10 Feb

Finch upbeat about Gayle for Big Bash League

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Australia’s Big Bash League is bracing for the arrival of West Indies star Chris Gayle, and his Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch says he is looking forward to the prospect of playing alongside one of the game’s biggest names.The left-handed Gayle will be making his first appearance in the Bash in three years, and Finch believes the big-hitting opener can make a huge impact as the Renegades challenge for their first ever title in the competition.”I’ve been on the receiving end of some of his enormous innings in the past, so it will be good to actually play with him,” Finch said.”If we can bat around Chris and allow him the right amount of time to get going, it doesn’t guarantee success, but I think it sets up a pretty good model.”He added: “The statistics would say that Chris is the best player in the world, and I’m a pretty good player as well, so it could turn out to be quite a nice combination.”Gayle came under heavy criticism during his last stint in the Big Bash when he turned out for Sydney Thunder. Then, he managed a mere 137 runs at an average of 19, with his lavish off-the-field lifestyle taking precedence.Finch downplayed the controversy, however, pointing out that with the player based this time around in Melbourne and having the presence of fellow West Indies teammate Dwayne Bravo, his focus would also be different.GREAT SPOT”He’ll be in Melbourne, for one. It’s a great spot, and Dwayne Bravo, one of his good mates, is here as well. So I think it will be a little bit more comfortable for him here, I think,” Finch contended.”He’s played enough cricket around the world – I think he’s played Twenty20 in most of the countries that you can play – so it’s just about making Chris as comfortable as he can possibly be and fit, that’s all we’re worried about.”Gayle reportedly underwent back surgery following the Caribbean Premier League in the summer and it has raised doubts about the player’s fitness.However, Finch said he was encouraged by Gayle’s readiness following his recent short stint in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.”I think it’s just a case of wait-and-see when he gets here,” Finch said. “I know he has been smacking them around in Bangladesh, and I’m sure hehas been swinging hard, testing it (back) out as well.”The Big Bash bowls off Thursday.last_img read more

21 Dec

Inside stories of historic Donegal hotels uncovered in TV doc

first_imgFascinating stories about some of Donegal’s well-known hotels will be shared in a new programme airing on TG4 tonight.Scéalta na nÓstán on Tuesday 12th March will explore the corridors of Óstán Loch Altan in Gort an Choirce, Kee’s Hotel in Stranorlar and An Chúirt Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair.Using a mixture of interview, narration, and archive, the nostalgic series reveals the history and inside stories of Ireland’s landmark hotels. Using personal reminiscences, stories are brought to light with fascinating nuggets of history and heart.Catch Scéalta na nÓstán on TG4 at 8pm, Tuesday 12th MarchInside stories of historic Donegal hotels uncovered in TV doc was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Dec

