just applying a computer preset. I listened on and finally managed to find some where the sound looped but without any intimation or at a set interval. They sounded so rich and I was totally immersed into it. Keeping eyes closed further enhances the experience as one is not distracted by other stimuli. I went further and listened to nature sounds in 8D like thunderstorm, birds chirping and so on. They felt so natural. Ofcourse, on youtube there are countless of creators offering 8D audio soundtracks however not all of them are worth a listen. Not all songs are suited for 8D effect. Some are best left & listened in their original avatar.

My final verdict would be, 8D is definitely not a gimmick. It works & well at that. However, you need to keep aside your pre-conceived aural notions. As far as I believe, 8D audio can be more used in audio therapy. It can also be applied for meditation. 8D audio is still a niche market but sure holds the promise of a bright future with refinements. For now, let’s be happy in immersing our senses into the few good 8D soundtracks on youtube. What do you think about 8D audio? Like it or absolutely despise it, pour you thoughts in comments.

Launching Photography Youtube Channel

I am delighted to announce my Photography Youtube channel on this World Photography Day – ShutterTux.

Do subscribe & share the channel. Thank you. Happy World Photography Day!

Internet with all its websites, blogs, forums etc have made it possible to learn photography(any art for that matter) without spending anything. Youtube has been a revolution in the internet chapter & learning with the aid of video has made it much easier to grasp the knowledge & understand it in a better way. However, not knowing which channel to subscribe for learning photography can be frustrating as there are tons of them & not all are helpful. Here I list some of the best channels for learning photography over youtube.

DigitalRev

DigitalRev is the most funniest channel to learn photography on youtube. The DigitalRev team lead by the excellent presenter Kai Wong injects humour & helps to keep the videos fun to watch with low on technical jargon. The cameraman Lok C also pitches in with videos from time to time. This channel deals with gear reviews, photography ideas & shooting techniques. From time to time, the videos drift out of serious photography which some might not like but I feel its a great way to keep the things freshen up.

AdoramaTV

AdoramaTV channel on youtube is a huge resource to learn photography over youtube. Mark Wallace teaches you almost everything related to photography be it shooting, composing, using flash & even post-processing. The videos are rated as per expertise level & Mark manages to explain the technical aspects very lucidly. Time & again, other presenters pitch in & offer their photography knowledge on this channel too.

ThatNikonGuy

Don’t go by the name, this channel is applicable to photographers using camera’s of other brands too. That Nikon Guy(Matt Granger) offers gear reviews, shooting techniques, using flash, photography business advice & other photography related videos. The videos are well balanced & calm to watch. There is absolutely no fanboyism & priority is given to learning photography.

FroKnowsPhoto.com

Fro a.k.a Jared Polin shares gear review, shooting techniques, using flash & post-processing tips on this channel. The videos run long but are well detailed. There are also photo critique videos which will help you learn from the mistakes of other photographers. Jared also runs videos where FroKnowsPhoto forum users edit a particular RAW file & then it is edited by Jared himself over the video and wrapped up showcasing other wonderful edits by the forum users. Jared also does sniff tests, gear preview & detailed review which are great to watch. A well rounded channel when it comes to content, it offers just about everything in photography.

SnapChick

SnapChick offers videos on photography advice, answers photography questions, general photography talk, gear unboxing & other miscellaneous photography videos. For a change, this channel is run by a chick & she does a good job at it.

Happy Learning. If you know of any other helpful youtube channel for learning photography, do let everyone know in the comments 🙂

With the recent Adobe Flash Player update(11.2) in Linux, there seems to be a major color glitch in flash videos for users using Nvidia graphic cards. When viewing flash videos, a user experiences the colors being reversed/altered like you’re watching a negative slide of a film. Imagine, watching a red Ferrari in stark blue & the skin tones of humans being transformed to that of folks from the movie Avatar. Yes, its really frustrating. Updating the Nvidia drivers to the latest won’t work.

To fix this colour glitch, unfortunately one needs to disable hardware acceleration for videos. To disable hardware acceleration, open up a youtube video, right click in the video area & select settings. In the first tab(Display) itself, you should get “Enable Hardware Acceleration” option with a checkmark in the radio box. Simply uncheck this & now try playing a video. If everything goes well, you should be able to view colours accurately.

Another option is to rollback to Adobe Flash 11.1, if you prefer not to disable hardware acceleration. I hope Adobe issues an update on this soon.

Installing Flash Player in Arch Linux

Flash is often used on the web in form of videos, games & other flash based web applications. Love it or hate it but you can’t escape it atleast for now.Thus it becomes necessary to install flash plugin on your system in order to make sure all those flash content work flawlessly in your web browser. Here I’ll guide you to install flash plugin on your Arch Linux system(32 Bit & 64 Bit).

First, you’ll need to edit the pacman configuration file of Arch Linux i.e. ‘/etc/pacman.conf’. This can be done by issuing following at the shell;

vi /etc/pacman.conf

Once the file is loaded in the shell, scroll down & find the repository section. Under repository section enable the ‘Multilib’ repository by deleting the ‘#’ symbol from front of it. This is known as uncommenting. It should look like this after uncommenting.

[multilib] Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

After the above is done, issue the following command to refresh & sync the enabled repositories.

# pacman -Syu

Now that we have repositories refreshed, its time to install the flashplayer like any other software using pacman. For that issue,

# pacman -S flashplayer

Now the 32 bit flashplayer is installed on your system. Verify it by typing ‘about:plugins’ in address bar of Mozilla Firefox. Try loading a youtube video or any flash site and it should work without any issues.

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