Championship blog: Round 22 wrap

first_img What it is all about: Below are the latest comings and goings in the ever competitive Championship Elsewhere: sides just playing for prideBedford beat the Cornish Pirates 48-36 in a vastly entertaining 14-try romp at Goldington Road while Nottingham and Moseley’s encounter at Meadow Lane on Saturday produced four tries a-piece, with the Green and Whites winning 29-24. Rotherham 17 Leeds 34It was a case of catching the Bristol ‘yips’ for Carnegie who dominated another possible play-off scenario at Sheffield’s Abbeydale ground on Saturday evening — until the final 10 minutes.The Titans, who have yet to beat a side above them in the division, and don’t look like doing so either, were much more soundly beaten than the score suggests. But two tries from Jamie Broadley in the last four minutes helped to coat a fairly inept performance with a veneer of respectability.In his Leeds days: Titans’ BlackettTo be fair, Rotherham had to call in hooker Johnny Matthews, who normally turns out for National Two club Sedgley Park, and their lineout was a shambles. However, head coach Lee Blackett refused to point the finger saying, “It would be wrong to blame hooker Johnny Matthews because Leeds have the best defending lineout in the league.”Despite the late wobble, Carnegie never looked back from a 0-24 interval lead and are well placed for the knock-out stages.14-man maul drives Trailfinders off the bottomPlymouth 21, Ealing 26A last minute try from a driving maul involving 14 Ealing players allowed Trailfinders to step outside the Last Chance saloon and dare to contemplate a second season of GKIPA Championship rugby.Ed Siggery’s second try, converted by Ben Ward, not only turned a 21-19 deficit into a 21-26 win, but brought up an invaluable bonus point to give his side a two-point cushion.Former Irish flanker SiggeryThen, news from St Peter that London Scottish had defeated Jersey 17-25, denying the hosts a losing bonus-point, made the west Londoners trip home sweeter still.But if Ealing lose to Rotherham, who won 79-9 at Clifton lane in September, and Jersey can beat Bedford at Goldington Road on Saturday, then this will count for nothing, as it will be the Islanders who will stay afloat. There’s an old saying that there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. But now there appears to be a third: that Bristol will implode, come the final quarter of a game they’ve totally dominated.center_img By Richard GraingerBristol brilliance marred by last ten bogeyBristol 25, London Welsh 21The Sky cameras captured a rare smile that lit up Director of Rugby Andy Robinson’s face in the 64th minute, at a packed Memorial Stadium on Friday night, as Ben Mosses dotted down Bristol’s bonus point try, with the Exiles yet to move the scoreboard.But fifteen minutes later, the smile had turned to a scowl as Welsh hit back to finish within five points of the hosts and eclipse an outstanding Bristol performance with some late brilliance of their own. Had this been the first leg of the final, Welsh head coach Justin Burrell would have been happier than Robinson with the outcome.Try-scorer: George Watkins scored against WelshLondon Welsh assistant coach Ollie Smith certainly thought so saying, “When we looked after the ball and got through the phases we scored tries — unfortunately it took us 65 minutes to do that.”One has to question Bristol’s tactics; building a score was always Robinson’s pragmatic hallmark when coaching England and latterly Scotland. To turn down kickable chances against sides in the basement of the division is all very well but surely fallacy against a team with the best defensive record in the league?To emphasise this, Bristol kicked to the corner four times only for Welsh to turn them over on each occasion.Robinson would argue that the tries did come; first before the break when George Watkins crossed on the right flank, then in the second period when Mosses scored a brace and Man of the Match Mitch Eadie finished off Luke Baldwin’s tap-and-go.But when Welsh hit back in the final ten minutes with two tries from Joe Ajuwa and one from Chris Cook, Robinson conceded tactical reversal on two fronts: Nicky Robinson’s shot at goal helped to restore an 11 point lead, and with the tank empty, the bench was called upon to shore up Bristol’s flagging defence.  Fly-half Robinson, who was two from five on the night, is no metronome with the boot, and this could yet cost Bristol an Aviva Premiership place.The Bristol pack was dominant throughout, albeit with some curious interpretations of the scrum laws by referee Luke Pearce.But it was Welsh — who had flanker Richard Thorpe sent off in the 78th minute for repeatedly punching an opponent — who had the last word, both on and off the pitch: “We’ll come out of this knowing that the Memorial Stadium is not a place to fear,” added Smith. He could well be proved right.Leeds looking good for play-offs LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

