first_imgBy Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTFlickr [DSC07624 by Amanda Govaert, September 10, 2011, CC BY-ND 2.0]When you take a vow of marriage, you are making a promise to protect, honor and love your spouse for the rest of your days. But what happens when you make that same vow for your country at the same time? Which vow do you honor when you and your spouse are expecting your first baby and there is a deployment on the horizon? Which vow do you honor when the twin towers are bombed on September 11th and your family is terrified but so is your country? And which vow do you honor when your spouse is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer?While all marriages have their own challenges, there are certain issues that are unique to military marriages. I have lived near an Air Force base for over 12 years now. In that time, I have had the privilege of both working with military families within my profession and making personal, lifelong friendships with military families. While I know that I certainly cannot and will not capture every single challenge that military marriages face, I would like to speak on a few that I have noticed within my experiences with these extraordinary families.Who/What comes first?- While many marriages may find themselves in a constant balancing act between job and family, military families seem to be faced with the biggest and most challenging balancing act of all… they are forced to choose between fighting for their country and fighting for their family. And, in many cases, there is no choice at all. The country must come before anything else. This means that dad may be overseas when his first born child takes his first steps. Or, mom may only get to see her son graduate from high school via the internet. While it may be easy for the high school graduate to understand why mom cannot be present for such a momentous occasion, it isn’t so easy to explain that to the baby who just took his first steps without his dad present.On the Move- Just when it feels like things are settled with jobs, friends, houses, and school, it’s time to make that move again. It’s time to, once again, pick up and move to another location and do it all over again. Many military families are required to move every few years; and many of the places they have to go are places that they have never been. A new life has to be re-established each time.The Reality- Let’s face it. The reality is, what these service men and women do is dangerous. At each deployment, families find themselves thinking about the terrifying possibility that their spouse/parent may not make it home; that those hugs and kisses they give and receive could possibly be the last they get and give. But, just because those fears are there does not mean that the world stops around them. There are still obligations to be fulfilled (ie mouths to feed, bills to pay, jobs to work). The family left on stateside must continue on.The Aftermath- It’s easy to assume that once deployment is over and the service member is back safely, everything returns just as it was before. But, all military families who have been through deployments know that this just isn’t the case. While the initial days of return are filled with joy and excitement, the days, months, and sometimes years that follow can be trying and difficult. What these service members have seen and done overseas can have a lasting effect on them and can bleed into their interactions with their families and friends. Many family members have told me that the person they sent overseas was not the same person that returned home to them.This list only captures a very small portion of challenges unique to military marriages and families. It’s important to acknowledge that these challenges can create emotional turmoil and a multitude of stressors. Resentment, fear, jealousy, anger, and disappointment, among others, are experienced. But, in the end, these families display an enormous amount of resiliency, hope, strength, and wisdom that can inspire and guide us all. I am so grateful for the battles that our military members fight for us and the ones that their spouses continue to fight as well.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgDate:  June 22, 2017Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Location:  Have A Seat! Learning What Children Know Through PlayCover image “Box of balls” by Kristina Kessler is licensed Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.When we want to understand what children know and can do, we often turn to tests and other conventional assessment practices. However, what really allows us to get to know children, is when we sit beside them and play. This webinar will provide a context for seeing authentic assessment as the means by which we get to know children, and foster their development and learning. Recommended practices and research on how to assess children during play will be provided.  Plan to join us on June 22, 2017.Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions on her website.The MFLN FD Early Intervention team offers continuing education credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgLearn MoreWhile we have offered plenty of food-for-thought through this blog, we encourage you to delve deeper and learn more about this topic by watching Dr. and Mr. Dice’s webinar. They offer techniques and tools and so much more through this interactive and engaging programming. And, FREE CEUs are offered for one year from the live date of this webinar.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. By: Bari SobelsonOn Thursday, May 24, 2018, Dr. Tammi Dice and Mr. Tony Dice facilitated a webinar addressing culturally alert communication. Dr. Dice started us off with this insightful and thought-provoking statement: “Rather than striving for cultural competence, my aim is really to be culturally humble because there’s always room for growth and development.” Mr. Dice shared that one of the reasons he has taken an interest in the topic of culturally alert communication is because of some of the undergraduate and graduate diversity courses that “shook him to his core”, suddenly making him very aware of his unearned privileges that he has held his whole life.How do we make sure we are being culturally sensitive with others? By doing the following, we are capable of developing the skills to engage in culturally alert communication:Engage in self-awareness- This requires multiple layers of work.Be open to learning about others- It’s important to take the time to get to know our clients. Instead of just reading a book about their particular culture, ask them questions and appreciate that there are many individual variations within different cultures and the ways in which individuals experience them.Have an awareness of the broader social systems- Think about the influences that these systems have on our clients and their experiences.Why does it matter?All of this is done with intention. It is up to us, as providers, to begin to break down the walls that may come in the room with the client. It’s important to remember the following:As service providers, we have an ethical obligation to our clientsWe could potentially do harm, minimize the impact of our efforts, negate the work we are trying to doWe could scar our clients in a way that would make them averse to further help and treatmentOur clients could lose trust in the systemThis is not an easy task! Dr. Dice will often start her diversity courses with a Walt Whitman quote and ask her students to be open for perspective-taking and help them to recognize the need for empathy. While she doesn’t ask individuals to change their perspective, she does invite them to be open to recognizing that alternative views are just as legitimate. This allows multiple perspectives to be present and for us to be more effective because we aren’t then imposing our own views, beliefs, and values on our clients.Inviting people to become culturally alert will often result in cognitive dissonance where new information and experiences create discomfort. It’s important to challenge yourself that perhaps your are experiencing discomfort because the information you are receiving is unfamiliar. Cognitive dissonance is a healthy and normal process that we engage in for growth and development.  Attempt to practice skills until they are no longer uncomfortable for you.Terms to RememberIntersectionality: We are all made up of many dimensions and all of these intersecting cultural identities have a part, a space in the room. We need to always be aware that every relationship we encounter is diverse on some level. Barriers occur in intervention when we overemphasize one component of a person and fail to recognize others. It is important to continually look at our clients as multifaceted, intersecting individuals with multiple identities. Multiple intersecting, marginalized identities can create large challenges. By acknowledging the challenges of holding marginalized identities, we can begin to recognize the myth of meritocracy.Myth of Meritocracy: The belief that all individuals have equal opportunities. Often when those of marginalized status struggle to achieve, then personal and cultural reasons are assumed to be responsible while the broader social barriers/inequity in society are either not considered or they are ignored. As a result, those individuals get judged by those who have privilege status as “not working hard enough:. Letting go of this myth can allow us to be more alert and aware of the systemic oppression that can occur for so many who identify with underrepresented populations and begin to avoid both unintentional and intentional discrimination.Broaching: Inviting discussions about the differences that exist. Broaching helps to clarify how an individual identifies and communication norms and helps to establish authentic relationships. This does not come naturally but just because it isn’t easy or doesn’t feel comfortable doesn’t mean it’s not effective. It requires practice and the recognition of its benefits. How do we do it? Through asking questions, being sensitive, and responding in an empathetic manner! We store the information that we are given and use it to hep us build the relationship.last_img read more

