Hands on with the CTRL + Console Video Editing iPad App

first_imgUse your iPad to drive your video editing in Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro projects! For the uninitiated, CTRL + Console is a iPad based video editing controller that was funded on Kickstarter and made recently available for public download (see our earlier post on the app’s release here). In this post I’ll give a rundown of CTRL + Console in action for those interested in incorporating this tool into their own video editing work.I backed CTRL+Console on Kickstarter, so with the recent release I had access to the Premiere Pro Controller ($4.99) and the Premiere Pro Editor ($29.99).  It is now available publicly through the App Store.  Both the Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro controllers can be purchased for $29.99, while a basic Quicktime controller is free.  I suggest trying the Quicktime controller first before buying additional ones.Previously when I thought of a control surface, it was for controlling an audio app. There are several audio control surfaces for iOS & Android (AC-7 & TouchDaw to name a few), but this is really the first full feature video editing controller.I originally backed it because it seemed to have “think different” potential…but I was still skeptical that it would be functional in my day to day video editing work.  So how was CTRL + Console in action?  Let’s take a closer look.CTRL+Console SetupSetup was surprisingly quick, easy and took about 5 minutes. You download the app from the iTunes Store.The instructions are included in the iApp. Pressing “open Welcome Screen” walks you through the steps that are needed for setup. You download the desktop app that syncs with the iPad. Once it syncs you see a Green Outline around the Controller on your iPad.I launched Premiere Pro CC on my computer and then picked the Controller I wanted. Premiere Pro immediately recognized it.Premiere Pro Controller ($4.99)CTRL+Console GesturesGestures are what makes CTRL+Console worth it in my opinion.  The video editing gestures use swipes and drags similar to using multi-touch on a trackpad. You have the choice to turn gestures off, but I don’t know why you would.There is a reference for the gestures (easy to memorize), which tells you what they are. I found using gestures to be a quick way to jog, shuttle, and move to the end/beginning of the sequence.However, I found the ‘switch focus’ gestures less useful, as you need to do this at the bottom of the screen and I needed to look at the iPad to do this. The rest of the buttons were easy hand positions and there didn’t seem to be any latency (delay) issues.To move to another Controller, press the CTRL+Console icon in the top left corner. You have the choice of switching controllers, or going to the “Foyer” where you can see all the available controllers (Lightroom & Mackie Audio are listed as coming soon).For Adobe users an additional plus is that the jog/shuttle functions work in Adobe Prelude, though the other gestures aren’t applicable. I would love to see additional support for Prelude in the future, as it is a basic cuts only workflow that would work well with a Controller in my opinion.Premiere Pro Editor ($29.99)The Editor builds on the functionality of the Controller, with the addition of Tools (Ripple, Roll, Pen , Razor, etc) and Edit Functions (Insert, Overwrite, Add Edit, etc). I like that the gestures are the same from the Controller to the Editor, with additional ones for In/Out, Mark, Insert, Overwrite, & Zoom.All of the gestures seem to be fairly intuitive but my guess is it would take most users a few days of use to get proficient with it. I would like a gesture to clear both in and out.The Tools (besides the Zoom) require you to look at the iPad and press buttons, so I don’t know how often I would use them.  Again, maybe by spending more time with the app these buttons would be committed to muscle memory.For me, CTRL+Console excels with timeline navigation and marking in and outs.  However, I think I’d still find myself using a mouse for selecting tools and more complex operations.I’m going to try CTRL+Console next week on a real world project, and I will report my findings in the comments. Have you tried CTRL+Console? If so, please share your experiences in comments. Happy Cutting!last_img read more

