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first_img“It is not too late for South Africans to become active citizens in a way that really matters – by actively shaping our democracy,” writes Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa, head of the Methodist Church. “We will all be stronger for it and our institutions will benefit immeasurably.” Social media and innovations in technology such as smartphones now allow South Africans to robustly express their public opinions on a range of issues, says Ziphozihle Siwa. This can only benefit South Africa’s living democracy. (Image: Jason Howie) • Active citizenship in memory of Mandela – Bachelet • Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa • Celebrating 60 years of the Women’s Charter • A freedom timeline: 20 years of democracy • Obama names young African leaders programme after MandelaBrand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola earlier this month reflected on what is accepted as the contemporary origins of the concept of democracy as well as those of our own much celebrated democracy. He included in his observations the obligation placed on all citizens to responsibly express their democratic rights as well as to bequeath a democracy protected by strong and secure institutions with strong leadership cultures to future generations.The reflections of Matola led me on my own emotional and cognitive meanderings on the character of our South African democracy.South Africa’s democracy is a product of the blood and tears of millions of people – some celebrated, some not, some organisations recognised, others fading into obscurity. And because of the nature of our citizens, the character of our democracy is multifaceted.This is equally a strength and a challenge – a strength because if we take the time to find what is best in each other, our country can really be a shining model of how diversity can make us better; a challenge because if we do not take the time and patience to see what is best in each other, we will always remain fragmented with a false sense of cohesion. We can never build a strong, resilient and enduring nation without the former.However, on reflecting on how we build this strong, resilient and enduring nation, I have realised that the democracy is not an end in itself. It is actually a journey, and as with some journeys – with navigators or not – we sometimes make a wrong turn or miss a road.This is not unique to South Africa – sometimes I think we are harder on ourselves that others can ever be. That is not to say that we should continue driving in the wrong direction even when we know we will not reach our destination on that route.Even the oldest modern democracies find themselves confronted with the evolving nature of democracy. This has led to the concept of an organic or “living democracy” – a way of life and a civic culture in which people creatively participate in public life. At the heart of this concept is acknowledgement that a democracy is forged when all citizens participate actively in building a nation and its institutions. And the very essence of democracy tells us that all expressions of freedom can coexist in societies, albeit it with the indispensable requirement of the responsibility with which we express our democratic freedoms.Although democracy is commonly described as a system of government where all the eligible members of a state typically elect representatives, it is also considered to be a model where the majority view takes precedence in organised systems. This also then brings into question the balance of power in the system. Is it simple majoritarianism or does the ability of people to make their views known and to then act on these views in the relevant manner, depend on them having the appropriate power in society? We have all seen that in systems where the will of the people is repressed or the freedom of expression denied, people rise up in their numbers in protest – actively or passively – and sometimes aggressively as well.In our 20th year of democracy, what is the character of South Africa’s democracy – yes, we know that we elect public representatives, we know that we expect our public representatives to understand that they govern by our will and choice. But what is the nature of our active participation in our democracy? Do we attend public hearings? Do we make inputs on legislation and policies under review and that will be implemented in a way what impacts on our lives – directly or not? Do we as citizens actively co-create and participate in our living democracy?If we take into account the access to information that enables us to participate actively in our democracy, the internet and other social platforms have impacted positively on our access to information. In addition, innovation and the need the stay current has resulted in commercial entities continuously implementing innovative solutions on which such information is accessed – computers, tablets, mobile phones. In South Africa mobile phone penetration exceeds 100%. In