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first_imgThis image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionLonnie Long, West Virginia University Master of Public Administration candidate, MFLN Military Caregiving teamThere are many resources that provide support to active duty military personnel and their families. One source that should not be overlooked is the National Guard. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a Joining Community Forces (JCF) meeting in my hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia, hosted by the National Guard Family Assistance Center. Over 20 organizations attended, ranging from service providers, such as Military OneSource, to local law firms and banks, as well as groups like the Marine Corps League and the VFW. All of the military community was welcome. Attendance was not restricted by branch, term of service, or any other sort of distinction. The National Guard armory became a place to bring stakeholders together, utilizing community resources to better serve military personnel and their families.Because the National Guard is geographically dispersed, community-based resources are especially important. The Guard is particularly well-suited to collaborating with these resource networks, providing assistance to those who are even further “outside the gate” than what other branches might consider usual. This experience fits thematically well with the MFLN’s overall community-capacity building goals.As a kid, one program that was particularly close to me was Operation: Military Kids (OMK). It is also a good example of how the Guard has connected with communities. The program was a collaboration between several government and non-profit organizations, primarily the U.S Army, Army National Guard, and Cooperative Extension. The program served military families by raising awareness in local communities about the challenges military youth faced. Further, it helped them to connect with other kids and families going through the exact same hardships. I am a proud alum of West Virginia’s OMK program, with fond memories of youth retreats and leadership camps held at the State 4-H Camp Jackson’s Mill and the National Guard facility Camp Dawson. I later went back to support OMK and the next generation of military kids as a young adult volunteer.OMK was special in that it was what we call now a “purple” program, serving children from all the branches and was not just for National Guard or Army kids. While most of my peers’ parents were in the National Guard, I did manage to meet some who were from other branches, which gave ten-year old Lonnie an even greater appreciation for our shared struggles and challenges.Currently, the National Guard continues to be a source for “purple” services. Family Assistance Centers, for example, are often based in National Guard facilities, and staffed by civilian contractors. They serve as resources to anyone who walks through their door, regardless of branch or duty status. These services range from providing TRICARE information and resource referral, to renewing ID cards and even crisis intervention.Embedded within the National Guard are Transitional Assistant Advisors, professionals who serve as a point of contact to assist returning service members access the benefits and services that they may have otherwise not known about. There is at least one TAA in each state, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. While the program was initially started after several Guard members returned from Iraq and Afghanistan not knowing their service had earned them benefits from through the VA, the TAAs serve anyone from any branch, so long as they are in their assigned state or territory.These examples of how the National Guard serves military families remind us of the importance of forging connections with community resources.last_img read more

