High frame rates don’t always work well on the big screen, but they’re transforming the field of travel videography.Cover Image via Jacob + Katie Schwarz.When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiered several years ago, many cinemagoers noted that the film felt “different”: “It’s like being on a film set in person: all of the magic is lost. You get to see behind the curtain, and you’re no longer under a spell,…” “It looked too real,” and so on. These reactions are due to The Hobbit‘s frame rate of 48fps instead of the industry standard of 24fps. Filming at a high fps is also known as a high frame rate or HFR for short.The reason HFR looks more real comes down to motion blur — more precisely, the lack of it. The images, especially those with fast movement, look a lot sharper. Peter Jackson noted that he wanted an immersive experience, and many found the experience too immersive. It was almost as if the film disallowed suspension of disbelief. As James Cameron said, “3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window.”Despite all the reasons for using 48fps, the choice drew criticism, and in the industry, talk about how cinema could move forward with 48fps died down significantly (save for James Cameron and Peter Jackson). There are some aesthetics, like the motion blur that comes with 24fps, that are irreplaceable.However, while it looks like cinema will abandon HFR, for the time being at least, there is one genre of filmmaking that I believe benefits from HFR: travel videos.A travel video or travel vlog takes the viewer to the other side of the world for a glimpse at what life is like over the horizon. The video above from Jacob + Katie Schwarz could very well be one of the best examples of this notion.Watching the video at only 1080p on a 26-inch monitor was enough to project a sense of realism that I haven’t felt before. Let’s not overlook the fact the filmmakers used the Red Helium sensor and 8k resolution. The dynamic range coupled with the clarity of 8k attributes creates the beautiful imagery. The crisp detail, the vibrant color, and the fantastic cinematography all make this video an excellent example of travel videography. However, the feel of the footage derives directly from the 60fps frame rate. As one YouTube commentator has said, “HD 60 FPS is Amazing, 8k 60 FPS is like real life!” This leads us to wonder: has HFR found its place in travel videos? There are plenty of beautiful travel videos that crowd YouTube, but many have been shot like a film: 24fps, letterboxed, creative color grading. The results are a far cry from reality. If HFR removes “the window,” then it is the next best thing to actually being on location.What are your thoughts? Do you think the 60fps ruins the beauty of the short segment, or do you think that it helps bring you one step closer to the location? Let us know in the comments.For further reading on the science of HFR, I recommend these articles.The Science of High Frame Rates, Or: Why ‘The Hobbit’ Looks Bad At 48 FPS48 FPS and Beyond: How High Frame Rates Affect PerceptionWhy movies look weird at 48fps, and games are better at 60fps
Backed by Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday pipped former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar in a fiercely fought contest to become the new president of the Mumbai Cricket Association.Deshmukh defeated Vengsarkar by 181 votes to 136 to emerge triumphant in the biennial elections. Both Desmukh and Vengsarkar were vice-presidents in the outgoing committee which was headed by Pawar.Pawar had become ineligible to contest the polls as per a clause in the MCA’s constitution following a change of his permanent residence status from Mumbai to Baramati.Pawar’s panel members – Prof Ratnakar Shetty and Ravi Savant – were elected as vice-president and treasurer respectively while D Y Patil Sports Academy’s chairman Vijay Patil, who contested as an independent, became the other vice-president.Two other members of the Pawar panel – Dr P V Shetty and Nitin Dalal – also emerged victorious to become the two new joint secretaries.Deshmukh, a former state Chief Minister, followed the footsteps of Manohar Joshi (1992-2001) and Pawar (2001-2011) to become the 13th MCA president since it was founded in 1930-31.– With PTI inputs
“We still have to make a little bit of adjustment because we didn’t look like a team in that game,” said Erram in Filipino. “But we’re okay, it’s just that we didn’t look like a team out there when we’re playing.”Rain or Shine took a 35-26 lead off a 15-1 run in the second quarter and it never looked back throughout the remainder of the game.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 stars“We didn’t have the chemistry but the good thing about it is it’s just the first game and we still have a lot of games to make the adjustments. We learned from our mistakes today and it’s time to move on,” added Erram who had 10 points and five rebounds.Erram was dealt to NLEX on Dec. 28 in exchange for Paul Desiderio, the no. 4 overall pick of the 2018 Rookie Draft, and no.7 pick Abu Tratter. It wasn’t just Erram, though, that struggled in the Road Warriors’ season opener with the returning Kevin Alas also finding a hard time in his first game after nearly a year of absence.Both Erram and Alas were expected to produce for the Road Warriors but it just so happened that the two were still finding their places in NLEX’ system,Alas injured tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in last year’s Philippine Cup and he was able to put up 12 points and dish out four assists in his first game back.“I think we have to improve on the chemistry of the team, that’s what I think we should work on,” said Alas in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Meralco’s Trevis Jackson joins parade of big rookie games LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting JP Erram debuts for NLEX. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Poy Erram’s debut with NLEX hit a little bit of a roadblock as his new team lost to Rain or Shine, 96-87, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Elasto Painters completely stifled the Road Warriors from the midway the second quarter, never relinquishing the lead all the way to the end and Erram said it could’ve been the lack of familiarity factored in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
