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iPhoto tutorial: Refining the black and white effect with temperature


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to improve black and white conversions by enhancing Definition and Contrast before applying the B&W effect, and refining the results with the Temperature slider. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-tutorials/Enhancing-Photos-iPhoto/115961-2.html?u....

This tutorial is a single movie from the Enhancing Photos with iPhoto course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and shows how to increase the quality of your photos using iPhoto.

Introduction
1. Controlling the iPhoto Interface
2. Essential Repairs
3. Improving Exposure
4. Improving Color
5. Black and White Effects
6. Polishing an Image
7. Managing Changes to Photos
Conclusion

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Photofocus with Special Guest Frederick Van Johnson

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Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes
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Photofocus catches up with photographer and podcaster Frederick Van Johnson.
  • Frederick’s start as a combat photographer
  • How companies like Apple and Adobe are evolving to build new tools for photographers
  • Practical advice for getting more eyeballs for your photography
  • Why you need a Pinterest account
  • Why Google+ may be a photographer love-fest, but not good for business
  • Why you want customer testimonials
  • Optimize your images for the web and making them easier to find.
  • Favorite photo apps for smart phones
  • Favorite plugins for photo processing
  • The camera bag you’ll want to get if you fly on planes

Download the episode here…
If you want to try Frederick’s marketing course, he has a bunch of free samples posted. you can check it out here 
http://essentialwebmarketing.com/sales-2/
If you like it, here’s a discount code: PHOTOFOCUS to save $50

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Shooting Slow Motion


Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In this episode, Rich will reveal how to get slow motion effects with over cranking in a DSLR camera.

Join Rich out in the field as he shoots some basketball players with his DSLR camera using different frame rate options. Then, follow along back in the studio where you will see how the different shots are created by using Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

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Time to Update to Adobe Camera Raw 7.3

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I know you’ve been busy with the holidays, so you may have missed that a new Adobe Camera Raw plugin was officially released.
It is only downloadable as an update through Adobe Photoshop CS6.
  • Launch Adobe Photoshop.
  • Choose Help > Updates.
  • Run any updates that show up in the Adobe Application Manager by clicking the Update button.

The following cameras are now supported.
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon PowerShot S110
  • Canon PowerShot G15
  • Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000
  • Casio Exilim EX-FC300S
  • Leica M-E
  • Nikon 1 V2
  • Nikon D5200
  • Nikon D600
  • Olympus PEN E-PL5
  • Olympus PEN E-PM2
  • Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS
  • Panasonic DMC-GH3
  • Pentax K-5 II
  • Pentax K-5 IIs
  • Pentax Q10
  • Sony DSC-RX1
  • Sony NEX-VG30
  • Sony NEX-VG900

Download Links

Camera Raw 7.3 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6
DNG Converter 7.3 - 
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Choosing the Right Frame Rate and Frame Size


Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. This episode will reveal how to choose the proper frame rate and frame size when shooting with a DSLR video camera. Follow Rich as he explains the difference between frame sizes and frame rates and which is appropriate for different shooting scenarios. Then, watch as he takes you into a DSLR camera menu and shows you how to choose your frame size and rate.

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DSLR tutorial: Setting levels


This digital video tutorial explains how to get your audio recorders set up to record at the right levles. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-.... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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iPhoto tutorial: Changing the page layout with options


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to take control of your page layout with Book Settings options such as Auto-Layout pages and Include the Apple logo at the end of the book. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-tutorials/Creating-Photo-Books-iPhoto/115960-2.ht.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Creating Photo Books with iPhoto course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and and shows how to make thoughtful, personalized gifts of photo books with iPhoto. Introduction 1. Getting Ready to Make a Book 2. Choosing a Book Theme 3. Customizing Layout for an iPhoto Book 4. Text and Captions 5. Formatting Images in a Book 6. Using Maps in a Book Layout 7. Finalizing a Book 8. Creating the Book 9. Other Export Options Conclusion

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Photoshop tutorial: Animating a logo with keyframes in Photoshop


This Photoshop tutorial shows how to animate a logo with the video editing timeline, with a rubber banding technique: setting keyframes at landing places and stretching them out. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Photoshop-Video-Editors-Core-Ski.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Photoshop for Video Editors: Core Skills course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 8 minutes long and shows how to use Photoshop to perform typical video editing tasks, like lens correction, color grading, and more. Introduction 1. Pixels Demystified 2. Preparing a Photo 3. Creating a Logo Bug 4. Animating a Logo 5. Gradient Wipes 6. Correcting Lens Distortion 7. Using Actions for Video Workflows 8. Advanced Color Grading and Effects 9. Enhancing Depth of Field 10. The Photoshop/Premiere Pro/After Effects Relationship Conclusion

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Adjusting ISO When Shooting Video


This digital video tutorial explains how to boost your ISO without adding noise or overexposing. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/video-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips/103707-2.html?utm_medium....

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Checking the info on an image in iPhoto


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to check the image info in order to find the file format and resolution, which may impact image processing. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-

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Photoshop tutorial: Using the Spot Color effect


This Photoshop tutorial shows how to apply a spot color effect to a black and white image with the Lighten and Darken blending modes and the Black & White adjustment's color channels. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Photoshop-Video-Editors-Core-Ski.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Photoshop for Video Editors: Core Skills course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 8 minutes long and shows how to use Photoshop to perform typical video editing tasks, like lens correction, color grading, and more. Introduction 1. Pixels Demystified 2. Preparing a Photo 3. Creating a Logo Bug 4. Animating a Logo 5. Gradient Wipes 6. Correcting Lens Distortion 7. Using Actions for Video Workflows 8. Advanced Color Grading and Effects 9. Enhancing Depth of Field 10. The Photoshop/Premiere Pro/After Effects Relationship Conclusion

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Adjusting Shutter Speed



This digital video tutorial explains how the golden rule of shutter speed (twice the frame rate, divided by 100) and when you might want to deviate from it. Watch more at
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How to Prep a Photo for a Video Timeline in 60 seconds


A short tutorial on sizing photos for use video projects. This is a super easy technique and very fast.
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DSLR Tutorial: Why use a dedicated audio recorder?


This digital video tutorial explains how to get better quality audio with a dedicated audio recorder. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/video-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips/103707-2.html

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Making Long Exposures without a Tripod

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A fun technique when shooting water is to go for the long exposure.  The water goes silky and becomes great to look at.  For many, this type of shooting means a solid tripod and a remote release.  But what happens if you don’t own those items (or have them with you)?  That’s easy…  improvise.
  • Put the camera in manual mode and set it on a flat surface like a bench, garbage can, or railing.
  • Set your aperture to the smallest aperture you have.
  • Attach a ND filter if you have one.
  • Set the timer delay on the camera.  This way after you push the button to release the shutter, the camera will wait a few seconds before firing (this will stabilize the shot).
  • Turn on in-camera noise reduction.
  • Fire away.


For more photo techniques, check out Photofocus —
www.Photofocus.com

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The Obligation of Being a Professional Communicator

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I don’t usually do this on my blog, but I am stepping onto my soapbox. I am not going to talk about the causes of violence, constitutional amendments or civil rights. I have my feelings about all of those, but this is not the place.

What I am going to talk about is the obligation that I share with many others... that of being a professional communicator. I studied journalism and worked in the field for many years. I left in part because I became frustrated with the path that it was on (and have since become even more frustrated). Journalism is about reporting and discovering the truth, not spewing opinions and repeating the same images repeatedly until they imprint upon the brain.

Many of you reading my blog have the knowledge to create. Perhaps it’s graphics, photos, or videos. You know how to tell a story and show meaning. I challenge you to do so for something that matters.

Right now we have a world that is racing towards ignorance. In the last few weeks I have seen the following acts occur.
  • A sensationalized story milking an act of random kindness between a homeless man and a police officer. Where is the social justice of staffing and supporting shelters for those who’ve lost the path to self-sufficiency?
  • A newspaper running a photo and story of a man pushed to his death on a train platform. Nothing was to be gained by running the photo except pure profit.
  • Politically chest puffing over a country that continues to plummet towards greater financial instability.
  • The refusal to pass a UN proclamation protecting the rights of those with disabilities.
  • A rush to dissect and blame the horrible deaths of school children and teachers. Everyone offered up solutions and things to blame. So few mourned or took time to experience grief.

Here is my challenge to you. Start showing the world what type of place it can be. Document the good works that happen in your world. Showcase the causes and people that need volunteers and money. Give of your time to help others, but most importantly your talents. Help spread the word through the power of photos, videos, writing, and viviid imagery.

You have talent.... Please start making a difference with it. Choose clients wisely, donate your time and skill where you can. Think before you repost something rooted in hate. The ability for humans to show kindness and compassion still exists.

I know we can be better... I know I can be better.

Please let’s start working together to make the world better.

Use the comments below to offer stories you know of or causes that can use help.

Here are a few groups that I’ve interacted with that make a difference. You can get involved with them or another.


If you need to find other causes, this site is good at understanding charities and their efficiency in getting their work done.
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DSLR Tutorial: What is a Monopod?



This digital video tutorial explains why you might use a monopod: they're lightweight, taller than tripods, and ideal for shooting large events. Watch more at
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Talking About Lens Flare


This digital video tutorial explains the difference between intentional and accidental lens flare and their causes. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-....

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From InDesign to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite — Creating Apps



TAP!2013 is about a month away (tap2013.com). How'd you like a free taste? Join President of Bates Creative, Debbie Bates-Schrott as she shares important strategies about integrating apps into your pipeline. If your digital strategy for 2013 include a tablet app the you should check out Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. In this webinar you'll learn how to plan your first app and folio.
Planning before action will win you praise from your readers and your internal audiences. Learn from President of Bates Creative Group and TAP! 2013 Keynote Speaker Debbie Bates-Schrott on how to be strategic in planning for this flexible and fluid medium.

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How to Get Great Video Interviews


Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich as he reveals great tips and techniques on how to achieve a good interview. From establishing a proper relationship with your subject, to eye-line, feedback, and how to ask follow-up questions, Rich will sit down with filmmaker Irene Magafan to talk about her newest documentary.

AdoramaTV features talented hosts including: Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Joe McNally, Joe DiMaggio, Tamara Lackey, Bryan Peterson, and Rich Harrington.
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Motion Graphics Tutorial: Using Blending Modes for Design


This motion graphics tutorial shows how to use blend modes in After Effects to create interesting abstract backgrounds from live-action footage. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Practical-Motion-Background-Work....
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What Causes Camera Shake?


This digital video tutorial explains what causes shaky footage (probably the camera operator) and how to solve it (with image stabilization, tripods, and other suggestions.) Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/video-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips/103707-2.html

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Canon EOS-6D First Look Review


Adorama Photography TV presents the Canon EOS-6D Digital SLR. Adorama TV host Rich Harrington gets his hands on a Canon 6D. He takes it out for a long day of shooting under different conditions in Las Vegas (including a bunch of lowlight shooting). A full review is coming shortly, but we wanted you do see what the Canon 6D can do.

AdoramaTV features talented hosts including: Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Joe McNally, Joe DiMaggio, Tamara Lackey, Bryan Peterson, and Rich Harrington.

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Motion Graphics Tutorial: Dancing Shadows



This motion graphics tutorial shows how to create interesting abstract backgrounds for your effects by moving a light source around a reflective object, such as jewelry, to create the illusion of abstract dancing shadows. Watch more at
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What is a DSLR Loupe?


This digital video tutorial explains how to use an external video loupe to magnify the actual image that you're seeing on the camera LCD and to block ambient light. Watch more at
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What are Prime Lenses?


This digital video tutorial explains prime lenses—a simple lens use less glass in the lens and are often sharper, faster, and good to get standard length shots. Watch more at
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An Interesting Webinar About Bad Robot and JJ Abrams Workflow

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While I'm not that interested in Avid workflow these days, I must say that this
webinar looks interesting. One of my favorite production companies is going to walk through their technical approach to editing and effects.

If you’ve watched any popular TV show or film in the past few years, you’ve no doubt seen the redheaded robot logo at the end of every Bad Robot production. Now get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of Hollywood’s hottest film/TV production companies, which features Avid© solutions at its core, by signing up to attend this special Avid webinar.

Join Avid’s Matt Feury and Bad Robot’s editorial, sound, and VFX teams for a discussion on the unique workflows the teams are using to create the upcoming movie, Star Trek into Darkness.



Register now
Monday, December 10, 2012
11am PT / 2pm ET
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GigaPan Epic Pro: Hands-On Overview


Adorama Photography TV presents the GigaPan Epic Pro Robotic Panohead. This pro-level kit is designed to help create fantastic multi-pixel panoramic images for print or web interactivity. This product is perfect for making very detailed, zoom-able images that can be posted on social media websites or on personal blogs.

Join Rich as he takes you step-by-step through the GigaPan set-up and then shows you how to manage the menu control system. Be sure to catch Rich in the upcoming GigaPan episode where he will reveal how to stitch your new photos together with the GigaPan Stitch software to create incredible panoramic images.
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Almost Free Workshop on Video and Photoshop CS6 in NYC

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I've got a "free workshop" at Adorama on January 27, 2013. Sign up HERE.
It costs $25 to hold your spot (seating limited) but you get a full refund by way of a $25 gift card for the store (which you can sip at before or after the class).

Get Started Editing Video with Adobe Photoshop CS6

Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 12:30PM - 4:30PM
Event location: The Adorama Building, 42 West 18th Street 5th Floor


Event Description:
With the release of Photoshop CS6, Adobe introduced the ability to edit video footage. Come along with AdoramaTV's Richard Harrington as he guides you through this brand-new workflow, from building a sequence to working with audio and exporting your video in a variety of high-quality formats.

Learn how Photoshop’s strongest feature, its image enhancement toolset, translates over to video, from fixing under or overexposed footage, performing color balancing, and adding vibrance and contrast to special effects, such as converting to black and white, and using Smart Filters to soften skin.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • Understanding the video file formats supported in Photoshop
  • Controlling playback in the Timeline
  • Building a sequence
  • Organizing and editing A-roll and B-roll footage
  • Adding transitions, adjusting volume, adding music
  • Color balancing a shot, adjusting contrast
  • Adding a lower-third graphic and animating text
  • Exporting to H.264 or QuickTime

Requirements:
Skill level: Intermediate

You should be comfortable with and have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (no beginners please), but a novice with video is okay.

Bring your own laptop (can be Mac or PC) if you want to follow along, and make sure it is fully charged as there won't be enough wall outlets for charging.

Please make sure to bring headphones to listen to audio through your computer if you intend to edit along with Richard—this is a must. Install Photoshop CS6 or load the 30-day demo prior to class.

Practice footage that will be used during the class will be provided to registered attendees through an email with a download link—this will be sent to the email you register with a few days before the event, please make sure and check for it and download it before the event.

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Free Webinar to Master Adobe Digital Publishing Suite This Wednesday

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TAP!2013 is about a month away. How'd you like a free taste? Join President of Bates Creative, Debbie Bates-Schrott as she shares important strategies about integrating apps into your pipeline. If your digital strategy for 2013 include a tablet app the you should check out Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. In this weboinar you'll learn how to plan your first app and folio.

Planning before action will win you praise from your readers and your internal audiences. Learn from President of Bates Creative Group and TAP! 2013 Keynote Speaker Debbie Bates-Schrott on how to be strategic in planning for this flexible and fluid medium.

A free event — Join us on Wednesday, December 5th at 2:00PM EST!
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Watch the Recorded Adobe Premiere Pro Switcher Webinar

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As you make the switch to Adobe® Premiere Pro, you'll find many ways to get things done. What you may miss are some hidden gems you don’t know to look for. In this fast paced webinar, join Richard Harrington as he shares the advanced techniques that will speed up your workflow. This webinar is designed for experienced editors who want to jump in and get results. You'll learn at a rapid fire pace and get easy to implement time savers to boost your productivity.

  • Topics covered include
  • Project and sequence setup
  • The Media Browser plus linking and interpreting media
  • Interpreting RED .r3d Files after the shoot
  • Analyzing footage and searching speech to text translations or transcripts
  • Working with transitions and effects
  • Intermediate and advanced color correction techniques
  • The Automate to Sequence command to cut on the beat of music
  • Editing from the bin and using Hoverscrub
  • Adjsutment layers and special effects
  • Audio preferences and meters
  • Configuring workspaces and layouts
  • Plus commentary from Adobe Premiere Pro product manger Al Mooney

See it here –
http://seminars.adobeconnect.com/p38n7zctggx/
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Start with a Compelling Title

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The title of your eBook, app, or web video series needs to instantly capture the attention of your audience. Your title is most likely the first exposure someone will have to your digital content. There truly is something to the saying “You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” Your  title has only a few seconds to attract your target audience, grab their attention, and make them want to read, purchase, or watch.
A good title instantly tells people what your digital content is about.  Avoid “clever” puns that people have to think about. I find that being short and to the point works best. Many websites, online stores, and web video directories have character limits as to how many letters can be displayed.
Get to the point and hammer it in.

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What is a Matte Box?


This digital video tutorial explains what a matte box is, and how it can protect your video from flares and also hold filters for your camera. Watch more at
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Zoom, Zoom, and Check Focus on a DSLR

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If want to check focus, you need to take a few extra steps. Just turning on the LCD and glancing at it won’t cut it. The small screen makes everything look more in focus because it can’t show you all the pixels at once. The reduced image size creates the illusion of a sharper image.
If you want to really see what is in focus, you’ll need to zoom, and then zoom some more. If you’re using a zoom lens, zoom in as tight as possible on your subject. Zooming in on an area like the eyes works well; a button on a shirt works well too. You’ll then need to digitally zoom.
Typically, you’ll find a Zoom button (look for a magnifying glass with a plus symbol in it) on your camera. Pressing it will enlarge the image on your screen and only show you part of the image. You may need to use the command dial to navigate around the zoomed in pixels. Find the detail area that you want to focus on.

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Zooming in on your LCD can help you check focus before you roll a video shot.

You can then use the focus ring on your camera to tweak the focus. Make minor turns to find the ideal focus. If needed, adjust the aperture and ISO settings of your camera to refine the depth of field. When you’re satisfied, you can either press the Zoom Out button or just press the Record button to roll the camera.
Be sure to check out the book — Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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Detailed Adobe Premiere & Dynamic Linking Workflow

Detailed Adobe Premiere & Dynamic Linking Workflow from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

Here's a detailed Adobe CS5.5 Premiere workflow example I recorded with Vincent Laforet. He's been using over the past few months with solid success with both Canon HDSLR footage and RED Epic footage. It shows Dynamic linking with After Effects as well as REDCine X.

Go to the 24:51 mark to see the RED workflow specifically.

For more of Vincent's workflow and data management go to:
blog.vincentlaforet.com/2011/07/29/workflow/
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How Rough is it Getting to Be a Filmmaker?

Freelance Filmmaking PSA from Matthew McDonald on Vimeo.



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New Photoshop Features Coming December 11


I told you that Creative Cloud customers would be getting new features sooner. Be sure to watch the video to see what's coming in the next Photoshop update.

Make sure you sign up for the event on December 11 – Details here
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The Exposure Triangle

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An essential concept in photography is the exposure triangle. Three settings in your camera affect how your camera exposes an image: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. If you’re used to shooting in Automatic mode, you may have never adjusted these properties. However, if you’ve used Aperture or Shutter Priority mode, you’ve started to dabble with manual control.
When shooting video, you’ll likely need to shoot entirely in Manual mode and take precise control over all three properties to get the exposure you need. Even if you think you’ve mastered exposure for your DSLR when shooting stills, keep reading. Getting the correct exposure for video is more complicated because of video’s limitations.

Shutter Speed

The first property you’ll set is the side of the triangle with the least flexibility. The shutter speed controls how long your camera stays open when you take a photo. It has a similar function in video because it greatly impacts how much light comes through. The shutter speed also controls the amount of motion blur in an image.

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The camera was locked down on a tripod and properly exposed for this shot. When my son is moving quickly, the shutter speed emphasizes the motion blur; when he’s moving slowly or holding still, he’s much more in focus.

To simulate a filmic image, you need to use the optimum shutter angle to accompany the 24p frame rate in a DSLR. You can use this simple formula:

one second ÷ (frame rate x 2)

For example, when shooting 24 fps, you would set your light meter to a 1/48 second exposure time (you may only have 1/50 as a choice). At 30 fps, you would use 1/60 of a second. Following this guideline will help ensure that the motion blur created by the camera looks natural.
Can this rule be broken? Of course. There are two instances in which you will break this rule:

  • If you want to take on a more stylized approach to your video, you can change the shutter speed. A long shutter speed creates more motion blur and streaking. A shorter speed creates more of a hyper-action look with staccato movements.
  • If all else fails and you can’t get the exposure you need, you can change the shutter speed to let more (or even less) light into the camera. However, this change should only be made after you’ve exhausted the available aperture and ISO options.

Aperture

An easy way to think of aperture is as a window. The bigger the window, the more light you let into your camera. Easy enough, right? Of course, a lower number for the f-stop means a bigger opening (which can seem backwards at first).

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The lower the f-stop, the wider the aperture. A wider opening lets more light into your camera. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Image by Cbuckley and Dicklyon.

The advantage of having a lower f-stop means that you have more control over how much light gets into the camera. This sounds easy; just use the lowest number, right? Well, it’s not that simple. Here are a few details to consider:

  • The more you open the aperture, the shallower the depth of field. When shooting with an f/1.4 lens, you can literally have a person’s nose in focus while the ears are out of focus.
  • A lens with a lower f-stop is often more expensive. Most kit lenses have f-stops that range from f/4 to f/6. On the other hand, professional zooms can get as fast as f/2.8 and professional prime lenses (fixed focal length) can get even faster.
  • Cheaper zoom lenses change their f-stop as you move through the zoom. This can lead to an exposure change in the middle of a video shot if you attempt to use the zoom options.
Typically, I’ll use aperture as my first control for exposure. After I’ve locked in my ISO, I then adjust my aperture to achieve a proper exposure. Often, aperture can be used to control the depth of field in an image (how soon the image starts to go out of focus). For many, this shallow depth of field is a desirable aspect to shooting on a DSLR.

ISO


Your camera has an ISO setting that controls how sensitive its sensor is to light. The lower the number, the less sensitive the sensor is. For most cameras, an ISO setting of 100 is considered the base setting. This ISO works well when shooting under bright lights or sunny days.
As lighting conditions change, you can bump up the ISO setting to 200 or 400 to deal with mixed lighting or overcast days. Higher ISO settings, like 800, 1250, and even 1600, can be used for nighttime and low-light shooting. Many newer DSLR cameras offer even higher ISO settings.
However, it’s important to remember that cranking up the ISO is literally like turning up the volume. As the signal is amplified, the amount of visible noise increases. For still workflows, this noise can often be cleaned up with filters. For video, you’re out of luck. Too much noise will result in a grainy image with dancing pixels. Be sure to test your camera and determine how high of an ISO setting you’re comfortable using.

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The noise becomes very visible in this low-light image. In this case, an ISO of 6400 was used; however, it produces an unusable image. Be careful not to boost your ISO too high when shooting in low light, or visible noise will ruin the shot.

Be sure to check out the book — Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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Why Does My Footage Jitter?


This digital video tutorial explains how incorrect shutter settings can make footage jittery, and how you can set it correctly.

This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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One Day Sale on Cool Tiffen Apps

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Two of my favorite iOS apps are on sale. I love Tiffen's filters…. and they work on your iOS device too! For Cyber Monday (November 26 only) the apps are on sale.

Tiffen Photo fx iPhone and iPod Touch App

Optimized for the iPhone 5 and newest iPod Touch, Photo fx is the most comprehensive, feature rich photo app available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Featuring simulations of many of our award-winning Tiffen glass filters, plus specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, natural light and photographic effects along a clever paint system with a variety of brushes are now at your fingertips.
Sale Price: $0.99


Tiffen Photo fx Ultra iPad App

Photo fx Ultra includes all the great features from the iPhone App and takes advantage of the greater "real estate" on the iPad and iPad Mini. Find out why "Pocket Lint" named Photo fx Ultra the App of the Day saying: "This app is absolutely essential for the keen photographer, but so simple that it could be used by anyone."
Sale Price:$2.99

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My Schedule at GV Expo

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I'll be speaking at GV Expo this week. The conference is held in Washington, DC. I hope to see some of you there. There's also a vibrant trade show filled with video gear you should check out.

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Buy At Least One Prime Lens

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When you bought your DSLR, it probably came with a zoom lens that easily lets you get a wide range of coverage with just a quick twist of the wrist. So, why on earth would you go back in time and pick up a prime lens that only offers a single focal length?
It’s all about aperture.
Most prime lenses offer apertures that open as far f/1.2 to f/2. These wide openings let in a lot more light, which is truly useful when shooting in existing light or low-light environments.
Prime lenses are universally faster than zoom lenses and typically are much cheaper as well. This is due to the way the lenses are manufactured. Prime lenses have fewer moving parts and elements than zoom lenses.
Having a prime lens or two in your kit will really come in handy in the following situations:
  • When you need to shoot in very low-light conditions
  • When you want to shoot with a shallow depth of field to blur your background or give the video a more filmic look

Be sure to check out the book —
Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots
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Go Figure by the Family Online Safety Institute


Some facts about how youth use technology to access information. This video is a collection of interesting facts about the state of the net as well as usage of portable media players and mobile devices. This video was art directed by me and produced by my company RHED Pixel.

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How to Get Any Software in Mac App Store for 20% Off

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I figured out this deal last year. Best Buy always drops $100 iTunes cards to $80 over Black Friday weekend. Free shipping included. You are limited to 3 per order. But not 3 total. I just ordered 15 cards (yes, I spend that much on software and digital publications easily in a year). The codes work on iTunes, the iBook store, and the Mac App Store.

Enjoy.

Direct Link – http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple+-+%24100+iTunes+Gift+Card/4056157.p?id=1218452832749&skuId=4056157
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Amazon Wins EU Battle Over E-Book Pricing

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It looks like  European Union regulators will end the antitrust probe over e-book pricing.  Apple and four publishers made an offer which Amazon accepted to ease price restrictions.  This agreement allows Amazon to sell books cheaper than other outlets if they choose (even below cost as a loss leader).
For the full story,
head over to Reuters.
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My Books are On Sale for a Short Time

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Looking for a discount on some of my books or videos? Here's the complete list.

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  • Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro, 2nd Edition Book EBOOK
  • Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book EBOOK
  • Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots Book EBOOK
  • Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite Studio Techniques Book EBOOK
  • From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR Book



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Holiday Photo Clinic – Better Pictures to Share

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This is a repeat.. but its useful info (especially this time of year). Join me as I tackle 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 my training be sure to check out my book,
Understanding Photoshop CS6.


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What is an Electronic Viewfinder?


