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Moving to Avid? These Resources Will Help You Make The Jump

first_imgHere’s a roundup of FREE resources to help get your started video editing with Avid Media Composer, especially if you’re an experienced Final Cut Pro editor.Avid Media Composer is probably the video editing system you’ll hear about most frequently when watching behind the scenes featurettes of big Hollywood films or in interviews with network TV editors. This is largely because of its shared storage capabilities and the way in which its much easier for multiple editors to work on the same project at the same time. If you are starting out in the industry today and wondering which NLE to start learning, I would recommend starting with Avid. Its been around the longest, a lot of the big post production operations are already firmly embedded with it and if you want to one day be editing features and TV they’ll most likely be cutting on Avid.  That said – it never hurts to know more than one editing platform!2 Hour Lecture with Long Form Documentary TV Editor Mark ChesakWhen you get started with this video jump to 6:30 and then sit back and enjoy a great lecture with editor Mark Chesak, who talks through some of the differences between Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. He then goes on to share some of his editorial tips and tricks, especially when it comes to wrangling hundreds of hours of footage in giant documentary projects.  This is a great introductory lesson for new Avid editors, especially those moving from FCP7.Tips for an FCP Editor Moving to AvidOliver Peters has some great tips for Final Cut Pro editors moving to Media Composer in this post in which he shares how Avid and FCP are actually more similar than they are different. This is a great post if you already understand FCP and are trying to figure out how to do similar things in Avid, for example working with multiple sequences and projects, ProRes and Avid’s ‘smart tool’.Steve Hullfish – Tips for FCP SwitchersSteve Hullfish has a great video tutorial course on Class on Demand ($99) for Final Cut Pro Editors moving to Avid.  He’s also posted a three part blog series on Pro Video Coalition, sharing some insightful Avid ‘translations’ for FCP editors.In part 1 Steve shares the essential keyboard shortcuts you’ll need to actually get editing and how to remap the keyboard to a more Final Cut Pro friendly set up.  For a taste of Steve’s Class on Demand class check out the tutorial below, which also walks through how to remap your keyboard in Avid.More Avid Media Composer TutorialsIf you want even more Avid Media Composer tutorials then check out this page on the Avid community site which lists where you can find some of the best tutorials on the web (including for Avid Symphony.  Also included are a whole load of free PDF white papers on different Avid workflows, such as stereoscopic editing. There is also a link to a 32-part free video tutorial series from Kevin P McAuliffe over on Creative Cow on learning Avid Media Composer 6.  Tons of great info!Have you recently made the switch to Avid?What things do you like/dislike?  Share in the comments!last_img read more

Licence to attack is key to India’s wrist-spin success: Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgYuzvendra Chahal has forged a formidable wrist-spin partnership for India with Kuldeep Yadav and the leg-spinner believes their success, to a large extent, is due to their freedom to attack relentlessly even when bleeding runs.The duo have emerged as India’s frontline spinners who hunt in tandem as was displayed in India’s 4-1 one-day series victory in New Zealand where they shared 17 wickets even though Yadav was rested in the final match.Known for his guile and control, Chahal said he and Yadav enjoyed freedom from the team management to keep attacking at every stage of a game.”Both Kuldeep and I are wicket-taking bowlers,” the 28 year-old Chahal, who along with left-arm unorthodox spinner Yadav is set to spearhead India’s spin challenge in World Cup, told the Hindustan Times daily.”We possess a lot of variations between us. Even when we are going for runs, the mandate is that we have to go for wickets as that can dent the opposition.”We have the freedom to go for wickets and always go for them. In the middle overs, if you keep chipping in with wickets you can cover even if you have gone for runs early on.”The wrist-spinners appear to have addressed India’s slow bowling worries in recent times but Chahal said spin all-rounder Kedar Jadhav could also play an important role.”… someone like Kedar is important. He can give you the sixth bowler’s option, can fill in overs if someone is going for runs and can also be given full quota if need arises,” Chahal said.advertisement”He has a different action and has a lot of variations. His deliveries stay low and are difficult to score of as the batsmen can’t get underneath them.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series due to back injuryAlso Read | Let India beat Pakistan and ensure they don’t advance in World Cup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India’s strength at the World Cup lies in their fast bowling unit: Zaheer KhanAlso Read | Keep Pakistan out of Cricket World Cup, BCCI to tell ICC in wake of Pulwama terror attacklast_img read more