More doping tests for tennis stars

first_img HIGH PROFILE DOPING CASES Andre Agassi Andre Agassi made the shocking revelation in his post-retirement autobiography that he failed a test in 1997 after taking crystal meth and then lied to tennis authorities to escape punishment. He told the ATP in a letter he had taken the drug accidentally.  Martina Hingis Martina Hingis returned to tennis two years after retiring in 2003 only for her comeback to be abruptly ended in 2007 by a positive test for a metabolite of cocaine at Wimbledon. She was suspended from tennis for two years but made another comeback in 2013. Marin Cilic The Croatian was given a nine-month ban in 2013 after the ITF discovered traces of nikethamide, a banned stimulant in a sample he gave at a tournament in Germany. Cilic claimed the failed test was a result of taking over-the-counter glucose tablets, and had his ban reduced to four months after taking his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He won the US Open the following year. Viktor Troicki Viktor Troicki refused to take a blood test at a tournament in Monte Carlo in 2013. He argued that he was afraid of needles and that he was feelign ill at the time. He received an 18 months ban which was later reduced to 12 month by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Richard Gasquet Richard Gasquet tested positive for cocaine in 2009 and was banned for 12 months by the ITF. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing by CAS after arguing that he ingested the substance afer kissing a woman in a nightclub.  Greg Rusedski Greg Rusedski was one of several players to test positive for the steroid nandrolone in 2003. He was cleared of wrongdoing after a tribunal determined that he, along with the other players, had taken the drug inadvertently in contaminated pills handed out by ATP trainers. Wayne Odesnik In 2010, Wayne Odesnik pleaded guilty to importing human growth hormone into Australia and was suspended for two years. The ban was later reduced to one year after the ITF said he had fully cooperated with its investigations. He was later banned for 15 years after again testing positive for a number of banned substances. LONDON (AP): The International Tennis Federation says more doping tests will be carried out on professional players this year. In a joint initiative between the ITF, ATP, Grand Slam Board and WTA, the number of tests this year will increase to 8,000, from 4,899 in 2016. More samples will be placed into long-term storage. ITF President David Haggerty says “we welcome this strengthening of the sport’s anti-doping efforts.” Haggerty says: “Protecting the integrity of tennis is an ongoing priority of the governing bodies of tennis to ensure that tennis is and remains a clean sport, and these enhancements will make a positive contribution to achieving that priority.”last_img read more

South Africa: ‘make the 2010 mindshift’

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 18 August 2009 It is time for all South Africans to realise the enormity of the opportunities being generated through the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and to make the “psychological adjustment” needed to ensure the tournament’s success, says 2010 Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza. Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Khoza said South Africans had to think of the World Cup as a live, 30-day advertisement for the country that would be watched by a cumulative TV audience of billions around the globe. “The extent to which the tournament changes lives will be largely determined by the degree to which [the country’s communicators] use the tournament,” Khoza said. He referred both to the progress that had already been made, represented by the building of six new stadiums in less than four years, and to the potential legacy that would be generated in terms of job creation, tourism, trade and investment. “We must be relentlessly positive,” Khoza told the gathering of marketing and communication professionals, from both the public and private sector. “As South Africans, we have a tendency to be self-critical. We should see everything in perspective and, importantly, see the positive stories. “There is one show on the road at the moment, and a psychological adjustment from all South Africans is needed. “You must feel that there is something happening in this country. The banners you use must be larger than life. Every street corner must be filled. We must feel that this show is in town,” Khoza said. At the same time, South Africa 2010 had to be “pan-African”, to tell the story of a continent that is being redefined in a historic way. “This tournament must ensure that our African teams feel like they are playing at home.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Dinner with the FT – Geared for Growth

