Costly decision

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The word last week that the federal government approved sending $405 million in 2006 to California for the costs associated with keeping illegal immigrant criminals locked up was welcome news. It’s the largest allocation for such costs in four years, and it means federal lawmakers realize they have some culpability in allowing the unchecked flow of people across our borders. Unfortunately, it’s still not enough to cover the states’ costs. California spends more than $750 million a year incarcerating immigrants who have crossed the border illegally and committed crimes here, even though policing the border is Washington’s responsibility. As long as federal government policy is to ignore the seemingly intractable problem of illegal immigration, then it ought to pay the entire costs of its decisions.last_img read more

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Working with RAW Footage in Pomfort ClipHouse

first_imgIf you’re a RAW shooter looking for a simple way to get your footage ready to edit, Pomfort ClipHouse might be the answer.The benefit of shooting in the RAW format is that you get a ton of extra latitude in your images and therefore greater flexibility in controlling how they look in post. The problem comes in handling all that data and turning the footage into something editable.If you are shooting on something like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a Magic Lantern hacked DSLR or even a shiny new Digital Bolex, you’ll be familiar with the problem and the process. Pomfort, the makers of SilverStack – a professional level DIT utility, and Live Grade an on-set colour management tool, have mashed together the best of both of these apps into an affordable and user friendly solution to processing your RAW footage called ClipHouse.You can download a free 14 day trial of ClipHouse to give it a whirl for yourself. If you don’t have any RAW footage to hand to test it out, you can also grab some CinemaDNG RAW files from the Blackmagic Design site. Direct download links: Clip One | Clip Two | Clip Three.In summary ClipHouse is a very straight-forward way to back up RAW your footage with checksum verification, organize and apply a look to your dailies and transcode them to H.264 and all flavors of ProRes ready for editing. The up-side is that if you’re looking to get that job done quickly and easily this could well be the best one-stop shop app for you.The down-side in paying out for this particular app is that you’re limited to only ingesting RAW formats. But hey, it does that one thing really well.Creating Color Corrected Dailies with ClipHouseOne of the main benefits of ClipHouse is that you can color correct your footage very quickly and easily inside the color room. If you’re on set, this will allow you to check your image for focus and exposure and to see if you’ve got what you need.You can also save preset grades to apply to all of your footage to create your graded dailies. A nice feature of the color room is the ability to adjust the look of the footage with both color wheels and sliders, giving you a bit of flexibility to work in the way you prefer. One handy feature that is currently missing from the app is the ability to toggle the grade on and off with a click, so that you can refresh your eyes/memory on how far you’ve pushed it.That said, the ability to import and export preset grades (along with the handful of preset grades that ClipHouse ships with) is very useful, especially if you’re handling dailies from one location scattered across multiple shoot days. The interface is very easy to use and gives you precise control over everything from exposure, color temperature and contrast to RGB sliders for your shadows and highlights.Exporting your dailies couldn’t be easier with simple presets and customizable settings, which allows you to set multiple jobs going at once. You also get a handy estimate of the time remaining in the export.The simplicity of ClipHouse is one of it’s major strengths. It doesn’t feel like it has too many unnecessary bells and whistles.What other apps do the same thing?If you’re looking for a free way to achieve the same results – back up your footage, grade your shots and create dailies – as far as I know, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution out there.You could split that process across a few other paid apps and get the same results while working with many more shooting formats. For example, you could use ShotPut Pro to backup your data, and then transcode it with a look for free in DaVinci Resolve Lite. But given that ShotPut Pro is $99 and ClipHouse is $129 for a permanent license and offers more functionality, you might as well spend the extra $30 bucks.Alternatively, if you’re a fan of their software, you could take a look at Red Giant Software’s Bullet Proof, which offers the same sort of workflow functionality (Copy > Manage > Color > Export) but currently doesn’t support RAW. However it’s more expensive at $199. So you’ll still have to wait for them to add in greater format support.last_img read more