addition access to smartphones is increasing rapidly which means that citizens can access conversations, documents, etc on hand-held devices.Let us look for a moment at one of the most recent instances of the public engaging with a conversation on a range of platforms – last week’s judgment in the Oscar Pistorius case. Not only have the proceedings been followed closely by millions of people in South Africa and beyond but importantly, this has not been a passive process. This conversation exploded on Thursday last week when the judge ruled that Oscar was not guilty of murder. Opinions and views abounded and, most importantly, the law was being robustly discussed and deliberated upon – to the extent that the judge herself found her ruling, her reputation and her credibility under public scrutiny.The media enabled this conversation, as well as experts who availed themselves for discussions. But mostly the conversation was driven by the ordinary citizen.I raise this example to illustrate that we are by no means an apathetic, uninvolved citizenry. Yet, why do we absent ourselves from public debate? Why do we absent ourselves from engaging in our democratic processes beyond the election period and the subsequent process of voting?In addition, while we may sometimes engage in a public discourse on certain issues – the recent issues with the public protector, the behaviour of the EFF in parliament, to name a few – why do we merely comment on what is rather than helping to shape and craft the present with a view of ensuring the durability of the future?Returning to the living democracy and our journey on this road, it is never too late to turn back or redirect your vehicle. It is not too late for us as South Africans to change the way in which we interact with this living democracy. It is not too late for us to become active citizens in a way that really matters – by actively shaping our democracy. We will all be stronger for it and our institutions will benefit immeasurably. At the very least we will stop feeling powerless. Actively contributing to and participating with our democracy is equal to us building and safeguarding our nation and the future of those who will follow us.Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa is the presiding bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.last_img read more


first_imgFixed several issues encountered when ‘Premiere Pro > Import sequences natively’ was checked in the preferencesSeveral issues with ingest were resolvedStability of the Media Browser has been improvedXAVC HD Intra Class 200 presets were replaced with Class 100 presets for improved compatibility with more devicesIssues where Destination Publishing could fail with due to a time-out have been resolvedCertain issues with Audio Hardware preferences have been resolvedFixed issues where Lumetri looks were being incorrectly rendered, and ProRes exports could appear over-exposedAdobe Audition 2015.2 (9.2.1) Bug Fixes and Updates Proxy media is supported when Dynamic Linking to After EffectsSeveral new QuickTime formats are now natively supported on Windows without the QuickTime player needing to be installed (Import: AAC, PNG, Animation codec; Export: Animation codec)The HDR Specular slider in the Lumetri Panel now functions correctlyFrame accuracy has been improved when flattening a Multi-Camera Source Sequence containing speed changesIssues encountered when transcoding image sequences on ingest have been resolvedThe stability of FCP XML export has been improvedThe stability of Multi-Camera Source Sequence creation has been improved.Issues with incorrect numbers of audio channels when creating proxy files have been fixedPerformance issues with H264 media on Windows when ‘Enable Accelerated H264 Decoding’ was enabled have been fixedFixed an issue where a noise burst could occur when playing back at 2x with ‘Maintain pitch while shuttling’ enabledSome issues with dragging Multi-Camera Source Sequences to a sequence or to the Project Panel have been resolved.stl files now conform to EBU 3264The Link Media dialog no longer has certain file types disabledAn issue with color control surfaces not correctly applying master track controls has been resolvedFixed an issue with waveforms offsetting when flattening Multi-Camere Source SequencesFixed a rendering issue on scaled clips with OpenCL or CUDAAn issue with opacity handles from previous versions not being accessible has been fixedFixed an issue with black frames for RED files with a certain NVIDIA driver installed (368.39)An issue where audio did not play back after enabling ‘Maintain Audio Pitch’ with a speed change in place has been fixedFixed an issue where trimming in the time line could disable Overlays from appearingIncludes 10.3 updates as wellAfter Effects 2015.3 (13.8.1) Bug Fixes and UpdatesThe AE update fixes multiple bugs, including the annoying audio looping of exported compositions.  