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A Video to Animation Workflow for Adobe Character Animator
By: Michael Hurwicz on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:52:48 pm

I've been playing with the preview version of Adobe Character Animator for a month or so. Animator is designed to create animation from your live movements in front of a webcam and lip sync from your live voice into a microphone. But it can be hard to get everything just right when you have to do it live. I found out on the Adobe forum ( ) that you can also create animation and lip sync in Character Animator from a video clip. Then you can either make a video of the animation directly, for example using Adobe Media...


Get Consistent Color with Conditional Mode Automation
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 26, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

The Conditional Mode Change command in Photoshop allows you to set a color mode among your images in a consistent way. In this tutorial, set up an action to specify which color mode you'd like the Conditional Mode Change command to convert your images to. Watch more at . This tutorial is a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 37 minutes and shows how to utilize actions and automation in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to speed up your workflow. Introduction 1....


Generating a Web Gallery with Adobe Bridge
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 18, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

In this tutorial, find out how to create a customized web gallery in Adobe Bridge. Watch more here . Bridge is a huge timesaver and one of the mot overlooked apps in Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite. This a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 37 minutes and shows how to utilize actions and automation in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to speed up your workflow. Introduction 1. Understanding Actions 2. Automate Commands 3. Using Scripts 4. Saving Time with Adobe Bridge...


Chromakeying in After Effects
By: Richard Harrington on Jun 4, 2013 at 3:46:57 pm

Learn how to key footage with Adobe After Effects and Keylight Chromakeying in After Effects Republished by Richard Harrington...


Subscription Based Software - it's not going anywhere
By: walter biscardi on May 29, 2013 at 5:36:28 am

This editorial was originally printed in Issue 3 of the newsletter. It's been a few weeks since the announcement from Adobe that henceforth all new software will only be available via the Creative Cloud subscription service. No doubt you've seen and heard the outcry from folks who want to continue to "own the software." As my good buddy Aharon Rabinowitz said so eloquently in his blog , "YOU DO NOT, NOR EVER HAVE, OWNED YOUR ADOBE SOFTWARE. You have licensed it." Yes it's all semantics since you DID have a box with software in it, or you downloaded software...


Videoguys Insider Update May 2013
By: Gary Bettan on May 21, 2013 at 6:03:34 am

It's been a very busy spring for all of us at We had a great NAB show, and we picked up some really exciting new products. We'll go into that in more detail in this newsletter. First, I'd like to thank you all for your patronage and support over the years. We know we would not be where we are today without you, our loyal customers. In the past, I've run a special coupon INSIDER5 that extended a 5% instant rebate on your next order. Not only have I reactivated this coupon, I've made it even stronger. I've added...


Fixing Soft Focus in Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 2, 2013 at 6:19:00 pm

Cameras are much more likely to generate a soft focus under low light. The Smart Sharpen filter has the most options of any sharpening filter built into Photoshop. It allows you to choose the sharpening algorithm as well as control the amount of sharpening in shadow and highlight areas. This filter can produce dramatically better quality, but do not expect results like you see in a TV police drama. 1. Open the Sharpen1.tif file, available with other sample images in this downloadable ZIP archive , and zoom the document window to 100%. This will give you the most accurate view...


New Photoshop Features Coming December 11
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 28, 2012 at 8:21:00 am

I told you that Creative Cloud customers would be getting new features sooner. Be sure to watch the video to see what's coming in the next Photoshop update. Make sure you sign up for the event on December 11 Details here New Photoshop Features Coming December 11 Republished by Richard Harrington...


I'm Live on The Photoshop Show
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 1, 2012 at 8:00:12 pm

Don't miss me this week where I'll be live on The Photoshop Show 17 With Guest Richard Harrington Tue, October 2, 9:00 PM On Air Hangout on Google Plus Signup Join + Jan Kabili and + Ron Clifford we bring back Photoshop and Digital Video expert + Richard Harrington as he helps you learn the hottest new feature of Photoshop CS6 video! If you have a ton of footage just sitting on your hard drive, it's time to do something with it. Learn how to use the new tools in Photoshop CS6 to edit, color correct, and publish video....


Using Auto-Levels
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:56:00 am

When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image. 1. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel. 2. Click the Auto button to perform an automated adjustment for the image. The image s levels...


New Features Added to Adobe Creative Cloud
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 28, 2012 at 7:41:46 am

Adobe just released new features to Creative Cloud members. This is the start of a new trend that brings new features first to Creative Cloud members. While I'm looking to some more video and photo features, this first release targets web and illustration. New features were released today for Illustrator, Adobe Muse, and Edge preview. Adobe Illustrator has three new features available only to Creative Cloud members that give you the ability to package files, un-embed images, and do more with the Links panel. To access these features, update Illustrator from its main menu by choosing Help > Updates. Adobe...


15 Videos You May Have Missed
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 18, 2012 at 5:16:00 pm

I regularly contribute to a great site called which is all about Photoshop. Over the years I've written several tutorials, but I've also recorded a bunch. These are typically never released anywhere else and often take a really close look at my workflow from start to finish. Well, here they are gathered on one page. Go enjoy some free learning! 15 Videos You May Have Missed Republished by Richard Harrington...


Calculations Command for Transparency
By: Richard Harrington on Jul 6, 2012 at 7:01:00 am

Instructor Richard Harrington revisits Photoshop's calculations command, and shows you how to generate an alpha channel or selection matte based on the color values of an image. Calculations Command for Transparency Republished by Richard Harrington...


Become a Certified Instructor for Adobe Premiere Pro
By: Richard Harrington on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:40:00 am

Are you an existing Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects instructor? Are you looking to get certified to teach the official courses offered at training centers around the globe? Don't miss the chance to take the official Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Certification Course to be held in Los Angeles. Premiere Pro CS5 instructors must be re-certified in order to teach Premiere Pro CS6 so don t miss this opportunity. Register Now > EVENT DETAILS Date Monday, August 13 - Thursday, August 16 9:00am - 5:00pm daily Location: Los Angeles, CA USA The venue will be determined based on class size....


