Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more In recent years Cumhuriyet has published many stories that have embarrassed the authorities and it has become one of the spearheads of Turkey’s independent media, which are being subjected to more harassment than ever. Because of its role, it was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015. Atalay’s provisional detention was extended today until the next hearing, to be held from 24 to 27 April. The only defendant not to have been released provisionally, he has already spent more than 500 days in prison. The court mentioned the possibility that he might try to flee although he returned to Turkey of his own volition and made himself available to judges when he learned that his colleagues had been arrested in October 2016. Organisation At today’s hearing, the prosecutor asked the court to convict 13 of the 18 defendants of “assisting a terrorist organization,” a charge that carries a maximum jail term of 15 years. They include well-known investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, editorial writer Kadri Gürsel, editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and managing director Akın Atalay. The Cumhuriyet newspaper trial’s prosecutor requested sentences of up to 15 years in prison today for 13 of the newspaper’s journalists and managers. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the trial as a “sinister farce” and urges as many people as possible to turn out in support of the journalists at the next hearing, at which the court is expected to issue verdicts. April 28, 2021 Find out more The judicial authorities accuse Cumhuriyet’s journalists and managers of carrying out a “radical change of editorial line” in order to support the goals of what are regarded in Turkey as three “terrorist organizations”: the movement led by the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and a small far-left group known as the DHKP/C. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Credit: Yasin Akgül / AFP TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize In fact, the ideologies of these three organizations could not be more disparate and all three were constantly criticized by the newspaper. Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after a coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. Follow the news on Turkey News March 16, 2018 – Updated on March 19, 2018 Turkey: Prosecutor requests long jail terms for 13 defendants in Cumhuriyet trial “Like the rest of the trial that we have been observing for the past eight months, today’s summing-up by the prosecutor criminalizes journalism,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s Turkey representative. News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News The prosecutor also called for Cumhuriyet accountant Emre İper to be convicted of “terrorist propaganda” on the basis of his tweets, for the acquittal of three of the defendants (Turhan Günay, Günseli Özaltay and Bülent Yener), for the withdrawal of the “abuse of authority” charges against the newspaper’s managers, and for the cases against Can Dündar and İlhan Tanır, who are now living abroad, to be handled separately. RSF_en RSF_EECA to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor “The heavy sentences requested by the prosecutor are based on a politicized and conspiracy-theorist interpretation of media work. More than ever, we demand the acquittal of Cumhuriyet’s journalists and managers, and we urge as many people as possible to come to the next hearing in a show of solidarity.”
Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Updating the market and investors, gambling and lottery technology services provider Novomatic Group has confirmed the appointment of Bernhard Krumpel as its new Head of Group Communications.A European corporate communications expert, Krumpel joins Austria-based Novomatic Group from private consultancy Krumpel GMBH where he acted as group communications lead for Hypo Noe Group Bank.Krumpel will be tasked with leading Novomatic Group relations and communications with media stakeholders. Furthermore, the position will see Krumpel advise Novomatic Group on corporate branding and image initiatives.The appointment of Krumpel as group communications lead, sees Novomatic Group promote Hannes Reichmann to the position of Head of Group Marketing Operations as the company moves to align its current subsidiaries.Taking on the role of Head of Group Communications, Krumpel will report directly to Novomatic Group leadership. Interwetten backs Austrian code on sports integrity June 2, 2020 SAZKA commits to ‘package deal’ safeguarding Casinos Austria concerns March 6, 2020
“I’ve been in a lot of situations throughout my career — where I was helping a young guy or serving as a stopgap kind of guy or being part of a rebuilding situation — so to come to a situation where it was more established, where they’ve got the quarterback (Carson Wentz) and a veteran defense and a lot of good players on the offense, that to me was enticing.”The Eagles have two preseason games remaining before they face the Redskins in Week 1 action Sept. 8. Nate Sudfeld injury update: Eagles No. 2 QB (broken wrist) has surgery, expected back in 6 weeks, report says Eagles signing veteran QB Josh McCown to 1-year deal McCown spent the last two seasons with the Jets, appearing in 17 games and throwing 19 touchdown passes. He announced he was stepping away from football in mid-June but changed his mind when the Eagles became interested in signing him.“It was an easy sell, to be quite honest,” McCown said (via the Eagles’ official website). “More than anything, it was the comfort level I had talking with Doug (Pederson), where they’re trying to take this thing and where they’re trying to get back to and understanding the expectations that they have here. Pederson discussed the team’s decision to add the 16-year veteran when he met with reporters Sunday.”It kind of falls in line with not only the injury situation, but also the fact that when we have an opportunity to add a little value, add a little depth, add a little competition to that spot, a veteran guy who has been around the league,” Pederson said. “I’ve said this all along, the quarterback position is not immune to any of this, so that’s why we did it.” Related News Doug Pederson thinks Josh McCown will be an asset for the Eagles, even if he never steps on the field.The 40-year-old quarterback came out of retirement and inked a one-year deal with Philadelphia this weekend after backups Nate Sudfeld and Cody Kessler suffered injuries in the preseason.
