Forecasters say winter returns just in time for Spring Break

first_imgWilmington, Oh. — A band of rain associated with a low-pressure system will move through the Ohio Valley on Tuesday. The system, including cool temperatures will bring rain, freezing rain and snow through Wednesday.Forecasters say Tuesday there is an 80 percent chance of precipitation, wind gusts up to 25-miles-per-hour and a high temperature of 41. Tuesday night the chance of rain, freezing rain and snow continues. Wednesday forecasters say snow continues through the morning hours and accumulation totals could be as much as 4 inches.For Indiana road conditions click here.last_img

Middle Tennessee State’s Nick King flourishing after battling health problems

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 UPDATED: Feb. 21, 2018 at 12:10 a.m.Nick King couldn’t stop coughing. His coughs turned into coughing spasms, which turned into vomiting. At one point, his throat was so sore that he had no desire to eat and lost 15 pounds in the span of seven days.It got so bad that he couldn’t perform daily functions or sleep and even had to stop doing the thing he loved most — playing basketball for Alabama. So, the junior forward went to the hospital, where it took a few days to figure out what was going on.Eventually, King was diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a staph bacteria infection that usually occurs in people who spend time in health care settings, per the Mayo Clinic, in his lungs. He was shut down for the next two weeks, and after that rehabbed. By the time rehab was over, the season was almost over, and there was no point in coming back.One year and a new team later, King, now a fifth-year senior at Middle Tennessee State, leads the Blue Raiders in scoring, at 21.4 points per game, and rebounding, with 8.4 a night. He’s played in each of MTSU’s 27 games this year after playing a combined seven games over the past two seasons at Alabama and has his team in the driver’s seat of Conference-USA. It’s a stark change from his first four years of college, when he averaged just 6.9 points per game and struggled to find time on the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 37th-overall recruit in the class of 2013 per ESPN and the 4th-best from the state of Tennessee, King originally committed to his hometown team of Memphis. He began his college career averaging 16 points in his first three games, but didn’t start a game and scored double-digit points just twice the rest of the season. The following year, as a sophomore, he started seven games, averaging just under 19 minutes and 7.2 points per game. It wasn’t enough.“I just felt like I didn’t have a good opportunity,” King said, “And I needed to get away from home and get in a program that fit me more.”So, King transferred to the University of Alabama, where he was drawn to head coach Avery Johnson’s NBA pedigree. He fell in love with the town of Tuscaloosa and the campus itself, which hosted him for his first-ever official college visit. He sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules but was ready to go for the Crimson Tide in the fall of 2016.He only played in seven games for Alabama, starting the last two in which he combined for 32 minutes. He’d ramped up from 12 minutes total in his first two. He wasn’t healthy though, and even during his last two contests he felt the effects of the condition. After scoring just 23 points total during the season, King’s junior year abruptly came to an end.Once diagnosed with MRSA, King began receiving antibiotics and treatment for the infection. He got to the point where he was able to work out but couldn’t practice with the team. Along with the medical attention he received, King said, the ability to still play basketball while rehabbing helped him get through the sickness. He was left with just one year of eligibility remaining, however, and decided to transfer again, this time to Middle Tennessee. The opportunity to be in a program where’d he both be able to succeed individually and have a chance to play in the NCAA tournament in his last year of college was too good to pass up.“After he left Memphis we fired a shot (but) he still kind of had the Power Five in his blood,” MTSU head coach Kermit Davis said. “Then when he made the decision to leave Alabama and got the release, we were there the next day.”Even though recruiting King originally was a long shot, the Raiders were able to catch him after he left Alabama in part, Davis thinks, because of the “perfect fit” King could serve at power forward.MTSU had been led by forwards JaCorey Williams and Reggie Upshaw the year before, two players with similar builds as King. The team had reached the NCAA tournament as a No. 12 seed and upset Minnesota in the first round, and it wasn’t the first time the Raiders had been paced by their frontcourt. Since the 2013-14 season, between Williams, Upshaw and Shawn Jones, MTSU’s leading scorer has been a forward standing either 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 inches tall.Jones won C-USA player of the year in 2014, while Williams is the reigning player of the year in the conference. King, who is 6-7, was an easy addition for the Raiders, who lost both Williams and Upshaw to graduation.“Middle Tennessee is a perfect fit for an undersized 4-man who can stretch the floor,” senior guard Edward Simpson said. “Once (King) saw the system, spoke with JaCorey, who was also a transfer last year, it made his decision a lot easier.”Finally healthy and getting an opportunity in the perfect offensive system for him, King has thrived. Leading C-USA in both field goals made and attempted, King’s efficiency hasn’t wavered, as his field goal percentage is his highest since his freshman year and his 3-point percentage is his highest ever. In his past three games, three MTSU wins, he’s averaged 25.7 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 8-16 from 3.The stretch is part of the Raiders’ nine-game winning streak that has upped their conference record to 14-1 and their overall record to 22-5. King has a good chance to win MTSU’s third player of the year award in five years, while the Raiders look primed to make their third-straight NCAA tournament appearance. After four years of frustration and uncertainty, King is finally achieving what he’s wanted to accomplish since high school.“I haven’t been able to show what I can do since I’ve been in college,” King said. “(Now), I’ve got an opportunity and taken full advantage … my goal this season is just to win. Win the conference, win the conference tournament, do everything we can to have a great year.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the time frame in which Nick King could win his third player of the year award was misstated. If he wins this season, King would receive the award for the third time in five years. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

