South Africa’s heritage can boost unity

first_img25 September 2015Living heritage could help to promote a positive African identity in a globalising world, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa said at the official National Heritage Day celebration held in Limpopo on 24 September.One nation“We are called upon as a nation to embrace each other’s cultures, to practise each other’s cultures, to learn and understand each other’s languages, so that we can speedily increase the cohesion that we are trying to build,” he said.This year’s Heritage Day had the theme “Our indigenous knowledge, our heritage: towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s living heritage”. “We have rich diversity and culture. Let us display to the world that indeed we are a cohesive, one nation,” he said.Song and danceHeritage Day was observed with colourful traditional clothing and performances.Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha said a “celebration of this nature in this part of our country is always a blend of colour, song and dance”.South Africa’s colourful clothing is on full display at the National Heritage Day celebration in Limpopo on 24 September 2015. (Image: SAnews.gov)Traditional songs and dance are on display at the National Heritage Day celebration in Limpopo on 24 September 2015. (Image: SAnews.gov)Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the performances showed the rich heritage of South Africa.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Keyframe Tips and Tricks in Premiere Pro

first_imgDiscover keyframe tips and tricks that will help give your video editing animations a more professional look in Adobe Premiere Pro!In this post we’ll share a few tips for animating keyframes in Adobe Premiere Pro – including the differences between temporary and spatial keyframes.  This is essential knowledge for any video editor looking to improve their Premiere Pro projects!Animation Path for a Picture-in-Picture in Premiere ProEffect Controls for the Above PiP Animation – On “Position”If Your “Effect Controls” look like this Click the Arrow ShownThe keyframes created for this simple animation are called ‘linear’ keyframes and are diamond in shape (as can be seen when I add an extra keyframe to the path as shown below).Additional Keyframe Added to Show Keyframe Shape Additional Keyframes Influence on the Motion PathHowever, what you are actually seeing on the screen isn’t a linear keyframe! But the keyframe in the Effect Controls is! So what’s going on?First, there are 2 different types of keyframes in Premiere Pro – Temporal & Spatial.Let’s break it down into even more simple terms – these are keyframe options that deal with how things move in TIME ( or temporal, the diamond you see in the Effect Controls Panel) and keyframe options for how things move on the SCREEN (or spatial, the fact that the motion path curves and isn’t a triangle on screen).You can find out a lot more about these types of keyframes in Premiere Pro with this help document.What you see in the Premiere Pro Effect Controls deals with Time while what you see in the Program Monitor deal with Space.  However, both types are changes in the Effect Controls panel.You can change your keyframe type by right-clicking on the keyframe you want to change:Temporal Interpolation Keyframe OptionsSpatial Interpolation Keyframe OptionsI mentioned above that the keyframe in the Program Monitor – the Spatial keyframe – wasn’t linear. So, to show you what linear looks like, I’m going to right click on the middle keyframe and select Spatial Interpolation and change it from the default ‘Auto Bezier’, which is giving the motion path that nice smooth curve, and change it to ‘Linear’. You can also do this by shift clicking on the keyframe in the Program Monitor to toggle between linear and Bezier. I get the following result:Motion Path with Middle Keyframe Changed to LinearAs you can see, the end result is that the nice smooth motion path turns into a triangle with a constant speed up to the keyframe, then an instant change to the new value and a constant speed from the keyframe to the end of the animation. This, generally speaking, doesn’t look organic and isn’t very good animation.A very similar thing happens with keyframes effecting timing in Premiere Pro. Even if we were to change the Spatial keyframe type back to ‘Auto Bezier’ the Temporal keyframe would remain linear which would mean that the speed of the animation from the first keyframe to the second keyframe would be constant and then there would be an instant change of speed from the second keyframe to the last keyframe. The transition from one keyframe to the next would be jumpy and to be honest, it wouldn’t look very professional.So in Premiere Pro, for Temporal keyframes (or time) the default is a linear keyframe while for Spatial Keyframes (how things move on screen) the default is Bezier – giving us a nice smooth curve.If you want a little more control you can also get access to handles on each side of the keyframe to adjust either the shape of the motion path (in the Program monitor) or the speed of change (in the Effect Controls panel).So, if I were to change the Spatial keyframe from Auto Bezier to Bezier I would get this result.Bezier Spatial Keyframe – The Addition of HandlesSo now I have handles, I can play with both the angle of the handles AND the length of the handles to change the motion path to whatever I desire. Have a play with this as it takes a little getting used to how the handles work. You can even ‘break’ a handle by holding the ‘ALT’ (PC) or ‘OPTION’ (Mac) key when you select it to get even more interesting motion paths.Temporal Keyframes in Premiere ProNow that we have some idea of what’s happening with Spatial keyframes, let’s have a closer look at the Temporal options.  These can really make a very big difference to the look of our animation. For example, by changing our keyframe types we can have our animation accelerate and decelerate, giving the animation a very professional, smooth look.So how would I do that in Premiere Pro?Starting with the first keyframe, right click on it and choose Temporal Interpolation > Ease Out.Selecting Ease OutNext, click the disclosure triangle next to the word ‘Position’ in the Effect Controls to reveal a graph.Before Easing Out and InAfter Easing Out and InNow, I’m not going to go into depth on this, but you can clearly see that the TIME element is now changed. The graphs show that the speed goes from zero to full speed from the first to second keyframe – in other words accelerating. Next, from the second keyframe to the last keyframe it slows down – deceleration – which gives smooth professional looking animation. AND, if you want to change the speed of that animation you will notice that you have handles to play with!Temporal Interpolation – Playing with the HandlesIn the above image I have played with the handles and the graph has redrawn to fit (because the little box shown in the red circle is ticked). If this box isn’t ticked the graph will not re-scale.For a more detailed explanation of the various keyframe types see this Premiere Pro help document. Finally, there is another type of keyframe called ‘Hold’ and that does exactly what it says. It holds the value it is at until it comes upon another keyframe and then instantly changes to the new value. This can be very helpful, if for example you wanted your item that you are animating to jump from one place to another instantly. If you select ‘Hold’, the item will stay where it is until the next keyframe and simply jump at that keyframe. It has limited use, but for times when it’s needed it’s nice to have available.Experiment with keyframing in Premiere Pro and discover how you can improve your own animations!last_img read more

