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Art of the Edit
Interlude's Treehouse: Interactive Video Authoring

Interlude's Treehouse: Interactive Video Authoring

"Welcome to a new world of storytelling," invites Treehouse's Interlude, an early player in the world of online authoring and delivery of interactive videos. In this review, Jerry Hofmann finds an impressive and easy-to-use service for creating "smart video" for more engaging content.

Review, Editorial, Tutorial, Feature
Jerry Hofmann
Adobe After Effects
LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature

LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature
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LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his newly modified After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The modified script with the new feature, which adds the ability to enable individual light colors through a checkbox in the effect control panel, is available as a free download in the Project Files folder.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Brian Charles
Adobe After Effects
Green Screen Billboard Compositing

Green Screen Billboard Compositing
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This After Effects tutorial demonstrates how to simulate augmented reality centered around a city billboard by compositing green screen footage and editing it into the scene.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Ari Grunzeweig
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Handwriting Tutorial

After Effects Handwriting Tutorial
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This tutorial will show you how to create an animation of a marker writing out a logo or a few words, followed by a slick reveal to an actual logo.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Ari Grunzeweig
Adobe After Effects
LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial

LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial
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LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The script is available as a free download in the Project Files folder.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Brian Charles
Art of the Edit
Post Production: Pixel vs. DPI for Graphics

Post Production: Pixel vs. DPI for Graphics
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In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter explains why pixel size matters over dpi when you create graphics for video.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Post Production: What Is A Raid?

Post Production: What Is A Raid?
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In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter Biscardi, Jr. gives a very simple introduction to the media arrays which are often used in Post Production for high performance media storage and playback.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
WalterBiscardi.com
We'd Like to Introduce You to WalterBiscardi.com Training

We'd Like to Introduce You to WalterBiscardi.com Training
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Welcome to WalterBiscardi.com and the home of the craft and business of media production brought to you not by professional trainers, but by working Creative Professionals.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Post Production: Renaming Audio and Video Tracks

Post Production: Renaming Audio and Video Tracks
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In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter shows how taking just a few moments to rename your editing audio and video tracks in your NLE can pay big dividends for organization, collaboration, finish and revisions later in your production cycle.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Adobe After Effects Techniques
After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus

After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus
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Using Rowbyte Plexus (the 3D particle system plugin for Adobe After Effects) and Trapcode SoundKeys in After Effects, Gardy Raymond demonstrates how to create animated guitar strings that distort in time with the music.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Gardner Raymond
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry On

Post Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry On
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Working under pressure is sometimes unavoidable in video production. Don't lose your cool!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 3: Attitude? Yep I Have One

Post Etiquette 3: Attitude? Yep I Have One
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The way you interact with your client can help create a better environment for collaboration.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 2: Engage Your Client

Post Etiquette 2: Engage Your Client
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Don't turn your back on your client! Instead, create an ideal environment for collaboration.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room!

Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room!
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Mom always said clean your room! Walter Biscardi, Jr explains why a clean edit suite still matters - especially when clients pay a visit.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Adobe Creative Cloud
Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0

Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0
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Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz demonstrates using simple jQuery UI code to create sound effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0, using the new HTML5 audio capability in Edge Animate.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-EIGHT: Sony Image Stabilization

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-EIGHT: Sony Image Stabilization
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the native stabilization effect within Sony Vegas Pro which has to be used as a media effect rather than an event effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SEVEN: Stylizing Events with BCC

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SEVEN: Stylizing Events with BCC
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis gives a quick overview of some of the BCC Art Looks, Color & Tone and Stylize tools from the BCC Complete suite of plugins by BorisFX for Sony Vegas Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SIX: Motion Blur

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SIX: Motion Blur
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply motion blur inside of Sony Vegas Pro, how to change its settings and how to change the type of motion blur used for best 'real world' results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit Crawls

Learn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit Crawls
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to add logos to your title crawls, by introducing Photoshop to your Media Composer workflow. What might seem to be limitations inside of Media Composer can bypassed by unitizing the Marquee Title Tool! Once you see how easy this technique is, you'll be adding logos to every one of your title crawls.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces Zaxwerks ProAnimator and gives an overview of the simplicity and speed of the application as well as showing how to render out the final animation as an image sequence and then how to bring that (or any) image sequence into Sony Vegas Pro for final compositing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
AVID
Learn Media Composer: Michael Bay Film Look Part 1

Learn Media Composer: Michael Bay Film Look Part 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows all the Symphony editors out there how to create a Michael Bay inspired film look right from within their Symphony timeline. Everything that is shown in this tutorial is designed to get you excited to stay in your NLE which not only saves you time, but will make you more money in the end!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FOUR: Texture Text with Shatter

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FOUR: Texture Text with Shatter
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In this example of the Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Shatter effect in HitFilm to extrude non-shattering 3D text as well as how to apply different textures to the front and the side of the extruded text. While working much faster than the previous introduction to HitFilm tutorial, this tutorial still show the whole Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow in detail for those wanting to learn more about HitFilm and Sony Vegas Pro integration.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 25 VFX - The Michael Bay Look

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 25 VFX - The Michael Bay Look
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe makes sure that all the Motion 4 & 5 users aren't left out when taking a look at mimicking the Michael Bay Film Look! Using only the tools inside of Motion 4 & 5, Kevin shows how combining your footage with some solids and transfer modes, will create a stylized and memorable effect that can be used over and over again!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 24 Preferences Part TWO

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 24 Preferences Part TWO
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In part two of his look at Preferences, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down some of the most important preferences like Autosave Vaults and even sub-frame keyframing to make sure that you have a good foundation to work at your most optimal pace.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 23 Keyboard Shortcuts

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 23 Keyboard Shortcuts
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about your Keyboard Settings and takes a first part look at Preferences. It's important to understand both, and why it might not always be a good idea to go in and make extensive changes to either, especially if you're a freelancer.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
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Walter Biscardi (8)
Brian Charles (2)
Andrew Devis (5)
Ari Grunzeweig (2)
Jerry Hofmann (1)
Michael Hurwicz (1)
Kevin P McAuliffe (5)
Gardner Raymond (1)


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