ALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED S Y SKY ASSIGNED HIGH WEIGHT OF 126 LBS. &  HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF

first_imgALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED S Y SKY ASSIGNED HIGH WEIGHT OF 126 LBS. &  HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2019)–Never worse than third in 15 starts, Nick Alexander’s brilliant homebred S Y Sky heads a field of six California-bred or sired fillies and mares three and up in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, to be contested at 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf.With a solid recent stakes win over the course to her credit, Reddam Racing’s Don’t Sell poses a serious threat, as does Alexander’s other Cal Distaff entrant, Just Grazed Me, who’s been idle since winning a five furlong turf allowance at Del Mar on Aug. 14.S Y SKYOwner:  Nick AlexanderTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoA solid three quarter length winner of the Grade III Monrovia Stakes three starts back on May 26, this 5-year-old Grazen mare, out of Sky Marni, by Sky Mesa, has been second as the 6-5 favorite in her last two starts, both turf sprints.  Idle since second, beaten three quarters of a length going five furlongs on Aug. 25 at Del Mar, S Y Sky has been assigned high weight 126 pounds and will be trying 5 ½ furlongs on turf for the first time on Saturday. Although based at San Luis Rey Downs, her most recent workout was here at Santa Anita–a five furlong drill in 1:02.60 on Sunday.DON’T SELLOwner:  Reddam Racing LLCTrainer:  Doug O’NeillA 1 ¼ length winner of the 5 ½ furlong turf Unzip Me Stakes Sept. 28, this 3-year-old filly by Square Eddie, out of the In Excess mare Too Much Excess, has enjoyed a tremendous year for O’Neill, winning four out of her eight starts and running second twice while amassing 2019 earnings of $232,160. Although ridden to victory last time out by Evin Roman, she’ll be reunited with Paul Reddam’s go-to jock, Mario Gutierrez. With a career-best 88 Beyer Speed figure to her credit on Sept. 28, she’s unquestionably in top form and rates a big look on Saturday.JUST GRAZED MEOwner:  Nick AlexanderTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoA winner of two out of her last three starts, this 4-year-old daughter of Grazen, out of Fairway Road, by Cuvee, is also at the top of her game as she bids for her second career state-bred stakes win. Idle since victorious in a five furlong turf allowance Aug. 14, she has seven works on her post race tab, the last five on Santa Anita’s inner training track.  Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, she’ll be making her third consecutive start on turf in the Cal Distaff.THE CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT S Y Sky–Drayden Van Dyke–126Silk From Heaven–Eswan Flores–114Gypsy Blu–Abel Cedillo–121Queen Be to You–Ruben Fuentes–121Don’t Sell–Mario Gutierrez–122Just Grazed Me–Geovanni Franco–122First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Great Faith is a firm banker

