June 14

NFU Opposes Farm Bill Extension

first_img By Andy Eubank – Dec 19, 2012 Home Indiana Agriculture News NFU Opposes Farm Bill Extension The National Farmers Union Board of Directors has passed a resolution opposing an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill in lieu of passage of a new five-year farm bill. NFU President Roger Johnson says the clock is ticking and we are quickly going into the final hour of the lame duck session with rural America’s future hanging in the balance. He said lawmakers must quickly come together to pass a five-year farm bill. According to Johnson – a short-term extension of the farm bill would only cause a litany of problems that will not be easily fixed when a new farm bill is eventually signed into law. Johnson applauded the continued efforts of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to negotiate for the passage of a comprehensive, five-year farm bill – noting Senate passage of bipartisan legislation that saves 23-billion dollars and House Ag Committee passage of a version that would save 35-billion dollars.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 10:41 update with Gary Wilhelmi 12/19/2012Next articleRFA and Growth Energy Joint Statement on European Commission Vote to Enact Import Tariff Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter NFU Opposes Farm Bill Extensionlast_img read more

June 4

Limerick International Rugby Experience building will be a creative spark for…

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Architect’s impression of the International Rugby Experience building on Limerick’s O’Connell Street.THE LIMERICK International Rugby Experience building will feature a 30,000 sq ft exhibition space that will allow the merger of 4D interactive galleries and exhibitions celebrating historic moments from the history of rugby.The project will involve the demolition of two buildings located at 40 and 41 O’Connell Street, as well as number one Cecil Street.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This will make way for a seven-storey building, with a two-storey portico fronting O’Connell Street, and a two-storey block to the rear.There will be a three storey block built over the existing Fine’s Jewellers business at the junction of O’Connell Street and Cecil Street when the three floors above are removed.A cafe, shop and multi-media visitor experience, exhibition and education space will await visitors to the ground floor.Tom McGlynn of London-based Niall McLaughlin Architects who designed the building, said there was a strong rationale behind the decisions made on aspects of the design and evidence from other Georgian cities to support how it would work in Limerick.Limerick City and County Council architect Maria Donoghue said that proposed development and architecture work from Tom McGlynn made for a “well-considered building”.“This is architecture of a breathtaking scale and Limerick is really fortunate to have a team of the calibre of Niall McLaughlin`s working now in our city centre. This project can be the creative spark to breathe new life into our Georgian Quarter and animate further investment. Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Linkedin Advertisement TAGSbusinessheritageLimerick CityNewsSport Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Printcenter_img Facebook Email Twitter Previous articleLimerick firm aims to streamline 3D manufacturing processesNext articleLimerick Institute of Technology President challenges blueprint for third level education Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list NewsBusinessHeritageLimerick International Rugby Experience building will be a creative spark for new investmentBy Staff Reporter – November 1, 2018 1487 last_img
March 1