first_img18:30    Networking Drinks Reception19:15    Guests Seated19:20    Opening Remarks – Richard Lapper – Economic Growth & Miller Matola Welcome AddressPanel discussion: Chaired By Richard Lapper19:30    Deputy Minister Ernest Godongwane – Economic DevelopmentTheme – Growth Path19:40    Brian Dames – CEO EskomTheme – Power & Energy19:50    Minister Paul Mashatile – Arts & CultureTheme – The Heritage Sectors & their contribution to the Economy20:20    ANY QUESTIONS?A ‘free style’ Q&A panel sessions to allow dinner guests an opportunity to questions speakers on issues highlighted20:25    Starter Served20:45    Starter Cleared20:50    Main Course Served21:20    Main Course Cleared21:25    Closing – Miller Matola21:35    Dessert & Networkinglast_img read more

Infrastructure to build long-term regional prosperity

first_imgHappy Ntshingila, deputy chairperson of Brand South AfricaThe more locally produced inputs South Africa’s national infrastructure build programme uses, the more the country can grow its manufacturing industry, businesses and, importantly, create much-needed jobs. (Image: Brand South Africa )As South Africa prepared for the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, we looked at our membership of the increasingly influential Brics grouping of nations as a case study in how to create positive and significant growth similar to that seen in Brazil, Russia, India, China and other Asian economic tigers.Providing infrastructure to support both the economy and communities is one of the main ways South Africa will stimulate inclusive and jobs-rich growth. Quality, affordable infrastructure raises economic productivity, permits economic expansion and allows marginalised households and communities to take advantage of new opportunities.It also builds essential social capital and raises living standards as people have access to electricity, piped water, housing and reliable transport systems. Infrastructure is a critical pillar to strengthen key value chains across our economy.Strong infrastructure also strengthens the domestic demand for local capital goods, industries, services and products. Ultimately, the more locally produced inputs the national infrastructure build programme utilises, the more the country can grow its manufacturing industry, businesses and, importantly, create much-needed jobs. Gainful and consistent employment is one of the most certain ways in which to ensure the increase in a nation’s living standards.A vision for the year 2030South Africa’s National Development Plan – or Vision 2030 – has identified infrastructure investment as a key priority for South Africa moving forward. It provides an effective mechanism to support socioeconomic transformation and to build a new level of economic resilience in an increasingly challenging global environment. The development of critical skills to build, implement, operate and maintain our growing infrastructure assets, leveraging job creation and localisation through an infrastructure development pipeline over the next 20 years, South Africa will be able to collectively build an equitable society.The government needs to spend 10% of its annual budget on infrastructure development in order to achieve the desired levels of economic transformation, growth potential and job creation over the next few years.At this rate of spending by 2030, the NDP’s target date, the country would have spent a total R11.8-trillion on infrastructure, laying a new foundation for growth, providing decent work opportunities for its citizens, and stimulating business and industry.The National Infrastructure Plan, which was adopted in 2012, is a powerful framework through which to propel South Africa’s economic landscape onto a more employment-friendly, equitable and inclusive trajectory. It is an exciting new landscape that offers every citizen a real opportunity to develop their own personal capabilities and, as a result, be well positioned and equipped to share in the country’s long-term growth and prosperity.Social partnersAccordingly, the government recognises the vital role of the social partners in creating an enabling environment for implementing national infrastructure plans, mobilising human resources and ensuring accountability. These social partners will help develop the capacity and skills required to meet the demands of South Africa’s growing investment programme, not only for construction materials and structural steel inputs, but also for sophisticated equipment like locomotives and turbines. This includes developing the skills to implement, operate and maintain our infrastructure assets.Implementation of the National Infrastructure Plan will strengthen domestic demand for local capital goods industries, services and products. The more locally produced inputs the build programme uses, the more South Africa’s domestic manufacturing and support industries will thrive, with citizens benefitting from an expansion in the creation of jobs in these industries.African regional integrationSouth Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan is also strategically important from an economic growth perspective in terms of regional integration to stimulate greater pan-African cooperation and development. One of the plan’s 18 strategic integrated projects, or SIPs, focuses on supporting African development and integration as part of its mandate.Through the National Infrastructure Plan framework, there is a greater opportunity to participate in mutually beneficial infrastructure projects to unlock long-term socioeconomic benefits by partnering with fast-growing African economies that have a projected growth of between 3% and 10%.Such infrastructure projects would focus on the transport, water and energy sectors that also have the potential to provide competitively priced, diversified, short-, medium- and long-term development options for the South African economy. An example of such projects could be in Mozambique’s electricity transmission project (Cesul) which could assist in providing cheap, clean power in the short-term, while the Grand Inga Hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could provide a long-term development option for South Africa. Leveraging of such regional strategic integrated infrastructure projects on the African Continent would complement the free trade area discussions aimed at creating a market of 600-million people in South, Central and East Africa.Ultimately, South Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan represents a tangible methodology for empowering a nation and triggering essential future development. It is a bold effort to successfully transform the economy for the long term, laying the foundation for sustainable growth and job creation.It provides an opportunity to effectively mobilise the nation behind one common and progressive vision. At the same time, it develops a powerful platform for delivery to the nation and the building of strategic partnerships with business and labour. It also cements South Africa’s position as a key driver and supporter of integration of African economies, further demonstrating the country’s strategic importance at a regional economic development level, together with its standing on the global economic stage as a member of the Brics grouping of nations.last_img read more

