Video Tutorial: How to Create Annihilation-Inspired VFX

first_imgLooking for more video tutorials inspired by your favorite VFX? Check out these articles:Video Tutorial: How To Get The Stranger Things LookCreate Transparent Titles Inspired by Dunkirk in Premiere Pro and FCPXCreate a Glow Warp Title Transition Inspired by Marvel’s Thor: RagnarokHow to Create a Star Wars-Inspired Hologram in After EffectsHow To Create a Stranger Things-Inspired “Upside Down” Look In this video tutorial, learn how to use some free RocketStock assets and Adobe After Effects to create Annihilation-inspired VFX.If you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming Alex Garland film Annihilation, then you’ve seen some of the stunning VFX from the film. In the trailer, we see strange animals, beautiful overgrown forests, and (perhaps most notably) a strange fractal-covered bubble-like wall with interesting colors and textures.Image via Paramount Pictures.In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to pull off a similar effect using Adobe After Effects and a freebie pack from RocketStock called Nebula. The pack contains 19 4K space background elements created organically and captured in-studio. Although we call these assets space background elements, you can use them for many other purposes and effects. In this tutorial, we’ll use the elements from the Nebula pack to bring interesting textures and colors to the effect, and we’ll use some relatively advanced rotoscoping techniques to help us get there. Tracking The ShotThe first step in almost all VFX compositing shots is to track the shot. In this case, we will need to be able to composite in 3D space.To do this, we’ll use the built-in Camera Tracker in After Effects. Once you have your shot tracked, you’ll select the tracking points in the area where you want to add your textures. In this case, the tree line is where we want to add our effects. Luckily enough, that was the area in the image with the most contrast and tracking data for the tracker to pick up.Select the tracking points you want to use, right-click, and select Create Camera And Solid. This will add a solid in 3D space as well as create a camera for it. For the duration of this project, you can use the position data from the tracked solid to place your textures and effects correctly in 3D space.Rotoscoping the ShotThe next step is to rotoscope the shot.Every shot will be different, as far as this goes. However, in this case, we needed to separate the ground and the character in the foreground from the tree line in the background. That way, we can add all of our textures and effects below that layer, and everything will be separate.This is by far the most time-consuming part of the effect. There are also many different methods for achieving a good rotoscope. Some people choose to use the rotobrush tool in After Effects, and some people choose to do frame-by-frame animation of a mask on the layer.However you choose to do it, be sure that you are very thorough and that you take the time to do the rotoscope right. A very easy way to ruin a compositing effect is to do a bad job rotoscoping.Creating The TexturesTo create this effect, you’ll need to create a texture that looks somewhat like the natural randomness and colors that you’d see on a soap bubble.To do this, create two different layers with the Fractal Noise effect. Alter the contrast and scaling until you get something that you like. Then, on the topmost of those two layers, you’ll add a Colorama effect. Here, you can delete a few of the unneeded colors and change them to the colors that you want. We went with a light pink, baby blue, and faint yellow.Set the topmost layer to hard mode.Then, you’ll use the Turbulent Displace effect to give it the warped bubble look. Add time expressions to the evolution of both layers to allow both layers to animate on their own.Use the Nebula ElementsNow, you can bring in one of the elements from the Nebula pack to create a luma matte for your bubble texture layer.Layer your bubble texture into the shot below your character and ground layers, and make it 3D. Then, you can use the Motion Tile effect to spread the texture across the entire shot. Now, add a fractal ambience element from Nebula above the bubble texture layer, and add the same effects to it until it has filled the shot to your liking.Then set the track mode on the bubble layer to Luma Matte. This will use the luminance values from the Nebula element to reveal the bubble texture where the brighter areas are.From here, you can customize however you like — duplicate layers, add glow, correct colors, etc.If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Nebula freebie from RocketStock.last_img read more

Eight-time Mount Everest climber Pemba Sherpa missing in Karakoram

first_imgEight-time Mount Everest climber Pemba Sherpa has gone missing while returning with a team of mountaineers after successfully scaling the 7,672 m-high Saser Kangri peak in the Karakoram range. According to police sources, the mountaineer from Darjeeling fell into a crevasse on Friday. Mr. Pemba’s wife told reporters that the family lost all communications with him since July 13 and she is hoping for a miracle to see her husband again. An ITBP team has started conducting searches at the spot from Sunday morning. The Darjeeling administration is also keeping a close watch on the developments. “We are worried about Pemba. He was a skilled person,” Animesh Basu of Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation (NAF) in Siliguri said.The team of mountaineers that Pemba was leading had begun its journey from Kolkata on June 20.last_img read more

