The Hong Kong Administrative Region Establishment Day is a big day in Hong Kong. It is an official public holiday that is not about independence—it celebrates Hong Kong SAR’s birthday, and is the time to commemorate the remarkable economic growth, which spans over decades of innovation and enterprising efforts of its people. Also referred to as SAR Establishment Day, Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day or Region Establishment Day is observed on the 1st of July every year since 1997 and marks the anniversary of the British handing over or transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).
Feeling safe with all you camera gear in a large and crowded metropolitan city like Shanghai, is always an adventure. When you first arrive you never really know what to expect, this is also part of traveling. But for us and many others with us, it feels really good when you finally find that safe place from where you can take amazing photos/videos freely.
Next to feeling safe, Shanghai has everything you are looking for when you want to film the Chinese urban city life, like the classic buildings in Yuyuan Garden. It is a real tourist hotspot, so it will be crowded, but you can take some nice shots from old Shanghai with in the background the new modern skyscrapers. And people told us that you can get the best dumplings there, the perfect way to celebrate a good shoot.
You can easily find your way via the good metro system that Shanghai offers and it isn’t expensive. It is the easiest way to find your way in this huge city. One of the best places to go and film in Shanghai is Nanjing Road in the evening and walk to the Bund. Nanjing Road is a modern street, which in the evening turns into a street full of neon lights. Such a lovely place to take some photo/videos at during the day as well as in the evening. Next to this street, we found some more typical Chinese streets, close to Nanjing Road, with some old Chinese street signs. So try to look for other places than the main street as well. Often you will find the best shots away from the beaten track.
MotionElements announces the launch of Apple Motion Templates in June 2013 to address the continued appeal of video templates and potential growth of the Apple Motion userbase. In preparation, Motion template Authors are invited to upload their works to MotionElements to take advantage of its online marketplace.
Singapore – Wednesday, 15 May 2013
MotionElements (ME), an Asia-Inspired online marketplace for stock animation, video footage, 3D models, and After Effects templates, opens its doors to Artists who create and sell Apple Motion templates as it gears up for the launch of this new product category. A decision made to address the growing demand for video templates online.
Since its establishment in 2008, MotionElements has gradually grown into an online marketplace that serves the various needs of the creative industry. In addition to offering high quality and royalty-free video content, MotionElements has ventured into the video templates industry by beginning offering After Effects templates to its customers in mid-2012. Nearly a year after, MotionElements is expanding its templates line up with the introduction of Apple Motion templates.
Since two thousand five hundred years, villagers in Southern China have participated in the annual Duanwu Festival. This is a religious celebration that is highlighted by a racing ritual, which is now known as Dragon Boat Racing. This centuries old celebration is held annually on the fifth day of the fifth lunar calendar and the word Duanwu literally means double fifth. Because the date of the festival is based on the traditional Chinese calendar system, which is a combination of the solar and lunar cycles, it is now celebrated in the month of June and sometimes in May or July on the Gregorian calendar. It coincides with the Summer Solstice when the the sun and the dragon are considered to be most potent. The Duanwu is a Chinese folk custom that is as old as the Olympic games in ancient Greece. It is an important celebration in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and other East Asian countries with significant Chinese population.
There are many ways of shooting and editing time-lapses. To give the best results, the best way is shooting still RAW files with a DSLR camera and processing them as an Image Sequence using photo or video editing software.
I personally shoot my RAW files with a Canon 5D Mark II and use Lightroom 4, LRTimelapse and Quicktime Pro 7 softwares for my basic workflow. Other softwares like After Effects CS6, Photoshop CS6 can be used when I need more advanced edits.
LRTimelapse is a tool for time lapse editing that works with Lightroom. It allows to edit metadata info between keyframes, which is useful for smoothing transitions between frames and reducing flickering.
Vesak Day may be known by different names around the world, but Buddhists around the world come together as they celebrate sacred events in Buddha’s life—birth, enlightenment and passing away. Vesak is the fourth month of the lunar calendar. Vesak Day is celebrated on different dates in spring around the world. Usually, it is celebrated following the first full moon in May.