Andros Townsend had opened the scoring early on for Palace before Patrick van Aanholt made it two just after the break but United hit back through Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and ultimately Matic.Matic has managed to claim the accolade four times since his debut with the club, after he was named Man of the Match in their 4-0 wins over West Ham and Everton, and in the 2-1 victory against West Brom Albion back in December.The Serbian scored a 30-yard thunderbolt but also put in an impressive performance on the field, managing to complete 73 passes in the game – a record no other midfielder has managed on the pitch.The 29-year-old was thrilled with his contribution to their incredible win and it was deemed an even more wonderful feat as it was his first goal in a United shirt.“I’m happy I’ve scored my first goal for Manchester United. I know it’s not my job but I’m glad it got us the three points,” he told the club’s website.The men in Red managed to turn the game around and remove any form of doubt that the fans and manager may have had after Crystal Palace took a two-goal lead.“After the second goal it was very difficult for us to come back; we showed character and did exactly what the manager wanted us to do. In these kind of games, if we can manage to win we can compete for the title. The quality is there but we have to be honest – we need to do more,” Matic added.United boss Jose Mourinho, who previously worked with Matic at Chelsea, told his club’s website that it is not the first time the midfielder has found the net from long range – as he recalled goals he scored against Everton and Sporting in the Champions league.“He scored with Chelsea an amazing goal like this one at Goodison Park against Everton,” Mourinho said.“He scored a winning goal in Lisbon in the Champions League against Sporting; he’s scored a few goals – not many – but he’s scored a few goals.”Mourinho further added: “This season against Benfica, it was half a goal for him and half a goal for the Benfica goalkeeper [Mile Svilar]. But it is a goal of two extra points.”Matic will continue to be a key player for the club ahead of a run of three successive home games in three different competitions, starting with a visit of rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic celebrates scoring his team’s winner against Crystal PalaceMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 6 – Twitter is always the place to be when Manchester United wants to decide on their Man of the Match, as they give the fans the chance to vote for their favourite player.Nemanja Matic was named as United’s best performer on Monday night to give the Red Devils a cracker of a win at Selhurst Park. The Serbian scored a startling goal to secure an impressive come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Crystal Palace.
QPR are interested in signing Jérémy Morel from Marseille for £2m, according to the Sunday People.Left-back Morel, 29, has a year of his contract left to run and is apparently keen to finish his career in England.The same paper suggest that Fulham are ready to make a move for Blackburn defender Scott Dann and that Burnley are considering Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson as a possible replacement for Charlie Austin, who recently joined QPR.Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday say Chelsea are preparing to offer Manchester United around £40m for Wayne Rooney.The People say the Blues have slapped a £45m price tag on David Luiz to ward off interest from Barcelona.And Chelsea are one of the Premier League clubs tracking 17-year-old Santos prospect Victor Andrade, according to the Sunday Mirror.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
10 August 2016Team South Africa has begun its Rio Olympics campaign this week, and among the 137 athletes competing this year are some of the country’s outstanding female athletes, representing a wide range of sporting disciplines. To celebrate Women’s Month, here is a look at five of the best.Caster Semenya – athleticsTrack athlete Caster Semenya will be representing SA in Rio 12-21 August. Do us proud, @caster800m! #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/5U0ifXjeP1— SSISA (@Sportscience_sa) August 3, 2016Mokgadi Caster Semenya was born in Ga-Masehlong village, close to Polokwane, in 1991. Over the last six years she has become South Africa’s most high profile international athlete.A natural middle-distance runner, Semenya is considered a world-class champion, winning gold in the 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships and silver medals at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In Rio this year, she is on course for finally getting the gold medal.While a controversial figure off the track, with debate about her sex causing her to leave competitive running until 2010. However, Semenya has silenced critics with world-class performances and a shy, humble demeanour that hides a fiery will to compete and win. British magazine New Statesman included Semenya in a list of 50 People That Matter 2010, calling her “an inspiration to gender campaigners around the world”.In 2012, Semenya was awarded South African Sportswoman of the Year Award at the South African Sports Awards in Sun City. She received the bronze Order of Ikhamanga national honour in 2014, recognised for her contributions to South African sport.Her mind is now set on a Rio Olympics triumph this year, beginning her campaign for 800m gold on Wednesday, 17 August, with the whole of South African behind her.Sunette Viljoen – athleticsSouth African javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen was born in 1983 in Johannesburg. She is a four-time African champion and two-time Commonwealth gold medallist. She narrowly missed out on the Olympic gold in London in 2012, but is back with renewed determination at this year’s Rio Games.“I’ve grown emotionally over the last four years,” Viljoen told Time LIVE in July. “I am not tense or worried about results. My head and body are in complete harmony.“As one of South African’s most experienced athletes, Viljoen credits her longevity to divine drive. “(My) incredible passion and drive… is something that can only come from God. I don’t know how to give up, only how to persevere.”There will be a lot of support behind her, urging her on to get the gold this time around. Both her partner and daughter will be with her in Rio, cheering her along with all her South African fans to add another triumph to a distinguished athletics career.“It would be the perfect ending for all the years in which I invested everything. If I reap the fruits, I would know it has all been worth it, including the biggest battle I have had to fight off the field in the past four years.”Viljoen begins her Rio campaign on 17 August.Bridgitte Hartley – sprint canoeing2Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/about/sport/Womens-Month-South%20Africa-female-Olympians-100816.htm#.WBwdHZN96Rs#ixzz4P15bWNjLNEWS: Underdog tag fuelling @for_bridgitte‘s Olympic desire – https://t.co/tPVvSG2hsb | @teamsa16 #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/3NKA9BjEAw— Canoeing SA (@CanoeingSA) July 27, 2016 A surprise third-place in London in 2012 got the whole country talking about the then-unknown South African sprint canoeist Bridgitte Hartley. In Rio, she will be using South African fans as inspiration to go for the gold in the K1 Women’s 500m canoe sprint event on 17 August. She is looking forward to proving that her London bronze was no fluke.Hartley understands the pressures and hard work that comes with succeeding at international level, telling Sport24 before she left for a preparation training camp in Brazil: “I am more critical of everything now than I was before London. I am trying to always improve and I get frustrated when I have a bad training session.”The 33-year-old Johannesburg-born, self-described “optimistic blonde” wants to do more than just win the gold this time around; she wants to highlight her sport, particularly on the short events, which as many can attest, are as exciting and fierce as any land event.Julia Vincent – diving#Rio2016 #TeamSA – #diving : Catch @JulesVincent10 & in the 3m