Claudine Gay named FAS dean

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Incoming FAS dean’s integrity, ‘rock-solid values’ have made an impression on Harvard colleagues As dean of social science, she has served on the FAS’ Committee on Appointments and Promotions as well as its Academic Planning Group. A Radcliffe fellow in 2013‒14, she was the government department’s director of graduate studies from 2010‒2015 and is a past member of the FAS Committee on General Education. In addition to leading the multidisciplinary Inequality in America Initiative, launched in 2017, she has served on the steering committee of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the executive committee of Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies. Her courses have focused on such topics as racial and ethnic politics in the U.S., black politics in the post-Civil Rights era, American political behavior, and democratic citizenship.“As dean of social science, Claudine has demonstrated superb judgment, wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and a leadership style that combines strength, aspiration, and compassion,” said Provost Alan Garber. “She is committed to nurturing a vibrant academic environment that brings out the best in our faculty, students, and staff. She truly personifies the values of the Harvard community.”The daughter of Haitian immigrants to the U.S. — her father was a civil engineer, her mother a registered nurse — Gay spent much of her childhood first in New York and then in Saudi Arabia, where her father worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She received her B.A. in 1992 from Stanford University, where she majored in economics and received the Anna Laura Myers Prize for best undergraduate thesis in economics. She received her Ph.D. in government in 1998 from Harvard and won the Toppan Prize for the best dissertation in political science.Early in her career, Gay served in the Stanford Department of Political Science as an assistant professor (2000‒05) and then a tenured associate professor (2005‒06). In the latter role, she was the department’s director of undergraduate studies and chair of its undergraduate curriculum committee. She was an invited fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2003‒04.Widely recognized as one of the nation’s most incisive and imaginative scholars of American political behavior, she was recruited to Harvard as professor of government in 2006. She was additionally appointed as professor of African and African American Studies in 2007 and was named the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor in 2015, when Smith also appointed her as dean of social science.“Claudine is a thoughtful academic leader who listens generously, delights in the intellectual diversity and energy of our community, and is driven by a deep commitment to our mission of teaching and research excellence and to this institution,” said Smith. “She is an inspired choice, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is exceedingly fortunate to have her in this role.”Active in service to the profession, Gay sits on the boards of both the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Phillips Exeter Academy, while serving as treasurer of the Midwest Political Science Association. In addition, she serves on the fellowship selection committee for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the research advisory council of the American Political Science Association, the APSA presidential task force on women’s advancement in political science, the faculty advisory committee for the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program, and the diversity committee of Visions in Methodology. She is a member of the editorial boards of both the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.In his message to the community announcing the appointment, Bacow expressed thanks for the advice provided throughout the search. “I am grateful to all of you who took time during the search to educate me about the FAS, which is so central to Harvard’s identity and aspirations,” he wrote. “Provost Alan Garber and I owe special thanks to the faculty advisory committee for the search, whose insights about both issues and nominees were invaluable. And we renew our gratitude to Dean Mike Smith, who has led the FAS for 11 years with a constant devotion to the strength of its programs and the well-being of its people.“Meanwhile,” Bacow added, “I know Dean Gay will benefit from your ideas, your counsel, your support, and your warm welcome, as she gets ready to move to the second floor of University Hall. Thanks for helping both a new dean and a new president get acclimated to our new roles, at such a pivotal time for higher education.” Praise for Gay as a scholar and a leader Gay’s research and teaching focus on American political behavior, public opinion, and minority politics, with a particular interest in understanding the political choices of ordinary people and how those choices are shaped by their social, political, and economic environments. Her scholarship has addressed such issues as the relationship of citizens’ trust in government to the racial identity of their elected representatives, the ways neighborhood conditions influence racial and political attitudes, the roots of competition and cooperation between minority groups, and the consequences of housing-mobility programs for political participation among the poor. Related Claudine Gay will become the next Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Harvard President Larry Bacow announced today.A member of the Harvard faculty since 2006 and the FAS dean of social science since 2015, Gay is the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies and is the founding chair of Harvard’s Inequality in America Initiative. She will assume her new duties on Aug. 15, succeeding Michael D. Smith, who will step down after 11 years in the post.“Claudine Gay is an eminent political scientist, an admired teacher and mentor, and an experienced leader with a talent for collaboration and a passion for academic excellence,” Bacow said in announcing the appointment. “She is a scholar of uncommon creativity and rigor, with a strong working knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the FAS. She radiates a concern for others, and for how what we do here can help improve lives far beyond our walls. I am confident she will lead the FAS with the vitality and the values that characterize universities at their best.”“It is hard to imagine a more exciting opportunity than to learn from and lead the faculty, staff, and students of the FAS,” Gay said. “I am reminded daily that ours is an extraordinary community — diverse, ambitious, and deeply committed to teaching and research excellence. We are all drawn here, each in our own way, by a passion for learning, a search for deeper understandings, and a will to serve the common good. I look forward to working together to advance our shared mission, one never more important than it is now.”last_img read more

September 18

The Latest: Braves OF Markakis opts out of 2020 season

first_img Associated Press Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand.Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays. The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021.___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website. July 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season. The Latest: Braves OF Markakis opts out of 2020 season The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process. Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143.But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month. Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy. The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.”Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.last_img read more