Which Version of You Shows Up?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are different versions of you that you bring to various endeavors and interactions. Some of those versions are more compelling, more interesting, more entertaining, and more persuasive than other versions. Because this is true, you need to be intentional about who you allow to show up.Your EnergyThe best version of yourself has energy. Other people can feel when that person shows up. The energy is high, and it is palpable. That energy has the power to move people, and it is infectious.But you have a low-key, low-energy version of yourself, too. No one takes notice when you allow this person shows up. No one can feel you when you have no charge. You move no one. (And as much as you might want to believe that being an introvert means you can’t have this energy, you can’t escape the fact that an introvert with a great big smile has a better energy).You PassionThe better you shows up with a passion. That version cares deeply about the outcome of what it is you are engaged in. The fact that you are passionate is enough to change how people feel about you, as well as how they feel when they are around you.The dispassionate you is not the best version that you have to offer. There is nothing sexy about not caring. Worse still is the cynical version of yourself you sometimes allow to show up. This version doesn’t win friends or influence people.Your IntentionsThe best version of yourself is intentional. That version brings the passion, the energy, and the focus that allows you to produce the outcomes you intend to create. When the best you shows up, you achieve results even when you have no control over anything other than your state.The lesser version you sometimes allow to show up is reactive. When you are unintentional, you allow yourself to drift, often resulting in your ending up somewhere you didn’t want to be.Your PresenceIt is wrong to withhold the best version of yourself. You deprive others of experiencing the best you have to offer. You allow the fear of being judged to keep you from turning up your thermostat and bringing a full dose of your energy, your passion, the true authentic you.The version of you that entertains, that educates, that persuades, and that influences others has a presence. That presence is compelling. It’s attractive. It’s exciting. Don’t withhold that version of yourself.Make sure that the version of you that shows up is your very best version.last_img read more

