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  • Local swimmer represents Red Bluff community

    first_img“You can’t let your head get too big or think too much of yourself,” Brandt said, “just keeping focusing on your next goal and checking off the list.” 175Care about your community? We do, too.Sign up for our Morning Report newsletter Something went wrong. Please try again.SIGN UPCongratulations! You’re all set! Red Bluff >> Jayne Brandt loves swimming. She said she cannot get enough of any pool she swims laps in, even though she admits to taking a few breaks. “Yeah, every so often it’s good to take a couple days off,” Brandt said Thursday during the Red Bluff High School swim team banquet. “Then you come back more excited.” Brandt’s mighty good any time she straps on the swimsuit, goggles and swim cap. This year, she was especially dynamite, winning a pair of Northern Section Masters championships as just a sophomore for the Spartans. In addition, during Brandt’s championship swim in the 100 breast stoke, she captured a time of 1:06.81 seconds, which ranks third all-time in Masters history dating back to 1972.She wants the top spot eventually — a mark just more than 2 seconds faster set by a Colusa swimmer in 2008. The top time in the 100 breaststroke is 1:04.71, which Brandt said is attainable. “You just have to buckle down, train everyday,” said Brandt, whose older sister, Julia Brandt begins her college swim career this weekend at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. “You can’t get distracted. In swimming, especially the (sprint) strokes every hundredth of a second counts. You have to be in the zone and ready to do your best.” Jayne Brandt says she hopes to one day swim in college, should the opportunity present itself. But right now she has much larger aspirations during the next two years of her Red Bluff Spartans career. last_img read more

  • Joburg’s freedom architecture

    first_img24 August 2005Six Johannesburg buildings featured recently in a German exhibition showcasing the city’s energy and optimism – and exploring how South Africa’s new democratic order is being reflected in new buildings going up in its commercial capital.Fast Forward Johannesburg was on show at Aedes Berlin, Europe’s best-known architecture gallery, in March and April 2005.“The name refers to the energetic spirit of Johannesburg,” said Dagmar Hoetzel, curator of the exhibition. “It conveys the dynamism and optimism with which Johannesburg is evolving, and shows how the city is embracing the challenges of transformation and growth.”The exhibition featured: The Constitutional CourtThe Apartheid MuseumThe Walter Sisulu Square of DedicationThe Mandela YardThe Faraday Market & Transport InterchangeThe Metro Mall and Bara Taxi RankThe South African Embassy in Berlin While architecture in South African cities is an agglomeration of European styles – Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and, more recently, Tuscan – Hoetzel was interested in exploring whether the new democratic order is being reflected in new buildings going up, particularly in Johannesburg.Hoetzel believes apartheid had a profound effect on the country’s architecture, and is still evident.“In no other country does architecture and urban planning bear such vivid witness to history, to politics, and to social division. And these deeply embedded traces of apartheid remain ubiquitous in South Africa today.”Apartheid buildings are almost always recognisable by their closed, exclusive nature, often imposing an uneasy presence not easy to ignore.The new-style architecture is changing the feel of South African cities. In the exhibition booklet, Lindsey Bremner, honorary professorial research fellow in architecture at Wits University, said: “Many who were confined by apartheid to townships and rural bantustans, or to the countries beyond our borders, have converged on the streets of Johannesburg to claim its promise of a better life. Public space is being occupied in new ways.”Hoetzel has been visiting South Africa since 1996, keen to observe the “courageous undertaking of constructing a new country after the end of apartheid”. Since she published an article on Johannesburg in a German architecture magazine in 1997, she has followed the progress of the city’s architecture, noticing a change in recent years.“Only in the recent past I saw something emerge which creates new space. And that is what the exhibition [was] about, not about a style or fashion but about a new culture of planning and building, which creates a new approach to architecture and space.”The new buildings epitomise a young, open society offering creative spaces that allow people to mingle freely among meaningful African artefacts instead of under Cape Dutch gables or Victorian broekie lace balconies.