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  1. HIRING CONTENT WRITERS! ABOUT THE COMPANY: Habbit is an online learning platform for people looking to get mentored in any skill or hobby. We have thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people and millions of members who come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey. We are an angel-funded company, backed by stellar investors and industry pioneers. We are lean, and agile, and our growth is very fast paced. Habbit is committed to building a diverse team that reflects a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We work to ensure a consistent interview process, fair compensation, and inclusive work environment for all. Have a look at their website here:- https://habbit.co.in They are socially active on Instagram, find our page here - https://www.instagram.com/thehabbitat/ Location: Bangalore/Remote WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING AT HABBIT: - Develop content for: Social Media Content, Website Blogs, Press Releases, Content Marketing (guest posting, link building and blogger outreach), Hobby/Skill Courses (Information design for better learning experience) - Support the growth and marketing teams with engaging and best in class content - Conducting in-depth research on industry-related (education & learning experience) topics - Proofreading content for errors and inconsistencies - Editing and polishing existing content to improve readability. - Creating compelling headlines and body copy that will capture the attention of the target audience. - Analyze current content and make improvements as necessary - Translate complex information into easily understandable information for customers - Creative skills and usage of photographs, drawings, diagrams, animation, and charts that increase users’ understanding At heart, you will be their key influencer in creating great content for meaningful engagement as well as reflecting the mood of our brand, being real online, not being afraid to take stands on social, political, and economic issues, and reflect our personalities. WHY HABBIT? Growth: We are small but tight community. Our hybrid tribes and squads team structure allows for you to interact with multiple roles as well as take up more responsibility over time, so you keep learning and growing. Their team: is diverse, passionate, and hard working. We follow a hybrid team structure (cross-functional and functional), which means you get to interact with roles with other functions (which make the product and sustain the business) to become core part of the bigger picture as well as interacting with roles of similar function to get a diverse perspectives, feedback and constructive criticism to keep learning and growing everyday. Your life: will be flexible, and remote. We also allow shifts according to your availability. By maintaining an active work-life equilibrium, we make sure you have the permission to go grab excellence and joy in all the aspects of life, not just professional. Excited to work with Habbit? Mail them your portfolio and why you resonate with their vision at:- habbit.in@gmail.com!
  2. Camera Specs Sheet by DesiCreative on Scribd
  3. - Looking for Video Editors - Contract based projects - Freelance projects - Experience in Adobe Premiere Pro is a pre-requisite. Please send your showreel/work links to cecilmathew2@gmail.com
  4. Received this wonderful article from a friend, a fellow film maker, foodie, writer, Amit Mehra: The biggest mistake of my life was giving fuel to the idea I had when I was all of 9 years old, that I wanted to be India’s Steven Spielberg. That idea of a pre-teen mind was thoughtlessly fuelled and converted into a misplaced long cherished dream during all of my growing up years and then as a young professional working in the film, television and advertising Industries in India. In fact, that dream was finally dispersed only when I reached my mid 30’s, mid life of my career. I had wasted 20 odd years of my life, burning myself up chasing a lie, a delusion or at best an unrealistic dream. Dreams, ambitions, aspirations are an essential part of human development and play a pivotal role in defining our goals, educational and later professional choices. We are encouraged by our families, friends, teachers, coaches, gurus, mentors and everyone at different stages of our lives to dream, have ambitions and inculcate aspirations for a better, more successful and happy life. Nothing wrong with that except, they often forget to teach you or we forget to learn about the concept of boundaries that filter dreams, ambitions and aspirations from outright delusions. I was one of those, who did not have that filter till much later in my life and trust me, I paid a heavy price for it. This is not a cautionary tale anyone from any walk of life, should take lightly, least of all those in the most fickle creative industries with acute disparity of opportunities on offer, dismal rate of success and even lesser percentage of longevity. When I landed in Bombay (now Mumbai) in early 90’s, fuelled by this dream which I much later realized