Credit unions can capture savings from document imaging

first_img 120SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Quimson Jennifer Quimson is the Marketing Coordinator at Bluepoint Solutions and oversees the company’s customer communications including newsletters, email campaigns, social media channels, and resource development. Quimson holds a master’… Web: Details Authors of a New White Paper—Five Ways Document Imaging Helps Credit Unions Face the Future …While Generating the Savings to Pay for It—Speak Out About What Credit Union Executives Should KnowDoes your credit union scramble to stretch operational budgets so you can invest in new services? Advanced member-facing functions—such as mobile deposit, bill pay and online loan origination—aren’t optional, they’re the price for building a competitive edge in a tech-savvy marketplace.Shedding your legacy document imaging technology is an untapped but significant source of savings you may be overlooking. In a new white paper just published by Bluepoint Solutions, experienced industry veterans and authors Shawn Walker, Regional Manager, and Alissa Fry-Harris, Director of Marketing, delve into five specific ways to find and leverage these savings.Quimson: Document imaging isn’t new. Why is this topic so important and timely? Walker: Every year, I meet with dozens of credit unions to talk about their business concerns. Last year, I saw an emerging pattern in the challenges they discussed: every single credit union wanted to add member-facing products or services, and most of them faced tough choices about their budget priorities. So I started thinking about ways they could improve their operations—uncover labor-intensive tasks and productivity leaks, rethink workflows, that kind of thing. It struck me how many branches are still moving incredible amounts of paper around. Could advanced document imaging solutions generate enough savings to fund their more strategic goals?Fry-Harris: Our marketing teams were hearing the same thing: how could credit unions afford more member-facing and sales-related activities? Also, we were doing research for a report published earlier this year that sizes up the disruption caused by new technologies and changing demographics. (Disruption in Financial Services) We found that credit unions urgently need to take a proactive approach to meeting members (especially Millennials) everywhere they are, or risk losing them forever. We decided the time was right to dig deeper into practices that are holding credit unions back. And we knew document imaging could yield measurable savings in employee time and money, because our most progressive clients were doing just that. Cabrillo Credit Union, for example, was recognized with a Best Practice Award (CU Journal) for its efforts in this area in late 2014.Walker: Paper just seems so “normal.” Sure, most credit unions have introduced some amount of document imaging. But paper is sneaky—it lives in the gaps between electronic systems, or creeps back into workflows as the technology gets older and can’t keep up. Surprisingly, these inefficiencies are largely invisible to credit union executives. So this new white paper is meant to help open credit union executives’ eyes to how much their legacy technologies and practices are hurting them and what changes will have the biggest effect.Quimson: So, what changes should credit unions make?Walker: There was a study in 2014, the Elusive Balance Between Member Services and Internal Dynamics: State of Content Management in Credit Unions, that showed over 68% of credit unions’ imaging systems are at least 5 years old, and a third at least 11 years old. That’s ancient for technology. Think about what has happened in credit unions in that time. Teller capture and real-time fraud detection. Mobile banking. Check deposits from smartphones. Core systems that are integrated with other technologies.You’d think document management technology would have made huge strides too—and it has! Early imaging systems used big, expensive, centralized scanning departments, but the systems we provide today use compact, high-speed scanners that can go anywhere, and automated indexing that anyone can use accurately. And when files are created right where the content arrives, they’re immediately available to anyone who needs them. No duplicates, no couriers, no dedicated staff. And that’s just one of the hidden sources of savings.Fry-Harris: We also explore technology integration, and truly universal content repositories that handle all types of files from all points of origin. We talk about how member-centric file structures eliminate a host of cost and service problems, and how important it is to keep content electronic, once you create it.One of the coolest things people don’t realize is how closely tied document imaging is to member-facing services. They’re no longer separate. If we can import and capture everything, credit unions not only save money, suddenly they can give members automated email notifications and direct, real-time access via their self-service banking portals—online or mobile. This kind of thing is right at the front edge, right at the crossroads between internal and external access, which really gets us excited about the future.Quimson: So what’s the bottom line for credit union execs? Are there significant savings from rethinking document management?Walker: Of course! Just replacing a legacy system to add new functionality can unburden a huge number of cumbersome processes. The white paper covers all the main ways content management systems can help cut costs—those savings can fuel growth, plus so much more. And credit union execs should know that technology can deliver all the benefits we are talking about, right now.Fry-Harris: Credit unions have devoted countless hours to streamlining workflows. Their efforts have paid off, but efficiency is a moving target. You have to be willing to constantly look at your current processes and see the opportunities to improve them with the help of the right technology. That’s where you’ll find the real rewards—resources freed up to devote directly to your members.Download your copy of the white paper, Five Ways Document Imaging Helps Credit Unions Face the Future …While Generating the Savings to Pay for It, to learn more about how credit unions can capture the savings from document imaging.last_img read more

