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What's the big deal with how an LTO (or other) tape is written?
By: Tim Jones on Jan 19, 2014 at 2:08:57 pm

DANGER - Vendor Perspective Follows - ...

BRU

“Last Days in Vietnam” to premiere at Sundance
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 17, 2014 at 1:44:48 pm

Adobe Creative Cloud integral to working with archival content for PBS documentary ...

Creative Cloud

What you need to know about video editing storage in 2014
By: Steve Modica on Jan 17, 2014 at 10:05:58 am

With the New Year festivities well behind us, today seems like as good a time as any to chat about where video editing storage is (or should be) headed in 2014. ...

storage

FCP7 To Premiere Pro Cloud 7.0.1 Tips #10: Grid effect to make a rule of thirds guide
By: Lucy Moon on Jan 16, 2014 at 7:23:35 am

Create the following parameters on a (built in) "Grid" effect and apply to a strip of transparent video. You can create a grid to your own design. ...

rule of thirds

Street Art as Inspiration for Writing
By: Bob Gillen on Jan 15, 2014 at 1:22:05 pm

All creative artists reach a point where they have to let go of their created work. Publish it, display it, sell it, screen it. Let it go. For some artists an even deeper sense of abandonment is at play in their creative process. Several years ago I attended a performance of Euripides’s The Trojan Women, his epic indictment of war written in 415 BCE. Outside the black box theater, located in the arts district of LA, a street art mural publicized the current production. The artist – I don’t know who – created the piece knowing that it would only...


Adobe at Sundance 2014
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 15, 2014 at 1:14:36 pm

Adobe will be at the Sundance Film Festival again this year in support of emerging independent filmmakers and great new cinema. ...

Sundance

A New Way of Sharing Photos
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 15, 2014 at 10:45:59 am

I've been working on something for a long time. Can't (and don't) want to say too much. Soon it can be in your hands. Want you all to look at the image and explore the interactive features (let me know what you think in the comments). Click to Explore | Powered by Piqsure...


LTO Delivery Roadmap and the LTO-7 schedule
By: Tim Jones on Jan 13, 2014 at 8:41:21 am

Hi Folks, ...

LTO

Golden Globes 2014 - Spoilerific Live Blog with the Creative COW TV & Film Appreciation Gang
By: Mike Cohen on Jan 12, 2014 at 8:15:21 pm

I was going to do this alone, but things go better with friends. ...

golden globes

Reducing Camera Shake in Video
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 12, 2014 at 6:45:05 am

It’s very common to have shaky footage, especially with the trend of handheld shooting. Adobe offers several ways to fix shaky footage. One challenge is to remove the blur caused by c amera shake. One of my favorite ways to fix it is to use a filter inside Photoshop CC called Shake Reduction. Restoration in Action: Video - Reducing Camera Shake in Video To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Repairing and Enhancing Video with Lynda.com. http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Reducing-camera-shake-video/14 9128/160021-4.html Whether you want to fix a problem in post or simply give your video more style, this course will help everyone...


Drew Christie returns to Sundance
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 9, 2014 at 2:26:49 pm

Animated short film leverages tools in Adobe Creative Cloud ...

Sundance

Live from Sundance: Adobe to stream filmmaker panel on January 17
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 8, 2014 at 3:27:15 pm

With today’s technologies, low budget no longer means low-quality for independent filmmakers. On January 17, 2014 [ http://adobe.ly/p6ZMbd ] Adobe will present a special panel discussion at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where filmmakers will discuss their work, their workflows and why they believe that awe-inspiring storytelling and high production value are possible, on modest, or even micro budgets. ...

Sundance

NYT Reporter Meyer Berger: Mass Murder in Camden NJ
By: Bob Gillen on Jan 8, 2014 at 1:55:36 pm

Author and writing teacher Natalie Goldberg insists that every writer have a mentor. When a student bemoaned the fact that she had no one to mentor her, Goldberg said, “(Authors) are your mentors… Enter their minds. Don’t let any obstacle keep you away.” Here’s a piece I wrote on opensalon.com back in November of 2010 about a writer I consider to be a mentor: Meyer Berger of The New York Times. His writing still shapes my own. Reporting on a Mass Murder On the morning of September 6, 1949, a mentally unstable war vet, armed with a Luger pistol, walked...