Videoguys' Top 10 Reasons to Switch (or Upgrade) to Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Today!
By: Gary Bettan on Jun 22, 2012 at 12:56:46 pm

Top 10 Reasons to switch to Adobe Premiere Pro de+to+Adobe+CS+6+Today/0xa67b476c2f6043ba7a4075ee7c4c4167.aspx '> de+to+Adobe+CS+6+Today/0xa67b476c2f6043ba7a4075ee7c4c4167.aspx 1. Boosted efficiency with unparalleled Adobe integration Adobe Premiere Pro is deeply integrated with other Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium components, so you can effortlessly move assets between it and Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop Extended, Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe Audition®, Adobe Prelude™, and Adobe SpeedGrade™ software. Adobe Dynamic Link saves you valuable time by eliminating the need for intermediate renders, enabling you to exchange assets and open sequences in Encore and After Effects, where changes made in Adobe Premiere Pro are automatically reflected in the other program...


Videoguys' Reflections on the NAB Show 2012
By: Gary Bettan on May 18, 2012 at 9:55:43 am

NAB is a professional show - again. Over the past few years the NAB show started to feel more and more like CES. We were starting to become dominated by the Apple distortion field and the thousands of FCP fans that attended. While FCP had made enormous inroads into professional post, the NAB floor seemed to be teaming with FCP kiddies. This crowd was full of young, aspiring editors who went more for the fun and give-aways than to conduct business. Last year’s FCPX fiasco at the Supermeet put an end to that, and I don't think it’s a bad...


Selecting color with the Color Range command in Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on May 16, 2012 at 10:09:00 pm

A Photoshop tutorial describing how to use the Color Range command to select a portion of your image based on color. See the whole course on 64-2.html If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing. Selecting color with the Color Range command in Photoshop Republished by Richard Harrington...


Free iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite
By: Richard Harrington on May 13, 2012 at 10:46:00 pm

A site that I use frequently is iStockphoto to find illustrations and photos for both client jobs and presentations (they are also a sponsor of my blog, but I am a paying customer too). They just released a very cool plug-in that let's you search for images right within some of the key Adobe apps. It currently works in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (I'm hoping for some of the video apps in near future). The official blurb iStock Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite iStockphoto is the world's leading provider of royalty-free stock media and design elements, featuring millions of inspiring...


Photoshop: Using the Refine Edge command
By: Richard Harrington on May 9, 2012 at 8:03:00 pm

A Photoshop tutorial exploring how to use the Refine Edge command to select a complex object such as hair. See the whole course on 64-2.html If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing. Photoshop: Using the Refine Edge command Republished by Richard Harrington...


Adobe Story is Out of the Creative Suite
By: Richard Harrington on May 4, 2012 at 8:03:00 pm

Adobe Story has been dropped from the standalone versions of Adobe Creative Suite 6. Here are some official details. What change did you make? We have decided to remove Adobe Story CS6 from the perpetual versions of Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Why did you pull story from Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro and After Effects? We were bundling a static AIR version of Adobe Story with these products through the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 cycle, while this gave users access to Adobe Story, we updated the core application four times throughout the year, leaving...


Using the Healing Brush in Adobe Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 8, 2012 at 8:10:25 am

Learn to fix blemishes in a photo. Using the Healing Brush in Adobe Photoshop Republished by Richard Harrington...


NAB 2012 is coming and it's less than 2 weeks away- so what's going to be there?
By: gary adcock on Apr 2, 2012 at 6:39:10 am

That's right, The show floor opens 2 weeks from today. Over the next couple of weeks I am going to talk about some of the things we are all going to be looking forward to at the big show in the desert. Lets start with what we already know. RED Digital and Canon Cameras both have Major events Sunday evening, and RED once again has a booth at NAB and that event is listed as more of a user group/party, while Canon has teased us with a big"event" at the same time, where the assumption is that Canon will show...


Because you asked.... More on our Switch to Avid Media Composer 6
By: walter biscardi on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:09:51 pm

Our short and sweet blog post yesterday about switching to Avid MC6 for our broadcast work touched off a flurry of requests for yet more information on our decision. Folks want to know “what specific features did it have that the others didn’t.” “Can you break it down feature by feature, why you made the switch?” ”You seemed so gung-ho about Adobe early on in your switch.” Honestly I can’t break it down like that. For almost 6 months now we’ve had one edit suite running MC6 and one running Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 pretty much full time in each...


Biscardi Creative switching to Avid Media Composer 6 for Broadcast projects.
By: walter biscardi on Mar 27, 2012 at 3:03:28 pm

After lots of testing and comparing, we've made the decision to move two original series to Avid Media Composer 6. PBS series "This American Land" is starting up Season Two next week and in about a month or so we'll be kicking off a new original reality series. Over the past for months or so, I've had one of my editors working primarily in Adobe CS 5.5 with another working in Avid Media Composer 6 to really see how they operated in all sorts of situations. Short stories, longer form, news features, etc... My editors and I struggled to come...


Photoshop CS6 First Look with RC Concepcion and Rich Harrington
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 25, 2012 at 7:30:00 pm

RC shows some great features as we take a look at what's in the Photoshop CS6 Public Beta. More to come soon on the video editing features. Photoshop CS6 First Look with RC Concepcion and Rich Harrington Republished by Richard Harrington...


Meet Bryan O'Neil Hughes
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 17, 2012 at 5:30:00 pm

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


This is Photoshop CS Next and Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:22:14 pm

This is quite cool made with the next version of Photoshop. This post sponsored by iStockphoto Save 10% Get a Free Audio Track This is Photoshop CS Next and Video Republished by Richard Harrington...


Filtering a Video Clip with Photoshop Extended
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 16, 2012 at 2:08:00 pm

I've posted an article over at Tip Squirrel about using video inside Adobe Photoshop Extended otoshop-extended/ 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...


Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Bug Fix
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 15, 2012 at 5:01:00 pm

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: Open Finder and navigate to /YOUR_HD/Library/Preferences Move to the Trash the file: Relaunch The Program Hope it helps Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Bug Fix Republished by Richard Harrington...


Photoshop Background Save and Liquefy Sneak Peek
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:58:00 am

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...


Adobe Camera Raw 7 Sneak Peek
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:57:00 am

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...


Selective Resizing with Content-Aware Scaling
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 2, 2012 at 1:45:00 pm

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. 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....


Sizing a Picture for Video
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:30:14 pm

Photos that are intended for use in a video project have much lower resolution requirements than those for print projects. Additionally, video has very specific pixel dimensions that need to be followed. Otherwise unwanted black bars can show up around the image on the video screen. Let s learn an easy workflow. 1. Create a video-sized documentChoose File > New... and choose a preset that matches your video editing timeline. 2. Add your source photoChoose File > Place then navigate to your desired image file and click Place and then click OK. Your source photo may have a different pixel...


Working with Shadows and Highlights in Raw Images
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 28, 2011 at 6:36:03 am

I've posted a new tutorial over at the great Tip Squirrel site. This one is a quick look at how to use Shadow and Highlights with Adobe Camera Raw. The tutorial will work with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Ideally you'll use a raw photo, but the Adobe Camera Raw module can also open TIFF or JPEG files. "In this follow-up to last week s video , Rich Harrington teaches us how to fix clipped shadows, overblown highlights, and soft detail when working with photos shot under low lift conditions." I hope you enjoy it. Working with Shadows and Highlights in...


Working Faster with Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush Tool
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 23, 2011 at 8:29:00 pm

Do you read Tip Squirrel? If not you should tons of great Photoshop experts post tips over there (including me). Here's a recent post on the Spot Healing Brush _________________________________________________ The Spot Healing Brush tool was added to Photoshop as a way to harness powerful blending technology with less work (although the Healing Brush is pretty labor-free to begin with). It can quickly remove blemishes and imperfections in photos without requiring a sample point to be set. The Spot Healing Brush tool automatically samples pixels from the area around the retouched area. Let s give the tool a try: 1....


Photoshop's Content Aware Scale
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:34:00 pm

In this installment of Photoshop and AE Video Adrenaline, I demonstrate how to combine Photoshop and After Effects to look at a great feature called Content Aware Scale. In Photoshop, you can detect skin tones or choose to protect a selected area from transform, but be able to completely re-scale an image while leaving the selected area unchanged. I then bring these concepts into After Effects for video in the next installment of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects. See it at Creative Cow! Photoshop's Content Aware Scale Republished by Richard Harrington...


Useful Filter Shortcutsfor Photshop
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 30, 2011 at 7:59:00 am

Here are useful shortcuts when working with filters in Photoshop Repeat previous Filter Command+F (Ctrl+F) Runs the last filter again with the previously used vales. No dialog box opens. Mac Think "I command the filter to run again" PC Think "I control the filter to run again" Reopen previous Filter with same settings loaded Command+Option+F (Ctrl+Alt+F) Opens the last filter dialog box with previously used values loaded.Can adjust then apply it. Mac Think "I want command the last filter, but with options to adjust" PC Think "I want command the last filter, but with alternatives to adjust" Fade previous Filter:...


Photoshop's Auto-Levels
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 8, 2011 at 6:00:00 pm

When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image. 1. Close any open files, and then Open the file Ch10_Auto_Levels.tif from the Chapter 10 folder on the DVD. 2. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the...


ADOBE Aquires DI leader Iridas
By: gary adcock on Sep 7, 2011 at 11:18:02 pm

This is a huge annoucement, Iridas has been a leader in the Digital Intermediate & 3D spaces and their Speedgrade Onset tool is considered the standard for Onset Color managment and LUT creation and handling. My Congrats to all my friends at both companies, This is HUGE!!! Adobe aquires one of the most advanced DI tools for 3D and what is considered the standard for Onset color managment to add to their impressive suite of tools. I said this was going to be interesting....


Take Control of the Photoshop Application Frame
By: Richard Harrington on Jul 4, 2011 at 7:56:37 am

When working in Photoshop CS4 or CS5, you ll see that the entire user interface is contained within an Application Frame. This frame will block out your desktop and generally makes it easier to keep the many panels and interface elements neatly organized. Across the top of the frame is the Application bar, which attempts to consolidate several commands into one strip. Photoshop has been reorganized to emphasize task-based workflows, which attempt to guide you to the right tools. View Extras Lets you see things like Guides, Grids, and Rulers. Zoom Level Lets change magnification levels of your image. Layout...


Adobe gets it and Adobe wants you.
By: Gary Bettan on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:53:14 pm

Adobe gets it and Adobe wants you. Adobe Goes Pro When Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 was launched more than two years ago, the message was clear that Adobe was taking Premiere Pro into the professional market segment. They were the first NLE developer to commit to an all new 64-bit architecture and native HD format support. Adobe harnessed all of the power in your computer, multiple CPU cores, huge amounts of RAM and even your graphics processor with the new Mercury Playback Engine to deliver an unprecedented level of real-time HD performance. Creative Suite 5.5 Introduced The NAB2011 introduction...


Videoguys' Options for Final Cut Editors
By: Gary Bettan on Jun 7, 2011 at 12:25:28 pm

If you are a Final Cut Pro editor, unless you've been living in a cave up in the hills, you have heard all the hype about FCPX, the next generation of Final Cut Pro. I'm intentionally not calling the product Final Cut Pro ver 10, because it isn't a next version of Final Cut at all. It is a completely new application. They could have called it Norman or Wolf or Orange, because it is a brand new editing app called FCPX. When it ships it will be version 1.0 of FCPX, and with it will come all the bumps,...


