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SILBERSALZ Film takes color to new depths with Adobe SpeedGrade CC
By: Adam Spiel on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:18:26 am

Adobe Creative Cloud drives editing and color grading workflow ...


G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt: Evolutionary High Speed Storage for the Digital World
By: Gary Bettan on Dec 10, 2013 at 10:37:40 am

If you are like me, you have stacks of memory cards filled with video and photos from your camcorder, DSLR, GoPro and every other device you use to capture images. One of the biggest challenges facing content creators today is how do you quickly and efficiently get all this digital data, all these bits and bytes into your computer so you can begin working on them. ...


All My Adorama Videos in One Post
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 9, 2013 at 8:21:26 pm

A lot of you may have missed the free training I've produced for Adorama — A great camera store out of New York where I do most of my shopping. You can see the whole series in this playlist....

Rams Broadcasting Network creates winning entertainment
By: Adam Spiel on Dec 9, 2013 at 1:52:05 pm

Small team produces hours of professional football content each week using Adobe Creative Cloud ...

Creative Cloud

Prepare for a multi-camera shoot: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 9, 2013 at 6:10:00 am

With the price of cameras dropping lower and lower, using multiple cameras at the same time is a popular production trend. Whether you’re shooting a concert, performance, or how-to video, capturing multiple angles of a shot in perfect sync makes the whole project better. But multi-camera shoots are tricky. In this week’s DSLR Video Tips , Robbie and Rich show you how to plan for a multi-camera shoot. Director of Photography Jim Ball offers additional insight from his experience with multi-camera shoots. This week we cover Preparing for a Multiple DSLR Camera Shoot: Learn what to think about before you...

Don't Miss the Next Photofocus Hangout About Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 8, 2013 at 5:55:16 am

An Insiders’ Look at Photoshop and the Future of Imaging Friday, December 20, 2013 1:00 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST Melissa Niu and Rich Harrington from Photofocus host two of the top experts in digital imaging. We've got Bryan O'Neil Hughes who's the Senior Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop and Howard Pinsky a Photoshop Guru of Iceflow Studios. You can sign up for the hangout here — authkey=CKTmhZqum73CjQE...

Movie Set Job Description - Camera Department
By: Peter John Ross on Dec 7, 2013 at 8:35:16 pm


My Favorite New iPad Air Case and Screen Cover
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 7, 2013 at 7:38:00 am

Like many I bought a new iPad Air. Thanks to Apple's secrecy, finding a decent case has proven pretty much impossible. This is because the exact shape and position of buttons was a secret. Want a case that loosely fits or covers your buttons... no problem. It's also easy to find one that doesn't shut the device off when you close the lid. But I like my gear to last and look professional. After a lot of searching, I'm very happy with the results. The Perfect Case for iPad Air...


Phishing Email scam underway using your Apple account as bait
By: walter biscardi on Dec 7, 2013 at 6:49:50 am

If you have an Apple Account (iTunes, iPad, iPhone) there is a Phishing email scam going on. Here's an email I received, note that the return email address is fake. Looks real though, pass this along and if you receive the email do not reply to it or click the link....


Keynote tutorial: Assembling a Layered Graphic File in Keynote
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 6, 2013 at 8:18:00 am

Keynote integrates well with Photoshop, which means you can easily import PNG files for use in your presentations. In this tutorial, find out how to assemble a layered file in Keynote, and get some expert tips for building presentations based on Photoshop images, such as making your PNGs all the same dimension. Watch more at .  ...


Adobe employee’s clever music videos get over one million views on YouTube
By: Adam Spiel on Dec 5, 2013 at 1:54:35 pm

Extraneous Lyrics 2012 leveraged integrated Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects workflow ...

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Long Exposure Time-lapse Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 5, 2013 at 6:00:00 am

In order to capture a moving street shot, I turned to long exposure. To really see the lights and energy of the scene, I wanted to elongate the action. Here’s the logic I applied to the shot....

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Get Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 a Month
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 4, 2013 at 6:00:00 am

Adobe recently unveiled its Photoshop Photography Program which let Photoshop CS3 (or newer) customers get Photoshop CC and Lightroom for US $9.99 a month. Many of you were upset that Creative Suite owners and Lightroom customers couldn’t participate. We told you to be patient. The time has arrived (but the window of opportunity is short). Starting today, the Photoshop Photography Program is available to anyone who wants to participate ( but only until December 8, 2013 ). That means you’ve got just under two weeks to decide if you want to participate. The Photoshop Photography Program includes the following for...

