When on an African safari, lock your doors

first_imgWhile visiting South Africa, the Sutherland family had a one-of-a-kind experience with an inquisitive lioness. The bold big cat ambled up to their car, and unexpectedly opened the door. A wild lioness decided to open a family’s car door while they while they were on a safari. (Image: Screengrab via, YouTube)• Durban: A place to visit• Rare elephant twins born at Pongola Game Reserve • Watch: First trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s new film Chappie• Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage • So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral Priya PitamberImagine driving along on safari in an African game reserve, on the look-out for the Big Five.You stop to take photos when you spot a pride of magnificent lionesses. And while you’re filming the felines, one of them casually ambles over to your vehicle – and gets a little too close for comfort.That is exactly what happened to the family of Joshua Sutherland when they were on holiday in South Africa. “Did you know lions could open car doors?” Sutherland wrote in the accompanying text to his video. “My sisters were visiting our parents, while serving a mission in South Africa, and had an experience of a lifetime.”The video, taken in 2014, has gained traction and had had more than 8 million views at the time of publishing this story. The reaction has been quick in coming, with the The Huffington Post noting that they hapless holidaymakers had definitely learned a lesson. “A family watching lions from the supposed safety of their car learned you should always lock your door.”Watch:Luckily for the family, the car door closed automatically. A female is heard on the video: “Oh my gosh I didn’t know they could do that,” she says, followed by nervous laughter. The video has gone viral and has set social media platforms abuzz:Anyone who owns a cat is NOT surprised by this (mine can open the fridge, drawers etc…) https://t.co/5r6lHgzZyp (Lion opens car door)— Scott Galloway (@scottgal) March 4, 2015‘Lion opens car door’ omg I love thishttp://t.co/0E0bU36Jqq— Hattie (@HattieButtriss) March 4, 2015Good kitty –> Lion opens family’s car door with his teeth http://bit.ly/2R7VY5— Ritu (@ritubpant) November 18, 2009Eeeeek. Smart creatures! http://t.co/O0nNZVW7Pj— B98.5 (@B985COUNTRY) March 9, 2015last_img read more

December Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comment

first_imgThe earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (sun flare optional)You’ll help decide the final Geocacher of the Month for 2013. It’s no small task after you read about these topnotch nominees from North America and Europe. Each is an outstanding geocache maker, with favorite points coming out of their ears they place such well received geocaches.Each nominee is being honored for their contributions to the geocaching community. Each will receive worldwide recognition and a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but which will be named Geocacher of the Month?This is your opportunity to  help decide who will take home the earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin (at left). Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the exclusive special edition Geocoin, a hat and a profile icon. They’ll also receive a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.In November, Janizy, was named Geocacher of the Month. Janizy wrote a thank you. She says, “Woohoo!! : DNo words can express our gratitude to the community of geocachers, friends and family that overflowed leaving supportive comments for me. It’s my name that’s here, but it’s actually the of whole of Puerto Rico celebrating this honor.I want to congratulate [fellow Geocacher of the Month nominees] BIGBROTHERBEAR & NorthWes!! I want you to know that I admire you and would love to meet you someday and go geocaching together.Janizy – November 2013 Geocacher of the MonthI also want to extend a special thanks to Milton_fmh, who nominated me as the Geocacher of the Month. You know you’re part of my family. Thanks for being such a great geocacher and friend. THANKS!”Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Geocacher of the Month. Write a supportive comment at the bottom of this blog for the nominated geocacher that you feel should be awarded the title. A panel of folks from Geocaching HQ will then use your comments to help guide the decision of which geocacher is awarded the Geocacher of the Month honor.Here are your nominees for the December Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length. blazingpathwaysblazingpathways nominee for Geocacher of the MonthThomas Noble writes, ” Not only is blazingpathways currently the most prolific geocache hider in Alaska, Victoria is one of the top 10 finders of caches in Alaska. Her repertoire of cache hides include events, multis, earth caches, traditionals, and puzzles.  She has participated in all sorts of events and CITOs during her geocaching career.Along with creating and finding caches blazingpathways believes in giving back to the caching community. Active in GeocacheAlaska! she has presented many educational programs for the club in such areas as using pocket queries, caching along a route, and using database programs to complement one’s caching experience as well as personalized bling and other geo related items.Victoria is an inclusive cacher who sees geocaching as an activity where all participants are equally worthy of being included.  She actively introduces herself to new geocachers at events and on the trail.  She participates on our local forums where one of her primary interests is in seeing that local cachers receive the accolades they deserve.” Birdman320Birdman 320 – Nominee for Geocacher of the MonthMarietta Davis writes, “Birdman320 is the kind of cacher every cache owner hopes for and appreciates.  Dan never sets off for a find without being prepared for the worst.  He is always loaded with tools such as string, a pocket knife and most importantly a LARGE supply of replacement logs equipped with Ziploc bags to keep them dry.  On one caching adventure with Birdman320 I believe he went through more than 20 log books.Another important thing to mention about Birdman320 is what he does for other people.  Dan Burdick is the most the thoughtful and caring person I have ever met.  Dan goes above and beyond to help anyone in need whenever possible, which extends well beyond the Geocaching community.  I have witnessed Dan going out of his way to shovel sidewalks and clean off cars for the elderly, assist people jump start their cars/get into their cars when the keys were locked in, all after working a 12 hour shift.  Dan has been known to help fellow cachers while in the woods on many occasions crossing creeks and up steep inclines.” siig siig: nominees for geocachers of the monthGeocaching since 2008, siig, has impacted thousands of other geocachers through hides with more than 100 favorite points and events that regularly attract new and old geocachers.  A majority of siig’s finds and all their hides are in Denmark. The geocaching community in the country is growing rapidly and friends say siig is helping lead that community in a positive direction with their hides and finds.Geocacher and prolific hider Jesper Mazanti writes, “My nominees are two geocachers siig. They have both done a lot for geocaching in this area. They have placed a lot of caches of various types and difficulty. They have made some events which all have been visited by a lot of geocachers.All their work reflects a lot fun and they bring the entire geocaching community together socially as well.” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the November Geocacher of the Month. We will be accepting comments through January 31.If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Geocacher of the Month. To nominate a geocacher, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.com and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for the next Geocacher of the Month should be received by February 3. Once Geocaching HQ has received the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so that we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the Newest Geocacher of the MonthApril 15, 2014In “Community”Announcing the November Geocacher of the MonthDecember 31, 2013In “Community”Announcing the October Geocacher of the MonthDecember 6, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing Perspective