Toning and Stylizing a Portrait in Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on May 27, 2011 at 5:35:00 am

In this exclusive video, author Rich Harrington uses some of the newer features and Blend Modes of Photoshop to stylize a portrait. Head over to Tip Squirrel to check out more tutorials. Toning and Stylizing a Portrait in Photoshop Republished by Richard Harrington...


Temporary Banishment of Photoshop Panels
By: Richard Harrington on May 1, 2011 at 7:41:00 am

If you want to hide your panels in Adobe Photoshop, you can quickly toggle them off and on: Press the Tab key to hide all the panels. Press the Tab key again and they return. Press Shift+Tab to hide everything except the Options bar and toolbox. To focus on only on your image, press the F key once to go to Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar mode. Press the F key again to go to Full Screen and hide all the user interface elements. Press the F key once more to cycle to Standard Screen Mode. Temporary Banishment of...


Want to Make Your Adobe Software Better?
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 25, 2011 at 8:34:00 am

In the world of software development, there's two types of feedback companies need to make their tools better. Feature Requests A feature request adds functionality to software. Adobe reads all of these that come in. The more something is asked for, the more likely it is to happen. For example, if every reader of this blog asked for the same new feature, it would become a top priority for the next development cycle. Bug Report If you find something wrong with an Adobe application (such as a command the regularly makes it crash) then report a bug. Please bookmark this...


History Brush – 212 UAP
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 29, 2011 at 6:22:00 pm

Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to paint backwards in time using the History Brush in Photoshop CS5. Be sure to also check out the new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 History Brush – 212 UAP Republished by Richard Harrington...


Photoshop Layer Styles Shortcuts
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 28, 2011 at 7:32:00 pm

When it comes to Photoshop layer styles, how do you add shortcuts to a technology based on shortcuts? The designers at Adobe managed to squeeze a few in. Here s the most useful shortcuts related to layer styles. Double-click on a layer in the layer s panel (except on the name), and you will be in the Layer Style dialog box. To edit a specific effect, double-click that effect s name in the Layers panel. Turn effects off temporarily by clicking on the eyeball icon next to it. Copy and paste layer styles by right-clicking on the effect icon in...


Using the Mixer Brush – 211 UAP
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 23, 2011 at 9:22:00 am

Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates the new Mixing Brush Tool in Photoshop CS5. Be sure to also check out the new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 Using the Mixer Brush – 211 UAP Republished by Richard Harrington...


Straighten Your Photos in Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 1, 2011 at 5:31:00 pm

If your photos are crooked, they can look very distracting when edited together with your video. Thin, crooked lines look very poor, in fact they can vibrate or flicker on-screen. If a photo is not straight (because it was shot at a slight angle), it is easy to fix. In Photoshop, select the Ruler Tool (I). Locate a line or surface that you think should be horizontal (or vertical). Click and drag a line to measure the angle. In the Options bar click the Straighten button. The correct value is used to rotate the image and it is automatically cropped...


Flick Panning in Adobe Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 9, 2011 at 7:03:00 am

This is a great feature from Photoshop CS4 that many don't use. The Flick Panning feature allows you to quickly throw the image canvas around as a way to navigate. It takes a little getting used to, but it feels very natural with a little practice. Check your General Preferences to make sure Flick Panning is turned on by Pressing Command+K (Ctrl+K). In the General tab, make sure a check mark is next to Enable Flick Panning and click OK. Set the the Zoom level set to 400% (or greater) for the image. Switch to the Hand tool by pressing...


Make Your Mark in Premiere Pro's Timeline
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 1, 2011 at 11:44:33 pm

As you work in the timeline or source window, you'll come to rely upon In and Out points in order to accurately edit. These two points can clearly define which part of a clip you want to use, what section of the timeline you want to replace, or where to remove footage. Here are the most essential commands: In Press I to add an In point Out Press O to add an Out point Clear In Press D to clear an In point Clear Out Press F to clear an Out point Clear In & Out Press G to clear...


What I did today...
By: Mike Cohen on Nov 9, 2010 at 3:40:17 pm

Fellow COW Mark Stuart's posts about his day to day activities got me thinking - on a given day I do many smaller tasks that may be worthy of some shorter blog posts. Here's one... ...Today I finalized some videos for a client. There wound up being 15 different deliverables - the whole surgery edited, a shorter version, an even shorter version showcasing the product only, a surgeon interview/testimonial, and finally the whole edited surgery including the testimonial at the end. Multiply times 3 different procedures and you have 15 items. Each file gets delivered as AVI (archive), MP4 (web-based...


Photoshop's Black and White Adjustment Laye
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 4, 2010 at 6:24:00 pm

Learn how to get the very best Black and White photo conversions in Photoshop Photoshop's Black and White Adjustment Laye Republished by Richard Harrington...


The end is near
By: Paolo Ciccone on Oct 8, 2010 at 7:57:11 am

Very stressful news today of a possible merger of Adobe with Microsoft. Very stressful because I have a moral objection against MS and therefore this merger will cost me a high price. Nevertheless, if the merger will continue I will drop every bit of Adobe software. Photoshop and After Effects included. Call me radical or even stupid but at there is really no possible alternative. I will continue using my copies of CS3 until they will become obsolete and incompatible but after that it will be time to find an alternative to those two pieces of remarkable software. The Gimp...


DSLR and Adobe Workflow Slides
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 22, 2010 at 8:56:16 am

As promised... Here are my slides from yesterday's conference in New York City about Adobe and DSLR Video workflow. Hope they help. Be sure to check out From Still to Motion as well as the Facebook page and Creative COW forum . DSLR and Adobe Workflow Slides Republished by Richard Harrington...


Creating Custom Actions in Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:20:52 pm

If you re a Photoshop enthusiast or professional, you should really be using Photoshop actions. Photoshop is an extremely efficient program, but you re truly missing out if you don t learn how to use its automation features. Photoshop Actions record a series of commands for playback on future images. They can be used to generate extremely complex results. Actions should seem pretty appealing, let s learn how to create your own. You must first create a set to hold your personal actions. Sets hold actions, and there s no limit to how many actions can be placed into a...