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7 Free Online Texture Libraries

first_imgBuild your library with these free texture websites.If you are a CG artist or motion graphic designer than you probably use the internet to find textures for your projects. Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions you can’t simply use a search engine to find textures. This is where online texture databases come in handy.Some of these databases are good and some of them… not so much. In order to make the process much easier, we’ve listed out a few of our favorite places to find free textures. If you have any other suggestions besides the websites listed here please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.1. CG TexturesWhile still a great source of textures, CG Textures has evolved over the years to include more “stock photo” style photographs featuring over 107,415 images. Unlike Mayang’s, CG Textures has a handy search bar to help with your navigation along with a bunch of free tutorials to help you learn how to use the textures in Photoshop. CG Textures licensing agreement is very wide open and you can use them both commercially and privately for free. They also have a few membership options that give users the ability to download larger quantities of textures per day. Memberships start at $76 a year and go up from there.2. Texture KingWhile not as extensive as Mayang or CG Textures, Texture king is also a great resource to find free textures online. All the images are totally free to use and you don’t have to worry about download limits. Don’t be expecting any iPhone 6 textures any time soon, they haven’t added any new textures since 2013. But still, all the textures are 100% free.3. Free Stock TexturesFree Stock Textures offers 100% free textures that you can use in both personal and commercial projects. They have a lot of really easy to navigate categories, but most notably Free Stock Textures gives users the ability to find textures based on color. There is no download limit, but make sure you have a big enough hard drive. Most textures here are around 10mb each.4. Open Game ArtOpen Game Art features textures and stock images that are intended for 3D modeling and motion graphics. While you will find the normal assortment of grunge textures, Open Game Art specializes in things that are helpful for CG Experts including reflection mattes and environments. There are a variety of licenses depending on the image, so be sure to find out before downloading.5. Mayang’s Free Texture LibraryWith over four thousand free textures, Mayang’s Free Textures is one of the best places to get textures on the internet. Textures are broken up into sub categories making it incredibly easy to navigate. Their licensing agreements are also incredibly relaxed, allowing you to use the textures in virtually any situation. You can only download up to 20 free textures a day on Mayang’s website, so if you don’t want to wait 218 days to download the entire library you can purchase the entire library for only $33. Not a bad deal at all.6. Texture MateIn addition to having a plethora of free textures, Texture mate also features brushes, patterns, and vectors that are all free as well. Users can search textures by popularity, color, and categories. Texture Mate has also created some free packs to make it easier to build your texture archive. You are allowed to use the textures on any project with no restrictions.7. TextureLibTextureLib is very similar to Free Stock Textures in that all the textures have been shot and distributed by one person. As a result, all the textures are 100% free for you to use on personal and commercial projects. You are however limited to 1 download a day, If you are looking to extend your download limit you have the option to purchase “full access” for a small fee starting at $1.Now that you have all of these great textures it’s time to do something with them. If you are interested in learning about how to use these textures in Cinema 4D, After Effects, or even Apple Motion check out the PremiumBeat blog. We have hundreds of articles dedicated to helping you become a better motion designer.Know of any other great places to find textures? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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High Frame Rate Cinema Is Here, But Is It Here to Stay?