first_imgIf you work on an editing project long enough, you can lose your edge in the details. Find out how you can stay sharp all the way to the end.When you’ve been working on a project for a while, it can become difficult to maintain an objective perspective on what you’re doing. What’s really working? What’s not working? What have you missed because you can’t see the forest for the trees anymore?When you get too close to the edit, it becomes challenging to improve your work at all — because you can’t see it for what it really is.In this post, I’m going to share five quick tips that I’ve picked up over the last decade of freelance editing — tips to help you regain a fresh perspective on your edit. Let’s dive in.1. Watch with OthersImage via guruXOX.By far and away the fastest way to see your project through someone else’s eyes is to actually watch it with someone else. They don’t even have to say anything afterwards for it to transform your own viewing experience.Suddenly you can see all the jarring cuts, the confusing moments, and the ideas that go on a bit too long. Plus, you hear all the bits of audio that aren’t mixed well enough.As much as editors might like to say “It’s not done yet,” getting your work in front of other people as early as you comfortably can is a rapid way to learn a whole lot about what is working and what still needs improvement.This is also the basis of most audience test screenings; editors will often watch the audience rather than the screen, to really understand what is working and what’s not.2. Turn off the SoundImage via Kornburut Woradee.Turning off the sound and just watching the images is a trick that quite a few editors favor — Walter Murch, ACE and Joe Walker, ACE are known to regularly do this.We both love cutting with the speakers off, which is just something we started doing on Sicario, and cutting it as a silent movie sometimes . . . but it seems to be a good approach with [Villeneuve’s] films, that if it works with just the visuals and you can tell what’s going on and the story is working . . . it makes you very tough [on the story]. —Joe WalkerThis approach also helps you follow the old filmmaking axiom of “Show, don’t tell,” which often reveals where you can cut out extraneous dialogue, exposition, or waffle.Focusing on the visuals also helps you judge the pacing of individual shots and scenes much more accurately since the sound isn’t adjusting your experience of a scene’s pace. An obvious example of this is how much slower an action scene might feel without sound effects and music.Other variants of this idea include watching the film in black and white or even turning the image upside-down to shake up how you’re accustomed to seeing it.3. Turn off the ImagesImage via Oleksiichik.The inverse of the previous tip is equally useful. By turning off the images altogether and just listening to your edit, you engage your project’s pacing in a completely new way.Documentary editors regularly use this approach when building their initial edit (often called a “radio edit”). By just working with the key sound bites or actual moments, you can quickly get to a first assembly with most of the right ideas in the right places because the dialogue tends to carry most of the information a story needs to advance.Simply listening to a more complete project will help you discern where the pacing is or isn’t working, pick up stumbles in dialogue that you don’t need to keep, and understand where you need to add breathing room for the ideas or dialogue to really land. You’ll also get a better sense of the quality of your sound mix, including whether there are too many sound effects (or not enough) and if the music is too loud, etc.Before you sign off of any edit, it’s worth trying tips 2 and 3 to see what you discover for yourself.4. Editor Joe Walker’s Hat TrickImage via FrameStockFootages.‘Pace’ isn’t just rattling through a film without allowing anyone to feel anything; you have to add variety and landscape the moments you want to dwell on. A director I worked with used to say, ‘You’ve got to sell some to buy others.’ Apply firm scrutiny of the sense of time throughout the story.I have a trick for this: When the film’s in good shape and you’re nearly finished, write scene numbers on a slip of paper and pull each randomly from a hat. Then, look at that scene — only that scene.Maybe investigate the dailies one more time. Is it the best it can be?Toward the end of movies there tend to be scenes that don’t get as much of a workout as those up top. This prevents that carelessness. Economise. Use cuts as sparely as you can.Don’t tire everyone out telling them what to think all the time. Allow the audience to invest their attention in a character or a shot. —Joe WalkerThis idea of working on scenes in a random order and making sure that you re-appraise every scene is a good way to get a fresh perspective on how each scene is performing in isolation.Even if you’re not working on a scene-based project, you can still apply this technique by segmenting your project into small sections, mapping those beats out on bits of paper, and doing the same hat shuffle.5. DistanceIf you can, putting your project aside for a period of time — hopefully more than 24 hours, but whatever you can manage — is a great way to rebuild your perspective. You’ll see it with fresh eyes after establishing a bit of distance.I remember hearing editor William Goldenberg ACE, tell this anecdote about working with director Michael Mann on The Insider:We would screen the movie at seven in the morning every day, so you do start to lose your objectivity. There will be days when you see it more clearly than others but what happens is if you then skip a day, that’s like skipping a week because you’re so used to seeing it.If twenty-four hours go by, that’s a huge amount of time. It really does in a strange way train you to be objective faster.”The final runtime of The Insider is 2 hours and 37 minutes, so I can only imagine how long the early cuts must have been, given that they’re typically 2/3 thirds longer than the theatrical release.This technique is an interesting one given how many days a feature film takes to edit, and maybe it’s the only way to shortcut to that kind of beneficial distance.As a follow-up story on the benefits of time and space, Mission: Impossible — Fallout editor Eddie Hamilton shared this story in his recent interview with editor and author Steve Hullfish:[After Tom Cruise broke his ankle filming a stunt] the crew started a three-month hiatus, and in that time Chris McQuarrie and I focused on fine-cutting all the sequences that had been filmed up to that point.Chris has this expression: ‘disaster is an opportunity to excel.’ He always looks for the silver lining of any cloud and stays positive.We used the time to take a long, hard look at the film and ask ourselves difficult questions about what the strengths of the film were and what could be improved. We revised all the remaining scenes to be filmed and figured out what the very best connective tissue would be . . .. . . I think every crew should stop work for a month two-thirds of the way through the filming schedule, look at what they’ve got, revise plans, and carry on filming afterwards!Of course that never happens. You have to look at it as an opportunity to dramatically increase the quality of the storytelling.Cover image via boyhey.Looking for more editing tips and tricks? Check these out.Film Theory: Why Don’t We Notice All Those Editing Cuts?Video Breakdown: 9 Cuts Every Editor Should KnowThe 5 Top Editing Gadgets on the Market Right NowInvisibility: The Secret to Editing and Shooting an InterviewLearning How to Edit While You Shootlast_img read more

