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DSLR Video Podcast Hits #1

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Into learning more about shooting DSLR video? It turns out you're not alone. My new podcast, Creative COW's DSLR Video show has rocked the charts.

It's always a good feeling to hit the #1 spot on the charts... especially when its filled with people you admire. Thank you all for your support (and if you haven't checked it out, please go fir it – it's free).

Subscribe for free at the COW –
http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast
Subscribe for free on iTunes –
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-cow-dslr-video-podcast/id409873012

Thanks to Ron Lindeboom at Creative COW for hosting and producing the series.

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Confidence Instills Confidence – Practical Business Advice

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I can’t tell you how many times I am faced with new challenges. Nearly every project brings up new technical and creative challenges that I’ve never faced. This is the truly exciting part about working in video. Rarely do I have every answer (but I do know where to look and how to solve the problem).

When presented with a challenge in a project, I exude confidence (but not arrogance). I know that showing confidence to my team as well as my clients is inspirational. A clear study of the challenge ahead will lead to solutions. Then I’ll leverage my networks. I have a collection of peers I trust to ask questions of. I can turn to online forums like Creative COW. I can ping my social network through Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All of these play a part in fining the answer.

Everything I learned in college about video is technologically obsolete. What I learned was how to tell stories and how to solve problems. Every tape format has changed, every software application has upgraded ten or more times. Heck, web browsers didn’t even exist. But I know that I can learn. And because of that I am confident that I can solve any challenge I face and devise a solution that is an effective compromise between the budget in hand and the schedule I have. With a little practice, you can see the world this way too.

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Quick Selection Tool - 201 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington looks at a tool that lets you quickly select an object in the scene. This tool combines the best features of the magic wand, with the ability to recognize edges.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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16 New Articles Posted to the Conference Downloads Page


I've uploaded several new handouts from recent conferences. Remember, you can download slides, resource files, articles and more by visiting the Conference Handout page.



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Pages for iPad, Online Video - 10 Free Copies

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In this Apple-certified guide to Pages for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. You’ll learn everything from customizing existing templates by adding your own graphics, charts, and styles to creating documents from scratch. Featuring over 40 videos, each one is dedicated to a specific task in Pages. So it's easy to find exactly the information you want whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text. You'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.

Below are 10 digital voucher codes for use on Peachpit.com. Each code can be used once and will give a user access to the Pages for iPad Online Video. First come, first serve.
Here are instructions for use:
  1. If you have a Peachpit.com account, go to www.peachpit.com/account and log in. If you do not have a Peachpit.com account, go to www.peachpit.com/join and create an account.
  2. On the Account page click the link for "Enter your code here." that appears under "Digital Product Voucher" in the right column.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. The video will be listed under Digital Purchases on your Account page; click the title to generate the download.

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If you don't win a copy, you can get one here. http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321765141

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Photoshop Holiday Photo Clinic

Photoshop Holiday Photo Clinic from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.



Join Photoshop instructor and author Richard Harrington as he tackles 12 holiday images. This in-depth class will show you how to fix both standard and advanced problems that often plague holiday photos. If you like Richard's training be sure to check out his books,
Understanding Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop for Video.

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A Good List of Blogs to Try

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Here are some blogs from the great team I'll be speaking with this Spring. These are the blogs of the speakers for Strictly Business 3 – a conference put on by the American Society of Media Photographers. I hope you enjoy.

2 Good Things - Strategic Career Reinvention with Judy Herrmann
www.2goodthings.com

Branding for Creatives with Colleen Wainwright
communicatrix.com/

The DAM Book  - Digital Asset Management for Photographers with Peter Krogh
 www.thedambook.com/blog

Jay Kinghorn's Blog: Multimedia, Workflow and inspiration for visual communicators
jaykinghorn.com

Marketing and Stock Photography Consulting with Ellen Boughn
ellenboughn.com/blog

Negotiating and Web Marketing with Blake Discher
groozi.com/

Journeys of a Hybrid - A still photographer and filmmaker talks about working in both still and motion mediums.
kellymooneyminutes.wordpress.com

Digital Marketing Blog with Rosh Sillars
www.newmediaphotographer.com/

Marketing for Creatives with Colleen Wainwright
http://www.virgoguidetomarketing.com/

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Need a Photoshop Document in Premiere Pro?

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In this
Premiere Pro podcast, Richard Harrington shows the fastest and easiest way to put a Photoshop Document into your Premiere Pro timeline.

http://podcasts.creativecow.net/adobe-premiere-tutorials-podcast/need-a-photoshop-document

Subscribe for free at the COW – http://podcasts.creativecow.net/adobe-premiere-tutorials-podcast
Subscribe for free on iTunes –
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=135576053

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DSLR Frame Rates – New Episode

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In this
DSLR podcast Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington discuss the various frame rates available on today's DSLR Cameras such as the Canon 7D. Learn what rates to use for proper film looks, slow motion and other special effects, PAL or NTSC.

http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast/dslr-frame-rates


Subscribe for free at the COW – http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast
Subscribe for free on iTunes –
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-cow-dslr-video-podcast/id409873012


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Adobe Posts Its First Billion-Dollar Quarter

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Great news for those who rely on Adobe software... according the Associated Press:

"The software maker Adobe posted quarterly earnings on Monday that exceeded analyst expectations and provided a rosy outlook.The company’s shares rose as much as 5.7 percent, to $30.85, in extended trading, after closing at $29.19 in the regular session."

To put this in perspective, "adjusted earnings were 56 cents a share in the latest quarter, surpassing the average forecast of 52 cents a share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue rose33 percent to $1.01 billion from $757 million last year. It was Adobe’s first billion-dollar quarter."

Here's the whole story –
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/technology/21adobe.html?_r=1&src=tptw#

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Free Photoshop CS5 Online Class

I recently did a free one hour class on what's new in Photoshop CS5. You can watch or download it here. Thanks to Peachpit for sponsoring this class.

Join author and instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the new features in Photoshop CS5 and how his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 and its accompanying video training on DVD, can be used effectively in the classroom.

Richard Harrington is a former faculty member of the Art Institute of Washington and adjunct faculty member at the American University. He is also the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. A graphic design and new media expert, he has written several books including Photoshop for Video and From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR . He is an Adobe and Apple certified trainer and a National Association of Photoshop Professionals Dream Team Instructor. He produces the popular podcast Understanding Adobe Photoshop available on both iTunes and the Adobe TV.
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Boston DSLR Wrapup

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I had a great time up in Boston recently speaking to the DSLR Meetup group. I met some lovely folks and had a chancee to share a bunch of info about DSLR Pre-Production and Post.

Here is a great writeup on the event –
http://www.needcreative.net/main/2010/12/20/holiday-boston-dslr-meetup-featuring-richard-harrington.html

Here are my slides from the event –
Producing DSLR Shoots

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Selection Basics – 200 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about selecting the aspect of an image that you want to manipulate. ; Photoshop offers several tools that allow you to make selections.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Repairing and Retiming Footage with After Effects

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I am very proud of a new book that just came out called Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques.

Todd Kopriva, had this to say “Anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of Creative Suite Production Premium to plan, create, and deliver motion graphics work should read this book.”

Here is a sample chapter from the book for free to whet your appetite and give you an idea of the great content in this book.
Check out: “Repairing and Retiming Footage"


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Photoshop "Triage" Workflow



in this video, Richard Harrington uses a real world example to demonstrate a Photoshop 'Triage'. By going through this workflow, he takes an image and makes it 'pop'.

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Creative COW DSLR Podcast Launches

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Creative COW's DSLR Video podcast brings you video tutorials and training relating to the world of DSLR Cameras. Topics ranging from camera reviews, techniques or discussions and comparisons of various camera models such as Nikon and Canon.

CreativeCOW.net, home of the Creative Communities of the World, is an online community for media professionals in the film, video, broadcast, effects and animation industry -- a community headed by a team of industry professionals, who are joined by a worldwide community of users whose ideas, feedback and support make the COW's forums, blogs, magazine and podcasts a vital and creative mainstay for motion graphics artists.

Get it at the COW –
http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast
Get it on iTunes –
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-cow-dslr-video-podcast/id409873012

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Photoshop Tutorial Rap



More filters than a T-Pain album.

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I'm Speaking at ASMP Strictly Business 3



ASMP's celebrated conference for working photographers, Strictly Business, is coming soon to a city near you. LA, Philly, and Chicago. January—April, 2011.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bring your business to the next level. Distinguish yourself and your business by attending the American Society of Media Photographer’s Strictly Business 3 Conference, the newest generation of this highly acclaimed series. SB3 offers you a selection of topics to enhance your professionalism and build your business. From copyright registration to social media marketing, negotiating and sales, licensing and pricing, the business of video and much more — you can design the conference to fit your specific needs.
 
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Aperture 3.1.1 Released

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Apple released a free update to Aperture that addresses overall stability and performance issues, and also includes specific fixes that:
  • address compatibility with the iLife Media Browser
  • improve reliability when upgrading existing Aperture libraries
  • address issues with publishing photos to MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr
The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3. For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518
Here are the highlights:
  • iLife ’11 Compatibility
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when a camera was plugged in to your Mac.
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the Aperture First Aid from opening correctly after upgrading a library from 3.0 to 3.1.
  • The Noise Reduction adjustment brick now correctly displays Radius and Edge Detail sliders when applied using a Quick Brush.
  • Aperture now correctly sets the "Photos Viewable by" setting for images published to your Flickr Photostream.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when the "Fit Slideshow to Main Soundtrack" button was clicked.

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Planet 5D Chat – 12/21



I'll be the guest for a special live chat over at Planet 5D on Monday December 21st. Be sure to head over to the HDSLR chat room. THe fun starts at 8pm EST.

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Designing Backgrounds with After Effects

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I am very proud of a new book that just came out called Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques.

Todd Kopriva, had this to say “Anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of Creative Suite Production Premium to plan, create, and deliver motion graphics work should read this book.”

Here is a sample chapter from the book for free to whet your appetite and give you an idea of the great content in this book.
Check out: “Designing Backgrounds”


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Mastering Photoshop’s Blending Modes

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Blending modes are both a mystery and a source of great design power. Each blending mode controls how one layer’s pixels are affected by those in another layer (or by a tool from the Tools panel). Most users give up on blending modes because the technical definitions of each mode get very tricky. The secret is to not worry too much about the technical issues and to learn how to experiment.
Read the whole article here – http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2010/12/mastering-photoshops-blending-modes/

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Macdinked – Word of the Day

In my efforts to keep you a member of the techno-elite, I bring you a new tech word.


MACDINKED – verb: When a designer (or client) continues to tweak a project beyond an appropriate level because they are technologically capable of doing so.

This word was brought to my attention by my Dad (and yes... I felt slightly aghast that he was more plugged in). Feel free to comment or add your own.

I'd love to hear any other tech words that have popped up into modern vocabularies.



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Book Review: “From Still to Motion"

The great blog, Planet 5D has a nice review of our book, From Still to Motion. They had several nice things to say.

"So, the first question is who is this book designed to help? Obviously from the title, it is aimed at a photographer (either pro or semi-pro) who is wanting to learn to make motion pictures. However, this isn’t a ‘movies for dummies’ book. If you don’t know anything about photography in the first place, you should start with a different set of books and come back to this when you understand more. And, everyone has different skill sets and experience so it can be tough to craft a book to help everyone."

They go on to say:

"I think another big advantage of this book is that it was written by a staff of 7 different people – each with their own skills and expertise with making movies. You don’t get the knowledge of just one expert, but seven! It is almost like getting 7 books."

Check out the review in its entirety –
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New iWork Training on its way

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We're just putting the finishing touches on some new video training for Apple iPad. It's all bout iWork – Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The videos will be released as web streaming content first then as apps for the iPad itself.

Some training will be out in
December, the rest in January.

In this Apple-certified guide to Pages for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. You’ll learn everything from customizing existing templates by adding your own graphics, charts, and styles to creating documents from scratch. Featuring over 40 videos, each one is dedicated to a specific task in Pages. So it's easy to find exactly the information you want whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text. You'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.


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Logo Animation with After Effects

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I am very proud of a new book that just came out called Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques.

Todd Kopriva, had this to say “Anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of Creative Suite Production Premium to plan, create, and deliver motion graphics work should read this book.”

Here is a sample chapter from the book for free to whet your appetite and give you an idea of the great content in this book.
Check out: “Logo Animation”



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Making Color Adjustments to Photos or Video

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The perception of color is very subjective and can vary from person to person. It’s often difficult to make objective changes accurately because the human brain skews perception to make colors appear as natural as possible. Because of this compensation factor, you’ll want to optimize your work environment to have the least impact on your perception of color.
  • Set your computer’s display to its highest-resolution setting. The increased resolution will give you the best view of your image. The highest setting generally displays the native resolution, which means you’ll be working at the optimal resolution for clarity.
  • Make sure your computer displays are set to their maximum brightness.
  • Reduce the amount of ambient light in the room where you’re working. This will help prevent the light from skewing your perception.
  • If possible, paint the walls a neutral gray in the room where you perform detailed adjustments.
  • Keep bright-colored objects to a minimum in the room to avoid skewing your perception.
  • Make sure you’re employing good color management practices. Be sure to calibrate your printers and displays. For more information, see Calibrating Your Aperture System, which is Appendix B in the Aperture User Manual.
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A Very Funny Cartoon for Video Editors

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Thanks to the Onion for making me laugh.... You need to head over to their site and check out other great infographics.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/what-are-we-fixing-in-postproduction,7107/
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A Recent Motion Graphics Project



I'm really happy with how the compositing and photo restoration in this project turned out.

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Jumping from Aperture to Photoshop

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One of my personal workflows is to use Apple Aperture to organize my images. I then jump into Adobe Photoshop for advanced editing. Few people know how easy this is. All you need to specify which application Aperture will use and that it should exchange files using 16-bit file formats. You only have to set these preferences once, then the settings will be used for all future adjustments.
  1. Choose Aperture > Preferences then click Export.
  2. Click the Choose button below the External Image Editor field.
  3. In the dialog that appears, navigate to the application that you’d like Aperture to use when you want to edit an image in an external editor. The application’s name appears in the External Image Editor field.
  4. In the Preferences window, set the External Editor File Format pop-up menu to the format you’d like to use for exchanging files. Select PSD because we’ll be using Photoshop as our external editor. We could also have selected TIFF, but we know that PSD will support all of the Photoshop features that we might choose to use.
  5. Next to the External Editor File Format pop-up menu is a small field labeled dpi (dots per inch). Set this to 300. This will specify that the image should be exported with a resolution setting of 300 pixels per inch.
  6. Close the Preferences window.

As you know, Aperture keeps all of your images organized using its Library. When you want to edit an image elsewhere, the easiest way to do so is by using the specified external editor. Aperture will then use its round-trip capability to automatically re-import the image for you.
  1. In the Browser, select an image.
  2. Choose Images > Edit With > Adobe Photoshop or press Command-Shift-O. If it’s not already running, Aperture will open the application that you specified in the Preferences window. Your image will be opened automatically (with the Exposure adjustment applied).
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After Effects Puppet Tool – One You May Have Missed



Want to learn how to turn photos into animation? Use the After Effects Puppet Tool. This is an older tutorial, but one of my best free ones.


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Boston DSLR Meetup December 9

'll be presenting a new class in Boston on December 9. They've got a great event planned with some awesome prizes:
  • Adobe Creative Suite CS5
  • Drobo Pro
  • Multiple Copies of From Still to Motion
This is a great event (and your chances of winning a great prize are very high).

DSLR Workflows – From Pre-Production to Post
Join Richard Harrington, a Director and Editor as he shares practical workflows for DSLR projects.  Seems a lot of attention gets spent on shooting DSLR video, but there's a lot more to a complete production. Learn essential planning techniques including planning for storage, synchronization, and gear selection. Rich will also demystify post production with a particular emphasis on native editing.  Learn how to transcode less and edit faster (no matter which NLE you choose).  

Rich is a certified instructor for both Apple and Adobe and offers practical advice for DSLR productions at all stages of a project.  Rich will also share thoughts on a modern post workflow including new storage and archival options using Drobo.  Rich is the co-author of "From Still to Motion" as well as numerous other books that have shaped the video industry like "Photoshop for Video," "Video Made on a Mac," and "Final Cut Studio On the Spot."



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Smart Objects – 199 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explores this great way to look at objects nondestructively.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Chris Fenwick Chat on Monday

A really savvy editor I know will be hosting an online chat this Monday. He has been making the move from Final Cut Pro to Premiere Pro. Chris has lots of opinions... but they are very well informed. Here are the key details:

Chris Fenwick will be our special guest in the planet5D HDSLR chat room on Monday November 29th at 8pm Eastern (02:00 GMT Tuesday). Some of you may know Chris as he has been on the blog before – but he’s recently been cutting some work for Shane Hurlbut, assisting Adobe with teaching folks about moving from Final Cut Pro over to Adobe Premier, and he’s also the co-host on the Digital Convergence podcast on 16x9cinema.com.
Chris is an editor and will be coming online to answer any questions you might have ab
out Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere or moving from one tool to the other. Chris is a user of both tho is recently advocating for Adobe Premiere because of the ability to edit HDSLR footage without transcoding. He also sent along these videos about switching to Premiere that you might be interested in.

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Giving Thanks

I just wanted to make a quick list of people who've helped me in my professional life... this list is not complete (and is being written in a moving car). Thanks for all the help through the years.

  • Scott Bourne
  • Robbie Carman
  • Amy Delouise
  • Michelle Gallina
  • Larry Hawk
  • Serena Herr
  • Karyn Johnson
  • Scott Kelby
  • Craig Kornmesser
  • Ben Kozuch
  • Dave Legg
  • Ron Lindeboom
  • Dave Moser
  • John Pascuzzi
  • Nancy Peterson
  • Paul Temme
  • Jack Tow
  • Mark Weiser

Thanks again... you let me do what I do... and have made me better in some way.


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Why Video is a Four-Letter Word to Many Photogs



It turns out that a lot of photographers are getting screwed. Photo buyers are demanding video. Clients are expecting professional photographers to just flip a switch in the camera and start delivering great video. Seems the age-old fallacy is kicking in again, just because the same machine can do several things doesn’t mean the operator can do them all well.

That’s not a dig at photographers. My computer has the capacity to do lots of things that I’d never even attempt (let alone sell to my clients). This view is unrealistic and disrespectful. I find it deeply disappointing that talented individuals are being asked to work under conditions that will lead to failure.

How do you fight unrealistic professional situations? Through client-education and personal development seems to work best. I’ve faced similar problems in the past... desktop publishing, nonlinear video editing, heck... even digital photography. All industries continue. But there needs to be changes and compromise... by both the clients and the working professionals.

I believe that education is the key to an industry evolving. That those looking to embrace a new art (as well as those who fear it) would be able to make their best career decisions through an extensive look at this emerging art. I do not judge those standing on the sidelines; rather, I recommend a deep exploration of the possibilities and opportunities.

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Final Cut Pro's Dividing Line


When dragging tracks in the Timeline, where you drag is as important as what you drag. Careless dragging may result in an unintended overwrite edit when you intended an insert edit. If you look closely at the Timeline, you’ll notice that it’s divided by a thin gray line. When dragging, look to see which region you enter to determine the edit type.

When dragging from the Viewer or a bin, use these tips:
  • Dragging to the upper-third of the track results in an insert edit.
  • Dragging to the lower two-thirds of the track results in an overwrite edit.

When dragging in the Timeline, use these tips:
  • Dragging in the Timeline horizontally results in an overwrite edit by default.
  • Dragging in the Timeline horizontally results in an insert or swap edit when you hold down the Option key.
  • Dragging in the Timeline vertically results in an overwrite edit by default.
  • Dragging in the Timeline vertically results in an insert edit when you press the Option key after you start to drag.
  • Pressing the Option key and then dragging in the Timeline vertically results in a cloned copy added to the Timeline via an insert edit.
  • Pressing the Option and Shift keys and then dragging in the Timeline vertically results in a cloned copy added to the Timeline directly above the clip


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Puppet Warp - 198 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington takes a look at a brand new tool to Photoshop CS5, that allows you to flexibly distort and manipulate images.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Shot Ratio is the Key to Profitability

In video, its important to keep the ratio of how much footage you shoot to how much footage you use as low as possible. This ratio is the biggest influencer on maintaining profit.

More footage means:
  • more storage – Hard drives cost money
  • more time searching – Time spent searching for the right shot costs you money
  • more time loading or transcoding – Even fast machines still take a long while to transcode

I always recommend rehearsing your shot if possible, then firing a few takes. Be sure to cut camera between takes as well so you can have shorter clips. If you're using a slate, hold it up at the start of each shot (then you can clearly see it in the clip thumbnail, which speeds up browsing).

You need to remember time equals money. More time searching means less time editing. More time recorded means more backups and hard drives. Look out for your best interests and you'll see more profitability.

For more on the fusion of photography and video, check out From Still to Motion.


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Creating Prints from Video Frames

How do you take a great still photo with your video-enabled DSLR camera? That's easy, shoot in photo mode. You'll get the best quality and even the option of using a raw format. But what happens if you've got the perfect shot, except you're in the middle of recording a video clip? The good news is that you can export stills directly from a piece of video. There's just a few limitations.

Resolution limitations of video

You might be thinking to yourself “Isn't video really low resolution?” Yes, when compared to the native size of photos taken with your DSLR, video pales in comparison. But for many uses, such as web or newspaper, you can get enough pixels out.
Currently the highest resolution you’ll get exporting a still from a piece of video that originated on a DSLR is 1920 x 1080 or approximately 2.1 megapixels. While you aren’t going to make any panoramic prints of those frames you can still find a lot of great uses for them. If printing at 300 ppi, you can extract a frame that is about 6.5 X 3.5 inches.

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An Interview with Rich on the Business of Photography and Video



I recently had a chance to be a guest on the Typical Shutterbug Podcast. We talked about photography, video, software, and learning

You can hear the show here for free –
http://typicalshutterbug.com/wordpress/2010/10/31/tsb23-richard-harrington-and-john-andersson-talk-photography-and-cgi/

Be sure to check out some of the other great episodes too.

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Free Transform Command - 197 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington takes a look at a command that interactively allows you to distort, size, skew, and reposition an image.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Self Portrait – San Jose, CA

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A Good Video Works Without Picture

Another way of saying this... audio is king! I can’t emphasize enough recording great sound is essential. Invest in a good audio recorder and plug microphones directly into that. A device like a Zoom H4N is a great dedicated audio recorder. Until DSLR camera manufacturers are will to raise the cost of camera bodies to cover real audio inputs (like XLR connections) you’ll still need to go this route.

Syncing up sound is simple if you use a clapboard (a large spike appears on both the camera audio and the synced sound). You can also use tools like
Plural Eyes (available for Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas, and soon Premiere Pro).

One more important piece of audio advice. Once you’ve edited your video rough cut... close your eyes and just listen to the edit. You should be engaged in the story without the use of visuals or transitions. A good edit works as a solid radio piece... adding pictures and graphics will only make it better.


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The Real Way Zoom and Enhance Works



For those in the film, video, or photo industry – CLASSIC!

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Content Aware Fill / Scale / Heal in Photoshop CS5



Learn about all three content aware tools in Photoshop CS5. Easily remove objects and blemishes with just a few clicks. From the new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Richard Harrington.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Perspective Cropping - 196 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington takes a look at a new cropping technique that allows you to essentially remove distortion from an image.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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My Advice if You are New to Creative COW


It’s impossible to know all the answers or even who to ask Fortunately there’s a lot of great forums for interacting with video pros. I offer a few simple pieces of advice when participating forums (the ones I hang out in are at Creative COW).
  • Lurk a little. Get the hang of the tone and community first. It’s just like a party, don’t walk through the door and start yelling.
    Use the search function first. If you ask a question that has already been recently answered recently, you’re going to feel ignored.
    Post short questions. Nothing turns off a potential responder than the feeling that they’re taking a graduate school exam. Eight-part essay questions are fun for no one. Keep your questions short and direct.
    Give context. Let people know details about the system or gear you’re using, software versions, etc. Even smart geeks aren’t mind readers.
    Give a little, get a lot. If you only ask questions in a forum, you’re going to have bad karma. Most forums have unpaid hosts who do their best to answer questions. Helping out is good for the health of the forum and community.
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Go Figure (Online Safety Version)



A recent video we produced at
RHED Pixel for the Family Online Safety Institute. Some important information for parents and educators (and good animated typography for the design crowd).

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How to Create a Master File for Video

For many, getting footage into their edit application is the easy part. It's getting the footage out that becomes tricky. While each editing application will all have its own unique steps for exporting a project, the process is pretty standard. Use these steps to create a master file.