was a delusion, I did not know that I was heading for disaster, both professionally, personally and ofcourse financially, physically and psychologically as well. All through my film school I was like a young man with stars in my eyes, waiting impatiently to meet this assumed success, status, position as if its lurking around the corner, instead of putting my head down and being just a student of cinema, which is all that I was. Later as a young professional entering the work force of film Industry, then later advertising and broadcast television, I had only one goal – to become Steven Spielberg of India. Almost seems, so nice, innocent, child like and many reading this may think and ask – what is wrong with that? After all it is natural for children, young people to aim high, think big and may even cite some examples of incredible success stories that started just with dreams like that. They won’t be wrong except; success does not have a scalability model that gets enabled by sharing a common dream with super successful people and super achievers. Everyone has a different path which is a sum total of their upbringing, education, mental and physical development, discipline, genetics, experiences, surroundings, socio-economic backgrounds, the times they have grown up and lived in, the mentors, gurus they had, the opportunities they encountered and many such factors which are huge variables from one person to another. What could be a realistic dream to have for one person may be a complete delusion to harbor for another. The key to a successful satisfied and happy life is not just having a dream but also educating self about the boundary that separates dream from delusion. As a young professional, I made some terrible professional choices, luckily not all, chasing this dream (delusion) of becoming India’s Spielberg. To begin with, this immediately disconnected me with realities prevalent in India at that time, not just in the film, television or advertising Industries but also of audiences for such. I was at loggerheads with the content being produced then and thought lowly of preferences of producers of such content and those of audiences who are patrons of such. Thus started the muddling of the mind. Suddenly, no opportunity, jobs, assignments were good enough for a beginner with no Godfather, no lineage and no connections, no background whatsoever in this strange city and living on borrowed money from his parents and favours from few kind friends. Instead of just putting my head down and clocking the hours of experience, taking up whatever opportunities came my way in whatever capacity, I already had an ego of this mythical India’s Spielberg. I would waste months chasing opportunities, jobs, positions that were just not available for someone like me in those times instead of focusing on the ones that were. Luckily, I would get momentary sense of reason and take up assignments that did land up teaching me many of the skills and craft I do possess till date and have helped me shape the career I have had. I am grateful for those opportunities and bosses who were like teachers and mentors. However, even in those assignments, some part of my head was always in the cloud, chasing that delusion. As a result, I was never happy where I was, no matter how good a place that was for someone like me. I always wanted to be somewhere else. Where? I had no idea. Why? Because that place does not exist, never did. One of the directors, I was assisting on a feature film project, once told me that maybe I will become a good director (big maybe) but I was not a great assistant director because I was not good in taking and following orders. I was not good in that because in my delusional head I was destined to be Spielberg and all the jobs I was doing were just for me to bide my time and maybe learn a few tricks or so. At that time, I did not much care for process, guidelines, rules, protocols and systems as if they did not somehow apply to me. Needless to say that it was a huge mistake. You can’t break, modify and redefine any of that without first learning, following and living by those, within those. As far as I was concerned, I was ready to direct my magnum opus the day I landed in Bombay. Do you see now how the delusion works? I could have shared the wisdom I am trying to share with all of you through many such stories of my seniors, peers or juniors that I encountered throughout my professional life. However, I chose to tell my own story because that is what we can do best; tell our own stories. That was another area that was beneath my delusions chasing mind. I wanted to tell stories on subjects that impact the world, universe even but stories inspired by own life, experiences, surroundings, upbringing, roots, background, relationships, joys and pain were too ‘small’ for the Indian Spielberg universe that I was bent on creating for myself. Little realizing that Spielberg was always telling his own stories or inspired by the factors unique to his life experiences and continues to do that till date, irrespective of the scale of his films. Much like any good filmmaker, storyteller, author