Using Shy Layers in After Effects
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:25:59 pm

Making a layer "shy" hides it from view, allowing you to work with a clean and organized Timeline. In this tutorial, find out how to use shy layers in After Effects and explore some of their advantages. Watch more at . This tutorial is a single movie from the After Effects Guru: Mastering the Timeline course presented by author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 8 minutes and reveals time-saving features for navigating to specific timecodes, adjusting keyframes, changing layer behavior, and other tips for mastering the Timeline panel in After Effects....

Scruffy.TV transforms workflow with Adobe Creative Cloud
By: Adam Spiel on Dec 3, 2013 at 9:45:09 am

Distributed team relies on Adobe video tools for latest parody, Flight Club ...

Creative Cloud

The Production Process Part 1: Pre-Production
By: walter biscardi on Dec 2, 2013 at 7:35:58 pm

Sister company Biscardi Creative Media launched its first Google Hangout today which is a lot of fun. Essentially a live podcast that is instantly converted over to a YouTube video when completed with the ability to edit the video on YouTube when its completed. The main focus on the BCM Hangouts will be educating clients and potential clients on all aspects of the production process and how we work. However there is cross-over and in the first set of Hangouts we’ll be discussing the four steps of the Production Process. ...

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Using a Click Track to Create a Music Video
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:44:00 pm

When you’re working on a music video and need to record a commercial or promo that’s tightly tied to a music track, it’s important to think ahead for post-production. Recording with a click track gives you the ability to sync multiple cameras and multiple takes across several locations. Using consistent, sequential audio cues, known as a click track, will help you sync your visuals in post. On this week’s show, Robbie and Rich walk you through the benefits of using a click track when recording a musical performance. This week we cover • Using a click track: Learn how to...

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How to develop and Act In a Web Series
By: Bob Gillen on Dec 2, 2013 at 12:26:00 pm

Creating Story continues its focus on web series, with LA-based actor and acting coach Claire Winters sharing comments on developing and acting in a web series. Classically trained, Winters’ many roles include the bipolar disabled daughter of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the HBO mini series Empire Falls, and a wealthy uber-feminist film student in the comedy feature Filmic Achievement. Film professor Mildred Lewis has said of web series, “(Viewers) can watch legacy media or take advantage of virtually unlimited, less well-known content.” The question for Claire Winters: in an open environment such as a web series, do actors need to...

Use Brainstorm in After Effects
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 30, 2013 at 1:23:00 pm

With the Brainstorm tool, you can create new, randomly generated effects for use in your After Effects projects. Find out how to use this tool and experiment with your own effects in this tutorial. Watch more at imeline/144848-2.html?utm_campaign=hHYAqr6sOhs utm_medium=viral utm_source=youtube. This tutorial is a single movie from the After Effects Guru: Mastering the Timeline course presented by author Rich Harrington....

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An Odd Delight: A Corporate Editor's Leap Into Broadcast
By: Kylee Peña on Nov 29, 2013 at 5:18:10 pm

Seeing a stack of tapes labeled and ready to gather dust on a shelf is a feeling of accomplishment I've never had before last week. ...


Fixing the Exposure Triangle Beyond Camera Settings
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 29, 2013 at 2:48:00 pm

Throughout the past month , we’ve tackled the exposure triangle —the critical way to get properly exposed photos and videos. Remember your camera and lens have three essential controls that affect how much light comes into the camera: the aperture or opening of the lens, the shutter speed (how long the shutter opens), and the ISO (the sensitivity of your sensor). But a problem as tough as exposure can still be hard to crack. What happens when you can’t get more light into the camera and the shot is dark? How about when you want shallow depth of field and...

DSLR VideoVideo

Keynote Tutorial: Animating images
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 22, 2013 at 1:41:00 pm

It can be hard to keep your audience engaged during a presentation, but don't worry; Keynote offers you a way to spice things up: animating your images. Find out how to animate images in Keynote in this tutorial. Watch more at . This tutorial is a single movie from the Keynote: From Outline to Presentation course presented by author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 10 minutes and shows how to build and deliver a great Keynote presentation....


USC graduate students embrace Adobe Creative Cloud to edit thesis film
By: Adam Spiel on Nov 21, 2013 at 3:04:37 pm

USC filmmakers break new ground with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Premiere Pro CC ...