Find any issues with the latest updates? Let us know in the comments below. You can rest easy. Thanks to these Adobe Creative Cloud updates, After Effects and Premiere Pro should now stop crashing all the time.Top image via ShutterstockAdobe finally made some serious updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder, and Audition. Plenty of users had major complaints with the previous update — which had many motion graphic artists and video editors frantically searching for previous versions to reinstall. The stories of constant crashes, playback issues, and incompatible project files (still an issue) were many.The update does introduce support for the QuickTime Animation codec in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder, Audition, and Prelude. There’s also native import support for the PNG video codec and AAC audio codec within QuickTime files.How to Install Adobe UpdatesCreative Cloud Desktop Application:Have the Creative Cloud Desktop application opened. If not, search for it under Applications. You will need to sign in to your Creative Cloud account.Click the Creative Cloud icon on the top right of your computer screen. Click the settings wheel icon. Select Check for App Updates. Click updates on each app you wish to update.Individual Application Updates:If you prefer to update from within a program, have the program opened on your machine. Then chose Help > Updates…Adobe has released the following information about each update:Adobe Premiere Pro 2015.3 (10.4) Bug Fixes and Updatescenter_img After Effects no longer crashes (kernel panic) macOS 10.11 when started on certain Mac hardware with Nvidia GPU’s. A result of this change is that Mercury GPU Acceleration using Metal is not available for Mac hardware with Nvidia GPU’s. Mercury GPU Acceleration using OpenCL remains available.H.264 and AVC footage no longer decode with random red frames on Windows computers with certain Intel HD graphics configurations. If you experienced this problem, red frames can still appear for previously cached footage until you clear the caches: click both the Empty Disk Cache and Clean Database & Cache buttons in Preferences > Media & Disk Cache.Audio no longer unexpectedly loops incorrect samples towards the end of an After Effects composition, when exported via Adobe Media Encoder or dynamically linked to Premiere Pro.Audio-only previews no longer fail to start if Cache Before Playback is enabled.Audio-only previews now loop the preview-time indicator (PTI) to the start of the preview range as expected, in sync with audio playback.Audio no longer unexpectedly loops during previews with the Skip Frames option enabled, if Cache Before Playback is enabled and you interrupt caching before the full range is cached.Text template compositions in Premiere Pro no longer render some frames incorrectly.The Info panel no longer opens unexpectedly if closed when, for example, you move the mouse pointer over the Composition panel.Guides and grids draw at the expected width on Apple Retina displays.Math equations are again evaluated when exiting numerical input fields in dialog boxes, or when OK’ing the dialog.Adobe Bridge CC starts as expected when you choose File > Browse in Bridge, File > Reveal in Bridge, or Animation > Browse Presets.Text, shape, or Illustrator layers no longer draw with unexpected thin horizontal lines.Anti-aliasing has been corrected on text and shape layers.Lights with a cone angle larger than 175° no longer cause After Effects to crash on Windows.Stopping the render queue no longer experiences a long delay in certain situations before the render process stops on macOS.Exporting a composition no longer has a small probability in certain scenarios of replacing random frames with the wrong frame from the cache.Resizing a viewer panel is less likely to cause incorrect pixels to be drawn in the expanded or reduced regions of the panel.Proxies are now recognized when sending footage to After Effects from Premiere Pro.After Effects no longer crashes if you quit while Premiere Pro was rendering a dynamically linked composition.After Effects no longer crashes when you set a color management profile for an output module.Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when the viewer panel was redrawn in certain cases, such as when panning with the Hand tool.Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when expressions were enabled in the project.Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects was quit.Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects was running in headless mode and quit.Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects decodes an incorrectly encoded alpha channel in Apple ProRes 4444 files written by certain third party encoders.Adobe Media Encoder 2015.3 (10.4) Bug Fixes and Updates On-Clip UI status of grouped and suspend-grouped clips should be correct nowAudition may crash when moving a set of clips to new tracks during playbackEffects Rack presets properly imported to new versionCases where Multitrack clips are not audible during playbackImprovements to ProRes Quicktime video file importThe Mixer gain settings may not visually match the Track Panel settingMuted clips on non-muted track may become un-mutedBetter handling for external media disconnection when using the Media Browserlast_img read more