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first_imgThe way you think about making money will influence the way you earn it. Here are some inspiring stories to reshape your thinking and might help you make more money in the process!To make money you need to think about it in a new way. Ideas and opportunities for creative money making ventures are all around us if we know where to look. Knowing how to look and what to look for, can radically alter the way you view your world and in having a fresh perspective you might just hit upon a great money making idea. Here are a few inspiring stories to spur your creative business’ success.Reframe Your ThinkingThere’s a brilliant thread on Quora which answers the question What is the best way to invest and grow my money? The top answer is from Tina Sellig, executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, in which she sets her students the challenge: What would you do to earn money if all you had was $5 and 2 hours? Most of them think of simple ideas like buying lottery tickets or setting up a car wash with a bucket and sponge. But the ones that made the most money, hundreds of dollars in a few hours, were those who reframed the problem entirely:Read Quote of Visakan Veerasamy’s answer to Investing: I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money? Those teams observed common problems like long queues for restaurants and low tire pressure and turned them into money making ventures. The winning team uniquely pin-pointed an asset that everyone else missed and made $650 in 3 minutes. That asset was the captive attention of their student peers for the Monday morning presentation on what they achieved with their $5 and two hours. The winning team sold that time slot to a company who wanted to advertise to the students and created a three minute commercial on its behalf, brilliantly making the most money and solving the challenge.Reframing the way you look at your problems, resources and opportunities, taking the time to observe your market astutely and making the most of what you already have are key facets to creative money making.10 Percent Better It is often said that improving a product or service by just 10 percent can transform it into (perceptively) a whole new product. Making money creatively more often than not, means not re-inventing the wheel but rather finding friction points in existing systems and finding ways of providing a smoother experience. Tech Crunch has an inspiring post on how one entrepreneur went from $0 to $1 million in 2 years.In 2007, Bryan was a manager at Sears. He quit his job and within two years was making over a million a year. Eventually Braintree grew much bigger and raised $70 million from Accel and others, but that wasn’t what was interesting to me. “How did you do it?” I asked him. “What are the initial steps.” And he told me. So I will tell you.Bryan Johnson created a company called Braintree which processes creditcard payments.  It’s a booming industry (certainly not glamourous) but one with which he was intimately familiar. There were plenty of existing competitors and bigger services but he provided a better one. He made the most of the contacts he had, took the risk of trying something new and built a trustworthy brand. So the next time you say to yourself ”I really hate it when xxxx happens.” question whether there’s an opportunity for some creative money making staring you right in the face.ScalabilityOne of the inherent limitations in being a lone freelancer is that it is impossible to scale your operations. I cannot replicate myself like Michael Keaton can in Multiplicity (if that’s too obscure a reference you’re not missing much!) and do four times the work. I could get in junior editors, build an agency or try to expand into production as well – but that’s a whole other ball game. I could try to work double shifts but that would be exhausting and any time I’ve taken on too much work I’ve not enjoyed the experience. Finding a business idea that can scale is a better bet.E-commerce is all about scale. If you produce some online creative training materials, you can sell them to a thousand people as easily as you can to one person. The same work, but with ever increasing returns. Investigate how you could create a product or service that is infinitely scaleable and you’ll be on to a good thing. Or one step better, create a platform that will scale upon which others can interact, and in doing so make you a percentage from every transaction. Platforms like eBay, Kickstarter, Behance, Airbnb and YouTube  – to name just a handful, are all making money from their users efforts. The more users they get the more they make, the more they can scale their platform the more valuable it becomes and so on.Reframing the way in which you look at business opportunities, creating ideas with built in scalability and not re-inventing the wheel are all useful tools in making money creatively. But as with so much in life; ideas are easy and execution is everything.last_img read more

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first_imgImpressive footage from both the Blackmagic 4K Production Camera and Panasonic Lumix GH4 are exciting for cinematographers and indie filmmakers.The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and the Panasonic Lumix GH4 (yet to be released) are creating quite a buzz in the indie-filmmaking community. But how do they compare to each other? In the following article we take a look at test footage and differences between these two cameras.The Blackmagic Production Camera 4KThe highly anticipated Blackmagic 4K Production Camera offers the sleek design of the original BMCC with 4K resolution. Early test footage shows that the quality is every bit as beautiful as it’s predecessor.The camera, which just started shipping, has been plagued with release delays over the past year. Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty says that the delay is caused because the company needed to “replace a bunch of the software in the camera that handles the sensor calibration and image processing“. Blackmagic has recently dropped the price of the cam $1,000 (now only $3,000), making it the cheapest 4K production camera. That is until the GH4 is released…The Panasonic Lumix GH4Unlike the BMCC, the mirrorless GH4 doubles as a still photography camera when it’s not taking 4K footage. With an updated sensor and 4K compatibility, the GH4 offers DSLR lovers a camera for the modern age. Preliminary footage of the GH4 shows it’s capability and we are impressed.The GH4 is not quite as cinematic as the BMCC, partly due to it’s MOV compression, as opposed to BMCC’s RAW recording. That being said it is still producing high quality footage that rivals even the most state-of-the-art DSLRs (we’re looking at you Canon Mark III). Early speculation has the GH4 priced at $1,500 but Panasonic has not released any details regarding the release.What do you think of the test footage? Do you think that the GH4 is a real contender or is the Blackmagic far superior?last_img read more

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first_imgLearn how to quickly apply multiple effects to clips in Premiere Pro.If you’re anything like me than you probably pick up something new almost every time you sit down to edit. Often times the things you learn make you slap your forehead and say “if only I’d known this before!” This might be one of those moments for you.When working in Premiere Pro it’s not uncommon that you’d need to apply similar effects to multiple clips. Normally the best way to apply multiple effects would be to apply the effects to an adjustment layer, but if you’re wanting to only apply certain effects you need to use the “paste attributes” button. The following technique will allow you to copy multiple effects to multiple clips simultaneously, without having to create an adjustment layer.1. Select the Clip with the EffectsSimply click on the clip with the effects you want to copy.2. CopyEither right click and hit copy or use the shortcut Command+C.3. Select Your Desired ClipNow select your desired clip or or clip selection. By holding down shift you can select multiple clips in your timeline.4. Right Click and Select Paste AttributesWith your clips selected, right-click and select “Paste Attributes”.5. Choose Parameters and Click OkA box will pop up that asks you to select which effects will be copied to the selected clips. By default your motion, opacity, time remapping, and effects will all be copied to the selected clips. If you don’t want to copy every parameter you can choose which ones to copy here. Once you have made your selection hit “Ok”. Your selected clips will now have the effects applied to them.This technique serves as a good alternative to using an adjustment layer, especially if you are wanting to go in and manipulate the effects further. However if you’re simply wanting to apply and manipulate a quick color correction or effect to your entire sequence, creating an adjustment layer might be the best thing to do. It all depends on your situation.Want to learn more about editing with Premiere Pro? Check out the Premiere Pro section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have dozens of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you become a better video editor and a master of Premiere.last_img read more

