December, 2011 Archives
On December 8 writer, producer and vfx artist Jon Carr presented how his team leveraged the capabilities of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium to help complete the short film Möbius edited by Vashi Nedomansky and directed by Vincent LaForet.
You can watch Möbius here: http://vimeo.com/31525127
Möbius was shot using a prototype of the new Canon EOS C300 camera and was edited using Adobe Premiere Pro with effects shots produced using Adobe After Effects. Also integral to post production process were Adobe Story, Adobe Photoshop Extended and Adobe Media Encoder.
Here are some highlights from Jon’s presentation:
- Plays nicely with other popular screenwriting tools such as Final Draft
- The collaboration features of Adobe Story allowed Jon and his co-writer Justin Hamilton to share the script, mark up and make comments and have a dialog about needed changes.
- The outline view lists scenes and uses color-coded dots to identify characters used in each scene. This feature helped Jon’s team save money by identifying a scene requiring a single actor that could be rewritten to instead not use that character.
- Editorial started with 18 hours of source material and a tight schedule so editor Vashi Nedomansky was able to pass Adobe Premiere Pro project files back and forth with other team members to help identify selects and speed the editing process.
- Other NLEs would have required the C300’s Canon XF media to be transcoded before it could be edited, but Adobe Premiere Pro was able to work with the media natively so no transcoding was necessary.
- Shots were sent from Adobe Premiere Pro to After Effects using Dynamic Link
- Warp Stabilizer was used to fix shaky clips
- Some shots required graffiti on rocks to be painted out, and a combination of the motion tracker built into After Effects, mocha for After Effects and CAMERATRACKER plug-in from The Foundry were used.
- Rotobrush was used in cases where the actor needed to be placed back in front of a background that had been cleaned up in Adobe Photoshop.
- Jon showed us how he exported a frame from After Effects and used the Clone Stamp Tool to quickly paint out graffiti on the rocks behind the actor.
- The saved frame was then brought back into After Effects where he used the cleaned up rock to cover over the painted section.
- When the project was complete, Adobe Media Encoder was used to quickly export the finished sequence to QuickTime.
More details about Möbius can be found on Vincent LaForet’s blog at http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/
You can also watch a video featuring Jon and Vincent on Adobe TV.
You can follow Jon Carr on Twitter at @jon_carr
We like to point people to free video tutorials as much as possible, such as in this set of resources for beginners; but we often get asked where people can get more complete, in-depth training materials. Of course, many of these in-depth materials are not free, since creating a lengthy, deep set of video training materials is the sort of work that people tend to want to get paid for. This article is a brief summary of the best providers of paid video training that I know of. In all cases, you can find free sample videos on the websites of these providers, which they’ve generously provided as a way for you to try out their materials before you buy anything.
video2brain: Since they started doing English-language training a couple of years ago, video2brain has shown a strong commitment to providing high-quality video training for Adobe Premiere Pro. I helped to create some of the Premiere Pro courses, but mostly Jan Ozer and Maxim Jago have been behind the very strong video training for Premiere Pro. In addition to giving you the ability to purchase DVDs of individual courses, video2brain also has subscription options that give you access to all of their materials.
Total Training: The strong training created by Luisa Winters has kept Total Training at the top of the heap for Premiere Pro. Be sure to check out the CS5.5 Production Premium course, which I almost missed because it wasn’t listed with the Premiere Pro courses. You can order DVDs of the courses, or you can subscribe for online access.
Lynda.com: For several years, Lynda.com has been providing video training for Premiere Pro. I’m encouraged to see that they’ve recently added courses by such luminaries as Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington to strengthen their offerings for Premiere Pro. Lynda.com has several different subscription options.
Creative Edge: The Creative Edge website collects resources from several providers into one subscription service, so you can watch videos by Total Training, some by video2brain, and so on–all in one place.
Did I miss any providers of video training that you like? Let me know in the comments.
Also see the companion article, “video training providers for After Effects”
(Full disclousure: I’ve worked with most of the organizations listed here–peforming such tasks as creating videos for them, helping them plan their courses, and reviewing their materials. None of them pay me, though.)