When shooting directly at the sun, some digital cinema cameras suffer from the “black sun effect,” which can leave a nasty-looking hole in your image. Here’s how to fix it in DaVinci Resolve.Top image via ShutterstockOne very common (and frustrating) issue that most filmmakers eventually face is the black sun effect. If you’ve ever experienced this issue, you know just how annoying it can be to review your otherwise perfect looking footage, only to realize there’s a big black hole right in the middle of the shot.Most often, this artifact is a result of extreme overexposure — hence why it’s so common when pointing your camera at the sun. The center of the overexposed portion of your image will simply clip to black, as opposed to clipping to white, which inevitably leaves an ugly mark on your footage.Image via ShutterstockNot all cameras will have this issue. In fact, most don’t suffer from this problem. But some digital cinema cameras (such as the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera) are prone to it and need to be handled carefully in post to get rid of the problem.The good news: it’s actually very easy to fix this problem in just about any color correction software. For the purpose of this post, I’ll describe the steps that I’d recommend using in DaVinci Resolve — but keep in mind, you can apply these principles no matter what color software you’re using.Step 1: Add a WindowThe first step you need to take after importing your footage is to create a power window around the black spot on your footage. This usually works best with a small circular window positioned directly on top of the black hole. You might want to add a touch of softness (or feathering) to the window, but try to limit the overall size as much as possible. You really only want it affecting the black spot and maybe a few surrounding pixels.Step 2: TrackOnce your window is set up properly, the next step is to use a tracker (such as DaVinci Resolve’s built-in tracker) to track the mask to the black spot. This step might not be necessary if you were shooting a locked-off shot on a tripod, but if you were panning, tilting, or shooting handheld, you’re definitely going to need to track your window. Once the track is complete, you can move on to the final step.Step 3: Levels AdjustmentWith your window now tracked perfectly to the black spot on your footage, all you need to do is lift up your shadows as much as possible. The easiest way to do this in DaVinci Resolve is to crank up the “lift” wheel as far as possible, so that your black level effectively turns white. This will completely eliminate the black spot in your footage, leaving you with a perfect final image.To help visualize these steps, be sure to check out the video below. It will show you exactly how to remove the black sun effect on your footage.Have any additional tips/tricks/techniques for adjusting sun spots? Please share them in the comments below.
A woman died and two other civilians were injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in the Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said.Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing, resulting in the death and injuries. Properties have also been damaged, they said, adding the Indian Army has effectively retaliated to the unprovoked aggression from across the Line of Control.The woman who died in the firing has been identified as Hamida Fatima, police said.On Saturday, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in Tangdhar to assist infiltration attempts by militants. Two Indian Army personnel and a civilian were killed and three others were injured.On Sunday, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said 6-10 Pakistani army personnel were killed and three terrorist camps destroyed in a retaliatory action by the Indian Army across the LoC opposite the Tangdhar sector.
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Fighting is family affair for Golovkin San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya was livid after San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez called Michael Calisaan a “dirty player” after their game Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“Boyet has no right to call Michael a dirty player,” said Macaraya after losing to the Red Lions 76-65. “He’s destroying the dignity of Michael as well as the referees and commissioner.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES READ: San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight winCalisaan was initially called for a disqualifying foul on San Beda’s Javee Mocon at the 3:33 mark of the first quarter, which would’ve merited an automatic ejection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe referees, however, downgraded the call to an unsportsmanlike foul after reviewing the video.“Every game, I watch Michael play because I want to find ways to stop him but every time I watch him I always see him punching a guy,” said Fernandez. “I love his physicality but don’t try to destroy another guy’s future. Macaraya was dumbfounded with Fernandez’ statements adding that the 11-1 Red Lions have been practically breezing through during their 10-game win streak.“I don’t know what his problem is, they’re the ones who are winning and we’re the ones losing, and yet he keeps on complaining,” said Macaraya as his Stags slipped to 5-6. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’01:53NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
Advertisement AdvertisementAn inspired second half surge by the Swiss helped them stage the first comeback victory of this year’s world cup. Goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri sparked a controversial celebration from the players portraying the nationalist symbol of the ethnic Albanian Eagle hinting at their Albanian lineage. Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic overpowered the Swiss defender Fabian Schar to head the ball home and give Serbia the lead just 5 minutes into the game. After an early domination by the Serbian, Switzerland slowly started to take control of the match. Early in the second half, Shaqiri’s shot from inside the box was blocked by Kolarov as it fell comfortably for Granit Xhaka. The arsenal midfielder shot a 25 yard rebound ball with power, pace and swerve from outside the box leaving no chance whatsoever for Stojkovic to save the shot. Tiring midfield for both the teams towards the end of the match became easier to pass by as attack was countered by attack in the final few minutes of the game. Serbia won a corner in the dying moments of the game. Ivanovic’s cross was steered clear and two passes later it sparked a one man counter attack from Shaqiri who was tried to be played offside by Tosic forgetting the fact that it was Shaqiri’s own half. Shaqiri carried the ball from the half line on his own to score the all important winner for the Swiss.This puts Switzerland level on points with table toppers Brazil who are sitting on 4 points from 2 matches. This means that Serbia will have to win against Brazil in order to qualify while, for Switzerland a mere draw against the already knocked Costa Rica will help them advance to the knockout phase.Catch the highlights of #SRBSUI here :Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Nigeria vs Iceland ReviewFIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Costa Rica Review