“It is more spatial than visual,” says Mphethi Morojele, architect with Mma Architects, one of the firms represented in the exhibition. “The design space anticipates new ways of how people live. It reflects rural habits within an urban setting – a culture going through a transition.”He says this architecture is more open-ended, giving a sense of identity with the space – allowing for what he calls a “baggy space”.Constitutional Court(Omm Design Workshop and Urban Solutions, 2004)Perhaps the best example of this is the striking Constitutional Court on Constitution Hill, situated in Braamfontein next to apartheid’s notorious No 4 prison and President Paul Kruger’s 19th century Old Fort.It is no coincidence that it lies next to No 4, a prison dating back to the early years of the city, over 100 years ago. No 4 was kept exclusively for black male prisoners, held there under brutal conditions. Also on the site is the Women’s Jail, an elegant Edwardian building imprisoning women under equally inhuman conditions. The imposing Dutch-inspired Old Fort building housed white prisoners.These three apartheid reminders act as the perfect foil for the truly uplifting court building, a very uncourt-like structure. There’s nothing formal or stuffy about it – its double-volume foyer with its angled mosaic pillars, artistic wire light fittings and funky orange couches sets the tone for the 200-piece art gallery and people-friendly court room.The doors are huge wooden slabs engraved in sign language by Durban craftspeople, depicting the 27 themes of South Africa’s Bill of Rights.The inner courtyard of the Constitutional Court. (Photo: Constitution Hill)The building has airy passages, with wooden-slat floors, looking out on tranquil pools, green lawns and indigenous trees. Each judge’s chamber entrance has an individually crafted metal gate, with artworks lining the walls leading to the chambers.In a subtle blend of the old and the new, elements of apartheid structures, such as the rich red bricks from the demolished awaiting-trial building, have been used in the interior of the court room, and on the New African Steps, a walkway between No 4 and the court building.The mix of red brick, bare grey concrete, stone, glass, mosaic and wood finishes combines with the artworks to produce a pleasing, welcoming effect, worthy of the court and what it stands for.“The building needs to be as active as possible – the court will not be a monument, it will be a people-inviting place,” says Paul Wygers, an architect at Urban Solutions, one of the project consultants.What lingers in the mind walking around the court and the prisons is that two of the 20th century’s greatest fighters for human rights, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, were incarcerated in No 4.Apartheid Museum(Gapp Architects, Mashabane Rose Architects, Britz Roodt Vernootskap and Linda Mvusi Architects, 2003)Built in 2003, the Apartheid Museum sits incongruously alongside the amusement park and casino of Gold Reef City, whose owners paid R100-million to build the museum as part of their social responsibility obligations.The harsh and stark contours of stone, rusted and galvanised steel, red brick, wood, glass and concrete of the Apartheid Museum are utterly appropriate for capturing the history of apartheid.The exterior of the museum is dominated by grey, concrete walls and metal, with seven bare pillars of freedom rising into the sky, in sharp contrast to the green field and small lake alongside the museum.The concrete theme continues inside the building, with smooth grey walls and concrete floors, offset by minimal windows. The display rooms consist of tall halls, circular silo-type rooms, smaller low-roofed rooms and two windowless prison cells. They provide a perfect backdrop for the multitude of monitors continuously showing apartheid newsreels and interviews, and striking displays like 121 nooses hanging from the ceiling, representing the number of political prisoners hanged during apartheid.The Apartheid Museum. (Photo: Apartheid Museum)“This is a minimalist building reflecting the fact that apartheid buildings were born of incarceration,” says project coordinator and architect Sidney Abramowitch. “We wanted to reflect the harshness, crudity and horror of apartheid. We wanted something so different because apartheid was so different.”The visitor weaves a route inside and outside of the museum, taking in the history of apartheid, being constantly bombarded by sights and sounds.The curatorial team was appointed before construction began, and the building contractor appointed while designing was still in progress, in a unique collaborative effort to mould the two teams’ thinking along the way.All communities in the country were consulted, from groups in the Richtersveld in the far Northern Cape, including San bushmen, to groups in the far south, says Abramowitch. In all the projects displayed in Berlin, relevant communities were consulted.A visit to the museum leaves one with indelible flashes of apartheid and its effects on the nation, captured not only by the images in the museum but also by the powerful architecture.Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication(StudioMAS architects, 2005)The Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, half-way complete, is clearly going to add significantly to Johannesburg’s collection of post-democracy 21st century architecture.Erected in Kliptown, Soweto on the original soccer-field sized square that in June 1955 was the meeting place of the Congress of the People – assembled to ratify the Freedom Charter – the new square is seeped in symbolism.The square consists of two squares, one symbolising the old apartheid South Africa, the other the new, democratic South Africa. The latter square is made up of nine blocks representing the country’s nine provinces, and decorated with crosses symbolic of the first democratic votes placed on ballot papers.A winding snake pathway will be built between the two squares, a reminder of the snaking queues of voters in 1994.At the northern end of the pathway will be a tall tower on the north side, referred to as the Freedom Charter Monument. A flame, inside the tower and called the Flame of Freedom, was lit by President Thabo Mbeki on 26 June 2005 in a 50th anniversary of the 1955 event. The roof of the tower is cut in an X shape, the “mark of freedom”.The tower has been constructed in a conical shape, a classical African shape – evidenced in the Great Zimbabwe ruins and traditional African fishing baskets. Opposite this tower is a cyclindrical tower which will contain a “kwashisanyama”, a Zulu word meaning “a place to prepare food”.The square will also make allowance for upwards of 600 hawker stalls, largely along its southern border, in and around the preserved first shops along Union Street.With the square the architects, StudioMAS, are making a statement: this is a square in Africa, where hawkers are integral to life, where cooking is done in an open area, where shapes are reminiscent of long-held traditions, and where the African sun shines down brightly from wide expanses of sky.Pierre Swanepoel, founder of StudioMAS, says of the new style of architecture: “It consists of buildings for the people by the people. We are different people with different economic realities.”Mandela Yard(Peter Rich Architects, 2005)This building is in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s early foray into the city in the 1940s, as well as the first real acknowledgement of the community of Alexandra, one of the city’s oldest freehold townships for blacks, now a squalid, overcrowded ghetto, progressively neglected over many decades.Mandela Yard under construction. (Photo: Urban Solutions)The Mandela Yard Interpretation Centre is directly opposite the backroom occupied by Mandela, where he lived for his first year in the city. Still under construction, it consists of a three-level steel structure containing shops, restaurants, training facilities, a jazz archive, library facilities, an interpretation walkway and two piazzas.The building is built over Hofmeyer Street, taking in two street corners. Visitors will be able to move through the building, taking in exhibitions telling the story of the lives of Alex residents, and cross over the bridge, getting elevated views of the township through large windows.Architect Peter Rich says there has been extensive community consultation prior to the finalisation of the plan. “This is the first time the people’s voice will be heard,” he says.Only residents will be allowed to take up stall and restaurant space. In addition, 10 Alexandrans have been identified as potential members of a heritage team.The simplicity of the architecture echoes the architecture of the small Alexandra houses, particularly in the provision of public spaces. Backyards are an integral feature of the houses, often with attached seating against the walls of the structures, a feature, says Rich, reminiscent of structures in the rural setting, allowing easy “socialising space” in a central area.Rich says of the new African architecture: “Apartheid didn’t produce public spaces of note, the new style is trying to reinvent those spaces.”Faraday Market & Transport Interchange(Albonico Sack Mzumara Architects and Mma Architects, 2003)It seems apt that minibus taxis and traditional healers share the same space in this market on the south-western edge of the city – one is much a feature of large cities, the other a long-entrenched feature of African life, easily transported into the city and used by even the most sophisticated city dwellers.Traditional remedies on sale at the Faraday Market. (Photo: Lucille Davie, City of Johannesburg)The Faraday Market in downtown Johannesburg consists of a series of small open halls, divided into 280 separate stalls with pull-down doors, and open spaces planted with striking, indigenous coral trees. There are also consulting rooms available for healers, with attached bathrooms, used for ritual cleansing purposes. The doors of the consulting rooms are low, forcing customers to bend to enter, a sign of respect to the healer.Stalls spill out into the passageways with an amazing array of dried herbs, roots of all shapes and sizes, and dozens of bright blue packets of bark, laid out on the ground. The pungent smell that emanates from the market comes from the plant