TNT’s Roger Pogoy downplays clutch offensive showing

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The score was tied at 74 with 3:04 left in the game when Pogoy made a booming 3-pointer off Jayson Castro’s assist with 2:38 remaining in the game to give the KaTropa a 77-74 lead.READ: Pogoy lifts TNT over Magnolia in OTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe then, made another clutch basket, this time a turnaround jumper in the post against Jio Jalalon that put TNT up, 79-74, with 29.9 seconds remaining.“We really have to win and that’s probably why we played that way,” said Pogoy in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “The win, however, wasn’t just because of my dagger since all of us helped each other especially with that good pass from kuya Jayson in overtime.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Pogoy added that he wasn’t used to being a scorer and he regarded himself as more of a defender rather than an offensive player.But his numbers prove otherwise.“Actually, I’m not comfortable being a scorer and I see myself as more of a defensive player,” said Pogoy, who had 26 points and five rebounds. “I’m not consistent in my offense but I work hard to be a good defender and rebounder.”Pogoy has emerged as TNT’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 19.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game through six games this conference where the KaTropa went 3-3.Well his rebounding numbers is a defensive aspect of the game, but those nearly 20 points a game just shatters his claim that he’s not a scorer.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Beau Belga’s presence looms large over young Rain or Shine teammates SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Roger Pogoy may not say it but he’s a true blue scorer and when TNT needed his offensive exploits, he was more than happy to oblige.The KaTropa and Magnolia were locked in a tight overtime period when Pogoy decided to work his magic.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

a month agoWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice targets top 6

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham midfielder Declan Rice targets top 6by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice feels they can push for a top six finish.Rice was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.He said, “If you look at the players we’ve got, without a doubt we should be pushing for top six, like Wolves did so well last season.“Last season, we were going to teams like Wolves and Cardiff and we were losing and that’s what let us down, but this season we’ve started well and we could have gone third, and that was what was in all of our minds.“We’re on eight points and that’s five points better than we had after five games last season, so we see it all as a positive.” last_img read more

a month agoSheffield Utd manager Chris Wilder: A ridiculous win

first_imgSheffield Utd manager Chris Wilder: A ridiculous winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United won away for the first time on their return to the Premier League at Everton.A Yerry Mina own goal and a late Lys Mousset strike condemned Everton to defeat at Goodison Park.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said afterwards: “We’re delighted. It was just a ridiculous game. That’s possibly the worst we’ve played all season. We didn’t play anything like our best today but managed to win the game.”Everton put a lot of balls in our box, which opened us up a bit in the first half. Out of possession we were really good. The goalkeeper and our three defenders did really well. I think they had a million corners today.”We rode our luck a little bit – we certainly didn’t have any last week. Everybody says that to stay in the Premier League, your home form has to be spot on. We’ve reversed that thought process.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp hails Milner as ‘man on fire’

