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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Zune, Mean Mag Team Up In New Content Deal

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Media" @ 11:30 PM

http://www.variety.com/article/VR11...oryId=1009&cs=1

"Microsoft is gearing up to give Zune owners something to watch. The tech giant has created a shingle that will produce a slate of video programming exclusively for the portable device, its answer to Apple's iPod. The move into production is being eyed as a way to help sell more Zune players, but the effort will also create another distribution platform for Hollywood's creative community. The first project will be "Cinemash" -- a comedy series it has created with arts and entertainment mag Mean -- which bows by May. The eight-episode series, unspooling in three- to five-minute installments, will feature celebs playing the roles in movies they wish they'd landed. Mean mag had already produced a series of shorts starring James McAvoy, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley and Seth Rogen that appeared on its website before pairing with Microsoft. Like all the Zune shows, "Cinemash" will be ad-supported and free for download."

If you're having a hard time reading through the Hollywood language (seriously, what does "bows by May" even mean?!), here's what's basically happening: Microsoft is teaming up with a magazine called Mean which has produced some pretty cool web shorts with some famous people in the past. The shows will range in content from live-action to animated, and from comedy to urban and music. They'll initially only be available to Zune, but will eventually trickle out to Xbox Live and MSN, and then the internets as a whole. Sounds pretty cool, and I remember there being talk of this a while back, but we'll have to wait and see how it pans out when the episodes bow out (hehe) in May.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

New Zune-Arts: "Intergalactic Swap Meet"

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Media" @ 07:30 PM

http://zune-arts.net#swapmeet

There's a new Zune-Arts in town, and it goes by the name of "Swap Meet" (or "Intergallactic Swap Meet"). It features some nice 2D and 3D CG animation courtesy of againstallodds, and The Deadly Syndrome's "Eucalyptus" serves as the score, in the most indie rock way possible. The video itself can only be described as a cross between Super Mario Galaxy and biologist's worst nightmare, as "message in a bottle"-style containers serve as an interplanetary vessel for several minute alien species. Upon arriving at our planet of reference, the species begin devouring each other and subsequently inheriting their meal's traits. Very weird and very cool.

But don't take my word for it, check out the video for yourself:


Friday, June 8, 2007

Punga and Ratatat Come Together in Zune's Latest TV Spot

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 02:25 AM

http://zuneinsider.com/archive/2007/06/05/the-latest-video-posted-to-zune-arts.aspx#8764

"A few folks have noticed the video in the latest TV spot, the two characters dancing. Well, you can get the full video, as well as a back-story, and wallpapers to download from Zune-arts. The video comes from Punga, an animation house in Argentina. And the music, you might recognize, is Ratatat, a band I've loved for a while."



There's one thing the Zune team does well, and that's putting together an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful videos (even if they have absolutely nothing to do with the Zune itself). Check out their latest one and let us know what you think.


Saturday, March 10, 2007

ZuneTVWatcher: MCE to Zune Conversion

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Content Creation & Management" @ 12:00 PM

http://thegreenbutton.com/blogs/chris_blog/archive/2007/03/04/173703.aspx

"A new program out today, ZuneTVWatcher kind of starts to pick-up where Microsoft left off with lame Media Center and Zune integration. It will automatically monitor your Recorded TV folder, and then convert your recordings to go on the Zune. You might be saying, “Hey, I can do this already”. But that one thing that you might not already be able to do is sync the shows and have the metadata put them into the "TV Shows" section on the Zune. Right now, if you use third party tools to convert your recordings, they will likely be put in the “Videos” section. That's not much fun!"

Believe it or not, I don't have a TV tuner connected to my PC, so I'm not able to test this, but I'm sure if I did this would be invaluable to me. I miss the days when I could record TV with my TV Wonder and copy it over to my Archos for watching on the train... OK, maybe I'll have to get myself a tuner card now...


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