first_img RAGING FURY Tomorrow’s Supreme Ventures-sponsored 12-race programme at Caymanas Park featuring the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres for native bred two-year-olds, offers a Pick-9 carryover of $2.4 million. This will be conducted from race four to 12, while both Super 6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The first Super-6 will be conducted from race one to six, the late Super-6 from seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a high claiming event over a mile to be contested by nine starters including top contenders ORIGINAL TRAIN, RAGING PROSPECT and the up in class hat-trick seeker LEGENDARY PLEASURE, who is extremely fit and is sure to get a good ride from champion apprentice Linton Steadman. ORIGINAL TRAIN and RAGING PROSPECT are the most accomplished in the field but the two ran poorly behind JAMAI RAJA in an overnight allowance race over 1700 metres last Saturday and have been dropped in class as a result. RAGING PROSPECT, who was quietly fancied at 12-1, stumbled badly at the start and did not recover but in his race prior to that on September 17, he beat all barring SUPERLUMINAL over 2000 metres in overnight company. The 7-y-o son of He’stherealthing – Raging Fury looks tempting at the weights with only 52.0kg and 2.0kg claiming apprentice Javaneil Patterson riding for trainer Ryan Darby, and is preferred to LEGENDARY PLEASURE and ORIGINAL TRAIN. Next on the programme is the Pick 3 Easy To Play Trophy over 1500 metres for four-year-olds and up (non winners of two). Among the eight starters are the recent fast- time winner PARTY CUP, who by virtue of his 16-length victory over 1400 metres on November 5 in a time of 1:28.1, should also have the beating of non-winners of two, with Patterson securing the ride, VESPERS (regaining form), second to BRIDLED PRINCESS on November 12, looks the principal danger. GREAT FAITH, who went down fighting against MARKET FORCE on her recent debut over 1100 metres, is confidently expected to win the third race for two-year-olds, this over 1200 metres for the Pick 3 “Straight” Trophy. The Gary Subratie-trained GREAT FAITH has most to fear from the Anthony Nunes-trained MIRABILIS, who finished five lengths fifth to the winner in the same race. TWO STEPS UP, who recently got through in the Stewards’ Room, ran well when beaten a head by FIFTYONESTORM in his subsequent race over 1100 metres on November 16 and should rebound in the fourth race over 1200 metres (claiming $350,00 – $310,000) with Shamaree Muir aboard. EL CLIENTE and ROYAL GIRL are twin dangers in a field of 10. Briefly, the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the sparingly-raced YOGA (Wesley Henry up) who has been moving impressively at exercise and in the sixth, it should be PURE AMAZEMENT under top apprentice Bebeto Harvey. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES TWIN DANGERS (1) RAGING PROSPECT (2) PARTY CUP/ VESPERS (3) GREAT FAITH (4) TWO STEPS UP/ EL CLIENTE (5) YOGA (6) PURE AMAZEMENTlast_img read more

PFF issues check to cover unliquidated accounts

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The PFF thus joins the NSAs of athletics, shooting, sailing and cycling as federations that have cleared their delinquent accounts. The PFF’s unliquidated assistance, however, was something the current administration inherited.“That amount is from past administrations of PFF from 1996 to 2010,” said PFF secretary general Edwin Gastanes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLast year, the PSC announced that “NSAs with outstanding obligations and/or unliquidated accounts shall receive no funding, effective Nov. 1, 2017.” PetroGazz out to stretch run vs Ateneo View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Philippine Football Federation issued a check worth P4,882,602.71 on Sept. 14 to cover all its unliquidated accounts with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) dating back to 1996.The development comes on the heels of the PSC tightening the noose on national sports associations (NSAs) with pending unliquidated financial assistance after accounting of such has pegged the amount to as much as P100 million.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Flood Water Causes Headache, Misery for Monrovia Communities

first_imgAs usual, the weekend flood water in some parts of Monrovia and its environs again caused serious headache, agony and misery for many of Monrovia’s communities and residents.During the weekend there were heavy downpours of rain that adversely affected several community residents and business entities. Consequently, some concerned environmentalists and health workers have sounded an urgent appeal to the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and  the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) for their swift interventions to protect citizens and residents affected by flooding.Among the affected communities were the former Omega Navigation Station on the Paynesville-Kakata highway, the Doe Community at Bushrod Island, Soul Clinic, LEC substation, Joe Bar in Paynesville and GSA Junction.It was also observed that affected residents of the communities were seen stranded in flooded water which carried lots of debris, detrimental to health and the environment.Regrettably, environmentalists say that several of the structures in the affected communities were built in what they called ‘in flood plains.’The environmentalists and geologists explained that residents and business entities built in such areas are always potential targets of extensive flooding.Recently in rural Liberia, specifically between Saclapea and Tappita Districts, a large river over-flooded the highway, disconnecting human and vehicular traffic for almost 18 to 24 hours.Accordingly, about 18 commercial, aid-agency and other public service transport vehicles were stranded on both sides of the road connection to Southeastern Liberia.Some aid-agency officials at the stranded spot on the Saclapea and Tappita highway, expressed serious concern over the impediments been posed by the over flooding of the river.An aid-agency official, Washington B. Nyanti, underscored the need for the rehabilitation of the 25-year-old bridge and fixing of dangerous potholes on the highway.Several businesspeople also stranded at the flood water expressed grave concern over the deplorable conditions of bridge in particular, and the general condition of the road corridor in that part of Nimba County.Businessman Tommy K. Tugbeh pointed out that with the huge procurement of yellow machines by the then leadership of Nimba County, bad road connections should be a thing of the past in that commercial and agriculture- driven belt.“The county authorities and contractors need to put all the yellow machines to work in order for us to do our businesses and services to our sisters and brothers in hard to reach areas in Nimba and other counties,” Mr. Tugbeh pleaded.He also stressed the need for the current leadership of Nimba County to see the genuine reason and begin rehabilitating the deplorable roads in all parts of county in the interest of humanity and the poverty-stricken rural Liberians.“I’m of the strong conviction that the current leadership of Nimba County would open their ears and listen to the complaints and appeals of  businesspeople and aid-agencies operating in North and Southeastern Liberia,” businessman Tugbeh stressed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Collison zones out defense questions

