Everything You Need to Know About Exporting Video

first_imgBreak through the confusion and save yourself some time with these quick tips for great exporting video files.When it comes to exporting video, there’s a lot to learn. From bit-depths to codecs, it can all be quite intimidating for someone new to the exporting game. Instead of wasting time exporting (only to find your video pixelated or too large in size), check out this quick tutorial created by David Kong.Kong’s video covers everything you need to know about exporting in Adobe Media Encoder, which can be used to export timelines and compositions from After Effects and Premiere Pro. However, the topics covered by David apply to any other editing software, including FCPX and Avid Media Composer.The tutorial takes a very scientific look at how what various exporting terms mean, including:FormatsCodecs and WrappersAssigning PresetsUnderstanding Bit-RatesSquare vs. Anamorphic PixelsThe Benefits of Multi-Pass RenderingIf you’re  interested in learning more about codecs, check out the first part of this series in our ‘Everything You Need to Know About Codecs‘ post.This video was first shared by David Kong on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing, David!Want to learn more about exporting? Check out a few of the following resources:Exporting with Alpha Channels in After EffectsExporting Finished Video from Premiere ProExporting Video with an Alpha Channel in FCPXHave any additional exporting tips?  Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

NHAI rapped for not maintaining green cover along highways

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal on Wednesday came down heavily on the National Highways Authority of India for not maintaining green cover along national highways.Rapping the NHAI for not implementing the policy to maintain a mandatory green cover along the highways, a Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “You are befooling everyone. You are not planting trees. All highways have marriage places along the road instead of trees. Why are you allowing construction along the highways?”Big buildings Dismissing the NHAI’s contention that its green highway policy is being implemented, the Bench said, “All you have on paper is fraud. All things stated in the affidavit are also false. Big buildings are overlooking the roads. You cannot construct anything within 50 metres.”The green panel’s observations came following a plea moved by an NGO, Society for Protection of Culture, Heritage, Environment, Traditions and Promotion of National Awareness, that sought execution of an earlier order of the tribunal.The petitioner NGO was seeking execution of the September 2017 NGT order where the NHAI had assured that its Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification and Maintenance) Policy will be implemented.last_img read more

Actorcomedian Andrew Phung accuses Toronto police officer of racist comment

first_imgTORONTO – A comedian and actor said a racist incident he saw on the streets of Toronto on Saturday was not representative of the Canada he wants to live in.Andrew Phung had dropped his family off at Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game, parked his car nearby and was walking to the stadium when he says he saw a police officer tell a driver to “go back to your country.”Phung, who stars in the CBC sitcom “Kim’s Convenience,” described the alleged incident in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon and a phone interview Saturday evening. Toronto police said they’re investigating.He said he was waiting to cross the downtown street with a group of about 20 other people when the light changed, and a driver he described as a person of colour hesitated to pull through the intersection.Phung said an on-duty police officer shouted at the driver to proceed, which the person did, but as the officer was walking back toward the sidewalk, Phung said he heard the cop say, “If you can’t drive, go back to your country.”Phung said he responded by shouting, “That’s not cool.”“Two men beside me then said, ‘Nope, totally cool. If you can’t drive, go back to your f—ing country.’ The comedian in me then burst out and then I proceeded to ask them why they thought driving ability equated citizenship in this country.”Phung said he thinks the driver hesitated because the intersection had two sets of lights that were close together, and the other set of lights was red.“I think as a whole we can all agree that we’ve all been confused before in Toronto traffic,” Phung said.“It was just so disappointing to see this coming from a police officer,” said Phung. “They’re the moral backbone of our community, they uphold the law. So when you see a police officer doing that, it empowered two other people to join in on that racism.”“We have spent the evening gathering information so we can investigate what happened,” said Mark Pugash, spokesman for Toronto police, on Saturday.last_img read more

