The second way to work is to use Resolve’s Monochrome mode, which emulates the Black and White adjustment layer used in Photoshop. This preserves the color information underneath and allows us to perform fast moves that give us interesting creative effects.Monochrome mode can be accessed by clicking in the RGB Mixer tab while in the Color Page. There’s a little drop-down menu where Monochrome can be selected. This gives us single sliders for the red, green and blue channels.Make sure Preserve Luminance is selected, as you won’t get as favorable results otherwise. Without this checked, you’ll have to make sure the three sliders add up to a value of 1.00 to keep the image at the same luminance before you processed it in monochrome.Note that the remixing of the color channels doesn’t work in this mode, and any corrections you’ve made to the color image before using Monochrome mode won’t be applied. If you’re using a control panel, any color adjustments will still be applied to the saturated image. Deselecting Monochrome will show you these results.Play around with processing the separate color channels. You’ll see that increasing the value in the red slider, or decreasing blue, tends to enhance a subject’s skin tones. Let’s take a look at an originally color image, courtesy of Shutterstock.I always perform a base correction to get the image balanced, adjusting for color casts and, in this case, paying particular attention to the luminance of the image overall. It’s just a primary correction, so I won’t delve into secondaries until later.Here’s my quick balance of the image. I added some contrast from the original and lifted the mids.Once you’ve got an initial balance, create a new node and select Monochrome from the RGB mixer. Dial in some interesting looks by playing with the sliders and get it as close as you can to the final look you want.If you’ve taken the time to balance the image in the first node, you may not have to go back to the color wheels to adjust your luminance values, although it’s always a good idea to double-check since your eyes may have been swayed by the color information in the image.You can create additional nodes before the monochromatic node that separate specific details you want to affect, but remember that if you pull certain objects too far, you’ll get artifacts resembling a swarm of ants. You may opt to create power windows for the elements you want to feature or deemphasize.Here’s a look achieved by increasing the blues. In our image, incorporating the green slider produces the most subtle effect since most of the image is her red skin values and her blue dress, but some of the background vegetation is affected.Sometimes the effect using Monochrome can be quite striking. I’ll illustrate this with an image that uses vibrant saturation in all three primary colors. Check out some of the grades to see how much variety coloring in monochrome can provide just by playing with the primary sliders. I hope you’ll see that coloring a black and white job is much more complicated than just setting the saturation to zero. And don’t forget to check out some of our other color grading articles.Color Grading Quick Tip: Non-Absolute White and Black PointsUsing the Channel Mixer for a Better Black-and-WhiteSunkissed and Sepia Looks in DaVinci ResolveGot any shortcuts or tricks for getting great black and white in DaVinci Resolve? Show us some of your looks and share your tips in the comments, There’s more to monochrome than dragging the saturation down to zero. Learn the nuances of rendering black and white in DaVinci Resolve. The Traditional WayWhile losing all the saturation in a color image is the intended effect, setting saturation to zero at the beginning of the workflow ties our hands since we’re unable to use the color information for later processing. We want to remove the color in a way that still gives us full control of the image.Better Ways to WorkUsing DaVinci Resolve, there are two better ways to work. The first is to create a node at the end of our tree with the saturation set to zero, and then create additional corrections that occur before this node. In this way, we can still pull keys on parts of the image (like the skin) that we would be paying attention to during a session using color images.In the node tree below, the process containing the move to desaturate is last, allowing me to pull keys on the girl’s skin and dress with ease.
Working with film grain for your next YouTube project? Find out what not to do if you want a clean image.Cover image via Shutterstock.Over the past five years, YouTube has made significant advancements in bringing higher quality uploads to the platform, including 60fps, 2k, 4k, and now even 8k. However, we may be a few years off from getting that Blu-Ray sharpness on a simple 1080p upload. While most uploads are compressed the same way, there’s one digital asset that can severely affect your YouTube uploads, and that is coarse film grain.Image via Shutterstock.Recently I spent the better part of the day rendering the same file with different bitrates and various codecs in the hope of finding that YouTube sweet spot because, for some reason, my upload was looking like a mushy, blurry mess. On my desktop, despite a coarse grain overlay to mimic ’70s film stock, the image was still crisp, and I could still make out the finer details on the actor’s clothing. On Youtube, however, not so much. I eventually decided to bite the bullet and upload a less-than-satisfactory sharp video to YouTube, citing the website’s compression as the cause of my agony (even though I had uploaded sharper videos to YouTube over the past year). A few days later I had a thought: What if it was the grain?The project in question required a coarse, dirty grain flicker to imitate some of the B-movies of the ’70s and ’80s. So there was always a lot of minute visual information dashing across each frame, and it brought the information presented in this video by Tom Scott to my mind.Tom explains why videos that feature an abundance of small moving objects, such as confetti or snow, revert to lower quality playback. For a full demonstration, be sure to watch Tom’s video. In brief, Tom explains the basics of online inter-frame compression — how only the difference between frames gets stored, how