By VOA / Edited by the Diálogo Staff July 24, 2019 Figuera, 55, told The Washington Post during an interview that he did not regret turning his back on his former leader, Nicolás Maduro.“I’m proud of what I did,” he said in mid-June in a hotel room in downtown Bogotá. “For now, the regime is ahead of us. But that can quickly change.”Figuera was a privileged witness to what happens at Miraflores Palace. He arrived in the United States with key information on the illegal gold business, Hezbollah’s alleged operations in Venezuela, and Cuba’s influence in Venezuelan politics, among other topics.The former chief told The Washington Post how he changed sides after a March 28 meeting with César Omaña, a 39-year-old Venezuelan physician and businessman who entered SEBIN headquarters on a mission to recruit its chief.Hezbollah, ELN, and money laundering Figuera said that after his meeting with Omaña, he felt a glimmer of hope. He had worked for years in military intelligence. But his new job as head of SEBIN, he said, had opened his eyes as to how rotten Maduro’s government was.The former head of SEBIN said he uncovered money laundering cases involving then Vice President Tareck El Aissami, Maduro’s minister of Industry, who has been sanctioned and indicted in the United States on narcotrafficking charges. El Aissami has publicly denied the accusations, and The Washington Post was not able to independently confirm Figuera’s allegations.Figuera said he obtained intelligence indicating that illegal groups operated in Venezuela with government protection. Some of them were members of the Colombian guerrilla group National Liberation Army (ELN), active around mining areas in the southern state of Bolivar, and promising to provide a first line of defense if foreigners invaded Venezuela.He said he obtained intelligence about Hezbollah’s operations in Maracay, Nueva Esparta, and Caracas, apparently linked to illicit business activities to fund operations in the Middle East.“I realized that narcotrafficking and guerrillas cases were not to be touched,” Figuera said.Cuban interferenceFiguera said that Maduro relied on 15 to 20 Cubans for personal security and had three Cubans he called “the psychologists,” who were special advisors who analyzed Maduro’s speeches and their impact on the public.Figuera said he used to meet Maduro multiple times a week, but when he requested a private meeting this year, he was told to go through “Aldo” — a Cuban. “I said, ‘What?’ I’m his chief of intelligence, and I have to go through a Cuban to be able to meet with him?” he said.A meeting during the country’s extended, nationwide power outages, he added, was interrupted by a phone call from former Cuban President Raúl Castro. After the call, Maduro seemed relieved because Castro had promised to send a team of Cuban technicians to help resolve the problem. “Raúl was like an advisor to Maduro,” Figuera said. “If he were at any meeting, he could be interrupted if Castro called him.”
The Pro version of Lightworks cost around $24.99 and offers a bag full of advanced features. Some of the drawbacks of Lightworks include lack of proper sync between audio and video in the timeline. It also offers a lot of shortcuts for quicker editing, but it takes time to get hold of all of those. InVideoIt is an online video editing software and can be accessed from any device with the help of browser and internet connectivity. You need to make an account on the platform to save your edits. InVideo is quite simple to use, and you can edit or make professional videos in almost no time. With stock images, and a library full of clips and audio, InVideo allows users to create business videos without breaking any sweat. The learning curve of InVideo is quite easy and useful to use drag and drop features to do most of the tasks here. For professionals, the platform offers advanced features like automated voice overs, subtitles in multiple languages, transitions, filters, animation and much more. The online tool also offers a range of pre-made templates for you to start making videos from scratch. Know more about royalty free music for your business video and how it can help you for a professional finish. InVideo has support for video output in multiple formats that suits perfectly for social sites like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and much more.Conclusion: Although the tools listed here are well-suited for professionals, these are useful for new users as well. If you are someone who is starting in the field of video editing, you will eventually have to do advanced tasks. So why not start with professional software. It might be intimidating in the start; you will get used to it over time. Most of the software listed here have a vast community of users, and you can easily get resources and videos online for learning the tips and tricks of the software. Now, let’s talk about the software that you should pick. There are a number of factors that might affect your choice. If you run a well-established business, you should pick a software that will support your needs in the long term. However, if you are running a startup or own a small business with a tight budget, you should go for online platforms or pick any open-source software like Shortcut or Blender. There is no one fit for all when it comes to choosing video editing software. Try out some of these and go with the one that fits your requirements.- Advertisement – Avid is quite versatile and easy to use the software. Loading of footage is hassle-free and occurs in almost no delay. The importing and exporting of clips is also quick. The UI is also intuitive and handy to use with several menus for transitions and effects to choose out from. However, Avid is one of the expensive tools available out there and cost around $499 for the entire software bundle.Avid is one of the few platforms that give attention to audio and music in editing. Pick any available free music for your video and utilize it to add engagement. Although the tool has been in the market for quite some time, there are a number of places where it lags compared to Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. LightworksLightworks is one of the comprehensive video editing tools to start with. However, it is equally equipped for advanced users. The best part about the software is the hassle-free usability for new users. The features of Lightworks include multiple format support like 2K, 4K, PAL, NTSC and HD. With a feature-rich UI and dynamic interface, it is one of the platforms to look out for.- Advertisement – IntroductionVideos are one of the most engaging formats of the content in the current times, and its relevance is growing by every passing day. Do you know that videos based content has more than 8 billion views per day on Facebook only? Moreover, videos are expected to be dominating almost 80% of internet traffic by the end of 2020. When it comes to audience engagement and brand recognition for businesses, there is no other format of the content that is as effective as videos. Businesses use videos in multiple ways on their website and social sites to gain audience attention. However, one of the basic things for making a compelling and eye-catching video is editing software. In this blog, we will shed light on some of the video editing software and a video advertising guide to market your videos for higher retention and engagement. Adobe Premiere ProIt is one of the most sought after names in the video editing software space and is preferred by a lot of professionals. Adobe Premiere Pro is feature-rich and is quite a powerful tool to meet all your editing needs. It is a non-linear video editing program. The software is used frequently in broadcast TV as it allows users to acquire videos for editing directly. – Advertisement – Premiere Pro’s UI is utterly responsive and stable. However, it can be intimidating for the first time or new users. The learning curve for the program is also steep due to the number of functionality it has to offer. The saving and exporting of final edits are a bit cluttered. It requires powerful hardware for smooth handling of Adobe Premiere Pro. Also, the software is paid and costs around $19.99/mo. Final Cut Pro XIt is also equally useful and resource-rich like the Adobe Premiere Pro. However, it is available on the Mac OS X. Final Cut Pro (FCP) was acquired by Apple in 1998, and is quite handy for both beginners and professionals. FCP’s integration with the compressor is quite commendable. It also has a non-linear editing timeline. FCP offers file output in multiple customizable formats supported on Apple TV, YouTube, and other platforms. It adds flexibility as you don’t have to worry about output configurations while editing. Final Cut Pro has features like 360-degree clips, HDR, 3D effects and so on. It is similarly popular among Mac OS users as Adobe Premiere Pro is among Windows OS users. It is also a paid software and has a one-time price of $299.99 for the entire software package. Avid Media Composer- Advertisement – read more
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