A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#advertising#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dave copeland News outlets breathlessly reported last week that Twitter was projected to overtake Facebook in mobile-ad revenue for 2012. But they missed the bigger picture. Twitter is projected to generate $129.7 million in mobile-ad revenue this year, well ahead of Facebook’s $72.7 million. What critics and journalists missed in hurried analyses of that news was Facebook’s projection that annual mobile-ad revenue will grow to $629.4 million in 2013 and 2014. That’s second only to Google, which is expected to generate $3.58 billion in mobile revenue in the same period.Not bad for Facebook, a company that didn’t bring in a dime in mobile-ad revenue last year and which has been plagued by questions about its mobile strategy since announcing it would go public in February.Pandora Is A Good/Bad ExampleStill, it takes more than revenue to make a profit. Look no further than Pandora, which ranked second in 2012 mobile-ad revenue projections, with $226.4 million, but still struggles to turn a profit.Pandora’s mobile-ad revenue is expected to jump 86% this year, from $120 million last year. But that may not be enough to put the company solidly in the black, says J.T. Hroncich, president of Capitol Media Solutions.Newcomers to mobile ads will join Pandora in trying to solve three primary puzzles:Mobile-ad networks generally increase sales volume, but they often cut per-ad marginsAd auctions favor buyers. As a result, some sellers are trying to sell directly to advertisersMobile-ad rates are still well below those of other kinds of ads because the ads are smaller and demand is lower“The companies that perform best in mobile advertising are typically companies earning core profits in another industry,” Hroncich said. Google does not have to rely on mobile-ad networks, for instance. And Google integrates its products to create a richer mobile experience that advertisers tend to like.The Point People Are MissingFacebook will face all these issues as it tries to turn quickly growing mobile revenue into mobile profits. But the company has an advantage, said Peter Friedman, CEO of LiveWorld, a social-media management company.“People really like to connect and engage socially while on the move,” Friedman said. “Eventually Facebook will monetize it, thus dramatically increasing their revenue per user.”Indeed, Friedman said he would have been surprised if Facebook had said it would record more mobile revenue than Twitter this year.“It’s great that Twitter is advancing its mobile revenue this way. But one would expect them to do so, and be further along than Facebook, because Twitter’s usage patterns have been more dominated by mobile or at least more focused on mobile for quite a while,” he said.“Facebook has been attending to other knitting and is further along on those aspects. Twitter’s progress in this area more proof this can be done. Both companies have a good future here,” said Friedman.
Are we sure that LG and Samsung are not the same company?A smartphone showed up at my house yesterday. Now, this is not an infrequent occurrence, so I was not surprised by its arrival. I ripped open the packaging, pulled out the familiar AT&T box and found… a gargantuan smartphone. Wait, I told myself, they sent the wrong phone. I already have a Samsung Galaxy Note II “phablet” (smartphone/tablet hybrid) device. Then, I looked a little closer. This was not one of Samsung’s infamous phablets. This mammoth was from LG – the Optimus G Pro. It is thoroughly uninspiring.Yet Another PhabletThe Optimus G Pro has a 5.5-inch screen, which makes it a hair smaller than the Galaxy Note II that comes in at 5.55-inches. At 6.07 ounces, it is not excessively heavy, which is good for a phone of this size. Screen resolution is decent but not top-end at 1080×1920 pixels (401 pixels per inch). It has a 13-megapixel back camera (in line with the Galaxy S4) and a 2.1-MP front camera. The battery is a bit smaller than that of the Note II, at 3140 mAh (versus 3200 mAh). The device has a plastic, removable back with expandable Micro-SIM and microSD slots.The Optimus G Pro employs a similar quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Galaxy S4 identical to the one in the HTC One, clocking in at 1.7 GHz. With 2 GB of RAM, the Optimus G Pro is about as fast as other recently released comparable smartphones.If you know, or care, anything about hardware specs, you will recognize that the LG Optimus G Pro basically sports the exact same internal components at the HTC One, just with a bigger screen and battery. Its camera is basically the same as the Galaxy S4. Instead of reinventing the wheel, LG more or less just jumped on the components bandwagon with its biggest rivals.I will say the same thing about the Optimus G Pro that I said about the Galaxy Note II when it came to the market: phablets are ridiculous. They are not practical as smartphones and are too small to be really nice tablets. Smartphones in the 5-inch plus to 7-inch range are the tweeners of the mobile device world. A smartphone loses its luster when it is difficult to put in the pockets of your jeans and looks and feels awkward when pressed against your face for a call. Size matters in the smartphone world and 5.5-inches for a device offers a suboptimal experience.That being said, if you are a large person in need of a large smartphone, a phablet may be just what the doctor ordered. A Few Defining QuirksThe Note II comes with a Stylus, what Samsung calls a S Pen. The LG Optimus G Pro does not come with a stylus, but it doe employ similar drawing capabilities. Most Android smartphones these days come with two or three physical buttons: a power button, a volume button and, depending on the manufacturer, a physical “home” button. LG has all those buttons and one more: a “quick” button on the left side above the volume button.The “quick” button is not a new concept. Older Android smartphones have employed it to launch the camera app or other functions. LG uses it to implement some of its own peculiar features. By pressing the quick button you are brought to a function call QuickMemo, where you can draw on the screen you are looking at. For instance, if you are reading an article in an app or through the browser, you can easily toggle to QuickMenu and make a note and send it to yourself or someone else. For a functional perspective, this is much easier to do than most of the stylus functions through the Note II. Related Posts Tags:#Android#LG The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology If you do not want to use QuickMemo, the quick button can be changed to any app that you prefer. The Android panels for the home screen on the Optimus G Pro also perform in a curious, delightful fashion. Instead of scrolling from one panel to another with the same image static in the background, the image scrolls along with the panels. It is