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Focus: Graphics Designer The Foundry's Mischief Fast GPU sketch tool is super clean
By Ko Maruyama Here's my 4 minute review after a first look at the software. Seriously - in 2 minutes, you'll be comfortable with the software. Why? Because it just does one thing - sketching. This is what it was meant to do. And it is RIDICULOUSLY FAST. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production C4D Quick Tip Gradient Control with XPresso
By Ko Maruyama Here's a really basic way to control the pupil of a cartoon character using a simple gradient shader and user data to drive the radius. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Cinema 4D R16 Motion Tracker Run-Through By Stephen Schleicher CINEMA 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you. In this tutorial Stephen Schleicher runs through the new Motion Tracker in Cinema 4D R16, and shows how you can track 3D objects into your shot without the need of an additional application. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Designing For Tablets Shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to WordPress
By Joseph Lowery In this segment of the Lynda.com video course Dreamweaver CS6 and Wordpress 3.8: Core Concepts Designing For Tablets shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to the WordPress platform. ...Read More »
Focus: Broadcast Documenting A Road Trip Via Video By David Hague The Monaro is to be wired up with a phalanx of camcorders; a Kaiser Baas dashcam is mounted on the windscreen with a 64GB Sandisk card, a Sony HDD DCR-SR200 Handycam is on a Hague headrest mount (no relation by the way), and a Canon Legria Mini-X 'action cam' is to perform roving boundary rider camcorder duties when not mounted to another Hague mount, a suction based heavy duty unit kitted out with Manfrotto hardware. Audio is also well catered for too. An Azden wireless mic setup with a label lav mic will record dialogue to a Samsung Recorder, a RØDE VideoMic Go on the Sony will record ambience, suitably backed up with a RØDE Videomic 2 on the Legria. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Mounting Camera To Auto Headset By David Hague I have been asked by a few people to give some more nuts'n'bolts information on the mounts I have in the Monaro. First up, we'll look at the headrest mount. It's quite a simple affair on the surface, in being a bracket that wraps around the 'posts' of the lifted headrest, and this is then tightened by a couple of butterfly/wingnuts. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Masking: The Black Art Of Video Making Here is a simple ten step tutorial on making a mask
By David Hague Masking to many, is the black art of video making. It all sounds, well, too hard to bother with, with terms such as 'alpha channel', 'compositing' and 'overlay' to deal with. But trust me gentle reader, knowing even the basics of masking and compositing will add a whole new dimension to your home videos, family documentaries, short films and so on. We'll start with something simple. For the sake of the exercise I am using Sony Vegas Pro here, but the basics apply to any editing package (NLE) that dares call itself such. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production A Smashing Way to Make Glass Props! If you need to break it, its easy to make it!
By David Hague All the best movies have a car chase (think Bullitt and the French Connection) but they also should have a bullet smashing a window - or anything smashing a window really. If you need to break a window or some such thing in your next production don't risk cuts and lacerations. Do it this way! (With stuff from the kitchen larder) ...Read More »
Focus: Broadcast Do You Know How Long An Average Scene Lasts? If you want to make your own movies more interesting, think about timing and camera angles
By David Hague How long do you reckon the average scene in a TV show lasts for? A minute? 30 seconds? There is nothing more boring than watching a fixed camera shooting a scene for a long period of time. And I define a long period of time as more than 15 seconds! ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics iPhone Tip # 10 - Do Not Disturb! How to set and use the Do Not Disturb iPhone features
By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia The new Do Not Disturb feature on the iPhone allows you to be very selective about what calls you want to receive and what calls you don't. This is ideal if you're looking for peace and quiet after business hours or, if during the evening or night, you don't want to miss an urgent call, but you just don't want to talk to everyone ...Read More »
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