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By Aaron F. Ross | Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Production rendering from the Maya Camera Sequencer

Production rendering with Maya's Camera Sequencer

Maya’s Camera Sequencer is an amazing tool for nonlinear editing and previsualization. It lets you create a cuts-only edit of multiple cameras and shots within a single scene, and render the edited sequence out to a Playblast. There’s just one catch: By default, the framing and aspect ratio of the exported sequence doesn’t match that of the cameras. I wasn’t able to cover this in my recent course Cinematography in Maya but in this article, I’ll describe how to work around the issue.

With the following steps, the Maya Camera Sequencer can render movies and image sequences with the same crop factor as the Batch Renderer. Depending on your needs, you may even be able to render final production animations using Viewport 2.0! Imagine that: You can stage, animate, and edit an entire movie within Maya, basically erasing the distinctions between pre-production, production, and post.

By lynda.com | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Five time-saving Access tips

5 tips for Access databases

Building and managing databases can be a chore. Save time and effort with these five Access tips, from the expert instructors at lynda.com.

A well-crafted database can give you insight into trends and opportunities. Learn its five key components.

By lynda.com | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Five time-saving PowerPoint tips

5 tips for your next PowerPoint presentation

A powerful presentation can make or break your meeting. Don’t wing it; learn these must-know Powerpoint tips in just minutes from the experts at lynda.com.

Back up your presentations with hard data. Here’s how to import it from Excel.

By lynda.com | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

The way you manage your projects and employees affects the productivity of your department—and company. Get ahead in 2014 with these tips to help you manage, motivate and resolve issues with employees and be a better manager.

1. Pick the right management style. There’s no single perfect way to manage, but there IS a management style that works best for your situation and team. Do you know how to choose the right one?

By lynda.com | Monday, January 13, 2014

Work smarter: Five time-saving tips for 2014

5 time-saving tips

Time is money. As companies make more demands for efficiency and productivity, employees need to respond by working smarter. Here are some time-saving tips from expert lynda.com instructors for maximizing the hours in your day.

1. Say no. Minimize interruptions from your colleagues by saying “no” to right-this-minute requests—and deferring the “yes” to a later time.

By lynda.com | Friday, January 10, 2014

5 must-know Excel tips

Boost your spreadsheet know-how in minutes with these easy Microsoft Excel tips from expert lynda.com instructors.

1. Learn how to keep the content of your cells within the boundaries of your design.

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By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, October 02, 2013

12 tips for your next job interview

12 tips for your next job interview

It’s said that luck favors the prepared. When it comes to job interviews, being well prepared is often what sets the best applicants apart from the rest. Here are 12 of my favorite job interview tips to make your next one go smoothly.

Before the job interview:

1. When possible, know the names and faces of the team you’re interviewing with; consider researching them on the company’s website, or on LinkedIn. Identifying shared experiences and interests helps set the stage for an easy, casual conversation during the interview.

2. Learn about the company’s products or services, and how they work. How does the company make money? How does it present itself by way of branding, marketing, and advertisement?

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, August 27, 2013

5 tips to improve your leadership

Be a better leader.

Great leadership comes with practice and purpose—so today I’m sharing five free videos from our training library with tips you can apply immediately to become a better leader.

1. Know your vision

Clarity of vision and values is where great leadership begins. What do you believe in, and how does that translate into the way you run your team, division, or company? Check out Leadership Fundamentals and let Britt Andreatta help you get in touch with your vision and values:

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