Where is the VenkatalakshmiTwitterRaai Laxmi’s much-awaited film Where is the Venkatalakshmi (WITV) was leaked online on its opening day and the free download of the full movie is likely to take a toll on its collection at the box office.Raai Laxmi, who is known for her item numbers, had released her latest movie Where is the Venkatalakshmi on March 15. The actress, who has promoted the film heavily, is hoping that it will be a big hit of her career. But to her disappointment, a notorious gang has released the full movie for free download.This notorious gang apparently recorded the complete movie of Where is the Venkatalakshmi during its screening in a cinema hall and leaked on its website even before the film completed its first day at the box office. The website offers seven different types of prints ranging from 2.2 GB to 200 MB frp, free download. Some people, who watch this pirated copy, advise others not go for it. Where Is The VenkatalakshmiTwitterWhere is the Venkatalakshmi is a horror comedy film with interesting twists and turns. The movie is about two siblings Chanti Gadu (Praveen) and Pandu Gadu (Madhu), who create a lot of trouble in their village. Both of them fall for a teacher named Gauri (Lakshmi Rai). But to their shock, Gauri is a ghost who forces them to bring a box from the goons. How they manage to save the lives forms the crux.Where is the Venkatalakshmi starring Laxmi Raai, Praveen, Madhu Nandan, Pujita Ponnada and Brahmaji, is a small budget movie and it is said to have earned table profit its producers before its release. The movie was released in a limited number of screens as it clashes with five other new movies. The film has got a good opening at the box office and is able to strike a chord with the viewers. Where Is The VenkatalakshmiTwitterThe word of mouth has boosted its collection on Saturday and Sunday, but many are not able to watch it due to its unavailability in their nearby theatres. This apparently forced some filmgoers to find its pirated copy on torrent sites. The makers need to address the issue quickly. Otherwise, it will affect its collection at the box office.We at International Business Times, India are strictly against piracy of any film and we condemn people who support it. We always stand by the film industry which has suffered huge losses due to piracy. We also request you to join us in the fight against piracy.Say no to piracy and encourage filmmakers by watching films in cinema halls.
The members of the United Nations Security Council hold a meeting to vote for a resolutions on controlling the turmoil in Venezuela on February 28, 2019 at the United Nations in New York. – Russia and China on Thursday used their veto at the UN Security Council to block a US resolution calling for new presidential elections in Venezuela and unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid.France, Germany and Britain were among nine countries that backed the proposed measure. South Africa also voted no while Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast abstained.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution that calls upon countries to prevent and counter the financing of terrorism, especially in its new forms.Initiated by France, Resolution 2462 is intended to update existing resolutions and adapt them to new forms of financing of terrorism and new challenges in this field, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.The resolution notes with concern that terrorists may abuse legitimate businesses and non-profit organisations for their activities, and make use of emerging payment methods, such as prepaid cards and mobile payments or virtual assets.It also expresses concern at the continuing use by terrorists and their supporters of information and communications technologies, in particular, the internet, to facilitate terrorist acts, as well as inciting, recruiting, funding, or planning terrorist acts.Therefore, the resolution calls upon all countries to enhance the traceability and transparency of financial transactions, including assessing and addressing potential risks associated with virtual assets and as appropriate, the risks of new financial instruments, including but not limited to crowd-funding platforms.It also encourages member states to apply risk-based anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations to virtual asset service providers and to identify effective systems to conduct risk-based monitoring or supervision of virtual asset service providers.Furthermore, the resolution encourages competent national authorities, in particular financial intelligence units and intelligence services, to continue to establish effective partnerships with the private sector, including financial institutions, the Financial technology industry and internet and social media companies, in particular with regards to the evolution of trends, sources and methods of the financing of terrorism.Adopted in 2001 in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, Resolution 1373 was the first comprehensive resolution imposing obligations on all states to respond to the global threat of terrorism.Resolution 2462 also affirms the Resolution 1373 and in particular its decisions that all countries shall prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts and refrain from providing any of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts.
