Plenty to like in Boks’ win over Australia

first_imgHat-trickHe completed his hat-trick two minutes from time thanks to Louw, who first threw an outrageous dummy to open up space and then found Habana out wide with a long pass. The winger received the ball on the 22-metre line and had a clear run in to the line for a deserved third try. Fellow debutant, Jaco Taute, was a little nervy early on at centre, but he grew in stature as the match progressed and was especially effective on defence. He looked like he belonged in the green and gold. After five losses on the trot to Australia, something had to give at Loftus Versfeld as the Australians had never before won at the ground in five previous attempts. With a charged-up Springbok team in their face and injuries hampering their performance, it was the Wallabies that gave. Kirchner had scored South Africa’s opening try after the forwards had opened up space on the right with a ferocious assault on the Aussie tryline and he nearly scored a second just before half-time. A dummy run to the inside by Habana was what created the space on the outside and only a desperate cover tackle by Adam Ashley-Cooper just forced Kirchner out of play. Yellow cardIt was Habana’s urgency to get a penalty taken quickly in the second half that put Australia under heavy pressure in their quarter and eventually led to James Slipper being yellow-carded for slowing the ball down at a ruck. While he was off, the Springboks scored two tries. The fans certainly enjoyed seeing the running game. Nothing said that more than when Pat Lambie came on early in the second half for Zane Kirchner at fullback. Kirchner had scored a try and just missed out on a second, but Lambie is a more attacking player and even though the game was taking place on Kirchner’s home ground, the crowd loudly cheered the inclusion of the Sharks’ star. EncouragingWhat was encouraging was that it was decided after only two misses to take the pressure off Goosen by handing the goal kicking duties to Pienaar. In the Boks’ previous match against the All Blacks at the Otago Stadium, they had persisted too long with Morne Steyn, despite his poor kicking form, and that had cost the team dearly. FlyhalfThe biggest news on the selection front ahead of the game had been the decision to start Johan Goosen at flyhalf ahead of Morne Steyn. Did it pay off? On the kicking front, it was a wash; Goosen missed his only two kicks of the match, which was pretty much on a par with Steyn’s performances so far this year. In terms of the running game, it was a smashing success. DefenceNo victory is built on attack alone, however, and it was South Africa’s sturdy defence that made a big difference. The loose trio of Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts and Francois Louw was hugely effective, with Louw playing a brilliant game, his best for South Africa, and pushing hard for the man of the match award. He was effective on the ground and also in the support game, delivering a try to Bryan Habana on a plate. The locks, Andries Bekker and Eben Etzebeth, put the Australians under big pressure at lineout time and got through a mountain of work in the loose too. The victory brought to an end a three-game winless run for the Springboks. In those games they had drawn 16-16 with Argentina, gone down 19-26 to the Aussies and lost 11-21 to New Zealand, all away from home. Being back on South African soil certainly helped the Springbok cause. 1 October 2012 Goosen attacked the advantage line well and distributed the ball effectively, resulting in the Bok backline looking the best it has all year. He also came within centimetres of scoring try after he sliced through the Wallabies’ defence in the first half. center_img After South Africa’s 31-8 Castle Rugby Championship victory over Australia in Pretoria on Saturday, captain Jean de Villiers insisted the Springboks’ game plan had not changed – but they certainly seemed to run the ball a lot better and more often than they did earlier this season. Out on the flank, Bryan Habana enjoyed the opportunities that came his way. Throughout the contest, he looked to ignite South Africa’s attacking opportunities and was rewarded with three tries. The first of those came from a lineout five metres from the Wallabies’ line. Captain De Villiers, for the second time in the game, opted for a touch-finder rather than a kick at goal when close to the Australian tryline and was rewarded both times. On this occasion it was Francois Louw who benefited, as he spun out of a tackle after the Boks had driven the ball up and fell to ground for a try. With a better goal kicking game, which is usually a South African strength, the Springboks will be a very tough team to beat. And with the young talent emerging in the green and gold ranks, there is plenty of reason for optimism. Saturday’s comprehensive win appeared to be a first step towards bigger and better things. The second try went to Habana. Once again, he started and finished it. After a loose Australian pass, Habana chased the ball into touch and fielded it. He immediately found Adriaan Strauss, who had an impressive game, with a quick throw-in. The hooker took the pass, and sprinted along the five-metre line before passing inside to Habana, who had too much speed for the scrambling defenders and ran in for a try under the uprights from almost 40 metres out. Goosen’s off-day with the boot was not typical of the young man and he will no doubt improve and take over the number one kicking duties with distinction. He possesses an impressive all-round game. Unfortunately for Ashley-Cooper, his head was in the wrong position when he made the tackle and he was knocked out cold. His was the worst of a string of injuries that undermined the Australian effort, but they were not what cost the visitors the game. Rather, it was a far more rounded Springbok effort that made the difference. A lot of credit should go to scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar, too. He took a lot of pressure off Goosen with his kicking from the base of the scrum and mixed up his game well, which allowed the young flyhalf, like Pienaar a product of Grey College, some space to mix up his own game. The first of those came after he started an attack and then ended it with an excellent angled run to take a short offload from Pienaar and crash over for the Springbok’s second try. It took him to seven five-pointers against the Wallabies and equal with Breyton Paulse’s South African record against Australia. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Compositing in Autodesk Smoke: Nodes vs Action

