OAKLAND — A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty received an MRI on his sprained right ankle Sunday morning and manager Bob Melvin said the team was awaiting results.Piscotty injured the ankle while sliding back into second base on a pickoff try against the Astros a week ago Saturday.“Got a little better, a little worse,” Melvin said. “Then last night he took a swing where it really bothered him. That’s why I took him out of the game.”Melvin sent Robbie Grossman in to pinch-hit for Piscotty in …
Ever wonder what a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) is, and what they do? In this article, find out everything you need to know about this important role.Cover image via Fedorovekb.The Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) is the member of a film crew who makes sure the production meets its technical objectives on set. So what does that mean? For starters, DITs must be equal parts technician, creative consultant, and computer whiz. They must be able to interact with, assist, and advise the most important people on set.As PremiumBeat Contributor Jonny Elwyn said in part 12 of his exhaustive 21-part series on the DIT’s role, “[The DIT] is an emerging and challenging role which requires a huge breadth of understanding of digital imaging and the gymnastics an image goes through to make it to screen.”Yeah — this isn’t a job for everyone.The DIT’s JobThe DIT’s laundry list of on-set responsibilities breaks down into three categories: data wrangling and protection, dailies, and assisting the DP and camera department.Data Wrangling and ProtectionImage via Fedorovekb.A common misconception on low-budget sets is that the DIT simply transfers footage off of camera cards. The truth is that this is only the first step of a well-trained DIT’s process. As cards get filled, the DIT must properly transfer the footage to redundant archival drives, ensuring that one drive failure will not result in any lost footage.When transferring footage, it’s vital that both drives receive footage copied from the source media. In other words, two card transfers: once for each drive. You cannot transfer the card to drive A and then take that copy from A to drive B. This would defeat the purpose of redundant archival drives. Unless both drives contain footage transferred from the source media, you do not have redundant copies of the footage.There are many custom-built tools for transferring media designed with DITs in mind. The most common are Shotput, Adobe Prelude, Parashoot, and (my personal favorite) Resolve’s Clone Tool — see the .gif below for a super quick-and-dirty run-through of how to use the Clone tool and where to find the transfer logs.These programs allow you to simultaneously copy footage from your source media to multiple archival drives and then provide bit-for-bit comparisons between the copied data, allowing the DIT to rapidly verify the integrity of the transferred footage.After copying the source media and verifying the successful duplication of information across all archival drives, the DIT should perform a visual confirmation of each clip, scrubbing through to check for any issues.At the end of the day, it is absolutely imperative that different people take the archive drives from set. If anything happens to one of the drives (or the person with the drive), the crew should never have to worry about everything they’ve shot up until that point. Their focus should be on the affected crew member, not the equipment.These first two aspects are fundamental. Proper duplication and strict adherence to safeguarding the footage against all possible threats lie at the core of all of the DIT’s data responsibilities.DailiesDailies are the “prints” or “selects” from a day’s shooting (synced with sound and with basic color correction) for department heads to review in order to plan any necessary re-shoots.Image via Shishkin Dmitry.The DIT assembles dailies as media and camera/sound notes come in. It is incredibly important for a DIT to have the proper tools and programs to quickly sync sound and apply basic color correction.Dailies, like data wrangling, account for only a small portion of the DIT’s responsibilities. However, dailies need to be completed as quickly as possible so that the DIT is free to fulfill the final portion of their on-set responsibilities.Chief Assistant to the Camera DepartmentImage via Evgeniy Kurt.It is the DIT’s responsibility to walk on set, day one, with a complete plan to assist the camera department. They must have had discussions with the proper people in the post-production pipeline regarding resolution, aspect ratio, codecs, frame rates, LUTs, etc. It is the job of the DIT to communicate and assist in the implementation of these specifications with the camera department, specifically the assistant camera. They must have a thorough understanding of these parameters so that they may advise the DP or assistant camera about any shot.The DIT must be available to build looks for each scene in the camera, matching color between shots, advising on exposure, or offer any other imaging assistance at the DP’s request.The DIT should be the DP’s best friend on set. A good DP will know to rely on a good DIT; the DIT, in return, must be comfortable approaching the camera department at the earliest sign of any potential issues with the footage. They must be ready and waiting, not only for cards but also for any opportunities to solve problems for the camera department.A DIT who has mastered these core disciplines is one of the most important people on any shoot. The vigilant, active DIT brings complete reassurance to the production’s leadership. The producers, directors, financiers, etc. know that there is a keen and watchful eye reviewing and protecting their project.Looking for more production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.What are Contrast Ratios, and How Do You Use Them?The Evolving Role of a Digital Imaging TechnicianInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic VideoHere’s What Your Camera Assistant Wants You To Know7 Things Producers Look for When Using “Staff Me Up”
Saying that merely gaining power had never been the Shiv Sena’s aim, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday that the party was fighting for the good of the people by playing the Opposition’s role even while remaining a part of the coalition.Mr. Raut was in the city to meet Sena leaders and workers in Pimpri, Chinchwad and Bhosari after the party’s decision to go it alone in the 2019 Parliamentary and Assembly polls.Dig at NCP, CongressTaking potshots at the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, Mr. Raut said, “BJP will be Sena’s enemy in the elections, as the Congress is in a state of hibernation and the NCP has not been able to get its act together in the State.” He said that some parties could not bear the idea of the Sena contesting the elections alone. “The Sena has always been, and will continue to remain, an aggressive political force to reckon with. It will always fight for the cause of Hindutva,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.Criticism from Pawar Meanwhile, NCP leader Ajit Pawar hit back at Mr. Raut’s barbs, saying that Sena’s innumerable gestures calling for severing ties with the BJP over the past three years had proved to be “empty threats”. “The Sena has deteriorated from being a ‘tiger’ during the time of the late Bal Thackeray to being a tortoise in the shell. It will continue to cling to power, which it failed to secure for so long,” Mr. Pawar said at the NCP’s Halla Bol rally in Jalna.
