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Secondary Corrections in Final Cut Pro

Check out this video on making secondary corrections in Final Cut Pro. Secondary corrections are corrections that affect only part of the picture. They’re very useful for fixing problems or creating looks.

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Timecode Burn In with Compressor

Want to compress your footage to another format and add timecode burn in at the same time? With Compressor you can! Be sure to check out this step-by-step video as we add timecode burn in via Compressor. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.



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Motion Control with After Effects - PixelPerfect Favorite

Learn about Motion Control with Photoshop and After Effects. Plus check out Bert Monroy's cool show.
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Sizing Digital Images in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Once you’ve acquired your digital images, you’ll need to size them for your project (as well as ultimate output). For many Photoshop users, such as photographers, this may be as straightforward as cropping and sizing. This chapter explores several techniques for sizing your images. You’ll learn about the concept of resampling, which addresses how the computer adds or subtracts information from a digital image while trying to retain detail and clarity.

The second part of the image-sizing puzzle is a clear understanding of these output requirements. What resolution does your printer need? Are you sending the image to a service provider such as a developer or commercial printer? You’ll need to make lots of choices, but they should be based on where the image needs to end up. Do not make assumptions when starting a project. Know the destination of your image so you’ll know which path to take.

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Free Font for the Holidays


Just in time for the holidays, here's an eggnog-induced new font for your seasonal enjoyment. The nog makes the whole font a bit fuzzy, but if you bump it up to sizes of 100 points or more, people should be able to read it okay. HO HO HO! Enjoy this new font and use it often. And use it BIG, okay?

https://www.chank.com/shop/detail/4/fonts/63/nogged/

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ProRes for PC

Apple's ProRes Codec is a great tool for professional video editors. Apple has released a version that let's PC users and editors read the files created on a Mac. This is great for video and mograf folks. It's a free download. I made a new tiny URL for my Windows friends.. http://tinyurl.com/prorespc
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Some Cool Holiday Animations

Two very cool animations for the holidays... enjoy!


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Color Correction and Enhancement with Adobe Photoshop CS4

Photoshop offers a wide range of features for rescuing washed-out faces, teasing subjects out of the shadows, and adding richness and depth to images. Rich Harrington explores some of the most useful Photoshop options for bringing life-giving color to your photos.

Learning how to spot problems and then choosing the right correction technique is an essential part of mastering Photoshop. Several different tools are available, some more useful than others. By analyzing the most important tools and determining in which situations they might help you, a more thorough understanding of color correction is possible.

The primary purpose of Photoshop is to act as a digital darkroom, where images can be corrected, enhanced, and refined. How do you know an image needs touch-up? You can pretty much assume that every image can look a little (or even a lot) better than how the camera captured it. Whether it's adjusting the exposure, increasing contrast, or boosting saturation, Photoshop is the place to improve an image.

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Creating Transparent Video with Adobe After Effects CS4

Transparency plays a key role in the success of animation and interactivity. By embedding transparency into graphic elements, you can composite together different elements created at different times, allowing for true flexibility.

The alpha channel is the technology behind transparency in computer graphics. It first evolved in the late 1970s at the New York Institute of Technology and then continued to be refined at Lucasfilm and at Pixar. When you employ alpha channels embedded into footage layers, transparency data can travel seamlessly between After Effects and Flash.

You can create alpha channels in several ways. One common technique you can use for video footage is chroma key technology. By shooting elements against a blue or green screen, you can easily remove the background. This technology is hardly new, making its first appearance at RKO Radio Pictures in the 1930s. The popularity of chroma key technology has grown immensely, bringing the technology and tools within reach of most content creators.

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The New Drobo is Awesome... Come Learn More

We've been playing with the new Drobo Elite at our offices at absolutely love it. It's a great 8 bay unit (for desktop or rack-mount). It's fast enough for HD video editing, it can expand as you grow, and it works fantastically well.

Join me for an educational seminar on Thursday, December 10, 2009 where we review how it (and the rest of the Drobo line) can benefit video editors, motion graphics artists, and videographers.

The event starts at 8:30 AM Pacific / 11:30 AM Eastern. Its a 30 minute seminar and you can ask any questions you want.

We've been putting it into play with our tapeless workflow and have been very pleased.

Sign up for your spot here –
http://bit.ly/7vhDJr




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Professional Keying with Motion



Looking for another way to key? Be sure to check out this video for a detailed demonstration of keying with Apple Motion. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.

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Stay on Target – Camera Calibration


Mixed lighting makes it tough to get accurate color.

Whenever we move a camera, change lighting, or switch scenes, a reference card or target is called for. It should have pure black, pure white, and middle grey on it. This will make it easier to color correct your footage during postproduction. Using a reference target on set allows you to move at a faster pace without fear.
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A Great Sale at Kelby Training


A great sale over at Kelby Training... I have a few titles up there too.

"An annual subscription ensures uninterrupted and unlimited access to our entire library of photography, Photoshop®, web, and creative design courses. You'll also never worry about missing out on new courses (posted weekly) and you'll instantly save $100 annually (when compared to a monthly subscription)."

The sale is $179 for a year's access. You also can get a great book bundle for free. Three of Scott Kelby's top Photoshop and Lightroom books thrown in to sweeten the deal.

"Enter code CBCKNOV at checkout to receive The Pro Photographer Bundle (while supplies last). HURRY! Offer expires December 31, 2009"

Visit Kelbytraining.com for more information or to subscribe.
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Working with Type in After Effects


Looking for a quick overview on how to control text animation in After Effects? This video will get you up and running quickly. You can also visit the website
www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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Some Recent news in the DSLR Video World

Here are a collection of short posts I wanted to share.


  • You'll find out lots of news about DSLR Video and the new book over on Facebook
  • Check out From Still to Motion

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A Few Shots from New Music Video Project

Shooting video with a macro lens is fantastic! Can focus super close and have a super shallow depth of field. Here are just a few of the dozens of shots we got last night using Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro



See the video in HD here – http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=194553448569
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Calibrating a Camera with OnLocation



Want to see a real-world calibration of a camera using OnLocation? Be sure to check out this video for a detailed demonstration.You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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Video Improvements – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you how to size pictures for video and work with video files in Photoshop CS4.

Check out our Photoshop Books
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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Developing a Raw File with Photoshop


In this video you’ll learn how to use the Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop to process your images. You can also visit the website
www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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Auto-Blend – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you how to use auto-blend to combine multiple exposures in Photoshop CS4 .

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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Have You Joined "From Still to Motion" Yet?

As a part of our new book "From Still to Motion – A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR" we've created a new Facebook page.

Over at Facebook you can connect with other users... exchange ideas... share resources!

Here's a sampling of recent stories.

  • Zacuto custom rig for Panavision + Canon 7D setup
  • Photoshop World adds a new DSLR video workshop
  • HDMI capture of live stream for Canon 7D
  • Almost everything you need to know about aliasing in DSLR video
  • Canon 7D Test - Greenscreen

Join us and share your ideas for the book and footage tests.




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Dodge, Burn, and Sponge – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you the improvements that Photoshop CS4 brings to the dodge, burn and sponge tools.

Check out our Photoshop Books
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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Layers Magazine Design Contest



Layers Magazine is running a great contest:

“How would you like a chance to win a 1.5-TB Guardian MAXimus quad interface hard drive and $200 dollars in Fotolia credits, both courtesy of Fotolia? We thought so. Just show us your killer design skills, and before you know it, it could be you downloading a ton of awesome images from Fotolia to your brand-new hard drive. And as an added perk, we'll publish the winning entry in the January/February 2010 issue of Layers magazine. So how do you win these great prizes? All you have to do is enter the Layers Back Page Design Contest.”


Here’s the official rules
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Little Things – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you the small but important updates and features new to Photoshop CS4.

Check out our Photoshop Books
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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Three Free After Effects CS4 Tutorials

Here are a few free After Effects tutorials from Layers Magazine.



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Vibrance Adjustment – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you how to use the new vibrance adjustments in Photoshop CS4 to boost the saturation of a scene without affecting skin tones.

Check out our Photoshop Books
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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What is Google Chrome OS?

This looks to be something worth keeping an eye on. Google reveals more about their new Operating System.



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Enhanced Panormaic Photomerge – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you the new photomerge features in Photoshop CS4 that can take your panoramic photography to the next level.


Want to know even more abut panoramic photos? Check out our iPhone training app.

Check out our Photoshop Books
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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Photo of nearly every Apple product ever released

Here's a cool picture for those of you into Apple. Click the image to view the full-resolution poster.



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Enhanced Smart Objects– Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you how to use smart objects and how they have been improved in Photoshop CS4

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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Color Range Command – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you how to use the color range command and how CS4 makes it even easier to make a localized selection.

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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The Economics of Music


"Of the new titles released last year, almost 99 percent of them didn't sell enough copies to let their creators earn a living from CD sales, and almost 95 percent of them didn't sell enough copies to cover the most basic expenses involved in their recording."

Depressing.....

Check out the article Selling CDs is no way to make a living.



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Adjustments Panel – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you how to use the new adjustments panel in Photoshop CS4 to speed up your workflow.

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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Masks Panel – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you what’s new with masks in Photoshop CS4 and how to use them to non-destructively add transparency to an image.

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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New Documentary on PowerPoint in Production

I was interviewed for this documentary. I'm looking forward to seeing it. http://www.galloway.tv/reppt/

"Release Date: March 15, 2010 on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, & Comcast VOD

Distribution: Method Content LLC

Director’s Comment: I’ve done nearly 200 speeches in the last 3 years, and in every one, clients insisted I include a PowerPoint presentation. My film “Why Walmart Works” was about the scale and influence of Walmart, and I became fascinated with the scale of PowerPoint, which has an estimated 400 million users worldwide.

The documentary “Regarding Powerpoint” traces the origin of the program and its subsequent development. We’ll look at who uses the program for what purposes. The film will also address PowerPoint’s effect of cognitive development and syntax structure, i.e., is society beginning to think in outlines and bullet points, as opposed to to paragraphs? Does anybody give a speech without slides anymore? Will audiences listen to one?

Much as Walmart dominates physical distribution of goods, PowerPoint has come to dominate business expression and presentation. “Regarding Powerpoint” will attempt to put the program’s influence on business, education, and thinking into meaningful context."
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Adobe About Module – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you how to use the Adobe output module in Bridge CS4 to make PDF slideshows and web galleries of your images.