  1. Identify the final sequence. This sequence should be what is called "picture-locked" meaning that no additional changes will take place to the sequence.
  2. Make sure that the whole sequence is rendered. Click in the timeline and choose Select All, then render the clips.
  3. Mark and In point at the start of the footage you want, then mark an Out point at the end of the range. For most editing tools, you can use the keyboard shortcuts I and O for In and Out respectively.
  4. Look in the file menu or application menu for an option to export the file. Choose this option.
  5. Export the file using the same high quality settings that you were editing with, meaning the same frame size, frame rate and codec.
  6. Save the file to a location of your choosing, keep in mind that the file you export will be large so choose a location that has enough storage space.

After exporting the file you now have your master file that you can make compressions from, pull stills from or archive.


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Nondestructive Cropping - 195 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explores some advanced options with the crop tool.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Motion Graphics Logo Animation

A free sample chapter from Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

If you've been in motion graphics for any amount of time, most likely you've been asked to animate a logo. Often, this is a kind of "right of passage" for young motion graphics artists. Unfortunately, so is dealing with not receiving the most optimum file formats to work with. Even if the stars align and we somehow end up with the proper files in their preferred format, logos also come with rules. Usually supplied by the original logo designer, these rules specify how the logo is to appear to best represent its brand. In this chapter we'll examine various workflows to help you find those opportunities where others might find difficulty.

Read the whole article here –
http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321719697
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Free HDSLR Editing Class

More and more Final Cut editors are using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to make them more efficient. If you’re wondering if Adobe Premiere Pro is really worth the switch, join Adobe in this four-part web series featuring Final Cut editors and how and why they use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.
 
You’ll learn the real story on Adobe Premiere Pro’s Mercury Playback Engine, what it means to edit DSLR footage natively, and how you can remove bottlenecks in your pipeline when working with Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. We’ll follow up the series with a Q&A session so you can get your questions answered.
 
November 16, 2010, 12-1 PM PST
HDSLR editing in Adobe Premiere Pro with Richard Harrington Join Richard Harrington, author of From Still to Motion, as he shows you why he uses Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for editing HDSLR footage. Rich will share his post-production techniques and editing strategies in Adobe Premiere Pro for HDSLR color correction, audio syncing, and camera calibration. You'll discover how to harness the professional-quality tools in CS5 Production Premium to natively edit, color correct, mix audio, and publish to the web and Blu-ray Disc. Register on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/PPro_2 
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New Web Video Book

The staff of RHED Pixel just finished updating our web video book. This book significantly expands our original book on podcasting. We've added coverage of lots of brand new things. Here's the official listing:

Want to create professional quality web video that stands out in a crowded playing field? Gain a complete understanding of the opportunity, limitations, production, and distribution process with this book. Step up from the flip-cam experience with this solid introduction to professional planning and production techniques, ensuring that your video meets the same standards you set for every other element in your communication program.

  • Follow the RHED Pixel team as they detail every step of the way with engaging illustrations that demonstrate the process from concept to distribution including:
  • Preproduction planning of concept, scope, budget, and casting
  • Web-specific techniques for audio, lighting, and videography
  • Detailed overview of editing and encoding of web video
  • Effective branding and storytelling aids including b-roll, images and motion graphics
  • Distribution alternatives including HTML5, Flash, podcasting, RSS, and website hosting
  • Effective techniques to promote and monetize your video

Now available for pre-order.


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Photoshop's Black and White Adjustment Layer



Learn how to get the very best Black and White photo conversions in Photoshop

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Power Cropping – 194 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to get an image exactly sized the way you need it.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Alpha Channels - Photoshop for Video




In this Adobe Photoshop podcast tutorial, Richard Harrington teaches how to make an alpha channel based upon the luminance of an image. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Premiere Pro and Photoshop CS5 Workflow for DSLR Video

Adobe has reposted my online workshop on how Premiere Pro and Photoshop Extended work together. This is a full 1-hour class and is absolutely free. The original had a few audio issues... this one is totally clean. Enjoy!

In this workshop you'll learn post-production techniques to ensure a smooth edit with your HDSLR footage. Learn strategies for color correction, audio syncing, and lens correction. You'll also discover how to browse, load, and quickly organize your footage for editing. Finally, you'll discover how to harness the professional-quality tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Photoshop Extended CS5 to natively edit, color correct, and publish video.

This workshop is taught by Richard Harrington, co-author of
From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR.


Watch it here –
http://asib.na3.acrobat.com/p31903223/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

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Converting MP3 Audio for Video Editing

Seems like we're often being handed MP3 files to use in our video projects. It might be a sound effect or an audio track we've got the rights to use. The problem is that the MP3 format is not very good for video editing (wrong sample rate... rarely works in real-time). Fortunately there's an easy fix... iTunes. If you don’t have access to the original files, you should convert the compressed files to an AIFF file for use in a video editing or motion graphics tool.

  1. Drag the file into iTunes.
  2. Choose iTunes > Preferences, then click on the General button and click the Importing tab.
  3. Choose AIFF and set the sample size to 16 bit and the sample rate to 48kHz. Specify if the file is stereo or mono.
  4. Click OK then Click OK again to close the second window.
  5. Highlight the files you want to convert and choose Advanced > Create AIFF version.
  6. To reveal the converted file, highlight it and press Command + R to reveal it at the Finder level.


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Changing Canvas Size - 193 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington addresses canvas size, which is the work area of your image.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Audio Essentials for DSLR Video



Learn how to shoot better quality video by recording better audio in the field. Discover which microphones, tools, and techniques are best for shooting events or interview footage with your DSLR camera. Find out how to synch your audio and video in Adobe Premiere Pro as well as edit or remove background noise.

Check out the whole series.

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Five Rules for Great Presentations



A great lesson on presentation theory from the talented Nancy Duarte.

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A Great Deal for Organizing Your Media



A colleague of mine, Peter Krogh has a
great deal going. His excellent book called The DAM Bool is being bundled with Expression Media. Here are the key facts.

The DAM Book – In The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers, Peter Krogh updates his ground-breaking book on creating and managing digital photography collection. Peter guides you through the entire digital photography ecosystem, showing you how hardware, software, file formats and workflow practices can work together to keep your images safe, and to let you get the most from your pictures. The second edition has been almost entirely rewritten, updating the material for the changed technical landscape. Chapters were added that covered the use of Lightroom, as well as an entirely new chapter on backup and validation of image files. Peter also covers the use of GPS devices and software to geotag your images.

Expression Media 2 software – When you buy The DAM Book during the month of October, you'll get a fully-licensed copy Expression Media 2 for free. (A $199 full retail value). Expression Media 2 is the a cross-platform application for managing your digital photos and media. Create easy-to-use catalogs of all your photos, movies, audio files, and many more file types. Expression Media 2 was recently purchased by Phase One from Microsoft.

Act now to take advantage of this limited time offer – Expires Sunday, October 31.

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Recommended Camera Sliders

There is another handy tool that has showed up in recent years that is a type of mini-dolly. The original camera slider was developed for large movie rigs but has been adapted for smaller cameras like DSLRs. These are very useful for tight spaces where a traditional dolly would not fit.
The sliding rods are made of lightweight materials like carbon fiber, aluminum, or chrome-plated steel. The camera plate will have a bowl adaptor to accommodate your fluid head from your tripod. These sliders travel well, and really can add some production value.

There are several sliders worth checking out:
Kessler Pocket Dollywww.kesslercrane.com
Pegasus Heavy Lifterwww.cinevate.com
indiSLIDERprowww.indifocus.com
Glidetrack SD & HD Rangewww.glidetrack.com

Be sure to check out the book,
From Still to Motion

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Free Apps During Photo Plus Expo


Need some Photoshop training? Check out our iPhone and iPod touch apps.They are on sale right now at a special price of free and 99¢.

  • Terry White made it his pick of the week.
  • Jeff Revell at PhotoWalkPro write a very detailed review too.
  • My son thinks it's cool that I used his picture in one of the lessons

If you haven't tried our new training apps, what are you waiting for?

How about our sale!

Understanding Photoshop Quick Fixes is
Free | iTunesWeb Demo
Understanding Photoshop Creating Panoramic Photos is
$.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
PocketGeek is free - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketgeekrh/id375757375?mt=8
(prices good through October 31)

These apps are a lot of work, but I want to see them succeed. Tell your friends and try them out (the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive).

  • Includes training videos edited specifically for the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  • Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer. There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help you build your Photoshop knowledge.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.





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Create a Client Screener Disc


Check out this video to learn more about creating a screener disc for your clients.
This a sample of the 6 hours of video included with the book
Video Made on a Mac.
You can also visit the website
www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.

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Lighting Essentials for DSLR Video



Learn the essential settings for lighting and exposure when shooting with DSLR cameras. Find out which lighting tools are available and the benefits of three-point lighting, filters and reflectors. You’ll also discover how to fix lighting problems in DSLR footage using Adobe Premiere Pro.

Check out the whole series.

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A New Spot



A recent spot I got to work on for Constellation Energy. A WHOLE bunch of After Effects and Photoshop Extended work here.

  1. Match – Retimed stock shot, up-rezzed, luma keyed.
  2. Painting – Timelapse sky, 3D photogrammetry, Compositing, Color Grading, Virtual Cameras
  3. Cable Shot – Restoration, Hand-Tinting, 3D photogrammetry, Color Grading, Puppet Tool, Virtual Cameras (look for the horses to move)
  4. Lightbulb – Rotoscope, Color Grading, Glow
  5. Washing Machine – Heavy cleanup in Photoshop Extended and Color Grading
  6. Welder – Color Grading and Compositing
  7. Streetcar – Heavy cleanup in Photoshop Extended and Color Grading
  8. Phone Pole – Recomposing shot by selective stretching
  9. Switch – Compositing
  10. Valve Turn – Compositing and Depth of Field Blurring
  11. Employee Shots – Color Grading
  12. Meter Shot – Keying, Painting, Compositing, Rotoscope (it's 8 layers)
  13. Phone Shot – Retiming, Compositing, Screen Replacement
  14. Solar Panel – Timelapse sky, 3D photogrammetry, Compositing, Color Grading, Virtual Cameras

It was a fun spot... thanks to all who worked on it and for bringing us along.

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Changing Image Size - 192 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington tackles the concept of image resolution.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Photoshop CS5 Webinar

I have a free webinar about Photoshop CS5 and my new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Join author and instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the new features in Photoshop CS5 and how his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 and its accompanying video training on DVD, can be used effectively in the classroom.

DETAILS:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

SIGN UP HERE:
http://tinyurl.com/cs5edcast


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Organizing Images with Aperture


In this video you’ll learn to rank and sort images in Aperture. You’ll also learn about contact sheets and Web galleries for client review.
This a sample of the 6 hours of video included with the book Video Made on a Mac.

You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.

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Slides From My Recent DSLR Workshops

As promised, here are several slide decks from recent conferences.

DV Expo

Motion 10


Be sure to check out the book – 
From Still to Motion


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Free After Effects Plugin from Boris and Creative COW

This one is too good to pass up... Free texture generating plug-in from Creative COW and Boris



COW Exclusive: Giving Away Boris Continuum Materials Unit - $199 Value!
Generate realistic textures such as Steel Plates, Bricks, Clouds, Granite, Wooden Planks, and Rock using the Boris Continuum Materials Unit! The textures are procedurally-generated to ensure smooth render at any scale. Each filter provides a variety of animation parameters including controls for the color, width, height, and other aspects of the material. Many of the Materials Unit filters let you add 3D detail to the material surface and include lighting controls. Apply the materials as realistic surfaces or use them as animated organic backgrounds. Each filter includes presets that make using the materials a point and click operation - even for complex animations.




Get the Boris Continuum Materials Unit - First 500 Downloads Only!
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Creating 3D with Photoshop’s Repoussé Command

A new addition to Photoshop CS5 Extended is the Repoussé command. The command can be used to create a 3D model from a 2D object (like shape layers or text).

Making a selection first can also isolate the effect. The target pixels can be extruded, inflated, and repositioned in 3D space. The resulting 3D model can be easily imported into After Effects for animation or compositing.

See the whole tutorial over at TipSquirrel.com.



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Government Video Expo Coming Soon

I'll be speaking at the upcoming GV Expo conference in Washington, DC – Specifically in the Digital Media DC event.

I'll be teaching the following classes:

  • Successful Site Surveys: Getting Your Project Off on the Right Foot
  • What's New in Photoshop CS5
  • Green Screen Secrets: Practical Tips for Great Keying
  • Motion Control 3D: Creating Movement within Photos
  • Tweet! Tweet!: Making Sense of Twitter
  • Producing HDSLR Video Shoots - Essential Planning and Preproduction
  • Rotoscoping and Keying with Adobe After Effects
  • Producing Podcasts and Web Video: Creating Web Video
  • Transcoding DSLR Footage for Post Production

I hope to see some of you there.

CONFERENCES: NOV 30 - Dec 2, 2010
Walter E Washington DC Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW | Washington DC 20001

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The New Apple TV – Best $99 I've Spent this Year


I've been an Apple TV fan from the very beginning.... I've often talk about how much I like it and even have a few blog posts on it (1, 2, 3).

Here's my short review of the new one. It's awesome.

Okay, now I'll tell you why I love it so much.
  • It's cheap – $99 is a steal. Sure they got the price down by removing an internal drive... but things change. I no longer need a hard drive to store movies. I've been using a Drobo FS as my home media server with iTunes and before that a regular Drobo hooked up directly to our home's iMac.
  • Netflix support is built in. There are thousands of on demand movies for free. Some of my favorite things include the extensive selection of documentaries, as well as TV shows that I miss episodes while traveling. Plus, we have two kids who just adore the extensive selection of kids programming (including classic Bugs Bunny fare and multiple PBS shows). At $9 a month... it's a steal.
  • The new Remote App is killer – With an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you can take complete control. I love using the Apple TV through the home stereo. I have an extensive music collection. I love being able to DJ right from my device. Great when hosting get togethers or for changing music up based on the mood at hand.
  • TV Rentals are now reasonable – Miss an episode, catch it for 99¢. I must admit I've used this feature more than a few times.
  • Easier connection to multiple devices – Apple simplified sharing media. Right now I can access media off any of the computers in our household that share the same Apple ID. Mind you we have an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and a Mac Mini. My understanding is that we'll soon be able to stream from our iPads and iPhones too. For those of you counting, that's ten devices sharing media seamlessly throughout the whole house... (yes... we are a terribly geeky family of four).
  • Streaming Photos and Video is easy – Whether you use MobileMe, iLife, Aperture, YouTube, or Flickr it's a piece of cake to send stuff to your TV in HD.

It's $99... I must say I know what I'll be putting in several people's stockings this year.


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Setting Up The Camera Correctly for DSLR Video


Learn how to setup your camera correctly for the appropriate white balance, color quality, and recording format. You’ll also discover how to get better focus and create more stable shots when shooting video with your DSLR camera. Find out how to review clips, drop clips into the timeline, and adjust levels, saturation or color in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Check out the whole series.
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Why You Need to Update After Effects

There were a lot of updates in After Effects 10.0.1. Here are a few you may have missed. Thanks to Todd Kopriva for taking the time to point these out.

new and changed features
  • There were several fixes and improvements for RED (R3D) import and workflow. .
  • The Apply Color LUT effect can now use .3dl files with floating point values or 3DMESH/Mesh keywords, or those saved from an ASSIMILATE SCRATCH system (i.e., that have SCRATCH in the comments at the top of the file).
  • QuickTime (.mov) files from JVC solid-state cameras can be imported.
  • The standalone Adobe Media Encoder (AME) application can export MXF files containing MPEG-2 essence items that comply with the XDCAM HD format used by such systems as Avid Unity. Because you can use the standalone AME application to render and export After Effects compositions, this feature extends to After Effects.

notable bug fixes
  • Crash importing Sony XDCAM HD footage from Sony XDCAM Transfer application.
  • Slow playback of compositions containing several layers based on video footage items, especially for long-GOP footage from DSLR cameras.
  • Crash when using a PNG file with path name longer than 256 characters.
  • Colors rendered incorrectly with Avid DNxHD and AJA2vuy codecs in 16bpc and 32bpc projects.
  • QuickTime movies using Blackmagic RGB 10bit codec rendered with color shift or gamma shift.
  • Standard-definition-sized H.264 movies were imported with color space interpreted as HDTV (Rec. 709) instead of SDTV (Rec. 601 NTSC).

If you use After Effects on Mac OSX v10.6.4, be sure to apply the graphics update from Apple.
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Social Media - Is it Real?


It seems that everywhere I turn, social media comes up. Independent producers as well as top studios look to harness social media to raise awareness for their productions. Customers are using it to talk about products and companies they love -- and hate. People look to re-establish their personal networks during tough economic times. Heck, your mother (or your kids) may be connected to you on Facebook.

But is this real? Specifically, can social media help your business grow?

The answer is a bit complex. Let's say it's both real and fake. I'm thinking 60/40. We'll see. You may think I'm being non-committal, but I'm not. The social media movement is filled with a lot of hot air right now. Just like the real estate market, the social media boom will pop.

But people need homes, and people have a real need to communicate with others in meaningful ways. Social media is a real communication medium that can be incredibly valuable, but getting started is like being thrown into a raging river and learning how to swim. It can be overwhelming at first, and if you look for help, you'll encounter a lot of bad advice. That's why I am writing this article, to offer you practical advice and real world experiences about how social media can help those of us who work with traditional media.

Continue reading the article here.


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Free Webinar on Using Photoshop and Premiere Pro

Be sure to check out the archive from Ask a CS Pro: Premiere Pro & Photoshop CS5 Extended for DSLR with Richard Harrington

Be sure to skip past the first few minutes (not sure why they didn't trim that stuff out).

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Learn about Color Correction in Photoshop for Free

The fine folks at Peachpit Press have posted a free excerpt from the new edition of Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals. In it you'll learn about color correction and enhancement (this particular excerpt will also work in Photoshop CS4).

Get the PDFColor Correction and Enhancement

Lesson Files –
Control-Click or Right-Click on the file name to save the file to your desktop.



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Free After Effects FAQ Videos

Todd Kopriva (tech lead for Adobe After Effects and wonderful tech editor for my new book) has released a bunch of free videos that address frequently asked questions in After Effects.


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Crop and Straighten Command - 191 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to straighten your digital images.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Essential Questions to Ask at the Start of a Project


Through the years, we’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way. While every project is unique, it often seems that the problems remain the same. Here are a few questions we always encourage asking at the start of a project:

  • Who is our customer? Projects often have many parties involved. Know who you are responsible to keep happy.
  • What is the purpose? You need to know what the video is trying to accomplish.
  • How will we measure success? Determine which factors will be used to judge the success of the project.
  • What do we want to say? Identify the goal of the piece and the message that the audience should walk away with.
  • What resources do we have? Decide who will be assigned to the project. Establish if there are any assets or resources available to the project that should be utilized.
  • What is the budget? Never discuss approach without having an idea of your financial constraints. Creative types often get swept up into big ideas without knowing what the project can support.
  • What are the deadlines? Equally as important as budget is schedule. You need to understand any major milestones so you can schedule work and adjust your approach to match the available time.
  • Are there any customer requirements? Never make assumptions. It’s always a good idea to ask the clients if they have any specific needs or requirements for the end product. You’ll often be surprised how important details can go unspoken until the very end of the project.

This article is excerpted from the Pre-Production chapter in the book
Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite.

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Making Photoshop Actions




Join in as instructor Richard Harrington gives a presentation on how to make your own actions to speed up your Photoshop workflow.

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Some Social Media Statistics


WHY BOTHER WITH SOCIAL MEDIA?

Because it's worth it. Here are a few statistics about the size of social media:

  • 96% of Generation Y uses social networks.
  • If Facebook were a country, it would be the fourth largest.
  • 300,000+ businesses have a Facebook page.
  • Dell has sold $3 million dollars of computers on Twitter.
  • Only 18% of TV campaigns generate a return on investment.
  • Ford Motors spends 25% of its marketing budget on social media -- and didn't need a government bailout.
  • The average American watches 124 videos per month online
  • 70% of 18-34 year olds watch TV on the web -- but only 35% use a TiVo.
  • 24 out of 25 of the top newspapers are experiencing record declines.


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Importing Images with Adobe Bridge - 190 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explains how to grab your images off your memory card and pull them into your computer using Adobe Bridge.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Color Grading with After Effects



This a sample of the 6 hours of video included with the book Video Made on a Mac.

Check out this video to see a few color correction effects in After Effects in action. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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Distressing Type Edges



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to stylize text by distressing it with an organic texture.
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Adding Lens Blur in Photoshop


I posted a new article over at TipSquirrel.com on the rarely used Lens Blur command.

Selectively blurring an image can help your viewer find a focal point. Photoshop offers a realistic lens blur that also produces depth-of-field blurring. This allows some objects to remain in focus while others fall gently out of focus.

You can be very specific in regard to the blurring if you make an accurate alpha channel to serve as a depth matte. The depth matte defines how far away things are from the camera.

Read the whole article here – http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2010/10/adding-lens-blur-in-photoshop/

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Budgeting by Averages


I've posted this before, but people keep asking... so here it is again:

There is an easy formula used by many experienced project managers to estimate the amount of time to be spent on each budget item task. The formula looks like this:

(1O + 4M +1P) ÷ 6


It means one optimistic + four most likely + one pessimistic divided by six.
What does that mean? It’s pretty simple: You create a time estimate based on averaging the information you gather. For example, you can approach a graphic designer and ask, "How long would this take?” The answer is not the most likely number. It’s the optimistic number, because if you ask any creative person how long something will take, the answer is an exaggerated number. Let’s say the number is eight hours.
Then you say, “Well, if it was anybody else, how long would it take?” And that’s the most likely number. For our formula, let’s use 12 hours.
Then ask, "If something goes wrong that you really didn’t count on, what is the worst case scenario?" In this example, use 22 hours.
You then plug these values into the formula to get your result: ((1*8) + (4*12) + (1*22) ÷ 6 = 13 hours for the task.
This budgeting formula works well when no historical data is available for review. It’s also more accurate if you are able to ask more than one person for time estimates. You can then average multiple answers.


This article is excerpted from the Pre-Production chapter in the book Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite.

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Camera Raw Interface – 189 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about the native files recorded by your digital SLR camera. He?ll describe what advantages are provided by using a raw file.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Shooting and Capturing Great Video Assets

I found a pretty good list of tips for shooting better video. This list is excerpted from a new book (one I didn't write).

  • Get a closing shot.
  • Get an establishing shot.
  • Shoot plenty of video.
  • Adhere to the rule of thirds.
  • Keep your shots steady.
  • Follow the action.
  • Use trucking shots.
  • Find unusual angles.
  • Lean forward or backward.
  • Get wide and tight shots.
  • Shoot matched action.
  • Get sequences.
  • Avoid fast pans and snap zooms.
  • Shoot cutaways.
  • Use lights.
  • Grab good sound bites.
  • Get plenty of natural sound.
  • Plan your shoot.

You'll find details for each point in the list in the online article... I just post the list because it's a good checklist for those just getting started (or getting forgetful).

Check the article out here –
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1625679&ns=20263&WT.mc_id=2010-10-14_NL_DigitalVideo

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Managing Workspaces – 188 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explains how you can organize your user to interface and make your screen less cluttered.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Move Projects from FCP to AE Seamlessly (and Free!)


Footage ©Kuhn Foundation, from the series Closer to Truth Cosmos. Consciousness. God.

I am always on the lookout for things that can make my life easier… sleep in a can, comfortable shoes, great software.
If you use Final Cut Pro and After Effects… do I have a find for you!  I just finished a new book called
Video Made on a Mac, and in the process of writing about Motion Graphics workflows, I’ve discovered an absolute gem, from a little place called Popcorn Island.

From Final Cut Pro to After Effects

Getting your footage from Final Cut Pro to After Effects is a very common workflow. In fact, so many people choose to work this way that there are several free and for sale workflow tools on the market. But I have a new favorite.
The script Final Cut 2 After Effects supports the following features:
  • Cross Dissolve Transitions
  • Basic Editing Translation
  • Segmented Clips
  • Basic Keyframes
  • Time Remapping
  • Nested Sequences
  • Multiple Frame Rates and Aspect Ratios
  • Audio Channels
  • Name Length Error Checking
  • Support for PAL25 and 60

Oh and in case you missed it…
FREE

Here’s how the process works:

  • Download and install the After Effects scripts from here.
  • Launch After Effects and Final Cut Pro.
  • Open a Final Cut Pro project with media you want to exchange.
  • Select one sequence in the Browser.
  • Choose File > Export > XML. Choose XML Level 4.
  • Target a location and click OK.
  • Swith to After Effects and choose File > Scripts and select the newly loaded script (PI_FCP2AE.jsxbin).
  • Navigate to the XML file you created in step 5 and click Open. The footage and a new composition are created in After Effects.
  • Explore the composition and check the results.

