first_imgA prototype bus station for Johannesburg’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, known as Rea Vaya, has been unveiled at the Joubert Park Busway in the inner city, and will now be up for public scrutiny to determine whether any improvements can be made. “The platforms cost R10-million each and take eight weeks to construct.” The system, once complete, will feature dedicated and segregated bus-only lanes, as well as bus stations that are safe, comfortable, weather-protected and equipped to deal with disabled passengers. “Around two million bus trips are made every day in South Africa, comprising only 30% of transport undertaken in the country on a daily basis,” he said. “This is the first example of the BRT system in South Africa, and this station signals that we are making substantial implementation progress.” 5 November 2008 “The upgrade of our transport system will lead to far less congestion on our roads and will bring a fast, efficient, safe, affordable and accessible mode of transport to Gauteng,” Masondo said. “The stations will all be built the same, out of concrete, steel and glass, due to the cost-affordability.” Visible milestone Radebe added that there would be BRT buses running from Alexandra to Roodepoort and from Soweto to Sunninghill within a year.center_img Source: BuaNews Speaking at the launch of the prototype station in Johannesburg this week, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe highlighted that the BRT system was crucial to a success of South Africa’s transport system as a whole. Two million bus trips Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo said the station was the first visible milestone that the transport project was becoming a reality for South Africans. In the first phase of BRT, buses will be running to 150 stations positioned half a kilometre from each other. The buses will run every three minutes during peak times, and every 10 minutes in off-peak times, running for 18 hours a day from 5am to midnight every day. BRT systems combine the best features of rail together with the flexibility and cost advantages of road-based transport, and have the added advantage of being easier and faster to build than a light rail transport system.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since last Monday we’ve had 7.5 inches of rain. Every day since then we have gotten a pretty good shot of rain and there is a 50% chance tomorrow and an 80% chance on Wednesday. We got hammered pretty good and then there was an EF0 tornado that went through about a quarter mile east of our farm. It almost wiped out a new house that I bought.I bought the house at 3 on Friday and signed the paperwork and at 6:55 that night a tornado went through the north side of the lot. It threw a branch at one side of the house but it didn’t really hurt much. There were a bunch of limbs down but it messed up some corn. The corn was flat. There was green snap but since we’d had all that rain, the wind just pushed most of the plants over.The corn has goosenecked and stood back up and it is looking better. Our neighbors took it a little harder than we did. Their corn was maybe shoulder high and after that it was maybe two feet tall. We had 5 or 6 acres of damage and maybe total there were 55 or 60 acres that got wind damage. I think there will be corn there but it may be kind of a bugger to combine this fall.The National Weather Service was at my new house all day Saturday. Just two or three miles away it was barely windy enough to move the leaves. We didn’t have a tornado warning or severe storm warning or anything. It looked like it tap danced in our field. It moved northwest and most tornados move to the northeast. The whole low-pressure system we had last week was counter clockwise rotation. It was wild. We were lucky.In the wetter areas the beans are a little yellow. I think they will bounce back pretty quickly. Last week we were one more big rain away from having a mess and we never got that next big rain. The ditch banks never came out but they were full to the brim. If we’d have caught one more big rain the ditches would’ve been out and we’d still be getting rid of the water. Most of the surface water is gone and most of the outlets are running about half full.Wheat around here is standing good. There could be some disease pressure. We are wet right now, too wet to get a combine out there. If we don’t get more rain they could maybe get out there late this week.last_img read more

first_img6. The Film LookThe Film Look is a YouTube channel dedicated to helping new filmmakers achieve the “film look.” Founded by indie filmmakers Rob and Rich, this channel specializes in DIY camera rigs and micro-budget tricks and tips on shooting. They also put together the incredibly helpful series, The Indie Film Sound Guide. In this video, you’ll see how they shoot so many of their own videos using a DIY overhead shooting rig.Follow The Film Look: YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram 10. PremiumBeatYou know I had to plug this, right? Here at PremiumBeat, we are seriously increasing our YouTube presence with a ton of new tutorials on filmmaking, video production, video editing, motion graphics, color grading, and much more. We also post about our latest free assets for your to download — like transitions, LUTs, SFX, and wedding video assets.On our YouTube channel, you will see our staff writers showing you how to pull off some tricks in Premiere Pro, After Effects, and FCPX. You’ll also see plenty from our great contributors. Mark Vargo, ASC can show you how to tie knots and coil cables. Lewis