New animations in Apple Keynote
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 7, 2014 at 6:50:50 pm

The new update to Apple Keynote adds additional animation options. Learn how to animate text and slide transitions in new ways. Remember to show restraint, but there are some classy new animations to choose from. Apple just released a brand new version of iWork has been released with OS X Mavericks. All three applications — Keynote, Numbers, and Pages have new versions with major updates and major changes to the user interface. Some features are completely new to the iWork application, while other elements no longer exist. There are some major changes in how to use the iWork app across...


One More Picture from V
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 7, 2014 at 6:50:09 pm

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A Photo By My Friend Vanelli
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 7, 2014 at 5:44:00 pm

A Photo By My Friend Vanelli Republished by Richard Harrington...


Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull continues to innovate with Adobe Creative Cloud
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 7, 2014 at 10:32:34 am

New animated short film for Universal Studios expands on the visual style of HaZ’s first film Fubar Redux ...

After Effects

Understanding the New Apple Keynote
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 2, 2014 at 10:40:22 pm

The new update to Apple Keynote completely changes the user interface. There are a bunch of new things as well as several things missing. Plus just about everything has a new place on the screen. Let me help you make sense of it all. Apple just released a brand new version of iWork has been released with OS X Mavericks. All three applications — Keynote, Numbers, and Pages have new versions with major updates and major changes to the user interface. Some features are completely new to the iWork application, while other elements no longer exist. There are some major...


Sonnyboo Podcast - Marie's Pizza
By: Peter John Ross on Jan 2, 2014 at 11:11:49 am

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Becoming a Better Editor (but Mostly Human Being) in the New Year
By: Kylee Peña on Dec 26, 2013 at 12:33:10 pm

Somehow -- and they might be lying to me about this -- but somehow, the year is over. What I mean to say is that this desk calendar I have is practically useless and I'll be writing the wrong year on my checks until St. Patrick's Day. I know, right? And I hardly noticed the 31st approaching so rapidly except for the usual influx of "year in review" or "resolutions for the new year" posts. ...

video editing

Free Apps and Music
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 25, 2013 at 12:01:44 pm

If you have an iOS device, it's a great time to pick up the 12 Days of Gifts app from Apple. You can get It here – https://itunes.apple.com/app/12-days-of-gifts/id777716569?mt=8 . Once a day, starting tomorrow, Apple will give folks one free goodie. Free stuff, what's not to like?...


How to Create a film look with Final Cut Pro X
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 21, 2013 at 8:28:00 pm

Learn how to give your video footage a dramatic “film” look by diving into some color-correction and effect features of Final Cut Pro X in this week’s DSLR Video Tips with Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. You’ll learn: • The tools : Get to know the tools in Final Cut Pro X that can help you achieve a film look with your video footage. • The post-processing : Learn how to use those tools to create a stylized film look with Final Cut Pro X. Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com....

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Tayasui Sketches for iOS – Creative Digital Canvas for the Modern Artists
By: Nadia Hyeong on Dec 19, 2013 at 2:41:45 am

Tayasui Sketches by Tayasui is a free drawing app that will help artists create digital artworks on their iPad while on the go. Using a variety of virtual brushes and intuitive finger gestures, they can generate numerous contents ranging from simple doodles to intricate paintings. In addition, it has sharing capabilities to make it easier for you to share your work online. Here’s a review of its features and what makes it a must-have drawing device. ...

tayasui sketches

Boutique studio turns work into play with Adobe Creative Cloud
By: Adam Spiel on Dec 18, 2013 at 4:59:32 pm

Commercial video editor expands business with a wealth of new creative tools ...

