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5 Things You Need to Know about Shared Storage
By: Steve Modica on Mar 26, 2014 at 7:13:21 am

1. Shared storage is becoming the norm. It's not a "hack" anymore that's used to skirt licenses or the need for more disks. Vendors are beginning to embrace it more and more, and the storage software and protocols are adapting. There's never been a better time to implement a shared storage solution. 2. 10Gb is being adopted very quickly. Small Tree has 10Gb ports built into its TitaniumZ systems and vendors are releasing inexpensive 10GbaseT Thunderbolt PODS now. So it's time to get up to speed with 4K codecs and start using 10Gb Ethernet. 3. Don't skimp on storage space....

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Devin Super Tramp achieves extreme YouTube success
By: Adobe Sponsored on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:46:23 am

Brilliant emerging filmmaker uses Adobe Creative Cloud to edit weekly videos for popular online channel Extreme sports videos are a hit on YouTube, but few think about the behind the scenes work that it takes to capture these daring events on film and share them with the world. Devin Graham, aka Devin Super Tramp on YouTube, knows firsthand. To stay one step ahead of extreme sports enthusiasts, he has paddled for hours through waves with camera gear in a dry bag, hiked through jungles, and braved extreme temperatures to capture shots that may last only a few seconds. The result?...

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Where Passion Takes You as a Writer
By: Bob Gillen on Mar 24, 2014 at 8:54:32 pm

“The heart of an engaging story resides in the heart and mind of the person writing the story. It is passion and where that passion takes you as a writer.” So says Don Vasicek, the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing and filmmaking company. “This passion is reflected through the writer’s characters and the story. Each character, each location in the story, and each occurrence that takes place in, with and between the characters and in the story, should reflect that passion. READ MORE... Where Passion Takes You as a Writer Republished by Bob Gillen...


Thunderbolt Updates
By: Steve Modica on Mar 20, 2014 at 7:56:23 am

We’ve been working pretty hard on Thunderbolt products over the last few weeks and I thought I’d write up some of the interesting things we’ve implemented. I’m sure most of you are aware that Thunderbolt is an external, hotplug/unplug version of PCIE. Thunderbolt 1 provided a 4X PCIE bus along with an equivalent bus for graphics only. Thunderbolt 2 allows you to trunk those two busses for 8X PCIE performance. PCIE Pause This is a new feature of Thunderbolt designed to deal with the uncertainty of what a user may plug in. Normally, when a system boots up, all of...

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NAB MATTERS MORE THAN EVER!!
By: Steve Modica on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:03:40 am

1. The non-linear editing market (FCP, Avid etc) is changing rapidly. Avid was delisted, FCP supports NFS natively, Adobe is adding tons of new features (and a subscription model). More than ever, editors need to see what's out there and how people are using it. 2. Storage is changing rapidly. SSDs are becoming more and more common (and less and less pricy) and spinning disk vendors are consolidating. 3. Thunderbolt is here (and it appears that it's here to stay) and it offers new methods for connecting high bandwidth IO and video devices. Should you go big and buy a...

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NAB Show Guide to Thriving (instead of just surviving)
By: Kylee Wall on Mar 17, 2014 at 8:31:46 pm

The NAB Show again approaches and the various survival guides are being recycled into the Internet. I wasn't going to post one this year just because there are so many other completely comprehensive fully illustrated and hypertext marked up guides out there a Google search away. But I've gotten a number of requests to share my experience with newcomers again so I thought about it a bit, and I guess I do have something more to add to the conversation beyond just comfortable shoes and protein bars. Sure, it's obviously important to be physically prepared for the show. If you...

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Adding a Video to PowerPoint
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 14, 2014 at 6:14:07 am

Shooting video is a lot easier and accessible than it used to be. Newer versions of PowerPoint are very compatible with most industry standard files, such as H.264, which is commonly used on most point and shoot and phone based devices. One of the cool things you can do in PowerPoint is also incorporate video pretty easily into your slide deck presentation. Video sometimes adds a nice unexpected element that your audience might not be anticipating. I will walk through how to add a video into your presentation in this course. Photos, Video, Charts and Shapes: Adding a Video To...


