Understanding Autodesk Smoke 2013 Project Files

first_imgInside of this main folder, /usr/discreet/project… you will see all of the projects you have created on Smoke that are available.  There is also the main project.db file which contains the database for all of the projects so that they get listed in the project selection box when you launch Smoke.The ‘project’ folder contains the projects effects setup files. Inside the main project folder (“My Smoke Project”) are sub folders for each of Smoke’s various effects nodes.  For example, if you saved a TEXT effect it would be saved in [ /usr/discreet/project/text ] by default.You are free to save effects anywhere you like, but the default settings are kept in the projects sub folders. This is also the location seen in the [SETUP DIRECTORY] portion of the Create New Project screen. So it is possible to create a unique location for one project or for all projects to share any saved effects setup files.The Smoke Clip FolderNow, copying just the project folder and saving it, will not secure your project metadata as Smoke uses a more intricate database system for project management.   Inside /usr/discreet/clip… is where the Media Library information is saved. The Media Library would contain the metadata for all of your project library folder names, clip organization, sequence information, effects history, and workspace layout.The Media Library workflow and structure has changed in the Smoke 2013 release from previous releases. The ‘VICStopshere.clib’ file is the main library file and it contains all of your clip metadata including pointing to the actual media frames in your Autodesk Media Folder. Without these .clib files, your project would have no information as to where your media is, and you would see red invalid frames in your project.The ‘workspace.wksp’ folder is new to Smoke 2013. It’s inside here where each of the Media Library folders are broken down and the metadata for each is stored, as well has some effects history.  You will also notice that there are multiple backup files that get created. These are automatically created by Smoke, and are useful if you have a catastrophic project corruption, as you can use them to restore your media library information. However, project corruption is very rare in Smoke.  I have had to fix a corrupt Smoke project library about 4 times in 8 years, under 40 hours a week heavy use.The .000 files are the current used file. The .001, .002,.003 files are the backups:Under normal uses, you shouldn’t have to mess with the Smoke project folder or the clip folders.  All Smoke project management is controlled through the app interface.  It is there that you create, delete, and edit projects. However, it is always good to understand what is going on under-the-hood, so that you fully understand how Smoke works.Try Smoke 2013 for Free!The Smoke Pre-Release Trial is currently ongoing and will be free and useable until September 15th.You can download Smoke here: Smoke 2013 Pre-Release Trial. Where are my Smoke 2013 project files stored & how do I access them?In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at how Smoke manages project files, a must-know for any serious Smoke user!  We’ll go beyond the “Create New Project” screen to see how Smoke project files are organized and stored.The Smoke Project FolderAutodesk Smoke project files are not like the project files in Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer. The metadata that makes up a project is stored in 2 places./usr/discreet/project/usr/discreet/cliplast_img read more

