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February 6, 2009

NLE Shootout shows the flexibility of Premiere Pro

I meant to blog about this earlier, but it slipped my mind. A couple of months ago, Dennis Radeke represented Adobe at an NLE shootout in the Boston area, where all of the top players were in attendance – Avid, Apple, Grass Valley, and Sony.

Part of the challenge was to import a BUNCH of different types of media on a timeline, create some picture-in-picture effects, animate a PSD file, import some audio clips, and make the whole thing play without rendering. needless to say, with Premiere Pro’s very flexible playback engine, it accomplished the task in about 5 1/2 minutes.


Here’s what Dennis had to say about the experience.

January 30, 2009

More Books…

I got a lot of requests on more book recommendations for Production Premium users or beginners out there. Here are a few additional titles that I’d consider ‘essential’ reading.

For Shooting: The DV Rebel’s Guide by Stu Maschwitz Stu’s guide covers a LOT of tips and tricks how to get shots, from using natural lighting to taking advantage of inexpensive steadycam techniques.

Good After Effects Starter Guides:
Creative After Effects 7 by Angie Taylor. This book is a guide through everything you need to know about AE. While I’ve put this book in the “starters” category, it’s a full lesson in AE, including lots of advanced techniques. Angie also maintains a companion web site with additional tutorials found here.

Another good starter book would be After Effects Apprentice by Chris and Trish Meyer. Beautifully layed-out book that takes a lot of time with core theories of AE animation techniques. If you are trying to see what AE can do, this one will walk you through the basics of the different uses of the app, and it’s a good icebreaker into Chris & Trish’s more advanced AE book

More advanced AE Books:
Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects by Chris & Trish Meyer This, along with Angie’s book, are the bibles on what you can accomplish with After Effects. Highly recommended.

AE CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen This book focuses on tricks used in real-world studio situations, and every time I pick this book up, I find another pearl of wisdom. There are many ways to accomplish tasks in AE, but Mark shows how to do things fast and right the first time. And, these techniques have been battle-tested in real life situations. Good stuff for the advanced user.

Other useful books to consider:

Photoshop for Video by Richard Harrington Great book for getting the most out of Photoshop for video graphic design. Don’t overlook the bonus chapters on the DVD as well – lots’ of good stuff in there.

The Non-Designer’s Design book by Robin Williams This book is primarily geared towards the print world, but many people I’ve talked with in the video world have never taken a design class – this book is a great primer for understanding color theory, text design, and repetition in design elements. I think anyone designing lower third graphics or opening graphic intros can benefit from this book.

November 7, 2008

Post for Paul

Paul Burnett is helping me FIX MY BLOG!!!

September 5, 2008

CS4 Anouncement coming soon!

In case you haven’t seen yet, Adobe will be making an announcement about Creative Suite 4 on September 23rd. Make sure and go to the Adobe home page and register for the webcast! It’s going to be HUGE! :)

January 24, 2008

On the Writer’s Strike, and being a Hand Model…

I got to spend the other day down in SF as part of a video shoot for Adobe Media Player. Basically, I was a “hand model” for the camera, pointing at various parts of the AMP interface, and mousing around on my laptop.

AMP is Adobe’s new desktop media player. If you haven’t checked out AMP yet, you need to. With the strike currently going on in Hollywood, the amount of first-run shows is dwindling fast. So, if you are a TV junkie like me, it’s either reruns, or reality shows. AMP has a ton of new, original shows to watch right now. I’m currently hooked on the comedy and animation channels. There are over a dozen shows in each category. Just go to the Catalog screen, and see what looks interesting to you.

To download the beta of AMP, check out labs.adobe.com. It’s free, and it beats watching reruns until this strike gets settled.

January 21, 2008

Picture of Me…

Here’s who I am.. This is a shot of me on the playa at Burning Man:

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