Data Device Corporation announces the introduction of its RD-19231 series of 16-bit resolver-to-digital (R/D) converters, which offer 3.3V or 5V compatibility and are designed for high performance aerospace, industrial, and commercial positioning systems. The RD-19231, contained in a small 64-pin plastic quad flat pack (10×10 mm), is a drop-in replacement to all RD-19230 legacy designs, and replacement requires no modification of the Printed Circuit Board. This single SOI CMOS monolithic chip merges precision analog circuitry with digital logic to form a complete high- performance tracking R/D converter with accuracy up to 1 arc minute. For convenience and flexibility, the RD-19231 offers user programmable encoder emulation, resolution, bandwidth, tracking rate, velocity scaling and a new selectable I/O voltage output of 5V or 3.3V. Furthermore, an internal encoder emulation feature (with independent resolution control) enables the RD-19231 to emulate incremental optical encoder output signals, so that new encoder-based systems can now easily interface with a resolver output.Normally, as little as six degrees of resolver phase shift can cause accuracy problems in a 16-bit R/D converter. The RD-19231’s synthesized reference capability not only eliminates errors caused by quadrature (phase shift) voltage, but also ensures accurate operation with a phase shift of up to 45 degrees. Additionally, the RD-19231’s differential resolver inputs allow for easy filtering in noisy environments.The RD-19231 accepts two sets of bandwidth components providing users with uncompromising precision for a wide variety of dynamic applications. The dual bandwidth feature also enables users to switch the resolution on the fly between 10, 12, 14, or 16-bit settings with minimal upset to velocity and position information. Dual bandwidth and switch on the fly resolution are valuable features for applications requiring high resolution with a settling time that is faster than such a resolution will permit.The RD-19231’s ±4V velocity output (VEL) eliminates the need for a tachometer, and the VEL’s full scale value can be easily set with a single resistor. Velocity scaling, reversal error, and offset parameters may be externally trimmed for applications requiring tighter specifications than are the norm.The RD-19231 series operates in temperatures ranging from -40 to +85° C, and is ideal for aerospace, industrial, and commercial position applications, including servo motor controls, antenna positioning, aircraft position feedback systems, machine tool and robotic positioning controls, and manufacturing process control systems. The RD-19231 is available in both lead and RoHS lead free versions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous TI: multiprotocol gigabit TSN-enabled processors for Industry 4.0Next Innodisk: industrial-grade 3D NAND SSD series for industrial embedded market
Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)We have a new College Football Playoff prediction following what happened in college football in the second week of the season.ESPN has updated its College Football Playoff predictor following Week 2.The four teams projected to make the College Football Playoff right now:AlabamaOhio StateClemsonOklahomaLast week, ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor had Notre Dame making it. The Fighting Irish’s odds have dropped significantly after their showing against Ball State, though.You can view the full picks here.
zoom Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) has entered into conditional contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to construct two Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tankers, with options to order up to two additional vessels.Upon delivery in 2019 and 2020, the 154,000 dwt vessels will provide shuttle tanker services in the North Sea under Teekay Offshore’s existing master agreement with Statoil ASA (Statoil).As informed, the new vessels will be constructed based on TOO’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, including LNG propulsion technology.What is more, Teekay Offshore revealed plans to transfer its shuttle tanker business into a new subsidiary, Teekay Shuttle Tankers (ShuttleCo).This follows a contract signed between Teekay Corporation, Teekay Offshore and Brookfield Business Partners as well as its institutional partners to enter into a strategic partnership. The deal includes a USD 640 million investment in Teekay Offshore. Following the investment, Brookfield will own approximately 60 percent share in Teekay Offshore.As part of the formation of ShuttleCo, a majority of Teekay Offshore’s shuttle tanker fleet will be refinanced with a new USD 600 million, five-year debt facility, and two 50 percent-owned vessels will be refinanced with a new USD 71 million, four-year debt facility.In addition, an existing USD 250 million debt facility secured by the three East Coast Canada newbuildings and an existing USD 143 million private placement project bond financing secured by two vessels, will be transferred from Teekay Offshore to ShuttleCo, the company said.Separately, Teekay Offshore informed that Teekay Shuttle Tankers has completed an offering of USD 250 million of new senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market. The new bonds will have a coupon of 7.125 percent and mature in August 2022.In connection with the bond issuance, and Teekay Shuttle Tankers’ acquisition of the shuttle tanker business, Teekay Offshore will repurchase approximately NOK 199 million of its TOP02 bonds maturing in November 2018 at a price of 101 percent of par value and approximately NOK 512 million of its TOP04 bonds maturing in December 2018 at a price of 101 percent of par value.
