Joe Hart denies below-par Manchester City are lacking leaders after Stoke loss

first_img “Conditions were tough but that’s English football – I said before the game no-one would be able to walk of the pitch with an excuse. “It’s not like the wind got up four seconds before kick-off – we knew what we were coming into and Stoke knew what they were coming in to. “A few of the lads are feeling it from the amount of games we’re playing but that’s not an excuse.” Defender Nicolas Otamendi, who has looked relatively comfortable in central defence alongside Kompany or Mangala but was shaky paired with Demichelis, believes they lacked the necessary attitude to win at the Britannia. “Obviously the conditions didn’t suit the way we play but we can’t honestly use that as an excuse,” he said. “We may have lacked a bit of attitude on the pitch but we must look to the next game. We need to show a better impression. “We didn’t perform well but the team always fights and we’ll get a good result next time. “Credit to Stoke, they are strong at home and the conditions suited their style of play and they had a good performance. “Things didn’t go as we expected. We will now look forward to the next game, try to get three points and forget about this game. “We need to keep working hard. We need to keep focused defensively and we need to work hard to amend these errors.” Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart admits the team’s performances have dropped below the minimum required recently but he denies they are suffering from a lack of leadership. But Hart, returning to the side after injury himself and captaining in the absence of Kompany, believes they have enough quality to cope without the influential Belgium international. “We’ve got a great squad and Vinny is a massive part of it but Nico (Otamendi), Martin (Demichelis) and Manga (Eliaquim Mangala – suspended for the Stoke game) are good centre-halves,” he told CityTV. “After a 2-0 loss it’s probably easy to say [Kompany was missed] but we’ll stick together as a squad, work for each other and get through this.” A fourth away game without a win – and the third in a row on the road without a goal – has seen City overtaken by Leicester and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League. Hart admits they have to raise their game, starting on Tuesday when they host Borussia Munchengladbach needing a win and a favour from Sevilla to top their Champions League group – from which they have already qualified – to give them a much-needed easier quarter-final draw. “At the level we’re playing at, we need to turn out performances of seven out of 10 at least every week and rely on some players to produce eights and nines,” added the England international. “That’s how we should be playing and we’re not. Credit to Stoke – I thought they deserved to win. “It was a disappointing start (conceding after just seven minutes) and we couldn’t recover from it. We didn’t play well. Manuel Pellegrini’s side were out-played in every department in the 2-0 defeat at Stoke in which Marko Arnautovic scored twice from assists from the excellent Xherdan Shaqiri and could easily have had a couple more at a windswept Britannia Stadium. City’s defence have recorded just two clean sheets in the last 18 matches, after not conceding a goal in their opening five games of the season, and it is no coincidence the absence of captain Vincent Kompany to injury has affected their stability at the back. Press Associationlast_img read more

A tough way to end the season; Wellington loses to Winfield 6-5 in first round

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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago Wellington, please don’t run me out of town or lynch me from the highest tree (OK you can if you want). I’m analyzing those two pictures there and I think Dunn may be out. Look how far away he is from the third base. I which I had my camera on high shutter speed, but I didn’t at the time. I have sat and looked at those two pictures for about 10 minutes and I can’t justify that call being overturned if we had a replay system. The ump may have been right after all. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington Fan · 325 weeks ago I was at that game! Dunn was clearly safe! The umps were giving Winfield calls left and right. But yes Dunn was safe it was a no doubter Cue Ball Report Reply 1 reply · active 325 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago You might be right. I’m just saying from the vantage point of the camera it most certainly looks like Dunn could have been out on that play. But I don’t know from the other point of view it could be completely different. Tough call. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 325 weeks ago Whether Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington Fan · 325 weeks ago Its Baseball, But it’s in the past now! All they can do is come back next year and stick it to them! Go Crusaders. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Baseball fan · 325 weeks ago The boys did fight back in that game and it was too bad they lost. I really think it’s time for a change in the coaching staff. Dale is not a head coach. I personally feel that he would make an ok assistant. His baseball knowledge is minimal and if it’s a tight game he will always find a way to blow it down the stretch. He’s never made it past the first round of regionals and always finds ways to surrender leads. Example would be Mulvane a few years ago and of course yesterday. He makes ridiculous decisions with the DH spot in the lineup. Yesterday, he didn’t make sure the boys were in the right bunt coverage and it cost wellington the game. As a matter of fact, bunt coverage is never worked on in practice and neither is bunting. Dale chose to bunt down the stretch and its clear its never worked on or he doesn’t know how to teach it because our execution was poor. The team gave up on him after the Andale losses and he never got the ship headed back in the right direction. Pitchers are left in the game way too long and karma always makes you pay with poor decisions in a game. I know I’m not the only fan that feels this way. There were several at yesterday’s game. When your winning percentage isn’t at .500 for your career in Wellington, it’s time to go. Most jobs don’t accept a 50% success rate. I want to thank the players for a fun season. Report Reply 2 replies · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago I’m allowing just one more response to the subject above and it will be a rebuttal. After that there will be no more comments on this specific subject. If you want to comment on the game then that’s fine. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Baseball Player · 324 weeks ago It’s not dales fault we couldn’t drop a bunt down that game? That stuff is supposed to be worked on our own time, But we have kids who don’t care enough to do work on their own time. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 324 weeks ago Bunting is not a work on your own thing sorry. Many different ways to bunt. There is a bunt and there is a sacrifice. Fundamental baseball should be an everyday thing in practice. Little things are what separates teams at the end regardless of who is coaching. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 324 weeks ago Reference the call at third. .rarely does ONE call decide the outcome of any one game. Usually in a single game each team wil get calls in each others favor so they balance each other out. No umpire decides the winner before or during the game. It is a game if angles and even the best get blocked out or just miss a call. I know this umpire and he has done several crusader games…just looking for someone to blame. Good season Dukes much improved. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Winfield 6 Wellington 5Wellington 002 000 3 — 5   9   5Winfield 010 041 0 — 6   9   2WP – W. Adler. LP – Trevor Nance.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington baseball team has not had much luck this decade when it comes to post-season regional competition. But Wednesday afternoon was the mother of heartbreak for the Crusader program.Wellington lost to Winfield 6-5 Wednesday in the first round of the Class 4A Regional. The Crusaders will no doubt look back on this game with regret.“I was really, really proud of how the boys competed,” said Jesse Dale, Wellington head baseball coach. “But we had our chances. We left a lot of runners on base.”Wellington finished the year at 10-11. Winfield would go on to lose in a heartbreaker of its own to Rose Hill 7-6 in the regional championship.“It was that kind of regional when it was up for grabs,” Dale said. “Anyone could have won it.”Wellington’s final contest of 2014 had a lot of “what ifs” to mull over. The Crusaders left nine batters on base including bases loaded in the top of the sixth and seventh inning. Wellington committed five errors.Trevor Nance on the mound.Unfortunately, three of those came in one inning for which Winfield scored four runs and secured the win.Both Wellington and Winfield put their pitching aces on the mound for the opening game: Trevor Nance for Wellington and Will Adler for Winfield. While neither boy would pitch all seven innings it could be said the contest ended in a draw pitching wise as both teams had nine hits each.After Winfield scored a run in the bottom of the first, Wellington responded in the top of the third when Wesley Gilmore and Parker Daugherty got on base and were singled home by Nance.The game hummed right along until the bottom of the fifth when Winfield scored four runs on a comedy of Wellington errors, including a couple of overthrows and not covering first base on a routine in-field grounder.Down 5-2 Wellington was clearly in trouble. Nevertheless, Wellington would come back in the top of the sixth for a very promising inning. Austin Dunn opened the inning with a single and was rounding to second headed to third off a Winfield error. He was called out at third. But as the pictures attest, that may or may not have been the case. There was one second time laps between the two pictures. In the top picture unfortunately blocked by the ump, Dunn was clearly in slide mode. The second picture was him tagging third with the Winfield third baseman’s glove in the air. What the two pictures don’t demonstrate is weather the third baseman was able to bring his glove down to tag Dunn.That gave Wellington a critical out which would haunt it later in the inning. The Crusaders still loaded the bases and things looked promising with Daugherty on a 3-1 count at the plate. Unfortunately, he had a pop-up fly that resulted in Wellington’s second out and then a strikeout thereafter ended the inning with Wellington getting no runs.The bottom of the sixth was much more productive for the Crusaders defensively, but still Winfield scored when C. Tapia was able to get to home plate before Wellington could secure the snag in a run-down with a Viking runner between first and second. That would prove to be the ball game.Wellington gets Winfield runner in rundown, but Viking player at third crosses home before doing so.In the final inning, Wellington immediately scored after Andrew Horn doubled and Trevor Nance singled him home. Jalen Macias and Austin Dunn both singled to load the bases and Connor Burden smacked a 2RBI single to narrow the margin to one 6-5 with one out.The Crusaders, who had four hits in the inning alone had the bases loaded again. But a strikeout followed by a pop-up fly catch by the catcher resulted in Wellington failing to get the tying run home.Pinch runner Baker scores the first run for the Dukes in the top of the seventh.“It was a tough game to lose,” Dale said. “But they competed hard. They could have easily folded their tents after the fifth inning but they came back.”Wellington will lose nine seniors off this team, but will return a strong nucleus for next year.last_img read more