Himalayan States demand separate Ministry, green bonus

first_imgHimalayan States on Sunday came together at a conclave here to demand a separate Ministry to deal with problems endemic to them and a green bonus in recognition of their contribution to environment conservation.The twin demands formed part of a common agenda of the Himalayan States which was handed over to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the end of the conclave, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told reporters after the event.Ten out of 11 States took part in the conclave. It is for the first time that the Himalayan States have come on a single platform to take a unanimous stand on the issue of green bonus and demanded a separate Ministry to deal with problems unique to them.Explaining the rationale behind the demand for a green bonus, Mr. Rawat said most of the country’s rivers originate in the Himalayas and therefore, the Himalayan States had to play the most significant role in the Prime Minister’s water conservation initiative.He said it was also necessary because the Himalayan States’ contribution to environmental conservation was the biggest with all their green cover. The Himalayan States were also at a disadvantage because large swathes of land fell into eco-sensitive zones where all sorts of development activities could not be carried out.A green bonus thus was needed to compensate the Himalayan States for their disadvantages, Mr. Rawat said.last_img read more

Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth advances, Saina Nehwal knocked out

first_imgKidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Wednesday. However, it was curtains for Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap.Fourth seed Srikanth was too good for Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent as the Indian took only 32 minutes to dispatch his opponent 21-11, 21-15.Saina fought hard before going down to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in three games 21-10, 10-21, 19-21 while Kashyap lost 16-21, 13-21 Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.Prannoy did not disappoint as he battled his way past Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 21-14, 13-21, 21-19 to set up a second-round meeting with Srikanth.Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy started their campaign on a high by registering an easy win over Thai pair of Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit. But Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty suffered a defeat against Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.Earlier, B Sai Praneeth and women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the tournament after opening round losses.Sindhu fought hard for a 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 victory over Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol and advanced to the second round of the tournament on Wednesday.Sindhu just a minute over an hour to get past Jindapol in a match that consistent of three well-fought games.Sindhu began the match well with a solid 21-15 win over Jindapol in the first game. However, she let go of her intensity in the second round and was outplayed 13-21 by Jindapol.In the final game, it remained close till almost the end before Sindhu regained her touch and took the game 21-17 and the match.advertisementSindhu will next be up against South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, who earlier beat Japan’s Aya Ohori 21-10, 21-12. Sindhu leads Sung 8-5 in their head-to-head record but has one win and a loss this year against the Korean.Also read – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India TodaySameer Verma also got off to a winning start in Hong Kong with a comfortable 21-17, 21-14 win over Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon. Sameer, who had reached the quarter-finals in Denmark before losing to compatriot Srikanth, took just 40 minutes to win his first round match.Avihingsanon stayed in touch with Sameer in the first game and the Indian edged out the Thai but Sameer was far more in control in the second game and brought up an easy win.Sameer has a tough task ahead of him in the second round as he will be up against China’s Olympic champion and recently, the French Open winner Chen Long.The one time Sameer played Chen Long was back in 2015 and the Indian had lost.SAI PRANEETH, ASHWINI-SIKKI LOSESai Praneeth could not bring about a change in his misfortune this year as he bowed out of the Hong Kong from the first round itself, losing 21-16, 11-21, 15-21 to Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab.Praneeth, who has struggled to go beyong the second round in the last three tournaments, had his match fitness come under scrutiny as he failed to last in the match and the rallies with the clash going into three games.Praneeth began the match on the fore taking the first game quite comfortably. However, the next two games showed exactly how Praneeth struggles with a three-game match.Phetpradab has been in a good form recently and has some wonderful strokes up his sleeves. While even Praneeth is a technically gifted player, Phetpradab could outlast the Indian on Wednesday.In the women’s doubles, Ashwini-Sikki fought extremely but the gulf in the class of the Indian pair and the Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi.Despite losing the first game surprisingly, the second seeded Japanese pair outclassed Ashwini-Sikki 18-21, 21-10, 21-8 in 52 minutes.Ashwini-Sikki played extremely well to take Matsutomo and Takahashi off guard in the first game and stayed close to them before taking it away 21-18.However, the next two games they could managed a total of only 18 points and the Japanese ran away with the match into the second round.last_img read more