Condé Nast Moving Away From Magazine Web Sites as Print Companions

first_imgCondé Nast has been undergoing climactic changes since this summer, when the big consumer magazine publisher hired reorganization consultants McKinsey & Company to help “rethink” the way it does business. Arguably the most noticeable of the changes were the sweeping layoffs that trickled out, magazine-by-magazine and division-by-division, over the span of several weeks.But the company also is experiencing a dramatic refocus online. It restructured Condé Nast Digital’s sales team into five brand categories. It developed its own reader technology to view magazine content on Apple’s iPhone. It launched Details.com and folded Men.Style.com site into GQ.com—a change that suggests that the publisher is embracing magazine Web sites more as enhanced platforms for the titles’ editorial missions rather than simply as companions to the print product.Senior vice president and chief revenue officer Drew Schutte [pictured] spoke with FOLIO: about the online changes at the company and what they mean for its print magazines and staffers. FOLIO:: Why reorganize Condé Nast’s digital sales team under five market-facing categories? Schutte: The new alignment better focuses our teams. Eight months ago we brought 26 sites under one roof, giving us tremendous scale (48 million unique visitors per month) and flexibility to offer advertisers. We will continue to benefit from this scale. The additional expertise on the individual sites is now enabling us to deliver better ideas, and the deep customization more advertisers are looking for. It also allows us to coordinate seamlessly with our print partners, in order to meet the increased demand for cross-channel selling.   FOLIO:: While Condé Nast has been called a “late bloomer” in the digital realm, some of the recent changes, including the folding of Men.Style.com and launches of Details.com and GQ.com, suggest a focus on each magazine brand having a distinct voice online. How does that play into overall brand strategy?Schutte: I don’t think of Condé Nast as a late bloomer in the digital realm. CondéNet was started in 1995, and Epicurious.com is celebrating its 15th birthday this year, making us as old as Yahoo! and Internet Explorer. We have six iPhone Apps and more on the way, and GQ is the first magazine to launch an iPhone App that’s a full replica of the print magazine, complete with sponsors and circulation. However we can, and we are, getting better at adopting new technology earlier, and bringing the latest offerings to advertisers. We’re no longer looking at our magazine sites as magazine companions, but rather as enhanced versions of that title’s editorial mission. A great example of that is our decision to replace Men.Style.com with GQ.com and Details.com. We’ve long said that we will build a robust Web site for each of our titles, but this doesn’t mean the new sites will replace the old ones in any other cases. Epicurious continues to thrive online, and so does BonAppetit.com. The Men.Style brand depended heavily on GQ and Details readers. GQ readers were 35 percent of the site’s traffic, so in this case, there was so much overlap in audience that it made sense to rethink our position in the men’s category.  FOLIO:: What do these changes mean for the print magazines? Schutte: As a company, we continue to stay focused on both print and online. We believe there is a tremendous future in both print and digital, and especially in the two together, as more advertisers want integrated programs. We’ve seen an increase from 8 percent of advertisers buying integrated programs last year to 15 percent this year.  Approximately 30 percent of the top advertisers buy both print and digital.  FOLIO:: Would you say Condé Nast is shifting focus from print to online? If so, how is the company managing that cultural shift?Schutte: The word isn’t “shift,” it’s “addition.” At Condé Nast Digital, we are focused on creating premium content online, and distributing that content to reach the maximum number of people.  Whether that’s through iPhone Apps, e-Readers and Tablets, distribution deals, we’re exploring all of those platforms and more.  FOLIO:: As Condé Nast looks to 2010, how will it monetize its online properties? Where will the money come from?Schutte: It will come in many ways. There are established sites, like Wired, Epicurious and Style, that will continue to grow in both users and revenue. There are sites in 2009 that have emerged as strong players like Glamour, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and are poised well for significant revenue growth in 2010. There are also sites like Golf Digest that will be getting significant investment for the first time. In addition, we will continue to build on the success we’ve had in creating integrated programs for advertisers like Mercedes, LG, P&G, Wal-Mart, and many others. Finally, there is the revenue we’re bringing in from custom work for clients, which continues to grow.FOLIO:: After all the layoffs we’ve read about/reported at Condé Nast, is the company hiring now on the digital side? If so, what positions? What will the focus be?Schutte: We are hiring on an as needed basis in multiple areas including sales, marketing, business development and creative services.FOLIO:: Where are Condé Nast’s digital-side leaders coming from? Are they former print people? What mindset is the company looking for/grooming?Schutte: We continue to look for people, both from the print side, and those with an online background, who have a track record of success and a deep understanding of the digital world.last_img read more

