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  • Council Approves Millions in Capital Projects

    first_imgAn architectural rendering depicts the new overhang that was just added to the Sports & Civic Center’s entrance as part of a major renovation. (Courtesy of City of Ocean City) By DONALD WITTKOWSKICity Council on Thursday awarded a total of $6.8 million in construction contracts for dozens of road maintenance projects and also introduced a bond ordinance to help pay for beach replenishment and the expansion of the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center.The road projects will largely consist of milling and paving work, sidewalk and gutter improvements and drainage upgrades.They will be concentrated in the 12th Street neighborhood, in the city’s midtown section from 25th to 34th streets and in the south end of town from 48th to 54th streets. Streets in the surrounding blocks in each of those areas will be improved.In a separate vote, Council introduced a $6.5 million bond ordinance to finance two big-ticket projects, beach replacement and the expansion of the aging Sports & Civic Center.The city plans to spend $3 million to give the now-drab Sports & Civic Center a facelift. New locker rooms and bathrooms will be built. An overhang will be added to the entryway to protect people from the rain and also to spruce up the building.Noting the need for the building’s overhaul, Councilman Keith Hartzell said the Sports & Civic Center is a facility that screams out “come fix me up.”Despite its utilitarian appearance, the building plays an important role in the city’s sports scene and as the venue for special events, including festivities for the family-friendly First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve.Hoping to turn it into a bigger, more functional facility, the city will expand and renovate it. Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer, explained that the expansion project should lead to more college sports teams using the building and the adjacent Carey Stadium high school athletic complex.The sports complex is already rented by some college athletic programs for their workouts. Villanova University’s football team, for instance, practices at the stadium each year.Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer, tells Council the expansion of the Sports & Civic Center will make the building more attractive and functional.Meanwhile, the bond ordinance also includes $3 million to help the city pay for its share of a beach replenishment project expected to get underway this fall and be completed in time for the 2020 summer tourism season.Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Strathmere are part of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project that will deposit a total of 2.4 million cubic yards of fresh sand along the eroded shoreline of all three towns.A $32.5 million contract been awarded for the project. However, there are options built into the contract that could push the cost up to $41.3 million if surveys of the storm-damaged beaches show that even more sand is needed for replenishment.According to initial figures, Ocean City will receive 800,000 cubic yards of new sand to replenish the beaches in the north end of town from Seaview Road to 13th Street. Another 455,000 cubic yards of sand will help restore the beaches in the southern end from 49th to 59th streets.Ocean City and other beach towns along the Jersey Shore were hammered by a lingering coastal storm that brought strong winds and a series of destructive high tides from Oct. 9 to the morning of Oct. 12.Donato told the Council members that the city wants to piggyback on the Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project to install a large geotube that would help protect the shoreline between Fourth and Fifth streets.The geotube, essentially an elongated synthetic “sock” filled with sand, would be used to reinforce the dunes at Fourth and Fifth streets, an area that is particularly vulnerable to beach erosion, Donato noted. It would be around two blocks long.The city earlier installed a geotube to help protect the beachfront at Waverly Boulevard and was pleased with the results. The hope is that a new geotube at Fourth and Fifth streets would also be a success.The beach replenishment project will help restore the city’s storm-damaged shoreline.Also Thursday, Council introduced a series of ordinances to help the city meet its state-mandated “fair share” of affordable housing. The ordinances stem from a 2018 court settlement in which Ocean City agreed to provide affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents.Most notably, one of the ordinances includes $900,000 in funding for the city to buy a building from the county that could be used as a site for affordable homes. The building, at 3300-3400 Bay Avenue, formerly served as an American Legion hall.Plans are still being discussed for the property, but it will most likely be used as a site for affordable housing and to support the city’s recreation programs, city officials said.It has not yet been decided whether the former American Legion building will be part of those plans or whether it would be demolished to make room for new development, City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson.Earlier this year, McCrosson explained that Ocean City has carefully crafted its affordable housing plan in a way that will allow new construction to blend in with the rest of the neighborhoods without “jamming up” the town with high-density projects.The city dramatically reduced its affordable housing obligation with a court-approved agreement last year that would require 93 units, instead of 1,687, for low-income families, seniors and the disabled.The city is financing affordable housing projects in partnership with the Ocean City Housing Authority. There are plans to build a new 32-unit affordable housing complex for senior citizens next to the authority’s Bayview Manor site at Sixth Street and West Avenue.Separately, a shared-services agreement with the city will also allow the authority to move forward with the rehabilitation of 61 units of affordable housing at Bayview Manor.City Council approves a series of contracts and ordinances for major capital improvements throughout town.last_img read more