the lack of bits will affect your video, and how multiple small moving objects will make your image fall apart.In the still below, you can really see how YouTube compress the coarse grain. In the background, a man is walking along the horizon, while on the desktop you can see the grainy texture. On YouTube, it’s become a blur — in fact, a lot of the color detail has disappeared in that region. Interestingly, within this particular capture, you can see also see how the dust and dirt that appears from the grain composite has been affected. On Youtube, especially on the top branch, the area surrounding the dirt has become pixelated like a lousy clone stamp. On the lower left, the compression is so high that it’s blended foliage with the background.In essence, using a coarse grain with plenty of hair, dust, and noise flickers is going to get processed as hundreds of individual moving objects, and the image will deteriorate in online compression. So, what exactly are the fixes? Unfortunately, for web presentation, you’re going to have to say goodbye to using a heavy grain overlay.Fine GrainThe fix is to use a clean fine grain. I can understand that not using coarse grain is not really a fix. It’s like having a slight transmission problem with your vehicle, and the mechanic says “Use a different car.” However, paradoxically, by using finer grain, the video gets less compression, and the viewer can see more grain particles than they would if you were to use coarse grain.By all means, continue to use coarse grain for the master export, which you would use for festivals or digital download distribution, but for web uploads, look to use a cleaner grain to get a sharper image.Looking for more information on working with film grain? Check out these articles.The Best Places to Find Film GrainMaster Resolve’s Built-In Film Grain with This RundownUse Film Grain Overlays to Add a Cinematic Look to Your Footage
English professional darts player, Rob Cross prepares to walk on for PDC World Darts Championship 2018 final game in London on January 1, 2018. AFPLONDON, United Kingdom — Darts fans in Britain hit out at officials who decided to abolish the use of ‘walk-on girls’, scantily-clad young women who accompany the booming sport’s biggest names through crowds of fans to reach the stage.Almost 7,000 people had signed a petition by Saturday night demanding that the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) reverse their decision to axe the models.ADVERTISEMENT Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A petition organized by fans, meanwhile, pleaded with PDC chairman Barry Hearn to change his mind.“Walk-on girls in darts has been traditional for years and so many things in this world that was tradition has been scrapped,” said the petition.“Well this is one that should not be scrapped not only would we break tradition but women would be out of work also.”Two of the most popular walk-on girls — Charlotte Wood and Daniella Allfree — were putting on a brave face on being cold-shouldered Saturday night.“Myself and @daniellaallfree will still be available for exhibitions and events,” tweeted Wood. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NBA: Cousins, Conley out for remainder of season It’s a decision expected to put pressure on other sports such as motor racing and boxing to drop their use of glamourous women to promote events, a long-standing tradition now deemed inappropriate for some modern audiences.“We regularly review all aspects of our events and this move has been made following feedback from our host broadcasters,” a spokesperson told Britain’s Press Association Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, former world champion Raymond van Barneveld led the backlash on Saturday.“I will really miss the girls!! For me they are a part of the darts,” the Dutchman wrote on Twitter.
ADC AUTHOR Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is re-joining the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in May as the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow.“I believe we have an obligation to pass on the lessons we’ve learned so that future generations can study, learn and become better,” Mattis said in a press release. “Hoover has made this part of its mission, and I look forward to returning.”Mattis was a fellow at Hoover until he became secretary in January 2017. He left DOD at the end of 2018.DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
Reliance Industries changed Indian telecom sector with its Reliance Jio 4G data offer, which was introduced a few months ago. The company has reduced daily data usage from 4GB limit to 1GB after the completion of three months Welcome Offer, which means Jio subscribers can use only 1GB data daily till March 31.Keeping in mind the demand of movie buffs, who would need more data to watch their favourite films and videos, Reliance Jio has introduced a new feature to JioCinema called Smart Download. This feature allows users to schedule the download time between 2 am and 5 am as there is no data usage limit during this time of the wee hours. Downloading movies during this three hours will be free even after the Reliance starts charging for its Jio service.[READ: This is how you can use Reliance Jio’s free high-speed 4G data beyond daily limit of 1GB]In another development, new Reliance Jio subscribers will soon get 6-series mobile numbers if report by Telecomtalk is anything to go by. It has reported that the department of telecommunications (DoT) in Rajasthan, Assam and Tamil Nadu telecom zones have allotted new MSC codes in the 6-series mobile numbers to Reliance Jio.”In consideration to the request of service providers, the undersigned is directed to convey approval of competent authority Sr DDG (AS) for allotment of MSC Codes,” the department said.DoT has allotted 60010-60019 MSC codes in Rajasthan, 60020-60029 MSC codes in Assam and 60030-60039 in Tamil Nadu to Reliance Jio.Reliance Jio has been in news ever since it offered free high-speed 4G data, HD voice call, HD video call, SMS, and Jio apps to Jio SIM users for three months as part of its welcome offer. The plan was extended to March 31 (1GB per day as against 4GB in Welcome Offer), and continue the benefit three months after that at just Rs 100.(Source: Telecomtalk)