Enjoy…
Also, be sure to check out the new book,
Video Made on a Mac.  More than 400 pages and 5.5 hours of video on Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite.

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Making Cast Shadows



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make reflected or cast shadows in Photoshop.
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Using the Navigator – 187 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about how to more easily accomplish detail work on your image.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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How to use Color Management in After Effects

I came across a great white paper on Adobe's website about color management in After Effects. As more and more color choices are being made on set, its important that artists respect the wishes of the director or DP.

This white paper is intended for professionals in the motion graphics, video, and film production industries who need a reliable approach to achieving accurate and consistent color in their workflows. It provides compelling answers to a major question: How does color management technology in After Effects help you achieve accurate and consistent color reproduction?

The white paper comprises four core chapters:
  • Introduction to color management
  • High-definition video workflow
  • Digital cinema workflow
  • Animation or Flash export workflow

Download the white paper here – Color management workflow in Adobe After Effects CS4

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Meeting Invitations via Apple Mail

If you’re using Apple iCal, you can easily invite people to attend an event. Your Mac can tie together iCal, Mac OS X Mail, and your Address Book for a cohesive event invitation system. Guests can receive invitations via email or right inside of iCal.
  1. Set up a card for yourself in Address Book (in your Applications folder). Launch Address Book and click the Add (+) button. Enter your business contact information (including email address), and then choose Card > Make This My Card.
  2. Switch back to iCal and create a new event or double-click an existing event.
  3. In the Event Editor, click Add Attendees. Start to type the name or email address for the person you want to invite. iCal will attempt to auto-fill the information if the person is in your Address Book.
  4. Press the Return key after each address to add a new one.
  5. When you’re ready to invite people, click the Send button at the bottom of the Event Editor. Attendees will receive an email invitation and an iCal invitation.
  6. Guest responses will appear in the iCal Notifications box (just click the Notifications button in the lower-left corner of the iCal window).

The responses are indicated visually with an icon:
  • An arrow means a guest has not responded
  • A check mark means the guest has accepted the invite
  • An X means the guest declined the invite
  • A question mark means the guest is tentatively attending

This article is excerpted from the Pre-Production chapter in the book
Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite.


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Understanding Layers – 186 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explains how you can harness layers to gain control within your project.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Creative COW Magazine ready for iPad

One of my favorite industry resources is Creative COW magazine. The articles are always written by pros involved in cool projects. Each article offers great perspective and often new ideas to expand your business. They now have all the back issues ready for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.


Want to take the full library of Creative COW Magazine with you anywhere you travel? It's easy to do, whether you use an iPad, an iPhone, an Android, a Blackberry, or many other 3G devices.

Here's where to start. Simply go to
http://magazine.creativecow.net/downloads.php and...

If you use an Android, a Blackberry, or many other 3G devices, just visit the downloads address above and download the editions that you want directly to your device -- we recommend the single page print-friendly edition's complete set. ;)

If you are on a Mac or PC that uses iTunes, just download any or all of our no-cost PDFs in the edition you prefer -- the print-friendly single page format (recommended) or the 'spread' edition that gives you the full magazine spreads -- to your desktop machine.

Once the PDFs are on your machine, drag the downloaded PDFs to your desktop machine's iTunes program and click on the Books setting inside iTunes to make sure that sync books is active. If you use an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad, your iBooks application will show them inside iBooks, in the PDF tab that you see in the image you see at the top of this newsletter.

Now, you can now take Creative COW Magazine with you for those times when you are in the air, waiting for a meeting, in the doctor's office waiting room -- or any one of a thousand other places where you might want to spend some time with the great articles and ideas that make up each of our issues.




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Adjustments Panel in Photoshop Adjustments Panel in Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use the Adjustments Panel in Photoshop to quickly enhance your images.
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HDSLR and Adobe Workflow Slides


As promised... Here are my slides from yesterday's conference in New York city about Adobe and DSLR Video workflow.

Hope they help.

Be sure to check out
From Still to Motion as well as the Facebook page and Creative COW forum.

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Calculations - Photoshop for Video 102



Instructor Richard Harrington revisits Photoshop's calculations command, and shows you how to generate an alpha channel or selection matte based on the color values of an image.
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Switching Tools – 185 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about the virtual toolbox that Photoshop provides for working on your digital images.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Master Transparency in Photoshop

Peachpit has just posted a free sample from my new book Photoshop for Video called What About Transparency?

One of Photoshop’s greatest powers lies in its ability to preserve complex transparency. It’s possible to have several different levels of transparency within a Photoshop document, which leads to greater flexibility in compositing multiple layers together. For example, in an image set to 8-bit mode, Photoshop supports 256 levels of transparency. Switch to 16-bit mode, and that number jumps dramatically to 65,536 levels. By employing masks, both in layers and embedded into the saved files as alpha channels, this transparency data can travel seamlessly into the nonlinear editing (NLE) or motion-graphics environment.

Read the whole article here for free.

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Playing Fair in the Video Business in the Video Industry

The world of video is going through a revolution when it comes to pricing. When I started my career, tape decks were more expensive than cars and a complete editing system cost more than my townhouse. Oh how the world has changed.

The video industry is experiencing a race to the bottom. Gear keeps getting cheaper, which is a good thing in many ways. The problem lies in the cost barrier. Just as you’ve been frustrated by every schmo who buys a DSLR thinking he or she is a pro photographer, so have video professionals felt about photographers thinking they are video pros. Add to this sudden influx hundreds of schools pumping out graduates from media programs and you have a cluttered workplace.

I do not say the above to be protectionist or confrontational. The fact is that the video industry needs to evolve and will benefit from fresh talent and fresh ideas. Just don’t piss in the pool after you jump in.

Take a look around you and see what business practices others are following. Here are a few that I wish more would follow for the good of the video industry:

  • Price fairly – Different businesses will need to charge differently for their services. Still, be sure you price services so you can survive for the long term. Be consistent with your prices and be sure to cover related costs like facilities, insurance, and equipment.
  • Don’t do spec work – There is a lot of pressure to do unpaid work in the video field. Taking spec jobs to prove capabilities or show interest in a client. Look at other professions, they don’t face these same pressures. If you truly need to expand your portfolio, seek out legitimate nonprofit organizations and make a donation of your time and skill.
  • Don’t badmouth your competition – Your only true competition is yourself. Speaking ill of your peers will only lower the standards of the industry as a whole.
  • Your problems are your problems – Always pay your subcontractors (even if you haven’t received client payment). Similarly, you should not accept excuses from others above you in the client chain due to delayed payments. Make sure you responsibly keep payments flowing to those you hire.
  • Act more like a lawyer and less like an artist – I’m not saying shelve your creativity... but remember that you are a trained professional with a code of conduct. You need to remember the important aspects of client management, professional communication, and ethical business practices if you want to succeed in video for the long term.


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MPEG-4 Demystified

The MPEG-4 format is really a suite of standards with many parts. Each part offers a set of standards for aspects such as audio, video, and file formats. The standard was first introduced in 1998, but continues to evolve with important new changes. MPEG is an acronym for the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group, which serves as the governing body for the format.

The two most common parts of MPEG-4 are part 2, which is used in codecs such as DivX and QuickTime 6, and H.264, which is part of QuickTime 7 and QuickTime X as well as Blu-ray Discs. We’ll explore the newer H.264 in a moment, but lets first look at the common .mp4 file that is often used for the web.Note that certain players can handle both types of MPEG-4 video, while many newer devices prefer H.264 video.

Many compression tools offer the more plainly labeled MPEG-4 option. This generally means that the older MPEG-4 part 2 Simple Profile specs are being followed. This ensures greater compatibility with QuickTime 6. The format is also more likely to play using other web-based players such as RealPlayer and the open-source VLC media player. Some podcasters favor this format if they are targeting a user-base of running older computer operating systems. While the format does offer broader support, it does not offer the same level of quality of the newer H.264 format.

The H.264 format is an extension of the MPEG family and is also called MPEG-4 Part 10, or AVC (Advanced Video Coding). This format is broadly used outside of podcasting and web video including uses for broadcast television and Blu-ray Discs. The format was first drafted in 2003, and saw widespread adoption by 2005. H.264 video wrapped in an MPEG-4 container is the preferred format of Apple, as it is used for both movie trailers on Apple’s website and TV shows and movies available for sale it the iTunes Store.

Support for H.264 extends beyond Apple. In 2005, Sony added complete support to the PlayStation Portable line. In 2006, Microsoft launched the Zune portable media player, which included both MPEG-4 and H.264 support. In 2007, YouTube began encoding all uploaded videos to both their standard player and H.264. This move was to broaden the reach of YouTube videos to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models. Additionally, Adobe Media Player released in 2008 also supports H.264 in addition to Flash video.

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Setting Preferences in CS5 – 184 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explains the many preferences that you have to control the behavior of Photoshop CS5.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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I'm Coming to New Mexico

Looking for some training? How about a little time in the Southwest too.I'm speaking at the Motion Conference in New Mexico (October 16-19).

Advanced Motion Graphics Studio Techniques: After Effects, Illustrator, & Photoshop Extended
October 16, 2010 8:30 am — 3:30 pm
Santa Fe Convention Center

As a motion graphics designer, you'll use After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator to some degree in every project. But how do you decide which tool is best for the job and how can you use them together for the most efficient and effective workflow? This workshop cuts to the chase and teaches advanced techniques for all three applications (no matter what your experience level is with each). You'll learn essential techniques including typography, repairing and retiming footage, stylizing footage, background design, and 3D objects.

Learn how to integrate After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator for an efficient and effective workflow. Topics include:
  • Pixels and Vectors: Mastering Resolution
  • Typography for the Screen
  • Repairing, Stylizing and Retiming Footage
  • Perfect Loops: Designing Backgrounds
  • Creating and Importing 3D Objects
  • Check Your Sources: Organizing Files for Animation
  • Mastering Transparency: Perfect Masks and Alpha Channels
  • DVD and BD Menu Design
  • Motion Control 3D
  • Virtual Sets with Panoramic Photos

Digital SLR Workshop: High-End/Lo Cost Video Shoots
October 19, 2010 9:30 am — 4:00 pm
Albuquerque, NM 87107

With the arrival of high-definition video-enabled DSLR cameras, new creative options exist for design professionals unlike anything they’ve experienced before.
Here to guide you in a thorough exploration of the video-making process — from pre-production to post — is an experienced creative director and post production supervisor, Richard Harrington (author of From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR). Explore options for creating and working with video from your camera, from practical pre-production, essential production techniques and seamless post production. Topics include:

  • Explore the entire spectrum of video for DSLR camera owners, with recommendations on gear, lighting, lenses, audio, editing, color correcting, exporting, media management, and more.
  • Addressing technical challenges associated with DSLR video, such as camera movement, multiple camera coverage, low-light videography, and synchronized audio.
  • Explore additional creative techniques such as stop motion and time-lapse photography.

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The Role of Motion Graphics Backgrounds


The greatest challenge when it comes to backgrounds is that you need to show proper restraint. A background is just that... a background. Would you expect to see a gaudy patterned print at an art museum? You need to find the proper balance between an interesting background and preserving visual hierarchy of information.
We understand why the problem exists. As the stock animation industry has grown, competition has led to more and more companies trying to "stand out." This means that designs have become busier, louder, and generally obnoxious.

In contrast, let's look at the print industry. Sure, a designer might use a patterned paper or a colored backdrop, but never in a way that negatively impacts the readability of text or diminishes the value of a photograph. Creating a background is truly an invisible art. The goal is to make something that adds to the overall design, but does not stand out.

This is from
Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques
Get it here – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321719697/richardharrin-20/

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Managing Workspaces – 188 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explains how you can organize your user to interface and make your screen less cluttered.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Free Photoshop Webcast This Friday


This complimentary webcast is brought to you by Creative Edge, videos and books for creative people.
Friday, September 17, 2010 - 10AM PDT/1PM EDT

YOU MUST REGISTER—IT IS FREE

Photoshop is the foundation of every digital career. Many users think they know it, but in truth, they have gaping holes in their training.
This webcast is ideal for professionals who want to add to their skill base, for beginners who need to learn the basics, or for others who are self-taught and want to solidify their knowledge. Graphic design and new media expert, Richard Harrington, will cover many of the exciting new Photoshop CS5 features, such as: Puppet Warp, Merge to HDR Pro, Content-Aware Fill/Scale/Heal, 3D Text, Mixer Brush and Lens Corrections.
During this complimentary webcast, you will also learn about:
• Repairing and retouching digital images
• Color corrections and enhancements
• Blending modes and maximizing filters
• Photoshop actions and automations to speed up your workflow
• Camera Raw workflow
Learn the techniques needed to advance your career with a focus not just on digital photography, but also on the Web, graphic design, multimedia and video.


10 webcast attendees will receive an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals.


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Converting Image Modes – 183 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington describes the different purposes of specific color spaces.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Discounts for DV Expo and Two Free Passes



Turns out I'l be speaking at this year's DV Expo for
3 days on DSLR Video. I'm very excited to have the chance to share new things.

And in the spirit of sharing... I have two presents for my blog readers.

Here is a secret discount code that will work up to and during the show:

LAFCP10 – worth $50 or 10%

Also... I will be giving away TWO FREE VIP ALL-ACCESS PASSES

How do you win?
  1. Post to your favorite social media outlet about this blog entry – http://www.richardharringtonblog.com/files/dslratdve10.php
  2. Post a comment below as to why you need to attend this conference. What would this mean to you, why is it important, etc.


Taxes – if any are yours to pay | This is not a contest of skill | I will draw two winners on 9/23
You must get yourself to Pasadena, CA (I just booked my own flight for $119 each way)


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Free AE Webinar on Tuesday: Harrington: Combining After Effects, Illustrator, & Photoshop Extended

Don't miss a free webinar this Tuesday on After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator

Start: September 14, 2010 7:30 pm
End: September 14, 2010 8:35 pm
URL: http://motion.tv/connect

As a motion graphics designer, you’ll use After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator to some degree in every project. But how do you decide which tool is best for the job and how can you use them together for the most efficient and effective workflow?

Join Rich Harrington of RHED Pixel for an evening of tips and techniques on how After Effects users can effectively integrate Photoshop and Illustrator in your motion design workflow.

overview: 7:15-7:30 PM: Pre-Show: Reels We’re Watching 7:30-8:20 PM: Rich Harrington: Combining After Effects, Illustrator, & Photoshop Extended 8:20-8:30 PM: Q&A 8:30-8:35 PM: giveaways | close
*all times are MST | UTC-6
To attend: - RSVP for the event :: RSVP now»


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Why You Need MobileMe

Apple's MobileMe suite of online tools is a very useful group of services. Whether you'r a photographer, graphic designer, video pro (or even an accountant) you need it. While it’s not really designed to be an enterprise-level tool, it is quite helpful to small and midsize companies. MobileMe offers several features that can help organize a project. These features are fully documented on Apple’s site, but here are the most useful:

  • Address Book syncing. It’s possible to have a shared Address Book for the entire company. This really helps keep records up to date and clients easier to locate. If you have multiple iPhone users who want to sync, they can make a group to streamline their contacts.
  • Calendar. MobileMe offers a robust online calendar tool that can also sync with iCal. This is particularly useful because it can help coordinate meetings and schedule staff and facilities. The shared calendar is also useful for iPhone users who are out of office and need to keep their meeting schedule up to date. If you need to share a calendar with clients or non-Mac users, you have two viable options. You can grant Web access to a MobileMe calendar (simply visit mobile.me.com and sign in). The drawback is that you grant write access to all calendars or no calendars. A better option for "selective" sharing is to use a Google calendar, which is also free (calendar.google.com).
  • iDisk. An iDisk is a great place to back up critical files. You can download the free Backup application from your iDisk, and then set files like Final Cut Pro project files to back up remotely. You can also use an iDisk as a drop box (Mac or Windows users) because it can be easily accessed through a Web browser. Similarly, you can access your iDisk through me.com and select files for file sharing with other users. Sharing files with clients is easy with MobileMe. They can get a personalized invitation, and you can even require a password.
  • Back to My Mac. This little-used feature is a true lifeline. It allows you to easily access any of your Macs remotely. You can use it to log into a machine back at the office and check progress on a render or grab a file that you forgot.
  • Find My Phone. Lose your iPhone or iPad, this device can tell you where you left it. It can also trigger an alarm, display a message, or remotely wipe a device. We've used the service three times in my house (and each time led to a successful recovery).

Get more useful techniques (and 6 hours of video) by reading
Video Made on a Mac.

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Talent Release Form

A piece of essential production paperwork is the talent release form. It is generally considered a good idea to obtain a release from each person who appears on camera. The form is your way of proving that the person appeared willingly and does not require additional compensation.

To make this form truly binding, you should check with a local lawyer to assist you. Laws will vary based on country and state, so this form is merely provided as a suggestion. Once you have your forms locked in, be sure to print out enough and load them onto a clipboard for your shoot.

If you are taping at a large event, you’ll likely want to explore integrating a general release into the event registration or ticket purchase process. This way you don’t need to worry about capturing releases from all the people who appear on camera. However, you should still get the more detailed release signed for on-camera interviews.

Get more useful forms (and a whole lot more) by reading
Video Made on a Mac


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Premiere Pro 5.0.2 Should be called 5.2

There's a ton of new features in the Premiere Pro update that was recently released. I asked Adobe for a complete list.


Improved Mercury Playback Engine support: Provides support for additional NVIDIA cards: GTX470, Quadro 4000 and Quadro 5000 (all Windows only) 

RED Workflow improvements:
  • Red Rocket support in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: The RED Rocket handles the decoding of RED media on playback, which allows editors to free up the CPU and results in faster decoding. RED media playback also is faster and more responsive, and the CPU is free to handle other processes such as effects.
  • Support for Mysterium X and the latest Color ScienceFixes firmware updates from RED.
  • Easily edit color-graded footage from REDCine-X tools: With its support of RMD files, Adobe Premiere Pro allows you to save video footage color graded in REDCine-X as a RMD file and import directly into Premiere Pro thereby creating a tighter color workflow from camera to edit and making collaboration with others even smoother. 

Native Sony XDCam support:
  • Inclusion of XDCAM 4:2:2 timecode: Allows Adobe Premiere Pro users to see and work with source timecode from XDCAM 422 media.
  • XDCAM-HD Export support: Adds support that makes possible exports to the XDCAM-HD format thereby increasing users’ abilities to export for various uses and target devices.

Native JVC QuickTime support: 
  • Native support for JVC QuickTime movies: Increases support of the QuickTime format by adding the popular JVC tapeless cameras to the list of supported devices.

Enhanced native DPX format support: 
  • Import and export DPX files with timecode: Adobe Premiere Pro users can see and work with timecode data embedded within a DPX frame sequence that allows for even more control when working with the DPX format.

Improved color grading
  • 10-bit Display Port support for Mercury GPU Quadro Cards (Windows only):  Support for 10-bit color output via Mercury GPU Quadro Cards offers users the ability to output and view (with 10-bit capable monitor) full 10-bit color without the requirement for separate video playback hardware. 

Improved audio support
  • Broadcast WAV support: Support for the industry-standard Broadcast WAV audio file format improves Adobe Premiere Pro audio workflows where audio source timecode is of importance. This is of particular use in OMF export where source timecode is often used by the host DAW to sync multiple takes. 

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Pixels in Depth – 182 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explores pixel resolution in Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Be sure to Check Out New Motion Graphics Book

My new motion graphics book is off to the presses!

Almost all motion graphics artists today use After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator to some degree in their projects. But how do they decide which tool is best for the job and how can they utilize the various components in the Creative Suite together for the most efficient and effective workflow? This book cuts to the chase and shows readers an in-depth view of the various components in the Creative Suite as best utilized in professional motion graphics projects. With 4-color artwork from real-life productions sprinkled throughout, this inspiring and practical guide will show intermediate to advanced readers what they need to know to incorporate CS5 in their own work. In the first half of the book, readers learn about design essentials as related to motion graphics, including typography, logo animation, repairing and retiming footage, stylizing footage, background design, 3D objects and cameras, audio design, and vector design. The second half of the book focuses on real-world design explorations including chapters on broadcast package design, title sequences, DVD menu design, motion control 3D, character animation techniques, and panoramic images.The accompanying DVD brings it all together by providing source footage and project files, allowing readers to experiment on their own.

Get it here – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321719697/richardharrin-20/
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Effective Business – Budgeting by Averages


There is an easy formula used by many experienced project managers to estimate the amount of time to be spent on each budget item task. The formula looks like this:

(1O + 4M +1P) ÷ 6

It means one optimistic + four most likely + one pessimistic divided by six. What does that mean? It’s pretty simple: You create a time estimate based on averaging the information you gather. For example, you can approach a graphic designer and ask, "How long would this take?” The answer is not the most likely number. It’s the optimistic number, because if you ask any creative person how long something will take, the answer is an exaggerated number. Let’s say the number is eight hours.Then you say, “Well, if it was anybody else, how long would it take?” And that’s the most likely number. For our formula, let’s use 12 hours.Then ask, "If something goes wrong that you really didn’t count on, what is the worst case scenario?" In this example, use 22 hours.You then plug these values into the formula to get your result: ((1*8) + (4*12) + (1*22) ÷ 6 = 13 hours for the task.This budgeting formula works well when no historical data is available for review. It’s also more accurate if you are able to ask more than one person for time estimates. You can then average multiple answers.



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Red Scarlet – First Look 2008



So... Where is it now? Two and a half years and counting... Maybe IBC?
SIGH.

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Converting CMYK Images – 181 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about the process of converting an RGB image for use in CMYK printing.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Essential Animation Principles in After Effects

When animating object's in After Effects, you need to understand the essential animation properties.

  • Anchor Point (A) – This is the point at which the object rotates or scales. You will often need to adjust the anchor point of the object and move it to a more “natural” rotation point (such as the waist, a joint, a hinge, etc.). The easiest way to adjust Anchor Point is with the Pan Behind tool.
  • Position (P) – This is where the object is located along the X, Y, or Z-axis.
  • Scale (S) – This is the size of the object on the screen. Remember, scaling an object larger than 100 percent will create pixelization in raster objects. If you want to simulate a zoom, press S for Scale to access the scaling controls. To scale all the layers in unison, add a new Null Object to the composition. All the layers can be parented to the Null Object (via the parent Column). Then scale the null to affect all the dependent layers.
  • Rotation (R) – An object can be rotated around its anchor point. It can also be rotated along its X, Y, or Z-axis.
  • Opacity (T) – The lower an object’s opacity the more you can see through it.
  • Animation Assistants – Use your animation assistants to add Ease on the rotation and anchor point keyframes. Click on the word Scale to highlight both scale keyframes. Then choose Keyframe Assistant > Exponential Scale. This powerful assistant will accurately simulate the ballistics of a camera zoom.

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Free Passes to PhotoCine Expo in LA



Want to attend the PhotoCine Expo? I've got 50 free passes to the exhibit floor where you can learn all about the DSLR video revolution that's underway. I'll be there with
Creative COW and teaching a class on creating Timelapse video. The conference is at the Los Angeles Film School on September 25th and 26th 2010.

To get your free pass visit here–
http://photocinenews.com/expo/registration.php
Enter the code
RichardsTix at the bottom of the page and save $15.

Also... check out my class.

Creative Timelapse
Learn how to turn your HDSLR into a timelapse machine.  With the addition of a few simple pieces of equipment, you can capture dynamic action over time.  Even more importantly, you'll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to develop your files and then assemble them in After Effects.  Richard Harrington is the author of Photoshop for Video and the co-author of From Still to Motion: A photographers guide to creating video with your DSLR.



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Peachpit Photo Club Presents Trey Ratcliff


On Tuesday, September 28 at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, join Trey Ratcliff, author of A World in HDR for the next Peachpit Photo Club webcast. High dynamic range (HDR) photography lets you capture the myriad colors and levels of light that you can see in the real world, and the results are amazing photographs that run the gamut from super real to surreal. Explore this fantastic realm of photography through the unique vision of renowned travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. Trey will share his phenomenal HDR photographs as well as all the backstory on the adventurous circumstances of their origin. He'll also reveal the techniques he used to get the final shot, and answer your burning questions!
To keep the creative juices flowing, Photo Club members will receive a fun assignment at the end of the session. Once the assignment is completed, Photo Club members can upload their work to the Peachpit Photo Club Flickr Group where Trey and the Peachpit crew will help critique your work. And of course, there will be a chance for prizes!
Register now.