first_imgThe next test comes today when No. 2 UCLA meets zone-oriented West Virginia at the WVU Coliseum, but whether Collison can break it down is a double question. First, Collison seems to go in funks sometimes against zones. Second, and more importantly in this instance, he is a game-time decision because of an injured left shoulder. He did not practice Thursday or Friday. “That puts us at a disadvantage, obviously, if he can’t play,” Howland said. “He’s getting treatment with our trainer so we’ll just have to wait and see. He could not lift his arm above his shoulder (Wednesday) morning.” Collison suffered a sprained AC joint in Wednesday’s win against USC, but Howland said it was not known when the injury was suffered. If Collison cannot play, freshman Russell Westbrook will start and leading scorer and off-guard Arron Afflalo will be the backup. And with this being a nonconference game, and Pac-10 games at Arizona State and Arizona looming next week, there could be an inclination to hold Collison out. “We’re going to see how it feels, but if he’s going to miss a game, it’s going to be this game as opposed to a Pac-10 game,” Howland said. “It will be just like Josh (Shipp’s) injury or Luc (Richard Mbah a Moute’s) injury. We’re going to err on the side of caution on this.” Westbrook does not defend as well as Collison, but in spurts has shown the ability to attack a zone. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – UCLA point guard Darren Collison is quick enough to beat defenders off the dribble, a consistent enough shooter to make open jumpers and possesses the vision to pass the ball in traffic. And as Bruins coach Ben Howland puts it, the Etiwanda High School graduate should be great against a zone defense, which continues to give UCLA more trouble than it should. center_img When the Trojans used a 2-3 zone in the first half, Westbrook’s ability to penetrate into the zone, jump-stop and either dish to an open man or make a jumper was on display. It led to eight straight points for UCLA, and represented one of the few times the Bruins found offensive rhythm. “We have to be more consistent when we’re playing against a 2-3 zone,” Collison said. “Right now we have look for ways to be more consistent, and keep working at it and working at it.” The Mountaineers (18-5) play mixtures of 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones, as well as a soft man-to-man switching defense. “Some nights we’ll execute and play well, and some nights we can’t seem to figure it out,” Afflalo said. “Right now, we have one guy who can consistently get (in the zone) and make plays, and that’s Darren. And Russell does a great job with his minutes, so maybe that’s a guy we need to utilize a little more. “I seem to be the guy holding us back when it comes to zone. It just takes everybody to get in there and apply a little effort to make plays for others.” As the season continues and UCLA continues to be schizophrenic against zones, teams ill-equipped to deal with the Bruins’ perimeter talent will likely implement a zone. “A lot of times what we have problems with is that we get too perimeter-oriented,” Howland said. “You have to get the ball inside, whether it’s man or zone. You’ve got to get the ball inside either at the low post or the high post to get the defense to react and collapse, and then you kick it back out.” Part of the problem is UCLA seems to have a lack of confidence in going to centers Lorenzo Mata and Alfred Aboya. Another problem is the Bruins’ outside shooting. Although Collison (49.3 percent) and Afflalo (39.2 percent) are above average when it comes to shooting the 3-pointer, wings Josh Shipp (29.3 percent/17.1 percent in Pac 10) and Michael Roll (31.7 percent in Pac-10) have not provided the consistent third option from the perimeter. “Darren should be one of the best guys in the country at being able to dribble penetrate gaps, get in there and then stop and slow down,” Howland said. “As he gets better and better at it, it sure makes us better. There’s no reason he can’t get in there. It’s just a matter of him thinking about it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