Creative Cloud

First Look: FSI CM250 OLED Reference Monitor
By: walter biscardi on Nov 21, 2013 at 1:34:56 pm

“First Look” at the new FSI CM250 OLED Reference monitor from Flanders Scientific. I sat down with FSI's Bram Desmet to check out this new monitor and instead of blogging about it, we broke out the camera and decided to show you down below what this incredible monitor is all about. ...


Joseph Kosinski’s film “Oblivion” showcases elegant effects created with Adobe After Effects
By: Adam Spiel on Nov 21, 2013 at 9:33:15 am

World‐class user interface designers, graphic artists, and animators create crisp, timeless visual elements for sci-fi film ...

After Effects

DSLR tutorial: The Exposure Triangle
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 20, 2013 at 1:33:00 pm

When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light. In this tutorial, explore a straightforward way to get strong, well-exposed shots with your DSLR. Watch more at ....

DSLR Video

Upping the HUD ante with Adobe After Effects
By: Adam Spiel on Nov 20, 2013 at 1:06:30 pm

Cantina Creative creates next-generation heads-up display effects for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 ...

After Effects

VFX and motion graphics experts use Adobe After Effects on “Star Trek Into Darkness”
By: Adam Spiel on Nov 19, 2013 at 11:10:30 am

Andrew Kramer focused on movie titles while OOOii team created stunning graphics and heads-up displays for blockbuster film ...

After Effects

Keynote Tutorial: Adding a Photo to a Drop Zone
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 18, 2013 at 1:40:00 pm

Keynote's themes often include drop zones--areas where you can drop several photos of different sizes and have them formatted consistently, which will save you time when building your presentations. Find out how to add a photo to a drop zone in this tutorial. Watch more at . This tutorial is a single movie from the Keynote: From Outline to Presentation course presented by author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 10 minutes and shows how to build and deliver a great Keynote presentation....


Videoguys November 2013 Update
By: Gary Bettan on Nov 17, 2013 at 4:08:36 pm

Videoguys November 2013 Update ...


Seasoned film editor takes Adobe Premiere Pro CC for a spin
By: Adam Spiel on Nov 14, 2013 at 10:03:58 am

Customizable interface, visual effects integration, and fast rendering time impressed long-time Avid editor ...

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Understanding GoPro Bodies
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 12, 2013 at 1:35:00 pm

GoPro cameras are great for time-lapse, underwater, and aerial photography. This tutorial takes a detailed look at GoPro cameras. Watch more at ....

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Cutting‐edge post production house switches to Adobe Creative Cloud video workflow
By: Adam Spiel on Nov 12, 2013 at 8:50:46 am

Senior Post chooses Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing for web, broadcast, film, and music video content ...

Premiere Pro

Creating Books I Want to Read Myself
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 12, 2013 at 12:16:05 am

UK-based writer Joanna Penn and I connected through email to talk about her creative writing. Penn describes herself as a writer-entrepreneur. Her body of work includes fiction and nonfiction. “I write thrillers under J.F. Penn and non-fiction under Joanna Penn.” Penn’s three-book thriller series centers on psychologist and ARKANE agent Morgan Sierra. “Set against a backdrop of early Christian history, archeology and psychology,” says Penn, “the fast-paced ARKANE thrillers weave together historical artifacts, secret societies, global locations, violence, a kick-ass protagonist and a hint of the supernatural.” READ MORE......

Elevate Your Video Camera
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 11, 2013 at 3:04:00 pm

A great way to create more interesting video perspectives is to raise your camera higher . Positioning the camera above any scene gives a unique view—and putting the camera into motion from that position can result in really dynamic shots. In this week’s video, we look at a couple of tools for raising your camera up higher, and discuss techniques for getting the most out of elevated shots. This week we cover Using a monopod to extend your reach. Learn why a monopod is one of the easiest ways to get the camera up higher and extend it into a...

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Movie Clichés - Plans Never Work
By: Peter John Ross on Nov 10, 2013 at 7:18:14 pm


What I Learned About Post-Production at My First Job
By: Kylee Peña on Nov 10, 2013 at 2:16:18 pm

And I don't mean my first industry job. My first JOB. The first time I got a minimum wage paycheck for cleaning out a toilet. Well, in my case it was for cleaning up about 7 gallons of frozen ketchup, but we can talk about that another time. ...


Keynote tutorial: Ken Burns effects with Magic Move
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 9, 2013 at 1:42:00 pm

The Ken Burns effect involves panning and zooming on a still image. In this tutorial, Rich Harrington sheds some light on how you can use the Magic Move feature to create Ken Burns effects in your Keynote presentations and make them stand out. Watch more at . This tutorial is a single movie from the Keynote: Using Photos and Videos Effectively for Great Presentations course presented by author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 39 minutes and shows how to add photos and video to your Keynote presentation and make it more professional and engaging....


