Recovering Exposure in a Video Shot

Properly exposure of your footage is everything. The next best thing to do is slightly underexpose and preserve the details.  If you’re shooting RAW video then this becomes less of an issue as you have more latitude.   I will take a few examples of poorly underexposed shots and using Adobe After Effects will bring the details back to life using a few of my favorite tools and techniques including, matching tolerance and the Refined Matte Effect. 

Recovering Video with Exposure

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Repairing and Enhancing Video with Lynda.com. 

http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Recovering-exposure/149128/160041-4.html

Whether you want to fix a problem in post or simply give your video more style, this course will help everyone from motion graphics designers to video editors improve their footage. Rich Harrington uses Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and even Illustrator to correct problems you'd encounter in real-world projects, like lens distortion, camera shake, noise and grain, and overblown exposure. Plus, you'll learn advanced techniques for speeding up or slowing down your video, rotoscoping footage, and using the numerous creative color and texture effects in Photoshop and After Effects. If your footage has ever needed some extra attention, this course is for you.

Topics in this course include: 

  • Reviewing the retoucher's toolbox
  • Stabilizing footage
  • Fixing alignment
  • Retiming footage
  • Removing lens distortion
  • Using rotoscoping to enhance footage
  • Recovering exposure
  • Color grading with Photoshop
  • Converting to black and white
  • Creating a film or painterly look
  • Adding depth of field

 

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Recovering-exposure/149128/160041-4.html

Adjusting the Camera Settings with the CamRanger on a Laptop

The CamRanger is a stand-alone device which creates a WIFI network that you’re wireless device can connect to.  Once your camera and computer are tethered, it’s time to take some test shots and play with the camera settings.  The great thing is as you're test shooting, you can view the photos on your laptop at one hundred percent and check focus and other technical elements.  In this course we’ll do some test shooting and go through settings in the camera with it already tethered to the laptop.

Shooting Wireless with a CamRanger: Adjusting the Camera Settings with the CamRanger on a Laptop

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Tethered Shooting Fundamentals, for Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Adjusting-camera-settings-CamRanger-laptop/145427/161156-4.html

There are many advantages to tethered shooting. It allows you to get instant feedback on the subject you’re shooting, at one hundred percent.  You can check things like exposure and focus, on an external device that is connected through your camera.  You can also gain greater control over your in-camera adjustments and get a more accurate picture of your lighting and setup. In this course, I’ll introduce the tethered shooting workflow and demonstrate how to connect your camera to a computer, an external monitor, and even an iPad or mobile device. We’ll review the shooting environment, build the tethered station, software solutions for tethering, and wireless shooting with a CamRanger or GoPro camera. These techniques work well both in the studio and in the field, so you'll be prepared for all tethered shooting scenarios.  We’ll do a studio set up demo and also do a set up in the field so you can get a sense of both workflows in two different environments.

Topics in this course include:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of tethered shooting
  • Creating a stable platform
  • Tethering the camera
  • Building a tethered station
  • Tethering with Lightroom, Aperture, and more
  • Choosing a wireless memory card
  • Connecting a CamRanger
  • Shooting with a GoPro

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Adjusting-camera-settings-CamRanger-laptop/145427/161156-4.html


Keeping Data Mirrored on two Devices when Shooting

It’s good to have a healthy paranoia about backing up footage.  It’s a best practice to have three backups on two different devices with one in a completely separate location.  In this course, you will learn some good habits to follow when backing up and then benefits that come with tethering.

Software Solutions for Tethering: Keeping Data Mirrored on two Devices

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Tethered Shooting Fundamentals, for Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Keeping-data-mirrored-two-devices/145427/161147-4.html

There are many advantages to tethered shooting. It allows you to get instant feedback on the subject you’re shooting, at one hundred percent.  You can check things like exposure and focus, on an external device that is connected through your camera.  You can also gain greater control over your in-camera adjustments and get a more accurate picture of your lighting and setup. In this course, I’ll introduce the tethered shooting workflow and demonstrate how to connect your camera to a computer, an external monitor, and even an iPad or mobile device. We’ll review the shooting environment, build the tethered station, software solutions for tethering, and wireless shooting with a CamRanger or GoPro camera. These techniques work well both in the studio and in the field, so you'll be prepared for all tethered shooting scenarios.  We’ll do a studio set up demo and also do a set up in the field so you can get a sense of both workflows in two different environments.

