CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.The greatest hockey players in the world are heading to the Shark Tank, set to compete in the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 at San Jose’s SAP Center. But All-Star Weekend is about more than just the game — although the allure of the game, with its high-octane athletes and pop star entertainment, is undeniable. But there are other activities going on as well, from the 2019 NHL Fan Fair, which runs Jan. 24-27, to the …
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2 May 2012 Indian President Pratibha Patil arrives in South Africa for a state visit on Wednesday, accompanied by a government minister, four parliamentarians, various officials and a business delegation. Patil’s visit follows an invitation by President Jacob Zuma, and will provide an opportunity to for further strengthening the relationship between the two countries. During her visit, Patil will discuss bilateral relations with Zuma. The two presidents will also address South African business people and their Indian counterparts at a business forum in Pretoria. Since the establishment of full diplomatic relations between South Africa and India in 1993, numerous high-level visits have taken place between the two countries, with cooperation agreements signed in trade, investment, education, defence, information and communication technology (ICT), health, agriculture, and science and technology. As strategic partners, South Africa and India have created a platform for cooperation in various forums, including the BRICS grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa; the IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) grouping; the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) climate change-specific forum; and the India-Africa Forum. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, trade between the two countries stood at R48.2-billion as of November 2011, with South African exports at R21.9-billion and imports from India at R26.3-billion. The two countries have set a bilateral trade target of R111-billion to be reached by 2014. “India and South Africa share a common vision on a range of global issues and domestic challenges,” the department said in a statement on Monday. “Many of the objectives are being pursued both bilaterally and multilaterally, and are also being given content through South-South initiatives.” Source: BuaNews
Betas are a good way for end-users to report bugs and give feedback to developers. Just keep in mind that you’re not downloading fully functional software.Cover image via fedota1.Looking for more on film and video production? Check out these articles.Getting Creative: Five Cool Video Edits that Genuinely WorkActual Documentary Tips You Can Learn from Popular Mockumentaries7 Things Clients Look for in a Video Production CompanyOn the Market: Five Great Key Lights for Five Different Budgets10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets Compared It’s always exciting when the latest version of your favorite editing program comes out. But should you download it right away?A variety of questions run through your head as you download the beta release of your favorite editing software: What new features are included? Did they fix that render issue? I hope they haven’t removed tool X.Sometimes, however, the software isn’t fully polished, and the developers need beta testers to put the software to the test — to find bugs and problems. Betas are exciting, especially closed betas, as your feedback directly affects the software — which makes you no longer feel like a customer but, rather, part of the team — in that you have directly helped the software’s development. (And, in all honesty, beta tests also feel like a game demo that you get to play before everyone else.)With most closed betas, you must sign-up to beta test a program (like Adobe, who have just launched a beta application for Photoshop on the iPad). However, in recent years, we’ve also seen a growing trend of software companies (not only those who produce NLEs) that offer a public beta for download before the full official release of the new version. (“Public beta” meaning anybody can download and install the software).Blackmagic recently did this with Resolve 16 — as they have done with the past few versions of Resolve. (If you keep an eye on your social media platforms, you’d think Resolve is setting the users’ computers on fire.)The screen capture above comes directly from the Resolve Beta forums, where bugs are supposed to be reported. The Resolve Facebook group, however, is a different story, with a number of users not understanding why the software isn’t working properly. Is this an issue with Resolve, or quite simply due to a general misunderstanding of the nature of a beta release? Perhaps a bit of both.WhatIs.com defines a beta as follows:In software development, a beta test is the second phase of software testing, in which a sampling of the intended audience tries the product out.Beta testing is also sometimes referred to as User Acceptance Testing (UAT) or end-user testing. In this phase of software development, applications are subjected to real-world testing by the intended audience, for the software. The experiences of the early users are forwarded back to the developers, who make final changes before releasing the software commercially.There isn’t much more to say about that. Essentially, betas are how developers can get their software into the hands of real people, using different machines, with a variety of different file formats — and for the users to provide feedback. More often, betas are generally only sampled to a small audience. When a beta release is open to public access, it’s usually advertised as such, and offered as an alternative download to the primary version. That can be why users get stumped by crashes and bugged features — they just didn’t realize the software was a beta version. Blackmagic, for example, referred to Resolve 16 on Twitter as beta, but on Facebook they didn’t. And on the download page, the beta is only mentioned in the download link.While it’s common sense to double-check to see what you’re downloading, from the echoing cries across the internet about a “broken platform,” it would appear that many missed the memo.So, what can you expect from a beta version of your software? Well, you have to understand that you’re going to be downloading software that isn’t 100 percent operational. However, that’s not to say you’re going to be unable to edit, it’s just that you’re going to run into bugs and glitches — such as not being able to apply a tool because the button doesn’t respond to a mouse click, or crashes when you try to export in a specific format. These are the sort of problems one should expect when using a beta, and these are the problems that you need to report to the developers. A beta isn’t just a means to get your hands on some software before anybody else — it’s to help the developers build out the software.As such, it’s essential to make sure you don’t install a beta if any of the following apply:You’re in the middle of a project.You’re on a deadline.You’re dependent on a specific tool.And, most importantly, back up your projects before you download the beta.In Resolve, there are two ways you can back up a project. You can back up the database, which is useful if you have multiple projects to back up and save. To do this, open the database panel, which you do by clicking the icon and selecting back up database. Then save the project.Alternatively, if you have just one project in your database, you could right-click on the project and select export project. This will take all of the timelines, bins, and project settings and export them into a file that you can later import into the new version.
