Ahmadinejad hails imminent arrival of ‘Ultimate Savior, Jesus Christ’

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Hello, I’ve noticed that I’ve never written anything like this before, but I was watching the tv tonight, and had one of those “Ah ha!” moments… So, I decided to scribble down a few thoughts.

I’m someone who likes to keep my eye on the news, not for the local news about neighbours fighting with each other, or councils who won’t fix roads, or which is the best toothbrush to buy, but on world events and other newsworthy happenings.

As such, a recent story happened at the UN security council last week where the President of Iran gave a speech; which may even be his last if they are not re-elected again.
He stated the Jesus Christ will be coming back again soon, (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/26/240346.html) and that their Islamic prophet will teach Jesus how to pray and so on… Basically one part truth to 1000 parts heresy.
Here’s the thing though, Ahmadinejad sees it as his duty to usher in the Shiite Muslim’s messiah, the 12th Imam. Frightening stuff if you don’t know about any of this that is already foretold.

Israel will have a war on its hand soon, yet ultimately The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will win the victory – over Satan and his false teaching.

If you know much about the book of Revelation from the Bible, you will read that it states about the mark of the Beast, where his number is 666. (http://biblia.com/books/nkjv/Re13.17-18) Now, there is some controversy about this
explanation here, so I would encourage you to watch the video and see for yourself. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtquNNEO7Fw)

Now with the assumption that you’ve watched the video, this is where it will get interesting. We’ve seen the whole uprising in the Middle East and surrounding areas in the last couple of years, and with it, even in the last few weeks, with the latest short movie (terrible film if you ask me) released about the Islamic prophet. The area is primed and the people are united by their faith and devotion to their leader and prophet. All the pieces are in the puzzle. It just needs to be clicked together.

When Christ returns, he will not be answering to another prophet from any other religion, he will take is faithful home, and the world will be in shambles.

Want to know what’s going to happen?

A leader will mysteriously show up and usher in a new world order of calm, and bring back stability to the world after absolute chaos erupts. Not war, chaos. The Catholic Church will endorse this new leader and thus fulfil Revelation 12. Did I hear you say heresy? Not quite… have a good read of this lengthy document and enjoy the reading. http://www.chick.com/information/religions/catholicism/sevenhills.asp

So does this mean?

It means, the Catholic church will still be here after the Rapture, and probably saying along the lines of “It can’t be the return of Christ, because we are still here”. Take heed and note that they will assist the new world leader, and there will be dangerous times ahead. The new leader will have power like you won’t believe, and it will be very dangerous times to be living in, especially for your soul.

They Catholic church endorses other faiths, as does their popes and cardinals, deacons or whatever term they use… All roads do NOT lead to God, and strangely enough, the Catholic church doesn’t engage or endorse the teaching of the evangelical world of the Christian Faith… why is that? Jesus clearly said, “I am the way, the Truth and the Life. Noone may come to the father, except through me”.

We are currently living in a time period, where things in the world have come together at such an alarming pace for the return of Jesus Christ to happen more than ever before in the history of the world!

Go through and read from Matthew 24 and have a look. Many of those things have and are happening right now… We are seeing things mentioned in Revelation that are now possible to happen, that many years ago would never have been possible, such as the internet, cable tv and other mass communication methods, for example, whereby when the two witnesses in the Bible are killed a everyone will be able to see them. How does everyone on earth see two people dead? When Steve Irwin died, every major newspaper in the world carried his photo on the front page… With Facebook, Twitter and real-time news services, we can know news instantly now. 20 years ago, none of this was possible. The book of Daniel is a fascinating book of prophetic writing that is about what has, and is yet to come.

So, interestingly enough, I learnt something recently that I’d never heard. Ever wondered who the 2 witnesses are? Well, it is thought that they could be Moses and Elijah… See this site for a very thought provoking article. (http://www.vision.org.au/the-journey/home-group-notes-elijah-pt-2)

The rise of Islam is happening at an astounding rate, and it’s no surprise. It will eventually overtake the world, by that stage, Christ will have raptured the Church and the masses will be so ignorant of what is happening, or has happened, they will believe anything that they are told.

The strange this is, that if you have a look at the Eschatology in the Bible, and that of the Koran, you will find similarities… only thing is, they are mirroring each other.

Stay alert, be aware. Jesus Christ will return again soon. Be ready.

Keep your tin foil hats off for this bumpy ride, ’cause it’s about to get a whole lot more interesting!


New Canon 7D firmware 2.0.0

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It is with a slight sense of excitement that I write this, because after owning a 7D for many years, they have finally updated the firmware in the camera to include the single biggest feature it lacked.