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp hails Milner as ‘man on fire’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed James Milner as a “man on fire”.The 33-year-old scored the opener in Wednesday’s 2-1 Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.”This man is on fire, that’s how it is,” said the Reds boss. “He helps a lot and he is a real model for the young players.”If he could play every day, Millie would be like this every day, so that is brilliant.”We could have done better in that final period but we started well as a team but then we got a bit stiff.”We had to force the goal and then you saw Millie (score). The team lacked rhythm and experience and the player with the most rhythm and experience was the best player on the pitch. It was pretty obvious.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PM to Examine Building Approvals Process

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he will be examining the procedure for the granting of building approvals by the local government authorities in order to speed up the process. Story Highlights “Jamaica is ranked 70, which is second in the region, in the World Bank ‘Ease of Doing Business’ report. However, with respect to construction permits, which deals with building approvals, the country stands at 98 globally out of 190 countries,” the Prime Minister lamented. He argued that “territorial behaviour” by the municipal bodies in the issuance of such permits often results in delays, negatively impacting the country’s building approval rating and hindering national growth targets. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he will be examining the procedure for the granting of building approvals by the local government authorities in order to speed up the process.He argued that “territorial behaviour” by the municipal bodies in the issuance of such permits often results in delays, negatively impacting the country’s building approval rating and hindering national growth targets.“Jamaica is ranked 70, which is second in the region, in the World Bank ‘Ease of Doing Business’ report. However, with respect to construction permits, which deals with building approvals, the country stands at 98 globally out of 190 countries,” the Prime Minister lamented.“I am absolutely committed to the process of getting government efficient. So, I am taking this opportunity to raise my concerns to the local government institutions that we cannot allow internal territorial behaviour to slow up national [progress],” he said.The Prime Minister was addressing mayors, counsellors and administrators at the opening ceremony of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development’s Local Governance Conference in Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday (July 17).He urged the officers to make use of the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system, which is designed to track and manage development applications, in order to speed up the delivery of building permits and approvals.“I hope that at this conference, when you’re discussing responsiveness and accountability… the AMANDA system is on the top of your list. We have spent a lot of money equipping your offices with the relevant tools to yield the results. I’m hoping that you have been training your staff to use it. We can’t spend all this money to put in place a system, to use a technology-generated support system and then don’t use it,” the Prime Minister pointed out.The three-day local governance conference, which concludes on Thursday (July 19), is being held under the theme ‘Strengthening Responsiveness and Accountability within the Local Governance Framework’.last_img read more

Spring Creek Has Gone To The Dogs

first_imgThe program is so new they are still working out the logistics of acquiring non-aggressive dogs and getting them transported to the prison – but of the first batch received from Dillingham, Miranda says half have already been adopted out. “The two that we have remaining from Dillingham are from a very sweet couple that were getting on in age, and they couldn’t take care of the dogs, and the shelter is just in a place where they don’t keep them, they terminate them.” As Marianna Miranda, the Assistant Superintendent at the Spring Creek Correctional Center describes their new SPOT program the confidence in the healing and hope that the program provides is evident. Each dog is assigned a primary handler and two secondary handlers who have dog training experience.  Miranda says they become the handler’s defacto roommate, sleeping in their cells, and getting 24/7 attention, love and exercise. Spring Creek Correctional Center Assistant Superintendent Marianna Miranda: “We didn’t know if it was going to make it, because it was so afraid, of, like, it’s own shadow. It was just afraid of everything. And just in, I want to say it’s been a month, and that dog has turned around 100%” It’s funded with a fraction of the monies that inmates make running a snack shack, the fraction that was allocated to the prison as its share.center_img Miranda says getting unconditional love and discipline behind the walls is a strong incentive for inmates and a win for unwanted dogs that would otherwise be put down. Spring Creek Correctional Center Assistant Superintendent Marianna Miranda: “You know I got right now over 400 prisoners, and all of them want a dog – not that we are going to go that big.” Miranda says that getting into the program is a big incentive for the inmates to be on good behavior.  To qualify, they have to have a year with no disciplinary issues, demonstrate they are working on a pro-social path, and employed. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Dorene-on-spring-creek-is-going-to-the-dogs.mp3last_img read more