Mata: No time to mourn derby defeat

first_imgManchester United Mata: No time for Man Utd to mourn derby defeat Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 18:45 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) juanmata - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Manchester City The Spanish midfielder is confident the Red Devils can bounce back from their 2-1 reversal against City, providing they don’t dwell on a painful loss Manchester United have to quickly move on from their derby defeat to City if they are to keep their slim Premier League title hopes alive, says Juan Mata.United suffered their first Premier League defeat at home since City’s last visit in September 2016, with Jose Mourinho’s side beaten 2-1 on Sunday.Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi secured all three points for City, a record 14th successive win in a single top-flight campaign, giving them an 11-point lead at the summit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Despite the “painful” defeat, Mata says it is important United bounce back with games against Bournemouth and West Brom in the coming week.Writing in his personal blog, Mata said: “Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish the week as we expected since the derby at Old Trafford didn’t work out as we wanted.”City took the lead, we tied the score before the break but, in the second half, we couldn’t overcome their second goal. We were close, but in the chances we had, the ball just didn’t go in.Man Utd have let in two goals at Old Trafford in the #PL for just the second time under Jose Mourinho (last conceding two v Man City in September 2016) pic.twitter.com/sceq5Gl9if— Premier League (@premierleague) December 11, 2017″The truth is these are three points like in any other game, although the defeat is painful because it was a derby. We must carry on, knowing that there’s still a long way to go.”The calendar gives you no time for mourning and we have to focus on what’s next.”The list of fixtures is very demanding this month so it’s important to get to each game in the best condition possible. “I think we have the ability to do it, even though we know these are the toughest weeks of the season. We are Manchester United and we have experience in playing every few days.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Playing Billy Vunipola against USA is not a risk, insists Eddie Jones

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Rugby World Cup Nick Evans The aerial battle will be the key to unlocking defences in World Cup The day after England’s scratchy victory over Tonga, Ludlam explained how the players had barely turned their attentions to the USA and that it would be primarily done in Wednesday’s training session.Jones, though, has been preparing for this match for some time. Against Japan last November he curtailed his side’s preparation to replicate this four-day turnaround and made 11 changes to his starting XV. On Tuesday the players went out for lunch to sample Kobe’s famous beef; in the week leading up to Japan, Jones arranged a sushi night at the team hotel.Against Japan, however, England were dreadful in the first half, run ragged by the fleet-footed Brave Blossoms with Owen Farrell having to come on at half-time to turn the tide. It is no surprise then that Farrell is again on the bench, just in case. Indeed, Jones was so displeased with that first half that it ended, or at least put on hold, a few international careers – none of Danny Care, Alex Lozowski or Zach Mercer has played for England since. “We could have the same problems,” said the head coach. “It’s difficult having a quick turnaround. There’s no quick solution to it but we feel it’s maybe more psychological than physical.”Only three players who started against Japan are due to line up against the USA but, if that November afternoon made Jones rip up his plans in terms of personnel, it came together again last month. Just as the side who beat Tonga contained 13 of the team who thrashed Ireland in the warm-up series, so the XV named on Tuesday has 12 survivors from the team picked to face Wales in Cardiff. Maybe that is why Jones was so happy after that match despite the defeat. They may have narrowly lost but there was no going off script. England rugby union team Was this helpful? England team to face USAElliot Daly; Ruaridh McConnochie, Jonathan Joseph, Piers Francis, Joe Cokanasiga; George Ford (capt), Willi Heinz, Joe Marler, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Lewis Ludlam, Billy Vunipola Replacements Jack Singleton, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Anthony Watson  Show Share on LinkedIn Eddie Jones bristled at the suggestion he is taking a risk by on Tuesday naming Billy Vunipola to start for the second time in five days against the USA, and issuing a stark warning to the 10 new faces in his England side. Vunipola is one of five players who will keep their place in the starting lineup for England’s second World Cup match on Thursday but it is those incoming at the forefront of Jones’s mind.This will be Vunipola’s 11th successive appearance for England – he was the only player to start all four warm‑up matches – but, given his recent injury history, concerns would seem justified. Before the first of those 11 games he managed two Tests in two years and in the second of those he broke his arm for the second time. Jones, though, is adamant “the best way to keep him fit is to play him”. Moreover Mark Wilson is not quite ready to start, so the head coach’s options at No 8 are limited.“I’ve got to pick 23 so by definition there has to be players backing up,” said Jones. “So what do you want me to do, go in with less players?”Vunipola is joined in backing up by George Ford, who captains the side, Tom Curry, who Jones says needs more experience at blindside flanker, Elliot Daly and Joe Marler. There is no Henry Slade because of his knee injury, though Jones claimed he could have played if needed, but Joe Cokanasiga and Ruaridh McConnochie come into the side on the wings and Dan Cole, who moves joint-third on the list of England’s record appearance holders, will also start, as will Lewis Ludlam. Share via Email The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Read more Rugby union Share on Facebook Topics Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Reuse this content Rugby World Cup 2019 Hide Thank you for your feedback. Jones recalled on Tuesday a pool match when working with South Africa in 2007 against Tonga. The Springboks squeezed to a 30-25 victory en route to lifting the trophy but Jones saw a number of fringe players putting personal gain before the collective. “That’s the danger for us,” the England head coach said. “It can happen in the second or the third game, where players who might think it’s their only game of the World Cup go out there and they try to play for themselves rather than play for the team.”That may go some way to explaining why Marler has retained his place in the side. It is not hard to imagine him and Cole as the enforcers within the squad. They sit at the back of the England team bus and no doubt keep the youngsters in line. “This squad is quite young, so having those older two props is quite important,” Jones said.It also emphasises the importance of Ford on Thursday. He was captain against Japan – a tough afternoon for him, says Jones – but he has been a part of all but one of Jones’s 46 matchday Test squads. “It could be easy to try and be impressive and try to stand out individually,” Ford said.“I think we’ll be fine but it’s something we’ve got to keep our eye on in the next 24-48 hours. In a funny sort of way when you’ve got only three or four days you get right down to the nitty gritty of the plan.” Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Quick guide England team to face USA Share on Twitter Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Photo Of This Texas Fan Is Going Viral On ABC Tonight