HENRY (THE GREAT!) TO TACKLE ERRIGAL FOR THE THOUSANDTH TIME!

first_imgMany of us have climbed Errigal over the years.Errigal in all its glory!But one well-known Donegal man is preparing to tackle the iconic mountain for an amazing 1000th time!And Carrickfin man Anrai O Domhnaill (Henry O’Donnell) is inviting an many people to come along as possible. Henry is hoping that all those who take up the challenge will donate €10 to a very worthy cause.All the money raised will go towards funding a new 4×4 team vehicle for the Donegal Mountain Rescue team.Already €1,150 has been raised through pledges and many more are pouring in.The event itself does not take place until August 2nd so there is plenty of time to warm up and get in shape. A choice of easy, moderate and summit hikes will be available to suit all fitness levels.Live trad music, craic, guest speakers and a colour certificate to every participant is guaranteed on the day.Check out the event page of the Errigal 1000 on Facebook or pre-register and pledge at errigal1000@hotmail.com HENRY (THE GREAT!) TO TACKLE ERRIGAL FOR THE THOUSANDTH TIME! was last modified: July 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carrickfindonegalDonegal Mountain RescueErrigalHenry O’Donnelllast_img read more

A MARATHON JOURNEY PLANNED SO PAUL CAN TAKE HIS FIRST FEW STEPS

first_imgThe launch of yesterday’s fundraising drive which will see 56 people undertake the Belfast Marathon for little Paul Doherty.With his operation now set for March, 2015, a very special group has backed the campaign to help little Paul Doherty walk for the first time. A strong group of 56 people are now registered for the 2015 Belfast City Marathon in a bid to raise as much funding as possible for the young Donegal lad.Anne Marie Doherty and her son PaulThe official launch of the marathon fund-raising campaign took place yesterday. Patsy McGonagle, FVAC gave the group words of encouragement and paid credit to the tremendous work that had been done locally to support this local fundraiser.Local legend Jason Quigley was also there to support the event. The date for Paul’s operation has now been set for March 3rd 2015.This event was organised by James Maguire from Finn Valley Athletics Club and is fully supported by Finn Valley Athletics Club.Paul has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The fund aims to raise a minimum of €60,000 to allow Paul to have an operation that will enable him to walk. They started out on their fundraising journey trying to raise what they thought was an unachievable amount of €60,000.00. What they didn’t take into account was the incredible support they would receive from the public. In the short time of 14 weeks they had reached their target and can now say with confidence that Paul will have his operation in March 2015.Anne Marie Doherty, his mother explains “Since Paul could talk he always told me “Mammy, I want to walk”. It broke my heart to see him stuck in a wheelchair not been able to run about with his brother and sister or even to be able to pick up a toy from the floor that he wanted to play with.“Paul is a happy boy, playful and full of devilment! As his mother, I always fought to get him the services and therapies he needed. While the HSE gave Paul what they could they could never offer him the opportunity to be able to walk.“Then I came across an operation in America called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg.”Anne Marie always said that the €60,000.00 would pay for the operation and just 4-6 months of an intense 2 year post operative physiotherapy program. “We are organising this relay marathon so that Paul will have funding for more of his therapy after the operation. One day we would love to see Paul doing a part of a relay marathon with us….. Even 50 metres walking would be a dream come true for Paul.”So let’s all get together and support this incredible group of people to support Paul. The relay team will be looking for sponsors over the coming months. We wish them all the best!A MARATHON JOURNEY PLANNED SO PAUL CAN TAKE HIS FIRST FEW STEPS was last modified: December 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn valleyMarathonoperationpaul dohertyWALKlast_img read more

