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Special Rodeo teaches contestants about the sport

first_imgRed Bluff >> California High School Rodeo Association contestants spent time Saturday teaching contestants of the annual Special Rodeo about their sport as part of the interdistrict Red Bluff Shoot-Out rodeo held at the Tehama District Fairground.While numbers were low, the weather was great and even one special rodeo contestant makes the event worth it, said coordinator Zandee Meadows. There were eight contestants for the event and they were each paired up with at least one CHSRA contestant.D …last_img read more

Premiere Pro CC: Working with Audio

first_imgAudio Plugin Manager – Lets you manage third party audio plugins. Previously talked about here.Control Surface is a separate preference, but lets you work with audio via a virtual or hardware Control Surface. Previously discussed here:Premiere Pro Timeline & Audio UpdatesRight-click in the audio header of the Premiere Pro timeline to get audio options.Note: I’m focusing on audio in this post, but right-clicking on the video header also gives you options. Premiere Pro CC adds additional functionality for audio editing! In this post, we’ll cover the new audio changes and how they can improve your video editing projects!Lets look at some essential tips for working with audio in Adobe Premiere Pro, as all of them aren’t obvious.Premiere Pro Audio PreferencesA few features have been added to the audio portion panel in the Premiere Pro Preferences.  Let’s dig in…Play Audio While Scrubbing – Leave this unchecked in Premiere Pro preferences if you don’t want to hear audio while scrubbing.You scrub by dragging the playhead, using the left/right arrows, and using shortcuts JK and L. For more flexibility you can toggle scrubbing on/off with Shift + S.Mute Input During Timeline Recording – This will prevent feedback when recording audio.Default Audio Tracks – You can change the default track settings by clicking “Use File”. This reveals a flyout where you choose the behavior of tracks.Minimum Interval Time Thinning – This is the number of keyframes that are recorded when using audio automation modes.  Check this and play with times of more milliseconds if you want to later manually adjust your keyframes (otherwise you will have a bunch of keyframes). This is similar to using peak keyframes in FCP 7.Default Thinning:400 Milliseconds Thinning:Increase Volume Many –  Premiere Pro CC adds shortcuts to increase the volume of a selected clip(s).This preference lets you set the dB increase when using “Increase Clip Volume Many” Customize – This allows you to change what options appear in the Track Header. This brings up the Button Editor, where you can drag options to the header. ( You also have a Button Editor for the transport controls in the Source & Program Monitors)I like to add Record,  Track Level, and Track Meters:You will need to switch from clip to “track keyframes” to see changes you make to the volume (the default is for the yellow line to show clip volume). You do this by clicking on the “show keyframes icon” and selecting “track keyframes”:Clip vs Track AudioI previously wrote about clip and track audio in Premiere Pro CS6 here.Premiere Pro CC adds an Audio Clip Mixer. If you want to work with Audio on a per clip level, you should be using the Audio Clip Mixer. If you want to work with Audio on a track level, use the Audio Track Mixer (both of these are under the “Window” menu). Remember that the default in a Premiere Pro timeline is to see “Clip Keyframes”.  Click “Show Keyframes” to change to “Track Keyframes”.For more info on working with Audio in Premiere CC, check out the Adobe help file.center_img Rename –  Allows you to rename to your track, and a handy way to keep up with what is on each track (you can also rename tracks in the Audio Track Mixer).Add/Delete Tracks – Delete will delete the current track. The track will be deleted even if the track is locked, so be careful with delete track. Add track will add an audio track to the bottom of the stack . If you are on track 1 and you had 3 audio tracks, clicking new track would create audio 4Add Audio Submix – You can now add an audio submix from the Timeline. If I had multiple tracks that I wanted to apply the same filter(s) to, I would create a submix. (like compressing all the interview tracks)You will still need to route the tracks to the submix in the Track Audio MixerAdd/Delete Tracks – Lets you delete all empty video or audio tracks or specify a track to delete. Add tracks also has the option of adding a track before the first track, which I find very handy.last_img read more

