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By Robbie Carman | Saturday, February 14, 2015

Is the Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder Right for You?

Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder

Sony, a company known for entertainment systems, movies, and quality cameras, has entered into the action camera world with the Sony HDR-AS15.

Is this the action camera for you?

In this week’s installment of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie walk you through the ins and outs of the Sony HDR-AS15 action cam.

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 14, 2015

Job Interview? 6 Tips for Vetting Your Future Manager

job interview tips: getting to know the boss

If you’re job-hunting, or considering a transition to a new role in your current company, take some time in your interviewing process to really scout the new boss you’d be working for.

One of the most important predictors of your job success is your fit with your manager:

Do you communicate in similar ways? Is he invested in you and your career? Will she person help you advance and learn new skills?

It’s hard to know any of these answers before you start the job. But I have a few tricks that have helped me vet new superiors.

Here’s what you have to do:

By Jeff Carlson | Friday, February 13, 2015

Photos for OS X: What You Need to Know

Photos for OS X Beta

Last week, Apple re-revealed Photos for OS X, the Mac counterpart to the Photos app on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Available now as a preview for developers, Photos for OS X will be included with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 in the spring.

Apple first teased Photos for OS X at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last June, and a month later announced that iPhoto and Aperture were being retired. In the interim, we’ve been left wondering what the replacement will be like:

Will it open existing iPhoto and Aperture libraries? Will Photos replace all of Aperture’s professional organizing and editing features?

Now we have a better idea of what’s coming. The Photos for OS X app will be immediately familiar, as it echoes (but doesn’t completely duplicate) the Photos for iOS app. It does open iPhoto and Aperture libraries, and even does so without duplicating your images.

However, that’s about as far as Photos goes when it comes to Aperture. The new application is a clear message—the latest in a string of messages over the years, really—that Apple is no longer pursuing the professional photographer market.

If you currently use iPhoto or Aperture to manage and edit your photo library, it’s time to start thinking about how Photos will fit into your workflow—which may involve migrating to a non-Apple application.

By Chris Meyer | Friday, February 13, 2015

Create a Flying Logo with After Effects and CINEMA 4D

flying logo

One of the most common motion graphics jobs is to create a flying logo: taking a client’s flat, two-dimensional print logo, turning it into a 3D object, and animating it onto the screen for a wide variety of video destinations (trade shows, press events, training videos, web and social media, etc.).

This process used to require buying and learning a 3D application, rendering your 3D footage, and bringing it into After Effects (and/or your non-linear editor of choice) to integrate it with your other footage.

Now that CINEMA 4D Lite comes bundled with After Effects and features a direct render path between the two apps, this task just got a whole lot easier.

But there’s still that (not so) little step of “learning a 3D program.” With this in mind, I’ve published a video course to teach anyone—even those with no prior 3D experience—the skills to create a flying logo using After Effects and CINEMA 4D.

In this article, I’ll show you the key steps to create a flying logo effect.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using Typekit Fonts in Your InDesign Documents

learn to use typekit fonts in InDesign

When I’m designing a layout, I like to experiment with a lot of different typefaces.

Luckily, as a Creative Cloud member, hundreds of fonts are available to me via Typekit, Adobe’s font service. It’s like being a kid in a candy store!

I can browse fonts, search for fonts with specific properties, and sync fonts to my computer, where they are automatically installed on the operating system level.

But what happens to Typekit fonts when you need to share your file?

By Mike Rankin | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using InDesign Master Pages for Long Documents

InDesign master pages

Imagine you’re a designer laying out a 500-page book in InDesign, with all kinds of page types—various front matter, end matter, body text, chapter openers, etc.

Would you try to build each of those pages manually, starting with a blank page every time? Or would you reach for a tool that would allow you to easily create all those pages with the speed and consistency of professional-quality work?

Fortunately, just such a tool exists in InDesign: master pages.

In this article, I’m going to show you how InDesign master pages work.

You can also watch my lynda.com course Creating Long Documents with InDesign CC for a complete long-document workflow—including how to use master pages.

By Adam Wilbert | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Buy or Rent? Office 365 Subscription vs. Office 2013

office 365 subscription or boxed tools?

The subscription model is here to stay, and that’s a good thing.

When you dig into the benefits of a subscription—and evaluate the actual costs of “buying” versus “renting” your Office software—you might be surprised at what the numbers tell you.

Here’s why I think an Office 365 subscription is an unbeatable deal.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deke's Techniques: A Romantic Island for Valentine's Day

deke's techniques

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic of holidays, Deke takes the silky smooth photograph of the island he distilled from grainy GoPro footage in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, and fine-tunes it in Photoshop CC.

The result? A romantic landscape that will carry you away… even in the dead of winter.

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