Are you job-market ready?

first_imgWhile South Africans are proactive in their search for jobs, the reality still exists that it is not easy to break into the job market. Citizens look to government, private and public sector to not only prioritise the development of young people, but also to create opportunities that will ensure everyone plays a part in contributing to economic growth in South Africa.If you are job hunting or will be in the market once you’ve graduated, get as much preparation done as possible, before you get that all-important phone call. Although there are general practices and procedures that recruiters follow when selecting candidates for interviews, they may choose to do things differently, especially if the vacancy needs to be filled with immediate effect.Recruiters advise that in order to be effective in the job market, you need to invest in the appropriate “marketing” tools and skills. .Given below are essential tips to help you.Make sure your CV/ résumé is up to-to-date and grabs attention. Get in contact with companies or individuals who offer CV formatting services if you are unable to do it yourself.Be easily-contactable and remember to always put your cellular phone number on your CV.Do thorough research about the industry educational and work experience required to gain entry to fields you are interested in so you can create an action plan to be equipped for employment in the chosen field.The rise and relevance of social media in the 21st century has seen many success stories. Keep an eye on social media platforms for conversations and trending topics related to recruitment. By searching #JobSeekersZA on Twitter one is able to look for specific vacancies and apply.Check your emails regularly as this has become a preferred way of communication by employers.Avail yourself for learnerships and internships. Register on company websites for these, and use the opportunity to growAdditional reporting: Spectator Index, IOL, Faith Solomon, Managing Director and Founder of Intelligent Placemenlast_img read more

Did you know Cooperative Extension provides programs and resources to help with family life?

first_imgWith continued efforts to better leverage the Cooperative Extension System as a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness and Capacity Building, we have identified the programs and resources that Cooperative Extension offers to help with family life.Below are family focused programs and resources for our pilot states:Florida State:Healthy LivingFamily TimeFamilies & ConsumersIndianaAgingFood & HealthHome & MoneyParenting & Care for ChildrenRelationshipsSchool ReadinessMarylandContact your local Cooperative Extension to get more details about these programs and resources that are offered in Maryland:Parenting Programs and Quality of Life ProgramsFood Safety in the CommunityMyPlateObesity/MyPyramidHealthy Snacks for Kids“Smart Choice$” – Food ShoppingEmergency Preparedness for Child Care Providers and Assisted Living FacilitiesMississippi StateChildren and ParentingEquine Assisted Therapy ProgramsFamily DynamicsFamily Financial ManagementHealthy Homes InitiativePetsNew Mexico State:Family Health & WellnessFamily Life & Child DevelopmentFamily Resource ManagementOklahomaContact your local Cooperative Extension to get more details about programs and resources that are offered in Oklahoma.last_img read more