first_imgAre we on the verge of an industry-wide move toward high frame rate cinema?Zero G Set Photo. DouglasTrumbull.comHFR (high-frame rate) Cinema has a long past that dates back to the Showscan technique developed by Douglas Trumbull in the 1960’s. This process was done by filming on 65mm negative film stock at a frame rate of 60fps, then projecting that film on 70mm prints at the same rate of 60fps. The clarity and hyperrealism presented through this technique was innovative and lauded by the scientific sections of the film industry. Unfortunately this technique was never fully realized in feature films, as MGM Studios pulled the funding for the process in Douglas Trumbull’s 1983 film Brainstorm.Christopher Walken in Brainstorm (1983). DouglasTrumbull.comEventually the Showscan process and HFR found itself being regulated as a visual component to theme park ride films, such as the Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios in the late 80’s and early 90’s.Fast-forward just over twenty years to 2014. The Hobbit trilogy is coming to a close with the release of the final film in December. It will mark the first time in film history that a narrative trilogy will be filmed in 4K at 48fps. While this trilogy was met with some strong criticism in the beginning, most of that criticism has faded. Now, add to this the word that James Cameron is seriously considering filming the Avatar sequels in HFR or even VFR (variable frame rate) and a serious question arises.Is high frame rate cinema here, and is it here to stay?In regards to the first half of the question HFR Cinema is without a question here…that much is clear. It’s the second half of the question where things aren’t so certain. Other than The Hobbit trilogy, or word that the Avatar sequels may be shot in HFR, the only other production to make quality use of the process has been the educational film To Space and Back (2013). Also, there don’t seem to be any other HFR productions in the pipeline except for the ones previously mentioned (if you know of others, please add in the comments below!)In our current culture and society new technologies and innovative processes are devoured and implemented rapidly, so why such a delay with HFR Cinema?Lets look at the good and the bad of HFR Cinema and see if that gives us an indication as to why this process and technology isn’t being fully utilized.HFR Cinema: The GoodHFR Cinema offers some very distinctive advantages over the standard 24fps. For instance images are clear and detailed, offering the viewer a sense of hyperrealism (bringing the images closer to normal eyesight). The smoothness of the image is intensified cutting down motion blur, flickering and strobing. Then when adding 3D to the mix, along with the human eye seeing at least twice the number of frames, the experience of immersion is greatly increased.In May of this year I was invited by Douglas Trumbull to attend the world premiere of his latest HFR Cinema experiment entitled UFOTOG at the Cinerama in Seattle. This film was shot in 4K at 120fps and then screened in the Cinerama format in 4K at 120fps using Christie Digital’s Mirage 4K Projector, which outputs 10,000-35,000 lumens. The experience was unlike anything I have seen to date in film. Images were sharp and clear, and with the addition of the 3D aspect it became incredibly immersive.However with the good always comes the bad, and the process of HFR Cinema is no different.HFR Cinema: The BadThe main criticism of HFR Cinema is the loss of the “Cinematic Look”. So in reality, one of HFR positives, clarity and detail, becomes a negative for audiences. In regards to UFOTOG, the VFX sequences were beautiful to look at but felt incredibly processed and fake because of the level of clarity. Viewers of the first two Hobbit films raised this same issue, as some VFX sequences couldn’t match the image quality of the practical world.Add to this the usage factor. Usage and storage is something filmmakers have to always be aware of. And having filmed in HFR myself I can speak directly to this concern. The amount of data and storage needed for this process is much more than most initially anticipate. It also raises several concerns as to the affordability for independent filmmakers or documentarians to utilize such a process.Another and crucial concern to consider is the playback options. In the current environment, the number of theaters that can effectively playback HFR are fairly decent, however when moving into the home theater this number drastically changes. 4K technologies for consumer use are very fresh and the install base is very low. This fact alone has without question had an effect on the growth of the HFR Cinema process.With all of this said, let’s look at the initial question again. Is high frame rate cinema here, and is it here to stay?Screenshot from The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey. Creative Cow Article.The Future of HFR CinemaHFR Cinema is in its infancy stages now. Exploration and experimentation is the current focus with adoption and implementation on the horizon. Immersion is the core ideology behind HFR, so because of this, other immersive technologies need to become more established at a specific level before HFR can really gain any significant ground. Those technologies are binaural sound, glasses-free 3D and implementation of higher lumen projectors for theaters. These are all processes and technologies that take time and money to implement.With these technologies on the horizon one could make a case that HFR Cinema is coming and could be on the slate to becoming the new form of cinema experience. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas spoke to the change of the cinema experience in an interview with Empire Online. They spoke to the idea of cinema becoming an event, like a Broadway show. HFR and the ideology behind it (immersion), could be the format that benefits from such a change.Regardless it appears that HFR or VFR (variable frame rate) is on its way. And if history repeats itself, we could see the new Avatar spark a desire to implement HFR just as the first film did for 3D five years ago.last_img read more