When Argentina clash with Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2014 final on Sunday, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi, who carries the hopes of an entire football-crazy nation, just like another sporting legend Sachin Tendulkar used to every time he walked out to bat for India.An Argentina soccer fan wearing a Lionel Messi jersey sits in the Terreirao do Samba, used by World Cup fans as a campground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 11, 2014. Argentina will face Germany at the final World Cup match on Sunday. AP PhotoAlso Diego Maradona’s love for Messi may remind Indian sports lovers of Sunil Gavaskar, whose exploits in 1970s and 1980s used to inspire Sachin to bring the World Cup for his country once again prior to the 2011 Cricket World Cup, just as the former Argentine player’s exploits in 1986 – when he got his country the Cup that mattered – has been a source of inspiration for the four-time world player of the year (Messi).ALSO READ: World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany? Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers can only dream of. What makes him special is that he possesses not just one or two but a combination of special skills that give him an edge over just about everyone.Gary Lineker, who won 80 England caps and had seen the ‘Hand of God’ goal from the close quarters at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, has called Messi “the most wonderfully gifted player I have seen, certainly since Maradona”.advertisementAlthough he hasn’t played brilliantly in every game of this World Cup, Messi’s talents have been on display on Argentina’s road to Sunday’s final against Germany. AP recounts five traits that explain what makes the Argentina captain so difficult to stop. These five traits mark him out for the Cup he so passionately hopes for.___SPEEDFILE – The July 3, 2010 file photo shows Germany’s Miroslav Klose, left, walking past Argentina’s Lionel Messi as he celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Germany at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Germany won 4-0. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Germany and Argentina will face each other again in the final of the 2014 soccer World Cup. AP PhotoThere are plenty of players who could outrun Messi in a 100-meter dash. But running with the ball is a different story. Messi can control the ball at close to top speed, making him an excellent dribbler. Also, it’s his acceleration rather than his top speed that cuts up defenses. Few defenders can keep up when Messi revs up from standstill, creating space for his left-foot shot.___BALANCEArgentina’s Lionel Messi sits during a training session in Vespesiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, July 10, 2014. On Sunday, Argentina faces Germany for the World Cup final soccer match in Rio de Janeiro. AP PhotoLike former Argentina great Diego Maradona, Messi uses his short stature to his advantage. His low center of gravity enables him to make quick turns and to stay on his feet when challenged. Often, the only way to knock him off balance is to foul him. Defenders at the World Cup have been taking turns tackling Messi to spread the risk of getting booked around the team.___ACCURACYArgentina’s Lionel Messi pumps his fists after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. AP PhotoMessi is one of the world’s top free-kick takers, striking the ball with impressive accuracy with his magic left foot. Almost always he hits the target or just misses it – you rarely see Messi blast a free kick five meters over the crossbar. In Argentina’s final group-stage match, Nigeria gave Messi two free kick opportunities near the penalty area toward the end of the first half. He elegantly curled the first one over the wall, but goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was well-positioned and stopped it. By the second free kick, Messi had fine-tuned his aim, and struck the ball perfectly inside the post. Enyeama jokingly asked the referees during the break to not give Messi any more free kicks.___PATIENCEArgentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates with Maxi Rodriguez after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. AP PhotoPatience is a perhaps and underrated virtue for a football player, and it’s one that has served Messi well in the World Cup. Every opponent has come with a plan to stop him, by closing down his space and tackling him as soon as he touches the ball. As a result Messi has looked out of the game for long periods. But instead of hanging his head and getting frustrated, Messi keeps looking for openings, patiently awaiting a moment when defenders take their focus off him for just a split second. That’s when he strikes. Against Iran, that moment came in injury time when he scored his second goal of the tournament. Against Switzerland, it happened in extra time as he set up Angel Di Maria’s winning goal with a piercing run down the middle.___advertisementINTELLIGENCEArgentina’s Lionel Messi is hugged by a teammate after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. AP PhotoMessi also stands out for his ability to read the game, mapping out paths to the opponent’s goal in his mind before the opponent does. That’s key to understanding why he’s such a prolific scorer. Knowing by instinct where a gap will open up for a quick pass or shot gives him an advantage over others, though it can also complicate things for the team. Sometimes Messi lets chances slip away by being too smart for his Argentina teammates, who don’t gel with him to the same degree as Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez in Barcelona.