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Adobe released the Adobe Media Player software on April 9, which allows a customizable, cross-platform media player experience. Built using the Adobe AIR runtime, the media player harnessed the power of Flash to create a rich media experience. To complete the experience, Adobe adds support for both RSS feeds and H.264 video, two of the open standards used by the podcasting movement.
What does this all mean? I had a chance to sit down with Deeje Cooley, who serves as an evangelist for Adobe’s Dynamic Media Organization (and formerly as the product manager for the Adobe Media Player). Cooley was tasked with bringing the product to market and he shared insight into Adobe’s motivation for the product and goals for its role in the market. Unlike competing products, the Adobe Media Player has chosen to focus on being a video-only player.
“The growth of video online, the dramatic growth of flash as the video delivery mechanism of choice… there was a ripe opportunity to take advantage of all these events around the industry,” said Cooley. “We started to build an RSS aggregator and quickly recognized that video was going to be a significant media online and so it became a video RSS aggregator. And so that’s really the birth of the Adobe Media Player.” MUCH MORE AFTER THE JUMP Read More...
Adobe showed some awesome stuff at NAB. My favorite was a future version of Premiere that transcribes your footage, then makes the transcription searchable for both editing and publishing to the web. I was going to do an in-depth write-up.... but then I got busy (still will).
I'll be presenting at this year's New Media Expo in Las Vegas. The event runs August 14-16 and I hope you can come out. My class is called: Producing Video Podcasts with Multiple Cameras Want to cut down editing time and give your show more polish? Learn how to create video podcasts using multiple cameras. Join veteran podcaster Richard Harrington as he shows how to harness multiple angles to improve your show. From concerts and live events to demos and interviews, multiple cameras will help you tell your story. Learn how to setup and match your cameras as well as essential editing techniques. This workshop will make multi-camera productions a snap.
Apple iTunes just promoted my company to network status. You can find all of our "in-house" technical training podcasts on a single page now. I encourage you to take a look at our several shows.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop – iPod and HD – A general interest show about Photoshop for beginners and intermediates Photoshop for Video – iPod and HD – A show about creating graphics for video pros and motion graphic designers Producing Video Podcasts – iPod and HD – A show that offers both production and post tips for making video for the web Final Cut Help – iPod – Weekly tips about using Final Cut Studio
Remember, the podcasts are totally free, all we ask is you post a review to the iTunes store and tell a friend.
I just released two newly updated Final Cut Pro discs. We updated our Absolute Training for Final Cut Studios Disc 1 & 2. Both DVDs are full current for Final Cut Studio 2 and include hands-on training files as well as HD resolution training and iPod files. Apple Final Cut Pro Volume 1: Getting Started in Final Cut Pro Volume 2: Going Deeper in Final Cut Studio Also, you may have missed that we recently released the following titles. These also include HD and iPod versions on the same disc.
I promised these hands-on practice files about the Puppet Tool a while back. To make it up to you (my loyal viewers) I've included an extra sample. To get the hands on files click here. To get a bonus video tutorial - click here.
Thanks to all the great people who attended my classes at NAB this year. It was a ton of work to prep (and I must admit I needed some rest when I got back home). As promised, the class notes and resources have been posted to the Handouts section (be sure to browse for other resources as well). Here's the list of what's available.
01 Fast Start with Adobe Photoshop for Video Pros – Slides | Book Sample 02 Video Podcasting Essentials – Slides 03 Selling Podcasting to Your Clients – Slides 04 A Sense of Perspective with Vanishing Point – Slides | Practice Files 05 Creating Movement within Photos with After Effects CS3 – Slides | Practice Files 1 | Practice Files 2 06 Directing Video Podcasts – Slides 07 Project Management for Video Pros – Slides 08 In-Depth: Video Production for the Web – Slides 09 Creating a Graphic Identity for Your Web Video – Slides [Enhanced PDF] 10 Render Faster: Wait Less and Play More in Adobe After Effects – Slides 11 Storyboard Techniques with Adobe Photoshop – Slides 12 Creative and Animated DVD menus using Photoshop – Handouts 13 Automating Broadcast Design with Photoshop – Slides 14 Seeing a New Light: FCP Color Correction – Slides | DVD
Want to create a cartoon effect for your video? Be sure to check out this step-by-step tutorial I wrote for Layers Magazine. “Sure, clients want it…that “cartoon look.” But let’s face it; good animation is hard to come by. Unless you have a gaggle of animators locked in your closet, you’ll need to get creative. Sure, you could break out the pencil and paper (or maybe even try shadow puppets), but we’re here to offer you a different solution. By harnessing the power of Adobe CS3 Production Premium, you can convert video frames into vector art into film-resolution movie files. Curious? It’s all possible with the power of the Production Premium. Read on.”
I recently wrote a detailed review on using Strata's new plug-ins for Photoshop CS3 Extended. “With Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe significantly expanded the power to work with 3D models. Many users were excited by the ability to add 3D objects and modify their textures, but modeling and advanced rendering functions were missing.