first_imgView Keyframe DataThere are a number of ways to view keyframe information. The Info panel shows timecode as well as spatial and temporal interpolation. To view all of the keyframes within a Timeline, press the U key. Right-click on a keyframe to get a quick view of the values of the attribute — as well as a number of navigation and selection tools. You’ll also have shortcuts to all of the tools in the Animation menu. Last but not least, check out the Keyframe Assistant menu for a number of creative options.That’s it! Now go fine-tune those After Effects keyframes.Interested in the songs we used in this video?“You Can’t Lose” by Wolves“Ultra Lights” by Cymatix“Shine Forever” by Cymatix“Hypnotic” by Gyom“Razor Trap” by Cymatix Adjust ValuesIn After Effects, you can make adjustments to keyframe values via the Timeline and Composition panels. A more precise method for changing a value is by simply double-clicking a keyframe in the Timeline panel. This will bring up a dialog box that includes additional options, such as the ability to view properties via different units. Change InterpolationInterpolation influences how a value changes over space and time. With either one or multiple keyframes selected, navigate to Animation and select Keyframe Interpolation. Here you can change the interpolation of both spatial and temporal keyframes. You can even set keyframes to automatically adapt to others by selecting Rove Across Time. This is a pretty in-depth topic, so be sure to check out my tutorial on the subject. Move Motion PathsA great way to adjust spatial keyframes is to manipulate them directly in the composition panel. Simply click and drag keyframes to reposition them, and make subtle adjustments to motion paths via bezier curves. Add, delete, and further manipulate keyframes with the Pen tool. Dots will give you a quick reference of the speed of an animation, and roving keyframes will automatically adjust in the timeline as you move them around in the composition panel. Looking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.How to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Create an Action Promo With After EffectsHow to Create a Scribble Animation in After EffectsEverything to Know About Layer Styles in After EffectsCreate a Glitch Effect For Logos and Titles in After Effects Keyframes bring an After Effects project to life, so in this video tutorial, we take an important look at how to work with them.There are a number of different ways to fine-tune animations via keyframes, from the keyframe assistant to the graph editor. Let’s have a closer look at all of the ways to work with keyframes in Adobe After Effects. Modify SpeedThe timeline is an obvious place to make adjustments to keyframe values in time. If, however, you want more precise control over the speed and values of your keyframes, then click on the Graph Editor button. This layout allows users to use bezier curves to make specific tweaks to keyframe speed, velocity, influence, and interpolation. Speaking of velocity, if you’d like to get even more specific with velocity values, select a keyframe and go to Animation > Keyframe Velocity.last_img read more


first_imgSan Diego active lifestyle industry produces more than $6 Billion December 12, 2018 Posted: December 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  San Diego’s sports and active lifestyle industry generates more than $6 billion in economic output for the region, according to a report released Wednesday by San Diego Sports Innovators and the Cal State San Marcos Office of Business Research.San Diego County businesses that enable residents to enjoy active lifestyle activities have created more than 39,000 jobs, according to the report, and 18,000 dependent employment jobs. All told, the active lifestyle industry in the county has created more jobs than both Qualcomm and the San Diego County Water Authority combined.“San Diego is a fertile space for the sport and active lifestyle companies due to the combination of a young, active and wealthy population, as well as the temperate climate that allows for uninhibited outdoor activity,” said SDSI Executive Director Bob Rief. “What we were really excited to find in this study is just how many companies have been successful in making a passion or hobby into a successful long-term business.”The report cites sports and active lifestyle brands and companies based in the San Diego area, such as Reef sandals, UGG footwear, Tony Hawk and Birdhouse skateboards and TaylorMade and Callaway golf equipment, and concludes that active lifestyle industry sales revenues, profit growth and employment growth are all expected to increase in the immediate future.“San Diego is the place to be for an active and healthy lifestyle,” said SDSI Executive Chairman and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more