LimerickNewsMcDonald’s Drive Thrus in Limerick reopen with new measures in placeBy Meghann Scully – June 4, 2020 2762 TODAY, three McDonald’s Drive Thru restaurants will reopen in Limerick with new measures in place to help keep employees and customers safe. This follows a successful pilot in May. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMcDonald’s Email Linkedin WhatsApp Drinagh Retail Park, Wexford, Co. Wexford Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter The three McDonald’s Drive Thru restaurants opening today in Limerick are as follows:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Crescent Shopping Centre, LimerickJetland Shopping Centre, LimerickCastletroy Shopping Centre, Castletroy, Co. LimerickWith restaurant teams adjusting to new procedures to enable safe working and social distancing, things may take a little longer – and high demand is anticipated. The restaurants will be operating with reduced hours, between 11am and 10pm. McDonald’s and its franchisees are working closely with An Garda Síochána, and may determine that it is necessary to close Drive Thru lanes if queues cause disruption at busier sites or put employees or customers at risk.To help create a safe experience for everyone, McDonald’s has introduced a number of changes to their restaurants, including:Social distancing has been introduced in the kitchens and service areas to help create a safe working environment for restaurant teams.Perspex screens at Drive Thru windows and employees wearing protective equipment, as well as Perspex screens and floor markings in specific areas in the restaurant and kitchen.All McDonald’s employees will be asked to confirm they are fit and able to work and contactless thermometers will be used to take employee temperatures on arrival at work for every shift. Previous articlePlanning application lodged for new Limerick Lidl storeNext articleSwimmers warned they could be sucked into Ardnacrusha turbines Meghann Scully RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Restaurants will return with smaller teams, offering a limited menu* and operating reduced hours.Encouraging capped spend for Drive Thru and McDelivery at €30 per order, and customers are encouraged to pay by contactless payment methods.As employees and the business adapt to a new way of working, McDonald’s would like to thank customers for their continued support and patience. As of 4th June, over 1,000 McDonald’s restaurants have reopened in the UK and Ireland, either for Drive Thru or McDelivery. The Drive Thru restaurants in Limerick are among 23 McDonald’s restaurants reopening today. The other restaurants reopening today are as follows:Omni Park Shopping Centre, Santry, DublinThe Mill Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, DublinBlanchardstown Shopping Centre Drive Thru, Co. DublinCranley Centre, Naas Road, Co. DublinLucan Drive Thru, Celbridge Road, Co. DublinLiffey Valley Shopping Centre Drive Thru, Co. DublinGulliver’s Retail Park, Ballymun, DublinCharlestown Shopping Centre Drive Thru, DublinThe Park, Carrickmines, Co. DublinCitywest Shopping Centre Drive Thru, Co. DublinLower Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. MayoCreggan Roundabout, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. WestmeathPearse Road, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalPullamore Business Park, Dublin Road, Co. CavanN4 Retail and Business Park, Red Cow Roundabout, Co. LongfordLimerick Road Drive Thru, Shannon, Co. ClareGort Road, Ennis, Co. ClarePettit’s Supermarket, Wexford Road, Arklow, Co. WicklowSligo Retail Park, Co. Sligo Ensuring our delivery procedures with couriers are contactless for both our people and our customers. Print Advertisement
MANCHESTER: Pakistan and England cricket teams on Wednesday observed a one-minute silence before the start of the first Test at the Old Trafford as mark of respect for all those affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide, over 7 lakh people have so far lost their lives due to coronavirus. “For Pakistan cricket, this is a very emotional time. While we resume international cricket as part of our obligation and commitment to the global sport, our heart goes out for all those who have been affected by the pandemic,” Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan was quoted as saying as per a PCB media release. “While we offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of all the victims, we assure that Pakistan cricket will always remain indebted for their support. “The one-minute silence is also our appreciation, gratitude and tribute to the front-line healthcare workers who have been working tirelessly and selflessly, and have even laid down their own lives in efforts to save others. “In this pandemic, the paramedics are undoubtedly our real heroes without whose dedication and strong work ethics, the losses would have been far bigger and greater,” he added. (IANS) Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, Sec. General Administration, Gov. of Assam, Dispur