Govt must follow letter, spirit of Constitution if court rules against it – CCJ…

first_img– as Court Judge frowns upon Guyana’s slothful judicial, elections system despite urgent circumstances– despite urgency of preparing for elections in 3 months after no-confidence voteAs the actions of Guyana’s Judiciary and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were discussed at the Caribbean Court of Justice on Thursday, the court frowned upon the slothfulness of these systems in Guyana despite the urgency necessary after a no-confidence motion (NCM) is passed.CCJ President, Justice Adrian SaundersThis was as action got underway on day one of hearing the three consolidated court cases which relate to the NCM. As he wrapped up the session, CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, informed the Government team that if they rule against them, they have to follow both the letter and spirit of Guyana’s Constitution.“You have the Constitution. You have the courts. You have the President and the Cabinet and you have the National Assembly. We have to make this thing work. And we have to make it work according to the letter and spirit of the Constitution,” Justice Saunders stated.Attorney General Basil Williams had argued for time for the Elections Commission, noting that without a credible list, any elections could prove difficult. However, the CCJ President noted that since the vote was held in December, it has been known that from that date there may be a need for fresh elections.CCJ Judge Winston AndersonBut Justice Saunders noted that it will therefore be very disappointing if GECOM is unable to hold elections, “if the appellants succeeded” and the political parties are unable to have a two-thirds majority in National Assembly.The Judge stated there must be some reconciliation between the call for credible elections and having those elections within a particular time. When asked if he had any final words, Williams went on to allude to elections violence if a voters list is seen as not credible.SlothAttorney Sanjeev DatadinMeanwhile, Justice Winston Anderson remarked that the judicial system in Guyana should have deployed all resources to ensure the cases were heard in a timelier manner. Local lawyer Sanjeev Datadin, who is in Trinidad representing former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud, agreed that the Judiciary should have taken such steps.And Datadin noted to the CCJ that GECOM should have held elections by March 21, as set out by the Constitution. He pointed out that the Court of Appeal decision that allowed Government its reprieve in office came after that constitutional deadline had elapsed.“Until there’s an order to stop a proceeding, you should proceed. That would apply to the Guyana Elections Commission,” Datadin told the court. “Being well aware that there is a challenge that can go one of two ways, they should be getting themselves ready and being on the ready, so they can fulfill the mandate of the people.”Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes“I understand,” Justice Anderson replied. “And I’m curious. If the final decision is that the No-confidence Motion was carried, then the logical implication is that elections ought to have been held by March 21 (2019).”“Should not the judicial resources be used in such a way to ensure that the Constitution is followed? Obviously the President (David Granger) must obey the Constitution… and so must the court. And the Constitution ordained that in these circumstances, a NCM is carried, elections must be held in three months,” the CCJ Judge stated.Anderson noted that if Guyana’s courts ruled the NCM not validly passed, then this would have been no problem. But describing himself as “astonished”, the legal luminaire made it clear that in the absence of such a ruling, all efforts should have been made to have elections held in those three months.Charrandas Persaud had voted in favour the Opposition-sponsored No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018. The vote, according to some interpretations, would have seen the Government being ousted from power.But the coalition has since challenged the validity of the Motion, suffering defeat at the High Court before being thrown a lifeline by the Appeals Court. If the CCJ finds that the Motion was indeed validly passed, the parliamentary Opposition has argued that this would mean an illegal Government has been in place since March 21, 2019.This is why Trinidadian Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, one of a battery of lawyers representing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in the proceedings, requested that the court issue an order for general elections to be held in the shortest possible time, should it be determined that the no-confidence motion was validly passed.He also warned that the Government is trying to create an environment to deter party members from ever crossing the floor and voting against it again. Mendes noted that if every Member of Parliament who votes against the Government is then required to give up his seat and have his vote invalidated, it therefore means the Government can never be defeated on a vote of no- confidence.According to Mendes, the coalition Government is trying to implement an “anti-crossing the floor” measure to ensure it cannot be brought down when members of its party lose confidence in them.Mendes noted that if the Government is to have its way, then Article 106 (6) of the Constitution would be pointless, as the Government would always be able to defeat any no-confidence motion. And CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders remarked that it went beyond this, as it meant voting on anything requiring a majority in Parliament would become a charade.Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”The three No-confidence Motion cases deal with Christopher Ram v the Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo v the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House. The oral arguments will conclude today, after which a ruling will be expected.last_img read more

