March, 2011 Archives
We have recently published (with the help of Richard Harrington) a new collection of Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium tips and tricks. This document was created to support DSLR workflows with Creative Suite Production Premium, but there are tips in here that are of use to just about everyone.
The document is full of tips for Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Bridge, Adobe Media Encoder, and After Effects, as well as several more about selecting gear, shooting footage, and recording audio. It’s clear that Richard and the other folks who worked on this collection of tips have lots of experience using their tools and have learned the best and most efficient ways to accomplish many things.
I was listening to an interview with Karen Pearlman on the Art of the Guillotine podcast, and Gordon (the host) mentioned that there were a couple of sample chapters from Karen’s book Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit on the site. Based on what I was hearing in the interview, I knew that I definitely wanted to read those chapters. I’m glad that I did.
Pearlman is a film and video editor whose early career was in dance, and she brings her ideas and experience about choreography, rhythm, and the direct connection between body and emotion into her editing.
She has many useful and interesting suggestions regarding how the editor can synchronize with the material and find the rhythms inherent in it, as well as how to create specific responses in an audience by manipulating their natural tendencies to synchronize with certain things occurring on screen. Her ideas of timing, pacing, rhythm, and trajectory don’t come from theory as much as they come from years of practice in a closely related and very physical and musical art form.
Infinite Skills has provided some free sample videos from the Learning Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 training series by Phil Hawkins.
Phil has a casual, easy-going, conversational manner to his video training, and he makes learning new technical skills a pleasant experience—perhaps in part because of his great voice. (This is a characteristic that he shares with my partner Angie Taylor.)
These are very basic videos, but that’s no criticism—people need to learn the basics before moving on to more advanced subjects.
Here are links to free sample videos from this series and pages for additional information on the same topics:
- Picture-In-Picture: shows how to use the Motion effect and create and apply effect presets
- Rate Stretch tool: shows how to use the Rate Stretch tool
- Ripple Edit tool: shows how to use the Ripple Edit tool
- Rolling Edit tool: shows how to use the Rolling Edit tool
- Razor tool: shows how to use the Razor tool
- Adjusting volume and Mixing voice and music: show how to adjust volume using the Audio Mixer and Timeline panel
Really, my only criticism about this series is that some of the surrounding collateral—such as the box cover and bumper video that plays at the beginning of the series—are a bit sloppy, even getting product names wrong. For example, the box refers to Premiere CS5, not Premiere Pro CS5.
We’ve been seeing a few questions and requests about Adobe Story lately, and I thought that it would be a good idea to let everyone know the best ways to communicate with the Adobe Story team.
The Adobe Story user-to-user forum is great for asking questions about how to use the software and report issues. Many members of the Adobe Story team help out on that forum, as well as several experienced users of the software. Before posting a question, first do a search to see if your question has been answered before.
For now, the Adobe Story user-to-user forum is also the best place to tell the Adobe Story team about feature requests and bugs.
Of course, basic information about using Adobe Story can be found in the Adobe Story Help document.