Pregamin’ Louisiana

first_imgLouisiana PregameIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Capcom Home Arcade ready to pummel you with nostalgia this October

first_img 28 Photos 4 Comments First published April 16 at 9:41 a.m. PT.Updated April 17 at 11:30 a.m. PT: Adds full game list. Capcom has packed an entire arcade machine into the just the controller, including on-board Wi-Fi. You connect it to a TV or monitor via HDMI. Capcom licensed the rights to the Austrian games publisher Koch Media, which manufactures the hardware.It has “a pair of competition-class Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks with eight-way GT-Y directional gates and OBSF buttons,” according to the company.And before you start assuming that the games are reworks of the existing titles, they’re actually the original ROMs. Capcom will also host a global leaderboard — you can upload your single-player or co-op multiplayer scores to compete.Capcom didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the US release or pricing. Share your voicecenter_img The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Tags Capcom Revisit your arcade days with classic games like Street Fighter 2, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts and Final Fight with the Capcom Home Arcade, an arcade-style controller shaped like the developer’s famous logo.It’s slated to ship this Oct. 25 and is available for preorder now, (only in Europe for the moment), via Capcom’s online store. It’s priced at 230 euros, which converts to about $260, £200 or AU$360, and comes with these games:1944: The Loop MasterAlien vs PredatorArmored WarriorsCapcom Sports ClubCaptain CommandoCyberbotsDarkstalkersEco WarriorsFinal FightGhouls and GhostsGiga WingMega Man: The Power BattleProGearStreet Fighter 2: Hyper FightingStriderSuper Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo Consoles Video Gameslast_img read more

Dear Comrade box office collection in USA premieres Vijay film beats F3

first_img2NTR Kathanayakudu$482,599 8Jersey$144,687 3Dear Comrade$273,000 1Maharshi$516,441 2Mahanati$303,456 7Oh Baby$148,589 5NOTA$128,760 1Geetha Govindam$377,930 4F2 – Fun and Frustration$259,433 RankMovieCollection RankMovieCollectioncenter_img 3Dear Comrade$273,000 4Arjun Reddy$194,051 Dear ComradeTwitterVijay Devarakonda-Rashmika Mandanna’s Dear Comrade started with a bang and made a superb collection at the USA box office in the premiere shows. It has beaten the record of F3 – Fun and Frustration and become the third biggest opener of 2019 in the country.Geetha Govindam is a blockbuster at the USA box office and the sparkling chemistry between Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna is one of the biggest factors, which contributed to its huge success. The hit couple is back together with Dear Comrade and their presence created a lot of hype. Besides the film is simultaneously released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada languages.Hence there was a huge demand for the overseas theatrical rights of Dear Comrade and several leading distribution houses were vying their hands for its rights. But Sarigama Cinemas clinched them for a whopping price of Rs 3.50 and planned to release it in over 220 screens across the USA, the UK, the UAE, Australia and other foreign markets in a bid to cash on huge hype surrounding the movie.The hype helped Dear Comrade to make a good advance booking for its opening weekend with its pre-sale business crossing 250,000 hours before its preview shows began. The distributors held a large number of premiere shows across the USA on Thursday, a day before its release in India. The movie witnessed massive response in all the cinema halls and some centres ran to packed houses.The distributors are yet to reveal their business details. If we are to go by early trends, Dear Comrade has collected $273,000 at the USA box office in the premiere shows. A film critic with Twitter handle @benny_speaks tweeted, “#DearComrade USA premiere Gross at 8 PM: $273,000 from 172 locations @TheDeverakonda @MythriOfficial @iamRashmika @bharatkamma.”When the final figures are revealed, Dear Comrade will easily cross $300,000 mark at the USA box office in the premiere shows. The movie has beaten the records of Arjun Reddy, Nota and Taxiwaala and become the third biggest opener for Vijay Devarakonda after Mahanati and Geetha Govindam.Here are Vijay Devarakonda’s top five biggest openers at the USA box office.RankRankMovieMovieCollectionCollectionRank1MovieGeetha GovindamCollection$377,930Rank2MovieMahanatiCollection$303,456Rank3MovieDear ComradeCollection$273,000Rank4MovieArjun ReddyCollection$194,051Rank5MovieNOTACollection$128,760Rank6MovieTaxiwaalaCollection$94,270 5Vinaya Vidheya Rama$181,118 6Majili$162,542 6Taxiwaala$94,270 9NTR Mahanayakudu$102,234 If we are to go by the early trends, Dear Comrade has already beaten the opening records of Varun Tej’s F2 – Fun and Frustration and Ram Charan’s Vinaya Vidheya Rama at the USA box office. It has become the third biggest opener of the year. Here is the list of top 10 biggest opener Telugu Movies in USA – 2019.RankRankMovieMovieCollectionCollectionRank1MovieMaharshiCollection$516,441Rank2MovieNTR KathanayakuduCollection$482,599Rank3MovieDear ComradeCollection$273,000Rank4MovieF2 – Fun and FrustrationCollection$259,433Rank5MovieVinaya Vidheya RamaCollection$181,118Rank6MovieMajiliCollection$162,542Rank7MovieOh BabyCollection$148,589Rank8MovieJerseyCollection$144,687Rank9MovieNTR MahanayakuduCollection$102,234Rank10MovieLakshmi’s NTRCollection$90,770 10Lakshmi’s NTR$90,770last_img read more