NAB and the Trade Show: Making a Resurgence?
By: walter biscardi on Apr 18, 2010 at 1:21:29 pm

In 2006, the National Association of Broadcasters Convention had over 108,000 attendees in Las Vegas. That dropped to 82,600 by 2009 amid cries that the big trade show is rendered useless in today's internet connected world. All you ever need to know about your business and “what to buy” and “how to do” can be found on the internet without all the hassles and expense of traveling. In 2010 attendance crept back up to 88,044 for one of the most dynamic shows I have ever experienced. I have to say, I’ve missed the last three shows myself. The first one...


The Three A's; Avid, Adobe and Apple
By: walter biscardi on Apr 18, 2010 at 7:27:50 am

The 2010 National Association of Broadcasters convention had the Post Production world buzzing about the Three A's of the industry.  Apple, Adobe and Avid.   Well, really more Adobe and Avid since they were actually at the show and had something to demonstrate. 
Adobe brought their CS5 creative suite to the show with some incredible announcements.  Not the least of which to me is the ease of integration with other NLEs like Final Cut Pro and Avid.  Adobe has decided to "play nice" with with their competitors to make it easier for Post Houses like mine to get projects into...


Editing Tug-of-War: PC vs MAC
By: Tim Robinson on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:34:50 am

Tim Robinson is the Corporate Video Editor for Pride Mobility Products Corp. Makers of the Jazzy Powerchair, Scooters, Lift Chairs and other mobility products! At our company we’ve been strictly a PC world. When the new head of IT asked us, “Why don’t you guys run macs? My daughter’s graphic design school runs nothing but macs!” We had to explain his predecessor strictly prohibited using macs because his IT staff could not “support” them. Before he even finished the sentence “What if we bought you guys…” we excitedly shouted ‘YES!’ The transition was not easy for both IT and later...


Adobe Encore CS4 still exhibiting "Project Created In Windows" errors on Mac
By: walter biscardi on Apr 10, 2009 at 7:57:32 am

This problem has been around at least two years since we started using Encore CS3. Create an Encore BluRay Project on a Mac. In our case, a Mac Pro Octo 3.2 machine running the latest OS, Quicktime and Encore CS4. Save that project. Open the project on a second Mac that contains the BluRay burner. In our case a Mac Pro Quad 3.0 machine running the latest OS, Quicktime and Encore CS4. Get the error message, "This Project was created in Windows and cannot be opened." I posted a query in the Cow Adobe Encore forum, but no responses so...


This video project is barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 10, 2009 at 8:48:47 am

One year ago, I completed a project for a new client. Turnaround time was fast. Recently, anticipating some revisions, upon inserting the eSATA drive containing the project, I was dismayed to learn that the drive was no longer viable. All it did was spin up, click and repeat. Bummer. Luckily I had saved a backup of the project to my laptop - not the final project, but close enough. Not since 2003 when I cut my final Media 100 project have I needed to batch digitize a video project. Media 100's original LVD ultra-wide SCSI2 drives were originally quite expensive....


Adobe Media Encoder CS4 - Improvements all Around!
By: Mike Cohen on Dec 31, 2008 at 5:56:31 am

When I read about the new and improved standalone Media Encoder that comes with Premiere CS4, I was very excited. Gone are the days of exporting files one at a time from Premiere, a potential savings of hundreds of hours per year. If this works, it would be like Space Mountain - worth the price of admission. Can you tell I grew up in the 70's when Space Mountain was the best ride Disney had on offer? For those of you unfamiliar with the pre-CS versions of Premiere, let's take a look back. In Premiere 6.5 and earlier, you were...


Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
By: Brian Maffitt on Nov 26, 2008 at 3:47:08 pm

  May you all pause for a moment to be thankful for health and happiness. Brian ...

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Blu-ray and the Big Bag of Hurt; or, why no Blu-ray for me...again
By: Tim Wilson on Nov 25, 2008 at 9:20:40 am

When Steve Jobs called Blu-ray a big bag of hurt, he was being asked why the new MacBooks have no Blu-ray drives. His answer spoke to the cost of licensing the hardware. When his lieutenant Phil Schiller chimed in, HE was speaking about Blu-ray content when he said that the iTunes Store and Apple TV was the right way to deliver HD. Steve knows how much a Blu-ray drive costs to license, so I'll take his word for it. I won't bust Phil too badly as an individual, because lordy knows he's not the only one to think that Blu-ray's...


After Effects CS4 WISHLIST
By: danny princz on Oct 17, 2008 at 6:06:10 am

someone posted on the AFX CS3 forum about wishlists so i thought about it for a couple of minutets and far as the UI goes see my thoughts an ae8 at and a bit of rethinking on the UIan expressions panel/editor/viewer - being able to create/edit expressions with code completion much like in many programming environments.  a viewer that shows expressions and the connections/relationships to other objects (much like the flowchart)improved graph editor/animation controls  -  having the ability to manipulate x/y/z postions in the graph editor just as you can x,y,z rotation(as the are separate parameters) . adding...

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BCM completes new Good Eats Animation
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:54:40 am

BCM has completed a new historical animation for Good Eats with Alton Brown on the Food Network. Artists Walter Biscardi, Jr., Aaron Stewart and Brian Mead worked closely with Alton Brown and producer Dana Popoff to create the latest in a series of historical animation that have been created for the Good Eats. This time it's a look at crackers, which have a surprisingly interesting story to tell! Animated by Biscardi in 720p HD, the one minute animation will appear in an upcoming episode in Winter 2008. Tools used: Photoshop, After Effects, Canon 30D camera, Crackers....