Also, be sure to check out the From Still to Motion webcast while you are there
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Save for Web & Devices – 180 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington discusses how to take a high res image and get it sized and ready for distribution on the web.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Photoshop Healing Brush

The Healing Brush (J) is designed to correct imperfections in a photo. Similar in handling to the Clone Stamp tool, it successfully hides blemishes by taking cloned pixels and matching the texture, lighting, and shading of the sampled to the original pixels. This can generally produce results in which the repaired pixels blend seamlessly together.

  1. Select the Healing Brush Tool by pressing J.
  2. Select a brush from the Options bar or Brushes panel.
  3. Choose a blending mode. (This can be useful when retouching as to avoid visible cloning.) The Replace option preserves noise and texture at the stroke’s edges.
  4. Choose a source for repairing pixels in the Options bar. The standard source is sampled. Here pixels are taken from the area surrounding your sample point. As the brush moves, the sample point also moves accordingly to ensure variety in the sampled source. The Pattern option uses a pattern from the current pattern library (accessible from a pop-up list).
  5. Specify the tool alignment in the Options bar. If Aligned is selected, the sample point and painting point move parallel as you brush. If you click again and start over, the sample point picks up relative to the current brush position. If Aligned is deselected, the initial sample point is re-used. The second method ensures that you are always sampling from the same area but the first produces more visual variety if using a large textured area.
  6. If you are using the Sampling mode, Option+click (Alt+click) within the current document or another open document set to the same color mode.
  7. The tool functions similarly to the Clone Stamp tool. Paint brush strokes over the area you’d like to heal.

Performance Tips

  • Because the sampled pixels are drawn from before you click, it may be necessary to release and start over occasionally to avoid cloning the problem area.
  • Release the mouse to merge the sampled pixels. The stroke will look strange until then.
  • To get better results on an area with strong contrast, make a selection before using the Healing Brush Tool. The selection should be bigger than the area to be healed and should follow the boundary of high contrast pixels. For example, if healing a person’s face, make a selection over the problem area that excludes the adjacent sky or clothing. This way, when painting with the Healing Brush, the selection will prevent color bleed-in from outside areas.
  • You can clone from all visible layers by specifying Use All Layers. This is useful if you want to clone to an empty layer at the top of your document while sampling from the layers below.



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Printing Dialog Box – 179 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explains how to print in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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A Funny New Photoshop Video



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The Risks of a One-Man Band for Video Crews

If you try to run with a “one-man-band” approach, you’ll likely miss critical action. Be sure to staff appropriately for your shoots.

Thanks to shrinking budgets, we are asked to send out one-person crews all the time. Believe us, we’ve tried it (after all, you can’t say you don’t like Brussels Sprouts if you’ve never eaten them). What we’ve found out is that it’s a terrible idea to shoot alone. So many things can go wrong that if you're by yourself it is impossible to get the job done.

Consider the issues a single-person crew would face:
  • Who will watch the gear if you have to unload and then park?
  • If you do have to fly somewhere for a shoot, excess baggage charges are often more than a second ticket.
  • During the course of a shoot, how will you handle basic biological needs like food and restroom breaks? Walk away and leave your gear unattended and it will likely not be in the same condition when you come back.
  • If you blow a circuit breaker or have talent go missing, the second crew person can resolve the issue.
  • With a one-person crew, if that person gets sick or injured, the shoot is over.

So even if it just means hiring a warm body that’s not going to steal from you, do so. We’ll contact local grip houses, universities, or in a pinch use Craigslist. Spend the $125 and get somebody to be a babysitter of your gear and a gopher for the many needs that arise on set.

Our standard approach is this: We try to use a three-person crew. We send two people from our office and hire one person locally. The local person will usually show up with things like lights and grip gear (which are affordable to rent locally). Our crew shows up with audio and camera equipment, which we know works and we’re familiar with.

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Web Safe Fonts

This is awesome... a colleague of mine Jason Cranford Teague, has posted some great resources about web typography. My favorite is this useful desktop pattern of web safe fonts.



There is also an incredible
directory of fonts installed on Mac and Windows computers.


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Free Digital Video E-books

  • Adobe offers some great primers on video technology. be sure to check these free e-books out.
  • Adobe Digital Video Primer (PDF: 9.8M) Whether you want to understand the differences between analog and digital, how to choose and set up a system that's right for you, or how to prepare and edit your content for delivery in virtually any format, the Adobe Digital Video Primer is a resource you'll use often.
  • Adobe HD Primer (PDF: 1.6M) This primer will help you understand what's involved in making the transition to authoring and distributing high-definition content and how to get the best results out of that transition.
  • Adobe Digital Audio Primer (PDF: 84k) In this primer, we'll introduce the basics of sound so you can work more effectively with Adobe® Audition™ and the rest of your digital audio or video toolkit.
  • Adobe DVD Primer (PDF: 6.3M) This in-depth primer will get you acquainted with DVD technology and teach you how to make your DVD content more dynamic. If you're already creating video productions, it will introduce you to state-of-the-art technologies you can use to repurpose your content for DVD distribution. If you're a beginner you'll find out how you can easily develop and author your own DVDs.
  • Adobe Professional DVD Production with Adobe Encore DVD Primer (PDF: 2.2M) This primer provides background information on the DVD-Video format and explains what makes Adobe Encore® DVD such a powerful application for professional DVD creation.
  • Adobe Streaming Media Primer (PDF: 1019k) The Adobe Streaming Media Primer offers a single comprehensive source for learning everything you ever wanted to know about streaming media — including pitfalls, costs, how-tos, and the basics.
  • Adobe DV Primer for Creative Professionals (PDF: 392k) Thinking about adding video to your repertoire? If you're a graphic designer, web professional, photographer, or other creative professional and you want to start working with video, this Primer is the place to start. You'll learn how video can expand your creative reach, the basics of the technology, and what you'll need to get started.

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Fun at Photoshop World

Here are a few pictures from the TweetUp. By the way... this is me cutting loose (in case you thought it was only about computers and stuff).






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Great Article on DSLR Video Revolution



  • Just read a great article over at Creative COW called DSLRs A Time Exposure by Robert Primes. It is a great look at why even Hollywood is in love with HDSLR cameras.
THE INCITING INCIDENT

At some point in the evolution of today's DSLR, digital replaced film, and low light level photography became astonishingly clear. We saw our world in a whole new way. And then a seemingly innocent event occurred that for some would be the beginning of a whole new style, and for others, would be another nail in the coffin of quality cinematography.

Rather than schlep a real movie camera or camcorder around with your still outfit, wouldn't it be convenient if you could just lock the mirror up and shoot motion synced to audio? Canon added the feature to their marvelous 5D Mark II still camera, almost as an afterthought.

Their normally astute marketers calculated that no more than 3 or 4 percent of users would ever use the feature -- perhaps a few wedding photographers and single-person reporting teams.

Read the whole article herehttp://magazine.creativecow.net/article/dslrs-a-time-exposure
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Automating Tasks with Photoshop Actions



Quickly reapply complex artistic effects to multiple images.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Creative Sepia Tones



Fine-tune sepia tints with gradient maps and blending modes.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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DSLR Video Quick Canon Links

Forgive the short post... off to go teach a new class at Photoshop World.

Here are a few new Canon links to check out

A better way to convert Canon footage? http://16x9cinema.com/blog/2010/8/30/rarevisions-5dtorgb-a-better-way-to-convert-canon-5d-mark-ii.html
New FCP Plugin for Canon? http://www.canonrumors.com/2010/08/canon-updates-eos-e1-video-plug-in/
New Canon Camera – http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20014685-1.html
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Free Plug-In for Apple and Adobe



The Boris Continuum Materials Unit can be used to create a nearly infinite variety of animated backgrounds in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express. The plug-in suite includes 15 Boris Continuum Complete filters that can be stacked or used individually to create abstract animated backgrounds or lifelike footage. For a limited time, Eye Scream Factory and Boris FX have teamed up to offer COW members a fully licensed version of BCC Reptilian, one of the included filters. BCC Reptilian is designed to simulate the look of scaly or spotted animal skin. By adjusting the colors, textures, and lighting, you can create an amazing variety of effects. Download the Reptilian Filter

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Photoshop Clone Stamp

The Clone Stamp can produce predictable and accurate results with just a little practice. It works by sampling pixels from one area of an image and painting them in another.



This technique goes beyond copy and paste, however, because it uses the flexibility of Photoshop’s Brush palette. This allows you to adjust the size and hardness of the brush as well as the opacity of the stroke.


  1. Select the Clone Stamp tool by pressing S.
  2. Select a brush from the Options bar or Brushes panel.
  3. Specify the tool alignment in the Options bar. If Aligned is selected, the sample point and painting point move parallel as you brush. If you click again and start over, the sample point picks up relative to the current brush position. If Aligned is deselected, the initial sample point is re-used. The second method ensures that you are always sampling from the same area but the first produces more visual variety if using a large textured area.
  4. Option+click (Alt+click) within the current document, or another open document (set to the same color mode). This defines the source point for sampled pixel data.
  5. Click and start to paint as if you were using the Brush Tool (you are essentially sampling pixels from one area and painting them into another). The sampled pixels are drawn from before you click. Therefore, it may be necessary to release and start over occasionally to avoid cloning the problem area. If using Photoshop CS4 or later, you’ll also see a preview of the pixels you are painting.


Performance Tips

  • Try cloning at a lower opacity from several different places to fill in a problem area. This way you can avoid too much repetition in the pattern.
  • Try to “follow the line” by looking for edges to follow in the image. Straight lines such as creases in clothing are easier to follow than random spots. Look to follow the natural curves and linear paths that are present.
  • You can clone from all visible layers by specifying Use All Layers. This is useful if you want to clone to an empty layer at the top of your document while sampling from the layers below.
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How Everyone Can Create Better Video



An Interview with me.

"Author and video expert Richard Harrington discusses his efforts to bring superior video techniques to the rest of us. Rich discusses getting it right from the ground up, from camera set-up to final production, why so many users want to use greenscreen, and why the tools you have on the desktop are more than adequate."
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How to Make an iBook Using Apple iWork

So just yesterday, Apple announced a free update to its iWork software. The newest version allows for the export of ePub files (which happen to work great as iBooks and can be easily converted into files for Kindle and Nook readers). To test things out, I decided to give it a whirl. I took an old chapter from a book and a few movie files (yes... video IS supported on the iPad and other iOS devices).

Installing an ePub File


I whipped up my first ebook (you can download it here). To install the file, do the following.

1. Download the ePub file and unzip it.

2. Connect your iOS device.

3. Launch iTunes.

4. Drag the file onto your device.
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5. Launch iBooks and select your book.


Creating an ePub File

Now... here's the QUICK tutorial on how to make one with Apple Pages.... I promise a detailed tutorial next week (but I had to get this out there).

1. Download this template file –
http://images.apple.com/support/pages/docs/ePub_Best_Practices_EN.zip

2. Open the file and fill in your content. Be sure to use the styles drawer to use proper formatting.


3. Add photos or media files (such as audio or video). Stick with iPad compatible formats like MP4 and MP3. You can convert your files using iTunes.

4. When finished choose File > Export.

5. Choose the ePub format and enter details.


6. Click Next and choose a destination, then click Export.

For more... see this support document –
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4168

For more on using Pages and iWork, be sure to check out the
Apple Training Series book.


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Fine-Tuning Photoshop Filters



Learn several fading techniques that help you get the most out of standard Photoshop filters.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Repairing Damage With Photoshop:Heal or Patch?

I find that most users quickly master the Clone Stamp tool. Unfortunately many become truly stumped by its two cousins, the Healing Brush tool and the Patch tool. Knowing when to turn from cloning to healing and patching is an important distinction.

  • The Healing Brush (J) is a tool that is designed to correct imperfections in a photo.
  • The Patch Tool uses similar technology as the Healing Brush, but Patch is better suited to fixing larger problems or empty areas.

To see the full tutorial, head on over to
TipSquirrel.


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New Photoshop CS5 Podcasts Released

If you are a podcast subscriber... PLEASE RE-SUBSCRIBE.

We had to change hosting companies... you'll find that we've posted a BUNCH of new episodes in iTunes. We have 72 new episodes in the can... so don't miss out!



http://tinyurl.com/uappodcast



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Free Font Converter



Have an old font that's not working right? Maybe it's PC-only and you're on a Mac. Here's a free service to convert fonts –

FreeFontConverter.com allows you to quickly convert between many font formats without the hassle of installing any software on your computer. Our service works on any operating system including Windows, Mac and Linux. Our font converting service works for all of the common font formats including TrueType (.ttf), OpenType (.oft) and PostScript (.ps). We can also convert many of the less well known font formats including Suitcase (.suit) and Data Fork (.dfont) fonts.

Thanks to
Rod Harlan for pointing this one out.
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Panoramic Layout Options

You can choose from five different layout options when creating a panoramic photo with the Photomerge command. Each method interprets the panoramic photos differently.

  • Auto: With this method, Photoshop first analyzes your source images. It then applies either the Perspective, Cylindrical, and Spherical layout option. Photoshop attempts to choose which method to use that will produce a better photomerge.
  • Perspective: This method creates a composition by designating one of the source images as the center of the panoramic image. Photoshop generally picks the middle image, then transforms the other images around it. Photoshop will stretch and skew images as needed to overlap the layers and blend them together.
  • Cylindrical: The cylindrical layout option works best for creating very wide panoramic images. The source images are overlapped in a way that looks like an unfolded cylinder.
  • Spherical: The spherical option is best-suited for 360 degree panoramas. The images are mapped to the inside of a sphere and can create a seamless image for use in specialty applications like multimedia or animation.
  • Collage: This method only changes rotation or scale in order to overlap the content.
  • Reposition: This method only changes the alignment of images, but does not transform (stretch or skew) any of the source layers.

Check out our Panoramic Training Here


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My 360˚ Panoramic Action



A while back I made an action that is designed to create a seamless loop for properly shot 360˚ photos. People seem to be unable to find it (as its the number one search result for my site). So here it is again.


  1. Download the action here
  2. Double click the file Panoramicsrev3.atn to load it.
  3. Switch to Photoshop.
  4. Complete your 360˚ panorama using the Photomerge command.
  5. Choose Window > Actions to view the Actions panel.
  6. Select the Seamless Loop action in the Actions panel. If necessary click the disclosure triangle next to the Panoramics set.
  7. When ready, click the Play button at the bottom of the Actions panel. Photoshop runs a series of steps to complete the seamless loop action.
  8. Crop the bottom and top of the panoramic image to taste, but be careful not to adjust the sides of the image.





Check out our Panoramic Training Here

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Understanding Adobe Camera Raw

UAP Using Camera Raw


Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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After Effects Material Controls are Often Overlooked



In the rush to design, many motion graphic artists skip the advanced controls inside the Material Options category. These are essential as the refine how a 3D light interacts with your 3D layer. The properties that affect appearance the most are Diffuse, Specular, Shininess, and Metal.

The only changes made to the scene above were modifications to the Material Options. No other settings with lights were modified. The Material Options are powerful controls that are often overlooked. When you're first exploring Material Options, try lowering or raising their values one property at a time.

  1. To start, drop all of the values to 0% to remove the effect of the lights.
  2. Next slowly increase the Specular value. This will add a hotspot to your layer (it may get quite blown out). This value controls how reflective the layer is. The bigger the number the brighter the reflection.
  3. Raise the Shininess property which will cause the light to show specular highlights. The bigger the number the smaller the highlight.
  4. Use the Diffuse property to soften the results generated by the Specular and Shininess properties. This will soften the transition between lights and darks.
  5. Raising metal property will lower the color distinction between the darker areas and the highlight, but the highlight will still be brighter. It also affects how much the layer's color influences the color of the reflection.


From the new Adobe Press book – Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

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Creating 3D in Illustrator with the Revolve Command

The revolve command can take a vector line and sweep its path into a circular direction. This can be used to create a 3D object. For best results draw your line facing with its curve pointing to the right (the lines are anchored on the left edge). Once the object is created, you can reposition it with the same Position controls found in the Bevel and Extrude effect.

1. Select an object or line inside of Adobe Illustrator.


A line or a shape is all you need to create a 3D object. By default, the extrusion will rotate around the left edge so position the vector object accordingly.

2. Choose Effect > 3D > Revolve. Check the Preview box so you can see the effect update as you make changes.



With the Preview box checked, changes will update so you can experiment more easily. For complex objects, the screen may take a moment to redraw.
By default, Illustrator revolves objects around the left edge. You can change this to the right edge using the from pop-up.

3. If you object has a fill, you can use the cap command to make it appear solid or hollow.


4. Use the Angle property to set the number of degrees to revolve the path. While you can use any number between 0 and 360, I typically start with 360˚.

With the Preview box checked, changes will update so you can experiment more easily. For complex objects, the screen may take a moment to redraw. You can use the Offset slider to expand the path to create a ring-shaped object.



If you experiment with this effect, some pretty cool options are possible. Try using a dashed line and creating an irregular path. In this case a basket shape is possible and you can create abstract 3D objects for motion graphics work. Technique adapted from RC Concepcion.

From the new Adobe Press book –
Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques


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After Effects Stacking Order Matters


Things can get tricky when you start to layer 2D and 3D layers in the same timeline. As a designer, you need to understand how After Effects interprets things so you can build your compositions correctly.
  • When working in 2D, the highest layer in the Timeline is in front of all the other layers. The lowest layer is behind them.
  • 3D layers are stacked based on their Z‑position value (assuming the camera is pointing at their fronts). This means that the object closest to the Active camera is in front of the other layers. This is true even if the layer is at the bottom of Timeline stacking order.
  • Track and Alpha mattes must always be immediately on top of the layer they are matting. This is true for both 2D and 3D layers.
  • Layer blend modes still follow the stacking order in the Timeline.
  • 2D layers mixed with 3D layers are ordered by their spot in the Timeline stack.
  • If two or more 3D layers have overlapping z‑position values, After Effects uses their Timeline stacking order to determine top position.

If you want to keep a logo bug or other element always on top of your 3D layers it's easy. Just place the element on the topmost layer in After Effects and don't enable the 3D switch. You can also do the same for a background layer that you want behind all your 3D layers. Just put a standard 2D layer at the very bottom of the timeline.

From the new Adobe Press book –
Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

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Master Photoshop Transparency

One of Photoshop’s greatest powers lies in its ability to preserve complex transparency. By employing masks, both in layers and embedded into the saved files as alpha channels, this transparency data can travel seamlessly into the nonlinear editing (NLE) or motion-graphics environment.

Want a free excerpt from the new edition of Photoshop for Video?

Learn about layer masks, alpha channels, and selections —
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1617518




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Adobe Output Module & Bridge – 178 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explains this companion program to Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Free Music for Video Projects

A nice source to find royalty free or public domain licensed music you might want to check out http://freemusicarchive.org/

"The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.
Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era. Are you a podcaster looking for pod-safe audio? A radio or video producer searching for instrumental bed music that won't put your audience to sleep? A remix artist looking for pre-cleared samples? Or are you simply looking for some new sounds to add to your next playlist? The Free Music Archive is a resource for all that and more, and unlike other websites, all of the audio has been hand-picked by established audio curators."
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Canon 7D vs. Barbie Video Girl



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Automating Tasks with Photoshop Actions



Quickly reapply complex artistic effects to multiple images.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Teaching at Motion Conference in Santa Fe

I'm teaching a class at this year's Motion conference. The Terrific Trio: Combining Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, & Photoshop Extended

October 16, 2010 8:30 am at motion{u} :: santa fe

As a motion graphics designer, you'll use After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator to some degree in every project. But how do you decide which tool is best for the job and how can you use them together for the most efficient and effective workflow?

This workshop cuts to the chase and teaches advanced techniques for all three applications (no matter what your experience level is with each). You'll learn essential techniques including typography, repairing and retiming footage, stylizing footage, background design, and 3D objects.

Learn how to integrate After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator for an efficient and effective workflow. Topics include:
  • Pixels and Vectors: Mastering Resolution
  • Typography for the Screen
  • Repairing, Stylizing and Retiming Footage
  • Perfect Loops: Designing Backgrounds
  • Creating and Importing 3D Objects
  • Check Your Sources: Organizing Files for Animation
  • Mastering Transparency: Perfect Masks and Alpha Channels
  • DVD and BD Menu Design
  • Motion Control 3D
  • Virtual Sets with Panoramic Photos

Pre-register today –
http://motion.motion.tv/schedule/sessions/motionusf-10-16-10/



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Using the Image Processor – 177 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington explains how the image processor script provides an easy way to batch process several images.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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I'll be at the IBC Conference


For all the European geeks... I'll be teaching at the IBC conference in Amsterdam September 11 & 12.

  • Producing HDSLR Video Shoots - Essential Planning for Successful Productions
  • Motion Control 3D: Adding Perspective and Movement to Photos
  • Photoshop for Video Professionals
  • Motion Graphics Workflow with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Transcoding and Editing Strategies for HDSLR Post Production

Hope to see you there!

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Creating Image Galleries with Adobe Bridge



Quickly review, arrange, and output images to PDF and the web.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Pre-Processing for Video-Sharing Sites

There are hundreds of websites that offer embeddable players based on Flash technology. For many, this is a key way to embed content on their website and share with others. In this case, you are using the hosting services of the video-sharing site as well as their embeddable players.

While many take a role the dice approach, we believe in pre-processing clips before we upload. By taking matters into your own hands, you can get better looking clips in the final player. You can also get around some of the file size limits that can impede the duration of the video.

Let's take a look at two of the most popular services, YouTube and Facebook. The techniques discussed however can be applied to many other sites as well.
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"The Drive" by Victoria Taylor-Gore



A nice piece by a colleague that merges artistic styles.

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Fading a Filter — 176 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington discusses how the fade command works. It is available on all versions of Photoshop, and is considered a very flexible tool.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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A Great Article on Filmmaking Apps for the iOS

Here's a great article on cool application for the iPhone and iPad. Twenty-two apps that help video pros and filmmakers.

"The iPad and iPhone have taken the world by storm. Only very recently have filmmakers started to see their potential in a production environment. The iPad has only been out a few months and we are already seeing it used in some very creative ways.

For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps that our Deal Leader Steve Jobs has approved for the App Store. As more filmmakers explore the possibilities with these powerful mobile devices, we are sure this list will continue to grow"

Get the whole article here – http://filmmakeriq.com/2010/07/22-filmmaking-apps-for-the-ipad-iphone/

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Tablet Techniques for the Mixer Brush in Photoshop



Interactively blend canvas colors with lifelike painting strokes.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Bad Movie Poster Touchup


Gotta love when they decide a movie poster is too risqué. "Fixed" it on one part of the page, but not the other. Even take out some of the blood. I Spit On Your Grave.... which just screams for a remake due to its dramatic use of cinematic undertones and a compelling message of a woman's struggle. (WHY?)- Burn Hollywood.... Burn.



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New Digital Camera Update from Apple

Apple releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 for Canon Olympus Panasonic, and Sony http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1072


About Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3
This update extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09 for the following cameras:
  • Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
  • Olympus E-PL1
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
  • Samsung NX10
  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
  • Sony Alpha NEX-3
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5

Get it here


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Smart Filters – 175 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about how to take your filter collection even further.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Active Cameras Switching in After Effects

Many don't realize that they have the ability to add multiple cameras to a 3D composition. This makes experimentation easier as you can try out different camera moves without throwing the previous away. As you design, you can look through any camera you want with the 3D View Popup.

You can trim the layer handles for the camera to control when a camera becomes active.

The gotcha is that only the Active Camera will render. Which one's active? The answer is it depends:
  • If you have two overlapping cameras, the one on top of the layer stack takes precedence.
    • If you want to edit between cameras, you can adjust the in and out points in the timeline. Then sequence the camera layers so you can cut between them.

From the new Adobe Press book –
Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

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Stabilizing Handheld Shots Technique

If you have to shoot your panoramic images without a tripod, you’ll need to adjust your handheld shooting technique.



Try wrapping the camera strap around your elbow. This allows you to place tension on the strap so it is taut. The tension is a useful way to constrain the camera movement and make it more an extension of your body.
  1. Hold the camera in front of your body so its strap hangs downward.
  2. Slip your arm through the strap so it goes just past your elbow.
  3. Wrap your hand around the outside edge of the strap and grab the camera body.
  4. Press your elbow into the strap to increase tension on the strap and stabilize the camera.


To pan the camera smoothly, you’ll need to properly position your body.
  1. Square your body up with your subject.
  2. Spread your feet shoulder-width apart.
  3. Rotate at the waist and twist body while keeping your shoulders and camera in close to your body.