The Qatar 2022’s compact nature, with no air travel needed to move between the venues, will allow organisers to optimise specific match demands for the benefit and comfort of fans, teams and media.******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | XINHUA | The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has unveiled its match schedule on Wednesday, as the hosts will kick off the tournament at Al Bayt Stadium on November 21, 2022 at 13:00 local time.During the 12-day group stage, there will be four matches per day that are set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 local time except in the final round, which is unprecedented in the FIFA World Cup history.Starting from December 3, the matches in knockout-stage will kick off at 18:00 and 22:00. The play-off for third place on December 17 is set to kick off at Khalifa International Stadium at 18:00, while the final is scheduled one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium.However, there may still be some changes. According to FIFA’s website, the possibility that providing a more beneficial kick off time will be furtherly discussed after the group fixtures’ final draw that is currently being planned for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James watches action against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gatorade apologized Friday for comments posted to the company’s Twitter feed after Miami Heat star LeBron James cramped up and had to leave Game 1 of the NBA Finals.The tweets were also deleted.James needed intravenous fluids after the game, during which temperatures inside San Antonio’s AT&T Center were measured at nearly 90 degrees afteer the arena’s air-conditioning system failed. The Spurs won the game 110-95, pulling away in the final 3:59 after James left the game for good with cramps ravaging his left leg.“Our apologies for our response to fans’ tweets during (Thursday) night’s Heat vs. Spurs game,” Gatorade said in a release. “We got caught up in the heat of the battle. As a longtime partner of the Miami Heat, we support the entire team.”Gatorade has a long business relationship with the NBA. James is an endorser of Powerade, a Gatorade rival.One of the now-deleted tweets, in response to someone who directed a message toward the sports drink’s feed, read that, “We were waiting on the sidelines, but he prefers to drink something else.”He may be paid by Powerade, but it appeared James was drinking Gatorade at least once during Game 1 of the finals. Video and photos taken of James on the Heat bench during the second half showed him holding what appeared to be a Gatorade bottle with the label removed, as has been the case on many other occasions.The only tweet that Gatorade left on its feed related to the matter Friday had been posted late in Game 1, saying, “With a game this hot, we’re right at home.”The Spurs said a power outage was to blame for the air-conditioning failure.
Facebook161Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesThurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) has confirmed the second death of a Thurston County resident, due to complications related to COVID-19. The hospitalized patient was a male in his 80’s, with underlying conditions. He was a resident at Olympics West Retirement Inn in Tumwater, the site of Thurston County’s first long-term care facility outbreak.“We want to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends who knew him,” said Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu. “This death reminds us that we must remain diligent in our efforts to protect one another from this virus. We must continue to social distance, to wear masks whenever we cannot social distance, and to stay home when we are ill. Washing our hands regularly also remains an important preventive measure.”Thurston County Public Health and Social Services continues to investigate the recent long-term care facility outbreak at Olympics West Retirement Inn in Tumwater and associated outbreak at an adult family home in Lacey. Further testing of staff and residents at Olympics West Retirement Inn is scheduled for Monday, June 8.As of Sunday, June 7, there have been 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Thurston County. Of those cases, 24 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, 130 have recovered (been released from public health isolation), and two people have died.For information and resources on COVID-19 in Thurston County, visit the Thurston County PHSS Coronavirus webpage at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx, or follow the Thurston County Public Health Facebook or Twitter pages (@ThurstonHealth).People with any symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough, trouble breathing, headache, body aches, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste/smell, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, and congestion/runny nose, should isolate themselves from others and seek testing immediately through their healthcare provider. Testing is also available through a Providence drive-through testing site in Hawks Prairie. More information on drive-through testing and operation hours are available through Providence St. Peter’s call line at: 360-486-6800.
By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – Locating an educational institution on the former Fort Monmouth has long been a goal of the state, county and local agency redeveloping the former U.S. Army base.Last week, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) approved a purchase and sale agreement with KKF University Enterprises, LLC, to buy the fort’s two-story Squier Hall and adjacent complex on Sherrill Avenue in Oceanport, now slated to become a satellite campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU). The school’s main campus is in Jersey City.Developer KKF will pay $2.5 million for the entire parcel, which includes seven buildings on eight acres. The firm will invest a minimum of $10.4 million to renovate approximately 46,000 square feet of the 76,538-square-foot main building and demolish other structures on the property. Space for parking and recreation already exist at the site.KKF is a member company of PRC Group of West Long Branch, a commercial and residential real estate development, property management and construction firm. In business about 60 years, the PRC Group also develops student housing focused on “providing students the opportunity to experience life in a community setting,” according to the company website. Among PRC’s previous projects are Campus Town at The College of New Jersey near Trenton, student housing at The Peddie School in Hightstown and the redevelopment of University Place on New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) Jersey City campus.Following renovations at Squier Hall, built in 1935, the property will be leased to NJCU. Squier Hall, considered a prominent fort building that served as the first permanent Signal Corps laboratory there, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The purchaser will take “all necessary measures to ensure the National Register historic preservation covenants are observed,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, who added the authority has already made recommendations to the purchaser regarding façade designs.South of the Raritan River, the college’s coursework toward bachelor’s and master’s degree completion programs currently takes place at the Wall Higher Education Center – known as NJCU Monmouth – in partnership with Brookdale Community College. Plans are to relocate programs including nursing, national security studies and business to the fort location. The agreement allows for potential development of a residence hall and additional educational buildings to accommodate a student body estimated at up to 800 students.Opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School, NJCU was renamed New Jersey State Teachers College in 1935, and Jersey City State College in 1958. It’s current status and name change occurred in 1998.The agreement between FMERA and KKF University Enterprises makes it clear the satellite campus’s completion and opening could be at least three years away. Prior to closing, KKF must complete its due diligence and obtain all necessary approvals to develop the project. Accommodations for extensions to three planned construction phases – each to be completed within three years – are built into the agreement.Approximately 58 temporary construction jobs are anticipated, officials said, followed by a minimum of 70 permanent full and part-time jobs to be created within 48 months of closing. As per FMERA rules, the purchaser will incur a penalty of $1,500 for each permanent job not created. KKF will also be responsible for funding a new 2,200-foot sewer main along Sherrill Avenue.KKF University Enterprises was the sole bidder on the site when it was offered for sale in April 2016. Its proposal was evaluated and scored based on established criteria by a FMERA select committee and found to be compliant. The authority’s original master redevelopment plan called for the Squier Hall complex to be redeveloped for an educational, office or high-tech industry use.All prospective purchasers of fort parcels must adhere to FMERA’s established criteria or present a reasonable alternative supported by copious backup data. While most redeveloped fort parcels have adhered to FMERA’s plans, the authority has accepted “outside the box” proposals, as Steadman put it. An example is the coming redevelopment of six barracks buildings into an active arts community proposed by local businessman and art gallery owner Kenneth Schwartz.According to Dave Nuse, FMERA deputy executive director and director of real estate development, 74 percent of the available parcels at the 1,127-acre fort are sold, under contract, in negotiations or entering the process.“Several projects are ready to break this fall and winter,” Steadman said. “The next six to 12 months will be very exciting around here.”This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you were to ask Daryl Knipp at what age he started farming, he wouldn’t be able to tell you.