first_imgTexas Longhorns fans holding signs during a game.AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 27: Texas Longhorn fans cheer on their team against the Texas A&M Aggies with signs noting the Texas score against Oklahoma earlier in the season at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium November 27, 2008 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)It’s not a good night to be a fan of the Texas Longhorns.Texas, the No. 6 team in the country, is looking like anything but a top 10 team in Stillwater, Oklahoma this evening.The Longhorns are currently getting blown out by Oklahoma State, 24-7, on national television.There are a handful of Texas fans in the stands at Oklahoma State this evening. Most of them, unfortunately, are looking like this:TEXAS IS:⚪BACK⚪NOT BACK⚫#SurrenderCobra ? pic.twitter.com/lDqbGwD4Gl— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 28, 2018That’s a tough image, but there’s still plenty of game left.Texas and Oklahoma State are playing on ABC.last_img read more

UNsupported initiative aims to reintegrate 180000 Sudanese excombatants

25 June 2008The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be supporting the reintegration of 180,000 Sudanese ex-combatants as they return to civilian life under an agreement signed today with the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be supporting the reintegration of 180,000 Sudanese ex-combatants as they return to civilian life under an agreement signed today with the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan.Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) is an important component of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan.The agreement signed today builds on the achievements of the disarmament and demobilisation pilot phase launched in 2006. The beneficiaries will include some 24,000 members of the Sudan Armed Forces and 26,000 others pre-registered by the Popular Defence Forces. Nearly 5,300 women associated with armed forces and groups, and 17,500 disabled combatants are also eligible. Under the four-year programme – which will be led and implemented by the DDR Commissions of North and South Sudan, with support from UNDP – ex-combatants will receive social, economic and psychological support as they make the transition back into civilian life and begin anew in their communities. “We welcome the Government of Sudan’s leadership in taking forward the DDR programme, and aim to assist the building of national and local capacities to support national ownership of the process,” said UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert.“The dividends of peace are long overdue. Employment generation and re-integration of former combatants is key to this process,” he added. The agreement was signed at a DDR Donor Conference in Geneva, co-chaired by UNDP and the Government of Japan, at which donors reiterated their full support to the Sudan DDR programme, requiring $430 million over a four-year period.Adequate funding will be key to ensuring the sustainability of the programme which is designed to help foster peace and security in Sudan. “It must be seen in a broader context of support to peace and national reconciliation, post–conflict stabilization, peace building and conflict reduction,” said Ameerah Haq, UNDP Resident Representative in Sudan. “The reintegration programme will thus complement existing Government and UN programming that focuses on building peace at the community level.” read more