or artist of any discipline. Sad truth is that I had such diverse, rich, joyful, painful and enthralling experiences even as a boy growing up in northern state of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi that my bag of stories was always overflowing, bursting at the seams. All of which was invisible to the unrealistic dream AKA delusion chasing man, even if it was burning tyres of vehicle of his life in doing so. Such is the power of mind. If you use it wisely with open ears and eyes, it can do wonders. With eyes shut and ears blocked to any warnings, your own mind can be your biggest enemy. I have wised up a great deal since I finally hit rock bottom around my mid 30s and the financial, physical, psychological shock that it generated, burst the delusional bubble clouding my mind. However, I can never get those precious years back or what they could have made me contribute to my passion. And though I live in eternal hope that perhaps someday I will get around to telling my stories from the bag that was invisible to me till I was living under the ‘Spielbergian’ delusion, fact is, many of those stories are lost to time and space. So that’s the price you pay for festering delusions because you never learned the boundaries that separate them from dreams, ambitions and aspirations. My biggest learning out of all this is that what we must do, all of us, from any walk of life but especially creative people and everyone from the creative industries; is have a step wise development of our dreams, ambitions and aspirations. Metaphorically, think of yourself on a journey from one end of the world to the other. Don’t plan the entire trip even before embarking on such a long, unpredictable journey, possibly filled with obstacles, diversions, pitfalls, setbacks and breakdowns. While starting off, just plan for the next stop. Once you reach there, evaluate yourself, your performance, your choices, opportunities and capabilities and then chart out the path for your next destination, next stop. If you have an open healthy mind, always seeking realistic goals, any of these stops could signal to you, that you have not reached a pit stop but your destination and therefor, celebrate your arrival, be happy with what you have achieved and contribute to make that destination better than what it was when you arrived there. Also, this does not mean, that you’ll never leave that destination. Life is unpredictable like any great story. You never know what lies beneath the surface you walk on or around the corner from where you have chosen to pitch your tent. Keep your ears, eyes and mind open but focus on where you are, who you are and what you do. Enjoy the moment; be proud of and live in your present, worry less of and live even lesser in the past or the future. Lastly, when you find your day job only takes up part of your productive time, chase those unrealized dreams and passions in the spare time. You never know, you may reach where you always wanted to be, as far as it was a realistic dream, ambition, aspiration and not delusion. AMIT MEHRA – Author PROFILE Amit Mehra is an artist, writer, filmmaker and founder at AMP ANGLES: 15 year old Video Content Creative Agency based in Mumbai, India. Their professional interests range from cinema, digital content to advertising. Apart from films and advertising, Amit also writes on social issues, politics, relationships, films and arts for various online portals and blogs. Amit is a foodie, cook and has recently launched a cooking show web series on YouTube called The Slow Fire Chef (@TheSlowFireChef on twitter/Instagram), first episode was selected by Stuttgart India International Film Festival. It can be viewed here on the festival's website here. He is also the founder of popular Foodies Meet-up group in Mumbai called FoodieBoozard (@FoodieBoozard on Twitter/Instagram) and a prolific food, travel blogger on Twitter and Instagram (@amitmehra).
  5. With more and more people taking up content creation, the creators are realising the importance of sound. However, DAW like ProTools are too expensive and beyond the reach of most people. Enter Reaper. REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for computers, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset. REAPER supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins, and can be comprehensively extended, scripted and modified. Efficient, fast to load, and tightly coded. Can be installed and run from a portable or network drive. Powerful audio and MIDI routing with multichannel support throughout. 64-bit internal audio processing. Import, record to, and render to many media formats, at almost any bit depth and sample rate. Thorough MIDI hardware and software support. Support for thousands of third-party plug-in effects and virtual instruments, including VST, VST3, AU, DX, and JS. Hundreds of studio-quality effects for processing audio and MIDI, and built-in tools for creating new effects. Automation, modulation, grouping, VCA, surround, macros, OSC, scripting, control surfaces, custom skins and layouts. And a lot more. Check the entire feature list here.