This digital video tutorial explains what an EVF, or electronic view finder, is, and why they provide a higher resolution view of your scene. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-....
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Adjustment Layers in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

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Learn how to apply global effects in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to speed up your workflow. This video was recorded at the NAB Conference.
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Using Twitter To Build An Audience

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Twitter is one of the most powerful marketing tools on the planet, and it’s absolutely free. But knowing how to make it work to your benefit while still attracting and holding an audience takes work. In this free TAP! webinar, Social media experts Scott Bourne and Rich Harrington will discuss the best practices for attracting, building and maintaining your Twitter audience and how to market to them without sounding like a constant commercial. They’ll also talk about how to data mine Twitter for leads.

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Multi-camera editing in Premiere Pro CS6


This Premiere Pro CS6 tutorial describes how to use the Multi-Camera monitor for faster production of live music and other events. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Premiere-Pro-CS-New-Features/1010...

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Israel On My Mind

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I've shared some photos from my trip to Israel this summer. A look at some of the people and small details of its cities. Here's hoping for some peace again soon.

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My Thoughts on the Nikon D600


Adorama Photography TV presents the Nikon D600 Digital SLR. In this episode, I show you what Nikon's latest Digital SLR is all about.

Join Rich as he walks you through the many features and modes of this amazing camera. Watch as he explains all that it can do, such as shooting RAW and uncompressed HD video. Then, follow along as he takes you through the menu system for a closer look.

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Adapting HDMI to SDI

This digital video tutorial explains the benefits of the pro SDI format and shows how to convert your HDMI connections to HD-SDI. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-....

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Adobe Sneak Peaks at Create Now Live

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Adobe is hosting a special event about Adobe Creative Cloud on December 11, 2012, starting at 10AM PST.

Create Now Live is an online event hosted on Facebook. Be sure to visit the event at http://on.fb.me/Sj0YBZ
You can register here –
http://www.adobeeventsonline.com/createevent/?sdid=KBANZ

Why attend?
  • Be first to find out what’s new in Adobe Creative Cloud, including products and features exclusively for members.
  • See what’s next in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Hear from Adobe evangelists and designers, photographers and filmmakers, who are breaking the creative mold.
    • Iconic design agency Karlssonwilker talks about taking their unique design sensibility to the web.
    • Go behind the scenes of "A Liars Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman" with Animation Director Justin Weyers.
    • Kelby Media Group CEO Scott Kelby shows off hidden gems in Photoshop CS6.

Registration is not required to view the event.
Registered participants will receive speaker updates and a promo code for a $300 early bird discount on Adobe MAX 2013.

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Keying Greenscreen Video in Premiere Pro and After Effects


Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich as he reveals professional keying techniques using Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

In this episode you will learn how to use Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 tools such as the 8-point Garbage Matte and Ultra Key to create the initial or placeholder key. Then, watch as Rich kicks the project over the After Effects to create the final project using elements like Keylight and 3D Lights.
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DSLR tutorial: What is Moiré?


This DSLR video tutorial explains the effects of moiré, interference that appears when filming detailed patterns or weaves such as in clothing, and the how to fix it. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-....

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Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery In-Depth

Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery from Future Media Concepts on Vimeo.


Learn how to take control over focus and depth of field using Photoshop CS6. This video was recorded at the NAB Conference.
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Finding Your Tribe Online

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This is a preview of TAP!2013 — A conference I am helping organize about digital publishing and content.

The widespread use of social networks has fundamentally changed how human beings connect and communicate. In this session, TAP! speaker Alexandra Gebhardt will help you learn how to find your audience ‘tribes’ so you can maximize the impact and exposure of your content and connect with your readers.

We will review the differences in behavior, language, and culture across various social networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and others. You will leave understanding how to fine-tune your content to appeal to the passion and tribe of each audience, the inherent traits that make us ‘human’ and encourage us to help, create conversations, and take action.
You will also learn how to think differently about your target audience and find creative ways to attract new readers who are excited about your content.

Want to save $15 off the con
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Free Webinar from the Smartest Person I Know on Twitter

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I'm one of the organizer's for a brand new conference called TAP!2013. It's all about digital publishing, social media, app development, and thriving in the new world of digital content creation. To give you a free taste, I'm hosting a webinar with the super savvy Scott Bourne.

Plus if you register for the webinar, you'll get a discount code for the webinar that will add up to $300 off the registration price (nearly half off!).

TAP! 2013 FREE WEBINAR: Using Twitter to Build an Audience: How to Attract an Audience for your Digital Publication or Mobile App


Wedenesday, November 14th, 12:00pm EST

Twitter is one of the most powerful marketing tools on the planet, and it’s absolutely free. But knowing how to make it work to your benefit while still attracting and holding an audience takes work. In this free TAP! webinar, Podcasting experts Scott Bourne and Rich Harrington will discuss the best practices for attracting, building and maintaining your Twitter audience and how to market to them without sounding like a constant commercial. They’ll also talk about how to datamine Twitter for leads.

Join us Wednesday, November 14, at 12:00pm EST!
Sign up for free HERE
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DSLR tutorial: What is rolling shutter?


This DSLR video tutorial explains the effects of rolling shutter, artifacts that appear as wobble, skew, smear, and partial exposure, and the technical reason it occurs. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-...

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The Refine Edge command in Adobe Photoshop


This Motion Control 3D tutorial shows how to analyze a photo and make precise selections with the Refine Edge command in Photoshop. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Motion-Control-3D-Bringing-Your-.... This tutorial is a single movie from the fourth chapter of the Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using the Motion Control 3D plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

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Time-Lapse in Final Cut Pro X


AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. In this episode, Rich answers some of your recent questions about the time-lapse workflow on a mac computer.

Join him as he takes you through the process of building a time-lapse sequence using Final Cut Pro 10.

In earlier episodes, you learned how to work with your processed or RAW files in Adobe After Effects, including techniques such as color stabilizing, adding a vignette, or scaling and sizing over time. The Final Cut Pro 10 post-production process is the next step when creating compelling and unique time-lapse animations.
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Free Adobe Premiere Pro Webinars

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Looking for some great, free training about Adobe Premiere Pro? Don't miss this great webinar.

Ask a Video Pro for Switchers Part 2 — Tips & Tricks for Switching to Premiere Pro

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10 am Pacific Time | 1 pm Eastern Time

As you make the switch to Adobe® Premiere Pro, you'll find many ways to get things done. What you may miss are some hidden gems you don’t know to look for. In this fast paced webinar, join Richard Harrington as he shares the advanced techniques that will speed up your workflow. This webinar is designed for experienced editors who want to jump in and get results. You'll learn at a rapid fire pace and get easy to implement time savers to boost your productivity.

Register today – http://adobe.ly/p6ZMbd 
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Work with Sony F65 Footage Natively in Premiere Pro

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Want to work with the Sony's F65 footage as RAW files in Adobe Premiere Pro? There's a brand new plug-in available. Be sure to download the new F65RAW Plug-in for Adobe (PLAD-RW1). This plug-in adds support for F65RAW MXF files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 products, allowing viewing and editing capabilities.

Download it herehttp://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/plad-rw1


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Premiere Pro CS6 Three-Way Color Corrector



This Premiere Pro CS6 tutorial describes how to use the Three-Way Color Corrector to improve video color balance. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Premiere-Pro-CS-New-Features/1010...

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Are Your Wirless Mics Legal to Use?

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There is potential of radio interference when working with wireless microphones, so be sure to get a unit that offers the ability to use different frequencies. Most kits include a lavaliere microphone, an XLR adapter for other microphones, and a wireless receiver to plug into the camera.

You need to be aware of a recent development regarding the use of wireless RF microphones. As of June 12, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made it illegal to use any equipment that operates in the 700 MHz band. This set of frequencies has been reassigned for use by emergency personnel only. Many wireless mics previously on the market operated in this frequency range and must be replaced. More information about this ruling can be found on the FCC website at
www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.

Be certain to actively monitor your audio with headphones. Besides interference, there are a few common problems. One is that batteries can wear out, which can introduce dropouts and noise. The most common problem, though, is human error. With two off switches (one on the microphone and one on the receiver), it’s easy to leave the microphone turned off. Remember, you plug into the camera and listen to what the camera is recording to know you are getting good audio.
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Getting Started with Apple iBooks


Learn the essential skills needed to work with Apple iBooks. Learn how to make iBooks and content-based "applications" for the iPad. This webinar is brought to you by the TAP!2013 conference (
tap2013.com).
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Premiere Pro CS6: The Mercury Playback Engine


This Premiere Pro CS6 tutorial describes how to use the Mercury Playback Engine to work in real time and speed performance. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Premiere-Pro-CS-New-Features/1010...

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Proper White Balance for DSLR Video


AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. In this episode, Rich shares techniques on how to manually calibrate your DSLR camera for proper white balance. Then, follow along as he gives you a quick look at how to use a 3-way color corrector tool to white balance in post-production.

Sometimes, using the auto white balance (AWB) option can become problematic. If there is a change in lighting over time, such as a cloud moving in front of the sun, it can cause the AWB to re-adjust during your shot. To avoid this, try using the white balance pre-sets and calibration tools to customize your shooting situation.
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Two Free Adobe Premiere Pro Webinars

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Looking for some great, free training about Adobe Premiere Pro? Don't miss two great webinars taught by Robbie Carman and myself.

Ask a Video Pro for Switchers Part 1 — Getting Comfortable with Premiere Pro

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10 am Pacific Time | 1 pm Eastern Time

Join Robbie Carman as he guides you through the essential aspects of making the switch to Adobe® Premiere Pro. Designed for experienced editors, this webinar will help you get more comfortable and to work faster--allowing you to implement your current editing knowledge quickly. Specific topics will include: starting a project, setting up sequences, accessing essential preferences and keyboard shortcuts, ingesting media, marking and trimming clips in the timeline, and adding audio and effects. If you're new to Adobe® Premiere Pro be sure to check out this webinar to make your transition to this robust software even easier.

Ask a Video Pro for Switchers Part 2 — Tips & Tricks for Switching to Premiere Pro

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10 am Pacific Time | 1 pm Eastern Time

As you make the switch to Adobe® Premiere Pro, you'll find many ways to get things done. What you may miss are some hidden gems you don’t know to look for. In this fast paced webinar, join Richard Harrington as he shares the advanced techniques that will speed up your workflow. This webinar is designed for experienced editors who want to jump in and get results. You'll learn at a rapid fire pace and get easy to implement time savers to boost your productivity.

Register today – http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1903730&loc=en_us
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Free Webinar – Finding Your Audience Tribes in a Hyper-Social Digital World

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The widespread use of social networks has fundamentally changed how human beings connect and communicate.

In this free webinar, TAP! speaker Alexandra Gebhardt will help you learn how to find your audience ‘tribes’ so you can maximize the impact and exposure of your content and connect with your readers.

We will review the differences in behavior, language, and culture across various social networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and others. You will leave understanding how to fine-tune your content to appeal to the passion and tribe of each audience, the inherent traits that make us ‘human’ and encourage us to help, create conversations, and take action.

You will also learn how to think differently about your target audience and find creative ways to attract new readers who are excited about your content.

Register for FREE here.

Check out the whole TAP!2013 conference.
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Setting Ambient Lights in After Effects


This Motion Control 3D tutorial shows how to create believable depth by adding ambient light to an animated photo in After Effects. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Motion-Control-3D-Bringing-Your-.... This tutorial is a single movie from the ninth chapter of the Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using the Motion Control 3D plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

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When it Comes to Video… Keep it Short

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I have never met a video that wouldn’t benefit from some editing. The whole purpose of video is to compress time and distill a message to its essence. It is important that you refine a project by continuing to strip away its unneeded parts. Never have I heard an audience complain that a video was too short. There is a reason to edit and it becomes increasingly clear when you actually watch people as they watch your project. Do your best to strip a project down to its essence and only add what is needed.

Be sure to join me at the
TAP 2013 conference where I’ll share best strategies for keeping your videos watchable.
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DSLR tutorial: Understanding aspect ratios



This DSLR tutorial introduces aspect ratio and discusses the different variations of aspect ratios and how they're used in the industry. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-...

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Preparing For Going In Front of a Video Camera

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In your quest to create digital content, video is a likely medium you’ll work with.  Going in front of a video camera can be very stressful.  Here are a few tips so you (or your subject) looks their best.
  • Bring at least one alternate set of clothing so you can change as needed if the clothes don’t look flattering on camera.
  • For those who are prone to sweat (especially under hot lights) revisit the old days and wear an undershirt
  • Herringbone, stripes, or small patterns do not look good on camera.
  • Keep your jewelry simple.
  • Do not wear bright white. Cream, eggshell, or a light gray is preferred for proper contrast on camera.
  • Consider wearing a light coat of makeup (typically a foundation or light cream). This is to help you look and feel your best. You can choose not to wear it, but all the top network folks do (even the guys).
  • Avoid enumeration or the phrase “Like I said before.” This can avoid lots of problems when the video is edited.
  • Don’t be afraid to stop and start over. If you feel uncomfortable or would like a moment to gather your thoughts, please take your time.
  • Relax. it will help you look and sound your best.

Be sure to join me at the TAP 2013 conference where I’ll share best strategies for keeping your videos watchable.
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Backdrops for Chroma Keying


AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Skills with Richard Harrington. Today, Rich explores different editing techniques to make realistic backdrops for chroma keying. Learn how you can adjust the focal point or the depth of field of your photo by using some of these key tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

When you have a photo you want to use as a background, sometimes the focal point or the depth of field isn't suitable for using behind your subject when keying a green screen. In this episode, Rich touches up four photos to use as potential backdrops for his green screen project. By using tools such as the camera lens blur effect, masking, or the blur tool you can make your own custom depth mattes that will work perfectly with your chroma key.

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Adjusting Shutter Speed in a DSLR



This digital video tutorial explains how the golden rule of shutter speed and when you might want to deviate from it. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/video-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips/103707-2.html?utm_medium.... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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DSLR tutorial: Understanding card specs


This DSLR video tutorial helps you choose between the two most popular types of media storage cards: compact flash and SD. The movie discusses the pros and cons, such as speed and durability. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/video-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips/103707-2.html?utm_medium....

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Intricate Details — Two Recent Shots from NYC

I recently led a workshop on tasteful HDR up in New York City for Adorama. In fact I'm working on a new eBook on the same subject.

Here's two shots from the day… behind the scenes to come soon.

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Flat Iron Building by Richard Harrington

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Urban Landscape by Richard Harrington
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Better Monitoring for DSLR Video



AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Skills with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he explains the importance of properly monitoring your shot. Unlike digital photography, there are not many options available to fix a video after a field shoot. In this episode, learn different ways you can prevent focus or exposure problems by adding extra equipment to help. Items such as a camera rig, a reliable viewfinder, and a field monitor will help you to avoid problems that can not be fixed in post.
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DSLR tutorial: Why composition matters


This DSLR tutorial discusses why composition is important and how to rely less on the Crop tool. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-...

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My New, Favorite Light

This is my favorite new light… works great and I've used in for portraits, studio, and green screen work.

Adorama Photography TV presents the Lowel Prime 400 LED Light. Join Rich as he tests out all the key functions of this very popular production light. If you ever need a lightweight, all-inclusive light for either in the studio or out in the field, this is the one for you. This quiet LED light is perfect for just about any situation.  One of the key features is that it is cool enough to touch without safety gloves.  Not only that, but your talent will remain comfortable throughout production sitting under this light either in the studio or in the field. 



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Three Free Resources to Get You Started with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

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Now that the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is part of Creative Cloud, its in the hands of a lot of users. Here a re a few guides to get you up and running.  Plus you won’t want to miss the in-depth coverage at the TAP!2013 conference.
Here’s a few resources to get you started
  • Getting Started Guide: Create and publish your first iPad app with ease using Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition. Follow this step-by-step guide that takes you through the whole process — from Single Edition through the Apple App Store.
  • Free Digital Publishing Suite Tips app: Free Digital Publishing Suite Tips app from the Apple App Store. Contains videos and tutorials to help you learn how to build  apps using InDesign CS6 and Digital Publishing Suite.
  • Detailed User Guide: A deeper guide to using the DPS features.

For more on digital content creation and digital publishing check out
http://www.iaepub.org/
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How DSLR camera viewfinders react when recording video


This tutorial discusses why the DSLR camera optical viewfinder disappears when you switch to video mode. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-...

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Photofocus October 15 with Special Guest RC Concepcion

Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here...  or get it on iTunes
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Host Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne catchup, then are joined by special guest RC Concepcion.

Then we head back to Photoshop World to catch up with photographer and educator 
RC Concepcion.
  • HDR rising again
  • DSLR video gets easier
  • Putting photography on the web
  • Look's that are now hot
  • Creating a Home for Your Photography
  • Getting Inspired
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Free Webinar on Apple iBooks Author

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Getting started with iBooks Author — Free Webinar

Don't miss this FREE webinar brought to you by TAP!2013. You'll learn the essentials to working with Apple iBooks Author.

The workshop is Monday, October 22, 2:00pm EST

Get a free taste of the TAP! 2013 conference? Get a quick start guide to getting up and running with Apple iBooks Author from certified

Apple instructor Rich Harrington! He'll give you a detailed introduction to using the iBooks Author platform. In 45 minutes you’ll find out what it takes to be on your way to your next digital creation. You’ll get an insider's view on new in-app features such as photo galleries, video, audio, and interactive photos!

Join us Monday, October 22, at 2:00pm EST!

Register for Free here – The event is ONLINE and Totally Free.
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How to compare sensor size in DSLR cameras


This tutorial discusses the differences between cameras with a full frame sensor and cameras with a crop sensor. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-...

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Editing Video in Photoshop Ep 114: DSLR | Video Skills



AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Skills with Richard Harrington. Join Rich in this episode as he uses Adobe Photoshop CS6 for quick video editing. Even though Adobe Creative Suite has software designed for video editing, Photoshop also has this the option for those who are comfortable working in the Photoshop platform.

Editing in Photoshop is perfect for short videos captured on your DSLR camera. Learn tips on how to set up a timeline complete with layers pallet, editing tools menu, and adjustment layers. See how to trim, ripple, fade, render, and export.

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A Bigger Video Network

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While major sites like YouTube and Vimeo remain important, here are a few additional sites to keep in mind as you build your video distribution network:
  • 5min (www.5min.com)—Tutorial videos shorter than five minutes in duration.
  • Bing (www.bing.com)—Microsoft’s new search engine has a video directory.
  • Brightcove (www.brightcove.com)—A paid service that lets you target many outlets including mobile phones.
  • Dailymotion (www.dailymotion.com)—A broad interest site that also has distribution to many mobile devices.
  • GrindTV (www.grindtv.com)—A site for extreme sports videos.
  • Howcast (www.howcast.com)—The site specializes in educational videos and offers applications for both the Android and
  • iFood.TV (www.ifood.tv)—A site all about food.
  • Sclipo (www.sclipo.com)—A paid site that offers e-learnin systems.
  • Streetfire (www.streetfire.com)—A site for automobile enthusiasts.
  • StupidVideos (www.stupidvideos.com)—A site for humorous videos.
  • Videojug (www.videojug.com)—The site only offers “factual” content rather than entertainment.

For more news like this, be sure to read the
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Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget


Richard Harrington presents Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget using Tiffen Dfx software and Digital Film Tools Software.

A free class that shows a lot of tips for color grading. Some of it is specific to Tiffen Dfx software, but a lot of the concepts work everywhere.

Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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How to Edit Video With Photoshop CS6

Come and Join +Jan Kabili and +Ron Clifford as we welcome back Richard Harrington as he walks us through how awesome and easy it is to edit video in Photoshop CS6. Our friendly and inquisitive panelists were Anna Nguyen and Sarra Robinson

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Photofocus Podcast October 5, 2012


Download episode here…  or get it on iTunes
Host Rich Harrington has two guests on this week’s show
First we talk to photographer and photo educator
Jan Kabili.
  • How she switched from being a lawyer to fine art photography
  • What’s new in Photoshop Elements 11
  • Strategies for organizing a photo library
  • How to choose between Elements, Lightroom. and Photoshop

Then we head back to Photoshop World to catch up with wedding photographer and educator
David Ziser.
  • The challenging market of wedding photography
  • How do price yourself to make a living
  • Avoiding sticker shock with your clients
  • How to market yourself to new clients
  • Forging a relationship with your clients through social media
  • How he went from engineering to photography – ‘Dad, I have a real job’
  • Choosing what to sell, including digital copies
  • Taking the leap from amateur to pro


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Adaptive Wide Angle Correction in Photoshop CS6

Adaptive Wide Angle Correction in Photoshop CS6 from Future Media Concepts on Vimeo.


Learn how to remove wide angle distortion from a Panoramic photo. This video was recorded at the NAB Conference.
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What is Bit Depth?

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Besides resolution (the number of pixels) and color mode (the way colors are processed), one other variable affects image quality. Bit depth measures how much color is available for display or printing of each pixel. A greater bit depth means each pixel contains more information for describing the color. A pixel with a bit depth of 1 can display the pixel as either black or white. The most common bit depth is 8-bit mode, which has a possible value of 256 intensity levels per color channel. However, depending on the version of Photoshop you are working with as well as the file type and image mode, you can access 8, 16, or 32 bits per channel. It’s important to note that larger bit depth can limit image adjustment command

This post is from the book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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Understanding Resolution

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OK, prepare to be temporarily confused (but not for long). A lot of terms are used to describe image resolution. The problem is that many people (and companies) use the wrong terms, which (understandably) leads to a great deal of confusion. Let’s take a quick look at the most common terms and their accurate meanings. Knowing how to describe the resolution of images and output devices will help you make the right decisions when purchasing or choosing gear to use.

Dots per Inch (dpi)
The most common term used to describe image resolution is dots per inch (dpi). Although you’ll hear it used for digital cameras and scanners, it is really only appropriate for printers. As a measurement of output resolution, dpi is fairly straightforward.

To determine dpi, it is necessary to count the number of dots that can fit in a 1″ × 1″ area. A higher dpi can mean smoother photographs or line art; for example, newspapers tend to use around 150 dpi, whereas magazines can use up to 600 dpi. Consumer printers easily print at 600 dpi or even higher, which can produce extremely good results (when using the right paper). An increase in dpi can produce even better-looking images. You’ll see (and hear about) dpi used a lot, but it solely refers to print and physical output.

Pixels per Inch (ppi)
When you view your images on a computer monitor, you are seeing pixels displayed on your screen. Computer monitors use the concept of logical inches. Originally, the Mac OS most commonly used 72 pixels per inch (ppi) to match the concept of the printing idea of 72 points per real inch of paper. The Windows OS has traditionally used 96 ppi.

As computer monitors and portable devices have evolved, they’ve advanced to support variable resolution settings. As such, the actual ppi for a screen can vary greatly depending on the physical size of the screen and the resolution being used by the computer’s graphics card. For example, modern laptops often use resolutions between 100 ppi and 140 ppi, and devices like an iPhone can jump all the way up to 326 ppi to make images crisper on the small screen.
Worry less about the ratio of pixels per inch on your screen and simply accept that the standard measurement of resolution in Photoshop (and most computer programs) is ppi. When talking about displayed graphics, its ppi, not dpi.

Samples per Inch (spi)
Although scanners are less common than they used to be, many professionals still use them to load sketches, photos, and original negatives. Manufacturers often tout the dpi capabilities of their scanner. This is inaccurate. Scanners don’t use dots, they use samples. A sample is when a scanner captures part of an image. Samples per inch (spi) is a measurement of how many samples are captured in the space of one inch. In general, an increase in sampling leads to a file that is truer to its analog original. However, there is a threshold: Once a certain amount of information is surpassed, human senses (and electronic output devices) cannot tell the difference.

Consumer-level scanners can capture optical resolution ranging between 300 spi and 4800 spi. Professional devices can capture significantly higher optical resolution. If you’re working with a large image, a lower number of samples is fine. If you’re enlarging a very small image, a large number of samples is crucial. More samples per inch translates into more information available as pixels, which can then be harnessed in output when they are converted to dots in the printer. So if your scanner’s software specifies dpi, it really means spi, but you can see how the two are closely related

Lines per Inch (lpi)
In professional printing environments, you’ll often hear the term lines per inch (lpi). This is from the traditional process where images with gradiated tones (such as photographs) are screened for printing to create a halftone. This was originally performed by laying film with dots printed on it over the film before exposure. In the digital age, this process and these terms are used less often, but it is still good for you to have a basic understanding. These days, the work of converting an image to lines is performed by an imagesetter. The dots are arranged in lines, and the lpi measurement refers to the number of lines per inch. An increase in lpi results in smoother images.

This post is from the book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

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Thunderbolt and Lightning… Very, Very Frightening...

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This morning I started to think about the little things as I packed my bag for work…. "Dang, I sure have a lot of cables and dongles in here."

Apple seems to be leading the way in "innovation" on this front. If you want a smaller, thinner device, then those old bulky cords must go. After all, the whole world is wireless… right?

  • DVI + VGA — If I want to hook up to a projector, I'm carrying two adapters. One for DVI and one for VGA. While I'm happy HDMI is built-in… I still need to carry adapters to connect to 90% of the conference rooms and projectors out there. $29 + $29
  • FireWire — Remember FireWire? That connector that Apple told us for years stomped USB. Well I need to carry an adapter for that too. Except when you plug it in to the Thunderbolt port on the Mac, it doesn't put out enough bus power for most of my FireWire drives… meaning I also have to carry a power supply (and find another outlet) for my G-Tech portable drives. $29
  • Ethernet — Still relevant. Go to any hotel and the WiFi networks are often slower than a swamp in December. Want Ethernet… there's an adapter for that. $29
  • MagSafe — If I want to use any of the numerous power supplies I have, there's a $10 adapter for that. $10
  • iPod Cables – Why didn't I buy the iPhone 5? Well besides that fact that as a 4S owner it would cost me nearly full price (and the bump wasn't very big) I'd have to get all new cables. I'd need one for the car, work, laptop bag, and home. Add in the wife and suddenly that's 7 to 8 cables at $20 a pop. Want to adapt all those devices you have that use the old connector (from my heart rate monitor to a speaker dock)? Well those adapters cost $29 and $39. Yes the adapters cost twice as much as the new cables…. huh!?! Of course I still need to carry the old ones for the iPad since they won't make an adapter that goes the other direction. $19 + $19 + $19 + $19 + $29 + $39
  • Thunderbolt — This has been total vaporware. Try to buy a dock or port extender... nope. The cables are $50. The drives cost $100 more for the chassis. All for a 10% speed boost over USB3 for standard hard drives. Sure there are some desktop solutions that rock on the high end… but as a "universal" adapter that's "perfect" for drives, adapters, and displays… it just sucks. $150
  • Optical Drive – Need to get a DVD to install something (or burn a backup?) Nope. Gotta remember to pack the external drive and bring that too. $79

Oh… and what's really missing? The fact that I can't even connect a security cable to the laptop. There is no slot to attach a Kensington or other style lock to the device. So if you're on the road and need to walk away from the machine… don't.

