Category Archives: SL Videos
Episode 6 of The Drax Files has gone live and you can watch the brilliant video below. This episode is all about creativity & animation override movements in Second Life which is really amazing.
Episode 6 details
Motion capture artist Abramelin Wolfe monetizes his creativity by humanizing our virtual lives — one fluid movement at a time. He puts his dream of an immersive future succinctly: “We want a universe that we can step into!”
Edinburgh-based Abranimations is run by the Englishman with his Scottish wife who designs colorful mesh avatars. The couple makes their living capturing performances ranging from everyday walking and communicating to 1920′s flapper dances and Geisha sequences. They then sell the polished animations in their in-world store to a global userbase by way of the Linden Dollar.
But the virtual world is more about fun than it is about commerce for him, says Abramelin: “Second Life is about other people’s creativity. Some of it is beautiful. Some of it is just strange…but all of it is amazing! It is like looking into their minds.”
Abramelin’s hectic work schedule includes expanding the business to encompass services for the emerging Scottish video game industry, but he always finds time to take long flights over the vast virtual mainland to marvel at user-created chaos and beauty. It’s a digital testament to human ingenuity and the desire to exercise that muscle of imagination.
Draxtor has now filmed five episodes of The Drax Files so far this year and all of the videos have been awesome. Episode 5 has just been released about musicians in Second Life and the real world. Watch and catch up with all the episodes 1-5 here.
Details about Episode 5
“Who says what is real and what is not real?” asks Argentine post-rocker Pupito Helstein about his experience playing in Barcelona one night and in the virtual world of Second Life the next morning.
The music group Engrama, which he founded with his girlfriend (Spanish drummer Lakua Arriaga) has fans from all over the world thanks to the possibilities afforded by a persistent digital universe populated by colorful avatars.
Engrama has been playing original songs (and covers by Sigur Ros, Radiohead among others) in clubs and on self-designed stages all over SL for the past four years.
The band’s followers have treasured unique live recordings (yes: approved bootlegs!) infused with memories of sharing an emotional experience and space (albeit one that is made of pixels perhaps, but nonetheless deeply connecting to heart and soul).
Music transcends cultural, geographical and sometimes even generational differences just as much as an open-ended virtual world can!
Do you have a favorite episode of The Drax Files so far ?
Draxtor Despres has uploaded a new video today (episode 2) of the Fantasy Faire 2013 in Second Life which is really impressive and wonderful. The video shows various areas of the Fantasy Faire 2013. Amazing and very creative!
Episode 2 details
Over 140 merchants are selling their wares to thousands of avatars, fundraising for Relay for Life!
Hop on into the virtual world next week and be mesmerized by immersive environments created by the best artists in Second Life.
Every dollar spent goes to American Cancer Society !
Mayah Parx is one of my highlights…sorry I am biased…..
Watch this new video filmed by Drax with a sneak preview of the Fantasy Faire 2013 that opens on Saturday 20th April 2013 in Second Life. It’s a beautiful video showing a inside look of the Fantasy Faire 2013 and I think many are looking forward to exploring the regions when they open officially to everyone. More info visit: http://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/
Fantasy Faire 2013 regions
Sneak preview video
Fantasy Faire 2013 will be celebrating it’s 5th year and its set to be very popular indeed.
Will you be attending this year’s SL Fantasy Faire 2013 ?
Episode 3 details
“Second Life is too beautiful a tool for us to only be used for plain simple reality” says artist and painter Eshi Otwara.
Having followed this motto for the last 7 years Eshi Otawara has been designing elaborate dresses in the virtual world that defy physical reality.
And this classically trained artist from Zagreb, Croatia, has no problems merging virtual life with her physical identity – it is all dedicated to art you can either touch, look at or…well: wear!
Wether Eshi is in her studio bringing dark dreams to life in oil, chalk or acrylic or floating high above the virtual clouds in avatar form, linking and texturing prim after prim until another unique piece of clothing emerges – Eshi embraces the expressive possibilities of both “realms” to the fullest.
Epsoide 1 and Epsoide 2 can be found here of the The Drax Files. Must watch if you have not already done so!!
Today Linden Lab announced some exciting news on the official Second Life blog about a new Communications Hub User Interface (CHUI) for the Second Life viewer. To use the new CHUI you have to download version 3.5.0 (273444) of the Second Life viewer via Release Notes.
Snapshot of (CHUI)
- Add participants to a conversation already in progress
- See all of your conversations and everyone in those conversations, using an inventory-like UI
- Quickly move your voice connection between conversations and effortlessly adjust individual volume or overall volume in a single click
- View all of your recent communications in one window (Conversation Log)
- See what was said in any conversation (Conversation Transcripts)
- Set Do Not Disturb to focus on other things and get all the communications (and inventory offers!) you missed, after you come back
- Choose from four levels of notification for each of five different kinds of incoming communication. You can set IMs from friends and IMs from non-friends to different levels of notification
- Turn sound on and off for four different events, such as inventory offers and teleport offers
- Access voice morphs more easily
- Get to chat preferences and privacy preferences directly from the Conversations window.
- Type your chats into an expanding, multiple-line box
- Select multiple users across different conversations and start a new conference with them
- Choose which conversations are in their own windows, and which should be in a tabbed window — you can have both now.
- Collapse any conversation to a single-line input with popup messages.
- See users and objects you have blocked in a new tab in the People window.
