first_imgThursday, Apr 1, 2010 – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010  08.00 PM – 11.00 PMCease & Desist @ JD Fitzgerald’sJD Fitzgerald’s PubMusic – Advertisement – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010Model Building ContestJust Plane Crazy R.C. Hobbies & ToysAuto/Motor Sports Below is a list of community events taking place this Easter Long Weekend.  For more events in our community visit  If you have an event you’d like listed, e-mail [email protected]  Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 08.00 PMCrash Karma Featuring Soul Side In and WauntidOn the RocksMusic Monday, Mar 29, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 12.30 PMNP Gymnastics Spring Break CampNorth Peace Gymnastics ClubSports & Fitness ,Children & Family Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 07.00 PMHelix in ConcertLido TheatreMusic Monday, Mar 29, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 03.00 PMSpring Break Activity Camp at the North Peace Leisure PoolNorth Peace Leisure PoolChildren & Family , Sports & Fitness Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 11.00 AMEaster Egg HuntKin ParkChildren & Family ,Celebration Friday, Apr 2, 2010 – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010Easter Bunny PhotosTotem MallChildren & Family Monday, Mar 22, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 05.00 PMArtSpace Spring Break ClassesNorth Peace Cultural CentreChildren & Family Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 07.00 PM – 09.00 PM”Rainbow Owl and the Spring Collection” Opening NightPeace Gallery NorthArt & Culturelast_img read more

first_imgAmajita, meanwhile, excelled in an eight-nation tournament in Cape Town, finishing third after losing to eventual champions Brazil on a penalty shootout in the semi-finals. Their results included wins over African powerhouses Ghana and Nigeria and a defeat of Japan. Drought overLocally, Western Province ended an 11-year drought when a young team overcame the odds and defeated a more experienced, Springbok-laden Natal Sharks team in Durban to claim South Africa’s most important domestic rugby title, the Currie Cup. However, it was not that difficult to decide upon the number one highlight. South Africa’s prominence in the golf world and the success of the country’s players was underlined in November when it was awarded six events on the 2012/13 European Tour, more than any other country. He was the only swimmer to go under 59 seconds in the semi-finals, setting an Olympic record of 58.83 seconds in doing so. In the final, Van der Burgh raised the bar even higher, winning convincingly in a world record time of 58.46 seconds. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio shone in the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women’s road cycling, by finishing in tenth place, becoming the first South African woman to make it into the top 10. 21 December 2012 Cricket kingsThe Proteas became world leaders in the test arena after series victories over Sri Lanka, New Zealand, England and Australia. Five players were selected for the World Test Team of the Year at the ICC Awards, underlining just how good the year under coach Gary Kirsten had been. She also finished runner-up at the Oakley World Junior Championship in Bali that month. In Super Rugby, South Africa provided three of the six playoff teams. The Stormers topped the log and were joined by the Sharks and Bulls in the playoffs. The Sharks, though, went on to make the final where they were beaten by the Chiefs. Young motorbike maestroTeenager Wade Young delivered an amazing performance to win the Roof of Africa, one of the world’s foremost extreme enduros, defeating the world’s number one rider in the format, Graham Jarvis, to take the title. Quads player Lucas Sithole shone in wheelchair tennis. In international competition, he captured the Acsa Gauteng Open and the Korean Open, and was runner-up in Daegu Open. KG Montjane picked up the Gauteng Open title. On the track, Nolan Hoffman flew the South African flag high at the 2012 UCI Track World Champs in Melbourne, Australia, winning silver in the 15km scratch race. Lifetime achievementIn May, Gary Player became the tenth recipient of the PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Branden Grace had a year for the ages. He began it ranked 265th in the Official World Golf Ranking and rose as high as 34th place after winning four titles on the European Tour. Paralympics excellenceSouth Africa’s Paralympians picked up 29 medals – made up of eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals. The standards in London were hugely improved over Beijing in 2008, with 251 world records being broken in only 11 days. Bridgitte Hartley won South Africa’s only bronze medal in the women’s K1 500 metres canoe sprint. She came from fifth at the halfway mark – almost one-and-a- half seconds behind the leader – to claim a podium place. In an extraordinary first season with the national team, Philander captured 50 wickets in only seven tests and was named the SA Cricketer of the Year. History madeStander’s wife, Cherise, made history