  • Leadership Matters: For intuitive decision-makers

    first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a recent article for Fast Company, Liz Funk writes about the secret weapon we all have in making big decisions—gut instinct.Funk recommends a few practices for harnessing the power of intuition at work, including building a routine around reflection time and setting a window in which to make the decision.These are good guidelines. But do they hold up for major decisions, the kind CEOs and executive leaders are often called to make—risky, sometimes irreversible decisions like merging with another credit union, expanding into a new market, or throwing major resources into a mobile strategy?If you’re making a call that will affect the viability of your credit union—and perhaps the livelihoods of dozens or hundreds of people—is “going with your gut” a defensible strategy?When you talk to CEOs about making these kinds of decisions, they will indeed often refer to relying on a special feeling that something was the right course. When I face these big decisions myself, I do listen to my instincts, but I also rely on two resources to test them before moving forward. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Nitehawks win eighth straight to pull away in Murdoch Division; Leafs pounded by Thunder Cats

    first_imgThe six goals chased Nelson starter Devin Allen from the nets as Ben Kelsch mopped up the game in goal in the third.Grant Iles led the Creston attack with two goals while Liam Plunkett had four assists.Former Leaf Patrick Ostermann face 15 shots to register the win in goal for Creston. The Thunder Cats peppered Nelson goalies for 39 shots, including a 19-4 advantage in the second period.The game degenerated into a chippy affair with more than 150 penalty minutes in the third period.Grand Forks, which had lost five consecutive games, snapped the winless streak by outlasting Golden Rockets 3-1 in the Boundary City.Silas Johnson, Trey Mason and Conner Brennan, on the power play, scored for the Bruins, which held period leads of 1-0 and 3-0.Anthony Galliart stopped 18 of 19 shots to register his fourth win of the season.Castlegar Rebels exploded for seven third period goals to dump Spokane Braves 11-6 Saturday in Castlegar.John Moeller led the charge with four goals and three assists for seven points.Ed Lindsay had five points while Brandon Costa finished with three points.Castlegar scored five special teams goals, including one shorthanded tally late in the game.Nelson travels to Grand Forks for mid-week encounter with the Bruins Tuesday.The Leafs return home Friday to host Beaver Valley and Fernie Ghostriders Saturday. While the rest of the division flounders, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks are quietly putting some separation between them and the rest of the Murdoch Division teams.The Hawks won for the eighth straight time Saturday, posting a 4-0 shutout of the Fernie Ghostriders in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in Fruitvale.Devin Ghirardosi scored twice as Beaver Valley increased its lead in the Murdoch Division to seven points over the Nelson Leafs.The Green and White lost for the second time in as many games as the Creston Valley Thunder Cats spanked Nelson 7-1.McKoy Hauck and Ghirardosi scored singles in the second period to back a 28-save performance of Tallon Kramer in the Beaver Valley nets.Tyler Hartman scored the other goal for Beaver Valley, which edged Creston 3-2 Friday.Meanwhile in Creston, Nelson was smothered by a Thunder Cats team still licking wounds from the loss to Beaver Valley the night before.The Cats struck for three first period goals before Ryan Piva stopped some of the bleeding with a shorthanded marker to start the second.However, the Thunder Cats kept on coming scoring three more times to lead 6-1 after 40 minutes.last_img read more

  • Kurtenbach: Three thoughts on the Warriors’ three draft picks

    first_imgOAKLAND — You could look at the Warriors’ draft as a no-win scenario. You could also, conversely, view it as a no-lose scenario.Either way, given Golden State’s roster predicament, this draft carried more importance than any other in the Steve Kerr era. And in it, the Warriors clearly tried to strike a balance between immediate need — the Dubs need bodies — and future potential. It was high floors vs. high ceilings.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile device …last_img read more

