Choosing the Best Aspect Ratio for Your Video

first_imgAspects ratios are more than just the shape of your visuals onscreen. They help viewers interpret and relate to what they’re seeing.When you’re planning a video project, aspect ratio is one of the first decisions you need to make. Are you going to go full frame or widescreen?  Should you film in 4:3 or vertical video? Why?Making informed decisions about your aspect ratio can improve the style of your story and create a dynamic contrast between shots and scenes. In this video tutorial, I go over my favorites as well as some new ones you can consider for your next project. Full Screen (1920 x 1080)Full screen is a common aspect ratio shared by narrative films, documentaries, and even online video. (This tutorial is, itself, shot in full screen.) Full screen captures the largest amount of data and is, perhaps, the easiest for your audience to watch without realizing that they’re watching anything. It offers a lot of detail and plenty of potential for manipulation in post-production, if you need it.Wide Screen (2.35:1)The wide screen ratio is a dynamic option that gives you a bit more control over your viewers’ experience of your footage. Because it limits the field of vision both above and below a horizontal axis, the audience’s eyes move less around the composition, allowing you to tighten focus and attention on particular narrative elements. This ratio is most common for narrative projects, but it can lend a cinematic flair to just about anything you’re working on.4:3This is the aspect ratio people saw every night on television before the advent of widescreen TVs. Its limited field of vision means that your audience will be largely singularly focused on one particular element of your composition at a time — unlike a full frame or widescreen shot, which allows them to travel a bit around the composition. This aspect ratio is great for throwback projects or even simply to bring greater attention to your subjects.Vertical VideoThis is the newest aspect ratio on the filmmaking block. It’s what we see when we pull up our camera phones, and, frankly, its potential is still something we’re discovering. While many purists will tell you that doing anything as a vertical video is a sin, more and more often, your viewers will be consuming your content on the internet, which doesn’t care as much about classic proportions as we, as filmmakers, might like it to. So jump in on this aspect ratio while it’s still new, and see if you can’t be part of leading its innovation.For more info on aspect ratios check out “Aspect Ratio Fundamentals and Free Aspect Ratio Calculators.”Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Homemade VFX: Create and Film a DIY Meteor Strike5 Ways to Improve Your Workflow with Client FeedbackLearn How to Enhance Your Film with Ambient LightLearn How to Create 2D Motion Graphics with After Effects3 Ways To Create A Shallow Depth of Fieldlast_img read more

Haryana’s law officer terminated for accompanying Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

first_imgThe Haryana government on Friday removed Haryana’s deputy advocate general for “accompanying” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh after the Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s conviction in a rape case.The Atate government terminated the services of DAG Gurdas Salwara on the recommendations of Haryana’s Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan. “It is found that yesterday the DAG accompanied the baba,” Mr. Mahajan said.He said the DAG was a government servant and was not allowed to practice such things. “The DAG has relations with the Dera,” he claimed.The action from the AG office came in the wake of a video clip purportedly showing the DAG in lawyer’s robes carrying a suitcase of the Dera head after his conviction by a CBI court in Panchkula yesterday.last_img

ICC Champions Trophy: Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh blast Aamer Sohail’s match-fixing claims

first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh have blasted Aamer Sohail for accusing Pakistan of match-fixing in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England. Sohail created a storm by saying that ODI skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and his boys have no reason to rejoice as they have made it to the final not on the basis of their performance but through “external factors”.WATCH FULL VIDEO”Sarfraz needs to be told that you have not done anything great. Someone has helped you to win these matches. There is no reason for you (Sarfraz) to rejoice. We all know what happens behind the scenes. I can’t tell you who have won them the games. If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God have won them the games. They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not on the basis of their performances,” Sohail said.Sohail further warned the players to concentrate on their game and remain level-headed, otherwise they would not be able to survive.”The boys now need to be level-headed and focussed on playing good cricket. We all are well aware of everyone’s calibre. If you do something wrong, then we will tell you about the same. If you do something correct, we will appreciate you. So, they should keep themselves level-headed, otherwise they would not be able to go much ahead.”Contrary to everyone’s expectations, Pakistan stunned favourites England by registering a resounding eight-wicket win to enter the finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy here at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Wednesday.advertisementChasing a paltry score of 212, Pakistan crossed the line for the loss of two wickets and 12.5 overs to spare.Ganguly said Sohail’s comments “shows of poor culture and poor taste.””The likes of Sarfraz (Ahmed) and his boys are used to all this. This is not the first time I’m hearing all these. And how can Pakistan influence their qualification into a final? How?,” Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive chat.Harbhajan said Pakistan worked after India defeat to defy the odds.”These are all talks and I’m sure these guys are jealous. They thought that Pakistan will not reach that far. That’s fine. Even I thought that they will not reach that far. They have worked really worked hard to get this far and I feel so bad when people work so hard and the ex-captains or ex-players talk bad about the team,” Harbhajan told India Today.One can expect a cracker of a game on Sunday at the Kennington Oval, with the two arch-rivals facing each other for the second time in the tournament.Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage.However, it would not be an easy one for the Men in Blue to defend their title as they would face a charged-up and equally confident Pakistan, who surprised everyone by beating favourites England in the first semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday.India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Game Of Thrones Maisie Williams Jumps From A Plane For Dolphins