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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Interface Changes – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Learn about important changes to the Photoshop CS4 user interface such as refined workspaces, freely rotatable canvas, greater zoom levels, enhanced controls with panels, and tabbed documents.

Check out our Photoshop Books
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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New Training Video Released

It's always nice to get name-checked on Scott Kelby's blog (he is the number one technology author in the world after all).

"Just Released: “Editing Video Shot With Your DSLR” Online Class

Video guru, photographer, and Photoshop World instructor Richard Harrington just released a new online class at Kelby Training Online called Editing Your DSLR Video on a Mac, and it answers so many questions about this booming new area of creativity for photographers. If you’ve got a DSLR that shoots video, you’ve got to catch Rich’s class (here’s the link)."
Thanks Scott – He called me a photographer... guess I'm moving up in the world =)

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Great Photoshop Training Apps On Sale


Need some Photoshop training? Check out our new iPhone and iPod touch apps.

Quick Fixes has 23 reviews in the iTtunes store (22 are 5-start and 1 4-star)!
People love this app.

  • Terry White made it his pick of the week.
  • Jeff Revell at PhotoWalkPro write a very detailed review too.
  • My son thinks it's cool that I used his picture in one of the lessons

If you haven't tried our new training apps, what are you waiting for?

How about our sale!

Understanding Photoshop Quick Fixes is
$1.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
Understanding Photoshop Creating Panoramic Photos is
$3.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
(prices good through November 30)

These apps are a lot of work, but I want to see them succeed. We've lowered the prices temporarily so more people will try them out. Tell your friends and try them out (the feedback has been overwhelmingly possitive).

  • Includes training videos edited specifically for the iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer. There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help you build your Photoshop knowledge.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.





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Photographers of the World – Give Back



Are you a photographer? Take a moment to watch these two videos and sign up. This is a great idea and very needed. For more info please visit http://www.help-portrait.com. You can find a local group here – http://community.help-portrait.com/groups.





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On-Camera Microphones for DSLR Cameras


The RØDE mic significantly extends pickup for the camera. This is the Rode VideoMic with PG1 Pistol Grip. We've also added the DeadCat Windshield.

There are several manufacturers that make external microphones that are designed to be attached to your camera. Manufacturers like RØDE offer specialty microphones mount on your hot shoe. The microphones can be plugged into the “mic” port on your camera.

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Refining Edges – 144 Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to easily modify selections with the refine edges command in Photoshop CS4.


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DSLR Video Shootout



Head on over to ProVideoCoalition and check out my new article – an
in-depth overview comparing the Canon 5D, Canon 7D, Nikon D300S, and Red One. Lot's of other goodies and a ton of video clips as well.



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Great New App to Learn Photoshop

The extraordinary trainer, Terry White has released an iPhone app called "Learn Adobe Creative with Terry White" which gives you access to nearly 300 Video Tutorials. Terry is a great podcaster and trainer with a lot of passion for Adobe software.

You also get access to bonus content that won't be posted anywhere else. The app also lets you download the videos to your iTunes library so you can watch when you are not online.

The "Learn the Creative Suite with Terry White" app is available for both the iPhone and the iPod touch. You can
get it from the App Store for $1.99.



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Interested in DSLR Video?

I've launched a new Facebook group for those interested in DSLR video.

The page serves two purposes.
1. I'll share what we're learning about DSLR Video.
2. I'll let you know things about the new book and DVD I'm developing.

I hope you can stop by and join us.

We've got a ton of
video clips posted to give you ideas.

We've also opened a
forum, so please post a question or comment.

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Photoshop 3D – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Learn about 3D in Photoshop CS4

Check out our Photoshop Books
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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It's Time to Stop Diabetes


"Every 20 seconds. That's how often someone is diagnosed with diabetes."

You need to check out the new Stop Diabetes site.... it's time we end this deadly disease.

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Get More Out of Your Mac

Have you seen our new book? Be sure to check out the Facebook group for more resources.

We've also got a new podcast series too with free tips and practice files.
Web or iTunes for free.

"On a Mac, the sky's the limit for creating professional video. With all the tools available though, it can be a daunting task to decide which ones offer the best solutions for combined efficiency and high-level results. How can you effectively communicate your vision to clients and crew? How should you calibrate your camera for multi-camera and green screen shoots? Is it better to do your keying in After Effects, Motion, or Final Cut? How should you set up your edit suite for efficiency and accuracy? How do you manage large amounts of media and a multitude of formats for multiple software applications?

In Video Made on a Mac, you'll learn the answers and much more. Chock-full of practical advice and step-by-step instructions, each chapter provides insight on the critical components of production and postproduction that can make all the difference when you're up against a tight budget and schedule. The accompanying DVD supplies you with project files and high-definition footage so you can follow along with the examples, as well as 50 training videos. Whether you're an advanced Mac user or just beginning to incorporate Adobe Creative Suite into your Final Cut Studio workflow, you'll learn to apply best-practice techniques to all your video projects."


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MGFest 09 Comes to DC


The Motion Graphics 09 Fest is coming to DC. It runs November 18-22

Here's the full schedule
http://mgfest.com/09/WashingtonDC/

Here are the educational workshops
http://mgfest.com/09/WashingtonDC/workshops.php

Here are the social functions and screenings
http://mgfest.com/09/WashingtonDC/artevents.php

This is a great chance to network with pros from both DC and abroad. Hope you all check it out...

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Blu is Back with Another Great Video

This is just awesome... I love what these guys do with real art and timelapse.

a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis
http://www.blublu.org
http://www.davidellis.org



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Great Video for Great Band

I've always been a huge Arrested Development (AD) fan since college. Many haven't realized that the band has continued to release new music at a regular pace.

Here's their latest music video, shot entirely with a Canon 7D camera. Been studying up on this process as I am in the middle of co-authoring a book on DSLR filmmaking right now.

Enjoy!

Arrested Development - "The World Is Changing" from James Edwin Myers Jr. on Vimeo.

Arrested Development - "The World Is Changing"

Vagabond Records and Tapes

A Pony Ghost Production



Director - James Edwin Myers Jr.

Producer - James Edwin Myers Jr.

Co-producer - Bob Butler

Executive Producers - Arrested Development

DP - Troy Stains

Editor - Justin Miller

Colorist - Troy Stains

Set Construction - Bob Butler

Production Design - David Van Arsdale

Stylist/Wardrobe - Harley Pelayo

Makeup - Fawn Ortega

PA/Grips - Mike Williamson, Justin Chapman



This music video was shot entirely on a Canon 7D with Canon lenses.



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Clean Up Your Mac's Hard Drive for Free

I just found a great shareware tool called Daisy Disk that graphically shows the contents of your hard drive. It gives you a great visual map of what's on your drive and makes it easy to drill down and clean up files. The best news? It's currently free as part of the MacHeist promotion. Visit their site and solve the puzle (look at the top banner for a clue). Then tweet your results and you get the software for free.



For example... I saved over 1.5 GB of space in just a few minutes.

  1. I used it to identify some HUGE template files for Apple Motion on my internal drive.
  2. I then opened up the files with QuickTime Pro. They were Photo-JPEG and Animation codec files (both beefy).
  3. I converted the Photo JPEG to Apple ProRes 422 and the Animtion to Apple ProRes 444.
  4. Voila.. space saved.



I am currently on a seek and destroy mission to locate large downloads and forgotten files. If you are a little weary, back up your drive before you start the purge in case you trash a needed file.

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Calculations Command — 145 Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Photoshop CS4s calculations command to select parts of an image based on color details



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Our Photoshop Training Apps are on Sale


What are folks saying about our new apps?

Quick Fixes has 23 reviews in the iTtunes store (24 are 5-start and 1 4-star)! People love this app.

  • Terry White made it his pick of the week.
  • Jeff Revell at PhotoWalkPro write a very detailed review too.
  • My son thinks it's cool that I used his picture in one of the lessons

If you haven't tried our new training apps, what are you waiting for?

How about our sale!

Understanding Photoshop Quick Fixes is
$1.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
Understanding Photoshop Creating Panoramic Photos is
$3.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
(prices good through November 30)

These apps are a lot of work, but I want to see them succeed. We've lowered the prices temporarily so more people will try them out. Tell your friends and try them out (the feedback has been overwhelmingly possitive).

  • Includes training videos edited specifically for the iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer. There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help you build your Photoshop knowledge.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.





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Cats of Microsoft

In the truth is stranger than fiction category. I give your the Cats of Microsoft.

The URL only works on campus (it's an Intranet link).
Seems to be for a good cause... but I findly it very odd nonetheless.

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Editors Retreat

Recharge Your Creativity and Craft • January 13 - 16 • Miami Beach, Florida

Now in its fourth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video gather to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun!

Past keynotes and attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Stuart Bass, Chris Franklin and David Helfand as well as Apple, Adobe and Avid experts and industry power users. Attendees have included representatives from HBO, FRONTLINE, MTV, Lockheed Martin, Harpo Productions and Telemundo.

Running for 4 days and 3 nights, the Retreat offers advanced sessions on post visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies. An equal amount of time will be devoted to discussing the creativity, craft and business practices of successful editors.

To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process. Visit
www.EditorsRetreat.com for the full schedule and more details.

Attendees all receive a huge goodie bag! Right now its valued at over $4500 in gifts:
  • Megasuite from Digieffects $799
  • Plug-in from Automatic Duck $495
  • Plug-in Collection from CGM $199
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 $799
  • Free Training Course from FMC $1,500
  • NAB Post Production Conference Pass $895
  • Music License from Free Play Music $100
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Spot Color Channels — 146 Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use spot color channels in Photoshop CS4 to achieve precise color for printing.




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My Day at Photo Plus Expo

I spent the day in New York city at the 2009 Photo Plus Expo show. It was just a one day trip (thanks Amtrak Acela). I went up for lots of reasons, but here's some of the gear I saw that looked interesting.

Drobo Pro

I spent a lot of time looking at the Drobo Pro in-depth.
This seems to be the perfect box for creatives who need data redundancy. You can place up to 8 drives in the rack (adding them as you go and even mixing and matching sizes). Current drive capacities mean you can store 16TB, but the Drobo folks tell me 3 TB drives are just around the corner (which means 24TB in a rack). .

What's also nice is that you get two options of data redundancy. The Drobo can have protectio so one or two drives can fail and your data is still safe.

The Drobo also offers three interface connections:
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • iSCSI (utilizes Gigabit Ethernet)

It's iSCSI that promse some great options for perfomance.