by winning a stage of the Route de France, the women’s version of the Tour de France. Stander was a controversial omission from South Africa’s Olympic cycling team. Some strange decisions from the sport’s administrators have led her to decide to focus more on mountain biking in 2013. Great golf resultsIt was not a surprise that South Africa’s golfers shone again in 2012 as they produce fantastic results year after year. But there was certainly some surprise in who produced those results. If the performance of the Baby Boks is any indication of what the future holds, South African rugby is in good health. Oscar Chalupsky’s greatness was also confirmed when at the age of 49, he claimed a record 12th victory in the Molokai World Championships surfski race in Hawaii. More than the Paralympians’ achievements, it was the manner in which they achieved that inspired. They represented the country with pride and were recognised by the Games’ volunteers as the best team assignment. It was the first sprint canoe medal for the country in 18 Olympic Games. Charl Schwartzel, the winner of the Masters last year, struggled with an injury and his form, but when he found it late in the year he was brilliant in lifting the Thailand Golf Championship. Created in 1996, it honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Tour over an extended period of time through their actions on and off the course. That puts him in the company of Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Martin Kaymer, Bernhard Langer, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Ian Woosnam as golfers to have achieved that feat. The highlight of the Springboks’ season was an unbeaten tour of the northern hemisphere. The three matches were all tight contests, but Heyneke Meyer’s charges ended up on the right side of the result in each instance. The Boks beat Ireland 16-12, Scotland 21-10 and England 16-15. South Africa’s third gold medal was every bit as unexpected as the one won by Le Clos, but it was also every bit as thrilling. South African dancers won five gold, four silver and three bronze medals for a total of 12 in all. TitlesGrace is the only man to achieve it the year after he qualified for the Tour, though. His victories came in the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa, the Volvo China Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the UK. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander came to be universally recognised as the best pace bowling attack in the game, with each man bringing a different challenge to opposing batsmen, and complimenting one another well. As a result of his win, Els was nominated for the 2013 Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award. Nonetheless, a fast finish took the South African star to a time of 1:57.23, which was her fastest of the season. In the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, Chad Ho became the first man to win the men’s title three times in succession in its 39-year history. He delighted his fans by winning the UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg and then went even better in Leogang, Austria, when he raced to victory in the World Championships. Jbe Kruger lifted his maiden European Tour title in February in the Avantha Masters in New Delhi. Banyana at the OlympicsBanyana made a first ever appearance at the Olympics where Portia Modise scored a stunning goal from 45 metres against Sweden, and the team held World Cup holders Japan to a draw. They also finished runners-up in the African Women’s Championhip. Le Clos later added a silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly and went on to be named the South African Sports Star of the Year in November. Ernie Els tops the list with his victory in The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and Saint Annes. His last win had been in December 2010 in the South African Open and many people thought his best days were behind him. Major number four confirmed that the Big Easy still has it in him to beat the best in any given tournament. Deserving recognitionIn the same match, Graeme Smith scored a century in his 100th test, making him only the seventh man to achieve the feat, while Jacques Kallis, who tallied 182 not out in an unbroken partnership of 377 with Amla, finally began to get the credit he deserves as he continued rolling along while Australia’s Ricky Ponting and India’s Sachin Tendulkar saw their form slip. The series victory over England in England to claim the ICC Mace as the number one team in the world was particularly special, as was the win over Australia in Australia to retain it. Along the way there were some special performances from individuals. Pietermaritzburg hosted the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour Final and local cyclists produced some superb results, winning four world titles. In athletics, Oscar Pistorious stormed to victory in the men’s T43/44 400 metres, Fanie van der Merwe won the T37 100 metres gold, South Africa’s T42/46 relay team set a world record in capturing gold, and Ilse Hayes won the women’s T13 long jump. That performance later earned them