Dmanisi Homo erectus Fossil Count Grows

first_imgMore bones matching the skulls from the purported Eurasian Homo erectus skulls in Dmanisi, Republic of Georgia have been found (for background, see 08/31/2005 bullet 5, 03/20/2005, 08/01/2002, 11/29/2002). The find was reported in Nature1 with commentary by Daniel Lieberman in the same issue.2 The bones, including ribs, leg bones and arm bones, fingers and clavicles came from three adults and one adolescent. These specimens continue to arouse controversy. The individuals were apparently small in stature yet had modern characteristics; Lieberman wrote, “The adult’s limb proportions are quite modern, with a relatively long femur compared with the humerus, and a tibia/femur ratio similar to that of modern humans from Europe.” The foot bones also showed a prominent arch. Other parts, like the shoulder, body size and brain-to-body ratio appeared “primitive” to the discoverers. The mixture of modern and primitive trait was puzzling. The original paper described these traits:This material shows that the postcranial anatomy of the Dmanisi hominins has a surprising mosaic of primitive and derived [i.e., modern] features. The primitive features include a small body size, a low encephalization quotient and absence of humeral torsion; the derived features include modern-human-like body proportions and lower limb morphology indicative of the capability for long-distance travel.This “mosaic” pattern led them to conclude, “Thus, the earliest known hominins to have lived outside of Africa in the temperate zones of Eurasia did not yet display the full set of derived skeletal features.” Yet deciding what is primitive and what is modern is not an exact science. These specimens show surprising variability within the Homo erectus group. One problem with these specimens is their age: they appeared in Eurasia half a million years earlier (1.8 Mya) than the accepted out-of-Africa hypothesis thought. Another problem is that they don’t look like what paleoanthropologists expected from the African examples. A third problem is that since Homo habilis has been found overlapping in age with Homo erectus, the old story of progression has been called into question (09/01/2007, 08/09/2007). Lieberman stirred these problems around:When viewed up close, however, the Australopithecus�Homo transition has always been murky. One problem is that we don’t know enough about Homo habilis, the putative ancestor of H. erectus. In addition, early H. erectus fossils are quite variable, and the more we look, the more we find contrasts with later hominins (the formal term for a species in the human lineage). For example, their rate of development was rapid and chimp-like, rather than slow and extended as in modern humans. Also, brain size relative to body size in the earliest H. erectus fossils is not much different from that of many australopiths or H. habilis. Finally, the earliest non-African fossils of Homo from Dmanisi, Georgia, which are dated to 1.77 million years ago, resemble H. erectus in many respects. But they are highly variable, and more in the size range of H. habilis than of H. erectus.With data this murky, a reporter could pick any angle to focus on. That’s what happened in news reports about this find. Some, like National Geographic, BBC News and Live Science, celebrated the transitional-form interpretation, while others, like PhysOrg, focused on the questions these puzzling bones raise for researchers. [email protected], by contrast, primarily celebrated the luck of finding this treasure trove, then cautioned, “Even though this sample provides a good look at H. erectus in this time and place, experts caution against drawing broad conclusions about H. erectus.” Speaking of variability, geneticists are also finding unexpected variation in the human genome. When Craig Venter had his own genome sequence published earlier this month (see Yahoo News), geneticists were surprised at the number of differences between his and the “standard” genome that came out of the Human Genome Project. Yet clearly both data sets represented completely modern humans. Given the obvious differences between Tom Thumb and Robert Wadlow, and between skinny models and sumo wrestlers, at what point does human variability put someone outside the category Homo sapiens? (see 07/22/2007). If one cannot know this from genes when we have the live specimens to talk to, how much can be ascertained from bones or salvaged DNA, when the flesh is long gone?1Lordkipanidze et al, “Postcranial evidence from early Homo from Dmanisi, Georgia,” Nature 449, 305-310 (20 September 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06134.2Daniel Lieberman, “Palaeoanthropology: Homing in on early Homo,” Nature 449, 291-292 (20 September 2007) | doi:10.1038/449291a.Why don’t news reporters listen to the caution about drawing broad conclusions? The reporters do it all the time, and yet the scientists never stop them. In fact, when they talk to the reporters, they often lose all scientific restraint and tell stories like the worst of them.Update: Now they’re at it again: while this entry was being prepared, another report came out claiming that Hobbit Man must have been non-human because the wrist bones are slightly different. The usual suspects, like LiveScience and the BBC News, never learn. Haven’t they seen small people before? Rather than consider variability and the effects of disease or genetic isolation, they are pushing the primitive-to-modern human-ancestry myth again. Read the original paper and you will find it is a confusing mishmash of conflicting data. They can’t decide whether these specimens were primitive, modern, or transitional. Remember the guy in 2002 (08/01/2002) who was so puzzled by Dmanisi man, he suggested putting the bones back in the ground? Why would the Dmanisi people have modern arches and walk like modern people, if they were less than human? Does evolution put out certain fully modern traits in advance of others? Was the Dmanisi tribe trying to walk out of Africa to go shopping for bigger brains, and if so, how could they do it without the brains in the first place? Science Daily said that hominids were able to walk just as well as modern humans 3.5 million years ago. Then, certainly they could have been physically agile to hunt down the potatoes that gave them big brains (09/11/2007). And now that we know that so-called Homo habilis couldn’t be an ancestor, why doesn’t anyone draw the conclusion that the whole mishmash of evolution stories is pure fiction? The more logical conclusion is that there is more variability in the human body than previously thought. Most thinking people realize mosaics are an art form. Only one-dimensional Darwinian thinking tries to rearrange the pieces of a mosaic into a straight line.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA armoured vehicles a hit abroad

