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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




iBook Creatives – A new site about iBooks Author Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 29, 2012 at 8:38:00 amComments (2) AppleBusiness
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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.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 28, 2012 at 8:49:13 pm AdobePodcast
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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



Using Slideshow Presets with Apple Apeture Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 27, 2012 at 8:13:10 pm ApplePhotography
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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.






Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 26, 2012 at 1:55:00 pm PhotographyEducationConferences
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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



Premiere Pro: Using the Auto Contrast effect Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 25, 2012 at 8:18:20 am AdobeVideoTraining Products
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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.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 24, 2012 at 8:47:00 pm AdobePodcast
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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.”


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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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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:30:00 pm DSLR VideoConferencesEducation
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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.




Progress Billing for Creative Projects Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 22, 2012 at 8:15:18 pm Business
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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




Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 21, 2012 at 1:55:00 pm ApplePhotography
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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




Managing Media in Final Cut Pro X Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 20, 2012 at 1:55:00 pm AppleDSLR Video
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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




Importing Media into Adobe Premiere Pro Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 19, 2012 at 1:55:00 pm VideoAdobeDSLR Video
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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_Post_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



NAB 2012 Post Production World Details Released Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 18, 2012 at 1:55:00 pm ConferencesTraining Products
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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





Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 17, 2012 at 1:55:12 pm PersonalPhotographyTraining Products
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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-ph...

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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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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 16, 2012 at 2:08:00 pm Adobe
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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



Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Bug Fix Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 15, 2012 at 5:01:00 pm Adobe
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Compositing Text Inside an Image in Photoshop – UAP 250



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to composite text inside an image.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:08:00 pm AdobePodcast
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I Have Two New DSLR Workshops at Adorama in NYC

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

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Sunday, March 18, 2012     1:30PM - 3:30PM

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 DS... 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

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 DS... 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



I Have Two New DSLR Workshops at Adorama in NYC Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 13, 2012 at 2:32:00 am DSLR VideoTraining ProductsConferences
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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.



Photoshop Background Save and Liquefy Sneak Peek Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:58:00 am Adobe
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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.



Adobe Camera Raw 7 Sneak Peek Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:57:00 am Adobe
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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.






Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:37:00 am AppleVideo
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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.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 8, 2012 at 10:08:00 pm AdobePodcast
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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




How Many of These Apple Gadgets Did You Own? Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 8, 2012 at 9:28:30 am HumorApple
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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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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 7, 2012 at 9:28:00 am DSLR VideoPhotography
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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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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 6, 2012 at 9:28:00 am Motion Graphics
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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





Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 5, 2012 at 9:28:00 am AdobeVideoDSLR Video
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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.




Affordable Compression Tools
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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 4, 2012 at 9:28:00 am VideoDSLR Video
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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.
Figure-1
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.
Figure-2
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.
Figure-3

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.
Figure-4

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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