The Steam digital distribution client was originally setup to provide a huge scope of indie and mainstream PC games to a huge audience. As time progressed, Valve decided to implement music functionality, attempted to introduce paid mods, and even released the odd film about video gaming. Their latest move revolves around a new Software Tutorials section which contains instructional videos to produce creative content. This can range from 3D models to other areas but the selection is quite small at this time.
Each tutorial offers a number of videos and utilizes a fairly wide price range. The most expensive video series I’ve seen retails for £11.99. Unfortunately, the content is locked to Steam and you can only stream the videos. This can be problematic if your internet goes down or you want to rip the audio to listen to on the go. On another note, there are options to purchase the software package with video tutorials, but this is quite an expensive proposition.
The other aspect to take into considering is the huge amount of free tutorials available on YouTube. I’m not entirely convinced by the number of people who are willing to pay for videos up front. On YouTube, payment is usually made through a Patreon account if the video ends up being helpful. Although, the amount of people sending donations is very niche.
4K monitors and TVs are quickly growing in popularity, but I’m often asked “where can I find 4K content?” and that’s something I hope to help you with today. Sure there’s some movies online, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, where you can stream 4K content straight to your device, permitting you have the appropriate subscriptions, but what if you’re seeking some completely free content to enjoy? Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best free 4K resources you’ll find online.
Tears of Steel
This is one of the best out there, a short movie about robotics and the future that uses Blender for the CGI. The acting is a little silly, but it’s certainly an enjoyable watch and it’s a visual feast that’ll really flex your new 4K display and wow your friends with rich colours and detail. Download the full 6.3GB file for free for the best experience.
Another project that is available for free on Blender really pushes the limits of home cinema technology and computer displays, not only because it’s 4K, but you can also download it in 4K 3D and a 60fps HFR version, which really is a treat for the eyes and showcases some of the best of the best technologies, the same kind you can expect to see on Ultra HD Blu-Ray, which launches next year.
While not a movie as such, NASA has a simply mind-blowing array of 4K content and they update their library regularly. Now that the space station has its own 4K camera, as well as a library of space exploration content that has been given the 4K treatment, science and space fans will find a lot of wonderful things to view here, such as the recently released Jupiter video. To make it super easy, all of this content is ready to view in 4K on YouTube.
Another YouTube entry, with Panasonic showcasing all of their show-reel content on their channel. This isn’t the most exciting stuff, but when it comes to showing off the detail that 4K can do, time-lapse videos can be almost hypnotic and they’re well worth checking out if you’re eager to see the differences between HD and 4K (change the resolution on YouTube.
Reddit is a huge community, offering all kinds of subreddits full of user-curated content and 4K is no exception. There’s a huge range of images, gifs, videos, downloads and much more on the 4kUltraHD subreddit and it’s regularly updated. Be sure to check out the Top section for the most popular and the New section for regular content.
Vimeo is great for finding user-created 4K videos, from people showing off their stunning drone footage, to amateur and pro movie makers showing off their latest talents, there are all kinds of cool things to find here. Some of the videos require a premium subscription, but there’s still a lot of free content to enjoy in 4K.
The Coolest Cooler has broken the previous fundraising record on Kickstarter held by the Pebble Smart Watch with a staggering $13.285.226, the Pebble Smart watch only made $10.2 million. It sure looks like people take their time away from home serious and want to have the best cooler with them. And this sure aint no ordinary cooler, it’s the smartest cooler on the block.
This is One amazing cooler, with most things you could need while away at the beach already build-in. There is an 18 Volt Battery powered blender to mix your favourite drinks. It has a rechargeable and replaceable battery. The waterproof Bluetooth speaker is removeable and has multi-streaming abilities. It has a build-in dual USB charger and LED Light. It also has a gear tie-down to secure anything on top that doesn’t go inside. The cooler divider doubles as a cutting board. It has extra wide tires for easy rolling through sand without sinking and has an integrated storage for plates and knife. And don’t forget the bottle opener. The fun times at the beach should be secured with a device like this.
The cooler comes in three different colours. Margarita green, Coolest Orange or Blue Moon, but besides the colour they are identical. Early birds were able to snag up the cooler for $165-185 while the rest will have to add another $135 when it hits the retail market.
While I did expect this Kickstarter campaign to be very successful when I first saw it, I would never have expected it to make that much, and certainly not to break the record set by Pebble.
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