Check out our Panoramic Training Here

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Refining Selections Edges



Precisely preview and adjust difficult selections. Output your results to a new layer, mask, or document to creatively combine the selection with new backgrounds.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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On-Camera Interview Tips

  • Have talent/interviewee bring an alternate set of clothing.
  • Herringbone, stripes, or small patterns do not look good on camera.
  • Keep jewelry simple.
  • Do not allow interviewees to wear bright white. Cream, eggshell, or light gray are preferred.
  • Utilize a make-up artist. People give a better interview when they look good. Decision-makers favor approval copies when their people look professional.
  • Maintain eye contact throughout the interview.
  • “Edit in the Camera.” Encourage short answers and come back to topics again. Better to focus on good, tight answers, than trying to cobble together six takes to make your point.
  • Avoid enumeration or the phrase “Like I said before.” It is highly likely that you may use step three, without steps one and two. You also wouldn’t be asking the question again, if you were happy with what the answer was “before.”
  • Don’t be afraid to stop and start over. Do not let an answer ramble on. Smiles and nods encourage subjects that they are ‘on-target.’
  • Relax.



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Photo Effects – 174 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about using styles to create image effects.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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blipt.tv Review


One of our favorite services has to be blip.tv. This robust site let’s you publish your video to many outlets (including nontraditional ones like TiVo and internet connected TVs). In fact the company claims that its network “reaches more than 80% of Americans on the Internet and a growing number of television households.”

We really like how flexible blip.tv is in that you can choose your distribution format. You have options to use Flash, MPEG-4, QuickTime, and more. Their player is also highly customizable and can be fully branded to your site or brand.

The service has both a free version and a paid version at $8 per month. The paid version offers priority encoding so your files are available in multiple formats. This is a great feature as it lets others re-syndicate your content using a player of their choice. The control panel for the site is very robust, and gives you complete control over targeting specific networks and social media sites.


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PanosFX Actions

While working on my latest Photoshop book, I did some research on Actions. I was looking for some new examples of actions that push the boundaries of what Photoshop can do. I came across several beautiful actions created by Panos FX.

From postcards and filmstrips to paper and sketch effects. These actions are great, they produce powerful results and are flexible enough to create several looks. The website has more than 30 free actions and the powerful ones for sale are very affordable. Be sure to check out their many products to build up your Photoshop toolbox. If you did pick up the new book, be sure to look on the DVD for some additional free actions.



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Retouching Images with Puppet Warp



Use a visual mesh that keeps key areas in place to perform everything from subtle image retouching to total transformations.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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How we use Drobos at RHED Pixel

We've been using storage systems from Drobo in our shop for quite some time now. We've got the entire office wired so we can share HD video projects to any workstation. We've also been backing up files from our HD shoots with Drobo Pros. We've been quite happy with the arrangement and Drobo asked us to explain our workflow.

You can check it out here –
http://drobo.com/resources/vm_video-storage.php



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Type Effects – 173 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about cool effects you can do using text, and how to combine it with layer styles.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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How To Avoid Bad Powerpoint

Seven Deadly Sins of PowerPoint

  1. Too few slides
    2 Too many words
    3 No ‘road signs’ (where are you going?)
    4 Reliance on gimmicks (skip sound effects)
    5 Ignoring design
    6 Not rehearsing
    7 Forgetting your audience

The Rules of Presentation Design


  • Limit fonts used
    • Use a heavy font
    • Avoid stock templates
    • 3-7 bullets per page
    • A bullet is 2-5 words
    • Readability test, (stand 15 feet away from the screen, can you read it easily)
    • Design for the back of the room
    • Create your own templates
    • Use builds or simple animations to bring bullets on line by line
    • Justification & capitalization (be consistent)
    • Consider screen vs. print
    • Use transparency
    • Ease to change
    • With multiple presenters, utilize a style guide and templates
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IN-DEPTH HDR PRO in Photoshop CS5



Get the best HDR output from the updated options in Photoshop CS5.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Free Windows Media Encoder


Windows Media Encoder is dead... In it's place is the Expression Encoder 4. There's a ton of new features, but the biggest for me is that it finally recognizes QuickTime files. If you are on a Mac, you'll need to run it under VMWare or BootCamp. But it's a free application (with a more advanced version for free). Be sure to check it out —
http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Encoder4_Overview.aspx

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Color Correction and Enhancement

Free Chapter for my new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: Color Correction and Enhancement http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1613316

"Learning how to spot problems in your images and then choosing the right correction technique is an essential part of mastering Photoshop. Richard Harrington describes the most important tools and shows you how to use them to make the best color correction and enhancement choices.

The primary purpose of Photoshop is to act as a digital darkroom where images can be corrected, enhanced, and refined. How do you know an image needs touch-up? You can pretty much assume every image can look a little (or even a lot) better than how the camera captured it. Whether it’s adjusting the exposure, increasing contrast, or boosting saturation, Photoshop is the place to improve an image."

Check out the free lesson
here.
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TubeMogul Review


The OneLoad service from TubeMogul (www.TubeMogul.com) offers both a robust free version (which allows for 100 videos per month) and a scaled paid service with advanced features for large publishers (priced at $50 per month and up). The principal benefit here is that it offers a single point for deploying videos to the top video and social networking sites.

You first set up accounts at any of the 30 sites supported by TubeMogul. You then upload a video to TubeMogul’s site and it is sent onto the other sites. This means you need to spend a little time setting things up, but once you’ve published more than two videos, this method is substantially faster. The site also offers detailed analytics (for supported sites), that can show real-time viewership, geographic tracking, stream quality and more.
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Warped Text – 172 UAP Warped Text – UAP 172



Instructor Richard Harrington explains the warped text options in Photoshop. Warped text allows you to make custom effects for your text.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 - Teaser Video



Very cool physical simulation for computer animation. It's amazing what's possible these days.

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Video and Audio Codec Guides



Looking for a good comparison of audio and video codecs. We've found a great comparison of digital video, audio, and graphic formats. They've also got some great shortcut guides posted for Avid and Final Cut Studio applications.
http://worldwide-studios.com/Worldwide_Studios/Resources.html

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Free 3D Textures for Photoshop Extended


Want more free textures for Photoshop Extended? Be sure to check out the free ones posted by Adobe.

http://www.adobe.com/go/ps3dcontent

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The Tragedy of Trajan

My Comic Sans post got me thinking.... about other over used fonts...

I must admit... I'm guilty of this one... Trajan.

Which is apparently the #1 font for movie posters.



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Safari Extensions Coming Soon




Looks like Apple is making it easier to find Safari extension soon. The Firefox community is already pretty vibrant in this regard and I look forward to more coming out for my favorite browser.

Apple sent out an email today asking for submission to their "Safari Extensions Gallery".

We'll soon be launching the Safari Extensions Gallery, a new destination that provides you with an opportunity to increase the visibility of your Safari extension beyond your website.
The Safari Extensions Gallery will feature selected extensions that offer an innovative user experience. And a one-click installation process will allow users to seamlessly install extensions from a developer’s website without ever having to leave the Gallery. MacRumors.com has early extensions that have already been released.

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Render and Email in After Effects

After Effects supports scripts which can automate complex tasks. One of those scripts can actually render a file then email you upon completion. If you’re a tech geek, the gears in your head are already spinning. Just think, the leash has been cut! You are free to leave and relax while your machine churns away.

  1. Open up your General Preferences and be sure that the Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network box is checked.
  2. Add your files to the Render Queue like normal.
  3. Choose File > Run Script > render_and_email.jsx, you will now be prompted for your email settings.
  4. Enter server smtp address: such as mail.mac.com, click OK
  5. Enter the reply to address: such as the email you want to use to send the message.
  6. If your server required log-in (most do), click YES and enter your ID and password. Click OK.
  7. Enter the recipients email address. Click OK
  8. An email with the subject AE Render complete will be sent when the queue is finished.

How cool is that?

If you have an iPhone... you can also checkout apps like
LogMeIn and iTeleport to actually view (and control) your screen from your mobile device. I've actually set up rendered files and sent them via YouSendIt to clients remotely.

Into AE? Be sure to check out two new books – 
Photoshop for Video (Fourth Edition) and Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques
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The History of Comic Sans

This is a great short video about the history of Comic Sans and is told by the font's designer. It's really quite funny and he has a great sense of humor about it all.



And a little more followup.



Maybe I'll use it on a client project ;)
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Now I Really Want a BMW



BMW introduces the next level of automotive consumer electronic device integration by supporting Apple's new iPod Out functionality. The new feature allows applications on Apple devices to be controlled and experienced with the iDrive interface concept.

Of course my kids would probably destroy it.... maybe they's loan me one.


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Two Render Tips for AE

Here are two quick tips to give you more control when you need to stop or re-render an item in After Effects.

A Better Stop


Normally when you click Stop on an item in the render queue, it adds it to the bottom of the list and will pick up where it left off. That may be what you want, but often you intended to bust the render, tweak it, and re-render. To stop a render and re-queue it to begin at the beginning, hold down the Option (Alt) key when clicking Stop Render. This will avoid the pickup and add the item to be re-rendered from the start of the original output settings.

Need to Re-render?

For one reason or another, it always happens, the need to re-render. Perhaps a small tweak to a keyframe or a timing issue. Chances are while your animation may have needed refining, the render queue was perfect. Save yourself some time and Re-queue that animation.

  1. Select a previously rendered animation.
  2. Press Command + Shift + D (Control + Shift + D) to duplicate the render item with the same settings and output name. This will rewrite over the previous file to the exact same destination.
  3. Save your work, then click Render when ready to output.

Into AE? Be sure to check out two new books – 
Photoshop for Video (Fourth Edition) and Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques
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One of My New Favorite Sites

One of my new favorite resource sites is dpBestflow.org produced by the American Society of Media Photographers and funded by the Library of Congress. This site contains a ton of great information about workflow, digital imaging, and photography. It's also totally free.



The purpose of dpBestflow™ is twofold:
  • To create guidelines for refined production workflows, archiving methods, and best practices for digital photography based on a variety of capture methods and intended image use. The guidelines will be developed on the basis of research, analysis of software products and other tools targeted at professional photographers.
  • To publish the dpBestflow™ as a website open to the public. The adoption of the dpBestflow™ guidelines will be promoted to the professional photography community and the public through programming at industry trade shows and a nationwide series of training events at ASMP chapters, trade shows, and educational institutions.


Be sure to check out the site... it's really great. –
www.dpbestflow.org
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Creating Custom Actions in Photoshop

If you’re a Photoshop enthusiast or professional, you should really be using Photoshop actions. Photoshop is an extremely efficient program, but you’re truly missing out if you don’t learn how to use its automation features.

Photoshop Actions record a series of commands for playback on future images. They can be used to generate extremely complex results. Actions should seem pretty appealing, let’s learn how to create your own.

You must first create a set to hold your personal actions. Sets hold actions, and there’s no limit to how many actions can be placed into a set or how many sets you can load. Let’s give it a try.

See the full article here for free

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Five More Timelapse Shots

Timelapse Technical Demo from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.



Here are five more shots... I've been experimenting with new techniques. Some subtle and not so subtle things here. Comments welcome.

Learn how to make timelapse clips
here.

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Free Online Crash Course on Photoshop CS5

My presentation on Photoshop CS5 from Adobe's booth at NAB. A highly condensed presentation with lots of info.

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You can see it here too –
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-at-nab-2010/adobe-photoshop-cs5-for-video/

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Seattle Skyline Timelapse



GEAR USED
Nikon D300S
Really Right Stuff L-Bracket and Ballhead
Manfrotto Tripod
Nikkor 50 mm 1.8
Nikon MC-36 Intervalometer

Processed in After Effects (see tutorial)

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Two New Photoshop Books



Both of my Photoshop books are fully updated (and released!)

Amazon has a combo deal.. get both books for $67

That's a ton of training, hundreds of hands-on files. 72 training videos and more.

See this page here – http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Adobe-Photoshop-CS5-Professionals/dp/0321714261/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3

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I'm Coming to Europe to Teach!


I'll be speaking at this year's IBC conference in Amsterdam in September. – http://www.ibc.org/page.cfm/link=299

"A 2-day training event in multiple tracks geared for production and post-production professionals in TV, video, film, motion graphics and new media. The conference features the latest advanced tips and techniques in producing, editing and delivering digital content.

Sessions are geared for intermediate to advanced TV, video, film and motion graphics attendees and are focused on digital video production techniques as well as post production using Apple, Avid and Adobe creative software tools.

Sessions are objective and are taught by FMC's world renowned team of Certified Instructors, power users and authors."


Here's the schedule – http://www.fmceurope.com/schedule.htm
Sign up here – http://www.ibc.org/page.cfm/Link=276/t=m/goSection=3

Hope to see some of you there.

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Sign Up for Creating DSLR Video at Photoshop World



Interested in DSLR Video? Like Vegas? Don't miss my workshop at this years Photoshop World.
http://photoshopworld.com/optional-pre-conference-workshops/
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Keynote for iPad –Animating Photos on a Slide Part 6

Did you miss part 5? Keynote for iPad – Animate a Chart, Graph, or Table on a Slide

Animating photos on a slide is an easy process with Keynote. There are two major approaches you can employ. You can use builds to add or remove elements from a slide. You can also use the Magic Move transition to create more elaborate animations.

Let's explore the build process.

1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap a photo on the Canvas that you want to animate.

Buttons appear near the object, indicating any build effect that has already been applied. If no build effect has been applied, both the build in and build out buttons are labeled “None.”

Design Tip
Be sure your photos are high enough resolution. You'll typically want to size them so they are double the size of your design canvas. For Keynote on the iPad, make sure your pictures are at between 2,000–4,000 pixels wide. This will give you flexibility to size or zoom an image.

3. You can now choose to add an effect that reveals (build in) or removes (build out) the chart. Tap the “Build in” or “Build out” button, depending on how you'd like the chart to move onto or off of the slide. The Build In or Build Out window appears.

4. Tap the name of an effect from the Build In or Build Out window. You can scroll to choose from any of 13 effects for chart or graph builds.

Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Build In or Build Out window to repeat the preview.

5. Once you've selected an animation in the Build In or Build Out window, you can customize it.
  • To change the duration of a build, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. You can then drag the duration slider to adjust the speed of the animation.
    • Many effects in the Build In window have additional options such as direction or Up and Down choices.

• To specify when a build starts, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. On Tap begins the animation when you tap the slide. After Transition lets you set a time interval with the Delay slider.You may need to scroll in the window to see all options.

Changing the Order of Builds

As you add multiple builds to a slide, you'll notice that they have numbers that indicate their build order on the slide. The build in numbers are yellow and the build out numbers are black.
The default numbering is based on the order that you added the animations. You have complete control however and can reorder things, as you like.
  1. Select any object on the canvas that you've applied a build to.
    2 Tap the animate button in the toolbar.
    3 Tap an existing Build In or Build Out button.
    4 In the Build In or Build Out window, tap the Order button. The numbers on the slide and in the window indicate the order of animation.
    5 In the Build Order window, touch and hold the right end of an item. You can now drag it to a new position.

If you see three yellow-colored dots on the upper-right corner of a slide thumbnail (in the slide navigator) it means that a build has been applied to a slide.
Interleaving Builds

In Keynote, you can interleave animation elements, so that multiple events take place concurrently. For example, you can have a block of text and a photo animate concurrently. You can change the order in which objects move on and off a slide at any time, even interspersing

In order to interleave a build, you must have more than one Build animation applied.
  1. Select any object on the canvas that you've applied a build to.
    2 Tap the animate button in the toolbar.
    3 Tap an existing Build In or Build Out button.
    4 In the Build In or Build Out window, tap the Options button.
    5 Choose one of the following options to link two animations together.


  • With Build # – Let's two builds happen at the same time. You can also set a delay for the second object with the Delay slider.
    After Build # – Let's you create a hierarchical relationship. One build occurs immediately after the other finishes. Again, you can set a delay for the second object with the Delay slider.

To preview the animation, click the Play button in the Build In or Build Out window.

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Color Grading Footage In Adobe Photoshop Extended



Learn how to adjust the color and exposure of video clips using Adobe Photoshop Extended.

From the book From Still to Motion
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Creating Timelapse Movies with a DSLR and After Effects

Creating Timelapse Movies with a DSLR and After Effects from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.



Learn how to create Timelapse movies with your DSLR camera and Adobe After Effects. Join Richard Harrington as he shows you how to create pans and zooms while controlling the speed of the shot as well.

From the book and DVD "From Still to Motion: A photographers guide to creating video with your DSLR."

Photos by Jim Ball

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Are You a Teacher? How to Request Free Review Copies from Peachpit Press.


Are you a teacher? Consider our books for your class. Four to choose from

Here's how to request a free desk copy.
http://www.peachpit.com/academics/academics_detail.aspx?st=67280
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Keynote for iPad – Animate a Chart, Graph, or Table on a Slide Part 5

Did you miss part 4? Keynote for iPad – Creating Builds to Reveal Text

Keynote offers stunning 3D and 2D charts and graphs that can really bring your data to life. When you combine Keynote's animation controls with your charts, the audience can really visualize the data you're presenting.

1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap a chart of graph on the Canvas that you want to animate.

Buttons appear near the object, indicating any build effect that has already been applied. If no build effect has been applied, both the build in and build out buttons are labeled “None.”

3. You can now choose to add an effect that reveals (build in) or removes (build out) the chart. Tap the “Build in” or “Build out” button, depending on how you'd like the chart to move onto or off of the slide. The Build In or Build Out window appears.

4. Tap the name of an effect from the Build In or Build Out window. You can scroll to choose from any of 13 effects for chart or graph builds.


Design Tip
While there are several effects to choose from, a few work particularly well for charts and graphs. Be sure to try our Scale, Pop, Dissolve, and Move In. Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Build In or Build Out window to repeat the preview.

5. Once you've selected an animation in the Build In or Build Out window, you can customize it.
  • To change the duration of a build, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. You can then drag the duration slider to adjust the speed of the animation.
    • Many effects in the Build In window have additional options such as direction or Up and Down choices.

  • To specify when a build starts, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. On Tap begins the animation when you tap the slide.
    After Transition lets you set a time interval with the Delay slider. You may need to scroll in the window to see all options.

  • To build a chart or graph by segment or series, click the Delivery button. Depending upon how you're data is displayed; you'll see options like By Wedge, By Series, By Set, and more.

Design Tip
Be sure to experiment with the Delivery options. By controlling the pace and order that your data displays, you can better guide your audience through the presentation.

Be sure to read Part 6 – Keynote for iPad – Animating Photos on a Slide
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Photoshop CS5 Puppet Warp



Learn how to create Puppet Warps in Photoshop CS5.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Worldwide Photo Walk




I will be leading a DC-area event for the Worldwide Photo Walk. The event is a fun few hours of shooting pictures and meeting other photographers. There's a few spots left for the July 24th event (it's free).

Meeting Location & Time
Vienna Community Center (10:00am - 12:30pm)
120 Cherry St SE, Vienna, VA- USA

After the walk, meet at: Church Street Pizza‎- 115 Church Street NE, Vienna

Sign up here.
http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/vienna-va-usa-vienna-community-center/

Sign up in your neighborhood too
http://worldwidephotowalk.com/

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New Final Cut Pro Training DVD

Join Apple certified trainer Richard Harrington as he takes you through the color correction features of Final Cut Pro. As a leading author, trainer and presenter, Rich cuts to the chase, giving you access to the most important information fast.

Final Cut Pro's Color Corrector is the first wave of color tools. Whether its because of time of budget, you'll often need to get your project right inside of Final Cut Pro. Addiitionally, most of the work you can do in Final Cut Pro will translate to Apple Color if needed. Being able to improve your footage in a fast and efficient manner improves your rough cuts, and helps speed client approval!

Richard is an expert at motion graphic design and digital video. Since 2003, he has been the manager for conferences for the National Association of Broadcasters. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first to focus on the use of the masterful Photoshop within the world of video production. He is also a contributing editor for Final Cut Pro on the Spot, Video Made on a Mac, and From Still to Motion.

The master series DVD includes hands-on practice files. So instead of watching, you can actually get real practice. There is also extra footage with which you can practice. The movies are also in an iPad/iPod compatible format so you can carry your lessons around easily!

Richard Harrington's Final Cut Pro Color Correction by Richard Harrington
SALE! PRE-ORDER NOW! Ships July 1st.

List Price: $49.95 COW Price: $39.95

Get it here –
http://store.creativecow.net/p/80/richard_harringtons_final_cut_pro_color_correction

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Keynote for iPad – Creating Builds to Reveal Text Part 4

Did you miss part 3? Keynote for iPad – Designing with Magic Move

The most common style of animation on a slide is a build, an animation that sequentially reveals the slide content. When used appropriately, builds can focus your audience’s attention on the current topic.

Builds are often used to reveal lines of text as you click. Some effects animate the entire text box at once; others break up the text by word or character before animating. All text animation is controlled within the Inspector window.

Design Tip
The key with text animation is to find a tasteful balance of animation that enhances the audience's concentration (as opposed to distracting them).

To Add a Text Build

Keynote offers several builds that can be applied to text. These range from subtle transitions that work well for bullet points to dramatic reveals for title slides.
1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap the text on the Canvas that you want to animate.

Buttons appear near the object, indicating any build effect that has already been applied.

If no build effect has been applied, both the build in and build out buttons are labeled “None.”

3. You can now choose to add an effect that reveals (build in) or removes (build out) the text. Tap the “Build in” or “Build out” button, depending on how you'd like the text to move onto or off of the slide. The Build In or Build Out window appears.


4. Tap the name of an effect from the Build In or Build Out window. You can scroll to choose from any of 21 effects for text builds.
Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Build In or Build Out window to repeat the preview.

Customizing a Text Build


While the build animations are ready to use, Keynote does allow you to change the speed, timing, and order of a text build. These options give you greater control over your presentation.

Once you've selected an animation in the Build In or Build Out window, you can customize it.
  • To change the duration of a build, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. You can then drag the duration slider to adjust the speed of the animation.

  • To specify when a build starts, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. On Tap begins the animation when you tap the slide.
    After Transition lets you set a time interval with the Delay slider. You may need to scroll in the window to see all options.

  • To build a text block in segments, you can click the Delivery button. Depending upon how you've formatted your text, you'll see choices like All at Once, By Paragraph, or By Bullet.

The Delivery option is only available after you've applied a build in or build out effect.

Coming Soon Part 5 – Keynote for iPad – Animate a Chart, Graph, or Table on a Slide
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Going to Photoshop World? Take My Pre-Con

I hope you can join me at Photoshop World this Year

I have a great pre-conference session called:
CREATING VIDEO WITH DSLR CAMERAS



Explore options for creating and working with video from your camera, from practical shooting techniques and essential lighting to easy editing strategies and online sharing.

Instructor: Richard Harrington
Time: 01:00pm-06:00pm
Price: $199

Sign Up Here – http://photoshopworld.com/optional-pre-conference-workshops/
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Stay in Touch Through Social Media

Want to keep in touch? We make it easy. You can get news, information, and humor from Richard Harrington through your favorite social media outlets. We're happy to share resources with you, our goal is to improve your digital life.

@rhedpixel | @psshortcuts

Richard Harrington | Video Made on a Mac | DSLR Video

rhedpixeltv | rhedpixel

AE Basics | Photoshop Basics | Photoshop | FCP Basics | Podcasting | DSLR Video

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Using the Cell Pattern Effect in After Effects

One of the easiest ways to create seamless backgrounds is to use effects within After Effects. The Cell Pattern effect generates a loopable pattern based on cellular noise algorithms. With 12 patterns to choose from and several controls over size, contrast, and speed, you'll find the effect very versatile

1. Choose a method from the Cell Pattern pop-up menu. Some patterns are sharp and angular while others are more organic. Experiment as you can change methods at any time.

Here are three of the twelve cell patterns. From left to right, Plates, Pillow, and Tubular.

2. Adjust the contrast of the effect to create the desire pattern. You can use the Invert checkbox to swap values of luminance. The Contrast/Sharpness slider modifies the overall detail level of the cells.

3. Modify the randomness of the cells with the Disperse slider. The lower the number, the more uniform the pattern. If you increase Disperse above 1.0, be sure to set the layer to Best quality.

Different Disperse values were used to modify the Cell Pattern. A value of 0 creates a uniform shape. Increasing the value to 0.50 adds more randomness. A greater value of 1.50 starts to create very irregular shapes.

4. Adjust the size and position with the Size and Disperse sliders.
The key to making an animated background is the Evolution option. As you animate evolution, the pattern will change over time. By default, revolutions are progressive, which means each cycle is an entirely unique value. There is a way though to create a seamless loop point.'

5. Under Evolution Options, check the box next to Cycle Evolution. This will ensure that a revolution for the Evolution slider makes the pattern repeat.

6. Add a keyframe near the start of the composition for Evolution for 0x and one at the end for a full number (such as 2 x). By using full rotations, you'll create a loopable pattern.