How to Get the GoPro In and Out of its Camera Case
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 12, 2014 at 6:14:00 am

It can be a little tricky opening the GoPro cases. Featured in this course are the GoPro3 and the GoPro3+. I will demonstrate how to properly open each of these cases. If you have one with you, feel free to follow along and open the cases as I open each of them. Getting to know the Camera: Removing the Camera from its Case To learn more, I’ve created an exciting new course called, Shooting with a GoPro Hero: Fundamentals for Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/GoPro-tutorials/Removing-camera-from-its-case/160403/1 62029-4.html Got a GoPro? Nowadays most people either own one or have shot with one before. This course covers...


What is a Mirrorless Camera: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 10, 2014 at 6:14:00 am

On this week's DSLR Video Tips we'll explore mirrorless cameras. Have you ever worked with a mirrorless camera? When mirrorless cameras take the image it doesn't hit a mirror and bounce off like DSLR cameras. There are pros and cons to using these types of cameras. Join Robbie and I as we jump into the studio to do a live recording with musician, Jason Masi demoing three different mirrorless cameras. Check out the various shots, picture quality and perspective of these cameras. Discover the ability to completely be adaptable and flexible with all sorts of lenses from Nikon, to PL,...


Filmmaker follows up Sundance debut with showing at SXSW 2014
By: Adobe Sponsored on Mar 9, 2014 at 6:13:58 pm

Adobe After Effects and Photoshop help filmmaker represent analog content in digital format Jeffrey Radice came into filmmaking in a non-traditional way. He was working in I.T. and making a decent income when friends asked him to fund their moviemaking efforts. After producing two consecutive short films at the Sundance Film Festival, he decided to jump in and try his hand at directing. Ten years later, Radice found himself back at Sundance for his directorial debut with the feature film No No: A Dockumentary . A long-time Adobe software user, he’s now at SXSW, where the film is showing in...

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Film and music converge on and off screen at SXSW 2014
By: Adobe Sponsored on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:41:46 am

Documentary on Stones Throw Records showing in Austin ahead of theatrical release Since 2009, Rob Bralver and Jeff Broadway of Gatling Pictures have worked together on documentary films that tell stories of social importance. Their latest project, OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (THIS IS STONES THROW RECORDS) , explores the history of Stones Throw Records, a record label committed to independence and artistic freedom. The film—featuring interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Mike D (The Beastie Boys), and Tyler the Creator—premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2013 and is now showing at SXSW...

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Second film by Joel Potrykus premieres at SXSW 2014
By: Adobe Sponsored on Mar 6, 2014 at 11:38:08 am

Feature film Buzzard edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC Premiering at SXSW 2014, Joel Potrykus’ film Buzzard purposely doesn't fit a particular genre. A follow on to his first film, Ape , the movie tracks a deadbeat check scammer through Detroit and is chock full of 1980s references—chugging Mountain Dew, Nintendo jokes, and heavy metal music. Brandon Bowman joined the production by chance, and shares his first experience working on a feature film and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Photo by Adam J. Minnick Adobe: How did you get involved with Buzzard ? Bowman: I live in Seattle, Washington...

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Testing with Adobe Anywhere
By: Steve Modica on Mar 6, 2014 at 8:35:22 am

Small Tree has been working closely with Adobe to make sure our shared editing storage and networking products work reliably and smoothly with Adobe’s suite of content creation software. Since NAB 2013, we’ve worked closely with Adobe to improve interoperability and performance, and test new features to give our customers a better experience. Most recently, I had the chance to test out Adobe Anywhere in our shop in Minnesota. Adobe Anywhere is designed to let users edit content that might be stored in a high bandwidth codec, over a much slower connection link. Imagine having HD or 4K footage back...