the World Rowing Male Crew of the Year Award at the World Rowing Awards. They were also named Team of the Year at the South African Sports Awards. Also on the water, Grant van der Walt picked up his third world title in six years by clinching the men’s under-23 title at the World Canoe Marathon Championships, which were held on the Tiber River in Rome. Stander and Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser were also successful in their defence of the Absa Cape Epic title. South African Olympians, Paralympians, cricketers and golfers were among the leading lights in the country’s sporting year in 2012. The country produced three Olympic champions, eight Paralympic golds, ascended to number one in the test cricket rankings, and once again saw its golfers shine throughout the world. Showing incredible finishing speed, the quartet from Pretoria dug deep as the finishing line neared. Rowing shockSouth Africa’s men’s lightweight fours rowing team of Matthew Brittain, Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson raced to a stunning victory at Eton Dornay after being in fourth place at the three-quarter mark, with 500 metres to go. Johannesburg-born British star Keri-Anne Payne, won the women’s title for a record-setting seventh time. Comrades honouredThe Comrades Marathon’s status as one of the world’s greatest ultra-marathons was confirmed when it was honoured for being the oldest marathon and ultra- marathon on the African continent at the 30th anniversary gala of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Athens, Greece, in November. Surfing starRising surfing star Bianca Buitendag enjoyed a superb year. The winner of the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships in 2011, Buitendag won the CHIKO Pro Junior in Australia in March, lifted the six-star rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru, in July, and won the ASP six-star Sata Airlines Azores Pro in October. When you beat the winner of the most Olympic gold medals in history in his signature event – and in which he has been unbeaten for a decade – by closing him down from behind, you deserve first place in the list of South Africa’s 2012 sporting highlights. No mountain biker in history has more World Cup podium finishes than Minnaar, whose record now includes three overall World Cup titles and two World Championship gold medals. Natalie du Toit brought the curtain down on her career by winning three gold and one silver medal to take her career total for the Paralympics to 13 gold and two silver medals. Finally, in December, the country showed its style when it finished as the top nation at the 2012 International Dance Organisation (IDO) Show Dance World Championships in Riesa, Germany. On the football front, there was little to be excited about in the performances of Bafana Bafana, but the national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and the national under-20 men’s team, Amajita, provided some highlights. Charl Bouwer also showed his speed in the pool, winning the men’s T13 50 metres freestyle gold. Junior world championsIn rugby, the biggest highlight came from the junior ranks as South Africa scored a stirring victory over four-time defending champion New Zealand in the final to lift the IRB Junior World Championships in Cape Town. Chad le Clos did all those things in the 200 metres butterfly in London and then, together with his family, delivered an unforgettable, emotional celebration of his upset win over Michael Phelps. Louis Oosthuizen enjoyed a strong year, playing consistently well. He finished it ranked fifth in the world. His results included victories in the Africa and Malaysian Opens and a runner-up finish in the US Masters after a playoff. South Africa also lifted the Hong Kong Sixes title, thumping defending champions Pakistan by 37 runs in the final. Breaststroke starSouth Africa had managed just a single silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but 2012 was a far better year for the country. It was Cameron van der Burgh who set the ball rolling with some wonderful performances in the 100 metres breaststroke. All-time greatGreg Minnaar cemented his status as one of the all-time greats of downhill mountain biking during the course of 2012. South African Rugby Player of the Year Bryan Habana, the leading test try scorer in Springbok history, received the International Rugby Players Association award for Try of the Year for a five-pointer he scored against New Zealand in Dunedin. Leading the way was Hashim Amla with 311 not out against England at The Oval, the first ever triple test century by a South African. Usually it is the case that very successful players attract a certain amount of hate, but in the humble Amla’s case this isn’t so. He has become one of the biggest stars of the game. World champions Australia were the first to be hauled in, then Great Britain was passed. The noses of Denmark and South Africa’s boats then popped ahead of each other as they changed lead with each pull. But then South Africa edged in front and went on to a narrow victory – something they knew only when the results went up – just ahead of the British and the Danes. It was a first ever rowing gold for Africa at the Olympics. On the tennis front, South African number one Kevin Anderson won his second ATP World Tour title at the Delray Beach International in Florida, USA. It wasn’t a case of Phelps having to lose some time. He was expected to retire with his decade-long record intact, but the 20-year-old rising South African star delivered one of the biggest upsets of the Olympic Games to end that astonishing run of success. He set a tournament record score of 25-under-par 263 and won by a massive 11 shots over 2012 Masters’ winner Bubba Watson and Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong. At 16 years of age, he was the youngest ever winner of the event in its 45-year history. Return to formCaster Semenya rediscovered her form in time to make an assault on the Olympic 800 metres title. She finished in the silver medal position, but admitted later that her tactics had been wrong and she had allowed gold medallist Maria Savinova to get too far ahead on the first lap of the final. Burry Stander continued to excel in cross-country mountain biking, winning the UCI World Cup in Windham, New York, USA. He was second in the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg and narrowly missed out an Olympic medal when he finished in fifth place. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgAt Mining Indaba 2014, Brand South Africa makes a compelling business case for why investors should consider South Africa as an important trade and investment destination.Support and Partnership from Exploration to ProcessingInvestment workshop 5 February, Roof Terrace Room, CTICCSouth Africa is becoming an economic force to be reckoned with in this rapidly changing global economic – mainly due to the long-term socio-economic vision and associated policy-making of its government, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola tells participants at an investment workshop during Mining Indaba 2014.South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing worldAmended legislation to ease doing business in South Africa February 6, 2014: Amendments to the National Environmental Management and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts will soon see a smoother process to licensing in the mining sector, improving the climate for investment in the country.  More >South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014: South Africa is an important emerging market in the global stage, offering a solid and steadily growing economy with secure rewards for potential investors. That was the consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop hosted by Brand South Africa at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 5 February. More >Mining Indaba: South Africa – an emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014 : There was overwhelming consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Mining Indaba that South Africa is an emerging market that matters. More >Cape Town is open for business – De LilleFebruary 4, 2014: Having hosted the African Mining Indaba for the past 20 years, Cape Town is now looking to further relationships with sector businesses beyond the conference.  More >Mining Indaba: Growing population to boost Africa’s mineral developmentFebruary 4, 2014: Speaking at the 2014 Mining Indaba, Minerals Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said a growing world population was a good sign for Africa’s development; Red Door Research’s Jim Lennon echoed this, saying China’s development needs would mean strong demand for the continent’s resources. More >Focus on African resources at Mining IndabaFebruary 3, 2014: With #MiningIndaba trending on Twitter, the first full day of the 20th Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town focused on transparency in the industry, and on the scramble for Africa’s resources – the continent accounts for 30% of mining resources in the world, much of it untapped. More >African mining: ‘prepare for a rebound’February 3, 2014: Investors should broaden their perspective, look beyond the obvious and prepare for African mining to rebound on the back of growing demand from recovering global economies, delegates heard at a private forum ahead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the weekend. More >Africa, mining industry ‘must grow together’February 3, 2014: A major shift in how mining companies operate in Africa is required for the industry to contribute effectively to the continent’s growth, South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday. More >last_img read more

