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Starting from Scratch With Assimilate, Jeff Edson aims to lower digital intermediate barriers

Chapter: 24P Film or Video

Topic: Digital Cinema Workflow

It was nearly 10 years ago that the revolution began. Armed with Windows NT workstations and software that was previously priced out of reach, a new generation of independent digital animators, video editors and special effects artists began competing with high end SGI-based facilities for broadcast and film jobs. It had a†lasting impact on high-end digital media production, making talent the key to success.

http://siggraphnews.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=27937

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Surrounded by Codecs Robert Margouleff on the state of audio surround sound

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Surround Sound

Don’t get Robert Margouleff started on the subject of competing audio surround sound formats. Speaking on a panel entitled “The Future Of Surround” at the Surround Conference in Los Angeles Dec. 12, the pioneering producer/engineer/mixer warned in advance that if asked what he thought of the market battles being waged between formats such as DVD-A and SACD, he would probably start waving his arms and flip out. Undeterred, panel moderator Bobby Owskinski asked anyway.

http://www.digitalwebcast.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=22212

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Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

Chapter: Business

Topic: Ergonomics and Lifestyle

Creative people are notorious for leading less-than-healthy lifestyles. The reality for most of us is a need to protect our health. And the key component to this is preventative — work to stay healthy in the first place

http://www.digitalprosound.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=22387

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Preventing Brain Drain. Using video to capture employee's taci business knowledge

Chapter: Business

Topic: Success in Market Segments

What is your company?s most valuable asset? It?s the knowledge stored inside your employees? heads. If you lose an essential piece of equipment, you can easily replace it. But if you lose an essential employee, it could take years for the new employee to get up to speed

http://www.avvideo.com/cgi-bin/getframeletter.cgi?/2003/11_nov/features/managing1203.htm

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Adobe After Effects: First Look: Trapcode Lux: Volumetric lighting comes to After Effects

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Lighting

Since After Effects introduced 3D lighting in version 5.0, creativity and style of projects have had a huge jump. However, while the lighting effects were nice, they still lacked something – namely the source of the light and in some cases a volumetric shaft of light coming from the source. Trapcode Lux fills that gap.

http://creativemac.com/2003/12_dec/reviews/lux.htm

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Adobe Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop CS: Image editing and graphics creation software

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Controls and Interfaces

I’ve been a user of Adobe Photoshop since its first release, and this is my fourth (or is it fifth?) review of a major update to this software. At this point what could I possibly have to say about yet another version? First off, this is not just another version. Over the years I’ve seen Photoshop evolved, devolved and recreated to what it has now become, and I have to say I’m impressed.

http://www.creativemac.com/2003/12_dec/reviews/photoshopcs031222.htm

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Adobe Illustrator: Text Wrap in Adobe Illustrator

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Type and Typography

Creating wraps for placed bitmap and EPS graphics: How do you make text wrap around an object in Adobe Illustrator? Better yet, how do you get text to wrap around placed bitmap or EPS graphics within Illustrator? It just doesn’t seem possible, right? Right. But here’s a simple workaround.

http://www.creativemac.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=19448

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Convert Final Cut Pro Rendered Project to VCD

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Encoding for Web or ROM

This guide provides a step-by-step process to convert a Final Cut ProÆ 4 rendered project into a VCD. Covers: Exporting into a self-contained movie, Choosing the preset, Deinterlacing, Encoding and Burning

http://homepage.mac.com/major4/fcp_vcd.html

TAGS: Video CD, VCD, ffmpeg, MPEG-1, output, distribut

Autodesk Combustion: Combustion 2 Quick Start

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Controls and Interfaces

In this beginner lesson for Combustion 2, Jack Pfeiffer gives users a walk-through of the software in which you will both learn and create. In this lesson you will import four still images and position them in 2D space. Created for Combustion 2 — Mac or Windows.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/pfeiffer_jack/guard/index.html

TAGS: “interface, layout, workspace, project, import, schematic view, transform, size”

Surround is No Longer Optional: Mixers Get Smaller, Smarter As Music and Post Converge

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Surround Sound

Evaluating the 2003 annual AES convention, which took place in Manhattan?s Javits Center Oct. 10-13, on the basis of size would have been an exercise in futility and confusion.

http://www.digitalprosound.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=22032

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