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GTU hoping to reenter discussions with MoE next month

first_imgOfficials from GTU and the Education Ministry addressing the media after a meeting last yearTeachers’ salary negotiationsThe Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) is optimistic that the Education Ministry will be able to honour its promises made in the last agreement by next month, to hopefully reinitiate the discussions on teachers’ wages, among others soon.President of the GTU, Mark Lyte in an interview with this publication on Tuesday explained that the Ministry is yet to address certain matters under the last agreement inked in October last year.“Some of the things still being addressed currently [include] the debunching and the clothing allowance will be paid in September. We have the allowance for special needs teachers that is still to be sorted out but we anticipate that sometime in this new term, in September, we should be able to resume our talks,” he noted.Lyte, when asked if he was pleased with the Ministry’s pace of satisfying these obligations, said he realises that the requests made require money, so at this time the Union is patient.“I think we would have wanted to see them being implemented a little faster but having had discussions with the officials they keep saying that they are now looking for the funds to honour these things,” he posited.In February, the Union submitted a proposal to the MoE for a 25 per cent salary increase in wages for public school teachers. GTU proposed that some of the already existing policies be maintained such as Whitley Council for three years, instead of four, and a few others.This proposal also requests that grants be given to schools instead of having materials supplied as complaints have been flagged in the past of sub-standard materials and cleaning supplies.In addition to this, the GTU President disclosed that the Union also requested the maintenance of duty-free concessions in the existing categories.Moreover, the new proposal seeks to extend gratuity for persons leaving the profession before the age of 50 to 55, while the issue of class size for Special Needs Schools was highlighted.Last year, teachers were forced to protest for their wages on the streets of Georgetown, from the beginning of the Christmas term, for several days after being ignored by the Government. GTU finally accepted a 12 per cent increase for 2016 and an eight per cent increase for 2018.According to the agreement seen by Guyana Times, for the year 2016, teachers who earn below $100,000 per month will benefit from a 12 per cent increase while teachers who earn $100,000 and over monthly will gain an eight per cent increase.For the year 2017, teachers who earn below $100,000 per month will get an eight per cent increase and those who earn above this amount will receive a six per cent increase.Meanwhile, for 2018, there will be an across the board eight per cent increase for all teachers.last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of August 31

first_imgDrag Races at Northern Lights RacewaySaturday, August 31, 2013 – 11:00amCome see the loudest and fastest show in the Peace Region this weekend. Racers of all ages driving vehicles of all kind down the 1/4 mile strip at speeds up to 200mph! Admission is $10, with kids 12 and under…More Info » 9th Annual FSJ Cops for Cancer Jail N’ Bail “Hard Time for a Good CauseWednesday, September 4, 2013 – 9:00amThe Fort St. John RCMP wish to advise the public that on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 , starting at 9:00 am, the 9th Annual Cops for Cancer Jail N’ Bail will be taking place at the Totem Mall. If you…More Info »Advertisement FSJ Farmers’ Market- Advertisement -Saturday, August 31, 2013 – 9:00amVisit the Fort St. John Farmers’ Market to sample a wide variety of locally grown, fresh & wholesome foods direct from the grower. Date: Every Saturday from May until December Time: 9-3pm Support your local farmers. Shop local! 9805 96th…More Info »Advertisement Cops for Cancer – Jail & BailWednesday, September 4, 2013 – 9:00amDon’t miss out on the chance to have the police officers arrest your community celebrities (councilman, mayor, your boss, etc), who must then try to “make bail” by calling their family, friends and contacts! Please show your support for Cops…More Info » Let’s Kick It To The Curb (KITTC) again and take an extra day to do it. We want to take advantage of the long Labour Day weekend. I know there are people getting organized for the new school year and…More Info » Let’s Kick It To The Curb (KITTC)Sunday, September 1, 2013 – 8:00amAdvertisement Let’s Kick It To The Curb (KITTC)Saturday, August 31, 2013 – 8:00amLet’s Kick It To The Curb (KITTC) again and take an extra day to do it. We want to take advantage of the long Labour Day weekend. I know there are people getting organized for the new school year and…More Info »last_img read more

Salah sets new Premier League goal tally

first_imgBut the Egypt forward needed only 26 minutes to make the record his personal property as he produced a clinical left-footed finish from inside the Brighton penalty area.Salah, who was voted the Premier League’s Player of the Year earlier in the day, has now scored 44 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season.Shearer (Newcastle in 1993-94) and Andy Cole (Manchester United in 1993-94) jointly hold the Premier League record of 34 goals in a 42-match season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah set a new record for Premier League goals in one season with 32 strikes © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 13 – Mohamed Salah scored a record-breaking 32nd goal of the Premier League season on Sunday as the Liverpool star set a new mark for the most goals in a 38-game campaign.Salah went into the last day of the season at Anfield with a share of the record alongside Alan Shearer (Blackburn in 1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United in 2007-08) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool in 2013-14).last_img read more

Simi is in ‘great’ position

first_img Council members addressed the crowd and provided updates on the city’s departments. Officials said the Police Department plans to add six officers and a seventh beat. Meanwhile, the city next month will celebrate completion of a 12,000-square-foot expansion of the Senior Center. Other accomplishments last year included creation of a city newsletter, the city’s “Shop Simi Valley First” campaign and a program designed to track unsafe housing conditions in the city resulting from overcrowding. “These are exciting times in Simi Valley,” said Miller. “As you can tell, … we achieved some milestones during 2005. “Looking forward, your city remains fiscally sound and well-positioned to ensure Simi Valley maintains an enviable quality of life.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – In his second State of the City address since taking office, Mayor Paul Miller hailed Simi Valley’s progress during the past year, including the opening of a new mall and the Air Force One Pavilion. “Our city overall is in great condition, both fiscally and economically,” Miller told about 200 business and community leaders gathered at the Grand Vista Hotel on Friday. “And it continues to be a very safe place in which to raise a family and operate a business.” The mayor highlighted the unveiling of the new Air Force One exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in October, as well as the addition of the Simi Valley Town Center, which is expected to pump millions of dollars into the city’s economy. Miller described 2005 as an “interesting and exciting year,” and said coming years would bring more change. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Miller said large-scale housing developments like the Big Sky project will no longer be the trend. Because of a growth-control measure, only 292 residential units will be granted permits annually through 2012. Also, future projects will take place on the Valley floor as in-fill developments. And because the city is nearing its build-out capacity, it can no longer depend on development fees to fund services, he said. Simi Valley must become self-sufficient, creating shopping opportunities for “a more predictable, well-rounded revenue base,” Miller said. City officials will focus on redevelopment of existing properties, such the Kmart shopping center near Los Angeles Avenue and Madera Road. The property is currently for sale and the site is being considered for redevelopment. last_img read more

BRESLIN WINS JG MEMORIAL 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgPauric Breslin continued his fine form of late with yet another 5K win.Breslin was first home in the JG Memorial 5K this evening in a time of 15.27.The following is a list of runners and their times. J G Memorial 5k 2015Place Bib Name Sex AG Club Time1 22 Pauric Breslin m SM Letterkenny AC 15:272 55 Adam Friel m SM Letterkenny AC 15:293 11 Ivan Toner m SM Letterkenny AC 15:494 47 James Mc Fadden m SM 16:285 21 Liam Doherty m SM Cranford AC 16:316 53 Eddie Sweeney m SM Cranford AC 16:447 33 Gareth Kerrigan m SM Milford AC 17:088 61 Noel Diver m SM Rosses AC 17:179 27 Ethan Mc Knight m JM 17:1910 25 Darren Price m SM Letterkenny AC 17:2011 88 Michael Logue m M40 Rosses AC 17:4412 79 John Whorikey m SM 18:0513 20 Ben George m M40 Letterkenny AC 18:0614 6 Shauna Mc Geehan w SW Letterkenny AC 18:0715 45 Enda Mc Bride m JM Letterkenny AC 18:1216 26 Ciaran O’ Donnell m M40 Letterkenny AC 18:2717 32 P.j. Hagan m SM Milford AC 18:3118 23 Denis Shields m M40 18:3319 16 Declan Mc Bride m sm Cranford AC 18:3420 10 Sinead Peoples w SW Letterkenny AC 18:3521 38 Peter Lilburn m M60 City of Derry 18:3722 56 Dennis Mc Ginley m JM Milford AC 18:4923 7 Nakita Burke w SW Letterkenny AC 18:5724 76 Anthony Sweeney m SM Cranford AC 19:0025 66 John Mc Fadden m SM 19:0626 36 Troy Hegarty m sm Letterkenny AC 19:1727 80 Curley Coyle m SM 19:2028 14 Jane Mc Ginley w SW Letterkenny AC 19:2129 17 Frances Gallagher w W45 Letterkenny AC 19:3130 64 Paul Lee m M40 Letterkenny AC 19:5831 70 Seamus Ferry m M40 Milford AC 20:2032 9 Manus Peoples m M50 20:2233 2 Marie Boyle w SW Letterkenny AC 20:2334 74 Gerard Marley m SM 20:2335 4 Cian Mc Meniman m JM Cranford AC 20:2836 86 James Whoriskey m SM Milford AC 20:2937 19 Naoise Enright m M40 Letterkenny AC 20:3338 18 Seamus Gallagher m M50 Letterkenny AC 20:3639 13 David Connors m SM Milford AC 20:4440 8 Anthony Murray m M60 20:5841 72 John Ward m SM Milford AC 21:0942 82 Joe Coyle m SM 21:0943 52 Eddie Doherty m SM 21:1144 73 Gillian Marley w JW Milford AC 21:1345 37 Michael Gallagher m M50 Foyle Valley AC 21:1446 30 Kenith Moore m SM Milford AC 21:1947 35 Hugh Gallagher m M60 Letterkenny AC 21:2248 62 Brian Hegarty m SM 21:2949 57 Stephan Shields m M40 Letterkenny AC 21:3250 24 Ciaran Liddy m SM Letterkenny AC 21:3451 41 Richard Raymond m M60 Letterkenny AC 21:4452 48 Aaron Sweeney m JM 21:4553 15 Ryan Mc Bride m SM 21:5854 5 Paula Hegarty w SW 22:0355 65 Shaun Logue m SM 22:0456 63 Seamus Carr m SM 22:1657 59 Chris Duffy m SM 22:2458 60 Keith Buchanan m SM 22:3459 49 James Doherty m M70 Milford AC 22:4160 69 Gloria Donaghey w W55 Finn Valley AC 23:1561 46 Frank Mc Gettigan m M50 23:3662 87 Michaela Gillespie w W45 23:4163 89 Nancy Mc Namee w W45 Finn Valley AC 23:5964 34 Hugh Doyle m SM 24:1265 85 Aine Whoriskey w SW Milford AC 24:2066 71 Darina Ferry w W35 Milford AC 25:0567 3 Oran Mc Menamin m JM Cranford AC 25:1868 50 Chris Carr m SM 25:5369 39 Jim Hynes m M70 Finn Valley AC 26:1270 77 Stella Mc Cole w SW 26:1571 78 Ruth Mc Crudden w W45 Letterkenny AC 26:2672 44 Linda Harkin w SW UnitrdHealthGroup 26:2873 40 Ann Gallagher w W55 27:0774 51 Cathy Carr w JW 27:0875 54 Tracey Peoples w SW 27:2576 68 Ciaran Harkin m SM 27:2577 58 Caroline Mc Ateer w SW 28:3778 75 Linda Sweeney w SW Fit Hub LK 29:1079 29 Josephine Mc Conigley w W35 Milford AC 32:3380 31 Mary O’ Donnell w W55 Milford AC 32:3381 84 Bridget Wilhare w W55 35:5282 28 James Doherty m M60 Cranford AC 45:10BRESLIN WINS JG MEMORIAL 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JG MEMORIAL 5Klast_img read more

AFTER A LONG CAMPAIGN…..GAOTH DOBHAIR TO GET GRITTERS!

first_imgTHE people of Gaoth Dobhair won’t have to take the coast road to Letterkenny this winter – after Donegal County Council decided to include the ‘back road’ from the parish to Termon on the winter gritting list.And other communities will also be celebrating after the new list was revealed today.These include: Ballindrait to Raphoe via ArgaryMaas-Portnoo-ArdaraCarrickfinn to BurtonportGortahork to Lunniagh via Brinaleck Carrick to Glenclmcille.Kilmacrennan to ChurchillCastlefinn to Raphoe via Beltony.EndsAFTER A LONG CAMPAIGN…..GAOTH DOBHAIR TO GET GRITTERS! was last modified: October 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: PLAYERS GIVEN A ROUSING SEND-OFF FROM THE ABBEY HOTEL

first_imgBY PAUL O’SULLIVAN: About a thousand people turned up outside the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town this afternoon to see off both the senior and minor Donegal GAA teams on their journey to Dublin for tomorrow’s All Ireland Finals.There were nearly as many inside the hotel as outside. The senior team arrived shortly before 12 for their traditional lunch and pep talk.The Ballroom was in complete lock down as Jim McGuinness gave the the panel their last pep talk before leaving Donegal soil. Nothing was left to chance, the room was forensically searched by hotel management and staff insuring strict privacy.Abbey Hotel Manager Danny O Donnell told Donegal Daily: “We left nothing to chance.“We even scanned the trees directly across the river from the hotel on the Bank Walk for any Kerry spies and can assure the people of Donegal none were found.”  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: PLAYERS GIVEN A ROUSING SEND-OFF FROM THE ABBEY HOTEL was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abbey hotelDonegal Townsend-offlast_img read more

Gallery: South Africa’s new ape-man species

first_imgImages courtesy of the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute for Human EvolutionAn entirely new species of hominid, or ape-man, has been discovered in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind world heritage site near Johannesburg. Represented by the partial fossilised skeletons of a young male and an adult female, the species has been named Australopithecus sediba. It lived almost two million years ago and, while it had long ape-like arms, was capable of striding and possibly running like a modern human.• Read the full storyThe species was described and named by a team led by Professor Lee Berger, a palaeoanthropologist from the University of the Witwatersrand. Two papers related to the find, authored by Berger and Professor Paul Dirks of James Cooke University, were published in the journal Science on 9 April 2010.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  The skull of the juvenile skeleton ofAustralopithecius sediba.• Download high-resolution image Lee Berger with the juvenile skull.• Download high-resolution image Berger and Dr Job Kibii at Malapa, the fossilexcavation site in the Cradle of Humankind.• Download high-resolution image Berger leads the team onto the Malapa site.• Download high-resolution image Berger’s son Mathew with the juvenile fossil.• Download high-resolution image Paul Dirks examines the ground at theMalapa site.• Download high-resolution image Berger with some of the partial remains ofAustralopithecus sediba.• Download high-resolution image The skull of the juvenile skeleton ofAustralopithecius sediba.• Download high-resolution image Berger and his dog Tau enter a cave atthe site.• Download high-resolution image The Cradle of Humankind WorldHeritage Site.• Download high-resolution image Australopithecus sediba.• Download high-resolution image Human evolutionary tree by Peter Schmidof the University of Zurich.• Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

isiXhosa sci-fi film wows at BRICS film festival in China

first_imgA new isiXhosa film, a futuristic sci-fi action film titled Stillborn, opened the International BRICS Film Festival held in China during June 2017.Mandisa Nduna portrays an android searching futuristic Johannesburg for her place in the world in Stillborn, a film by South African filmmaker Jahmil XT Qubeka. (Image: Vimeo)CD AndersonThe International BRICS Film Festival is an annual showcase of films from the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The 2017 festival ran from 20-27 June 2017 in Chengdu, southwest China. More than 30 new productions from established and up-and-coming BRICS filmmakers were screened.A South African short film, the sci-fi drama Stillborn, written and directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka, opened the festival.Qubeka contributed the film to the festival’s collective film presentation, “Where Has Time Gone?”, which featured short vignette films from BRICS filmmakers. The coproduction was the first of many for the festival, which showcased filmmakers in line for scholarships to the prestigious Beijing Film Academy.Stillborn Teaser from Jahmil X.T. Qubeka on Vimeo.Qubeka is one of the country’s new generation of exciting and distinctive filmmakers, having directed the controversial but critically acclaimed noir film Of Good Report in 2013 and the crime thriller A Small Town Called Descent in 2011. His films, while adhering to the archetypal Western filmmaking traditions, offer a unique South African perspective and mood.The look and feel of Stillborn is no different.Based on a concept of a futuristic robot obsessed with its human ancestry‚ Stillborn touches on African and science fiction storytelling tropes such as cultural identity and the relationship between humans and technology. The film was made entirely in isiXhosa.Qubeka told the TimesLIVE news website before the film’s debut that it was the culmination of hard work and the bringing together of his Xhosa culture with his love of science fiction.“I grew up watching sci-fi films and‚ of course‚ my heritage is Xhosa. If I reflect on Xhosa and African culture there is a lot of potential sci-fi elements that I can draw from‚” he said. Qubeka admitted that his story might have been a little far-out and “too creative” for the festival audience, adding that “maybe we were too ambitious… with the project‚ but it was really well received”.The independently financed film was shot on location around Johannesburg, including at local mine shafts and the emblematic Orlando Towers.Stillborn’s lead, Mandisa Nduna — familiar to local audiences for her roles in the e-tv series The Hustle and the 2014 film Between Friends — plays the conflicted android. She said the demanding film shoot, often at night and in cold and cramped spaces, took a toll on her physically, but that the end result was worth the discomfort.She described the film as unlike anything she had done previously. “[Qubeka] told me that I should not look for any influence [on the character] but create her… from the ground up” and find something new to portraying a robot, with a true Africanness to it. “This was unique and I am so excited for audiences to see it‚” Nduna said.Culture of nation collaboration at festivalThe spirit of collaboration was very much the theme of the BRICS film festival, both creatively and economically.Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Makhotso Sotyu led a South African delegation to the festival, and said that the creative exchange between BRICS nations was an integral part of the theme of its most recent summit: the deepening of partnerships for a brighter future. Congratulating Qubeka and other South African filmmakers at the festival, Sotyu said that “film is one of the few unique artistic tools of expression that play an important role in cultural exchanges, co-existence and tolerance”.Festival jury member Xoliswa Sithole, a notable South African actress and director (Cry Freedom, Shouting Silent), also highlighted the need for the collective responsibility of BRICS nations to co-operate in art and culture. “We have a lot to share. China started trading with South Africa more than 1,000 years ago, so all what we are doing now is resuming the business.”The next BRICS Film Festival will be held in South Africa in 2018.Source:TimesLIVE, Brics Film Festival, Vimeo Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Autodesk Smoke: 2D Histogram & 2D Transform Nodes

first_imgThe interface is pretty standard for histograms.  You can set overall Lift and Gain with the sliders in the upper left. This is processed before any other histogram adjustment. However, the real power and usefulness of the 2D Histogram is in the little triangle sliders.  You can move the top arrows, and compress the tonal range of the image.  Moving the black arrow in will increase the dark areas, making blacks blacker.  The more you move towards the center, the more of your image will be compressed and detail lost.  The same goes for the top white arrow. By moving it towards the center you are squeezing more of the tonal range and making more of the highlights whiter.The bottom arrows(triangles) will set the Output levels of your image.  You can raise the black levels making the blacks more gray, or lower the whites making them less bright and more grey.  The numeric values at the bottom give you the actual values for the pixel ranges based on bit depth:8bit=0-255, 10bit=0-4095, 16bit(fp)=0 to 1.This compressing of the tonal range can be quite useful in pulling a matte from an image to avoid more rotoscoping than is needed. This is why you will find the 2D histogram as part of all of the (Chroma)Keyers inside Smoke. It’s great for ‘clipping’ some rogue pixels in your chroma-key either in the blacks or whites to make your mattes cleaner.The side adjustments are for the users and allows for different ways to view the histogram.  You can view it in traditional Mono, or RGB, as well as view the Source levels in contrast to the Destination or result levels after you have moved the sliders. You can also Zoom the display to examine where all of those pixels are hiding along the spectrum.  And there is a RESET button to bring the node back to normal, although you can also right click and reset any node from the CFX schematic.2D TransformThe 2D Transform node is a great tool. It is a basic X, Y, Scale tool for repositioning your clips in 2D space. There are 2 transform types:Pan & Scan, which is only X, Y and ScalePerspective which activates Rotation and POV scale.Smoke defaults to the Perspective type, and honestly, I don’t know why you would ever need Pan and Scan, because you can do that in Perspective. There might be a speed increase in rendering,  but you’d be hard pressed to see it in practice.  Smoke artists used to use the RESIZE node for Pan and Scan in the past, but this is the tool to use now.There are 3 tabs to work with.  The AXIS tab will allow you to set keyframes for all of the various X,Y,Z, Scale, Shear values, and change the Axis Centre point. The next tab is Camera Shake.  You can activate the Camera Shake by highlighting the blue led in the tab.The settings will create a random movement along the X,Y,Z (rotation) and Scale of the image over the length of the CFX effect. The amount of movement in X, Y, Z(rotation) and Scale is measured in pixels and controlled by the sliders.  These are keyframeable as well, so you can ramp the intensity of the shake.  The Frequency sliders take a minute to wrap your head around. For the mathematicians and physicist, it’s easy… but for the rest of us it breakdowns like this.  The higher the value in the Frequency field the slower the shake will be.  You would think it would be faster as higher values usually means more, but in this case it’s the distance between each peak of the wave. Therefore, a larger number means more time between one wave and the next.  Bottom-line… low numbers=fast, high numbers=slow when it comes to frequency.  Phase will move the position of the frequency wave in time, giving you a subtle change in animation.You also have a Stabilizer/Tracker in the 2D Transform Node like in many of the nodes in Smoke 2013.  Once again, activate it with the blue LED on the tab. With the stabilizer you can track and stabilize a shot with 1 or 2 trackers and can track for rotation and scale. You also track in 1 2D transform node and then later on in your CFX schematic.  After you’ve done some other effects, copy the node and use the Invert Stabilization button to bring your footage back to normal.The order in which the transforms happen are Stabilize, then Shake, then Axis. So you can shake a shot, and while it’s shaking, further move it with the main Axis controls.There is a camera perspective FOV control even though there is no physical camera, but you could use this to link an expression from an Action Camera in a more elaborate setup.  You can change it here to create more extreme perspectives to your clip.  The Seed value will change the random start value in the Camera Shake to allow you to tweak the look of your shake animation. The shake animation will always be the same when you play the effect, so change the seed value to make a fresh animation.In the Texture settings you have various algorithms to adjust how your image is rendered based on the complexity of it’s pixels as it has been transformed.  But more important is the option to set the image to Mirror, Tile, or Repeat Last.  Mirror and Tile repeat are self-explanatory, Repeat Last will just take the edge pixels and repeat them, which will give you a pixel stretch look to the edges as the image moves from the frame.The great thing about the Smoke 2D transform node is that it has Motion Blur. This is something that the timeline AXIS effect does not. So if you need to move Text or an image with motion blur, then you need to use ConnectFX and 2D Transform over Timeline Axis.  There is also the option with Motion Blur to lock the transform but keep the blur. So by locking the movement, you can add motion blur to a still object.Another great and exploitable feature of Smoke’s 2D transform is the ability to change the canvas resolution. One reason to do this would be during stabilization, so that you don’t loose the edge information of your clip, in case you are going to invert the stabilization later on.  Another reason is to use it with the repeat modes to create a larger tiled image and still maintain the resolution of the original image.  This can be used with graphic elements as well to create large plates to use later in CFX with non-standard resolutions.Stay tuned for more in this series as Premiumbeat breaks down Autodesk Smoke 2013, node by node. Learn how to use each node inside ConnectFX for Smoke 2013.  In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the 2D Histogram & Transform Nodes.This is the first in a series of posts that will explain each of the nodes inside ConnectFX for Smoke 2013. Over the next few months, about as long as the Pre-Release Trial will be going on, I’ll breakdown each of the tools regarding their UI, functionality and uses. Some Smoke nodes are simple, some more complex, and some you can find very creative uses for.So let’s start at the beginning….2D HistogramWhat can you say about a Histogram?  It’s a very simple tool, yet it can do so much by quickly and easily adjusting the low and high ends of your clips.The Smoke 2013 2D Histogram node can show you how the pixels are distributed on your clip. The dark blacks of your image are shown on the left side and the bright whites are on the right.  Midtones are everything in the middle.last_img read more