Miami County FFA Members Attend National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 92nd National FFA Convention is the largest event hosted by the National FFA. 32 members of the Miami East-MVCTC and Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA chapters were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Elizabeth Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Sydney Brittain, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Savannah Holzen, Katelynn Dill, Keira Kirby, Evan Massie, Jillian Niswonger, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, Sumsaar Thapa, Alivia Wade, Dustin Winner, and Lauren Wright. From Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA were Emily Hornberger, Malia Johns, Jackson Kimmel, Tyler Kress, Webb Kress, Tyler Leffew, Erica Pratt, Cammy Shook, Carter Tinnerman, Justin Thomas, Kelsie Tomlinson, Darby Welbaum. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.Almost 70,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2019-20 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Bob Goff. Attendees enjoyed attending the Old Dominion concert, World’s Toughest Rodeo, Buckeye Bash Dance, and attending the FFA Shopping Mall and Career Show. Additional tours were of Wilhoite Family Grain Farm, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lincoln College of Technology.The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter received a Three-Star National Chapter Award, the highest award bestowed to an FFA Chapter. The chapter was selected for this honor based on its activities during the previous school year, in the areas of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture.Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member Kylie Blair was named a National Proficiency Finalist in the area of Agricultural Sales-Placement. Her. She was interviewed and recognized on stage with a plaque and cash prize.Milton-Union School graduate Abigail Hissong and Miami East Schools graduates Carly Gump, Dylan Hahn, and Alex Isbrandt received the American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes members’ ability to demonstrate leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, and service programs. Recipients received gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate to commemorate the achievement.Thank you to Mrs. Laurie Grube and Mr. Cody Myers for chaperoning the trip. Additional appreciation goes to the administration at Miami East Local Schools, Milton-Union Schools, Arcanum Schools, and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.Attending from the Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA Chapter were (L to R) Malia Johns, Tyler Leffew, Erica Pratt, Carter Tinnerman, Emily Hornberger, Webb Kress, Kelsie Tomlinson, Cammy Shook, Tyler Kress, Justin Thomas, Darby Welbaum, and Jackson Kimmel.last_img read more

ShowYou Will Change How You View Videos on Your iPad

first_imgaudrey watters iPad Applications can be broken into two categories: those that port a particular browsing or reading experience from the Web (or from a smartphone) to the tablet, and those that completely re-invent what it means to interact with digital content. Flipboard may be the premier example as an app that changed the way in which we read our feeds, our blogs, our tweets.So add to the list of apps that “change everything” ShowYou, a video application that may just well change the way in which you interact with video content.The comparison to Flipboard is pretty apt here, because ShowYou takes the video content from all your friends and social networks and presents them in one place but in an entirely new way. This isn’t a feed, and this isn’t a chronological presentation of videos.When you sign up for ShowYou, you can link your Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as your Vodpod account – the video sharing company from which ShowYou was born. And via the completely immersive and interactive ShowYou interface, you can scroll and scan and move through shared videos from YouTube, Vimeo and TED. I use the verb “scroll” here very loosely, because this isn’t at all about a linear list or links to videos, but rather a new way to move through video feeds. Tags:#Video Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts It’s based, in part, on what your network of friends are sharing. And ShowYou provides a new way for you and your friends to comment and interact with each others’ video shares. ShowYou also works with Apple’s Airplay, so that you can play these videos on your TV, providing of course you have an Apple TV 2.0The link to a television screen is important here, because as much as we’ve heard about the iPad (and YouTube) providing “lean-back” video consumption – that is, something you can kick back and watch truly at leisure – the technology really hasn’t been there. But to be able to project your videos to the TV and to be able to move through them as you can via the ShowYou interface, it does feel as though we’ve moved to a brand new way to watch and share online video.last_img read more

