QPR make audacious bid to land striker – report

first_imgQPR have made an audacious bid to lure France striker Olivier Giroud, according to the Daily Mail.Linked with move for Giroud.Rangers manager Mark Hughes is said to be prepared to splash a significant part of his summer budget to land a top-class goalscorer.Arsenal have been linked with Montpellier star Giroud, who is believed to have a £12.8m release clause in his contractMeanwhile, Chelsea have told Roberto Di Matteo they would like him to remain as manager, the Mail claim.Sources at Stamford Bridge are said to be increasingly confident the Italian will still be in charge at the start of the new season.The Mail also say West Ham are interested in re-signing Yossi Benayoun, who is expected to leave Chelsea, Barcelona have reignited their interest in Blues defender David Luiz, and that Reading are looking to sign Pavel Pogrebnyak as the striker is yet to agree terms with Fulham.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claim Chelsea are ready to make a £20m swoop for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.The Mirror also suggest Ajax’s Gregory van der Wiel heads Chelsea’s list of potential new right-backs.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How To Create Realistic Old VHS Footage

first_imgHere’s how to use After Effects to capture the distorted retro vibes of authentic VHS footage.Top image via Bob JarocThere’s always been an affinity for the old, for the retro, for the look of yesterday. While technology pushes forward and picture quality is increasingly improved, we often see companies offering services and tools to make that incredibly sharp image look, well, less sharp. You can acquire film grain, light leaks, film burns, color washes, interference layers, static noise, and so forth. The list goes on.As we move forward toward the end of the 2010s, the VHS/camcorder look of the 80s and 90s is starting to become a lost relic of time. I bet that made some of you feel old, right? You can download all kinds of templates and plugins to make your footage look like the VHS tape has distorted it, but nothing beats using the real source material.A lot of people tend just to throw an overlay onto their footage and call it a day, but there are a few fundamental elements that also need to be included.Video via BELGIANHIPHOPCHANNELAfter looking at the amateur VHS footage above, it’s important to note that while there is some visible VHS interference in the shape of white lines running across the screen, the prime characteristic is the skewed distortion of the footage itself.To some extent, it wobbles like jelly. The displacement of the picture itself is often missed and is key in making footage look like it’s come from an old VHS tape.How to Give Your Footage an Authentic VHS Look in After EffectsMany kind people on the internet have uploaded real captured VHS noise. I like to use these two, which are both free to download: Heavy VHS interference, and Light VHS Bad Tracking. (Our friends at RocketStock offer a free template as well.)Step 1: Get Your DistortionWhen you’ve downloaded them, rename the first file Heavy VHS and the second file Light VHS, as their interference difference is very apparent. When you’ve acquired your noise, open up After Effects and create a new composition based on your footage size. If the VHS footage is smaller, just increase the scale.Import your footage and the two VHS layers into After Effects and place them within the composition in the following order.Light VHSFootageHeavy VHSThen change the blend mode of Layer 1 to Add. Your sequence should now look something like this:You have the classic VHS stripes running across the footage, but it still doesn’t look very convincing. Don’t worry… It will soon.Step 2: Displacement MapIn the Effects panel, type in Displacement Map and drag that onto your actual footage layer. You may need to realign your footage and increase the scale to 105%, so it fills the entire composition.In the Effects control panel, set the following settings.Displacement Map Layer: 3. Heavy NoiseUse for Horizontal Displacement: LuminanceMax Horizontal Displacement: 20Use for Vertical Displacement: LuminanceMax Vertical Displacement: 20You can increase the displacement values by increasing the numerical values. Or decrease the VHS glitching by lowering those values. This is the result of using the Displacement Map.You can see in the image above that the shot now looks a lot more like it’s part of the VHS footage. However, it’s still too sharp. Therefore, insert an Adjustment Layer and add a Gaussian Blur of 7.5.Step 3: Color FringeThere’s one final step to take. The VHS format ages poorly, and if the footage has been passed from camcorder to VHS, you can expect some color fringing — not much, but some.To do this:Duplicate your video footage three timesAdd the Set Channels effect to each layerOn the first footage layer, Set Red to Source 1’s: RedOn the second footage layer, Set Green to Source 2’s: GreenOn the third footage layer, Set Blue to Source 3’s: BlueYour Set Channels should look something like this:Your footage will likely look like it’s just come from a Tarantino scene in Kill Bill. To fix this, set the blend mode for the first two footage layers to Screen. To get the color fringing, you need to slightly offset the two layers.Do this by rotating the first layer by 0.7 (R on the Keyboard), and move the second layer over to the right with one nudge of the right arrow on the keyboard. This will give you a very subtle color fringe.Finally, download this 4:3 letterbox for a 1080p timeline and insert this beneath the adjustment layer.This is the before and after of using the above guide.Do you have any tricks and tips for making contemporary media look like it was shot on equipment from the past? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

India miss lifting medal by a whisker

first_imgAustralia got another gold medal in its kitty thanks to Simplice Ribouem, who lifted a total of 333kg to win the gold medal in the 85kg men’s weightlifting competition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. India’s Chandrakant Dadu Mali came very close to winning a medal but missed his last chance to lift 182kg in the clean- and- jerk. Mali finished fourth with a total of 325kg (145+ 180), tied with Mathieu Marineau, but lost out due to being 410 grams heavier than the Canadian.Ribouem was impressive from the very first round of the snatch category. He first lifted 145kg before successfully hoisting 150 in his second snatch attempt. In cleanand- jerk, he progressed from 181 to 183 before failing with a 194kg attempt.New Zealand’s Richard Patterson finished a close second, ending up with 331kg. However, if he his final clean- and- jerk attempt of 189kg had been successful, he could have picked up the gold as well.Earlier, Christine Girard of Canada showcased her skills, creating a new Games record en route the gold with a total lift of 235kg in the women’s 69kg event.Christine completed each and every attempt she made in snatch, successfully lifting 97, 101 and 105kg. She then lifted 126 and 130 in clean- and- jerk before failing to lift 133kg in her final effort.Janet Marie Georges of Seychelles won the silver with a total of 216kg while Nigeria’s Itohan Ebireguesele won the bronze after lifting 215kg. Australian favourite Belinda van Tienen finished sixth in the event. There were no participants from India in this category.advertisementlast_img read more