Free Animated Ribbon FontRocketStock is home to a ton of freebies I constantly use — everything from overlays to lower-thirds packages. They also have two animated typefaces that I often use. The first one is Ribbon, a simple animated font that I’ve used more than I care to admit. It’s really nice for end titles, when revealing a company name or product.A big bonus is that select characters are animated as well. So you get 26 uppercase letters, 26 lowercase letters, 10 numbers, and 16 symbols. You just drag-and-drop any of the pre-rendered letters or characters into your project, then you can change the color to whatever you need.The downside is that you only get one look, so it’s usually best for upbeat projects, as the font is very round. It can also be a bit tedious to drag each and every character, especially if it’s a long title. But for simplicity and good looking results, this one is still a contender.Free Animated Helvetica Neue TemplateThis second free RocketStock animated font is killer (if you already have Helvetica Neue installed on your machine). Helvetica Neue is a much more versatile font that works on a variety of projects.These animations are simple and clean. As a result, they work great on corporate and commercial projects. Like Ribbon, all letters, numbers, and select symbols are included. Again, it’s relatively easy to change the color of the animation by adjusting the hue and saturation.Again, these are drag-and-drop characters, so it’s not as easy as just typing out your words. But for quick titles, they are nice to have.Unfortunately, I just switched from a Mac to a PC, so I no longer have Helvetica Neue as a default font, so here’s one for the Mac users — and those of you who own Helvetica.Free Animated Titles and Motion GraphicsIn this PB freebie, you’ll find 21 different types of mograph tools, including eight animated titles for Premiere Pro.I’ve been using this for a mix of quick animated titles — and especially for product descriptions. Whenever you need to feature product specs or prices, I find these animated fonts super simple to use and adjust.What’s really nice about these free animated titles is that you can quickly type out (or copy and paste your text) directly in the Premiere Pro essential graphics panel.Hope you enjoy these free animated fonts as much as I do! Good luck on your next project.Looking for more free video assets? Check these out.How to Use FREE Cinematic Video Effects With Your Footage17 Awesome Typography Videos — FREE Assets IncludedWhy You Should Be Using Film Grain on Digital Video + 5 Free Film Grain OverlaysHow to Create the VHS Look in Premiere Pro + Free VHS Effect PresetsDownload Dozens of Free Sound Effects from Yellowstone National Park Check out these free, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop animated fonts that will make any video editor look like an animator or motion graphics pro.I will be the first to admit that animation is not a strength of mine. While I understand the fundamentals of animating text in After Effects, I often find that most of the projects I work on don’t allow me to spend too much time creating animated text from scratch. That’s why I often look for templates or pre-animated fonts.If I had more free time, I’d certainly go down a rabbit hole of tutorials, but I’m often in a time crunch, trying to get projects delivered to clients as quickly as possible. Here are a few free animated typefaces that helped me get my videos finished, in a flash.Most of these animated fonts are pre-rendered files that you just drag-and-drop into your NLE of choice. You’ll either stack the characters in layers (in Premiere Pro, FCPX, etc.), or you can bring them into an After Effects comp. In addition, you can adjust the scale and change colors.I’ll also toss in some animated titles, where you can type out your text and get animated reveals directly in Premiere Pro without even having to touch After Effects.Free Neon Animated TypefaceThis first animated font comes from Shutterstock. It’s a really fun, neon-style animation. It comes with 26 uppercase letters and 10 animated numbers.While you can find more detailed directions on the free animated neon font download page, it’s not necessary. It’s a simple drag-and-drop process that’s relatively painless — unless your titles are really, really long.I spelled my name, adjusted the position, tossed in a background, and exported a final title — all in under two minutes.Here’s a brief rundown. After you download the free animated font, import the files into your project — this can be in Premiere Pro, FCPX, DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, whatever.Drag the characters you need onto the timeline. I like to use the first characters on the top layer. It makes it easier for me to know which letters to move, in which direction.Adjust the position of each letter to properly space out the characters. You can also resize them, if needed, by changing the scale.So you don’t have to worry about transparency, the letters include alpha channels. I just dropped a photo in the background with a simple Ken Burns zoom in, and that’s it. Here’s what my final timeline looked like.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 2, 2016 – Jamaicans are being warned about the dangers of third-hand smoke, which is an emerging concern in public health regarding tobacco use. Third-hand smoke is defined as residual tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette has been extinguished.In an interview with JIS News, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at the National Chest Hospital, Dr. Terry Baker, said that third-hand smoke presents risks that were not previously identified in medical research. “Information about third-hand smoke is relatively new and many people are unaware of it,” she noted.According to Dr. Baker, third-hand smoke is the tobacco residue that is left behind in rooms, hair and vehicles and on drapery, curtains, bedding, clothing and other surfaces. “This is residue from cigarettes, cigars and any tobacco product, and the concern is that this residue mixes with normal indoor substances and pollutants, and forms very toxic chemicals,” she explained.“It is now not just a matter of inhaling these chemicals, but the chemicals having been deposited on surfaces stick around for a very long time. You can enter a room or a house that has been vacant for a very long time and you can tell that people who smoke used to live in there, because smoke seemingly has permeated every corner and crevice of the room,” Dr. Baker said. She added that the residue that has been deposited becomes very sticky, which is the nature of nicotine.Dr. Baker, who is also a pulmonologist and internist, said it is dangerous for children to embrace parents and caregivers who smoke, as they can also inadvertently ingest the chemical.Children will be touching contaminated furniture and putting their hands in their mouths, or crawl on the floor with these substances that cannot be easily seen, she noted.“Third-hand smoke is quite toxic, and studies have shown that while a lot is still not known, it is linked to early onset of asthma, particularly in children. This is because of the carcinogenic substances that are formed by the reaction of the tobacco residue with other indoor pollutants that stick around for months. The potential is now there for toxins that can cause cancer to be ingested or inhaled,” she warned.The SMO said even if windows are opened, that will not get rid of third-hand smoke, as the residue and toxins that are formed are not airborne, but actually adhere to surfaces. This is believed to last up to six months.Dr. Baker points out that much work is left to be done. “We have seen many studies on first-hand and second-hand smoke, but research on third-hand smoke lags behind. So far, at least 11 potential carcinogens have been identified in third-hand smoke in one study,” she noted. Related Items:
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen insists the club were right to punish Ousmane Dembele over his recent wrongdoingsEver since completing a €105m transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, Dembele’s time at Camp Nou has been overshadowed by injury problems and disciplinary issues.The France international spent four months of last season out with a hamstring injury and he’s currently sidelined again with an ankle problem this time.Adding to that are reports over Dembele showing up late for training sessions over the past year with Barcelona having taken special disciplinary measures to ensure there are no further repeats.And now Ter Stegen has given his views on the 21-year-old’s circumstances at Barcelona.“The club has quite rightly reacted [to give Dembele a fine],” Ter Stegen told Bild.“Ousmane is still young and will learn from it. Basically, I have to say that I like that not all guys are the same in football, otherwise it would be boring.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He is a talented footballer who will help us. He is not a complicated guy and is absolutely fine.“It is also up to us experienced players to push him a bit in the right direction. The rest has to come from himself.”Despite the controversy surrounding his antics at Barcelona though, Dembele has become an increasingly important member of the squad with 13 goals and five assists in 27 appearances across all competitions.The French forward will be facing two weeks on the sidelines with his ankle problem after coming off in the 69th-minute of Barcelona’s 3-1 La Liga win over CD Leganes last Sunday.Next up for Ernesto Valverde’s side is a trip to Sevilla for the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash.Following that will be a Catalan derby against Girona on Sunday in La Liga with the second leg against Sevilla coming up next Wednesday.
Updated: 10:37 PM John Soderman Posted: July 26, 2018 Mayor Faulconer calls for reform in water bill accuracy Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday called for “sweeping reform” within the Public Utilities Department following widespread complaints of inaccurate water billing from late 2017 into this year.Reports by City Auditor Eduardo Luna’s office and business consulting firm West Monroe Partners found that meter reading employee errors, lack of oversight and insufficient quality control led to billing complaints, in addition to scheduled rate increases, higher water use after drought restrictions were lifted as well as a longer billing cycle between September and December.Though only a “very small percentage” of bills had to be adjusted after being received by a customer — one-fifth of a percent — Faulconer called for the immediate implementation of 18 auditor-recommended reforms related to strengthening quality control and human meter reader oversight; proactively analyzing billing, water use and call volume data; and improving public communications and customer service attitudes.“Percentages don’t matter if you are the one that is overbilled — even one wrong bill is too many,” Faulconer said. “…The department needs to rebuild the trust that has been lost.”Overall, most recommendations are expected to be implemented by Jan. 1, according to the city.Luna’s audit analyzed 1.3 million water bills from 2017, and found that roughly 21,000 bills, 1.6 percent, showed double or more than double the previous billing period’s usage. That doesn’t mean customers were incorrectly billed.Overall, the utilities department flagged 57,117 potentially anomalous bills for additional review, adjusted 18,728 bills before they were sent to customers and another 2,750 after customers received an incorrect bill.Luna’s audit found that human error caused the largest amount of incorrect bills.Of the department’s 36 meter readers, 10 were responsible for more than half the readings corrected before billing and 71 percent of rebillings for 2017.Meter readers need to be more accurate, supervisors need to be more attentive and management needs to provide better training and tools to ensure accurate billing, Faulconer said.Recommendations from the recently completed audits include proactive customer outreach regarding water use, conservation efforts, advanced notice of billing cycle and rate changes; developing employee performance metrics to reduce the number of errors and skipped readings; and overhauling programs that analyze misreads, estimated bills and customer call volume.Deployment of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure program should also help, according to the audits.Separate city audits are expected for the smart metering program and utilities department’s customer service wing.Faulconer also said he’s ordered a review of the entire Public Utilities Department.“We must change the culture of this department to consistently deliver the excellent services San Diegans expect,” he said. John Soderman,
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force believes the extra funding afforded under last week’s two-year budget agreement will help it address its $33 billion facilities maintenance backlog. The fiscal 2019 budget proposal the service unveiled Monday revealed one key sign of progress — it funds 80 percent of the Air Force’s facility sustainment needs, Maj. Gen. John Pletcher, deputy assistant secretary for budget, said Monday.“We’re doing a lot of sustainment funding on the FSRM [facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization] side,” Pletcher said. “That means that we’re essentially trying to take care of the worst facilities first,” he said. “But we did not get to a $33 billion bow wave overnight and it’s going take a time to buy that down.”In response to a reporter’s question, he said the Air Force has no plans to mothball facilities as a way to stretch its budget. “We are using what we have and we’re basically maintaining those that we have available by spending money to the highest priority needs,” Pletcher said. His Navy counterpart gave a similar answer to the same question from the reporter at an earlier briefing.The service’s $2.3 billion military construction request continues to focus on new weapon system bed-downs, with 50 percent of its milcon request allocated to new missions. “We’ve got 15 milcon projects just for the F-35 bed-down itself,” he said. “We also continue to prioritize strengthening the nuclear enterprise; modernizing our research, development and test infrastructure; and supporting combatant commanders’ highest construction priorities,” Pletcher said.He acknowledged the service’s budget request means it will “continue to take risk in current mission milcon.”U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen