“IMCA Mods have moved into this area over the past couple years and we have heard a lot of buzz about it from fans.” Klein said. “There are a lot of locals behind the wheel of IMCA Mods that started in other classes and moved up through the years that will be back in action at the track where it all once began.” Powdercoat Specialists owner Adam Fisher is an IMCA Modified racer and the divisional sponsor of the class at the speedway. Local driver Randy Klein will be doing double duty this weekend as he also races an IMCA Modified and has been looking forward to this race when it was announced along with several other drivers. Several tracks in the Fargo-Moorhead region run the IMCA Modifieds weekly – Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo (Fridays), Jamestown Speedway (Saturdays), Norman County Raceway in Ada (Thursdays) and Buffalo River Race Park (Sundays). BRRP is giving the IMCA Modified class the night off this week, which should provide a boost for car counts on Sunday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. “We appreciate Kevin Nathe at Buffalo River Race Park and his willingness to work with us and give the IMCA Modifieds the night off,” Froemke said. “We think the car counts should be solid and the class should put on a great show for our fans that have been waiting for this race. We have custom trophies, free Ice Cream for the fans thanks to our longtime local race night sponsor Qual Dairy, prizes for the kids and just announced $500 to the feature winner of the IMCA Modifieds.” “I enjoy small town racetracks and it’s close to Kindred, North Dakota my hometown.” Fisher said. “I’m excited to see a race track that is moving forward and trying new things.” Modifieds have appeared at Sheyenne in past years, but this will be the first time IMCA-sanctioned Modifieds will run at the track. They also run at Sheyenne on July 1, Aug. 12 and Sept. 30. Some of those locals drivers that have frequented Lisbon include; Dave Shipley (former super stock champion), Jarrett Carter (former MW modified track champion), Nate Reinke will be doing double duty as well, John Nord, Greg Friestad, Zach Doctor, Rusty Kollman, Eric Edwards, Lucas Rodin, Josh Eberhardt, Jonny Correl, Scott Bintz, Joey Rowell, Billie Christ, Randy Gordon, Trent Grager, Adam Fisher, Rich Pavlicek, Tyler Peterson and Mike Greseth. They will be competing for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region, North Dakota State and track points. A Sheyenne Speedway IMCA Modified track champion will be crowned. LISBON, N.D. — For the first time, IMCA Modifieds are coming to Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, N.D. Fans will get their first glimpse of the Powdercoat Specialists IMCA Modifieds on the 1/4-mile dirt oval this Sunday, June 10. “We are thrilled to bring the IMCA Modifieds in for the first of four trips to Sheyenne Speedway,” promoter Benji Froemke said. “We know there are several tracks around our region that run the IMCA Modifieds and we know there is a lot of fan interest in our local area to see them race.” The night will be the fourth of the season at Sheyenne as the track is off to a solid start in its 45th anniversary season. On June 3, the track set season highs for fans in attendance and cars.
With its wealth of minerals, South Africa is one of the most resource-rich regions on the planet. Add to this its sophisticated financial sector and strong business focus, its skilled people and strategic location, and you have a recipe for investment success.South Africa has a wealth of natural resources. (Image Brand South Africa)South Africa is one of the world’s most promising emerging markets; it is sophisticated, innovative and diverse.Its strategic location at the southern tip of Africa provides an accessible gateway to the rest of the continent, a market of some one billion people.In addition, South Africa itself is worth looking at for investment opportunities: it is one of the economic powerhouses of Africa, is a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and plays a critical role in local development initiatives. The country also currently holds the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).It has sophisticated financial, legal and telecommunications sectors, with several global business process outsourcing operations.South Africa has a strong tertiary education sector that ensures the availability of highly skilled graduates. Legislation promotes training and skills development, creating an environment to fast-track the building of world-class skills and competences.It has world-class infrastructure, exciting innovation, research and development capabilities and a strong manufacturing base.SA has huge potentialThere is a wealth of natural resources, including gold, coal, platinum, iron ore, manganese, nickel, uranium and chromium. International exploration companies, notably in the oil and gas sector, are particularly interested in South Africa’s potential.The country is a regional leader in the agriculture and agro-processing sector and is at the forefront of developing green technologies and industries, creating new and sustainable jobs in the process and reducing