Puffin Books has tied up with select stores across the country for this promotion titled ‘Booked for the Summer’.The four-week-long program will be running from tomorrow till June 30. Each week will feature a themed collection of books from all over the world, in the order — Adventure and Fantasy, Mythology and Folktales, Learning New Things and Back to School, publishing house Penguin said.“We hope to take kids to different magical lands and have exciting adventures this summer through this fabulous selection of fun books,” a statement said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To ensure books are easily found, special display racks will be installed across the stores, which will be restocked every week as per the theme.To engage children, storytelling sessions at some of the stores and activity sheets will be given to them. The program will be extensively promoted at all Penguin Random House channels and other relevant channels, like mommy-blogger pages on social media.The stores will be communicating the promotions too via their own social media channels as well as emails, the statement said.Some of the participating stores are Full Circle and Bahri Kids in Delhi, Starmark in Kolkata and Chennai, Story in Kolkata, Sapna Bookstore in Bengaluru, Crossword Bookstore in Nagpur and Baroda and Odyssey in Coimbatore and Chennai.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday said that her government has decided to increase the allowances of ministers and MLAs in the state.Ministers will now be getting a daily allowance of Rs 3,000, up from Rs 2,000 per day, while MLAs will get Rs 2,000 a day, up from Rs 1,000. The announcement by the Chief Minister came in the wake of recommendations from different members of the state Assembly. “There have been different types of recommendations from the honourable members and the government has decided to increase the allowances of the ministers and MLAs. Finance minister Amit Mitra is not well. But we can afford this at the moment,” Banerjee announced at the state Assembly, adding that her government will have to cough up an additional expenditure of Rs 15 crore for this purpose. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe allowances are given to MLAs and ministers’ for their presence in the Assembly, either during the session or for any other meeting. “In most of the cases, the members have to attend the Assembly on a regular basis to attend their respective committee meetings,” a senior member of the Assembly said. According to the enhancement, the MLAs will get an approximate allowance of Rs 60,000 instead of Rs 30,000 and the allowance of the ministers, including the Chief Minister, will be Rs 90,000 instead of Rs 60,000 per month. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHowever the Opposition protested the announcement, citing disparity of allowances between the MLAs and ministers. “There should not be any difference of daily allowance between the MLAs and ministers, because all are members of this house,” Left Front leader Sujan Chakraborty said. It may be mentioned here that this is the third time the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to increase the emoluments of the MLAs and ministers. Prior to this, when the state Assembly passed the West Bengal Salaries and Allowances (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the salary of the Chief Minister was increased to Rs 27,001 from Rs 8,500. The ministers’ salary was increased to Rs 22,000 from a meagre Rs 7,500, while the salary of the ministers of state was raised to Rs 21,900 from Rs 7,300. Similarly, the salary of the MLAs was hiked to Rs 17,500 from Rs 5,000. The salary of the Leader of Opposition was also increased to Rs 22,000 from Rs 10,500. In 2011, when Mamata Banerjee came to power, the allowance of members of Assembly was increased as well.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. has signed a deal to sell its Jonview Canada tour business to Japanese travel company H.I.S. Co. Ltd. for $44 million.Jonview Canada, the country’s leading incoming tour operator, sells tour packages for international visitors to Canada. The company employs 180 people in Toronto and Montreal, along with 120 seasonal guides, and brings in approximately 300,000 international visitors to Canada annually.The sale is subject to the approval of the Competition Bureau of Canada, and is expected to close on or around Nov. 30. The price will be adjusted at closing.According to Transat’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Marc Eustache, the sale is part of the company’s strategic refocusing around its leisure travel operations in Canada and development of its hotel division. “The sale of our Canadian incoming tour operator business will accelerate development of those key sectors,” he said.Hideo Hatano, Executive Officer, Global Business Development Division, H.I.S. Co. Ltd., added: “The acquisition of Jonview Canada is in keeping with our ambitious expansion plan in North America, and bodes well for the development of this leading incoming tour operator, which has become a reference for Canada as a travel destination.” Travelweek Group Transat A.T. selling Jonview Canada tour business for $44M Tags: Transat Friday, October 27, 2017
Air Canada gets regulatory OK to buy Aeroplan; Aimia shareholders vote Jan. 8 Share Wednesday, January 2, 2019 By: The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia, Air Canada MONTREAL — Air Canada’s acquisition of the Aeroplan loyalty program has received all required federal regulatory approvals ahead of a shareholders’ vote on a $450-million agreement reached by the airline in November.Shareholders of current Aeroplan owner Aimia Inc. are scheduled to vote on the cash deal on Jan. 8.Under their agreement, Air Canada will buy the Aeroplan business from Aimia for cash and also assume $1.9 billion of liabilities to points holders – partially backed by two banks that offer Aeroplan credit cards.Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will pay Air Canada about $1.2 billion in total. The banks and Visa have agreed to stay with the loyalty program until at least 2030.Aimia and the Montreal-based airline said Monday they’ve received required clearances under the Competition Act and Canada Transportation Act.