iOS AR app Wonderscope teaches kids about bullies in space

first_img 18 Photos Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 pulls us further into an augmented reality Apple 4:19 Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • iOS AR app Wonderscope teaches kids about bullies in space Now playing: Watch this: Apple’s new two-player AR arcade game at WWDC is crazy See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img Share your voice 0 Wonderscope’s new AR experience, Clio’s Cosmic Quest, teaches young readers about space. Within  Wonderscope, an augmented reality storytelling app for Apple devices, added a new interactive experience to its library of immersive, educational stories Tuesday: Clio’s Cosmic Quest brings young readers along for a journey with a cute purple space particle (who’s dealing with a jerk in her nebula) as she learns about stars, supernovas and our solar system. Wonderscope is one of the first companies to tackle storytelling in AR, the buzzy technology that overlays digital images on top of the real world around you. Best known through products like Snapchat filters and Pokemon Go, augmented reality has been on most consumers’ radars for its goofy gimmicks, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has said AR holds the potential to be as important as the iPhone. Clio’s Cosmic Quest follows an animated space particle to her nebula.  Within The new format means rethinking some of the norms of creating a story. Wonderscope’s AR treatment of stories is like “inside-out storytelling,” according to Chris Milk, the CEO of Within, the company behind Wonderscope.In Clio’s Cosmic Quest, like all of Wonderscope’s stories, kids move the action along by speaking scripted lines that appear on screen. Wonderscope is free app available on all AR-enabled iOS devices. Its four stories are are a mix of free and paid titles; the app is running a back-to-school promotion that discounts the paid stories to 99 cents each from $4.99. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Mobile Tech Industry • Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Augmented reality (AR) Applelast_img read more

Infosys Sacks BPO Finance Chief Over Violation of Code of Conduct CEO

first_imgIT services company Infosys has fired the chief financial officer (CFO) of its BPO unit on grounds of violation of code of conduct, reportedly after a whistleblower’s revelation of financial irregularities in the unit.Infosys sacked BPO CFO Abraham Mathews, who has been in the position since 2003, in a departure it said was “in keeping with the company’s goal of setting the highest standards of corporate governance and adhering to the letter and spirit of the company’s code of conduct.”However, in its filing with the BSE on Tuesday, Infosys did not elaborate on the issue – the first time that the Bengaluru-based firm was involved in an incident of this nature.According to reports, Mathews had failed to disclose financial irregularities by an employee who reportedly overbilled a client at one of the BPO’s centres, and the lid was blown off by a whistleblower.”An employee blew the whistle. The auditors found [sic] out the employee responsible for the racket and sacked him. The CFO was asked to go for poor financial control,” a source told The Times of India.The employee charged with the fraud has also been sacked though the irregularities were termed as ‘immaterial’.Infosys BPO CEO Gautam Thakur has also put down his papers, citing responsibility on “moral grounds”.The company has named senior members Anup Uppadhayay and Deepak Bhalla as the unit’s chief executive and chief financial officer respectively to take charge of the BPO unit, which contributes up to 7% to the company’s revenue, Reuters reported.”BPO is of fundamental and strategic importance to our company. Our endeavor is to transform BPO with process innovation, automation and artificial intelligence to delivery exceptional efficiency and business value to our clients. I am very confident that under the leadership of Anup and Deepak, our BPO practice will become an exemplar on how business processes should be run,” Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said in his statement.last_img read more

3 bikers killed in Ctg road crash

first_imgThree motorcyclists were killed after a truck knocked them in Akbar Shah area of Chittagong city early Friday.The deceased are Qamrul Islam, 27, Md Nizam, 32, and Md Rezaul, 30.Akbar Shah police station officer in-charge Md Alamgir said a truck hit the three motorcyclists in Shahid Lane area of the city around 3:00am, leaving them dead on the spot.“Police have detained the driver and his assistant and seized the truck,” he added.The OC also said the bodies were sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