a small detail, but a decent user interface flourish unique to LG. Android Shines ThroughSeveral of the most recent flagship devices from Android manufacturers do not showcase the operating system at all. Samsung has thoroughly invested in hiding the fact that Android is running on its new Galaxy S4 and HTC makes a decent skin in Sense 5 for the HTC One. On these devices, Android is marginalized, for good or bad, depending on your preference.If there is one thing to credit with the Optimus G Pro is that LG does little to alter or tweak Android. Yes, there are some interesting UI oddities, but the overall experience is much plainer and simpler than that of any Samsung Galaxy device. That benefits the user as well as developers looking to create apps for the larger screen size. In the end, the Optimus G Pro is just another large screen Android smartphone. It is not wholly remarkable nor unremarkable. It will hit stores in the United States on May 10 for $199 (on a two-year contract), making it cheaper than the Note II. If you are an individual with inordinately large hands or just curious about the newest crop of Android devices, it is worth at least a look. Update: The original version of this article referred to the device as the Optimus Pro G. It has been corrected to Optimus G Pro. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski
Cover glass giant Corning recently announced Gorilla Glass SR+, a new type of hardened glass specifically designed for wearables.Gorilla Glass SR+ has been in development since 2015 and is part of Project Phire, a new glass composite that Corning claims is nearly as scratch resistant as sapphire.See Also: How to make steelworking a less dangerous professionIn lab tests, Corning claims Gorilla Glass SR+ heavily outperforms wearable glass competition. It is 70 percent more resistant to scratches and impacts and offers 25 percent better surface reflection.On top of the added protection, Gorilla Glass SR+ also has far better optical clarity and touch sensitivity. These upgrades could improve battery life and improve customer satisfaction, according to Corning.“In early 2015, [we] launched Project Phire with the goal of engineering glass-based solutions with the scratch resistance approaching luxury cover materials, combined with the superior damage resistance of Gorilla Glass,” said director of innovation product at Corning, Scott Forester. “Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers a superior combination of properties that is not available in any other material today—it is in a class of its own.”Gorilla glass coming to more wearables?Corning did not give a list of partners for the new Gorilla Glass SR+, though its safe to assume most Android Wear manufacturers are interested in the new glass composite.It may have more trouble with Apple, which already ships sapphire glass on the Watch and Watch Edition. Even with the upgrades to Gorilla Glass SR+, it will be hard for the glass giant to market SR+ as more scratch resistant than sapphire glass.Corning would have more success bidding for the Watch Sport, Apple’s cheaper smartwatch that uses strengthened Ion-X glass. Though we don’t know what changes Apple has made to the cheaper version in Series 2, announced this week at its September event. Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#Corning#gorilla glass#hardened glass#Internet of Things#IoT#smartwatch#wearable David Curry
It takes a lot of effort to create a solid virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), or mixed reality (MR) experience. The hardware, including the headset and system hosting the experiences, have to be capable of delivering a natural, smooth experience.See also: Ultrahaptics finds deep pockets for its AR/VR techThe Varjo team, which has been operating in stealth mode until now, believes that its 20|20 display will change the game in this emerging space.This new generation of headsets is taking off in a big way. Brands like Sony, HTC, Microsoft, and Oculus are putting a lot of effort into creating immersive virtual/augmented/mixed reality experiences. While these products are certainly a giant leap forward from the “VR” headsets of yesteryear, the visual experience provided by these products isn’t quite good enough to trick the eye.Beats current VR/AR resolutionsProducts such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are offering users a 1.2 megapixel (per eye) VR experience with an up to 110-degree field of view. For over a year, this has been the cutting edge of VR/AR headset displays. Even the PlayStation VR, a headset designed specifically for gaming, is limited to a 1080p resolution.Meta II, a headset currently available for preorders at $949 USD, has an exceptional 2.5k resolution of 2550×1440.In the augmented reality space, we have options like Microsoft’s Hololens, which has a significantly lower field of view (around 32 degrees). The effective resolution for the Hololens is around 1 megapixel.“Varjo’s patented display innovation pushes VR technology 10 years ahead of the current state-of-the-art, where people can experience unprecedented resolution of VR and AR content limited only by the perception of the human eye itself,” said Urho Konttori, CEO and founder of Varjo Technologies. “This technology, along with Varjo VST, jump-starts the immersive computing age overnight – VR is no longer a curiosity, but now can be a professional tool for all industries.”Varjo’s solution up closeWith Varjo 20|20, the company believes it has found a way to create a VR/AR display with an effective resolution of 70 megapixels. That’s a pretty stunning claim.This is huge leap in effective resolution is made possible by some technological magic that takes advantage of the way the human eye perceives visual input. By creating a super-high resolution image to the user’s gaze direction, it’s able to increase the effective resolution of the display.This isn’t just for virtual reality, either. Video-see-through (VST) technology enables the display to be used in AR/MR, as well.The technology behind Varjo’s prototype was developed by a team of optical scientists, creatives and developers who formerly occupied top positions at Microsoft, Nokia, Intel, Nvidia and Rovio.Varjo’s new technology will be shipping in Varjo-branded products specifically for professional users and applications starting in late Q4, 2017. Follow the Puck Ryan Matthew Pierson Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#HTC#Internet of Things#IoT#Oculus#Varjo#virtual reality#VR Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…
The Department of Defense worldwide numbers represent medical diagnoses of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurred anywhere military forces are located, including the continental United States since 2000 (Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), 2014).This post is part of a series of Factual Friday posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.
We know that military deployments impact not only Service members, but their families as well. Deployments are a time of separation, changing roles, sacrifice, missed life experiences and fear. As Service members return home the reintegration phase can be challenging as families become reacquainted, reset expectations, and renegotiate roles.This 30 Day Reintegration series, originally published as MFLN Family Transitions Facebook posts in the spring of 2015, provides an intimate insight into the reintegration experience of one active duty Air Force couple. Their story, unique for this family but also probably similar to other military family reintegration stories, reminds us of the joys and challenges military couples and families face. It is our hope that this four part blog series will help military service providers understand the range of emotions family members experience during reintegration. These emotions may or may not be visible or communicated outside of the home, but they truly impact the family’s mental and physical health as well as their ability to serve, work, volunteer and function. Be observant and prepared to ask service members, partners and children specific questions about their reintegration experience to identify how you can help and find needed resources.This 4-part blog features 30 days of post-deployment journaling by what we’ve been calling our “30-Day Couple”. Their names are not used to provide anonymity. What is their back story? He enlisted in the Air Force during his last year of high school because of career and education benefits. The couple went to high school together but didn’t start dating until he returned from Basic Combat Training and Tech School. After he was assigned to his first duty station they had a brief long distance relationship. She dropped out of college so they could get married, but didn’t continue her education due to limited funds. She quickly learned that the military lifestyle applied to her as a military spouse, stating “It’s become an OUR thing”! As a Flying Crew Chief he has a fast paced job and is frequently away from home. They have three children. She left her job to stay home with the children to avoid childcare due to his frequent absences. She is active in many groups on base and receives support from other military spouses. “When you have a military friend you have a friend for life”. She is a Key Spouse volunteer and works hard to provide support to other military spouses.They believe that their family is stronger because of the military experience. They feel the kids have gained confidence and have benefited from learning how to adjust and adapt to whatever military life throws at them. They appreciate the steady income the military provides, but agree that being a military family has influenced their life course. They are hesitant to buy a home in case they have to move. They haven’t gotten a family pet because they may PCS overseas. Education has been put on hold for her. Given his job expectations she “assumes” that he is not going to be there. She know she can rely on his support, but doesn’t rely on him physically being there. They acknowledge that “military transitions happen just as fast as family transitions”.Continue reading to learn about this couples’ first five days of reintegration. During this ‘honeymoon’ phase observe how the family reconnected and the wide range of emotions felt by each family member.************Day 1 – HerSo here is my first 24hours…. After impatiently waiting for hubby to be done checking in his equipment, it’s finally 1am by the time we get home. Everyone is asleep and it’s wonderful to be with my hubby. Determined to not throw off my kids’ normal day, I get the day started. I have to confess that more than once I was frustrated that things weren’t going the way I wanted them. Trying not to mom block him I just keep trying to keep the kids on time for school. As soon as the kids were at school and hubby made all his calls to work, I just wanted my time. Spent the day doing whatever he wanted to do. Hitting up his favorite restaurants. A lot of “I love you” and “I’ve missed you” was said all day long. I struggled with jealousy a lot today. Jealous that work was on his mind, the kids forgot me a little. Still today was great. I have him home. I got to talk face to face, and I’m gratefulDay 1 – HimMy first 24 hours back from my latest deployment was primarily one of observation. So many things have changed since I left so many months ago. I could spend all day voicing every change I noticed, but instead I elected to try and focus on the bigger differences that affected my family. Examples of these included my son’s new adult teeth or how tall my oldest daughter had gotten or even how talkative our youngest had become. These, along with so many other changes, were a bit hard for me to really accept. I didn’t really imagine my children any taller when they ran toward me upon my return than their height I remembered them at when I left. I had received my redeployment brief about how important it was to ease back into family life, so I tried to do just that. I pitched in helping with the kids as much as I could, but things like discipline I chose to avoid since I wasn’t sure how my wife had been handling those situations. My time home so far has been filled by elation and euphoria, all while hoping this feeling will last forever. Despite these changes, I’m extremely thankful to be home with my wife and children and look forward to adapting to the changes that inherently await me to discoverDay 2 – HerToday has been a quiet day. Hubby stepped in and took the dad role so effortlessly. Running the kids to their practices, and picking up vegetables from the farmer’s market. He was amazing letting me have plenty of time alone and not having a little one need me. I don’t feel like I struggled with anything today. Just really enjoyed having someone to share the day with and help with the responsibilities.Day 2 – HimToday I decided to jump into taking care of some things on my “Honey Do” list. I saw this as an opportunity to impress my wife, since I felt I had left her to do everything on her own for the past few months. This feeling was magnified by the fact that we have three children, ranging in ages between 2 and 9. I was in awe of how much she had taken care of while I was gone and only wanted to prove to her just how much I appreciated how much she has done. I hope to find my place in this “new norm” and contribute as best I can throughout these next thirty days home.Day 3 – HerToday we felt bored. The excitement of finally having my whole family together again is starting to wear off. I found myself asking my kids what I would normally be doing. The obvious answer was cleaning, cooking or on FaceTime with daddy. There wasn’t as much motivation to finish the to-do list but was still worked on. Preparations were made for hubby to go into work tomorrow. Not ready for the reality check then, but the sooner he gets his in-processing done the sooner we can go on family vacation. The kids have loved playing and jumping around with daddy, and not sure how they will feel about seeing him gone in the morning before they wake up. Our youngest has been wrapped around him this whole time. She may be very cranky tomorrow. Day 3 – HimWe decided today was going to be a lazy day. We’ve gone out shopping and stopped in at a few restaurants these past couple of days in part to celebrate being all together again and partly to indulge in what I had missed over the past few months. Due to these indulgences, we decided to stay in today. We tried to clean the house a bit and I finally tried to tackle unpacking, but the laziness of the day prevailed. I only started a few chores and, instead, lounged while watching a few movies. I played with the kids even more today than I did before I left. Although today was a lazy day, I remembered through the Resiliency courses that I’ve taught others, that even small moment with your loved ones count. It was important to me that my children understood that daddy had each of their undivided attention. Today was less about fitting back in as it was just enjoying the presence of familyDay 4 – HerToday has been a roller coaster. First day back to work. One of the things that helped it work was that hubby went into work late. He was able to see the kids off to school. As soon as my son woke up to see his daddy back in uniform he did his best Charlie Brown impression “ugh!” We made sure the kids knew daddy would not be home when they got home from school but he would be bringing home pizza when he did, they were content with that. A touchy subject that came up was our date night. A babysitter was scheduled three weeks ago for this night. It was important to me. I had asked several times about what would we do. At first I was told hubby wasn’t ready to think about that while he was overseas. Then when hubby got home he made me feel I was nagging him. Today hubby told me that I was making him mad because he felt forced to be romantic. I didn’t speak to him for a few hours. Later he texted me to tell