The State of Publication Printing Technology

first_imgVirtual proofing. Ad portals. Automated workflows.Even as the print workflow becomes increasingly digitized, the fact remains that most of what we’re dealing with is mature technology for a mature business. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t new services saving the day (and chronic problems yet to be resolved). Here, production and manufacturing executives weigh in on the tools that have been the biggest benefits to their jobs—as well as problem areas where they want to see more from their printer partners.Quebecor World executive vice president of market development Sean Twomey says technology only matters if it drives client benefits. “While press and bindery technology continue to advance, it’s how you use the state-of-the-art equipment in a networked fashion that makes a difference,” he adds. The four areas of importance according to Twomey are manufacturing flexibility; color management; speed-to-market and creativity. “We have launched our Web-based, High Impact Showcase to show multiple examples of creative and technical print solutions that drive consumer interaction, consumer recall and consumer action,” he says.  For b-to-b giant Advanstar, co-mailing and closed-loop-color have had the biggest positive impact. “Co-mail has made a significant decrease in our postage costs,” says corporate director of media operations Keith Hammerbeck. “This has worked very well for standard size books that do not polybag. It has not worked very well for tabloids and polybagged issues. Our printer, however, is now coming out with a much better solution for handling polybagged standard size publications.”Meanwhile, closed-loop-color is helping with some challenges. “It’s made a big improvement in color consistency and improved color reproduction,” says Hammerbeck. “It has also helped reduce paper spoilage. There are still some challenges in getting information out of the closed-loop systems in regard to what percentage of the run stayed within plus or minus of the specific color target.”Several publishers  cited B.Direct—Brown Printing’s integrated version of DALiM MiSTRAL’s project management and job tracking system—as a step forward. “I’ve been using InSite for years and recently started working with B.Direct,” says Jodie Wennberg, associate manufacturing director at Dwell. “It has an added benefit of providing form inlines with thumbnail images. This has allowed us to discuss inline scenarios with our printer in advance and troubleshoot problems. We may not be able to change the situation, but we can provide detailed information for the pressman regarding what to focus on or favor.”Trade title Dentistry Today previously used Quickcut before turning to B.Direct. “[Quickcut] was charging us so much per inch for the advertising and another rate per inch for our editorial content, it cost us somewhere between $2,500-$3,500 per month,” says production manager Jan Marie Nigro. “We now have the ability to upload, print-off-proof and okay the magazine in one day.” The Ups and Downs of Digital PublishingA novelty just a few years ago, soft-proofing has gone mainstream. “Sending ad materials digitally has allowed us to extend our materials deadlines and accept ads later in the process,” says Eileen Rhine, production director at Outside. “Soft proofing has also given us more flexibility in our editorial workflow.”Still, issues remain. “I believe that some of the costs associated with supplying ad materials have been transferred from the agencies/advertisers to the pubs/printers. Cost savings have been partially offset by additional expenses,” adds Rhine. “Fewer ad proofs are being supplied, and occasional errors in supplied materials are more difficult to identify and correct.”In-house pre-press has had a positive impact on Travel Weekly’s production workflow by allowing the publisher to accept digital material via the Web or FTP site and then immediately process that material to place on page dramatically cuts down time. “Recently I received an ad and was processing it to send to the printer and I noticed some copy was extremely close to the trim,” says production supervisor Michele M. Garth. “I was able to contact the advertiser, receive a replacement file, process the file and send the page to the printer all within the hour. A problem like that would have taken days to resolve in past workflows.”Hearst, which uses Adobe InDesign, InCopy and K4, has done its own edit pre-press for the past five years, eliminating the editorial production department. The publisher has reworked its pre-media department within the larger production and manufacturing department to include staff with edit production experience. “This is a four-person department that processes all final edit pages for 15 titles,” says director of editorial operations Ellen Payne. Kodak’s Prinergy and InSite pre-press portal have had the most significant impact for Hearst’s editorial production.