Apple seems to be on a quest for thinner and lighter… but we're to the point where this means sacrificing core features. I'd like to be thinner and lighter too, but I can't think of any limbs or appendages I'd be willing to chop off so save some ounces and fit into a smaller space. Just like camera manufacturers are getting silly with the megapixel wars… Apple needs to slow down and actually look at what their customers need to do to get their jobs done.

Those cables and adapters I mentioned above add up to $500+. None come in the box… that's all extra cost. And if you do what I did, drop your adapter bag at home before you go on a business trip… prepared to be screwed. Even the Apple retail stores can't keep these things in stock. Apple you're missing the mark… start listening to what customers need and stop "saving us from ourselves."
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Free Color Grading Class for Video


A free class that shows a lot of tips for color grading. Some of it is specific to Tiffen Dfx software, but a lot of the concepts work everywhere.

Learn to color grade with your video editing program and Tiffen® Dfx® version 3 film/video plug-in software for Avid Systems®; Adobe® CS4/5/6 including After Effects® and Premiere®; Apple® Final Cut Pro® 6/7/X.



Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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Media Management with Adobe Prelude


Adobe Prelude CS6 offers a variety of new media management features. Rich Harrington will show you the best ways to import footage, set it to automatically copy to a new dimension, and powerful new transcoding options.
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I'm Live on The Photoshop Show

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Don't miss me this week where I'll be live on —

The Photoshop Show 17 With Guest Richard Harrington
Tue, October 2, 9:00 PM
On Air Hangout on Google Plus
Signup – 
https://plus.google.com/events/chp7c48a8v40vnna04iu4s22800

Join +Jan Kabili  and +Ron Clifford  we bring back Photoshop and Digital Video expert +Richard Harrington  as he helps you learn the hottest new feature of Photoshop CS6… video!

 If you have a ton of footage just sitting on your hard drive, it's time to do something with it.  Learn how to use the new tools in Photoshop CS6 to edit, color correct, and publish video.

Live Chat: 
http://blyve.com/event/b2dd685017bece26720d0000
Watch Live: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RonClifford/posts




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Additional Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CS6

Additional Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CS6 from Future Media Concepts on Vimeo.


Learn how to use the many content aware tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6. This video was recorded at the NAB Conference.
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Join the Worldwide PhotoWalk

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It's that time of year for Scott Kelby's worldwide photo walk. It's an incredibly fun event.

Q. What is a Photo Walk?
A. It’s a social photography event where photographers get together (usually in a downtown area or trendy section of town) to walk around, shoot photos, and generally have fun with other photographers.

Q. When is the 5th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk?
A. This year’s Worldwide Photo Walk will take place on Saturday, October 13.

Q. How do I sign up to participate in a Photo Walk?
A. Go to the Find A Walk page, and search for the location where you’d like to participate in a Photo Walk. Click on the Photo Walk you’d like to sign up for, and you should be taken to its location page. Once you’re here, you should see information about the leader and the walk, including a map showing the exact location. Just above this map will be a button that says “Join This Walk.” Just click that, follow the instructions, and you should be all set! If you don’t see any Photo Walks happening in your area, keep checking back. New ones are being added every day!



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 (9:30am - 1:00pm)
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-united-states-community-center/

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

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PluralEyes 3 is Out

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One of my favorite video tools has been updated and is now shipping. PluralEyes is a HUGE timesaver that makes syncing multi camera video shoots and Dual System Sound projects (like DSLR and RED) a piece of cake. I have spent A LOT of time with the new version and it just rocks. To start… it's 20X faster… yes TWENTY.

I also love how it can create new media files from my merged clips for DSLR shoots.

The product is shipping and supports several formats and workflows. Several updated are in the works including support for more file types and an Avid version.

Check out the detailed product walk-throughs I did here – http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/videos/
Here's the FAQ – http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/news/featured/pluraleyes-3-faq/

Here's the Premiere Pro CS6 workflow
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Better Keying from Production to Post


Here's a free class I taught on green screen. It was sponsored by Tiffen who sell a great keyer I use called Zmatte…. but the class has benefits for all users.

Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video and film workflows. This webinar features visual FX industry veteran Marco Paolini and Motion Graphic Designer and Editor Richard Harrington. You'll learn modern shooting advice to produce better keying footage (particularly the need for quality lighting) as well as on-set advice to follow. You'll then explore how to prepare background plates, generate multiple mattes, wrap the light and more. This workshop will teach you techniques that work with any post workflow and also gives you a quick start on successfully keying with zMatte.

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Adaptive Wide Angle Command in Photoshop CS6


Adobe Photoshop CS6 adds to an existing feature that you may not have even been using called Photomerge. Rich Harrington will show you the new Adaptive Wide Angle command to remove all of the lens and perspective distortion in merged photos. You will also learn how to use these exact techniques with video footage, too.
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Joe McNally Shares Great Advice for Photgraphers

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Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast
Download episode here…
Host Rich Harrington and co-host Scott Bourne talk about:

  • The new Nikon D600
  • Perfectly Clear Imaging Technology
  • Mosaic View and Archive for Lightroom
  • Plus Rich sits down for one-on-one interview with Joe McNally


Download episode here…

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The Return of the Save As Command

Recent versions of the Mac OS have decided that you weren't really smart enough when it came to saving your files. When you went to save a new version of a file, you'd be presented with options like Duplicate, Revert, and Move To. I (and many others) found them terribly confusing.

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Now with Mac OS 10.8.2 you can get the old commands back… the return of the Save As command:
"- Adds an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing - Save As"
This is useful in the following scenario.

  1. You can choose to open an existing document.
  2. Modify it and make changes.
  3. Choose File > Save As (hold down the option key to access it).
  4. Save the file under a new name. The original file is closed without any changes being made to it.


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Learn About Light Painting

I recently had a chance to go on a great shoot for Jaguar by my friend Scott Bourne. Here's the resulting image from light painting.
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Copyright Scott Bourne 2012 – All Rights Reserved


From Photofocus

"Light painting is a great way to find a new creative outlet for your photography. It’s not rocket science – and in fact there no rules. There’s no right or wrong way to do it – you just do it. But I have some pointers that may get you started if you are new to photographic light painting."


Here's the behind the scenes video


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Warp Stabilizer in Adobe Premiere Pro Saves Shots


Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 has a warp stabilizer tool that you may have heard about, but Rich Harrington takes you deep inside its many subtle options for the best possible results, while also showing you how to take advantage of the Mercury Playback Engine for maximum performance.
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Time-Lapse in After Effects


AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. In this episode, Rich takes you further into the creation of Time-Lapse animations by giving you an advanced look into the most professional way to assemble your files using Adobe After Effects.

In earlier episodes, you learned how to shoot time-lapse, what gear to use, and how to develop the files using Photoshop and Bridge. Now, Rich will show you how to work with your processed or RAW files in Adobe After Effects, including techniques such as color stabilizing, adding a vignette, or scaling and sizing over time.
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(Almost) Free HDR Workshop in New York City 10/14

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Workshop is Sunday, October 14 from Noon – 4 pm
Cost is $25 but each attendee will receive a $25 coupon at the event in exchange for a copy of their registration receipt.

SIGN UP HERE TODAY TO SAVE YOUR SPOT

Event Description:
Three letters, HDR, often instill fierce debate among photographers. Some love the techniques, others hate them, but most can't cut through all the noise to make a real decision. The simple truth is that HDR photos are popular and eye-catching, but eye-catching doesn't need to mean an eyesore. By employing proper production and post-production techniques you can create images that stand out for their quality and uniqueness and not some garish effect.

For Rich Harrington, HDR opens up all sorts of creative options that improve his photography and can for your photography too:
  • Achieve a dramatic range of exposure that shows your subject off in a compelling way
  • Shoot better black and white photos with deeper contrast and details
  • Achieve shots at times of day when the lighting is not as attractive
  • Showcase subjects like architecture, products, or landscapes in a whole new way
Join Rich for this hands-on Workshop that includes a shooting session at some great nearby locations. During this part of the event, you'll learn to capture HDR photos using your tripod as well as alternative shooting strategies for handheld and supported shooting. In addition, you'll learn to use Aperture priority mode and bracketing to make capturing the perfect exposure easy.

After the shoot, its back to the classroom for practical developing. Rich will share techniques he's used and published for achieving dynamic color, compelling black and white images, and engaging texture in his photos. In addition, he'll demonstrate how to work within Adobe Photoshop, as well as the benefits of third-party tools like Nik HDR Efex Pro to get great HDR images.

SIGN UP HERE TODAY TO SAVE YOUR SPOT

Requirements:
  • A DSLR Camera (Bracketing controls are useful)
  • Adequate memory cards to capture several photos (200+)
  • A solid tripod is useful but not required
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Fixing Color and Exposure with a Levels Adjustment

Are you trying to make adjustments by channel in your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to adjust the colors of his photo per channel in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
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The Most Useful Report for Media Pros

The Infinite Dial Report is one of the most important documents released each year. There are tons of facts about the consumption of TV, radio, Internet and more. It is a great report that will emphasize your communications strategy.

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THE INFINITE DIAL 2012: NAVIGATING DIGITAL PLATFORMS

Get Your Free Copy of the 2012 Study

  • Facebook, the dominant social media platform in America, increased its penetration in 2012. Today 54% of Americans 12+ have a personal profile on the service, up from 51% in 2011.
  • As observed in 2011, much of that growth stemmed from increased usage by older demographics (45+) while the service continues to be nearly ubiquitous among online Americans aged 18-44.
  • America’s increasing adoption of smartphones
  • A doubling in ownership of Apple iOS devices
  • The ongoing growth of social media, especially among adult demographics

A must read report for all digital content creators – The Infinite Dial 2012: Navigating Digital Platforms
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Demystifying the After Effects CS6 Performance Cache


Adobe After Effects CS6 maximizes your system's performance. Rich Harrington teaches you how to take full advantage of this new capability for faster previews, less re-rendering and, yes, great performance.
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Free Webinar and Book for Photoshop Educators & Instructors

Register for "Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Richard Harrington"

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Want to know what's new in Photoshop CS6? Join author and college instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the best new features. Qualified instructors can also receive a desk copy of his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 and its accompanying lesson files and video training on DVD.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 is crafted for use in the classroom and provides a rich learning experience for beginning and intermediate Photoshop students. The book includes 108 video training tutorials that illustrate and expand on the lessons in the book (a perfect edition for motivating students to learn who refuse to read). In addition, the book includes the following teaching materials:

• lesson files with hundreds of images for the exercises in the book
• interactive quizzes for each chapter
• bonus exercises including images

If you'd like to sample the book prior to the presentation please contact your local Pearson representative for instructor copy requests.

Register for this presentation here:
https://pearsononline.webex.com/pearsononline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=802139180.
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Create Broadcast Graphics

A recent presentation I gave that goes in-depth on Adobe Photoshop and broadcast graphics workflow.

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Come to DV Expo in LA this Week

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I'll be speaking at DV Expo 2012 in Los Angeles this week – http://www.dvexpo.com

Use code
ASMP for free exhibit pass and 15% off classes (enter at Step 3 of registration) http://www.dvexpo.com/content/dvexpo/packages_and_pricing.php. There's some great deals for students too.

I'll be teaching:
  • More than an Editor: Learning to be a Preditor
  • 10 Great New Reasons to use Adobe Production Premium
  • Building Budgets for Video Projects
  • Time Floats By: Creative use of Time-Lapse and Stop Motion
  • Innovation in Motion: What's new in After Effects CS6
  • Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three-Dimensions
  • Hypersyndication: How to Publish Your Content on the Maximum Number of Screens and Devices

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Take Control of Depth of Field with the Photoshop Blur Lab


Adobe Photoshop CS6 includes three new blurring filters. Rich Harrington will show you new ways to blur specific areas in a photo, as well as achieve tilt sheet and vignette effects.
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Faking Camera Lens Blur in After Effects


Learn how to use the Camera Lens Blur feature inside Adobe After Effects. A cool and little used feature.
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Why I Am Done with Traditional Publishing

I love books… as a child I'd spend hours a day with them. Sitting in the library... reading in my bed at night... discovering a bigger world. Books unlocked my brain and showed me things that a working-class kid from Chicago could never see.

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Yes, I had hair once. Lots of it.


I come from a family of teachers... I have seen my loved ones shape the lives of so many and truly make a difference. I was blessed with the ability to teach. I have an obligation to make the world a better place.

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I love to teach creative pros and enthusiasts


For me a big part of that obligation was publishing a body of work that helps people. I sought to give professionals and enthusiasts the ability to solve their problems and understand their digital tools.

I truly believe in the power of creativity. This is why I write books on topics ranging from video editing and photography to motion graphics and presentation design. Visual literacy allows the creative people to inform, inspire, and shape the world.

I wrote my first book in 2002. 10 years have passed and a lot has changed. Book stores are closing, tablets are booming. Creative people seem to learn best with a multi-sensory experience.

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The Apple Store used to sell three of my books. Now they sell zero books.


So its time I make a change. I have decided to stop writing new printed books. I will no longer write new books for traditional publishers (including my current publisher, Peachpit Press). It is time to embrace the digital platform and do the project that are important and essential without the constraints traditional publishing brings.

I'm going to combine all my skills at teaching into new digital projects. Some will be enhanced eBooks, combining text with video and interactivity. Training apps are underway too. There's even a few special projects for those looking for year long experiences.

I've been shooting photos for 35 years, creating video for 25, and publishing to the web for 15. I think its time I made a change and I'd like you to join me.

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I will now be publishing through Think Tap Learn which is a new group formed with my good friends and trusted colleagues. If you'd like to keep up with what we're up to, I invite you to follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/thinktaplearn or just keep an eye on my blog here.

Thank you for all your support through the years. You'll still find my current books in stores and I have contractual responsibilities to perform… but I have changed my focus. I hope to bring you whole new ways to learn and appreciate you taking this journey with me.


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Creating Paint Effects in Photoshop CS6

Do you want to stylize your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Oil Paint Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
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Get More Done in Adobe Premiere Pro with HoverScrub


Adobe Premiere CS6 provides new browsing -- and editing! -- features for clips in bins. Rich Harrington will show you to preview the contents of any clip from the Project Panel or Media Browser. You'll also learn to set in and out points without ever having to load a clip. This means you can edit right from the bin onto the timeline.
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Free Adorama Workshops


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Adorama (a sponsor of my blog and podcasts) is running several free online workshops in September and October.

Kids and Kameras
They are shy, playful, funny, stubborn, mad and delightful. So how do you capture these wonderful expressions from children while their parents are yelling "Say Cheese" over your shoulder? It's not easy, but Libby from Studio 32 Photography will give you tips and tricks on how to bring out a child's personality and learn to control the session without breaking a sweat.
Monday September 24th, 2012 – 9pm EST


Making Great Photo Books - The Basics:
Our FREE PixPublisher software can be used by amateurs and professionals alike to create stunning photo books that showcase your pictures beautifully.  During this introductory course we help you get started with PixPublisher by showing you how to create a book from start to finish.
Wednesday September 12th, 2012 – 4pm EST
Sunday September 30th, 2012 – 9pm EST


Taking your Photo Books to the Next Level
This intermediate level workshop assumes attendees know the basics of our PixPublisher tool and have built at least a few books using it. During this workshop we will discuss more advanced techniques that can help to improve the quality of your photo books.
Wednesday September 19th, 2012 – 4pm EST
Wednesday October 10th, 2012 – 4pm EST


Making Amazing Wedding Books
With wedding season in full swing, professionals are starting to think about their offerings for 2013 books.. For non-professionals this may be a good time to stop procrastinating and put those gorgeous photos of your wedding into a great looking book. Our workshop will cover the resources available to create great looking albums and some tips on how to get it done quickly.
Sunday September 16th, 2012 – 9pm EST

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A Great Shoot and Intense Piece of Lighting Gear

I recently had the chance to accompany Scott Bourne (my good friend and partner over at Photofocus) as he shot a magazine ad for Jaguar.

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If you'd like to see the ad (NSFW – for foreign markets) as well as check out how we used the most expensive lighting equipment in the world, check out this post.

http://photofocus.com/2012/09/06/the-most-incredible-expensive-lighting-system-ive-ever-used-in-photography-nsfw/
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Working with Raw Video Files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6


Adobe Premiere CS 6 makes it easier than ever to work with RAW files. Rich Harrington walks you through some of the advantages of Premiere's approach to RAW support, including ARRIRAW and such RED formats as 5K.
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(Almost) Free HDR Workshop in New York City 10/14

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Workshop is Sunday, October 14 from Noon – 4 pm
Cost is $25 but each attendee will receive a $25 coupon at the event in exchange for a copy of their registration receipt.

SIGN UP HERE TODAY TO SAVE YOUR SPOT

Event Description:

Three letters, HDR, often instill fierce debate among photographers. Some love the techniques, others hate them, but most can't cut through all the noise to make a real decision. The simple truth is that HDR photos are popular and eye-catching, but eye-catching doesn't need to mean an eyesore. By employing proper production and post-production techniques you can create images that stand out for their quality and uniqueness and not some garish effect.

For Rich Harrington, HDR opens up all sorts of creative options that improve his photography and can for your photography too:
  • Achieve a dramatic range of exposure that shows your subject off in a compelling way
  • Shoot better black and white photos with deeper contrast and details
  • Achieve shots at times of day when the lighting is not as attractive
  • Showcase subjects like architecture, products, or landscapes in a whole new way
Join Rich for this hands-on Workshop that includes a shooting session at some great nearby locations. During this part of the event, you'll learn to capture HDR photos using your tripod as well as alternative shooting strategies for handheld and supported shooting. In addition, you'll learn to use Aperture priority mode and bracketing to make capturing the perfect exposure easy.

After the shoot, its back to the classroom for practical developing. Rich will share techniques he's used and published for achieving dynamic color, compelling black and white images, and engaging texture in his photos. In addition, he'll demonstrate how to work within Adobe Photoshop, as well as the benefits of third-party tools like Nik HDR Efex Pro to get great HDR images.

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Requirements:

  • A DSLR Camera (Bracketing controls are useful)
  • Adequate memory cards to capture several photos (200+)
  • A solid tripod is useful but not required
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Some Photoshop World Resources

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I had a great time at Photoshop World Las Vegas and got to meet several folks who were excited about video.

As promised, here are some resources for you all.

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Intro To DSLR Video: From Still To Motion



Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro



Color Correcting Video Footage



Editing Video In Photoshop


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Time-lapse Using Photoshop CS6


AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Now that you've learned about what gear you need when shooting time-lapse as well as techniques for how to processes your images in post-production, Rich will take you a step further in creating your time-lapse animation.

In this episode Rich demonstrates how to set up a video timeline, organize the files, process the images, and prepare for export and posting. Join Rich in this step-by-step tutorial of how to build time-lapse animations using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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Advanced Camera Tracking and 3D Text Extrusion



Adobe After Effects CS6 can apply its new 3D Camera Tracker to extruded 3D Text of course. Rich Harrington will also show you how to use these tools, while also highlighting new 3D features including the new Ray-traced 3D engine and advanced lighting options.
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Shooting with the Lensskirt

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I recently had the chance to shoot some stills and time-lapse from the City Center in Las Vegas.
To make shooting through the double glass windows easier we used Lenskirts.

The LENSKIRT is a portable, flexible hood which you attach to the end of your camera lens. It allows you to shoot pictures / video through glass without internal environmental reflections such as yourself, room lights, camera flashes, light leak from under a door.



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Here we are all setup (shooting with my friend Scott Bourne and my assistant Pamela Ann Berry).

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The resulting view was great. The above shot was a 3-second exposure and there's no reflection.

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Vector Graphics Workflow for After Effects CS6


Adobe After Effects CS6 offers new workflows for vector graphics. Explore these new features with Rich Harrington, including converting vector files to shape layers so that they are automatically included in AE project files, as well as new 3D extrusion tools.
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3D Text Effects in Photoshop

Are you trying to create 3D text? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he teaches you how to transform your text to new dimensions in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
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Mastering Levels Adjustments

The Levels command corrects tonal ranges and color balance issues. With this command you can fix poor exposure. Additionally, you can perform color correction by manually identifying a white point and black point in the image. Nearly every image can benefit from making a Levels adjustment.

To understand Levels, you must be able to read a histogram. This graph works as a visual guide for adjusting the image. The Levels adjustment has its own histogram that is visible when working in the Adjustments panel. You may also want to call up the Histogram panel (Window > Histogram) and leave it open while color correcting to help you spot issues in color and contrast. You can also expand the Histogram panel by clicking the submenu and choosing All Channels View. Let’s give the command a try.

1. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel. Levels is also available from the Adjustments menu (Image > Adjustments), but the adjustment layer is more flexible for future modifications.

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2. This photo was shot under mixed light, but you can reset the black and white points of the image to fix the exposure. In the Adjustments panel, move the white Input Levels slider to the left. This affects the image’s white point and allows you to reassign where white should begin in the image.

3. Move the black Input Levels slider slowly to the right. The more you move the black slider to the right, the more contrast is introduced into the image.
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4. The true power lies in the middle (gray) Input Levels slider. By moving this slider, you can modify the gamma setting. Effectively, you can use the middle Input Levels slider to change the intensity of the midtones. This adjustment can be made without making dramatic changes to the highlights and shadows, and lets you better expose an image. Move the slider to the left to add light; move the slider to the right to subtract light.
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In the future if you need to edit the adjustment, simply select the adjustment layer in the Layers panel and manipulate the controls in the Adjustments panel.

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If you have several images from the same camera or shoot, they may need the same Levels adjustment. The Save button allows you to save a Levels adjustment (to the folder that contains the image is a good place). You can then click the Load button to apply that adjustment to another image.

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After Effects CS6 Camera Tracker is Amazing



Adobe After Effects CS6 has a camera tracker that can add a new dimension to your compositing. Rich Harrington shows you the best approaches to AE's new 3D Camera Tracker for a variety of techniques including object placement and completely relighting a scene.
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Cloud Computing Confusion

A new survey by Citrix find that most folks have little to no understanding of cloud computing. For those reading, the cloud in this case refers to a network that allows for data to be accessed from a variety of devices. Here are some highlights of the survey.


  • 95% of those who think they’re not using the cloud, actually are
  • 3 in 5 (59%) believe the “workplace of the future” will exist entirely in the cloud
  • 40% believe accessing work information at home in their “birthday suit” would be an advantage
  • More than 1/3 agree that the cloud allows them to share information with people they’d rather not be interacting with in person
  • After being provided with the definition of the cloud, 68% recognized its economic benefits
  • 14% have pretended to know what the cloud is during a job interview
  • 51% of respondents, including a majority of Millennials, believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing.
  • When asked what “the cloud” is, a majority responded it’s either an actual cloud (specifically a “fluffy white thing”), the sky or something related to the weather (29 percent).

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Developing Time-lapse Footage

AdoramaTV Presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Now that you've learned the strategies for organizing images using Adobe Bridge, it's time to take the post-production process a step further and see how to develop images for time-lapse with Adobe Camera Raw.

Watch Rich as he develops photos in preparation for different time-lapse sequences. Learn how to make the images pop by adjusting key elements such as highlights, exposure, vibrance, and clarity in Adobe Camera Raw.

Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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Using Auto-Levels

When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image.

1. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel.
2. Click the Auto button to perform an automated adjustment for the image. The image’s levels and color are adjusted.

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3. To refine how the automatic adjustment works, hold down the Option (Alt) key and click the Auto button again. A new dialog box opens.
4. Select Enhance Per Channel Contrast and Snap Neutral Midtones to create a very natural balance of colors for the image.

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5. Click OK to close the dialog box.
6. Adjust the middle slider (gray) to refine the Levels adjustment to taste.
When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image.
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Time-lapse from the Valley of Fire



A Time-lapse series from the Valley of Fire in Las Vegas.

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Editing Video in Photoshop CS6

Do you want to edit your video footage in Photoshop CS6? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he walks you through the video editing features in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
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New Features Added to Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe just released new features to Creative Cloud members. This is the start of a new trend that brings new features first to Creative Cloud members. While I'm looking to some more video and photo features, this first release targets web and illustration. New features were released today for Illustrator, Adobe Muse, and Edge preview.

  • Adobe Illustrator has three new features — available only to Creative Cloud members — that give you the ability to package files, un-embed images, and do more with the Links panel. To access these features, update Illustrator from its main menu by choosing Help > Updates.
  • Adobe Muse – now includes built-in support for contact forms and many other new exclusive features.
  • Adobe Edge Animate preview – now has resizable layouts, rulers and guides, and a more precise timeline. If you used Edge in the past, you’ll notice we’ve also updated the name.

This is one new feature that looks really useful:


To update Adobe Muse or Edge Animate preview, simply open either application and follow the instructions on the updater screen. To download any of these applications for the first time, go to www.creativecloud.com.
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Organizing Time-lapse Footage

AdoramaTV Presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he takes you through the first part of the post-production process for time-lapse videos. In this episode you will learn a great way to browse and organize your files so they are ready to use in a sequence.

Before you create a time-lapse video, it's important to take the time to sort through and see the files you have. Stacking your images and batch re-naming are two essential steps in this post-production process.

Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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How to Approach Color Correction

New users often have a difficult time when color correcting or enhancing images. They generally lose sight of the goal: making the image look better while still being believable. Many users go “too far” in their quest to fix images. If the image starts to look fake or too altered, it will be distracting. Although getting it “right” requires some practice, here’s some general advice to get you started:

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  • Identify what’s wrong. Before you can fix a picture, be sure you have decided on what’s wrong. Is it too dark? Is the sky washed out? Has the picture faded over time? Make a list and prioritize the issues you find in each image. It’s easiest to fix one problem at a time, and if you identify those problems, you’ll know when to stop twiddling with the image.
  • Work with a copy of the image. Before you start to color correct an image, you should duplicate it. This way you can return to an original version if you make a mistake or go too far in your image touch-up. After opening your file, choose File > Save As and name the duplicate version that will be corrected. Color correction can be a destructive process, meaning that you cannot revert to the original state at a later time. By preserving an original version of the image or employing adjustment layers, you make nondestructive editing possible. Some users also choose to duplicate the Background layer at the bottom of the layer stack.
  • Edit with adjustment layers. Adjustment layers allow you to apply most of the image correction commands as nondestructive effects. They are added as a layer above the actual image; the adjustment layer can be blended, masked, or deleted at any time. Additionally, if you select the adjustment layer, you can modify its properties in the Adjustments panel. The same modifications are available in both the Adjustments menu and Adjustments panel. You should work with an adjustment layer whenever possible because its flexibility will be important for future revisions.
  • Get a fresh opinion. It’s not a bad idea to step back and examine your work. Open the backup copy of the original image and compare it to the image you’ve been working on. This before-and-after comparison can be very useful. If you have a fresh set of eyes nearby, ask that person for his or her opinion.
  • Use Smart Filters. This will open up most of the filters and several of the image adjustments including the Shadows/Highlights command and Variations. Just choose Filter > Convert for Smart Filters.