“One of my earliest memories was riding in the truck with my dad when I was a little boy, taking a load of tomatoes to the processing plant,” Knipp said. “I was his shadow and followed him around for as long as I can remember.”Agriculture is all that Knipp has ever known. This makes sense, seeing as how the Knipp family has been in the farming business for over a century now. Knipp Farms Inc. in Sandusky County is an Ohio Century Farm, a program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, to recognize and honor Ohio family farms’ heritage. Daryl and his wife Cate currently live on and operate the farm.“My great-grandfather, Henry Knipp, is the one who originally purchased 134 acres here in Lindsey in 1913,” Knipp said. “The story is that Henry was a conservative and religious man, who wanted to find a ‘dry’ community to raise his family in. He packed everything up and moved here from Napoleon, Ohio, where he was raised.”The area was not only dry in spirits, but the Great Black Swamp, the region of Ohio that Henry moved his family to, had been drained by that time. The Great Black Swamp is an area in northwest Ohio that lies in the Maumee and Portage River watersheds. Before the mid- to late-1800s, the area was a densely forested wetland, feared for its wildlife, potential diseases (malaria was a huge concern due to mosquitoes), and impassability.By the time Henry settled his family in the area on what would later be named Knipp Road, the region had been fairly well settled.“This farm is on lake bed soils. It’s also relatively flat,” Knipp said. “The biggest problem in this area is from getting too much water and rain instead of not getting enough. Drainage is truly what made this area successful.”Henry passed his farm down to Knipp’s great-uncle, who then passed it down to his second cousins Harold and Dwight. Daryl and his father Burdell had the opportunity to purchase the farm in November 1988.“The original farm was corn, wheat, beans, hay and dairy cattle. In fact, John and his wife, Nellie and their sons Harold and Dwight were really well known for their Ayrshire cattle. They showed all the time at big shows under the name JON-ELL Farms,” Knipp said. “By the time my dad and I took over the farm the dairy herd had been dispersed and the farm was used totally for crop production.”Knipp and his father grew a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers and cabbage as well as grain. They also grew and custom harvested sugar beets.“Diversity is what allowed my father and I to succeed,” Knipp said. “When I returned home from college, my parents were making a living off of 200 acres and had put two kids through college. I was fairly fortunate in that my dad decided to take a step back once I returned home from school. I was the one who made a lot of the choices and decisions for the farm and he supported them.”Their decision to start vegetable production was largely influenced by the amount of processing facilities in their area, the soil type in the former Great Black Swamp and the lake effect climate.“Until 1996 we would take our tomatoes to Heinz in Fremont and in 1998 began selling to Hirzel Canning in Toledo and Pemberville, and we would take the pickles to both Heinz and Valasic,” Knipp said. “Our cabbage went to the Fremont Company and some went to Hirzel.”After Knipp returned home from The Ohio State University with a degree in farm management, he got right to expanding the farm. Knipp introduced some mechanization to the vegetable production side, and started looking for more farm ground. The farm grew significantly over the years, and is currently operating on about 1,000 acres of land. The crops and farming practices have also changed significantly since his college graduation.“When my dad started farming he was using mules to work the ground. The last tractor he drove before he passed in 2012 had auto-steer in it,” Knipp said.When Knipp Farms Inc. first started growing vegetables, there were many hands needed to operate machinery and to pick vegetables by hand.“We relied pretty heavily on good migrant workers. We had some really great families that would come and work for us every year. Unfortunately, it became harder and harder to find workers as the years went on,” he said.A combination of lack of workers and the changing market caused Knipp to harvest his last crop of cucumbers and tomatoes in 2011. Currently, Knipp only grows corn and soybeans, but his final harvest is quickly approaching. Knipp will be retiring this fall after a lifetime of farming and service to the agricultural industry.“I don’t have a successor,” Knipp said. “If I had a successor, I probably would be continuing to grow vegetables and crops.”That isn’t stopping Knipp from continuing the farm’s legacy, however.“I am currently working with the Black Swamp Conservancy and the ODA to preserve the farm,” Knipp said. “This will ensure that the farm ground will be used for agriculture forever.”The Black Swamp Conservancy cooperates with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Program that purchases the development rights to farms throughout northwest Ohio. It is one of 40 land trusts in Ohio and one of 1,500 trusts nationwide. The goal of the Conservancy is to protect and preserve the heritage of natural and agricultural lands. Currently, the Black Swamp Conservancy protects over 15,000 acres of land in the northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana region. With 40,000 acres of Ohio farmland being lost every year, Knipp saw value in committing his land into the program.