Topics in this course include:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of tethered shooting
  • Creating a stable platform
  • Tethering the camera
  • Building a tethered station
  • Tethering with Lightroom, Aperture, and more
  • Choosing a wireless memory card
  • Connecting a CamRanger
  • Shooting with a GoPro

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Keeping-data-mirrored-two-devices/145427/161147-4.html

Connection Options for Tethered Shooting

Most likely with the digital camera you own, there will be a few options for tethered connections.  In this course, I’ll walk through some of the more common connection types.  We’ll discuss both wired and wireless options as well.  Keep in mind that with the convenience of using a wireless connection comes a slower speed. If you can achieve hard wired, it will be faster but with most of us in the field a lot, a wireless option is preferred, though it just might be a little slower.

Tethering the Camera: Connection Options

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Tethered Shooting Fundamentals, for Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Connection-options/145427/161129-4.html

There are many advantages to tethered shooting. It allows you to get instant feedback on the subject you’re shooting, at one hundred percent.  You can check things like exposure and focus, on an external device that is connected through your camera.  You can also gain greater control over your in-camera adjustments and get a more accurate picture of your lighting and setup. In this course, I’ll introduce the tethered shooting workflow and demonstrate how to connect your camera to a computer, an external monitor, and even an iPad or mobile device. We’ll review the shooting environment, build the tethered station, software solutions for tethering, and wireless shooting with a CamRanger or GoPro camera. These techniques work well both in the studio and in the field, so you'll be prepared for all tethered shooting scenarios.  We’ll do a studio set up demo and also do a set up in the field so you can get a sense of both workflows in two different environments.

Topics in this course include:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of tethered shooting
  • Creating a stable platform
  • Tethering the camera
  • Building a tethered station
  • Tethering with Lightroom, Aperture, and more
  • Choosing a wireless memory card
  • Connecting a CamRanger
  • Shooting with a GoPro

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Connection-options/145427/161129-4.html


The Paste Attributes Option Dialog for Premiere Pro

You can now selectively paste attributes from one clip and apply it to another, with the new features added to Adobe Premiere Pro CC.  We’ll explore the Paste Attributes option dialogue in this course and I will demonstrate working with this updated feature.

The Improved Effects Workflow: The Paste Attributes Option Dialog

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Premiere Pro: Creative Cloud Updates, for Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Paste-Attributes-option-dialog/126763/129887-4.html

Adobe Premiere Pro CC has some very exciting new features and updates.  It’s important to stay on top of these new features so you can maximize your experience and workflow as you’re in post production. This course is dedicated to the video producers and editors who need to leverage the latest Premiere Pro tools and techniques fast.  I will cover all of these new features, which include: a customizable user interface, quality and format improvements like the enhanced Mercury Playback Engine, timeline tricks, and media management techniques, and the best audio, multicamera, and closed captioning workflows.

Topics in this course include:

  • Switching between audio waveforms and video
  • Creating a new sequence
  • Integrating scripting with the Story panel
  • Working with different camera formats
  • Selecting and nudging clips
  • Using dupe-detection markers
  • Copying and pasting ranges
  • Nesting sequences
  • Relinking offline sequences
  • Color grading with the Lumetri Deep Color Engine
  • Adjusting clip volume
  • Automatic syncing with audio waveforms
  • Recording multicamera edits
  • Adjusting timing and display of captions
  • Exporting multiple clips/sequences

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Paste-Attributes-option-dialog/126763/129887-4.html

Create Interactive Charts in Apple Numbers

Learn how you can visualize data over time in Apple Pages and Numbers.  The recent update to the app gives you even more control when presenting data.

Apple just released a brand new version of iWork has been released with OS X Mavericks.  All three applications — Keynote, Numbers, and Pages have new versions with major updates and major changes to the user interface. Some features are completely new to the iWork application, while other elements no longer exist.  There are some major changes in how to use the iWork app across all of your devices including, tablets, iPad minis, and smart phones as well as Macs and PCs.  Enjoy this course as you will learn all about the new iWork application and will feel both confident and eager to jump right into this exciting new workflow.

To learn more I've created a new course called iWork: Workflows and New Features with Lynda.com.

Topics in this course include:

  • Installing the Software
  • A New Way of Collaboration
  • Essential New Features in Pages
  • Essential New Features in Keynote
  • Essential New Features in Numbers

Higher Quality Encodes with Variable Bit Rate Encoding

When time is on your side and you’re looking for the highest quality compression, then you want to go with variable bit rate encoding.  Working with high quality encoding is time consuming but worth the time.  Join Jason Osder in this course as he takes you through the necessary steps to properly encode using the variable bit rate method.