The second edition of the Mastercard priceless cities program presented in Croatia was presented

first_imgCroatia is one of the world’s favorite tourist destinations, which can be confirmed by as many as 18,5 million tourists who visited it last year. Just before the upcoming tourist season, our country has become an even more interesting destination – with the new edition of the Priceless Croatia project, which offers almost 50 unique and exclusive experiences in destinations throughout Croatia.Global digital platform Priceless Cities offers tourist experiences to Mastercard card users in a total of 42 destinations, thus promoting the tourist offer of numerous world and now Croatian destinations among travelers from 87 countries around the world. Apart from tourists, the experiences are also available to locals, and the opportunities offered by Priceless Croatia relate to gastronomic, cultural and entertainment facilities that allow users to experience the country in a completely new and unique way.”Our studies indicate that consumers instead of buying material are increasingly striving to discover authentic experiences and experiences. So, they prefer to use money to experience the world. This is exactly what the Priceless Cities platform is based on, offering Mastercard card users access to thousands of unique experiences inaccessible to others. We are delighted that Priceless Croatia is experiencing its second, expanded edition, because the natural beauties of our country, rich gastronomy and cultural heritage make it an excellent platform for invaluable experiences “, said Gea Kariž, Marketing Director at Mastercard for Croatia.After registration, Mastercard card users from all over the world can experience gladiator fights in one of the six largest Roman amphitheaters, participate in the Pula Film Festival, experience the oldest Croatian street festival Špancirfest as a VIP visitor, discover the secret of beer production in San Servol, Istria, taste the world’s best olive oil. oil, enjoy wine tasting and dinner prepared from an organic garden, reveal the secrets of Dubrovnik during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, be backstage at the Ultra Europe festival, get to know the dark side of Zagreb from the Middle Ages onwards, discover the sunniest Croatian island and long wine tradition, enjoy on a private boat in Šibenik, a Jessie Ware concert or lunch with a famous Croatian chef while riding a balloon in the clouds and much more.”We are proud that, together with our partners, domestic and foreign Mastercard card users, we can offer unique experiences and unforgettable memories. By joining the Priceless Cities program, Croatia seeks to reward consumers for their loyalty and continue to encourage non-cash transactions. At the same time, in cooperation with traders, we tried to improve the local tourist offer, which encourages the positioning of our country as an attractive tourist destination.”Said Sanja Žigić, director of Mastercard in Croatia.last_img read more

Nelson plays host to Novice Hockey tournament

first_imgSome of the best hockey fans will see this season is slated for the weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas — and the game doesn’t involve the Nelson Leafs. Nelson Minor Hockey drops the puck this weekend on the annual Novice tournament, beginning Friday and running through Sunday.The tourney is attracting four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Cranbrook, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads.The tournament opens Friday with the Nelson Junior Novice facing Beaver Valley Eagles at 4:30 p.m. in the Civic Arena.Nelson Senior Novice opens the tourney later in the evening at 6:15 p.m. against Spokane Ice Dogs.The tournament concludes Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

