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Adobe Photoshop: Preparing Seamless Bitmaps Preparing Photoshop Textures for C4D: Part 2

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Textures and Image Maps

If you’ve used Photoshop to create your bitmap image maps, this is review of a trick from days of Photoshop 4.† However, with the newest releases of Photoshop , the availability of custom brushes and advanced tools has made the potential of texture creation for applications like CINEMA 4D boundless.† In these two QuickTime tutorials, I’ll review the simple method of making a seamless heal.

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34813

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Maxon Cinema 4D: Preparing Photoshop Textures for C4D: Part 2 – Preparing Seamless Bitmaps

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Textures and Image Maps

If you’ve used Photoshop to create your bitmap image maps, this is review of a trick from days of Photoshop 4.† However, with the newest releases of Photoshop , the availability of custom brushes and advanced tools has made the potential of texture creation for applications like CINEMA 4D boundless.† In these two QuickTime tutorials, I’ll review the simple method of making a seamless heal.

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34813

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CitiDISK HDV HDV/DV

Like similar products the CitiDISK HDV™ is a hard-drive based, lightweight portable recorder that connects to HDV/DV camcorder via FireWire and captures HDV/DV or DV50 footage to its hard drive. The CitiDISK HDV is comparable to the FireStore HD except CitiDISK also does DV50. Playback to the viewfinder is supported.

With a tape in the camcorder the CitiDISK HDV is controlled by the camcorder’s start/stop control, via FireWire; with no tape in the drive control is off the CitiDISK HDV’s record button. Each format is stored as MT2, AVI, DV or MOV formats on a preformatted FAT32 drive, although HDV is always recorded as its native MT2.

CitiDISK HDV automatically detects incoming MiniDV/DVCam/DVCPro (DV or DV25), DVCPro50 or HDV stream formats and 2-ch-16bit-48Khz/2-ch-16bit-44.1Khz/4-ch-12bit-32khz audio sampling rates, and provides record/playback in either format.

The CitiDISK HDV also supports pre-record, from an internal memory buffer which can be instantly recorded to the hard drive when the REC button is pressed to prevent loss of important scenes. Recording can be continuous because there is 90 minutes of record time from the internal Lithium Polymer battery that automatically kicks in when 3-hour external battery power runs low. The external battery can be changed without interrupting recording.

Pricing ranges from US$680 (40GB) to US$850 (100GB) with record times for DV/HDV from 3 to 7.75 hours. Mac and PC compatible.

M-Audio StudioPro 3

The new M-Audio StudioPro 3 desktop audio monitors are built from MDF, rather than plastic and include fiberglass insulation for improved bass response. Bass response is also enhanced by a custom bass-reflex port that the company claims works with the woofer and cabinet together to produce a natural bass response. There is a Bass Boost control for further adjustment of the low end sound. The speakers have built-in active EQ and crossover networks built around 3.25" low frequency drivers and a 1" high frequency dome.

Important for a video room, both drivers are magnetically shielded to protect against interference coming from the speakers (protecting CRT display) or coming into the speakers.

The speakers are AC powered with universal power supply (100-240v, 50-60Hz) with main RCA speakers on the rear, but with a stereo Aux input on the front panel for "digital media devices" (aka iPod). Also on the front panel is a stereo headphone socket that mutes the sound from the monitors.

At US$99.95 the StudioPro 3 speakers come with a stand.

Two collections of tips for Pro Apps Users

Intelligent Assistance have released the first two collections of Pro Apps Tips. Each collection contains 101 Tips originally published in the Pro Apps Hub software. Pro Apps Tips #1 and #2 are guaranteed to improve the productivity of users of Apple’s professional video and audio applications. Each collection is provided as a printable pdf.

Although the tips are free, day-by-day, in the free Pro Apps Hub software, these collections are compiled into printable pdfs so they can be enjoyed independent of the Pro Apps Hub, or even away from the computer completely.

Each collection covers a wide range of topics, from Audio to compositing, titling to editing for Final Cut Pro, Motion, LiveType, DVD Studio Pro, OS X and QuickTime Player. Each volume of productivity-improving tips is just $5.95 by electronic download, or $9.95 for both volumes purchased together.

The Pro Apps Tips #1 and #2 are available now from www.ProAppsTips.com as an immediate download. There are two free preview tips on the Pro Apps Tips website.

Bi-directional DV to SDI Converter

The Vydeo 2ST™ is a bidirectional, mobile DV25 to SDI SMPTE-259 converter for PAL and NTSC. The 2ST features 48Khz audio embedded in the SDI data stream and Linear Timecode, DVITC and VITC support plus RS-422 control (Sony Protocol). Conversion causes less than 1 frame delay.

The 2ST is designed to support all modern NLEs although it was designed for Final Cut Pro 5, in both PAL and NTSC. PAL or NTSC is auto-selected although it can be over-ridden manually. The converter can be powered from the FireWire 400 bus, via a DV adapter or off battery via an XLR battery connection.

The 2ST is designed for integrating BetacamSP, BetacamSX or Digibeta decks with SDI output so that they appear as a DV Device to the NLE, allowing the NLE to work with the low data rate of DV25.

At US$899 the 2ST will appeal to those who require a portable solution. For desktop an AJA Io or Blackmagic Design DeckLink card would provide lower cost solution for SDI input to DV25.

Video In Adobe Audition

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Mixing to Picture

Learn to add video and synch up audio to video in Adobe Audition

http://www.fanfilmengine.com/Audition0002.mov

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Autodesk 3D Studio Max: Modeling a car rim in 3D Studio MAX

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Modelling

In this detailed tutorial you will learn how to create rims for a sports car by using the Bridge feature (3DSM v.7). Apart from that, many of the common modeling techniques (Extrude, Bevel, Chamfer, Bridge, Soft Selection) are used in this tutorial, so it can serve as an excellent way to learn some new selection methods and basic poly-modeling skills.

http://www.3dnuts.com/tutorials/mod_rim.shtml

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Apple Soundtrack Pro: Audio Resampling in Soundtrack Pro

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Basic Techniques

Have you ever wondered what those green bars running along the top of your audio clips indicate? In a nutshell, Final Cut Pro is telling you that the audio sample rate for the clip does not match the sequence audio sample rate. There could be any number of causes for this, but the most frequent cause is editing audio imported from a CD (at 44.1 kHz) into a timeline that is setup for DV editing (at 48 kHz).

http://www.rippletraining.com/engine/index.php?action=docs&doc=410

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Adobe Photoshop: Using And Creating Brushes

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Paint or Draw Basics

Learn to use and create simply brushes in Adobe Photoshop.

http://www.fanfilmengine.com/Photoshop0002.html

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