Strata offers a suite of plug-ins called 3D[in] Photoshop CS3 Plug-ins. It’s important to note that these plug-ins only work with Photoshop CS3 Extended, but that shouldn’t be viewed as a limitation. With these plug-ins, you can essentially run the core set of Strata tools as linked applications that launch from within Photoshop, then return the results to Photoshop. Now you can match a 3D object to the perspective and lighting of a photo, create new 3D layers, and generate Live 3D Web and PDF pages from Photoshop designs.”
Thanks to Planet Photoshop for making Photoshop for Video their pick of the week.
“This week I recommend Photoshop for Video by Richard Harrington. This book covers the information you need to implement Photoshop into your video workflow. It covers using channels effectively, setting up automation, creating interesting effects, and much more. If you want to get a better handle on working with Photoshop in your video workflow then this is the book for you. Richard is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and After Effects and is an instructor at major events like Photoshop World and NAB. His visual communications consultancy, RHED Pixel, creates motion graphics and produces video and multimedia projects. Richard also has a blog at RasterVector.com and another at PhotoshopForVideo.com.” Be sure to check out the rest of the site for a ton of great tutorials and video tips.
This is an excerpt from an article to be released in full later this week:
Adobe released the Adobe Media Player software on April 9, which allows a customizable, cross-platform media player experience. Built using as an Adobe Air application, the media player harnessed the power of Flash to create a rich media experience. To complete the experience, Adobe adds support for both RSS feeds and H.264 video, two of the open standards used by the podcasting movement.
What does this all mean? I had a chance to sit down with Deeje Cooley, who serves as the evangelist for Adobe’s Dynamic Media Organization (and formerly as the product manager for the Adobe Media Player). Cooley was tasked with bringing the product to market and he shared insight into Adobe’s motivation for the product and goals for its role in the market. Unlike competing products, the Adobe Media Player has chosen to focus on being a video-only player.
“The growth of video online, the dramatic growth of flash as the video delivery mechanism of choice… there was a ripe opportunity to take advantage of all these events around the industry,” said Cooley. “We started to build an RSS aggregator and quickly recognized that video was going to be a significant media online and so it became a video RSS aggregator. And so that’s really the birth of the Adobe Media Player.”
The Adobe Media Player is immediately available as a free download for Windows and Macintosh platforms from
At the recent Photoshop World conference, I picked up a new camera bag. This one is a lens bag, and is designed to condense your camera bag into a few lenses and essential gear. Be sure to check out theBODA Dry(a ton of the Photoshop World instructors and staff picked up on this). Here's what's cool.
The bag hold 4+ lenses (including long lenses)
It's very comfortable with both a shoulder and a waist strap (I find the shoulder strap more comfortable, but the waist strap fits well and has hip pads like a backpackers pack).
The product looks durable with waterproof bullistic cordura and even a very tight zipper to keep rain out.
It has a media card wallet, lens changing pouch, and even business card case.
The gear is designed to be used with one hand (and the thoughtful construction shows).
I used the bag while hiking around Red Rock (outside Las Vegas) and it was a true joy. Very comfortable and very easy to use... I still love my Kata bag for lugging the gear, but when I trim down to go mobile... this one is great.
The Aperture book is DONE and off to print. We worked in complete coverage on Aperture 2.1 which has some great new features. I've logged a lot of time with the application and wanted to offer some insight on the best of the new features in the free 2.1 update.
Dodge & Burn Plug-in – This plug-in offers much more than just Dodge and Burn. You'll also find brush-based tools for Contrast, Saturation, Sharpen Fade, and Blur. The plug-in also opens the door to third-party development (including some cool tools from nik Software.
Customize Default Adjustment Set – You can now specify which adjustments appear by default in the Adjustments Inspector/HUD.
Updated Crop Tool – The crop tool has been simplified. The new UI makes it easier to preserve an image's original aspect ratio, match the aspect ratio of your display, or use one of the standard preset aspect ratios.
Flip Images – You can now flip or flop images horizontally or vertically within Aperture.
Save Books as JPEG or TIFF images – This means you can now submit books to several third party websites.
I took the plunge and got an Apple TV for our living room (we already had one in the office). The Device is cross-platform and works really well. Apple updated the software in February and added some great features. Here's what I like the most:
The HD Rentals work great and look on par with Blu-ray
Movies are affordable, priced between $2.99 and $4.99
Downloads start to play in less than 5 minutes
I can watch podcasts on the big screen (it's weird to watch yourself in HD)
Accessing music, movies, and photos from any computer in the house is near instant
The device is easy to hook up
My three-year old can figure it out
YouTube's expected switch to bigger image size will be great
Looking for something different? I discovered Animoto at this year's SXSW conference... Load up your photos, pick a song, and within a few minutes you have a rocking music video. You can use their cleared music or load up your own. Thirty-second movies are free, full-length videos cost $3. You can get a full year's access for $30.
The whole process is a piece of cake. Be sure to check them out – here. You can post the videos to a website, download them for an iPod, or even use YouTube to share. The videos you download
Here are a two more of mine that you can check out.