environmental impact.One of the main reasons South Africa is becoming a popular trade and investment destination is because the country ensures it can meet the specific trade and investment requirements of prospective investors: it has a large number of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions. Trade rules favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade.A number of international airlines service the country, with good flight connections into the rest of the continent.Last, but not least, South Africa is a country of great natural beauty and warm and welcoming people – and has a reputation for delivering value-for-money. From the shores of the oceans to the wildlife reserves of the Highveld to the diversity of its eight World Heritage sites and its culturally significant places, South Africa is an attractive business and leisure destination.Sources: Department of Trade and Industry, Southern African Development Community, South African Yearbook: 2016/17Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The number at the bottom of your balance sheet doesn’t tell the whole story about the success of your business.As the green movement has evolved, it has been interesting and a little disheartening to see how many green businesses clearly “don’t get” the concept of sustainable business. Green Building is about stepping lightly on our planet. Sustainable Business principles focus on the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profits, each holding equal importance in the way we manage our businesses.The thing that really brought it home for me was the news that the defeat of a more energy-efficient building code at last September’s ICC hearings in Minneapolis was spearheaded by a major open-cell foam manufacturer and a major insulated glass manufacturer who felt that the more stringent guidelines would hurt their profitability. If there is an invisible hand at play in the market I hope that it’s aiming a swat at these companies right about now.Workers are an important issueAt a green building class I taught in North Carolina last year I mentioned that I avoid the use of products from countries that tolerate an unsafe working environment and that I take the time to check the paperwork of my trade partners to be sure they have workers comp and don’t employ undocumented aliens. During lunch, a couple of the guys at my table complained that if it weren’t for uninsured illegal aliens they wouldn’t be able to build houses at all.It’s about having integrity in what you build, but also in how you treat your workers and the greater community.These are green builders and green building product suppliers letting profits get ahead of integrity and what’s good for their people and the planet. The lesson here is that just because you’re in the sustainable building business it doesn’t automatically follow that you are practicing sustainability in your business practices.Sustainable business practices are what we used to call “right livelihood.” A set of principles by which we can make the way we earn our living be in harmony with the way we coexist ethically in the world. We can choose to deliberately balance the quest for profit with the good of our community, its people, the environment and the planet.Profit is not a dirty word, it keeps you in business long enough to make a difference.Profit is good, as my father used to say, “if you’re not making a profit your not really in business.” Without profit there is nothing to make payroll with or to cover warranty calls or send your kids and your employees’ kids to college. But it is profiting in harmony with your ethical commitments to your community and the planet that elevates business to sustainability.This concept is not new, it’s a theme that is clearly part of the ancient Jewish texts the Pirkei Avot which discusses Tikkun Olam, our shared obligation to heal the world saying “you are not required to complete the work, yet you are not allowed to desist from it.” And the Bible carries the same theme when Peter staes “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” It is at the very core of our shared ethical heritage the thread that holds our society together.It turns out to be good for business too. This is not to say that scoundrels don’t prosper or that bad things don’t happen to good people. But there is an invisible hand in the market that does reward those that hold high integrity and ethical standards in their business practices. Those of us who treat our employees, as well as customers, with honesty and respect are generally served well by that. Increasingly the market rewards companies that look at the big picture in terms of life cycle costs and social and environmental impact associated with their products.I like the triple bottom line graphic at the top of this post because it seems impossible and in many ways it is. Just when you think you have one part of your business in harmony with your ethics you discover that you are out of tune somewhere else. It took me twenty years to figure out how important the triple bottom line can be to my success, but it has served our small company well for the last ten.And now it seems to be a movement.
Free Resource for Walk CyclesDuik is a free tool designed to help animators with rigging in After Effects. The tool is capable of creating Inverse Kinematics which are essential for creating joints. There is also a great auto-rig feature that automatically rigs your character and makes null objects so you can control them. Duik is a must-have for any After Effects user. Just click the link below and you will be directed to the Duik website.DOWNLOAD FREE RIGGING RESOURCEAlso, while your mind is on motion graphics, be sure to check out our pals over at RocketStock. They are quickly becoming THE source online for After Effects and Video Editing tutorials and freebies.Have any tips for creating walk cycles in After Effects? Share in the comments below. Take a leisurely stroll through this series of awesome walk cycle tutorials for After Effects.There are very few techniques as fundamental to the art of animation than the walk cycle. Mastering a walk cycle takes time and research. By studying reference film and other animations, you can get walk cycles down in no time.What is a Walk Cycle?In a nutshell, a walk cycle is a series of frames in which a character takes two steps (left, right, back to left). A good walk cycle will not only look convincing, it will also give some insight into who the character is.The following video created by Alan Becker offers a great explanation of what a walk cycle is and how it can be used to tell your story better. Most notably, the tutorial covers the importance of using a four key walk cycle rather than two.If you like this tutorial, I recommend checking out Alan Becker’s Run Cycles tutorial as well.Walk Cycle in After Effects Tutorials1. Walk-Cycles in After EffectsCreated By: School of MotionWhen it comes to tutorials, there’s really nobody better suited to teach After Effects than Joey Korenman from School of Motion. In this video tutorial created for 30 Days of After Effects, Joey shows us how to create an animated walk cycle using a 2D style of animation.The tutorial covers literally everything you will need to know to create realistic walk cycles. The video also shows us how to correctly rig a character using null objects and sliders. While it may seem time consuming at first, it will be much easier to move in the future after only a little practice.2. Character Animation Fundamentals for After EffectsCreated By: PremiumBeatIn this video tutorial created for us (PremiumBeat) by Mikey Borup, we take a look at how to create a basic animated walk cycle in After Effects. Unlike the other tutorials in this post, this technique uses the pin tool instead of null objects to animate the character.3. Keyframing a Walk Cycle in After EffectsCreated By: Phil FXIn this tutorial by Phil from Phil FX, we take a look at how to make a more simple walk cycle in After Effects. The tutorial shows us how to separate each element in Photoshop and notes a few resources for timing walk cycles.4. After Effects Character Rigging + Walk CycleCreated By: Kyle GriffinIn this tutorial by Kyle Griffin we’ll take a look at how to rig a walk cycle using the free Duik script. The script essentially automatically rigs your character so all you have to do is correctly label your layers.5. Animate Walk Cycle Head MoveCreated By: Lee Daniels ArtThis video tutorial by LeeDanielsART focuses on the head movement in a walk cycle. While most video tutorials focus on the leg movements, this tutorial focuses on the momentum of the head in After Effects.
FlexibilityBeyond simple read/write times, Blackmagic RAW brings some serious upgrades to RAW workflows and gives users a multitude of options for their productions.Full Production PipelineBlackmagic RAW was designed from the ground up with the full post-production pipeline in mind. As opposed to many other RAW codecs, no transcoding or complicated round-tripping will be necessary — you can use Blackmagic RAW to record, edit, color, and do SFX work without issue.Options for Any ProductionBlackmagic RAW offers compression ratios ranging from 3:1 all the way up to 12:1 — perfect for anything from a big-budget feature to your cousin’s wedding.Simultaneous Proxy RecordingWhile not the most innovative item in this list, Blackmagic RAW offers the same flexibility as some of the biggest RAW codecs by allowing simultaneous recording at multiple compression ratios. The full-fidelity footage is stored as “.braw,” while any additional proxy outputs will be saved as “.sidecar.”CBR and CQIn addition to options for compression ratios, Blackmagic has developed an option for prioritizing file size or image quality. “Constant BitRate” functions the same as any other codec by placing a cap on the maximum data rate of incoming footage from the sensor. “Constant quality” inverts this by un-capping the bitrate in order to preserve fine details even in complicated shots.RAW PlayerWhile dedicated players and RAW viewers have become the norm for most RAW codecs, Blackmagic claims to offer a little more with theirs. The Blackmagic RAW Player ensures that you see every pixel as you recorded it, regardless of how beefy your machine is.MetadataBlackmagic RAW’s metadata recording has been optimized for modern post-production. This means a new level of easy-to-understand clip information for all your RAW footage.Open StandardBlackmagic has employed an open-standard, cross-platform, license-free approach to their new RAW codec. This means rapid integration into your editing program, external recorder, camera, and so on — regardless of whether you use Apple, Windows, or Linux. Even if this were the only advantage, it would still be enough for me to say that Blackmagic RAW beats ProRes Raw.FidelityThe speed and flexibility offered by Blackmagic RAW don’t come at the cost of image quality.Q0 and Q5Even more than compression options and simultaneous proxy recording, Blackmagic RAW’s Q0 and Q5 should dramatically deepen the resultant image quality of your footage. The “Q” in both Q0 and Q5 stands for “quantization.” We’ve covered quantization a couple times before, but all you need to know is that quantization always results in lost data.Q0 employs “Minimum Quantization,” resulting in the highest-possible image fidelity, while Q5 employs moderate quantization for better encode times and file sizes.Gen 4 Color ScienceWithout delving too far into the technical details, Blackmagic RAW employs a non-destructive 12-bit non-linear color space to produce “extremely accurate skin tones and gorgeous, lifelike colors” that should rival the color reproduction of the best cameras on the market today.While many Raw codecs employ LUTs for their colorometry, Blackmagic RAW uses its highly advanced metadata to preserve vital chroma information.Blackmagic RAW is currently in beta and is completely free to download and try — as long as you have the Ursa Mini Pro 4.6k or the beta release of Resolve 15.1. No doubt, Blackmagic is buying time for third-party vendors to implement support for the codec. When the official release comes, expect a slew of supported devices, programs, and plugins.Everything I’ve seen so far about Blackmagic RAW leads me to the strong conviction that this will be the RAW codec to beat in the coming years. It stands to unseat even Apple’s brand new ProRes Raw due to Blackmagic’s open-source, license-free, cross-platform stance with third-party vendors and manufacturers. This open model means more tools in the hands of filmmakers right out of the gate.What a concept — developing solutions for the end user over complex licensing schemes designed to maximize profits.I know which company gets my support.All images via Blackmagic Studios.Looking for more industry updates? Check out these articles.The Blackmagic eGPU: The Graphics Upgrade Your Mac NeedsPanasonic Unveils Their New Mirrorless L-Mount CamerasVideo Tutorial: An Inside Look at Adobe Premiere Pro 2019Interview: Jennifer Gatti on Bon Jovi, Star Trek and Longevity in the BusinessProduction Tips: Walkie Talkie Codes and Etiquette on Set What Blackmagic Brings to the TableBlackmagic RAW draws from an impressive array of tech to achieve its goals. Here are some of the highlights it brings to the table for RAW workflows.SpeedAt the heart of Blackmagic’s design principles for this new RAW offering is speed. Blackmagic RAW should beat out all other codecs thanks to a few handy tricks and innovations.Advanced De-MosaicBlackmagic has re-thought the way the recording device and computer handle different tasks in the imaging pipeline. Blackmagic RAW introduces a new “Advanced De-Mosaic” process, which will eliminate the need for de-bayering and other image processing when accessing the footage on a computer or editing device. In addition to De-Mosaicing, noise management, sensor profiling, and new edge reconstruction algorithms have moved in-camera.This should result in lightning-fast capture and playback speeds without sacrificing RAW’s post-production flexibility.Playback and Editing SpeedBlackmagic RAW was designed to accelerate post-production workflows. It is multi-threaded, meaning that even at the clip level, you will still be using your fancy processor. Further, it also offers GPU acceleration for any graphics card, operating system, or editing system. Blackmagic has future-proofed its codec by baking performance scaling in from the get-go.In contrast to many other RAW codecs, Blackmagic RAW footage is stored as individual clips rather than as image sequences, vastly reducing post-production headaches. Blackmagic Studios announced their new RAW codec September 14th 2018, claiming it is a “next generation codec.” So is it?What is Blackmagic RAW? How does it work? What can it do that other RAW codecs can’t? In the following article, we’ll answer these questions and more, including how it will improve RAW workflows.So, let’s take a look at Blackmagic RAW. (Here’s the original press release.)The Basics of Blackmagic RAWBlackmagic RAW is a visually lossless codec. As we’ve covered before, this means that the footage gets compressed into a vastly smaller data set that will later decode into a visually identical image to the uncompressed data.While this kind of technology is far from new, Blackmagic is touting some impressive new tech. They claim that their new RAW codec will offer equal or better image quality to any other codec on the market, but at file sizes similar to those you’ll find in lossy encoding techniques, such as h.264.In addition to file size, Blackmagic is claiming that their RAW codec will have equal