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Eagles soar to 4th win

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ravena’s impressive form is simply the icing to what has been an inspiring start to the season for the Eagles, who have won all their games by double digit margins.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga liked the consistency from the Eagles after they responded with a show of force in the final period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think more or less, even though we’ve had ups and downs in this game, we’re happy with the consistency,” said Arespacochaga.Much like their first three games, the Eagles established control early before taking the fight out of the Warriors with another blistering finish anchored by Ravena, whose athleticism and polished offensive arsenal has keyed the early-season surge. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight With Thirdy Ravena continuing his stellar play, Ateneo turned back University of the East, 83-65, on Sunday to stay unbeaten in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Sustaining his fiery form, Ravena poured 21 points, including 11 in the final period, as the Blue Eagles notched their fourth win in as many games to solidify their hold of top spot, a day after fierce rival La Salle suffered its first loss of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ATENEO 83—Ravena 21, Nieto Ma. 11, Black 10, Nieto Mi. 10, Tolentino 9, Asistio 8, Verano 4, Porter 3, Ikeh 2, Go 2, Mendoza 2, Tio 1, White 0, Mallillin 0, Mamuyac 0, Andrade 0.UE 65—Pasaol 22, Abanto 10, Maloles 9, Derige 6, Acuno 5, Bartolome 4, Olayon 4, Conner 3, Varilla 2, Manalang 0, Cullar 0, Armenion 0, Gagate 0.Quarters: 18-11, 32-23, 60-52, 83-65 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I need to stay more consistent than last season,” said Ravena, who spiked his scoring average to 18.7 points per game.“Last season, I’ll have a good game then the next game, polar opposite. I’m just mentally focused coming into the season.”The Warriors stayed in the thick of the fight after exploding for 29 points in the third period that allowed them to close in at 52-60.Later, Papi Sarr threw his weight around inside the paint, while Jerie Pingoy sparkled on both ends of the floor as Adamson rolled past National U, 83-76, to even its card at 2-2, tying FEU and NU for fourth spot.Matt Nieto, Aaron Black and Mike Nieto also dished out double-digit outputs, combining for 31 points for the Eagles, who face University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ph 5 cruises past Thais View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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10 months agoBorussia Dortmund GM Watzke doesn’t doubt commitment of Chelsea signing Pulisic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund GM Watzke doesn’t doubt commitment of Chelsea signing Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund GM Hans-Joachim Watzke has no doubts about the commitment of Christian Pulisic. Pulisic signed for Chelsea this week, but will spend the remainder of the season on-loan at BVB.And Watzke believes the USA international will want to leave on the right foot.”I expect to the summer now for a Christian Pulisic performance boost, that he again starts playing from the start and fighting with us for our goals,” said Watzke.Pulisic has signed for Chelsea for £58m. last_img read more

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Real Madrid preparing a cashplayer deal for Salah

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly preparing a summer bid for Mohamed Salah that will include Gareth Bale and an additional €90m, claims Diario GolThe Liverpool forward recently broke the Premier League record that had been held by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez for 31 goals in a single 38-game season by netting his 32nd league goal of this term as he won the Golden Boot award for the first time in his career.The Egyptian has also won the FWA and PFA Player of the Year awards in England for his impressive debut campaign for Liverpool and has reportedly caught the interest of Real for a move this summer.Los Blancos are believed to be heavily interested in bringing Salah to the Spanish capital and president Florentino Perez is certain that Liverpool will want at least €199m.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…But the former Spanish politician now believes he can reduce that to €90m by including Bale in the deal.The Welsh winger has struggled with injuries throughout his time at the Santiago Bernabeu and it is now believed that Real have run out of patience with him.While Bale’s departure was aimed at helping the club sign Neymar in the summer, a deal for Salah is also a top priority for Perez.The 25-year-old has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool heading into their Champions League final against Real at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium in 10 days time.last_img read more

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Luka Modric could already be Ballon dOr winner says Dejan Lovren

first_imgCroatia star Dejan Lovren said that if Luka Modric was Spanish or German he may have already have won a Ballon d’Or award.The 32-year-old Modric scored a superb goal in Croatia’s World Cup win over Argentina and netted a penalty against Nigeria. The midfielder has been a regular at Real Madrid since 2012 but no Croatian has ever won the Ballon d’Or.“Because we are a smaller country, he does get less attention than he deserves,” said Liverpool’s Lovren via BBC.“Modric would probably be getting more attention than he is right now if he was a German or Spanish player. He would maybe even be a Ballon d’Or winner.”Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have shared the Ballon d’Or for the last 10 years, winning five apiece but Davor Suker was second in the 1998 voting after the former Real Madrid striker won the Golden Boot as Croatia finished third at the World Cup.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.Modric joined the Spanish giants from Tottenham and has gone on to win the Champions League four times, La Liga once and the Copa del Rey once.“It is a real pleasure to play with Luka Modric,” Lovren added.“We are all football lovers and we know Modric is an incredible player. He is one of the best in the world right now.”Modric had six assists in La Liga last season, with a pass completion rate of 89.9%.last_img read more

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