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Creating BluRays on a budget - Part 2 (DoStudio)
By: walter biscardi on Sep 17, 2008 at 3:35:09 am

Well, we've got our HP workstation up and running with DoStudio's Trial Version now installed.  The Trial version is the complete application with only the commercial replication features turned off. First impressions are this thing is definitely NOT DVD Studio Pro or Encore.  This is a very serious tool along the lines of Apple's Color compared to the 3 Way Color Correction filter in Final Cut Pro.  There is a learning curve as a lot of programming is manually done rather than simple drag and drop type of operations.   This feels more like a professional authoring tool and less...


Creating Commercially Replicatable BluRays on a budget - Step 1
By: walter biscardi on Aug 25, 2008 at 4:33:18 pm

So many of you have read of our failings with Adobe Encore trying to create BluRay discs.  Today we start a new chapter in BluRay authoring by transferring all our needs to NetBlender's "DoStudio."   NetBlender has instituted a really neat month to month licensing option that's approx. $250 per month to use the software.  This is truly a month to month deal.  So I can activate it for September for $250 and then sign up again in December.  There's no extra fees, nothing.   They have several plans for 6 months, 12 months or you can outright purchase the...


Funny not Slutty has been Featured
By: Jacki Schklar on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:08:23 am

Note: I've added an audio interview to this story on the site! My new site was selected as a site of the week recently. I have new July articles up. Note of caution, there is some adult language as many comedic projects have. And you must see what my featured artist, Kimberly McBride can do with a pinhole camera and an enormous amount of talent! I included one of her videos. She is all the characters below!...


Adobe Encore Button Routing still not correct for BluRay
By: walter biscardi on Jul 12, 2008 at 4:38:22 pm

7 months into our BluRay authoring experience with Adobe Encore and button routing still does not work correctly in the BluRay mode.  We're trying to create a very simple Chapter Selection menu, but no matter what we do, the last button in the menu is always auto selected when you choose the menu and when you want to return to the Chapter Menu, you can't, you always go back to the Main Menu. We notified the head of the Encore team of this issue on May 28th and also notified him that we had a July 1st deadline for 5...


By: Shane Ross on May 22, 2008 at 12:13:42 pm

Well, about time this came out. Too bad it had to be third party, but least we have it now. Final Print 1.6 To quote: A standalone application which prints a list of clips in a bin or markers contained in a clip or sequence. This provides a very useful workflow enhancement when handing off a project to someone else for further work. - Displays a list of clips/sequences in a bin or a list of markers found within clips/sequences.- Flexible customisation of columns including thumbnail.- Customise print output with colour of header text and your own company or...


Adobe Encore Flash Build does not work on the Mac
By: walter biscardi on May 15, 2008 at 4:12:57 pm

Well we thought we had things starting to go well with Encore after we figured out that the buttons would turn into blobs and figured out a workaround, but alas, more things just don't work. One of the supposed really cool things about Encore is the ability to build your entire DVD in Flash. This allows you to upload a working version of the DVD in a flash based format for a client review. Well, we've tried this multiple times on both our Mac Pro Quad 3.0 and our new Octo Core 3.2 and all Encore does is build maybe...


Encore buttons turn into blobs
By: walter biscardi on May 8, 2008 at 3:20:58 pm

Looking for a little help here from folks familiar with Encore. Creating a custom menu in Photoshop using one of the stock Encore Menus as a template. Got nice looking icons in the Photoshop file, but they turn into blobs when they get into Encore. See below. So here's how the menu appears in Photoshop. Notice the icon next to "Original Songs for Projects" is a nice bow and arrow icon and you can see the file naming structure to the right is correct from Encore. So now look at the button as it appears in the Preview Mode in...


XDCAM EX Onsite Workflow
By: Don Greening on May 6, 2008 at 3:35:19 pm

A week ago last Sunday we did a 3 camera shoot for a wedding and I must say that the combination of the EX1, Macbook Pro and our little G-RAID Mini made the SxS Pro memory card transfers a total breeze and dirt simple. My wife was the card wrangler and was creating quite the stir over at the venders table in the back of the room when she dragged out the Macbook Pro and started transferring the files over. She caught the interest of the photographers, DJ, restaurant staff, wedding planner and even the bride s parents as she...


New version of XDCAM EX Transfer Software Available
By: Noah Kadner on May 1, 2008 at 9:43:56 am

If you're having any problems with Sony XDCAM EX footage the latest version of the XDCAM transfer software might be a big help. It has some new error correction built in that can recover corrupted material. The PDZ-KP1 XDCAM Transfer Software is an import plug in for Final Cut Pro. XDCAM Transfer Version 2.5 supports the current XDCAM HD and SD optical products, the new PDW-U1 optical XDCAM drive, and the PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder which records on SxS flash cards. Check it out: Technorati Tags: 24p , apple , final cut pro , indie filmmaking , video ,...


Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro: Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 25, 2008 at 6:44:35 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine. Here's part one of the second article looking at Simplemente's work with the Phantom HD camera: Rune Hansen and Monica Reina at Simplemente in Mexico City recently acquired a Phantom HD Digital Cinema camera from Vision Research . We got to shoot a bunch of slow-motion footage and then worked with it in Final Cut Pro to create demo reels for theatrical projection. We needed to accomplish all of this in the space of about 48 hours. The Phantom HD’s...

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I hate Adobe Activation
By: walter biscardi on Apr 12, 2008 at 3:23:22 pm

There, I said it. I hate Adobe's Activation procedure. Yes, I understand you have to protect your software from all the complete morons and low-lifes who can't pony up the money to purchase software legitimately, but geez, do you have to make this procedure so asinine that it affects legitimate purchases? Three weeks ago I installed Apple OS 10.5 on a fresh hard drive on my editing workstation. A day later I installed my copy of the Production Premium Package CS3 to do some After Effects work. The Activation screen obviously pops up, I tell it to go ahead, but...


