Check out this great video complete with screen capture demoing the Windows 10 technical preview upgrade.
Get ready to get pinched. If you come into our studio today wearing the color green, you’re going to have bigger problems than someone harkening back to middle school for a quick pinch. This is because we use green screen in our studio. Do we always use green screen? No, absolutely not. But it is extremely popular in the video world because of its flexibility, scalability and relative ease of use.
To give away a secret or two, we’ll let you know something – most modern movies utilize green screen at some point. Pretty much all advertisements utilize a heavy amount of green screen. But why green? And how does it work?
Well, for simple reasons – look at your face. Look at your body. See any green color? Well, of course you do, because today you’re probably wearing green. But normally, your skin tones, almost all eyes, hair, etc. contains colors in a lot of other realms, but green is not common. Therefore, when the computer goes through and removes green color, it’s not removing the color from your face or body. That is, if you didn’t wear green.
So how does it work?
The principle is simple, but in reality, it ends up being a little more complex. To start, the computer, with a human’s help, is able to find a color. The computer simply finds pixels that are of that exact color, or color range, and turns them invisible. At that point, you can add pictures or colors behind the non-green items.
But it becomes complicated. First – you need massive computer power. In HD resolution, the frame is 1920×1080 pixels. That’s just over 2 million pixels. However, there are also about 30 frames per second. So, imagine processing all of those pixels (2 million) 30 times a second. Yes, it takes a large computer to do this well.
Second, there are lots of nuances in video that make it hard for the computer to process in just a standard sense. Specifically, edges around the subject, movement, glasses, water bottles, and more, all cause issues that must be altered when keying a video.
Third, storage. All of that information has to be stored somewhere, and to give a good example, a three minute video at full HD resolution is about 60 gigabytes keyed out. Multiply this over thousands of videos and you’ve got a huge storage problem on your hands.
Lesson learned? Green screen is great, but leave it to the professionals. Yes, #shamelessplug.
Originally posted at http://natestrong.com.
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Often, we do an “active capture” of the computer screen for training of staff, members, clients, and anyone else. This time, however, Concur had a little more fun with a common video style.
In my life physical flexibility has never been an area of strength. I will admit 10 years ago I did hot yoga – one time. The yoga instructor walked up behind me and whispered, “Jeff, you are here to stretch.” I smiled because she was much nicer than my expletive screaming football coaches I had in the past. Before practices, my high school coaches would scream #^*##Turleygoing2die because I couldn’t touch my knees – and trust me “#” didn’t mean hash tag in the 80’s.
Needless to say, contorting my body has never been a strength for me.
Although as I have grown older I have come to appreciate the importance of flexibility especially in the areas of business and life.
Here are a few insights which might help you along the way.
- Identify Weakness: When you know what your weaknesses are you can surround yourself with those who are stronger than you. Example: I cannot edit videos; therefore I have surrounded myself with great editors.
- Embrace Weakness: If you embrace your weakness, then you can laugh a little more and be less insecure about it.
- Learn Weakness: Knowing about your weaknesses and only focusing upon your strengths puts you at a risk of losing your “cheese.” The world is changing fast and your strengths might just evaporate. The more we learn in areas of weakness the wider our worldview becomes. If I’m only a web designer in a certain narrow area what happens when technology changes? No more cheese! In relationships if you are only focusing upon your strengths, you might wake up one day to realize everyone seems to be moving away from you. If you are not attracting people then take an honest evaluation of your weaknesses.
- Lean Weakness: Obviously we don’t want to spend the majority of time in our weaknesses because it sucks our time and emotional energy. Make sure you spend a limited amount of time contorting yourself in areas which don’t come natural.
- Relational Weakness: Self-awareness of your personal weaknesses is one way to strengthen your relationships both with family and employees. Knowing my weakness is not good enough; however, stretching in those areas will make you stronger.
Over winter break we took the family to iFly Seattle. Trust me when I say I’m the world’s most inflexible human being… so flying didn’t come natural. My body wasn’t created to invert which allows you to fly higher. Here is a tip to flying: the more you stretch the higher you can fly. How have you responded to your weaknesses at work or at home?