first_img23 November 2005South African armoured vehicle manufacturer Land Systems OMC has won a US$120-million order to supply the Canadian Army with 50 mine-protected troop carriers, along with an $11-million order from the United Arab Emirates armed forces – the fifth major export deal secured by the firm in 2005.In May, Land Systems announced a $10-million order for 30 of its RG-12 public-order vehicles from the Italian Carabinieri and a $28-million order for 100 of its RG-32M light armoured vehicles for the Swedish Defence Force.In February the US Army placed an order with the company for 148 RG-31 vehicles worth around $78-million.The RG-31 and its sister vehicle, the RG-12, are world-renowned mine-protected armoured personnel carriers in service globally with various peace-keeping organisations and armies.Thanks, praise from survivorsThe order from the US Army came after an incident in 2004 in which a RG-31 in Afghanistan was destroyed by a mine. Five US soldiers were able to exit the vehicle with only light injuries. The soldiers wrote a letter of thanks to Land Systems OMC, saying the vehicle had saved their lives.“If it was not for its superior design and manufacturing we would not be able to write this letter today,” the soldiers wrote.“This is a magnificent endorsement of South African capability in design, engineering and technology,” Land Systems MD Johan Steyn said when announcing the Italian contract, adding that the orders would create additional jobs at the firm’s Johannesburg manufacturing plant.Land Systems OMC is a division of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa, which is a business unit of BAE Systems Land Systems of the United Kingdom.World’s most heavily mined regionNews of the Canadian order came from The Canadian Press, which reported that the Canadian army is expecting delivery of its 50 South African-made armoured vehicles early in 2006 for use by its soldiers in southern Afghanistan.The Canadian army is reportedly purchasing the RG-12s “off the shelf,” without any special requirements. According to The Canadian Press, the vehicles are considered essential to Canada’s mission in the desert and mountains near Kandahar, one of the most heavily mined regions of the most heavily mined country in the world.The RG-12 is a multi-purpose 4×4 armoured vehicle with an all-steel, welded armour, monocoque hull capable of protecting the crew against small arms fire, firebombs and hand grenades.Initially designed as an anti-riot vehicle, the RG-12 is readily adaptable to a variety of roles. In public order policing configuration, 12 fully equipped police officers can operate in the fully air-conditioned vehicle for extended periods.Combat-proven technologyFor the United Arab Emirates armed forces, the smaller, mine-protected RG-31 4×4 armoured vehicle is being customised with Stanag (standard Nato agreement) level 2 protection against armour-piercing ammunition, a more powerful engine, upgraded air-conditioning and additional side doors.According to the SA Press Association (Sapa), UAE armed forces officers who visited Land Systems’ production facilities in Benoni, near Johannesburg, were impressed with the agility and response of the company’s combat-proven mine-protection technology.The UAE delivery is scheduled for the first and second quarters of 2006.The RG-31 is used by other peacekeeping operations in the Middle East, while the RG-12 is successfully deployed in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.Sapa reports that in 2002, prior to the company’s 2004 purchase by BAE Systems, Land Systems OMC (then Alvis OMC) sold a number of RG-12 armoured personnel carriers to the Dubai Police reporterlast_img read more

African Diaspora Summit – Anitha Soni

first_imgBrand South Africa board member Anitha Soni shares what she hopes to be the outcome of the Global Diaspora Summit 2012 taking place in Sandton City, Johannesburg. She also relays what Africa Day 25th May means to her. Click arrow to play video.last_img

The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2013 – South Africa’s Mission

