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Secondary Corrections in Final Cut Pro

Check out this video on making secondary corrections in Final Cut Pro. Secondary corrections are corrections that affect only part of the picture. They’re very useful for fixing problems or creating looks.

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Timecode Burn In with Compressor

Want to compress your footage to another format and add timecode burn in at the same time? With Compressor you can! Be sure to check out this step-by-step video as we add timecode burn in via Compressor. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.



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Motion Control with After Effects - PixelPerfect Favorite

Learn about Motion Control with Photoshop and After Effects. Plus check out Bert Monroy's cool show.
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Sizing Digital Images in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Once you’ve acquired your digital images, you’ll need to size them for your project (as well as ultimate output). For many Photoshop users, such as photographers, this may be as straightforward as cropping and sizing. This chapter explores several techniques for sizing your images. You’ll learn about the concept of resampling, which addresses how the computer adds or subtracts information from a digital image while trying to retain detail and clarity.

The second part of the image-sizing puzzle is a clear understanding of these output requirements. What resolution does your printer need? Are you sending the image to a service provider such as a developer or commercial printer? You’ll need to make lots of choices, but they should be based on where the image needs to end up. Do not make assumptions when starting a project. Know the destination of your image so you’ll know which path to take.

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Free Font for the Holidays


Just in time for the holidays, here's an eggnog-induced new font for your seasonal enjoyment. The nog makes the whole font a bit fuzzy, but if you bump it up to sizes of 100 points or more, people should be able to read it okay. HO HO HO! Enjoy this new font and use it often. And use it BIG, okay?

https://www.chank.com/shop/detail/4/fonts/63/nogged/

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ProRes for PC

Apple's ProRes Codec is a great tool for professional video editors. Apple has released a version that let's PC users and editors read the files created on a Mac. This is great for video and mograf folks. It's a free download. I made a new tiny URL for my Windows friends.. http://tinyurl.com/prorespc
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Some Cool Holiday Animations

Two very cool animations for the holidays... enjoy!


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Color Correction and Enhancement with Adobe Photoshop CS4

Photoshop offers a wide range of features for rescuing washed-out faces, teasing subjects out of the shadows, and adding richness and depth to images. Rich Harrington explores some of the most useful Photoshop options for bringing life-giving color to your photos.

Learning how to spot problems and then choosing the right correction technique is an essential part of mastering Photoshop. Several different tools are available, some more useful than others. By analyzing the most important tools and determining in which situations they might help you, a more thorough understanding of color correction is possible.

The primary purpose of Photoshop is to act as a digital darkroom, where images can be corrected, enhanced, and refined. How do you know an image needs touch-up? You can pretty much assume that every image can look a little (or even a lot) better than how the camera captured it. Whether it's adjusting the exposure, increasing contrast, or boosting saturation, Photoshop is the place to improve an image.

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Creating Transparent Video with Adobe After Effects CS4

Transparency plays a key role in the success of animation and interactivity. By embedding transparency into graphic elements, you can composite together different elements created at different times, allowing for true flexibility.

The alpha channel is the technology behind transparency in computer graphics. It first evolved in the late 1970s at the New York Institute of Technology and then continued to be refined at Lucasfilm and at Pixar. When you employ alpha channels embedded into footage layers, transparency data can travel seamlessly between After Effects and Flash.

You can create alpha channels in several ways. One common technique you can use for video footage is chroma key technology. By shooting elements against a blue or green screen, you can easily remove the background. This technology is hardly new, making its first appearance at RKO Radio Pictures in the 1930s. The popularity of chroma key technology has grown immensely, bringing the technology and tools within reach of most content creators.

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The New Drobo is Awesome... Come Learn More

We've been playing with the new Drobo Elite at our offices at absolutely love it. It's a great 8 bay unit (for desktop or rack-mount). It's fast enough for HD video editing, it can expand as you grow, and it works fantastically well.

Join me for an educational seminar on Thursday, December 10, 2009 where we review how it (and the rest of the Drobo line) can benefit video editors, motion graphics artists, and videographers.

The event starts at 8:30 AM Pacific / 11:30 AM Eastern. Its a 30 minute seminar and you can ask any questions you want.

We've been putting it into play with our tapeless workflow and have been very pleased.

Sign up for your spot here –
http://bit.ly/7vhDJr




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Professional Keying with Motion



Looking for another way to key? Be sure to check out this video for a detailed demonstration of keying with Apple Motion. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.

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Stay on Target – Camera Calibration


Mixed lighting makes it tough to get accurate color.

Whenever we move a camera, change lighting, or switch scenes, a reference card or target is called for. It should have pure black, pure white, and middle grey on it. This will make it easier to color correct your footage during postproduction. Using a reference target on set allows you to move at a faster pace without fear.
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A Great Sale at Kelby Training


A great sale over at Kelby Training... I have a few titles up there too.

"An annual subscription ensures uninterrupted and unlimited access to our entire library of photography, Photoshop®, web, and creative design courses. You'll also never worry about missing out on new courses (posted weekly) and you'll instantly save $100 annually (when compared to a monthly subscription)."

The sale is $179 for a year's access. You also can get a great book bundle for free. Three of Scott Kelby's top Photoshop and Lightroom books thrown in to sweeten the deal.

"Enter code CBCKNOV at checkout to receive The Pro Photographer Bundle (while supplies last). HURRY! Offer expires December 31, 2009"

Visit Kelbytraining.com for more information or to subscribe.
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Working with Type in After Effects


Looking for a quick overview on how to control text animation in After Effects? This video will get you up and running quickly. You can also visit the website
www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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Some Recent news in the DSLR Video World

Here are a collection of short posts I wanted to share.


  • You'll find out lots of news about DSLR Video and the new book over on Facebook
  • Check out From Still to Motion

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A Few Shots from New Music Video Project

Shooting video with a macro lens is fantastic! Can focus super close and have a super shallow depth of field. Here are just a few of the dozens of shots we got last night using Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro



See the video in HD here – http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=194553448569
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Calibrating a Camera with OnLocation



Want to see a real-world calibration of a camera using OnLocation? Be sure to check out this video for a detailed demonstration.You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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Video Improvements – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peak



Richard Harrington shows you how to size pictures for video and work with video files in Photoshop CS4.

Check out our Photoshop Books
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Photoshop for Video

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