|Review: LiveType PowerStart Tutorial
- LiveType PowerStart Tutorial
DVD: Runtime 73 minutes.
Regular Price $59.95
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Review By Ken
From the very start we used to say that FCP has one of the best
type-setting tools around, it's called Photoshop. Indeed, the
basic FCP type-setting filters, (being nice here), were weak.
A number of third party vendors started creating Text plugins
which gave better results, but these plugins were limited in
what they could do. All this changed when Apple shipped FCP 4,
which included several new applications, LiveType amongst them.
LiveType is not just a type-setting application but rather is
a powerful motion graphics and titling application.
While it is not hard to do some
interesting titling in LiveType using the supplied; Presets,
Glyphs, Templates, Textures, LiveFonts, Objects and Effects,
this program offers much more, its abilities go deep. The trick
is to learn how to use the features that lie just below the surface.
If you are new to LiveType or have been working with it for awhile
and now want to create some truly exciting and unique effects,
it's time to get some help.
Over the past number of years,
since the introduction of FCP 1, DVcreators.net has been producing
excellent tutorials that have guided us through, not only FCP,
but other Apple applications that work with and support FCP.
The tutorials from DVcreators.net have always set the standard
for quality, with high production values, thorough and well thought
out lessons, excellent tips, shortcuts and some advanced techniques
that help the student grow past the basics. The LiveType PowerStart
DVD Tutorial is no exception.
When you launch the LiveType tutorial
you are presented with an easy to navigate interface. Each of
the lessons are listed down the left hand side. Starting off
with a complete tour of the LiveType interface, the lessons take
you through each of the different elements of LiveType. After
working through and learning the basics of LiveType, the lessons
continue on, now based on what you have learned, culminating
with some advanced lessons that teach you how to create exciting
and original effects.
The tour of the interface takes us through
the different windows; Canvas, Inspector, Browser and Timeline,
with each demonstrated and the working relationships between
these elements explained. At the bottom of the interface is the
DVcreators.net navigation bar. Part of the power of this tutorial
is the ease with which you can navigate from lesson to lesson,
to stop and backup and replay a section.
There is an old saying that "the
devil is in the details", and this tutorial pays attention
to those items that we need look at even before beginning to
work in LiveType. Shown below is Project Properties and we are
walked through the process of setting up a project to match the
settings of our FCP sequences and even how to save these settings
for future projects. It is essential to get these settings right.
As in the more recent DVcreators.net
tutorials, Josh Mellicker is our host and instructor. Josh has
a warm and friendly manner which makes using this tutorial enjoyable
as well as effective. As the tutorial movie plays out on our
screens, overlay artwork is added to point out the areas of discussion
and demonstrate the point at hand, a very helpful teaching tool.
Along the way we get 'Power Tips' and other sidebar information
to help us accomplish our task and keep us out of trouble.
The LiveType Tutorial from DVcreators.net
is excellent and is what I have come to expect from this company.
Particular attention is paid to the Inspector and the Timeline
where our text effects are built. If you are new to LiveType
or have been using it for awhile and want learn how to use this
application to its fullest potential, then this tutorial is for
you. The lessons are clear and thorough, the pacing of the lessons
are comfortable and the art work and movies are handsome. This
tutorial does its job well.
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