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By Megan O. Read | Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Premiere Pro CS4 course shows how to tell better stories with creative editing

Images from Chapter 4, The Art of Video Editing

Several examples from Chapter 4, The Art of Video Editing. Clockwise from top, two clips from "House on Haunted Hill" with Vincent Price, Kuleshov's Effect, from "Amar el Cine," music video for the Zen Chemists, scene from "Ninja Death 3."

Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics with Chad Perkins is an exciting release for video editors, but I’d argue that there could be something for everyone in this course.

In Chapters 2 and 4 for instance, (Tips for Shooting Video, and The Art of Video Editing), Chad touches on key tips that anyone with a camera and a story to tell can use. From telling better stories through suggestive editing, to setting a mood using emotional cutaways, the importance of pacing, and thankfully, how to avoid bad edits.

A few other highlights that caught my eye were the chapter on Editing a Music Video, the advanced video concept of getting video to look like film (in Chapter 14), and the awesome creating a day-for-night shot in Chapter 7. (So that’s how they shoot all those night shots in movies!)

Chad also covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Check it out and let us know what you think.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Save time and brain power: Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts

Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks.

By Lynda Weinman | Monday, May 18, 2009

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snyder-King, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Anderson, Bruce Heavin

Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snider, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Andersen, Bruce Heavin

Taz is here recording Photoshop CS4: Color Correction, Lesa is recording internal movies for our staff related to iStockPhoto usage, Jay is  recording QuarkXpress 8 Essential Training, Max is our lead training producer and he’s making sure our authors are eating a well-produced meal, Jan is here for a staff meeting, but her next project is Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth, Megan is relating in her Author Relations role at lynda.com, and Bruce is here for the good meal and conversation with me, who is not in the shot as I am behind the lens taking the photo. We have meals with authors all the time, and now that I am blogging I hope to document these occasions and let you know which authors are in town and what new courses they are cooking up.

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, May 08, 2009

Flash 10 Player Course coming this summer…

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Lee Brimelow, a lynda.com author who has created courses in After Effects, Flash, and Expression Web, wrote to me out of the blue the other day and proposed a course on Flash Player 10.

When creating Flash movies, websites, or applications, it is important to know all the new features of the authoring tool. But it is just as important to know the capabilities of the latest version of the Flash player. Each new version of the player introduces support for the latest and greatest features, many which are not exposed in the authoring environment.

Flash Player 10 introduced a ton of new creative capabilities, from 3D, advanced Text effects, Pixel Bender (like filter effects you’d find in Photoshop, only over time), to new sound and drawing APIs. This course will explain how to tap into these new features to take your Flash work to the next level.

It’s been a few years since Lee contributed to the lynda.com Online Training Library; he’s been busy with his blogs, The Flash Blog, gotoandlearnFlashermag, and working as Platform Evangelist for Adobe Systems focusing on the Flash, Flex and AIR communities.

Needless to say, the course idea is approved in the queue to record soon. We’re honored to work again with Lee; he fits the profile perfectly as an author with true passion, deep knowledge, and he’s addicted to sharing!

By Crystal McCullough | Saturday, May 02, 2009

Kudos from an InDesign must-have

Ajar Productions mentions David Blatner’s new Online Training Library title, InDesign CS4: 10 Free Must-Have Scripts in its blog this week. David featured the animation studio’s Merge TextFrames extension for Adobe InDesign as one of the 10 must haves in his lynda.com course. Read their blog post, and then check out the extension.

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