Professional Video Editing Tips and Techniques

first_imgPrice: $50 a MonthPros: consistent updates, multicam editing, tons of online support, customizable interface, dynamic link with other Adobe softwareCons: updates can be buggy, slower exporting than FCPXPremiere Pro has been around for a while, but since the introduction of the Creative Cloud, Premiere has become the most popular NLE among professional video editors in the world… and rightfully so. Premiere is a fantastic program for projects both large and small, plus it’s frequently updated — unlike some of the other programs on this list.One of the things that makes Premiere so great is its integration with its sister programs, After Effects, Audition, SpeedGrade, and Media Encoder. Users can easily send Premiere timelines between the programs when the built-in tools in Premiere won’t do the trick. There’s really no video editing job that Premiere can’t handle.The only negative (or positive, depending on how you look at it) is the fact that if you want an up-to-date copy of Premiere, you must subscribe to the Creative Cloud, which starts at $50 a month. This is a good deal if you’re an editor or creative artist, as you likely use programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere often. If you don’t do a ton of editing, it could be a bad deal.Final Cut Pro It should be noted that most of the major NLEs have presets built-in for YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have to export your video ‘by hand.’ Before your publish your video, be sure to watch it on a phone and computer so you can get a good idea of what the video will be like for your audience. Remember… just because your video sounded great in your studio headphones doesn’t mean it sounds good coming from iPhone speakers.8. Tips for Faster EditingWhile becoming a faster editor won’t necessarily make you a better editor, it will allow you to try more things in a shorter amount of time, which can result in better films and videos. There are a lot of things you can do to become a faster video editor. Here are a few of them.Organize, Organize, OrganizeIt takes time to organize your projects and files well, but a little time spent labeling and organizing your footage can save you hours of wasted time on a project. Not to mention the fact that videos without homes tend to get deleted. So the trick is to create a simple organizational structure that you can use again and again for each project.One of the most popular ways to organize footage is to use the following folder structure:FootageProject FilesGraphicsAudioImagesEach section could have even more subsections depending on the size of your projects. For example, under the Audio folder you may have music, SFX, mic audio, and soundscapes. At the end of the day, project organization is all about keeping your resources in one place. Just do what works best for you!If you work on larger scale projects, one free tool you may want to use to optimize your project is Post Haste. Using the Post Haste app, you can quickly create file structures based on your project’s needs. You can download your free copy for Mac or PC on Post Haste’s website.External Hard DrivesAs we already mentioned, hard drive speed is paramount for getting fast render times, but there’s a few things you can do with your hard drives to speed up your editing speed. The first is to simply purchase a fast external hard drive to store your footage. When talking about external hard drives, the adapter is key. You should be using either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt to connect your hard drive to the computer.I personally recommend using an external SSD that can be connected via USB 3.0. When picking a hard drive, you should also consider whether the external hard drive needs to be plugged into a wall or not to work. Typically, wall-plug-based hard drives are cheaper. But if you ever plan on taking your hard drive somewhere besides your editing bay, they’re a huge pain to deal with.Allocate Your RAMJust because you have 32GB of RAM on your computer doesn’t mean you’re actually using all 32GB. Most NLEs will only default to using a few gigs of RAM at a time. In order to allocate more RAM for your video editing application, you will need to go to your preferences. To perform these functions in your video editing application of choice, just follow these links:Allocating RAM in Premiere ProAllocating RAM in FCPXAllocating RAM in Avid Media ComposerGet a Gaming MouseAnother option that is very popular among professional video editors is using a gaming mouse with programable buttons. The programable buttons can be used to perform basic video editing tasks like saving or undoing without having to use both of your hands. While it may only save you a second here or there, those precious seconds will add up. Here are a few of my personal recommendations:Roccat Nyth – $114Logitech G600 MMO – $42Razer Naga Epic – $100Close Out Other ProgramsIt may be common sense, but closing out all of your other applications will free up memory and reduce the strain on your CPU.9. Color ConsiderationsColor CorrectionColor correction is the process of getting your footage to a color baseline. No matter how great your footage looks on set, you will almost always need to do some basic post-processing to get all of your footage consistent. All of the major NLEs have basic color correction effects built in that make it easier than ever to perform basic color correction. However, you might be somewhat limited on your ability to manipulate colors if you are given a highly compressed codec. Keep this in mind when shooting your footage on set. File formats like RAW and ProRes will be easier to manipulate than h.264 and AVC-HD.Color GradingColor grading is the process of actually stylizing the footage to match a given color ‘look.’ While there is certainly an infinite number of different ways you could potentially color grade, the process can really be broken down into two different types of grading: grading with presets and grading by hand.Color Grading with PresetsWhen is it Best? when you’re short on time or need some quick color inspiration.There are a lot of color grading presets out there, but most of them are simply drag-and-drop effects that can be easily applied to your footage in the NLE of your choice. The most popular color grading presets in the world are Magic Bullet Looks by Red Giant. Their presets are designed to emulate real Hollywood-blockbuster styles and the results can be amazing. However, Magic Bullet Looks can be quite expensive, so another option would be to download free color grading presets online. A quick Google search should reveal a slew of free color grading resources for Premiere Pro, FCPX, Media Composer, and DaVinci Resolve.Color grading presets are great if you are short on time. They can give you very distinct and fun looks without spending a lot of time making them. However, it’s never a good idea to simply apply a preset look and click export. Color presets, especially free ones, tend to manipulate your colors in weird ways. You’ll need to scan through your footage to look for color problems.Color Grading by HandWhen is it Best? when quality is most important.If you have the time, the best option is to simply color grade your film by hand. While this does take a great amount of skill, the results you get from a professionally graded film will almost always be superior to a film with a preset applied to it. Currently the most popular software to color grade is DaVinci Resolve. If you want to learn the basics of color grading in Resolve, check out our Best Places to Learn Resolve post.10. Titles and GraphicsAfter you’ve edited your video, added music, and color graded, it’s time to add the graphics. While it’s easy to spot great motion graphic work when you see it, good graphics are surprisingly difficult to create yourself. It’s really best to keep things simple. Here are a few tips for getting the best graphics possible.Simple Is BetterWhen it comes to creating titles and credits, simple is always better than complex. All you really need to do is select a good sans-serif font, make it white, and have it dissolve in and out. This will work 90% of the time and the results will be much better than if you tried to create a motion graphics sequence in After Effects. The best thing to do is simply build up your sans-serif font archive. Over time you’ll come to use one font more than others and that’s okay. I currently use ‘Lato’ more than any other font, but there have been time in the past where I’ve used Helvetica Nueue, Avenir, or Bebas Nueue for most of my projects.When You Need Flashy Graphics FastIf you’re new to After Effects, but your project needs awesome graphics, After Effects templates are the way to go. As you probably already know, After Effects is one of the world’s best motion graphics software. However, it can take a lot of time and skill to create your own graphics by hand. So if you need amazing motion graphics (and you need them now), the best place to look is RocketStock. On RocketStock you will find amazing After Effects Templates for all occasions. Here’s an example of what their After Effects templates looks like:Learn After EffectsIf you only learn one program this year, go out and learn After Effects. Not only will After Effects allow you to create amazing motion graphics and VFX work, it is also a lot of fun to learn. There are quite a few places out there where you can learn After Effects. My favorite is the After Effects Basic Training from Andrew Kramer at VideoCopilot, but there are also a few other great courses like the After Effects Fundamentals series here on PremiumBeat. For more info, check out our 10 Free After Effects Training Resources post.Further Video Editing ResourcesWhile you may be able to learn how to cut together footage in an afternoon, the art of video editing is a process that will take years to master. Luckily for us, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of free resources online designed to help you become the best video editor you can be.With more