“We’ve really customized Prinergy to our workflow using their rules-based automation,” says Sean Keefe, director of editorial products at Hearst. “That’s enabled us to roll out virtual proofing both on the press side and at the magazines. Half of our magazines are already virtual on the press side and two to three are virtual internally.” This enables Hearst to deliver PDF-X4 files rather than PDF-X1s. “This is a huge advantage for us because the final PDF files are no longer being flattened,” says Keefe. “‘Rasterization’ goes away and our printers use the Adobe Print Engine to process final files. Because we don’t have to flatten files on the edit side we can take advantage of layering InDesign to automate more tasks.”  Hearst also uses a plug-in called MadeToPrint that automates tasks that normally would be manual. “We usually make our contract proof and final proof PDFs and it splits these pages into singles, which are required on press,” says Keefe. “It renames files to what the printers require names to be so they can easily place it into their imposition software. It takes advantage of the fact we use auto numbering and InDesign to rename these files, and  eliminates the potential on our end or our printer’s end to have errors.”Meanwhile, Rodale’s Women’s Health works with QuadGraphics and a process called Smart Create. “We print to a print server or export a PDF with a low res image,” says production manager David Cardillo. “It eliminates all pre-press people. Some have argued that it puts the onus of pre-press on us, but I’m making sure my file is okay before shipping. I’ve  had issues with people trying to fix things they thought were wrong in the layout. This has eliminated that. It’s also much faster; we usually get a page proof the next day.” What Publishers Want To SeePublishers have a long wish list for printers and that includes process as well as hardware. “We feel that printers need to be more pro-active in the exchange of data,” says Hammerbeck. “For example, all of our print instructions are re-keyed at the printer. Publishers should be able to send the printer digital instructions that flow directly into their systems. These systems could also help make it easier for the publisher to produce their folio, place ads, etcetera. There are a few systems that a publisher can buy that will allow them to do this to a certain extent but a publisher shouldn’t have to buy software to make the printer’s job easier and help them reduce errors.”Hammerbeck also wants to see a change with invoices, which could mean more revenue for the printer. “It would be nice if printer invoices could be coded so that the costs could flow into the publisher’s financial systems and reduce the amount of manual intervention,” he adds. “We have been working very hard to give our magazine printer more non-magazine business but it has been a struggle because they have not been as competitive as commercial printers.”Garth agrees. “I think the printers and service vendors are doing a great job of creating efficiencies to help smooth workflows but I’d like to see the same improvements made in the areas of keeping track of paper, pricing and insertion orders.”Outside’s Rhine would like to see industry organizations address guidelines for advertising submission. “I know that individual printers and vendors offer ad uploading software solutions, which represent another cost to publishers,” she says. “I’d like to see AAAA and GATF  form a task force of some kind to create universal specifications for ad submission, including insertion orders and billing information.”Easy, economical and foolproof verification of advertiser supplied proofs is Wennberg’s wish. “We have several ways we review the proofs supplied, but we inevitably receive proofs that the printer cannot match. This results in wasted time on press and potential quality complaints.”Dwell wants to know how quickly and easily it can verify a proof that  is (or is not) SWOP compliant with 100 percent accuracy. “For us, this solution should be practical for use in an office environment,” says Wennberg. “It should provide us detailed information that we can discuss with the client.”Be Careful What You Wish ForStill, publishers need to be aware that each new change can bring a set of unintended consequences.  “I recently saw an article about paper manufacturers adding more calcium to the mixture for whiter sheets, and now that’s affecting the press by putting more sediment in the ink and it’s getting into the plates and rollers,” says Cardillo. “Even the pressman isn’t sure. Once they think they’ve got it, someone else throws something into the mix. Yes, it’s the same brand of paper but it’s got a different composition and it hits the paper differently so they have to readjust everything.” Don’t dismiss Cardillo as just another legacy print publisher who’s afraid of change. “My big thing about any technology is that it does make some things easier but they all come with their own set of problems,” he says. “I’ve got a decade of experience in IT and I say digital is not the answer. It’s faster but not necessarily better. Ultimately, this is still a 400-year-old technology. Maybe it requires a 400-year-old process to get it right.” SIDEBAR #1Five Tips for Reducing Production CostsPrinters weigh in on how magazine publishers can save. By Jason FellWith postal, paper and distribution costs all on the rise, and no economic rebound in near sight, it’s more important now than ever for magazine publishers to save money where they can. Here, we’ve collected five tips—some tried and true, some less conventional—from printers Publishers Press and Transcontinental for how magazines can save on production costs.• Update your mail list: The U.S. Postal Service has started taking away discounts for Standard and First-Class mailers whose lists have not been updated. Maintaining a current list also reduces the number of over-prints and wasted copies.• Switch to a proofless workflow: Virtual press side proofing enables publishers to view and manage intricate color proofs online and increases the probability that the final output will mirror approved content. This is a big cost saver in terms of eliminating the need to ship proofs back and forth.• Use paper from your printer: Maybe it’s a plug, but Publishers Press recommends that publishers find out if their printer offers a private label paper. If this option isn’t available then perhaps switching to a lower grade weight will be more cost-effective.• Examine all co-mailing options: More printers are offering co-mailing, co-palletization and drop shipping services. Transcontinental and Publishers Press recommend asking your printer for an analysis of your list and determine a co-mailing strategy. “Remember that your goal is to get more of your mail onto pallets to qualify for additional drop shipping and postal worksharing discounts,” Transcontinental says.• Consider producing a specialty cover: Although the production process might cost more up front, the possibility for generating additional advertising revenue, especially for consumer magazines, are greater. The printers suggest options like stamping, embossing and reflective. SIDEBAR #2 The Printer As Match-MakerPrinters negotiate deals between publishers and digital vendors.In recent years, many printers have offered ancillary digital services such as digital editions and ad portals. While some still do, others have decided they are better suited to serving as a representive for their print clients in researching and negotiating with dedicated digital vendors.   Cummings acts as a digital go-between for its print clients. So does Lane Press, which serves more than 400 smaller titles. “Most of our competitors are launching their own proprietary solutions for things like ad portals and digital editions that are typically tacked onto the production process,” says vice president of sales and marketing Charlie Shelley. “We are not software or technology vendors. Technology changes so quickly and the rule is the costs of technology halve every year while functionality doubles.”Instead, Lane identifies vendors that are best suited for its clients. “We conduct research on the vendors in this space on behalf of our customers, then we negotiate a price and step out of the way,” says Shelley. “We may have three or four vendors in-pocket for a digital solution and each is designed to address different levels of complexity. There may be a very inexpensive provider that a publisher can use for a rudimentary application or a high-end solution that can help increase their rate base.”This strategy helps reduce the cost of sale for the vendor while giving Lane ammo to compete with other printers who are offering those solutions in-house. “One of our customers came up for renewal and our competitors were offering a digital solution,” says Shelley. “We hooked them up with Zmags and they’ve been very happy.”Lane has negotiated similar agreements with co-mailing and ad portal services and claims that being the match-maker gives the company flexibility that competitors with proprietary solutions don’t have. “If you go with an in-house co-mail solution you have to live with their limitations, like not co-mailing a magazine with less than a certain number of issues,” says Shelley. “Because we offer multiple solutions, we’re not hamstrung by a particular logistics provider.”last_img read more