New to Filmmaking? Here’s Why You Should Keep Your Discarded Footage

first_imgColor GradingRemember presets? Finding an excellent After Effects or Premiere Pro preset was almost as essential as having a good story. It could make or break your content.Of course, these were my words as a 19-year-old filmmaker who knew no better. Spending hours sifting through presets to find the one that worked was a tedious task. Nothing was worse than scouring through hundreds of them and finding that none of them would work. They would crush the blacks too heavily, bring out artifacts, and inadvertently let you know your 5D Mk II actually has several hot pixels.Unfortunately, it was a few years too many by the time I had learned and grasped the concept of color grading. Then I knew the footage was not bad, I just hadn’t worked with it correctly. Thankfully, because I held on to that footage I can now go back and grade it accurately, and either sell it as stock or work it into future projects.Here’s a preset drop from 2011.And here it is in 2018. Are you new to the world of filmmaking? Here’s why you should keep your initial footage, even when you feel it isn’t up to par with the pros.I’m sure you’re familiar with the scene of a writer penning his next novel, only to feel his words aren’t telling the story he wants so he scrunches the page into a ball and throws it across the room. A similar scene exists for digital filmmakers, but instead, it involves dragging poorly shot footage to recycle bin.I was a photographer for a few years before finally venturing into my real passion; storytelling with moving images. I purchased my first DSLR with a significant video mode a decade ago. Since I understood the basics of photography, I thought that skillset would easily translate to cinematography. But, that wasn’t so much the case, and as a result I deleted a lot of early footage.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2018/10/19123738/First-Dslr-Test.mp4.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The above is a video I deleted video from YouTube. It was my first online video to be precise, titled “First DSLR test.” The highlights on his chest are blown, the contrast is too heavy, and instead of converting 60fps to 24fps for smooth slow-motion, I used Sony Vegas’ (this is how long ago it was) rate stretch tool which is why there’s ghosting to his movement.But if I were able to show you the original video without the cheesy music playing, you’d hear me destroying the onboard mic by shouting “Hollywood baby.” I was ready to break the internet with my new toy. Naturally, that didn’t happen. And throughout the next two years, I was often at dismay with my footage. Especially when comparing it with footage online shot with the exact equipment I own. Why didn’t my 5d Mk II footage look like that of big 5D users Shane Hurlbut and Vincent Laforet? It took a while to realize it wasn’t about the equipment.In these early stages while you’re developing your technical know-how and artistic eye, you can be quick to think that it’s best to dispose of this footage. You might think that it serves no real merit to any creative venture. If, however, you were to keep said footage even if you think it’s unusable, I will guarantee that over time, you may find a use for old material. Your skills will keep improving and post production technology will keep advancing. Especially with today’s camera technology, a tidbit which I touch on at the end.The examples used below are shots I discarded in 2011 & 2012 that I shot with the 5D Mk II. But, this footage has since found life in other projects.Stabilization I had always had a love/hate relationship with the After Effects stabilization tool. In theory, and after watching Andrew Kramer’s tutorials, it should have performed magic whenever I used it. In reality, after pinpointing the stabilization markers and pressing analyze, the results were never too great. Warp Stabilization was introduced a few years after acquiring my first camera. It certainly changed how much shaky footage I could salvage, but it wasn’t the savior I needed. DaVinci Resolve’s stabilization tool, however, is something different. And, with every iteration of the software, it keeps becoming more powerful.Seven years ago, my neighbor was burning old unwanted post and I thought to grab some footage. I knew I might have a use for it in the future. I also wanted to build an archive of random footage like such, so I would never have to rely too heavily on stock footage. Who knows when you need that cutaway of an old man burning letters?But, after I reviewed the footage in post I realized my handheld technique to make the shot less shaky was extremely flawed. I locked away the shots on a hard drive and they’ve been there ever since. Several years later, after using better tools to stabilize the shot, the footage will likely find use in an upcoming project. Today’s Camera TechnologyThe reasons listed above are way more prevalent today because of the camera technology that new filmmakers are starting with. 4k, 10bit, and 120fps are just a few elements in today’s cameras that are comparable in price to a 5d Mk II in 2011. With the addition of these features, footage shot today will hold up even better in the future. Hold on to it for when you develop new skills. I have GBs of footage shot with the Canon T2I, but even with the skills learned over a decade, the footage from the T2I doesn’t hold up half as well as shots from the 5D Mk II. However, with the GH5, Sony A7iii, and Blackmagic Pocket Camera, I would be amazed if they can’t be intercut with footage from consumer technology in 10 years time. So don’t delete footage you find underwhelming just yet.Although, if you left the lens cap on by accident, then sure, you might as well get rid of that one.Image via Grigor Ivanov.Top image via Kevin Pederson.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Video Editing 101: Using The J, K, and L Key Editing ShortcutsTake a Video Tour of Adobe’s New Premiere Rush CCDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media PageDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of FootageEverything You Ever Wanted to Know About Compression Ratioslast_img read more

27 Nov

Kai Sotto to train ‘full-time’ overseas, chase NBA dreams

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Nakapag-decide na po ako at ang pamilya ko (My family and I have already decided). I’ll be leaving soon to start training full-time,” Sotto wrote on his Instagram account on Monday.“I want to devote the next two to three years to single-mindedly focus on my goal of joining the NBA by 2021 and 2022,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSotto believes training abroad gives him the international exposure he needs as he tries to become the first full-blooded Filipino to make the NBA.“After a lot of effort by me and my dad to assess all the opportunities presented to me, I strongly feel (with his advice and the advice of other experienced mentors) that leaving immediately to start my training and getting the right exposure will go a long way to help me realize my dream,” the post read. “I will train very hard and sacrifice and focus in the next few years so that one day soon, you will be very proud of me.”The 16-year-old prodigy reportedly has offers from several club teams in Spain and another in Germany.Sotto also bid farewell to Ateneo, which he led to two UAAP juniors finals appearances including a championship run in Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Google Philippines names new country director A free ride LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Kai Sotto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERKai Sotto, the sought-after high school star, has set his sights on pursuing his NBA dreams.The 7-foot-2 Sotto announced his immediate plan to leave the country and train overseas.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