What I also like is that the Drobo Pro can be rackmounted or placed on a desk.


Hoodman HoodEYE 3.0


I'm
a big fan of my Hoodman HoodLoupe to make it easier to view the monitor on the back of a DSLR camera. With the new HoodEYE you can upgrade your loupe. It offers an oversized eyecup with a temple flair – this helps seal of light when viewing outdoors.
I am particularly interested as we are exploring using loupes like viewfinders for shooting video on DSLR cameras. Having the extraeyecup really does make a difference, but it is a very personal choice.

Installation as an upgrade took only a minute, you can also order a new loop with the modified eyepiece include. They're also offering straps so you can attach the viewfinder. I'm up in the air on this one (compared to a Zacutto viewfinder). This is a much more affordable approach. I do prefer this loop (as a director) so its easier to go aroudn and check cameras, we'll try it as an active viewfinder next week and wil let you know how it does.

Millenniata Archival Media

The
problem with mosts optical media (like CDs and DVDs) is that over time that start to deteriorate. Most discs use a dye to indicate where data is written. This process is called data rot, and it can happen with optical media at any point. Higher wuality discs are less likely, but cheaper discs can happen sooner. The exact point that this occurrs is unknown because the media gives no indicator of a problem.

Millenniata has tried to solve this with their Write Once, Read Forever. The discs are based upon obsidian stone (and I tried to get more out of them.. but trade secrets). The burners use more energy to burn and the surface of the disc is MUCH harder. The results are a disc that is etched (as opposed to just using dye)

While its not a cheap solution, (around $1800 list price for the drive and starter pack) the Millenniata folks are offering optical media that looks the test of time. The discs are also much better able to withstand temperature and physical damage. What's also great is the media is backwards compatible once burned, so you can burn with their special burner, then hand off to a client. They also promise to soon have specialty discs so you can print on the label face.

iDC Follow-Focus


Bruce Dorn is a Canon explorer of light
and a photog who's jumped in head first to the DSLR video market. He's made a folow focus kit that makes it much easier to control focus when shooting video on a DSLR. The device is less complex than other units, as it uses a skateboard style wheel that makes gentle contact with the existing rubber rings on a camera. I played with it hands on and it looks worth testing.

  • It currently only works with Cannon lenses (although I am willing to try and make it work with Nikon)
  • 24mm f1.4 L
  • 35mm f1.4 L
  • 50mm f1.2 L
  • 100mm f2.8 Macro
  • 135mm f2 L
  • 16-35mm f2.8 L
  • 24-70mm f.28 IS L
  • 24-105mm f4 IS L
  • 85mm f1.2 L
  • 135mm f2 L
  • 200mm f2.8 L

I'll be doing a more detailed write-up soon.

Manfrotto 482 Micro Ball Head

I stopped in at B&H on the way over to the convention center.
This little beauty can mount on the camera hot show and give you a threaded mount. This will be perfect to attach an audio recorder to the top of my camera for DSLR Cinema projects. You can mount a variety of audio or video hardware directly to the camera. You can also rotate the mounting plate to a better angle as needed (works well if attaching a light or monitor).
  • height: 2.52 in
  • lateral tilt: -90° / +90° tilt range
  • load capacity: 4.41 lbs
  • material: aluminum
  • weight: 0.33 lbs

Fat Gecko Camera Mount

The folks over at Delkin Devices have comeout with an affordable mount for DSLR cameras.
The Fat Gecko is a dual suction cup mount that can be adhered to a smooth, non-porous surface (like mirrors, cars, airplanes.) It appears rugged, but is still very cost affordable (I would still recommend using a safety chain... but I am paranoid when it coms to gear and insurance).

  • Suction cups can hold a eight pound camera
  • Double knuckle design and 2" extension tube allow for 360° tilt, 360° turn & 360° rotation
  • The ¼ x 20 tripod mounting screw allows for use with most digital still or or small video cameras on the market
  • Suction cups use a quick release function to make attaching and detaching you camera easier
  • Steel frame construction is rugged and durable
  • Four adjustable joints make it easy to tweak the shot

You can see videos of the product in use at
www.fat-gecko.com.

Lensbaby Fisheye Optic

Some people love them (I am a fan) others hate them.
But Lensbaby keeps putting out great new products. They released a new option, a fisheye optic, that drops into their Composer lens.
  • Ultra-wide 12mm focal length
  • 160 degree field of view captures
  • Minimum focus: 1" from front of optic
  • f/4 optic with aperture disks that range from f/5.6 to f/22
  • Designed for use with the Composer, and can also be used with the Muse with a special adapter

The lens won't work with the Control Freak lens. I'm told because it goes soe wide that you actually see the control cabels on the lens.

That was my day... I saw a few more products I like and will try to post. The show runs through Saturday, October 24.


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Asking for Your Help - American Diabetes Association


I will be walking October 24 to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. If you are able to, would you consider making a small donation to the cause? Every dollar raised goes to help in the fight against diabetes. Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 21 seconds, this is quickly becoming the leading cause of death in America. America's Walk for Diabetes is my chance to give back (and yours as well). If you find this blog helpful or entertaining, please consider making a $5 donation. Thanks!

-Rich Harrington


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New Photos Posted

I've added several new galleries in the Photography section of the site. I mainly grabbed old photos, but I did spend 2 hours editing some new pictures today.

There are now pictures from Croatia, Bahamas, and Nevada as well as new HDR and flower photos.

I hope you
enjoy

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Designing with Kuler – 147 Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Kuler, an interactive color panel in Photoshop CS4.

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New Versions of Adobe Software to be 64-Bit

Adobe has announced that the next version of the software will run on 64-bit Operating Systems only. It's not all the apps in their suite, but the apps that will most benefit.

"It’s common knowledge among post-production pros that 64-bit operating systems are the best choice for top-of-the-line performance, especially when producing HD or higher-resolution content. After 3 versions of simultaneous 64 bit and 32 bit support for After Effects and Premiere Pro, we wanted to let you know today that CS4 will be the last version of Adobe’s leading video applications to support 32 bit operating systems."

Simon Hayhurst – The Senior Director of Product Management for Dynamic Media

Check out the news here.
 
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Web Safe Fonts

This is awesome... a colleague of mine Jason Cranford Teague, has posted some great resources about web typography. My favorite is this useful desktop pattern of web safe fonts.



There is also an incredible
directory of fonts installed on Mac and Windows computers.

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New Podcast Featured on iTunes



Our new podcast, Video Made on a Mac, is in the New and Notable section of iTunes.

Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman show you how to create professional video on the Mac. In this series, they share videos and project files using real world examples in Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite. From pre-production to post, and accomplishing it all within a tight schedule, this podcast series gives you a sample of what you can learn using their book, Video Made on the a Mac.

Be sure to visit the site to get the
free downloadable files or order the book. Be sure to use the code VMMBOOK at checkout to receive a discount.

The new podcast is brought to you by the fine folks at Peachpit Press.
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Canon to Add Support for 24P on the 5D Mark II

Canon announced today their plans for adding 24P video to the popular 5D Mark II camera. Here's the press release (with my comments in italics).

Canon today announces that it is currently developing a firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II to enable the recording of high definition 1080p video at 24 and 25fps.

This is good news.... but no mention of shooting at 60P in 720 mode like the 7D. That is more exciting to me for the options for slow motion effects.

The decision to develop new firmware to support these features has been taken following feedback received from cinematographers and photographers.

Can you say overwhelming feedback, forum posts, and blog posts. Wow... nice to see some companies actually listen to their customers.

Introduced in September 2008, the multi award-winning EOS 5D Mark II was the first DSLR product to offer full frame 1080p HD video recording, opening up a multitude of new creative possibilities for photo journalists, news photographers and amateur filmmakers.

Amateur... PLEASE. Could companies please stop talking down to their audiences. The camera and proper lenses and gear is a minimum $7,000 investment. That's not amateur. Also... can anyone tell me the difference between a photo journalist and a news photographer?

Since then, Canon has continued to develop its groundbreaking EOS Movie functionality, firstly with the firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II that enabled manual exposure control, and more recently by introducing a choice of video recording frame rates with the EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV

Both nice cameras and worth exploring. We're writing a book and shooting a music video right now with the 7D and 5D. We'll let you know about the process more soon..

Adorama also has a nice head to head coparison of the new Canon EOS-1 and Nikon D3S

Canon currently expects the firmware update to be made available during the first half of 2010. An announcement regarding details of the update and its availability will be made closer to the release date.

So please stop complaining... and asking us when... oh and first quarter means March 31... or maybe NAB in April.

View the original here.

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Budgeting with Apple Numbers

For a quick overview on creating video budgets with Apple Numbers, be sure to watch this informative video. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download the budget template.

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Is it Real?

The folks over at NPR have a great article on Photorealism.
"Can you guess which one is a photo and which one is a painting?
Quartet by Ralph Goings
If you're going to do a painting that looks exactly like a photo, why even paint it? When asked this question in a written Q & A, photorealist painter and octogenarian Ralph Goings responded, "What I'm about is making paintings, and my camera is one of the tools I use. It's the artist's job to take the painting beyond the photograph."
Keep reading the entire article
here.
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New DSLR Video Training Title Available – UPDATE

Are you capturing video with your DSLR video camera? My new training video just launched over at Kelby Training.

Editing Your DSLR Video on a Mac

Your DSLR shoots video! Cool right!? Now what? You've probably got more video than you know what to do with. Richard Harrington created this course to help you with how to edit that video footage (using Mac software). Rich covers everything from in-the-field tips all the way to post-production techniques using Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and iMovie

Be sure to check the class out today.

Here's a link to the trailer for the video as well.





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Great Presentation on Social Media

The title may be a little crass... but the presentation is spot on.



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Greatest Technological Impact - Take Our Monthly Survey – October 2009


It's that time again... we've launched our survey for the month of October. It's time for you to cast your vote and have your voice/click heard.

This time we want to know which technology has had the greatest impact on your career/hobby. To clarify, we're talking hardware, software, or both. If you had to pick one (and only one) which would it be? Additionally, you have the option to vote for the ubiquitous ‘other’ but please be sure to identify it in the Comments section. Feel free to offer other opinions in the Comments feed as well.



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New Sites Added to Our Blog Roll

Looking for some great resources to extend your learning? I always like to share the best things I find as well as my favorite reads. My interests are many from photography and video to business and new media.

With that in mind, I'm building a list of favorites on my blog roll page. I am just getting started, but hope to keep adding more soon.