Get the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
Get the whole chapter for free here –
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Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction in Photoshop CS6

Are you trying to remove distortion in your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he uses the Adaptive Wide-Angle Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS6 to fix his photo.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6


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WiFi Photography


Adorama Photography TV presents WiFi Photography. A new photography trend is on the market that has the ability to connect directly to the internet and upload pictures or video right from the camera. Check out the new cameras with this functionality built-in or find out how you can add this functionality to your existing camera with a WiFi card.

In this episode, Rich demonstrates the capabilities of the Canon Wifi Powershot, the Samsung ST200F Smart, the Samsung NX20 "Wireless" camera, and the new Eye-Fi memory card. These items are designed to allow you to instantly transfer photos and video to social media sites or networks. Discover how you can automatically upload from your camera to your favorite sharing sites, such as Facebook, Picasa, Youtube, or Photobucket.
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Free Webinar and Book for Photoshop Educators & Instructors

Register for "Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Richard Harrington"

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Want to know what's new in Photoshop CS6? Join author and college instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the best new features. Qualified instructors can also receive a desk copy of his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 and its accompanying lesson files and video training on DVD.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 is crafted for use in the classroom and provides a rich learning experience for beginning and intermediate Photoshop students. The book includes 108 video training tutorials that illustrate and expand on the lessons in the book (a perfect edition for motivating students to learn who refuse to read). In addition, the book includes the following teaching materials:

• lesson files with hundreds of images for the exercises in the book
• interactive quizzes for each chapter
• bonus exercises including images

If you'd like to sample the book prior to the presentation please contact your local Pearson representative for instructor copy requests.

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Getting the InBox Under Control

Missed messages, slow responses, lack of courtesy. All of these lead to a loss of business and a hit on our professionalism. But the deluge of email is overwhelming and keeping up on it (plus all the social media messages) seems like a full-time job.

Here’s a few tricks I use to keep things manageable.

Make Rules – Your email application should have a function called rules. You can now have messages flagged, colored, bolded etc. Add your best clients and existing business to a rule and make sure you see it. While you’re at it make a rule for employees or key contractors since it seems like the only way people under 30 deliver time sensitive and project impacting news is via an email.

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Write Good Subjects – Try to make the subject of any emails you generate descriptive. Proposal attached or Invoice are not nearly as helpful when you need to find something. Proposal for Johnson Family Shoot – 2012 or Invoice #432 Due 10/15/12 are much more useful to the recipient (and you when you start searching).

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Try Sanebox – I am in love with this service. You have to bless it with some powerful access, but its worth it. It builds an initial screening list based on your social media connections like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn to have a white list. You then get options for several other email boxes for things like social media notifications and mailing lists that auto sort those out. The best feature, add someone to the black hole and they are zapped. Much more effective than trying to unsubscribe to all those junk lists you’ve been added to and spam marketers. You can also move people into the SaneLater box, which will automatically prioritize all messages to be read when you have the time from that person. The best thing? It works on my mobile phone and tablet as it happens at the server level every 5 minutes.I’ve cut my clutter by 2/3rds and its made a huge difference. To get a free trial – http://sanebox.com/t/85vww.

Three simple things…. see if they can gain you back some productivity and professionalism.

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Time-lapse Gear Essentials



AdoramaTV Presents DSLR Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he explains how to put together a time-lapse shot. In this episode you will learn what essential gear you will need when preparing to shoot time-lapse photography. Then, follow along as Rich guides you through how to set the camera so that you can ensure fantastic images for your post-production process.

When preparing to shoot at sunset for time-lapse photography, it is important to take the time to find the perfect time and location, ensure your safety, set the camera, test the shots, and then sit back and let the camera sit without any interruption. Being prepared and understanding these steps will make all the difference in your compelling time-lapse project.

Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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Illustration Effect in Photoshop CS6



Do you want to transform your photo into an illustration? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Illustration Effect in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6


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HP Performance Advisor is Awesome

Hewlett-Packard - Performance Advisor from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

A demonstration of Hewlett-Packard's Performance Advisor software.

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15 Videos You May Have Missed

I regularly contribute to a great site called TipSquirrel.com which is all about Photoshop.

Over the years I've written several tutorials, but I've also recorded a bunch. These are typically never released anywhere else and often take a really close look at my workflow from start to finish. Well, here they are gathered on one page.

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Using Markers in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

This excerpt explains how you can mark clips with comments and flag up areas of interest for later using markers, and explains how to use sequence markers, clip markers, and interactive markers.

Note: This excerpt is from the forthcoming book Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book.
Sometimes it can be difficult to remember where you saw that useful shot or what you intended to do with it. Wouldn’t it be useful if you could mark clips with comments and flag up areas of interest for later?
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Markers allows you to identify specific times in clips and sequences, and add comments to them. These temporal (time-based) markers are a fantastic aid to help you stay organized, and share your intentions with co-editors.
You can use markers for personal reference or for collaboration. They can be based on clips or on the Timeline.
When you add a marker to a clip, it is included in the metadata for the original media file. This means, you can open the clip in another Premiere Pro project and see the same markers.

Types of Markers

There is more than one type of marker available:
  • Marker: A general marker you can assign a name, duration, and comments.
  • Encore Chapter Marker: A special kind of marker that Adobe Encore can convert into a regular Chapter Marker when making a DVD or Blu-ray disc.
  • Web Link: A special kind of marker that supported video formats like QuickTime can use to automatically open a web page while the video plays. When you export your sequence to create a supported format, Web Link markers are included in the file.
  • Flash Cue Point: A marker used by Adobe Flash. By adding these Cue points  to the Timeline in Premiere Pro, you can begin to prepare your Flash project while still editing your sequence.
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Nikon D800: Product Review



Adorama Photography TV presents Nikon D800 Digital SLR. This camera is perfect for the pro or the enthusiast. Designed with the videographer in mind, the Nikon D800 can record full HD 1080p, while having the ability to hear and adjust the audio with the built-in headphone jack.

The Nikon D800 has specialty features such as HDR and time-lapse. The HDR mode shoots at up to 9 bracketed exposures, which is perfect for landscape photography. The built-in time-lapse mode records directly to the card as a finished movie or records the individual frames in high resolution to be assembled in post-production.
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New Photofocus Podcast Released



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Host Rich Harrington and co-host Scott Bourne tackle a variety of photography topics.

  • Report from Skip’s Summer School
  • Looking forward to Photoshop World
  • Lighting essentials
  • The new Icelight
  • Portrait lighting
  • Soft box positioning
  • Shooting manual
  • Proper exposure (under or over)
  • Choosing the right shutter speed
  • Getting access for the best view
  • iPad and Droid apps for Photographers
  • The secret of locked gates and doors
  • Thunderbolt vs. USB3

Download the episode here…

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Free Webinar on Professional Keying

Better Keying from Production to Post

August 22, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here – https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/193658510

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Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video and film workflows.  This webinar features visual FX industry veteran Marco Paolini (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0660052/) and Motion Graphic Designer and Editor Richard Harrington (www.RichardHarringtonBloig.com).  You'll learn modern shooting advice to produce better keying footage (particularly the need for quality lighting) as well as on-set advice to follow.  You'll then explore how to prepare background plates, generate multiple mattes, wrap the light and more. This workshop will teach you techniques that work with any post workflow and also gives you a quick start on successfully keying with zMatte.

  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 

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Understanding Aspect Ratios | lynda.com, DSLR Video Tips series



This DSLR tutorial introduces aspect ratio and discusses the different variations of aspect ratios and how they're used in the industry. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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Selecting Skin Tones in Photoshop CS6


Are you trying to improve the skin tones in your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use the Select Color Range Command to improve the skin tones in his image in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6


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Master The Exposure Triangle for Video



AdoramaTV Presents DSLR Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he explains the three main elements to consider when deciding on the correct exposure for your video, ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed.

When using a digital camera, it is important to understand the different manual settings.  You can use these exposure triangle tips when figuring out the relation of the light and how it enters your camera, giving you complete control of your shoot.

AdoramaTV features talented hosts including: Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Joe McNally, Joe DiMaggio, Tamara Lackey, Bryan Peterson, and Rich Harrington.

Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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Premiere Pro Titler Shortcuts

Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

Here are theTitler features:

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Mastering Lookup Tables in Adobe Photoshop CS6



Are you trying to stylize your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he utilizes Lookup Tables in Adobe Photoshop CS6 to adjust the tones in his photo.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6


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Monitoring Footage in Premiere Pro CS6 Part 2

Here's an excerpt from the official guide to Adobe Premiere Pro that I co-authored.

This excerpt covers ways of performing common tasks such as playing video clips, including a new browsing feature in Premiere Pro CS6 called hover scrub, and other key topics such as essential playback controls and customizing your monitors.
Note: This excerpt is from the forthcoming book Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book.

Playback resolution

If you have an older or slower processor, your computer may struggle to play back very high-quality video clips. To work with a wide variety of computer hardware configurations, from powerful desktop workstations to lightweight portable laptops, Premiere Pro can lower the playback resolution to make playback smoother. You can switch the playback resolution as often as you like, using the Select Playback Resolution menu on the Source (and Program) monitor.


Timecode information

At the bottom left of the Source monitor, a timecode display shows the current position of the playhead in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames (00:00:00;00).

At the bottom right of the Source monitor, a timecode display shows the total selected duration for your clip. Later, you’ll be adding special marks to make a partial selection. For now, it shows the complete duration.

Safe margins

Old-style CRT monitors crop the edges of the picture to achieve a clean edge. If you are producing video for a CRT monitor, click the Settings (spanner icon) button at the bottom of the Source monitor and choose Safe Margins. Premiere Pro displays white outlines over the image.

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  • The outer box is the Safe Action zone. Aim to keep important action inside this box so that when the picture is displayed, cropping does not hide what is going on.
  • The inner box is the Title Safe zone. Keep titles and graphics inside this box so that even on a badly calibrated display, your audience will be able to read the words.
  • Click back into the Settings button at the bottom of the Source monitor and choose Safe Margins to turn them off.

Essential playback controls

Let’s look at the playback controls.

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  1. Double-click the shot 16_6B in the Double Identity bin to open it in the Source monitor.
  2. At the bottom of the Source monitor, there’s a yellow playhead marker. Drag it along the bottom of the panel to view different parts of the clip. You can also click wherever you want the playhead to go, and it will jump to wherever you click.
  3. Below the clip navigation bar and the playhead, there is a scrollbar that doubles as a Zoom control. Drag one end of the scrollbar to zoom in on the clip navigator.
  4. Click the Play button to play the clip. Click it again to stop playback. You can also use the spacebar to play and stop playback.
  5. Click the Step Back and Step Forward buttons to move through the clip one frame at a time. You can also use the left- and right-arrow keys on your keyboard.
  6. Use the J, K, and L keys to play your clip.

Customizing the monitors

To customize your monitors, click the Settings button on the Source monitor. This menu gives you several different display options for your Source monitor (the Program monitor has a similar menu). You can choose to view waveforms and vector scopes to analyze your video.

For now, we just want to know how to get regular video on-screen. Make sure Composite Video is selected in this menu. You can add or remove buttons at the bottom of the Source monitor.

  1. Click the Button Editor button at the bottom right of the Source monitor. A special set of buttons appears.
  2. Drag the Loop button from the floating panel to the right of the Play button on the Source monitor, and click OK.
  3. Double-click the di05c_compv_02 clip in the Double Identity bin to open it in the Source monitor.
  4. Click the Loop button to enable it, and then play the video using the spacebar or the Play button on the Source monitor. Stop the playback when you have seen enough. With Loop turned on, Premiere Pro continuously repeats playback.

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Monitoring Footage in Premiere Pro CS6 Part 1

Here's an excerpt from the official guide to Adobe Premiere Pro that I co-authored.

This excerpt covers ways of performing common tasks such as playing video clips, including a new browsing feature in Premiere Pro CS6 called hover scrub, and other key topics such as essential playback controls and customizing your monitors.
Note: This excerpt is from the forthcoming book Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book.

The greater part of video editing is invested in watching clips and making creative choices about them. It’s important to feel really comfortable browsing media.

Premiere Pro has multiple ways of performing common tasks such as playing video clips. You can use the keyboard, click buttons with your mouse, or use an external device like a jog/shuttle control.

Premiere Pro CS6 has a new browsing feature called hover scrub that allows you to view the contents of your clips quickly and easily right in the bin.

1 Double-click the Double Identity bin to open it.

2 Click the Icon View button at the bottom-left corner of the bin.

3 Drag your mouse, without clicking, across any of the images in the bin.Premiere Pro displays the contents of the clip as you drag. The left edge of the thumbnail represents the beginning of the clip, and the right edge represents the end. In this way, the width of the thumbnail represents the whole clip.

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4 Select a clip by clicking it once. Hover scrubbing is now turned off, and a mini scrollbar appears at the bottom of the thumbnail. Try dragging through the clip using the scrollbar.

Premiere Pro uses the J, K, and L keys on your keyboard to perform playback too, just like the Media Browser:
• J: Play backward
• K: Pause
• L: Play forward

5 Select a clip, and use the JKL keys to play the thumbnail. Be sure to click the clip only once. If you double-click, it will open in the Source monitor.

Tip: If you press the J or L key multiple times, Premiere Pro will play the video clips at multiple speeds.

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When you double-click a clip, not only is it displayed in the Source monitor, it’s also added to a list of recent clips.

6 Double-click to open four or five clips from the Double Identity bin.

7 Click the Recent Items menu to browse between your recent clips.

8 Click the Zoom menu at the bottom of the Source monitor. By default, this is set to Fit, which means Premiere Pro will display the whole frame, regardless of the original size. Change the setting to 100%. These Double Identity clips are high-resolution, and they are probably much bigger than your Source monitor. You are likely to have scrollbars at the bottom and on the right of your Source monitor now, so you can view different parts of the image. The benefit of viewing with Zoom set to 100% is that you see every pixel of the original video, which is useful for checking the quality.

9 Set the Zoom back to Fit.

Tip: Notice that you have the option to close a single clip or close all clips, clearing the menu and the monitor. Some editors like to clear the menu and then open several clips that are part of a scene by selecting them all in the bin and dragging them into the Source monitor together. They can then use the recent items menu to browse only the clips from this short list.

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I Visit HP and Explore How They Design Products

Hewlett-Packard Product Development from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

Richard Harrington discusses Hewlett-Packard's product development with Ronald Rogers at HP's headquarters in Fort Collins, CO.



A few weeks ago I visited the design labs for HP. I got an impressive look at how they design, test, and build computers. I also saw things to come and must say I am very glad that we have a company focussing on building machines for video and animation pros.

Have a listen to a detailed interview about how HP works and judge for yourself.
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Crop and Straighten in Photoshop CS6


Do you want to straighten and improve your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he crops his photo in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Check Out the New Epsiode of Photofocus


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Host Rich Harrington and co-host Scott Bourne tackle a variety of photography topics.

  • Packing lightly
  • Gear we can’t live without
  • Stupid things camera makers do
  • Raw tricks and raw time-lapse
  • Mountain Lion review
  • Nike HDR Efex2
  • Digital Film Tools Film Stocks
  • Joining an online photo community

Download the episode here…

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Master Motion Graphics in Adobe Creative Suite

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My book called "Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite Studio Techniques" is on sale this week as Adobe Press's $9.99 book of the week.

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.

This includes all the hands on projects too!

Get the book today, expires soon!


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Video is a Team Sport


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This is the hardest message for most photographers to accept. You cannot truly make a professional video in isolation. Am I saying that one person can’t do everything? No. But can they do it well? Consider the following.

  • Video projects often have firm deadlines – Whether it’s an air date, a live event, a corporate meeting, or a project launch. Deadlines are standard in the world of video, having a team means bench strength and safety in numbers.

  • You’ll make more money doing what you do best – How many photographers are magazine publishers? Do they sell the advertisements and write all the stories? What about when publishing a book... do they fire up their personal printing press? The point here is that a photographer should do what they do best. That tends to be direct the talent, pick the locations for shooting, lens the project, and carry their creative vision through the editing and graphics stages. I am not saying you should avoid editing or motion graphics, but you may be pretty slow (especially when you first start). I say try anything three times… but if you find you hate the work or you are turning down other jobs... then its time to move on. You can always find people who want to do parts of the job you are weakest at… plus they’ll likely be far faster than you. This will let you shoot more and line up more business through your contacts.

  • The creative mind is like a hive – Adding additional people that you trust can really lead to a better product. I find that having other professionals around keeps me from slipping into my old habits. It also leads to creative discussions that push the envelope and lead to a better outcome.


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Green Screen Production Quick Start


Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich as he explains the essentials of green screen production. Follow along as he walks you through the steps from lighting, testing, to keying in post production.

When preparing to record a subject in front of a green screen, it is important to find the correct lighting and backdrop. Once you have the green screen set and a test subject lit, you are ready to record and key your new background in post-production In this episode, Rich demonstrates several techniques to keying in Adobe After Effects.

AdoramaTV features talented hosts including: Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Joe McNally, Joe DiMaggio, Tamara Lackey, Bryan Peterson, and Rich Harrington.

Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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Live Q & A This Thursday

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Do you have DSLR videography or Adobe Premiere Pro questions? Join me and Robbie Carman on the lynda.com Facebook timeline Thursday 08/02 from 1-2pm PT for a live Q&A session. Look for the for the post on the timeline wall, and come prepared with all your video production or postproduction questions. http://on.fb.me/Pf4muq


More about Rich Harrington: 
http://bit.ly/OdZiu9 More about Robbie Carman: http://bit.ly/MuuIcC

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How'd I Make This Photo?

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A lot of people asked about how I took the image on the left and developed what was on the right. It's a combination of HDR, Color Grading, Tone-Mapping and more. But all the colors were in the image, I just developed them.

I've posted a complete
walkthrough over at TipSquirrel.com. Be sure to head over and check it out as well as look at some of the other great articles over there.

http://www.tipsquirrel.com/pro-workflow-techniques-start-to-finish/

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A Timelapse Shot from Panama


A new time-lapse from the Panama Canal. Shot on a Nikon D800 in the rain. Shot in raw and developed in Adobe Camera Raw. Post processed with adjustment layers in Adobe After Effects.
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Do You Know Joe DiMaggio?

Joe DiMaggio is a cohost of Adorama TV with me. But more than that… he's just awesome. A nice guy and super generous. I'll have to have him on the Photofocus podcast soon.

Check out these two videos.

Action Photography and Panning

Photography and Light

Be sure to subscribe to Joe on YouTube –
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Premiere Pro Marks and Markers Shortcuts

Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

These are the shortcuts for Marks and Markers:


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Modifying Lights: DSLR | Video Skills


Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills, with Rich Harrington. Now that you have your subject lit for your professional interview, it's time to take a step further and modify the lighting.

When preparing for an on-camera, professional interview, it is important to try to get the most out of the lighting you are using. In this episode, Rich demonstrates how to get the best skin-tone, hair light, and background light by using different light modifying techniques. Learn how to use lighting accessories such as gels, dimmers, flags, reflectors, and cookies to get a great-looking interview.
This is part two in our lighting series for video -- be sure to watch the first episode too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AwR7djWa5w
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Cool iOS App – FreezePaint


I recently came across a cool app called
FreezePaint. It allows you to create image collages right on the iPhone using the built-in camera.

Here are some diverse examples of how the app can be used –
http://freezepaint.tumblr.com
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Toning with Gradient Maps


Are you trying to add tone to your image. Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to add tone with gradient maps in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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Need a Waterproof Camera?


Adorama Photography TV presents the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera. Rich Harrington describes the many features and functions of this rugged camera. Join Rich as he talks about the precise digital features, flexibility, and durability. Learn why this camera was made for the on the go photographer.

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A Cool Photoshop Contest from NAPP

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The deadline to submit your work for The Incredible Makeover Contest is right around the corner. If you haven't submitted your entry for this special contest sponsored by NAPP and Wacom, you only have seven days to do so.

Don’t miss your chance to share one of your incredible makeovers with the world for the chance to win a grand prize package worth $5,000, as well as have your
work featured in an upcoming issue of Photoshop User magazine.

To enter
NAPP and Wacom’s “The Incredible Makeover” contest, simply submit a before and after image of your greatest work no later than July 31, 2012 and tell us how Photoshop and a Wacom pen tablet helped you transform your creative vision into a real-life masterpiece.

Along with a panel of NAPP and Wacom officials selecting the grand prize winner, we’ll be bestowing a special People’s Choice Award with the general public
voting for their favorite submission!
Good luck!


Entry Deadline: July 31, 2012 Winners Revealed: August 10, 2012


Contest Prizes


$5,000 Grand Prize Award!
• Wacom Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display
• Adobe Photoshop CS6
• Two-Year Membership to NAPP
• Trip to Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Las Vegas

People's Choice Award
• Wacom Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display
• Adobe Photoshop CS6
• Two-Year Membership to NAPP

Honorable Mention Award
• Wacom Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display
• One-Year Membership to NAPP
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Sync Sound Production Techniques



Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich as he demonstrates how to achieve sync sound production. There are many tools to help accomplish professional audio during your production.

Most DSLR cameras have a built in microphone, but to you need more to capture good professional audio. It is important to capture good quality audio. In this episode, Rich reveals the tools you can use to ensure you achieve sync sound during your production and post production process.

Be sure to also watch part 1
Recording Sync Sound: DSLR | Video Skills http://youtu.be/jHiALC7pG4Y
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Apple iWork.com Shutdown Reminder



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Remember, as of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the iWork.com public beta site or view them on the web.

We recommend that you immediately sign in to iWork.com and download all your documents to your computer. For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer,
read this support article at Apple.com.

Moving forward, you can use iCloud to store your documents and make them available across your computer and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Learn more about iCloud.

Dear iWork.com user,

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What's New in Photoshop CS6 for Video and Motion

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I recently an eSeminar on the new features in Photoshop that benefits the motion graphic artist and video editor.
In case you missed it, we have posted a
recording of the eSeminar.
I covered many new features in this one hour session, and here’s a brief outline of the features and how you can use them in productions:
  • The adaptive wide angle feature to improve your images
  • Search features to find layers and effects used in a project
  • Blur tools to enhance and blur portions of an image to use as background plates
  • Content Aware tools to scale and improve aspect ratios in images
  • Camera RAW improvements to help you remove noise
  • Crop tool presets to create broadcast ready images
  • Accelerated special effects in Photoshop that speed your editing workflow
  • Text style features for creating lower thirds
  • Color correction tools that can be used for quick and easy color grading
  • Cloning tools that help remove distracting elements in a video clip
  • Bridge basics to name and share images with clients
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Several Free “Ask a Video Pro” and “Ask a CS Pro”

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Adobe has released several free webinars with a ton of information. A bunch of these presenters are both friends and colleagues. I highly recommend you check out some of this free training.
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Premiere Pro Multi-Camera Shortcuts

Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

Here are the Multi-Camera features:


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My Top Picks in Photoshop CS6



AdoramaTV presents Adobe Photoshop CS6. Rich Harrington describes the key features of the newly released digital imaging software. From the Look Up Tables to the all new Crop Tool, Join Rich as he demonstrates the benefits Adobe Photoshop CS6 has to offer to your post production workflow.
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Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget


Here's the recording from my "
Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget" webinar (sponsored by Tiffen).

These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever. This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera. You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools. Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the DFT Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.

Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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Hear My Interview with Photographer Tamara Lackey

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Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…
 Host Rich Harrington and co-host Scott Bourne interview Tamara Lackey about her photography and business philosophies.

  • Portrait photography techniques
  • Creating a connection with your subject
  • Common mistakes new pros make
  • How to handle photography sales
  • Effective social media techniques for marketing and sales
  • Canon 1DX Review
  • Where to meetup with Rich and Scott for training

Our Guest
Tamara Lackey is a renowned professional photographer,  author, speaker and web series host. Her authentic lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits, is praised within her industry and published internationally. Tamara’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets including Vogue, O – The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Parenting Magazine, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, CNN’s Anderson, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.
Tamara’s new web series,
the reDefine Show, examines the inspiring stories of top-tier creative artists who make it work.  Tamara’s interview style showcases her abiding interest in real conversations that share practical tips, innovative methods, and previews of the newest and most useful technologies on the market.
Download episode here…

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Polaroid Effect in Adobe Photoshop


Are you trying to redesign your digital photo to have a printed photo look. Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to add a Polaroid effect to your image in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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Free Webinar on Getting a Film Look

Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget

July 18, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here –
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/508525966 

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These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever.  This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera.  You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools.  Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the Tiffen Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.
  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
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Three Point Lighting Explained



AdoramaTV Presents DSLR Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he discusses three-point lighting when shooting an interview on DSLR.

Three-point Lighting is a combination of a Key light, back light, and a fill light. Three-point light gives you full control over the light and shadows casting over your subject. Understanding the three-point lighting technique gives you the building blocks to advance with your photography.
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Choosing the Right Frame Rate for Video


This tutorial discusses which frame rate you should choose, depending on your specific requirements. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/103707-... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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Get 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com.
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Premiere Pro Project and Media Shortcuts

Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

Here are the Project and Media Management features:


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Line Illustration Look


Are you trying to change the look of your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he transforms his photo into an illustration in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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iPhoto Gets an Update

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About iPhoto 9.3.1

  • What's New in Version 9.3.1
  • Addresses a problem during the migration of albums from MobileMe Gallery that may cause photos to be moved from their original events into a new event called "From MobileMe"
  • Fixes an issue that in rare cases could cause iPhoto to hang when upgrading libraries

  • Included in Version 9.3
  • iPhoto can now open libraries from Aperture 3.3 or later 
  • AVCHD video is now supported
  • The Description field now automatically expands as needed when entering text
  • You can now flag a photo in Magnify (1-up) view by clicking a Flag icon displayed in the upper left corner of the photo
  • Keywords and titles are now preserved when exporting files with embedded GPS location data
  • A new Export option allows you to automatically organize exported photos into subfolders by event 

By the way, don't miss my great iPhoto Training.

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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Keying with Reflecmedia

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If you plan to shoot a lot of chroma key, you may invest in a dedicated chroma keying system. We use a Reflecmedia Chroma Key system frequently. This approach relies on a LED disc attached to the camera lens that reflects light on a special fabric containing millions of glass beads that reflect the lower powered light and create an even-colored surface. Systems like this cost more, but are popular for their ease of use and portability. The system saves us a lot of time and money during the editing stages.
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Lighting for Green or Blue Screen

The use of chroma (or color) keying software has gotten much easier in postproduction. The most common techniques involve shooting talent against a blue or green screen and then replacing that colored background with a new one. This process is a staple in filmmaking special effects and has made its way into web video as well.

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In order to succeed with chroma key, you want to pay close attention to shooting and lighting.