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first_img4. Re-Using SegmentsDepending on the type of work that you do, there’s a good chance that you may need to re-use large chunks of your work in new projects. For example if you are editing a trailer for a feature film that you have cut, you are likely going to need to take big chunks of that film and bring them over into a new project easily. Or another example – if you are editing a television series and need to reference a past episode, opening sequence, or any other segment of the show, you may very well need to come up with an easy solution to transport your edits across projects.Compound clips are fantastic in that they can work across multiple projects, so if you encounter any of the situations listed above, you can very easily and efficiently move your edits from one project to another. This will not only save you a lot of time, but will also make the editing process so much more enjoyable. One of the most annoying and tedious things to do when editing is attempting to extract a specific part of your edit to be repurposed somewhere else. By using compound clips in FCPX you can do this task in far less steps. 2. Simplifying your Audio Clips A lot of people complain that FCPX doesn’t handle audio clips well. Since it is not a track based system, you will often wind up with a sequence (or a ‘project’ in FCPX terms) that has stacks upon stacks of audio clips, making it very difficult to find specific clips that you may want to adjust or delete. Using compound clips will completely alleviate this issue.I recommend creating a different compound clip for each main audio category (dialogue, music, effects, etc.), which will keep the audio portion of the project far more simplified. If you need to adjust an overall parameter for any of those clips, you can simply apply an adjustment to the compound clip. Or alternatively, if you need to make a specific adjustment to one of the individual piece of audio, you can step into the compound clip, make the adjustment manually, and then step back into the timeline. 1. Apply an Effect to a Group of ClipsWhen you’re in the finishing stage of your edit (meaning the picture is locked), you will often want to apply an effect, color adjustment, or filter to more than one clip at once. While it is possible to simply copy and paste the attributes of one clip to a bunch of others, it is often times far more preferable to use compound clips.Let’s say that you want to add a slight color adjustment to a sequence of 25 clips in your Final Cut Pro X timeline. If you were to make the adjustment on one clips and then copy and paste it to the others, you would need to re-adjust every one of those clips if you decided to change the look at all. On the other hand, if you decided to use compound clips you could simply adjust the look one time and it would automatically update all of the clips. In this post I’ll show you five ways to use compound clips to dramatically improve your editing experience.For those unfamiliar with FCPX, compound clips behave a lot like nested sequences in other editing platforms. They give you the ability to group together any number of clips (audio or video) as well as titles, adjustment layers, generators, and more – ultimately creating a single clip that encapsulates everything.Before compounding:After compounding:To really take advantage of the power of compound clips in Final Cut Pro X you should be using them in a variety of ways: 3. Nest Complex Sequences Much like the previous point, you can just as easily use compound clips in FCPX to organize the video clips in your timeline so that things don’t get out of hand. I find that audio typically becomes an issue far faster than video will, but there have certainly been times when I’ve had so many video layers stacked on top of each other that it became difficult to navigate the timeline.In situations where you have a number of stacked layers that aren’t going to change – which would be the case with composited shots, title sequences, etc. – your best bet is always going to involve using compound clips. More often than not, whatever it is that you need stacked on top of each other are going to need to stay married to each other in the timeline, so by creating a compound clip you are not only helping to clean up the project itself, but also preventing those clips from accidentally getting moved in the timeline, and falling out of line. 5. Assembling a Master CutFor those of you that have edited feature films or any other long form content, you are probably used to working in ‘reels’. If you’re not familiar with this type of workflow, the idea is to break up long form content into smaller sequences (let’s say 4 or 5 twenty minute sequences) as opposed to having an entire hour and a half edit all built up in one very long sequence. The logic behind doing this is that smaller sequences will always run much faster on your system, so you generally want to use this technique on long form projects so you maintain a fast editing speed.When you’re officially picture locked though, at some point you are of course going to need to combine all of those reels into a master sequence. Once again, FCPX compound clips can save you a whole lot of time here. All you need to do is create a compound clip for each one of your reels, and then copy and paste those into a new sequence. For any of you that have worked with nested sequences in the past, this is essentially the exact same idea, and it’s probably the most common use of compound clips for that reason. Want to learn more about using compound clips in FCPX? Check out a few of the following links:Final Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Compound Clips for MusicCreating Compound Clips in FCPXFinal Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Using Compound ClipsHave any tips for working with compound clips in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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first_imgGet more out of your DJI drone footage with these optimal settings and tricks for shooting with intelligent flight modes.The following tips come from my experience shooting with a Phantom 4. These techniques also work for other DJI drones with intelligent flight modes like the Phantom 3, the new Mavic, and (to an extent) the Inspire 1.1. Smoother Dolly Shots and Tracking Shots Using Course LockUsing DJI’s Course Lock intelligent flight mode is the easiest way to capture some exceptional tracking shots and dolly shots. This mode, well, locks your drone’s course. The best way to describe this is to compare it to dolly tracks. Setting the Course Lock is the same as putting a dolly on a set of straight tracks. The camera can now only move along the tracks. If you are moving straight forward on the course, you are dollying in on your subject. If you turn the camera to the left or right, the drone still moves along the same path allowing you to capture a tracking shot.Once you lock on a direction, the drone will only move horizontally along the same path. This allows you to just push forward or backward with the right control stick to move the drone. Since it’s locked to the course, you can then move the left control stick left or right to adjust the yaw (the direction the drone’s camera faces).Pro Tip: To help keep your subject in frame, turn on the grid view in the DJI app and keep your subject in the same general area while the drone moves.How to Set Up Course Lock on the DJI Phantom seriesStep One: In the Camera mode of the DJI Go app, tap on the Flight Mode button. (Note: The drone must be in the air to access this button.)Step Two: Swipe to the second page, then select Course Lock.Step Three: Rotate the Phantom and face the camera in the direction you want to course lock onto. Tap Apply and then tap Hide.Step Four: Use the right control stick to move the drone along the course path — pushing the stick up moves it forward along the course lock, no matter which direction the drone faces. Use the left control stick to adjust the yaw and the camera’s position.2. Realistic P.O.V. Without Even FlyingDrones are having an increased presence in major Hollywood pictures. In the 2015 film Chappie, drones were used to capture POV shots for the robotic main character, even during action sequences in which Chappie jumped through a window.We did some POV flying, the POV of one of the robot characters. It looked like a thermal night vision, and reminds me of the Predator. He’s chasing one of the characters and goes flying through the window at full speed. You can’t do that on a helicopter. You could do that on a cable cam — but it goes straight, and it takes time to set up and it doesn’t have that feel or movement and speed. – John Gore, Chappie Drone PilotYou can easily capture a POV with a drone at an extremely low altitude, one that matches the height of your subject. If you main character is a six-foot-tall person, you would want to hover at slightly under six feet and maintain the same altitude during the entire shot.The trick to capturing a realistic POV is to make sure the camera isn’t too perfectly smooth, a slight jolt or movement up and down helps sell the shot. That’s why I just walk with the drone in my hands. It also allows you to easily maneuver through areas that may be a little tricky to fly through.Pro Tip: Remove the propellors, just to give the camera operator the ease of mind of not cutting up your face.Just because you have a drone doesn’t mean it has to be in flight to shoot. This is particularly easy with the Phantom series, as you can just grab onto the drone’s legs. For more of a bounce, use only one hand to hold the drone.The best results come from positioning the camera right in front of your eyes.3. Slower Jib ShotsYou may experience your drone taking off at tremendous speeds, preventing you from getting a nice slow jib shot. You can easily adjust the aircraft’s settings to help get a slower crane shot. Here’s how.Step One: In the DJI app, tap on the icon in the top right corner.Step Two: Under the drone’s MC Settings, click on Advanced Settings.Step Three: Tap on EXP.Step Four: Under EXP, you will see the Throttle speed (in both Normal and Sport Modes). To take off slower, lower the speed by either typing in the number box or drag on the S-curve graph. Find the best speed for your shot.For this example, we will drop it all the way to .20.You have now adjusted the overall throttle speed. Now when you lightly press up on the left control stick, the drone will move up at a slower speed. You can also adjust the Rudder and directional speeds if you need additional camera movement in your shot.This also works in the opposite manner. Just crank up the Throttle speed for faster movements.4. Aerial Surveillance and Free Drone OverlayThis is certainly the easiest move to capture with a drone, but with some editing you can really sell your footage. Grab a few seconds of footage with the camera pointing straight down. Try not to move too fast, as a slower shot will register better for the audience.Step One: Pull the footage into you NLE and then place our free drone camera overlay on top of your clip. (Link below)Step Two: Scale the overlay to the size of your sequence.Step Three: Change the Blend Mode. In this example I used the Screen mode in Premiere Pro.Step Four: Color grade the footage to your liking. In this example, I lowered the Saturation and added a green Tint — all while adjusting the shadows, exposure, and highlights.You can download our free drone overlay (and four other camera overlays) by following the link below.PREMIUMBEAT FREE CAMERA OVERLAYSlast_img read more