matter but also from the range of dried animal organs, skulls and dried small animals like rock rabbits or even complete donkey legs.The corrugated iron rooftops of the market, held up by steel girders, are constructed in wave-like shapes, providing a sense of being in the veld, with its pleasing rolling hills, in contrast to the angular shapes of the surrounding factories and warehouses.The tall roofs allow sunlight to stream in; the hard-wearing, simple materials allow the earthiness of the traders’ goods to be appreciated to the fullest.Metro Mall and Bara Taxi Rank(Urban Solutions, 2003 – 2005)Both buildings, the Metro Mall in the Johannesburg city centre and the Bara Taxi Rank in the heart of Soweto, have the same purpose: to cater for a transport and trader terminal in a people-friendly way, by providing spaces to traders which allow them to maximise the passing trade.Both have been created to be hard-wearing and low maintenance, using robust materials like red face brick and concrete finishes.The Metro Mall, on three levels and taking a whole block, is designed to accommodate 25 buses serving 35 different routes, with holding facilities for 2 000 taxis, servicing an estimated 100 000 commuters. There’s space for some 800 traders, inside the building and along the ground floor exterior in Bree and Sauer streets.The exterior of the Metro Mall. (Photo: Urban Solutions)The impressive double volume entrances, decorated by local artists in mosaic and tall wooden sculptures, act as “collection baskets” to draw people into its interior.A range of items is on sale in colourful stalls: fresh fruit, spices, cellphones, kitchenware, and for non-commuters or commuters with a longer wait, pool tables.With this building, the architects strove to create a mixed use structure that blends with city buildings in the vicinity, allowing easy access and freedom of movement inside the building. The building has also turned a rapidly deteriorating side of the city into a vibrant, people place, at the same time providing a formal home for both taxis and traders.“The Metro Mall is an demonstration of the passion with which all stakeholders, from client to trader representatives, have addressed the challenges in making a building of civic pride,” says the architects, Urban Solutions.The challenge for the architects of the Bara Taxi Rank brief was to allow space for buses, taxis and informal traders, at a bustling intersection – directly opposite the largest hospital in the country, the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, situated along the township’s main arterial, Old Potchefstroom Road, a thoroughfare that carries 35 000 vehicles each day.Over a four-year period, agreement with all the parties concerned was reached. Construction started in 2004, and will continue until 2006, in five phases.The rank stretches over 1.3 kilometres, with a width of 50 metres, with landmark towers, decorated with mosaic by local artists, marking the entrances to the rank. Over 70% of Soweto commuters use this interchange.Previously, traders and taxi drivers jostled for space outside the hospital, with tourist buses increasingly adding to the space pressure.The rank can hold 500 taxis in holding bays, with 160 taxi loading bays, 35 long-distance taxi loading bays and 20 bus bays. There’s space for 500 traders, with stalls of varying sizes. Commuters can walk along a long, concrete-pillared arcade which runs the length of the site, along which traders are positioned.The unfinished concrete look of the complex provides a utilitarian finish, broken by brightly coloured entrances, landmarks for the rank. Its openness allows for plenty of “baggy space”.South African Embassy, Berlin(Mma Architects, 2003)Located in Berlin, this is the first embassy building South Africa has erected abroad in 27 years, and the first to be planned by South African architects.The architects pulled off a balancing act with a building that blends into the German capital while simultaneously fittingly representing South Africa – both its aspirations to become a pluralistic, democratic society, and its cultural (and especially architectural) identity, one that shifts between the European and African contexts.About 9 000 people visited the exhibition. “The response was good,” says Hoetzel. “It was well reviewed by national and international magazines and newspapers.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

  • Food label translation