McGregor offers up tips on practical lighting setups. Jason Boone can offer the latest workflow tips for video editors. We try to cover everything you need.Follow PremiumBeat: YouTube Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Blog 8. Peter McKinnonPeter McKinnon is skyrocketing in popularity with his helpful tips on shooting videos and photos. He also has very helpful tutorials on working in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Lightroom.While some of his hacks may seem too risky — you may end up breaking your gear — some tips are really great for the low-budget shooter. He also offers some great topics, like additional gear you will need on location.Follow Peter McKinnon: YouTube Twitter Instagram Subscribe to these 10 YouTube channels on filmmaking, video editing, and production. They’re all better than film school!Top image via Shutterstock / Cinecom.There’s nothing better than learning about video by watching videos. We’ve already covered 16 must-follow channels that you’ve certainly already subscribed to. Those roundups include all the big names you already know, like Film Riot, Philip Bloom, Ugly McGregor, Sam and Niko, and Cinematography Database. You can find the old roundups here:9 Great YouTube Channels for Filmmakers7 More YouTube Channels for Filmmakers and VideographersBut what are the new up-and-coming channels as well as those that may have slipped under your radar? We’ve rounded up ten of the best YouTube channels for filmmaking and video editing.1. Cinecom.netCinecom is an all-encompassing video production and video editing YouTube channel. Founded and expertly hosted by Jordy Vanderput, the channel will show you tips on using your gear, as well as tutorials for Premiere Pro and After Effects.Recently, Cinecom has turned out a bunch of fun tutorials inspired by music videos like the camera shake in “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar and this video on creating animated scribbles in Premiere Pro inspired by “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars.Follow Cinecom.net:YouTubeFacebookTwitterInstagram2. Justin OdishoJustin Odisho is a machine that puts out a new tutorial every single day. His best tutorials focus on Premiere Pro and After Effects, where you will learn about the most popular transitions and effects appearing in trending videos.What’s so great is that you can pull off many of the effects he talks about natively without using plug-ins.Follow Justin Odisho: YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat 4. Kai WAfter his departure from Digital Rev, Kaiman Wong has started his own YouTube channel, bringing you his same charm and charisma with uncensored opinions and reviews of the latest gear.Here you will find out about the latest cameras, lenses, drones, and phones. You’ll also learn some tips and tricks for shooting better video and stills.Follow Kai W: YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat 7. kaptainkristianKaptainkristian is one of the best YouTube video essayists. Alongside Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting (listed in a previous roundup), Kristian Williams’s videos dive into history and theory in well-executed short films. In the kaptainkristian channel, you will find fantastic video essays on animation, filmmaking, VFX, and comics. This channel currently sits at 25 video essays with nearly 400K subscribers, so you know you are getting quality over quantity. One of my personal favorites is the look behind the animation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, where you will see incredible behind-the-scenes footage and learn all about the animation process — which didn’t occur until live production had wrapped.Follow kaptainkristian: YouTube Twitter Patreoncenter_img 5. RocketStockIf you read our blog often, you’ve probably seen us share plenty of tutorials from RocketStock. Initially a marketplace for After Effects templates, RocketStock has expanded into video element packs, selling large collections of light leaks, lens flares, and more. Not only do I recommend subscribing to their YouTube channel, you should also check out the RocketStock blog and download their monthly free assets.Their YouTube channel is pretty heavily focused on After Effects tutorials, of which nearly all use native effects so you don’t need additional plugins. You will learn how to recreate movie titles and VFX — and learn some helpful tricks for better motion graphics.Follow RocketStock: YouTube Website Facebook Twitter 3. AputureYou may know Aputure for their amazing and affordable lights and accessories, but the company also puts out some killer tutorials in their Four-Minute Film School series. In this series of short videos, you’ll learn everything from lighting setups, cinematography tips, microphone positions, and more.In this example, you will see the A-team breakdown six shots for filming in cars. Not only to they talk about examples, they show you camera placement with lens suggestions, as well as how to direct your lights.Follow Aputure: YouTube Website Facebook Twitter Instagram 9. Film Freak (Zach Ramelan)Film Freak is the brainchild of Zach Ramelan — a filmmaker, editor, and motion designer whiz kid we are thrilled to have as a PremiumBeat contributor. His channel is a mix of DIY tips, video editing tricks, and more. In this tutorial, Zach will show you how to create audio swells for transitions — much like the ones you’d hear in an Edgar Wright film.Follow Zach Ramelan: YouTube PremiumBeat Did we leave off your favorite YouTube channels? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more