WATCH HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza Leaving For NYC Post

first_img Share I look forward to working with @HoustonISD to make sure we are doing our best for our schools, our children and the city of Houston. pic.twitter.com/lPuHpz0r6v— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 5, 2018 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen the Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza to lead the nation’s largest school system.De Blasio, a Democrat, said Monday, March 5th, that Carranza has been appointed to replace Chancellor Carmen Farina, who’s retiring.Miami’s schools superintendent had accepted the post but then backed out last week. Alberto Carvalho cited emotional pleas from the Miami schools community to stay.Photo via HISDHouston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said he’s “incredibly honored” to be chosen to replace Chancellor Carmen Farina.Carranza has been the superintendent in Houston since August 2016. He previously was superintendent of the San Francisco school system.“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the students of the Houston Independent School District and bring a voice to communities that have historically been underserved,” Carranza said in a press release. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure as I embark on this new journey.  I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving the 1.1 million students in New York City. I am forever grateful to the people of Houston for allowing me to be a part of this great city.”While Carranza leaves in the midst of HISD facing several challenges, HISD school board is confident in the ability to overcome those challenges with viable solutions, said the press release. “We the Board wish Carranza the best in his endeavors and appreciate the leadership he brought to this district,” said President Rhonda Skillern-Jones.  “We are committed to continuing the work he began and moving the district forward.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner‘s statement on Carranza becoming Chancellor of New York City schools:“I received phone calls today from Richard Carranza and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. I wished the superintendent well, and I told Mayor de Blasio that I believe he is getting a very capable superintendent. Now, we must focus on HISD’s situation,” said Turner in a press release.  “HISD is our largest school district not only in the city but also in the state, and it’s important for its trustees to put in place a very capable interim leader as we navigate through the challenges the district is facing. It’s clear the city cannot move forward unless our school districts are moving forward and providing a quality education to all our children. I will be glad to work closely with the interim superintendent as well as the board to make sure we are doing the very best for our schools, our children and the people in the city of Houston,” said Turner. WATCH: Carranza at a press conference with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.Join me at City Hall for an announcement on the future of our city’s schools. https://t.co/Qze5gC5P6s— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 5, 2018last_img read more

Baltimore Rally Draws Hundreds in Support of Md HBCU Equality Lawsuit

first_imgHundreds of HBCU students, alumni, and supporters rallied this week to show their support for Maryland’s four HBCUs in the final days of the historic HBCU equality lawsuit and to lay out a vision for the future.Hundreds of students, young alumni, and other supporters show up for HBCU Rally at Masonic Lodge in Baltimore. (AFRO Photo/Deborah Bailey)“We’re writing history for all people attending HBCUs across America,” DeJuan Patterson, one of the rally’s lead organizers, told a crowd that filled the Eutaw Street Masonic Lodge. The rally brought supporters of the state’s four HBCUs together to lay out next steps as the remedial phase of the lawsuit closes out on Feb. 21. During those proceedings, the parties to the lawsuit will attempt to agree on a plan to address the illegal duplication of HBCU programs at other state schools.Organizers are hoping to fill the courtroom in the final days.“You being at the courthouse makes a difference,” said Rashad Staton, Morgan State University alum and co-organizer of the evening’s event. “Let’s stand in the courtroom on Thursday and let’s stand in the court next Tuesday so we can send a message to every level of government that we value our own lives.”Earl Richardson, president emeritus of Morgan State University, reminded the audience that the state of Maryland will act in their interest only as long as HBCU supporters press for change. “Since we went to court, you see buildings going up on our campuses,” Richardson said. “As soon as the pressure is off, they will go back to business as usual. They will stop immediately if pressure is not applied.”The last two days of testimony in the remedial phase were scheduled for Feb. 16 and Feb. 21 at the U.S. Federal District Court of Maryland, 101 West Lombard Street in Baltimore.  Court is in session from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. ”It’s up to us to create our own stories,” Patterson urged the gathering. “Ask where your university president stands on these issues,” he said.last_img read more