Be sure to check back from time to time for some fresh links to great sites.

If you've got one to share (or that I mistakingly overlooked) just add a comment below.

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So You Think You Can Teach Photoshop Contest

The fine folks over at NAPP are running a great contest to find more Photoshop instructors.

"Anyone with a desire to teach others how to make cool Photoshop effects can enter this contest. No matter if you are a graphic designer, photographer, teacher, student, or hobbyist. If you’ve got the chops, the creativity and the personality, this contest is for you. You may enter up to 3 video tutorials for judging."

The deadline for the contest is October 31, 2009.

The prizes look great!

One Grand Prize: $2,500 (USD value)

  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals – one-year membership
  • GridIron Flow software
  • Kelby Training Online Classes – one-year subscription
  • Layers magazine – one-year subscription
  • Kelby Training Books & DVDs
  • Photoshop World Conference & Expo Admission (plus flight and hotel expenses)
  • And Tons of Fame & Exposure
  • Plus, as the grand prize winner you get the opportunity to teach millions with a special guest spot on PhotoshopUser TV and Layers TV podcasts, in the pages of Photoshop User magazine, in an instructor’s chair at an upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo, on the PlanetPhotoshop.com and of course, visibility within NAPP to 71,000 members worldwide.

5 Honorable Mention Prizes: $500 (USD value)

  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals – one-year membership
  • GridIron Flow software
  • Kelby Training Online Classes – one-year subscription
  • Layers magazine – one-year subscription
  • Kelby Training Books & DVDs
Give it a shot – You just might win

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A Nice Sample of Tilt Shift + Timelapse Photogrpahy

Leave it to Disney to release something visually stunning. This is a great example of tilt shift photography and timelapse animation at the same time.



"See the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida from a whole new perspective. The exclusive video first featured on The Disney Parks Blog was created from a series of photos snapped inside the Magic Kingdom Park. Its a sunrise-to-sunset story told without words."

This is really a nice view.

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Great Archive for Free Textures

I need to use textures all the time when creating graphics. From backgrounds to text treatments... a good realistic texture adds weight and impact.

I recently found a great website with a bunch of free, high-resolution textures. Be sure to check out TextureArchive.com.

“TextureArchive.com is devoted to providing a site which is useful for all types artists.”

Free is good... "good" free is even better.


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Design Police Strike Back

If you've ever fought back the urge to pull out a red sharpie to mark up a sign or poster, then you'll like these stickers. There's a new website called Design Police that offers handy labels for identifying designer gaffes. While the labels are good for a laugh... I am sorely tempted to actually print these out on adhesive sheets. Be sure to click through all five pages... or download the set as a PDF.




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Great After Effects Training and Resources


Looking for some After Effects training? One of my favorite resources is The Anvel run by Dean Velez. Besides a bunch of cool freebies and templates, Dean has a great subscription package of After Effects tutorials. Dean is a very experiences designer with a few Emmys under his belt.

He generously shares this knowledge with others. Dean's discs are great for ideas and I float them amongst the RHED Pixel staff so they can try out some new techniques.

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Our New iPhone App Gets a Great Review

Terry White just wrote a great review of our new Understanding Photoshop Quick Fixes application. Terry offers a detailed review about the features and benefits of the app.

Here are a few excerpts:
  • "Rich tells you just what you need to know to get the task done!"
  • "This is a good app to have a Photoshop Video Tutorial Library with you at all times."

Check out the
complete review here.

You can also
get the applications here.



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A Great Animation Made in Real Life



This is a great animation from the group – Blu. It is an animation painted on public walls. The short film was made in Buenos Aires and in Baden.
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My New iPhone Apps are Released


We've just released two very cool new applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. These applictons take full advantage of the iPhone and iPod technology.
  • Includes training videos edited specifically for the iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer. There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help you build your Photoshop knowledge.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.


Understanding Photoshop: Quick Fixes

Learn
how to quickly solve common problems with color and tone using Adobe Photoshop®. This innovative learning application combines the latest in knowledge and technology to accelerate your learning. The application contains video tutorials that cover a variety of tips and tricks that will help you get the best out of Photoshop. From learning how to manipulate colors in your images to erasing unwanted blemishes and even an entire person from your photographs, these tutorials offer it all. Whether you're new to Photoshop or even an advanced user, you’ll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to get your work done faster.
Click here to visit the iTunes store



Understanding Photoshop: Creating Panoramic Photos

Learn
how to create breathtaking panoramic photographs using Adobe Photoshop® and your digital camera. This innovative application combines the latest in knowledge and technology to accelerate your learning. The application contains video tutorials that illustrate beginner to advanced techniques for creating seamless panoramic images. You’ll learn what gear you need for shooting panoramic photos and how to use it. You’ll also merge several complex photos together, prepare panoramic photos for printing, and create an interactive 360˚ panoramic movie. Whether your a novice photographer or an advanced Photoshop user, these easy to follow videos will help you gain the skills you need to make amazing panoramic photos.
Click here to visit the iTunes store



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Important Update for Recent Macs

While it is said to affect only a "small number of customers," I am glad this update was released (I'm small apparently). Apple released an update to fix "intermittent hard drive related pauses" that could impact performance.

The update is for the following machines:
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)
  • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008)
  • iMac (20-inch, Mid 2009)
  • iMac (24-inch, Early 2009)
  • iMac (20-inch, Early 2009)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009)

The update is available for both Snow Leopard and Leopard.


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Want to Learn How to Make DVD Menus?

Peachpit Press has posted a free chapter from the new DVD Studio Pro book. They have a free chapter and hands on media files on how to create custom DVD menus (just click the Sample Content tab).

You can view it
here as well a check out the whole book.

"Updated for DVD Studio Pro 4.2.2, this best-selling, Apple certified guide uses striking real-world footage to build four complete DVDs and share a Blu-ray disc. It covers how to use DVD Studio Pro on its own, as well as how to integrate it into your workflow with Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, and Compressor 3.5. Each lesson takes you step-by-step through an aspect of DVD creation and finishing, with hands-on projects for you to complete as you go."


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DLSR Video Screening Room #1

I came across two great links today for some great DSLR Video.

The first entry shows some great footage from Egypyt and Lebannon shot with the Canon 5D

Egypt / Lebanon Montage from Khalid Mohtaseb on Vimeo


The next footage comes from Japan and I believe it is using the overcranked footage from the Canon 7D

The Moments Between, Episode 1: Japan from Trey Ratcliff on Vimeo.


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New Conference Next Week for iPhone Developers



Looking to learn more and connect with other iPhone developers? The Voices That Matter folks are running a great conference for iPhone developers. I've attended some of their other events in the past and know they are top notch.


Here are some interviews with conference speakers

You can also follow on Twitter for conference news –
@VTM_iPhone



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Creating Custom Brushes – 148 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to create your own custom brushes in Photoshop CS4.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to
check out the companion book.

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Nikon Announces the New D3


In case you missed it, Nikon announced an upgrade to their top product line. A new model, the D3s is coming soon. The camera looks to be a great upgrade, although for video lovers it's still using Motion JPEG compression (which is much grainier than H.264). The camera does over several other improvements that make it a nice upgrade.


Me? I'm still playing with my D300S and will have more to share on video mode soon.

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Insert Flash or YouTube into PowerPoint

Hey PowerPoint lovers (and haters). My book, How to Wow with PowerPoint is 35% off and free shipping in the U.S. Simply go to http://bit.ly/c8RLd and enter HTWPOWER at checkout. The book focusses on all of the coolest features and the essential skills you need to make great-looking presentations.

Here’s a preview of a useful tip on how to insert a Flash file or YouTube video into a PowerPoint slide.

Put Flash in a Presentation
Inserting Flash animations into a slideshow can significantly extend the animation abilities of PowerPoint. However, the task is NOT easy. In order to unlock this feature, you literally need to unlock the software. This feature is tricky, and if you are of the faint of heart.
Read More...
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Peachpit Launches Video Made on a Mac Podcast Series


Check out our new podcast series. Join Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman as we show you how to create professional video on the Mac. We share videos and project files using real world examples in Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite. From pre-production to post, these podcasts gives you a sample of what you can learn using their book, Video Made on the a Mac. You can use the code MACVIDEO for 35% off and free shipping.

Watch the latest FREE episodes:
Organizing Images with Bridge
Prepping Storyboards for Animation


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How to Wow with PowerPoint Free Samples and On Sale

Hey PowerPoint lovers (and haters). My book, How to Wow with PowerPoint is 35% off and free shipping in the U.S. Simply go to http://bit.ly/c8RLd and enter HTWPOWER at checkout.

Here are a few samples to check out.

Photos & Graphics: Selecting & Preparing Images for Your Presentation
Download a Sample Chapter from this book.


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Custom Gradients – 150 Understanding Adobe Photoshop




Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to design and use Photoshop CS4 gradients to enhance the sky in a photo.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to check out the companion book.

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Best Prize Ever


So last night, I attended a sneak peak preview session on PowerPoint 2010. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and what new features are going to be useful to my clients. I also won a "sweet" door prize.

I am open to ideas on how to use this shirt.

Here's a sneak peek on some of the new transition animations. Looks like video support is finally getting its due as well.





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MommyCast on front Page


A show that is produced in my studios, MommyCast, is one the fron page of iTunes. A big congrats to the team behind the show. The featured episode is on the swine flu outbreak and is worth checking out for important information on staying healthy.

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Notes from PowerPoint Live


As promised, here are my notes from the PowerPoint ive conference in Atlanta, GA.

  • Tweeting, Friending, and Linking: Everything you have always wanted to know about social networking, but had no idea how or whom to ask. | PDF
  • PowerPoint to Podcast: How to take advantage of this marriage of video and slide content | PDF
  • Social Slides: Integrating your work with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter | PDF
  • PowerPoint's Flash Point: Making the journey | PDF

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Asking for Your Help - American Diabetes Association


I will be walking this month to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. If you are able to, would you consider making a small donation to the cause? Every dollar raised goes to help in the fight against diabetes. Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 21 seconds, this is quickly becoming the leading cause of death in America. America's Walk for Diabetes is my chance to give back (and yours as well). If you find this blog helpful or entertaining, please consider making a $5 donation. Thanks!

-Rich Harrington


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Keying with After Effects

Looking for another way to key? Be sure to check out this video for a detailed demonstration of keying with Keylight in After Effects. You’ll also learn a few advanced tricks to finalize the shot.



