The campaign to revive Veronica Mars delivered a number of cool things—an enormous number of new Kickstarter users and, lest we forget, a full-length motion picture of a deeply loved TV series that arrived Friday. But the movie’s arrival introduced something else to Veronica Mars fans: their first interaction with the UltraViolet video locker service, the method the movie’s distributors are using to fulfill the downloads promised to people who backed the movie on Kickstarter. It’s been ugly, to say the least.
UltraViolet is a studio-backed system that came about as a response to the massive success of Apple’s iTunes as a digital media storefront. Understandably, the movie and TV studios did not want to be beholden to Apple as they felt the music industry had become. The problem is that the catch-all solution the studios came up with is neither intuitive nor convenient—and as consequence, not widely adopted. And that’s a problem for a few reasons. First, device compatibility is problematic, especially if you're an iOS user who wants to watch the movie on your TV. And second, signing up for the UltraViolet service is complicated and messy.
There is a cultural phenomenon playing out at the moment where people around the world - typically teenage girls, sing to a karaoke version of Let it Go from Disney's movie Frozen and post a video to Youtube. One of the more impressive versions is from Olivia, a third year classics study at Oxford. She notes she's a poor singer (true - she offers a performance), but she has done an impressive translation of the lyrics into classic Latin with a detailed explanation of every line. I've sent this to a couple of trained voices hoping they give it a try:-)
(hat tip to Loren)
Lyrics [reference in square brackets]:
summi montis solitudine, nullas voces audio [Catullus] patria sepulta dominari videor [Cicero] venti furentes meo erumpunt animo [Tacitus] sortis contra vim nihil valeo
comprimere, recondere maioribus semper digna esse fieri populo odio non paveo [Tiberius (emperor)]
fugio, fugio, nihil iam dissimulo [Tacitus] pectora resero, at dolores exclaudo [Lucretius] oderint quin capiant [Accius] tenet tempestas animi requiem meritam [Tacitus]
modis levat miris absentia curas [Lucretius] et a metu pertinaci me tandem liberat [Claudius (emperor)]
nunc ostendam placida maiestatem ingenitam [Tacitus] depono tandem vincula rupta
supera salio ut caelo despiciam [Lucretius] posteram renuo immota gloriam [Tacitus] haec constat sententia tenet tempestas
nivis imperium tendo terras in omnes anima frigido aere frangitur in glaciem mens reclusa spirat auras lucidas [Tacitus] inania somnia deurit veritas
I'm interesting in renting Disney's Frozen after some paranoid homophobics began to scream the movie was a vehicle for converting kids into gays. A piece that links to one of he queen crazies and (what is worth reading) an answer to the crazy from a gay dad.
For most of us smartphones are good enough cameras - there are limitations, but the artistic limits of the average user are much larger. Apple recently did a video shoot using only iPhone 5s' .. the scale was non-trivial and they had original music commissioned, but the result is clearly more than good enough HD.