first_imgThis behind-the-scenes video shows how they successfully created an incredible rainstorm on-set for Aronofsky’s Noah.Image from FXGuideNoah is sweeping up the box office, an epic-sized blockbuster filled to the brim with special effects and cutting edge filmmaking techniques. The film blends CG with organic effects…one of the main ones being a torrential downpour of rain.A recent post by FXGuide give a ton of insight into how this amazing effect was achieved. Special effects supervior Burt Dalton says “We had an acre and a half to two acres that had to be fully engulfed in rain..It had to have continuous massive rain running through it, non-stop for long shots.” The 15 day rain shoot used over one million gallons of water, the largest practical rain effects setups every created.Three iPad controlled rainbars were constructed (100 X 40 feet) to douse this area and give it a realistic monsoon look. This behind-the-scenes video from FXGuide and Wired shows you how they pulled it off:Head over to FXGuide for a TON of details on this elaborate special effects setup. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?last_img read more

first_imgWhat challenges lay ahead for 4K and high frate rate filmmaking? Is 4K really necessary?Mark Ward with BBC News posted a really interesting article about 4K filmmaking recently. In the article he talked to Bruno Mahe, technical director at studio Illumination Mac Guff (designers of Despicable Me 2, The Lorax and others). In the article Mahe poses several concerns about the move to 4K technology in the film world. As a filmmaker currently working on a film that uses both 4K and HFR (high frame rate) I have to agree that there are challenges ahead, but all may not be lost.Where Are We at Today?In 2009 portions of the films The Knowing and District 9 became the first feature films to use 4K photography. Then one year later in 2010 David Fincher’s film The Social Network became the first feature film to be shot and projected in 4K. Now, just 4 years later, we find that nearly all feature film productions are using some sort of 4K film technology. Granted not all productions are being captured in 4K…some are using even higher resolutions.In 2011 Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey became the first film to be shot in 5K resolution 3D at 48 FPS (frames per second) using the RED Epic. Then just this year David Fincher’s Gone Girl became the first feature film to be shot in 6K through the RED Epic with the Dragon Sensor. Now James Cameron confirmed earlier this year that Avatar and its sequels will be shot in 4K at 48 fps.There is definitely a trend happening here. Cinema is doing what cinema has always done, reacting to the technology available. But for this article lets just focus on the vast majority of productions which are filming in 4K or higher, as well as HFR, and ask the questions.What are the workflow challenges facing filmmakers?What are the Challenges facing the VFX community?Where are we going from here? Above Image Credit: ‘Gone Girl’ from the Hollywood ReporterWorkflow Challenges Facing Filmmakers?One of the biggest challenge facing filmmakers is storage. When filming in 4K, storage goes up considerably, but then when HFR is added into the equation it goes up even more. For example, Eric Saindon of Weta Digital told FXGuide that, “On a film like Avatar we had about a petabyte of information – for Hobbit we’re about five to six times that information.” As filmmakers wanting to use this technology we need to be keenly aware of the data storage requirements of filming in 4K & HFR.Another challenge is computing power. Sure you can offline edit at lower resolutions to reduce the editing headaches, but at some point you will need to bring back the hi-res footage for finishing. Here you’ll work through the color correction, effects, titles, etc.  and all of these processes take computing power. In a 4K workflow iMacs and Mac Pros can work, but it can be challenging. What you would really need is a computing setup with at least 16-32g of RAM, 1 or 2 powerful CUDA rated GFX cards like the GeForce GTX and a RAID Storage setup like the Promise Pegasus.If you are not handling the post production process then a third challenge is the cost of that processing. While speaking on a panel gathered by the Hollywood Post Alliance on 4K film technology, Steven Kang, Sr. Engineer at Netflix, stated that post production costs for 4K processing are 10 to 15 percent higher than the same services for high definition. Phil Squyres, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures, added by saying “After using 4K on pilots, I’ve been telling our producers that it appears from our early experience that shooting 4K is more like shooting film negative.” Shooting in film negative was not cheap, so again this is something that needs to be considered before you make the move to a 4K workflow.While there are a few challenges to filming in 4K and in HFR, these challenges are not overwhelming and can be remedied with careful planning.What are the Challenges for the VFX Community?With more and more films using visual effects to one degree or another, how does this new workflow affect the visual effects community?You would think that moving to a 4K environment would be a huge challenge for the visual effects community, however visual effects houses are usually equipped with high-end computing workstations, massive storage systems and so on. The work of actually processing the VFX may not be as troublesome for these operations as the cost to upgrade. As Eric Saindon told FXGuide, going from 24fps to 48fps was actually a helpful move saying that