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “There is nothing to eat in this house!” I’m sure you have heard these words and know it’s time to head to the store. Our days when our farm is open for business, my time for shopping is limited. The most I look at a food label is to make sure I’m getting the right thing. Obviously, yesterday after planting our 20K strawberries my brain was fried and when I got home, I realized I had reached for Bryer’s Black Raspberry Chocolate ice cream and had gotten Cherry Vanilla instead! After much examination and sarcastic delight I discovered I had purchased ice cream that was gluten-free and was produced with milk from cows with no artificial growth hormones (even though the FDA states there is no significant difference in milk), rainforest alliance certified vanilla and country-harvested cherries from a sustainable farm. Holy cow that’s a lot of claims in addition to the normal label and food facts. It is no wonder the food label is confusing to the consumer.For the most part we don’t think much about the labels on our food. Believe it or not the food label is highly mandated by the FDA. All food labels must include:Product name, name and address of manufacturer; size.Ingredients by descending order of weight or predominance.Nutrition facts that include per serving values for calories, total fat, saturated fat, Trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbs, dietary fiber, sugars and proteins. If a claim is made about a specific vitamin or nutrient that also must be included.Percentage of Daily Values based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Mandated are also % daily values of Vitamin A, C, Calcium and Iron.Nutrient Claims such as high, good, more, light, -free, low, very low, reduced, no or healthy can be made when manufacturers meet strict criteria set by FDA. Most consumers don’t know that criteria. Check this out for a great chart on all the definitions.http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/food/pdf/hgic4061.pdf or http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm064911.htm.Health Claims can be made if there is a relationship between a food or nutrient and a reduced risk of a disease or health related condition. Again these are highly regulated by the FDA. http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm064919.htm.Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) of any imports is required not by the FDA but by U.S. Customs since 1930. If a product is then later processed in yet another country then it must also be included. I have become familiar with this, as I have been trying to buy more fish. It is extremely difficult to find fish from this country. I haven’t noticed this on red meat because we eat meat locally.As a dietitian, I can see that the food label continues to be very confusing to the general consumer. Products are allowed to be labeled “Gluten-free” even if they never contained gluten to begin with. People are avoiding gluten who don’t need to be and are missing essential nutrients. “No hormone fed” labeled chicken is thought to be better for families than the chicken without the label, even though chickens are not given hormones to begin with. Mayhem is just around the corner with the GMO labeling issues coming into heated debate. “Non-GMO verified” labels have begun making debuts on the shelves, again labeling foods that are not even GMO to begin with and adding fuel to the fire of the GMO scare. All these labels are meant to give consumers a choice but in my opinion, add to the confusion. Not only does the general consumer not know what they mean, don’t take time to learn what they mean, they just “know” they are bad for them. Terms such as GMO, rBST (to name a few) are unfamiliar and therefore scary. For consumers needing to stretch their food dollar, labeling issues may mean increased prices at the marketplace.A couple of my friends were very concerned and recently sent me an e-mail circulating regarding China and our nation’s food supply. First, it stated that live hogs are being shipped to China for processing and being shipped back. Birdseye veggies were being grown and processed in China and other similar companies are doing the same. My husband, Paul with his experience in exporting live cattle, explained to me that the pork export statements would never happen due to:1. The cost, time and effort to export live animals. Just the cost to ship them back to the U.S. would be prohibitive and2. Processing plants are readily available in the U.S.Birdseye has a map on their website showing where their veggies are coming from. For the consumer with little agriculture, food knowledge and no time to search for the truth, these types of e-mails are super scary — just another reason why our real agriculture conversations are important. You may not feel comfortable being an “agvocate” with the media or in front of a crowd, but know that a simple, genuine conversation the next time you reach for ice cream is just as important as well as a one-on-one conversation with your congressman regarding the food label. We live in a country producing the safest food supply in the world. Be proud of it and share it with others.Enjoy these recipes I found on the labels amongst my pantry shelves.Decadent Truffle Bottom Chocolate Cream Pie Hershey Special Dark Chocolate Chips1 (1/2 of 15-oz. pkg.) refrigerated pie crust2 cups miniature marshmallows or 20 large marshmallows1/2 cup milk2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips1 cup (1/2 pt.) heavy whipping creamSweetened whipped cream or whipped topping (optional)Chocolate curls (optional) Prepare and bake pie crust in 9-inch pie plate as directed on package for unfilled 1-crust pie.Place marshmallows and milk in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Add chocolate chips; stir until melted and mixture is smooth. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred. Spread 1 cup chocolate mixture over bottom of crust; refrigerate. Cool remaining mixture to room temperature.Beat whipping cream until stiff; gradually blend into chocolate mixture, combining thoroughly. Spread over chocolate layer in pastry crust. Cover; refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until well chilled. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired. Cover; refrigerate leftover pie. Makes 8 servings.  Chicken Barley Chili Quaker® Quick Pearled Barley  1 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomatoes, diced, undrained (you can use seasoned tomatoes)1 (16 ounce) jars of your favorite salsa1 (14 1/2 ounce) cans fat free chicken broth, reduced sodium1 cup quick-cooking barley3 cups water1 tablespoon chili powder1 teaspoon cumin1 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed1 (15 1/4 ounce) cans corn or 1 (15 1/4 ounce) cans corn mixed with chopped peppers, undrained1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts, cooked and diced (3 cups)Cheddar cheese (optional)Reduced-fat sour cream (optional)  In a large saucepan, combine first 7 ingredients (tomatoes through cumin).Over high heat bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans, corn and chicken; increase heat to high until chili comes to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for another 5 minutes, or until barley is tender. If upon standing the chili becomes too thick, add more chicken broth or water until chili is desired consistency.If desired, top each bowl of chili with a little shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream. Makes 11 cups Nutrition per 1 cup serving; 270 cal; 4 g fat; 60 mg chol; 700 mg Sodium; 27 g Carb; 5 g Fiber; 32g Protein Ultimate Chicken Quesadillas Rotel Mexican Lime & Cilantro PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel Mexican Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice & Cilantro, undrained 4 flour tortillas (10 inch)2 cups shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend (2 cups = 8 oz) Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add chicken and undrained tomatoes; cook 10 minutes or until chicken pieces are no longer pink in centers and liquid has evaporated, stirring frequently. Spread chicken mixture evenly onto bottom half of each tortilla to within 1 inch of edge. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over chicken mixture on each tortilla. Fold each tortilla in half to cover filling. Clean skillet. Spray with additional cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Cook quesadillas 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Cut into wedges to serve. Canadian bacon Quiche                       Kraft Shredded Swiss Cheese  1/2 pkg. (15 oz.) ready-to-use refrigerated pie crusts (1 crust)1 ½ c KRAFT® shredded Swiss cheese divided3 oz. Canadian bacon, chopped4 eggs¾ c milk2 green onion1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced    Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare pie crust as directed on pkg. for unfilled 1-crust pie, using 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray. Arrange Swiss cheese pieces evenly on bottom of pie crust; top with the Canadian bacon.Beat eggs and milk with wire whisk until well blended; pour into crust. Sprinkle with onions and shredded cheese; top with tomato slices.Bake 15 min. Reduce heat to 350°F; continue baking 25 to 30 min. or until center is set and top is lightly browned. Let stand 10 min. before cutting into 6 wedges to serve.last_img read more

  • After Effects Tutorial: Creating Realistic Snow

    first_imgLearn how to create realistic snow using Trapcode Particular in this Adobe After Effects video tutorial.Finally – a video tutorial for creating REALISTIC snow in After Effects! In this exclusive tutorial we use Trapcode Particular, a powerful particle simulator, to create a flurry of snow: The technique is relatively simple and requires only a single solid layer and a camera. By manipulating some of the parameters in Trapcode you can begin to simulate real-world particle dynamics. The tutorial covers:Creating SnowManipulating WindForcing Motion BlurAdding Depth of FieldThis serves as a MUCH needed improvement over the CC Snow effect because of the customizable nature of Trapcode Particular. If you’re new to After Effects or don’t already own Trapcode Particular I highly recommend downloading a free trial from Red Giant’s website. If you want to check out more inspiring After Effects tutorials check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blog. There you’ll find dozens of PremiumBeat exclusive tutorials and articles dedicated to helping you become a better motion designer. Know of any other ways to creative believable snow in After Effects? Share in the comments below.last_img read more