1983 World Cup: I did my job, says Kapil Dev

first_imgAfter the Indian team’s historic win over the West Indies at Lord’s, Kapil Dev, sipping champagne, spoke to INDIA TODAY’S Sreedhar Pillai. Excerpts: Q. How did a team which was written off even before the tournament started win the Prudential World Cup?A. India started the tournament as underdogs. But our fielding and team spirit saw us through to the final. I know the capabilities of my boys and understand where we stood in batting and bowling. It was the fielding that got us the Prudential Cup.Q. Any factors other than fielding?A. It was a team effort. No single individual is responsible. All of us collectively clicked as a team. Each and every member of the team did something or the other to ensure that we won.Q. Any particular individual you would like to single out?A. Not in particular. But Binny, Madan Lai and Mohinder bowled extremely well, while Yashpal and Mohinder saw that the batting never crumbled. But we were a little sad that our major batsman Sunil Gavaskar never clicked.Q. What about your own 175 not out against Zimbabwe ?A. Well, I did my job as captain, nothing more than that. When I came in to bat it was 9 for 4, which became 17 for 5. Then my only thought was to play for my country, and stay put for 60 overs and score a modest total of around 200.Q. Any special memories of that 175, which is a Prudential record?A. When I got to my hundred I was very happy to be the first Indian to score a hundred in the World Cup competition. Only much later did I realise that I had broken Glenn Turner’s record.advertisementQ. After being 17 for 5, didyou’tvarn your team for a dismal batting performance?A. No, I was feeling absolutely tired after that match against Zimbabwe. In fact, I told the boys, “You made me tired.”Q. How do you analyse India’s win, with their gentle medium pace bowling?A. Let me tell you that these medium pace.bowlers ridiculed by the critics were one of the major reasons for India’s winning the World Cup. All they did was bowl straight by keeping a good length and line. They never tried to bowl fast but English conditions favoured us. Our medium pacers were able to swing the ball around and with batsmen committing mistakes our fielders did the rest.Q. So you mean to say there was a lot of stress on fielding?A. In fact, the team was chosen with special stress on fielding. I had made it clear to everyone that I would not tolerate lack of effort. I can accept that batsmen will get out and that bowlers will get hit but I will not accept one who does not give his all in the field. For too long India’s fielding was considered a joke; not any more, I hope.Q. So the selectors have to be thanked for choosing a well-balanced team.A. The Prudential Cup has given India a big boost in one-day cricket. We had no extraordinary players. But we had bowlers who could bat right up to number eleven. It was the best one-day team that the country has ever produced and we seem to be improving more and more in this particular field.Q. Many people feel that India played West Indies better than any other side.A. The best thing that could have happened to us prior to the Prudential Cup was our visit to the West Indies. There we defeated them in Guyana in a one-day international. It was a turning point in our one-day cricket. And later we defeated them again at Old Trafford. Playing against the best in the world brings out the best in my boys.Q. What about Sunil Gavaskar?There were rumours that you dropped him after the first two games for reasons other than what were given out.A. Nothing but dressing-room, gossip. In fact we dropped him because he was injured. Even if he is out of form and slightly slow on the field we will include him because he is our main batsman. There is perfect harmony and rapport between us. Sometimes I go to him for advice. I am proud of Sunil and his achievements and I wish him good luck this winter to beat Bradman’s record.Q. Witt the same team be retained for the coming winter Test series against West Indies and Pakistan ?A. Test cricket is a different sort of cricket altogether. Some players who are good for one-day cricket may be a handicap in a Test match.advertisementQ. Any special request for the Indian cricket board after the Prudential Cup?A. They should introduce more oneday tournaments in domestic cricket and spot fresh talent to enable us to retain the next World Cup.Q. Some experts feel you are burning yourself out by playing for Northamptonshire in English county cricket.A. After playing professional cricket I have improved vastly and it has also helped me to be a successful captain. The West Indians and Pakistanis play oneday cricket so well because they play for English counties.Q. How would you compare yourself with Ian Botham?A. Ian is a great cricketer, Perhaps he is struggling a little at the moment. Who is best is not for me to say. But I know that I have extra incentive to do well when I play against him.Q. What about these rumours that an Indo-Pakistan eleven has been signed up to tour South Africa? Will you go?A. During the World Cup tournament even I’ve heard these stories. But so far nobody has approached me. Even if they approach me I will not go to South Africa. I love to play for my country more than anything else.last_img read more