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Setting Up Your Camera to Shoot Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 6, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Have you ever wondered exactly which settings to choose to get the best video out of your DSLR or mirror less camera? In this video, I walk you through step by step and show you on cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic. You’ll learn how to get the videos in the right format for editing so tools like Photoshop can work with the files. Setting Up Your Camera to Shoot Video Republished by Richard Harrington...


Documentary on dam removal enjoys SXSW 2014 premiere
By: Adobe Sponsored on Mar 5, 2014 at 11:38:05 am

Adobe Premiere Pro workflow enables filmmakers to edit 90 minute film in REDCODE raw Directors Travis Rummel and Ben Knight have been making films together for 10 years. After starting out as still photographers with no real working knowledge of how to make films, they were inspired to try theirs hands at filmmaking by the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. Their first short film about fly fishing and water rights focused on the Black Canyon of Colorado’s Gunnison River and was accepted into the festival. Since then, the duo has made several films together, the most recent of which is set to...

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Using a Field Monitor for Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:19:00 am

AdoramaTV presents DSLR Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In this episode, Rich explores the benefits of using a field monitor to clearly see what your camera is shooting. Related Products: Flashpoint 7" LED Field Monitor, 1280×800 Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, HDMI Input/Output http://www.adorama.com/FPFVPRO1.html?... AJA HA5 HDMI to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Converter http://www.adorama.com/AJHA5.html?ref... Using a Field Monitor for Video Republished by Richard Harrington...


“The Immortalists” selected for Documentary Feature Competition at SXSW 2014
By: Adobe Sponsored on Mar 4, 2014 at 11:31:14 am

Independent filmmakers create character-driven documentary about the pursuit of eternal youth Co-directors Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado met in Stanford University's Documentary Film and Video program. They worked on a few projects together and soon realized that they shared an interest in science and technology. After graduating with MFA degrees, they came together to make the documentary film The Immortalists about two scientists working to discover a cure for aging. Initially edited with Final Cut Pro, the team switched to Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Premiere Pro CC mid-production. Adobe: Did you always know you wanted to be filmmakers? Sussberg:...

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Using Variable ND Filters for Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 4, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

AdoramaTV presents DSLR Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In this episode, Rich shows how you can dial in the perfect exposure using a variable ND filter. Related Products: Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density ND Filter - 2 to 8 Stop Light Control http://www.adorama.com/TF77VND.html?r... Flashpoint 7" LED Field Monitor, 1280×800 Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, HDMI Input/Output http://www.adorama.com/FPFVPRO1.html?... Using Variable ND Filters for Video Republished by Richard Harrington...


SXSW 2014 marks North American premiere of “Evaporating Borders”
By: Adobe Sponsored on Mar 3, 2014 at 10:16:52 am

Documentary edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC presents visual essay on immigration and identity Named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013 by Filmmaker Magazine , Iva Radivojevic is set to premiere her first documentary feature at SXSW 2014. Radivojevic was born in Yugoslavia and moved to Cyprus with her family to escape the war. When she was 18, she came to the United States and has resided in New York City for the past 15 years. She returned to Cyprus to film her first feature-length film, Evaporating Borders , a five-part visual essay/feature film that explores...

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Want Better Smartphone Photos? Shoot with HDR
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 3, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Whether your smartphone is your behind the scenes, some of the time, or primary camera… it’s important you make the most of it. While the sensors in many smartphones often rival point-and-shoot cameras, I frequently see people underutilize their capabilities. For example, here’s a single image taken on the iPhone 5s. You’ll note that the image lacks sufficient contrast. An untouched iPhone 5s photo This particular scene is difficult to shoot due to the wide dynamic range of the subject. Many phones include an in-camera HDR mode. While this mode is frequently better, it often produces results that are negligibly...