Using full rotations with the Cycle Evolution option enabled will create a loopable pattern.

Tip: Want a Different Looking Background? Randomize it
You can get a different pattern by changing the Random Seed slider. Do not keyframe this value; rather drag to choose a different starting pattern. You can also adjust the Size or Offset settings.

7. To create a richly layered background, blend multiple layers with the Cell Pattern effect applied. You can stylize the background with the Colorama effect and a vignette as well.

Stacking multiple instances of the Cell Pattern effect can create depth and visual interest.
Download the file here –
www.richardharringtonblog.com/downloads/Cell_Pattern_Noise_BG.zip

Be sure to check out the new book here –
Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

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Keynote for iPad – Designing with Magic Move Part 3

Did you miss part 2? Keynote for iPad – To Customize a Transition

An easy way to create visually stunning animations is with Magic Move. You apply Magic Move to two instances of an object on two slides. Magic Move can animate changes (such as scale, position, or opacity) between the first slide to the second.

Note
The easiest way to use Magic Move is to create the first slide and then let Magic Move duplicate it.

1. Create a slide and arrange all the text and graphic objects, as you'd like them to appear.

2. Tap the animate button. Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

3. Select the desired slide

4. Tap the name of the slide transition that appears next to the selected slide (it may be None).

5. Tap Magic Move in the Transitions window and tap Yes, when prompted to duplicate the slide.

The slide is duplicated and a second copy appears in the slide navigator.

Note
You'll notice star icons next to each object. These indicate that the Magic Move transition has been applied to those objects.

6. Arrange the objects how you'd like them to appear.


Design Tip
You have lots of flexibility when using the Magic Move transition. You may choose to modify the objects on the first slide (so they appear to move in to their landing positions on the second slide). You can also animate the objects on the second slide to add emphasis to one or more objects.

To make things easier, you can use a two-finger pinch gesture to zoom out and see the slide and your work area. This can be useful to have elements transition completely off of the slide.

7. Adjusting the timing of the effect is easy. Tap the original slide in the slide navigator and then tap Magic Move to open the Transitions window again.

8. Tap Options at the bottom of the Transitions window.

  • You can set a duration for the effect between 10 and 5.00 seconds.
    • Choose whether to start the transition when you tap or automatically after the previous transition. You can also set a delay for how quickly the transition begins after the previous slide.

Be sure to read Part 4 – Keynote for iPad – Creating Builds to Reveal Text
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In NYC? Don't Miss the Free Photoshop CS5 Summit


DATE: Friday, June 25
TIME: 4:30 – 7:30 pm LOCATION: Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom 311 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001 PRICE: FREE – Bring a Friend!* You must sign up in advance here – www.photoshopuser.com/cs5nyc
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Fixing Faded Historical Photos

A common problem with old black-and-white or sepia-toned photos is that they fade over time. You can use a Levels or Curves adjustment, but both commands often introduce color artifacts into the image. A few extra steps are needed to get the best results.

1. With the Eyedropper tool, sample the color tint if you want to retain it in the finished piece.

2. Leave the photo in RGB mode but strip away the color. Choose Image > Adjust > Desaturate or press Shift+Command+U (Shift+Ctrl+U).

3. Perform a Levels adjustment and restore the white-and-black points. Drag the black Input Levels slider and the white Input Levels slider toward the center.

4. Add a Solid Color fill layer by choosing Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Click OK. The Foreground color you previously sampled will load automatically.

5. Set the Color Fill layer to use the Color blending mode. Adjust the Opacity slider as desired.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Get the Free PocketGeek App

My new iOS app is out (and totally free).

Keep up on news, see free training videos, and more.


PocketGeek for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketgeekrh/id375757375?mt=8


There's a geek in your pocket, and his name is Richard Harrington. Keep up with the latest in technology with the noted author and podcaster. This app lets you view free videos, read blog posts, and interact through Facebook and Twitter.

Rich shares his person passions for all things related to digital video and photography. The goal, to help you have fun and get more done in less time.


It's totally free...
get it here

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Keynote for iPad – To Customize a Transition Part 2

Did you miss part 1? Keynote for iPad – Introduction to Animation

All Keynote transitions can be customized. The options vary with each transition offering its own choices. The primary reasons to change the transitions options are to avoid repetition and to control the pacing of the presentation.

1. Tap the Options button in the Transitions window

2. In the Options window, drag the duration slider.



Design Tip
You can choose duration of .10 to 5.00 seconds. Slower transitions are more dramatic, but should be reserved for special use. A value of 1.00 – 1.50 seconds is a good value for most transitions.

3. If you’ve selected a transition with directional controls, drag the arrow to set the direction from which the new slide moves in.

4. Choose when you want the transition to start (you may need to scroll the list).

  • On Tap – The transition is applied when you tap the screen.
    After Previous Transition – This option can be used to create a self-running presentation. Be sure to set the Delay timer so there is enough of a pause so the slide can be read before the transition occurs.

5. To apply another transition, just select another slide in the slide navigator.

6. When you’ve set up all the transitions how you want, tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen.
If you see a yellow-colored triangle on the bottom-right corner of a slide thumbnail (in the slide navigator) it means that a transition has been applied to a slide.

Design Tip
If you want to reuse a transition, you can duplicate a slide. The new copy is easy to modify, and will already contain any transitions or builds you've applied.

Be sure to read Part 3 – Keynote for iPad – Designing with Magic Move

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Master iPhoto Dirt Cheap

I have two iPhoto training titles released today from Peachpit Press and they've lowered the price to $8.99. I am very proud of these and hope you enjoy them. For you pros... its perfect for your family members/parents. These are two very cool titles that I made especially for the iPhoto users out there.

iPhoto: Fix Your Photos – http://tinyurl.com/iphotofix
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you fix common problems with pictures. You'll learn how to straighten and crop, adjust dark photos, and bring out the color in your snapshots. You'll also learn how to fix soft focus, red eye, and overexposed photos. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you'll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to get your work done faster. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can work along with the instructor.

iPhoto: Share Your Photos - http://tinyurl.com/iphotoshare
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you share your pictures over email or post them online to services including MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr. You’ll also learn techniques for making slideshows and creating your own blog. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you’ll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to share your photos easily. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can follow along with the instructor.

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A Great Article on Industrial Design

Over the centuries, we've welded metal, beat it into shape, bent it, melted it. But until recently, we've never inflated. Now that too is possible, thanks to years of painstaking work by architect Oskar Zieta and materials scientist Philipp Dohmen, both researchers at Zurich's ETH (better known as Einstein's alma mater).

The two call their work Free Internal Pressure Reshaping--FIDU, for short. But the process might seem familiar to anyone who's ever blown up an inflatable raft. Zieta and Dohmen are exhibiting their process--and its promises--at next week's DMY Berlin International Design Festival, which celebrates cutting-edge design. But if you can't make it,
here's a taste.



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Merge to HDR Pro & HDR Toning — Photoshop CS5



Learn how to create true HDR in Photoshop CS5. You'll also learn how to apply HDR toning to any photo.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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This Week in Photo – Controversy

I'm a guest for the new episode of this week in Photography. ControversyFrederick Van Johnson Shoot and get shot! BP gets slippery with photographers...and David duChemin talks ebook publishing.

Are Cameras the New Guns? – Recent increases in Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, has given rise to a new trend in law enforcement. It is now illegal in at least three states to record any on-duty police officer. "Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland are among the 12 states in which all parties must consent for a recording to be legal unless, as with TV news crews, it is obvious to all that recording is underway."
Apple Releases the next iPhone – The latest version of the iPhone was announced at WWDC with new features including a hi-res screen, improved 5 mp camera, digital flash, ability to shoot and edit HD video, and a front facing camera for video chat.
BP's Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill – According to photographers, BP and government officials are preventing them from photographing the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
AFP Suing Photographer It Stole Images From PDN - David Walker - "It's hard to explain a mind-blowing mess like this one, but AFP is suing a Haitian photojournalist for "antagonistic assertion of [his] rights" after it distributed his news-breaking earthquake photos all over the world without his permission."
INTERVIEW WITH DAVID DUCHEMIN
Get the file here – Download MP3 file

Listen to it here –
www.pixelcorps.tv/twip_152

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Keynote for iPad – Introduction to Animation Part 1

Once you've built a presentation in Keynote for iPad, you'll likely want to enhance it with some inspired animation. Adding movement to your slides doesn’t just keep your audience’s attention; it transforms a static presentation into a compelling and persuasive display piece.
With Keynote, you'll find a wealth of options available to animate your presentation. You can create several types of slide animation, including builds—elements that animate one at a time onto a slide—and cool transitions between slides that go far beyond the simple transitions used by other programs.
  • Transitions – Using a transition lets you add an animated effect as you switch from one slide to the next.
    Magic Move – An easy way to create object movement is the Magic Move transition which animates an object between two positions.
    Text Builds – A practical presentation technique is to control the flow of information to the audience using text animation.
    Object Builds – Keynote can reveal (or remove) objects on your slide, such photos or shapes, with animated transitions.
  • Charts Builds – Keynote offers special transitions to reveal the data in a chart or graph.

Add Transitions between Slides

Keynote offers a category of animations called transitions. These animations are used between slides and are meant to signify a change in topic for your audience. Although Keynote offers several transition options, good design practices call for using the right transition mix in a presentation.

To Add a Transition


Transitions are applied to the first slide in a transition pair. That means you should apply the transition to the slide that appears first in the slide navigator. You are essentially transitioning from the selected slide to the next slide in your presentation.
1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap a slide's thumbnail in the slide navigator.

A button appears next to the slide to identify which transition has been applied to the slide. If you've not applied a transition yet, it is labeled None.
3. Tap the arrow button or the name of the transition that appears in the button.


4. Swipe the Transitions window to see a list of available transitions.

5. Choose a transition effect.

Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Transitions window to repeat the preview.

Be sure to read Part 2 – Keynote for iPad – To Customize a Transition


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Safari 5 is Released

While the iPhone announcement got most of the press today, Apple also released Safari version 5 today. Here are the highlights of the new version:

  • 30 percent performance boost over Safari 4
  • Addition of Bing to the Google and Yahoo! options.
  • Addition of Reader option for websites with news articles. Just click the Reader icon in the Smart Address Field to display the entire article for clear, uninterrupted reading with options to enlarge, print or send via email.


  • Runs JavaScript 30 percent faster than Safari 4, three percent faster than Chrome 5.0, and over twice as fast as Firefox 3.6.
  • Full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video

Safari 5 is available for Mac and Windows as a free download at www.apple.com/safari.
The Safari Developer Program is free to join at
developer.apple.com/programs/safari.

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Steve Jobs Interview at D8 Conference



I've been waiting for this entire interview to go live. Here is the full, uncut interview with Steve Jobs at this year's D8 Conference. The interview is by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg on the New York Times.

"The wide-ranging chat runs for more than 90 minutes, and covers everything from Jobs’ fraying relationship with Google (GOOG) to his stance on Adobe’s (ADBE) Flash, to his lack of interest in the TV market. And, of course, a lot of iPad talk. Enjoy."

Here's the link here – http://d8.allthingsd.com/20100607/steve-jobs-at-d8-the-full-uncut-interview/

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My Favorite New Geek Shirt



I just ordered this new shirt for my geek collection.... Couldn't resist. It spoke to my inner geek on two levels.

Fifteen dollars well spent –
http://shirt.woot.com/Friends.aspx?k=14223


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HTML5 Demo


Apple has released a new demo of what is possible with HTML 5. This is a very cool gallery of how the new technology can be employed.
Here's the top demos –
http://www.apple.com/html5/showcase/gallery/

Web developers can learn more here –
http://developer.apple.com/safaridemos/
In fact the developers page has 14 demos.... including a very cool movie trailer viewer and Photo Gallery.

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Lens Correction in Photoshop CS5

By their very nature, lenses add distortion to the images they capture. I've posted a new tutorial over at TipSquirrel.com that addressed how to fix lens distortion for both stills and video.



“One of the commands in Photoshop CS5 that received a major makeover is the Lens Correction command. It’s no longer buried, rather it sits proudly near the top of the filter menu. Adobe now ties the filter to specific lenses in the file’s metadata. You can even create your own lens profiles with a great utility. Visit http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lensprofile_creator/ for full details.”

Check out the
full tutorial here for free.


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Understanding Photoshop – Creating Panoramic Photos App is FREE Two Days Only

I am releasing the Understanding Adobe Photoshop – Creating Panoramic Photos iPhone/iPod/iPad application for free through June 4. Please spread the news to all your photo friends.

Until June 5... we are giving this application away for free. Learn how to create breathtaking panoramic photographs using Adobe Photoshop® and your digital camera. This innovative application combines the latest in knowledge and technology to accelerate your learning.

  • Includes 15 training videos edited specifically for the iPhone or iPod Touch.  Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer.  There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes.  Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help build your skills.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.
    Additionally a quick reference guide for shooting panoramic photos is included for quick reference in the field.

TO SWITCH VIDEOS – SWIPE YOUR FINGER ACROSS THUMBNAILS

If you like it, please consider a small donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action – http://www.pancan.org/ in memory of Marilyn Marlowe.

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Adobe DSLR Class Archive Online

If you missed the free e-seminar on using Adobe Creative Suite for DSLR video, you can check it out here. We cover Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Bridge. Be sure to check out the part on using Photoshop to color grade video files nondestructively.
I'm also amazed at Premiere Pro's ability to handle native DSLR video with no transcoding or rendering (good stuff!).

We focus a lot on DSLR video, but all video pros and photographers will learn something. You can watch the class here online (give it a minute to load).

Working with DSLR Video with Adobe CS5 Production Premium

https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/_a561260173/p57397558/

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New Video Actions for Photoshop


I've updated the Video Actions for Photoshop.

I've added the following new actions

  • BD 720p – Size images for a slideshow for Blu-ray or 720p
  • BD 1080p – Size images for a slideshow for Blu-ray or 720p
  • Encore Blank Button – Creates a new menu button for use in Encore
  • Encore Button Highlight – Creates a Highlight layer for use in Encore

Download the actions here.

  1. Unzip the actions. The extension should be .atn
  2. Locate your Photoshop application folder
  3. Place the file in Presets > Actions folder
  4. Launch Photoshop
  5. Choose Window > Actions to open the Actions panel
  6. Click the small triangle in the upper-right corner and choose Video Actions V2
  7. Run the action as needed



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New Aperture 3 Training

Since Aperture is the number one search term on my blog... I wanted to let you know that I have two Aperture 3 training titles out from Kelby Training.

Professional Adjustments with Aperture 3
Professional film and video editor Richard Harrington shows viewers how to bring out the best in their photography using Aperture 3. Follow along with course project files and learn how make corrections, adjust color, and add style to your images using a variety of tools inside Aperture 3.


Make the Move to Aperture 3
Aperture 3 is a powerful photo management tool from Apple. It includes features for organizing, adjusting, exporting, publishing, displaying your photos, and more. Rich Harrington takes you through the software and demonstrates just what Aperture 3 is capable of.

Also, a lot don't release we have DSLR Video training posted too.

Editing Your DSLR Video on a Mac
Your DSLR shoots video! Cool right!? Now what? You've probably got more video than you know what to do with. Richard Harrington created this course to help you with how to edit that video footage (using Mac software). Rich covers everything from in-the-field tips all the way to post-production techniques using Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and iMovie.


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Camera Raw — Understanding Adobe Photoshop



I've posted a brand new Photoshop tutorial over at TipSquirrel.com. Learn how to get the most out of Camera Raw in Photoshop CS5 or CS4.

Check it out here for free.



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Get the free Photoshop CS5 Knowledge Panel



Get the free Photoshop CS5 Knowledge Panel for a bunch of cool free tutorials built right into Photoshop CS5. Choose Window > Extensions > Knowledge to open it.

Here's why you need it.
  • It's totally free
  • It's interactive with cool controls
  • A bunch of my tutorials are in there on video and animation.
"Sometime in the last 48 hours, your copy of Photoshop CS5 quietly sprouted some new functionality. We hope you like it, and we'd love to get your feedback.
Adobe is now delivering the Knowledge panel for Photoshop. This tool delivers interactive step-by-step guidance, walking you through some 70 tutorials written by expert authors. Unlike other tutorials, these can drive Photoshop: clicking links executes commands in PS (e.g. clicking "File->New" brings up the New Document dialog box)."

Learn more here –
http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2010/05/the_knowledge_panel_arrives_in_photoshop.html

Thanks to Victor Gavenda at Peachpit and John Nack at Adobe for doing this.

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35% Off and Free Shipping on my Two New Photoshop Books



Peachpit has a great resource center for learning Photoshop CS5. They have a bunch of book excerpts and free podcasts.

You can also check out four of the seventy-two videos that ship with my new edition of Understanding Adobe Photoshop.

Puppet WarpRefine Edges Command Merge to HDR ProContent-Aware Tools
Plus they've got a great deal on my new Photoshop books.

  • 35% Off
  • Free shipping

Check out Peachpit.com and enter code KPPSV

Photoshop for Video and Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 are both off to print and shipping soon.

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White Balancing in Final Cut Pro




Richard Harrington, a trainer for FMC, shows how to use white balancing in FCP to make up for improper white balancing on the camera.


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Motion Control 3D Samples



Sample motion graphic created for The Johnson Group's documentary, Bedford: The Town They Left Behind. The film went into limited release in theatres across the country.

I am working up some new tutorials on the techniques... leave comments about what you want to see.

You can see it in HD here.

Here's a short free tutorial here.



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Free Final Cut Pro/Motion/AE Plug-ins



I always like free stuff... especially
good free stuff.

Here's the link –
http://www.idustrialrevolution.com/idrplugins/freebiepack1/index.html

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Free Adobe Seminar Today

Just a quick reminder. Today (Wednesday) is my free online class sponsored by Adobe.

Check out Working with DSLR Video with Adobe CS5 Production Premium
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US/Pacific

Only a few spaces left!
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New Canon 5D Firmware

Canon has released a new firmware update for the 5D Mark II

This firmware update (Version 2.0.7) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the aperture exhibits abnormal movement when shooting movies in manual exposure mode and Aperture Priority AE (Av mode) using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the exposure level shown in the LCD panel differs from what is shown in the viewfinder when shooting still images in manual exposure mode.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E4 or WFT-E4 II) may not automatically power off when used for FTP transfers.

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A new Photoshop podcast you should check out

A friend of mine just launched a new Photoshop podcast – and you should check it out.

New on Peachpit TV: Photoshop in 5 with RC Concepcion


Check out the latest show on Peachpit TV: Photoshop in 5 with RC Concepcion. NAPP instructor & Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Rafael "RC" Concepcion gives 5-minute tutorials in Photoshop on topics including the Type panel, Soft-proofing, Brush-based tools, Channels, Adjustment and Mask layers.

 
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Keep up on the latest RHED Pixel news

My company often gets the chance to work on some pretty cool things.

If you'd like a new way to keep in touch, we have a Facebook page.

Head on over and check it out.

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Content Aware Fill / Scale / Heal in Photoshop CS5



Learn about all three content aware tools in Photoshop CS5. Easily remove objects and blemishes with just a few clicks. From the new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Richard Harrington.
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Get Your Facebook Privacy Settings right

You've likely heard the recent complaints about Facebook sharing too much information. Turns out fixing your settings can be a little overwhelming with buried options and more than two dozen pages. It's getting pretty tough to get your Facebook privacy right. Fortunately there's ReclaimPrivacy.org.

This site will analyze your current settings, make recommendations, and then point you to the right tab in Facebook to fix it.

This site is highly recommended, free, and easy to use.



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Creating Prints from Video Frames

How do you take a great still photo with your video-enabled DSLR camera? That's easy, shoot in photo mode. You'll get the best quality and even the option of using a raw format. But what happens if you've got the perfect shot, except you're in the middle of recording a video clip? The good news is that you can export stills directly from a piece of video. There's just a few limitations.

Resolution limitations of video

You might be thinking to yourself “Isn't video really low resolution?” Yes, when compared to the native size of photos taken with your DSLR, video pales in comparison. But for many uses, such as web or newspaper, you can get enough pixels out.
Currently the highest resolution you’ll get exporting a still from a piece of video that originated on a DSLR is 1920 x 1080 or approx 2.1 megapixels. While you aren’t going to make any panoramic prints of those frames you can still find a lot of great uses for them. If printing at 300 ppi, you can extract a frame that is about 6.5 X3.5 inches – in fact a lot of the figures that you’ve see in this book are from video clips.
Read More...
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Working with DSLR Video with Adobe CS5 Production Premium

I invite you to take my free online class about DSLR video workflow and Adobe CS5.

You can sign up here –
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1613414&loc=en_us

Working with DSLR Video with Adobe CS5 Production Premium
Wednesday, May 26, 201010:00 AM - 11:30 AM US/Pacific
Thanks to their exceptional image quality, low-light capabilities, and the fact that you can shoot using standard 35mm DSLR lenses that give your footage the look of expensive film-based cameras, DSLRs are finding their way into video productions at all levels.

Join Richard Harrington, co-author of From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR.  He'll explore the options for creating and working with DSLR video in CS5 Production Premium which includes Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe After Effects. You’ll learn everything from practical shooting techniques and essential lighting to easy editing strategies and online sharing.
You’ll also be introduced to the latest Dell Precision workstation and NVIDIA Quadro graphic solutions to help you make the best decision to outfit your editing needs – including taking advantage of the latest performance improving updates in CS5.

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Google announces Google TV

I'm all for more paths into the living room for content creators. But I can't help feel that we've already tried this a few times.



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A great book on green screen

If you've been looking for a comprehensive guide on greenscreen this is it. Jeff covers everything from preproduction through shooting and post. Jeff's a great teacher who's passionate about his subject.

You can get a few samples of the book
here for free, but be sure to check out the whole thing.

  • See how to plan, set up, and execute your shots to reduce fixes in post
  • Choose the right keying process for your project
  • Master basic shooting setups and live broadcast keying
  • Understand proper lighting and how to match subjects to the background
  • Create a working storyboard and learn how to select and direct talent
  • Composite your footage and fix problem shots
  • Work creatively with virtual sets, motion tracking, and match moving
  • Master techniques that apply to all compositing software and plug-ins


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Creating Timelapse Movies in After Effects

Richard Harrington, a trainer for Future Media Concepts, shows how to use time-lapse photography to create video clips.



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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 is 100% Done

My new Photoshop CS5 book (okay I actually have 2) is about to go to press. It's 100% written and laid out. This is a great book if you’re self-taught in Photoshop or for classroom use. Instead of getting bogged down in every feature, I strip the application to the core skills you'll need to work professionally.

The book is ready to order and will ship soon. As a bonus, it also includes 6.5 hours of training videos.

Photoshop is the foundation of every digital career. Many users think they know it, but in truth they have gaping holes in their training. This book covers what a professional truly needs to know about Photoshop. For students this book offers a chance to explore the program interactively. For professionals it provides a chance to add to your skill base. The book cuts though the clutter and is unique, focusing not just on digital photography, but also the Web, graphic design, multimedia, and video.

Readers will learn the basics in correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting photos as well as work on specific projects/exercises. Coverage of exciting new C5 features includes: Puppet Warp, Refining Edges, Eyedropper tools, Merge to HDR, Content Aware Fill/Scale/Heal, 3D Text, and Lens Profile.

The full-color book includes a DVD with hand-on exercises and practice images as well as 72 new video training tutorials that expand the on the lessons in the book.



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The Share Menu in Final Cut Pro

FMC trainer Richard Harrington demonstrates how to share and publish projects in a variety of formats.


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Using Blending Modes in Final Cut Pro



FMC trainer Richard Harrington discusses how the Blending Modes feature can be used to lighten a dark shot, or impart various stylistic changes.

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After Effects Plugins 64 Bit

With the move to CS5, many Adobe apps require a 64-bit operating system. What this means is more speed and a greater ceiling for memory. It also means you'll need to update your plugins.

Here's a definitive list on the state of After Effects plugins right from Adobe.

After Effects CS5 requires 64-bit plug-ins as well as a 64-bit operating system. As plug-in developers release 64-bit versions of their plug-ins, we will list them here. Most plug-in developers are working on 64-bit versions of their tools, and many have announced that their plug-ins will be available at or near the time that After Effects CS5 is available. Check this page often for updates.

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A Little Music to Remind You About Being Human

Just a little Iowa music to brighten your day... even though this is a sad song, it still makes me feel good.



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Adjusting Vibrancy in Photoshop - HD

Richard Harrington, a trainer for Future Media Concepts, explains a new adjustment in Photoshop CS4 called Vibrancy. He discusses how to use this tool to boost color without making it look flat.

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Want Free Fonts?