Women’s prelims at 20h00. pic.twitter.com/krDm8owmvg— Stephne J v Vuuren (@Steph_Sport) August 7, 2016 The 21-year-old Julia Vincent may be an Olympic newbie, but she is determined to grab a gold for South Africa in diving. She has been preparing for over two years, diving in the US as part of the University of South Carolina college team, where she earned the NCAA All-American title in the 1m dive.Vincent will be participating in the 3m dive in Rio, having qualified at the Fina Diving World Cup in February with a 250-plus score. She will become the first female South African diver to participate at an Olympics since the 1950s.Apart from her own event, Vincent is looking forward to experiencing Rio and the rest of the Games as a spectator, hoping to see the sights of one of the world’s most enigmatic cities and watch the men’s 100m athletics final, after she competes on 12 August.Tsholofelo Thipe – athleticsRustenburg-born 29-year-old Tsholofelo Thipe became one of the first black women to represent South Africa in a track event in the 400 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. While she may have missed out on the London Games in 2012, she is back in Rio with even more determination.“I want to make a mark and become someone the youth can look up to. I have unfinished business in the Olympics and God has answered my prayers to be in Rio,” Thipe told the Sowetan when the final South African team was announced in June.She cites inspiration from other African female athletes, including Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, two of Africa’s fastest female sprinters. “I have raced them in Europe before. I hope the Rio Olympics will help me to rise. My ultimate dream is to be in the final.“Thipe will begin her heats on Saturday, 13 August.Noko Matlou – footballRead more: http://www.southafrica.info/about/sport/Womens-Month-South%20Africa-female-Olympians-100816.htm#.WBwdHZN96Rs#ixzz4P17KQOWrI feel blessed and honoured 2b chosen as one of the athletes that is going2 represent SA at de Rio Olympic #teamSa16 pic.twitter.com/eKA9kQ2bwx— Noko Matlou (@Nokomatlou11) July 23, 2016 A 10-year career as one of Banyana Banyana’s dependable defenders has taken Noko Matlou to two Olympics, and she hopes Rio will be an opportunity to help get the team a gold medal. She has played more than 89 games for the national side, scoring 61 goals along the way, including six goals at the 2008 African Women’s Championship.Later that year, Matlou became the first South African to be named the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Footballer of the Year.Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic CommitteeSouthafrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Energy auditors and insulation contractors have been using infrared cameras to diagnose home-performance problems for over 30 years. Without opening up your walls or ceilings for inspection, a trained specialist can use one of these cameras to locate insulation voids, air leaks, moisture intrusion, thermal bypasses, and thermal bridges. It’s even possible to use an infrared camera to locate leaks in hydronic tubing embedded in a slab.These tools are known by a variety of names, including infrared (IR) cameras, thermographic scanners, and thermal imaging devices. An image produced by such a camera is called a thermogram, and a trained user of the device is called a thermographer.Although many people assume that infrared cameras measure surface temperatures, that’s not really how the tools work. An IR camera actually measures the intensity of infrared radiation (radiant energy) being emitted by the surface it is aimed at.Academic researchers began using infrared cameras to diagnose thermal envelope defects in the late 1970s, using cameras that cost more than $25,000 each. The cameras were cumbersome devices that were cooled by liquid nitrogen.MORE INFORMATIONGBA Product Guide: Infrared CamerasRESNET Interim Guidelines for Thermographic Inspections of Buildings“Getting Started in Infrared” by John SnellSolving Moisture Mysteries with an Infrared CameraThermographic Inspections“How to Conduct a Roof Moisture Inspection Using Infrared Thermography”“Infrared Guidebook For Building Applications”Blower Door BasicsAs new models of IR cameras were developed, prices began to drop. Gautam Dutt, one of the original “house doctors” at Princeton University, recalls, “For an infrared camera, we used a Magnavox unit marketed by Aga, the Aga 110. It cost about $13,000. It was expensive equipment, but it was cost-effective. The first thermal bypasses that I discovered took me weeks to discover, crawling through attics. Another one of our teams,… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Big Data may be the poster child for NoSQL databases and date warehouses, but one industry veteran isn’t giving up on SQL databases for Big Data just yet. As most IT watchers know, Big Data is perceived as so large that it’s difficult to process using relational databases and software techniques. Of course, the relational model and SQL dominate today’s database landscape. But on the other side there are databases built without relations, made for higher scalability. We asked the expert in the database area, Monty Widenius, about the current and future state of SQL, NoSQL and Big Data. As the author of the original version of the open-source MySQL database, and