Memory Card Type for GoPro Cameras
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 2, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Memory cards come in all sizes. With respect to GoPros, the cards are tiny, fragile and can be easy to lose. They had to go to the smallest form factor available simply because the GoPros are so small. These cards are the micro SD card format. In this course, I'll demonstrate how to securely insert and eject the GoPro memory cards and show what time of memory cases are good for storing these small cards. Storage Requirements for a GoPro Camera: Memory Card Type for GoPro Cameras To learn more, I’ve created an exciting new course called, Shooting with a...


Getting the Best Shot- Exposure
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 1, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

When it comes to properly exposing the shot, you need to understand exposure. In this video, I shoot in manual mode and show you how to get a properly exposed video shot. This knowledge also translates seamlessly into photo shooting as well. Getting the Best Shot- Exposure Republished by Richard Harrington...


Filmmaking as Competition?
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 28, 2014 at 11:35:52 am

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Continuous Photo and Video Mode
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 28, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

The GoPro can shoot video and stills at the same time. And you can set you camera at intervals to shoot video and stills simultaneously. What you don’t want is the camera in interlaced mode. You want to make sure you’re shooting at 1080 or 720 which is truly progressive whole frames. Join me as I walk through how to make sure you have the proper recording mode set in your GoPro to achieve just this. You’ll want to look at the Video + Photo mode and set you intervals under Capture Settings. Essential Settings for Video Shooting: Continuous Photo...


Shooting Timelapse? Look for Movement in the Shot
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 27, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

One of my favorite styles of photography is timelapse… showing the passage of time through a series of still photos that are then created into a movie. This is a great way to see time passing. For example, here is a simple shot I made during my recent trip to Tokyo. No matter what you are shooting (people, landscapes, nature) you need to remember a core concept. Time-lapse is all about the movement of the subject within the frame. You will want to think about how that movement is going to cover up the photographic frame and pull the eye...


90% of People Have Only Taken a Photo with a Camera Phone in Their Lifetime?
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 26, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

As I was browsing my Twitter feed… the following infographic popped up. Keeping in mind that infographics are created by marketing people most often, you have to take these facts with a grain of salt…   The ad (I mean infographic) is for a new Windows model of a smartphone. Fortunately, they do provide sources for their claims (see the bottom of this page). “90% of People Have Only Taken Photos on a camera Phone vs. a Camera” This report released earlier this year points out that there are 5.2 Billion mobile phones on the planet for a population of...

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Now is the time for Avid Media Composer 7
By: Gary Bettan on Feb 25, 2014 at 3:53:07 pm

ATTN APPLE Final Cut Pro users: NOW is the TIME to learn Avid Media Composer 7 Are you still editing on FCP7? Are you still wasting hours upon hours logging & transferring or MPEG Stream clipping your file based HD footage into HD before you can even start editing? Still making due with clunky work-arounds that allow you to struggle through your projects, without any of the benefits of today's more efficient tapeless workflows? While FCP7 is a dear old friend, it's time to realize that while it may have been a great choice a few years ago, it's time...

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Another Couple of Reasons to Love SSDs
By: Steve Modica on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:08:49 pm

One day, when we're sitting in our rocking chairs recounting our past IT glories ("Why, when I was a young man, computers had ‘wires’”), we'll invariably start talking about our storage war stories. There will be so many. We'll talk of frisbee tossing stuck disks or putting bad drives in the freezer. We'll recount how we saved a company’s entire financial history by recovering an alternate superblock or fixing a byte swapping error on a tape with the "dd" command. I'm sure our children will be transfixed. No…no, they won't be transfixed, any more than we would be listening to...

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Clear In and Out Points in the Project Panel
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 25, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

With some of the older features to Adobe Premiere Pro CC you could only create in and out points to one clip, but with the new features, you can create the in and out points to multiple video clips. In this course, I’ll show you how to use this function in the project panel. User Interface Improvements: Clear In and Out Points in the Project Panel To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Premiere Pro: Creative Cloud Updates, for Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/Clear-out-points-Project-panel/126763 /156263-4.html Adobe Premiere Pro CC has some very exciting new features and updates. It’s important to stay on...