Get Better Results from the DaVinci Resolve Motion Tracker

first_imgThe DaVinci Resolve motion tracker is fast and simple to use. Let’s explore how to get the most out of this already amazing tool.The DaVinci Resolve motion tracker’s efficiency always seems to impress clients, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Let’s take a look at how to best utilize this fantastic feature.Resolve’s lovely tracker at work. The tool automatically picks points within a vignette to analyze.Track the Best ObjectThere are a few basic scenarios where you may want to use tracking. You’ll either have a moving camera, a moving subject, or both. Most of the time, it makes sense to place a power window on the moving object in question and track it. However, sometimes the object is stationary and you just want to compensate for the movement of the camera. In these scenarios, the best object to track may actually not be the talent, but an inanimate object that remains in the frame during the shot. After tracking for camera motion, you can reposition the power window onto the subject.Let’s assume this was a particularly shaky shot. The interviewee may not be the best place to start, since she’ll be moving around during the shot. The black circles are some inanimate areas that would likely yield a good track.Track Without SoftnessWhen creating a tracking node, I’ve gotten better results by setting the softness to its minimum. If you’ve performed a correction on the node already, inform the client of the lack of softening which will make the correction stand out temporarily while you perform the track.A vignette with zero softness, while optimal for tracking, immediately gives away the effect. Notify your client so they know you’re about to perform a track.Only Track Relevant DataDon’t create more tracking data than you need. Is the subject moving from left to right? Is there a camera zoom or pan you want to stay with? Before you initiate tracking, consider what elements should be tracked. By default, Resolve will track the pan, zoom, tilt, and rotation parameters inside the power window. That doesn’t mean you need all four for every shot. In fact, tracking data you don’t need can cause the track to get confused and produce inferior outcomes.Don’t Be Afraid to Track Multiple TimesSometimes the original track fails midway through the shot. The DaVinci Resolve motion tracker is fast enough where minimal time is lost by retracking. If you keep getting the same results, consider resizing your power window. Pick an area of the shot with defined regions of contrast to optimize for the best tracking performance.On particularly difficult shots, you may even want to take advantage of Resolve’s Track One Frame Forward or Backward commands, accessible via the Color menu.Multiple Windows Can Use the Same TrackIf you need to perform multiple corrections on tracked information, you can use Copy and Paste Track Data to prevent tracking the same objects again. The commands are located on the top right of the tracking panel. You can paste into another node or another shot entirely. To get it to work, make sure you have a vignette style selected first.When Tracking FailsResolve’s tracker isn’t perfect, and sometimes tracking will fail. In these cases, you can use keyframes to move your power windows around manually. To do this, select the node you want and click the Mark menu, select Keyframe Timeline Mode, and then Color. The bottom right of the Color page shows a timeline representation of your nodes. Selecting the Color mode will highlight your current node.The interface at the bottom-right of the Color page. Click the diamond icon to automatically add keyframes as you change the parameters of the window.The easiest way to work is to turn on the automatic keyframe feature, which is the diamond shape next to the lock icon. Now any change you make will be recorded as your first keyframe, so navigate through the frames and create subsequent moves. New keyframes will automatically be added.I’ve seen people get tripped up on making too many keyframes. This can result in power windows that jerk around and give away the correction, the last thing we want. Instead, start at the extreme ends of the shot and note where the move should begin and end. Follow the subject through the duration of the shot, and when the correction lags behind, adjust it.This technique of going halfway will create less keyframes. Keyframing can take some time to get right. If you’re in a fast-paced session, notify the client to set expectations, or refine it when they’ve signed off on the overall grade. I often track into the shot handles when my client has given me the green light to begin rendering.Ask: Do I Need to Track?There will be times when you think tracking will help the shot you’re working on, but if you’ve made an adequate qualifier, you may not actually need to. For example, if the subject is not moving much and you have a power window on their face, as long as you’ve softened it out enough, you may not need tracking.Just because Resolve has a great tracker, it doesn’t mean we require its use for every shot. Exercise your judgement to see where attention should be given.Looking for more insight into the possibilities offered by DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:Tips for Achieving Real-Time Playback in DaVinci ResolveDaVinci Resolve: Working with Memory ColorsDaVinci Resolve Tutorial: Using Offline Reference ClipsDo you have any additional tips for using the DaVinci Resolve motion tracker? Please share them in the comments below!last_img read more