The 7D now has manual audio level control!!

Why is this significant you ask?

When it comes to filming, picture quality is very important, however, as a bit of an audio phreak for quality, the 7D didn’t cut it at all. Why? Because it has a feature known as auto gain…

What auto gain does is detects the volume of the audio, and if it’s quiet, it boosts the levels. Now suppose you are in a quiet room, and you want the audio to have no noise in the background? Tough luck. The camera auto turns up the detection of the quietness, and bam! You hear sounds that weren’t there all of a sudden.

This new manual feature is of huge benefit to all the 7D users.

Thanks heaps Canon!!!

Here’s my update photos…







Whoa, didn’t know the Muppets worked at NASA!!!

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Mars muppets meme
Fortunately I had a secret camera at NASA and took this photo. Strangely enough it was never officially released…

Mars Curiosity

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Exciting stuff that they did at NASA. Sorry to say though… Buzz beat them years ago.

Uncharted Territory

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Well, here we go… It started a while ago, and to say the least I’m quietly excited. Our creative team at church has been asked to film and edit stories of people who have gone through struggles, and share where God is in it all.

We have a larger that usual team for this job, using various lighting, multiple cameras, steady-cams, slides, tripods and other gear. So far, the biggest challenge has been using footage from a RED camera. Now, 4k footage is brilliant and beautiful in it’s raw nature. It was great to be able to have the use of it, but in doing so, there have been other issues that we wouldn’t usually face when doing a simple one or two camera shoot.

The biggest problem with the RED footage, is that we have to down sample it to match the other formats, of 1080p@25f. Why you ask? Well, when using 1, 5 and 7 D cameras, they all shoot in H.264 footage. The reason we aren’t leaving it in 4k or using the raw files in the time lines, is because simply because of editing software compatibility, and currently the footage won’t be shown on a 4k device anyway.

The audio was recorded two ways, using wireless lapel mics directly in to a MacPro, and using a small boom mic, initially plugged in to a H4N Zoom with phantom power in the XLR input, and then directly to the RED camera – after we overcame some technical problems.

When you shoot 4 cameras, have various audio sources and the event is shot over several hours, organisation of the footage has to be paramount. Various folders were set up for each of the sessions, video footage, the shooter and camera they were using, as well as audio paths to store the correct files. Project files/folders were also set up and arranged for later conversion and the shifting of between programs during the colouring and sound edits.

The other challenge that would have taken hours to do was to syncronise all the footage so that it was in line. Before the shoot started, we syncronised all of our cameras to at least have a time stamp to roughly refer to. Making all the footage line up was going to be the biggest challenge, however a program I’d heard about many times and dismissed as not being need proved essential. It’s called Plural Eyes, and you just load the footage and audio of each session in a timeline, export as FCP-XML and load that file to PE. It then does the calculations and produces a new XML file ready to import back in, with everything synced. AMAZING! The new XML imported beautifully in PrProCS5.5 and FCP7 without any import dramas.

So now what is left? We are still awaiting the conversion of the RED files – which is still using 8 cores maxed out. This could take a few days at this rate… (update: 18 hours)

Because of program compatibility issues between software editing versions, we will be duplicating the project structures on portable disks, and then sharing the FCP-XML files for the main edits. It sounds crazy, but when you are working with PrPro5, and PrPro cs5.5 and FCP7, something has to give and you do what works… or will in theory.

When this has all happened and the initial story edit is complete, the round trip will be to add other footage, clean up things, colour it and then add and fix the audio and other music effects.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes… It’s exciting.

My latest video creation

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A new love that I’ve found since moving interstate has been that of filming and editing. I’ll admit I’m not the best in the world, and that there are probably much faster and more efficient ways of doing things, but at the moment as I grasp new projects, ideas, constructive criticism, and a creative feel, I’m enjoying learning about new and exciting techniques.

The most recent creation has been that of a carols promotional video. We planned to render (some elements), shoot, edit and colour all of it within a week. This surprisingly is what happened.

We filmed late on a Sunday afternoon, with time set aside for after the shoot, to do a time lapse of the park getting dark, to the incorporate it in to the video.
This worked really well, considering I had only done one time lapse attempt of something else at night, and this was only 3 days beforehand! This was of course after chatting to a camera nut who knows what to do properly of course.

The video was shot on a Canon 7D with a Sigma 24-70 F2.8 using the Cinestyle video profile. (Find out more here and here about this).  This recorded the footage in an incredibly dull looking footage. This is something I had never done before, so it was a little bit of a gamble, considering I only had one week turn around, and that Sunday afternoon was the only time we had to film. I did know however, that this was going on in the DSLR industry, so the thought of “how hard can it be” came to mind. The LUT was loaded using the Red Giant free software that can be downloaded here.