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@rhedpixel Mix 2009 part 1


Here's my latest iMix, a collection of songs posted to the iTunes music store for others to enjoy. Just click this link to visit the iTunes music store and you can here a little part of the soundtrack of my life. Music from 20 artists and the first part of 2009. Visit iTunes to listen to the tracks, pick up the ones you want, and vote for the iMix in the rankings.



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Layer Organization – 153 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to keep your layers organized in Photoshop CS4.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to check out the companion book.

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Perfect Color Balance for Less than $7


One way to address color calibration between your angles is to use a calibration card when shooting. This is relatively easy if you just remember to put a fresh color balance card on your clapboard for each shoot.

One of our favorites is the QP Card, an affordable reference card (http://www.qpcard.se). Priced at less than $5 per card, this is a great investment in accurate color.

  1. They are small and lightweight, easily fitting in your gear bag.
  2. Relatively inexpensive and disposable, so you can use a fresh card periodically. Old cards tend to fade in the light.
  3. It’s adhesive on the back so you can easily attach it to your clapboard.
  4. With a white, black, and neutral grey surface, color correcting with Final Cut Pro’s three-way color corrector is a snap.
  5. $7 spent per shoot is well worth hours saved on color correction. In most circumstances, just three clicks per angle will calibrate across each camera.

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Creating Panoramas – 154 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to create a panoramic image in Photoshop CS4.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to check out the companion book.

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Layer Comps – 155 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to store multiple designs inside of one Photoshop document with layer comps.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to check out the companion book.

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Blending Modes – 156 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use blending modes in Photoshop CS4 for a variety of effects.

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Filters & Blending Modes – 157 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to combine filters with blending modes to achieve even more effects
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Stealing Sunsets – 162 Understanding Adobe Photoshop 162 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to “steal” a sunset by taking the colors from one image and mapping them to another with Photoshop CS4.
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The Rise of Field Monitors


I’ve recently spent a lot of time evaluating our production processes looking for ways to improve efficiency.  There were two motivating factors.  First, we’ve pretty much abandoned Standard Definition production, relegating it only to live web events where we are streaming the content or where the client demands it.  Second, I was working on a new book, Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite with Robbie Carman.  In it we try to evaluate ways to efficiently integrate Apple and Adobe software into best practices for production and post.

We discovered a lot along the way, in particular that “field” monitors have taken on a whole new life of usefulness. Here are a few of the things we discovered in the last few months of HD production.

Read the article at ProVideoCoalition.com
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Creative Sepiatones — 161 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make creative use of sepiatones in Photoshop CS4 to achieve a precise look.
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How Good is that Laptop Battery?


Do you ever wonder what’s going on with your laptop battery? Does it seem like it just doesn’t power your MacBook Pro as long as it used to?

Check out
coconutBattery which shows you the current maximum capacity of a battery in relation to the original capacity your battery had as it left the factory. You can also find out how many battery-loadcycles (how often did you fully load your battery). This information is useful because you can tell when a battery is going bad (and if you aren't being a good laptop owner). Plus it will tell you how old the computer is, which is useful for birthday parties and whining about needing a new machine. You can get coconutBattery for free by clicking here.

If all this talk about
battery maintenance has you confused, visit this page for some useful tips. While its an Apple page, the same advice holds true for Windows laptops with Lithium Ion batteries.
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Vibrancy – 160 Understanding Adobe Photoshop


Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use the vibrancy adjustment in Photoshop CS4 to adjust saturation with more precise control.

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I am Officially on Twitter


I am officially on Twitter...
you can follow if you'd like: 1. Random thoughts. 2. Cool links from Smart Friends 3. Breaking News. If my babbling doesn't bore you... http://twitter.com/rhedpixel
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How to Keep Your Body Happy When Chained to a Computer

This article was originally written for inclusion in the first edition of Photoshop for Video. I present it here as I think the information is important (despite the publisher cutting it).


by Dave A. Anselmi
You all know the feeling—that annoying “nag” in your wrists, that stinging or “tingling” feeling down your forearms, perhaps that aching pain in your shoulders and neck. At first it was a minor annoyance… and now, sometimes you find yourself “rushing” your edits, or perhaps even not editing at all, because of the pain.

You’re not alone. As more and more people become “knowledge workers”, doctors and therapists are seeing more and more cases of Computer-Related Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI), or colloquially, “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” (CTS). And Non-Linear Editors are especially susceptible, what with their long hours sitting in the dark, ‘hunched’ over a keyboard, moving the mouse back and forth.
Read More...
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The Case for Ergonomics


Here I’ve gone and given you all sorts of things to try with your computer. I would feel guilty if I didn’t bring up ergonomics. The goal behind ergonomics is to design the work to best fit the worker. Highly repetitive tasks are prone cause physical problems. The goal is to prevent back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other musculoskeletal disorders.

How serious is the problem? Very. According to the U.S. department of Labor, approximately one-third of all occupational injuries are directly tied to over-exertion and repetitive motion. These injuries
cost employers over $20 billion in worker compensation each year.

Read More...
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Using Levels | 159 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use the levels adjustment on a per-channel basis for color correction tool in Photoshop CS4.
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Overlooked Photoshop Commands – Part Four (The Layer Menu)

Group and Ungroup – Similar to using a track matte. Apply a layer to its downstairs neighbor, but only in areas where there is opacity. This is often used to constrain a fill layer to a lower text layer for a Paste Into effect. It is also used internally by many layer styles to create proper clipping for bevel effects.
Group: Cmd+G (Ctrl+G)
Ungroup: Cmd+Shift+G (Ctrl+Shift+G)

Arrange Layers – You can move layers around from the keyboard.
Bring to Front Cmd + Shift + [ (Ctrl + Shift + [)
Bring Forward Cmd + [ (Ctrl + [)
Send Backward Cmd + ] (Ctrl + ])
Send to Back Cmd + Shift + ] (Ctrl + Shift + ])

Align Linked and Distribute Linked – Because your eyes aren’t that good. Link the layers together and access these controls from the menu (or use the Move tool and Options bar for a graphical interface). Want something centered on the screen? Link to the background layer and highlight it. The highlighted layer is the basis for all centering and distribution.

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Macintosh Clippings made Useful


I often find when I am browsing the Net to select text and drag it to the Desktop. I often use these clippings as a way to gather a few notes. The only problem with this system is that you can’t modify the clipping. If you open the clipping in the Finder you can read it, copy the text to your clipboard, but that’s about it. But don’t worry, there’s a great piece of freeware to make tweaks.

Everyday Software has released ClipEdit so you can modify both text and image clippings. The program is free and very useful if you collect bits of knowledge/trivia. For best results try the following.

1. Right-click (Control-click) on a clipping file and choose Get Info.
2. Change the Open with: drop down menu to ClipEdit
3. Click Change All…

ClipEdit is now set as the default editor for all clippings… much more useful and all it’ll cost you is a visit to
Everyday Software.

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Overlooked Photoshop Commands – Part Three (The Image Menu)

Adjustments > Black and White – A poweful new command in the Adjustments category that creates believable black and white conversions. With CS3 Extended, you can run it on footage too.

Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight – This powerful command makes fixing dark shadows and overblown highlights a snap. Be sure to check the More Options box for extra power.

Adjustments > Invert – Useful for swapping transparent areas on a mask or channel.

Calculations – This is truly a powerful way to create an alpha channel.

Variables – These allow you to define variables in a template, then quickly input new data to create additional graphics.

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Overlooked Photoshop Commands – Part Two (The Edit Menu)


Step Forward and Step Backward – Multiple undos.

Fade
– Not happy with the results of a filter or an adjustment? Choose this immediately after running the filter. By the way, did I mention this adds blending modes to all filters? Your filter collection just grew 2100%. Try it now! Give your filters new life! Remember: you must choose this immediately after running a filter. This is quite possibly Photoshop’s most underused feature. (Shift+Cmd+F/Shift+Ctrl+F)

Copy Merged – Copy multiple layers into one layer on your clipboard. Why flatten unnecessarily? (Shift+Cmd+C/Shift+Ctrl+C)

Check Spelling & Find and Replace Text – Because spelling errors are generally nonbillable.

Free Transform – This tool does it all. Access every layer transformation by Ctrl+clicking (right-clicking) while in free transform mode. Cut downs on image degradation by applying all your sizing, warping, and perspective changes at once. Cmd+T (Ctrl+T)

Purge – Free up space by deleting undos, clipboards, history! This will enable you to save and close when you get the dreaded “Scratch Disks Are Full” message.
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Overlooked Photoshop Commands – Part One (The File Menu)


Close All – Cmd+Option+W (Ctrl+Alt+W)

Save As... – Choose from 20+ formats (more through special plugins). Photoshop is the ultimate graphic converter. Shift+Cmd+S (Shift+Ctrl+S)

Save for Web & Devices – It doesn’t get any more intuitive. Choose the two-up window, resize and compress your image for the web or e-mail. Now you can safely send the client an approval copy without having to worry about messing up your original. Shift+Option+Cmd+S (Shift+Alt+Ctrl+S)

Place – Can’t open it? Try placing it. This is how you can bring in EPS, AI, or PDF files. It allows you to position and scale an image (via a bounding box). When you click OK, Photoshop will add it at the proper size, position, and resolution (plus newer versions of Photoshop will insert it as a useful Smart Object).

Automate Submenu – These are some of the most useful tools for preparing client comps. Whether for print, web, or e-mail, the Automate options take boring tasks and make them quick and easy. Think of this menu as Photoshop’s batch rendering option. (Think of batch rendering as the only chance you may get for caffeine, nicotine, or vending machine—the vices for a media pro.)
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Photo Books Tip


So, making a book using iPhoto is still the best. I sat down and was going to use Aperture, but it didn't have the theme I wanted (although both use the same engine and printer service). If you've never made a book, the process is a snap.
1. Select the photos you want in the browser (pick more than you think you'll need)
2. Click the Book icon in the Toolbar
3. Flip from page to page (choosing layout options from the Toolbar)
4. Drag photos in and scale and position using intuitive controls.

Mini books start at $4 and larger books range between $20 -$30 depending on soft or hard covers. It really makes a nice keepsake for friends or even a new way to build a portfolio. But what about 'proofing?' Well you can share the book before you print it.

1. In iPhoto, choose File > Print.
2. In the Print Window, choose Save as PDF.
3. Pick a destination, then name the file and click OK.
4. Send the PDF to those who need to review it.

The mini books make great leave behinds for clients or potential employers.