Age not gender is the new income divide in Canada study finds

OTTAWA — Age, not gender, is increasingly at the heart of income inequality in Canada, says a new study that warns economic growth and social stability will be at risk if companies don’t start paying better wages.The Conference Board of Canada findings suggest younger workers in Canada are making less money relative to their elders regardless of whether they’re male or female, individuals or couples, and both before and after tax.The average disposable income of Canadians between the ages of 50 and 54 is now 64% higher than that of 25- to 29-year-olds, the report found. That’s up from 47% in the mid-1980s.Five financial pitfalls that post-secondary students should avoidNot super rich or super smart? Well then, don’t major in the artsEven though most students are working this summer, most won’t make enough to cover school costs: CIBCConference Board vice-president David Stewart-Patterson, one of the study’s co-authors, said the economic think-tank was motivated to undertake the study due to a wealth of “anecdotal evidence” that suggests Canadian youth are falling behind economically.“We all know the stories — all our kids getting really good educations but too many of them are still stuck living in their parents’  basements, still in low-end service jobs that don’t really take advantage of all the education that we’ve paid for,” Stewart-Patterson said in an interview.“Our report provides some pretty persuasive, quantitative evidence that yeah, there really is a systemic pattern here. These aren’t just stories of individuals — there really is a pattern that’s unfolded over a prolonged period, a pattern which has some disturbing implications going forward.”He pointed out that top Canadian earners fought for principles of equal work for equal value, yet their children now face lower wages and reduced pension benefits even if they’re doing the same work at the same employer.The trend is particularly troubling, he added, because as the Baby-Boom generation moves into retirement, Canadians will be relying on a smaller share of the population to drive economic growth and sustain the tax base that supports public services.Canada therefore needs average employment incomes to rise, not fall behind, in order to pay for the increasing health-care costs of the baby-boomer generation, among a host of other expenses, Stewart-Patterson said.“We are moving into an era where people of working age are going to be increasingly scarce; that should put upward pressure on wages going forward,” he said.“And yet, if we look at the past 30 years … the real incomes that are being earned in the workplace by younger workers have barely budged after inflation. That creates an issue in how much governments can raise in tax revenues, how much can our economy grow?”He also warned that before long, the younger generation is going to “get fed up.”Andrew Langille, a Toronto-based labour lawyer and youth employment advocate, said the Conference Board study confirms what’s already known: Canada’s young people are falling behind.“Increasingly it’s clear that Canada doesn’t have a problem with a declining middle-class; rather it’s a problem of income and wealth inequality for younger generations,” he said.“From skyrocketing tuition to the increasing cost of home ownership to the prospect of stagnating wages and precarious work — young Canadians are increasingly on shaky financial footing and not able to get ahead.”Few politicians seem ready to tackle the problem, he added. “Unless politicians get serious about intergenerational equity, this issue has the potential to cause damaging social and economic consequences,” he said in an interview.“I really wonder who the boomers expect are going to buy their pretty houses.” read more

Fine Gael TDs challenge Government stance on Croke Park

first_imgEIGHT FINE GAEL TDs have voiced criticism of the Government’s stance on the Croke Park Agreement – saying that while the core pay of low-earning public servants ought to be protected, incremental pay rises and allowances for those at the top should not.In a co-authored piece in today’s Irish Examiner, the eight TDs – Sean Conlan, Paul Connaughton, Pat Deering, Brendan Griffin, Noel Harrington, Sean Kyne, Anthony Lawlor, and Eoghan Murphy – raise a number of challenges to the Government’s position.They argue that pay increases for those on higher wages “must be put back on the table” if the Government is serious about tackling the budget deficit, claiming that such increments will add at least €170 million to the public sector pay bill by next year.They also highlight the “hesitation” in tackling the subject of public sector allowances, which they claim are worth €1.5 billion, when allowances are not addressed in the Croke Park Agreement.The actual savings being made under the deal is also questioned – with the TDs asking whether the figures have been overstated.Read: Government insists Croke Park savings are not overstatedRead: Coveney – Department ‘was being accurate’ in rejecting government’s Croke Park criterialast_img read more