or greater image quality, bit depth, dynamic range, and control as any other RAW codec. This is partly thanks to a new advanced de-mosaic process that splits the decoding workload between your computer and the camera recording the footage. This allegedly allows for unrivaled capture and playback speeds over any other RAW codec.Blackmagic has distanced itself from ProRes Raw by opting for a more inclusive, cross-platform, open development strategy. While Apple requires manufacturers to pay licensing fees to use their technology, Blackmagic has included a Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) that will enable manufacturers of cameras, external recorders, and post-production programs and plugins to take full advantage of Blackmagic RAW immediately. This appears to be a direct shot at ProRes Raw, which (despite debuting in April) has yet to see full industry acceptance due to Apple’s tight grip on its patents.Beyond the fancy new tech, Blackmagic touts best-in-class performance over the competition for an array of modern imaging and playback requirements:High-resolution recording and playback.High frame rate recording and playback.HDR recording and playback.Codec flexibility for various cameras and sensors.Simultaneous recording of proxy files.Cross-platform support for every step in the imaging and post-process pipeline.Blackmagic RAW information is stored in the “.braw” container, and additional outputs are stored as “.sidecar” files. We’ll come back to this later.But for now, let’s get an idea of what’s under the hood.
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MOST READ The 18-month ban that began on February 2018 and will end on August 2019 prohibited Ravena from suiting up for the Road Warriors.The 25-year-old Ravena completed only the all-Filipino conference and played just a total of 16 games last season.The former Ateneo superstar averaged 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists in five games in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup before the suspension.And as if Ravena needs more motivation, him not being awarded as one of the finest freshmen from last season would only light the fire in his belly.Ravena won’t be cleared to participate in basketball-related activities and play until August 24, 2019.ADVERTISEMENT What caused him his place in the rookie selection was the suspension by Fiba after he tested positive for banned substances in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PBA: Phoenix beats Columbian for franchise-best start at 3-0 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Phoenix’s Jason Perkins, San Miguel Beer’s Christian Standhardinger and Paul Zamar, Alaska’s Jeron Teng and Magnolia’s Robbie Herdon made up the All-Rookie Team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next *Pinned tweet* 🙂🤫 https://t.co/Foj7kAOGAu— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) January 21, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Kiefer Ravena did not make the All-Rookie Team by the PBA Press Corps during its annual awards night and he made sure he wouldn’t forget it.But his exclusion clearly wasn’t a knock on Ravena, who quickly showed why he was the second overall pick by NLEX in the 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT
Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win against Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)The pay-per-view numbers are in and after initial reports that the buys would be weak owing to the steep price, it looks like there will be enough for a huge bonus for Sen. Manny Pacquiao.The eight-division champion, guaranteed $10 million for his title defense against American Adrien Broner, will get a huge cut of the PPV earnings, which reached 400,000 buys, reports said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Priced at $75, the PPV gross has been pegged at $30 million.The buys for Pacquiao’s lopsided victory over Broner surpassed the 300,000 buys generated by the Filipino ring icon in his last US bout, against Jessie Vargas, in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt’s still a far cry from the buys generated by his 2015 match against undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr., but it proves Pacquiao still has drawing power even at 40 years old.That should be financially handy should Pacquiao earn a rematch with Mayweather. Their showdown, the richest fight in boxing history, generated 4.6 million PPV buys. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem But while Pacquiao was vocal about wanting to do another fight, Mayweather, who is turning 42 next month, has been noncommittal after an initial declaration last year that he was willing to come out of retirement to face the Filipino anew.“I will ask my promoters who’s next and we will announce that in proper time,” promised Pacquiao, who said his sights are fixed on Mayweather.“Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight,” Pacquiao said.The two boxing superstars have run into each other four times already, causing a substantial buzz about an impending rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Jarencio, NorthPort shoot for best all-Filipino start View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss