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

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

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