BitTorrent forces software install to unlock free music Updated

first_imgUpdate: It turns out this isn’t as bad as first thought. When you click the download link a second link is available that allows you to download the files without the software.Have you ever bought a new computer only to boot it up and find a load of software pre-installed that you never wanted and will never use? The same is now happening to music tracks you download on BitTorrent as part of a new deal to generate revenue.The first of these deals sees DJ Shadow offer some of his music for free, but BitTorrent is bundling the download with at least one piece of software. Most people will get RealPlayer. In return, BitTorrent and DJ Shadow split any revenue generated from the download and that software you are forced to install.The content on offer includes 3 tracks from DJ Shadow’s Hidden Transmissions, archival footage from his MPC era, and a photo vault and time capsule. The time capsule includes unreleased material from his new project.It sounds like a lot of content for free, but in order to gain access to it you have to install the media player, or whatever software BitTorrent has chosen to bundle in your region of the world. BitTorrent is touting the download as helping to “support creative collaborations”, and they intend to do it with a number of artists, for film as well as music.It’s unclear what happens after you unlock the content, but I think it’s safe to assume you can uninstall any software you don’t want. The hassle of doing that will drive many to not bother, and instead wait for someone to upload the content without the mandatory install. It’s inevitable that is going to happen.What I’d like to know is what kind of revenue they expect to be sharing from each download. Can it really be that much? If it’s only a few dollars a download, then I’d suggest doing a “pay what you want” offer like the Humble Indie Bundle would probably generate more and get DJ Shadow more/better publicity in the process.You can download the DJ Shadow bundle for free right now via BitTorrentvia Gigaomlast_img read more

Mozilla and Epic team up to bring Unreal Engine 3 to the

first_imgAt the Game Developers Conference 2013 in San Francisco, Mozilla and Epic Games have announced that they have teamed up to bring Unreal Engine 3 to the web.  It’s great news for the web as a whole, but especially for Firefox users and those who purchase smartphones running Firefox OS later this year. Why? Because of the recently-integrated asm.js.When Mozilla unleashed OdinMonkey, it finally offered a response to Google Chrome’s Native Client. Asm.js promises to speed up Emscripten-ported JavaScript apps and games to the point where they perform nearly as well as their native-code counterparts. When you add asm.js in with things like WebGL support, improved memory management, and hardware acceleration, Mozilla has positioned Firefox perfectly as the browser of choice for next-generation, plug-in free gaming on the web.With Firefox OS and the Firefox Marketplace launching later this year, this is a significant win for Mozilla. No, the porting of Unreal Engine 3 doesn’t mean that Mass Effect 3 is going to find its way onto sub-$100 Firefox phones, but it does mean that mobile hits like Infinity Blade and Dungeon Defenders will. It should also mean that we’ll see more developers offering up browser-friendly versions of their mobile hits — particularly if the porting process is relatively painless and offers an additional revenue stream.Prior to the launch of Windows 8, doing so might not have made much sense. But half a year on, the PC market is now rich with touchscreen devices. Now that there’s a top-notch game engine that runs under asm.js and a web browser that’s optimized to do the heavy lifting, Android and iOS-style games are a much better fit for the modern web.last_img read more

CD Projekt proves that games DRM is a complete waste of time

first_img <> Add to that a growing library of games on the also DRM-free GOG.com and you have a thriving business in the games sector without any use of DRM. What further proof do copyright holders need that they are wasting their time and money, and in the process really pissing off gamers?So please other publishers, and I am looking at Ubisoft specifically when I say this, drop the DRM. It will have no negative impact on your game sales over their lifetimes and in the process will save you a small fortune in licensing fees and server costs.As Iwinski says, “We totally believe in the carrot, not in the stick…” Digital rights management and disc protection has been used by video games publishers for decades. At best, you don’t know it’s there, but at worst you can’t play a game without being connected to the Internet, the DRM installs the equivalent of a rootkit on your machine, or worst of all–that $60 game you bought can’t be played due to some unknown issue related to rights management and the publisher has no fix.DRM does not work, and that has been argued for years. Copyright holders argue otherwise and always want to clamp down harder, restrict more, and prosecute pirates for extrotionate amounts of money. With anti-tamper technology such as Denuvo proving incredibly difficult to crack, they may get their wish (albeit temporarily).However, we now have solid proof DRM is a complete waste of time and money. That proof comes in the form of development studio CD Projekt, owner of GOG.com and creators of The Witcher series.Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of GOG and CD Projekt, spoke at infoShare 2016 and pointed out how well not using DRM works. The Witcher 3 has no DRM and yet it has sold 10 million copies. It has been pirated, but Iwinski points out that many of those pirates have come back to purchase the game when they can afford it. Also, the regular free content drops for the title have encouraged gamers to buy a copy.last_img read more

APCCIF members meet VMRDA Chairman

first_imgVisakhapatnam: AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (APCCIF) president G Sambasiva Rao, chairman of Visakhapatnam Zone Pydah Krishna Prasad, vice-chairman Sudhir Mulagada, along with other committee members, met VMRDA Chairman Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday. They interacted with the Chairman of VMRDA who agreed to take concrete measures for the overall development of the region, promote tourism and create employment opportunities for the local youth and also ironout issues pertaining to trade and industry.last_img read more