first_imgThe World Economic Forum (WEF) 2013 brought together international political leaders, business leaders and journalists from across the globe to discuss and shape global, regional and industrial agendas with regards to economics, health and the environment under the theme “Resilient Dynamism.”The central strategic focus of South Africa’s engagement in this year’s WEF was to highlight some of the advances the country has made in terms of integrated national planning and policy development. Two key strategic policy initiatives, being the National Development Plan and the National Infrastructure Plan were chosen to shine a light on South Africa’s long-term policy thinking.In terms of the NDP, South Africa’s message at Davos was that the NDP intends to address societal imbalances and to develop necessary skills and capacity in the economy to create a labour absorbing industry. The National Development Plan (NDP) and its Vision 2030 was further used at WEF Davos to showcase the South African ability to name and call out the challenges facing our society. By communicating on the National Infrastructure Plan at WEF Davos, South Africa clearly showed that the government has chosen a path of counter-cyclical spending, driven by catalytic infrastructure investment. In this way the government is striking a balance between protecting the country’s sovereign integrity, while simultaneously leveraging the multiplier impact of fixed capital formation.Infrastructure development and investments are strategic catalytic investments that will support long-term skills development, and related business development in areas where the Strategic Integrated Projects identified in the NIP will be implemented. The latter message regarding the NIP and its associated SIPS had a double impact due to the SA country message dovetailing well with the statements made by President Goodluck Jonathan (Nigeria), and President Paul Kagame (Rwanda). These leaders also championed the cause of African regional integration and related infrastructure development initiatives. In this way South Africa succeeded in its intended objective at Davos, being to highlight the country’s existing strengths and to draw attention to the tremendous opportunity for investment that will open as the NIP and NDP programmes become an integral part of government operations in coming years.As Brand SA we believe the above country messages were not only put across on key platforms, but that by the end of the Davos meeting, there was consensus that the African continent is not only rising in global economic importance, but that the continent presents the world economy with important opportunities for shared growth and co-development (especially with our BRICS partners). The latter plans were effectively communicated, using several platforms, such as CNBC, and president Zuma’s participation in opinion leader platforms on the official WEF Davos programme.In this way South Africa responded to the theme of this year’s conference which was ‘Resilient Dynamism’ – essentially this theme interrogated on-going volatility in global markets and economic uncertainty in the world’s advanced economies. South Africa managed to communicate clearly that the country’s banking and financial sector remains stable and that in many instances the sector is a global leader.In terms of South Africa’s internal labour issues, strikes, and credit ratings downgrades, the president went to great lengths to explain that South Africa is a developing nation, and that we acknowledge the challenges we face. A further very important outcome from WEF Davos was president Zuma’s decision, taken during the presidential briefing to Team SA in Davos, to host a meeting between government and business to address trust issues, and to find common ground to grow the economy, address poverty, and thus to deal with the social challenges our country faces. This meeting took place, as promised, on Sunday 3 February. As Brand SA we applaud this initiative, and we should celebrate the fact that the president and the government of South Africa remains open to engagement with business to find common ground.While the country admits there are labour, and related socio-economic challenges, government cannot address these in isolation. As a nation constructed on the foundation of engagement, deliberation, and negotiation, we at Brand SA believe that these initiatives will in the long term deliver the necessary consensus for us as a nation to rise to the occasion, and deal with the challenges confronting us.The latter is of course also important in terms of the delivery of the NDP, to get business, government and civil-society to a point of closer collaboration, based on mutual understanding, to take the country forward in a collective manner. This can only build the economy and develop a socially cohesive nation.last_img read more

