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BuZZ Show and Podcast for January 31

This week’s episode of the world’s only interactive talk radio for Digital Production, Post Production and Distribution is filled with great information and entertainment designed for the independent filmmaker, producer or editor.

Jody Eldred , Producer, Director, and Director of Photography, stops by for an extended chat on what he’s learned about shooting HD. He offers tips that all of us can use to improve the look of our HD camera work.

Bruce Nazarian , President, DVD Association, brings us another of his monthly reports on the highly-conflicted world of HD DVDs. Blu-Ray may be winning the studios, but that may not make it the right format for everyone else.

Nick Phoenix has scored over 1,000 film trailers – many without using any real instruments at all. Discover his secrets to sampling on The BuZZ.

Mark Darlow has been creating and developing Digital Asset Management systems for a long time – and he’s finally created one that’s affordable for medium-sized shops. Discover why asset management can make you money – and why it will be increasingly necessary in the future.

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Autodesk 3D Studio Max: 3DS Max 9 Essential Training: How to create a Bones System and how to animate an arm

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Animation and Inverse Kinematics

In this video, instructor Chad Perkins covers Bones and in the clip, he shows you how to make and rig and animate an arm, bowling. Once you apply a Bones system to your objects, you want enough mesh so when your object deforms, everything looks smooth under the Bones. Perkins then shows you how to create Bones using the Bones Systems. The cool thing about Bones, he says, is everything is linked together in a natural way.


Autodesk 3D Studio Max: 3DS Max 9 Essential Training: Rotating the arms, legs and head of the Werewolf

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Animation and Inverse Kinematics

In this video, host Chad Perkins covers the autokey function as well as the move tool to control the jaw, the rotate tool, and the time configuration dialog. He shows the fruits of the previous videos to detail how the animation of the Werewolf looks, the arms, the head, the legs, everything.


Apple Color: Preparing Your Sequences to Go From FCP to Color

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Software and Tools

Yes, Apple Color is connected to Final Cut Pro…but not exactly integrated. Creative Cow leader Walter Biscardi, one of the world’s most respected experts on the connection between the two, will help guide your sequences safely from FCP to Color — and show you why it’s worth the effort.


Smartsound Sonicfire Pro: Sonicfire Pro 5 Express Track Edition – Overview

Chapter: Music

Topic: Selecting Music

Larry Jordan shows you how to quickly FIND, CUSTOMIZE and USE thousands of customizable royalty-free music track from the SmartSound Music library. No other music library solution gives you this much customization control over prerecorded music. Larry takes a look at the Express Track that is now available for free with all the music that you buy with SmartSound. It is the right program to use when you want to pick your music first and then cut your picture to that music. Editing your music on the Timeline is a better way to edit when you’ve got your picture cut and now you want to add music to it.


Adobe Flash: Pencil v.2 Drawing a Curved Line Using Flash

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Interactive

In this video tutorial, Pencil part 2, Creative Cow contributing editor Tony Ross demonstrates drawing a line, learn how to use Masking, Motion Tweens, and Motion Guide Layers to create an animated pencil drawing a curved line. Tools used are the Rectangle tool, Pencil tool, and Free Transform tool. Use this link for the Video Tutorial.


Drop Frame vs. Non-Drop Frame rate

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Timecode

I have been asked many times to explain the difference between Drop Frame and Non-Drop Frame. I found a fairly detailed explanation the will hopefully help you understand the difference


Adobe After Effects: After Effects: Changing time display units

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Compositing Software

If you are trying to change your timeline display units in your After Effects timeline you may find that it is difficult to change and not obvious.


Apple DVD Studio Pro: Menu button versatility with DVD Studio Pro

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Menu Design

DVD Studio Pro allows the menu buton of your DVD player to have various control depending on what area of the DVD you are navigating from. A common mistake is to set Menu1 up as a short first play movie, but leave the overall disc control of the menu button to go to that menu, causing the viewer to have to watch the first play movie every time the menu button is pressed.


Adobe Encore DVD: Adobe Encore and End Action Override

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Menus or Navigation

The End action override is very misunderstood. This is an optional setting that can override the end action of the destination. The standard link sets the next destination; the override sets the end action of that destination, replacing its default end action. Overrides give you dynamic control over the navigation through a project. You can change the path according to what the viewer has just watched.