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first_imgLearn how to protect your video production gear and safeguard your set with this video tutorial.Professional audio and video technicians have been using this tried-and-true coiling method for years. When you have to move fast, a tangled cable can be costly, embarrassing, and (frankly) inexcusable. This video cites two true stories that relate directly to tangled cable and rope. Spend a little time perfecting the “Over and Under” method, and you can respond to any urgent cable request with confidence!Have a tangled mess of cords, cables, and rope? Avoid potentially dangerous situations by properly wrapping your cables.If you need to retrain your cables to properly wrap them, try setting them out in the sun for a few hours. You can also soak rope then lay it in the sun. Now your cables and rope are ready to coil.Wrapping Cables (XLR, BNC, etc) and Extension CordsThis technique works both clockwise and counterclockwise — perfect for both right-handed or left-handed crew members.Step 1: Grab your cable and start with an overhand loop.Step 2: Flip the cable, and roll it underhand to create the second loop.Step 3: Repeat overhand and underhand until the cable coils entirely in a circle.Step 4: Use a velcro tie or string to tie the cable in place. It’s best to keep the tie attached to the male end of the cable so it doesn’t interfere with any microphones or equipment you may plug into.Do not wrap the cable around itself and connect the ends. That is an improper technique that can shorten the lifespan of you audio and video cables.Have tips for protecting your video gear? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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first_img5 Ways to Use a Handheld Gimbal StabilizerHere are the five ways I like to use my gimbal.1. Steadicam-Style Tracking ShotThis is the most obvious one. Use the gimbal to follow your subject around to capture tracking shots. Try to keep your subject center frame while moving around to keep from seeing excessive bobbing up and down. It’s a trick to keep your audience from looking at the edge of the frame to see any up-and-down movement.2. Smooth Pans and Tilts without a TripodUse your gimbal like you would use a tripod. If you working on a run-and-gun project and have trouble quickly extending and moving a tripod, you can capture a lot of similar movements on a gimbal. You can shoot tilts and pans pretty easily. You don’t even have to use the gimbal’s joystick. For the best results, use your body to move the camera and gimbal system.3. Steady Still Shots without a TripodYou can also use the gimbal to try to eliminate any movement, like a standard tripod shot. This requires you to be as still as possible, and if you notice a little bit of movement in your shot, you can apply a warp stabilizer.4.  Crane ShotThis is one of my favorites. Basically, I prop my body down in a squat, and then slowly stand up. It gets a really nice crane up shot.5. Slow Dolly / Push Over / Slider MovementThis is the shot I use the most with my gimbal. It’s very easy to get a simple push over, slider-like movement. And it’s so much easier than carrying around a slider or dolly.Hope these tips help you out on your next shoot! Subscribe to PremiumBeat on YouTube for the latest tips and tricks. In this video tutorial, learn five ways you can capture stable and beautiful footage with a handheld gimbal.Over the past few months, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel the world and film a wide variety of different subjects. From mini-docs to short narratives and commercials: I’ve realized that next to my camera, my go-to piece of gear has been my single-handed gimbal.  Its versatility and size make it a crucial tool for any run-and-gun production, and I feel like all filmmakers need this in their kits. In this video, I’m going to show you five ways I use a gimbal to capture cinematic footage. (For those interested, I’m shooting on the CAME-TV Optimus 3-Axis Camera Gimbal.)Let’s hop into the video and see what kind of footage you can capture.last_img read more