There were problems using this kind of colour correction. Firstly I like seeing my footage in full colour when editing (yes, not good workflow yet I know), but this mean I couldn’t do this without applying the Red Giant filter and having to render. Even without having this filter on, it was still going to have to be added at the end, and thus add to the rendering process, just like I was going to have to with many of the other effects applied – such as the Vignette and at times a quick Brightness/Contrast filter.

Many of the effects that were used came from one of two places; After Effects, or Motion.

The scribble effect that was used for the facepainting, jumping castle and also the pony ride was done in AE, as I couldn’t find an effect like this in Motion. There were several problems for this and they were:

  • I’d never used AE up until this point, and so all I had to go by to get the effect was tutorials. Thanks to those who do them! They are a big help.
  • I had to find the most efficient way to do the edit. I saw it as two ways. 1. Make the edit in FCP and then export the entire project via an XML plugin and send it to AE, which I didn’t like the idea of for several reasons. or 2. Create the elements and export them back to FCP – which I ended up doing.
  • Exporting the “scribbled” elements was also and interesting concept, but once I figured it out as an Uncompressed with Alpha, it seemed to work out.
  • Play back in AE also confused me, especially with RAM previews as well. (Different story, and a good gotcha for new users).
  • Render times sometimes took a long time to finish, such as the Motion projects that were imported, and also the stars and cloud “footage” which were just images with slow moving tweens.

Once these new elements were imported, they were then arranged and shrunk/edited as required.

Motion was also used for some of the other effects, such as the rain, and the smoke on the BBQ – both of which are built in effects. Thanks Apple. 🙂

The video editing codec I use is ProRes 422 LT 720p @ 25FPS with Compressor being the main conversion tool. Why not use MPEG Streamclip? Well I use compressor, as I can use more cores, plus other Apple devices and spread the load around a couple of computers and speed up the conversion process. I’ve set up QMaster/QAdministrator to work. Not that often that you can get a MacPro with 8 cores all at 100%! 🙂

All of the audio was tweaked in the Audition. I’m a massive fan of Audition as I think it kicks the pants of Apple’s SoundTrack (sorry FCP fans). Even though the sound was originally recorded on a H4N Zoom, there were issues with the quality because of the environment it was recorded in, so we re-recorded the sound in a studio and imported it as uncompressed AAC as FCP doesn’t like MP3 files @ 44.1k when the sequence was @ 48k.

I also did a brief colour on the video using the 3 way colour corrector. I need to learn how to use Color.

So, that’s the technical information about the video, now here it is!

Hope you can come to the carols on Bradbury!

My solution to the jquery mobile back button problem

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As I’m new to this new jquery mobile, I’m bound to run in to troubles and find unique ways of accommodating solutions.
So, the my first problem I’ve encountered has been trying to implement a back button. After playing with codes and a few options, I got frustrated and have decided to do it my own way.

By default the back button shows, which is great, if your entire site is on one page. It stays self contained and works really well. But, if you are like me and need to use a CMS or implement a site on to multiple pages, you are going to find it a little harder. I could be wrong, and welcome comments on this, but It seems that when you move to an external page from where you just were, the jquery looses it’s history and can’t do a back to the previous page.

So, I just did this:


<div data-role="page" id="MainPage" data-theme="a" >
<div data-role="header">
<span style="font-size: 9px; text-align: center;">Header</span>
<!-- Copy this 'a' code -->

<a class="ui-btn-left ui-btn ui-btn-icon-left ui-btn-corner-all ui-shadow ui-btn-up-a" data-icon="arrow-l" data-rel="back" href="javascript:history.back(1) " data-theme="a">
<span class="ui-btn-inner ui-btn-corner-all">
<span class="ui-btn-text">Back</span>
<span class="ui-icon ui-icon-arrow-l ui-icon-shadow"></span>

<div data-role="content">
<p>Please select a job type</p>
<ul data-role="listview">
<li><a href="#page1">Page 1</a></li>
<ul data-role="listview">
<li><a href="#page2">Page 2</a></li>
<div data-role="footer">
<h4>Page Footer</h4>

<div data-role="page" id="page1">
<div data-role="header">
<h1>Page 1</h1>
<div data-role="content" data-add-back-btn="true">

<ul data-role="listview">
<li><a href="Page1.html" rel="external">External Link 1</a></li>
<li><a href="Page2.html" rel="external">External Link 3</a></li>
<div data-role="footer">
<h4>Page Footer</h4>

I used the cs5.5 dreamweaver code base originally, with it only needing these slight mods. Let me know how you go.