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Adobe Photoshop: Animating Photos

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Motion Control

Pulling subjects out of Photoshop and animating them in Final Cut Pro

http://www.lafcpug.org/tutorials/basic_animating_photos.html

TAGS: “lasso, magnetic lasso”

Three Step Microphone Placement [Part II]

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Recording

The next step after choosing your microphone is getting the head of the microphone in the flow of sound of the instrument and not picking up some weird unwanted sound. This is called “placing the mic.” How do you do this?

http://www.getimo.de/linkpage2/html/tuts.php?/linkpage2/html/tuts_common_recording_tip12.php

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Adobe After Effects: Animating text in the After Effects 6.0 Timeline

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Titling Animation

Without a doubt one of the biggest and best new features in After Effects 6.0 is the new Text Tool. With it you can animate your text all over the place. You can even animate text changing over time. In this After Effects 6.0 exercise, we’ll take a quick look at how to do this. Not only is it an easy process, but it will save you a great deal of potential headache and hassle.

http://www.dvformat.com/2003/08_aug/tutorials/shiftwhatever.htm

TAGS: Nissan, Shift, change text, part

Tips on recording vocals

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Recording

If you’ve got a storming vocal on tape you’re halfway towards a great production. PAUL WHITE offers some tips on perfecting this most important of recording skills. Even if all the music you make is created via MIDI, the chances are that at some time or other you’ll have to record vocals using the traditional tools of a singer and a microphone. The vocal line is invariably the focal point of a song, so it has to be good, and because the human voice is the natural sound with which we are most familiar, any flaws in a vocal recording are immediately evident. Fortunately, providing you have a vocalist who can sing in tune, getting a good vocal sound isn’t rocket science — you just need to follow a few basic guidelines, and perhaps take advantage of a few tricks of the trade to help you get a professionally produced vocal sound.

http://www.getimo.de/linkpage2/html/tuts.php?/linkpage2/html/tuts_common_recording_vocals.php

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Recording Clear, Big Lead Guitars

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Recording

A good rock lead guitar should sound “right there” and “big” (read that as “Huge”). There should also be a clarity of the notes being played. These factors create a conflict in how you place the microphone to pick up the instrument.

http://www.getimo.de/linkpage2/html/tuts.php?/linkpage2/html/tuts_common_recording_tip02.php

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Adobe After Effects: AE6 Overview: Convert Audio to Keyframes – Bye Bye Motion Math

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Audio-Synched Events

One of the new changes/features in Adobe After Effects 6.0 is Convert Audio to Keyframes. This Keyframe Assistant does as the name implies and is a great replacement for Motion Math. And let?s face it, after the introduction of Expressions, the only reason to use Motion Math was to create keyframes from audio. In this overview exercise, I?ll walk you through the use of this new assistant to get an animated character to talk.

http://www.digitalvideoediting.com/2003/08_aug/tutorials/southparkstephen.htm

TAGS: South Park, mouth, speak, phenome

Adobe After Effects: Textacy: New text powers in After Effects 6

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Titling Tools

Every art form has its technological touchstone. Whether it?s a million purpura mollusk shells ground up to make the color ?purple? or the Korg DX-7 defining a generation of music, technology has had a profound influence on art and design. With the release of After Effects 6.0, designers, animators and compositors have been given a radical new tool to push pixels around: call it Textacy. Alan Shisko talked with Steve Kilisky, Group Product Manager for Adobe After Effects about Textacy and how it all came about…

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/shisko_alan/textacy/index.html

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Adobe After Effects: Swimming with the Fishes – 3D motion to a 2D object in After Effects

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Masking or Rotoscoping

In a previous article, we created the shape of an object out of its name. In this After Effects exercise, we’ll take a 2D fish and make its tail thrash in a 3D environment. Of course there are a number of ways you can make a layer appear to undulate to give the illusion of swimming, but in this exercise, we’ll use a simple expression, multiple layers, and some masks to complete the illusion.

http://www.creativemac.com/2003/08_aug/tutorials/swimfishss.htm

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Lighting 201 Part 1: Reflections are Our Friends

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Lighting

Lighting Transparent and Semi-Transparent Objects. Let?s begin this section by looking at how to light a semi-transparent object like a champagne bottle.

http://www.dvformat.com/2003/08_aug/features/lighting201p1.htm

TAGS: bottle, available light,

Educating, Selling and Satisfying Clients

Chapter: Business

Topic: Managing Clients

If YOU don’t educate your clients, someone else will.

http://www.imugonline.com/stuff/articles/educlients.shtml

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