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Iridas talking up Cinema DNG

Cinema DNG is becoming big news as Adobe continues to develop and publish updates about it. If you’re not in the know about it, it’s no big deal yet.  DNG is an open standard created and overseen by Adobe.  It stands for Digital Negative and is a great way for photographers to keep their raw data and work with a variety of software products.  DNG also happens to provide lossless compression so as cameras get bigger and you need to move your 10,000 photos – DNG might be a good way to go.

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Photoshop User and NAPP: All things Photoshop

Every year or so, I imagine countless thousands have discovered the Adobe blogs and have recently gotten into creative fields using some number of Adobe tools.  However, in this day and age, there is so much information from so many resources on so many different topics that one gets SO overwhelmed! 

To that end, I like to point out a few of my favorite resources once in a while.  The one that I’m mentioning today is National Association of Photoshop Professionals.  They are the publishers of Photoshop User magazine as well as Layers.

These guys are just INSANE about Photoshop and it’s related products and quite honestly, they taught me a LOT about Photoshop when I just joined Adobe.  Now that I’ve been with Adobe for over four years, I still learn a LOT about Photoshop from them.  They’re that good.

What I like most about it, is that it is not JUST the magazine.  In fact, the subscription fee is more about the web site and the services you get there than anything else.  The magazine just becomes a bonus.  They’re is tech support, user forums and a lot of tutorial videos.  Is it worth the $100 or so?  Well, I wouldn’t be mentioning it if it wasn’t… ;-)  Check out the link below to get started.

Photoshop User (NAPP)

Closing days for Adobe upgrade offers

While the purpose of this blog is about information, I do try to stay away from information related to sales. At the risk of coming off as a pushy used car salesman, I wanted to make sure that people were aware of the offers that are currently available, but will end soon.

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NAB announcements

Benefiting (depending on your point of view) from waking up 4:30AM pacific standard time I thought I would sneak in a quick post about some of the stuff that has been announced by Adobe or companies that support our products.

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Great Keylight tutorial product available from Toolfarm

The good folks at Toolfarm.com sent me a copy of a new product of theirs and I have to say it’s terrific. It is a tutorial on the inner workings of Keylight, which is included with After Effects. I don’t often have the opportunity to do REAL production work and when I have, it’s never been with green screen stuff. So, I’m somewhat of a novice when it comes to pulling a great key.  Angie Mistretta does a nice job of outlining a METHOD to use Keylight as opposed to how to use the software.  It was clear and easy to understand and not too long – just right.

Get a look and find out whether the price ($39.00) is right for you after you watch part of it.

Toolfarm Keylight Tutorial

Adobe Beginner Classes Episode #17 is live!

I can barely keep up with the Adobe TV team – they’re throwing the content out there as quickly as I can make it! ;-)

Read more to view the tutorial here or visit Adobe TV and click on Video Professional to see this episode.

As always, I’ll recommend the Adobe Media Player as the best overall experience – it allows you to save the content locally to your hard drive so you can view it at your leisure and refer back to it anytime! Get the Adobe Media Player

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Stop the 3D text insanity!

Okay, trying to get 3D off the brain and it isn’t working.  The fact is, I keep coming back to the 3D text project that I’ve recently done in After Effects (thanks to better AE people like Danny). 

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Metadata tutorial in Adobe’s Development Center

This has been mentioned on a couple of other blogs already, but it’s worth pointing out again.

Dan Ebberts is one of AE’s great scripters and expression writers.  He’s also a terrific friend of Adobe. He recently did a very nice, clear tutorial on XMP Metadata and how to use it with Flash.  In the tutorial, he also touches on Premiere, OnLocation and After Effects.

XMP metadata tutorial  and while you’re there, be sure to visit Dan’s site as well: Motionscript.com

The future of online video?

As one of my co-workers is want to say, “I’ve seen the future of video and it’s searchable.”

One of the most intriguing features of Adobe’s CS4 Production Premium release has been the idea of speech-to-text: the idea of converting spoken word in an audio or video file into text. It’s one of the things that many of our broadcast clients are interested in – making their online video searchable and connecting interested viewers with their video clips. 

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NAB 2009 – come visit me

NAB is busy, hectic and exciting even in a down economy.  There may be less people attending, but those that are there will be real decision makers. 

As for me, I’m mostly tied up in meetings but I’ll be filling in here and there at the booth.  If you have any interest in visiting me, I would love for you to stop by and introduce yourself.  I have the privilege of meeting a lot of people during the year, but it’s always fun to meet new faces.  So, if you’re a reader of this blog and are going to Vegas this year, I hope that you’ll try to stop by the Adobe booth on Tuesday morning between 9AM and 1:30PM – that’s when I’ll be on one of the Adobe pods.

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