me he made reservations at a waterfront restaurant. We were able to then talk out how we were feeling and what he meant when he misspoke. The kids were surprisingly good today, even my son brought home a note from teachers saying it was a wonderful day. This is great because during the deployment we had gotten several letters saying he was being disruptive and twice sent to the principal’s office. My oldest daughter was crying about us leaving her with a babysitter while we go on date. We gave her an iPod that she can use to text us all night long to make her feel better. Over all that day was good but trying at times.Day 4 – HimI had to go in to work today to start my in-processing. Typically, someone who has just come back from a deployment feels sort of out of place, but this time I felt particularly displaced since my entire section had moved while I was gone! I had relatively little issue finding the location, but the new processes therein were a different story. I’m only there long enough to complete due/overdue training as well as making my mandatory post-deployment appointments, but I still felt more out of place than I’ve ever felt with previous deployments. I decided that the best way to tackle this new role/environment was to take things slowly. Only asking questions about that which would affect me now versus trying to solve everything at once. I’ve still got plenty of questions at this present time; however, I decided upon this approach as it would break down an otherwise overwhelming feeling that would eat at me until I felt every question was answered. I pushed through the day and finally made it home to my loving family with whom I can always find solace in during a trying day. Now with the business aspect of the day behind me, my wife and I had plans to go on a date that night. I wish I had poured just as much effort into putting the night together as she had, but I had redeemed myself at the last minute by making a reservation at an upscale waterfront restaurant. This was followed by a bar hop and finally a fudge shop to bring home a few treats. I definitely experienced a gamut of emotions, but I would consider today altogether a win.Day 5 – HerLast night while out with hubby, he decided to tell me some of the things that he could not share with me during the deployment. Most of it had me scared but the worst part was him showing me pictures of bullet holes. I had already known about one instance that made it to the news here but I wasn’t aware of the others. Normally he doesn’t tell me anything about the places he has been; giving me the excuse of what if he goes back he wouldn’t want to worry me. I have gotten very used to that, so no point in asking. But this worried me. More than just because of all the dangers but also because it was out of the norm to share. My first question after he told me was are you going to have an appointment to talk to someone about all of this. He more or less laughed it off….The exciting thing that happened today is we booked a family trip. Looking forward to having fun with my family.Day 5 – HimI woke up this morning just a little before 5 a.m. to start my routine for work. I’m having to train myself again to start functioning this early in the day and find the motivation to make today a great one. I decided that it would be a good time to count my blessings since I hadn’t done it in a while. I usually teach that for every one negative thought, you should always counter it with three positives. I guess I could consider the time in which I had to get up a negative, but nonetheless I proceeded with the positives. First, I was home! I wasn’t separated from my family somewhere ending in “stan.” Second, traffic was a breeze this morning. Third, I haven’t officially started work yet, just in-processing, so I have very little responsibility and can worry about just myself for the time being until I get back from my reconstitution time off (R&R). All this to say that I had a pretty good day, however, my night turned out to be less than stellar. Our two older kids had Taekwondo, and while the oldest was quite disciplined, the middle decided to act out a bit. It was to be expected, but the same behavior reared back to life during dinner as well, but progressively got worse. Once one child gets a laugh from misbehaving, the dominos start to fall and the others play copy-cat until my wife and I had enough. We generally have well-mannered kids, but I guess the day wore on them as it was starting to wear on us. The night may not have ended on a high note, but at least I can always go back to those blessings to remind myself all that I am grateful for.************The first several days of reintegration following a deployment can provide both joys and challenges for military families. What were your thoughts as you read about this family’s efforts to reconnect and the range of emotions experienced by each family member? How might these insights impact how you as a military family service professional help families prepare for this honeymoon phase? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.Watch for Part 2 of 4 of this reintegration blog series, Establishing New Routines, which will be posted in one week.To learn more about current research related to reintegration, issues military families face during reintegration, as well as how these findings may impact programs and policies check out this archived webinar, “The Experience of Reintegration for Military Families and Implications for DoD” held mid-May.MFLN Family Transitions Development provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Finally jump over to the Geometry section of the Inspector and set the dimensions to: Custom 16:9 and type in 960 x 540. Or you could set it to 50% of source if you want a bit more flexibility on using it on files other than 1920 x 1080. Last of all remember to press SAVE!Free Custom Presets For CompressorIn that example we looked at creating a nice preset for client approval videos, however the same technique can be used to create any Compressor preset.To save Compressor presets to a USB flash drive, Dropbox folder or email simply drag the preset from the settings pane into a finder window. I have created some Compressor presets of my own use that you can download from this link: Download Four Free Compressor PresetsInside the .zip file are 4 presets:1. Client Email Settings – 512 x 288 500kbps – designed to create small files that are easy to email.2. Client Viewing Settings – 960 x 540 2500kbps – Bigger and nicer to look at files that are useful for client viewings.3. Vimeo 720 HD – 720 x 1280 5000kbps – This is Vimeo’s recommended preset for 720p HD video and non pro/plus accounts.4. Vimeo 1080 HD – 1920 x 1080 10,000kbps – This is Vimeo’s recommended preset for 1080 HD video. You can crank it all the way up to 20,000 but its probably over kill.Click here to view Vimeo’s recommendations for compression settings for several different frame sizes etc. One additional note, you may want to double check the frame rate settings for your country. As I’m UK based I’m a PAL editor, so my frame rate is set to 25 fps.Which application do you prefer for video encoding?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Create timesaving presets in Compressor for common compression tasks – or just download these free presets to get you started!Creating presets in Compressor, Apple’s video encoding application, is an incredibly easy way to save time and effort when it comes to common compression tasks. In this post I’ll quickly show you how to create Compressor presets yourself, as well as provide a link to download some ones I made. Save time and effort!Creating a Compressor PresetThe easiest way to create a Compressor preset is simply to duplicate an existing preset and then make some suitable adjustments. We’ll create my ‘Client Viewing’ settings in this example. To do this open Compressor and in the Settings tab open up Apple> Formats > Quicktime > Quicktime H.264.Next press the ‘Duplicate Selected Setting’ icon – third in from the left at the top of the settings tab. This will create a duplicate setting in your ‘Custom’ folder and it also means you’re not saving over Compressor’s default presets.In the Inspector pane name the setting something relevant based on the task you’ll use it for and fill in the description with some of the essential attributes it will have to remind yourself what it is supposed to do. Here I’ve called it ‘Client Viewing Preset’ and given it the description “H.264 940×560 2500kbps”. This is going to make a Quicktime file that’s great to send to clients for approval, as its decent quality without a huge file size. Note, 960×540 is 50% of full HD 1920 x 1080.Now click on the Video Settings button in the middle of the inspector and check the ‘Restrict to’ button and type in “2500” in the box. This will cap the data rate at 2500 kbits/second. You can leave the other settings alone. This way Compressor will read the native frame rate of the file you’re working with. Next, click the Audio Settings button and drop the ‘target bit rate’ down to about 192.
