Category Archives: Tutorial

TUTORIAL: Keying in Adobe After Effects CS6

I do a show called The Want List that requires a bunch of keying in Adobe After Effects. In this video I walk you through my process of going from Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to Adobe After Effects CS6 and back again, and along the way demonstrate how I use Keylight to key out the green screen background.

Adobe After Effects CS6 Walk Through

Adobe After Effects CS6 has a number of new features. Included in this walk-through/demo, are the new caching features, the 3D Camera Tracker, and Advanced 3D Render engine that allows the user to extrude text.

I was up late last night recording this, and there are a few times I totally say one word, when I mean another… duhr.

Make sure you watch this full size at 1080p!

TUTORIAL: Tracking a Trophy with Mocha for After Effects

This is a live in-class tutorial/demonstration of how to use Mocha for AE to track the front of a trophy, and then replace it with a new faceplate for an interstitial for an awards program.

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Podcasting 101 Part 2: All that audio stuff

I was really surprised at the feedback following my first podcasting article, and the number or requests for additional information. You asked for it, and now you’re getting it.

Podcasting is now old school. It’s been around long enough that the bleeding edge, and early adopters have established methods and procedures that now make it easy for others to jump on the bandwagon. You can be a podcaster too, and in this installment I’ll cover some of the gear you’ll need to think about getting as you jump through the hoops on your way to building your own podcasting empire.

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So You Wanna Do a Podcast?

About once a week, I receive a request in the Major Spoilers Mailbox asking to spill the secrets of the Major Spoilers Podcast and Critical Hit: A Major Spoilers Dungeons and Dragons Podcast. The great thing about podcasts is the cost of entry is really low, but you might want to run through this Top Ten list before deciding to jump on the podcasting wagon.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #47

(originally published May 23, 2005)
Real-time Multiclip Editing in Final Cut Pro 5

One of the best new features in Final Cut Pro 5 is multicam editing. This handy feature allows those do multiple camera productions to gang the clips together to make editing a breeze. In this Final Cut Pro Quick Tip, we?ll quickly look at how it works.

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PC to Mac: Getting There

thunderbird.jpgMigrating your Outlook Express Contacts to Apple Mail

When I purchased my MacBook Pro a year ago, I had originally intended it to be my portable editing facility. In the current configuration, it has more than enough power to edit DV or HDV in the field with an attached G2 FW800 drive and a Sony HDV deck. My HP Pavilion DV8000 is also a 17-inch system, but weighs quite a bit more than the MacBook Pro. Little did I know that midway through this fall semester I would get extremely tired of lugging two laptops to work with me so I could get class work done on the Mac (thanks to Keynote being an awesome app) and my regular writing (, Major Spoilers, Coolness Roundup) on the PC.

Around November I decided to make the migration from using the PC laptop to using the Mac exclusively for everything I do. For the most part I have mirrored everything from the PC to the Mac, with two exceptions; Adobe After Effects (needs to be updated to run on Leopard), and my e-mail. I like Mac Mail a lot, but considering I have hundreds of contacts on the PC, moving them to the Mac as easily as possible is/was one of those final frontier things.

Of course Microsoft and Apple are never going to make it easy to migrate from one system to the other, and my contact list is no exception. Using the standard export/import features on both applications was not a success. Either no data would import, or about half the contact info would import, but not in the correct information cell.

Fortunately, an hour of searching the web for a short way revealed the answer – use Thunderbird as an in between step.

Take the jump for the step by step and save yourself the trouble if you are moving.

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