There’s a slightly competitive tone to last week’s announcement by Massachusetts’ department of Energy and Environmental Affairs that the state has established new energy efficiency standards and, to help meet those standards, will commit about $2.2 billion to home energy audits, weatherization, and appliance rebates.With a quote by Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, an EEA press release about the standards conveys a bit of throw-down-the-gauntlet enthusiasm for the program: “With approval of this plan,” Nadel says, “Massachusetts moves ahead of the pack relative to most other states. By 2012, it is likely that Massachusetts will be number one in terms of per capita commitment to energy efficiency programs.”It certainly would be welcome news if that enthusiasm turns out to be contagious. Formulated in compliance with the state’s Green Communities Act of 2008 and approved by its Department of Public Utilities after long negotiations with the Commonwealth’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, the standards call for a statewide 2.4% reduction in electricity use and 1.15% reduction in natural gas use over a three-year period. To help meet those goals, the plan includes the $2.2 billion commitment from the utilities, which, a recent story in the Boston Globe notes, will be paid for through third-party financing, revenue from the state’s participation in carbon credit auctions, an existing energy efficiency charge on utility bills, and a modest rate increase for customers.Soothing some of the sting of rate increases, the EEA says, will be the long-term efficiency improvements gained from the program’s audit, weatherization, and appliance-rebate components – an estimated $6 billion in efficiency-related savings over the three-year period.Just as pertinent is the program’s job-creating potential. As a New York Times blog on the subject points out, a study by advocacy group Environment Northeast indicates that implementing the plan and doing all the field work required could generate as many as 25,000 new jobs.Later this month, the EEA will launch a redesigned website – http://www.masssave.com – providing information about all of efficiency programs serving utility customers in the state.
Shoot with the highest frame rate, bitrate, and resolution possible.Stabilize with ReelSteady.Color correct with Color Finesse from Synthetic Aperture.Conform to 24fps and then Render. Were you using FPV goggles when piloting? Learn how this incredibly smooth aerial drone footage was captured with a micro drone and then stabilized with ReelSteady in After Effects.With a GoPro mounted to a micro drone, filmmaker Robert McIntosh took to the sky of Venice Beach. If this sounds like every drone video you have ever seen, you are in for quite a surprise. Not only will you be transported above the famous sandy beach, but you are taken in, under, over, and through many of the beach’s famous landmarks.Just take a look at the final video, Rise & Shine.Rise & Shine is a truly impressive video. Not only does McIntosh expertly fly through incredibly small spaces, the footage remains perfectly smooth through the entire flight. He was able to pull off the look by using ReelSteady, the latest After Effects stabilizer app.This isn’t the first time McIntosh has blown us away with the stabilization in his videos. In fact, he is one of the co-founders of the ReelSteady plugin. He and Andy Russell, the guy who coded the plugin, have been impressing us with their stabilized videos since they first started showing up last year. If you are curious to the effect ReelSteady had, just take a look at the drone footage before stabilization. This is probably the drone video you were originally expecting.We have previously talked about ReelSteady as a great way to stabilize footage in After Effects. With this latest video, it looks like ReelSteady has been making some serious updates since it first started making headlines as the After Effects Plugin That Could Spell the End of Stabilizers.We wanted to know more about the making of this video and the current status of ReelSteady, so we reached out to McIntosh to talk to him about his piloting skills and his post-production workflow.What type of drone did you use?A 250 ARF Quadcopter CC3D with a 1 axis servo mount. The drone was controlled with a basic 2.4GH radio. Yes, I was using the FatShark BASE SD FPV Headset with the ImmersionRC 5.8Ghz Audio/Video Transmitter and ImmersionRC Duo 5800 v4.1 A/V Diversity Receiver.How many attempts until the final run?That was the first one. Care was taken to go extra slow to make it as un-challenging as possible. The route was walked over several times over the course of many months.What was the post-production workflow? Did you stabilize in ReelSteady first? Was this done with ReelSteady in CC 2014, or has ReelSteady been upgraded to work with CC 2015?This video was made in CC 2014. Unfortunately we are still waiting on Adobe to patch some known bugs in their latest version before we are able to support it. As soon as that happens, we should have a version supporting CC2015 on both Windows and Mac shortly afterwards. Have you had a chance to use ReelSteady yet? Share you experience in the comments below.
MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend On Wednesday, however, Padda was forced to take a seat after she hurt her back lifting weights.READ: Adamson breaks skid, stops Power Smashers for first winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Padda can still hold her own against her younger players even engaging the Lady Falcons in open practice, yet during their game against the Power Smashers the once opposite hitter coached sitting down.READ: Adamson coach Padda: Players ‘don’t believe they can win’Things got too extreme for Padda that she told her players she can’t stand up anymore.“I’m killing myself, I can’t stand up any longer,” said Padda. “I told them ‘you got to do this for me.’ I’m serious because they’re so used to seeing me on the sidelines. If I decide to sit down, I feel like I’m going to mess something up.”ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was squatting, and it wasn’t even that heavy,” said Padda after her Lady Falcons stopped the Power Smashers 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22 in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.“I was on my second set, I went down, and this pain shot up my back. I literally dropped the bar and fell. They had to bring the wheelchair in for me. It was so embarrassing.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson head coach Air Padda is a spry 31-year-old and is never the one to be contented to sit on a bench or just stand when watching her team play.Padda usually runs up and down the sidelines and jumps around whenever she gets the chance to do so.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Froome looking to make up for 2012 ‘frustration’ at Tour de France LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.