September 17

Study finds wealth to be best predictor of college access

first_imgA family that owns a summer home might have better access to college than a family that earns a combined six-figure income, according to a study released last weekend at the American Educational Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.The study, titled “The Differential Impact of Wealth vs. Income in the College-Going Process,” was written by Su Jin Jez, an assistant professor of public policy and administration at California State University Sacramento, and reveals wealth to be the most important predictor of college access.Wealth is defined as the accumulation of a family’s income and assets, such as homes and investments.“Wealth and income affect the college choice process differently, with wealth consistently being more significant in predicting the college-choice outcomes,” Jez writes in her study.  “The impact of wealth persists even after controlling for academic achievement, habitus, social capital and cultural capital.”The study reports that of the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans, 25 percent have obtained a bachelors degree, while only 16 percent of the top 10 percent of income earners hold a bachelors degree. Nine percent of the entire population has a bachelors degree.The process leading up to a student’s final college decision is two-pronged, according to Tom McWhorter, executive director of financial aid at USC. First, educational preparation and culture, among other factors, define which universities applicants have access to. Secondly, financial resources often dictate what universities students apply to and ultimately attend.“After access, which includes educational background, comes choice, which is what makes the most sense for a student, where cost is the most important factor,” McWhorter said.USC recognizes wealth prevents many students from gaining access to the university, and has therefore developed a comprehensive method for evaluating the amount of need-based financial aid students receive.Many universities assess a family’s income, some assets and allowance for living and retirement expenses, when allocating financial aid resources. This information is submitted as part of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.USC, however, also requires financial aid applicants to submit a College Scholarship Services form, which discloses assets and other expenses not accounted for in the federal calculation.“To distribute funds for need-based grants in the fairest way possible, we will consider all income and assets that may not be considered in the federal calculation,” McWhorter said. “We may ask a family to contribute more of their resources because of their comparative financial strength, which may not come from income alone.”USC’s methodology of distributing need-based financial aid based on the total wealth should guide other universities to make college more accesible to all Americans, according to Jez’s study.“Policy makers looking to level the playing field and make college more accessible to all American’s must address wealth’s impact on the college-going process, instead of merely focusing on issues of income,” Jez writes.Some schools like the University of Chicago and Yale University participate in CSS, but other schools, such as UCLA, do not.The study goes on to report that only 2 percent of the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans have not completed high school or earned their GED, however, approximately 8 percent of the top 10 percent of income earners have not graduated from high school or earned their GED.Of the 10 percent of young Americans with the least family wealth, 34 percent have not completed high school or earned a GED, while 26 percent of the bottom 10 percent of income earners have not graduated from high school or earned a GED.last_img read more

September 16

Gallery: Syracuse sweeps Georgia Tech, 3-0, to open ACC play

first_img Published on September 21, 2018 at 11:30 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Syracuse (5-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) had yet to play a home game this season. On Friday night, in the home opener in the Women’s Building, SU took care of business with a 3-0 win over Georgia Tech (11-4, 0-1). A 15-4 margin in blocks for the match and a .400 hitting percentage after the first set’s conclusion were two of the big reasons SU pulled off the easy win.last_img

September 8

Xabi Alonso: Spain Ahead of Other Teams in Russia

first_imgHow well do you think Julen Lopetegui (he was sacked a day before the World Cup started) is doing with Spain?I think he’s doing really, really well. He’s got things very clear in his head. He’s been able to tell his players very clearly what he wants, and that’s essential. If you can’t do that, then you’re probably not going to achieve your objectives. The national team has got a lot going for it in that respect.Do you see any similarities between this Spain side and the one that won the World Cup and two European titles?The idea of taking the game to the opposition is still there, of controlling the game, passing the ball around and not being so direct. Yes, I would say it’s still pretty much the same. Lopetegui’s Spain has very close ties with the things that make Spanish football strong. It’s based on intelligence, the ability to read matches, and technical quality. That’s what sets us apart from other teams.And then there are the tactical nuances and the flexibility you need for different games because football’s getting increasingly complex and you have to know how to adapt. You try to take the initiative but there are times in matches when you have to play a different way and not make all the running.Aside from talent, what was the secret of the success of that trophy-winning Spain side?Team spirit is vital, that sense of everyone fighting together to achieve a very important objective. You have to all get on. If you don’t, then it can really wear you down. But it very much looks to me as if the current team has got that too. And then there’s the blend of seasoned veterans who still have big contributions to make with players who’ve shown lots of enthusiasm and desire since coming in. That’s a very positive thing too.The 23-man squad for Russia 2018 has generated less debate than many others in recent years. What alternatives does it offer when it comes to opening up opposition defences?There are players who are better at finding space between the lines, players who like to get round the outside or who can cause a lot of damage when given space to work in, like Diego Costa and Marco Asensio. I think this Spain side has more ways of playing than we did. In our case, if we weren’t close to the opposition penalty box, then we found it harder to hurt them.Looking ahead to the group phase, Spain will have to take the initiative, even with Portugal, who I think are going to sit back and wait. Sometimes you have to go and play a different way, though, and having players who have something else to offer is crucial.La Roja are among the favourites for the title. How do you think they will do and which other teams are in with a chance?I’m not just saying it, but I would put them among the favourites because I don’t see any side that’s better than Spain right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the games though. Germany are another of the big favourites. They’re a very strong side and they’re always there or thereabouts. The way they’ve been playing, it would be a massive surprise if they don’t make the semis, because they’re the champions and because of the new generation who’ve come into the team. Brazil are also right in there. I think those three are above the rest. Then there’s Argentina, France and maybe a surprise or two. Why not?For the first time in many years you’ll be watching the World Cup as a fan. Have you got anything planned?I like to watch big games with the people I usually watch matches with. And I’ll probably go to the Final. I have already got my ticket; all I need now is for Spain to get there (laughs).Spain remains unbeaten in over 20 matches after the country’s elimination from EURO 2016 in the last 16 at the hands of Italy, the defending champions began their World Cup campaign with a 3-3 draw with Portugal on June 15.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He played in and won everything there was to win with some of Europe’s biggest clubs and with the Spanish national team, where he was a prominent member of the golden generation that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa and UEFA EURO 2008 and 2012. In his first season since hanging up his boots, Xabi Alonso has been putting his time to good use, having just completed a coaching courseYou have been out of football for a year now. How has it gone?Pretty well. The fact is my pace of life has really changed. It was a decision I gave a lot of thought to, so while I do miss it, I’m coping with it well.What made you do your coaching badges? Has it given you a better understanding of the coaches you had in your career?When you do a course like this you move away from the person you have always been and you get closer to the person you want to become. And that’s good. I have always tried to understand the job and how complex it is to be a coach, which has nothing to do with being a footballer.You realise all the things you have to prepare and that when the time comes to get it all across you have to summarise it and be as efficient as possible. That might be where part of the secret lies. And then there’s team management, psychology, and personal relationships, which are almost more important in a way.last_img read more