Timeline vs ConnectFX Render Comparisons in Smoke

first_img[RENDER RESULTS] Timeline :41 – CFX/Action 1:20Again, the timeline must render each layer separately, one at a time. But this is still faster than Action. Action must load a large still image, and it must load that image again for each frame. This slows CFX down, but there is a way to optimize it. If you add a MUX node after the Resize node, you can set it to freeze the still and then reuse that frame during processing. This now makes CFX render increase to :30 sec. again making it faster than the timeline render.Example 5:1920×1080 8 bit H.264Canon 5D – 120 frames @ 29.97 Linked Clips / Render ProRes LTThis is a simple CC effect on the Timeline. A CFX Clip was created using Generate Composite and then deleting the Action node which was not needed. Ever wonder why some renders are faster than others? Here is a breakdown of how effects render on the Smoke Timeline vs ConnectFX.When you are working in Autodesk Smoke and building effects you can composite vertically on the timeline, by layering clips on top of another, and adding various effects from the FX Ribbon. Compositing on the timeline is a great way to easily look at the timing and pacing of your shots.Once you are happy with how things are playing, you can promote your vertical composites with existing timeline effects to ConnectFX, Smoke’s node-based effects environment.But no matter how you work, you eventually need to render. For a video editor or compositor, this is the moment of truth. There is one question we all ask ourselves before we hit that RENDER button. “How long is this going to take?”The effect you just spent 30 minutes setting up in ConnectFX, with multiple clips, crisscrossing links going from node to node, 3D Text and lights – how long is it going to take to render? A minute or an hour? Or, does this 10 layer, 5 minute timeline composite with Axis, Keys, and Color Warps give me 10 mins to check my Twitter feed or do I have time to watch a movie on Netflix?The Semi-Scientific Breakdown:I setup several different effects scenarios using Timeline FX that I could promote to ConnectFX and compared the times each one rendered. One very important thing to understand about these render times – don’t get hung up on the actual times that each render took. This comparison is more about the difference in time between rendering timeline effects vs ConnectFX.Depending on your hardware everyone will get faster or slower speeds in rendering, but the difference between the 2 should remain consistent. So if it takes :60 sec on the timeline and :10 sec in CFX for me to render one of these examples, it may take you, on your system, :30 and :05 sec.The point is, look at the speed difference between the two and not the overall speed. There are too many factors that come into play when rendering, such as, CPU, GPU, codecs, drive speed and I/O. But all things being the same, you will get similar results between the timeline and CFX.All of these tests were done on my MacBook Pro (seen pic) with source files and Autodesk Media Folder on the system drive. Not a recommended workflow, but fine for testing. I may revisit this later with proper external storage. Test were performed with Smoke 2013 Service Pack 2. [Click images below for larger view.]EXAMPLE :11920×1080 H.264 8 bit Canon 5D – 120 frames @ 29.97 Linked Clips / Render ProRes LTI took 6 different clips and use an AXIS effect to place them in a 3×2 grid. A CFX clip was created using Generate Composite. [RENDER RESULTS] Timeline 3:30 – CFX/Action 4:50Example 2 will render the CC effect and then the AX effect for each layer, 1 at a time on the timeline. This increases the render time from Example 1. But in Action, the added CC nodes only slightly affected the overall render time. Why? The Timeline must render 240 frames for each layer (2×120), where CFX only adds the CC effect to each clip before rendering them as a whole.Example 3:1920×1080 H.264 8 bit Canon 5D – 120 frames @ 29.97 Linked Clips / Render ProRes LTI took the same clip and created the same 3×2 grid. A CFX Clip was created using Generate Composite. [RENDER RESULTS] Timeline :08 – CFX/Action :16This one actually puzzles me. I can’t explain why the timeline is 2x faster than the same effect in CFX. I welcome anyone else to test and see what their results are. I question if this is a bug in the 2013 Service Pack 2.Example 6:1920×1080 H.264 8 bit Canon 5D – 120 frames @ 29.97 Linked Clips / Render ProResLTHere is a Wipe effect and the CC effect. The black is generated due to no background in the timeline. A CFX Clip was created using Generate Composite.