The Future of Creative Cloud: Insights from Adobe Video World 2016

first_imgAdobe gets it. We talk to the creative team behind the Creative Cloud at Adobe Video World 2016.We aren’t far removed from the decision to combine After Effects World and Premiere Pro World — as the whole industry continues to shift to a single person needing to know how to do everything themselves. That’s a struggle Adobe understands. At the 2016 Adobe Video World, we heard all about the future of Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects, and even Media Encoder. Not only were there video editors and motion graphics artists on hand teaching courses, the actual programmers who built these programs were there to talk about new workflow solutions. PremiumBeat had the chance to sit and talk with Steve Forde, Adobe’s Group Product Manager of Video and Audio Products. That’s a long job title, but it barely scratches the surface of what Forde actually does. He’s in charge of Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Media Encoder, and more. Essentially half of the Creative Cloud.Image: Al Mooney on Premiere Pro at Adobe Video World 2016 via Michael Maher / PremiumBeatWe also heard from a variety of Adobe team members. Al Mooney (Senior Product Manager of Professional Video Editing) talked about Premiere Pro’s 25th anniversary and the future of the NLE. David Simons and Daniel Wilk talked about how they created After Effects and are now hard at work bringing Character Animator to Adobe CC. We also heard from an entire panel of Adobe programmers and directors, including Alissa Johnson — who told us about Adobe Anywhere and the future of Team Projects in the Creative Cloud. Author’s Note: Before continuing into the interview and speeches, I must admit that attendees of Adobe Video World were treated to several future updates and plans for the Creative Cloud. Many of which were quite impressive. As we all signed an NDA, I’m only allowed to talk about things for which I have clearance. So if you’re looking for some type of breaking news, you aren’t going to get it here. However, you are going to learn much more about updates that have been released and announced, including Team Projects, updates to the Lumetri panel, and some news on Character Animator. Building a Creative Cloud for the Video Creators of the FutureImage via ShutterstockIt should come as no surprise that we are at a high-point in the world of video production. There is more content produced now than ever before. Film, broadcast television, cable, web, mobile, social media — and plenty of overlap between each. There’s never been a better time to create video. If companies aren’t communicating with video, they’re not communicating.That’s what Adobe’s Steve Forde told attendees at the 2016 Adobe Video World, and he’s absolutely right. From international companies to your local coffee shop, everyone is producing content to get you into their stores. And if they aren’t getting you into the stores, they are creating brand recognition that you can’t mistake with others. There is reason every Target commercial looks like a Target commercial. It’s why local restaurants snap photos and videos of their daily special. Video content drives sales.Image via ShutterstockToday, it’s not enough to just produce a video. In fact, if you are working on a major campaign — there will be several iterations based on the platform it’s delivered. From 15 to 60-second commercials to Instagram video campaigns, nearly every video targets every demographic based on the platform they use. Premiere Pro has built-in publishing tools for social media for this very reason. That’s why Adobe Creative Cloud has constantly redeveloped itself over the years. Forde understands that the video editor of today is a very different person than one just years ago. Today, editors are expected to know how to edit, work with audio, color grade, design their own graphics, and more. That’s why you’ve seen so many new tools introduced into Premiere Pro, like the Lumetri color panel. The video and audio teams at Adobe know that editors have tighter deadlines and more responsibilities, which is why the company continues to roll out features for the all-in-one editor. Perhaps your editing is strong, but your motion design is limited. That’s why Adobe introduced Live Text templates, giving editors the power to edit After Effects content in Premiere Pro. Have a motion graphics artist that can design great titles and lower thirds, but can’t get to revisions as fast as you need? That’s exactly why Live Text templates allow you to correct misspellings or job titles on the fly.The Creative Cloud is seeing a shift toward collaborative workflows, allowing multiple users to work on the same project at once or easily transfer project files between programs. The Creative Cloud Takes on HollywoodMany of the latest updates coming to the Creative Cloud were requested and tested while Adobe was partnering with major studios on AAA Hollywood titles. The first major feature fully edited in Premiere Pro was David Fincher’s 2014 drama Gone Girl.Image: Assistant Editor Tyler Nelson cutting Gone Girl via AdobeGone Girl was shot in 6K on RED cameras to be finished in 5K. The studio used proxies to edit the project — even though the proxies were still in 