than 15 original video editing and post-production articles a week, PremiumBeat’s blog, The Beat, is one of the largest video editing blogs in the world. Another great place to find video editing tips is ProVideo Coalition. Their website features hundreds of articles that are designed to keep you up to date on the latest video editing trends.Hopefully you now feel inspired to go out and create your own video editing projects. If you have any questions about video editing or any of the techniques mentioned in this article, feel free to ask in the below. Price: Free for Lite VersionPros: fantastic color features, free software, sleek design, node-based effectsCons: very few tutorials for editingAnother great option for video editing is DaVinci Resolve. Although Resolve started out as a color grading and color correction software, Blackmagic Design has overhauled it the last couple of years to become a powerful NLE. As an editing software, DaVinci is not quite as popular as the software listed above, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great NLE.Blackmagic will continue to update DaVinci and I wouldn’t be surprised if DaVinci becomes more popular than the other software on this list within the next few years. The best part is DaVinci Resolve offers a free Lite version. Don’t let the word ‘Lite’ scare you away. The free version does almost everything that the paid version does.There are other kinds of professional video editing software out there, but the four mentioned in this list are currently the most popular. Other softwares like Lightworks, Autodesk Smoke, and Sony Vegas are all popular alternatives, so if you’re looking for something different than what is found on this list, I highly recommend checking them out.2. Picking the Right ComputerWhile having a great computer won’t necessarily make you a great video editor, a faster computer will allow you to focus more of your time on the story you’re trying to tell rather than your computer rendering. Everyone has their own opinions about what computer is best for editing, but it all depends on your own preferences. Here are a few tips for optimizing and picking the right computer for video editing.Get an SSDA fast storage drive is one of the most important investments you can make for video editing. This is for multiple reasons, the first of which is the fact that a faster hard drive will allow your computer to access your footage and software faster. This will lead to faster render, loading, and export times. In most cases, an SSD will be close to double the price of a traditional hard drive, but it’s definitely worth it.Increase Memory (RAM)Increased RAM will almost always lead to faster editing speeds. This is why most modern NLEs recommend that you have at least 4GB of RAM — but if you’re serious about video editing, you’re going to need a lot more. You’d be hard pressed to find a professional editor with less than 8GB of RAM. The more RAM the better.Better Video CardsThe name really says it all, but a video card essentially outputs graphic images to your computer’s monitors. For editing, you can imagine how important a good video card is. Most of the major video editing applications have recommended graphics cards, so before you commit to buy one, be sure to check out the recommended cards for your NLE of choice.ProcessorsA faster processor will result in faster render times, but it’s all a balancing act. If you have an amazing processor but end up skimping on the storage drive, RAM, or video card, your computer is going to run slow. You can’t go wrong with an i7, but just like video cards, there’s a good chance that your favorite NLE will recommend a certain processor. Check their site before you buy.Mac or PC?The Mac or PC argument is really quite silly when it comes to video editing. Both systems are great options, and feature-length films have been cut on both Macs and PCs. However, one of the biggest considerations that may make you choose a PC over a Mac is cost. Pound for pound a PC will tend to be cheaper than a Mac, but if you’re more comfortable with a Mac, go with Mac. The best way to go is to simply create your own computer. If you don’t have the time, you can still get great results with an out-of-the-box machine.At PremiumBeat we use a combination of iMacs and Macbook Pros to do all of our video editing and VFX work, but that’s simply a preference.3. Editing For a StoryIf you take nothing else from this article,  remember that as an editor you are a storyteller! Editing is so much more than simply cutting footage. It’s an opportunity to take your audience on a journey. Whether you’re editing a complex narrative film or simply putting together a corporate video, there is a deeper story being told.World renowned editor Walter Murch famously said:The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics  — The whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room. – Walter MurchThe same is true for you. Every cut, every transition, sound effect, and graphic needs to tell a greater story. So while you’re editing, ask yourself how each scene is progressing the story. Audiences love conflict. Find that conflict and emphasize it through pacing and music.One of the easiest ways to think of your story is through the lens of the ‘Hero’s Journey,’ popularized by Joseph Campbell. The story breakdown goes like this, as outlined by former Disney executive Christopher Vogler:The hero’s journey, once more: The hero is introduced in his ORDINARY WORLD where he receives the CALL TO ADVENTURE. He is RELUCTANT at first to CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD where he eventually encounters TESTS, ALLIES and ENEMIES. He reaches the INNERMOST CAVE where he endures the SUPREME ORDEAL. He SEIZES THE SWORD or the treasure and is pursued on the ROAD BACK to his world. He is RESURRECTED and transformed by his experience. He RETURNS to his ordinary world with a treasure, boon, or ELIXIR to benefit his world.The first thing that you need to do when you sit down to edit a video is determine who your hero is. For a corporate video, the hero might the an interviewee or even the audience. Let your hero go on a journey and overcome obstacles — even if the obstacle is as trivial as not knowing what kind of toothpaste to select. Using this technique will change the way in which you edit and you’ll instantly see an improvement in your video’s quality.4. Keyboard Shortcuts Are Your FriendOne of the fastest ways to tell the difference between a professional and novice video editor is to simply look at how much they use the keyboard. Editors who have been in the industry a while know that a few seconds saved here or there add up over time. So if you’re serious about saving hours (if not days) on projects, it’s best for you to learn how to use those keyboard shortcuts. Luckily for us, there are a lot of really good keyboard shortcut resources out there.Cheat SheetsOne of the best ways to learn keyboard shortcuts as a beginner is to simply print out a cheat sheet that you can easily reference while you’re editing. If you are preforming basic actions like playback or cutting, odds are there is a simple keyboard shortcut you can use instead. Just reference one of the following free keyboard shortcuts before you touch that mouse!Premiere Pro: Free Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat SheetFinal Cut Pro: Free Final Cut Pr Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat SheetMedia Composer: Free Avid Media Composer Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat SheetDaVinci Resolve: Free DaVinci Resolve Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat SheetAdobe After Effects: Free After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat SheetsIt should also be noted that you can change the keyboard shortcuts to your liking in all of these applications. So if a given function uses a certain key combination that you don’t like, you can change it.Editing KeyboardsIf you have a little cash, the best option would be to use an editing keyboard. An editing keyboard is essentially just a normal keyboard, but the keys have keyboard shortcut icons on them. One of the best places to get an editing keyboard is Editors Keys. While their keyboards can be a little expensive, they are incredibly rugged — which is very important since you’ll likely be hitting the J,K, and L key all the time.Editing keyboards are fantastic for learning your keyboard shortcuts, but if you already have a ‘standard’ keyboard, you don’t have to buy an entirely new keyboard. There are keyboard covers that have printed icons on them that you can slip over your keyboard. These are great if you use your keyboard for more than one purpose. Plus, if you ever want to learn a new software in the future, it’s a lot cheaper to replace a keyboard cover than an entire keyboard. B&H has a great selection of video editing keyboards and covers. Just make sure the one you choose fits your keys!5. Learn the LingoVideo editing isn’t just a hobby or a profession, it’s an industry. And just like any industry, there’s a ton of lingo to learn. Practically speaking, you don’t need to learn all of the terms on this list to become a better video editor, but a fundamental knowledge of the concepts may help you communicate better with other video editors or clients. Here are a few basic concepts you’ll need to know:Jump CutA jump cut is a cut that allows the editor to cut out portions of time. A jump cut can preserve visual interest without the audience having to watch boring fluff. Think of a guy holding an egg over a building and then cutting to a clip of a splattered egg on a sidewalk. Even though you didn’t see the egg falling, it’s obvious what happened in between. The following is a great example of a jump cut from The Royal Tenenbaums.J and L CutJ and L Cuts are an essential tool for tying two scenes together. In a nutshell, a J or L cut is an overlap of either audio or video onto the next scene. They’re named for the shape they make in your editing timeline.This is an example of a J CutA J cut is where you hear the audio before