first_imgGame Of Thrones star Maisie Williams threw herself out of a plane for dolphins this week.Ric O’Barry and Maisie Williams after their skydiveCredit/Copyright: DolphinProject.netThe star, who is currently appearing in the latest season of Dr Who, took to the skies for a charity skydive with Dolphin Project founder Ric O’Barry.“The jump was fantastic!” said Maisie. “As an ambassador for Dolphin Project, I was so happy to be able to raise money and awareness for their amazing cause. It was so much fun to celebrate Ric’s 76th birthday by jumping out of a plane 15000 feet in the air!”Over $1000 was raised during the jump for Dolphin Project, which aims to put an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter once and for all.“Skydiving is something I have done before and enjoyed so much, so I thought, why not do it for a good cause?” added Maisie. “Doing wild things for charity brings more attention to topics I feel are really important.”To find out more about Dolphin Project, click here.last_img read more

How Future US Plans to Bounce Back

first_imgFOLIO:: What was the takeaway from the first half performance?Marcom: The big challenge for the first half was that games advertising was really weak in the September to December period compared to the year before. The second half will be strengthened, thanks to the E3 games expo and a lot of new activity following that for the rest of this year into the next fiscal year.The combination of the severe recession and the relentless digital advance has clearly left the industry reeling. But these factors are forcing healthy change—the historic over-reliance on ad revenues to offset low consumer pricing for instance, has been shown to be barely sustainable during this recession. FOLIO:: Where do you expect to see growth coming from? Where do the print titles fit in?Marcom: As the dust settles from the combined impact of recession and the disruption to the newsstand last year, it looks like the real consumer appetite for our magazines is still as healthy as ever. We are spending a lot of time this year thinking about the fundamentals—improving our retail management, driving up pricing, improving our cover designs, working hard on ad sales staff development and relations with our core customers. Online, it’s all about building better user experiences to increase engagement at our core vertical sites. We are particularly excited about the growth of a couple of new products. Guitar Aficionado, a luxury lifestyle title launched last year by our music group, is building readership fast and opening doors to advertisers such as Ralph Lauren and Porsche who never knew Future before. Our quarterly World of Warcraft: Official Magazine, published in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, is leveraging decades of experience in games—we are marketing subscriptions exclusively online to World of Warcraft players, and shipping tens of thousands of fans around the world a lavishly illustrated magazine every quarter. The economics are very sweet. World of Warcraft: the Official Magazine is not a newsstand product, it’s a premium priced subscription product. The basic rate for four copies per year in the U.S. is $39.95. It’s marketed almost exclusively online through World of Warcraft’s own channels. That means the conventional economics—direct marketing, newsstand distribution—all fall away so you just have a very clean equation and you can put the investment against quality editorial. Our customer publishing segment is up 24 percent in revenue in the first half of 2010 and that’s another $500,000 of revenue. It’s a model we talk about when approaching other partners. For that to work, you need some kind of massive audience passion around a particular brand or game. The model of sharing risk upfront with our marketing partner and sharing rewards down the road is one we continue to have conversations about. We just announced a partnership with Best Buy for @Gamer. There is a lot of science about how we’re targeting prospects. Best Buy has a large database of customers and we’ll know how to target the magazine and tailor the product as it gets larger.And we are kicking around at least three or four new brand ideas—all of which, as it happens, seem likely to have a printed product as their foundation.FOLIO:: With the wholesaler collapse, 2009 was a rough year on the newsstand for much of the consumer category, including Future US. How have you responded? Howare newsstand sales trending in 2010?Marcom: The collapse was painful, but we’ve come out of it with a much surer grip on how we run the business. We have adjusted draws and distribution footprints, and expect to see both good gains in efficiency this year and also volume recovery across our core titles. Beyond that, I think the newsstand settled down to a much more predictable pace. We’ve done a lot of work to make draws more efficient and we’ve looked closely at the distribution of print, fine-tuned and restocked outlets that disappeared during the disruption last year and had another look at where we place copies. It’s a lot of basic hard work looking at where we’re putting the inventory. The shutdown of Anderson News in February 2009 plunged the newsstand efforts of many consumer publishers into chaos, but few were as affected as Future US. In 2008, Future US was among the top 20 newsstand publishers based on retail sales, according to a report by FOLIO: sister magazine Audience Development. However, in 2009, the combination of newsstand disruption and the drop in advertising around video games (games account for half of Future US’s total revenue) forced the company from profitability.In the first half of fiscal 2010 (ended March 31), revenue fell 10 percent to $33.5 million, due in part to a 6 percent planned reduction in the number of published products and a 23 percent drop in advertising revenue. But the company is looking to bounce back, putting a new contract in place with Time Warner Retail and improving to a 2 percent circulation loss in the first half of fiscal 2010, compared to an 18 percent drop in circulation in the first half of fiscal 2009, despite 50 percent fewer specials. FOLIO: speaks with president John Marcom [pictured above] about the plan to return Future US to profitability. last_img read more