What is CHUI?
As we’ve previously blogged about, CHUI puts Second Life’s communications tools in a more flexible UI that lets you customize it for the ways you prefer to communicate inworld. You can even turn it all off when you want to build, make movies, or simply be left alone for a while.
Watch the NEW VIDEO below about the new (CHUI) by Torley Linden.
What do you think about the new Communications Hub User Interface (CHUI) in the Second Life viewer ?
Updated confirmed key dates, updated links and new SL10B videos have been posted on Prim Perfect’s blog about SL10B today which is going to be huge in June 2013. I’m really excited about SL10B because its ten years since the launch of Second Life and it marks a historical milestone for everyone.
Are you looking forward to SL10B ? Please share your views in comments!
>>> 83 days left and counting until the official 10th birthday of Second Life <<<
Key dates for SL10B
- April 15th 2013 – Volunteer/Performance, Exhibitor Applications open
- May 20th 2013 - Volunteer/Performance, Exhibitor Applications close
- May 27th 2013 – SL10B sims open to builders
- June 16th 2013 – Grand Opening of SL10B
- June 23rd 2013 – Second Life officially turns 10 years old
- June 23rd 2013 – Final day of performances
- June 29th 2013 – SL10B sims close to the public
- July 1st 2013 – All builds to be dismantled – sims go offline
Updated SL10B links
- SL10B Website: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
- SL10B Twitter page: https://twitter.com/SL10B
- SL10B Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SL10B/561781090521311/
- SL10B Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/slcommunitycelebration/
New videos for SL10B
SL10B from Mistletoe to DJs
SL10B Episode 1 – A Pattern Of Madness
SL10B Community Celebration – Update Your Bookmarks
More SL10B videos will be published in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Episode 2 is now live of the new series of The Drax Files. Episode 2 lasts for 5 minutes and it’s had more than 525 views already by the SL community. I’m really impressed by the new series so far and graphics in this video is really amazing I think. Overall fantastic video and i’m excited to see what comes next month.
Details about Episode 2
Jo Yardley listens to Marlene Dietrich on a hand crank gramophone because she lives in Weimar era Germany and electricity is rather scarce: oh yes, although Frau Yardley lives in Amsterdam, her house is decorated with original furniture and accessories from the 1920ties and German magazines from the Interbellum Period are everywhere.
But Yardley, who is a historical consultant for film, TV and museums has done much more than opting out of microwaves, cell-phone and TV usage: inside the virtual world of Second Life, Yardley rebuilt a Berlin that is long gone, a Berlin, where ehrenwerte Damen sport cigarette-holders and gallant Herren are seen in three-piece suits rather than blue jeans.
This digital Berlin is home to the affluent who dance wide eyes shut straight through the roaring Twenties at the Hotel Adlon as well as the orphaned street children, begging for a few Mark to get through the day. 1920sBerlin in Second Life operates 24/7 and is complete with accurate signage, a functioning Zeppelin and a steam-engine Reichsbahn…so: let’s take a trip back in time!
Do you like the new series so far? Comment below!
Wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2013!
Watch this interesting video from London City in Second Life celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Watch the new episode 1 of The Drax Files which will be apparently be a new monthly show featuring Second Life during the rest of 2013. Episode 1 lasts for 5 minutes and so far the video has had more than 260 views. Congratulations to draxtor despres on the new launch of the The Drax Files series 2013. I’m looking forward to watching more SL adventures and interviews as they come out to watch.
Updated Press Release
The Drax Files: World Makers will be a monthly show on YouTube examining the creative people behind the avatars who continue to move the virtual world of Second Life forward with their passion and persistence.
Mixed reality interviews form the basis of very personal stories that profile designers, game-makers, role-players and fashion aficionados, musicians, artists and social-issue activists: for these dedicated residents the avatar is not just a separate pixelated entity, but a true extension of their identity with which they navigate the digital space.
The show will utilize real-life footage and Skype interviews as well as machinima from within Second Life and feature a range of creators from self-taught hobbyists to dedicated pros from all walks of life, from all over the world, cutting across gender, ethnic and generational divides.
This is a world solely made and nourished by its residents – therefore truly only their imagination can be the limit!
On 9th February 2013 a new video preview was uploaded on YouTube for the upcoming One Billion Rising in Second Life event due to take place for 24 hours on valentines day 2013. This wonderful video lasts for 5 minutes and 37 seconds showing many women avatars dancing to the music.
Tena Clark & Tim Heintz perform the incredibly powerful song, “Break the Chain,” that we hear in this video. As women from around the world in Second Life, we wanted to do our part too. Gorgeous settings, amazing women-behind-the avatars, and a bit of fantasy make our video a beautiful addition to the tide of support that’s sweeping the globe. Visit our blog, “One Billion Rising in Second Life” to find out more!
Very inspiring and impressive indeed.
On 7th February 2013 Linden Lab published a new quick tip (#3) video on the Second Life official YouTube channel showing the basics of the virtual currency known as Linden Dollars in Second Life. It’s a very handy tip and it’s worth watching if you are new to Second Life. Learn more below…
- Getting and Spending Linden Dollars – Knowlege Base
Previous quick tips videos #1 & #2 can watched again below.
I always love watching Torley video tutorials/tips about Second Life. Hopefully there will be more video tutorials in the coming weeks to watch and enjoy by Torley Linden. Yay!