Gallery: The top tourist attractions in tiny Gauteng

first_imgThe diversity in South Africa’s Gauteng province belies its small size. Known for its work-hard mentality, it also offers a wealth of things to do and see for fun. Local and international travellers will be more than spoilt for choice. The Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein has become an iconic landmark of Johannesburg’s skyline. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary Alexander and Priya PitamberIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Travel is also about exploring your own back yard. Through its Sho’t Left initiative, South African Tourism encourages local holiday travel. It helps to make planning a holiday easier with choosing, budgeting for, booking and paying for a trip, and more.Gauteng confirms that dynamite comes in small packages. The tiniest province of the country, taking up only 1.4% of land area, it is home to the country’s eclectic economic hub, Johannesburg, and the capital city, Pretoria. But it also offers a range of unforgettable leisure experiences for any traveller.Between Johannesburg and Pretoria in Midrand, the Nizamiye Turkish Masjid is a majestic structure. It is the first Ottoman-styled mosque in the southern hemisphere. Its large dome rises 32 metres and it is flanked on each corner by 55-metre minarets. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) The Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg is one of the richest hominid fossil sites in the world. Maropeng, meaning “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, is the fun visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind. It’ll change the way you see the world. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Vilakazi Street in Soweto is one of the most famous streets in South Africa. It housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Huge, colourfully painted cooling towers dominate Orlando in Soweto. Once part of a power station, they now add another tourist attraction to the township: adventure. Thrill-seekers are able to bungee jump off the two 100-metre-high towers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) “It was the opposite of grand, but it was my first true home of my own and I was mightily proud. A man is not a man until he has a house of his own.” This was how Nelson Mandela described his first home, on Vilakazi Street, in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Today the humble Soweto abode, Mandela House, has become a must-see for travellers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Maropeng, the visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind, is housed in the Tumulus Building. It is shaped to be “evocative of a giant burial mound”. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) The Food Market Shed, popularly referred to as The Sheds at the Fox Precinct in downtown Johannesburg, has become a popular place to sample arts, crafts and artisan foods. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Located in the heart of Braamfontein on Juta Street, the Neighbourgoods Market offers a range of lovingly hand-crafted food and beverages. People can enjoy their meals outdoors, watching the hustle and bustle of city life. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) South Africa’s Union Buildings is the official seat of the government. The classic building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1908 and completed in 1913. The gardens around it hold monuments of historical figures, including a 9-metre-tall bronze statue of Nelson Mandela. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)The city of Johannesburg is constantly changing to the pulse of its people. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

Prevent Hard Audio Cuts with Natural Reverb

first_imgSteps in Premiere ProFirst, in Premiere Pro you will need to create a cut on your music track. I recommend doing this about half a second after a strong beat or hit in the music.Now before sending the clip to Audition, we need to lower the volume level at the very end of the audio clip. Hold CTRL and click on the keyframe line in the middle of the music track, just after the strong beat you would like to end on. (Hold CMD and click on a Mac.) This will create a keyframe. Next, create another keyframe at the end of your music track and lower the keyframe to the bottom, so that the audio level is set to negative infinity.Next, go ahead and right-click on your music clip and select “Edit Clip in Adobe Audition.”Steps in Adobe AuditionOnce Adobe Audition has launched, you will see the waveform for your music track. Move the play-head to the end of the music clip by clicking at the end. Now go to Edit > Insert > Silence.After you have inserted the silence section at the end of your music clip, set the in-and-out points. Place the in-point in the middle of the final beat of the song. Place the out-point all the way at the end of the silence section.Now you can apply the Reverb effect. It is located under Effects > Reverb > Reverb. My settings for the effect are listed below. After you set the Reverb values, click apply.This will result in a more natural reverb fall-off at the end of the music beat. You can see this reflected below as the waveform gradually decreases over time. Now all you need to do is save your file by going to File > Save.Back in Premiere Pro, you will see that your music clip has updated. All you need to do now is extend the end time of your music clip to see where the new reverb ending was added.The Keys to Creating a Natural Reverb Ending on your Music TrackThe following points can help when you create your Reverb Ending cut on your music:Make your ending music cut about half a second after a strong music beat.Lower the volume level of the ending of the music in Premiere Pro.Insert about four seconds of silence or more to the end of your music clip in Audition.Apply the Reverb effect halfway on the final music beat. Set the Decay Time to 3800 or more. Have any tips for creating a Reverb ending on your Music? Share in the comments below. Learn how to add natural reverb to the end of a music cut using Adobe Premiere Pro and Audition.In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to add natural reverb fall-off to the end of a cut on a music track. We will start in Adobe Premiere Pro with our music track, then make a cut and a few adjustments before sending the clip to Audition. I use this reverb trick a lot when I need to shorten a music track for time, or if I need it to cut off suddenly. I find the reverb fall-off to be less jarring than a hard-cut or just decreasing the volume. This audio effect also works great for intros and outros.Ready? Let’s dive into the tutorial.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo trolled over free-kick routine