Aputure Releases the 300D II — with Lantern Attachment

first_imgThe much-anticipated successor to the highly successful 300d LED light fixture, the 300d II comes jam-packed with all of the new features we were looking for in a powerful on-set light package.If you saw our post covering the announcement of both the 300d II and the lantern attachment during NAB week, you might know how excited we were to check it out in person. It checked off all of the items on our wishlist: more brightness, an attachable ballast, and even app control from their new Sidus app. The 300d II is available for purchase now, but before you go off and buy it, take a look at some of the new features.All-New Redesigned Control BoxOne of our biggest gripes with the original 300d was its convoluted power ballast system. There were two separate boxes — one for power, and one for the controls — and they were constantly just . . . in the way on set. But we have nothing to gripe about anymore. Aputure’s all-new control box is a marvel in the lighting world. There’s really nothing else like it out there right now. It uses a fanless design that utilizes heatsinks, which renders the box completely silent. The control box can also attach directly to a C-stand using the new quick-release tool, which makes organization a whole lot easier on set. If you’re shooting in an area without access to power, you’re in luck: you can power the 300d II with two V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries — or even with just one battery at half output. That’s pretty useful if you don’t have access to a generator.On top of all the other crazy-good ballast features, there are now built-in lighting FX that we’ve seen on Aputure’s other products, like the AL-MW, that include useful on-set effects such as “Paparazzi,” “Fireworks,” “Lightning,” “Faulty Bulb,” “TV,” “Pulse,” ” Strobe,” and “Explosion.”Sidus Link ControlWe’ve been absolutely psyched to find out more about Aputure’s new light-linking app Sidus, and it’s looking like we’ve got our first product that will feature connectivity to the software. Here’s what Aputure says about the connectivity features with the 300d II:Featuring all-new Bluetooth SIG mesh network technology, the 300d Mark II will also the first app-controllable Aputure lighting fixture. This technology will allow you to control a 300d Mark II from up to 400 meters away, by linking multiple lights up to 80 meters apart. Using the Sidus Link app, you’ll be able to access all of the functions of the control box, in addition to being able to save presets, finely tune and trigger additional lighting FX, as well as install firmware updates, all from your smartphone or tablet.Aputure has said that it will be making backwards-compatible attachments that can connect to your non-Sidus Aputure lighting gear to the app, but we’re just going to have to wait on that release.More Power and EfficiencyHaving more available power on set is always a good thing. The 300d II is 20 percent brighter than its predecessor. It also comes with Aputure’s brand-new, hyper-efficient, 55-degree reflector. After redesigning the shape and coating of the inside of the reflector, Aputure increased the output by more than three times, compared to the original 300d.Bonus: The Aputure LanternNow I’m not going to lie: I’ve been excited about this for a long time. I am a huge fan of using china balls on set, but they can be a nightmare to work with. The paper rips constantly, and they have the penchant to accidentally catch fire if exposed to too much light. The Aputure Lantern fixes that problem by providing ample soft lighting with just a quick attachment to your 300d II. It’s also a tension-based system that can fit in a small carrying case, which makes it incredibly portable and easy to access for run-and-gun filmmakers.One of the coolest features of the Lantern is the skirt attachment. It’s a black cloth that can direct and block your soft light toward your desired target. It’s great for lighting a table scene — or a single person in a crowd.Both the Aputure 300d II and the Lantern attachment are available for purchase on the Aputure website.All images via Aputure.Looking for more on film and video gear? Check out these articles.Sony Announces The A7R IV with a 61-megapixel SensorThe 5 Best Sliders to Pair with Mirrorless Video CamerasCanon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensBuilding A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KViltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameralast_img read more

Flood situation in Assam worsens

first_imgThe flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Sunday with one person losing his life, while nearly five lakh people are hit across 15 districts.Concerned over the grim flood condition in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the prevailing situation in the State besides assuring him of all Central help.According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person died in the swirling flood waters in Karimganj district. With this, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood-related cases has gone up to 26, including seven in Guwahati. The ASDMA said more than 4.87 lakh people are currently suffering in Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Morigaon and Chirang districts.3.83 lakh affected Till Saturday, 3.83 lakh people were affected in the latest wave of flood across the State. Around 1,096 villages are under water and nearly 41,200 hectares of crop area have been damaged, ASDMA said, adding, the worst affected is Lakhimpur, where over 1.21 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, followed by Karimganj with more than 1.19 lakh sufferers. Authorities are running 181 relief camps and distribution centres in 10 districts, where 17,744 persons are currently taking shelter. Across the Sstate, 1,88,148 animals and poultry have been affected by the flood waters. Due to the impact of flood waters, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in several districts, including Majuli, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Biswanath, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Jorhat, Karimganj, Sonitpur and Nagaon.Above danger markThe Brahmaputra is flowing above danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, along with Dibrugarh, Goalpara and Dhubri towns. Other rivers in the State are also flowing above danger mark.last_img read more

Bea De Leon breaks out of slump in style with dominant showing in latest Ateneo win

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “Bea makes my job as a coach that much easier so I really admire her,” Almadro added. “I told her that the points would come, just be patient.”De Leon, who captains the Lady Eagles, said that Almadro always reminded her that she doesn’t need to do the heavy lifting for them and that what her teammates need from her is her leadership.“Coach always says to me ‘I don’t always need your points, I just need your voice,’” said De Leon after the Lady Eagles soared to a league-best 5-1 record. “The game gave me a lot of confidence and the team showed me that they still trust me.”“They saw me struggle and I know that I can’t bounce back from my slump by myself, it takes help from my teammates,” added De Leon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MANILA, Philippines—It has been a whirlwind of a campaign for Bea De Leon in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem UAAP volleyball: Young NU squad pulls off five-set stunner over UP SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Although Ateneo has racked up wins left and right, De Leon has so far struggled, averaging just six points in the Lady Eagles’ first five games.De Leon, however, finally shrugged off the slump and put on a Player of the Game-worthy performance of 14 points in the Lady Eagles’ win over Adamson University, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD: UAAP volleyball: Ateneo hikes win streak to 5 after fending off Adamson“Bea is the best player right? It’s about time. I really admire Bea, and all of my seniors, because they really put the sacrifices in everything,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Police Woman walks into Clairemont Easter service with toddler and gun