Adobe Premiere Pro Working with Photoshop: Higher Quality Encodes with Variable Bit Rate Encoding

To learn more, Jason Osder has created an exciting course called: Premiere Pro Guru: Outputs and Media Encoder with Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/use-codecs/149702/154476-4.html

Outputting video is one of the most important yet misunderstood parts of the creative process. If you work with Adobe Premiere Pro, it's critical to understand how to choose a format, convert frame rates, and work with Media. In this course Jason Osder covers encoding 101 and shows you how to access Media Encoder from inside Premiere Pro or as a stand-alone program, create an efficient export workflow and encode for formats such as broadcast, DVD or Blu-ray, YouTube, and mobile devices. 

Topics in this course include:

  • Understanding compression terminology
  • Exporting directly from Premiere Pro
  • Using the Media Encoder interface
  • Outputting media for Apple and Android devices
  • Adjusting settings
  • Automating compression workflows

You can check out the class here -  http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/use-codecs/149702/154476-4.html

Adding a Video to a PowerPoint Slide

Shooting video is a lot easier and accessible than it used to be.  Newer versions of PowerPoint are very compatible with most industry standard files, such as H.264, which is commonly used on most point and shoot and phone based devices.  One of the cool things you can do in PowerPoint is also incorporate video pretty easily into your slide deck presentation.  Video sometimes adds a nice unexpected element that your audience might not be anticipating.  I will walk through how to add a video into your presentation in this course.

Photos, Video, Charts and Shapes: Adding a Video

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called PowerPoint: From Outline to Presentation, for Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-tutorials/Adding-video/147021/156071-4.html

Creating an effective visual presentation should lend itself to a strong speaker support.  This comes from having compelling visuals and effective slide decks that communicate content to an audience.  Occasionally presenters forget about this because they are too wrapped up in the overall presentation.  In this course, I’ll share my workflow for building an effective PowerPoint presentation, starting with a strong outline. Learn to create the outline, get input from collaborators, and then transition that outline to an initial slide deck. Once you're in PowerPoint, I will show you how to format your slides; add tables, graphics, movies, and animation (like transitions and reveals); and prepare and rehearse your presentation for your final audience. Having an organized workflow starts with a cohesive outline.  It’s all about making your presentation come to life.  In doing this, you’ll give a valuable presentation that the audience won’t forget.

Topics in this course include:

  • Setting a schedule and goals
  • Working in stages
  • Building an outline
  • Using an outline to create your initial slides
  • Formatting text
  • Changing templates and themes
  • Using photos, shapes, and charts in PowerPoint
  • Adding video
  • Animating your slideshow
  • Consolidating, testing, and rehearsing you presentation

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-tutorials/Adding-video/147021/156071-4.html


Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create or Modify an Outline

While my preferred method of creating an outline is in Microsoft Word, it’s also possible to create or modify your outline right from PowerPoint.  Creating the outline in one program and moving it to another such as PowerPoint for the creation of the presentation, forces you to look at the same outline twice, which is a good thing.  In this course, I will show you how to create an outline using PowerPoint and we’ll walk through the necessary steps one at a time.

Building the Outline: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create or Modify an Outline

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called PowerPoint: From Outline to Presentation, for Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-tutorials/Using-Microsoft-PowerPoint-create-modify-outline/147021/156053-4.html

Creating an effective visual presentation should lend itself to a strong speaker support.  This comes from having compelling visuals and effective slide decks that communicate content to an audience.  Occasionally presenters forget about this because they are too wrapped up in the overall presentation.  In this course, I’ll share my workflow for building an effective PowerPoint presentation, starting with a strong outline. Learn to create the outline, get input from collaborators, and then transition that outline to an initial slide deck. Once you're in PowerPoint, I will show you how to format your slides; add tables, graphics, movies, and animation (like transitions and reveals); and prepare and rehearse your presentation for your final audience. Having an organized workflow starts with a cohesive outline.  It’s all about making your presentation come to life.  In doing this, you’ll give a valuable presentation that the audience won’t forget.

Topics in this course include:

  • Setting a schedule and goals
  • Working in stages
  • Building an outline
  • Using an outline to create your initial slides
  • Formatting text
  • Changing templates and themes
  • Using photos, shapes, and charts in PowerPoint
  • Adding video
  • Animating your slideshow
  • Consolidating, testing, and rehearsing you presentation

You can check out the class here:

http://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-tutorials/Using-Microsoft-PowerPoint-create-modify-outline/147021/156053-4.html