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s campaign at the FIFA World Cup 2018 came to an end on Saturday as Portugal lost to Uruguay in the round of 16 but the star footballer still managed to grab eyeballs during the game in Sochi.Ronaldo gave it his all in the match but the Uruguayan defence just didn’t let him sneak through as Portugal suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Fisht stadium.The two-time world champions had taken the lead through Edinson Cavani’s goal in the 7th minute but Portugal equalised in the second half thanks to Pepe’s header.World Cup 2018: Edinson Cavani brace sends Ronaldo’s Portugal crashing outBut Uruguay hit back seven minutes later as Cavani found the back of the net once again to end Ronaldo and Portugal’s dreams of lifting the World Cup.Portugal dominated ball possession throughout the match but failed to create chances as the Uruguayan defence stood firm.World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo’s class act in defeat wins heartsBut the European champions did get an opportunity when Guedes was fouled by Bentancur in the 31st minute near the Uruguayan box. The referee gave a free-kick to Portugal and Ronaldo came running towards the ball to take it.World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow outRonaldo has his own style of taking free-kicks as he takes a few steps back after positioning the ball and stands with his eyes locked on the target. But at this World Cup fans have got to see something very different from the Portuguese superstar.advertisementNot a fair result. Portugal coach can’t come to terms with World Cup exitRonaldo pulled up his shorts showing his thighs just before firing the ball into the Uruguayan wall. He had scored a brilliant goal through a free-kick to complete a hat-trick against Spain in the opening match for Portugal but failed to convert this time around.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE World Cup 2018: Ronaldo had scored a memorable free-kick against Spain to complete his hat-trick and help Portugal draw the game in the first Group B fixture (Reuters Photo)Twitter however, had a field day as Ronaldo’s bizarre routine had them in splits once again.But there is a reason why Ronaldo pulls up his shorts before taking a free kick. Former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan explains why the 33-year-old does what he did against Uruguay and Spain.”He is the ultimate showman. He has that slight arrogance. When he pulls those shorts up and shows his thighs, he is saying ‘All eyes on me’ and this is going in. He understands the marketing side of it. The way he struts up and places it; the world is watching him,” Phelan was quoted by Daily Mail.Fans on Twitter on the other hand, took the opportunity to have some fun at Ronaldo’s expense.Couple of angles on that Ronaldo free kick Butler (@notoliverbutler) June 30, 2018Ronaldo on that free kick like #URUPOR (@BonsaiSky) June 30, 2018Got @Cristiano Ronaldo over here making sure everyone knows he doesnt skip leg day. #WorldCup #URUPOR Vacation (@NickVacation) June 30, 2018Ronaldo rolled up his shorts just to hit the free kick at the wall? Frince (@ApDeMak) June 30, 2018Live scenes from Russia as Ronaldo lines up for a free kick Monkey (@__ProjectMonkey) June 30, 2018Ronaldo before taking a free kick (@wayne_gooner1) June 30, 2018At this rate Ronaldo might just take the shorts off completely for his next free kick Rigdon (@jayrigdon5) June 30, 2018Ronaldo out here with the most erotic free kick Ive ever seen Adkins (@Mike_Adkins95) June 30, 2018Ronaldo preparing to take a free kick (@AdsWatson84) June 30, 2018Ronaldo only likes taking free kicks so he can unleash these thirst traps on the world#POR #WorldCup the Pond (@ATPradio) June 30, 2018Actual footage of Ronaldo prepearing to take a free kick.#URUPOR Clandango. (@Cain_Unable) June 30, 2018last_img read more