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Just in Time for the Holidays, BYU Students Create for a Cause

BYU students, professors, and alums donated their time on the project. BYU students working on the project were Cassy Hiatt, Josh Poulsen, Nick Dixon, Jordan Hunter, John Jackson, and Stephanie Tse. The cinematographer was BYU alum Bengt Jonsson. A number of BYU animation faculty were involved including Mike Warner, Seth Holladay, Cynthia Hogan, Brent Adams, Tom Lefler, and Kyle Stapley.

BYU students, professors, and alums donated their time on the project. BYU students working on the project were Cassy Hiatt, Josh Poulsen, Nick Dixon, Jordan Hunter, John Jackson, and Stephanie Tse. The cinematographer was BYU alum Bengt Jonsson. A number of BYU animation faculty were involved including Mike Warner, Seth Holladay, Cynthia Hogan, Brent Adams, Tom Lefler, and Kyle Stapley.

Since 2006, U.S. rock band The Killers have released a Christmas song for charity. This year, their “Christmas in L.A.” release was done in partnership with global not-for-profit (RED), with song proceeds going to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

With just three weeks to produce and release the song, including the accompanying music video, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers reached out to BYU alum and friend Jared Hess for ideas. Hess suggested BYU media arts and animation students for the job.

BYU animation program director Kelly Loosli saw this as a great opportunity. “Learning concepts is great, but there is nothing like a real production with a tight deadline and the possibility for broad viewership to inspire students to apply their knowledge and challenge them to approach video production in new ways,” says Loosli.

With juniors and seniors already committed to films, first-year animation students jumped in. “They are a very talented and passionate group. I knew they would be excited to take this on, give it the required energy, and deliver an outstanding video on time,” says Loosli. “Students were thrilled, especially because it was for the The Killers!”

Loosli helped put together a crew for the Los Angeles-based video shoot by calling on former BYU students and classmates in the industry. The team had one day to shoot the video, and three hours with Owen Wilson, the lead character.

BYU media arts and animation students worked on postproduction, combing over footage and  transforming filmed elements into animations. Students used Adobe creative tools for the video, including Adobe Photoshop for backgrounds, Adobe After Effects for compositing and enhancing animation, Adobe Premiere Pro for editing, and Adobe Flash Professional for roto and animation work.

“Having to jump in and apply industry-standard applications to create the video not only strengthened students’ basic production skills, but also pushed them to learn to use the software in entirely new ways,” says Loosli. “The students also worked together in a collaborative lab space, where they could share concepts and approaches with each other in real time. The learning curve—and opportunity for learning—were tremendous.”

“Christmas in L.A.” can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=938GYJjxBeU.

Adobe Anywhere for Video Now Available

CC VideoToday, we announced that Adobe Anywhere for videos, first previewed in April at the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow (NAB), is now available for the immediate relief of video production headaches. Gone are the challenges associated with passing huge files back and forth across the internet between multiple editors working on the same project.  Now, team members can work together with centralized media and assets, making it possible for remote editors, motion graphic artists and producers to work jointly on a project from virtually anywhere……in other words, teams can be built on talent, not necessarily location.

Michael Turner, senior vice president of Media Technology and Development at Turner Broadcasting, put things in context when he talked to us about how CNN moves a lot of material in support of video journalism.  Just a couple of years ago, providing worldwide access to content as interoperable files was a huge milestone for them.  Now they aim to make that access transparent, and Adobe Anywhere will play a key role in achieving that transparency because journalists will be able to engage with content and collaborate on stories seamlessly, regardless of  their physical location.

Today’s release of Adobe Anywhere supports the latest versions of Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Prelude CC that are available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud and were updated today to include 25 new features focused on increased speed and ease of editing..  We expect support for Adobe After Effects CC to be available later in 2013.

You can read the full press release here.

Adobe Previews Next Gen Video and Audio Products and Launches Adobe Anywhere

Next week kicks off the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, the largest broadcast tradeshow in the US.  Adobe is heading to the show with a lot to talk about.  Today, we announced a sneak peak at the next generation of Adobe’s flagship video tools including Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Adobe After Effects® SpeedGrade™, Adobe Audition®, Adobe Prelude™, Adobe Media Encoder and Adobe Story before their official release.

The next version of Adobe video tools has been developed with features created in direct response to the needs of filmmakers, broadcasters and video professionals. In fact, the multiple Academy Award winning Coen brothers have been working directly with the Adobe Premiere Pro product team and are switching to Adobe Premiere Pro for their next feature film slated for late 2013. More on that here.

In addition to our tools, we announced Adobe Anywhere for video – a modern, collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams using Adobe professional video tools, to work together accessing and managing centralized media and assets across virtually any network. Adobe Anywhere was revealed as a technology preview in 2012, and will be showcased at NAB this year, and is expected to be available in May 2013.

At NAB, we are discussing the fusion of new media and filmmaking. On Sunday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. in room N250, Adobe will lead the Post|Production World keynote titled, “From Concept to Delivery: The Fusion of New Media and Storytelling.” The panel will feature Adam Pertofsky, editor and partner at Rock Paper Scissors, Bayan Joonam of Soul Pancake, Rainn Wilson’s production and media company, and Patrick F. X. Murphy, Visual Effects  Supervisor and Animation Director for “Annoying Orange” on Cartoon Network, who will join moderator Mark Randall, chief strategist for Adobe, to discuss how creativity and technology work together. Watch the panel next week here.

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