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Police: Woman walks into Clairemont Easter service with toddler and gun April 21, 2019 Posted: April 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A woman walked into church services in Clairemont armed with a gun Sunday afternoon, police said.Churchgoers were able to wrest control of the weapon from the woman — who had a toddler with her at the time — and no one was hurt.The first 911 call came in at 12:02 p.m. reporting the armed woman at the Mt. Everest Academy, on Mt. Everest Avenue north of Balboa Avenue, San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins said.Easter Sunday services were being held at the school.“Members of the congregation were able to subdue her and get the gun away from her,” Hawkins said. “Police arrived moments later and were able to take her into custody.”Officers weren’t sure what the woman’s motives were. Hawkins said police were taking care of the child and the woman was being taken to county jail. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Highlights From Wilmingtons 2nd Annual Special Olympics

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools held its 2nd Annual Special Olympics on Wednesday, May 2 at Wilmington High School.  Students of all ages and grades, from Wilmington and Burlington, participated in an assortment of track and field events and sports “skills & drills” stations.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the event.Watch highlights from the opening ceremony and the games, plus brief words from:Event organizers Diana Hill and MaryLou McDonoughCommittee member Lisa Costantiello and sponsor Kevin ConnolllyWe’re One Wilmington partner Becky McGarthWilmington Interim Superintendent Paul RuggieroWilmington Assistant Superintendent Sean GallagherBurlington Superintendent Eric ContiState Representative Ken GordonWilmington School Committee member MJ ByrnesWatch the WHS Band and WHS Soundscape perform—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/9/8/c/3/a/f98c3a9d-0e97-48dc-8297-862cf596d3d91526588407.717%2B31371106.760%40castus4-wilmington%2B15266473631526646200483879.vod.720p.The%20Second%20Annual%20Special%20Olympics_%20May%202nd%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Highlights From Wilmington’s 1st Annual Special OlympicsIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”Wilmington Public Schools 3rd Annual Special Olympics Set For May 1In “Education”last_img read more

I saw the plane landing and catching fire

first_imgHolding placards inscribed with the names of the plane crash victims, relatives wait in front of the morgue of the Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital. Photo was taken by Kamrul Hasan on Wednesday.Shocked relatives of US-Bangla plane crash victims are eagerly waiting to receive the dead bodies of their near and dear ones two days into the tragic plane crash in Nepal.A total of 51 passengers including 26 Bangladeshis died in the plane crash of US-Bangla aircraft (BS 211) at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon.The bodies have now been kept at the morgue of Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital.A number of relatives with placards with names of their near and dear ones were standing in front of the hospital morgue.One of them was grandfather of co-pilot Prithula Rashid, also waiting in front of the morgue.”I do not know when I would receive the dead body of Prithula,” said the grim-faced elderly man.Nepali woman Urmila, mother of Sylhet Rageeb-Rabeya Medical College student Shretha Thapa, was standing with placard of her daughter’s name and wailing continuously.Cap 2: US-Bangla airliner co-pilot Prithula Rashid’s grandfather is seen waiting in front of the morgue of the Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital. Photo was taken by Kamrul Hasan on Wednesday.”I was waiting at the airport for my daughter’s arrival. I saw the plane landing and catching fire… I do not know when I will get the dead body,” she said when this author approached her.Deceased Alimuzzaman’s relative Faruk Ahmed said, “There is no certainty of receiving the dead body. Nobody can tell the exact date.”A total of 26 Bangladeshis, 24 Nepalese and a Chinese citizen died in the accident.The relatives fear it will take time to receive the dead bodies. The authorities said the dead bodies will be handed over after carrying out autopsies, chemical test and DNA test.The DNA test is being conducted to ascertain the citizenship and gender.Bangladesh civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shajahan Kamal visited the hospital morgue.During the visit, head of the forensic department of the hospital Promoth Sherestha told the minister that autopsies of the dead bodies will be conducted soon. The identities of the bodies will be ascertained and later the bodies will be handed over to the family members, Sherestha added.*This report is rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Samsung leader quizzed for over 22 hours in SKorea corruption scandal