  6. A project for an NGO working grassroots level with tribal communities requires behavior change communication on drinking water and sanitation. Location - Gujarat. Need a videographer / editor to travel to locations for shooting and creating short videos to share with local communities around the subject. Single camera/ mic set up. Project is for 3 months. One travel/ visit per month. Totally 3-4 videos. Production and post edit required. Also looking for: Voice Over artists in Gujarati Script writers fluent in both English & Gujarati DM your profile/portfolio or mail it to shivakant.menon@gmail.com
  7. Gaffers are those amazing people who work closely with and help bring the Cinematographer's vision to 'light'. Any Cinematographer will tell how dependent they are on a goof #gaffer. Nikhil Gupta is a very skilled and enthusiastic gaffer, who always has another solution, another trick, in the truck. Celebrating Gaffers. #HumansOfDesiShoots
  8. JVC's excellent but expensive offering is the JVC GY-HC550. 1" CMOS Sensor 20X Optical Zoom ProRes 422HQ 4:2:2 10-Bit: 3840 x 2160p up to 50/60 fps
  9. Vision Research's latest is the Phantom T1340 Camera. At a max resolution of 2k 2048X1952 it canshoot 3270fps at 12 bit. At HD 1920X1080 it can shoot 6,160 fps. This brings a whole new dimension to the TV Commercials Table Top Shoots
  10. If you are looking at something from Roland with XLR inputs then try the Roland R-26 Sampling Rate: 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 24/16 bits
  11. doing to the list is the Roland R-07 Sampling Rate: 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz Bit Depth: 16/24 bits Input is Mic/Aux in. It's very affordable at close to US 200/-
  12. The Sony PCM D100 is another good option. DSD 2.8MHz; LPCM 192kHz/176.4kHz/96kHz/88.2kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16 or 24 bits
  13. At the high end is the Tascam DR-100 MkIII. Records 44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192k Hz, at 16/24 bit 2 Channel Stereo USB
  14. The Zoom H6 is here now. Interchangeable input capsules Six-track simultaneous recording Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors Gain control knobs and -20dB pads for each input Supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule provides secondary input via a stereo ⅛” Mic/Line In mini phone jack Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V Large full-color, angled LCD display Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB Up to 24-bit /96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries
  15. With all the new MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs and iMacs coming with the USB-C compatible Thunderbolt 3 Port, considering which hard disk to buy has become a cause for concern. USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 port look the same and have many compatibilities but Thunderbolt 3 is better for video. (See Thunderbolt 3 vs USB-C difference here and why Thunderbolt 3 is so much better) Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C Hard drives are more expensive to buy. Even now, if you were to buy a Firewire 800 external La Cie or Western Digital or Seagate hard disk it will be far cheaper than a USB-C 4TB Drive. And with camera sensors touching 12k now, huge data requirements have become a norm. So which hard disk to buy? I would suggest go for an external 7200RPM or faster (very essential for video) hard disk with a FireWire 800 Port (only because it is so much cheaper). You can buy any hard disk with those specs and format it for Mac using Apple's Disk Utility Tool. Unfortunately Apple doesn't seem to have a Thunderbolt 3 to Firewire 800 Adaptor. SO the only option for me was to buy the expensive OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. It has many ports which kind of makes ups for the lack of ports on a Mac. I couldn't find another device which reliably supported the older Firewire 800 Port. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, though expensive has many ports. On its front side are an SD Card Slot, a Head Phone Slot and a USB 3 slot. On the other side of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Adaptor are 4 X USB3 Ports, SPDF for Digital Audio port, an Ethernet Port, 2 X Thunderbolt 3 Ports, an Apple Mini Display Port (this was also welcome since I have an Apple Cinema Display) and the power port. It must be noted that the Mini Display Port, though it looks like a Thunderbolt 2 Port, unfortunately does not support Thunderbolt 2 hard disks. So if you have to buy hard disks for your Mac, I would recommend Firewire 800 based 7200 RPM drives, and connect via OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. It is a pity that it seems OWC has stopped adding the Firewire 800 Port in the newer versions of the Thunderbolt 3 Dock. So the other option is to buy : 1) Apple Thunderbolt 2 To Firewire 800 Adaptor 2) Apple USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 Adaptor. If you happen to buy a Thunderbolt 2 Based hard drive the best option is to buy Apple's USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) to Thunderbolt 2 Adaptor.
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