How to Develop Compelling Images in Lightroom
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 24, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Join Adorama Learning Center favorites Gavin Hoey, Mark Wallace and Rich Harrington for an in-depth hangout as they share how to get the best from every image using Lightroom. You can sign up for free here — https://plus.google.com/events/cs2fptd8h40q2vvl1pe875p8sfk Featuring: Gavin Hoey, host of Take and Make Great Photography http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL821B7D720DEA39FA Mark Wallace, host of Exploring Photography http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCEE9B921EA84A6BF Rich Harrington, host of DSLR Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A   How to Develop Compelling Images in Lightroom Republished by Richard Harrington...


Nikon D5300 DX-Format DSLR Camera
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 23, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

AdoramaTV presents the Nikon D5300 DX-Format DSLR Camera. Join Rich Harrington as he shows all the of the great features of and sample images from the first APS sensor Nikon DSLR to offer full WiFi communication ability. Nikon D5300 24.1 Megapixel DX-Format DSLR Camera with Nikon AFS DX 18-140mm Lens - Black - Bundle With Slinger Holster Case Black ,32 Ultra SDHC CL10 Card, New Leaf 3 Year (Spills Drops) Warranty, Spare ENEL14 Battery, Sunpack Pistol Grip Tripod, Cleaning Kit , Screen Protector, Rapid Charger http://www.adorama.com/INKD5300BKC.ht...   Nikon D5300 DX-Format DSLR Camera Republished by Richard Harrington...


The Ultimate Camera Support Rail
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 22, 2014 at 6:04:34 am

I know what some of you are thinking… what the heck is that!?! It’s a camera support rail… that I’ve heavily modified for a special reason. I’ve been looking for a way to shoot with multiple cameras on a single tripod. This combination lets me attach up to 5 cameras to a single tripod. This is really useful for video shooting as well as time-lapse (as I can get multiple angles/compositions of coverage at once). The rail system attaches to my tripod (it matches an Arca-Swiss style plate). On the rail are two small clamps (with room for a third)...

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How to Slide a Camera: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 22, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

On this week's DSLR video tips we explore how to add an extra element of professionalism and dynamism to your shots by using a slider. You can watch for each week's episode for free the week it is released. Robbie Carmen and I explore the various methods, techniques, and types of sliders out there. Joining us is director of photography Kevin Bradley, sharing his expertise and personal tips for creating smooth tracking camera shots. Paying attention to what’s motivating your shot will help you decide which type of slider and camera speed to use ; Kevin and I will take...


Don’t fast forward
By: Adobe Sponsored on Feb 21, 2014 at 2:09:22 pm

Television commercial editor delivers stunning spots using Adobe Creative Cloud workflow Our friend Adam Pertofsky at Rock Paper Scissors has been busy these last few months. Since we last talked with him, he’s completed the third part of the Captain Morgan series of commercials and cut three additional spots, one of which aired during the Super Bowl. We took a few minutes to catch up with him on his recent projects and use of Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe: Tell us about the Super Bowl commercial you worked on. Pertofsky: It is the 60-second “Going All The Way” Coca-Cola spot that...

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Hearst Television covers the Winter Games
By: Adobe Sponsored on Feb 20, 2014 at 1:31:01 pm

Remote team uses laptops equipped with Adobe Premiere Pro to edit and package athlete stories Since the beginning of the Winter Games, Hearst Television has been on site in Sochi delivering general coverage, as well as profiles of individual Team USA athletes. Hearst relies on a tapeless workflow and reporters in the newsroom and out in the field use Adobe Premiere Pro CC, part of Adobe Creative Cloud, to assemble and edit their stories. The broadcaster moved its news operations to a file-based pipeline four years ago. As part of the transition, the broadcaster partnered with Adobe for its editing...