If you’re curious to know what Baselight looks like, especially now you can purchase the Baselight for Avid or Final Cut Pro plugins (and have Baselight-like functionality right inside your NLE) then the following tutorials from FilmLight (makers of Baselight) as well as post house FilmLook, and their 21 year veteran colorist Allen Kelly, will help get you up to speed.Baselight TutorialsFilm Look regularly posts Baselight tutorials on their blog and so far they’ve racked up 6 short episodes. In each each tutorial colorist Allen Kelly walks through a few tips and tricks inside Baselight to improve the look and feel of the shots at hand.In this video Allen demonstrates how to add camera shake and motion blur to a shot of an explosion to make it more dynamic:Here Allen grades a night time shot of a car racing through the city, creating a nice high contrast look:In this episode Allen tackles a ‘glamour’ shot of an actress helping to create a perfected, poppy look:Baselight For Avid TutorialsIf you’re interested in checking out what the Baselight for Avid plugin can do then take time to watch through these detailed tutorials.In this two part tutorial Bob Chorley demonstrates how to use layer mattes in Baselight for Avid’s plugin.In this first of a three part series Bob works through using Baselight’s Keyframe and Tracking functionality.Are you using Baselight?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Check out these breakdowns of a professional colorist’s commercial work as well as a look into the color grading system that created them.Scott Maclean is a professional colorist at Cutting Edge Post and a while back he posted this awesome detailed breakdown of his color grading work on a Powerade television commercial. He’s just released another reel showcasing some more of his work as well as a few more interesting breakdowns. Color grading was done on a Baselight system. Its well worth pausing on a few shots to really check out what’s going on:
Understanding color temperature, light size and power draw is imperative for picking the right light for your video shoots!In the second part in our series on Lighting for Video we dig deeper into choosing the right light for your shoot. In this video tutorial we’ll discuss more lighting basics including color temperature, light size and power draw – essential knowledge for ensuring you’ve chosen the right light for your shot.The color temperature of lighting units is measured on the Kelvin scale. In this tutorial we’ll first cover the lighting temperature of different lighting units and where they fall on the Kelvin scale. By understanding this fundamental of lighting, you can achieve better results in mixed lighting environments and compensate for potential color casts. See the image below for a handy cheat sheet on color temperature from StreamingMediaProducer.Additionally, we’ll take a look at a few examples of how light size effects the look of a shot. The size of the light relative to the size of the subject dictates how hard or soft the shadows appear.Finally, we’ll make a few considerations for power usage when choosing lights for your shoot – which lights draw the most power and how to prevent circuit overload from these heavy hitters.Be sure to check out our previous video tutorial on light output for even more info on choosing the right light for your video shoot.Stay tuned, as we’ll be adding more videos in our Lighting for Video series!Image from Streaming Media Producer
Music experts are using microscopes to take the iconic roar into the 21st century.Since 1954 the Godzilla roar has been sending shivers down the backs of audiences. There are few sounds as recognizable worldwide as the iconic roar. So when Ethan Van Der Ryn and Erik Aadahl were tasked with creating a new roar for the 2014 Godzilla movie they had big shoes to fill.The original 1954 roar was made by Japanese composer Akira Ifukube who used a leather glove, double bass, and Pine tar to create the sound. The result was fantastic but audiences in 2014 demanded a little more. Ryn and Aadahl began their search by recording screeches and calls from various wildlife but “nothing quite felt right”.Ryn and Aadahl then turned to objects including ironing boards & rusty car doors but they still couldn’t find anything that would suit their needs. That’s when they decided to turn to microscopes. Scientific microscopes offer users the ability to capture sound waves that humans can’t normally hear. The sounds when slowed down can create some awesome results including the 2014 Godzilla screech.The noise even triggered fearful tourists to call the police to Universal Studios. The following video sheds more light on how it was made.What do you think of the new roar? Share in the comments below.Stories via:NPR: What’s In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla’s Iconic SoundRecode: Behind the Roar: Finding Godzilla’s Iconic Voice
As VR rigs continue advanced testing, there’s been a shift from video game development to interactive virtual reality films. These are the studios leading that charge.Cover image via Oculus Story StudioOriginally intended as a gaming device, the Oculus Rift continues to evolve into a world-changing technology. Other companies are also experimenting with virtual reality, like Google with Cardboard and Jump. Even Samsung has teamed with Oculus to create Gear VR for their Milk VR platform.Now, these tech giants are turning to filmmakers to create original content. The problem is – no one has ever done this before. How can you tell a story in a 360 degree room? Does the story even need a script? Here are how some filmmakers are breaking ground in the world of virtual reality films.Oculus Story StudioIt should come as no surprise that the company leading the virtual reality charge is also the forerunner for developing VR films. A few months after Facebook‘s acquisition