with 48fps animators can, “do much better animation so the subtleties of animation are brought through the 48, whereas the 24 we didn’t have quite the ability to do that.”As someone who has worked in 3D visual effects processing, having the expanded frames is incredibly helpful. However there are some drawbacks with using higher frame-rates. By using HFR with high resolution we’re reducing the margin of error when it comes to visual effects. Since the image quality is so heightened the need to add those finite details to the models is vitally important. The one thing we don’t want is the VFX work to stand out like a sore thumb. This was a common complaint by many during initial release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I only found a few instances where it was really distracting, but I truly believe Weta Digital stepped up their game in The Desolation of Smaug. Here is a really awesome featurette from Weta Digital on the VFX process of the film:Film technology continues to expand and improve at a rapid pace. Case in point, the RED has released the Epic Dragon which captures 6K, NHK has announced an 8K camera, there are rumors of Sony working on an 8K camera, and finally a 18K camera developed by Forza Silicon is on the radar. We may not be living in a 4K universe for long.With distribution moving more and more to digital, more people are watching content on tablets, laptops and smartphones. So this begs the question, is there really a need to film in 4K or higher? For many filmmakers, especially independents, probably not.The need to have the latest and greatest 4K camera should be the top priority. The technology is getting cheaper, but it all comes down to what you are trying to accomplish as a filmmaker. Do you want your work to land you a big directing or cinematographer job? If so, then buy all means rent or find an affordable 4K camera.I was lucky enough to be given some advice by the legendary visual effects designer Douglas Trumbull. He told me that I as a filmmaker I need to be, “keenly aware of the advancements in my industry and if I don’t stay up to date with them then I’ll find myself being left behind.” As technology goes, so do the studios, for better or for worse.Have you worked with 4K HFR? Share your experiences in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgAfter a 2-year wait for the next generation of the URSA mini series, Blackmagic has finally released the successor to the indie filmmaking favorite.Out of nowhere, Blackmagic Design (in true Blackmagic form) decided to quietly release the camera that many of us have been waiting for — the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.The announcement initially looked like a typical software update release video, wherein Blackmagic introduce some new features for their Pocket Cinema camera (including a Blackmagic RAW update) and a few updates to their Duplicator stacks.But then, out of nowhere, we get “one more thing” — reminiscent of Nintendo’s old tricks — and he just pulls the camera out from under his desk! It was there the whole time. And he knew. This man’s composure is astounding.What the New URSA G2 Brings to the TableWith an arsenal of side buttons and controls, the G2 URSA has just about the same body as its predecessor. It’s not a very big cosmetic update; the true innovation is within the camera — with new features such as an updated Super 35mm 4.6K image sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range that can record up to 120fps at full-frame 4.6K, and even up to 300fps in 1080 HD. This allows you to record gorgeous slow motion video without sacrificing video quality — other cameras in this league that will downgrade footage quality to 1080HD when rising up to 120fps. The G2 also comes with the ability to record in Blackmagic RAW, making it one of the cheapest cameras on the market that you can scale for use in both feature films and commercials alike.Blackmagic is well known for the color science in its sensors, and the G2 continues the Blackmagic tradition of extremely accurate skin tones and extremely lifelike colors. The Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science in their recent Pocket Cinema camera has been added to the 4.6K G2, and when coupled with RAW capabilites, it can produce feature-worthy dynamic range and color data.There’s also a brand new USB-C port for reliable recording onto flash disks that use the same port. A new feature actually allows you to edit directly off the SSD that you use for media storage.Full Specs Digital film camera with 15 stops of dynamic range.Super 35mm 4.6K sensor with Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science.Supports project frame rates up to 60 fps and off-speed slow motion recording up to 120 fps in 4.6K, 150 fps in 4K DCI and 300 fps in HD Blackmagic RAW.Interchangeable lens mount with EF mount included as standard. Optional PL, B4 and F lens mounts available separately.High quality 2, 4 and 6 stop neutral density (ND) filters with IR compensation designed to specifically match the colorimetry and color science of Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.Fully