Looking for some free fonts? Here are a few of my favorite Web sites that offer free and affordable
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Missing Plug-Ins in Photoshop CS5

Is Photoshop CS5 driving you nuts with missing or broken system plug-ins. Here's straight answers of what Adobe took away.

Plug-ins available via web download
Some plug-ins that were available for previous versions of Photoshop are no longer available for CS5. Others are available as a web download.
• For Mac OS: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4687
• For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4688

Plug-ins supported in 32- and 64-bit Windows, and only 32-bit Mac OS:
  • Lighting Effects
  • Extract (Use Refine Mask under the Selection menu)
  • Variations
  • Web Contact Sheet II (Web Photo Gallery)
  • Layer Comps to WPG
  • PatternMaker
  • PhotoMergerUI
  • Picture Package
  • Embed / Read Digimarc Watermark
  • Firewire
  • Firewire DLL

Plug-ins no longer supported in Photoshop CS5:
  • Filmstrip format. Previous versions will not work in Photoshop CS5
  • Texture Fill

Plug-ins supported only in 32-bit Windows and Mac OS:
  • Send Video Preview to Device
  • Video Preview

For more information –
see this article

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Free Training on DSLR Video

Did you miss the Peachpit Photo Club Webcast? We tackled the topic – Creating Video with your DSLR. If so, here's 90 minutes of free training https://pearsonevent.webex.com/pearsonevent/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=56125797&rKey=0d4828c7a9b746e3

Be sure to check out other training on
their site.

Scott Kelby has an archived lesson

Trey Ratcliff has a session June 15


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Google Chrome Speed Tests

Google did some pretty cool speed tests with High Speed photography.



Check out the "making of video" to see how they did it.

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How to run Photoshop CS5 in 32-bit mode

Normally, you'll want to run Photoshop CS5 as a 64-bit application to get the best performance. Unless you have a plug-in that doesn't work in 64-bit. Then you can relaunch and "dumb it down" a bit.

To run Photoshop CS5 on Mac OS as a 32-bit application:
  • Select the Adobe Photoshop CS5 application file, installed by default in the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder.
  • Choose File > Get Info, and select Open in 32 Bit Mode.
  • Deselect this option to run Photoshop CS5 in 64-bit mode.

To run Photoshop CS5 in Windows as a 32-bit application:
  • Close Photoshop CS5.
  • Navigate to the Program Files (x86) > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder..
  • Double-click the Adobe Photoshop CS5.exe file.

To run Photoshop CS5 in Windows as a 64-bit application:
  • Close Photoshop CS5.
  • Navigate to the Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder..
  • Double-click the Adobe Photoshop CS5.exe file.

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Luke Brindley: We Go Together

Music video from the book "From Still to Motion"

Featuring
Luke Brindley



Hope you enjoy and check out both the book and Luke's music.


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Check out Digital Photo Expereience



  • I was a recent guest on Digital Photo Experience Episode 11. Be sure to check out the show.
This is Episode number 11 of the Digital Photo Experience Podcast with Rick Sammon & Juan Pons.
We hope you enjoy the episode, and if you do, we would greatly appreciate it if you could give us a positive rating on iTunes. Hey, it only takes a minute!
To get the enhanced version of the podcast with images and chapter markers, subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here:
DPExperience Podcast on iTunes

Or listen directly here – http://dpexperience.com/2010/05/01/photoshop-world-part-ii-dpe-podcast-episode-11-may-1-2010/

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Photoshop World Las Vegas



The schedule for Photoshop World Las Vegas has been released.

Be sure to head on over (as well as take advantage of the Early Bird offer).

Plus... see my picture ;)


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If Video Games Were Real

A little morning pixels for your enjoyment... this is awesome work.

Pixels – by Patrick Jean




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Win a free copy of new book – From Still to Motion

Peachpit press is giving away FIVE copies of the brand new book, From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR. The contest runs THIS Frida
Prizes

How to Play
  1. Follow @Peachpit (only followers are eligible). We’ll send a direct message (DM) to the winner, so you must be following us to find out if you won. (If you’re not on Twitter yet, just go to http://www.twitter.com and click the “get started – join!” button.)
  2. Stay tuned on Friday. Throughout the day, we’ll let you know which prize we’re giving away and the number of response you need to be to win. (For example: “#FRIDAYFREEBIES: Autographed copy of A World in HDR! Be the 7th person to tweet to @Peachpit w/hashtag #FridayFreebies to win!”)
  3. To enter, just send a message to @Peachpit with the hashtag #FridayFreebies and include the special key word (revealed in the video) in your tweet.
  4. All followers can win any prize.
  5. The winner will be announced on Twitter once we confirm eligibility.




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My Photoshop World Schedule


Going to Photoshop World? Here's my class schedule if you'd like to say hi.
Always happy to catch up and share techniques.



TUESDAY
1:00 - 6:00 Creating Video With DSLR Cameras – Pre-conference

WEDNESDAY
1:00 Peachpit Booth
4:00 Peachpit Booth

THURSDAY
8:15 Creative Typography for Video
9:30 Photoshop for Video
6:00 After Effects & Flash
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Understanding Adobe Photoshop Back Online

My most popular podcast is live again (and I'm recording more). You'll find more than 50 Photoshop tutorials back online again in Apple iTunes.

  • Miss a back episode? Pick it up.
  • Want the episode in HD? They are back to being BIG!
  • New to the show, learn new Photoshop techniques.
  • And of course, tell your friends

If you have requests for new shows... post them here.

Get it in iTunes
Get it on Blip.tv

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Tinting a Photo with Photoshop



You can also use the Hue/Saturation command to tint an image. If you are working with a grayscale image, you need to convert it to an RGB image first.

1. Open an image you want to process.

2. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

3. Click the Colorize box to tint the image.


4. Adjust the Hue slider to try out different color combinations. Adjust Saturation and Lightness to refine the tint.
The adjustment layer automatically has a Layer Mask attached, which allows you to mask the effect.

5. Click the Layer Mask icon for the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

6. Select your Brush tool and press D to load the default colors of black and white.

7. With a small black brush, paint the areas where you want the original colors to show through. so the original red shows through. If you make a mistake, you can press X to toggle back to white for touch-up.


This tutorial comes from the book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop.


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Peachpit Photo Club Announced

Be sure the check out the Peachpit Photo Club

Don't miss the Peachpit Photo Club. It's held on the third Tuesday of every month, from 8 to 9 p.m. EST (5 to 6 p.m. PST). It's a webcast featuring your favorite digital photographers, such as Scott Kelby, Chase Jarvis, Chris Orwig, Joe McNally, David duChemin, and many more!

The debut Peachpit Photo Club features Scott Kelby on Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. EST! During this live webcast, photographer and bestselling author Scott Kelby will present some of his work, provide you with some insight and inspiration, and answer your burning questions!

Then I'll be up with my co-authors on the new book "From Still to Motion." Join us April 20 8PM EST.

Learn more and sign up at
www.peachpit.com/photoclub.
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Power Cropping Tutorial

I've released a new tutorial over at the TipSquirrel.com website. Learn all bout how to crop your photos. Before you think you know all about cropping, consider these points.

  • Cropping to a specific size
  • Cropping for print and web
  • Using Smart Objects for scaling
  • Non-destructive cropping
  • Perspective cropping

Here's a link to the tutorial.
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Upcoming Conferences


I've been getting a lot of questions about what classes I have coming up.... Well here are the short answers.

MARCH
18 DC SIGGRAPH
23-26
Photoshop World


APRIL
10-15 NAB Post|Production World Conference
18 DC Podcaster Meetup

MAY
15 DC Podcaster Meetup
19
DV User Group


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Smart Objects -140 Understanding Adobe Photoshop 140



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use smart objects in Photoshop CS4 to re-scale an object without losing clarity.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to check out the companion book.

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Organizing Images with Aperture



In this video you’ll learn to rank and sort images in Aperture. You’ll also learn about contact sheets and Web galleries for client review. You can also visit the website
www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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Digital Convergence Podcasts for DSLR Filmmakers



I was recently interviewwd about a new book – From Still to Motion: A Photographer's Guide to Creating Video with your DSLR

Here's the Podcast – DIGITAL CONVERGENCE EPISODE 6
Episode 6 features Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman, who are two of four of the co-authors of the new book from Peachpit: From Still to Motion.

In this episode, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman talk about what to expect from their new book. Taking a platform agnostic approach and covering a wide range of budgets, they discuss a broad range of topics including unexpected lessons learned, do-it-yourself lighting, camera support and motion, post-production and color grading, sound, stop-motion and time-lapse and a wealth of other topics. I hated to cut short this conversation - it's our longest episode yet. But it's well worth hearing.
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Quick Mask Mode - Understanding Adobe Photoshop 142



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to refine a selection in Photoshop CS4 with paint brush tools & quick mask mode.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to
check out the companion book.

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Scoring and Sound Design in Soundtrack Pro



Soundtrack Pro is a powerful tool for scoring and adding sound design elements like sound effects, Foley sounds, and ambient noise. Check out this video as we take a project from Final Cut Pro to Soundtrack Pro and back to Final Cut Pro. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.


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Use Apple Pro Apps? Time to Update.

Use FCP, Aperture or Logic? Be sure to download the Apple ProKit 5.1 update to fix memory leaks –


About ProKit 5.1 (Leopard & SnowLeopard)

This ProKit Update fixes issues with user interface software resources that are shared by Apple's professional applications.
  • The issues addressed include:
  • Corrected an issue with improper scrolling behavior.
  • Resolved memory leaks for improved performance.
  • Addressed layout of interface elements in certain application alert windows.
The update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express.
Get it here – http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1008

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OK Go’s Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine

This is a great music video and engineering feat.




Plus check out this great article from Wired that goes behind the scenes.

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Transcoding with MPEG Streamclip



Learn how to convert your DSLR footage for use in a video editing program. From the new book and DVD – From Still to Motion (Peachpit Press).
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Q&A with the Authors of From Still to Motion

Peachpit talks to James Ball, Robbie Carman, Matt Gottshalk, and Richard Harrington about their new book and DVD, From Still to Motion, what photographers struggle with the most when learning video, and how to stay up to date on the latest in the world of video.

Peachpit: What was the motivation behind writing From Still to Motion? Why this topic, and why now?

Authors: We've been thinking about and actively working on the book for more than a year. When we first starting seeing video-enabled DSLR cameras we were excited by their potential. They can be challenging to work with, but have great rewards with incredible visuals.

We decided there needed to be a definitive book and DVD that explored the entire process of using these cameras (from pre-production through delivery), and one that explored both the art and the technology. Camera models and features constantly change, but the process of creating video is relatively constant and we felt there needed to be thorough coverage on how to create video with a DSLR camera. What we've created is an in-depth case study that explores how we used these cameras for six months and all the cool things we learned along the way.

Read the whole interview here
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Refining Edges - Understanding Adobe Photoshop 144



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to easily modify selections with the refine edges command in Photoshop CS4.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to
check out the companion book.

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Shadows/Highlights - Understanding Adobe Photoshop 163



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use the shadow/highlight adjustment in Photoshop CS4 to repair images with exposure problems.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to check out the companion book.


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Cool iPhone Apps for Video Pros

If you're a media pro... here are a few iPhone/iPod Touch apps to check out. I've not played with all of these yet, but they've all been recommended to me (or I've used 'em).



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iPhone Photo and App Contest



Adorama is running an iPhone photo contest until February 28th. You can upload photos here or photo for your favorite photo app here. There's been some great photos submitted so far – Click here. They have some pretty cool prizes too!


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Last Chance to Save on Photoshop World



The last chance to save $100 on Photoshop World is tomorrow. The Early Bird offer is a great deal. I'll be teaching several classes, including a pre-conference session on DSLR Video as well several motion graphics classes. Here’s the link.

If you're new to Photoshop World, here's the Top 10 Reasons to Attend

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Create a Client Screener Disc



Check out this video to learn more about creating a screener disc for your clients. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.

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How to Automatically Add Copyright Metadata in Aperture 3



Learn how to add copyright information to your videos upon import with Aperture 3. Just a short tip (banged out in the basement with my new Yeti mic to give it a test).
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Apple Updates Aperture and Digital Camera Support

I've been quite happy with Aperture 3, but like many of you... I looked forward to the first update to address minor bugs. Well it's here! Apple released two updates: Aperture 3.0.1 which has several bug fixes and a digital camera update to add support for several camera models.

About Aperture 3.0.1
This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of issues in Aperture 3, including:
  • Upgrading libraries from earlier versions of Aperture
  • Importing libraries from iPhoto
  • Importing photos directly from a camera
  • Memory usage when processing heavily-retouched photos
  • Face recognition processing
  • Adding undetected faces using the Add Missing Face button
  • Printing pages containing multiple images
  • Printing photos and contact sheets with borders and metadata
  • Editing photos using an external editor
  • Display of images with Definition and Straighten adjustments applied
  • Zooming photos in the Viewer and in the Loupe using keyboard shortcuts
  • Accessing Aperture libraries on a network volume Selecting and moving pins on the Places map
  • Adding and editing custom locations using the Manage My Places window
  • Switching between masters when working with RAW+JPEG pairs.

The Digital Camera update also added several new cameras to Aperture and iPhoto.
  • Hasselblad H3DII-50
  • Leica M9
  • Leica X1
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Olympus E-P2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
  • Pentax K-7
  • Pentax K-x
  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A500
  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A850


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Two Workshops in DC Area for SIGGRAPH

I'll be teaching two classes in the Washington, DC area for DC_SIGGRAPH and DC ACM. The workshops are part of their Spring 2010 Professional Development Seminars. These are hands-on workshops that include a textbook.


Understanding Adobe Photoshop
Thursday, March 18 (AM session)

Motion Graphics Toolbox with Adobe Creative Suite
Thursday, March 18 (PM session)


You can register early for a 10% discount (by February 28, 2010). Reference Code (please use when registering): 101


“DC ACM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for meaningful connections between the area’s academics, professionals, and policymakers in the computer science and information technology fields. The proceeds from the seminars support DC ACM activities such as computer science lectures for the general public and awards for junior and senior high school students at regional science fairs.”

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I'm teaching Social Media in DC and NYC




I'll be teaching two workshops on social media for Future Media Concepts. These are targeted at business folks of all types who want to learn social media in a practical way.

Description: When used correctly, social media tools can help you reach potential customers and keep your current clients engaged and interested. In this informative session you'll learn practical advice that can be implemented immediately, such as:

  • Using Twitter to share your latest news & keep in touch with your best customers
  • How to set up a corporate page on Facebook to share video, photos, & info
  • Keeping your business leads up to date with LinkedIn
  • Creating enjoyable blog posts and content for your readers

The workshops are
March 9th in DC and March 10th in New York

Doors open at 5:30pm and the class starts runs 6-9pm
The cost is $199

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Chroma Key is Everywhere



Here's two free resources to help you out

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Crop and Straighten Photos Command in Photoshop

When scanning images, it’s often possible to fit more than one image on the scanner bed. Scanning multiple images at once can save input time when loading images into Photoshop. Fortunately, the Crop And Straighten Photos command picks up and keeps the efficiency going.

  1. Scan several images at one time. For best results, you need to keep 1/8 inch between the images in your scan.
    2 If you’re working in a multilayered image, select the layer that contains the images.
  2. Choose File > Automate > Crop And Straighten Photos.
  3. Each image should be cropped, straightened, and moved into its own document window.
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Startup Memories of Adobe Photoshop



In this documentary, the founders of Adobe Photoshop - John Knoll, Thomas Knoll, Russell Brown, and Steve Guttman - tell the story of how an amazing coincidence of circumstances, that came together at just the right time 20 years ago, spawned a cultural paradigm shift unparalleled in our lifetime.

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Aperture 3 Supports Video


With Aperture 3, Apple has fully embraced video acquired on DSLR cameras. In fact, you can now manage video and audio files as easily as any other image in your library. If you are used to using Aperture as part of your photo editing workflow, you'll find the addition of audio and video support quite welcome.

Importing Video

Video and audio files are added to your library in the same manner as any other image. You can import files directly from a memory card or from a hard drive. It is important to decide where you want to store the files before you import them. Follow these steps to choose a location and import your files:
1. Select a project or album then click the Import Files button in the toolbar.
2. Navigate to the desired files in the File Browser at the bottom of the main window (this can be files that already exist on hard drive or a memory card).


3. Select the check boxes for the desired clips. You can also click the Check All or Uncheck All buttons at the top of the window.


4. In the right column, choose a destination for the files. Specify where you want the files to be located in Aperture:
  • Click a project or folder in the Library pane to target it.
  • Choose New Project from the Destination menu to create a new project to hold the imported items.
5. Specify the media management approach you'd like to use. Click the Store Files menu and choose one of these options:

  • In the Aperture Library moves the files into a managed library. These files can be exported but will be copied to a new location.
  • In their current location leaves the files where they are located. This is the best approach if you've already copied your video files to an editing drive.
  • Your User folder is available (and is labeled with your default name).
  • The Pictures folder in your home directory is another option.
  • Choose lets you specify another location. This option works well when you want to target a specific drive (such as your project's media drive). The Choose option can be used to copy the media from the camera memory to an editing location.
6. Click Imported Checked when you’re ready to add the files to your project. The files are then added to your library.

READ MORE AFTER THE JUMP Read More...
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Creating Motion Templates

Want to create your own Motion templates for use in Final Cut Pro? In this video lesson you’ll learn how to combine After Effects and Motion into a template project that can then be updated from within Final Cut Pro.



You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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NAPP Helps Celebrate Photoshop's 20th Anniversary

The fine folks over at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals offer up two great things to celebrate Photoshop's 20th anniversary.

First, take their (tough) quiz on Photoshop history.

"The quiz is just for fun, of course, but it’s harder than you might think."
If you’ve got a couple of minutes,
click this link to take the quiz and see how you do.
Second, You can virtually attend the Live Webcast of the big party/presentation/Photoshop love-fest happening this Thursday night (the 18th) in San Francisco celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Photoshop.
  1. You sign up here (it’s free): http://www.photoshopuser.com/photoshop20th
  2. The Live Webcast starts at 7:30 pm Pacific Time (10:30 EST).
  3. There are some VERY special guests making an appearance that night.




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20 Years of Adobe Photoshop – with Visuals

Photoshop is about to turn 20 years old... yet it seems like yesterday when I had to run it off a floppy disc. The fine folks over at Webdesigner Depot offer 20 Years of Adobe Photoshop with some great tidbits and history.

"The first version of the Photoshop splash screen features just four Photoshop programmers. In subsequent versions, more and more names are added to the list. In more recent versions, a limited number of Adobe VIP’s appear in the splash screen."

You should also check out this great interview with John Knoll, one of the two inventors of the application.






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Cartoon Art Museum is a Great Visit in San Francisco

When in San Francisco I had the chance to attend the great Cartoon Art Museum. Peachpit Press held a party there and it was a really cool place. It was wild to see so many comic covers that I recognized (and in some cases owned). The museum is filled with all sorts of cartoon artwork.

"From editorial cartoons to comic books, graphic novels to anime, Sunday funnies to Saturday morning cartoons, the Cartoon Art Museum has something for everyone. Located downtown in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district, the museum is home to over 6,000 pieces of original and cartoon and animation art, a comprehensive research library, and five galleries of exhibition space. Join us for one of our many book signings, lectures, cartooning classes or workshops; mix and mingle with professional and aspiring cartoonists; or visit our bookstore. Whether it’s nostalgic, educational, or just plain fun, a trip to the Cartoon Art Museum will be an experience you will never forget."

The museum is only $6 to visit and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

They've got several cool exhibits right now, one on Batman, another on Samurais across cultures, and a spotlight on cover artist Ed Hannigan.


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Yeti – A Great Looking USB Microphone


I just ordered a new podcasting mic from Blue Microphones –
the Yeti. If you like the SnowBall mic, then you'll love the Snow Monster.

  • The best feature is the tri-capsule array– this means you can get four different pick up patterns: stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional.
  • The microphone is the first to be THX certified microphone
  • It has a built in amplifier and zero-latency headphone monitoring
  • You can manually control the gain of the mic
  • It works without drivers on Mac & Windows

The microphone lists for $
149. I didn't get to try it out in-depth yet, but it sounded great with the quick tests I tried.

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A Laptop Case with Ballistic Gel

Here's one of the first things I bought at Macworld (pre-ordered in fact). The Impact Sleeve from FastMac combines ballistic gel and a traditional laptop sleeve. I saw the guy working the booth literally smash his iPhone with a hammer. Yup... no breakage.



Sorry for the low quality pictures... but they're real.

Here's video from
another blogger showing the M&M Test



The sleeves aren't shipping yet, and don't even show up on the site... but mine is pre-ordered. Keep an eye out at FastMac.com.
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Want to Learn DSLR Video? Come to Photoshop World.



Just a heads up, I am teaching a Photoshop World pre-conference class on DSLR video. The workshop is March 23 in Orlando, FL.

Here's a short video about the class –
http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2010/archives/8465
Register today and save! There's only 2 weeks left to save $100 on the Photoshop World Conference

"OK, it’s two weeks and one day, but you get the idea. The $100 early bird registration deadline is coming up, and if you want to join us in Orlando on March 24-26 for the world’s largest Photoshop training event, (and do it on the cheap) you can sign up or just get more details right here (By the way: if you’re a NAPP member, you can get a full conference pass for only $499 using that early bird discount)."

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New iPhoto Training

I have two new iPhoto training titles released today from Peachpit Press. I am very proud of these and hope you enjoy them. For you pros... its perfect for your family members/parents. These are two very cool titles that I made especially for the iPhoto users out there.

iPhoto: Fix Your Photos – http://tinyurl.com/iphotofix
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you fix common problems with pictures. You'll learn how to straighten and crop, adjust dark photos, and bring out the color in your snapshots. You'll also learn how to fix soft focus, red eye, and overexposed photos. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you'll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to get your work done faster. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can work along with the instructor.

iPhoto: Share Your Photos - http://tinyurl.com/iphotoshare
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you share your pictures over email or post them online to services including MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr. You’ll also learn techniques for making slideshows and creating your own blog. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you’ll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to share your photos easily. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can follow along with the instructor.

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Google Takes on Social Networking

This is just a quick post.... I finally headed over to Google's site to check out Google Buzz – the Big G's take on social networking.
My quick thoughts –
  1. If you love Gmail.... you'll probably like it.
  2. It seems to want to put Facebook and Picassa front and center.
  3. I don't like that it tries to "help" you and automatically follows the people you email the most. Just because I email a client a lot does NOT mean I want to follow them (or them me). A lot of clients do socialize with me via Facebook, but that is a CHOICE. Do not make decisions for me.
  4. It imports Twitter.... I wonder how they feel about that? Wouldn't be surprised if they blocked it. Same thing with flickr (a Yahoo property).
  5. I love Facebook and Twitter... but they are VERY different. This seems to be trying to be "both and more." When is that a good thing?
  6. "Buzz recommends interesting posts and weeds out ones you're likely to skip." Uh-huh... just like those incredibly effective Google Ads you sere up when I do a search that have little to NOTHING to do with what I'm interested in?
  7. It seems to be Google Wave... take 2. Except Google Wave is still around. I got an invite... but only a few people I know use it. Unlike say Facebook.
So... here's the link – http://www.google.com/buzz
Me... I'm skeptical as hell.



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Want to Save Your Processor and Battery from Flash?

So... like many I've been pretty frustrated with Flash video lately. When you visit a site (like this blog) with several Flash players, you can see a huge performance hot. Turns out that Flash can' t hand over that H.264 processing to the graphics card, so it becomes a HUGE processor suck (and RAM.. and battery). You've probably heard about Steve Jobs railing on it being a hog and not allowed on the iPhone.

Well... here's a cool plugin thats free for Mac users... it's called ClicktoFlash and its a plugin that keeps Flash files from auto-loading on Safari.

"Ever wanted to get rid of the scourge of the web that is Adobe Flash, but still retain the ability to view Flash whenever you want? With ClickToFlash, you can! Using ClickToFlash, all of those icky Flash bits that have infected most webpages on the internets are replaced with a nice, smooth gradient and the word "Flash" set in a nice, pleasing font. When you want to view the Flash, just click on it!
The advantages of ClickToFlash are numerous. Since Flash isn't loaded until you specifically ask for it, your CPU usage will stay at normal levels when browsing the web. This has tons of benefits: web browsing stays speedy, your Mac laptop won't get as hot, and your Mac's fan won't come on as often. In fact, we guarantee* that ClickToFlash will quintuple your battery life and that it will protect those precious parts of your body on which you rest your laptop! (*note: not actually guaranteed)"


Be sure to read the rest of the instructions and download here –
http://rentzsch.github.com/clicktoflash/

You can even use the plugin to force YouTube videos to use the QuickTIme player for H.264 playback. Just click the Gear icon and tweak the preferences.