4 gates of Srisailam lifted up to 10 metres

first_imgHyderabad: With heavy inflows from the Krishna river reaching Srisailam reservoir, four gates of the dam were lifted on Friday in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar and Telangana Minister S Niranjan Reddy. This year the gates have been lifted early as compared to last year. Due to poor inflows, the gates were lifted on August 18 in 2018 and on October 12 in 2017. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The gates of the dam have been lifted to 10 metres height and water was released downstream into Nagarjunasagar. Around one lakh cusecs from the three gates was released downstream. Prior to the release of water, the ministers performed ‘Jala Puja’. Officials said it would take two days for the water to reach Nagarjunasagar. This is the first time of the season the dam was receiving constant inflows of 3.5 lakh cusecs of flood waters from the upper stream. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Due to heavy rains in the catchment areas, particularly in Karnataka, Almatti dam was brimming with inflows from where the water is released to Narayanapur and Jurala barrages. On learning about the water release from Srisailam dam people from two Telugu-speaking states besides devotees started visiting the Mallikarjuna swamy temple in Srisailam. Advertise With Us Nature lovers in large numbers also flocked to have a glimpse. Next three days being holidays, the number of people visiting the dam site is likely to be heavy and the district administration is making necessary arrangements to regulate the crowd. The storage capacity of Srisailam dam is 885 feet with 215 tmc ft. Water levels in the dam already reached 884 feet and there is no way of storing the water, according to Chief Engineer of Irrigation Department Narayana Reddy.last_img read more

Fastspreading pig Ebola virus in China to upset global meat trade balance

first_img Meet Sierra Leones only female surfer ReutersThe fast-spreading pig virus has infected nearly one million hogs in China, a major producer of pork in the world. The outbreak of the virus will soon see major repercussions on China’s economy and even on global trade. The Pig ‘Ebola’ virus, also known as the African swine fever, was first detected in Cambodia. The virus then spread to China, one of the biggest producers of pork in the world. The virus has infected some 400 million pigs, about half the country’s swine population, according to Bloomberg.With the culling of the infected pigs, the population of swine will effectively go down, thus creating dependency on other meat. Australia, which is a major beef provider, could increase the rates of the meat, starting a domino effect in the markets across the world.In addition to this, the infected meat transported from Japan to Australia was detected at airports, leading to the ban of products and causing a bigger crunch for the pig farmers. The report explains that the livelihood of the pig producers has been affected, which in turn makes them increase the rates of the pork produced.The swine fever does not affect humans, but in pigs they can spread like wildfire and kill the animals. The virus causes a hemorrhagic illness in pigs which will kill them soon, not unlike the effects of the human Ebola virus. The disease can spread through dirt, interaction between the animals and food and water. The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain assured that the food chain will not be affected since the infected meat has been removed completely. However, it was talking about the outbreak of the virus in Belgium.Reports claim that the virus was introduced in the European Union in 2014 and has been spreading at a speed of 200 kilometres per year, triggering massive losses for the economy. Some of the measures China has taken to stop the spread of the virus include killling one million pigs, banning the movement of healthy hogs outside the infected areas and closure of markets. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/7:31Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:29?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

Savion Glover Dance Holiday Spectacular

first_imgSavion GloverIn a performance bursting with holiday cheer, Savion Glover, the reigning king of tap returns for the holidays, bringing an unforgettable evening of heart-pounding dance, bright lights, and joyous sounds. The concert will be at George Mason University’s  Center for the Arts , Route 123 & Braddock Road on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $32-$54. For more information, visit cfa.gmu.edu or call 1- 888-945-2468.last_img