you see the visual. For example… if you were to hear a train horn and then cut to video of a train, this would be considered a a J Cut.This is an example of an L Cut.An L-Cut on the other hand is where you see the video before you hear the audio. The best way to think about an L Cut is to envision a documentary where a guy is describing ice cream then cut to a video of someone scooping ice cream while he’s still talking. You’re probably going to get the terms J and L Cut mixed up a lot, but the thing to remember is simply the concepts. J and L cuts can add a lot of visual interest to your scene.MontageA montage is a sequence of shows that shows the passage of time. While you may be familiar with the idea of a montage, it’s important to remember that a montage is a powerful tool that can progress your story. The most notable example is the Rocky training sequence where Rocky trains for his big fight and ends up running up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Not only did that scene pass time, but it also developed Rocky’s character so that we could see his inner transformation. Here’s the clip:Match Cut/Match ActionMatch action (or match cut) is a technique where an editor will cut from one visually similar scene to another. Typically match actions need to be planed out in advance — but when done correctly, you can create a very captivating sequence by simply cutting together two similar shots. The most notable example of match action is the bone shot from 2001: A Space Odyssey where a bone is cut with a similarly shaped spaceship.Cutting on ActionCutting on action is a technique used to create a more interesting scene. The concept is simple… when you cut in the middle of an action, it will appear less jarring and more visual interesting. This goes for just about every scene. Cut when your subject is moving and not when they complete the action and your scene will seem much more fluid. One great example of cutting on action is this scene from The Matrix. Notice how infrequently the editor waits for actions to complete themselves. Imagine how boring the scene would be if we waited for each action to be completed.This list is by no means exhaustive. If you want to learn even more editing terms, I highly recommend checking out the book Grammar of the Edit by Christopher J. Bowen and Roy Thompson. The book is by far the best resource out there for learning editing terms, especially if you are new to the industry. We’ve also written a more comprehensive post here on PremiumBeat titled 8 Essential Cuts Every Editor Should Know which has a few of the same terms mention in this article.6. Good Music Changes EverythingDavid Lynch, one of the most innovative directors in the world, once said:Films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound. Sometimes sound even overplays the visual.Want to know the easiest way to tell the difference between an indie film and Hollywood blockbuster? Just close your eyes. As editors, it’s easy to focus way too heavily on the visuals and to keep the audio as an afterthought. This is of course a mistake.The best thing to do is license good music online from a royalty free music provider. I know what you’re thinking: spend money on music?  I can just get free music online. While this is true, free music is free for a reason. In order to get the best audio possible, you’re going to need to spend a little money.You may be hesitant to pay money for a track that you may not use, but that’s not how modern music licensing works. Most websites (including PremiumBeat) allow you to download free watermarked audio previews and place them into your timeline. This way you don’t waste money buying a track that’s not perfect.LevelingIt seems like every video editor has their own opinions about what your audio levels should be, so the following recommendations are by no means law. However, if you’re having some trouble getting your audio just right, just follow these quick suggestions and begin adjusting your audio from there.Overall Mix Level: -10db to -14dbDialogue: -12db to -15dbMusic: -18db to -22dbSound Effects: -10db to -20db with occasional spikes up to -8db.At the end of the day, your ears need to be the judge. Your audio may follow these tips perfectly, but if it sounds bad… it’s bad.7. Exporting for the WebWhile it’s easy to get caught up on the big screen, in reality most of your projects will be viewed on phones, iPads, computers, or TVs, so it’s important to know the proper way to export for the web. The goal when exporting a video for web is to create the highest quality possible without ending up with a huge file size. There are four main factors that determine how large your finished video will be. Let’s break them down here:Codec: a codec is the type of file format that your video will be saved as. The more compressed the codec, the smaller your video’s size will be. However, smaller file sizes tend to be lower in quality.Resolution: resolution is how many pixels your video has. For example, a 4K video has 4 times the resolution of HD video.Bit Rate: bit rate is the amount of data dedicated to a second of video. A higher bit rate will result in higher-quality video and larger files. Some programs allow you to set a minimum and maximum bit rate.Frame Rate: typically you will want to export your video in the film standard (24fps) or the TV broadcast standard of 30fps (or 25fps in PAL). While there isn’t much wiggle room here, it should be noted that if you decide to export your video in 48fps or 60fps, your file size will likely double.Over time you’ll learn which export settings are best for you. But if you’re just starting out, don’t worry — a lot of the online distributors have created recommended export settings so you can insure your videos are the highest quality possible. All of these recommendations below are ‘minimum’ recommendations. If you want your video to be the highest quality possible, you’ll probably want to make sure its specs exceed those listed below.YouTubeYouTube has a strange relationship with video editors. It’s no secret that it’s the most popular video service in the world. If you want your video to be seen by the most people possible, YouTube is the place to put it. However, when you upload a video to YouTube, the video will be re-encoded to a smaller file format.This will result in a loss of quality, so be sure to preview your video before you put it out in the world. It should also be noted that YouTube is currently the only online video hosting platform that allows 4K video uploads. Fun fact: you can also upload 8K video to YouTube. When 8K technology comes around, YouTube will re-convert your video to 8K.   Frame Rate Support  24, 25, 30, 48, 50 & 60 FacebookFacebook is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to view video online. Some video editors might think that putting a video on Facebook would be a travesty, but if your video has a ‘viral’ factor to it, Facebook might be the way to go. Here are Facebook’s compression guidelines.   Recommended Codec  H.264   Max Resolution  1080p (HD)   Max Resolution 720p   Recommended Codec H.264   Audio Codec  AAC-LC at 48khz   Bit Rate Recommendations  20mbps   Max Resolution  2160p (4K) VimeoVimeo is the most beloved video streaming services among those in the industry. Vimeo’s sleek design and ad-free model make it great for non-obstructed viewing. However, the same rules apply when exporting video on Vimeo. Your video is going to get re-encoded on Vimeo and it will lose quality. Keep this in mind before you set your video to ‘public.’ If quality is a major issue, you can tell your audience to download the original file by clicking the download button below your video. Here are Vimeo’s compression guidelines. Price: $299Pros: fast workflow, compound clips, sleek interface, multicam supportCons: only for Mac, no backwards compatibility with FCP7What started out as one of the biggest disasters in modern NLE history has evolved to become, yet again, one of the best video editing platforms in the world. FCPX is a fully functional NLE that is much more powerful than its simplistic interface lets on. FCPX has many features that editors will find helpful like background rendering and multicam editing. In a lot of ways, FCPX is very similar to both Premiere and Avid. In fact, aside from a few minor differences, FCPX, Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer are all very similar in their function.Avid Media Composer Want to take your video editing skills from beginner to pro? These tips and techniques can help you become a great video editor.Becoming a great video editor isn’t easy, but with practice and patience you’ll be editing like a pro in no time. Here are a few of the most important tips and techniques you need to know to become a professional video editor.1. Choose the Right SoftwarePicking the right editing software is a lot like picking the right car. They’ll all get your from A to B, but depending on your tastes and preferences, you might prefer one above the rest. The following is a quick breakdown of the most popular professional video editing software in the world. If you want to read more information about where each of these programs stand in the professional video editing world, check out our post on the The Big NLEs.Premiere Pro   Audio Codec  AAC-LC up to 96khz   Recommended Codec  H.264   Bit Rate Recommendations  HD 8mbps at 24fps, 4K 45mbps at 24fps Price: $34.97+ a MonthPros: great for large projects, server rendering compatibility, exhaustive feature setCons: clunky interface, steeper learning curve than FCPX and PremiereAvid is the go-to editing software of choice for most Hollywood productions. Sure, you can use Premiere Pro or FCPX to edit feature-length projects, but Avid is currently the most popular NLE for feature-length films. Avid was designed to work almost entirely with keyboard shortcuts alone, which can save a ton of time in the post-production process.DaVinci Resolve   Frame Rate Support  24, 25, or 30   Bit Rate Recommendations N/A   Frame Rate Support30fps or Below   Audio Codec N/Alast_img read more