December 15

3DSignals decipher machine maintenance with sound analytics

first_img5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… One of the most compelling aspects of industrial IoT is the ability of sensor technology to solve problems that have plagued traditional industries for years if not decades. One such problem is machine maintenance and repairs. Up until recently, such maintenance was typically time-consuming, costly and limited by the challenge of finding appropriately skilled workers.A start-up that is successfully responding to these challenges through a combination of  IoT and machine learning is Israeli company, 3DSignals.I spoke to Amnon Shenfeld, co-founder, and CEO to learn more. I’m always curious to learn how people get the idea for their start-up. For Shenfeld, it started with a simple train journey:“I was riding a train in England between Cambridge and London, when suddenly the train made this terrible noise. I was trying to figure out if this was the end… but then a few seconds later if it was gone and everything was back to normal. My first thought was, I wonder if the train engineer was sitting here in this carriage, would he be able to say if the noise was normal or not and if it was a problem with the bearings, a problem with the suspension, maybe something on the tracks that the train hit, or if this is just one of the dynamic sounds that the train makes? These trains are pretty long, so I guess it’s very difficult to analyze all the different noises they make in the repair/maintenance garage. So I wondered if they let train engineers drive the trains in the garage to monitor how they sound, as this is a very clear way to understand what is going on.”Shenfeld has a background in deep learning and he explained, “I was pretty sure I could train a neural network to recognize these sounds in order to report them automatically and classify them, then (and with some verifications by experts), build a system based on sounds that would add a lot of significant information regarding the condition of machines.”With an idea that just wouldn’t quit, Shenfeld initiated a field trip, with a bunch of friends from various disciplines: machine learning, mathematics, electrical engineering, to a local steel plant.“We asked the staff, what fails here often? One of the answers was saw blades, they were cutting through steel profiles and beams, and as a result, they would frequently have breakdowns. They told us something pretty amazing: ‘we have 50% efficiency and we’re very proud of it because in the steel industry it is considered a lot,’” he said.He added that now “we’re software people, and we were shocked because if you invest all this money in electricity, manpower, equipment, physical space, you would probably want to get more than 50% uptime. They said before they took over the business they were doing 20%, and one of their main pain points was blade failures that they couldn’t predict; they would spend at least 20 minutes on each blade replacement and they would have on average 3 per day per production line.“So we’re talking about more than an hour a day per machine spent replacing saw blades, not to mention any residual impacts on the machines if the blades shatters. They tried existing monitoring technologies (e.g. current, temperature) to no avail,” he said.Shenfeld thought he and his friends could help and the impetus to create 3DSignals was raring to go.Disrupting the preventive maintenance cycleMachine maintenance is traditionally a laborious process that requires sending a physical person around each factory/plant/workplace to inspect individual machines, typically on a set schedule. It traditionally relies on an engineer to identify anomalies, and respond accordingly.As Shenfeld explained, “People used to rely on acoustics a lot, for example in their cars, (to see if it sounded) normal or was sounding a bit strange. In the same way, a technician that can hear a pump can tell you which one is working well or not.”Indeed, 3DSignals is the first IoT company to utilize sensor tech to monitor machines through sound. Their system can extend to a range of machines “based on the knowledge of how similar machines are supposed to sound and also learning the very specific sound acoustics of specific machines.This is very similar to the human process, if you were to talk to a maintenance engineer that monitors a group of machines, he knows what is normal or not for each machine and this system emulates this behavior with a neural network, in other words, deep learning.”This all leads to increased efficiency in maintenance and the ability to predict problems so that an engineer can respond as needed rather than only within a pre-existing preventive maintenance time frame.3DSignals system is accompanied by an easy to use platform and cloud which means that “The sound samples can even be sent to the manufacturer of the motor, pump, valve, giving them back this very natural knowledge.” It has a natural affinity with the energy industry, he said, where “they’re having so many turbines spinning with no people next to them…They come for their routine maintenance to fix a pump, then notice an entirely different piece of equipment is failing due to how it sounds. They didn’t have any other method before us.”Sound tech has largely been researched in academia for voice recognition, particularly in deep learning and algorithms. As Shenfeld notes, “We’re on the cutting edge of developing software and algorithms and developing automated hearing. It’s very exciting.”Even Elon Musk relied on a mystery sound to try and solve the Space X Falcon 9 explosion:Shenfeld explains that in presenting his idea to companies he asked rooms full of suited staff “Would you know how your machine is working by the sound? I never get a no.” With a technology that has a natural affinity with a range of sectors from mining to agriculture to automated cars, this won’t be the first time you hear about 3DSignals. Tags:#Agriculture#autonomous cars#Deep Learning#energy automation#Industrial IoT#IoT#Machine Learning#manufacturing#solar energy#sound#sound tech#wind energy Related Posts center_img Cate Lawrence How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…last_img read more