18 Jul

SoftBank Saudi Arabia announce massive solar power project

In this July 20, 2017 file photo, SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a SoftBank World presentation at a hotel in Tokyo. SoftBank Group Corp. Son announced Wednesday a $200 billion solar power project in Saudi Arabia, which promises to be the largest of its kind ever. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) In this July 20, 2017, file photo, SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a SoftBank World presentation at a hotel in Tokyo. SoftBank Group Corp. Son announced Wednesday a $200 billion solar power project in Saudi Arabia, which promises to be the largest of its kind ever. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) The project is in cooperation with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a partner in the SoftBank Vision Fund, set up in 2016.The fund has already invested in companies in the U.S., India and Europe. The deal announced at a news conference in New York is the first major one in Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia’s ample sunshine and land will make the foray into solar there lucrative, said Son, who has invested heavily in solar elsewhere.Son said the project will reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil for its electricity, which it can sell internationally instead, and will generate 200 gigawatts of electricity by 2030.He described the project as “the world’s biggest solar power generation.”The solar panels will be imported at first, but the project will later include a panel manufacturing and assembly site, according to Son.Construction on the project begins immediately, and electricity generation will start next year, he told reporters.SoftBank, founded in 1981, has within its sprawling investment empire financial-technology, ride-booking services and the Pepper human-shaped companion robot. Explore further Citation: SoftBank, Saudi Arabia announce massive solar power project (2018, March 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-softbank-saudi-arabia-massive-solar.html The first telecoms carrier to offer the iPhone in Japan, SoftBank has bought British semiconductor company ARM and Japanese professional baseball team, the Softbank Hawks.Son has been a critic of nuclear energy after the 2011 tsunami set off multiple meltdowns in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, and sees solar energy as a key part of his company strategy. SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son announced Wednesday a $200 billion solar power project in Saudi Arabia, which promises to be the largest of its kind. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. SoftBank’s profits soar on sales growth, Sprint improvement This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

18 Jul

Air FranceKLM names interim leaders after CEOs quick exit

Strikes have cost Air France hundreds of millions of euros this year ‘Survival in the balance’French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned this month that “the survival of Air France is in the balance” as the airline has repeatedly had to cancel around a quarter of flights on strike days.Unions have said the pay rises offered are too little after six years of salary freezes, but management warns that improving company finances are vulnerable to competition from the Gulf and low-cost European carriers.The board said the interim management structure would be in place “for the shortest-possible period” needed to appoint Janaillac’s successor, without imposing a specific time limit.Couderc, a lawyer by training and an Air France board member since 2016, is a onetime protegee of former French president Jacques Chirac who has spent her career between business and politics.The 58-year-old served as employment minister and then labour minister in the 1990s before going back to the private sector as assistant general manager at publishing house Hachette.She then took charge of French media distribution firm Presstalis, where her experience of lengthy labour disputes may come in handy for the new job at Air France.Couderc launched a restructuring plan at Presstalis in 2012 which slashed the workforce in half, prompting repeated strikes which blocked the distribution of newspapers. Air France-KLM boss resigns after staff reject pay deal Air France-KLM named chief financial officer Frederic Gagey as its interim CEO on Tuesday following Jean-Marc Janaillac’s sudden exit in a bitter dispute over salaries in the group’s French wing. Former French minister Anne-Marie Couderc was named non-executive chairman at the French-Dutch group, which has been hit by months of strikes as unions seek a 5.1 percent pay rise at Air France this year.Gagey, 61, will sit on a new management committee alongside Franck Terner and Pieter Elbers, CEOs of the French and Dutch operations respectively, who will act as his deputies.But the board indicated that the temporary CEO will not have a mandate to find a way out of a pay dispute which management says has cost at least 300 million euros ($356 million) due to strikes since February.”Regarding the ongoing labour dispute… the Air France CEO does not have a new mandate to take decisions that would jeopardise the growth strategy approved by the Air France-KLM board of directors,” a statement said.Janaillac said Air France was “going through one of the most difficult crises in its history”.”Repeated crises, strikes, disputes and doubts have divided our group,” he told a shareholders’ meeting after officially stepping down Tuesday, saying the strikes had “dented customers’ trust and the image” of Air France.Janaillac gambled his job on calling a vote among Air France staff on whether to accept a seven percent pay rise over four years, saying he would quit if it was rejected.He announced his resignation on May 4 after 55.44 percent voted against the deal, sending shares in Air France-KLM nosediving.The board hailed Janaillac’s track record, saying he had produced strong results since 2016 which had enabled a “successful turnaround and growth”, and expressed “deep regret” over the strikes. “These strikes will also have a negative impact on the group’s financial results,” the board said. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Air France-KLM names interim leaders after CEO’s quick exit (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-air-france-klm-interim-leaders-ceo.html © 2018 AFP Air France-KLM reported a net loss of 269 million euros ($322 million) for the first quarter, weighed down by the strikes.The crisis has highlighted sharp cultural differences between Air France and KLM, which merged in 2004 to create Europe’s biggest airline. The group’s profits have been drained by the French walkouts, with the first-quarter losses entirely due to Air France which lost 178 million euros compared to KLM’s profits of 60 million euros. Frederic Gagey, the new interim CEO at Air France-KLM, will take on a bitter pay dispute with unions that led to the previous CEO’s resignation read more