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first_imgLearning how to properly clean and take care of your lenses is key to keeping them ready for any shoot at a moment’s notice.Cover image via Shutterstock.Lenses can be one of your biggest investments as a filmmaker, so protecting your investment means keeping your equipment clean. Effectively cleaning a lens requires some specific tools and products. (Fortunately, these tools are rather affordable.) While there are many tools on the market to clean a lens, I will break down the favorites of top cinematographers and rental houses.Manual BlowerMost often, the dust you see on your lens is typically just loosely resting on the front glass element. Using a simple manual blower will clear away most of this debris. You will also see people using canned air in this scenario, which is sometimes necessary, but canned air can emit freeon, which can damage the lens. To protect your costly investment, it’s wise to start with a manual blower.Image via Shutterstock.Lens PenA lens pen is the second best tool to help clean your lens. The brush end will clean any debris the blower could not get. (By using very gentle sweeping motions, you can minimize the amount of contact the brush has with the lens.) Even though the brush is specifically for camera lenses, it’s always best to try to minimize the amount of contact between the lens and the brush.Image via Shutterstock.KimwipesKimwipes may be the most surprising lens cleaning tool. At first glance, Kimwipes may seem like something that you typically see in a science lab. That’s because you do. Kimwipes are delicate scientific wipes that are perfect for cleaning a cinema or photography lens. Yes, at first touch they seem rough, like something you’d want to keep away from your lens; however, they are specifically engineered for this task.Pancro SprayPancro spray is the industry standard for cleaning a lens. If you walk into any major rental house, they will be using Pancro spray to clean all of their lenses. When using any spray, it’s very important to note that you never spray directly onto the lens. Instead, when using Pancro, it’s important that you always spray first onto the Kimwipe to avoid any unwanted spray affecting the lens.Once you have sprayed the wipe, you’re ready to clean the lens. Gently wipe any smudges away with the damp portion of the wipe. Once you have thoroughly cleaned your lens, you can use your manual blower again to get rid of any remaining debris.Learning how to effectively and professionally clean your lenses is a great skill to have. Utilizing these techniques will help to ensure that your lenses remain in top shape for any shoot, no matter where you are.last_img read more

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first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Elephants are enormous–and enormously powerful–animals. Upon arriving at the elephant sanctuary in Johannesburg, South Africa, I was immediately informed of the ground rules.The first rule is to understand that the elephants that I was about to interact with we’re not tame animals. They’re not domesticated, and they aren’t “pet” elephants. These elephants have only been trained, not tamed. The training is pretty limited, and the elephants, hopefully, will someday be returned to the wild (where they belong).The second rule is to understand the foundation on which the relationship between man and elephant is based: food.When I arrived at the sanctuary, one big, young, male elephant was running around trying to break the fence surrounding him and three other elephants. I asked the guide what he was doing. The guide said, “He’s hungry. Elephants are always hungry.” It’s true, too. Elephants eat about 400 pounds of vegetation daily.Here’s the rule: As long as you are giving the elephant food, you can approach and touch the elephant. But as soon as there is no more food, the relationship has ended, and you must turn and walk away. If you don’t walk away, it’s likely that the elephant will smack you with his big trunk–something you may or may not survive (and you sign a release agreeing to this potentially very serious negative outcome).The reasons the elephant in the picture above, Kumba, is tolerating me touching her is because she is being bribed by her handlers with food. As long as there is food, we’re all good. But if the food wasn’t there, I wouldn’t likely be there either. And that’s how it goes with elephants.As you might expect, there’s analogy to sales relationships here. As long as you are feeding your elephant what it values, you have a relationship. That value is the foundation of your relationship. No more value, no more relationship. And I would add no new value, no relationship. Once you run out of value you can expect your elephant to take it’s big, muscular trunk and smack you out of the way.QuestionsWhat is the foundation the relationship you have with your elephants?How do you ensure that you continually meet their enormous demands?last_img read more