Rajya Sabha adjourned over quotas in promotions

first_imgThe Rajya Sabha was adjourned Thursday after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members raised the issue of reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes groups in promotions in government jobs.The upper house lost the important question hour for the second day of the monsoon session.The Supreme Court had in April overruled the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to provide reservations in government job promotions. The BSP, which was then in government, had raised the issue in the budget session demanding a constitutional amendment to provide for such quotas.BSP leader Mayawati raised the issue as soon as the house met for the day, blaming the government for not taking action as promised.Even as Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy promised a meeting would be called in the current session, BSP members refused to be pacified and trooped near chairman Hamid Ansari’s podium.Ansari then adjourned the house till noon.last_img read more

NMIA Divestment to be Completed by 2019

first_img The divestment of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) is scheduled to be completed by June 2019. Mr. Deidrick explained that the chosen operator should be able to fulfil three critical requirements for qualification – financial strength to expand and operate the facility, technical competence to do the required construction and expansion, as well as airport operating competence and expertise. The disclosure was made by President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Airports Authority of Jamaica and NMIA Airports Ltd., Audley Deidrick, in an interview with JIS News. The divestment of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) is scheduled to be completed by June 2019.The disclosure was made by President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Airports Authority of Jamaica and NMIA Airports Ltd., Audley Deidrick, in an interview with JIS News.Outlining the stages that have been completed to date, he informed that, “earlier this year, eight bidders were pre-qualified for the transaction, and the bidding stage was launched in June.Since that time, we had a major bidders’ conference in September, where five of the eight bidders showed”.Mr. Deidrick explained that the bidders went through a series of presentations, and the enterprise team fielded questions from them and heard concerns and issues that they wanted to see contemplated in the transaction.“Since then, they have submitted their formal requests for these matters to be considered. We are currently going through the process of assessing those requests to see what we will accept and what we will reject. Suffice it to say that they remain very actively and positively engaged,” he noted.Mr. Deidrick told JIS News that the final draft of the concession agreement is being vetted by the enterprise team, to be sent back to the bidders after review by the team, the lenders and the Cabinet.“We expect after this process that the bid launch will take place in February of 2018, and given a 30-day turnaround for the bids, by March they should have been returned. Within a month, the winning bidder will be announced by the Government. Based on this timeline, we expect to have commercial close by June of 2018,” he explained.Mr. Deidrick said that one of the proposals that the enterprise team consented to in the question-and-answer process was to extend the period for financial closure from nine months to 12 months.“As such, financial closure should take place in June of 2019, so that is when you are likely to see a new operator taking over NMIA, assuming all goes to plan,” he said.Mr. Deidrick explained that the chosen operator should be able to fulfil three critical requirements for qualification – financial strength to expand and operate the facility, technical competence to do the required construction and expansion, as well as airport operating competence and expertise.He told JIS News that all pre-qualified bidders have satisfied the requirements in every respect, and they are now required to place their most attractive bid.The chosen concessionaire will have a mandate to undertake a major capital expansion programme at the airport, which includes extension of the runway and improvement to the airside and other terminal facilities. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Local and Overseas Investors to Develop Bamboo Factory

first_imgStory Highlights Local and international investors are collaborating in the development of a factory that will produce paper and other value-added items from the bamboo plant.Chairman of the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Robert Rainford, said that the overseas investors are from Guatemala, Canada and China.“We are expecting that very soon, approval will be granted for funding to move the process forward. In a year’s time, we expect to be producing paper products for the Jamaican market,” he said.Mr. Rainford was addressing a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, where he provided details about projects being undertaken to drive growth in the bamboo industry.He said that the BIAJ is overseeing a bamboo charcoal factory in Peckham, Clarendon.The Clarendon Municipal Corporation is also collaborating with the association in developing a pre-processing facility, which will see bamboo being used to produce desks and chairs for schools under a project with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.“We have also been using bamboo to make stretchers for the sports programmes in schools. Some have already been delivered and by the end of November, we will have 1,000 stretchers to be delivered,” Mr. Rainford said.He noted further that seven acres of mined-out land provided by the Noranda Bauxite Company is being used in Clapham, St. Ann to grow bamboo.In addition, the association has partnered with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Biotechnology Centre to investigate best practices in the growing of bamboo, and 81 young persons have been trained in bamboo technology to provide additional support to the sector. Local and international investors are collaborating in the development of a factory that will produce paper and other value-added items from the bamboo plant. Chairman of the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Robert Rainford, said that the overseas investors are from Guatemala, Canada and China. “We are expecting that very soon, approval will be granted for funding to move the process forward. In a year’s time, we expect to be producing paper products for the Jamaican market,” he said.last_img read more