Big 12 and Oklahoma State season predictions

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIAfter way too much lead-in time the season is finally here.These are my picks for how the year will play out (and yes, they’ve changed since we first did our over/unders).Big 121. Texas2. Oklahoma State3. Baylor4. TCU5. OU6. Texas Tech7. Kansas St.8. West Virginia9. Iowa St.10. KansasOSU RecordOverall: 10-2Conference: 7-2OSU BowlCotton vs. South CarolinaOffensive POYJeremy SmithDefensive POYShaun LewisBreakout playerLyndell Johnson (or “LDJ” as I call him)BCS BowlsSugar: Bama over LouisvilleOrange: Florida St. over Boise St.Fiesta: Oregon over TexasRose: Stanford over MichiganTitle gameGeorgia over tOSUIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Yesteryears gloryBollywood diaries that never made it to bestseller list

first_imgThe literary space has seen a rising tide of Bollywood celebrities – from Karan Johar to Rishi Kapoor – turning towards memoirs and autobiographies in recent years, but books by their predecessors are striking in that they focussed on substance, rather than mere controversies.A look at the list of all major books by celebrities that have fast climbed the bestseller charts throws up an even larger list of controversies that were spun around the time of their launches and which were, in fact, the driving factor for much of their sales. The “Ajay Devgun-Kajol-Karan Johar triangle”, which was largely forgotten, came back to make headlines soon before the launch of Johar’s “An Unsuitable Boy”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I am ashamed to say it, but I actually ‘bought’ that award,” Rishi Kapoor wrote in his recent memoir “Khullam Khulla”, referring to his Best Actor trophy in 1974 for Bobby. Shatrughan Sinha, too, created quite a buzz regarding a baharwali (an extramarital-affair), about whom he stays “quiet” in his biography “Anything But Khamosh”.However, these recent examples are not the only literary offerings that have come from the cine world, which has actually set high benchmarks for biographical writings in the past – but never made it to the bestseller lists. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn early 2010 or 11, Udayan Mitra, Publisher-Literary of HarperCollins India, who was then working with Penguin India, visited the residence of the iconic bollywood actor Dev Anand. The publisher had signed a book deal with the actor and Mitra was there to discuss the progress of the book. Assuming that he would have to convey all the necessary guidelines to his secretary, Mitra met with one of the greatest shocks of his life when Dev Anand presented a completely hand-written 600-page manuscript to him. The result? “Romancing with Life”, one of the first-ever full-fledged memoirs by a leading Bollywood star. In the book, Dev Anand tells his remarkable life story like only he can. Here are tales from Dev’s youth in 1930s Gurdaspur and Lahore; his years of struggle in 1940s Bombay; his friendship with Guru Dutt and his doomed romance with Suraiya; his marriage to co-star Kalpana Kartik; his relationships with his brothers Chetan and Vijay Anand, with SD and RD Burman, with contemporaries Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor – both of whom he was very close to – and with heroines like Geeta Bali, Madhubala and Meena Kumari.”Maybe the celebrity memoirs today lack a personal touch. Most of these are also written with a co-author, who actually does most of the writing while the celebrity only narrates the stories of his life. It doesn’t mean that all memoirs today are bad, but there’s something missing in some of them,” said Mitra.Another book that comes to mind is “Speaking of Films,” which brings together some of Satyajit Ray’s most memorable writings on films and filmmaking. With the masterly precision and clarity that characterise his films, Ray discusses a wide array of subjects – the structure and language of cinema, with special reference to his adaptations of Tagore and Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay, the appropriate use of background music and dialogue in films, the relationship between a filmmaker and a film critic, and important developments in cinema such as the advent of sound and colour.One particular autobiography that aspiring writers from the film industry may consider reading before setting on the journey of penning their own book is “Dilip Kumar – The Substance and the Shadow”, the autobiography of the legendary actor. In the book, the actor candidly recounts his interactions and relationships with a wide variety of people not only from his family and the film fraternity but also from other walks of life, including politicians. While seeking to set the record straight, as he feels that a lot of what has been written about him so far is “full of distortions and misinformation”, he narrates, in graphic detail, how he got married to Saira Banu, all of which reads like a fairy tale.For a more recent example, one may turn towards “And Then One Day” by Naseeruddin Shah. It is a rare memoir brimming with substance and honesty. He makes no effort whatsoever even to hide his trysts with women, dope or smoking! In his brilliantly argued personal perspective of the megastar, he also narrates his dislike for masala movies. The chapters based on his love for cinema and theatre are so full of life that one is often lured to assume it is a kind of conversation, as if Shah has been narrating the story himself.ianslast_img read more

How Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments Are Evolving and What It Means

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » April 4, 2017 The digital wallet revolution has not have lived up to its expectations — yet. According to Gallup, just 13 percent of smartphone owners have a digital wallet app, while the majority of those who do have an app (76 percent), rarely use it.That may be disheartening for those of us involved in the industry, but there’s always a silver lining.Business Insider is forecasting that in the U.S. alone mobile payments volume will increase to $503 billion by 2020 and will be used by 56 percent of the consumer population during that year. Meanwhile, Sweden, Singapore, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Belgium and the U.K. are already on their way to becoming cashless societies – with Australia, Brazil, India and much of Africa following suit.Related: How Digital is India Towards a Cashless Future?While there are still barriers and limitations, such as security concerns and limited number of compatible vendors, digital wallets, and mobile payments are not only changing how we pay for goods and services, they also have the power to go beyond payments because of how they’re constantly being evolved – which is going to be important for both businesses and customers.Breaking down digital wallets and mobile payments.The idea of a digital wallet, which is basically just a digital version of a physical wallet, isn’t new. In fact, David Chaum, an American cryptographer, created digital cash all the way back in 1983. That was the beginning of cryptocurrencies.Once we entered the ’90s, however, things began to accelerate rather quickly. Thanks to the internet and advances in technology, we had the ability to start ordering pizzas online (some claim that happened in 1994 when a customer ordered a pepperoni and mushroom pizza from Pizza Hut) and purchase movie tickets using a phone (Ericsson and Telenor Mobil accomplished this in 1999). We also saw the introduction of PayPal in 1998, which is considered the first digital wallet.By 2003, mobile devices started picking up momentum, which was followed by developments like the invention of bitcoin in 2008 and the introduction of Google Wallet (2011) and Apple Pay (2014).Related: Looking for a New Payment Company? You’re ‘Due’ for Some Good News.Today, however, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding digital wallets and mobile payments since these terms are interchanged so frequently. To be clear, a digital wallet is simply tokenization of data. While digital wallets are often associated with payments, they can be used to issue digital rewards, tickets or boarding passes, room keys, or identification.Mobile wallets are basically the mobile version of a digital wallet with five types of mobile payments:The mobile wallet. This is arguably the most hyped-up type of mobile payment, aka the “tap and go” method where your smartphone’s built-in NFC (Near Field Communication wireless technology or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is used to make a payment using your smartphone.Mobile as the point of sale. This is when a merchant uses their mobile device to process payments. Square is one the most well-known examples of this.The mobile payment platform. In a nutshell, these are the companies like PayPal that allow you to make peer-to-peer payments to your friends or pay a merchant online. These top payment solutions will be the future of payments.Direct carrier billing. This when you purchase an app or game on your smartphone and the charge is put onto your cell phone bill.Closed loop payments. These are mobile payment systems built by a company, for example, the Starbucks mobile app.Related: 4 Things You Should Know About Cashless PaymentsWhat’s all the hype surrounding digital wallets and mobile payments?For customers, digital wallets and mobile payments can replace carrying around a bulky wallet. Besides being a minor hassle, you no longer have to be concerned if you forgot your cash, credit card, or ID at home. All that information is stored on your smartphone. And, unlike your wallet, you probably never leave home without your phone.Additionally, using digital and mobile payments saves you time. Instead of