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Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina came down hard on his bowlers after his side slumped to a 26-run loss against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.Hashim Amla made a sublime half-century as Kings XI Punjab defeated Gujarat Lions in Rajkot to end their four-game losing streak. Amla hit 65 off 40 balls with nine boundaries and two sixes to set the platform while Axar Patel 34-run cameo off 17 balls enabled Kings XI Punjab to reach a competitive 188 for seven after being sent into bat.Chasing the target, Dinesh Karthik unbeaten 58 off 44 balls went in vain as Kings XI produced a fine bowling effort to restrict Gujarat Lions to 162 for seven. KC Cariappa (2/24), Axar Patel (2/36) and Sandeep Sharma (2/40) picked up two wickets apiece for Kings XI Punjab.”You can’t chase 190 every time. Bowlers have to do something. When I won the toss, we had the batsmen to chase a good total.”We have lost all three afternoon games. It is a learning for us and the bowlers have to step up. The bowlers are lacking confidence, they are executing in the nets but not in the match,” Raina said.With this loss, Gujarat moved to the bottom of the points table. Gujarat have now lost five out of their seven games.When asked about his side’s chances of making it to the qualifiers, Raina was optimistic despite just victories this season.”At this stage, I can’t say anything. We have to go there. Couple of injury issues, but we have to win more games, we can’t just talk in training. We’ll go to Bangalore, regroup and hopefully we can win,” he said.advertisementGujarat will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 27 in an away match.
“We are also looking at a key part of the Policy dealing with the SIPP Act, which allows the use of non-traditional collateral in order for financial institutions to take up this avenue more actively, so that MSMEs can use non-traditional assets to get financing,” he added. A review of the Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy is being completed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, with a view to making it more effective. Story Highlights A review of the Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy is being completed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, with a view to making it more effective.First adopted by Parliament in 2013, the Policy serves as a comprehensive framework for the implementation of strategies to support the growth and development of the MSME sector.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Stephen Wedderburn, said parts of the Policy under revision include: an alignment of the definition of MSMEs to match international standards; and the Security Interest in Personal Property (SIPP) Act.“Part of it is to ensure that the definitions are aligned internationally, because the Bank of Jamaica has a definition, which is different from the Ministry’s definition,” he said.Mr. Wedderburn was speaking to JIS News on the first of a three-day workshop on: ‘The Effective Management of Intellectual Property Assets for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises’, at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) resource centre, on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston, on June 13.“We are also looking at a key part of the Policy dealing with the SIPP Act, which allows the use of non-traditional collateral in order for financial institutions to take up this avenue more actively, so that MSMEs can use non-traditional assets to get financing,” he added.Mr. Wedderburn also urged owners of creative works, innovators and inventors to protect their intellectual property.He noted that too often these people display works at trade shows locally and internationally, which result in them being pirated by others.“It really is not that expensive to register your product and have it protected. The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) is working with them to show them how to do it. I encourage business operators if they come up with a product, check with JIPO,” he urged.For her part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, noted that the workshop is necessary because more industry collaboration is needed. She also noted that it is important to protect individual’s intellectual property to prevent its exploitation and abuse.Meanwhile, JIPO Executive Director, Lilyclaire Bellamy, invited the participants to ask questions of the speakers at the workshop and to ensure that their intellectual property is protected.Counsellor of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship Support Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Anil Sinha, said his agency has organised workshops to improve intellectual property management around the world.Over the three days, participants in the workshop are expected to learn about strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises sustainability and growth, and the importance of trademarks in establishing a distinct identity in the marketplace.Speakers will include: Mr. Sinha; Board Director of the JBDC, Dr. William Lawrence, and CEO and Founder of SMAKS Luxury Group in Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Kiran Shiva Akal. Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Stephen Wedderburn, said parts of the Policy under revision include: an alignment of the definition of MSMEs to match international standards; and the Security Interest in Personal Property (SIPP) Act.