When shooting chroma key footage, be sure to turn off all the Auto settings on your camera. This means no auto-exposure, auto-white balance or auto-focus. If any of these are left on, the footage you are trying to key will constantly be changing as your subject moves. These constant fluctuations will make it harder for you to get good results. While you’re in changing settings, switch your camera to a progressive frame rate (such as 24p) as you’ll get much cleaner edges on your keyed shots.

You’ll have many choices when selecting a backdrop. While you can simply go and purchase fabric at a fabric store; many will invest in higher-quality backdrops from a video or photography retailer. The most popular backdrops use polyester fabric stretched by a metal frame offers an easy to light surface that avoids wrinkles and shadows. These backdrops can be easily folded and transported. Muslin backdrops are also used, but may require more attention to lighting to avoid wrinkles and bad keys.


Here are a few practical tips for lighting and shooting a chroma key set:
  • Even Lighting – It is essential to minimize variation in colors for the backdrop. This means that you must evenly light the background to avoid hot spots. Diffused lighting (such as soft boxes or fluorescent lights) makes this easier.
  • Spill is Bad – Be sure your subject doesn’t stand too close to the backdrop, otherwise you’ll get shadows on the backdrop and color spill on the person.
  • Keep Your Distance – Try to keep your camera as far away from the screen as possible. It’s better to increase the distance, even if it means some blank edges are showing (you can always crop these out later).
  • Avoid fast movement – A fast moving subject creates motion blur. This is typically where keys become bad or obvious.
  • Use shallow depth of field – If your camera supports it, lower your aperture. This will help make the background fall out of focus. This is an easy way to hide wrinkles, seams and hot spots.

From the book – Professional Web Video: Plan, Produce, Distribute, Promote, and Monetize Quality Video



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Premiere Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro Let's start with the primary tools:

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From the book – An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro (2nd Edition)

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Free Webinar on Color Grading

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Creative Color Grading – Fast!  

July 11, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here –
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/706598326

Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post.  Learn important techniques about what to shoot in the field including camera profile, white balance information, and essential metadata.  Then in post you'll learn how to create popular looks that clients want.  This workshop will explore both general techniques and theory as well as a detailed look at Tiffen Dfx Video/Film tool set.
  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 
Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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Select Color Range in Photoshop CS6


Are you trying to make a selection using the colors of your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Select Color Range Tool in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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Calculations Command for Transparency

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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I'm Part of the New Season of Adorama TV


I'm participating in a new season of
Adorama TV brought to you by Adorama.

Each week, you'll get 4 or 5 new photography tutorials from talented folks like:
  • Joe McNally
  • Gavin Hoey
  • Tamara Lackey
  • Joe Dimaggio
  • Mark Wallace
  • Bryan Peterson

Would really appreciate if you could head over and
watch the first episode.

Please post a review or give it a thumbs up so. Comments always welcome… but can we balance out the folks who say I look like Lord Voldermort or sound like Vince Vaughn with some useful ones?

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Recording Sync Sound: DSLR | Video Skills


Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich as he demonstrates how to record sync sound audio when shooting with a DSLR camera. This video focusses on how to record great audio for your next project... we'll cover postproduction in a future episode.

Most DSLR cameras have a built in microphone, but to accomplish good professional audio you need more. Audio is one of the most important elements when producing video. Having an dedicated microphone to capture your audio can increase the overall quality of your video. In this episode, Rich demonstrates how to capture audio with various devices that are compatible with DSLR cameras. Related Products:

Please be sure to post a comment on the video… on the YouTube page please!


Please post a review or give it a thumbs up so. Comments always welcome… but can we balance out the folks who say I look like Lord Voldermort or sound like Vince Vaughn with some useful ones?
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Content Aware Tools in Photoshop


Learn how to utilize the Content Aware Tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Instructor Richard Harrington?

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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Adobe Story Plus is Now Avaialble

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Adobe Story Plus is Live!

This is a comprehensive screenwriting and production management tool.
It's available two ways

If you're a Creative Cloud member, here's how to get it. Just log in to Adobe Story Plus with your Adobe ID, it automatically lets you in and provisions the service.

For more info –
http://www.adobe.com/products/story-family.html#content-dotcom-en-products-story-family-jcr-content-bodycontent1-ttt_0
To get the free version of Adobe Story – which is quite full-featured too! –
http://www.adobe.com/content/dotcom/en/products/story-free.html
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Three Free Workshops for Video and Media Pros from Tiffen

The Tiffen Company and digital video expert Richard Harrington are teaming up to offer media pros three free webinars to take their video projects to the next level.  Richard Harrington will show techniques he uses at RHED Pixel (www.RHEDPixel.com) to enhance the look of video images, raise production values, and achieve better composites.  These demos will explore a variety of post production tools and show techniques that can improve the workflows for any user of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects,  Final Cut Pro, or Avid.
 
These 60 minute workshops are free, but will only be offered live.
 

Creative Color Grading – Fast!  

July 11, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here –
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/706598326


Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post.  Learn important techniques about what to shoot in the field including camera profile, white balance information, and essential metadata.  Then in post you'll learn how to create popular looks that clients want.  This workshop will explore both general techniques and theory as well as a detailed look at Tiffen Dfx Video/Film tool set.
  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 

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Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget

July 18, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here –
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/508525966 

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These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever.  This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera.  You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools.  Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the Tiffen Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.

  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 

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Better Keying from Production to Post

August 22, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here – https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/193658510

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Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video and film workflows.  This webinar features visual FX industry veteran Marco Paolini (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0660052/) and Motion Graphic Designer and Editor Richard Harrington (www.RichardHarringtonBloig.com).  You'll learn modern shooting advice to produce better keying footage (particularly the need for quality lighting) as well as on-set advice to follow.  You'll then explore how to prepare background plates, generate multiple mattes, wrap the light and more. This workshop will teach you techniques that work with any post workflow and also gives you a quick start on successfully keying with zMatte.

  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 
Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

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Content Aware Move in Photoshop


Do you want to move an object in your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Content-Aware Move Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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Photoshop Video Editing Shortcut Keys


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Enable Timeline Shortcut Keys


  • Start playing the timeline | Spacebar
  • Back one frame | Left Arrow or Page Up
  • Back ten frames | Shift + Left Arrow or Shift + Page Up
  • Forward one frame | Right Arrow or Page Down
  • Forward ten frames |Shift + Right Arrow or Shift + Page Down
  • Move to the beginning of the timeline | Home
  • Move to the end of the timeline | End
  • Move to In point of the current layer | Up Arrow
  • Move to the Out point of the current layer | Down Arrow
  • Back 1 second | Shift + Up Arrow
  • Forward 1 second | Shift + Down Arrow
  • Jump to the next/previous whole second in timeline | Hold down the Shift key when clicking the Next/Previous Frame buttons (on either side of the Play button).
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A Nice Refresher on the Rule of Thirds

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The Rule of Thirds is a guideline that helps you better frame and composite your shots. It states that you should imagine every image as being divided equally by 2 horizontal lines, and 2 vertical lines. The important parts of the image should fall on those lines, or on their intersection. The main goal of this rule is to prevent you from shooting everything dead in the center of your frame. Following this guideline will make for more interesting shots, rather than a boring centered image.

Continue reading the full tutorial here –
http://www.rodypolis.com/15/post/2012/06/ruleofthirds.html
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Wide Angle Controls in Photoshop


Do you have wide angle distortion in your panoramic photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates the wide angle controls in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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Become a Certified Instructor for Adobe Premiere Pro

Are you an existing Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects instructor?
Are you looking to get certified to teach the official courses offered at training centers around the globe?


Don't miss the chance to take the official Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Certification Course to be held in Los Angeles.
Premiere Pro CS5 instructors must be re-certified in order to teach Premiere Pro CS6‹so don¹t miss this opportunity.

Register Now >

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EVENT DETAILS

Date
Monday, August 13 - Thursday, August 16
9:00am - 5:00pm daily
Location:
Los Angeles, CA USA
The venue will be determined based on class size.

Fees:
Sign up early and get a $250 discount. Early bird registration fee is only $1,500.00 through Friday July 13. Standard registration is $1,750 after July 13. Includes a 12-month membership to Creative Cloud and all training materials.

Meals:
Light breakfast and lunch provided each day.

Travel & Lodging:
Plan to arrive the evening prior to the start date. The course will last for 4 full days, ending after 5:00 on Thursday. Plan your departure accordingly. Please see the registration site for lodging recommendations.

COURSE DETAILS

What¹s covered:
  • Overview to the new Adobe Certification Program
  • Classroom set-up strategies
  • Book methodology with new books supporting the CS6 version
  • A detailed walk-through of the 101 and 250 Teacher¹s Guides
  • What Makes a positive classroom experience: Premiere Pro CS6 teaching strategies
  • Instructor presentations and discussions: Trainers will be required to deliver a unit from each course
  • Stand-up certification with peer evaluations

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

In addition, each attendee will receive the following:
  • A complimentary 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership. This membership provides you with a comprehensive set of tools including the full offering of Adobe Creative Suite 6 desktop applications, Adobe Touch Apps, services and community features.
  • Instructor's Kit ($250 value).
  • We realize this program is outside the traditional Adobe certification. Please note that attendance is mandatory for both certification and re-certification for Premiere Pro CS6.

Register Now >


UNABLE TO ATTEND?

If you unable to make the August date in Los Angeles, please send an email with your name and location to Doug Crookston. Doug will notify you of future sessions.

TRAINING IN THE UK

An additional session is planned for late September in London. Send an email to Doug Crookston to indicate your interest in attending the session in London. You will be notified once our plans are final.

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Adobe Lightroom Now Part of Creative Cloud

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If you were looking for one more reason to step up to Adobe Creative Cloud, it just arrived.
For $49 a month for pros or $29 a month for students (with annual subscription) you know get the entire Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, a bunch of cool tablet apps, a suite of online services, and now Adobe Lightroom.
For those of you  turned off by the name, these are the same apps in the traditional suites.  They install and run off your local computer without a need for a constant Internet connection.  The cloud angle is simply a bunch of online tools for collaboration and backup.

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Free Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore

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When Adobe shipped Creative Suite 6, they left out several important files. The products included several awesome templates, presets, and more for titles, DVD menus, and animated text.


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Changing the Audio Mix in Adobe Premiere Pro from the Keyboard

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A popular shortcut in Final Cut Pro is the ability to increase or decrease audio levels with a keyboard shortcut. The closest you can come in Adobe Premiere Pro is a little customization. Choose Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts (Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts). In the search field enter Audio Gain. Map this command to an easy to remember shortcut (like Ctrl + =). Now you can press it to bring up the Audio Gain dialog box. The new dialog already has the Adjust Gain by field selected. Just enter a number and press Return or Enter. Yes, it's two steps instead of one, but its also more flexible.
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Chroma Keying Backdrops - Photoshop for Video

An oldie, but goodie with Photoshop and After Effects:

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Photoshop to create a library of backdrops for use in chroma keying.

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New Drobo Units Announced

Two new Drobo Units are released. I first saw these a few months ago (we've been helping with the videos for launch).
We run our whole office on Drobos, love them. Incredibly reliable and easy to manage.

These two new units are awesome!

Drobo 5D

High-performance, desktop storage for professionals



  • 5 drive bays
  • 2 xThunderbolt
  • USB 3.0
  • Thunderbolt and USB cables included
  • SATA or solid state
  • mSATA solid state drive (Turbocharges cache)
  • Power Fail Protection
  • Mac OS X Lion & Mountain Lion
  • Windows 7 & 8


Drobo Mini

Portable performance storage with data protection.



  • 4 drive bays
  • 2 xThunderbolt
  • USB 3.01 x USB 3.0 port
  • Thunderbolt and USB cables included
  • 4 2.5" SATA or solid state drives
  • Mac OS X Lion & Mountain Lion
  • Windows 7 & 8



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Scott Kelby's Free Stuff Thursday

Every Thursday, Photoshop and photography guru Scott Kelby gives away a ton of free stuff on his blog. Even if you don't win, its a great list of resources.

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Be sure to check out this week's offerings and a chance to win:

  • Photoshop World Las Vegas Discount
  • Webcast with Fay Sirkis on Portraits for NAPP Members
  • Sallee School Live Discount
  • The Fine Art of Painting with Light from Ben Willmore

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Using Adjustment Layers in Adobe Premiere Pro

If you need to apply an effect to multiple clips at once, an adjustment layer can really come in handy. Experienced After Effects or Photoshop users may already be familiar with the technology which makes its debut in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

The concept is simple, you create a new specialty layer that can hold effects and sit above other video tracks. Everything beneath the adjustment layer will be processed by the effect. Adjustment layers can have their trim handles and opacity modified to further refine the effect and its placement. An adjustment layer is often easier to modify since it is a single effect, rather than multiple instances applied to several clips.

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To use an adjustment layer, follow these steps.

  1. Click the New Item button at the bottom of the project panel and choose Adjustment Layer. Click OK to create the adjustment layer to match the dimensions of the current sequence.
  2. Locate the new adjustment layer that was added to your project. You can rename it or move it to a bin to make it easier to track.
  3. Drag the Adjustment layer to a higher track in the timeline. Trim its handles to cover just the portion of clips you want to affect.
  4. With the adjustment layer selected, drag an effect on to it from the Effects Browser (or simply double-click the effect).
  5. Adjust the effect using the Effect Controls panel.


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  • Be Sure to Blend – Blending an adjustment layer can significantly change the behavior of an effect. This is a great way to create new looks from existing plug-ins.
  • Color Grade Approach – One way to grade color is to combine adjustment layers with standard effects. Use essential color correction techniques to neutralize and issues with individual clips. Then use an adjustment layer across the entire scene to grade or stylize. This makes it easier to iterate different looks or refine an adjustment.

Be sure to pick up the new edition of:
An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro
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Making Lower Third Video Graphics

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make lower thirds in Photoshop. Brought to you by Creative Cow.

Part 1




Part 2

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Creating an Alpha Channel for Video


In this Adobe Photoshop podcast tutorial, Richard Harrington teaches how to make an alpha channel based upon the luminance of an image.
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New HP Mobile Workstations

ProVideo Coalition - HP Mobile Workstations - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

Richard Harrington speaks with Jimmy Holbert, Worldwide Mobile Workstation Manager at HP, about the new and exciting top of the line notebook coming out later this month.


Richard Harrington speaks with Jimmy Holbert, Worldwide Mobile Workstation Manager at HP, about the new and exciting top of the line notebook coming out later this month.
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Unsharp Mask in Photoshop


Are you trying to sharpen details in a photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to replenish detail in Adobe Photoshop.


Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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Photofocus Podcast June 15


Hosts Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne discuss a variety of topics including:
  • Apple Announcements
  • Aperture 3.3
  • Lightroom 4.1
  • Rich's visit to HP
  • Important hardware for upgrading photo editing
  • New lenses from Nikon
  • Olympus point and shoot cameras
  • Smart phone photo shooting
  • Security at malls and airports
  • Travel tips for photographers
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Free Adobe Video Workshop in NYC on 6/20

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Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium software is the latest high-performance toolset with everything you need to create productions for virtually any screen, with its many new features, it’s the perfect solution to be the hub of your post-production workflow.

Join Adobe Certified Instructor Richard Harrington as he shows you what's new with Adobe's Creative Suite 6 for the video pro—you’ll learn how to get more done faster in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects as well as how Photoshop can be used for all your video projects.

Rich will focus on techniques that you can put into action right away, you'll learn about:
  • 3D Camera tracker
  • 3D Extrusion
  • Dynamic Trimming
  • Warp Stabilizer
  • enhanced performance
  • and much more. 

This workshop is perfect for users of all skill levels.

Schedule: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: The Adorama Building, 42 West 18th Street 5th floor.

You MUST sign up in advance…. space is limited.

Get more from #CS6 at Rich Harrington's NYC workshop @Adorama on 6/20 about Adobe video products (free after rebate)
http://ow.ly/bAPRO
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My Colorado View

I visited Colorado today… just a quick trip for business. Much of the state is on fire. It's very sad. If you believe in a higher power… reach out.

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Importing From Prelude to Adobe Premiere Pro

A companion application in the Adobe Creative Suite is Adobe Prelude. This application can be used to organize footage in a simple, streamlined interface. The use of Adobe Prelude is beyond the scope of this book, but you will find extensive coverage in the application’s documentation on how to use it and best practices for organizing clips. Adobe Prelude is designed so producers or assistants can quickly ingest, log, and even transcode media for tapeless workflows.
If you have an Adobe Prelude Project, here’s how to send it to Adobe Premiere Pro.

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  1. Launch Adobe Prelude.
  2. Open the project you want to transfer.
  3. Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and make sure the project that you want to receive the media is open.
  4. Switch back to Adobe Prelude and click on the Project Panel.
  5. Select the individual clips you want to send by Command-clicking (Ctrl-clicking) or select all clips.
  6. Choose File > Send to Premiere Pro.
  7. Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro. The files should appear in the Project panel
  8. You can now quit Adobe Prelude and close the project.

Be sure to pick up the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book – Available soon!

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Fixing “Sunburn” in Photoshop


Does someone in your photo have a distracting sunburn? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to decrease the sunburn on your subjects in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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Need an Entry Level Workstation for Video or Photo?

ProVideo Coalition - Z220 HP Workstation - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

Richard Harrington speaks with HP about the exciting new entry level Z220 Workstation.



Richard Harrington speaks with HP about the exciting new entry level Z220 Workstation.


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HDR Textures in Photoshop


Do you want to create a HDR look with a single exposure image? Join Richard Harrington as he transforms his image into the HDR look in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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Don't Miss the Adobe Roadshow

Adobe CS6 Video Roadshow from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

Join Creative Suite video experts for a free, in-depth seminar featuring the new Creative Suite 6 Production Premium. Discover the killer new features, and meet partners with complementary offerings that—when combined with CS6 Production Premium—deliver new workflows that work and flow.
Here's what you'll see:
How Adobe Creative Cloud helps you break down creative barriers and revolutionizes the art of video production.
The redesigned Adobe Premiere Pro CS6—the hub of your post-production workflow. With a streamlined user interface, powerful new trimming tools, and other creative advancements, you'll see why more and more professional editors are turning to Adobe Premiere Pro.
A faster, more productive After Effects CS6 featuring new features such as Global Performance Cache and the 3D Camera Tracker that add up to what is rumored to be the biggest After Effects release in a decade.
Creative magic in imaging with new Content Aware tools and the fastest performance ever in Photoshop CS6.
New features in Adobe Story and Adobe Audition, as well as brand new tools into the video lineup: Adobe Prelude, a tool created specifically for logging and ingest, and Adobe SpeedGrade, a forward-looking approach to color grading and finishing.



Find out more at
www.AdobeCS6Roadshow.com
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Shadows in Camera Raw


Are you trying to recover lost detail in the shadows of your camera raw image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to adjust the shadows in a raw image.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Fixing Contrast with the Fast Color Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro

While you might not think of a color effect to fix contrast, the Fast Color effect is a great place to turn. In just a few clicks you can adjust contrast and tone.

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  • Auto Black Level: One click of this button raises the black levels in a clip so the darkest levels are above 7.5 IRE (NTSC) or 0.3v (PAL), which means they are broadcast safe. The shadows of the clip are slightly brightened when you use the Auto Black Level button.
  • Auto White Level: One click of this button lowers the white levels in a clip so the lightest levels do not exceed 100 IRE (NTSC) or 1.0v (PAL), which means they are broadcast safe. The effect also clips a portion of the highlights and the rest of the pixel values are redistributed proportionately. Using the Auto White Level option tends to darken the highlights in an image.
  • Auto Contrast: This button applies both the Auto Black Level and Auto White Level command simultaneously. The Auto Contrast option makes the highlights appear darker and shadows appear lighter.

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Photofocus Podcast June 5


Hosts Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne discuss a variety of topics including:

  • Google
  • The Google+ Photography Conference
  • Time-lapse tips
  • New Camera bodies and lenses
  • Photoshop CS6
  • Lightroom versus Aperture
  • Camera Raw Tips
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The Fair-use Myth

A popular myth in academic cultures is fair use. The doctrine provides situations where copyrighted works can be used without paying. It places restrictions on:

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use on the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work


Students and teachers alike get caught up in exemption number one. It is true that in a classroom situation you can use virtually any image you want for practice or class exercises. However, here is the problem: As soon as a student wants to start looking for a job and builds a portfolio, those images are being used for financial gain. If you are a student, you need to build work samples that help you get a job. Use images that you have the rights to (or that you have photographed).
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The other clause that is often seen as a loophole is number four. People often think that because their project was small or personal that damage cannot be claimed. It is relatively easy for a copyright holder to claim damages or lost revenue. Even though they may not go after you, why take the chance? As a content creator, you should respect the law and the welfare of your fellow designers and photographers. For more on copyright and fair-use doctrine, visit
www.copyright.gov and www.asmp.org/content/registration-counts


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Straightening a Photo


Is your image leaning or off angle? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to straighten an image in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

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What is Lab Color?

L*a*b* Color is the most complete color mode used to describe the colors visible to the human eye. The three parameters of color are L for luminance of the color, a represents the color’s position between red and green, and b represents its position between yellow and blue.

The Lab Color mode was created to serve as a device-independent, absolute model to be used for a reference. Lab attempts to simulate the full gamut of color; however, it is a three-dimensional model and can’t be represented properly within Photoshop. Therefore, the * after the L, a, and b is used to signify that it is a derivative model. Lab images can only be printed on PostScript Level 2 and Level 3 printers; for all other professional printers, Lab images must first be converted to CMYK mode.

The Lab Color mode is generally only used by imaging professionals seeking the truest color fidelity because it supports all the colors in both the RGB and CMYK Color modes.

Be sure to order your copy of Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 – Shipping Soon!
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Premiere Pro CS6 Keyboard shortcuts



Watch more about Premiere Pro CS6 at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-training-tutorials/287-0.html?utm_medium=vi... Learn about the new user interface for viewing or changing keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro, and some of the new shortcuts for common editing commands, such as matching frames, creating and playing loops, in and out point controls, moving between editing clips, and exporting frames.

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Automate to Markers in Adobe Premiere Pro

Have you added markers to your timeline? Precisely editing to them can be fast and easy with the Automate to Sequence command.
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  1. Set In points in a series of clips as needed. If using stills, you can skip this step.
  2. Switch the Project panel to icon view and drag to arrange the clips in order. Place the clips left to right then top to bottom to indicate the order of clips.
  3. Select the clips in the Project panel. Either Command-click (Mac OS) or Ctrl-click (Windows) in the order you want.
  4. Lock the tracks that you don't want to use. The Automate To Sequence command disregards target tracks and always uses the lowest available video and audio tracks.
  5. Click the Automate To Sequence button.
  6. Change the Placement pop-up menu to At Unnumbered Markers, so that the clips are placed at unnumbered sequence markers.
  7. Use the other options to add transitions or to ignore audio or video.
  8. Click OK to make the edit.


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Tap Out the Beat in Adobe Premiere Pro

Want to precisely edit to the beat of the music? Then you should just use your sense of rhythm. If you can tap your finger to the music, you can achieve better editing.

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  1. Click in the Timeline panel.
  2. Select a clip in the Timeline (such as the music track).
  3. Press play to start playback.
  4. To add a Layer Marker, press the Multiply symbol (*) on the numeric keypad. If you're using a laptop, you can click the Set Unnumbered Marker button in the upper left corner of the Timeline panel.
  5. Continue to tap out each beat or audio event that you’d like to sync to.
  6. When the playback is finished, all of the Timeline markers will appear.
  7. To move between markers, press Cmd + Right Arrow or Left Arrow (Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow).
  8. Mark In and Out points as needed in order to edit.


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So What Are Megapixels?

When you shop for a digital camera, you are bombarded with talk of megapixels. Consumers are often misled about what megapixels are and how many are needed. A megapixel is simply a unit of storage, whether internal or on a removable card. A megapixel is one million pixels and is a term commonly used to describe how much data a digital camera can capture. As with your car, just because your tank can hold more gallons of gas doesn’t mean it’s more fuel efficient or better than your friend’s car.

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For example, if a camera can capture pictures at 3000 × 2400 pixels, it is referred to as having 7.2 megapixels (3000 × 2400 = 7,200,00). If you were to print that picture on paper at 300 ppi (pixels per inch), it would roughly be a 10" × 8" print. Professional photographers may need more pixels than this, but a consumer may not. It all depends on how the pixels are meant to be displayed or printed.

The more pixels you capture, the larger the image is (both in disk space and potential print size). Consumer usage (such as email or inkjet prints) is less demanding than professional usage (such as art books or magazines). Professionals need more megapixels than consumers; hence, high-end cameras cost more because they are targeted at people who make money by taking photos.

Be sure to order your copy of
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 – Shipping Soon!


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Enhanced effects workflows in Premiere Pro CS6


Watch more about Premiere Pro CS6 at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-training-tutorials/287-0.html?utm_medium=vi... This movie showcases the drag and drop video effects, effect acceleration, and video adjustment layer controls in Premiere Pro CS6. It also shows the new Mercury Playback Engine's ability to play back effects with no dropped frames, and goes on to show how to effectively render out playback when needed.

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Trying out Blending Modes in Photoshop or After Effects

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Blending modes are an integral part of both design and color correction workflows as they let you mix the content of two or more layers. Part of the reason many pass on blending modes is that they are hard to use if you don’t know which one you want. The truth is that the list can get a little long and if you aren't familiar with them, it can get a little confusing.

Here’s a much better way to experiment:

  1. Select the layer or layers you want to blend.
  2. If using Photoshop, choose the Move tool (In After Effects, you can skip this step).
  3. Press Shift + = (Shift plus Equal) to scroll through the list.
  4. To move backward, press Shift + – (Shift plus Minus) to return to a passed blending mode.


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Using the Quick Selection tool in Photoshop


A Photoshop tutorial explaining how to use the Quick Selection tool to quickly and efficiently select specific objects.

See the whole course on Lynda.com.
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Practical-Photoshop-Selections/96664-2.html

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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Photofocus Podcast May 25 – Richard Kelly


Richard Harrington talks with photographer and educator Richard Kelly about important trends for emerging and established professionals. Kelly is the past president of the American Society of Media Photographers and the conversation covers business advice related to pricing, marketing, social media, and contracts for creatives. He also shares a ton of useful resources to help any photographer.

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Using a Video Calibration Target

DP BestFlow - Using a Video Calibration Target from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.


I show you how to make sure your DSLR footage is in focus by using a video calibration target.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Publish to Vimeo or YouTube from Adobe Premiere Pro

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Once you’ve edited your masterpiece its time to share it with the world. Two of the most popular sites are Vimeo and YouTube.