of Oculus, the VR company announced the newly formed Story Studio. The goal of the studio was to determine what was possible for VR filmmaking, and then share that knowledge with the world.Even more incredible than sharing their discoveries is the person leading the Story Studio. Oculus hired Saschka Unseld, a 6 year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios. Unseld was a layout artist on several Pixar features, and gained notoriety for directing the Pixar short film The Blue Umbrella.Since becoming the creative director, Unseld has been able to enjoy not having a set budget. It’s his responsibility to explore and learn everything possible. In doing so, they developed a slate of five films to be released in 2015. The goal was to create drastically different projects to determine what type of story is needed for a VR project.The first film, Lost, was focused on magic and wonder. The film was released in January of 2015. It told the story of a giant robot who was searching for his hand. The film takes place in a dark forest, and the team soon learned that a VR film could be far more frightening that they imagined.Image: Lost via Oculus Story StudioThe forrest engulfed the viewer, which could truly terrify a person. It was apparent that there was a massive power and responsibility to VR filmmaking. Their VR film could actually traumatize a person.Story Studio’s second feature would depart the darkness of their first film and focus on humor in a brighter environment. Originally titled Kabloom, the film about a hedgehog on his birthday would evolve into the movie Henry. Henry the hedgehog only wants to hug people, but others are terrified to hug him. The main character was so adorable, the audience watching literally wanted to reach out and hug him as the story moved on.Released in July 2015, Henry was such a success that it has become the most talked about feature throughout tech sites. The film also made the team realize that the audience will question if there is a set story of not. They become so attached to the character, they wondered if the character was actually responding to them.The film was also played on the Unreal Engine. Unlike any video game currently using the engine, Henry really pushed the game engine’s capabilities. The multiple Pixar vets behind Henry were thrilled, as it was similar to the technical boundaries pushed by the first Toy Story film.Currently the studio is working on their third film, Bullfighter. The film aims to put the audience in the ring with a charging bull. We are bound to hear about the exhilarating and terrifying experience soon.Image: Bullfighter via Oculus Story StudioIndustrial Light & MagicLeave it to the magicians at Industrial Light & Magic to take things to another level. ILM actually has an entire department dedicated to researching the use of VR. The Verge was recently let into the ILM VR lab, and what they saw was absolutely incredible. Not only are they working on interactive worlds with dinosaurs and Star Wars characters, they are already using VR practically.Image: Star Wars VR at ILM VR lab via The VergeFor the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, the VR team built a fully interactive digital set. This allowed director Gareth Edwards to put on VR glasses and literally walk the set before the practical set is built. He could decide on any changes he wants to make, move buildings or trees, and he can even plot out camera angles and movement.If VR cinema never takes off, it will certainly become a pre-production tool at the least. VrseVrse is a VR production company headed by Chris Milk. What sets Vrse apart are the partnerships with Vice News and Annapurna Pictures. At the Sundance Film Festival, Vrse released Vice News VR: Millions March NYC 2014. It’s claimed the be the first 360-degree VR news broadcast. Vrse also released the documentary Clouds Over Sidra, the story of a 12 year old girl in a Syrian refugee camp. You can take a glimpse into Vrse projects with this interactive video. What are your thoughts on VR filmmaking? Have you tried making a 360-degree film? Is this the future? Let us know in the comments below Samsung Milk VR: Gear IndieWhen Samsung decided to offer Gear VR for owners of the Note 4, it only made sense to use the technology Oculus was creating. Users could attach the Note 4 phone to a Gear VR rig to experience the incredible world of virtual reality. Now that the gear was available, Samsung needed content.Samsung launched Milk VR, a service providing free 360-degree experience for Gear VR users. They are now seeking even more content. Samsung made a short VR video called The Recruit. They also signed David Alpert, executive producer of The Walking Dead, to create an original VR series.Image: Nismo Nissan at Le Mans via Samsung Milk VRThe company also started a new channel called Gear Indie. The channel is a Milk VR exclusive that showcases short films from independent filmmakers. The added bonus is the fact that the channel will issue a series of challenges for filmmakers to earn rewards.Challenges will require contestants to figure out technical problems or how to handle storytelling. Gear Indie also established a mentorship program for these independent filmmakers to meet and collaborate with prominent members in the VR community.Google Cardboard & Google JumpIn an attempt to open Virtual Reality up to the masses, Google released Cardboard. The device is literally a cardboard box turned into VR headset. Users can either purchase a Cardboard box, or download the instructions to build their own. Then they simply insert their smart phone into the box. Boom! Instant VR.Google also released Jump, an open source platform that uses 16 GoPro cameras to shoot VR environments. The cameras capture a 360-degree environment. Users can then upload their videos to YouTube, which now supports 360-degree videos.
