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By Mark Niemann-Ross | Thursday, October 02, 2014

Learn the Practical Side of IT (and Get Back to Your Real Job)

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I stupidly accepted a new office next to the printer room.

Other employees would dash into the printer room on their way to a meeting, then curse and pound the copier because it wouldn’t print. I heard them shuffling around and knew it was only moments before they would lean out and ask me for help clearing the paper jam.

This happened five minutes before the hour—every hour—from start to end of business day.

The day they moved the servers into the printer room was the day I moved my office. I was not interested in learning server maintenance, and certainly not interested in rebooting the wifi.

You may not have the option of moving your office—or you may be one of those unfortunates cursing the printer. Possibly you have an IT staff dedicated to helping out—if only you can describe what’s broken.

In all cases, you’ll benefit from learning about servers, networks, and IT in general.

And you’re in luck at lynda.com.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New Post-Production Series Kicks Off with Master Clip Effects

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This week kicks off my new Video Post Tips Weekly training series, covering all-things-post-production.

Each Wednesday, I’ll teach a specific technique or workflow—but I’ll be covering it in multiple nonlinear editing (NLE) platforms like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer. This is a great opportunity for you to just watch the movie(s) applicable to your preferred NLE—or you can watch each movie and start to build a vocabulary for how other NLEs tackle similar operations.

It’s my goal to make the series a cross-pollination of editing tips that familiarizes editors with a wide variety of techniques and software.

This week’s topic, master clip effects, explores a really exciting development in editing that allows you to correct or stylize your clips right at the master clip level—rather than applying effects to individual clips in your Timeline. Specifically, we’ll be looking at how to do this in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Successful Presentations: It's All in the Delivery

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Bad news: Even if your presentation content is perfect, it doesn’t mean you’ll give a good presentation.

It’s entirely possible for you to have all the facts straight, good structure and flow, and engaging visuals—yet still fail to engage your audience.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Save Your Child's Artwork — Without Cluttering the Fridge

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Every picture your child makes is a work of art. (Of course!)

But storing these precious drawings and paintings can be a pain. The colors fade, the paper disintegrates, and storage space in not infinite—no matter how talented your little artist is.

Happily, you don’t have to toss those paintings. With the help of Adobe Photoshop, you can move artwork off the fridge and onto the web.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stop! Don’t Shoot: Property Releases for Photographers

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If you’re a photographer who shoots outdoors with any regularity, you’ve probably been asked to put your camera away: “No photos allowed here.”

But what are your rights, actually? When and where are you allowed to take pictures on public and private property?

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 29, 2014

Get Alerts when Amazon.com Prices Drop

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The prices on the massive shopping site Amazon.com are always fluctuating.

So this week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you a great site that monitors the prices for you, and can alert you when something you want drops to the price you’re willing to pay.

By Izzy Gesell | Monday, September 29, 2014

Become a Better Leader — with Improv Theater Skills

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Becoming an effective leader is a challenging undertaking. Trying to map a success route from the myriad overlapping or contradictory leadership theories is like being on a journey where your GPS changes its mind every few miles.

But what if I told you that you can improve your leadership skills by practicing the skills used in improv theater?

It’s true. And I’m going to show you how.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mom and Daughter Bond — by Learning to Code!

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In May, after announcing with some shame that only 17 percent of its tech employees are women, Google dropped $50 million on a new campaign to encourage more girls to study programming.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Rhea Hebert and her daughter Josephine were cozied up on a sofa together watching lynda.com videos on an iPad—and learning to code.

You know. Just for fun.

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