Both have upload limits on how big of a video you can post (Plus, why should you waste time loading up a bigger file that just has to get compressed again for the web?). Compress the files on your machine and you'll have faster upload times and better playback quality.
Here’s how to make compressed video right inside Adobe Premiere Pro:

  1. Choose File > Export > Media or press Cmd+M/Ctrl+M. The Export Settings window opens.
  2. From the Format pop-up list choose H.264.
  3. Click the Preset list and choose the correct preset. You’ll find ready to use settings for both YouTube and Vimeo. Be sure to choose the HD presets if your source video is HD.
  4. Check the box next to the Use Maximum Render Quality option. This will take a little longer to process, but the quality is worth it.
  5. Click the underlined text next to Output Name. This lets you name the file and specify a destination.
  6. Click the Export button to create your file.
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Double Process HDR with Photoshop


In this video, Rich Harrington processes a three shot HDR and then double processes the image for extra "crunch". This video tutorial follows Rich's workflow from beginning to end.
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Enhancing color with Vibrance adjustment layers in Photoshop


Watch the whole class for free (actually all my classes). Free 7-day trial.

This Photoshop tutorial discusses how to enhance color with a Vibrance adjustment layer. Watch it here.

This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter four of the Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop course presented by lynda.com author Richard Harrington. The complete Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop course has a total duration of 1 hour and 31 minutes, and explores using tools from adjustment layers to filters to nondestructively transform your photos.

Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. How to Approach Color Correction in Photoshop
  • 2. Nondestructive Workflows in Photoshop
  • 3. Working with Raw Files Nondestructively
  • 4. Performing Primary Image Adjustments
  • 5. Controlling Adjustment Layers
  • 6. Using the Shadow/Highlights Command
  • 7. Special Case Adjustments
  • 8. The Black-and-White Adjustments
  • Conclusion

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What is the Mercury Playback Engine?



Learn about improvements in the Mercury Playback Engine for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
http://bit.ly/HJnIby

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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When to Use the Media Browser in Adobe Premiere Pro

The Media Browser is a robust tool for reviewing your media assets and then importing them into Premiere Pro. The Media Browser is designed to properly show you media formats acquired by modern digital video cameras, and can convert the complex camera folder structures into easy to browse icons and metadata. Being able to see this metadata (which contains important information such as duration, date, and file type) makes it far easier to select the correct clip from long lists of files or shots.

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By default, you’ll find the Media Browser in the lower-left corner of your Premiere Pro workspace (if your workspace is set to Editing). It’s docked in the same frame as the Project panel. You can also quickly access the Media Browser by pressing Shift+8. You can position the Media Browser elsewhere on-screen by dragging it, or undock it to a floating panel by clicking the submenu in the corner of the panel and choosing Undock Panel.

You’ll find that working in the Media Browser is not significantly different from browsing using your computer’s Operating System. There are a series of navigation folders on the left side and standard up, down, left, and right arrows in the upper-right corner to change levels of browsing. You can use up and down arrows to select items within a list and the left and right arrows to move further along a file directory path (such as stepping into a folder to examine its contents).

The major benefits of the Media Browser include the following:
  • Narrowing the display to a specific file type, such as JPEG, Photoshop, XML, AAF, and more.
  • Auto sensing of camera data—AVCHD, Canon XF, P2, RED, ARRIRAW, Sony HDV, and XDCAM (EX and HD).
  • Viewing and customizing the display of metadata associated with your clips.
  • Correctly displaying media that has spanned clips across multiple camera media cards. This is very common in professional cameras, and Premiere Pro will import the files as a single clip, even if two cards were used to record the longer file.

Be sure to pick up the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book – Available soon!
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Adobe Output Module & Bridge – UAP 255



Instructor Richard Harrington explores a companion program of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Selecting color with the Color Range command in Photoshop



A Photoshop tutorial describing how to use the Color Range command to select a portion of your image based on color.

See the whole course on Lynda.com.
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Practical-Photoshop-Selections/96664-2.html

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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How to Import Your Footage into Premiere Pro

DP BestFlow - How to Import Your Footage from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I show you how to import your DSLR footage in a nonlinear editor.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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My New Premiere Pro Training Ships Soon

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You can find out about all the new Adobe CS6 Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects books here –
http://www.peachpit.com/promotions/promotion.aspx?promo=138810&WT.mc_id=PP_NL_DigitalVideo_2012_5_15

  • This book is on the presses – Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book
  • This one will come later this summer – An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro, Second Edition

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Free iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite

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A site that I use frequently is iStockphoto to find illustrations and photos for both client jobs and presentations (they are also a sponsor of my blog, but I am a paying customer too).

They just released a very cool plug-in that let's you search for images right within some of the key Adobe apps. It currently works in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (I'm hoping for some of the video apps in near future).

The official blurb

iStock Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite

iStockphoto is the world's leading provider of royalty-free stock media and design elements, featuring millions of inspiring stock photos and illustrations to choose from.

With the iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe® Creative Suite®, you can browse, download and edit photos and illustrations without ever leaving Photoshop®, Illustrator® or InDesign®. Crop them, resize them and make them your own, directly from the Creative Suite.

To use the iStockphoto Adobe Plug-in, simply:
  1. Ensure you have Adobe Creative Suite 5 or higher for PC or Mac
  2. Click “Install iStock Plug-in” above
  3. Open the downloaded file using the most up-to-date version of Adobe Extension Manager
  4. Enable the plug-in by selecting Window>Extensions>iStockphoto

You can download the free plug-in here – http://www.istockphoto.com/adobe.php


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RED Cameras @ NAB 2012

ProVideo Coalition - RED Cameras - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Ted Schilowitz about the future of RED cameras at NAB 2012.
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How to Resize Images in Photoshop for use in Video

DP BestFlow - How to Resize Images in Photoshop for use in Video from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington shows you how to adjust photographs in Photoshop to make sure they are ready for your video project.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Video-project budgeting: How to determine rates



A lynda.com tutorial describing how to determine your rates for the services you are providing during a video project.

See the whole course on Lynda.com.
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/Budgeting-Video-Projects/96667-2.html

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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Tiffen Digital Filters @ NAB 2012

ProVideo Coalition - Tiffen Digital Filters - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Michael Cassara about Tiffen's digital filters for NLEs at NAB 2012.
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Photoshop: Using the Refine Edge command



A Photoshop tutorial exploring how to use the Refine Edge command to select a complex object such as hair.

See the whole course on Lynda.com.
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Practical-Photoshop-Selections/96664-2.html

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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Two New Video Classes on Kelby Training

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DSLR Video: Planning and Shooting

Join Rich Harrington, motion graphic artist, author, and trainer, on location at Kelby Media Studios as he takes you through every step in the process of creating a video product for a client. Learn everything involved in creating a professional quality video with your DSLR, from the initial client meeting to scouting locations, and from all the essential gear to how to conduct engaging interviews. Each step of the way Rich provides expert insights and killer tips to get you well on your way to adding video story telling to your bag of tricks.

DSLR Video: Post Processing

There’s still plenty of work to do after the cameras are stowed away. Join Rich Harrington, motion graphic artist, author, and trainer, as he guides you through the transition from post video capture to preparing for post production. The steps you take during this phase of the process, from backing up your data to gathering additional source material, are critical to the project’s overall completion and success, and are what separate the amateur from the professional.


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Manually White-Balancing a DSLR Video Camera

DP BestFlow - Manually White-Balancing a Camera from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I show you how to get the proper white balance on your DSLR camera.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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The G-SPEED eS Pro

ProVideo Coalition - G-SPEED eS Pro - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Learn about high-speed storage options from G-tech with the G-SPEED eS Pro.
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Create a video project's scope and workflow



A lynda.com tutorial describing how to clearly define and present a video project's potential scope and workflow to a client.

See the whole course on Lynda.com.
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/Budgeting-Video-Projects/96667-2.html

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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Adobe Story is Out of the Creative Suite

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Adobe Story has been dropped from the standalone versions of Adobe Creative Suite 6. Here are some official details.

What change did you make?
We have decided to remove Adobe Story CS6 from the perpetual versions of Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro and After Effects.
 
Why did you pull story from Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro and After Effects?
We were bundling a static AIR version of Adobe Story with these products through the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 cycle, while this gave users access to Adobe Story, we updated the core application four times throughout the year, leaving the perpetual users with technology that was not the latest version. Adobe Story was designed to be a collaborative cloud service from day one and with the big push toward services with the upcoming announcement of Creative Cloud, we've made the decision to move Adobe Story to a full services model.
 
What versions are still available?
Adobe Story is available now with Adobe Story Free, as an online scripting tool. Adobe Story Plus, a collaborative pre-production tool with integrated scheduling and scriptwriting capabilities is expected to be available as a stand-alone subscription, as well as a version with the upcoming Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription.
 

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New Lowell Prime Lights at NAB

ProVideo Coalition - Lowel Prime LED Lights - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Learn about new lighting options – recorded at NAB 2012.
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Exchanging Video Information with XML

DP BestFlow - Exchanging Video Information with XML from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I show you how to take information about your nonlinear editing project from one NLE application to another using XML.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Essential Video Editing Commands

DP BestFlow - Essential Editing Commands from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I show you how to use three-point edits to speed up your post-production workflow.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Trimming in the Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 timeline



Learn about new trimming tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
http://bit.ly/HJnIby

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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I'm Coming to Israel

Input

I'll be presenting in Israel May 22–24, 2012. I'm looking forward to the event and getting to meet new people.

To find out more – visit
http://www.input-now.com/

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Where is Adobe Video Team Focussing Efforts for the Future?

Provideo Coalition- Adobe Video- NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



I was very happy to sit down with Bill Roberts at Adobe to discuss what's new in CS6 as well as what the company thinks are important trends for the future. If you want to see what's coming up, don't skip this video.

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A More Intuitive 3-Way Color Corrector for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6



Learn about the updated 3-way Color Corrector in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
http://bit.ly/HJnIby

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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It's a Bag, It's a Tripod with Petrol at NAB

ProVideo Coalition - Petrol - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Looking for a great bag that's also a tripod? My crew fell in love with this at NAB and produced a video to give me a hint.
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How to Organize Your Edit

DP BestFlow - How to Organize Your Edit from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I show you how to use bin structures to organize your video footage in a nonlinear editor.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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What's New With NVIDiA CUDA Acceleration

ProVideo Coalition - Nvidia & Cuda at NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Justin Boitano, Director of Marketing for Nvidia, on the latest technology for CUDA. Learn how video editing and motion graphics are getting faster.
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New Adobe Webinars for Free Training

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Adobe has a FREE series of webinars every Thursday from now until June 21. Plus I teach one on June 7 about Adobe Photoshop CS6.
You can sign up here – http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1903730&loc=en_us

Editing Faster Your Way with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
Join Adobe Product Manager, Al Mooney, as he demos the exciting new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6—the powerful non-linear editing system that sits at the heart of Adobe CS6 Production Premium, connecting all of your media as it flows in and out of post-production. See how Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS6 combines incredible performance with a sleek revamped UI, and a host of powerful new creative features, including Warp Stabilizer for stabilizing footage, dynamic timeline trimming, expanded multicam editing, adjustment layers, and more for a fluid editing workflow. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro Session.


Innovation in Motion: After Effects CS6 Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
After Effects CS6 holds exciting new features for the motion graphics designer, visual effects artist, and video editor. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Product Manager Steve Forde to learn about new features and how to jump in and get things done.


Jump-start your production with Adobe Prelude CS6 Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
Speed up your workflow and stay organized with Adobe Prelude CS6, now part of the Creative Cloud. With a unified interface designed for ingest and logging workflows, you now can work faster, stay organized and streamline your production process. Copy your media, then begin logging immediately with the ability to add searchable markers and other temporal metadata that let you find what you need, when you need it. Create rough cuts with production notes that flow into Adobe Premiere Pro, communicating your vision for the project through final editing. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session to learn more.


What’s new in SpeedGrade CS6 Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
New Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 allows Production Premium users to manipulate color and light for any type of content, redefining Stereo 3D, RAW processing, color grading and finishing for professional film and television. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Adobe Product Manager, Patrick Palmer to learn about Color grading and finishing with new Adobe SpeedGrade CS6.


What’s new in Audition CS6
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
Audition CS6 accelerates audio post-production with dozens of new features that, like those in Adobe Premiere Pro, make editing faster and more intuitive. Real-time clip stretching makes it simple to stretch clips to fit an edit and Automatic speech alignment introduces a powerful new engine for automated analysis. The fastest audio editor gets even faster with improved controls for grouping clips, spotting clips, previewing edits, and new export flexibility, including support for CD burning. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Adobe Product Manager, Ellen Wixted, to learn about new features in Audition CS6.


Perfect Pixels: What’s new in Photoshop CS6 Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Rich Harrington to learn what’s new in Photoshop CS6 with a particular emphasis on tools that benefit the motion graphic artist and video editor. Take advantage of new blurring and color correction options as well as support for enhanced text layout and 3D objects.


Editing with RED & Adobe CS6 Production Premium
Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
Learn how to edit up to 5K with ease using RED files natively in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Photoshop CS6. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Christine Steele to learn how to get the most from RED Epic and Scarlet cameras and achieve seamless workflows with REDCINE-X.


What's new in Story CS6
Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
Adobe® Story software lets you outline your ideas, write scripts quickly with industry-standard, automatic formatting and collaborate online. Plan and schedule fast-paced video projects, organize production with reports, and leverage script metadata in post-production with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session to learn more.


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In-Depth Interview About All the AJA New Products

ProVideo Coalition - AJA Video Systems from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Bryce Button about exciting new products from AJA.
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In-Depth Interview about the New HP Z1 Workstation

ProVideo Coalition - HP Z1 Workstation at NAB from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Travis Humphries, the global product manager at HP, about the new
HP Z1 workstation. This looks perfect for an extra editing or motion graphics workstation.
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A Sneak Peek at Pluraleyes Version 3

ProVideo Coalition - Pluraleyes & Singular Software at NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.




Richard Harrington interviews the founder and CEO of Singular Software about Pluraleyes version 3.
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Vincent Laforet & the Canon C300

ProVideo Coalition NAB 2012 - Vincent Laforet & the Canon C300 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



My producer, Pamela Berry, catches up with
Vincent Laforet at NAB. Learn about the Canon C300 and his new film Mobius at NAB 2012. (Behind the Scenes)
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Canon 5D Mark III and 1DX Compared with Chuck Westfall - NAB 2012

Canon 5D Mark III and 1DX Compared with Chuck Westfall - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington gets a solid overview of the features comparing the 5D Mark III and the 1DX for video. You'll also hear the straight answer on if a clean video output via HDMI is coming/
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Adobe Talks About What's New in Production Premium CS6

ProVideo Coalition - Adobe - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Learn about what's coming in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Production Premium. Dave Helmly from Adobe gives us some straight answers.

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Flying a Camera with the Quadrocopter

Photofocus - Quadrocopter - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



At NAB 2012 Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne look at the Quadrocopter, a new system for flying lightweight cameras.
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New keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6



Learn about new keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
http://bit.ly/HJnIby

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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Mixing Audio for Video

DP BestFlow - Mixing Audio from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I show you how to properly mix your audio in a nonlinear editor.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Cutting a Multicamera Sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6



Learn how to cut a multi-camera sequence using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
http://bit.ly/HJnIby

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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Grading Video Footage

DP BestFlow - Grading Footage from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I show you how to color grade you video in a nonlinear editor.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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How to Publish Video to the Web

DP Best Flow - How to Publish Video to the Web from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I explain how to export video from your nonlinear editor to make sure your movie is ready for the web.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Highlights from the Adobe Tips and Flicks event on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Highlights from the Adobe Tips and Flicks event on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Highlights from the Adobe Tips and Flicks event on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. Shane Hurlbut and Jacob Rosenberg discuss the DSLR filmmaking techniques and Adobe technology used in making the feature film Act of Valor. Adobe experts Rich Harrington and Colin Smith share tips on Creative Suite software.
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Using the Healing Brush in Adobe Photoshop



Learn to fix blemishes in a photo.
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Creating Perfect Alpha Channels in Photoshop



Achieve perfect transparency in your video graphics.
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Sorting and Sifting Video in a Nonlinear Editor

DP BestFlow - Sorting and Sifting Video in a Nonlinear Editing Tool from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington shows you how best to organize your video footage in a Nonlinear Editor so you can find the clips you need faster.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Animating your Photos with After Effects

When working in After Effects, there are five key components to animating a layer. These properties are very easy to quickly access through keyboard shortcuts.

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  • Press A to Twirl down the Anchor Point.
    • Press P to Twirl down the Position.
    • Press R to Twirl down the Rotation.
    • Press S to Twirl down the Scale.
    • Press T to Twirl down the Opacity.

You can also use following modifier keys to speed up your work.
  • Hold down the Shift key to display additional properties after selecting the first item.
    • Hold down the Option (Alt) key to display a property and add a keyframe at the Current Time Indicator.

To learn more, see
this course on lynda.com: Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects

Maximizing your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. Organize Your Photos with Adobe Bridge
  • 2. Understanding Resolution
  • 3. Working in the Right Color Space
  • 4. Removing Damage
  • 5. Content-Aware Repairs
  • 6. Controlling Focus
  • 7. Removing Distractions
  • 8. Toning Images
  • 9. Documentary Motion Control with After Effects
  • 10. Exporting Animation
  • Conclusion

Watch the whole class for free (actually all my classes). Free 7-day trial.

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Quick Edits In the Premiere Pro Timeline

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As you edit in the Adobe Premiere Pro timeline, you may want to change the length of a shot. Here are a few quick editing techniques you should know:

  • Razor – Press Cmd+K (Ctrl+K) to split a clip at the playhead.
  • Razor All Tracks – Press Shift+Cmd+K (Shift+Ctrl+K) to split all tracks at the playhead.
  • Clear – Press the Forward Delete key to remove a selected segment and leave a hole behind.
  • Ripple Delete – Press Shift + Forward Delete to remove a selected segment and close the gap in the sequence.
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Using Adobe Speech Search

DP BestFlow - Using Adobe Speech Search from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I show you how to add speech-to-text translations to your video clip in order to find a specific part of the clip easier.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Adobe Photoshop Meets an 80's Game Show

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Looking for a fun challenge? If you're a Photoshop geek you just might enjoy a new quiz app.

Adobe Certified Instructor and Photoshop Hall of Famer Dave Cross has released the Photoshop Quiz Game for the iPhone and iPad. Modeled after an 80s game show, the game features 3 levels of difficulty and more than 600 True or False, Multiple Choice and “Name the Dialog” questions. The game, available for the iPhone and iPad also includes brief explanations of the correct answer. It's a great way to test your knowledge of Photoshop CS5…and maybe learn a little something along the way.


You can download the app here –
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photoshop-quiz-game/id494795452?mt=8 It's currently priced at $4.99.
There are leader boards, so feel free to challenge me.

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Some of My Books on Sale

Peachpit has my new DSLR video book on sale as well as a bunch of other cool titles about lighting, photography, portraits, and video. The sales is wedding themed (the season is upon us… but there's a lot of cool things listed.

Whether you’re gearing up to shoot your first wedding or your 700th, these guides from Peachpit are full of tips and techniques on lighting, portraits, posing, video, and more.



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How to Expose a Video Shot

DP BestFlow - How to Expose a Video Shot from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I explain how to combine aperture, ISO and shutter speed to properly expose video on your DSLR camera.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Vimeo Discontinues the Desktop Uploader

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Vimeo has discontinued their Vimeo Desktop Uploader. This tool was often used as it allowed for uploading larger files. It also always seemed faster than the web interface in my opinion.

"Our decision to discontinue the Desktop Uploader is the result of the many improvements we’ve made to the web uploader. When the Desktop Uploader was first released, it was the only way Vimeo members could upload files over 1GB. Today, Vimeo members can use the web uploader to upload files up to 5GB, rendering the Desktop Uploader obsolete. But when it comes to technology, obsolescence is a fact of life."

The company suggested that the new website uploader works great and takes the apps place –
http://www.vimeo.com/upload.

What do you think?



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Add Ratings to Your Photos with Adobe Bridge




This Bridge tutorial titled Adding Ratings is from chapter one of the Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. This specific tutorial describes how to use Adobe Bridge to add rating to your photos to decide which shots you prefer. The complete Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course has a total duration of 2 hours and 2 minutes and explores the world of documentary storytelling, using various techniques in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to transform damaged photos into brand-new works of art.

Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects
To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.

Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course presented table of contents:

Introduction
1. Organize Your Photos with Adobe Bridge
2. Understanding Resolution
3. Working in the Right Color Space
4. Removing Damage
5. Content-Aware Repairs
6. Controlling Focus
7. Removing Distractions
8. Toning Images
9. Documentary Motion Control with After Effects
10. Exporting Animation
Conclusion

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DSLR Rolling Shutter Explained

DP BestFlow - Rolling Shutter Explained from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I explain the problems of a rolling shutter when shooting video with a DSLR, and how to make sure that fast moving subjects aren't distorted or stuttery.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.
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Sponsored: iStock Vetta Promo

Just a quick note from one of the sponsors that lets me bring all these free tutorials and resources to you:


iStockphoto has a sale going for their Vetta collection (which has some pretty cool content).



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Editing Video in Photoshop CS6


Richard Harrington & Rafael Concepcion show you how to work with video in Photoshop CS6.

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Photoshop CS6 First Look with RC Concepcion and Rich Harrington



RC shows some great features as we take a look at what's in the Photoshop CS6 Public Beta. More to come soon on the video editing features.
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I Get My Hands on a Nikon D800



Just a few quick initial thoughts… more to come soon!

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Connecting a Video Monitor to a DSLR Camera

DP BestFlow - Connecting a Video Monitor from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



I explain the different accessories and monitors you can connect to your DSLR camera in order to see your video footage better.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.

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The Difference Between Print and Video Resolution




This tutorial titled Resolution Requirements for Video is from chapter two of the Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. This specific tutorial explains the difference between print resolution and video resolution. The complete Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course has a total duration of 2 hours and 2 minutes and explores the world of documentary storytelling, using various techniques in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to transform damaged photos into brand-new works of art.

Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects
To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.

Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course presented table of contents:

Introduction
1. Organize Your Photos with Adobe Bridge
2. Understanding Resolution
3. Working in the Right Color Space
4. Removing Damage
5. Content-Aware Repairs
6. Controlling Focus
7. Removing Distractions
8. Toning Images
9. Documentary Motion Control with After Effects
10. Exporting Animation
Conclusion

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Sync Sound Post Workflow for DSLR Video

DP BestFlow - Sync Sound Workflow from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



When shooting video with a DSLR, audio is often recorded separately to another source. Richard Harrington shows you how to sync that audio to your video in post-production.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.

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Recording Sync Sound for a DSLR

DP BestFlow - Recording Sync Sound from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



Capturing quality audio with a DSLR camera can be a bit of a challenge. I explain how to get good audio on your next DSLR video shoot.

From the
dpBestflow.org project.

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Beautiful Graphics for Video Editors

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Check Out My New Book – Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots


Get a free chapter from my new book:
Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots
Download CHAPTER 4: EXPOSURE AND FOCUS
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Nearly every DLSR camera available today also shoots beautiful high-definition video. YouTube and Facebook are bursting with user-generated content as people share their memories and travels. Whether it's highlights from a great vacation, the kids' soccer game, or family gatherings, everyone wants to create compelling video to document it. While DSLR cameras are quite capable of shooting video, for many, their foray into video shooting can be frustrating. Footage tends to be dark and out of focus and suffers from camera shake and bad audio.
In Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer and video expert Rich Harrington demystifies the process and teaches a solid foundation for capturing great video. Whether readers have been dabbling in video already or have never even used that mode on their camera, they will learn how to go from capturing mediocre video to creating compelling footage--and all the steps in between!
Readers will also learn the essentials of video editing and publishing to the web; how to make the most of their existing equipment; affordable options to improve video capture; and much more! To supplement the book, readers will gain sample videos that further demonstrate the techniques presented in the book.


Ordering Info –
http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321814878
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Meet Bryan O'Neil Hughes



Time for another in our series that captures the real stories, unique personality and uber talent of the Photoshop team... Meet Bryan O'Neil Hughes - Senior Product Manager - whose ability to connect with users and get them excited about Photoshop recently landed him in the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame.

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Adobe Media Encoder: Compressing Files for the Web


This tutorial describes how to use Adobe Media Encoder CS5 to compress large files into a standard format such as an MPEG-4 or H.264 file.

This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter two of the Maximizing Your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete Maximizing your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication course has a duration time of 1 hour and 27 minutes and shows how to distribute content across all media platforms quickly and efficiently using hypersyndication.

Watch more of this course on lynda.com:
Maximizing Your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication

Maximizing your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. What is Hypersyndication?
  • 2. Using RSS Feeds
  • 3. Targeting Computers
  • 4. Targeting Portable Media Players
  • 5. Targeting Television Sets
  • 6. Targeting Mobile Phones
  • 7. The Importance of Branding
  • 8. Essential Tools to Keep it All Running
  • Conclusion

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Perspective Cropping In Photoshop

Learn how to perform a Perspective Crop using Adobe Photoshop.

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A free video over at Photofocus.com


http://photofocus.com/2012/03/09/free-video-tutorial-perspective-cropping-in-photoshop/

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Affordable Compression Tools

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As web video has become the dominant standard for video consumption, there are many affordable (or even free) options to create optimized video files. The biggest difference here is that many of these tools lack batch processing and often offer minimal support for customized presets.

  • QuickTime and QuickTime Pro (www.apple.com/quicktime/pro) – This versatile tool makes it easy to convert video from one format to another. QuickTime Pro is a cross-platform solution and lets Mac and Windows users convert video files to work with Apple’s portable media players. The files QuickTime produces are very compatible, but don’t offer as many options as other tools. A version of QuickTime that can create iOS compatible files is included with newer Mac operating systems. The more versatile QuickTime Pro sells for $29.99 and is a preferred tool for most media pros toolbox.
  • iTunes (www.apple.com/itunes) – While generally though of as a media player, you can use iTunes to convert incompatible media to an iPod/iPhone ready format. Additionally, iTunes is essential for testing your files to see if they are compatible with Apple’s portable media players. iTunes is a free, cross-platform solution. Free.
  • MPEG Streamclip (www.squared5.com) – MPEG Streamclip is a powerful video converter, player, and editor. It works on both Mac and Windows. It can encode to many formats, including podcast compatible formats; it can also cut, trim and join movies. The biggest benefit, its free!
  • Stomp (www.shinywhitebox.com/stomp/stomp.html) – This Mac-only tool bridges the gap from consumer to professional. It offers an easy-to-use interface but also unlocks filters and customized presets. The tool produces great results and offers excellent visual feedback when changes are made to a clip. Another unique feature is that the tool offers Core Image Filters, which are very fast and can perform tasks like color correction. $30.
  • Microsoft Expression Encoder & Expression Encoder Pro (www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Encoder4_Overview.aspx) – This PC-only tool comes in both a free and a pro version. It is replaces the Windows Media Encoder, which was retired in mid-2010. It can create both Windows Media Video and Silverlight files. The Pro version can also output H.264 and AAC files as well. Basic version is free.
  • Apple Compressor (www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/compressor/) – This powerful compression tool used to be included with Apple’s Final Cut Studio bundle and is now sold as a standalone application through the Mac App Store.. It has full support for batch processing and filtering. $49 from Apple App Store.
  • Adobe Media Encoder (www.adobe.com) – The Adobe Media Encoder is not a stand-alone product. Rather it is a core-technology in the Adobe Creative Suite products that work with video. You can easily access it through products like Adobe Premiere Pro. It supports several formats besides podcasting, and offers excellent control. Bundled with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Creative Suite.

