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Help is at hand for anyone who has shot
a shaky video while cycling, climbing,
kayaking or engaging in any other high-
Microsoft researchers have found a way
to stabilise films and speed them up to
make them more watchable.
To fix the images, the software analyses
footage and creates new frames to
smooth out camera jumps.
The team is currently working on ways
to turn the research into a Windows
application. First-person videos shot on
wearable cameras such as the GoPro were
becoming more popular, said the
researchers, but could be "dead boring" to
watch at normal speed and almost
unwatchable when sped up, because of
the exaggerated camera-shake that
While image-stabilisation software was
already available, such programs typically
did a poor job of coping with sped-up
footage of any significant length, said the
computer scientists in a Web page
documenting their work.
To solve the problem, the "hyperlapse"
software, developed by Johannes Kopf,
Michael Cohen and Richard Szeliski,
subjects footage to a three-stage process.
Software smoothes shaky video clips
Brother Resistance, second from left, Wendy Wiltshire,
centre, Senor Gomez, second from right, and two other
members of the T&T contingent in Zimbabwe.
Twenty-five years after Brother Valentino s
Stay Up Zimbabwe was played on local air-
waves, the people of Zimbabwe heard his song
for the first time, in May. When apartheid con-
trolled and stifled Rhodesia (as Zimbabwe was
then called, after Cecil Rhodes British South
African Country), Valentino recorded the world
event as his responsibility as the Griot---the
But more importantly, when he wrote the song
during the time of the strengthened awareness
of Black Power, it was meant to uplift the down-
trodden, as a lyrical threat to racial prejudice.
When Valentino performed the song before
those who attended T&T night at the Harare
International Festival organised by the Zimbabwe
Tourism Authority, not only did it bring back
memories of a time of challenge and struggle
but an awe that someone in a country thousands
of miles away, across the Atlantic Ocean, actually
recorded the spirit of the people.
"They were touched to know someone under-
stood the struggle, revered their freedom fighters,"
said Tuco president and rapso pioneer Lutalo
Masimba, also known as Brother Resistance, who
was part of the T&T contingent that participated
in the festival.
Through Brother Resistance s eyes, he saw
more than just a team of masqueraders and musi-
cians showing off their talents in another country.
"It was completing the circle of the African expe-
rience in T&T," he said.
Carnival was welcomed in its traditional form---
from moko jumbie to fancy sailor and there was
a musical exchange for Republic Bank Exodus.
"It was also a personal fulfilment. All my life
work has been powered and directed by Africa,"
he said. "I had the opportunity to perform and
share my vibration. The reaction was great. The
way how they responded to the mas and the
music, it was really amazing."
"The Brazilians were also there," Brother Resist-
ance said. "They brought their samba but it
didn t match up what we were doing. We were
sold out on Trinidad night. Nothing compared
to Exodus, Valentino and Senor Gomez dancing
the mas on Trinidad night."
About 18 nations---including Malawi, Botswana,
Italy and Egypt---participated in the international
festival, with each country hosting its own night
of entertainment before the actual Carnival parade
which is now in its second year.
The T&T contingent was co-ordinated by
Dare2discover which is led by Wendy Wiltshire.
With her working experience in the African con-
tinent, she has been able to combine her
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Trini Carnival fever in ZIMBABWE
The Brazilians were
also there. They
brought their samba
but it didn't match up
what we were doing.
We were sold out on
Nothing compared to
and Senor Gomez
dancing the mas on
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