Premier passer emerges

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoIn her third season as Wisconsin’s setter, Jackie Simpson finally seems to have the hang of things.It’s not as if Simpson struggled the past two years, but she has really emerged as one of the Big Ten’s premier passers this year.Through the team’s first 13 matches, Simpson is averaging 13.05 assists per game, good for fourth in the Big Ten and 17th nationally.Simpson has also become much more of a scorer than in the past, confusing opponents with a fake-set attack. While she’s only averaging under one kill per game, Simpson has been extremely efficient with a .400 hitting percentage, something she attributes to her teammates behind her.”A lot of it has to do with our back row players, especially Jocelyn [Wack],” Simpson said. “She’ll be back there to keep an eye out on their blocking and tell me what zone to go to. She’s kind of like my second set of eyes.”Simpson’s individual numbers may not have drastically increased this year, but UW head coach Pete Waite has noticed a great improvement in her game as she is running the team better and opening up many more kill opportunities for the Badgers’ outside hitters.”Her game’s growing,” Waite said of Simpson. “She’s changing and we’ve talked about how much she knows as a setter and that she can bring it in every game.”She’s a crafty setter, she’s deceptive, and when she’s aggressive and does everything she can, she does some great things,” Waite continued. “She’s a tall setter, jumps sets and when she starts throwing the ball down, it really freezes the middle blocker, which opens it up for the other hitters in the offense.”Wack keeps NCAA record aliveJunior libero Jocelyn Wack was in danger of losing her NCAA record of consecutive games with double-digit digs Friday night against Michigan State, as she headed into the third game with only seven digs. Wack dug a couple of balls in the final game to finish the match with 11 digs to just barely eclipse the mark.Wack only needed two games the next night against No. 24 Michigan to keep her record alive, finishing with a match-high 16 digs.Carlini tweaks ankleSenior floor captain Maria Carlini was in a foot brace all week but still started Friday. Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Salow subbed in for her briefly in the second game, but during the third game Carlini took herself out after two straight kills.”She landed hard on her heel and then ran into the pole so she decided she needed a little break right then,” Waite said. “We took her out and I thought Morgan Salow did a nice job, got in there, got a kill and took some good swings to give her a rest when she needed it.”Carlini started Saturday night and played the whole match.Happy Birthday to MayaSaturday marked junior middle blocker Maya Carroll’s 20th birthday, and Waite decided to give her a present of sorts during the third game — some playing time.Following a dead ball at 27-11, Wisconsin’s student section began to sing “Happy Birthday” to Carroll, prompting Waite to insert the middle blocker into the lineup.”That was a little gift from me and the whole team,” Waite said. “We’ve talked about that as a team all the time where we really should have a time where we can put other people in who have been working hard in practice and deserve it in some way, and this is one tonight that was a present from the whole team.”Carroll finished with one kill on one attempt for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage.last_img read more

Sony offers downloads for CD snafu

first_imgNEW YORK – A proposed settlement of lawsuits against Sony BMG Music Entertainment would let consumers receive free music downloads to compensate them for Sony including flawed software on millions of CDs, lawyers said Thursday. Lawyers said the deal requires the world’s second-largest music label to stop manufacturing compact discs with MediaMax software or with extended copy protection or XCP software that could leave computers vulnerable to hackers. The proposed settlement was submitted to U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday. A judge was expected to decide in January whether to tentatively approve it. According to terms of the settlement, Sony BMG will let consumers who bought the CDs receive replacement discs without the anti-piracy technology and will let them choose one of two incentive packages. Sony BMG began including MediaMax on some of its discs in August 2003 and introduced XCP last January. Both software programs limited the number of copies of a disc that a user can make. Beginning in November, more than 20 lawsuits were filed after a computer security research specialist a month earlier traced a hidden software program on his computer to an XCP disc he had purchased and installed, the settlement papers said. According to the court papers, the software program made the user’s computer more susceptible to unwanted intrusion from third parties and effectively disabled any firewall and anti-spyware protection programs previously installed on a computer. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott also had sued Sony. The company has said it has provided consumers with a one-click “uninstall” application that lets them remove MediaMax from their computers. MediaMax was loaded on 27 Sony BMG titles, including Alicia Keys’ “Unplugged” and Cassidy’s “I’m a Hustla.” Pritzker said as many as 20 million CDs containing MediaMax were sold. The label recalled the discs with XCP in November and released a way to remove the files from users’ computers. Some 4.7 million CDs on 52 Sony BMG titles had been made with the technology and 2.1 million had been sold. Sony BMG, a joint venture of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG, has said it did not use the software programs to collect or retain personal data about the consumers without their consent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The first package allows consumers who bought XCP CDs to obtain a cash payment of $7.50 and a promotion code allowing them to download one additional album from a list of more than 200 titles. The second package permits them to download three additional albums from the list. The court papers said Sony BMG would try to offer Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes as one of the download services available to the consumers. Those who purchased MediaMax CDs would receive additional compensation to allow them to download non-content protected versions of music on their MediaMax CDs and to download one additional album. Elizabeth C. Pritzker, a lawyer for the consumers, said the settlement provides for the compensation to be paid out beginning as early as mid-January, even before final approval of the deal is granted by the court. In a statement, Sony BMG said it was pleased to have reached the agreement with the plaintiffs and added that it looked forward to the court approval process. last_img read more

The 5 Most Powerful Camera Movements in Cinema History

first_imgThe TiltA camera tilt is similar to a pan, but instead of turning left or right, it moves up or down. The physical camera stays in the same stationary place, but the field of view, like the pan, changes. Here’s a YouTube example of a proper tilt by Frank Healz. The Tracking ShotImage via Wikipedia.A tracking shot — or dolly shot — involves moving a camera forward, backward, left, or right (or any combination thereof) in real space. Often, this requires a dolly track to keep the camera steady. Usually, this movement covers short, controlled distances; however, in cinema, it’s often combined with pans, tilts, pedestals, and zooms — as you can see in the example below.These are just the basic camera movements, if you’re interested in learning more about some more advanced moves and general filmmaking knowledge, check out some of these resources.6 Affordable Ways to Capture Great Dolly ShotsTraditional Camera Moves Made Easy With DJI DronesAchieving a Jib Shot with a Slide The ZoomImage via PetaPixel.A zoom is a camera move that does not require any camera “movement” at all — so to speak. A zoom involves a camera increasing or decreasing its focal length to magnify an image. Not all camera lenses are capable of this, but here’s a breakdown of how a zoom lens works. For our purposes, zooming in or out can change the composition, scene, or even the story. Which is your favorite camera movement? Let us know in the comments.center_img The CraneImage via Hague Camera Supports.Also called a pedestal or jib shot, this technique requires moving the actual camera body up or down in space. The term jib comes from the arm used in a camera craning device. For longer crane movements, you need longer and longer jibs (as you can see in the photo above). Here’s an example of a famous crane shot. These camera movements revolutionized the art of filmmaking.Cover image via Vintage Everyday.While it may be something most filmmakers take for granted, the concept of camera movement is really the apex of centuries of image-capturing technology. Movement, whether it is from a stationary location or freely across three-dimensional space, is a powerful cinematic technique. So, as a filmmaker or video producer, it’s important for you to understand what movement is and how it works.Let’s explore the five most powerful camera movements in cinema history.The PanLet’s start with the basics. One of the first camera moves to appear in cinema was perhaps the simplest. If your camera is on a tripod, moving the camera head to the left or to the right is called a “pan.” You can see an example of it in the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery below.last_img read more