Quality audio is the key to any interview. Here’s how you can clean up your interview soundbites and make them sound clear, natural, and professional.Cover image via Shutterstock.When you’re filming interviews, whether for documentaries, corporate videos, or anything in between, it’s always a challenge to work with soundbites, which can be full of pauses, interruptions, and awkward phrasing.However, with the right editing tools (and things like B-roll to cover your edits), a creative editor can work with awkward interview audio and turn it into clear, natural, and professional soundbites, which will impress clients and audiences alike. Check out these five simple (and essential) tips to help you clean up your interview soundbites in post.Distinguishing Good Soundbites from Bad OnesImage via Shutterstock.When you’re starting off, your goal (more often than not), is to look for crisp, concise, and insightful soundbites to work with. However, while there may be a few home run quotes you find right off the bat, you’re much more likely to find staggered soundbites here and there. I’d recommend going through, marking the obviously good ones for later, then finding the best bits and pieces that you may need to fill gaps or help finish thoughts later. Go ahead and delete any parts where the audio is beyond repair (for any reason) to clear space for later.Remove “Umms” and PausesImage via Shutterstock.Once you have your solid soundbites, you may want to start doctoring them right away. We’ll assume you either have B-roll to use in your video (or something else to cover, like a second camera angle, stock images, etc.). This will help you hide your cuts. Watch your footage and listen to the soundbites a few times to catch all the “hmmms” and “ummms” and long pauses that your subject might deliver during the interview. It’s hard work talking on camera, so people usually speak a little out of their natural cadence. A few short pauses are okay if you’re looking for conversational or thoughtful soundbites, but you should be able to tell what sounds unnatural or unflattering. Find these segments, delete the awkward beats, and ripple edit everything back together.Refining the SoundbitesImage via Shutterstock.After you remove all the blips and pauses, you’ll have a full set of soundbites. If you were asking one-off questions, the soundbites should all be pretty coherent from start to finish, but that doesn’t mean people don’t tend to ramble or repeat themselves. Listen to the soundbite all the way through a few times again to see what information they’re really conveying. If you like to look at text, you can transcribe here (or if it’s for a client, you may have to). From here, you can mark any parts that seem superfluous.Look for ValleysWhen picking your points to cut soundbites, the first place to look is for natural valleys in the audio files. The best valleys are obviously ones that include full pauses. However, if you’re looking to make some tricky cuts in the middle of sentences, you may find some valleys between words (or sometimes even syllables) where there is still some sound, but it’s much quieter and deeper in the valley. The trick then is finding a comparable valley to connect it to to create the sound of a natural speech pattern.Find Similar Syllable PeaksWhich brings us to our next trick. If you cannot find suitable valleys to cut on, you can try to match syllable sounds to create natural transitions in dialogue and soundbites when a person starts to say a word. This one is a little trickier, but if you mess with the timing, it can be pretty effective.This is all to say that soundbite editing requires a great deal of creativity and problem-solving skills — as well as technical tips and tricks. Your goal is always to reflect what your subject intended to say — just a little cleaned up and more professional. And while there may come a day where soundbite editing can be completely synthesized (and that day may already be here), it’s important to never use these doctoring techniques for disingenuous purposes or, for lack of a better expression, to put words in peoples’ mouths.If you’d like to learn more about soundbite and audio editing, check out some of these great resources below.Organize Your Interviews Using Subclips in Premiere ProProduction Tips: Making Interviewees ComfortableSound Editing vs. Sound Mixing: What’s the Difference?12 Video Editing Tips for Cutting a DocumentaryThree Ways to Sync Audio to Video
I think the “sell me this pen” interview question came from the movie Wolf of Wall Street. But it isn’t about selling a pen. It’s about chops, confidence, and control. Here is how I would answer that prompt.
As three soldiers were injured on Sunday afternoon in Baramulla’s Uri Sector in Pakistan’s ceasefire violation, one civilian was killed allegedly in security forces firing in Pulwama in the evening.The youth, identified by locals as Owais Ahmad Dar, was killed in alleged firing of security forces’ firing in Pulwama’s Kakapora area.Preliminary reports suggest a CRPF patrol coming from volatile Shopian came under stone pelting at Kakapora. Locals alleged the security forces fired from pellet shotguns to disperse protesters, injuring Dar seriously. “Dar was hit in right side of the chest. He was declared dead in a Srinagar hospital,” said sources.The police are yet to confirm the killing and the details that lead to the firing.In a separate incident, there were reports of firing in Pampore’s Samboora where security forces launched a combing operation on Sunday evening.Meanwhile, three soldiers were injured in Uri Sector of Baramulla when Pakistani troops targeted the posts of 20 Sikh regiment, along the Line of Control (LOC), at Baaz area around 4 p.m.The injured jawans, identified as Sepoy Balvinder Singh, Sepoy Kulwinder Singh and Sepoy Gurujan Singh, were airlifted to the military hospital Badamibagh, Srinagar for treatment.“Pakistan fire was responded equally,” said an army official.
The ticket checking staff of the Western Railway (WR) allege that they are given “unrealistic targets” of collecting penalty from ticketless travellers in trains and rebuked by superiors if they fail to do so. A WR official, however, said revision of target is a routine exercise, which is done whenever it is found that there is a spike in ticketless travelling. A staff forum representing the ticket collectors (TCs) alleged that imposition of such a burden affected the morale of the employees and wanted the higher authorities to take corrective steps, failing which they would observe a ‘Black Diwali’ to register their protest. The staff association, India Railway Ticket Checking Staff Organisation (IRTCSO), last week wrote a letter to the Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division alleging that in order to meet the “unrealistic targets”, the employees have to often flout the rules.Fixed goalsA TC, on condition of anonymity, said as per the revised target set in April this year, those on duty in peak hours on mail or express trains have been given a target of ₹8,000 per day to be collected from ticketless travellers while for non-peak hours it is ₹6,000 per day. “The target for the TCs deployed in local trains is fixed at ₹4,000 per day,” he claimed. Another TC said, “Many a times, we need to work extra hours to achieve the target. Some of us were called by the superiors and even threatened with transfers to remote locations if we do not meet the target.” The TCs have demanded action in the matter, failing which they would observe ‘Black Diwali’ from October 18 to 23.‘Routine revision’WR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar said, “The target revision is a routine process and this is revised for the proper and productive utilisation of the staff. When our teams conduct surprise checking and find that the number of ticketless travellers have increased, then the administration issues a fresh target.” Rail activist Rajiv Singal, who has launched a campaign against the errant TCs, welcomed the decision of giving higher targets. “Rather than crying foul over administrative decision, they must discharge their duty properly. They must consider that they are an essential part of the Railways.”
The Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) has asked the State police’s cybercrime cell to take action against people who target children of mixed marriages in the wake of a lineage bill that seeks to prevent Khasi tribal women from marrying men of non-Khasi communities.“I have written to the cell’s special superintendent of police pointing out that certain individuals and or groups have resorted to defaming minors of mixed marriages. The commission has taken exception to hate messages and trolling of such children,” MSCPCR chairperson Meena Kharkongor told The Hindu from State capital Shillong on August 2.The commission, which had taken cognisance of such cases, asked the police to ensure punitive steps taken act as a deterrent for others.The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) had on July 25 approved a social custom bill, which if approved by the State Governor, will strip a Khasi-woman of her Scheduled Tribe status and associated privileges if she marries a non-Khasi man. The bill also seeks to mark the children of such women as non-Khasis and thus ineligible for land and other rights.The three principal tribes of Meghalaya — Khasi, Garo and Jaintia — are matrilineal. But local governance follows a patriarchal system, and men calling the shots politically have often objected to women marrying outside the tribe, specifically non-tribal people, allegedly letting them gain control of land and other resources by default.KHADC Chief Executive Member H.S. Shylla justified the approval of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018 that was passed a day after notification on July 31.“We have seen a silent invasion (of non-tribal people) because of mixed marriages and inadequate laws to protect the indigenous people from the immigration crisis that poses a danger to the minority Khasi community,” Mr. Shylla said. He, however, said he was not against any woman choosing who to love or marry.The amendment bill would also apply to a Khasi woman who marries a man from any other tribe besides non-tribal communities.Mr. Shylla also batted for the codification of Khasi customary laws for better implementation of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Act of 1997.Controversial billLegal experts in Meghalaya capital Shillong said the amendment bill approved by KHADC might not stand if challenged in the court. They also referred to a Supreme Court judgement in March this year, which said choosing a life partner, is a fundamental right and consent of family, community or clan is not necessary for marriage between two adults.Women activists have panned it as an unconstitutional move aimed at keeping the mind and body of a woman in chains. “Our men have allowed outsiders to loot and encroach upon our lands. Now they are talking about safeguarding their women by stopping them from marrying a non-tribal,” said Jaynie N. Sangma, an activist based in the State’s Garo hills.“These so-called tribal protectors who have destroyed forests and the land through corrupt practices are now targeting women as if their marriage to non-tribals will make the tribals extinct,” said Agnes Kharshiing of Civil Society Women’s Organisation.Theilin Phanbuh, chairperson of the Meghalaya State Commission for Women said the panel would study the amendment bill before issuing a statement.The KHADC, however, said it could also bring Khasi men within the ambit of the bill to prevent them from marrying non-Khasi women.
This may appear outlandish to a mother in China, but in Manipur, young mothers are winning prizes for having the most number of children. On September 7, Jamuna Khwairakpam of Bishnupur district, a mother of nine, won the first prize in a competition that drew enthusiastic crowds. The second prize went to Jina Elangbam, who has eight children, in Thoubal district. Memma Longjam of Imphal West took the third prize; she has six children. Consolation prizes were given away to 32 other young mothers.The contest was part of the fourth ‘foundation day’ celebration of the Indigenous Peoples Association of Kangleipak (IPAK). Losing numbersThe population of Manipur numbered less than 28 lakh in the 2011 census. Activists say the indigenous people constitute barely 8.5 lakh. So, in contrast with efforts at slowing population growth are initiatives by organisations such as the IPAK and the Iramdam Kunba Apunba Lup, which rewarded three mothers for bearing 10 children each with ₹10,000 in cash, and a shawl and certificate in June 2017. The State government has not intervened in the campaign, but has focussed on public health goals. The Department of Health and Family Welfare has stopped launching birth control initiatives.Campaigner M. Bikram says, “Manipuri women ought to be encouraged to have more children so that [the indigenous] population, identity and culture remain intact.”Also linked to this is the demand for the reintroduction of the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS), which was abolished in Manipur in 1950 (it went by a different name then). The ILPS is in force in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland, in which the entry and stay of non-locals is strictly regulated.The IPAK’s third anniversary contest saw Akutpi Salam of Andro in Imphal East district, a mother of 13, stand first. The second prize went to Sorojini Huidrom of Imphal West district (nine children). The youngest participant was Pakpi Waikhom, 37, with seven children. Some women expect her to stand first in the coming years.IPAK’s president M.B. Khuman told The Hindu, “The fate of the indigenous peoples of Manipur is uncertain. Manipur has always been a destination for migrants as livelihood is easy to find. For example, one rumour goes that men in Bihar can easily find a bride if they go to work in Manipur.”There have been instances of non-locals entering Manipur without any resistance and being caught with forged or non-existent documents.Recently, Home Minister Rajnath Singh instructed the Manipur government to step-up patrolling along the Manipur-Assam border as people rejected by the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could move into Manipur. M. Mobi, Superintendent of Police (SP), Jiribam district, which borders Assam, said that patrolling resulted in several arrests.Childcare centres have mushroomed to meet the needs of skilled and unskilled working mothers, but their services come at high cost. A doctor says there’s better awareness of family planning among the educated sections of Manipur society.Sarita Laishram, an office-goer, says, “Today, having more children is unaffordable. Gone are the days when parents could spend less on education or childcare. That was a time when almost all homes stored paddy and firewood, and kitchen gardens were full of vegetables.”
In a boost for Shivpal Yadav, his elder brother Mulayam Singh — founder of the Samajwadi Party — shared the dais with him on Friday. This was the first time the two leaders were seen together on a public platform since Mr. Shivpal Yadav formed the Samajwadi Secular Morcha after bring sidelined by his nephew and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. The event was organised by Mr. Shivpal Yadav at the Lohia Trust Office here to pay tributes to Socialist icon Ram Manohar Lohia on his death anniversary. After a long silence, Mr. Mulayam Singh indicated his support for his brother through a gesture of blessing — placing his hand on Mr. Shivpal Yadav’s head.Later, when Mr. Shivpal Yadav was asked if Mr. Mulayam Singh’s gesture indicated support, he said: “Netaji gave me his blessings. And he said that we must oppose injustice… giving the example of Lohiaji. We will also do the same and stand with justice.” The SP patriarch evoked the theme of fighting against “injustice”, in what can be interpreted as a positive signal to his brother’s supporters who feel their leader was disrespected by his nephew. Mr. Mulayam Singh urged the youth and those gathered to take lessons from Lohia and always oppose injustice. “Wherever there is injustice, even if a brother commits injustice against his younger brother, you must oppose it. Big or small, oppose injustice and stand with justice,” he said. While repeating the phrase “oppose injustice, stand with justice”, Mr. Mulayam Singh elaborated saying injustice must be opposed everywhere, even if it be within a family, village or a city.