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first_imgThe allure of the magic bullet is a strong force. At times, it’s overwhelming, irresistible. The idea that there is an easy answer to a difficult question is a delusion. Here are four magic bullet answers that are really delusions.Believing Headcount Equals Growth: Adding more people adds a lot to your sales organization. It absolutely adds costs, complexity, and an increased workload for sales management and leadership. But it doesn’t necessarily add growth. That requires something more than just increasing your headcount. You also need the right people, a training and development program, a good sales process, and the ability to lead the sales force.Headcount isn’t the easy answer to revenue growth unless you are prepared to invest in all that is required to ensure that investment produces a return.Believing Non-Salespeople Will Sell: They say that they’ve been told they belong in sales. They say they will do whatever it takes. And they are personable, charming, and persistent. But if they aren’t really salespeople, they won’t sell. They’re just non-salespeople. They don’t like to “bother” anyone. They don’t like to ask people for commitments because it makes them “uncomfortable.”If someone really wants to be a teacher, they aren’t likely to be a salesperson. You can’t make them something they’re not. Could they sell if they really wanted to? Absolutely! But they don’t want to. They are unwilling.Believing That Activity Equals Results: Activity is good. I’ve heard good things come to those who wait, but the evidence is to the contrary. Good things come to those who hustle and make it rain. But activity alone doesn’t always equal results. Results come from effective activity. Good sales management (and me management) is a careful balance of activity and effectiveness–not one or the other.Too many salespeople are active without results because they are ineffective. Even more may be effective but take too little action. Activity alone doesn’t equal results. But neither does no activity.Believing People Are Already Equipped to Succeed: It doesn’t matter if a salesperson has experience or not. It doesn’t even matter how long they’ve been selling. And it doesn’t matter that you hired them because they have experience. You may believe that the salesperson you hired is equipped to succeed, but they aren’t.You owe any salesperson–every salesperson–you hire training, development, coaching, and leadership. There isn’t any circumstance when a salesperson can’t use more training in the principles of effective selling, the development of new–and greater–skills, the opportunity to be coached, and a leader that cares about them.These four delusions, these misconceptions, can prevent you from doing what you really need to do to increase revenue and grow. Avoid the delusions and do the heavy lifting instead. It’s faster and more certain.QuestionsWhy is it easy to believe that adding headcount adds to revenue? What does it really add?How do non-salespeople convince you they want to sell?Is activity enough alone to produce results?What do you owe your sales force? What do you owe them even if they are experienced veterans?last_img read more

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first_imgWaiting for someone else to create your opportunities for you. A lack of prospecting usually proves fatal when it comes to selling well. Your success hinges on your ability to create new opportunities.Not preparing for sales meetings. The most valuable activity in which you can engage is spending time face-to-face with your prospects and clients. Not using that time wisely is a mistake.Not listening. In inability—or an unwillingness—to listen well proves that you are self-oriented or lack discipline. No one wants to buy from someone who doesn’t care about what they say enough to listen.Leading with your product. Unless you are Apple, you’re not Apple. Trying to open an opportunity by leading with your product mostly causes resistance. It also makes it appear that what you sell is a commodity.Competing on price. Unless that is your company’s chosen strategy, competing on price is one of the worst of worst practices. It normally doesn’t work. And it prevents you from delivering.Lying or not setting the right expectations. There aren’t too many things worse than lying in an attempt to win business. Lies of omission aren’t any less harmful, which is why you have to set the right expectations, even when you feel that it will threaten your deal.Failing to follow up. Failing to keep your commitments might indicate that you don’t care, that you aren’t detail-oriented and buttoned-down, or that you can’t be trusted. Even the small commitments matter.Avoiding accountability. When you sell something, you own the outcomes you sold. Avoiding accountability makes you someone who can’t be trusted to be part of your client’s team. Not owning what you sell makes it almost certain you don’t make a future sale.Possessing a poor mindset. Having a negative or cynical attitude is a terrible affliction. Spreading that disease is even worse. Your results begin in your mind, and a poor mindset is the foundation of poor results.Giving up. A lack of perseverance and a willingness to professional pursue your dream clients will massively limit your success in sales. You can train your dream clients that you will go away and that they can wait you out.Choosing the wrong medium to communicate. Sending an email instead of a phone call when a critical conversation is necessary is a surefire way to damage a relationship. When an issue is important, the wrong medium says you don’t care, or you are avoiding the difficult conversation.Living in your inbox. Email isn’t your job. The most important work you need to do isn’t done in your inbox. You will never be as productive as you could be if you allow other people’s priorities to replace yours.Failing to grow personally and professionally. The name of the game is business acumen and situational knowledge. If you want to be a trusted advisor, then you need the trust, and you need the chops that make you someone who others will allow to advise them. If you aren’t growing, you’re shrinking.Making excuses. Excuses suggest that there is nothing you could or should be doing differently. But if you aren’t getting the results you want, you need to to do something differently, don’t you? Excuses are your attempt to rationalize your poor results and absolve you of responsibility. Making excuses for your failure or losses disempowers you.last_img read more