first_imgSamsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee left the South Korean special prosecutor’s office early on Friday, more than 22 hours after arriving for questioning on bribery suspicions in an influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye.Lee left the special prosecution office without answering reporters’ questions and headed to a waiting car.Prosecutors have been investigating whether Samsung provided 30 billion won ($25.46 million) to a business and foundations backed by Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for the national pension fund’s support for a 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates.A spokesman said the special prosecutor’s office would decide “soon” whether to seek a warrant to arrest the 48-year-old Lee, the third-generation leader of South Korea’s largest conglomerate, or chaebol. There were no plans to bring him in for further questioning.Lee denied some of the suspicions against him but had admitted to others, said Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for the special prosecutors’ office who declined to elaborate.A Samsung spokeswoman declined to comment.The corruption scandal has engulfed the highest reaches of South Korea’s elite, with Park impeached by parliament in December, a decision that must be upheld or overturned by the Constitutional Court. Park, who has been stripped of her powers in the meantime, has denied wrongdoing.Jay Y. Lee was named as a suspect on Wednesday and summoned on Thursday morning for questioning.Prosecutors were looking into whether he gave false testimony during a parliamentary hearing in early December, where the heads of nine of South Korea’s biggest chaebol were subjected to an unprecedented 13-hour televised grilling by a panel investigating the presidential scandal.Jay Y. Lee denied bribery accusations during that hearing, rejecting assertions from lawmakers that Samsung lobbied to get the fund to back the merger.Shares in group flagship Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker, were down about 2.5 percent on Friday.EQUESTRIAN CONNECTIONThe special prosecution also questioned Park Sang-jin, a president at Samsung Electronics, for about 13 hours until early on Friday.Park Sang-jin had signed a contract for Samsung Electronics in 2015 to sponsor an equestrian team, the main beneficiary of which was the daughter of President Park’s friend Choi, a key figure in the scandal who is in detention and undergoing a criminal trial. Choi has denied wrongdoing.Her daughter, 20-year-old Chung Yoo-ra, was arrested by Danish police early this month after she was sought by South Korean authorities. Chung, who won a gold medal in group dressage at the 2014 Asian Games, has denied wrongdoing.Park Sang-jin, who had refused to appear at parliamentary hearings on the matter citing health issues, did not comment to reporters as he left the prosecutors’ office at about 3 a.m. (1900 GMT Thursday) wearing a white face mask.Two other Samsung Group executives were questioned by special prosecutors on Monday and released.Samsung has acknowledged making payments to two foundations at the centre of the scandal, as well as to a consulting firm controlled by Choi, but has repeatedly denied accusations of lobbying to push through the controversial 2015 merger of affiliates Samsung C&T Corp and Cheil Industries Inc.Dozens of South Korean corporate groups made contributions totalling 77.4 billion won ($65.75 million) to two foundations that were set up to back President Park’s initiatives, but Samsung’s donations were the largest.Late last month, the head of South Korea’s National Pension Service, the world’s third-largest pension fund, was arrested after he acknowledged that he had pressured the fund to approve the $8 billion merger between the two Samsung Group affiliates while he was head of the health ministry, reversing an earlier public denial.last_img read more

4 drown in parts of Rajasthan

first_imgFour persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Jalore district of Rajasthan in the past 24 hours. The torrential rains have raised fear of a flood-like situation, officials said.Four bodies – two in Nainol, and one each in Data and Jaulasara villages of Jalore – have been recovered amid heavy downpour since Tuesday, said a senior district official.He added the body that was recovered from Moongtala in Sirohi on Tuesday has been identified as that of Ganga (15), while the two other married women – Faglu, and Heeraki – who drowned in the flash floods along with her are still missing. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIMeanwhile, traffic has been halted on the Mount Abu and Abu Road in Sirohi, fearing landslides triggered by rain, a senior traffic official said. Only medical emergency vehicles were allowed to pass, the official said. Tourists have been advised to stay on the hill station till rains abate, he said.Two colonies – Indian Oil’s residential area and Gurunanak Colony in Abu Road – are inundated. People were evacuated from the colonies to safer places, he said, adding that a team of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) was called from Udaipur to assist the civil and police administration. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThough there was a unit of Army and CRPF stationed in Mount Abu but they could not be called in due to due to blockade on roads, he said.Rain abated in Sanchore and Jalore cities and water level in low-lying areas has started receding, he said. Two gates of Selwara dam were opened to control the overflowing rain water, and one gate was being repaired.The district collectors and SPs of Sirohi and Jalore were camping in the rain-affected areas to supervise the rescue operation with the help of Calamity and Relief Department. Seven trains running on the SamdariBhilwari route were cancelled again on Wednesday, while one train (Dadar-Bikaner) has been diverted,  following damages to rail tracks due to incessant rain at Jalore-Sirohi route, North-West Railways (NWR) chief public relation officer Tarun Jain said.last_img read more