one of the founders of the community-developed branch of the MySQL database, MariaDB, his take on Big Data bucks the conventional wisdom that large-scale data must abandon SQL databases.Monty WideniusWould you please tell us a little about the history of NoSQL and Big Data? What are the main reasons that this has become such a topic of interest?The whole thing with the “new NoSQL movement” started with a blog post from a Twitter employee that said MySQL was not good enough and they needed “something better,” like Cassandra.The main reason Twitter had problems with MySQL back then, was that they were using it incorrectly. The strange thing was that the solution they suggested for solving their problems could be done just as easily in MySQL as in Cassandra.I can’t find the original article, but I did find a follow up a bit later where it was said MySQL would be dropped for Cassandra.The current state is that now, three years later, Twitter is still using MySQL as their main storage for tweets. Cassandra was, in the end, not able to replace MySQL.The main reason NoSQL became popular is that, in contrast to SQL, you can start using it without having to design anything. This makes it easier to start with NoSQL, but you pay for this later when you find that you don’t have control of your data (if you are not very careful).So, the main benefits (at least before MariaDB) of most NoSQL solutions are:Fast access to data (as long as you can keep everything in memory)Fast replication/data spread over many nodes.Flexible schema (you can add new columns instantly).What problems can be solved (or do people think they can solve) with the help of Big Data?More performance and more flexible schemas are the two biggest drivers of NoSQL.What do you personally think about the future of Big Data? Your predictions?I think that most of the people who are looking for NoSQL are doing it mostly because it’s still ‘hype’. Most companies don’t have massive amounts of data, like Facebook and Google, and they will not be able to afford to have experts to tune and constantly develop the database.SQL is not going away. NoSQL can’t replace it. Almost everyone will need relations (i.e., joins) to utilize their data.Still, there are places where NoSQL makes sense. I think, in the future, you will see more combined SQL and NoSQL usage.This is why we are extending MariaDB to be able to access NoSQL databases like Cassandra and LevelDB.Why do people still use NoSQL? What are the main reasons?Because it’s easier to get started with a NoSQL database. You don’t have to learn SQL and define your database schema before you start using it. A few are using it because they believe it can scale better than SQL.Can SQL outperform NoSQL? What are some unique advantages that make SQL better than NoSQL?As soon as data can’t fit into memory, SQL generally outperforms NoSQL.The same goes for things that NoSQL can’t do. Most NoSQL solutions are optimized for single key access. For anything else, you have to write a program and it’s very hard to beat a SQL optimizer for complex things, especially things that are automatically generated based on user requests (required for most web sites).SQL can also beat NoSQL on most single machines. In a cluster, where everything is in memory, NoSQL usually outperforms SQL for key lookups.What do you think about this Cloudera announcement?The problem with Hadoop is that there is no known business model around it that ensures that the investors will get back 10X money that they expect. Because of that, I have a hard time understanding how Cloudera can survive in the long run.It’s not enough to have a good product. You also have to be able to make money with it.Who are the primary proponents of Big Data and NoSQL?All the NoSQL vendors of course. 😉If this is all just hype, why are they talking about it?It’s not just hype for everyone. There are many big companies and projects that can benefit from Big Data.However, my point is that most don’t need and should not use NoSQL, because it will become more expensive in the long run when you finally discover that NoSQL can’t solve all your business needs.Finally, how does MariaDB fit into all of this?One of the goals of MariaDB is to be a bridge between NoSQL and SQL. That’s why we have added support first for Cassandra and are now working on adding support for LevelDB.We also recognize some of the needs that NoSQL is trying to solve, which is why we added dynamic columns (which makes your SQL schemas as flexible as most NoSQL schemas) and much faster replication. We are working in MariaDB 10.0 to make the replication even faster, more fault tolerant and flexible. We are also working closely with Galera to provide a multi-master solution of MariaDB.All of this is to better adapt to a changing world and satisfy the needs people have – or think they have;)Please tell us about the new MariaDB foundation! What does this mean for developers worldwide?The MariaDB foundation was created to ensure that it’s not anymore just one person or one company that is driving MariaDB/MySQL development. It’s only by having a set of independent companies working together with the common goal of keeping MariaDB as an actively developed open source project that MariaDB and the MySQL ecosystem will truly be free and future proof.What the MariaDB foundation is doing in practice, is ensuring that the MariaDB project is actively developed as an open source project. The foundation is hiring developers to do all the builds, QA, merges, reviews of patches, etc, that is needed for a project to go forward.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock, Widenius photo courtesy of Jelastic. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now dmitry sotnikov Tags:#Big Data Related Posts
Want to make your digital video footage look more like film? In this post we share a quick tip for getting a film look in Adobe Premiere Pro!Film is a chemical process. A frame of film has color evenly distributed over the whole plate.Video on the other hand, is a digital media, and is made up of scan lines. HD video for example is made up of 1080 lines from top to bottom. This means, that by its very nature, there are spaces between these lines and making video somewhat less ‘full’ than film. At times it can seem as if your video is a little ‘thin’ and needs ‘filling out’. In this post I’ll demonstrate a Premiere Pro technique to use in those instances when your video needs to seem ‘fuller’ and ‘pop’ like film.Giving your video a film look in Premiere Pro will add to render time, so be sure you have the time to spare!Image before Filmic BlendThe first step is to make two copies of the clip you want to use. This is done in Premiere Pro by hold the ‘Alt’ key and dragging the clip up to the next track in your timeline. If you don’t have a spare track just drag the copy up to the grey area at the top of the timeline and Premiere Pro will automatically create a new video layer. You should end up with something like this:Three Copies of the Video Clip in the TimelineNotice that I have the eyeball turned off for Video 2 & 3 – this is because these are the layers we will be working on and we need to deal with them one at a time (or else we won’t be able to see the changes we make).Apply Fast Blur to Video 2 & 3Fast Blur SettingsWe start by applying the ‘Fast Blur’ Effect to both the copies in Video 2 & 3. What we want to do is blur in the vertical (up & down) dimension to ‘fill in’ the gaps between the lines. I have chosen to use 2 for ‘Blurriness’ although you may be able to get away with less. I have also selected the ‘Repeat Edge Pixels’ option because if you don’t the edges of your image will start to have transparent lines around it (and we don’t want that!)Now, you may think that by adding a blur we will simply be making the image unusable. However, the beauty of this technique is that we will be looking at the bottom layer with the top two layers ‘blended’ over the clip in Video 1. What this means is that we still see the sharpness of the clip in Video 1 but with the richness and brightness of the clips in Video 2 & 3…giving a composite image which still looks sharp even though we have been using a blur.Once we have set up the fast blur for the copies in Video 2 & 3 we need to turn on the eyeball for the clip in Video 2 and go to our ‘Effect Controls’ Panel. With the clip selected, open up the ‘Opacity’ disclosure triangle to find the ‘Blend Mode’ drop-down.Finding the Blend ModesBlend modes are a way of blending the pixels of the image in one layer with the pixels of the image in layers below. They are split into different sections to show the general operation of the modes. These include options that ‘Add’ pixels in various ways or ‘Overlay’ or ‘Darken’ pixels etc.What we are trying to do with the clip in Video 2 is to blend in such a way that we add film-like color depth to the overall image. Note, that this will cause the image to darken but we will deal with that in the next step.Choose a blend mode that works with your image. This will usually be from the ‘Darken’ or ‘Overlay’ categories with common choices being ‘Multiple’ and ‘Overlay’. You can see from the picture above that for this image I felt ‘Soft Light’ from the ‘Overlay’ category gave me the best results (but all images will vary so take your time to choose the one that works best for you).To finish with the copy in Video 2 you need to ‘dial back’ the blend mode by reducing the ‘Opacity’ value for the clip. You can see that I ended up with 47% for this clip.‘Soft Light’ at 100%‘Soft Light’ at 47%As you can see from the above the ‘Opacity’ value is akin to a ‘volume’ dial for the strength of the effect.Now we have a richer color to our clip we are able to turn on the copy in Video 3. Because the clip doesn’t presently have a blend mode selected it will look like the original image with a slight blur.Select the clip. In the ‘Effect Controls’ open up ‘Opacity’ again and choose from the ‘Add’ category – I used ‘Screen’ which is a slightly less powerful version of ‘Add’ and dialed back ‘Opacity’ to taste!‘Add’ on Video 3 with ‘Opacity’ at 100 %‘Add’ on Video 3 with ‘Opacity’ at 37% – Final Version Original For ComparisonWell, that’s it! To see the difference you’ve made to your clip turn the eyeballs off for Video 2 & 3 and then turn them back on again and see the richness you have added. This is a handy trick for getting a film look in Premiere Pro.If you aren’t satisfied with the end result try changing the blend modes and opacity values you’ve chosen to increase or decrease the ‘power’ of the effect on the color layer in Video 2 and the brightness layer in Video 3.With this film look technique applied it can make a massive difference in your work…and that leads to happy clients!