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first_imgIf you are grateful for this day, what will you do with it? If you are grateful for the time you have been given, you will not waste it. Someone else should be able see your gratitude in the actions you take, as well as those you don’t.Time is your single finite, non-renewable resource. Let your actions display your gratitude.If you are grateful for your gifts, what will you do with them? You have an opportunity to make a difference here. There are people who need your help. You were born with the capacity for good, the talents necessary to do something special. The way you express the gratitude you have for the gifts you have been given is to use them.Your talents aren’t for you alone. They are for you to share, and doing so is proof that you are grateful.If you are grateful for the help you’ve been given, if you want to demonstrate your gratitude for the help you have been given, you provide help to those who need it. When someone reaches out their hand to pull you up, you use your free hand to reach out and grab another, lifting them up with you.The evidence that you appreciate the help you have been given is the fact that you multiply it by following the example, and in doing so, create one.If you are grateful for having been forgiven, you will forgive. If you have been forgiven for what you have done that required some form of pardon, you’ll provide that same gift to those who have in some way wronged you. If you are not willing to forgive, then you are not grateful for having been forgiven.You take my point by now. If you are grateful for what you have been given, whatever that is, you will recognize that those gifts are not finite, that they can be given again and again without ever being depleted. If you understand the nature of the gift and are grateful for it, you will give it. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The very act of selling is about creating a preference to buy from you, to work with you, and to make you part of your prospect’s team, which today means you are part of their brain trust. Right now, it’s easy to be confused by all the things that you see, hear, and read about what you should be doing to create new opportunities, to win new business, and to grow your sales.You are supposed to be adopting digital tools, social selling, leveraging technology, embracing AI, and a dozen other imperatives, all of which may have more or less value depending on what you sell, how you sell, who your clients are, and how you compete and win. There is, however, a single common factor in all of these things that still has the greatest impact on whether you create and win opportunities and grow sales. That common factor is you. Said another way, you are not the largest part of the value proposition.While any of the list of things might improve your results, there is one that counts for more than all the rest combined. The single greater factor is you, the salesperson. Said another way, you are not the largest part of the value proposition. In large part, you are what your dream client is saying yes to—or in some cases, you are what they are saying no to.If you are the largest factor in success or failure, then it naturally follows that the more you improve yourself, the more you improve your results. Or as Rohn put it, “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” I might say this more forcefully, strongly suggesting that wishing isn’t going to do anything, and recommending massive action in its place.There are certain character traits and behaviors that the world rewards. Other character traits, beliefs, and behaviors that are punished. The better your character, your beliefs, and the actions that flow from them, the more effective you will be in sales—and every other area of your life. You might think of things like self-discipline, optimism, caring, competitiveness, resourcefulness, persistence, initiative, and communication as “personal” development, but the truth of the matter is that the person you are is also the professional. The Zen masters have another way of saying this, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” This is why personal and professional development cannot be separated.That said, in sales, there are skills necessary to succeed. We know what they are, even if many are not yet being developed by most salespeople or the sales organizations that employ them. They are closing, prospecting, storytelling, diagnosing, differentiating, negotiating, business acumen, change management, and leadership. These skills can be taught, and the greater the skills here, the better the results—provided you get the character traits right.  The personal and the professional are so tightly intertwined that they cannot be teased apart.If you want to create a competitive advantage, the place to start isn’t going to be in anything external. It isn’t going to be found in tools, or social channels, technologies, or the dozens of other things that might capture your attention. The one thing that you most need to change is you, and developing yourself personally and professionally is the very best investment of your time, energy, money, and resources.last_img read more

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first_imgJammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was arrested by police here on Saturday.A spokesman of the JKLF said Malik was arrested from his residence in Maisuma area.Malik along with Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been spearheading the separatist resistance in the Kashmir Valley for over one year.last_img

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first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and four other BJP ministers will contest the by-poll elections to the Legislative Council to seal their membership in the government.Mr. Adityanath and four other ministers are required to get elected as MLA or MLC by September 19, as none is a member of any House. They took oath on March 19. The BJP central election committee on Wednesday announced five candidates for the upcoming MLC by-polls. Apart from the CM, the other four are deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh and Waqf and Haj Minister Mohsin Raza.They are expected to have a smooth sailing even if a contest is necessitated given the unassailable majority the BJP has in the Assembly. Along with its two allies, Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, the ruling BJP has 324 out of 403 seats. The figure was reduced by one after BJP MLA Mathura Prasad Pal died in July after a prolonged illness.The schedule for the by-polls released by the Election Commission has also provided relief to the BJP clearing the way for the entry of all five of its candidates. State Chief Election Officer Amrita Soni had on August 24 announced by-polls for four MLC seats that were vacated after the sudden resignation of SP leaders Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab, Sarojini Agarwal and Ashok Bajpai. The tenure of Mr. Nawab and Mr. Singh would have ended in 2022, while that of Ms. Agarwal and Mr. Bajpai in 2021. All four joined the BJP a few days later.The EC had issued vacancies for only four spots even as the total number of MLC posts needed to be filled was six. However, the EC had refused to hold elections for the remaining two seats, vacated by BSP MLC Thakur Jaiveer Singh and SP MLC (who joined the BSP) Ambika Chaudhary saying they had less than a year remaining in their tenure.If this situation had continued, only four out of the five BJP Ministers would get elected as MLCs and the speculation doing the rounds was that Mohsin Raza, the lone Muslim Minister in the Yogi Council, would be sacrificed. However, the EC on Tuesday issued another schedule announcing that a by-poll would also be held for the seat vacated by Thakur Jaiveer Singh, taking the number of by-poll seats to five. Mr. Jaiveer Singh had also joined the BJP. The EC has not announced a by-poll for the seat vacated by Ambika Chaudhary even as his tenure as that of Mr. Jaiveer Singh both end next May.last_img read more

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first_imgBarely two days after senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh was murdered in Bengaluru, a journalist in Bihar’s Arwal district was shot at and robbed of ₹1 lakh on Thursday by two motorcycle-borne assailants. The incident took place 60 km from here.Police officials said Pankaj Mishra, who was working for the local edition of Hindi newspaper Rashtriya Sahara, was returning after withdrawing money from a bank when he was attacked.Mr. Mishra was later admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and is said to be out of danger.Dilip Kumar, Arwal Superintendent of Police told The Hindu that the assailants fired twice at Mr. Mishra. When he collapsed on the road the assailants fled with the money.One of the two robbers, Kundan Mahto, was later arrested, Mr. Kumar said. Police are searching for the other assailant, Ambika Mahto.Asked if it was a case of robbery, the SP said, “it will be known only after the investigation.” However, local police officials said, “prima facie it’s a case of robbery or some personal enmity.”The injured journalist was first taken to a primary health centre from where he was shifted to the Arwal Sadar hospital. Later, he was referred to PMCH, said the SP.The journalist alleged that the attackers had links with a local ruling party JD(U) legislator.Speaking to a news channel, Mr. Mishra said that since he had written several stories against Kundan Mahto, son of a personal assistant to the JD(U) MLA, in his newspaper, he targeted him.Earlier in 2016, a senior journalist in Siwan district Rajdeo Ranjan who was working with the Hindi newspaper Hindustan, was gunned down, a few yards from his office, allegedly by henchmen of former Siwan RJD MP Mohd Shahabuddin.last_img read more

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