Russian Red Army Choir, part 2: Happy Together!
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:13:00 am

Our pals the Leningrad Cowboys teamed up with THEIR pals in the Red Army Choir for this outrageous version of the Turtles classic. It's the only really essential performance from the concert they did together, but it really is essential viewing. Less essential but still fun:  Gimme All Your Lovin' Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Smoke On the Water Enter Sandman (Metallica) My Way   On Stairway to Heaven The Choir pretty much only sings "Ooh, makes me wonder," but they sing it throughout that middle section. You can tune out after that...but not before, my...


By: Shane Ross on Mar 19, 2008 at 12:31:06 am

Last week, on Thursday (March 13th for those who really want to know) we needed to output the rough cut of the first show and send it to the network. In actuality it was the SECOND show, but episode one was still being edited...but that s besides the point. So on Thursday I was pulled off my editing of a segment for show one (EP 101) and assigned to cut the tease for show two (102). Cut the tease ....sorry, that always makes me giggle a little.Anyway...this was the beginning of a series of missteps that caused a couple complications...


TIME MACHINE...and other things.
By: Shane Ross on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:21:25 pm

Here is the Kona KBox mounted on the back of my IKEA rack. I had to add an extra piece of wood to the side, but the 2U rack brackets fit nicely.Now...onto TIME MACHINE. In my MacPro I have 5 drives. The system drive is in Bay 1, I have three Seagate 500GB drives in the other 3 bays. One stands alone as a work drive, where I store show exports, imported footage and other odd and ends that I transfer to the server. The final two are RAIDED as RAID 0 and I use them to capture media too...


By: Shane Ross on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:50:07 pm

The official title of the History Channel Series I am working on is STRANGE HISTORY. The stories will mainly deal with taboos, cultural and sexual, and strange cultural practices from around the world. There, now you know.The first week there I was working on one of the rental systems. Because my computer hadn t come in yet and because they didn t play on renting my system for a few weeks yet. Now, this rental system was a bit lacking. Sure, it had the Octo Mac 3.0Ghz and a LARGE Mackie Mixer (that you would find on an Avid system)...


By: Shane Ross on Mar 6, 2008 at 11:22:20 pm

Last December I was asked to edit a trailer for a documentary.  This trailer would be used to solicit finishing funds.  And while they couldn t pay much, they could pay.  Since I wasn t doing anything in January and halfway thru Febuary, I took the job.  The client asked how they should deal with the payment  I said that I would like half up front, and half when I deliver the final.  That sounded fine to them, so I received half the payment and the tapes to begin editing.I worked on the project for about 3 weeks, and delivered...


By: Shane Ross on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:54:16 am

A couple posts ago I pointed out the great PSA Indie Fever that Scott Simmons of the EditBlog made.In what seems like perfect timing, I found myself watching a great short documentary on IFC on Monday called Failure . I stumbled on this by accident. My wife and I always watch the Henry Rollins Show and before I could change the channel, I saw the lead in to this documentary. I watched it...and it was hilarious. It was a documentary all about this guys attempt to make an independent film. In short, it was a disaster...and from the scenes he...


Nacelle on the 101
By: Shane Ross on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:53:34 am

I love this town...LA. Every now and then I see some character actor in the park or in the store. I cut off Danny DeVito in front of Warner Brothers my first week in an earful. I walked thru the airplace crash set of the new WAR OF THE WORLDS one week before they shot, because the production I was working on was just up the hill on the Universal Lot. During my lunch hour from jury duty I walked into the Bradbury Building where they shot a lot of Blade Runner scenes. Snuck onto the lot at Warner...


Lines in the sand
By: Aaron zander on Feb 18, 2008 at 8:15:05 am

So I have set my sites on jobs when I graduate. It's pretty clear I'm not going to be inducted to the orphanage as their newest lead compositor straight out of college, not that it hurts to dream mind you, but it certainly hurts to expect such things. So I've been focusing on a much more realistic vacancy: Roto Artist.   For those of you who don't know (and I'm assuming thats very very very few of you) roto, or rotoscoping is the art of separating elements from shot footage with the use of mattes drawn and animated by a...

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Aharon Rabinowitz on NPR!
By: walter biscardi on Feb 5, 2008 at 9:38:50 am

I ve found out that our very own Aharon Rabinowitz is now doing occassional Technology reports for NPR! How exciting is that?! He s done one report and hopefully this will lead to many more. As someone who has gained a LOT of knowledge from this guy with all his After Effects tutorials and training, I want to congratulate him on this latest achievement. Hopefully this is just the first of many reports we can expect to hear from Aharon. Congratulations buddy!!! For those who haven t heard his first report yet,


DiscMakers Medley a so-so DVD Replicator / printer
By: walter biscardi on Jan 29, 2008 at 5:21:25 am

For those of you who followed my blog about the issues with the Primera Bravo II DVD Replicator printer, you know that I purchased a DiscMakers Medley unit to replace it. Well, while DiscMakers claimed the print quality of this unit would be equal to the Bravo II, in reality it isn't. This is disappointing because they both feature the same printing unit from Lexmark. The difference appears to be in the Bravo II drivers as there are many more options available to the user to achieve incredibly sharp text and good solid colors. What was printed as a...


Clockwork: Bass Ackwards Workflow?
By: Sterling Glass on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:41:55 am

This portion of my three-part catch-up blogs focuses on the audio portion of my music video project. I have read many tutorials and seen just about every podcast on how to lip-sync animation to audio in After Effects. Alas, after much trial and error, none of those methods worked. It wasn t until I got a response on Adobe s Audition forums , that I was given a somewhat workable solution. What I wanted to do is have the main beat to the song be the rhythm to the video. And to be over-literal, have a clock ticking to the...

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Apple buying Adobe? Again.
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 14, 2008 at 6:12:04 am

Robert Cringely is one of the higher profile tech pundits, and like all pundits, is only barely credible based on predictions coming to pass. But he brings up again the possibility of Apple buying Adobe .  Actually, he says flat out it s going to happen. His reasons are a teensy bit more interesting this time, plus inside sources, but I wasn t persuaded before and I m not now. He uses the Final Touch acquisition as an example of Apple s commitment to pro apps, and it is...but Final Touch wasn t a $36 billion purchase, as Adobe is...