December 12

9 Tips for Stabilizing Handheld Footage

first_imgSometimes you just can’t shoot on a tripod.Heading to the set or into the field without a tripod? Getting beautiful handheld shots can be a difficult challenge – the recent influx of camera stabilizers and Steadicam equipment is a testament to that. Thinking out your approach to handheld shooting and taking several of the approaches listed below can significantly minimize camera shake.1. Use Two HandsOne of the easiest ways to minimize shaky footage is to use two hands instead of one. Even if your camera is too small to be held by two hands, find a way to use both. This can be holding your wrist or simply holding one hand around another. Adding the extra hand will essential take your camera from being on a monopod to a bipod.2. Keep the Camera CloseHolding the camera away from your body will severely increase camera shake. Most people make the mistake of holding the camera like they would if they were taking pictures, near their eyes. But for shooting video you want to hold the camera near your chin and close to your body. By resting your elbows on your chest and holding your arms parallel with your body you can create a “cocoon” that will make your footage more steady. This technique is certainly dependent on where your display screen is relative to your face, but for most DSLRs this should work perfectly.3. Use a WallIf you can, leaning on a wall is a great way to keep your footage steady. By simply putting your weight on a wall you can create a sort of tripod between your two legs and the wall.4. Bend your Knees and FloatWhen moving with your camera the best way to minimize vertical shift due to walking is to think of your camera as a cup instead of a camera. If you apply the same physics of a full cup to your hand held camera you will quickly find the camera shakes much less. Remember to relax!5. Keep Movements SimpleWhile handheld footage does give you the freedom to preform elaborate camera moves, these moves can make your footage incredibly shaky. It is much more advisable to keep your camera moves simple. Unless the shot calls for it, you may get a better result by keeping your camera stationary.6. Move Your AxisArcs make for smoother movement than pivots.When panning and titling try pretending that your camera is rotating around an axis in front of the camera. This will help you avoid the foot shuffling that occurs when you simply rotate in place. In moving your axis you will quickly find more natural and fluid movements. Think of your movements as being arcs rather than pivots.7. Use a Wider LensIt might seem like common sense, but when you are shooting handheld try using a wider lens. While telephoto lenses might offer a shallow depth of field they are incredibly difficult to keep steady, even with an image stabilizer. If you must have a telephoto shot I recommend standing completely still and not moving at all.8. Minimize FocusingAdjusting focus is one of the biggest culprits of shaky footage. Because you have to bring your hand to the front of the camera, focusing completely negates any effort you’re making to stabilize your footage. Try keeping your focusing to a minimum. In most cases I’ve even found that moving my body is much more steady than moving my focus.9. Fix it in PostIt is always better to shoot the footage right on-location instead of fixing it in post, but if you simply can’t get it right on-location there are a few things you can do to fix it in post. Namely, the warp stabilizer built into After Effects and Premiere Pro make it extremely easy to stabilize shaky footage. We’ve traditionally had a lot of success with the Warp Stabilizer, but mileage may vary depending on the shot. Shoot it great on-location, make it perfect in post.Have any other tips for stabilizing handheld footage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more