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Graphics & Video

In the Graphics & Video section, we explore the processes behind manipulating visual content on your computer. We’ll explore the processes behind manipulating graphics and video.

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Can a computer recreate what you're seeing?

Imagine you have a movie marathon weekend -- while you're hooked up to a functional MRI machine. Now imagine that a computer could guess what you were watching after gathering all that MRI data, and you have an idea what some researchers are up to.


Coloring Is Relaxing. Coloring in 3-D Could Be Even Better

Apps that augment the coloring book experience may revolutionize how we put crayon to paper. See more »

How 3-D Gestures Work

Before the graphical user interface, we needed text commands to operate our computers. But it may not be long before we can do our work by gesturing with our hands. What tools make it possible? See more »

Can a computer recreate what you're seeing?

Imagine you have a movie marathon weekend -- while you're hooked up to a functional MRI machine. Now imagine that a computer could guess what you were watching after gathering all that MRI data, and you have an idea what some researchers are up to. See more »

You'd like to learn how to watch free movies on your computer. Read here about how to watch free movies on your computer. See more »

If you know how to upload a video to a computer you can enjoy your VHS home movies from a computer screen. Learn about how to upload a video to a computer in this article. See more »

More people are making their own videos these days. Learn whether you can find free video editing software on the Internet in this article. See more »

How Silverlight Works

To broadcast the 2008 Summer Olympic Games online, American broadcast network NBC chose Microsoft Silverlight. Can it beat Adobe Flash and set a new standard? See more »

How Video Editing Works

Have a camcorder and a computer? Add a piece of software to the mix and you can turn a home movie into a high-quality video masterpiece! See more »

How does my computer know when to activate the screensaver?

There's a special command your computer sends when your keyboard and mice have been idle for a period of time. Find out how your computer activates your screensaver. See more »

How Shockwave 3-D Technology Works

In this article, we'll find out exactly what Shockwave 3-D technology is and how it works. We'll also explore some applications of this technology and check out some very cool 3-D images. See more »