2.5K. Realistically, many of our readers may be fortunate enough to shoot in 4K to edit with proxies in 1080p. Premiere Pro was really pushed on Gone Girl, as the NLE had to hold up to the level of perfection Fincher requires in his edits — as he often combines multiple takes to get the best performance from each actor on camera. A majority of the film had some type of VFX in each shot, and the team at Adobe had to create a system that sent live updates from After Effects to Premiere Pro. (You can read more about the Gone Girl workflow in the piece from Adobe.)We want to be successful in Hollywood. — Al Mooney, Premiere Pro Senior Product ManagerImage: Editing Hail, Caesar! via Adobe / Universal StudiosFollowing the success of Gone Girl, plenty of other filmmakers turned to Premiere Pro — like legendary director duo, the Coen brothers. (If you’re working on developing a platform for team collaborations, no better way than to put your programs to the test with a real tag team.) The Premiere Pro team had their work cut out for them, having to figure out the best way to share a project between Joel and Ethan Coen. One pulled the best footage and the other cut a version of the film Hail, Caesar!Joel and Ethan are known for their process, which includes not cutting any dailies. The entire film is cut after shooting, something that is very rare in filmmaking. Ethan does the assembly, finds the good takes, then rings a bell when he gets to a point in the scene when you can start editing. Joel then picks up the content and cuts it in. — Editor Katharine McQuerreyAt the same time, Adobe was also working with very CG-heavy films like Pete’s Dragon and the VFX heavy smash-hit Deadpool. The Deadpool workflow was covered plenty here on PremiumBeat, including the free presets from the film that were made available to users via Vashi Nedomansky.These films in particular, as well as the films Adobe is currently collaborating on, have all contributed to the future of the Creative Cloud. It’s apparent that Adobe has become more aggressive in creating the ultimate tools for creators. Having beat out the competition with Final Cut Pro after the launch of FCPX, Adobe now has their sights set on competing with Avid. It certainly won’t be easy, as most major studios are set with the Avid workflow, but with the continuous added advantages of using the Creative Cloud, we’re only going to see more major motion pictures cut on Premiere Pro. It’s not just feature films that Adobe is experimenting with. The company’s Character Animator is changing the future of animated television. Originally developed as a post-production tool, Character Animator has become a whole new monster tool in no time. Using facial recognition, the program captures a performer’s face and immediately renders an animated version of the performance. Things took a shift when television studios turned to Character Animator to present live characters to an audience — starting with one of the most famous animated characters of all time, Homer Simpson.Image: The Simpsons via Adobe / Fox Broadcasting CompanyI had a chance to chat with David Simons and Daniel Wilk, two of the leads behind Character Animator. (They were also two of the original After Effects programmers.) They talked about their work on this particular episode of The Simpsons, in which anyone could call into the studio to talk to Homer live during the credits. To prove it was in fact live, they answered different questions on the East coast and West coast. The setup placed Dan Castellaneta (Homer) in a sound booth with a phone, microphone, and camera. The camera tracked his facial expressions and immediately animated Homer’s mouth. As far as the rest of Homer’s body (and many of the surprise gags) the crew used an X Keys board. I was fortunate enough to get hands on and check out the board during the AVW Character Animator session.Image: The Simpsons X Keys via Logan Baker / PremiumBeatYou’ll see buttons that trigger eye movement, hand gestures, and facial moods like anger and laughter. Each of the other character buttons triggered gags from those stars showing up on screen. Here is a look at Homer in action. It wasn’t just animated shows that turned to Character Animator. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert introduced a series of animated guests that interact with the live host. Colbert stares off stage at a monitor to see his character’s actions and movements, while the voice and facial capture is done backstage. The performer wears headphones to hear Stephen’s voice and to keep the audio from spilling over into the microphone. He then responds to questions while another crew member animated gestures.  