ATT May Sell 10 Stake in Hulu Worth Up to 930 Million

first_imgDisney most recently said Hulu would carry a $9.296 billion fair value after the 21CF deal closes, including an implied control premium of $1.246 billion, per an SEC filing on June 28 in connection with the proposed Fox deal. That’s up from Hulu’s implied valuation of around $6 billion in August 2016 with Time Warner’s original investment.If AT&T exits Hulu, that would leave just Disney and Comcast, which currently holds 30% share, as owners. There’s been broad industry speculation that Disney will try to buy out Comcast to gain full control over Hulu.But Comcast in September signaled that, for the time being, it’s interested in keeping its hand in the Hulu pot. The conglomerate appointed three execs to Hulu’s board: Universal chairman Jeff Shell; Linda Yaccarino, chairman of NBCU advertising sales and client partnerships; and Matt Bond, NBCU’s chairman of content distribution. The Hulu board appointments by Comcast came after the expiration of Comcast’s restriction on management decisions regarding Hulu under the 2011 agreement with the DOJ related to its NBCU acquisition.Under Disney’s control, Hulu will stay focused on adult-oriented, general entertainment fare while the forthcoming Disney+ subscription product will be in the family-friendly wheelhouse, Disney chief Bob Iger told analysts on the company’s Nov. 8 earnings call. Iger added that Disney intends to invest in Hulu and expand the service internationally, but he didn’t provide details.According to Disney’s 10-Q for the third quarter of 2018, WarnerMedia has the right through August 2019 to put its shares to Hulu (or Hulu may call the shares from WarnerMedia under certain limited circumstances arising from regulatory review). In the event Hulu is required to repurchase WarnerMedia’s shares, Disney and 21CF have agreed to make capital contributions for up to $400 million each; following the closing of the 21CF deal, Disney will assume 21CF’s capital contribution obligations to Hulu. The $930 million implied value of WarnerMedia’s stake is a 16% premium over Time Warner’s original $583 million investment in Hulu in August 2016 plus its subsequent $200 million capital contributions to the streamer.The appreciation of Hulu’s value comes even as Hulu continues to lose money — with losses accelerating as it continues to invest in technology and programming, including for its live-TV streaming service.Hulu lost upwards of $440 million during the third quarter of 2018, more than double a loss of $207 million a year earlier and losses of $357 million in Q2, according to regulatory filings by Comcast and 21st Century Fox.For Q3, Comcast recorded a $132 million loss attributed to Hulu (versus a $62 million loss in the year-prior quarter), per the company’s 10-Q filing. Meanwhile, 21CF reported a $114 million loss for Hulu in the most recent quarter. Disney might be set to gain even more control over Hulu: AT&T said it is considering selling WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in the streaming venture — which is worth as much as $930 million — as part of shedding nonstrategic assets to pay down its massive debt load.AT&T execs made the comments at the telco’s investor day briefing Thursday. It’s potentially looking to shed its Hulu minority stake as WarnerMedia gears up to launch its own subscription VOD service. AT&T said the new SVOD service, set to debut in the fourth quarter of 2019, will include three service tiers: one focused on movies; one with movies plus original programming; and a third tier comprising content from the first two along with WarnerMedia library content and licensed programming.If AT&T sells the WarnerMedia stake in Hulu, that could bulk up Disney’s ownership in the streaming TV company — giving the Mouse House even more incentive to invest in Hulu and expand it to international markets. Disney already is set to assume a majority ownership stake of 60% in Hulu under its deal to buy big chunks of 21st Century Fox’s assets, a transaction expected to close in the first half of 2019. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

WBHC organises seminar on heritage preservation

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Heritage Commission organised a seminar on ‘Heritage Conservation’ to create awareness amongst people and professionals belonging to different fields for the preservation and reconstruction of heritage buildings and sites on Monday to celebrate the World Heritage day.The seminar was presided over by the Chairman of WBHC, Shuvaprasanna and consultants of different departments. Experts from the Conservation Architect and Heritage also delivered speeches to address Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthe matter.After Heritage Commission was set up in 2001, the main aim of the body was to preserve the heritage sites and buildings as a mere respect towards them and also as a contribution towards the economy of the country. Due to public negligence towards heritage sites and the destruction of the same, a need for awareness has cropped up.Suvaprasanna said the financial crunch makes it difficult for the Commission to work on reconstruction. He further said they are in dire need of engineers and qualified people. Srikumar Bhattacharya, senior engineer of PWD assured Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedhelp from the department and the establishment of a proper cooperation cell for the preservation of Heritage buildings. WBHC officials have also requested educational institutions to make their students aware of the problems and teach them to become more equipped in this field.Sujata Sen, a WBHC official said: “Awareness is only the starting point.”Through this seminar, WBHC pushes people to preserve their culture and heritage to the best of their abilities,” she added.last_img read more