Snacks of Learnings

I had to learn how to come up with headings like that during my first venture in book authoring a few years ago, before I joined Adobe. Doesn’t look like I learned much, does it? Grammatical ineptitude aside, it’s an unusual challenge to have to come up with interesting headings, especially when you need to write 125 of them in a matter of weeks. That was my challenge when I wrote said book, as it consisted of a few hundred different tips & tricks, each requiring a “clever-ish” heading. And that was besides the content of the tips & tricks themselves, which ranged from 1/3 page to 2 pages long. Definitely a challenging book to write, but the positive feedback I got from readers (largely due to the book’s “easy-to-digest” format) made it worth the effort.

One of the great things about a tips & tricks book is that you can pick it up anytime and glean a couple of nuggets without having to get into anything heavy. I got e-mails from readers of my aforementioned book saying they enjoyed being able to pull it out on the train ride to work, during downtime in the edit room, and . . . well . . . in another room located down the hall from the edit room. While “deep dive” tutorials (such as my series from Total Training, oh yeah, it’s plugs-o-rama today) are great when you’re starting out, a tips & tricks book can help bring your skills to the next level once you’ve got some basic proficiency.

Behold, my friends, the first such book for Adobe Production Studio, which I found sitting on my desk this morning upon returning from the long holiday weekend. Adobe Digital Video How-To’s, 100 Essential Techniques with Adobe Production Studio by
Jan Ozer offers up a wide variety of tips & techniques covering the individual apps within Production Studio as well as the workflows of using the apps together.

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Jan covers many ways to work more efficiently, like creating custom project presets & UI workspaces, and using the various monitors & scopes in Premiere Pro to accurately color correct. He clearly explains technical issues like interlacing and encoding for the web, as well as craft-related topics like 3 and 4-point editing. It’s a great collection of knowledge for anyone using Production Studio, in easily digestible bite-sized bits and pieces, written by one of the top authors in the field.

Having written this sort of book I understand what an endeavor it is to come up with such a large collection of tips in the first place — and then the work of writing them all in a consistent, easy-to-understand way (along with creating the screen captures – yep, we authors have to do that ourselves). So I’m really thankful to Jan for putting in the months of work that went into this book — a much-welcome addition to the wide variety of training resources available for Adobe tools.