University Of Nebraska Cheerleader Found Dead

first_imgA photo of the outside of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the stadium before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)We’ve got some awful news out of Lincoln, Nebraska this week. A cheerleader for the Cornhuskers named Brianna Anson was found dead Tuesday of what police are calling a “suspected suicide” after a fall from a parking garage. She was a third-year student, according to the New York Daily News.Wednesday afternoon, the school issued a statement on the matter. The University of Nebraska Athletics family is deeply saddened with the passing of Brianna Anson, a valued member of our Spirit Squad and student at UNL. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, loved ones and fellow Spirit Squad members and staff.The UNL community hurts today to know we have lost one of our own. It is our sincere hope at this difficult time that everyone will take care of and support one another.There’s also been an outpouring of support on social media for Anson’s friends and family.My heart goes out to the Nebraska Athletics family and the family of Brianna Anson. We may not know Gods plan, but we do know he has one.— Taylor Mills (@Taymm11) October 28, 2015Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting their own battle. My heart hurts for Brianna Anson and her friends and family.— lindsAy (@lindsayfear) October 29, 2015Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone affected by this terrible tragedy.last_img read more

The 25 Campuses Every College Football Fan Needs To Visit

first_imgLogo map of college football teams.We’re a couple of months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. college logo map If you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning some trips for the fall. Of course, you’re going to want to visit the campus of your favorite school to take in your team’s games. But America is full of awesome college football towns that everyone needs to visit, regardless of your rooting interest. We’ve decided to rank America’s top 25 college football towns. Put all of these places on your bucket list because they’re definitely worth a trip. Presenting College Spun’s Top 25 College Football Towns. Start With No. 25 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10last_img read more