Creative Cloud

Archiving Data
By: walter biscardi on Dec 18, 2013 at 4:33:07 pm

In this digital media world, it's imperative to not only have enough media array space to do your work, but also to store and protect that media for the long term. We've been using a very simple method going on four years now and in response to a question I actually got today, here's how it works. ...

Archive

The Production Process Part 3: Post-Production & Deliver
By: walter biscardi on Dec 18, 2013 at 4:19:04 pm

In this series, Biscardi Creative Founder, Walter Biscardi, Jr. "demystifies" the video production process. Particularly for corporate clients the production process can be both confusing and overwhelming. We walk you through the four steps of video production so you can be better prepared for your next production project. ...

Production

Award-winning television commercial editor switches to all Adobe workflow
By: Adam Spiel on Dec 18, 2013 at 9:34:21 am

Captain Morgan and “got milk?” commercials cut with Adobe Premiere Pro software ...

Premiere Pro

The Production Process Part 2: Production
By: walter biscardi on Dec 17, 2013 at 12:19:55 pm

In this series, Biscardi Creative Founder, Walter Biscardi, Jr. "demystifies" the video production process. Particularly for corporate clients the production process can be both confusing and overwhelming. In this series we walk you through the four steps of video production so you can be better prepared for your next production project. ...

Production

Memories of Peter O'Toole
By: Debra Kaufman on Dec 16, 2013 at 11:15:19 am

Lawrence of Arabia came out when I was a child. My parents took me to it, probably at one of the remaining Hollywood movie palaces. It's a long movie (it originally had an intermission, just like Gone with the Wind ), but I remember being riveted by the man with the blue, blue eyes, by the endless desert, by the drama of it all. ...

Peter O'Toole

More Preparation for Multi-camera Shooting
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 14, 2013 at 8:37:00 pm

There’s a lot involved when setting up a shoot with multiple DSLR’s- preparation and planning are key. Finding the location that works for you is important, and lighting it for multiple cameras is a challenge. On this week’s show, Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington walk you through the key elements for a multiple DSLR camera shoot. They’re joined by Director of Photography Jim Ball for additional tips. You’ll learn the following: Preparing for a Multiple DSLR Camera Shoot. Learn what to think about before you shoot. Multi-camera is all about planning and preproduction. Scout the Location. Walk through a venue...

DSLR Video

Designer Brianne Gillen on Costume
By: Bob Gillen on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:19:00 pm

Designer Brianne Gillen (disclosure – Brianne is our daughter) talks about her costuming work. Most recently she costumed a stage performance of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses . COSTUME SUPPORTS THE STORY I wanted to know: whether in recorded media or live performance, how does costume design move the story forward? Costume designer Brianne Gillen “Costume design is hugely important for the story,” says Gillen. “Often, what a character is wearing tells the audience a lot about them before they even say a word of dialogue. You can tell a character’s socioeconomic status, sometimes their profession, the time of year, the city...


How to Go from Apple Pages to Dropbox on iOS
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:59:30 pm

A colleague recently asked how could they publish from Apple Pages on an iPad to Dropbox. Turns out the solution is pretty easy and actually opens up additional ways to share files....

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December 2013 brings new Creative Cloud pro video releases
By: Adam Spiel on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:44:27 am

Fourth feature update this year for Adobe Premiere Pro ...

Creative Cloud

VFX pro produces short film with a Macbook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud
By: Adam Spiel on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:36:14 am

Adobe Creative Cloud offers virtual production hub for collaborative workflow ...

Creative Cloud

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 ...

SpeedGrade

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. ...

G-Tech

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 — https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cdj7mrb95bsstklgqqe5ngji9qo?cfem=1 authkey=CKTmhZqum73CjQE...


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

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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...

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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....

Phishing

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 http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial... .  ...

Apple

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 ...

Premiere Pro

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....

AdobeDSLR VideoVideo

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 http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu... . This tutorial is a single movie from the After Effects Guru: Mastering the Timeline course presented by lynda.com 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. ...

Production Planning

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