Opinion Braxton Millers chance to cement legacy potentially ruined by injury

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller lifts the Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten’s football MVP Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen he announced in early January that he would be returning to Ohio State for one final ride along the banks of the Olentangy, Braxton Miller had a chance.A chance to rush or pass for the 505 yards he needed to become OSU’s all-time leader in total offense.A chance to win 11 games to become the all-time winningest quarterback in OSU’s history.A chance to throw for the six necessary touchdowns to own the record for total passing touchdowns as a Buckeye.A chance to pass for the 2,256 yards he needs to become OSU’s all-time passing yards leader.A chance to score the single touchdown he needed to become OSU’s all-time touchdown leader.A chance to become the most dominant statistical quarterback in OSU history, as evidenced by the very attainable numbers above.After throwing a pass on Monday that left his right shoulder in pain and the future of his football career uncertain, Braxton Miller is awaiting word following a Tuesday morning MRI that will reveal whether or not that chance remains.But as the star quarterback and legions of Buckeye fans await the news, as it stands right now, what does his legacy look like?While all the numbers above might merit placing him amongst OSU’s greatest quarterbacks, there’s one thing that holds Miller back.Art Schlichter, OSU’s quarterback from 1978 through 1981 and the holder of many of the aforementioned career records, won two Big Ten Championships and a Liberty Bowl matchup against Navy.Bobby Hoying, another famed quarterback and holder of the record for touchdown passes at OSU, won a Big Ten Championship and a Holiday Bowl against the BYU Cougars.Joe Germaine, another of OSU’s most legendary passers, won the MVP of the 1997 Rose Bowl when the Buckeyes topped Arizona State.Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy, in addition to the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, all the while leading the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game against Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators.Thus far, Miller has yet to win a postseason game. He has yet to finish higher than fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. Yes, he’s twice won the Silver Football given annually to the Big Ten’s most outstanding player, but that’s about the extent of the hardware sitting upon Miller’s proverbial shelf.2014 was Miller’s chance to receive some of the hardware he’s worked toward for the past three seasons. It was his chance to become the only three-time winner of the Silver Football. It was his chance to become OSU’s most recent Heisman Trophy finalist.It was his chance to clear that seemingly insurmountable hurdle and win his first postseason game, and maybe more, as a Buckeye.Instead, after committing to another year at OSU, avoiding the lure of the NFL, Miller lies upon a table, machines surrounding him, as he anxiously awaits the fate of his season, his career and his legacy.If the test results end No. 5’s time in scarlet and gray, how would he be viewed amongst the greatest players in Buckeye football lore?I’d say that Braxton Miller never really got a chance. read more

A raft of Muslim and Arabic language channels will

first_imgA raft of Muslim and Arabic language channels will be available via British free-to-air digital terrestrial television through a deal with Vision TV Network. 
The company has struck deals with Al Arabiya, Arabia One and MuslimTV that will mean that 19 new channels will be streamed via internet connected FreeviewHD devices in the UK. 
Al Arabiya airs talkshows and political programmes, while the Arabia One package provides a raft of content from Dubai TV, Al Jadeed, MBC, LBC Europe, OTV, Murr TV and the female lifestyle channel Al Aan TV.Films will be available via Melody Aflam, while Melody Drama will air general entertainment series and dramas, Moga will air comedy, Melody Sports will air Middle Eastern sporting events and Al Baghdadi will run the latest news and debate from Iraq. Muslim TV, meanwhile, will air readings from the Qur’an.John Mills, CEO of Vision247, said: “With half a million Arabic speakers and close to three million Muslims residing in the UK today, there is a need for dedicated broadcasting to support the cultural heritage and beliefs of this audience. By delivering the best of current Arabic and Muslim programming through Freeview we are able to extend this viewing choice into the comfort of every living room.”last_img read more