Watch this illusionist trick the VP of Finance at 5th Avenue Theatre
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.
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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See how we simulated a great background for this amazing video for Strong-Bridge Consulting. Their employees also banded together to get their favorite nonprofit a free video!
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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In 2006 Boeing executive Alan Mulally stepped into the boardroom as CEO of Ford Motor Company, staring into the oncoming headlights of a 17 billion dollar loss of revenue. When asked what the turnaround moment was, Alan quickly responded with this story. “I implemented a simple “Red, Yellow, Green” score card system for mangers across the company, to find our areas of concern. On the first week with my company leaking red oil I was fascinated to find all score cards came up 100% green. No red! I looked across the table at my team and said, ‘with a $17 billion loss don’t you think we can find some red issues? Then I went directly out to the frontlines and found a few RED issues. The following week while I was in front my executive team there was 1 Red line on all of the score cards. I looked across the table at my executive team and I slowly started to clap…..!” In the following weeks RED’s started showing up everywhere and the 17 billion loss turned quickly into profit once again for Ford Motor Company.
Here are 5 Significant Perspectives when “Trust Syncs with Data.”
#5 Data speaks like a King: Are you listening to your Data – because it will speak to you. If your systems have no way of speaking back to you, how do you know if it’s working? It takes discipline to seek out the voices of data but it allows you to hear both the lows and highs simultaneously telling what direction to go.
#4 Data De-Personalizes Mistakes: When your Data speaks to you, it de-personalizes the mistakes. Everyone can see where the mistakes are happening from a higher perspective, allowing the team to focus upon individuals. Data allows everyone to see high above, down under and around corners. #Churchill #seefarbackseefarforward
#3 Data creates Trust: When the team knows a leader is not focused upon individual mistakes but the system as a whole everyone at the table can start to clap. Data can lead to safe environments.
#2 Data Celebrates: Most of the time the RED’s will be much lower than Green and when everyone can see you are doing well, celebrating the GREEN creates team chemistry to focus the fight on the RED’s.
#1 Data synced with Trust = Innovation: Innovation happens at the highest point where Data and Trust intersect. Communication is safe and clear allowing the mind to relax, at which point the flow of small details appear from the oncoming lights and your team turns innovatively RED hot.
In the video I explain how GoNetYourself teams experienced firsthand this type of Data-Trust sync. Data + Trust allows your teams to focus more on tweaking the system rather than each other. Data is a powerful tool for both innovation and communication.
These kids had a great time talking about one of their favorite computer programs – because they learn so much when they play!
See how we put these doctors on location at the Proliance office!
Russell Wilson often says, “Separation is in the preparation”. My question is does this slogan apply to everyone no matter what your age? I cannot foresee every curveball life will throw my way but I’m still learning to prepare for them. If we prepare in 5 foundational areas of life then we’ll be prepared for the moments of great separation.
Here are the 5 Key areas of my preparation:
- Prepare your Character: I once had an innocent conversation with an All-American player from Penn State about his legendary coach Joe Paterno and if Joe would catch Bobbie Bowden’s all time win record. Our conversation can be summed up with his one comment, “Jeff, you don’t know Joe… it’s all about the win, it’s always all about the wins.” Hindsight now reveals Joe’s character flaw of pride allowed him to overlook one of college football’s greatest tragedies. Joe now has “no recorded wins.”
- Prepare your Knowledge: A lifetime of learning has always been a part of my DNA. It’s allowed for me to transition relatively smoothly between careers. I read a lot but there’s definitely still a passion for reading and going deeper. *Life is found in the footnotes! – Book of the Month: Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
- Prepare your Relationships: Let me ask you, have you heard a painful truth about yourself in the past 90 days? If no, then it might be an indication your relationships are not being prepared well. Allow people close to you!
- Prepare your Self: Know yourself. It’s crazy to think I’m pushing 50 but I have not stopped learning about myself. Brutally honest self-evaluation drives meaning in my life, more importantly it infects those around me. *The Evolving Self by Robert Kegan
- Prepare by Giving: Gratitude + Giving are the steroids of life. Gratitude is the blood flow and giving is the heartbeat of all great preparation. Seeing the world from the perspective “it’s not about you” is the center piece of all preparation. When we live with gratitude and “give well” all other 4 disciplines, yes I said disciplines, can function with greater meaning.
I have always said my purpose in life is to, “walk deep, love well, and prepare like hell”. The “separation is in the preparation” isn’t a motto but a way of life. As I told my son Cyrus (see video), “You will have many times to either prepare or not care; most people choose to not care enough to prepare. Make sure you care enough.”
*A great professor once taught me if you want to understand history, read deeply into just one great individual story and the history of the world will open up in front of you. He said, “Remember Jeff, to make sure you read the footnotes – this is where you find gold.”