YouTubeScientists at the European Space Agency have revealed the first-ever picture of a black hole, and as expected, it shows a dark blob surrounded by a ring of bright light. The research report of the study which is now available in the Astrophysical Journal Letters states that this black hole is located in a distant galaxy which is 500 million trillion kilometres away from us.Even though black holes are dark space entities that are not visible to any telescopes, experts have successfully captured the event horizon, which is actually the edge of the black hole where light cannot escape. Scientists made this milestone achievement using an array of event horizon telescope.Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment revealed that the first image of the black hole shows a very intense ring of fire surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole.”What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System. It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe,” Heino Falcke told BBC News.The researcher also added that the bright halo is primarily caused due to the superheated gas falling into the hole. It should be noted that this ‘ring of fire’ light is brighter than all the billions of other stars in the galaxy combined, and it is the main reason why it noticed the attention of human-made telescopes.Dr Ziri Younsi, a top researcher at the University College London revealed that this new picture of black hole falls in line with the popular depiction of these space entities.”Although they are relatively simple objects, black holes raise some of the most complex questions about the nature of space and time, and ultimately of our existence. It is remarkable that the image we observe is so similar to that which we obtain from our theoretical calculations. So far, it looks like Einstein is correct once again” said Younsi.
Rohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamRepresentatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar will meet on Tuesday to discuss the repatriation to Myanmar of more than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries, Bangladeshi officials said.“It is about taking them back to Myanmar,” relief and refugee repatriation commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam, told Reuters on Monday. “They are on the zero line and actually on the Myanmar side.”However, several officials contacted in neighbouring Myanmar said they were not aware of plans for a meeting, which Kalam said would take place on the ‘zero line’ near a place called Gundum.A spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which will not be involved in the talks, said the agency was concerned the Rohingya may be forcibly returned to Myanmar without due consideration for their safety.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state and crossed into Bangladesh since last August, when attacks on security posts by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said amounts to ethnic cleansing, with reports of arson attacks, murder and rape.Buddhist-majority Myanmar denied the charge and says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against ‘terrorists’ it blames for the attacks on the security forces.The vast majority of Rohingya who fled are in camps at Cox’s Bazar on the southern tip of Bangladesh, but several thousand who arrived in a buffer zone along the border are now stuck.Bangladesh security forces have been instructed not to let these Rohingya cross the border, and many of them have said they would rather stay there to avoid becoming refugees in Bangladesh.The no-man’s land, which is about the size of 40 soccer pitches, used to be an area of paddy fields, but is now dotted with the tarpaulin and bamboo shacks of displaced Rohingya.NO TIMELINE FOR RETURNS“We are concerned about the reports of pressures directed at this group of people at the border,” said Caroline Gluck, UNHCR Senior Public Information Officer at Cox’s Bazar.“People who fled violence and discrimination in Myanmar should not be forced to return against their will,” she told Reuters in a message sent on Saturday.Bangladesh’s Kalam said there was no timeline for repatriations, that anyone going back must do so voluntarily and that Myanmar must provide a safe environment for their return.“We cannot send them forcibly,” he said.Most Burmese consider the Rohingya as unwanted immigrants from Bangladesh, and the army refers to them as “Bengalis”.Myanmar has said it will accept back people holding “national verification” registration cards. This card, which falls short of offering citizenship, has been rejected by Rohingya community leaders who say it treats life-long residents like new immigrants.A leader of the Rohingya group in the buffer zone, Dil Mohammed, told Reuters in a text message: “Our no-man’s land camp demands are that there must be a safe return, we need security and all basic rights, including citizenship.”He said the group would never accept the national verification card, that its members must be allowed to return to their own homes, paid compensation for losses and damage, and provided with protection from a U.N. mission.Gluck said the UNHCR was concerned that conditions in Rakhine state were not yet safe for voluntary returns, adding, “We urge both governments to ensure that any return is based on informed consent and takes place in safety and dignity.”