“I am not sure what the next generation of owners will do — if they will farm it themselves or if they’ll rent it out,” Knipp said. “But there will still be a farm here and that is very important to me.”Getting into the Agricultural Easement Program is not an easy process. Knipp started working with the ODA and the Black Swamp Conservancy in 2016. The program is very competitive and uses a point-based system in order to select the acreage to be enrolled in the conservancy.“We lucked out because we are right here on the bike trail,” said Knipp, as he pointed to a paved path at the back of his yard. “People like to see the view. It’s a pretty drive or walk down the trail here, with corn and beans to look at.”Knipp’s farm also happens to be nearby another farm that is already enrolled in the Black Swamp Conservancy.“That really helped us out because the ODA likes to keep sections of land together,” Knipp said. Other factors that are used to determine what land can be entered into the Black Swamp Conservancy include soil type, farming practices, and location.“We hope to have all the paperwork signed and completed by January of 2019,” Knipp said.In the meantime, Knipp hopes to enjoy his retirement and potentially dig into his family’s history a little bit deeper.“I looked into the Ohio Century Farm program because I think it’s important to recognize both land and family,” he said. “Fewer and fewer people are engaged in agriculture, and it’s really neat to have a visual demonstration of family history. I think it’s a message that consumers can relate to and connect to.”Knipp is also quite confident that his farm will be in good hands upon retirement this fall.“I am working with a multi-generational family operation that is going to be farming the bulk of our land this upcoming spring. It’s pretty special that my ground is going to give someone an opportunity to farm full time,” Knipp said. “I’ll miss farming, but hopefully, my phone will ring and someone will ask me to come over and do something that’s agriculturally related. If I can give somebody an opportunity to have a lifetime career similar to the one I have enjoyed and the chance to do something they really always wanted to do, then it’ll be good for all involved.”
Tags:#Video Services#web Related Posts This announcement comes hot on the heels of Fox Interactive Media’s foray into mobile video with its on-demand service Bitbop. Fox has an exclusive deal with RIM to bring mobile video to BlackBerry users, but with Hulu’s broad sweep of the Apple mobile device platform, the going will likely get tough for Bitbop. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Hulu is keeping the ads and is instead providing subscribers with the ability to watch shows on a plethora of media platforms. Free iOS 4.0 apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad will let users of those devices catch shows on the go via Wi-Fi and 3G, and Internet-enabled TVs and BluRay players will bring the experience into the living room. Hulu also says PlayStation 3 users will have access to its content “soon,” and Xbox 360 fans will see Hulu in their dashboards in “early 2011.” Plus subscribers are also provided with an HD 720p stream for all shows.Right now, Hulu Plus is taking requests for preview invites and is surveying users on how they digest their media. Upon requesting an invitation, users will be asked what mobile devices they own, what their Internet connection is and what additional set-top boxes and gaming consoles they use. There is no mention of whether support for the Nintendo Wii is coming, or whether Hulu itself will launch a set-top box. With all the support for these various devices, a Hulu box seems unlikely at this time. chris cameron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The rumors about a paid subscription service coming to Hulu have turned out to be true, as the online video hub has announced Hulu Plus – a premium service that will give users access to more content on more platforms for a monthly fee. For $9.99, subscribers will be able to access full seasons of shows on Hulu.com, on apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, on Internet-enabled TVs and BluRay players, and on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles. UPDATE: The Hulu Plus app is now available in the AppStore to download on iOS 4.0 devices. You can watch some free previews, but full episodes obviously require an account in the trial program. Check out the screenshots below! Hulu is expressing that Hulu Plus is not a replacement for its home page. Non-subscribers will still get the same new content at the same time, but subscribers can access a deeper back-catalog of shows. Hulu users hoping for an ad-free version of the site will be disappointed to learn that despite the $9.99 price tag, Hulu Plus will still feature ads during shows.“Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product that is incremental and complementary to the existing Hulu service,” the company said in its blog today. “For almost all of the current broadcast shows on our service, Hulu Plus offers the full season. Every single episode of the current season will be available, not just a handful of trailing episodes.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Brief Overview of Aspect RatioIn the simplest of terms, an aspect ratio represents the dimensions of your frame. Numbers such as 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 16:9 are all standard aspect ratios in video and photography, each one representing the ratio between the width of your image and the height of your image.Let’s begin with the standard aspect ratio of 16:9.For footage that is shot in a 16:9 aspect ratio, your resolution will measure sixteen units in width and nine units in height. In other words, for every sixteen pixels of width, there’ll be a corresponding nine pixels of height. Take for example 1920 x 1080, which is one of the most well-known 16:9 resolutions. The width (1920) is evenly divisible by sixteen. The height (1080) is also evenly divisible by nine. Therefore, the 1920 x 1080 resolution is in the 16:9 aspect ratio.You can scale 1920 x 1080 down to 1280 x 720 (HD-720p), or scale it up to 3840 x 2160 (UHD-4K) and beyond, and the 16:9 aspect ratio will always remain constant.1. Choosing the Right Aspect Ratio for Your ProjectTelevision, web-based content, and many documentary films use the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. It was originally created as a compromise between 4:3, which was the old standard aspect ratio for broadcast, and 2.35:1 (or CinemaScope), which was the standard aspect ratio for films destined for a theatrical release.Today, filmmakers and content creators have the flexibility to choose between the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, or a plethora of wider aspect ratios including 2.35:1 or the more common 2.39:1. Generally speaking, a wider aspect ratio creates a more cinematic look in your images. For example, let’s compare the two shots below. Which one looks more “cinematic” to you?Images via Bud SimpsonFilmmakers began using the wider CinemaScope aspect ratios to more accurately create what the human eye perceives.Be sure to check out these excellent PremiumBeat resources on choosing the right aspect ratio for your project:Choosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to Everything You Need to KnowAspect Ratio Explained: When to Use the Major Three This article will specifically look at the aspect ratios used in video and film, focusing on the two well-known aspect ratios of 16:9 and the wider 2.39:1.Cropping your 16:9 footage to a wider aspect ratio can instantly add a cinematic look to your work. This is especially true if shooting on DSLRs and camera systems that don’t allow you to record footage at wider aspect ratios, such as 2.39:1 (or scope, as it’s sometimes referred to).However, there are several things you should take into account when cropping your 16:9 footage to a wider aspect ratio. Use this resource as a guide for cropping your 16:9 footage the right way, saving yourself time and major headaches in post and delivery. Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Be Big” by Reaktor Productions from PremiumBeat.com“Influencerz” by Eternity Bro from PremiumBeat.com“Trouble Always Comes” by Grace Mesa from PremiumBeat.com“Night Owl” by Waxwing Music from PremiumBeat.comFor more information about utilizing wider aspect ratios, be sure to check out these PremiumBeat resources:Choosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to Everything You Need to KnowCheat Sheet for Social Media Video Aspect RatiosThe Many Different Ways to Use the Crop Effect in Premiere ProChoosing the Best Aspect Ratio for Your VideoHow Social Media Has Redefined the Aspect Ratio 2. Choose Your Aspect Ratio Long Before You Begin ShootingProfessional camera systems such as RED and the ARRI Alexa series offer recording in aspect ratios wider than 16:9, such as 2.39:1 (or scope). However, most DSLRs and prosumer cameras offer few choices in aspect ratio other than 16:9.So, let’s say for a particular project, your budget constraints force you to shoot on a DSLR or mirrorless camera. However, you and your director decided that this content is destined for theatrical release and would be best suited to a wider aspect ratio. How do you achieve the cinematic look of a wider aspect ratio, if you’re forced to shoot 16:9?The strategy is to shoot at 16:9, then crop the top and bottom of your footage in your editing software.There are several things you should take into account when cropping your 16:9 footage to a wider aspect ratio. First and foremost, the decision to deliver your project in a wider aspect ratio should be made in pre-production — not in the editing room, after you’ve already shot your footage.Your framing influences shot composition, lensing choices, storyboards, and even production design. Therefore, make the decision to shoot wide and crop before you start shooting. Furthermore, communicate this decision with other department heads, such as