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Scarves for Geeks


Billed as "functional neckwear," XUBÁZ™ [pronounced SHOE:BÁZ] offers an alternative to a jacket. The scarf-like accessory with six pockets and two straps to keep it in place. This thing looks seriously great for field shoots and photography where I need a place to keep some gear on a warm day. While the company promises to "add style to my wardrobe" (do I need it?) I'd just be happy to have more pockets and less sweat.

• Two upper pockets secured with flaps and snaps.
• Two “nested” pockets within the upper pockets.
• Two lower pockets with a zipper.
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Color Correction: Levels | 158 Understanding Adobe Photoshop



Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to adjust brightness, contrast and exposure with levels in Photoshop CS4.
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Cool Free Fonts

Looking to expand your typographical toolbox? Then be sure to visit Dinc Type at the unique URL www.GirlsWhoWearGlasses.com. The site is sassy and filled with great fonts. The unique thing is that while fonts are free, the selection frequently changes and fonts appear then disappear. Its like an incredible import shop where everything’s free, but the inventory keeps changing. Bookmark and keep checking back as their fonts are absolutely fantastic.


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Two New HDR Photos with Photomatix




I’ve been playing with the very cool
Photomatix application for creating HDR images. Here are two (I am on vacation this week). The details:
  • Shot 5 Exposures
  • Handheld (less desirable for HDR, but out with kids and wife)
  • Shot +/- 1 stop each
  • Merged together in Photomatix standalone application

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Online Morphing with the Face Transformer


Got to love the Internet. The fine folks over at St. Andrew’s University have released the Perception Laboratory's Face Transformer. It allows you to change the age, race or sex of a facial image. You first have to upload an image, and then you can experiment.
Give it a try.
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Free Textures from the Texture King


I saw this mentioned over at Scott Kelby's blog. If you need hi-res textures, for free, then be sure to check out the Texture King website. There's more than 250 images to choose from including glass, fabric, rust, metal, and wood. The images are totally free to use in any project and its a great site to check out.
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New Book is Off to the Printer

This is a book that I’ve wanted to write for a LONG time.

Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite

Richard Harrington I have just returned my final comments for the new book Video Made on a Mac. We are now compressing the 5.5 hours of HD video lessons that come with this book. This book is SO awesome... (I am not objective, but its the best book I've ever written). If you work with Final Cut Studio and/or Adobe Creative Suite... You need this book. We have filled it to the brim with time saving workflow and practical advice.

Here’s the official blurb – You can order it here on Amazon (it’ll ship in a few weeks).

On a Mac, the sky's the limit for creating professional video. With all the tools available though, it can be a daunting task to decide which ones offer the best solutions for combined efficiency and high-level results. How can you effectively communicate your vision to clients and crew? How should you calibrate your camera for multi-camera and green screen shoots? Is it better to do your keying in After Effects, Motion, or Final Cut? How should you set up your edit suite for efficiency and accuracy? How do you manage large amounts of media and a multitude of formats for multiple software applications?

In Video Made on a Mac, you'll learn the answers and much more. Chock-full of practical advice and step-by-step instructions, each chapter provides insight on the critical components of production and postproduction that can make all the difference when you're up against a tight budget and schedule. The accompanying DVD supplies you with project files and high-definition footage so you can follow along with the examples, as well as 50 training videos. Whether you're an advanced Mac user or just beginning to incorporate Adobe Creative Suite into your Final Cut Studio workflow, you'll learn to apply best-practice techniques to all your video projects.


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Conference Schedule

Just wanted to let you all know what shows I am expected to speak at over the next few months. There are a handful pending, so I may update the list.

Photoshop WorldOctober 1 - 3, 2009 – LAS VEGAS, NV
New York Post|Production ConferenceOctober 5 - 8, 2009 – NEW YORK, NY
PowerPoint LiveOctober 11 - 14, 2009 – ATLANTA, GA
DIgital Media DCDecember 1- 3, 2009 – WASHINGTON, DC
Editors RetreatJANUARY 13-16, 2010 – MIAMI BEACH, FL
Macworld ExpoFEBRUARY 9-13, 2010 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
National Association of Broadcasters APRIL 10-15, 2010 – LAS VEGAS, NV




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Two Funniest Videos Ever Made (About Type)



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Join the Facebook Fan Page

Many of you will notice that I am far better at posting to my Facebook fan page and to Twitter than I am to my blogs. This is due in large part to the fact that I can’t blog via my iPhone (but can easily post to Twitter and Facebook). So if you can’t beat em... join em.

Richard Harrington on Facebook
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High Definition Review and Approval with Apple TV


Image courtesy Apple
My production company, like many of yours, has jumped with both feet into the HD waters.  Production is easier than ever with great tapeless acquisition formats.  Post keeps getting simpler with powerful desktop solutions and great breakout boxes.  Seems like the only place it really falls apart is the client review stage.

Sure, you can compress HD clips for web delivery.  Problem is most clients don’t have the monitor resolution, RAM, etc. to view HD (and don’t even get me started on color and contrast issues with the average PC monitor).  You could burn a Blu-ray disc, except at $12 a pop (plus rush courier) that gets pretty expensive (and time consuming). So what’s a discerning post company to do? No the answer is not VHS… it’s Apple TV.

Read the whole story at ProVideoCoalition.com
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New Nikon Gear Announced


Nikon announced two new cameras and a few new lenses. Scott Kelby has a great update at his site.

Be sure to check out the
full article by Scott as well as the official Nikon release.
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Finish the Sentence – Check Out Dave Cross's website


[never mind the music, cue the video intro] "It's time once again to ask a well-known photographer, instructor or otherwise interesting person the same 10 questions and ask them to Finish the Sentence! This week the sentences are finished by.... ...

Richard Harrington

Check out this fun interview at Dave’s blog.
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Final Cut Studio Documentation and Workflows Now Online


Need to know the latest about Final Cut Studio? Want to look something up about ProRes from your iPhone? Hate those big printed manuals that waste paper?
While its not a revolutionary step (others like Adobe have already placed their docs online) it is still a welcomed event. Some might wonder if trimming the manuals out allowed the huge price cut?
Regardless… the manuals and an even better Workflows document are now online.
The Apple documentation team has converted all of the documentation for the web.  It is freely searchable and can even be linked to if you need to point to a specific article to help a colleague (an even nicer way to say RTFM).
You’ll find them here at
http://documentation.apple.com/
A great document is also the “Final Cut Studio Workflows.” It’s a little hidden within the Final Cut Pro help library:
http://documentation.apple.com/en/finalcutstudio/workflows/
It offers great ideas on how Final Cut Studio applications fit into a post-production workflow.  You’ll also find practical guidance on how Final Cut Studio apps work with one another.
Enjoy.

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Final Cut Studio Price Shocker


Yes we all new it would eventually come… the “new Final Cut Studio” was announced. We’ll let the cheers and moans begin after a few days of testing the final release (just ordered mine 30 minutes ago).
But there are a few surprises.. mainly price! Here’s the great news (especially in this economy)
Final Cut Studio 2 – NEW was $1,299
the new Final Cut Studio – NEW is $999
Here’s the best news Final Cut Studio 2 upgrade – was $499 - $699
the new Final Cut Studio upgrade – is $299
I have confirmed… doesn’t matter which version you are upgrading from… I took it right to Apple and got a straight answer.
That is $299 for ANYONE to upgrade from a full copy of Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Studio (except Student or NFR copies).
More on new features soon… but let me just say:
In the current economic client, it’s truly appreciated to see software pricing that respects the long-term customer.  This is a no-brainer upgrade… speed and power without pinching your wallet.  Thanks Apple… I mean it!
Full press release
HERE
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Bringing Video to the Masses

Live from the Voices That Matter conference, San Francisco, author Richard Harrington discusses the factors that have caused online video consumption to grow exponentially over the past few years.



Live from the Voices That Matter conference, author Richard Harrington reveals what’s next beyond YouTube and why offering consumers the ability to download your content is imperative. He also talks about Facebook’s platform, video user statistics, demographics, what constitutes an optimal distribution plan for publishers, and why “video is the new photography.”

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Want to Know What’s New in the “new Final Cut Studio”


Like many of you, I went digging to find the most information about the new Final Cut Studio release.  Sure.. there are tutorials and flashy pages on Apple’s site.  These have some great info… but I’m a details kinda guy.  After so poking and prodding… I found these great documents. 

The Final Cut Studio Product Overview shows the new features with great descriptions.  It’s easy to navigate and serves as a menu of what to explore. The document clocks in at 66 pages

Most importantly (for quality nuts) the ProRes white paper offers in-depth technical information about the Apple ProRes codec.  This was just updated to 4:4:4:4… that is fantastic as we have a lossless codec with embedded alpha channels.  Goodbye Animation codec and your sluggish performance.  Read all about it in 22 informative pages.
Start Reading!



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Get the Latest P2 Software Get the Latest P2 Software


Just last month Panasonic updated their P2 software and drivers.  Of course its not always easy to find where this software lives.  Sure you can bookmark the page, but seems like I always need it when I’m in an edit suite or trying to help someone else out through their problems. So, I have solved the problem once and for all (I hope).

I used the URL shortening service TinyURL.com to trim the long URL.
While the software is available at https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/desk/e/download.htm that is just too hard to remember. We used the TinyURL service to shorten it to http://tinyurl.com/p2swdl. Just think P2 Software Download and you’ll remember it.

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A Great Example of Stop Motion Animation



Olympus has released a re-imagined
Pen Camera. The original was released 50 years ago, and cost about a a third less than conventional cameras. The camera was known for trying new technologies and innovative ideas throughout its history.The new camera allows for several lenses as well as HD video.

To celebrate the new launch, the company commissioned a very cool stop motion commercial.
- Shot 60.000 pictures
- Developed 9.600 prints
- Shot over 1.800 pictures again.

Oh… and no post production!
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Use After Effects to Transcode your HD material to 50 Formats


I wanted to share a little work in progress file.  I find After Effects tremendously useful for resizing video.  In fact I use it often to pre-process footage before applying additional codecs.

What I’ve put together here is a Resizer project.  It allows you to quickly convert an HD file (720 or 1080) to 50 different output formats.  The file is quite simple to use, and covers output sizes ranging from SD, to Presentation Software, to Web, to iPhone.

This is a work in progress… but I’d love to get your feedback.  To learn how to use it (and get the file) keep reading....