inserting a card into an EMV terminal, you can just swipe and go. And, when shopping online, you no longer have to race against time to complete a purchase before your session expires, like when buying concert tickets. As long as you have a digital wallet, you can make instantaneous payments online.Digital wallets also come with customer perks like promotions, cash back rewards, and keeping track of your accounting easier. Most importantly, they’re convenient. You can split a dinner tab with friends, pay bills, and avoid expensive transaction fees when you travel.For businesses you have access to funds almost immediately, you save money on transaction fees by removing third parties, and you don’t have to invest in an expensive POS system. Additionally, digital and mobile payments provide access to real-time data, helps you maintain a competitive edge, and most importantly, improves the customer experience since you’re providing fast and secure payment methods.Related: Uber Reinvents Its Payment Model, Introduces Digital WalletsStaying ahead of the curve.Digital wallets and mobile payments are rapidly evolving in order to enhance the experience for both customers and business owners. That means that they’re going beyond simply transferring funds electronically or swiping your smartphone over a checkout terminal.For example, major banking institutions that JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and U.S. Bancorp, launched a joint venture called clearXchange. This allows customers to transfer funds instantly to another bank account through their phones. Traditional banks are also creating digital wallet apps that allow you to review your account, establish budgets, receive alert notifications, and transfer fund via social channels like Facebook.Related: Surging Ahead: Fintech Startups In The Middle EastWearables, such as watches, wristbands, and jackets, are starting to be used to make payments, as is the possibility of tapping into the Internet of Things. In the near future, you’ll be able to preorder your morning cup of coffee at Starbucks while driving since your Starbucks app is connected to your car.The most buzzed trend, however, is the blockchain. While often associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, the blockchain will make it possible for digital wallets to handle transactions like;Purchasing high-end items, like cars, jewelry, boats.Mortgage, utility, and educational payments.Medical payments.Fundraising and donations.Portfolio shifts.Real estate closings or transfer of titles.Payroll.Related: 25 Payment Tools for Small Businesses, Freelancers and StartupsLike it or not, digital wallets and mobile payments are steering us towards a cashless world where payments can be made quickly, conveniently, and securely with just the tap of a button. However, digital wallets are also moving beyond smartphones and payments. On top of transferring funds, we’ll be able to monitor accounts in real-time and use blockchain technology to make immediate transfers of money to titles.What do digital wallets and mobile payments mean for you? 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Malaga Lisbon Faro on sale with Transats Winter Europe EBB

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Malaga, Lisbon, Faro on sale with Transat’s Winter Europe EBB Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Portugal, Promotions, Spain, Transat Thursday, August 10, 2017 MONTREAL — Transat passengers who book a Europe package by Oct. 2, 2017, for travel between Nov. 1, 2017 and April 28, 2018 can take advantage of special booking benefits with Transat’s Winter Europe early booking promotion.The perks include reduced deposits of $100 per person; a $50 future travel voucher per person; and a 30% discount on seat selection.In addition, all customers who book a package of more than 14 nights in Malaga, Lisbon or Faro in the winter of 2017-2018 benefit from a baggage allowance of 32 kg.“The pretty villages in Spain’s Costa del Sol or in Portugal’s Algarve are more and more popular among travellers for the winter season,” says the tour operator. “So now is the time for them to take advantage of the winter Europe early booking promotion by Transat.”For details on the sale, visit transat.com or Get Connected.last_img read more