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Graham Elliott puts creativity in motion
By: Adobe Sponsored on Feb 19, 2014 at 12:57:07 pm

Fearless filmmaker and innovator explores the world of creativity with help from Adobe Creative Cloud Growing up, Graham Elliott desperately wanted to become a pilot and devoted himself to learning about flight. At 17 he received a scholarship to the RAF in London and within a week he was flying solo. Although Elliott ultimately decided he didn't want to be in the Air Force, he took away a simple life lesson: all you need to do is apply yourself. His natural artistic abilities led him to Manchester University, where he graduated with a degree in graphic design. He then went...

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Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 19, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Adorama TV presents the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera. Join Rich Harrington as he shows all the of the great features of and sample images from the least expensive full-frame 35mm sensor DSLR that Nikon makes. Related Products: Nikon D610 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body, 24.3MP, EXPEED 3, Picture Control, 6 fps Continuous Shooting - USA Warranty http://www.adorama.com/INKD610.html?r... Nikon D610 DSLR Camera with 24-85mm VR Lens 70-300mm VR Lens - Video Bundle - with 32GB SDHC Card, Camera Case, Spare Lithium Battery with Charger, Rode VideoMic, 9V Battery (8pk), Flashpoint Shoulder Rig, Zoom Lever Gear Ring, VL-35 35 LED Light, and...


The End of the Direct to Video market
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 17, 2014 at 7:13:39 am

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Direct Link to Adobe SpeedGrade
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 17, 2014 at 6:15:00 am

The Adobe workflow is known for its exceptional integration between apps. Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade have a great relationship. SpeedGrade CC is a powerful color grading system with a streamlined interface and in this course I will show you how to work with the SpeedGrade workflow directly from Premiere Pro. Extending the Power of Premiere Pro: Direct Link to Adobe SpeedGrade To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Premiere Pro: Creative Cloud Updates, for Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/Direct-Link-Adobe-SpeedGrade/126763/1 56267-4.html Adobe Premiere Pro CC has some very exciting new features and updates. It’s important to stay on top of these new features...

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I’ve Never Watched a Video That Couldn’t Benefit From Being Shorter
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 15, 2014 at 6:19:00 am

The primary place video is watched these days is on mobile devices. This means small screens and lots of distractions. Add in changes in the human attention span, and I can’t emphaize enough to keep the total run time low to avoid viewer fatigue. Here’s a simple idea: Keep your videos short. It is better to have five 3-minute videos than one 15-minute episode. I try to keep most client videos to less than 10 minutes (in fact less than 5 in almost all cases). With the rise of the web, videos tend to be consumed during things like work...

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Swiss Radio and Television produces stunning Sochi opener
By: Adobe Sponsored on Feb 14, 2014 at 10:29:34 am

Broadcaster uses Adobe Creative Cloud workflow to create opener promoting the winter games The Winter Games are a chance for us to witness magic moments of incredibly artistry and athleticism performed by the amazing athletes competing there. But in order for us to do so, broadcasters around the world spent months preparing for that short period of intense coverage. For Swiss Radio and Television (SRF), a publicly funded broadcaster serving the German speaking part of Switzerland, the preparations included creating a stunning opener that builds excitement for audiences tuning in to the games. Patrick Arnecke, head of design and promotion,...

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Charting a course for the filmmaking future
By: Adobe Sponsored on Feb 13, 2014 at 10:49:25 am

Prolific young filmmaker adopts Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud Blake Simon is a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University studying Film Production and he’s already making his mark on the filmmaking world. So far, he has written, directed, and edited 11 short films on his own, and ultimately plans to direct features. His short western, Delarosa , won the Audience Choice Award for Best Student Short Film at the 2013 International Bel-Air Film Festival. Since switching from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro back in high school, he’s become a stalwart advocate of Adobe software, a Certified Expert...

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“Red Obsession” weaves intoxicating story
By: Adobe Sponsored on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:02:48 am

Freelance video pro relies on Adobe video workflow to edit documentary about Bordeaux wine Paul Murphy studied writing in school, but his first job was with a publishing house overseeing the production of promotional videos for new books. He was instantly intrigued so he bought a copy of Adobe Premiere Pro and started creating the videos himself. Eventually he left publishing to focus full time on editing and motion graphics design. Murphy recently completed work on Red Obsession , a documentary about the Bordeaux wine industry and the impact of China’s overwhelming demand. The film recently earned the Australian Academy...