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Before the Seahawks went on their current 8-0 run to the Super Bowl, the team had one of those “It’s Not About You” moments. Earl Thomas – E.T. – in an expletive-filled physical altercation with teammates, phoned-home with one simple message: “It’s not about you!” (see the article here and watch the video below for the full story)
The phrase “it’s not about you” can be personally transformative but also has critical implications to your personal brand. With the personal consulting movement and hyper career transitions, personal branding has been evolving as an essential aspect of our professional development. Bring an Earl Thomas “it’s not about you” passion to your personal brand with these six personal brand characteristics:
- Be Free: Freely share and be shared.If you don’t have enough information to give away for free, then you don’t have enough information to get paid. Freely give and relax, it will come back to you. Like, Share, Tweet, and comment about other brands. Simple engagement demonstrates an “it’s not about you” attitude, which becomes a part of your credibility. Do you care enough to engage with others without a thought of “what’s in it for me?”
- Watch your Pronouns: Pronouns expose. Listen and watch your pronouns. Delete “I” whenever possible and replace with “we, us, our or you.” True authenticity is often unmasked with pronouns.
- Start with Why: People don’t buy what you do, they buy “Why” you do it. See Simon Sinek’s TED talk.
- Lead with a Story: Stories connect, lead, build credibility and most importantly stories are memorable. Yes, I’m biased, but telling stories through video or in person is extremely powerful.
- Social Networking: Remember social networks are part of our personal brand and everyone can see it 24/7. Don’t be fooled for a minute that they are not watching. If you don’t engage with your social network, this may say something about your brand as well.
- Build a Brand Brief: Every personal brand needs a creative brief. At GoNetYourself every client completes a creative brief with every video. Your personal brand needs the same simple test. Under the honest microscope of “it’s not about you” can you describe your personal brand in 2 sentences or less? Be sure to answer: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.
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- Ask us your questions for our Live Stream Video Event with our friend Lisa Hufford to take this dive further into personal branding (see Bio on registration page). Lisa has written a book on personal branding and will be answering your personal branding questions. Do I need a personal website? How do I get a personal website? How do I create content? How do I amp my personal brand?
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I picked up the phone and my wife’s quivering voice on the other end said, “Jeff, the results of Grace’s test came back and the doctor just called and said I need to quickly take Grace to Children’s Hospital and pack a bag – they are waiting for us.” If you have ever had one of those calls then gratitude is not the first topic which comes to mind. Gratefully, cancer was not the final diagnosis but rather a nasty infection with a tedious operation and a 2 week recovery Grace returned home in full health. Living in the unknown for 2 weeks changed me forever. I became acutely aware of my gratitude for amazing doctors, friends and family. The further we move away from life changing events the more difficult it becomes not to be desensitized to our deeper gratitude’s of life.
Here are 5 significant perspectives on the acute awareness of gratitude:
- HOPE KILLS:Too much focus on a potential future event can blindly disconnect you to those around us. Living in the future creates hope but often we lose the appreciation for the people and circumstances in the daily journey.
- PAST KILLER: I’m a big believer of knowing your own story, however, our inability as Elsa in Frozen reminds us to, “Let it go.” Yes, I have two amazing daughters and I’m teaching them daily to “let it go”…ok maybe they are teaching me. As Grace told me with her notorious eye-rolls. “Dad, we know, we know, the Steelers stole a Super Bowl, enjoy the one you have.” – Go Hawks!
- EXPECTATION KILLER:Probably the greatest killer of gratitude is high expectations. When people with high expectations achieve their goals, the goal was expected, therefore never fully appreciated.
- PRIDE KILLER:Humility breeds gratitude, embrace it. Pride and gratitude rarely co-exist.
- UN-GRATITUDE KILLER: SEE video for a clear definition. When we come to realize all of our un-gratitude it becomes an untapped endless emotional resource.
In the first company I started my self-inflected high hopes, high expectations and pride all combined to become a silent 800 pound emotional gorilla which quickly killed my passion, vision and soon after played a major role in killing the company. Identification of these 5 silent killers of gratitude is the first step in embracing gratitude as a way of life.
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