Mahindra Verito Vibe Set to Debut in India Today

first_imgIndia’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) is all set to launch its much anticipated Verito Vibe in India on Wednesday (5 June).The vehicle is powered by 1.5 litre Renault K9K diesel engine which would deliver 65 PS and a mileage of 21 kilometres per liter. The sub-4 metre version of M&M’s existing Verito sedan was said to be hatchback model. However, there are also reports saying that the model is going to be a compact salon. The vehcile is expected to fall in the price bracket of ₹5 lakh and is likely to come in three variants like its Verito sedan – D2, D4 and D6.M&M which is gearing to enter to a new segment with the launch of Verito Vibe hopes to regain its sales in the domestic auto market. The decline of car sales in India has also affected M&M. The company, which is heavily dependent on diesel vehicles, reported 1.2 percent decrease in its total sales at 43,460 units in May 2013. The domestic sales of the company was up by 5.4 percent, clocking at 42,104 units against 39,938 units in the same month last year. On the downside, exports declined by 67 percent at 1,356 units.”We have achieved an overall growth of 5 per cent in our domestic volumes during May 2013 for our automotive sector, in spite of a challenging environment. The growth in capital investment and private spending have also slowed down which is a cause for concern,” said M&M Chief Executive (Automotive Division) Pravin Shah .last_img read more

BJP set to sweep Delhi civic polls

first_imgThe BJP was on Wednesday set to sweep the Delhi civic polls, leading in over 140 wards and has won six wards so far, according to the Delhi State Election Commission.The Aam Aadmi Party, was at second spot, leading in 40 wards and has won one ward so far.The Congress was at third spot, and was leading in 28 wards.In the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, the BJP has won two wards — Ramnagar and Krishnanagar.In the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the BJP has won three wards — Janakpuri West, Janakpuri South and Vishnu Garden.In North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the BJP has won Rajinder Nagar.The AAP has won Shakurpur in North Delhi Municipal Corporation.last_img

Mamata asks people to eradicate the menace of open defecation

first_imgKolkata: On the occasion of World Toilet Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday asked people to eradicate the menace of open defecation. Banerjee said 11 districts of the state have become open defecation free (ODF). “On #WorldToiletDay today, let us pledge to eradicate the menace of open defecation. Our states flagship programme, #MissionNirmalBangla, has been very successful,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this morning. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe said “As of May, 2018, 11 districts, 33,261 villages, 2,621 gram panchayats and 255 blocks in the state have become #ODF.” The Mission Nirmal Bangla initiated by West Bengal government endeavours to achieve the larger objective of reduction in child mortality and morbidity, overall mortality and morbidity by reducing chances of water-borne and fecal- borne diseases due to prevalence of open defecation. World Toilet Day is an official United Nations international observance day on November 19 to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.last_img read more

