3D is no longer exclusive to movie studios. If you can scrape together two camcorders, some sticky tape and access to a hooked-up computer, you’re just a few steps away from making your own three-dimensional cinematic works of art. This is largely thanks to YouTube ‘s free online 3D Editor suite . Mashable spoke to Samuel Kvaalen, YouTube software engineer who helped develop the product. Kvaalen told us why the video-sharing company created the tool in the first place: “The idea was trying to make creating 3D videos accessible to as many users as possible in a simple, easy manner.” So is it really easy to make your own 3D YouTube video? After a quick walk-through of the software with Kvaalen, we tested it out. Here’s our super-simple, step-by-step look at how to shoot and edit a three-dimensional video. 1. Shooting As far as hardware goes, you’ll need two cameras, ideally the same model, although you can use any two that can record at the same resolution. You’ll also need some way of holding them together and some 3D glasses so you can edit and view the final result. We used two Cisco Flip MinoHD pocket video cameras. We separated them slightly with Blu-Tack in order to reach the power button on the side of the camera. Be sure to use a ruler or other straight surface to ensure the camera’s lenses are at exactly the same height.
The new Facebook Pages are finally here, but what does it mean for brands that have struggled to make Pages a business tool on a personal network? The first thing you’ll notice is that Facebook Pages are once again made to look like Facebook Profiles. You have little differentiation anymore between the publicly viewable, often more commercial page, and an individual’s private profile. This lack of distinction from an interface standpoint can be confusing to consumers. Below is a breakdown of the changes in the order that Facebook presents them in their new Page tour. 1. Photos: Take ‘Em, But You Can’t Leave ‘Em When the photos across the top of Facebook profiles first appeared, people were in a panic. Now anyone could tag you in a photograph, and it would automatically show up at the top of your page. You can, however, “X” them out, if and when you notice them. You can also remove your name from photos when tagged by others. On Pages, fans cannot tag or post an image and have it show up at the top.
As incredible as technology is for communication, there’s nothing like connecting with fellow web enthusiasts in person. Many of our readers have been taking the reins in getting to know each other by organizing Mashable Meetups . It’s a great way to meet with other Mashable fans and discuss social media and technology offline. Like any event, these get-togethers require planning. As this can be the most challenging part of hosting a meetup , we created a Facebook Group for Mashable Meetup Organizers . Please request to join if you’d like to participate in conversation and collaboration around Mashable Meetups. Still wondering what exactly a Mashable Meetup is? Here are some tips for putting one together. Topics As the go-to site for social, digital and technology news, it’s good to focus your Mashable Meetup on digital topics. Whether you invite influential speakers to give presentations or prompt small group discussions, try to keep with the theme of web culture. Anything from the viral video scene to social media best practices will do
Yes, you’re beautiful exactly the way you are. But that was true when you woke up this morning, and it likely didn’t stop you from showering, brushing your teeth, and otherwise spiffing up a bit. Why not spruce up your online appearance as well? Even if you don’t have a magazine photo team to touch up your photo, it’s easy to make a couple of quick enhancements with basic Photoshop knowledge (just please don’t go too crazy — your friends should be able to pick you out of a lineup). Whether you want to remove acne or add a tattoo — these eight tutorials will teach you how to retouch your photos like a pro. 1. Change Your Hair Color Get opinions on a new color before you actually commit to the switch. This tutorial outlines the basic technique for giving yourself a digital dye job. 2. Remove Wrinkles This tutorial lets you take your pick of two techniques for removing fine lines. One uses the patch tool and the other uses the healing tool. Both also work for removing the dark circles under eyes. 3. Remove Acne This quick tutorial teaches you how to use the healing tool to quickly remove acne. 4
Dan Klamm is the Outreach & Marketing Coordinator at Syracuse University Career Services. This post was co-authored by Kelly Lux who is the Social Media Manager at Syracuse University’s iSchool. Connect with them on Twitter @DanKlamm and @KellyLux . Location-based apps aren’t just for badges and discounts. Geolocation can have a real effect on education at the University level by building relationships with prospective students and families, engaging students with their course materials, and strengthening alumni bonds. Universities are always looking for ways to strengthen ties within their communities and many higher education institutions have already implemented social media plans to help them carry out that end. Location-based services are the next step in creating meaningful relationships with prospective students, the current student body, and alums.