1. Transformation

Similar to Dove’s “Evolution” video, this timelapse clip shows the entire process of a beauty shoot.

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With ever-more sophisticated software, media photograph touchups are now commonplace and widely accepted.

But should it be so extreme? Some would argue that airbrushing images for the beauty industry’s version of perfection grossly distorts our ideas of beauty, creating a false benchmark that’s utterly unattainable.

At the very least, when you see the extent to which photos can be digitally altered, you’ll view future images with a healthy dose of skepticism. We’ve found nine YouTube videos that take you through the Photoshop transformation process.

SEE ALSO: Tool Reveals Which Celebs, Models Have Been Photoshopped
Take a look through our video gallery for some stunning transformation sequences. In the gallery below, take a peek at 15 dramatically Photoshopped “before and after” celebrity photographs.

 

Fergie

 




 

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What do you do when you want Marty McFly’s hoverboard from Back to the Future so badly you can almost feel yourself floating around on it? You do what French artist Nils Guadagnin did: build one yourself.

As you can see in the video above, Guadagnin created a life-sized floating replica, using a couple of electromagnets along with a laser guidance system. That tech allows the board to lift off the ground just like the “real” thing. Never mind that it can only lift 5 pounds so far — Guadagnin calls it a “work in progress.”

Until you can pick up one of these hoverboards at the local sporting goods store, Mattel will be more than happy to sell you a scale replica of Marty McFly’s hoverboard, up for pre-order in a matter of weeks.

What would our world be like if antigravity technology were cheap enough to install in a kid’s skateboard?

[via YouTube]

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1. Tramp – Lowell Fulson

Beautifully paced, and with some great graphic elements, our only complaint with this video is that it’s not longer.

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If you’re a music lover and a font fan, then a kinetic typography video beats the more traditional genres hands-down. While you’ve no doubt seen a few famous examples, we’ve gathered up some lesser-watched creations for your viewing pleasure.

Although varied in style, these videos all use kinetic typography, or “moving text,” to illustrate the lyrics of a song. We’ve been impressed with how creative people can get with such a simple concept.

SEE ALSO: 10 Stories Beautifully Told with Animated Typography

Take a look through our selection in the slide show. We know there are dozens more great examples in existence, so link us in the comments to any of your favorites we’ve not included.

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Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning has unveiled a follow-up YouTube video to its wildly successful “A Day Made of Glass,” providing another look into what the future could be like with the growth of glass touchscreen interfaces, from innovative chalkboards and activity tables in classrooms to uses for it in hospitals.

Corning released two versions of “A Day Made of Glass 2″ — one with a narrator and another, abbreviated version without commentary — the video follows the life of young Amy and her family as they go through their day using various products made of glass. Amy does classwork on a glass tablet, controls the temperature of the car from the backseat and even attends a field trip at the Redwood Forrest with an interactive signage that brings learning to life. Her teacher also works with students on interactive touchscreen activity tables. Corning expects these activity tables to be rolled out in the near future.

Last year’s video, which followed the same family, brought in over 17 million hits on YouTube and left many in awe of Corning’s interpretation of what’s possible with photovoltaic glass, LCD TV glass, architectural display and surface glass, among others.

However, many left comments on YouTube asking which technology is actually possible with today’s resources and pricing. This time around, though, new technologies and applications are highlighted, such as glass tablets, multitouch-enabled desks, solar panels, augmented reality, electronic medical records and anti-microbial medical equipment.

Corning may be making headlines these days for its Gorilla Glass product — a super-strong, lightweight glass which can withstand drops and mistreatment — but it’s hardly a new company and no stranger to innovation. In fact, the 160-year-old business even worked with Thomas Edison to create inexpensive glass for his lightbulbs.

However, Corning noted at the press screening that there are several challenges the company is facing this year, largely due to lower LCD glass prices, higher corporate tax rates and declining equity earnings, which have combined to lower Corning’s profitability.

Although LCD glass sales are likely to be flat through 2014, the company said it will remain profitable and continue to generate large amounts of cash. Last week, Corning announced that it raked in record 2011 sales of $7.9 billion and plans to grow sales to $10 billion by 2014.

The company also recently announced that it is joining forces with Samsung Mobile to manufacture Lotus Glass for Galaxy-branded smartphones and Super OLED TVs. Corning’s ultra-slim, eco-friendly Lotus Glass is known for strong performance and withstanding higher-processing temperatures.

Although Corning’s first “A Day Made of Glass” video was unveiled a week ago this year, Corning’s vice chairman and CFO James Flaws told Mashable that he couldn’t comment on whether or not the clips will become an annual tradition.

“You can expect more from us though,” Flaws said.

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Building off its homepage redesign in December, YouTube is rolling out design updates to other aspects of its site.

The changes include updates to the Browse page, Video Editor and Video Manager and align with the overall rebranding that Google has pushed out to the majority of its sites and products.

The Browse page now boasts a cleaner design with a focus on discovering new channels and videos. YouTube displays the most viewed videos as well as recommendations based on your past viewing habits.

A nice touch is the “play all” button, which will play all the videos in a certain section or channel.

YouTube Browse Page

The Video Editor has also released a big overhaul. Not only is the look and feel consistent with the overall YouTube design, the timeline and moving playhead are now much more similar to editing programs such as Apple’s iMovie.

YouTube Video Editor

YouTube updated its Video Manager back in December, but the company has made some changes based on user feedback. This includes a new search history section. YouTube has also re-added the like and dislike statistics and the ability to sort by popularity.