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Designing Backgrounds with Photoshop and After Effects

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As a motion graphics designer, you often have to work harder than other types of designers. Unlike those in the print world who can usually get by with a white background for the printed page, you must put more thought into your projects.
Motion backgrounds have become a staple of broadcast and motion graphics design. In fact, entire companies exist just to create and sell backdrops. The use of backgrounds (whether static or dynamic) is essential to good motion graphics design. Fortunately, certain features in After Effects and Photoshop can be combined to create some fantastic "wallpaper."
Read the whole article here –
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1660202

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Duplication vs. Replication for DVD and BD

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When creating DVDs or BDs, you have two choices to manufacturer the optical discs. If you’re dealing with small quantities, you can use the optical burner or disc drive with your computer. These discs are easy to make, but may not be as compatible in all players.
If you need to produce discs in larger quantities, the use of replication is preferred. In this case a master disc image is created (often called the glass master). Discs can then be created using specialized hardware that can create the discs much faster and with greater accuracy to prevent errors. This process is typically used for orders above 500 discs.

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Hypersyndicate Video and Social Media with HootSuite



Watch the whole class for free (actually all my classes). Free 7-day trial.

This tutorial describes how to connect multiple social networks together, and how to setup scheduled RSS feeds through HootSuite.

This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter two of the Maximizing Your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete Maximizing your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication course has a duration time of 1 hour and 27 minutes and shows how to distribute content across all media platforms quickly and efficiently using hypersyndication.

Watch more of this course on lynda.com:
Maximizing Your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication

Maximizing your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. What is Hypersyndication?
  • 2. Using RSS Feeds
  • 3. Targeting Computers
  • 4. Targeting Portable Media Players
  • 5. Targeting Television Sets
  • 6. Targeting Mobile Phones
  • 7. The Importance of Branding
  • 8. Essential Tools to Keep it All Running
  • Conclusion

Watch the whole class for free (actually all my classes). Free 7-day trial.
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iWork.com Service is Discontinued

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One of my favorite things about iWork from Apple was its ability to share documents online for review and approval. It made it very easy to control access of clients and give them a unique login to view and comment about what you were posting. Whether you were collaborating with a team or just needed secure delivery, the service just worked well.

So of course, Apple just killed it.

Last year, we launched iCloud, a service that stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Today, there are already over 40 million documents stored on iCloud by millions of iWork customers. Learn more about iCloud. With a new way to share iWork documents between your devices using iCloud, the iWork.com public beta service will no longer be available. As of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the iWork.com site or view them on the web.


Apparently, no one explained to them how the two services were different. It's the same sort of logic which killed iChat in favor of iMessage (which of course doesn't integrate with GarageBand for group recording, let you share your screen with another user, or collaborate on a file interactively.

Be sure to
sign in to iWork.com before July 31, 2012, and download all your documents to your computer.
For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer, read
this support article at Apple.com.

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This is Photoshop CS Next and Video



This is quite cool… made with the next version of Photoshop.


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Watch Me Download an 8 Foot Wide Photo in 2 Seconds Over 3G

Piqsure - 3G Compatability from Piqsure on Vimeo.



The panoramic photo in this video is streaming over the net at 3G connection speeds. This is a secure file, loading dynamically on an iPad with no plug-ins.
The left screen shows what was happening on the iPad and the right shows my hands. If you're at Photoshop World, I'll show you face-to-face.

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Name That Stage – Identifying the Progress of Your Edit

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In a photography workflow, you may be used to selecting shots, then color correcting and post processing before layout occurs. With video editing, the process involves continuous improvement. It is standard to quickly assemble an initial edit, then get feedback from the team and client. Along the way, improvements are made as the video moves closer and close to a finished state.
The following stages are common for most video editing projects. Depending on budget, some projects may have additional stages added or deleted. For example a feature film goes through many more rounds of editing than a broadcast news story.

  • Assembly: The goal of the Assembly Edit is to simply strong the right clips the the right order. Initial selections are made and the goal is to quickly create an edit that can be watched. This may be called a “radio edit”, meaning that it is meant to be listened to more than actually watched. The objective is to get an idea of how long the video is running and get quick reactions from the stakeholders on how to approach the project.
  • Rough Cut: The rough cut is a stage at which many elements begin to get added. It is likely for example that music may be placed (even if it is a temporary track for reference) and supporting footage (called b-roll) is added. Many other pieces such as graphics and sound effects may be missing. The project also lacks refinements like color correction and audio mixing. The truth is that there are likely several rough cuts, and as the producer, director, and editor interact with the video, they will reach a point of confidence in which the project is shared with the client or stakeholders for feedback. When showing a rough cut, it is essential that you identify what is still missing from the piece.
  • Fine Cut: A fine cut is a video that is essentially complete. It is an attempt to achieve “picture lock” meaning that no more changes to the shot selection or the duration of the shots will be made. This version is done, but may lack some polish. The goal is to get the client to make any final requests while the editorial team begins final audio mixing and any tweaks to color correction and grading. Final graphics and other elements are generally placed. This is the cut that needs final change request made and the client’s last chance for budgeted change orders.
  • Final Cut: The Final Cut is also called the Approval copy. The goal here is that all changes and minor improvements to picture and sound have been made. It is the belief of the editorial team that this video is done. The client is merely asked to review that all changes that were requested have been made. This is not a chance to make new requests, and most professionals communicate in their contracts that changes made to the final cut are considered out of scope of their were not raised during the Fine Cut stage.

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Repairing and Retiming Footage

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Unfortunately, you are not always in complete control of a project from start to finish. As a motion graphics artist, you will often be excluded from the field production stage. Footage will be shot without you (and often without regard to your needs). We learned an important lesson early on: If you're at the end of the line (which is where video editors and motion graphics folks are in the process), you're responsible for everything that's wrong with the final product. Sadly, there's not much you can do to change this fact.
Except of course, you can "fix it in post."
Now, we hate this phrase as much as you. Fortunately, After Effects and Photoshop offer some great options for repairing footage. You can fix color and exposure problems, change the speed or duration of clips, and even remove unwanted objects.
Read the whole article here –
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1660189

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How to Publish Video to the Web


I explain how to export video from your nonlinear editor to make sure your movie is ready for the web.
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Premiere Pro: Using the Waveform monitor



This Premiere Pro tutorial titled Using the Waveform Monitor is from chapter one of the Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. This specific tutorial describes how to evaluate images through a Waveform monitor that helps us accurately read the exposure of an image. The complete 1 hour and 14-minute long Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro course provides an explanation for the popular phrase "fix it in post" and explores various methods for fixing exposure problems in video footage.

To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link below.

Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. Evaluating Images
  • 2. Working with Adjust Effects
  • 3. Using Color Correction Effects to Fix Exposure and Tone
  • 4. Controlling Noise and Grain
  • 5. Keyframing Effects
  • 6. Toning a Background
  • 7. Using Blend Modes to Improve Footage
  • 8. Working with Raw Video
  • 9. Legalizing for Broadcast
  • Conclusion
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More About Piqsure

Piqsure - 3G Compatability from Piqsure on Vimeo.



If you can't tell, I'm pretty excited about this tech.
These are high resolution images streaming over a 3G connection.
The left image is a digital output of the iPad (it also works on computers and smartphones). The right shows the touch gestures controlling the image.
All images are totally secure.

Here's a news report –
http://www.tuaw.com/2012/03/02/piqsure-to-provide-fast-full-resolution-browsing-of-images-on-mo/

Piqsure develops high resolution image publishing and viewing tools to enhance user’s web experience on mobile devices and web browsers. The Piqsure Viewer enables publishers, authors, and photographers the freedom to showcase their portfolio in full resolution and detail in a completely secure environment protecting against piracy. Publishers of magazines, ebooks and ecommerce sites now have the capability of universally distributing their content through all online platforms with Piqsure Reader.We will be demoing the Piqsure technology at Photoshop World in Washington D.C., March 24-26 Booth #560

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Create a Form Letter with Apple Pages

Oftentimes in you’ll need to create a form letter to send to a group of people. If you’d like to personalize these letters, Pages makes it easy to insert data you’ve defined for contacts in Address Book. This can save you time because you can reuse a letter, envelope, or other document for multiple people. This feature is generally called a mail merge.

Several of Pages’ templates contain Address Book fields. Your contact data can be automatically inserted into these fields. Students can also use this Pages feature for letter writing campaigns if they are writing about issues.

  1. Launch Pages. The Template Chooser opens.
  2. Click the Word Processing category and choose Letters or Envelopes, then select a style, and click Choose. A new, untitled document opens. AppendixA_Fig08
  3. Choose File > Save; name the file and store it on your local hard drive. The letter or envelope is ready to be modified to match the and needs for your classroom.
  4. Pages has already inserted your information into the sender fields. Your name and contact information has already been entered. Pages fills sender fields using the Address Book card that’s designated My Card.
  5. Write your letter and fill in all text information as needed. The text you see on-screen is placeholder text, simply click on an area and start to type. When ready, you’ll need to set up an address group for your targeted group.
  6. Launch the Address Book application by clicking its icon in the Dock or your Applications folder.
  7. Enter the contact information for your students’ families. Create one card for each address.
  8. Create a new group for your classroom by choosing File > New Group.
  9. Drag all of your classroom cards into the group.
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  11. Switch back to Pages. When ready, you can easily personalize your document for multiple recipients.
  12. Choose Edit > Merge Address Book Cards.
  13. Choose an Address Book group to merge from the pop-up menu.
  14. Specify where to Merge Cards to: either a New Document or to Send to Printer. AppendixA_Fig10
  15. Click OK. Pages generates multiple documents, one addressed to each recipient in the Address Book group.
  16. Save your work by choosing File > Save.



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Introducing Piqsure – A new way to view images online

I just wanted to share some new technology I discovered. It's called Piqsure and it changes the way images can be viewed online. You can upload high-resolution images, which then essentially dynamically load at whatever resolution you want. It's very fast and takes no plug-ins.

The guys behind it will be showing it at Photoshop World in Washington, DC (March 23–26).

Piqsure - Image Watermarking from Piqsure on Vimeo.



What do you think?

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iBook Creatives – A new site about iBooks Author

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I've joined a new website, it's all about Apple iBooks Author. If you missed Apple's announcement, this is the change in publishing that we've all been waiting for.
Be sure to check out
iBooksCreative.com

This is the official home of iBookCreatives.com. We’re a community for and of iBook authors.Here you’ll find tips, tools, news, reviews, and tutorials related to publishing e-books with Apple’s free publishing tool – iBook Author.We’re also available to consult with authors who want help publishing iBooks.This site is not affiliated with Apple, Inc.


The site is
iBooksCreative.com

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Image Processor Script in Photoshop – UAP 253



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to batch process multiple images using the Image Processor in Photoshop CS5.

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

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Using Slideshow Presets with Apple Apeture

This Aperture tutorial titled Creating a Slideshow Album and Picking a Theme is from chapter four of the Creative Slideshows with Aperture course presented by lynda.com author Richard Harrington. This specific tutorial describes how to create a custom slideshow by picking different themes for your photo album. The complete Creative Slideshows with Aperture course has a duration time of 1 hour and 19 minutes and describes how to use Apple Aperture to quickly and efficiently create a slideshow to impress any audience, from family and friends to colleagues and potential clients.

To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.

Creative Slideshows with Aperture table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. An Overview of Creating Slideshows
  • 2. Gathering Your Slides
  • 3. Gathering Your Slides
  • 4. Setting up a Custom Slideshow
  • 5. Customizing Individual Slide
  • 6. Working with Video Slides
  • 7. Adding & Customizing Transitions
  • 8. Sharing a Slideshow Movie
  • Conclusion
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Join Me for a Time-lapse and Panoramic Workshop at NAB

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DSLR Time-Lapse Video Workshop and Field Trip* - NEW
Saturday, April 12; 12 – 9 p.m.
New for 2012, Post|Production World registrants may add this two-part Workshop featuring a three-hour session on best practices and techniques for shooting time-lapse video and panoramic photography and a Field Trip to Red Rock National Conservation Area. Registration includes round-trip transportation, lunch, and onsite small group instruction while capturing the western sunset. Participants must bring their own DSLR camera and tripod. Space is extremely limited.


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Premiere Pro: Using the Auto Contrast effect

This Premiere Pro tutorial titled The Auto Contrast Effect is from chapter two of the Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. This specific tutorial shows you how to use the Auto Contrast effect to analyze an image and correct it based on values determined by your computer. The complete 1 hour and 14-minute long Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro course provides an explanation for the popular phrase "fix it in post" and explores various methods for fixing exposure problems in video footage.

To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link below.

Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. Evaluating Images
  • 2. Working with Adjust Effects
  • 3. Using Color Correction Effects to Fix Exposure and Tone
  • 4. Controlling Noise and Grain
  • 5. Keyframing Effects
  • 6. Toning a Background
  • 7. Using Blend Modes to Improve Footage
  • 8. Working with Raw Video
  • 9. Legalizing for Broadcast
  • Conclusion
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Batch Processing in Photoshop – UAP 251



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to take an action and apply it to several images at the same time in Photoshop CS5.

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

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A DSLR Video Workshop in Iceland

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I really hope some of you can attend this great workshop I am teaching with Vincent Laforet and RC Concepcion called “A Story In Motion”

“…This workshop is the first of its kind. A comprehensive look at all things to do with motion storytelling. If you thought that a single image can move a person, imagine what a few moments in video can do. This workshop is not about button pushing and camera settings (though you’ll get plenty of technical expertise). You’ll learn how to create compelling video that captures both stories of Iceland’s people and enthralling footage to illustrate the story.”


If you’re interested, feel free to click on the picture above or click on this link.
Im absolutely excited that you’d want to join us.  I could not think of a more beautiful place to record videos and stills – this trip will be the most memorable!!

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Progress Billing for Creative Projects

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Billing is one of those subjects that can often be an uncomfortable conversation. While you may not be comfortable talking about money, your client will be a lot happier if there are clear expectations that define the business terms. Every video or photo project should be split into progress payments.

The benefits of progress payments are many. First, it gives your client confidence that you have motivation to complete the work and show progress. Second, by splitting the financial payments across progress you ensure protection for your financial security.

Typically, I recommend the use up to five, equal payments. If a project has an extremely short timeline or does not involve a full-service production (such as shooting only) then adjust your payment schedule. This helps you by keeping your work funded and ensures that the client knows what’s going on financially.

  • Project Initiation — Once the project scope and budget is agreed upon, a deposit for 20% of the project should be submitted.
  • Preproduction — This stage encompasses the bulk of project planning. Tie a progress payment to the deliver of the script or other relevant preproduction tasks. Issue a progress payment upon delivery of final preproduction items to the client.
  • Production — I recommend the submittal of an invoice once shooting begins. This is typically the most expensive stage of a project. Be sure that you have received some form of payment before production begins. Do not hand off project footage until at least 50% of a project’s budget is in hand.
  • Postproduction — Once editing begins, another progress payment should be issued. Some choose to watermark projects until at least 66% of a project’s budget is received.
  • Closeout — A final bill that reflects any change orders should be generated at the completion of a project. Be sure that your agreement states that you retain certain rights to a production until payment is received in full.

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How to Create a Custom Slideshow with Apple Aperture

This Aperture tutorial titled Creating a Slideshow Album and Picking a Theme is from chapter four of the Creative Slideshows with Aperture course presented by lynda.com author Richard Harrington. This specific tutorial describes how to create a custom slideshow by picking different themes for your photo album. The complete Creative Slideshows with Aperture course has a duration time of 1 hour and 19 minutes and describes how to use Apple Aperture to quickly and efficiently create a slideshow to impress any audience, from family and friends to colleagues and potential clients.
  • To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.
  • Creative Slideshows with Aperture table of contents:
  • Introduction
  • 1. An Overview of Creating Slideshows
  • 2. Gathering Your Slides
  • 3. Gathering Your Slides
  • 4. Setting up a Custom Slideshow
  • 5. Customizing Individual Slide
  • 6. Working with Video Slides
  • 7. Adding & Customizing Transitions
  • 8. Sharing a Slideshow Movie
  • Conclusion
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Managing Media in Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X has several tools that let you sort, sift, filter, and find the perfect shot. You can use embedded metadata as well as attach powerful keywords to improve your ability to locate the perfect shot. In this chapter you'll learn the many ways to organize your media.

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The act of video editing is not really about learning which buttons to push. The hardest part of editing is learning how to cull through large amounts of footage to find the “good parts”—the best sound bites, the most expressive b-roll, and the shots that just work. Of course, you then have to figure out how to put all of those pieces together.

In a sense, the act of editing video is much like having ten different jigsaw pieces mixed together. You have to find the right pieces and figure out how they go together while ignoring the pieces you don’t need.

Let’s just say that getting organized will be a critical step in your journey to a compelling story. Fortunately, Final Cut Pro X has several tools that let you sort, sift, filter, and find the perfect shot. You can use embedded metadata as well as attach powerful keywords to improve your ability to locate the perfect shot.

In this chapter we’ll explore the many ways to organize your media. Although you may want to skip ahead, we encourage you to tough it out. Learning how to organize an edit will make the whole process run faster and ensures that you’ll have the best shots at your fingertips.

Read the whole chapter here –
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1822623

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Importing Media into Adobe Premiere Pro

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In this chapter, you'll learn about importing files and the effect it will have on your system. You'll also learn how to bring in audio and even how to record your own narration tracks.
The first step to starting an actual project is getting your media into Adobe Premiere Pro. No matter what kind of project you're doing, if you can't import media, you're stuck. Of course, not everything will come in the way you expect it. So, it's essential that you know how to modify clips. Adobe Premiere Pro also doesn't work alone: It's crucial that you understand the real "superpowers" of the suite. You can draw assets from the rest of the Adobe Creative suite, including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and even Adobe Audition.

In this chapter, you'll learn about importing files and the effect it will have on your system. You'll also learn how to bring in audio and even how to record your own narration tracks.

Read the whole chapter here – http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1729266

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NAB 2012 Post Production World Details Released

I'll be teaching at the NAB Post Production World Conference again. I also helped design this year's conference.



You can see all the classes here in grid form –
http://www.nabshow.com/2012/pdfs/PPW_Grid.pdf

My classes include:

  • Saturday, April 14th - 12:00-8:00pm - Field Trip: Shooting Time-Lapse and Panoramic Photos
  • Sunday, April 15th - 9:00-10:15am - Building Budgets for Video Projects
  • Sunday, April 15th - 11:45-1:00pm -Hypersyndication: How to Publish Your Content on the Maximum Number of Screens & Devices
  • Sunday, April 15th - 3:30-4:45pm - Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three-Dimensions
  • Monday, April 16th - 3:30 - 4:45pm - Practical Project Management Techniques for Video & Multimedia
  • Monday, April 16th - 5:00 - 6:15pm - Producing a Video Podcast
  • Tuesday, April 17th - 3:30 - 4:45pm - Managing Projects Online - Keeping Everyone Happy and Up to Date
  • Tuesday, April 17th - 5:00 - 6:15pm - Working with Video Layers in Adobe Photoshop
  • Wednesday, April 18th - 2:00 - 3:15pm - Time Floats By: Creative Use of Time-Lapse and Stop Motion
  • Wednesday, April 18th - 3:30 - 4:45pm - Giving Your Web Video A Graphic Identity
  • Wednesday, April 18th - 5:00 - 6:15pm - 10 Great New Reasons to Use Adobe Production Premium
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Want some Free Panoramic Photography Inspiration and Training?

I've taken a stab at figuring out Apple iBooks platform. It's pretty cool tech that let's you mix text, photos, and video into an interactive platform.
I've taken some of my best panoramic photos (and the tutorials I made about them) and bundled them into an
iBook.

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It's free, it's currently the #2 photo book on iTunes in fact (sweet!).
It only works on an iPad (sorry everyone else, but that's how iBooks author works for now).

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I hope you enjoy and are inspired to start shooting your own shots. I'm working on new stuff for this platform and would love your feedback. Please post reviews on
iTunes and comments here.
Download it here –
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/panorama/id497463957?mt=11

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I Have Two New DSLR Workshops at Adorama in NYC (Updated)

I am please two announce two new workshops at Adorama in New York The special event is sponsored by Adorama and Adobe Systems.



Getting Started with DSLR Video

Richard Harrington, RHED Pixel

Sunday, March 18, 2012     1:30PM - 3:30PM
Sign up here – http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_Getting-Started-DSLR-Video_2012-03-18&utm_source=ET&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=EmailWork021712&utm_term=Other

Price: $25.00 (ends up free – see below)

Registration deadline for this event is March 16, 2012
 
Each attendee will receive a $25.00 coupon at the event in exchange for a copy of their registration receipt. The coupon will be valid for 30 days towards the purchase of any merchandise when presented at either Adorama’s retail store at 42 West 18th Street, New York, or for an online purchase at www.adorama.com


These days, most DSLR cameras now shoot video... but have you taken advantage of this great feature yet? There are tons of reasons to shoot video with your DSLR, from personal projects to professional opportunity, plus DSLR cameras offer great performance in low light and control over depth of field. Now is the time to explore video and get the most from your camera.

Join Richard Harrington, author of
From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR and Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots, as he helps you explore and learn about this new medium.
In this workshop Rich will show you how to:
  • Choose the right settings in your camera for the best video
  • Select the right lens and settings for several shooting situations
  • Maintain focus and exposure when shooting manually
  • Choose the right equipment for a stable shot
  • Capture great audio
  • Organize your media for editing with Adobe Bridge or Lightroom
  • Perform essential editing using Adobe Premiere Pro

The class will explore common 'gotchas' that can ruin the shot and we'll also balance that out with a few post-production techniques to help you get organized (and even rescue a problem shot). This class will help you explore DSLR video and set you up for successful capture of great images, you'll learn how to take your knowledge of photography and transfer it to motion.



Professional DSLR Video: Techniques and Workflow

Richard Harrington, RHED Pixel

Monday, March 19, 2012 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Signup here – http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_Professional-DSLR-Video_2012-03-19&utm_source=ET&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=EmailWork021712&utm_term=Other

Price: $25.00 (ends up free – see below)

Registration deadline for this event is March 18, 2012
 
Each attendee will receive a $25.00 coupon at the event in exchange for a copy of their registration receipt. The coupon will be valid for 30 days towards the purchase of any merchandise when presented at either Adorama’s retail store at 42 West 18th Street, New York, or for an online purchase at www.adorama.com

Everywhere you turn, you're seeing the use of DSLR video cameras... music videos, commercials, television shows. But getting ready for a DSLR shoot presents all sorts of new challenges. Whether it's choosing the right lenses or knowing how many lights to pack, or even how to edit the footage once you've shot it... the rules have changed. The old adage "With new technology comes a need for new workflows" holds especially true.

Whether its strategies for alternate storage, multi-camera productions, or sync sound audio... there are important considerations with DSLR cameras. Things get even trickier when it comes to post-production. Learn how to conform your media to common editing formats as well as native editing workflows. This class tackles DSLR video from preproduction to post and will help you avoid and solve costly problems.

Join Richard Harrington, author of
From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR, and Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots, as he helps you explore develop professional skills.

In this workshop Rich will show you how to:
  • How to shoot in manual mode for total control
  • How to work with the exposure triangle for perfect exposure and focus
  • Select the right lenses and for several shooting situations
  • Choose the right equipment for a stable shot and even put the camera into motion
  • Capture great audio with a professional sync sound workflow
  • Organize your media for editing with Adobe Bridge
  • Perform essential editing using Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Fix exposure problems Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop
  • Remove Lens Distortion and Rolling Shutter with Adobe After Effects
  • Publish to the web and Blu-ray disc with Adobe Media Encoder
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Filtering a Video Clip with Photoshop Extended

I've posted an article over at Tip Squirrel about using video inside Adobe Photoshop Extended – http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2012/02/filtering-a-video-clip-with-photoshop-extended/

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Photoshop’s filters are pretty powerful (and certainly diverse). Knowing this, you may find yourself wanting to apply a filter to a video clip. This is very possible, but there’s a specific workflow you must follow.First, you must use Photoshop Extended to open a video clip. Other versions of Photoshop can’t do this task. If you run a filter on a video clip on its own, the filter will only apply to the current frame. This is why you must convert the video layer into a Smart Object. You can create Smart Objects by choosing File > Place or by choosing Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. Remember, a Smart Object embeds the original content of the layer inside the Smart Object.

Read the whole article here.
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Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Bug Fix

I've seen this problem pop up a few times. I think it's tied to a bad audio plugin that conflicts between Apple and Adobe software. It seems to happen on only a few machines.

It seems to be with CS 5.5 where an Apple audio PLIST file becomes corrupt. The symptoms are that Premiere Pro will play for a few seconds and stop.

Here's the fix:
 
  1. Open Finder and navigate to /YOUR_HD/Library/Preferences
  2. Move to the Trash the file:   com.apple.audio.AggregateDevices.plist
  3. Relaunch The Program

Hope it helps
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Compositing Text Inside an Image in Photoshop – UAP 250



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to composite text inside an image.

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

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Photoshop Background Save and Liquefy Sneak Peek



Get an early look at a popular request - background save and the most powerful liquify tool ever, from Photoshop Product Manager, Zorana Gee.
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Adobe Camera Raw 7 Sneak Peek



In this video taken straight from the laptop of our Senior Product Manager, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, get an early look at some of the things the Photoshop team is working on for Camera Raw.
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How to Buy Multiple Copies of FCPX without Multiple iTunes Accounts

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One of the initial concerns with Final Cut Pro X was how to actually purchase more than one copy legally, without setting up multiple iTunes accounts.

I recently had a chance to catch up with a member of the Final Cut Pro team and he pointed out a useful link to me.

The Apple Store for Business DOES sell Final Cut Pro X, and you can get as many licenses as you need.


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Creating an Action in Photoshop – UAP 249



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to record the steps you have applied to an image and reuse them on other images in Photoshop CS5.

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

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How Many of These Apple Gadgets Did You Own?

I enjoyed a great article over at MacLife magazine on 11 Apple gadgets that faded into history.

Have a
read, it's quite fun. I owned or used 7 of these at my jobs through the years…. How about you?

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"All around Apple’s Cupertino campus there are people working on the Next Big Thing: it could be the iPhone 5 or an iPad 3, a proper Apple TV or a new kind of Mac. It may even be something you could never imagine. And that happens all day, every day. And it’s been going on since Apple was founded.