Take a look at the Late Show’s animated characters here. Now you may be curious about how these Hollywood collaborations benefit you as an editor, motion graphics designer, filmmaker, and video producer. Let’s talk about the newest features and the creation of Team Projects. Team Projects, Lumetri Color, Character Animator, VR, and more. Image: Team Projects panel via AdobeI asked Steve Forde about their struggles keeping Premiere Pro user friendly. He said, “That is one of the biggest challenges,” and it’s easy to see why. With each iteration of Premiere Pro, a whole slew of new features is introduced. Perhaps most notably in the last update was the introduction of workspaces, specifically creating an entire Lumetri Color tab. The latest iteration of Premiere Pro features more Lumetri tools and an advanced color picker for HSL secondary controls. It’s a huge step for Adobe to bring these tools into Premiere Pro, as it’s often the program most editors are comfortable with. This certainly isn’t something that only Adobe is working on, as Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve color grading platform has added its own built-in NLE. Once again, it’s recognized industry wide that much more is being asked of editors, and now everyone is competing to create the most practical and effective tools.Image: Premiere Pro Lumetri HSL secondaries via AdobePremiere Pro’s Senior Product Manager, Al Mooney, had plenty to talk about regarding the advances to Lumetri color — something he is “very proud of.” And he really should be. The Lumetri panel makes it so much easier for editors to understand the art of color grading. We strongly believe in bringing color into the hands of people who aren’t pro colorists. There is more coming to Premiere Pro from the team behind SpeedGrade. — Al MooneyYou’ll continue to see major advancements made to Lumetri, including advanced compatibility with color grading control surfaces. (You’ll see plenty of new Lumetri tutorials from PremiumBeat in the coming weeks.)Image: Character Animator via AdobeIn regards to the Character Animator, the Preview 4 (Beta) is currently available to download via After Effects. That’s all about to change with the Character Animator CC (Beta), the first version to be included as a standalone download in Adobe CC.Premiere Pro is also pushing forward with advanced VR workflows, now allowing users to edit VR with proxies — great, given the absolutely massive file sizes of 360-degree content. Premiere Pro will also recognize if your VR project is stereoscopic or monoscopic and offer optimal viewing conditions. There are a variety of new general updates to Premiere Pro as well, including improved captioning and subtitles, enhanced Live Text templates, and more audio effects that were once only available in Audition.Perhaps the biggest announcement that I’m allowed to talk about is the introduction of Team Projects, which was just previewed at IBC 2016. Team Projects allows multiple users to collaborate on a project together. While you will be responsible for maintaining your own media, Team Projects will work in the cloud to keep track of every iteration and change made to a project — giving users the ability to backtrack to previous versions. As of now, Team Projects works best with Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Prelude. The service allows multiple editors and artists to work in the same project using a series of markers. They will need to use the same version of the programs for it to work correctly. As an added benefit, there is no separate service — Team Projects will be included with the cost of the Creative Cloud.With the various conversations I had with Adobe programmers, AVW speakers, and attendees themselves — nearly everyone is thrilled about the future of content creation within the Adobe Creative Cloud. I’ll certainly admit that I was most impressed by many of the new features, and I can see how it will certainly become harder not to work within the Creative Cloud since it has nearly every tool you will ever need to create content. Keep up with the blog for many more pieces on tips, tricks, and things we learned at Adobe Video World 2016.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard slams FIFA for ‘wrong, strange’ Leeds choice

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard slams FIFA for ‘wrong, strange’ Leeds choiceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has slammed FIFA’s decision to award Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United their Fair Play award on Monday.Bielsa and his players were awarded the Fair Play Award for allowing Aston Villa to score against them in April.Renowned coach Bielsa, currently in his second season at Leeds and in English football, caused something of a stir in January when he admitted to having watched all of United’s opponents train.The club was fined £200,000 as a result – a penalty Bielsa paid out of his own pocket – and the 64-year-old was the subject of some derision as a result.Lampard, in charge of Derby last season, said: “I don’t think it’s right, to be straight.“It’s strange. Everyone had the same reaction. There was a lot of news about “SpyGate,” at the time, quite rightly so, and it got dealt with in the right way – and when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year, it’s strange.“I don’t know who votes for it. Everyone knows what happened with ‘Spygate’ – it is well documented. The rules changed because of it and they were fined.“I felt it was improper, to get a fair play award off the back of that. I thought it was irony at first.“It was a dead rubber against Villa. The game had slowed down to the point of the ball going out, and it was quite right they gave Villa the opportunity to score.“It was quite right to level out the balance of what had happened. That was that. But it was a strange decision for them to win.” last_img read more