Are GoPro Cameras Really for Video Pros?

first_imgDo you use GoPros on your productions? Got GoPro tips to share?Let us know in the comments. In this article we take a look at the new GoPro 3+ action cam and examine it’s cinematic potential.Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 3 years than you have probably heard of a GoPro Camera. It gives action sports enthusiasts a way to capture awesome POV video shots at relatively inexpensive costs. The GoPros are definitely on trend right now, but are they useful for professional filmmakers?With the release of the GoPro 3+, users can now shoot 4k footage from the tiny 2.5 inch device which has many filmmakers intrigued. Let’s take a look:The GoPro 3+The latest edition of the GoPro camera line to be released is the GoPro 3+. The 3+ offers some improvements over it’s predecessor including:4k Video and 2.7k Video supportAn improved battery that lasts 30% longer than beforeA sharper lens that increases sharpness by 33%Advanced wind-noise reduction technologyTime lapse photo capturePlayback monitoring and wireless remote via iPhone and iPadWith all these new features it’s hard to ignore the value of the newest GoPro. Test footage shows the dynamic range to be pretty impressive for such a small device. The following video from Androidizen is a good in-depth review of the GoPro3+.As you can see GoPro has a lot of potential of professional productions. You aren’t going to be able to change out the lenses nor make a ton of custom adjustments, but if you are looking for a dynamic POV shot the GoPro 3+ looks like the best choice on the market. At $399 it’s a low cost option for POV shooting. Are you using a different action cam with good results? Share your experiences in the comments below.Here are a few examples of what can be accomplished using a GoPro.GoPro Hero 3+ Example Footagelast_img read more

One in 87 persons in Punjab dependent on drugs: survey

first_imgPunjab, which has been battling the menace of drugs, currently could have between 1 lakh to 2.7 lakh people that are dependent on opioids. In Chandigarh, between 1,385 to 7,000 could be using them. Findings from the study titled “Epidemiology of Substance Use and Dependence in the State of Punjab,” released by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Friday revealed that about one in 92 persons in Punjab had used ‘any’ illicit substance (drug) in the past 12 months, and more than one in 87 were currently dependent on them. “These estimates are likely to be higher in marginalised or other specific high-risk populations for instance — homeless people, prison population, other non-household population like truck drivers and college students in hostels,” said Dr. Ajit Avasthi, head of the psychiatry department, PGIMER.“The opioid dependent population is somewhere between 1 lakh to 2.7 lakh people in Punjab. These are huge figures, and indeed worrying. An urgent attention is required to address the problem,” said Dr. Avasthi. The findings of the study were based on household and rapid assessment surveys in both Punjab and Chandigarh. The aim of the household survey was to estimate the prevalence of substance use such as heroin, bhukhi (poppy husk) and opium, besides alcohol and tobacco. The objective of the rapid assessment survey was to estimate the size of the population using illicit drugs. Alcohol, tobacco tooThe study pointed out that approximately one in six persons were dependent on ‘any’ substance and contrary to expectation, substance use and dependence were more common in rural than urban areas. The single most common substance of use and dependence was alcohol followed by tobacco. There were more than 22 lakh alcohol dependent persons and nearly 16 lakhs tobacco dependent persons currently. The rapid assessment survey revealed that in Punjab natural opioids (opium and poppy husk) were the most common types in use while injection opioid use was the second most common form. “In injection opioids — heroin was the commonest type,” added the survey. In Chandigarh, meanwhile approximately one in 1,250 persons was using illicit opioids substances, according to the household survey while the rapid assessment survey pointed out that in Chandigarh the opioid dependent population was around 7,000. These are typically young males and injections (Buprenorphin/Heroin/Pentzocin) are the most common types in use. The PGIMER carried out this study over two years for the Indian Council of Medical Research with the help of the medical colleges in Patiala, Faridkot and Amritsar along with the Institute of Mental Health in Amritsar.last_img read more

Ekal Sansthan to open 60 schools in Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti district

first_imgEkal Sansthan, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-inspired organisation that sets up one-teacher schools across the country with a focus on rural and tribal areas, will open 60 schools in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh as part of its initiative to expand the network of such schools to all border areas. The district abuts China, and there have been reports of heightened Chinese activities across the international border close to it during the Doklam crisis in August.Thirty such schools have already come up, and the organisation will soon scale up the number to 60.“We are aiming at spreading these schools in vulnerable, border areas. We have also sought to spread our network in Punjab, Kashmir and near the Bangladesh border in Assam,” Manju Srivastava of Ekal Sansthan told The Hindu.She said the organisation is autonomous, but draws ideological inspiration from the RSS. The attempt to expand to border areas has three objectives. One, the idea is to connect border areas with the national “mainstream” through education. Second, the Ekal believes such an initiative will better organise border villages that are vulnerable. She added that imparting education and skills to children in border areas would better prepare them for a good life with opportunities for livelihood.Ms. Srivastava made a presentation on the initiatives of the Ekal Sansthan at a national workshop on school education organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development earlier this week. There are 58,227 Ekal Vidyalayas in the country now, imparting education to 15,35,965 children. They are spread over 58,000 villages in 22 States.last_img read more