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Archive for May, 2010

30 Days of CS5: Adobe Media Encoder

It’s great to have seemingly unfettered control of your digital video, but this freedom is all for naught if you’re not able to deliver your video to the people who want to view it. For many, video encoding is a black art, complete with esoteric terminology, a range of buttons, dials and pulldown menus that […]

30 Days of CS5: After Effects Color Finesse Program

I’ve spent the past several days highlighting the new tools in After Effects CS5 that help make your digital video look its very best. Today, I get to introduce you to perhaps the most powerful of these new features, the Color Finesse plugin from Synthetic Aperture, now bundled with After Effects CS5. ¬†Photographers will find […]

30 Days of CS5: Camera Raw Files in AECS5

When I originally set out to write the 30 Days of CS5 blog series, I didn’t intend to spend so much time on After Effects. But, the more time I’ve spent with After Effects, the more potential I see for photographers and others, who aren’t videographers or motion graphics experts, to begin incorporating After Effects […]

30 Days of CS5: Auto Keyframing

For many people, myself included, switching from still to motion graphics requires us to rethink the way we prepare our files. Not only do we have the static components (composition, content, color, contrast, etc.) but we also now have a temporal component to consider and control. When I began playing with motion graphics, I found […]

30 Days of CS5: After Effects CS5: Vibrance

Color correcting, or color grading, video footage can be a difficult skill to master and a time consuming-process, even once one is familiar with the tools. As a result, color grading is frequently skipped in favor of strictly focusing on the content gathering and editing process. With the speed benefits from working in Premiere Pro […]

30 Days of CS5: Brief Hiatus

We’ve taken a brief hiatus from the 30 Days of CS5 to attend to client needs. We’ll be right back with the full 30 days calendar shortly. -Jay

30 Days of CS5: 64-bit processing in After Effects and PP: Mercury Playback Engine

Like Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects CS5 are rewritten as native 64-bit applications. This allows you to use as much RAM as you have installed in your machine. 64-bit compatibility, combined with the new Mercury Playback Engine, allows Premiere Pro to render video files exceptionally fast. This allows you to work more responsively with […]

30 Days of CS5: Native support for Hybrid dSLR formats

In my opinion, the best new feature in Premiere Pro CS5 is native support for file formats from hybrid SLRs. This means you can pull images off your memory card, drop them in a timeline and begin playback immediately. For photographers and videojournalists, this is a major time-saver because it eliminates a time-consuming portion of […]

30 Days of CS5: Content Aware Fill

Back in the days when I was a production assistant for an architectural photographer, I spent a lot of time removing bits of trash from unfinished building sites and fixing cosmetic blemishes in the grass, on the sidewalk or building. Then, I had to make these corrections with the clone stamp, carefully selecting adjacent pixels […]

30 Days of CS5: Refine Edge

One of the most common production tasks for photographers or imagers using Photoshop is to isolate a subject from a background, often called clipping or cutouts. Each of the past several versions of Photoshop has attempted to make the process easier and more intuitive. First there was the Extract tool, later the Refine Selection command […]