Government approves Boeings participation in upcoming fighter competition

first_imgOTTAWA – Boeing has been officially approved to participate in the multibillion-dollar competition to replace Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets — though the U.S. aerospace giant insists it still hasn’t decided whether it will actually bid.The federal government revealed on Thursday that Boeing, which makes the Super Hornet jet, was one of five companies approved as potential bidders in the upcoming competition to deliver 88 new fighters.Companies had been given until Feb. 9 to indicate whether they were interested in participating in the competition, which the government will formally launch early next year after several rounds of consultations with industry.But while Boeing will keep a seat at the table, company spokesman Scott Day said in a statement that there is no guarantee it will submit a formal bid for its Super Hornets when the time comes.“We will continue to evaluate our participation in the (fighter competition) as the government of Canada outlines the procurement approach, requirements and evaluation criteria,” Day said.“We continue to believe that the Super Hornet is the low-risk, low-cost approach and has all the advanced capabilities the Royal Canadian Air Force needs now and well into the future.”The other companies approved to participate are F-35 maker Lockheed Martin, French firm Dassault, Swedish jet maker Saab, and Airbus, which represents the European consortium Eurofighter.Boeing’s Super Hornet was once considered the front-runner to win the upcoming competition after the Liberals promised not to purchase the F-35 — a promise they have since backed away from — and moved to buy 18 “interim” Super Hornets.But that was before Boeing’s trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier saw the Liberals in November scrap their plan to buy Super Hornets and instead begin talks to buy 18 used fighter jets from Australia.The government also warned that companies deemed to be hurting Canada’s economic interests would be penalized when competing for military contracts — a new provision that many saw as a direct shot at Boeing over the Bombardier dispute.Exactly how that provision will operate still has to be worked out, as well as whether it would still apply to Boeing, since the U.S. International Trade Commission threw out the company’s complaint against Bombardier last month.Analysts had questioned the legality of such a provision and wondered how the government would account for the fact Boeing employs about 2,000 people in Canada and contributes around $4 billion to the economy each year.last_img read more

Texan says hes selling 3Dprinted gun plans after ruling

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, after a federal court order barred him from posting the plans online.Cody Wilson said at a news conference that he started selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he had already received nearly 400 orders. He said he’ll sell the plans for as little as a penny to anyone in the U.S. who wants them.“Anyone who wants to get these files is going to get them,” Wilson said, noting he can only sell to U.S. customers. “They can name their own price.”Wilson said that blueprints purchased through his company’s website could be downloaded on a thumb drive and shipped to buyers by standard mail, sent by email or sent by some other secure download transfer. Some of his first sales included purchases made with crypto currency, he said.Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the State Department reached with Wilson’s Austin-based company, Defence Distributed, after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that are not allowed to be exported. The states argued that online access to the undetectable plastic guns would pose a security risk and could be acquired by felons or terrorists.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle blocked Defence Distributed from posting the blueprints online, saying, “It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger.”But Wilson said the ruling still allows him to sell the blueprints even if he can’t post them online for free, widespread distribution.“Regulation under the (law) means that the files cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States,” the ruling said on its final page.“I’m following yesterday’s orders that direct me to sell the files,” Wilson said. “The judge was very gracious to put that in black lettering.”Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office oversaw the federal lawsuit, said Tuesday that he believes the judge’s ruling makes Wilson’s latest actions illegal.“Because of our lawsuit, it is once again illegal to post downloadable gun files to the internet. I trust the federal government will hold Cody Wilson, a self-described ‘crypto-anarchist,’ accountable to that law,” Ferguson said. “If they don’t, President Trump will be responsible for anyone who is hurt or killed as a result of these weapons.”Andy Reuss, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, declined to comment.Wilson said he anticipates that states may try to sue to stop him from selling the plans, but that he is raising money for his legal defence. He also said he will continue to challenge the Monday court order.Wilson said he believes he could have previously sold the blueprints but didn’t because he wanted to be able to post them online for widespread, free distribution.“For many years I chose not to sell these files. I was an open source advocate,” Wilson said. “I don’t expect to make money on it.”___Bellisle reported from Seattle.___Follow Jim Vertuno on Twitter: Martha Bellisle at read more

‘Drug addict’ beaten to death in Kalighat

first_imgKolkata: A youth was allegedly beaten to death at Kalighat here on Sunday. Some local residents told the officers at Kalighat police station in the morning that a man was lying unconsciously on the footpath of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road. Police rushed the person to SSKM Hospital where the doctors declared him brought deadThe man identified as Sankar Mondal (25) was a resident of Satish Mukherjee Road. The police said he was a thief and a drug addict. However, the officers are not sure if he had committed any crime in the area on Saturday night. A source informed that Mondal’s hands were tied with a rope when he was recovered by the cops. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring preliminary investigation, officers came to know that Mondal was beaten up by some local residents on Sunday morning. But it is not clear whether he died due to the attack as doctors could not find any serious injury on his body which led his death. Though no complaint has been lodged, police may register a suo moto case if any homicidal angle is revealed in the autopsy report. In another incident, a 56-year-old person died after he fell ill inside the Kalighat metro station. The deceased identified as Haran Mondal of Bansdroni. After he felt ill, on duty police personnel at Kalighat Metro Station rushed him to M R Bangur Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, it was revealed that he was suffering from acute cardiac problems and was undergoing treatment.last_img read more

Repentance at last?

