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By Megan O. Read | Friday, April 09, 2010

Elastic Audio: throwback to DJ record manipulation, but better

Author Brian White has just released a new training video on one of ProTools most powerful editing tools, Pro Tools 8: Time Manipulation with Elastic Audio.

In this excerpt from Chapter one, Understanding Elastic Audio, Brian draws an analogy to the days of vinyl and tape:

“Elastic Audio allows users to stretch or shrink slices of audio within the edit window, effectively slowing down, speeding up, or changing the rhythmic feel of an existing recording, all while preserving the original pitch. So, when I think about the origins of time manipulations, I think back to tape and vinyl, how DJs could slow down or speed up a record to match the tempo of the previous song, or how you could speed up or slow down the tape playback. The problem with this is that while it changed the tempo, it also changed the pitch.”

Brian wrote an interesting two-part Elastic Audio review on his blog last October. If you missed it there, check it out here and here.

For more tips from Brian, check out his weekly ProTools column at audioMIDI.com.

By Megan O. Read | Wednesday, April 07, 2010

lynda.com authors at NAB in Las Vegas this week

This Saturday marks the start of the NAB conference in Las Vegas. The conference brings audio, video, and film professionals together for five days of inspiring keynote sessions, demos of the latest cutting edge equipment, and hundreds of vendors in the vast exhibit hall.

There are quite a few lynda.com authors who will be speaking at NAB this year, and it’s not too late to register for tickets.

lynda.com authors speaking at NAB include Robbie Carman, Mark Christiansen, Abba Shapiro, Rich Harrington, Larry Jordan, Scott Bourne, Jeff Greenberg, Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer, and Jeff Foster. Look for them on the NAB sessions calendar.

By Megan O. Read | Monday, April 05, 2010

Jeff Bartels: Count Chocula, a lot of hard work, and a love for AutoCAD

I recently interviewed the talented AutoCAD instructor Jeff Bartels and asked him how he got involved with AutoCAD, with lynda.com, and what his recording process is like.

 How did you get started with AutoCAD? Walk us through the story.

By Megan O. Read | Friday, March 26, 2010

Microsoft Silverlight, technology and education, ColdFusion, and Windows Phone

Our authors have been busy as usual! Check out the latest news on conferences, speaking events, webinars, and blogs from a few of our fine lynda.com authors:

Walt RitscherAuthor Walt Ritscher is going to have a busy month. In April, he is speaking at three different Microsoft Silverlight conferences. Check him out at one near you:

April 17-18, 2010: Seattle Code Camp v5.0—Two full days of talking about code with fellow developers. Sessions will range from informal “chalk talks” to presentations. There will be a mix of presenters, some experienced folks, for some it may be their first opportunity to speak in public. We are expecting to see people from throughout the Pacific Northwest region and beyond.

April 26th: Silverlight User Group talk in New York. Join NYC WPF & Silverlight Meetup to get location information and RSVP.

April 27-29th: Devscovery Conference in New York, NY—Devscovery is a three-day multi-track indepth technical conference produced by Wintellect. In 2010, Devscovery will provide 33 technical sessions to cater to the intermediate to advanced developer.

Laurie Burruss, Simon AllardiceJoin authors Laurie Burruss (lynda.com Senior Director of Education) and Simon Allardice for MoblEd10 in Pasadena, CA April 19- 20. Explore how mobile technologies are impacting the ways we learn, work, and play anytime, anywhere, and everywhere. Register today.

Dan ShortDan Short, author of the new ColdFusion Builder Essential Training course, gave a great ColdFusion Builder webinar this week. ColdFusion Builder is Adobe’s first dedicated development environment for programmers of ColdFusion-based Internet applications. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recorded content online.

Joe Marinilynda.com author and Product Manager for the Microsoft Windows Phone, Joe Marini, has launched the IE for Windows Phone Team Weblog. If you are looking for updates on the Windows Phone, mobile development tips and sample code, this is a great resource.

