Magnet Media, who also brought us "Inside Editing with Final Cut Pro", now debuts a brand new concept: a bi-monthly video magazine for video professionals.
This one is chock full o' good stuff,
from tutorials on visual effects in several different applications
commonly used, to interviews with industry professionals, to
links to good sites, and yes, to Magnet Media's own training
The menus are nicely done and the program
flows well, easy to figure out where you are and how to get to
wherever you might want to go. If using on a computer, there's
the choice of seeing the tutorials in DVD or Quicktime, and you
can easily do them a section at a time within each tutorial.
And the tutorials are packed in here.
There are five, and all together they make up over 2 full hours
of content. The first is called "Escaping Flatland: 3D Lower
Third Creation in After Effects and Cinema 4D". It shows
some great ways to do animated lower third graphics in After
Effects and Cinema 4D, even if you've never used these programs.
Like all the projects on the DVD, the project files are included
if you want to play along. Programs (even trial versions) are
not included, however.
The second one is brilliant, "Creating
a Light-Streamed Title Sequence in After Effects," shows
how to do a dropping text technique that looks really great and
is, pretty easy. It shows one how to incorporate motion graphics
with moving layers of text and how to do it as easily and quickly
The third is "New Media Management
Features in Avid Xpress DV" and is a good explanation of
Avid's new technology, from the auto logging feature to dealing
with subclips and moving things around.
The fourth is "Importing Video into
Flash MX" and shows the best ways to get quicktime, avi
and mpeg files into flash movies including what to do and what
Last but not least is "Tips for
Preparing Graphics in Photoshop for Final Cut Pro", and
it tells how to do everything from setting up title safe guides,
to programming actions to prepare commonly used images. It tells
what can and can't be programmed into actions as well. There
are some amazing and powerful options and even blend modes that
translate easily into Final Cut Pro. This tutorial covers quite
well what translates and what doesn't between the two programs,
alpha channels, etc. A lot of good stuff here.
Many of the tutorials have ideas that
can easily be customized, and offer a good place to start and
learn more of the tools that you already have. Magnet is promising
many more tutorials that show tricks, tips on improving workflow,
etc. The next issue has one of specific interest to me, building
DVD menus. You can check back on the site regularly if you want
to just buy the individual issues you'd like. Info on upcoming
issues and samples of this one are at http://www.zoom-in.com
The interviews in the inaugural issue
include Alton Christensen of Edgeworx, Academy® Award-winning
Editor Craig McKay, Skywalker Sound's Everett Moore, and Technical
Director Lloyd Forcellini. These are not filmed interviews, only
short text Q and A sessions, but they are informative and you
do get to see what top professionals are doing and what they
think of the technology. A lot of Mac lovers in this bunch. Some
heavy hitters for sure, yet folks we common people can relate
to. Would love to see more independent people like most of us
in future issues.
There's a lot of really good stuff here.
And where DVcreators (so far single titled) "Secrets
of Final Cut Pro" offers tips on cool things that can
be done in FCP, "Zoom In" is a regularly occurring
series that offers tips on several of the programs most video
producers use, including FCP, Photoshop, After Effects, Avid
Ordering can be done at HERE
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The charter subscriber offer is a
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Editing with Final Cut Pro DVD for FREE. The package
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is an exclusive offer only available to members of Final Cut
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About Tony Donaldson:
Tony is a sports photographer (still photography, mostly extreme
sports) with clients including Sports Illustrated for Kids, ESPN
the Magazine, Millimeter, Video Systems, Panasonic, Lee Jeans,
Maxxis Tires and many more. He also shoots, edits and produces
video projects from commercials to short films (Odessa or Bust,
The Cypher) to the Redline Bicycles Team video to a new video-based
photography training series and a television wine show pilot.
He lives and works in the Los Angeles area and spends way too
much time online learning all of Ken Stone's secrets .