Internet Killed the Video Star
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:41:48 am

Hi everyone - I ve been pretty silent for the last few months because I ve been hard at work on a new Creative Cow Master Series DVD - Internet Killed the Video Star: A guide to Creating Video for the Web. The 4.5 hour DVD will be available very shortly. Feel free to spread the word. Here s the basic description of the DVD: Whether you’re posting video for a client, putting your demo reel on-line, creating a video podcast, or building video training for the web, the Internet is conspiring to keep your work from looking its best....

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Cool Links for August 17
By: Martin Tiller on Aug 18, 2007 at 3:01:30 am

Posted by Martin: After Effects Links: A new white page on Color Management in After Effects. Lightroom Links: Jack Nack at Adobe has some updated Podcasts. Photography Links: Shoot better NOT more says Fololia founder. (Easier said than done I must say...) Photography contest sponsored by Canon. Thanks to Photography Contest for the Heads up! You can win some serious Canon gear with this one! A GREAT post over at photopreneaur about how to get your photography business in the news. Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Links: Bill Hunt again explains his support of Blu-Ray. His thinking has a lot of influence on my...

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Microsoft Intellipoint/Intellitype and After Effects - Not good friends.
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jun 2, 2007 at 6:19:32 pm

So, I got a new computer and needed to buy a Keyboard. The cheapest one they had at the store with a full sized backspace key (yeah - I make enough typing mistakes that it warrants a BIG key) was the Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard.   Anyway, I tested the keyboard on an old PC, installing the drivers and hardware, and it worked pretty well, so I moved it to the new one. But then when I opened AE, the interface was behaving badly. At first I though I had a bad install (new computer, new install of AE),...

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Quicktime Player now reads Timecode
By: walter biscardi on May 1, 2007 at 3:57:15 pm

As Chi-Ho Lee noted on the Final Cut Pro forum today, Quicktime 7.1.6 has been released in anticipation of Final Cut Studio 2 and you can now read timecode in the Quicktime Player. Wow! Finally! Not sure why it took so long, but here s the proof. If you click on the running time you now get a drop down box which gives you three choices of the Standard Running Time, Timecode and Frame Number. Here s the clip now showing the original timecode off the camera tape. VERY cool and now anyone with Quicktime Player can accurately see timecodes...

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Who's up for Premiere Pro Training?
By: Jacki Schklar on Apr 29, 2007 at 8:20:50 am

Jeff Schell s Premiere Pro workshop, June 9th and 10th (a weekend) looks good. If the class makes enrollment and I can get the time off from work I ll be there. I ve wanted to visit the Pacific NW anyway...

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Post-NAB thoughts and musings - PART 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 20, 2007 at 10:46:06 pm

I returned back home from Las Vegas and NAB on Tuesday night after spending 2 1/2 days in the City of Sin, my last few hours being spent at the wonderful Hofbräuhaus next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where I, along with coworkers and friends, downed their great tasting German lager out of ridiculously massive 1 liter glass steins while enjoying what I have to imagine is "classic" Bavarian folk music. After having a few days back home to digest what I saw and learned (not to mention playing catch up on the current show I'm editing for...


Clockwork: Procrastination (ironically) pays off ...
By: Sterling Glass on Apr 18, 2007 at 5:11:20 pm

... at least for this project. While tweaking the markers I had set up in Audition of the demo version of the song, Audition crashed. Like a first-time user, I just glanced at the screen and thought that my changes before the crash were still there and saved the file instead of Save As... . I was using the Spectral Display in Audition to see where the kick drum hit in the audio since I want to make my animation sync with the music. When I looked at the Spectral Display of the audio, nothing was there. So, I reinstalled...

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After Effects 8... aint it great?
By: danny princz on Apr 17, 2007 at 7:34:49 am

(this is not a negative post about ae cs3, just some thoughts that may bring about discussion for future improvements) so v7 gave us a much improved, clean interface and really tried to bring the usability of the application to a new level (which i believe it did) there was much kicking and screaming, but i think once the dust settled, the majority was happy. however, to me one major usability issue has been the text animators. they dont fit in to the old AFX animation paradigm, which is fine. And while they are a great addition, the usability aspect...

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Cheap cam phone images of NAB Exhibit Day 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 17, 2007 at 2:41:09 am

Well here are some images for those of you who aren t able to be here. I ll give my full verbal breakdown a little bit later... I m too tired to get into it right now......

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CS3 Launch Party
By: Aanarav Sareen on Apr 2, 2007 at 6:19:57 am

March 27th marked the biggest releases in Adobe history: 13 new products and multiple suites, including the Adobe Master Collection, which includes almost every piece of Adobe software. Adobe held their launch event in NYC where they invited the public to see what s new and I just have one word to sum up the event - WOW! it was done very,very well. The event started off by getting your badge, meeting other people and then led into the presentations. The CEO and COO along with many other Vice Presidents from Adobe were present at the event and it was...


Adobe asks: "What's in the Box?"
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Mar 8, 2007 at 4:04:42 pm

So this viral video showed up on You tube:  Clearly Adobe is planning something big. Only time will tell......


Free Photoshop on the Web. Really. Premiere's already there.
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 28, 2007 at 4:20:24 pm

I don't see everything coming. Not even close. But I saw this one. Google's Picasa has been offering online image editing for a while. It even supports .psd. So Adobe responds with free Photoshop on the web. Really? Yeah, really. I found Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen's conversation with c/net pretty invigorating. He makes it sound pretty obvious, actually: "If we offered a host-based version of Photoshop that's Photoshop-branded (and is) potentially better than Picasa, you'd probably go the Photoshop route because of your belief in the Photoshop brand and the quality associated with the brand," Chizen said. My favorite part...


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