Environmental activist laid to rest

first_imgArguably one of Kenya’s most well-knownwomen, Wangari Maathai was a fearlesscampaigner for women’s rights andenvironmental protection. She is seenhere with former president NelsonMandela.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Kenyan children plant a tree.(Image: UNEP) Maathai photographed in her homelandof Kenya.(Image: The Green Belt Movement) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Green Belt Movement  Nairobi, Kenya   +254 20 3873057 RELATED ARTICLES • Swazi attorney wins Green Nobel prize • Cheetah guru wins Tyler prize • African projects to save the earth • ‘The Infinite Gardens of Mandela’ • Green Scorpions in sting operationEmily van RijswijckShe was the inspiration behind, and patron of the Billion Tree Campaign, which falls under the UN Environmental Programme and aims to halt global deforestation.In her own country she created the Green Belt Movement (GBM), an environmental NGO with a strong social focus, especially on the empowerment of women.Professor Wangari Muta Maathai, who died at age 71 on 25 September in Nairobi after a long battle with cancer, was a woman of firsts: in 1971 she became the first East African woman to earn a doctorate in anatomy and in 2004 was the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her tireless work to promote sustainability, democracy and peace.Maathai’s maxim was that when you plant trees, you also plant the seeds of peace and hope. After seeing the environmental devastation and economic ruin caused by mass deforestation in her home country of Kenya, Maathai started the Green Belt Movement in 1977, with the aim of promoting better management of natural resources.In so doing she hoped to bring about greater sustainability, equity and justice, particularly for her countrywomen, with whom she worked closely.The GBM has since planted more than 47-million trees across Africa, restoring degraded environments and improving the quality of life for people in poverty, especially the 900 000 women who have established tree nurseries and improved their own quality of life.The Billion Tree Campaign reached its target in less than a year and is now aiming for the 14-billion mark. The campaign has planted almost 12-billion trees across the world and celebrates the International Year of Forests in 2011.In a tribute to Maathai on the Green Belt Movement website, she is quoted as saying: “You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.”Jeunesse Park, CEO of the South African NGO Food and Trees For Africa, described her as an inspiration to all,“The Tree Woman of Africa who bravely confronted governments in her efforts to save the forests – her messages were so simple, yet so meaningful. She showed how every one of us can change the world,” said Park.“We were privileged to be acknowledged by her, to know her, share with her and plant a tree with her – she will be greatly missed.”In a statement the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced its shock at her passing and gave praise to a woman who had achieved so much in her lifetime.“Prof Maathai has left a lasting legacy in greater awareness and work in protecting our environment and the world,” said Achmat Dangor, the foundation’s CEO.On African leadership As the work of the GBM expanded, Maathai soon came to realise that deeper social issues underpinned poverty and environmental destruction.Bad governance lay at the heart of Africa’s many challenges, she felt, contributing to disempowerment of the masses and the loss of vital social values which over centuries had sustained communities.Maathai used tree-planting to drive a larger environmental, economic and social agenda. She became especially vocal about leadership, or the lack thereof, in Africa at large. In her own country during the 1980s and 90s, she spoke out strongly against the unbridled human rights abuses of then-Kenyan president, Daniel arap Moi.As a consequence of her ongoing crusades against environmental destruction, and her outspoken stance against the government, Maathai and her staff were sometimes physically harassed, assaulted and even jailed.During one of her many interviews she had this to say about Africa’s leadership: “Our leadership in Africa is characterised by corruption, selfishness and greed which has literally torn our continent apart.” This, she said, was because “our leaders are not willing to serve”.  In 2005, Maathai delivered the third Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in her capacity as Kenyan deputy minister of environment.“We need people who love Africa so much that they want to protect her from destructive processes,” she said in her address. “There are simple actions we can take. Start by planting ten trees each of us needs to absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale.”In the same speech Maathai also asked people to practice the 3R campaign – reduce, re-use, recycle – and to get involved in local initiatives and when possible, volunteer to serve the community as best they can.As an MP during the early 2000s, she advocated for reforestation and the protection of forests. She was a tireless campaigner for education and empowerment and the role of the government in bringing about change.In 2006 she co-founded the Nobel Women’s Initiative with fellow women peace laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Mairead Maguire, Aung San Suu Kyi to advocate for justice, equality, and peace worldwide.On the website the remaining members express their deep sadness at her passing, but remember Maathai for her “fearless strength in adversity, her creative approach to building a peaceful, healthy planet and her hard work to inspire and empower women”.Global warming activistAs concern over global warming became more pronounced, Maathai added her voice and efforts to the worldwide campaign to fight climate change.The last years of her life saw her increasingly involved in global issues, specifically advocating for the protection of indigenous forests and the inclusion of civil society in policy decisions.  As a result of her efforts she became goodwill ambassador for the Congo Basin rainforest in 2005 and in 2009 she was designated a UN messenger of peace by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.One of her final contributions was to establish the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in 2010, bringing together academics to share experiences and research.The Green Belt Movement has announced the establishment of a memorial fund to continue Maathai’s legacy.last_img read more