Lavabit Founder Developing New Email Encryption Tool to Keep Government Out

first_img After shutting down their email services amid concerns about government surveillance, two companies are partnering up to launch a secure-messaging tool, one that will stop prying eyes from viewing private information.Ladar Levison, the founder of Lavabit, the email provider Edward Snowden used, is teaming up with encrypted-communication firm Silent Circle to launch Dark Mail, an alliance focused on providing open-sourced peer-to-peer email with end-to-end encryption. Related: Amid Surveillance Concerns, Email Services Pull Plug on Themselves The major difference between Dark Mail’s approach and that of traditional email services is who holds these encrypted, or SSL, keys. Typically, the responsibility has always been on the email provider but Dark Mail wants to change that. Instead, the alliance is hoping to develop email add-ons where users, not providers, will be assigned private encryption keys that will be on put on personal computers or mobile devices. This shift will allow for email-service providers to be protected from government agencies, because if they ask for records or data, the company will have no usable data to handover. Besides providing a secure-communication tool for Dark Mail users, the founders plan on allowing for the service to be used in conjunction with other email providers, like Gmail. The company envisions utilizing a stoplight interface to determine if the email is being sent over unencrypted or encrypted channels. So if a message goes between two Dark Mail users, a green light will appear. But if the message is between a Dark Mail user and a Gmail user, a red light will appear. While many people will be cheering for more privacy, in order for the technology behind Dark Mail Alliance to scale, it needs to get other service providers on board and integrate the technology. But providers may be hesitant to join, as they not only may anger government officials but also provide an ultra-secure setting for criminals to communicate. The service will officially launch in 2014 and Dark Mail Alliance hopes at least 20 providers will have joined the group by then, according to tech-blog site The Verge. The organization does plan on charging for the email service but the actual code will be free for businesses to use.Related: Another Site Shuts Down on Government Surveillance Fears This new endeavor comes after Levison shut down Lavabit after receiving a search warrant from the federal government this past summer to hand over the encryption keys so the agency could gain access to all web traffic, including Snowden’s activities. Even though the government wasn’t pursuing Silent Circle, the company followed suit and shut down its secure-email platform Silent Mail.Would you use tools by Dark Mail? Let us know in the comments below. 3 min read October 31, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Air Transat ranks 1 airline on Forbes list Transat releases Product Showcase

first_img Share Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Air Transat has placed first among airlines in Forbes magazine’s annual list of Canada’s Best Employers.The company gained 18 positions in the overall ranking, rising from 69th in 2018 to 51st in 2019. Transat also ranked 13th in Quebec.“It’s a great honour to lead Canada’s airlines and be among the top 15 best employers in Quebec,” said Christophe Hennebelle, Tranat’s Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs. “Whether it’s through our inspiring brand image that embodies the joy of vacations or our leadership in sustainable development, Transat provides a stimulating and diverse workplace that is a source of pride for our employees. They’re our best ambassadors and we thank them for contributing so much to the company’s reputation.”Forbes establishes its ranking of the country’s top employers based on a survey of 8,000 Canadians who work for some 1,500 private and public companies with more than 500 employees. Answers are given anonymously and without the involvement of employers.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsIn other news, Transat has released the dates for its 2019 Product Showcase trade shows.The schedule is as follows:ONTARIO & NOVA SCOTIA:Toronto, ON – June 3London, ON – June 4Hamilton, ON – June 5Halifax, NS – June 6QUEBEC:North Montreal, Laval, QC – June 10South Montreal, Longueuil, QC – June 11Quebec City, QC – June 12WESTERN CANADA:Winnipeg, MB – June 17Calgary, AB – June 18Edmonton, AB – June 19Vancouver, BC – June 20A formal invite will be released in April.center_img Tags: Air Transat, Canada’s Best Employers, Forbes, Product Showcase Air Transat ranks #1 airline on Forbes list; Transat releases Product Showcase dates << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more