  • ‘Tin-can-do’ connects rural areas

    first_img20 February 2006“I can’t believe I’m surfing the net from my own home,” Agnes Mdluli’s teenage daughter exclaimed shortly after a tin can and a bicycle spoke connected their computer to the internet.The can-antenna, dubbed the “cantenna”, is made from a metal can, such as a coffee tin, and a section of bicycle spoke soldered into a special connector which can connect to another point with a similar antenna up to five kilometres away.“We’re excited about this,” says David Johnson, research leader at the Meraka Institute, a new body set up to boost social and economic growth through training, research and development in information and communications technology.“We’re excited for the community. Imagine the difference this will make in terms of accessing information and gaining knowledge.”Internet research and VoIPMduli’s house in Peebles Valley near White River in Mpumalanga was the site of the first cantenna installation in July 2005.Peebles Valley, also known as the Masoyi tribal area, is a poor community of some 220 000 people where it is estimated that up to 33% of the sexually active population is HIV-positive.Mdluli was given priority on the premise that she works at the Aids care training and support clinic in Peebles Valley. The clinic cares mostly for HIV/Aids patients from that area and surrounding villages and townships.The cantenna will allow Mdluli to do internet-based research on HIV/Aids and other health matters. She will also be able to make Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls to health workers across the country.Cantennas – small, self-constructed antennas made from locally available material – are connected to a low-cost WiFi card plugged into a computer. A small wireless router is placed in a weatherproof casing on a pole to which several community members can connect to form a community mesh network.The mesh networking technology allows the wireless installations to automatically configure themselves to find the optimal routes through the network, and very little configuration is needed to set them up.The technology has also enabled the local high school, which uses a more costly omni-direction antenna, to gain internet access through its computer centre.Training will also be carried out to teach the community how to construct their own cantennas, set up wireless routers and connect them to computers.First Mile, First InchThe cantenna project in Peebles Valley is one of 10 sub-projects in the Meraka Institute’s First Mile, First Inch network of projects, set up to explore the technological and social consequences of low-cost telecommunications implemented in remote schools, clinics, and telecentres.According to the International Development Research Centre, which is funding First Mile, First Inch, the end point of telecommunications distribution networks – often referred to as the “last mile” – is usually the most expensive and difficult mile to deploy and manage in rural areas.First Mile, First Inch is thus attempting a paradigm shift towards user-centered “first mile” (the starting point of a network) and “first inch” (the immediate experience of the end user) solutions.Project leaders seek to demonstrate how the “first mile” in poorly served rural communities – the gap between a PC and established telecoms infrastructure – can be bridged using technologies such as WiFi, wired Ethernet, powerline technologies or Bluetooth.To allow users to interact with their computers – to get past the “first inch” – the project aims to develop open source, easy-to-use applications in local languages.The key goal is sustainability: helping local communities build their own neighbourhood networks and cultivate the skills required to manage and ultimately replicate these networks elsewhere.Source: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

  • Prof Karabus thanks South Africa

    first_img17 May 2013 Professor Cyril Karabus, who arrived at Cape Town International Airport on Friday following eight months’ detention in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on charges of which he was finally acquitted, thanked South Africa for its support during his ordeal. “I really must thank everybody. Your support has just been fantastic,” the 78-year-old, a specialist paediatric oncologist who is an emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town, told the large crowd gathered to welcome him. Karabus had been in detention in Abu Dhabi since August 2012, when he was arrested while in transit. He had been found guilty, in absentia, in 2003, on charges of manslaughter and fraud following the death of a three-year-old Yemeni girl he had treated for leukaemia while doing locum work in Abu Dhabi in 2002. Karabus was unaware of the charges and the sentence until his arrest in 2012. After his case was postponed 13 times due to the inability of the prosecution to present documentary evidence, Karabus was finally acquitted by a United Arab Emirates court in March, based on the findings of a medical review committee which absolved him from all blame in the case. This followed a visit to the UAE by Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman, who met with UAE Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Al Hamed to discuss the case. The South Africa government was involved from the beginning of Karabus’ ordeal, taking several actions to bring his case to a resolution. The government’s concerns centred on Karabus’ right to a fair and speedy trial, as well as his health and age. International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane wrote a letter to her UAE counterpart requesting that the case be resolved fairly and quickly, while the government twice summoned the UAE ambassador to South Africa to express its concerns over the issue. In January, Fransman paid a visit to Karabus’s family in Cape Town to brief them on the government’s efforts to assist the professor. Addressing the media at Cape Town International on Friday, Fransman said: “We are elated to have Prof Karabus back in Cape Town, South Africa, where his absence for almost eight months was felt mostly so by his close family as well as the broader family, i.e. the South African nation.” Fransman thanked Karabus and his family for their “full cooperation, understanding and patience”, and the legal team that worked with Karabus “for ensuring that justice is done”. He also acknowledged the role played by civil society in highlighting Karabus’ plight. “The medical fraternity, the media, business organisations and individuals all had a hand in agitating for the freedom that Prof Karabus has come home to enjoy.” Fransman stressed that South Africa “respects the independence of the judiciary and its processes in the UAE, and that we are committed to maintaining our cordial diplomatic and trade relations with the UAE”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Africa’s mobile money market flourishing

    first_img5 November 2014There has been a noticeable acceptance of financial inclusion by financial regulators of late, a situation which bodes well for financial providers to come up with affordable products and services that meet the needs of low-income individuals.“This is good news for the development of products and services in the mobile money and digital payments ecosystem,’ says Kim Dancey, regulatory head and specialist advisor for alternative banking at First National Bank (FNB).Speaking to Fin24 , concerning her presentation at the up-coming AfricaCom conference taking place in Cape Town from 11 to 13 November, Dancey said the development mobile money technologies is growing in Africa, particularly in Southern Africa.“An interesting development which, although being deployed across multiple regions, is particularly prevalent in Southern Africa is that of the mobile money companion card. These cards are usually a type of pre-paid card linked to the same source of funds as the mobile money account. A mobile money user can use the mobile phone or the card as the channel to make payments.’In recent months, the African continent has experienced huge growth in the mobile money transaction and payment solutions. Mobile money systems like the popular M-Pesa have seen thousands of individuals who do not have conventional bank accounts able to send and receive money through mobile phones, opening up major economic opportunities in the process.However, uptake of mobile money technologies in Africa has been slow, hampered by the apathetic adaptation by regulatory bodies of the financial inclusion policies advocated by African governments and central banks.“A further challenge is that there is still a significant gap between the accepted potential for mobile money and the actual use of mobile money. The mobile money ecosystem still reflects a “dump-and-pump’ behaviour, where the “funds go in and then directly out’.’Adding, Dancey said the challenge is to move mobile money “from being a payment instrument to an offering that is used as a money management tool’. “This challenge sits both on the supply side and on the demand side,’ she said.On the supply side, Dancey said it is a question of the corporate appetite for serving low income segments, a business case that requires high and sustained use; as well as in the design of products and services that are appropriate and user friendly.“On the demand side, to the individual, the mobile money offering has not yet become a means of improving financial wellbeing beyond the receipt and transfer of remittance funds,’ she said.On how mobile money solutions will impact on small businesses, Dancey said research shows that small and micro enterprises (SMEs) in Africa see mobile money as key to doing business. She said many enterprises point out the time and cost savings in making mobile payments.“Business owners pay, and are paid frequently, mobile money assists in lowering cost and saving time by enabling a more convenient means to make payments,’ she said, adding that mobile money assists as a means to increase the speed of the cycle from cash to inventory to receivables and back to cash.A key challenge SMEs face is record keeping. Dancey said mobile money systems do not solve this requirement in a business. “[Therefore] consideration should be given to solving for this essential requirement to the potential success of a business,’ said Dancey.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Ridgemont FFA members participate in strategic doing workshop

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ridgemont FFA is seeking to engage students in strategic thinking by training students to be facilitators capable of guiding peers through the project management process. On December 4, 2019, 21 Ridgemont FFA members met in the school’s land lab to participate in a Strategic Doing workshop led by Mr. Frank Gibson. Strategic Doing methodology is an approach to planning that utilizes Agile principles and focuses heavily on the actions necessary to set and reach measurable outcomes. Strategic Doing is a project management framework that is utilized frequently in business and industry to efficiently create solutions to challenges.Students will implement this new process when developing engaging programming for the chapter and our community. Students now feel confident in not only establishing desired outcomes, but also collaborating with others to take action and accomplish objectives. This training will allow students to have a competitive edge as they navigate their future careers.last_img read more

  • Apple Adds Social Playlists to Ping

    first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Ping: Dead in the Water?While this update brings what’s now one of the only notable features for Ping, as a whole, the social network is incredibly unremarkable. Although iPad integration and Twitter connectivity was added last month, Ping still lacks Facebook connectivity for finding friends or sharing music socially. And even the Twitter integration did not seem to pay off for Ping – our analysis of Twitter revealed a low volume of tweets and no re-tweets shortly after the feature was launched.As our own Marshall Kirkpatrick described it, the Ping user experience is “totally focused on commerce not community.”The new social playlists feature again confirms Apple’s stance on “social” once again is about money, not users. Without options for users to add their own esoteric, indie tracks from unsigned artists, Ping isn’t serving as a place where music fans can find the next big thing, it’s serving as yet another pointer to the virtual cash registers on iTunes.What’s more, according to a recent article from music technology blog Hypebot, Ping to date only has around 2,000 artists on board, an incredibly low level of participation considering the network’s potential to reach iTunes’ 160 million users. At launch, Apple said artist profiles were invite-only but “any iTunes user can create a profile on Ping, artist or otherwise.” Distributers like Tunecore and CD Baby who serve indie musicians are now helping artists create Ping profiles. So why haven’t more done so?Where are the Artists?According to a comment on Hypebot from Peter at TuneCore, the company has set up more than 1,000 of its artists with Ping accounts…which begs the question, if half of the 2,000 are from TuneCore, then how many has Apple actually “invited?” Where is everyone?MySpace?Perhaps. Fast Company said that the flailing News Corp-owned social network hosts eight million artists currently, while Apple is slowing adding “worthy” artists one-by-one. Meanwhile, Apple also posted a 9-page rule book for any other artists interested in joining the Ping network. The book includes a bizarre list of no-no’s for artists on Ping like a ban URLs in the About section of a Ping profile (artists can’t mention their own website?) and no posting links to other content providers or ads for sites outside of iTunes. It even recommends artists don’t recommend only their own songs to their fans. It’s likely that the limitations put into place have discourage some artist participation, but ultimately, it’s Ping’s overall lackluster appeal that is dragging it down. sarah perez Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Ping, Apple’s half-hearted attempt at its own music-focused social networking site, has finally received an update worth noting: Social Playlists. On Friday, the iTunes-only website Ping added a new feature which lets you create a playlist of your favorite songs. Those playlists can then be published for your Ping followers to rate and review or even collaborate on with you.How Social Playlists WorkTo access the new feature, click on the “Ping” icon in the left-hand sidebar in iTunes to be taken to the social networking site. From there, look for the “Ping Playlists” section on the right side and click on “Create a New Playlist.”On the Playlist creation page, you fill out a title, description and can check a box that reads “Allow people who follow me to add songs” if you want to create a collaborative playlist with friends. However, in typical Apple fashion, the songs for your playlist can only come from the iTunes store – there’s no option to add your own MP3’s from your music collection. Tags:#Apple#music#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