production design. The decision to deliver in a wider aspect ratio should never be made in post-production, after you’ve shot your footage. This will result in composition flaws — such as reduced headroom — and can create a claustrophobic effect in your images.3. Lens Your Project Slightly Wider to Account for Lost HeadroomIt’s also important to consider lensing when planning to crop your 16:9 footage to 2.39:1.In general, shooting at a slightly wider focal length will produce a more pleasing image, and will help in determining headroom for your subjects. Shooting at wider focal lengths will also accentuate the immersive quality of shooting in scope. Take, for example, this iconic shot below from David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (Freddie Young, DP). When cropping your 16:9 to 2.39:1, it’s a good idea to keep your field of view wider than 35mm. However, there are of course exceptions to this rule.Lawrence of Arabia via Movie Screencaps.com4. Shoot in 16:9 — Use Guides and Overlays to Compose Your ShotsSo, you’ve made the decision to shoot in a wider aspect ratio. You’ve also made the decision to lens your project slightly wider than you normally would. This is to account for the pixels you’ll lose at the top and bottom of your image when you crop in post. So, how do you compose your shots while shooting in 16:9?Most DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and external monitors offer some sort of onscreen guide to help you compose your shots. Here’s an example of the overlays that come standard with the Blackmagic Video Assist monitor:Image via Bud SimpsonTIP: If your camera or monitor doesn’t have guides or overlays, tape two thin strips of gaffer tape over your LCD screen to approximate the crop. This hack works in a pinch, and can always be fine tuned in the edit.5. Use PNG Overlays During Your Edit — Crop Your Footage for the Final OutputYou’ve shot your footage. Now, it’s time to ingest your media into your editing software and crop it to a wider aspect ratio.You accomplish this with PNG overlays. These overlays are simply images of black bars placed at the top and bottom of your frame. The overlays are designed to crop a 16:9 image to that of a wider aspect ratio. These work in the same way as the framing guides that you used on your camera or external monitor.To begin, you’ll need to find and download the appropriate aspect ratio overlays. You can download a set of overlays here.Once downloaded, select the appropriate crop for your project. Import this into your editing software, and place it onto the topmost video layer in your sequence. Once in place, lock the layer and edit your sequence as you normally would. By utilizing these transparent overlays, you’ll be able to see what your final output will look like after you crop it.If you composed your shots correctly during the shoot, there’s no need to make adjustments. However, you can reframe your subject along the vertical axis, if need be. If you’re shooting 4K and delivering at 1080p, you can also scale your image up and make adjustments along the horizontal axis, as well.6. Turn Off Your Overlay Video Layer and Crop Your Image Using Export SettingsOnce your project is complete, it’s time to export.Before exporting, be sure to turn off your PNG overlay layer.Next, navigate to File > Export. In the Export Settings dialog box, select the Source tab, and hit the Crop button at the top-left corner of the dialog box.Check out this video to learn how to properly crop your footage and prepare it for output.To recap, here are the six things you should take into account when cropping your 16:9 footage to a wider aspect ratio:Make the decision to use a wider aspect ratio in pre-production — not on a whim in the editing room.Communicate this decision with other department heads (such as the director, storyboard artist, production designer, etc).Lens your project slightly wider than normal to account for lost pixels at the top and bottom of your image when cropping.Take the guesswork out of framing and use your monitor’s framing guides to compose your shots.Use PNG overlays in your editing software to see what your final output will look like.When ready to export, turn off the PNG overlays layer and crop your footage using your editing software’s export settings.
Urban Meyer CavsOutside of coaching college football, photobombing is probably Urban Meyer’s best skill. He’s great at it. And the 50-year-old coach – perhaps unintentionally – was at it again last night at the Cleveland-Golden State NBA Finals game. Urban is #ALLinCLE. @OSUCoachMeyer @cavs (photo via @GavinRBlair) pic.twitter.com/A6I5kSNjev— Niraj Antani (@NirajAntani) June 10, 2015Urban Meyer, photo-bomber extraordinaire, strikes again. http://t.co/pWDCl6SI2A pic.twitter.com/4HVe0yEiXD— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) June 10, 2015When you thought your conversation was private but you get put on blast… pic.twitter.com/EF9sWIsCxA— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 10, 2015Photobombing is getting a little dated, but when you’re a national championship-winning head coach, you can do whatever you want.