Eighteen Streaming Music Resources

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4. Tunerec: Swedish company Tunerec allows users to create music libraries and playlists from recorded radio play. Because libraries are taken from recorded music, it takes a while to populate playlists; however, according to RWW’s initial review by Frederic Lardinois, the service is worth the wait. 5. Last.FM: If you haven’t heard of Last.FM, you’ve probably been living under a rock. The site offers users the ability to create radio stations and stream them complete with AudioScrobbler-powered recommendations. 6. Pandora: To the user, Pandora and Last.FM are similar recommendation-based radio services; however, where AudioScrobbler makes statistical inferences, Pandora’s recommendations are determined by the Music Genome Project’s 400 distinct musical characteristics.7. Slacker: Slacker is another popular radio recommendation service. Users input tracks and receive recommendations. Slacker first launched with custom mobile hardware and has since expanded onto other mobile devices.8. The Hype Machine: This is a fantastic service for those willing to leave music selection to the experts. Like other sites, this one allows listeners to search for music and stream playlists; however, the files on the site are actually streamed from the blogs of top labels, DJs, promoters and music start ups. 9. Blip.fm: Blip.fm is another site where music lovers can access millions of streaming songs. Members receive their own station and the ability to share station programming responsibilities with friends. The site also offers integration with blogs, Twitter, FriendFeed and Last.fm. The act of blipping refers to the act of linking to a song and attaching a 150 character comment to it. 10. MOG: MOG is a music blog network that encompasses more than 300 blog posts per week. The site offers an in-depth look at new artists and includes music recommendations, videos and streaming audio clips. A good place to start with this service is to play audio from it’s Recently Popular Posts page. 11. Lala: Lala also offers users a playable web browser interface. The service contains 7 million free online songs and the ability to purchase additional web songs at 10 cents each or downloadable MP3’s for 80 cents and up each.12. Imeem: Imeem is considered “the new social mixtape”. The streaming music site allows users to create playlists and share them across the web. RWW recently covered Imeem’s iPhone and Android launch. 13. SoundCloud: SoundCloud also allows users to upload tracks and share them via the cloud. Listeners receive shared files via an email-style interface. From there, they can choose to either play the music from the site or download the tracks they’ve received from friends. 14. 8Tracks: This service lets users upload 8 tracks as a playlist and share the playlist with friends. This service is essentially what Muxtape used to be. 15. Muxtape: Muxtape has transformed from one of the early mixtape-style music sites (users uploaded and shared playlists) to a directory of bands. It remains a great place to discover indie bands.16. Project Playlist: Project Playlist indexes music from across the web. Again, users create playlists and share links to music files with their friends. Reviewers see this as one of the best music search engines in existence. 17. Skreemr: Skreemr is also a search engine and music indexing site. It claims to offer users access to “6 million mp3 files from over 100,000 web sites”. 18. Fizy: Similar to the now defunct Seeqpod, Fizy is an extremely bare bones approach to streaming music with a simple search bar. Like Seeqpod, the site offers speedy music video results and audio results, and unfortunately, legally questionable content. Perhaps the site’s recent acquisition will change that.On the Horizon: Microsoft is set to launch a streaming music site at the end of July. For more info on this project check out our coverage. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… dana oshiro Tags:#Features#Lists#music#web According to The Leading Question’s recent research report, as many as 65% of UK teens are streaming music on a monthly basis. Meanwhile, file-sharing has decreased significantly since the Digital Britain Report consultation to address illicit P2P file sharing. While music sharing sites have come and gone due to funding, legal issues and lack of users, here are some of the streaming sites that continue to thrive.1. Grooveshark: Gainesville-based Grooveshark is best known as a site where both rights owners and uploaders were originally compensated for sharing. The online community offers WordPress integration, widgets and music sharing via Facebook.2. Deezer: Deezer offers users free and legal streaming music while sharing advertising revenue with artists and rights owners. The site launched with a Sony BMG partnership and signed a Universal Music deal in 2008. Users can share their favorite music by connecting with friends within the social network, or embedding playlists in 3rd party sites. 3. Spotify: Heralded as one of the best music streaming experiences on the market, Spotify is only available in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Spain, France and Finland. TechDigest TV uploaded a fantastic looking preview of Spotify’s much anticipated iPhone app. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

You Can Skip This Chore

first_imgI asked my neighbor who hoses off his air conditioner condenser every spring why he does it. “Because my dad always told me I had to,” he said. Conventional wisdom like what my neighbor’s dad imparted may always seem right. But through my HVAC scholarship — the study of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems — I’ve learned that this particular presumption is probably wrong. Dirty equipment The equipment I’m talking about washing is the outdoor part of central air-conditioning systems that move heat from homes into the outdoors.RELATED ARTICLESStupid Energy-Saving TipsAir ConditioningDon’t Hire a Cleaning Crew to Wash Your Solar PanelsSeven Reasons Your Filter Isn’t Cleaning the AirThe Basics of HVAC Zoning Technically known as condenser coils, they are usually about the size of a large garbage can but they can be as small as a bucket or as big as a refrigerator. Some are protected by louvered grilles but most are exposed to the elements. Their metal fins help transfer heat to the air. They contain tubes that carry hot refrigerant, which gives off heat as it condenses. Stuff like windblown seeds, dust and grass clippings tends to collect on the coil surface. Most homeowners and HVAC companies envision that this untidy-looking stuff acts like an insulating blanket, slowing down the passage of heat from inside to outside. Any debris that accumulates would also interfere with airflow over the coil, further restricting the system’s ability to expel heat. The nitty-gritty Mehdi Mehrabi, an architectural engineering graduate student, and I set out to learn the extent to which dirty residential air conditioners are less efficient than clean ones. What we found astonished us – and many of the other experts in this field. Previous work on this question simulated outdoor dirt with synthetic materials in a laboratory setting, or used reduced airflow as a proxy for the effects of dirty coils. Although it’s necessary to carefully to control operating conditions, we took a novel approach: collecting condensers that had gotten dirty through ordinary residential use, and bringing them to the lab for study with a special test apparatus. This meant that they were coated in real-world dust and other crud in everyday amounts. We tested the dirty air conditioners, then washed them thoroughly with a garden hose and tested again. We also used a commercial coil cleaning fluid and tested them for a third time. Close-up of 7 grams of dirt per square foot on an air conditioner condenser and that same condenser after it’s cleaned. [Photo credit: Mehdi Mehrabi, CC BY-SA] Surprisingly, we found that dirty air conditioner condensers often perform better than clean ones. The change in condenser coil heat transfer performance ranged from a 7% increase to a 7% decrease for the coils we tested. The average change was … none at all. Close-up of 17 grams of dirt per square foot on an air conditioner condenser and that same condenser after it’s cleaned. [Photo credit: Mehdi Mehrabi, CC BY-SA] The coil that registered a 7% improvement after getting cleaned up looked quite dirty, with 7 grams of dirt per square foot of coil surface area. But the coil that performed 7% worse was even dirtier, with 17 grams of dirt per square foot. It was so filthy, in fact, that it was nearly impossible to see the metal fins before we gave it a wash. Most of the condenser coils we tested in the lab were cleaner than both of those. No insulating blanket To see how the equipment’s performance could improve by getting dirty, we did further testing. That next round of study suggested that the accumulated dirt stirs up the air passing over the condenser coils. Technically called “turbulence,” these little gusts can transfer heat away from the coil better. For some coil designs, this can cause the equipment to perform better when it’s dirty than when it’s clean. This is true even when the dirt has reduced the airflow rate. If your home has one of these things, you are probably wondering whether you should you wash your own condenser. Here’s what you should know. Cleaning your air conditioner might make it run better. It might make it run worse. But it probably won’t make any difference. I now personally believe in skipping this task, unless the coil is so dirty that it’s hard to see the metal fins. Although, if it will make you feel better, go ahead and hose it down. To be honest, that’s what I plan to do from now on. Letting go of deep-seated beliefs of any kind is hard, whether it’s that dieting makes you lose weight in the long run — something recent studies do not support — or if this particular home maintenance ritual is justified. As news of our findings spreads, I’m bracing for some unpleasant responses from people who might lose out if the condenser-cleaning business dries up and others who simply refuse to accept that there was no basis for the conventional wisdom on this question.   David Yuill is an assistant professor of architectural engineering at the  University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

How to Clean up Audio in Premiere Pro in 30 Seconds

first_imgNeed to get good audio fast? Just follow these quick steps in Premiere Pro and Audition.A video is only as strong as the audio supporting it. But if you’re in a pinch, you may not have the time to perfectly finesse your audio. Let’s take a look at how to quickly fix your audio in Premiere Pro — with a little help from Adobe Audition. 1. Send to AuditionNo matter your individual circumstances, if you have unneeded background noise in your audio, the best tool to clean it up is the Noise Print feature in Adobe Audition.Luckily for you, if you’re editing with Premiere Pro, you should have Audition already installed on your computer. To send an audio clip to Audition, simply right click on the track and select Edit Clip in Adobe Audition.2. Capture Noise PrintThe first thing you need to do before you apply the Noise Print effect is capture your background noise without the vocal parts. You can do this by selecting a voiceless area in your track with the Time Selection Tool. Play your track to make sure you’ve selected only background noise and no voice.Now it’s time to capture the background noise. To do so, simply navigate to Effects>Noise Reduction>Capture Noise Print or hit Shift+P. Your background noise is now saved into Audition.3. Apply Noise PrintAfter you’ve captured the Noise Print, it’s time to take the noise print out of your original audio clip. First you will need to deselect your noise print area. To do this, click anywhere in your timeline with the Time Selection Tool selected. Now navigate to Effects>Noise Reduction>Noise Reduction. A window will pop up that looks like this:You’ll see two important effects:Noise Reduction — the amount of noise that will be reduced.Reduce By — the number of decibels that the noise will be reduced.The best way to ensure that your audio will sound the best is to adjust each parameter by hand. But if you’re in a hurry, just set Noise Reduction to 50% and Reduce By to 15db. After you’ve set your noise print levels select Apply.4. Send to PremiereNow it’s time to go back to Premiere, but first you will need to save your audio out of Audition. Simply hit Command+S and your audio will be automatically saved and replaced in your Premiere Pro timeline.5. Vocal EnhancerNow that you’ve taken out most of your background noise, it’s time to enhance the vocals. Grab the Vocal Enhancer effect in your effects panel and drag it onto your audio clip. You will need to adjust the vocal enhancer for your subject.Navigate to the Effects Control panel and select the dropdown arrow under Vocal Enhancer until you see the custom setup option. Click the Edit button. You will see a box that pops up. Select Male or Female, depending on your subject.6. Set All PeaksNow that your audio is sounding great, it’s time to level it for your individual production. To do this, simply right click on the audio and select Audio Gain. Select Normalize All Peaks and set the level to -6db. You should now have decent audio that’s perfect for corporate videos, quick commercials, or news packages.Have any tips for quickly adjusting audio? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Dalglish hails Klopp’s market work: They’re all successful

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Dalglish hails Klopp’s market work: They’re all successfulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has hailed the work in the transfer market of Jurgen Klopp.Klopp brought in four new players in the summer transfer window, spending over £150million.“Virgil came in at a very important time, stamped his authority on it,” Dalglish said on Sky Sports. “He’s a great presence and he’s really produced the goods since he’s come in in January.“It might have been a lot of money but they got £140m for [Philippe] Coutinho.“They went out and spent some on Virgil, some on the goalkeeper – by the way, two great signings.“I think it’s important also that it’s Virgil’s first full season, the goalkeeper’s first full season.”Fabinho’s kicking on and starting to get his feet, starting to play well.“Keita the same, Shaqiri comes on and scores two against Manchester United.“When you sign players, it’s great to see them be successful.” last_img read more

9 months agoMilik: Napoli can match Juventus

first_imgMilik: Napoli can match Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli striker Arkadiusz Milik insists they can match Juventus.Milik believes the runaway Serie A leaders can still be caught.He said, “Coming back after two injuries and being at your best isn’t easy. My knee injuries took me out of shape, so I have to get back to my best and keep growing.“We can all do better. I’m happy with what I’m right doing now, but let’s look ahead. We want to go all the way this season and anything is still possible.“We’re strong, so why don’t we try to stop Juventus? Let’s look ahead to the games we have coming up.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoLaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spain

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spainby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas admits he’d like to see Neymar return to Spain.The PSG star was a target for Real Madrid and former club Barcelona, though ultimately remained a PSG player when the summer market shut.However, Tebas still retains hope of seeing Neymar in the LaLiga again.”Neymar, Mourinho, Guardiola … There is room for everyone,” he said. “Neymar is currently at PSG, and his arrival seemed unrealistic at the time, and I think the transfer window is not ready for him yet.” last_img read more