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Advice When using WiFi and Your GoPro
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 11, 2014 at 9:08:55 am

One of the great features of the GoPro is the WiFi capability. There are a few things you’ll want to be aware of with the WiFi. If you’re in a heavily traveled area with many WiFi spots, you might get interference. Also you should create a balance with the battery power in turning your Wifi off and on because it will suck out some of your battery life. In this course I'll give some helpful and useful tips when using WiFi with your GoPro. Essential Settings for Wireless Shooting: Advice when using WiFi and your GoPro To learn more, I’ve...


Voiceover Artist Debbie Irwin
By: Bob Gillen on Feb 10, 2014 at 9:39:20 am

“I warm up on the subway en route to a gig,” says voiceover artist Debbie Irwin, “and engage with people in the elevator on my way up to the studio – to put a smile on other people’s faces, which makes me feel good, and is a great vibe to bring into the recording session.” READ MORE... Voiceover Artist Debbie Irwin Republished by Bob Gillen...


“Live From Daryl’s House”
By: Bob Gillen on Feb 7, 2014 at 9:26:20 am

A black SUV pulls up to a farm-style complex in upstate New York. Out steps a man in a long black coat, signature long red beard, a red do rag under a worn, comfortable felt hat, and sunglasses. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons walks forward to shake hands with his host, Daryl Hall. After a few words of conversation, the two are jamming inside Hall’s expansive music room. READ MORE... “Live From Daryl’s House” Republished by Bob Gillen...


Disk I/O Speeds, RAID levels and Spindle Count
By: Tim Jones on Feb 4, 2014 at 12:01:17 pm

In the world of storage, many claims are made about performance that may or may not be defensible. In this adventure, I'm going to visit the technical side of disk performance - how it relates to data types, disk RPM speed, RAID levels and spindle count (number of disks). Note that the information presented here is related to spinning disks, not SSD or PCIe memory disks. However, some of these thoughts apply to SSD-based arrays as well. When you look at the performance claims for a spinning disk drive, there are three principle numbers that you need to be aware...

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Using a Table for Tethering
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:27:00 am

When getting your space set up for tethering, you’ll want a sturdy place to put your laptop on. A stool or table works well. Depending on how much you want to invest, you have options. In this course, I’ll show you a more accessible and cheap way to lock down your laptop and mention other ways that work too. Building the Tethered Station: Using a Table for Tethering To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Tethered Shooting Fundamentals, for Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Using-table-tetheri ng/145427/161134-4.html There are many advantages to tethered shooting. It allows you to get instant feedback on the subject...


How Are You Doing? Let's Talk: Mental Illness & Creativity in the Film & Video Industry
By: Kylee Wall on Feb 2, 2014 at 8:41:38 pm

Let's talk. No tech questions, no debates, no critique. Let's talk about you . How are you? No really, how are you? When's the last time someone really asked you that? When's the last time you answered truthfully? Post-production is hard. Like, really hard. It's the kind of industry where it's rare to have a routine and normal to work overtime. It requires you to constantly stay updated on software and skills and outlooks. Constantly look for work. Call people. Email people. Check Twitter. Call more people. And oh yeah, actually edit things. And oh, YEAH..have a personal life. Maybe....

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What’s Your NLE of Choice
By: Steve Modica on Feb 2, 2014 at 7:20:35 am

Now that we’re several months removed from Apple’s introduction of Mavericks for OSX and we've all tested the waters a little, I wanted to talk about video editing software and how the various versions play with NAS storage like we use at Small Tree. Avid has long since released Media Composer 7, and from what I've seen, their AMA support (support for non-Avid shared storage), continues to improve. There are certainly complaints about the performance not matching native MXF workflows, but now that they've added read/write support, it's clear they are moving in a more NAS friendly direction. With some...

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