Riyadh: The weapons used to strike two Saudi oil plants were provided by the kingdom’s arch-foe Iran, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Monday. “The investigation is continuing and all indications are that weapons used in both attacks came from Iran,” coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki told reporters in Riyadh, adding they were now probing “from where they were fired”. The Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen, where a coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, claimed Saturday’s strikes on two facilities owned by state energy giant Aramco which sent shock waves across oil markets. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pointed the finger squarely at Tehran, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen. “This strike didn’t come from Yemen territory as the Huthi militia are pretending,” Maliki said, adding that an investigation was ongoing into the attacks and their origins. He labelled the Huthis “a tool in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the terrorist regime of Iran”. Trump has raised the possibility of military retaliation after the strikes, saying Sunday that Washington was “locked and loaded” to respond. Oil prices rocketed on Monday after the strikes on Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil processing facility, and the Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia knocked out nearly half of the top crude exporter’s production.
TORONTO — The accessibility law that took effect in Ontario 14 years ago and has served as a blueprint for similar legislation in other parts of Canada has fallen well short of its goals and continues to leave disabled residents facing daily, “soul-crushing” barriers, a former lieutenant governor has found.David Onley, a wheelchair user tasked with reviewing the implementation of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, delivered a withering indictment of nearly all aspects of the law in a report quietly tabled in the provincial legislature this week.The scathing report said disabled residents are barred from full inclusion in the province at nearly every turn, likening some of the barriers they face to long-abolished Jim Crow laws that perpetuated racial discrimination in the United States.He said Ontario is nowhere near realizing the goal at the heart of the act, which promises to make the province fully accessible by 2025. He said only urgent, wide-ranging action from the provincial government can put a stop to the ongoing cycle of human rights violations.“This is a matter of civil rights, and people with disabilities are being discriminated against on a daily basis in multiple ways,” Onley said in a telephone interview. “We don’t like to use the word discrimination because it gets tossed around, but what other word describes the situation? It is discrimination.”Onley said the most obvious manifestations of that discrimination can be found throughout Ontario’s public and private buildings, many of which have physical features that actively shut people out.Onley — Ontario’s first disabled lieutenant governor — said some personal examples include restaurants featuring automatic doors atop a flight of stairs or hotels with accessible washrooms but beds too high for him to climb into from his motorized scooter.“For a person using a wheelchair, stairs are like a sign that says you can’t enter here. The same goes for a deaf student in a classroom without captioning or a blind woman trying to find her way in a building without accurate Braille signage,” he said in the opening chapter of his report. “The message is: you don’t belong here.”Onley said design barriers are no different than “the signs of a bygone era in foreign countries, telling people which water fountains they could or could not use and which restaurants or buses they could or could not use.”While Onley identified built environment barriers as one of the most pressing concerns, he listed a host of other problems with the law he said the government has failed to properly address since it took effect in 2005.Other issues included lack of enforcement, accessibility rules that are slow to be developed and even slower to be implemented, and information-technology standards that are already out of date although they haven’t been fully applied.Some of the issues are even more fundamental, he said, citing the fact that the law does not currently define “accessibility” and leaves people across the province to come up with their own interpretations. Even the definition of “disability” is problematic, he said, saying AODA’s current language positions disability as a medical issue rather than one of social exclusion.Clarifying those key terms is among the 15 broad recommendations Onley provided to the current Progressive Conservative government, who had frozen work by committees tasked with developing accessibility standards since taking power last June.Others involve the government radically changing its approach. Onley urged Premier Doug Ford to lead the way in making accessibility a priority across all ministries, not just the one ostensibly handling the file.He also urged the government to redesign the provincial education curriculum to make accessibility a focus starting as early as kindergarten and extending through the post-secondary years. He likened the efforts he wants to see with past campaigns that brought public smoking and environmental protection to greater public prominence.Onley singled out architects as a particular target of educational efforts, noting trainees in the field learn next to nothing about inclusive design.Other recommendations included offering tax breaks and other financial incentives to those improving accessibility in public buildings and private homes, significantly bolstering enforcement efforts, and lifting the freeze on developing new accessibility standards in areas like health care and education.The government said it acted on the last recommendation already and will be meeting with committee heads to get work back underway.Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho did not respond to Onley’s other recommendations, but thanked him for the report.“We aim to modernize our approach to accessibility to make things easier for families, workers and businesses in today’s Ontario,” Cho said in a statement.Accessibility advocates lauded Onley’s report, saying his “blistering” findings should be of particular concern to other Canadian jurisdictions.David Lepofsky, chair of advocacy group AODA Alliance, said Manitoba and Nova Scotia both put legislation in place that’s weaker than Ontario’s in many respects. The federal government, he said, is poised to follow suit unless the senate makes amendments to strengthen the proposed Accessible Canada Act, the first national accessibility law in Canada’s history.“The thing that we’ve learned, that the Onley report shows, is that just doing what Ontario did has helped, but nowhere near as much as what we need,” Lepofsky said. “(Other governments) need to learn from that and be better.”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
The Duchess of Cornwall received a canine guard of honour as she visited Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this week with her two Jack Russell terriers.Duchess of Cornwall and Paul O’Grady at Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeCredit/Copyright: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-duchess-of-cornwall-visits-battersea-dogs-cats-homeA dozen homeless dogs stood in two lines wearing blue jackets as The Duchess fed them treats, petted them and chatted to volunteers at the home, in south west London.The Duchess has recently adopted the two terriers from the charity and it was the first time she had visited Battersea with her new companions in tow.Her Royal Highness got Beth in August 2011 when she was a three-month-old unwanted puppy and later adopted Bluebell in September 2012 after she was found wandering alone in a London park with a painful skin condition.The pair appeared in fine form when they emerged with The Duchess from the royal car, straining at their leads to explore the smells of the home and barking at the cameras as they were photographed.Staff who treated the two dogs commented on how well they were looking and said they were delighted that Bluebell’s fur had grown back.“She’s the nicest dog,” The Duchess said of Bluebell. “Both of them are. They are very happy and they love it… These two, I must say, have turned out to be stars.”The Duchess visited the home in October 2010 to open the charity’s new London cattery and to mark Battersea’s 150th anniversary. During Wednesday’s hour-long visit The Duchess met Paul O’Grady, the television presenter and ambassador at Battersea who himself adopted a Jack Russell from the home in the summer.He told The Duchess: “I think mine’s got a bit of Rottweiler in her. She is tough.” The Duchess replied that her dogs are “very tough too”.Before leaving the Battersea home, The Duchess was given two goodie bags for her dogs, and in turn left the home a bag of Highgrove products donated by The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uk
Bill Clinton released the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010:“Six years ago, over 200,000 Haitians were killed in the devastating earthquake, and countless more were displaced from their homes, loved ones, and support systems.“I am deeply grateful to the many partners within Haiti and around the world — including through the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative — who have remained steadfast in their dedication to the rebuilding effort, often in the face of considerable challenges. Together, Haitians and their partners are working today to create jobs, grow small businesses, revitalize Haiti’s once-vibrant agricultural sector, and protect the environment.“Much remains to be done, but I continue to believe that Haiti has a bright future, and will continue to do what I can to support the resilient Haitian people as they build the country they envision.”
Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Could the story of the Vegas Golden Knights be coming soon to a theatre near you? (Getty Images/CBC Sports) Advertisement The Vegas Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup Final feels like a ready-made sports movie — clichés and all.A scrappy group of literal outcasts defying the odds, sticking it to the establishment and rallying after a tragedy to reach improbable heights? The script practically writes itself.So, might as well cast it and start production, right? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Golden Misfits — working title — has the potential to fuse the sheer lunacy of Slap Shot and emotional stakes of Miracle with the mass appeal of the Mighty Ducks film franchise. The NHL even brought up the subject with the Golden Knights recently, with the players and coaches weighing in on their cinematic counterparts.But in order to achieve peak authenticity, it’s time for an expansion draft (er, casting call) to find the right actors. And should Vegas win the Cup, it’d be a bigger heist than anything Danny Ocean ever schemed up… Facebook
Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. says it logged net earnings of $44.8 million in the first quarter, or 81 cents per share.That’s down from net earnings of $50.8 million, or $1.02 per share, in the same January-to-March period a year earlier.Revenues reached $125.5 million in the quarter, which represents an increase of $12.4 million over the same periods in the prior year.The increase was primarily the result of increased destination guests and associated revenue per visit.As of March 31, 2012, total pass and card sales reached $41.5 million — a record for Whistler Blackcomb, exceeding last year’s record sales to March 31, 2011.Skier visits were 1.338 million in the quarter — an increase of 9.2 per cent over the same period last year.