First off… download the resizer template from here (
Resizer_Template.zip). It is an After Effects CS4 project. There are two files, both are identical.  The .aep is a project file, the .aet is a template file that will create a copy automatically when you open it.

Read More...
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Apple iWork 09 Book Trailer

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Learn Flash and After Effects for Free

Two totally free resources to learn Flash and After Effects. These come from the new book After Effects for Flash / Flash for After Effects: Dynamic Animation and Video with Adobe After Effects CS4 and Adobe Flash CS4 Professional. This book is really great and I hope you enjoy the first two chapters.

After Effects Essentials for Flash Users

Flash Essentials for After Effects Users


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Stan Winston, Rest In Peace



I’m surprised that more people haven’t talked about this… I am on vacation on a mountain-top (hence a little removed from civilization). I was flipping through the paper and saw this:
Visual Effects Master Stan Winston, 62.

Turns out one of the greatest visual FX and animators in the world passed away on June 15.
I suspect most of you know his name and work. Some of the accomplishments include:

Terminator 2 & 3
Interview with the Vampire
Edward Scissorhands
Iron Man
Jurassic Park
Predator
Aliens
Batman Returns

Be sure to see the history timeline on his site.

You can find a nice overview of him here.

Truly an amazing life and Many of us owe a lot to what her accomplished.

His son, Matt Winston, said his father was in many ways “a big kid” with cool toys who enjoyed what he did and would say, “Just have fun, and success will come.”

Good advice for us all.
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Learn How to Scan Photos for Video


Seems like a lot of folks have forgotten (or never learned) how to scan photos. With this is mind, I offer some practical scanning advice. Several problems can be introduced by those using antiquated scanners with a distinct lack of skill. To get the best results, try the following:

  • Before scanning an image, ensure you have the latest software needed by your scanner. You can always check their websites or use Version Tracker. Having problems with a lack of support on the OSX side for older scanners. I recommend checking out VueScan from Hamrick Software.
  • The most important thing when scanning is to be consistent. Scan all of your photos in at one time if possible.
  • Ensure that the scanner is lying flat, or you may get misregistered scans.
  • Use a gentle glass cleaner whenever smudges appear. Spray the cleaner on the soft cloth, and then wipe the scanner bed down.
  • Make sure your photos are clean before scanning. Never write on the back of photos, instead write on a post-it note and adhere to the back.
  • Place your photos on the scanner straight. Use the edges to help you maintain parallel edges on your photos. If you get crooked photos, try Photoshop CS’s newest automation tool File>Automate>Crop and Straighten Photos.
  • If your scanner allows you, set the white and black points before scanning. Think of this as a white and black balance that you would do in a video camera. This will produce the best tonal range. You can then use Photoshop’s color correction tools to adjust the white and black points as well as make additional color changes.
  • If you are scanning in previously printed items such as newspapers, magazines, books, inkjet prints, etc, you will likely get a moiré pattern. Photoshop scanning the small spaces between the previously printed dots causes this. Most scanners have a de-screen filter in their software. If available use it when scanning previously printed items. If this is not available, run the Median filter at a low value (Filter > Noise > Median).
  • Scan at the quality you need. For video, scan so you have approximately 4,000 by 3,000 pixels. This is generally enough pixel information to perform motion control in After Effects.
  • Save to uncompressed formats such as TIFF, PICT or TARGA for maximum compatibility and disk space usage. The PSD format is great for layered files, but is not as efficient for single layered files. Always save the appropriate file extension for your file type.

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Searchable Video with Creative Suite 4

Adobe has a great new technology that makes video searchable. I’ve written a detailed tutorial available at ProVideoCoalition.com.


“With the proliferation of video on the Web, access to information is getting easier to find and understand (for most).  The challenge is twofold: first is getting people to find and search your video for the right information and second is if the individual has an auditory impairment, so much information is only available in the audio track.  This is why there has been such a big push to make video searchable online and more accessible. In this article you’ll use Adobe’s tool set to set up your video content for both goals.”

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Alpha Channels - Photoshop for Video



In this Adobe Photoshop podcast tutorial, Richard Harrington teaches how to make an alpha channel based upon the luminance of an image.
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Content Aware Scaling - Photoshop for Video



In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington takes a look at content aware scaling, a new feature in Photoshop CS4, which gives the ability to stretch a part of a picture based on the subject matter.
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Cool tutorial on lighting for photographers

Check out this cool tutorial on lighting for photographers from Robert Louis Vanelli. In this video tutorial you will learn how to light a subject using multiple lights and what each of those lights do for the overall lighting scheme.


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Adding Depth of Field - Photoshop for Video



In this episode of Photoshop for Video, Richard Harrington takes a look at a depth of field blurring technique that allows you to simulate the depth of field look inside of Photoshop.
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New Camera Raw Updates


Adobe has released a new version of Camera Raw – Version 5.4 . Note that Camera Raw 5 and later is not compatible with Photoshop CS3.
Read More...
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Masks Panel - Photoshop for Video



In this episode of the Photoshop for Video podcast, Richard Harrington discusses his favorite addition to Photoshop CS4, the masks panel which gives you precise control over the masks on a layer.
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Auto Blend Command - Photoshop for Video



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Balancing Images - Photoshop for Video



In this Photoshop podcast tutorial, Richard Harrington gives some free tips to help balance out exposure issues in a photo. When lighting issues arise with a photo, with parts of a graphic that are too light or too dark this podcast can help.


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Dodge, Blur, Burn and Sharpen in Photoshop CS4

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Adobe Creative Suite $200 Off


Just thought I’d share that Adobe extended their discount offer on Creative Suite 4.

UPGRADE TO ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE AND SAVE UP TO US$200.
For a limited time, your version of Adobe® Creative Suite® 2, Creative Suite 1, Macromedia® Studio 8, Studio MX 2004, or Production Studio software qualifies you for up to US$200 off on eligible upgrades to Adobe Creative Suite 4 software. Don't hesitate, this
offer ends April 30, 2009.
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Perspective Cropping

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Color Range Command in Photoshop

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A Personal Photo to Share



What almost two year’s means to my little girl’s feet.

Children are a blessing... make sure you remind yourself of that every day and keep children around (they make you a better person).



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New Media for New Government Podcast

Two weeks ago, I told you about our new group on Facebook for those interested in New Media. Many of you asked us to post the training videos to iTunes. We did.

You’ll also find 6 hours of
free video training to check out on their site. I’m one of the organizers of the group and I hope you can share this info with others. The group is free... the video is free... knowldge is free... let’s make a difference.

Here are the six videos you can watch (in HD even).
  • New Media Boot Camp slides
  • Facebook 101– Why all the Buzz? slides
  • Podcasting and Government slides
  • Blogging to Reach an Audience – Does Anyone Care What You Have to Say slides
  • It’s all About Mobility – Reaching Audiences on the Go slides
  • Producing Video for the Web – Best Practices for Big Results slides

Enjoy.




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Crop and Straighten Command in Photoshop

When scanning images, it’s often possible to fit more than one image on the scanner bed. Scanning multiple images at once can save input time when loading images into Photoshop. Fortunately, the Crop And Straighten Photos command picks up and keeps the efficiency going.

  1. Place multiple photos on your scanner. For best results, you need to keep 1/8 inch between the images in your scan. If the Crop And Straighten Photos command does not succeed (which is rare), you should process the individual images using the Crop tool.
  2. If you’re working in a multilayered image, select the layer that contains the images. If you only want some of the images, draw a selection border around one or more images.
  3. Choose File > Automate > Crop And Straighten Photos.

Each image should be cropped, straightened, and moved into its own document window.


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Last Chance for NAB Free Pass

It’s almost time for the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas (April 18-23). If you are planning on going to , this is your last chance to register for a free pass for the exhibit floor. After April 9, the price goes up.

Visit this page –
http://registration.experient-inc.com/ShowNAB091/Defaultfull.aspx
Use this code –
TP01

Also.. if you are looking for a huge training conference, check out
Post|Production World (I have 14 classes over 5 days).

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Want a Free Book?

Peachpit is offering a cool deal. Try out Safari Books Online and get a free book. Of course, you’ll have questions.

Q: What’s
Safari Books Online?
A: It’s a ton of books you can read online from publishers like Peachpit, O’Reilly, and others.

Q: Is it really
free?
A: Sign up for the trial... order a book. If you don’t like, cancel within the 10-day trial period. Otherwise they bill you for first month (which is about the cost of a book).

Q: Which Books are Free?
A: There are 10 to choose from.

  • Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS4 – Stephanie Sullivan, Greg Rewis
  • Building Findable Websites: Web Standards, SEO, and Beyond – Aarron Walter
  • A Project Guide to UX Design – Russ Unger, Carolyn Chandler
  • Online Communities Handbook – Anna Buss, Nancy Strauss
  • Mac OS X Leopard Killer Tips – Scott Kelby
  • The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes –Joe McNally
  • The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers – Martin Evening
  • The Photoshop Elements 7 Book for Digital Photographers – Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski
  • Facebook Me! A Guide to Having Fun with Your Friends and Promoting Your Projects on Facebook –Dave Awl
  • SocialCorp: Social Media Goes Corporate – Joel Postman


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A Good Deal on Time Machine

I just got this email from Apple about a special on Time Machine.

“Save $30 on a 500GB Time Capsule. Time Capsule works with Time Machine in Leopard to back up your Mac computers wirelessly and automatically. And as a MobileMe member, you can access files on your Time Capsule drive over the Internet, wherever you go.”

Use this Promo Code at checkout:
T2N3L7GJE8

The code might be a one-time use.... so try it (first come first served).

I already have one and these work great.

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New Media for New Government Facebook Group

Are you looking to stay up on the latest news and network with other new media professionals interested in efficient government? Be sure to check out this Facebook group which helps connect the public and private sectors in this important cause.

You’ll also find 6 hours of free video training to check out on their site. I’m one of the organizers of the group and I hope you can share this info with others. The group is free... the video is free... knowldge is free... let’s make a difference.

Here are the six videos you can watch (in HD even).
  • New Media Boot Camp slides
  • Facebook 101– Why all the Buzz? slides
  • Podcasting and Government slides
  • Blogging to Reach an Audience – Does Anyone Care What You Have to Say slides
  • It’s all About Mobility – Reaching Audiences on the Go slides
  • Producing Video for the Web – Best Practices for Big Results slides

Enjoy.