How Do I Mount and Control a GoPro Camera?
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 8, 2013 at 2:37:00 pm

From its origins as a surf camera to its current incarnation as a flexible tool for any project that needs a small, durable, and capable camera, GoPro has become synonymous with go anywhere, “get the shot no matter what” productions. Smaller than your fist and providing endless mounting options, GoPro cameras allow you to get shots you never thought were possible—especially where larger, more expensive cameras won’t work. In this week’s episode , we’ll take a look at the iconic GoPro camera and how it can become even more flexible with different mounts, and the GoPro App, which allows you...

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Stargate Studios Sets the Bar for Visual Effects on Productions
By: Adam Spiel on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:56:59 am

Adobe Creative Cloud and automation create competitive edge for iconic production studio ...

After Effects

Film Adaptation of Macbeth Set in Northern Ireland Prison
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 5, 2013 at 9:48:44 pm

Tom Magill, co-founder and artistic director of the Educational Shakespeare Company ( ESC ), uses drama and film to heal the trauma so deeply rooted within criminal justice and metal health settings. Centered in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ESC works to enable those mired in brutal circumstances to understand and transform their lives through the creative process. The plays of Shakespeare, most prominently Macbeth, feature strongly in this healing process. ESC describes itself as an award-winning culture and arts education charity specializing in storytelling through drama and film. “The majority of people I work with,” says Tom Magill, “are carrying trauma....

"We Are What We Are" enjoys theatrical release following Sundance premiere
By: Adam Spiel on Nov 5, 2013 at 2:54:27 pm

Filmmaker’s third film edited with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Premiere Pro ...

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Autokeyframing in After Effects
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 5, 2013 at 1:37:00 pm

Using Auto-keyframe mode in After Effects can speed up your animation workflow. Find out how autokeyframing works, as well as some of its pitfalls, in this tutorial. Watch more at ....

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What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera?
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 1, 2013 at 3:07:00 pm

Blackmagic Design is well known for its reasonably priced video post-production products, including interfaces and adapters. Recently they’ve also started making cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4k, and Pocket Cinema Camera—all with high-end features and great price points. On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the small, yet capable Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera . About the same size as a traditional point-and-shoot stills camera, the BMPCC is capable of shooting video using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and now, the compressed RAW format as well, all to a fast SD card. It’s a versatile camera that...

DSLR VideoVideo

A bird’s-eye view of World War II
By: Adam Spiel on Oct 29, 2013 at 1:36:14 pm

Emmy-winning documentary created for HISTORY includes 300 animations and 79 VFX shots created with Adobe video tools ...

After Effects

Darren Orange moves from role-playing games to feature films
By: Adam Spiel on Oct 28, 2013 at 12:11:27 pm

Creative Cloud powers the production workflow for Reactor 88 ...


Practical Checklist for Video Production Conferences
By: Kylee Peña on Oct 23, 2013 at 12:58:18 pm

You've booked your conference (perhaps the Southeast Creative Summit ), been practicing your handshake, and read How to Win Friends and Influence People - twice. The eve of your classes is upon you. You're ready to learn all the things and network your face off. ...

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How Sensitive is Your Camera?
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 18, 2013 at 2:44:00 pm

When you’re talking about exposure, it’s important to know the sensitivity of your camera. A camera’s sensitivity is measured with an ISO unit. The ISO standard is controlled by a technical group called the International Organization for Standardization and it’s the digital equivalent to film speed from days past. From camera to camera, the native sensitivity will vary. Newer cameras tend to be more sensitive to light thanks to improvements in camera sensors. This means that you can shoot with less available light or use smaller apertures to control depth of field. But if you set your ISO too high,...

DSLR Video

Photo Travelogue Oct 2013 Part 1
By: Mike Cohen on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:17:03 pm

10 days in Washington during the government shutdown of 2013, followed by warmer climates. More later: ...

Live Training and Live Networking, They Build Trust for your Career
By: walter biscardi on Oct 14, 2013 at 6:13:29 pm

I’m fortunate that I get the opportunity to speak in front of many groups and recently that’s been more high school and college students. No matter what the discussion is about, we always spent a lot of time talking jobs and networking. Because we’re all so digitally connected it should be easier to network, at least that’s what they think. Twitter, Facebook, Forums like these on the Cow and Google Hangouts, that’s all you need to build a reputation. ...

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