By Megan O. Read | Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Inspiration at any age

Lynda's photo by Chris Orwig. Used with permission. www.chrisorwig.com

I recently ran across an article that listed 11 famous people who were in what they defined as their “wrong” job at the age of 30. The household names listed had simply not found their calling yet, or, had tried to make it, but gave up to do something else before stumbling back into their eventual fields. The celebrities listed (people like Andrea Bocelli, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart, Julia Childs) all ended up in the careers that made them famous after the age of 30.

One of the reasons I love working at lynda.com is Lynda Weinman, who is always encouraging others to try new things, make mistakes, and learn from experiences. Like the 11 celebs I read about, Lynda didn’t find her true calling until she was in her 30s. You can hear more about her personal and business history in The lynda.com Story.

I couldn’t think of a better time to share the commencement speech that Lynda wrote and presented at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA last March. It seems fitting to post this on Ada Lovelace Day, a day that honors women in technology by blogging about them. I hope it inspires and encourages you to try new things, and keep striving to find your calling.

By Megan O. Read | Monday, March 22, 2010

Lynda on the radio today

AM1400 KKZZOur very own Lynda Weinman will be interviewed live on the radio this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. PST. If you are in Ventura County, listen in at KKZZ AM 1400.

For everyone else, catch the live stream on am1400coach.com. No matter where you’re listening, don’t hesitate to call (805) 639-0008 or email questions to info@am1400coach.com for Lynda before and during the show.

By Megan O. Read | Friday, March 19, 2010

Author exhibitions at MoMA, new books, and upcoming events

Currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is the work of lynda.com author and interactive designer Brendan Dawes. The Cinema Redux project is part of the Action! Design over Time exhibition. This is Brendan’s second time exhibiting at MoMA. In 2008, Cinema Redux was featured in the groundbreaking exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind at MoMA. Two Cinema Redux pieces have since been acquired for the MoMA collection. A limited edition print from Cinema Redux is available from Coudal.

Cinema Redux of Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock), by Brendan Dawes.

An excerpt from the new book from James Ball and Matt Gottshalk, and lynda.com authors Robbie CarmanandRichard Harrington, From Still to Motion is available for a sneak peek. lynda.com author Ian Robinson and his wife Lisa shot most of the photography for this fascinating book on creating video with your Digital SLR. This book is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Drupal instructor Tom Geller is giving an online, all-day Drupal workshop on March 29th from 9am-5PM (CT). For more information, check out Tom’s blog, or sign up here—lynda.com blog readers get 10% off!

Join Anne Marie Concepcion for her InDesignSecrets seminar on Thursday March 25th in Secaucus, NJ at 9am (EST). If you can’t make the New Jersey date, check out the rest of the North American tour dates.

The CMS Expo in Chicago is coming up on May 3-5, and Joomla! Expert Jen Kramer is a featured speaker, and Core CMS Track Leader at the 2010 CMS Expo. Details and registration information available here.

By Megan O. Read | Monday, March 15, 2010

lynda.com author events all week

For those of you in the Washington DC area today, lynda.com author Robbie Carman will be speaking at the Washington DC Final Cut User Group meeting at 6:30 pm. The Final Cut Pro and Color expert will be talking about his recent book Video on a Mac, and demonstrate Color Grading techniques. Details available on the DCFCPUG site.

This Wednesday, lynda.com author and Google expert, Susan Cline is offering afree one-hour webinar on Google Forms on behalf of the Google apps solutions company Dito. Topics will include creating new forms, designing form questions, analyzing responses with Google Spreadsheets and more. Register today.

In honor of St. Patrick’s day, lynda.com author Jeff Foster has released a sneak peak video promo of his book,The Green Screen Handbook. Green indeed! Check out his trailer.

Join author Mordy Golding weekly for his new Adobe Illustrator webinar series, Fridays with Mordy. Each week Mordy will pick a different topic based on the user feedback he receives through his Twitter account. At 2 pm Eastern, each Friday, you can sit in and watch Mordy demo various Illustrator topics, and answer questions in a live webinar. For more information, and to check out his new weekly seminar, check out his blog.

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