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Aperture 3 Announced – New Training on Way

Hi all... happy news in the Aperture 3 was just announced and shipped. This is not a full review (I am slammed with Macworld and finishing up a book for print). But I couldn't resist playing with the new version and look forward to jumping in.

Here are my top 10 reasons to upgrade for current users. More details soon...

  1. Better Filmstrip and Fullscreen View – It's much easier to work with your images and really get at the details.
  2. Backup on Import – Have your media go to two drives at once. This is HUGE.
  3. Places – Yes it's in iPhoto... but now that GPS tag makes it so much easier to sort by location. I also use this as a tool for site surveys and planning from shoot scouts.
  4. Faces – Again... was in iPhoto last year, but I'll take it. Facial recognition to organize your library. This is great for finding pictures of one subject. It's freaky good too.
  5. Focus Points – Actually see where the camera used points to auto focus. This is very useful for evaluating sharpness.
  6. Search on Steroids – Okay, that's not its actual name. But it's amazing... you can sort by usage, face, place, time, file type, all sorts of things. Literally search by Who, Where, When... I'm still waiting on Why.
  7. Nondestructive Brushes with Edge Detection – Easily cleanup images with all sorts of spot adjustments. Completely nondestructive and editable, including the ability to view the selections mask and tweak it at any time. Oh... and they work with Wacom tablets too. The skin smoothing brush is dreamy good.
  8. Curves! – 'nuff said.
  9. Adjustment Presets – Useful starting points or make your own. Can even apply them upon import to batch fix problems.
  10. Video – You can organize it, trim it, media manage it, drag it into Final Cut Pro, export out versions, use it in new slideshows. Uh huh... that's right... video.

You can see a detailed list of all 200 features here –
http://www.apple.com/aperture/features/

I am working on two new DVDs and video titles for
Kelby Training – tell them you want more!

Also, be sure to check out the great site –
http://www.apertureexpert.com/

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Create a Line Item Budget in iWork '09

This line says it best – "Budgets lead to money and money leads to exciting things"



Check out more shows from MacBreak –
http://www.youtube.com/user/macbreaksf

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Free Pass to NAB or $100 Off Conference. – Expires Febraury 19


It's almost time for NAB – The National Association of Broadcasters Conference. If you want a free NAB pass for show floor or to save $100 on any conference — then here's a great offer. Thanks to Creative Cow, visit http://tinyurl.com/nab10cow and enter code CC01 and save — good thru February 19.

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Using SlideShare.net

Are you looking for an easy way to share presentations online? Then check out SlideShare.net. With it you can embed slideshows into your own blog or website. You can also sync audio to your slides and make shows public or private.

Here's how:
  1. Uploading Your Presentation – It can be a PowerPoint, OpenOffice, Keynote, or PDF file. Your presentation file should not be password protected and be sure to remove any macros. Not all fonts supported (but you can convert to PDF). Be sure the file is less than 100MB.
  2. Converting Your Presentation – The second step is converting the file to SlideShare’s sharing format. Once uploaded, the file is placed in the conversion queue (this might take a while). You can leave the page and come back later... If there was an error you will need to go to the
    “My Slidespace/Edit All” to find the files that were not successfully converted.
  3. Creating a Slidecast– Slidecasting is a multimedia format from SlideShare. Any slide deck can be synced with an audio file.
  4. Put it all Together – Use the synchronization tools to mix audio and slides.
  5. Publish the presentation.

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New Canon Final Cut Pro plug-in to be released


(February 5, 2010) Canon's EOS E1 video plug-in for Apple's Final Cut Pro was released today. This new plug-in allows simple and easy transfer of video content from Canon’s EOS DSLR cameras directly into Final Cut Pro.

The EOS E1 video plug-in takes advantage of Final Cut Pro’s powerful Log and Transfer feature, which allows users to select and mark the video directly while it is still on the camera, add custom metadata and ingest the clips in the background so the editing can begin immediately.

The EOS E1 video plug-in is a free download available at http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/finalcutstudio/. The plug-in is compatible with Final Cut Pro 6 or higher and currently supports Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS 1D Mark IV cameras.

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How to Film the Impossible

I found a great series on YouTube... an old show called Horizon from the BBC. This episode is entitled "How to Film the Impossible" and features an in-depth look at Industrial Light and Magic.

Here is part one



The other parts are after the jump

Read More...
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Media Placeholder in Apple Pages

Richard Harrington shows Alex Lindsay how to streamline document updates with a customized media placeholder in Pages '09.

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Using Video in a Keynote Presentation

Adding video elements to a presentation is an easy way to make a good presentation a great one. In this video, we add a video to an Apple Keynote presentation and go through all the options of using video in it.



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Continuum Cartoon Look

I recently wrote a review for a new filter called Continuum Cartoon Look for Layers Magazine. Here it is.

Everywhere you turn, you’ll spot the “look”: video footage transformed to look like a cartoon. In a traditional workflow, the process involves rotoscoping. An artist literally traces animation frame by frame over the original source. The technique was invented by Max Fleischer around 1915, and has been used by animators on classic films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Cinderella, as well as modern movies such as Titan A.E. and Waking Life.

The process is very tedious, however, so many video pros and motion graphics artists have been on a quest for an easier solution. These days you’ll find several products on the market to transform your video footage to look like it’s a cartoon. Early options such as Studio Artist ($379;
www.synthetik.com) and market leaders like ToonIt ($399; www.redgiantsoftware.com) have all seen heavy use.

While they’re not new to the plug-in market, Boris FX has released their own take on cartoon filters. The Boris Continuum Unit: Cartoon Look breaks out four filters from the larger plug-in package Continuum Complete. The set is only $199 (significantly less than competitors) and runs in several host applications including Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, as well as Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion. The four filters for stylizing your footage include:


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Using Premiere Pro to Organize Video for After Effects

There are lots of reasons to use Premiere Pro (even if you’re a Final Cut Pro editor). One of the most compelling is to organize After Effects projects.

  1. Create a new Premiere Pro project and match its settings to your primary footage format.
    2 Import a folder of QuickTime movies into a Premiere Pro project. You can even import a Final Cut Pro XML file to bring a sequence in without needed to do anymore media management.
  2. Edit the clips as needed into sequences.
  3. After your clips are edited, just select them and press Command+C to copy them to your clipboard.
    5 Switch to an open After Effects project and press Command+V to paste the clips using Dynamic Link. The clips (with handles) will move from Premiere Pro to After Effects.

For more tips like this, check out the book
Video Made on a Mac.



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Shooting JPEG vs. Raw

When digital cameras became commercially available, the memory cards used to store pictures were very expensive. Photographers could not afford multiple or high-capacity cards, so they wanted more images to fit on a single, smaller card. Smaller file sizes would also enable consumers who lacked an understanding of digital imaging to attach photos to email with minimum technical headaches.

With these two scenarios in place, manufacturers turned to an Internet-friendly format, JPEG. It was a proven technology, and one that was familiar to many users. A JPEG file looks for areas where pixel detail is repeated, such as the color white on every key of your computer keyboard. The file then discards repeated information and tells the computer to repeat certain color values or data to re-create the image. The drawback is that a JPEG file is lossy, so every time you modify it and re-save, additional compression is applied to the image.

Newer digital cameras, generally the pro models, offer newer formats, usually called raw. These raw (or native) formats have several benefits over shooting to JPEG. The images are usually captured at a higher bit depth, which means that the pixels contain more information about the color values in the image. Most raw files have a depth of 10, 12, or even 16-bits per channel instead of the 8 used by JPEG. This raw format also has a greater tonal range, resulting in better exposure for shadows and highlights.


The image on the left is how the camera captured a JPEG. Making adjustments to the image is possible, but will lead to more degradation in image quality. The image on the right is a properly developed raw file. Working with raw files gives you access to greater control over an image.

The raw file captures the unprocessed data from the camera’s image sensor. While your camera may contain settings for sharpness, exposure, or lighting conditions, the raw file stores that info as modifiable information and captures the original (unmodified) data that came through your camera’s sensors. Each manufacturer treats the format differently, using a proprietary format. Fortunately, Photoshop and Aperture frequently update their raw technology to support the newest cameras on the market.

Because the raw data is unprocessed, you must essentially “develop” the image data within Photoshop or Aperture. You can choose to adjust several options related to the image, as well as the lens and lighting conditions. You can “tweak” the image after shooting it (as opposed to JPEG, which is limited to the settings you had when shooting).

For more tips like this, check out the book Video Made on a Mac.


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Creating Lower-Third Graphics with Data Sets in Photoshop

Starting with Photoshop CS2, Adobe introduced a new feature called data sets. This allows you to create a set of data that applies variable text, variable visibility settings, or pixel replacement for art layers. This is a great feature for use with templates, especially those for lower-third titles.

By harnessing the power of data sets, you can dramatically speed up the production of repetitive graphics. In fact, by feeding in a text file, hundreds of lower-third graphics can be generated in a few clicks. The advantage of this method is that a producer or production assistant can gather all of the needed names and titles into a single text file (easily created with any word processor). This file can then be loaded to generate as many graphics as needed. While the process is a little tricky at first, it’s pretty easy to get the hang of.

Read the complete article over at Layer Magazine for free...

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Gotta Love Free Fonts

You gotta love free fonts... I found a great article over at designm.ag offering 50 free fonts. These are cleared to use on commercial projects.

"Designers love to have a lot of quality fonts available to them, and fortunately there are some very good free fonts out there. In this post we’ll feature some of the best free fonts that can be used in your commercial designs."
Here are the fonts.
If you’re looking for more, check out these other sites:


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Tips for Creating Better Photoshop Actions

  • Brush strokes, cloning, and most manual tools from the toolbox do not record properly with actions. Instead, use an alternative, such as a Gradient Fill layer (Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient) instead of the Gradient tool.
    • To play a single step of an action, double-click it.
    • If you make a mistake in an action, click Stop. Delete the incorrect steps by dragging them into the Actions panel’s trashcan. Choose Edit > Step Backward as many times as needed. Then click Record and start again from the last good point.
    • Button mode lets you launch actions quickly—just click an action and it runs. You can access the command from the Actions panel submenu. You’ll need to disable Button mode to access recording and editing features.
    • Choose Playback Options from the Actions panel submenu. Specify that you want the actions to play back an action accelerated. Photoshop can process faster than it can redraw the screen.
    • Be sure to back up your custom actions to two locations: the default location and a secondary backup location. This way, a reinstall or upgrade won’t blow away your custom actions.
    • To create an action that will work better on all files, set the rulers set to measure using percentage.
    • Use File > Automate > Fit Image to resize an image for a specific height or width.
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DPI vs. Resolution

One misperception we hear time and time again is about resolution. For the record, video graphics are not 72 dpi. First off, dpi stands for dots per inch (as in printing). Photoshop measures graphics using pixels per inch (ppi).



The resolution of this photo has been reassigned from 300 ppi to 72 ppi. The Document Size (in inches) has changed for printed output. The pixel dimensions and file size remain unchanged at 1920 x 1080 pixels (for a 1080 HD video project).

When dealing with video graphics, resolution doesn't matter. The same HD video file can play back on a laptop, a television, or on a digital projector, and the total number of pixels won't change. To see this clearly, stand really close to a big-screen HD TV; the picture looks soft. Now find a smaller display with an HD signal; the picture looks clearer. This is because HD is HD; the bigger the screen the larger each pixel is displayed, but again resolution doesn't change.



Figure 9.2 The enlarged area shows the individual pixels that make up the butterfly image.

Setting Photoshop to Measure in Pixels
Out of the box, Photoshop is set up for a print workflow (biased isn't it?). This is easy to fix with a simple preference change. You can set rulers and other tools to measure using pixels by default (which will make designing for the video screen easy).
  1. Launch Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Press Command+K to call up your Photoshop preferences.
  3. Click the Units & Rulers preference tab.
  4. Click the Rulers menu and set it to pixels.
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Five Uses for Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge has lots of uses; this video looks at five of its best: Contact Sheets, Web Galleries, Ranking, Reviewing, and Browsing Animation Presets. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.


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Great Profile of Stop Animator

A fascinating documentary on Ray Harryhausen who is a prolific stop motion animator. Some of his work you may have seen includes The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, and Clash of the Titans.



Read More to see parts 2–6

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Eco-Comedy Video Competition

Just got an email from the Center for Environmental Filmmaking which is offering a $1,000 prize.

They are running a contest for filmmakers to create a short, funny video for YouTube which communicates a clear message that strongly motivates a specific behavior change (for example, driving a fuel efficient car, turning down thermostats, or donating to a conservation cause).

Submissions must:
  • Be humorous!
  • Address a critical environmental issue
  • Be an original production
  • Reach a broad audience beyond just environmentalists
  • Be less than 4 minutes

Submissions are due by March 1, 2010. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 23 at the DC Environmental Film Festival.

For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit: http://www.environmentalfilm.org.



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Join Me in San Jose on 1/25 for TWiP Meetup

The This Week in Photography (TWiP) Meetup Group

If you're into digital photography and live in Northern California... join me on Monday, January 25. I'll be attending the TWiP / SmugMug 2010 Town Hall Meetup. The group is organized by Frederick Johnson (@fredeickvan) and is a group for photographers looking to share knowledge and learn.

Here are the details.

Location
San Jose Library (West Valley Branch)
1243 San Tomas Aquino Road
San Jose, CA 95117

Also, Frederick promises –
"I'll be giving one lucky member a *HUGE* prize (you know me). You won't want to miss this meeting."

See you Monday at 7pm



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Sneak Peek at new Adobe Tech

I have seen this first person.. and it is AWESOME. Tons of real-time performance in Premiere Pro and 64-bit Operating Systems. It can also be tied to a really fast graphics card for better performance. The app runs INSANELY great and will hopefully propagate through other Adobe apps like Photoshop and After Effects.



for more information on hardware, check out these blogs:    http://blogs.adobe.com/VideoRoad/2009/11/three_words_youll_be_hearing_a.html    http://blogs.adobe.com/VideoRoad/2009/11/more_on_the_mercury_engine.html    http://blogs.adobe.com/genesisproject/2009/11/technology_sneek_peek_adobe_me.html#more

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Photoshop World Schedule

Some Photoshop World news for you.

  • Early bird registration is $100 off (it expires February 26)
  • I am teaching a DSLR Video Pre-conference session
  • I am teaching 3 Motion Graphics classes
  • I will be showing pre-release copies of the new From Still to Motion book at Peachpit's booth
  • I hope to catch up with many of you at show.

"You've never seen a training camp like this! Photoshop World is the ONLY Photoshop and digital photography conference designed to put you at the top of your game with fast and furious classes from the world's leading experts. Photoshop World is where Photoshop users go to learn hard and play even harder!"



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New Social Media Class in DC and NYC


Here's a new class I am teaching in New York and Washington, DC. I promise to cram in lots of practical advice to get results.

Social Media for Business Professionals
Washington, DC: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 – Register
New York: Thursday, March 11th, 2010 – Register
Time: 6-9pm
Cost: $199

When used correctly, social media tools can help you reach potential customers and keep your current clients engaged and interested. In this informative session you'll learn practical advice that can be implemented immediately. Such as: - How to use Twitter to share your latest news and keep in touch with your best customers - Learning how to set up a corporate page on Facebook to share video, photos, and information - Keeping your business leads up to date with LinkedIn - Creating enjoyable blog posts and content for your readers Target audience: This class is for business professionals looking to increase business opportunities through social media tools. The workshop focusses on practical ways to establish a social media presence that is both effective and maintainable.


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Great Photoshop Training Apps On Sale


Need some Photoshop training? Check out our iPhone and iPod touch apps.They are on sale right now at a special price 99¢ and $1.99.

  • Terry White made it his pick of the week.
  • Jeff Revell at PhotoWalkPro write a very detailed review too.
  • My son thinks it's cool that I used his picture in one of the lessons

If you haven't tried our new training apps, what are you waiting for?

How about our sale!

Understanding Photoshop Quick Fixes is
$.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
Understanding Photoshop Creating Panoramic Photos is
$1.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
(prices good through February 1)

These apps are a lot of work, but I want to see them succeed. We've lowered the prices temporarily so more people will try them out. Tell your friends and try them out (the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive).

  • Includes training videos edited specifically for the iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer. There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help you build your Photoshop knowledge.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.





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Image Processor – Understanding Adobe Photoshop 177

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Photoshops image processor script to batch process a folder of images.  




Like the podcast? Then be sure to check out the companion book.
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Creative COW NAB Party

Creative Cow's NAB Party Announced – Join Me & Dread Zeppelin on Monday Night. Details here.... tickets will be free - but limited. It's AWESOME!

"Well, it's official. Monday night, April 12, 2010, at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino finds Creative COW: YEAR 10 in full swing with a closing set by the legendary Dread Zeppelin. We are celebrating because 2010 marks the 10th year of Creative COW, and who better to welcome COW members to Las Vegas than a reggae-based band of killer musicians playing Led Zeppelin hooks with an Elvis impersonator leading the band?"

Here's the details.

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Using Mail Merge in iWork '09

We've got another episode of MacBreak Work! Rich Harrington shows Alex how to use Mail Merge in iWork '09. This is a great way to create several customized documents from a database.

Here are links to get the free episode.

http://www.pixelcorps.tv/macbreak_work018

http://www.youtube.com/user/macbreaksf

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=308761591

Direct Download





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Vote for a Cover – DSLR Video Book

I need your help... Vote on which cover you like the best for my new book.



These are just rough designs (not final covers) but I want your vote!



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Special Video Book and Content Deal

Our friends at the Peachpit User Group Program are making a special offer for all Mac User Groups who are interested delivering both great information on video production and a great price on a Peachpit book to their members.

Peachpit would like to give your group a unique opportunity to provide your members with high-quality articles and video instruction from Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman’s critically acclaimed Peachpit book, Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite absolutely free.
Get more information – 
here


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Multicamera Trimming in Final Cut Pro

Want to refine a multicamera edit? Learn how to harness the power of trimming to refine the timing of your shots.

To download sample files, visit www.peachpit.com/videomac.



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Photo Effects – Understanding Adobe Photoshop 174



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use layer styles to create image effects in Photoshop CS4.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to
check out the companion book.

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An Interview About my New Book

Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman are both Apple Certified Trainers and have an extensive background in video production. They talk with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about their new book Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite, explain who it is written for, and reveal why the Mac is their platform of choice for professional endeavors.



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Aligning items in Keynote '09

MacBreak Work is back! In this new episode we cover how to align items in a presentation. You'll also learn cool new transitions in Keynote ‘09.

Here are links to get the free episode.

http://www.pixelcorps.tv/macbreak_work017

http://www.youtube.com/user/macbreaksf

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=308761591



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Resize Video with After Effects

Do you ever need to size video for web or multimedia? Instead of wasting time processing those clips with your video compression software – use After Effects. You can get cleaner scaling and much faster processing times using AE.

To make things easier... I have made a template project to save you several steps. You can download it here.

Download it
here (it's my Birthday gift to you)

These templates are designed to convert an HD source to a variety of output formats.
  1. Select either the 1080 or 720 source folder.
    2 Locate the correct target format and open the template.
    3 Import a QuickTime movie of your HD source.
    4 Highlight the layer called Replace Me.
    5 Hold down the Option/Alt key and drag your replacement footage onto the solid layer to swap.
    6 Change the comps duration to match your footage layer’s length by choosing Sequence > Settings.
    7 Add to the Render Queue and render to taste.

Feel free to share this post and the link – tinyurl.com/aeresizer

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This Week in Photography #124

Thanks a lot to Frederick Johnson and Alex Lindsay for having me on This Week in Photography. It's a great show al about photography and related technology. From taking photos of the family to understanding how cameras work to testing state-of-the-art equipment, you'll hear it all on This Week in Photography.

You can hear it on iTunes or on the web – http://www.pixelcorps.tv/twip124

A wrap-up of CES and some of the cool, photography-related product announcements...an interview with HDR expert Tray Ratcliff...and a special guest host, digital-imaging expert Richard Harrington, joins the fray.


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A Beautiful (and Sad) Short Film

This short film was shown to me yesterday by Alex Lindsay and Frederick Johnson when I was visiting for This Week in Photography. It's a beautiful documentary about a man who loses his dog to cancer. The whole piece was produced with a Canon 7D. What I like about it is that the filmmaker truly shows an intimate moment (and one I can relate to as a dog lover). The smaller cameras these days (that can shoot in lower light) are letting us tell stories we never good before.
I present Last Minutes with ODEN

Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.

Thank You Jason Wood for allowing us this moment.

Oden's struggle with cancer finally came to an end.

May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal.





Comments please....

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Fading Filters - Understanding Adobe Photoshop 176

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use the fade command to get more out of your Photoshop filters. Distributed by Tubemogul.



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Editors Retreat This Week

I head to the Editors Retreat event in Miami tomorrow (this is my sixth time going - it's that good). Lots of great networking and training events for all. I'll have some resources (and hopefully one of my sessions posted this week). Hope to see some of you at the event.

An intensive, interactive environment for TV, video and film editors that fosters creativity and the exchange of ideas at the highest level.

  • Four Days of Sessions in Multiple Tracks.
  • Award-Winning Keynote Speakers.
  • Daily Social Networking with Experts.
  • Numerous Prizes.
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Type Effects – Understanding Adobe Photoshop 173



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to create text effects with layer styles in Photoshop CS4.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to
check out the companion book.

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We Got That B-Roll

This is a funny video (thanks to John Nack for pointing it out). For those not in the know, b-roll is typically stock footage that helps illustrate what a video project is about. It covers up the A-roll (or talking head and narration parts). For those in the video industry, you'll love the "That's not B-roll" line.





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New Year's Resolutions for Photographers

The folks over at This Week in Photography have a great post on resolutions for the new year. These are goals every photographer should strive for.

"Now, I just have to commit the time and passion required to become a great photographer. In that spirit, I think we should all try to keep these 10 New Years Resolutions. Now, everyone say after me:

1. I will learn how to use my camera.

This seems like an obvious point, but we are all guilty of skipping our camera manual and just fiddling with settings. Ah, this one works right? Spot-metering? Why not. Hey, what does that button do? Seems to make things darker. Hmm. I'm going to admit something to you that I ask you to keep hush-hush. I haven't actually read my 5DMKII manual. I know. Horrible! I'm guilty of arbitrary button pushing and royally messing up shots because I don't really know how to use my camera. Let's all become technical experts of our cameras this year. Deal?"


Keep reading over at their blog.
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Shot Types –The Language of Cinema

When shooting a scene, you'll typically favor getting multiple shots. This process is referred to as getting coverage. Just as a single photo can say so much, combining multiple angles together can tell the story better (letting you show interesting details or emotions). This process is important because it allows for more flexibility in editing. You can choose to condense, action, cover mistakes, or even direct the viewer's attention with a variety of shot types. These shots have a language of their own. Knowing the most common shot types lets crew members talk to each other.



Wide Shot (WS) – A wide shot (also called an establishing shot) is useful to show the entire subject. With a person, this usually means seeing from the top of their heads to the bottom of their feet.

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A Thousand Free Fonts

Always nice to find a free resources. Here are a thousand+ free fonts – The folks at Brands of the World have a ton of great fonts up for download (all totally free).

You can search alphabetically:
http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/fonts/catalogue/

Or you can search by style
http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/fonts/categories/


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Aperture Book Gets Perfect Review

Always nice to have one of my books get a 10/10 review – go team! Thanks to the folks over at MyMac.com for a detailed review of our Aperture 2 book.

"Aperture 2: Professionally Manage Digital Photographs goes into every little things that Aperture can do for you. While you can easily see and use the sliders in the interface, it is not obvious by looking at them that using a modifier key will improve the tools' functionality. They are also describing features like round-tripping to an external editor, such as Photoshop. And if your camera RAW file format is not yet recognized by Aperture, did you know you can use a free DNG converter from Adobe to be able to edit it in Aperture without having to wait for Apple to update the software? I point this out, because historically speaking Adobe has been faster to implement RAW decodes for new cameras than Apple ever was."

See the whole review here.

Get the book here.

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Capturing Video for After Effects



You can capture video for an After Effects project using Premiere Pro. Learn how to quickly switch applications to pull in new footage from tape. To download sample files, visit
www.peachpit.com/videomac.

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A Great Game for Typophiles


Here's a game to test your typographic knowledge – It's Cheese or Font? http://cheeseorfont.mogrify.org
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Video Data Rate Calculator for iPhone


AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced today the release of AJA DataCalc. AJA DataCalc is a free storage requirement calculator designed for video professionals and is available now as a free download from the Apple iTunes Store here.
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Calibrating a Computer Display

Want to learn how to do a basic computer monitor calibration? Check out this video.
To download sample files, visit www.peachpit.com/videomac.




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