redundant controls, including external controls that allow direct access to the most important camera settings such as external power switch, ND filter wheel, ISO, shutter, white balance, record button, audio gain controls, lens and transport control, high frame rate button, and more.Built-in dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.High speed USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.Lightweight and durable magnesium alloy body.LCD status display for quickly checking timecode, shutter, and lens settings as well as battery, recording status, and audio levels.Support for Blackmagic RAW files in Constant Bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 or Constant Quality Q0 and Q5 as well as ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy recording at 4.6K, 4K, Ultra HD and HD resolutions.Supports recording of up to 300 frames per second in HD, 150 frames per second in 4K DCI, and 120 frames per second at full frame 4.6K.Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection.Built-in high quality stereo microphones for recording sound.4-inch foldout touchscreen for on-set monitoring and menu settings.Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software.Price: $5,995Our ThoughtsIf you already own the URSA Pro 4.6K G1, you may be thinking, “This is not the total design overhaul that I was expecting.” But I don’t think a re-design was even warranted. The G1 4.6K camera was close to perfect — it had everything you needed to record ultra-high quality video without breaking the bank. It was a solid camera to begin with, so a redesign would just be a moot point.The G2 URSA Pro 4.6K has enough new features to get us excited (300fps? Come on). Think of how cool that slow-mo would look), but it’s probably not enough to get people who just bought G1 Pros to go selling their cameras. However, if you’re on the market for a cinema camera that will last a very long time and produce extremely reliable results, you probably can’t go wrong with this new G2 URSA.The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is now available from Blackmagic retailers worldwide.All images via Blackmagic Design.last_img read more

first_imgVeteran Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath has been recalled into the Indian Test team as replacement of the just retired VVS Laxman.”The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named S. Badrinath as VVS Laxman’s replacement in the Indian team for the Test series against New Zealand, which commences at Hyderabad on 23 August 2012,” secretary Sanjay Jagdale was quoted as saying by a BCCI media release.Badrinath, who is just 10 days shy of being 32, has played two Test matches against South Africa back in 2010 with his highest being 56 in his debut Test. He last played for India in an ODI against West Indies in Antigua in June, last year.Badrinath has been a prolific scorer in the domestic circuit having scored 7836 runs with an average 60.74 with 28 centuries.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Key figures Statistics Canada has released to date from the 2016 census:35,151,728: Canadian population on census day 2016.5: Percentage increase in the population between 2011 and 2016.16.9: Proportion of the national population over age 65, a historic high.41: Average age of the Canadian population.7,974,370: Canadians whose mother tongue is neither English nor French.34.7: Percentage of people age 20 to 34 living with their parents, a historic high.$70,336: Median household income in 2015, the most recent year available.10.8: Percentage increase in median household income between 2005 and 2015.4.8 million: Canadians, including children, living below the poverty line in 2015.1.2 million: Number of children living in low-income households in 2015.14.5: Percentage of Canadian seniors over age 65 living in low income in 2015.97.8: Response rate from the long-form census, the highest Statistics Canada has ever recorded.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea coach Maurizio Sarri plans on giving Eden Hazard an extended run for tonight’s Europa League Group L match at BATE BorisovAfter a three-game absence, Hazard made his return to Chelsea as a second-half substitute in last Sunday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.Now Sarri has included Hazard in his 19-man squad for tonight’s match, where Chelsea hope to secure a fourth straight Europa League win and confirmation of a knockout spot.But the Italian will be taking a cautious approach with his star player.“According to our doctor there is not any risk, otherwise he would have stayed at Cobham, of course,” said Sarri on the club website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We felt that for him it’s better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing.“In the last match, he played only for 30 minutes. The best way for him is that tomorrow he will play for 45 or 50 minutes.”Alvaro Morata, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso and an ill Cesc Fabregas are out of the Chelsea squad.The match between BATE and Chelsea will begin at 18:55 (CEST).last_img read more