Of course, not all of the products Apple has come up with over the years have been successful. For every iPhone there’s been a G4 Cube. Or even a Flower Power iMac come to that. But it’s by experimenting with new ideas, coming up with different kinds of products, and learning from each failure that has made Apple the company it is today. It’s only by delving into its past that we can understand its present and future. As Apple proudly declared ahead of the iPhone’s launch in 2007: the first 30 years were just the beginning."

Keep reading it here –
http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/11_apple_gadgets_time_forgot

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Easy Tip to Avoid Accidently Erasing Memory Cards

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I have a tendency to carry a lot (and I mean A LOT) of memory cards on a shoot.  Between shooting panoramic photos, time-lapse sequences, and HD video, I burn through memory cards faster than most.  I find myself needing to be certain that I avoid accidentally erasing data.
Here’s my strategy for safety:

  • Make sure that all memory cards are erased BEFORE going into the field.  Don’t bring cards with data or you’ll sit there wondering if you transferred them already or if you’re about to wipe your only copy.
  • Have two card wallets.  One full and one empty.  Make sure they have the same number of slots.
  • Put the full wallet with all of the blank memory cards into your right pocket.
  • Put the empty wallet with no cards in it in your left pocket.
  • As you shoot cards, place them upside down in the card wallet in your left pocket.
  • Repeat this phrase ten times… The cards in the right pocket are the right cards to shoot with; the cards in my left pocket should be left alone.

I know it’s simplistic…  but it’s saved me more than one time.  Give it a shot.

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What is the After Effects Puppet Tool?



This is a recording from a conference a few years back.

You can get some hands-on practice files here as well –
Puppet Tool Animation
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Free Seminar on seminar on Mastering Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel

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Recently, I recorded a webinar for Adobe on the Adobe Premiere Pro timeline. It's posted for free viewing.
Here’s the recording.
I covered a lot of useful and interesting material, both in the main presentation and in the question-and-answer segment at the end.
Here’s a brief outline of what I talked aboutt:

  • getting started and configuring the user interface
  • basic editing
  • audio
  • miscellaneous questions and answers

It's free to watch –
http://bit.ly/u8ltN8

Be sure to also pickup the book and training DVD –
An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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Affordable Compression Tools

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Essentially, all compression tools do the same thing. They take large video files and make them smaller. What differs from one tool to the next are factors like speed, supported file formats, and user interface design. Fortunately, most of these tools are either free or inexpensive. You’ll also find demo versions that you can try out before you buy.

Here are some recommended tools to try:

  • QuickTime Pro (www.apple.com/quicktime/pro). This versatile application lets you convert video from one format to another. QuickTime Pro is a cross-platform solution and lets Mac and Windows users convert video files to work with Apple’s portable media players. It can also produce files using the Apple TV spec, which matches the HD requirements of most video-sharing sites. The app sells for $29.
  • iMovie (www.apple.com/ilife). Apple’s entry level video-editing tool can publish QuickTime and H.264 files directly. It can also publish video directly to YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. The app is sold separately for $15 through the Mac App Store or bundled with four other apps in the iLife suite.
  • Adobe Premiere Elements (www.adobe.com/products/premiereel). This versatile editing tool also contains a versatile compression tool set. With it, you can create movies in several formats, including MPEG-4 and Flash, and post directly to social media and video-sharing sites. The app sells for $99 new and is available for both Windows and Mac.
  • MPEG Streamclip (www.squared5.com). MPEG Streamclip is a multipurpose video converter, player, and editor that works on both Mac and Windows. It can encode to many formats; it can also cut, trim, and join movies. The biggest benefit is that it’s free!
  • Microsoft Expression Encoder and Expression Encoder Pro (www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Encoder4_Overview.aspx). This Windows-only tool comes in a free and a Pro version. It replaces the Windows Media Encoder, which was retired in mid-2010. It can create Windows Media Video files and Silverlight files. The Pro version can also output H.264 files.
  • Apple Compressor (www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/compressor). This powerful compression tool used to be bundled with Final Cut Studio but is now sold separately in the Mac App Store for $49. It allows you to create Apple-compatible files and is optimized for computers with multiple processors.
  • Adobe Media Encoder (www.adobe.com). This compression tool is not a stand-alone product. Rather, it is a core technology in the Adobe Creative Suite products that works with video. You can easily access it through products like Adobe Premiere Pro. It supports several web video formats and offers excellent control.

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It's Time You Got on Twitter

Now, some of you already use Twitter... which means you probably fall into three camps. You either love it, don’t know how to use it, or haven’t gotten past the confusing gibberish to even start. Let me offer some advice to those who aren’t already benefiting.

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Start by Following. Click the Who to Follow button and then look through recommended users as well as search for people you know. Choose 50 people or brands that interest you and read them for two weeks. See what they talk about and what information you’re finding out that you’d likely have missed if you had to search actively for it.

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Complete Your Bio. Make sure you upload a photo and add a descriptive bio. You can also include your homepage which will serve as an inbound link to your site. You are missing opportunities when you don’t introduce yourself properly.

Start Posting. Many on Twitter are simply lurkers. Make sure you get involved. Post updates whenever you add new blog post to your site. Try posting quick tips or observations about photography. Share good news and accomplishments with others. You can also include links to useful articles relevant to your interests. The important thing here is to periodically engage others and comment.

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Don’t Obsess. Twitter is not your email inbox. You do not need to read every tweet that comes in (however be sure to click on the @Mentions and Messages buttons to see tweets about and to you.) You should also not log in and send out too many tweets at once.

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Go Mobile. Put a native Twitter application on your mobile pone. You’ll find Twitter a pleasant companion that lets you keep in touch with your friends and interests. The phone applications make it easy to share photos and video as well as streamline the posting and browsing process.

Switch Your View. You might enjoy your Twitter feed more if you use a helper application. Look at things like Flipboard for iPad or Pulse for Android which turn your Twitter feed into a virtual magazine.

Like all new things, Twitter takes a while to learn and even longer to master. But it does a great job of keeping you informed of important industry news and can lead to a passive intimacy with your clients and fans. This excuse to keep in touch means that you stay in people’s minds... which of course improves your chance of referrals and repeat hires.

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel (www.RHEDPixel.com) a visual communications company in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Twitter @rhedpixel.

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Selective Resizing with Content-Aware Scaling

The Content-Aware scale command is a useful way to force your still photos to fit a specific shape (for example that of a video screen or particular print size). When used correctly, the Content-Aware Scale command can automatically adapt to preserve vital areas during the scale. You may often need to combine a skin tones option or an alpha channel to better define the areas that will be protected from distortion.

1. Open a still image.
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2. Double-click the locked Background layer and give it a new name. The layer cannot be locked if you want to scale it.

3. Change the canvas size (Image > Canvas Size) to match your needs. You can also paste the layer into a new document.

4. Choose Edit > Content-Aware Scale.

5. Click the Protect Skin Tones button to tell Photoshop to attempt to preserve regions that contain skin tones.
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You can also create an alpha channel if needed to protect a selected area. Create the alpha channel before invoking the Content-Aware Scale command then choose it in the Options bar.
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6. Drag a resize handle on the bounding box to scale the image. Hold down the Shift key to scale proportionately. You can also hold down the Option (Alt) key to scale from the center of the image.

7. Size the image so it fits the width of the canvas.
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8. Click the Commit button or press the Return (Enter) key to apply the change.

Need Photoshop training? Check out Understanding Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop for Video.

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Stylizing Skin Tones in Photoshop – UAP 248



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates techniques to stylizing skin tones in your photographs.

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

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Final Cut Pro X Update Released + FCP7 Project Converter

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Apple delivered on its promise of an update to Final Cut Pro X this morning. They released Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 (Full Specs). The update fixes SEVERAL glaring gaps that users have been asking for.
The major features include:

  • Multicam editing with automatic syncs up to 64 angles
  • New chroma keying
  • Enhanced XML for interchange with third party apps that can include color grading and audio keyframes
  • A BETA driver for broadcast monitoring that supports Thunderbolt devices as well as PCIe cards.
  • Layered Photoshop graphics support
  • Manual media management with the ability to relink
Pricing:
  • The application still costs $299.99 (US) to new users.
  • The update is free from the Mac App Store
  • A 30-day free trial of Final Cut Pro X is available at www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial.

Apple has also taken down their FCPX FAQ document (http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/faq/) which is too bad. I liked the company communicating status on what was coming next.

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Third-Party News:
Intelligent Assistance releases 7toX for Final Cut Pro, a lightweight application for translating Final Cut Pro 7 projects to Final Cut Pro X.
The application sells in the Mac App Store for $9.99 (US). The application looks to rely on the new XML features released today in the free update.

  • 7toX for Final Cut Pro translates Final Cut Pro 7 Bins to Keyword Collections in Final Cut Pro X,
  • Converts Sequences to Compound Clips that can be browsed and edited.
  • Metadata and log notes from Final Cut Pro 7 are migrated to Final Cut Pro X.
  • Motion tab settings and keyframes are translated into equivalent parameters in Final Cut Pro X.
  • Layers from Photoshop files are properly preserved
  • More than 30 Transitions and 70 Filters are matched and applied — with detailed reporting in context in the Magnetic Timeline
  • 7toX also allows editors to migrate their Final Cut Pro 7 multicam projects to the latest version of Final Cut Pro X.

I have not been able to test the above, but I know this company well. This is a
HUGE accomplishment and I commend them. Apple, buy this code and put it into Final Cut Pro X. This fills in critical holes.
 

What's Next?
I am happy to see that many of the problems have been addressed. There is still work to do however.
  • Non-beta broadcast monitoring
  • The option to see a second window when working (I find it impossible to line up a 3 point edit with one window).
  • Ability to switch to a track-based timeline
  • Support for raw workflows
  • Support for several missing codecs

A great
detailed article from my friend Gary Adcock at Macworld Magazine

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Adobe Tips & Flicks Event in DC on February 22

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Join Adobe, Government Video Magazine, and industry experts for a day of valuable information concluding with complimentary pre-release screening of the groundbreaking new film, Act of Valor. This event is targeted for those working in the government or military.

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Jacob Rosenberg, Director and CTO of Bandito Brothers will share his experience in the post production workflow and editorial process for
Act of Valor. The film Act of Valor straddles reality and fiction, military messaging, and entertainment. It features real life SEALs—not actors—strike scenes written by the SEALs themselves, and jarring live-fire footage.


This information-packed day will provide valuable knowledge you can use in all your work—from everyday government video projects to more complex productions. There will be something for government employees or contractors doing government work, followed by great entertainment. You can register here –
http://gov.adobeeventsonline.com/TipsAndFlick/2012/Feb22/registration.php?source=004.
Agenda
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration and Lunch

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Adobe Creative Suite®5.5 Production Premium: High Performance for a
New Generation

Colin Smith
Senior Solutions Consultant, Adobe

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Beautiful Graphics for Video Editors
Rich Harrington
CEO, RHED Pixel

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Software Raffle and Break

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join the New Digital
Video Publishing Revolution

Jerry Silverman

Adobe Solutions Consultant

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Software Raffle and Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Mixing formats, frame-rates, and bullets in Act of Valor
Jacob Rosenberg
Director & CTO, Bandito Brothers

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
All Star Panel Question and Answer
Jacob Rosenberg, Rich Harrington, Christina Clapp,
Editorial Director Video for New Bay Media, and Colin Smith.

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Popcorn and Snack Break

4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Screening Act of Valor



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Fading a Filter in Photoshop – UAP 247



Instructor Richard Harrington teaches you how to extend the useful life of your filter collection in Photoshop CS5.

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

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Meet Sydnee – The iPad Accessory Even My Wife Approves Of

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I just got back from Macworld Expo in San Francisco. While there, I came across this device from Kanex – Sydnee (http://www.kanexlive.com/sydnee). It's essentially an iPad charger for a family or small office.

With one plug in the wall, you can set up to three iPads (or other iOS devices). You also can plug in a fourth device. You can keep things nice and neat without having a total cable nest in your family room. The system will auto-detect when devices are charged and then shut off the individual port (while other devices keep charging as needed).

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The device is supposed to start shipping in March (at least according to the booth person I talked to). You can sign up for early info on the product's page. It's list for $149 at this time.



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Publishing a Video to Facebook

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Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world. In fact, in many countries, more than 50 percent of all adults have an account. Facebook is a free service that makes it easy to share video and news with friends, family, and colleagues. Most editing tools can publish directly to Facebook and it supports all major video formats like QuickTime and Windows Media but converts all these formats to Flash Video (and HTML 5 for mobile versions) after you upload.

Here's how to post a video to Facebook:

1. Sign up for a Facebook account at www.facebook.com. If you’re already a member, just log in.

2. Near the top of the page, click the Add Photo / Video button.

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3. Click the Upload Photo/Video button.

4. Enter a description into the field labeled “Say something about this.”

5. You can use the buttons along the bottom of the post to tag people in the video or add location information.Be sure to give details about your video to help the viewer understand the scene.

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6. Click the “Choose File” button to select a video on your computer for posting. Facebook says it supports more than 30 different formats, but it prefers an HD MP4 file. I find using the YouTube preset works great for Facebook. The upload limit on your account will vary, but to increase it, just verify your account on your profile page.

7. Click Post to add the video.

8. A status window opens to show you the progress of the upload. Depending on duration and site traffic, it can take a few minutes for your video to process and become available online.

9. The video is added to your video collection and is posted to your timeline. You can use the standard sharing features of Facebook to tell your friends about it.

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Tips for On-Camera Video Interview Subjects

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Here are a few extra tips to help less-experienced on-camera talent or interviewees. I usually send these on to a client to share with folks prior to the production day.
  • Bring at least one alternative set of clothing to the interview.
  • Herringbone, stripes, or small patterns do not look good on camera. Avoid vivid patterns, plaids, and geometric shapes.
  • Please keep your jewelry simple.
  • Do not wear bright white. Cream, eggshell, or light gray are preferred.
  • Unless told otherwise, maintain eye contact with your interviewer throughout the interview.
  • Relax. Your crew is here to make you look good.
  • It's okay to revisit an interview question, or to occasionally take a "do-over."


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Working with 3D Objects in Photoshop and After Effects



Learn how to work with 3D objects in tools like Photoshop and After Effects.

This video is part of the book Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques.
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Color Grading Video in Photoshop and AE

Photoshop and AE: Color Grading Video



In this episode of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects, Richard Harrington explores how to use Photoshop and AE together as color-grading tools.

Check out more at –
http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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Black and White Adjustment Layers in Photoshop – UAP 246



Richard Harrington shows you how to use black and white adjustment layers, blending modes and advanced selections to stylize images.

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

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Free and Discounted Passes to Macworld

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I am speaking at this year's Macworld | iWorld event. The event runs 1/26 – 1/28

I have a special discount.

100 FREE Exhibit Only Passes

$15.00 OFF an iFan Pass

Be sure to
enter SOURCE CODE:  BPB15330

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Zoom, Zoom, and Check: Manually Focussing a DSLR Camera for Lowlight and Video Shooting

When you are shooting in lowlight conditions, it can be very difficult to get your camera to focus.  Similarly, when shooting video, focus often becomes a manual process as well. If want to check focus, you need to take a few extra steps.  Just turning on the LCD and glancing at it won’t cut it.  The small screen makes everything look more in focus because it can’t show you all the pixels at once.  The reduced image size creates the illusion of a sharper image.

The Technique

If you want to really see what is in focus, you’ll need to zoom, and then zoom some more.  If you’re using a zoom lens, zoom in as tight as possible on your subject.  Zooming in on an area like the eyes works well; a button on a shirt works well too.  You’ll then need to digitally zoom.
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Typically, you’ll find a Zoom button (look for a magnifying glass with a plus symbol in it) on your camera.  Pressing it will enlarge the image on your screen and only show you part of the image.  You may need to use the command dial to navigate around the zoomed in pixels.  Find the detail area that you want to focus on.

You can then use the focus ring on your camera lens to tweak the focus. Make minor turns to find the ideal focus. If needed, adjust the aperture and ISO settings of your camera to refine the depth of field. When you’re satisfied, you can either press the Zoom Out button or just press the Record button or shutter release to roll the camera.
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A Great Post on Getting Started in Photography

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My friend Scott Bourne wrote a great post on getting started in photography. It is a must read for anyone who doesn't consider themselves a photography pro.

My favorite from the list is

"5. Don’t try to learn everything all at once. You don’t have to become an expert photographer, post-processor and printer all in the same week."


You can read the whole list here –
http://photofocus.com/2012/01/19/10-of-the-things-beginners-should-know-about-photography/
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Retiming Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro

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In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington explores the companion application to Premiere Pro -- Adobe Audition, included in CS5.5.

Check out more at –
http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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Triple Exposure Podcast #5

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Welcome to the Triple Exposure podcast.
You can direct-download the MP3 here – 
http://3exposure.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-16T09_52_42-08_00

You can subscribe on iTunes here - 
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/triple-exposure/id440563481

Scott & Rich talk about the Lytro camera (including its role in time-lapse) as well as the new Lightroom 4 Beta.  A good overview of where things are going in 2012 is shared.

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Are You Making the Move to Premiere Pro?

If you're in the process of adding Adobe Premiere Pro to your video workflow, I have a Facebook group that may be helpful

Lots of good discussion in it, as well as a good cross section of folks.

Here it is –
https://www.facebook.com/groups/premierepro/
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Extracting Images in Photoshop CS5



In this Photoshop tutorial from CreativeCOW.net, Richard Harrington reveals updated features in CS5 to show how to extract an image.
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The Future of CGI



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Merging Clips and Syncing Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro

DSLR: Merging Clips and Syncing Audio



DSLR video training with Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington: This episode features creating a single clip that contains your video and high quality audio. In Premiere Pro CS5.5, they'll be merging clips and syncing audio in post.

Check out more at –
http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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Great Story on Photo-realism Painting

The folks over at NPR have a great article on Photorealism.
"Can you guess which one is a photo and which one is a painting?
Quartet by Ralph Goings
If you're going to do a painting that looks exactly like a photo, why even paint it? When asked this question in a written Q & A, photorealist painter and octogenarian Ralph Goings responded, "What I'm about is making paintings, and my camera is one of the tools I use. It's the artist's job to take the painting beyond the photograph."
Keep reading the entire article
here.
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Retro TV: Indian Head Wallpaper


A few folks commented about my desktop pattern at a recent conference. It seems the old 'Indian head' pattern evokes some memories in many audience members.

Well the version I had comes from a Russian designer named Art. Lebedev. You'll find it and several other pieces of artwork on his
posters page. For the test pattern, scroll down to the bottom and you'll find it in the right column. All are free to download.
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Merge to HDR Pro Command – UAP 259



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use the Merge to HDR Pro Command to create high dynamic range images.

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

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Adobe Clarifies Upgrade Policy for CS6

Recently, there was a lot of online static about Adobe changing its upgrade pricing. There were some conversations, overheard statements, and misinterpretations on what they were going to do. Many thought the only option to upgrade for CS6 was going to be a CS5 customer. I started digging into this a while back and have had a few conversations with folks to get clarification.

I am glad to tell you that Adobe has made an official announcement today about what user's can expect. I have put
Adobe's statement in bold and added my commentary in italics.

We’re very excited about the upcoming release of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software and Adobe Creative Cloud™. CS6 will be a major new release of our creative desktop tools, with huge improvements for every type of creative professional.

  • I'm excited. More than anything in the past 7 years.
  • You will be too.

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Adobe Creative Cloud will be our most comprehensive creative solution ever, giving members access to all of the CS6 desktop software plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps, and rich community features.

I am not clear on all that is in the bundle… but what I hear sounds good. A subscription based plan that looks to be about $50 a month. With access to apps as well as many online services for publishing and collaboration. Here are more details – http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html.


In addition, Creative Cloud members will receive continuous upgrades and updates to all products and services as part of their membership.

This is the biggest news. The next thing I am going to say is a little complex, but the Sarbanes-Oxley Act prevent publicly traded companies from doing free software updates after a certain period of time. It's a convoluted law that grew out of the Enron scandal that places limits on how companies can sell products and realize revenue if they are publicly traded. This is why Apple has to charge you 99¢ for FaceTime because you licensed the OS once, but can push out free updates for the iPhone because it has monthly services fees. See these articles for more details –


What's really cool is that apps could see more frequent updates. So support for new file formats could come out as needed. Adobe could be more nimble and release new features officially (instead of trickling out public beta versions through Adobe Labs). This could really increase the pace of innovation and has a lot of potential.

Adobe’s new Creative Suite upgrade policy, which goes into effect in the first half of 2012 when Adobe Creative Cloud™ and Creative Suite 6 are released, will require customers to be on the most current version of Creative Suite in order to qualify for upgrade pricing when new versions are released. This means that customers need to be on CS5 or CS5.5 in order to receive upgrade pricing when CS6 is released.
This is why everyone freaked out… take a breath and keep reading.

With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to determine which offering is best for them.

YIPPEE!!!

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Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.

In other words, read between the lines.

  • Just like recent releases, you can only upgrade from 3 versions back. They are going to continue this policy for a short while longer.
  • Buy the upgrade to CS6 when its released if you want to own the software. Expect upgrade pricing to be similar to past pricing.
  • If you have CS5, CS4, or CS3, upgrade to CS6. You will not be able to upgrade after December 31, 2012, unless you are a CS5 customer (or CS5.5).
  • When CS7 rolls around (I AM NOT STARTING A RUMOR HERE) it sounds like you will need to be a CS6 customer in order to upgrade.

Read the details about our Creative Suite upgrade policy –
http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/faq.html#upgrade-eligibility
Learn more about Adobe Creative Cloud –
http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html

The lesson here is:
  • Keep calm and carry on.
  • You will be able to upgrade to CS6 if you own CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS5.5.
  • Sounds like CS6 is around the corner.
  • You can already subscribe to the Creative Suite bundles here – http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/cssubscription.html for between $65 and $130 a month… so the new $50 a month pricing is going to be even sweeter.

Hope this clears things up.

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How to use the Replace Edit Command in Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: How to use the Replace Edit Command



In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use the replace edit command in Premiere Pro so that you can swap out one take for another. In this example, the actor delivers his line a little late, and with low energy. Take the clip in the source monitor, use the current time indicator to create a sync point and automatically create the correct in and out points.

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Controlling Focus with AE's Camera Lens Blur Effect



Learn how to control depth of field with the camera lens blur effect in After Effects.

This video is part of the book
Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques.
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Photo Effects – UAP 245



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to add effects to a photo using layer styles or layer effects in Photoshop CS5.

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

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Saving a Logo for Video

When creating graphics for use in a video editing program (like Premiere Pro) you may need to do a little extra preparation. Let’s convert a vector graphic (like an Illustrator file) so it’s ready for the video screen.

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Create a video-sized document. Choose File > New... and choose a preset that matches your video editing timeline.

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Add the logo. Choose File > Place then navigate to your desired logo file and click Place and then click OK.

3.
Scale the logo to size. Drag the Transform handles to size the logo, hold the shift key to scale proportionately. You can use the guides to help you keep the logo properly sized. Be sure the logo stays inside the inner box (also called the safe title area). Press Return (Enter) to rasterize the logo.

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4. Give the logo a transparent backgroundClick the visibility icon for the Background layer to hide it. Now, only the logo itself is visible and the rest of the file is transparent.

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5. Store the transparency in an alpha channelChoose Window > Actions to view the Actions panel. Click the small triangle in the panel’s upper-right corner and choose Video Actions from the menu that appears. Select the Alpha Channel from Visible Layers action and click the Play button. Click Continue and a new alpha channel is added to the image.

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6. Save the fileChoose File > Save As. Name the file and be sure the Alpha Channels box is checked. Click OK to save the file.

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The History of Alpha Channels

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Alpha channels grew out of work done at the New York Institute of Technology in 1977. The goal was to embed transparency data directly into each file to cut down on rendering. The name alpha was chosen because it’s the part of a mathematical equation that represents blend-ing between composited images. The embedded alpha channel eliminated the need for a separate traveling matte. After Effects users should consider embedding alpha channels as Photoshop users do. Embedded mattes reduce the need for two-step rendering and eliminate the possibility of a misaligned matte.

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Stabilizing Footage with the Warp Stabilizer

Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: Stabilizing Footage with the Warp Stabilizer



In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington delivers the great new feature in AE CS5.5 for image stabilization and ties it seamlessly into PP using Dynamic Link. Take advantage of this new feature to seamlessly exchange files between the two programs.

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What is the difference between Rotation and Orientation in After Effects?

When you want to rotate a 3D layer in an After Effects composition, type W to switch to the Rotation tool (V will switch you back to the Black Arrow selection tool when you’re done), and then choose Rotation or Orientation from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the Tools panel.

  • Rotation is the best choice for animating.
  • Orientation is better for posing.

This is because when you keyframe Orientation, it always takes the shortest path between two angles. So if you start with a layer rotated 0 degrees and orient it clockwise to 350 degrees, in the final animation, it will rotate counter-clockwise from 0 to 350.

On the other hand, Rotation remembers which direction you rotated the layer and how many times around you went.

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Special Effects and Performance Art



A cool find of performance art and technology. I love the planning that went into these 3 pieces.

"This video is most interesting is that it did not join any computer post-effects, only the use of cameras, projectors and Play Station Move is realized as the science fiction version of the magical effects."

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Painting Frames in Video Layers with Photoshop

Photoshop Extended lets you combine two great features for creative options. You can open up a video file and then use your painting tools to edit individual frames or to create an animation. This process is typically called rotoscoping.

1.
Open or create a new video file. You can either open an existing video file (File > Open). You can also create a new video layer to isolate your animation (Layer > Video Layers > New Blank Video Layer.

2.
Prepare to animate. Animation tasks are easier when you change Photoshop’s layout. In the Application bar, click the Motion workspace button to reconfigure Photoshop.

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3. Select a layer and time. You need to choose where to animate. In the Animation or Layers panel, select a video layer. Next, move the current time indicator to the video frame you want to modify. This is where the animation will begin.

4. Start Painting. You can use any of your painting tools to modify the layer. Try using several strokes to create an animated image. You can also use the Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp, Healing Brush, or Spot Healing Brush to modify individual frames in a video file.

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5.
Move Forward. Since your goal is to animate, you’ll need to use more than one frame. You can use the playback controls at the bottom of the frame to advance to the next or previous frame. To make painting easier, click the submenu of the Animation panel (upper right corner of the panel) and choose Enable Onion Skins. This will show you a preview of the previous stroke when painting.

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6.
Change your Mind? Any painting you do on a video frame applies non-destructive edits. This means you can discard the altered pixels on a frame at any time. Simply choose Layer > Video Layers > Restore Frame or Restore All Frames command.

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Type Effects – UAP 244



Instructor Richard Harrington explores various ways you can add effects to your text in Photoshop CS5.

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

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