YouTube Video Manager

YouTube isn’t the only video sharing service to change up its design. Vimeo started rolling out its biggest update in five years earlier this week.

Let us know what you think of the new YouTube in the comments.

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Two years ago, a group of Star Wars fans decided to remake Star Wars: A New Hope out of fan-generated scenes. Now, the Star Wars Uncut project has finally come to fruition with a Director’s Cut, a two-hour+ YouTube video created entirely by crowdsourcing.

When fans were encouraged by organizer and fan Casey Pugh to recreate the Star Wars movie in 15-second segments, they were given free reign to do whatever they wanted. Out of the thousands of wildly creative scenes, video editor Aaron Valdez and sound designer and mixer Bryan Pugh picked the best of the bunch, putting together this whimsical Director’s Cut, a rip-roaring re-creation of the George Lucas film.

Over the course of a couple of years Casey Pugh has basked in the limelight, even winning a primetime Emmy award in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for his work on this project. Now the Director’s Cut has found its way to YouTube, where it’s already garnered more than 433,000 views since it was first posted on Jan. 18.

Said Casey on his blog, “Star Wars Uncut has always been incomplete without this. I’m very excited and proud to release the entire film. Watch it over the weekend for guaranteed LOLs and nostalgia.”

So sit back, and see if you are more entertained by this crowdsourced version of Star Wars: A New Hope than you were by the original. Then, let us know what you think of this enormous undertaking. Is it awful or amusing? Somewhere in between?

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Each day, Mashable highlights one noteworthy YouTube video. Check out all our viral video picks.

The controversial Internet hacking group known as “Anonymous” created this retrospective video commemorating a tumultuous year in the world of anarchy and subversive activism. Its “LulzXmas” video is a complicated and picture-packed montage of mayhem, where the group’s point of view doesn’t exactly come into sharp focus, but you can get an idea of what sort of year some of its members think we’ve just gone through.

The group doesn’t speak with one voice. It consists of many free spirits who want to change the world and are willing to employ a variety of digital methods — both constructive and destructive, and often just mischievous — to make that happen. Here’s how the group announced the video in a tweet:

“@YourAnonNews: ANONYMOUS LULZXMAS VIDEO: http://t.co/rSqwQ3Gg We made a list, checked it twice. Gonna find out what companies have been naughty…not nice.”

From the video’s eerie beginning with its “We do not forgive and we do not…forget” motif, to the tweet with its ominous warning to companies that haven’t been “nice,” to its final admonition to “prepare yourself for 2012,” Anonymous has certainly enshrouded itself in mystery and foreboding.

Do you think Anonymous should be the ones policing corporate behavior? Is civil disobedience the best way to get things done in today’s world? What did you think of this video?

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Is this a car? Is it a smartphone? Is it a gaming machine? Yes to all three. The Toyota Fun Vii is a spectacular design concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this week.

The 13-foot-long three-seater’s interior and exterior are blank slates for whatever visuals you would like to wirelessly paint onto them in real time. And if you get too confused, there’s a holographic “navigation concierge” lady with a cute little hat to accompany you, guiding you around the vehicle’s futuristic features. She also helps you find your way from one place to another, which is probably effortless considering that the vehicle is networked with all the other cars on the road and drives itself.

SEE MORE: Pics of this car in the latest “Top 10 Tech This Week”

Check out this astonishing video, and then wonder along with us how long we’ll have to wait until we can sit in a car that drives itself, instantly converts into a video game, and acts like a super-smartphone on wheels. Come on Toyota, put some wings on it and we’ll finally have that long-anticipated flying car.

[via Designboom]

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Word on the street is that YouTube has a slick new design. It’s a revamped homepage with some pretty tight Google+ social integration and content discovery features.

But if you’ve fired up your trusty Internet machine and the new YouTube hasn’t yet appeared for you, don’t fret. Our friends at The Verge have figured out an easy way (via Google+ user Mortiz Tolxdorff) to turn on the new features right the heck now.

At present, the trick only seems to work in Firefox and Chrome. Open up your browser’s development tools:

In Firefox: Ctrl + Shift + K (Win) | Cmd + Shift + K (Mac)

In Chrome: Ctrl + Shift + J (Win) | or Cmd + Alt + J (Mac)

Then add this string of delicious and nutritious code to the console:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=ST1Ti53r4fU";

Close your development tools, then reload The YouTubes. Voila! A fresh homepage for videos. Here’s what’s new:

1. Welcome

Once you get the new design, a message will pop up, prompting you to take a tour.

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Via The Verge.

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Google announced further integration of YouTube and Chrome into its Google+ social network.

The search giant made the announcement in its official Google blog on Thursday, showing how it has continued its integration of YouTube into Google+.

Last summer, Google incorporated the ability to play YouTube videos in Google+ Hangouts. Now it takes that a step further, offering a YouTube icon on the top right of the Google+ interface that does a cool slide move when you mouse over it, asking “What would you like to play?”

Once you’ve entered the name of a video, topic or your favorite musician or band, a pop-up window appears, displaying a list of related videos that might interest you. I tried it by entering “Beatles,” and a Beatles video started playing in a dynamically re-sizing window, while offering more like it underneath.

Share a YouTube video and anyone in your chosen share circle has access to a related playlist, right from your post.

The company also announced a couple of new Google+ Chrome extensions — one is similar to a previously released version that lets you add a +1 to web pages, but now you can also share them with your circles right from its drop-down interface. The second extension lets you see your Google+ notifications right from your Chrome browser:

For those who don’t care to use the Chrome browser, Google says it’s offering a new version of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer that also has these two new features on board.

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