Leonard Replaces Tonga As Upper Marlboro Mayor

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe capital of Prince George’s County has found its next mayor after the untimely resignation of her predecessor.  Wanda Leonard officially replaced Tonga Turner, who resigned last month to spend more time with her family and to focus on her professional career outside politics.Leonard was elected as President of the Board of Commissioners, which is the official designation for the position of mayor in the Town of Upper Marlboro, during a special meeting July 1.  Leonard has served as a Town Commissioner for the past 18 months and becomes only the second African American woman to be elected in its 313 year history.Wanda Leonard became the second Black woman to serve as Mayor of Upper Marlboro replacing Tonga Turner who resigned to spend more time with her family. (Courtesy Photo)“I am humbled and honored to have been elected as the town’s new Mayor,” Leonard said in a public statement after she was sworn in. Leonard previously ran for public office in January 2018 after realizing that Upper Marlboro needed visionary leadership and fresh perspectives to transform a town which has seen businesses leave and has been mysteriously absent amidst the economic revitalization that is occurring throughout the County. She also plans to focus on what town residents need to enhance their living experience, and what matters are truly important to the community.Her predecessor began with the same plans to restore the town’s economy and develop its brand to make it more attractive to corporate partnerships.  Upper Marlboro is the home of the Prince George’s County government. The town also hosts the county’s municipal courts, and the public school system.  When Turner announced her plans to relinquish the position in early June she took pride in her accomplishments during her truncated leadership. In her resignation letter the former mayor cited her achievements that include securing $800,000 in grants for the town, economic growth legislation, and restructuring during her two years in office.Tonga had been subjected to various racial attacks although she said that wasn’t the reason for her resignation.  However, it was well documented through various accounts that some of her constituents used racially incendiary words in email attacks. The tires on her car were reportedly slashed and a former town commissioner was caught by a resident drawing swastikas on a notepad during a town meeting.“My goals are two-fold. I certainly want to continue the great work started by my predecessor, Tonga Turner. I also want to continue to move Upper Marlboro forward with my own vision of what we can become by working together.” Leonard graduated from the University of the District of Columbia earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with an emphasis on management and a minor in finance.  She is a United States Army Reserve veteran and has an extensive record of public service.   The new mayor of the Prince George’s County seat has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in the District of Columbia.  She has also served as a member of the board for Family Advocacy and a Donate Life Ambassador with Washington Regional Transplant Community. In addition Mayor Leonard is an alum of the Prince George’s County Police Citizens Academy and a Prince George County Police Volunteer in Police Services.  She also served as president of the Greater Upper Marlboro Maryland Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).Leonard is also described as a seasoned leader in the healthcare industry.last_img read more