Origin of Vesak day
Buddha was born as Siddhartha, the crown prince of the Sakya tribe in the garden of Lumbini, Nepal. He left his home to join his people when he was 29 and chose the life of an ascetic when he was faced with old age, sickness and death. After practising for six years, he realised that awakening would come only by meditation. Using grass as a mat, he sat under the Peepal tree in Bodh Gaya, located in India’s present-day state of Bihar, facing east direction. He vowed not to rise until he attained enlightenment. He sat for forty-nine days, and became the Buddha or the enlightened one at the age of thirty-five. A Peepal tree still stands at the same spot behind the main temple. It was planted in the nineteenth century and is believed to be a direct descendant of the original tree. Believers tie prayer flags to its branches and meditate under it. A sense of peace and serenity fills the air, as Buddhist monks sit around the tree to meditate and chant. Vesak is observed by devotees to pay homage to Buddha. They take time to realize Buddha’s wise and compassionate guidance and honour him with respect and joy.
Celebrate freedom from greed, hatred and ignorance on Vesak
Each Buddhist culture follows its own traditions for the day.
Shavuot, also known as the “Feast of Weeks” is a Jewish holiday which celebrates two important events in Israel; the giving of Torah (the first five books in the Hebrew Bible) to Moses at Mount Sinai and thanksgiving for the spring grain harvest. Every year, Shavout is celebrated on the Sunday that comes seven weeks or 49 days after the “Feast of First Fruits.” Since Omer, which is the calculation of the number of days, begins on the second evening of Pesach (Passover), Shavout is observed 50 days later and thus is referred to by the name of Pentecost, which is Greek for “50.”
The story behind Shavout
Shavout was called Hag HaKatzir, meaning “The Harvest Holiday,” since it marked the commencement of a new agricultural season. Being one amongst the three pilgrimage festivals, Shavout was the day Israeli males could take the first fruits of the harvest called Bikkurim to the temple. Bikkurim constituted of the seven species of fruit that Israel, being predominantly an agrarian society, was acclaimed for—wheat, grapes, dates, pomegranates, barley, olives, and figs. Farmers tied a reed around the first fruit from each of these varieties that ripened. When these specific fruits were harvested, they were placed in wicker baskets or ones woven with silver and gold by the richer folks. The baskets were loaded on oxen that were bedecked with garlands of flowers. The farmers led the oxen in a grand procession with melodious flutes playing along, all the way to Jerusalem. Bikkurim conveys gratitude to God for first fruits as well as for his guidance.
Las Vegas, USA – Thursday, 11 April 2013
Today marks the final day of the 2013 NAB Show. Missed out on this industry-wide event? MotionElements had its own representative to get into the NAB Show spirit this year. We just received some of the photos he had taken so we can let our readers have a glimpse of what has transpired during this important annual event for the media industry.
Shoobho Nobo Borsho! That’s how you would greet someone on Pohela Boishak. The festival marks the beginning of the harvest season for Bengalis, an ethnic community originating in Bangladesh and India. While the language they speak is what mainly distinguishes Bengalis, it is also their unique cultural traditions and cuisine which has a predilection for fish and sweetmeats which also brings them together. Pohela means first and Boishakh is the first month in the Bengali calendar. So it is also the Bengali New Year celebrations which fall on the 14th of April.
A colourful display of cultural pomp and revelry accompanies the celebrations in Bangladesh and in the Indian state of West Bengal. The festival is also celebrated in other parts of India where Bengali communities abound such as Assam, Tripura and Orissa. It is also celebrated by the Bengali diaspora in many parts of the world including the UK, Australia and the US. However, a visit to Calcutta in India or Dhaka in Bangladesh during the month of April provides one with a kaleidoscopic vision of the festivities which though it begins on the first day of Boishakh, the first month in the Bengali calendar, continues for almost a month.
Las Vegas, USA – Tuesday, 9 April 2013
The NAB Show is a long running annual tradeshow that celebrates all things broadcasting, from content creation, delivery, to its eventual consumption. The shows organizers, US-based National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) has been pioneering discussions of the industry’s trends, technology, careers, practices, legal issues, and advocacy efforts for the last 85 years.
Now on its 4th day, the 2013 NAB Show with its tag line “Where Content Comes to Life”, expects 1,500 companies, 1,600 from the press, and many more from the public to be in attendance within the shows 800,000
square feet of alloted space.
Missing out on the Industry-Wide deals that is accustomary to annual show? MotionElements pays homage to broadcasters and content producers worldwide by offering a major discount for purchases made in the online
store during the 2013 NAB Show.