Showtime’s YouTube Gambit: Dexter And Homeland For Free

first_imgfruzsina eordogh Tags:#Internet TV#marketing#web The entire season 7 premiere of Dexter is on YouTube – and no, it’s not a pirated copy. Showtime posted the entire episode, as well as the season 2 premiere of Homeland. A capitulation to pirates? No, an effort to entice viewers to pay for premium television service.Bundled cable channels occasionally host episodes of their shows online, either through the video player on their site or through Hulu, but premium channels like HBO and Showtime have shied away from offering their content online. Until now. Showtime is not running ads with its YouTube content, indicating that the free online distribution is, indeed, a marketing ploy.Cable networks started experimenting with offering their content online last year. Fox led the charge in an unprecedented digital-first showing of Zooey Deschanel’s vehicle New Girl before the show aired on cable. The “sneak peak barrage” worked wonders for buzz, leading the network to try again this year with Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. Fox’s success with digital premiers prompted NBC to try the same approach with Smash in January of this year, and again with its new fall shows Revolution and The New Normal. Showtime’s offering is available only to YouTube users in the U.S.This digital strategy seems to be successful at expanding the audience for new shows, but will it work for shows going into their 7th season?  So far, the answer appears to be a tentative yes. More than 40,000 people have tuned in since the Dexter episode was posted on the Showtime YouTube channel last night, meaning 40,000 people without Showtime didn’t pirate the episode. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Video Tutorial: 2D to 3D in Adobe After Effects

first_imgIn this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to use a displacement map in Adobe After Effects to give your still pictures a 3D effect.Add life to your two dimensional still pictures by giving them a simulated 3D look. There are multiple ways to achieve this in After Effects…and in the following video tutorial we’ll show you how it’s done with a displacement map. The 2D to 3D animation is surprisingly simple.This video tutorial covers:Using the puppet toolUsing the displacement map effectCreating a 3D depth mapThis is just one of the many scenarios in which using a displacement map might be helpful – so it’s a useful After Effects feature to know.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  4Add a displacement map and set the map layer to the depth comp. 5Set the picture layer to 3D and rotate left to right over the y-axis for 3 seconds. Set keyframes to horizontal and vertical displacement. 7Use the puppet tool to keyframe a smile. 1Drag your picture into a new composition and duplicate. 2Use the brush tool to paint the background to black and the foreground to white on the top picture. If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for using the displacement map in After Effects, please comment below! 6Precompose both layers and change the composition to 1280 x 720. 3Blur and precompose the top picture.last_img read more