[RENDER RESULTS] Timeline :32 – CFX/Action :28This is almost a dead-heat. The Timeline must make two 120 frame renders, where Action only needs to make one. The GMask is created in the Modular Keyer in Action. If you create the effect with nodes in CFX and avoid Action the render time was :26.Example 7:1920×1080 H.264 8 bitCanon 5D – 120 frames @ 29.97 Linked Clips / Render ProRes LTThis is using AX to keyframe a gaussian blur in X & Y from 0 to 30 over 120 frames. A CFX Clip was created using Generate Composite.[RENDER RESULTS] Timeline :26 – CFX/Action :12This is one where Action wins… largely due to GPU processing. The Axis blur on the timeline is not as optimized as CFX. If you used the Blur node in CFX, the results were the same as Action blur.Example 8:1920×1080 H.264 8 bit Canon 5D – 120 frames @ 29.97Linked Clips / Render ProRes LTIn this example we use a simple non-animating Text effect. A CFX Clip was created using Generate Composite and then Action was deleted to clean up the schematic.[RENDER RESULTS] Timeline :09 – CFX/Action :30This is a prime example of how poorly optimized the Text Node is in CFX. The Text Node must render the type for each frame even though it isn’t animating. But if we use the MUX node again and create a 1 frame still, then the CFX render time matches that at of the timeline at :09 sec.Example 9:2560×1350 (Half Premium) 12 bit Red Clip – 190 frames @ 23.98 Linked Clips / Render ProRes 4444Here we test a larger file size and higher bit depth, as well as rendering to a higher codec. A CC Negative effect as well as an AXIS 360 rotate and Scale animation from 0 to 100. A constant blur value of 5 was also used. A CFX lip was created using Generate Composite.[RENDER RESULTS] Timeline 1:59 – CFX/Action :54CFX and Action wins this one as well. Why? The timeline must render 2 passes for its effects, while CFX can render it all at once. Also the blur in Action takes better advantage of the GPU.Conclusion:What we can gather from all of this is that some Smoke nodes work better in CFX than others. Some are more optimized. I think there should be better parity between the Timeline and ConnectFX.The ConnectFX pipeline was reworked for the 2013 release and with the Service Packs released the optimization of the CFX nodes gets better and better. I hope these simple tests shed some light on your own renders. The MUX node in ConnectFX is your friend. Use it anytime you need to still a frame to speed up your renders or limit a range in an animation so Smoke doesn’t continue to calculate needlessly. I would be happy to see if your renders match mine in terms of differences in time between the Smoke Timeline and CFX.\Please share your own thoughts & experiences in the comments below!center_img [RENDER RESULTS] Timeline 1:51 – CFX/Action 4:20Example 3 playout very similar to Example 1. Action is much slower because it must load each clip, even though it’s the same clip, which creates a slowdown due to I/O. However, if you optimize the CFX setup by linking the single clip to each Action input the render time decreases dramatically to :51 sec. This makes it faster than the timeline render.Example 4:1920×1080 ProRes 422 10 bit120 frames @ 29.97 Linked Clips / Render ProRes LTHere is a chroma key of a ProRes clip over a .jpg (3000x2000px) resized (1920x1080px) still frame. A CFX Clip was created using Generate Composite. [RENDER RESULTS] Timeline 2:02 – CFX/Action 4:40Example 1 shows us that CFX and Action is much slower than doing this same setup on the timeline. Why? Action needs to load each frame from each clip before it can process the rendered frame. On the timeline render, each clip is rendered as a full clip repositioned over black. Each layer is then just rendered over top of the layer below as timeline renders are done layer by layer. So the I/O of getting the frames before processing in Action slows it down.Example 2:1920×1080 H.264 8 bitCanon 5D – 120 frames @ 29.97Linked Clips / Render ProRes LTI took the same setup as Example 1 and added a CC effect to turn the clips blue. A CFX Clip was created using Generate Composite.last_img read more