first_imgWhat I have been seeing with new users since Smoke 2013 was released, is that separate node compositing seems to be the default ways people are comping. However, it’s also a very 2D way to composite using nodes.  It’s my theory this is due to the fact that they are unfamiliar with Smoke’s Action Node.Example of Smoke CFX Node Setup (Nuke/Shake Style)Lights, Camera, ACTION!Action is a node that contains a 3D environment with Cameras, Lights, and Images controlled by Axis Nodes for transformations of your media inputs. Each media input also contains it’s own Blur & Crop controls, Keyer, GMask, and each has an individual Color Corrector, including the Color Warper.  Click images  below for larger view.Smoke’s Action can also import 3D models, create 3D text, Lens Flares, Shadows, and generate Motion Blur. Action also allows you to have multiple outputs where you can specifically select which layers in your composite get output. With Action you can customize matte outputs and generate special outputs including Z-Depth, Shadow, and Ambient Occlusion (AO) so you can further composite downstream of Action if you need too.Action also contains it’s own internal schematic that allows you to link transforms and use instances of your media instead of having to reload a clip to duplicate it like you would duplicate a layer in After Effects. Each Transform Axis node in Action and each image layer also has access to tracking and stabilizing. All of the Photoshop blending modes are also available for each Image layer.Save Time. Use Less Nodes. Use Action.By using the internal Blur, Crop, Color Correct, Transforms, Keying and Masking inside Action, you can use less nodes in your schematic, which can speed up rendering time.  It certainly keeps your CFX Schematic simpler.Action also gives you the ability to work in Context. So you can Color Correct your Keyed clip over it’s background to better sell the shot and create a more realistic result.  Here is an example of a composition using the Nuke/Shake separate node workflow.  Click images  below for larger view.And here is the same composition using Action.Both ways are perfectly acceptable. I am a huge proponent for doing whatever it takes to get the job done. But I do encourage you to explore Action in your composites because it really is the heart of compositing inside Smoke. I think you will find it much easier to build and work with your composites when using any Transforms, Color Correct, Keying and certain blurs.The internal Action schematic may take some getting used to, as it is unique to the Autodesk ecosystem, but once you see the ease and power you have, the faster and more creative you can become in Smoke.I’d be interested in how you like  to build your comps.  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts. When it comes to compositing in Smoke’s ConnectFX, should you use Nodes or Action?  Read on to understand the benefits each has on your next composite.Since the release of Smoke 2013 there have been 2 types of users who have embraced the connection of editing and effects.  The first are video editors who want more compositing with their timelines.  The second are visual effects artists who want more editing in their composites.These VFX compositors may have come from other node based products, mainly Nuke and even some from the long lost Apple Shake Community.  The editors are familiar with timeline layers, or maybe even After Effects layers, and start their composites on the timeline.  Both of these users might be new to Autodesk Smoke and although they can understand the ubiquitous tools like Color Corrector and Keyers, they may not understand the most powerful Node in Smoke’s compositing arsenal – The Smoke Action Node.The Nuke & Shake style compositors work in a very unique way. They use individual nodes to perform specific tasks and string all of these nodes together and comp individual pieces and parts into the final shot composite. They use separate Transform, Color Correct, Masks, & Keyers, to affect a single image and then use a series of blend or merge nodes (Multiply, Add, Screen, Over) to layer each shot over another to reach the final result.  Each blend or merge node would accept 2 inputs and blend A over B.  So if you had 5 clip layers, you needed to merge together, you would need 4 merge nodes.  For those comfortable in Nuke or Shake you can composite in Smoke the same way.  Click images  below for larger view.Example of Nuke Node SetupExample of Shake Node Setuplast_img read more

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