  • 7 Things Filmmakers Can Learn From Incredible Aerial Footage

    first_imgThere’s a lot to learn from this collection of visually spectacular aerial footage.We live in the golden years of drone filmmaking. Everyday there’s a new inspiring aerial reel released online, so it’s not hard to stay in a perpetual state of drone inspiration. One great example is this awesome compilation from Shutterstock. The video features many great examples of cinematic drone footage from filmmakers around the world.Now that we’re inspired, what are we to do with all of this information? Well, there are a few takeaways that can help both aerial cinematographers and filmmakers alike.1. Great Footage ParallaxesWhen shooting (not just aerial footage) you need to examine the foreground, subject, and background to determine if your frame is well-composed. When it comes to drone footage, it can be easy to simply view your footage as a flat surface. This is a mistake. Take this clip for example:Sure, the subject is interesting. You have the Manhattan skyline with good colors, but the movement is incredibly limited. This is fine for certain circumstances, but as filmmakers you want each clip to have the greatest cinematic potential.For a better example, take a look at this next clip.Notice how cinematic it looks when you have a foreground moving at a faster rate than the background. You have the bridge, cars, and skyscrapers in the background, all featuring interesting movement across the frame.2. Dynamic Range is Incredibly ImportantIn a nutshell, dynamic range is the key difference between a cinematic image and a “video-like” image. Essentially, dynamic range deals with the number of stops your camera can handle. A quick way to know how great you camera’s dynamic range is: look at the sky. Is it blown out? Or can you see sky detail? If it’s blown out or almost completely white, you might want to get a better camera or shoot at a better time of day.This footage was shot with an ARRI Alexa, which has 13.5 stops of dynamic range. Notice how much detail is in the bright sky and the dark ground.If you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on an Alexa, check out the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera. With 13 stops of dynamic range and the ability to record in RAW, the camera is a dream for aerial filmmakers.3. Unique Perspectives Create Incredible FootageAs with most cinematography, unique camera angles help separate good and bad aerial cinematography. Instead of doing the usual fly-by, try thinking of unique perspectives.This video is a great example of looking at a scene from a unique angle.Instead of shooting from a traditional angle, the cinematographer let the camera look straight down toward the ground. Take this same approach. Drone footage of all kinds is cool right now, but soon the market will get so saturated that you’ll need to separate your footage from the rest. Unique perspectives can help.4. Composition is KeyComposition applies on the ground and the same is true in the air. Instead of simply having your subject in the center of the frame while circling, try thinking of ways in which you can lead the audience’s eye toward your subject.When an audience is viewing piece of video, there’s a fight for attention going on. Good composition will guide their eyes where you want them to be. Composition is not something that can be learned overnight, it takes years of practice to become a compositional master. A quick way to make your compositions better is to treat every frame as a still photograph. At no point should your audience be able to pause your film and not be impressed.5. Color Grading Puts it Over the TopColor grading is essential for separating professional cinematic drone footage from amateur footage. Unfortunately, many filmmakers simply apply presets to their footage or, even worse, skip the process entirely in post-production. This is a huge mistake.Take this clip for example. You’ll notice that while the subject is cool, the real thing that sets this clip apart is the color grading. The artist/filmmaker took special consideration into the color palette of the footage instead of letting it remain flat.All cinematic footage deserves to be color graded by hand, but when it comes to aerial footage this is especially true. In order to have greater control over your colors in post, you will need to make sure your footage has a high dynamic range like we talked about in point two.One of the best color grading tools on the market right now is DaVinci Resolve, which just so happens to have have a free version. You can have great control over your grades using DaVinci Resolve and it’s regularly updated interface is making the grading process easier with each update.6. Patterns and LinesAerial footage gives you a unique chance to shoot perspectives that can’t be found in everyday life. Great aerial footage utilizes patterns and lines to increase visual interest. For example, the following footage showcases a seemingly average suburban neighborhood, and yet it’s visually stunning because of the incredible design patterns created by the houses.Here’s another great example. Check out this breathtaking footage of Thailand. While the footage would certainly be amazing without the river flowing through, the river actually helps guide the viewers eye throughout the composition.Next time you’re filming aerial footage (or regular footage for that matter) make Stanely Kubrick proud and take time to look for lines and patterns.7. Movement = CinematicIf you wanted to shoot incredible footage on the ground, you wouldn’t simply stick your camera on a tripod. You’d try using a slider or glidecam or even a crane. The same is true in the air. Movement can do wonders for boring footage. Instead of keeping your camera still, try playing around with complex camera movements in the air. It takes practice, but once you’re able to maneuver your drone as needed, you can achieve incredible results.This clip is a great example of movement:Sure a simple stagnant aerial shot would have been cool, but the real visual impact came from the camera movement in combination with the parallaxing effect.One particular drone you might want to look at is 3DR’s Solo Smart Drone. The drone was designed to help with camera movements by automating complex movements. Users can set virtual cable cam lines and orbit points while monitoring the footage on their phone. For more info about this drone check out our overview post on the Solo Smart Drone.Want to learn more about shooting spectacular aerial footage? Check out a few of the following links:How to Get Cinematic Drone Shots – VideomakerGreat Tips for Shooting Aerial Footage – Shutterstock3 Awesome Videos Shot with Drones (and How They were Made) – B&HHave any other tips for getting cinematic footage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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