Ceasefires Bridgeford Laments De Sousa Resignation

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comAfter a little more than two months in the chair, Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa resigned this week in the wake of three federal misdemeanor charges of not filing income taxes in 2013, 2014 and 2015.However, it seems abundantly clear to many that there is much more connected to De Sousa’s departure from the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), than taxes.Baltimore AFRO reporter Stephen Janis writes this week:“WBAL-TV reported May 15 that federal prosecutors had issued subpoenas to the city finance department for records related to De Sousa’s work history going back almost a decade. The documents sought pay stubs, travel records, personnel files and internal investigations…There are concerns that the subpoenas coupled with the motions filed by prosecutors stating that De Sousa was under investigation for other federal crimes, is a sign of other charges are forthcoming. Particularly since the prosecutors handling De Sousa’s case are the same duo that brought down the Gun Trace Task Force.”Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Ultimately, whether the 30 year veteran of the BPD was forced to resign because of taxes, or something far more insidious, the bottom line is De Sousa, the eighth BPD commissioner in 18 years, is out.Erricka Bridgeford, the leader and co-founder of the Baltimore Ceasefire 365, the grassroots anti-violence movement, is not happy about De Sousa’s exit.“I’m disappointed that the commissioner resigned. In relation to your job: I don’t care if you are unorganized in your own finances. It’s not my business if you cheat on your wife. When you show up at work, how well do you do your job? That’s what I care about,” wrote Bridgeford in a Facebook post on May 16.“I want a world where our current system of policing is dismantled and rebuilt, based on “power with” the community. But, in the meantime, we need people in BPD who really do their best, given the effed up system.”Some may disagree with Bridgeford’s assertion that she doesn’t “care if you are unorganized in your own finances.” And they may take issue with her not caring whether or not the police commissioner, or any other public servant, cheats on their spouse. But, I would take issue with anybody who doesn’t believe Baltimore’s criminal justice system and specifically, the Baltimore Police Department is “effed up.” And I think there is consensus that we want our leaders to “do their best.” And Bridgeford believes De Sousa was doing his best confronted with a dire situation within the BPD and our city.“Up close, I saw what Darryl De Sousa was doing. I saw him be more transparent with grassroots leaders than any previous commissioner. I saw him work with grassroots leaders to help keep people from getting killed, in some of Baltimore’s darkest hours in the last month. I saw him care about Baltimore, not just with his words, but with his actions. I saw him be open to feedback. I saw him be responsive to residents and help with things they needed,” Bridgeford added.“Nobody is perfect. If the places I fail in my personal life ever became public information, people would be out here hunting for my head…regardless of how good I am at what I do. I’m not saying I agree with De Sousa’s every strategy…because I disagree with a lot of policing strategies. But, given what the policing system currently is, the man was doing his best. He was someone I trusted in that position.”And I trust Bridgeford’s opinion and her leadership on this and she’s not the only person whose opinion I trust who backs the former commissioner.Baltimore took a big loss this week, now that De Sousa is out of the chair.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday and Friday at 5 p.m. on the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Promoting and preserving public art

first_imgFifteen artists from different backgrounds have gathered to showcase sculptures and installations on the theme of ‘Public art and its relevance’, at India International Centre. Titled ‘Sculpt for Delhi-II’, the group exhibition was inaugurated by Anil Baijal, Lt Governor, Delhi and Ambassador of Bulgaria Eleonora Dimitrova in the presence of Vijay Kumar Dev, Chief Secretary, Delhi.”Exhibitions like these offer a platform to express our thoughts through the medium of art, showcase our creativity, and bring it into the notice of concerned authorities. The authorities need to understand our strengths, and therefore use our potential in the best way possible. It is a way to communicate with them and discuss the importance of such installations and sculptures for artists as well as the public,” said Shovin Bhattacharjee, whose sculpture ‘Mystery of life’ highlights how urbanisation is destroying the nature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I have tried to bring a mirror in front of the people to see the sad reality, and understand why it’s important to be sensitive towards nature,” he added. The show is conceptualised by artist and sculptor Neeraj Gupta, President, Delhi Art Society in collaboration with Indian International Centre, and will go on until March 19. Well-known artists including Bipasa Sen Gupta, Anjali Khosa Kaul, Asurvedh, Suresh Kumar, O P Khare, Sangeeta Gupta, Farhat Jamshed, Neeraj Gupta, Shreedhar Mukul Panwar, Kavita Nayyar, among others, have created tangible forms and figures of smooth stimulations, gradual escalation of symmetry and a hint of mystery for the ongoing exhibition. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn this occasion, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal said that this exhibition will be a witness to the symbol of art and cultural influences, which the artists have raised with finesse. All artists have given their best to make this exhibition one of its kind. I have always been a fan of sculpture exhibitions, and I congratulate the Delhi Art Society and India International Centre for organising such an event with great enthusiasm.” Neeraj Gupta said, “This liberating form of art is a mystical practice, and thus brings together a dreamy amalgamation of form, features, ideations, and ideals. Art is what metamorphoses the world into a more humane world. ‘Sculpt for Delhi II’ is one such attempt to control your world to consecutively take over culture. Works of art displayed in public places are the magnets that may hold the public space together. They represent the relentless spiral of the energies of the people.”last_img read more