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Powering Audio Search for Video

“Across the Production Premium toolset, Adobe has provided increased support for metadata… [pause for audience applause]. What? You didn’t clap? Well metadata is pretty dang important—it can speed up your editing, improve collaboration, or even make your videos more accessible on the Web. Sure, it’s not as enticing as yet another tutorial on making things glow, but give it a shot.”

Continue to the
Layers Magazine website to see the full tutorial for free.
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Handouts from Boston Authors Video Workshops

I recently spoke at the Authors Video Workshops in Boston. The event was sponsored by the BOSFCPUG & Focal Press. Over two days, I spoke on three topics I am passionate about: Photoshop, Final Cut, and web video.

Here are some of the promised resources.

Photoshop For Video

Professional Color Correction in Final Cut Pro

Producing Video Podcasts and Web Video

Enjoy... reviews on Amazon and iTunes always appreciated.


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Two New Apple Books Ready To Order


If you’ve wondered why I’ve been so quite lately... it’s because I’ve been hard at work on both of these books. I’m proud to announce that these will be shipping in just a few weeks. Both feature a ton of new projects and all sorts of new tips. Even if you have previous editions of the books, you won’t want to miss these. We’ve completely rewritten nearly every chapter with a ton of new projects, design tips, and a bunch of really helpful advice.


Apple Training Series: iWork 09
In the only Apple-certified guide to iWork ’09, you’ll learn to create everything from first-rate business presentations and newsletters to effective budgets and event planners. Focused lessons take you step by step through all aspects of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. The self-paced book/DVD combo uses real-life material and practical lessons that you can apply immediately to your own projects. You’ll learn to:

• Master the iWork suite of tools quickly through fun, real-world projects
• Design a Keynote presentation from storyboard to Web export
• Add animated charts and motion backgrounds to a presentation with ease
• Publish great-looking newsletters and brochures in print and on the Web
• Build a professional marketing package from scratch
• Create expense reports, track budgets, and plan special events
• Sort, organize, and chart data using sophisticated spreadsheet calculations

Get iWork ‘09 for 34% off the cover price

Apple Training Series: iLife 09
In the only Apple-certified guide to iLife ’09, the authors have you working miracles with iLife within the first few pages. Featuring footage and images from around the world, this book/DVD combo uses real-life material and practical lessons that you can apply immediately to your own projects. Focused lessons take you step by step through all aspects of iLife ’09—everything from organizing and sharing your photo library to creating polished video and soundtracks. Along the way, you’ll produce movies, photobooks, podcasts, websites, blogs, and custom DVDs.

Get iLife ‘09 for 34% off the cover price

I worked hard on these... there’s a ton of new stuff and I really hope you check them out.


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More NIN Remixes

I love how Trent Reznor keeps innovating. The Nine Inch Nails front man keeps releasing tracks for fan in new ways. One of the coolest is the option for remixes. He’s also released free tracks for fans to download.

“The NIN/JA 2009 tour site is now live at
ninja2009.com and features a FREE download with exclusive, previously-unreleased music from Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, and Street Sweeper. You can also browse tour dates, photos, videos, and listen to streaming music.

Additionally, starting today you'll have the option to remix two Jane's Addiction tracks and one Street Sweeper track on
http://remix.nin.com

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The Future in Motion, A History of Tomorrow's Interfaces

Check this out... a colleague of mine speaking on a cool topic.



Watch Future in Motion, A History of Tomorrow's Interfaces, Mason Dixon, MGFest  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com
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New Book for After Effects and Flash Users

I have literally just sent the last changes to the last chapter in. The brand new book After Effects for Flash | Flash for After Effects is going to print. I am quite proud of the book and it explores some amazing things. The book is designed for Flash and After Effects users, and is meant to teach them how to use both programs together (along with Creative Suite 4). The book explores some pretty revolutionary things, but also has great primers to get new users up to speed fast (you can’t put a race car on your cover if the book doesn’t cover serious ground).

The official blurb
Adobe Creative Suite 4 brings together two powerful animation tools, each of which has its own specialized features and workflow. Learning to integrate Adobe After Effects and Adobe Flash Professional gives you more options for your animations and effects and the power to integrate video and motion graphics into a richer user experience. In this book, authors Richard Harrington and Marcus Geduld lead both types of users, those who are more familiar with either Flash or with After Effects, on using the programs together for maximum efficiency and creativity.

After walking you through the core features of both programs, the authors then explore advanced uses for each application. Each chapter focuses on a particular function of the program, teaching you how to create content for Flash with After Effects, enhance your projects using 3D environments, create professional-looking video with Adobe Media Encoder, and add interactivity, accessibility, and searchability to your video. You’ll also get hands-on experience using the project files on the accompanying DVD.

Within these easy-to-follow, step-by-step lessons, you’ll learn to:
  • Seamlessly exchange projects and assets between After Effects and Flash
  • Shoot green screen material correctly, work with Keylight, and utilize embedded alpha channels
  • Create dynamic text, vector-based animations, and “animated” video using the tools in Adobe Creative Suite 4
  • Work with 3D cameras and lights and create 3D environments
  • Convert Flash to broadcast and DVD standards with After Effects
  • Use Adobe Media Encoder for professional results
  • Create interactive controls and use cue points in your video
  • Optimize video for accessibility and use Adobe® Soundbooth® for video transcription
  • Use ActionScript in your projects for more innovative animations


Get your copy now.... it really has some fun projects and cool things in it.


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Books go Multilingual

I must say that the unexpected happened. In one week I received two books translated into languages I don’t even speak. It’s kind of amazing to see how global the interest in better design is.


The first book to arrive, How to Wow with Power Point. Available now in Simplified Chinese.

“We begin with the important essentials of typography, layout, and design, and move on to creating tables, charts, graphs, and custom templates. Next comes the fun stuff, with projects focusing on audio and video files and integrating Flash. Finally, there is a chapter devoted to exporting and publishing, including how to create handouts, upload to the Web, and other ways to share your presentation. On the How to Wow CD-ROM is everything you’ll need to complete the projects.”

Then a few days later, Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2 printed in German.

“Fully updated for Aperture 2, this comprehensive book-DVD training combo starts with the basics of image management and takes you step by step all the way through Aperture's powerful photo-editing, image-retouching, proofing, publishing, and archiving features. Aperture 2's new features are completely covered, including a new RAW-image processing engine, a streamlined interface, powerful new adjustment tools, and added integration with Mac OS X and other Apple products for instant web publishing and one-click portfolio syncing.”

What a great world we live in... I just wish I could read the books and see how different the translations are from what I originally wrote.





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Free Expo Hall Pass for Photoshop World

Join us at the
Photoshop World Expo
March 26 - 27

If you are going to be in the Boston area in March but can't attend Photoshop World, you can still come join us at the Photoshop World Expo absolutely FREE!
The Expo portion of Photoshop World is a showcase of the latest cutting-edge digital imaging, computer- and design-related technologies, products, and services. You can also take advantage of free classes and product demos, as well as special discounts on the latest books and DVDs at the Official Photoshop World/Peachpit Bookstore!
Get your FREE, downloadable EXPO PASS ($40 value)
Photoshop World: The Eastern Conference Expo Hours: Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm Friday, March 27, 2009 - 9:00am to 1:00pm Hynes Convention Center 900 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02115 Hall C
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A Change in the Market – Apple Releases HD Movies for Sale



Seems like times are changing... Apple (and more importantly, movie studios) have decided to start offering high-definition movie sales and rentals through the iTunes Store. This is yet another sign that consumers want digital downloads (and are willing to pay a fair price). Let’s hope more studios come on board.

Starting today, movie fans can purchase box office blockbusters for download in HD for $19.99 from iTunes, and films will be available as iTunes Movie Rentals in HD for $4.99 within 30 days after release. Customers can enjoy these films in HD on their Mac or PC and on their widescreen TV with Apple TV, as well as in standard definition on their iPhone or iPod with video.

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Free Photoshop and After Effects CS4 Tutorials


The fine folks at Focal Press have decided to release two free updates. The popular books Photoshop for Video and Creating Motion Graphics both have free updates for the Creative Suite 4 release.

Even if you don’t have these two books (which I’d really suggest you check them out)... the CS4 updates are absolutely free.

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New Podcast on iWork

I recently had a chance to shoot a bunch of podcasts with Alex Lindsay and the great folks at Pixel Corps.

“Learn how to get the most out of your mac at Work! From iWork to communication to databases to networking hardware – MacBreak Work will help you MACsimize your productivity!”

Be sure to check out the new show, MacBreak Work.

You can view it on the
web or subscribe for free in iTunes.

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Alpha Channels : Creative COW : Photoshop Tutorials

In the Photoshop tutorial from Creative COW, learn how to make an alpha channel based upon the luminance in an image. Alpha channels allow you to store transparency in a graphic. This is part of a series of Photoshop tutorials from www.creativecow.net.

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Great Video Interview with Bill Frakes of Sports Illustrated

Be sure to check out this great interview with Bill Frakes of Sports Illustrated.

“Bill Frakes is an award-winning photographer who has traveled to hundreds of countries to capture some of the most exciting moments from the Olympics to covering a six-man football team in the fields of Nebraska. As a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, many of his images have captured the rough and beautiful essence of sports. His advertising clients include Nike, Coca-Cola, IBM, Nikon, Reebok and so many more. He’s won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the Prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He has also been awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo.”

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138 UAP - Perspective Cropping - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to remove distortion from an image in Photoshop CS4 with a perspective crop.


138 Understanding Adobe Photoshop - Perspective Cropping - The best home videos are here




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137 UAP - Nondestructive Crop - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to crop nondestructively in Photoshop CS4.


137 Understanding Adobe Photoshop - Nondestructive Crop - The best video clips are right here



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136 UAP - Power Crop - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to harness the full power of Photoshop CS4’s crop tool.


136 Understanding Adobe Photoshop - Power Crop - The most popular videos are here


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135 UAP - Camera Raw Interface - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to handle camera raw files in Photoshop CS4.


135 Understanding Adobe Photoshop - Camera Raw Interface - Click here for the funniest movie of the week

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Smart Objects - Photoshop for Video

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial from CreativeCOW.net, learn how to use smart objects in CS4 to enhance your workflow. This tutorial is part of a series available at www.creativecow.net.





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3-Way Color Corrector – Final Cut Help

This video tutorial reveals a little known fact of color correcting different actors in a scene with the 3-way color corrector in Final Cut Pro. This tutorial is presented by CreativeCOW.net and is part of a video tutorial series at www.creativecow.net.



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