first_imgOne hundred years on since the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on that Visakhy day and British Empire’s legacy lives on largely unrepentant, albeit sometimes concerned and showing some remorse, but officially retaining diplomatic stiff upper lip. From Winston Churchill, when he was Secretary of State for War, to Stanley Baldwin, who was soon to become Prime Minister, there were expressions of excessive use of force, even un-British display of tackling an explosive law and order situation, but never an outright admission of moral lapse amounting to willful defence of imperial power. (Nobel poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling, cousin of Baldwin, however, maintained a discreet silence on the issue for a long time). Also Read – A special kind of bondEven in more recent times British monarch, Queen Elizabeth during her 1997 visit to India to celebrate the 50th year of the country’s independence skirted the issue by simply laying the wreath and making a bow at the massacre memorial and describing the event as a tragic episode. David Cameron during his visit as Prime Minister in 2013 just expressed profound regret at the 1919 event and wrote: “This was a deeply shameful event in British history, one that Winston Churchill rightly described at the time as ‘monstrous’. We must never forget what happened here.” But he stopped short of making an apology. Also Read – Insider threat managementSunil Kapoor, whose great-grandfather was killed in the massacre said: “I am not satisfied because he (Cameron) did not meet the descendants. If you feel shameful, why not make an apology? For 94 years, we are waiting for justice,” he had said. This year in 2019 itself the issue has been raised by Indian origin community leaders at private group meetings in the UK but the issue remains unresolved as the nation at large is immersed in grappling with Brexit. An apology may appear unpalatable to some but the idea is not so fanciful. Willy Brandt as Chancellor of (West) Germany apologised to Israel over the Nazi Holocaust. The Vatican too apologised to the Jews in 1998 and repented for the Roman Catholic Church’s silence during the Holocaust years. Almost in a similar vein, President Bill Clinton apologised to Africa for historic wrongs such as slavery. Back in 1919, the imposition of Martial Law in Punjab in the immediate aftermath of Jallianwala massacre was accompanied by press gag under which publication of Lahore’s daily Tribune was suspended and its Editor Kalinath Ray was jailed for two years. Bombay Chronicle Editor BG Horniman was ‘deported’ from the city while its reporter Gobardhan Das was jailed for two years. A year later, Churchill’s response to the event was cool and considered, admitting frankly that an ‘unarmed’ crowd was fired upon killing 397 people and wounding over 1,200. “The crowd was unarmed, except with bludgeons. It was not attacking anybody or anything. It was holding a seditious meeting. When the fire had been opened upon it to disperse it, it tried to run away. Pinned up in a narrow place considerably smaller than Trafalgar Square, with hardly any exits, and packed together so that one bullet would drive through three or four bodies, the people ran madly this way and the other. When the fire was directed upon the centre, they ran to the sides. The fire was then directed upon the sides. Many threw themselves down on the ground, and the fire was then directed on the ground. This continued for 8 or 10 minutes, and it stopped only when the ammunition had reached the point of exhaustion,” Churchill stated according to parliament’s Hansard record. Churchill described the ‘slaughter’ of nearly 400 persons a ‘monstrous’ event which was ‘not the British way of doing business.’ But the idea of an apology was unthinkable then. During all the parliamentary debates in that turbulent era, Kipling though lionised by the press and the public maintained a curious silence on the issue, perhaps avoiding any open clash with cousin Stanley Baldwin. But in later years Kipling made his sympathies known with tributes to the massacre man General Dyer. Kipling’s final tribute with definitive words of edification simply said: “He did his duty as he saw it.” The tribute was inscribed on the card accompanying Kipling’s wreath at the funeral service for General Dyer at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The man in the eye of the storm or indeed the man who created the storm – Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer who carried out the massacre of the innocents on that harvest festival Vaisakhi day April 13 – though idolised by vast sections of British press and public, was retired without any promotion. Hailed as the man who “Saved India”, a large benefit fund amounting to over 26,000 pounds sterling was raised for the ailing veteran. But he remained officially as mere Colonel till the end of his life in 1927, thanks to the Commons vote which overruled the Lords support. Kipling must have darkly watched the downhill slide of General Dyer and the failure of the efforts of his friend, Sir Michael O’Dwyer, Lieutenant- Governor of Punjab in 1919 under whose jurisdiction General Dyer carried out the operation. There is precious little doubt where Kipling’s sympathies lay. Praising Kipling for his ‘political foresight’, O’Dwyer quoted his idol: “Asia is not going to be civilised after the method of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old … She will never attend Sunday School or learn to vote unless she uses swords for voting tickets.” In his obituary tribute to Kipling, O’Dwyer wrote: “As might be expected from the poet of our empire he lamented the steady surrender of our position and responsibilities in India, having little faith in ‘Pagett, MP’ and still less in the capacity of the Indian intelligentsia to govern with the pen and the tongue martial peoples who regarded those weapons with distrust or disdain. “More than once in recent years I urged him to come forward and expose the dangers of the policy of surrender, arguing that his name and authority would compel people to think. His reply was to this effect: ‘I have been forty years before my time in uttering the warning. For over thirty years I have been trying to hammer into the heads of certain British public men the elementary facts about India. I have had no success.’ Clearly, Kipling and O’Dwyer were on the same wavelength – and so utterly on the wrong side of ‘political foresight.’ Neither of them could imagine India becoming the world’s largest, thriving, and resilient voting democracy. O’Dwyer, though, came to a bloody end at a meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society at Caxton Hall in London on 13 March 1940. He was shot dead, just a month short of the 21st anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, by Udham Singh who had taken the name of Ram Muhammad Singh Azad, symbolising the unity the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities, to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh atrocity and the execution of earlier martyrs Bhagat Singh and his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev in 1932. O’Dwyer’s assassin, Shaheed (martyr) Udham Singh was hanged in London’s Pentonville Prison on July 31, 1940, and was buried in prison grounds. His remains were exhumed in 1974 and repatriated to his native village Sunam in Punjab. After cremation, his ashes were scattered in the River Sutlej. (Subhash Chopra is the author of ‘Kipling Sahib – the Raj Patriot’ and ‘India and Britannia’ among other writings. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more