Embarking on a multi-camera video shoot? We run through 4 tips on how to ‘trick’ your audience by effectively mixing GoPro shots with cinematic footage.GoPro has come along way since the first version was released back in 2004. Until the last few years, the pint sized cameras were use sparingly if not at all in Hollywood and professional productions, but that all changed with the GoPro HERO 3 & 4 series. In fact, GoPros were the go-to camera for documentary films like 2012’s Leviathan, which uses GoPros almost exclusively to capture a commercial fishing boat at sea.Now these nearly indestructible cameras are being fitted to just about everything, giving the audience a point of view we’ve never had before. But the thing to remember: the cinematographer didn’t just strap the GoPro to just anything and let it go. No, they planned and tested certain shots to ensure the cams were being used most effectively.Here are 4 tips that will allow you to integrate your GoPro footage with cinematic footage.Tip #1 CoverageWhether shooting for sports, nature, documentary or feature film, you have to have coverage – a group of shots that give a sense of space that you can cut to. With this in mind, many filmmakers are using GoPros for this purpose, specifically in actions sequences. Below we have images from Need for Speed that show how cinematographer Shane Hurlbut used GoPros attached to cars to give a sense of immersion. Placement of each GoPro was planned out meticulously for each scene and Shane, along with his assistants, carefully placed each camera in order to give the editor as many angles as possible.Image courtesy of Hurlbut VisualsImage courtesy of Dreamworks SKGHaving the option of several angles in post production allows the editor to find footage that will cut seamlessly with the main cinema footage. For a look into capturing this type of coverage, take a look at this video from Movie Maker Magazine as they talk with Wolf Creek 2 cinematographer Toby Oliver about his use of GoPros during stunt sequences for the film.Tip #2 Film FlatThe GoPro has a setting called Protune. The adjustments that can be made here are minimal, but really effective. You can adjust white balance, ISO, sharpness and exposure. On top of this, you can set the color to flat which really captures shadows and highlights, but gives you an image that can be matched to your cinema footage through standard color grading processes. The visually stunning Watchtower of Turkey by Leonardo Dalessandri uses the GoPro HERO 3 in conjunction with the Panasonic GH3 and we can see a nice integration between GoPro and cinema footage through successful grading and capturing a flat image.Tip #3 Narrow and WideWhen setting your format, whether it be 1080, 2.7k or 4k, you have choices. These options allow you to capture video in either a narrow, medium or wide angle. Using a narrow or medium angle will allow you to mix your footage more seamlessly in with cinema footage (Camera A), but even using 4k with the wide angle will work in many cases. As Wolf Creek 2 cinematographer Toby Oliver said…If you have a 4K file in post you can zoom in to find a tighter frame and lose the fish-eye feel, without sacrificing resolution.In films such as 2013’s Into the Mind, the crew used the GoPro HERO 3 alongside RED Epics and utilized both the narrow and wide angle feature. By using the GoPro they were able to capture intimate timelapses as well as in-your-face action sequences. While the wide angle lens will usually queue the audience to the presence of a GoPro, limiting its use can be extremely effective and work alongside cinema footage without issues.Tip #4 Let’s Clean Things UpAnother way to effectively integrate GoPro footage with cinema footage is to run post processes other than grading. For example, the GoPro footage shot in Need for Speed was run through an After Effects Plugin called Dark Energy by Cinnafilm. This plugin allows for noise and film grain reduction or additive. Dark Energy was used specifically to clean up the GoPro footage and to bring in the natural grain look that is closer to what the Canon C500 and Alexa footage that was shot for the rest of the film. Currently though, Dark Energy is only available as a plugin for the Windows version of After Effects.There are other noise reduction solutions that are compatible with Mac OSX such as RE:Vision Effect’s DE:Noise or GenArts Sapphire, which has a grain removal. There’s also Neat Video which ‘packs a powerful punch’. See our previous article on Neat Video here.Have you had success integrating your GoPro footage with your cinema style footage?Tell us all about it in the comments below.