Protect Your Clients from Harm

first_imgI am sitting in Portland, Maine, preparing to speak, single-handedly drinking a pot of coffee, and thinking about what we do as value creators. I wrote something for my newsletter yesterday, but I decided not to send it. This idea is more important (maybe among the most important I have written).What if your job was to protect your clients and your dream clients?What if instead of thinking that there was an adversarial component to your relationship, you were instead supposed to keep them from harm?What if that included the harm that they sometimes cause themselves?Right now you have clients who are making mistakes. They are making decisions that are moving them further away from the results they need. They are doing things the way they’ve always done them, and by doing so, they are leaving money on the table or losing their competitive advantage.You have prospective clients, what I call dream clients, that are in this very same position.The challenge with pitching your product or your service to these clients and prospects is because they don’t yet believe deeply enough that they need to change what they are doing. If they do believe they need to change, they don’t have a vision as to how that change is possible for them. Or how they could afford to give that change the time, the money, and the energy necessary to bring it to fruition.The bigger challenge in pitching your product or service to your clients and prospects who don’t yet believe they need to change or that they can is that they fear making that change. No matter how much better you can make things, it is still a step into the unknown. They know the problems they have now, and they have learned to live with them. If they aren’t screaming for change, they haven’t yet reached threshold, that place where change becomes necessary.How do you help your clients and prospects?What do you do if you believe your job is to serve them here, to protect them from harm?What should be your intentions to help your clients and prospects when they are struggling with change? How are you going to change your approach?If you have ever seen someone saved from drowning, you may have seen the person drowning resist the person saving them. They are not being adversarial. They are struggling against themselves. They are afraid.Who do you have to be to protect your clients? What do you have to know? 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 Nowlast_img read more

Erosion boredom and the effects of hydro dams on two Cree communities

first_imgAshley Brandson APTN News For decades, hydro development has wreaked havoc on communities in Northern Manitoba – culturally, socially, and economically.But now community members are speaking out.In this APTN News special report, residents are sharing how the developments have effected the [email protected]@ashleybrandson This Part 3 in the series Power Failure: The impacts of hydro dams on Northern Manitoba.last_img